Monday, June 30, 2014

Blog Hop with a Difference

A few weeks ago I was asked by my dear friend Helen Wallace if I would like to play along with a BLOG HOP with a DIFFERENCE.
After reading the email it all seemed a bit daunting, I wasn't sure if I wanted to play along...
after sleeping on it and rereading it again next morning I though it sounded like a bit of fun.....
so I said Yes I would love to join in.
Click HERE to go to Helen's blog.
Helen's work is beautiful. I am in awe of her journaling talents....she is a journal junkie (Helen's words). Helen has inspired me to journal more on my layouts instead of just having a title and date. Helen is on the CSI, Scrap Africa and Megs Garden Design Teams.
My list of Friends are at the bottom of this post.
They will reveal their posts next week- 7th July.
Getting to know ME....
1. What am I working on right now.
I am working on a Birthday Card for my Beautiful Mum.
 Mum loves to receive something handmade.
She absolutely loves Heather Jacob's work as do I,
 so I have created a Heather Jacob inspired card for her
using some gorgeous Maja Design papers and some cricut cut outs from Mum.
"Happy Birthday for Sunday Mum"
Hugs from Janice xx

I am also working on some GD creations.
Super excited to be invited to Guest Design here.
Make sure you pop back for the full reveal soon.

2. How long does it take to create a layout?
To be honest it takes me way to long....
I am a very slow scrapper, I procrastinate way to long.
Some layouts come together quickly and others take me days to complete.
I am sure if I had my own scrapbooking room I would create more ...and be more organized...some days I spend hours looking for something I know I have, but cannot find. I tell myself to pack up and put away after I have finished a layout....... but I don't always do that.
I am a messy scrapper.
3.What  are my favourite things I love to create with?
 At the moment I am loving washi tapes, I know rub-ons are old but I still love using them, chipboard, thread, inks and stamps.

4.How does your creating process work?
Most times I choose a photo first...sometimes changing it to Black/White, depending on the criteria of the challenge.
I then select my papers...Using papers from the same manufacturer or collection-
 It makes colour matching easy.
I often look for a sketch for inspiration and design layout.
I select my accessories/embellies to match.
I create the background layers-(mixed media, inks, mists, stamping)  Let it Dry or if I am in a hurry heat gun it dry.
I start adding more layers....washi strips, and rub-ons
Add my paper layer -Place them down and adhere
Add my photo.
 Add title and text.
 Add embellishments.
Add finishing touches etc...more misting/ stamping.
This all sounds and look like every layout should fall in place very easy....BUT they don't!
Sometimes I tell myself to just stick it down, no more shuffling, moving changing...just stick it down.

HINT: once you have decided on placement take a photo of your layout....refer back to the photo when you are adhering the layers and embellies.
5.How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
My Children, well young adults now, my Mum and life in general keep me inspired.
I am also inspired by the many talented scrappers who share their work via blog, facebook or
you- tube tutorials.
Magazines are full of inspiration.
Inspiration is everywhere!
I have been fortunate to be on a few amazing Design Teams and have had the opportunity to do some Guest Designing,....this always keeps me inspired, scrapping and preserving my Family memories.

6 What is my Signature style?
My signature style is minimalistic....I love white space.
On most of my layouts you will find a HEART of some description
-chipboard, rub-on, washi, paper, metal, ribbon, transparent, template, stamp-

A little about my Friends
Tiff Firth;
copied from Tiffs blog
"Mad Scrapper, Flat out Mum, Keen Amateur Photographer,
Occasional Wife, Sad Housekeeper."

Tiff is a wonderful Friend who has helped me out on numerous occasions....she has always got time, nothing is ever too much trouble. Tiff helped me start my blog, encouraged and helped me submit my 1st layout and to enter challenges. Tiff scraps chronologically which I admire greatly and she uses her blog as a diary/journal to record everything and refers back to it when she scraps.
 She has grown from a keen Amateur photographer to a Talented professional photographer.
She has the most gorgeous photos to scrap with.
 This talented girl scraps A4 layouts with a minimalistic style.
Pop over to her blog, there is so much to see!
Tina Connolly;
copied from Tina's blog
"I'm a Mum, wife, small business owner, scrapbook teacher, and part time taxi for my kids"

