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The Countdown Begins!!

November 25, 2008 in Announcements

Hello fellow anxious scrappers! The countdown begins!! Our official store launch date is set for Monday, December 1. As our store launch date peeks its head around the corner of that big fat turkey, make sure you've uploaded at least one layout in order to receive the FREE kit by Saturday, November 29. You won't want to miss the chance to get your hands on the designs BEFORE everyone else does. Did I mention the part where you would get it for free? Ok. I'm just making sure I didn't leave that part out.

I hope you are all enjoying the site so far. It's been great to see the gallery grow 10-fold everyday. I can't seem to keep up with the speed of those uploads, but I guarentee that I will get to view all of your layouts as soon as I can. It's incredibly important to us that we get to know all of you as much as possible. You are not just another number in our gallery. We love seeing your layouts, no matter who the designers are or where you get the kits come from. The talent amongst the uploads is astounding. We are so fortunate to see a community of talented scrappers flourish here. You've become part of our family and we hope you continue to make yourself at home here, at The Red Porch (TRP).   

Speaking of family, I thought I'd reveal a little more about our team as every day gets us closer to our store launch date. Each day this week, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, I will be introducing you to our designers, site owners, and myself, to give you a better idea of who we are and what we all bring to The Red Porch's home.

Stephpicweb_2For starters, today's feature will be on the fabulous Stephanie. This graphic designer has brought a bag full of talent to TRP. Read her fun interview below and get a glimpse of her designs...

What kind of artist are you?
I’ve never really thought of myself as an artist, but since joining The Red Porch team I feel like a felt artist.  Since starting this project I have started thinking outside the box and worked on things I might never have considered.  It really opened a new avenue for me.

How long have you been an artists/designer?
I’ve been a graphic designer for over 10 years.  It’s not my passion although I groove on all things design related.  My passion is being creative.  I have so many ideas and I pull from every source I can.  I have notebooks and binders full of inspiration and concepts. I need to live 3 lifetimes to fulfill them all!

What got you interested in this kind of designing?
I started making felt clippies over a year ago and opened an Etsy shop as a way to make a little extra money.  I added embellishments and French barrettes upon requests from friends and it took off from there with bracelets, tote/gift bags, clip holders, wall hangings, ornaments and travel tic tac toe games.  I’ve since opened a second Etsy shop just for my child related items.

Where do you find your inspiration for your designs?
Everywhere.  If I see something I like I sketch it or write about it in a notebook.  I love the fabric designs that are out now.  I get a lot of ideas just from my daughters clothing and children’s clothing shops.  Catalogs and magazines, I see something I like and I think of how I can translate it to felt.  The internet, there are so many wonderful creative blogs, I get lots of inspiration there. 

What is your favorite thing to design and why?
My favorite design is the travel tic tac toe games.  They are my own creation and I’ve made several custom games.  I think people are steering away from the bells and whistles toys and are getting back to the good old basics.  Creative play is very important.  Puzzles, blocks, books, play food, it may be the direction I head next!

Do you have any designers that you admire?
All around number one favorite:  Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
I have no words to describe how I feel when I see his work.  I’ve been to Glasgow and seen first hand his art, design and architecture.  All I could do was just stand there in awe and let it soak in.
Graphic designers:  Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser, Peter Max.

What has been your favorite kit to design so far?
The Retro Collection.

What did you like about that kit?
The colors mostly, but I also did two cars and a jukebox that were time consuming but I think are very cool. (check out the cool peace sign next to Stephanie's pic above).

Here are some great samples of her work.

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Make sure you check back tomorrow to see what other goodies we'll reveal and who else you will meet.

Until then, all my best!  Kelly



Thanks for giving us a date! Now I can get even more excited knowing it is SO CLOSE! Stephanie: I can't wait to see more of your designs! What little I've seen looks fantastic! So nice to "meet" you!


Thanks Janie! Nice to "meet" you too!
I look forward to seeing what people come up with using our kits. :-)


I can't wait! I'm already addicted to this site! Great to learn more about you! :-)


Another nice to "meet" you from me. Can't wait for those kits to play with ;)Great etsy store, and yes your tic tac toe games are so cute!

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