Get ready for some mega inspiration - it's time for our Member Spotlight! This month we're featuring Lilith Eeckles - her style is funky and fresh and we can't wait to share her work!
Hi. I'm Lilith. I was born in Leuven, Belgium on 26th January 1979. As a child I grew up in South Africa and my parents moved back to Europe when I was a teenager and settled in the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg. I now live in the South of Belgium in the Ardennes. I am a mother to four marvellous but mischievous boys (Damien, Noé (7), Robin (4) and Elouan (2)) and have been married to the most wonderful man for 11 years. I'm a foreign language teacher. I teach Dutch and English to French speaking students and I LOVE it. Besides my passion for languages and teaching, there is also music, photography and on the top of my list SCRAPBOOKING. I started just after getting married as I wanted to make a wedding album. I really got hooked when my two eldest boys were born in 2003 and I haven't stopped since. It helps me unwind from my hectic days being a mum and teaching teenagers. Scrapbooking has made me realise that I can be creative and I love documenting my family's life. It has made me become more confident and willing to have a go.
What are your top 5 favorite products and why?
1. Patterned paper. I love it and hoard it and even think I would just frame some of my favourite papers. It lends itself to so many things and I could not scrapbook without it.
2. Ink: Before having mists I only had a bottle of India ink and I still use it on nearly everything. A must have!
3. Stamps. I collect them just as I collect patterned paper. My favourite technique is using them over a mask. I can create little stamped circles or triangles even hearts!
4. CAMEO: I don't know if it is a product but I love it to bits! I have a little folder with an array of cut outs in different shapes and sizes mostly in kraft and white cardstock. If I don't have the time to cut out a shape I just flick through my little booklet and choose something I like!
5. My new favourite: GELATOS. They are are emollient-based water- soluble medium. I love my oil pastels but these are AMAZING! They can be smudged, blended with gesso or water, you can even stamp with them.
Pinterest is a MAJOR inspiration source. I love pinning art and mixed media creations or graphic design works. They always kick start my mojo. I also love looking through the SC gallery as there is so much inspiration on it!!
Now this is a hard one! I am really into neon colours at the moment. I still have a soft spot for pastels but I also like bright colours like fushia and turquoise. The colours I pick tend to vary and depend on how I feel and what mood I am in.
When I started scrapbooking I used to work with sketches and I drew every layout I wanted to create. Nowadays I tend to go with the flow. I always have an idea. It might be a design element and on other occasions my starting point is the photo or the papers. The only rule I follow when I create even for assignments is to have fun. I still have a little note book I carry around and that I use a lot when I am out and about. At home I flip though it and can start creating almost immediately. As I work full time it is a great time-saver.
My passions are scrapbooking, music and teaching. I am a language teacher and teach Dutch and English to French speaking students. Education has always been very important and I love seeing students learn and discover. When I was a child I learnt to play quite a few instruments and also followed singing lessons (my dream was to be an opera singer). My love for music is still strong and there is not a day I don't sing or listen to music. Besides music and scrapbooking I also love DIY. I love decorating our home and DH has no say over the power tools. They are my buddies. In the near future I would love to build my own table for my scrap corner. I also love to sew. I don't make clothes but love making curtains and cushions and last but not least I have recently ventured into the world of art journalling and am really LOVING it. It has opened a whole new world to me and it is inspiring me to try out new techniques on my layouts as well!