I’m excited to finally introduce Just Jaimee over here at RLS! Jaimee is a popular personal use and commercial use designer — I personally can’t get enough of her brushes! She sells at both Pixels & Co and Sugar Hill Co, and she’s guesting at The Lily-Pad right now.
Jaimee’s been super generous and has both a special promotion for RLS readers and a freebie at the end of the post!
Tell us about yourself!
My real name is Jaimee Kaiser. I’m a mom of 3 girls (Sydney 14, Alexandra 9 and Zoe 3). I have been married for almost 12 years. Together we live in a cozy little nook in the black forest of Germany. We are surrounded by nature and beauty, we are very lucky! I moved here in 2008. Before that I was born and raised in Stratford, Ontario, Canada and last lived in London, Ontario. We also have a very frugal and lovable cat named Büsele (pronounced Booze – ah – lay).
Aside from scrapbooking, what really fulfills you? What else is it that you absolutely love to spend your time doing?
My passions other than designing and scrapping are reading. I am nuts for reading and I cannot go a day without burrying my head in my kindle. I feel that with all the craziness and pressures of everyday life – I can depend on my little daily getaway every night before bed where I can feel like I am at Hogwarts or in post WWI New York City or in the arena of the Hunger Games. I love the adventure and get away to end my day and open my mind for a good night sleep!
What’s one random fact about yourself that most people don’t know?
Well what most people don’t know about me in digiland is that I have 10 tattoos and I’m a vegetarian
How did you get started in scrapbooking? How did you stumble upon digiscrap?
I had a friend who I was doing business with selling scrapbooking stickers (I was SO addicted!). She introduced me to it and I never looked back.
What is one tool of the trade that you can’t live without?
Other than the obvious Photoshop – that is a hard one. ONE thing? hmmm. My tablet. I made a bigger investment from the bamboo to the intuos5 and I can’t believe I waited so long. She’s my special gal. I also depend on my scanner.
What got you into designing? Did someone urge you to start designing, or did you decide to take the plunge yourself?
I plunged into the design end before I started digital scrapbooking. I’m a little odd for that but I was doing web design before that. We all like to make pretty things right? I thought – hey, I could do that. But I actually really sucked in the beginning and am really grateful for all the influences I had during my growth as a designer.
What inspires your products?
A lot of things inspire my designs. First and always the driver are the colors. I like things lively, bright and bold. I am fairly versatile and can also work with monochromatic colors and soft pastels but I’m still picky about them. Colors often shift my mood and that is also a big contributing factor. I look at the color combination and I normally get an immediate mood response from them. How does this make me feel? If I could create something with these colors what would they look like and say.. and there I go..
What do you love most about designing and/or digiscrapping?
I love how it has no rules and I design the way I like to. No boss. No one to answer to – complete freedom to create the way I feel I want to. For some, scrapping is like a therapy. Designing is that for me. Designing for me is like gambling for some people – it gives me a high and my endorphins are flying everywhere. I love the process and watching it start as nothing and come together to the end.
What is your favorite thing to design or make?
That is a hard one lol – Brushes and Papers are real close. Elements are sometimes difficult for me to start but when I get going, I find it difficult to stop.
Who would be your dream designer to collab with right now?
I would really love to collab with Creashens. I love her very unique and whimsical style and would really love to bend my own normal design style and combine it with hers. I don’t think there is any designer out there like her. She really is a designer with a distinctive style with a character of it’s own!
Tell us about your workspace! What do you love about it? What would you change?
I have a few workspaces depending if I am designing on my computer or painting. I have set up my designing space at the long kitchen table in our 1 room main floor which includes the kitchen, dining area and living room. This way I can multitask and be present for the kiddos instead of being at my desk in my room.
What are some of your favorite products?
I put a lot of effort into making this set which I did in combination with my silhouette cameo, paint and micron pigma pens. I think they give scrappers a real fun way to mix and match different elements and layer the doodles on them like a real paper layout.
For my CU products – I think vintage paper styles turned out really cool -I kept their texture / color as they were printed to make them authentic.
I collected and purchased a number of old magazines, music sheets and cards to grab the textures from them to make into styles. When you apply the styles to your elements / text – it looks like old vintage paper. It’s cool!
I made this ticket set using the styles exclusively.
Let’s check out some awesome layouts with Jaimee’s products!
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