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Our featured designer for April is Eileen from Happy Scrap Arts.

I am especially pleased to feature Eileen and her great designs as she is a regular forum member and always hosts a monthly challenge - usually a mask challenge - which all forum members enjoy!

Look in the forum HERE for the April Featured Designer Challenge.   Eileen has donated a cute little mini and a template for our members to work with.   THANK YOU Eileen.

STORE LINKS for Eileen are:  CU Digitals ..... Digiscrap nl ..... My Memories ..... Wilma4Ever ..... The Digital Scrapbook Shop ..... Digiscrapbooking.ch

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS are:  Blog ..... Facebook ..... Pinterest ..... Instagram ..... Twitter ..... Tumblr ..... Google+

Eileen

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GETTING TO KNOW EILEEN

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Eileen, AKA Happy Scrap Arts

Where have you lived?

I was born in the Netherlands, Rotterdam. I lived there untill my 21th . Then I met my husband, in France. I've lived there since 1988.

Where do you live now?

I live in Buellas, a litte village near Bourg en Bresse, 70 km from Lyon. It's not that far from Geneva too (110 km). So we can go and see the mountains (Le Mont Blanc, the Alpes) whenever we want.

Who is in your family?

I have 2 children, a girl named Laetitia, 25 years old, and a boy Thomas, 22 years old.

Do you play any sport?

No I don't play any sport.

What is your favorite book?

I do not really have a favorite book, I do have some favorite writers. I love Robin Cook and Patricia Cornwell. I also love a french writer, Maxime Chattam.

I mostly read books in English now. Much easier to get on the internet.

Do you have any hobbies besides scrapbooking?

I love to draw and paint.

How did you start in digital scapbooking?

I started scrapping my photos when I was a little girl; my mother started to scrap my albums when I was born. I continue doing it, writing little stories with my photos and decorating pages with drawings, stickers etc.  I also started albums for my kids.  

After all those years I had so many albums I had no place left to store them anymore and find out about digital scrapbooking.  I started to make digital photo books, they take less place and you can put so much  more photos in there.  I prefer digital scrapbooking as it takes no place and less equipment.

How long have you been designing?

Since 2007

How much time per week do you devote to designing?

As it's a full time job for me I do it each day. I don't count the hours as I love doing it.

How did you come up with your design name and logo?

My son helped me finding it. I had a hard time finding a name, and asked him, he was about 12 years old, and he came up with happy scrap arts. I had another logo first, but some years later, when I started to sell in more stores, I changed it. I needed a little logo, easy to use on previews and easily recognisable.

What are your favorite design tools and what programs/software do you use?

I mostly use my PSPX2, although I do have PSPX8, but I can't get used to it. I do use Photoshop to make masks and brushes too but not very often. I draw with Adobe Illustrator, but also just like once a week.

 

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