Thursday, May 15, 2014


Our amazingly talented guest artist exposé this month is this sweet and fun lovin' gal...

In the scrapping world you no doubt already know this Zumba fanatic, 'Potterhead' (Harry Potter Fan) and out right all things 90's kinda gal as Kay!
Kay lives with her husband, 16 month old son and their 4 legged furry kid a 6 year old pup in the Garden State of New Jersey just 20 minutes away from New York City. Karla's daily commute to work will include seeing the Empire State Building....are ya jealous? By day she works as a Quality Analyst for a Fortune 100 company and by night indulges in her passion for crafting. Although Kay enjoys her office job, her heart really leans toward working in a more creative field of which she sees as her 'dream job' and has toyed with the idea of returning to University to study in either Graphic Design or Computer Animation.

 Scrapbooking since 2007, Kay loves all kinds of crafts and enjoys trying out new things and techniques. Her primary source of inspiration are her family and they will often feature as her main scrapping subjects.

Kay runs two fabulous Etsy shops. Kay's Kreative Korner is filled to the brim with incredibly beautiful made to order handmade embellishments all inspired by butterflies. The Kraft Nook her other fabulous store ships out ready made albums, cards, trinket boxes and frames just to name a few.

Currently Kay is on both the Authentique & Berry 71 Blue design teams.

I found Page Drafts through first meeting its owner Emma. I found Em's blog & from there branched off to her sketch blog. Because of my tight schedule I use sketches a lot! I go to sketches for inspiration, ideas, to cut down on my scrapping time and to give my mojo a quick jump start. simply filling in the elements of the sketch with your own style & ideas
you can add a personal touch to the overall design!
Artist Tip: Don't be afraid to add extra photo's into a sketch design that may only be showcasing one.
Sometimes a series or multiple photos are needed to tell a story.

'Lucky Me'
Page Drafts 'Be Bold' Sketch by The Nifty Pixel
I cannot say I have one defined scrapbooking style, I let the photo that I am scrapping dictate the overall design and approach of my page. From the photo itself I draw inspiration, including the colours and elements that I translate into embellishments, colour scheme and characteristics that help compose the page.

I can be simple, grungy, shabby and at times include mixed media techniques. However, I do have one characteristic that is on all of my pages and that's journaling. Scrapbooking is my diary. I'm using it as a means to document memories & life events that I'd like to remember and pass down to future generations. Secondly, this is more of a preference than a signature style, just about all my pages consist of multiple photos. I occassionally create a one photo layout but I definitely enjoy working more with multiple photos.
'Change Can Be Bittersweet'

Since journaling is one of the most important aspects of my scrapbooking I'm providing a quick tutorial on how I go about making my scroll journal accents. These little scrolls cannot only hold large amounts of thoughts and story telling but they make for a really cute and unique embellishment for your projects.

Here is a page using the technique.
'First Haircut'
Page Drafts Template CSI Casefile #105 by The Nifty Pixel


Print out journaling either on cardstock, vellum or regular paper. Work out the width by where you'll be placing the scroll on your project. In this tutorial the scroll measures 2"inches. The length doesn't really matter as it will be rolled up.

Trim the journaling to remove any excess unwanted paper. Grab some scrap paper that co-ordinates with your project and cut a strip measuring at roughly 1¾" inches long by ½ an inch wide. This is what will hold the scroll in place. Pick out a brad, rhinestone or pearl to decorate the ends of the strap.

With either a pencil or paintbrush curl the paper strip. Determining here the creases form on either side of the soft fold will depend on how wide the scroll is after being rolled up. Essentially you are creating a 'bridge' which the scroll will be snuggly tucked under. Adhere both ends of the strip to your project and add the brads, pearls or rhinestones to decorate the ends.

Artist Tip: Try stitching the tab down or stapling either a piece of twine or decorative ribbon to the page before laying the scroll on top prior to fashioning a bow.

Isn't Kay amazing! Her talent for colour and combining an eclectic array of embellishments makes for a really unique signature style. I love Kays beautifully sensitive approach each page an absolute treasure to be cherished for generations to come.

Thank you Kay for guesting with us this month its been fun learning more about you and your beautiful family. Big thank you too for sharing your awesome journaling tips and tricks, those nifty scrolls are definitely on the 'to do list' that's for sure!
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