Thursday, June 24, 2010

CT Spotlight

Good morning, everyone! Beth here to welcome to this week's CT Spotlight. Please meet Giseli Freitas!

Giseli's Sweet Shoppe Gallery

1.What made you apply for Krystal Hartley's team?

I LOVE Krystal’s designs. To me, it is that kind of design that has inside everything I need to scrap wonderfully, going straight to the point w/ the “right” embellishments and elements. It’s SO easy and fun to scrap w/ them! That’s the “why”: I have fun w/ them!

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 thing for stitches. Alphas and labels (specially date labels, too). But a thing that is ALWAYS present in my pages is frames. Apparently I can’t put a photo on a page without framing it. Even if I put my frame behind the photo, but they’re there.

3. When do you scrap? Naptimes, after the kids go to bed?

I scrap when DD is at school (between 12:00 and 5:00pm) and if I have housework or have lots going on, I scrap after DD bedtime. At this point you’re guessing that I go to sleep very late at night. And you’re right. Hehee. Oh, and on Saturdays when I’m home w/ nothing going on.

4. What are your strengths as a CTM? Weaknesses?

Ummm… I don’t know. I really do an effort to scrap w/ all the products but I don’t force myself to scrap w/ a design I don’t like that much just b/c “I have to” scrap. But, as I said, it's very easy to scrap w/ every design by Krystal b/c they’re full of fun to me! I really like to post on the team blog, too - even feeling insecure about my English (I’m not a English-speaker) most of the time. But I have fun doing it. Another thing I try to always do is have a page done w/ “original design” by me – I like to use templates, but feel like I'm kinda cheating if I use a template to spotlight a new design. So, the designer will always have one page by me w/o using any templates.

5. Show us your first page.

Really? I don’t know if this is a good idea. Ok, you’ve been warned LOL

6. How many times do you use a product?

It depends. An entire kit probably once. But I always go back to a product if they “match" a certain photo I want to scrap. To use a frame, or a doodle, a wordart… Alphas I use repeatedly!

7. Do you scrap mainly for memory preservation or for creative fulfillment?

A mix of the two. But mostly for memory preservation.

8. Who are some of your favorite scrappers and why?

I kinda worship Cindy Schneider. I love the “ layers” and clusters she does. I love Kay Miller, too. And I have tons of pages by SeattleSheri and nikkiARNGwife into my favorites.

9. Are you drawn to one color more than others?

Nope. (I guess, LOL.)

10. What software do you use?

I use Paint Shop Pro, alwys have and probably always will, LOL. I tried to use Photoshop (I know how to use it) but I feel like a cheater when I do this.

11. What is your current favorite layout (that you made)?

For now, it's this one. But it changes A LOT.

12. What's your favorite scrap trend?

“Block” pages and stitching.

13. What do you "just not get?" (ex. chandeliers, owls, 3-d, etc.)

I don’t understand exactly “fantasy” pages w/ lots of extractions and 3-D, specially those ones w/ no photo at all.

14. Do you know any digi scrappers in real life?

Yeah, I do, but not from a “digi scrap meet” or crop or anything like that. It’s like I was at a party and met a woman and she happens to be a digi scrapper, too. Not part of my social circle.

15. Krystal's thinking about getting a Mac. Should she? Why or why not?

Do you mean Mac, the computer kinda Mac? LMAO. I know nothing about a MAC. So, I really can’t say “Yay or Nay” . But if it’s for doing more awesome designs and faster, then I would say go for it, haha.

16. What's your best workflow (time management) tip when it comes to scrapbooking?

Don’t let the photos pile until you take new ones and forget to scrap about the ‘old’ ones. My main inspiration to scrap IS the photos I take. If I don’t scrap them as soon as possible, then I lose my mojo for “the old ones”. If you’re in a CT, try to pick one day a week for one or two designers to hang out in her/their CT forum or do CT blog posts… If you’re in more than 7 CT’s then I think you’re crazy, but who am I to say a thing like that? I myself am in more than 7 CT's. LOL.

As a thank you for stopping by, Giseli created an awesome template for you to enjoy from this pretty layout.

The template is an 8x8 (2400 x 2400 pixels). Download here. Enjoy! :-)


  1. The template is lovely! I couldn't find the link for it, even when clicking on "here." Am I missing something?

  2. I LOVED your interview, Giseli! and that template is HOT!!!