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 Mel Blackburn! Be sure to follow her here at SC to see more of her work and keep up with her.
Hi, everyone! I’m Melanie (JustMel here on Studio Calico) and I’m delighted to be joining the Creative Team! I’ve been a longtime fan of Studio Calico since 2010 when I used to subscribe to the Scrapbook Kits and create 12" x 12" layouts. I live in beautiful Eastern Canada with my three daughters and wonderful husband, who are such good sports at making sure to help me in my quest of storytelling and documenting. By day, I work outside of the home and try to schedule my crafty time during a quiet evening or early on a weekend morning. I love sitting at my craft table before everyone gets up and spending time crafting while enjoying a warm cup of coffee.
I’ve been scrapbooking for over 14 years. My work has evolved from traditional 12" x 12" layouts to 9" x 12" Documenter pages and now traveler’s notebooks. My love of paper started at a very young age when I started hoarding a collection of notepads and fruit scented pens and evolved when I became a mother and wanted to document every milestone achieved by my daughters. My design style is eclectic, from complex multilayers and mixed media projects to simple TN spreads. I love and want to do it all!
My current go-to format for documenting is a traveler’s notebook (TN) and 6" x 8" monthly documenting. I love how a TN enables me to combine my love of scrapbooking and storytelling; it gives me the creative outlet I need all the while telling those meaningful everyday stories.
As for documenting, I’ve recently made the switch to monthly 6" x 8" format, as a weekly 9" x 12" format no longer felt manageable for me. Having a monthly approach to documenting has given me the freedom to document as many or as few stories as I can. I can recap a weekend away with the family with one spread and I get to showcase the pictures that really make me happy. This new approach has definitely given me the creative freedom I needed.
I look forward to sharing my projects with you!
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