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December Featured Designer – Kristmess Designs

Hey scrapbook friends. Hope you are enjoying your December and are grabbing the Daily Download from our Featured Designers. Kristmess Designs and Aimee Harrison Designs teamed up this month to bring us a gorgeous kit.

I had a chance to ask them a few questions. Let’s see what Kristina had to say.

How long have you been designing?

Almost 15 years.

What made you decide to design?

I have been designing my own papers and such for years, long before I ever had a computer and when I got one I just started doing it on that one thing lead to another and eventually I started selling the kits I’d made.

What do you use to create your designs (program, additional tools, etc.)?

I use Photoshop and Affinity Designer on my iMac mainly, I also use Procreate on the iPad for drawings and watercolour stuff. I also use Affinity Photo and Designer on the iPad too although that is all fairly new to me.

Describe your design workplace.

Unfortunately I live in a very small house with 3 kids and no spare rooms of any kind so my desk is in a closet in our bedroom, the door came off and the desk went in, it’s a bit cramped but once I’m in my little bubble I don’t really notice.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

Oh loads of things, things I see when out and about, stuff the kids do, that sort of thing.

What is your favorite kit currently in your GS store and why?

My favourite kit is usually my most recent one and usually changes as I make a new one! It’s hard to say an overall favourite but I suppose right now it is my Reverence kit, only because it is the first kit that I made primarily using my iPad. I was travelling at the time I drew the ballerinas and made the most of the kit. I am still learning my programs on the iPad so that was quite an achievement for me.

What was your first job?

The first job I ever had was working as a waitress in a restaurant near to where I grew up, whilst I was going through college.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Lot of people actually, with my husband’s line of work I meet famous people on a regular basis. I also worked on cruise ships and there were quite a few famous folks came on the cruises.

What are you reading right now?

I am afraid to say I am not a big reader, I am dyslexic and find it very difficult and time consuming to read. I read only things I have to and try to avoid the rest.

What is your favorite quote?

“My spelling is wobbly, it’s good spelling but it wobbles and the letters get in the wrong places” by A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

What is something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?

Get organized!

You have your own latenight talk show, who do you invite as your first guest?

No idea, sorry.

If you had to delete all but 3 apps from your smartphone, which ones would you keep?

I think I probably only have 3 apps on my smartphone! I don’t use it all that much, except for making phone calls of course. Now lets see, I think I would keep FaceTime, Transit (local bus schedule) and Mail.

If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?

Oh the housework, most definitely! I can’t stand doing housework and I would LOVE to have someone do that for me!

Would you rather travel back in time to meet your ancestors or to the future to meet your descendants?

Ancestors for sure!

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head all the time?

Believe it or not I can’t think of one off hand, I guess I don’t listen to much in the way of commercials!’

If you could turn the ocean into a liquid other than water, which one would you pick?

Hmm, Fanta cos that would make it Fanta Sea!!

Thanks Kristina. I loved your answers.  Make sure to check out her GingerScraps store, her Facebook Fan Page, and her blog.

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