Meet a Blogger – Amy Anderson from Mod Podge Rocks!
So while I was formulating a plan for Mod Podge Week I thought to myself, “you know what would be the cherry on the sundae?” If Amy Anderson from Mod Podge Rocks! would be willing to interview for readers here at Dream a Little Bigger.
I instantly got into contact and honestly didn’t know if I’d hear back. I mean, Amy is BIG, big time and who knew how long it would take before she even saw my message. But I have to tell you, she is one of the nicest “big time” bloggers ever.
I started out knitting when I was 15. It wasn’t necessarily easy to learn and required a lot of practice. While I love knitting still, I wanted to blog about something that ANYONE could do without special training or classes. Mod Podge is that thing. Plus everyone loves the retro label!
Do you have a favorite Mod Podge formula/formula?
It’s a tie between Hard Coat and Dimensional Magic. I love doing furniture but I also love doing jewelry.
What’s the best tip you know for working with Mod Podge?
There are a lot of tips, but definitely let the paper dry 15 – 20 minutes after you Mod Podge it down before putting a top layer on. For those with questions, I have a page on my site: http://modpodgerocksblog.com/learn-how-to-mod-podge
What is your favorite Mod Podge project you’ve finished?
This refurbished key art is my favorite. I LOVE LOVE all of the blue together. It hangs by my door and makes me happy every time I see it. And that is what crafting is all about – making yourself happy.
What is the most popular?
I had to look it up because I was curious! The most popular project on the site is actually by my contributor David. These coasters are so easy and everyone loves making them! David is a genius with the simple crafts that still look great.
My most popular project is the DIY glass clings. Again, an easy and really fun project (also great for the holidays). I think I’m seeing a theme here – people like easy!
Let’s talk washi! What prompted you to create a washi crafts blog?
I know I keep talking about easy crafts, but washi tape is another example of of a supply that is simple to use. Plus it’s just so dang cute! Have you seen the patterns? Washi tape is so fun. It also gives a more modern look to crafts in my opinion.
What’s your favorite washi project?
I don’t have that many on the site yet, but I really love the $1 clock makeover I did. Who doesn’t love budget crafting?
How did you become a full time freelancer/blogger?
I worked my BUNS off for over four years. When I first started my blog, I worked full time. I had just finished my MBA that I had completed while working and I needed something else to do (I’m one of “those” people!). I continued like that for many years and just let my blog grow naturally. I never thought I would be working on my own business full time – ever. I thought I would work behind a desk my whole life. Then I left my job and it was either fly out of the nest or crash. I didn’t know how it was going to go, but I took a chance. At some point you can only work so hard on your blog if you have a full time job and you have to make a leap.
Any advice for new or up and coming bloggers?
I think what I notice most about new bloggers is that many aren’t very patient. I think because they see that some have seen success, it seems more attainable. And it is attainable for sure, but you have to put the wet work in and be open to learning as you go. There’s no magic pill. Small bloggers have small blogger problems, but as you grow there is a whole new set of problems to deal with. It’s never easy.
Having said that, read the articles at crafterminds.com and find a blogging tribe – a group of friends who blog that support each other.
I’ve read that you attribute part of your success to getting yourself in front of likeminded bloggers and companies. How do you feel is the best way to approach others?
You can’t have fear about approaching people. The worst they can say is no. I think you need to build your blog until you have a solid foundation (six months-ish) and then think about approaching companies. Be respectful and appreciative of people’s time, and don’t take anything personally.
What is the best thing that has come out of your blogging career?
Two things. First, I have met amazing, like-minded people. Blogging is its own special thing and to find other people who like to write about their creativity online is so cool. Secondly, I love working for myself. It’s sometimes hard and I working loooong hours, but I was meant to be my own boss.
Anything you’d like to share with the readers of Dream a Little Bigger?
To all those who read blogs, a huge THANK YOU. None of us could do this without your support. Know that we work hard to bring you the best ideas we can, and we appreciate you!
Thanks to Amy for a wonderful interview! And thank you, readers, for checking out today’s post. I’ll be seeing you over at Washi Tape Crafts and Mod Podge Rocks! or check out her book by the same name: Mod Podge Rocks!
And thanks for checking out Mod Podge Week!