Wow! I am honored to be nominated for Creative Blogger! Thank you so much Krista Hersberger for nominating me as an inspiring artist you look forward to viewing during those times you need inspiration. I’m thankful to have you in my life through Close To My Heart! I so enjoy your stunning smile, contagious optimism and dedication to making the most out of life and all you do! Please check out Krista’s Blog HERE so you can see how her artwork inspires so many. She truly is a very special gal!
Being nominated is also a process of having to answer some challenging questions with flair (of course .. we have that!), dedication (consistency and sharing are redeeming qualities) and quite honestly, down to earth “how to.” I’m happy to share my story with you and hope you find some of my deepest, darkest secrets unveiled. LOL … if you know me, you may think I’m really reserved … but watch out … I can go completely off the page!
What am I working on right now?
Hmmm … I actually have a few things up my sleeve between Monthly Rewards Clubs (creating 6 or more pages for scrapbooking), Crop events (creating classes to teach, share and inspire), and with the upcoming Studio J promo for
November where I want to get my own photos developed .. .I would say that’s plenty! But here’s a photo of what is up and coming for the holidays …
YULETIDE temptations for Christmas:
How long does it take me to create a project?
Creating 6 pages can take me two days to finalize the actually artwork. I start creating and many times, I create pages 5&6 first .. then go back to the beginning. Weird, right? If I like the CTMH two page Workshop on the Go layout, I may use it but tweak it to my own personal style. Then I seek and search for more ideas on what I might want to do next. Inspiration comes from Studio J, Pinterest, fellow bloggers for scrapbooking and many, many times … my own thoughts using our How To Programs: Cherish, Imagine, Reflections, Magic, and Make It From Your Heart Vols. I and II. I never know what’s going to grab me but sometimes I have thoughts while I sleep that call to me (yeah .. that’s right .. about 3:00 am I wake up and think and ponder for about 2 hours and can’t fall back to sleep). The creative process is an amazing one with no quick answers, but usually heartfelt designs with hopefully some creative uses on accessories or papers in a completely new fashion.
How does my creative/writing process work?
When I have an idea, I’ve GOT to try it out! Sometimes it works really well and sometimes it can take a day or two to tweak it for my own desired perfectionism. Yes! I’m a little anal that way … but I think that’s what draws many people to my style of artwork. It’s never thrown together; it’s logically thought out; the end result has to be really satisfying and complete many elements of art design. No, I don’t have a background in the Arts and I think I’m an OK creator, but thankfully YOU all enjoy what I create! Whew! It can be challenging at times! I can’t really say I have a process but I can tell you my MIND can be a very dangerous tool! It won’t let me rest or sleep until I nail it! It won’t be satisfied with mediocre and it definitely will not TURN OFF until I figure it out! Sometimes, it is totally annoying that I have this drive, this desire, this gut wrenching, overpowering NEED to finalize, finish and complete before I walk away. Yes, it can be exhausting but by the end, I’m finally happy with the results!
How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
First off, let me please THANK YOU! YOU are what keeps me inspired to challenge myself in the Scrapbooking Art form to new heights! Your compliments, words of appreciation and excitedness of what you feel after you have duplicated or created … is what KEEPS me inspired! For YOU, I continue to create, to relish the process, to improvise, motivate and try to seek new inventive ways to add ‘umph’ to the final process.
My inspiration can come from other talented consultants and checking their blogs and artwork. It can come from Pinterest and searching new sketches or artwork to compose. It can definitely come from Studio J when we have the ‘paper pack’ in the digital format and I can see the templates of ideas for a starting point. And of course, our Close To My Heart Idea book and How To Programs inspire me every time as well. Even if we use the same design, when we change the papers and accessories, we have a completely NEW look!
What is my signature style?
Yes, I am a proud scrapbooker and feel the most comfortable creating and sharing this artform in a CLASSIC STYLE. Like Jacki O here … lasting forever, transcending time and never outdated. I believe it’s not too overdone or understated; not a lot of whimsy and just enough pizzazz to meet the ‘normal scrapbooker’ needs. I like to think like most of YOU and create what I would think makes the most sense for meeting the needs of scrapbookers around the globe.
I’m a traditionalist that once in a while steps out to try to add something to my classic designs to mix it up a bit. But for those of you who know me, you rarely see me create altered art, 3D items and heavy duty layered designs. My reasons are because I’m like MOST of you and have only so much time to scrapbook my precious memories and I want them in a book … my family legacy. Not something to be unprotected or out in the elements. It’s not that I don’t like it … but for me … it’s not where I want to spend my time and money because I value the lasting traditions of preserving memories and photos FOREVER or as long as they will last on this earth.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little insight to my creative process and what makes me “tick!”
My nomination for Creative Blogger is Dana Kessler! Since I’m a scrapbooker at heart, I admire Dana’s creativity as she is a master of this artform. Enjoy her blog by clicking HERE for her site!
Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Halloween!