|S:CY Design Team Member Patchi Moussatche|
Here's a perfect example of Patchi's words in scrap-action:
|"Bluebell Railway" layout created by|
I asked Patchi about her scrapbooking style and she had a very interesting reply. She told me that she once took an online 'test' about her scrapbooking style, and it told her that she had a style that was 'Fun and Playful.' Her response to this result was to give it an affirmative 'nod' with these words: "I'd say I lean towards the bright and colorful most of the time if you can call that a style ;)"
|"Tax Time" layout created by|
In terms of scrapbooking design tips, Patchi had a relied-upon tip to share with us..."I read a 'rules for beginners' article early on that said to always mat the photos if they are going on patterned paper. I totally agree, and I abide by it. Most of my layouts have matted photos regardless of the background, either individually or in blocks. And every layout that I think 'I should have done things differently' always has non-matted photos and that's the first thing I feel like changing. It's the thing that bothers me the most I guess - you can call it a pet peeve ;)"
|"Blue Tongue & Happiness" layout created by|
|"On the London Eye" layout created by|
Patchi is a loyal scrapper, too! She told me that she gets most of her papers through a monthly kit club called Apron Strings Designs. "The plastic sleeves are then stored in a crate by my desk. If I buy paper on my own, I assemble my own "kits" in empty sleeves and set them in the crate. I store my cardstock on my desk. You can see a picture here."
"I'm so organized it's scary," says Patchi. "Now that my scrap space is defined I noticed that I'm a "drawer scrapper" - I have a drawer for punches, one for adhesive, one for embellishments and one for accents (glitter glue, ink). When I scrap I open the drawer I need, use the stuff, then put things away before moving on to the next step. My table space is limited, so this way all I have out is the paper I'm using. Once I finish a project the patterned paper scraps go into a zip-lock bag and the cardstock scraps into another. I save all my scraps and use it often for cards or when I need a "little something" for a LO."
Patchi told me a bit about how she stores and organizes her LOs. "I'm a chronological scrapbooker, so everything is in order. I started with the baby albums that cover 3 months for each boy. Then I have 3 sets of concurrent albums: vacation, birthdays, and 'everything else'. Everything is 12x12. I order prints of my photos by the hundreds and scrap them in order; once a LO is finished it goes into the themed album."
Hmmmmm... Ordering that many pics means someone's been taking photos! LOL... so... I asked Patchi about her camera. She said "Laugh as you may, I have a Canon Powershot elph. (Ali's note: So do I, and I am NOT laughing! I love it!) It's small and can be slipped into a pocket so I can always have it with me, not that I remember to use it - LOL. My MIL has a similar one, and she takes thousands of pictures, which I download when we visit each other. I love using the ones she takes, because as she snaps pictures non-stop and doesn't frame them well - I have lots of photos to choose from and I get to crop them to my heart's content. I love spontaneous pictures!"
In addition to being a talented scrapbooker, Patchi is a also GREAT card-maker. She has created some real beauts for us here during her current DT term at S:CY. Here are a couple of her cards. I personally love these two because of the cheerfulness and creativity they convey!
|"Happy Birthday" card created by |
Patchi's sweet card was created using the following S:CY Card Sketch by Ann Seleshanko:
And another gorgeous card:
|"Birthday Boy" card created by Patchi Moussatche|
The above card was created from the following S:CY Card Sketch, also by Ann Seleshanko:
In my 'conversation' with Patchi, I asked her how she feels about the idea/concept of being “caught-up” with scrappin’ her photos. Her answer will make you smile: "I'm a year "behind" right now, but that doesn't bother me. More than a year makes my memory fuzzy, and I guess I would prefer a 6 month lag. But there would be advantages of getting caught up - I could scrap my baby pictures! :)"
Patchi, Thank You for being such a wonderful Design Team Member here at S:CY and for allowing us a peek into your life and scrapbooking process. It has truly been a pleasure to get to know you better by writing your Spotlight feature!
You can enjoy Patchi's blog HERE.