IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH KATE HADFIELD

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I am very excited to welcome back to THE DIGI FILES Kate Hadfield.  Kate is well known throughout digiland for her CUTE doodles! Her contribution this month is something that every digi scrapper can use to create a layout about our hobby (among many other things).  Here’s a closer look at Kate’s contribution this month:

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This is just ONE of the collections that is included in THE DIGI FILES during October.  You can get them in the store or by subscribing.  Here are some layouts created by our team using Scrapping 9 to 5:

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Layout by Steph additional supplies: papers and doodled sentence from “Story of Everyday Life” at The Daily Digi; font by Fontologie; template and title word art are included in October’s Playbook along with a tutorial for creating word art.
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Layout by Jacki, additional supplies: paper by Three Paper Peonies, stars from “Pump It Up” by Kate Hadfield
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Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: papers and pennant from “Story of Everyday Life” at TDD, font, Everytime I Miss You
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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: “Story of Everyday Life” at TDD
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Layout by Heddy, additional supplies: “Story of Everyday Life” at TDD; fonts, DJBBRITTANYscript, Courier, CKCursive, ArialNarrow, CKTrueType

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

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NAME: Kate Hadfield

FAMILY: I live with my wonderful husband and two gorgeous children in Cheshire, England.

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It’s rather ironic that my tip is about organization as I am one of the least organized people I know! LOL I store my photos in folders named by year, month and day and I also save a notepad file in the folder containing some notes about the photos. As I don’t scrap chronologically, I then use these notes to help me with my journaling when I come to scrap the photos.

Sometimes the notes will include full-blown journaling that I can just copy and paste onto my layouts, but other times it will just be a quick list of facts, or a funny quote from one of the kids. Looking back on these notes it’s amazing how much I have forgotten, even from just a few months ago! It’s a quick and easy process for me to just jot down a few notes or reminders and it’s really useful when I come to scrap the photos months (or even years!) later. I used to have scraps of paper everywhere and random notepad files all over my computer drives, but saving the notes with the photos themselves has been much more productive for me. When I scrap now, I tend to head straight for the folders that also contain notepad files!

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I was a scrapper before starting to design and I’ve always scrapped digitally. Although I have dabbled with all sorts of crafts over the years I have never paper scrapped, I love the control and the undo option that digital gives me much too much to ever switch to paper!

I started designing almost by accident, really. I wanted a specific type of paper element for a page I was working on and couldn’t find anything in the shops so decided to try making it myself. I really enjoyed the creative process (I hadn’t really done much crafting since taking up digiscrapping) and it all went from there. I ended up making some more bits and pieces and gave them away on my blog. A month later, I was selling at The Lily-Pad and I have been there ever since!

For me, designing is a more hands-on process where I get to be messy and play with paints and inks, scrapping is my “me time” where I can relax and be creative without having to clean up the mess afterwards!

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I love colour. Seeing a great colour scheme always sparks my creativity. I really enjoy the creative process that goes into the production of my designs, just the sight of my art materials all lined up and ready to go makes me want to start playing!

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I use a desktop PC with dual monitors (which I love!) and 4 GB of RAM.

I use Adobe Photoshop CS3.

I have a little Panasonic point and shoot (that goes pretty much everywhere with me for my P365 photos) along with a Fuji S9500.

My scanner is the only other piece of hardware I use, the rest of my toolbox consists of lots of art supplies: watercolours, pastels, markers, coloured pencils and so on!

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My favourite product is usually the one I have just finished worked on but one of my older all-time favourites is my Frank ‘n Friends doodles:

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I also have a blog freebie that I made for a friend that is very close to my heart.

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I think my Scruffy ‘n Stripey alpha is probably my all-time best seller!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Kate

Bring on the Cake! ~ doodles

Island Paradise

Cowboy Party Pack

Going Places

Spring Greens

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

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Layout by Dunia (TDD team), supplies: Comic Capers by Kate Hadfield , Sweater Weather Papers by Kate Hadfield, For the Girls Paper by Amy Wolf, Font: Bandit and 2Peas Funny Honey

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Go have a look in Kate’s Store ! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

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

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