Welcome to Sunday Shares and our first monthly Member Spotlight.
Our first spotlight member is Shannon Yates
Hi Awesome Ladies,
Shannon (Yates) here from Alberta, Canada. I live about an hour from the Rocky Mountains where I spend a great deal of time hiking in summer and snowshoeing in winter.
How long have you been scrapbooking?
When I am not outside, I am indoors playing in my studio. I started playing with paper, glue and scissors in 2005 when my daughter introduced me to cardmaking at a Stampin’ Up party. I loved it and soon started building my stash of paper, ephemera etc to make layouts and mini-albums and more recently, I dived into art journaling. I love the variety of all and my work space is covered with ‘stuff’ to do all three.
How would you describe your scrapping style?
I definitely have an eclectic style of scrapbooking from clean, minimalist to stacking on embellishments to loading up with paint to lots of journaling to only a few words. I find that if I am stuck and don’t know what to do when I enter my workspace, my ‘go to’ is usually making a 12×12 page to kick start my motivation.
What drew you to Awesome Ladies?
ALP came into my life a couple of years ago, I saw somewhere a notice about a Details workshop that Kristin and Megan Anderson were offering; I signed up and loved this class very much. It was through this class and being a recent Instagrammer that I saw the #Thursday3 posts. I began ‘stalking’ the ALP website and really liked what I saw; essentially I saw the importance of telling our story in whatever way we want. I think we are often good at telling a story about other people – our family, friends etc but when it comes to our own story we may feel challenged. So here I am telling my story!!
Who are your favorite crafters?
Oh gosh, this is a tough question. I am influenced by many, and many are not amongst the ones with the most likes, products and so on. My two daughters have influenced me greatly: Meagan Whelan @_mugsie82 with layouts and Erin Whelan @rdvelvet with mini albums and handmade journals. I have learned a great deal from Meghann Andrews @meghannandrew about design and color; she is a fabulous teacher. I go back to her classes over and over for guidance. Also, I have learned much about mixed media and painting from Kasia and James Avery, owners of @everythingart and Michelle Turbide, a painter who talks about touchstones that guide the creation of any kind of art.
If you had to pick your 2 favourite pages which 2 would you pick and why?
I came to the world of papercrafting later in my life but I have always desired to make things of beauty – my garden, textiles (I was a weaver many yrs ago), quilter when my children were smaller. All of these crafts weave together to form a tapestry of my interests over the years.
I have lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates and Mexico; without a doubt, these experiences have influenced my values around expressing who I am through some kind of art. Both these cultures – Arabic and Mexican are full of fantastic artists! My of my dreams would be to return to Oman in the Middle East and study and practice art.
My 2 favorite pieces of recent ‘art’ are first, a layout about how I feel about my relationship with my guy. In this one I focus mostly on the journaling. The second is an art journal entry done in water color one of my first attempts.
1. scissors or paper trimmer? scissors
2. glue dots or glue or other? runner adhesive
3. traditional/pocket pages/both? both
4. M&Ms or Skittles? m&m’s
5. vanilla or chocolate? chocolate (I have a big pile of Lindt chocolate balls on my desk right now )
You can see more of Shannon’s work in her gallery.
Until next week,