in the designer’s studio with VALORIE WIBBENS


I am uber excited to welcome the very talented Valorie Wibbens to THE DIGI FILES this month!  I asked her to join us several months ago after discovering her store.  I love her artsy-with-a-touch-of-craftsy style.  She does some very unique and fun things! Here is a closer look at her contribution that you can get along with everything else in THE DIGI FILES this month:

VW_Beauty Within

Here’s what our team created with “Beauty Within”:


Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Also used Valorie Wibbens Topography Template No. 26
image Layout by Dunia
image Layout by Amy Wolff, additional supplies:   font-CK ali
also used Valorie’s topography #34
Layout by Jenny, additional supplies: Template by Tiffany Tillman (from the Summer Templates class), Fonts: My Own Topher and Century Gothic
Layout by Sharon S (a reader), additional supplies: Template: Merkeley Designs, Fonts: KA Phraseology, Century Gothic, JWFullofHeart

You can see many more layouts created using this collection in our Team Inspiration section of the site.



Hi there! My name is Valorie Wibbens and I live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in beautiful Colorado. I feel very blessed to be a stay-at-home-mom for my 3 kiddos- ages 14, 12, and 4, and have been married for almost 15 years now! Besides digital scrapbooking, I love photography, stitching, knitting and crocheting, the snow, the beach, the color green, art, lattes and anything handmade!



WSnow Song


I think most of us are afraid of bold backgrounds and as I DO know how it feels I wanted to share that it’s actually a fun way to challenge yourself! I love to challenge myself and find that I use bold backgrounds more and more on my layouts these days! I like that it seems like a “naughty” thing to do! Haha! Not ALL bold backgrounds will go well with ALL photos but the trick is to place the photo on the paper and see if they visually compete with each other. If you’re having a hard time focusing on the photo (which I think is the most important thing!), then it’s probably not a good match. Before you give up on that photo/paper combination, though, try changing the scale of the photo or maybe turning the photo into a black and white. I find that if the photo is “busy” with a lot going on, you probably will want a paper with a bolder, larger scale motif. I also find that the bolder backgrounds like a simpler designed LO. Another big thing to consider is contrast. Contrast in color, “busy-ness”, pattern, and of course scale, between your paper and photos is what will make using bold backgrounds work! Ready to give it a try? Hope so! I think it’s fun to challenge ourselves and try something different! Ya never know……


I’ve always done the artsy and crafty thing and even physically scrapbooked here and there throughout my life. We’re not gonna talk about those scrapbooks though, because they are omygoodness BAD! As with many of us, as I started having kids, my love of photography grew. After getting my degree in Fine Art, we moved to Colorado and it was here, that I began playing with my photo’s and their stories through scrapbooking. I think I saw my first digital scrapbooking magazine in 2006 and was completely in awe and dumbfounded! I knew I had to learn how they do that! For Christmas 2007, my DH bought me the most incredible gift of a new Mac and my first photoshop, CS2! I quickly taught myself digital scrapbooking through various tutorials and I was officially HOOKED! By the end of 2008, I started entertaining the idea of designing and opened my first shop in February 2009!


Definitely color! I actually love looking at designed rooms and pulling color from them! It just makes me happy!


I use a Mac with 2GB of ram, CS4, Illustrator, and my Bamboo Tablet.

My camera is a Nikon D70 with a kit lens 18-70mm, 50mm 1.8, and 60mm 2.8.


Hmmmm…this one (included in THE DIGI FILES), Beauty Within -haha!

VW_Beauty Within


That’s a tough one too…I’m gonna guess- Smile!



Here are some of my favorite products by Valorie:

be green

Fresh Produce

Make a Wish


Hand Stitched Felt Alpha


Here’s some inspirational layouts using Valorie’s products. Layouts without credits are linked to the originals.



Layout by Dunia, supplies: Kitchsy Kamera and An Easy Way 5 – Layered Template by Dúnia at ZigZag Font: 2Peas Artsy





Go have a look in Valorie’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 today)!

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