Hi! I'm Lowri McNabb and I am thrilled to be invited to guest design for October Afternoon this month. I'm really looking forward to showing you what I have created with their gorgeous products!
Despite dabbling in a number of crafts over the years, nothing has ever captured my interest like papercrafting. Like many, I started out after my first child was born and I have been hooked ever since! My style is probably best described as product-driven with clean lines and lots of color. I love to create mini-albums, stationary, altered projects, dimensional cards and small papercraft pieces.
Since starting my blog, I have created projects for several manufacturers, including Echo Park, Pink Paislee, Making Memories, Teresa Collins and Little Yellow Bicycle. I have also had my work featured by Cosmo Cricket, Kaisercraft and Crate Paper, as well as in several on-line craft and lifestyle publications. I have had several projects published in the Kaisercraft Workshop magazines and newsletters, as well as the Echo Park e-books and digital downloads.
I live on a vineyard in beautiful Marlborough, New Zealand with my husband and three young children. I am originally from South Wales in the UK and also lived in Canada for several years on my way to settling in New Zealand. Before raising my family I spent many years in corporate banking before realizing a lifelong dream and training as a chef.
My blog is called PaperVine (http://www.papervinenz.com/) and it is packed full of papercrafting ideas and tutorials with the odd kids craft and cooking tip thrown in. I also have a really active Facebook page too (https://www.facebook.com/papervine), so please swing by and introduce yourself ... I look forward to meeting you!
Here's how Lowri responded to some questions we asked to help us get to know her better:
Are you a layout person, a card person ... or both?
Neither really! I make a lot of mini-albums, altered projects, stationary and small papercraft pieces, though I do enjoy making themed cards for spcial occasions and holidays.
What is on your scrap desk right now?A bit of everything! I am a horribly messy worker - but when I clean it all up (which I do every month or so) I am going to start on a baby album for my sister. I always have a drink too - tea, Diet Coke or maybe a wine, depending upon the time of day!
What is your favorite October Afternoon line or product ... and why?
Of course this a tough one - but I am VERY excited about the new Travel Girl collection. It's fun and elegant and offers so much potential. I also have a big soft spot for "Thrift Shop" as I used to make my sister's wedding stationary and the Stickey Keys and Mini Market alphas are hands down the best on the market! Oh yes, and ALL the Christmas collections!
What can you NOT scrapbook without?
A very sharp knife - I go through a lot of blades! I always keep an adhesive eraser and some fine grit sandpaper handy, too ... both of which are essential to getting the perfect finish to many of my projects.
What is your favorite source of inspiration?
I like to browse online blogs, galleries and, of course, Pinterest. There are so many talented people out there. I also like to look at gift ideas in stores and figure out if I could re-create the gift with my own twist. I also browse through antique and thrift stores to see if there is anything old and unused that I can put to a new purpose!
What is your favorite movie, TV show or book?
I often scrap with favorite movies or TV shows playing in the background on my computer. I love my old favorites, especially Seinfeld, action/adventure movies and anything that doesn't require too much thought at the end of a long day!
What is your favorite food?
I am a bit of a foodie and love to cook, but since moving from downtown Toronto to rural New Zealand - I really miss hot fresh pizza delivered to my door.
Besides scrapbooking and papercrafts, what do you do for hobbies or enjoyment during your "free" time?
I used to be an avid squash player, and when the last of my kids attends full-time school next year I am determined to start playing again. I love to cook, spend time with my family and I am determined to start a couple of home decorating projects this year as well.
If you were a superhero, what power would you possess and why?
That's easy ... my superpower would be to create more hours in the day! Like so many people, I am always busy and finding time to relax is hard. If only there were a few hours a week where everyone else stopped, I could grab a coffee, sit down for 10 minutes - and maybe grab a little nap!
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be and why?
I would love to be able to bring all my family members, past and present, together for a big dinner. My grandparents would have a chance to meet my children, I would ask my ancestors about their lives and it would be fascinating to see what traits had survived the generations. There would be a lot of laughter, wine and a few wild tales for sure.