Tuesday, 2 June 2015


Name: Ivelina Cholakova (aka Damayanti)

Country: Bulgaria

Favourite colour: Oh, I totally love ORANGE and overall fiery colors :)

Favourite food: I love food in general :)) For junk food, I love ice cream and fried potatoes. For healthy foods, I adore fruits like pineapple, cherries, strawberries and watermelon :)

Describe you in one word: romanticist

1. How and when did you start digital scrapbooking?
After the birth of my youngest son in 2005 I started using the program Photoshop. :) Then I found a digital scrapbooking site and I became addicted to it! :)

2. How and when did you end up in a CT/ CT’s?
For a long time I did not have a team. Then I discovered the CT call thread over at DST. It was a great joy when they took me for the first time! They were not famous designers for me, but I was still happy. Later, when I gained experience, I tried applying with my favorite designers! Great happiness is to be in the team of my favorite designer!!! :)

3. How long have you been on my CT?
OMG! I just checked  - 06 February 2013 :) OMG! Thank you Mirjam for having me so long time!!!!

4. What software do you use? What type of camera?
I use My favorite program Photoshop CS6 :)) Sometimes for the image processing, I use Lightroom 5 :)
I have two cameras :) Nikon D700 and Nikon D750.  Only use hard lenses - I have 4 of them :) - Nikkor 85/1,8G, nikkor 28/2,8G, nikkor 50/1,8G and nikkor 105/2,8 micro :) Actually photography is my profession now :)

5. How would you describe your style?
I would not say that I have a particular style. I love to experiment and try different techniques. If I really need to put my definition to describe my style it would be more like paper style :)

6. What is your favourite scrapbooking item, something you turn too again and again?
That would definitely be brushes, brushes and brushes. I use them for masking, for blending, I recolour them, blend them again, I use them over and over again, I cannot imagine life without brushes LOL

7. What is your favourite Pink Reptile product and why?
The truth is that I love your products! I can always find everything I need inside a PRD kit to create a nice page! I have a kit to which I am very biased  - Growing Pains, maybe because with this kit you can show the growth of children! :)

 8. Just for fun… tell us all about a quirky habit of yours!
I usually have ridiculous and funny stories related to my work (professional photographer). Often, to catch the exact picture I want, I can be found wallowing on the ground, even on the street, or scrambling the various places from which it is hard to get off then. I hear the audience whistling or clapping, and some straight laugh :)))

9. Name 5 things that you can touch RIGHT NOW from where you are sitting, no cheating!
Water, phone, book - calendar, music headsets, camera :)) (banality - right? :)

10. Silliest thing you have ever done…
I think one of the stupid things is that I married at 18 years old...10 years later I divorced, but now I'm happily married again :))

11. Can you give us a tip on digital scrapbooking?
I like to jot down many elements which I then arrange a few times until I like it. I love to have brushes! I'm in love with word arts!!! How I arrange a page depends on my mood, and sometimes even the music that I listen to! Sometimes even I do a page, and choose a photo last! :))

And here are a few of Iva's favorite pages:

1 more please

Grow up!

You are cracking me up

Thank you for sharing a little bit of yourself with us Iva. I can see from your pages that you are a truly amazing photographer, as the photos are such a beautiful focal point. I loved reading more about the funny things you have to do to get that perfect shot! And it's really interesting to learn that sometimes a page comes together and the photo is added last! As a photographer you must have so many great photos to chose from. I always enjoy hearing other scrappers page processes. So glad to know you are happily married again ... and wishing many more years of love, family and shooting photographs. Thanks for hanging out with us for a bit!