It's the start of a new month, which means we have a new Designer Spotlight! For the month of June, we are highlighting the amazing Elsie Robinson. Elsie creates the most whimsical layouts, and I often think about what a magical experience it would be to go through her albums!
How about we get to know Elsie a little better?
Hey everyone, I’m Elsie! I’m in my early 20s, live by the seaside in Brighton, UK, I’m obsessed with all things paper and I drink way too much coffee!
What inspired you to start paper crafting?
I’ve always been a creative person, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago when I became ill whilst at University that I started scrapbooking. It was the perfect activity to do to take my mind off of things, and I haven’t stopped scrapping since! I started with pocket page scrapbooking, but after watching a couple of YouTube videos I decided to give 12x12 layouts a go, and I was immediately hooked!
What best describes your paper crafting style?
If I had to choose a word, it would probably be whimsical! I can’t resist creating scenes and doing some paper-piecing on my layouts, but you can always expect some hand-stitching and a little bit of sparkle on my designs!
What draws you to Pinkfresh Studio products?
I love the mix of whimsical and bold graphic images. It really pushes me to experiment with my style, and I’ve ended up making some of my all-time favourite layouts with Pinkfresh products. And I also love that all of the products are made to such a high quality, it’s makes creating with Pinkfresh products feel really special.
Please list your top 5 current Pinkfresh Studio Products:
Itty Bitty Elements stamp set
Be You ephemera
Be You puffy alphabet stickers
Be You 6x6 paper pad
(In no particular order!)
What is your very favorite color combo?
I am always drawn to pastel colours, but recently I’ve been loving richer colour tones especially a peach and navy combo which is one of the reasons why I love the Be You collection so much!
What is one tip you have for someone just getting started in paper crafting?
Scraplift others! It sounds silly, but if you’re unsure of where to start, trying a technique or style that you’ve seen someone else do will help you figure out what you do and don’t like to create. It’s not cheating (unless you don’t give credit to the original scrapper!!) and it will really help you find your individual style.
And most importantly, have fun! It’s sometimes difficult to forget that there aren’t any rules or “do’s” and “don'ts” to scrapbooking. Because if you think about it all a scrapbook page is, is a single piece of paper! It’s the cheapest canvas you’ll ever create on, so don’t get too hung up on a layout if you create something you don’t like. No creative practice is a wasted practice!
We think that is some great advice! Isn't it awesome to get to know our designers a little bit more? Thank you, Elsie, for taking the time out to answer these questions and share about your papercrafting journey so far!
If you don't currently follow Elsie's blog or social media, here are all the links you need!
Elsie created a GORGEOUS new layout for her Designer Spotlight, which you are going to just love! Here is her creative process for it in her own words:
For my Spotlight layout, I decided to go with a “classic Elsie” page! I’ve created a scene with stitching, florals and a whole lotta whimsy!
I have been meaning to fussy-cut the ‘Real’ paper from the Be You collection from the moment I saw that border of gorgeous flowers, so I started off by fussy-cutting the border and using it as a single piece to frame my page.
There are several really adorable bird motifs throughout the collection, and I love the bird cage and cute bird cut files Inna Moreva has available in her Etsy store, so I thought these would work well together! I cut the bird cage from white cardstock and the birds with the ‘Sincere’ paper and stitched around each cut file with matching thread.
Along with the bird cage, I used one of the chipboard frames to frame my photo and a teacup die-cut (which I made to look like a bird feeder) by hand-stitching some lines from the top of each element to stop them from looking as if they were “floating” on my page! Along with the flower border, I think these helped to create the look of a woodland scene.
For the finishing touches I added a few things from the die-cuts, chipboard and puffy stickers to create some clusters around my photo and the birds. I also did some heat embossing using some copper embossing powder and the Itty Bitty Elements stamp set (also designed by Inna!) to create some extra little die-cuts. These pieces match the copper foiling that’s on several embellishments in the Be You collection, and I love the shine and whimsy these add!
Thanks so much for joining me today!
We asked Elsie one final question, which we think is super fun to include in these Designer Spotlight posts!
Do you have a past favorite project you've created with Pinkfresh Studio product that you'd like to share? Why is it your favorite?
Argh - it’s so hard to pick just one! Although it’s the summer right now, I am such a fan of Christmas collections and PFS’s 2017 December Days was one of my all-time favourites to work with. I love this project in particular because the creative process just flowed and the layout came together so easily. All of the papers and embellishments are just so beautiful, and looking at the layout now is making me want to create Christmas projects again!
Elsie has a GIVEAWAY going on right now on Instagram! Find this image on her feed, and follow all the prompts:
One lucky winner will receive the ENTIRE Be You collection!! Best of luck...now get to commenting!! You have until next Friday at 5pm CST. Elsie will draw & post the winner in the same giveaway post.
Thank you Elsie for creating such amazing projects every single month using Pinkfresh Studio products! We are so honored to have you as part of our team!