Monday, July 30, 2012

Flying Unicorn Creative Team!

The day is here!! We are so ready to reveal the 2012-2013 of our Creative Team! We know that this team will inspire, excite and motivate you in a world of Creative Bliss.So without further adieu let me introduce to you Flying Unicorn's Creative Team :

DENISE JENSEN - Creative Team Director

My name is Denise Jensen and I’ve been scrapbooking for almost 13 years now. I’m a married mother of 4 (3 girls and 1 boy, well he is a man now) and grandmother of a very beautiful boy! I work at a center as the Recreation Coordinator for children with special needs. My darling husband is a police officer and between work and family, we are kept pretty busy in our little town of Marion, North Dakota. My children are all involved in sports and I like it that way, it keeps them busy!! I am a Girl Scout Leader, Sunday School teacher and Special Olympics Track and Field coach as well.
Scrapbooking is a passion of mine. I love what I do. I try to create something every day. I believe scrapbooking is an expression, not a competition. I also believe in sharing our love for this craft. Each one of us creates in our own beautiful way and there is so much to learn from one another.
I am the proud Creative Team Director for Flying Unicorn and love it! I have learned so much since I joined and have made some fabulous friends!

MAGGI HARDING - Creative Team Coordinator

My name is Maggi Harding and I live in North Carolina, USA, with my wonderful husband and two standard poodles that we refer to as the spoos. They are my children and of course, I do a lot of layouts featuring my furkids.

In 2005, I thought it would be a great idea to make each of my two best friends from college a scrapbook filled with memories of the 35 years that we have known each other. I was immediately hooked on this art form as I finally found something that combines my love of photography and writing with my artistic longings. Scrapbooking is my passion and I spend most of my free time pursuing my "scrappy" dreams. Through scrapbook art, I have awakened my "inner artist"!

I describe my style as eclectic vintage/shabby chic. I love to liven up a layout with bright and contrasting colors. I love scrapping 12 x 12 pages but I also have a real love for making paperbag albums and off the page projects. For me, scrapbooking is an artistic adventure, what can I create, how can I make this piece of paper come to life? Along with scrapping the pictures, I love to tell the stories and often reflect on how to tell the story hidden in my photographs.

SHONA KEEHN- Creative Team

My name is Shona Keehn and I am from British Columbia, Canada. I have 3 children, lots of grand babies and a wonderful husband of 26 years. He is pretty supportive with my scrapping addiction and tries not to blow a gasket when I spend too much on it…lol

I have been scrapping for many years but have just found my scrappy style in the last year or so, Shabby Chic, and it is definitely something that I change up lots. I am always trying new techniques and love to make embellishments. I love to start with palettes and sketches. I find it amazing all the variations from just one starting point.

I get so much inspiration from everyone in the scrapping world and I hope that you can get some from me.

Tammy Henderson- Creative Team

Hello, my name is Tammy Henderson (aka Simplyme). I have 2 wonderful teenagers that keep me going and a wonderful husband; we have been married for 18yrs. I live in the Bootheal area of MO. I’m just a small town girl having a blast in the scrapping world! I have been doing this wonderful craft since 2005 and have been hooked every since. I love all types of art and the different mediums. I think that is the thing that has kept me in love with this craft, because it’s not the same ole thing. Anything goes and the sky is the limit. I absolutely love getting to combine pictures of my loved ones, with my favorite thing in the world ART! I have been a Creative Team member for 7mths for Flying Unicorn. I love every minute of it! My favorite embellies to use is Flowers!! Rare will you ever see a project done without one!

