In The Designer’s Studio wtih Mari Koegelenberg

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I am so excited to have Mari here with us this month! She is a very talented digital designer, but she is also an amazing hybrid artist. Her hybrid projects are always top quality and so FUN! Here is a closer look at her contribution to THE DIGI FILES this month (there are also some hybrid/printable projects included in The Digi Files and pictured below):

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You get this kit AND 6 other digital scrapbooking collections valued at a minimum of $5 EACH for only $5 in THE DIGI FILES!! That’s over $35 worth or product for only $5! I know that it sounds too good to be true, but it’s not at THE DAILY DIGI!! Here’s what our team did with this fun kit:

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Layout by Steph: supplies “I Luv U” by Mari Koegelenberg, The Digi Files 12; fonts Susie’s Hand and Howie’s Stamps Lowfat.

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Layout by Rachael: supplies, “I Luv U” TDF12; Aqua Paper (Sunshine kit) by Suzy Q Scraps; Template by Janet Philips; all included in TDF12

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Janet Phillips template (Collection 35)

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Layout by Amy W, additional supplies: font-pea donna

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Layout by Jacki, additional supplies: template by Leora Sanford

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Layout by Melissa, additional supplies: Font is DJB How Cute Am I

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MARI

I’m Mari and I am from South Africa, but my husband was transferred to the USA for work in April 2008 and here we are living in sunny California.

My favorite subjects to scrap are my kids – Chrismari (5) and Christian (1). I am blessed to be able to spend each day with them.

Currently I am a designer at the Digichick and also a contributing editor at the Hybrid Chick and Digital Artist Magazine. You can find my designs HERE and view some of my Articles HERE. You can stay updated on news and events for MKC on the My Digital Art Studio Blog or visit my Journal for my everyday life and happenings.

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The printables for these projects are included in Mari’s TDF12 contribution:

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In Photoshop you can select your freeform path tool. Select the drop down menu and set the curve fit to it’s maximum of 10px. Use your pen to draw, you will see that the patch automatically smooths your curves making for smoother writing. Remember to select a sharp brush (hardness set at 100% and spacing at 1) and you can handwrite your own journaling!

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I have always loved creating, painting, drawing, needle crafts and even woodwork! clip_image001[6] In August 2004 I stumbled upon my happy medium – Digital Scrapbooking. It was not long before I started designing and creating Digital Scrapbooking Elements.

Fast forward a few years later and a fateful visit to my local scrapbook store where I met Belinda. She introduced me to Traditional Scrapbooking and all of the wonderful ways you can incorporate Digital Scrapbooking with Paper, I was hooked!

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I get inspiration from so many sources but I love colors! Color sets the mood and theme for me.

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I have a entry level Acer Desktop which we upgraded with 5 GB of RAM and a 500GB External Hard Drive. I use Photoshop CS3 Extended, ACD See Photo Manager 2009 for my Designing and I am saving up for Illustrator (which I totally love!). I also use MOZY to back up my files! VERY Important!

I have a Nikon D40 with a 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens. I also use a Wacom Bamboo Tablet for everyday and design work. Also as a Hybrid Scrapper a good printer is important! I have a Epson Stylus NX415 with a single ink system. No more wasting cartridges.

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My Bestseller is my 2010 Calendar Template:

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My Favourite product so far is the Golden Harvest Collaboration with Danielle Engebretson (which has several coordinating printable products you can purchase separately).

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Here are some of my favorite Mari products:

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clip_image001[8] Here’s some inspiration created using Mari’s products (layouts without credits are linked to originals):

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Layout by Katie, supplies: Mari Koegelenberg Studio 365 February Grab bag. Template by Janet Phillips

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Layout by Karen, supplies: Mari Koegelenberg Snow Much Fun bundle, Metal Bits, Stamped Alpha 4; Natalie Braxton string

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Mari, THANKS so much for being here to share your talents with us, we really appreciate it!

Go have a look in Mari’s store and come back and tell her what you like, we will randomly select a winner from those comments to win a $10 GC to Mari’s store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST and must include a product name to qualify)!

As a THANK YOU to all of our readers, Mari had this coupon for us to go shopping with! 🙂