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.
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.
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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