Saturday, January 29, 2011

Its time for the Webster's Pages New DT Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to the Webster's Pages Blog Hop!!!
The Blog Hop is intended for you to get to know the Design Team Members a little better.....and......there will be a giveaway that is to die for!!!  Brandin has decided to give away A COMPLETE SET OF ALL THE NEW FLOWERS BEING RELEASED AT CHA!!!  So now I have your attention I bet, lol!!  To get into the drawing for this give away be sure to comment on each Design Team Members Blog, each comment you make will increase your chances of winning so make sure you don't miss any of the blogs!
Here is a sneak peak of what you can win, A complete set of all Webster's Pages Princess Petal Florettes!

which includes 2 colors for each of the following collections, Country Estate, Yacht Club, Ladies&Gents and Trendsetter.  Yeh...don't forget to leave those comments ;)
So in the previous blog you got to know Steph a little better and now it's my turn!

Hi!  Julie Walton here, I am so excited to get started as part of the Webster's Pages Digital/Hybrid team for 2011 and thought I would share a little bit about me to get started!  I am a daughter, a mom and a Grammy, a scrapbooker, a reader, a crafter and living life fully and completely.  I create with paper and digitally and have for the past 6+ years.  During the week I care for my gkids, Jenna, Jeromy and Trevor who are almost 7, 5 1/2 and 4 1/2, they keep me on my toes....and young!!  We are a goofy bunch, lol!!   I live in Simi Valley, CA, just north of LA and a half hour from the beach and thats important because I love the beach, nothing like a stroll in the surf looking for treasures and getting your feet wet.
My scrapping style is all over the place so I call it eclectic.  I tend to be artsy, follow no rules and just go with the moment. I am a cut/tear, stitch and layerer kind of scrapper.  I love lots of dimension and texture!  If I had only two Webster's Pages products to create with I would definitely use paper, love the two sides, the quality and thickness and the ability to cut images out, and I would choose ribbon, any kind of ribbon because there is so much you can do with it, create flowers, borders, fold, tie, staple and it creates texture and dimension in any project.  When I am creating digitally I love the elements that go with the papers, I love to create dimension in digital too!  I find inspiration in different things each time I sit down to create, sometimes its the papers and knowing I have the perfect photo, sometimes its the photo(s) themselves and other times its a technique I see while playing on the internet. 

I have a fabulous scrapbook studio that I create in, which I designed when my house was built so its custom to my likes!  Can't beat it!  I have a 9 foot open countertop/desk area in front of a 6ft window that I create on, a 9ft wall of open shelving and a 8x4 closet behind curtain for storage.  And I painted it lime green and use black and white accents.  Right now the space is fairly clean because I did a bunch of work before I went to Hawaii for a week and haven't had the chance to get back in there to create yet...soon though...very soon!! 

My good ole standby as far as paper technique goes is hand stitching and right now I am loving making flowers.  Digital techniques that are faves for me are creating shadows that look like the paper is flipping up.....and lots of layers!  I like to burn the papers too, kind of gives it an inked look.  And like with paper I like to cut!
I would like to share with you the digital layouts I did for my submission to the Design Team:
I used the Hollywood Vogue Digital kit for all of my layouts, and they are all different so you can see just how versital the digital kits are!

This layout is my granddaugher Jenna, I managed to capture her with the 2 front teeth missing smile, it sure doesnt last long!  Anyway I made lots of layers with cuts from the papers, and I added a layer of the background paper over the top of the layers and changed the blending to overlay, then erased whatever was over the top of her face.  I like the look!
As soon as I saw the houndstooth print I knew that I wanted to use a photo of my middle daughter just looked like her!  Again lots of layers and cuts from the papers, I did an extraction from another of the papers and I love to layer things on top of my photos.  Lastly I like to burn the paper sometimes to create an inked or painted kind of look to ground the photo grouping.
My third layout is a collage of photos from 2010 that were favorites.  I changed all  the photos to sepia and I love how they worked with the colors of the papers!!  The strip of paper across the background paper really draws your eye and was the perfect place to tuck the photos into.  Of course I love the chandlier....which I am sure you figured out since I put it in all three layouts :)

I look forward to sharing and inspiring with you this next year and am blessed to be a part of the Webster's Pages family!
Now its time for you to visit Laura's blog and get to know her a little better.

