Monday, August 18, 2014

Scrappy Blog Tour

Hi everyone! I was soo excited when one of my fave scrappy friends, Paige Evans, tagged me to participate in a Scrappy Blog Tour. If you know Paige, you know that she is a whiz when it comes to creating amazingly unique layouts. She constantly has me saying, "why didn't I think of that?". I've had the pleasure of working with Paige for a few years now and treasure the friendship we've formed.

As part of the scrappy blog tour, I will do a little Q&A and then tag three scrappers who inspire me. Afterall, it's all about lifting fellow crafters up, right? I just wish I could list more than three!

What am I working on right now?
I just received my September Gossamer Blue kit and their new Gramercy Road collection so I had to dive right into those. I usually work on one thing at a time but I couldn't resist pulling it all out when it arrived.

How long does it take me to create a project?
I work full time and devote the evenings to my family so I work on my projects at night when they go to bed. It's a great way to wind down from a busy day. That means that it often takes me a few days to complete a project.  I actually like it this way because it allows me to step away and come back, often with a fresh perspective.  When I do go to a crop, I try to plan as much as possible in advance but it still takes me a few hours. I do a lot of mixing and matching and piecing and sewing so it gets pretty involved but I love the process!

What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
Pattern papers, sewing machine, my Silhouette CAMEO and paints/mists/gelatos. My kiddos love to create with my watercolors too.

How does my writing/creating process work?
I tend to start with the collections that I want to work with vs. the photos. After I've pulled out all the embellishments and papers (and take a big ole whiff of them 'cause I like the way they smell), I look through each piece to get a feel for the patterns and colors and usually immediately know what photos I want to scrap. I think I'm probably backwards from how everyone else in the world does it but it works for me.

How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
Once I've chosen the collections and photos I want to work with, I usually have a good idea of what I want to do for my layout but inspiration is all around and I love to soak it in. Thankfully my phone has a camera so I can often be seen snapping photos of things that inspire me while I am out and about. Or I'll rip pages of my magazines. I also turn to my favorite blogs (not all are scrap blogs), Pinterest and online galleries because there are just soo many talented scrappers out there who inspire me.

What is my signature style?
Color, lots of color. And layers around my photo(s). You'll also find some sort of sewing (usually machine, sometimes hand stitching) on 99.99999% of my projects! And probably the biggest thing...I definitely use plenty of pattern paper. My most favorite thing to do is mix and match patterns to make big statements on my pages. Sometimes they are more subtle than others but you don't usually find a lot of white space on my projects.

Stay up to date on what I'm working on via Instagram and here on my blog.

And now for the three scrappers I've're it!

Lilith Eeckels - I am drawn to Lilith's light and airy designs, incredible ideas/techniques and her amazing style, both in scrapping and in fashion!

Alex Gadji - not only is she the sweetest tour guide and a sweetheart, Alex loves to add color and incredible details to her projects. She always has the most brilliant ideas!

Kim Jeffress  - I love this gal's bright and cheery attitude. Kim is a master of integrating colors and combining the most absolute perfect embellishments in all the right places. Her projects rock my socks.

Stop by their blogs today for some amazing inspiration and again next Monday to learn more about them and to see who they tagged.


Faygie Fellig said...

love your work really inspires us mediocre people to do better!

Kim said...

your layouts are always so inspiring , so full of colour and texture, very tickled pink to be nominated by you!

Madeline said...

Gorgeous projects! Love your inspiration pins too!

Diana Waite said...

FUN stuff my friend!