Designer Q&A ~ and a Giveaway!

Our January Guest Designer has already shared her talents with us through her fabulous free download earlier this month. Today she shares a bit more of herself through a Q&A-style interview. Read on to learn all about Julie Klaus of Julie Marie Designs … and be sure to enter our giveaway contest for a chance to win the full version of her amazing new kit!

January Guest Designer Julie Klaus of Julie Marie Designs

Name: Julie Klaus
Username: juliemarie
Location: Idaho

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My Blog: http://juliemariedesigns.com

Please tell us a little about yourself … your family, your background, pets, hobbies, etc… I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With two daughters – a teenager and a preschooler  – there is never a dull moment in my home! Even the dog is exhausted!

Are you a digital, paper or hybrid scrapper/designer? What do you like most about this method? I will always be a digital scrapper, it is really my main addiction. I have also paper scrapped in the past, and I have done some hybrid as well. Digital scrapping fits my lifestyle much better at the moment because it’s so easy to work on a layout for a few minutes at a time.

How long have you been a designer & how did you first get started? When I discovered digital scrapbooking in 2006, I had just became a stay-at-home mom. My former job was working with Photoshop, so I knew that I could create the products as well as scrapbook, but it took me awhile to get serious about designing! I began taking designing seriously a little over a year ago.

Is scrapbook product design your full-time job? If not, what else do you do? I also sell Scentsy products. I don’t actually do that for a “job,” rather I became a representative for them because I love their products so much and there wasn’t anyone locally! If you aren’t familiar with Scentsy scent warmers, they are a safe way to have fragrance in your home without the dangers of candles.

What software & platform do you use in your design work? Do you use any other special tools? I’m a Windows girl. I use Adobe Photoshop CS4 & Illustrator. I also love using ACDSee for organizing. I have a Bamboo Fun tablet that I don’t like as much as I think I should 🙂

Has your design style changed over time? What has influenced this? Yes, I look back at older stuff and cringe because my stuff now is so much better. I have taken a couple classes on using Adobe products, plus I am always on the lookout for Photoshop or Illustrator tips & tutorials.

What is your biggest challenge as a scrapbook product designer? For me personally, it’s finding the time. Like most, I wish there were more hours in the day!

What has been the biggest reward or most fulfilling aspect of being a scrapbook product designer? Thank you letters I have received from customers. It’s nice to get a blog comment thank you for a freebie, but getting an email thank you is really touching!

Where do you get your product ideas? Who & what inspires you? Almost anything & everywhere! TV shows, magazines, catalogs, newspaper ads, clothing, bedding patterns, & my own photos.

How long does it typically take you to design a full kit from concept to delivery? What is your process? I almost always start with the papers first. It really just depends on my creativity & any deadline I have nearing (unfortunately I work better under pressure). A kit can take anywhere from one really, really long evening to a few weeks.

What has been your most popular product? Giving Thanks

What is your favorite kit and why? The Good Life – it reminds me of Olive Garden, one of my favorite restaurants!

How do you incorporate “real life” scrapbooking into your personal & professional scrapbooking & design work? Looking back at the layouts I did when I first began digital scrapbooking, I realize too many of them are just a photo with a bunch of elements. Of course I think they are beautiful, but 20 years from now looking back at them wouldn’t be much different than looking at just the photos. I now realize scrapbooking is about much more than a pretty layout focusing on a photo. Journaling is incredibly important. I often ask myself  “what doesn’t the photo tell?” and that is how I come up with more meaningful journaling.

What fills your time when you are NOT scrapbooking? First & foremost, my family. I also love photography, cooking, blog reading & watching tv.

What advice do you have for fellow scrapbookers interested in pursuing the scrapbook product design field? You need to be designing because you love it, not for the money. In the beginning it will take months of hard work with little pay. I think a lot of new designers end up stopping before they get successful.

Product Samples:

"Snow Berry"

Country Christmas

Planes, Trains & Cars

So Very Basic Paper Pack

And of course, the brand new release you’ve all been waiting for … the full version of Color of Music created especially for Log Your Memory!

Color of Music

This brand new kit is available for purchase from Julie’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 either asking Julie a question of your own (to be answered later this month) or sharing one way in which music has enriched your life. One random winner will be drawn from all comments received here on the blog as of midnight (MTN) tonight, January 18, 2010. Our winner will be announced in tomorrow’s post. Good luck!

Click on “comment” below to share your thoughts…

Comments

  1. lindainsask says:

    Love all the new stuff. Music has enriched my life because not a day goes by when we are not singing at the top of our lungs, dancing to some music , & we sing songs everynight in bed. (me & my girls)

    my mom was an amazing piano player, i took a little piano, then flute. my dd has taken piano as well as dance. Music brings everyone together at get-togethers, around a fire – you open up on the communication level as well.

    i could not imagine a moment without some version of music in my life!

