Each month we get a glimpse behind the scenes of our Scrap Girls Club designers, and this month’s designer is Paula Wright!
Find this months club in the Scrap Girls Boutique here.
What inspired the colors in your club?
As a designer, inspiration comes in unexpected ways. I was riding in the car with my husband and sons on our way to Idaho. They were discussing the cabin we would be staying in when I was struck by the colors speeding past the window. There was sagebrush that was a dusty green with mustard yellow blooms. The mountains were browns and grays and the sky shades of blue.
I thought it was a lovely muted color scheme with that pop of mustard yellow. Well, you can see the result in the February Scrap Girls Club, Buttermilk Road.
Where did you find the inspiration for this club and how did you come up with the name of your club?
At first, I wasn’t thinking of a collection when we started the road trip; but some products just want to be designed. When we turned left onto the road leading to the cabin, the road sign read Buttermilk Loop Road. I thought what a charming name. Every day when we returned to the cabin from fishing, hiking, or boating, I would see the sign for Buttermilk Loop Road. We had such a fun time on our vacation, I wanted to share the experience with you. Now there is an entire line of Buttermilk Road digital scrapbooking products.
The club includes several products, Did you start and complete each one before moving on to the next?
The first thing that I thought about with this collection was textures. In nature there are wonderful textures all around us. We passed an old barn made of weathered wood. That was what inspired the wooden frame embellishment. The collection includes branches, leaves and flowers. I worked on the embellishments and papers, then the clusters. I like using different alphas within a layout, so two were included in the collection. You can never have too many frames, so the layered frames came next. As I was working on the layouts, I wanted some solid papers and quotes. That’s how it all came together.
What was your favorite thing to design?
I really enjoyed working on the embellishment clusters. Layouts are so fast and easy when you use clusters. But, I really liked how the JIF 6: Buttermilk Road really came together. But, the only way you can get this JIF 6 is through the February club. It is a bonus item only available to club members. It includes all the individual elements and the Photoshop layered file.
How long did it take you to design this club?
That is a tough one for me to answer. We sold the home we had been living in for 14 years while I was designing this club. Packing, moving and designing were all going on at the same time. When I get inspired on a project, I am pretty focused and the ideas come together quickly; but some elements have to simmer for a while. I was a hybrid scrapper prior to finding digital scrapbooking, so I love the look of “real” found objects and put them in my collections. Detailed photo extractions takes time to bring them to Scrap Girls quality standards.
Well, that’s my club. I had so much fun designing it, I hope you enjoy using it!
Thanks so much Paula, for giving us a peek inside your creative process. I could almost see the scenery as you described your trip to the cabin on Buttermilk Loop Road!