Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Lisa Dickinson


Hello, hi, and welcome to another Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans! Today I’m so excited to feature fellow scrapbooker, Lisa Dickinson!


Name: Lisa Dickinson
Location: Colorado
Instagram: @bluestardesign
Pinterest: @lisa_dickinson
Etsy: Blue Star Design

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I’m a graphic designer living in Colorado with my husband, Mike, and two kids, Hayden & Riely. I started scrapbooking in 1998 when a friend took me to a Creative Memories party. Armed with a shoebox full of wedding and honeymoon photos, I was soon hooked on this amazing hobby. Since then I’ve started a blog, joined design teams, been published in magazines and online, written a book called Design Workshop, and created countless pages of memories. I’m so thankful for all the wonderful people I’ve met that share the same passion for documenting all the little moments in our lives!

Favorite thing to create: Layouts about everyday moments and memories.

What do you love about scrapbooking? It’s my little break from reality and a chance to be creative with no restrictions or rules!

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. My given name is Elisabeth, but I’ve been called Lisa my whole life.
2. I showed horses (both Western & English) from age 9 until I graduated from college.
3. My first car was a green 1971 International Scout. It had an AM radio and a steering wheel that was at least 3 feet across.
4. If I could be best friends with any celebrity, I’d choose Stacy London so I could pick her brain about all things fashion.
5. My favorite Christmas carols are the ones sung by the Muppets.

Check out the amazing layout Lisa created for her spotlight:


HOOPS by Lisa Dickinson

Circles are one of my favorite design elements! Combined with these photos of my son playing basketball, they are a perfect way to add a sense of energy and motion to a page. I layered patterned circles with various vellum circles and added loopy twine on the top to finish it off.

Here are four more of Lisa’s favorite creations:


JUST LIKE FAMILY by Lisa Dickinson

I rarely create a page without patterned paper, and I love using a wide range of patterns and colors on a page. Layering lots of small squares of pattern (much like a quilt!) is a great way to incorporate a variety of papers into one design.


CHECKMATE by Lisa Dickinson

To add extra color to my stamped images, I often use them in combination with watercolor paints. Here, I painted some scraps of cardstock with pink, aqua and yellow paint and once they dried, I stamped the repeating ticket pattern over the top. When trimmed down to squares, they can be used just like patterned paper.


LISA LATELY by Lisa Dickinson

As a graphic designer, I love playing with type treatments and big, bold titles are a fun element to add to a page. I often combine a die cut word with chipboard alphas or letter stickers for a funky, layered look.


LUCKY by Lisa Dickinson

Grids are such a great way to organize a page because they create little “homes” for all your page elements. Here I used a thin washi tape to lay out a grid on my background. Then I filled each square with photos, die cuts, and various embellishments.

Thanks Lisa for letting us shine the spotlight on your today!