It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for another sit-down with a designer! Today’s featured guest is Jen of Girl Boy Girl Designs at Gingerscraps. Girl Boy Girl Designs has whimsical kits with clean lines and templates for hybrid projects. Read on to get the scoop on Jen, including her road to digital scrapping, her favorite show, and her recipe for Smore Pops! And, don’t forget to look for a sneak peek and a freebie below!
Hi Jen! Can you give us the “All About Jen” outside of the scrapbook world?
I just celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary last month (does that mean I’m old?) and I have 3 kids ages 12, 13, and 15. I love crafting of ALL kinds. My most recent addiction is the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich…totally hooked
I have to ask about your name – Girl Boy Girl Designs. How did it come about?
I have 3 kids: a girl (Clare), a boy (Cameron), and a girl (Caitlin). Not very interesting, huh? LOL
I heard somewhere that you started as a traditional scrapper. How did you end up going digital and designing your own products?
I actually LOVED traditional scrapbooking, I think I owned everything Creative Memories sold at one point! I was a graphic designer at the time and would make different little things to add to my own scrapbooks, then I discovered digital scrap booking and “Eureka, I have found it”…I was instantly and forever in love.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I know people hate to hear it, but I am inspired by everything! Music, clothes, the backyard…the list goes on.
Are you a Mac or PC girl? Name the one tool you can’t live without when it comes to designing.
PC … well I guess I’d have to say I can’t live without Photoshop – Illustrator is a close second…I use them both for every product.
What do you like best about the whole design process?
I love the total creative freedom that I have with designing, and the feeling of accomplishment I get when I finish something.
Where does all the creating take place? Can you share a photo of your workspace?
It’s a total mess right now
Which of your products was the most fun to create?
I love creating hybrid templates…it gives me a chance to play with paper, scissors, and glue again…and have something that I can hold.
Please share several of your favorite layouts made with your products.
Sealife by chigirl – I just love everything about this layout, I don’t even know where to begin.
July 4th by scrapjrlgcp – I love how the adorable photo takes center stage in this layout.
Fire Station #28 by emscraps – I love the clustering on this layout and how everything just flows together!
Being a mom, do find time to scrap pages for you? Can you share a favorite layout you’ve created?
I rarely get time to scrapbook, but I do want to spend more time doing it. I think it’s important to have those memories preserved for my family. This is a simple layout, but I love it.
What are 5 fun facts about yourself?
Fave Show: Castle
Fave After Five Drink: Vodka & Coconut Water
Fave Movie: We Bought a Zoo
Fave Food: Mexican
You’ve just been given an absolutely free day – no kids, no responsibilities. What do you do with that free time?
Without a doubt…take a nap!
If a movie was being made about you, what celebrity would you want to play you?
Wow! Probably the hardest question I’ve ever been asked! And I have no idea!
Is there a particular kit theme you want to design, but haven’t gotten around to creating? What would it be?
I’ve never done a movie night/date night kit…but I have plans.
What do you love most about being a part of the scrapbooking community?
Usually everyone is helpful and understanding….a great group of people that are willing to share their knowledge and experience, not just about scrapbooking but about almost everything else too. <3
Lastly, what are you working on now? Do you have a “sneak peek” for our readers?
Here is a peek at one of the kits I’m working on right now.
I love the bold and bright colors of Jen’s sneak peek! Thanks so much, Jen, for chatting with me today! Now, for a little freebie from Girl Boy Girl Designs – just click on the image below to download. (Note: The freebie will only be available for 3 weeks.) To send a little thanks, be sure to stop by the Girl Boy Girl Designs Facebook page!
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