I was so honored to have the Club featured in two online 'zines this month. Both articles are online now.
The first is Scrap N' Art eZine. The article can be found below. Design Team member Keandra Willis received a kit to play with in May, and reviewed it for the September/ October issue. The article highlights the inspiration that our kits bring to doorsteps all over the world, and also the amount of product we include--Keandra noted that it is probably enough to do ten projects. Her layouts were great--she really used a wide range of products from the kit, and her style is bold and fun!
A few "GreenPeace/BlueLove" kits are available for purchase with brand new markdowns--ON SALE here. There is also a nice percantage off coupon code in the 'Zine for our store! Thanks so much Keandra, Krissy and the whole team over at Scrap N'Art for the glowing review.
Marie Hoimark of Scrap Sisters DK interviewed me about The Dozens for her 'zine, and it was a lot of fun. This article can be found here.
A few of our kits are highlighted, and as an added bonus, our very own Silje was guest designer for them for the month of August. The interview and the 'zine look great--I can't understand a word of it, but again...LOOKS great! Ha ha!! ;p
Thanks Marie, for the opportunity to share a little bit about myself and this Club I am so grateful to call mine.
Here is the interview in English:
Why did you start The Dozens?
I teamed up with Barbara Espinosa after several talks about our mutual love for unique and unexpected scrapbook product combinations. We both adore kits. Her Business and Design background, and my Literature and Cultural Studies background make us a good pair. Our discussions illustrated our love for putting kits together and the rest is history.
What's your main idea with the monthly kit?
The Dozens strives to provide color-coordinated theme kits and add-ons. We search the globle to integrate cutting-edge products, time-tested favorites and unique surprises to satisy a broad range of lifestyles and interests. Our themes are diverse--we're not all flowers and lace. We like a bit of whimsy, and we pack our kits full of product. You don't get enough product for just a few pages--we work to assure that you get a group of supplies so that you can scrap for the entire month. Our products tend to coordinate from month to month, which is why subscriptions are nice.
What is your goal for The Dozens? What do you want to do with it in the future?
As we are a small, and "Indie" Club, if you will, I revel in the intimacy that comes from close-knit kit clubs. At the same time, my goal for the club is to grow and expand in any ways I can. In the future, I would like to host a scrapbooking retreat where all Dozens enthusiasts can gather together, get to know one another, and share tips, ideas and personal stories--and, of course, make that wonderful thing we call "art." I am always interested in growing our customer base, but at the same time, I never want to lose the eclectic edge that makes this conglomeration both successful and unique.
Where do you find all the special bits and pieces?
I often get asked that question, and my response would have to be, "Where in the world don't we find those special bits and pieces?!?!" Barbara and I search the world over, scouring both the Internet and the streets for specialty items and the best in ideas and inspiration. the At The Dozens, we pride ourselves in vintage and mod paper goods, trinkets and ephemera. We love to see how scrapbookers incorporate "hard-to-find" items into their pages and projects. It is truly a treat.
Do you scrap?
I love scrapbooking. When I discovered the hobby almost ten tears ago, I felt like it was a natural fit for the crafts I'd always enjoyed. I have always loved cutting paper, affixing stickers, and getting messy with paint, and I cherish photographs like no one's business! I scrap very slowly and I don't scrap as often as I'd like, but there is something so satifying about completing a simple little canvas--a page.
What inspires you?
Memories, to me are the most inspiring things. Just looking at an old map, a piece of vintage furniture, or an old photograph sends my mind going on so many wonderful adventures--adventures I love to explore through crafting, and interpretation of kit themes. Life is so simple, and at the same time, so complex. It's those "simplexities" that compel me.
What are your favourite scrapbooking supplies?
I have so many favorites, but I think my must-have supplies would have to be buttons, old labels, paints, fabrics and ribbon--things with texture, and I love my typewriter. I love mixing and matching products, and so many things end up on my pages.
Leave a pleasant comment about your experience with The Dozens Kits here for a chance to win a custom paper pack, including Michelle Clement's newest Custom paper design--not yet released!! RAK ends Wednesday, September 24, 2008!