Meet the Designer | I am happy to introduce you to a wonderful digital designer – Maya de Groot. I have admired her work for a while now and I hope you enjoy getting to know her!
Maya’s Life | Maya is a 20-year-old student from the Netherlands. She is currently studying architecture at the University of Technology in Delft and lives in student housing with two other architecture students. On the weekends, she loves to go home to her parents’ home and spend time with them and her younger brother. Studying architecture full-time doesn’t give her much free time but when she does carve out a few minutes for herself, she loves to design, scrapbook and have fun with friends.
Maya discovered digital scrapbooking through her mother. Although Maya was the one to start scrapping with traditional products and had to convince her mother how much fun scrapbooking was, her mother was the first to discover the world of digital products, and in Maya’s words, “We were both instantly addicted to it!” They scrapped together for a couple of years when Maya was a young teen and then in 2010, at just 17-years-old, Maya “was convinced that designing was what I wanted to do and my first shop opened on my birthday!”
Maya’s Style & Inspiration | Maya describes her style as a “mix of vintage and traditional with an artsy touch.” She likes that her products combine the two styles and can be used for all types of layouts and have a broad appeal. She finds inspiration everywhere and loves to be creative. “For me, inspiration can be anywhere and anything. One day it’s a magazine, the next a TV commercial. Music, movies, ads, architecture, everything! I just love to be creative, either with paper and paint in real life and scan it or just playing around in Photoshop.”
Maya’s Digital Products | Maya’s products can be found at Oscraps and her entire store can be found at Maya de Groot designs. Because of her school schedule, she does not have a release schedule but typically creates at least two products every month. Her two favorite products are her Passion for Paper mega-kit – it is created entirely by hand – and her Zen & the Art of: Steam Machines mega-kit – which took her two years to create.
Maya is also hosting monthly “Express Your Creativity” challenges at Oscraps, releases a new template set every four weeks in the Passion for P365 series and releases an art journaling mini-kit every month.
Maya’s Team | Maya’s team consists of 12 members (including her mother!) and you can read more about them here: Maya de Groot Design Team. She is not currently seeking new members but added “if you think you’re perfect for my team and that I need to have you, you can always send me an email!” (Click to email Maya!)
Fun Facts | Maya’s favorite food is enchilada pie, which she describes as “enchiladas but stacked as a pie!” Sounds yummy! Her favorite color is aquamarine because it’s the color of the sea from various locations she would love to travel to one day and her favorite Friday night activity is watching a movie or a TV series to relax after a busy and stressful week of school.
Where to find Maya | Besides Oscraps, you can find Maya at Facebook/Maya de Groot designs and at Twitter/mayadgdesigns. For more information about Maya, her designs, and her creative team, you can visit her blog at Maya de Groot designs and sign up for her newsletter at Maya de Groot designs newsletter.
Coupon | Maya has a treat for Scrapbook Update readers! From now until April 15th, Maya is also happy to offer Scrapbook Update’s readers a 30% off coupon good for anything in her store. Just enter the code: ScrapUp_MdG30off at checkout.
I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting Maya de Groot! If you’d like to suggest a designer for a future column, please let me know by emailing me or leave me a comment below.