November 5, 2012

Moxie Fabber of the Week: Jessi Fogan

Our Moxie Fabber of the Week, Jessi Fogan, is one of the most supportive card makers I know. Always commenting with a kind and witty word, I know her as onecraftymama even better than I know her as Jessi.

What I didn't know about Jessi is, well, a lot. It's funny how even though I know Jessi to be a fun, lovely, and skillful card maker, I haven't had a true sense of who she is until I read this interview. That's what I love about this feature. I just love that we can all get to know one another a little better as the weeks pass by.

And so, without further ado, join me in getting to know onecraftymama a bit better. Take it away, Jessi!

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

Hi! I’m Jessi Fogan, and my blog is called One Crafty Mama.

Describe yourself in three short, fun sentences.

I am lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mother to two boys, Connor and Riley, who are on their way into the teen years. They both have autism, so I am a fierce advocate, translator, therapist, and teacher. With all that free time, I love to craft, read, watch TV dramas, and ZUMBA.

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

Crafts have been a part of my life for nearly as long as I can remember - cross-stitch, crochet, collage, cards. I think becoming involved in paper crafting was a natural progression of my creativity. Previously I’d always worked from patterns because of the crafts I chose, but paper crafting (even with stamps and pre-printed papers) is much more of a personal expression. Between a husband, two kids, three cats, and a dog, space is at a premium in our house, so I have a corner carved out of our computer room that is lovingly referred to as my "crap corner." I love being able to incorporate different techniques and styles into my paper art, and how even five minutes at my desk can brighten my whole day.

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.

Like everyone else, I have a hard time picking "just one" – the Tuesday Trigger just narrowly edges out the others because by playing along and checking out how others are inspired, I’ve been able to stretch my own creativity in countless ways. Quite possibly my favourite Trigger was Simple Elegance as I think it helped push me into a new comfort level, including white space and quilling freehand.



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

I’m freaking hilarious.

How would you describe your style? Provide 3-4 images of a paper crafted project that illustrates that style best.

My style is really quite eclectic. I love the look of clean and simple cards, and I love the fussiness and detail of quilling. I’m also a patterned paper addict! I love sewing (on paper only!) and often sew buttons or crochet details on cards.





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.

Picking a single manufacturer? Yikes. BasicGrey and My Mind’s Eye are both companies whose paper lines inspire me. A rather new one to me is Simple Stories. I picked up the Summer Fresh collection earlier this year, and am intent on using every single scrap. I just adore it!

My favourite creation using this collection (and there have been dozens!) is an anniversary card that I made for my friend Lindsay to give to her husband. Lindsay has her own business, uncannypreserves.com, and how perfect is this?


What is your favorite column in Paper Crafts magazine and why?

I love Stamp It! Techniques – often these feature some awesome products that I’ve yet to try, or am not yet confident playing with. Seeing what the different designers have created can often sway me one way or the other when it comes to deciding whether or not to spend my limited craft dollars on a new type of product.

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?

This question for me is related to my previous answer. I definitely consider myself a trend-watcher, but not necessarily a follower. I often feel like I’m the last one to hop on a bandwagon – which is not to say my crafty wishlist isn’t a mile long! I try to wait before diving in and purchasing trendy items, and first see what I might have in my own stash to recreate them. In that sense, trend-watching is very important to my creativity, because if a trend appeals to me, it pushes me to recreate it from supplies I already have on hand.

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The word that comes to my mind first when I think of Jessi is versatile. She enjoys trying a lot of different styles and techniques and she is very confident in their execution. And I just love her view of trend-watching as well. My favorite line? I definitely consider myself a trend-watcher, but not necessarily a follower. Because isn't that what this whole trend-watching thing is all about, friends? Being aware of trends so you can decide which ones appeal and which ones don't appeal? It's the way to keep our paper crafted designs fresh and yet still claim them to be our own.

I'd like to thank Jessi for taking the time and trouble to work up the answers to my questions today, and to express my gratitude for hanging out in the Moxie Fab World as much as she does. She's definitely a bright spot in this little world of ours, and I'm so glad that I got the chance to get to know her better today.

