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Free Shutterfly Collage Poster

I tried a new Shutterfly project recently: the collage poster – this is only one of many, many possible layouts they have to choose from! I had Chris pick some of his favorite recent photos of Gabe so I could make this poster for his office as a birthday gift for him. I think he’s going to love it :).

Collage Poster Tip: I edited the center photo in Photoshop to add text before I uploaded it to the Shutterfly website. This way, I was able to get it looking exactly the way I wanted :).

Free 11×14 Collage Poster from Shutterfly!

If you aren’t already a member of Shutterfly, now is a great time to join – you will get one of these posters for free PLUS 50 free prints – that’s an awesome deal!! When I first joined Shutterfly a few years ago I was excited just to receive a handful of free prints ;). If you’re interested, I put a link for the free poster offer in the sidebar (to the right). Enjoy!

Quick Album Sale!

jg_ww_camping_out_previewJust wanted to let you know that the Camping Out Quick Album is on sale for 20% off this weekend at Weeds and Wildflowers :)! I’ve been playing with some of the quick pages from this album, and made a 2-page layout with photos of Chris and me from over 10 years ago. Back in high school and college we had all the time in the world for hiking and camping. Those were the days :).

In that first photo I was tickling Chris to make him smile, this was the summer the romance between us first began – when I was 15 years old! In 1997 we were just friends (as far as I knew). In 1998 we were friends, but secretly in love :). It wasn’t until 2001 that we started dating again! Isn’t it fun to look back at old photos?

Tip: To make the “1998″ text look like it is behind the twig frame, I just right clicked the text layer title (not the thumbnail) in the layers palette, and selected “rasterize type”. Then I used the eraser tool to erase the areas in front of the twig (you can lower the opacity of the text layer temporarily if you need to).

P.S. Don’t you love my hot pink leopard t-shirt?

Blog Award Ceremony!

I have been given a few really fun blog awards lately by my sweet scrapping friends, so it is finally time for me pay it forward to some other deserving bloggers! To those of you who gave me the blog awards in the first place, THANK YOU SO MUCH! You made my day, and I am so flattered!! I wish I could give you the same award right back :). But it is only fair to pick some new award recipients, so here we go :)!

I Love Your Blog Award

Super talented hybrid scrapper Michelle Filo nominated me for this one:

Here are the rules:
1. If you’ve been tagged, you can put the logo on your blog.
2. Link the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links to those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you’ve nominated.

And here are the blogs I picked for this award:

Rachel Ashwell (Shabby Chic) – She is brand new to blogging, but her first two posts are overflowing with shabby loveliness, which is no surprise to me, since I have been a huge fan of hers for the past 10 years at least!

Tara Frey – Beautiful photos, beautiful thoughts, beautiful everything, actually!

Heather Bullard (Present Past Collection) – Ah what a romantic life she leads, and she is very good at letting others in on it through her gorgeous photography.

Amy (Inspire Company) – If you want a major dose of happiness, creativity and of course, inspiration, look here!

Emily Powers: Wow, this is one inspiring chick: she has such a passion for God and for her art. And her love for others and for life is contagious!

Brenda Walton – Even though she doesn’t blog very often, it is totally worthwhile to bookmark this one. I LOVE LOVE LOVE her journals!!!

Allison – Her stampin’ blog is full to the brim with resources. Challenges, sketches, tons of links!!

Arte y Pico Award

The Digi Scrapping Queen herself (Kate Hadfield) nominated me for this one. To quote Katie:

Arte y Pico is a Spanish language blog (HERE is a (sometimes unintentionally entertaining!) English translation) that celebrates design and creativity in the blogging world. . .

. . .Here are the rules:
1.  Choose 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award based on creativity, design, interesting material, and overall contribution to the blogger community, regardless of the language.
2.  Post the name of the author and a link to his or her blog so everyone can view it.
3.  Each award-winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award.
4.  The award-winner and the presenter should post the link of the “Arte y Pico” blog so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5.  Please post these rules!

