Meet PDT member: Alina Bartan

docrafts' Project Design Team member Alina Bartan is one of our talented overseas crafters, creating paper makes for us all the way from Romania. Living with her husband and her two-year-old son, Alina is a professional IT programmer with a crafty business on the side. We had a chat with her to learn more about her creative history, her favourite projects and the crafting scene in Romania.

What motivated you to apply for the PDT this year?

I always wanted to apply to design teams. I love doing crafty projects so I thought “Why not share my crafts with others?”. This year I felt more courageous and I filled in the application form for docrafts. I am very happy that they accepted my application and now I am part of this amazing team.

Have you always been crafty?

Yes, my first big crafty project was my 12th grade album with pictures of my colleagues. I had this crazy idea to cut letters from various magazines and write their names in this way… I was very happy with how it turned out.

Can you remember what the next thing you crafted was?

After I made my 12th grade album, I think the next serious project was a Christmas wreath. Then I started making cards and got hooked on papercrafting.

What’s the craft scene like in Romania?

It keeps growing year by year. When I began crafting, there wasn’t any store that carried craft supplies, but in recent years they've started to appear – people seem to be more interested in home décor-related crafts than cardmaking or scrapbooking.

What craft product could you not live without?

When I’m at home, the die-cutting machine, but when I travel, the craft knife comes with me. Recently also the watercolours.

What’s on your crafty playlist?

If I'm listening to music it would probably be jazz, but most of the time I don’t listen to anything while crafting.

Tell us five interesting facts about yourself.

  1. I’m an engineer that crafts with paper
  2. I am mother to a 2-year-old little bundle of joy
  3. I love a good cup of coffee with cake
  4. I enjoy traveling and seeing the world
  5. I try to be a work-at-home mum

You run a blog, AliCards and Crafts, with a penny farthing bicycle as your logo. What inspired this?

I love biking. We go biking whenever we have the opportunity, so I thought “Why not incorporate that into my logo?”. Of course it had to be a vintage bike, as I like to make projects with a vintage feel. See Alina's vintage-look mixed media hearts below.

Do you have a special craft space? If so, what’s it like?

I am the happy owner of her own craft room. I still need to share it with guests when they come to stay, but other than that it’s all mine and it sometimes can be very messy. I always have a project sitting on my desk waiting for me to finish it up, and I still need to figure out the best way to organize it to make it easier to put things back where they belong.

You run a business making wedding and party invites and decorations – did you craft for your own wedding?

Yes. That was the beginning of all. I made my own wedding invites and I was very pleased with them. I thought “Why not make them for others that want something special?”.

Where do you find inspiration for your projects?

The biggest source of inspiration comes from what other crafters are doing. This way, I also know what is trendy on the market. If I have a custom order, my inspiration comes from the people I have to do it for… an idea they have or a word they say.

What are your favourite things to make?

I love to make cards. They were my starting point and I will always enjoy making them. But I also enjoy inking up my fingers and making some altered art or mixed media. I think I’ve tried them all at least once: scrapbooking, cardmaking, art journaling, altered art…

Check out Alina's blog here.

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