Magazine Monday – Meet Lisa Johnson

 Magazine Monday   Meet Lisa Johnson

P. Kelly Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! I hope everyone is in full Halloween countdown mode. Like I mentioned last Friday, here at Paper Crafts, we’re anxiously counting down the days until we can reveal our team costume. It’s going to be a real scream! (Hint: That may be a clue!)

Since little gremlins will soon be creeping up your walkway, I thought I would bring in an expert on all things Halloween. With two of her four daughters celebrating birthdays near this frightfully fun holiday, I just knew she would have some spooktacular ideas to share. Not to mention, I’m just batty for this designer, and have been wanting to spotlight her for many moons now…

So without further ado, let’s get to know the bewitching Lisa Johnson!

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Lisa Johnson

1. Where did you grow up? 

I grew up in Alaska – the Chugiak/Eagle River area. I was born in California though, and spent a lot of time there also.

2. Do you work outside the home? If so, what do you do?

Nope, but I volunteer in schools and am very involved in my church.

3. If a movie were to be made of your life, who would you cast to play the part of you?

My girls wouldn’t hesitate to say Reese Witherspoon – with brown hair. (I don’t see any resemblance beyond us both being short.) I can’t imagine them making such a boring movie though. LOL!

4. What song would you choose as the theme song for your life?

I have to laugh…my girls screamed out the theme from Mission Impossible! LOL! (Should I be offended?) I think it’s more like Singin’ in the Rain. I do try to find the happy in life.

5. What is one thing most people would be surprised to hear about you?

Most people are surprised when they hear me sing…I have a very full alto voice. My talking voice is more on the Minnie Mouse end of the spectrum!

6. What/who inspired you to start paper crafting?

My good friend Joan invited me over for a stamping party…that was the beginning of it all!

7. What is your biggest paper crafting challenge?

Scrapbooking! I’ve just never found my groove. I recently took a great photography class so that might change!

8. If you were only allowed two items to create a card beside cardstock and adhesive, what would they be?

ONLY TWO? Sheesh…Okay, um…stamps (and ink since you have to have ink to stamp, right? So they really are one in the same!) and a synthetic sponge. I usually add depth by lightly sponging my cardstock edges. LOVE IT!

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Lisa Johnson's Swirl Boo Card

9. What is your favorite occasion or holiday to paper craft and why?

This may sound strange but I love Just Because. There is something so inspiring about creating a project for someone with the sheer intention of brightening their day!

10. How would you describe your style? 

This is always a hard question for me to answer…I don’t think I have a specific style. I like clean and simple, vintage, detailed, glam…I pretty much love it all! I’ve heard recently from my friends that my style is clean and classy though.

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Lisa Johnson's Boo Treat Box

11. When is your favorite time to craft?

After lunch and reaaaaaaly late at night!

12. What sort of music do you listen to while crafting?

None! I start dancing and singing and can’t create or design. I do listen to audio books and watch movies though.

13. How does your family participate in your paper crafting passion?

Well, the mere fact that I have four daughters sort of answers that! I have supplies set aside in a drawer just for them, and an area in my studio. We make everything from cards for their friends to birthday gifts. We are a bunch of busy bees!

14. When it comes to calls and deadlines, how do you keep yourself organized?

I print them and put them in order on a clipboard that I hang from my studio desk. I also add the dates to my computer calendar and send myself e-mail reminders the morning of the call so I don’t forget to actually submit my projects! I pretty much assume I will forget unless it’s e-mailed in a reminder to me…so I do it with every appointment and deadline!

15. Do you remember what Paper Crafts issue your first project appeared in? How has your style changed since then?

Oh my…this really ages me! My first project ever published was for the 2005 Stamping Royalty Card Contest. I think my style may have become just a little more detailed since then.

16. Have you contributed to any design teams in the past or present? If so, which ones?

Yes, I currently work on the following design teams: 

I have been blessed to be able to work with We R Memory Keepers, Webster’s Pages and Prism. I’ve also done contract work for Tsukineko, 7gypsies and a few other manufacturers.