Laura Ghully- Creative Team

Hi everyone I'm Laura (aka Angelbear). I am so proud to be on this wonderful Creative Team, with all of these amazing and talented ladies!
I live in a small town in beautiful south-western Ontario, Canada. I am a small town girl, and get lost in the big cities lol! I am a stay at home mom to 2 fantastic and energetic little boys - Cody is 11 and Ty is 10. They are 13 months apart and they keep me hoping! I am always busy with something with them!!!! I am happily married for 12 years to my best friend and the most patient & handsome man on earth, Jon. He keeps me grounded, is always there for me and NEVER asks how much I spent on scrappy stuff! He is a long haul truck driver, so it is just me and our boys all week, but when he is home, it all about us!
I started scrapping years ago when my sister took me to a Creative Memories beginner class and I although I really enjoyed it I just wasn't a Creative Memories scrapper and soon struck out on my own. I found a few very helpful and friendly sites on the web and have been trying new things and learning ever since. That's why I LOVE being on the creative team....I learn so much from these talented ladies!!!! I think my style is eclectic. sometimes I like a very clean and simple layout, sometimes my layouts are more layered and sometimes I ink, tear, layer and distress my projects! With my husband on the road, and two very active boys to keep me busy, I don't have a lot of time to myself to scrap so I make time! Almost every night after the kids go to bed, I take out my supplies and try an do something scrapbooking oriented every day to give me some 'me' time. My family is the focus of my life, my inspiration, and my motivation to scrapbook.

Kelly Foster- Creative Team

My name is Kelly Foster, I am 25 years old. I am enjoying a busy life in Minnesota, with my other half, Jeremy, and our two beautiful red-headed little girlies, Lilah (2) and Paisley (2 months). I started scrapbooking 2 years back, just wanting to preserve the thousands of photos I was taking!! I quickly became active with the online scrapbooking world, and my creativity just kind of "took off" and I have learned so much!! I am constantly experimenting with my style, but if I had to define what I'm currently doing, I'd call it "shabby/artsy/chic." I love lots of distressing, layering, and a little bit of messy. I love mixing lots of patterns together, and searching through the mess on my desk for fun bits and pieces to add to my layouts!! I've recently begun making cards, as well. I am currently designing for Once Upon A...Sketch, and 2 Crafty Chipboard.

Jackie Clark- Creative Team

My name is Jackie Clark. I live in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with my husband (who happens to be my highschool sweetheart) and our three boys. Elliot is nearly 6, Brennan is 3 and Colby just turned 1 so needless to say we are very busy! Fortunately like most young boys our sons are constantly on the go, providing ample photographic fodder for my scrapping addiction. My husband rolls his eyes when I say scrapbooking is cheaper than therapy and mutters something under his breath, but despite his doubts he is incredibly supportive of my hobby, even when it takes over the kitchen counter and dining room table. Still hands make me twitchy, and going several days without doing something creative leaves me climbing the walls, and as they say, happy wife, happy life!

I was introduced to scrapbooking at a Creative Memories party 12 years ago and I was instantly hooked. My style has grown and developed over the years and I am constantly learning and evolving as a scrapbooker. I have a pretty eclectic style — I enjoy shabby chic, and have been known to strew flowers and glitter over my boy pages, but I also like to change things up and go grungy. I love making cards; in my mind giving a handmade card is a way of telling the people in my life how special they are to me. Recently I have been delving into Mixed Media and I am IN LOVE! Whether it is the brightness of Dylusions sprays and Dyan Reaveley’s funky stamps or Finnabair’s dark paints and salvaged computer parts, I can’t wait to get down and dirty, and wear my ink-stained hands as a badge of honor.

Adrienne Ford- Creative Team

Hi There!
My Name is Adrienne Ford. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania U.S.A and currently live here with my loving husband, and two beautiful babies- Luke, my rough and tumble yet sweet as pie two year old and my beautiful baby girl Karina. I am a kindergarten teacher by trade, but have left that field to be a stay-at-home mama for the time being. I have enjoyed going down this road of staying at home with my kiddos, but I could not do it without a cup of coffee in hand!

I got into scrapbooking when my son was born in 2010, so I am fairly new at this awesome hobby. I found that I not only needed a way to house all my gorgeous photos of him, but I also needed a creative outlet that was just for me. ( My husband was also was begging me to get a hobby!)
Since then I have been evolving as a scrapper and have been creating like crazy!

