Life | Blog Hop – My Creative Process

Layouts in progress

Today, I will be giving you a little peek into my creative life. (How juicy!) I was invited by Tisha at Tisha’s Scrappy Heart and Emily at Mrs. Crafty Adams to join in on this lovely blog hop, and couldn’t resist giving it a go. They shared their answers to the following questions last week, so here are mine:

1) What am I working on right now?

The above layouts (who knows when they will finally come into fruition), and a bunch of June/July Project Life pages. I have SO MANY travel photos this year, so the pocket page format is going to be pretty popular for my 2014!


2) How long does it take me to complete a project?

It usually takes a full hour for me to get a layout to completion, though I always leave the journaling for last, and sometimes that doesn’t happen til days (or months) later. If I don’t like how a layout is going, or if I’m stuck, then they just sit…and sit…and sit.

I spend longer on pocket pages because my brain doesn’t work around that format as quickly yet, and I think cards usually take me about half an hour to do, though I’ve never really paid attention to how long I spend on those!

Fave products

3) What are my fave things to create with at the moment?

6×6 paper pads and ephemera packs…especially ones from Crate Paper. *Homer Simpson drool* I’m also pretty addicted to roller phrase stamps. ALL THE PRETTY THINGS, I WANT THEM.

Writing pens

4) How does my creating and writing process work?

I don’t really work chronologically, but I often want to use more recent happenings. Normally, it’s photos that start the project, but sometimes it’s product that gets me going! I decide on placement of the photo(s) after I’ve selected the paper I want to use, then figure out title and journaling spot placement. Embellishments come last, and they’re always pretty minimal.

There’s no real process to my writing…it tends to be an afterthought, and I hate writing long journaling. Which probably wouldn’t be an issue if I didn’t hand journal so much.

Oh, and there must be music, a podcast, or Netflix happening in the background, or I can’t function. AT ALL. Silence is not golden for me, it’s a nightmare.

Traveling in color

5) What inspires me?

Some days, it feels like everything is inspiring, but I can always count on: blogs, my Pinterest boards, color (mint and gold especially right now), stationery shops, Instagram, craft and fashion magazines, traveling, rain, Seattle.

Annnnnnd to conclude this little Q&A session, here are three other blogs I think you should check out for more paper inspiration!

Pine and Plum – Love Carson’s bright and colorful style, and her watercolor experimenting makes me want to give it a shot too

Create Mess – Carlie makes me want to relax a bit on my clean and organized way of making, and she’s got lots of process videos on YouTube

Betwixt and Between – Aimee has such beautiful photos, layouts, and Project Life pages

Now, what about you? Do you see yourself in any of these answers, or are you a whole different kit and kaboodle? :)

17 Responses to Life | Blog Hop – My Creative Process

  1. lilgik August 11, 2014 at 4:33 AM #

    Great being able to read more about you, Lisa! Looking forward to seeing those layouts finished and yes, yes, yes to Crate Paper’s 6×6 pads! Is Notes & Things on the way to you yet? ;)

    • Lisa August 11, 2014 at 9:16 AM #

      OH GIRL YES. Though refreshing the tracking number has not helped it get any faster to me, lol

  2. artfulscrapbooking August 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM #

    Your seattle cup is sooo cute! We were there in the fall & I loved it! I could see how it could be a constant source for inspiration. Thanks for popping by my blog today. :) Evie

    • Lisa August 11, 2014 at 9:09 PM #

      Hooray! I’m glad you loved your visit here :D

  3. Emily Adams August 11, 2014 at 6:31 PM #

    I loe those roller stamps too. I wish I would remember to use them on my PL pages!

  4. ARC August 11, 2014 at 8:35 PM #

    LOVE this post! I giggled when you said it took you an hour to put together a layout – I am phenomenally slow and an hour would be such an improvement for me ;) And it’s funny that you mentioned pocket pages take you longer. I started with PL before venturing into “real” layouts so I am much faster with pocket layouts. My friend Jenn who is my only local scrapbooking friend is exactly the opposite. She says pocket pages give her a headache :)

    • ARC August 11, 2014 at 8:36 PM #

      Also, I just discovered Pine & Plum yesterday and <3. Do you know her?

      • Lisa August 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM #

        Not personally, but she has such a great blog!

        My scrapping speed got WAY faster when I switched down to 8×8 instead of the 12×12 I’d been doing for the last nineteen years! Pockets are so much more restrictive to me, and I haven’t been doing them for very long, so those can stretch for hours :)

  5. Tisha August 11, 2014 at 9:52 PM #

    Lisa, enjoyed reading! I so understand about journaling sitting and sitting! Sweet photos!

    • Lisa August 12, 2014 at 12:50 PM #

      It drives me crazy that I do that, but it’s my least favorite part BLEGH

  6. pineandplum August 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM #

    Lisa, I love this post and your pictures, and I think we should make a t-shirt with “ALL THE PRETTY THINGS, I WANT THEM.” I’m positive that would sell out pretty fast on the internet :)

    I am so with you on the pocket pages. I love the concept of scrapping so many photos at once, but the non photo pockets become mini layouts for me and then instead of doing 1 layout, I end up putting together 4 or 5 minis. It takes forever.

    Thank you so much for linking to my blog, I love yours as well and I’ve been meaning to put you on my blog roll, so I’m off to do that now.

    Also, I’m toying with the idea of a crafty Seattle blogger meet-up. What do you think? I know at least 3 bloggers we could invite.

    • Lisa August 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM #

      Fabulous idea, and one that I have been rolling around in my brain too! It’s pretty lonely here on my end in the papercrafting spectrum, there’s got to be more of us SOMEWHERE

    • ARC August 25, 2014 at 8:35 PM #

      I would love to join in this meetup. I have two crafty friends in Redmond, but one is about to have a baby any minute now so not sure she would come.

      • pineandplum August 25, 2014 at 10:21 PM #

        I’m still planning to plan this :) You’ll both be hearing from me, maybe we could reserve a room in a coffee shop near Capitol Hill, or better yet, somewhere with a parking lot!

  7. Kelly Jean August 12, 2014 at 8:02 PM #

    Loved this post and looking into your process! I WISH it took me a day for a layout. It takes me DAYS to complete one layout. I ponder over it for days and it sits on my desk for days. I love Betwixt and Between btw!

  8. ARC August 25, 2014 at 8:36 PM #

    I meant to say, and you probably know this already, but Tuesday Morning has the Crate Paper 6×6 pads for CHEAP if you don’t mind older collections. There’s a store in Redmond and one in Kirkland and they have different selections in their papercrafting section.

    • Lisa August 26, 2014 at 8:36 PM #

      Whaaaa? Geez, am I out of the loop. BRB NEED TO GO STEAL A CAR

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