Meet the Designer: Meg of Ocean Wide Designs

GOOD MORNING GINGERSCRAPS! (imagine Robin Williams a la Good Morning Vietnam)

I decided it would be fun to bother Meg, our guest designer this month (Ocean Wide Designs), to tell us more about herself. We already know the basics, but for anyone who is just catching up let me share with you,

I live in Central California with my husband, Jeff, and our furry-babies… Riley, a small terror… I mean, terrier! and our two guinea pigs – Sparkles and Bubbles. Jeff and I love to travel the west coast, we like doing outdoorsy things like hiking, geocaching, kayaking, fishing, camping, etc. I work from home running our small businesses, including the Real Life Scrapped social network! When I have the time I LOVE to read cozy mysteries, bake goodies that go straight to my hips, work off those goodies with Zumba & my treadmill, and do crafty things like crocheting & embroidery.

She’s busy busy busy and still finds time to design and scrap!

This is (a) very casual harassment interview, so enjoy!

Designing: How long have you been? What made you start? What’s your favorite thing to design: templates or kits or both for separate reasons? Any tips for a beginner scrapper?

I’ve been digiscrap designing for two years now! That fact just hit me :) I’ve always done freelance web and graphic design stuff, but I must of had a lapse of judgement two years ago to start digiscrap designing!  I honestly started digiscrap designing because I wanted to make a few extra dollars doing something I was already doing and loving. It was hard to get started, but I’m glad I stuck with it! I never would of met all the people that I have if I hadn’t branched out to designing.

I love to design both kits and templates… for different reasons. Kits because I LOVE coming up with all the different pieces and making it all come together. Templates because they get me scrapping, which I don’t seem to do as much now that I’m designing.  I’m totally a template addict :)

Tips for a beginning scrapper… don’t get discouraged by all the amazing layouts you see everyone else make! You’ll get there someday too :) Don’t be afraid to become a participant of a community, like GS.  Scrappers are some of the friendliest people on this planet and are always willing to lend a hand! Plus we know how to have a great time :)

From one template addict to another, I love your Sea Charts (especially vol. 5 ;) ) I also have to agree with you on the don’t get discouraged bit. I was just looking at my own “first” layouts/pages and my oh my… I never thought I’d get to where I am today from those horrid things  masterpieces. ;)

What’s your favorite kit to date?

Happiness is…

I totally love the color pallet- I’m such a sucker for purples (and greens…together). I’m also a sucker for splatters, and you have a SUPER add on of some terrific splatters, so of course, I’m totally going to share ‘em here and now,

Here is some inspiration! Using this fun, super pretty kit is one of Ocean Wide Designs CTM’s (Rachel). Seriously awesome page!

Back to nosing around Meg’s personal life, shall we? Because that’s what we’re really  here for! ;)

This next question is vital, it was brought up in a previous interview and I feel it’s imperative for all interviews. Being a coffee FREAK, wait- I should be more specific- CAFFEINE freak, there we go- I must know if there are other crazies out there like me. So, Meg,

Coffee or Tea?

Tea… I love coffee and all, but tea is so much better :) Earl grey with natural bliss low fat vanilla creamer = LOVE!! I love all kinds of different teas, my husband usually gets me something tea related at Christmas.

I’ve actually been drinking a lot of tea myself lately, but I prefer English Breakfast, with just a little bit of milk. Definitely favor black teas.

One super quirky thing about you: 

Geeze, I don’t know anything that isn’t quirky about me. Ok… I’m a blend of English/Scottish/Welsh… but in High School I was president of the Armenian Club. Those Welsh genes for having an extreme amount of hair, then the Scottish genes for making the hair dark… I had everything but the nose to make me look Armenian. All of my friends were Armenian (huge Armenian Diaspora here,) and so I joined the club to hang out with them. Senior year the club voted for me to be president – AGAINST MY WILL!!! – and it’s something that’s followed me ever since. They said that I was perfect for the position because I was “odar” aka non-Armenian and responsible. My husband tells everyone I’m Armenian anyway, and they believe him… even though I don’t have the nose AND I’m seriously allergic to garlic. Oh… that’s another quirky thing, I’m allergic to the most random things – garlic, cherries, grapefruit, carrots, grape skins… 

First of all, I love the stream of unfiltered consciousness that is that response. Second, I like that you threw in your completely random allergies. AWESOME response, my friend.

