CT Interviews

Interviews with the Studio Tangie Creative Team past and present!

Meet and Greet: SpunMonkey

Happy Tuesday and I am pretty excited about the interview today! Because dear SpunMonkey, I met her in real life last week in Las Vegas! In real life she is Jo Ann, and I saw her without the bandaids over her eyes! tee hee.  She is a beautiful woman and her spirit is so wonderful. I enjoyed meeting her and hope you enjoy her interview.  SpunMonkey made the most gorgeous ATC especially for this blog post and as usual I am in awe:

Do you still (or did you ever) paper scrap?
Yes, I’ve always been a cut ‘n paster.  As far back as I can remember, I would decorate letters, envelopes, binders, etc.  I remember typing text on a manual typewriter as a kid and cutting out the word strips to add to scrapbooks, with a bit of doodling and photos.  Then there was the word processor and finally the computer and graphics and Photoshop.  I guess I’ve always been hybrid.  For the past 2 years, due to space limitations, I’m almost exclusively digital, with the occasional hybrid project.
What is your favorite LO you have ever done for Studio Tangie?
“Fight,” made with Art Journal Caravan 2011 Provisions {Parcel 11}
What do you do when (you think) no one is looking?
                I talk to my animals.  I treat them like they are human.  I know I’m in trouble if they ever answer back!
If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which 5 books, movies, people and foods would you take along?
I couldn’t go with just 5 people, because I’d have to leave out someone in my family.   I would have to take my pets, too!  As for movies, it would be hard to choose which Rogers and Hammerstein musical to take, maybe South Pacific.  For sure Mary Poppins, Fiddler on the Roof, the Labrynth and Princess Bride.  I’d take my Nook so I could download lots of books. I’d take strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, yogurt and cookies!
 What is your favorite kit from Studio Tangie, will you show us your LO using that kit?
                This one’s hard!  Here are my two recent faves:  “What I Love to Do” 
and “Dance Like Everyone is Watching.”
 What is your favorite thing about digital scrapbooking?
                Step Backward, the Alt+Ctrl+Z key combo, of course!
Which is your wish that is not yet fulfilled?
                To learn to speak Portuguese.
What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?
Well, it wasn’t really a toy.  I got a real sewing machine for my 9th birthday.  Started out sewing purses and dresses and by the time I was in junior high school, I was sewing most of my clothes.
I also loved “poster” paints. I used to paint rocks, wood pieces, cast plaster, animal cracker boxes, (the ones with the string handles – used them as little purses.) I also liked to paint on the canvas binders for school.
How many languages do you speak?
                Only one, English.
As you can see SpunMonkey has her own and fabulous style. That she accomplishes this digitally totally blows my mind! I remember the first page I saw of hers, “I Can”

and I really fell in love with her work. She inspires me to try different things and to look outside the box, and I love that! Perhaps you might give the SpunMonkey style a try?

Meet and Greet: Julie Ann

This week is one of the new ladies to the Core Team for Tangie Baxter.  Julie Ann.  I have to tell you, her energy and creative spirit is a joy to be around.  She is busy, busy, busy, and I am betting she wouldn’t want it any other way. Lets learn a bit about the lady behind all this talent:

How often do you go over the speed limit?
I almost always drive 9 miles over the speed limit.

How old are you in your dreams?
That’s a good question! I never thought about it before. I suppose my current age at the time of the dream.
Do you still (or did you ever) paper scrap?
I do, I did. I started off as a paper scrapper in 2004. I’m not ever going to be able to give it up.

Do you consider yourself a traveler? Where have you traveled? I love to go to new places with my husband. I would rather the places come to me because I don’t like the tiring, exhausting travel part of the journey. My favorite trips are to beach locations, and I’m not a big city person. I’ve been to a dozen different states in the U.S., plus Canada, Mexico, France, Switzerland, and Italy.

What did you get in trouble for the most when you were a kid?
Julie Ann: I was pretty good as a kid,  always the teacher’s pet, and didn’t get into much trouble at home. Mostly I got into trouble for not doing my chores right away, instead I was daydreaming!

