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Spotlight on a Designer: Rebecca Sawyer

Rebecca Sawyer joins us for this installment of ScrapScene’s Spotlight on a Designer series. For past spotlight interviews, please click here.

Rebecca was the winner of our Mini Books contest. You can see her winning entry here. Rebecca is quite prolific in her mini album creation, you can see her “chunky”rebeccasawyertimesremembered.jpg albums in this gallery here. There are more galleries of her work linked in the sidebar of her blog. As well, she sells her artwork in her Etsy shop, “Scraps of Time.” While visiting Rebecca’s blog, make sure you check out the tutorials she has linked in the left sidebar. Rebecca makes her home in Northwestern USA with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Below are the questions we posed to Rebecca along with her responses:

{ScrapScene} Please tell us a little about yourself and your family.

{Rebecca Sawyer} Fortunately, I have a wonderfully supportive family; my girls understand my passions as does my husband. They put up with my craziness like working all night and getting to bed at 6am., “scraps” covering the floor and dragging under foot throughout the house, the trash being filled a couple of times a day, water bowls filled with gluey credit cards (which I use for evenly spreading glue) soaking by the kitchen sink, having to stop on our walks to pick up that “not to be left behind” trinket on the sidewalk,rebeccasawyerseasidememories.jpg and of course, the “I can’t do that today, I’ve got to get these kits out!” I am very thankful for the patience of my family and for the time I am able to spend doing what I love to do.

{ScrapScene} How did you first get into scrapbooking?

{Rebecca Sawyer} At least 10 years ago, while looking through the girls’ traditional, store bought photo albums, I realized that I wanted these albums to not only show how they grew, but the times we were going through, the feelings that were present. I discovered “mini” albums on Ebay and thought, “Yes, that is more personal, and with journaling, more how I want the memories kept.” Around the same time, my sister was researching our family history. I dove into that history and became intrigued with those who came before us and how if it weren’t for their experiences, we wouldn’t be who we are. I decided that it was important for us to try to understand and preserve this history. I loved the looks, smells and touch of the old papers and photographs, but knew if these weren’t kept in a safe place, we could lose these wonderful pieces to the ages. I was also began playing with altering books.rebeccasawyertwasthenight.jpg Somehow all of these ideas turned toward altered book albums and distressed/vintage mini albums. My girls’ albums are still incomplete, but some day…

{ScrapScene} How would you define your style?

{Rebecca Sawyer} I guess I would describe my style as vintage, sometimes quirky, interactive and fun.

{ScrapScene} What is your favourite scrapbooking subject?

{Rebecca Sawyer} Oh my gosh, every subject I decide to create an album on is my favorite!

{ScrapScene} Do you have a favourite technique you’d like to tell us about?

{Rebecca Sawyer} I guess two of my favorite techniques are tearing and inking the pages and tags. I really do love that “old” feeling, it creates mystery and intrigue. I have tried to do a straight album, meaning, no tearing or distressing, but after getting a page done, it just doesn’t “feel” right unless I grunge it up!

{ScrapScene} What are your favorite materials/products?rebeccasawyerscraptable.jpg

{Rebecca Sawyer} Paper, metals, glass, fabric, nature. Some of my favorite products are Ancient Page’s “chocolate” ink, Daisy D’s, Cosmo Cricket, Melissa Frances, BasicGrey and 7gypsies papers and goodies.

{ScrapScene} What are your most essential tools?

{Rebecca Sawyer} Ah, my Japanese hole punch and Ancient Page’s “chocolate” ink.

Rebecca shares a photo of her scrap table in the photo shown above. She tells us, “tis only a space… for now.”

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One Comment

  1. September 18th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    Thanks Rebecca for sharing all these !
    and oh myyy… for someone busy like you….you creative space is pretty …neat and clean !!! 🙂

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