A fun blog hop with a difference…

Recently a lovely friend of mine Manda Moore recently asked me to participate in this fun blog hope with a difference. This blog hop gives you a chance to get to know me and then you get to be introduced to a couple of my creative friends.

1. What am I working on right now?

At the moment I have been on a bit of a creative roll – catching up on my Project Life! Hooray! But let’s not get too excited – I have skipped the four weeks we were away in April, I have a feeling our USA trip pages may be more than four double page spreads!

I am currently working on Week 24 and finally getting a chance to play with the Studio Calico Jubilee Kit – I love this kit! Especially the stamps, the embellishments, and the mist – well I just love it all!  I will post a pic when it is done, plus of all of the layouts that I haven’t posted on the blog.

2. How long does it take to complete a project? 

Hmmm, how long is a piece of string? It really depends. Anywhere from an hour for a Project Life spread to many hours, depending on how into the process I get. One of the things I like to do is challenge myself to make a traditional layout in 30 minutes from go to whoa. It is hard but a lot of fun. Just put the kitchen timer on and start! 

3. What are my favourite things to create with at the moment?

 I am a massive fan of kits and they give you the chance to create and explore new and different products. I continue to swoon over enamel dots, stitching, creating banners using cut up project life cards or paper and wood veneer – most of my layouts will have one of these elements.

Lately though I have been trying to step out of my comfort zone and try new things – I even challenged the Scrappy Canary ladies to do this as part of our recent cyber crop. To challenge myself I tried water colours for the first time on a layout – check it out below!

4.  How does my creative process work?

For Project Life I use my weekly diary and then plot in the photos I have taken. Once I know the orientation of the photos I want to use, I then pick out the page protector and plot my layout. I print my photos, slip them in and then fill in the gaps with cards and then embellish. I like to use a single kit or collection per layout. I am actually working on putting together a process post on how I plan my Project Life spread, so keep your eyes on the blog for that one.

For traditional layouts I start with the photo and then choose the products and sketch out my vision. The final product though is often very different from the initial sketch!

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

The online community provides so much inspiration - whether it be through online galleries, chat rooms or amazing and supportive Facebook groups where people share their creations! It is so motivating being part of these communities.

I am also fortunate to be part of an incredible Creative Team over at Scrappy Canary. My fellow team members are always creating amazing things, you can’t not be inspired!

6. What is my signature style?

I am not really sure what my signature style is – I think colourful and contemporary are two words that spring to mind! As I use a lot of kits or whole collections I often find that I change depending on the products that I am using. I asked my friend Carol how she would describe my style and she said it is "eclectic and celebratory … I love how you never stick to one 'way' or 'style' and that you find the joy in the every day". How lovely is that! 

So that is a little bit about me, so next Monday you will have the chance to get to know two really talented ladies.

Kate Van Der Pol is one of my favourite people who I met through scrapping and she has become one of my closest friends. Kate is a talented scrapbooker, project lifer and stamper. She blogs over at Five At Eleven - so make sure you visit her and check out her amazing work! 

Ali Maloney brings a little bit of laughter to every day life over on her blog Maloney Madness. Ali is an incredible writer and the stories that she shares on her blog are wonderful, so full of realism and humour! Ali has four kids (including triplets) but still has time to create, crafting wonderful project life spreads. Head over to her blog and say hello. 

Thanks for stopping by and thanks to these two lovely ladies for agreeing to take part next week. L xx. make sure you visit her and check out her amazing work!