I make journals and notebooks, bookmarks, journal prompt booklets, and I paint pen boxes.
I've been a crafter from as far back as I can remember. When I was a small child, I used string, yarn, and ribbon to bind books. Later, I used staples. Now, glue is used. What motivated me to start making books as an adult, however, was a personal need for more journals to use. I only wanted unusual and beautiful books as journals, and buying them frequently was becoming cost-prohibitive.
Books are the most fun (and most arduous) to make.
What are you doing when you're not creating?
Working as a technical support advisor, and planning craft shows. I spend most of my spare time crafting though.
Where do you work on your creations?
At the front of my apartment, where my dining area was. When my son was to move in, I got rid of my dining table and moved my studio to that section. It's an awful mess and an eyesore when one first enters the unit, but I've accepted having to live with that.
Sometimes I listen to music. Most times I put on a DVD (usually a Star Trek show). Occasionally I craft in silence.
What's the most difficult part of the process?
Ensuring that the bound paper is in line with the covers. Sometimes they go crooked, showing too much paper when looking at the book straight-on.
Any of my tree books. I'm crazy about trees.
Meet Cheryl on November 5th, December 3rd, and Dec 4th at the Lions Club in Peterborough, 10am-2pm.