From time to time we like to invite crafters to be our Guest Designer/Blogger for a month to challenge us to see things in a different way and so that we may learn more about our products through the eyes of a new designer. We kick of this serie of articles for 2018 by inviting a crafter that residents in Germany – Stephanie Schutze.
Where are you from?
I’m from Berlin/Germany, living in north Germany now.
How would you describe your design style?
My style depends on materials and techniques. I can scrap clear & simple with modern design paper but also create with mixed media and a lot of different materials and techniques. I’m in love with old paper, the haptic and smell on it, so I love to create my new hobby Junk Journals. As long as paper and paints are involved I’m happy.
How long have you been creating?
I started my blog at 2011 and this is also my explosive beginning in being creative almost every day.
What is your go to product right now?
My Journals. I have different types of journals, scrapbook journals, planner journals, junk journals, travel journals,….
Do you have a signature touch you like to include in all your pieces?
If I scrap I like to cut out the silhouettes of my daughters to put them in a new imaginative context with paints, structures and papers. I like to play with photos and my fantasy.
What advice would you give to someone who gets in a creative slump?
If I need inspiration I put out some paper and paints, stencils and creating a chaos. Then I’m going back to clearer thoughts and adding shapes. This leads me to new color combinations and new ideas.
What is the oddest inspiration you have used for one of your projects?
My photos of my daughters are my main inspiration. But I also find inspiration in browsing through old things and books.
Tell us one thing that people might not know about you.
I’m a total mumbo-jumbo and only talk after the first cup of coffee.
How often do you create?
Almost every day.
Do you jot down your ideas before you do them or do you create as you go?
Sometimes I write down my ideas with a little sketch, but mostly the ideas came spontaneous directly into my hand.
We sent Stephanie the 7gypsies Architextures™ Mix and Match Book – Bee to play with and look what a fantastic piece she came up with:
“I saw it, felt in love and knew that I wanted to use it as a recipe book. It is perfect for it because of the beautiful vintage look and great paper inside. I’ve had several notebooks and folder for a long time for recipes and now everything is in one place. I’m so happy.
Due to the different types of paper (magazine pages, handwritten recipes, …), in the end it became an inspiring junky smash book. I used the inside pages to create folders, flaps and bags for the different types of recipes.”