Introducing AMM Design Team Member - Corien vd Oever

I’m Corien vd Oever from the Netherlands, 41 years old. I have been married with Wil for 9 years now, and we have 14 cats (sometimes more when I have kittens). My cats are my children because I love them very much. I started stamping about 8 years ago. At that time there were not so many stamping stores in Holland, so I started my own! After 2 years of selling stamps, I also began selling scrapbook supplies and it became an addiction. I recently closed my store and am now starting a maternity shop. This is my first DT and I also design for a Dutch Magazine. My favourite brands are Prima, K&Company, Basic Grey and Webster’s Pages.Besides scrapping and spending time with my cats, I love photography, fantasy books, films and listening to music. I hate the winter, am a Chocolat Junkie, and love to travel.

May Guest Designer - Martha Bonneau

Me, in a nutshell…my name is Martha Bonneau & I live in the ‘burbs about 40 miles NW of Chicago with my husband, Bob, and our 2 pugs - Mugsy and Pixie - in a cute little gingerbread house.
I would describe my style as colorful & funky with a touch of vintage. Things that I find inspiring are sunshine, thrifting, Audrey Hepburn movies, tattoos, fairy tales, woodland critters, Mad Men, 80’s alternative music & robots.I like to use non-traditional and vintage items in my LOs and projects and am especially fond of cupcake liners & pom-pom trim as of late. I am a Fashionista at Scrap in Style TV and am on the Sassafras design team. You can always check out my latest projects at my blog.


Technique Tuesday - Paint with Lucy Edson

It is with great pleasure that I post brand new AMM Designer Lucy Edson's first Technique Tuesday!

Paint is one of my favorite accents for a project. Gesso is what I seem to reach for first – not just a primer for canvases any more, it is widely used in the mixed media world for antiquing, glazing or adding texture and I love to use it as paint on a scrapbook layout.

In my layout ‘My Chick’ I painted gesso under the photo to act as a photo mat – with a busy pattern like this Prima paper it is easy to lose the focal point of your photo unless you make it really stand out. After painting it on, I wiped a little away to soften the look and let some of the background show through.
Another way to use Gesso is to splatter it now, I like a grungy messy look sometimes and this is a great way to achieve that. Note the splatter beside the photo mat and at the top. I just dip my brush and then give it a flick – watch out for oversplatter. *wink*

I also like to use paint to act as journaling lines or under a title to make it stand out. I painted free form scallops along the left edge of my page to journal on. Just load a flat brush with a small amount of paint and do a series of small curves – you can sketch it in first with a pencil if you are nervous. After it was dry I also did some outlining with a black pen.I also used a little more gesso to drag some light lines under the title and on the edges to accent the distressing.

And here is the end result:
You certainly can use any paint you have on hand in a similar way – black paint makes a strong accent – I use mostly acrylic because it is fast drying and with a thin coat doesn’t warp your paper. I would love to see your ideas and project using paint on your layouts – link them up here or show them to us in the gallery! Just have fun and experiment! See you soon!


LOTW - Gayle Martin's Baby Blue

Wendela Lam selected this sweet layout by Gayle Martin.

Photo is of my niece at my daughter's wedding in March. This page was for a Basic Grey fabric challenge.

Wendela's comments:
I choose this one, because it’s a wonderful color combination. The girl with the blue eyes and the flowers on the photo, beautiful orange/red tulips!! I love what she did with the lace and ribbons.

Check out Gayle's Blog!

Sneak Peek - May A Million Memories Kit

Be ready on May 1 to get yours!!

Manufacturer Sponsor: MORE Teresa Collins

Teresa Collins Designs kindly sponsored the A Million Memories Design Team. We were spoiled with a variety of 2009 Collection products including Documented, Family Matters and Haute Cuisine. I think you will be very excited about the wonderful projects they completed! Here are just a few:

Us in Barcelona by Corien vd Oever

Snow Fun by Tonya Dirk

Notes by Wendela Lam

Thank You Card by Tonya Dirk

Family Recipes by Hilde Janbroers

Today is the second Saturday of three highlighting the incredibleTeresa Collins Designs that our talented team created! If you can't wait until next week - then you can see all their work in the dedicated A Million Memories Teresa Collins Designs Gallery.

Introducing AMM Design Team Member - Hilde Janbroers

Hi everyone! I'm Hilde and I'm a SAHM of 2 lovely girls. Amy is 3 years old and Fenna is 2 years old. I have been married to my husband Andries for 4 years.

We live in The Netherlands in a town called Leidschendam. I started scrapbooking 2 years ago, and never stopped since. I just love all those gorgeous papers and embellishments! I love to make layouts, but also other kinds of projects.
The fact that I know my kids will treasure the things I make when they're grown-up, keeps me full of ideas. Some of my favorite scrapbooking manufactures are Prima Marketing, Graphic 45 and Creative Imaginations. But in fact my list is much much longer!
I'm very grateful and most of all excited to be a part of the AMM design team. It's such a great team. I can't wait to get my hands on those gorgeous monthly kits. Because I can tell you: AMM kits rock!

Design Team Projects-April Kit ~Framed Meadows~

Time for more awesome inspiration from the A Million Memories Design Team using the April Framed Meadows Kit!

Enchanting You by Tonya Dirk

Delightful by Tonya Dirk

Flower Girl by Jennifer Findlay

Giggle by Wendela Lam

Happy Birthday by Patti Hutchinson

Hello by Tonya Dirk

Miss You by Tonya Dirk

Newborn by Wendela Lam

Playing Chesst by Karen Grunberg

Pretty Things by Jennifer Findlay

Sew Fun by Jennifer Findlay

Card by Wendela Lam

Cards by Tonya Dirk

You can still get your Framed Meadow Kit here!
They are all ready to go! Check out the store as well for all the new goodies Michelle has stocked!