Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Member Spotlight - Jing van Opstal!

Hello everyone! It's time for me to introduce you all to our fabulous guest designer for the month of September. I think you're all going to enjoy getting to know her a little more and seeing her amazing work!


Jing van Opstal

Here's a little more about Jing:

{Tell us a little about yourself}

… adventurous … creative … love to explore the world … enjoy savoring gourmet
food … fancy going for a massage, manicure and pedicure … not much of a
shopping freak but love clothes, bags and shoes (typical!) … married to a
wonderful man for 12 years … a certified “professional” housefrau and loving
every minute of it … love to have ladies for an afternoon tea or coffee – love to
bake & of course, cooking is my passion … used to work in the hotel industry and
left the chaotic corporate world when I got married … I am serious with my yoga
and pilates … I am an early riser – say, 5:30 am and zoom, getting ready to make
breakfast … - I have several things to say about myself but I can say that I am just

{How would you describe your scrapping style}

I enjoy exploring the beauty of the papers and embellishments. I love simple and
straightforward approach. At the beginning, I just concentrated on neat and
simple. Vintage and rustic effect is not my first love but I tried using such
techniques with some of my work and I truly enjoyed it.

{What scrap celebrity would you like to meet and why}

I love to meet all the scrap celebrity. I had an opportunity to meet some of them
during the CHA conventions and I found it quite interesting to have a chat over a
cup of coffee.

{Where do you find your inspiration}

My first source of inspiration is my dear husband … ladies, I am not being cliché or
romantic but it is true. The Color of Wheel is giving my creativity lots of energy to
create and visualize.

{Describe your creative process}

I love papers (and I buy a lot-smile!) and I play around with it – then I start looking
for appropriate photos. But sometimes, I use photos to inspire me then look for
papers. I seldom use embellishments from the manufacturers – I create and make
them myself.
I just started again doing my personal scrapbooking and copic marker coloring. I
have been busy with retail store projects and it is totally different process in
creating things. I loved and enjoyed it but I felt the need to do something for
myself this time.

{Besides scrapping, what other crafts/hobbies do you enjoy?}

… cooking … baking … yoga and pilates … rollerblading – believe it or not, love the
speed … hosting dinners, lunches and afternoon tea with ladies … snoozing in the
afternoon … and many more that keeps me busy

{What is the craziest item you have ever added to a page?}

This was for me the OMG – I had to use a real Swarovski beads for an important
project for a VIP client. The project was great and exclusive only for that client yet
expensive. Client was happy – I was also happy and tired (mega work).

{Who are your favorite manufacturers?}

At the beginning I was not looking at the name of the manufacturers – just the
papers and quality. But I started look for papers that carries retro, vintage,
classic, fun designs. At the moment, I enjoy American Crafts, My Mind’s Eye, Echo
Park Paper, Crate, Webster Page, Pink Paislee, Cosmo Cricket and I can just go on
with my list. SERVICE is one of the things that is very important for me in
purchasing papers from the manufacturers aside from the quality.

{Describe your scrapping space}

My creative is space is painted yellow and decorated with butterflies. I love
butterflies … The creative venue is always organize and neat except for the photo
below – this was the “after” effect project.

{What would we be surprised to know about you?}

Let’s have coffee one day, somewhere and tell me … surprise me with your

Here are some fabulous projects Jing did with the September APIT Crate, Restoration kit:

If you'd like to see some close ups and additional photos of Jing's work, stop on by the APIT forum and gallery to take a peak. :)

Thanks so much for being our guest designer this month, Jing! It was wonderful having you join us and share with us your talents!


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