September 3, 2012

Moxie Fabber of the Week: Gayatri Murali

And how are all y'all this fine Monday? For those of us in the States it is Labor Day, and I hope it's proving to be a fun and relaxing day! And though it isn't a holiday in Australia, it is a very special day for our Moxie Fabber of the Week, Gayatri Murali.

An avid card maker, Gayatri is a frequent player in the Moxie Fab World and her bright, bold designs are always striking. As a prolific Pinner, Gayatri has 72 boards and 5,836 pins on Pinterest, and as one of her followers, I am always drawn to what is currently catching her eye.

She's a fantastically skilled stamper, she'll try anything that's fun and new, and she's simply moxie fab. Let's get to know her a little better, shall we?

Take it away, Gayatri!

What is your full name? What is your screen name? Do you have a blog or an on-line gallery?

G’day everybody! My name is Gayatri Murali. My screen name is scrapawayg3 and my blog is HandmadebyG3. You can also find my projects at my Flickr Gallery.

Describe yourself in three short, fun sentences.

I live in Australia with my husband, two children and dog. I am a vegetarian, love coffee, driving and cooking delicious curries. :) I work part time as a therapist for children with autism.

How long have you been paper crafting? How did you get involved in paper crafting? What is your favorite aspect of paper crafting?

I started papercrafting in 2006. I live in Australia and my parents and in-laws live in India. The grandparents missed seeing their grandchildren grow, so I started making scrapbook pages of my kids and their achievements and sent the album across the sea. With Skype and the Internet, the grandparents could talk to the children so I started shifting my focus onto cards. Now I am a full-time card maker. I like to sit at my craft desk and create. I feel serene and relaxed while crafting. My favorite aspect is the design process. I love when I can put what I imagine on the card and it turns out well.

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?

I love everything about Moxie Fab World! I love Trend Talk as it keeps me updated on all the new trends and how these trends can be used on the card. I love the inspirational pictures in the Tuesday Trigger feature week after week. They make me think outside the box. How Pinteresting! is another awesome feature. I just love what Cath finds from Pinterest. They are great source of inspirations.

But my all-time favourite feature is Moxie Talk. I like how each of the Paper Crafts Go-to Gals find trends, talk about it and bring the trends into the projects. I like reading how the girls think and design. Fantastic feature!

My favourite post is 8 Tips to Create a Challenge-Winning Project. Not just because Cath featured my card in it (wink!), but also because of the fantastic tips Cath has spelled out with examples.

We are all moxie fab in our own way. Name one thing that makes you moxie fab.

Umm! This is a very tough question to answer. I don’t consider myself to be moxie fab. I try to create what I like at the time and go with the flow. But I am not afraid to use bold patterns and bright colours.

How would you describe your style? Provide an image of a paper crafted project that illustrates that style best.

I would describe my style as bright, bold and clean. I love clean lines, bright colours and bold patterns. I love to see a wow factor on my cards.




Name three non-paper crafting blogs/websites that you find to be inspiring. Include a statement that describes why you keep returning to each site for inspiration.

Pinterest: Gosh! I am addicted to it. It is like an ocean. Never fails to inspire me. I love it.

I love the colour orange. So I always visit How About Orange. There is always something exciting to admire or a DIY or just print and use. Great blog.

This website is for my personal use. It is called The Organised Housewife. I try my best to be organized and this website gives me all the help to be one. The more I am organized, the more time to craft! LOL!

Attach an image of a paper crafted project of which you are the most proud or that means the most to you. Include a brief statement that explains why.


I really love this card and very proud of it because I have coordinated so many stamp sets from different manufacturers. It also keeps up with the current trend - Typography. This card was inspired by this picture from Pinterest:


Where do you get most of your paper crafting inspiration? Why do you find so much inspiration there?