Tina's blog is full of amazing creations. Tina creates using lots of layers using different elements and mediums. She is a well known scrapbooking teacher and has just recently taught classes at the Scrapbooking & Paper Expo. She shares step by step tutorials, lots of detailed close ups and hints and tips. She also shares her many talents on a number of Design Teams.
Pop over to Tina's blog ...You will be inspired!
Kim Ewins;
copied from Kim's Blog
"She lives in country NSW. A mother to 8 children who enjoys capturing Art and Life"

I have been a big fan of Kim's Gorgeous inspirational creations for quite awhile now. Her layout include distressing, stitching, layering, stamping and they always have that "WOW" factor.
Kim  share her talents on a number of Design Teams.
 She has also created a video tutorial on creating one of her layouts.
 Pop over to her blog... check out her Art!
Links to my Friends blogs joining in with this Blog Hop
These girls will be posting for this blog hop next week- 7th July.
I would love you to pop over to their blogs and learn more about them.
Thank you for stopping by. I do hope you have fun with this blog hop and discover some new scrappers.
To those of you who are reading this I would like to say a BIG  Thank You.
I feel blessed to have so many Beautiful scrappy friends who drop by and look at my work and I feel even  happier when you take the time to leave me some love. If you are not already a follower of my blog I would love you to become one...its easy just click on my followers link on the sidebar.

Take care and Happy Scrapping!
 Janice xx


bel said...

What another gorgeous card for your mum. Beautiful page. Love the brightness and fun of the roller coaster one. I don't think I have seen that one before.
Will be waiting to see your friends blogs next week!

Mum said...

Thanks so much for the amazing card,and the very
special day we spent together.the beautiful cake,
but making me blow out 77candles it was lots of fun
special THANKS to you Janice &Matthew xx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loved reading more about you! And loving that scrapbooking poster -- lol ... so true!!!!!!!!

Lizzyc said...

This has been lovely to read a bit more about you.. and I love your style! always looks neat and cleverly created.. and I shall make sure I am following your links too!!

Tiff Firth said...

you are so sweet. mwah.
And, hehe, guess what?? I'm doing my first 12x12 to challenge myself. First 12x12 since I don't know how long.

Thank you for the asking to be involved. I'm still feeling very flattered.

I better now get my butt into gear and get set up for the blog journey. (As well as everything else I seem to cramp into my week.)


Lizzy Hill said...

I hadn't realised how much of a minimalist scrapper you were 'til I saw these ....I really do adore your style.....& it was interesting reading a bit more about how you're inspired:):)

Helen Wallace said...

Thanks for accepting the invite Janice and making the time to tell us a bit more about your creative process. What a gorgeous card with the Maja papers in the Heather Style. The magenta thread makes it all pop. I'll be interested to see your GD reveals too. Like you, I take forever to complete a page; sometimes a deadline puts a bomb under me and I stop procrastinating. Of course you are inspired by those gorgeous young adults with their beaming smiles. Just scrolling through all your pages is fun - each using similar products, yet completely individual. Looking forward to seeing the blogs of the scrappers you've tagged. Thanks again for joining in. :D

Denise van Deventer said...

Janice, it was lovely to read more about you and your creative ways! ;-) Your work is really gorgeous and I really do love your style. It was great to see your variety of pages....all so super! It's always so great for me one just has to visit a few blogs and already the inspiration is flowing...and also so nice to meet some cyberspace scrappy friends! x

Heather Jacob said...

wow Janice, your work is just so amazing innovative and inspiring ... love love love it all. cant wait to meet when you come here next ... hugz x

Tina Connolly said...

It's great to get to know more about your creative process. Your work is always inspiring, Janice! Thanks for tagging me in this blog hop! xx

Beck Beattie said...

what a great post Janice, feel like I've gotten to know you so much better even though I'm a long admirer of your work! LOVE that you add a heart to most of your layouts... I'll be playing spot the heart on your work from now on :D

Margaret Mifsud said...

A fabulous post Janice!! I really love your work and it's so nice to read more about you and your creative life. Our method's are very similar, I procrastinate a lot too and am always losing things because I don't pack them away when I'm finished with them!! LOL! A great read and loved seeing your gorgeous art!!! x

Val-Belle said...

Ah I was supposed to play along too but then life just got in the way and I got so overwhelmed that I actually sat back and re-evaluated everything. Maybe not such a bad thing. I loved reading more about you and I truly love your style.

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