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Monday, August 4, 2014

A 'Something Different' Blog Hop

*edited to add : Jennifer McMurtrey I have a Chic Tags package for you! Congratulations! Please email me (email button on right sidebar) with your address ya? :) Enjoy!

Do you have a 'scrapbooking superhero'? 
I do. I have many super awesome, talented, kind and encouraging friends in the scrapbooking world, they're my 'scrapbooking superheroes' :)

One of them is Jill Sprott. Jill is awesome, she does all kind of wonderful things with words that blow me away every single time. She also has the prettiest handwriting, in my opinion!
About two weeks ago, Jill tagged me to be in this 'blog hop' and I couldn't be more pleased to play along!

We were given some questions - this might get interesting and awkward at the same time. We all know I'm not good with answering questions, I tend to go wayyyy off topic or embarrass myself. Hah! Let's give this a try anyway!

1. What am I working on right now?
A whole lot of nothing. Actually, no. I just finished a layout a couple of hours ago. A 'just for fun' layout too. Double bonus!

I'm also working on a Project Life Story for myself. ↓

Can't get any simpler than this, I think. #projectSasha

Basically - PL plastics + white cards (self-cut smooth cs) + printed journaling + minimal embellishments. This project is also kinda private so I won't be sharing the album in full. Just little bits here and there. I need to make sure I don't go to prison. Haha! Kidding!

I'm posting what updates I can on this album with the #projectlifestory on Instagram. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email or ask me on IG, I would be happy to help if I can.

2. How long does it take me to create a project?
For.freakin'ever. LOL.
I'm serious. I'm probably the slowest scrapper alive! I take the longest time to even think about which mist color to use for the insignificant splatters. *sigh*

I'm a slow scrapper because of this habit - put the tub on my lap and dig dig dig until I find things I think will look good on my layout! ❤️

This is a normal view if you're standing over my shoulder watching me work. One tub in my lap + me leaning over trying on stuff on the layout I'm working on.

 I'm also a digger. I have five  four tubs of embellishments and I spend a lot of time digging through them when working on a layout. I purge often because I have no room for more than five tubs and I like to have one empty Expedit cube - for 'just in case' purchases. LOL.

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
White cardstock - I know, I know, boring. Mayo on white bread. :D
Tags - I'm never without tags. Whether they're fancy ones from Chic Tags or just the basic ones from office supplies section.
Wood Veneers - I have lots from Studio Calico and Chic Tags from my DT days. Lucky me.
Faber-Castell Pitt big Brush Artist Pens - love using them to color my stamps.
Paper clips
Quote/word stickers
Mist - I have 118 colors as of now. Why do I need so many? I have no idea. I just love them!

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
I'm very emotionally driven. That means I can't scrap when I'm upset. It just won't work. Trust me, I tried. If you see me scrapping, means I'm happy. Even when creating pages about 'sad' times, I need to be happy. Does that make sense?

#projectlifestory coming along nicely. I don't work on this everyday, only when I feel like I have something to add.   Very 'empty' if you're used to busy and embellished #projectlife but I'm loving the 'emptiness' for now. Who knows what'll happen in the

This is not the case with my Project Life Story though. I think that's because the overall look itself is very bare. It takes very little effort to just get the journaling on the cards. No embellishment if I don't feel like it. Makes it easy, y'know?

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
People inspire me. People also annoy me a lot. I'm not really a people person. I like people watching. Talking? Not so much.

A big part of staying inspired for me is knowing when to walk away. Just leave the whole damn thing there and go for a walk. Come back later. Take some time for yourself. Do other things. Go bring the kids out for ice-cream and fitting room selfies ↓ or just read a book.

It's Sunday! The crazies are out!

And then there's Pinterest!

6. What is my signature style?
I don't know! You tell me. I don't feel like I have a certain style, not yet. I like to play so I try to have fun while creating - that's the most important thing. If it's not fun, it's not worth doing and I might as well be folding laundry. LOL.

Next week, the 'blog tour' continues with these fun ladies. . .

Ashli Oliver a.k.a soapHOUSEmama
If you haven't already - go pay her a visit. She has a style that is like magical fairytale which I adore so so much! Her layouts are so dreamy and I always have to look at them for a lonnnnngggg time - like I need to absorb every little detail, y'know?

Jessy Christopher
Jessy Jessy Jessy - kind, encouraging, sweet and such a fun scrapper! I feel like she's such an asset to our scrapbooking industry. If you're into colors and whimsical style layouts, you will definitely love her.

Suz Mannecke
Such a busy girl, Suz is. I love how her layouts and PL spreads contains a lot of things to look at, but still calming to the eyes, if you know what I mean? She's also a very happy person, I can't help but smile whenever we talk, usually on facebook or instagram. This girl rocks my world.

