Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Hi everyone! Kylie here with our first GALLERY GIRLS feature for 2012! YAY! :o) Over a year ago SP began sharing these wonderfully sweet and all-inspiring blog posts! We haven’t had one for a little while, so I think it is a perfect time to remind ourselves what these features are all about…so here is a little explanation: all of our ‘regular’ gallery posters that we love and feel that we have almost come to ‘know’ – SP affectionately refers to as her ‘GALLERY GIRLS’ :o) – and every once and a while we spotlight a ‘new girl’! To catch up on all our past ‘gallery girls’ (we absolutely adore each and every one of them and their outta-this-world scrapping talents) click HERE or on your visits to the blog you’ll find the Gallery Girls category down the right side of the blog…just a simple click away from friendly faces, a little chat and layout after layout of digi-scrapping delights!
These are such fun blog posts to work on…a definite fave, for sure! I really enjoy getting to know everyone better and I’m always inspired during the process…and I hope you guys are too! Of course, this time was no different and I’m so, so unbelievably excited to share our next ‘gallery girl’ with you! For our first twenty-twelve feature, I got to work with the gorgeous Gloria…though you might know her better as chocochoco :o)
Gloria joined us over a year ago and regularly pops in with a gem of a creation!! It has been lovely to watch her style evolve. I always look forward to each and every beautiful page that hits her gallery!…they are a true feast for the eyes! Time and time again she successfully marries her black & white photos with a flurry of richly patterned papers and tons of decorative elements. Goodness me, soooo much time and effort put into each page!! Her clustering is incredible and the depth she creates with her bold shadowing is amazing. Her layouts always have this fabulous 3-dimensional feel (like a paper tole creation, in my opinion)…you can almost reach out and touch layer upon layer. Works of art…little masterpieces…to showcase her precious family photos. Gloria is such a sweetheart and her love of family comes across in every single page :o)
Be sure to scroll down so you don’t miss the new layouts Gloria created specifically for this feature! She will also be uploading all of these new layouts to her gallery…so you can see larger images and more info about each there :o)
…a HAPPY page to begin with! Ahhh-mazing huh?!
Now, on with the interview…
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF…
My name is Gloria aka chocochoco in the digiland. I lived in Jakarta, Indonesia with my beloved parents, charming little brother, and sweet little sister. Besides scrapping, I enjoy reading and listening to music.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SCRAPPING DIGITALLY…AND DID YOU EVER GIVE PAPER SCRAPPING A TRY?
I’ve been digi scrapping for almost three years and haven’t tried any paper scrapping before. At first I was addicted to editing my photos with brushes and shapes and a friend of mine told me something new. She told me about Shabby Princess free kits and I have totally fallen in love with digital scrapbooking.
…creative beyond belief - Gloria takes our kits to a whole new level with these two beauties! How cool are those layered frames!!
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR SCRAPPING STYLE?
I’m still trying to discover my style because it keeps changing as I try new things but I absolutely love clustering and using lots of pattern papers.
WHAT IS THE FIRST COMPONENT OF EACH PAGE YOU CREATE…OR DOES IT VARY FROM PAGE TO PAGE?
I usually start with a theme and designs and then choose the kit that I want to use. Then I layer the papers and elements and then add a title and maybe some journaling. I find that journaling is the hardest part. As you see, I rarely do my own journaling. I usually use quotes or poems or song lyrics.
…no holding back with this layout for her handsome ‘super’ brother. Who says you can’t use flowers for guy layouts!! And Gloria always manages to create wonderful texture on her pages…what a sweet and sunny page on the right.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LAYOUT (TO DATE) AND WHY?
I think my favorite is The Fated Bond because I’m using my favorite kits and also two wonderful templates (Shabby Princess Easy-As-Pie Template Challenge Three and Shabby Princess Ad Inspiration Template One). I just love how everything came together :)
…and no surprise it’s our favorite too!!
WHAT TIP/TECHNIQUE DO YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU WISH YOU HAD KNOWN WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED SCRAPPING DIGITALLY?
I wish I knew how to add realistic touch to my page. When I first started scrapbooking (digitally, since I haven’t tried paper scrapping) I didn’t know how to set a drop shadow properly. I just put some papers and elements and added some photos. I was a little disappointed when I saw the result. But now I think I’ve found my favorite drop shadow style :)
WHAT IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE INSPIRES YOU IN YOUR SCRAPBOOKING?
My inspiration come from magazines, songs, movies, and of course my little cousins and family. I also look through pinterest and galleries to get some ideas.
…more gorgeousness from Gloria!
TECH STUFF :o) Tell us about your camera and software!
I have Canon Digital IXUS 1000HS and I wish I could have my own DSLR asap. lol. I also have both Photoshop Elements 7 and CS4 but mostly use the CS4.
FAST FIVE FACTS!
Favorite COLOR: I love white and any shades of blue. Please don’t make me choose. I just can’t. lol
Favorite FOOD: Anything made from chocolate
Favorite MOVIE: My Sister’s Keeper
Favorite SONG: Any song by Owl City and Big Bang
Favorite MEMORY: When I had a road trip with my whole big family, celebrated my grandpa’s 70th birthday. It was so much fun.
…and no better way to finish off than with a whole lot of LOVE and a beautiful sentiment!!
Gloria, a huge THANK YOU for being a part of the Shoppe’s community…and for letting us get to know you a little bit more! :o) It has been a joy! We all adore you here at the Shabby Shoppe…and can’t wait for your next incredible layout to hit the gallery!!!
THANKS for checking in with us today, so glad you did! I’ll see you back here tomorrow…same time, same place…to share the free APRIL desktop! See you then! :o)