The woman behind Joanne Brisebois Designs from Oscraps visits us today! Joanne Brisebois has classic vintage designs and pieces that can be used over and over in many of your creations. Along with learning about how Joanne started designing, find out how she keeps balance in her life, what motivates her to scrap her own pages, and what one ingredient will save any dish she makes. And don’t forget to use the following coupon on a purchase in her store after you try out the freebie (see below) she’s included for RLS readers!
Hi Joanne! I haven’t seen much about you anywhere. Tell us about yourself.
I am mom of two kiddos and one feline and married to my best friend. I originally started out my career life in the field of social work, but have scaled that career path back over the years to spend more time with my family and to focus on my design work.
How did you end up in the design world?
Years ago I made a very short lived attempt at paper scrapping that involved creating a short scrapbook/wedding gift for my husband of our favorite adventures together. After we switched to a digital camera, the idea of scrapbooking continued to interest me, only now I was looking for a way to showcase my photos using my computer. Once I started to dabble with PSE 4.0, within no time my scrapping and designing began to evolve at the same time. Thanks to Vicki Stegall, I’ve been making Oscraps my designer and scrapping home since 2007.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs and how would you describe your style? Who are some of your favorite designers?
My inspiration comes from so many places – my family, traveling, art, nature, music, photos, novels – the list is endless! My style often focuses on celebrating the past with the present through retro, antique and heritage inspired designs. I also have a very large collection of various frames, photo overlays and masks to help scrappers find unique ways to showcase their photos. Narrowing down my favorite designers is a huge challenge lol! There are so many I adore – Vicki Stegall, Maya de Groot, Sue Cummings, Amber from Crafty Button Designs – these ladies are so talented!
What do you use to design – a Mac or PC? Name the one tool you can’t live without when it comes to designing.
I use a PC for my designing. The one tool I can’t live without is my paint brush (in combination with my scanner). I love the artistic effect of paint textures on papers and painted photo masks.
What do you enjoy most about the whole design process?
Designing gives me quiet “me” time. As a mother of two little ones, these times are rare, but essential for helping me keep a sense of balance. Art has always been a part of my life in some shape or form, and designing gives me the opportunity to continue to challenge and develop my creativity and imagination.
Where does all the creating take place?
On most nights you can find me designing on a little white Ikea desk in the corner of a play area in my basement. My children inspire a great deal of my design work and are the subjects of nearly all of my layouts, so working amongst piles of their toys and art work seems a suitable fit.
Which of your products was the most fun to create?
My Still Life Collection was a lot of fun to put together. I created a ton of brushes and textures from hand painted paint strokes using a variety of paint brushes, some of which I’ve had since high school. This collection was the perfect excuse to play with my paint and brushes.
Please share several of your favorite layouts made with your products.
My gallery at Oscraps is one of my favorite places to stop by for inspiration. Here are two beautiful layouts by a very talented and creative scrapper, Alegna.
This is for me by Alegna
I love the white space she’s used in this design, and the balance she creates with her layering is just perfection. The journaling is so meaningful, it’s just such a gorgeous layout.
this is for me by Alegna
Captured by Alegna
I am a huge fan of photos that literally take on a centerpiece role in a design. This layout does that in such a beautiful way – the sweet photo, the film frame, the soft layers, the single word she’s used to complete the design – I could scrap lift this over and over!
captured by alegna
Lots of designers spend a lot of time designing and barely have time to scrap their own pages. Is this you or can you share a favorite layout (or two!) you’ve created?
I often get caught up in the design work, eager to move onto the next idea, without taking the time to play with the work I’ve just created. I’ve tried to change that in the last year or so, making an effort to scrap with everything I design. My biggest motivation has been printing my layouts and having them in a physical album. My kids love turning the pages, seeing themselves in the layouts and I enjoy reliving the moments and memories that inspired those layouts. Here are a couple of my favorite layouts.
NYC Bday by Joanne Brisebois
2013 by Joanne Brisebois
What are 5 fun facts about yourself?
1. I am a cat person. There is a very high probability I will end up being the neighborhood “cat lady” in the not so distant future.
2. I love freestyle cooking and developing new recipes. My very lucky family has been “treated” to all sorts of experiments and concoctions. I have found that adding bacon (in any shape or form) to any dish tends to save it from total rejection.
3. I love home, but I absolutely adore travelling – exploring new cites, countries, and cultures. We once took a 1 year old on 10 flights in less than four weeks. Yes, we are insane.
4. I will watch any and every cringe worthy TV show about sharks and aliens. The cringier the better.
5. I never ever EVER remember to return any of my (or my children’s) library books on time. I am very grateful for e-book readers and the miracle of auto “book return”.
What quote is your favorite?
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” - Maya Angelou
Is there a particular kit theme you want to design, but haven’t gotten around to creating? What would it be?
I’ve always wanted to design a wedding/anniversary inspired kit or collection.
What do you love most about being a part of the scrapbooking community?
Being constantly inspired – in the forums, the galleries, the challenges – people from all over the world posting their incredible ideas and stories. I love that we’re all connected by a love of this art.
Lastly, what are you working on now? Do you have a “sneak peek” for our readers?
My next project is so top secret, at this moment even I’m not quite sure what it will be lol.
Thank you Joanne, for joining us today! I appreciate the tip about bacon too!
And just for RLS readers, Joanne is offering a little freebie. Be sure to visit her Facebook fan page to leave a little love and appreciation before you use her coupon above at her shop! Just click the image below to download the freebie. (Note: This freebie will only be available for the next 3 weeks.)
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