We introduced our December Guest Designer’s unique journaling templates earlier this month, which members have already started earning through our Weekly Challenge Chats. Today she shares a bit more of herself through a Q&A-style interview. Read on to learn all about Crystal Livesay of Designs by Crystal Livesay… and be sure to enter our giveaway contest for a chance to win her complete template set, “Book of Me • Year in Review“!
Name: Crystal Livesay
Location: Central Indiana
Retail Outlets (with links): Oscraps
Please tell us a little about yourself … your family, your background, pets, hobbies, etc… My name is Crystal and I am just a regular SAHM. I married my HS sweetheart right after I graduated and it’s been 8 years now this past November. We have three little ones. Two boys, Gabriel (6) and Ezra (4) and a girl Stella (2). I have always lived in this same area and our families are all still here so it’s cozy…though a bit cold at the moment! We have zero pets cause I am a stickler and don’t want the burden of them quite yet, though I see a cat in the future cause the kiddos desperately want one! As for hobbies, I don’t really have tons of time for much but I love a good book more than anything. I could read all the time!! It keeps me up way too late at times. I also home school Gabe at the moment which takes a bit of time but we like it!
Are you a digital, paper or hybrid scrapper/designer? What do you like most about this method? I am an almost 100% digital scrapper, but I have been trying a bit of hybrid and paper recently for the first time ever. I love the ease of digital and the immediate shopping possibilities! If I need a specific alpha I can just go get it! For paper and hybrid I quite enjoy feeling like I am being more productive. It’s nice to get your hands on something for once I think!
How long have you been a designer & how did you first get started? I have been designing templates for over a year now. It started on a whim actually. I made a template to post on my blog and people really liked it! I got a store offer and that’s how it began!
Is scrapbook product design your full-time job? If not, what else do you do? Well I consider it a part-time job and being the SAHM my full-time one but this is the only one that pays in actual money and not hugs and kisses!
What software & platform do you use in your design work? Do you use any other special tools? I use an HP desktop PC and it runs on Windows Vista. I mostly use Photoshop Elements 7 for the designing and scrapping. I do have a tablet and anything that comes with doodley little things I make myself with that.
Has your design style changed over time? What has influenced this? I feel like my template designing has taken a change for a couple of reasons. I feel like the market is oversaturated at the moment so I have tried to change my style a bit to be more unique like it used to be. Also, I have really gotten into being able to help people tell their stories with prompts and other things to inspire them in capturing their everyday.
Come back tomorrow to read the second half of Crystal’s Q&A. Until then, here’s the brand new template kit you’ve all been waiting for … the full version of “Book of Me • Year in Review” created especially for Log Your Memory fans!
This brand new kit will soon be available for purchase from Crystal’s store, but one lucky Log Your Memory blog reader will win the entire set for FREE in today’s Guest Designer Giveaway. To enter, simply leave a comment below and tell us about one story from the past year you’d really like to capture in your scrapbook pages. (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, December 14th. 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 Wednesday on the blog. Good luck!
Be sure to stop by the December Challenge Forum and share your response to today’s story starter! Capture a bit of your everyday, real life in the process, plus every day you participate is another chance at winning our $50 gift certificate just in time for the New Year!