Special Guest Blogger: Jennafer Martin

08/07/2009 at 11:00 am | Posted in guest blogger, Uncategorized | 10 Comments
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Jennafer headshot09Hi everyone! I’m Jennafer Martin, the new editor-in-chief for Creating Keepsakes magazine. Megan did a beautiful job of introducing my qualifications and experience in her last post, and while all of that is important, it’s not really the fun stuff. So she gave me a bunch of questions to answer so you can get to know me a little better. Some are silly, some are serious and some are… well… random. Enjoy!

Q: Let’s start with the most important thing: What’s the deal with you not liking funnel cake? It’s the most delicious fair food there is!

A: I had no idea funnel cake’s tastiness was a topic of so much conversation!  Maybe it is delicious, but the first time I tried it, it was so greasy I started to choke and cough. This didn’t really give me any incentive to try it again. Of course, it could have been a fluke.  It was at a ball park and not a fair, so maybe if I try it in another place I’d change my mind.


My first experience trying to eat funnel cake yielded more response from my gag reflex than my taste buds. Since I was with scrapbookers at the time, someone kindly got photographic evidence of this. Attractive, huh?

Q: If you were a scrapbook product, what kind would you be and why?

A. Cardstock. It’s the most versatile product there is, and since I tend to be fairly pragmatic I’d want to be something people get the most use from.

Q. When did you start writing for fun?

A. I think I was in 3rd or 4th grade. I read voraciously as a kid, and I wanted to pretty much be Judy Blume after reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. I wrote stories and poems. I even used to write plays for my friends to perform––typed up the scripts and everything.

Q. What celebrity do you most look like?

A. Hmmm… when I get comparisons it’s always been either Gabrielle Carteris (the actress who played Andrea on the original “Beverly Hills 90210” series), Rosie O’Donnell or Marcy, Peppermint Patty’s sidekick from the “Peanuts” cartoons. I’m not sure what to make of any of these. Who do you think I look most like?

Gabrielle Carteris Rosie-O'Donnell Marcie

People tell me I look like these ladies. What do you think?

Q: You’ve managed a lot of special magazine issues and books. Do you have a favorite? C’mon…spill it!

A: I tried to count once, and I think I’ve worked on more than 175 magazines and books since coming to this office in 2001. I have lots of favorites for lots of reasons, but I think my favorite is the first one I worked on: Creative Cards by Becky Higgins. It was the first card-making special magazine issue out there, and its creativity not only inspired a lot of scrapbookers to start making cards, it set the bar high for all of the card-making magazines that followed.

Q: How would you describe your scrapbook style?

A: Eclectic but simple. Since each memory is different, I play with paper and digital elements to find the right combination to showcase each individually.

scrapbook layout

digital layout

I like scrapbooking traditionally and digitally. The “BFFs in the 80s”  layout is paper and the “Ten Years” layout is digital.

Q: What kinds of things are coming up for CK? Got any good scoops to share?

A: There’s a lot of things coming up! Here’s a few:

*Our special issue, Super Fast Pages with 4 x 6 Photos Volume 2, will be on sale in September as will our Top Ten/October issue. Both have inspiring pages and useful info for scrapbookers.

*Before the end of the year, we’re planning to launch an online club in addition to our current website that has even more cool content (fun downloads, classic CK fonts, helpful how-to videos, podcasts and more), fabulous shopping deals and freebies.

*In 2010, we’ll be switching things up a bit to give our readers even more of what they’ve been asking for: fun, easy-to-duplicate layouts, product highlights & reviews, and useful how-to techniques. We’ll be adding some new columns and will make 4 of our 12 magazine issues special themed issues to deliver this content in cool ways to readers.

Keep watching the blog and the magazine for more info on these exciting new developments. And, if you have any ideas, opinions or questions about the magazine, you can always e-mail them to letters@creatingkeepsakes.com. The editors read every e-mail sent there.

Q: OK last question. Let’s make this a full-circle moment. If deep-fried dough covered in powdered sugar (aka funnel cake) isn’t your first choice in fair cuisine, please share what is?

A. Would you believe deep fried dough dipped in cinnamon & sugar? I love a good churro!



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  1. Such a fun interview! Thanks for sharing, I loved learning more about you Jennafer!

  2. Love churros, I do prefer those to funnel cakes too…
    (sorry Megan) You are such a clever and creative girl, I am excited to see what you and your team have up your sleeves for the coming year, sure to be inspiring I am sure!


  3. It’s fun getting to know you 🙂

  4. I can see that Gabrielle thing going on!! 🙂 Miss ya! Can’t wait to see what you have in store.

    Love your pages! Especially that digital one! 😉

  5. Yeah, Jennafer – congrats on this new position.

  6. hi Jennafer!
    Can’t wait to see the new CK with you steering the ship 🙂
    I know it will be fabulous!

  7. All things I love about you! Yes, even your strange aversion to probably the BEST dessert in the world (if it’s not greasy)!

  8. Ok, just posted my comment in the wrong area, so I’ll recap. One, churros rock if you get them fresh in AZ and not reheated in IN. ick.
    Two, glad I didn’t have the same reaction to funnel cake that you did, cuz I love em…and glad I don’t have the same camera-happy friend and Three, loved your interview–glad to meet you!

  9. I’m with you on the funnel cake. A mouth full of GREASY DOUGH!!!!!!!

  10. […] company for 8 years and on September 4th will celebrate my 5-year anniversary with Paper Crafts . Jennafer Martin (Creating Keepsakes Editor-in-Chief) was my first boss when I started with Crafts magazine. It will […]

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