Monday with Megan: Meet our Trend Friend, Jennifer McGuire

Monday with Megan: Meet our Trend Friend, Jennifer McGuire

Okay, so perhaps the title of today’s post isn’t exactly accurate. After all, odds are all of you are familiar with Miss Jennifer McGuire already. She’s an amazing mama of four beautiful kiddos, a remarkable crafter, an awesome author, an outstanding teacher, and so much more!

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If you’re one of the 5,118 people who follow her on Instagram (yes, you read that number correctly—wow!), you know she describes herself there as: “Christian, Mom, Mum, Wife and Inky Stamper.” Seems like a pretty perfect synopsis to me.

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Yes, many are very well aware of Jennifer and the beautiful work she does in our pretty paper world. In fact, many of you stated in my “Hello” trend post that she is one person you’d love to sit down and craft with, so I know she has fans here. So, rather than call this “meet” Jennifer, why don’t we call this a “sit down” with Jennifer. We may not be living out that dream of crafting together *boo,* but we can shoot the breeze a bit and learn a bit more about her insights into trends, crafting, and even parenthood. Yay!

Let’s get started!

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Megan: Of the many amazing trends on the scene at the moment (in the world of crafting or otherwise), what is your current fav and why?

Trend Friend:  I am really enjoying the watercolor trend. I have honestly always wished I was a true artist – one that could sit down and paint something gorgeous. However, since I don’t have that talent, I am thankful I can “fake it” with my inks and papers for cardmaking. There are so very many techniques that give watercolor looks and they are all so very addicting!

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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:  Honestly, I am not always up on the newest and biggest trends, so I am not sure that I can predict where we will be going next. However, I think with the popularity of watercolor paints and embossing pastes and stencils, we will be seeing more and more art mediums coming into play in paper crafting. There are so many great tools out there for traditional artists, so why not get them in the hands of paper craft artists? We can mix them together with products we already have for fun textured backgrounds and more.

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Megan: Is it fair to say that doing what you do as well as you do it takes work and research? Would you mind taking us off the beaten path a bit and sharing some of your research gems? A couple of lesser known online avenues you may be aware of that you find inspiring when it comes to trends and staying ahead of the curve?

Trend Friend:  My research comes from playing. I love to search “what’s new” in my favorite online stores and try to brainstorm fun ways to use the new products. I then play! I just get my inks and stamps and dies out and play. There is no better way to learn your products better… no better way to understand techniques.

That being said, I think it is important to figure out for themselves what inspires them – what their means of research is. For some it is learning from blogs and case-ing what they see. For others it is watching YouTube videos or taking online classes. Others get inspired by going to crops. Just spend some time thinking about it. It will pay off!

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Megan: As you find yourself inspired to create, 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:  I have a planner where I keep all my crafty work info. I keep a list of techniques I want to try and ones that I plan to share in a video. This helps me to keep track. I find the more I play, the longer that list gets!


Megan: You’re known for your technique prowess. Are there any trends that are more technique-related right now? If so, what are they and what’s your favorite?

Trend Friend: As I mentioned before, watercolor is very popular right now and there are many techniques you can do to achieve a watercolor look. My favorite? Distress Inks. Distress Inks are a technique in and of themselves! Just add a touch of water and they react and do all the work for you. Amazing product. Even better techniques.

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Megan: Jennifer, if you don’t mind, I’d like to get a little more personal here and off the trend topic for a moment. I’ve had the pleasure of working with you here and there for many years and one thing has always stood out to me above all else—your ability to put your beautiful family first. You’re a work-from-home mama with young kiddos. As a new(ish) mom, I now understand just what a challenging task it is to keep the family and home your priority when the home is also your place of work. Would you mind sharing a tip or two on how to do this successfully? I know you’re about as modest as they come, so you probably aren’t comfortable tooting your own horn in such a way, so I’ll toot it for you and say you’re a brilliant mama and I know many of us would love a tip or two on finding and maintaining that balance you seem to keep so well.

Trend Friend:  Oh boy… I have you fooled. HA! I struggle just like everyone else. Big time! Everyone is searching for balance. I will be honest, I struggle with all the bloggers out there who talk about how to have a happy and balanced life and share only the happy moments. I feel this can be unfair to other women. We ALL have challenges and it is good to talk about them. That is how we grow and support each other! Therefore, I am always very honest about my struggles. It is important to share with each other our “normal days,” not just our “best days.”

