Thanks for visiting my blog! I was excited to be invited by Julie to do a blog post for the Creative Blog Hop. Thanks, Julie! You can visit her blog here.
Photo credit and a huge thank you goes to my very talented brother-in-law Glenn Nielson.
Sometimes I go for weeks without making something for myself. Because I wanted to make something. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t taken a few hours for myself. So, being asked to be part of this blog hop was awesome! It basically forced me to take some time for myself and do something I wanted to do. So, this project was fun and even therapeutic for me. I hope you love the project I made almost as much as I do!
What am I working on right now?
I’m working on a few things. At home, I’m working on cleaning out and organizing my craft room (as clean as it can be – I just want to see the top of my desk… and maybe the floor too) and planning some classes for next month. I mainly use Stampin’ Up! kits and Paper Pumpkin kits. You can see Stampin’ Up! kits here and learn more about a Paper Pumpkin subscription here. At work (I’m a Concept Artist at the Stampin’ Up! home office), we are getting ready to work on a few future catalogs, which is always exciting!
How does your work differ from others in your genre?
Because I’m a Concept Artist I have to keep my eye on the paper crafting industry as a whole and be aware of what’s up and coming, and that will often show in my work. I get to play around with different styles, techniques, accessories, tools, and stamp sets. My personal style is eclectic, but sometimes an assignment at work will call for simple and clean, masculine, grunge, shabby chic etc. Every day is different!
Why do you create what you do?
Lots of reasons! I could see something that I’m inspired by, maybe I want to learn something new, I might need a specially wrapped gift or card for somebody special, or it could be as simple as an assignment at work.
How does your creativity work?
My desk is usually a mess. On many occasions, I’ve used something I never put away/cleaned up that didn’t work for a past project but it’s perfect for the current project! I will never be a tidy crafter, not going to happen.
Sometimes if I feel stuck, I’ll set my project aside for a day or two and come back to it. You can definitely look at something for too long, it’s real. Coming back to it with a fresh eye often helps me know what to do.
Music or podcasts are a must.
Creativity can come all at once, very slowly, or somewhere in the middle. The key is to keep playing until you love what you’ve made.
Thanks again for visiting my blog, I hope you come back in the future! The next person on the hop is the extremely talented Allison Okamitsu! I know whatever she makes is going to be amazing and you won’t want to miss out, so show her some love next Monday!