Louise Robertson asks...
How did you get into crafting? What was your first crafty make? What is your favourite crafting technique?
I joined docrafts, the leading UK supplier in arts and crafts back in 2004 and before then I had never crafted. When I got the job I was petrified because I knew I would have to be creative (I'm only creative in writing and dreaming) but I was super excited to learn. I began with card making and I was never as good as everyone else and with my first ever card incorporating glitter glue and stamping I knew I had no chance of getting very far as a crafter but then I began scrapbooking in early 2006 and I really fell in love with this type of craft! I had so many photographs, a new camera and nothing stopped me!
My favourite technique at the moment is distressing the edges of my papers and cardstock! I distress with a distressing tool, rip the edges slightly, curl up the edges and ink! It's such fun, so easy and adds dimension to your project.
Debbie Powell asks...
What is your favourite part of your job? Did you craft before you worked for docrafts? How's your inspiration?
I know you may say "yeah right!" but I love PEOPLE. When I met recently with Natasha Jones from Leaf Charity and Paula Giles The Party Plan Guru I told them that I adore meeting people as every person you meet will inspire you in some way and as yet I haven't been proven wrong. Working with so many passionate and friendly people who are creative and inspired by colour, tools, creative products and gadgets and others alike is infectious and inspiring - this is the best part of my job!
I didn't craft before I worked for docrafts but I have no idea WHY NOT! I'm not just saying that...it's brilliant and so wonderful giving someone special a handmade card. The time, the effort and the thought that goes behind a handmade card is priceless!
My inspiration? Well I'm currently recovering from a cold and stress so it is flagging but tomorrow hubby is taking the kids out to visit their great Nan so I can make my requested card for the July Creativity magazine and I am planning away in my head. Actually a print design in today's newspaper has actually inspired tomorrows card!
Sam Burdett asks...
Where do you get your inspiration from? How does blogging enhance your crafting? What three craft items could you not do without?
My inspiration can come from anything - honestly! I recently featured in the Creativity magazine and I mentioned in my piece that inspiration comes from a design on a coffee cup and even the photo frame sat on my desk at work. You just need to look around you and really open your eyes! What colours look beautiful together, does that design on that advert work as a card or a scrapbook template? Try and get inspiration from everything you look at, you read, you touch!
How does blogging enhance my crafting? Oh this is a super easy question and I'm pleased you have asked me. I have met so many wonderful, creative people through blogging who have all encouraged and inspired me to believe in myself and carry on with what I love, whether it's getting published or not. Oooooh even the blogger backgrounds have inspired my recent card making ;-)
The three craft items I could not live without? Well my Xcut trimmer, my Xcut scissors and my glue runner - these get used on EVERY thing I make...the foundations of my creativity.