Thursday, August 29, 2013
Project Life Design Team Member Melissa Whittaker
Melissa Whittaker! Once a month, you will meet a new design team member and they will inspire you with how easy it is to use Project Life to document your everyday! We love Melissa's beautiful way of recording her family. You can tell through her pages that she loves the concept of Project Life!
I have been a scrapbooker since around the year 2003. I started scrapbooking after attending a Creative Memories party. My best friend Shannon and I would get together and create scrapbooks in my basement. During 2005, I picked up a starter jewelry maker set at a local craft store and the two of us started making jewelry. We turned this into a hobby business called The Perfect Loop and started attending craft shows. When I got married in 2009, I started scrapbooking again to get my wedding photos into albums. Then I became pregnant with my son and scrapbooking turned into card making and the jewelry business was put aside to focus on these new fun crafts.
My friend Lindsay turned me on to Project Life just after my son was born in 2011 and it rocked my world! I stopped traditional scrapbooking and only do Project Life now. I have actually mixed in a few traditional pages, because I love the creativity I can express with those, but Project Life makes getting my memories documented easily and quickly. I now have books documenting my son from birth through today, and I will cherish these forever.
Lots of things inspire me to be creative. I love looking at products and visualizing what I might do with them. I enjoy browsing through Pinterest and online galleries for ideas. My favorite thing is to see a card and put my own spin on it using my own stamps and papers and tools. I have a strange obsession with watching people unload their "scrapbook hauls" on YouTube as well. It's like shopping without spending money! :)
My favorite products are stamps, alpha thickers, chipboard embellishments, glitter pens and, of course, Project Life. I love tags and pennants and anything that helps me add to my layout.
I would love to encourage others to do Project Life. I am a big believer in Becky Higgins' system for documenting your memories simply and easily (and I love that her method also allows for me to be creative in my spreads as well). I love to mix and match journaling cards from different kits, add little extras to the layout and use digital brushes on my photos. But I also love that on weeks when I don't have much time, I can simply print my photos, slide them into the album, write out my journaling and be done. I would love to be able to show off my layout and encourage others to give this a shot for their own photographs.
Make sure you visit our blog tomorrow, where you will see Melissa transform a Project Life kit into easy pages that you can replicate at home! You can check out more of Melissa's pages at her blog, A Vegas Girl at Heart or follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram @mswhittaker23!
Would you like to design for Craft Warehouse? We would love to hear from you! Send an email with your name, blog address, and a sample of your work to jenevans at craftwarehouse dot com.