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Next Monday, I hope you will pay the beautiful ladies tagged above a visit as the 'blog hop' continues!

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You're still here? I must not be as bad as I thought I would be! I wish I can send everyone a little something for reading till the end.

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While that may not be the case, courtesy of Chic Tags (thanks Veronica!), I do have a little scrappy giveaway for one person. If you're interested, just leave a comment before August 9th, 2014 and I will pick a name out of the imaginary hat.  Please make sure you're contactable via email or your blog :)

ps : Chic Tags is currently having a Summer Sale! Use code GO40 to get 40% off all items from Let's Go Collection!

Comments are moderated (spammers. bugger!) - I will close the comment section before the drawing so as long as you're able to leave a comment, you're in.


xoxo

61 comments :

Jenny said...

I love all your layouts!!!

Gabbi said...

Such an awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

Scrapthat said...

That tub looks like a whole bunch of fun to play in! it's always fun to hear from the scrappers that inspire ME about who inspires them!
TFS!!
Dolly
mattmarsattelusdotnet

Kat said...

such a fun post...I got very excited when I saw that jill had tagged you last week. your layouts are awesome and inspiring...I love stopping by for a dose of inspiration!

stephanie said...

Wow! You really inspired me with the PL about you clean and simple project! And by the way, you ARE funny, in my opinion anyway ;-)

Emily Muto said...

Haha I love the over-the-shoulder pic with the bin that would be in your lap at any given time! I do that a lot too and then the bins end up on the floor till I am sure I am finished rummaging :) thanks for the chance to win that awesome stuff from Chic Tags!!

Joyce Shalom said...

Everyone has their own unique style. you are just you and that's what makes your work special :) And i like them all :)

JONESe said...

You have inspired me to start a project life story of my own!!! Thank You!!

Yenni Natalia said...

Omg sasha...those are awesome giveaway :D. Pick me pick me. I need more cute supplies like this

Anna Natalia said...

Thanks for the chance to win Sasha!

Jaime said...

Lovely site. Come to think of it, this scrap book idea is good as I realise my daughter has been grabbing stuff all over the place and making her own stuff.
This giveaway will be great for her to start of with. :)
Email: icebaby1_98@hotmail.com

kat78 said...

You know i just adore your layouts! ��
And i can totally relate having to pull out boxes to search for stuff i want to use... i have no scrappy space so everything is in random places... ugh... takes FOREVER...��
THANKS for the chance to win - would be a lovely birthday surprise...☺️

Jany said...

I love that PL album!! Nothing wrong with a lot of white (very white) space! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Lal said...

I am ALWAYS so inspired by you. You are MY scrappy hero <3

Amelia Ng said...

I loved reading this! Thank you for sharing and keeping it real (:

Heli said...

I like your playful style with lots of details :) And I would love to win this adorable giveaway!

Heli said...

I like your playful style with lots of details :) And I would love to win this adorable giveaway!

xjace said...

I love digging through my stack(s) of embellishment too! Takes me forever to make (and pack up). Love how you make a plain white cardstock look so fab!

mojosanti I Sandra Dietrich said...

I agree with Heli, your style is definitely fun and playful with lots of great details to be discovered on each page. Thanks for the giveaway ♥.

Sharon Cornelius-Xavier said...

hahhaha, i like ur journalling, i think u r funny. Yay! thx for the giveaway, such yummy goodies..hoping to win them :)

lutingobelin said...

I love the last picture, you look very funny ! This white Project life is really pretty

irene said...

OMG Sasha you crack me up. I was laughing out loud about the wanting to murder someone in your PL sneak, which looks great by the way. Sad you won't be sharig. Still missing your PL pages a lot but feeling lucky with all the other stuff you make. I love your scrapstyle and I'm also a big fan of your blogposts. Just love these big posts.And to me you're always funny. I love Jill Sprott too and I think she did a great job when she picked you. ;0)

Thanks for the giveaway. Those goodies are awesome.

Bye Irene from the Netherlands

i dot spierenburg @ hotmail dot com

..feli.. said...

your PL album is love. so nice! and white is totally not boring! I call it classy :D

Sherri Thompson said...

Sasha, your interview is hilarious. I love how candid you are, and you are so right about Scrapbooking needing to be FUN! Thanks also for a great giveaway. Chic Tags are a staple in my stash!

Julene Matthews said...

I love this prize and have only looked at P/L so far, never attempted it. You are funny. :)

pupucedamour said...

I adore your layouts !!
Thanks for this great giveaway.
I would love to win those gorgeous chictags goodies !!!
Bye Bye from France

Jimjams said...

