Friday, April 17, 2009

Sketch #18

Meet Jennifer Yates, another of our talented Inspiration Team members!


What are three adjectives you would use to best describe yourself?   I guess I would say…Artistic, Passionate and Loving.

Can you tell us a little about your family and/or pets? I live in Flower Mound Texas, a suburb outside of Dallas, with my husband Mark of 13 years, our son Mason, who is 4 ½  and our daughter Maren, 18 months. I should also include our Black Lab "Duke", Yellow Lab "Dempsey", our cats "Elvis" and "Priscilla" (I know…I am a closet Elvis Presley fan!!) and my son's two frogs "Barney" and "Gordon." It is basically a Zoo around my house!

How long have you been scrapbooking?  I have been scrapbooking about 5 years and LOVE every minute of it!

Why did you begin scrapbooking?  Like many, after the birth of my son I wanted to document his life, so my friend Molly and I took a class, Scrapbooking 101, at our local scrapbook store.  We were SO overwhelmed with all of the products and embellishments but were totally HOOKED and haven’t looked back since!

What has been the most interesting or exciting scrapbooking experience you’ve had?  My favorite scrapbook moment would have to be meeting Ali Edwards and taking a class from her. She is such a creative and inspiring person.  I just love her work! Heidi Swapp is another all time favorite! I love all her products. It was so exciting for me when, through encouragement from my friend, I entered a Heidi Swapp Layout Contest "Things I Love" through our local scrapbook store and WON!  Heidi judged all the layout submissions from around the country and the winner was chosen and "published" on her BLOG. It was a great thrill!

What is your favorite manufacturer(s)? Oh my goodness…to many to list but a few right now are Sassafras Lass, October Afternoon, Pink Paislee and Jenni Bowlin.

What are your favorite colors? PINK! PINK! PINK!  Hence the color of my scrapbook room and blog!!  Like diamonds a girl can NEVER have enough!

What product(s) can you not live without right now?  Ilove the Hambley overlays, any kind of 3-diminsional stickers and American Crafts “Thickers” are a must for almost every layout I do.

Where do you find inspiration?  I seem to start with the photo and from there that really helps me determine the direction I want the layout to go…from the choice of papers to the embellishments.   I also love to look through magazines!

What do you do when you get stuck in a “scrappers rut” or a “creative block”?I never thought I could get tired of scrapbooking but sometimes I need a change of scenery, so I try to step back and do something completely different.  Take a day to not think about it, which is hard to do…and try to approach it with a fresh mind.  I also keep a notebook with me so while driving in the car or cooking in the kitchen, if I think of something, whether it be a title or layout idea  I will sketch it out and have that next time I go to scrap.

What is your favorite scrapping snack?  I usually don’t eat when I scrap.  But I love anything with caffeine (coffee is my FAV) to keep me awake!!!

What kind of camera do you have? A Canon Rebel XSI.  I love it!  Totally worth the investment!

Do you shoot pictures in manual or automatic? Well…I’m still trying to educate myself on that!  It really depends on the setting.  I don’t like to use the flash so I try to shoot in as much natural light as possible.

What is your favorite thing(s) to photograph?  I love to photograph my kids and the sweet moments between them.

Do you have any hobbies besides scrapbooking? Does shopping count as a hobby??  I love to draw, make jewelry and pamper myself with pedicures!  I do wish I had more time to read.  If I’m not chasing the kids around I’m scrapbooking in my free time!

What is your best piece of advice to share with other scrapbookers?  Scrap what inspires you at the time and what you are drawn to.  Try not to feel so overwhelmed because you are not caught up or you’re not scrapping in sequential order.  What is most important are the wonderful memories you are creating for you and your family!!

Here's Jennifer's sketch and layout to inspire you for Sketch #18!



Layout by Lynn Kopas 


Layout by Lynlee Rutter 


So what are you waiting for..let's get scrapping!  Upload your layouts to the Inspired Blueprints gallery by the end of April to go into the draw for a prize from this month's sponsor, Gauche Alchemy!

ps. there's two more sketches this month...keep your eye out for them!


  1. Love the sketches and love the results from your team! Awesome work ladies!

  2. I have some pix of rainbows that would be perfect for this! Thx for sharing your fab page Helen!