Hi everyone, my name is Sonia Thomason and I am incredibly excited to part of the My Mind’s Eye Team for July. I live in Perth, Western Australia with my husband of 16 years, Kym and my gorgeous daughters Alexandra (Alex) who is 6 and Isabella who is 4 years old.
Now my husband is blog shy when it comes to having his photo shown to all and sundry, so you’ll have to believe me that he does exist and helped create our two gorgeous daughters who are the general target of my camera and resulting scrapbook pages. He is very tolerant of my scrapbooking addiction and luckily has a slight golf addiction himself so doesn’t check my ever growing stash of goodies that is threatening to take over the house!
I know I’m not alone when I say I love shopping for new products and tools as much as I enjoy actually scrapbooking with them. My excuse is you can’t have a fat day with patterned paper and you can always find an embellishment to fit – unlike my jeans that never do! So how did I start this fabulously enjoyable creative journey I find myself on? I was invited to a crop party at a friend’s house in 2004 and I went along to have a cup of tea and a bit of a break from being Mom to a 1 year old while having no idea what scrapbooking actually was. I fell in love with what I saw people doing and went hunting the next day for a local scrapbooking store and I haven’t looked back since.
I love the ‘me’ time that scrapbooking gives me. The ability to lose myself in creating something just for the fun of it while at the same time capturing all of these precious memories that we might otherwise forget as time goes by. I have made some fantastic friendships and experienced some wonderful times that I might not have had if I wasn’t involved in this fabulous craft.
The first My Mind’s Eye papers I remember using were from the Bohemia and 29th Street Market ranges as I loved the vintage feel of them. Since then the ranges that stick in my mind are the Bella Bella range, Bloom & Grow, Love Me Do and the current So Sophie range.
I also find myself using the accessories from the Lush range over and over again - I love the chipboard alphas, brads, jewels and ribbons. If I had to pick a one thing as my favourite right now (which isn’t easy with so much choice!) I’d have to say the So Sophie Charming range. The blues, greens and brown are just so gorgeous to work with and I love all of the wonderful accessories that are in the range.
So here are some of my favourite My Mind’s Eye layouts from the past to the present. It’s amazing how much our styles change over time but that makes it more fun to look back on.
Thank you for sticking with me – I am a bit of a chatterbox at times!! I hope we all have a fabulous July together and I can’t wait to see what’s happening for this month.
We are thrilled to have Sonia as our Guest Designer this month. Leave Sonia some love for Sonia on this blog post by midnight, Monday, July 12 and you’ll be entered into a contest to WIN “Sonia’s Favorite Things”