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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