Sunday, January 11, 2009

Meet Tania Willis

We are thrilled to have Tania Willis with us as January's Guest Designer! Check out her amazing creative space below and don't forget to welcome Tania on this thread for a chance to win her Favorite Things that she handpicked from the store just for one lucky person! Winner will be picked by random number generator and announced on January 16th.

Meet Tania:

More than a few days without being creative or creating some form of artwork and I get ants in my pants. The creative itch, I like to call it. Once you get to know me, you’ll see that I scream Type A personality and I’m a bit obsessive-compulsive. Which means I can’t sit still. My hands have to be constantly busy. So scrapbooking fits well!

My preferred approach to scrapbooking memories is to use everyday pictures of my children and add something unexpected in the journaling. I love texture and dimension and lots of layers and will rarely call a page complete unless it has just a touch of handmade added into the mix. Most often it comes in the form of hand stitching on my pages. Call it my signature, if you will. I’ve been teaching and writing in some form or another for the past 8 years.

I have had the pleasure of writing scrapbook idea books and currently have 3 titles in print: “Circle Journals”, “Pens and Needles” and “Go Figure: Scrapbooking with Numbers”, all published through Pinecone Press, and the last two co-authored with Cindy Smith. I am currently doing freelance design work for Daisy Ds, Karen Foster Design and Little Yellow Bicycle.

We call Columbus, Ohio home where I reside with my 3 kids (one BIG kid and 2 littles). I’ve been married to the big kid for 13 years---he’s the most adoring father I could have ever dreamed of for my 2 spunky little princesses---Ashlyn Rose, 7, and Emma Grace, 4. Random Fact #1: I totally loathe shopping *gasp*. Random Fact #2: I LOVE peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches. Before you say ewwwwwwwwww, I dare you to try it, even once! You might well like it. Random Fact #3: I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do (but I’m quite out of practice).





































































To see more photos of Tania's space, visit Flickr HERE

Learn more about Tania through her Blog, HERE

Tania's "Favorite Things Giveaway"

Details Layered Embellishments Color Set 1 by American Crafts
Red Scalloped Die-Cut Cardstock by Narratives
White Scalloped Die-Cut Cardstock by Narratives
Blue Polka Scalloped Die-Cut Cardstock by Narratives
Medallion Christmas Magic 12x12 Lace Paper by Little Yellow Bicycle
From My Heart Cardstock Stickers by Karen Foster Design
Pixie Pink Fun Flock Fuzzy Accent by Stampendous
Snow Cone Blue Fun Flock Fuzzy Accent by Stampendous
Offbeat Element Stickers by Basic Grey

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43 comments:

joey72 said...

Oh my! I love your space. I am gleaning it for storage ideas right now. Thanks for the wonderful ideas. Welcome to the team.

Anabelle said...

Welcome, Tania!! Love the card you made for the challenge. Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for us. Beautiful space- love the red!

Amy said...

Ok, I'm pregnant, and a peanut butter and dill pickle sandwhich doesn't sound so good right now...maybe later! The color in your space is great! Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

Oh, red is my favorite color and I just love your space. Welcome.

Chrys said...

Lovely room Tania!!!! All that red is fabulous!

patty w said...

Love your work Tania ! Visit your blog quite a bit too!

Having seen your work through Fiskateers and your blog , I know you are VERY creative!

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Anna Sigga said...

OMG - your craft space is absolutely perfect!! Love it to bits!

Leslie said...

I really like the red in your space. It's exciting and I usually expect to see pale colors in creative spaces. Good choice.

Lisa and Penny said...

I love seeing all those buttons in that big glass jar and love the color red! thanks! Lisa K in tx

Lisa Dorsey said...

Welcome Tania!!! So glad you are here to join us. Can't wait to see the rest of your gorgeous projects!

dannisdoodles said...

awesome card (absolutely love it) & room, love the bold red & your storage system, very cool!

4catsandme said...

