Behind the Scenes: Jennifer

Baby, Behind the Scenes, Generalon April 28th, 20127 Comments

Style Watch {Modern Baby Shower}

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Style Watch issue for a special edition. This issue we are taking a moment for you to get to know Clear and Simple Stamps design team member, Jennifer Rzasa.

Jennifer is an elementary music teacher, that lives with her husband, Dave, in Massachusetts. She loves performing, skateboarding, playing video games, and of course crafting. She has pretty busy days, but she always makes sure to save time each night to play with paper. In addition to cardmaking, she also paints fashion illustrations, makes jewelry, and sews…

Jennifer’s Blog: Our Change of Art

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{SW} Behind the Scenes: Jennifer Rzasa

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CSS: We are very excited to talk with our special guest today. She was recently awarded Stamping Royalty Honorable Mention by paper Crafts Magazine. Thanks for joining us for Behind the Scenes Jen. We are happy to chat with you.

JEN: Thanks I’m happy to share in this fun opportunity.

CSS: You are such a natural when it comes to stamping.  How long have you been into papercrafting and stamping?

JEN: I’ve been stamping for the past 3 years, but my first taste of it was in 2006. My husband and I were planning our wedding, and I wanted to make the place cards for our reception.  I didn’t really know what I was doing, but ended up carving my own monogram stamp from a rubber block (it actually looked pretty cool!).

I stamped it onto cardstock and heat embossed it with silver powder, then hand-wrote the names of our guests.  I made lots of mistakes, but with patience and re-dos I was able to get them all to look good.  After the wedding, I didn’t think about stamping again… until I discovered card-making blogs  :)  I’m sure you can figure out the rest from there!

CSS: How fun and special is that! What great memories. Sounds like you really got into the blogs around the same time Clear and Simple Stamps was created?

Jen:  And to think I just discovered CSS about a year ago.  I followed some of the girls on the design team already, and whenever they did their posts for Clear and Simple Stamps I would swoon over the designs!  I always love the mix of fonts in the sentiments, and the fact that the images look great without coloring.   I don’t often color, so it is always important for me to find stamps that stand out on their own.

CSS: We do love our designers – you guys rock! {smiles} There is something so unique about each designer’s style that makes it so special.  You have a very graphic style. Are you formally trained in design?

JEN: I’m not a formally trained designer, but I have always been interested in graphic styles. I love design that looks modern and clean, and not too fussy.

CSS: Modern and clean shows brilliantly in your design work.  Would you say that is your style of stamping?

JEN: When it comes to paper crafts, I am definitely clean and simple….which to me is hilarious because my workspace is anything but!  I like to have a bunch of supplies out in front of me when I design so that I can select just the right stamp, paper, or embellishment.

CSS: There is nothing wrong with being well prepared with all your stamping tools! Besides I am sure it’s helpful for when you are inspired by your new challenge blog. We so love that it is based off of runway fashion pieces.

JEN: Yes, I started the Runway Inspired Challenge because I am always stalking fashion shows online, especially during fashion weeks in NY, Milan, London, and Paris.   I think clothing designers need to be extremely innovative to stand out- it is such a competitive field.

CSS: It certainly is.  Both Reenee and Nicki (CSS Owners) have a background in fashion, and we know they gravitate toward certain designers for inspiration. Who is your favorite designer?

JEN: My favorite designer? This is actually a very difficult question to answer! There are so many I want to recognize.  Some designers/brands I love are: Christian Dior, Elie Saab, Oscar de la Renta, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Anna Sui, L.A.M.B., and Vivienne Westwood.  I could probably add about 15 more to the list!

CSS: That’s an amazing roster of influences – a little mix of traditional, couture, and avant garde – love it! With your design teams and new challenge blog, we have to ask how you keep it all balanced?

JEN: Time management! I think it helps that my husband and I don’t have kids yet – we are still in our 20s, so I think it will be just the two of us for at least another year or 2!  But that certainly doesn’t mean I have a lot of “free” time.  I’m a full time music teacher, plus private lesson instructor, plus grad school student, plus I’m on 5 design teams!  I keep an online calendar with email reminders to make sure I am meeting deadlines and managing my time properly.  I would be lost without it!

CSS: Calendars are a great organizational tool. And in just a few days there is a fun CSS event that should be marked on everyone’s calendar – the new Collection 3 release. What can papercrafters expect to see from CSS this release?

JEN: You are going to flip when you see the newest release!  The products are so well coordinated, from the image and sentiment stamps to the dies.  It really makes it fun to design with them.  Also, be on the lookout for a brand new product from CSS -  all I can say is that it’s awesome! {smiles}

CSS: Thanks so much for joining us Jen and sharing more about the things that inspire your designs.  You have created a signature Jen Rzasa treat to share today.  Let us take a look and have you share a bit more about your project…

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{SW} Behind the Scenes: Inspiration Style Board

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Being the host of a challenge blog, I felt it only right that I issue myself with a challenge to use up some of my patterned paper stash!  I chose 2 papers with a similar pattern in different (yet complimentary) colors to create a sense of unity. This trendy yellow and gray color palette paired with fun damask designs did the trick.

When I stamped the sentiment on the grey and white pattern, it got a little lost so I filled each letter in with a black gel pen.  That’s one of the things I love most about the font in this collection – it looks great open or filled in with color.

Since my cards are simple, I love to add extra interest with dimension, so I adhered the top of the umbrella with foam tape. And there you have a modern, baby shower card.

*all style board images {pinterest}

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{SW} Behind the Scenes: Modern Baby Shower

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Instructions and additional project images can be found on my blog:

Our Change of Art

Project uses Special Bundle Extras + Baby Sentiments

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Visit the Style Watch for more creative + crafty inspiration for your next project

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7 Responses to “Behind the Scenes: Jennifer”

  1. steph says:

    It’s so great getting to know Jen. A fashion background…. how cool is that. I like your clean graphic style. Yellow and gray is so fab!

  2. Wida says:

    Great interview, Jen is a perfect addition to CSS

  3. Laura bassen says:

    Great interview with on of my favorites! I LOVE Jen’s style and creativity!

  4. Tracy says:

    Great interview Jen. So fun getting to know you more.

  5. ~amy~ says:

    I’m a super big fan of Jen’s…great interview and I love her card!

  6. Dana Grothaus says:

    Loved reading all about you Jennifer! I feel like I know you a little better now. Is your favorite show the same as mine? PROJECT RUNWAY?!

  7. Laurie W says:

    Loved reading this, Jennifer! Great to get to know you more!

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