Your top three places you want to visit (anywhere in the world):

1. England… because it’s where my paternal family is. My grandparents moved to North America after WWII, but most of the family is still there. Our family history in Great Britain goes past the War of Roses, so there’s lots of sights I want to see :)

2. South Africa… because it’s like my husband’s second country. He’s been there a lot, and I haven’t. He would move there in a heartbeat!

3.  New Zealand… need I say more? I almost moved there after high school to attend a university… but there was that whole issue with it costing an arm and a leg.

I say, YES TO ENGLAND! I’m a wee bit envious of your direct connection to that lovely country (I’m sort of a HUGE fan).

One last question,  What is one thing you NEVER leave home without?

My iPhone… I’m kind of attached and always connected. I do so much, that I always have to be available.  Plus it comes in handy when my grandpa wants me to look up sports scores during dinner LOL!

I’m pretty attached to my phone too, I try not to be, to “unplug” every once in a while- typically when the battery dies during the day and I’m too lazy to re charge it. HA!

Well, that’s enough poking and prodding into Meg’s life (for now, bwahahaha!). Meg is going to be hosting a special speed scrap next week!  So make sure to join her (us!), she’ll have a freebie JUST for showing up! I say that’s a WIN! So mark your calendars, and if you don’t, I’ll be reminding EVERYONE in the next few days anyway. ;)

Have a happy scrappy weekend my friends! And thank you Meg, for entertaining me, I mean, all of us! Look forward to the speed scrap/chat!

April

Weekly Wrap-up: A little bit sugary!


Happy Sunday!

I feel like the weekend is never long enough, it’s always come and gone in a blink of an eye!

I’ve got a little treat for you today! I caught up with Ana of Sugary Fancy and got her to share some fun tidbits about herself.  Ana is our Guest Designer for the month of August, and I just love her doodles and her sense of FUN!  I asked Ana to take a silly photo of herself – SMOOCHES!

 What are three things you MUST have for designing? 

Well it depends on the day…. LOL Some days I just need the total silence of the world and sometimes too much silence makes me crazy and then I need some music, something relaxing or inspiring! But I always have tons of folders and many windows opened :) I don’t drink coffee, I mean I drink coffee at morning (breakfast) and at night only… and I’m not that one who is always taking a snack, I usually like to focus on my work only and just drink water… well I can’t say the same about facebook, pinterest, etc. that’s almost always distracting me!! =/ LOL
What is your favorite part about designing?
I love everything about designing… I think I love doodling! hehehe! But yes, I love everything, doing papers is fun, coloring doodles, putting everything on the preview and choosing the best way for it to be.
What was your inspiration for “Little Miss Jolly” ?
First I saw an image with the colors, orange, yellow, pink, brown and I thought that this colors combo would be a good choice for a girlie kit, then I started thinking in about what to draw and add to it!
Do you have a design process? For example, do you plan something out ahead of time or do you just get an idea out of the blue and decide, “Yes, I’ll do that!” ?
I’ll say the same! It will depends on the day and of where my inspiration come from!
Sometimes a theme just pops into my head and I just start taking notes and doing things! And sometimes I’m on the web and find something inspiring and I just start creating! Well I have to say that also, sometimes, my mind is a complete blank sheet bwahaha and then I need to think, take some notes, ask my hubby about a thing and so on! :)
Do you have any other hobbies or passions in addition to designing/scrapping?
Oh that’s easy! YES, many many passions, besides almost all kinds of art, I LOVE  painting (love painting walls) , home decor (I have a little collection of magazines), craft, dogs, movies, music, chocolates,  etc, etc…. LOL
Thank you Ana for indulging us all with a little bit more about your fantastic self!

Guess what? I’ve got more stuffs for you! Yup.  Discussion thread is up for August’s Book Club read, What Alice Forgot!  If you haven’t started the read yet, that’s okay too! Never too late to join in the fun. :)

There are currently two CT calls at GingerScraps!

Roseytoes Designs is look for a few talented and dedicated scrappers to join her team!

Neverland Scraps is also looking for a some ladies to do a little bit of everything!

