I have posted before (here) on CricketSnappers when I first started looking into mixed media and art journaling. CricketSnappers displayed everything I like; mixed media+inspirational words+planners=awesome. Sarah Dupuis is the mind behind CricketSnappers. Every word and image Sarah included in each planner and journal spoke to me and I knew I had to feature her.
I also want to let everyone know Sarah is doing a fundraiser supporting her local Relay for Life team in honor of her mom, Susan. From April 15-24th, ALL proceeds from her Etsy shop will be donated to Team Susan’s Sunrise. Not only will you be receiving a piece of organized inspiration in the mail if you purchase one of her planners or journals, but you will be giving to such a great cause!
Name, age, location
Sarah, 25, Connecticut
Is this a full-time business for you?
No, this is just a hobby. I am a full-time graphic designer at a small design firm in CT.
Why do you choose paper as your medium?
I think there are many reasons why I chose to work with paper. For my 9-5 job, I work mainly with print design (i.e. magazines, invitations, brochures). So I love print work. Also, growing up I constantly read books and magazines. My walls would be covered with quotes, words, and images from different places.
What led you to this?
I have always been interested in art. As a kid, I took art classes at the local Girls’ Club and continued classes throughout school. Not only do I like to create things, but I loved learning about art history. I loved the Surrealist artists. They worked in many styles and mediums and often their content was out of the ordinary. A few years ago, my best friend and I decided we wanted to make an online shop to sell some of our crafts. We really had no idea where to start when we stumbled upon Etsy. We were absolutely amazed! It was a perfect fit for us and we began to come up with ideas of things to sell. My planners were my first idea. I thought it was a great way to combine my design training with my collages. I design, print, and assemble all of my books from my condo.
How do you begin a “theme” for one of your collages?
Before I explain how I begin a “theme” for one of my collages, I guess I should go back a few steps in the process of my collages. I have piles of magazines. Most are mine that I have subscribed to, but in recent years my friends and family have “donated” their magazines to me. I like the idea of recycling the magazine into something more. So, I have all these magazine and throughout the year I will go through and clip things from them. Whether it be a clever phrase, texture or just a single letter, I just look for anything that is interesting. Once I have a lot of clippings in my shoebox, I will sit on the floor of my condo and spread everything out. From here, I can see “themes” starting to form. Sometimes I will start a collage and not really have a direction, and then all of a sudden it will come together.
Do you ever feel “artist’s block”, and if so how do you overcome it?
I assume everyone has artist block once in a while. I think the best way to get through it is to turn on your favorite music or great movie. I will sit back and just go through magazines or clippings. Eventually, with enough persistence, something will start to take shape. If not, I will just pack it up for another day. Like I said, this is just a hobby… if I am really stuck there is no point to become frustrated.
How would you describe your style?
It’s funny to think I have a style. I guess, I have two styles. For my collages, it is pretty free. However, for the design of the interior of my books, the design is clean and simple.
Apples or Oranges?
Apples to eat, oranges to drink (I am addicted to orange juice!)
Who are some of your favorite artists and sites?
Well, I have a lot of favorite historical artists. Joan Miro is number one. His work is full of collage and has always been an inspiration. But I also love Dali, Warhol, and Kandinsky (just to name a few). In the Etsy world, almost every shop is an inspiration! A few of my favorite shops are SweetWaterCrafts, theblackapple, dazeychic, Corabelle, vol25, baileydoesntbark, birdzNbeez, blockpartypress and so many more (check out my Favorites for more!!)
What makes you unique?
I think anyone who creates something is unique. A few years ago, I would never have imagined that I would have a shop and be able to sell items that I have created. I like to think what makes me unique is that I am creating something, with lots of care, that no one else has made before.
What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
My friends and I randomly had a paper airplane competition/fight. (Yes, I know I just said I was 25…. sometimes I am 25 going on 5)
What’s your must have in your closet?
What is your favorite planner, binder, anything you use daily?
Not to self-promote, but I have been using one of my planners daily since 2006. This year I am using my “Create Your World” daily planner. However, my favorite planner I make is the “Put It All Together” one (I used it everyday last year). I carry my planner around in my purse and write in it everyday. It is like a journal in a way—it recounts when I went to the gym, when I got together with my friends, along with work meetings/projects.
Any small ideas you can include to help others create something small and from the heart to start out with?
Just do something! Even if it is just doodling on a piece of scrap paper. If there is something you love to do, continue to do it. And think outside the box. I know for me, I loved to collage. But I knew there had to be the next step or else I would just have a bunch of collages sitting in a drawer in my office. So I knew I had to think of how it could be applied to something practical that people would want to use.
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