I am doing this album for Spencer and Paige because I have taken so many photos of them and I need to get the little stories down before I forget.
How does my work differ from others of it's genre?
I think what makes my work different from others is that my scrapping is all about the stories. My mother died when I was very young and when I got older I realised that I knew so little about her. What her life was like. How she met my dad. Why she didn't want kids and so much more and there was no-one that could answer the questions for me. I never want my kids to wonder. I want them to know who I am, my likes and dislikes, my hopes and my fears. What made me who I am today and my outlook on life in general. I am all about the stories first.
Why do I create what I do?
I create what I do because it is a multi dimensional platform that allows me to express how I feel, at the same time allowing me artistic freedom to do what I choose without fear of being told it is wrong. There is no right or wrong way to scrap or to tell a story and I think I have had a very interesting life and I have stories to tell and I have a creative side that needs to be nurtured and fed. I have tried almost all forms of art and craft that there is and scrapbooking is the one that combines my creative need with my need to tell stories. I know that my family loves what I do and what I have to say and it gives me great joy to know that I have made people laugh or cry or nod their heads in agreement or even to shake them in disagreement. It also allows me the opportunity to relive those special moments.
How does my creative process work?
I think as long as I live I will never run out of stories to tell. I am a pathological picture taker too which means that I will also never run out of photos to scrap. Sometimes I start with a photo and sometimes I start with a story and generally I just start and it evolves as I go along. When I have lost my mojo I trawl blogs or pinterest for inspiration or I get a sketch. A very few times I have abandoned a project completely. Sometimes I feel stuck and I set the project aside and do something else and often when I come back to it I can carry on.
This one is relatively clean and simple in it's design... I know there is splattering.
This one has lots of mixed media on it but the style is still clean I think.