I've just signed up for the newsletter and am looking forward to seeing more of your work. I love the store as it carries so many of the papers I love. PB and pickles, huh?--sounds interesting to one who used to crave mustard and onion sandwiches, maybe we should trade. Welcome, Tania, you sound lijke a cook lady.

Jean said...

What a vibrant space! I love all the storage AND decorating ideas.... Thanks!

Parker and Emma's Mom said...

Congratulations Tania!

denean said...

Beautiful space! Love the wall colors!

Indigo Wings said...

Welcome Tania! I love your bold color choices. Can't wait to see your creations.

Rosanne said...

What a lovely creative space!

Erika M. said...

I have to admit that I am a blog stalker - I read your blog almost everyday! I love your scrap space,

Tricia said...

Welcome, Tania! Looking forward to all you have planned for us! Great space, love the red!

joslyn said...

love your space not so sure about pb and pickles????? lol.

Sonda T said...

Welcome Tania!! Love your red room...what a great space to scrap in. I gotta tell ya...that tea pot holding all those pens...oh my, i am so using that idea. I saved my Gma's and now I'm so glad I did. Had no idea what I was going to do with...BUT NOW I DO!! hee hee THANKS!! Your card is wonderful! Hugs, Sonda

Pat said...

Wow, great space and wonderful ideas. The red is perfect. Looking forward to your projects.

HCJC said...

Welcome Tania. Wow! Your space is bursting with ideas. (Hope you won't mind if I 'lift' a few) TFS.
HCJC

Shanon G said...

Welcome! Your space is beautiful, something I can only dream of right now.

Fiona Whitehead said...

Your space is fab - and so tidy! LOL Love the card you did.

tania said...

thank you all for such a warm welcome!!!! i just adore the whole shabang here at Emma's and i'm thrilled that i have the chance to share some inspiration with you. (hello to my blog stalkers, LOL!) and for those of you still dreaming of a space........i must say, look to your local thrift store. almost every single thing in my studio was thrifted. repurpose.reuse.recycle is my motto. my room is super small--almost cramped. like 7x9. and my tables are just two doors with brace supports held up by 4x4s, then held together with L brackets. i go into detail on my storage if you just click on the Flickr link. there is commentary with each photo. thank you again!

jeneaevan said...

What a beautiful, well organized space! I can't wait to see your creations!

Karen said...

Your room screams fun and so does your smile. Can't wait to see what you have for us.

Melissa said...

I just wanted to pop in and say "Hi" Tania! I am so happy to get to work with you this month...I adore your work and find it a treat for my eyes each and every time. So fun to read more about you.
Melissa

Corey said...

nice to meet you, Tania! I'm in love with your red walls!!!

Pamela Jane said...

Beautifully organized space with fun containers -- and love the red!

Victoria S. said...

HI Tania
I love your work- welcome and thanks for the give-away! Love your work space - i live south of Dayton!

Becky said...

Hi Tania! Thanks for showing us your craft area. I love the huge clear bowl of buttons!!! Even your scrap room storage is creative! I will steal some ideas from you!

Petra said...

Ewwwww on the p.b. and dill pickle sandwich, I don't need to try it. lol! I already know I hate pickles though, so I guess maybe I'm not the best candidate for that 'treat'. :)

Bibi said...

Love your room!! Cute, functional, and funky!!

Joann said...

Love the red in your space!! thanks for sharing

Rachelle said...

I love your space. That red is awesome!! I think your valentine pillow boxes are just adorable. I think I will case them for my children's valentines this year. :)

Kathy W said...

What a wonderful work space! I love your fishbowl of buttons! Can't wait to see more of your creations; welcome!

Alex said...

I love, love, love, love, love that button bowl!!! I just want to put my hands in and dig!!!!

Beautiful space!

Linda said...

Tania, you have a fantastic work area. I just love the tea pot full of markers.......what a clever idea. I see several that I want to copy. Thanks for sharing.

Melanie said...

Tania - I love all the cute ideas on your space! Can't wait to see more of your creations!

Samantha said...

Your space is wonderful, lucky you. Lovely card thank you!

Cass said...

Wow! Love your space Tania! :)