Designer Spotlight

Meet ADB Designs!

This month we have two designers in the Spotlight, Karen Schulz (formerly known as Snickerdoodle Designs) and ADB Designs. It was my pleasure to chat with Diane of ADB Designs and learn all about her creative process. She’s one of my very favourite designers EVER!

J: How long have you been designing?

D: Since 2001

J: What made you decide to design?

D: Working for my husband in his professional photography studio after retirement

J: What led you to decide to design together?

D: We have been digi friends for a very long time and are very comfortable with each other, our design styles, and work ethic. I admire Karen’s talent!

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

D: Photoshop.

J: Describe your design workplace.

D: I have a messy office in the my home. The cat lives there (hubby allergic) and one of our English setters comes and spends the day with kitty and me.

J. What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

D: My family history-genealogy passion <Jan whispers, “ME TOO!!”>

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

D: My all time favorite is Patriots & Loyalists to help scrap Revolutionary War era family history work (though it works for many other pages too)

J: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

D: Oh dear….not sure

J: What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play? 

D: prefers not to respond

J: What did you want to be when you were small?

D: A psychologist

J: Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

D: Family

J: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

D: Emma Thompson
J: If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

D: “Does not suffer fools well”

J: What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?

D: Kamala Harris

Thank you for sharing this with us! Thank you too for the DISCOUNT COUPON you’re offering for this month. Karen‘s coupon code for 25% off your purchase (bundles excluded – they’re already a phenomenal bargain!) is ks-dd-sept-2020 and Diane‘s code, also for 25% off your purchase, is adb-dd-sept-2020. Both coupons are in effect until 11:59 pm Eastern time on September 30, 2020. Ooh, and don’t forget to grab the Daily Download!! It’s SOOOO stinkin’ cute! (Links are found here on the GingerScraps Blog.)

Designer Spotlight: Down This Road

 

Whoa… it’s August already! Who saw that coming? New month, new Designer Spotlight… Have you met Angie, the creative mind behind Down This Road Designs? Before we get to the Q&A part of this post, you need to know that Angie‘s ENTIRE STORE is on SALE for 40% off for the WHOLE MONTH of August!! (Guess where I’m going when I’m done here…)

Now let’s get to know Angie.

J: How long have you been designing?

A: I started designing in 2009. I have taken some breaks, but love it so much I couldn’t stay away. 11 years

J: What made you decide to design?

A: I just started playing around in Photoshop. When I saw a design contest in 2009, I entered that and ended up being a finalist, that was it….I was hooked.

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

A: I use Photoshop, Illustrator and my iPad.

J: Describe your design workplace.

A: I have a desktop (Windows) with a dual screen. We have an office/ craft area in our home and that is where I spend my time designing.

J: What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

A: My life and the things we like to do, my family and my mood are the sources for my kit themes. I like to watch trends of colors too.

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

A: I like With Brave Wings. I designed it for my sister and her battle with cancer so it means a lot to me.

J: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: Pasta

J: What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?

A: I would have to say football and soccer only because my kids played those sports. I don’t know if I would really consider myself a spectator of sports in general but a child of mine in the field keeps me very interested.

J: What did you want to be when you were small?

A: Teacher

J: Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

A: My family

J: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

A: Reese Witherspoon

J: If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

A: Quiet but always watching.

J: What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?

A: Tabitha Brown

And now we know Angie a wee bit better. But before I forget, make sure to check out Angie‘s Daily Download. It’s AMAZING!! I know you’re gong to love it, so just pop back here to the Blog every day and get your kit.

Designer Spotlight: Miss Fish

Whoops… I apologize – had a brain fart and got sidetracked by planting my containers yesterday. So without further ado, let me introduce you to Juli, the most awesome Miss Fish!

 

Jan: How long have you been designing?

Juli: It will be 4 years in August.

Jan: What made you decide to design?

Juli: I had been a digital scrapbooker for over 14 years. I needed to make a little extra money to do some fun things for myself, like get pedicures and highlights in my hair. Sometimes I’m extra nice and buy my kids and my husband little gifts too.

Jan: What led you to decide to design together?

Juli: Jennifer and I have been real life friends for years. We have similar personalities and tastes. I love working with her because she makes me laugh and pushes me to be a better designer.

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

Juli: Adobe Photoshop CC

Jan: Describe your design workplace.

Juli: I do most of my designing from laptop which is located in our family room. I have a double wide monitor I use and this set up allows me to work in our main family space so I’m still with everyone while I’m working.

Jan: What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

Juli: I love patterns and colors and sayings. I’ve always been a creative person and creating templates and kits is so much fun and let’s me create things I would like to work with myself.

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

Juli: I make many more templates than kits – I love this one: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Big-and-Little-3-Templates-by-Miss-Fish.html I think it’s an easy pack to theme for any photos and would work with just about any kit. Also, I love that it has so man photo spots!

Jan: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Juli: Ribeye steak, loaded baked potato, steamed broccoli and carrot cake for dessert. These are all my favorite things that I don’t get to eat often (well, except the broccoli). They are always a treat!

Jan: What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?

Juli: I love to watch football. If we’re playing games I like Scrabble.

Jan: What did you want to be when you were small?

Juli: A Teacher

Jan: Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

Juli: My phone. It keeps me connected to my daughters and the rest of my family.

Jan: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Juli: Diane Keaton

Jan: If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Juli: Danger – will eat your cupcake and talk your ear off. Also watch for foul language.

Jan: What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?

