Getting the opportunity to work with some fabulous Microsoft products has piqued my interest in all the many ways people are putting these products to good use; namely in the world of creativity. Recently, at a holiday party thrown in conjunction with #GivingTuesday, I got to see — firsthand — how Erica Domesek of P.S. I Made This works her DIY magic with the help of Microsoft technology.
Always being curious (and, OK, slightly envious) of people in the DIY scene, the event prompted me to ask a trail-blazer like Erica a few questions about what inspires her and what she’s working on. Here are some insights and inspirations that she graciously shared.
Erica Domesek: “I’ve been making things since I was a little girl. I’ve always joked that I have DIY in my DNA. There is really not a day that has gone by where I haven’t wanted to exercise my creative voice.”
Do You Have a DIY Philosophy?
Erica: “I have many. My mantra is “I see, I like, I make” and I always say “Don’t wait for a get together to get it together.” Meaning, DIY is not just for holidays, weddings, Valentine’s Day, etc. There is no reason to put off something that is truly a form of therapy and also helps make your life more beautiful. I’m also a big believer in “DIT–Doing it with friends.” Lastly, making things is as much about the process as the final results. I enjoy the art and craft of making things.”
What Is Your Personal DIY Niche?
Erica: “I don’t really have a specialty. I make anything that falls under the “style” umbrella. That can span across lots of categories—high end runway, to art, etc. I want to be proud to say I made this, and want people to stop in their tracks.”
How Do You Come Up With the Ideas for Your Projects?
Erica: “Inspiration is about keeping your eyes open and mind wide. Inspiration is all around you, magazines, shopping, walking down the street. If you are able to open up your eyes and not just see something for what it is but where you can take it.”
What Creative Medium Is Your Favorite to Work With?
Erica: “I go through phases where I get into different things. It is across the board—sometimes it is tech, sometimes it is gold leafing. I have moments just like a trend. Similar to how your taste in things is constantly changing.
How Do You Decide What to DIY vs.When to Just Purchase Something Premade?
Erica: I see it, I like it I buy it! I will buy something that is extraordinary, if I fall in love with it. I will look at the price tag to decide though. I refuse to buy something that is extremely expensive, if I know I can make it. For example, my soon-to-be sister in law fell in love with a $900 veil. I couldn’t let her buy that, so I am making it for her.”
I know You’ve Been Working With Microsoft. How Do Their Product and App Offerings Inspire Your DIY Projects?
Erica: “Recently, I have been using the Fresh Paint app on my Surface to create custom wrapping paper for the holidays. Every year I do themed holiday décor and, with the Fresh Paint app, I can create my own custom art that goes with my themes. I can paint my own custom artwork, print to canvas or even print out as wrapping paper.
I also was able to print out custom ‘jewel’ornaments using The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer that I am using as gift toppers. The idea to use tech to take something from digital to physical is something that really excites me.”
How Did Your You Decide to Write Your Books?
Erica: “I look at myself as a storyteller, from what I am doing to what I am making; the idea of celebrating life, and introducing “color” to personal moments. P.S. Your Invited shows how you can celebrate your everyday life from picnics with friends to a tea party. The P.S. I Made This” brand is all about a lifestyle and the book is about the beauty of how we bring that to life.”
What Kinds of Things/People/Places Inspire You Most?
Erica: “Anything from high-end runway items, art, travel, fashion, store windows—even just when I am walking down the street. Surrounding myself with new things is how I stay inspired.”
What Project Are You Most Excited About Right Now?
Erica: My wrapping paper! I am obsessed!
What Can We Look Forward to in 2014?
Erica: “Tech is playing a larger role in DIY. As people become more dependent on tech—tablets, laptops and phones—for more things than just work, we’ll see a larger shift in digital DIY.”
Ooooo, Digital DIY has a pretty sweet ring to it. I love the idea and can’t wait to see what transpires! Thanks Erica for your time and creative inspiration. Keep on D-I-Ying!