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Spotlight on a Designer: Celine Navarro


Please welcome Celine Navarro who is our featured scrapbook designer for this installment of Spotlight on a Designer.

Celine hails from France and with that alone brings us a unique perspective on scrapbooking. Coming from a fine arts background, she brings a special creative spin to her layouts. She leans towards mixed media and collage-type artwork and this influence can be seen on her pages. (Take a look at her art journals here). Celine has been published in countless magazines and books. You will often find her work in Stampington publications. Most recently, Celine’s work is featured in Somerset Home. Currently, she is on the Design Team for Rouge de Garance, Lazar StudioWerx, Paper Artsy, Paperbag Studios, Papier Valise, and Scrapbook Answers Magazine. She is also a much sought-after instructor.

Below you will find questions we posed to Celine along with her responses.

How long have you been scrapbooking? What got you started?

[Celine] I’ve not been scrapbooking for a long time! I’m much more of a mixed media artist, I’ve been altering, creating art journals, painting for at least 7 years now… scrapbooking has come slowly but surely. I’ve always like it but never had time to spend one single hour on a layout. And, to be honest, I was scared to get addicted and spend too much time on it, while mixed media has been such an addiction. And I lost my only sister, who was 20 when she passed away last February, and scrapbooking became my therapy, the only way i found to celebrate her, her love for life, her wishes, her LIFE. And, last March, I taught 5 classes at a scrapbook event in Southern France and I was asked to do a 12×12 layout : OH MY GOODNESS! I was so fricken scared! I had never done one single 12×12 layout! I have to admit that it SUCKED! but then, I became a Rouge de Garance DT member and their papers REALLY helped me stop being scared by the format. Now i enjoy every single layout i create and i like the fact that i have NO rule about it, maybe because of my mixed media background. And the blog world really helped me get inspired : I’m a huge fan of Danielle Thompson, Ashley Calder, Karine Cazenave-Tapie, Maria Grace Abuzman, Donna Downey and Kristina Contes.

What inspires and motivates you to create if you get a creative block?

[Celine] I try not to stay inactive! Most people get away from their studio when they feel uninspired! I just read some magazines, look at my art supplies and get started with whatever comes handy. A piece of paper, a ribbon, a color palette… anything can get me started. I’ve been into RED, GREEN, GOLD and TURQUOISE lately and anything using this color palette says my name! :)

What are your favorite techniques of the moment?

[Celine] I like to use less papers and more paints…just like in my mixed media artwork ! It’s funny because i tend to use MORE papers in my mixed media pieces and LESS papers in my scrapbook layouts! weird…hehe. I also enjoy working with different paper patterns, mixing colors, doodling, painting…well i guess i don’t have ONE favorite technique at the moment but LOTS!

What are your favorite products?

[Celine] PAINTS! All the way! Ok, I have a crush on papers and fabric too… I love my stash of papers, fabric, my Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pens (white and black of course), my Golden Acrylics, my rub-ons, and of course GESSO.

What are your most essential scrapbooking tools?

[Celine] White Bazzill papers, patterned papers, acrylic paints, white and black markers, sandpaper, ribbons, rub-ons,… and I love all kinds of 7 Gypsies hardware stuff!

What do you think is the hottest trend in scrapbooking? What do you predict for future trends?

[Celine] What would make me happy is that mixed media and scrapbooking gather in some kind of new trends, where there are no rules, no way of doing something bad, where creativity would be the BEST tool ever. I can see that scrapbook artists like Ashley Calder and Emily Falconbridge are the ones that help the mix between the 2 arts and I LOVE THAT ! Let’s make some ART SCRAP!

Do you have any tips for getting published?

[Celine] Work, work, work and submit your pages of course! Unless you scrap alone and don’t want to show your art, getting published can be done by anyone! Work and search for your own style, post online, join some cool forums, post on 2Peas, meet friends, create your own blog and submit your pages to magazines ! You’ll see, your hard work will be worth it ! :)

Are there any other Designers that inspire you?

[Celine] Oh sooooooo many! And so many different styles! I like Ali Edwards for the way she sees life. I love Donna Downey for the way she creates : it’s simple but dude : she got it! She understand what scrapbooking is really about. I love Ashley Calder because she makes me dream. I like Danielle Thompson because I can see she LOVES life in her layouts and her use of colors simply makes my day everyday! I love Karine Cazenave-Tapie because she simply amazes me every time she creates. I love Maria Grace Abuzman because her sense of design is PERFECT. This girl ROCKS. I have many more but, man, these girls ROCK.

What project are you working on now? Do you have any sneak peeks to share?

[Celine] Phew, I’m working on tons (of) things! I’m actually working on a very important project here in France, some kind of scrapbook AND mixed media event. We’re having our first show at the end of August but plan on doing many other shows in 2006 and 2007. We are growing fast and next year, we want to invite American Scrapbook Artists to teach classes here! I’m also working on several publications. I have some of my art in the latest Somerset Studios, A Somerset Home and Scrapbook Answers. I love my job as a Designer. I also work hard for Rouge de Garance, a new paper company from France! We’ve been looking for a distributor and might attend Memory Trends in October! I have a lot going on and I love it ! Being a full time artist has been a blessing… I enjoy each and every day, thanking my angel for the wonderful inspiration she’s been giving me!

Please check out Celine’s blog for more information on what she’s been up to. You can also view her gallery here.

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