Short bio: Hi!! 🙂 My name is Amanda Johnson. I live in a small town in southern Indiana with my husband and our three kiddos (ages 7, 5, and 17 months). I am lucky to be a stay at home mommy to these three, but I am pretty sure I'll be lost in a few more years when the little guy makes his way into school. I keep myself busy now in my "free" time (basically after everyone goes to bed) by scrapbooking and documenting our memories. I'm so excited to be here as a guest designer for American Crafts!
How did you get started scrapbooking? I have been scrapbooking for almost 7 years. I started when our oldest daughter was just a few months old. I was constantly taking pictures, CONSTANTLY, and then I found that I had nothing to do with them. I didn't want to just put them in an album and not document the stories, the feelings, the why's behind them all, so a friend took me into my local scrapbooking store and it was a perfect fit. I haven't looked back since!
What is your favorite American Crafts product? This is a hard one!! I love so many AC products. When the new collections roll out, they are always at the top of my list. If I had to narrow it down to a favorite, I would probably say the embellishments, very narrow, huh? I love adding little bits to my pages, and I find that I am always reaching for something AC for that last finishing touch!
I tend to prefer patterned papers for my backgrounds, but every once in awhile, I like the look of a blank slate. By going in and filling in different spots on my background with the little arrow stamp, I was able to create a simple pattern while still having the uncluttered look.
Supplies: White (AM710-81)-Cardstock, Pal (66809)- Plus One, Doubles (66808)- Plus One, Tandem (66805)- Plus One, Friend (66825)- washi (366839)- Plus One, alphas (366841)- Remarks, mini accents (366842)- Remarks, Accompany (366856)- Clear stamps
Overlapping and layering your stamps helps to create a fun background, and I knew this Dear Lizzy stamp was a perfect choice to give it a try. By stamping my sentiment in black, it really pops against the lighter pastels of the card.
Supplies: White (AM710-81)-Cardstock, Cardstock (66746)-Daydreamer, Cardstock (66748)-Daydreamer, Cardstock (66764)-Plus One, Enamel Dots (366785)-Daydreamer, Clear Stamps (366797)-Daydreamer
I challenged myself to not use patterned paper on this layou (except for the background). By layering stamps, and adding in just a few other embellishments, I was able to create a fun and dimensional layout.
Supplies: CoPilot (66810)-Plus One, Twins, Phrase Stickers (366837)- Thickers, Washi (366839)- Plus One, Accents and Phrases (366840)-Remarks, Mini Accents (366842)-Remarks, Accompany (366856)-Clear Stamps, Document (366857)- wood mounted stamps, Clear Stamps (366797)- Daydreamer
I wanted to create fun texture on the back of this piece, and by using modeling past and the fun chevron stamp, I was able to to create a subtle yet fun background. Another thing I love to do is add simple stamping to premade journaling cards!
Supplies: Combo (66804)-Plus One, Partner (66814)-Plus One, Duet (66817)-Plus One, Pair (66821)-Plus One, Friend (66825)-Plus One, Peer (66826)-Plus One, Accompany (366856)-Clear Stamps
I wanted to keep this layout simple, and with some light diagonal stamping, I keep your eye traveling to the photo. Also, by stamping different images on the patterned papers and fussy cutting, I was able to add more pattern and dimension to my layout.
Supplies: Cardstock (66754)-Daydreamer, Cardstock (66760)-Daydreamer, Cardstock (66756)-Daydreamer, Cardstock (66746)-Daydreamer, Cardstock ( 66764)-Daydreamer, Cardstock (66765)-Daydreamer, Puffy Matte Stickers (366777)-Daydreamer, Enamel Dots (366785)-Daydreamer, Wood Buttons (366796)-Daydreamer, Clear Stamps (366797)- Daydreamer, Attendant (366858)-Wood Stamps, Kal Barteski, white foam (66831)-Thickers
Thanks for guest designing for us Amanda!