Sunday, January 6, 2013
What would Swirlydoos be without our wonderful subscribers?!? It's a pleasure getting to know these ladies on the forums and from the stories they tell through their layouts. Yes,we are an amazing community, but most of all, we're a family! We appreciate each and every member and they deserved to be spotlighted. With that being said, our featured member for January is.....

* Andiepants*

Here is a bit from Andie

I am a mother of 4 children, Roman 15, Colin 11, and my twins Liam and Aubrey are 8. I currently work for the federal government but I can't tell you what I do for your own safety;) I got into scrapbooking about 10 years ago now through an acquaintance's home party. Believe it or not, my husband is the one who pushed me to go!! I bet he regrets it with every gorgeous piece of pattern paper so far. Since it was a stamping company I began by making my own embellishments and pattern papers with what I had on hand. I adored the creative process immediately. I didn't know the first thing about scrapbooking or art so I looked for an online club that would teach me. I had a kit delivered to my door every month that taught me a new technique and I loved it. I grew by leaps and bounds as an artist. I had to stop in 2005 due to financial difficulties but near the end of 2010 I felt that I had become stagnant and stunted. I needed to learn new things and begin to grow again. I jumped online in search of pages and techniques and stumbled across Angelica's web page. I was blown away. Who was this goddess of scrapbook? Where did she get such gorgeous materials? I saw her link for Swirlydoos and knew immediately that a monthly kit was exactly what I needed. I thought there was no way I could do what these gals were doing and I would need to observe for a bit. I hmmm'd and hawed over it, for about 5 seconds, and in March 2011 I received my first gorgeou-licious kit! I have grown again by leaps and bounds! I have been introduced to the most inspiring artists such as Finnibair and Karola Witzak and have actually taken a class with Finn this last summer in California! I don't have a definite style. I'm constantly changing and growing. I don't particularly like "trends"...I like what I like. I begin by mimicking what I like and when I feel comfortable I just go free with it. I adore inks, sprays, stamps, and paints and tend to shy away from sticker and pre-made die cuts. One night while getting ready for bed, after a particular messy scrap session, my hubby said "What is on your elbow?" I looked down to find paint from my elbow up my tricep! Now my favorite saying is "Time to get some paint on the elbows!"
Here are a some of my favorite projects of Andie's,sure to inspire you!!
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Please come back and visit every first Sunday of the month to see who our next featured member will be.



Peggy said...

Whoot!!!! Well-deserved congratulations!!!!!!!!

Lynne Forsythe said...

I soooo enjoyed reading this Andie!! and I'm soooo glad you spared our lives by not sharing what you do when your not having SCRAPPPPY up to your elbows and more....hehehe!


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