SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT — Kelleigh Ratzlaff

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I am SO exciting to be sharing a fabulous designer with you this month — Kelleigh Ratzlaff.  Kelleigh has found her niche in the digi world, creating AMAZING hybrid templates.  After looking at today’s post you are going to be dreaming of people you can make some gifts for.  Kelleigh makes whipping up something beautiful SUPER easy!  I love it!  Before we look at all the cool things you can make, let’s first take a peek and what she made for THE DIGI FILES 5.  Give this project a try and you will be hooked!

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Isn’t it SO cute?  I whipped one up in about 25 minutes.  Gotta love fast and easy…and did I mention CUTE??

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purse2CREDITS: Blossom kit by Shabby Princess, Sassy Purse No.3 by Kelleigh Ratzlaff from THE DIGI FILES 5, flower by KI Memories

and here is one from team member Kelly

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My name is Kelleigh Ratzlaff and I live in Dallas, Oregon (affectionately called “little-D”), which is just west of Salem, the state capitol.  (I know there are a couple of gals in our digi-community from near Salem, and I’d love to meet up.  I just don’t want them to think I’m a stalker!)  My gorgeous husband (11.5 years), Mitch, and I have 2 seriously amazing little boys.  I mean, they are AWESOME.  Grant just finished kindergarten (and lost his first tooth!) and Cole just finished potty-training (WAHOO!).  I like to call them “my joy” and “my delight” respectively.  The funny thing is, they look NOTHING like me!  My two little blondies take after their father in every way, and that is just fine by me!  They are the reason I scrap, and they, along with their daddy, rock my world.  I get to be a stay-at-home mom, and I absolutely love it.

STORE: Kelleigh Ratzlaff at THE DIGI CHICK

BLOG: Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs

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That is such a complicated question!  I started “designing”, I guess, when Dianne Rigdon asked if anyone on her CT wanted to try their hand at creating clusters and quickpages.  That was my first little taste, and it was so much fun for me to see my name alongside hers.  But, that is not what you are asking, right?

I started “designing” when Kara Pierren opened up The Hybrid Shoppe.  She asked me to be on the CT, but I asked if I could create hybrid templates.  She was okay with that, so I made a couple of album templates.  I was already on the Hybrid Creative Team for The Digichick, and when (the previous owner) Kimberly Giarrusso said, “Wish we’d known about you first,” I immediately asked Kim if I could maybe come on as a guest some time.  Then, Kara wrote to me about closing down The Hybrid Shoppe, and the same day, Kim asked me to come on full time, so I said yes to Kim!  It’s crazy how God works!!  I’ve made The Digichick my home, and I just LOVE it there.

So, when and why did I REALLY start designing?  Probably when I created my Fancy Bag Template.  I am so proud of that template, and it continues to be one of my best sellers and one of my favorites.  I created it because I found a creative niche in the digital community as a hybrid gal, weazeled my way onto some great creative teams as a “hybrid CT member”, and I wanted to make my life a little easier!  As a result, I became a “real designer” (and I use that term loosely because I have no idea how to do the cool stuff kit-makers do!) creating hybrid templates.

Whew!  And THAT is why my husband is thankful that I have a blog.  Because I’m a bit of a rambler . . . .

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I opened up my store at The Digichick in October 2008.  It is (in my humble opinion) the creative center of the universe for anyone interested in hybrid scrapping.  After all, we have a hybrid creative team, a hybrid forum, and a blog devoted to hybrid inspiration, tutorials and product giveaways called The Hybrid Chick!  Couple that with some AMAZING digital products created by well-known and up-and-coming digital designers, and you can’t lose!  It is such an amazing, supportive place to be a designer.  The owner, Nicole Seitler (Sugarplum Paperie) gets ALL the credit!

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Both!  I started out as a paper scrapper in 2003, after the birth of my first son.  I discovered digital in October 2007 (thanks to Jessica Sprague!), and have been slowly feeling more and more confident creating hybrid layouts (thanks, again, to Jessica Sprague!).  I don’t scrap as often as I would like, but I try to stay reasonably current.  I teach paper scrapbooking classes, am on a couple of digital creative teams (Dianne Rigdon, Jen Wilson and Vera Lim’s release team), and write for my own blog, The Hybrid Chick blog, The DST Insider (as Editor-In-Chief) and Bella Scraps Magazine.  With all of that going on, I am bound to get my own projects done!  My busy schedule sort of “forces” me to record my life!

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Too many.  Um . . . every waking moment?  Seriously, though, it is probably about 7 hours a day or so.  I do take mornings off to play outside of the house with the boys (to stave off the insanity), but my hours are pretty flexible.  As a SAHM, I’m quite the multi-tasking queen.  I can start the coffee, then hop on the puter to check my email .  I’ll start to download a kit for a tutorial, then run outside to squirt my kids with water guns while it finishes up.  I design while dinner is cooking.  My husband thinks I’m a little nuts, but I think he is just beginning to understand how much I love this!

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Besides Fancy Bags?

I’m loving my new Sassy Purse line

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And, this adorable cupcake

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1 – My Joy, my Delight and my Rock.  My family means the world to me!  (Phillippians 1:15)
2 – A Dutch Bros. Annihilator (a little bit of heaven in a cup – my favorite coffee)
3 – Garage sale trash to treasures
4 – Decorating blogs
5 – When my scrap room is clean and organized
6 – My Mac and it’s HUGE screen
7 – My backyard on a cool summer morning.
8 – Going to my LSS.
9 – Going wine tasting.
10 – Playing board games with my family in the evenings.

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1 – Weak coffee
2 – Parents who let their kids get away with obnoxious behavior.  (Please don’t set up that hidden camera in my house!)
3 – When well-meaning members of the older generation give potty-training advice.
4 – The crud that keeps showing up on my beautiful hardwood floors.  Why can’t they invent self-cleaning floors?
5 – Ditto that regarding the “could be pretty” laundry room that refuses to keep up.
6 – When my boys use their shirts as kleenex and napkins . . . after eating Doritos.  Hence the laundry room issues.
7 – The weird low-rise jeans phase.  Did I really want to see that?  Here’s your belt.
8 – When gmail goes down right in the middle of a fun chat . . . and we’re back!
9 – When the ink runs low on my printer.
10 – Whiners.  Who, me?  I’ll stop now.

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And now what you have all been waiting for…more amazing templates by Kelleigh!  Warning: You WILL want to break out your printer and scissors and get started!

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Aren’t they all so FUN??  I have so many ideas spinning through my head! Good thing summer is coming up and I have lots of time to be crafty!  Look at all the things you can make!

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Thank you, Kelleigh, for being a part of THE DAILY DIGI this month!  Your unique contribution to the digi world is amazing and we hope that you continue to grow your business and find all the happiness and creative success you deserve!

Kelleigh’s birthday is this month and to celebrate she is offering a faulous coupon for our readers all month long!

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P.S.  Kelleigh has a fun contest going on right now with her cupcake template.  You could win a gift card to her store. Check it Out!