Interview with Kim B + CU Freebie!

Are you guys ready? I AM I AM!!
My second interview!!! Kim B :: drools :: She has something happening
here real soon - but she's pretty tight fingered about it! So be sure to keep
an eye on her - I know I am!!!

1. Who introduced you to digital scrapbooking?

No-one in particular as I had never even heard of digital scrapbooking until I did a "google" search for wedding card ideas for my sister. lol
I hit a link to Scrapbook Max (which was the first programme I ever used). It all looked so interesting and something I would really enjoy due to doing "paper and crafts" too.
I downloaded the trial version and well the rest is history- I was hooked, hook line and sinker-lol. The more I researched and browsed the more I loved.

2. How long did it take you to find your style of scrapping?

OOOh goodness, I don't think it's changed much from my first LO I ever did( which actually took me over 4 days to finish-lol).
I think we all just adapt to the latest "trends" and "kit creations" like we do with our clothes and looks- but your basics *likes and dislikes* still stay the same.
No matter how hard I try to experiment and achieve a "new look" in my LO's they always land up in my own "style"- which I think is more about the "photo's" and memory,
than the elements or papers of a kit. ;-)

3. What are some of the things that help inspire your creations?

My photo's definetly. I often create kits that are based on an event or a photo I have taken that I really like. Sometimes it's people I am close too, and what they mean to me. I use my emotional attatchments to the people closest to me a lot for inspiration.
Other times it's me just playing and experimenting in Photoshop that will spur off a kit due to an effect or paper I liked that I made.

4. If you could do a collab with one person, who would it be?

OMG- this is such a hard question to answer- hahaha.
There are a ton of fantastic designers out there that I adore and admire greatly and would feel honored to collab with any of them.

5. Everyone has an idol, who is your scrapping idol and why?

Hutchie ( or Chris as we know her)-
She has the most amazing "clean style" of scrapping that I so battle to achieve and it's one I find the hardest to do. She is a MASTER at it and I can sit and stare at her LO's for hours and still not get it right the way she does.
Her eye for composition and placement is just amazing!

6. What are three things you believe every scrapper should know?

1. CNTRL Z - UNDO lol, it's the best thing about digital scrapping, you can fix anything you want without ripping or distroying up a page ;-)
2. Quality of product you are using. If you are printing your LO's there is nothing worse than blured or pixelated elements/papers framing your "memory" that you want to share with others.
3. Have FUN, PLAY and never be scared to try something new ( remember number 1 - lol), it's a great way to learn

7. What is one experience you've had in the scrapping world that will stay with
you forever?

Oh Goodness, there are sooo many, but I think it's that first comment on my first LO I ever uploaded. I was scared as hell as I didn't have a clue about forums and gallery's then.
I will never forget that feeling of "WOW" someone actually liked it- lol, and it made me feel like the 4 day's I spent on it were OK. That person, Jazzy is still one of my closest "internet" friends
TODAY and that's just over 4 years ago.
The other was my first ever mention on Ikea Goddess's blog for my second freebie I had ever made and upped to my new little blog - OMG, I used her blog daily when I was just a "scrapper" and there I WAS-MEEE! LOL I pee-ed in my pants and screamed for hubby who didn't know what the hype was about- he just said "oh that's nice"- lol
And yup- most definitely all my wonderful FRIENDS I have made on line- some will last a life time no matter that the oceans separate us ;-)

8. Why did you decide to open your own store?

I got bitten by the "designing bug" just after doing my second LO and was battled to find an element I wanted, or one that looked good. So decided to try it myself (after much sweet talk to hubby to buy me PSE-lol)
And that's where it started, after 5 months of doing freebies and yakking on my blog- Heather from DSO sent me a message that they were looking for designers and well as they say the rest is HISTORY. lol
I have been at DSO since I started and unfortunately it will be shutting it's doors at the end of October 2010.
It's been my home for years now and I will have some decisions to make in the new year for sure - ( just have to get passed all the year end functions and real life matters first)-
But stay tuned, as my blog will be updated with any news of where I'm going and what I will be doing.
I do NOT plan on retiring as "digi" is running through my veins- lol

Isn't she just AWESOME? She's one of my all time Fav's for sure!
Thank you for coming over and I hope you enjoyed the latest interview! Now...who
should I harass next?? Hurrrm!!
Also - don't forget to grab your CU Freebie!

Download HERE~* Danielle S. *~

CT Work! Autumn Flowers

Yup that's right! Even though my computer has gone to snot and back - I have managed
to hang onto a LO I did for a designer! Zera has a very easy style to her work - nothing
complex, a lot of lovely pieces though. I used her kit, Autumn Flowers for this page.
Lots of flowers & nature I really liked that. I kept it simple since I'm not used
to working with my own word art - not to darn shabby if I do say so myself!
Thank you for looking and be sure to check out this kit - tons of pages can be done!!!

~* Danielle S *~

The dreaded computer issues!

Everyone of us, at some point - goes through the nightmare of unrelenting
computer issues. Well ... right now I guess it's my turn. My monitor will not work
past the "starting windows " screen - and I can't figure out why!
Anything else I try to do BEFORE that screen it runs fine - I just did a test on my hard drive,
and the screen looks great! I probably just lost ALL my pictures, videos, scrap kits and
everything else I keep on my life line - aka computer - and for the first time
ever I am actually feeling ill with the possibilities. I haven't had time to back
up my comp in a while - which means it's all gone. Possibly.
Hold on to hope! I sure am.

Okay - back to trying to figure out whats going on. THIS is the second reason
I bought a laptop. Go me for smarts!

~* Danielle S. *~

New Products & Upcoming Interview! + Sale!

First the BESTEST news!! I'm interviewing Kim B next!!! She's one
of my inspiring designers & one day, Im going to be as good as she is! One day..just not today.
So keep an eye out for that, you know there's going to be a goodie or two! ALSO!!!
If you don't grab Dana C's freebie soon, you'll miss out! The link will be removed when
I interview Kim, so go go go go!!!!!

I've added some new stuff to the store - and right now, theyre' only $1.80!!!
40% off most of my stuff till Oct 25th - best get while the gettin is good!

Now I have to scoot - much to do today! Have a GREAT one!!

~* Danielle S. *~

New CT Work! Into The Blues!

Check out my new LO's using Gabs-Art, Into The Blues!!!

That lil stinker of mine stole MY mountain dew!! Okay so I was almost done with it but
still :: sniffles :: mine. I was SO heart broken I found the time to take pictures of it.
Yup, totally devastated!

He makes me so happy ^__^
Oh and you see all this awesome stitching? That's Gabs-Art stuff to - but
I got my hands on it first mwahaha!! SOON though, SOON!

~* Danielle S. *~

CT Work for Inspirations from Linda!

Mwahahah!!! I'm guest CTing ^__^
Man that makes a gal feel GREAT! I even giggled a bit..but don't tell anyone!

I played with A Touch of Color by Inspirations from Linda
and check out what I did :: beam shine, shine beam ::

Zamera & Serenity were helping me paint Rickys room.
It's STILL not done - need more paint lol - but it's been a fun project!

Do you SEE that look on her face? LOL - okay he's on what do I do?
Ugh - she's actually a great big sister - but if she thinks she can get away with trying to teach my 9 month old how to WALK, she's got another thing comin!!!

I feel better now, have a great day/night!!!

~* Danielle S. *~