~~January Featured Designers~~

I know – it’s almost the end of January and I’m just now getting this posted. I don’t know about anyone else, but work has been absolutely crazy. I’ve worked enough hours the last two weeks to take a full week off. If only it worked that way.

I had the pleasure to have The Cherry on Top and Key Lime Digi Designs answer my questions. Let’s see what they have to say.

How long have you been designing?

TCOT: I’ve been designing around 5 years.

KLDD: Summer 2013

What made you decide to design?

TCOT: I’ve always loved being creative on all kinds of medium since I was kid. I went from a full time professional to a stay at home to take care of my handicapped sons and I needed some other fun outlet to feel whole.

KLDD: I was on many Creative Teams and Store Team at a large digi site starting beginning around 2007 I think….After a while I picked up enough knowledge and increased my skill set to want to try the next step.

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

TCOT: I use PSE/PS/Procreate/a sketch book.

KLDD: I am still using the out of the box software from right before Adobe moved to subscription. As the saying goes, If it ain’t broke…

Describe your design workplace.

TCOT: Disgustingly neat and tidy. I cannot concentrate in a mess. A glass of wine or tea is as reckless as I get!

KLDD: Organized chaos. I am absolutely terrible at putting away and organizing. I constantly make “digital” post it notes to remind me to do something and then forget about it. I have 3 EHDs that I promise myself will be THE ONE that gets organized. As for my work space, I have from the beginning, and probably will always remain a desktop gal. I can’t do laptop.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

TCOT: Absolutely everything! Beauty is everywhere. In a cloud formation. The way the sun reflects on a gently flowing river. The cat napping in just the right position…

KLDD: I love good color harmony, so when I see it on a blouse at a store I will snapshot it or at least make a note of the colors that were in it and run home to make a palette of it.

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

TCOT: Awe, man! It’s just cruel to make me choose! My favorite template pack, (I assume you mean our own and not another designers?) would be the Planner series. I really dig those realistic, mock up types of pages, currently.

Link to all of the Planned templates: https://store.gingerscraps.net/search.php?mode=search&page=1&keep_https=yes

KLDD: I Belong to the Sea. When I was making it, I was in my element. I live in a coastal area, actually on an island chain, so I guess while making it was like being home. Bonus factoid: That collection began with the colors in the Little Sailor Boy Tin element. A close second though, has to be Indigo Serenade..I mean you gotta check out the CT Layouts on that one. They make me swoon.

What was your first job?

TCOT: I worked at AARP everyday after school, weekends and summers. I started at 13.

KLDD: Counter girl at a deli…hated it and never did food service again…LOL!

Have you ever met anyone famous?

TCOT: The list is very long. I lived in Florida where many famous people can be found and I also worked as a bartender in a huge, popular club not too far from NYC. I guess the biggest names might be John Cougar, John McEnroe, Dawn Wells, Green Day, The Ramones, Hootie and the Blow Fish…

KLDD: I would say quite a few, especially because they are here to relax. The latest one was Norbert Leo Butz. He played the middle son in Netflix’s Bloodline (filmed here in the Keys) and was in original cast of Wicked. He joined the local guys at a jam one night about 3 years ago. He can sing! It was great to be in a small audience of 15 or so people.

What are you reading right now?

TCOT: I’m a super geek. I usually ready between 3-5 books at one time. Half fiction, the other half…dork material. Currently, on my nightstand and in the John is Outlander (#4), The 4th of July, The Great Cholesterol Myth and Marijuana Horticulture.

KLDD: I have been reading a series on the kindle- The Peridale Cafe Mysteries by Agatha Frost. They are easy to do in small bursts and am awaiting Book 20.

What is your favorite quote?

TCOT: “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln

KLDD: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

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

TCOT: I’d love to stop shouting. Next year, any year…I’ve never gone a day without shouting.

KLDD: Become wealthy..haha.

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

TCOT: Ozzy Osborne! He’s a riot!

KLDD: Jason Momoa (Aquaman) would be a fun personality to kick off with.

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

TCOT: I’d need a phone with apps first…

KLDD: Email, banking and maybe one game.

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

TCOT: Take the darn dog out every time he wants to go outside!

KLDD: I would not as such, but I would welcome a “collaborator”. Life is a learning opportunity meant for sharing.

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

TCOT: Family…I’m an ocean away for a reason…I’d rather just stay right here and deal.

KLDD: BACK-remember the disappointment Marty McFly had seeing his self-centered kids…LOL!

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

TCOT: “When it’s time to relax, we’ve got the beer. Miller Beer! If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the beer.”

KLDD: None, really

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

TCOT: Check out last answer…

KLDD: I would not want to take from the sea creatures, so instead how about a kiddie pool of margaritas, like in The Last Man on Earth.

Such fun answers. Thank you ladies so much!!

Want to stalk them? Here are all the details:

The Cherry on Top: GS Store, Facebook Fan Page, Blog

Key Lime Digi Design: GS Store, Facebook Fan Page, Facebook Group

And make sure to grab the Daily Download. I know it’s late in the month. If you have missed the beginning links, you can always grab the full kit in the store next month.

Thanks for hanging out with me tonight!!

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