In The Designer’s Studio With Catscrap

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I am so happy to have Catscrap with us in THE DIGI FILES this month! They are a very fun group of talented designers that each have wonderful strengths and signature styles! Here is a closer look at their HUGE contribution to TDF12 this month:

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You get this awesome collection plus everything else pictured on our Amazing Sponsor’s page for ONLY $5!!! It’s a great way to stretch yourself and try some new-to-you designers while getting some high quality products at the same time!!

Our team really had fun playing with this collection:

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Layout by Ana, additional supplies: Template (modified) Collection 22, Janet Phillips, Fonts: DJB Tina, Darcy Baldwin, and Giggles, Fontologie

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Layout by Karen

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Layout by Jacki

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Layout by Karen

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Layout by Katie

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Hybrid card by Kim, inspired by Flower Pocket card tutorial by Andrea

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CATSCRAP

The owner of CatScrap is Catrine Hallingstad, living in Oslo – the capitol of Norway, with her husband Jarle and their three kids – Tobias (11), Mikkel (6) and Emil (6). Catrine has been digi scrapper since August 2005, and designer since January 2006.

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The designers that sell at Catscrap are:

Birgit
Catrine
Christian
Creashens
Danielle
Dawn Inskip
Fizzy Pop Designs
FruitLoOp Sally
Fuchsia
Ida
Lynne-Marie
Madame Mim
One Little Bird
Sausan Designs
Syrin

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It all started when Catrine was home with her newborn twins, and had lots of photos on her computer. She wanted to do something with the photos, and not just have them on the computer. She searched around on the internet and discovered digital scrapbooking! She was soon hooked on this hobby. But, after a while she wanted to find out how the digital kits was made, and looked around for all kind of Photoshop tutorials and tried them out. After a while she had made her first kit and asked a Norwegian shop owner if she could sell her shop, and got accepted. Catrine used to work as a system developer, and while she still was home with her twins she started to get curious on how to set up and run a web shop. After some searching and testing the shop was up and running August 19th, 2006, with just three designers, Catrine, Ida, and Syrin. The Cat in CatScrap is from the first letters in Catrine’s name. When CatScrap started, we had so many comments that our products were so unique, like Ida´s wonderful hand drawn doodles and Syrin´s stitches (especially the loose stitches). Every designer has their own unique style, and we are proud of our high quality and unique design.

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The CatScrap challenges are a big hit for us. We have a lot of participation from scrappers including designers from other shops. The challenges are not only fun, but very unique to us, and the winners are always awarded with generous prizes. A couple of our most popular challenges include:

1) Something Old, Something New where scrappers must include items from the first product purchased (old) and from the most recent product purchased (new) in their layouts

2) The Right Accent where scrappers use mostly neutral colors on the layouts and then accented with one color to achieve the right accent

We have a very nice community with boards for both English and Scandinavian speaking members. The most popular happenings in our board is the Photo-A-Day ‘challenge’, where all members can post their photos and share their thoughts and stories. And we have the monthly BoB contest, that involves nearly no effort from the members, but the winner will be priviledged with a proud BoB blinke, and win a guest spot on the exclusive CatScrap Creative Team! To qualify for for the monthly Bob Award the only thing the members need to do is to post layouts in our gallery. The members must follow our gallery rules and the BoB guidelines. The BoB guidelines are very simple – the layout must include CatScrap products, there is no minimum or maximum amount required. The more, the better, of course. Based upon CatScrap team members’ discretion, 5 layouts will be carefully selected and recognized each week from the CatScrap gallery, and will be announced in the appropriate BoB thread in the CatScrap BoB forum thread. The members may post as many layouts as they wish, as the more they post, the better winning chance they will have. The monthly BoB award will be awarded to one participant chosen from the weekly lot of layouts selected that month.

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I wanted to share some of my favorite Catscrap products with you as well:

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Here are some layouts created with Catscrap goodies:

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Layout by Katie, supplies, from the Catscrap store – Primavera collab by Catscrap designers, Template by fei fei’s stuff

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I would like to thank the wonderful CATSCRAP designers for being here with us this month and sharing their talents with us! We appreciate it!

Go have a look in the CATSCRAP store and come back and tell her what you like, we will randomly select a winner from those comments to win $10 of free products from their store (CU products and Digital Artist Magazine are excluded)! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST and must include a product name to qualify)!

Catscrap has some great things in store for our readers!!

FIRST – a 25% off storewide sale today through Friday!!

SECOND – There will be a special chat for TDD readers at 5:30PM PST, 7:30PM CTL, and 8:30PM EST