And here are my picks for this award:


Donna Gotlib (Cookie Sunshine)
– I totally LOVE her art!! And she’s such a sweet, sweet person too :)!

Melissa Phillips (LilyBean’s Paperie) – Her work is so unbelievably pretty, everything she does is just perfection!

Cindy Gilchrist – She makes the most fabulous hybrid projects – in fact, why haven’t I featured her here yet? Note to self: feature Cindy ASAP!

Julia Stainton – Sigh. Why can’t I make cards like hers? I am always amazed at what she can do with her stamps and scrapping supplies. Hmm, I need to feature her too!

Authentic Artistry – I’m a regular visitor to this blog at Christina Renee’s site, there’s always something here to help me “think outside the box” and I love her unique style!

Brilliante Weblog Award

This one was awarded to me by two great scrappers: Lynn and Karen!

The rules for this award:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you’ve nominated.

And here are the blogs I have awarded:

Kathie – This lady is so dear to me, she’s a friend who has known me since the day I was born, and she also happens to be a phenomenal writer with an amazing blog about birds and nature!

JanMary – I’m so lucky to have met Janmary through Weeds and Wildflowers – she has a wonderful personality which is reflected in her blog, go check it out!

Julie Ann Shahin – There’s always something going on at her blog, and she always knows what’s going on in the world of scrapbooking, plus she has a super fun personality :)!

Emily Giovanni – Not only is she an awesome crafter, but she is mom to three boys, so there is plenty of excitement to read about at her stampin’ blog.

Shuterfly Digi Scrap Blog – How can you go wrong when you combine my favorite photo book company with all the coolest digital designers, plus lots of inspiration and digital scrapbooking freebies?

Angie (Scrapscene) – THE place to find out scrapbooking info and ideas :)!

Phew, what a list -  I hope you check out these blogs, I know you’ll find them so inspiring!! Have a great week :)!

Shutterfly Classic Photo Book

I’m thinking about making some new Shutterfly books and other photo projects because I recently noticed that I have several new coupons available to me for Shutterfly products through the Pampers Gifts to Grow program – YAY! Anyway, that reminded me that it’s been a while since I’ve shown you one of my Shutterfly photo books – and I have a bunch of ‘em around here that I haven’t posted about yet :)!

Today I want to show you a Shutterfly 8.5×11 Classic Photo Book I made. When I made this book, I had never scrapped in 8.5×11 format, but I had lots of layouts I wanted to print and I had a coupon for the Classic Photo Book. So I came up with a great plan – I resized my layouts to 8×8, and placed them on the pages with some typed journaling along the sides. This was perfect for my layouts, because I usually don’t put a lot of journaling on the actual page. When I print my digital layouts at home, I can add my journaling to the backs of the pages, but I can’t do that in a Shutterfly book, so being able to add it to the margin of the page was a real plus.

Here are some photos of the book:

Shutterfly’s 8.5×11 Classic Photo Book

If you look at the photos closely, you’ll notice that there is another 8.5x11book below the one I’m showing you today – I will get to the other one in a future post, but I included it so that you can compare the difference between the two covers. The book I’m talking about today has the black leather cover, and the one below it is the brown leather. The two colors are actually really close, but I prefer the brown I think.

