Monday, September 1, 2014

Scrappy Blog Tour + Guest Designer!

Hey, everyone!  Last week, I was tagged by my good scrappy friend Jenni Calma to participate in the Scrappy Blog Tour.  I'm sure you've noticed Jenni's amazing work...she's on several design teams, creates amazing YouTube videos, and has an awesome scrappy style.  I love that she thinks outside the box and tries new things.  I like that while she has a fun style that is recognizable, most of her layouts are very different from each other.  If you're like me, sometimes you feel that all your pages start to resemble each other....but not Jenni's pages.  They're all so different, and I love that about them!

Here are a few questions and answers so you can get to know me a bit better and get a better insight into my scrappy brain :)

1.  What am I working on right now? 

I'm working on my next project for My Mind's Eye...the new Jubilee line is swoon worthy!  I love getting messy, and as you can see here, this layout has a messy background :)  My fave!

2.  How long does it take me to create a project?

Oh man.  I'm all over the map with this one.  Sometimes I can finish one in a few hours.  Most times it takes me days.  Yes, days.  Here's why.  I scrap in spurts.  With two little girls constantly running all over the house, I'm always in "mommy mode."  So I may scrap for 20 minutes here and then come back 30 minutes later and scrap another 20.  I've never really timed myself.  I don't think I've ever created a layout in one sitting, though.  Often I have to start a layout and then leave it for a while.  Once I come back, I'll have fresh eyes and want to add this or change that.  One thing I love to do while I create is watch YouTube videos of other scrappers.  Watching and hearing the process of others inspires me!

3.  What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

What things AREN'T my favorite is more like it...haha!  My desk is full of my favorites right now.  Watercolors are at the top of my list nowadays.  I think I use them on almost every layout lately.  I have an old Echo Park collection out right now...about to work on a Throwback Thursday layout for My Scraps & More...I LOVE old collections that I find on my shelves!  It's like shopping for new stuff...except it's old  :)  Mists and sprays are ALWAYS my fave.  Stencils and templates.....LOVE!!  Especially using them with modeling paste and mists.  And lastly....washi tapes!  I have a huge collection and I LOVE them!!  Oh, and my Cameo is also a big favorite these days.

4.  How does my writing/creative process work?

I don't really have a "writing" process.  As far as creative process goes, it all depends.  Sometimes I start with a sketch.  Sometimes I start with photos.  Either way, I always aim to make my photos the focal point.  Once I decide on photos, I'll choose the collection to work with.  I go through the papers and choose the colors and patterns I like.  This will determine whether I print my photos in color or black & white.  If I start with a white cardstock background or a busy patterned background, I'll reach for the gesso, stencils and modeling paste.  I like texture, and I try to do that first.  Then I'll begin adding my paper layers and add embellishments last.  I don't have a notebook or anything, but I do have a gazillion sketches saved to reference when I need a jump start.  I'm kind of a "go with what inspires you at the moment" girl :)

5.  How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

My favorite way is by checking out other scrappers' blogs.  Don't get me wrong...I love Pinterest, but I don't spend as much time there.  I get the most inspiration out of others' layouts and projects.  I really enjoy browsing through gallerys, and I also like to go back and look at my old layouts.  Sometimes I find an old page of mine that I'd like to try again.

6.  What is my signature style?

This is the question I always dread!  The answer is I have no idea how to describe it.  I've been told I have a very recognizable style, but I don't know what you'd call it.  Maybe a mix of messy meets order?  I like to get messy with paints, yet I like every little detail in its place.  It's like my Jekyl and Hyde scrappy personalities coming out at the same time.  Does that even make any sense?  Haha!  I LOVE layers.  I love tucking things underneath layers.  I love die cuts.  I love bright colors.  If you have a word to describe all of this, please let me know! :D

I am tagging two of my favorite scrappers to participate in this fun Scrappy Blog Tour:

I've been a huge fan of Audrey's for years.  I love her trendy style and her attention to detail.  She always focuses on her photos and makes every layout with such precision.  She has been on many design teams over the years and is currently the owner of My Scraps and More.  She's amazing, and you should definitely hop over and check out her blog!  (And her store HERE!)

Oh my goodness....Allie!  I've had the pleasure of being on the Chickaniddy Crafts team with her the past six months, and we're both continuing on for the next term.  Her style is so fabulous!  She is amazing with mixing lots of patterns together and using die cuts.  Every little detail just coordinates perfectly.  I love that she and her husband and cute doggie are almost always the focus of her work...she's just the sweetest thing!  Definitely go check out her work HERE!

