Rachel Lowe’s beautiful style instantly caught my eye and I couldn’t wait to share more of her pages with you, especially her new page she made exclusively for her spotlight!
Tell us a little bit about your self and how you got started crafting: I was blessed to have a grandmother who spent many years teaching me sewing, quilting and lots of other crafts. I kept dabbling in many crafts such as folk art painting and quilting until I discovered scrapbooking back in 2006 when I was pregnant and wanted a way to document my pregnancy and soon to be baby! I have four children, one girl and three boys! I am a nurse by profession and scrapping is certainly a way I get some me time and relax through creating.
Favourite thing to create: Often this depends on my mood really, some days I love to create a super pretty card, a gift box, Project Life pages for my YIR album but mostly I love to create layouts to document the going ons in our lives. I have two entire walls full of albums and each person in our family has their own one (or two or three!!!). I know one day these albums full of stories of ‘us’ will be treasured by future generations.
What do you love about this hobby: I love the creative process, it really is cheaper than therapy! I love the social connections I have made through the sharing of my work, such wonderful people and talents from all over the world. I love that I am memory keeping not just for now but for the future generations of us! And I love craft shopping, I would rather buy gorgeous paper or beautiful water colour paints over a pair of shoes any day! I am currently on several design teams which always pushes my techniques and style.
Fun facts about yourself:
1. I do not like shoes or socks, even in winter!
2. I am obsessed with cushion covers and am forever ‘updating’ them.
3. I am an animal lover and have 3 cats and a chocolate lab.
4. I have lived in 3 different countries and travelled to 20 others, I love to travel!
5. I love sports more than my husband and three boys!
PEAVE LOVE & UNICORNS by Rachel Lowe
I wanted to create a soft and pretty layout to match the photo of my daughter. I adore this unicorn wreath crown and have added layers of vellum to soften and added extra petals and leaves to add height and dimension. I have used Dream Big by Pretty Little Studio which is just divine. I added a cut file frame again to add softness. Peace, Love & Unicorns was just the perfect title. I always add some machine sewing on my layouts to add texture and here I have added to my clouds and XOXO part of my title. I finished off with a flair, butterfly, small die cut flowers, journal phrases and a splatter of black.
EVERYDAY MAGIC by Rachel Lowe
I have used PinkFresh Studio Live More collection to create this layout and an amazing cut file from JustNick Studio. This photo is of my mama and daughter, so three generations which makes it a special memory. I have cut my photo into three parts for added interest and definition. I love layering and adding height to my layouts and did so with this cut file, also adding extra branches and leaves.
SUN by Rachel Lowe
I love anything fringed and here I have a fringed flamingo which is just too cute. I have added my usual machine sewing. I am a fan of embellishment clustering and that is what I have done on this layout so there is several points of interest. Clean is clearly my style!
HELLO SUNSHINE by Rachel Lowe
Here is another fringed favourite of mine, a fringed pineapple, who can resist! Using cut files does not mean you have to lose your creativity, like here I add extra layers, extra cut files and embellishments, layering and sewing, then it becomes yours so to speak.
HEY RAD BOYS by Rachel Lowe
With three boys I am always looking for unique ways to scrap them. Here I have used a negative of a star cut file and set about filling it. Here I decided to create a title and work from that point (usually my title can be a bit of an after thought!!). I have added texture to this layout by adding many different material types such as wood, metal, tin all which work so well on a boy layout. Again I have added sewing to add definition.
I love all the different layouts Rachel shared – and there’s more where they came from! Be sure to follow Rachel on instagram and the like (listed at the top!) to catch up with her creative pages!