DD: NOV 20

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DD: NOV 19

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DD: NOV 18

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Post expires at 10:00am on Sunday November 24th, 2019

DD: NOV 17

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DD: NOV 16

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DD: NOV 15

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~October Featured Designer – Studio Jx2~

Happy (Northern Hemisphere) Fall!!! It’s finally cooling down where I am and I’m so happy. It was becoming ridiculous.

This month we have a treat. Our featured designer is Studio Jx2, which is a collaboration of the lovely Jennifer (Luv Ewe Designs) and JoyLynn (Blue Heart Scraps). I asked them both the same questions and thought I would do this Q & A session a little differently. Let’s see what they had to say.

How long have you been designing?

Jennifer: 11 years.

JoyLynn: Just over 8 years — holy moly!

What made you decide to design?

Jen: I started making siggies on Cafemom years ago and found out about digi scrapping. I used it in making tags. Then I created some stuff myself to go with the orders of the requester. I designed before I made my first layout actually.

JL: I enjoy being able to share a bit of my personality with others through things I create. It’s like therapy, in a way. When I’m sad or down, my products are darker in color and more reserved in theme — when I’m feeling the smiles or love or celebration, everything’s brighter and bolder.

What led you to decide to design together?

Jen: JoyLynn and I did a collab many moons ago. We loved how our designs meshed well (and so did our CTs) so we decided to take on a separate name just for our collabs. We have done too many to count over the years.

JL: We’ve collaborated on projects together a ton of times over the years, and always enjoyed how our styles blended together. Opening a new store for just our collaborations was a way to showcase them separately, because we LOVE them all!

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

Jen: Photoshop Creative Cloud and starting on Illustrator.

JL: Adobe Photoshop (still using CS5, because it’s not broken and I’m too lazy to figure out a newer version, lol), Illustrator, Wacom Tablet.

Describe your design workplace.

Jen: My area is a table given to me by my grandma. She used it when she did her homework. There are still ink stains on it that give it character. And my desktops sits on that. Not really fancy.

JL: Lately, I’ve been horrible, and worked a LOT in my bed, lol! I have a wooden lap table that holds my laptop, a huge tile that holds my mouse and tablet, and then the rest of my garbage (pencils and paper for 4839248302483209 To Do lists each week, drink, remotes, everything else) is scattered on the bed or on a side table. It’s been too hot for my craft table in the garage (thank you 100 degrees in October!), the kids take up too much room on the kitchen table, and I haven’t replaced the desk table I got rid of over the summer. It’s…an adventure, lol.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

Jen: Many things. Might be a picture and I love the colors in it. It might be a song I have stuck in my head. You just never know.

JL: Enjoying the process, seeing all of the beautiful creations people make with our products. It’s very humbling to be a part of how they choose to remember their lives.

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

Jen: Be Balanced. I love the colors and we all need to be more balanced in our lives. We are all so crazy, busy and need to slow down.

https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-Balanced-Kit.html

JL: Though I honestly love all of our collabs, my current favorite may be the Be (Im)Perfect Kit. The colors are gorgeous, I LOVE the idea behind it that nothing is perfect, but we can still find beauty in the imperfections

https://store.gingerscraps.net/Be-Im-Perfect-Kit.html

What was your first job?

Jen: Sonic Carhop

JL: Cashier at FoodWorld

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Jen: I did get to meet the Pioneer Woman’s boys when I was at her restaurant.

JL: We’ve had a few college/professional football players from our small town area…but that’s about it. Boring, I know.

What are you reading right now?

Jen: Well I am not much of a reader, so nothing at this time.

JL: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (the 2nd book in the Unearthly series)

What is your favorite quote?

Jen: You can do anything, but not everything.

JL: Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky. ~ Hafiz

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

Jen: Hope to go to NYC next year for the Thanksgiving Day parade. Have wanted to go for years.

JL: Actually KEEP a New Year Resolution? lol

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

Jen: Ellen DeGeneres. Absolutely love her. She has a kind heart, is giving and is funny.

JL: P!nk.

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

Jen: Jobulator (my full time job), Facebook and Instagram.

