SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT — Sweet Shoppe Designs

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It was almost three years ago and I was sitting my my office, staring at a countdown timer on my computer screen. I (like many others!) was anxiously awaiting the opening of Sweet Shoppe Designs. I couldn’t wait to see what a group of designers I loved (and was already CTing for a few) had up their sleeves. I wasn’t disappointed. And for the past three years, Sweet Shoppe Designs has truly been a SWEET place to be. I served on CT’s for a number of designers and I did a six month term as a Sugarbabe.  I have always, always been impressed with the attention to detail that they put into everything they do.  So when I got the idea to offer one Sponsor Spotlight to a store — it was easy to talk to the oh-so-sweet gals over at Sweet Shoppe Designs. I am so glad to have them here with us this month! Before we look closer at some of the great things over at SSD, let’s see what they have for us in THE DIGI FILES. I asked them to have a CT member create a few quick pages and fab scrapper Jacq created these beauties!

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Here is a little about Jacq: I’m a 26 year old mom to my adorable 2 year old daugther and a wife of 3 years to my wonderful husband. We’ve been leaving in Singapore for about 7 years now. I started scrapbooking in October 2005 and have never stopped since then. When I’m off the computer I spend my time with my family, I became a SAHM when I had my daughter so I can take care of her myself. I also like watching reality shows such as Amazing Race, American Idol and Survivor. I love Formula One Racing, Grey’s Anatomy, CSI and I’m a huge Twilight fan myself.

About her background as a quick page designer: I started making quickpages last year. I was asked by Christy Lyle if I could create a mini album for her using her kit and I said yes. It was my first time creating something like that and I loved it. From then on I started making quickpages for different designers and friends. HERE a link to all the QPs I’ve done. Right now I’m creating QPs and hybrid albums for Gina Miller Designs (you can checkout her store to see my projects there) and a designer at Pickleberrypop.

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Sweet Shoppe Designs was an idea born out of friendship and commitment to one another’s designs. Our staff believes in a tight knit and supportive environment where each designer and creative team member are invested in each others success and have a say in the future of the site and what happens on a day to day basis. The designers at SSD truly believe in each other and the digital community as a whole and we are excited and proud to be celebrating 3 years of bringing high quality designs, inspiration and a sense of community to scrappers around the world.

We started with just 8 designers on opening day in February 2006, including Robin Carlton, MandaBean & Christy Lyle and have grown to an incredibly talented team of 21 designers who are like family. We’re incredibly proud of our store as a whole and think our whimsical and colorful style appeals to a wide range of scrappers who are looking to create pages which could be mistaken for paper layouts. We offer top quality kits which are jam packed with goodies so that even a novice digital artist has the ability to open a single folder and put together a gorgeous page every time they scrap. Each of our designers brings something special to the table, so you’re sure to find the perfect something to serve as the backdrop for your precious memories in our store.

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Congratulations on 3 Sweet Years! How are you guys celebrating the big event?

We have so much planned for our month long celebration! Now through the 13th, when you spend $10 in our store, you’ll receive our gorgeous anniversary collaboration kit, Fresh and Festive, absolutely free! Here’s a peek…

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In addition to lots of gorgeous new releases which are always 20% off on Saturdays, we also have daily birthday goody bags coming up, the first volume of the 2009 Quarterly Assortment to be released and a slew of brand new Two Scoops and Triple Dips (kits our designers have collaborated with each other on), which will be hitting the store on the 21st! We’ll be finishing off the month with a super sweet bounceback offer too so we hope your readers will visit us all month long and help us celebrate.

Along with our great promotions in the shoppe, we also have some great games and activities hosted by our team of designers too! Visit our special Sweet Celebrations forum in our community for lots of fun ways to win sweet stuff from our team!

What else is going on at SSD?

We are really excited by the success of our Challenge-A-Day format which we rolled out to our community earlier this year. Every single day, our amazing SugarBabes post a brand new challenge which we hope will inspire people to think outside the box when scrapping their memories! Sometimes our challenges will really push you to think artistically and emotionally and other times they are just a way for our community to grow closer together by answering silly quizzes, taking fun photographs which capture people’s personalities and much more! Even more exciting is that every challenge completed earns the participant one of our Sweet Rewards points which can ultimately add up to a 40% discount in the shoppe every single month!

You also won’t want to miss checking out our Treat of the Month feature where we get to know a talented member of the digital community a little better. We’ve put some amazing talent in the spotlight at SSD in the past and we have some great treats lined up in the future too. Visit the Sweet Shoppe now to meet this month’s treat, Amy Stoffel and keep your eyes on the Sweet Shoppe Blog a little later this month where you’ll be able to take our monthly TOTM quiz and be entered to win a $15 gift certificate to the shoppe too.

We hear you’re now offering incentives for scrappers to get their work published in magazines, can you tell us a little more about that?

Yes! Each day we look through our gallery at the Sweet Shoppe and are so inspired by the gorgeous pages created by our community – we certainly think they’re magazine worthy and we feel our community has lots to offer the scrapping world in terms of inspiration. We know that many scrappers are intimidated by the thought that they aren’t good enough to be published and we couldn’t disagree more so we decided to offer some encouragement in the form of cash & free gifts if people submit pages using our products and end up published in Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbooks, Etc., Memory Makers and more! Click here for more details on our publishing incentives.

Speaking of inspiration take a look at some of our favorite recent layouts & hybrid projects by the Sweet Shoppe SugarBabes

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And the gorgeous layouts wouldn’t be possible without some fantastic kits to spark the inspiration. Check out some products which capture classic Sweet Shoppe Style…

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So after the celebration is over, what can we look forward to at SSD?

Well, you know we always have something up our sleeve and coming this Spring, our entire team is tackling an incredible project that will bring you more inspiration than ever! While we don’t want to give too much away, we can say that it will be Simply Sweet and you won’t want to miss it! With that, the girls at the Sweet Shoppe would love to hear your Birthday Wishes so leave a comment and they’ll be choosing 3 lucky winners at random to win a $10 gift certificate to the Sweet Shoppe!

THANK YOU, SO MUCH, SWEET SHOPPE DESIGNS FOR BEING WITH US THIS MONTH! We love all the amazing stuff in your shop and we hope that you continue to fill such a sweet spot in our community!

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P.S.  I just wanted to wish a huge congrats to RAJI, MANDY, AND CHARMAIN for winning the random draw from our weekend inspiration post. Thanks to everyone who got some scrapping done this weekend and showed us what they made!  Ladies, email me at janet AT thedailydigi DOT com for your $10 coupon to a sponsoring designers store!  WOO HOO!