What am I working on right now?
I am currently wrapping up some fun assignments for Doodlebug using their latest Ghouls & Goodies, Friendly Forest and Happy Camper collections. I am also working on a couple different fall layouts using Pebbles Home+Made collection and a few cards for an upcoming call at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine. :)
How long does it take me to create a project?
I am a super slow paper crafter. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and so I would say a 1-page scrapbook layout typically takes me anywhere between 3 to 6 hours and cards can take me between 1 to 2 hours.
What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
I put together a little picture board of some of my latest favorites as well as a few things on my wish list right now. I am really drawn to all things cute, colorful and happy! I am loving all the epoxy shaped Sprinkles & glitter sprinkles Doodlebug is releasing along with so many of their newest doodle-pops, clothespins & paperclips! My other favorites include Echo Park's Fine & Dandy collection, almost everything Lawn Fawn is releasing and Pebbles soon to be released "Home For Christmas" collection. I also think the Bundle of Joy stamp set by Technique Tuesday is so sweet!
How does my creating process work?
I generally start with my photos. Before I even print them I am looking for sketches that match the number of photos and orientation of my photos (vertical vs. horizontal, etc.) I love printing my photos the size I need them without a lot of waste and reprints later. When I get them back from processing, I print a wallet sized picture of the sketch and pair them together in my photo box so that they are ready when I need them.
From there I am pretty motivated to scrapbook based on whatever latest product I'm wanting to use so I will flip through my photo box and find the pictures that best match the colors or theme of what I'm wanting to play with. If the sketch I originally selected doesn't match well with the product I'm using, I can usually easily find one that works better or alter the sketch to better suit my needs.
How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I am definitely inspired by paper collections as well as really great sketches. I am a Pinterest addict (you can follow me HERE) so there's so much to be inspired by there whether it be color combinations or other projects with elements I love. I am also really inspired by my children's clothing. I love to look at old Gymboree lines for colors and paper piecing ideas at Peek-a-Sku and GymboHaven.
What is my signature style?
My favorite scrapbook supply is patterned paper so I'm always looking for designs that allow me to use a number of patterns in one layout. I also adore bright, bold colors and all things girly. I have addictions to both my Silhouette and my sewing machine so most of my projects use one of them, if not both.
Unfortunately I am utterly torn between my love for scrapbooking and my love of card making so I feel like I can't share some of my recent layouts without also sharing some of my favorite cards from the past year. ;)
Now it's time to link you up to a few of my favorite paper crafters who I'm happy to also call my friends...
- Jodi Wilton- I adore Jodi's bold and bright style. We share a love for all things cute and she does cute REALLY well! She always is coming up with unexpected designs that WOW me!
- Shellye McDaniel- This clever girl is on NINE amazing design teams and somehow she never seems to run out of darling ideas. I adore all her stitching and wonderful attention to detail!
- Teri Anderson- Teri's style is so fresh and fun! She not only works as one of the Go To Gals for Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine, but designs her own line of stamps for Technique Tuesday and runs the Moxie Fab World blog, all while juggling assignments for several cool design teams!