I have to confess I was completely blown away when Heather contacted me about this...Blog Hop with a Difference and still am! I'm super honoured and somewhat overwhelmed...in a good way ;) to be on her list of participants. I'm a huge admirer of her gorgeous work, so am very delighted :) CLICK HERE to see and read more about Heather and her gorgeous creations...they truly are amazing! I've been lucky enough to work with Heather on a couple of Creative Teams. She has been a big supporter of me and my blog...it's a friendship that I treasure wholeheartedly.
Getting to know me...
1. What I am working on right now?
Well other than a bit of secret squirrel stuff, which will be revealed at the beginning of the month...I've been playing simply for myself! This layout was for last months colour challenge #25 over @ Kreative Koncepts, but sadly time got away from me and I missed the cut-off date...
Photo credit to the lovely Lisa Oxley, thank you so much for this priceless photo from Camp Mojo 2013. Scrapping this layout simply made me happy :) remembering this very gorgeous lady, and the amazing inspiration & friendship that she gives! I love creating mixed media backgrounds...here I've taken inspiration from Christin aka Umenorskan, as she creates some amazing backgrounds, as well as layouts! Some close up details...
I have to confess, the microbeads frustrated me no end...more of them are rolling around on and under my desk than on the layout ;)
2. How long does it take to complete a project?
That really does depend...on timing and mood! This one above happened over at least a week, possibly more, but there are also times when they come together in a matter of hours.
3. What are my favourite things to create with at the moment?
As I said previously, I love creating my own backgrounds so my top 'go to' items are most certainly stencils...absolutely love them! Teamed with mists, distress inks and paints, and texture paste...I love to layer different stencils with the various mediums. I also love stamping, doilies and most recently sequins. I do still love my patterned paper, which I like to layer under the photo, it's a great way to use up scraps.
4. How does my creative process work?
Again, that really depends...most times I'll start with a photo, but there are also times, especially if I'm meeting a challenge I'll actually start with the base of a layout then find a photo to match and then embellish. I do have days when all I do is create backgrounds using mists, texture paste and stencils, with the idea of having a 'layout starter', but I discovered a couple of months ago that I had over 100 backgrounds waiting to create into layouts!!!
5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
My greatest inspiration comes from the desire to record my family's memories, including the mundane and the everyday life! I've always loved photograghy and keeping a diary, so scrapbooking has simply combined the two. As well as being inspired by the desire to scrap my family photos, I'm also inspired simply by wanting to create with a certain product. Scrapbooking has become my creative outlet, my therapy...so to speak, many times I include hidden journaling because it's not for all eyes to see, but I feel it's important at the time to record. As for outside inspiration...there is oodles of inspiration out on the web! There is such amazing talent out there, from people all over the world who are happy to share what they do and love. I'm really loving videos at the moment...I love to see how people put their layouts together...the process of a layout, that's what I also love about retreats, other than the social side of them ;)
This is a sentimental layout for me, it was one I completed for SBM Masters a couple of years ago and I was lucky enough to receive an Honorable Mention. It was a couple of months till the 20th anniversary of my father's death, so it was something that was important for me to do. It made me realise how important it was to take family selfie's of us all together, not just me behind the camera, as I don't have many photos of my father and I together.
6. What is my signature style?
Haha I always find this question really hard! I have to say I'm rather taken with Heather's description..."Paula has a beautiful arty style. Her creations are magical and enchanting with lots of texture and distressing on glorious background work." Like I said...totally blown away by such an amazing compliment :)
Now onto the lovely friends joining me with this Blog Hop...these ladies have been such a wonderful support and I'm lucky enough to be on a Creative Team with them currently, they certainly make it a lot of fun!
I admire Catie personally as well as creatively! Her creations are always full of wonderful texture, layers and colour! I love her backgrounds, she uses a variety of mediums...some I've never heard of before ;) I love to learn new stuff! I adore her use of flowers, always such beautiful clusters!
I've followed Sue's amazing journey with her adorable kids and am seriously in awe of how she juggles life! She also uses wonderful colour and texture in her creations and has beautiful attention to detail! Again, I'm drawn to her use of medium in her backgrounds, she uses lots of flowers, butterflies and her cute buttons!
These two lovely ladies will post to their blog next monday, the 30th...so be sure to check them out then and also in the meantime. Also check out Heather's post from last week and see who else she linked to.
Thank you for stopping by...as always, thank you for your lovely comments! I do appreciate the time you take to leave me one x