I did this blog hop a while ago - your post is great - funny, (in)formative, full of stash!!! LOVE that C&S PL album ... it's calm and peaceful and breathtakingly beautiful!

~*Erin*~ said...

Fun giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I loved reading more about you my friend :) And you know I love Chic Tags ... what an awesome giveaway!!!!

Cristina said...

I love Jill too! This was fun to read! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jocelyn said...

Wow what a giveaway!!!! Looks like lots of goodies to make some wonderful projects!!!!

Linda Jordan said...

I would love to win! I can be contacted at Linda.anne321@gmail.com.

lisaplus6 said...

ack!! I love everything you do/post! Thank you so so much for the chance to win... it would be so delightful to have something new and so pretty!

Margie said...

Loved reading about you! Thanks for a chance to win!

Taniwha said...

You definitely have a style Sasha, and you're one of my favourite scrapers! I can't define your style but I can pick your LO's out of a lineup for sure!

Elizabeth Gardner said...

Great post, Sasha! Fun to read. I'm always drawn to what you make. Gorgeous, all of it!!

Karine R. said...

Love it! I want it all!!!!!

Jody said...

Thanks for sharing info about yourself! Your style is amazing and always inspiring! I love visiting your blog and Instagram when I am cresting to get some more and crafting juices flowing! You are truly an asset and a legend to this industry! Keep up the amazing work!

Jingle said...

This is a great post. I really love your idea of doing a personal PL album with your story in it. That is just awesome and your format looks amazing!

ColoradoCropper said...

You're the one who turned me into a crazed stitcher on layouts. Last summer we went on a 21 day road trip and stitching on paper is what kept me sane with 4 kids in the car.

Jennifer McMurtrey said...

You are actually one of my top five all-time faves! I love your work and aspire to be able to create a smidgen of what you do, like you do.

Keathe said...

Loved this blog post! Very fun :). Thanks for the awesome giveaway too :)

soapHOUSEmama said...

you speak such sweetness :) I'm honored. And... LOVE reading more about you :)

yyam said...

Hehe..love digging for THE perfect embellishment too. And I totally agree with the walking away part. LOVE the dressing room photo...you girls must have so much fun!

P/s: I tried to leave a comment earlier when I was on my phone with possibly gibberish so ignore that.

Anne-M said...

It's so lovely! Thanks for the giveaway! ;)

Adeline said...

Actually, you are my 'scrappy hero' too! Love your style and your humour and your murmurings!

S said...

I think the fun part of scrapbooking is that our styles evolve over time. I love the look of those clean pages. Thanks for chance to win some Chic Tags, I've just been noticing them lately. And a little new product always helps with evolving our styles, doesn't it.

Leann said...

Awesome!!!!! I would love to win this! chefl@swbell.net

pepper said...

Love the layouts you shared , and love the white space :) thanks for the giveaway ! Fingers cross :)

Esther (e_auyong@yahoo.com) said...

Great giveaway - thanks!

Laura T. said...

What a fun post! Thanks for sharing some things about "you" with us.

Kim T. said...

Love the interview..so fun! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

Kim T. said...

So glad Jill's blog brought me to yours. I loved the interview...so fun! Thank you so much for the chance to win.

j.leija said...

Love the minimal layout! Thank you for a chance to win an awesome giveaway

LCSmithSAVED said...

I, too, am a take-forever scrapper! Loved the peek at your Project Life Story album - am very intrigued (will you call it "The White Album", lol?) and the fitting room selfie? awesome!
Thanks Veronica at Chic Tags for the yummy goodies. Can't wait to follow your blog.
LCSmithSAVED@juno.com

Marie-Pierre Capistran said...

I love your work. Period. :) Oh and me too, I'm very funny in my head, but when I open my mouth I always feel like it was the bad thing to say. ;) lol (Once I said to my neighbor, as she was offering to give me her daughter's old toys: "Am I the trash lady?" Of course, it's not what I meant to say. Of course not!!! Gosh!!! So embarrassing!)

Sandra Klary said...

You're right, Jill is awesome! ;) And I love your answers to her questions! So fun and interesting! :)
Thanks for the chance to win, the giveaway looks yummy!! :D

Wendy B said...

I love your scrapbook style. Clean, fresh? I think I've pinned every single one!

Ellie Augustin said...

You are Just AWESOME giving hope to us super duper slow crafters every where! (oh if you would see my poor desk)

Monique Liedtke said...

So fun to read more about you!! I'm a huge fan of your work!!
Love Chic Tags and thus the give-away! Thanks for a chance to win it!

Diana Waite said...

what a fun and interesting blog hop! I LOVE your inspiring style--love it!