Abby is a crafty lady that dabbles in altered items, card making, mini albums and so much more! Her versatility and creativity make her creations stand out in the crowd. Her cheerful personality and "can-do" spirit make her blog easy to read and enjoyable... Want to know more about her?? Let's read:
Name: Abby Henderson
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in the beautiful green state of Oregon and I’m happily married to someone I can truly call my best friend, my husband Steve. I’m the proud mother of my two teenage children, Tre’ who’s 17 & Kaley who just turned 13. I’m also “mom” to a very spoiled mini Dachshund, Bella. Purple is my all-time favorite color, some might say I’m obsessed. I have a degree in the medical field but I now work as an Administrative Assistant for our school district and I love it.
2. When and how did you start paper crafting?
I started paper crafting right after I had my son, which was 17 years ago this past September. At first I was doing the traditional scrapbook page layouts then later on I started to make my own cards when I couldn’t find any in the stores that suited my needs and I was tired of over paying for something I knew I could make myself. In the past 5 years I would say that my love of page layouts and cards turned into my love of mini albums, tags and altering items which are among my favorite things to create.
3. What inspires you to create?
I am constantly inspired by everything around me. My husband and kids are a huge inspiration to me, family is everything. I find inspiration all around me, even when I’m driving down the road or sitting at my desk at work and my mind wanders for a few moments, the creative urge will hit and I find myself wishing I was at home in my craft room playing.
4. What is your favorite technique? Why?
I would have to say my favorite technique is distressing and not just in one form. I don’t think you will find a project in my room or in my photo gallery that doesn’t have some form of distress on it, whether it be inking of all sorts, tearing, sanding etc. The reason I love distress so much is that it gives my projects the look of being aged, vintage or old which is right up my alley.
5. Who are your favorite papercrafters at the time? Why?
I have two, I’m sure lots of crafters say Tim Holtz but I am truly inspired by him constantly, his style is right up my alley, I love all the distressing he does and his many versions of distress and the endless techniques he comes up with. My 2nd favorite is Laura Denison with Following The Paper Trail. She is absolutely phenomenal. The dimensional projects she comes up with that are made from chipboard and paper are just amazing and I am a true follower/fan of hers. Even though she designs for some big names in the industry she still chats with us on her show and encourages everyone in their crafting, she is real and keeps it real. Love that about her.
6. Describe your style.
I love to use a mix of new craft items along with vintage & up cycled items. I really love being able to mix in "non-traditional" crafting items into my projects, I think it's a creative way to incorporate different textures and layers which is something I love to do in my crafting.
7. Are you on any design teams at the time? Have you been published in any magazines?
Currently I am proud to be on the Design Teams for Scor-Pal, 3 Girl Jam and Pink Persimmon. I haven’t been published in a magazine yet but I am being published in a crafting book that’s coming out early next year. Something else I’m pretty proud of is that I was just named Master Crafter Fall 2012.
8. What is your favorite thing(s) about creating?
There are so many things about creating that I love but I have to say that what I love most is being able to turn something that was an idea in my head into something physical that you can touch and look at. Paper crafting is a true obsession for me and I love it!
I adore this eclectic and chic mix of elements with an artsy flair! Great designs, fantastic use of die cuts and colours. What's not to love?? Thank you so much Abby for being here and inspiring us today :)
Have a creative weekend!!! Take care