Please welcome November Guest Designer Melissa Stinson (United States). We’re loving Melissa’s talent and how she poured her heart into our kits. We’ll be sprinkling bits of Melissa’s work throughout the month so be sure to check back in. We also love that Melissa is a Project Lifer and that made her a perfect fit with the launch of our new Project Life kit subscriptions.
Melissa based one of her layouts around winning the lottery. Check it out!
Here’s the first sneak:
Here’s the second:
And here’s one more . . .
Here’s the whole layout. (I know, we aren’t supposed to do whole page reveals yet but Melissa’s layout is just so colorful and fun, we had to share!
Melissa shares this about her layout, I’d Live On A Sailboat…” (Main Kit Only)
There’s a common question- if you won the lottery, or if money were somehow not an issue, what what you do? Some people wish for bigger houses, to pay off debt, to go back to school. Me? I always say I want what I call a “Bond villain yacht.” You know, those massive luxury liveaboards that the bad guys in action movies often use as their base of operations. While that particular dream (the boat part, not necessarily being a super villain…although…) will probably not ever become a reality for me, it’s still given my husband and I a goal that is attainable- to own a large sailboat and sail instead of flying for our vacations. Sailboats, while slower, are much more cost effective than big yachts like the one in my photo (snapped while on vacation in the Bahamas). As soon as I read the “If Dreams Were Wishes” journaling card in the November kit, this photo and our sailboat dream came to mind and I literally stayed up until 1am finishing this page!
Each month we ask our guest designer to answer some Q&As. Be sure to read to the bottom and you’ll see some shots of Melissa’s scrapbooking space. Here’s what Melissa had to say:
1. How long have you been scrapbooking and why did you start?
I started scrapbooking when I was 18 during the summer right after I graduated from high school. My parents gave me a new camera for graduation (I was already a total shutterbug at that point), and a few weeks later I found myself with lots of new photos that I wanted to do something with. Mom and I were shopping at Michaels one day not too long after that, and I discovered the scrapbooking aisle there for the first time and used some of my graduation money to buy the latest supplies, which at the time were decorative edge scissors and books of printed paper by Hot Off the Press!
2. How would you describe your scrapbooking style?
This is always such a hard one. Some people have called it simple, some have called it white space, and some have just called it a mess! I like to go with “simple and eclectic.”
3. What scrapbookers have influenced you most?
So, so many!! Jennifer Johner, Maggie Holmes, and Marcy Penner were the three who first influenced my current style, and more recently Kim Stewart, Anna-Maria Wolniak, and Deb Duty have been added to my go-to lists for inspiration.
4. What is your favorite thing about kit clubs?
The way they simplify my shopping. With so many new collections being released all the time (and many of them are simply huge with a wide range of papers and embellishments), kit clubs are a great way to get a variety of all the new stuff without having to buy it all, with the added bonus that items from several collections are coordinated together in a single kit. It’s both a time and a money saver!
5. If you rented a villa in the south of France for a month, what are your 5 favorite scrapbooking items you would want to have with you (besides your camera and photos!)?
Just five? Oh, my! Let’s see…neutral cardstock (white, cream, gray, brown, and black) is a must for page backgrounds and die cuts, a library/roller date stamp, black ink pad (Staz-On or VersaFine), dimensional adhesive such as Pop Dots or dimensional Glue Dots, and a spray mist (Studio Calico Mister Huey or October Afternoon Sprinklers) in a neutral color such as white, cream, or gray. These are the items that I most often pack up when scrapping with my kits at a crop or on the road when I travel for work.
6. How would you describe the Citrus Twist November kit “Beautiful Day” and why does every scrapbooker need this kit?
With all the bright colors and fun patterns, I would describe this kit as “happy!” The papers are largely taken from fall collections (Crate Paper’s Acorn Avenue, anyone?!?!), but the colors are perfect for summer photos, too! I actually used the main kit to scrap a vacation photo taken in the sunny Bahamas, and the kit worked so well for it- it’s totally versatile and great for a variety of seasons and subjects!
It’s fun when our guest designer’s share pictures of their work space. Melissa’s is so well organized, too!
Ever wonder how they store all their embellies, etc.? Well check out what Melissa does with some of her project life goodies:
Here’s one last shot of Melissa’s work space. Don’t forget to leave her some love below, ask her questions or guess at what’s in her sneak! Each person who leaves a comment will go into a drawing for one of Melissa’s 5 favorite products. You have until Reveal Day, Monday, November 12th, midnight PST, to leave your comment below.