Thursday, April 1, 2010

CT Member Spotlight

Hi, Olivia here bringing you a little bit of inspiration from one of Krystal’s creative team members, Beth Swann.

Beth’s Sweet Shoppe Designs Gallery

1. What made you apply to for Krystal Hartley's team?
I've known Krystal from a previous business relationship (see #8) and her designs have always appealed to me because her design ability takes in such a broad range of styles. She can do feminine, masculine, eclectic, traditional, trendy, shabby, modern, etc. She's a true leader with innovative ideas so I knew I could only get better as a scrapper by being on her team! She's a down-to-earth and genuine person. I feel blessed to be a part of her team!

2. What are your favorite types of products to work with (you can mention specific favorites, but I'd really like to know if you are a paper addict, brushes, doodles...whatever).
I have a serious addiction to damask-print paper, flowers, string, and curled ribbon. Yes, I am a girly-girl!

3. When do you scrap? Naptimes, after the kids go to bed?
Mornings or afternoons work best for me to scrap since that's when the kids are in school.

4. What are your strengths as a CTM? Weaknesses?
My CT position is more administrative than creative so that probably answers both questions, LOL!

5. Show us your first page.
Hmmm....uh, the check is in the mail. ;-)

6. How many times do you use a product?
I will use a product several times over. Isn't that the bonus of scrapbooking digitally?

7. Do you scrap mainly for memory preservation or for creative fulfillment?
Mostly, I scrap for memory preservation since I consider myself a family historian. But when I have something extra special to preserve, I go all out creatively!

8. Who are some of your favorite scrappers and why?
You may call this bias but I call it logic. Krystal Hartley is my favorite scrapper and she has been ever since we were associates in a scrapbooking direct-sales company, even before digital scrapbooking existed. She can take anything from ANY style and make it look fantastic! She has been inspiring me, even before her entry into the digi world. And she's always helping and encouraging others to be successful in the hobby as well. I also draw a great amount of inspiration from the other CT members and SSD community members....too many to name.

9. Are you drawn to one color more than others?
I am definitely attracted to pink and the more traditional color palettes.

10. What software do you use?

11. What is your current favorite layout (that you made)?
This one is my favorite: Worth More Than a Thousand Words

(Credits: Krystal Hartley & Scrapkitchen's “The Very Thought of You” and Seattle Sheri's 12-2-09 SSD Cookie Template)

12. What's your favorite scrap trend?
To be honest, I don't know what's currently trending. But I do love all the rage of awesome shadowing!

13. What do you "just not get?" (ex. chandeliers, owls, 3-d, etc.)
I'm really not crazy about mushrooms.

14. Do you know any digi scrappers in real life?
Yes...I know a few fellow CT group members; Krystal Hartley, Susan Catmull, Rachel Stiverson, Krystal Grant, and a few others. I also digi-scrap with a few women here locally, including my sister-in-law Anna Moore.

15. Krystal's thinking about getting a Mac. Should she? Why or why not?
LOL! I think she should so she can tell the rest of us what she thinks and get all the potential kinks worked out for us ahead of time. :-)

16. What's your best workflow (time management) tip when it comes to scrapbooking?
Scrap when the kids are at school or asleep. LOL! But seriously, I do plan a little...I open all the pictures I'm going to use when making a layout (because I like to mass produce when I scrap for myself), edit the pictures before putting them on the layout, choose the digital kit that goes with the pictures, and just start putting it all together.

Now that you know Beth a little better, how about a freebie? Here’s a template based on Beth’s layout “Sweet Niece.”

Download here.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 9 post on Apr. 02, 2010. Thanks again.

  2. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [02 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  3. Thank you for your template. I just can't figure out how people take a simple template and create such beautiful layouts. Of course, it helps one start, but the layout above is so gorgeous. I'm not too sure I could make something that good. I'll try, though. :)