I’m so excited to introduce April’s featured designer Cheri of Dream Big Designs! I’ve been lucky enough to meet Cheri in person, in fact I just saw her last weekend at the Scrapbook USA Expo! (You may have seen the picture of Cheri and I on the facebook page.) I love Cheri’s designs. She makes incredible themed kids that are creative, colorful, and playful. Let’s get to know her just a little bit better.
Tell us about yourself. Hi! (Waves excitedly) I am Cheri Robinson, the designer behind the name Dream Big Designs. I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But left when I was pretty young and was really raised in Portland, Oregon. I love the green and salty smell of the Ocean. I moved to Utah after I married my college sweetheart.
I have been married for 11 years and am a stay at home mother of 3 kids (7,5, and 2). I also am a professional cake decorator (of 10 years) and create cakes out of my home.
I love to read Young Adult Fiction, run on trails, ride horses, water ski, 4 wheel, and play with my family.
How did you get started? After I had my second child in 2007 I needed a creative way to journal and scrap the photos of my two kids. I was never very interested in paper scrapping. It always seemed to messy, expensive, and time consuming for me. So, I took a free digital scrapbooking class at my church and fell in love. About 6 months after I started making layouts, I began to design. I never looked back, I LOVED it!
What programs do you use? I started out using Elements, then switched to CS5 after I began designing. I am now learning Adobe Illustrator and I love it for making patterns.
Can you share a favorite layout of your own? Here is one of my favorite layouts from a while ago. I don’t scrap for myself as often as I used to so I am a little rusty.
What is your most popular product? My most popular product is Discover Space or Splash Zone.
Do you spend more time designing or scrapping? I spend way more time designing than scrapping. I enjoy it so much more than scrapping. But every once in a while I will get the itch to create a couple pages.
What are some of your inspirations when creating digital scrapbook supplies? My family is my biggest inspiration. Then I would say, the outdoors. I LOVE to be outdoors breathing, ingesting, and consuming nature. I have always had a tie to nature and animals. I grew up with horses and I have never been able to get that out of my blood.
The second thing that inspires me to create is colors. I can look at a pallet and almost immediately have an idea or feeling about what those colors represent to me. A lot of times I will be laying in bed and a pallet will jump into my mind. I will get a theme from that, then the ideas just flow into my mind. I always keep a pen and paper by me to write ideas down. I have so many ideas and pallets I want to create, I wish most days I didn’t have to sleep, or clean, or shower. Haha! I just LOVE to create all the time.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would love to visit Tahiti (Bora Bora). I love the clear water and warm weather.
Picture your perfect day, what would it include? My perfect day would be a warm day with a run in the morning, then playing with my kids at the park with a good book, then lunch out with my hubby, and ended with a walk with my kids. – simple, I know. But I enjoy the basics of life.
If you could have any other job in the world, what would it be? Wow, this question stumped me. Because I am doing exactly what I want. 😉 But if I had to choose, it would be a horse trainer.
Where can we find you and your products? I currently sell at Scrap Orchard and LOVE being there. I really feel it is my digital home and hope to never leave. You can find so many helpful scrappers there. There is a tutorial section that can get you started if you have never tried Digital Scrapbooking before. Or, if you are a seasoned scrapper, you can find so many challenges and games in the forum.
Cheri has also generously offered a coupon to her store just for Digi Night Out fans. It’s good for 35% off your purchase… so go fill up that cart!
Thank you Cheri! We can’t wait to meet you and see the cuteness you have in store for us at Digi Night Out on Saturday, April 20! Go grab a ticket if you haven’t yet!