|S:CY Design Team Member Tammy Pyette |
(with adorable baby Rilla)
In her current career, Tammy is wife to a guy in the Royal Canadian Air Force and "Mama" to 4 kiddos (really cute...). She's also a photographer. She does a lot of my younger 2 kids' photos... and with her quiet way, has a special gift in getting great shots of my littlest guy, who has special needs.
Along the topic of photography, I asked Tammy what she'd choose if someone told her that she could ONLY scrap photos of scenery-- what would draw her in and become her favourite? She replied "Mountains. You can find a little bit of everything in the mountains. Trees, rock, glaciers, snowy caps, wildflowers, water falls, rivers, rapid runs, calm mornings, brilliant sunsets....it's all in there." Tammy shoots with a Canon Rebel as well as "a couple different Nikons. Depends for what and where."
Like many Moms, Tammy's favourite subjects to scrap are her four kidlets! "They do and say the darnedest things!" says Tammy.
|"Snowshoe: Valley View Provincial Park" |
created by Tammy Pyette
[Credits: I made the background, ribbons, etc. using Photoshop brushes.]
|Sketch 01-11 created by|
S:CY Team Leader Ali MacDonald
For “go-to” stock resources, Tammy gives us the addies of several sites that she likes:
Paper - http://www.shabbyprincess.com/
A bit of everything - http://www.deviantart.com/
Brushes - http://www.brushlovers.com/, http://www.brusheezy.com/
Fonts - http://www.1001freefonts.com/ http://www.dafont.com/
Quotes - http://thinkexist.com
Tammy quips that although she has given us three sources for quotes, most of the quotes she uses lately come from her kids!
Like many scrapbookers, Tammy has other intereswts anbd skills. One of her hobbies is sewing. I have seen her work- she's awesome at it! She's been teaching her eldest daughter, Brielle, how to sew, too. Brielle made her own Christmas dress one year.
Tammy also does counted cross stitch. I'll let her tell you about that in her own words. She explains it best! "Although I have decided to go completely digital with my scrapbooks, I do like more traditional crafts. I like to satisfy my need for hands-on crafts with things that I can't do on my computer, such as cross stitch. I'm never satisfied with the published patterns and almost always alter them to be more personal.
|Cross stitch on right side of screen created by|
Tammy organizes her layouts chronologically... "by date. By the month for sure, then by day unless they don’t flow well that way. For example, I'll move things around within the month to arrange for certain pages to face each other."
In terms of storing her digital layouts, Tammy told me that she has them printed into books! What a great system. "I’ve printed most my albums at http://www.photobookcanada.com/ but I think I actually prefer http://www.heritagephotobooks.ca/ .
The glossy covers are much nicer. I’ve got a couple new printing places I’m looking into. I’ll probably try a new one next year."
Tammy doesn't make mini-albums, but she has a very interesting "TAKE" on the concept that makes a creative gift idea. "I make 'year in review' calendars for grandparents, great-grandma, and one of my Aunts. I don’t tend to mail them any photos throughout the year, since they like printed rather than computer screen images, so they get a year's worth every Christmas."
Tammy has some wonderful thoughts on the concept of being "caught up" with scrapbooking her photos. "I am as caught up as I want to be, :o)" she says. "The first couple weeks of each month I work on doing pages for the previous month, so by mid-January my album for the previous year is ready to print!"
|"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun" |
layout created by Tammy Pyette
[Credits: All the papers, elements, and masks were from different areas on the freebies list at http://www.digitalscrapbookplace.com.]
As mentioned, Tammy has 4 kids. She plans separate albums for each. As she explains..."I plan to make a separate, more individually personalized album for each child, but I’ll do that when they’re in their teens and I’m sitting around waiting for them to come home in the evenings. For now I just want a yearly account for me, complete with cute sayings and precious moments, right now, when they're fresh in my mind."
|"Pretty Lilla Rilla- 6 months" created by|
[Credits: Everything is from www.shabbyprincess.com vintage florals collection.]
Tammy, thanks for sharing your creativity with us here at S:CY for this feature today. An extra big Thank You for allowing us a brief window into the world of a digital scrapbooker, crafter, military wife, and Mom. Keep up the great scrapbooking work we've been witness to this Term!! ~