What is your favorite thing about digital scrapbooking? One of my favorite things about digital scrapbooking is, having come from paper scrapping, the ability to re-size anything I want! It’s so awesome to be able to get things to fit just right. I really miss that ability when I work with physical products.

What were the three happiest moments in your life so far? 1) Graduating from Michigan State University – that was a surprise that day, I didn’t expect to feel so joyous
2) My marriage – I was absolutely, uncontrollable overwhelmed with happiness
3) Celebrating my 40th birthday in Mexico – something I dreamed of for about 8 months and loved every moment

Did you have a nickname in middle school or high school? I did. In middle school, I had a teacher nickname me J.Bob because my last name was Bobinchek.
Then in high school in 9th grade, for months before my family moved out of state for my dad’s dad – which was supposed to be to Indiana but turned out to be to New York, I had a teacher call me Indiana Bobinchek, kinda like Indiana Jones.
I never let anyone call me Jules, except for one person. Never liked that nickname.
In college, a roommate called me Jellybean. And of course, my husband has lots of nicknames for me, cutesy ones that you don’t want to hear.


Which is your wish that is not yet fulfilled?
I always wanted to go see the Oprah show in person. The times I’ve been to Chicago she wasn’t filming. This year I’m not particular motivated though, so I guess this will be a wish unfulfilled, although I wouldn’t mind meeting Oprah in some other fashion one day.

What was your favorite toy when you were a kid? I liked setting up my Barbie’s furniture and making rooms for them, but I was really bored actually playing with the dolls. LOL I guess it foreshadowed that one day I would study Interior Design. I also really loved playing the game Mastermind with my dad.

If you had to change your name (first or last or both) what would you change it to?
I had always liked the name Rachelle and Raquel growing up. I chose Rachelle as my confirmation name, as a variation of Rachel. I thought one day my pen name might be Julie Ann Rachelle, but I’ve grown out of that now. I like my married name just fine. It sure beats “Bobinchek.” LOL

Although Julie Ann has only been on the team a short while, she has filled her gallery with some remarkable pages with Studio Tangie designs.  I have to be completely honest, hybrid folks scare me with their ability to do things with such ease.  Julie Ann does them and I feel encourage to try.  Just look at this beautiful Altered Heart Candy Box:

Julie Ann is not just hybrid, the woman can scrap like no tomorrow also.  I fell in love with her page for the AJC #11. Her quote and just the whole page to me, is like a grand mantra for life!

I hope you have enjoyed this little meet and greet of Julie Ann, she is a lovely lady and I am so glad to have her as part of the Tangie Team!!

Creative Team Member-Gone with the Wind (all one word)

If you have been in the digiscrapping world for any amount of time, you have seen the fabulous work of Cheryl, aka gonewiththewind.  She is not only a fabulous scrapper, but a wonderful  mate on Tangie’s  creative team.  Cheryl was gone for a bit, and we just welcomed her back and (tee hee) we get to grill her in the interview.  Please sit and enjoy this little interview:

