In The Designer’s Studio With One Little Bird

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I am really excited to welcome Peppermint of One Little Bird to THE DIGI FILES and THE DAILY DIGI this month. I discovered her soon after she opened her store and instantly fell in love with her products! She is a very talented designer and I am excited to share her products with you! Here’s a closer look at her contribution to THE DIGI FILES:

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This is just ONE of the collections inside THE DIGI FILES #15 this month. Here are some gorgeous layouts created by our team with For The Birds:

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Layout by Katie

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: One Little Bird Tranquil template; My Four Hens photo action; Pea Jokilyn font

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Layout by Melissa, additional supplies: Fizzy Pop template, Font is DJB Renee Script

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Layout by Kelley, additional supplies: Template by Crystal Livesay; Pea Hanzel and Gretel Font

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Layout by Jacki

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Hybrid project by Sunghee, she created the template based on the birdhouse element in the kit.

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My name is Peppermint Granberg, although most of the time I get a lot of “No really, what’s your name?” or “Nuh uh, you’re making that up!” I’m a member of what I’m sure is a pretty small population of people who routinely have to show their driver’s license to people in order to get them to stop calling me a liar. My fiancé, Tom, and I live in west central Wisconsin with my 9 year old son and two thoroughly spoiled cats, Mo and Sisko. I’m the only female in the house! I work full-time for my family’s business distributing building materials to contractors – a job that will not land you a gig on Career Day, let me tell you, because it’s BO-ring and no one wants to hear about it. Then at night I come home and trip the night fantastic watching Reality TV and scrapbooking. And occasionally cooking dinner!

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Innovative by One Little Bird, Font is Pea Devon from www.kevinandamanda.com

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I’m a big keyboard shortcut user – the less I need to use my mouse, the better! So I move all over Photoshop without touching my mouse. It has its drawbacks because it makes it really hard to teach someone how to use Photoshop sometimes because I’ve actually forgotten where things are. I have a lot of favorites, but I just learned about this one a few weeks ago.

I am an avid user of layer blend modes in every aspect of scrapbooking, photo processing and designing. It has pained me for a long time to have to use that little drop down in the layer palette. You can Alt+shift”+” and Alt+Shift+”-“ to toggle through the entire list, which isn’t a much better option (but eliminates the mouse) so that’s what I had been using. Then I found out that there are key associations for each one and it freaked my freak out! I tend to abuse the same ones over and over, so I only need to memorize a handful of them. (Note: you need to have the Move Tool (V) activated for these to work)

Overlay = Alt+Shift+O
Multiply = Alt+Shift+M
Linear Burn = Alt+Shift+L
Screen = Alt+Shift+S
Soft Light = Alt+Shift+F
Normal = Alt+Shift+N

Also for text alignment, another one that required me to travel up to the toolbar with my mouse, you just highlight your text within the text box and:

Left Align = CTRL+Shift+L
Center Align = CTRL+Shift+C
Right Align = CTRL+Shift+R

Also you can increase and decrease your text size in 2pt increments using CTRL+Shift+”>” and CTRL+Shift+”<” (If you add the Alt key to that formula, you can jump in 10pt increments)

It seems as though it would be a lot to remember, but the shortcuts become habit. When I first started using Photoshop I kept a cheat sheet around to remind me, but now I fly around and if Tom is looking over my shoulder he’s lost within 15 seconds. Things are just flying and changing everywhere!

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I tried paper scrapping shortly after my son was born and have a few pages in his album, nothing too impressive. I’m not a good paper scrapper, and if you don’t believe me I’ll show you my album. I started scrapbooking digitally in 2005 when 2Peas first opened their Digital community. Digital scrapbooking was right up my alley because I didn’t have to pack up a bunch of supplies whenever I quit working for the night. And there was no commitment; I could move things around as much as I wanted. I did stop scrapping in 2006 when my personal life got really busy. I didn’t pick it back up again until January 2008 when I tried (and failed at) Project 365. Mine was more like Project 22 and then I ran out of ideas for photos. For scrapbooking, though, I knew I should try to get on a couple of creative teams because if I made commitments to designers I wouldn’t abandon the hobby again. Know thyself!

I opened my shop at CatScrap in January of this year, so just a month and a half ago really. I was hesitant to try it because most designers say they don’t get to scrap anymore and I *really* enjoy scrapbooking. Plus I work full-time and I was pretty sure I was fooling myself thinking I could find more time in any one of my days. But what’s life without challenges, right? I’m hoping I’ll always find a way to balance it all out, but I really do enjoy designing products and it’s the same sort of creative outlet for me as scrapbooking. CatScrap was already my home away from home, so it’s a very laid back, comfortable and relaxing place to sell my products. All the pieces fit nicely together to make it a smooth transition for me. I’m a work in progress.

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The Internet. Haha. I won’t even pretend I find inspiration in other places because they’re too inconsistent to count. I’m always jotting down little notes on things I saw on the internet, or saving color palette ideas to a folder on my hard drive. Wedding blogs, especially, will keep me enthralled for hours. Everything is so beautiful and the color palettes are genius! I also have a lot of home decorating blogs and random paper craft blogs in my Google Reader. Even the so-called “junk mail” that I receive from online retailers can set my wheels spinning. The Internet is a wonderful thing.

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I work, scrap and design on a Toshiba laptop, and I put this thing through a lot! It comes back and forth to the office with me every single day, and I’ve sworn I’ll only buy Toshibas from now on because it has far outperformed my wildest expectations with the amount of abuse it takes. It’s nothing too outrageous, it’s a Dual Core 1.67Ghz with 4GB of RAM in it (originally 2GB of RAM, we upgraded it about a year ago). It’s on its second keyboard, I replaced it myself even. I actually wore through about five of the keys – I told you I abuse it! I have a 250GB hard drive in the machine and I keep a 500GB Seagate FreeAgent portable drive on it pretty much around the clock. I keep all my scrapbooking supplies, designs, music and photos on the external drive.

I use Photoshop CS4, Lightroom 2 and Illustrator CS3 – and I organize all my supplies in ACDSee 10.

My camera is all old-school, it’s a Nikon D50 which they don’t make anymore. I keep a 50mm/f1.8 lens on it almost exclusively and an SB-600 speedlight. That’s my ‘every day’ camera around the house. Some people hate their speedlights, but I love mine.

My graphic tablet is also old school, it’s a WACOM Graphire3, the predecessor to all the fun funky ones they make now. It’s also always in my computer bag.

I probably lug 30lbs worth of computer bag back and forth to work every day. LOL You’d think I’d be in better shape, but no!

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Has to be Innovative. I had so much fun creating it, I’m in love with my little robot and the pennant alpha.

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Here are some of my favorite One Little Bird digital scrapbooking products:

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And some inspiration layouts to get your mojo flowing (layouts without credits are linked to originals):

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Layout by Katie, supplies: Paradise Found by One Little Bird, Template by Janet Phillips (modified), photo by istock, font is CK elusive.

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Thanks so much to Peppermint for being with us this month in THE DIGI FILES and sharing your talents, tips, and life with us!

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

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

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