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Scraplift Yourself: Guest Designer – Caroline Free

I am chuffed to introduce our Scraplift Yourself Guest Designer – Caroline Free from the UK! Find Caroline on her blog, Facebook, etsy, and instagram!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Hiiiiii I am so excited to be a guest designer for Pink Paislee and I get to use their scrumptious products. I live with my Italian partner Aldo in North Wales by the sea and live on a thin strip of land so get the sea at both sides of the house, I am so lucky! We have two miniature schnauzers and a rescue dog from Cyprus, we get to walk them on the long stretches of sand. I am a Social Worker by trade but now I run my own small vintage and retro business and this gives me lots of flexibility to be able to create. My favourite things to make are layouts, handmade books, and working in my planner.

How did you get started scrapbooking? When I left school I had a place at Art College but in the end decided to go in to Social Work but the desire to create never left me. I tried all sorts of crafts but about 7 years ago I happened to be out shopping and found some hand made yellow paper that I LOVED (so much that I still haven’t used it). That started my addiction to paper craft. I can honestly say that nothing makes me happier than spending time creating and interacting with other scrapbookers. I have made some amazing friendships and have got to meet up with some too!

What is your favorite Pink Paislee product? For me it’s always the papers that inspire me the most, I like Pink Paislee for it’s ability to move and change with the times and to create such a variety of collections. So I have to say again, papers papers papers – I want them all HA!

5 fun facts about you:
1. I am a twin – I love being a twin and the bond I have with John is fabulous, I couldn’t imagine not being a twin.
2. My sister is the fabulous Elizabeth Sarah, who makes some incredible layouts, a lot of people don’t realise we are sisters. It’s great fun as we talk scrap tons and it’s brilliant that we share this hobby.
3. My great grandfather was friends with Albert Einstein and they used to duet often on their musical instruments – not many people know that Einstein was a wonderful musician.
4. I’m a born and bred Yorkshire woman, so I have quite a strong Yorkshire accent. It can be tricky for people to understand me HA!
5. I can play the piano and violin but NOWHERE near as good as my siblings.

Here is the first of Caroline’s guest layouts that she scraplifted from herself:DSC_0621And here is the original:

DSC_0025The heart layout one was originally made to use up some of my wood veneers that I had gathered over the years, placed within a heart shape but boy oh boy, those colourful painted wood veneers in the Take Me Away collection are amazeballs and were perfect for recreating the original layout. Those colours make me so happy!

Here is Caroline’s 2nd layout:

DSC_0583And the original:

DSC_0577I have an absolute love of stitching and being able to combine it with paper is heaven to me. This concentric circles shape is in the Silhouette store and I like its simple circular design. When I saw the butterflies in the moonstruck collection, I knew I had to scraplift myself and make another one. The soft pinks and golds are heaven to me.

Check out Caroline’s final layout:

DSC_0565The original:

DSC_0517This was my favourite layout to make so I wanted to try making it again but with a split wreath. The shabby pink peonies and roses in the Moonstruck collection begged to be used so I distressed them and crinkled them up and tucked them in. The gold frame in the centre was a Christmas ornament that I pulled apart.

Check out Caroline’s blog, instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook to see how talented she truly is!

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13 Responses to "Scraplift Yourself: Guest Designer – Caroline Free"

  • Lisa Kingston
    January 25, 2017 - 6:00 am

    Oh Caroline, I just Can’t tell you just how much this blog post has struck my heart. I just lost my Mom on the 23rd. Your wording, like heaven and chuffed (we are american, but my mom loved this word!) really just took my breath away. Your last layout just moved moved me to tears, as I have Just taken a photo of the sunrise the morning after her death and this will be the layout I draw from to scrap it. Your work Is beautiful. Best wishes, Lisa

  • Philippa mccray
    January 25, 2017 - 6:14 am

    Love your LOs Caroline, the original ones were gorgeous and the scraplifts super gorgeous!!!

  • Peggie Young
    January 25, 2017 - 6:26 am

    Love all the layouts

  • Hilary
    January 25, 2017 - 6:43 am

    Fabulous work. I particularly love the rose layout!

  • Sarina Coffin
    January 25, 2017 - 7:39 am

    These are all stunning!!! I love seeing how a few small changes can make such a difference on a layout. No need to get really fancy and rack your brain trying to think of a completely new look every time. Takes the fun out of it sometimes! I love the stitching and that wreath cut file is amazing. I purchased it after see the original a couple weeks ago! I love your pages, Caroline! TFS :)

  • Karen
    January 25, 2017 - 7:49 am

    Wow Caroline those layouts are really beautiful, I especially love the last one.z

  • Nicola
    January 25, 2017 - 8:19 am

    Congratulations Caroline! As always, simply stunning (and I can understand every word you say!).

  • Janet
    January 25, 2017 - 8:48 am

    Such beautiful layouts Caroline – love them all!

  • Monique Liedtke
    January 25, 2017 - 9:01 am

    Wow Caroline! These are amazing!! I adore all six of your pages! And it’s so much fun to read more about you! It sounds amazing where you live!

  • Sara Talib
    January 25, 2017 - 10:10 am

    Love, love, LOVE your version of them! so colorful and fresh!

  • Christine Beuzit
    January 25, 2017 - 11:41 am

    Stunning pages Caroline, so happy to see you here, making the most of Pink Paisley’s papers! A well-deserved nomination as a Guest Designer for an extremely talented scrapper <3

  • PaperPuff
    January 25, 2017 - 11:41 am

    I have followed Caroline ‘s blog for a while now. I love her graceful, pretty, fresh style. Can’t wait to see what else she makes!

  • Christina
    January 26, 2017 - 4:14 pm

    Stunning layouts Caroline.