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Rhonna Farrer: Feature Scrapbooker, September 2005

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Digital scrapbooking has taken the scrapbooking world by storm. Although I'm not a digital scrapbooker, I have not failed to appreciate the beauty (and cost-effectiveness!) of digital scrapbooking. Perhaps, one day, I can combine traditional and digital scrapbooking in my layouts but for now, let us drool over Rhonna Farrer's amazing layouts. Due to feedback from the readers of the blog, Rhonna is our featured scrapbooker for the month of September 2005.

Rhonna Farrer loves to create! She has been designing and creating for the past 15 years. With her degree in Art, 7 years ago, she began working in the Greeting Card Industry, designing greeting cards, gift bags, wrap & items. In 2003, she took that love for her art & family combining it with digital scrapbooking. In 2004, she was inducted into Creating Keepsakes' Hall of Fame, & began designing her own scrapbook line with Autumn Leaves, called ‘Dreamy'. She is the lead artist in Designing With Digital, a beautiful idea book from Autumn Leaves' Designing With Series.

She has also contributed in Designing With Stamping & will be seen in other books as well. She has just been brought on as the Creative Editor for Digital Scrapbooking Magazine, the only magazine devoted to digital scrapbooking. She enjoys working on the design team for Two Peas in a Bucket as a Garden Girl & also designing digital kits to uplift & inspire digital scrapbookers. Rhonna's passion to create continues with her family & art.

1. How and when did you discover scrapbooking?
I have been scrapping in one way or another for years…But, it wasn't until the fall of 2003 that I delved into the world of digital scrapping. I had experience in Photoshop and realized I could catch up on my scrapbooking a lot faster if I just did it digitally…come to find out, there were others doing it, too.

2. Did you cross over from paper-based to digital scrapbooking?
I only did a little paper scrapping before, nothing I really loved. I didn't love scrapbooking until I found digital.

3. Who/What encouraged you?
My Family.

4. What are your top 5 favourite digital kits, editing software, printer? Things you cannot live without?

Photoshop CS2, my brushes, Epson photo printer, artistic inkject printers and my brushes!

5. What is your favourite scrapbook/layout technique and why?
Brush work. I seriously can't create without them. I use brush work in everything I do. It's opened a whole new world for me.
6. How do you do your layouts? Do you do them chronologically, by events or special occasions or what you feel like doing at the time?
I create my layouts depending on the mood I'm in. It's a very emotional thing for me, as well as a creative outlet. I love sharing my feelings with my family through my page, expressing thoughts, reliving memories.

7. How do you start a layout? How long does it take you to finish one?
I start out with my photos. I look at the colors, the expressions and figure out what I want my family to remember about that certain person, the moment, the emotions, the story, then I'll work from there. It will usually take me about 30 minutes – 2 hours depending on how labor intensive it is.

8. Where do you get your ideas and inspiration for your layouts and journaling?
My family. The world around me. Magazines. Art work. TV commercials. Ads. Store displays. Fashion. Interior design. Everywhere. Journaling is usually just what my heart talking to those I'm creating the page for…I write like I talk.

9. What is your favourite scrapbook album/layout and why?

rhonna I've Learned

The album I did for my Mom called….”I've learned….” It's very emotional for me. I took about 35 sayings/quotes she shared with us about what she's learned. Some are funny. Some are touching. Others are inspiring. I illustrated the entire book with each member of our family: my siblings and their kids. So, now we have an entire book filled with words of wisdom from our Mom and Grandma. It's become a true legacy and I'm thankful for my mother for inspiring us with her words for generations to come.

10. How do you store your layouts? Do you print them or store them into CDs?
i have them on CDs and I also have them printed out in albums. I just love seeing the pages, sharing the pages.

11. What do you think is the future of digital scrapbooking? Where will it lead? Will it take over paper-based scrapbooking as a ‘cheaper' option to scrapbooking?
NO. I don't think it will ever ‘take over' traditional scrapbooking mainly because people will always love the supplies, handling and creating with them. But, there is a whole new generation that is computer savvy. They catch on to computers/technology so quickly. It's second nature to them so, it's natural for them to take up scrapbookign on the computer. There is/will be a whole different audience for digital scrapbooking and I'm seeing a lot of ‘hybrid' or mixed scrapbooking going on, too. People love
to use their computers in scrapbooking, whether it's 1% or 100%. I am just thrilled to be a part of something so huge as this…it's exploding!

Rhonna's layouts are here.

Rhonna's Studio:

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