Monday, August 17, 2009

Our Spotlight this week is on Sheri Twing!!

I am very excited to introduce you this week, to my friend Sheri Twing designer for Scraptiffany. I met Sheri at my favorite scrap hang out on the web paperclipping. When I saw Sheri's scrap art I was so impressed with how pretty and dimensional her work is. She caught my eye from the very first layout she put in the paperclipping gallery so I had to spotlight her for the rest of you to enjoy. Here is some of her work:

"When I think of the word "Gratitude" this picture comes to mind. We have such a close family, full of love and appreciation for one another. No matter the miles that may separate us, we are still as close as ever! I have a lot in my life to be thankful for but my family is number one in my thankfulness!"


"I wish our kids could have known Grandpa. He was the most wonderful man. He was a simple man but full of love and wisdom. He was quiet but lived his life loudly. He was a Godly man full of faith and character. The picture on the left is my favorite that I have of him. It shows his fun side and his love for Grandma. Though the pictures are old and styles have changed, they are priceless to me!"
In Color song lyrics, "A picture's worth a thousand words but you can't see what those shades of gray keep covered. You should have seen it in color."

Here is Sheri in her own words:


"I am a 40-something girl who is happily married to the love of my life, Rick for the past 23 years (yikes, that makes me sound old). We are blessed with a beautiful daughter, Ashley. I am an aunt to the most amazing nieces and nephews who are regular subjects of my pages who also gave me the name “Aunt Re Re”. I am a native to California where I lived my entire life until moving to middle Tennessee, just a year and a half ago.
I began scrapbooking about 12 years ago when a friend introduced me to this “new” hobby. I was immediately hooked. I have always had a love for pictures and this just seemed like the natural compliment to my photos. It wasn’t until recent years that I really began getting serious about actually “doing” the pages and not just shopping for the fun supplies! For so long, I struggled with all the different styles and fads, not sure what I should really put on my pages. Then, I had my “a-ha” moment of realizing these are my scrapbooks and the right way to do them is MY way to do them. To allow my personality to take shape on the page regardless of what the going fad is or what the current style is. It was then I found the freedom to do the pages I love.
My goal has always been to capture the memories in photos first. I’ve always had a love for pictures from the time I had my very first camera, a Vivitar 110 with the automatic flash! I love capturing the stories so they are never forgotten. I have my camera with me always! I love taking pictures and have way too many but I love them all! Once I have the pictures, the pages come easily. I always start with a photo and go from there. The photo usually gives me the inspiration and feeling I want the page to have.
I am also a digital scrapbooker. I love digital pages but nothing takes the place of just getting in and playing with supplies and getting your hands dirty! I love getting my hands on scrapbooking products. I know I shop way too much for supplies but love all of it too much to pass it up!
My scrapbooking style varies depending on my mood. I love the grungy style! You’ll often find me distressing papers, inking or painting, and tearing. But then a mood will hit me and I’ll do something that is totally clean, straight lines and bright colors. I usually pull my mood from the photo I am working with. I love to try new techniques and learning new things. I take lots of online classes for everything from designing to collages and mixed mediums, to digital classes.
Even though I have loved scrapbooking for many years, it hasn’t been until the past few months that I began to get more involved in the scrapbooking community. I enjoy all the friends I have made in the scrapbooking industry.

My Inspiration:

I get my inspiration mostly from my favorite blogs that I visit regularly. I’m always a sucker for a good scrapbook magazine or book. I also love to watch ads and billboards for design layouts and color combinations. I’m always looking at colors and elements in department stores from their displays and signs. It’s amazing the combinations you can find when you open your eyes to the world around you.
What inspires me to keep creating is that I am leaving priceless memories for my children and grandchildren to experience and reflect on. I love capturing the things and faces that you will never be able to capture again. I love that we have the ability to preserve such priceless treasures. "


Where do I scrap?

Well, that's interesting that you should ask....I am used to having a whole scrap room, all to myself, me and my supplies! But, since moving to Tennessee a year and a half ago, we are temporarily in a much smaller home so I do not have my own room for scrapping. That was a big adjustment. Right now, I scrap in a small alcove area off of my living room. I am thankful that I have at least some dedicated space for scrapping. But imagine trying to unpack only the "necessary" items you might need for creating and leaving the rest packed. That was my dilemma! But it works great! I do end up spilling over on the dining room table occasionally, whether it's layouts, extra supplies or my sewing machine!