I love the window in the front cover of the photo book, it makes the album look more inviting and helps me to quickly see which book is which when I have multiple books together in one place. The photo in the front cover window is a portion of whatever appears on the first page of the book. As you can see from image 1 above, there is a nice black cover page in between the book cover and the first page of the book. In image 2 you can see what the whole first page looks like. Shutterfly has a template you can work with when you’re creating your first page, so you will know exactly what the window in the cover will look like when you print the book (or you can just wing it and go by the online preview image you see before you order). I totally recommend using the templates offered by Shutterfly when designing your pages, it makes the whole process much easier. Here are some other tips about making a book like this one:

Shutterfly Photo Book Tips:

  • I gave the pages a black background, so they would flow nicely with the inside cover pages of the book.
  • I placed the layouts close to the inner edges of the pages, but not too close – I left a margin of black, so the edges of the layouts wouldn’t get lost in the binding (image 3).
  • With the exception of the first page, I kept the text on the outer edges of the pages, where it would be easiest to read (image 2 and image 4), on the first few pages, it isn’t as much of a problem, because the pages don’t curl into the binding the way they do toward the center of the book.

This was another fun Shutterfly project, and I love the final product! It’s always so exciting to see my digital layouts printed in a professionally bound hardcover book :).

Note: The scrapbook pages shown in this Shutterfly Photo Book were created using kits by Weeds and Wildflower Designs.

Click Here to See More of My Shutterfly Projects

Featured Scrapper: April Rieff (Sorashell)

Today I’m happy to introduce another inspiring scrapper, April Rieff! If you’re a digi scrapper, you might know her by her screen name, “sorashell”. Now, I have been a fan of April’s work for quite awhile, but it wasn’t until I interviewed her for this feature recently that I discovered the meaning behind her screen name. Click here to find out the real story (I think most ladies who have been pregnant can relate). And all this time I had been calling her “sora shell” in my head LOL! Anyway, let’s get to the good stuff, shall we? I emailed April several interview questions, and in response she has shared a wealth of her scrapbooking secrets and experiences - I think you’ll enjoy reading this! Here’s the scoop from April:

I’m 39 years old and a SAHM/WAHM to Sophie (6) and Aiden (4) and wife to Chris. Today is actually our 9th anniversary [August 21st]! I live in Southern California, about 5 minutes from Disneyland and am “mom” to Rocky the dog, two cats (Rocky and Shawty) and a Ball python named Valentina. As you can probably tell, I love kids and animals… When I was a newer mom I was passionate about Attachment Parenting (and still am) but the kids are getting a bit big for breastfeeding and carrying in a sling, so most of my online time is now spent pursuing my digital hobbies. :)

I also love photography and am the proud owner of a 5D and some great lenses, and I’m surprised my kids actually know what I look like without the camera in front of my face. Besides photography, I also love traveling and being outside and reading when I get the chance. I make my traveling and camera $ by making quick pages for Jen Wilson Designs and selling templates and elements I make on her site.

I started playing around with digital in March 2004 and got started by noticing all of the amazing “signatures” on the mommy message boards I was seeing. I was using Arc Soft Photoworks at the time and it took me about a six months to figure out how to use Photoshop. My first layout was posted December 2004 at Scrapbook Bytes. I remember trying to use EVERYTHING in the kit I was working with (Chain Gang Vintage Christmas kit) and being so frustrated that it all wouldn’t fit! Still to this day I have a real problem with “clean and simple”…

I started off as a paper scrapper back in 1998 with using Creative Memories, but didn’t get too many pages done. I felt really guilty that I didn’t have a baby book for Sophie like all of my friends did for their kids. :p When I finally went digital it was awesome because there was no mess and I could just pick at a layout all day if I needed to, in between housework and mommy’ing. At first I printed things out 10×10 and paper scrapped them into my 12×12 albums, but pretty soon I gave up on that and just started doing 8×8 Shutterfly books. I absolutely LOVE these books and usually have one in my purse that I can whip out and show off if the occasion arises. :p

I use Photoshop CS3 for both my digital scrapbooking and my photography, and I’m in love with this program. There’s so much you can do in it and it’s a blast trying to figure out how to do things. I never get tired of tutorials and especially love the “warp” tool for shadows.

