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!
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!