Don’t you just love it when you get to meet the face behind some of your all time favourite handmade scrapping goodies? Well I was lucky enough to meet (and scrap with!) Chloe Nielsen a few years back and she is an amazing person and talented scrapper. Chloe scrapping is fun and girly with a eye for colour she is the master of clustered embellishments.
Heres a little getting to know you interview with Chloe. Enjoy!
Hello! I’m Chloe Nielsen. I live in a little country town in Queensland with my husband and 2 children: Miss 7 and Mr 4. If you take a peek at my scrapping albums, you’ll see that nowadays, I scrap mostly for my kids. They inspire me, they make me laugh, they make me tear my hair out, but mostly, they teach me what love is all about.
I began scrapping 10 years ago, when I decided to put my wedding photos in an album with pretty paper and stickers. Little did I know there was a whole WORLD out there revolving around paper, stickers, glue and scissors! I thought I was inventing the wheel! So, much to my delight, my love of all things scrappy began.
Since then, I have be honoured to be given many Design Team and Creative Team positions. Some previous teams include scrapbook stores: The Scrapbook Store, ScrapzBiz Scrapbooking Store, and challenges sites such as Stuck?! Sketches, Inspired Blueprints and Bird Is The Word. Currently, I have my “dream” positions on the Flourish With A Bling Design Team and Scrapbook Savvy Design Team (where I also design scrapbooking kits! What fun!), as well as challenge sites Scrapbooking Top 50 and Show Us Your Stuff. I have also been lucky enough to be published many times in a few different scrapbooking magazines.
How do I describe my style? I’m never really sure how to answer this one! Mostly, my pages are clean (even when I try to “get messy”, they are still on the clean side!). I also LOVE clustering … to me, things just LOOK right in clusters. So, maybe I could say my style is “mostly clean with clusters”. I love my embellishments and at the moment, seem to be addicted to cutting everything into banner shapes.
My scrappy budget isn’t huge so I’m a bit of a scrooge when it comes to my supplies. I like to get the most out of everything! If I’m covering a large bit of paper, I’ll cut the bit out that’s hidden so I can use it on another page – or fussy cut some of the shapes out, or even punch my own shapes. Some embellishments often get tucked behind things – especially things like doilies – and these I will cut as well. It’s amazing how far you can stretch your supplies when you need to! Hand-making embellishments is another fun way to save some $$.
A little over 2 years ago now, I started selling some of my handmade embellishments online. My first sale sold out very quickly and I was furiously making up orders for days! So, from then, my little handmade business of Rainbow Splendour was born. (Yes, I even have some lovely people designing for me on a Rainbow Splendour Design Team!) I create lots of brightly coloured goodies using felt, material, and just recently, foam and cork. I usually have a sale every second month. It’s a lot of work for me to make up products, but it is SO worth it. I have many wonderful customers that make it all worthwhile. Some of my products have even been on published pages, so that’s really exciting!
I do have a personal blog as well where you can see my latest DT pages and, when I get time, I often play along with the many fun challenges sites there are around as well. Pop over and say hello!