By Diane Young
How long have you been stamping?
I started stamping in 1996; I was hooked instantly when I first saw heat embossing.
What is your favorite technique?
My favourite is to find a new one and try it out. I have a basket full of attempts, some of them even get used now and then
Favorite stamp company?
There are far too many to choose even my top half dozen! I have over 4000 stamps….and still collecting.
Favorite Asian stamps?
My current favourite Asian stamps are from Stampington; Puccini’e Muse, Lotus and Calligraphy Robe
Favorite stamping accessory?
Layers of beautiful paper.
Your favorite embellishment to finish a card?
Ribbon or brads or charms….
What is the one tool you couldn’t live without?
Any helpful tips for the group?
Read the OSA tips every Thursday – they’re always so useful!.
As a member of OSA why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?
I love the harmonious simplicity of Japanese art; it really speaks to my heart.
Is there any one place or city you’d like to visit to find rubber stamps?
I’d like to go to a stamp convention some day and I’d like to return to Japan just to buy the wonderful papers they have.
What other stamping lists or local clubs do you belong to?
I belong to two online groups: a Canadian group and one other (mostly very quiet) British Columbia group
What favorite stamping magazines would you recommend?
Take Ten is full of great ideas and lovely eye candy!
Published in any magazines? If yes please list.
Any other hobbies, talents or craft interests?
My other hobbies are cooking, reading and walking.
What inspires you to be creative?
Everything is inspiring! Other people’s art, nature, advertising…..
I took an art class when I was about 10 years old; don’t remember anything about it.
Have you used any unusual item in your stamping that wasn’t necessarily meant for stamping?
Pieces of bamboo, dried flowers and leaves and anything that stays still long enough.
Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?
OSA for sure and Splitcoaststampers
Do you have a day job when you’re not stamping?
I’ve been retired since 1997.
Tell us about your family and where you live.
I have a wonderful husband (our 49th anniversary is this year), 3 grown children, 4 grandchildren. I live in Victoria, BC, as close to paradise as any place I have ever seen.
One Page Mini-Album
By Diane Young
SAM Project, March 2012
This little album is just the right size for storing ATC’s, photos or any small treasures!
- 1 piece of 12 x 12 lightweight cardstock
- 1 piece of 8 1/2 x 1” paper for “belly band”
- Various papers for front embellishment
Score the 12 x 12 cardstock at 2”, 6” and 10”. Turn it 90 degrees and score at 3”, 6” and 9”.
Fold up the 2” sides (these will make the pockets).
Now fold the centre line on the same side, keeping the pockets on the outside.
Fold on the 3” score lines and crease well.
Now open it all back up and cut 9” only on the centre score (above the pockets).
Accordion fold the 3” score lines, creating a book. Adhere the middle pages and the open ends of the pockets.
Create the belly band by wrapping fairly snugly around the album, overlap the end and glue it to itself.
Make a 2 1/4 x 3” decorated embellishment and adhere over the belly band seam.
Now go ahead and make ATC’s for the pockets!