Forever Designer Interview: LJS Digital Designs
Welcome to the seventh Forever Designer Interview! Each month we sit down with a different designer, and ask them what it’s like to be a digital artist. To start the new year, we’re speaking with LJS Digital Designs' Lorie Starcher.
1. How did you get started as a designer, and for how long have you been doing this?
I started digi scrapping in 2007 as an off shoot of my genealogy hobby. I had so many great old photos that I wanted to include in my family book and digi was the way to do it. At the time it was not yet the popular hobby it has become, so I had to teach myself most of it. Before too long I was teaching other genealogists I had met on the web how to do it. Since free supplies were in short supply at the time, I started creating little things for my friends to use. In 2012, one of them suggested I start a blog to share my freebies more widely. It was a huge step for me to put myself out there, but when I finally did I loved it. I took a few classes to improve my skills and less than a year later I was in a shop, selling my designs. I still love it.
2. Do you draw inspiration from specific artists or designers? If so, who?
No, not really. As weird as it sounds, I get my inspiration from words. I love words, so a phrase, a title, lyrics or even a single word is all I need to get started.
3. What is your personal design philosophy?
My personal mantra is design what you love. I love the look of traditional pages, so I design with a paper feel in mind. I like soft textures and elements that you could use on a paper layout and tend to use themes that I can relate to easily. I create things that I would want to use myself.
4. Do you have a personal favorite art kit or series of art kits that you’ve created?
Honestly, no. I always do things wholeheartedly, so my favorite tends to be what I am working on at the time.
5. Do you have any advice for someone out there who may want to be a designer themselves?
My best advice is to learn your design program. Knowing how to use your program to it’s best capacity is a huge time saver and allows you to be more creative in your process. Take classes to improve your skills and apply yourself. Like anything, you have to work at it to make it work for you.
6. What do you like to do for fun, or in your spare time?
As I mentioned earlier I love genealogy, so I love nothing better than going to courthouses, libraries and historical socieites and searching through old records to find mention of my ancestors. I also enjoy reading, walking, spending time with my family and every Sunday night you will find me in front of my television watching The Walking Dead.