Lizzy Hill for Scrap Friends
Our Guest Artist’s style this time around is simply unique – I’m sure you’ll enjoy finding out a little more about the ins & outs of her scrappy process, so over to Sarah Groen who has a fabulous scrappy place called SARAZ BLOG.
I first discovered this addictive craft when my son was in hospital for several days with a knee infection. I was looking for crafts that we could do together to help pass the time and one of the nurses gave me a copy of ‘Scrapbooking Memories’. I was immediately fascinated by the beautiful pages and couldn’t wait to try making my own layouts. I still have that first album that Adam and I made together while he was in hospital.
Tell us a little about your scrappy commitments atm.
Currently I am on the design team for my local scrapbook store Scottie Crafts.
I also design for the on-line challenge blogs Stuck! Sketches, Purple Pumpkin, Frosted Design, Kraft it Up and Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge. Added to these, I am part of the team at the UK magazine The Scrap Book Magazine and I’ve been published in many publications both in NZ and overseas.
How often do you scrap?
I scrap most weekday afternoons when my little one is at kindy and my older kids are at school/uni. I sometimes try to scrap in the evening but I’m usually in bed by 11.00pm as I get up at 5.45am so I can get in my morning run before the kids wake up!
What are your top 5 scrappy supplies that you love using?
Hmmnn… my top 5 scrappy supplies – that’s a hard one;
- Spray inks and masks
- White card stock
- Beautiful patterned paper – October Afternoon is my absolute fave; but I also currently love Pink Paislee, Amy Tan and Studio Calico!
- My sewing machine
- Under threat of death by Lizzy – my Cameo (LOL) FYI, readers, I am insanely jealous that Sarah has a Cameo & told her she was NOT to list it here…course, I KNEW she would…..if you see green on this page – that’s just my covetousness coming outta the paper!!!!!
Is your scrapping process ad hoc or organised? How do you start a page?
I always have a story or photos in mind when I begin a page. Then I pick out my papers and embellishments to complement my photos. If I have a deadline to meet I will try to fit my design into the challenge. I journal on every page, because when I look back on older pages that don’t have journaling, I’ve forgotten a lot of the story behind the pictures.
If you hit a ‘brick wall’ – what do you do?
- I’ll leave my page overnight and take a fresh look at it the next day.
- I also find that if I take a photo of a page that I am struggling with, then I can often see what I need to do to complete it from looking at the photo! Great tip!
- Of course, I also get heaps of inspiration from the amazingly talented on-line scrapping community and by flipping through magazines.
Choose ONE LO that represents you as a scrapper NOW….
Oh my gosh – just one! Well, the page below has a lot of the elements that I love included in it and it is one of my Christmas faves.
The background is white cardstock which I have sprayed and inked through a variety of masks. I also include random ink blots on most of my pages.
The page has more than one photo – I usually try to include a main photo and 1 or 2 supporting images.
I have included lots of layers and several clusters of interesting elements.
My titles are usually an important part of my page and I usually include a variety of letter types. Here I have cut the word ‘ballet’ on my Cameo (I love Cameo-cut titles - this was the main reason that I bought my cameo).
Finally I have included hand-written journaling straight on the page (I like the look and in truth I am too lazy to print it out on the computer). There’s more detailed journaling on the tag inside the little pocket.
Can you share with us a LO that holds a special place in your heart?
I have a lot of favourite pages – usually my favourite page is the one that I am currently working on! Having said that, this one is very special to me:
I don’t have many photos from my childhood and so that in itself makes this photo precious to me. Also, my dad passed away in 2011 and I still miss him every day. Scrapping this photo helped me to preserve this special moment in my childhood and to pass on the memory to my children and hopefully their children too.
Some final thoughts that may help & inspire our own scrapping journeys?
There is no right or wrong way to scrapbook. The important thing is to preserve those stories and memories for future generations – and to have a little creative fun along the way! Oh, and remember to back up all your precious photos (several times) because no electronic device is unbreakable!!! (I learned that to my cost when my 3 year old dropped my iPhone, and all its un-backed up photos, into a river on holiday last year!!)
Sound words of advice from Sarah there – when was the last time YOU backed up your stuff??? Go on! Do it now!!! I hope you have found this a fascinating in-sight into Sarah’s scrappy world - & I hope you’ve been inspired by some of the techniques/ideas she uses to give them a go yourselves! Thank you sooo much, Sarah, for sharing with us &…
Happy Scrapping, folks!!!