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Spotlight on a Designer: Teresa Collins

teresacollinsheadshot.jpgWe are fortunate today to have the talented Teresa Collins join us for an interview in our Spotlight on a Designer series! (Please click here for past spotlight interviews.) You all know how much of a fan I am of Teresa’s work and most of all her new line. You can visit Teresa’s website here to view her new product line and click here to go to her blog. All artwork shown was created by Teresa Collins.

Surprisingly, Teresa only began her hobby of scrapbooking in 2002. Originally from North Carolina, Teresa now lives in Utah with her husband, Tyler and seven, yes, seven children! Teresa previously had a line of products under Junkitz but at CHA this past month she launched her first private label name, Teresa Collins Designs. She is one busy lady to say the least!

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

{ScrapScene} How long have you beenteresacollinsdamaskandjournal-itdream.jpg scrapbooking? What got you started?

{Teresa Collins} I started to scrapbook five years ago. I was always making cards and invitations. I started to scrapbook when my mother unexpectedly died at the age of fifty three from a brain aneurysm. I was shocked and emotionally devastated. I spent a lot of time reflecting on my mother’s life. There was so many questions I wanted to ask her, but had lost that opportunity. I found box after box of photos, of which, I had no idea who was in the photos. I wondered what they had meant to my mother. It changed my life. I went to my local scrapbook store about a month after my mothers death, a total newbie- no clue as to what I was doing and asked them to help me. I admit, I became addicted fast to the hobby. I started by taking Legacy classes. It not only helped me deal with my grief, but opened my eyes and increased my desire to document my family’s life.

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

{Teresa Collins} teresacollinscalendar.jpgI was lucky in that I did a few page layouts and my daughter showed them to the advertising manager at Ivy Cottage Magazine- now ScrapTrends. I was asked to do a series of idea books for the magazine. I set up a team of designers and honestly had no idea what I was doing. I had been scrapbooking a few months at this point. I had no idea what my style was at the time. As I worked on the idea books, I met the owner of Rusty Pickle at my local scrapbook store. They were a new company that was bursting into the scrapbook world. It was a wonderful opportunity and I really appreciate the opportunities that have come my way through Rusty Pickle and then Junkitz. With my interior design background, I apply all that I learned in school and applied it to designing papers and projects. I honestly, would have never thought that I would be using my degree to design scrapbook products. However, I find that designing papers has been easier for me, with my design background.

For a free online class on how to make Teresa’s desktop calendar shown above, please click here for a PDF.

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

{Teresa Collins} My favorite techniques have to do with any type of painting andteresacollinscharangercanvas.jpg stamping. I LOVE painting. My favorite products would have to be stamps and gems and cardstock (Prism). I love the endless possiblities that you can achieve with archival ink (Ranger Jet BLACK– my FAVE), and stamps.

I love the look of classic pages that have some POP aka-eye candy- designed into them… I love the look of stamped images, so I use stamps on every project. I especially love to journal. So I journal A LOT. I love to add handwritten journaling into a project and make it part of the design element…

{ScrapScene} What are your most essential scrapbooking tools?

{Teresa Collins} My ATG adhesive gun, Ranger’s glossy accents, and jet black archival ink…BLACK journaling pen, and Prism cardstock (white, baby pink, bold red and black) – and photos of my family – they inspire me! There is so much MORE but these are the basics.

{ScrapScene} What do you think is the HOTTEST trend?

teresacollinsjournal-it-familylife.jpg{Teresa Collins} JOURNALING- stamps, papers, tags, etc. When I designed the JOURNAL-IT collection, I knew I wanted to design a line that would make it easier for scrapbookers to journal….and make it fun too. It’s important to document the everyday.

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

{Teresa Collins} My tip is to use interesting photos and creative journaling that tells a story. Submit work that makes them want to read the journaling, a photo that makes you want to know more about that moment in time.

{ScrapScene} What do you predict for future trends?

{Teresa Collins} Scrap ART…..I came out with a clear dome ring, that you can alter, add photos etc. to create and wear….I think (at least in my future designs) you will see more products that appeal to everyone who enjoys doing crafts- even non scrappers. I hope by introducing items that are more Scrap Art we can get even more individuals interested in the hobby.

{ScrapScene} What other hobbies are you involved in besides scrapbooking?

{Teresa Collins} I love to travel, and take photos. Most of my time is spent watching baseball games and driving my kids to various lessons. We go to at least 100 ballgames in the summer alone. My kids are my life, so when I’m not scrapbooking… I focus on watching them grow up. I try not to miss any of their activities.

{ScrapScene} Are there any other Designers that inspire you?teresacollinsjournal-it-remember.jpg

{Teresa Collins} This is hard, because I am inspired by so many talented designers. I do not want to exclude anyone. I will say that when I first started to scrapbook, I saw Jenni Bowlin’s work in a magazine and I LOVED her classic style and journaling. I am so fortunate that we are friends. I admire her greatly for not only her talent, but her kind heart. I admire Tim Holtz, I consider him as one of the BEST teachers in the industry- if you have a chance to take a class from Tim- do it! He knows his inks, and he makes it fun. I am inspired by Tara Whitney’s and Karen Russell’s photography. They inspire me to keep improving my photography skills.

{ScrapScene} What project are you working on now?

{Teresa Collins} A project that I will teach next week at Melrose Vintage. I can’t wait to teach this class. I used three of my new paper lines in one project. I am working on my designs for CHA Summer too!

{ScrapScene} Can you describe your scrapping space?

{Teresa Collins} My space is somewhat clean right now. I can’t believe it. I have my scrap room on the lower level of my home. I have a big pottery barn table in the center of my room. I love the storage cubes on the sides of the table. My room is filled with projects that I have done. They inspire me. My space is designed in a venetian/old world feel. I have a TV in my room. I watch the same chick flicks over and over as I design projects. I use a large walk in closet with lots of bins to hold all my scrapbook supplies. I wish I was better organized.

Thank you Teresa!

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One Comment

  1. March 4th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I really enjoyed your interview with TC, thanks! She’s one of my favorite designers. Her new stuff is going to be a hot seller 🙂

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