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Photograph, Design, Organize.

Today my head has been filled with design.  I’m preparing to open my shop, and I’m frantically working to get everything ready.  Yesterday I finished up a Spring themed mini-kit.  Today I started a full sized kit all about the chicken pox…  I really do enjoy designing.  Well…  the designing part of it anyway.

I’m sure it’s a sentiment felt by many creative types who also run a business.  The creative side of things fuels us, keeps us going in so many ways.  The business side of things is simply a necessary evil.  That’s how I feel about the organizational side of design.

Creating elements, creating papers, designing overlays, and custom products…  it’s all a fabulously zen thing for me.  Photography gets me revved up, designing relaxes me – two sides of the creative coin.  But organizing my product so it’s ready to sell?  Ugh.  I wish I could hand that end of it over to someone else.  It takes me far longer than it should simply because I don’t enjoy it – and I end up putting it off and then have several products that all need work at the same time.  LOL  I won’t complain too loudly though.  I’m pretty blessed to be able to do what I do.

Strawberry Scraps - my design business

So watch for me soon.  I’ll be setting up shop at the Plum.  Opening day will soon be upon us.  🙂

My first commercially available scrapbook kit!

Well, we seem to have another day where by the time I sit down to blog, I’m just too darn brain-beat to do much.  LOL  So I hope you’ll forgive me if I just share a little news.  🙂

I spent most of yesterday and today finishing up and packaging my first scrapbooking kit to be released at Polka Dot Plum.  Yep.  I’m on my way to becoming a designer.  I don’t have a launch date to share just yet, but it won’t be long.  And I’ll be launching with two, possibly three digital scrapbook kits.  So it’s a little nerdy, I can’t help it.  I’m excited about it.

I started in the design apprentice program at the Plum back in the Spring.  It took longer than initially planned to get through it as I ended up having to go on hiatus when business got a little crazy.  So this has been something I’ve been looking forward to for almost a year, which is why I hope you’ll forgive the dorky excitement.

Want a peek?  Here’s what one of the kits looks like (and the preview doesn’t include all of the scrapbook elements):

Velvet Dresses, a digital scrapbook kit by Strawberry Scraps

Click on the image to see it full size, and to get a good feel for the very real textures.  So yeah!  Keep an eye on my blog and at the Plum:  http://www.polkadotplum.com/  I’ll be sure to let ya’ll know when I’ve launched, and I promise to have a goodie or special of some kind just for those of you who read my blog.  🙂

Scraptastic Saturdays – OH DEAR!

Well, it’s official.  I’m addicted to designing.  Today I’ve got another freebie for you.  A mini-kit I call “Oh Dear”.

My first kit mainly contained commercial use (CU) items from other designers that I’d coloured or retooled…  just to kinda test the waters.  But with Oh Dear, I built several elements from scratch.  Now that the design bug has bit, I’ll likely be looking for a shop soon, where I can bring you kits on a regular basis.  So stay tuned for that.  🙂  But until then, here’s “Oh Dear”.  Just click to download.  And enjoy!

If you are up for a challenge, check out the Plum.  I’ve got a mini-kit challenge posted there, featuring Oh Dear.  You only have until Tuesday at midnight to play though, so you better hurry.  The challenge is posted here:  http://www.polkadotplum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4915

Enjoy a freebie or two?  Then you’ll want to check out Sugar Pie Scrap’s blog come the ninth.  There’ll be an four seasons blog train rolling through that day in honour of Enchanted Studio Scraps birthday.  Crystals kit is really lovely, so you won’t want to miss it.  Just head on over to http://sugarpiescrapping.blogspot.com/ to check it out and download it.  She’s also released a new kit this week called A Fresh Start that is really something.  The embossed papers in it are absolutely fabulous.

That’s it today.  Take care everyone, and HAPPY SCRAPPIN’!

This old suit…

I’m all about ecological design…  in all it’s various sundry forms.  This particular shot happens to be of my bag (a laptop bag I’m using as a purse).  It’s a Rumah Kampung bag, the ABBY flatpack.  The designer takes old mens suits and repurposes them into gorgeous bags and purses.  Really beautiful work.  I’ll be highlighting them in an upcoming piece at Pure Greenius (http://www.puregreenius.ca/) so I suppose this is a bit of a sneak peek.  LOVE my bag!

upcycled mens suit becomes fashionable bag

this old suit

You can get your own upcycled eco suit bag at http://RumahKampung.etsy.com/

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