If you’re anything like me, you are going to just LOVE the next featured scrapper, Cindy Gilchrist! Cindy’s altered creations are bright, bold and cheerful – I’m always happier after I visit her blog or gallery :). And of course I love the fact that she is a hybrid scrapper like me – she currently serves on the hybrid teams for Sweet Shoppe Designs and Prima Hybrid. She’s also the Hybrid Editor for Digi Shop Talk’s monthly newsletter called the “Insider” and she’s on the design team for My Creative Scrapbook, a traditional scrapbooking kit club. Check out her impressive scrapbook resume to see a list of her published work.
I recently interviewed Cindy, and learned even more fun tid-bits :)! Check it out:
Is there anything about yourself and your family that you’d like to share with other scrappers?
I live in Naples, FL with my husband of 12 years (Joe), 8 year old daughter (Katie) and two cats (Daisy and Prissy).
When did you start scrapbooking/altering? What first made you interested in this hobby?
I began scrapbooking before I got married so I guess it’s been about 15 years. About 8 years ago, around the time my daughter was born, I started dabbling in digital scrapbooking and card-making (we called it “computer art” then). I think my first “real” digital scrapbook kit was by Shabby Princess about three years ago. I love all types of crafts and think I’ve tried every craft out there (from basket weaving to soap-making to knitting). Paper crafts, specifically card-making and altered art just “fit” and have always been my favorites.
I know you’re a hybrid scrapper, so you use traditional and digital methods. Did you start out as a paper scrapper or digital? What made you want to try hybrid?
I guess I sort of answered that above – going Hybrid was easy for me, I knew my way around a computer enough to be able to work with digi and I just couldn’t resist all the adorable digital kits out there. Plus, living in a town that has no LSS and the fact that you have instant access….need I say more?!
Where do you get your best inspiration and ideas for scrapbooking?
There are a couple of things that inspire me, one being necessity another being want. I love to look at catalogs and window shop to get ideas and inspiration. If I see something for sale that I want or need and it can be made, I go home and try to create it. I like to look at items and think “what can I do with this”?
Do you have any favorite books, magazines or websites that are especially helpful?
My favorite magazines are Paper Crafts, Digital Scrapbooking and Paper Trends. I love to look at them but don’t really use them for inspiration. I guess if I had to pick a medium that offered the most inspiration; it would be the blogs I have listed on my blog. Those are the ones I visit the most and find inspiring.
You have a real talent for altering anything and everything into gorgeous scrappy treasures. Can you share a few tips about how to make great altered projects?
What a nice thing to say! Thank You! I guess a few tips and secrets are (they’re pretty random):
· I use a color laser printer to print all my digital papers. I love that I never have to worry about sealing my work because the ink (toner) won’t run or smear on a laser.
· Sandpaper or a new fingernail file works great for smoothing out the edges when altering items.
· White craft glue (Aleene’s Tacky Glue) is one of my favorite adhesives – It REALLY holds well on some of my heavy duty altered art projects.
· My favorite tools are: my Xyron 900, big guillotine paper cutter, Cutter Bee scissors and an X-Acto knife.
· Some of my favorite embellishments (that I can’t live without) are: Colorbox Chalk Ink (have it in every color & use it on pretty much every project), Ribbon, Buttons and Prima Flowers.
Wow, great tips! Thanks so much Cindy!
It was tough choosing just a few of Cindy’s projects to highlight, because I seriously love them all! But, here are a couple favorites I saw today:
To see the rest of Cindy’s gallery, click here!
This has been a lot of fun – thanks again Cindy. Have a great week everybody :)!