Jennifer and I started getting to know one another nearly a year ago when she emailed me after having been named a winner on one of our weekly Winnerday! posts. She mentioned how timely her win was because she had just recently been through some life-changing experiences, and she talked about how nice it was to have something like winning a prize in the Moxie Fab World to lift her spirits.
Of course I followed through with her to see how she was coming along, and now we correspond on a regular basis, whether through commenting on one anothers' blogs or via email. We have a lot in common--a love for coffee (which I sadly have had to give up recently), a passion for this industry, and a deep-seated love for nature which fortifies us each and every day.
But what stands out about Jennifer the most for me is her courage. She's going through some pretty tough stuff right now, and while she has every right to complain and moan and groan about the cards she has been dealt, she faces each new challenge with bravery and a smile, and she absolutely astounds me.
Not only that, but she's one heckuva cardmaker and she turned me on to THIS decadent cookie recipe! I mean seriously, what's not to love?
But enough chit chat from me! Take it away, Jennifer!
My name is Jennifer Scull, and my blog is called Just Coffee Please….and Stamps and Ribbons and Paper.
Describe yourself in three short, fun sentences.
I have been married to my college sweetheart, David, for 26 years & we have 3 handsome sons. When I asked my family how best to describe myself, my oldest son immediately said, “You are addicted to coffee and zombies, Mom!” Since having so many guys in the house, I have learned to embrace the color pink in almost all of my crafting, well, actually in pretty much all of my life! :)
How long have you been paper crafting? How did you get involved in paper crafting? What is your favorite aspect of paper crafting?
I have been paper crafting for a little over 10 years. I started playing around with scrapbooks, but then went to that one Stampin’ Up! party and was hooked on rubber stamping. I now create altered projects, cards, a few scrapbook pages here and there, and just whatever I can think to make with papers!
I love to be able to lose myself in the act of creating…. It is so very therapeutic for me. I’ve had to deal with some pretty icky health issues in the past few years, so paper crafting has been a way for me to relax, move beyond pain, and hopefully create a few projects that can pass along a bit of joy to someone else. I never have any idea what something I make is going to look like when it is finished, so the journey of creating is as much an act of discovery for me as it is a relaxation. I take my time and try to never rush. I get lost in the sense of textures in the papers & embellishments. And if I know that what I’m making is for a particular person, I often pray for them while I am creating.
What do you like most about the Moxie Fab World? What is your favorite feature and why? (Features include Moxie Monday, Tuesday Trigger, How Pinteresting, Heavens to Betsy, It's Etsy!, Out & About in the Moxie Fab World, Five for Friday, Oh My Moxie Fab!, etc.) Do you have a favorite all-time post? If so, list the URL and tell why you like it so much.
I absolutely ADORE the Oh My Moxie Fab! feature. Cath always finds the most fantastic things to spotlight! I know that with each featured photo, I am going to smile and my heart will soar!
We are all moxie fab in our own way. Name one thing that makes you moxie fab.
Me? Moxie fab? I hardly think so….maybe that I can name over 100 Starbucks locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and parts of New York. I kinda sorta have this little bitty "thing" about Starbucks and coffee and coffee and more coffee. On the plus side, it did help one of my sons get a job at his college Starbucks! Tee hee!
Name a paper crafter who inspires you. Why are you drawn to his or her work?
Without a doubt, I am inspired by Melissa Phillips. She can take the most ordinary, everyday objects and turn them into the most gorgeous, shabby chic vintage projects EVER! She is a queen in my book that I so admire. Plus her honest, humble attitude, love for her family, and devotion to her faith always bring a smile to my face. I know she has been mentioned many times in this section, but that is for a reason!
How would you describe your style? Provide 3-4 images of a paper crafted project that illustrates that style best.
I am shabby and old…. Well, I guess I should re-phrase that! My style tends to lean toward the vintage and shabby chic with a bit of whimsy thrown in. ;) Almost everything I make ends up distressed – that is my absolute favorite technique! I adore vintage buttons and trims. My husband and I love to go to antique stores, so I’m always on the lookout for goodies to put on my paper crafted projects. I also do a lot of re-purposing of items. You just never know if a belt loop from one of my sons’ pair of shorts or a stray tea tag or a piece of a wine cork or maybe even a few leaves or twigs will appear on a card. I tend to use a lot of things that my husband would just as soon I throw away!
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 include it.
Without a doubt I am a BasicGrey girl from the word go. I love every single collection they have ever released, and for some I have actually gone through numerous paper pads. I like many different companies, but I always, always come home to BasicGrey. They appeal to my vintage nature, but also have papers that work well for the many masculine cards I make for my guys.
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 was an only child, growing up in a divorced household back in a time when it was very unusual. Not only that, but I lived with my father rather than my mother for most of my childhood. He and I had a very special relationship – he was the king of my universe! Sadly, he passed away just a few short weeks following the birth of our second son.
When I saw this image from A Day for Daisies, it took me back to the days of playing ‘horsey’ on my dad’s knees. Oh my goodness, how I would laugh! So of course I made a card, knowing that I would never, ever give it away. The card is far from perfect, just like me, but in all my imperfections, my dad never gave up on me and loved me unconditionally. I love and miss you, Daddy!
The next project that is very special to me is this card that was my first-ever piece published. I can’t even begin to tell you the thrill of receiving that email to tell me that something I had made was worthy of being put into a magazine. Good golly, you coulda knocked me over with a feather! And what made it even more special was that the stamp was another that symbolized my father – this time as I imagined him walking with one of his grandsons. And yes, that IS BasicGrey paper! ;)
I haven’t been published often, but I do know that it won’t happen if you don’t submit to calls. You just have to bite the bullet, put those brave boots on, and do it! Be confident in who you are and what you create. Don’t try to be anyone except yourself. (Now I need to listen to my own advice and submit more often, too!)
Where do you get most of your paper crafting inspiration? Why do you find so much inspiration there?
I find a lot of my inspiration by visiting other crafters’ blogs, but also at Etsy and Pinterest. I love to see the colors and styles people use, not only in their paper crafting, but also just in photographs in general. I am a person who is big on nature and textures. I can see a photo of a country scene and find something that inspires my next project.
Nature is crucial to me when it comes to not only my crafting inspiration, but also just my personal well-being. I laugh that I really need my trees! My craft room is almost all windows. I love to watch the birds and squirrels playing outside. Rain or shine, snow or sleet, I am happy in all of it. I like to be able to take something from what I see outside and convey it somehow on my project, whether it is with colors, actual images, or just by using a twig I picked up while out with my dogs.
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 like to watch the trends, but I do still play with what I like. Now this is not to say that I can’t be easily swayed by things I see! :) My first love will always be vintage – that won’t change. But gosh oh golly, it sure is fun to add new things like chevrons and hexagons and flair and washi tape and all the other things that are trendy right now. I’m currently attempting the chalkboard technique, and will post on my blog if I ever hit success!
I do think that part of playing along with some of the trends is pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones, which is good from time to time. I embrace my style and who I am as a crafter, but also know that I need to try to get better at what I do or else I will stagnate. As in life, stagnation is never a good thing. I need to always be learning and trying new things. If it works, great. If not, no biggie. I haven’t lost anything by trying.
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That's the thing about these interviews. Right? I thought I knew so much about Jennifer, but come to find out there's just so much more to know. I really appreciate how open and honest she has been with us today. I also love that she shared the card that was published in Paper Crafts magazine. I totally remember that card! It is one of my favorites!
I hope you have enjoyed Jennifer's interview today as much as I have, friends. Be sure and leave her some love before you go, Moxie Fabber sytle!
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