It's time for our October Member Spotlight! We fell in love with her light, airy and artsy style, and think you will, too. Meet Natalie Elphinstone :
Hi, my name is Natalie Elphinstone and I hail from the Land Down Under. I live in Melbourne Australia with my wonderfully supportive husband and two gorgeous girls aged 6 and 2. I work full time as a doctor, specialising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and I'm coming up to exams soon which means my world is dominated by Rules and Protocols and Structure. That's why I love to scrapbook - it's my way of unwinding. I find it so relaxing to express myself creatively; cutting paper, layering embellishments, splashing mist around... it's like therapy for me! But even more than that, I love to document the stories that make up our lives. Those everyday moments, our routines, habits and funny things my kids say regularly find their way onto my pages. These are the things that would otherwise be so easily forgotten... but not if I have anything to do with it!! I'm currently on the Design Team for Flourish With a Bling and Scrap Friends (an Australian manufacturer and online store respectively), and I'm regularly published in our Australian magazines "Scrapbooking Memories" and "Scrapbook Creations". I share all of my scrapping, family and work stories on my blog One Scrappy Doctor.
What are your top 5 favorite products and why?
I-Phone: I know it’s not technically a scrapbook product but honestly it’s changed the way I scrap. It’s now so much easier to capture the everyday moments that I want to document. And it also helps me stay connected to the online world where I’ve made many friends and can gather inspiration even on the busiest day.
Silhouette: What a machine! My Silhouette has also revolutionised the way I approach a page. There’s a million ways I can use it to augment my layouts, but what I love doing the most is to cut out a fancy title or some word-art to make a bold statement.
Mists: I’ve got a rainbow of mist colours but I’ll keep on collecting them because they’re so useful. Sometimes I’ll use them as a spray, but most commonly I use them more like a waterpaint to customise embellishments or to add layers of colour to my background. And I’ll add a splatter of mist to nearly all my pages for a finishing touch!
Journaling tags: Because I’m such a big believer in adding journaling to all my pages, these things are a must. Especially if I haven’t allowed space on my page to write everything I want to say, I can get it all down on a journaling card and hide it behind my photo.
Flairs: My latest addiction… flairs! With so many manufacturers and Etsy shops offering a huge selection of flairs to suit every occasion I’ve started to amass quite the collection J They’re great as an embellishment because they add a bit of dimension without being overwhelming. I love that we’ve been getting them in recent SC kits – they’re always the first thing I run out of!
There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t sign into my Google Reader and troll through the hundreds of blogs that I follow. There’s a world of wonderful scrappers out there who are incredibly talented and also hugely supportive of one another. People are so willing to share ideas, techniques, tutorials, design principles, photography tricks etc…. Everything I know about scrapbooking I’ve learnt from the community itself.
To be completely honest – I’m really bad at making up my own colour combos. That’s why I subscribe to kits … so all that hard work of making colour choices is done for me! LOL! Either that, or I stick to designing within the same manufacturer. It’s much easier that way ;-) But I have to say that I am really loving the trend of adding a splash of neon or super-bright colours to my projects lately. I’ve decided that hot-pink is my new favourite colour!
For me it’s all about the story I want to tell, so it commonly starts with something I want to express and then I have to search for a photo and products to match. But when it comes to designing the page itself I let the products guide me, shuffling them around until I’m happy. Then I sew everything down with my machine so I can be confident it’s not going to come unstuck!
I’m also constantly conscious of where my journaling is going to fit onto the page and I have to keep space to do that at the end. I rarely plan out what I’m going to say – I usually just grab my pen and write until all that space is filled.
Like most people serious about their scrapbooking I love to dabble in improving my photography skills. But any of my crafty pursuits have to fit into my busy lifestyle, which means most of my photos are taken with my iPhone. I guess you could say I’m into a bit of iPhoneography. I’ve got tonnes of photo apps and it allows me to edit my photos on the go, upload them to Instagram and call them done!
Apart from that, I do some pretty fancy ‘embroidery’ on my patients….. but that’s a different story. LOL!