Meet PDT member Giorgia Rossini
If you’ve spied any stunning scrapbooking projects from the PDT, chances are they’re by Giorgia Rossini. The talented Italian crafter has a real passion for memory-keeping, which is evident in her lovely, layered layouts. We chatted to her to find out about the craft scene in Italy, her special craft space and what got her into scrapbooking.
1. You’re a Radiation Technologist professionally – how did you get into scrapbooking?
I was always a ‘creative soul’. In the past I made jewellery and felt ornaments and I also paint. I don’t remember exactly how I discovered scrapbooking, but I began following some scrapbooking blogs and suddenly I was hooked!
2. What was the first project you ever made?
My first attempt was an album for me and one of my colleagues. We went on [holiday] together in Cuba and I wanted to make us a great lasting memory from that trip. So I made two albums. They were pretty simple, but they opened up a whole world for me… the world of scrapbooking!
3. What motivated you to apply for the docrafts PDT?
I love docrafts products and I love to be in craft design teams; they are a great opportunity to grow as a crafter and make new friends with the same passion as you.
4. What’s the craft scene like in Italy?
Italy has a great history of handmade crafts and over these last years we’ve been rediscovering it. There are many great professional crafters, handmade fairs and workshops. Scrapbooking is also growing: we have an association of scrappers (ASI) that organises meetings and events.
5. Are there any crafts that you’ve not yet tried but are keen to?
When I was a little girl, my grandma taught me how to sew, knit and crochet, but she died when I was still too young and I don’t remember any of these crafts. I really would love to try again them!
6. Tell us five interesting facts about yourself.
1. I got married in Las Vegas. Elvis celebrated the marriage and it was so funny!
2. I love to organise parties, especially themed parties. For my 30th birthday I had an Alice in Wonderland-inspired party, I also wore an Alice costume!
3. I love to travel: I think I have what they call ‘wanderlust’!
4. I love Halloween, Tim Burton, horror movies; all the creepy things!
5. I love vintage furniture and objects. I am always in search for something to add to my house!
7. What craft products could you not live without?
Patterned papers and stickers.
8. Where do you find inspiration for your craft projects?
I am addicted to Pinterest and blogs: other crafters works are really helpful for finding something to try and make with your own personal style and touch.
9. If you had to design a paper range, what would your theme be?
Oh, that would be a dream come true! I would love to design a travel-themed collection, a wedding one or something Halloweeny!
10. Do you have a designated craft space?
Yes, I am really lucky to have a whole attic in my house as my happy place to craft!
11. What do you listen to when you craft?
I love rock music and I find it very inspiring. [I listen to bands like] Placebo, Florence & The Machine, Muse, Rammstein, System of a Down…
12. What is it about crafting that you enjoy?
It relaxes me and it makes me happy. I love to see an idea take shape and become something real.
13. A lot of your scrapbook layouts include pictures from holidays and days out. Do you craft while you travel?
No, I really don’t have the time! My husband is passionate about photography, so we spend a lot of our travelling time taking pictures. Sometimes we go to the same place twice or three times to take THE picture! But I can say “I craft when travel” because once I read that “Scrapbookers take pictures to match collections they own”! I am always asking my husband to take another picture!
14. What’s your favourite docrafts collection?
The Geometric ranges, especially Neon: it features my favourite colours.
To keep up-to-date with Giorgia’s latest craft projects, make sure to follow the docrafts gallery page as well as Giorgia’s very own gallery. Keep an eye out in the latest issue of Creativity magazine for more projects. Creativity is available from all good craft stores and supermarkets. Alternatively, buy a copy online or subscribe and get it delivered straight to your door!