Don't forget to leave comments!!!  And thanks for visiting!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Coming soon.....a Webster's Pages Blog Hop

To better introduce you to the new team we will be having a blog hop on January 29, 2011 at 9a.m. EST. We will start with Iris' blog and end at Webster's blog.
Brandin will be giving away a complete set of all Webster's Pages Princess Petal Florettes. The complete set includes 8 florettes (2 colors from each collection: Country Estate, Yacht Club, Ladies&Gents, Trendsetter)! Those are some real beauties!!
You can win this fabulous prize just by leaving a comment in the dt member's blogs. Leave a comment in all of the blogs and that will increase your chances of winning. You will have until January 31, 2011 at 12 midnight EST  to leave a comment. The winner will be announced at the Inspire Me Site on February 3, 2011.

a BIG toot!!!! this post is a little late but let me give you the story and you will understand, lol!!! 

So I applied for the Websters Pages Design Team along with 650+ others earlier this month.  I applied for both the paper team and the digital team.  Long shot I know but what the heck, you never know.  I kinda thought I wouldnt make the paper team but was holding out hope for the digital team.  Then I left on my trip to Hawaii with my mom and my daughter and promptly forgot about all things not having to do with being in Hawaii.  So mid week we were sitting in a restaurant on the beach having lunch and I decided to check my email and low and behold there is an email from Websters Pages....Brandin.  Holding my breath I clicked on it thinking its a thanks for applying but you didnt make it this time kind of email (sometimes you just arent a fit with the team they have put together) anyway it opened and it was an offer to join the digital/hybrid team!!!!!!!!  I screamed...omg NO WAY!!!  Everyone around us turned to look.  My mom and daughter and like.....WHAT?????  So I told them I got on the Websters Pages Design Team...the dream team, and they smile, laugh and congratulate.  I know they dont understand the joy those in the scrapbooking field would be they are happy for me.  I am happy for me!!  I am in awe.  I am honored.  I beamed all day and beyond!

So I am part of the Websters Pages Design Team for 2011 working with the digital goodness offered by WP and I am ready!!!
and these are my teammates:
We are going to ROCK WP all year long!!
I am working on getting all of my teammates blog links up so that you can easily follow us all!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Challenges for MME this month!

I got my hands on some Fine and Dandy by MME and I happened upon the challenges that My Minds Eye posted on their blog.....perfect timing I say!!!

The first challenge I created for was the card challenge, new this month.  I got to pick my own theme and use my choice of MME's lines of papers and then create from the sketch.  So using the Fine and Dandy line this is my interpretation of the sketch:

and some close ups:

And the layout challenge this month was to use the sketch, any life of MME and use the theme "Winter means...."
I again used the Fine and Dandy (love that line) and this is my interpretation:

Winter means Snow Boarding for my daughter and her special man!

These challenges were fun to work on this weekend...thanks Fine and Dandy!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Woo Hoo!!!! Best Creation DT

So Happy that I made the Best Creation Inc Design Team for 2011!!!  Such a talented group of ladies we have this year, I am honored to be in their presense!  Check out the new teams:
USA Team

Julie Walton- California
Nancy Burke-Idaho
Kim Holmes- Washington State
Debbie Sherman- Wyoming
Sarah Mullanix- Indiana
Nicole Wise- Maine
Liz Chidester- Utah
Kim Arledge- Texas
Brittny Lejeune- California

International Team

Alicia Barry- Australia
Tracey Taylor- Canada
Petra Offrell- Sweden
Katarina Damm- Norway
Jona Saavedra- Philippians
Karen Thind- Canada
Irit Shalom- Israel
Tina McDonald- Canada
Jodi Wilton- Canada

Card Team

Emily Branch- California
Karen Taylor- Missouri 
Sandy Ang- Singapore

Monthly Guest Designers
Amarilys Doria
Mireille Divjak (Pula)
Stacey Rodriguez
Shannon Morgan
We are gonna rock 2011!!!  New collections for 2011 coming out this month for CHA - LA and another new collection in the spring!!  Cant wait to play!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hitting you with My Best Shots....for 2010!!!

I love looking back at the photos I took last year, as time passes I see so much more in them than I did when I first took them, so I am going back to look, to reflect, to  remember .....and share some with you all!!  I started Project 365 yesterday and hope to keep up with it.  Its hard to remember at the time but even a simple photo of something that was a part of your day means so much later on.  So here we go with my top favs for 2010...........