Good morning GingerScrappers!
Today we get to chatty chat with someone a lot of you already know, Terra! Designer of Sugar Kissed Designs, host of our Friday Night Owl Scrap&Chats and all around awesome lady! OH! And she is hosting this months Daily Download! Awesome? Yup.
The standard, little bit more about yourself please
I’m 35 and I was born and raised in Arizona… I took a detour up north and lived in Minneapolis for a few years, and honestly feel like I’m more from Minnesota than here. I have a dog and a cat that sleep on either side of me and take up most of my bed! As far as hobbies, I love gardening and cooking. I’m very into the whole foods movement.
What got you designing? How did you start?
I started as a designer for taggers. And then I participated in a designer contest and was SOOO unprepared! Designing at 300 dpi is much different than designing for web use. However, I think that contest and the encouragement I received from other designers in the community really spurred me on and helped boost my own designing confidence.
Well, I can safely speak for the general public, that we’re happy you gained that confidence because your designs are lovely!
Speaking of, your kits- Do you still have your first? Your favorite and your bestselling?
Oh this is a hard question. I think my favorite kit is the first one I ever made for Ginger Scraps “Home”. I Love EVERY layout I see made with it!
My best selling kit is either Photogenic or Fleur de Pêche
I know I’ve said this before, and I mean it each and every time, but I absolutely love ALL three of those kits! I’ve been wondering what to use my March challenge rewards on, and I am really really really eyein’ up that Home kit now. All kits are available still in the store, each image preview is linked.
In one word how would you describe your design style?
Transitional. (I think I’m a nice cross between contemporary and traditional)
More about your designing Terra, what inspires these beautiful kits?
All kinds of things! Music is a huge inspiration when it comes to ideas though!
What is the one thing you can’t do without when designing: be it music, coffee, quiet, specific software, any one thing you can’t live without!
I can’t design without Illustrator and Photoshop! I love illustrator and the freedom it gives me to create items by hand.
What is your advice for aspiring designers?
I had a professor in theatre arts once who said “If you can see yourself doing anything else… don’t act”… I think the same really goes for designing… You have to love it heart and soul and realize that the return is rarely ever going to be what you put into it. Even the top designers probably don’t earn enough to truly compensate for the time, supplies, and talent put into their products. So make sure it’s truly a passion because it is hard work and it’s definitely a business not a hobby! LOL
Makes perfect sense to me!
Now for some fun!
What is one thing we may not know about you?
I tend to hum and sing a lot.
Your most favorite book turned movie ?
Alice in Wonderland
That response had me jumping out of my seat (almost literally), ME TOO ME TOO ME TOO! I just love all things Alice in Wonderland! I mean looooooooooooove!
If you could vote any FICTIONAL character into Presidency for 2012 who would it be?
Willy Wonka… I think our country would be far more tasty and hopefully we’d all get a personal oompa loompa as part of his campaign promise!
He would get MY vote!
Lastly, after a long day, what is your favorite drink ( anything from coffee to juice to soda to a glass of wine)?
Water with Lemon.
So now you know, Terra likes to hum and sing, drink water with Lemon and every layout made with her Home kit. You know what that means? It’s Saturday morning, you’re probably still in your jammies (I know I am!) so what’s more awesome than putting your feet up and shopping?! Check out that Home kit, and her other great designs at her shop!
Make sure to join our Friday Night Owls Scrap & Chat too! There’s always lots of chatting, fun and even goodies!
Don’t forget to check back every day for the April Daily Download either!
I hope everyone has a terrific weekend! I hope the Midwest (I, being a resident myself) doesn’t get too slammed with the forecast of storms, just enough to help the grass turn green and the trees to bud and bloom.
May your coffee be bottomless, and your slippers fuzzy!