Friday, June 11, 2010

Introducing...Two New Designers!

Good morning, fellow scrapbooking and paper crafts enthusiasts! Welcome to another Friday challenge! BUT, before we get to that, I am very pleased and excited to announce that our wonderful Design Team has grown by two! Both of these lovely ladies bring their own fresh and unique style to our team and we are all really looking forward to gaining some additional perspectives and inspiration from them. Introducing our two newest designers, Chrissann Hird and Joanne West!

Hi! I’m Chriss and I have to tell you that I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of the Design Team here at The Inspired Scrapper! I myself have been motivated by the amazing talent that resides here, within both the team and the followers who post their creations. There really is amazing talent out there in our scrapbooking community, and to be involved is so rewarding!

My husband Jamie and I have just celebrated our eighth anniversary. We have three amazing kids, Chloe, Dawson and Brynleigh. Our family also includes two dogs, Kodie and Harley, and two cats, Steve and Roxy. As you can imagine, all this activity under one roof provides us with many laughs, successes, and sometimes setbacks too – to me, all memories worthy of being preserved.

I started scrapbooking, like many others, with the birth of my first child, nearly nine years ago now. (Wow, has it really been that long?!) As you no doubt know, scrapbooking has changed so much in that time – products, both in quality and variety, design and of course popularity. Scrapping is where it’s! My ability and style have also evolved alongside those changes. I started out as a very basic scrapbooker and have since developed my own style. I like to colour outside of the lines! I love embellishing my projects with both traditional and non-conventional finds. I enjoy journaling because I want to tell the story, and while they say a picture is worth a thousand words, I still want to get my say in! And, as a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator, my love for all things stamped has been growing as well! Though I’m on a layout kick right now, I truly enjoy creating cards, mini albums and all things altered! I’m proud to tell you that I’ve been published in my favourite scrapping mag, Canadian Scrapbooker, I’ve designed and taught for one of my LSS’s, I designed a class last year for the BC Crop For Kids and have been teaching classes in my home for nearly a year now. Oh yeah, and I think sleep is highly over rated!

And so, here I am now, full of ideas, motivation and excitement! I feel rejuvenated and yes, inspired (!) and I can hardly wait to get started!

Jo West:
I have been scrapping for 5 years now … it all started accidentally when my daughter lost a good friend at the age of 13 … my daughter was having a difficult time … and I had remembered seeing a “scrapbook store” so one day I wandered in with my daughter … we had no idea what we were doing, but we found some pretty papers and stickers and stuff we didn’t quite understand as well as an album and we put together a Memory book of her friend and that was it. Two years later my mother was showing me some family history charts and I thought they would look nice on pretty paper … I wandered into a another scrapbook store and that was it … I was smitten … love at second sight! I scrap or do something with paper almost daily …My style is always evolving … but I love simple …and I love vintage, & grunge and I try to incorporate these into a simpler style. I also like to make my own embellishments and flowers. I love scrapbooking … it lets me feel like and artist and a storyteller and a historian … and it lets me be me!


  1. Welcome Ladies so glad you are here!!

  2. Love that you've joined us here, you are both a fabulous addition to the team.

  3. I know that "Chrissann" girl!! She's wonderful, totally creative and an inspiration to me!!! Love her!!...I'm sure you will too!

  4. Look at you!! Congratulations Jo! I'll be sure to visit often. This is my first time visiting, but I love the creativity I see, I look forward to being inspired!

  5. Congratulations Jo & Chris!!! Totally deserved, and I can't wait to see your inspiring challenges!

  6. Yay!!!! Chriss...... awesome talent here!!!! Can't wait to see what she creates!