in the designer’s studio with EMILY POWERS

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I am happy to welcome the amazing Emily Powers to THE DIGI FILES this month!!  Many of us will know and recognize her from her beautiful photography work.  She also has some great digital scrapbooking products!  She contributed some really fun products this month that you can get in The Digi Files EXCLUSIVELY (this will be your only chance at these products):

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Look at the really fun things my team created with these products:

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Dani Mogstad Just Stay Little kit; Ali Edwards word art; Anna Aspnes stitches
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Layout by Katie
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Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Explore, Learn, Grow by Sahlin Studio, Font: CK Jot, Chalk Dust
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Hybrid project by Sunghee, detailed instructions for this project will be found in July’s Playbook which will be out July 27th.
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Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies:  Papers, word art, ribbon: Two Little Pixels Collab, Template: Janet Phillips, Photo overlay: Emily Powers, Acrylic heart: Nikki, Flowers and pearls, Hero Arts, Font: CK Journaling

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John Newton once wrote, “I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am.” I’m a mom, a wife, an artist, a dog lover, a photographer, a writer, an eternal optimist, a teacher, a limping worshiper, a storyteller, a dreamer, an entrepreneur, a night owl, and a bibliophile. I’m spontaneous, determined, loyal, whimsical, smart, eclectic, organized, passionate, creative, generous, ordinary, and resourceful. Mostly, I’m just me, Em.

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Photo dates are a free and fun way to grow as a photographer. Your community is an oyster; there are pearls hiding in the most unassuming, ordinary places. Grab your camera, head out solo and capture the world around you. Want to experiment with modern portraiture? Invite a significant other, child or friend to model for you. I like to occasionally schedule a photo date with another camera enthusiast and take turns photographing each other’s families; that way I’m in a picture once in awhile too!

Go on a photo date each month and your skills will dramatically improve as you wade outside of your comfort zone and photograph new people, places and things in new ways. Classes, books and workshops are helpful, but they cost money and nothing compares to self-discovery; get out there and engage the craft!

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I’ve been scrapbooking, in one form or another, since high school, but I started digital scrapbooking and experimenting with photography in January of 2006, six months after my daughter was born. My sister-in-law, Angela, stumbled onto digital scrapbooking while browsing online. She introduced me to the concept and we both said goodbye to our paper scrapbooking supplies and never looked back.

Addy was my creative catalyst. Every day she changed, grew, moved on to something new and memories slipped between the cracks. I think it’s important to look back at where we’ve been in order to see where we are going. This is one of the primary reasons that I document our journey through photography, art and storytelling. One day, Addelyne will look back. She will know that she was loved and wanted from the very beginning. She’ll be able to trace the themes and stories that crisscross her life. She’ll know where she’s been and that will set her free to see where she’s going.

About a year after I dove into digital scrapbooking and photography, my entrepreneurial mind began to spin. Deann McDaniel, a close friend of Nancy Rowe Janitz, emailed me and suggested Angela and I contact the ScrapArtist owner about selling templates in her store. Long story short, Two Sisters Designs was born. When Deann decided to open her own store, we joined her team of storytellers. At that time, Angela and I also started individually designing digital scrapbooking products. After {We Are} Storytellers closed, I took a six-month hiatus, but then decided to join my good friend Liz Tamanaha at Oscraps.

It’s always been important to me to love what I do and do what I love! I agree with interior designer, Summer Thornton: “If you don’t love what you do, do something else. Even if you have to take a pay-cut, even if you have to ‘start over.’ Do whatever it takes to do what you love.”

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I’m inspired by my family, particularly my husband and daughter. Matt is my heartbeat. We’ve been high school sweethearts and best friends since the 10th grade. It’s stirring to wake up to your soul mate every day. My daughter, Addelyne Raine, is four-and-a-half. She’s a 3’6” adventure. If Matt is my heart, Addy is my soul. She’s taught me to live moment-by-moment with my eye’s wide open.

My Abba inspires me most of all.

“Welcome, child,” he said.

“Aslan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.”

“That is because you are older, little one,” answered he.

“Not because you are?”

“I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”

“For a time she was so happy that she did not want to speak.”

(From Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis)

Blogs are never-ending source of inspiration. There are many blogs I like to pop in and visit every day.

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Computer – MacBook Pro, Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Memory 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

Programs – Adobe Creative Suite

Camera – Canon 20D

Printer/Scanner – Epson Stylus Photo RX580

Tablet – Wacom Bamboo

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The Hybrid@Home, PHOTOLOGY, Expectantly Yours Kit + Album lines are all my favorite. One example from each is shown below.

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The PHOTOLOGY line

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Here are some of my favorite products by Emily

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

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Go have a look in Emily’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 tonight)!

Emily will be leaving digital designing and closing her store at the end of July, the products in THE DIGI FILES this month will not be avilable in her store (so grab them while you can).

As a thank you to our readers, Emily has given us this coupon code to share with all of you!

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AMOUNT: 50% OFF YOUR PURCHASE

EXPIRES: SUNDAY, JULY 25

ONE TIME USE.

GOOD ON ALL EMILY POWERS PRODUCTS.

EXCLUDES COLLABORATIVE PRODUCTS.

INCLUDES CU PRODUCTS.

COUPON CODE FOR TWO SHUTTER SISTERS:

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AMOUNT: 50% OFF YOUR PURCHASE

EXPIRES: SUNDAY, JULY 25

ONE TIME USE.

GOOD ON ALL TWO SHUTTER SISTERS (ANGELA + EMILY POWERS) PRODUCTS.

EXCLUDES COLLABORATIVE PRODUCTS.

INCLUDES CU PRODUCTS.