I must admit.. I’ve never been involved in a blog hop before.
And then Natalie Elphinstone from the One Scrappy Doctor blog messaged me last week to invite me to be part of Blog Hop with a Difference. I have seen this floating around scrapping land lately and when Natalie invited me to be part of it, I was keen to be involved. The “difference” is that it’s a never ending blog hop.. the tagging just rolls on and on.. and well, on and on…
I first came across Natalie when she started submitting layouts to Jot. Natalie is a total JOY to work with. Her submissions are always brilliantly submitted and she is professional and organised. Her supplies lists are always clear, as are her photos which always is a godsend when one’s inbox (yep, me!) is dreadfully overloaded with mail! Her work always stands out to me when she submits to Jot. I then met Natalie in real life at the E2C retreat earlier this year. And we became fast friends. She is funny, entertaining, lovely, friendly and her work is awesome. Plus she is nimble.. she volunteered to sleep in the top bunk before the rest of us could even process having to climb up and down a bunk ladder all weekend AND she saved me from an attack by a field mouse that ran too close for comfort to my feet on the Friday afternoon in the scrapping shed. Natalie caught the mouse in her bare hands (she’s a farm girl at heart) and I was eternally grateful. For those who know me well, you know my irrational fear of mice so this was a Big Deal..
So today, I will share my contribution for the Blog Hop with a Difference AND I will reveal the three bloggers I have chosen to pass on the baton to and become next week’s Blog Hoppers.
Here’s my answers ..
1. What am I working on right now?
A whole TON of stuff. Things are hectic at the moment. In fact things are stupid busy.You know when things are so busy that it’s just ridiculous! That’s me at the moment. I am just taking things a step at a time because if I look too far ahead then I freak out!
I’ve got three major projects on the go at the moment. I am knee deep in the Jot Pockets workshop. I am loving the class. I am loving the reaction to the class. I am loving the interaction in the classroom and I am loving that we actually have a WAITING LIST for round 2 of the class. I have been living and breathing this workshop for months so it’s nice to see the project come to life and be embraced so enthusiastically.
If you would love to join us when I run this class again, you can add your name to the list right here and I will email you when more details are available.
My second project is our Issue 7 of Jot. It’s hard to believe that I am up to Issue 7 already! The Jot girls are busy creating gorgeous, awesome, beautiful projects and I am in the (very) early stages of getting the issue organised. Thankfully I have a full month or so to get the issue all designed, planned, written, edited and looking pretty before the 1 September release date. I do generally work up to the last minute which is not ideal but necessary when I have so much else happening at the same time. My third and possibly my BIGGEST project is something I can’t talk about just yet! It actually doesn’t have anything to do with Jot or paper crafting or anything. It’s possibly one of the most exciting, scary and challenging things I have done though.
2. How long does it take to create a project?
I can craft a project pretty quickly if I am on a deadline. Most of my projects these days are for Jot so steps have to be photographed and instructions written up etc. Although I do try and do Project Life when I have some spare time. Sometimes though, things don’t fall together quickly which is frustrating.. so I tend to walk away and leave them and come back the next day with fresh eyes and try again.
3. What are my fave things I love to create with at the moment?
I am in love with 6×8″ layouts. I tend to do mostly Project Life stuff and sometimes I admit I find the 6×4 and 3×4 space of journaling cards a bit restrictive. Enter.. the 6×8″ size. I love it. It means I can create mini layouts for my PL Spreads and it’s a bigger space to create within. And they make great inserts within my Project Life album if I want to highlight photos from that week or include extra photos and stories.
Other things I love..flair badges, Heidi Swapp’s Color Shine, enamel dots.. sequins! Oh.. and machine stitching.. it seems to find it’s way onto my layouts All. The. Time.
4. How does my creative process work?
I have two ways I approach a project.
