Welcome to the second Q and A for the year. I have a feeling you might already know this amazing creative, Andrea from Rerohipmama. I've actually been following along with Andrea for so long now I don't know when I first came across her work. But I know that when I did she hooked me in and I always look forward to seeing her updates on instagram. I was lucky enough to get to work along side Andrea at Gossamer Blue for a year. Now while you may 'know' of Andrea, let's get to know her a little more with a Q and A :
Where are you from and where are you now?
I am from Northern California, USA and still live within 100 miles of the two towns I grew up in. Within the 17 years we’ve been together, my husband, 2 sons and I have lived in 4 towns as we moved closer and closer to our goal of moving to the town we live in now. We live at the base of the Sierra foothills and it’s the perfect little place for us. We don’t need to leave town much – everything we need is right here! It’s far enough from a large city and we have lots of breathing room. We have only had the desire to move to another state and we aren’t saying we never would but we honestly have no desire to leave California at this point as we’re just so invested in our community.
How did you get you into paper crafts?
My earliest memories revolve around crafting of some sort. Paper crafts took the form of childhood toys like the Spirograph, paper dolls, sticker books, actual books of memorabilia and fashion plates. I even designed and made my own Summer TV Guide when I was 10, with colored paper and straight lines for all the shows I planned to watch each day. There was always something creative going on with my mom and I. She was very creative and a total DIY girl. In general I come from a long line of musicians, engineers and artists. So when a friend introduced me to the form of memory keeping we know as scrapbooking in 1998, it changed my world! I had lots of photos of my childhood because I had recently moved out on my own so along with that came a giant box of my school reports and photos my mom had been stashing. We had a local scrapbook shop and we had stencils and glossy stickers and that was the beginning of it all. For the next couple years I honed in on telling my stories and fun things with Matt and then when I had kids, the stories focused on them. I have never left scrapbooking for more than a few months – it’s always been my absolute favorite hobby and form of creative release. I have over 30 albums to show for it!
My style and formats have changed over the last 19 years of doing this craft. From starting out doing 8.5x11 layouts, then moving up to 12x12 and mixing in smaller albums for special things. To then pocket pages in 2012 and now I’m dabbling (well, more like swimming) in Traveler’s Notebooks. Regardless of what format I use, I’ll always be memory keeping with pretty paper that matches my photos.
What teams are you designing for in 2017?
Illustrated Faith: I joined the Design Team in November 2015 and I’m still hanging out. I started out doing process videos of bible journaling entries, pocket layouts about my faith stories, stuff like that. Recently I transitioned to more of a marketing role. The videos I am producing are product specific (like when a new devotional kit is released or digital products come out) and they are quick and fun little videos! I will hang on tight to this gig because the message and the team are super important to me!
Elle’s Studio: Elle’s Studio is a new team for me this year. I’ve always found it crazy natural to create with their products and was floored when Elle emailed me in 2015 about joining their team. But I JUST accepted Illustrated Faith and was already doing Gossamer Blue so I hated telling her no but her response was that the door was always open. So when my capacity opened up a bit, I cashed in my raincheck! I am so excited to share these goodies with all my Crafty Babes each month! Her style is clean and graphic and totally helps me create pages I love!
Felicity Jane: This one came about very suddenly actually – and quite recently. I received a personal invitation from Jeana and could not pass up the opportunity to work with her gorgeous designs. I felt very attracted to her kits recently and am loving how open and clean and fresh everything feels and that’s exactly the kind of style I’ve been gravitating toward. Unfortunately, this meant I had to step away from Gossamer Blue. I spent a year and a half creating for them and loving it but there was no way I could do both and I really needed the fresh start with Felicity Jane. I am thrilled to be part of this gorgeous group of ladies!
Where did your blog title come from?
