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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Meet April Guest Design Team Member - Kelly Shults 6 comments  
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Kelly Shults- April 2012 Guest Designer

Screenname:  kellyshults
Name:  Kelly Shults
Blog: Envisages

A Bit About Kelly:  Hello Cherries! I have the honor of being the Guest Designer for April. (Whoo-hoo!) I am so thrilled and excited! I hope to provide you with some fun and some scrappy inspiration over the next month!

I am blessed to be called Mom by Andrea, Ericka, and Tristan.  I am also the VERY proud Mimi of a 6 month old princess, named Emery.  I recently moved back home to Texas, after living in Oklahoma for 15 years. I am engaged to my very best friend and soul-mate, Keith.  During the day, I am an Early Childhood Educator, teaching 4-5 year olds.  At night, I turn into the mad scrapper! :)
I have been a traditional scrapbooker since 1998. I began Digital Scrapbooking with Photoshop early in 2004. Yes, I am bi-scraptual. :) I have called ACOT my scrapping home and have been a Digital Designer here since January 2006. I love this creative community and have gained so much inspiration here!

Q&A Section:
Favorite Color:  This is tough, because I love color!  If I had to narrow it down to just one, I would say aqua-blue.  I have been using that alot lately when I scrap. 

I mostly create:  I mostly create 12x12 layouts of my children, fiancé, cat, and grandbaby.  I mostly create early in the morning, because it seems that is when I am most productive and fresh.  At the moment,  I mostly create using traditional scrapbook supplies.  I go through phases between being inpired by paper products and digital products.  Although I love both equally, I am in a paper product phase.     

Guilty pleasure:  Other than the obvious --buying too many scrap supplies-- my guilty pleasure is downloading apps, music,  & books on my IPAD2.  Eeeekkk! I am really bad! blush

Layout #1:  A Lovely Day

We recently took an RV trip to New Braunfels, Texas during Spring Break vacation.  I took tons of photos!  I am a nature lover galore and knew I had to scrap some of my favorite nature shots.  This first layout features some photos I took while on an early morning walk on the Guadalupe River.  It was so peaceful and serene.  I loved the arch of the bridge and the reflection on the water.  It was truly a great start to a very lovely day.

A Lovely Day

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Layout #2: You Make Me Smile

The majority of this layout was created using the Jenni Bowlin's new Magpie collection.  I love the hexagon shapes!  They are so versatile and really add something new and different to a layout.  As you can see, I used lots of pattern papers and layers. I like the dimension It gives the page. The grid pattern makes layering easy and it helps me keep my lines straight. (Which is always a challenge for me!)   I used Jenni Bowlin's (Fiskars) butterfly punch and pop dots to add another layer of dimension.  Another element in this layout that creates a little texture is the sewing machine stitching.   Here, I added three rows of stitching to the upper right corner and bottom left corner to create balance and to add some texture.  To create unity, I like to ink my edges.  I really think it helps bring the page together.  Lastly, I felt this layout needed a little something extra before I could call it done. I used a light green PrismaColor watercolor pencil and outlined the edges of the background paper and went over it with a damp paintbrush.  

You Make Me Smile

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Layout #3:

This layout is of my grandbaby, Emery and me. My nick-name for her is squoosh, because, well, I just can't resist squooshing her! :)

I love the look of layering!  It adds so much dimension and interest to a layout.  I know this style is not for everyone, but if you haven't tried it, you should give it a whirl! :)  You might find that it is, indeed, for you!  One of my new favorite products is twine.  I like to create loops and staple them to the page here and there.  I really like that little extra "umphh" it adds to the page, not to mention it creates some texture on the page.

Journaling Says: My sweet little emi-pie. You are so kissable and squooshable! I just can't resist loving on you. You are a job bringer.

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Posted by Kelly Pyron

Reader Comments ...
4/4/12 8:26 am
Love the layouts! What a beautiful grandbaby you have. Congrats on being GCT!

pawprints . Long Island, NY
4/4/12 12:11 am
Congratulations on being Guest CT for April! Love your layering and detail work! Enjoy your month!

4/2/12 8:14 pm
Congratulations! Your layouts are awesome!

blbabe1234 . Corpus Christi, TX
4/2/12 3:32 pm
Gorgeous layouts and enjoy your month!

joannie . Indiana
4/2/12 1:54 pm
congrats and what great layouts

9/30/21 12:15 pm
Congratulations of being the GCT for April. Love your layouts!