ScrapScene is pleased to welcome Cheryl Manz in this installment of our Spotlight on a Designer series. Spotlight on a Designer will be bringing you additional interviews with leading edge artists in the scrapbooking industry in the coming weeks.
How long have you been scrapbooking? What got you started?
[Cheryl] I started scrapbooking about 6.5 years ago after being in a serious car accident. As a result of the injuries I suffered, I was in a hospital bed for 3 months and wasn’t able to be very active for a long time after that. My first album was all about my accident and I’ve very glad I did it back then because now, after all I’ve been through since, I haven’t been able to even look at the photos, let alone scrap them. But someday, when I am, I know I will be glad that I created it while the memories were fresh in my mind.
What inspires and motivates you to create if you get a creative block?
[Cheryl] More than anything, I’m inspired by words. Songs, quotes, books, advertising…if I hear or read something that I think is really cool, I’m almost always inspired to sit down and scrap. I’m also inspired by bright colors and everyday life. Living in the city is awesome because there is inspiration everywhere, from a tired older woman on the bus to a funky billboard along the highway.
Photo at right is of a layout done by Cheryl where she was challenged to do a page following the pattern used in the background paper.
What are your favorite techniques of the moment?
[Cheryl] I have always loved mixing things that weren’t necessarily meant to go together…using a product in a new way is always fun.
What are your favorite products?
[Cheryl] Patterned paper, mini brads and white gel pens.
What are your most essential scrapbooking tools?
[Cheryl] Well, my cutter, obviously…but I also use a quilting needle to poke holes where I want to place my brads everytime I create a layout. Other than that, I’m not really a tool type of girl. I like to freehand it.
What do you think is the hottest trend in scrapbooking?
[Cheryl] I think right now that things like doodling and freehanding things on layouts is really in. I love that because I think that that is something that is hard to fake, which puts more of the artist on the page. I also think that handwritten journaling is in now more than ever.
What do you predict for future trends?
[Cheryl] My prediction for the future? ummm…I kinda hope that people start using more found objects again. I love looking back at layouts where people scrapped little pieces of everday life that meant something to them.
Do you have any tips for getting published?
[Cheryl] Don’t give up!! I submitted for months before anyone noticed me or asked for my pages.
Are there any other Designers that inspire you?
[Cheryl] There are TONS of designers that inspire me! Because I’m all about words, the ones that inspire me the most are the ones that have journaling on their layouts. I love looking at a layout and after reading the journaling thinking to myself “she seems so real!”
What project are you working on now? Do you have any sneak peeks to share?
[Cheryl] I am working on some fun stuff that won’t be announced for a while, but I can’t really give any sneak peeks. As far as my everyday scrapbooking, I am just working on some recent photos, trying to get down all my feelings about moving 5 hours away from home for the first time.