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Guest Designer of the Week: Amy Heller

Guest Designer of the Week
You're going to love ALL the creations featuring barcode strips made by the talented Amy Heller Headshot_Smile_AH

MyTypeGirl_LO_AH_475 Supplies: Sweet On You Paper (35374) - Peachy Keen, Easy As Pie Paper (35393) - Peachy Keen, Neat-O Paper (35392) - Peachy Keen, Easy Peasy Paper (35382) - Peachy Keen, No Sweat Paper (35378) - Peachy Keen, Gossamer Paper (35409) - Hello Sunshine, Shout (72009) - Delights, Charming Chap (78046) - Details, Peachy Keen Corduroy Brads (85538) - Elements, Peachy Keen Metal Rimmed Tags (85542) - Bits, Campy Trails Paper Tags (85534) - Bits, Emerald Hay (53022) - Thickers, Forest Vanilla (53162) - Thickers

"I created this layout about my daughter, Lauryn. She is just my type of girl. Not too frilly, but not a tomboy. Intellectual but so, so funny! Cautious but very adventuresome! And she's very driven and outspoken. She's her own person and I really wanted to capture that about her - not only that I'm proud of her because I'm her Mom, but because even if she weren't, she'd be my type of girl. Using the 'extra' strips of patterned paper on the bottom of each sheet is really a great creativity stimulant. Not only because its an additional pattern to play with, but also because it really pushes you to think about how to get the most of a 1/4" strip of paper. I really wanted to play up the colors in the Peachy Keen line (which I LOVE!!) and emphasize other elements in my layout. So, I used the yellow strip with the adorable bicycle on it (Easy As Pie Paper - 35393) to recreate the fun Delights piece (Shout Paper - 72009) down on the bottom left corner of my page. The yellow strip was perfect as well, because it really brings out the yellow in my daughter's shirt in the photos as well as the creamy yellow tones in my Thickers."

HappyHappYDay_card2_AH Supplies: Gleam Paper (35414) - Hello Sunshine, Spree Paper (35400) - Hello Sunshine, Frolic Paper (35403) - Hello Sunshine, Easy As Pie Paper (35393) - Peachy Keen, Hello Sunshine Decorative Tags (85547) - Bits, Dusk (58637) - Ribbon, Confetti Buttons (85529) - Elements

"I fell in love with Hello Sunshine the moment I laid eyes on it when it was first released. So when I went to make a card with this collection, I thought it would be the perfect line for creating a shower card. It has all the cutest elements without being overtly baby or wedding in theme. I love the umbrellas and all the bright, fun colors. To add depth and weight to the background I used the brown strip from the bottom of a sheet from The Classics (A Wrinkle In Time Paper - 35301) and cut that strip in half so as to not overpower the light feel to the rest of the card. I also hand cut along the bottom edge of the card which is the strip from Hello Sunshine (Gleam Paper - 35414). Lastly I even used a shallow border punch to give one of my strips a scallop shape, adding even more interest on the card."

HereFishy_LIGHT_LO_AH_475 Supplies: 12x12 Straw Cardstock (71042) - AC Cardstock, Timberline Resort Paper (35357) - Campy Trails, Caribou Creek Paper (35351) - Campy Trails, Hidden Lake Paper (35361) - Campy Trails, Big Pine Creek Paper (35369) - Campy Trails, Appleton Cove Paper (35348) - Campy Trails, Annie Amaretto Paper (35344) - Confetti, Gossamer Paper (35409) - Hello Sunshine, Campy Trails Paper Tags (85534) - Bits, Camy Trails Postcards (64009) - JustWrite, Confetti Buttons (85529) - Elements, Hot Dog (89397) - Ribbon, Hello Sunshine Fabric Brads (85544) - Elements, Forest Vanilla (53162) - Thickers, Meadow Popcorn (53166) - Thickers

"Every year we go back to our home state of Washington for a month of summer fun in the forest, lakes, and beaches of the great Pacific Northwest. Last summer my son Peyton had a ball 'fishing' in my parent's lake. I knew I wanted my projects with Campy Trails to focus on these super fun photos of his first casts of the line into the lake. I used the strips of paper from the bottom of my Campy Trails papers to create a strong vertical pattern on the right side of my page. These lines bring the focus down to the title. To re-emphasize this as well as bring the eye to the photos, I created a fishing pole out of the Campy Trails brown ric rac ribbon and used the orange buttons as the real and the top of the hook which was simply made from a paper clip. Lastly, since I wanted my fish to be blue and larger than the ones on my patterned paper I had, I hand drew him on matching blue patterned paper with my white Galaxy Marker."

SoDandyCard_AH_475 Supplies: 12x12 Ash Cardstock (71078) - AC Cardstock, No Sweat Paper (35378) - Peachy Keen, Oh So Dandy Paper (35372) - Peachy Keen, Easy As Pie Paper (35393) - Peachy Keen, Charming Chap (78046) - Details, Forest Vanilla (53162) - Thickers

"I'm in LOVE with the Peachy Keen line of papers. All the adorable Details pieces that coordinate with it are so fun, quirky, and bold, that I knew I wanted my next card to feature the uber bright yellow vintage telephone as its centerpiece. For my sentiment I used the bottom piece from the Oh So Dandy varnished paper - perfect for the 'dandy' feel of that super cool phone. It would make a great note card to a friend."

HanginaroundLO_AH_475 Supplies: 12x12 Taffy Cardstock (71022) - AC Cardstock, Bliss Paper (35395) - Hello Sunshine, Radiant Paper (35396) - Hello Sunshine, Dandy Paper (35397) - Hello Sunshine, Spree Paper (35400) - Hello Sunshine, Gleam Paper (35414) - Hello Sunshine, Zippy Paper (35411) - Hello Sunshine, Glee Paper (35402) - Hello Sunshine, Neat-O Paper (35392) - Peachy Keen, Peachy Keen Corduroy Brads (85538)  - Elements, Dusk (58637) - Ribbon, Charming Chap (78046) - Details, Sunny Side (72010) - Delights, Rose Brads (85522) - Elements, Fantastic White (53110) - Thickers, Sunrise Geranium (53178) - Thickers, Doll Waterfall (53169) - Thickers

"For this layout I used strips and product from the Hello Sunshine and Peachy Keen collections. I used those fun leftover pieces to create a flag banner at the top, as well as a fan of strips down at the bottom of my page. One additional element that I created was a strip of cut up strips. I trimmed my strips into 1/4" squares then randomly adhered them to a larger strip, spacing them out equally. This gives my fan of strips at the bottom an additional design element of pattern and color."

GrowingUp_LO_AH_475 Supplies: 12x12 White Cardstock (71081) - AC Cardstock, Dandy Paper (35397) - Hello Sunshine, Annie Amaretto Paper (35344) - Confetti, Holly Hazelnut Paper (35323) - Confetti, Appleton Cove Paper (35348) - Campy Trails, Evergreen Point Paper (35358) - Campy Trails, Coconut Cody Paper (35328) - Confetti, Peppy Paper (35405) - Hello Sunshine, Glee Paper (35402) - Hello Sunshine, Decorative Tags (85547) - Bits, Confetti Buttons (85529) - Elements, Peachy Keen Corduroy Brads (85538) - Elements, Large Fabric Brads (85500) - Elements, Campy Trails Large Fabric Brads (85535) - Elements, Dusk (58637) - Ribbon, Hot Dog (89397) - Ribbon, Sunrise Geranium (53178) - Thickers, Doll Waterfall (53169) - Thickers, Sunrise Limeade (53179) - Thickers, Suprise! (42185) - Remarks

"For this layout I used a variety of barcode strips to bring the eye over to my very long title which meanders all the way down to the tag nestled within the pictures of my daughter. Since she was a very little tike, she LOVED playing on the tire swings at the playground. And still, at almost 9 years old, she loves to be spun around wildly just like when she was little. She's growing up, but she still enjoys those little things. When I saw the tag from Hello Sunshine, I knew I wanted to create a layout around that theme and it worked out great with all my Thickers!"


CandyTube1_AHSupplies: Triple Chocolate Charlie Paper (35332) - Confetti, Holly Hazelnut Paper (35323) - Confetti, Archie Angel Food Paper (35329) - Confetti, Vickie Vanilla Swirl Paper (35341) - Confetti, Confetti Buttons (85529) - Elements, Shout (72009) - Delights, Dusk (58637) - Ribbon, Happy Birthday to You (70065) - Large Flair, Hot Dog (89397) - Ribbon

"I love using these trendy tubes for gifts and party favors. And they are PERFECT for using up those 1/4" strips! Wrap them around the lids and the tube itself, and voila, instant wow! For these tubes I tried to take the strips as far as I could. I trimmed them down the center to get twice the usage, then curled them like curling ribbon. I even took pieces of them and used them as additional umph to the already darling Shout Delights. With my second much taller tube, I wrapped the tube itself with darling cupcakes paper and used them for ribbon streamers along with my super cute Large Flair."

Great work Amy - WOW! Thanks for inspiring us all with new and creative ways to use barcode strips! Here is a little questionnaire with Amy:

How did you get started scrapbooking?
I was introduced to "modern" scrapbooking back in 2004 when I was invited to a monthly crop group after we moved across the country for my husband's schooling. My daughter was not nearly two at the time and I was excited to start documenting her life and ours. As a graphic designer by trade, I was immediately drawn to all the paper, ink, cutting tools, and color! I knew it would be a hobby for life. But it wasn't until my son was about two, back in 2008, that I became truly addicted to this craft.

What would you say your scrapbooking “style” is?
I'm not sure what my "style" is, as I am constantly trying to push myself and try new things. However, I do know 1) I love color, 2) I love pattern, 3) I love fresh and vibrant pages, 4) I love layering. I would like to think of myself as creative and whimsical, but who knows! :D

What is your favorite technique?
I LOVE layering color, pattern, and texture. The more the better. To me, the challenge is always to use as much product as I can and still make a page cohesive, tight, and well-designed. I also sew on nearly every project I do, so that's way up on my list of favorite techniques as well. 

When do you find time to scrap?
Really the only time I have to scrap is when my kids are in school and on the weekends. I am not a night person at all, never have been, so unfortunately I don't scrap after everyone's in bed. I wish I could, I'd get a lot more accomplished! Luckily I have a very supportive husband who allows me to have the weekends entirely to myself to create as much as I'd like. Gotta love him! ;)

On average, how long does it take you to complete a project?
Boy that's tough, it depends on the project. But I would say probably a couple hours to create a typical one page layout and maybe a half hour for a card.

What is your favorite thing about American Crafts?
Um - what ISN'T to love?! I think that American Crafts has set the standard on so many levels, it's hard to pick just one. From spot on trends in color, design, and quality, everything is top notch! The AC products I use on a daily basis are Thickers, cardstock, and my precision pens, can't live without those!

Be sure you stop by Amy's blog because she is one amazing scrapbooker and crafter! See you again tomorrow for even more barcode strips fun!

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