My main subject is my family and I’m always inspired there, but when I need scrapbooking technique inspiration there are a few galleries that I’ve always gone to. The main one is Krash’s…that girl has unknowingly taught me so much, just by me trying to copy her. :p For brush work I have always loved Emmem’s on Scrapbook-Bytes and I’d love to shadow like Tyting. The gallery that humbles me the most, though, is Nevache’s. Gerarda just has a way with putting the whole page together that makes perfect sense to me. Her stories are amazing, her photography is stunning and her composition and innovation really just blow me away. Other than galleries, products really have a way of inspiring me. Jen Wilson’s stuff always makes me want to scrap and I was so happy when I made her team so many years ago. Templates inspire me too, because they’re like decorating without having to worry about a pleasing composition.

Some of my favorite layouts, and the ones I’m proudest of are “perspective” layouts or scenes from an imaginary room. I love blending digital and reality so I end up taking pictures and mixing them with digital elements to create a kind of tableau. My kids have gotten really used to being asked to pose a certain way and my 6 year old has gotten quite adept and handling the 5D with a heavy lens and flash mounted so she can take pics of my hands in certain poses. Thank God for neck straps! With these kinds of layouts, it’s really all about two things- shadowing and Edit>Transform in Photoshop. Remember, Transform is your friend!

I have two favorite scrapbooking techniques and it’s hard to find a layout of mine without one or the other…or both! Extraction and Blending. I’ve been called the Extraction Queen for many years because I just can’t seem to not do it. Extractions (especially complicated ones) really just make the page so much more interesting to me. Here’s a good example of one I’m proud of ~ Monkey See/Monkey Do …and here’s an example of how I like to shadow and extract and blend, lol ~

 

Wow, thanks April -I have enjoyed learning so many new things about you :)!

My favorite pages of April’s are the ones that have that 3D, realistic look  – well, maybe some are sur-realistic lol! Here are a few of my favs (click images for credits):

The more I look at these, the more amazing they are! Here’s some more information about this talented lady:

Creative Teams (Present and Past)
Jen Wilson Designs
Carrie Stephens
Jen Caputo
Nancy Comelab
Michelle Pearson
Shabby Miss Jenn (Summer Girl)
Amanda Heimann
Anne Dejong
Birgit Kerr
Weeds & Wildflowers

Awards
SBB Star Award and DST 2007 Scrappers Choice Award

Publications
April has been published in Digital Artist Magazine (DAM), as well as in a few e-zines and newsletters.

April doesn’t have a website or blog, but she does have lots of great items for sale at Jen Wilson Designs: Click here to check them out :)!

Featured Scrapper: Michelle Filo (Mushy)!

Michelle Filo

I am so excited to bring you today’s featured scrapper because I’m such a big fan of her HYBRID work: Please give a warm welcome to Michelle Filo :)!!! When I first stumbled upon Michelle’s blog, I noticed her awesome digital pages, especially a Shutterfly album she made with Shabby Miss Jenn’s yummy Flea Market Baskets kit. But over time, Michelle has been heading more and more in the direction of hybrid and paper scrapbooking (just like ME!), and I have sooo enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful projects she has been making. I find myself studying every detail of her work so that I can try to learn as much as possible from this super talented gal!!! The awesome thing about Michelle is that she not only creates GORGEOUS hybrid projects, but she makes it easy for others to follow in her footsteps. She shares lots of tips and tricks on her blog, and you can even purchase her hybrid album templates at her Little Dreamer Designs Shop (she just released an adorable butterfly album template recently).

And you know what else? She is a real sweetheart too :)! Michelle agreed to answer a few questions about herself and her scrapping.  

First of all, is there anything about yourself and your family that you’d like to share with other scrappers?

I’m a Brazilian girl who migrated to Australia in 2000. I have had my two boys and although it is hard to be far from my family, we think it is a blessing to call Australia home.

When did you start scrapbooking? What first made you interested in scrapbooking?

