I would like you to meet my friend Angela. She is a paper crafter, a writer, a photographer, a cross stitcher, a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister and a Great Friend. Angela and I met at church several years ago. We made up a core team that supported our Sunday school teachers along with my sister Sarah and our good friend Jacque. We were the creative minds behind the lessons and provided them with games, activities, worksheets and often craft ideas.
When I thought about the creative people I know she was the first one to come to mind for paper crafting. She got me hooked on one of my favorite paper crafting tools, the Crop-a-Dile. I had a chance to sit down and talk with Angela about her creative process and here is what she had to say.
Who got you started on being creative?
My mom started me on my creative journey. She is a very clever woman. She is creative and crafty but most of all she has an attitude of “I can figure it out.” When I was growing up, she did everything from making dresses to repairing small appliances. If there was a way to make it work, Mom took care of it. When I think about who influenced my paper crafting, Betty Adams was one of my biggest influences. She taught me that a simple shape can do so much.
What are your creative outlets?
Besides paper crafting, I like to write, cross-stitch, and paint. I have done some upholstery in the past and spend time with my camera as often as I can.
Today we are going to highlight paper crafting. What is the best thing you ever made?
One year for a silent auction at work, I created a set of 10 cards. I was really pleased with how they turned out and was happy to have them at the auction. That year my card set raised the most money even more than a Braves® jersey. It was very gratifying that they went for a high price but more than that is was so nice to see a cause I care about get a great donation.
Would you share with me a time when your creative process did not go so well?
When I first read this question, I laughed! I could think of sooooo many times when things didn’t go right. There is a point when you just have to say, “this isn’t working” and recycle it. I actually have two garbage cans in my craft room; one for trash and one to recycle something that just didn’t go as I thought it would. I have a quote hanging in my craft room that says, “When life gives you scraps, make something with it.” I can honestly say sometimes the scraps just don’t work out.
What tips would you give someone who wanted to start paper crafting?
As much as possible, don’t spend a ton of money. You can do paper crafting without a $500 die cut machine. Just stick to the basics, the basic shapes, basic markers, and basic tools. You can make great things using shapes like hearts, circles and squares. This is what Betty taught me and I have not forgotten it.
Angela also introduced me to one of my other favorite tools, my Cricut®, but even though we both have one and share a passion for what that tool can do, my interview with her reminded me of all of the beautiful things I made before I had it. The images included in this blog post are things she brought over to share with me that really are just made from shapes. I hope they inspire you as Angela always has inspired me to use the best tool I have, my imagination.
Talk to you soon!