You know that term "out-of-the-box"? And have you noticed that it has become, shall we say, a bit over used? I am just as guilty of it as the next blogger, but I've got to say that trite or not, in the case of Jocelyn's approach to card making, out-of-the-box is exactly the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about her and her style.
I am often, and I mean often, baffled as to the amazing amount of variance there is when you think about the infinite ways that one can fill up the front of an A2 card. I mean, when you really think about it, it's absolutely mind boggling that there are still any creative ideas left. And yet, there so are, and Jocelyn is one of those designers who comes to the party with a plethora of creative approaches, often making me yelp for joy when I see what she has to offer when she plays in one of our many challenges.
But that's just me. See for yourself as you read more about this oh-so-inspiring paper crafter. Take it away, Jocelyn!
My blog name is Jocelyn Olson. My blog is Red Balloon Cards, and I also have galleries at Two Peas in a Bucket and Splitcoaststampers.
Describe yourself in three short, fun sentences.
My husband, two sweet kids and I live in South Dakota. I grew up in the Phoenix suburbs, but since high school, I’ve lived in Michigan, Texas, South Dakota, West Virginia, Kentucky, northern Pennsylvania, and now back in South Dakota where my husband is from. I work as a special education/education research consultant for various states, but since I work from my home, I often find time to squeeze in a paper crafting project during the day instead of doing domestic things I *should* be doing.
How long have you been paper crafting? How did you get involved in paper crafting? What is your favorite aspect of paper crafting?
I was always an entrepreneurial crafty kid—I would make craft projects and sell them, even at 8 years old. I jumped into the scrapbooking world right before my daughter was born—I thought it would be a good idea to make 100+ handmade birth announcements with a newborn.
A couple of years later, I walked into a nearby stamp store, and I began using stamps on almost every project. Primarily, I’m a card maker, but I love to try just about any kind of paper crafting projects. About two years ago, I started using more digital elements, and now I use them on almost every project.
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.
Of course I love the Tuesday Triggers, and it was pretty much the reason I started blogging. I also love the Five for Fridays for the fantastic inspiration.
My all-time favorite posts are Cath’s CHA wrap-ups, like this one. She is so good at condensing the new releases and showing the trends. I’m already looking forward to the next wrap-ups!
We are all moxie fab in our own way. Name one thing that makes you moxie fab.
I had to call my mom for help with this one (since moms are good at that kind of stuff), and she said I’m a risk-taker. I think she’s right—I take things on even if they are new or scary, and I’m always up for a challenge. I think my crafting reflects that, too. I’ll try new techniques and ideas, and sometimes they are an epic failure (like stamping with Barbie’s shoes) and sometimes they turn out surprisingly well.
How would you describe your style? Provide 3-4 images of a paper crafted project that illustrates that style best.
I would say my style is CAS—usually graphic, sometimes fun and cute, and sometimes traditional, but always light on the embellishments. The majority of my cards are hybrids and I use digital papers and elements along with traditional products. I always focus on the sentiments of cards, and I often make my own in order to match the feel or the images on the card.
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 find a ton of inspiration by looking at what digital designers are selling since they always have new products every week. For non-paper crafting sites, I love How About Orange for fantastic crafty ideas, great design, and links to fonts:
I also love to visit CAKE. There is such a mix of design ideas and beautiful photographs. This picture just makes me happy! I used this image as inspiration for card in an upcoming issue of Paper Crafts.
One of my favorite websites is Design Seeds. Sometimes it’s the color schemes and sometimes it’s the photos, but the site is always inspiring.
Paper Crafts magazine has produced a great number of special issues over the years. Which has been the most inspiring to you and why?
All of the special issues rock! I love the new Paper Crafting Tips and Tricks issue. It gave me great ideas of how to use the items I buy but then never know how to use.
My all-time favorite has to be the Card Design Handbook. I could not believe how much I learned about design from that issue! Now I constantly find myself questioning whether something is too high, too low, or in the “sweet spot.”
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?
In real life, I tend to stick to classics with a little funkiness thrown in (I have a print of a giant cereal bowl on my mantel), but I’m not very trendy. When it comes to paper crafting, though, I’m a big trend-watcher. I think it’s always good to stretch myself and try new techniques and styles, and looking at trends is great way to find new ideas.
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Don't you just love Jocelyn's style, friends? I also love that she incorporates so many digital elements in her paper crafting. I'm all about easy access these days, and think that digital meets many of those needs. I also relate strongly to the way she approaches trends. I don't consider myself to be a trendy person who has a trendy personal style, but I am profoundly inspired by trends because I think they shake things up and encourage us to stretch ourselves to stay fresh.
My thanks to Jocelyn for taking the time to answer my questions today, and thanks also for the kind words she said about me and the Moxie Fab World.
How 'bout you? How has Jocelyn inspired you today? Be sure and leave her some love, Moxie Fabber style!
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