#1 How often do you go over the speed limit?
I think that would be every time I get behind the wheel.  I do manage to keep within 5 to 10 miles of the speed limit.
#2 What was your worst dating experience?
When my boyfriend came to pick me up for a date that I spent an hour-and-a-half getting ready for, and then he broke up with me in the driveway.  Grrr.
#3 How old are you in your dreams?
Usually my current age.
#4 Do you still (or did you ever) paper scrap?
I paper scrapped for 10 years.  The last paper page I scrapped was last year to prove to some paper scrapper friends that I still could!
#5 Do you consider yourself a traveler? Where have you traveled?
No, I’m not a traveler.  I’ve traveled through lots of states.  Stayed in D.C., Maryland, Delaware, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Arizona and then I went to Canada one time ~ gosh, I think that’s all.
#6 What is your favorite LO you have ever done for Studio Tangie?
I think that would have to be this layout that I completed for My Scrapbook Art’s Ultimate Artist Contest in 2010 ~ It was a labor of love ~ one of my fave journal pages yet.
#7 What do you do when (you think) no one is looking?
I am usually watching other people.  LOL  So I guess that would be me staring openly at other people.  Ha!
#8 If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which 5 books, movies, people and foods would you take along?
I would take the Bible (lots of great stories), my husband (great company), Gone With The Wind (who can ever get enough of Scarlett O’Hara?), bread starter (so I could keep making bread ~ I love carbs LOL).
#9 If you could go on a road trip with any person (dead or alive) who would you go with and where would you go?
I would love to go on a tour of the United States with my husband and children.  You know, where money is no object and time is in abudance.  So we can explore and really learn and experience life without the worries of family obligations, work, school, etc.
#10 What is your favorite kit from Studio Tangie, will you show us your LO using that kit?
Good grief, making a girl pick only one kit.  OK, I really love Wonderland.
And here’s one of my layouts with it:  
#11 How did you get started and how long have you been digiscrapping?
I read a tutorial in Creating Keepsakes magazine about making photo collages and adding text to photos.  I was hooked from that moment.  I started digiscrapping in August 2007.
#12What did you get in trouble for the most when you were a kid?
School work.  Not doing it, not doing it well enough . . . I was smart and loved certain subjects like reading.  One time my mom put me on reading restrictions when I made a bad grade in math.  I’ll never forget that, and I did get my ducks in a row!
#13 What is your favorite thing about digital scrapbooking?
No clean up, along with the ability to edit and destroy without “really” destroying.
#14 What were the three happiest moments in your life so far?
The day I got married and the days my children were born.
#15 Did you have a nickname in middle school or high school?
Sherbyl (pronounced like gerbil)
#16 Which is your wish that is not yet fulfilled?
That I would be healthier and weigh less so I can enjoy my life even more.
#17 What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?
That would be the Barbie Dream House I shared with my sister.  It was in three sections and it we often shared with my cousin.  So it was cool that it was one house, but we each had our separate pieces.
#18 If you have to choose a movie title for your life story, what would that be?
Pretty Woman.  Yes.  My prince rescued me and I rescued him right back.
#19 How many languages do you speak?
One ~ English.  I took three years of French, but can only remember one poem and some dialogue.
#20 If you had to change your name (first or last or both) what would you change it to?
I think I’d be Scarlett.  Ahem.
I hope you smiled through the interview along with me.  I always am astounded at the pages that gonewiththewind creates.  She seems to be everywhere at once! Cheryl is a master at perfect balance with color and her symmetry is always spot on! I leave you with one of my favorites, her cover for the Art Journal Caravan 2011:

Meet and Greet: Andrea4376

As you can imagine, the team of Tangie Baxter has to be just as diverse and original as she is ALL the time!! There have been some recent additions to the team, and backstage in the CT forum life is kicking and it is time for you to meet some of the new ladies!  Each Monday, one will be highlighted, answer some silly questions to make you giggle at the questions and the answers.  You will get a picture to remember when you see their gorgeous layouts!

First up, is the creme de’ la cream scrapper! Andrea4376 who in real life, drops the numbers and goes by Andrea!

How often do you go over the speed limit?
I have to admit occasionally – tends to depend on whether I have passengers and the area I’m in – I tend to be more careful when I have other people in the car with me.
What was your worst dating experience? 
This is tough – I got together with my hubby a few weeks shy of my 17th birthday so didn’t really do much dating. I suppose all the dates with him must have gone well seeing as I eventually married him. I do recall one guy who’s idea of a good night out was buying my fish and chips and eating it in a bus shelter – never did see him again ! lol
How old are you in your dreams?
 
