Hi, I am Janine Langer. I am 37 - soon 38 - years old, and I live close to Cologne in Germany. I am a wife, mother and the official family photographer. That's what I also do for a living, by the way, photography. It hasn't always been that way; when I was much younger I became a foreign language correspondent, and I also worked for the German government. But I found that wasn't what I really wanted to do and after I gave birth to my son and was a stay-at-home mom for four years, I decided to do something completely different, and I love it!
I started scrapbooking when I concentrated more and more on photographing. I had the need to not only take the pictures, I also wanted to keep all the memories that came with the picture in one place. I think that was around 2006/2007. Since then, I've been hooked on it! Unfortunately, I had to make a little break in scrapbooking, but now that I can do it again, I won't ever stop with it. It is my creative outlet, kind of like therapy. :) I love the thought of my son looking through all the albums when he's a grown-up, maybe having his own little family!
SC Member since: Since 2007 (Aline), then a long break and back again 2014 (@JanineLanger)
All time favorite past kit or collection: Bluegrass Farm (love the colors) or Copper Mountain (unfortunately it is sold out, but I love the pictures, especially the stamp!)
What do you do when your kit comes?
To be honest, I immediately open it, no matter what I was doing. I have to see all the prints and feel all the textures!
What's your go-to technique?
I think it is the hybrid part of my layouts. Normally, I start my layouts on my computer. First the photos, then the design itself (I use grey boxes for the patterned paper I am going to use). Then I decide on the most important part of all: where does the journaling go? As I really don't like my handwriting, I always print my journaling directly on my layout. So the design has to be planned first so that I know where to print the journaling, and I can run the paper through my printer. Sometimes I do it the other way and don't adhere anything on my layout, measure the point where my journaling goes, type it on my computer, print it and then adhere everything - or I use journaling strips. The next thing I always come back to are splatters, all kinds of them. Paint, color pens, modeling paste with a mask, digital splatters - it doesn't matter. On most of my layouts you also find stitching and/or string.
Share your top 5 products: Wood veneers, I just love the feeling and texture it gives! Cork, I am still loving cork, can't help it! Color pens like Neocolors or Prismacolor pencils. I love to add little dots! Patterned paper. Digital brushes.
Where do you go when your mojo is low?
Pinterest or Studio Calico. If that is not working, I don't try to force it and mostly I find inspiration in nature or in a magazine. I am not forcing it anymore, if there's no mojo, then it is just not the time for creating something at that moment. I know it'll come back, most of the time sooner than I thought!