We're delighted to welcome you back to our weekly feature: Fascinating Fridays!!! Our first star for this new term is Tiare a.k.a. "Classygirl". She's a life long paper crafter who has started her own online community and magazine! Tiare is talented and open about how she has achieved her crafty success. She is most definitely a class act! Her layouts prove that she takes this hobby seriously and it is a major part of her life. Lets welcome the Classygirl:
Name: Tiare Smith
1. Tell me a little bit about yourself.
My name is Tiare Smith but to the online world and many friends I am Classygirl. I am married to my wonderful, supportive college sweetheart and it is just the two of us. No children and no pets...just the way we like it. We simply enjoy LIFE and having fun with friends and family. We reside in the Atlanta, GA area by way of Chicago! I'm just a city girl living in the country! LOL! I am the proud owner of iclassygirl.com and a wonderful online community and blog called Scraps of Color.
2. When and how did you start paper crafting?
I've been paper crafting for as long as I can remember. However, I began scrapbooking the "safe way" in 1998. After returning from a trip to the Bahamas and Disney World I paid a visit to my local Hallmark store, where I spotted a small scrapbooking kit filled with die cuts only. It peeked my curiosity and I went home and looked up scrapbooking online. I found a great online community and store and the shopping and cropping began!
3. What inspires you to create?
People, places, things. There is inspiration all around me. However, there is nothing like either looking at photos or walking into my craft room and seeing my supplies, oh...maybe except touching them. Once that happens...it’s on! LOL!
4. What is your favorite technique? Why?
I don't know that I have a favorite technique, unless you consider working with various patterns a technique. I simply enjoy using a variety of patterns on my pages. One pattern is never enough. I like seeing how much I can get out of my patterned papers.
5. Who are your favorite papercrafters at the time? Why?
This changes often but at the moment I am enjoying creations by Tena Ellison , Donna Salazar and Rochelle Washington's cards. I find her style quite refreshing, especially since I do not think cards are my strongest suit...but I'm getting better.
6. Describe your style.
I consider my style sort of clean and classy. Well coordinated and fresh.
7. Are you on any design teams at the time? Have you been published in any magazines?
Creative Team Coordinator/Blog Owner for iClassygirl.com and I have been published in Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, PaperKuts to name a few.
8. What is your favorite thing(s) about creating?
That it is simply a great, relaxing way to spend your time. I love being creative and allowing the day to fall away from me and just enjoy the textures and fond memories, I am creating. There is a big BONUS the friendships I have developed through this craft and our enjoying creative, social time together.
Such classic layouts, Tiare!!! Every page is unique with its techniques, embellies and definitely the design.. Thank you friend for sharing with us today :) And thanks to those who leave her some love here,,,
Until next tym, happy crafting!!!