 Hmm…age doesn’t seem to factor in my dreams but I can tell you I am a good few dress sizes smaller !
 Do you still (or did you ever) paper scrap? 
I used to about 5 years or so ago. I started making keepsake albums for family as gifts. I haven’t paper scrapped since discovering digi in Oct 2009.
  Do you consider yourself a traveler?  
Where have you traveled? I tend to think of myself as more of a homebird. I’ve been to Amsterdam and Barcelona (along with Wales and Scotland – surprisingly still never been to Ireland despite the relatively short distance). My favourite destination though has to be Orlando, Florida – I’m a total Disney addict.
What is your favorite LO you have ever done for Studio Tangie? 
I’ve been really happy with the way they’ve all turned out but I think my favourite so far has to be my most recent one :  
 
What do you do when (you think) no one is looking? 
Dance – I have two left feet but I’m amazing when no-one is watching :)
If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which 5 books, movies, people and foods would you take along? 
Only 5 ? That would be my two kids, my hubby and my parents ! I love my family to bits ! If I couldn’t take people, I’d have to take a laptop, camera, every series of CSI:Crime Scene Investigation, the latest Jeffery Deaver book and my mum’s raspberry pavlova.
If you could go on a road trip with any person (dead or alive) who would you go with and where would you go? 
 My maternal grandfather. He died when I was 5. I can barely remember him and what I do “remember” I’m not sure are my own memories or if it’s what people have told me over the years. I’d love to spend some time getting to know him – from all accounts he was an amazing man.
What is your favorite kit from Studio Tangie, will you show us your LO using that kit? 
 I totally loved Tribalations – it is such a fun kit and just screamed Dr Seuss to me so I had to scrap that. My page

 How did you get started and how long have you been digiscrapping?  
I discovered digi in Oct 2009, initially via a site called Mousescrappers for all those Disney scrappers. From there I discovered the stores and designers – I finally took the plunge with some challenges and have been hooked ever since.
What did you get in trouble for the most when you were a kid?  
For something my sister did or didn’t do. Being the youngest, she only had to blame me and that was me in trouble for the rest of the day.
 What is your favorite thing about digital scrapbooking? 
No mess – no getting covered in glue, sequins and feathers anymore. No having to think too much about placement as you can move it as much as you like. Being able to reuse supplies over and over and not having to get lots of reprints of photos.
What were the three happiest moments in your life so far? 
 My wedding day and the birth of my two children. 
Did you have a nickname in middle school or high school? 
Fraid not – a lot of my friends did – they had names that were easily shortened or could be morphed into some other “cool” name – mine less so.
Which is your wish that is not yet fulfilled? 
To be a size 12 :p
 What was your favorite toy when you were a kid? It was a little fluffy grey cat called Smokey. Funnily enough, a few weeks ago, my mum discovered it in her attic and he’s now cuddled up in my daughter’s bed.
If you have to choose a movie title for your life story, what would that be? 
Cheesy I know but probably : No Regrets.
How many languages do you speak? 
 I speak English (I should, I live there), high school French and German and Baby talk.
If you had to change your name (first or last or both) what would you change it to? 
I actually love my name – I remember being at school and the only one called Andrea. I don’t think I’d change it at all.

Andrea is a joy to be on the team, she is amazing and really shows how each kit from Tangie can be used in the traditional style of scrapbooking.  Her very first page on the team, was like wow!!! She kicked it right out the door!
Andrea can do a cluster like no one’s business, and bring it the perfect journaling to make the page a memory to cherish!  Please welcome her to the team, and drop by her gallery and leave some lovin’!

Thank you Chengie for being my Friend

There are people you meet on the internet, that sometimes you wonder, how did we not know each other all our lives, I have a couple like that.  People I have met in the digital world.  My dear “chengie” is one of them.  One year ago, I stepped into a chatroom at Scrapbook Graphics, and met some fantastic people.  Devious in a sweet and hilarious way.  The main hostess Kate (she keeps popping up in these interviews), was out ill, so a substitute was coming.  PM’s were fast and furious, and Chengie was in the mix!  We totally bamboozled the hostess in a sweet and kind way, but that cemented my friendship with Chengie!! This interview is her words, but I have to introduce her.  First off, she is everywhere!  Her past accomplishments include doing Digi Dares Hostess, (a great way to try new ideas on your pages), numerous awesome designers she has been on their Creative Teams, and she is also the GRAND prize WINNER of 2010, DST layout of the YEAR!! She has been with Tangie for a long time, and I can remember layouts from a while back.  But this is about today and we begin with an ATC Chengie made for this interview:

chengie: this ATC is about me, being a Gemini, showing my two sides. “back2back”, the plain, quiet, girl-next-door as opposed to the dramatic, glamour diva i can be.

