Something to make Monday a little brighter is a Maker Monday, and that is just what we have for you today! Jennifer Nugent from The Project Girl is one of our Michaels Makers that has been furiously working on all of the fun, holiday hoopla that we’ve had for her this month. We know you’ve seen their Dream Tree Reveal and we know you’ve read their expert Tree Decorating Tips, but we have to tell you one more time – they are awesome! Today we get to talk to Jennifer and hear all about her scrapbooking dreams (and expertise!), her antique crafting style and more.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been artistic and crafty. I love working in any medium and creating a wide variety of projects from making handmade cards to decorating big party tables and everything in between. My craft room is my sanctuary and I try to get in there several times a week to just create. In addition to crafting, I design paper and scrapbooking products for My Mind’s Eye, and quilting fabric for Riley Blake Designs. I also am married to an artist, and have two little boys that keep me on my toes. To see my projects and what keeps me busy, visit my blog The Project Girl.
1. When did you start crafting?
I think I’ve always been crafting. I remember at age 4 cutting up paper to make butterflies and cards with. My mother is a great seamstress, so I was always watching, wanting to be just like her. My parents were always taking me to Michaels and buying me craft supplies and art supplies, I still remember the day, 40% off coupon in hand, that I bought my first big set of Prismacolor pencils.
2. Describe your ideal environment to create a craft project.
A big, big work surface with very organized supplies. I also need lots of light and pretty inspiration around me.
3. What is your favorite type of craft?
I seriously love all crafting. My favorite crafting of all time is creating holiday décor. I definitely love quilting, but I just don’t have the time right now to do any major piecing.
4. What craft tool can you not live without?
5. What inspires your blog posts?
Whatever is going on in my life at the moment. I’m a very authentic blogger, I don’t have months of editorial calendars, I just live my life and try to post about what I’m creating at the moment.
6. What project have you always dreamed of doing, but haven’t tackled yet?
A year ago I created a hand-painted wall for a craft trade-show booth using gold foil paint. I really want to replicate the same idea in my craft room to showcase all my scrapbook layouts, photos, and crafts.
7. What project are you most proud of?
I absolutely love my Halloween mantle. I wanted an apothecary type feel and created graphics for apothecary jars, a custom chalkboard sign, a layered spooky banner, and even a lit tree full of crows!
8. What project was your biggest craft fail?
I don’t really have a craft fail! I do have to say that I have a lot of works in progress that just never get finished. I love instant gratification and am not terribly great at follow through on more detailed projects!
9. Describe your craft style.
I tend to like antiqued things, inked, glazed etc. to make projects look older than they are.
10. What is your favorite craft trend right now?
I love the hand-written/hand-lettered look that is going on right now. I also love all the raw products – burlap, cork, and wood. And I can’t leave out gold, gold everything is fabulous. I’m even currently gold-leafing my office desk!
11. Who is your favorite person to craft with?
I had a really great group of crafting buddies where we used to live. I’m slowly gathering a group of crafty ladies around me where we live now, but what usually happens is that I craft with my little buddy – my 3 year-old Ollie. He sits at my big craft table drawing or organizing pins, while I craft away.