With Love Studio is proud to spotlight one of our newer designers this month, Pamela Bachmayer! Her designs are fun, inspiring, and I especially love her take on the art journal/watercolor style. This month is the perfect month to try out her designs! She has a storewide sale going on all month long.
Like what you see? Let’s get to know the designer behind all that gorgeousness!
What’s the meaning of your designer’s name and how did you come up with it?
I’ve been a designer of some type for nearly 30 years and I’ve always used my own name
to design with. Keeps things simple and I can use it whatever I’m designing and it still applies.
How long have you been designing?
I’ve been designing Scrapbook kits for about 2 years now. Before that, I designed one of a kind dolls and needlecraft designs for manufacturers and publications.
Tell us a little bit about you, your family and your daily life.
I was born and raised in Illinois, but moved to Texas in 1982 when my kids were very small. I have three grown children now, though my middle child, my only son, was killed last year by a drunk driver. I have four beautiful grandchildren by my two daughters. I remarried in 1999 to a native Texan who raises cattle, just inherited his father’s cotton gin with his brother, and also works a full time job with the Texas Legislative Council in Austin.
As a townie and a former northerner, it was an adjustment, learning this completely new life but I love getting up in the morning and gazing out my kitchen window to see the cows (okay, the calves) peeking at me through the fence as I drink my first coffee of the day. If they know I’m out there weeding, they line up at the fence and bellow at me to share. I also have a love/hate relationship with the bull as he likes to use our electric pole as a scratching pole and often knocks out our electricity. That’s the hate part…the love part is the beautiful calves he makes that bring me so much pleasure to watch play. They’ve never seen a pile of anything laying around that they didn’t have to roll around in and make a mess.
My husband and I built our house ourselves about 5 years ago and I got to go to town creatively with planning, tiling, painting, etc throughout the house. I also have a studio upstairs that I had used to create my dolls before my hand accident and I also have another room up there full of my vintage and modern day fashion doll collections, doll houses, doll furniture, a dolly nightclub, hotel, cars, everything a doll needs to live the life she deserves as a diva. I’m also currently haunting the discount stores hoping for those 16 in Monster High dolls to start hitting the shelves. I’m every little girls dream of the perfect grandma, as I let them play with everything except the vintage girls, even though I fuss when they leave because I have to put all the furniture back exactly the way it was, re-park the cars, the boats, find all the shoes, etc and tidy up the mess.
Do you have another job/career other than designing?
Designing is always my first job, my passion. However, every fall, when the cotton crops come in, I work at the cotton gin with the family. In the past, it was full time (7 days a week, 12 hours a day until we are completely done, anywhere from 2-4 months). This year I’m only working part time, but it varies from day to day depending on what needs to be done there and how far away they decide to send me to pick up a part.
How many hours a day or week do you dedicate to designing, and how long does it usually take to complete a kit?
When we aren’t ginning, I design full time. It usually takes me a week and a half per kit as I can never seem to stop. I just keep finding more I want to add to it.
What are you favorite design tools and what computer/software/programs do you use?
I use Photoshop CC 2015. I do have a Wacom Graphic Tablet but I’m still getting the hang of it so I do most of my designing with my mouse and the pen tool and am learning Illustrator as well. I love styles and brushes, and the pen tool in PS CC. I’m also fast becoming a font addict.
Do you have a method you like to follow when designing?
I wish I knew what it was if I do. I often just start playing with colors or experimenting with a new style or technique, though I would be a faster designer if I started with a definite theme every time. Those kits do seem to come together faster than kits that come from playing around do. That’s always been my downfall as a designer, I enjoy it too much to remember it’s supposed to be work and that I have deadlines. I keep a running list of things I think of to add, words, etc to come back to as I work. I have no problem switching the theme of a kit in the middle of it if the light bulb goes off, but again, another thing that can slow me down. I do have a check list of sorts, more of a list of things I could add, but I never feel I have to add everything on the list. I also share what I’m doing with the team once or twice as I go along as I value their input, especially if I’m stuck on something. I think they feel more a part of the team knowing that I do. I can’t always incorporate their ideas, but having someone who isn’t as close to a project as I am, they can sometimes see it better than I can.
Tell us about your featured kit, where did you find inspiration for it?
Whenever I feel blue or down, I reach for the brightest colors I can and go from there. I lost my FIL early this month and definitely felt a need to cheer myself up. I tend to be forgetful, clumsy to the max and I have no problem sharing with others whatever stupid thing I did on any day. If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? I call myself “quirky” and “creative”. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I decided to poke a bit of fun at myself with this kit and decided to make it about being okay with and expressing who you are, whoever that may be. I added an add on kit with descriptive words on everything I could think of that expresses who I am at any given time and hope that others can find those same things within themselves and be okay with it. I’m also very creative and wanted something less rigid than a set theme this time, something to give others the okay to just play with the extra fun things I added so they can add their own twist to their layouts and really make it their own. I was REALLY enjoying creating those 3d effect paper flowers digitally and I want to do some more of that if people like them in this kit. They were way too fun to do!
What can we expect to see on your store on the next weeks? Are you already working on some new releases?
Yikes! I don’t know. I have learned from my previous design lives that I rarely can create anything that actually ends up with what it started as. I definitely have a new kit planned that I’ll be starting on next week but I won’t say what in case it ends up as something different. It’s just taking me longer to finish them at the moment as we are in the middle of ginning season.
Tell us about your featured designer’s month, sales, promotions, gifts..
I am having a 35% off sale on everything in my store except bundles as they are already 40-45% off. I am hosting this month’s progressive scrap and hope everyone stops in to participate. I do enjoy hosting the challenges and like getting to know the scrappers who participate. I’ll have some freebies that coordinate with the kit next week on my blog, at my facebook page and in my newsletter. I will be doing a Creative Team call later this month, in hopes of finding a new member or two for my already incredible team. I’ve asked my team to help me keep up with the blog this month so I can find time to do some extra things in the forums every week, like more freebies, coupons, etc. I’m so looking forward to getting to know more of our customers!
Thank you, Pamela for letting us get to know you a little better! Now let’s take a closer look at Pamela’s featured kit, Express Yourself and the two add-on packs!
You can pick up these three fabulous packs in one conveinent bundle or seperately. I have a couple of layouts to share with you today and more later on this month using this kit. If you pick up any of Pamela’s designs this month I would love to feature your layout here on the blog. Leave a comment with the link and I’ll be sure to add it to a featured blog post this month!
Before you head off to Pamela Bachmayer Designs’ store pick up this lovely cluster frame freebie from her!