Monday, October 27, 2014

Scrapbooker's Blog Tour

Hello!  I was nominated by the fabulous Robyn at Cozie Nook Homestead to participate in the Scrapbooker's Blog Tour!  I love Robyn's country distressed style and her use of mixed media and metal on her scrapbook pages.  You should check her blog out!

On with the tour: 

1.) What am I working on right now?
Right now I am mostly working on trying to (once again) organize my office, which serves as my writing and creating studio.  I recently took out a card table and replaced it with a bookcase and a small piece of countertop that was left over from our kitchen remodel.  I'm also hoping to finally put away the pile of stuff on the floor that has been waiting for a home.

I've added shelves to the wall over my desk and moved my inks up there from their old position on the hutch.  That is now occupied by an Ott Light that sticks out over the spot where I do most of my creating.  I've been bringing in and taking out different organizational units (shelves, tables, racks, drawers, etc.) trying to find the right combo to finally have a place for everything and everything in it's place.

Once things get cleaned back up I'll start on the baby album for my newest Great-Niece.  I think it's funny that I'm only 41 and I have 15 Great-Nieces and Nephews (and another on the way!).  Some of them are older than my kids!  That's the fun of having a large family with 16 years between the oldest and youngest sibling.  :)

2.) How long does it take me to create a project?
This varies greatly.  If I have a good chunk of time where I can escape to my office to work, I can get a LO done in a couple hours.  Usually it happens over a matter of days, though, because I'm constantly being interrupted by my kids (being Mom comes first and foremost) or have mixed media elements that need to dry.

3.) What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
Right now I'm really into stamp and matching die sets.  I always liked to fussy cut things for my work, and this is an easier way of doing the same thing.  I'm also having fun playing with various gels and pastes for mixed media techniques.

4.) How does my writing/creating process work?
I almost always start with the photos I want to scrap.  Then I pick papers that somehow go with the photos, and add in embellishments from there.  I don't usually use a sketch, but I'm sure doing so would speed up my creative process A LOT.  My journaling is usually off the top of my head, though I often write it out on a scrap piece of paper to make sure it will fit into the space allotted on the LO.

5.) How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I'm inspired a lot by other people's work, and when my scrappy mojo has disappeared I can usually get it back by checking out a challenge on the Scrappin' Peeps board or a blog.  Sometimes I'll see a random photo or something IRL that inspires me -- usually a color combination.  I recently saw a bhangra dance group on a TV show and their bright, beautiful costumes made me want to create something with those happy colors.

Cornell Bhangra dance group

6.)What is my signature style?
I don't really have one style.  I'm a Gemini, and it shows in my love for many different looks: vintage, clean and simple, shabby chic, mixed media.  I love to learn and try new things, so my style is always evolving, and it really just depends on my mood or the mood I want my LO to convey.

Well, thanks for coming on my little creative tour!  I'm waiting on permission to nominate the next blogger, so once that comes, I'll link up to their blog.

Happy Scrapping!