Thursday, May 16, 2013

ScrapFX DT Intro Hop

Hi there and welcome to the ScrapFX Spring DT Intro Blog Hop!  If this is your first time visiting me, nice to meet you; if you're an oldie but goodie glad you're swinging by!!  Before we get down to the fun stuff gotta take care of business so you know the deets.

 During this hop you'll get to know more about all the designers as we answer a series of questions, share a new project with, and some past favs.  Of course there will be a grand prize of a ton of fabulous ScrapFX goodies up for grabs by hopping through all blogs and liking ScrapFX on FB -  I'll be giving away one here too.  Just leave me a comment and you'll be in the running for some ScrapFX goodies from me. I'd love for you to follow along as well if you like what you see, but it isn't mandatory.    Alrighty now that business is taken care of on with the show!!

This is a newly create page just for the hop!  I haven't done a sports page in forever, but it was made easy with those super cute soccer ball chippies!!  I also loved turning one of the new graphic circles in to a sun - I'm forever thinking of ways to transform stuff in to weather shapes - ha!
What is your scrapbook "kryptonite"? (what style/colour/etc will people never see on your creations because you cannot deal with it???) - This is an interesting question for me.  I really like trying out lots of things and LOVE color.  But the one thing that truly eludes me I guess would be shabby chic.

I knew the moment I saw the large scribble heart arrive in my DT package it was going to be filled with photos!  This page was recently featured on Ronda Palazzari's blog as one of her stencil spotting pages. I cannot tell you how giddy I was - truly an honor.
 What do you listen to or watch while your scrap and WHY? - I listen to the radio playing a Christian music station or my iTunes which has various genres on it during the day or nothing at all.  It all depends on my mood.  Sometimes my spirit needs to be uplifted, sometimes I feel the need to jam out and shake my biscuits some while I create - haha, and sometimes I just plain enjoy the absolute silence. 

You will see these googly eye birds pop up in my creations over and over again.  They are a ScrapFX fav of mine!  I love the Bird Family mini pieces so much.  I have various ways of dressing them up but always love to adorn them with a big googly eye.
How do you jump start your creativity when you find that it is missing? - I give myself the freedom to play.  I grab some tags, my art journal, or one of my tiny notebooks and just play with papers, mediums, stamps, whatever.  I don't stress about the outcome, don't care if it'll become something that will look good.  I just do it to get myself in to a creative zone.  Once I've done this I can typically get going on a larger project and if not, well at least I feel good that I pushed around some color and these little play items usually wind up becoming later embellishments and as of late project life additions.

This is a small 6x6 canvas I made.  I find it amazing how the addition of the one lone ScrapFX bird really makes such a wonderful addition.
Do you snack or drink while scrapping? What? - I rarely snack or drink while scrapping. Why?  Because I am uber, uber clumsy!!!  I already run the risk of spilling globs of whatever medium I'm using all over my project - I certainly don't need to add in the extra dilemma of snacks or drinks - ha! 

One thing that is so cool about ScrapFX chippies is how well they stand up to just about anything you do to them/with them.  On this page I used the piece on the page to stamp a bit first and then added all sorts of mediums to it after.  This was of course after I stretched it out as well to stamp with it so it wasn't quite as curled over and it still stayed in tact. Pretty nifty and definitely what I need since I'm not a very dainty crafter.
 At what time of day are you most creative, or do you prefer to create? - I think I'm most creative late at night and this is actually when I create the most as well.  Is it when I prefer to create?  Not sure, this is just what works for now. I steal every moment I can to create though.

This was probably one of the hardest pages I've ever scrapped so far.  This sweet guy hasn't been with our family for a good while.  I scrapped this a few years after his passing and it still stung my heart.  I'm glad I did it though, its a fav page for sure - not for design, but for the story it tells.
If you were to describe one emotion while scrapbooking, what would it be? - One emotion is tough...hmmm....enthralling or thought-provoking.  I find that I think a lot when I'm scrapping - about the subject I'm scrapping, the story I want to convey, the techniques I'm using, the techniques I want to try, the papers I choose, the colors I go with, and it just goes on, and on.  So for me its a very enthralling process and one I enjoy immensely - when I don't allow those thoughts to get the better of me that is. ;)

This is a creation done on a piece of wood and given to my hubs for our anniversary.  Its a picture of our back acreage that I edited up on my iPhone and printed out.  Once I mounted it on the wood I went to town with my mediums and chippies.
What makes your heart race? - My hopes and dreams.  The thought that there are bigger things yet to come.  The look in my husband's eye when he comes from work.

This is a collage of the first mini album I made for ScrapFX featuring the binding technique I later did a tutorial on for the blog.
What are you afraid of? - Not being around for my children as they move in to adulthood.  I live with chronic illnesses that are no joke.  I worry they will take me out because docs are perplexed as to how to help me, I struggle a lot.  Its my deep-seeded fear.

Fun little card here showing how fantbulously well the wordlets work on cards!!  So elated ScrapFX is coming out with so many mini pieces - ahh!! I'm in mini bliss I tell ya'!
If you could choose a talent/gift what would it be? - To be a healer.  It kind of goes hand in hand with my last answer, huh?  No sadness,  as you see I'm quite the happy creator because I choose to be happy with my life as it is.

