Today we get to enjoy an inside look at the life & designing career of our September Guest Designer Liz Albers of Scrapping with Liz. Read on to learn all about Liz… and be sure to enter our giveaway contest for a chance to win Liz’s amazing new kit “Inspiration Starters” created especially for Log Your Memory!
Name: Elizabeth Albers
Location: Western North Carolina
Retail Outlet: Scrap Orchard
Please tell us a little about yourself … your family, your background, pets, hobbies, etc… Let’s see….I’m a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of 3 beautiful girls. I’ve been married to the most wonderful man for 11 years. I love taking care of my family & my home. You’ll often find me doing different DIY projects around the house or trying out new recipes on my family.
Are you a digital, paper or hybrid scrapper/designer? What do you like most about this method? I started as a traditional scrapbooker over 11 years ago & switched to digital scrapbooking about 3.5 years ago. I just love digi-scrapping because it’s less of a mess, it’s cheaper & I can take it easily with me wherever I go! I do dabble with a little bit of hybrid as well.
How long have you been a designer & how did you first get started? I started designing templates almost immediately after I discovered digital scrapbooking. I always loved laying out & designing my pages as a traditional scrapbooker. So naturally, I started making my own templates. I started sharing them on my blog & things just took off from there.
Is scrapbook product design your full-time job? If not, what else do you do? I call it my “night” job because being a stay-at-home, homsechooling mom doesn’t exactly leave a lot of extra time during the day. There are days where I would love to do it full-time BUT I right now my priority is my children & teaching them.
What software & platform do you use in your design work? Do you use any other special tools? I’m a PC girl. I use CS3 & I do have a wacom tablet that I use occasionally.
Has your design style changed over time? What has influenced this? I think my overall style hasn’t changed (maybe a little bit, as with most things) but I do like to try new things. So you might see me come out with a template set that is totally unexpected or you might see a template set & just know that it has to be one of mine because it’s “my” style.
What is your biggest challenge as a scrapbook product designer? Time! I love designing templates but I struggle with the amount of time that I would like to put into my business. I have a lot of great ideas (or at least I think they are great ideas) but I just don’t have the time to plan & implement them most of the time.
What has been the biggest reward or most fulfilling aspect of being a scrapbook product designer? Meeting new friends. Seriously, I never knew I could make such great friends with people I’ve never met. Plus it’s very rewarding to see people using my templates to capture their memories.
Where do you get your product ideas? Who & what inspires you? Hmmm…well, everywhere. I will sometimes look at magazines for inspiration… home decorating magazines, art magazines, clothing magazines, etc… My newest favorite place to go is Pinterest.
How long does it typically take you to design a full kit from concept to delivery? What is your process? Well, I make templates & it really just depends on the night. Sometimes I can make a whole set of templates in 2 hours. Sometimes it takes me every night of the week to finish 1 set of templates. Usually if I’m on a roll I just keep making templates until I’m just too tired to make them anymore. There have been nights where I’ve been able to finish up to 12 in one night!
I usually start with a general “idea” for the template set & then just go from there.
What has been your most popular product? My most popular products have been Traditional Temps I & Traditional Temps II.
What is your favorite kit and why? Actually, it’s kind of funny but the Traditional Temps I & II are my favorite. I made a whole album with them & they were super fun & easy to use.
How do you incorporate “real life” scrapbooking into your personal & professional scrapbooking & design work? I try to make sure the templates I’m making are something that I would use to scrapbook my own personal photos. I want my templates to be able to capture my moments as well as give other people to capture their memories.
What fills your time when you are NOT scrapbooking? Besides kids, homeschooling, cleaning, cooking & laundry… my family & I really love hiking. We live in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina & there are so many places to go hiking around here. It’s our most favorite weekend thing to do.
What advice do you have for fellow scrapbookers interested in pursuing the scrapbook product design field? Be unique and start out doing it passionately… do it because it’s something you love. Do it to capture your own memories. I think everything else will fall into place… with a lot of hard work & dedication too!
And now, the kit Liz created just for us to go along with our September Challenge Theme “Personal Growth: Education, Exploration, Creativity” from the 2011 Memory Logbook.
This kit will soon be available for purchase from Liz’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 sharing one thing that helps you keep going when the going gets tough. One random winner will be drawn from all comments received here on the blog as of 5 p.m. (Mountain) Wednesday, September 14th. Our winner will be announced Thursday on the blog. Good luck!