We are excited to feature our new members of the Studio Calico Creative Team. We're looking forward to seeing their inspiring projects in the gallery and blog, and hope you are, too! Today, we're getting to know Ashley Horton! Be sure to follow her here at SC to see more of her work and keep up with her.
Hello there! I'm Ashley and I'm from southern Alabama. I've been married to my husband, Tyler, for almost 20 years (June 19th will be our anniversary!), and we have three kids: Madison, Emma, and Reese. I've been a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom for the past 10 years and homeschool teacher for seven years. It's challenging, but we really love the way this works out for our family. We love being on our own schedule and having the ability to travel whenever we want to throughout the year.
Most of my free time is spent in my craft area. I may be working on projects, creating designs, or watching some of my favorite crafters on YouTube. Scrapbooking is a part of my day every day. I also enjoy reading and cooking, so I try to find the time to balance out my favorite hobbies during the week.
I've always enjoyed creating things but didn't officially start scrapbooking until 2006. I thought I would try it out as a way to document photos of our daughter rather than doing the typical baby book. I immediately fell in love with it and I haven't stopped since! When I first started, all of my layouts were double-page mirror-image layouts. I've come a long way since then, and over the years, I've created different styles of layouts, cards, home decor projects, mini books, and traveler's notebooks.
After so many years of crafting, I have to say that I've always loved creating single-page layouts the most. I usually like to focus on one photo and mix a variety of patterned papers and embellishments. I also like to try different techniques on my layouts like hand stitching, mixed media, and die cutting. These are my favorite ways to tell the story of the photo on my layout because I usually don't add journaling on my 12" x 12" layouts.
These days, I've discovered a new love...traveler's notebooks! They are right up there with my love of 12" x 12" layouts. The format of a traveler's notebook is so much fun to work with. It's an easy way for me to document everyday photos and I can create a layout in my TN so much faster than a layout. I also find that I journal more in the traveler's notebook and I love to incorporate stamping on my pages. It's great to have variety in my crafting, and being able to go from working on a layout to a TN layout helps to keep me feeling creative.
The kits and products from Studio Calico also help to keep me feeling creative, and one of my favorite projects is a layout using a mix of the Color Theory alpha stickers. This was such an easy layout to put together, but I love the impact the color from the alpha stickers adds to my page. And the chipboard pieces and epoxy stickers were the perfect embellishments to complete the layout.
I'm really looking forward to being a part of the Studio Calico Creative Team! I've had so much fun creating with SC products over the years, meeting and being inspired other crafters, and being a part of SC classes. I can't wait to share projects and inspiration with the Studio Calico community!
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