17. Name three designers whose styles you like and why they appeal to you.  

  • Debbie Olson – Everything Debbie creates is so full of depth and exudes a solid sense of design. I’ve watched her for so many years in awe. Her work is full and decadent!
  • Nichole Heady – When I first started being published, a friend pointed out to me how amazing this Paper Crafts designer was. I started taking notice and fell in love with her immaculate and innovative creations.  Always perfection in paper!
  • Melissa Phillips - Have you ever seen someone’s style that was so different from your own and fell in love? Melissa’s warm, eclectic, vintage touches and candy sweet creations exude her equally sweet personality. Guiltless pleasure!

18. Do you have any advice/tips for someone who’s never been published or who wants to submit for the first time?

The best thing to realize is that just because it’s not picked up doesn’t mean it’s not good! Have faith in your work and keep trying. It just might not have met the editorial needs at that time.

19. Do you have a blog or online gallery? If so, please provide the URL.

I do have a blog ( Please hop on over!

Thanks, Lisa! Your Halloween projects are simply boo-tiful! If any of you are looking for something sweet to put in your treat containers, make sure you check out Lisa’s “Spooky Sweets” post. Leave a comment for Lisa here and I’ll pick three lucky winners to win a sweet surprise! All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Here’s to the sweet life!

P.S. If you’ve been inspired by Lisa’s Halloween projects, why not make your own and upload them to our October Gallery Challenge? The deadline is midnight (MDT) tonight, so don’t delay!

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Cath’s Meet Our New Graphic Designer post and the three winners from my Boo Crew post!

Cath’s winners:

1. Darlene L. (Oct. 22, 4:20 p.m.)
2. Connie Wright (Oct. 22, 3:50 p.m.)
3. Shari (Oct. 22, 3:23 p.m.)

My winners:

1. Kelly (Oct. 23, 7:40 p.m.)
2. Sharon (Oct. 23, 3:50 p.m.)
3. Denali (Oct. 23, 2:38 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! I’ll be e-mailing you shortly to get your mailing addresses and discuss your prizes. Thanks to all who left comments!

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137 Responses to Magazine Monday – Meet Lisa Johnson

  1. Shawna says:

    Thank you for showcasing Lisa! She is one of my favorites and I read her blog whenever she posts.

  2. Mel says:

    I love Lisa’s work and her blog…thanks for the great inspiration!

  3. Stacy says:

    Lisa I have enjoyed following your blog through PTI. I love looking at all of your card ideas and stamp releases. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Erika M says:

    I’m loving Lisa’s work – it’s quite nice to learn about her!

  5. savannah O'Gwynn says:

    Lisa–you are SUPER TALENTED:) Love it–just checked out your blog. It is on the FAV’s list!!!

  6. Christine Rogus says:

    Love ya Lisa!! I wake up in the morning with the Papertrey Girls and coffee!!

  7. Jenny McGee says:

    Hi Lisa, I am enjoying your work.

  8. Carol Metully says:

    Great stuff Lisa! I’ve followed your work and think you are one very talented lady. I, too, love watching movies while I make cards.

  9. Mary A says:

    A totally talented designer, for sure!

  10. Amber says:

    I love Lisa’s blog and her cards are always amazing!

  11. sharon says:

    I love Lisa’s work! Very awesome! I will be following her now so I can be inspired by her work ;}

  12. rebecca keppel says:

    Love Lisa’s work–all the details are so perfect and wonderful. Thanks for sharing some of her creations!

  13. J. J. Clark says:

    I also love the work of Lisa! Thanks for letting us in on your life. I’m amazed of the talent and activities in others lives.

  14. Wahinelei says:

    I visit Lisa’s blog all the time and like the insights your article provided. She does amazing work and I love her style!!

  15. Catherine says:

    Love all of your work you do, am always checking out your blog to see what is new there :) !

    Inky Hugs,

  16. nina says:

    Wonderful! I love to read Lisa’s blog so it will be fun what she puts together for Paper Crafts. Love that swirl boo card!

  17. Brooke says:

    Getting to know great paper crafters a little more is so fun. I found Lisa’s blog through Papertrey Ink a long time ago and I love how she ends her posts “thanks for poppying by”.