How many of us are old enough to remember AOL (America OnLine)? It was the really popular email service in the late 90s/early 2000s and when we bought a new computer as a married couple with a tiny baby, we needed email addresses. I guess I assumed mine needed to be reflective of me at 21 years old so I decided that I was a retro & hip mama. Things haven’t changed and neither has my email address. Even after switching email providers, I still kept the name. But the blog wasn’t really born until 2010 and when I was thinking about how to introduce myself to this giant world of crafty blog stuff, I knew that I wanted to be known as retrohipmama (at the time, people were hiding behind nicknames for privacy reasons so I just kinda took that clue and followed suite) but I actually did give my blog a name for several years. She’s Crafty was the title of my blog home page (50% because of what I did on the blog & 50% because of the Beastie Boys song) even though I couldn’t secure the domain name because someone already had it. That blog wasn’t even active so it was a bummer at the time but I later dropped the She’s Crafty as I began to become more known by my pseudonym than by my blog title. And so it’s remained retrohipmama ever since!
Favourite social media to use?
Instagram. Definitely Instagram. Did I say Instagram? Instagram is my favorite! It’s pretty. People don’t typically talk about issues that are polarizing and it’s just a super welcoming place. It’s just full of inspiration and it’s just full of love and positive vibes. Surprisingly, I get much more interaction on IG than I do on FB so I tend to be on IG a lot more.
Coffee or Tea drinker?
Tea all the way. I honestly don’t really like the smell of coffee but I do enjoy coffee ice cream sometimes. I kinda don’t really like warm drinks in general - maybe if it’s a super chilly morning I will have my tea warm or the occasional mug of hot chocolate - so my caffeine fix each morning is iced tea. I drink 1 tumbler first thing when I get to the office and that’s all I really need. I’m super sensitive to caffeine so if I drink anything after like, noon-ish I’m wired all night. The rest of the day I’m all about that ice water. I drink a ton of water – it’s my very favorite drink! In the summer I love to add fruit to my water and it makes it soooo tasty!
Do you have any crafty goals for yourself for 2017?
I do! The major thing is to teach 2 classes on my blog! I really like teaching and hosting them on my blog gives me full control over things. My workshops this year will each feature another crafty babe as part of an ongoing series I’d like to expand called “2 Crafty Babes” – where me and another crafty babe do something crafty. Get it? J This bigger vision of mine could be a conversation, an unboxing, a class – the possibilities are endless and so are the friendships I’ve made with some seriously amazing crafty babes.
I’m going to continue to stay as active and current as possible on my 2017 family album (current usually means a month or so behind) and keep chugging along on my personal traveler’s notebook. I’ve replaced my 6x8 pocket albums with the TN style to do all of my personal scrapbooking in so I’m slightly obsessed and have already filled up an entire notebook in less than a month!
My dream of dreams – which may not be a 2017 goal but more of a life goal – is to design my own kit/collection. Something tangible that says RETROHIPMAMA. Something that includes polka dots and vintage things and positive messages. That’s definitely my someday goal!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you be jet setting off to?
It may sound weird but I would stay in the states. I’m not a good traveler. I need access to certain comforts and securities, don’t like big crowds and need my own bed. So, if I could just fly anywhere, here’s what I would do:
See a Packers game, at Lambeau Field, in the snow. I’d want to have seats along the end zone, right up front so if any player did the Lambeau Leap, I could possibly be right there to cheer them on!!! I also have this plan for Matt and I after the kids are out and about their own lives: I want to see an NFL game in every stadium in the US. #lifegoals
Favourite tune right now?
I love so much music (old and new) that asking my fave song right now is soooooo difficult. But there is a song that just gives me all the feels when I hear it: Sweet Disaster by DREAMERS. Also on repeat are My Church by Maren Morris, Lost in the Light by Bahamas and Hands by Barns Courtney.
For old songs, lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Weezer, Green Day, Biggie and stuff from my high school days. I honestly listen to music about 12 hours a day so there’s always something playing!
Podcasts are hard for me to listen to because at my job there’s just so much talking that podcasts are distracting. I mainly listen to music during the day but if I’m working on just numbers that don’t require me to think about emails or problems, I’ll throw in my ear buds and listen to a podcast. Or on weekends or when I’m getting ready in the mornings I really love The Scrap Gals and Live Inspired. Both are hosted by Tracie Claiborne and I just enjoy her inquisitive nature and sweet southern voice.