Please help us welcome our November guest designer…
Amy Challis is a project lifer, blogger and mess-maker who loves documenting everyday life. She lives just outside of London with her husband and their fur baby, Baxter.
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Q: What is your favorite storage method for scrapbooking items?
A: I keep my favourite items in my scrap desk drawer (and all over the top of my desk!) so that they’re close to hand. I actually have three desks in my craft room, all of which are always covered with supplies and projects, though I have a main desk that I work at. I like to keep small embellishments in little dishes and bowls – I like to be able to see everything. If I can’t see it, I probably wont use it. When I’m trying to be tidy, I sort my scrapbooking things into clear plastic tubs or into my Ikea drawers (which are on wheels, so I can drag them around).
Q: How did you get started scrapbooking?
A: I used to keep my photographs in a box – or worse, on my computer. I always enjoyed looking back at them, but found that as time passed I couldn’t remember the stories that went with the pictures. When I first stumbled across pocket scrapbooking on Instagram, I knew that I wanted to start memory keeping. I bought an album, pocket pages and cards but it was still about six months before I was brave enough to get started. Now I can’t imagine not documenting my life. I love capturing everyday moments in photographs, noting down stories and reflecting at the end of every week as I put my pages together.
Q: Do you follow trends? If so, what it your favorite right now and how do you incorporate it into your work?
A: Gosh, trends. I think I do follow trends, in a way, as I like to keep up with the latest lines and releases. At the moment I enjoy using puffy stickers, enamel dots and tiny phrase and word stamps to embellish my pocket cards. Are they trendy? Wood veneer and cork pieces are still my favourite embellishments, though.
Q: What is your must have supply and why?
A: A huge stack of 4×6 pocket cards! I love going through my cards to find one which perfectly matches my story or expresses how I was feeling. It’s really satisfying when you find the *perfect* card.
Q: How did you get on your first design team?
A: I responded to an advert on Instagram. I didn’t expect to hear back, so I was pleasantly surprised!
Q: Any advice for those wanting to design on a team?
A: Be passionate about what you do and keep doing it. It’s really easy to compare yourself to other talented scrappers and get disheartened – but don’t give up. Keep doing what you love, develop your own style and great things will come your way. Taking fantastic photographs helps too! So keep snapping your projects and sharing them on social media.
Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us this month, Amy. We just love what you came up with!