We’ve already gotten a taste of our July Guest Designer’s talents when she shared her fabulous free download earlier this month and her beautiful templates in our Challenge Chats. Today she shares a bit more of herself through a Q&A-style interview. Read on to learn all about Jennifer Fox… and be sure to enter our giveaway contest for a chance to win the full version of her full kit, “Won’t You Tell Me Your Name“!
Name: Jennifer Fox
Location: North Carolina
Retail Outlets: The Digichick
Please tell us a little about yourself … your family, your background, pets, hobbies, etc… I am a former elementary school teacher turned SAHM. I have two (mostly) darling children who are 7 and 4 years old. I’ve been married for 9 years and to my college sweetheart. We live in North Carolina with our dog, Callie, and our puppy, Max. I have an obsession with reading and usually have several books going at once. I adore yoga and hate running. I’m a Target junkie and could easily get lost for days in there. I think York Peppermint Patties are really the best food ever and I see no reason not to eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – especially when they’re teamed with a great cup of coffee. I scrap compulsively and take more photos of my poor children that I will ever admit. I love college football and pull for my alma mater year after year. I constantly lose things and I’m horrible with names – but I’m kind, caring, and sort of patient and I think that makes up for a lot.
Are you a digital, paper or hybrid scrapper/designer? What do you like most about this method? I’m both a paper and digital scrapper. I started with paper years ago and still love it. I discovered digi about 2 years ago and was instantly addicted. Although I do still paper scrap, most of my pages are now digital…it’s just so much easier for me at this point in my life.
How long have you been a designer & how did you first get started? I’ve been designing for a year. I entered a contest at Funky Playground (after LOTS of pushing from a friend) in the spring of 2009 and actually won a spot in their store. It all began there and I couldn’t be happier.
Is scrapbook product design your full-time job? If not, what else do you do? I don’t consider it my full-time job at this point. Right now, my full-time job is being a stay-a-home mom and all that entails. Once both kids are in school, I certainly hope I can call it my full-time job!
What software & platform do you use in your design work? Do you use any other special tools? I use a PC and design with Photoshop CS3 (though I’m drooling over CS5). I use a Bamboo tablet, too.
Has your design style changed over time? What has influenced this? I think it’s definitely changed. In the beginning I was just learning and so I was all over the place. I still don’t know that I hold true to any one “feel,” but I’m comfortable now with what I do. I think I’m a bit eclectic, but mostly paper inspired. I think I lean in this direction based mostly on my own scrapping preferences and my background as a paper scrapper.
What is your biggest challenge as a scrapbook product designer? It changes almost daily. Sometimes it’s simply making time to design. Sometimes it’s a lack of mojo or creativity and I’ll get in a slump that can last anywhere from hours to weeks. Other times it’s finding a color palette and theme that fit what I have in my going on in my mind. Most often, time is my biggest challenge.
What has been the biggest reward or most fulfilling aspect of being a scrapbook product designer? I think the relationships I’ve formed with scrappers, designers, and my own creative team are the most wonderful reward from all of this. Of course I love designing and seeing people scrap their memories with my products, but I cherish these relationships above the rest.
Come back tomorrow to read the second half of Jennifer’s Q&A. Until then, here’s the brand new release you’ve all been waiting for … the full version of Won’t You Tell Me Your Name created especially for Log Your Memory to coordinate with Logbook Weekly Challenge #29!
This brand new kit is now available for purchase from Jennifer’s store, but one lucky Log Your Memory blog reader will win the entire kit for FREE in today’s Guest Designer Giveaway. To enter, simply leave a comment below and tell us … if you could easily change your name to anything you wanted, would you? And what name would you choose? (Psst… stop by the blog tomorrow for a second chance at winning!)
One random winner will be drawn from all comments received on Monday & Tuesday’s blog posts as of 10 p.m. (Mountain) tomorrow, Tuesday, July 20th. If you’re reading this post via email or in our forum, be sure to return to the blog to leave your comment.
Our winner will be announced in Wednesday’s Story Board post. Good luck!
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