Be sure and leave Jessi some love before you go friends!

Moxie Fabbers ROCK,

~Cath

46 comments:

Barb said...

Jessi certainly is onecraftymomma! I recently had the honor of meeting her and her handsome band of men and she is even more Moxie Fab in person! We hit it off (as I knew we would) and she won't be able to shake me now. Love her to bits! :)

Annette said...

Congrats to Jessi...she is a friend and so happy to see her as this weeks Moxie Fabber...woohoo...

Beate said...

Congratulations Jessi! Loved learning a bit more about you. I loved your answer that you were hilarious. You made me laugh! Another proof that you ARE hilarious!

Hugs and smiles

walchowDesign said...

Congrats Jessi! So happy to see you here and glad to know you a little bit better!

JJ Bolton said...

I’m so excited to see Jessi featured as the Moxie Fabber of the Week! I have a special place in my crafty heart for this gal:) Not only does she have a wicked sense humor and can quill like nobody’s business, but she was one of the first (and best) friends I ever made through my blog. It was like meeting a friend for life on the first day of kindergarten;) Jessi is truly Moxie Fab and I am so lucky to know her!

Dana said...

Wow!!! Congrats Jessi!! Jessi is an awesome person AND crafter!!

Virginia L. said...

Jessi is a fabulous card maker with a big heart! I love her take on life and humor and her personality truly shine through in her comments and work! Congrats, Jessie, on the Moxie Fab feature! Way to go!

Angela Fehr said...

Jessi! How awesome to see a fellow Scrapbooker's Paradise dt member featured on the Moxie Fab World blog! Congratulations and hugs to you!

Jen W. said...

Whoop whoop!!! SO EXCITED to see Jessi here today! She is such an awesome chick - super funny and one of the most supportive people out there. :)

Wendy ten Hove said...

How cool to see Jessi here! Congrats, Jessi! She really deserves it, it's true what you say that she always gives the sweetest and most original comments! And I'm always amazed by her huge amount of beautiful cards!!
Hugs, Wendy

Scrapycandy said...

Thank you Jessi! Just terrific to hear from you.

Linda said...

So excited to see you on here jess!!! Congrats you talented gal!!

Leslie Hanna said...

whoot! whoot! whoot!

I love your interview. You have sooo arrived, girl! HAHAHA!And now I'm pretty sure we were separated at birth.

Congratulations!

~amy~ said...

Wonderful choice of Moxie Fab Goodness!!! Jessi is super fantabulous and trust her.... She IS freaking hilarious!

Mirta Sanchez said...

Congratulations Jessi! Always nice to see new (to me) faces!

Dee in N.H. said...

Congrats Jessi! I loved meeting you and especially love reading the comments that just reinforce what a special person you are to a lot of people!!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Jessi sounds like sounds like lots of fun and someone I'd love to meet!
I'll definitely be checking out her blog.

Amanda Coleman said...

Congrats Jessi! Your quilling is mesmerizing!

yyam said...

Hooray for Jessi! She is the sweetest blogger and makes the cutest cards! So glad she's this week's Moxie Fabber!:)

ScrappySandie said...

Wow! Congrats to Jessi! Great to see her featured here! So nice to get to her a bit better...I already love her creations. I agree, she IS versatile...AND talented...AND hilarious!
A real sweety too.
Sandie

Lindsey said...

Woo hoo, Jessi!

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is freaking awesome, Jessi! I'm so happy that Cath made you Moxie Fabber of the Week!! Freaking awesome!!

Wida said...

I love the part where you think you're hilarious, because I say the same about myself! Jessi, I adore your supportive comments and your quilling is phenomenal! You are totally Moxi Fab!

Barbara said...

Congrats on being a Moxie Fabber Of The Week. I love your cards and the creativity you show with the sewing, crocheting and quilling! Thanks for sharing with us!!!

Lisa P said...

Congrats! Your style is gorgeous.

