I almost never start and finish a project in one sitting. I usually have to come back to it a few times. The benefit of this is that each time I return to it I see it with different eyes and the creative process often takes a different turn. So I never really know what I’m creating until the deed is done!
When Scrapbooking what does a normal session consist of and how much preparation do you have to do before hand?
Typically, when I sit down to scrapbook I don’t usually have a particular project in mind. I keep a pile near my art desk of newly purchased products, and an idea will often spring to mind as I shuffle through them! So maybe that means
preparation = scrapbook shopping!!!!
How did you get into Scrapbooking and what made you decide this is what you wanted to take further?
A good friend introduced me to scrapbooking when my eldest child was still a baby. I needed some sort of creative/productive outlet to relieve the sometimes tedious job of motherhood!
Through the craft I have met some amazing women who will be lifelong friends. The scrapbooking community is full of hilarious, creative and fun loving people and I have had so many great scrapbook adventures/roadtrips along the way – why would I give it up?
What tips would you give new others who might be interested in taking up Scrapbooking?
The most important piece of advice I can give is to never compare your work to others. Watch this short clip on YouTube. What is obvious to you is amazing to others. If you think you’re not creative – think again!
Have you ever been in a situation where someone hasn’t taking your Scrapbooking work seriously?
Haha! You’re talking about my husband right??!!! ‘Crap-booking’ is what he used to refer to it as! But to be fair, in recent times he has become more appreciative of the craft and often pulls my work out to show visitors! He also ‘gets’ that it’s about preserving memories for our children and is supportive of that.
Scrapbooking itself very specialized – is this something you’ve learned in through education system or did you fall into it?
I have developed my craft by attending workshops, reading magazines and browsing online blogs.
What effect has the Internet had on Scrapbooking and how you do it?
The internet is a huge source of inspiration for me! There are oodles of incredibly talented beings out there and it’s wonderful that so much of their work is shared though online blogs. The internet is also the go-to tool of choice for me if I am unsure how to use a new art medium or I want to push the creative boundaries further.
What is the biggest, most exciting project you’ve worked on / are most proud of?
When I was approached last year by NZ Paperchase magazine to apply for a place on their Elite Design Team I was quite thrilled! I had 3 weeks to prepare my submission which included 3 different projects – a traditional layout, a card and an OTP (off the page) item. I was successful in gaining a place and now I design projects for their quarterly magazine.
Have you got anything exciting in the pipeline that you would like to share with us?
Well, yes actually! I have been asked to teach in May 2013 at an international event alongside some of the biggest names in the industry – a la Donna Downey, Theresa Collins and Heidi Swapp. I will be teaching approximately 300 people (luckily I don’t suffer stage fright huh?!). So I’m busy putting together an awesome project using some very different mediums (e.g. melted beeswax!) so hopefully I will stack up against these ladies!
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