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Gossamer Blue December Guest Designer


Please help us welcome Diane Payne to the team for the month of December!


Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be here sharing a little about myself along with some layouts I made with the amazing December kits. I married the new kid on the block that I met in 6th grade. We’ve been married for almost 15 years now and reside in Texas. We have two teenage kids that keep us busy with fun activities like football, wrestling and softball. I work full-time as a curriculum designer for an airline. When I’m not working or busy with family activities you can find me in my scrap room.

Q: What is your favorite storage method?

A: The majority of my supplies are stored in open baskets that are placed on shelves. I have learned that if my supplies aren’t easy to get to I won’t use them, so baskets are the perfect solution.


Q: How did you get started scrapbooking?

A: I’ve always enjoyed crafts and even put together a wedding album complete with memorabilia and hand drawn titles back in the late 80’s before scrapbooking became what it is today. I started scrapbooking regularly when my daughter was born in 1997.  

Diane Payne | via Gossamer Blue

Q: Do you follow trends? If so, what it your favorite right now and how do you incorporate it into your work?

A: I like to follow trends but don’t always incorporate them into my pages. My favorite trend right now is gold. It looks great with all colors. I use it on almost every layout with either letter stickers, paper, embellishments like enamel dots or gold mist splatters.

Diane Payne | via Gossamer Blue

Q: What is your must have supply and why?

A: I love patterned paper. It always reflects the latest trends and colors and is inexpensive too. If I had only my Cameo, patterned paper, and circle embellishments like buttons, brads, flair, sequin and enamel dots I could create for a long time and be a happy girl.


Q:  How did you get on your first design team?

A: I applied for a challenge/inspiration blog, Paper Issues, back before they became an online retailer. I was so excited when I received that e-mail inviting me to be on their team.

Diane Payne | via Gossamer Blue

Q: Any advice for those wanting to design on a team?

A: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! I know that sounds cheesy, but it is so true. If you are trying out for a team where they are looking for 10 designers, they will be looking for a variety of styles in the selection process so they might only need 3 designers with your particular style. If you don’t make it the first time, don’t let that discourage you from trying out for their next call. I also think it is important to be involved in challenges for companies that you love too, it helps them get to know you and your style.

Diane Payne | via Gossamer Blue

Thank you so much for your amazing designs, Diane. We are blown away by your creativity and attention to detail!

For more by Diane…you can check out her blog HERE!

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