Welcome to this stop on the Scrapbookers Blog Tour. I was invited by Tina Gale; you can visit her blog here.
Here's a little bit about my creative process:
What am I working on right now?
I'm staying with two young boys in their home this week while their parents enjoy a much-deserved vacation on a warm, sunny island. But before I came over here, I grabbed a couple of scrapbook kits, some extra cardstock and essential tools. I plan to create a double-page layout using the kit and an assigned sketch for Nuts About Sketches, where I'm proud to be on the design team.
My most recently finished project is this layout featuring my third child (now in his late 20's) the year he was Dracula for Halloween. With his normally blond hair spray-dyed black and with his white face paint, I couldn't find him at first when I walked into his kindergarten classroom -- a kind of scary moment! My husband suggested this before-and-after layout, which I thought was a great idea.
How long does it take me to create a project?
If I'm on a roll and it's a good day, I might finish a layout in one day. However, I tend to be a slow scrapper, taking my time in choosing a design, papers, embellishments and so on. Sometimes a layout can be on my table for two or three days. I used to think I should "get faster" but now I just enjoy the process, however long it may take.
What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
I received a Silhouette Cameo in December as a combination Christmas/birthday gift, and I love making things for my projects! In the layout above, the kit came with a set of adorable Jillibean owls (see the witch). I wanted the Frankenstein owl to be bigger, so I bought the file on the Sihouette site and made my own; I'll use the Jillibean one on another project.
How does my creative process work?
Most of the time, I start with a photo or group of pictures. However, I often start with a sketch (especially for design team work or a challenge on a blog or forum). I love sketches and rarely do a layout without one. They just help me get down to what I love most about scrapping -- putting down that paper and those photos.
After I have the sketch and photo(s), I choose my patterned papers. My backgrounds usually are neutral colored cardstock, but occasionally I will use patterned paper. Usually I have my journaling and title in mind. I was a journalist for many years, so these two components are always an important part of any layout. Last (but maybe the most fun) is choosing the embellishments. They add the character to the page! And somehow the process doesn't feel "finished" until I share the layout on Facebook, forums, and/or my blog.
How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I actively look for inspiration -- either in photos I've taken or that my children send me (or those I snag off Facebook, I'm notorious for that), in challenges on blogs and forums, when I see an interesting sketch. I also find inspiration in other scrappers' layouts and projects I admire. Sometimes if I'm not feeling especially inspired, I make a card or two. Even if they're very basic, the simple act of putting paper together seems to get the creativity flowing again.
What is my signature style?
I keep trying to name my "style", and I'm not sure I really have one. I know I love layers and I love pouring on the embellishments. I also like some "white space",
These are a few of my current favorite layouts. They all started with a sketch and a kit: