I have been a long time fan of talented artist and color extraordinaire Christine Middlecamp and I am so excited that she’s delving back into scrapbooking! We sent her the Oh My Heart collection and can’t wait to share with you what she made! Find Christine’s luscious beaded works on Etsy and check out her instagram and pinterest pages too!
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Widowhood Survivor Turned Artist: I’m a lover of all things creative and a maker from the Midwest. At 39, my passions are immeasurable, but my one true love is color. I use it amongst the many mediums I enjoy including paper crafting, jewelry making, and graphic design. When not pursuing color in my studio, I’m either partaking in solo mama activities or running shop. Life’s second chapter is full.
How did you get started scrapbooking/craftmaking? I stumbled into scrapbooking after the discovery of my husband’s brain cancer in September, 2006. It was a pivotal moment in our lives that initiated a need to document everything that was unraveling around us – the days were fleeting and I didn’t want to lose the memories being made. I also knew that I had only twelve months to enjoy my husband and son together, as the cancer was aggressive. I started a blog (that is no longer) to tell the story of our fight for survival, which eventually transformed itself into a reflection of my journey as a widowed scrapbooker. I saw an opportunity to recreate myself, so I invested heavily in the paper crafting industry as both a designer and social media/design team coordinator for Crate Paper. I contributed to Scrapbook & Cards Today, Creating Keepsakes, and other scrapbook publications along the way. Since that time, I’ve initiated other creative projects including a colorful charm bracelet shop appropriately titled, Quirky Nook. The entire process has been unexpected and full of surprises. I’ve truly grown in more ways than one.
What is your favorite Pink Paislee product? Given my love for layers, die cuts and cuttable patterned papers are at the top of my ‘must-have’ list. I was delighted to see Pink Paislee team up with Paige Evans – her stylish, cute, and colorful niche is my cup of tea. Her papers are hands-down some of my faves.
5 fun facts about you:
1. I’m one of those ‘crazy cat ladies’ people talk about all the time. In total, we care and house EIGHT cats: Pumpkin, Olivia, Macy Grey, Olive, Mittens, Sox, Marshmallow, and Hank the Tank. And I love every single one of them.
2. I sit on a pillow when I drive. At only 4’9″, I still can’t see outside the car without a boost… it makes for great conversation.
3. I’m all about handmade. Since starting a handmade business of my own, I go out of my way to support other handmade businesses. The makers community is awesome!
4. My secret passion is abstract art. I appreciate artists who break all the rules and turn out breathtaking, color intense canvases. It’s a talent not easily attained.
5. I’m a podcast junkie. They’re my background noise when in my studio. If you don’t listen to podcasts, give it a go! Can’t create without them.
When using a scrapbook collection, such as Paige Evans’ ‘Oh My Heart’, don’t just take it at face value. Consider pulling it apart and putting it back together in new, unexpected ways. For example, take a journal card and turn it into a frame but removing its center. Another idea is to create a thematic scene by combining different elements. I took a chipboard clutch and filled it with odds and ends. It makes for a CUTE arrangement!
Horizontal stripes are a popular thing at the moment. They’re ideal for the creation of movement, but are even better at calling attention to a project’s focal point. Use them for framing purposes to highlight a photo or a pretty collage.
When deciding which elements to use on a layout, consider the layout’s running theme. How might you portray the theme in a fresh, fun way? Die cuts are a great start, but color, shape, form, space, etc. require investigation as well. ‘Oh My Heart’, with its abundance of color and illustrative qualities, opens many doors to telling one’s story. The overlapping circle patterned paper is the perfect fit for eyeglass chatter.
Thank you so much to Christine for sharing her talent with us!