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 INSPIRATIONAL ARTISTS

These are the artists I go to whenever I find myself with 'scrappers block'.

Irene Tan - Irene, better known as Scrapperlicious is the queen of mixed media!  Love her style & how easily she incorporates the use of different media to create amazing textures on her projects.

Melinda Thompson - Melinda is simply amazing.  I love her use of transparencies & mixed media--she's quite handy with those Shimmerz products & provides tips & tutorials on how she creates her eye catching backgrounds throughout her blog Min's Everyday Moments.  

Emma Stafrace - Emma is the mastermind behind the redesign of my blog--need I say more?  Her digital designs are absolutely amazing & what a fantastic artistic eye this girl has!  Her blog Just A Girl With Ideas is full of inspirational digital & traditional scrapbooking elements.

 Trudi Harrison - Trudi has an eye for layering--her blog Suits Me To A T is full of eye catching projects.  She's inspired me in many ways to layer the many elements that compose a page in a variety of new & different ways.  I always find inspiration on her blog when it comes to embellishment placement & visual flow.

Nadia Cannizzo - Variety is what draws me to Nadia's work.  She can go simple or complex & her use of mixed media to create absolutely amazing texture on her background keeps me coming back for more!  Her blog Just My Scrapping World is a one stop shop for inspiration.

Gerry Van Gent - Gerry's blog--Gerry's Scrappy Life--is jam packed with inspirational projects & amazing tutorials that walk you through her creative thinking & process.  She's made a name for herself in the scrapping industry & it's very much deserved!

Nine Mendella - Nine's work is so visually pleasing that I'm constantly checking out her blog to look at her fabulous creations.  Her attention to detail & ability to make simple techniques look so elegant & unique is what drew me to her blog.  Her blog Au Bout De Mes Doigts which loosely translates to 'At my fingertips' is a fabulous source of inspiration for yours truly.

Lisa Griffith - Lisa caught my eye when I visited her blog to comment on an entry for Berry71Bleu.  I immediately loved her style & I noticed right away that she has an amazing artistic eye.  The designs of her pages just 'flow' & she has the ability to add mixed media to her backgrounds without over powering the primary subject of her page.  Whether she decides to keep her designs simple or complex--the end result is always beautifully thought out.  You can see all of her fabulous creations on her blog 'The Paper Attic'.

Melenia Agapides - I've always admired Melenia's ability to flawlessly incorporate a number of different mixed media elements to her pages.  Melenia also has the ability to add multiple layers of a variety of different elements without the elements looking 'cluttered'.  They all come together just right & compliment each other perfectly creating a harmonious accent to the main theme of her pages.  You can visit Melenia on her blog 'A Room Full of Colours and Shapes'.

Athanasia Papantoniou - I just love Athanasia's style. She can go simple or she can get fancy--any style she takes, the end result is always a feast for the eyes.  She's amazing with bright colors. Athanasia will have a bright colored background & then know exactly how to tone it down with the use of mixed media, stencils & stamps.  She also has several off the page projects such as wreaths & clay houses--you just have to check out these adorable clay houses--they're miniature works of art!  You can find Athanasia on her blog 'Athanasia: Me and Myself'.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF

What would we do without challenges?  As a scrapper I love to experiment with new ideas & techniques & what better place to do this than with challenges?

If you're into color challenges--then this is the challenge for you!  C.S.I is full of interesting case files that you need to 'solve' on a weekly basis.  The cases consist of an inspirational image, evidence (usually different types of embellishments) & a testimonial (some kind of journaling/documentation) & of course a color scheme.

Berry71Bleu provides a monthly challenge--each challenge has a different twist & requirements.  It's a great blog to play along with if you're looking for diversity in your challenges.  Marivic who owns & runs Berry71Bleu is quite the sweetheart & works hard to make this challenge blog a great place to get those creative juices flowing.
Page Drafts now known as The Nifty Pixel, is a fabulous place for sketch inspiration.  Because of my crazy life style I'm always tight on time--whenever this happens to me I go to Page Drafts for a quick way to come up with an innovative page design.
 
SHOPPING

There's no better place that Clear Scraps for all your acrylic needs.  I absolutely loved designing for them & experimenting with all their wonderful acrylic products.  Acrylic is so versatile & can add such an artistic visual appeal to any project!

The Scrapbook Diaries has quickly become one of my fave places to shop for unique & innovative kits.   This shop has an array of mixed media/designer kits all created by several of today's talented scrapbook artists.  The kits come complete with all the material required to complete a page created by a designer (complete with a video tutorial) plus a bonus page created by the stores owner Janeane.  One can follow the instructions & replicate the pages or you can take the tips & techniques provided in the tutorials & create your own masterpieces with the materials included in the kit.   In addition to the kits, this store is full of many scrapbooking essentials for both basic & mixed media scrapbookers.