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 INSPIRATIONAL ARTISTS

These are the artists I go to whenever I find myself with 'scrappers block'.

Irene Tan - Irene, better known as Scrapperlicious is the queen of mixed media!  Love her style & how easily she incorporates the use of different media to create amazing textures on her projects.

Melinda Thompson - Melinda is simply amazing.  I love her use of transparencies & mixed media--she's quite handy with those Shimmerz products & provides tips & tutorials on how she creates her eye catching backgrounds throughout her blog Min's Everyday Moments.  

Emma Stafrace - Emma is the mastermind behind the redesign of my blog--need I say more?  Her digital designs are absolutely amazing & what a fantastic artistic eye this girl has!  Her blog Just A Girl With Ideas is full of inspirational digital & traditional scrapbooking elements.

 Trudi Harrison - Trudi has an eye for layering--her blog Suits Me To A T is full of eye catching projects.  She's inspired me in many ways to layer the many elements that compose a page in a variety of new & different ways.  I always find inspiration on her blog when it comes to embellishment placement & visual flow.

Nadia Cannizzo - Variety is what draws me to Nadia's work.  She can go simple or complex & her use of mixed media to create absolutely amazing texture on her background keeps me coming back for more!  Her blog Just My Scrapping World is a one stop shop for inspiration.

Adrienne Ford - I recently stumbled upon Adrienne's work & instantly fell in love!  So much mixed media goodness!  I love her style her eye for creating visually appealing designs & her desire for experimenting with new techniques & her love of mixed media.  Her blog Coloring My World is full of inspirational projects & techniques.

Gerry Van Gent - Gerry's blog--Gerry's Scrappy Life--is jam packed with inspirational projects & amazing tutorials that walk you through her creative thinking & process.  She's made a name for herself in the scrapping industry & it's very much deserved!

Nine Mendella - Nine's work is so visually pleasing that I'm constantly checking out her blog to look at her fabulous creations.  Her attention to detail & ability to make simple techniques look so elegant & unique is what drew me to her blog.  Her blog Au Bout De Mes Doigts which loosely translates to 'At my fingertips' is a fabulous source of inspiration for yours truly.

Lisa Griffith - Lisa caught my eye when I visited her blog to comment on an entry for Berry71Bleu.  I immediately loved her style & I noticed right away that she has an amazing artistic eye.  The designs of her pages just 'flow' & she has the ability to add mixed media to her backgrounds without over powering the primary subject of her page.  Whether she decides to keep her designs simple or complex--the end result is always beautifully thought out.  You can see all of her fabulous creations on her blog 'The Paper Attic'.

Melenia Agapides - I've always admired Melenia's ability to flawlessly incorporate a number of different mixed media elements to her pages.  Melenia also has the ability to add multiple layers of a variety of different elements without the elements looking 'cluttered'.  They all come together just right & compliment each other perfectly creating a harmonious accent to the main theme of her pages.  You can visit Melenia on her blog 'A Room Full of Colours and Shapes'.

Athanasia Papantoniou - I just love Athanasia's style. She can go simple or she can get fancy--any style she takes, the end result is always a feast for the eyes.  She's amazing with bright colors. Athanasia will have a bright colored background & then know exactly how to tone it down with the use of mixed media, stencils & stamps.  She also has several off the page projects such as wreaths & clay houses--you just have to check out these adorable clay houses--they're miniature works of art!  You can find Athanasia on her blog 'Athanasia: Me and Myself'.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF

What would we do without challenges?  As a scrapper I love to experiment with new ideas & techniques & what better place to do this than with challenges?

If you're into color challenges--then this is the challenge for you!  C.S.I is full of interesting case files that you need to 'solve' on a weekly basis.  The cases consist of an inspirational image, evidence (usually different types of embellishments) & a testimonial (some kind of journaling/documentation) & of course a color scheme.

Berry71Bleu provides a monthly challenge--each challenge has a different twist & requirements.  It's a great blog to play along with if you're looking for diversity in your challenges.  Marivic who owns & runs Berry71Bleu is quite the sweetheart & works hard to make this challenge blog a great place to get those creative juices flowing.
Page Drafts now known as The Nifty Pixel, is a fabulous place for sketch inspiration.  Because of my crazy life style I'm always tight on time--whenever this happens to me I go to Page Drafts for a quick way to come up with an innovative page design.
 
SHOPPING

There's no better place that Clear Scraps for all your acrylic needs.  I absolutely loved designing for them & experimenting with all their wonderful acrylic products.  Acrylic is so versatile & can add such an artistic visual appeal to any project!

Zeus and Zoe is an Etsy shop owned by Marivic Clifton who also owns Berry71Bleu challenge blog.  This little Etsy shop is full of a variety of embellishments, chipboard, flowers, project kits & miscellaneous crafting supplies.

The Scrapbook Diaries has quickly become one of my fave places to shop for unique & innovative kits.   This shop has an array of mixed media/designer kits all created by several of today's talented scrapbook artists.  The kits come complete with all the material required to complete a page created by a designer (complete with a video tutorial) plus a bonus page created by the stores owner Janeane.  One can follow the instructions & replicate the pages or you can take the tips & techniques provided in the tutorials & create your own masterpieces with the materials included in the kit.   In addition to the kits, this store is full of many scrapbooking essentials for both basic & mixed media scrapbookers.

Panda Eight Designs is an Etsy shop specializing in flair buttons.  This is my go to shop for a variety of unique & whimsical flairs.

More to come...