I couldn’t be more delighted to introduce the Turn the Page guest designer: Lorilei Murphy! Her stunning pages caught my eye a couple months ago and I’ve been so excited to have her guest design with us! Find Lorilei on her blog, instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to see more of her crafty endeavors!
Tell us a little bit about yourself: My name is Lorilei (pronounced Lauralee). I live on a farm in the beautiful countryside of Alberta, just north of Calgary. I have been happily married for 25 years and we have a lovely 13 year old daughter. I have home schooled my daughter for her entire school life and I couldn’t possibly do it if she wasn’t so smart and self propelled! I have always been crafty in some way and still get excited about new things to try! We built a new house on our own over the last 5 years and I now enjoy a big crafty room to do whatever makes me happy!
How did you get started scrapbooking? I tried scrapbooking when I was first married. I had funky edge scissors and red and green paper and some tape. Needless to say my pages didn’t turn out all that well and I gave it a pass for quite awhile! The pull to record my/our memories was very strong for me. I made a commitment to myself to just try something and try again if it wasn’t what I expected. For the last two years I have made pocket style albums in 6×12 size dating back to 2009. Organizing and printing the pictures was no easy task! I then put all the pictures in lovely gold albums and started filling out the pockets with stories and embellishments. At the same time I started keeping track of our day-to-day lives in Travellers Notebooks so that I would have a record of what happened and when as I went to fill in the details of the pocket album pages. I also decorate the pages in the Travellers Notebook to make it more fun! Scrapbooking came about for me in the last few years to have a creative outlet, to just play and make pretty pages and use the photos I love. When the pocket albums start to feel like a “job” I adore scrapbooking for the creative canvas it provides and the difference in the creative process for all the projects I work on!
What is your favorite Pink Paislee product? Oh My Heart is my absolute favourite product! The colors are fantastic and the theme of the ephemera can work with so many stories, photos, and ideas! Plus the oodles of flowers get me every time!
5 fun facts about you:
1. When I was 12, I won $25 and First Place in a craft contest with an 8 foot long macrame hanging table!
2. I still listen to the Backstreet Boys old albums.
3. I once worked on a ranch in southern Alberta herding cattle on horseback.
4. I could stay home for weeks on end and not go anywhere and be happy about it!
5. I love to watch all kinds of documentaries and love all kinds of shows on Netflix!
A brand new package of alphas can be the perfect opportunity to create a wordy title on your layout! I used a long title around my circle to coordinate with all the fabulous speech bubble word art, fussy cut from Paper 21. The title gives a little nod to “The Office” – a favorite show of mine!
Make your own embellishments! I fussy cut the lovely speech bubble from Paper 21 to use as the focal point on this layout. I even used it as the direction for color on the layout! The butterfly was fussy cut from Paper 04 and the swallow from Paper 16. There are many papers perfect for fussy cutting in Turn the Page!
You can get a lot of mileage out of your papers by using small bits of them. I backed a cut file from The Cut Shoppe with many of the gorgeous Turn the Page papers, it adds so much color and pattern! I fussy cut the flowers from Paper 15 to add pretty clusters to the heart base.
Use tried and true techniques and update them with mixed media! I used simple long banner shapes cut from papers and ribbons and added watercolor and gesso underneath them.
The last project I made is a mini album! Mini albums are a great way to showcase a series of photos an event or a trip. Use repeating elements or techniques for flow between your pages. I used short typed sentiments with each photo and stitching for my repeated elements!
I hope you are inspired by all of Lorilei’s projects and will check out her social sites to keep in touch and follow along! Come back again tomorrow for another Turn the Page project!