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Recap of CK’s Online Chat with Elsie Flannigan

Creating Keepsakes hosted an online chat with Elsie Flannigan on Tuesday. Here is a brief summary of the highlights. (You can read the entire transcript here).

  • Elsie says that to break out of a rut, try scrapping a project for fun “like an art journal or a funky mini book”; she says that it is “the best way to break free of the scrapbooking rules”
  • the most essential scrapbooking tools to Elsie are things that are “beautiful” like “great photos, buttons, and lots of ribbon”
  • Elsie finds inspiration all around her: “fonts in buildings and street signs… magazines, books, music and stationery”; when she finds herself lacking in inspiration, Elsie takes a break and watches a movie or does something fun with her sister; she finds that walking away from it gives her a new perspective
  • Elsie is “definitely pursuing” the possibility of creating her own product line; “I really want to design product in the future”
  • if not working in the scrapbooking industry, Elsie figures she would be in the fashion industry
  • the doodling pens that Elsie uses are American Crafts Slick Write for photos or shiny surfaces, and also she likes the White Uniball Signo and the Black Sakura Gelly Roll
  • Elsie got started by submitting to CK and posting layouts on Two Peas in a Bucket
  • Elsie uses lots of glue dots for adhesive
  • when describing her new studio, Elsie says that she has lots of shelves and she loves “seeing all my stuff”; she uses Cropper Hopper vertical paper storage and is pleased that she can now organize her paper by color; she plans on hanging “lots of inspiring photos”; “new ones… vintage ones… and paintings”
  • Elsie sees future scrapbooking trends following “yellow, shiny and sparkly stuff… retro stuff… old school colors”
  • other hobbies of Elsie’s include painting and making necklaces
  • regarding digital layouts, although she is very inspired by them Elsie never does a 1oo% digital layout as she likes to “get my hands dirty”
  • Danielle Thompson is Elsie’s favorite scrapbooker; she is also inspired by Sabrina Ward Harrison and Gwen Stefani

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