Monday, August 4, 2014

Creative Blog Hop Tour

There is a very fun "Creative Blog Hop Tour" going around the blogosphere, and I'm so excited to be a part of it. It's almost like a TAG, you're it! Last Monday I was 'tagged' by my friend Lynn, and today I'll 'tag' another friend and she will post next Monday... and it goes on and on! This is a fun new way to meet new people in our creative circles.

I was tagged last week by the lovely Lynn Kopas. Our friendship is such a great example of how this hobby can bring total strangers together! She is one of the talented design team members in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, and I was thrilled to learn she was a New England crafter just like me! In April we actually had an opportunity to meet each other at an art class!

Lynn has so much talent and such a great eye for color. She has been published in several magazines, on great design teams (including Petaloo and Creative Imaginations), and is a Ranger Certified Educator. I'm lucky to have Lynn less than two hours away, so we have met up for artsy play dates 3 times now! Thank you, Lynn, for tagging me on this blog tour!

Now it's my turn to answer a few of the Blog Tour questions... here we goooo...

1) What am I working on?
I'm usually working on cards, scrapbook pages, or dabbling in my art journal. I love my stamps and am constantly practicing my Copic coloring, usually with Unity or Lawn Fawn stamps. I've also had a super fun summer and am currently waiting on more than 200 photos to arrive in the mail! Once I get those babies, I'll be scrapbooking up a storm!

Lynn and I were actually just together on August 1st and we all got messy in our journals. Here is a little collage of the latest page I started and finished with her.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
This is such a difficult question, especially since mixed media is so unique to each person. With my cards, layouts, and journal pages, a common theme is always COLOR! I use a lot of bright happy colors, and want to make cheerful and fun projects.

3)  Why do I create what I do?
The simple answer is that creating is an escape. Being creative is a constant growing experience and there's never an end point. I love the endless inspiration from people around me. The only negative to this hobby is the money that it steals out of my wallet!

4) How does your creative process work?
Well, I usually stare at a blank white card for quite a while. Grab some pretty papers. Grab some fun/new stamps. And then just hope something happens. I wish this wasn't true, but I almost never ever have a 'plan'. If there is a plan, it never gets carried out ha. This is my typical work day...

Enough about me! I'm ready to tag my crafty friend Donna Bowman! I don't even really know how we first met, just from commenting back and forth on each others' blogs (that's my best guess!). Then we were on the Play Date Cafe Challenge together and now  we run the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge! I met first met Donna in November 2012 when she visited NYC. Since then I've visited her in South Carolina AND... ironically enough, I am boarding a plane to visit her again in just a few hours!

It needs to be known that I hate this picture, because I have chipmunk stuffed my cheeks with gummy bears from Dylan's Candy Bar. Ha :)

Be sure to visit Donna's blog next Monday where she continues on this crafty blog tour!

<3 Rachel
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