My inspiration comes from anything and everything. I have a little book in my handbag. If I think something I am looking at will work on a card, I write it down immediately. I can look at a little girl’s skirt and love the colours or prints on it. I look at an advertisement and draw inspiration from that. A magazine cover, wrappers, tea towels, stationery… If I stare at anything for more than three minutes, my husband and my kids start laughing. They joke and say mummy is getting inspired. LOL! But Pinterest has been my latest go-to place. It has everything you want and more.

Do you consider yourself to be a trend-watcher? Why or why not? Do you feel that trend-watching is important to your creativity? Why or why not?

I am definitely a trend watcher. But at the same time, the new trend has to suit my style and work for me long term. I think trend watching is important for me as I like to see something new every now and then on my card. It keeps me on track with rest of the world. Here is a card I made for the Minty Fresh Challenge in the Moxie Fab World where I have used the minty green on the scooter with pastel pink on the background. Both the colours are very trendy at the moment.


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Bold and bright about sums it up, right friends? And I'm not just talking about her cards! :) I love Gayatri's attitude towards trends--that it's important to be aware of them, but equally important to incorporate them in a manner that fits well with her own personal style.

What I also love about Gayatri is that she always brings a fresh and unique approach to the challenges she enters here in the Moxie Fab World, and I always look forward to what I'm going to see after the "click."

I'd like to thank Gayatri for taking the time and trouble to answer my questions for today's interview, and I'm grateful for her kind words about me and the Moxie Fab World.

Be sure and leave her some love before you go. How has Gayatri inspired you today?

Moxie Fabbers ROCK!

~Cath

54 comments:

Beverley said...

Yay! Congrats Gayatri you are awesomely FAB!

Deb Lorence said...

Well done Gayatri! Your "Thanks so much" card caught my eye. Love the leaves!

kerenbaker said...

Love your style Gayatri and your positive attitude too!

Wida said...

Well deserved .. you are a fantastic card maker and it was fun reading more about you!

Tona said...

These are all fantastic. I love your use of color, Gayatri. All of the cards seem so full of life.

terisplace said...

So nice reading about you today, Gayatri!
Love your cards!

Teri

Handgathered said...

Gayatri, I like your explanation of Pinterest: like an ocean.
Your cards are wonderful.

Lin said...

Congratulations, Gayatri! It was really fun reading all about you and how you create! LOVE that first card!!

Marybeth said...

Congrats Gayatri! I sure enjoyed learning a bit more about you and your style.

Kelly Griglione said...

This is such a cool feature, I love learning more about fellow card creators! Gayatri always showcases something fabulous and inspiring, great pick, Cath! The typography card is so cool, I don't think I've seen a card like that before. I'm always the most impressed when that happens, because, let's face it, we see a lot of cards on the internet!

Pamela Haskin said...

So nice to meet you. Your work is so amazing! I love your vivid colors. Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us.

Debby said...

Congrats Gayatri! Love your style :)

Paperpicnic said...

Congratulations Gayatri on being selected as Moxie Fabber of the Week! I've been browsing your work and all of your projects are beautiful! You are well-deserving of this title! I look forward to reading your blog and seeing more of your creative cards! Bravo!

Handmade Cards by Archana said...

Congrats Gayatri!!It was nice to read more about you.I always love your clean and crisp cards.

Rachel W K said...

her cards are gorgeous. i love the inspiration from that subway art sign, what an amazing card that came from it! Thanks!

Laura B. said...

Big congrats, Gayatri! You are totally moxie fab! Love your style!

Agata said...

Congrats Gayatri! Good to get to know you a bit better! Love your creations! They inspire me! :)

lostinpaper said...

Congrats on your Moxie Fabness Gayatri! You *always* inspire me and I'm definitely one of your biggest fans, you totally ROCK!

Virginia L. said...

How awesome to learn more about Gayatri! I am a big fan of her original and beautiful work! Truly inspiring interview! Congrats, Gayatri!! You go, girl!

Lyndal said...

LOVE your work Gayatri - HUGE CONGRATS :)

Suzanne D. said...

WOO HOO, Gayatri!!! SO happy for you! Luv you!!

Barb said...

