Hello and welcome to the next leg of the expanding blog hop. I wonder how big it is now? I’m not sure when or where it started, but I’ve seen few posts and said yes immediately when Ruth asked me to join and follow her post, (which you can see here). I met Ruth at a weekend away for crafty bloggers, where we all had a wonderful time – crafting and eating far too much cake. Ruth described herself as a fan of my scrapbook pages – I’d never imagined that anyone outside my family would actually like them!
So onto the questions:
1. What am I working on?
I’ve spent this weekend working on some sketch challenges at Shimelle.com. I love Shimelle’s sketches and her generous personality. I’ve met so many great people through scrapping, blogging and taking her courses that I feel as though I shall be for ever in her debt.
I’ve got a pile of photos to get scrapped from my trip to Disneyland Paris and a kit that I put together based on this month’s Counterfeit kit. I make up a kit most months because I find it helps my productivity if I don’t have to spend time searching through all my stash every time I start a new scrapbook page. However, if the monthly kit doesn’t inspire me I give it a miss and take a month off from the CKCB challenges.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
That is a tough question to answer. There’s such a wide range of scrapbooking styles that it’s hard to identify one thing that makes my work different from others. If there is one thing, perhaps it’s the combination of influences I take from other scrapbookers around the internet.
I once tried to define my style and asked my blog readers to comment. I think Jemma from Just Jim-Jams probably summed it up quite well – bold colours and clear photos. I am on the clean and simple end of the scrapbooking spectrum – I rarely go into messy paint effects or the antique floral look, although I’m not adverse to the odd ink splatter. I swing between layering and clustering on a patterned background or white cardstock and a more pared down style. I think this simple look has been driven by the time I have to scrapbook, usually an hour or so in the evening in front of the TV.
I do try to make my papers and embellishments fit my photos, such as the little houses in my last post or the heart, rose and teapot with a crown for the Queen of Hearts Maze LO I’m working on right now.
I thought my scrapbook pages were getting a bit boring, so I started Technique Tuesday posts on my blog to challenge myself to use tools and materials I was neglecting. I’m so glad I did that. I think it’s made a big difference.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Because I have always loved cutting and sticking and crafting in some form or other. I remember many a Saturday sitting in the back room of my Aunt’s shop cutting up her old magazines and sticking them into a scrapbook.
Because I don’t want to leave my photos sitting on my computer – I want to have them in albums I can pick up and flick through and scrapbooking is an attractive way of doing that. Puddle Duck is so used to seeing photos in scrapbooks that when The Grandma showed her my baby album, she didn’t say ‘Where are the coloured photos?’ as we’d expected, but ‘Where are all the pretties?’
I also want to be able to record my family history and save it for Puddle Duck and any who come after her. I look back at the photo albums from my childhood and I struggle to remember names and places, let alone dates.
4. How does your writing/creating process work?
Over 90% of the time I’d say I start with the photos. I’ve tried creating a page for photos without any picked out and I found it so hard. I enter online challenges because having a deadline and a prompt improves my productivity. My favourite challenges are sketches. but whatever the challenge the page has to start with a photo. Occasionally there will be a story I want to tell but it won’t be a page until I have my photo.
I’ll often get inspired by a number of things I’ve seen on the internet and combine them to create my own page. That’s what happened when I scrapped L’il Bro’s first birthday photos and it is one of my favourites. Recently I’ve tried scraplifting and mood boards as a way to spark a page. What I dislike doing is slavishly copying someone else’s instructions. I’ve been to a couple of classes which expected me to do that – I didn’t enjoy it and the pages didn’t feel like they were mine afterwards.
I plan things out in my head, but very often they don’t come out as I imagined. I don’t scrap in any particular order. I just scrap whatever inspires me at the time. That’s why my childhood memories album has been put aside in favour of my Disney photos and why my Lapland, London and cruise albums all remain unfinished.
I’m a messy scrapper (hands up who isn’t – not many I bet!) so I try to keep to a small kit and things I can easily pack away to try and keep it under control. That way I can fit my scrapping into the evening in front of the TV.
So I think that’s me done and it’s time to let you know who will be continuing this leg of the blog hop next Monday. The idea of the expanding blog hop is that each blogger passes on to three new people. But I guess it’s like pyramid selling – it has to collapse sooner or later as the pool of potential new members dwindles,
Ruth passed only to me and I have two people to pass to – Amy Lassiter in America and Karen Findlay in Canada.
Amy is another lovely lady I have met online through Shimelle’s blogging course. We are friends on Facebook but have never met. Her scrapping style is probably as far removed from mine as you could possibly get, but I love it none the less. Pop over and take a look at the Sparkling Gnome.
I met Karen when we were both on the DT at Soul Scrappers. She produces some beautiful scrapbook pages and cards and has sent me cards for no other reason than to say hello. Don’t you just love getting real mail -instead of just e-mails? Karen is still part of the Soul Team at Soul Scrappers and she will be carrying on the blog hop at Stamping Through the Eyes of Karen
Make sure and go back next Monday (30th June) to both blogs when Amy and Karen will be continuing the blog hop (and hopefully getting the expansion back!).
Until next time dear friends – Adieu.
****Edited to add blog details 24 June 2014****