I've said it before and I'll say it again, one of the things I love most about this feature is getting to know all y'all a bit better, and even though I've visited Jen's blog countless times, there are a TON of very interesting things I didn't know about her until today.
So get comfy, grab a cuppa, and settle in for a good read about a Moxie Fabber who is as passionate about our craft as they come.
Take it away, Jen!
My name is Jennifer Cuthbertson but my friends call me Jen. My blog is Be Crafty. You can also find my work on Flickr and Splitcoast.
Describe yourself in three short, fun sentences.
I’m married to my best friend, Glen, and we live in San Francisco and we just purchased our first home! I love to travel, craft, garden, cook, and go to baseball games (I’m a huge SF Giants fan and going to their games is probably my favorite way to spend 3 hours in the summer.) I work full time in the financial services industry as an information security policy manager.
How long have you been paper crafting? How did you get involved in paper crafting? What is your favorite aspect of paper crafting?
I’ve always been crafty whether it was tole painting or cross stitching as a kid to making candles in my twenties. I decided to get a second degree in animation when I was in my early thirties and we had to take traditional art classes as a foundation. I fell in love with charcoal drawing and painting, and color theory was probably one of my favorite classes. Around that time I was invited to a Stampin’ Up! workshop and fell in love with the tactile aspect of paper and stamps. I made our cards for Christmas in 2008 and was hooked. I started my blog in May 2009.
What do you like most about the Moxie Fab World? What is your favorite feature and why?
I visit the Moxie Fab World every day over my morning coffee and just love the inspiration that Cath provides! Everything from new trends in color, embellishments, and style are highlighted and it inspires me to try new things. It is so hard to choose a feature but if I must, it would be the Tuesday Trigger and Five for Friday. I love the weekly challenges and visiting blogs I’ve never visited before is so much fun!
We are all moxie fab in our own way. Name one thing that makes you moxie fab.
This is such a hard question to answer but I’ll try! I’m definitely a stickler for details – for every card or tag I create, something usually ends up in the recycle pile because it just wasn’t good enough. I also love the challenge of taking the “rejects” and turning them into something beautiful!
How would you describe your style? Provide an image of a paper crafted project that illustrates that style best.
I’m not sure how to describe my style – dirty and graphic? I definitely lean toward graphic but I’m not sure how clean I am. I usually can’t resist adding some fun trim or other do-dad! One of my favorite projects lately is this retro inspired card. I love the library card, the graphic patterned paper and that great tv die cut. I had some fun with a cork sheet and backed the opening of the tv with it.
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.
I can say I definitely have a “thing” for midcentury art and design with the most recent being the purchase of our Eichler home last month! We’re having a wonderful time taking it back to its roots and trying to stay true to the decade it was built while including some modern conveniences!
For inspiration on that front, I love Mid-Centuria. One of their recent posts was a large assortment of record album covers. Oh how I’d love to frame some of those for my new studio!
There are so many wonderful graphics on that site, I could look at it for days! I also love the Pantone and Design Seeds blogs because I’m a sucker for good color inspiration!
Paper Crafts magazine has produced a great number of special issues over the years. Which has been the most inspiring to you and why?
I always look forward to Holiday Cards & More and just drink it in! I love Christmas and making holiday cards and décor items is so much fun! I think it also has a special place in my heart because I got my start with this hobby by making our Christmas cards and Volume 5 (2010) was the first time I was published with Paper Crafts!
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’ve been supporting Operation Write Home since I started making cards three-and-a-half years ago. I get teary-eyed reading the stories of the families that receive cards from our heroes and am happy that something I love to do can do so much for others. I made this card for the Memorial Day blog hop this year – I just love that little eagle!
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?
Like a lot of us, I am inspired by so many different things – a piece of jewelry or clothing, a painting, or something as simple as the way the light hits a piece of glass in the afternoon. It's fun to see when things we may overlook ever day end up being the “it” thing. I definitely think I’m a trend watcher and love to see how/if they’ll fit with my style. And, I love to see how the trends in various industries come together. In my fall fashion magazines there’s a ton of graphic prints like chevrons and hexagons and it feels like we in the paper crafting world have been working with them for a while now. Watcher and setter? Okay, that’s a stretch. :)
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Dirty and graphic? Don't you just LOVE that twist on such a familiar style name, friends? I wonder if Jen would mind if I borrowed that term from time to time. And I don't know if you clicked through to the sites she listed as inspiring, but WOWZA was I blown away by the Mid-centuria site in particular. I just love being introduced to cool sites like that. And how about Jen's devotion to a very important charity in our industry, Operation Write Home. I really admire it when people use their talents to pay it forward.
I'd like thank Jen for taking the time to work up these answers for me in today's interview as well as thank her for the kind words she said about me and the Moxie Fab World. I'd also like to invite you to leave Jen some love before you go, Moxie Fabber style!
Moxie Fabbers ROCK!