Today, October Afternoon invites you to join us in welcoming Lydia Jackson as our Guest Designer for the month of June!
Lydia says she is "ecstatic" about being a guest designer for OA and that when she discovered scrapbooking through a friend 15 years ago, she never dreamed it would turn into such an incredible journey.
Lydia has had the pleasure of working in local scrapbook stores and has taught classes across Canada; in Los Angeles and Anaheim, California; and Brisbane, Australia. The best part of her journey, however, has been the incredible people she has met along the way.
She resides on Vancouver Island in Canada with her husband and three sons and writes a blog called Scrap Notions (http://lidibids-scrapnotions.blogspot.com/). Over the last few years she has designed for Core'dinations, Imagininsce, 2 Scrappy Boys, Sketchabilities and My Little Bit of Whimsy. She's also guest designed for many others and her work has been featured in such magazines as Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbook Trends, Scrapbooks Etc., Canadian Scrapbooker and others.
When we asked Lydia to tell us a little about herself, she provided these interesting (or strange, depending upon your perspective) tidbits: She knows how to operate an excavator and considers one of her "happy" places to be at the controls of a big digger. When she cleans, she sings ... and not a humble, quiet song either. She sings her heart out to the soundtrack of Burlesque. She starts listening to Christmas carols in October, which drives her husband a little nuts. And she loves hats ... all sorts of cool, funky chapeau's, from fedora's to fascinators ... she loves em' all!
We posed a series of questions to Lydia in hopes of getting to know her even better:
Are you a layout person, a card person ... or both?
I am both. Originally, I didn't like doing cards, but when my kids started school they were invited to a ton of birthdays and they really wanted mommy to make a "special" card. I learned to love creating these mini canvases.
What is on your scrap desk right now?
Coffee, a toy moose, my camera, my i-Pod, a wholebuch of cardstock and the October Afternoon Farm Girl collection.
What is your favorite October Afternoon line or product ... and why?
This is a really tough one for me. I have loved October Afternoon since their first collection. In fact, Night Light was the first collection that I ever bought twice. But since I have to choose one, it would be Campfire. I love the earthy yet playful colors, the critters are adorable and every time I see the animal tracks paper it takes me back to my childhood, reading Winnie the Pooh.
What can you NOT scrapbook without?
I cannot scrap without my paper trimmer, adhesive, my sanding block sewing machine and pearls.
What is your favorite source of inspiration?
I love cruising through blogs, Two Peas, Pinterest and a fabric site called Spoonflower, and if I am really stumped a sketch challenge never fails to get the creative juices flowing.
What is your favorite move, TV show or book?
My favorite movie is Pirates of the Carribean ... who doesn't love Johnny Depp? My favorite TV show is The Big Bang Theory because it makes me laugh. My favorite book is The Red Tent. I enjoy books that are told from a strong female perspective.
What is your favorite food?
CHEESE ... anything cheese! You cannot name a food that cheese does not go with. I dare you to try!
Besides scrapbooking and papercrafts, what do you do for hobbies or enjoying during your "free" time?
Ha ha ha ... free time ... that is a good one! Right now I'm building my own house and raising three kids, so really there is no such thing as "free" time, but I do try to make time to stay fit by playing slow-pitch softball during the summer and dodge ball in the winter. I find bliss in the garden, it is inexpensive therapy you can eat and I enjoy cooking and getting creative in the kitchen. I love getting out my camera and capturing memories and, late at night when all is quiet, I read myself to sleep.
If you were a superhero, what power would you possess and why?
I know it sounds a little lame, but I think I would be Sharp Tongue (LOL) and my super power would be to be able speak and communicate in any language. I would love to be able to travel and talk to anyone in their own language, and read ancient texts and understand them. I think that would be incredible.
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be and why?
My dad. He was a wonderful man and I would love for him to see how I turned out and just talk to him and hug him again.