Creativity Captured: Chelle’s Creations

I’m excited to share more about one of our featured sponsors this month–Chelle’s Creations. Chelle is an amazing digital scrapbooking designer with an eye for detail. Her themed kits are adorable, but also versatile enough to use on non-themed layouts. I especially love the whimsy she adds to her designs, and is great at combining hand-drawn elements with real elements. And you know I love felt. *swoon*

Chelle also sells a number of unique CU (commerical use) products for digital designers, or for scrapbookers to alter according to their needs.

I think Chelle is a star at having “captured creativity” in that she didn’t let “mainstream” scrapbooking stop her from capturing what she wanted in her memory books. She ended up taking it as far as learning to design her own elements, winning a design contest, and becoming a successful digital designer. (More on all that below!)

Tell a bit about yourself . . .

My name is Chelle, wife to Dave for 19 years & Mom to seven.  We live in the country with four of our children still at home.  I love helping people fill their need to create with fun digital scrapbook supplies, fun printable crafts, & tutorials.

Why do you scrapbook?

I scrapbook to remember.  When I was born I had 10 living grandparents.  Now I have a handful of photos.  One grandmother kept a journal in her later life, but as an “older” mom of a 2 year old, I wonder what life was like for her when my father was born (she was also 40).  Was she as tired as I am?  LOL!

Fortunately (until recently) I’ve always had a good memory.  I want to share those stories with my children & grandchildren.  So I scrap.

{Chelle introduces video scrapbook layouts}

How did you get started?

I’ve been scrapbooking forever, & I LOVE it.  My first scrapbooks were made using typing paper, with construction paper mats and titles cut from magazines, or drawn on with markers…all held together with rubber cement.  (No, really.  The first scrapbook class I took…the teacher TOLD us to use those things.)

Scrapbooking has changed a lot over the years, but I’ve always enjoyed creating my own supplies.  In my “paper” days, I had a large collection of stuff…not just papers & embellishments, but tons of ink, paint, dyes, fabric, clay, acetate, & other crafty things so I could modify my stash.  When I was working on scrapping these sledding photos, I couldn’t find anything winter-y with lime green, navy, & turquoise (imagine that).  So I taped off sections of white cardstock, and made my own striped paper with acrylic paint.  A tiny denim pocket with raffia “straw” seemed like the perfect embellishment for our “We’re from the Country” parade float memories.  Since I couldn’t find one, I sewed my own..including silk flowers with a button center.  When I discovered digital I found myself tweaking supplies to fit my needs (just like in my paper days), so I started putting my collections together, and offering them to friends.  After winning a design contest in 2009, Chelle’s Creations was born.

Share your scrapbooking method.

Frustrated with too much stuff on layouts (the paper couldn’t support it) and the expense of re-making each layout 6 times (one for me and one for each child) I quit.  Totally quit.  Sold some of my stash and gave away the rest.  I started printing “plain” hardcover books with just my photos & journaling.  Then two years later while recovering from surgery I was surfing the internet looking for something to use on an album for my daughter and stumbled onto digital scrapbooking.  I was immediately hooked.  It was a merge of my photos & journaling printed in a hardbound book (with multiple copies) and my love of creating.  Now I could decorate my memories again!

All of my photos & memoriabilia from my childhood through 2009 have been scrapped.  (I am going back and scrapping more stories from my childhood…when I remember a story.)  I’m an event scrapper so I keep my photos in folders labeled with the event & the date.  Then when I get time to scrap I can pick an event & scrap it.  So I scrap somewhat randomly.  When a year is finished I print a copy for me & a copy for each of my children.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Everywhere.  Sometimes I’ll see a pattern on a pillow & think, “That would make a FABULOUS paper.”  Or my little guy’s clothing.   Or something I see on Pinterest.  I often create kits so I can scrap my memories, but I also create kits with themes requested by my Creative Team or my customers.

Share a scrapbooking tip.

My best advice [for digital scrapbooking] would be to learn the shortcut keystrokes.  Not just things like Ctrl-L (levels) & Ctrl-J (duplicate selection on a new layer), but just the letters:  D (to change to the default foreground & background colors (black & white), X to switch them around, M for the marquee tool, T for the type tool, B for the brush tool…
Using those keys can really speed up your scrapping.

What’s your best seller?

My all time best seller is Ticket to Ride.  I created it in colors to match my family photos at the amusement park.

Chelle is offering a 25% discount on her digital goodies when you use coupon code: Pams_Fan_25 at checkout. She’s regularly adding new designs, and it doesn’t expire until the end of April, so wear that coupon out!

She’s also offering a $10 gift certificate to one lucky winner. If you know digi, you know that will go a long way!! To enter, check out Chelle’s store, and then come back and leave a comment letting us know what you’d spend your gift certificate on. Giveaway ends: Friday, February 17th.

