I was so happy when Michelle Arseneault Gallant recently asked me to hop on board the Scrapbookers' Blog Tour!! What IS the Scrapbookers' Blog Tour, you may ask yourselves? It's a way for scrapbooking enthusiasts to hop from one scrappy blog to another - like a neverending source of inspiration!! WOO!HOO! I've known Michelle for a few years, now, cropping with her from time to time at local crops. She is an amazing scrappy talent, currently designing for five different design teams (that's how good she is!). I always love to see her finished layouts as they always make her photos stand out in the most beautiful way. And really! She is as big of a scrapbooking maniac as I am!! Hee!Hee! Thanks, Michelle, for including me on this blog hop tour!
1. What am I working on right now?
I just finished a layout for Stuck?! Sketches with a sketch by the amazing Laura Whitaker and a colour combo from Color Me Scrappy. It will be revealed for you to see on October 1st! YAHOO! Hint? It's all about Hallowe'en and the sweetest little pumpkin bum you've ever seen!! Hee!Hee!
2. How long does it take me to create a project?
Besides the occasional one-hour challenge at local crops (I get heart palpitations just thinking about it - right, Michelle?), if all goes well, I'm typically able to design a layout in a few hours. But I have been known to scrap into the wee hours of the morning to get my product choice and placement just right... ;)
The first thing that comes to mind is metallic-based products - like foiled paper and die-cuts. I've also recently fallen in love with incorporating rubons on my backgrounds! Oh! And my homemade "stencils" with all kinds of Gesso - white, black, gold, etc.
I usually see a sketch/design I love, then move on to pick a photo or two to work with, to finally go and "shop" in my stash for the perfect collection(s) and embellishments.
I L-O-V-E looking at scrappy blogs and galleries to get some ideas. And there's nothing like cropping with friends to get my scrappy mojo going! Scrappy dates are the BEST!!
It's changed through the years, but I'd say stitching, staples, splats, layers and texture.
And here are a few of my favourite layouts:
Now, I get to make this hop a bit longer as I send you off visiting two of my scrappy peeps. Hope you enjoy their work as much as I do!