Team Spotlight: GingerScraps!

Good morning everyone! Happy St. Patty’s Day to you! Are you wearing green today? I am!

This week we’re talking to the one and only, our fearless leader, Ginger!

She has designed for us our March Daily Download. Are you caught up yet? Don’t forget to miss a day! So far I can tell you it’s absolutely fantastic!

I asked Ginger what her inspiration was for this kit.

My inspiration was the men in my family  I have a family full of manly men, they get dirty, build projects, ride off-road, and I needed something to scrap thoese memories. 

What is the one thing you can’t not have while designing?

I must have my Bamboo tablet! I do not know how people do anything in photoshop with a mouse!! And a clean desk. If my desk is a big mess I can not be creative at all, the papers, and clutter distract me. I can turn my back on the rest of the house, lol, but my desk has to be clean. 

What inspired you to start designing in the first place?

I started designing to make freebies. I loved collecting freebies and wanted to learn how to make all the goodies I was getting! I kinda came to a screeching halt once I opened up GS. It takes almost all of my computer time, my design time is very limited now. 

But, let me just say that we are all so thankful for the community you have built! It’s like you plucked up all the lovely people and put them in one place.

What is your go-to scrap subject?

My kiddos of course, oh and my pets are pretty darn cute too. I have two kids, a 14 year old daughter and an 11 year old son. We have a tiny little fur ball Cooper, he is a 4 lb mini Maltese, and two cats Sugar, and Chino (short for cappuccino).

Could you tell us something we might not know about you?

Hmm, shall I go all serious…. or shall I tell you something fun….. How about one of each?
For the serious one, I have a full and nasty list of healthy problems. My main enemy is a blood clotting disorder, it caused me to have a stroke in my 20′s, followed by MANY small strokes the following years. It is a daily battle, and honest to God I don’t know what I would have done without my digi community! I could not drive for over a year, and my digi community was my support system and my creative outlet.
And the fun thing you don’t know about me, I want to be a makeup artist. I have a total obsession with makeup and nails! I paint my nails in fun crazy ways about every 4 days.   There is an old thread at GS with a few photos of my nails, I need to post some more soon. 

What is something new to you that you’ve accomplished recently? A challenge or goal you’ve completed?

Well, inspired by Jill’s monthly Mystery Challenge in Feb, I learned to Zentangle! It is a kind of doodling. I’m totally hooked!! Here is my first ever Zentangle- 

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

For me, what I would REALLY love to do is, get a RV and take a long road trip with my kids! It’s more about the journey than the destination for me. My mom had a great quote she says’ “Not all who wander are lost.” I love that!

I can tell you that that is also a dream of mine! Someday I would love to just pack up and drive wherever the road takes us. Great quote!

We have all experienced, in some way or another, this beautiful weather going about the country. Spring is finally here! What is your favorite Springtime activity?

My favorite springtime activity, sitting outside in a comfy chair and breathing in the clean country air. 

What was the last book you read, and would you recommend it?

It was The Hunger Games ;) And YES I recommend it! I’m now on the 3rd book in the series. Love it!

What is the one song you have on repeat right now (because, you know everyone has that ONE song)?

Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift, and We Are Young by FUN 

Just yesterday, I’m pretty sure I listened to We Are Young half a dozen times, if not more, myself! Awesome song!

And before we go, look to your left, first thing you see… GO!

My dining room table, with Pizza boxes from dinner on it (we have pizza and watch Survivor every Wednesday).

Thank you Ginger, for taking time to answer my few questions, and letting us get to know you just that much more. We all appreciate everything you do for us and totally pink-puffy-heart you! :D

I hope everyone has a safe and rambunctiously great St. Patty’s Day!

Team Spotlight: March Guest Designer – Erin from Secret Stash!

Good morning everyone! I admit, I got a late start today. It’s so easy to just ignore getting out of bed when I can make my husband roll out to get our little one up and dressed on Saturday mornings. ;) I’ve got my coffee now, so let’s roll!

As many of you have seen and heard already, Erin from Secret Stash is our March Guest Gingerbread Lady.

Erin once called GingerScraps her home and was truly honored to be invited back as guest of the month!  I asked Erin a little bit about herself, her family and her designing.

