Ann Bernklau

A little about me and how I got this job:
I’ve been artistically inclined since I was little, and always loved doing art projects at school and home. I attended Franciscan University of Steubenville and double-majored in Theology and Communication Arts with a concentration in Multimedia. Pursuing a career in graphic design, I took on some small freelance projects after graduation while applying for jobs. Meanwhile, I decided to start graduate school at Portland State studying Book Publishing, hoping to find my niche in book design. I first heard about Hot Off The Press from one of my professors and it caught my interest. A few months later I noticed a job posting online from HOTP for a paper crafting designer and knew I had to apply. The rest is history! It sounds cliché, but working as a designer has been a dream come true. I love being able to express myself in creative ways, coming up with fun ideas, and learning all kinds of new techniques.

What’s your favorite paper crafting technique?
It’s impossible to choose a favorite, but I’m a big fan of paper collage.

What do you listen to while crafting?
It varies, but lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Michael Bublé. Half the time I like to just work in the peace and quiet. It’s very calming.

What’s the best time of the day for you to create?
I’m up for crafting pretty much any time of day, except early in the morning. I have to get the creative juices flowing first.

Name three things that inspire your creative process.
I find inspiration in working with our talented design team, experimenting with new products/techniques, and observing everything around me, whether it be nature, interior design, or fine works of art. Working on a deadline also helps a lot.

Best munchies to have while scrapbooking?
Eating while crafting is bound to end in disaster, but I do sometimes drink tea. Good Earth Original is a favorite.

What are some of your other interests and hobbies?
Outside of paper crafting, I love dabbling in pretty much every craft I can get my hands on: painting, photography, sewing, beading, calligraphy, etc. Once I get an idea for a project I can easily spend hours on it. I also enjoy dancing, writing/receiving snail mail, and spending time with friends.

Cards, scrapbooking or paper crafts—which is your favorite?
Right now I would have to say cards. Part of it is that I love making things as gifts for other people to enjoy. Maybe when they see it, they’ll want to learn how to make it!

Thrifty scrapbooking/paper crafting tip?
Keep your scraps and use them for cardmaking, embellishing, etc. You would be amazed at how much you can do with a single sheet of paper.