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Spotlight on a Designer: Emily Adams


Please welcome Emily Adams, our featured Designer for this installment of our Spotlight on a Designer series.

After four years of being the Education Coordinator for Magic Scraps , Emily Adams is about to turn over a new leaf and move on to new challenges. A tenured CKU professor, she will begin teaching online classes for CKU Home Study. She has been published in countless magazines and idea books and been featured on ten DIY Scrapbooking episodes. She is a Designer for Imagination Project.

Here are the questions we posed to Emily along with her answers:

How long have you been scrapbooking? What got you started?

{Emily} I started scrapbooking at age 8 when I entered the Junior Chef of Dallas competition. We had to create a scrapbook cookbook of our experiences. As far as “modern scrapbooking”, well, I was an art student and always liked working in collage. I guess I officially started shortly after I was married in 1999. My mother-in-law was a CM consultant – still is.

Layout by Emily Adams, “Tween.”

What inspires and motivates you to create if you get a creative block?

{Emily} I like to brainstorm with my scrapbooking friends – I really like to talk through or work through problems. I work best when I throw out about 50 ideas then toss out the extreme ones and develop the ones I really like. Also, I’ll try anything – which I think is a good thing. I’ve made some colossal messes (melted slides, dented floors, melted carpet, smashed table, strange reactions with pool chemicals and paper pulp – all scrap accidents), but I’ve made some unusual break throughs because I was thinking outside the box.

What are your favorite techniques of the moment?

{Emily} It seems like everything I do gets either acrylic paint or distress ink these days…

What are your favorite products?

{Emily} So many…I go through so much cut & dry foam – it’s ridiculous. I use it on ink & paint. I’m using a lot more acrylic paint these days & the new crackle accents from Ranger. I could roll around in Ranger products all day and be perfectly happy. Um, I like Junkitz big flowers as well as their newspaper flowers & Imagination Project’s coasters & cotton art tape. Making Memories foam stamps, Technique Tuesday stamps, 7 Gypsies hardware, Alexander Henry fabric….oopsie. Guess I got a little carried away about the stuff. I love my stuff…

What are your most essential scrapbooking tools?

{Emily} Paper trimmer, scissors, killer paper piercer, cheap tape runner, heavy duty double sided tape, paint, my vintage photo distress ink pad, my black archival ink pad and cut & dry foam!

What do you think is the hottest trend in scrapbooking? What do you predict for future trends?

{Emily} Everything goes right now…I feel the predominant style is influenced by late 60’s and early 70’s design {regarding the boho chic movement, the use of birds in designs, and the doodle craze which echoes 70’s stylized graffiti}. Ask a nerd a question…get a nerdy answer. 🙂

Do you have any tips for getting published?

{Emily} Don’t be discouraged. Scrap with your own style and voice – they can spot your genuine personality shining through your page.

“Love & Cherish” by Emily Adams

Are there any other Designers that inspire you?

{Emily} Well, gosh – Tracy White for her amazing, heart-wrenching honesty and beautiful words, Teresa Collins, Debby Schuh & Deb Perry to name a few. I also get really inspired by the incredible hard work the people in this industry do – Ashley Smith, Ginger Rohlfs & Tim Holtz come to mind as a few of the tireless powerhouses…

What project are you working on now? Do you have any sneak peeks to share?

{Emily} I am pretty busy right now…I am gearing up to launch my own website, I am also starting a newsletter with updates on my teaching schedule and the scoop on my next “big thing”. {more later, I’ll tell you as soon as I can} You can sign up by emailing [email protected]. I am also getting ready to film classes with CKU Home Study and developing a whole new roster of classes to teach privately next year. Check my blog for more details

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One Comment

  1. Kandice
    September 13th, 2006Posted | Permalink

    Thanks for featuring Emily! She’s an awesome scrapper and a WONDERFUL friend! I’ve had her as a professor too, and she’s fantastic. Not only talented, but funny too. 🙂 Way to go Emily! Keep up the good work and good luck with your future endeavors!

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