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June Featured Designer – meet the designer behind Heather Z Scraps

Summer is here, the year is halfway over and we have been back now for 3 months. Yeah. Things are finally starting to take shape again and it’s feeling like home. No home is complete without having our monthly Featured Designer spot, how else do you get to know us. 🙂

I am sure many of you are familiar with our designer Heather Z Scraps! She is new to our With Love Studio family but not new to digital scrapbooking. She is our featured Designer this month and she has this amazing vacation kit called ‘Jamaican Vacation’. As you can see she has a few fun townspeople to welcome you, a crazy fun alpha, fun seashells, bright colored elements and fun papers. What more could your family photos want!

Heather aka Heather Z Scraps is an amazing designer with some really adorable kits. I love that she has her style set and she isn’t afraid of bold colors or light colors. She creates items that can be easily cut and used with Hybrid scrapbooking as well as planners. Here are some of my favorite kits from her:

I am just in love with this kit. Those animal are way to cute and those splatters are awesome. This kit is perfect for those western style photos of yours!!

I love the bright colors in this kit. The kids are way to cute with their stick figure arms and legs. I love all the swirls and hearts and other fun elements. I just need to find photos for this or create a photoshoot!!

I am a planner junkie, I own like 7 or 9 at this point and am starting my daughter on hers – this doesn’t count the binders, the computer or the phone. Stickers are always a great way to keep me organized, and these are fun and brightly colored – perfect to stand out on the page!!

Here are some layouts using her kits:

If you are not familiar with her products yet, take a minute to browse her shop and I’m sure they will catch your eyes!

Who are you?

Please describe who you are outside the designer world within one to two sentences.

Hi there! I’m Heather, and I live in Northern VA (about 30 min outside DC) with my husband of 11 years and our two boys (Jacob, 9, and Henry, 6).  Rounding out our family are our THREE (yes, 3!) cats.  Bella (9), Charlie (3), and Rio (we’re not sure on his age as we rescued him when he wandered into our yard last summer, but we think he’s around 1-2 years).  When I’m not designing I can be found doing anything crafty, gardening, reading, or hanging out with my family. <3

Tell me about your design world

My design name is Heather Z. Scraps … it’s not super creative, huh? Lol  I have been designing for 3 years now, but only in business for about a year and a half.  I began designing during the summer of 2014 when I took a designer mentoring class that another store was offering.  I offered freebies on my blog and FB page for a year and then the following summer I took the same designer class again.  Finally that Fall (2015) I was offered my first position in the same store that taught me all I know!

I pretty much design whenever and wherever I can.  I absolutely LOVE IT!  I take my laptop with me when we travel and work in the car while driving down 95.  Lol  I work on designing (or something design-related) almost every evening after my kids are in bed, and even in the evening while watching TV with the fam!

When designing I tend to use Photoshop CC (and for scrapping I use Photoshop Elements).  I recently bought a subscription to Illustrator, though, because I’d like to learn to doodle and make some of my own layered CU items.

When I’m prepping a kit, I usually make a list of what I want to put in it, then I pull all those items together into one folder, so when I’m ready to start working on said kit everything is in one central location.  I’m a little OCD, too.  Lol

So far I haven’t run out of ideas for kits, but if I ever do I will probably look to my kids for inspiration and/or Pinterest (I’m something of a Pinterest-addict).

What part of designing comes easiest to you (Themes, colors, papers, elements?)

  • Themes, definitely!  I don’t know how to make a “non-themed” kit, unfortunately. Lol

Favorite TV show?

  • Overall … FRIENDS.  But lately I have really become addicted to the new NBC show Timeless!

Where is the farthest you have been from home?

  • I’m not sure if Nevada is further than Jamaica or not, but Nevada is the furthers West, Jamaica is the furthest South, and Canada is the furthest North. :)

Do you have another job/career other than designing?

  • Yep! I work for my husband’s company (he’s not the owner, but he is the Regional Manager of this office) doing administrative type tasks.

