Behind the Scenes with Tara Lewis: Part I

We’ve already sampled our September Guest Designer’s work when she shared her fun free download earlier this month and her great 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 Tara Lewis of Geek Chic Scraps … and be sure to enter our giveaway contest for a chance to win the full version of her full kit, “Book Worm“!

Guest Designer Tara Lewis of Geek Chic ScrapsName: Tara Lewis
Username
: GeekChic
Location
: Clarkston, Michigan

Retail Outlet: Gotta Pixel

Please tell us a little about yourself … your family, your background, pets, hobbies, etc… I am a stay-at-home mom to an almost 2-year-old named Katherine, but who we call Kat. I am married to another huge geek, Tim. We’ve been married 2 years now (don’t do the math there, it’s scandalous) and are currently living in Michigan. We have 3 pets, a dog named Freya, a cat named Luna, and a kitten named Moxie (who is really Kat’s pet more than ours).

Are you a digital, paper or hybrid scrapper/designer? What do you like most about this method? I am digital all the way! I paper scrapped for about 2 days before I discovered digi, and I haven’t looked back once. I really admire all the gorgeous paper layouts I see, but for me, nothing beats the convenience and flexibility of digi! I design and scrap, though I scrap less than I’d like to lately, I need to get back to that!

"16 Months" by Tara Lewis

"16 Months" by Tara Lewis

 

How long have you been a designer & how did you first get started? Well this is a funny story…  I’ve been designing since October of last year and selling in a shoppe since February of this year. It all started with a little dare I had going with Amy Sumrall and Laura Banasiak (simply.scraps). Laura and I were both on Amy’s team, and I mentioned I had dabbled in some doodle work but was too shy to show anyone. They just teased me about it like crazy too! Laura at the time was considering talking to Nicole at The Digichick about a spot, so I told her if she would talk to Nicole, that I would suck it up and show her and Amy my work. Well, Laura did it, so I followed through on my end. After that big scary thing being not so bad after all, I just kept going and learning – and here I am 🙂 All because of a dare… LOL.

"Big Blue Bunny" by Tara Lewis

"Big Blue Bunny" by Tara Lewis

Is scrapbook product design your full-time job? If not, what else do you do? Other than raising Kat, this is all I do. Occasionally I do some graphic design work on a freelance basis, but for the most part I’m a designer and a mom – it’s about all I can manage to keep up with!

 

What software & platform do you use in your design work? Do you use any other special tools? I run Photoshop CS3 on a 2008 HP Pavilion a6614f. I also use a Canon 8800F scanner as well as a Wacom Bamboo Craft tablet. I occasionally use Inkscape as well if I’m scanning in sketches or drawings that I need to make digi. For the most part I do most of my drawing directly in Photoshop with my Wacom Craft.

"Normal" by Tara Lewis

"Normal" by Tara Lewis

Has your design style changed over time? What has influenced this? My style is always evolving as I learn and fall in love with new techniques, but the core tends to remain the same. I doodle quite a bit, and it’s the basis for all my kits.  I’m also addicted to bright colors, so you’ll see those all over the place.

Come back tomorrow to read the second half of Tara’s Q&A. Until then, here’s the brand new release you’ve all been waiting for … the full version of Book Worm created especially for Log Your Memory to coordinate with Logbook Weekly Challenge #38!

"Book Worm" Digital Scrapbooking Kit

This brand new kit is now available for purchase from Tara’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 about your favorite book. (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, September 21st. 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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Comments

  1. Such a cute kit and I love the colors. We’re a book family so this would be perfect!

    • I have lots of favorite books, but one of the latest that I love is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I also love all the Harry Potter books…I just can’t stop reading!

  2. Such a cute kit and I love the colors. We’re a book family so this would be perfect!

    • I have lots of favorite books, but one of the latest that I love is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I also love all the Harry Potter books…I just can’t stop reading!

  3. Nancy Holland says:

    Thanks for the chance to win your great kit. Enjoyed looking at your layouts I’ve paper scrapped for a gazilllion years, but am finally digi-scrap only.

  4. Nancy Holland says:

    Thanks for the chance to win your great kit. Enjoyed looking at your layouts I’ve paper scrapped for a gazilllion years, but am finally digi-scrap only.

  5. Michelle Huegel says:

    I was an English major, which I claim as an excuse for not having a favorite book! Too many great ones to choose from! But Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a childhood favorite. And I’m a huge fantasy fan. If its got vampires, werewolves, magic or dragons I’ll read it!

  6. Michelle Huegel says:

    I was an English major, which I claim as an excuse for not having a favorite book! Too many great ones to choose from! But Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a childhood favorite. And I’m a huge fantasy fan. If its got vampires, werewolves, magic or dragons I’ll read it!

  7. My favourite book is always the one I am busy with.
    At the moment that is “ransomed dreams” by Sally John.

  8. My favourite book is always the one I am busy with.
    At the moment that is “ransomed dreams” by Sally John.

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