I am excited to be participating in the Scrapbooker's Blog Tour today! What fun. Michelle Houghton tagged Sue Althouse who posted last Monday. Michelle and Sue are on the creative team at Get It Scrapped! and are among the talented teachers at Creative Passion Classes. If you are interested in Copic markers, artistic doodling, or mixed media, you'll want to be sure to check out Michelle's classes.
Thanks for inviting me to be part of the tour, Sue! Now, on to the questions:
1. What Am I Working on Right Now?
Is it ok to say nothing?! My sister was in town over the weekend to see the Tom Petty concert.
We had a blast. So I'm taking a day to get back to my routine and I'll be back to scrapbooking again tomorrow.
I am taking a little break from a daily scrapbook process video series that was inspired by Get It Scrapped's Story Play to work on a project for Jenni Bowlin. This video shows all about how I clear off my desk from an ongoing - and messy - project to switch gears to a different project; and I threw in a comments Q&A. Once I'm finished with the Jenni project, then I'll be able to pull out the DIY scrapbook kits I made for Story Play and continue with the daily scrapbook process videos.
2. How Long Does It Take Me To Create A Project?
I used to say that it took me about 30 minutes - but that was when I had a stand up scrapbook room space. Since moving my scraproom about a year ago, my process is a bit slower and I'm blaming that on the fact that I now sit down to scrapbook. The other thing that happened when I switched scrapbook spaces was that I started making scrapbook process videos - and I think that also slows me a down a little bit. So now I'd say anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half per scrapbook page - but I'm enjoying the process for the most part so I am happy even with my slowed down pace. Here's a look at the current scrapbook room:
3. What Are My Favorite Things To Create With At the Moment?
My husband gave me a Silhouette Cameo Die Cutting System for Christmas (see affiliate link below) and lately it is probably my favorite thing - especially since I can cut very specific items:
Like the axe and the family tree title that I used on a page about Lizzie Borden - whom I just discovered is my second cousin six times removed. And my other current favorite thing to create with is the Ancestry DNA kit and the family tree - I keep buying the kits and we are getting more and more family members tested and my family tree is growing like crazy - don't worry - we don't have too much crazy in the family - and Lizzie was found not guilty - but we also have the likes of the Roosevelts; the Wright Brothers; lots of Mayflower Pilgrims; and country pop singer Taylor Swift. So Ancestry.com seems like an unlikely scrapbooking pick - but my research there has provided me with endless inspiration for scrapbooking my family history.
4. How Does My Creative Process Work?
I go with the flow - sometimes I am very inspired and prolific and other times it is a struggle. When it is a struggle, I sometimes take a hiatus - but not for too long. I think that scrapbooking on a daily basis is a wonderful habit and when I can fit in physical exercise and scrapbooking into my daily routine, I am a happier person.
As far as approaching scrapbooking pages - I am not consistent - sometimes I start with the story; and other times it is the photo or the product. I do consistently film my process so that you can see the various ways I approach scrapbooking on my You Tube vidoes. Here's a peek at one of my scrapbook process videos:
5. How Do I Become Inspired and Stay Inspired?
I feel so lucky to be a part of the Get It Scrapped Creative Team. Debbie Hodge is endlessly inspiring and the live chats that she does for Masterful Scrapbook Design always leave me feeling in the mood to scrap. I love the challenges and assignments we get on the creative team - and I love creating my own scrapbooking challenges.
6. What is My Signature Style?
This is my least favorite question in scrapbooking. I'm sure I have a "look" but I'm not too worried about it or about having a signature style. I like to mix it up. I like to approach each page depending on my mood. I like to think that I don't have a signature style; but here's a peek at some of my pages - maybe you notice my "signature style" - but if you don't, well, I'm completely happy not to have one.
Now it's time for me to tag three scrapbookers - and truth be told - I had so much fun with my sister this past week that I didn't do this part. Don't worry - I won't be the end of the blog hopping chain letter - I'll get three scrapbookers shortly and update this post - and they'll continue the fun next Monday!