Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Well folks this is my last post for the ScrapbooksPlus design team. It has been a pleasure working with such talented ladies the last 2 years but it is time to move on. I need to focus on teaching & other new ventures! I came away with some fabulous friends that I will cherish & I learned a lot! I will miss all the last minute texts back & forth as we race to get our layouts done on time. Now I will just have to pester & tease you all!

For my final blog post I went through & picked out some of my favs from this years team, it was hard to choose just one they are so talented!

Lisa Hausman: Our fearless leader of the team who put in a lot of extra hours sending emails, designing extra kits & staying on top of those of us who may on occasion forget to post on time! You did a great job.
I had to go with this layout (Aug. 29th) because I love the guinea fowl!!! Lisa's pages always have some extra inky goodness to them & a clean organized look. I love the technique she used here on the bird cages. She also takes great expressive pictures & has a story to her layouts. I laugh every time I think of the guineas pecking on the window while she scrapbooks.

Deborah Mahnken: A member of the team, like forever & every month she consistently turns out great quality layouts. If you only knew how long she works on them! I had a hard time picking one, Deborah is one of my favorite members to scraplift!

Deb is great at layering but her pages always look nice & balanced. She also adds a splash of inky technique without it taking over the layout (unlike me!). She also an eye for incorporating multiple papers in a unique way-love her stuff!!! This layout is a prime example (June3rd).

Nicky Price: This was Nicky's 1st year on the design team & she did a great job. Nicky has a wonderful way with paper, putting multiple patterns together and creating a beautiful result every time. She also takes great photos, with lots of expression. I was torn between a number of layouts because she also makes great mini-books.
I chose this layout because I could never put so many patterned papers together & have it turn out so beautifully! (Sept 10th).

Kathy Bryant: Her first year on the design team yet she did a fantastic job. Every month her layouts & projects were detailed & well thought out. She put a lot of time in her blog with photos & technique explanations.
I chose this layout because another thing Kathy is great at is putting a lot of photos on her layouts. As someone who takes a lot of photos I appreciate this! The details are great in this with using the key die cut in multiple ways-love it!

Megan Carey: This was Megan's 2nd year on the design team & it was a crazy year for her health wise. Despite almost dying & other things (like that wasn't enough) she got her projects in on time & had her blog posted even if she had to do it from a hospital bed. You have to admire that! Her layouts almost always tell a story which I love & Megan brings something special to them. Oftentimes that would be a different technique or special way to add in your journaling.

On this layout it was the cute pinwheels, paired with the crackle paint flag die. The photo is simple but makes a strong statement. Love it!

Esther McCullough: Is a veteran design team member & if I had to choose 1 word to describe her style it would have to be heritage. Esther scraps a lot of her family history & her travels. On one of her layouts the title was the latitude/longitude of the place -genius!

Esther also makes a lot of mini books so I had to go with this one as my favorite. Great use of multiple papers to create this fun mini-book.

Erica Houghton: One word to describe Erica's layouts would be flawless. Her pages are usually stunning, almost always incorporate flowers & bling, with a wonderful way of combining multiple paper patterns.
I was torn between 3 layouts as my favorite, one travel layout because the photo was amazing but in the end went with this layout (Aug.16th) as it showed all of Erica's strengths. Love the layering of both paper & embellishments, so many patterns yet they fit together seamlessly. The bonus was the Tim Holtz stamp!

Laura Petruso: This was Laura's 1st year on the design team but she is also the Copic teacher at the store. Laura just doesn't do a bad layout, they are all good & varied in style. Her blog posts often contain great technique tutorials. One of my favorite things about her is the projects she does, altered frames, boxes also she makes beautiful cards.
Again there were a number of projects I liked but this was my favorite. I tend to suck at cards so I appreciate someone who is great at them. The box is a total bonus especially the index cards. Very elegant and the cards are fun & eclectic but put together beautifully.

Good luck to the incoming design team, have fun. To our wonderful customers keep in mind how hard these ladies work to bring you inspiration. It is not easy to work within the parameters of one kit & bring multiple projects out of it. Encouraging comments are always appreciated!!! Happy scrapping!


Erica said...

What a wonderful post Karen - you are so sweet!! I've enjoyed your blog posts, pages and projects over the course of the year. You are an inspiration to so many. Personally, I'd never even tried a Tim Holtz product until you showed me how to use his distress inks and mists. Now, I can't live without them!! :)I wish you all the best with teaching and your new ventures. I can't wait to see what this year has in store for you.

Karen said...

Thanks Erica! I appreciate that & am happy to have brought another person over to the inky side!