There are many scrappers whose work I really admire and take great inspiration from. Em Stafrace is one of those scrappers. Her digital layouts constantly amaze me with her ability to combine techniques, colour and design....and then she has the astounding capability of turning them into hybrid layouts! On top of which, her blog reads beautifully...and her sketches always get my mojo going. So when she asked me to join in with a 'blog hop with a difference', I couldn't say no.
The idea of this blog hop is to introduce some scrappers who I find inspiring and to give some more information about myself. The first aspect I struggled with. There are many scrappers I gain inspiration from, and it seems I am not the only one that does so. Everyone I had in mind had, on perusal of their blog had already done this blog hop, or when I asked them, were already asked. A few were crazy busy, and I understand that, too. So what I shall do instead is direct you to some blogs that I love for the reasons I shall list below.
For now, here is a bit more information about me....
1.What am I working on now?
At the moment, it is the second week of school holidays, so my time is limited and therefore I'm not as productive as I would like to be. However, I was fortunate to win a Guest Designing spot over at CSI for the month of August, so I am busy preparing for that when I can. I love working to a schedule, so if I don't have that, I flounder around a bit.
I also enjoy participating in online art classes, so I try to do some of the set work. At the moment, I am enjoying a class by Danielle Donaldson - 'Creative Girl: The land of light and shadows', which is held at Jeanne Oliver. She has some great classes, worth checking out.
Here's a little peek at my current work:
2. How long does it take to do a layout?
3. What are your favourite things to create with?
I usually use my Silhouette for die-cut pieces, I love the use of paper and I usually always use gesso, mists and acrylic paint. I love stamps but hardly ever use them (aiming to change this). I love chipboard as well - in fact I am totally in love with the way Heather Jacob adds it to her work.
With my digital layouts, I use Photoshop Elements 7 & 11 on my PC or Photoshop Elements 12 on my laptop. I also like to shop at Designer Digitals, Scrapbook Graphics and recently also, the-Lilypad.
4. What is your creative process?
5. How do you become inspired or stay inspired?
Challenges inspire me, so too, other people's work. However, if I am having a lull, I let it be. I have to go with the ebb and flow of life. Creativity comes in many forms, and I like to embrace the diversity of such.
6. How would you describe your style?
I find this quite difficult to answer. I guess I lean towards mixed media, however, I don't do heavy mixed media as I still like patterned paper and layers which isn't often part of that particular style (or is it??). I'm certainly not clean and simple (though greatly admire it when done by others) nor am I shabby chic, heritage, vintage, modern vintage, retro or traditional and I wouldn't say I was freestyle either. What other styles are there? I just do the Zen way, I guess.:-)
I'm sure you will have come across the scrappers I want to give a little shout out to, but I shall list them anyway, because they have all, whether they realise it or not, have had some impact on my day at some point whilst being a scrapper (initially I tried to limit it to just 3, but decided to limit it to 3 for each reason):
These ladies amaze me with their consistent ability to comment on so many blogs. They give comfort, support and a feel-good factor with their never-ending encouragement:
Thank you ladies.
The following offer great tips, tricks and video instruction:
Thank you for sharing ladies.
The following I love to visit simply because their work is sublime and inspiring:
Natalya Loi (just recently discovered)
and many, many others!
So that's it for me. A very wordy post. If you made it to the end, thank you.