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Spotlight on a Designer: Rebecca Sower

rebeccasowerheadshotaugust2007.jpgThe one and only Rebecca Sower is our featured designer for this edition of Spotlight on a Designer. For previous spotlight interviews, please click here.

For those not familiar with Rebecca, she is one of the original icons and trendsetters of this whole scrapbooking and papercrafting movement! Her product lines and books came out ages ago. You can get some of her publications here. She is currently a Guest Designer for Melissa Frances, and a sneak peek is available on her blog. You can visit her Etsy shop to get one of Rebecca’s unique shabby-style paper creations. But go quick, because things sell out quickly over there!

Here are the questions we asked of Rebecca along with her responses:

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

{Rebecca Sower} I began scrapbooking just before my son was born, and he’s almost ten now. I noticed scrapbooking immediately as just my kind of thing…photos, art, words.

{ScrapScene} How did you go about starting your own line of products?rebeccasower1.jpg

{Rebecca Sower} I owned a scrapbooking store in the Nashville area many years ago and began designing products for the store’s classes. Friends encouraged me to try to sell them to other stores so I attended a trade show and everything went crazy from there 🙂

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

{Rebecca Sower} Doing nothing. Not pressuring myself. Usually, if I just sit outside and zone out, breathe in some fresh air, close my eyes…that’s about all I need to get going again. I think the key to creativity is beginning with an empty well so to speak…not overloaded on visual stimuli and ideas.

{ScrapScene} What are your favorite techniques and products (besides your own of course! 🙂 ?

{Rebecca Sower} Oh there are so many. For scrapbooking, I have been loving the Melissa Frances, Anna Griffin, Foofala things lately…so, so pretty.

{ScrapScene} What are your most essential scrapbooking tools?rebeccasower2.jpg

{Rebecca Sower} Solitude and memories.

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

{Rebecca Sower} I’m seeing so many beautiful digital layouts these days. That is an art in itself that I stink at. I’m more comfortable with hands-on, even messy approaches — gotta touch it with my hands. But I can see the digital approach gaining momentum especially with younger scrap artists.

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

{Rebecca Sower} I have two tips for getting published (1) be authentic! I can’t stress this enough…stick to your own raw style and be proud of what you create; and (2) create as if no one else will ever see it…make sure you aren’t creating for a magazine. Create for yourself, your family and again, be very, very authentic…people will be able to recognize the ‘forced’ layout from a mile away.

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

{Rebecca Sower} Usually the ones who inspire me the most are the ones who don’trebeccasower3.jpg recognize themselves as true artists. They are pouring themselves into their creations and may or may not be ‘popular’ but their work is beautiful. Sometimes when I see someone’s work in one of my classes, I have to ask myself why in the world I’m the teacher and they’re the student when it should be the other way around…that’s when I’m inspired.

{ScrapScene} What projects are you working on now? Do you have any sneak peeks to share?

{Rebecca Sower} I’m so, so happy in my creative position right now. I’ve been doing a lot of work outside the scrapbooking market, keeping in touch through my blog, trying to keep pieces in my etsy shop…well mostly I’m trying to keep up with kids 🙂 Things are very, very comfortable now…not the crazy pace I had a couple of years ago. It was time to slow things down. Living life where I’m in control of my schedule is abundantly more rewarding than the days when my schedule controlled me 🙂

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  1. August 15th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    Very interesting to read you Rebecca ! Will surely go to your blog to see some more of your wonderful work 🙂

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