With just under a week before our next event, I figured it was high time you got to know our featured designer a bit better.. Here’s what she had to say about herself:
Tell us a little about yourself.
My main job is caring for 6 hoodlums I call children! I design and write. I recently returned back to school to finish up my degree so I can officially do free lance work, like designing and writing, from home! We live in Orem, Utah and in my free time, I love attending and reading plays.
How did you get started in digital scrapbooking?
I have been scrapbooking back before there was scrapbooking. I have some pretty cheesy homemade books I made in highschool (the late 80’s) with stickers and pictures and notes written. As life got busier with kids, I found that dragging out my paper supplies took all the time I had to scrap, so I didn’t do it very often. I also found that I spent way too much time and money on buying supplies that I never actually used. In 2008, after learning how to make siggy’s with paint shop pro, I talked my husband into buying me photoshop and I jumped into the world of digital scrapbooking. I actually started designing soon after but my stuff was really bad. I love everything about digital scrapbooking and couldn’t ever imagine going back to paper.
In what ways do you document your own memories?
I scrap yearly, with each month divided by a page that sort of gives the whole picture. I like things to be organized. I try to include lots of journaling because I believe the words are what really tell the story.
What does your workspace look like?
I have a little desk in my craft room and I usually have notecards and notepads stacked and strewn all over. You literally could pick up the beginning of a romance novel or the sketch of my monthly kits at the same time and even on the same paper! I’m a bit of a mess that way! I make notes on everything-just ask my kids.
What programs and other tools do you use?
I use Photoshop 6, because I’m too chicken to upgrade to the CC. I also use Illustrator, but I’m quite the newbie with that program!
What’s your favorite product you’ve designed?
One of my favorite projects to date was my “Scrap Your Story” collection. These were inspired by my own scrapping needs and the fact that I make yearly albums and yearly calendars. I have been amazed at how many others have enjoyed them, as well. I’m also starting a new “Scrap Your Moments” line that I’m really excited about. The “Everyday” collection is perfect for tying everything together.
I’ve also just released a new collection for scrapping your wedding moments:
What’s your favorite type of thing to design?
I love designing about life and anything that encourages people to tell their story. It’s the writer in me that finds life, itself, to have the best stories and I want people to preserve them. I am extremely passionate about finding a medium to leave something of yourself behind.
Do you spend more time scrapping or designing? How many hours each week?
I spend more time designing because I treat it as a business and the scrapping is my hobby. I have a weekly/daily plan that I follow religiously as a designer, but I scrap when I’m in the mood. I try to reserve Sunday evenings for scrapping, because I try to never design on Sunday. I design about 20 hours a week and scrap maybe an hour a week.
What inspires you most as you design?
I am mostly inspired by my own scrapping vision. I design things around things I want to scrap with. I often turn to Pinterest to flesh out those ideas and expand them.
How do you get out of a creative slump?
If I’m in a designing slump, I scrap. Last May, I took the month off to focus on my kids and getting life a little more organized. During that time, I set a scrapping goal of 30 layouts. I only made it into the 20’s, but it was so much fun! I couldn’t wait to start designing again and I completed a bunch of scrapping as well!
Slumps and blocks are a large part of my life. As a writer, designer, scrapper, I find myself stuck often. I have learned that it often means I need more information or a better plan. If I’m writing a novel, I usually get stuck because I haven’t planned enough for that section and need to flesh out my characters or plot more. It’s the same with scrapping. I usually need to refine my direction and be more focused on what I’m needing to scrap. It may be that I need to better organize my photos or need to pair up the photos I want to scrap with the kit I want to use. Just doing little things like that, make the actual scrapping a lot easier.
What’s your greatest reward as a designer?
When people leave comments on my blog and talk about how anything I’ve said or done or created has helped them preserve a memory, my day is made! It makes all the hard work worth it. I love my blog and the little following I have. Some of the ladies who follow regularly, I feel as though I know them personally. I love having that connection!
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
England! I am obsessed with all things British!
Describe your perfect day.
I used to think my perfect day would be a very lazy day, but I realize it wouldn’t. I have too many ideas and projects and things I love to do that spending a day doing nothing would drive me insane! I think a day that allowed me to do a little bit of everything would be the perfect day!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I have always wanted to be a writer. I was an avid reader and love stories. I also love biographies, so I think that I am doing exactly what I’ve always wanted to do between designing, scrapping and writing.
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