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!
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!