Creative Conversations no. 011 | chatting with Marta Andilla

I discovered Marta when she was featured on Caylee’s blog. Then I promptly followed her on Instagram and fell in love with her style and design aesthetic. Marta incorporates color in such amazing ways on her projects and she is one of the sweetest people I know. I’m so glad she found scrapbooking and had the courage to take the plunge to create! I’m always inspired by her, and I’m sure you will be too. Welcome to the blog, Marta!

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Tell me about yourself. Hi there! My name is Marta and I am 33. I live on my own in Hospitalet, a city close to Barcelona, Spain. I work 9-6p.m in the tourism industry. After that, I do what I really love: scrapbooking and blogging. Specifically, what I love the most is playing with my Project Life.

What is one weird or interesting fact about you? I love to write sci fi or fantasy short stories, also comic plots.

From time to time, I get hit by an idea or a character and I need to write it down. It is one of the most exciting things that I have felt!

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What do you do to express your creativity? I mostly work on my Project Life but I also love to find new ways of expressing myself. For instance, some weeks ago, I discovered calligraphy is a fascinating way to soothe myself.

I also love art journaling and writing.

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How did you get started doing this? I have never felt myself as an especially talented or creative person, but I learnt the best way to find yourself and discover amazing things is pushing yourself a little bit out of your safe zone. So, one day, I saw an ad about a scrapbooking workshop in my town and I decided to try it out. It was one of the most scary and disturbing things that I did (I sweated and sometimes I wanted to cry of embarrassment on the following workshops for months) but it also was super fun and challenging so I started my quest of finding out more about this hobby until now.

What do you love most about what you do to be creative? Project Life and mini albums are my fave.

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Who or what inspires you? It inspires me words and emotions. People who write/tell and instill emotions and stories with a few words. People who are capable of writing raw and people who encourage you to be a better person. And if this is coming along with beautiful images or Project Life spreads, that is a total win for me! 😀

How do you stay inspired? What do you do when you feel stuck or uninspired? I must say that I usually find inspiration when I am working so I normally don’t go around trying to find inspiration. I have a strong desire to create and I have to sit down and do it.

I love to look at other’s people works. It blows my mind but I also feel easily discouraged because I compare myself. I try not to do it, but if I am having a bad week I do not realize it and I enter on a roller coaster all the way down. So I stay away from inputs: IG, blogs, facebook until I am OK.

If I am working on something and I feel uninspired I walk away of what I am doing. Usually, cleaning the dishes or leaving home and doing something totally different (like dancing) is what helps me the most.

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Why do you do what you do? What motivates you to be creative? I always feel it is hard for me to answer this question. The simple way to said it is that it makes me feel SO GOOD that I just can’t stop it. Before crafting, I always felt a little lost and without a specific path in my life. With everything that I do now, I have found a new dimension of content.

Describe your creative style. Currently: Fresh, bold, and fun!

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Name your top five favorite tools or products.

  1. Cards
  2. Stamps
  3. Tiny alphas
  4. Masks
  5. Sprays

Are you an early bird or a night owl? When are you most productive? I love mornings but I am most productive when I am fully awake in the afternoons. I never can sleep more than 4 hours straight so I tend to feel sleepy!

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What project(s) are you currently working on? At this moment, I am following Olya’s challenge: Project Life catch up and I would also love to find time to change the design of my blog.

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If you had to be a color in a crayon box, which color would you be? Hot pink!…lemon yellow! Agh! Can’t decide! 😀

If you could possess a super power, which one would you choose? The power over time. Going back and forward and look at events. How fun would be watching at your self when you were little or watching Michelangelo painting!

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What is your favorite quote? “Make it happen” has come along with me since I started this journey. Now, I think I would change it to “Let it happen” 😀

Isn’t Marta so inspiring? Follow her on her blog, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest to keep being inspired. Tell her I sent you!

Creative Conversations is a blog series getting to know fellow creatives and friends that I’ve made through the internet. Read more about Creative Conversations here.

12 thoughts on “Creative Conversations no. 011 | chatting with Marta Andilla

  1. Not only is Marta one of the most creative people I have had the pleasure of coming across online, and one who inspires me every. single. time. she makes something new, Marta is also so very kind, caring, lovely, and beautiful to her core. I am so lucky that I had the pleasure of meeting her in real life. Knowing Marta has made my life better.

    I loved reading about her (I always tell you, Amelia, you pick my favourite people for this feature). You are both so very awesome.

    1. Oh my… I need to make a scrapbook of all your comments about me. It will encourage me in life for sure… You are more than precious, Caylee. Thank you very much. You touch my heart every single time.
      Xx

  2. Loved reading about Marta! I am always fascinated by her projects and her style and even though I don’t know her personally, reading her blog and seeing her photos on IG makes me think that she’s a really kind and fun person!

  3. Hello Marta. So happy to read more about you. I really love your Project Life style. Such good spreads. And I’m a little bit jealous you’re living close to Barcelona!

    1. Haha Hello Andrea! Thank you for your comment! I hope you come around here someday and I can have a coffee with you! You are so inspiring!

  4. Oh Marta, the more I learn about you, the more I like you! I love that you discovered this hobby to fill a gap in your life and that it makes you feel so good! It shows in your work.

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