There are some exciting new developments here at Digital Scrapper! We have a new Forum Director — Darcy Baldwin!
Darcy is taking on the role of Forum Director to free up Jan Walker to devote all of her time to teaching classes as well as Premier tutorials. We’re very excited to gain a talented and knowledgeable person to help us in the Forum, allowing us to reap the full benefits of Jan’s creative and artistic talents in other areas. (Learn more about Jan’s new role here.)
Some of you may already know Darcy as a designer at Sweet Shoppe Designs. She creates amazing custom fonts for personal and business use. I’m sure many of you already have quite a few of them in your digi scrapping stash — I know I do!
Darcy has been a member of Digital Scrapper since November, 2008, and her Gallery is full of beautiful, fun, and memorable layouts. We want you to get to know more about this amazing woman, and she has graciously agreed to reveal a bit about herself, her family, and her life.
DS: Tell us a little about yourself, Darcy.
DB: I’m a mom to two wonderful boys, Connor (12) and Aiden (almost 9) whom I homeschool. I’ve been married to Russ for 15 years. We live in Texas, and are a family full of geeks who love science and reading and cooking and play. All 3 ‘men’ are involved in Tae Kwon Do (a martial art), and as a family we’re very active in our church.
DS: How did you get into digital scrapbooking?
I was a paper scrapper for a few years, and then tried my hand at digital scrapping when I was trying to find an easier way to mass produce some cards for a swap on a paper scrapping board. I never went back to paper. I’ve been digitally scrapping for about six years now and would say that while I’m still digital, I still scrap in a paper style. I gave away or sold all of my paper supplies, and you can’t make me go back to it! You don’t have the Ctrl-Z key in paper scrapping!
You can see my gallery at Digital Scrapper here.
DS: You are very well known for designing custom fonts. Tell us a bit about that.
DB: I also have been blessed to be able to turn my love of storytelling into a career. I am a fontographer — creating handwriting fonts for folks for scrapping and business needs. I currently sell my wares and services through Sweet Shoppe Designs.com. I love being able to help folks tell their stories in their own words, and leaving some of themselves behind on their scrapbook pages. When I first started digital scrapping, the two things I really missed most was tearing paper and my own handwriting on my pages. Thankfully — through templates and my font — I can do both now! I’m a big fan of 2 page layouts, and even using bad pictures if that’s all you have!
DS: What is one piece of advice you would give to other scrappers?
DB: My philosophy for scrapping is to get your story down… no matter what manner you do it in, be it simple paper scrapping, collecting and sorting your photos, journaling, or digital scrapping with all the bells and whistles. Get those stories down for your later years, your children and their children down the line.
DS: Would you pick three of your favorite layouts and tell us a little about them?
DB: Sure! I love the following three layouts for the emotions they evoke.
My 2 Sons: I happened to catch an awesome photo of my two little guys — they’re beautiful to me, and when I began working with this template, I just fell in love with the structure and simplicity of the layout.
Now and Then: It was great to be able to go back and list out the prices of goods and services from my growing up years compared to the boys. They still ask a lot of questions about what it was like ‘back then’ as if it were the Stone Age! They can’t believe we didn’t have computers when I was growing up, much less no video games or cable!
You Are Precious: I wrote this for my son on his faith. Not only is it so very special to me about the subject matter, I tried a few techniques new to me, and love how it turned out.
DS: Well, thank you so much, Darcy! It’s been great learning a bit about you. We are excited to have you with us at Digital Scrapper and we know that you will enjoy being a part of this warm, welcoming, and helpful community!
And last, but not least, Darcy is offering a free font for all our blog readers! How cool is that? Just click here to download Miss Flora Mae Bell.