Today it’s my pleasure to introduce our first Guest Designer for 2011 … Mr. Aaron Morris, otherwise known as Sir Scrapalot. Get to know Aaron through our Q&A interview below … and be sure to enter our giveaway contest at the end for a chance to win Aaron’s new digi-kit “Find Your Focus” created especially to coordinate with the January monthly theme from our Memory Logbook.
Name: Aaron Morris
Username: Sir Scrapalot
Retail Outlet: Funky Playground Designs
Please tell us a little about yourself … your family, your background, pets, hobbies, etc… I am a dad to two amazing little girls, a husband to an equally as amazing wife, and a teacher. We live in the same community I grew up in, and I teach with some of my former teachers. I’ve always loved the computer and technology, and been crafty too. Luckily, these together have proven to be the perfect mix!
Are you a digital, paper or hybrid scrapper/designer? What do you like most about this method? I am purely digital. I love that I can go to bed at night and not have to think about cleaning up my workspace.
How long have you been a designer & how did you first get started? I’ve been designing for a little over three years. I got started because a friend was opening her own store, and she was urging me to start designing and sell there.
Is scrapbook product design your full-time job? If not, what else do you do? I am a full-time 7th grade Math teacher. I’ve been teaching for about 10 years, and I recently became licensed to be a school administrator.
What software & platform do you use in your design work? Do you use any other special tools? I use Adobe CS3 and Adobe Illustrator on my PC, as well as a pen tablet.
Has your design style changed over time? What has influenced this? I think that as I’ve designed more, my style has evolved. Also, as I spent more time actually scrapbooking, my style started to reflect how I wanted to scrapbook.
What is your biggest challenge as a scrapbook product designer? Sometimes I draw a complete blank when I am trying to fill out the elements of a kit. It’s usually where I get stuck when I’m putting a kit together.
What has been the biggest reward or most fulfilling aspect of being a scrapbook product designer? I really like seeing what other people can create using my products.
Where do you get your product ideas? Who & what inspires you? I get inspired by my two daughters, catalogs, shopping trips to Target. Really, I get inspired by everything around me.
How long does it typically take you to design a full kit from concept to delivery? What is your process? It usually takes me anywhere from 24 hours to a week; it depends on how inspired I am. I start with papers, unless there are some specific elements I want to make, like the snowman in Snow Much Fun. After papers, I move to elements, and then finally the alpha.
What has been your most popular product? My most popular product is my Christmas kit, Do No Open.
What is your favorite kit and why? My favorite kit is Snow Much Fun. I really like the colors and the look of the kit. It’s one of the only kits of my own that I’ve used for my own layouts.
How do you incorporate “real life” scrapbooking into your personal & professional scrapbooking & design work? I think it’s all about time. I work hard, and struggle sometimes, to make sure that I am using my time to the best of my ability. If I spend all of my time online and designing, I won’t have any memories left to scrapbook.
What fills your time when you are NOT scrapbooking? My kids, school, music, video games…my interests are pretty varied.
What advice do you have for fellow scrapbookers interested in pursuing the scrapbook product design field? It’s not going to happen overnight. I know that when I started out I thought I was going to be making the big bucks right away, and it just doesn’t happen like that. Like anything, it takes time and effort and patience to be successful as a designer.
And now the time has come to reveal the new digi-kit “Find Your Focus” we mentioned earlier, created especially for fans of Log Your Memory and the Memory Logbook!
This brand new kit will soon be available for purchase from Aaron’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 share one goal, challenge, project or dream you hope to pursue in 2011.
One random winner will be drawn from all comments received on this post as of 10 p.m. (Mountain) tonight. 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 tomorrow on the blog. Good luck!