Happy Friday Bella fans! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve popped in around here! I’m busy with new product development and design, planning my upcoming nuptials and education opportunities! A while back I asked the DT to throw out any questions they’d like to know about me, my life, owning a company, designing products, etc. I’ve stowed away several questions, as this is the first of many “Q&A with Stephanie” features.
If there’s anything you’d like to know or are curious about, please feel free to leave your question in the comments below. I cannot promise I will answer them all, but I will most definitely add them to my list to review! Let’s get started.
Sheri Feypel: How do you come up with the names of the papers & lines?
Stephanie: Naming the paper lines and papers themselves is always fun. Sometimes it happens quickly and other times I just know…and it’s “perfect.” The local designers along with the Bella Blvd staff write down names as they see the papers in progress. Once I have preliminary designs in the computer, drafts are printed and anyone can write name suggestions down. Ultimately I choose.
Jennifer Chapin: What is your most favorite thing about your job?
Stephanie: This is a great question. I honestly think the most favorite thing about my job is seeing the very first proofs and/or samples arrive after artwork has been released to our vendors. A close second is using it myself, and also seeing what the DT and scrapbookers around the world do with the products. It’s like Christmas morning exploring all the creativity!
Jenny Evans: Have you ever designed a collection, and then decided not to use it?
Stephanie: Yes. I’ve designed 2 collections that have not gone to press. I struggled with the palette and just gave up and started over. “Writer’s block” so to speak totally stinks for a creative person. Instead of struggling through, I give myself a couple days and fresh inspiration and a re-start.
Gina Lideros: Did you scrapbook before Bella BLVD?
Stephanie: Yes, of course! I’ve been scrapbooking since I was 15 years old. That’s when I discovered my local scrapbook store, and was even hired the first day I went in to shop. Now I scrapbook at weekend getaways with friends, at my LSS when I have the time on Friday nights or Saturdays and in my scrap studio/spare bedroom at the house.
Gina Lideros: What Bella BLVD product do you enjoy designing the most?
Stephanie: I enjoy designing patterns the most. I have ALWAYS been a sucker for paper, so that’s where I start.
Jenny Evans: What have you learned/experienced in the past 4 years of Bella Blvd. The good, the bad and the ugly....lol ;)
Stephanie: I’ve learned that everyone has an opinion, and that art is extremely subjective. One person might love a new collection while another hates it. Same goes for new embellishments. It’s important to stay true to yourself, while hearing the majority in order to succeed. It doesn’t mean you have to change everything about what you do, but consider the suggestions. Secondly, don’t be afraid to jump. Think of what we could do if we weren’t afraid!
Tiffany Lee Hood: How about "how in the world do you plan a wedding and run a huge business" :)
Stephanie: I know you insert a smiley face here, but it’s no joke. When Steven first proposed I asked myself this day after day as the planning began. And now, that the wedding is almost here….I find myself wondering what I’ll be doing with all my free time once the wedding day is complete. It’s truly amazing how much you can accomplish when you HAVE TO.