Sunday, November 8, 2009

First Introduction to New Contributors!

I am introducing three people today and three tomorrow! Enjoy getting to know these ladies! They are so inspiring and I know you will see why I chose them to be contributing artists! ;)

Danielle Holsapple

Tell me about you and your family.
I have been married to my husband, Jeff, for 7 years. We have a 4 year old daughter, Kennedy, and a son, Sam, who is no longer with us. We live in a suburb of Kansas City. My husband is a bioanalytical chemist and after teaching jr/sr high Spanish for 8 years, I am now a stay at home mom!

2. What is your blog address so people can read more about you on your blog?
I actually have two blogs! My crafty blog is http://danielleholsapple.blogspot.com My family blog is http://danijeffholsapple.blogspot.com

3. How did you get started scrapbooking? What drew you in the craft?
I have always had a love of photography, crafts and keeping a journal. I kept my own scrapbooks before I ever really knew about the hobby! I was given a set of Creative Memories products from my mother soon after graduating from college. I thought scrapbooking was “boring” until I tried it! After the first page I was hooked! You would think that I would have realized it sooner! Scrapbooking has now become an integral part of who I am. It is my release and my therapy. And I treasure the memories I am leaving for my family!

4. What design teams are you currently on?
I currently design for My Little Shoebox, Simply Renee Inc. and The Sampler Design Team. And of course Idea for Scrapbookers!!!!

5. What inspired your pages and projects? Are there sites or magazines which really inspire you?
I honestly am inspired by anything and everything! Nature always inspires me; my family is a never ending source of inspiration; fabric from my daughter’s clothing often inspires me. I love to peruse Scrapbooks, Etc, Cards, Scrapbook Trends and Paper Crafts for inspiration. I also enjoy House Beautiful and Better Homes & Gardens. Visiting blogs and websites are also a wonderful place to find inspiration!

6. How long does it take you to complete a project? What is the most challenging part of the whole process?
I am a VERY SLOW scrapper! I rarely finish a layout in less than 1.5 hours! Sometimes I have to work for an hour, put it aside and come back to it another day! It is easy for me to get engrossed at choosing product and I lose track of time! The most challenging part for me is narrowing down my photos and choosing which ones will really tell the story I want to convey. I always take way too many photos!

7. What would you consider your scrapping style? What three words best describe you style?
Eek! I have never really been able to define my style! But I would say the three words would be: girly, layered, colorful

8. What are you favorite products from which manufacturers? What are “must have” items?
My husband says my scrapbook space is like walking into a store! So I think I have too many “must have” items! But seriously I can’t live without my sewing machine. That technically isn’t a scrappy product, but it is an essential for me! I also love the My Little Shoebox mini alphabets. I find myself using a lot of Doodlebug gems, Bazzill cardstock, Shimmerz paint and blings, Melissa Frances rub ons, Ranger distress ink and Zig pens & markers.

9. What is your dream scrapbook gig?
Honestly, I have my dream gig right now! I get to design for two amazing manufacturers and connect with other crafters through a kit club and blog! It is the best of all worlds! Scrapbooking doesn’t feel like a “job” and it is still a source of great joy for me!!

Here are two AMAZING layouts by her!! I have always loved the way Danielle scrapped and her beautiful style!


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Heather Landry
1. Tell me about you and your family.
I have been married to a wonderful man for almost 9 years. He and I have adopted 2 kids together, and then we got a surprise baby which brought the total to THREE! We live in a tiny 1,100 square foot house in Louisiana. The kids are Alexis 7, Jordan 5, and Brandon 2. I also have a spoiled rotten pug dog named Lady, and a blue beta fish named Yellow. We have a huge extended family, and my life is one big party of rushing around and trying to keep up. It's busy, but it's fun!

2. What is your blog address so people can read more about you on your blog?
http://miraclesmommadesigns.blogspot.com/

3. How did you get started scrapbooking? What drew you in the craft?
I've always been pretty crafty. My grandma taught me about ceramics, embroidery, crocheting, and cross stitch. I love everything about making things! I got into actual scrapbooking when we went in to adopt the girls. The state suggested that we keep a lifebook for them of everything we already knew about their lives, and any photos they had so they could have a history to look back on. I started out really basic, and then discovered all of the paper and embellishment opportunities. I was hooked!

4. What design teams are you currently on?
I am on the design team at Scrappersaurus.com, and I am also on a digital creative team for Sue Cummings at Oscraps.com.

5. What inspired your pages and projects? Are there sites or magazines which really inspire you?
I really love sketches. I love following them, and creating them myself. http://52sketches52weeks.ning.com/ is an amazing resource. Julie's sketches are always super cute. I'm also inspired by the Mosh Posh kit that I get every month. The owner does such a good job combining papers and embellies that I'm encouraged to try new things!