That being said, I have a lot of support from my husband. Big time support! Also, my kids are good sleepers and I work really hard when they are napping or at school. Evenings are tough since we have an almost-2 year old, 8 year old and 16 year old (the oldest is away at college.) which means we have SO many activities! But I try to multi-task the best I can. We all get the same 24 hours in a day. While some people chose to read or watch tv, I chose to work. That way I can stay a full time mom, too. I am blessed to love both of my jobs… as a crafter and a mom!

Oh, and one other thing. I find staying organized (or trying to!) helps me in all aspects of my life. Big time.

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Megan: Speaking of working from home, you’ve recently done some major work on your stunning studio. How about a peek inside?

Trend Friend:  Yes, we did a pretty massive remodel and addition. And thankfully my husband encouraged me to build in an awesome studio for me to work in. I am thankful he did. It isn’t nearly as big as my old room that was in my basement but I have found that to be such a good thing. Too much product can be overwhelming!

I share a lot of organization tips and videos (and have lots coming up) on my YouTube channel and blog. Being organized with my crafting is KEY to me getting a lot done.

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Megan: What’s next for you, Jennifer? Any secret projects you can let us in on?

Trend Friend:  Honestly? Nope! I am so very happy and content where I am. I am not one who goes out looking for the next best thing or has desires for product lines, etc. I am so very comfortable doing my blog and online classes. A great place for me!

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Megan: How can our SCT Trend Friends learn more about you and your style?

Trend Friend: 

• Blog:

• Twitter:

• Facebook:

• Pinterest:

• Instagram:

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Megan: Anything else? Feel free to share.

Trend Friend: A big thanks to you, Megan. You have always been such a positive and happy force in this industry. Love ya!

Thanks Jennifer for being so willing to share and take time out to play with us today. We know you’re an incredibly busy lady, and it means so much to all of us that you were able to work this little “sit down” in with us today! Having this glimpse inside your creative world is an absolute treat, and we appreciate you making it happen.

Questions for Jennifer?

Have questions for Jennifer or simply want to leave her a little love note? Now’s your chance! Simply leave a comment here. I know she’d love hearing from you!


~  Megan Hoeppner



  1. Gina H. April 21, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I have loved everything you do Jennifer from the first time I “found” you! Love your classes! You are an inspiration to all of us.

  2. Laura Turcotte April 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I think Gina H. summed it all up—You truly are a HUGE inspiration to us!

  3. Manuela B. April 21, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Great interview! You’re a big inspiration to me Jennifer! Thanks for all you share.

  4. Jen April 21, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Jennifer, You are such an inspiration to us all!

  5. Nita K. April 21, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I think Jennifer is a great person to follow. She is very inspirational and so positive.

  6. Cassi April 21, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Jennifer is the cream of the crop!

  7. TracyM #6773 April 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Jennifer is an AMAZING & SHARING crafter, she has AMAZING talent and is so SHARING of her techniques and tips, like everyone else, I LOVE her work, so it is been wonderful to get to know her better 🙂
    THANK YOU for the TERRIFIC Trend Friend interview Megan!!!

  8. Indy April 21, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Jennifer is such an amazing crafter! Glad to learn more about her!
    Hugs, Debbie!

  9. Beatrice Lawson April 22, 2014 at 2:13 am

    If you have not tried her classes, you are missing put big time. She is fantastic. And her videos are so addictive my boy, who has otherwise Little interest in my crafting, often asks at night before bed to watch a Jen video. She is that good. And then he tells me You must get those inks/stamps/tools, mom.
    Thank you Jennifer! I would love it if you would do a special on your video filming process. You do so many and they are perfect, it would be great to see your setup, camera etc.

  10. Amy Coose April 22, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    She’s one of my all time favorite crafters, loved reading more about her.

  11. Lynda April 22, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I can’t wait to see more of Jennifer’s new craft room! It looks like it should be in a magazine!

  12. Renee V. April 23, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    You are both awesome 🙂

  13. Charity Donaldson April 23, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I love how inspirational her videos are and am so happy when Jennifer says “I would never start a card over” because it helps me look past my own “oops” moments to see how I can make it better or “on purpose.” Thanks for everything you do!