How often do you go over the speed limit?

chengie: eh, you really want to know? most of the time, slightly over….

What was your worst dating experience?

chengie: I once went on a date to forget a previous boyfriend, but I kept thinking about him. so I was horribly aloof and sad.
and to make it even worse, this guy tried to kiss me and I  didn’t know how fast I had to turn him my cheek.I was like ‘ewwwww’.
although, come to think of it, it wasn’t that bad, cause he kept pursuing me LOL

How old are you in your dreams?
chengie: forever 25!

Do you still (or did you ever) paper scrap?
chengie:  never. although I would like to try it one time. but thinking about the glue, the mess and then cleaning up, I think it will be quite awhile before I  try it.

 Do you consider yourself a traveler? Where have you traveled?
chengie:  not really, I’m really attached to my home. but I’ve seen the Netherlands, Belgium, Aruba, Curacao, French Guyana and I’ve been to Florida in the US.

 What is your favorite LO you have ever done for Studio Tangie? 

What do you do when (you think) no one is looking?
chengie:  sing. very very false singing. and bop my head to the beat of the music.

If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which 5 books, movies, people and foods would you take along?
chengie: well, if i took the ‘Lord of the Rings’ with me, i would be satisfied for a long time!
movies, all Quentin Tarantino movies and Ocean’s series with George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
people, oh oh i know, i know: Brad Pitt LOL
actually, if I’m going to be stuck, i would rather be alone cause i KNOW i will get annoyed easily by others.
and food, lots of chocolate!

If you could go on a road trip with any person (dead or alive) who would you go with and where would you go?
chengie: If I could take my father with me (he passed away 24 years ago), it would be nice to have a little chat with him, what he would’ve taught me about life.
in that case, it wouldn’t matter where we would go, even if we just stayed in the driveway.

What is your favorite kit from Studio Tangie, will you show us your LO using that kit?
chengie: I’ve got three….take your pick LOL

Serendipitous


#11 How did you get started and how long have you been digiscrapping?
chengie: I was looking for photo editing tutorials online when I happened to land on a freebie site. since then I got hooked collecting all freebies I could find.
it took me another year before i even started to scrap. I think that first step happened around 3 years ago.

#12 What did you get in trouble for the most when you were a kid?
chengie: I didn’t want to eat. seriously.I guess I’m making up for it the rest of my life heh.

#13 What is your favorite thing about digital scrapbooking?
chengie: that I can manipulate digital images to create art.

#14 What were the three happiest moments in your life so far?
chengie: hard question, don’t think I can answer this one.

#15 Did you have a nickname in middle school or high school?
chengie:  chengie :-D
my high school friends still use it.

#16 Which is your wish that is not yet fulfilled?
too many to name. although starting with winning the lottery would be nice LOL

#17 What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?
a pink elephant stuffed toy with the trunk still slightly attached to it because i kept holding on to it.

#18 If you have to choose a movie title for your life story, what would that be?
sorry, nothing comes to mind now.if you name it, i will say, “yes, that would be it”…..for all 100 titles named haha

#19 How many languages do you speak?
two, Dutch and English. and a little bit of Sranan Tongo, the local language in Suriname.

#20 If you had to change your name (first or last or both) what would you change it to?
nope, no changing for me.

I picked all three of chengie’s favorites, as I love them too, but she did one that I adore, it is from the same chat mentioned at the beginning! We hid Rudolph’s nose in a layout, and she was remarkable in the hiding, but the layout, not often you can think of smell in a layout, but the smoke and the people covering their faces just adds to the senses.
The Smell of December

Chengie, aka Sandra, is a bit younger than me, and I admit, I am sometimes a bit motherly towards her, nagging her to get some sleep, eat good, to share her ice cream with others and that I do worry about her.  She lives in another country; Suriname and I just want to make sure she is safe.  We have spent our fair amount of time chatting with each other. I love learning about her life and this layout is one of those moments!
Dress Up

I close this interview hoping you see just how much I care for this lady, she is special and I hope you are blessed to have her in your life also.  Please if you see her, tell her she is awesome!!

