I have only been involved in this kind of artform for about a year and a half. I have always loved crafts and artistic endeavors and have done many things that used color, balance, shape and similar skills. Like several others I looked forward to doing art kits, making Barbie furniture, and sitting and coloring with my crayons endlessly as a kid. Unlike many of the others on the team, I don't design or do art work for anyone else, and have never been on a team like this elsewhere. I am very excited about the team becoming more formalized and can't wait to see what is in the future for us.
When I first starting doing projects with scrapbook supplies I tended toward altered art sort of items. Doing layouts is the newest thing I have done. I like many styles of art, decor and of course scrapbook work. Carolyn tells people I am the "out of the box" girl. I enjoy using unusual items on my pieces and have quite a bit of vintage papers and pictures that I like to use as well. I don't think I have a particular style, each piece is driven by a photo or other thought in my head. I do enjoy mixing patterns and sometimes use unusual color combinations.
I will often try ideas that come into my head --usually very impulsively on a page. I also make happy accidents from time to time. After I had completed this very simple layout page of my son's car I decided to drive a toy truck through white paint and then drive it on the paper.
I enjoy doing all sizes of art/scrap work including 1 x 1 inch pieces(inchies), 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch ATCs, 4 x 4 inch pieces all the way up to 12 x 12 layouts. Each size has it's own challenges. I participate in several swaps with art groups and frequently do challenges from magazines and these groups. I also still alter boxes, tins, frames and about anything else I can figure out that glue, paper, paint or treatments will stick to. These are some of the ATCs I have made.
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In my non-scrap life, I am a Registered Nurse and work full time for a managed care company. I have just started telecommuting for this job, which is wonderful so far. I have a daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter. All the main focus of my life. They are the best. They are also great subjects for layouts. I have lived in Texas since 1976, most of the time in Arlington, moving to this area in 2002. I try to keep a blog going here. Since moving out here, I have done quite a few things related to downtown Waxahachie, including window displays for a couple of stores. I work with Carolyn doing the windows for this store too. I look forward to working on things for the team and working with you.