I am a mom of two awesome kids, ages 8 and 4. I love to read books (pretty much non-stop, I always have a book going!) and photography. I am also unnaturally optimistic.

What is one thing we might not (yet) know about you?

That I’m actually answering these from my padded cell? No no wait. Hmmmm. I like to sing.

What is something you’ve done recently that you are proud of accomplishing? Anything that you’ve tried that was new to you?

I recently guest blogged for Modern June, that was really cool. I’ve never guest blogged anywhere so I was flattered to be asked and the subject was all about loving ourselves. It felt really good to put some real honesty about myself out to the universe.

What got you into designing?

I didn’t get how it was done! I just wanted to understand it was all. I was totally loving making layouts but to create the kits, I was at a complete loss as to how they did it. I wanted to be “in the know.”

What inspires your designing?

Everything. I’ve gotten inspiration from my kids, a commercial, a book, my mood, a magazine, a movie, etc. If it’s in front of my face, it’s fair game!

What about your kit, Work of He{ART} ? What was the inspiration, your favorite parts?

In the GS store right now for 25% off!

It was inspired by my little art lovin’ mess makers! Both my kids are seriously into drawing, painting and coloring, they fight over who has the most paper and crayons [ROFL!]. So it seemed necessary that there was a kit just for the messiest of little artists. My favorite part about this kit is the color swatch I used and the slight vintage touches here and there.

In one word, can you describe your design style?

Mine. :-P 

What is the one thing you can’t do without while designing? Anything special?

I have to design in the morning when my mind is fresh and I HAVE to have a bottomless cup of coffee.

What advice would you give to aspiring designers?

Persevere. If you like what you’re doing, then keep at it. Keep growing in your work and keep your mind open to evolving and changing with the times. Don’t get stuck in a slump, and don’t feel defeated if it’s not cracked out to be what you were hoping. If your heart is in it, you can go places with it!

Lastly, if you could travel anywhere or anywhen, where or when would it be and why?

Ireland. Because my name means Ireland, and I just plain old think it would be sweet.

I can’t argue that! Ireland is definitely on my list of places to see. I want to thank Erin for taking time out and telling us a little bit more about herself. Remember you can get Work of He{ART} in the GS shop RIGHT NOW!  So, whatya waiting for? ;)

 

 

 

Team Spotlight: Craft-tastrophic!

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope your weekend has started off wonderful. Were you able to sleep in? Have that big cup of coffee in your fuzzy slippers?

This week’s Team Spotlight member is Ivonne from Craft-tastrophic!

She’s our March Grab Bag designer (which you can get for FREE with a $10 purchase in the store!).  Which I can say I actually have already after a teeny little shopping spree last night! It’s a very versatile pack, so I highly advise you to get shoppin’! ;)

Earlier this week I caught up with her and asked her a little bit about herself.

I live in Mexico, married to Jorge, 15 years ago and mother to Keila 6yo, I like spinning and Zumba as well as swimming in the beach… let´s say… Hawaii :D

How did you begin designing?

I bought my PSP to edit pictures and to create images to make cards, then I discover digital scrapbooking and got involved in a designer contest where I won a spot to sell in one store.

What inspires your designing?

Everyday, everything and love.

What is the one thing you need while designing?

I like to have music while designing.

In one word, how would you describe your design style?

I´ll have to say Craftastrophic-o :)

I then asked Ivonne about her kits- her first, best-selling and favorite. 

My very first kit is Family Memories, still available at my store, and still selling 

The very best seller is Neutralized

and my favorite kit at store is Fall-land.

All three are available in the store. I love how deep and rich her color pallets are.  One thing I really love about Craft-tastrophic’s designs are her templates (which I have added several to my wishlist!). Here is one in particular I can’t wait to get my hands on.

Go check ‘em out!

I asked Ivonne what her advice is for aspiring designers, she replied with,

I´ll say like in everything, prectice, practice, practice to achieve quality work.

What is one thing we may not know about you, Ivonne?

You may not know I´m a Pediatrician, it took me like 11 years to get there after High school. I also collect embossing templates, ribbons, and punchers.

Finally, I asked her to share the funniest little quip she recently came across, meme, joke, quote, book…

Hope you got a good giggle too, I know I did!