How long were you scrapbooking before you started designing?

  • I started digi-scrapbooking in 2013, so a little over a year. :)

Quick Fire Questions

  • Pocket Scrapbooking or Traditional? Traditional
  • Single or Multi Photo? Single
  • Sun or Snow? Sun
  • City Break or Beach Holiday? Beach!
  • Ice Cream or Cake? Ice Cream CAKE! Lol

Your Featured Kit

  • What inspired you to create this month’s featured kit? I had actually planned to release this last month, but time got away from me, so I didn’t get around to designing it until now .. anyway, last month (May) was my husband’s and mine’s anniversary month (11 years!) and we got married in Jamaica (plus honeymooned there), so I thought it would be fun to create a Jamaican destination kit!
  • Tell us about your featured designer’s month, sales, promotions, gifts… / My entire store will be 50% OFF all month long!
  • What can we expect to see on your store on the next weeks?  I have some outdoorsy kits coming up, plus a few summer fruits kits and a Baseball themed kit.
  • Are you already working on some new releases? Yes! I’m always working on something new .. every second of every day!
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October Featured Designer – meet the designer behind Sugar Moon Designs

The year is almost over! I can’t believe we are in Fall already and we have all the fun Holidays upon us.This truly is my favorite time of year. What is great is about this time of year is how it always seems to bring families together!

I am sure many of you are familiar with our designer Sugar Moon Designs! She is our featured Designer this month and she has this amazing family kit called ‘Close knit’. As you can see she has a few fun alphas, Silhouettes, tags, word art, elements and fun papers. What more could your family photos want!

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Crystal aka Sugar Moon Designs is an amazing designer with some really adorable kits. I have known her since the store opened and even before that at a previous store and I have seen her talent just grow. Seen her try new things, color palettes and push her beyond ‘the box’ to create kits that work not just for the theme but outside the theme as well. Here are some of my favorite kits from her:

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(Even my hubby wants me to get this one and he isn’t into scrapbooking but loves this kit!!

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Here are some beautiful layouts creating using her kits!!
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If you are not familiar with her products yet, take a minute to browse her shop and I’m sure they will catch your eyes!

crystalWhat’s your real name if different from your designer name?
My real name is Crystal.

What’s the meaning of your designer’s name and how did you come up with it?
Sugar Moon is the name of an old country song by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. I love the song and it reminds me of my Grandpa.

How long have you been designing?
I’ve been designing scrapbook kits since 2009.

Tell us a little bit about you, your family and your daily life.
I am married to wonderful guy, I have a 17 year old nephew that lives with us, and we have a 23 year old daughter who is going to have her first baby in July! So I’m very excited to be a grandma for the first time!

Do you have another job/career other than designing?
I work from home doing freelance graphic design work – so it works well with designing scrapbook items!

How many hours a day or week do you dedicate to designing, and how long does it usually take to complete a kit?
Honestly, I’m not sure how much time I spend designing – it varies so much! When an idea hits me and I find the right color palette, I spend time thinking about the theme and what the kit should look like, and when I finally have all my ideas straightened out putting it together goes pretty quickly. I’m guess on average 5 – 10 hours for a kit – depending on the kit.

What are you favorite design tools and what computer/software/programs do you use?
My favorite tools are photoshop and illustrator. I love drawing in illustrator and I love using styles in photoshop!

Do you have a method you like to follow when designing?
Usually I get the idea for a kit – and then I try to work up a color palette. The theme and colors are the jumping off point. I try to think about different layouts and what items it would be fun to work with. I also try to have a range of elements to try and trigger people’s imaginations. Sometimes I get carried away and I want to put everything but the kitchen sink in my kits!

Tell us about your featured kit, where did you find inspiration for it?
My featured kit “Close Knit’ is a kit made to handle all your amazing family memories! Whether these memories are 100 years old, or just a few hours old, they are precious and need to be preserved! I’ve created “Close Knit” with TONS of great items for your layouts and hybrid projects! This kit comes with 40 stunning papers, 86 total gorgeous elements, 19 silhouettes and labels for family tree creation, 25 family labels, 5 word arts, and 3 alphas. One alpha is an old newspaper style alpha, one alpha is a stitched tag alpha, and the last alpha that comes in three different colors is a cross stitch style alpha. Alphas come with uppercase, lowercase, and some symbols.