With Great Awe, I Write This Post!! **joannknnrd** gasp *swoon*

Before I get to the meat of the blog post, you must have background and understanding.  I am not an artist, but I am a lover of lovely things.  I seriously would see one of joann’s canvases and my jaw would drop!  I looked forward to Lorie Davison’s new releases just to see what did joann do with the kit?  I enjoy her work immensely.
When I came on the “team” to help Tangie in a secretarial assistant capacity, meeting and getting to know joannknnrd was a perk!  She is a delightful lady, and has been known to even give me a hard time!!  Please relax and read about the lady behind all that talent:

How often do you go over the speed limit? 
  Define “over”? I rarely go ten miles over the posted limit.
 
What was your worst dating experience? 
 I had a blind date that sang Beatles karaoke to me all evening. It was pretty embarrassing at the time, kinda funny now!
  
How old are you in your dreams?
 30
 
Do you still (or did you ever) paper scrap?
 I’ve never paper scrapped
 
 
Do you consider yourself a traveler? Where have you traveled?
  Southern US and East Coast, England, Ireland, and France.
What is your favorite LO you have ever done for Studio Tangie? 
ophelia.jpg

I just fell in love with this image of Ophelia. I think it was a little rub on element, but  I had such a great time blending and fiddling with it. I’ve always loved the character and I eventually printed out the page and put it in my journal. I think Ophelia was tragically misunderstood!

 

What do you do when (you think) no one is looking?
  I sing in the car, I don’t care if people are looking.

If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which 5 books, movies, people and foods would you take along? 

California Pizza Kitchen’s BBQ Chicken Pizza, Diet Pepsi, The Wizard of Oz (the movie), The Grapes of Wrath (the book), and my hubs, I like him (or Oprah)
 
If you could go on a road trip with any person (dead or alive) who would you go with and where would you go? 
I try to go on an annual shopping trip with my old college roomie. We always have a wonderful time driving, shopping, and eating way too much. I always come home happy to have done it and happy to be done with it! Famous Person? Ansel Adams.
What is your favorite kit from Studio Tangie, will you show us your LO using that kit?
 
MAD.jpg

I LOVE both of Tangie’s Steampunk Kit’s

 

How did you get started and how long have you been digiscrapping? 
 I started digi scrapping after my first daughter was born. I bought cheap software and it was a very basic setup. I did it hit or miss for a few years. It’s been the last five years that I’ve been truly committed to creating on a regular basis.
What did you get in trouble for the most when you were a kid? 
 Talking. I was a mouthy kid!
 
What is your favorite thing about digital scrapbooking? 
I’m only limited by my creativity.
 
What were the three happiest moments in your life so far?
 When I went to Europe, when my babies were born, my wedding reception (my wedding was too hectic to really be enjoyable)
Did you have a nickname in middle school or high school? 
 No nicknames that I know of.
  
Which is your wish that is not yet fulfilled?
  I’d like to hike the entire Appalachian Trail.
 
#17 What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?  
 My rocking horse and cowboy hat. I wanted to be a cowgirl!
If you have to choose a movie title for your life story, what would that be? 
 This Property is Condemned. I only put that because we are coming off a summer of home renovations. Does It’s A Wonderful Life sound lame?
 
How many languages do you speak? 
 Well, I think I speak three: English, French and Spanish. But my French is TERRIBLE, my Spanish is very basic (think Dora the Explorer), and sometimes I struggle with my native tongue)
 
f you had to change your name (first or last or both) what would you change it to? 
 Mrs. Ben Affleck

I don’t know about you, but if you see joannaffleck on the next new release from Tangie Baxter’s CT, we will all know how much power is in these interviews!!

