My first few Wednesday Wonders were chosen before I had created the infamous Interview, so in the interest of comprehensive investigative journalism, I thought it was only right to re-visit some of those earlier Wonders and subject them to the Interview. The content immediately below is from the original post with some additional material, followed by the newly added Interview.
So settle in and lift your Diet-Cokes to Laura Fulcher!
Laura Fulcher was on my short list, but she went straight to the top today [10-15-08] in honor of her most recent accomplishment. (I'm not the only one who thinks her work is top-notch!)
Late last night I finally got my hands on the November/December issue of Paper Crafts magazine and found the card I was looking for on page 79 (created by fellow Hero Arts Challenge Meeter Laura Fulcher).
What I didn't know is that Laura is now a member of Stamping Royalty! Since 2004, PC has "inducted the creme-de-la-creme of stampers into a posh society known as Stamping Royalty", and Laura is now HRH of Masking!
Laura regularly submits inspiring and beautifully executed cards at the Hero Arts Flickr Group, as leapfroglbna, and you can also visit her blog, Laura's Stamp Art Journal (see additional link on sidebar below). Just last week she was asked to start blogging for Memory Box - and she is really excited! (See her Memory Box Blog.) Other photo streams include 2Peas, and Split Coast Stampers.
So our girl's got some Street Cred!
And now she's got a crown, too!
So check her out.
All hail Princess Laura!!!
Laura'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 really don’t sketch cards beforehand. I often play around with elements until I stumble upon something I like. Occasionally I will design something in my head and then try to recreate it. When that method works, I get so excited. As far as how long I spend on a card, that varies a lot! Sometimes I can do it in ten minutes and sometimes it will take hours. I guess it all depends on how well the creative juices are flowing.
2. How many, on average, pages per week do you make? Cards?
I have never made a scrapbook page, but my card production changes from week to week. Some weeks I don’t make anything at all. Life does have a way of interfering with my stamping time. I would say though that I make about 3 cards per week on average.
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?
The best thing I have learned to speed up my production is to limit my choices. Instead of saying, “I need to make a birthday card,” I will say, “I need to make a birthday card with THIS stamp set and THIS pack of paper.” It stops me from trying endless combinations of stamps and paper to create just one card. If left unchecked, I have a tendency to go though all of my stuff and say, “I could use this…or this…or maybe this” instead of just sitting down and stamping something. I think that is why I enjoy the Hero Arts challenges so much. They keep me focused by giving me a starting point and by narrowing my choices to Hero Arts images.
Amen to that, sister!
Another lesson I have learned is to rely on stamping friends for help.
I know I can stare at a card for hours without figuring out how to
“make it work” (as Tim Gunn would say). It is much more expedient when
I am having a mental block to ask a friend, “what the heck is wrong
with this card?” Believe me, much time can be saved this way.
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)?
My favorite solution is takeout (especially Thai), but financially I often gravitate towards spaghetti and sauce for a quick meal instead.
5. If you were stranded on an island that had a billion supplies but NO tools, what ten TOOLS would you HAVE to have? (All the stamps in the world are available, so you don't need to list them as one of your tools. EX: we've got all the embroidery floss in the world, but you're going to have to bring your own needle if you want to use any of it!)
ATG gun, Japanese Screw Punch, Copic Markers, Twinkling H2O’s, Waterbrush, Colored Pencils, Paper Trimmer, Diamond Glaze, a computer with an amazing satellite Internet connection, and a personal craft assistant. I vote George Clooney.
As long as he gets along with Johnny Depp, we'll all be fine.
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.
At night, just the ocean. When I am crafting, I like to listen to Jason Mraz, Pink, or audio books on cd.
I just discovered Jason Mraz. What a fresh and exciting talent he has!
7. If you could have anything you wanted, (concerning scrapping or stamping) what would it be?
I dream of having crafting space. Ideally it would be a craft room with all kinds of light, work space, and storage. I’m not picky, though. I would settle for a small space of my own where I could craft and leave my stuff out during the middle of a project.
8. What about your style/artistry are you least satisfied with?
Lack of diversity. I tend to get into ruts where I will use stand-by layouts, stamps, or techniques. I would love to branch out more, try new things, and surprise myself by making something completely out of my comfort zone. I would also love to learn to cut a straight line. I swear I can’t cut a piece of paper into two equal halves to save my life.
We have a group that meets on Thursdays at noon for remedial cutting, if you're interested.
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 only had one digital camera. It is a Canon PowerShot SD300. Unfortunately, it is starting to develop quirks such as switching from photo mode to movie mode on its own accord. It is either dying or possessed.
AHA! More proof that technology is making its move to take over. I'm telling you, I caught my microwave trying to communicate with the dishwasher in secret code last night. Something is definitely up with these gadgets. Only a matter of time....
10. What's the word or phrase that comes to your lips when you mess up while creating? ("Unprintable" is definitely an option!)
”Oh, crap” tends to escape from my mouth more than it should.
POSTSCRIPT: I just realized that I forgot to put in Laura's awards and honors! (BAD Blogger, BAD!) Here they are: Penny Black 2nd Runner Up, Hero Arts honorable mention, 3rd, and 2nd place. (She also got a Hero Arts honorable mention back during the old days when you had to mail in your cards for their contests - which really thrilled her!)