Monday, April 27, 2009

Sketch #19

Hello scrappers! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Here is the first of our final 2 sketches for the month. It's been a sketch bonanza this month and we at Inspired Blueprints really hope you've been having fun being inspired with the sketches.
Sketch #19 comes from the sweet and talented Christie Wildes.

Here's a little more about Christie...

What are three adjectives you would use to best describe yourself?
Oh wow – this so feels like that nightmare interview I frequently have!  *grin* Let’s see…I am extremely organized (however, my husband doesn’t label it so nicely ☺), optimistic, and creative.

Can you tell us a little about your family and/or pets?
I have been married to Andy for 7 years and we are a military family.  He has been in the Army for 14 years!  We have two beautiful children – Bayleigh, who is a very sarcastic and humorous 7 year old, and Layne, who is a mobile and mischievous 10 month old.  We also have a cat, Caleb, or at least I think we do – he likes to roam the neighborhood and come in for food. 

How long have you been scrapbooking?
I started scrapbooking in 1998, when I attended a Creative Memories home party.  After 6 months, a local scrapbook store opened up in my town and I never looked back. 

Why did you begin scrapbooking?
I started scrapbooking to put all those high school pictures somewhere.  I also wanted a place to document my college experience and I figured that scrapbooking was the perfect way!

What has been the most interesting or exciting scrapbooking experience you’ve had?
Seriously?  It has to be being asked to join the Inspired Blueprints and Little Red Scrapbook design teams.  Honestly, I am so honored to be a part of such a great group of scrapbookers and women.  I have been published a few times as well and it’s so neat to see your family in print.  ☺ 

What is your favorite manufacturer(s)?
Oh this is soo hard!  I am such a product junkie that picking just one is too hard!  I will list my top favorites, okay?  I know, I have to be a rule breaker.  I am currently in love with October Afternoon, Pink Paislee, Sassafras Lass, and American Crafts Thickers!

What are your favorite colors?
Probably blue.  I went through a phase where it seems like every page I created had some sort of blue on it.  I enjoy using almost all colors now though.  Each color has its place in my scrapbooks depending on the mood I am trying to portray through my page.

What product(s) can you not live without right now?
My circle punches and my Cats Eye chalk ink!

Where do you find inspiration?
All over the place.  I love to look through online galleries to gather inspiration.  Mostly though, sketches provide so much inspiration to me because it is like a blank canvas and I can use it anyway that I want.  LOVE it!

What do you do when you get stuck in a “scrappers rut” or a “creative block”?
I usually just take a break.  If I can’t seem to get my mojo back, then I will search for a page online that catches my eye and totally scraplift it.  That usually leads to my own interpretation, which in turn, get’s my creative juices flowing once again.

What is your favorite scrapping snack?
Anything chocolate.  But, I don’t eat at my table because I am a klutz and I am afraid I will spill something and make a mess.  So, I just snack between projects.  Might be the only time you don’t find me with food in my mouth.  Seriously.

What kind of camera do you have?
I have a Sony A-200 DSLR. 

Do you shoot pictures in manual or automatic?
Automatic.  I so need to take a photography class to learn something about my camera.  Lots of buttons and I keep it on automatic. 

What is your favorite thing(s) to photograph?
My kids.  I just love capturing our daily lives.  Watching my baby boy grow and getting his expressions and habits on film means the world to me!  They are usually pretty willing subjects too.  Usually. 

Do you have any hobbies besides scrapbooking?
I enjoy to read and sew.  One word for ya – Twilight.  Need I say more? 

What is your best piece of advice to share with other scrapbookers?
Enjoy your process!  Don’t worry about how long it takes you to complete a page or how to get your page to look like someone else’s.  Just do your thing and enjoy it.  It takes me a long time to finish a page and I always have to add stuff and add more stuff, then take away other things.  But, I am so okay with that.  That is my creative process and I love it.  My pages wouldn’t be complete without it.  It is my stress reliever and sanity saver.  I did say I am an Army wife right?  ☺

Here is Christie's sketch and layout...


And layouts from the rest of the team....




Have fun with this latest sketch and I'll be back tomorrow with the final sketch brought to you by Yasu! :) Happy scrapping!

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