Calls are always so hard for me to resist! We have such wonderful designers here at GingerScraps! If you’re afraid to apply, DON’T BE! You might just have that special something a designer is looking for! :)

What else have I got for you? How about a freebie? JenC Designs has added something to our Welcome Wagon!  All you’ve got to do is join our forum (if you haven’t already)! Easy peasy! Check out this template she created for us!

Have you been collecting your Daily Downloads? Kathy Winters Designs has designed a positively LOVELY kit for us and it’s yours for FREE! All you’ve got to do is check out the blog here every day for the exclusive download link! Don’t miss a day, you NEED this kit! It’s so…happy! ;)

I suppose that wraps up my wrap up! I hope everyone has a scrap happy Sunday!

 

Weekly Wrap-up: Well hello there August!

‘Sup ya’ll!

It’s August! Can you believe it? I can’t. For real I can’t. With the start of a new month, we of course have a gazillion new things, buffet (GO TEAM!), challenges, DESIGNERS!

That’s right! If you don’t know by now, let me introduce you to TWO new designers. Ana, of Sugar Fancy, is our guest designer for August. I am suuuper excited! Check out these scatters she’s got in the shop for us:

I’m pretty sure I’m in love with these. I’m also pretty sure you need them in your life.

I’m pretty much in love with our new exclusive designer, Neverland Scraps too!

Wendy has been a forum friend for some time ( we were even GingerSWAPS buddies!) and I am suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuper excited that she has laced up her designer shoes and joined our lovely design team!

Speaking of GingerSWAPS, IT’S BACK!  A pretty awesome (unofficial) challenge that pairs up scrappers for a fun twist: swap photos and create layouts for the other person! Are you going to join in? We just might be partners! ;)

Have you been collecting August’s daily download? I can tell you right now, it’s freaking cute! Kathy Winters Designs have created a fun, happy kit that you NEED! (Well, I think you need EVERY kit, so.. you know)

You can get today’s download [here] . :)

Let’s not forget our August grab bag! Blue Heart Scraps put together an incredible kit full of crazy awesome things you NEED (see, you need everything).

The BEST part about this kit? You can get it for FREE by spending just $10 in our store!

Make sure you check out all the new challenges for this month! Along with our new August read for Book Club, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. I’m considering getting the audio book and listening WHILE I work on my challenges! Two birds and all! :)

I think that’s all I’ve got for you today friends- I’m sure I could go on, but it’s SO gorgeous out this morning I’m just itchin’ to soak up the beautiful weather. It’s been so horribly humid the past week that the fresh, dry air of this morning has me opening my windows and actually looking forward to going outside! I’m beginning to ramble folks, that’s my cue to let you all go check out the linkage here and the shop and the forum and and and and… Yup, lots to do and see here at GingerScraps! ;)

Have a happy scrappy Sunday!

Weekly Wrap-Up: oh hey there July! How did you get here so soon?

Hellooooo!

I know, a little too much for a Sunday morning, eh? Well, I’m riding on a fictional high- been in a reading frenzy lately! It all started with our Book Club read for July, Unwanted by Neal Shusterman.

 

 

I’d love just to pour out all my thoughts on this book, and for a young adult book, WHEW! it’s RIPE with topics to discuss until our brains melt, however I’ll save all the **spoilers** for the discussion thread. ;) After I finished that book I picked up another, devoured it and am onto my third book in four days.

But, wow, enough about me.

Recap! This week has been busy busy busy starting with last Sunday up until this point. First week of July, DONE! It’s a little bit scary how fast it’s flying by. We’ve all drooled over the new buffet, Away We Go! (oh admit it), been given a whole boat load of new challenges, PLUS new releases from our fantastic designers on top of it all AND our July Guest Designer: Wendy of WendyBird Designs!

I asked Wendy to tell us a smidge bit more about herself, since she’s so awesome an all.

How long have you been working with Hybrid(where did you start/how)?
I have always loved art and being crafty and I tried paper scrapping when my son was born, but it didn’t “stick” lol… I discovered digi scrapping in 2008 and fell in love! It didn’t take long for me to miss the hands on crafting, so when I started doing hybrid crafts in 2009, it was a match made in heaven! 

Best part about designing hybrid templates?
I love seeing digital kits printed and brought to life into 3D projects! I also love seeing how other crafters find new ways to use my templates!

