Hi, my name is Elaine. I am quite old this year, live with my husband David and 8 children and 2 foster children. We live in Wales in the UK, and have done for the past 10 years.
My interests are Scrapbooking - nothing new there! I started 3 years ago when my husband thought I might like the hobby and got me a starter kit - he regrets it now!! I love taking photos and have recently upgraded my camera and got some good lenses, hopefully it should enable me to get better photos - you never know!
I love gardening, and have a large garden that is open to the public for charity. I love swimming too, and help coach the team my youngest swims for.
In my spare time (haha) I like to go out with the family, to take photos of course!
What is your favorite color(s) to work with? When scrapping I love to use lots of colour, mainly the colours in the photos I'm using, I hardly ever use black and white photos - I think that's cheating! I use a lot of orange, blue and red.
What would you say is your "fingerprint" on your scrapbook pages? My pages are quite busy, and I find white space almost impossible to do and white backgrounds! I love to ink with distress inks, tear, stamp, scrunch up and distress my papers, I love cutting out the papers, and making my own flowers.
What do you find most challenging when working on a layout? I'd love to be more creative in my journaling, and to actually put some on my LO's.
What is your favorite part about CSI--the colors, the stories, or the inspiration? Probably trying to get all the colours and photos to fit together. 5 different colours is quite hard, but I love the challenge!
Confession time. Okay, fess up! What secret do you not want to admit but are willing to confess here? I'm a bit of a box-a-holic....I love interesting storage boxes, there is one shop that has some really lovely ones and I keep popping in to see, and usually buy some more...I have far too many and I need to put some stuff in them, so at least then they would be useful ! (Don't tell my husband)...
To see more of my work, please visit my blog, A Distressed Scrapper.
LOL, Elaine--you're not old! So happy to have you as a Special Investigator this month! Love your beautiful, vibrant work. I'm with you on the white space--I love how it looks, but I just can't seem to master it on my pages. And I laughed at your confession. I love and keep boxes too!
Welcome to CSI Elaine! Beautiful work, Elaine, You work is always bright and stands out in the gallery! and so excited to see what you create! LOVE your confession.
Your garden sounds so interesting. I started a garden this year- do you have any tips on how NOT to kill the plants?!?! LOL!
I discovered it helps if you remember to water them !!!!
Hi Elaine !!! definitely NOT OLD !!!! great to see you on CSI as an investigator!!! love your vibrant LOs ... I have storage boxes filled with layouts under my DHs bed !!!! LOL !!!
Hello hello Elaine! Old? hogwash my dear! tee hee all with you on the white space, no can do no matter how hard i try! Super great to have you as a Special Investigator in June. Cheerio!
Hi! what great pages you create! Looking forward to see what you come up to trouhout june:-)
And 8 kids and 2 fosterkids! Busy wowan:-) It's so great that there are people out there who takes in fosterkids. Me and my husband hope to do that some day.
Enjoy summer in your lovely garden:-)
I wish I had too many storage boxes at home, all mine are filled to the rim!
I am the same as you with white space, love how it looks and often intend to leave white space on my layouts, but tend to fill it up.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful layouts with us!
Hi Elaine...I popped over to say hi and to wish you lots of strenght to cope with your hubby not being well....Loved how we have many things in common...my problem is that i have 3 large boxes of boxes i want to alter in my store-room..anyway...keep well hugs zeffy
Congrats - your work is wonderful and no you aren't that old - I got you I'm sure!
Great to have you on the team this month.
I love your work.
Great to get to know a bit about you.
Your garden sounds amazing.
I had to laugh at your box addiction!
Off to check out your blog x