Also known as The Project Girl, this month's amazing Designer in the Spotlight is someone most scrapbookers appreciate very much for bringing us one great collection after another designing for the hit brand My Mind's Eye! Clique Kits is so very lucky that Jen graciously agreed to stop by our blog for an interview and to take time out of her busy schedule to create with our August kit, Glam Camp! If you have not already done so, you have to see the adorable mini album she made all about her trip to London which you can see here.
Before we get to her Q & A, take a moment to read Jen's bio:
For as long as I can remember, I've always been artistic and crafty. I love designing, crafting, and being creative. I've been designing scrapbooking products for My Mind's Eye for 11 years and if there's a line from MME that you love, I probably designed it. In addition to designing for MME, I also design quilting fabric for Riley Blake Designs and author a craft/diy blog - TheProjectGirl.com. I am married to my wonderful husband whom I refer to as Mr. Project. We have two little boys that keep us on our toes. I also might be addicted to instagram, so follow me there!
Here is a peek at The Market Street Collection that was featured in the August Clique Kit Glam Camp
Q: How long have you been designing for the scrapbooking and paper crafting industry? Also, how long have you been working with My Mind's Eye? What are some of your favorite collections from past years?
A: For as long as I can remember! I got my job working for My Mind's Eye shortly after graduating from college (in Graphic Design) in 2003. It's been 11 years! Isn't that crazy?? It's hard to pick favorites, I'd have to say Bohemia (2006) because it has so much personal meaning to me, and Lost & Found.
Q: Can you tell us how you got 'discovered' as an artist/designer for scrapbooking supplies? What other kinds of design work have you done?
A: I've kind of only been a designer for scrapbooking supplies, so I wouldn't considered myself "discovered" I got my job through a friend who worked at MME. I do some freelance identity/corporate design, digital scrapbooking design, home decor/renovation, and recently worked to develop a stationary and party release for MME.
Q: Can you tell us about your workspace? Do you do most of your work from a home office/studio or do you work on site? Are there any must haves on your desk/within reach while working?
A: I work from home, which is great with two little boys running around. I always have my iPad playing a show on netflix or hulu in the background. I also need lots of papers and pens to jot down ideas, drawings, and to do lists.
Q: Who/what are your influences? Have you always been creative?
A: I wouldn't say that I have any particular influences, I love getting on pinterest and feeling inspired by all the beauty. I've always been creative and am in my best mental state when I'm creating.
Q: Where do you find inspiration? Can you share a little bit about your design process for collections such as Market Street?
A: Pinterest, magazines, instagram. For Market street, I did a lot of drawing to get my florals. They look hand-painted, but I actually painted them in Photoshop using brushes that give a paint look. Finding color schemes that are fresh and translate well into scrapbooking can be challenging. I usually end up combining several different inspiration color pallets and mixing them up a bit.
Q: Can you tell us about The Project Girl. Is there a story behind this name?
A: I started my blog in the spring of 2009. I read an article about creating a brand instead of using your actual name and tried to think of some iconic brands that told the story of me and the vision for my blog. Originally I was planning on going with the name "The Idea Girl" because I always have way too many big ideas, but after a few days, I decided that "The Project Girl" was a better fit for all the projects that I love to take on. Over the years it has become incredibly fitting. I love doing all sorts of projects - home projects, diy projects, craft projects etc. And I really love when I meet people who follow my blog and they call me "The Project Girl" and my husband "Mr. Project"
Q: How would you describe your individual style of…
Dressing? I like to dress pretty simple but with pops of bright color, fun patterns, and fabulous shoes.
Home decor? Right now I'm obsessed with white. Our new house is all white walls with black doors and I love it!
Memory keeping? Instagram is my main memory keeping avenue right now. I love to print all my little instagram photos and make mini albums and frame-able collages.
Q: Your favorite features of Market Street?
A: All the gold foil! I'm loving gold right now, and the gold accents with all the colors are just perfect. The 12x12 chipboard and chipboard buttons are definitely my favorite items.
The Clique Kits girls are pretty crazy about the gold foil accents in this collection too Jen! We love the colors, the bold patterns, and of course all the gold and glam! And, we are pretty crazy about My Mind's Eye! Now we know more about one of the amazing women behind the designs we love! Thanks so much for sharing with the Clique!