North Meets South Studios!
Well, February sure flew by at our house, and March is upon us. This month’s Designer Spotlight is shining on the creative minds behind North Meets South Studios: Connie Prince and Tracy Anderson, aka Trixie Scraps. Their design styles blend so flawlessly, which only serves to reflect on their very long, strong friendship. Let’s get to know them a bit better. Ladies, get ready!
J: How long have you been designing?
T: I’ll celebrate my 13th year in business this October
C: I began designing digital scrapbooking products in 2004-2005ish, but officially selling in 2006.
J: Ah, so you both came to designing around the same time! Connie, what made you decide to start designing?
C: At the time the offerings were so limited, I was a paper scrapper and want to add unique elements to my layouts which I began to make digitally and print. It didn’t take long to realize I could do the whole thing digitally so much easier!
J: I think that’s fairly common, and it’s definitely part of my motivation to learn digital scrapbooking. What other craft let’s you have your cake (your digi supplies) and eat it too (use the same things over and over!)? Connie, what do you use to create your designs (program, additional tools, etc.)?
C: I use Photoshop CC, Illustrator. I also have a scanner that I use pretty often to scan things to extract.
J: I have 2 scanners and I don’t think I could live without them. Describe your design workplace for us?
C: It’s pretty minimalistic. I have a double monitor setup, that’s the most exciting thing about it lol.
J: I work on a laptop in my living room, about as minimalist as you can get! So, what motivates and inspires you as a designer?
C: I enjoy the process, coming up with an idea and creating it. The most rewarding part is seeing someone else use something that I’ve created to preserve their own memories.
J: That’s how I feel about my tutorials. I love browsing the Gallery and seeing layouts using some technique I’ve written about. Tracy, you’ve been awfully quiet… so it’s your turn! What’s your favourite kit currently in the GS shop, and why?
T: My recent “She Shall Not Be Moved” is my favorite because it speaks to my faith. And I love the colors!
J: What would your perfect vacation look like?
T: Sitting on a beach somewhere next to Connie with our guys. And preferably with some of the “mommy juice” she makes in my tumbler.
J: Hmm, that sounds… interesting! Maybe we need a recipe for that! Tracy, are you more likely to sing, or to dance in the shower?
T: Sing… I love to sing and serve on the praise team at my church monthly.
J: I love music. It’s a big part of my every day. I’m listening to folk music right now in fact! Let’s talk about another favourite of mine… food! If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
C: Chicken wings, hands down I am obsessed! However, if I could only eat at one restaurant the rest of my life it would be Waffle House.
T: Anything Italian, provided I make it.
J: I never used to like wings, and then my friend Patti’s hubby cooked some and I too was hooked. I love Italian food too. While we’re on a favourites roll, Tracy, what are your most and least favourite colours?
T: Least favorite is easy: orange Favorite is harder to choose… I like blue, purple and pink pretty equally.
J: I’m not overly fond of orange either, but yellow… ICK! Connie, what did you want to be when you were small?
C: I can’t really remember wanting to be anything in particular, I played school a lot so maybe a teacher? I did grow up and get a degree in education, but I didn’t really enjoy teaching very much so I retired early 🙂
J: Teachers are so under-appreciated. I think they’re super-heroes! Tracy, if you could have a super power, what would you like it to be?
T: Mind-reading. I am often too trusting and also often unsure of where I stand with people. It would be nice to always know what someone was really thinking!
J: Ooh, I don’t think I’d want that. I tend to think everybody is just tolerating me, and to have that confirmed would be pretty awful. Have you ever met anyone who’s famous?
T: Yes, I’ve met a handful of athletes because my husband owned and operated a sports memorabilia company for over 10 years. Among the list are Joe Frazier, Magic Johnson, Alfonso Soriano, Joe Torre, and Julius Erving. But there were a bunch more, too!
J: Cool! The famous people I’ve met are only famous in narrow circles, but that didn’t stop me from fan-girling all over them. That’s a good segué into this: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
C: Cameron Diaz, she’s just quirky enough!
J: And she looks like you a bit, so that would be believable! Tracy, can you play a musical instrument?
T: When the pandemic started, I began taking piano lessons. I’ve come a long way in the last 10 months or so!
J: I took piano lessons when I was a kid, but we didn’t actually have a piano, so practicing was a problem. Same with learning to drive… While we’re talking about celebrities, what celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee Connie?
C: Dolly Parton, she’s a hoot!
J: She definitely is. I feel like she needs a warning label: Liable to make you laugh and cry in the same moment. If you had a warning label what would it say?
C: I would have a bunch, but definitely: If you leave cookies unattended she will eat them!
J: I’m there with you! Tracy, the last question is yours. Aside from necessities, what’s one thing you couldn’t go a day without?
T: Coffee. I mean, I *could* go without it, but I wouldn’t want to!
J: And why should you have to?? Thanks so much ladies for sitting down and chatting with me. Our GingerScrappers have gotten a glimpse into your worlds and I hope those who aren’t already huge fans are converts now.
Before I sign off for today. I want to make sure you all remember that Connie and Tracy are hosting the Daily Download and the Designer Spotlight Challenge for March. To go along with their month in the spotlight, the North Meets South Studios‘ entire store (bundles excluded) is 40% off the whole month of March!