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We are so excited to welcome the very talented Anabelle O’Malley as our guest designer for February! Anabelle chose the Prism collection and had a great time playing with it, as you’ll see by the projects she created.








As you can see, Anabelle enjoys scrapbooking and cardmaking, and clearly she’s very good at both!




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Her fussy, geometric style is perfect for the 8.5×11 vertical page, her favorite format.


Here’s a bit more about Anabelle:

“Hi! I’m Anabelle O’Malley!  I live in Delaware with my husband and our eleven year old son, Ryan along with our orange tabby, Pulu. I work at the University of Delaware at the laboratory preschool teaching pre- kindergarten and kindergarten children, as well as the university students.

I’ve been paper crafting for the past ten years and have loved every minute of it. It truly is my creative outlet. The best part has been working with and meeting so many wonderful people who are as passionate about paper crafting as I am. As a child, I would spend hours drawing and making cards for people, so this is just a natural extension of my love for all things paper. Along with creating layouts, I still love card making and trying out new techniques. My creations contain lots of texture and details, layering and clustering. I love embellishments!

When I’m not teaching or scrapping, I can be found enjoying time with friends and family, cooking, reading, hitting the gym or spending too much time online. I’m so excited to be Guest Designing for Basic Grey this month. Thanks for the opportunity to work with such fun products!”
Before we let Anabelle go, we asked her the BG Baker’s Dozen:

Favorite color: Aqua
Buttons or brads: Brads

Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz: Dr. Oz

Dots or stripes: Dots

Mac or PC: PC

Ribbon or twine: Twine

Ninjas or pirates: Ninjas

Google or Yahoo: Google

Sweet or salty: Salty

Chipboard or wood veneer: Chipboard

Mountains or beach: Beach for sure!!!

Dog or cat: Cat

Cake or pie: Pie


Hmm, we think she likes the beach! :) Anabelle, thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us and being our guest designer!


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Sarah Webb: Inspiration is everywhere. I find that when I am browsing Pinterest, I can plug in just about any word and lots of great results come back to me. For today’s post, I decided to look for some circle inspiration and this is what I came up with.







What I love about this are the strong colors and the white negative space. It’s a look that I wanted to use for the background of a page. I cut out 3″x3″ squares and then used my set of thin metal dies to cut out the circles. I started the page with turquoise and blues from the Adrift collection for the strong color, as seen in the inspiration piece. I liked the look but missed the softenss of the paint, so added a piece of vellum over top.




As I worked to create the page, I picked elements that would match and help maintain the balance of the page. On example would be the journaling card from the Second City collection, Lakeview paper, that is tucked under the picture. The pop of red and the saying were perfect details for the page.




I was deliberate with my visual triangle on this page -choosing to use red, yellow and turquoise. Once I decided on my colors, it was easy to pull out elements from the different collections to work with the page.




Quick little details were added to finish off the page including enamel dots, twine and a heard sticker from the Aurora collection.


I hope I have inspired you to mix up your collections and check out all the possibilities for inspiration!

Thanks for visiting.


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