For today and the following days of March & National Craft Month, we will be sharing in-depth interviews on our blog with our Design Team. We so admire these incredible artists, and we think these questions will help you understand their creative process, their love of crafting, and give you excitement to also create beautiful projects and get to know your craft style. Today, we are getting a closer look at the amazing Andrew Roberts. Below his interview, he will share a tutorial with his beloved crafting style. Get to know Andrew Roberts a bit better!
An interview with Andrew Roberts
1. Why do you craft?
Artistic endeavors have always been part of my life from a young age. I have been drawing wildlife pictures for a while now and turned my hand at teddy bear making as well, my craft has progressed over the years. I love paper craft and it is a niche that has become a big part of my leisure time. Craft has many benefits for me, it relaxes me, provides a creative outlet, moments shared with my children, learning and developing new skills, being part of a wider community of like minded people, sharing my skills and so many more reasons. I have to say it has given me the opportunity to extend my self.
2. What do you feel is your crafting forte- cards, minis, altered art, layouts, etc?
I would have to say my forte is altered constructive art and mini albums run a very close second. I am a little bit of a box addict so they are featured in many of my projects. I love that mini albums can be simplistic or very ornate but they all have a place in my creative portfolio. Graphic 45 papers are very prominent in my work ( or shall I say my main paper collections, I am a total addict).
3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?
My creative inspiration derives from many sources. Some examples of where I go to for inspiration are fellow crafters, pinterest, my own ideas, the Graphic 45 paper collections themselves plus many others. Creative inspiration is a very eclectic thing and it can hit you when you least expect it. I have many ideas when I see packaging from many different products. Motivation is key to creative success. I keep my mojo going by introducing new products to my stash and always looking at others creativity and this keeps my creativity fresh and interesting. I also make sure I take a break regularly.
4. What do you do with your projects once they're complete?
I have made many of my projects as heirloom type items to pass along to my children. I have many mini albums that will be filled over time with photos to ensure my kids have memories of their childhood. I have given a couple to my wife and some are displayed throughout my home.
5. What is the funniest craft disaster you've ever had?
I guess crafting disasters are common amongst creative people. I have had many mishaps over the years. I remember heat embossing on one occasion and heating to close to my jar of left over powder and melting the whole lot. Also I have been creating a box project and sealed the lid and had to start over. The funny part about that one is I have done it more than once. But I always try and tell my self a mistake is a creative opportunity.
We love that! "A mistake is a creative opportunity." Thanks for sharing with us, Andrew!
"My inspiration for this project was to create a simple project to demonstrate how graphic 45 papers can give a simple project style and vintage appeal. I think it is very easy to get overwhelmed by complexity when designing. I have had many people ask for a simple project that they can try out. Graphic 45 papers are perfect for embellishing your creations if you do not have access to a lot of embellishments .
Tip: Mini albums can be a challenge try using cardboard tubes to make the pages. Challenge yourself to embellish only using fussy cut images from your chosen graphic 45 collections."
Graphic 45 once upon a springtime
12 x 12 paper Woodland fantasy
Flight of fantasy
Once upon a springtime cut apart
Once upon a springtime frames
graphic 45 signature series cardstock Precious pink
D binding rings
recycled cardboard tubes
mulberry paper roses
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Thank you for joining us today, G45ers! Isn't it awesome getting to know Andrew better? Join us tomorrow for an in-depth look with Annette!
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