Hey everyone! It's Sasha with another fabulous member of the Studio Calico Community to shine the spotlight on. I have been following Diane for quite some time and thought she has a style that is so fresh and she plays with colors so well!
Name: Diane Payne
Studio Calico Username: dpayne
City, State, Country: Prosper, TX USA
When did you start scrapbooking and what got you started? In 1989, shortly after I was married, I put all my honeymoon photos and memorabilia, into a magnetic album that was covered with lacey fabric, complete with a matching frame. I embellished the pages with a little doodling and journaling using markers and copy paper. My first real introduction to scrapbooking was in 1997 shortly after my daughter was born. I attended a Creative Memories party and I’ve been hooked ever since.
What are your top 5 products and why? Patterned paper is hands-down my favorite product. I like to use it as my background, layer it, and cut designs out of it for embellishing my layout. I think it is the most versatile product in my stash.
I love my punches and almost always use one when creating a layout. They are so versatile and can be used over and over again. I especially love my butterfly and edge punches.
I like to use those tiny square alphabets, like the ones by October Afternoon, Jenni Bowlin, and Cosmo Cricket, for creating titles mixed with larger fonts or for adding emphasis to words in my journaling. I find myself reaching for them over and over.
I seem to use buttons and brads on almost every layout, it is the perfect finishing touch.
I love the transparent look of washi tape. The gold strip tape from the June Shade Tree add-on is my favorite one. I’m going to be really sad when that one is gone.
What is your favorite Studio Calico product and why? I love the Studio Calico mists. They cover chipboard perfectly and white is incredible on dark colored papers.
What is your favorite go-to or signature technique? I’m not sure I do anything that easily identifies a layout as mine, but I usually create linear, structured layouts with a sprinkling of embellishments. I almost always use journaling strips typed on my vintage typewriter and add a little machine stitching to finish it off.
Where do you find your inspiration? My inspiration comes from all around me. It could be a scrapbook supply, clothing, ads, or online galleries and blogs.
What is your favorite color and/or combo? Yellow! I especially love yellow with a splash of red.
Tell us a bit about your design process. Typically, I begin with my photos or a story and pick out paper and embellishments that go with it. I almost always have an idea in my mind of how I want to arrange everything. Once I’m happy with how it looks, I snap a photo of it on my phone in case I need to reference it, then I take it apart and start gluing and sewing everything down. I’m slow…all of this usually takes me 2-3 hours.
Occasionally, I make a layout for no other reason than to scrap a photo I love or play with new supplies that I’m excited about. I like that I allow myself the freedom to do both.
Tell us a bit about what else you do since we know you are creative in more ways than just scrapbooking. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved making things. Over the years I’ve knitted, cross-stitched and even did a little sewing. When my first child was born I borrowed a neighbors SLR camera and I became hooked on photography. Photography and scrapbooking are a perfect marriage and I am hopelessly in love with both!
Thank you for the inspirations, Diane!!