As I came up with the idea of adding “Trend Friend” interviews to our blogging line-up, Amy Yingling was the first person who popped into my head. This woman a remarkably passionate crafter who naturally lives and breathes trends in all that she does.
Amy and I met while working together at Stampin’ Up! some ten years ago. (Eep! Should I even admit that, Amy? How time does fly!) I quickly fell in love with her and her natural ability to make paper sparkle in a way that’s truly unique. She doesn’t follow trends; she sets trends! More than all of this, she’s about as nice as they come. If it were me and I were as cute and naturally gifted as she, I’d strut around in all my cuteness like a male peacock, but not Amy. She has a heart of gold and I’m SO excited to introduce you to her today!
Let’s get started!
Megan: Welcome, Amy! To kick this party off, I’d love to know how you’d describe your style as a crafter. I know how I’d definite it (“classy,” “cool,” and “fab” come to mind), but I’m curious to see how you see yourself. Mind sharing?
Trend Friend: I love to try new things, which makes it difficult for me to define my style. Out of necessity and time I tend to do things simple and clean. However, I love layers and texture and lots of interest. To give you an idea of my style, here are a couple of projects I’ve created recently.
Megan: Of the many amazing trends on the scene at the moment, what is your current fav when it comes to the world of crafting?
Trend Friend: I love texture so the new letterpress plates from Studio Calico happen to be a favorite of mine right now and I hope to see lots more!!
Megan: From your trend-savvy vantage point, what would you say is the next big thing we can look forward to in the world of paper crafting?
Trend Friend: Maybe it is because I am a little obsessed with it right now, but I have been crushing on all the dipping, dying and watercolor I’ve seen. Here’s a small sampling I put together to show you what I love.
Megan: Mind sharing one of the ingredients in your secret “Yingling” sauce? I’d love to know where you turn for trend inspiration. Some of your lesser known online stops for trend investigation.
Trend Friend: There are a few key ingredients to a “Special” sauce!! LOL! It starts with really good tunes, some “cherry coke zero” and one of my favorite online stops is Society 6. I love artwork! It is always a great starting point for a color combination or to find a new way to think about your supplies. And this little shop is filled with the most current trends.
Megan: As you find yourself inspired by trends, how do you translate that inspiration into projects? For example, do you have a notebook where you keep your trendy tidbits contained to pull from as you’re crafting?
Trend Friend: Pinterest is absolutely the best tool for keeping visual inspiration but I have always been a long-time fan of Moleskin notebooks and post it notes. I use them religiously for all my sketching, thoughts and notes. Together they are the perfect combination for me to explore my thoughts and plan future creative projects. But a super fun tool I use to create my own personal visual mood boards and collect images from my Pinterst is a tool on my Ipad called Noteshelf. I’ve been using this app for a few years and continue to love it!!
Megan: As one who has had the pleasure of visiting many incredible crafting spaces over the years, I must say yours stands out as a favorite. It’s so fresh and inviting. Didn’t you recently move and start all over on your crafty surroundings? Would you mind sharing a look inside your space and share an organizational secret or two with us?
Trend Friend: Currently I am in a temporary space so I can’t do the things I really want to. I only moved in my necessities and focused on the two areas I spend most my time. The computer and my stamping station. Here’s a little peek!
Megan: You’ve recently started your very own company, which is phenomenal. Congrats! Please, tell us a bit about Inspiration Ave.
Trend Friend: I have worked behind the scenes in this Industry for 12 years and decided to use my talents to start Inspiration Ave. I currently have a small line of stamps that I plan to grow every month, Online Classes are in the works and I hope to provide my fellow paper crafting friends with lots of inspiration through my blog. I simply love to create and want to share that with others- I have some fun things planned for the future and can’t wait to make them a reality.
Megan: How can our SCT Trend Friends learn more about you and your style?
Trend Friend: You can find me at:
Amy, reconnecting with you in this way feels great! Thanks so much for taking time out to make this happen. You’ve provided awesome insight that I know the SCT community will adore. Great playing with you today, sweet trend friend!
Questions for Amy?
Have questions for Amy or simply want to leave her a little love note? The comments section is where it’s at, and I know she’d love hearing from you!