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:
Our team had a lot of fun creating with Follow Me:
Layout by Tara
Layout by Amy W, additional supplies: lunch alpha from Girls are Yucky by Designs by Lili; font-Pea Johanna
Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Template by Jenn Lindsey, Everytime I Miss You font
Layout by Trina, additional supplies: Wordart: Wordy – Happiness – Polly & Rufus; Template: Taking Shape – Zinnias and Swallowtails; Font – Century Gothic
Layout by Jacki
You can see more inspirational layouts using this collection on the Team Inspiration page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Delighted! I was very happy that customers seem to love the vibrant, graphic patterns as much as I do.
Here are some of my favorite products by Allison
Here’s some inspirational layouts using Allison’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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)!