November Guest Designer - Jen Wong
We are very happy to introduce our guest designer for the November release, Jen Wong. Jen is an amazing memory keeper and we just love her clean style and her fantastic photography skills. Her pages just make you feel calm when you look at them and we can’t wait to share them with you.
But before we do that we asked Jen a few questions about her scrapbooking history and her design aesthetic so we can all get to know her a little bit better.
How long have you been scrapbooking and what is your history with the craft?
I've always been a crafty person making mini albums and cards, but resisted traditional scrapbooking (i.e. 12" x 12" layouts) for a long time. But in 2013, I discovered pocket page scrapbooking and loved the idea of documenting everyday life through photos and words. With the birth of my daughter in 2015 and a newfound desire to document all the changes in our lives, I started scrapbooking in earnest and haven't stopped since.
What are your favorite types of projects that you like to make?
I like to work with pocket pages and traveler's notebooks mostly, but I also enjoy making mini-albums for travels or themed projects (e.g. December Daily). I capture most of the everyday stories with the pocket pages and save the mini-albums and traveler's notebooks for the longer and deeper stories.
Do you like to scrapbook certain types of stories?
I love to document everyday life and the little details. Although it's easy to think that everyday is the same and mundane, life changes so quickly! This is even more apparent after watching my "baby" grow up. I only have to go back a few months to see how different she is. I also like to look back and see the things I was into or what I was thinking about in the past. I feel like my scrapbooks are my journals, only prettier!
What is your go to style of scrapbooking?
I tend to be a more minimal scrapbooker and like the look of clean spreads. I consider myself a hybrid scrapbooker and like to use digital files if I have them, to both cut down on physical products, and so I can alter them if needed. But I will never go completely digital because I love playing with stamps and embellishments too much.
What is your scrapbooking philosophy?
I scrapbook because I want to remember the details of our lives. Life moves so fast and my memory isn't always great, so I love looking through the pages I've made. I hope that my daughter will want to look at these albums one day, but I scrapbook primarily for me. I really just enjoy the creative process!
We couldn’t agree more Jen, life does move way to fast so documenting the little moments in life sure is important. So let’s turn things over to Jen and let her walk you thru the three projects she made.
Hi Everyone! My name is Jen Wong and I'm so excited to be this month's guest designer! There's so much good stuff in the November release!!
For my first project, I created a 12" x 12" pocket page spread that documents the last week of 2017. We spent part of our winter break in Palm Springs so the photos were all taken from there. Once I laid out my photos, I chose cards from the Best of the Best kit and one paper from the Winter is Coming TN kit (cut to 3" x 4") to fill in the empty pockets. I love the pretty dark green mixed with the pink and red!
The 365 Days stamp is so versatile and I can see myself using it a lot in future projects. I used it to stamp "Wednesday," "Thursday," and "Friday" on the edge of one of the journaling cards to indicate the days the spread covers before I wrote my journaling. I also used the day of the week and a sentiment to stamp directly on the photo of one of the cafés we went to.
I always like the letter stickers from Kelly Purkey, since they are the perfect size to add anywhere! I used the green ones from the Best of the Best kit to spell out San Jacinto on the gorgeous photo of the mountain view.
I really loved all of the wintery stamps in this month's release, but since I live in southern California where it doesn't feel much like winter most of the time, I chose to document Christmas week spent in France a few years ago for my second project. It was definitely cold and wintertime there!
I used cards from the Best of the Best kit and one paper from the Feel It All mini kit that I cut down to 3" x 4" to fill the pockets. It's great that all of the products in each release color coordinate with each other so they can be mixed and matched. I used the 365 Days stamp again to add the week number and month to a journaling card, and then added some letter stickers to spell out Noël. I also added stamps from the TN kit and Stay Warm to embellish the cards.
The letters in the Cobble Hill alphabet are nice and large, which makes it perfect for creating titles. I used it with some sentiments from 365 Days and Winter is Coming to create a title card, showing where the photos were from. I also used the Best of the Best stamp to stamp directly onto the photo of Rue Cler at night and a reminder of what we were doing there (having a delicious warm drink!).
For my last project, I created a traveler's notebook spread about my health resolutions for 2019. I used some recent photos of myself taken after I had worked out and was feeling really good. I used to train a lot before I had my daughter, so getting back in shape, and coming to terms with the fact that I don't have the time to exercise like I used to is an ongoing process for me.
The papers from the Feel It All kit are so pretty so I used the floral pattern as a background for my photos. I also cut the "mood" graphic from one of the cards and used it as a die cut on the page.
I chose a 4" x 6" card from the Best of the Best kit vertically to create a pocket to hold my resolutions list. Just a reminder that cards designed for pocket pages don't necessarily have to be used in them! I stamped several sentiments from the Twenty-Nineteen and Start Here stamp sets to create a motivational graphic in the white space. I also stamped "Make it Happen" onto one of the labels that I adhered on to add additional color.
Finally, I stamped "You Can Do It" on the top of one of the 3" x 8" cards I cut down, and then wrote out my health goals for the year. I couldn't resist the super cute faces pattern paper, so I cut out three of the smiling ones (this is an optimistic goals page, after all!) and adhered them to the back page so they would peek out when my resolution list was tucked into the pocket.
This was one of my favorite releases and I can't wait to see what you make this month! Thank you so much for having me as a guest!
Thank you so much Jen, we just loved your projects and enjoyed having you share you beautiful work with us. Make sure you check out Jen’s Instagram account and her personal blog to see even more of her lovely work.
Products Used: Best of the Best monthly kit, Feel it All mini kit, Winter is Coming Travelers Notebook kit, Cobble Hill alpha stamp set, Twenty Nineteen stamp set, 365 Days stamp set, Stay Warm stamp set, Start Here stamp set