My Inspiration: Chloe Nielsen

1980598_744377752253903_1457705859_nDon’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.

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Talent Watch! (Introducing Cookie Anguilar)

potrait shotToday I have the absolute pleasure of introducing Cookie Aguilar with her funky, contemporary and clean cut scrapboooking and card making style. Cookie works and teaches at Catchy Crafts in Hornsby where she delights everybody with her gentle sweet manner and HUGE talent.

Her scrapbooking journey began when she was a stay at home mum in the Philippines with her son Harvey (now 8). She joined, ‘Scrapping Mums’ and ‘PINOY Scrapbookers,’ and became friends with lots of crafty mums and great talents such as Iris Babao Uy. Cookie’s talents did not go unrecognised and soon she was on the Buzz and Bloom DT, Chatterbox DT and DT for various on-line shops. She became very active in the blogging world and frequently (and very successfully) entered on-line challenges appreciating the benefits of deadlines.

When Cookie’s family moved to Australia she started working at Catchy Crafts and once again it was the scrapbooking community that made her feel so welcome. Her new job brought a change of direction. Cookie, the queen of single page layouts, was now teaching 3-4 times each month and the demands were for double page spreads….bring on the era of double pages. Cookie quite literally extended her mastery of the 12 x 12” page to 12” x 24”.

Cookie’s job then called for her to become a card maker. Her clean, geometric style featuring: straight lines, layering, lots of cut paper, clustering and handmade embellishments continued but now on the card front. Cookie, who is very moderate and cautious with her purchases, owns lots of 6” x 6” paper pads and Copic markers as she rightly feels they are so perfect for card making. And wow! ….she uses them so well. Currently Cookie is making card kits every month for Catchy Crafts and they are amazing.

Cookie works at night in a nook in their living room so she can be close to her family. American Crafts, Echo Park, Little Yellow Bicycle and Websters clean and simple are some of her favourite papers. When scrapbooking she always starts with the photos and then very carefully chooses her papers. The rest you can see for yourself in her blog.

Have a great day! Jenny xx

My Inspiration: Tracy Kielty

I was introduced to the lovely Tracy by one of my scrap obsessed friends who recommended her fantastic store My2Angels (which I love!) and then in real life at the Brisbane Scrapbooking expo a few years ago.  I was then lucky enough to attend one of  Tracy’s classes where she taught me how to use a heat gun correctly (I had only blown up one at that stage though!!) and introduced me to the joy of the hot glue gun which I now consider an essential basic in my scrapbooking tools not to mention the stunning layout I came home with. Tracy is an amazing scrapper who has an unique style that encompasses classic style and modern techniques. Tracy’s work up close and in real life proves to be a real treat as the dimension and details are superb and intricate.

Enjoy getting to know a little bit more about the gorgeous lady behind My2Angels:

Hi, I’m Tracy – mum of two and an embellishment addict!  A day rarely goes by where I’m not creating – layouts, cards and beyond the page items – for myself and for the classes I teach.

I started scrapping in 2002, when my Mum took me to a class and I was immediately hooked!  My favourite colour is pink, so a lot of my work ends up with some shade of pink in it, but I also like to grunge it up for the boys.

I really enjoy fiddley projects (I’m a bit addicted to hot glue), so Beyond the Page is my passion, as it allows me to get 3-dimensional. I have previously been a member of several online Design Teams, but in the past few years I have focused my energies on being the Creative Director for my online store – (named for my two “sometimes” precious angels).

I love to create embellishments from a combination of metal charms and other pretty items (flowers, fabric, gems, beads – anything I can get my hands on and hot glue together really) and have lost count of how many I have created to sell at My2Angels.  My most popular would have to be our Charming Words Collection- the very first range of which is pictured below (left). Some of my more recent handmade embellishments are also pictured.

I don’t feel like my day is complete without some ink or medium over my hands (and usually my face and not to mention my kettle – that I have on constantly for endless cups of coffee!). I’m particularly fond of embossing mediums as well.

My signature touch though is to always have charms on my layouts. I think they just add that final, special touch – as well as adding dimension. You can use them to tell a story, be part of the title or just add to the theme of the layout.  Continue reading

Eight Quick Questions with Sharmaine Kruijver

SharmaineApril2013Last year at the Escape to Create Retreat, I met the incredibly talented Sharmaine Kruijver.

This lady is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to scrapbooking in my opinion! On top of that, she’s funny, smart and can dance up a storm!

I threw my standard eight awesome questions at Sharmaine to get a bit of insight to her super creative mind …

Where do you live?
Hobart, Tasmania.

How long have you been scrapbooking and how did you start?
In 2005, a friend helped me create my first page. It took some time, and trepidation, but I finally took off the training wheels, learnt to ride for myself and have been freewheeling it ever since.

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My Inspiration: Donna White

photoA gorgeous person inside and out I have to say I have a bit of a scrap-crush on Donna White. 🙂

Donna’s work is super funky, layered like I like it, with a feminine edge that makes her one of my fav scrappers of girly pics! Donna is a fun loving scrapper who pushes the boundaries of her creativity and mixes it up with new techniques and trends. Here’s a quick “Getting to Know You” post from Donna:

Hi! My name is Donna White and I live on the Darling Downs in Queensland with my husband and two girls who are 15 and 17.

I started paper crafting about 13 years ago when my sister-in-law invited me to a Crafty Kids party. I was soon hooked on making cards for my family and friends. Then an old childhood friend opened a scrapbook shop underneath her house here in town and I popped in one day to have a look… and the rest is history!

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International Focus … Paula Cheney

Nic, Me, Paula & Lucy

A couple of years ago, I was asked to teach in New Zealand at the Spring Edition Retreat alongside the incredible Paula Cheney and the super gorgeous Nic Howard.

Paula is such a wonderful lady, incredibly talented and just the most beautiful and inspirational soul.IMG_4716

Paula has worked with and designed for some if this industry’s biggest companies including 7 Gypsies and is currently working alongside Tim Holtz, as his Creative Coordinator, designing the most AMAZING projects.

In April this year I’m so excited to be teaching alongside her again and if I get the chance, hopefully will sit in on a class or two!

Paula very generously took some time out of her busy day for an interview.

Where do you live?
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Interview with a Scrapbooker: Louise Nelson

261788_10150344371923569_208185753568_9833814_7849332_nLouise Nelson and I have been “Scrappy besties” for over 6 years now. We met at Seriously Scrapbooking here in Adelaide and have become amazing friends over the years. I have an enormous amount of respect for Lou as an artist and creative mind and over the years I have watched her creativity grow, change, evolve and turn into an extension of her beautiful soul.

I’ve worked and taught with her over the years but I have to say that actually participating in one of her classes is an incredible process and I highly recommend that you JUMP at the chance if she is teaching near you.  It’s such a delight to see her creative mind at work.

She is currently designing for Prima Marketing, 7 Dots Studio, Jenni Bowlin, Imaginarium Designs plus Guest Designing for numerous companies and challenge sites across the world.

Louise often scraps images of my gorgeous daughter Jessica, my hubby Trevor and of myself and I love the way she can bring out an incredible beauty that I struggle to often see. Here are some of my fave layouts that Louise has created of my family over the years:

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