Forever Designer Interview: Laura Burger
Welcome to the first Forever Designer Interview! Each month we will sit down with a different designer, and ask them what it's like to be a digital artist. We start things off with Laura Burger!
1. How did you get started as a designer, and for how long have you been doing this?
It was a pure fluke that I started designing. About 9 years ago when I started digital scrapbooking, there were not a whole lot of designers and things were much different than they are now. I got on a creative team and I kept saying to myself, I think I could do this. So I started reading and learning and building what I would say were kits. One day the site I hung out at had a designer call. I submitted purely to get some feedback on how bad it was or wasn’t. Instead, I got offered a job, that was 9 years ago. I was shocked and scared to death as I wasn’t really sure it was something I would like to do part time. But as I got used to the process, I really started enjoying it and I kept learning and will continue to keep learning. It is one of the process I have always enjoyed – the learning part. And I don’t see leaving the business anytime soon, as I am a very creative person and it just become part of who I am. The opportunity to be associated with Panstoria has been a big highlight in the designing journey,
2. Do you draw inspiration from specific artists or designers? If so, who?
I really admire a lot of designers, but for the most part I don’t draw inspiration from them. My inspiration comes from many areas in my life and my surroundings. We live in the country with a lot of nature surrounding us and open land. I love fabric and textures add in color that keeps me inspired. I read lots about the old great artist’s and look at the work they did, since the internet you can see just about anything. You might ask why I don’t follow designers, but I think that being your own artist is important.
3. What is your personal design philosophy?
It really has always been that I design really for me or if someone asks for something personal. I do kits and products that I know I can use for a set of photos or a place I have traveled to, family, events, etc. Recently a friend asked for a certain set of colors and the types of things she would like. I love when I can provide something personal to someone that still has my style and my personality attached to the product and I can still make products that I too can use them.
4. Do you have a personal favorite art kit or series of art kits that you’ve created?
That is a really hard question as I have designed so many different products, but I would say if I have to narrow it down without listing them all. I love my Life’s Journey series of products as they are uniquely different and very easy to play with especially if your doing heritage layouts. And the other with being my Destiny products as it has much meaning to myself and a great friend. After she saw the product she cried for hours. It was my way of telling her she sets her Destiny and no one else.
5. Do you have any advice for someone out there who may want to be a designer themselves?
If you enjoy learning, not afraid to work hard and love to be creative, then I say do it. But if you think getting into this business is easy, it is not an easy one to get into or last in and most cannot make a living off of it. You need to remember that it is a business and if you consider it a hobby, designing I would say is not for you. Designing take a lot of time and you have to be willing to devote a lot of time to it and develop your own style.
6. What do you like to do for fun, or in your spare time?
My spare time is spent with family, when we can all get together. I have a grandchild that I need to see more and more as he is growing so quickly. I love to travel when time permits. I enjoy going to the lake and fishing we have a boat that we love, kayaking on the local lakes on a hot summer day is wonderful. Watching our amazing Arizona sunsets. Last year we had a new family pet in being a wild turkey that showed up and has not left. So this year we add 5 babies and hoping that we will be able to let them all free range and become a flock, because my husband and I were getting a bit tired of being Lucys flock, she needed other turkey’s and less human’s. So that has been an interesting last few months, I know I won’t do it again, but no regrets either, And for anyone that has a thought in their mind they are all pets and will never be on the table. Lastly, scrapbooking which is closer to the top of the list I just typed. I have been using the artisan program to do my scrapbooking, I seem to get layouts done quicker and I am enjoying learning the program. It has so many features that you don’t need to know Photoshop to get scrapbooking done, which is important, because if you don’t tell the stories they will not be passed on. I can’t wait to get caught up a bit more and be able to print my first album through the print shop. And I will add one last thing once Winter gets here I am hoping to start learning the Historian product and make sure that some stories are in with my photographs so that the little things are not forgotten. I am sure I could go on and on but I just try to enjoy life to the fullest and get a bit of relaxation in.