Don’t you just love it when you see someone’s scrapbooking and automatically think WOW! Well, this happened when I first saw Louise White’s work: I loved her versatility and her creativeness and the broad range of styles and techniques she had experimented with. I knew I had to share her amazing talent with the Scrapbook Creations readers. So sit back and enjoy reading a little bit about Louise and her scrap journey so far…
My name is Louise White
My scrapping journey started almost 9 years ago now when I was pregnant with my eldest daughter and planning my wedding. I stumbled onto a 12 x 15 inch baby album at my local newsagent and the rest, as they say, is history. I have always collected memorabilia from holidays and placed them in albums (and I never knew this was scrapbooking). I then moved onto making these memories as pretty as possible. I am so proud of my first album–it might be old fashioned now but for the time I did a pretty good job (if I say so myself). The pages show my confidence growing with every memory I scrapped.
I kept my scrapping very personal and rarely showed it to anyone other than my husband or immediate family. (To this day, I have never submitted any of my pages, cards or OTP to any magazine.) This changed when we moved to the northside of Brisbane — I couldn’t drive at this time and felt very isolated. That was when I reached out to the scrapbooking community online–everything scrapbooking came alive for me then. I discovered lifelong friendships and a whole new world of scrapping, crops, and retreats.
I currently design for a brick-and-mortar store Bella Paperie at Brendale in Brisbane and for the online store Mad about Scrappin. Previously, I have been honoured to be part of the design team for D-Lish Scraps as well.
I don’t really think I have firm style as it is always changing but I tend to always use my artistic side (my family are artists and musicians) in my pages, paints, mists, masking, texture all feature. I am currently having a love affair with ephemera and texture stamps–you can never have enough. I have also delved into art journaling and I tend to get inky in my journal when my mojo has gone on the blink.
I believe in layering: be paper or mists, paint or stamping. I add things to layouts for hours after I think I have completed them. I adhere my paper and embellishments lightly and in the centre until I am finally happy with the end result and this can take several hours. I do not create quickly, numerous distractions such as Facebook, Pinterest, the television, my kids and my hubby all “need” my attention.
If there was one thing I would say to a new scrapper, it’s this: I don’t tend to worry about planning my pages and matching photos to paper, and all my friends are horrified by this. I make it up as I go and never hesitate to stick my paper and embellishments down, as the old saying in scrapping goes
“There are never any mistakes in scrapbooking only chances to embellish.”
I embrace this motto and think that all new scrappers should embrace it as well. Too many scrappers are wanting to have the same style as the published scrappers but it’s better to develop your own style at your own pace. What I love about scrapbooking is that everyone looks at a sheet of paper in a different ways and the end result is unique to them. You need to be faithful to your talent and style, once you love your work so will others. Just get inky or gluey.
I need to admit it, but I am a lazy blogger (that’s my blog link, by the way). Each and every New Year’s Eve I promise to blog better but I swear my computer conspires against me every time… But it’s a new year isn’t it?