I totally appreciate each and every one of my readers. I most especially love when “fans” contact me with comments and/or questions about my work. As a matter of fact, I don’t consider any of you “fans”. In my opinion, “friends” is a more suiting word as opposed to “fans”.
Anyway, I was so flattered when reader Kerri West contacted me. She wanted to know more about my process of creating, so she came up with these interview-like questions for me.
We both thought it would be fun to share the “interview” with everyone else. Hope you enjoy it!
1. What is your favorite technique?
My favorite technique is layering. I absolutely love the different looks you can get just by layering various papers.
2. Are you a plain or patterned paper hoarder?
Both, haha! If I had to pick just one, I’d say patterned paper because cardstock colors can mostly be replaced at anytime. Patterned paper, on the other hand, is only out for a limited time, and then it’s gone.
3. Have you ever thrown out a layout you didn’t like?
Surprisingly, no. I treat each layout like a piece of my art. I might not like it when I first make it, but later on, I might want to alter it.
4. What is something you are afraid to try on a layout?
Stamping. I think I have a hard time with stamping on layouts because once I add ink to my page, it’s stuck on there for good.
5. How do you store your letters?
I’m still trying to figure out how to do this one! If anyone has a great method for storage, please do share! For now, however, I have them in stacks or in my “letter rack”.
6. What was your biggest splurge?
My biggest splurge was the Cricut when it was first released. Funny that I say that because I hardly ever use it. …and to be honest, I sold off most of my cartridges.
7. Do you like to alter things from stuff around the house that ‘normal’ people recycle?
Hmm… Not so much. I like altered art, but recently I haven’t really been creating much in that realm. I’m mostly a layout kind of gal. 😉
8. Do you like your handwriting on layouts?
Yes, I love my writing. Sometimes, my handwriting gives my work character. Other times, I like to print out my journaling because it gives it a “cleaner” look.
9. What size layouts have you never scrapped?
I think I have scrapped almost every conventional size. Let’s see… 12×12, 8×8, 6X6, 8.5×11, etc. Yup, I’ve done them all. Even the double pages!
10. Do you shop online?
It really depends on what I am looking for. …but not really because I’m fortunate to live in an area where there are multiple scrapbook stores that carry an abundance of scrapbook manufacturers. If my local scrapbook store has what I am looking for, I try to support them. For one of a kind items, however, I shop online.
11. Where are most of your followers from?
To be quite honest, I’m not really sure. However, according to the flag counter, it says the USA.
12. What is your favorite brand of paper?
I really don’t have one favorite manufacturer. I try to use and support all of the companies in this industry. Each of them has something to offer, so I try not to choose sides. 😉
13. Do you distress anything?
All the time! Have you heard of the new Distrezz-it-All by Zutter. That thing works like magic. 🙂 When I’m not using that, I take a pair of my scissors and distress everything I can get my hands on! I’m not really much of a vintage type of gal, but distressing adds a neat texture to my work.
14. Do you scrap better alone or with friends?
I scrap better alone. Weird, I know! …but I can’t get much done when I’m with friends. If you know the people I crop with, you would know why it’s hard to finish projects with them around, hehe. 😉
Below is a layout I created with no one around. I used the latest from Imaginisce, Birthday Bash!
Oh, and those stars were created with the Pazzles machine! Have you ever tried this die cutting machine?! It’s totally customizable because you hook it up to your computer. There are NO CARTRIDGES, so you save tons of space!
15. What is the 1 thing in your stash that is still in its original packaging?
I have a ton of products still in its original packaging, haha. No, I am not a hoarder! It’s just that most manufacturers come out with new products every CHA. 😉
16. How many LSS know you by face?
Hmm… Within a two hour drive radius from where I live, I’d say that 8 stores know me by face. That didn’t just happen overnight though! 😉 Besides, I teach for a handful of them.
17. When was the last time you did a layout & didn’t have adhesive handy?
Don’t laugh — on the airplane! I was on my flight back home from the GASC in Dallas. What?! I got really bored. I was given product to work with, so I decided to use that. I didn’t have a pair of scissors, so I was tearing left and right! As for adhesive, I didn’t glue anything down, haha.
18. Who started you on scrapbooking or was it self discovery?
When I graduated junior high, a relative bought me this scrapbook kit. I didn’t end up using it until high school. I didn’t become completely hooked until I was going through a rough time with my anxiety disorder. It was then that I started to use scrapbooking as a form of therapy.
19. Do you stand or sit when you create?
Mostly sit. …but I have created stuff standing. 🙂
20. Have you ever bought anything to realize you already had it?
All the time! If I could return all of these items, I’d easily get back $1000. No joke, either.
21. Do you have any storage tips?
Well, not too long ago, my brother told me, “If you aren’t going to use it, throw it away!” I hate to say it, but he’s right. The less you hoard, the more organized your space is.
22. How often do you blog?
I blog about 3-4 times a week. Sometimes, more. Sometimes, less. It really depends on what is going on in my life.
23. Do you have a favorite layout?
Off the top of my head, there is no layout that strikes me as a “favorite layout”. I love to go back and look at all of them.
24. Have you ever re done of your early layouts from when you first started?
Nope! Scrapbooking, in my opinion, is a type of art. Your style will change as time progresses. It’s always fun to look back on how your style changes, so I never try to redo a project. I like to see how I’ve grown artistically. 🙂
I dug up a layout I created in 2008. What do you think of my style from two years ago?
25. Have you ever traveled out of state to shop for scrap supplies?
I haven’t traveled out of state solely for scrapbook supplies. However, I have been out of state for scrapbook events where I did end up buying product. Does that count?! 😉
That’s all the questions that I have for today. Remember that if you ever want to contact me, please don’t hesitate to use the contact form on the “Contact” page. I always LOVE hearing from all of you!