Getting to Know Jana Oliveira
Tell us a bit about yourself, your life (including how long you have been digiscrapping).
I’m originally from Brazil, I’m in Us now for 15 years. I live with my son and my husband in Central New Jersey. I got started with scrapbooking before I had my son but at that time I felt I needed to learn more so I did more cards than pages. It really picked up for me after my son was born. At that time I was doing paper scrapbooking and dabbling in digital here and there.
I went back to school 1.5 years ago for Childhood Psychology and Social Work. That made it really hard for me to keep up so I decided to donate all my scrapbook supplies and went full digital. Today I do my main scrapbooking digitally and do Paper Project life — but not weekly more of a monthly recap to put my son’s school work into. I also do paper and digital art journaling. After I became a digital scrapbooker, I found my place where I could do all the techniques I wanted in my pages, tell my stories, and found my true style.
What is your personal scrapbooking mantra?
Scrapbooking for me is about telling stories; it’s something crucial to me. More important than just playing with amazing digi supplies, I want to leave messages. When my father died I got some pictures from his time at the navy and I know nothing about them. My baby pictures also say nothing to me; my mother didn’t write dates on them. That is not what I want my scrapbooking to be. I don’t do as many pages as I used to, but all of the them have journaling. It’s important for me to tell stories from my heart: the good, the bad, the victories and the frustrations. I like to tell stories about myself to my son and stories about his life. My son has special needs Everyday, he is fighting in a world that is not made for him and that sometimes is not accepting of him, but I want him to know: this is the story and I’m here for you.
I would say my mantra is: Tell your story no matter what is, with no worries of who is going to read it. Someone will and they will appreciate it.
What do you do to fit scrapbooking into your schedule?
When I started school it was a little overwhelming. It was a new routine. With everything that was going on, I did very few pages and kind of went away from the community. But I started to feel really bad that I was not telling my stories. So as a incentive for myself my word this year is : stories. I decided to go back and tell my stories and participate in the community again. I usually scrap at night after my son goes to sleep. I try to do school work during the day to have the nights free. It relaxes me just to sit and enjoy Photoshop.
How would you describe your style?
It takes a while to know your style. I always loved to study scrapbooking design. I always loved paints, splatters and the look of blended pages but with paper that was impossible. My pages were getting bulky and I was never really happy. Today I can say my style is definitely artsy. I like few elements and sometimes some traditional ones, but now I can express myself artistically in my pages without fear or concern and that is the beauty of digital scrapping. Once you know your style, you learn to be inspired and recognize what works and what doesn’t work for you. I know in my case I love that people look at my pages and see they are digital, especially when they ask, “How did you do that?” And I get to talk about my love for Photoshop.
What programs do you use for scrapping and photo and supply organization?
I use Photoshop CC 15 Adobe Cloud and Lightroom CC. I did the switch this year for Adobe Cloud. I used full Photoshop before but I was not in the cloud and it was the best things I did.
Lightroom CC organizes my personal pictures. For my scrap supplies, I use Adobe Bridge CC that you can get with the basic package. My digi supplies are in folders by designers and by store and now I’m starting to back up slowly.
I also use OnOne Software to edit my pictures. This year it will be OnOne Photo 10. Sometimes I use a lot of apps on my iPhone to edit pictures and give them effects. I have more than 15 photo apps; I am totally addicted to them. I have all my supplies on an external hard drive and I do backup online with One Drive and CrashPlan.
What is something you’ve learned over the years as a digital scrapbooker that has helped you immensely?
I’ve learned that people are different and you don’t have to follow trends or what people do in galleries. Once you know what you like — your style and what works for you — that is what matters.
Also digital scrapbooking is only as complicated as you make it. Learn the tools and short cuts that work for you. There are tons of ways to do the same thing. What matters is to understand the core of the effects you like. Also use shortcuts like filters, actions, and styles. I’m completely addicted to styles! You don’t have to be a master in Photoshop to do a painted effect on your pictures. Nowadays there are apps that do that for you! The time you save means the more stories you tell. I’ve learned I don’t have to do everything from scratch.
Thanks so much for sharing with us today, Jana. It was great getting to know you a little bit better and we look forward to all you have to offer the members of Scrapaneers!