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Erica Hernandez

Member Since August 2002, 22332 forum posts, 636 public projects

Location: the mitten state :)

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Designer Spotlight: Jen Martakis

 

 

1. How long have you been designing?
 

I have been designing digital products since the Fall of 2009. I started dabbling in digital in the summer of 2009. I was on the Creative Memories design team at that time as was asked to learn their digital software to create projects for their catalogs. I fell in love with digital immediately. Later that summer I was asked to join Two Peas in a Bucket as a Garden Girl. That quickly led into me creating templates for Two Peas, which led to me delving into PS and learning to design. I currently do most of my initial designing is Illustrator. (I heart AI !)

2. Were you a scrapbooker before starting to design? If so, have you always been digital or did you transition from traditional paper scrapping?
 

Yep, I started paper scrapbooking/card making in 1998. I was one of those that swore I'd never be in to digital. Never say never, huh?!

3. What are you favorite items to design?
 

My favorite items have to be hand drawn elements in Illustrator. I seriously can not draw a stick figure with pen and paper though. My kids actually make fun of me! ;)

4. How long does it typically take you to design a kit?
 

If I have an idea brewing, I can usually finish a kit in about 3 days. If I'm struggling with my creativity, it can take me several weeks to get focused. 

5. What are some of your inspiration sources?
 
Color is my favorite inspiration. In fact most of my kits start with a color palette rather than a theme.

 

Keep up with Jen in her Two Peas shop, her website, her Twitter and her Facebook page!

Check out some of the fabulous projects created with Jen's designs:

               

 

               

 

               

Jen has also provided this gorgeous freebie for you! Grab it here.

Thanks so much Jen, for taking time to share more about yourself!

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Get Creative with Alphabets: a challenge

This week's challenge is from Jen! She says: "Chances are, you probably have at least one set of alphas in your stash. I often just use them for my titles, but they can be used in other ways. So this week's challenge is to get creative with those alphas and use them in a different way!"

Let's see what you can come up with! Upload your project to the gallery by midnight CST on July 3rd for a chance at this week's gift certificate (make sure to check the correct challenge box when you do!)

Congratulations to last week's winner, sroller. Enjoy your GC, Shannon!

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Kit Smitten: June 26, 2012

This week, we're Kit Smitten with Polka Dot Pixels latest, Friendly.

from Mary:

from Mary Jo:

from me:

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Designer Spotlight: Dianne Rigdon

 

1. How long have you been designing?
 

I sort of fell into design by wanting to have a pretty look for my website. (Oh it was soooo dorky back then!) I started using linkware sets - remember this was before blogs were so common - and pretty soon I was thinking to myself "Hey, I can do that!" Which is pretty much the same thing I said when I first saw digital scrapbooking and designing in 2004: "Hey, I can do that!" I jumped in with both feet and really never looked back.

2. Were you a scrapbooker before starting to design? If so, have you always been digital or did you transition from traditional paper scrapping?
 

I wouldn't say the label "scrapbooker" could really apply to me before design. I was a serial crafter, hopping from media to media, which sometimes included scrapbooking and paper arts, but not always. I found digital a much simpler prospect and have scrapped more since then that I did before. (And I am still not caught up, fyi!)

3. What are you favorite items to design?
 

You know it depends. If I am on a roll, it doesn't matter. If I am drawing a blank, it's all terrible, no fun. I love to design paper, but maybe I take a little more pride in elements because you really have to think outside the box to make things that go well with your kit, aren't exactly like any other kit, and that will stand out (hopefully) against the crowd. I am not exclusively designing elements from scratch, but I really do try to make sure that most of them are as completely digital as they can be, rather than having plopped something on a scanner screen, although admittedly, some of the scanned items are very enticing to me as a scrapper!

4. How long does it typically take you to design a kit?
 

This can be wildly disparate....I have one kit that I haven't finished from last year. It's awesome, and I still plan on finishing it, but I keep having new ideas that distract me.  Conversely, the shortest kit design for me was like three days, but it was three days of being numb because I did not get up from the computer except to go potty and nap lol. I can't live like that all the time. On average, it's usually at least a week, more often two. 

5. What are some of your inspiration sources?
 
You know, the creative process feels like a radio station. Sometimes it comes in clear and the ideas are just poppin' - other times it's all fuzzy and you can't hear a thing. Sometimes I can't blink without seeing something  beautiful and inspirational - a quote, a shadow, a color, a sense experience. I am also heavily inspired by my kids. Having them at home really keeps my focus younger, I think. I like to look at home decor magazines and Pinterest and fashion and nature and well just life. I even got to be inspired by my own self recently when I got to design a charm for B-charmed using some of my patriotic kits as a starting point! :)

 

Keep up with Dianne Rigdon in her Two Peas shop, her website, her Twitter and her Facebook page!