JL: My ereader app (because I try to read a LOT), Photomath (I CAN work out the multi-step Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 homework problems by boys have, but if I can save a little time on homework checks, I’m all about it!), and Facebook — because as draining as social media feels sometimes, it’s the easiest way for my not-always-social self to keep up with those I care about.

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

Jen: Make lists for me and tried to have them keep me organized.

JL: Talk to people for me?! I’m horrible with my words when it comes to using them verbally (written? I’ve got that down pat!). I get nervous and tongue tied and lose my train of thought.

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

Jen: In the past and learn more about my family history.

JL: Future

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

Jen: Like a good neighbor State Farm is there. Not sure why lol.

JL: I try to avoid commercials like the plague — that’s what DVR and the fast forward button is for 😉

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

Jen: Dr. Pepper…yummy.

JL: Sweet Tea. 😉

Thank you ladies so much for “chatting” with me.

Make sure to check out their GingerScraps Store for their beautiful kits. They each also have a Facebook Group and there is always fun things going on there.

Jennifer – Luv Ewe Designs Fan Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/LuvEweDesignsFanGroup/

JoyLynn – Blue Heart Scraps Fan Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlueHeartScrapsFanGroup/

Have you been grabbing the Daily Download? I love the sentiment of this:

Have a great rest of the month!!

~September Featured Designer: Mags Graphics~

Wow – halfway through September. I admit, I’m really looking forward to fall temperatures here in the northern hemisphere. I had the joy of “chatting” with Maggie from Mags Graphics. She is our GS Feature Designer for September. And I love that she gave me this awesome graphic to use. Under it, you’ll find some scrapbooking and fun questions for her.

Kit used on above is “Let’s Get Crafty“.

How long have you been designing?

Since 2009

What made you decide to design?

I’ve been scrapbooking in some form or another since I was 15 years old. Once I switched to digital scrapbooking vs. paper, I wanted to make kits for themes that I couldn’t find out there already.

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

I use Photoshop CC to design. I have also used Paint Shop Pro. And I take some of my own photos for silhouettes and extractions.

Describe your design workplace.

My office is my NERD ROOM! I have over 200 Funko Pops on shelves making a perimeter of the room. I also have other shelves of Buffy and Harry Potter figures and props. Plus, my main organization involves Post-It Notes… so there is a wall of assorted ones right in front of me.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

I like to make kits that look like they were created with paper or real materials, even though they are digital.

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

Ha! I like Big Stinker! Surely, there is NO OTHER kit like this out there!

What was your first job?

I started babysitting my neighbors when I was 9 years old.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Several at the Cincinnati Comic Con: Henry Winkler, Ian Ziering, Chris Rankin (Percy from Harry Potter), Nicholas Brendan (Xander from Buffy), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy from Harry Potter), and I went to school with Carmen Electra.

What are you reading right now?

I’m re-reading The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson… one of my all-time favorites!

What is your favorite quote?

“You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait, the less likely you are to find it at all.” – Dead Poet’s Society.

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

Indoor Skydiving

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

Joss Whedon (Creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

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

Waze, PokemonGo, iTrackBites

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

COOK all of our meals!!

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

That’s tough! I’m intrigued by both! I’ll say Future.

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

None – I skip commercials! 😉

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

My husband’s amazing Bourbon Slush!

Thank you to Maggie for indulging me!! Make sure to check our her GS Store, her Facebook Fan Page, her Facebook Group, and her blog!!

Are you grabbing the Daily Download this month?

And she has these great add-on packs to match:

Plus she has a sale going until the 23rd. All sorts of goodness and fun this month!

~August Feature Designer – Magical Scraps Galore~

Hey there everyone. Just popping in here to talk about our August Feature Designer. This month we are focusing on Marina of Magical Scraps Galore. She was awesome about answering the questions I had for her. Let’s see what she had to say.

How long have you been designing?

I started designing in 2011, so it’s been 8 years now.

What made you decide to design?

I started to make my own digital papers and embellishments for scrapping our second trip to Disney World, which of course were very basic. I had so much fun that I decided that I wanted to learn more about digital scrapbook designing, so I spent hours and hours reading and watching Photoshop tutorials. Then I took park in the design challenges hosted by MouseScrappers, and after that I opened my first shop in 2013.

