Polly Picks – Amanda

Written by The Lilypad. Posted in Blog, Challenges, Polly Picks

Every two weeks we ask one of our staff members to choose their favorite products in the shop.  Then we put those products on sale!  Our latest Polly Picks sale includes products chosen by the fabulous Amanda (MandayKay):     Amanda (MandaKay) is another of our longtime Pollys, and one that I can happily say I’ve met in person.  She is the sweetest person and a fantastic scrapper to boot.  She is a girl after my own heart and refers to herself as a template queen.  One stroll through her gallery and you’ll see a perfect mix of clean pages with pops of color and happy photos of her adorable three girls and then a fun messy artsy page thrown in here and there for good measure too.  I asked Amanda to describe her style, and this is what she had to say:
I have a hard time describing my scrapbooking “style”. I don’t know if I fit into one box. I guess I   would say that I tend to scrapbook in more the traditional paper scrapbooking, in the sense that I like   for everything to make sense on the page, like it would be something I could have accomplished in   paper scrapping. I am not really very artsy, so my go-to tool is a good template! I love a good   patterned paper, but I always have to have a great solid paper to ground my page and to journal on! I   enjoy scrapbooking as an art and an outlet, but for me, it really is about getting the pages in my books   for my kids (I was the youngest of 5 kids, and I have VERY few pictures or memories captured from   my childhood, so I am making up for it with my kids!)”
  Here is some fantastic inspiration from Amanda:   Each page above is linked so you can go to the gallery and leave Amanda some love. Or just go to the sale right now, and make your own fun projects with the products Amanda chose! These particular products will be on sale for two weeks. 
Are you up for a challenge? There is one that goes with this Polly Picks sale. It is HERE in the forum and you could be the winner of a $5 coupon to spend in the TLP shop!  Random.org selected the winner of our last Polly Picks – Mary  challenge.  Post number 4 – VinGirl is the winner!  She created this lovely page!  Congratulations!
So check out Amanda’s picks and show us what you can do!  I can’t wait to see your pages!    

The Slightly Mysterious World of M3 (Mixed Media Monthly)

Written by The Lilypad. Posted in Blog, M3, Mixed Media Monthly

I know you’ve all seen the Mixed Media Monthly kit and add-ons. I’m pretty sure you’ve probably wondered about what goes on in the Mixed Media forum. And I would hazard a guess that you may have even considered why you should make the leap from traditional scrapping to using mixed media supplies. I promise you, it really isn’t scary.

There seems to be a big imaginary division in those who scrap traditional pages, and those who play with mixed media. Of course there are those who straddle both sides of the fence as well, but it is sort of ironic to me because when I first started scrapping (and hoarding supplies) at the Lilypad, it seemed that pages here were a lot messier and less traditional. That is what drew me to the Pad. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with traditional pages. I love to scrap traditional style. I also love the clean and/or minimal look but, cannot for the life of me, seem to pull it off. For me, the freedom of being able to play around with texture and color is amazing. I also appreciate the fact that I can create a page without having a perfect picture to go with it. I can use word art or elements that are symbolic/placeholders for things that are going on in life. I can explore another dimension to this wonderful hobby by mixing it up a bit. I can draft poems or letters to my family. I can make mistakes. I can expand. I can try new things.

That is one of the reasons that the Lilypad is one of the best places in digi-land. We can have the best of every style and the opportunity to try out all sorts of different things. Mixed media supplies do not have to be used solely for art journal type pages. It is perfectly okay to use them for traditional scrap pages. Heck, you can even use the M3 stuff with templates (and there is a template included in the monthly kit). It is all good.

Pages don’t have to be filled with some deep dark secrets or express profound emotion. You can create just for the sake of creating. You can explore texture and color. You can have fun. You can be silly. You can laugh.

In the M3 forum, there are monthly challenges with fabulous prizes, tutorials, random bits of inspiration, designer chatter, and links to expand your scrapping horizon. And pages. Glorious pages. Pages filled with fun & whimsy. Pages filled with emotion and expression. Pages with a special touch that takes it to the next level.

If you are feeling adventurous, check it out. Join in. Push beyond your comfort zone to try something new.

Or take another look at this month’s products and some pages of inspiration and think about it again.

by Zinzilah


by dvhoward


by MiekSter

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