in the designer’s studio with MICHELLE BATTON


I am excited to have Michelle Batton here with us in THE DIGI FILES this month!  I really admire the unique elements that Michelle includes in her kits.  Michelle designs everything from cute, themed kits to more sophisticated with a touch of whimsy (like her contribution this month).  Here is a closer look at her contribution to THE DIGI FILES this month:

mbatton-abeautifulbeginning_LRG This is just ONE of the kits that is included in THE DIGI FILES for only $5 for ALL of the contributions!  Here are some layouts to inspire you as you create:

Layout by Karen
Layout by Jenn,  A Beautiful Beginning by Michelle Batton, The Chosen One template by Sya’s Blueprints Font:Pea Jack and Jane
Layout by Katie, additional supplies: Template by Angela Powers. Font is Century Gothic.
Layout by buggie185 (Michelle’s CT)
Layout by c0r1nn3 (Michelle’s CT)

There are many more layouts created by Michelle’s CT and our readers in the Inspiration section of the site.



My name is Michelle and I’m a thirty-something, wife to John, and stay-at-home mom to three wonderful kids: Andrew (6), Emma (4) and Leab (1). I’m originally from Southeastern Wisconsin, but currently live in a small town just outside of Peoria, Illinois. I have a degree in Sociology and worked in the Human Resources and Benefits Administration field before starting my family. And just a few months ago I became the proud owner of Funky Playground Designs.







Adorable – Using About a Girl, Collab by Michelle Batton and Simply Scraps Designs



Pay attention to the little details – whether it’s in your photographs, your designs or your scrapping. Too often we get too busy looking at the big picture and we miss all those tiny little details that make things special. Cherish the little things!


I’ve always been artistic and a keeper of memories. When I was a little girl I kept scrapbooks with all those little mementos, you know ticket stubs, playbills, school programs, etc. Then when I was in high school I started researching my family history – collecting documents, photos and stories. My husband brought home a copy of Photoshop and I got hooked scanning and restoring my family photos. After I had my oldest child I discovered that I could use Photoshop to digitally paint and draw and got very involved in an online art community. It was during that time that I ran across digital scrapbooking and decided that to try designing and then not long after I started scrapping too!


Everything really – nature, my kids, art, fashion….and I have friends and customers make requests too.


I have a HP Pavilion laptop running Windows Vista 64-bit with 4 GB of RAM and a 320 GB harddrive. I use two, 320 GB Western Digital portable harddrives for additional storage and backup. I also have a custom-built desktop that my brother-in-law put together for me a couple years ago.

My go-to program is Photoshop CS2, but I also use Corel Painter X. Once in a while I use Art Rage, but not very often.

I have a Canon Rebel XT.

I have a 6×9 Wacom Intuos 3 pen tablet that I couldn’t function without, lol, it’s actually being held together with duct tape at the moment and really needs to be replaced. I also have a Canon CanoScan 8800F that I love.




September Days - Revamped


Here are some of my favorite products by Michelle

About a Guy - Collab

About a Girl - Collab

Rawr-o-saurus Rex

My Little Goldfish

Doodled Month Borders


Here’s some inspirational layouts using Michelle’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.







As a thank you to our readers, Michelle has created this coupon to share with all of us!


Go have a look in Michelle’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 to qualify)!