Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Guest Designer Sharon Newport with Blue Fern Tranquility

 Hi everyone in Paper Teapot-land !

My name is Sharon Newport, a scrapbooking farmer from Southland. 

 I have been scrapbooking since the late 1990s, when I came across an article in an American magazine at the dentists. There was an article about some person who did this “thing” called “scrapbooking” which entailed cutting perfectly good paper apart, then sticking it all back together again then plopping their photos on top and writing stories about them!!!! This was called “journalling”. At the time, I recall thinking, only in America could they take a noun and turn it into a verb by adding “ing” on the end. Anyway, my interest was piqued and I wrote down these two brand new words onto a scrap of paper to investigate further. Some days later we got ourselves connected to the world wide web, and I needed to think of something to search for…..SCRAPBOOKING. My world was changed in that moment. Hundreds of sites popped up in google, and I spent every waking minute devouring images of the amazing stuff people in the USA were doing with their photos! 

Finding products in those early days was challenging to say the least, but kiwi ingenuity kicked in and I started using my art products to make my own papers and embellishments. Thankfully it was not long before local shops here started to stock dedicated scrapbooking items ( although my bank balance may have been healthier if I had not found this addiction!!!)

I have four kids and a very understanding husband, and they are the focus of most of my pages, however we also love to travel locally and abroad, so these photograph themes also pop up in my albums. 
 I tend to go through “phases” of styles. At the moment I am loving the arty style that mixed media pages allow me to experiment with. This means that a lot of my pages are very bumpy, and I don't get many pages in albums. I tend to just use “special” photos to do this type of scrapbooking, and the rest of the time I switch between flatter more graphic designed pages and pocket scrapbooking style pages.

I also love to do art journalling, and find this no rules messy playing is fantastic fun. ( I also paint and draw, so I guess its no surprise that I am drawn to art products)

I was thrilled to be invited to be a guest designer for “The Paper Teapot”…..and ecstatic to be sent the latest collection from Blue Fern Studios to play with. To say these papers and chipboards are delicious is an understatement !!!  Blue Fern just seem to “know” how to put products together that are beautiful and of a superior quality. 

I reach for this brand of paper in preference to anything else when I am creating mixed media pages. I find that the weight of the paper is just perfect to hold the many layers of sprays and mediums I tend to throw at them. (They tend to buckle less than other papers I have noticed.) 

In the pages I created for The Paper Teapot, I used a multitude of mixed media products. Gesso, clear gel medium, texture medium, mica powders, gelato, stamps, stencils etc to create backgrounds that I could showcase these special photos from recent events….mainly our daughters wedding, and our sons graduation.

Papers, chipboard, and embossing powders are all from the company Blue Fern Studios. 

Thanks for looking,

If you want to have a peek at some of Sharon's other work, here is her blog.

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