The Stashbuster | A Scrapper’s Style Interview with Amy Mallory
Hi Amy, welcome to Simply Tiffany Studios! Please tell us about yourself and your digital scrapbooking beginnings.
I am a former Middle School teacher who now teaches my own children at home. I own a small photography business called Snap and Scrap by Amy Mallory. I have been scrapbooking for a decade and made the switch to digi in 2008. I have such a strong connection with scrapbooking and it is a part of my everyday life!
Your style is show-stopping gorgeous; loads of eye-candy within a single page. How would you describe your style in three words?
Dimensional: I love to layer! I like to create digital layouts with depth and dim
ension. I want my digi pages to have a traditional, paper-page look. I achieve this by using lots and lots of layers! I have been known as the “stash buster” because of the length of my supply list.
Eclectic: After reading your eBook, I realized that I am a mix of the 3 styles discussed. The foundation of my page starts with a linear approach. I often use grids and strong lines to set the stage. From there I begin to layer. After I have built up those layers I will often add an artistic element by using blending techniques.
Bold: I am not afraid of color and believe it shows on my pages. I tend to use vibrant colors in my product choices. I also enjoy using bold photo treatments for the photos that I scrap. I enjoy bringing in a bold statement with a specific design concept. For example, I may get bold with a certain shape like circles or hexagons.
I can definitely see how you mix all three major digital scrapbooking styles. And that’s not an easy feat. Sometimes, we refer to it as a chameleon style too. So, Stashbuster — love the term by the way, is layering your unique calling card?
Yes, it would definitely be layering. I think of it as a 7 layer dip. I may not use all 7 of these on every single page, but I do use most of them each time…
The layers from the bottom up are:
- Photos/Patterned Paper
A seven layer dip — a useful analogy indeed. From your example, I’m able to visualize how you piece a page together. On average, how long does it take for you to complete a page?
Time flies when I am scrapbooking. It takes about 2-3 hours for me to a complete a page, but it doesn’t feel like it takes that long.
And has your style evolved over time?
My style has evolved since the beginning of my digital scrapbooking journey. I didn’t use drop shadows because I didn’t know anything about them at first. I could not scrap without them now. Even though I cringe when I look at my totally flat pages, I count it as a blessing in disguise. This led me to my love of layering. Before, I just kept adding layers trying to achieve that realistic paper look, not realizing that I needed to add shadows. So this shadow ignorance led me to my current style.
That’s actually kind of funny. I too remember the days when shadows seemed so unnecessary on my pages. Now a page doesn’t seem complete without them. Do you ever attempt to step outside of your style comfort zone?
Oh yes! I love to experiment with different styles. In fact it is hard for me to even believe that I have my own recognizable style because of my experimentation. Sometimes I am in the mood to use major white space while other times I have elements bleeding off the side of the page. Even though I do try many different things in my scrapbooking — in the end, my eyes are the final judge. The design has to sit right in the pocket or I am not satisfied. Sometimes a simple adjustment is needed like linking all the layers and shrinking them down.
Okay Stashbuster, what types of digital kits work with your style and who are your go-to designers?
I am drawn to kits with vibrant colors and whimsical elements. That is the eye candy that I go to first. I then mix this kind of kit with a vintage kit. The vintage kits are where I get my mats and frames. I love the look of combining whimsy with vintage.
My go – to designers are Katie Pertiet and Lynn Grieveson from Designer Digitals. They both create beautiful dimensional products that work well with my style.
And who inspires you as a page designer?
Oh wow! I could fill up a whole book with this question. I am equally inspired by paper pages and digi pages. I could seriously spout off 20 names for each, but I will narrow it down to my 2 current scrapbook crushes. Paper scrapper – Marcy Penner. I love how she uses paper layers!
And Digi Scrapper – Melissa Sill. I love how she has such an eye for a coherent design!
You’ve already provided us with a wealth of information that works for a chameleon and layered types of styles? Care to share anything else to inspire?
Try out some layering. It’s simple. Grab a mat or an extra piece of paper and slide it under your photo. Or add some brush work to your background paper. I often add my layers out of order. These layers add the details needed for an interesting page without being overkill. Anyone can layer!
And one last tip – try using bold photo treatments to allow your photos to pop and be the star of the page!
Here here, Amy! Thank you for sharing your style thoughts with us today. And please continue to inspire us with your beautiful, digitally-dimensional pages. I know I am inspired!
About this Interview
Scrapper’s Style interviews are an extension of Scrapper’s Style | the eBook, which helps digital crafters identify their own, unique style and ultimately build better scrapbook pages. With proven strategies for digital scrapbookers, the book offers in-depth tips for linear, layered, and artistic layouts. Check back here every Monday for a new Scrapper’s Style Interview.Posted by Tiffany | 6 comments