Monday, October 1, 2012

October Designer Kit With Natalie Elphinstone...

I am so excited to introduce our October designer - the awesome, and very talented Natalie Elphinstone. (Natalie has just been accepted onto the Jenni Bowlin Ambassador Team - congrats Natalie!). 

This is the October Designer Kit that I sent to Natalie. And oh boy, didn't she have some fun with this. 
If you would like to purchase this kit, you can find it online in our Scrapbook Kits store
This kit is not only packed full of beautiful goodies, but it also comes with an EXCLUSIVE, never before seen sketch from Scrapbook Kits, and two colour palette images for extra fun and inspiration. 


1. Husband? Children? Pets? 
I'm blessed to be married to a very understanding supportive husband who's a Stay-At-Home-Dad. He takes care of our two beautiful girls aged 6 and 2 whilst I work full-time, and then allows me time to create as my way of relaxing. We're fast approaching our 10-year wedding anniversary, and I wouldn't be able to do all that I do without him. 
Oh, and as far as pets are concerned... we've got one surviving Sea Monkey ;-)

2. Do you have your own scraproom? Describe where you scrap, or supply a photo. 

I'm a messy scrapper with an organised Scrap Room (at least, that's what I call it - my husband still tries to maintain that it's called the Study.) He has his computers on one side and I have my Scrap Table on the other. Mine faces a big window where I can see the girls if they're playing outside, and it lets in loads of natural light. All my go-to supplies are arranged in bookshelves where I can reach them easily. 

3. How long have you been scrapping? 

When my eldest was born I bought some basic scrap supplies intending to make an album - just because I thought that's what all new mothers did! But it took a full year before I finally touched them, and I really had to force myself through that first album. But somewhere along the line I discovered the world of manufacturers, and designers and blogs and whole shops dedicated to scrapbooking. I bought up every new line Kaisercraft released! And the rest as they say is history. 
Oh yeah.. so the answer is 5 years! 

4. Favourite colour or colour combination? Least favourite colour to scrap with? 

Oh good question! But I don't know the answer! 
I tend not to think in colour combos because I'm not very good at it :-) That's why I tend to stick to designing within one manufacturer, or with a kit where someone has already planned it all for me already. I'm equally at home with 'modern vintage' colours like in this current kit, or with the 'bold and bright' - and I'm just loving the latest trend of adding a splash of neon colours!

5. Do you have a dream team that you would like to be on?

My first love and aspiration for a Design Team was Sassafras. I was lucky enough to be featured on their blog a couple of times, but then unfortunately they stopped manufacturing. As for right now, whilst it's still on my Bucket List to design for one of the major manufacturers, I think it's also awesome to design for shops and kit-clubs because then you get to play with a huge variety of supplies. 

6. Do you use paper or cardstock for your layout base?

Well both really! What you'll notice about all my pages is that they feature a border of a contrasting colour around the edges. What I usually do is start off with a fairly neutral patterned paper and trim down the edges a smidge and then mount that on a piece of cardstock that picks up one of the other colours in my layout. Then I sew it in place, which adds some lovely details without much effort - and it also means all my layouts are pretty strong and sturdy. 

7. Black, white, or kraft? 

None! I hoard piles of Vanilla cardstock! 

8. Favourite scrapper? Who inspires you?

There's no way I could only list just one scrapper here. I've got hundreds in my Google Reader! C'mon!!
On the Aussie homefront I really admire Georgia Heald, Ebony van der Starre, Em Stafrace, Louise Nelson, Gina Rogers and Leeann Pearce (amongst others). 
Whilst internationally I'm inspired by Megan Klauer, Jill Sprott, Sasha Farina, Geralyn Sy, Marcy Penner, Lilith Eeckles and all the girls at I {lowe} Scrap.  

9. Favourite technique? Least favourite?

I'm a mist and paint and ink kind of girl. Most of my pages involve one or more of the wet mediums - even if it's just a sprinkle of mist droplets at the end. 
Least favourite technique? Um... anything that involves too much effort! Distressing edges, inking things, fussy cutting.... oh and definately I do not HAND SEW!! 

10. Favourite manufacturer? Favourite product?

Does the Silhouette count as my favourite product? You can do just about anything with it - it's truly turned my scrappy world upside down :-) 
My favourite manufacturers would include the aforementioned Sassafras, Studio Calico, Jenni Bowlin, October Afternoon and Crate Paper. 

Come by and visit me on my scrapping blog:

Now, would you like to see the wonderful creations that Natalie has made with the October Designer Kit?
You are in for a treat!!!

You Are My Sun...
I just love the title of this layout, not to mention the fun way Natalie has used the envelope.

Close up of the title.

Remember This
Natalie has created this layout using the EXCLUSIVE Scrapbook Kits sketch
(which only comes with the October Designer Kit). 

A close-up of Natalie's super cool envelope.

Natalie uses some of the best quotes on her layouts, and this one is no exception.
What a beautiful way to store memories of your children's artwork.

A close up of the flowers and drawn images.

And for all those card lovers out there, have a look at these! They are just gorgeous!!!
And Natalie did not one, but two cards to share with us.
How cute is this with the tag and flowers?

Thank-you Natalie for sharing your beautiful projects with us.
They are amazing, and you have provided so much inspiration.
Don't forget, the October Designer Kit can be purchased online in our Scrapbook Kits store


annette said...

WoW Natalie I love what you have created with the kit all projects are gorgeous... TFS ...

Patio Blinds said...

Nice information.

dlwidder said...

Fabulous examples using the designer kit! TFS!