And while I remain amazed at the way she reaches out to people (including arranging this lovely blog hop with Lorena Canto for little old moi), what I have loved the most about Virginia is watching her card designs evolve, grow, and change. She loves to try new things and you can tell that this eagerness enhances her approach to card design as she learns from each new challenge she jumps into.
I'm very excited for you to read her interview today, friends, as another thing I have learned about Virginia is that she is full of surprises!
Take it away, Virginia!
My name is Virginia Lu and my Flickr name is Virginia L. The idea for my blog name, Yes, Virginia…, came from the famous saying “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”
Describe yourself in three short, fun sentences.
I was born and raised in Taiwan but I have now lived in Canada for over half of my life. I am blessed with two wonderful children and a loving, supportive husband. When NOT working at my hubby’s medical office, I love creating cards, layouts, and making yummy food.
How long have you been paper crafting? How did you get involved in paper crafting? What is your favorite aspect of paper crafting?
As a young girl growing up in Taiwan, I was always fascinated with stationery stores. One of my favorite pastimes during my university days was to browse these stores and all the beautiful paper products they would carry. I never considered myself a crafty person but more of a language person (I can speak four languages!), so it wasn’t until my second child, David, was born that I started making cards.
My cards were very simple back then. I only had a few stamps and some paper from the LSS. Since my son was a fussy baby, card making became my “therapy”. I never took the hobby seriously until my oldest child, Stephanie, left for university in 2009. It was during that fall when I joined the Hero Arts Flickr Group after buying my first stamp from them. Since then I’ve been an active member. It was those weekly challenges that got me hooked on card making!
What I love about paper crafting is the process of self-learning, experimentation, and sharing the experience with fellow card makers. It is great that we can get the instant gratification that comes with uploading a new creation and getting feedback from online friends/bloggers.
What do you like most about the Moxie Fab World? What is your favorite feature and why? Do you have a favorite all-time post? If so, list the URL and tell why you like it so much.
Everything in the Moxie Fab World inspires me! I particularly like the Tuesday Trigger feature. After taking part in numerous Tuesday Trigger challenges, I realized how much I love the photo inspirations. I take every chance to enter the challenges as they help me stretch my creativity.
This recent post is one of my favourites! I think Cath made some really excellent points about creating and designing. No matter what your level is (whether you are a beginner or more experienced), we all have so much to learn from these insights. I guess I like this post even more because Cath used one of my cards as an example!
We are all moxie fab in our own way. Name one thing that makes you moxie fab.
I am always learning new things about paper crafting and I am not afraid to make mistakes. Some of my cards do not turn out so great, but that’s OK. It’s all part of the creative process! I literally pour my heart out to share my work and I love to give my fellow paper crafters positive feedback and encouragement whenever I can.
How would you describe your style? Provide an image of a paper crafted project that illustrates that style best.
I am still finding out about having a signature style as I honestly think I do not have a distinctive one. BUT I do know that I tend to make simple, fun, and creative kinds of cards. I strive to make cards that will have both a WOW factor and something to make the receiver smile.
Who is your favorite manufacturer and why? What is your favorite all-time collection and why? Have you created a paper crafted project using this collection? If so, feel free to attach it.
My go-to manufacturers for my paper-crafting are Hero Arts, Lawn Fawn, BasicGrey and SRM Stickers for the amazing selection of sentiments and journaling. These projects show just that:
Do you consider yourself to be a card maker or a scrapbooker? If you are a card maker, why do you prefer it over scrapbooking? If you are a scrapbooker, why do you prefer it over card making? If you do both, what do you like about card making that is different from scrapbooking and/or vice versa?
I am more of a card maker than a scrapbooker because I make way more cards than layouts. I do love both though for different reasons. Card making is fun because in such a small space you can design a theme, stamp the images, and add embellishments. It’s very liberating. For scrapbooking, I often make layouts for my own family photos. By keeping the photo the centerpiece of my page, I am reminded of all the blessings in my life. In that sense, scrapbooking helps keep me “grounded”!
Attach an image of a paper crafted project which you are the most proud or that means the most to you. Include a brief statement that explains why.
I am sharing this card from last year’s Stamp It! Week Challenge. It was my first challenge win in Moxie Fab World. I was absolutely thrilled about this win because it shows how far that I had come.
Where do you get most of your paper crafting inspiration? Why do you find so much inspiration there? If there is a link, please provide it.
Like most paper crafters, I love browsing through Etsy and Pinterest. Ordinary, everyday things though are still a constant and readily available source of inspiration to me. For example, sometimes I am inspired by cookies I have made or a simple salad I’m eating. The window displays I see when I’m shopping are also a good source of inspiration. This is a photo of a salad that I made:
It inspired me to make this card:
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Isn't Virginia just lovely, friends? How cool would it be to be able to speak four languages? And I just love that Virginia finds inspiration all around her, proving that even something as ordinary as a salad can be the inspiration for something as pretty as the birthday card she shared above.
Join me in congratulating Virginia for being featured here today by leaving her some love in the comments. :)
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