It's Friday! BTS-day! But before I introduce you to todays manufacturer let's announce last weeks winner!
Congratulations Jackie! You are the lucky winner of those 5 gorgeous TCW stencils! Please e-mail me you address so we can send them out to you! :)
Today I'm happy to present to you an awesome patterend paper manufacturer from Poland! Please meet 7 Dots Studio:
Have you noticed that there are several very talented designers in Poland? Today we're talking to Anna Dabrowska aka Finnabair. Have fun!
My name is Anna Dabrowska-Pekocka, better known in the industry as Finnabair. I'm a proud DT Coordinator, Educator and Product Manager of the Polish scrapbooking brand, 7 Dots Studio. I live together with my husband, Andrew in Warsaw, Poland, but I travel a lot in the last 2 years too.
I’m a woman of many interests: I’m a full-time mixed media artist, scrapbooker, art journaler and teacher who loves new challenges, experiments and developing new techniques and skills. My projects are mostly media-based: I create paper and canvas layouts, collages and altered art, tags, journal pages – and many more. I love paint, texture and believe in power of recycling and upcycling. I just adore flea market supplies but also freestyle, careless creations.
How, when and by who was 7 Dots founded?
7 Dots Studio was born in October 2011 from dreams and for dreams - and it is a baby of a group of scrapbooking friends, who created a perfect team having different experiences and skills connected to scrapbooking industry. From the very beginning we intended to create a scrapbooking brand providing great mixed-media quality papers with a bit alternative look. We wanted to be as versatile as possible - from clean, graphic designs to mixed-media, grungy collage look. I think we achieved our goals and we're happy to see that many crafters and artists are interested in our designs!
7 Dots studio is a paper and paper embellishment manufacturer - we've got great quality paper collections suitable not only for scrapbooking but also all kinds of mixed-media creations - our 250g/mm papers work beautifully with sprays, paint and inks. We also offer stickers, tags and elements coordintating with our paper collections. All of them together are a great start for a scrapbook page or any off the page project and can be easily mixed with other brands.
What is your personal favorite product and why?
Oh, that is not a surprise I guess - I love papers, especially these which I can use as backgrounds for my projects - so as plain as possible, leaving a lot of freedom and space. Most of our collections provide this kind of design - double sided papers usually are more patterned on one side and more plain on the other.
How and where are the products produced.
All our production is printed in Poland, and our headquaters and warehouse are in Warsaw, which helps us to control the printing process and manage the logistics. Thanks to that we can make the production process a bit shorter too. When the designs are finished and approved they are prepared by editors for printing... and in few days we are getting ready to pack, check and send our collections to the shops. Shipping time depends on the option chosen by the customers and the coutry they are located, of course.
How are new products developed. Do you have in-house designers or designers from outside.
On the beginning of the 7DS adventure we decided it will be more beneficial for us to relay on the freelance designers, whose personalities and style will be easily recognisable, so we don't have any in-house designers at the moment, but we've got editorial staff and creative director who support the designers. So far it works really well and I believe it is a perfect solution for us!
What are your thoughts about how scrapbooking/mixed media will evolve in the upcoming year. What will be hot and new, what will be out.
I'm sure mixed-media are strong and they will go up in the coming years - people want to play, design, enjoy the creative process. They will need more tools, mediums and surface to play for sure... I'd say people will get more adventurous,open for the new creative ideas. On the other hand I think there will be also a movement in the opposite direction - going back to the roots of scrapbooking - so art journaling and simple projects saving our everyday lives such as "project life" or 31 Days of December. Diversity - this is the future I think!
Do you have some exciting news, new product releases maybe, that you want to share?
We are very excited about our new release, which is hitting the shops' shelves right now: "Queen's Heart" Collection - soft, beautiful vintage collection by Anna Iwanowska and "Love is in The Air" - colorful, artsy collection by our new designer Agnieszka-Anna Niedżwiedzka. Both are simply delightful and our talented DT is working hard now to make some inspiratinal samples for our fans! Soon our bog will be full of new designs - I simpy can't wait to see and share them with everybody!
Here are our DT galleries and some examples from our DT:
And last but not least... here is the giveaway for today! Not just 1 but 3 collections to be won by one lucky reader. The 2 newest collections and 1 older one:
How awesome it that?! Would you love a chance of winning these great collections then this is what you have to do:
First visit the 7 Dots Studio Blog, then come back here and tell me which blog post of the last month was the most inspiring to you. Comments close on Thursday, February 7 at midnight (GMT+1). The winner will be announced in the next Behind the Scenes on Friday, February 8.
Next week's manufacturer is My Stamp BOX! Don't miss it! :)
Thank you so much for stopping by! Make sure to check back later today as there will be another post with great giveaways!! Have a great weekend!