We are thrilled to bring you this month Designer in the Spotlight Danielle Young. Danielle Young is the creative face behind Danielle Young Designs and also the designer of our December printables that are included with kit subscription. We are excited to have her stop by today to connect and share with our readers!
Q. Can you tell us a little bit about your creative process?
A. When designing a kit, stamp set, or a set of printables, I usually begin by sketching out some ideas in my notebook: shapes, sayings, etc. It is messy and truly looks like a brainstorm! Then, I’ll head to the computer and refine those ideas in Adobe Illustrator. I love to use color, so the color palette really helps bring these ideas to life
Q. Where and when are you most creative?
A. When I have time to play ~ whether that’s playing with my two-year old son or playing with my scrapbook supplies. Probably like most people, I find that if I am relaxed and happy, I am the most inspired.
Q. What are some of your must have supplies?
A. Absolutely my notebook and pen plus Adobe Illustrator
Q. Who are some of your influences?
A. My family has quite an impact on what I design. I have the privilege of spending my days with my son, so he naturally becomes a part of my content. Also my husband runs his own graphic design business, and he’s pretty amazing at it. I always bounce my ideas off of him!
Q. 3 things people probably do not know about you.
A. 1)I am a big Math nerd. I tutor high school students in my spare time, and I love it! 2)I am a volunteer youth Group leader at my church. 3)I know every lyric to everyone of Taylor Swift’s songs!
- Book – I don’t read much for myself anymore. Most of the books I read are children’s books at bedtime! The last books I read on my own and enjoyed were the The Hunger Games and Omnivore’s Dilemma. Omnivore’s Dilemma changed my life!
- Movie – I don’t have a favorite of all time, but its usually whatever good movie I saw last. So for now, it’s Maleficent. Loved that one!
- Candy – I really love those white chocolate Lindt Lindor truffles especially this time of year
- Drink – Coffee & Lattes. EVERY.DAY
- Music – Taylor Swift, any song, any album
- Color – anything blue or green and in between
- TV Show – Nashville on ABC
Q. How long have you been designing stamp sets, and digitals and what inspired you to get started?
A. I started designing digital kits in 2007. I had been a paper Scrapbooker for years before that, and then stumbled upon the digital scrapbooking community. With a degree in Industrial Design, I already had Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator skills so it was natural to jump right into creating my own papers and embellishments.
Q. Can you share some tips and tricks you use when working in your pocket page albums?
A First, find the best pocket page layout for your album, and stick with it. For me, it’s Project Life Design F. Second, use the Collect app. Even if you don’t export the cards from the app itself, it is incredibly helpful in keeping track of your days, notes and photos. Load a photos into the app, record a quick thought about that moment and you’ll be able to refer to it when you’re ready to work on your pocket page. Finally, limit your color palette. pick a couple of colors that compliment your photos, and use those for your filler/journal cards and embellishments. It helps the page or spread fell cohesive.
Q. Can you share with everyone the places where they can connect with you such as your blog, Instagram, and website?
Danielle also had some fun with our December 2014 kit “Enchanted Meadow” including the printables she designed just for Clique Kits! Here is a look at Danielle’s pocket page spread!
“Enchanted Meadow is such a beautiful collection, and I was thrilled to have a chance to play with it! I knew exactly which photos I wanted to scrap with it as I had just recently returned from a long weekend spent at the beach – my favorite place to vacation. Since it was already late fall, our little family of three spent most of our days bundled up but still enjoying the outdoors.
So I pulled out my Becky Higgins Design F page protectors and began filling each pocket with little memories…
In addition to the physical kit, I printed out my exclusive pocket card set and incorporated pieces of those throughout my Project Life spread. A couple of those cards were transformed into embellishments, too. I used my circle punch to create the “moments like this” circle and the navy blue/lime green heart element. The remainder of that navy blue card was not wasted though! I used it to surround the “everyday awesome” speech bubble.
Finally, I added a couple of wood scalloped borders and stamps designed by me for Creative Retreat to complete the pages!”
Danielle thank you so much for being our December Designer in the Spotlight and also for designing our December printables! To see more from Danielle make sure to head on over to her blog and check out her Etsy shop where you can enjoy 25% off all month with promo code DYclique25!