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Spotlight on a Designer: Carol Wingert

carolwingertheadshot.jpgArtist Carol Wingert joins us for this instalment of ScrapScene’s Spotlight on a Designer feature. For additional spotlight interviews, please click here.

Carol Wingert is no stranger to publication – her work is featured in publications too numerous to mention. She is also co-author of the book, Artful Memories with Tena Sprenger and their latest, Lifelines. Carol is also a frequent instructor at Scrapbooks Etc. She has recently announced an upcoming class for March 28th called, “Clearly Stated” in her “Life Stories” series.

Here are the questions we asked Carol along with her answers:

{ScrapScene} How long have you been scrapbooking? What got you started?carolwingertlife_stories_clearly_stated.jpg

{Carol Wingert} I started scrapbooking in 2000, after Carole, our business office manager, tried to convince me that I was made for scrapping. At that time, she was really into Creative Memories and I tried several pages and realized I wouldn’t stick with that program for long because there was so little variety. During that time, she had discovered a local store that she thought would be right up my alley. That store was the infamous Memory Lane. I went to visit that store and I was hooked, totally hooked. I’ve been a paper collector since the time I was a child and that store fed my addiction for years!

{ScrapScene} What inspires and motivates you to create if you get a creative block?

{Carol Wingert} There are a number of things that work for me. The best one, but least practical, is to get away for a weekend. There’s something about traveling, seeing new places, eating out at new restaurants and coming home with picture cards filled with new scenes that is so inspirational. But really, how often can someone just leave for a weekend and find dog sitters, business coverage, etc.? The next best thing is to read outside of the industry-books and magazines that are related to interior design, quilting and other fiber arts, or just immerse myself in a great novel. What I’ve found most, though, is that if I stay in the creative habit, I don’t often go through creative block. It’s like the more I produce, the more ideas I have…definitely counter-intuitive, but definitely works for me.

{ScrapScene} What are your favorite techniques of the moment?

{Carol Wingert} I’ve been using a lot of paint-with masks, foam stamps (old ones that I’ve resurrected), funny brushes, etc. I’ve also been having a lot of fun stamping on fabrics and incorporating bits and pieces of them into my work.

{ScrapScene} What are your favorite products?

{Carol Wingert} I seem to buy lots of cardstock and patterned paper (the paper addict, you know). Rubber and acrylic stamps and inks are another weakness, as are buttons, lace and ribbon.

(Project below is the cover of an altered vintage record album made by Carol for a charity auction.)

carolwingertrecordalbumcover.jpg{ScrapScene} What are your most essential scrapbooking tools?

{Carol Wingert} My studio table always has a paper cutter, a tube of UHU glue and a brayer on it. I would say I use these three things most consistently.

{ScrapScene} What do you think is the hottest trend in scrapbooking? What do you predict for future trends?

{Carol Wingert} That’s always a hard question because so much depends on your style. Doodling is still really popular, but only with the people that like to doodle. The shabby look is definitely still in, but only with certain manufacturers. I think that the industry is maturing quite a bit and that an awful lot of scrappers know their style and are loyal to it, rather than jumping on the newest trendy product line. It seems like the trends are more marked by what’s hot in colors rather than a specific style trend. Some of the things I was hoping for and saw at CHA were: lots of black & white and black & ivory, birds (yeah!), designs based on quilt and home décor fabrics, paper that resembles vintage damask wallpaper, and felt flowers and ribbon.

{ScrapScene} Do you have any tips for getting published?

{Carol Wingert} I guess the first tip that I would have is to know what the publisher wants. If the publisher does calls, that narrows down the subject matter quite a bit. Next would be to identify if the particular publication leans toward a specific style and if a person’s style would be similar, it would probably be a good fit. Third, I would say to include some heartfelt journaling. That’s an area I’ve always struggled with-not that I don’t like heartfelt journaling, but by the time I do my photo(s), title and embellishments, there doesn’t seem to be room to add the journaling. Lastly, I would say submit, submit, submit. One of these days, something is going to catch some editor’s eye and it will be just the layout they need for their magazine.

(Layout below is part of a series in color study that Carol created.)

{ScrapScene} Are there any other Designers that inspire you?carolwingertearthangels.jpg

{Carol Wingert} Definitely yes. In the scrapping world there are so many-I don’t think I want to list them for fear that I’ll leave someone out. There are so many talented people in the industry and it’s so easy to learn from them-even if it’s just one little tidbit, it can make a difference in how a project or layout turns out. Outside of the scrapping world, I’m inspired by fabric designers such as Amy Butler and Heather Bailey and interior designers/home décor store owners such as Debbie Dusenberry of the Curious Sofa and Elizabeth Maxson of Elizabeth House. Antique and flea market junk collector Corey Amaro (Tongue in Cheek) is very inspirational with her little stories and photos of French treasures (definitely another weakness of mine) she’s collected. She is a faithful blogger and I am a faithful reader! Paper artist Anna Corba is another favorite. Something else that I find inspirational is to peek into the studios of other artists-I find most of them, especially the eclectic ones, totally fascinating. Photographers who inspire me are Allison Tyler Jones, Kim Kwan and Tara Whitney. Wow, there’s a lot of amazing talent that we have access to, isn’t there?

{ScrapScene} What project are you working on now?

{Carol Wingert} Right now, I’m in the middle of creating layouts for my next class at my local scrapbook store, Scrapbooks, Etc. The class is part of the monthly series I do called “Life Stories” which is just about different ways to scrapbook every day life and the stories that go along with it with a different theme and a different technique each month. March’s class is “clearly spoken“-cool ways to use and incorporate transparencies, HS ghost shapes and letters, alcohol inks, Staz-On ink, etc. The theme is “Spring”. No sneak peeks just yet!

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One Comment

  1. March 19th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    Great Interview.
    Love all of Carol’s Work

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