Saturday, June 7, 2008

Getting to know Laina...

I wanted to share more information about the June Guest Designer for Work in Progress Kits--Laina Lamb. Many locals know her from Archiver's, and others may recognize her work from her galleries at SIS and 2Peas. You'll see a layout from her in the July issue of CK soon too...

Brief Description of yourself:

My full name is Laina Louise Lamb. My dad thought it was the funniest thing ever when I married a guy with an “L” last name. I currently work at Archiver’s as the Lead Instructor/Events Coordinator. I have a degree in Interior Design from the University of Cincinnati. Before I “retired” to become a full-time mother, I designed retail stores, malls and really big signs. I enjoyed this job but it was very demanding. From now on I only want to design things that fit on a 12x12 piece of paper.

Number years scrapping: 2 1/2 years

How’d you get started?

I come from a family of crafters. My mother, grandmother and aunts tried for years to get me to join them with their projects. I never enjoyed sewing or the other things they did. My mother begged me to attend a crop with her in December 2005 so that we could “spend some quality time together”. It was a trap and I fell straight into it. One single crop and I went crazy! It was so much fun and I found that I was pretty good at it as well. My mother bought my supplies for Christmas, I gathered my holiday photos and away I went.

What is your creative process (if you have one)?

I start by editing my photos in Photoshop. Next I pull papers that compliment the photos. I usually just start layering the photos and paper with repositionable adhesive until it feels "right".

What or who inspires you?

My work is heavily influenced by things that are bold and graphic. I love to incorporate vivid color in all of my work. Lately anything Japanese “zakka or kawaii” is my obsession. I am continually inspired by Danielle Thompson even though she no longer makes "scrapbooks".

I can’t wait to get my hands on…

the new flocking and brads by Doodlebug.

Favorite embellishment I can’t get enough of:

Brads of all shapes and colors. There is so much you can do with them! I'm pretty crazy about felt too.

Technique/supply I’d like to try:

Sewing on my layouts. I'm in the process of getting my own sewing machine. (my mother thinks it is hilarious after all my years of refusing to sew.)

Favorite Food: Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream
Least Favorite Food: Pork Chops - i hate chewy meat stuff
Favorite Thing: Going on Vacation with my kids
Least Favorite Thing: Cooking or Cleaning
A phobia: None really. I'm pretty brave except for the Power Tower at Cedar Point. I pretty much hate that ride.
An addiction:
The Internet. I spend WAY too much time.

Thanks so much for accepting the Guest DT spot this month, Laina! You can check out her gallery here for more of her amazing work...

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!


Vanessa, Florida, USA said...

CONGRATS Laina! Love your work :-)

Ryzmomplus2 said...

Big fan here and loved learning more about you! Great work this month with the kit!

Jewel said...

Laina, loved your layout in July's Scrapbooks Etc. mag! Thanks for sharing your work with us.