Hello I’m Emma Trout, a full-time mother and wife juggling all that life throws at me with my passion for crafting. I live in the UK with my husband and my two teenage boys-who have embraced my hobby, ignored the mess I make when creating and enjoyed the journey with me!
I am primarily a scrapbooker and usually work in A4 format. I love to layer and embellish my pages and use doodling, mists and paint too. One of the greatest things about my hobby...the great people I have met and the wonderful places I have visited.
I have been published in several magazines, The Pencil Lines sketch book and I am very happy to be a design team member for Webster’s Pages and Scrap365.
Thank you SO much for having me as a Special Guest Detective at CSI. I look forward to seeing what you create too!
What is your favorite color(s) to work with? Aqua/teal...I adore working in the blue spectrum (Lucky considering I have boys!).
What would you say is your "fingerprint" on your scrapbook pages? (i.e., what do most of your pages have that make it your signature style?) Doodling, outlining and layering.... I think every page has that nowadays. I also use a lot of misting too.
What do you find most challenging when working on a layout? Titles. Sometimes my layout is complete all bar the title and it can be a struggle to get it finished.
What is your favorite part about CSI--the colors, the stories, or the inspiration? Hmmm, that’s a really difficult question. I love the colour combinations.....but I have been VERY inspired by the inspiration.
Confession time. Okay, fess up! What secret do you not want to admit but are willing to confess here? I yearn to have the ability to be a simple scrapbooker! I admire that style so much but I just cannot do it. There are some awesome pages out there with a very strong design style and that can be very hard (as a detail and layer scrapper) to achieve!
You can visit my blog, Scraps of My Mind, to see more about me!
I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have you as our Special Agent this month, Emma! I love your doodling and outlining--wish I knew how to do all that cool stamping/misting/masking stuff you do in your background.
Thank you so much for inviting me Debbie. I love your site and the inspiration is IMMENSE!
The stamping/misting/painty stuff is often done with a piece of kitchen sponge and acrylic paint...a bit like dry-brushing with a sponge :)
Welcome Emma! I am a huge fan of you and LOVE the work you do for WP! (Sigh). So beautiful. I also wish that I could make a more simple layout once in awhile, I have been trying so hard to work on that. It would help and be such a time saver to do a more simple, yet beautiful layout every-now and then! :)
Thank you Adrienne! That is so kind of you.
So, I tried to be a bit more C&S with my next layout...it still didn't work! Ha
Welcome Emma ... I too would love to do minimal with lots of white space .. for me more is better then add some LOL !!! have fun here at CSI as a special agent solving the cases ... looking forward to seeing your work ... cheers X:)
Hello Annette! It's good to know I am not the only one with a simpler scrapping desire but I totally know what you mean about more IS better :) Thank you for the kind welcome
Wooohooo Miss Emma! absolutely fab having you as our Special Agent this month, you know I've been a stalker for years ;)) Your style is the one and only Emma style, unimitable and utterly utterly fabulous! Cheers! xoxo
Eila, it is SO nice to meet you here too <3 Your kind words of support have always meant so much to me.
See you around this month ;) xo
Hi Emma! So excited to have you as a Special Agent - I agree with you - titles are tough..I always struggle with them myself.
This makes me feel so much better!! Thank you for your warm welcome :)
Welcome Emma!! So excited to have you here and I have the same issues with titles...they drive me insane. I have to ask, but what exactly is A4 format?? I'm intrigued and curious now. Can't wait to see what you come up with for the case files!
Hi Shaunery! A4 is the European equivalent to 8.5 x 11" (slightly longer one side and smaller the other). You can hardly tell a difference :)
Thank you for the welcome!