Gossamer Blue

July Guest Designer Part Two


Yesterday we introduced you to our July guest designer – Mandy Koeppen!


To read Mandy’s bio, see her first project, and read the answers to the first two questions we asked her, click HERE.

Also- you can follow Mandy in these places:


Here are the rest of her answers and projects.

Thanks so much for hanging out with us this month, Mandy. We adore you! ♡♡





Q: What is your favorite storage method for scrapbooking items?

A: I really love using vintage items for storing my scrapbook product. The items not only keep my space interesting and inspiring they also have stories of their own and I LOVE that. Wood crates hold older paper, old fry baskets and fridge baskets hold a variety of items including photos and embellishments, a wire dish drying rack holds my OA product, hobnail milk glass dishes hold odds and ends, a muffin tin is the home for badges and paperclips, wood drawers hold tags and a variety of other items. I also love this old wood unit that sits on top of my butcher block table in my scrapspace it’s awesome for storage!


Q: Do you follow trends? If so, what it your favorite right now and how do you incorporate it into your work?

A: I’m usually a season late and many layouts short when it comes to trends if I get a trend at all. It seems when the trend starts to fade that’s when I have that “ah ha moment” and figure out that I like it. I’m not so much a techniquey person so those trends seem to go over my head. Just being honest. Favorite trend right now TRIANGLES! am I actually on trend or a season late?





Q: What is your must have supply and why?

A: Is this a trick question? 1 favorite…pattern paper. I love going through the aisle of a scrapbook store or even clicking through the online stores browsing the papers. Seeing the patterns, touching the textures, and having the ideas spin in my head. There are so many possibilities with pattern paper especially now that we have the a and b sides genius that companies do that! 

I do have to mention my very close second favorite supply that I am constantly grabbing for while creating and that is tags. If I see tags I buy them no matter the brand. I have 2 old library card drawers of cards right in front of my workspace waiting for me to grab a tag . I love tags and I have no idea why, I just feel every layout needs a tag. Tags for me are like doilies for Stephanie Howell.


Q: Any advice for those wanting to design on a team?

A: After working for and with some of the biggest names in this industry I can tell you that I’ve shed the tears, I’ve been let down, trampled on, and wanted to give up, but in the end I just kept trying. The BIGGEST piece of advice I can give you and this comes straight from the heart is… Just be you! Stay true you. DO NOT change who you are for anyone else! Don’t change your style, how you tell your stories, how you take your photos, do it the way you like to and the way you’ve always done it.

I had a team sign me and then tell me that I need to change everything about how I scrapbook. I was heartbroken. I didn’t know what to do. That’s when my husband sat down with me and we had the talk. I had the ugly tears falling down my face as he told me…”Mandy, they noticed you for you, they signed you for a reason. This isn’t going to work, you WILL NOT CHANGE A THING!” Since then I haven’t changed, I’ve been signed to many bigger companies, I’ve had better things come my way, yes I’ve had heart break along the way, doors have closed but as they have closed new ones have opened. I’ve had fun and I’m still having fun. You can too!

3 Comments to “July Guest Designer Part Two”

July 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Julie B says:

Mandy…….absolutely love your style. First found you in various “paper” mags and then on CD and sorry to see you leave. But glad to see you and your style flourish on a lot of different design teams. you go girl!

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