March Guest Designer - Anja Wade
We are very happy to introduce our guest designer for the March release, Anja Wade. We love Anja's unique style and cannot wait to share with you the three projects she made.
But before we do that we asked Anja 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?
I’ve been scrapbooking since around 1999, so I remember eagerly awaiting the newest issue of Creating Keepsakes and spending hours browsing the galleries at Two Peas in a Bucket. I think I still have some patterned paper from the 90s in my stash. For a long time, I mainly did 12x12 layouts. Around 2013 I switched over to 12x12 pocket page layouts and haven’t gone back to full layouts since.
What are your favorite types of projects to work on?
My memory keeping has become simpler over the years. I used to keep separate 12x12 albums for friends, family, and personal layouts – typically one per year for each type of layout. These days, I keep one 6x8 pocket page album, and everything goes in there. I love working with pocket pages, and I’m interested in trying out the 9x12 format. I find that switching up the format can get me out of a rut. I also love making mini albums, and these have been some of my favorite recent projects. When I’m not scrapbooking, I keep an art journal, and love painting, collaging, lettering, and drawing.
Do you like to scrapbook certain types of stories?
I’m way more comfortable documenting the details of daily life than I am documenting special events. I tend to feel a lot of pressure when I try to document a holiday or vacation. These take more planning and forethought for me. I’m much freer and more relaxed with ordinary days. So in that respect, I prefer documenting the everyday.
What is your go to style of scrapbooking?
These days, I like my layouts to be on the clean side. I go heavy on the photos, and stamp or journal directly on my photos pretty often. I tend to choose filler cards that incorporate some word art or a bold pattern, and I really like black and white patterned washi tape. I add a minimal amount of journaling, often in list form, and use a lot of labels for dating or adding details to my layouts.
What is your scrapbooking philosophy?
I scrapbook because I love the process of making things. It’s a creative outlet for me, with the added benefit that I remember details about my life that I’d otherwise have forgotten. I don’t have any children to pass these stories on to, so I don’t think my albums will be useful to anyone else. I just really enjoy making them. It’s one of the things I do that completely absorbs me and wraps me up in something creative. I like the feeling of being inspired, of a project coming together in a way that makes me happy. So I guess my philosophy is, make things if you love making things. It’s one of the things I need to do to feel happy and complete, so I do it.
We could not agree more Anja, thank you so much for sharing!!
Anja created three projects for us this month so here she is to share what she made and the details behind her projects.
I loved the stamps Tina designed for the Tina's Currents Traveler’s Notebook Kit this month so much, they inspired my to start a brand new album! I’ve been meaning to give 9x12 pocket pages a try for a while now, because it’s a format I’ve never worked in, and sometimes a change in format gives me a creative boost. I decided to use this size to begin an album documenting my current loves. I used the stamp set to create 9 journaling cards.
I love making my own journaling cards, and one of my favorite things to do is colorblock with watercolor, then add some simple stamping. Watercolor paper can be purchased in 9x12 pads, which is perfect for cutting down to 3X4 cards.
I used some shimmery neutrals to add a wash of color over the top of some stamping, dividing the card into a colored top and a white bottom. Then I added some lists to capture what I’m into this month. I added 9 photos that represent my life right now. I plan on adding a new “currently” layout each month.
I loved the bright rainbow colors in this month’s Number One kit, and the number stamps are so fun and versatile! There are so many directions you could go in with the numbers, but I decided to use them to create a card with the zip code for Putnam, CT, where I spent the cold, gray first day of spring. The block numbers are great on their own, but the stamp set comes with some half circles and bars so you can add visual interest to them. I love pink on pink!
The Ramona alpha stamp set is so unique. I don’t think I have any alphas in a slanted font, so I’m pretty excited about this one. I used it to stamp the location directly on my photo. I used the colorful number card to list a few facts about the day.
I finished up this layout with some label stickers. I really love how the colors of this kit warm up my not-so-springy pictures. New England winters last well into spring!
The colors this month are so versatile that they ended up being perfect for some photos from a recent mini-vacation in Orlando, too. I love red and pink together, so I chose a pink filler card to add my title in red letter stickers. I used the Spring Time mini kit stamp set and the Enjoying stamp set to enhance my journaling and add some interest to my photos.
I tend to keep my journaling on the simple side, so I just built a sentence around the [spring has sprung] stamp for this layout.
The rainbow sunburst was actually the first thing I grabbed when I started working with these photos, because it just looks like it belongs on a sunny vacation layout. I love how the colors on the card mirror the aqua of the pool, the blue of the sky, and the green of the palm trees.
So much good stuff this month! I know you guys will enjoy working with these kits as much as I did!
We love the projects that Anja created and we hope that they give you a spark of inspiration of some fun ways to incorporate the kits and stamps into your own work. To get even more inspiration from Anja you can follow her on Instagram where she posts images of her creative work under the name MissQuiss.
Thank you again Anja for being our guest designer, it was a privelege having you.