Answers the Five W's
yeah, technically there are ten W's.
are you? I am a wife, mother, crafter, blogger,
instructor, author, book-loving, tea-drinking, messy woman.
Who has inspired you, personally
or professionally, to be who you are? Like a jigsaw puzzle,
there are a lot of pieces, a lot of individuals who have inspired
me and helped me visualize who I want to be, and what I want
What do you believe with all of
your heart? That you should craft happy. I don't mean
that you need to only scrapbook the happy stuff or avoid painful
topics. I just mean, however you craft and whatever you create
should be done in a way that makes you happy to be spending
time making something homemade. There isn't a wrong way, there
aren't strict rules; there simply is happy crafting.
What do you teach, write, blog,
and talk incessantly about? The primary topic of my classes
and blog is crafting. I scrapbook with 4" x 6" photos
primarily and I don't have hours to spend on each project
so I teach what I do, and what I know. I do like to get messy
and try new techniques, and I share my process and how I make
ideas my own.
When did you get your start?
I wanted to meet people in town so I decided to try and become
a scrapbook instructor. Instead of that gig I was asked to
manage the scrapbook store and a decade later, many jobs and
loads of experience later, here I am.
When did you know that this was
your path? After my daughter was born and I decided to
go freelance I was told I would never make it in the scrapbooking
industry, that I'd never be published or work with any manufacturers,
and that blogging was ridiculous. I felt something click inside
me as I was being put down and discouraged, and I just knew
I was going to do my crafty thing and see where the path led
Where is your favorite place on
earth? With my family, having excellent adventures.
Where do you go to be inspired?
I just open my eyes. Inspiration in all kinds of forms
Why are you here at BPC? I've
been teaching with Big Picture almost since the beginning,
and more than twenty classes later I'm still here. Why? I
believe BPC does online classes better than anyone else. They
are so friendly, the classroom has all of the interactive
features to be able to communicate with my students, and truly
it is a pleasure to work with these ladies who let me run
with my wild ideas.
Why do you love your life?
Life is what you make it, and I work hard. I believe I am
truly blessed, but I also know that because I am always looking
for the thing to be grateful for, the reason to smile, and
the detail that will make me laugh, my life seems even happier.
How do you do everything you do?
I employ a small army of pixies, have mason jars with
genies in them, and have a staff of 20. Or at least, I wish
I did! Truthfully, people all have the same 24 hours in the
day. It is a matter of how you use that time, and what you
make a priority. Going on unnecessary errands and surfing
the internet, not to mention heavy TV watching, take up a
lot more time than people realize. Make the time count!
How can we learn more about you?
The best place to see my work and get to know more about
my crafting is at mayflaum.com.
Workshops Taught by May
Crazy About Kits!
Recipes for Scrapbook Success
Adventures in Scrapbooking: Using
Adventures in Scrapbooking: Go Hybrid!
Adventures in Scrapbooking: Use
May with May
The Curious Scrapbooker's Field Guide
This layout is one I made for my class Camp Scrap 2013,
and I think it represents all of the things I love about scrapbooking—telling
of my family, working in creative play, challenging myself
(in this instance
to use orange and blue), and just enjoying some happy crafting.
The best photo of your journey is whatever photo you have.
was taken with my iPhone on vacation and it is my favorite
entire vacation—not the ones I took with my fancy camera
or that I
set up perfectly. This candid shot is the one that captures
and I think that says everything you need to know about me.