This mondo creation was made for my Guest DT spot with the Inspiration Elevator.  The challenge was to create a two page spread and it was quite the challenge but I met it.  The pictures here are mostly interchangeable, only a couple are permanent, and we have this hanging up and swap out photos frequently.
What is your favorite technique(s) to use right now and why? What are some tried and true techniques you love to use? - My favorite techniques right now involve using watercolors, along with pastes, getting out my tar gel again, and creating my own embellies with pastes.  Oh and using dies!!!  I've fallen in love with my dies again for the last few months and can't believe how long I went without them - ack!  Tried and true for me is always using lots of color, layers, mixing patterns, and creating scenes.

I had to make sure I shared a page that had my boy and hubs on it!  They both are so great at eluding the camera while my girl is always up in it, LOL!  This one features lots of stenciling and stamping using chippies and the ScrapFX stencils.  Really love their selection of beach stuff too - it looks so real!!
Phew!  Did you make it??!  Thanks so much if you've read this far. :D  I'm the last stop but here is the roster for you just in case:


Thanks again for stopping by, head on over to Facebook, like us up at ScrapFX Australia, and take good care.


  1. Oh Scarlett, thanks for sharing your beautiful story with us and I wish you well.
    Your work is truly inspirational Love Liz :)

  2. What a beautiful & colourfully happy blog you have Scarlett! Am I inspired? Is the world round!!
    I just love each of your pages & album using your vibrancy & those sweet chippies...they sure are fab.
    Thank you for letting me hop here for a while!

  3. wow I just love all that colour, I am now a followere of your blog..... cant wait to see more of your creations

  4. Love all your work and your positive outlook on life! We all could use a bit more of those vibes in this world!!! Off to shake my biscuits some!! (love that I will be using that statement for a bit) :) MXX

  5. I have to admit I have spent the last twenty minutes looking at your projects...they are all Beautiful and fun...I truly can't put into words. they kind of remind me of a story book, there is just so much to look at and it keeps your attention....I just love them all!

  6. I love all these pieces but the one witht he german shepard is wonderful to me. Great work.

  7. Oh Scarlett, so many fantastic creations! Love them all! Huge hugs for you and your famaly!

  8. wow scarlett, you are truly into your element of design and ready to fly into a creative world of design. truly, thanks for sharing your inspiration and flare for color, keep walking on your path as your journey is truly magical.

  9. thank you so much for the inspiration, I really loved your post :)

  10. You did an awesome job with this blog! Lots of yummy stuff to look at! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

  11. YES! FINALLY someone else said it- NO drinks in the scrap space! Having them there means a I'm definitely making a tea stained page because a spill is guaranteed.
    Also? shaking my biscuits??? HAAAAA!!!! BEST answer EVER!
    You know I love your work- I love how inventive and colorful and FREE it is- I wish I could scrap this way- your techniques are amazing- love all the projects here- pinning half this post! ;)
    Gosh I just read the answer to "what are you afraid of"- I take my heath for granted- thank you for sharing that. It's funny- mist people said they can't create with the color purple- I LOVEW that color but avoid it in my scrapping- your "Now & Forever" page is GORGEOUS- a perfect example of whimsical and inventive design! Pinning to my "color love" board!

  12. OOOO! Can I just say I LOVE the dynamism in the thrown soccer ball? That is AWESOME!!! Your pages remind me of Mexican folk art- I think that's why I love them so much-I love all the color you use!

  13. Scarlett, thank you for sharing all these great layouts and inspiration. Your work is lovely :)

  14. Gosh, your work is just amazing and truly inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing!

  15. I love how relational you have made your blog! I will be praying for your healing and I can tell that your work has somewhat of a healing component for you as it surely does for those who view it. God has gifted you with a meaningful talent, thank you for sharing it with us!

  16. Your love for life shines through in all your work, Scarlett! I hope for you, and I will let myself be totally inspired by your life and your scrapbooking<3

  17. Lovely work you've shared here, beautiful colours and backgrounds - love love love!!!

  18. Oh my! Scarlett!! I am laughing out loud on shaking my biscuits!!! Reading you really improves my English, but I'm mot sure I can use this at work... Ha ha!!!
    Scrapbooking-wise... All these designs are... Breathtaking! Awesome! Amazing!! You can't imaging how I feel little by your side :)
    Many hugs to you!

    Ps: did you receive my envelope?

  19. Hello, dear Scarlett! It's Umichka from intsgram! :)
    I finally came to your blog! I was very pleased to read your answers to the questions and to know you better. Your work and you are very positive, very happy to met you :)

  20. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations, it was fun reading all the answers to the questions and learning a little about each of you.

  21. Such an interesting blog hop and fun to read your answers. Wonderful talent here and best of all lots of yummy chippies to drool over :)

  22. Loving your colorful work!
    But, i dont know if its just my ipad.. I cant read your text.. Its black on very dark grey, making it near impossible to see. :-(

  23. Love those projects! Amazing colors! WOW!

  24. Wow!!! Your work is amazing!!!

  25. I just LOVE you! I'm so glad that you were able to share some of this because now I hope you can see how much people have their hearts with you too. You are an amazing woman, and outstanding artist...and over all an inspiration.

    as for the projects, the one you made for your husband is one of my all time faves...but those soccer balls...holy wow! You never cease to amaze me with your chippy alterations?!

  26. This is one post chocked full of eye candy!!! Your talent is inspiring!!!


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