In The Designer’s Studio With SuzyQ Scraps

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I am very excited to welcome SuzyQ Scraps here with us this month! I have really enjoyed getting to know Suzy AND her designs over the past few months since she applied to be a contributor. I love her color combinations and how she pulls together a kit with a complete look and feel. Here’s a closer look at Suzy’s contribution to THE DIGI FILES this month:

You get this bright, happy kit along with 6 other amazing contributions by our awesome designers for ONLY $5. Profits from THE DIGI FILES is what keeps THE DAILY DIGI running and allows us to do what we do! Also, there will be SEVEN random customers chosen from those that purchase TDF12 that will each WIN TWO $10 GC’s to our contributor’s stores! So, what are you waiting for??

Here’s what our team did with this fun kit:

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Layout by Rachael, additional supplies: Art Notes Alpha by CD Muckosky, Template Collection #37 by Janet Phillips

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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: template by Janet Phillips (collection 33), font is calibri

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Font is Fontologie Textura

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Layout by Amy, additional supplies: fonts-pea jennifer, pea mee mee

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Layout by Janet, additional supplies: paper cut templates by Emily Merritt, fonts are Typewriter Scribbled and DJB Gimme Space

And a fun hybrid project:

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Hybrid card by Kim

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SUZYQ I’m Suzy, SAHM to one rambunctious 2-year-old boy and wife to my fabulous husband of 4 years. We live in the middle-of-nowhere, Utah — what my husband calls “the sticks.” Definitely rural — if the power goes out we lose electricity AND water, since our water is pumped from a spring. But I love the solitude and peace. 🙂 I graduated with a BS in biology (go figure!) and now I find myself on the opposite spectrum of science. I love creating and I’m absolutely having a BLAST as a digital scrapbook designer.

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I read The Daily Digi for tips, lolol! But, since you asked, I’ll share one.

For scrappers who use PS: Here’s a trick for getting your text to “follow” the folds or crinkles on your tags or papers, or to kinda blend with the texture, so it looks like you actually wrote on it. (Does that make sense?)

Make sure your text layer is directly above the paper layer it’s “written” on, and make sure the text layer is active. Click on the fx icon (bottom of the layers palette) and choose Blending Options.

Towards the bottom there’s a section called Blend If with a couple of sliders. The black arrow focuses on the dark colors of the layer underneath your text; the white arrow does the opposite. Slide the black arrow under Underlying Layer towards the right until the text starts to disappear. Then hold down ALT and slide the left half of the black slider back to the left so some of the text reappears. Now do the same with the white arrow, first sliding it to the left until some of the text disappears, and then holding ALT and sliding to the right until a little bit reappears. It takes some playing around at first to get the effect you’re seeking.

I love using this when my text is on a folded tag or heavily textured paper, so that my text becomes more lifelike — like a pen was actually rubbing across a surface. Try it with paint strokes too!

If you use PSE, you don’t have this option, but you can try changing the color of your text and play with the blending modes. For example, on a kraft tag you could make your text the color of the tag, and then change the blending mode to multiply, and then adjust the opacity until you reach your desired effect.

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Let’s see … I started paper scrapbooking as a teenager — you know, cropping all the pictures and plastering stickers everywhere. That evolved into simply sticking on the photos with a few stickers (yes, still stickers) and calling it done. By 2007 I was tired of all the time (and space!) it took to set up to scrap, and then all the mess I had to clean up after. So I started looking for a way to use my computer to scrapbook without using some dorky clipart program. I stumbled across digital scrapbooking and I’ve been hooked ever since. I wanted to design from the beginning — I looked at the kits available and thought, “Hey, I can do that!” I was confident I could learn to do it and do well at it — I just really, really wanted to create. I spent nearly 2 years learning all I could from tutorials and playing around with my program before the timing was right for me and my family. I gave away my first freebie in December 2008 and started selling my designs in January 2009.

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Anything … everything. 🙂 I’m inspired by food, my little boy, nature, magazines, little characters in my head, wacky dreams, computer games, color … yep, everything.

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I am the proud owner of a BRAND NEW HP Pavilion 180t (desktop PC), so I actually know all the specs on it, lol. It has a 23″ monitor (yeah baby!), Intel Core i7 processor (3.0 GHz), 750 GB hard drive, 8 GB RAM (she’s smokin’!), and 1.8 GB NVIDIA graphics card. I’m running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. Sigh. I love this computer. The poor motherboard on my old computer was maxed out on upgrades, so it was time for a new one. Now if only it came in a yummy color …

Programs…
Photoshop CS4 Extended, Illustrator CS4, occasionally Inkscape (’cause I’m more familiar with it on some things), sometimes PSE 6.

Camera…
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 … it’s an SLR-like camera and I LOVE it! You just can’t beat 10.1 MP and 18x zoom … especially for the steal of a deal we snagged when we bought it. I mostly shoot in automatic mode, but it does have some manual options, and even a couple of additional lens options.

I also use a Wacom Bamboo tablet (small). Oh, and a sketch book and lots of No.2 pencils.

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My favorite product to date would have to be Love Monsters. I just love the cute little monsters and all the bright colors. But my favorite tends to change monthly, lol! So I’m sure I’ll have a new favorite soon.

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Hmm … well, my stitch packs are my most popular line of products.

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I wanted to share some of my favorite SuzyQ products:

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And some fun inspiration layouts using SuzyQ products (layouts without credits are linked to originals):

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Layout by Karen, supplies: SuzyQ Scraps Love Monsters kit, Storytellers 2 template; Font is Pea Jokilyn

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Layout by Katie, supplies: SuzyQ Scraps Roughin It and Not so Roughin It kits. Template by Janet Phillips, CK journaling font

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Suzy, thanks so much for joining us in THE DIGI FILES and at THE DAILY DIGI this month! We appreciate you sharing your talents!

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

As a THANK YOU to our readers, SuzyQ has this coupon for us:

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