We thought we’d start off the new year by getting to know our design team a little better, so with each post we’ll introduce a new designer and put them through a rigorous interview question set! Our very first
victim interviewee is our beautiful whimsy artist, Danielle Quarmby.
What three words best describe your personality?
Introverted, thoughtful, creative.
What’s your worst habit?
Trying to do everything at once and as soon as possible, juggling more and more balls on my own and expecting from myself that I never drop any.
What are you currently reading?
My sister has lent me the latest Marian Keyes novel and it’s waiting on my side table.
Do you have any new years’ resolutions?
Nope. Intentions, yes. Practical things, mostly, like renovations and gardening.
What’s your favourite quote?
I have many, but one that I love is this: “I am lost and I rejoice in the openness. I cannot decide where to go... So for now, I will dance where I am and be.” – Tziporah
What would be your theme song?
'Little Talks' by Of Monsters and Men. At the moment, anyway.
Are you on pinterest? What’s your favourite recent pin?
Yes, love it! Have been pinning decorating ideas and garden inspiration like crazy lately. One of my faves is this one.
If you could go anywhere (real or not) where would you go?
How do you feel about garden gnomes?
I like the way they see the world.
What part of creating do you enjoy most?
Sitting on the floor, drinking red wine and singing loudly to my favourite musicians, with paint and paper all around. It’s like a time out.
What sort of photos most make you want to scrap?
I’m not sure, paper usually makes me want to scrap more than photos do. The sort of photos that perfectly capture a particular aspect of a child’s character, or a quote you have, really get me started though.
This snapshot taken in Venice is one of my favourite photos from recent months. I've scrapped it with a watercolour feel, echoing Turner's misty tones as he painted images of Venice in times past. Lace blossoms, misted canvas feathers and Basic Grey's Soleil paper made the page come together easily and intuitively, which is so relaxing from a creative perspective!
I have a real weakness for clouds and sky inspired products, and couldn't resist this October Afternoon paper as a dreamy background. Gently misted clouds from Studio Calico are just as appealing to me, complete with raindrops! Some paint, lace, leaves and camera details are all some of my favourite products and suit the whimsical yet boyish layout of my eldest son.
Share a favourite photo and how you would scrap it.
I’ve chosen one of my newest favourite photos to scrap for this feature from my recent trip to Europe with my daughter :)
Is your dress or decorating style similar to your scrapbooking style?
When did your style click for you?
I’m not sure it has, it comes and goes. I became genuinely interested in scrapbooking - from originally starting to share my sister’s hobby - when I realised I could add paint!
What is your best piece of advice for starting out scrapbookers?
By all means gather inspiration, but remember to let it go at some point and enjoy the process of being creative, playing, experimenting.
What’s your current favourite scrapbooking trend?
Can you share a couple of your favourite layouts from the last 12 months?
A recent page using Crate Paper's Acorn Avenue range, I love this cute and simple layout of my eldest son when he was younger. During a creative block, I had flicked through older layouts in my albums and scraplifted one of my own designs from years ago! I also love the sweet yet bright colour combo.
Created with Crate Paper and an original die-cut design, this layout is still one of my faves. I remember it coming together quite easily, and loving the torn heart to show a background design.
Facebook or Twitter? I like Twitter better but am on Facebook more often.
Harry Potter or Twilight? Neither for me.
Chips or Twisties? Thomas Chipman Organic Potato Chips
Bath or Shower? Shower
Cheese or Chocolate? Both, but not together ;)
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Jeans or Skirts? Skirts
Christmas or New Years Eve? New Years Eve, preferably in Germany watching fireworks at midnight in the snowy streets
Ikea or Op Shop? Both!
Ninjas or Pirates? Pirates, definitely.
Pool or Ocean? Ocean
Sunset or Sunrise? Sunrise, in theory, for the absolute best light but I rarely see them.
Phone or Text? Text
Desert or Snow? Snow