Short bio: Hi, my name is Alissa Fast and I'm so excited to be guest designing for American Crafts. I live in Ferndale, WA with my dear hubby of 27 years and our little kitty, who happens to be a Hurricane Katrina survivor from New Orleans. I work full time in Social Media for a wireless phone carrier and spend my off time scrapbooking, taking photos, walking, spending time with my mom, and watching the Seattle Seahawks. We love the Seahawks up here in Washington State.
How did you get started scrapbooking? Scrapbooking has always been a part of my life. In high school and college I cut out words from magazines and used stickers and photos in the old style paper scrapbooks. I discovered the current form of scrapbooking when I started my job 14+ years ago. On a lunch break, I discovered a little LSS across the street and I was hooked.
What is your favorite American Crafts product? Let's see, this is a tough one. I think my all time favorite product is Thickers. You always need a title and the variety of Thickers is endless. I love the dimension on my pages and projects.
Tip: Smear gold paint and gesso on textured cardstock for a cool, interesting effect on your white background.
Supplies: Merry & Bright – (368611) Countdown Cards 4×4, (368609) Kraft Tags; Be Merry – (368916) Stockings 12×12 paper, (368910) Christmas Cards 12×12 paper
Tip: Use the 4×4 cards as paper on your projects instead of using the numbers cards as they were intended. The black and white patterns are very striking.
Supplies: Merry & Bright – (368609) Kraft Tags, (368611) Countdown Cards 4×4; POW – (POW-71511) Silver Glitter Paper
Tip: Use up a whole package of stickers on one layout by making a cool border around the entire layout with word strip stickers.
Supplies: Merry & Bright – (368606)Foil Stickers Silver Word Strips; Be Merry – (368913) Sweets & Treats 12×12 Paper, (368915) Peppermint 12×12 paper, (368910) Christmas Cards 12×12 Paper, (368917) Let It Snow 12×12 Paper; POW – (POW-71517) Caramel Glitter Paper
Tip: Create an accordion mini book with just one piece of 12×12 paper and a few tags. Create pockets for journaling and additional photos by stitching or stapling on just 3 sides of the top paper, tag or photo.
Supplies: Merry & Bright – (368609) Kraft Tags, (368606) Foil Stickers Silver Word Strip, (368615) Foil Stickers Countdown Numbers , (368607) Cardstock Stickers; DIY Shop – (666640) Kraft Tags; Be Merry – (368916) Stockings 12×12 Paper; Shimelle – (368170) Roller Date Stamp
Tip: Create a colorful border with patterned paper strips and a stapler or your sewing machine.
Supplies: Merry & Bright – (368609) Kraft Tags, (368608) Glitter Stickers, (368612) Fabric Bows, (368615) Foil Stickers Countdown Numbers, (368606) Foil Stickers Silver Word Strips; Be Merry – (368915) Peppermint 12×12 paper, (368918) Bright 12×12 Paper, (368921) Presents 12×12 Paper, (368912) Trim The Tree 12×12 Paper; DIY Shop – (366616) Washi Tape Chalk Vinyl; Shimelle – (367170) Roller Date Stamp