June Guest Designer - Cindy Backstrom

June Guest Designer - Cindy Backstrom

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We are very happy to introduce our guest designer for the June release, Cindy Backstrom. We just love how Cindy used the kit this month, we especially love her interactive Travelers Notebook spread and the amazing use of the label stickers. Her projects are clean, bright and oh so fun to look at.

But before we do that we asked Cindy 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 started scrapbooking way back in the mid 90s when my girls were born with the introduction to Creative Memories. I soon outgrew the prescriptive structure of CM and began looking for papers and stamps that were more my style, but there was very little to be found, so I lost interest. In the early 2000s scrapbooking magazines were on my radar and I subscribed to every one that I could find because I wanted to learn and be inspired. This is how I was introduced to Ali Edwards and all that she brought to the industry. I was enamored and of course read her blog every single day, took every course she ever offered and read every book and magazine that featured her. Cathy Zielske had a strong voice at that time too and I learned so much from her about design and digital scrapping. Then I caught wind of Marcy Penner and her style resonated very strongly with me. Each of these ladies taught me so much about this craft and stretched me to grow my own knowledge and skills and really helped me to define my own style.

What are your favorite types of projects that you like to make?

I love mini albums as each is very unique and stretches me in different ways, all the while still telling the stories of my family. They also have a ‘finish’ and a specific purpose, which motivates me. The rise of scrapbooking in a travelers notebook was an easy transition for me since it is similar in many ways to a mini album. Now, most of the scrapping I do is either in a monthly TN or Project Life pocket pages.

Do you like to scrapbook certain types of stories?

Most of the stories I like to tell are about my family, documenting the activities, showing the growth and capturing the events that make up our lives. All of my grandparents have passed away now and I look back and remember so little of who they were and what they did. I want my future generations to be able to look at my books and see who we were and read the stories of our lives, almost like it just happened yesterday. I joke with my husband that some day we will be sitting in our rocking chairs waiting out our last days, but at least we will have the stories of our lives to remind us of who we once were!

What is your go to style of scrapbooking?

I prefer to keep my layouts clean and simple. Sometimes that means doing all digital, sometimes hybrid and sometimes I just need great paper, a photo and some stamps to tell the story. Every so often I do a ‘fussy’ project, but with a full-time job and an Etsy shop on the side I often use the last hours of the day to eek out my layouts, so time is my creative constraint.

What is your scrapbooking philosophy? 

For me, scrapbooking is about learning. The ebb and flow of the scrapbooking industry has kept my attention over the years, as there is always something new to learn. I love challenges so whenever a new IG inspiration comes along or a new class is offered I am in it for the learning – from honing my photography skills to digital editing to new techniques or supplies. My day job has me working on the computer most days, so scrapping and crafting in general is my outlet when I get home at the end of the day. This is where I learn and grow through play and I am definitely in my sweet spot. My love of learning has also prompted me to open an Etsy shop to sell repapered books as TN covers and a few other TN related items. Life is good!!

I think we can all agree with Cindy, that documenting our lives so that future generations can know who we were and how much fun we had is the greatest gift we can leave behind.

Now its time to turn this over to Cindy to let her walk you thru the two projects that she made.

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I started using KP products in January of this year and have fallen in love! For my first project, I created a traveler’s notebook layout using a mix of the new June TN kit: Travel Favorites and the Packing List stamps. I wanted to document all that is going in my carry on for an upcoming business trip and this kit was perfect for doing so.

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I absolutely love the KP label stickers for adding colour and journaling. This one fit the stamp I wanted to use just perfectly!

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Since I wanted to use the two printed TN cards and not cover them with a photo, I decided to extend the page by making a flip out under the left side. I simply cut a white paper to size, folded it in half, adhered the back to my TN page and then adhered the TN card with the airplanes on the top of the folded white page. This extended the real estate by a full two page spread.

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Once again, I made use of the label stickers on the fold out to add colour and as a home for all these stamps! And the line stamp was just perfect for connecting the item in my photo with the label.

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Always up for a challenge, I was happy to be able to use all my fave pieces of this kit and stamp sets to document another event in my life!

For my second project, I created a Project Life spread using the new June kit: Road Trip. On Father’s Day, we did some traveling to visit both of our fathers (my husband has a ‘City Dad’ and I have a ‘Country Dad’), so this seemed like the perfect kit to document this special day.

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I always love the rainbow coloured cards that are included in the KP kits, so I chose this card typically used for the date of a PL spread and adhered the letter stickers from the kit to form my title.  Just below that card I added the coloured cars card to repeat that rainbow and added the view from our vehicle as we drove out into the country. I stamped that little list right on my photo to note that we were heading toward the mountains.

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Along that same middle row, I added 2 more cards for journaling and telling the details of my story. Then I used some neutral cards behind the photos of us with our dads and, to keep it simple, I added yet another label sticker on top to identify our dads as ‘city’ or ‘country’.

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And finally, I added that blue 4x6 card to round out the colour scheme in this spread and also because I loved it!

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So there you have it. I am already planning how I will continue to use these kits for my upcoming summer travels…

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Thank you so much for being our guest designer this month Cindy, we loved having you and we just loved sharing your two projects with our readers. If you would like to follow Cindy in all of her endeavors you can find her website, here Etsy shop and on Instagram at her personal profile and her business profile.

Products Used: Travel Favorites Travelers Notebook kit, Road Trip Main kit, Packing List Stamp Set, June 6x8 Label Stickers

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