I close out the interview with a few of my favorite Joann pages….I am always in awe how she can take an element and give it the ability to move, or make your brain see it move, these are my favorite two examples, the first is I will Fall and now, I had the same kit, I had that lady in my elements folder, and she was just standing there, Joann gave her the ability to fall and move…do you see that? Goodness, gracious!

But wait, like the announcers on TV, there is more, this next one, the shadows and the little dude, meander? I swear I saw the globe spin? Did you see it???
To me, this is pure genius!

Okay, but I have to tell you in the 3 short months of being with Tangie, and seeing Joann in action, she is funny, prompt (see she got her interview in to me, so I didn’t even make up any answers), and her talent in making a person feel comfortable is right up there with her creative awesomeness. 
I hope you enjoy this time with Joann, and as I bring it to an end, it would not be complete without my ultimate, most favorite layout of hers.  The first time I saw it, I really did gasp!   Goodbye Summer.  Here are some of the comments left on the page:  freakingly amazing!!, quelle imagination !!! bravo !!!!,  I think it is a perfect way to bring this to an end and say Good Bye!





The ENERGY of Gina Michelle!! Read all about her!!

I have to tell you, people have said, that I am energetic, but I think in comparison to Gina I am comatose!  She is a bundle of energy, and she gets giggles and joy from life in abundance!  I love her attitude about life and I hope you enjoy this fun interview with one of Tangie’s Creative Team Members!  You know her as GinaMichelle1111, here is her words:

What was your worst dating experience?
My worst dating experience was when I got asked out on a date by a rather so-so looking guy but we knew each other from high school and after I accepted the date and he was just about to pick me up for the evening, I realized I had already gone on a date with him a couple of years prior and it was awful!!
Do you still (or did you ever) paper scrap?
Yes, I paper scrapped for 7 years and still scrap that way from time to time. I had started while I was pregnant for my first child but now I have an 18 month old so it is actually impossible to have all those materials out to get anything scrapped that way at least until he is a bit older.
What is your favorite LO you have ever done for Studio Tangie?
My favorite layout using Tangie’s gorgeous creations is: The Craziness in My Mind.

If you could go on a road trip with any person (dead or alive) who would you go with and where would you go?
I would take Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park as that is my all time favorite band and he could sing to me the whole way and we could jam together and probably go to Seattle. Why Seattle? Great coffee and great music!
What is your favorite kit from Studio Tangie, will you show us your LO using that kit?
My favorite kit by Tangie is: Compendium of Daydreams. Here is the link to my page titled One of a Kind:

How did you get started and how long have you been digiscrapping?
As mentioned before I paper scrapped first but in college I took Advertising Design and Graphic Design although back then it wasn’t done on computers but I have always had a passion for computers so it was a natural transition. I have been digi scrapping since the fall of 2007 and it really is my preferred way to scrap. I tried paper scrapping last year at a crop and I found that I did not like my paper style as much as my digi style. I basically asked a graphic designer friend of mine to show me how to get started with Photoshop and that was with PSE 3 and now I use CS4.
What is your favorite thing about digital scrapbooking?
I love that I can take my addiction anywhere. I love the versatility of the craft and that I can use my stash over and over again; being able to resize and re-color the elements and papers. Most of all, I love all the new friends I have made over the years because of my love for digi!
What were the three happiest moments in your life so far?
Marrying my husband and the birth of my two children
Which is your wish that is not yet fulfilled?
Learning how to sing so I can be in a famous heavy metal rock band playing to millions of fans all head- banging to my music.

If you have to choose a movie title for your life story, what would that be?
About Last Night…you don’t want to know why….hee hee

Anne here and  I am sure you have a smile on your face after reading all about Gina!! I too am in love with her layout, The Craziness  in My Mind.
One of her latest layouts, captured her spirit: Dare to Face My Fear   which was done for the Art Journal Caravan (she is kicking doing this project also)
I love the picture, the energy and the Oh YEAH, we did it feel to her page!!  OldVWBlues, one of the VIP team members for Tangie summed it up in her comment on Gina’s page: “This page is absolutely awesome! love the jubilant photo..and great journaling! How perfect this parcel is for your story and photo…it’s super!!”