6. How long does it take you to complete a project? What is the most challenging part of the whole process?
One layout can take me all day just because I have to have it feel perfect. The most important part of a layout to me is journaling. I really try to think through what I want to say and how I want to say it, and that can take a good bit of time. The most challenging part of the whole process is finding which papers I want to use with my photos.

7. What would you consider your scrapping style? What three words best describe you style?
The three words that best describe my style are clean, linear, and simple.

8. What are you favorite products from which manufacturers? What are “must have” items?
I absolutely adore American Crafts products. I'm addicted to Thickers! I love almost anything by Basic Grey as well. Did I mention Thickers? LOL

9. What is your dream scrapbook gig? I would love to be on the American Crafts design team. I'd also LOVE to be published more.

Here are two pages by Heather! She does such FABULOUS work, enjoy these pages!!!

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Julie Howard
1. Tell me about you and your family.
I'm Julie Howard and I live in Gainesville, Florida. I love to laugh, am easily amused and tend to be a bit sarcastic. I have a fondness for retro fashions, decor and the atomic era in general. In addition to scrapbooking, I love to write, take weekend road trips (if it's a cheesy roadside attraction... I'm there!), garage sale and torment my three cats.

2. What is your blog address so people can read more about you on your blog? http://www.retrojulie.blogspot.com/

3. How did you get started scrapbooking? What drew you in the craft?
In the Fall of 2006, during a week long mountain vacation with friends, I decided that I wanted to do something different with all the trip photos besides just putting them into an album. So I asked my friend if she'd be willing, when we returned home, to take a Scrapbooking 101 class with me. Although she was less than thrilled, she agreed to go along. It was a 2 hour class. 45 minutes in, we were hooked!

4. What design teams are you currently on?
My Creative Scrapbook http://www.mycreativescrapbook.com/

5. What inspired your pages and projects? Are there sites or magazines which really inspire you?
I take a very light hearted approach. I love to inject humor into my pages. In my opinion, a picture is worth a thousand giggles. Sentimental journaling is so not me. And any person reading such journaling on my pages would know that it didn't truly come from my heart. They would, however, know that I poured a lot of myself into a page that is able to make them smile. I follow a ton of blogs! And I spend a lot of time looking through online galleries. I draw most of my inspiration from others. People are so darned creative! I also get a lot of great ideas when I'm shopping. Especially at places like IKEA or the home section at Target. Oh and West Elm!

6. How long does it take you to complete a project? What is the most challenging part of the whole process?
It really depends. I've had some pages that have gone together in less than an hour and others that have taken me days. The ones that take days are the ones that I just can't seem to make work. I have a tendency to overthink things too much. The most challenging part for me is getting started... having that initial idea and not being scared to make the first cut.

7. What would you consider your scrapping style? What three words best describe you style?
Using my own terminology, I call my style Funky Traditional. Three words? Playful, Eclectic, Colorful

8. What are you favorite products from which manufacturers? What are “must have” items?
American Crafts Thickers The Girl Friday line of papers from Cosmo Cricket - Hello Retro! Making Memories Tiny Alphabet Stickers Must Haves - X-acto knife, black Zig Writer, Cutter Bee Scissors

9. What is your dream scrapbook gig?
This one. Seriously. The team is 90% people I already know, some of whom I've met and actually hang out with on a regular basis. How you're giving us the option to commit to as little or as much as we want, how you're giving us free creative control, asking for our input, etc. It's a nice gig.

Here are a couple page by Julie! I ADORE the way she uses patterned paper and she has such a classic look to her pages!! Enjoy!
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Stay Tuned tomorrow for the rest of the introductions!! :)

9 comments:

  1. So fun to learn more about you girls!!!! I am so thrilled to be working with you both!

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  2. Love your work ladies! You all are so inspiring! Cant wait to see what all you all bring!

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  3. wow..you got yourself a great bunch of gals here Pam!!! Love seeing all the familiar faces!!

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  4. I'm so excited to be on this design team with so many talented girls! It was great to learn more about you both.

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  5. This is all such a very exciting opportunity and what's even better is the fact that I'll be working with ladies I'm already very familiar with and whose work I've admired for quite some time. Thrilled to be a part of things!

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  6. Congrats ladies! Love all your work! :)

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  7. Now I've got some new blogs to follow!! Yay!! Always happy to find new scrappin' blogs.

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  8. Loving all the designs from your contributing artists, love the clean lines that are coming through and know I will be getting a lot of inspiration from your blog.

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