Each month we get a glimpse behind the scenes of our Scrap Girls ScrapSimple Club designers, and this month’s designer is Laura Louie!
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1. When you started working on the club, what was the first thing you did?
The first thing I did was think about the time of year the kit would be coming out and think about how to tie in a broad-based theme. I didn’t want to focus on Valentine’s Day specifically, but I did want include the fun of chocolates and candy!
From there, I started looking around at various photography websites to see how photographers had captured the idea of “sweetness” in their shots. Once I had my general concept ready to go, I tried think about what sort of products I would like to receive if I were buying the kit.
2. What inspired the colors in your club?
When selecting the colors for the club, my main goal was to stay as gender-neutral as possible. My goal was to make the kit work well for layouts of girls and boys alike. I also wanted the colors to work well with adult or kid photos. As a result, I tried to stay with primary colors. Of course, the beauty of the ScrapSimple Club is that it really is up to each individual scrapper what color they want to add to their designs!
3. Where did you find the inspiration for this club?
I found a lot of inspiration on photography websites. I love seeing how photographers capture the concept of “sweet.” I saw images that ranged from candy to children. Each of them does truly fall under that description. I also looked at photos from a family trip to Hershey Park (Pennsylvania) and thought about the colors and patterns that are incorporated throughout Chocolate World and even their Botanical Gardens.
Lastly, I thought about my own photos that I wanted to scrap and how the concept of “sweetness” could help me get those pages done. For example, I took cake decorating classes years ago and was never able to find the perfect collection for scrapping those photos. I also have a sweet little girl that I love to feature in my layouts. I was very pleased to design a kit that I think will work well for both of those topics.
4. The club includes several products. Did you start and complete each one before moving on to the next?
I usually don’t finish each product before moving on to the next. Generally, I am working on a little of everything at once. I spend a lot of time drawing the embellishments in Adobe Illustrator, and they don’t always happen as effortlessly as I’d like! Once I start to feel frustrated with an embellishment, I switch and work on something else. Designing papers is usually easier for me, so I usually do those for fun when I need a break. Papers are always a wonderful opportunity to play with Blending Modes and textures, so designing those is my stress reliever.
5. What was your favorite thing to design?
Of all the products we get to design, my favorite will always be digital scrapbooking brushes! I just love their versatility and the challenge of playing with negative space to get them to work perfectly. I play around and struggle with them a lot before I get things the way I want them. I usually try out a few different versions of each brush before deciding on which one I like best. You can see in my screenshot (below) that I usually leave design elements around on my page and swap them in and out until I find a finished version I like.
6. If you could pick one word to describe your club, what would it be?
Sweet! I hope scrapbookers will enjoy using my ScrapSimple Club to feature photos of everything from baking goodies to their little sweeties to coffee time with friends!