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Spotlight on a Designer: Allison Connors

ScrapScene is pleased to welcome Allison Connors in this installment of our Spotlight on a Designer series. Spotlight on a Designer will be bringing you additional interviews with leading edge artists in the scrapbooking industry in the coming weeks.

Allison Connors is a well known designer in the scrapbooking industry. Along with having her work published in many magazines, she has co-authored several books including, “Creative Quilling for Scrapbooks,” “Twist it, Twirl it, Tie it, Curl it,” and the latest “Chicken Soup for the Scrapbooker’s Soul.” Allison’s background in scrapbooking is extensive. She owned a scrapbook store for five years, taught classes at Memories Expo and Creating Keepsakes University, appeared numerous times as a guest on DIY Scrapbooking, was Editor of Magazine, and created her own line of embellisments with Creative Imaginations, called Allison Connors TM. Allison also teaches classes and is a former Designer for Janlynn and Little Black Dress.

This baby boy brag book was created by Allison and shows a creative use of ribbon which is very trendy right now.

Here are some questions we posed to Allison with her responses:

How long have you been scrapbooking?

[Allison] When my oldest daughter was a junior in high school in 1996, I wanted to do something special for her graduation gift the following year. I was shopping in a big box craft store and happened upon a new craft — scrapbooking. I bought a bunch of supplies and started this scrapbook for her… it was a thrill, it was addicting, it was exciting and I was hooked!

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

[Allison] If I get a creative block, I like to clear things up– I will clean my scrapbook area, take a walk in nature or go and exercise to clear my head. Usually along the way as I am getting lost in my thoughts, an idea of inspiration will jump into my head– then I will come back to my area and create.

What are your favorite techniques of the moment?

[Allison] I am enjoying using circular shapes on my pages– whether it is cut from cardstock, pattern paper or journaling in a circle. I also love to work with bright colored pattern paper on black cardstock!

This concertina-style mini book, created by Allison, is entitled “If These Boots Could Talk.”

What are your favorite products?

[Allison] Now wouldn’t it be silly if I didn’t say my own products? LOL, I do LOVE my large distressed metal flower brads… but I also love, love, love pattern papers in fun colors.

What are your most essential scrapbooking tools?

[Allison] Besides my paper trimmer, I use my circle cutter tools, my computer and my QuicKutz– I am still searching for the perfect adhesive though.

What do you think is the hottest trend in scrapbooking?

[Allison] If I could predict that, I would be rich! You never know what the next trend is going to be, a lot of old things become new again with a slight twist. Sometimes in my creating products, I am ahead of the next trend and by the time the product is released (sometimes it can take a year or more for a product to be developed), it is a hot trend along with everyone else’s– creative minds do think alike! Of course I would like to start the next hot trend, but I don’t necessarily create that way– I just try to be true to myself and love what I do. If it turns out to be the next trend… then great!

Do you have any tips for getting published?

[Allison] My feeling is that you should not create your layouts with the goal of being published, you should create your layouts for you and your family, to enjoy and remember. Sure, it is a wonderful feeling to be published and for your work to be recognized– but if you get in the rut of creating to be published, you lose that warm-fuzzy feeling of why you started scrapbooking in the first place. But, if being published is what someone really wants– I would suggest SUBMIT, SUBMIT, SUBMIT!

Below are some of Allison’s new releases from CHA Summer 2006. You can see more on her blog.
Are there any other Designers that inspire you?

[Allison] Oh my gosh, YES! I am inspired by Jlyne Hanback, Marah Johnson, Karen Russell, Stacy Julian and so many others. I love art and really appreciate other people’s interpretations!

What project are you working on now?

[Allison] Right now I am working on more distressed metal embellishments for CHA Winter 2007.

Do you have any sneak peeks to share?

[Allison] Now if I shared that… it would ruin the surprise! =)

We will have to stay tuned to Allison’s blog to watch for these!

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