Thank you Ivonne for taking a few moments to tell us a little bit more about you and your designing. We hope to see many more beautiful kits from you!  And don’t forget ladies, to get your March Grab Bag!


 

Team Spotlight: Luv Ewe Designs

It’s Saturday, YAY!  My name is April, and I’m quite new to the GingerScraps community but I am so excited to be here!  Today we’re going to take a moment to chat up Jennifer, owner of Luv Ewe designs!

 

She is currently hosting the grab bag this month (FREE when you spend $10 in the store), so get it while you still can!

 

I asked Jennifer a little bit about herself, about her family and some of her other interests:

I am married and had a wonderful wedding on a beach in Jamaica. I have three boys and four step kids. We also have six indoor kitties!  Hmmm we have a boring family life. LOL  I toy around with photography so my kids are getting bored with me taking pictures of them.  But you have to capture these moments because they grow up too fast!  My boys are teenagers now and that is just hard to believe! They were little just yesterday! Besides designing, I enjoy scrapping too. I spend too many hours on Pinterest and playing with my camera.

How did you come to be a designer?

 I started designing before I ever scrapped! I started making siggies in a forum and created some elements that I wanted to use or these, and there started my Photoshop addiction!

What inspires your designing?

What inspires me when designing…I do ask my CT for theme ideas.  That helps me get started so that I can come up with some kits that they are looking for.  Pinterest has a lot of inspiration too!  I am addicted to that site!  I found lots of color palettes on there.  I grab one that I like and it leads from there.  I jot down some ideas of what would be some great elements and such for the theme.  Sometimes I look at kits from my fave designers to get my mind rolling.

I then asked her about her kits, her very first, best selling and her most favorite.

Well I don’t have my first kit that I ever made. It is long gone! LOL It was horrendous! I do remember it was named Blueberry and Bubblegum. It was pink and blue. My fave kit right now is Friends For Life and my best selling is Now Showing.

Both of which are available in the shop (and totally now on my wishlist- look at how awesome they are!)!

In one word how would you describe your design style?

Versatile.  I love seeing my themed kits being used for non-themed layouts.  My kits can be used in so many ways!

I’d love to know what is the one thing you can’t do without when designing?

I design with PS CS4 (Photoshop Creative Suite V.4). I do all my designing while sitting on my couch. I hate sitting at the table! One thing I usually have to have while designing is my Dr. Pepper. I am addicted to that stuff!

Finally, do you have any advice for aspiring designers?

Just keep learning!  There is always something new to learn with your program, networking, marketing, etc.  This will help you grow as a designer! I am learning new things all the time and still have a lot of room to grow!

I want to thank Jennifer (super much!) for taking the time to talk with me, and having the patience to deal with my many emails the past few days!  All while feeling a bit under the weather, sure hope you feel better soon!  We can’t wait to see what you create for us next!

I hope everyone has a spectacular weekend and I can’t wait to for next Saturday when we talk with March’s Grab Bag designer… and no, I can’t tell you who yet! :)

 

Kit Spotlight- Skirts in the Dirt

I have a super fun kit to talk to you about today. It’s called Skirts in the Dirt by Tabby of Scrapberry Designs and is a softball themed kit… for girls! I just loved the bright colors of this kit. When we think summer, it’s usually baseball and boys right? Well girls play too! In fact I played softball in summer leagues as a kid for years! This kit is a must for anyone who has daughters or grand daughters playing ball. Some of my favorite things in this kit included a pink catchers vest, Word Art, silhouettes, splatters, and a pink baseball mitt. But there is so much more in this fun themed kit! Here is what the kit looks like, isn’t it fun? It has a total of 13 papers and 36 Elements plus an alpha and numbers! Visit this kit here in the GS Shoppe!

I like to ask our spotlighted designer a few questions and this is what Tabby had to say~

1. what was your inspiration for the kit, colors etc?

My lead CT’s daughter is a hard core baseball player. She’s been looking for a kit to scrap her with but couldn’t really find what she wanted so I made this kit for Ms. Catherine. The colors actually came from her uniform. Here’s a layout her momma made showing her off

2. What is your method for designing kits, papers first ellies first?

With this one I went back and forth. I worked on some ellies and got a feel of where it was going and did some papers and then I’d do some more ellies until I felt it was finished.
3. What do you design to? Music, tv complete silence?

