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Spotlight on a Designer: Carolyn Peeler

carolynpeelerheadshot.jpgWe are excited to feature Carolyn Peeler for this edition of our Spotlight on a Designer series. For past spotlights, please click here.

Carolyn Peeler is the Creative Director at Melissa Frances, and a Contributing writer for Canadian Scrapbooker magazine. To read Carolyn’s bio page, click here.

Below are the questions we posed to Carolyn along with her answers:

{ScrapScene} How long have you been scrapbooking? What got you started?

{Carolyn Peeler} I began scrapbooking in 1997. My mom had visited a neighbor and had seen her Creative Memories album. She was pretty excited about it and told me that I should check it out as she was sure it would be something that I would be interested in. I saw the album, loved the concept, went to a scrapbook store and bought a kit to get started and I haven’t looked back since.

“Savannah” layout below right done by Carolyn Peeler

{ScrapScene} How did you go get started working for Melissa Frances?
{Carolyn Peeler} As a proud Canadian it always gets me excited to see Canadian companies enter the scrapbooking marketplace. I had been at a trade show where I saw the Melissa Frances line. I was thrilled to find that they were Canadian, but even more so to find out they were based in the little suburb of Toronto, ON. where I grew up. Long story short, several months later Melissa offered me a position in her company and I’ve been a proud member of her team ever since.

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

{Carolyn Peeler} I’m a huge magazine addict. I find looking at magazines so stimulating. Whether it’s color combinations or graphic design ideas, magazines are an inexpensive resource that I find invaluable. I also love to look to nature and other art forms (i.e. fine art, movies, music) for inspiration. Generally if I’m having creative block I will put aside the layout and work on a mixed media art project. Sometimes working with different media is the break that I need to ‘refresh’ my creative spirit.

{ScrapScene} What are your favorite techniques and products?

{Carolyn Peeler} I am still a huge inker. Very rarely does a project look finished to me if I haven’t used my brown inkpad to distress the edges a little bit. I also include sewing on a large majority of my layouts. As for product lines, I love the whole shabby chic look, so in addition to the Melissa Frances line, I love Anna Griffin, and Foof a la.

Project peek at left for Silver Bella by Carolyn Peeler

{ScrapScene} What are your most essential scrapbooking tools?

{Carolyn Peeler} My paper trimmer, the afore mentioned brown ink pad, my scallop scissors, my sewing machine, and my computer, as I use predominately computer journaling on my projects.

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

{Carolyn Peeler} We’ve been in the boho/freestyle era of scrapbooking for the past two years, but I think we’ll see a bit of a pendulum swing back to more clean graphic layouts in the future.

{ScrapScene} Do you have any tips for getting published?

{Carolyn Peeler} Really it’s just a matter of submitting. Submit, submit, submit. And never be afraid to pursue and make opportunities happen for yourself. Most of the wonderful opportunities I’ve been blessed with have been the result of proactive activity on my part.

“Tiny” layout at right by Carolyn Peeler
{ScrapScene} Are there any other Designers that inspire you?

{Carolyn Peeler} There are countless Designers who inspire me, the list is really endless. I’m a huge vintage art girl, so designers like Pam Garrison, Lynn Whipple, Sally Jean are pure eye candy. I adore the paintings of Laurie Meseroll and Lisa Kaus. I find great inspiration from home decor gurus Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic fame and Chris Brown of Urban Prairie.

{ScrapScene} What project(s) are you working on now? Do you have any sneak peeks to share?

{Carolyn Peeler} Right now I am packing projects as I leave for a business trip to Boston tomorrow. When I get home I’ll be busy getting samples ready for a trip to the UK QVC in early April.

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