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Spotlight on a Designer: Patricia Zimmerman

Patricia Zimmerman, one of the five runners up for our Truly Trendy contest is our next designer to be featured in our Spotlight on a Designer interviews.  Patricia’s winning entry can be seen here.  Also, don’t forget to check out Patricia’s blog here to see more of her work.  For more Spotlight on a Designer interviews, please click here.

Here are the questions we posed to Patricia along with her answers:

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

{Patricia Zimmerman} I have been scrapbooking for about 5 months now!  I would say though that I had a very strong interest in this art form for longer then that and had been wanting to dip my toes into it, there was always this big urge to take my beloved photos and make art out of them.  That is how I see scrapbooking, as an art form.  I also slowly started a collection of supplies, I was drawn to certain papers and scrapping odds and ends for their colors and designs, finally my boyfriend kept telling me to put them to good use and then that was just the beginning!

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

{Patricia Zimmerman} Well, lately I have been having some major blockage (dosen’t that sound lovely?)  I suppose we all get that dry spell here and there, it’s all part of the creative process so I’m told!   When this happens, I usually just ride it out, I don’t push it, I go with the flow.  I  become a lurker of some scrapping or art related blogs and that usually helps, or I will pick up a good book or magazine.  Sometimes just a visit to the art store or scrapbooking store sparks that something inside me to get the creative juices flowing.

{ScrapScene} What are your favourite techniques and products? 

{Patricia Zimmerman} I am all into incorporating hand stitching onto my layouts.  It’s very time consuming and at times painful, but in the end it adds an extra special something to my page.  Another one of my favorite techniques at the moment is the use of pieces of patterned paper to create a mosaic and sometimes patchwork feel to the piece, I have a lot of fun cutting up paper and laying it out and watching it all come together.  Who says you cant rip up a beautiful piece of paper?  I tend to lean towards the Daisy D “Wonder Years” line lately, it has a very awesome collage feel to it which is the look I go for a lot when I scrapbook.  I am also a huge fan of Stephanie DosReis’s work (she created the Wonder Years line for those of  you who do not know)  Of course you always have to have the adhesives while scrapbooking, especially if you’re going crazy gluing down tons of  bits and pieces of paper and I always turn to my trusted Scotch 3m glue stick for that!  Lets not forget another one of my favorite products…………………..Pro Art Gesso,  I highly enjoy using Gesso, it may be an addiction at this point.

{ScrapScene} What are your most essential scrapbooking tools?

{Patricia Zimmerman} Oh how I love my  Micron Pens (definitely have to give them a plug). These usually come into play towards the end of my scrapping process, they kind of tie everything together for me.  I use them to add my very own personal touch such as some squiggles, dots, outlining, and most importantly my journaling.  I’ve always been a doodler.  As I said before, GLUE STICKS!  Who ever invented the gluestick, THANK YOU!  I can never have enough, I must have about 20 gluesticks in my supply bag.  Sometimes I find myself at Staples buying scrapping tools rather then say an art store or scrapbooking supply store.  If you were to look at my supplies and probably many other people’s supplies you would find staplers, hole punchers, tapes, tags, a lot of stuff that can be purchased at an office supply place.  They tend to play a big part in this world of scrapping.

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

{Patricia Zimmerman} I have been seeing lots of vintage styles popping up everywhere, which of course I’m digging!  Colors galore, distressed looks, just gobs of yumminess.  I remember back in the day when scrapping just started, the products back then have come so far, they have become more eclectic and funkier in my opinion and that may be one of the reasons I became drawn into it.  As for the future  I just see things getting better and better.  There are so many great artists working on product lines, i.e Elsie who brings a very fun style to scrapping with her rub ons, chipboard buttons and even paper, love em.  I can go on and on with this question as well! It makes me very excited to be a scrapbooker.

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

{Patricia Zimmerman} This might sound cliché or whatever, BUT be yourself! Don’t try to fit in and follow the crowd.  Do what makes you happy, create for you and only you.  Everyone has their own style, that’s what sets them apart form each other, show off your own style and roll with it.  Another tip I would say is never ever give up.  If you are to send something off to try and get published, or you enter a contest or apply for a design team and you get rejected use it as motivation to keep on keeping at it.  As I learned in art school, criticism is expected and you must use it to grow and become even more fabulous.

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

{Patricia Zimmerman} I have been totally in love with Sara Bowen’s work.   I’m all about things not being matchy matchy and having a sort of modge podge of color and designs on one piece, and I feel she really pulls that together in a really fantastic way. To me it’s like eye candy, for sure. Celine Navarro – I go to this girls blog almost every day for inspiration.  She has a very funky/fun style that rocks my boat.  Words can’t describe her stuff, once again, EYE CANDY people! Kara –  Now this girl is a newcomer, so some of you might be like, "who?"  So I’m gonna give her a plug here with her blog site.  She is only 16 I  believe, maybe 15.  I see a very bright future (for) her in the scrapbooking/multi medium world.  You just have to go see it for your self, she brings a very new, fresh style to this whole scrapping realm!  Just awesome! Those would be my top three at the moment, but I mean I have a list that can go on forever and ever!  I am constanly inspired by pretty much everyone, if you create and you love what you do, then well you inspire me, so thank you.

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

{Patricia Zimmerman} Don’t you mean projects?  My mind is like this never ending ocean and there are all of these ideas floating around up there, some of them just float away after awhile.  I am currently on a design team called, “Gettin Sketchy,” and right now we are trying to spruce that challenge blog up a bit and get more people to participate.  I would also like to eventually, possibly start up my own challenge blog or something along those lines. I really enjoy scrapping, it has been my saving grace and would love to venture more into it. 

Today I received a very cool mini book kit from the oh so fabulous Leigh-Ann over at Freckled Nest.  I will be diving into that full on over the course of the next few nights.  After that I have an idea for a canvas, it will definetly contain paper pieces, gesso and stitching.  I am going to need a lot of coffee and a heavy duty thimble for that one.  And aside from that, lots of new layouts, and experimenting with different layout sizes!

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

{Patricia Zimmerman}

Oh how I wish I had a scrapping space!  You see, I am a full time, live in nanny and that leaves me with one room at the moment, my bedroom.  A few months ago we converted my closet into a mini sewing/art room(and I mean mini)  It’s a really great idea for people with very small spaces, but you do have to sacrifice your clothes storage for the good will of creating art!  I tend though to wind up on my bed making things, or sometimes even just on my floor.  One day I will have a gigantic room all to myself, full of cool bins, inspiration boards, and of course a very big art desk, ONE day.   Me and my boyfriend have this ongoing conversation about when and if we move in together, he collects lots of comic books and toys (he’s a collector for sure).  He will need his own room for his collections and I will of course need my own room so we better start saving because its gonna have to be at least a 4 roomer!

Thanks Patricia!

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One Comment

  1. May 19th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I love Patty!!! Her stuff is just so inspiring! Thanks for spotlighting such an amazing designer!

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