Today, we’re chatting with Grace from Hat of Bunny, which is at Scrap Takeout and MScraps. Much of the designs by Hat of Bunny contain lots of color, not to mention Grace creates kits with unique themes, especially hard-to-find Asian themes. Get to know more about Grace and how Hat of Bunny evolved for this fellow English major. Grace talks with me about her road to designing, sketches a picture of her “workspace,” and tells why she avoids horror movies. Before you read on, Hat of Bunny has a special coupon just for RLS, and if you’d like to get a freebie, be sure to take a look at our current Get Real Challenge #17 – Culture, sponsored by Hat of Bunny!
Grace, you share quite a bit about yourself on your blog, so what would your BFF say about you?
I love my BFF! She would say that I’m a very smart girl (and cite my valedictorianship when graduating college as evidence), and then she would warn you to not act dense around me because I have very little tolerance for stupidity. I generally disagree with her on the first point, and prefer to think of myself as hard-working and competitive instead of smart, but I cannot deny the second point. I get really impatient if I have to explain things more than once or if I have to deal with something/someone I perceive as stupid.
You mention on your blog that you stumbled upon digiscrapping in 2011. What pushed you into designing your own products?
The penny-pincher in me? No, seriously. When I first started digi-scrapbooking I only used freebies, and when I couldn’t find what I needed, I made my own. I had no knowledge of designing or Photoshop at that point, so it was with the help of a lot of Youtube tutorials that I got to where I am today. Now that I’ve scrapped for a few years, I know my style better and am more willing to spend money on supplies. In fact, I think I spend a little too much…
How did you come up with the name Hat of Bunny for your business? What’s the story behind the name?
My son was born in the year of the rabbit, and he was my main inspiration when I first started designing. I also knew I wanted my designs to add a little something special, something “magical,” to everyday moments, and that’s how “Hat of Bunny” came about — it refers to the rabbit that magicians pull out of their hats!
How would you describe your design style? What inspires you and who are some of your favorite designers?
I try to re-create the realistic look in paper layouts, so I guess you can call my design style traditional. I’m actually in the process of reviewing my style, and I hope as time goes by I’ll be able to make kits that are obviously “Hat of Bunny.”
I’m mostly inspired by stories, words, quotes. It’s the English major in me. I usually start designing around a quote or a theme, or a photo of my kids that I need a kit for.
Favorite designers? I love Studio Flergs for her bright colors, Kristin Cronin-Barrow for her lovely floral papers, Forever Joy for her retro flair, and Deena Rutter for her cute illustrations. They’re just some on my very long list of favorites!
What’s your preference – Mac or PC? What one design tool is a must have for you?
I use a PC, and Photoshop is a must for me. I know, it’s a boring answer, but I’ve grown from fearing the program to loving it so much. There’s just no end to the things you can do in it. It’s like having a personal sandbox at my fingertips.
What do you like best about the design process?
I love the eureka moments: when I figure out how to make a certain element, when a pattern I made fills the canvas beautifully, or when I build the preview and see everything coming together, just like it does in my head. It’s addicting, really.
Describe your creative workspace/area.
My workspace is a chair! LOL I’ve given up the thought of a separate workspace for now. My daughter has a little attachment problem in that she needs to be attached to me, literally. During most of the day she’s either on my lap or leaning against me in some way. So I’ve set up a chair with my laptop on it, and I sit on the floor and design while my kids mill about me.
Which of your products did you have the most fun creating and why?
For Your Information – I love a fun infographic and this kit is designed to make your pages look like one. I really like how the page templates turned out.
Korean Wave – This is a kit I’ve wanted to make since I started designing, and I think it is original and fun. I especially love the Korean costumes I drew.
Rainbow Ice – I spent my college days in Hawaii, and this kit reminds me of the beautiful islands. My favorite is the ombre papers that look like shave ice!
Please share several of your favorite layouts made with your products.
This Beautiful Day – Catherine – I love the white space on this layout, and the combination of the stamp and the 3D flowers. The photos are perfect for this kit too!
Sisters – Julia – The clustering on this layout is just gorgeous! All the details make me want to keep looking at it!
Dream – Robin – I love the softness of this page, and the stacked paper near the edge. And how sweet is that photo?!
Being a busy mom, do you have time to scrap? Can you share a favorite layout (or two!) you’ve created?
Not really, but this year it’s my goal to scrap a page every day. It’s not always possible but so far I’ve scrapped about 150 pages, which isn’t too shabby. I have to keep scrapping; it’s how I started designing in the first place!
Seanna in 2013 – This is by far my favorite layout this year. It’s not really a layout; it’s the cover of my daughter’s 1yo book. The background is made up of 144 photos. A labor of love for sure, but I love how the photos show her growing from day 1 to her first birthday.
What are 5 fun facts about yourself?
- I have a weakness for carbonated drinks.
- I have a huge sweet tooth.
- I have never watched a horror movie. I have a great memory and can recall movies with “scary” scenes I’ve watched when I was a child (usually at the worst times, like when I’m alone in a dark house). I know what a horror movie will do to me so I avoid watching one.
- I’m terrified of flying, though I’ve flown many, many times.
- I’ve had eye surgery when I was about 4, to correct my crossed eyes. I’ve been wearing glasses ever since.
As a mother to two young children, I’m sure you don’t get a lot of time to yourself. If you had a day without the kids, what would you plan?
Oh, what a sweet scenario! The answer will depend on which day it is… if a deadline is coming up I’d probably sit in front of the computer and design all day. Otherwise, I’d go and do some window shopping. I’m a city girl and I love being in the mall, even if I don’t buy anything. I’d also like to take a leisurely stroll in the craft store, and maybe scrap a bit when I return home.
I know you’ve traveled a bit, so if you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
Hawaii. Hands down the most beautiful place I’ve lived. I love the weather, the Aloha spirit, the beaches… everything, really. It’s crazy expensive to live there, but it really is our goal to move back there.
What do you love most about being a part of the scrapbooking community?
The people! I don’t have any real-life friends who share my hobby, so it’s always great to talk to people who share my obsession. I love it especially when the community comes alive during big events like iNSD and DSD; you can almost see the excitement in the air and nothing beats that.
Lastly, what are you working on now? Do you have a “sneak peek” for our readers?
My family is coming to visit me this month so I don’t have much time to design, but I’m working on a kit. Here’s a sneak peek of a paper. I hope you all like rainbow palettes!
Thank you, Grace, for the fun chat and coupon! Remember, if you’d like to get a freebie from Hat of Bunny, be sure to join us for Get Real Challenge #17 – Culture, where you can receive the Harmony in Diversity kit for free! The challenge ends on September 23rd, so be sure to participate soon!
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