A friend gave me some stationary on my birthday in Dec’04. I didn’t quite like the pink for my stationary and decided to go to the store to get another color. It was a Scrapbooking store. I went inside and was mesmerized by all the papers, buttons, ribbons and other bits and pieces. It was love at first sight. I mentioned it to a friend at work and she took me on the voyage. I spent the next six months madly creating gifts to give to my family on my trip to Brazil. I confess I got all “scrapped out” (wow, was that really possible?). I left my supplies aside until 2008, when my recently acquired love of digital scrapbooking and hybrid projects got me to venture into the world of glue and real buttons again.

Where do you get inspiration and ideas for scrapbooking? What inspires you to scrap?

I am boring, I am inspired by the products and the photos. I either come up with a project because of some yummy themed papers I saw, a car shaped album for a road trip ;) etc. Or I search for the perfect supplies for my favorite photos. Design of pages and element placement are things I play a lot with. I just place things in the page and move them around until I am pleased with the result. I change my mind a lot :) I also love templates, nothing better to get me out of the scrapper’s block.

Do you have any favorite books, magazines or websites that are especially helpful?

I love Creating Keepsakes, DSM and DAM. I also love to browse the design team galleries of my favorite stores for inspiration. There are so many talented scrappers out there.

What are some tips you can share about how to make great hybrid projects?

I would say you can save money with embellishments, you can save money with cheap chipboard (or no chipboard at all) you can save money with many things but just please don’t try to save money in paper and printing, it is not worth it. Some people print on cheap paper and then wonder they the glue thy used smudged the ink, and then blame it on the quality of the glue. I recommend you spend a few extra bucks with really good paper (premium photographic paper) and it will save heaps when your project is finished without mishaps :) ALWAYS print drafts on crappy paper before printing on your good paper. It is essential to print drafts when dealing with shaped albums to see if they are the right size.

You take such beautiful photos, what type of camera and photo editing software do you use? Do you have any photography secrets you can share with the rest of us?

Oh, that is too kind of you! Unfortunately I am no good as a photographer, but maybe I do a decent job editing my photos in Lightroom :) I bought my first DSLR in January. It is a Canon EOS 400D, known as Rebel xti in the US. I am in love with the possibilities, but also now I am aware you can still take crappy photos with a great camera LOL Only not so secret tip I love and would like to share is when taking pictures, try different angles and go down to your subjects eye level or below, especially when taking photos of children.

What favorite scrapbooking tip, trick or technique do you use most often?

I love to use the distort>wave filter to make things imperfect on my digital pages. I think it adds a lot of realism and I love it! I had a tutorial about this published at DSM *Click Here to See Tutorial*

Thanks so much Michelle!! I have listed some more fun facts about Michelle at the end of this post. But first, wanna see some of those gorgeous hybrid projects I was telling you about? I have picked a few of my favorites to share below – be sure to click the images to see even more photos and information about each one on Michelle’s blog!

Wings Album by Michelle Filo

Wings Album by Michelle Filo

Freestyle Album by Michelle Filo

Hybrid Car Album by Michelle Filo

And this last one is for a challenge Michelle has going on at the LDD blog, complete with instuctions and a free template – how fun!!

Hybrid Challenge Album with Free Template by Michelle Filo

As promised, here are a few more details about Michelle: 

Current Creative Teams: Little Dreamer Designs and Fancy Pants Designs.

After going back to work full time and accepting a position at Fancy Pants, Michelle felt she needed to slow down a bit. Her previous CTs include: ScrapArtist, The Digichick, Oscraps (challenge team), Sue Cummings, Dunia, Mitia Assef, Dani Mogstad, Traci Reed, Amanda Heimann, Lisa Whitney, Designs by Lili and she was also a guest for Shabby Miss Jenn a couple of times.

She has been published at Scrapbooking Memories (Australian Mag), Digital Scrapbooking magazine (DSM) and Digital Artist Magazine (DAM). She has also won a few challenges and awards, including the DST best hybrid project of 2008 (nominated), but has never participated in any major competitions for lack of time. Whew – I can see why she needed to slow down a bit :)!!!

