Monday, September 8, 2014

Scrappy Blog Tour

I was tagged by my friend Laura Vegas to participate in the Scrappy Blog Tour. I met Laura through working with her on the Bella Blvd design team but have been a huge fan of her work for years. She is the master at working with lots of photos and I just love her clean style. And her photography is amazing. I am so honored to be chosen by Laura.

As part of the Scrappy Blog Tour I will do a little Q&A and then tag 3 scrapbookers who inspire me.

1. What am I working on right now.
Right now I am working on my layouts with my September Scraptastic Kit. It came just before the long weekend and now that everyone is back in school I am going to get my scrap on!

2. How long does it take me to complete a project?
Hmmm…this really varies. Its also hard to say because I tend to come and go from my layouts. I'd say anywhere form 1-3 hours on average.

3. What are your favorite things to create with at the moment?
Oddly enough I am really into my circle and square punches lately. They are probably two of my oldest supplies, from Creative Memories. Some of my recent layouts I have created with these punches:

4. How does my writing/creative process work?
This really varies as well. Like Laura, sometimes I start with photos that I really want to use, usually my most recent. But sometimes I have new product and will find pictures to work with that product. Over the past year I have been fortunate to be able join a few design teams. I design for Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup, Scraptastic Kit Club, and Come On Get Crafty. Since joining these teams my process now usually starts with finding photos to product/assignment. Sometimes I even have a design in mind before I even know what pictures I want to use. But usually I start with photos because when i have photos and a story to tell I find my pages seem to come together around them. Once I have my photos/story I then always start with patterns paper design. When I have my patterned paper design figured out I start playing around with embellishments and stickers and decide if i want to add some stitching (which I usually do). And finally, I always add my journaling last.

5. How do you become inspired and stay inspired?
Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest!! Pinterest has definitely been my go to lately when I need some inspiration. I've been really inspired by quilt designs lately as well as advertisements and art pieces. I also love checking out blogs and online galleries and am so inspired by what other people are creating. I definitely go through ruts were I lose my mojo. That is usually when I ask my family for some photos…I am very inspired by new photos.

6. What is my signature style?
I love color and playing with patterns. I think my layouts usually have clean lines, I use lots of grids. I usually use 2-3 photos but sometimes I like to do collages with lots of photos. I use little letter stickers a lot for journaling. I like big titles. I like to use pop dots for dimension. And I almost always add stitching. Here are few more examples:

So there's a little about me and now I'm going to tag 3 scrapbookers who inspire me. I'm going to tag Nicole NowosadLeanne Allison, and Jennie Mcgarvey. I love seeing what these ladies come up with…constantly inspiring!