Inspired by Ads Guest Designer: Tegan Skwiat

Guest Designer of the Week

Our Inspired by Ads Guest Designer is none other than Tegan Skwiat!

Short bio: Hi! My name is Tegan Skwiat and I absolutely love scrapbooking and paper crafting. I can't imagine life without it now really! I live in Northwest Indiana with my sweet hubby and two fur kids. I enjoy creating everything from layouts, to mini albums, to cards, to altered projects, and beyond! When I am not scrapbooking, I enjoy searching for vintage treasures at antique stores and watching football with my husband. One of my favorite scrappy techniques right now is using embroidery floss on my projects. I have also been known to buy a collection first and THEN take the pictures to go with it. And I may have suggested for photos that my hubby wear a shirt that matches my scrapbook paper once or twice 🙂

How did you get started scrapbooking? About 12 years ago, my younger sister suggested that she and I try this thing called "scrapbooking" that her friend's mom was doing. She said it looked like fun and we might like it. We bought some things here and there for a few years, but we really got into it once we started going to scrapbook conventions about 6 years ago. Now I can't imagine life without scrapbooking! Who would have known what a huge part of my life this hobby would become?!

What is your favorite American Crafts product? Thickers – they add the perfect finishing touch. A girl can never have too many Thickers! 😉

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Layout1 for AC

I love the clean lines in this ad and wanted to use the block effect. Also notice that I used the twine to finish the border of my main page element.

Supplies: Globetrotter Paper (35772) – Ready Set Go, Lunch Break Paper (35771) – Ready Set Go, Around Town Paper (35767) – Ready Set Go, Get Cozy Paper (35774) – Ready Set Go, Dress Code Paper (35784) – Ready Set Go, Charmed Paper (35780) – Ready Set Go, Fabric Stickers (42256) – Ready Set Go Remarks, Dimensional Embellishments (85591) – Ready Set Go Details, Stamps (59224) – Ready Set Go, Paper Leaves (85592) – Ready Set Go House, Premium Ribbon (89429) – Soho Garden, Stickers (42358) – XOXO Remarks, Decorative Tags (85599) – 5th & Frolic Bits
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I HEART YOU CARD by Tegan Skwiat

love the repetition in this ad and so I decided to cut out a number of
hearts using my Silhouette Cameo. Notice that the very middle heart
says "heart"! I really wasn't trying to cut out any words at all. But
what a fabulous surprise when I noticed that "heart" was perfectly

Supplies: 6×6 Pad (35901) – XOXO, Fox White (53415) – Thickers, Stickers (42358) – XOXO


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Layout2 for AC
SIMPLE THINGS by Tegan Skwiat


On this layout, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the circular rainbow element on my page. I cut a number of circles, increasing the diameter by 2 inches for each new color.

Supplies: Gramercy Park Paper (35829) – Soho Garden, Park Avenue Paper (35834) – Soho Garden, Tribeca Paper (35836) – Soho Garden, Canal Street Paper (35837) – Soho Garden,
West Broadway Paper (35839) – Soho Garden, Good Morning Paper (35764) – Ready Set Go, Around Town Paper (35767) – Ready Set Go, Me & You Paper (35895) – XOXO, Funny Valentine Paper (35899) – XOXO, Decorative Layered Tags (85607) – Soho Garden, Layered Embellishments (85606) – Details, Premium Ribbon (89429) – Soho Garden, Boho Gold (53422) – Thickers, Fabric Stickers (42256) – Remarks, Flair (85590) – Ready Set Go, Dimensional Embellishments (85591) – Ready Set Go Details, Letter Stickers (42267) – Dear Lizzy, Gold Fox (53415) – Thickers

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Layout3 for AC
HUGS & KISSES by Tegan Skwiat

This ad reminded me of Tic Tac Toe and what better way to celebrate the upcoming Valentine's Day than with X's and O's (kisses and hugs)?!

Supplies: Kiss Paper (85396) – XOXO, Love Note Paper (35898) – XOXO, All My Heart Paper (35889) – XOXO, Hugs & Kisses Paper (35894) – XOXO, Dear Begonia (53444) – Thickers, Die Cut Shapes (85616) – XOXO Bits, Layered Embellishments (85612) – XOXO Details, Layered Embellishments (85606), Soho Garden Details, Leaf & Feather Details (85605) – 5th & Frolic, Fox White (53415) – Thickers, Stamps (59224) – Ready Set Go, Premium Ribbon (89429) – Soho Garden

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DREAM by Tegan Skwiat

This project is inspired by the dreamy color palette of the ad. Here I decorated two large clothespins that I have had laying around waiting for the right project to come along and the DREAM banner was the prefect fit!

Supplies: Lunch Break Paper (35771) – Ready Set Go, Cartwheel Court Paper (35806) – 5th & Frolic, Lovely Lane Paper (35816) – 5th & Frolic, Around Town Paper (35767) – Ready Set Go, Little Moments Lane Paper (35808) – 5th & Frolic, Fox White (53415) – Thickers, Phrase Banners (85603) – 5th & Frolic, Leaf & Feather Details (85605) – 5th & Frolic, Decorative Tags (85599) – 5th & Frolic, Premium Ribbon (89429) – Soho Garden

Visit Tegan's blog and Pinterest boards to find out more about her and see what else she finds inspiring!