Monday, January 22, 2018

Introducing the Master of the Vintage and Shabby Style that is Sonia Thomason

Hello Everyone
Today it is my pleasure to introduce the lovely Sonia to you all. Sonia and I first met at a Brisbane Expo when we were both teaching, We would catch up with each other every time we attended the Brisbane show. I have a vague recollection that we may have even been on the same design team (Addicted to Craft) together years and years ago before that. I have admired Sonia's work for a long time now. At the shows we all have to do a teachers display and hers was always full of beautiful vintage and shabby projects - off the page, layouts and more.  I would stand and look at all the detail she included on every page/project. I often though that,  when "I grow up" - I want to scrap like Sonia. I was so delighted when she decided to join our team a few years ago. So now I get to admire Sonia's work every time she shares it with us here at Imaginarium Designs.

I asked Sonia to do a bio about herself.

 Hi everyone, my name is Sonia Thomason and I am delighted to be back with the fabulous Imaginarium Designs team for another year!
I have am married to my very patient husband Kym and we have two gorgeous daughters Alex, 14 and Isabella, 12 who you will generally see as the focus of my projects (mainly because they are a lot more photogenic then me!!)
Like many of you my scrapbooking is my ‘me’ time. My two daughters keep me very busy with all of their activities so it’s scrapbooking that allows me to sit down, take a deep breath and relax for a while.
My style is quite mixed but tends towards the vintage / shabby style. I like to have a go at whatever the current trend may be and then mix it in with my style. It’s always fun to have a go at something different and move out of your comfort zone!!
I have designed for a few different manufacturers over the years and was a 2016 Scrapbooking Memories Master. I look forward to sharing my projects with you featuring the gorgeous Imaginarium Designs products over the coming year.

Sonia's Vintage style is shown here to great effect. She has done some fussy cutting and layering on her page, two gorgeous photos of her daughters and a chipboard title finish this beautiful layout.
I love anything vintage and miniature and Sonia has combined this perfectly in these three beautiful tags. I just love them all. The little embellishments Sonia has added are just the right size. There is a real skill to doing miniatures and here Sonia shows just what a master she is. 

 Then just when you think you have her worked out, she does something like the page above, just show that she can do anything and is comfortable doing a bright mixed media project as she is doing vintage or shabby. I just love this page. You can still see Sonia's style showing through. 

Beautiful photo's can really help a page look amazing.  These photos are just perfect and Sonia has created a lovely vintage layout to set them off. They just pop off the page and the chipboard title she has chosen adds a lovely touch.

Sonia mentioned in her post featuring this layout that  the doesn't like working on kraft as a background colour. She really loved the challenge and was very happy with the finish layout.  It does look amazing and she has done a very special background, adding lots of mixed media elements. I love the way she has created two parts to her layout and made sure that they work together. I admire anyone who can do this.

This is a beautiful example of Sonia's shabby style, It does look stunning and I love the way she has clustered her flowers and chipboard to create a wreath on her images head. 

This one is my favourite, Sonia has done a layout on herself. It has a vintage background and a lovely shabby element around her photo. I love the way she has layered everything under her photo.  There is so much to look at but the layout still retains a simple elegant feel to it.
Everything Sonia does is just perfect and I am eagerly looking forward to seeing more beautiful vintage and shabby projects from Sonia. I hope she also does some more of her Mixed Media pages as well.
Please feel free to leave Sonia a personal message welcoming here back onto the team for 2018.
See you tomorrow with another Introduction.
thanks for looking

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Introducing the Superlative "Artsy" Artist that is Solange Marques.

Hello Everyone.
Today I get to introduce another mixed media master to you all. Solange and I go way back.  The first time we met was when we were both on the Graphic 45 Design team together quite a while ago. I loved her work then and the way she used mixed media products on her layouts and projects before anyone else in main stream scrapbooking was. Her work often has a whimsical feel to it and she is not afraid to use strong colours and interesting designs. She often blends her photos into her layouts by painting around them making them part of the page. I love her work, it is so different from anyone else. She really is an Artsy Artist.
Solange has been on our team since 2012. So  I went back through my folders and found some of the very first projects she ever did for us.

This is one of the first projects she ever did for us in 2012. It is still beautiful and has not dated in any way. This is the sign of a true artist, most of us change over the years or follow trends which can sometimes date our work. Solange has stayed true to her own style and this layout is a classic Solange project.

 This mini canvas was a project Solange did for us in 2014. You can see how she uses different mixed media products on her projects. You can also see what I mean by a whimsical look and strong colours.
I asked Solange to do a blurb on herself.

