Isa is an amazing scrapbooking layout designer as well as coptic book creator and mixed media artist. She lives near the famous city of Barcelona in Spain. We interviewed Isa so that we could learn more about our favorite hobby in her country. Read on...
CK: How did you first learn about paper crafting hobbies and how did you get started?
Isa: Well, I have to confess that since I was a child I have seen my mum and my dad with crafts in general. My mum used to be a teacher and she was paper crafting 24/7 and my father is quite handy so they are the best example for me to follow and I always did things with them. With scrapbook, it was about 10 years ago when my mum decided to take me to a paper crafts festival here in Barcelona. I went with her and a colleague from her school and she already knew what scrapbook was. My mum, following her advice, started buying me all kinds of complements, papers, washi tapes that she could find to get me started. The rest is history. I started searching online, going to workshops and just let my imagination fly and my time. I have to say that scrapbook is my particular yoga and my way of relaxing. It is the best hobby and therapy I could have found.
CK: Are you on any design teams?
Isa: Yes! Right now I am part of the DT of MissMamamint and Studio Forty. I am really really proud of being part of these wonderful teams. I hope to be a Clique Kits designer for a very long time creating beautiful things! Before I used to work with Cocoloko Scrap also which was a great experience.
CK: What are some traditional arts and crafts where you are from or unique to your culture? Do any of these influence your style?
Isa: Well, I am not very much into art and traditional stuff from my culture. I am more of an States culture fan LOL! But I have to confess that there are some people from Spain that do scrapbook that have influenced my style since I started. There is a scrapbooker called Mireia Carbonell and she has been my inspiration when it comes to create mix media projects. Everything that I know relating to this issue is thanks to her and I think that my style is quite defined from what I learnt from her.
CK: Exciting things to see and do in your city....
Isa: Barcelona is full of great places, if I had to choose only one thing and my favourite one to do is to go for a walk in La Boqueria, which is a traditional market. Its colors, smells, food and all the mix of cultures that you can find there really inspire you.
CK: What are some of your favorite manufacturers or businesses for papercrafters in Spain?
Isa: My favorites here in Spain are MissMamamint, because their collections are perfect for all the occasions in one’s life. If I have to choose more I’d go with Lora Bailora, Mintopia, Sweet Moma or Cocoloko Scrap. I am really really proud of seeing that the Spanish scrapbook industry is growing successfully and more and more we have more manufacturers here. I also believe that all manufacturers even the smallest ones deserve the opportunity to have market in this wonderful world of scrapbooking.
CK: Tell us about your style and your favorite projects to make:
Isa: I’d say that my style is a bit a mixture. I like to create projects full of colors, full of paint and watercolors and sometimes I just go for the most clean and simple things. So I like to try a little bit of everything, always with bright and happy colors. My favorite projects to make are layouts. I think they are the best representation of the essence of scrapbooking. Lately I am also into Coptic binding books. They are really addictive!
Favorites right now...
Food or drink: I love a good Chai Tea Latte and everything my mum is cooking :P
Music/musician or group: I am Backstreet Boys fan. The biggest one you can find hahahhaha
TV show: My favorite shows are One Tree Hill and Arrow
Sport/team: I love the NBA! I watch all the matches I can with my boyfriend and we are starting with the NFL.
Fashion Must haves: My converse shoes are a must always and dresses!! Cannot live without them and they are the perfect combination for my casual outfits for working!
CK: What are your must have in arms reach supplies or tools?
Isa: My watercolors, my acrylic paints, my book binding and crop a dile!
CK: Top three on your bucket list..
1. Swim with sharks
2. Write a book
3. Going to Disneyland dressed as a princess
CK: Where can we find you online?
Isa: I used to be active in all kinds of social networks but due to the fact that some social networks look like they are losing popularity or audience, right now I am only active on my Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/_isa_ng_/
and my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCu2jOhpt_B_LRupAh0ybIg
We agree with Isa that Spanish brands contribute amazing products for papercrafters and we share her love for all of the brands she mentioned. Links are provided for shoppers in the U.S as Clique Kits offers a convenient way to try out these amazing brands! Do not let the bilingual language stop you- there are many words and phrases in English and of course the patterns and visual elements speak our universal language...art!
I hope you enjoyed learning more about Isa and that you will leave her some love!