You can see their Scrappy Blog Tour features next Monday, September 8th.  Thank you so much for visiting me and reading about my all-time favorite hobby!  I truly love all of you fellow scrappers and blog readers.  You inspire me every day!


In other fabulous news, I was asked by my awesome scrappy friend Ashley Horton to be a Guest Designer for The Cut Shoppe this month!  Yay!!  The layout I created using a few of her cut files is up on the blog today.  If you haven't checked out her cut file store, you simply must.  I absolutely LOVE all that she has created!    

Here's a sneak peek of my layout:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a GREAT Monday!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Chickaniddy Crafts Design Team 2014-2015!

Happy Friday, friends!  I'm so excited to announce that I've been invited to continue on with the Chickaniddy Crafts Design Team for 2014-2015!  I couldn't be more excited!  The past six months have been awesome, and I'm really looking forward to creating with Heidi's amazing products.

The team is just beyond amazing...there are some seriously talented ladies on the team!  Check out the DT announcement on the Chickaniddy Blog.

Here is a little sneak peek of what I've been working on with the new Scrumptious collection!  We'll start revealing our projects in September.

Thank you SO MUCH to Heidi and Pam for having me back another term!  I'm just thrilled!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello Cutie Buns / My Scraps & More

Hey scrappy friends!  I have another layout to share with you today.  I created this one for My Scraps & More last week.  I hosted yet another summer challenge which was to TEAR SOMETHING.  I almost always tear my paper layers and washi tapes.  I just like the uneven look tearing gives.  It's so weird that I like tearing because I'm so detail oriented and want everything just perfect.  You'd think I'd want all the edges just perfectly cut, but I really like the uneven look!  It's my Jekyl and Hyde personalities of scrapping...haha!

Anyway, I used mostly the Brighton Pier line from Studio Calico for this.  I really love this sunburst paper and decided to only use a piece of it.  I used some other papers for my layers.  I added tapes from my own stash, as well as cord, rhinestones and buttons.  That wooden "hello" is also SC...isn't it SOOOO cute?!  The cute little puffy pink scallop is from Pinkfresh Studio.

I used some gesso and watercolors on my background.  I wanted it subtle and light, and I think I achieved that pretty well.  I didn't want the background to compete with that sunburst paper, but I didn't want to leave it stark white, either.

Here you can see the benefits of layers.  It makes it very easy to tuck things underneath.  I also like to crinkle up my layers...that makes it even more dimensional.

I have a secret about this striped washi tape....I got it from the Dollar Tree!  It was a year or so ago, but I found it there.  It's really cheap, but the color is fabulous.  You can see that it doesn't stick really well, but I actually like that it doesn't.  It makes the torn edges stand up and gives it more texture.  I have to add some adhesive to make it stick, but I still love it.

See how it curls up?  I like the effect of that.  This cute stamp is a new one I found at Michael's by Heidi Swapp.  I love that you can fill in the blank!

Thank you so much for always stopping by to visit me!  I love sharing my projects with you.  I hope you are somehow inspired to tear's a lot of fun!

Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

She's Wild / My Scraps & More

Hey there!  I have another project to share with you today.  I have really been trying to use up some of my stash.  It's seriously out of shelves are full.  I get a collection, and usually, I'll make one or two pages and then I put it away.  It's like I need a break from it.  So away it goes, and in the meantime, new collections get bought and the old stuff gets forgotten.  I don't mean to forget just takes a backseat to all of the newer goodies.  I'm sure you know exactly what I'm talking about, right?! :D

Well, I decided to peruse my shelves and realized I still have a lot of my Glitz collections.  I won this Wild & Free collection last summer by leaving a blog comment.  So I pulled it out and created this layout for a challenge at My Scraps & More.  I challenged everyone to use at least three patterned papers and use them to back a hole created from a die cut.  It didn't have to be a huge die cut like this could be from a simple punched shape.

I just love this circle cut from the Silhouette store, and I chose lots of papers to back it with.  I think there is even one sheet from the Color Me Happy line in there.  I love this blended watercolor-ish background paper, and I just love how this turned out.

Backing die cuts is really so easy.  To me, it's like putting a puzzle together...trying this paper here, and that paper there to see what looks good.  One like this where there lots of holes to fill is just so much fun.  I layered some stickers & a rhinestone on the corner of my photo.