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26 Comments on Creativity Captured: Chelle’s Creations

  1. falwyn
    February 18, 2012 at 1:39 am (4 years ago)

    I think Chelle is the top of my “to collect” list. I love that her elements are simple and cute without being “too cute.” (Very subjective taste thing, I know!) I would use my gift certificate on her In Harmony and Zoo kits, to start with! :)

  2. mischalaneous (chalane)
    February 13, 2012 at 3:52 am (4 years ago)

    I LOVE CHELLE! I can’t wait to meet her some day in person. Not only are her products FABULOUS, but I love her tutorials and I love learning a little about her life and family. I relate to her very much as we have similar families, similar interests, and a shared faith.

    If I won the coupon I would put it towards Grandma’s Garden Bundle. I have Grandpa’s Garden Bundle and by the summer I want to have it’s complement.

    THANKS so much, Pam, for having Chelle as your guest. And thanks to both of you for the coupon and the CHANCE to WIN!

  3. rebecca (mamabee)
    February 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm (4 years ago)

    chelle is becoming a fast fav of mine!!! I so need her latest cleaning kit!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Brenda
    February 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm (4 years ago)

    i just love Chelles’s kits! I would love to use the coupon for Happily Every After. Thanks for the chance.

  5. Dolores
    February 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Chelle’s kits are fabulous and sometimes I feel like going out and taking specific photos just for an excuse to use her themed elements & papers! Her color combinations are really great! Grandma’s Garden has been on my wish list for a long time! Thanks for the chance to get to know her a little better and to win!

  6. cherylh
    February 11, 2012 at 7:16 am (4 years ago)

    I love chelle’s kits! I’d love to use the coupon to get the Mane Event bundle – I need to scrap some recent hair cutting disaster photos.

  7. Cindy Keeler
    February 11, 2012 at 6:49 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the chance!!!
    Ps I would love the syrup and pancakes Elements!! Love it. Have so many pages i could use it on!!! 😉

  8. Teresa
    February 11, 2012 at 3:47 am (4 years ago)

    Zoopendous and E-I-E-I-O are on my list…

  9. RKSP
    February 11, 2012 at 3:21 am (4 years ago)

    I love Chelle’s kits and have a whole bunch of them already! I really want/need “Tutu Cute” next. :)

  10. Cindy Branchaud
    February 11, 2012 at 12:07 am (4 years ago)

    Your kits are lovely Pam. I truly believe that there is always going to be bumps on the road no matter where you go ….I tell my kids when they were small to climb over them and deal with one thing at a time…
    I know now that that was the right thing as they mow have families of their own…
    Beautiful kits…I have to get some of them..
    Thanks for giving all of us a chance to look like a pro…

  11. leslie
    February 10, 2012 at 11:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Chelle is my favorite designer! I loved seeing her kits featured here. Thanks for interviewing her.

  12. Alyna
    February 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm (4 years ago)

    I LOVE Chelle’s fun, unique kits! I would either buy her newest release, The Mane Event Collection, or an oldie but goodie that I don’t have yet, In Harmony Bundle, if I won. I know I’d get plenty of use out of either! Thanks so much for the chance!!

  13. Ana
    February 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm (4 years ago)

    Chelle’s work is amazing!!!
    THanks for teh chance
    *fingers crossed*

  14. Michelle
    February 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm (4 years ago)

    I absolutely love her designs, and have several on my wish list. I really look forward to having Sunnyside Up, since I make recipe cards for my family’s favorites. Thanks so much for the chance to win! ♥

  15. SharonG
    February 10, 2012 at 9:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Oooh !! So many cute kits to choose from!! I already own some of Chelle’s kits, but i would love to have the Prehistoric kit!! Thank you so much for the chance to win it!!

  16. Cheryl
    February 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm (4 years ago)

    I have several of Chelle’s kits already but there are still a LOT on my wishlist! One of those is the In Harmony Bundle. I also really like the Big City kit and Quickies. :)

  17. melissa
    February 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm (4 years ago)

    I would definitely be buying “In Harmony”! I’m a piano teacher and love love love all the fantastic elements!

  18. Sus
    February 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm (4 years ago)

    I love Chelle´s designs, and I have fallen for
    The Mane Event, The Mane Event WA and the CU Sunny Alpha Doodles

    Those are all wonderful


  19. Jen
    February 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm (4 years ago)

    Chelle’s stuff is great! Very creative and unique!

  20. Jessica W.
    February 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm (4 years ago)

    I absolutely love when designers tell a little bit about their life and their products. It makes me feel like I have a connection to them, not just as a customer.

    I want to say thank you for the chance to win so many great prizes. It was very easy to pick out the things I would buy if I were to win the 10 dollar gift certificate. These would be my top choices: and

  21. Donna P.
    February 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Hello! I have just recently discovered you kits. I love them! Thanks for the chance to win!


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