layout by Stephanie Dagan
This month, we are pleased to introduce our guest artist, Stephanie Dagan. Stephanie shared one of her holiday layouts with us this past december, and we are so excited to have her sharing more of her beautiful work here on our blog! Read below to find out more about Stephanie, and watch throughout the next few days to see projects she has created using Melissa Frances products.
Where were you born, and where do you currently live?
I was born in France near Paris and I currently live at the seaside in Normandy in a town called Dieppe
Tell us about your family:
I am married for 9 years to an amazing husband who is also my boss, but that's another story! We have 3 children: Oscar 8 years, Clementine 6 years and Eugene 4 years
inactivity, computer bugs and being forgetful (I forget quite regular appointments or things to do and it's very exasperating for my husband and for me too!)
I love a french magazine: "Marie Claire Idées," ( http://mci.blogs.marieclaireidees.com/ ), I did not miss one issue. It is full of vignettes with a vintage French touch.
I also enjoy reading Scrapbooktrends magazines (essentially because I can download it, very practical for me here in France). We have two very good french scrapbooking magazines : "Esprit Scrapbooking" and "Entre Artistes Magazine", these are two very complementary magazines with completely different style and very dynamic.
the smell of honeysuckle at nightfall, the lawn freshly mowed and the smell of straw
Favorite Movies or Books:
I love all movies with great special effects and drama. I also really like movies with a voiceover like "All About a Boy", it is the little detail that makes me immediately get caught up in a film.
What time do you wake up in the morning?
Favorite TV shows:
I enjoy the following American series: I have unconditional love for Dr. House and Grey's Anatomy (especially music, love so much their soundstracks!)
Favorite Season (Spring,summer,fall, winter):
The transitional seasons, so spring and autumn
Do you collect anything?
Lately it's balls of wool and fabrics
When and how did you get into scrapbooking?
After the birth of my daughter, I found a French scrap magazine that I found at 1st first very simple but it aroused in me some curiosity. Then after searching on the net, I came across galleries and it was the trigger.
What music (if any) do you listen to while you scrap?
Radio, specifically soft music and grey's anatomy soundtrack
How would you describe your scrapbooking style?
My style is graphic, clean and simple, always sewing and many small details. I like when the page is worked over its entire surface, I'm not a fan of "white space". The journaling is very important. I love when a layout tells a story.
Where do you find inspiration?
In the galleries, magazines of all kinds, clothing and showcases. Also some stores
Do you like to crop with others or scrap alone?
No, I am unable to scrap at a crop because I must have a lot of tools including a computer and a printer.
What is one scrapbooking tool, you can't live without?
My sewing machine and my computer
What format do you scrap?
Do you have any organization or time saving tips you could share?
I'm sure I would find the perfect organization in my next office, at least I hope. For now, it is a monstrous crowded bazaar without sorting at the bottom of a cupboard.
This month, we're excited to get to know Melissa Frances design team member, Linda Albrecht, a little better. Linda has a special knack for creating one-of-a-kind projects that are shabby and sweet, with tons of little details. Check out this beautiful spring banner she created using new Melissa Frances products, and read below to find out more about Linda. Don't forget to stop by her blog as well!
Melissa Frances supplies:
"Vintage Posey" Vivian, Ella, Josephine, and Henrietta papers
Envelope and Tags set
Scroll, Garden Party, and 3" Wreath Applique Resin pieces
White Ribbon Collection
Crepe Paper (Ivory)
Vintage Epherma Stickers
Artificial Flowers and leaves
Nest with eggs
Misc. trims and silver pipe cleaner
Ribbon for stringing banner together
1. Use 5 of the envelopes from the "Envelope and Tags" set for the banner base.
2. Adhere papers to the front side of the envelopes.
3. Adhere miscellaneous trims, buttons, and Vintage Epherma stickers to the banner envelope pieces.
4. Apply clear glitter to stickers and papers as desired.
5. Adhere the church, nest, and bird to desired banner envelopes.
6. Punch holes for ribbon near the top corner of each envelope then connect together.
7. Tie the ribbon to gathered twigs then adhere small flowers and leaves to the piece.
GETTING TO KNOW LINDA...
Where were you born, and where do you currently live? I was born in a small town in Minnesota and I still live here--guess I'm sort of a homebody.
Tell us about your family: My husband David and I have 4 children; Jessi Marie age 28, Cole age 25, Luke age 23, and Cort age 12.
Pet Peeves: Clutter on a counter top or table.
