Ruby Rock-It

Welcome our guest designer, Erin Morehouse

by Ruby Rock-It Bella! Fundamentals | May 29, 2012

Hello Ruby Rock-It Bella! Fundamentals fans, today we have a treat for you...some gorgeous creations from our guest, Erin Morehouse!

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I'm Erin Morehouse, May guest designer from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where I live with my husband and 3 gorgeous boys. I've always been the type to have my hands into something crafty; I think I learned to crochet before I could read! Five years ago I assumed scrapbooking would just be another passing interest but I was instantly hooked, and have not looked back since. A stay at home mom, with a bachelors degree in Art History and Studio Art, I find myself itching to constantly explore different techniques and styles, using papercrafting and photography as my main creative outlets. I am slowly rediscovering mixed media and finding fun ways to incorporate my scrapbooking and art supplies into projects.I am driven by challenge, and love coming up with new ideas to solve problems, or find fresh uses for older product. I love adding touches of whimsy to my pages, and enjoy the process of creating as much as I enjoy the final product.

I'm very excited to share my Ruby Rock-it creations with you today, but I'm going to be honest. When I first opened my kit and I found out I was going to be working with The August Moon Collection as May's guest designer, I was slightly taken aback. You see I'm a girl who loves playful patterns and bold colours. It's not the flowers that scared me, in fact, I often use them on pages of my boys along with silly bands, googley eyes and monsters. Pastel tones, and romantic themes I did find slightly terrifying. I put the box aside, and peered cautiously into it every now and again, until the wheels started to turn, and something ( or someone ;) started hollering at me to just throw myself into it. I also realized that this collection was perfect for some very important photos that I was also avoiding; my wedding photos ( courtesy of http://www.longlade.com/ Wendy Longlade Photography). Now that I've used every last pearl, and discovered the joy of fussy cutting romantic florals, I must say this was the exact collection that I never knew I needed, and that I will never be afraid of another pastel again!

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This first layout features flowers that were handmade from diecut, punched and fussy cut papers from the collection. I curled and layered the flowers to give them dimension, and added a touch of dye ink markers to the petals before filling the centers with pearls. I added glossy dimensional medium to the fussy cut Hydrangeas, and punched the little cosmos from the tags, using the hole of the tag as the flower center.

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This second layout was the result of a little experimenting I did with the awesome glittered diecut sheet, and my electronic cutter. The original plan was to cut a lace pattern into the center of the diecut, and use it on a page, but when I removed it from the cutting mat, I new I needed to use the cutout shapes instead. a bit more work with the glue, but worth it in the end.

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Finally, a card. I packed this 6 x 6 card with all the fussy cut flowers I could, punched leaves from tags, some lace trim, and the large flower made from the pom pom trim and every last pearl. 

I love it when I'm presented with a challenge that feels way out of my comfort zone, and ends with a very pleasant surprise.

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We asked Erin some questions...

Where does your inspiration come from? I often get inspired by supplies (old and new), but I think assimilate ideas from anything and everything around me without really realizing it.

What is your go to tool? You mean the one I'm constantly picking up off my desk and putting back into my tote? My Cricut spatula! I don't actually use my Cricut, but that spatula rocks for lifting edges of paper, photos, or moving letter stickers when I inevitably change my mind about something.

What is YOUR signature item (the one thing that ALWAYS ends up in your projects)? Lately, it's been rabbits. I could tell you it's my Viva Decor Pens, or borders on my pages, but no, just look for a rabbit...

Name one thing that people might be surprised to know about you? I love medieval art and architecture.

Do you have any other hobbies? Not that scrapbooking leaves me time for much else, but I have been known to do a few needlecrafts, read, and mess around with art supplies.

Thanks to Rachel and Erin for this amazing opportunity!

Please visit Erin at her blog for more of her beautiful creations!

Have a wonderful day ahead!

Erin

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