Who is Jenn Labre?
I am a 40 year-old work-at-home mom who loves to be creative, hang out with my family, relax and enjoy life… and could possibly survive on chips and salsa.
What would you like people to know about you, and your family?
I’m married to Jeff and mom to two girls Jordan (10) and Jenna (almost 3). Yes, we are a “J” family! We live in Wisconsin where I am so not anticipating winter, but am looking forward to more time to design and scrap! (I hate winter, but I did grow up here.)
What do you do in “real” life, when not designing….
Hang out with my family watching movies or reality TV, going out to eat, reading, going up north in the summer, scrapping when I can.
How did you decide to “land” at the O’s?
I’ve been a fan of Oscraps for some time. They have had so many of my favorite designers over the years and I’ve been lucky enough to be on the creative teams for several former O designers. It was an absolute dream to be asked to join the O team and I look forward to this new adventure!
What was your process for designing kits?
I usually start with either a color palette or a concept for the kit. Then I’ll figure out which direction I want the kit to take… whimsical, full of doodles, realistic, shabby, etc. Then I’ll create a master PSD file in Photoshop where I begin building my papers, creating the textures, adjusting blending modes, applying patterns and brushwork, etc.
Once my papers are done I’ll start on the elements. I’ll either draw them in Illustrator if I’m going to doodle or start going through my stash of elements I either have on hand or figure out what I need to extract or create digitally. I like to offer a variety of unique embellishments and also a few basics in each kit so that you really can create several layouts with each one.
Once I have the elements done, I’ll work on word art and alphas or whatever else I may need yet. Finally, I try and scrap with each kit if I can so that I can make sure it works well together and isn’t missing anything. (Yes, I do scrap with my own designs!)
How do you describe your style?
I think my style is still somewhat evolving. I started my design career creating sophisticated, realistic, often vintage inspired kits. I then started drawing more and throwing some whimsical elements in. I know that when I scrap I like to use a variety of styles, so I guess my taste/style can be a bit eclectic.
Where do you get your inspiration?
From everywhere. A great color palette can inspire me. My daughters’ clothing can inspire me or things they are into at the time. Nature. And of course, my own photos and memories that I need to scrap often evolve into products.
What are your favorite things to design?
Probably papers. I was a paper scrapper and remember buying papers just because I loved the pattern or the color or the texture. I have a lot of fun trying to recreate that feeling in my digital papers. I love a great textured paper.
What types of things do your kits typically include?
Unique papers, both solid and patterns. Flowers, ribbons, metals, unique elements, word art, an alpha, tags, glitter/paint, scatters, something that goes to the heart of the theme. Overall, a good variety of things so that you can scrap multiple layouts with a single kit.
What do you think sets your style/designs apart from others?
I work really hard to insure that all my kits are of the best quality and that there is something unique about each and every one. I try to incorporate my own personal art. I put a lot of my heart into these kits and I hope that shines through. My kits are nothing if not versatile and full of gorgeous elements and papers.
Who are your favorite designers?
What do you like about their styles? I have so many favorite designers.
- Kate Hadfield is the most talented when it comes to drawing. Pure artistry. I love everything she does.
- Jen Wilson, though she isn’t designing digitally anymore, was a genius at coming up with themes, building her brand, and really creating unique embellishments.
- Jady Day Studio is a newer favorite of mine. I love her adorable kits. She is so creative.
- Kristin Cronin-Barrow has been a longtime favorite of mine. Love her style and versatility. She’s a class act.
- Allison Pennington is also very creative. She comes up with the most unique ideas and her doodles are fantastic. I’ve been very lucky to work with many designers over the years on various creative teams, so I do have a lot of favorites out there.
- And of course, all of the designers at Oscraps are just fantastic at what they do. I am so honored to be here among them and I look forward to working with them.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I’m very much a scrapper at heart. I started paper scrapping in 2001, but turned to digital in 2005. I still have all of my paper supplies, though I haven’t touched any since then.
I have over 15 years of experience in marketing and graphic design and worked full-time outside the home until I had my youngest daughter.
I’ve been active in the digital community for many years and most people know me as “jenn7.” I always get quite giddy when I see people using my products to capture their precious memories. I love being a designer and I’m thrilled to call Oscraps my new home!
What’s the best way to “find” you online?
Who Makes Up Your Creative Teams
Carrie Ann (peach3es) https://ozone.oscraps.com/gallery/sho…0&ppuser=26264
Jenn (jk703) https://ozone.oscraps.com/gallery/sho…username=jk703
Tiffany (tsbegley) https://ozone.oscraps.com/gallery/sho…rname=tsbegley
Amy (amy!) https://ozone.oscraps.com/gallery/sho…sername=amy-21
Li Li (lilibug) https://ozone.oscraps.com/gallery/sho…ername=lilibug
Jeri (GlitterQueen) https://ozone.oscraps.com/gallery/sho…e=glitterqueen
Melinda (scrappinnewbie) https://ozone.oscraps.com/gallery/sho…scrappinnewbie
Alanna (alannabanna) https://ozone.oscraps.com/gallery/sho…0&ppuser=26270
Ona (wombat146) https://ozone.oscraps.com/gallery/sho…name=wombat146
Sonia (Gateausoso) https://ozone.oscraps.com/gallery/sho…ame=gateausoso