In The Designer’s Studio With Janet Phillips


I am so happy to welcome my sweet friend and template designer, Janet Phillips this month as a contributor to THE DIGI FILES 12!! Janet is the reason THE DAILY DIGI began over a year ago and I thought it would be awesome to have her join us in THE DIGI FILES as she returns to template designing! Her “perfectly imperfect” design style is easily recognized by most digital scrappers and her templates are such a great starting point for layouts! Here is a closer look at Janet’s contributions found inside TDF12:




Can you believe that you get all of these, plus everything seen on this month’s AWESOME CONTRIBUTORS page AND THREE more kits that we haven’t revealed yet for ONLY $5 in TDF12!?!? It seems too good to be real, but it’s NOT at THE DAILY DIGI!!!

Here is what our team created with Janet’s templates:


Layout by Ana, supplies: Template Sensational Single 1, Janet Phillips (TDF 12); Papers Flourish, Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Flowers Summer Sorbet, Zoe Pearn; Ribbon and hearts I Loved Her First, Traci Reed; Alpha Live your life, Traci Reed; Bad Sewing Machine 17, Traci Reed; Font DJB It’s Meeegan, Darcy Baldwin.


Layout by Karen, supplies: 2Many Photos 11 template (left side only), Fee Jardine Crazy 4 U kit, Font is Lilly


Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Amy Wolff Quiet Morning papers; Gina Miller Snowdrops elements; Dani Mogstad graph alpha; Fonts are Fontologie Giggles and CK Ali’s Writing


Layout by Katie, additional supplies: Easily Amused by Traci Reed. Alpha by Lisa Whitney. Font is CK journaling.


Layout by Jacki, supplies: Sensational Single #2 by Janet Phillips (TDF12); Kicks by Libby Weifenbach (SSD)


Card by Steph, supplies: 2 Many Photos 11 (left side only, rotated counter-clockwise 90 degrees). Digital kits by Melissa Bennett. Paper scrapbooking supplies: brads by Basic Grey and black ink.



My name is Janet Phillips but I hear “mom” a zillion times a day more than I hear “Janet”. My husband Jason and I have been married for ten years and have lived in Asia for seven of those years. We are currently in Indonesia. We have four beautiful blond headed kids. I homeschool by day, scrap by night, and do most everything while drinking coffee.






Janet posts most of her layouts here and here’s one she chose to share today:

Snow Princess


My number one tip for scrappers is to remember who you are scrapping for. The comments you get on a layout, the supplies you use, the “in style” techniques don’t matter. What matters is that you stay true to why you scrap — which for most people, is for their family and for preserving memories. That means your pages don’t have to be perfect, you can re-use a kit, and your journaling should be real.


I saw my first scrapbooks when I was in high school. I was in awe of them and I longed to be a part of it. For the next few years I collected supplies, took tons of photos, and averaged about two pages a year. I loved the idea of scrapbooking but the thought of getting out all the stuff overwhelmed me. In 2005 a friend of mine gave me a stack of scrapbooking magazines and I read an article about digital scrapbooking. I bought Photoshop Elements 3, Photoshop Elements 3 for Dummies, and then I got started. Five years and over 1000 pages later, I still love it as much as I did at the beginning.

In August of 2006 a designer sent me a free template to use. I did half a layout and then thought, “Hey! I can do this!” I have been creating templates ever since…at The Digi Shoppe, then to Scrapbook Graphics, then here at THE DAILY DIGI, and now at Sweet Shoppe Designs.


I need to create. Each day I need to do something creative. It meets a deep need in my soul and some days I feel like I can’t accomplish anything until I do something creative. Digital scrapbooking is the easiest way to meet the need and it makes the least amount of mess!
I also love stories…love learning about myself and others. I wish I knew more about my own childhood. I feel inspired to preserve the story of my children’s lives while they are still too young to do it themselves.


I have a 20 inch iMac with 2 gigs of ram. I bought a Mac two years ago and spent about two months in total buyers remorse. I hated it. Then I bought, “Switching to Mac for Dummies” and learned a few key things and now I would never, ever, ever go back to a PC. I love my mac!


Although I have Photoshop CS3 and use it on occasion for designing, I scrap 100% of the time in Photoshop Elements. I LOVE it and am happy to share with people about how powerful of a program it is.


I shoot with a Canon 20D and almost never take off my Tamron 28-75 2.8 lens. My camera is dying, though, and I will most likely upgrade to a 50D (though I am drooling over the 7D but I do NOT need that much camera!)




My all-time best selling product is my first template single called RING RING. I created it about a month after I started designing! After a long time in the vault, I have re-released it with the original and a new and improved version!



Here are some of my favorite goodies found in Janet’s store:






Here’s some inspiration for you using Janet’s awesome templates(layouts without credits are linked to originals):


Layout by Jacki, supplies: Template 2 Many Photos #2 by Janet Phillips; Doodles from Sandy Toes, Sunny Santa by Kate Hadfield; Alpha from Backyard Bliss by Kate Hadfield; Paper from Sandy Toes by Gina Miller


Layout by Karen, supplies: Janet Phillips Collection 8 template; Songbird Ave. Port Au Prince kit; Fonts are Hatcheck and Pea Bandit


Layout by Katie, supplies: Janet Phillips template Collection 1. Technophile by Traci Reed and Lliella Designs. Font is Arial.



Go have a look in Janet’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 Janet’s store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST and must include a product name to qualify)!

As a THANK YOU to THE DAILY DIGI readers, Janet has this coupon: