I'm delighted to announce the guest designer of the week: Stephanie Baxter!
Your jaw will drop at her lovely banner-themed creations. Take a look:
Supplies: Delight Paper (35399) – Hello Sunshine, Cool Cat Paper (35389) – Peachy Keen, Made in the Shade Paper (35379) - Peachy Keen, Mother Always Says Paper (35388) - Peachy Keen, No Sweat Paper (35378) - Peachy Keen, Peachy Keen Borders (53176) – Thickers, Peachy Keen Plastic Rose Brads (85539) – Elements, Peachy Keen Reinforced Decorative Tags (85543) – Bits, Good Golly! (70068) – Flair, Bow Tie (89398) – Ribbon, Lovely Lady (78047) – Details, Macaw Sunshine (53188) – Thickers, 1 ½" Rose Butter (58231) – Ribbon, Dots Glue Runner (61713) – This To That, Dimensional Tabs (61710) – This To That
"I wanted to document my love for a particular clothes shop that we have here in the UK, Jack Wills, by including a clothes tag from an item that I had bought...as soon as I looked at it I knew I had to use some Peachy Keen goodies because of that purple on the tag...it’s a perfect match!! I clustered my favourite Peachy Keen embellishments together (Details, Plastic Rose Brads, Flair) to accent the photo and to give it an extra pop of colour."
Supplies: White (71081) – Cardstock, Delicate Paper (35413) – Hello Sunshine, Zippy Paper (35411) - Hello Sunshine, Gleam Paper (35414) - Hello Sunshine, Sunset Blush (53182) – Thickers, Hello Sunshine Metal Rimmed Decorative Tags (85546) – Bits, Sunbeam (72011) – Delights, Good Morning Phrases (42194) – Remarks, Confetti Patterned Buttons (85530) – Elements, Shout (72009) – Delights, Dear Lizzy Enchanted Journaling Tickets (64005) – Just Write, Kate (43144) – Minimarks, Dots Glue Runner (61713) – This To That, Dimensional Tabs (61710) – This To That
"A lot of the time I have stories to tell on my scrapbook pages that I don’t have photos for, so I often use images cut out from magazines or fashion catalogues to use on my layouts. I love love love all the lanterns that can be found in the Hello Sunshine line so I decided to make a fun little banner with the lantern stickers from the Remarks book and some baker’s twine to go along with the party theme."
Supplies: Vanilla (71041) – Cardstock, Salmon Cove Paper (35366) – Campy Trails, Sunset Point Paper (35356) - Campy Trails, Elk Creek Trail Paper (35354) - Campy Trails, Spinach Tulle (58601) – Ribbon, Campy Trails Large Brads (85124) – Elements, Dots Glue Runner (61713) – This To That
"The Sunset Point paper from the Campy Trails line is so great for creating banners like I’ve done here on this card. All I did was cut out the little pieces and arrange them across the front of the card. I typed out the sentiment using a fun, boyish font, printed it on a strip of cardstock, and embellished it using a large brad and some punched shapes from Campy Trails patterned paper."
Supplies: Raspberry (71019) – Cardstock, White (71081) – Cardstock, No Sweat Paper (35378) – Peachy Keen, Mother Always Says Paper (35388) – Peachy Keen, Fancy Free Paper (35377) – Peachy Keen, Right-O Paper (35371) – Peachy Keen, Zippy Paper (35411) – Hello Sunshine, Gleam Paper (35414) – Hello Sunshine, Santo Domingo Paper (35430) – Margarita, Fruit Punch Frannie Paper (35325) – Confetti, Coconut Cody Paper (35328) - Confetti, Archie Angel Food Paper (35329) – Confetti, Betty Bundt Paper (35324) – Confetti, Serenade Strawberry (53151) – Thickers, Sunny Banana (53121) – Thickers, Molly (43321) – Minimarks, Sunkissed (43391) – Minimarks, Good Morning (42194) – Remarks, Dots Glue Runner (61713) – This To That, Dimensional Tabs (61710) – This To That "My sister very recently turned 18, so I wanted to document this milestone birthday on a layout for her. I cut out lots of triangles from lots of different papers and made little pennant banners with them. This is a fun way of using the banner trend and getting the banner to look exactly how you want. I love the fact that you can coordinate items across the different AC lines and use them on one page, like I’ve done here."
Supplies: Fruit Punch Frannie Paper (35325) – Confetti, Coconut Cody Paper (35328) – Confetti, Archie Angel Food Paper (35329) – Confetti, Santo Domingo Paper (35430) – Margarita, Zippy Paper (35411) – Hello Sunshine, Gleam Paper (35414) – Hello Sunshine, Fancy Free Paper (35377) – Peachy Keen, Right-O Paper (35371) – Peachy Keen, Lovely Lady (78047) – Details, Shout (72009) – Delights, Bow Tie (89398) – Ribbon
"Shop-bought party decorations are great and very handy, but I wanted to create something special for my sister’s 18th birthday. I decorated our front door with a pennant banner that I made by cutting triangles from different patterned papers, sewing ribbon across the top, and decorating it with Peachy Keen Delights and Details. Super cute and super fun!"
Want to get to know Stephanie a bit more? You've got it!
How did you get started scrapbooking?
I got a job in a scrapbook store one summer about 6 years ago and started researching scrapbooking on the internet. A whole new world opened up before me! It took me a few years to get into it as I went away to university shortly after working there and it wasn’t really practical both in terms of time and money. But I always kept my eye on scrapbooking galleries and magazines because I knew it was something I wanted to get into properly when I could. It’s only been in the last year or two that I feel I’ve got into it in a big way and have started to define a bit of a style.
What would you say your scrapbooking “style” is?
Colourful, clean, fun, and feminine.
What is your favorite technique?
I don’t do a lot of really difficult technique things, but I do love to mix and match patterned papers on my pages to make sure they are always fun and colourful.
When do you find time to scrap?
Usually in the evenings after dinner or at the weekends. Lazy Sunday afternoons spent scrapbooking are the best!
On average, how long does it take you to complete a project?
It really varies from page to page. Sometimes I sit down at my desk and have such a clear idea in my mind about what I want a layout to look like, down to already knowing what products I’m going to use, which means that I can get a page done very quickly. Other times I sit down because I fancy making something and then faff around for hours choosing products and playing around with things... adding bits and pieces and then taking them away and swapping them for something else. On average, though, I’d say about two hours.
What is your favorite thing about American Crafts?
Thickers. I’m not ashamed to admit I am actually obsessed with them. I use them on EVERY SINGLE LAYOUT. No word of a lie!
Be sure to stop by Stephanie's blog and leave some love then come back here again in a few hours for another fabulous sneak peek of a new Summer CHA 2011 line!