Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Introducing Claire Daly

Claire Daly had been scrapbooking for over 5 years before she began dabbling with stamping on her pages.  After some life reflection in the wake of her brother's sudden death in late 2006, Claire decided to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator so she could both indulge her passion for stamping, and be at home with her kids at the same time.  Claire has built a fabulous business sharing what she loves, and was named Stampin' Up!'s Number 1 Aussie demonstrator at their convention down under, in May.  Good on ya, Claire!  (that's Aussie for "woo hoooo!")

Having started as a scrapbooker, Claire's favorite Stampin' Up! product is definitely Designer Series Paper.  While Claire uses it in a variety of projects, she specifically notes that it has made her scrapbooking "so much easier".  And like any true scrapbooker, Claire's creativity is inspired in large part by the photographs she's working with, and also by color—anything from the décor in a waiting room, to a brochure or magazine spread.  So, the fact that Claire can coordinate ink, card stock, and embellishment colors with any Designer Series Paper, makes putting pages together a snap!

Claire is by admission, a late night stamper.  She usually stamps after her two active boys have gone to bed, and finds her preferred quiet creativity as soothing and rejuvenating as meditation.  Although she does admit that the fun and laughs from getting together with others to stamp, also makes her heart happy.  Claire stamps in the family's second living area, and fills her big table with what she calls 'creative mess' quickly.  Luckily, she has a very understanding husband who is supportive of her paper crafting passion!

Claire leaves us with one stamping secret…you don't have to scrapbook your photos in chronological order!  Throw the "rules" like that out the window and give yourself the license to create—just because.  Wow, how liberating is that? 

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