Tell us about your featured designer’s month, sales, promotions, gifts…
My shop is on sale all month – 35% off!!! I have the beautiful “Close knit” kit, . . . also keep an eye out for some fun freebies that will be posted on the With Love Studio blog. Lastly, !

Thanks!

Crystal made a special FREEBIE all our blog readers using “Close Knit” and I know she has a beautiful Quickpage you can find in the With Love Studio Newsletter.
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Meet our August Featured Designer – Kandi Pixel Designs

Welcome to our August Featured Designer!! Can’t believe the year is almost over.

This month With Love Studio is featuring Kandi Pixel Designs and I’m happy to be here to show off her work and tell you a little bit about the charming designer behind the kits.

Let’s start with “The Night Before”, #1 on my fave list! How cute are those mice!!

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I just love her templates. Whether you like pocket templates, that focuses on photos or templates with fun shapes that can be used for paper pieces or photos!

So here are my #2 through #5 favorites:

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Aren’t these just stunning? What would your pages look like if you used these?

I sent the designer a few interview questions a couple of weeks ago and now I’ll share with you what I got from her:

What’s your real name if different from your designer name?
I design under Kandi Pixel Designs by Nicole,and my middle name is Nicole.

What’s the meaning of your designer’s name and how did you come up with it?
I’ve always been into kawaii japanese culture, and cute things like that are really kitchy in the scene so it just fit my personality.

How long have you been designing and did it all start?
I started designed for my first blog train in 2014 and here I am now. I started with some horrible graphics in an open blog train and then took several designer classes to become a better designer.

Tell us a little bit about you, your family and your daily life.
I am a stay at home mommy to one, scrapbook designer, party favor business owner, and in school full time to be an accountant.

Do you have another job/career other than designing?
Designing party favors and being a mommy!

How many hours a day or week do you dedicate to designing, and how long does it usually take to complete a kit?
Anywhere from 1-6 hours a day. Kits generally take about a week to complete, including QC and addons.

What are your favorite design tools and what computer/software/programs do you use?
I love Photoshop CC, the best subscription I have ever paid for!

Do you have a method you like to follow when designing?
Colors, Inspiration, elements, papers, then add ons.

Tell us about your featured kit, where did you find inspiration for it?
We get a ton of thunderstorms around here this time of year and bad weather comes up unexpectedly.

 

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What can we expect to see on your store on the next weeks?
More themed kits, mini kits, project life style templates, and possibly some CU items!

Are you already working on some new releases?
Yes! I have two in the works for September.

Tell us about your featured designer’s month, sales, promotions, gifts…
40% off my entire store for the month! Also check out some awesome freebies that coordinate with the featured Rolling Thunder kit!

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Check out these thunder stopping layouts created with her featured kit, Rolling Thunder:

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And Nicole has a gift for you! A fun cluster with shadows to help create fun depth!

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DOWNLOAD: https://1drv.ms/u/s!An6DBAtCPqzHs0OdMmuBaVyPJ6HB

Just click the preview to download it or use the download link.

Be sure to follow her on Facebook, join her Facebook Fan Group, and to sign up to her Newsletter too. It’s the best way to keep connected with her and never miss a new release or a freebie!

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New Designer & New Releases coming to WLS this weekend!

Hey, With Love Studio friends!!!

It’s our favorite day of the week again and and our lovely designers have once again filled their shops with amazing new products for you! And even better, they are all on sale during the weekend and discounts go up to 50% off!!!

But before showing these new goodies off, let’s welcome one more super talented designer to our already brilliant team: Jiovanna’s Creations!

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Just have a look on some of the gorgeous kits you’ll find in her shop!

