Welcome back to Guesting with Ruby Naz!
I’m happy to introduce my next guest: Thanh Vo!!! She’s one of the SWEETEST people I know! She makes the sweetest cards, too 🙂 See below for more about her! You can find her on her blog and her Instagram. 🙂
Don’t forgive to visit my earlier guests. You can also find all of the posts under Guesting (in the bar menu at the top of my site):
Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be here today. Thanks for having me, Ruby! Seriously such an honour to be here. xo
I reside in the Vancouver area of Canada. I blog over at Make it Sweet and Neat, but my Instagram account is more current. I started on this crafting journey back in 2007 with scrapbooking. Then I got into stamping and loved the fact that card layouts came quicker to me than scrapbooking layouts. Earlier this year, I became Sweet Stamp Shop’s Content Manager and I’m so fortunate that I now work in the industry and still get to do do what I love (stamping, making cards, and now planning) as my hobby!
What are you most grateful for in regards to crafting?
I’m SO appreciative of all the friends I’ve made in this community! I love the culture of being able to share what I create with others. Locations and the miles in between doesn’t matter; your crafty friend is only a video call away. My crafty friends are some of my best girlfriends and I truly value their friendships!
What inspires you to create?
Everything! All of YOU. There are so many people that I follow on social media, but I find inspiration in the everyday, too. Magazine spreads, shopping at home furniture places, challenge blogs! You name it.
How do you personally define success?
Hmm… this is a tough one for me. I can be a type A personality and set really high goals for myself. I think I would have to say be happy with what you have already achieved – knowing that you are enough – and continuing to face challenges and growth.
What do you hope to improve on in the following year?
I hope to sit down and be able to craft more often! I know, this is probably a common answer, but it really is true. I changed careers a couple months ago and I’m still adjusting to everything.
What is the most wonderful part of being you?
What an amazing question that had me stumped for a bit! I think laughter is one of the world’s best medicines and I LOVE laughing with family, friends and even strangers, too! I always try to make others feel comfortable in any situation so comedy and laughter are my weapons of choice.
What would you like to simplify in your life?
I have so many answers for this question! With crafting, I would love to be able to simplify my supplies. I’m currently in the middle of moving and was able to donate some items away, but when I start to unpack, I’ll be going through my supplies again. I bet I can fill another box! With life, I need to learn to say no. I find that I take a lot on and I just need to realize that I’m not superwoman and that there are only 24 hours in a day and I need about 7 of them for sleep! Does this sound like your life? 😛
What advice do you have for new crafters?
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the buying game! As you’re finding your style, see if you can borrow supplies from a friend before investing in lots of money to purchase ‘the latest trending items.’ There are a few things that I totally think you need to invest in, but it’s much easier on your pocket book to start off slow. I’ll actually show you what you can do with just a few items down below!
As I mentioned above, I’m in the middle of moving right now and Ruby can attest to this, I sort-of-kind-of forgot about me guesting until about a week ago. Most of my supplies are currently packed in boxes, but I do have a cart full of minimalist supplies available. Keep in mind that my cards are VERY simple, but they still pack a great punch without too many bells and whistles.
Thankfully, I had stamped and coloured up some images beforehand and all I needed to do was cut them out! I used some Project Life cards to add some character and splashes of colour to both cards.
Luckily, I was able to spell out the word relax quickly with the stickers I had lying around from another project. I dug around further and was able to find some wood veneer hearts to add dimension to my spa card.
These are really generic cards and can be used for everyday! I love having these types of cards on hand (ahem, especially when most of my supplies are packed up) so that I’m able to have access to cards in case a special occasion comes up and I need something quick and can’t afford the time!
Here’s a summary of my tips for you:
- Simplify your supplies; you don’t need that much to make beautiful cards
- Have your go-to supplies close at hand
- Find inspiration in your everyday
- Always love what you do
- Continue to laugh through life
Please share any time saving tips you have below! I love reading what others do and then adapting that into my own.
Thanks again for having me, Ruby! A big thanks to all of YOU who stopped by and took the time to read about me.
xo. – Thanh