    Linda Shewchuk
    Saskatchewan
    http://www.awesomememories.blogspot.com

  2. lindainsask says:

    Love all the new stuff. Music has enriched my life because not a day goes by when we are not singing at the top of our lungs, dancing to some music , & we sing songs everynight in bed. (me & my girls)

    my mom was an amazing piano player, i took a little piano, then flute. my dd has taken piano as well as dance. Music brings everyone together at get-togethers, around a fire – you open up on the communication level as well.

    i could not imagine a moment without some version of music in my life!

    Linda Shewchuk
    Saskatchewan
    http://www.awesomememories.blogspot.com

  3. margotmacg says:

    I loved the challenge posed in Week 3 because it gave me the chance to think and then journal about the influence my Dad and my DH have had on me through their music. Very different tastes (classical/heavy rock) but as a result of their influence I can pretty much listen to any kind of music and find something to enjoy in it. There’s nearly always music playing in our house when DH is home (when I’m here alone I quite like a bit of silence, but after a while I put on some music because it doesn’t feel like ‘home’ without it!).

  4. margotmacg says:

    I loved the challenge posed in Week 3 because it gave me the chance to think and then journal about the influence my Dad and my DH have had on me through their music. Very different tastes (classical/heavy rock) but as a result of their influence I can pretty much listen to any kind of music and find something to enjoy in it. There’s nearly always music playing in our house when DH is home (when I’m here alone I quite like a bit of silence, but after a while I put on some music because it doesn’t feel like ‘home’ without it!).

  5. Music is something I really can’t live without…. I always sing or hear music! And singing is something I really love! Esp. praise-music is something I just LOVE. I love to praise the lord with music!!

  6. Music is something I really can’t live without…. I always sing or hear music! And singing is something I really love! Esp. praise-music is something I just LOVE. I love to praise the lord with music!!

  7. I started playing the clarinet when I was nine and played through my junior year in high school. (I had to choose between band and drill team my senior year.) I really enjoyed it, and excelled at it, and to this day miss playing.

  8. I started playing the clarinet when I was nine and played through my junior year in high school. (I had to choose between band and drill team my senior year.) I really enjoyed it, and excelled at it, and to this day miss playing.

  9. Our 3 daughters all played instruments in the school band and hearing “O Canada” with the full band was always an emotional moment for me. I even miss the practicing that went on at home now that they are married and in their own homes. Playing Praise and Worship CDs fills our home now.

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I love the Snow Berry line :))

  10. Our 3 daughters all played instruments in the school band and hearing “O Canada” with the full band was always an emotional moment for me. I even miss the practicing that went on at home now that they are married and in their own homes. Playing Praise and Worship CDs fills our home now.

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I love the Snow Berry line :))

  11. I have a question about how you make some of the elements in the kits. For example the blue rick rack in the Color of Music kit. Do you scan it and then fix it or do you draw it and add texture or how is it done? As you can see I am a design newbie.

    Thanks, Sue

  12. I have a question about how you make some of the elements in the kits. For example the blue rick rack in the Color of Music kit. Do you scan it and then fix it or do you draw it and add texture or how is it done? As you can see I am a design newbie.

    Thanks, Sue

  13. tettletop20 says:

    I really love your stuff! I have a question for you – I always like to know how designers come up with the names for their kits. How do you come up with the names? Thanks so much for the chance!

  14. tettletop20 says:

    I really love your stuff! I have a question for you – I always like to know how designers come up with the names for their kits. How do you come up with the names? Thanks so much for the chance!

  15. I have no idea what life would be like without music.. it cheers me up when I’m in the dumps… it calms me when I’m stressed… it gives me the energy to tackle those tedious everyday projects none of us like to do.. and it helps me remember special memories. Now my son is carrying on the love of music.. he plays several instruments and is in a performance group.. best part is that it’s something we can share… I just love this kit.. Also I’d love to hear a little about where your ideas come from? Thanks so much for the gift earlier in the month and for sharing your story with us.

  16. I have no idea what life would be like without music.. it cheers me up when I’m in the dumps… it calms me when I’m stressed… it gives me the energy to tackle those tedious everyday projects none of us like to do.. and it helps me remember special memories. Now my son is carrying on the love of music.. he plays several instruments and is in a performance group.. best part is that it’s something we can share… I just love this kit.. Also I’d love to hear a little about where your ideas come from? Thanks so much for the gift earlier in the month and for sharing your story with us.

  17. juliemarie says:

    To answer a couple questions – some stuff is scanned and extracted.

    Kit naming is not my favorite thing to do. Sometimes I ask my CT for help, sometimes the kit name comes before the kit and sometimes I think of pages I would create with the kit, and what the layout titles would be and pick a kit name from those titles.

  18. juliemarie says:

    To answer a couple questions – some stuff is scanned and extracted.

    Kit naming is not my favorite thing to do. Sometimes I ask my CT for help, sometimes the kit name comes before the kit and sometimes I think of pages I would create with the kit, and what the layout titles would be and pick a kit name from those titles.

  19. Thank you! We love music at our home.

  20. Thank you! We love music at our home.

  21. SamanthaYoung708 says:

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  22. SamanthaYoung708 says:

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  23. Wow, those pages look great! They’re all digital? I’ll have to check that out!

  24. Wow, those pages look great! They’re all digital? I’ll have to check that out!

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