I absolutely LOVE flowers, misting, and chipboard which are normally incorporated in most of my layouts. I also enjoy playing with Art Mediums, white space, and clustering elements on my page. But one thing stays the same throughout-my joy and love of scrapbooking is ever-evolving and I love trying new techniques- the more artsy-the better!

Stephanie Eaken Creative Team

My name is Stephanie Eaken& I am a 39 year-old (& holding!) stay-at-home mom. I have two kids who keep me busy, entertained & scrapping! My daugter is 9 & my son is 5. We live in Richmond, VA with my husband of 13 years & our two dogs!
I love all things related to scrapbooking! I started scrapping about 9 years ago when my oldest was a baby & have not stopped!! I look forward to my scrappy time in my space in our basement. I am currently on the design team for Let's Capture These Sketches.

I love working with kits, sketches and online challenges!! Paper and glue have been longtime friends of mine.

Monica Edwards - Creative Team

Hi my name Monica Edwards and I have been crafting since I was a teen.

It has only been the last 2 years that I ventured out into the blog and FB world and this is what opened my eyes to so many of the different facets of craft. My claim to fame was my flowers they “no pun intended” was what made me bloom.

I have 2 kids and have been married for over 20 years. I would say I am like a chameleon I change color or style. I enjoy the fun bright yet I also love the vintage, grunge look as well.

I believe they all can be mixed together in one way shape or form and that’s what makes crafting endless.

Tracey Gregory - Product Creative Team

Hi there-My name is Tracey Gregory I am a married mother of 4 and a RN regional manager which has me on the road quite often.I have been scrapping since 2005 and have had the pleasure/"bragging rights" of being published several times in your magazine, SNR and various Website challenges.

I am mostly a 12 x 12 distressed, shabby type scrapper but am driven by colr,texture and great inspiration-those ideas that grab you and keep you misting and pasting til 2 am.

I like to try different "off the page" crafts as well.

and then there is Me ....

Alda Stevens - Owner/Founder

I started the Flying Unicorn brand with selling handmade items on Etsy and doing some graphic design work in order to give me a creative release from Pillar Management Group, a property management and development company I also own. From there we have progressed to supplies for paper crafting goods ,a Kit of the Month Club and now manufacturing our own flowers and soon to add more to the Flying Unicorn Brand. But we are more then that. Flying Unicorn has grown to provide an online social forum where everyone is welcomed, to share, learn, teach, and never losing site of the people behind each creation. We emphasis at all times integrity, honesty, and pure enjoyment of a hobby that we love.
By applying creativeness, unparalleled customer service, and business partnering, Flying Unicorn in all aspects is to stand out and be ... One of A Kind.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

More with G45

It's my turn to share more G45v projects with you!  I really do adore this company!

This first  layout I used the Happy Haunting line!  WOW!  This line is my favorite Halloween line yet!
I did a lot of fussy cutting..... I cut the clock, the fence, the pumpkins and the little witch on the pumpkin!  These papers were perfect for the pumpkins my kids and hubby carved!

here are some close ups

My second one...yup I cut the images out of the paper again,....just couldn't help myself!  They were perfect and made such a cute scene at the bottom of the page!

here is a close up of the little characters

on my next layout I used the curtain call line and created a layout about my oldest playing his guitar....Curtain call was perfect!
I wanted to get a little grungier on this one and used a template I had....LOTS of black ink, distressed the edges, used the 'applause' ticket and the 'record' and made a few barn stars

Here are some close ups

 Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

G45 Product spotlight

Graphic 45 is one of MY FAVORITE companies....their papers lend perfectly to layering and I love how a lot of their papers scream to be fussy cut!
For this layout  I worked with the 'Communique' line....which I though went perfectly with the photo of my nephew/Godson.

I distressed the edges using my Tim Holtz edge distresser, inked a doily, and cut out the big clock out of one of the papers!  I made most of the flowers and thought a little play on words for title would be fun!

here is a close up

on my next layout I used 'the olde curiousity shoppe' line....I layered and distressed and had a lot of fun!  I LOVE the color palette of these papers!

and here are some close ups

Thanks for stopping by!  I have more projects to show you next week!!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

July KOM - Once Upon A Memory

Hi everyone! Hope you are all enjoying your summer and are able to stay cool!