Your favorite weeknight meal?
I love to try new recipes! I have a few dog eared cookbooks, but mostly I find recipes online – especially pinterest these days! Some of my favorites are shredded beef tacos and BBQ pulled pork sandwiches that cooked in the crock pot while we were at work – because after working 10 hours, the last thing I want to do is stand in front of the stove.

Hardcover or e-book?
e-book! I have a Nook Color and love it! I still have a collection of my favorite “real” books, but anything I buy now is electronic! I also do a lot of driving and listen to audiobooks to pass the time. I usually have 3 books going at a time – one on my Nook, an audiobook for me, and one that I’m listening to with my son. I’m so glad he inherited my love of reading!

Coffee or tea?
Do I have to choose just one? I like coffee, but only with a lot of flavored creamer (my boyfriend teases me that it’s just coffee flavored milk). In the winter I drink hot tea and iced tea all year long!

If there is anyone who could get me to really try a full on hybrid project, it’s Wendy. Check out her hosted hybrid challenge this month. Banner(s). Need I say more?!

So what do I have next for you? How about a whole bunch of sales!?

First up JenC Designs is wrapping up her Celebration Sale! You can save 40% on everything!

Next, today is the LAST day of Connie Prince’s Red, White &BOOM! sale!

Roseytoes Designs is having a store wide sale, everything is 50% OFF!

Last, but certainly not least, we say farewell to PsychoZoe Designs. She’s so sweet, I hate to see her leave us! She’s going out with a bang though! (I’ve already snagged some goodies! Fun with Tulle templates, get them. Right now.)

We will miss you Susie but hope to see you around the forum(s)!

Okay, new buffet, challenges and guest designer? Check. Sales? Check. Try to entice you into joining in on the Book Club fun? Check, check.

Aside from continuing to welcome all the new friendly faces I keep seeing pop up in the forum, that’s all I’ve got for you today! I hope everyone has had a terrific weekend, that we’re all hiding out in our caves from the heat and scrapping to our hearts content!

So… stay scrap happy friends and keep on scrappin’ on.

 

-April-

Fresh Baked for June 15, 2012

It’s almost summer! Summer officially starts June 20th in this hemisphere. That’s less than a week from now! I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for all those summer activities to start. Do you have any big plans? This week, the designers have definitely had summer on their minds. Spending time with family, playing in the dirt, getting fit, all of that good stuff!

Before I give you the amazing kits that the designers have cooked up, we have some sales we want to share with you.


http://store.gingerscraps.net/Unforgettable-Moments/

Roseytoes is also having a sale! 50% off most items, collab kits are $5, bundles are $8!

Don’t go just yet! There’s still some amazing kits to come!

Remember, when you spend $10 at the store, you receive an amazing grab bag. This month’s grab bag is by Unforgettable Moments. It’s perfect for the males in your life! June is the month of Father’s Day (at least in the States), so this would completely suit a hybrid project or layout for the special man in your life!


http://store.gingerscraps.net/June-2012-Grab-Bag.html


Collection: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Perspective-Collection.html
Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Perspective-SKD.html
Journal Cards: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Perspective-JournalCards.html
Templates: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Perspective-Templates.html
Elements: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Perspective-Elements.html
Papers: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Perspective-Papers.html
Alpha: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Perspective-Alpha.html


http://store.gingerscraps.net/A-WORK-IN-PROGRESS-By-Inspired-Designs.html


http://store.gingerscraps.net/Life-Captured-May.html


http://store.gingerscraps.net/Project-2012-June-Mega-Stash.html


Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/We-Are-Family-Kit.html
PreDeco Papers: http://store.gingerscraps.net/We-Are-Family-PreDeco-Papers.html
Border Clusters: http://store.gingerscraps.net/We-Are-Family-Border-Clusters.html
Extra Paper: http://store.gingerscraps.net/We-Are-Family-Extra-Paper-Pack.html
Word Bits: http://store.gingerscraps.net/We-Are-Family-Word-Bits.html
Temps: http://store.gingerscraps.net/We-Are-Family-12×12-Temps-CU-Ok.html
WordArt: http://store.gingerscraps.net/We-Are-Family-WordArt.html


http://store.gingerscraps.net/Dirt-Cake.html


Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Check-Out-Collaboration.html
Clusters: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Check-Out-Collaboration-Clusters.html
Stacked Papers: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Check-Out-Collaboration-Stacked-Papers.html
Quick Pages: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Check-Out-collaboration-Quick-Pages.html


Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Super-Awesome-You.html
Clusters: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Super-Awesome-You-Clusters.html
Stacked Papers: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Super-Awesome-You-Stacked-Papers.html
Quick Pages: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Super-Awesome-You-QuickPages.html


http://store.gingerscraps.net/Fun-Lovin-Boy.html


http://store.gingerscraps.net/Fun-Lovin-Girl.html


http://store.gingerscraps.net/Fun-Lovin-Kids-Alpha.html
http://store.gingerscraps.net/Fun-Lovin-Word-Art.html


Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-For-Nice.html
Alpha: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-For-Nice-Alpha.html
Stacked Papers: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-For-Nice-Stacked-Papers.html
Bundle: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Just-For-Nice-Bundle.html


http://store.gingerscraps.net/Breath-of-Fresh-Air.html


Collection: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Chic_Collection.html
Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Chic.html
Alphas: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Chic-Add-on-Alphas.html
Polka Dots: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Chic-Polka-Dot-Papers.html
Worn Papers: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Chic-Worn-Papers.html

Inside the Designer Studio: Meet the Designers

It’s Saturday! Happy weekend to you all!

I’m here to introduce you to our three featured designers this month. Our guest designer, May of Siamese Studio. The lovely Jennifer of Luv Ewe Designs has created our Daily Download for the month of June. Last but not least,  Amy of Unforgettable Moments put together a beautiful free-with-purchase kit for us.

Here is a little bit more about each of these fantastic women:

 Hi, my name is May. I live with my hubby of eight years in Bangkok, Thailand. We have one daughter, Janice. I could say that Janice is the one who introduced me to digital scrapbooking. I was pregnant at that time, and was reading other mom’s blog post. Then I saw a layout using some digital scrapbook stuff. It was so pretty! At the same time, I also heard people talking about “scrapbook” and was wondering what is it all about. So I did some search and found lots of digital scrapbook kits. I became a freebie hunter first, then joined a contest at a digital scrapbook store. That was the first time I’ve scrapped so many pages and fell in love with digital scrapbooking since then. After being only a scrapper for almost a year, I started to design and now it is my second love, besides of writing. I’ve been designing for almost four years already. I also love to cook and bake, but I could never get a successful result when baking a sponge cake. My new addiction is Paper Scrapping! I’d never ever did any physical layouts but I would love to try one day.

 

 Hey everybody! This is Luv Ewe Designs! My real name is Jennifer. You can call me Jenn or Jennifer, just not Jenny. I am one of the hundred Jenns among the designers here! lol I live in Missouri. I married my husband on a beach in Jamaica 6 years ago. I have three boys and four step kids. I also have 6 indoor cats. We have a big house with room for everyone! So I have lost track of how long I have been designing. I think it has been about five years now. I actually started designing before I scrapped, which sounds weird. I love looking through galleries at everyone’s craftiness. So much inspiration there!

 

 I am Amy Peck of Unforgettable Moments. My family and I  live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest just south of Portland, Oregon. We have two little boys Nolan who just turned five, and Ian who will soon be three. We are also helping raise our little nephew who we took into our home. He is the same age as our youngest. We have a busy household with three little boys running around. I am in love with photography and enjoy learning my camera and equipment and taking pictures when I can. I am four credits away from earning my masters degree in education.  I worked about 10 years in the early childhood education field before my first child was born, and when I became a mom I became a stay at home mom. [Aside from designing]  My first digi-love is to scrap, and record all of our families unforgettable moments! I love working with my scrap software so much that I was given the privilege of naming my father-in-law’s cat and I named her Adobe!

 

 

Thank you ladies, for taking time of your busy busyness to introduce yourselves! But…that’s not all! We always want to know more- at least I do! ;) So, I am going to put it to you, our readers, to ask the designers what YOU want to know!  Check out this thread in our forum, and post your question!  Next week Saturday we’ll find out just what we want to know! :)

Have a scrap happy Saturday!

 

Team Spotlight: It’s a BIG one!

We’re making up lost time in a BIG way!  Today we’re going to talk to not one, not two, but THREE of our incredible designers!

Alright ladies, please introduce yourselves!

