Why Do You Love to Craft? Donna Espiritu Shares Her Crafting Love!
Today, we are going to take a closer look at the talented Donna Espiritu! She recently had the beautiful baby pictured above, and we can't wait to get to know more about her love for creating. Then, she provides a wonderful tutorial for this gorgeous Baby 2 Bride layout. The National Craft Month fun continues!
1. Why do you craft?
Although it started as a hobby, I consider crafting as a reason to explore my creative side. I also want to continue preserving memories through my layouts, mini-albums, cards, etc. I know one day I will want to look back and and then I'll see my life through my creations.
2. What do you feel is your crafting forte?
Cards, minis, altered art, layouts, etc?- I love trying out and doing all of these things. But I think my forte is creating layouts (and mini-albums).
3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?
My life. I want to record, capture our lives not just for myself but especially for my daughter.
4. What do you do with your projects once they're complete?
For layouts, I display them first on top of the cabinet where I put most of my crafting stuff. Then either I slip it into my album or in a brown paper bag which I collect. For minis, cards, tags, I also display them then later on put them in a box (with a scented sachet, so it smells good when someone take it out to see).
5. What is the funniest craft disaster you've ever had?
I accidentally cut myself with my fine tip scissors. Didn't feel a thing and no blood came out, until I pulled it out. Hurriedly dabbed the area with alcohol and it hurt like...H. :)
Ouch! That doesn't sound like fun. Thanks for sharing your love for crafting, Donna. Amazing!
Now, Donna shares her gorgeous layout and provides a fabulous tutorial below!
"I consider creating layouts as my forte. And one of the things that I notice in my projects is dimension. I tend to layer things up but not just using foam tapes to add "height" to elements in my projects. There are several ways to add dimension: a piece of corrugated cardboard (I also love to recycle), stacks of photos/flowers/chipboard pieces, cheese cloth/gauze, etc." ~Donna
Graphic 45 Baby 2 bride 12x12 papers
Graphic 45 Baby 2 bride stickers
Graphic 45 Baby to bride chipboards
Graphic 45 staples - keyhole
Graphic 45 - key
Prima, Manor house and other flowers from my stash
October Afternoon twine
Distress ink - tea dye
Gauze Glimmer mist
Upcoming Graphic 45 Events!
The Graphic 45 family is hitting the road this spring! Will you see them at one of these great events? We hope so!
March 21, 2015 -11 AM Make n' Takes at Craft Warehouse in Gresham, OR with Aimee and Charee Filimoehala, Open to the Public
March 21, 2015 - 4:30 PM Make n' Takes at Craft Warehouse in Vancouver, WA with Aimee and Charee Filimoehala, Open to the Public
April 10-13, 2015 - The Collins Group Spring Education and Tradeshow in Framingham, MA with Charee Filimoehala, For Retailers Only
May 1-2, 2015 - Chocolate Quente XL 2015 in Porto, Portugal with Jeff Filimoehala and Diane Schultz, Open to the Public
See Jeff give a great tour of our new collections at Winter CHA with My Craft Channel!
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Thanks for joining us today! It was so fun getting to know Donna better, enjoying her gorgeous layout that we all must try, and seeing what Graphic 45 is up to this spring. What fun! Have a fabulous Wednesday, G45ers!
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