Featured Crafter Friday

November 16, 2007 - 8:00am

Taylor VanBruggen

Please welcome Taylor. You can see her wonderful work on her website Taylored Expressions. You may also know her as "tayloredexpressions" on Splitcoast Stampers. She is a Splicoast Stampers Dirty Dozen Alumni! She is a design team member for PaperTrey Ink, Stampendous, My Favorite Things, and Hambo Stamps. She has also been a guest designer for Verve Visual and Mandarin Pixie. Can you believe all of this that she does? And she is utterly amazing at it all! Now, to think, this isn't even her full-time job! She is also an accountant for a non-profit organization. I bet they get great gifts from her and are very lucky to have her around.

Taylor has also recently hit 1 million hits on her site! Wow! She is having a contest that lasts all week there! Be sure to check it out!

I also asked Taylor a few questions I thought would be fun to hear answers to.

How did you get started with crafts?
My mom is very crafty so I've been crafting since before I can remember! My earliest memory was creating a few handmade things with scraps from my mom's craft room floor. I put all my treasures on a tray and walked around her craft show to see if anyone would buy my stuff. I discovered stamping about 3 years ago when my boyfriend (now husband) gave me a Stampin' Up catalog. He had bought it from someone at church because he thought I might like it. Well... the rest is history! I started with Stampin' Up and what used to be my hobby has now turned into a job in many respects. I don't feel like I'm truly working though because I love what I do so much! My dad always told me to do something you love and you'll never "work" another day in your life. I've definitely found my passion in papercrafting!

How much time per day do you spend on your crafts? Is it enough? :)
On average, I spend about 2-3 hours a day creating in my "studio". Of course... there's just never enough time in the day! I do work full-time outside the home so most of my creative time is in the evenings and on the weekends. I think it's important not to force creativity. If I'm not feeling in the mood I usually watch TV, go on a walk, or read a book instead.

What is your favorite craft item to use or project to make?
Whenever I'm asked about my favorite craft item that I just couldn't live without I always say my paper piercer. It has so many different uses and I'm constantly piercing things! I use it to faux stitch, to un-clog the cap of my glue, to insert brads where a hand-held punch cannot reach, etc. etc. I don't think I could ever pick a favorite project! I love making cards, altered items, framed art, artist trading cards... the list goes on and on!

Where do you get your inspiration (for your stamp creating or card making)?
You've probably heard from several designers that inspiration is everywhere! I've found beautiful color combinations in plants, flowers, and nature in general. I've love using clothing (especially children's clothing) for color inspiration. Magazines (like Martha Stewart Living, bridal magazine, Real Simple) are also great for color inspiration. I love looking in the card section at Target for funny sentiments and layouts and challenging myself to come up with a stamped look-a-like. You'll often find me with my camera phone taking pictures of random pieces of inspiration that strike at odd times! I also keep an inspiration journal with magazine clippings, sketches, and other notes.

Do you have any advice for fellow crafters out there? Words of wisdom, perhaps? :)
My best piece of advice is to set goals for yourself. Figure out what you want to get out of papercrafting and then go after it. If you just want to have fun then find places you can do that and meet other people who want to do that. If you want to make money, get published, or be part of a design team, talk with people who are already doing those things and see how they got started. No dream is ever too big if you set small goals along the way!

I have included a few pictures of her work for you to admire! It was very hard to pick just a few to share with you. You could spend all day admiring the work on her site! I have attached some Christmas gift items as well as a card from Cupcake Friday! What a fun idea, right? And lucky you....today is Friday! I threw in a few other pictures I really liked as well. Enjoy!

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I hope you have enjoyed Featured Crafter Friday and meeting Taylor! It was great getting to know Taylor a little better and I hope you learned something new from her! If you would like to be featured, please send me an email! I would be more than happy to include you! See you next Friday for another great lady!

You Rock

Posted by Becky (not verified) on November 17, 2007 - 11:54am

Taylor is amazing! So are you Andrea!!! You girls are just fantastic!

Your Amazing Taylor

Posted by Lisa Banks (not verified) on November 18, 2007 - 1:32am

Wonderful interview...You truly amaze and inspire me with your talent. God has truly Blessed you!!!