Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hello, Amy!

It's Amy here today with my first post as a Zutter Zister! I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of this amazing team, where the original Zutter Zisters set the bar for fantastic and innovative album design. I have deeply admired what Zutter has to offer for so long, and been so inspired by the ways the design team has showcased such fun and exciting products! So, needless to say, I'm thrilled to be showing you a few of my projects featuring these products, and to let you know a little about me.

 grungeboard, tissue tape, button, Tim Holtz; Tag, KI Memories; Twine, Pink Paislee; gaffer tape, 7 Gypsies; paper flower, paper, Creative Memories; 
border punch, purple ribbon, Martha Stewart; corrugated alphas, Jillibean Soup; canvas fabric, brown ribbon, vintage

I thought I'd kick things off with one of my favorite album covers, for a travel journal; because besides being a mom to 3 lovely, creative girls, and the wife to my best friend from college, I'm a courageous soul, who loves to explore the world, even if it is just where I am at that very moment. I try not to be limited by fear, and to try to use each of the talents I may have to the fullest. One day, I hope to travel the world, and see the sights in such places as India, Peru, Thailand, South America......the whole globe! Of course, the best part will be scrapping all of those memories!

Stickers, Authentique; journaling tags, papers, Jenni Bowlin; paint, Liquitex; mist, Tattered Angels; ribbon, Martha Stewart, vintage; 
metal elements, Tim Holtz; handle,  upcycled

Since I started scrapbooking and crafting a few years ago, one of the main things that really keeps my creative motor running, is thinking of fun ways to showcase my memories. I love how the bind-it-all makes it easy to take a fun, different idea, and make it a reality! Like this "haunted house" album I made showcasing the photos from our annual family "Halloweenie Roast" at my mom and dad's farm. It was fun to figure out how to make the album open up like the doors of a haunted house, by binding them on each side, to one large piece of Zutter corrugated board in the back. The album doors open wide to a panorama of photos of the event! (The handle to the door, is a old cabinet pull I found in the drawer in my garage!)

Oh, and as a quick aside, if you see the books that are fitting for this album (spooky Agatha Christie mysteries) on the side of the album, and maybe the shelves of books behind, you'll see this was photographed at my place of work....a library! I am the director of a small public library (with perfect evening light for photographing projects after work), as my main source of employment, as well as being a church soloist and section leader. I am a trained operatic soprano....who obviously took a bit of a detour. Hehe.

papers, Jenni Bowlin; paper flowers, paper circle, Creative Memories; stamp, Graphic 45;
 flowers, Webster's Pages, Prima; Dymo labeler; Alphas, Jenni Bowlin, Doodlebug; paint, Liquitex, Mist, Tattered Angels
twine, rickrack, fabric, buttons, library card, vintage.
 You'll see that these last two projects are created using Zutter's 13x13 corrugated board.  I have a slight obsession with this corrugated board, for any project! I love the texture and dimension it provides, and how it absorbs paint and mist. I use Zutter's corrugated board so much, that I have developed a special painting technique for the cardboard, that I will be so excited to share with you all very soon!
Stamps, fabric and plastic flowers, brads, Jenni Bowlin; paper, Fancy Pants, Jillibean Soup, vintage; 
paint, Liquitex, mist, Tattered Angels, Clearsnap

You will also find that I enjoy finding and using recycled and thrifted elements, especially in my mini books. I love to take things that have pretty or usual graphics (like the coffee bags that I turned into book pages HERE on the bind-it-all blog),and use them on my pages. It always makes me feel so bad to throw them away! (No, please don't sign me up for the next episode of Hoarders, my husband keeps me in check!)

Thank you so much for joining me today on this walk down my Zutter project memory lane.


Hydrangea Hippo - Jennifer Priest said...

I love all the texture and depth in your projects -woweeeee! Gorgeous!

Suzanne said...

Amy, these are absolutely stunning projects! Congrats again on making the team girl! Can't wait to see more!

Michelle said...

Amy your designs are just absolutely stunning, and I look forward to see how you create using the corrugated board. Always have been wanting to use it but was not sure how.

Emily D. said...

Hooray! I'm so happy to see this first post from you! I can't wait to see what other awesome projects you are going to show us my friend!!

Unknown said...

great projects. love how you use the corrugated board.

Nicole Martel said...

These are fabulous!