Sunday, October 11, 2015

Introducing Guest Designer Lisa Lahiff

We are SO very excited to be bringing another Quarterly Guest Designer to The ScrapRoom. Lisa is sure to inspire you with her wonderful layouts and magnificent cards.  We are thrilled to have her join us for the next three months.

Let's get on with the interview, shall we?
How long have you been scrapbooking and how did you get started?

I started scrapbooking in 2005, right before I became engaged to my husband.  It seemed to work out perfectly as I had lots of big moments and important photographs I wanted to keep safe and have on display.  At first I did the very basic pages with photo mating and a few sticker embellishments, until I discovered scrapbook magazines and blogs that really set my imagination soaring. 
Describe your scrapbooking style.
   I don’t like to label myself to a specific style as I feel it sometimes makes me feel limited or stuck, but I do tend to craft with a more clean and simple approach and I love mixing and matching patterned papers.

Favorite manufacturers and why?
   Oh gosh, I have so many! hehehe!  Some that I tend to lean more towards are the American Crafts Dear Lizzy and Amy Tan Collections, as well as My Minds Eye, Simple Stories and DCWV.  I don’t always focus on a specific manufacturer, but rather base my purchases more on specific collections.  I’m especially attacked to all things sparkly and or shiny, just call me a raccoon, hehehe!

Which scrapbook page designers do you admire or who influence your style?
    There are so many great designers out there that really inspire me to try new things.  One of those would be Ashley Horton from Ashley Horton Designs.  She is constantly inspiring me to just get my paper out and play, not to mention her layout designs are always fresh and eye catching.  I also love visiting and learning from Wilna Furstenberg of Scrapbook Ideas for the Artful Soul.  The way she uses various mediums and colors is just jaw dropping!  I really could go on and on as there are so many who influence my want to keep learning and crafting.

Which scrapbooking and/or crafty blogs do you follow?
   Way too many to even tell!  I love celebrating, encouraging and learning along side this amazing community so you may just see me blog hopping around sometimes.

Any other tidbits our members want to know?
   I have had the pleasure of having several of my cards/layouts published in various online and print magazines such as Papercrafts and Scrapbooking, CardMaker Magazine, and Scrap N Art Magazine. I feel truly blessed to have found the paper crafting community, and I love all of the sharing, passion, and encouragement that can be found within it.  I hope I can inspire some of you during my time here as a guest designer and being able to preserve my memories for generations to come is just the icing on the cake.

May we see three of your recent favorite layouts, please?
I had so much fun playing with the negative cuts on this patterned paper and mixing and matching other patterned papers that fit the color scheme.  I also added some confetti vellum to replicate the look of snow and to add a soft texture behind my photo.

This layout was created using only a 6 x 6 paper pad.  I love showing the versatility of these small pads, and by adding matching embellishments I was able to achieve a uniform look throughout.  I also used fun colorful splashes of mist in a diagonal across my layout to keep your eyes flowing from the top to the bottom of this page.

This layout really draws the eyes right to the photos as they are front and center with everything pointing in to them.  I loved the idea of a sunburst design on a snowy layout.  I also used white mist and old packaging to smooth the ink onto the background paper for the look of snow.  I then had fun adding lots of snowflakes and little sequins as embellished all over the page.  Besides, isn’t that the cutest snow lion you’ve ever seen?

Thank you, Lisa!  We look forward to seeing some more of your handiwork!

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