Andrea La Vigne - papercrafter40
Jacksonville, TX
Hello! I'm Andrea from Jacksonville, TX. This is a small town in the Piney Woods of predominantly rural East Texas. I live in the same house I grew up in, with my mom & three cats. I was so excited--and a bit terrified--when Lydia asked if I wanted to be part of the Dirty Dozen! I'm a bit of a perfectionist--OK, very much a perfectionist--so I just hope that I can live up to my own expectations of how my work should be!

This is my first design team experience. I have lived with schizophrenia & major depression for most of my adult life, and so have developed commitment issues, since I could never be sure of how functional I would be in the long term. Thanks to meds & counseling, though, I'm pretty stable now, so I'm ready to give this a go.

I have been creating ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon. I always loved to draw & color when I was a kid. This grew into oil painting starting when I was about 10 years old. My grandfather had been an amateur artist after he retired from a career as a school teacher, and we have his paintings hanging in our home, so I always wanted to paint like him.

I'm not sure exactly when I discovered paper crafting. A scrapbooking store opened in a nearby city several years ago. I went in, probably "just to look," and got hooked! I took a few classes there, and created some hideous scrapbook layouts in those early years. I kept working at it, though, and my style and the quality of my work improved.

My foray into card making started sometime after that with a stamp I got that had a cat's facial features. I inked it up with markers, and stamped several invitations to a party I was having at the time. I didn't get seriously interested in card making, however, until I was taking May Flaum's "Camp Scrap" class at Big Picture Classes. I made a birthday card using buttons for a challenge that I learned about through her, and that was it! I still enjoy scrapbooking, but my major output now is cards.

I guess I would say my style is kind of eclectic. I'm willing to try almost any technique with my crafting. The one thing I don't feel drawn to is grunge/shabby-chic. I am never happy getting too "settled" in my crafting, and always strive to grow & try new things. I take comfort in the fact that it's only a little paper and a little time (or sometimes a lot of time). So if something doesn't turn out, I haven't "wasted" much, and may have learned something.

When I'm not working in our craft room on paper crafts, I enjoy sewing, reading, and photography. I look forward to this new Dirty Dozen adventure!