Last but not least, be sure to check these links out!

Michelle’s Gallery   Her Blog   Her Shop at Little Dreamer Designs

Blissful Flourish Album Pics

Hi All, hope you’re having a great weekend!

I just wanted to pop in here really quick to show you the photos of the Blissful Flourish Album I just finished :). Don’t forget that the flourish albums are on sale at Weeds and Wildflowers this weekend ($4 each or $8 for all three).

Blissful Flourish Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Blissful Flourish Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Blissful Flourish Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Blissful Flourish Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Blissful Flourish Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Blissful Flourish Album from Weeds and Wildflowers

Credits: Blissful Flourish Album  from Weeds and Wildflowers; “flourish” chipboard album from Oriental Trading Company; flowers, butterfly stamp and crystals from Prima. Other: Glitter glue and misc ribbons.

Tips and Tricks

  • Once you cut out the flourish album shapes you usually need to make some adjustments to get them to fit the chipboard pages. For the first one I made, I used scissors to trim the pages, then sanded the edges after adhering them. For this album, I adhered the pages, then I used a craft knife to trim off the excess paper. Lastly, I used the edge of a pair of scissors to distress the edges.
  • Using StazOn ink, I stamped a butterfly onto clear transparency, cut out the image, and folded it in half before adhering it to my page. I also used the same stamp on some of the Prima flowers. 
  • Notice that there are plenty of “imperfections” in this album (the messy journaling, the crooked edges around the grommet, etc) – you will have more fun and be happier with the result if you focus on creative expression and not perfection when making hybrid albums :).
  • Glitter, “bling” and brightly colored embellishments look awesome on an energetic album like this one, so don’t hold back :)!! 

Heart Shaped Card Tutorial at The Daily Scrapper

I just wanted to let you know about two new publications I have out this week :). Firstly, the latest issue of Bella Scraps magazine came out, and I have a digital layout in there! If you already know how much I love this online magazine, you know how happy this news made me (if you don’t know how much I love it, check out the review I wrote right here). This issue is even more beautiful and inspiring - they just keep getting better and better :)!

I also wrote a tutorial for how to make a heart shaped card for the hybrid section of The Daily Scrapper, click here to see it. I’m sooooo excited about this super cool new online newspaper, The Daily Scrapper! Have you checked it out yet? It’s full of great ideas, you don’t want to miss it :)! This is only the 4th issue, if you have missed the previous ones you can see them all in the archives.

Here is a sneak peek of the card I made for the tutorial, actually it’s a lot like the one in this post :).

Hope you enjoy your weekend :)!!!

Girly Baby Shower Card

Just wanted to share this baby shower card I made recently. I found out from one of my online scrapping friends that there are some parts of the world that don’t have baby showers for pregnant ladies. So if you are from one of those places, let me explain :). A baby shower is a celebration (usually before a baby is born), where friends and family can shower the soon-to-be mom/dad with gifts of love and encouragement to help them feel more prepared for the baby’s arrival. I love baby showers! Anyway, one of my friends from church is expecting a little girl, so I gave her this card at her baby shower on Sunday. As a mom of a boy I take every chance I can get to make something pretty and PINK :)!

Credits: Papers by Shabby Princess (one digital, one “real” from Bo Bunny); flowers and button by Prima; ink by Ranger Industries; other: ribbons, cardstock, pink thread.

Tips and Tricks 

  • Inking each piece of paper softened the edges and unified the look.
  • I alternated straight stitches and blanket stitches along one of the papers – I learned how to make a blanket stitch right here. I really wanted to use this stitch, because it reminds me of baby blankets :). Oh, and remember to use the needle to pierce all of your holes in the paper BEFORE you start stitching, it will make sewing the paper much easier!
  • The base of the flower is actually two of the same type of Prima flowers. I wanted to use both, but was having trouble layering them, so I cut off half of each of the petals on the green flower, and layered it directly over the pink one.
  • To make the tag, I used a left over (negative) piece of cardstock from a tag die-cut as a stencil to trace the tag shape. Then I drew the design on with markers and cut out my home-made tag :)

Featured Scrapper: Irene Tan (Scrapperlicious)!

