Susan is the ultimate paper addict! She loves paper—patterned paper, cardstock, vellum and glimmer…but it’s not just the paper Susan loves, it’s the creative potential in each sheet. “What’s fun for me is taking something beyond the simple or obvious,” she says. “I love using paper and embellishments in unexpected ways.”
Because Susan focuses on the details of a page, she’s conscientious about keeping the rest of her layout clean and classic. “I like black and white photos because they’re easy to use and they go with anything. My photos have simple backgrounds. I like straight lines and angles and clean edges on my photos, so my photos are always square or rectangular.”
Susan is the author of Susan’s Journal of Paper Engineering Secrets, a card-making instruction book. Her work has been highlighted in magazines like Creating Keepsakes, Paper Crafts and Scrapbooks, Etc. Susan is also the creative force behind Hot Off The Press’ line of templates.
What’s your favorite papercrafting technique? I really enjoy paper folding, card folding, or folding of any kind.
What do you listen to while you scrapbook? I enjoy listening to Dave Mathews, David Cook, and John Mayer.
What’s the best time of the day for you to scrapbook? I’m definitely an afternoon person—it seems like my creative juices get flowing best after lunch.
Where do you usually scrapbook? At Hot Off The Press’ office. Since being a designer is my full-time job, that’s most of my creative time.
Name three things that inspire you. Nature—especially taking walks outdoors. I also love looking through home decorating magazines for inspiration, and visiting fun and colorful gift shops.
Best munchies to have while scrapbooking? My favorite guilty pleasure is a creamy Lindt white chocolate bar, the perfect munchie.
Favorite movie? I would have to say “The Notebook”, because I love romantic movies. I also love romantic comedies, like “The Wedding Crashers” with Vince Vaughn.
What’s your idea of the perfect “creative” weekend? A quiet weekend to myself, exploring some new creative goodies like new colors of ink, colored pencils, or paints. I like to play and experiment with different media using a variety of application tools and techniques. I keep the “results” for inspiration on future projects.
Cards, scrapbooking or papercrafts—which is your favorite? Definitely cards. They’re fun to make and give, and it’s a way of conveying feelings to friends and family as well as expressing creativity.
Thrifty scrapbooking/papercrafting tip? I have a color chart that I created with samples of inks, embossing powder (embossed, so it’s permanent!), paints, etc on white cardstock. Each sample is labeled as to what it is. This really helps me when I want to match up colors with my papers. It saves me time and money, because I don’t waste colors or papers in trial and error.