One of the advantages of starting a blog and making one’s way out into the world wide web is that you meet amazing people. And since this month’s blogs are going to include the topics of work/service, health, and caring for those we love, it’s a great time for me to share with my readers how others have taken an avocation and created work for themselves. Today we have LAGirl13’s first guest blog done by a lady who’s art is both beautiful and inspiring. If you’ve wondered how your artistry might lead to a way to support yourself via the web–stay tuned and learn from one who’s already getting it done!
GUEST POST – Ruby 2 Shoes
Tell us a little about you..
My name is Ruby, aka Ruby 2 Shoes. I live in the UK with my fiancé Ian, my eleven year old princess Natasha and a little dog called Lulu. I love vanilla coffee and I am a self-confessed chocolate addict! I love to bake and cook and like constantly learning new things. I enjoy old black and white films, classic books and all things Audrey Hepburn and Betty Boop! I love to be around positive people and have good belly laughs as often as possible.
I am passionate about card making and write regular posts on my blog, www.ruby2shoesdesign.blogspot.com. I hope to inspire others to sit down and create, it’s just so much fun!
What is your card making style?
I have been trying to work out what my ‘style’ is for a while now and have come to the conclusion that I mostly do cute or elegant. I seem to switch between the two modes.
Tell us about your creative resume
I’m currently on four design teams, The Play Date Cafe, Color Me Creative, Paper Issues and The Stamp Attic, each different in their own way. I also run workshops at The Stamp Attic, my local craft shop. I have been published in the UK magazine, Simply Cards and Papercraft and in CARDS magazine over in the US. I’ve got another card being published in a UK magazine this month. I’m not very good at submitting though, I really should do that more!
Where do you find your inspiration?
Sketches, magazines, other layouts, colour. I see inspiration wherever I go, in shop windows, posters, brochures, fashion, home decor, even silly things like the colour/pattern of a tea towel or the colour of a bracelet! I keep a little sketch book with me where I jot down ideas that I see and I also take lots of photos on my mobile phone when I’m out and about, whether it’s clothing, a picture of picnic-ware or some particular layout of writing that inspires me you will see me out with my camera.
When did you start your blog?
I started my blog in December 2008 and at first had absolutely no idea what I was doing so I bought myself a beginner’s guide to blogging book and after a bit of research I worked out how to set everything up. I then started to slowly enter challenges and pluck up the courage to apply for a design team, since then I’ve been on a few design teams which are a whole lot of fun.
What is your favourite thing about your hobby?
With regard to the card making side it’s a place where I lose myself. There is nothing more relaxing to me than spending time matching up papers and colours and playing with different creative ideas.
The blogging element has just added so much dimension to everything, I’ve met some wonderful people that I’m proud to say I know. It’s also helped me to develop my style and hopefully my work too. The support for your creative endeavours is so encouraging. It really gives you a purpose to keep creating instead of just making cards and storing them in a drawer!
Right now my favourite thing is Copic colouring, it’s something I can do while sitting with my family instead of being in another room. I’ve also started to make some little mini tag books again, something I haven’t done for a very long time.
For more samples of my work please visit my blog, http://www.ruby2shoesdesign.blogspot.com