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.
The heart layout one was originally made to use up some of my wood veneers that I had gathered over the years, placed within a heart shape but boy oh boy, those colourful painted wood veneers in the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:
I 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:
This 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.