This months kit is da bomb! It is so versatile.....I have done baby layouts, boys layouts and a girly layout! Talk about jam packed full of stuff!

This first layout is of our oldest, Cody, my handsome little man! The 7 gypsies papers are perfect for this photo. For the chipboard, I inked them in black, then I sprayed them with red glimmer mist, and added a little bit of perfect pearls available at the store. I made my journaling into mt title by adding some letter stickers into my handwritten journaling.


here is some close ups


I found this old photo of our youngest when he was little...his hair just killed me! I had to scrap it! The Fabscraps paper was the perfect fit! I made most of teh flowers (check out the tutorials section in the forum)


here is a close up of the flowers


On my next layout I also used lots of matting, adds lots of dimension without adding bulk. I inked and misted the doilies, the flowers are handmade and the letter stickers are from a previous kit. My little nephew is so precious and these papers were perfect for this photo!


and some close ups


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this months kit!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Mojo Monday

This week I got to work with an awesome sketch from is my layout using Bo Bunny Etc!

and some close ups

here is Tammys sketch

can't wait to see your versions!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July KOM

Let the fireworks begin - Happy July 3rd and Once Upon a Memory is here! This kit is filled with so many goodies and so many layout combinations that so far it is my most favorite kit of all!

And the coolest part ( can not not tell how excited I am ) is the Off the Page portion and the three wooden trays with oil paints t o create a masterpiece ! So without further delay we present July's Kit of the month available now







































And here is a peek of some of the amazing layouts from the creative team ...

There will be more inspiration tomorrow


Monday, July 2, 2012

BLOG HOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Today, July 2nd is dedicated to our forum members, young and old and to each of you stopping by to give you an inspirational lift. WE love our customers and friends so we wanted to share an early glimpse of the July Kit of the Month – Once Upon a Memory which goes on sale tomorrow July 3rd at Midnight eastern standard time in the Flying Unicorn Store . There are no sign ups for our kit, it is first come, first serve. We believe that Scrap booking should be a passion not an obligation .

Creative Team and Alda share sneak peeks on the forums a week before the kit is released, giving you a glimpse of what is to come on the 3rd of each month .

Today, July 2nd we decided not only to give you a few more sneak peeks

But also a little close up to what is inside the main kit

Are you drooling over these images? Well, here is a layout I created using the July Kit....Once Upon A Memory

I am not allowed to show you any will have to wait!!!!!!!

So you want to Win the Grand Prize - Tim Holtz Vagabond??????????????

… and want know how … well keep reading on ….

Every month we host challenges...we love to inspire our members and get them to try new things! And is the process we learn too!

This month my challenge is Lay it on Me

I want you to create a layout where you create the background by layering or overlapping shapes. I want you to pick a shape - stars, ovals, squares whatever and overlap them to create your background. I also want you to use buttons AND something in your stash that is at least 6 months is my example


Click here for the forums to

So now the rules to make the Vagabond Yours and yours alone ….

1 - Write down my name - LAURA - and my special word - SWEET - you will need it at the end of the hop

2 - Make sure you leave a comment on ALL creative Team Members blogs (excluding the FUL one as you can not comment on that one)

3. Make sure you are a follower of EVERYONE in this blog hop

4. Make sure you are a member of the forums

5. make sure you have the email address written down and ready to go

6. Head on over to the final stop - the forums - to be eligible for the Grand Prize

So your next stop on the blog hop is Denise....wait to you see her creation - wow!

Don't worry if you get lost along the way just hop back to the Unicorn Blog...Alda has listed all the blogs in order!

Alda, the generous lady that she is, has supplied a RAK for each of our don't forget to become a follower and leave a comment on my blog!

wanna see the RAK?

Have fun and enjoy the inspiration!