With less than a week to go before our next event (YAY!) it’s high time we get to know our featured designer a bit better.. 🙂
Tell us a little about yourself…
I love Utah and have spent most of my life here. I currently live in the south end of the Salt Lake Valley. My husband and I have known each other and been friends since we were in the 7th grade and we just celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary. I have a 20 year old son and a 17 year old daughter. I love LEGOS (especially the mini-figs), Harry Potter, cookies, reading, and playing with photos and digi goodies on my computer.
In what ways do you document your own memories and those of your family?
I’m always documenting our memories. I have kept a public blog since 2005 where I share some of our adventures. I have also been posting to a private family-only blog since 2007 where I record some of our more personal experiences. I also use facebook and instagram to regularly share pictures and funny little tidbits.
Of course, I also scrapbook. I create digital pages for family albums and I do monthly roundup pages for myself. Oh, that reminds me, I’ve been doing monthly roundups since 2006. It’s a quick and easy way to recap the memories of each month as they happen.
How did you get started in digital scrapbooking?
I started digi scrapping in 2005 after looking through a Simple Scrapbooks special edition magazine about digital techniques. I was fascinated by what I saw and jumped right in and never looked back. My paper days were over and I’m still passionate about digital memory keeping.
I became a digital designer in 2007 and focused on kits, papers, and wrote a series of e-books about monthly memory making. In 2009, I decided to “retire” from designing and focus solely on writing and educating others about how to document their lives. I was a writer for The Daily Digi for almost 5 years, while continuing to keep up my own blog at scrapbookladypages.com that I started back in 2005. I also have been the co-host of The Digi Show since 2011 and a frequent guest on the show before that time.
In 2012, I decided to get into designing templates after I realized that I was drastically altering any pre-made template I was using to get the look I wanted. I really like big photo spaces and/or multiple photo spaces. Another important part of scrapping for me is telling the story so I like to be sure to add good options for titles and journaling. I’ve created more than 50 sets of templates since then and most of those packs have 4 or more templates in them so I’m well into the 200 number now of templates I’ve designed and I still have plenty of ideas that I want to tackle.
What’s your favorite product?
One of my favorite products is my Sixties template set because it took me the longest to put together. There are 60 photo spots on each page!
Which is your most popular product?
Do you spend more time scrapping or designing?
I always try to spend more time scrapping than designing. I promised myself when I started designing templates that I would still scrap regularly. I create at least one page (often several) with each template set.
I don’t keep track of how much time I spend for scrapping or designing because that would take the fun out of it for me.
What inspires you most as you design?
My photos. I usually have a few pictures in mind as I design a page or else I’m thinking about how to showcase pictures in a visually pleasing way. My templates are really centered around photographs because they are the illustrations of our stories.
How do you get out of a designing slump?
I definitely get in slumps where I don’t feel like designing. The best cure for me is to start scrapping because then I will think of new ideas for templates. Every once in a while I will get in a scrapping slump, but I force myself to get over it by browsing through my pictures or digi supplies until I see something I want to play with.
What does your workspace look like?
My workspace is not very fancy or big, but it’s usually quite clean because I can’t stand to create in a mess. After we moved to a new home last summer, I decided to purposely keep my space on the more minimal side and keep the clutter out of sight. The most important thing for a digi scrapper is to have a comfortable and ergonomic place to sit and work on a computer. I prefer to use a laptop so I can move around the house and be with my family while I’m scrapping.
You can read more details about my space HERE.
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
I would love to take a train trip up the west coast from California to Canada. I’m not sure I will ever be able to convince my husband to do that though. He’s not one to sit still very long. I would also love to take my kids to see many places in Europe. Oh, and the Harry Potter theme park in Universal Studios Orlando.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a writer and/or a teacher. I’ve actually been both, but not in the ways I imagined. I had no idea there would be this thing called the internet – I thought I would be writing books, not online articles and posts. I also homeschooled my children for six years using an online academy. I thought being a teacher meant working in a physical classroom, but I definitely have had a lot of opportunities to teach.
And finally, what is your greatest reward as a designer?
Completed pages! When I see a finished layout (mine or someone else’s) using one of my templates, I feel a huge sense of satisfaction. It’s my biggest motivation!
If you want to get to know Katie even better and get a free template pack from her, join us next Saturday in Sandy at Digi Night Out. Tickets are HERE and a sneak peek of the templates you’ll be receiving is HERE. If you subscribe to the DNO newsletter, be sure to check your inbox for a link to some fun FREE goodies from Katie!
See you soon! 🙂