Last fall we put together a new blog team to bring fresh content to the Oscraps blog. We’ve been at it for a few months now so we thought we would introduce you to your blog team.
OK, I’ll start! I am ‘dwsewbiz‘ in the forums/gallery, which comes from my initials plus the name of my quilt pattern design business. It may not be very pronounceable, but it’s the name I have been using in forums for so many years, I know I won’t forget it.
So here is a little bit about me.
What came first, paper or digital?
I started with paper, actually, my daughter started with paper, and it caught my interest. I still really enjoy touching and smelling paper J I had Photoshop CS2 for my quilt pattern design business, and had dabbled in digital art, then stumbled upon classes at Jessica Sprague.
Yes, I own a couple, although I am not a photographer. I use my iPhone a lot for taking pictures, have an Olympus Style point and shoot and a Panasonic digital SLR. I use them all, a lot.
Why do you scrap?
For me, it is all about the memories and the legacy. I have next to no pictures of my parents or myself as a child. I remember some photos being taken with various cameras with those flash cubes that blew up, but I don’t know where they are. I want my daughter and her children to have documented memories, so even before I scrapped, I had pictures printed and collected them in albums. I also love to scrap to create gift books for family and friends.
How would you describe your scrapbook style?
I can do everything except white space. 🙂 I like grungy, messy, artsy, but can also do whimsical, especially if I am scrapping pictures of my nieces and nephews.
Where do you create, and when? What program do you use?
Last Christmas I upgraded to Photoshop CS5, and only have it on a desktop, so I scrap at my desk, usually in the evenings, but since I work at home, I will often have something open that I am working on, adding things during the course of the day as I am waiting for things to finish in my job. I am a master of multiplexing and have the patience of a gnat, two characteristics which work well together.
What’s your favorite technique or trick?
Blending modes…I love flipping through blending modes and seeing what happens. I also love masks and brushes to get artsy effects.
What’s your favorite color combination?
Black and red. I love all color, the more the merrier, but when I see black and red, my heart skips a beat!
Do you prefer movies or books?
Books! I dream of a library like the one Belle encounters in the Beast’s castle!
Sweet or salty? Coffee or tea? Beach or mountains?
Sweet, coffee, beach, although I also drink green tea for the antioxidant powers, and some of my most memorable moments, and pictures, have taken place in the mountains, from the Sierras right here in California, to the Alps in Switzerland and France.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Right where I live, here in Northern California. My next choice would be Southern California. The weather, culture and opportunities are perfect. OK, that is me being realistic. I would also love to live in my homeland, Italy. There is something deep inside me that longs to return to Italy.
Pick one of your favorite layouts and tell us why it’s one of your favorites?
Oh my, too hard. How about 2 or 3? This is one of my favorite artsy pages, as I mentioned I love artsy blending, plus it is a picture from Italy.
Have to include something black and red, since I said that was my favorite color combo. Hmmm, maybe I can do whitespace!
And a little something whimsical with my adorable nieces.