Today I want to introduce you to Dedra, from Prettiful Designs. She has an amazing blog and online shop full of digital paper & clip art and has been a true pleasure to work with. She’s going to tell you a bit about herself and then offer up a great giveaway for y’all![bra_blockquote align=”]My name is Dedra Tregaskis and I am defined by many things. Maybe you can relate to a few. I’m a wife, a mother, a graphic designer, a cook and clean, a blogger, an organizer, and a depression fighter to name just a few. I’m appearing on Ciera’s blog today because you know me as a graphic designer. 10 years ago I would never have guessed that would be in my repertoire but I’m so glad it is.[/bra_blockquote]
“Designing isn’t just a job or a hobby. It is one of my creative outlets that helps me fight my depression battles. Designing lifts my spirits and allows me to express myself through color and pattern. I’ve been designing digitally in some shape or form for about 7 years. I had a 20 minute crash course in Photoshop and Illustrator while learning how to be an Event Specialist. I liked it and started to make wedding invitations in my spare time. After too many diva brides and their horrific mothers I took a breather and miraculously had a few kids. Life was going pretty good when of course it took a different turn than we expected. Many long and boring details later I found myself needing to bring in some money. I tried my hand at making boys bow ties on Etsy—which is funny to me because I have no boys. (I do have one of every color/pattern waiting if we ever are brave enough to try again!) I literally worked my fingers to the bone and I have the scars to prove it. In the back of my mind I kept thinking about design. Maybe it was my fingers pleading with me to wield a keyboard and mouse instead of a hot glue gun and needles. I finally decided to jump in and I opened up Prettiful Designs on Etsy with a collection of digital scrapbook papers and templates. And then I waited. And waited. And waited. A few months later I got my first sale…and then a few months before the next and all of a sudden everything exploded and I had requests coming from every direction. Skip ahead a few years and we are still in some awkward and difficult experiences but as a family and myself as an individual we are stronger and hopefully a little wiser. Through my designing I’ve made friends from all over and we have survived some pretty hefty ordeals. I think no matter where we start or whatever we have to go through we are all human and being human means that we are capable of awesomeness—we just have to believe it.“
Thanks for such an inspiring story Dedra! Dedra has been so kind to offer one of my lucky readers a $35 credit to Prettiful Designs! And the winner is also going to receive some super cute paper clips and a spiral eraser from me! I love having bright office supplies on my desk, don’t you?
I’m using Rafflecopter to track entries so you can login below and it will allow you to enter multiple ways! Good luck!! Have any questions? Feel free to contact me. If you are in a reader click out to access the Rafflecopter entry form. Please note that your entry will be removed if you do not complete it correctly. Winner.