Stephanie Baxter has been a long-time member at Studio Calico and we love the contribution she brings to the message board and gallery. She's just all-around inspiring and fabulous with her creative layouts and her positive attitude. I'm excited to get to put Stephanie in the spotlight this month!
When did you start scrapbooking and what got you started? I first became aware of scrapbooking about 7 years ago when I got a Saturday job in a little scrapbooking store near where I lived. Through that, I found my way to the online world of scrapbooking and kept up with things that way, although I didn’t do much scrapbooking then! It’s only been in the last 2-3 years or so that I’ve really gotten into it properly and made it my hobby.
What are your top 5 favorite products and why? There are SO many to choose from!! I guess I’d have to say patterned paper (I love American Crafts, October Afternoon, Crate Paper, Pebbles and SC, of course!), Thickers, punches, white or vanilla cardstock and dimensional adhesive. I use these products on pretty much EVERY layout I make!
What is your favorite Studio Calico product and why? I am LOVING all the wood veneer stuff right now...I think the asterisks are my favourite! I also can’t wait for the new camera ones. Mister Huey’s is also a definite favourite.
What is your favorite go-to or signature technique? I’m not really a technique-y kind of scrapper, but I do love to use dimensional adhesive on all my pages, either to use on the photos or on a journaling spot or something...I just like the dimension it gives and the way it makes stuff pop off the page. I also love to mix and match different patterned papers...I can’t get enough of paper!
Where do you find your inspiration? Pinterest is a huge source of inspiration for me right now. I find all sorts of random images on there that I try to use as a starting point for a page. I also love looking through the SC gallery at both the DT work and the member’s layouts...so many inspiring people there, it’s unbelievable!
What is your favorite color and/or color combo? This is something that changes for me all the time! If you asked me next week, I’d probably say something completely different! Right now, I absolutely adore grey with soft and pretty pinks, greens and yellows, a la the new Dear Lizzy Neopolitan line.
Tell us a bit about your design process. I try and start with something that inspires me...this might be an image from Pinterest, a quote or just a new product that I can’t wait to use. From there I pick a bunch of products that I think I might want to use, lay down my photos, pieces of paper and embellishments without gluing them down...I spend quite a bit of time moving bits around before committing to adhering them down! I agonise and deliberate for ages about where things should go, although you’d never know that from looking at my pages since they are often quite simple! I always do my journaling last. Always. I like to look at the whole page with the photos on it to give me some sort of emotional response which then helps me phrase what I want to say.
Tell us a bit about what else you do since we know you are creative in more ways than just scrapbooking. I have to be quite creative in my job sometimes since I teach 6 and 7 year olds...we’re always doing some sort of arty project! I actually made a display with the kids that took a bit of inspiration from Kelly Purkey’s amazing map layouts!! Our topic is Africa and the display is a massive collage map of Africa showing the different environments (rainforest, desert, savannah, etc.)...before sticking the collage on the wall, I made a larger map and used it as a mask before going to town on the board with some Mr Huey’s!! Many thanks to Kelly for the amazing idea! I also love photography, although since starting teaching I don’t really have much time for it. Working with children has really given me a passion for children’s photography though... I’d love to do that some day!