February Guest Designer - Laura Rahel Crosby

February Guest Designer - Laura Rahel Crosby

We are pleased to share with you our first Guest Designer for the Kelly Purkey Shop Blog. This is something we hope to do on a regular basis and we are so happy to welcome Laura Rahel Crosby as our first guest.

In order to get to know Laura a bit better we asked her a few questions about her scrapbooking history and her design aesthetic. 

How Long have you been Scrapbooking?

I have been scrapbooking for the last 5 years.

What are your favorite types of projects to work on?

My favorite projects are my annual Project Life album, traditional scrapbooking, making mini albums, and fun DIY projects.

Do you like to scrapbook certain types of stories?

I believe that everyone has an important story to tell and that documenting our lives is a way of practicing self love and realizing that our lives are of value. Because I'm not married and I don't have children, my memory keeping is around my own life. I document my life with my dogs and my cat, my hobbies, myself, my time in university, my friends, family, and my relationship. I keep my stories centered around me because my purpose of my scrapbooks is so that I can look back when I am 80 and remember what I looked like, felt like, and what I was doing when I was younger. 

What is your go to style of scrapbooking?

My scrapbooking style is girly, bright, and ever-changing. I'm always trying new techniques and approaches in my albums but overall I love bright photographs and pages, and my style always ends up looking what I call girly (I love pinks and blues, glitter, and florals.)

What is your scrapbooking philosophy?

Memory keeping is a great way to show self-love and realize that our stories and our lives matter. Who we are in the world and how we show up for others matters. I love that scrapbooking can be a form of self-love because self-love is so important for us to practice if we want to live our best lives and show up in the world the best way we can, (compassionately, generously, etc.) I'm so passionate about it that I create classes that combine memory keeping with self-love.

We love learning more about Laura and we especially love her scrapbooking philosophy!!

Laura created three projects for us using this months kits. The first is a greeting card made using the Carpe Diem mini kit designed by LifeLovePaper.

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I created this cute greeting card using the gorgeous stamp from the traveler's notebook kit this month. Those floral stamps are perfect for creating your own floral patterned paper in all different color combinations. I kept mine really simple with some gorgeous spring colors- two kinds of pink ink, a dark green ink, and black ink on white cardstock. I love how feminine and gorgeous the final print looks. To finish the card, I used the carpe diem sentiment in black ink and stamped it right on top of the floral print, in the middle of my card. The end result is a card that's perfect to send to any one of my girlfriends this spring to say hello! 

Laura's second project was a 9x12 Project Life page using The Lucky Ones main kit and the Carpe Diem mini kit.

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I absolutely love this Project Life page! It documents the week I had my grad school interview last month. It was a BIG occasion and there is a lot of wishing that I got in to the graduate school program while I wait to hear back, so this month's kit was perfect with all of it's good luck sentiments and images. You can see the process video on how this page came together on my YouTube channel. 

I used the same method I used to create the greeting card to create those gorgeous floral print filler cards in this Project Life page. The rest of the cards are from the main kit. I don't celebrate St. Patricks Day in any way, so I love that I was able to find a way to use all the good luck stuff meant for the holiday, in a spread of everyday life . I love when products can be used in many different ways like that. I finished off the spread by stamping onto a few of my photos and called it good! I could have used more photos on the spread in my opinion, but all the filler and journaling cards I used were just so cute, I couldn't bear to change them out after I found a configuration that looked this awesome. 

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Laura's third project was a Travelers Notebook spread using the You Got This travelers notebook kit designed by Bananafish Studio and the Lucky Ones main kit stamps.

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Four months ago, I started a traveler's notebook for my cat when I found out he was really sick. I have inserts that I use for journaling through my grief, for keeping track of all his medical charts and levels as we manage his kidney disease, and of course I have inserts for memory keeping our life together as a way of processing my emotions and being thankful for every day I get to spend with him. In most memory keeping projects, I choose my photos first and then my supplies second, to match my photo. For this page I did things a little differently and chose my papers first and then the photo I thought would look best on those papers. It ended up being a photo of my kitten, laying on my craft room floor, hanging out next to me as I crafted. 

This page was super simple and easy because most of the work in making it pretty was already done with the gorgeous traveler's notebook papers in the tn kit this month. I added a lots of stamping, a label, found a clever way to cover up an ink mistake, and did some journaling. Then I just adhered the pages into my notebook and the spread was done. Make sure to catch my YouTube process video for this spread if you want to see the clever way I worked around a stamping mistake, and how this page came together! I hope you enjoyed seeing my projects this month! 

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We love the projects that Laura created with this months kits. She also has process videos on her You Tube channel of the projects she created so make sure you follow her to watch. You can find her on social media at the following places.

Her blog: www.laurarahel.com/blog

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYACNjgGF3-bK-UUpuGMe-w

Instagram: www.instagram.com/laurarahel

Thank you Laura for being the Kelly Purkey Shop Blogs first guest designer we loved having you!


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