I love the cards you shared to day, Gayatri - but then again, I always love your cards! Congrats on being Moxie Fabber of the Week! So fun reading more about you! :)

Robin K. said...

Congrats on being featured as MFTW! I've always admired your style and love the work you shared here today! I need to check out that Organized Housewife blog- I'll take all the help I can get to have more crafting time in my day:)

Simone said...

Congratulations Gayatri! Your cards are wonderful and it's nice to get to know you some more! I see you're a fellow WA girl! Yay! :)

Helen F. said...

Congrats to Gayatri! It was great reading about her. Love her bright and cheery cards.

Mirta Sanchez said...

Gayatri, you were one of the first stampers/card makers I came across when I first started participating in MFW challenges. I bookmarked you and frequently visit your site. I must say I am (not so slightly) intimidated by your skill although I am aware of how foolish that sounds! You have such a distinctive style which I always find inspirational! Still currently on the hunt for my personal style...Congratulations on your MFOTW status!

Cecilia Hsieh said...

Congrats Gayatri! Love all your cards!

Kara Lynne said...

Gayatri brings so much to this card making community! Such an amazing and talented lady. Thanks for letting us know more about you, Gayatri!

Mendi said...

Love your bright, graphic style Gayatri! These cards are awesome! :)

Nina Yang said...

Yay! Congrats on being the Moxie Fabber of the week Gayatri!

PennyLine said...

Gayatri, thanks for sharing. Your style and way of thinking are so inspiring. It's great to get to know you.

N@ Ali said...

HUGE FAN here!!! great to know you a bit more, Gayatri!

Emilia said...

Gayatri, I really love your style. I am a follower of your blog and pinterest. Your designs inspire me a lot. I love the way you use colours.

donna mikasa said...

Love your style, Gayatri! You ARE Moxie Fab!

Hussena said...

Congrats Gayatri ..so happy to see you as the moxie fabber for this month ...your work is always so gorgeous and i have been a fan and follower for quite some time now...its great to get to know a little bit more about you and your creative process too :)

maria f. said...

Gayatri always inspires!

Piali said...

YAY!!! Congrats Gayatri!!
Your work is amazing, when it comes to colors you're a true ROCKSTAR!!

Donna said...

Gayatri is totally moxie fab! I love her style and know that when I visit her blog, I am in for a treat.

Jennie said...

Congrats Gayartri! Lovely reading more about you and your cards are beautiful.

TLady said...

LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your cards Gayatri!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!! :) CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen to be Featured! :)

Isha said...

YAY!!! Huge Congratulations Gayatri. Superb interview :)

Melissa Shea said...

I love getting to know other crafters! Love your style-makes me smile :)

Marlena M. said...

Congratulations Gayatri! You are a very talented artist.

Angi said...

Big Congrats. I love her style. It's so fresh and clean!

Aimes said...

Yay! Congrats, Gayatri - we knew you were Moxie Fab already but now it's OFFICIAL! :)
Hugs!
x

Gayatri Murali said...

Thank You so much for featuring me as a Moxie Fabber, Cath! It is an honour to be featured.
And thank you so much all of you for the lovely comments. Your comments gave me a big smile which kept going throughout the day. Thanks so much for making my day:)

jintyoo7 said...

Terrific news, Seeing you has Moxie Fabber, Gayatri - I love everything you create! Hope you had fun making the interview - it was great getting to know some more about you :)

bjmartin said...

Congratulations Gayatri! I have admired your style for quite a while - it is fun to learn more about you!

Nerina said...

YAY Gayatri! So good to see her featured today - and so well deserved!

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

It's great learning more about you, Gayatri! Congrats! :)

Trinh said...

Congrats, Gayatri! Your cards are stunning & I enjoyed learning more about you.

JJ Bolton said...

Yay Gayatri! Love your style and so happy to see you highlighted as the Moxie Fabber of the Week!

Michelle N. said...

I love your work-the birthday card simply ROCKS! Also, you have gained "The Organized Housewife" a new follower!

jen said...

Great creations! Congrats on your moxie fab spotlight!