Hi, my name is Solange Marques.
I am from Brazil and I'm in love with a scrapbook since 2004.I am married to John for over 34 years and have five children: Camila (32), Alexandre (31), Bruno (28), Gabriela (22) and Miguel (17). We also have three grandchildren: Clara (9) ,Samuel (6), and Gustavo (1 month).They are always present in my creations.
I graduated in Architecture and Fine Arts (perhaps that explains my huge passion for paint and their constant presence in my projects.
I've worked in a bank as a jewelry appraiser for 27 years, but now I am retired and I can create in full time!
In a scrap I love mixing techniques, mainly involving paints and textures (watercolor, acrylic paint, modeling paste and a lot of mediums). I consider myself a mixed media artist and I love the artsy
One of Solange's whimsical layouts, again she has used strong colours  and blended her photos into her page. It's very clever and Solange is a master at this again I love the clean lines and the simplicity to her work.

Solange also does canvas/book covers and the one above is a great example of Solanges ability to do all styles of scrapbooking. This is one of her more grungy projects
Then for something different Solange also is a master a Shabby Chic. It is not often you have an artist that can do so many different styles. She really is in a league of her own. These three projects are just beautiful.

This layout again shows the way Solange works her photos into her backgrounds. It is so clever and I would love her to do a tutorial on how she makes it all work. She has used our flourish chipboard to create a wave effect and a frame to draw your eye to the photo. A couple of our butterflies finish the page beautifully.

Again another whimsical layout where Solange has used a photo of herself. She has added chipboard feathers to create interest around the nests on her layout. Lots of beautiful elements on this lovely layout.

Another layout on herself with lots of chipboard. Every piece has had a different finish to it.

I love this set of whimsical boxes It looks like a circus train full of performing animals just waiting for a train to take them on their journey.  Again lots of beautiful chipboard in each box.  
Every project shown here is a classic example of Solange's ability to do turn her hand to any style and make it work. It has been a privilege  to have her on our design team for such a long time and we are delighted that she is staying with us again this year.
Please feel free to leave a comment for Solange  welcoming her to our team for 2018.
I will be back tomorrow with another team member to welcome.

thanks for looking

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Introducing the Master of Mixed Media and Layering that is Sandi Spink

Hello Everyone
Where has this week gone - I was suppose to have introduce Sandi to you all on Thursday,  but I seem to have lost a couple of days sitting on the floor sorting out boxes of chipboard, cutting 100's of pieces from our new release collection and doing up  heaps of prize packs ready to give away. More about that later on this month. Not to mention that it has been over 40 degrees C here in Adelaide for the past 3 days and again today. Which for anyone on the other side of the world is over 100 degree F. Just plain too hot to do too much. Anyway no more complaining.
Back to the amazing and super talented Sandi.
I think I have met Sandi - once, but I have know her for a few years now. She lives in country SA near the coast in a beautiful country town.
Not only is she another super talented all around scrapbooker, Sandi is an amazing photographer and shares some of her work on facebook.

 I just love the ones she took at her local beach.

I asked Sandi to put together a bit of a Bio about herself.

Sandi is a mum of 2 daughters and Nana of 2 beautiful grandchildren and her day job is working with children at an Early Learning Centre in Millicent. Craft has always been a huge part of her life, everything from knitting, sewing and crocheting , bear design and making just to name a few. Encouraged by a friend she started scrapbooking about 8 yrs ago but was talked into entering challenges around 5yrs ago. Since her children have moved out on their own she now has a cr...aft room that has been overtaken over by scrapbooking supplies.Sandi says that being a Design Team member is her opportunity to share her creative flair to not only challenge herself but develop techniques and provide others with the inspiration to think outside of the box. Whenever possible she take on the opportunity to attend workshops of a range of scrapbooking artists to develop her skills and learn about new products. As a very keen photographer there are lots of photos to scrap, any excuse to scrap she reckons so when going camping, the scrapbooking supplies and cameras are packed first; scrapbooking with her camping buddy ‘Scramping’ is one of Sandi's favourite past times.
 I can just picture Sandi in a tent scrapbooking on a card table by candle light late into the night. 
Sandi's scrapbooking shows she is a master of the mixed media art, she confidently uses lots of strong colours, layers upon layers and lots of elements on her projects

Just look at this layout, so much on the page, but the important bit - the photo is still the focus. A beautiful grungy layout and an excellent example of Sandi's work

This project is amazing, Sandi gave me only one photo of her project and I was intrigued as to how she did it. I went back through her blog until I found the post were she featured this as her Imaginarium Designs project. It is a page that Sandi created in her handmade journal book. She used Lindys Stamp Gang spays, a black watercolour pencil, book pages and a selection of our chipboard Alpha's.

