Getting to know you.. Getting to know all about you.. (sing it with me!) Okay – just kidding – no singing.. but I am super excited to share a bit more about our June featured designer, Chelle.. Read on – I’m sure you’ll find something you didn’t know before..
Tell us a little about yourself..
Hi! I’m Chelle: a 40 something mom of 7. My husband & I live in a rural community in the rocky mountains with our 3 children still at home. We love making memories together. Me? I love blueberries, fresh salmon, creating, memory keeping, & above all my family & my faith.
How do you document your family’s memories?
I am an avid scrapbooker. For the last couple of years I struggled to “find the time” to scrapbook. Last fall we took our 3 yr old to Disneyland. I wanted him to remember it…and I knew at my present rate I’d finish the album about the time he turned 10. So I decided to scrap 1 layout a day (beginning on the drive home from CA) until I had that book done. I figured I could keep that up for just a month or so. 25 days later I had the album in my hands. And it motivated me to create another vacation album. I kind of “fell off the wagon” during the holidays, but my goal for 2014 has been to keep up that “layout a day” habit. I’m not perfect at it, and I don’t have to “get caught up”. But most weeks I finish 3-4 double page spreads.
How did you get started in digital scrapbooking?
I’ve been scrapbooking forever, & I LOVE it. My first scrapbooks were made using typing paper, with construction paper mats and titles cut from magazines, or drawn on with markers…all held together with rubber cement. Eighteen years into it & frustrated with too much stuff on layouts (the paper couldn’t support it) and the expense of re-making each layout 6 times (one for me and one for each child) I quit. Totally quit. Sold some of my stash and gave away the rest. I started printing “plain” hardcover books with just my photos & journaling. Then two years later (2008) while recovering from surgery I was surfing the internet looking for something to use on an album for my daughter and stumbled onto digital scrapbooking. I was immediately hooked. It was a merge of my photos & journaling printed in a hardbound book (with multiple copies) and my love of creating. Very soon I found myself tweaking supplies to fit my needs, so I started putting my collections together, and offering them to friends. After winning a design contest in 2009, Chelle’s Creations was born.
What is your favorite type of thing to design?
Oooo I LOVE working on the clay creations! Watching the pieces come together as I’ve imagined in my mind…from working with the clay itself, to the embellishing I do on the computer. It’s my favorite part of the kit design process.
What do you find the most challenging to design?
Flowers. Seriously. I do not like them. It might be because my youngest two are boys. Most of the photos I’m scrapping are of those two, and I struggle to put a flower on those layouts. I guess since I rarely have a need to use them, they are hard for me to design.
Tell us about your workspace.
Sometimes my workspace is a camp chair near the sandbox. Sometimes it’s the right armrest of a recliner with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse playing on the TV (my 4 yr old occupies the left arm rest). But most of the time my workspace is looking out the window at the beautiful rocky mountains with my tools scattered on 2 small folding tables around me.
What inspires you the most as you design?
My designs are often inspired by memories I want/need to scrap. From that list of “themes”, I often ponder the details about what items I will create out of clay and what they’ll look like for weeks or months. Once those concepts are pretty solid, I create my color schemes, color swatch files, & file structure for the kit. At that point it sits on my computer desktop until it fits my design schedule.
What keeps me going is watching my family enjoy our albums & the kind words of people who’ve used & loved my designs to document their memories.
What is your favorite product you’ve designed?
I’ve created over 200 kits…and I have to pick a favorite? My newest favorite product is Fleur de Violette. My grandmothers all had lilac bushes around their homes, but I especially remember playing with the lavender lilacs that lined the ditch bank near the barnyard. We would make crowns & bouquets & even lilac “perfume” and “soup”…all while we were supposed to be feeding calves. This kit reminds me of those warm spring days.
I still have an “all about me” page I made in second grade. Apparently that year I wanted to be a nurse.
And finally, of what part of your designing career are you most proud?
I think what pleases me most is the friends I’ve made in digital scrapbooking. In real life I’m super shy, but as a designer I’ve had to break out of that shell and get to know people.
See you soon!