This week we find out how Craft Consortium Desgin Team member Julie Lavalette got into crafting, what she hopes to try her hand at this year and exactly why she LOVES Shell Rummel's Bloom Beautiful designs so much.
1) Hi Julie, can you tell us a little more about your work and where it all started?
I have always enjoyed crating even as a young child I was always eager to copy what had been made on Blue Peter. My dad worked in the Merchant Navy and we were lucky enough as a family to go on a few trips with him, but unfortunately were not allowed many toys... just school books!
So my sister and I had to find things to amuse us and I can clearly remember one day my mum handed us a pile of old typed menu cards that were heading in the bin to play with. This was this best thing ever... We created 3D cars, houses, shops and a road with them, playing happily for days with them. I think this is possibly why I still love creating 3D projects.
I also love all things vintage, dolls houses and adore visiting Historical places, and love watching History programmes and period dramas. I feel this is all reflected into my crafting style and attention to detail is very important in my creativity.
2) What’s a typical crafting session like for you?
I have no set time or day I craft but I do tend to craft on most days for several short periods, I have also been known to craft in the middle of the night if I can't sleep. Our dining room has been turned into our craft/ computer room, which I share with my husband Chris. I'm lucky as he enjoys the photography and computer side of my blog for me. My craft room looks out into our back garden where I have several bird feeders, so I enjoy watching them feed and find creativity in doing so.
3) Are you a tidy crafter that likes everything to have its own place, or are you happiest in the mess that crafting can bring?
Is there such a thing as a tidy crafter? I have a place for most things in my craft room and although I start off with a tidy desk most of the time, I always seem to finish with a workspace of about 10 inches square.
4) Talk us through how you develop your projects?
I find my creativity in the early days came from Pinterest, Blogs and going to craft classes. Nowadays I find I just need to see a pattern on a piece of paper or an image and my creativity can flow. Sometimes when watching a period drama I will see something in a scene and find I go off on a tangent of creativity. If I get new craft goodies I find I go around thinking about them all day and usually wake up in the middle of the night with a project all planned in my head.
There is the odd time Mr Mojo sadly does take a holiday though, and at these times I will just create flowers and embellishments ready for my crafty projects as I await his return.
5) What’s your favourite Craft Consortium product?
My favourite CC product has to be without a doubt Shell Rummel's Bloom Beautiful paper pad. I remember the very first time I saw this pad, turning the pages with so much excitement as every page in it oozes elegance and style. It's a must have paper pad, and I just LOVE it.
My close second would be the Wild Rose paper pad by Tanya Whelan. I love the vintage chic feel to this pad, it looks amazing when used to die cut flowers. It’s just stunning how beautiful projects turn out with this paper.
6) What is your favourite craft tool?
This is an easy question. It definitely has to be my die cutting machine. I love how you run a piece of paper through this with a die and you end up with paper looking like lace or have beautiful flowers. It's magical!
7) What product that hasn’t been invented yet would make your crafting a lot easier?
This is a hard question....although I'd love a self-cleaning craft room that I never had to tidy up again!
8) What’s your favourite snack or drink to keep you going whilst creating?
I tend to just have a bottle of water next to me when creating, although as it approaches Easter I do have a weakness to Chocolate Mini Eggs sitting on my craft room desk.
9) What advice would you give to people just starting out in the world of crafting?
When you start crafting chose papers that you love, this makes creating far easier. Don't feel frightened to create, there is no right or wrongs in crafting and at the end of the day it's only a piece of paper. You will also find as your crafting develops so will your style. And the most important thing is to enjoy it!
10) What are your favourite three projects?
This is a hard one, as my love for Craft Consortium papers has created so many projects I love. So I have chosen three projects using different products to showcase my style.
My 3D Wagon, I poured so much love into creating this it has to definitely be my first choice. To create this look I used the beautiful Gypsy Gypsy paper pad to decorate and embellish my design.
Secondly, I loved using the Decoupage papers to up-cycle air freshener bottles into Perfume Bottles.
Thirdly, I have chosen my embroidery hoop using the Bloom Beautiful paper pad.
11) What crafting techniques do you want to try or improve this year?
The colourful new Santoro range Kori Kumi, includes a series of delightful characters, and I am looking forward to doing some more colouring than I have done in previous years. I also like trying new mixed media techniques as I find out about them, and I then develop them into my style.
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