Check out some of the fabulous projects created with Dianne's designs:

                    

 

                    

 

                    

Dianne has also provided this gorgeous freebie for you! Grab it here.

Thanks so much Dianne, for taking time to share more about yourself!

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Frame Your Title: a challenge

This week's challenge come courtesy of Janelle. Shes says "So many kits come with one or more frames. The challenge this  week is to frame your title."

Easy enough, right? So let's see what you do with the challenge! Simply upload your project to the gallery (be sure to check the right challenge box!) by midnight CST June 26th for your chance at this week's gift certificate!

The winner of last weeks challenge is colour and ink - congratulations!

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Kit Smitten: June 19, 2012

This week, we're Kit Smitten with the new patterned paper tool line from Betsy Tuma.

from Laura:

from Kimberly:

from me:

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Designer Spotlight: Betsy Tuma

 

 
 
1. How long have you been designing?
 
I have worked as a graphic designer since 1998. Originally, I started designing out of necessity. I was working for a non-profit at the time and we did not have the budget to hire a designer. I had a love for typography which guided me along the way as well as a reasonably good eye. I've come a long way since those days. Now not only do I design, but also teach graphic design at a local college.   

2. Were you a scrapbooker before starting to design? If so, have you always been digital or did you transition from traditional paper scrapping?
 
I was a designer first. Ironically enough, at one point in my life, I swore I would never scrapbook. You see, at the beginning of the scrapbooking craze, in the early 90s, I worked in a stationery store. This was before paper companies cared about things like archival quality and acid free.  We would have customer who were frantic to find supplies, but our vendors could supply the information we needed to be well informed. It was a difficult position to be in.  I swore I would never be one of "those scrapbooking ladies."  Suffice to say, never isn't a very long time.  I first started to dabble in digital around 2005 after the birth of my daughter.  Digital was comfortable as I had spent years in Photoshop.  Over the last year or so, I have transition to more hybrid and mixed media than just digital.  Scrapbooking has come to be a staple in our family - not just for me but for my husband, my mother and our children too. My how times change. 
 
3. What are you favorite items to design?
 
Finally, an easy question!  Flowers, alphabets and paper, paper, paper. 
 
4. How long does it typically take you to design a kit?
 
Ironically enough, I am a very slow designer.  It may take me as long as a month to get a kit formulated in my head and then pushed into pixels. Often times, I design quite a few extra pieces that never see the light of day as they are discarded in the editing process.  That being said, I am a bit of a digital hoarder, so they files are never really gone, just tucked away for another project.  Sometimes I do get lucky though and am able to design something quickly, but that is definitely not the rule. 
 
5. What are some of your inspiration sources?
 
My kids and the things they say are often my inspiration.  For example, I am developing a collection right now that was inspired by my 6 year old and her sense (I use that word loosely) of style.  Sometimes, the inspiration is a phrase or a color scheme as well.  I carry a notepad with me at all times so that I can sketch out things as they come to me.

Keep up with Betsy Tuma Digital in her Two Peas shop and her Facebook page!

 

Check out some of the fabulous projects created with Betsy's designs:

               

 

               

 

               

Betsy has provided this fun freebie that coordinates with her contributions to the June Pea Soup collection as well. Simply click the image to download!

Thanks so much for taking the time to share a bit about yourself, Betsy!

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Inspired by Pinterest: a challenge

Did you know Two Peas digital is on Pinterest? You can find us here!

For this week's challenge, I thought it would be fun to be inspired by something that's been pinned to one of the TPD Pinterest boards. I used this pin as my inspiration (originally pinned from here)

Obviously, I used the type treatment as my inspiration for the layout. So now, it's your turn! Choose something from one of our pinterest boards to inspire your next layout. Upload by midnight CST June 19th for a chance at our weekly gift certificate.

The winner of last week's challenge is Debi - congratulations, Debi!!

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Kit Smitten: June 12, 2012

This week, we're kit smitten with one of the new releases from our fantastic new design duo, Ya Yeah Designs!

from Joscie:

from Jen R:

from me:

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June Pea Soup

Lots of new kits released this week - including the June edition of Pea Soup...be sure to check them out!

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Kit Smitten: June 5, 2012

This week, we're smitten with Jen Martakis' newest kit:

from Jen:

from Janelle:

from me:

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