Interview with a scrapbooker
and cardmaker continued.
Made with the Dream Catcher Card Kit
What are your favourite materials?
My favourite materials are definitely stamps, patterned paper, ribbon,
buttons, chipboard, fabric and bling.
What has been the most difficult aspect of
your craft for you to learn?
To be honest the most difficult aspect would have to be planning a project.
Being an aries my nature is impulsive and quick, most of my projects just
come togther. This is mostly okay for cards because they are small and
have more of a turnaround, but with scrapbooking I am tempted to do the
same but really have to take a bit of time and plan the page before I
stick it together and place it down, adjust things, leave it and then
come back to it, until it looks right. So this has been hard because sometimes
those impulsive pages don’t come out the way you plan but if they
are already stuck down then its hard to move them around. So I do try
to plan a little, not much, as it doesn’t really come naturally.
What do you find most rewarding about papercraft?
The most rewarding thing about papercrafting is that I get my creativity
fix, but just making something beautfiul from a bunch of materials that
on there own aren’t much. It’s a bonus when someone makes
a nice comment about it. Its always great to get positive feedback, I
think every artist can never have enough of that.
What is most important to you when you start
designing a new kit?
The most important things about designing a new kit is to have items and
colours that co-ordinate together on a finished page. Also to have a balance
of different items to be able to use, papers, embellishments, rubs ons
or stickers, an alphabet set etc. A bit of everything so you have what
you need to put your pages or cards together.
Why would you suggest papercrafts to someone
looking for a new hobby?
I would certainly recommend papercrafts to someone thinking about a new
hobby, because everyone can do it at whatever level they feel comfortable.
I have had customers come to me and say they are not creative yet at the
end of a class they are amazed at the fact that with just a few little
instructions and techniques their project is amazing. When you break down
the process it makes every step easier. It’s a great hobby because
you are creating a keepsake for your children, something they can read
in years to come, about their lives. I would have loved to have had that
now from my mum, snippets of what I was like as a kid as well as her thoughts
and feelings at the time.
Made with the Candy Coated Garden kit
Have you got any advice for people that are
Advice for beginners would be to begin with a class so that you get the
basics down pat, you will learn about tools and supplies, what you require
etc and just even where to begin with setting up a page. Magazines are
also good. Inspiration comes from everywhere.
I read on your website about a variety of other
crafts you have done before, do any of them influence the work you do
Yes all the crafts I have done to date all influence my projects. I love
to use paint here and there and love to use fabric. That’s the great
thing about papercrafting you can use any skills on a page, even sewing
embroidering, painting it all comes together in this one craft. Its great
to have different talents, that’s how you create your style.
Can you describe your workspace?
My workspace is a spare room that doubles up as a computer room and crafting
room. I have lots of storage space and a big desk. I store on my desk
all the essentials that generally get used for every project, like inkpads,
double sided tape, markers, paper cutter etc. Then in my draws and shelves
everything is divided down, ie ribbons are together in a basket, stamps
are together on a shelf, papers are inpaper holders, in brands etc. The
only way to keep order is to group things together.
If you could change it, what would you do?
If I could change my workspace I would have a room with more
sunlight as it doesn’t get the sunilight so it would be nice to
have a brighter room and I would have more storage included in the room,
you can never have enough storage I say.
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