Spotlight Interview Artist - Debby Schuh
as interviewed by Rae Missigman
We are so thrilled to be featuring a very special and talented artist today - Debby Schuh.
Debby can’t remember a time when she wasn’t tucking her photos and all kinds of “stuff” into scrapbooks… she still has her scrapbook from when she was two years old! After teaching school for many years and working as a staff designer for Anna Griffin, Debby now shares her love of memory-keeping and story-telling with students at stores and events around the world. Her class projects are known for their clever techniques, design details, and meaningful themes. She says she is most gratified when her students are inspired to fill their creations with their own stories and photos and treasures – to use the projects they’ve made! She also takes ladies on shopping trips to New York, London, and Paris, guiding them to all her favorite places.
In addition to a busy teaching and traveling schedule, Debby has had her designs published in many books and magazines through the years and is the author of the book Kids Scrapbooking… Easy as 1, 2, 3.
Debby feels incredibly blessed to do what she loves – travel the world and meet wonderful people, do a little shopping along the way, and share her passion for preserving our stories. She lives near Buffalo, New York, with her husband Dave. Their two sons are living on opposite sides of the US now… one in California and the other in the Army, stationed in Virginia.
You can read more about Debby’s classes and adventures on her blog at debbyschuh.typepad.com.
A5: Where is your home and your studio?
DS: Buffalo, New York
A5: What kinds of art do you do?
DS: I am mainly a "paper-crafter." This project is my first attempt at using mediums other than an ink pad and doing any type of "art journal."
A5: What medium or craft did you start with?
DS: I've done just about every craft- from counted cross-stitch to embroidery to sewing to scrapbooking and stamping to decoupage to shaker-webbing- you name it and I have probably tried it!
A5: You are packing your art travel bag with your top five go-to items. Tell us what you choose.
DS: I travel all the time teaching paper art classes around the US and world, so I carry an art travel bag with me in case I get to work in my DLP planner. I have a glue stick, black ink pad, scissors, water color paints and a few acrylic paints, along with an assortment of cling stamps. I'm leaving this week for almost a month in Italy and Germany and I will be taking my art bag with me.
A5: What is your latest product discovery?
DS: I'm trying so many new things that it is hard to pick just one. I would say my favorite new discovery is the joy of doing a little "art" page just for me, just how I want to do it, in just my own style, in my DLP planner.
A5: Tell us about your work space.
DS: I am fortunate to have two work spaces- one is my studio which is a renovated "in-law" kitchen off our master bedroom, and the second it my "kit" room where I store all the product inventory for my classes and pack the project kits to be shipped around the world.
A5: What is one thing you MUST HAVE when you create?
DS: I love to have it be quiet and I love my coffee!
A5: What do you wish you were better at?
DS: I wish I was better at drawing. When I taught school, my students even made fun of my stick people!
A5: What color(s) are you loving right now?
DS: Of course, my color is pink, through and through!
A5: What is your favorite pen?
DS: I don't really have a favorite pen. I am a pencil girl for journaling and working in my planner.
A5: Photograph your favorite pair of shoes.
DS: My favorite pair of shoes or "Schuhs" are my boys!
To find more inspiration and read all about her latest adventures, visit Debby at her website HERE.