Hello, readers! One week ago we announced our Gallery Idol 2012 winner! Want to know more about this fabulous crafter? Here are a few questions I asked her so we all could get to know her a little better!
What is your full name?
Joscelyne (Kanani Natsuko Higa) Cutchens
Where did you grow up? Where do you currently live?
I grew up in Kaneohe, on the island of Oahu and currently live with my husband and our two boys in Honolulu, HI.
Do you work outside the home? If so, what do you do?
I am a homeschooling mom of two boys.
Tell us something about you that most people wouldn’t guess/don’t know.
I hate the telephone. I love my cell phone for all of its technological goodies like email, texting, taking pictures, browsing, and looking up information. I hate to talk on the phone.
What/who inspired you to start paper crafting?
I have always loved art and paper and started mostly as a card maker and stamper. I started scrapbooking after attending a creative memories party in 2002 and it’s been a crazy mix of traditional, digital, and hybrid scrapbooking and card making ever since.
Do you remember what Paper Crafts issue your first project appeared in? How has your style changed since then?
My first card was in Card Ideas for Paper Crafters in November 2011. I still have it on my magnet board in my craft room! I don’t think my style has changed too much since then, I still love kraft cardstock, twine, hand stitching, and banners for sentiments.
What made you try out for this season of Gallery Idol?
It just came up at the right time! I figured I had a few cards that fit the encouragement theme to try out and had the time to commit to it if I made it through to the next round. I was also very intrigued by the big prize, a trip to CKC including airfare, hotel, and spending money! I haven’t been to a CKC since 2007 and knew it probably wouldn’t happen while we still live out here in HI.
Since you are also a scrapbooker, how do you modify your approach (if at all) when you shift between a 12 x 12 scrapbook layout and a 4 x 6 card base?
I do scale the items down, but the principles are the same. I enjoy white space and the rule of thirds. While I also make 4 x 6 cards, I also make a lot of square cards, probably because I am so used to working with a 12 x 12 square.
Do you use supplies or tools in scrapbooking that differ from those in card making?
I think I do use supplies in my cards that others who are strictly card makers might not. I love using scrapbooking embellishments on my cards. I used a lot of the Studio Calico wood veneers in my cards. I love to use Thickers or other alpha stickers for my sentiments. I also love washi tape and machine stitching. Because I am a hybrid crafter, I sometimes use Photoshop or Illustrator to create a shape or element to be printed or cut out on my Silhouette.
What round of Gallery Idol did you find the most challenging?
I think the most challenging round for me was the feminine and masculine cards round. I knew I wanted to use a cute piece of map patterned paper and die cut speech bubbles, but I struggled to make each card decidedly feminine and masculine. I think my style is more unisex and I was trying to keep the cards in my style while still reflecting masculine and feminine. I also worried that the cards were too similar. I put together the cards, photographed them and then ended up pulling them apart and modifying the designs. I felt much better with the final versions and was glad I changed them.
What did you enjoy most about the Gallery Idol experience?
I really loved meeting the other ladies and getting to know them. We chatted (on Facebook) about the merits of various brands of Kraft cardstock, our favorite kinds of candy, where we live, our families, and our nerves and excitement. This group has been awesome.
What was your reaction when you heard that you were the grand prize winner?
I had a hard time sleeping the night before and finally gave up trying to sleep a little over an hour before the announcement. I tried to pass the time reading Facebook and watching the clock on my laptop. Just before 6:00 am Hawaii time, I started hitting f5 to refresh the Paper Crafts Connection blog. I kept looking at Cristina’s smiling face wondering whose face I’d see when it actually refreshed. When the clock rolled over to 6:00 a.m. and I hit refresh and it was still Cristina smiling back at me, I told my husband, I think they purposely schedule the post for 6:01 to tease us! I hit refresh one last time and I saw Holly’s face and tried to read as fast as I could. I saw my name and just stared at it. I scrolled down and saw my face next to the winner logo. My husband was hugging me saying, “You did it, you won!” I just kept staring at it like I could not believe it. I was thinking, “Is this really real?” I mean, it is what I was visualizing and hoping for, but WOW, that really is my face, and it looks so big! You know when the Top 20 were named, the faces were small and it took a while scanning the faces to find mine, but as the weeks went by, the faces got bigger, and this one was really big!
How will you spend your year as Paper Crafts’ reigning Gallery Idol winner?
I am not sure what the next year will bring, but I am excited for the possibilities. I will be continuing on with my current Design Teams. I will definitely be making time to submit more cards and layouts for publication. I will be opening an Etsy store to sell some flair I’ve created. I am planning on attending the Seattle CKC so I can meet up with some of the same ladies I met in 2007 and some new friends too. Thank you, Paper Crafts for this opportunity!
And there you have it! Joscelyne Cutchens, our reigning Gallery Idol. If you’d like to see a scrapbook page she made for Gallery Idol including her winning Gallery Idol cards, click here. We look forward to seeing more of her and her projects in the future!
Thanks for checking in, and stay tuned for a cool giveaway, coming up next!