Sunday, July 17, 2011

Spotlight Sunday!

What is your Real Name?  
Brynn Thornburgh

What are you Known as in "forums"/"blogs"?
Either Brynn, Brynn T or FlairAndFrills

Short Bio ~I am a SAHM (Scrap-at-home-mama) to 4 beautiful blessings, married to the love of my life, living scrappily ever after!
My favorites:PINK, PINK and more PINK!  I create best with Willy Wonka Gobstoppers in my mouth.  I love chandeliers and BLING, BLING, BLING!I’m a girly-girl and LOVE everything GLAM!

How did you learn to do Scrapbooking (or Craft?)
I have taken some Close To My Heart classes and others but I really have learned most from trial and error!  I can usually duplicate something (a technique, etc.) without instructions but I love to learn new, innovative things in the industry and teach others too! 

How Long have you been Scrapbooking (or Crafting?)
5 years scrapbooking and I’ve been crafting all my life!

What "style" would you describe your Personal crafting?
I vary in my style from Shabby Chic to a bit vintage and then Modern.  It depends on how I’m feeling!

Do you do any Digital Scrapbooking or other digital media art?
I dabble a bit in Hybrid but I’m more interested in the art of the pages physically and not necessarily digitally.

What are your 3 favorite projects and why?
I love layouts and some of them I’ve done are FABULOUS.  I used left over pumpkin seeds to make a flower on a fall page once, and I love that touch of memorabilia and innovation as well.  I create a lot of home décor too, so I really enjoy a canvas scrapped piece I’ve made.  I also have several cards I enjoy, especially with detail-that’s what it’s all about!

What are some of the drawback to the craft you find?
TIME and SPACE!  There are not enough hours in the day or room in the house for all of the ideas in my head!

What are some of the enjoyments to the craft you find?
The creation itself is enjoyable but I REALLY love SHOPPING for my collections too!  I love inspiring others, that probably brings the most enjoyment, second only to the friendships I’ve made-that’s the BEST part for sure!

Do you use sketches?
Sometimes I use sketches but more often I just get to going and figure it out on the page.

Where do you find Inspiration?
I L-O-V-E personal blogs and any of the Northridge Publications like Scrapbook Trends, Cards, etc.

Do you belong on any "Design teams" now or in the past?
I proudly design for Quick Quotes Scrapbook Company (I’m their Social Media Director/Coordinator)
Getting Cricky with K. Andrew and her newly released stamp line.
 I also design for Patches of Pink challenge blog and 2 local scrapbook stores. 
 I freelance teach and design as well!

When you loose your "mojo" how do you get it back?
I often gain my creativity momentum by hopping through blogs and magazines, as well as going through my photo stash.

Can you briefly describe how your process of creating begins? Such as with color, theme, etc choice?
I begin in various ways.  It may be a photo that I find coordinating papers and embellishments to go with, or it may be the papers and embellishments that I make my kids take photos to coordinate!

What are your top 3 favorite tools?
Cricut machine (I own 5 of them)
Cuttlebug (because dry embossing adds such a FABULOUS yet easy touch)
my paper piercer (though I’ve injured myself with it MANY times, it is ALWAYS so useful for EVERYTHING)

What are your Top 3 favorite embellishments?
BUTTONS, Brads and Ribbon

What are your some ideas you share with others?
It’s all about the details dear friends! 
You know how sometimes a project just doesn’t feel right when you think you’re done?! 

ADD MORE, it always works, without fail!  And, DO NOT limit yourself by insisting you scrapbook chronologically.  Create whatever you want whenever you want and you’ll find it’s more peaceful.

What advice would you give to a newbie just starting in this crafting?
Don’t be overwhelmed!  Everyone began somewhere and not with the THOUSANDS of dollars in their stash that they have now!

Any organizational tips you'd like to share?
I store my Cricut cartridges in an over-the-door metal shelving unit and it’s PERFECT!  I store all of my paper collections in CTMH storage bags.  They are thick plastic and sealable, making everything safe and keeping the embellishments with the papers, etc.  I then categorize them by manufacturer, in alphabetical order!

Any Budget Cost cutting tips?
I’m hosting an upcoming video where I can show you how to cut 4, 5x7 mats from 1, 12x12 sheet of paper!  Heidi Swapp showed me herself!

What made you decide to start a Blog, website, Facebook Fan page, etc?
I LOVE the interaction with everyone, across the world!  Having my ‘Fabulous Friends’ (as I call them on my blog) is just humbling and AMAZING.  I LOVE hearing from ALL of you and giving away prizes.  The community is the BEST part and I love the opportunity I have to share and inspire other creative minds.

What are the web addresses to all your places? is the business blog where myself and my DT are featured using their delightful products!

Do you sell any of your crafting projects?
Sure!  I have an Etsy site that I need to focus on more and I’ll occasionally participate in craft fairs.  I am a demonstrator for Close To My Heart so I sell through there as well. I have also made custom creations and enjoy that opportunity to help others preserve their memories and enjoy hand-made in their home! 

Anything you want to share that wasn't covered.
I am currently having a HUGE follower contest, giving away over $500 in products and prizes! I'd love if you helped me reach my goal and give me the opportunity to inspire you!

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