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Featured Scrapper: Beth (kewl_jive)!

BethToday I’d like to feature another digital scrapper I’ve enjoyed getting to know a bit recently - Beth! She goes by the screen name kewl_jive online, and if you’re a digi scrapper you’ve probably seen her around, she’s all over the place :)!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a page of hers that didn’t immediately stand out to me - she has a beautiful, clean, crisp style that is so inspiring.

And I’m not the only one who thinks Beth is an excellent scrapper; she has worked with many different designers and has quite a few publications too! I’ve provided a list of where to find her work at the end of this post, along with links to some places you can see her online.

I asked Beth some questions about herself, her scrapping process and what inspires her to make these gorgeous pages:

First of all, is there anything about yourself and your family that you’d like to share with other scrappers?

I’m turning 32 this coming October. I’m happily married for almost 6 years to an engineer working with Motorola Japan. We are blessed with a sweet li’l girl. She’s almost 3 years old now and enjoys posing for the camera. We are currently living in Tokyo, Japan but originally from Manila, Philippines. Before going to Japan, we were assigned at Bangkok, Thailand where we stayed for more than 3 years. We’ve been to several other places and we enjoyed the variety of cultures we experienced.

When did you start scrapbooking? What first made you interested in scrapbooking?

I did my first page on October 2005. I posted it at the Scrap Girls gallery. I had vivid memories of that day. My dd, who was only 8 months old, was taking a nap and I grabbed the opportunity to take a shot of her foot and tried to scrap it with no digital scrapbook supplies at all. Looking back at it now, I feel like I was a cavewoman at that time, LOL. I started with freebies from SBB and other digital scrapping sites.

My family, especially my daughter, is my inspiration in getting me hooked and keeps me interested in scrapbooking. I always love to write journals and jot down her milestones in life. And of course, who wouldn’t be addicted to take her lovely pictures since she’s sooo into it. She’s a truly great poser ;)

Are you 100% digital or do you use paper as well?

100% digital. But I am thinking of doing some hybrid projects in the future.

Your DST screen name is kewl_jive. Is there any story behind that name, and do you have any other online aliases?

I have been using my screen name since my senior college days. There’s really no big story behind it but I just felt “kewl” (cool) most of the time and I “jive” with most everybody. :)

Where do you get inspiration and ideas for scrapbooking? What inspires you to scrap?

From the pictures that I take. My main subject is my daughter. Everything about her. What she does, what she wishes to express and whatever her mood dictates. It is always about her and our little family’s adventures.

Do you have any favorite books, magazines or websites that are especially helpful? (all links open in a in a new window)

DAM, SS, MM magazines. DST, SBB, MSA, FPD, Scrap Girls, CK, and  2 Peas digi scrapping sites. Photography books as well.

Your scrapbook pages are strikingly beautiful, and convey such great emotion – are there any tips you can share with us about how to create pages like these?

WOW! How sweet of you to say that. :)

I always try to capture raw emotions in my photos. When I convert a picture to b&w, I would like it to express those emotions in a form of a story. I start with placing just the photo(s), title and journaling on a blank paper. I then begin to recall the events at the time of the shoot and select the proper theme for the whole layout. I basically try to keep it simple, crisp and sort of direct to the point, if you know what I mean.

Your photos always look perfect! What type of camera and photo editing software do you use? Do you have any photography secrets you can share with the rest of us?

I use Nikon D70s and I am trying to invest more on new sets of lenses. I use PS CS2 and some photo actions from Nicole Van and other photographers’ as well. I tweak them to suit my taste. I love b&w conversions with a little blue or chocolate color on it.

What favorite scrapbooking tip, trick or technique do you use most often?

I’m not an expert on this but I’ll try to give what works well for me. I hope you’ll find this useful in your work.

Learn how to use your camera and maximize the features that come with it. Try to explore various photo conversion techniques. There are top notch photographers who offer to apply their photo actions on your photos (you need to email them) so you can always try before deciding to buy. I also use Adobe Lightroom for my recent photos. I believe that the photo is the foundation of all good scrapbook pages. You cannot overlook this very important aspect and I believe that if you take care of it, the rest will follow naturally.

I’ve seen a lot of tutorials on shadow works. It gives a great look in a page as well as the proper use of color combinations and elements. I am continuing to learn from other scrappers and I always experiment on new things. I always push myself to come-up with a signature style of my own.

Thanks so much for sharing your insight with us, Beth :)!

Here are a few of Beth’s pages, you can click on them for credit info. It was SO hard to choose just a few, you just HAVE to see the rest: click here to see her gallery!

Never Knew

Popsicle

Lead Me

Little Miss Independent

As promised, here is a list of where you can find more of Beth’s artistry:

Currently working with:

Corina Nielsen
Kim De Smet
Kylie Clark of FPD
Digital Artist Magazine CT
Funky Playground Designs Site CT
Fee Jardine of Sweet Shoppe Designs
Kay Miller of Kay Miller Designs
Traci Reed of Scrapbook Graphics
Annie Manning (Paint the Moon) of The Digishoppe

Guest CTs for the month of October:

O.N. Designs
Emily Merritt at The Digi Chick
Nancy Comelab at The Lily Pad

Published at:
SBB Hot Bytes
Memory Makers
Digital Artist Magazine
Ready Set Create

Upcoming publications:
Scrapbook Trends Magazine (Fast and Fabulous)
Somerset Magazine
Digital Scrapbook Magazine
Creative Techniques Magazine (next summer)

Featured pages at:
The Digi Chick
Scrapbook-Bytes
Memory Makers
Creating Keepsakes
DiscTalkRadio

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