In The Designer’s Studio With Gina of Digital Design Essentials

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I am thrilled to be welcoming Gina as a contributor to THE DIGI FILES this month!  Gina has been a “staple” in the digital community since I first started digital scrapbooking and was someone that I have always admired (both her scrapping and designing). Her team was one of my “dream teams” for a long time, until I finally made the call and was able to be on her team for a couple of years! Gina really rocks the boy kits like no one else I know! 🙂

Here’s a closer look at Gina’s contribution to THE DIGI FILES:


Here are some layouts our team created with it:


Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Fonts are Pea Olson and Neato Handprint


Layout by Jacki (and included as a layered template in TDF11), additional supplies:  Gina Cabrera’s Snow Day Kit (TDF11). Font is Calibri and Susie’s Hand.


Layout by Amy W, additional supplies: acrylic alpha by Gina Cabrera DDE April Idea Notebook, fonts-SP Purkalator, SP Wonderful Wendy, Pea Lauren France


Layout by Ana and included as a layered template in TDF11 additional supplies: journal stamp from Something Blue and wordart from Paislee Press Once (both in January TDF11)


Layout by Dunia, additional supplies: Snow Day by Gina Cabrera for TDF-11, Word Art from Cardigan by Paislee Press


Layout by Melissa, additional supplies: Syrin stitching, Kate Hadfield doodled paper alpha, CD Muckosky Teeny Type alpha, fonts are CK_Ali and Amer Type Md BT



Hi, my name is Gina Cabrera, I’m a thirty-something SAHM and live in sunny Phoenix, AZ with my wonderful husband and two boys ages 12 and 16.





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My favorite process for extractions in Photoshop is:

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I stared paper scrapping when my first son was born. In 2002 I got my first digital camera and wanted to create a custom Christmas Photo Card. I immediately fell in love with creating my own designs on the computer and I haven’t looked back. I really wanted to share my designs, so, in early 2004 I launched my site.

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My photos have always inspired me. I love creating papers and elements specifically for my layouts. I then turn all that inspiration into a kit

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I have a PC that my wonderful husband built for his digi obsessed wife. It has 8 gigs of DDR 2 RAM and PSCS2.

My camera is a Nikon D70 with a kit lens, 50mm and 70-300.

I also have a 6 X 11 Wacom Intuos 3.



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Here are some of my favorite Digital Design Essentials products:







Here is some Digital Design Essentials inspiration:


Layout by Katie, supplies: Hello Chickee by DDE, template by Vinnie Pearce (Give me Simple). font is Susie’s hand.


Layout by Melissa, supplies: DDE Neutrality kit, Janet Phillips Template Collection 20, Shabby Princess Clementine alpha, Darcy Baldwin staple, Font is Amer TypeMdBT


Layout by Melissa, supplies: DDE Christmas Joy kit, Ali Edwards Holiday Celebrations word art, Font is AmerType MdBT


Layout by Karen, supplies: DDE Penelope Mega Kit; Fizzy Pop Designs Sidekicks No. 4 template and Funky Wave template; Darcy Baldwin and Lauren Reid Gimme Space font; Darcy Baldwin and Lauren Grier Jacked Up Kina Love font.

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Layout by Steph, supplies: Snapshot of Spring, Digital Design Essentials, font is Traveling Typewriter.


I want to thank Gina for being here at TDD this month and sharing all of her talents with us!  We appreciate it!  Go have a look in Gina’s store at DDE and come back and tell her what you like, tomorrow’s GIFTaway will be randomly selected from those comments that are posted by midnight EST (must include a product name to qualify)! 🙂

To show her appreciation to our readers, Gina has this coupon for all of you:



P.S. Congratulations to Corey M. who is our GIFTaway winner today!  Corey was randomly drawn from all of the registered customers in the store.  She won a $10 GC to Digital Design Essentials!  Check your inbox Corey! 🙂