  14. jennifer mcguire April 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    you all rock. big time. THANK YOU!!! xo

  15. Rachel K April 23, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Love that Jennifer! She’s an amazing teacher and crafter. Great interview. 🙂

  16. Julie April 23, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    You are a constant inspiration to me Jennifer. I am teaching papercrafts in Mongolia where very little is currently done or even known and most here do not know enough English to do your online classes or even read your blog. I am trying to make videos in the local language and to produce them as well as you do is what I aspire to. I think someone has already asked but if you can find opportunity to share information and hints on how you make your videos it would be really helpful.
    Thank you. Praying for you that God will bless you in all you are doing.

  17. Jeannine H April 23, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Jennifer is an amazing talent. Love her cards. I don’t know where she gets all the neat ideas! Thanks for sharing a bit more about yourself on SCT’s blog.

  18. Jean April 24, 2014 at 12:01 am

    I can’t say enough wonderful things about Jennifer! She’s a constant inspiration, as well as being genuine, friendly and supportive. So glad that she’s part of the cardmaking/paper crafting world!

  19. Barb April 24, 2014 at 9:41 am

    You’re so right, Megan – what a treat reading this interview with Jennifer! We are all so blessed to have her in this industry!

  20. Judy Nowlan April 24, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Jennifer, I enjoy being one of your followers and have learned so much from you…..thanks for sharing your talents!

  21. Isbaha April 24, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    So talented and the best teacher ever ! And so nice. 🙂

  22. Katie B. April 25, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Great interview and discussion! I love looking at Jennifer’s blog and now more than ever find myself looking forward to a post each day when I get to the computer. I am so glad she chooses to share with all of us. Seems like a wonderful and honest lady. And I will correct her and say that she is a true artist. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
    Katie B.

  23. jennifer mcguire April 26, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    thanks, everyone!

  24. Dottie J April 26, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I have said this before, but Jennifer brings a lot of creative joy into my life through her blog and Online Card Classes. She is a gifted teacher and encourager, and I can see just how those 2 areas of giftedness go perfectly with her life and vocation as a card maker and blogger. Also, just knowing that this sweet sister and I share the same faith and love the same Lord makes it more special. Thanks again, Jennifer. You are truly a gift!

  25. Carol Mc April 26, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Great interview. Love the new studio.
    Beautiful family photo.

  26. Judy April 26, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    I appreciate all that I have learned from Jennifer’s blog and videos. I couldn’t agree more with what she said about how it is important to talk about the struggle for balance between home and work;it is a way to support and help others because it is something most all of us experience. Thanks for a fun and informative interview!

  27. janet wilson April 27, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Jennifer is the epitome of “creativity”, I have followed her for years and hope to for many more to come! I love learning from her and reading about her sweet, sweet family 🙂

  28. KathyinMN April 27, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Awesome interview. Jennifer is one of the best crafting teachers out there. She’s also responsible for about a third of my crafting purchases (if not more) and 100% of what I love to use. For real-her honesty about products and how to use them is what brings me back to her blog again and again (and why I highly recommend it).

  29. maureen April 27, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Jennifer- you are so wrong! This interview was NOT boring in the least!
    But my one burning question is…what is the source of those fantastic drum ceiling shades
    in your craft room? Stunning!

  30. Debbie V April 27, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Would love to try Jennifer’s classes — how do I go about doing that?

  31. Chris in CO April 27, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Admiration, Inspiration, Ideas, Instructions…. Thanks!!!!! BTW, I want your studio. 🙂

  32. Bonnie April 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Jennifer McGuire was one of the first online people who caught my attention when I started card making and her online classes are a regular source of inspiration! Thanks Jennifer for sharing your talent and positivity with all of us, I am looking forward to meeting you at SSS Create next month, to be in the same room with all of you is going to be truly remarkable! ?

  33. Mary April 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I have learned a lot from Jennifer. One of the best lessons is that not every card is going to turn out just the way you wanted. It’s a homemade creation – and it is true that the people you give your cards too are very appreciative of the time that went into them! Several people in my life have told me that they never throw away my cards. After my father died and we were preparing to sell the house, I found cards that I had sent him in drawers and cubbies all over the house. He never threw them away! That was such a nice thing for me to find.

  34. Jan Shore April 27, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I loved it that when you made a card that you ended up not liking very much, you didn’t ditch it, merely persevered to the finish with the comment that someone would like it.
    BTW, you and your family would love Australia… come on down!

