I designed the "Life in Pictures" digital scrapbooking template album to scrap 50 favourite photos of The Husband, but it has been wonderful to see the different uses people put it to - from Halloween through the years, to favourite vintage photos.
Carol's a keen digiscrapper who lives in Colorado, at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park and has been part of the Designer Digitals community since 2008, when she saw a TV show that mentioned DD and the digi-scrapping products available.
She has two dogs... Fenway a black Lab who is almost 10 and Wally the small yellow Lab who almost 14 months ... and a handful. Because they are so photogenic Carol has lots of photos of them, and decided to create an album to document Wally's growth, which then grew to cover Fenway as well. (I love that name BTW) She says it will probably extend to her son's labradors too!
1. It's that time of the yearin Wellington when it fluctuates between beautiful sunshine and foul weather. The other day I went out when it was perfectly pleasant, and by the time I got off the bus to return home I was in the middle of a hailstorm, pelted by tiny stinging pellets. (It was actually quite invigorating, maybe it should become the next big spa treatment).
2. We took a drive to Seatoun, beloved of The Hobbit and LOTR cast and crew.
3. I have been doing more family history but still have had no luck in solving the mystery of my great-grandfather who changed his name for his marriage certificate and went by that name for the rest of his life. So much easier in those days to reinvent yourself. I did find him under his old (real?) name on the 1901 census because he made the mistake of putting hisreal address on the marriage certificate. Did a little dance around the room and said "gotcha" at that point - but it hasn't got me any further because, predictably, it was a very common name.
4. This layout is a sneak peek of the new template coming to the store at Designer Digitals this week:
The scrappy blog tour is making it's way around the internet, and I was invited by Amy Mallory to join in.
(Check out Amy's gorgeous project scrapping her adorable baby girl's first year)
If you are new here - welcome. I used to be on the side of a volcano (hence the blog title) but we moved and now we are on the side of a faultline. But still in New Zealand and still scrapping. I also design digital scrapbook kits, elements and page-and-album templates that are available at Designer Digitals.
1. What am I working on right now?
Well, actually I am working on a secret Christmas-related project for someone who reads this blog, so I can't share that right now ...
But I have also been slowly working on an album for my husband, entitled "50 years in 50 photographs"
(He would like me to point out that I have a few years in hand to work on it!)
Unfortunately not many photos were taken of him before I met him, but I have had fun scrapping the ones that do exist.
(All supplies from Lynn Grieveson, Katie Pertiet and Ali Edwards at Designer Digitals)
However, when I am working on a project - such as a travel album or this "50 years in 50 photos" album I used an album template and try to do two or three pages a day. Each one only takes about 15 or 20 minutes.
3. What are my favourite things to create with at the moment?
Here's the template album I am using at the moment:
And my favourite digital scrapbooking kit right now:
4. How does my creating process work?
Honestly, I sit down and I scrap. That's why I love having a couple of album projects on the go, and even if I am not feeling particularly inspired I have a template to follow. I take inspiration from the photos, and from the mood I want to convey. But I get a lot of inspiration from the community at Designer Digitals and at Get It Scrapped.
When I comes to designing, colour always comes first. And I design what I would love to scrap with.
5. What's my signature style?
Colourful, slightly retro and distressed. I very rarely use bold or dark colours, it's nearly always a pale background and pastel colours.
I hope you enjoyed that little insight into my scrappy corner.
And to carry on the tour I would like to nominate:
Carol: A talented Australian digi-scrapper who not only posts inspiring layouts but also inspiring posts about her fitness journey. But I am not following her up a mountain any time soon!
Esther: Another Australian digi-scrapper with awesome technical skills and a beautiful scrapping style
Melanie: The original "Britgirl" scrapbooker who combines fabulous photography with a unique and very special vintage, collage-inspired style.