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Craft Month Q&A: Scrapbook Update Editor Nancy Nally

I figured if I was going to quiz other people on their craft histories in honor of National Craft Month that I should subject myself to the same grilling. So here they are, my own answers to the Scrapbook Update National Craft Month Q&A!

(We’re getting some really fun answers to our editorial call for the Q&A. Keep them coming! We can’t wait to get some of them published!)

What was the first craft you ever remember doing? At what age? And what got you started?

I grew up around lots of crafts. and as this picture proves, even wearing them.  (Hey, it was the 70′s, give me a break!) My mom sewed a lot of my clothes, and most of my dolls’ clothes too, when I was a kid. My paternal grandmother sewed,  too and my maternal grandmother crocheted. There was always an abundance of bright colored afghans and jumpers around, and garments with “handsewn with love” labels.  I was surrounded by crafting.

But the first one I have a memory of doing myself is using one of those metal frames with the cotton loops that you could weave to make a pot holder. (I’ll say this again: it was the 70′s, give me a break!) At some point when I was pretty young I experimented unsuccessfully with knitting I remember too. I ended up with a funky shaped piece about a foot long that was supposed to be a scarf but ended up being a mattress for a cardboard box Barbie doll bed.

Can you name all the crafts you have tried as hobbies?

That is a long list! I’ve tried a lot of crafty things but some have stuck for longer than others. I was a cross-stitcher for a long time in the 1980′s and early 90′s. Then I kind of migrated to trying other crafts – stenciling, floral, sewing – but nothing that made me really passionate until I found scrapbooking in 1998. I’ve been a scrapbooker ever since, longer I think than I’ve done anything else!

What crafts do you currently do?

Currently I do scrapbooking and all sorts of variations on it – papercrafting and stamping. If it can take paper and glue I am there! But it doesn’t have to be physical paper – I also play some with scrapbooking in the digital format.

What other crafts have you incorporated into your scrapbooking?

I tried to incorporate sewing into my scrapbooking briefly until I broke my machine. I’ve occasionally done stitching by hand on pages, so that incorporates my embroidery and hand sewing skills. But mostly I do fairly paper specific techniques in my scrapbooking.

What is your favorite craft & why?

Scrapbooking (and its various incarnations) is definitely not only my favorite craft but my passion. I like the fact that I am being creative but also creating a legacy for my family to know who I am on a very intimate level when I am gone. I also have a “thing” for playing with color and pattern that scrapbooking is a great outlet for. To me it is the perfect package that ties up many things that I am interested in, all in one hobby.

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6 Responses to Craft Month Q&A: Scrapbook Update Editor Nancy Nally

  1. Jan Scholl March 10, 2010 at 1:25 am #

    Your crafty questions are brain stirring. I have always been crafty but no one else in my family was/is. I think that is because I am an alien. I just have never felt a part of them-seriously. I can turn any peice of junk into something usable for one. My first craft was sewing. I either did it by hand (and still do my hems and a lot of finish work by hand). I found an old pedal machine in a closet of the house we moved to when I was five and with a booklet of directions, taught myself to sew. I made a curler bag and a “shift” dress without patterns for the first projects and later became known for my costumes and doll clothes. I did make many Barbie dresses out of bits of this and that, including paper towels. Sewing will always be my first love of crafts-most useful for one. But I have tried almost everything. Crafts are like valium to me-very theraputic and relaxing-I just make sure hub doesn’t see the receipts or credit card statements. Plus they are things you can do solo since I have always been a loner and enjoy being by myself.

  2. Nancy Nally March 10, 2010 at 10:19 am #

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  3. Nancy Nally March 10, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    Jan, doll clothes have played a huge part in my sewing life! My mom made all of mine for my baby dolls and Barbie dolls (I still have them, packed away carefully). She made clothes for my dolls with the scraps left over from the clothes she made for me. When I started sewing for a hobby as an adult, I was collecting dolls as well and sewed a bunch of doll clothes for Barbies and Cabbage Patch Kids.

  4. Nicole S. March 10, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    Nancy, while the puffy sleeves do date the outfit a bit, I betcha my 4-year-old would look adorable in that crocheted jumper over some funky leggings and a long-sleeve tee! :) You were such a cutie — and still are!

  5. Carrie March 10, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    That jumper is a treasure! Just looking at it, one can see and feel the love that went into it. I’ll bet whomever made it for you absolutely cherished that photograph.

    What a wonderful gift that the women in your family provided you with the joy and creativity of crafting. I thank my mother, aunts and older sisters for doing the same for me.

  6. Amy K March 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    After seeing your cute photo Nancy, it made me go dig out a photo of myself from when I was about 4ish in a crocheted dress and knee socks made for me by my aunt. Thanks for jogging my memory. I come from a long line of crafter aunts and grandmothers, who all found their own niches in some sort of crafting, and have certainly tried many new things. I have enjoyed needlework, crocheting, and papercrafting, but I would love to really learn how to sew more than just simple mendings.
    I appreciate all you offer here and on PRT.

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