Whenever I try to define myself as "someone" I stumble over my own Bio. For a long time I just didn't know "how I was" - a designer? A teacher? A web designer? Or a graphic designer? Well...
Looking at my childhood I've always been all of that. When I was a child and played with others I was the teacher and showed my friends how to dance, play a game or do whatever. I drew, painted, crafted - all that and more was usually what filled my day but in the end there had to be an "outcome" - it didn't matter if it was a dollhouse or a hand-drawn card.
And believe me, I tinkered a lot of dollhouses. I just loved decorating the rooms, building beds and a kitchen. I even invented "a way" to create food - with putty 🙂 So maybe being an interior decorator suited me much more?
Might be. But in the end I studied arts to become a teacher. And yes, I became a teacher and while I studied I couldn't help myself but also gave private lessons to help pupils and also to make some money.
To study arts you had to undergo a test. You had to create a portfolio to show your work. And, if you were good enough you was invited to come to the University and draw there in front of your future professors. Believe me, it was exciting. And exhausting.
But somehow I did it and I could study arts.
I lovde it. At this time I had discovered my love for photography so it became my major.
When I got that piece of paper, until that time, it was definitely one of the happiest moments of my life.
And I guess it was because of the love for arts and computer I stumbled over scrapbooking and later digital scrapbooking on the Internet. And there was I. We had 2006 and all I wanted was a huge website - such as "Two Peas in a Bucket" those days or Scrapgilrs - where I was the admin from.
Not sure how but that is what happened. On August, 1st 2008 my friend Maren (R.I.P, Maren, I miss you!) and I opened Digidesignresort.
We first didn't even have a shop, just a forum with a protected area people could subscribe to. And they did. And I met more fantastic people such as my friends Nayyan, Pascale and Carena - just to name a few. But there were more. Many more. So we had to open the Digidesignresort Shop.
So in the end I had my huge website with 1000s of visitors each month, many many designers, creative team members, a creative team manager, a forum manager, a programmer....iiiks! And more... more wonderful people.
A year later I opened the Safari Lounge Designer Classes. I had figured that there was a need of someone who had the experience what it was like to be a designer and could tell others how to become a great designer.
That was when the whole site started to explode. I could have never imagined that something like that was possible.
During those days I wanted "more". I started to study Information Technology at the University of Phoenix, Arizona. Yes, I studied at an American University - and there I graduated with honor and a major in web design.
Life doesn't always treat you well so at some point in my life things somehow turned against me.
To make a really long story short - I got pretty ill, came back, was exhausted, and tried to find myself - I felt like I wasn't "right". I had done so much and nothing seemed to be enough nor could it get me where I wanted to be.
Today I can tell you - not just who I am but also what I stand for. No, it wasn't an easy process and actually a long way before I found my way. But I guess it was worth it.
This year I started drawing, painting and crafting again. Something which was my passion and my profession was gone for much too long. I just refused to draw, paint or doing anything artsy.
But I'm back. I started slowly but I totally put my heart in it. You can see me drawing on our YouTube Channel - two times per week. And yes, it's great fun!
Today though I come back with a bit more experience. I'm not just a teacher for arts. I'm also a graphic and digital scrapbooking designer and I'm still the admin of a huge site 🙂 So if you want to become a designer yourself - any kind of - the Safari Lounge Designer Classes are just right for you.
It's about becoming a designer for digital products and building passive income streams but it's also about selling those products online and believe me - there are many options what you can sell, how you can create it and where you can sell it.
In any case, I'll be the person who will hold your hand along the way and build your designer career with you. I'd love to see you in class.