Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday Scrapping with Guest Artist - Jeannie De Gruccio

Hi Everyone - this is has been a busy blogging week for the Design Team - there have been heaps of ideas so enjoy our recap and the work of our Guest Designer - Jeannie De Gruccio.

Jeannie creates some AMAZING cards as well as all kinds of neat papercraft bits and pieces - and very excitingly, is on the Design Team for Cheery Lynn Designs - which we have just started stocking in the shop!!

Look at some of these wonderful cards she has created recently...

Weekly Round-Up
This week we have had a great tutorial and lots of Graphic45 goodness from Tina, a great LO from Joanne, and 2 great layouts with Kaisercraft from Shirl

Don't forget we launched our new theme of "Family and Friends" last week - see all the details here.

We already have a couple of entries and we are really looking forward to seeing the work of Ngaere Bennetts who won our last Challenge

Guest Designer - Jeannie Richey De Gruccio

Jeannie is a busy mum to 7 children who lives in California. She is on the Design Teams for Cheery Lynn Designs, Paper Issues and this month is Guest Designing at TallyScraps - a fun US based scrapping site.

What inspires you for layouts, projects, cards?
For me, inspiration is everywhere. Honestly the best inspiration to me is paper. I can almost see a project forming in my mind, just based off the paper I choose to use.

What other project types do you like to work on besides scrapbook pages?
Cards! Hands down, cards! Why? They are small, fun, a tiny scrapbook canvas. There is really no way to go wrong with a card, and at some point I know I will need it to give to someone.

What is your favourite scrapbook brand and why?
Brand? ONE? That is funny! I would have to say any that are bright, colorful and whimsical. Lately October Afternoon has been a big favorite. But, I just got an order from Crate Paper and I a having a BLAST with all the things I got. So, for this week, I will say Crate Paper, but I am a long time lover of October Afternoon, Echo Park and any that have fun colorful prints. Oh, and POLKA DOTS are a must for me.

What scrapbooking tools/products can you not do without?
Lately I would say my dies, my Sizzix and my hand held punches. The loves of my life are my Cheery Lynn Designs Doily, Butterfly and Veggie Tale dies.

What is your current favorite technique or embellishment?
Flowers! Hand made flowers. Flowers I make from simple punches and alter them with a paper stretching technique that I love doing.

What do you hope to try or improve on this year?
My craft room. I want to feel like I have it in me to be more organized and not some crazy craft recluse that is scared to death to have anyone step in my front door. I really do need to get more organized.
What advice can you give to people just beginning to enjoy scrapbooking?
I have much advice. First I would say, start slow. Give yourself time. Start with your most current pics, scrap them first, they are the freshest to your memory. Do not feel that you have to scrap every single picture you have ever taken. Be choosy, scrap your favorites and store the rest. I would also tell them to buy a paper pack and stick to it. Use it for the whole scrapbook, everything will match and you will not feel the need to buy every piece of paper in the world right off.

Do you have a blog?
Yes, I do have a blog...the address is:

Thanks so much Jeannie for sharing your answers and advice with us! Please take a look at some more of Jeannie's fabulous work below...

Pop-up Card
There is a tutorial on Jeannies blog which shows how you can create this AMAZING card!

Kaisercraft Goodies
Jeannie has created some wonderful pieces with Nan's Favourites - see more details here

There is heaps more wonderful work on Jeannie's blog - so be sure to check it out at

Lowri :-)


  1. Very cool work! Love all the gorgeous bright colours Jeanie uses. So much fun! I'm off to visit her blog.

  2. Thank you Lowri! Tina also, thank you for the nice compliments! I am so excited to have you all see my oodles of projects and hopefully get some ideas to use:)

  3. Jeanie I swear I'm the crazy scrap recluse!!! That made me LAUGH! Our apartment is small so I scrap on the kitchen table which is 2 by 2- right now it's literaly piled 2 feet deep with stuff and it's the very first thing you see when you walk into the apartment. :) I always love your cards- the color, the texture, the technique- I'm learning a lot!

  4. Love her work! Off to visit the blog too!