 

My name is Jen – I’ve been designing under the name Jen C Designs for 2 years – and loving it! My husband and I will be  celebrating our sixth anniversary this summer and we have two kids: Luke, age 4, and Charlotte, age 2. I started digiscrap    designing when I was creating blogs for friends – I stumbled into DST one day and never looked back again!

I’m JoyLynn, living in Huntsville, Alabama with my amazing husband (seriously, he puts up with me and rarely complains, lol) and the two cutest boys ever (I have pics!).  Tyler’s 6, smart, funny, and just finished Kindergarten.  Hayden is a 4 year old fireball full of awesomeoness (who makes me giggle a bit too much when he calls you a “goose” and completely leaves the ‘silly’ off the front of it) :) I’ve been designing just over a year and a half, having started on a push from a designer friend (*waves at Ryan*), but enjoying the fun of learning more and more as I go along.

Hey I’m Rachel of Pretty in Green Designs, I’m a 27 year old stay at home mom to 2 little kidos Anastasia and Gage, I started designing by just playing around making freebies, but after I won the 2nd season of Ginger Scraps Survivor I was making full sized kits, and the lovely Ginger offered me a spot on the design team! So I’ve been designing now for alittle over 2 years now, and I just love designing even if it is a lot of work, I just itch to get these cute ideas out of my head! My Husband of 7 years works a strange shift, which gives me quite a bit of time to play around , lol.

 

Jen is our Guest Designer this month, JoyLynn of Blue Heart Scraps has provided our Daily Download for May (it’s super cute! don’t skip a single day!) and Rachel of Pretty in Green Designs designed our great Free-with-purchase grab bag!

We opened up the floor to have YOU ask these ladies whatever it is you wanted- here are there answers!

Jen, I’ve been a fan of yours since I started scrapping, even before I discovered GS! How long have you been designing and scrapping in general?

Thank you so much! I’ve been designing and scrapping since April 2010. Though I paper scrapped since I was little  I’ve always been in to creative outlets – but with two small kids, keeping my crafts and hobbies tucked into my computer!

JoyLynn, who is your biggest celebrity crush? ;) 

It changes…often.  Right now? Chris Hemsworth (yummy, yummy Thor — he could [insert racy hammer innuendo! ;) ] )!

Rachel,  if you had $1,000 to spend ON YOURSELF right now, what would you buy? (Groceries/bills/childrens’ things NOT allowed!)

That’s a hard one, I’m always last on the list, but I did just get my kitchen redone, so lets see….. I guess I’d get some new outfits, I’m a jeans and tee shirt kind of gal, and lately I’ve been feeling like I need a little bit more style lol, so yeah that would be a fun $1000 to spend!

Now for all three of you, if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Jen: Great question! Well I’ve already lived there to be honest. I would love to live in Vancouver BC again – I grew up in BC, moved to Ontario when I was 4 and then met my husband when we were going to grad school in Vancouver. It’s a beautiful city – but alas we moved – and until we win the lottery we won’t be heading back. Right now I love living in Belfast – we are so close to so much – and just a short hop on an airplane to all of Europe.

JoyLynn: Right where I am…but maybe in just a little bigger house.  My mommy is close…I can’t leave her  :)

Rachel: Oh, I wouldn’t move from here, I LOVE my home, the hubby and I have had this discussion before you know the “if we won the lottery” talk, I would just stay right here and fix up the house more and buy the land behind us, LOL.

What is your favorite kit of your own?

Jen:  That is so hard to choose – I think though that based on it’s popularity and that it’s about my little girl AND my team created such gorgeous work, I would have to choose Divalicious!

JoyLynn: Beep Boop! The bright colors, the adorable robots.  It just screams my boys!

Rachel: Oh do I have to pick! Well right now its the soon to be released kits that are in the “Free with $10 Purchase” grab bag, I really like the diversity I put in to those kits.

This kit will be released in June for purchase, but right now you can get it for FREE if you spend $10 in the store!

 Okay, now, what is your favorite kit that YOU didn’t design?

Jen: I love everything on Connie’s – one of my recent faves of her’s is For You.

JoyLynn: That answer changes pretty regularly, too. But, since the boys are just about finished with TBall for this year…I really need to pick up Batter Batter Swing and make some adorable layouts of them! :D

Rachel: That’s another hard one, geesh! Designing doesn’t give me a whole lot of time for scrapping, although I should make time! I’d have to say my favorite kit Right Now that I didn’t make would have to be Sublime by Sugar Kissed Designs, I just love the colors and the style… of course that super cute puppy of hers gets me every time!

