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Spotlight on a Designer: Nathalia Castellon

nathaliacastellonheadshot.jpgNathalia Castellon was the winner of ScrapScene’s first ever contest, “Create a Flower.” You can see her winning entry here. Nathalia recently did a tutorial on her blog on how to create a flower – you can see that here. Photos of her scrap studio can be seen here. We are now honored to feature Nathalia in a Spotlight on a Designer interview.

Nathalia is a native born Texan, but now makes Oklahoma her home. She was an Army bratt a great deal of her life overseas in Germany. In 1998, Nathalia tells us that she, “married a soldier boy,” so still lives the military life. “Honestly, it was love at first sight. Saw him in February and married him in December before the year was out!” They have two sons, aged 7 and 5 who are both autistic. “I tell everyone that they make autism look beautiful.” Nathalia homeschools them year round. For any homeschooling readers, Nathalia tells us that she uses “an unschooling approach. Believe it or not!” When Nathalia is not homeschooling her sons, she can be found “reading a good book, watching trashy tv, exploring the Great Plains Wildlife Refuge outside of town with camera and kids in tow, or more often than not, at my scrap table creating.”

Nathalia’s “Garden Gate” mini album is shown at right

Here are the questions we posed to Nathalia along with her answers:

{ScrapScene} How did you first get into scrapbooking?

{Nathalia Castellon} The moment I was first introduced to Elmer Thomas paste, macaroni, glitter and construction paper in Pre-School is when my love affair with paper, glitter, lumpy embellishments and glue began! I kept collaged diaries and journals all through my younger years. I would keep date planners and fill them with photos, memorabilia and other ephemera in high school and college. But my first real scrapbook was created for my son when he was diagnosed with autism and his early education teachers requested a journal about him. After making that album I realized that my true calling wasn’t in pursuing my psychology degree, it was teaching my autistic son. I’ve been doing that for seven years now and added his younger brother to the mix five years ago. Their Developmental Pediatrician was strongly against it at first but when I returned with my sons for a follow up appointment a year later the doctor didn’t recognize my boys. Since then I’ve had his full backing in my homeschooling methods! Just recently we’ve gotten into a good homeschooling groove (less one to one time needed now that they’re older and more self-sufficient) and I have more time to pursue my personal interests…I mean “interest”. I have only one and that’s scrapbooking. I’m clearly obsessed. I was first picked up to be The Embellishment Studio‘s Guest Designer for June. Then joined the Scrappin’ Trends Design Team where they produce monthly kits and a free E-Zine that’s full of projects and tutorials. I’ve also recently joined the Cardvaarks Design Team (card challenge blog with challenges on the 5th & 20th each month). I’m also a longstanding member of ClubScrap and have been published in their Scrap Rap Newsletter and am currently working on some upcoming projects with them. But sssshhh! Don’t tell anyone, it’s supposed to be a secret! I’m also currently working on some top secret projects with Cocoa Daisy to be unveiled later this year. It’s turning out to be a very interesting and exciting year to say the least!

Below is a close-up of a butterfly from one of Nathalia’s projects

{ScrapScene} How would you define your style?nathaliacastellonbutterflycloseup.jpg

{Nathalia Castellon} Geez, that’s always a difficult question to answer. My style reflects me as a person. I’m a bit of a mess and my life is filled to the brim with drama most of the time. So my layouts are a collaged mess of intricate embellished beauty, lots of funk and great attention to detail. Or, as I like to call it “funky phresh”.

{ScrapScene} What is your favorite scrapbooking subject?

{Nathalia Castellon} My children, my cousin’s children, my friends’ children! It’s all about the kids for me.

{ScrapScene} Do you have a favorite technique you’d like to tell us about?

{Nathalia Castellon} Technique? I’m all about technique! It’s an addiction. Give me a plain sheet of chipboard and some cardstock and I can create anything. From my own postbound albums, journals, books, to ornately embellished chipboard shapes. I’ll have a step-by-step project tutorial in Scrappin’ Trends July/Aug issue on how to create this Mini Garden Gate Album (photo abovenathaliacastellonme.jpg). I also just finished up a tutorial for my winning handmade flower! And (I) have another tutorial on using stamps for a fun and unique project.

Nathalia’s layout, “Me,” is shown at left

{ScrapScene} What are your favorite materials/products?

{Nathalia Castellon} Plain chipboard, ClubScrap cardstock and their Bookbinding/Padding/Laminating Adhesive (it’s the best!), ribbon, rhinestones, and ALL patterned paper. As a scrapbooker I am not a snob when it comes to supplies. The more I have the happier I am. If it can go on a page I will use it. From the dollar store to scrapbook store. It’s all good!

{ScrapScene} What are your most essential tools?

{Nathalia Castellon} Black fine tip Sharpie Marker, Tonic Guillotine Cutter (the big one), my red ATG adhesive gun, Cutter Bee scissors, quilter’s ruler, ink, Ranger’s Glossy Accents, and ClubScrap cardstock.

For past Spotlight interviews, please click here.

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  1. Diana Enns
    June 20th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    I’ve been a fan of anything and everything Nathalia does for a year now. I met her through CS and she is always willing to help someone learn a new technique. I keep hoping to meet her face to face someday when my travels take me back to her area of Oklahoma.

    Nathalia – you’re a great friend

  2. Annette Dragon
    June 20th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    Awesome – I have several of Nathalia’s creations and love them all. Keep them coming.

  3. Sandie
    June 20th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    Congratulations on your win Nathalia. Your work is very inspiring. All the best……luv Sandie

  4. micha
    June 20th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    I am Nathalia’s cousin and have always told her work was absolutely awesome!! It was’nt till recently that she has become so busy that she now truly believes me. She has a style all her own that makes all of her work unique and beautiful. Love ya Chica! Micha

  5. June 20th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    wtg Nathalia, I loved your page and your flower, great interview too!

  6. June 20th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    Awesome interview, Nathalia! I have to agree with Micha that your style is incredibly unique, intense, and beautiful. Congrats on all of your recent successes!

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