Hello and welcome to another Awesome Lady Spotlight – a fun opportunity to learn more about our ALP members and take a look into their creative process and some things they are currently working on. We hope to make this a regular column so do please send me a message if you would like to participate @shannanmm – I hope everyone will!
Today we have the wonderful Jacqueline Bruce – @jacqueline-bruce at the ALP and jreading247 on Instagram.
Where are you from Jacqueline?
I live in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada
What kinds of crafts do you do?
I do paper scrapbooking, primarily 12×12, but occasionally 6×8 or smaller for Daily Pages or other projects. I play with digital scrapbooking now and then. I make cards. I’m dabbling in stained glass, and I have started an online knitting class that I’m doing with my sister.
Have you always been crafty?
Yes. My mom sewed and painted, so I was always trying things as I grew up. I’ve always taken photos and put them in albums and kept memorabilia, so when I discovered scrapbooking in 2001 it was the perfect hobby for me.
What craft supplies could you not live without?
Patterned paper and alphabet stickers for sure.
Tell us about your craft space?
We live in a 1 1/2 story house. I have the space upstairs (around 300 square feet) as my craft space and spare room, although the bed is usually covered in craft supplies until I know someone is coming to stay over. Most of my storage and my desk are from IKEA. I do have some DIY storage as well. I am blessed with a handy husband, and if I show him something I am thinking of buying, he can often build something similar. Part of my paper storage is in IKEA upper cabinets that Dean cut shelves for. We also made framed die storage by putting magnet sheets in two large frames. Dean also built me a die storage unit that was supposed to fit in my Kallax, but is a 1/4″ too big, so it sits on top. I am including a layout I did about my craft room in 2017 because it is way too messy to take new pictures right now.
Tell us about a recent page or project you have made?
I recently completed the Layout a Day Challenge in February. Nearly all of my pages were 12×12. I did do some pocket pages for a monthly Project Life class I did in 2021, but the rest were more traditional style. The layout I have included to show you is called Missing Trees. The prompt was to scrapbook about something you didn’t get a picture of. I managed to lose some photos when I switched phones in 2014 of when one of our big trees was cut down. This layout shows that I would be okay with just my patterned paper and alpha stickers. I usually start with 2-4 photos that are usually 4×6, and then I pick my papers and embellishments to match the colour or theme of the photos. I usually do embellish more than on this page, but I wanted the beautiful paper to be the star.
I’m also working on the 100 Day Project. I am colouring stamped images with alcohol markers and using them on my scrapbook pages or cards. I am currently loving pop culture character stamps created by Kindred stamps. The card in the photo uses stamps from her Justice is Served set. I coloured them using Spectrum Noir markers.
I’ve started Book of Me for 2022. I did a page about the nickname my dad called me because I already have pages in other books about my first name and my last name. I hadn’t planned for Book of Me to be 12×12, but I had three 4×6 photos I wanted to use. I almost exclusively handwrite my journaling.
Daily Pages is my other project that I do regularly. I have switched up sizes quite a bit with this project. I’m currently using a 3.5×5.5″ notebook, but my last notebook was 6×8″.
What do you love about the Awesome Ladies Project?
I love how supportive and friendly the ladies are. Through the Daily Pages lessons and the Friday Night Hangouts, we really get to know each other. I value being a part of such a positive online community. I love seeing other people’s projects. There is so much inspiration in the Gallery. The app has made it so easy to share and comment.
And finally, tell us what you are currently doing (using Kristin’s Currently Card)
Watching: Portrait Artist of the Year, Tournament of Champions (the cooking one)
Reading: Circe, The Rose Code, All the Feels
Listening: Maintenance Phase (a wonderful podcast)
Making: Daily Pages,
Feeling: both at loose ends and hemmed in
Planning: Fun outings for later in the year: Menopause: the Musical, Imagine Monet, and hopefully more
Loving: Hoopla and Libby (the library apps I use)
Thank you so much Jacqueline! I have really enjoyed getting to know you more.