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Spotlight on a Designer: Jennifer Barksdale

Jennifer Barksdale joins us today for our Spotlight on a Designer feature.  To view past interviews, please click here.  Jennifer was one of five runners up in ScrapScene’s Truly Trendy Contest.  You can see Jennifer’s winning entry here.

Please read below for the questions we posed to Jennifer along with her answers:

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

{Jennifer Barksdale} I’ve been scrapbooking consistently for three years.  I first discovered it when my daughter was born and created a few pages in an album.  Unfortunately, in the midst of school, having another child, and moving, I didn’t get back into it until 2005 – and I’m so glad I did!  It’s a wonderful and addictive hobby!

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

{Jennifer Barksdale} My scrap magazines – old and new.  They’re normally the first thing I reach for.  I also check out scrap/art websites or fabric for inspiration.

{ScrapScene} What are your favourite techniques and products?

{Jennifer Barksdale} My favorite technique is stitching.  I like how it adds texture and gives my layouts a homespun feel.  My favorite product will always be patterned paper!  It alone gives me inspiration to create!

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

{Jennifer Barksdale} Flowers!  I think it’s versatility in different scrap styles makes it a hot commodity.  You’ve got chipboard, diecuts, felt, you name it and scrappers love the dimension and softness it gives to a layout.  I predict that paint will make a big comeback.  I think designers like Emily Falconbridge and C.D. Muckosky inspire fellow scrappers to push aside those premade goodies (if even for just a moment) and dig out the old paint stash and just experiment.

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

{Jennifer Barksdale} Wow!  There are many designers who are inspirational to me, but I adore Jennifer McGuire‘s style.  She was the one who first inspired me to get back into scrapbooking.  I learned how to be more creative with my supplies and even picked up stitching on my layouts from her.  There’s also Ali Edwards (to celebrate the everyday moments), Jamie Waters (embellish, embellish, embellish! – without overdoing it), Jill Hornby (stitch with abandon!), and Jessica Sprague (to embrace the hybrid in me).

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

{Jennifer Barksdale} I’m working on a birthday layout of my daughter with some hand-stitching, digital accents, and maybe some paint.  Here’s a little sneak peek!  I don’t have a blog, but I have a small gallery at Two Peas in a Bucket you can check out here.

{ScrapScene} Please tell us a little about your scrapping space.  Do you have any photos to share of it?

{Jennifer Barksdale} My scrap space is basically just a computer unit and a plastic drawer storage.  Since my husband’s in the military, I have to keep things limited and mobile.  It’s been working for me for the last three years, so I’m happy with it!

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