Thursday, March 31, 2011

Happy April Fools day!

Happy April first or April fools day to everyone! Today is a fantastic day. Firstly Fridays and the start of weekends are always good. Secondly I am off on our Scrapbook Retreat - triple yay. Three yays because it is 3 days of total scrapping. Would you like a peek at one of the projects we are doing.....

Now don't you wish you were coming with us???

Here is the best reason that it is a fantastic day, I get to introduce you to a fantastic lady. Dawn Lewis. I first met the lovely Dawn as she was stranded and lost on her way to SIA in 2010. You can read more about that fateful first meeting here: 

So lets get to know Dawn better;
Dawn Lewis is a freelance artist & designer living on the NSW Cenral Coast.  She has been sole DT member for Brandcorp P/L for the last 5 years including brands such as Francheville, Martha Stewart, Milford Threads & Semco (embroidery & paint).  You can find her original line of Fifi & Frankie cross stitch kits at Spotlight.  Dawn is also on the Kenny K Design Team, specializing in very funky digital stamps for this New York designer.  She designs sewing patterns for Australian Girl dolls as well as selling her own line of dolls at Hello Dollies.  Dawn also supports Southern Cross Kids Camp page drive and the FDAA memory box program.
How long have you been scrapbooking?
9 years. I won a box of scrapbooking supplies and my second daughter had just been born.
What inspired you to scrapbook?
I won a box of scrapbooking supplies and my second daughter had just been born.
Can you describe your style?
CAS ... Clean And Simple!  I'm not much into product laden pages, and I don't like a lot of bulk in my albums.
What are your favourite tools?
Oooo ... tough call.  My fave electronic tool is my Cricut, but my fave manual tool is definately my Martha Stewart craft knife.
What do you wish that you knew when you were first starting out?
I wish I'd just bought for specific photos instead of bits and pieces that, in the end, just didn't coordinate.
What is the biggest challenge you face?
A seriously unbalanced time:idea ratio!!!
Do you create every day?
Yes ... even if it's just an entry for my Project 365 album, crocheting a little owl foot or colouring a stamp, I have to do something creative.
Describe your perfect creative area?
I have plans for a 4.5m wall of floor to ceiling cupboards (one for paper, one for paint, one for fabric).  Each cupboard will have power points and little lights, and a pull out desk that I can work at, then slide away & close the doors so it's out of sight, but not packed up.
Does that resemble where you actually create?
Not yet ... bring on the builder!!!!  Currently I have a table off the kitchen for my papercraft creativity.
Do you prefer to create in a group or by yourself?
I prefer to work at home alone, but I do love me some time with my crafting besties! I tend to talk more than create, so I try to pack light and maybe do a bit of copic colouring.
What do you do for fun?
I love to make dolls, twiddle with Photoshop, crochet, bake and paint.
What do you think is cool?
Seeing my work, or the work of my friends in a magazine ... it's just super cool!
Can you finish this sentence: I would like to be remembered for ...
inspiring creativity in others.

Dawn used the April Embellishment pack ... You can get it here.

I printed the words from the computer using a font called 'Pea Jennifer'.  It's a handwriting front that's pretty darn close to my own writing (when it's neat LOL).  I got he saying from the SIA blog last year.  I really liked it, and have had it sitting around on a scrap of paper to remind me to keep moving forward with my creative endeavours.  When I spotted a dollar shop frame I've had sitting around for a year I suddenly realised how I wanted to use these embellishments.  I used my profile pic from SIA along with the inspirational saying, removed the glass so I could accomodate the flower and the slides, and this will take pride of place on my desk to remind me of how awesome it is, and how lucky I am to work in a creative field.


 We have a super prize for commenting on the blog this month,
Prize is a Martha Stewart 'Birthday Cards' kit and a Martha Stewart 'Decorative Border Labels' set.  (the Competition is open to all Australian Residents, just leave us a comment on this post - and remember to check back on the 1st of May to see if you won!)

You can find more of Dawn's work at ...

Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Awesome awesome awesome! Way to go girl, and yes my friend you are a daily inspiration to us all =)

  2. Yep I love your clean and simple style. I like how you've used the font that's similar to your own handwriting. I'm still yet to find one that looks like mine. It's wonderful to see your work Dawn and you are a real inspiration to so many of us. Thanks.

  3. We all just love your work Dawn. You are a very talented lady. Hugs Di xx

  4. Ahhh, Dawn's work is gorgeous! Totally drool-worthy!

  5. Dawn wants to inspire other to create, I for one would say she has. Dawn taught my very first scrapbooking class back in 2004 and I still love it

  6. LOVE Dawns work - what's not to love, she's so creative and fun.

  7. Ahhh... me ol' mate Dawn. I can't thank you enough for organising my scrap stuff into colours. I have been using your method ever since and I just adore your work.

  8. Dawn apart from creating beautiful dolls dhe also creates beautiful cards.
    I love Dawn work: painting, sewing, creating... You name it. Great work Dawn :)
    (posted by LeAnne for Ani)