Monday, September 22, 2014

Scrapbooker's Blog Tour

Hi!  Welcome to one of the stops on the Scrapbooker's Blog Tour.  I'm honored that my friend Sue Althouse tagged me for this week.

Be sure to visit Sue's blog Life and Memories.  Sue has wonderful layouts and some great process videos, too.

So let's jump in with my answers to some questions about how I scrapbook.

1.  What am I working on right now?

I'm doing the 3rd layout from a kit I assembled using some new Bo Bunny and Prima combined with lots of stuff in my stash.  The kit is very girly with lavender, blue and green.  The 2nd layout video should be up this week here on the blog.

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

I seldom do a page start to finish in one sitting.  Often I layout materials late in the day and create the sketch.  Then the next morning when the light is wonderful in my scraproom, I do the majority of the page.  Often I like to mull over aspects of the design.  It helps so much to walk way - or in my case go downstairs - for awhile and then return.  I also use mists, paints and other mediums that need a little drying time.  Actual time from start to finish can be anywhere from 1 1/2 to 3 hours if you count creating the sketch and fiddling with the video.  Editing and posting the video takes another hour and half or so.  I'm not a speedy scrapper and that is fine with me. I love the creating process.

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

Stencils!  Surprised?  Probably not as I just did an entire class on them.  If you would like to do more with your stencils or have been wanting to try them, check out my class here on the Class Page.  It is so great to use all my inks, mists, paints and other products as well.

I still love wood veneer and chipboard.  I love things I can recolor and customize.

4.  How does my writing/creating process work?

For me, the page helps tell the story so I rely heavily on the photo and what I know is going on to select papers and embellishments that will put the viewer in that moment.  So I start with the photo and story and build from there.  Once in awhile, I'm product driven just because I want to use something in particular.

5.  How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

For the last year and half, I've been committed to doing at least one video for my YouTube channel and often more per week.  All the wonderful comments I receive are very motivating. Thank you!

I used to do a lot of challenges and I've fallen out of that habit.  Many of the sites that had regular challenges have gone away and I haven't sought out others.  I should find some other challenges or maybe start my own ?  What do you think?  Do you like challenges?

Anyway, I loved doing challenges as they make me stretch myself and often get favorite page as well.

6. What is my signature style?

This is the hardest question.  I'm all over the place, I think.  One of the things I love most about scrapbooking is that you can do anything - really just about anything to a page and make it so it still fits in your album and you are fine.  So I really love playing with different techniques and styles.

There are though some common characteristics I see in my pages - I work to the edges and don't leave a lot of white space. I love color and am challenged by neutrals.  I've done more one photo pages in the last couple of years but I still do more 2+ photo pages than anything.  All the letters of each word in a title will be the same Thicker or die cut.  I'm more of a 'b' side scrapper though I'm not afraid to stencil on those papers.  I also love texture and will add some ribbon, wood veneer, paint, brads and lots of different types of materials.

So there you have a little about me and how I work.

To continue the tour, I have tagged Penny Grimsley at Penny {Scraps} Penny has a wonderful writing style and I'm sure you will enjoy her blog.  Visit her today and be sure to see her next Monday, September 30 when she asnwers the questions as well.

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  1. Loved learning more about your process. I'm totally impressed with your commitment to the YouTube videos!

  2. Loved learning more about you! And you are so good to do a video a week!


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