  18. Andrea says:

    I totally love Lisa!! She’s sooo crafty! Love that her girls think that her theme song would be from Mission Impossible!! Love the projects that she created here as well!!

  19. Kelly says:

    I’m a Lisa follower. Read her blog regularly and love her style.

  20. Kathy Camasso says:

    I’m a big fan of Lisa’s so I’m really happy to see her spotlighted here! I love finding her work in magazines, Marvy ads; it’s like “I know her”!!!
    COngrats Lisa and keep up the good work!
    Kathy Camasso

  21. Judy says:

    I recieve Lisa’s updates and just love her creative ability. It is fun to see someone in magazines that you follow on line, how cool is that.

  22. Jackie says:

    Oh I just love Lisa’s work – I visit every one of her blog posts!

  23. Michelle A. says:

    It was so nice to get to know more about Lisa! I am a big fan!!!! Found her through PTI & her blog instantly became a favorite of mine!

  24. Charlene says:

    Hi Lisa! Nice to meet you! I love your holiday cards! Very simple and elegant style that looks so easy!

  25. AnneSATX says:

    Lisa, I love reading your blog and admiring your work. I also love the stamps you’ve designed for PTI and have several of them. Any new ones coming out soon? Crossing my fingers!

  26. SweetOrange says:

    Lisa, your creations are inspiring! I will be making your little book of Lists this week-end; great gift idea. Warm wishes from Florida!

  27. Janet B says:

    I’m a follower of your blog–love your work!

  28. Debbie says:

    I love your blog Lisa and the stamps you have created for Papertrey Ink. This is where i first saw your blog and have followed it ever since.
    I love your work.

  29. Lisa is such a talented designer!!! I really enjoyed having the chance to get to know her better!!!

  30. JenC says:

    Love Lisa’s creations. I’ve been watching her at PTI and on her blog for a couple of years and she just keeps getting better. I really enjoyed the inside scoop. THANKS!

  31. Janet Sisk says:

    Your creations are stunning! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  32. I subscribe to Lisa’s blog and read every post. Love her style! Thanks for spotlighting her.

  33. jen says:

    I love Lisa’s work! Who else could design the most adorable stamp set about FURNITURE that we’d all want! :D

  34. Tracey McNeely says:

    I love Lisa’s style and I have been following her blog for about 6 months now. Love her work at Papertrey and I love her boo box.

  35. Debbie Olson says:

    Lisa’s got a great sense of style, and she’s a sweetheart too! Thanks for spotlighting her!

  36. Brenda L. says:

    I love your projects and style. Thank you for sharing with us. Good luck to you on all your future endeavors.

  37. Elaine says:

    Lisa is so incredibly talented! I remember seeing her work a long time ago and loving it! :)

  38. Peggy W. says:

    I have followed Lisa’s blog for a while. She does amazing stuff. Thanks for sharing some tidbits about her here. Love her style.

  39. veronica b. says:

    nice to meet you lisa! i look forward to following your blog.

  40. Melinda Wilson says:

    I love the treat box and will be using her design this week for several that I have to complete by Saturday – I better get busy!!

  41. Krista says:

    Cute creations Lisa!

  42. connie says:

    I love the treat box and have added her blog to my reader!

  43. connie says:

    I love the treat boxes and have added her blog to my reader.

  44. Winter says:

    So great to get to know you Lisa! I love your work! :)

  45. caroline says:

    i’ve been following lisa since she was a poster on splitcoaststampers – i love her work and always look forward to her new posts.

  46. Sue C says:

    I am so glad to see Lisa in the spotlight. I follow her blog and think her style and creativity are very inspiring.

    Lisa does beautiful work and I would highly recommend others to check out her wonderful projects on her blog.

    Thank you so much for introducing Lisa to your readers!

  47. Debbie Bolton says:

    I love Lisa’s work and can’t wait to see what she does next.

  48. Lee Anne says:

    I love Lisa Johnson’s work and visit her blog every day. Her style is wonderful and she gives great inspiration to us. I also have several of her stamp sets that she designed – and WOW!

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