Okay, one last question for each of you!

Jen, What theme/color palette have you never worked with but would love to?

Black, white and red is something I want to work with – I’ve had an idea in my head for a year – but never got around to it! 

Well, hopefully we’ll see something soon then! ;)

JoyLynn, what is one thing you hate to do, when it comes to actual designing?

Always questioning and second guessing myself.  I do it for myself, first and foremost, so I have to like what the finished product is.  But, I’m also designing for others to enjoy and want to create lasting memories with, so I always wonder if anyone else will agree with adding this paper or that element.  It’s scary to put your personal side out there and then have to wait and see if others approve of it.

I think it’s safe to say, we all approve of your totally AWESOME designs!

And finally, Rachel, where DID you come up with your designer name?

Well, when I created my user name for GingerScraps, it was just a silly play on Pretty In Pink, yeah the 80’s Movie…. lol so as I started playing around with designing everyone knew me as pretty in green so I just kept it, and I think it’s has turned out to be an awesome name! I get to call my beautiful CT team Pretty Girls, and it can also stand for digi scrapping being green friendly so, I’m stickin with it!

It’s a perfect fit! Digi scrapping IS totally green friendly, and your kits are certainly pretty!

Alright, that’s it for today friends! I’d like to thank each one of these ladies for taking the time to answer these questions (and more! there were too many to post!), share a little bit more about themselves, personally, silly and about their designing. Make sure to check out these ladies personal favorites, all of which are in the store right now!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

Team Spotlight: Find Your Bliss Designs

Good morning scrappers!

…and I thought I was dragging my feet last weekend, but I’ve finally got all my morning self-appointed chores finished and ready to rock and roll!

Let’s all say hello to Maaike – owner of Find Your Bliss Designs!

She’s been our absolutely lovely guest designer this month. If you haven’t see her designs and fallen in love with at least one, check your pulse.

A little bit more about Maaike in her own words.

I live in the Netherlands with my husband and our two teen sons! I love to digiscrap, have cropnights with my paperscrapfriends, I love photography, reading and just having fun with the ones I love!

How did you get your start designing?

I was a paperscrapper working in Scrapstores before and teached workshops and when I turned digi, I felt the need to combine those two and felt the need to design and I am really happy I started designing because I couldn’t live without it anymore!

What inspires your designing?

Everything!! Real life, colors I see,Pinterest, people around me, really, everything!

From your (beautiful) kits in our store, what’s your favorite? What inspired it?

I would have to say Always Strong, because it is such a diverse kit! They are totally different colors from what I normally use, but still the kit is very colorful and you can scrap real fun moments with it, but also very serious subjects and I had someone here on the forum thanking me for making this kit because she needed to scrap a serious moment and was inspired because she could use this kit and I was very honored!

An absolutely beautiful kit! I personally love your Stories kit, the color pallet is totally awesome!

I also love all the little talk/thought bubbles!

While you’re designing these lovely kits, what is the one thing you just can’t do without?

Just one??Wow!! Well, I must answer tea than! (and ofcourse everything you can eat with tea, and the tv or radio on in the meanwhile! Was I cheating with putting this between brackets?  )

We’ll allow it. ;)

What’s your advice for aspiring designers?

Think good about what you really want, what your style is and stick to it! And learn your program and how to make good quality products.

Now for some more fun!

If you could time travel to any time, when would you go and why?

I would go back 20 years ago to my parents house to see my dad one more time !

Your most favorite book turned movie?

Right now that would be The Help!

 If you could vote any FICTIONAL character into Presidency for 2012 who would it be?

Harry Potter ofcourse!

I’m with you on that! Wands and messenger owls for everyone!

What’s your favorite recipe to make at home?

A lot of mixed veggies in the wok with oriental oil, cajun urbs and sweet and sour sauce, a can of tuna in there and some basmati rice and along with that some backed seasoned tilapia fish on top! Mmmm (cooked in 10 minutes and my favorite meal)

That sounds positively de-lish!

What’s your favorite subject to scrap?

My youngest son Quincy, he’s 11 now!

Lastly, I’ve got to ask, journaling or wordart, which do you favor?

