IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH NETTIO DESIGNS

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I’m sure I’m not the only person in digi land to be excited to hear that Lynette Penacho (Nettio) was going to start selling templates!  We are thrilled to be debuting her templates in The Digi Files with an EXCLUSIVE set!  I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Lynette better through The Digi Show (she has been on a few times).  She is a passionate scrapper and memory keeper and it shows!  Here is a closer look at her contribution to The Digi Files this month:

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You can only get this collection in The Digi Files and only during February in the store or through subscription!  Don’t wait (it’s a short month).  Here are some layouts created using Nettio’s templates:

NettioDesigns - The Digi Files Layout by Trina, additional supplies: Girl Thing kit – Lauren Grier; Template – The Digi Files 26 – Nettio Designs; Font – Pea Catherine
NettioDesigns - The Digi FilesLayout by Melissa L., additional supplies:  Jennifer Barrette Good Mother kit, font is DJB Brittany
NettioDesigns - The Digi FilesLayout by Anne, additional supplies by Ange Designs and included in The Digi Files #26 during February, 2011
Layout by Heddy, additional supplies: Celebrate by Various Artists available at The Daily Digi
KarenLayout by Karen, additional supplies:  Valorie Wibbens and Rachel Young Along Came Winter kit.

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

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Name: Lynnette Penacho

Hometown: Where ever the Army sends us – right now it’s San Antonio, TX. I’m a California girl at heart though. : )

Family: Married to my husband Adam for 5 years, no kids or pets

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If you’re looking to combine multiple papers into one layout, make sure to pay attention to not only the colors in each paper but the size and scale of the pattern as well. Too many large-scale patterns will compete with each other while too many small-scale prints will leave your page feeling a bit boring. I always try to place my more bold papers first and then fill in the remaining areas with smaller prints that give your eye a place to rest. Using clipping masks is a great way to do this. It allows you to easily change your mind and move around your papers as you please until you get a look you love.

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I discovered digital scrapbooking in January 2006 when I stumbled across one of the all-digital special issues of Simple Scrapbooks magazine in a store on our local military base. At the time, Adam and I had just gotten married and were stationed in Seoul, South Korea. As you can imagine, job options for me were quite limited so I was desperately looking for a way to entertain myself during the long hours Adam worked on the military base. I had studied graphic and interior design in college and had spent two years as a layout artist for my university newspaper so I’m pretty sure it was like a heavenly chorus of angels appeared when I starting flipping through the magazine and realized there was a way to combine my love of computers and design with personal stories. In the back of the issue there was a list of digital scrapbooking websites and I found my way to Scrapbook-bytes and The Digi Chick where I basically lurked for a few months soaking everything in and brushing up on my Photoshop skills. I created my first layout in April of 2006 and the rest, as they say, is history.

My heart has always been on the storytelling side of scrapbooking so I’ve always known that I didn’t want to get into designing in the traditional sense of designing kits. Plus given that I’m a really slow scrapbooker, I knew if I took up designing I’d never get another page made again, haha. But as templates became more and more popular, I started receiving requests to turn my own layouts into template designs and since I create my layouts the same way you would a template anyway, it seemed like a logical step to take. It’s all still very new but I’m excited to see where things go from here.

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My life. I find design inspiration in all kinds of things – kits, photos, magazines, but for me the heart of scrapbooking is really about the personal stories. My favorite pages are always the pages where the photos and design grow organically out of the story I want to tell.

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I use a 15″ MacbookPro laptop with 4GB of ram and an upgraded hard drive I installed myself. Yeah, I’m nerdy like that, haha.

I use Adobe Photoshop CS3 for scrapbooking and occasionally Abobe Illustrator or InDesign for other projects. I also use Lightroom 2 for processing my photos.

I’ve got an old-school Canon Rebel XT as well as a newer Nikon P&S camera.

I have a Wacom tablet but the only thing it’s been used for for the last several years is collecting dust, haha.

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Go have a look in Lynnette’s Store! Post a comment below. 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)!