  35. katrine leber (treen) April 27, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I enjoy Jennifer so much, I’m addicted to her videos, her blog, and her classes. I have taken many of the online card classes, they have helped me so much. I watch them over and over again, not just for the techniques in the videos, but also I just watch over and over to see how she does regular card making skills, like her foam tape, she has a way of simplifying things, that is very helpful to me. I use foam tape like crazy now. she is good about recommending products, and since she tries everything first, I value her opinion. her wink of stells is something I never would have tried. I’m really hoping we will get a video of her new studio. I cant wait. we will move soon and I want more ideas. thanks Jennifer, you’re the Bomb!!!

  36. Darlyne Wagner April 27, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I am such a big fan of Jennifer and her art. Her personal life is a light to the world and her art is so inspirational. She always manages to take a technique and elevate it to a new level. I just want to express my admiration for her in every way. God bless, Jennifer!

  37. Darnell April 27, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Great interview! She is a classy lady with immense talent, a generous nature, and a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing!! Hugs, Darnell

  38. Tasha April 27, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I just love Jennifer and her style. She’s so encouraging and honest, refreshing change from the current norm.

  39. Lynne Ingram April 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    There is nothing left to add….talent, inspiration, wonderful videos on so many crafty topics. I look forward to everyone of your videos and usually watch them 3 or 4 time so the information will sink in. I go to your web site and visit old videos for more inspiration. You are the best, Jennifer.

  40. sally April 28, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Enjoyed the interview, Jennifer. Thank you so much for getting my e-mails back on track. I was truly panicked when I realized I wasn’t getting them from either e-mail address. Now, I’m getting 2, but I’ll fix that. You’re my favorite, of all the bloggers I follow. I learn so much from you.

  41. susan h. April 28, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Really enjoy her blog and utube channel. Jennifer goes the extra mile in teaching us all new ways to use our current products and new products. I can say I scrapped in the same room as she did. We both took a class in our local store near Dayton, Ohio. Can’t say I scrapped with her as she was at the other end of my table. I was lucky enough to tell her how much I enjoy her creations!

  42. Christine Sudmann April 28, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Thanks for the very informative video – and for all the great tipps, ideas and inspiration. I´ve learned tons from Jennifers classes and online videos, thus makes crafting/Cardmaking a very refreshing and relaxing experience for me and I´m extremely grateful for that.
    The studio is a dream come true!!!!

  43. patricia p. April 28, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Love you the way you are Jennifer. You are a great teacher and we are all so lucky to have you sharing your talents with all of us.
    enjoy your family it helps in having a contented life with balance.
    Your blog is one of the best places to go so I would suggest you all go to Jennifer’s blog. I’ve learned so much from going there and her tutorials are so easy to follow…even for a senior LOL
    Thank you Jennifer for all you do for all of us in your sharing.

  44. Nikkia April 28, 2014 at 9:18 am

    What an awesome interview!!! I adore Jennifer and her work. She is truly an inspiration..

  45. Trish April 28, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I loved reading about the uber talented Jennifer McQuire. Now I feel as if I know a little more about her as a person outside of her art world. What a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing.

  46. Staceyloves Paper April 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing. Your thoughts are so encouraging. I am a huge fan of your work and love all of your ideas. Thank you especially for the sneak peek of your craft room, I am looking forward to the full tour!

  47. Paula Beeten April 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Jennifer, I am totally addicted to your posts. So far, I can’t even erase the ones that I have read and watched.
    Question….above you spoke of your new studio..I am curious about the lighting.

  48. Cindy Ohlendorf April 28, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Jennifer is truly an honest person. She is not afraid to say if something does not look right or she did not really care for the project. She is full of encouragement and is very honest about products she likes or are her favorites. I was not into card making really that much and once I saw some of her youtubes, her honesty, encouragement, and positive voice was awesome. She truly inspires you to try something and to use old product. Does not always have to be new. The products she has recommended that I have tried, I loved them and I am very thankful for that. God bless you Jennifer and your family.

  49. Angie C. D. April 29, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I would LOVE to be your crafty neighbor. Gorgeous studio!

  50. Nancy May 1, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Wow!! That was fun. Thanks for doing the interview. It is so great to have women of faith sharing with each other their lives and talents. This world is a better place because of you. Thanks I appreciate you both!!GBY!!

  51. Zehra May 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Awesome interview, I love watching Jennifer’s videos they have truly taught me a lot and are amazing

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