IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH ALLISON PENNINGTON

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I am very excited to be welcoming Allison Pennington to THE DIGI FILES during October!  When I found Allison’s designs, I quickly fell in love with her whimsically sophisticated style! She creates some very unique and fun designs! Let’s take a closer look at her contribution this month:

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This is ONE of the SEVEN collections you will get when you purchase THE DIGI FILES or subscribe during October!

Our team had a lot of fun creating with Follow Me:

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Layout by Tara
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Layout by Amy W, additional supplies: lunch alpha from Girls are Yucky by Designs by Lili; font-Pea Johanna
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Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Template by Jenn Lindsey, Everytime I Miss You font
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Layout by Trina, additional supplies:  Wordart: Wordy – Happiness – Polly & Rufus; Template: Taking Shape – Zinnias and Swallowtails; Font – Century Gothic
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Layout by Jacki

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

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I am a 30 year old Oregonian that’s been designing in some form or another my entire adult life.  After leaving my professional life as Art Director of a print and embroidery shop a little over a year ago I decided to venture out and see if my designs were of interest to anyone else.  When I’m not designing I busy myself with my hairdressing fiancé, our four kids, 3 Chihuahuas, and our small glass-working company.

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The short answer? After quietly digital scrapbooking for what seems like forever I worked up the nerve to participate in a challenge at a store that (sadly) no longer exists. It was such an easy way to transition from scrapping all by myself to scrapping with other people. I remained pretty quiet, however, as I’m painfully shy. The move towards designing wasn’t such a leap. I’d been designing my own paper and elements for years and after some confidence building answered a designer call at Polka Dot Plum in Spring ’09. When PDP opened September of last year I realized that designing in this capacity is truly perfect for me and a year later I haven’t looked back. Opening at CatScrap was a huge step that I’m so grateful to have been able to take. I get to share a store with amazing designers and phenomenal scrappers.

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Absolutely everything. Art of any kind is, of course, a great inspiration. The strangest place I find inspiration, though? I watch Supernatural with a sketch pad. The wacko wallpaper in their various trashy/retro hotel rooms has frequently been a great starting point. It never ends up where I imagine it will but that’s the way it’s meant to be, I suppose. There are patterns in Delilah, for example, that I hurriedly sketched on the back of a napkin while I caught up on the last season in the middle of the night.

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PC. Always a PC. 400gigs. Everything starts in Illustrator and ends in Photoshop if I’m designing. When I scrap it’s straight up Photoshop. My camera is an outdated Kodak. I also use a Wacom tablet on occasion.

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Besides my Digi File offering (which I love) I’d have to say Summer Catch. It’s so bubbly and cheerful and came together without too much over thinking on my part. (a serious rarity)

Summer Catch by Allison Pennington

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Delighted! I was very happy that customers seem to love the vibrant, graphic patterns as much as I do.

Delighted by Allison Pennington

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Here are some of my favorite products by Allison

For the Love of Paper Bundle 2 by Allison Pennington

Walking on Sunshine Bundle by Allison Pennington

Delilah by Allison Pennington

Last Summer Paper Pack by Allison Pennington

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

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

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