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Spotlight on a Designer: Nic Howard

nichowardheadshot.jpgNew Zealand scrapbook Designer, Nic Howard is our featured artist for this instalment of ScrapScene’s Spotlight on a Designer feature. For past spotlights, please click here.

Nic Howard won Memory Makers Masters in 2005. In 2006 she was named to the For Keeps Elite team. Nic has been published numerous times and most recently you can see her work in a self-authored book, That’s Life which is due out this summer. Nic is a Design Team member for Scenic Route Paper, Memory Makers Magazine, Tarisota Collections, and Aussie Scrap Source. She is the Design Team Coordinator for Queen & Co.

{ScrapScene} Please tell us how you first discovered scrapbooking.

{Nic Howard} I had my first child in 1999, around the same time I bought my first computer. So I found myself responsible for this gorgeous baby, finding myself increasingly sentimental, taking lots of photos and collating them into albums. At the same time I was discovering just how much fun that computer could be. I joined a Mum’s online group and one day an online friend showed me a few scrapbooking sites. One was DMarie. I realised that this cutting and pasting and creating albums for my new baby was an actual hobby and there were people out there with the same ideas. It all grew from there.

“Two of Us” minibook by Nic Howard below

nichowardscenicrouteminibook.jpg{ScrapScene} Congratulations on your upcoming idea book, That’s Life! How did you go about pitching your idea for publication?

{Nic Howard} I’ve always been a storyteller. I kept journals as a child and created newsletters for my Antenatal group and even in the retail store I managed when I was in full time employment. Scrapbooking was just another avenue for something I really enjoyed. I’ve often had comments on the way I journal in my layouts. I also often had questions about how I get my stories across, and how I think of the quirky topics my layouts cover. Slowly the idea for a book formed in my mind, and thankfully the staff at F+W Publications agreed it would be a great idea.

{ScrapScene} What inspires and motivates you to create?

{Nic Howard} I know it is cliche, but everything around me is inspiring. Details. Details are what makes up my day and it is those details I want to remember. It has been said a thousand times, but I know if my grandmother or great grandmother had left stories of those little day to day details, even down to what they made for dinner and their evening routines, I’d lose myself in those stories. Keeping memories alive, and the occasional bad memory that we learnt (a) lesson from too, that is what inspires me.

“Tender Moments” layout by Nic Howard below

{ScrapScene} What are your favorite techniques at this time?

nichowardtendermoments.jpg{Nic Howard} Anyone that knows me now, knows my current craze with beads. I will finish a layout and still want to get out the dimensional magic and my beads. I’m also still in love with creating layers of patterned papers, and layered embellishments.

{ScrapScene} What are your favorite products?

{Nic Howard} First choices in patterned paper – Scenic Route, BasicGrey and Fancy Pants Designs. I also love reaching for those little knowns like The Crafter’s Workshop.
Embellishments – of course it goes without saying my Queen & Co beadifuls, Fab Flowers and brads. Close in behind, any chipboard alphas or rub-ons.

{ScrapScene} What are your most essential tools?

{Nic Howard} Sitting right in front of me I have my MM hole piercer, my 0.3 black pen, my adhesive and my badly abused glue covered Fiskars scissors.

{ScrapScene} What do you think is the hottest trend in the world of scrapbooking? What do you predict for future trends?

{Nic Howard} I’ve never been one to fully follow trends, so I’m not so good at predicting either. I do think that people will try and use their ‘stash’ more, perhaps less embellishing of layouts – I’d like to see a little more shabby too…. just my personal preference ;o) I noticed Kelly Goree had torn paper on a few of her latest layouts for CHA and in the current BasicGrey catalog. That warmed my heart.

{ScrapScene} Do you have any tips for other scrapbookers on getting their work noticed?

{Nic Howard} My biggest piece of advice would be to enter and submit to the big and the little calls. Don’t neccessarily create specifically for these calls, but keep track of the calls and submit your completed pages where you can. Don’t discount the little competitions. Enter those too. Sometimes entering these things, and submitting to these things regularly is enough to get noticed.

{ScrapScene} Are there any other designers that inspire you?

{Nic Howard} All designers inspire me! There is something in everything I see. The layouts I find myself drawn to lately are repeatedly by Shirley Chai, Linda Albrecht, Brenda Mae Tao and lately a girl called Jeniece on 2peas has fascinated me.

{ScrapScene} What project(s) do you have in the works on your scrap table now?nichowardwildflowerssneakpeek.jpg

{Nic Howard} You’ve caught me at a good moment. I have just finished 2 more sample layouts for the Freestyle tour happening in a few weeks. I’ve just tonight finished up the instructions and powerpoint shows for this event. I also have my next Tarisota collection sitting on my table. I have spread it all out and tomorrow I start creating. I find I work better with products if they sit on my desk and therefore mull in my mind for a few days first.

{ScrapScene} Do you have any sneak peeks to share?

{Nic Howard} Just the attached one for the freestyle layout I finished up today. :o) (see above) The sneak peek has been around for a while, but this is the project on my mind right now, so this is the one that might be appropriate.

One Comment

  1. shauna
    Posted 7 years, 5 months ago | Permalink

    i really enjoyed reading that and seeing your work. congrats. i’m so proud of you.

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