Getting Scrappy With ... Kat!

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This month's featured scrapper is long overdue! Kat, or HappyGRL as she's known on, has been a follower of my blog since the beginning. In fact, we both became followers of each other's blogs around the same time because we both started our blogs around the same time. (You might remember her for the cute ornaments she made.) I really like the way Kat uses pictures on her layouts. She'll take one picture and put it twice or three times on her layout. Maybe two of the pictures will be in black and white and one will be in color. It definitely inspires me to play more with my pictures and not just the scrapbook materials. You can become a follower of Kat's blog, too, but first it's time to get to know Kat better with the Getting Scrappy With... Q&A!

You started scrapbooking at the end of 2008. What keeps you scrapping?
I love the hobby.  It relaxes me and I really have fun doing it.  I love looking back on my old projects and I hope that my future family will too!

I look back at some of my old pages and cringe, but I’m still glad I have those pages and the memories preserved.

Where do you get your creative inspiration? 
I get a lot of inspiration from magazines and Pinterest (love that site!).  I scraplift a lot of the layouts that I love.  I consider that to be the ultimate compliment to a scrapper. 

We'll get to the scraplifting later! Do you have a favorite technique that you use on layouts or something that you think of as your signature? 
I love paint splatters.  The majority of my layouts have that tiny, messy effect on them.
What are your favorite scrapbook manufacturers? 
I love Crate Paper and Sassafras – both companies come up with excellent color combinations and patterns.

How often do you scrap about yourself? 
I am in most of the pictures that I scrap.  I would say about 15 percent of the layouts I do are just about me.  It was hard to start scrapping myself, but I think those are pages that people (future kids?) will want to see someday.

Are you on any design teams? 
Yes – Punky Scraps, The Creative Type, and Butterfly Crafts

Where is your favorite place to scrap? Is there a certain time of day that you prefer to scrap?
Because of my job, I do most of my scrapping on the weekends, when I don’t have to work.  I scrap on the floor of my scrap room, even though I have a desk.

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What does your scrap room/area look like? 
A disaster area!  Ohmigoodness, it looks like a paper/embellishment bomb went off in there!

I hung a paper towel roll from the ceiling and poked holes in it.  I have all my ribbons hanging from that.  I also bought those plastic drawer thingies you can buy at the hardware store that are typically used for holding nails, screws, etc.  I put all my different embellies into those.

For blog readers who may live in the same area as you, are there any local scrapbook stores that you can recommend?  
Unfortunately, my favorite store, The Pink Pineapple, closed about a year ago.  There is another store in my area, Ever After Scrapbooks, that I go to occasionally.

What is one thing you will miss about the summer?  
Flip-flop weather

But after summer comes fall and winter. What are some scrapbook items that might find their way on your Christmas list?  
After seeing the CHA releases, I want sooo many things.  At the top of my list is the Studio Calico Classic Calico line and the Crate Paper Random line.


Thanks for being a part of Cook Scrap Craft this week, Kat! And to everyone else, don't forget to check back later this week for inspiration from Kat and a yummy dessert. In the meantime, check out Kat's gallery and her blog for lots of scrappy inspiration.


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