My Scrap Resume

Current Design Team: Scrap Tiffany at http://scraptiffany.typepad.com/blog_tiffany/

Classes completed: Up and Running with Photoshop – Jessica Sprague
Now We’re Rockin’ - Jessica Sprague
Digi in Deep – Jessica Sprague
Oh Shoot! – Candice Stringham @ Jessica Sprague.com
Getting Organized with ACDSee – Jessica Sprague
Eye for Design – Christy Tomlinson@ GotCrafts.com
Bling Out Your Blog – Wilna Furstenburg @ ScrapInStyletv.com
Everyone Can Write a Little – Cathy Zieskle @ BigPictureScrapbooking
Collage Couture – Stacy Fike & Nikki Pederson @ Sistv.com

Online Communities: Paperclipping


To follow Sheri on her scrapping journey and continue to be inspired by her she would love to have you visit her blog http://www.auntierere.blogspot.com/


and because not only is Sheri a super talented scrapper she is also very generous, she wants to give all of you a chance to win this months Scraptiffany kit full of the new Teresa Collins sports line to make a great minibook for all those fall sports about to begin! And thats not all, because Sheri can't scrap without her coffee she is giving you a $10 gift card so you can scrap and enjoy a Starbucks as well WOW! How much fun is that?





To enter to win this just leave a comment here or on Sheri's blog (thats right you can comment on both and enter to win twice...SCORE HUH?) letting her know what you loved about her style and/or any questions you would like to see me ask our spotlights of the week in the future. Then come back Monday to see if you won this great prize from Sheri! Until then go make a beautiful mess of your Paperlife!



Luv ya,

Amy

55 comments:

TrayChic said...

I love Sheri's various styles! I love the grunge, I love the vintage, I love the bright colors! I hate pigeon-holing myself into just one style, and I'm glad I'm not the only one who experiments with various styles. Love the spotlight! Fabulous giveaway, too!!

Anne said...

Beautiful layouts - love the "shine" one - the background is fab - paint?

Brenda said...

Her layouts are all sooo beautiful! The Grandpa and Grandma one really touched me!
Thanks for the chance to win Theresa Collins new sports line!
A very generous giveaway!
hugs
Brenda

Staci said...

Wow! Those LOs are beautiful! Great giveaway too! I'm another gal that needs her coffee to get moving! :-)

Skrapbuker said...

I love how she uses various styles. No matter what she does it always turns out fabulous!

Thanks for the chance to win the fantastic giveaway!!

Sara said...

WOW- Sheri's style is amazing! I love love LOVE it!!!! The LO's are just gorgeous, thanks for the chance to win :)

xoxo
Sara

Suz said...

Beautiful designs. I really enjoyed getting to know you better.

Thanks for the chance at the awesome giveaway

Kristi (aka T!) said...

Amy, I love this weeks spotlight scrapper. Not just b/c she does awesome work but b/c she is my sis.
I have to tell you..I know all the bio info personally and can you believe it, I read the whole thing anyway. lol!!
I am first to stand behind her to say she is an amazing scrapper (inspired all us girls in fam to scrap), friend, sister and best of all Auntie which is VERY generous.
Sis, I am so proud of you and your work. I'm not just leaving a comment for the prize(although, I hope it counts, lol), but I really am a big fan of all her work. She does a great job and inspires me everytime.
Great giveaway!!!

Erin Bassett said...

I always love Sheri's work!! She's a great person to follow on Twitter too. :D

scrapping4twins said...

Very nice layouts! Love them all!

Joli said...

What a wonderful kit!!! I love the new TC line and can't wait to get some.

I liked the way Sheri used the black and white photos along with the color one on the Big Sis page, it really made the page look cool!

Thanks for the chance to win!

September Roberts said...

Love this lady to pieces! Her work never ceases to amaze me. When I grow up, I want to have style like her.

Jamie said...

Sheri's layouts are beautiful! I really like the vintage and I love her use of textures.

Thank you so much for the chance to win and for the daily inspirations!

Tiffany said...

Sheri is an amazing talent and a wonderful lady. I have enjoyed getting to know her through her layouts every week. Great Spotlight on her! Thanks for sharing.

Marcie said...

Congrats Sheri!

Cortnee said...

I love all of Sheri's work!! She's one of my personal faves!

Deb said...

Love the layouts and LOVE the idea of highlighting a different scrapper each week. So glad to see someone giving us what the magazines have taken away.
deb
cropalot@woh.rr.com

Laura said...

Love the layouts from Sheri! Great giveaway too:)

Dale P. said...

Sheri various styles really draw my attention. The grandparent layout really touched me. I love the idea of this blog. Getting to learn some new talent is great!!

fran h said...

Loving the colors and attention to detail on all of Sheri's layouts.
Thanks for letting us know more about Sheri and for this cool giveaway.
Love the Teresa Collins products.

Fran H

Kristin said...

I loved all of the pages shown in Sheri's profile but the first one with the vintage, distress feel really spoke to me. I love that you don't have to only have one style, I sometimes forget that so reading her responses to the questions reminds me that I don't have to have just one style, THANKS !