Irene Tan It has been soooo long since my last featured scrapper interview, so I am excited jump back into doing these!

Today I am so happy to feature Irene Tan, also known as Scrapperlicious :)! I stumbled upon Irene’s blog one day when I saw her link in a scrapbooking forum. I was totally amazed by her work, and I have been a fan of hers ever since. She has the ability to turn each and every scrapbooking project into a complete work of art using all kinds of creative means, and the best part of it all is that she explains her techniques in detail on her blog, so we can all try them out too :)! At first glance her work is fantastic, but it is even more amazing when you take a closer look and realize that the majority of the colors and patterns on her pages are created by hand using inks and other artistic methods.

I wanted to know more about Irene and the inspirations behind her art, so I have asked her a few questions and she was willing to give us an inside look:

First of all, is there anything about yourself and your family that you’d like to share with other scrappers?

Well, I’m a mom to two miracle blessings and a wife to a wonderful husband.

When did you start scrapbooking? What first made you interested in scrapbooking?

As most other scrappers, my first motive of scrapping is to document down the milestones of my son. During then, I didn’t know that scrapbooking had grown into such depth and fun in other countries till I visited the States in 2004. Therefore, my first scrapping with sb products was around end of 2005. I did took a year off in 2006 with some pregnancy complications and only got back to it in 2007.

Are you a 100% paper scrapper, or do you do digital scrapping as well?

I started off at a paper scrapper and later down the road, I’ve tried some digital scrapping on my son’s projects (while he’s on the Reggio programme with me). But when I start scrapping again in 2007, I’ve found myself having lots of fun with all the different kinds of art mediums and interesting new products for crafting and scrapping.

Where do you get inspiration and ideas for scrapbooking? What inspires you to scrap?

Most of the time my inspiration came directly from the photos. Each photos has it’s story and I tried to interpret or read that story. That’s what normally inspire me. I do occasionally scrap using sketches but still implement other elements using this inspiration. ie. colours, embellies, textures and overall presentation. It’s more of, putting my expressions and thoughts through my work and hoping others would see that too. My family is my first and most important reason to scrap. Besides that, I always find the need to scrap when I have an idea of a technique or simply to play with some fun products.

Your scrapbook pages have so much intricate detail – are they difficult or time consuming to create?

This actually depends on each individual. To me, it’s not considered difficult at all or time consuming at all. First of all, in May, Style’s The Word had organized a challenge on using my techniques to create layouts and I could see that most of the players had no problem at all using those techniques and all entries are just amazing. Secondly, I wouldn’t consider it time consuming if one is really enjoying the process.

Do you have any advice for other scrappers who would like to make pages like yours?


As most of you might have known, my most favourite words are “Scrap with your heart and don’t forget to have fun too!’ These words will carry you far if you stick to it. Everyone has their own styles and preferences. The most important thing is to enjoy and be proud of it!

What favorite scrapbooking tip, trick or technique do you use most often?

This is a rather hard question for me as I love all kinds of techniques. I’m always trying to find new techniques to do things and have fun. But I must say that till to-date, my passion towards ink is still irreplaceable.

Thanks so much, Irene, for sharing with us :)!!!

OK, Ready to see some of Irene’s work? Here are a few samples from her blog – be sure to click on the images to see more detailed photos and descriptions of each project on her blog :).

Wow – pretty inspiring, huh? If you’d like to learn more about Irene Tan (Scrapperlicious), check out the links below:

Scrapperlicious Resume

Gallery at Scrapbook.com

Scrapperlicious.blogspot.com

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