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

I use Photoshop, Illustrator, and ArtRage.

Describe your design workplace.

I design in my studio at home, with my two cats sleeping by my computer or on my lap.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

My main motivation and inspiration are my kids and my trips around the world.

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

Mmmm this is a tough one … I have several kits that I love, especially my travel collection, but one of my favorite kits is Destinations: Road Trip. I love the colors and the retro feel.

What was your first job?

My first job was as a proofreader for a consulting firm.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Yes, I met Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films)

What are you reading right now?

I’m currently reading Book 2 of the Game of Thrones series (A Song of Ice and Fire)

What is your favorite quote?

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.

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

Next year I’m celebrating both my 50th birthday and 20th wedding anniversary with a roadtrip from Mt Rushmore to Las Vegas, making stops in many Utah and Arizona National Parks.

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

Jason Momoa

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

I’d keep Spotify, Instagram, and my running app.

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

I’d have them cook!

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

To the future, definitely!

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

I’d say none, I’ve been watching Netflix only lately.

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

Red wine!

Thank you so much Marina!!

Make sure to check our her GingerScraps store, her Facebook Fan Page, her Facebook Group, and her webpage (she has some freebies if you sign up for her newseletter).

She’s having a sale all month to celebrate being our Feature Designer. And make sure you are grabbing the Daily Download as well.

Have a great day!!

~July Featured Designer – CathyK Designs~

Hey everyone!! I’m sliding in here a bit late with this blog post. With vacation and getting my son ready to go to Belgium for two weeks, I completely lost track of time. Hope your July is going well.

Let’s jump right into my interview with our July Designer – Cathy from CathyK Designs.

How long have you been designing?

I opened my first digi shop in 2008, so about 11 years.

What made you decide to design?

I started making some freebies just for fun, then got hooked!

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

I use Photoshop CS4 and Inkscape, though I am considering moving to Creative Cloud once I update my computer hardware.

Describe your design workplace.

I have a computer desk with a desktop computer and large display in our family room. My work area tends to be pretty cluttered, plus I always have my paper planner and paper notebook open on the desk to scribble down ideas.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

I like seeing an idea come to fruition and then seeing how people use that kit to scrap their precious memories. I get inspiration and ideas from color, everyday life, my sons’ activities and interests, magazines, Pinterest, textures, a song, a good quote. Really, anything can be the inspiration for a product!

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

It’s so hard to answer that! I guess my current favorite is my Country Roads collection. At first, that palette didn’t appeal much to me and I struggled to find a direction. I actually started the collection with a completely different theme in mind, then our camping trips reminded me of simpler times, which made me think of country life (since I grew up in a smaller town in the south), so I completely switched directions and absolutely love how the collection turned out! Of course, the title is from the John Denver song that was stuck in my head the ENTIRE time I was working on it! “Country Roads, take me home to the place I belong…”

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https://store.gingerscraps.net/Country-Roads-Kit-by-CathyK-Designs.html

What was your first job?

In high school, I was a draftsperson for my father’s HVAC engineering company. This was back in the dark ages before CAD programs when everything was done by hand!

What is your favorite quote?

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I included this one in this month’s Daily Download kit, Chart Your Own Course, because I liked the message.

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

I’d love to take a longer trip to the mountains in our new RV. We’ve only taken short weekend trips so far.

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

Texting app, since that’s the best way to communicate with my young adult sons, Chrome web browser, since you can access pretty much everything you need just using that, and Google Maps.

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

Um, all the boring things I hate to do, like paying bills, organizing paperwork, cleaning, marketing!

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

Definitely back in time to meet my ancestors. Life would be pretty dull if you knew ahead of time how everything was gonna turn out!

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

“Bum-da-dump-bum-bum-bum-bum” from some insurance company.

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

Wine!

Thanks Cathy!! Make sure to check out her GingerScraps Store and  Facebook Fan Page.

Have you been grabbing the Daily Download? If you’ve missed any pieces, it will be available as a full kit in her GingerScraps store beginning in August.

Thanks for hanging out with me today!!