Today Scrapbook Update is pleased to bring our readers a Craft Month Q&A with Betsy Burnett.
Betsy is a scrapbooking/crafting demonstrator, instructor and freelance writer. She currently teaches and does demos at Scrapbook Junction in Minooka, IL and JoAnn Fabrics, as well as offering in-home scrapbooking classes. Betsy will be a speaker at the upcoming “Clean Sweep” women’s conference in New Lenox, IL, and just hosted the 3rd “Illinois Area Fiskateer crop.” Online, she is a frequent contributer to Faithfully Yours and currently works with MemoryWorks‘ social medial team. You can visit Betsy’s blogs at Aim Happy and Aim Scrappy. Betsy previously appeared on Scrapbook Update to report on the Fiskars 360th birthday bash at Epcot in July 2009.
What was the first craft you ever remember doing?
Well the first “craft” I remember doing was “web making” I was about 4 and read the book “Charlotte’s Web” well there was a skein of yarn so I created a web, I tied yarn to EVERYTHING in my bedroom, the knobs of the dresser, the bed post, the door knob the chair…and then I wove yarn through everything. The goal was to be able to crawl on my web. Sadly I fell short of my goal literally …and the furniture, drawers, chairs…fell with me 🙂
Beyond my failed attempts at web making. I don’t ever remember NOT doing crafts. Mom loved arts and crafts, we even “scrapbooked” way back then (I have an “album” I made out of craft paper from when I was 5, I had cut out photos journaling it was pretty cool!)
Can you name all the crafts you have tried as hobbies?
I went through a big phase of “finger-weaving” as a kid, I’ve sewn, cross-stitched, floral arranging, kids crafts/costumes, cake decorating, scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, altered stuff and a bit of stamping thrown in
What crafts do you currently do?
I will admit I do mostly paper crafting as those are the most supplies I have collected. But dabble in stamping, altered art, floral arranging, sewing, and general crafts.
What other crafts have you incorporated into your scrapbooking?
Probably sewing and stamping the most…I’ve also rediscovered a love of writing so many of my stories have found their way into my albums.
What is your favorite craft & why?
I do a little bit of everything. I’m a big time people person so I love creating gifts. Whether it’s a handmade card, home decor item or home-cooked meal for a sick friend, I love giving gifts from the heart and for me that means creating something for those I love.