September Guest Designer — Dona Howe

It’s a new month, so it’s time for a new guest designer! Welcome September’s guest, Dona Howe.


Hi, my name is Dona Howe, known mostly as “orange gearle” in social media circles. I love the color orange, and g + earle = gearle.

I’m a mom with a camera and a passion to document our lives using photos and words. My daytime adventure is as an Instructional Coach in a public school that educates fifth and sixth grade students. Outside of my professional life, I love wine, books, playing with paper & music. I’ve been blessed with an older daughter (who has made me a grandma!), and a five year old daughter (who has made me learn about Batman!). I am unbelievably fortunate to spend the rest of my life with my Soul Mate. Traditional scrapbooking came into my life years ago (think 1990s), but I didn’t get the real bug until about 2011. In 2012 I started Project Life and recently I’ve dabbled in art journaling. I have subscribed to Scrapbook Circle kits for over three years now, and I am so excited to be here this month!

We asked Dona a few questions and here are her answers. Let’s get to know her a little better!

If you could spend a day scrapbooking/crafting with anyone (friend, online friend, celebrity, etc) who would it be and why? I’ve “met” so many people virtually, I think it would be fun to have a giant scrapping party with all of them! But only if I can bring my sister-in-law, and two other “in real life” scrappy friends.

If you were designing a scrapbook collection, what ONE thing would you make sure was in that line and why? Alphas. Lots of alphas. Different sizes, colors and fonts. I love to mix my titles up — big, small, colorful, b&w, flat, thick, etc.

What does a perfect day of scrapbooking look like for you? Is it day or night? Music or quiet? Crop or alone? Any day (or night) that I get a chance to scrapbook is awesome! Depending on my mood, any of the above would be perfect. Most times I would prefer with music, and with people, but at my house. It is especially enjoyable if I have some new goodies on my table!

Dona made this layout for her first reveal day here at Scrapbook Circle.




I just love this! Look for more of Dona’s work throughout the month as she plays along with challenges and shares more of her work.


3 Comments on “September Guest Designer — Dona Howe”

  • Congrats on the guest spot, can’t wait to see what you’ll do with the kit!!

    September 5th, 2014 at 5:25 am
  • Congrats, love the layout!!

    September 5th, 2014 at 5:42 am
  • Love this layout Dona! Cute pics and I love the black, white and pink! I want to come to your virtual made real scrap party!! 🙂

    September 5th, 2014 at 10:31 am

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