Cindy C. said...

Congrats Jessi! Love your projects, they are extraordinary!

Tristan said...

Congrats, Jessi! I love your work. Did you find it hard to learn quilling?

Tina
aurathentic@gmail.com

Marlena M. said...

Oh Yes, Jessi is Moxie Fab for sure~Congratulations!!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Wowsers...I love the whimsy in Jessi's work. It is fresh, unique and personal. I think the word that comes to mind is "authentic". She's not trying to be hip, or mod, or trendy...she's just being herself in her cards...and herself is pretty wonderful. Thanks for introducing me to Jessi's work!

Ro Donner said...

Love Jessi's quilling! Beautiful. And that new paper collection is....warmful. I know that's not a word, but it describes the feeling this paper gives me....warm, comforting, by-the-fire kind of paper. Warmful.

Lisa Arana said...

Jessi is freaking hilarious and so MOXIE FAB. LOVE this girl!

Maureen Morton said...

What a great gal - thanks for introducing her to us all. Jessi, you are so supportive and creative - all good!

Emily Keaton said...

A HUGE congratulations to my friend Jessi!! She is so supportive of her fellow papercrafters. I always get a lift when I see her smiling face among my blog commenters. She is also extremely prolific, has a great business selling her handmade creations weekly at her local farmer's market, and super, duper creative, not to mention talented. Quilling? She's got it covered. Crocheting? She's made miles of blankets and showers her friends with the most EXQUISITE crocheted diecut mats. And, yes, it's true: she IS freaking hilarious. Big hugs to you, my friend, and enjoy your time in the MFW spotlight!!!

TLady said...

BEAUTIFUL cards Jessi!!!!!!! :) AND CONGRATULATIONS on being featured! :) LOVE your quilling! SUCH PATIENCE!!!!!! :) I'm with you on the trend watch, use what you have FIRST! :)

Dorothy C. said...

Quilling is not something I aspire to try but boy do I like looking at quilled cards. I admire those who can do it and Jessi's cards are beautiful. Jessi, you are a true Moxie Fabber!!!

jimlynn said...

Jessi!!! You are such a creative and beautiful person. Congrats to you and just couldn't be happier for you. You ROCK!!
Lynn

Helen F. said...

Oh Jessi is just delightful! So nice to read more details about her...great cards always too :o)

Colleen Dietrich said...

Congrats, Jessi! It is nice to get to know you. :)

Trinh said...

Woo hoo, congrats, Jessi! She certainly is one crafty mama and it was a pleasure getting to know her a little bit better.

Karin Ã…kesdotter said...

WONDERFUL to see you and your beautiful cards here! BIG CONGRATS Jessi! Hugs, Karin

~Tammy~ said...

I just love this lady! She is a true advocate and humor is the best medicine! You couldn't have picked a better lady to showcase this week! Woohoo so happy to see Jessi featured! Congrats sweet lady!

lostinpaper said...

GO Jessi!! You are Moxiefablicious!

bjmartin said...

Hi Jessi - Nice to meet you and learn a bit about you!

Adrienne Crist said...

The time I took to read Jess's interview was worth every minute! I immediately loved her when she shared about her Autistic children as I have one also. Her perspective is awesome, especially when it comes to trend watching. I could use her standard of checking through my supplies to re-create the trend using what you have, isn't that what crafting is about anyways, making things yourself? On top of all that wonderful personality of hers is an amazing creative ability! Her cards are fresh, original and unique and that's what makes her so MoxieFab!

terisplace said...

Great reading about you today, Jessi!
Enjoy your week in the spotlight!

CanadianScraps43 said...

Wow so freakin happy for you friend. You so deserve to be here and I am so excited that you are being featured here in the Moxie Fab world. Your work is amazing and your heart for encouraging others is what makes me love you so much. Thanks for supporting me on my journey though my traveling on this path has been been less travel these days due to illness. But popping in here and seeing your beautiful Canadian face smiling back of me was worth the return. Love you, and your work. Hugs.