I love this heart die cut...I used several pop dots to raise it up.

If you haven't tried this technique, I highly recommend it.  It's not only fun, but it's also fast.  If you use a big one like this, it sort of takes the place of having to decide what goes where.  Once you get the die cut finished, you only need a little bit more to add to it.

I hope this gives you a little bit of inspiration.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School sneak at Chickaniddy Crafts

Hello, scrappy friends!  I just wanted to hop on really quick and show you a fun sneak peek at a project I created for today's blog post over at Chickaniddy Crafts.  It's a back-to-school layout, and if you'd like to see the entire page, you can click HERE :)

Have a GREAT Monday, friends!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Creative Scrappers & The Cut Shoppe Reveal!

Hey, y'all!  Happy Sunday.  I'm so excited to share the new Creative Scrappers' reveal with you!  It's a very special one.  The CS team partnered up with The Cut Shoppe this time and used some of the amazing cut files from the store!

Our fellow CS Design Team Member (and my good scrappy friend) Ashley Horton owns The Cut Shoppe and personally designs all the cut files.  Let me tell you...if you haven't checked it out, you MUST.  They are all awesome and make scrapping even more fun!

Here's Sketch #276.  It's a grid style, and it's awesome...especially for you scrappers who love Project Life or do pocket pages.  I do traditional scrapbooking, so I took this design and shrunk it down a bit.

I used the gorgeous Good Day Sunshine from Simple Stories to make my summer page :)  I used two different cut files.  One is my title "summer lovin" and the other is the the center half-circle design.  It was hard to narrow down which ones to use.  I still kept the grid design for this, but I made it smaller and toward the center of the page.  I added in strips at the top and bottom and added some stickers and brads.  I also used a confetti punch on the sides and backed it with yellow paper and then used the actual dots to scatter around the page.

Isn't this cut file awesome?  I love that you can back it with anything for a different look every time.  You can shrink it or make it large.  Cameos are SO awesome like that!

A little bit of layering here with paper, washi tapes and thread.  I think I have this style of striped tape in almost every color.  I use it so much!

Here you can see the other cut file I used.  It's such a fun border shape!  I layered a lot of embellishments here...chipboard, stickers and enamel dots.  Such a fun (and full) collection!

Be sure to link up your layouts HERE for your chance to win $20 worth of awesome cut files from The Cut Shoppe!  **The winner must have an electronic cutting device in order to utilize the files.

Also note the following:
Deadline to submit for sketches 274-275 is August 31st at midnight ADT.  Visit Pinkfresh Studio on the following sites:  Facebook / Shop / Blog

Deadline to submit for sketch 276 is August 31st at midnight ADT.  Visit The Cut Shoppe on the following sites:  Facebook / Shop / Blog

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you've gained a little bit of inspiration to get creative!

Friday, August 22, 2014

She Explores / My Scraps & More

Happy Friday, friends!  Our first week back at school is over, and my girls really enjoyed it!  Thank goodness tomorrow is Saturday and we can sleep in a bit.  This week has been crazy trying to get used to getting up early again.  All in all, it has been a great week, though :)

Have you seen the latest sketch on the My Scraps Sketch Blog yet?  It's definitely different and challenging but really fun!  I panicked at first...but once I got an idea in my head it went pretty smoothly.  The triangular design was the toughest part for me.  I decided to use the MeOlogy line from Fancy Pants on this.  I used a 6x6 Crafter's Workshop stencil and modeling paste to create the parallel lines design.  After it dried, I put the stencil back down and used acrylic paints to paint the lines different colors.  Once that dried, I traced around each one with a black pen.  I think it turned out pretty neat!

I also added some gesso to the background and used some green acrylic paint to add some messy splotches to break up the white space.  I also added some stamping and some black splatters.

I know I sound like a broken record here, but layers are just so much fun to create!  You can layer just about anything...not just the papers.  Layer die cuts.  Layer Thickers,  Layer flair!  It's all good!

More layers....I added some washi and thread here.  And just by adding pop dots, that little pink bird now has a little shadow behind him.  I love that depth and dimension that is created.

Okay, here's a close up of the painting and paste.  Kinda messy up close, but I like it that way.  It was an experiment, and at first I said to myself, "what the heck are you doing?  this looks hideous."  But I kept working at it and now I like it :)  It's out of my comfort zone and something different, but that's the beauty of a challenge, right?!

Here's the sketch....I hope you give it a try!

If you play along, be sure to upload your layout HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting me today!