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Beach Week Guest Designer: Katie Ehmann

Guest Designer of the Week

Our Beach Week Guest Designer is the talented Katie Ehmann! Look for more projects from her starting in September because she's on the 2013-2014 Design Team!

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Short bio: Hi Everyone! I'm Katie Ehmann. I live in Michigan with my awesome husband and two dress-wearing, super frilly, always girly, princess-obsessed girls, Lily and Maya. I'm not quite sure how that happened because I love playing soccer and wearing anything but dresses. I am a school social worker, scrapbooker, wanna-be photographer and do-er of all things crafty. I love vintage cameras, typewriters, spray paint, and estate sales. You can also find me watching really super intellectual, high quality reality television on a regular basis. I am on the Crate Paper Design Team and a member of Write.Click.Scrapbook. I am beyond thrilled and honored to be Guest Designing for American Crafts this month!

How did you get started scrapbooking? When I was a little girl, I made scrapbooks by ripping out pictures in magazines and gluing them into albums. I'd entitle the pages things like Future House and My Kids. It's fun looking back through them because they are 80s-riffic! After my husband and I got married in 2004, I made a few pages, but really started scrapping when my oldest daughter was born in 2007.

What is your favorite American Crafts product? Hands down I've gotta say patterned paper! I love using lots of fun different patterns in unexpected ways on my projects, and patterned paper is the perfect way to do so!

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OCEAN GIRL by Katie Ehmann

I created a lot of texture and visual interest on this layout with the alternating pattern of confetti and sequins. To adhere confetti like I did, simply run American Crafts This to That tape runner generously over the shape you wish to fill, sprinkle confetti over the tape, press firmly to adhere, and shake off the excess. Fun and easy!

Supplies: Studio Calico Atlantic (331401)-Stickers, Studio Calico Atlantic (331395)-Glittered Stars, Southhampton (331385)-Patterned Paper, Studio Calico Atlantic (331404)-Sequin Dots, Studio Calico Atlantic (331392)- Wood Veneer

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BEACH DAY by Katie Ehmann

I used repeated punched patterned paper shapes on this layout for a fun look. I backed some of the shapes with American Crafts This to That Foam Adhesive to give them a "pop". The transparent letters from Crate Paper's The Pier collection make a big impact for my titlework.

Supplies: Bridgeport (331380)-Patterned Paper, Southhampton (331385)-Patterned Paper, Sunscreen (683187)-Patterned Paper, Popcorn (683186)-Patterned Paper, Avalon (331387)-Patterned Paper, Studio Calico Atlantic (331391)-Wood Veneer, Crate Paper The Pier (683202)-Pinwheels and Flags, Crate Paper The Pier (683198)-Accent Stickers, Crate Paper The Pier (683197)-Accent Stickers, Crate Paper The Pier (683207)-Clothespins, Crate Paper The Pier (683203)-Ephemera Pack, Funkidori (683195)-Thickers, Crate Paper The Pier (683199)-Chipboard, Crate Paper The Pier (683193)-Letter Embellishments

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YOU FLOAT MY BOAT CARD by Katie Ehmann

I sewed down different strips of patterned paper and stickers to create the fun pattern for this summertime card. The pinwheels and flags add some dimension and pizzazz!

Supplies: Crate Paper The Pier (683198)-Accent Stickers, Crate Paper The Pier (683202)-Pinwheels and Flags, Splash (683192)-Patterned Paper, Sunshine (683181)-Patterned Paper, Studio Calico Atlantic (331401)-Stickers, Studio Calico Atlantic (331395)-Glittered Stars, Studio Calico Atlantic (331404)-Sequin Dots, Bridgeport (331380)-Patterned Paper

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SEASHELL LOVE by Katie Ehmann

I punched strips of patterned paper and overlapped them to create a cascading feel to this beach layout of my daughter collecting seashells. I printed my photos to 2×3 to fit all 3 of them on the page without making them seem cluttered.

Supplies: Cotton Candy (683184)-Patterned Paper, Sunshine (683181)-Patterned Paper, Heatwave (683183)-Patterned Paper, Merry Go Round (683185)-Patterned Paper, Sunscreen (683187)-Patterned Paper, Funkidori (683195)-Thickers, Studio Calico Atlantic (331395)-Glittered Stars, Crate Paper The Pier (683199)-Chipboard, Studio Calico Atlantic (331400)-Vellum Shapes, Studio Calico Atlantic (331393)-Cork Circles, Studio Calico Atlantic (331402)-Accent Stickers

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LOVE SUMMER DAYS TRAY by Katie Ehmann

This wooden tray screams summertime beach fun to me! I filled each of the little windows with photos, embellishments, and stickers and then added Crate Paper adhesive chipboard and Studio Calico wood veneer to the outside for even more detail.

Supplies: Crate Paper The Pier (683199)-Chipboard, Crate Paper The Pier (683193)-Letter Embellishments, Crate Paper The Pier (683202)-Pinwheels and Flags, Crate Paper The Pier (683198)-Accent Stickers, Crate Paper The Pier (683197)-Accent Stickers, Cotton Candy (683184)-Patterned Paper, Sunshine (683181)-Patterned Paper, Heatwave (683183)-Patterned Paper, Splash (683192)-Patterned Paper, Summertime (683191)-Patterned Paper, Rockport (331383)-Patterned Paper, Studio Calico Atlantic (331393)-Cork Circles, Studio Calico Atlantic (331391)-Wood Veneer, Studio Calico Atlantic (331392)- Wood Veneer, Studio Calico Atlantic (331390)- Wood Veneer, Studio Calico Atlantic (331395)-Glittered Stars, Studio Calico Atlantic (331404)-Sequin Dots, Crate Paper The Pier (683207)-Clothespins, Studio Calico Atlantic (331402)-Accent Stickers, Studio Calico Atlantic (331389)-Fabric Bows

Stop by Katie's blog and leave some love then follow her on Twitter (@KatieEhmann), Pinterest, and Instagram (@A2Kate)!