Our Inspired by Ads Guest Designer is none other than Tegan Skwiat!
Short bio: Hi! My name is Tegan Skwiat and I absolutely love scrapbooking and paper crafting. I can't imagine life without it now really! I live in Northwest Indiana with my sweet hubby and two fur kids. I enjoy creating everything from layouts, to mini albums, to cards, to altered projects, and beyond! When I am not scrapbooking, I enjoy searching for vintage treasures at antique stores and watching football with my husband. One of my favorite scrappy techniques right now is using embroidery floss on my projects. I have also been known to buy a collection first and THEN take the pictures to go with it. And I may have suggested for photos that my hubby wear a shirt that matches my scrapbook paper once or twice :)
How did you get started scrapbooking? About 12 years ago, my younger sister suggested that she and I try this thing called "scrapbooking" that her friend's mom was doing. She said it looked like fun and we might like it. We bought some things here and there for a few years, but we really got into it once we started going to scrapbook conventions about 6 years ago. Now I can't imagine life without scrapbooking! Who would have known what a huge part of my life this hobby would become?!
What is your favorite American Crafts product? Thickers - they add the perfect finishing touch. A girl can never have too many Thickers! ;)
I love the clean lines in this ad and wanted to use the block effect. Also notice that I used the twine to finish the border of my main page element.
Supplies: Globetrotter Paper (35772) - Ready Set Go, Lunch Break Paper (35771) - Ready Set Go, Around Town Paper (35767) - Ready Set Go, Get Cozy Paper (35774) - Ready Set Go, Dress Code Paper (35784) - Ready Set Go, Charmed Paper (35780) - Ready Set Go, Fabric Stickers (42256) - Ready Set Go Remarks, Dimensional Embellishments (85591) - Ready Set Go Details, Stamps (59224) - Ready Set Go, Paper Leaves (85592) - Ready Set Go House, Premium Ribbon (89429) - Soho Garden, Stickers (42358) - XOXO Remarks, Decorative Tags (85599) - 5th & Frolic Bits
I HEART YOU CARD by Tegan Skwiat
I love the repetition in this ad and so I decided to cut out a number of hearts using my Silhouette Cameo. Notice that the very middle heart says "heart"! I really wasn't trying to cut out any words at all. But what a fabulous surprise when I noticed that "heart" was perfectly readable!
Supplies: 6x6 Pad (35901) - XOXO, Fox White (53415) - Thickers, Stickers (42358) - XOXO
SIMPLE THINGS by Tegan Skwiat
On this layout, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the circular rainbow element on my page. I cut a number of circles, increasing the diameter by 2 inches for each new color.
Supplies: Gramercy Park Paper (35829) - Soho Garden, Park Avenue Paper (35834) - Soho Garden, Tribeca Paper (35836) - Soho Garden, Canal Street Paper (35837) - Soho Garden, West Broadway Paper (35839) - Soho Garden, Good Morning Paper (35764) - Ready Set Go, Around Town Paper (35767) - Ready Set Go, Me & You Paper (35895) - XOXO, Funny Valentine Paper (35899) - XOXO, Decorative Layered Tags (85607) - Soho Garden, Layered Embellishments (85606) - Details, Premium Ribbon (89429) - Soho Garden, Boho Gold (53422) - Thickers, Fabric Stickers (42256) - Remarks, Flair (85590) - Ready Set Go, Dimensional Embellishments (85591) - Ready Set Go Details, Letter Stickers (42267) - Dear Lizzy, Gold Fox (53415) - Thickers
This ad reminded me of Tic Tac Toe and what better way to celebrate the upcoming Valentine's Day than with X's and O's (kisses and hugs)?!
Supplies: Kiss Paper (85396) - XOXO, Love Note Paper (35898) - XOXO, All My Heart Paper (35889) - XOXO, Hugs & Kisses Paper (35894) - XOXO, Dear Begonia (53444) - Thickers, Die Cut Shapes (85616) - XOXO Bits, Layered Embellishments (85612) - XOXO Details, Layered Embellishments (85606), Soho Garden Details, Leaf & Feather Details (85605) - 5th & Frolic, Fox White (53415) - Thickers, Stamps (59224) - Ready Set Go, Premium Ribbon (89429) - Soho Garden
This project is inspired by the dreamy color palette of the ad. Here I decorated two large clothespins that I have had laying around waiting for the right project to come along and the DREAM banner was the prefect fit!
Supplies: Lunch Break Paper (35771) - Ready Set Go, Cartwheel Court Paper (35806) - 5th & Frolic, Lovely Lane Paper (35816) - 5th & Frolic, Around Town Paper (35767) - Ready Set Go, Little Moments Lane Paper (35808) - 5th & Frolic, Fox White (53415) - Thickers, Phrase Banners (85603) - 5th & Frolic, Leaf & Feather Details (85605) - 5th & Frolic, Decorative Tags (85599) - 5th & Frolic, Premium Ribbon (89429) - Soho Garden