I am very pleased that today we have “superstar scrapbooker” Megan Hoeppner joining us. Megan, welcome to Art of Crafts and thank you for taking the time for this interview. I especially appreciate your time today as I know you have a lot of other commitments at the moment and many congratulations on your imminent arrival 🙂
* Many of us know you from your very cool blog http://meganhoeppner.blogspot.co.uk/ and from your classes on Craftsy, please could you tell us a little more about how you got involved in crafting? First of all, thanks for the nice compliment regarding my blog. I’m glad you enjoy it! As far as my crafting history goes, I guess you can say I’ve always had the crafting bug. As a young child, one of my favorite Christmas gifts came the year my parents gave me a giant suitcase filled with art supplies. It sparked my creativity and I’ve been creating ever since.
Professionally, I got my crafting start when Stampin’ Up! hired me to work in their PR department. It was such a wonderful, creative environment, and I learned much about stamping and paper crafting from my time there. Today, the majority of my creative energy goes into my job with Creating Keepsakes magazine as their creative editor. I love that I get paid to make things, come up with ideas, and connect with others who are passionate about stretching their creative muscles—what a gift!
* What is your earliest memory of crafting and is it from school or home? My earliest memories are probably of sitting at the kitchen table with my mom, doing anything and everything creative. She was so great about buying me watercolor sets, coloring books, clay…anything that would get my imagination going. And she never seemed too busy to sit down and play with me, which made all the difference in the world. I only hope I can be half the mom to my daughter (due next week).
* Do you undertake your ‘crafty’ life on a full-time basis or do you have other work/family commitments? Tell us a little about your typical day. I suppose you could say my crafting impacts my entire life. When I’m not creating for work, I’m making handmade jewelry that I sell on the side. Or I’m meeting with friends for craft nights. Or I’m making gifts for others. I’m blessed with a very supportive and patient husband. He always shows genuine interest in what I’m working on, which makes it all the more exciting for me. Right now, of course, my typical day includes crafting nursery décor and baby projects. It’s hard to resist this kind of crafting time!
* We all have something arty or crafty that stands out as something we are proud of. Tell us about something that you loved creating, and why it was so special to you? I recently gave my mom a generations mini album that I made (seen here) for Mother’s Day. She has looked at this little book so many times, and I can tell that she just adores it. Knowing that my work can have such an impact on another means everything to me.
* For those that are new to paper crafts, tell us why you love scrapbooking and why people should give it a try? Scrapbooking is an incredibly worthwhile art form. Not only are you preserving your unique stories and memories for yourself, but also for generations to come. How awesome that you can take a hobby and add such meaning!
* You are an established teacher of all things paper craft, what do you love about sharing this medium with others?
I love just about everything when it comes to teaching, but the thing that tops the list is the opportunity it allows me to connect with others. I’ve met so many wonderful people through my teaching engagements. People who’ve absolutely changed my life for the better. I think the fact that we share a love for scrapbooking and crafting makes it easy to become fast friends.
Another aspect that I adore almost as much as the relationships is what I learn. Sure, I may be the “teacher,” but I’ve never been to an event where I haven’t learned something from my students. The creative collaboration is wonderful and all can benefit from that kind of time spent together.
* Your class on Craftsy on ‘Family Scrapbooking’ offers the perfect way to master the many skills involved, what would you say are the biggest advantages for people with an online class such as this? The biggest advantage I see to this amazing online environment is the convenience factor. It allows students to come together, learn new things, and be creative, all on their own schedules. If that means scrapbooking at 3:00 AM, great! Or maybe it’s sneaking in time over lunch. Whatever works for each student is made possible through this platform. And Craftsy is set up in such a way that I can still interact with my students, even if I’m not in a room with them. They can ask me questions, comment on techniques, or simply say hello and I can respond, which is all the more fun!
* What did you enjoy the most about making the Craftsy online course? Well, working with the Craftsy film crew was unforgettable. They were all so kind and supportive, and their work experience and stories were fascinating. It was an honor to be in their company. Equally exciting was when students began enrolling in the course and messaging me. Knowing that they were enjoying the experience and getting the opportunity scrapbook, some for the first time, was a wonderful feeling.
* As this is Art of Crafts I have to ask, do you enjoy any other crafts? If so, please tell us more. Oh my, yes! I think most people who are passionate about creating won’t limit themselves to one hobby exclusively. We tend to be dabblers in many things. This is certainly true where I’m concerned. Beyond scrapbooking, I love paper crafting (card making, home décor, stamping, etc.), beading/jewelry making, sewing, and photography. Next on my list of things to learn: knitting! Maybe Craftsy can help me with that. 🙂
* Are there any exciting plans you have in development, what’s next for your ‘crafty’ life? Well, as I’ve mentioned, I’m currently creating life. My first child is due next week. I imagine this will change my crafty life a great deal. I simply can’t wait for the day I get to share my love of creating with her. Until then, I’ve been investing my creative energy into making her nursery a unique place that I hope she’ll love.
I’m also thrilled to announce that I’m teaching a Washi Workshop with Studio Calico, which launches June 1. As for Creating Keepsakes, we’re busy planning upcoming issues (we’re already into the 2013 year, which is hard to believe), as well as upcoming events that we’ll be teaching on the road. Never a dull moment around here, I tell ya!
Thanks so much for taking an interest in what I do! Remember to follow your bliss and enjoy your creative journey! Warmly, Megan.
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