September 9, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting
You may recall that as part of our Christmas in July sale, we had a Cricut content giveaway to one lucky DIYer. And the winner is (drumroll, please)… Whitney Goodbred of Chicago, Illinois! Since her fiancé recently popped the question, Whitney selected wedding content for her prize, which ties in nicely with our current wedding program. We had a blast chatting with the 25-year-old Communications Manager, and are pleased to profile her here.
Tell us a little about your background.
I studied Broadcast Communications, and now I spend my days focused on marketing and graphic design, in addition to communications. For the past two years, I’ve worked at a golf course in Sugar Grove, Illinois, called Rich Harvest Farms. I wear a lot of hats there, but I’m a pretty creative person so it's a good fit!
Our creative winner, pictured with her Cricut-made Welcome sign. (Oh, and her handsome fiancé, Alex.)
We’d love to hear more about this creativity.
Well, I’ve always been pretty crafty. Whenever I make something for a party or to give as a gift, my friends say that it’s part of “Crafts by Whitney”… my empire! I’m on Pinterest constantly, and had wanted a Cricut for such a long time. When I got engaged, I asked my mom to buy me one and immediately put it to use.
Tell us about some of your Cricut projects.
I got my Cricut in May, and our engagement party was in June, so I hit the ground running! I used it to make my bridesmaids’ boxes, which were a big success. S’mores were our favors: we put the ingredients in little mason jars, and I used my Cricut to make the tags that went on each one.
Whitney’s delicious favor tags.
What are your favorite materials to work with?
So far, it’s vinyl, no question. I’ve made labels and signs and been so happy with how they turned out. Up next for me is cardstock: I can’t wait to get working with that!
Whitney used her favorite material to make this heart-warmer.
And your favorite Cricut project so far?
That would have to be the board I made for our engagement party. I used vinyl on chalkboard to list our key dates: the first time we went out, when I said “yes” and our wedding day. The board turned out really well! It will be going up in our new home, and I expect we’ll have it around for quite a while.
Her pièce de résistance… and it couldn’t be more perfect.
Tell us more about this wedding! What’s your style?
I think the best way to sum it up is to say that it’s a twist on traditional rustic, with a sprinkling of some shabby chic. I grew up in the country, so elements from nature will be a big influence on our day. I’m envisioning fresh flowers, dark wood signs and lots of lanterns. My colors are white and blush pink with pops of metallic—perfect for the early summer.
How will you be using the wedding content you won?
I jokingly call myself a “fiscally responsible crafter,” but it’s really true. So I’ll be using the Cricut on wedding projects that I can make myself and that I can make well. I’ll be putting the seating information on a sign made with wood and vinyl, and I’ll make the table numbers and menus and Welcome sign... I’ve got just over nine months, and there are so many possibilities! I really enjoy DIY projects, so if I can make it myself and save money, it’s win-win.
Cheers to Whitney and Alex!
What are your hopes for the wedding planning process?
First and foremost, I want to enjoy it. I’m a bit of a Type A personality, so I know that I need to keep it fun! I’m starting now, so another goal is to get things done as early as possible. I’m also looking forward to working on the projects with my very favorite people: my bridesmaids and, of course, my super-helpful fiancé.
Whitney and one of her bridesmaids, Taylor. Happy making, girls!
Thanks so much, Whitney. Congratulations on your engagement and your Cricut win!