I first became acquainted with “Listgirl” in January 2009 shortly after The Daily Digi launched and Janet featured one of her layouts (screen name Supertwinkle). I love her layout and her style (and she shares my obsession of a good ‘shave ice’, so what’s not to love?! She has brought that same unique style to her template line and we are all so lucky! Here is a closer look at Christine’s contribution to THE DIGI FILES this month:
You get this AND 6 other collections for ONLY $5 in THE DIGI FILES! It really is the best deal in digital!! Here are some layouts created with the templates included in July’s issue of THE DIGI FILES:
Layout by Karen, additional supplies: OScraps The Big 04 kit; Font is Traveling Typewriter
Layout by Jenny, additional supplies: Squishy Dots by Karah Fredericks, Simple Pleasures by Sweet Shoppe Design Team
Doodled Paper Arrows by Kate Hadfield, Enjoy The Moment Snippettes by Sahlin Studio, Vintage Linens alpha by Shabby Miss Jenn, Love Me alpha by Dilo, Vellum Tags by MickeyB Designs,Circle brushes by B Silvia, Font: Pea Nancy
Lauren Reid/Lauren Grier Lift Me Up, Ali Edwards You word art, Font is DJB How Cute Am I
Layout by Ami Collifello (Listgirl CT), additional supplies: Papers, Elements, Alpha – Sticky Sweet Collab by Amanda Carlson Designs and Jaclyn Baernardo Designs
Layout by Steph, (waves from template included in The Digi Files) additional supplies: Kristin Cronin-Barrow’s Tropical Hideaway
You can see more inspiring layouts using these templates on our Inspiration page.
My name is Christine Newman. I’ve been digi-scrapping since April 2006 and I’m known in the digi-forums as “supertwinkle”. I chose “Listgirl Designs” because I’ve been blogging for years as “Listgirl”, which started because of my love of making lists. I love digital scrapbooking because looking back on my memories with the people I love makes me so happy and thankful! It’s also such a great artistic outlet for me, combining my favorite hobbies of photography, scrapbooking, computers, internet, and writing.
I’ve been married to my fantastic husband Todd for 16 years. I work full-time as a financial analyst for a high-tech company. My job keeps me busy, but I’m very thankful to have a job and to work with great people. We live in sunny southern CA where we enjoy outdoor activities like running, hiking, and rollerblading. I have run a full marathon, two half-marathons, and a few 5K’s. I enjoy being active and I try to exercise regularly, because I love to eat! I also love to read, knit, make cards, and hang out with friends. A couple of more interesting things about me that people might not know… My husband surprised me with skydiving on my birthday a few years ago. I jumped out of the plane at 13,000 feet with only two hours of mental preparation! It was super-fun at the time, but I’m too chicken to do it again. I’ve also worked as a background actor on a few episodes of the TV show “Veronica Mars”.
Did you know you can sample colors from outside of Photoshop? I just found this out myself! Being the color lover that I am, this is very handy for sampling colors from anywhere on your computer or browser. Just open up Photoshop and open a file, any file. Click on the eyedropper tool, then move your mouse to sample a color on the file you just opened. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the eyedropper around. You will see that your foreground color in Photoshop is now changing as you drag your mouse around with the left mouse button held down. Now just drag your mouse outside of Photoshop onto anything else on your desktop or in your browser and the eyedropper tool is still there, sampling all the colors! Pretty neat, huh?
I started paper scrapping in 2003, when I made scrapbooks as Christmas gifts for family and friends. I made 13 scrapbooks (they averaged about 12 pages each) in a span of 2 months, and I was so sick of it that I never picked it back up again. To add insult to injury, I didn’t have a scrapbook myself, after making 13 for family and friends!
In April 2006 I was trying to make some scrapbook pages in Photoshop Elements 4.0 by myself. Then I googled around and found the wealth of information out there and even pre-made kits from Shabby Princess and Gina Cabrera of Digital Design Essentials. I was hooked! They were my first digi-loves. After that I stuck with the hobby, eventually trying out for creative teams at the beginning of 2008. Being on creative teams and making friends with fellow scrappers was probably the most fulfilling thing for me. Having pages that I was proud of and told stories was icing on the cake.
Eventually I felt like I needed a new challenge, so this seed of an idea started sprouting in my head. I had been giving away freebie templates on my blog for over a year, so I thought I would try my hand at selling layout templates. I opened up my personal little blog store www.listgirldesigns.com on Nov. 1, 2009. It was a lot of fun and also a lot of work to get my store ready. Sales went pretty well, and I started selling also at Little Dreamer Designs in February 2010. I have recently started designing kits as well. I really love and enjoy the whole creative process of taking an idea and developing it into a full product.
I love looking at color combinations. When I read magazines and look at print or tv ads, the colors are the first thing that jump out at me. I also get excited to create when I learn a new skill or trick in Photoshop or Illustrator. I love learning new skills and trying them out. Fashion and fabric also inspire me. I love looking at patterns and colors and thinking of new things to draw/create.
I have a Dell Inspiron 530 desktop running on Windows Vista. It has Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz processor, 3GB RAM. I have two internal hard drives: a 500GB for running the OS and applications, and another 750GB for data. I also have a 500GB Western Digital Passport external harddrive for backup, as well as Carbonite online backup.
I have a ASUS laptop as well. It has Windows Vista, Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4 GHz processor, 4GB RAM.
I use primarily my desktop to scrap and design. I sometimes use my laptop to design, but it’s mostly for surfing the web and forums while I’m on the couch next to my husband. J
I use Photoshop CS3 and Illustrator CS3 to design. I also use Art Rage for painting and glitter. I use Adobe Lightroom 2.0 to process and tag all my photos. I have used ACDSee Photo Manager in the past to tag my scrap supplies. I’ve fallen way behind on that though!
Right now I have a Canon SD850 IS. I keep it in my purse at all times and bring it with me everywhere. It’s how I completed Project 365 in 2009! But I’m saving money for a Canon T2i DSLR. I hope to buy one within the next few months.
It’s very close between 2009 Year-In-Review Template:
and Artsy Fartsy Template Set:
Here are some of my favorite products by Christine:
Here’s some inspirational layouts using Christine’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Paper Blocked Template #4 by Listgirl Designs
Everything else from Jennifer Barrette (Summer Reading, Boys Are Trouble, Growth Spurt, Boys Toys, Techtronic)
Font: mtf Cutie Patootie
Layout by Katie, additional supplies: Listgirl template A. Solid Papers by Amanda Heimann. Text is Traveling Typewriter
Go have a look in Christine’s Store here and here 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)!
As a thank you to our readers, Christine has created this coupon to share with all of us!