Today's Wednesday Wonder is "new" to me. I've been rather busy lately, so my ability to browse the Hero Arts Flickr Group has been seriously impaired. But I got some time a little while ago and went a-cruisin', and Stephanie Klauck's cards made me drive back around the block for another look-see.
It was worth it!
And here's our Stephanie:
Another beautiful smiler. Is it the ink that makes stampers and scrappers so happy? I suspect there is a correlation. Or it could just be that she's Canadian. Have you ever seen an unhappy Canadian? I know I haven't. Must be something in the water....
I am not alone in my appreciation of Stephanie's work. She has been published in BHG Scrapbooks Etc, Cards, Scrapbook Trends, and Canadian Scrapbooker. AND she's been on a few design teams: WorldWin Papers and Quickutz. She is currently on the design team for Black River Designs. So Stephanie is pretty popular!
I can understand why. She has a very clean style, and her work is very appealing. Take, for instance, the page below. I looooooove this page! This is, really, a masterpiece, as far as I'm concerned. She's used three different patterned papers - but none of them are fighting one another (I particularly like the use of the cloud paper) - and she's employing one of her "signature" moves (more on that later). There's a terrific 3-D sensibility - and it's all coming from paper and ink - not one bulkier embellishment unless you count the fiber (and I don't count the fiber)! The colors are rich and warm, the balance is excellent, and your eye travels across the canvas with nary a hitch. You can't add or take anything away from this page to improve it, so it's Practically Perfect in Every Way!
I look at Stephanie's creations and the words "clean" and "sleek" come to mind. But I'm also put in the mind of home-cooked comfort food - the kind that is warm and makes you feel good; the kind with rich flavor - savory - like a really terrific stew. I suspect this is because Stephanie often uses her ink in a very cozy way. (I always think that edging elements with ink not only adds dimension, it warms up the element itself - makes it "cozy.")
For instance, every element on the card below is edged with ink. Now try to imagine that card without the ink - it would be stark and a little cold, I think. But add in the ink and you have a nice, cozy little card. Stephanie likes kraft, and it really works well here, a perfect foil to the pastels; and her color choices are great - she's using complimentary colors for maximum pop. That butterfly would look nice no matter what color she chose, but nothing will stand out against that blue like the orange.
Here's another page, and we see some more of Stephanie's "signature" move. What is that move? Well, I've got the advantage because I've been looking over her art, but you'll see it, too, I suspect. Stephanie very effectively uses strips of patterned paper as an accent - especially horizontally - and she also really loves stripes. And I'm glad that she does because they always look great. Her use of patterned paper is great because it enhances her subject and never distracts. When I look at this page, the photos grab AND KEEP my attention - they are truly the focus. The design elements highlight these photos, and keep me "ooohing" and "aaahing" over the experience they're capturing NOT the design choices she made.
And this may be the biggest difference between card making and scrapbooking. Card making's primary focus is design; scrapbooking is about storytelling, so the design choices play a supporting role. Stephanie gets this.
I included the tags below because they're pretty and fun to look at! I love all the bright colors and different ink techniques and textures she used on them. I believe these were made while taking Jennifer McGuire's Thinking Inking classes over at Two Peas.
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And here's one last card that I just fell in love with because it's so simple in its design. Stephanie's got her patterned paper strip of stripes here, and she's inking her edges, and she's keeping the bulky elements to a minimum: six little pearls. The rest of the three-dimensionality is coming from the layered paper, the punhced butterflies, the ink, and the embossing. What a lot of "WOW!" for very little fuss (or money). This card is flat-out awesome, and I'm stealing this design immediately! (I need a recipe like this for emergency card-making situations.)
And here's our Stephanie's craft space below. I am drooling over her big window AND her television. She's got a very nice set-up here because she can reach just about everything without having to move out of her chair. Not that I'm lazy or anything! I just hate to have to get up and walk all the way across the room for something because it takes too long. Yeah... that's it! It takes up too much valuable crafting time! I could be chopping up paper in that eight seconds! I'm also envious of her computer and printer being right there. Now that's handy! Mine are downstairs.
And if you think I hated walking all the way across the room for a paper flower....
And now it's time to learn what Stephanie's Really Like. So with no further ado, lift your Diet-Cokes to Stephanie Klauck, a Scrappin' Stamper on Steroids! (You'll see what I mean in a minute.)
Stephanie'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?
Sometimes I sketch out a card or layout if I get an idea but can't sit down to create right away. Layouts usually take me about an hour and cards about a half an hour.
2. How many, on average, pages per week do you make? Cards?
I usually make about 2 layouts a week and probably 3 or 4 cards.
And you wonder why I refer to her as a Scrappin' Stamper on Steroids?
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 biggest thing I've learned is that more isn't always better. I have really cut back on shopping for scrapbook supplies because I found too much stuff was actually making me less creative. All my crafting time was spent trying to decide which product to use rather than actually creating anything.
Oh, geez. Can we talk? Been there, done that. What am I saying? AM there, AM doing that.
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)?
Pizza - quick and
easy and the kids love it!
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!)
QK Silhouette, computer, scissors, border punches, pencil, ruler, paper trimmer, heat gun, sewing machine, foam ink applicator tool.
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.
Ingrid Michaelson, Kenny Chesney, Counting Crows
7. If you could have anything you wanted, (concerning scrapping or stamping) what would it be?
A craft room with custom built cupboards and shelves.
8. What about your style/artistry are you least satisfied with?
Knowing when a project is finished. Sometimes I over analyze too much.
I can so relate to that one....
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 a Canon Digital Rebel and I love it.
10. What's the word or phrase that comes to your lips when you mess up while creating? ("Unprintable" is definitely an option!)
11. Give us a quick description of your pets.
1 cat and 1 guinea pig
12. Give us a quick description of your job.I work in an office for an Electrical Contracting company.
13. Give us a quick description of your family.
1 husband (Steve) and 2 children (Caitlyn-11 and Ryan-5).
14. Got a fun or little known fact about yourself you’d like to share?
I hate driving. I
didn't get my license until I was 25.
Up until this moment I thought I hated to drive more than anyone. Not anymore!
15. What’s your favorite stamping technique?
Embossing. Especially embossed resist. SO many cool things you can do with that.
And you do.