Now, let’s see what’s new in our shop this weekend!

And Sunshine Inspired Designs – our July Featured Designer – also has new products hitting her shop today!!!

Don’t forget her entire shop is 40% off until July 31st for her featured designer sale! Grab what you want now and take advantage of this huge discount!

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Last but not least, we know you love free stuff… we do too!!!

So here we have a gift for you… two sweet clusters created with our July XOXO Collab:

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Click here to go get it!

And you can try your chance of winning our upcoming August XOXO Collab here:

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Get to know Ania, our July Featured Designer

Hey, With Love Studio friends!!!

Today I’m here to do something I really enjoy… feature one of my fellow designers. And July is all about Ania, the sweet and talented lady behind Sunshine Inspired Designs.

I’m positive you already know her stunning artsy products… who doesn’t? But just in case you don’t, let me show you some of my favorite ones:

Also, she has some her handwritten fonts that will make your jaw drop!!! I have them all and they make journaling and title look fabulous on my layouts… plus, as they are all CU ok, you probably saw a lot of them on my kits too.

Ania answered a few questions I sent her and I’ll now share them with you so that you can all know her a little better too:

wls_avatarWhat’s your real name if different from your designer name?
Ania Kozlowska – Archer

What’s the meaning of your designer’s name and how did you come up with it?
I just love Sunshine and I really wanted to incorporate that into the design name. I love inspiring people to do what they love and I just combined those two and came up with Sunshine Inspired Designs.

How long have you been designing and did it all start?
I started playing with digital scrapbooking in 2013 when my husband and I started traveling indefinitely and I fell in love with digital scrapbooking so much that I started designing for myself and with time I just wanted to share my creations and that is how Sunshine Inspired Designs came to life.

Tell us a little bit about you, your family and your daily life.
My family consists of me and my husband and our rescued pup. We are currently in LA, CA area. In addition to designing and being an artist, I love pet sitting and pet photography. I work with different rescues and I’m learning the art of creativity to expand my horizons and inspire others to find their creative selves.

Do you have another job/career other than designing?
Designing and pet sitting are my main source of income at this moment.

How many hours a day or week do you dedicate to designing, and how long does it usually take to complete a kit?
Wow, that is a big question, depending on a type of a kit/collection it may take a day or a week. My Art Journaling Projects, I started recently, take me usually a day to make, bigger collections vary on the theme I’m working on.

What are your favorite design tools and what computer/software/programs do you use?
Recently I discovered amazing apps that work with my tablet and can improve my designs. Few of my favorite apps: Adobe Sketch and Draw, and Procreate and I really like iFont Maker as well. For design I use the Photoshop CC.

Do you have a method you like to follow when designing?
I don’t have a method but I know I usually start with my generic papers, then I move on to elements and focus on the themed papers and then I will work on journaling cards, and when I’m done I’ll create Word Art if I have some cool ideas for that.

Tell us about your featured kit, where did you find inspiration for it?
My featured kit is called Beach Life. It is inspired by a beach house. I dream of living one day in a lake house with an access to a beach. When I was a kid we used to spend summers at a lake and I really miss it now. Designing this kit brought back some of my favorite memories.

What can we expect to see on your store on the next weeks?
You can see more Art Journaling inspired Mini kits – There are some fun artsy papers add ons coming in next couple of weeks matching the AJPs, I’m also working on more commercial use products and I’ll be adding some fun puppy and kitty inspired kits hopefully soon.

Are you already working on some new releases?
Currently, I’m planning new kits but I didn’t start working on them yet.

Tell us about your featured designer’s month, sales, promotions, gifts…
This month I have a lot of going on. July 1st-July 13th I have a sale on my whole store: 35%-75%.

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After July 14th, the store will be on sale 40% till 7/31.
On top of that, I have an awesome deal on my handwritten font.

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Ania is also running a contest on our forum and you can win a collection from her!

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And who loves freebies??? I know I do… and I LOVED this one Ania has for us today!

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Just click here to download this fabulous goodie!!!

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