Thursday, May 28, 2009

Etsy Greetings Team Member ScrapbookCompleted

Janelle’s love of paper shows in all of her creations. Throughout her life she has had the support of family and friends to pursue her talent. She likes to say that she picked up her “creative” gene from her parents. If you are the touchy-feely kind of person check out her Springtime Blooms and Window boxes card. The majority of her artwork is very dimensional. Do you have photos just sitting around and you don’t know what to do with them all? Check out her albums that are just waiting for your pictures.

Now let’s learn a little bit more about ScrapbookCompleted.

Enjoy and comments are always welcomed!

How did you get your start in the world of art?
I'm fortunate in that I come from a creative family. My mom is a very crafty and creative person and it evidently rubbed off on me. Actually, I like to think that I got the "creative" gene from my parents! My friends have also played a role in expanding my creative horizons -- one friend introduced me to rubber stamping, another introduced me to quilting.

Do you have a ritual you perform before you start creating?
I wouldn't say I have a ritual but I like to look at different paper designs and get inspiration from them.

What do you like best, the creative process or the final creation?
The final creation is the best! Just the feeling of completing a project that I'm proud of really makes my day!

What are your favorite art media, tools, and supplies?
I love paper! There are so many wonderful decorative papers available in scrapbook stores! I find it hard to control myself sometimes! As far as tools go, I love my paper trimmer, Basic Grey Notch & Die cutting tool, rub-ons, and rubber stamps.

When a creative block happens, what process do you go through to get the creative juices flowing again?
I step away from my craft room for awhile -- sometimes for days. I will look at creative magazines, stamping websites, and nature, to get inspired to create again. I find that other artists on bring me inspiration too.

What do you hope your art says about you?
I hope my art is simply a reflection of me. I am an individual who loves to be creative and hope to inspire others to be creative too. I hope it reflects that I'm a non-materialistic, simple person that likes to share her craft with others.

What is your greatest dream and greatest fear as an artist?
My greatest dream as an artist... to be able to make a living off of my crafts. I would love to be able to work from home doing what I love, making cards and scrapbooks! My greatest fear... going full-time as a crafter only to fail and have to go back to an 8-5 job!

What are your goals in art, and in life?
My goals in art are to branch out and, in addition to my cards/scrapbooks, bring in some creative objects that I haven't had the time to pursue and develop. I have so many crafts that I enjoy, but I don't always have the time to create and sell them. I've made a goal to devote more time to my blog too ( I didn't think I would enjoy writing a blog so much, but it's a nice way toexpress my creativity. My goals in life? I want to have my own business again but be more successful (I owned a personal training [fitness] business years ago). I want to get back to having my own schedule, not that of the corporate world. I want to be able to travel more, win the lottery, and give more to charities.

Tell us a little bit about yourself-where you grew up, your life now, other creative pursuits, other interests and hobbies. I grew up in Montana and never left. I've lived in various cities but always within the state. I love it here and it's nice to have the rest of my family in the state too, including my husband's family. As a child, I was always active, creative, and shy. I loved dance and eventually became an aerobics instructor and personal trainer. Istill love fitness but need to participate more =). Currently I work for a women's weight loss center and I'm enjoying it. Creatively, I've always been crafty but I'm always looking for new things to try! I have made a few quilts, started a couple more, and hope to finish them someday. I like to sew and hope to make more and more of my own clothes in the future. Finally, my pets (2 big dogs & a cat) are a big part of my life as I don't have kids. I couldn't live without them!

Do you have more than one Etsy shop and/or other online shops?
I only have one Etsy shop,, where I sell my paper goods. I also have a blog that I enjoy I'm hoping to commit more time to it this summer. I like to feature my latest creations and other things that I find on Etsy.
If you want to know more please read her blog.

I'm Moving!

I am moving my blog to my website at AJ's Design Artz . I hope you stop by!