Ummm, whats music, tv, or completed silence? LOL. In a house with three little boys I pretty much here growling, crying, or fighting all day long. Now in a dream world I’d have an office with a door and my kids would go play in their play room and let me listen to some good old 80′s music and get into “my zone” and have some mommy time. But, as I said, that’s just a dream :P.

Poor Tabby, I like to design and scrap to music myself, but 3 boys sounds like a handful!

Here are some gallery stand outs I found with this fantastical kit!

This one is by Kimmiescraps. I love the attitude captured in the main photo!

And here is a feebie QP made with this kit! Snag it HERE

Kit Spot Light- Water Get Away by MandyMade

Every Tuesday, here at the Gingerscraps blog, I ScrappyCocoa AKA Stephanie will be doing product and designer spot lights. This  week I wanted to spotlight one of my new favorite summer kits- Water Get Away by Mandy Made. This kit is SO FUN! It is seriously loaded, with 25 papers and 88 {yes I said 88 not a typo!} elements and 2 alphas! This kit is perfect for pretty much all your summer LO’s! It has the usual summer elements such as fish, a boat, and all other sea creatures- but wait there’s more! Mandy has many creative summer elements as well. Including a kayak, jet ski, floaties, a rubber pool, paddles, goggles, snorkel, flip flops and my personal favorite, a water gun! See what I mean? This kit can last you all summer long! In addition to the 25 patterned papers, she also has a fabulous pack of carstock available!  Just look at this preview!!! Check out this kit HERE

I asked Mandy a few questions about this fantastic kit! Here is what she had to say-

What was your inspiration, ie colors, all those fun ellies etc?

I get my inspiration in all kinds of places. I may have a set of photos that I want to scrap so i’ll pull a theme and colors from there. Sometimes I surf the net looking through travel, wedding and craft sites. I find I work well when I’m assigned a color palette and theme such as GS collabs… I love a good challenge!

How do you make a kit start to finish, papers or ellies first? Make a list of ideas?

Well I used to start with the papers only because I find them so darn easy and fun to create as I love texture! These days I’ve been creating my elements first. My last couple of products are a part of the Getaway Series. Each kit uses the same color palette and has unique themed elements. So I’m finding that I’ve been inspired to create the elements first to nail down a theme. I have found my facebook page to be quite an asset lately. {Find Mandy’s FB Page HERE} We chit chat back and forth with ideas for my new kits and my fans have a chance to win my kits for free. The one I’m working on now is a camping/fishing themed kit and I have a long list of themed elements to create! I haven’t even begun to think about papers! This might end up as a mega kit!

What do you design to? music tv peace and quiet?

I have to design to music or a movie. I have duel screens for my computer so I either have Yahoo’s coffee House station playing or watching one of my many movies for the 100th time. I need to close my door so I have peace and quiet, I then I fill the room with noise! Oh I also light incense and candles, dim the lights…. and munch on some sort of candy! Once all my senses are pleased I can get so much done! Wow what a Diva… only Mariah Carey has more Diva requests!

Well there you have it! Lets look at some great LO’s with this kit!

Like I said, I have already done 3 LO’s with this kit. But I am just going to show you my favorite. Like I said I loved the water gun and I so happened to have the perfect pictures! Everything in this LO is 100% Mandy Made. Including the template!

Here are some gallery stand-outs with Mandy’s Fabulous kit!

Sarah-ICS made this adorable LO. {She made quite a few with this kit, it was hard to choose just one!}

And here is one from Mandy herself! I love the title work on this page!

Here is one from Cath. I love the simplicity of the pictures and the LO!

Thanks for reading In the Spot Light today! I will be doing this every week. I will also be cruising the GS gallery for standouts to post! So don’t be shy post those LO’s with Gingerscraps product! I’d love to show you off!

I have a freebie QP made with this super fun kit! {I also used a template by MandayMade! Yes she makes them too and they ROCK!} Don’t forget to check out this fabulous kit and others by MandyMade!

Get your Freebie HERE