Rita said...

Awesome layouts - I just printed out gratitude to do a little tiny big of scraplifting... LOL. thanks for sharing Sheri!

StampinCathy said...

Wow Sheri's is one creative and inspiring crafter. I love everything. Thanks for a chace at this awesome giveway.

Grace Tolman said...

Sheri has some fabulous projects here. I love her combination of vintage and color.
Can you ask your next spotlights if they have any simple scrapbook tricks that they can't live without.
thanks.

Connie F. said...

Great layouts. I like that she had an "a ha" moment and decided the right way is her way--love that--I feel the same way.

I have added Sheri's blog to my favorites.

Thanks for the chance to win this awesome kit!

carpediem said...

Such great layouts....love the colors! Thanks for offering the chance to win TC's new line of paper! laura j

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

I love the fact that her photos aren't loss in the embellishments like so many examples are now days. She knows how to keep the focus on the photos and still use lots of embellishments.

April said...

What amazing layouts! I adore the "You should have seen it in color" one. It just says so much and what a treasure that will be for many years to come...
- April

AndiPandi said...

the words that struck me the most were how you determined they were 'your scrapbooks & you needed to scrap them your way' I love that because too many times we think (or at least I do) that my stuff isn't good enough, but you know what it's mine & that shows through

lori said...

love the versatility that sheri has... the grunge/distressed is fab!! i really love the shaped family collage page with all those embellishments!!

so my question would be, "sheri, if you only could have 5 scrappin items, not included papers & adhesive, WHAT WOULD THEY BE??"

already saved both blogs to my faves!!! thanks for such fun & creatitivity!!

Lara said...

I always have sports pages to do and this package would be a great addition to my pages.

Scrappin Cheryl said...

These are really nice LOs - and what a nice giveaway, too! Thanks for the opportunity!

Alison said...

Great Layouts!! My question: what do you to get yourself out of a creativity 'lull'?

Jodee said...

Everything was very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

scrappinmomto2girls said...

I love the dimensio of Sheris work, the lil things that she adds give it such spunk! I also need coffee as part of my mojo for scrappin! I think that this is very nice of Shri to do this giveaway and congrats for being spotlighted!!

xoxo
Margaret

L84ASALE said...

I feel so inspired to grab a big mug and settle into my scrapping desk - I think I'll hand the baby over and start now! Thanks for spotlighting such a great gal! I love seeing Sheri's various style's - She really knows how to capture the mood.

cindy said...

I am so lucky to have been introduced to Sheri's work via my girl Tiffany. Sheri is an amazing scrapper and I just found out she's an awesome blogger too. Thanks for showcasing her talent!

Suzy said...

Great layouts Sheri! I love the "should have seen it in color". That is one of my husband's favorite songs and you inspired me to use the title on a layout with some of his pics. Thanks so much!
~Suzy

Parker and Emma's Mom said...

Loving all the detail you put on your layouts, gorgeous!

www.jenniferhansenscrapgallery.blogspot.com

Keesha said...

Love love love the color choices. I would love to know what inspires her color choices in her LOs. Beautiful work!

missmammamurphy31@yahoo.com said...

Wow love love this spotlight. WHat wonderful work!

keesha.cooper@yahoo.com said...

I love all the different products that were used to create these stunning LOs. Way to go Sheri!

Louella said...

I love this style, it is so full of imagination and color it is just FUN to look at! I hope I can get to be so good someday, TFS, Louella Turvey

Ems said...

Great LOs from Sheri! I'm amazed how versatile she is in her art! Love them! Bless her generous heart too!

iammaryburke said...

That is very beautiful art and an awesome giveaway!

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Debbie said...

I love Sheri's style. Some of it is vintage which is becoming my favorite.

She does such a delightful way on her pages of sharing various syles. How do you do that? zi find that is hard to do.

Thanks for the giveaway. Very generous.

debbie peysen

Julie said...

Sheri--your style is awesome! Love your LO designs. What a cool giveaway too!

stephanie said...

Beautiful l/os. I too, don't sit with one style. I want to do it all. Love a designer who feels as I do.
Great giveaway.

sandra said...

Great work and thanks for the opportunity to win this rak and the coffee is a wonderful idea I love starbucks

Nitasha said...

Thanks...I needed a dose of fall inspiration! My sons have already started and I need some new scrap goodies to get an early start on scrapping their season! Thanks for sharing

StacyC said...

I love the way Sheri uses the bold colors and mixes in the vintage as well.. Love her style..

Veronica Lee said...

Hi! I'm visiting from MBC. Great blog.

Beaner said...

I think her style is really fun! Love the "shine" page! Jill

Christine said...

I totally love her style! Not like everyone else!

smahrty said...

Thank you for the introduction to Sheri! I look forward to seeing more of her creations.