Our featured designer this month is the lovely and talented Lisa Bell of Inside Pixels. Lisa recently opened her own store and is also guesting this month at The Digital Press. Let’s get to know her a little more…
Tell us a little about yourself…
I grew up in Clinton, UT, then after marriage we spent 11 months in each of these places – SLC, Provo, and Springville - before finally settling down in Syracuse where we have lived for 17 years. I married the love of my life at age 19 after dating for only 63 days and next month will be our 22 anniversary. I have 4 kids: a 20 year old boy Thomas, an 18 year old boy Nate, a 16 year old girl Emily, and a 14 year old boy Jared, who has Asperger’s. Originally I went to school to be a teacher but that changed to graphic design over the years. I have been a substitute school teacher and a piano teacher. I love all things crafty and have probably tried all of them once. I am left handed as are 2 of my boys, but neither of them are very creative like the rest of the lefty’s in my extended family. I come from a long line of “if you don’t know how to do something, read a book or get a teacher and practice till you do”. I love to play the piano, read, create, and am a closet gamer. I am too busy to play often, but occasionally I have been known to pick up a controller. Currently my boys have me playing Diablo with them. They are very patient with me. I prefer the simpler Lego video games. I love all kinds of food and my current favorite is Chicken Tikka Masala from Royal India.
How did you get started in the scrapbooking industry?
16 years ago at a scrapbook retreat I was asked for scrapbook layouts for Ivy Cottage Magazine/Scrapbook Trends. I was hired on the spot as a Creative Team member and stayed in that field for a few years with other companies: Rusty Pickle, Provo Craft, Chatterbox, Rocky Mountain Scrapbooking, and Sizzix, to name a few. I eventually was hired as creative director at Rocky Mountain Scrapbook, which was bought out by the owners of Karen Foster, where I designed a few different collections with the help of graphic designers, which is where I met Lori Whitlock. That was when I realized I wanted more out of scrapbooking. After a leave of absence to help my Asperger’s son get through school, I went back to school to earn a BFA in Visual Communications and work full time for myself as a graphic designer designing digital scrapbook files and quilt patterns for a local quilt shop. Before I went out on my own I worked as a designer for Lori Whitlock.
What inspires you the most as you design?
My life, our adventures, kid drama. I design kits that I need and then hope they sell.
What’s your favorite product you’ve designed?
Usually the one I am currently working on!
How do you get out of a design or scrapping slump?
Classical music helps, either by listening to a CD or playing the piano.
What is your greatest reward as a designer?
Creating art that I can use to showcase my kids photos.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A teacher and a mom.
Describe your perfect day.
No car troubles, hanging out with my kids and hubby playing games with everyone getting along.
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
Anywhere with my family…Europe, Alaskan cruise, and Peru are on the top of my list.
If you’d like to get to know Lisa even better, up close and personal, come to Digi Night Out this Saturday, July 11th. Tickets are still on sale here and you can see a sneak peek of the kit you’ll be receiving here. See you soon!!