Short bio: Hey there! My name is Debra and I am just thrilled to be here on the AC Blog! I'm a wife and a stay at home mama trying to keep up with two kiddos and two fur babies in the Chicago area. Before this stay at home gig, I was a professional corporate type who, if you had asked me, would have never dreamed this is where my life would lead. I have always admired and appreciated creativity in others but it was not until I became a mother that I became passionate about and consumed with paper crafting, photography, writing, and memory keeping. If this is my mid life crisis, I'll take it! Thank you for taking at look at my work. I hope it inspires you or makes you smile at the least 🙂
How did you get started scrapbooking? I've always loved paper and remember being the one cutting out shapes and letters from magazines and making collages out of them. So I guess I've always been a papercrafter but it wasn't until my husband gave me a Memory Makers magazine that I realized scrapbooking was an actual thing. I remember it vividly: it was February 2004 and we had just been approved to adopt our first child. I must have looked at that magazine for weeks, totally immersed. That was it. I was hooked.
What is your favorite American Crafts product? That's a tough one because there are so many awesome products that AC makes, but if I have to choose only one, hands down, it's patterned paper. I LOVE their patterned paper.
The Hello wood die cut had holes throughout that were just begging for some stitching! The use of embroidery floss and paint adds dimension and texture to the card.
Supplies: Shimelle (368145) – Herschel, Shimelle (368136) – Goodall, Shimelle (368154) – Rubin, Shimelle (368152) – Haynes, Studio Calico (332260) – Wood Veneer, Shimelle (368173) – Die Cut Cardstock Shapes and Shimelle (368164) – Letter Stickers
Sometimes a patterned paper title is just what a layout needs. I went old school here and traced the letters in pencil and cut each one out by hand.
Supplies: Shimelle (368157) – Granville, Shimelle (368136) – Goodall, Shimelle (368158) – Dowdy, Shimelle (368142) – Hall, Shimelle (368143) – Earhart, Shimelle ( 368154) – Rubin, Shimelle (368145) – Herschel, Shimelle (368140) – Keller, Shimelle (368175) – Wood Veneer, Shimelle (368173) – Die Cut Cardstock Shapes and Shimelle (368167) – Cork Stickers
To add a touch more gold to this layout I cut out the glitter hearts from the patterned paper in Shimelle's collection. Use a nice sharp pair of scissors and fussy cut to your heart's content!
Supplies: Shimelle (368146) – Resnick, Shimelle (368144) – Ride, Shimelle (368136) – Goodall, Shimelle (368145) – Herschel, Shimelle (368167) – Cork Stickers, Shimelle (368173) – Die Cut Cardstock Shapes and Dunbar (368163) – Gold Foil Thickers
Use the graphic elements of a patterned paper in the design of your page. The film strips here are the perfect frames for photos, embellishments, and journaling. Give it a try!
Supplies: Shimelle (368150) – Goodfiled, Shimelle (368152) – Haynes, Shimelle (368153) – Sharman and Shimelle (368164) – Letter Stickers
My son likes the colors yellow and blue, so with this in mind I used a picture frame and some paint to alter die cut wood pieces. I selected the sentiments around the frame and inside to express my wishes for his childhood. My little guy will happily display this frame on his dresser. I hope you'll try making an altered project for someone special in your life!
Supplies: Studio Calico (332260) – Wood Veneer, Studio Calico (332261) – Wood Veneer, Shimelle (368175) – Wood Veneer, Shimelle (368173) – Die Cut Cardstock Shapes and Shimelle (368137) – Crane