Friday, July 16, 2010

Feature Friday - Scotty Girl Design

Do you know what dreary Fridays are perfect for? Scrap-booking! Lucky you - today's interview features a graphic design shop specializing in just that!

Scotty Girl Design has just about some of the cutest prints and clip art for use in not only helping your photos come to life, but can also be used for making cards, flyers, banners, you name it!

I think I'll need to find some way to use this cute lil guy!

Enjoy this interesting and heartwarming interview. And get your scissors ready!

1. What is your shop name and URL?

2. To which Etsy Teams do you belong?

SF Etsy, Etsy Paper (membership still pending)

3. Please tell us about the items in your Etsy shop. What do you make? How did you learn your craft? What is involved in your creative process?

I sell mostly digital scrapbook items - paper packs, clip art, digital stamps along with printable labels, templates, and invitations. I'm also working on adding some handmade cards and a few scrapbook class kits to my shop.

I learned scrapbooking from my mom. She just started scrapping one day and gave me all her reject photos from a recent trip to scrapbook... and my scrapbook obsession was born. My shop is actually dedicated to my mother, who's nickname was Scotty. She has had a profound impact on my creative growth. Unfortunately, she lost her battle with brain cancer in 2004 - every time I scrap I think of her.

4. Tell us two (or more) other interesting things about you. (Hobbies, achievements, favorite something-or-other, family situation, jobs, etc…)

My day job is graphic design. I've been very lucky to have some great opportunities through the years, like being an art intern at People Magazine for a summer.
Besides design, I'm also a pattern design NUT! If I could be a pattern designer full time, I would be in heaven. I hope to someday have my patterns picked up by Moda, Robert Kaufman, or some other fabulous fabric manufacturer. I would also love to have my own established and printed scrapbook line of papers and embellishments. Etsy seemed like a good first step to make my dreams come true.

Another obsession of mine is Disney. My grandfather worked as an Imagineer for them for 10 years while I was growing up, which meant we got to go to Disneyland A LOT! You could say, Disney is in my blood. I've actually recently combined my two loves of pattern and Disney - I've started building a visual directory of all the patterns you can find at Disneyland. Occasionally, I'll feature my Disneyland Pattern Project on my blog too.

5. What is your biggest challenge related to your Etsy shop?

Since I'm fairly new to Etsy, I'm most challenged by promoting my shop. All my items are fairly inexpensive and I don't have a large budget for marketing. I've had a facebook fan page since I started my blog last year, and I've recently started using Twitter. I hope to also get featured on a few well known scrapbook blogs, but that takes time.

6. What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?

My favorite item is my Dahlia Paper Pack (
I sketch all my designs out on paper first before putting them in the computer and these flower doodles came together really fast. I also love the way the colorway turned out. I've actually been thinking about uploading the designs to
Spoonflower to buy some fabric with these designs. They are just fun!

7. Give us some insight on how you personally, or your shop, gives back to your community.

I personally, have a soft spot for charities for cancer research because of my mom. Through the years, I've given personal donations to American Cancer Society & American Red Cross. I've also participated in Team in Training, the fundraising arm of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I trained for the Seattle Half Marathon in June 2008 and raised $4,300 to the cause. Once my shop becomes more established, I also hope to have a shop fundraiser of sorts where for one month a percentage of my sales goes to charity.

8. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations? (blog, website, flickr, facebook, twitter, etc…. please provide relevant links)

I have a website for my graphic design business.
I have a blog I started last year that has been well received by a lot of friends and family:
I also have a facebook fan page:
And a twitter account: scottygirldsgn

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

If you're an Etsy seller in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact Jen from Mama's Magic Studio about joining SFEtsy!


Jen (Mama's Magic Studio) said...

Great feature! Loved learning more about Scotty Girl Design. My condolences on the loss of your mom -- how very sweet that your shop is named after her.

Velvet Otterhound said...

What a wonderful way to remember your mother! And great shop!

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