 You can see the chipboard Alphas in the background.

Sandi glued the chipboard Alpha randomly onto her journal page then covered each one with torn book pages using a matte transparent medium. Once it had dried, Sandi sprayed ink into a palette and using a water spray bottle and a large water brush, added the sprayed ink onto the pages in layers. She dried each layer as she went along. Sandi's journal page is a double page and is segmented using a black watercolour pencil and shading the lines with a bit of water to create the eight sections you can see. Very cleverly done as when I first saw the photo, that's what I thought Sandi had done, 8 little panels joined together, so it wasn't until I found the post she did showing this project, that I found out it was a double page and the "panels" were put on after.

Sandi used a  honeycomb die from Tim Holtz to cut out her photo. she covered the hexagon shapes out of our Honeycomb chipboard and Loolabelles' nested hexagons to compliment the photo shape. The title 'Got the travel bug' and 'oh yeah' were painted with acrylic paint

I love this layout of Sandi's. The way she has layered up all her elements is a lesson is the art of adding a heap of bits and pieces and making it all work. I just love the drips and splatters along with her background. All Sandi needed to do was add the perfect title and photo to finish.

This layout shows how two elements can work on one layout. The space around each one helps to make them pop off the page. Sandi has used another one of her beautiful photos for this layout and a perfect phrase.

While looking through Sandi's blog for the information I needed for her journal page, I came across this one. I love the simplicity of this layout. Sandi used Lindy's stamp gang spray inks for her background. A stamp from Fiona Paltridge complements out chipboard Feather.
The arrow chipboard Sandi  covered with Silver Vera Color ink and then embossed with Tinby Metallic Melts.

The piechart chipboard was coated with the blue Lindy's spray which Sandi had left to dry out considerably in a palette to concentrate the colour and make it thicker to paint with.
As you can see, there is a lot to Sandi's creative style, I look forward eagerly to seeing what Sandi creates for us this year.
Please feel free to leave a personal message for Sandi to welcome her back to our team for 2018
I will be introducing another talent design team member tomorrow.
See you soon

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Introducing the Mixed Media Master that is - Natalie May

Hello Everyone
Today I get to introduce Natalie May to you all and welcome her to our team for 2018.
Natalie and I go way back, we have been working together for over 10 years now and she has been a true friend and source of inspiration and support all that time.
We have taught at numerous Shows, All Day Scraps and Trade Events together and always have fun.
Nat has been one of our main designers here at Imaginarium Designs. We like to encourage design team ladies to make suggestions for new chipboard phrases and shapes. They are the ones working with our product and teaching, so they are the perfect people to give us ideas. This  means every design, word or phrase has been used on a project before it is released to you.

Nat is an all rounder when it comes to scrapbooking and is a master of the mixed media genre (not quite the right word - but you all know what I mean). She is a fantastic teacher and brand ambassador and I would recommend her for any one wanting an excellent teacher for any event. She has taught all over Australia and New Zealand. Natalie has also been teaching on the cruise circuit as well. She is on the Lindy's Stamp Gang Design Team and Brand Ambassador for Gel Press.
I asked her to put together a Bio about herself.

Hi there. My name is Natalie May. 
I’m lucky enough to be a full time paper crafter and I couldn’t be happier! I’m happily married to the awesome Clever Trevor & have a beautiful 14 year old girl child!
I teach around 15 classes a month in Australia and absolutely LOVE what I do – turning my hobby into my job & passion.
I am the Australian Ambassador for Lindy's Stamp Gang , I design chipboard for Imaginarium Designs, I’ve been a 2016 Scrapbooking Memories Master, I’m currently Brand Ambassador for Gel Press
, an Intermediate Certified Copic Designer and love everything inky & colour based.
One of the things that keeps me inspired and teaching is that I love to create in all styles. 
As much as this industry likes to ‘Pigeon Hole’ people, I am a versatile artist – I regularly teach & create not only scrapbooking layouts but also Cards, Mixed Media Layouts, Paper based Layouts, Art Journaling, Abstract Canvas Art, plus Kids classes and whatever else I can come up with.
As an Educator for Lindy Stamp Gang & Gel Press, I especially love to create with their products and love to educate people about mediums, textures and general products.   