The first is my methodical/teaching way where I break a project into manageable, teachable steps. Because most of my work is created as tutorials, I have to constantly be planning and thinking ahead as to what I am doing and the processes I am using. It has to be easy enough to break into steps and theres a lot of stop/starting as I photograph each step.
The second way is when I have free reign over a project and I am just creating for the sake of creating. Then, I don’t really think too much about stuff. I just play, arrange, rearrange, push papers around and experiment with different things. I always start with my photos and I just pull stuff out of my supplies and build the layout or Project Life spread adding and subtracting “bits” until I am happy.
5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I am inspired by the photos + stories in our family. I am diligent in keeping tabs on what we have been up to using the Day One app on my iPhone. I love recording the things we do, see, say, eat, watch, wear etc everyday and that in turn inspires me to continue with my Project Life pages. I’ll be the first to admit that I am so NOT up to date but I don’t care. I am happy making PL spreads when I have a spare moment and I never feel the pressure of keeping up to date.. I love nothing better than a big stack of freshly printed photos. That certainly inspires me to start creating. I am inspired by my Jot Girls who embrace any task or assignment I give them with such enthusiasm and excitement and that always inspires me to create too.
6. What is my signature style?
I’ve struggled with this question since I started scrapbooking waaaay back in 2003. I don’t feel I have a signature style. I think it’s constantly changing and evolving. I guess my work always has a lot of layers and machine stitching and little finishing touch embellishments added in. I do try to include a story to go with my photos on my layouts if possible. And I go through cycles where I will use over and over (and over and over) the same product or technique.. for example, right now, I am flicking Heidi’s Color Shine ink onto most projects and I am adding rows and rows of machine stitching and throwing in enamel dots all over the place..But then next week I could have found something else to use over and over as my new found “thing”.
Let’s meet the three bloggers who I am tagging. They will post next Monday – 4 August and help us keep this blog hop hopping.
Anna is one of my Jot girls and has also become a lovely friend. We knew each other via Instagram first before she applied for the Jot team and I have been so lucky to also have met Anna in real life at the E2C retreat earlier this year. She is as delightful in real life as she is online. I have watched with pride as her confidence and creative style have soared over the past 12 months. And her work is gorgeous. She is constantly challenging herself with new things and I love that about her. From a Jot perspective, she is a dream to work with. She is enthusiastic, supportive, loyal, reliable and always willing to roll up her sleeves and help me as much as she can. You can visit Anna on her blog, One Big Sunshine Spritzer (cool name) right here.
Lisa is a very beautiful friend to have. She is positive, uplifting and supportive of me and all that I do. She lives her life with a very positive headspace.. despite battling with lots of medical stuff. She has been a Godsend as far as Jot goes.. helping me in so many ways with so many things. Plus we are firm friends before business colleagues. She is constantly pushing the boundaries with her work and doesn’t ever baulk at a technique – always diving in and trying new things – mixed media, painting, collage, machine stitching, layering.. I am fortunate that we live in the same city so now and then we get to meet in person for a cuppa and a catchup and we talk non stop the entire time! You can visit Lisa on her blog, Patey Girl right here.
Mardi is a long time friend. We met online many, many years ago when Mardi started leaving comments on my blog and we connected via the Scrapboxx website.. I loved that she had teenagers as at the time, I had a teenager too and so we related on that level. But it’s now become much more than connecting over having teenagers.. Mardi and I are very similar. We often laugh in amazement at the parallels when it comes to our kids and family life as our lives are so similar. And she is someone I can laugh, cry and talk with as well as confide in. We live in different States but we connect over looooong emails and phone calls as well as texts. And when we have the luxury of meeting in real life..it’s like we meet in real life regularly. Now, Mardi’s work – it’s divine. I am and always have been a big fan of Mardi’s work. I love her style. It’s a lot of quirky layers, shabby style, machine stitching and she has the knack of pulling together unusual pattern/colour combos and it just works! You can visit Mardi on her blog, The Love Supreme right here.