IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH MELISSA BENNETT

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I have been a fan of Melissa’s since she started selling digital scrapbooking supplies several years ago.  I love her color pallets, fun patterned papers, and embellishments!  She creates amazing kits for both boys and girls and I always have a soft spot for Melissa’s fall kits, because of that, I am super excited that Melissa’s contribution just happened to be a fall themed kit!  Here’s a closer look:

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Here are some layouts created using “Autumn Memories”:

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Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Everytime I Miss You font.
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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: wordart by Audrey Neal
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Layout by Tara, additional supplies:  Font – Sissy Lynn (funky fonts) by NeeNee designs, NeeNee Designs PaperCropz template (altered)
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Layout by Trina
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Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: Template: Starxlr8, fonts: CK Blackout, Hobo Std., Pea Amy G

You can see more inspirational layouts using this collection on the Team Inspiration page.

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Hi my name is Melissa Bennett. I am 43 years old and have been married to my Air Force hubby Walter for 18 ½ years. We currently live near Charleston, South Carolina with our 3 children, Tyler age 16, Nicole age 7 and Skyler age 7. We are originally from Washington State but have been able to enjoy living in quite a few places across the country thanks to our assignments in the Air Force.

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I started out paper scrapping in the early 90’s and have accumulated quite a collection of papers, stamps, embellishments and tools. When I started hearing about digital scrapbooking around 2005 I swore I would have nothing to do with it as I enjoyed playing with paper and paste. After exploring the gallery at 2 Peas and seeing the amazing digital pages I finally took the plunge in June of 2006 and tried my hand at digital scrapbooking. I was hooked instantly. I used to design graphics in Paint Shop Pro prior and enjoyed creating so in August of 2006 I started trying my hand at designing digital scrapbook kits. I started selling in my first store in October of that same year. I have always enjoyed different creative outlets. I used to own a craft business and for many years cut out my own wood and painted primitive crafts that I would sell at craft shows. When I discovered designing digital scrapbook kits I knew I had finally found something that I could really love doing. I absolutely love putting together color schemes and then creating the kit with it. It is magical to see everything come together and I take joy in every kit I create.

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Color is the biggest thing that inspires me to create. If I have a good color scheme I can usually get a flood of ideas start running through my head.

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I use a Gateway touch screen desktop with 64 bit Windows 7, with an Intel Core i3 processor and 4 GB of RAM. For designing I use Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Adobe Illustrator CS3. I have a Bamboo Pen & Touch tablet which I absolutely LOVE!!

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My camera is a Nikon D50 and the lenses I use are a Nikon 50mm 1.8 and a Tameron 18-200mm 3.5 – 6.3 macro. I just recently bought an external flash and hope to start getting some mad photography skillz!!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Melissa

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

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Go have a look in Melissa’s Store! Post a comment below and 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, Melissa has created this coupon code for 35% off in her personal store to share with all of us!

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