by Darcy Baldwin
We’d like to introduce you to our new Guest Designer for October, Manuela Zimmermann of Studio Manu.
Q: Tell us a little about you, your family, your pets, and your home.
A: I’m married and live in Germany, in Cottbus. We have 3 children. Our daughter, Juliane, is the oldest and is now 17 years old. Paul, in the middle, is 14, and our youngest, Nick, is 8 years old.
Q: What are you reading right now?
A: Right now I’m reading Burn by Linda Howard, the German version, of course, which is named Nachtkuss.
Q: If you had one hour of free time, what would you like to do with it?
A: I would take a walk through the forest with the kids.
Q: Are you a movie or television junkie? What are you watching?
A: I’m not a television or movie junkie, but I love to watch special telecasts. On Tuesdays I watch Good Buy Germany, a documentary about emigrates who leave or have left Germany and now live anywhere in world. This is also a dream of mine, therefore, I love watching it.
About Your Designing
Q: While you are creating, do you listen to music or television or books on tape, or do you work best with silence?
A: This is different. Sometimes I love to hear music and sometimes I love silence, but no television or book on tapes.
Q: What inspires you to create? Are you first drawn to color? A theme? A photo? A trend?
A: This is always different. Sometimes there are colors I come across that I really need to use in my design. Sometimes it’s a theme and then I see the finished kit already in my head. I write down all the elements this theme needs and start.
Q: What is your workflow like? Do you create a color board? Do you start with papers first or elements? What is your favorite go-to element to create?
A: Sometimes I create a color swatch, not always. If it is a theme, the colors are in my head. I start with the elements and then papers. I would say I have no favorite element to create but I love to make clusters and other additions using the finished kit. I really love to create photo masks, page borders, stamps, and quick pages.
Q: Show us your favorite kits or element packs. (These products are available in Manu’s store at Scrapbookgraphics.com.)
Q: Are you a scrapper? Show us your last three layouts.
A: I love to scrap and try to make at least one page with each kit or element pack I design. This way I also know there is nothing forgotten to create an amazing layout.
Q: What is your scrapbooking workflow like?
A: I open the photo I want to scrap (mostly I use only one photo). I open a background paper that I think is perfect for that photo. I open a frame and a photo mask and see if it looks better with a frame or photo mask. Then I add elements around the photo, on top of it or below. I look for a title or word art or add text (story) where it fits perfectly. At last I add the shadows to give the page some depth. At this point, I might start to play with the background paper and try different views. Then I start to turn around the elements, try this and that. It can sometimes take hours till I’m satisfied.
Q: What kinds of kits are you drawn to scrap with?
A: I love very versatile kits which can be used over and over again. I always need some greenery, flowers, butterflies, frames, overlays . . . and everything in a vintage touch or shabby chic style.
Q: What is the view from your workspace?
A: This is how it looks when I turn my head a little bit to the right; the view out of my window in my working room.