She has been very modest in her interview, but Gina has been published in many e-zines and is a go getter with the kindest heart.   I add one more layout of the darling of the team, because it is her so complete:  From Books to Laptops! This one was indeed published in the Artisan September 2010!  I was in awe when I saw it then and again each time I look at it!  
Thank you for taking time to learn about the one of the ladies on Tangie’s Creative Team.  Stay tuned for more about the team members, next Saturday!  
I have told the ladies, I am gonna make up their answers, so I know they are all rushing to get their interviews back to me! 
~Never lose your joy


Creepy Inspiration

Being that this is the last Sunday of October, I thought I’d bring you some creepy inspiration. I am a huge Disney fan and love how Disney has incorporated Tim Burton’s a Nightmare Before Christmas throughout their Disneland amusement park for the entire month of October. I recently came across this artisit, Jeffrey Thomas, and I have to say, he is a pure comic genius. He has incorporated his own creepy twist on the beautiful Disney women characters that we’ve grow up to love and admire. Here are some highlights of my Disney favorites looking all dark and twisty….

You can check out his full collection of his Twisted Princesses here. For this Sunday, I inspire you to look at something cheery with the most twisted and dark outlook. Create an ATC. You may be surprised what you might come up with. It might me one of your greatest works of art. Here’s a suggestion: Check out Tangie’s Halloween Magic kit. It might lend you the extra boost of inspiration to explore your creepy side.

Inspirational Sundays is Back with a New Twist!

Hey Everyone, Inspirational Sundays are back to give you some “food for thought” and inspiration in stretching your creative limits.

This Sunday’s theme is about honoring your creative process. When I’m in a scrapping funk, I could have an amazingly cool kit that I just download and not have a clue what to do with it. I could sit there for hours with the intent of scrapping, then be distracted by Facebook or checking email or watching the latest episodes of my favorite tv shows on hulu.com. Then, a couple days later, I could be walking around downtown and spy a card shop that has an inspiring collage in the window. Then BAM! I can’t get home fast enough to scrap from my recent inspiration. All I have to say, is thank goodness for cameras on phone. This is just a quick and short reminder that it’s ok to be in a scrapping funk sometimes. Give yourself some inspiration slack. If you’re in a funk, take a break. Walk around in your neighborhood. Check in with reality, because i know how sometimes that gets neglected when you are on the insipration high :)  Scraplift one of your favorite scrapper or participate in a blog challenge. Whatever you choose to do, honor the process of your creativity and have faith that through the still waters and cloudy sky of your creativity, there is a sunshine of inspiration itching to pop out behind the clouds.

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Inspirational Sundays

I have such a treat for you all today. Hopefully it will make up for my post being so late into the evening. I had the chance to interview Tangie Baxter herself. Aaaaahh!! It is so exciting. I am so thrilled to learn about where she grabs her inspirations from. Read on to find out more…

Tell us what inspires you creatively?
Vintage! I want to get my hands on everything vintage, in real life and digitally! It calls to me on every level, I have no idea why!

Please share with us your favorite layouts.

Could you share with us galleries of someone who inspires you?

What magazines do you read?

Photoshop User, ALL the Somerset magazines

How do you find time to create?
I’m one of the luckiest people in the world … it’s my job! I usually work 60 hours a week! I very much help support my family so I have to make time to work hard and create!

What products and designers do you love?
Christina Renee and Lorie Davison have always been and will always be my favorite designers!

And lastly, what is the silliest thing you’ve ever done in your life?

Oh my gosh, my friends and I did all kinds of silly things in college! Do you really want me to own up to them? Tee-Hee! Okay let’s see how about dressing up in rain panchos, hats and other crazy things and jumping on the beds in the hotel room we were staying at when we went to Disneyland. We laughed so hard I really thought I might pass out!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read about what inspires one of our favorite designers. Tune in tomorrow to find out What’s New with Studio Tangie!

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