Greetings Everyone! This week – I’ve asked Teresa Welch to Guest blog for us. Teresa Welch is the designer of some of our Week of Webisode Projects! She just finished up the Christmas Card Collection! Enjoy!
I began working with Paulette Jarvey and Hot Off The Press 30-some years ago (gasp!). And as it turns out, I’ve come full circle—I began as a designer, then progressed through various positions to Vice President. A move to Arizona ended that career track. And here I am, back designing for HOTP!
We all love seeing the newest items and techniques, and I’m no different. I’m always excited to see all the new products in the Paper Wishes catalog. Even better, I get a sneak peek because I design the three weeks of webisodes around the three main catalog release dates. I get to play with many of the new items for those cards. Fun!
I appreciate the comments people leave on those webisodes and on the site. They’re so wonderful to read and help keep me on-track with card ideas and techniques.
I have to admit, my addiction is patterned paper. (And dark chocolate, of course.) Having been with HOTP for so long means I literally have shelves of paper on hand. And I’ve proven my ability to purge isn’t a highly honed skill—my craft room is bulging with pretty papers.
This last year, a new wrinkle (read: challenge) was added to my card making. We adopted Hannah, our Aussie pup. Turns out, she eats anything that hits the floor. Papers, embellishments, finished cards…anything. It’s a new take on “the dog ate my homework!” More than once, I’ve pried open her jaws to retrieve half-made cards which accidentally fluttered to the floor (she’s very fast!). And keeping track of tiny components such as brads, ribbons, and buttons is becoming second-nature. Who knew she’d be instrumental in keeping me organized!
Here are a few things that help my card making process:
• Keep ideas handy—I keep a notebook of ideas as well as bookmark files of favorite websites on my computer.
• Keep sentiments on hand—I jot down sentiments I like and put them in my notebook so I don’t spend much time figuring out what to say in a card.
• Make the process easier by keeping templates, punches, and other helpful tools or products on hand for making focals, borders, and more.
• Look through current shelter or home magazines for ideas—trendy color combinations, unusual shapes to use, elements used in unexpected ways, etc.
• Stay organized—nothing eats up precious time worse than needing to clear space every time I’m ready to create or hunting for items. It’s a constant battle, but staying organized is essential for me.
About that first item on the list: My notebook of ideas is divided into sections for brainstorming, card layouts, techniques, and focal ideas. It’s crammed with examples, either torn from the source or redrawn on post-its and attached to the pages. Whenever I need inspiration, I comb through the pages until something sparks an idea. It’s a great tool!
I love making cards; there’s something about creating on a small “canvas”—probably the fact that I can finish it quickly. Using all the wonderful supplies and products is great fun and doing it for Hot Off The Press DVDs and webisodes feels exactly right.
I’ve included some of Teresa’s Cards, Tags and other projects, from the Christmas Card Collection – Week of Webisodes:
Thanks again Teresa for letting us all into your world! Make sure you keep your little pup away from those embellishments! LOL I’m sure I’m not the only one, but I’m quickly becoming one of your biggest fans!
See you all Sunday! ~ Cristina