Angela is one of the five Lead Fiskateers who head up a very active online craft community
hosted by Fiskars. She is an enthusiastic crafter, a teacher, a candy-lover, a hilarious tweet-typer... and if you dare to tell her that you don't think you're creative, she will take it as a personal challenge to help you find your crafty mojo! LLL: Why did you want to be a Lead Fiskateer?
AD: The day Fiskars
went live with this program, I was already on board (which
explains why I get to brag that I'm Fiskateer #9). I was a
member of several online crafting communities and I was even an
editor for an online craft show, but I just had this feeling that Fiskars was doing something
special and unique. They were the only crafting company I was aware of
at the time that was sincerely looking for real feedback from their
customers. I knew I wanted to be a part of what they were doing.
Becoming a Lead Fiskateer was just icing on the cake.LLL: What was the interview process like? How did you feel when you got the news you were
AD: To apply, I had to create what they called a "non-resume"
which was a challenge for me and my corporate background. Luckily, my
crafty side kicked in and I made a folder that included a giant pair of
hand-drawn scissors and an image of the Fiskateer
website with ME photoshopped in beside the existing Leads. No one would accuse me of
being subtle, but it got my point across.
When I found out I was
chosen, I was thrilled! I'm not an outwardly emotional
person, but I may have danced a little jig when I got off the phone.
Then I treated myself to a little orange jewelry shopping on Ebay. LLL: What can you tell us about the Lucky Thirteen project?
is, quite simply, a circle journal. Scrapbook Royalty
founder Elena Etcheverry
asked 12 of her crafting friends if we'd like
to spend a year creating pages for one another. We had all just happily
discovered C&T's blank canvas books
, so we decided that would be our foundation. We have spent the last year sending pictures to one another across the country
(and out of the country!). Aside from feeling
intimidated by the incredible talent of the other 12 artists, I have had a
blast learning more about each of these amazing women as I help scrap
special times from their year. LLL: Do your kids love crafting too?
AD: My 6 year-old daughter, Tabitha,
is WAY more crafty than I am. There is no single piece of paper left
uncolored, uncut or un-embellished in our home when she's on the loose
with my scrapbooking tools - which is all the time. My 8 year-old son, Parker,
is not quite as obsessed with crafting as she is, but he's right
there with us making cards, illustrating his stories, etc.LLL: Whatchya been making lately?
AD: The most recent craft project I worked on had me chuckling the whole
way through it. I overheard Tabitha and her best friend "Peach" planning Peach's upcoming birthday party. When I saw
them get out the craft supplies, I couldn't help but join in to make a
set of 10 glittery invitations, complete with little
hand-cut electric guitars to fit with a Hanna Montana theme.
The reason I was amused? I hadn't talked to Peach's mom, so I had NO
idea if there really was a promised party in the future. I knew I
was complicit in forcing the issue by letting the girls get so involved
in creating invitations. It was probably the most devious I've ever
been with a craft project. But P.S... the party is a go and Peach's mom was
actually happy that I helped the girls make the invitations in advance.
Thanks Angela! Be sure to visit her blogs, SpiderGirl's Web
and the Fiskateers