IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH MISTY MAREDA

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I was soooo excited when I saw that Misty Mareda was back to designing!  I instantly fell in love with everything in her store and watched, and waited, and watched, and waited, until she had enough products in her store that I could invite her to be a contributor!  I am so happy to have her with us in THE DIGI FILES this month!!  Here’s a closer look at her contribution this month:

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I LOVE the bold colors!  This is just ONE of the SEVEN collections you get in The Digi Files during November in the store or subscription.  Here’s a look at the layouts our team created using “Little Zoie”

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Layout by Lauren

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Layout by Trina

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Layout by Jacki

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Layout by Anne

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Layout by Heddy, additional supplies: Font is DJB All the Cool Chicks by Darcy Baldwin; Inspired by Thanksgiving Feast paper design by Kelly Goree

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

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Hi, my name’s Misty Mareda. I’m a 35 (EEEK!) year old mother and wife. My husband and I have been together for 10 years and have 8 year old twins, Abby and Noah.

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I assume that most designers give digital tips so I’m going to break out something for my hybrid friends!  I used to have THE hardest time trying to sew with embroidery thread.  I’m not very good at sewing, so keeping a straight line was impossible.  I discovered that if you take a push pin/thumbtack and simply punch holes in the desired pattern you can
weave in and out in no time.  You can place any image (especially digital stamps) over your layout or card and push little holes all along the edge.  When you remove the image you’ll know just where to stitch.  Just make sure you’re working on a self healing mat or you’re going to end up with dents in your desk or table!

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I discovered Scrapbooking at a friend’s house.  She was showing me all these books she made and I loved it!  All the fun paper, the coordinating stickers, and my favorite…buttons!  I could spend hours at Hobby Lobby and my local scrapbook store.  I didn’t have children then, so I mostly scrapped my friends and pets.  But, once they came along there was no looking back.

After I was published a few times I started selling premade layouts and cards.  My friend Janel and I started making our own auction templates to match our scrapbook pages and discovered how much fun it was to create something out of nothing!  We started designing these elements for ourselves and then
realized that there was something called digital scrapbooking!  We probably should have waited a while, but four years ago this month we started a store (The Digi Shoppe) and started cranking out kits.  We learned as we went along and I have to say, we had some of the best times just trying to figure out what we were doing!

I’ve had to step away a few times over the past 4 years to deal with family issues and then my own health issues.  Even though I didn’t quit paper scrapbooking, I always felt that tug to sit back down and play on the computer.  In all this time I’ve met some amazing women, had a ton of laughs, and I can’t wait to see where digital scrapbooking will be in another 4 years!

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I’m inspired by everything around me.  Something my daughter is wearing, or something they happen to be into at the time.  I love shopping or looking at magazines too!

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I do most of my designing on a desktop. My computer crashed this year so I had to pick up the HP Pavilion Elite with 8GB, 1TB Hard drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit,
and a 27 inch monitor.

To be honest, I had to look that info up.  LOL  I’m horrible with remembering anything with numbers! I just know that I can finally design all night long without my eyes hurting for 2 days afterwards.  I also have a Dell laptop but I just never took to it.  It feels strange trying to design on anything other than a desktop.

I use PS CS2, Illustrator CS2, and a small Wacom tablet.  I’m planning on updating for Christmas. 😉

My Camera:

It’s pathetic.  We don’t need to go there.

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Isn’t it always the last one you finished? LOL

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Here are some of my favorite products by Misty

Chatterbox by Misty Mareda

Sassafras by Misty Mareda

Cool It Now by Misty Mareda

Brighter Days by Misty Mareda

Caught Red Handed by Misty and Shawna

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

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Go have a look in Misty’s Store! Come leave us a comment 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 to qualify)!

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

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