Favorite Magazines: Better Homes & Gardens, Romantic Homes, and Country Living
Favorite Smells: Lily of the Valley, Babies wearing Johnson and Johnson baby lotion, Cinnamon, April Fresh Downey, and clean clothes hung outside to dry.
Favorite Movies or Books: Movies- Ever After and The Wedding Planner, Books- photo/scrapbook albums
What time do you wake up in the morning? 5:00 am
Favorite TV shows: If I watch TV, it's usually reruns like Reba, Fraiser, or Friends
Favorite Season: Spring
Do you collect anything? photos- old (of my ancestors) and current
When and how did you get into scrapbooking? Once I had my first child I knew that I needed to journal the memories that went along with the photos, so it's been about 28 years of some form of scrapping for me.
What music (if any) do you listen to while you scrap? I usually listen to my blog music at LindaAlbrecht.typepad.com , which has several different genres on the playlist.
How would you describe your scrapbooking style? distressed and homespun Where do you find inspiration? I'm inspired by lots of things: Home decor in magazines and on the internet, photos, nature, memories, etc.
Do you like to crop with others or scrap alone? Alone
How has scrapbooking changed your life? I have many connections and friends because of the design teams that I've worked on and it has given me a way to have a home based part time job. Also, I've went to several states to teach that I might not have ever visited.
What is one scrapbooking tool, you can't live without? As long as I have a scissors, I can scrap :-)
What format do you scrap? 12x12
Do you have any organization or time saving tips you could share? I like to put everything away in it's proper storage place between each project because I make a mess and pull out lots of things when I create. It would drive me crazy and interfere with my creativity if my space wasn't clear and clean when I started. I also store most of my product by manufacturer so that it's easy to create something for them without searching through all of my supplies.
We told you two weeks ago that Carolyn Peeler was travelling to France in April to teach at Version Scrap and we are excited to share this preview of the "Little Book of Wonders" mini album workshop with you. Carolyn says that this little album with its fresh color pallet of pink, orange, aqua, green and cream is going to be such a fun class filled with great products and fabulous techniques. If you're in Paris April 9-11, we invite you to check it out!!
(Please note: this cover preview image is slightly different from the first one which was released. Students will have the supplies to make whichever version they prefer - or a completely different one!!)
Melissa Frances products used:
Vintage Ephemera Stickers (GN317)
Josephine Paper (PA339)
Ella Paper (PA340)
Henrietta Paper (PA333)
Maxine Paper (PA334)
Rose Paper (PA330)
Pop-Out Glitter Flowers (GN14)
White Pearls (GN278)
White Mica (GN285)
Silver Tinsel Spool (GN298)
Beige Ribbon Collection (GN302)
Crepe Paper (GN303)
Pop-Out Glitter Pink Glitter Hearts (GN34)
"Wake Up! Spring" 12x12 layout- by Linda Albrecht
1. Layer Vintage Posey "Trixie" paper onto "Madeline" paper.
2. Cut "Eleanor" paper to measure 7.5x 11" then adhere to the right side of the page.
3. Mat a large photo with "Josephine" paper then add a ruffle made from Melissa Frances Pink Crepe Paper along back side of the right edge.
4. Adhere the photo and ruffle to the left side of the page then machine sew a straight stitch along the outside of the mat.
5. Machine sew a zig zag stitch around the outside edges of the photo then add 3 buttons along the left vertical edge of the photo mat.
6. Add Melissa Frances white cotton lace along the bottom edge of the photo mat then add staples to the left end.
7. Tuck the Vintage Posey "Memo" tag under the Crepe Paper ruffle near the bottom then add the "Spring Ephemera" sticker below it and near the right side of the page.
8. Adhere a large flower to the bottom right corner of the photo then hand punch flowers from "Henrietta" and "Maxine" papers.
9. Layer and adhere paper flowers to the page as shown then add a small white button layered with Pink Rhinestones to the centers.
10. Add vines and leaves as desired then adhere White Pop Out Glitter Alphabet to spell "Spring".
11. Apply "wake up!" sentiment above the "Spring" word then add journaling sprinted onto a blank transparency.
We interrupt your regular programing to bring you something a little different. We know from the crafters we meet when teaching and exhibiting that there are many of you who have questions for Melissa. Such as where she gets her inspiration, how she started her business etc. So here's your chance. We are collecting Questions to submit to Melissa for her first Q&A post on the blog and would love to get you the answers you've been wanting to hear. So please leave your question(s) in the comments.
(BONUS:We will randomly draw the name of one commenter to receive a Vintage Posey Page Kit once they arrive in the warehouse mid-month.)