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Welcome to day two of Soup Week!  We are celebrating the TV show Scrapbook Soup! I host Scrapbook Soup with long time Scrapbook Memories TV host, Julie McGuffee

The show airs on PBS (you can check the listings for your area here).  And now there's great news for those of you who live abroad or don't get it in your area: You can watch Scrapbook Soup TV online!!   Currently you can watch a full episode each Saturday on the Scrapbook Soup website.  And due to popular demand, starting on April 6, we will air a new full episode on the website all week long!

Today I wanted to share some more profiles of the talented scrapbookers who contributed projects to Scrapbook Soup's "Viewer Projects" section along with a few projects that I demonstrated on camera.

F006 (424x500)irst up is Pam Cook from Durham, NC.

I'm a grandma of 3. During the week, I'm a nurse working for the Division of Heart & Vascular at UNC Healthcare System in Chapel Hill. I have the best husband on the planet (seriously). Someday, I'll live on a little farm where I'll grow organic vegetables and have a flock of chickens. Someday.

Q: Describe your creative process.

My creative process involves surfing the 'net until I see something that intriques me. I pull out my supplies and tell myself "It's only paper." and just go for it. My projects rarely ever turn out the way I think they will but I think that it's more fun that way. Some techniques show up over and over in my art journals or scrapbook pages or cards and some never surface again.

This is a photo one of my favorite layouts. I love the colors and of course the subjects are just adorable!

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 Q: Who is a scrapbooker/artist/creative type who inspires you and why?

  • Donna Downey because she isn't afraid to say, "it is what it is," to the whole world.
  • Roben-Marie Smith because I learned to layer and layer by watching her.
  • Tim Holtz because he teaches us techniques and I seem to be able to incorporate those techniques into my art work over and over again
  • Christy Tomlinson because I love her online classes and her willingness to share herself with her students,
  • You (Julie) - because your personality and style aren't intimidating at all (and I love your stencils!).

Hm - now that I think about it, you all share similar attributes - great teachers, great artists.

Q: What are five scrapbooking supplies you can't live without?

  • a black Pilot pen
  • my ATG gun
  • gesso
  • Distress Inks
  • patterned papers

My creative space is most always this messy. It's just the way I work!

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Q: Please share a scrapbooking tip or trick with us!

I write on the back of my pages. Sometimes it's as simple as, "Find the ticket stub and put it on this page." or it can be hidden journaling. I would encourage everyone to spend time every month scrapbooking. The memories are that important. It's not about the technique or the page design - it's about the memories.

Find Pam online: Evidently I'm the only person left without a blog. I'm not very good with maintenance and a blog seems like it requires quite a bit of maintenance. I post my creations for my friends to see on

Tammytutterow_headshotNext up is Tammy Tutterow from the St. Louis, MO area.

I am a lifelong artist and crafter. I grew up in a home full of arts and crafts supplies with very creative parents.   I love all types of crafts but find my true crafting passion in papercrafts, ribbonwork, and sewing. I love to combine elements of all three into my projects. 

I have been an instructor and project designer in the papercraft/scrapbook industry for more than 6 years.  I have been fortunate to work for many top manufacturers including: Sizzix, Tim Holtz, Ranger Ink, BasicGrey, Pink Paislee, and Therm O Web. My work has been published in several books, magazines, and product catalogs and has been featured on television. My classes have been offered at stores, conventions, and online.  I am an active blogger, blogging on my own blog and also on the Sizzix blog.  I am also the Design Team and Communtiy Coordinator for Sizzix. 

When I am not creating, I am a wife and mother of three who loves anyting and everything shabby, chippy, and vintage. I love to scour flea markets for old treasures. I am also a fair weather gardener so if the spring breezes are blowing, you will probably find me playing in the dirt in my flower garden. 

Q: Do you watch Scrapbook Soup TV?  If so, what do you like about it? 

Yes, I watch episodes online.  I think that the episodes are a fun mix of guests, projects, and instruction.  

Q: Describe your creative process. 

I am usually inspired by product.  I try to pick a central item for a project, like a stamp or a die cut and then just go about my studio and gather up little bits and things that I think I might want to use.  Somethings make it and some get put back away.  I never start out with a very strong plan. I like to let the project evolve.  

 Who is a scrapbooker/artist/creative type who inspires you and why?

Really there are just too many to mention.  I really believe you can gather inspiration for each and every creative person and from their work.  If I were to name one, it would be Anna Dabrowska (aka Finnabair). I find myself completely fascinated and entralled by the layers of elements and the complexity of her pieces.  I hear myself saying "wow" outloud when I look at them, followed by "how does she do that?".  

Q: What are five scrapbooking supplies you can't live without?

  1. Distress Inks, Stains, and Markers
  2. My Sizzix Vagabond and dies 
  3. Grunge Paper 
  4. Manila  
  5. Stamps    
 Please share a scrapbooking tip or trick with us!
Johnson & Johnson Cloth Bandage Tape is a craft room must have supply.  It can be colored quickly and easily with mists, stains, inks, markers, etc.  It takes color so beautifully!  Place a strip of it on a craft sheet and color away.  When you peel it up the adhesive is still perfectly sticky and ready to use.  Once colored it looks like grosgrain ribbon!

Find Tammy online:


I love learning more about other scrapbookers and peeking into their creative lives, don't you?  At the beginning of this post I mentioned that I was going to share a few images of projects I made for Scrapbook Soup TV last season.  Not only can you watch these projects being demo-ed on the whow, but you can download the instructions from the Scrapbook Soup TV website!

The layout above was made using the same hand doodled paper that I used to wrap this gift:

These earrings were inspired by Zentangles:

Thanks for stopping by!