Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Meet Neisey!!!

One of our newest Design Team members is Denise Schurman or more commonly known as Neisey. I recently had the opportunity to interview Denise so we could get to know her a little bit better.

Here is my interview:

What name do you usually go by? Do you have a nickname that you could share?

IRL I go by Denise, unless you happen to be a kindergartener and then you probably call me “Mrs. S.” On-line I am Neisey which is DH’s nickname for me. Another nickname (that I probably shouldn’t be sharing on the Internet) is “Jel” which is short for Jelly Belly, a term of endearment from my first pregnancy and has absolutely nothing to do with the current state of my abdominal region.

Where do you currently live? Where would you like to live?

My family currently lives in a small village in the Ottawa area. We love it for its great community feel but eventually want to move back to the Maritimes where both DH and I grew up. We are specifically interested in Fredericton, NB as it is not too close and not too far from his family in PEI and mine in NS.

Is your scrap area usually neat or creatively messy?

My entire family would be shocked if my scrap room was ever neat. I am beyond the point of creatively messy and well on my way to being either featured on the show “Hoarders” or being condemned.

What is something that you have recently learned?

I have learned that if I do a little bit of housework everyday I won’t feel stressed when Dan invites someone over and remembers to tell me 2 minutes before their arrival time.

What is your favourite scrapbooking/cardmaking colour?

I am drawn to brights for details (red, turquoise, pinks) but love to place everything on a neutral background (black, white, kraft) to make things pop.

What tool do you use the most? Why?

Lately I have been using my Silhouette digital craft cutter because it can cut any title or shape I want in any size I want. It is so easy to use and now I won’t have to spend so much on dies, punches, etc. Of course I will just siphon that money into other scrapbook supplies but there is no need to let DH know that.

Describe your scrappy/cardmaking style?

I am definitely a simple scrapper although from my enormous stash of stuff you would never guess that. I would also describe my work as linear and balanced. Think Cathy Z but unfortunately not nearly as good.

What kind of camera do you use?

I have a Pentax K10D DSLR and love it. I would consider myself a serious hobbyist and I’m always reading up on tips and techniques. Unfortunately I don’t have many willing models at my house.

Are you a morning person or a night person?

Definitely a night hawk but having kids has certainly put a damper on that.

What food would you like to eat every single day if you could?

Could I pluralize food??? Scallops, Donairs, Chips, Guacamole, Pub-style fish and chips, McDonalds (I know, I know, but I love it!) Lone Star fahitas…excuse me while I clean the drool off my keyboard.

What size of shoes do you wear?

Usually a 6. My 10 year old daughter is already wearing bigger shoes than I am.

What do you keep under your bed?

Besides the ubiquitous dust bunnies? We have a platform bed with 6 drawers but none of them hold my stuff. They are mostly jammed full of Dan’s military wool socks and his t-shirt collection dating back from Junior High.

What did you eat for lunch today?

Thankfully, it is only 10am so I can’t answer that. However my MIL was here on the weekend visiting from PEI. They own a number of maritime based pizza franchises and she brought me all the fixings for donairs – refer to question above asking what food(s) I would like to eat every day – so I think I’ll treat myself to one for lunch today.

Now for some scrappy word association – I’ll say a word and you say the first thing that comes to your mind.

Trimmer – never where I remember last setting it down
Brads - tiny (especially when spilled on the floor)
Journal spots – too nice to write on
Stickles – messy
Big Bite - unopened
Pop Dots – sticky

Please share your favourite project to date.

It’s kind of hard to narrow it down. I’ve been scrapping for 11 years so I have lots of layouts that may not be artistically wonderful (Paperkins, anyone?) but bring back wonderful memories. Also, I tend to think that the project I’ve just completed is a fave too. That being said, I don’t scrap a lot about me so I’m going to be a little egocentric and choose this simple LO about my faves.

Thanks so much for sharing yourself with me and your friends, Denise! I look forward to seeing more of your gorgeous work in the gallery!


Virginia said...

It was a real pleasure to get to know you better Denise!

Amber T. said...

Denise I love your layout- it is so cool! And it's been great seeing your fun personality come out here! I relate to so much you're saying - Good stuff!
~Amber T.

Anonymous said...

So nice to get to know you better Denise... so looking forward to seeing what you come up with for us...I have a question about your scrap area...
you say that you would be featured on the show "Hoarders" or being Condemned...is it really that bad.. and when do you clean it?? When you are done scrapbooking or just on a whim...when you notice out of the corner of your eye that it needs attention....

Ellen said...

Good to know you better Denise!
Thanks for sharing your info :)

Neisey said...

LOL Laurie! There is no "noticing out of the corner of my eye" it is a full on attack. OK...so I may have over exagerrated on the condemned part cuz it really isn't dirty but I've definitely qualified for hoarder status. I will post pictures on the board but seriously, right now there is no horizontal surface to scrap on so I'm working inside a drawer - not a word of a lie. And to top it off all the stuff from the crop weekend Oct 16-18 is still not back in my room so I just go out and dig around in a bin if I need something. I rarely clean up after a project put tend to push stuff to the outer edges of my desk but after a couple of LOs that leaves very little work room. When I do tidy up it is usually a mass re-organization and then I start out well but almost always leave something undone. I am trying to get rid of clutter while still maintaining my stash so I'm more into putting stuff out of site these days...maybe someday you'll see the finished product!

I'll leave you with this little gem from Albert Einstein...

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?”

Stephanie said...

Love that layout Denise and your sense of humour is coming through on this interview!

Lorraine said...

LOL! Great interview, Denise! I laughed at the Hoarders response, too! I feel exactly like that sometimes, but I've never scrapped in a drawer! (I for sure don't have one big enough!) Love that Einstein quote, and have used it regarding my desk at work - it doesn't just happen at home!!

Sandy said...

Thanks for giving us the down-low!!! I love your sense of humour on life, and scrapbooking!!

MidniteScrapper said...

What is it with Army socks??? The boys never want to throw them out, personally I think they are SO gross!

Great interview, what a nice way to get to know someone that I "chat" with occasionally!


Anonymous said...

It's nice to get to know you better Denise, love your work and love your lo!

Wendance Designs said...

Great to get to know you a bit better, Denise!!!

Jamie V said...

Great 'interview'... loved reading all about you, and congratulations on the DT position!

Looking forward to getting to know you better!

Jess said...

Oh Denise... you slay me! Loved the interview...but I gotta say... I kinda think I should resent that "empty desk" remark...

BishopsMommie said...

how fun...my big bite wiould have been the same answer..lol... and nice to meet you BTW

Denise Gay said...

You have amazing talent Neisey!! Looking forward to more of your work.

Nancy said...

It's nice to learn more about you Neisey! I loved your work at the Must See TV Crop and I look forward to seeing more! :o)

LoriT. said...

Nice to learn a little bit about you, Denise! You seem like a wild and crazy gal :)...but I have one question...what does ubiquitous mean?? I wonder if my dust bunnies are like that, too?? teehee

Heather M. said...

What a great post! So nice to get to know you more, Denise!

I love that layout. :)

Maggie said...

T'was good to know you better Denise. I am going to print that Einstien saying and put it over my desk...make me feel good about my clutter.

Neisey said...

Well Lori, if you have dust bunnies they probably are ubiquitous - A descriptive word that describes something that is everywhere - Like real bunnies I'm pretty sure that dust bunnies procreate at a very rapid rate.