Juli: Barack Obama

Ladies, thanks for sharing your talents with all of us!

Designer Spotlight: Shepherd Studio

It’s July. Half the year is gone already! Today I’ve got a treat for you… let’s get to know a bit about Jenn, the scrapper also known as catgoddess and the designer behind Shepherd Studio.

 

Jan: How long have you been designing?
Jenn: In some form or another, for 14 years.

Jan: What made you decide to design?
Jenn: Mostly peer pressure. haha

Jan: What led you to decide to design together?
Jenn: Miss Fish and I are old friends and it’s so much fun to design together.

Jan: What do you use to create your designs (program, additional tools, etc.)?
Jenn: I use PaintShop Pro and Illustrator

Jan: Describe your design workplace.
Jenn: It’s a bit more cluttered now working at home due to COVID, but it’s a large workspace/spare bedroom. I have multiple desk spaces for computer work (with two monitors – a must have!), for crafts, and for my Silhouette.

Jan: What motivates and inspires you as a designer?
Jenn: Mostly color and patterns. My kits are always filled with different patterns.

Jan: What is your favorite kit currently in your GS store and why?
Jenn: My current favorite is Tropical Fun. I love the bright, summery color palette and the animals (especially the turtle!) always make me smile.

Jan: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Jenn: Enchiladas

Jan: What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?
Jenn: Tennis

Jan: What did you want to be when you were small?
Jenn: A paleontologist

Jan: Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?
Jenn: Laughing with my husband (Jan: I read that as laughing AT my husband the first time… ’cause that would be me!)

Jan: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
Jenn: Kate Winslet

Jan: If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Jenn: Occasionally spicy

Jan: What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?
Jenn: Paul Rudd

Public service announcement: Shepherd Studio‘s entire store is 40% off from July 17th to the 31st! Don’t forget to collect all the parts of the Daily Download too… free stuff!

Check back tomorrow and meet Miss Fish.

Designer Spotlight: NMSS

Greetings and salutations! I know you’re all wondering why I’m popping up and it’s not Tuesday. Well, I’m stepping in to bring you the March Designer Spotlight. We’re chatting with the lovely Connie Prince, the South half of North Meets South Studios. Let’s get to know her a bit better, shall we?

J: How long have you been designing?

I began designing digital scrapbooking products in 2004-2005ish, but officially selling in 2006.

J: What made you decide to design?

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: What led you to decide to design together?

Tracy & I developed a friendship early on. I think the progression into forming a brand together just happened. At the time she lived in the northeast and I am of course from the south. We named our brand North Meets South Studios. She’s in the midwest now, but you really can’t take the New Jersey out of a girl so we are sticking with our original name lol.

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

I use Photoshop CC, Illustrator. I also have a scanner that I use pretty often to scan things to extract.

J: Describe your design workplace.

It’s pretty minimalistic. I have a double monitor setup, that’s the most exciting thing about it lol.

J: What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

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

About A Boy is my current favorite (usually my latest is my favorite lol).

J: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

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.

J: What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?

None of them? lol I’ll watch some when the Olympics are on.

J: What did you want to be when you were small?

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: Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

My phone or computer!

J: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Cameron Diaz, she’s just quirky enough!

J: If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

I would have a bunch, but definitely: If you leave cookies unattended she will eat them!

J: What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?

Dolly Parton, she’s a hoot!

J: These two designers are very talented. I hope you’ll give their store a look and that you’ll take part in the Designer Spotlight challenge. And don’t forget to pick up your Daily Download here on the Blog!

February Featured Designer Part 1 – Aimee Harrison Designs

So crazy to believe February is more than half over. Have you been collecting the daily downloads from our featured designers this month?

Today I have Part 1 of my Q & A session with our designers. Today we’ll chat with Aimee Harrison Designs.

How long have you been designing?

I have been designing since July 2009.

What made you decide to design?

I had just started scrapbooking digitally, from paper, and decided that I wanted to create my own kits after a few weeks of scrapping. It really spoke to me.

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

I use Adobe Photoshop.

Describe your design workplace.

I have a big desk in my bedroom with a printer/scanner, a second computer and an aquarium for my two frogs next to me.

What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

Telling stories is what motivates me. Color inspires me. History, Geography do too.

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

I really love the soft morning colors of my latest kit, I Love Mornings. Morning is my favorite time of day and to me it really inspires me to want to create.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Oh, that’s hard, LOL! One thing I absolutely love is my boyfriends steak taco’s. I also love avocado and egg toast. I could eat both of those daily.

What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?

I love high school and college wrestling. Not WWF. But real, Roman Greco style wrestling. I was the wrestling manager while in high school and the sport still is the most exciting for me to watch.

What did you want to be when you were small?

I wanted to be either and Archaeologist or an artist. I feel that I fulfilled my dreams. I majored in Anthropology in College and spent a lot of time doing Archaeology as well as being a designer!

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

I cannot go without coffee. I don’t even drink it to stay awake, I drink it for the delicious taste!

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

I think that Winona Rider would be a good fit. Sort of quirky and fun. A bit off balance but in a good way, LOL!

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Warning: needs sleep and lots of it

What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?

I would meet Jane Goodall. She is one in a million.

Thanks Aimee!!

Make sure to check out her GS Store, her FB Fan Page, and her blog.

Also make sure you are grabbing pieces of this great kit each day. If you have missed any, the full kit will be available in the store in March.

Make sure to stop back in on Saturday for Part 2 and my interview with Tami Miller Designs.

~~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!!

~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!!