I love this industry … the opportunity to teach a new technique…. Meeting so many amazing people…..and to be able to CREATE everyday is quite a blessing.
You can view more of my work at … and find me on Instagram under
happydaks and Facebook as well.
Thanks for the bio Nat.
So now I have chosen some of my favourite Nat projects to share with you all and show just how versatile she is.
Nat designs amazing cards and the set above is a great example of how she uses chipboard on her cards.

She also makes and teaches the most wonderful canvases. In her classes she guides her pupils step by step through the whole process and her students are always delighted with their finished canvases.
The canvas above is a small example of her beautiful work.

I do love her layouts and the way she puts paint onto her work. The layout above is a perfect example of this. She has created a sense of movement with textured paste and paint which makes the chipboard and photo seem to float on waves of colour.

I couldn't go past this one as blue is my favourite colour. One of Nat's A4 Canvas Boards. The photo above does not show all the background that Nat has created by using texture paste and masks. A really beautiful art piece.
 The last one I have chosen, show how sometimes a simple layout says everything you need it to.  Layouts don't always have to be complicated  and leaving white space around your photos is a great way to make your photos the focus of your layout. All you then need is the perfect chipboard tile to finish and we have 100's of titles to chose from. 

So its with a sense of excitement and  anticipation  that I look forward to seeing what Nat creates for us this year.
Please feel free to leave Nat a welcome back message.
Thanks for stopping by today
See you tomorrow for another welcome.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

It's Time to say Goodbye to Belinda

Another goodbye today for another friend.
Belinda has been on our team for a while and has been  a friend and fellow teacher for even longer. It has been a joy and privilege to know her. We will miss her on our team but wish her all the best for 2018. 
Belinda again is an all round scrapbooker, she makes amazing cards for Dark Room Door, does stunning project life, art journaling, and pocket letters, to say nothing of her amazing layouts. Of late she has taken up drawing and is now a master at it. Like everything she turns her hand to, it's not long before she is an expert and her work outstanding. 

I had so much fun going back over the blog and choosing my favourite Belinda's layouts. There were so many to choose from but here are a few I really liked. Belinda really is an expert at layering and her page above is an excellent example  of just how good she is at it. 

Belinda always surprises me with her work. She even has a dark side which she crosses over to from time to time. Her layout above show this. The layout was one she did on herself. Again her skill at layering is shown here.

This layout is a perfect example of  mixed media and shabby working well together. Belinda is a master of this and I just love this layout.

Again another example of Belinda's mixed media layout with a very cute photo.

This layout was another favourite of mine. Belinda does a lot of her work on kraft backgrounds and this one is a wonderful example of how you can add your own colour to your background to suit your photo. Again her layering on this layout is perfect, with the banners at the bottom giving her a foundation for adding more photos. She also uses our chipboard raw from time to time and I love the look she has achieved by doing this on her layout.

We do wish Belinda all the best with everything she does in 2018 and hope she has a wonderful year.
Please feel free to wish Belinda all the best.
Thanks for looking.

This should be our last farewell, so now we can start welcoming the Design Team for 2018. I can't wait to see what they all come up this this year.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Fond Adieu to Adriana

So another Goodbye today.
This time it is Adriana's Swan Song.

Adriana is guest design team member who is a personal friend. She lives in Adelaide so we catch up from time to time. She is such a lovely, warm and kind spirited person and her scrapbooking reflects this. Not only is she a designer but also teaches sharing her passion and skills with others.

This is my favourite Adriana layout and is such a great example of her style. Just look at all the fussy cutting involved in creating this page. The photo doesn't really show all the work involved, I wish you could see it rather than looking at a photo.  It is just beautiful and must have taken hours to do.
She has layered everything up around her lovely photo and the finished layout is just stunning.

Again Adriana is an all round scrapbooker, she makes really beautiful cards and also uses mixed media products on her work. The card above looks like she has used embossing powder to give the chipboard an aged look or rusty look and it works so well. 
I  love miniature items in any form, and in scrapbooking there are lots of lovely examples of miniature projects around. When I came across Adriana's  mini layouts on playing cards, I fell in love with them and I am going to have to do some of my own. They are just perfect. 
There is something captivating about doing a whole page on a tiny card. Even although they are small, they still take quite a bit of time and are fiddly to make. Whilst you can use smaller items for your miniature project, you still have to make everything fit. and there is an art to it. Adrianna's cards are a outstanding example of just how charming miniature scrapbooking can be.
So now we have to say goodbye to our friend.
We wish Adrianna success in everything thing she does and all the best in 2018.
I hope we can still catch up from time to time.
Please feel free to give Adrianna your best wishes for the future.
thanks for looking