Whoops! I forgot that today is devoted to lauding stamp and scrap artists. You will have to wait until tomorrow to get my good news in more detail. So with no further ado....
Lift your Diet Cokes to toast today's Wednesday Wonder... Julie Dudley of Perth, Western Australia!
Julie may be Down Under but she's On Top when it comes to scrapbooking and rubber stamping. Julie describes her style as Bitza ("little bits of everything").
If you like Shabby Chic, Julie's your girl. If you want to learn the fine art of distressing, go ask Julie. If you need some inspiration, I'm LOUDLY recommending you check out her work at the sites below. But don't just take my word for it - consider her accomplishments, for goodness sake!
She's a Design Team member for Scrap Therapy - check out Julie's creations. She's also a DT member at Scrapping the Music. (Which is a very cool site, btw. Each week they post a song and the challenge is to create a page inspired by that song. Last week is was Blondie's The Tide is High; this week it's Nirvana's Smells like Team Spirit.) Julie has been published a number of times in two Australian scrapbook magazines. And, as of last week, she won a spot on the DT of uber-fabuloso stamping company Purple Onion. (Congratulations, Julie!!!)
But it doesn't end there. Oh, nooooooooo! Julie is a prolific, prize-winning Challenge Meeter every week over at the Hero Arts Blog, as her Flickr photo stream attests. And she was hand-picked by Shari Carroll for one of the five guest designer blog spots. So very soon we'll be seeing Julie's name up in blog lights!
As a final note, I can personally say that Julie is very kind. After my dreadful car wreck, that crazy woman actually sent me - ALL THE WAY FROM AUSTRALIA - a handmade get well card AND a stack of pretty paper squares. Bless her pea-pickin' heart!
I've decided to do a standard interview with the Wonders. I'll have to send it to Laura and Lysa and post their answers in another entry. So, without further ado, here is Julie's Interview!
(Mad screams of enthusiasm, cheering, oohs and ahs abounding.... Well, now, what do you expect? I'm all alone here. If I don't imagine a cheering throng it won't be as much fun.)
Julie's Wonder-ful Interview
1. Do you pre-sketch a design, or do you just leap out of the gate? How long does it usually take you to make a page? A card?
I rarely pre-sketch anything. I tend to just pull out whatever tickles my fancy and just go from there.
2. How many, on average, pages per week do you make? Cards?
It varies, but usually between 2 to 4 layouts and about 2 cards.
3. How has your process evolved to make you a leaner, meaner crafting machine? In other words, what are some lessons you've learned or tips you can share that allow you to make better and faster design choices?
Well, I've learnt how to do some creative covering or chopping if the case may be. I've lost track of how many times I've messed up a stamped image and have had to cover it up somehow, or of 12 by 12 layouts that have been messed up and then chopped to an 8 1/2 by 11 only to be re-mounted onto a 12 by 12 again.
4. What's your stand-by, FAST dinner solution for those times when you really want to get to your scrap space ASAP (or stay ALAP)?
It used to be a regular thing here on a Friday night to have Maccas so I could scrap and chat in online crops if there were any on, but now Maccas is out for DD and I have a stash of tinned spaghetti on hand for Missy. DH knows where Maccas is (lol)!
(NOTE: for those of us who are not from Australia, "Maccas" is McDonald's.)
5. If you were stranded on an island that had supplies but NO tools, what ten tools would you HAVE to have? List in order of importance, "1" being the most needed. (Stamps are considered tools, btw.)
9. Craft Mat
8. Sanding Block
7. Edge Distressor
6. Watercolor pencils and blender pen
4. Toolbox filled with my must-used punches
2. Clear stamp blocks
And the #1 tool would be....
1. ALL my stamps
6. If you were still on that island, what kind of noise would you want (if any) in the background? List as many as five different favorite musical artists, DVD's, etc in order of preference, "1" being your favorite.
I tend to either watch TV or listen to the radio while scrapping, so I've not got any real favs that I listen to. Just whatever is on at the time.
7. If you could have anything you wanted (concerning scrapping or stamping), what would it be?
My own scrapping room. I so hate having to share my kitchen bench. I'm just lucky I have a big one.
8. What about your style/artistry are you least satisfied with?
Hmmm... tough one. I'd have to say my handwriting. I most always end up stuffing up handwritten journaling in some way, shape or form.
(NOTE: I'm going to assume "stuffing up" is Australian for "messing up.")
9. What cameras have you tried, which one is your favorite, and why? (You can shorten this to just the one you're using now if you like.)
I have an Olympus E410. Still to get it out of Auto, though. One day it may happen.
10. What's the word or phrase that comes to your lips when you mess up while creating? ("Unprintable" is definitely an option - LOL - that would be what I'd be writing!)
If you want to learn more about Julie, visit her blog at They Call Me the Scrapnut. (I also have a link to it in the sidebar if you want a quick fix in the future.)