Please help us welcome our fabulous January Guest Designer...Chantal Philippe!
My name is Chantal and I am SO thrilled to join the Gossamer Blue team this month. I am a Canadian currently residing in our nation’s capital, Ottawa with my partner, my brother and my daughter as well (on a part time basis). I started scrapping digitally back in 2008 after my daughter Meagan was born. Although I am still playing around with those digital goodies, I’ve somewhat transitioned to paper and I am in love…perhaps even more so. In my opinion, it DOES take more time and can be quite frustrating on whole other level (I am a perfectionist) but the results are that much more rewarding. I’m very much looking forward to sharing my projects with you all AND seeing all of yours!
Q: What is your favorite storage method?
A: In my case, this question should probably read “…favourite storage store”. My craft room (which also doubles as my daughter bedroom) is filled with storage solutions from IKEA.
I have a bunch of bins and wire baskets in my KALLAX shelving unit filled with various scrapbooking items like my monthly Project Life Kits and various add-ons. My most recent purchase is a teal RASKOG cart. In this beauty I store my stamps, thread, sequin containers, Gelato’s and my punches. It’s a life saver really. It’s been on my “need” list for a VERY long time.
I still haven’t quite figured out how to store my finished projects yet. Some are strewn about the room (eek!), others, like mini’s, have been thrown in my RASKOG cart but most of my layouts are currently tucked away neatly in some Crop Hopper Paper File Holders.
Oh! And my alpha’s are stored in some IKEA Knuff magazine files…that pretty much sums it up.
Q: How did you get started scrapbooking?
A: I actually started scrapbooking in digital format back in 2008, about a month after I had given birth to my daughter. Don’t get me wrong, I was pretty busy, tired and frazzled at being a first time parent but I was in desperate need of an outlet (perhaps for a little adult interaction too) and needed something to keep me busy during her afternoon naps.
Paper scrapbooking is much more recent though; I just started playing around this year! Don’t think I’ll ever be going back to digital, not fully anyways.
Q: How did you get on your first design team?
A: Technically, my first design team is Paper Issues since it’s my first paper team. They were having a call and I threw caution to the wind and applied. Not sure if it’s a trick or a tactic but I applied on the very last day. I’d rather not have to wait too long for a favourable or not so favourable reply…I am known to get a little antsy when it comes to these things and I’m sure I’m not the only one *laughs*
Q: Do you follow trends? If so, what is your favorite right now and how do you incorporate it into your work?
A: Trends…I’d have to say yes. Most notably the deer trend, which I think I’m not quite over yet. I’ll stamp it, cut one out with my Silhouette or stock up on anything deer from various scrapbooking collections.
I’d love to make a stamped tea towel for the house or maybe a cute wrapping paper pattern. So many ideas!!!
Q: What is your must have supply and why?
A: Not only am I obsessed with deer but I am also a sequin hoarder. That stuff can literally go on anything and for the most part it does, in my house anyway. It’s the perfect addition to any page.
Q: Any advice for those wanting to design on a team?
A: Wow! I suppose my best advise would be to jump right in. Don’t be afraid of rejection. There’s no such thing…just opportunity. Scrapbooking is a hobby and the process should be fun! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…ring any bells?
Thank you so much for your beautiful work, Chantal. You really made our kits shine! ♡♡♡