Word Art! I journal sometimes, but it always comes down to loving him so much and I think he will get that without seeing it on every page! ;)

I was able to chat personally with Maaike, and I’ve already thanked her but I would love to do it again! Thank you Maakie for chatting with me, and sharing with us more about you! You’re totally awesome and we love having you here!

You can check out the rest of her store here and definitely check out her blog!

I hope everyone has a super scrapperific 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? ;)

 

 

 

This Week’s Sneak Peeks!

Helloooo Scrappers! Beth here, with FANTABULOUS sneak peeks for you!

If you like color, and templates, this week’s sneak peeks will whet your appetite for some awesome digi supplies! You MUST add these to your collection! You will find each of these pretty products indispensable! I can see using all these collections in SO many ways, and I can’t wait to get started!!!!

So, again, here I sit at the shop’s front doors, mouse in one hand, coffee in the other, waiting (not so patiently) for Friday’s debut of such fabulosity at its best.

Folks, we have some seriously talented designers at Gingerscraps. You HAVE to check these out!!!!! But, alas, you to must wait until Friday. Come, sit next to me. Here, pull up a chair, and have a coffee….I’ll share!

Here we go with this week’s Sneak Peeks!

Here at Gingerscraps, we are highlighting SECRET STASH for the month of March. Come on over and check out this talented designer’s artistry and creations! I am sooo excited over this Sneak Peek!  Spring it on, Secret Stash! Spring it on!!!! Whoo hoo!!!

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Get ready for St. Paddy’s Day with this new kit from Jen Yurko…

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From L Drag Designs, we have this collection of pretty soft pastels, so charming and lady like! Love this!!!

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And from Keep in Touch Designs, we have this creatively cheerful collection of fun colors and a fresh touch of spring for you!

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From Wyld Web Designs, we have this fabulous collection. This just gets my creative juices flowing! Look at those polka dots, and this yummy orange color! Oh my goodness! I am in love with the colors, the embellies, and the pennant banner in this! Scrumptious!!!

And TEMPLATES from Wylde Web Designs….Who doesn’t love a template!?!?

Here they are….I’m totally getting these! Life made easy peasy, folks!!!! Right here!

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Gotta have it. Love the Angel Wings behind the photo there, and that sassy scalloped edging. Totally rockin’!

And more templates for you from Wyld Web Designs…this LO is done with a new kit from Craftastrophic, too! Rock on!

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And from Blue Heart Scraps, a new kit used on a template from Wyld Web Designs! Rock on!

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Just lovin’ these! I love a template that helps me with placement of different size photos amidst clusters of embellies. So pretty!!!!

 

And these are from Blue Heart Scraps…

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Let’s talk Collabs, everyone!!! When two or more designers team up with all their fabulosity, it ROCKS MY WORLD!

Look what we have for you!

A beautiful collab from Roseytoes Designs and Designs by Amber Shaw…

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New from Kathy Winters and Craftastrophic we have a beautiful and versatile collection of yumalicious bright and vibrant colors for you….

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Uhm, how cute is this!!?? Love those bright sunny colors, and those cute little frogs! I And there is a sun! Oh yes, spring is coming, this collab proves it!!!! Love this!!!!!! I simply cannot wait to get in the store to get this!!!

And as if I have not given you enough excitement, look what ELSE we have for you….

More Spring time inspiration! Marie H Designs rocks spring time fun with this!

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WOW!  Such a cute collection for friends, girls, moms, grandmothers, aunts, neices, or anything you want!  I think my pet rabbits will have to be the center of attention with this kit!

And, from Twin Mom Scraps, we have this collection of sheer lovliness….

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Just beautiful! Oh my goodness, I feel pretty, oh so pretty just looking at this combo of colors!!!!

And from RoseyToes, we have this pretty little number, a collab she did with Amber Shaw!

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Totally rockin’ colors and embellies! I think I have to get crafty with this one and do some hybrid projects with it. I think I will make some hot little notebook journals this weekend.

And another way super fab collection by Jen Yurko, above!

And below, something new from Blue Heart Scraps!

 

So there you have it, the Sneak Peeks of this week at Gingerscraps!

And you can have all this fabulousity tomorrow, March 2!!!

For now, enjoy your day and the friendliest digi site in the world, Gingerscraps! See you there!

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