What’s your name and digiscrap blog address? Ellie Lash http://ellielash.com/blog
Where do you sell? Scrapbookgraphics
Tell us a little about your family. My husband Chris and I have been married for almost 8 years. We have two-year-old twin boys, Adam and Luke.
What other hobbies do you have besides scrapping and designing? I love to read. I have to pull myself away from my books in order to make myself design most days. lol Between reading, designing, and taking care of my family, I don't have much time for other hobbies. Someday I'd like to take up photography, though.
When did you start Digi-scrapping and who taught you? I actually started scrapping after I started designing. I just kind of learned by doing. I'm not an elaborate scrapper. Most of my layouts are simple, basic.
When did you start designing and how did you learn? I started designing the summer of 2007. I have a background skinning forums, so that was kind of my springboard. I took a class called Digital Design Fundamentals by Jen Maceyunas, which was helpful, but mostly I am self-taught.
Which programs do you use to design? Mostly CorelDrawX4 and CS3, but I also occasionally use PSPX12 and ArtRage as well.
Do you draw most of your items with a mouse, or hand draw and scan? Mostly I use a tablet. I have a Bamboo that I use to draw with. My mom is an artist and she sometimes sends me some of her things that I will scan in and use.
How did you pick your companies name? I was incredibly original. lol I just used my name.
Who are your favorite three designers? Oooh, so hard to choose! Probably Lorie Davison, Mary Fran, and Irene Alexeeva are right there at the top!
What are your favorite parts of a kit to design? Definitely the elements. I sometimes struggle with papers and alphas, but I love creating elements, especially if I'm drawing them.
What’s your favorite kit that you've designed? My favorite kit is almost always whatever I've done most recently, so I'll have to say Sugarville.
What's your least favorite? I've retired all of my least favorites! lol
How do you get started on a kit? Palette first? Rough idea on what you want your papers or elements to look like? It depends. Often I start with a color palette, but sometimes I'll start with a theme. Like for Aquamarine, I decided to do mermaids and everything else just followed. Sometimes my mom will write and say, "Hey, could you do a kit with this, this, and this in it?" and I'll build around whatever she asks for.
How long does it typically take you to make a kit? It depends on how motivated I'm feeling. If I'm feeling really inspired I can finish a kit in a day. If not, well, it can be weeks before I come up with something I'm happy with.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? I would be more confident. I lack confidence in every area of my life, including my designing, and I think it really holds me back from reaching my potential.
What is the one word that best describes you? Quiet
Who is the most important person in your life? I can't choose just one! lol My husband and my boys are all equally important to me.
What is something that not many people know about you? I played basketball in high school.
If you could travel anywhere where would you go? Somewhere quiet, peaceful, not crowded.
When you were little what did you dream of being when you grew up? I always wanted to be a vet. I love animals.
What is your favorite food? Maki nori sushi
What do you like doing with your family? Pretty much anything as long as we're together
Where is your favorite place to be? At home with my family
What are three things that are important to you? Family, health, and faith
Is there anything you would change about your life? lol Yes and no. I wouldn't change anything big, but I do wish that I had made better choices health-wise. I wish I'd never let myself gain so much weight so that I have to struggle now to lose it!
What are you afraid of? Spiders, cockroaches, my children or husband getting hurt
Do you collect anything? Books and ladybugs! =)
Here are three of Ellie's most recent kits. Aren't they gorgeous?
We gave Ellie the Gingerscraps kit, Kayla's Quilt, to play with. (Psst! It's great for family heritage photos too!)