Designer Spotlight: Harper Finch
I've got a special feature for you today! Perhaps you've seen her designs and great freebies floating around the web, but I would like to introduce you to Harper Finch. Can you believe she's only been designing for 6 months?
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? Where do you live? Who’s in your family? What do you do in the average day?
A: My roots and my heart belong to Oklahoma, south Tulsa to be specific. I grew up here and have found my way back after finding myself in Des Moines and Austin. I'm a bit of a free spirit, very open-minded, endlessly curious and believe in the power of humanity. I am infinitely fascinated in people, which led to my studies in Psychology (which I loved!). I am a sassy, single goofball who holds my parents, two sister and brother-in-law (to be) closest to my heart. Though in our family, our Dauchsaund/Beagle mix, Reeces is the Queen Bee and seemingly my constant companion. There's nothing funnier than seeing Reeces with her ears blowing in the wind, hanging out a window of my Tahoe - trust me!
Q: How did you start digital scrapbooking? When did you start designing?
A: I was in Grad School when I found digital scrapbooking and it became an incredible creative outlet which I definitely needed. So I decided to teach myself Photoshop and just fell in love with the endless possibilites which exist with platforms such a Photoshop and Illustrator. I began to experiment with design 6 months ago, doing things like creating birthday cards for family, designing the invitation for my sister's engagement party, etc. and just loved it. So I decided to start my own blog in December, which has been of the best decisions I've ever made!
Q: What tools do you use to design?
A: I primarily use Photoshop but occassionally dabble in Illustator. My Bamboo tablet is a God-send and I love the extension of my creativity which it allows.
Q: What are a couple of your favorite designs you’ve created?
A: I think my favorite collections as yet have been "Map it Out," "My Classic Valentine," both of which are available in my Etsy shop, and "Ready, Set, Go," a MASSIVE collection available FREE on my blog!
Q: What are some designs that inspire you?
A: Typography and color palettes are the source of all of my inspiration. I come up with a swatch that I love and then decide upon a theme and plan for using it to create a scrapbook kit. Designers who infinitely amaze and inspire me are Miss Tiina, Just Jaimee, Mommyish and Kate Hadfield, to name a few!
Q: Do you have any advice for designers?
A: Design what you love and don't restrict yourself with a theme that you feel like you have to do. The process should be organic or so I believe, and I do my best work in that vein.
If you are a budding designer or know of one, and would like to be featured here at the Pixel Scrapper blog, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi There! I’m Marisa Lerin and you’ll see me around at Pixel Scrapper a lot. I started this site in 2010 soon after I discovered a new love in digital scrapbooking. Pixel Scrapper has gone through some significant changes since that time and it’s grown into this lovely community site you are seeing now. I am daily surprised by the turn of life’s events that has led me down this path. If you're new to the site, welcome! Here are a few tidbits about me that I hope will help you get to know me better!
I’m originally from Minnesota, USA, but spent a good chunk of my childhood living abroad (in Bolivia and Hong Kong). I returned to Minnesota to attend university, got married and then moved overseas again (Korea, then Jordan and 1 year of traveling). My designs are heavily influenced by these many nomadic years. I am currently back in the USA, now living in the great state of Oregon!
I have no official training for what I’m doing, since I decided very wisely (haha) to study physics in university. I am always learning new things about digital scrapbooking, and this community has been immensely helpful for that!
If I manage to stop digital scrapbooking you will probably find me watching TV, reading or baking. I also enjoy writing for the blog here at Pixel Scrapper where I talk about whatever happens to be catching my fancy at the moment.
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