Taylored Expressions just wouldn't be able to do without our fabulous and talented design team, the Baker's Dozen. Many of you have seen our designers' wonderful and creative work during our monthly product releases and we would love for you to get to know them better. Each month, we'll introduce you to one of our lovely team members who will share some of their favorite projects, lend some helpful tips, or just plain get their crafty groove on here in the Forum! So, stop by, say 'hi,' and get acquainted with one of the best design teams around.
Jennifer Shults (SCS ID: DeconstructingJen)
I'm a Kansas City, Mo native having lived here all my life. My husband and I met during college and it have pretty well been inseparable ever since. We share a love of sci-fi movies, video games, cooking and art. My preferred art forms tend to be more traditional (pencil drawing specifically) while my husband is a very talented graphic artist and illustrator. I teach middle school art in a suburb of Kansas City. We have two children and 11 fish. My favorite color is orange!
We asked Jen to describe her personal craft style and whether she consideres herself primarily a card maker. Here's what she told us:
Oh man, I always have a hard time with the "what is your style question". I feel like I vary a lot depending on the stamps I'm using and the mood I'm in. I tend to gravitate toward some of the same elements every time I make a card (kraft card stock and burlap twine, anyone?) but I feel comfortable making something clean and simple as well as shabby and vintage.
I'm definitely a card maker. I also enjoy making tags but truthfully feel like I struggle with altered items and home decor. Cards seem to suit me best.
My design process typically starts with choosing stamps and patterned paper (or choosing not to use patterned paper). From there I will color my image or choose ink depending on the stamp(s) I'm using. I rotate between using Copics, Distress Markers for painting and Prismacolor pencils pretty regularly as the mood strikes. Next I'll make a sketch or find one and start finding dies and other elements that will coordinate with the layout. After that the card goes together pretty quickly. I almost always finish a card with inking around the edges or distressing along with a bit of burlap twine.
I'd say on average cards take me an hour to an hour and a half to make. I try to have all my papers picked and coloring done before I set down to make a card so it goes a little faster for me.
When Jen isn't card-making, she enjoys reading, cooking, pencil drawing and crochet. She went on to tell us about some of her unique and fun projects:
I'm not much of a TV watcher so I've always got a project of one type or another going. Right now I'm making a crochet baby blanket for a colleague at work and have a pencil portrait of Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings started for my husband that started out as an example for my advanced 8th grade class.
We couldn't resist asking Jen, an art teacher, what her favorite TE products are! Here are her choices:
My three favorite TE products are foam tape, kraft card stock and the Banner Stacklets 1 dies. TE's foam tape is the best value I have ever found for foam tape and I absolutely LOVE that I get to customize the length by cutting it as I go. Kraft paper is my go to card stock and TE's is the best. Banner Stacklets 1 have become my go to dies when I'm working out a layout, they are so versatile for so many things.
We always like to find out something a bit surprising about our designers, something even WE didn't know!
Now for the truly tough question to answer… little known facts about me, well one is that I am terrible at is interior decorating. My husband can take full credit for the nice clean homey feel our house has and I am totally happy letting him pick out furniture and decor. I'm also very picky about my craft table. It always has to be clean. I always have to clean it between cards if I'm making more than one at a time. I can't stand to have the space cluttered up unless the clutter is currently being used. This is only time I'm a neat freak, lol.
Well, we at TE absolutely adore
our crafty neat freak, Jen! Thanks for sharing a little about yourself and your design process. For another dose of Jen-inspired eye-candy, visit her fabulous blog, Deconstructing Jen
or follow her on Pinterest here
Also, you may not realize that Jen is the genius behind the ultra cool and super inspiring Deconstructed Sketch Challenge, which you can catch over on Facebook here