Hello! My name is Jocelyn Olson (username cjolson), and I live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with my husband and our two kids. My sweet and creative daughter (Leni) is eight, and my hot-rodding, funny son (Levi) is four. I was a professor for over 10 years, but now I work as a consultant for states on Federal education and special education programs. I got into papercrafting when I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter was born, and I thought it would be a good idea to make 75 handmade birth announcements. Even though I was tying ribbons on announcements at 2am with a newborn on my lap, I really loved working with papers and stamps. I am primarily a card maker, although I love to make all kinds of projects, both traditional and hybrid. Currently, I am on the Glitz Digital and the Scraptastic Design Teams, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be published in Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine and CARDS.
SC Member since: January 2014. I’ve been buying kits and exclusives for a couple of years, but it took me a while to commit.
All-time favorite past kit or collection: Valley High—especially the Project Life kit. My favorite Studio Calico collection was Heyday (the 6x6 pad has a permanent place on my desk).
What do you do when your kit comes? First of all, I do a little happy dance. The UPS truck arrives just before dinner, so when the box comes, I put it in my scrap room. After the kids go to bed, I sit on the floor to open each bag or my Project Life box (I have no idea how I got into the habit of sitting on the floor to open it, but for some reason, I did).
What's your go to technique? I incorporate digital/hybrid elements into my most of my projects—either with my Cameo or Photoshop. All of the projects here use one or more hybrid element.
Share your top 5 products :
1) Dies and cut files, 2) Digital elements, 3) Stamps, 4) Spray mists, 5) Sewing machine
Where do you go when your mojo is low? Like many crafters, I look at Pinterest, blogs, or card/scrapbook magazines. If I’m having a major slump, I pull out some supplies and just start making something. I may not end up using the card, but it usually jumpstarts my mojo.