Renne’s Background | Renne lives in New York City with her husband and two sons, aged 14 and 6. As she describes them, ” The 14-year-old has dragged me, ready or not into the world of teenage life and my 6-year-old keeps me happily grounded in the make-believe world of a little guy. It’s like I get the best of both worlds!” Renne grew up in Brooklyn and has always been on a quest to add beauty to her surroundings. As a little girl, she can remember spending “the entire day decorating the rocks and pebbles that littered the grass with doodles of flowers and sunny faces and remember looking at all those pretty little bits and feeling immensely happy. It’s funny, because looking back now, it’s almost like that day was a foreshadowing of my life today.”
Renne is a former attorney or more aptly, “a recovering attorney who jumped off the fast track” when her first son was born. “During that time, I fell in love with scrapping and all things memory keeping.” She started in the traditional world of scrapping but describes her discovery of digital scrapbooking this way, “I was blown away! I am the crazy type of scrapper that hoards papers because I can’t bear to part with them – so reusable was an awesome option.” It didn’t take her long to want to turn her digital hobby into a job and pursue design.
Rennee’s Style & Inspiration | Others in the scrapbooking world have described Renne’s designs are fairly traditional. In her words, ” I like to think my designs are a blend of shabby, vintage and a little funky retro. These are things I love, and that style is very much a part of my everyday life.” She is often inspired by color and theme together. “ I can’t design a kit unless I have a name in mind, or an idea I want to express. Then I try and identify the colors that help convey the spirit of the kit and take it from there. I love color and pattern blending and you’ll usually find a lot in my kits.”
Renne’s Digital Designs | Renne’s designs can be found in her store at Oscraps – Forever Joy Designs. She usually releases a new kit every Friday and you can find full kits, paper packs, alphabets and embellishments in her store.
Renne’s Design Team | She currently has 19 members on her design team. Occasionally, she will add a new member but is not planning on any new members at the moment. For more information about her team and to see their work, you can visit her team’s page here – Forever Joy Designs Creative Team.
Fun Facts | Renne’s favorite color is cranberry and it makes her feel warm and cozy. Her favorite food is crabmeat stuffed lobster because it is “decadent but simple.” Yum! As she says, she is “a big foodie!” So it should come as no surprise that her favorite Friday night activity involves something yummy. “There is an AMAZING Buffalo chicken pizza near me – It’s so heavy you need two hands to hold it. It’s spicy – but they drizzle it with a creamy blue cheese sauce so it’s an explosion of flavors in your mouth. I love ordering this and then popping a movie in for the boys and scrapping at the dining room table with half an ear to their antics. It’s great to just unwind from the week as a family!”
Where to find Renne | Besides Oscraps, you can find Renne at her website – Forever Joy Designs. You can also find her on Facebook at Facebook/Forever Joy Designs, on Pinterest at Pinterest/Forever Joy Designs and on Twitter at Twitter/Forever Joy Designs.
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