Monday, June 6, 2011

Sunday Scrapping with Guest Artist - Debbie Sherman

Hi Everyone - hope you are having a great long weekend. If you are in Canterbury - we are thinking of you - those aftershocks must be awful - I felt the one this morning here in Blenheim 300+km away. Here's hoping today's post will provide a welcome distraction from the shaking.....

Guest Designer - Debbie Sherman
We have a GREAT guest artist today - Debbie Sherman is on the Design Team for one of our most popular brands - Bo Bunny as well as Flower Soft, Best Creations and a couple of others too. She has some wonderful work to share with us - look at theme amazing flowers she has made.

Debbie lives with her husband in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and when she is not scrapbooking she works as a Road Designer for the Wyoming Department of Transportation. She has been scrapbooking for over 20 years and her huge wealth of experience shows in all her work - which is truly beautiful. Here she answers our questions and shares some of her personal favorites.

How were you introduced to scrapbooking?
I was introduced to scrapbooking at a Creative Memories party about 20 years ago. I was hooked!

What inspires you for layouts, projects, cards?
I'm inspired by a number of people, places and things to create. Mostly my sweet grandkids. I'm a paper addict too!!

The Rosette Egg
This was created by making several (around a 100) rosettes and then hot gluing them to a styrofoam egg.  I embellished it with diamond dust to make it sparkle and then added the tulle and tag for embellishments

What other project types do you like to work on besides scrapbook pages?
I make alot of altered projects, mostly for my scraproom decorations.

What scrapbooking tools/products can you not do without?
I have several favorite manufacturers, the one I always reach for is BoBunny. Here are few of the others I love, Graphic 45, My Minds Eye, KandCO.I simply can't live without my Colorbox Chalk ink in Chestnut Roan. I always have 3 or 4 ink pads in my stash.

What is your current favorite technique or embellishment?
My current favorite technique is making my own flowers and embellishments. I will never stop doing that and I'm always looking for new ways to make them.

Circa Layout
This layout is of my Mother and I just love this photo.  I wanted it to look Vintage and shabby so I did a lot of distressing.  I used a crocheted doily for added dimension and created the other 2 paper doilies by cutting circles and using a corner punch around the edges. I then embellished with a handmade flower and other paper flowers and flourishes.  I also did a little machine stitching on this layout - another one of my go to techniques

What do you hope to try or improve on this year?
I would really love to try a little more simple scrapping...I keep trying but I always feel like my page is empty. I'd love to get better at this. I'd also like to improve my photography skills. I've been going to school for this and this year I'm going to get better at it.

What advice can you give to people just beginning to enjoy scrapbooking?
The best advice I can give people just starting out is to be yourself, try new things and most of all have fun!!

Wedding Layout
This layout is of a couple that are friends of mine.  I photographed their wedding recently and loved this photo.  I created the big circle and then used my cropadile to punch holes around the circle.  I then crocheted around the circle added the photo and embellished with hand made flowers and punched butterflies. I also fussy cut some of the flowers from the patterned paper.

Do you have a blog
I do have a blog. I have 2 actually, my main blog is called Creatively Speaking where I upload projects almost daily. My other blog is a fun blog called Creative Cookbooking. It features several contributors who show you how to scrap your favorite recipes and how to decorate your kitchen with scrapbook projects.

Thank you so much Debbie!!  Please take a look at these other projects from Debbie - they are truly inspiring. I could have posted literally hundreds of stunning pictures here so be sure to check out Debbie's blog for all of her other work.

Thanks Debbie!


  1. Wow Debbie, your layouts have so much detail and are so beautiful! Just curious - how long does it take you to finish a layout?

  2. these are all so gorgeous. Wish I was this talented

  3. All of these are stunning Debbie - the detail is amazing and all your flowers look perfect!

    Lowri :-)

  4. Hi Joanne! Thank you for your sweet comment. It usually takes me a 2-3 hours for a layout. I really enjoy the process.

    Thank you all for the lovely comments!

  5. I keep coming back and looking at this blog post. So many lovely projects on there. I reall really love the doily one. How did you do that crochet edging?!