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Meet our featured designers: Lori Nielsen and Heidi Marchant

Meet the creators of this month's Gold Members Kit, Lori Nielsen and Heidi Marchant.

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What inspired you to create this month’s DST Gold Member kit?  
We are known for our themed kits, but we knew which CT member layouts would make us look good, so we geared our kit towards their style.  We wanted something really beautiful so they could WOW your socks off with their beautifully styled layouts.

What is your favorite part or element of the kit?  Whew, that is a hard question.  I would say probably the grunge elements and the rub-ons.  They lend themselves perfectly to enhance the clustering areas for layouts and give to the steampunk/vintage feel portrayed in the kit.


1  Tell us about your family: How long have you been designing? What program(s) do you use?  
We are a designing duo.  Heidi and I (Lori) are sisters.  We have both been married to our spouses for 25 years this year.  We both have 3 children.  We both use Photoshop for designing.  We have been designing together for 7 years and love working together. 

2  What part of designing comes easiest to you (themes, colors, papers, elements?)
Heidi is the artist and is great with extracting, picking color palettes, making previews, and drawing our unique themed elements.  Lori is the business minded and quality half of the duo keeping our schedule and duties on track, quality checking each kit, and doing the business part of the relationship in addition to her part of designing.
 
3 What inspires you?  
Everything!  Designs and colors of the dress of the lady sitting in front of us at church, colors in a photo, Pinterest, and what is going on in our lives and our CTs lives. 

4 If you’re running low on design mojo, where do you go to kickstart your creativity?
This has never really happened to us.  We have more ideas than we have time in a year to design.  It is fun to get color palettes and theme ideas from our CT though.  We do kits inspired by them every couple years where they get to pick the theme, color palette, and kit name. 

5 Link us to a layout that you have seen using your work that just left you awestruck.  
There are so many.  Our CT is awesome and we have tons of gallery members that load our gallery full of beautiful layouts.  We award free kits twice a month in our newsletter to a gallery spotlight layout.  This is one of my favorite recent layouts by Linda Hansen.  
Here is a link to our gallery if you want to browse some more.  

 6 - What is your favorite kind of kit to design?  
Probably themed kits.  They take more time but seem to sell best for us.  We love doing sports kits, travel kits specific to countries or states, boy kits, teen kits, girl kits, religious kits.  But, we also love just putting together a beautiful generic kit that can be used for anything.  One fun thing we do every year is a kit for each other on our birthday.  Heidi’s birthday is in February and she picks a color palette and sends to Lori and Lori does the entire kit as a birthday gift to Heidi.  Then in June, Heidi does the same thing for Lori’s birthday.  It is fun to kind of have them coordinated by theme too.  For example, we’ve done Heidi Ho and Lori Lou, I Simply Remember and My Favorite Things, and this year we did Cool Beans and will be releasing Awesomesauce for Lori’s birthday.

7 – Other fun stuff
 Each year in October, we host a digital scrapbooking retreat.  We’ve held them in Vegas and in Utah.  This year, we will be hosting in Park City, Utah and are so excited!  We have had people fly in from as far away as Brazil and Germany to attend our retreats.  Check out the RETREAT category at our store for more information.

8 - Favorite foods
We both love a good Mexican restaurant and won’t say no to a good diner cheeseburger and fries. 

9 - Favorite tv show?  
We are both huge fans of Survivor and The Amazing Race 

10 – Kids
Heidi and I are both in wedding planning mode for our oldest boys this year!

Previews and links

Cool Beans
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Dandelion Wishes
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No More Monkeys
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San Francisco Retreat
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