This month we are absolutely thrilled to have Suzy Plantamura joining us. We adore Suzy's whimsical, vibrant, and playful style and we just knew she'd rock the MME.
She didn't disappoint. We are blown away by what Suzy created this month. We know you will be, too. Make sure to leave Suzy some love for her incredible projects!
Suzy's Bio:I’ve been scrapbooking since grade school, so I would rather not say how long that has been! I’ve been in the “scrapbooking industry” for over ten years. I’ve worked for several magazines including Memory Makers and Creating Keepsakes. I’ve also done freelance design work for several manufacturers including MAMBI, Love Elsie, Creative Imaginations, Maya Road, American Crafts, and am currently on the Project Life design team for Studio Calico. I have been spending most of my scrappy time doing project life as I love the way it allows me to document the every day details of our lives. I also love photography and doodling inspirational quotes that I like to include in my scrapbook projects. I live in Southern California with my husband, three kids, and two dogs. One of my favorite lines for years has been My Minds Eye, so I was super excited to be asked to be the guest designer this month!
Q:What did you have the most fun working with?
A:I loved working with all of
the products, but my favorite two My Minds Eye products are their washi
tape and enamel dots. I use them on everything I make! I really enjoyed
mixing all of the lines together for my projects including the new
Kate&Co lines and the two Rhonna Farrer lines.
Q:What is your favorite mme line of all time, why?
A:It would have to be My Girl because it encompasses all my favorites in scrapping: girly, colorful, happy, whimsical, and playful. I could use it on everything I make!
Baby Dog Meets Baby Ducks layout
Supplies; Kate&Co-Oxford Lane: Enamel Dots; Chipboard Buttons; From Me 12x12 Paper; 6x6 Paper Pad; Kate&Co-Cambridge Court: Chipboard Buttons; Bouquet 12x12 Paper; Bright Florals 12x12 Paper; Stripes 12x12 Paper; 12x12 Chipboard Accessories; Find Your Wings and Fly-Sky’s The Limit: 6x6 Paper Pad; Alpha/Word Stickers; 12x12 Sticker Accessories; Decorative Tape; Find Your Wings and Fly:Up and Away: Alpha/Word Stickers; 12x12 Sticker Accessories; The Sweetest Thing: Decorative Tape; Miss Caroline Twine
Suzy says:I’ve had these photos for almost a year, but never had the right products to do them justice. The yellows and grays in the Kate&Co lines were perfect!
I cut six 4” squares and punced 3” circles in the center of each. I printed four photos in 3x3 squares and also punched them into circles. I arranged the six squares in the center of my layout with a title in one, journaling in another, and four photos in the others.
I used vellum and a doily behind the squares to add a softer feel to the layout. The little sticker alpha words were perfect to describe the feelings in each photo! I added my two favorite products – washi tape and enamel dots to finish it off.
Cleaning Puppy Style layout
Supplies: Kate&Co-Oxford Lane: 12x12 Sticker Accessories; 6x6 Paper Pad; Kate&Co-Cambridge Court: 6x6 Paper Pad; Find Your Wings and Fly-Up and Away: Enamel Dots; Decorative Tape; Alpha/Word Stickers; 6x6 Paper Pad; 12x12 Chipboard Accessories;Find Your Wings and Fly- Sky’s The Limit: Decorative Brads; Enamel Dots; Decorative Tape; 6x6 Paper Pad; 12x12 Sticker Accessories; 12x12 Chipboard Accessories;
Suzy says:By the time I made this layout, I was out of ideas and creativity! My 22 year old son was in the room and saw a bunch of circles cut from different papers that I kept rearranging on the page trying to figure something out! He said to cut them in pie pieces and arrange them that way – bingo! This layout idea was born! (A why didn’t I think of that moment!).
I cut each circle in eight pie pieces and arranged them randomly into circles. I think this technique really shows off all the pretty paper designs well. Next, I asked my son for a title and he gave me that idea as well. I made it playful by using different colors and styles of letters. S
peaking of my puppy, she has eaten many of my beloved rolls of washi tape! I tried to use a roll that was chewed up and realized I loved the look of the messy edges. I layered two washi’s along the borders of the layout – with puppy teeth marks intact! A big thank you to my son for helping me get over my lack of creative energy slump!
Take a Picture it Lasts Longer layout
Supplies: My Girl: Pinwheel 12x12 Paper; 6x6 Paper Pad; Decorative Brads; Decorative Tape; Enamel Dots; Find Your Wings and Fly:Sky’s The Limit: Alpha/Word Stickers; Collectable–Unforgettable: Story Label Stickers(photo credit: Shanna Noel; photo includes Maggie Holmes)
Suzy says:I loved this photo taken at a recent retreat I went to with the design team for Studio Calico. It wasn’t a staged shot – we really were both trying to get a photo of the same thing and just ended up tangled up this way! I wanted to scrap it in a “special” way since it is my favorite photo from the trip. I used my all time favorite line – My Girl – as it is bright, cheerful, and playful...AND the colors matched!
punched circles out of the 6x6 paper pad and placed them around the
photo. I attached them to a piece of vellum and placed that over a piece
of white cardstock. I added some more circles, confetti made out of the
papers, and sequins between the vellum and cardstock. I closed the
seams with washi tape. I’ve seen a lot of confetti pockets made on
projects and LOVED them, so I thought it would be fun to make an entire
layout that way. You shake it and the confetti goes everywhere. It ended
up being a very playful (litterally fun to play with!) layout perfect
to remind me of my fun weekend!
Words That Inspire Me Mini Album
click on individual images to see them larger!
Supplies: Kate&Co Oxford Lane: Enamel Dots; Decorate Tape; 12x12 Sticker Sheet; 12x12 Chipboard Accessories; 6x6 Paper Pad; Chipboard Buttons; Decorative Brads; Kate&Co Cambridge Court: Doubles 12x12 Paper; Enamel Dots; Decorate Tape; 12x12 Sticker Sheet; 12x12 Chipboard Accessories; 6x6 Paper Pad; Chipboard Buttons; Decorative Brads Up and Away: Alpha/Word Stickers; Enamel Dots; Decorate Tape; 12x12 Sticker Sheet; 12x12 Chipboard Accessories; 6x6 Paper Pad; Chipboard Buttons; Decorative Brads Sky’s The Limit: Alpha/Word Stickers; Enamel Dots; Decorate Tape; 12x12 Sticker Sheet; 12x12 Chipboard Accessories; 6x6 Paper Pad; Chipboard Buttons; Decorative Brads Miss Caroline-Lucky: Decorative Tape; Tiny Word Stickers; Collectables-Authentic: Tiny Word Stickers
Suzy says:When I made the cover for this mini album, my intention was to fill it with pictures. I remembered that I had lots of doodled quotes that needed a home, so I decided to use those in the album instead and changed my title, but left the camera on the front (which now makes no sense – but it was too cute to remove!).
I used Becky Higgins Project Life page protectors (cut to fit) for inserts as well as coin protectors and baseball card holders. I made the front and back covers with chipboard covered with paper. I mixed quite a few lines in this album – some old and some new. I basically used a bit of everything I had made by My Minds Eye – and that was quite a collection!
There are so many fun embellishments to add such as washi, stickers, enamel dots, brads, and chipboard pieces. I loved using up a lot of my stash on this and it all came together perfectly!
Wow wow WOW Suzy! You went above and beyond for us. Thank you so much for taking the time to lovingly create these projects. We couldn't possibly love them more!