Monday, September 15, 2014

Scrapbooker's Blog Tour

I am excited to be participating in the Scrapbooker's Blog Tour today! What fun. My friend Michelle Houghton tagged me last Monday. Michelle is on the creative team at Get It Scrapped! and one of the talented teachers at Creative Passion Classes. If you are interested in Copic markers, artistic doodling, or mixed media, you'll want to be sure to check out Michelle's classes.

Thanks for inviting me to be part of the tour, Michelle! Now, on to the questions:  

1. What am I working on right now?
I always have a Creative Team project for either Get It Scrapped! or Write.Click.Scrapbook in the works. I also teach at Creative Passion Classes, where I'm currently writing a new class, tentatively called "Giving Your Process Power". The class will combine design principles with stash busting in the form of challenges that promise to be both fun and educational. Finally, I try to set aside time for personal scrapping. Just finished this layout using the Basic Grey Grand Bazaar collection.

2. How long does it take me to create a project?
That is so hard to answer because I rarely complete anything in one sitting. I prefer to start a layout, let it sit overnight and come back to it the next day with fresh eyes. That slows my process, but I'm always more satisfied with the final result when I work that way. If I had to guess a total time, I'd say anywhere from 2 to 4 hours.

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
I love it all! Seriously, I don't think I would love scrapbooking as much without my Silhouette Cameo. So many possibilities with that machine. Patterned paper, hand stitching and typed journaling strips appear on almost every one of my layouts. Recently I've been experimenting with embossing paste and stencils.

4. How does my creating process work?
My most comfortable process begins with photos and story. These two things drive everything else. I try to choose papers and embellishments that enhance the photos and illustrate the story. I'm especially color-driven in choosing supplies. My title is often pulled from the journaling, or sometimes I choose to create a longer title that requires no further explanation. After laying down a background, there must be a place for the photos, title and journaling. Then comes the embellishing and stitching and all the finishing touches. I try to keep the page balanced and not add too much!

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I am inspired by my Creative Team assignments. They push me to think outside the box. I also enjoy watching scrapbook process videos on YouTube. Usually something in the video will give me a creative spark. Masterful Scrapbook Design and Scrapbook Coach provide so much inspiration on a regular basis. I often print pages from these resources and keep them in a notebook for instant ideas. Finally, I'm a big fan of Scrapbook & Cards Today. I read both the blog and the magazine. Can't wait for fresh inspiration when the fall issue is released on Friday!

6. What is my signature style?
I like to describe my style with three words: clean, colorful, classic. White space, patterned paper and designs like the grid are near and dear to me. I'm not messy in real life, and I like to see creative organization on my scrapbook layouts as well.

Now it's time for me to tag three more scrapbookers. I consider these ladies not only talented scrappers, but personal friends, even though we've never met in person. I've enjoyed their blogs and been inspired by their posts. They will share more about their process next Monday, September 22nd.

Hope you've enjoyed the tour and thank you so much for stopping by!


9 comments:

  1. It's always a pleasure to read some "behind the scenes" stuff! I like how you have described your style: sounds about right to me, and it's a great combination

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  2. So fun! I love seeing your bright and happy style reflected in all of your pages.

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  3. So FUN to read more about your creative process & how you scrap! Thanks for tagging me - looking forward to being a part of the tour!

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  4. Loved reading your answers. Your layouts are some of my favorites and I've learned so much from you. Good luck with your new class. Michelle t

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  5. I have loved all these scrappy blog tour posts.
    It's always fun to learn a little more about what other scrappers are doing and creating :)

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  6. I love reading these blog tours - it's so interesting to see how other scrapbookers work!

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  7. Loved reading your responses, Sue! I adore that "treasured" page. Love the pinwheels and everything about it. Thanks for tagging me!

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  8. Hey Sue - You know I love your work - always amazing! :) And thank you for inviting me to play along - I just got my post up - a little late but it is still Monday! (We had a big weekend). Thanks again :) Katie.

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  9. Great post - I agree with clean, colorful and most of all classic!! But I was surprised to learn you spent so much time on each project.

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