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Spotlight on a Designer: Louise Williams

Welcome to Louise Williams from Aukland, New Zealand, our latest interview for our Spotlight on a Designer feature.  Louise won a runner up place in our contest, Truly Trendy.  You can see Louise’s winning entry here.  More of her work can be seen on her blog here.  For more Spotlight on a Designer interviews, please click here.

Here is Louise’s interview:

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

{Louise Williams} I’ve been scrapbooking for around 8 years now and briefly owned a scrapbooking store with my mum, however having my son made me readjust my priorities and so the store had to go. The upside of that is that I now have more time to scrap for myself, and it’s reignited my passion for this fulfilling craft. I think I was like many other people and began with the old Creative Memories class at my cousins house. I only went to help her make up numbers – I had NO idea what I was getting myself in for. After an hour of playing with cardboard triangles and corner rounders I was hooked on the idea, but knew there must be more you could do with it. I went home, went online and a whole new world opened up for me.

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

{Louise Williams} I don’t often get creative blocks, I’m usually dreaming layouts! If I do though, then I like to mess around with my paints and stamps until I get inspired again! I love to pore through the magazines and scrapbooking books to see what other scrappers are doing and love giving new techniques a go. I also trail around the scrapbooking shops and find all the new products out there tend to get the buzz going again (as well as giving the credit card a hammering!)…

{ScrapScene} What are your favourite techniques and products?

{Louise Williams} My favourite techniques at the moment include using chalk pastels and paints to add depth and a splash of unexpected colour. After resisting the whole stamping thing for so long I’m now completely hooked on stamps too, and I tend to look for ‘themeless’ ones that will suit a lot of pages and applications.

{ScrapScene} What are your most essential scrapbooking tools?

{Louise Williams} Transparencies!! I use them everywhere, I print on them from my computer and create my own embellishements and overlays and I love to stamp on them – so much easier to correct a mistake if you slip with the stamp! They add another dimension to you pages – I sometimes print clipart onto them and then paint the image in from the back – easy and effective. I’ll also write on one if I want the look of writing on a photo without actually doing it..

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

{Louise Williams} At the moment I think the hottest trend is to be a little bit shabby chic, throwing away your ruler and circle cutters and going freestyle! I think people are starting to make more of a statement with their scrapbooks by making it more about themselves and less about the products. When I started I was very linear and everything had to line up, but I threw that out the window a while ago! I think the trend will continue that way, people being a bit more free with what they put into their pages and having the courage to just “let it be” – even if it’s not perfect.

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

{Louise Williams} The best way to get published is to just persevere! If you create a layout with the sole intention of having it published, then check all the upcoming themes in the magazines and try and stick to one that suits what you’re creating, rather than just trying to make a layout ‘fit’. I get layouts rejected all the time and it’s not big deal, if one magazine doesn’t accept your submission then send it to another one! Often they’ll take a page for their gallery even if it doesn’t fit into one of the monthly themes. Also, some magazines have a style and your layout just may not suit that magazines style, don’t take it personally – just try again!

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

{Louise Williams} There are so many amazing designers out there but I particularly love Nic Howard’s work – it’s always so detailed and beautiful and I’m a sucker for details!! I also love CD Muckosky’s hybrid work (gotta get me a 12” printer) and Lisa Garay’s free style. They’re all very different and inspire me in different ways – I get something different from each designer and they all make me want to try something new..

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

{Louise Williams} I’ve just finished working on a couple of layouts for the two Design Teams I’m on, but can’t share them just yet! You’ll have to check my blog for them soon… 🙂 However, I’m also taking part in my first page swap (where you swap photos with someone else and create a page for them – all anonymously!). It’s a really fun concept and I’ll give you a wee sneak peek…

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

{Louise Williams} I share my scrapping space with my home office, in a small single detached garage – the biggest minus of this is having to go back and forward to the house at night or in the rain! It’s freezing in winter and sweltering in summer but I do have a bit of room to play! I wish I had a larger scrapping desk and somewhere to leave my sewing machine set up permamently, but overall I’m pretty happy with my wee space. I’ve got a lot of storage (all packed to the gills with stuff!) and quite a lot of paper racks and upright storage containers. My favourite things though are my jars, I have them right above my desk on narrow shelves and they’re full of little embellishments, brads and hardware. One day I dream of having a scrapping room inside the house, but for now it’s my little haven.

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One Comment

  1. May 16th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    wow! she produces vibrant colors and great graphics. plus awesome scrap space!

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