Victoria Feemster Designs
Today we have an encore spotlight on Victoria Feemster Designs. We featured a quick guest interview with her in February and guess what? After a 2 month guest spot, Victoria decided to join the design team here at ScrapMatters! So we wanted to get to know her even more now that she has permanently joined the team. While working on the interview Victoria and found out that we used to live very close together. I always love seeing how small our world really is.
“Hi! I’m Victoria Feemster and I’m a 30 something photographer, digi-designing mom of 3 kiddos and wife to Brad. Sarah is almost 9, Jacob is 6 and Rebekah is 4. I’m also a photographer and I’m in the process of starting my own photo business and I work for a photography company that specializes in school and graduation photos. I’m currently living in Arizona. However, I was born and raised in Southern California until 2007. I had just had my second child and basically on a whim moved to New Mexico. We stayed there for about 2 ½ years and decided to move to Arizona to be closer to family. It’s pretty nice here when it’s not dead of summer and scorching HOT!
My love for photography began in high school. I took a few photography courses at school and then also in college. Unfortunately, to my regrets, I never finished college to get a degree. I’ve worked at various photo studios over the years and done many side jobs such as weddings, family photos, business photos, etc. Last year I really wanted to push myself into building my photography into a business when I quit my full time job. Things were slow going and my husband lost his job so I returned to my full time job in the production/printing department of a local photography company. It doesn’t leave me much time to build my business so as of right now, I’m only sparsely doing shoots. It greatly saddened me to return to my full time job.
I began designing in January 2006. Over the years, I’ve been a part of many different wonderful stores and met many awesome people. At one point, I owned a digi-scrap store for a few years. I took time away last year because I was working full time and my husband was working graveyard so it was a hard schedule to coordinate and I just didn’t have much free time. I missed designing and the digi-community while I was on hiatus and I had made the decision to return when I left my job. It wasn’t until my husband lost his job that I became serious about getting back into it. Any extra income helps!
When I decided to return to designing, I looked at store that had a community. I really think our digi-scrap community is wonderful and I think it’s great to be involved. ScrapMatters was a store that I previously wanted to join so I went on a limb and messaged Amber. I was actually rather shocked to be offered the guest spot. I’m extremely happy to be a resident designer here! I hope to get to know everyone better.
I love doing collaborations. It really helps me when I’m in a creative slump. It’s fun to work with other designers and see how they interpret the same colors/theme. I usually work with designers with a similar design style. It’s hard to mesh if your styles do not work well together. It’s fun when we are both excited about what we are making and we are messaging each other back and forth with either ideas, previews, asking for opinions.
I’ve grown up loving to read. My father is a big time reader and we used to go to the local book exchange and he would let me get whatever books I wanted. He has always facilitated my love for reading and now does the same for my children. I got a regular Kindle about 6 months before the Fire came out and it just made reading so much easier! I didn’t have to go anywhere to get a book I wanted or wait for a bookstore to open. I just love it! When the Fire came out, my dad bought it for my birthday with one condition. That condition was that I send him my regular Kindle. He loves it just as much! We share books since we have similar interests. I love anything by James Patterson. I recently read Divergent with the ScrapMatters Book Club and I loved it so much that I read it and Insurgent, the sequel, in about 4 days. It’s a long wait until October for the third one. Of course, I love all the Twilight Books and The Hunger Games.
My husband and I are big time TV viewers. I frequently comment how I do not understand how I can do anything else with the amount of TV shows we watch. I recently became a fan of The Walking Dead. Another favorite of mine is Sons of Anarchy. We are currently watching all of the episodes of Psych. Other favorites are White Collar, Grimm, Being Human, Warehouse 13, Burn Notice, Castle, Hawaii Five-O. I could go on and on with the amount of shows I’m watching or have watched.”
Victoria shared some of her favorites layouts that scrappers have made with her designs.
Here is an adorable layout by Mother Bear(Julie) using Victoria’s and Litabells fabulous boy kit 100% Boy.
Here is Luck by Iowan(Carol) using Victoria’s Luck.
Be sure to check out this last layout in the gallery(images are linked) to see what Victoria had to say about She Heard it All by Ozegirl using the Siblings bundle collab from Victoria and Cluster Queen. I think she really likes this layout a lot!
Victoria has created a wonderful kit to share with you during her featured designer spot. This kit is free with a $10 purchase in the ScrapMatters shop.
Here is a layout Mother Bear made with this beautiful kit.
Victoria has been busy filling her shop with all sorts of goodies since she joined the design team. She has an exclusive coupon for our blog readers.
Here are links to everything Victoria Feemster Designs!