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Scrappy Blog Tour

Hello!  My scrappy friend, Mendi Yoshikawa asked me to participate in a 
Scrappy Blog tour and I was excited to play along! 
As part of the tour I am going to share
answers to a few questions.

What am I working on right now?
I have just started a project for the upcoming Winter Edition of  
Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine.  I also have a project in the works 
using Authentique Paper's new Believe Collection and
 a wooden plaque by Sierra Pacific Crafts.
The last project that I completed will be up this week with
Bella Blvd & Kiwi Lane cross-promo:


 How long does it take me to create a project?
I'm actually a pretty quick crafter...layouts, not so much LOL
I can generally have a mini album completed within 2-3 hours, cards
take me anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour and layouts may take
me all day long!  I do find that using sketches do help to cut the time.

What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
On most every project, I like to use my sewing machine.
I'm also using a lot of steel rule and wafer thin dies these days.
As far as embellishments, I'm always reaching for buttons,
wooden accents, enamel dots and adhesive pearls.  
Here are some of my newest favorite themes 'n things:
How does my creating process work?
Because I serve on quite a few design teams, I start with the assigned
theme and go from there.  If I'm up for a layout, I choose the photos and then
the collection that goes best with them.  I'm really, really liking my photos
printed in a wallet size, so I've been using that option a lot.

For cards, I always start with a focal point, which may be a die-cut, sentiment 
or technique.  Next I decide how best to display the focal point...
vertically or horizontally, clean and simple or with a lot of 
extra embellishments and frou-frou.  I like to work in die-cut shapes
such as doilies, simple circles, squares, etc. and use them as mats.
The more layers, the better!

 How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I love to stay connected and up on trends by visiting other crafty blogs
and Pinterest.  One of my more recent projects (Witch Is In Sign)
was inspired by a similar sign that I saw at Michael's!
I keep my crafty closet stocked with general crafting supplies
such as unpainted wood shapes, canvases, chipboard pieces, styrofoam
balls, containers, etc.  All of these come in handy when it's time to tackle
a general papercrafting project such as a home decor piece, altered
item or mini album.  My stash is often a huge part of my inspiration!

What is my signature style?
I've been sharing projects for a few years now and have been lucky enough to 
have had some wonderful exposure through design teams, Facebook shares, etc.
  One thing that I hear a lot is "that's so Shellye" or "I knew it was yours before 
I saw your name" LOL  I like to call my style clean-and-simple-with-a-touch-of-whimsy :)
I craft much like a decorate my home.  I'm not one for a lot of sporadic clutter...rather,
I like clusters of contained clutter :)  I love the 'white space' of design and I also
love incorporating the 'triangle' effect on my scrapbook pages.  
For me it's all about what's pleasing to the eye.  If a design isn't clicking
with me, I keep moving things around until I can say "a-ha that's it!"

My sweet friend Taunya Butler is linking up to continue on with
her Scrappy Blog Tour!  I love Taunya's generous spirit, never-ending kind
words and her adorable projects!  Visit Taunya's BLOG to learn
more about her!

Thank you so much for stopping by!


  1. Loved to read this! 10 minutes for a card??!!! They take me hours! I find creating cards so much more difficult than creating layouts! And about your style, I too can spot a project of yours a mile away!

  2. Thanks so much for playing along. Somehow I totally missed your post. I always love learning more about you. I can't believe you can make your darling mini albums in 2-3 hours. They take me days! LOL! :)

  3. Shellye - I am so profusely sorry for not being able to respond to your invitation to participate in the scrappy blog tour in a more timely manner!! Thank you for the kind words you gave at the news of my father passing!! I do plan to do the scrappy blog tour and it will be the first post I do when I start blogging again on September 29th - Monday! Please forgive me for accepting - my dad went downhill so super fast in the time since I said yes to you and the time that I should have posted something!! I hope you will understand and still be my blogging friend!! You are truly an amazing and accomplished crafter and I feel privileged to be acquainted with you!!


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