Happy Thursday everyone! Erica back with a special Designer in the Spotlight post! This month we are excited to share two Designer in the Spotlight posts with you! We are so excited about our Clique into Color kit we just had to invite both Stephanie Smokovich and Lindsey McLaughlin to be in the spotlight! The #Selfie collection designed by Lindsey is colorful, fun and perfect for everyday documenting!
Looking at this collection instantly makes you smile and I think it goes so well with the Bella Blvd Just Add Color collection! Lindsey took some time to answer some questions for us all today! Please say hello to Lindsey!
Q. Tell us a little bit about your creative process. I’m always looking at everything around me for inspiration. Nature, pinterest, instagram, etc. Then I take it a step further and look for colors and then i start either sketching in my notebook or on the computer depending on the style I want to go with. I have a main file where I let out everything whether it’s good or bad and then tweak the designs from there.
Q. Where and when are you most creative?
I’m most creative in my office when my desk is clean of course. Then my mind isn’t wandering around thinking I should clean up the mess. I love to be creative in other ways than just designing on my computer. I love to make things with fabric and paper of course. I’m always up for trying new materials and crafts.
Q. What are some of your must have supplies?
My must have supplies would have to be my Wacom tablet, Silhouette CAMEO, and nice pen and sketchbook.
Q. Who are some of your influences?
I have so many influences and it changes by the day. I have always loved Anna Bond’s work and style. Elise Cripe is amazingly creative and always thinks outside of the box. I love seeing the different projects she has going on.
Q. 3 things people probably do not know about you.
This one is a hard one! I don’t really keep things from people.
1. I have 2 older sisters that I am super close with. When we get together we love to make things together. It’s getting a little harder now that we have kids.
2. My close friend, Ashley, set me up with her brother and now we are sister-in-laws.
3. I have two toes that are webbed. One on each foot. Still get teased about them to this day! 🙂
Book: Gosh, I haven’t read a book in forever. But I can sure get through a Nicholas Sparks’ book. Cheesy, but definitely better than the movies.
Movie: Love Sandra Bullock’s movies. The Proposal is one of my all time favorites. ( How can you not love Ryan Reynolds!)
Candy: Carmello yummmm
Drink: Diet Coke but have been off soda since the first of July!
Music: Indie -Helps inspire me and get me in the groove
Color: If you know me, I can never pick just one. Right now it would be Mint.
TV Show: Gilmore Girls running in the background at least twice a year. Can never get sick of it.
Q. Can you share what helps you break out of a creative slump?
Sometimes I just have to walk away from the computer for a few days and not touch it. I also like to take walks and get inspired that way. I also like to ask my husband’s opinion sometimes. He has some good answers!
Q. We are loving the #Selfie mini collection from Echo Park! Can you tell us what inspired you when creating this collection?
As I mentioned already, I can never just pick a few colors. I love to go all out! Especially bright colors. That called for this collection immediately! I got inspired from a few photos on instagram. I’ve always wanted to do a watercolor and painted phrases and this was just the collection to do it in.
Q. Have you always had a love for design?
Growing up I always loved art in elementary! I was always coloring, painting, or drawing. As I got older I thought I wanted to study business management in school. My mom said “you should go into graphic design.” And of course I thought why didn’t I think of that first. Design has always been a huge deal to me. I may critique things a little too much.
Q. What are some hot new trends you are loving?
I am digging all the DIY party decorating everyone is doing! I love seeing the different ways to use scrapbook paper instead of just for a scrapbook. I’m all about multi-purposing materials. It’s super clever and satisfying.
Lindsey thank you so much for joining us today and being one of our July Designers in the Spotlight! We look forward to more amazing collections from you and we hope you enjoy seeing projects from our Clique into Color kit!