IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH PENNY SPRINGMANN

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I’m very excited to welcome Penny Springmann to The Digi Files this month! I have to say that I LOVE Penny’s contribution because it has many of my favorite things inside! I love the tone on tone patterned papers and the super fun doodles and scalloped edges and lots of PINK! Penny’s kits often contain very unique elements and adorable alphas that I find myself just HAVING to have! I had a lot of fun reading through her information below and I think it’s awesome that her girl dog’s name is Gary! 🙂 What a fun mom! Here is a closer look at Penny’s contributions to The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created by our team using “i am” and “i am Polka” by Penny:

Layout by Melissa, additional supplies: Cindy Schneider template set #78, Font is LD Cotton Candy, Florabella Luxe II photo action

Layout by Karen

Layout by Jacki, additional supplies: Dani Mogstad’s contribution to the Vintage Garden Fairies collab.

Layout by Anne

Layout by Trina

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

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Hi, everyone! I’m excited to a part of this month’s Digi Files. My name is Penny Springmann and I live in Arkansas with my husband, 2 sons (7 and 6), 1 16 year-old cat, JD, and our brindled mutt, Gary the girl. What can I say, the boys named her. When I’m not designing, I enjoy reading, running, hiking, playing, shopping, and creating culinary creations to test on my family. If you want to learn more about us, visit my personal blog: Penny’s Miscellany.

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My first layout I created using Family Time, one of my favorite kits because it was inspired by my love for my family. My second layout is one side of a two-page spread that uses my 12 Month collection. I love how my son totally hammed it up for the camera! I guess I’ve trained him pretty well!

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Backup your files! I’ve known many people who have lost everything because they failed to backup their computers. You may back up to disc, a mirrored hard drive, and external hard drive, or my personal choice – an online backup service (I’m sure there are other ways but these are all I could think of right now.). I prefer the online service for three reasons. One, it’s brainless. Once my account is established my backups run at night while I sleep. Two, it’s only about $5.00 a month so it’s not too pricey. And three, my files are stored remotely, so they are safe.

I also have some great tutorials written by myself and my wonderful team members at My Digital Stash (www.mydigitalstash.com) for beginning to advanced digital scrapbookers and hybrid artists.

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I completed my first paper album in 2000. It was of a vacation my husband and I took with my sister and her husband. While I enjoyed the process, I did NOT enjoy all the cutting, glue, and bits of trash. I began digital scrapbooking in 2003 after the birth of my first son. I knew I wanted to make a baby book for him, but I have a bad track record with glue and scissors, so I decided to use Photoshop to make some pages. (I was advisor to my high school’s literary magazine a few years earlier, so I had a basic knowledge of PS.) While searching for tutorials, I stumbled across a few digital scrapbooking sites. I was immediately addicted! From the beginning, I created backgrounds and other items for my pages, so the decision to become a designer in the summer of 2006 was a natural progression. Currently, I sell my designs at my own store, My Digital Stash and Sweet Shoppe Designs. I am honored that people choose to use my work to preserve their families’ memories. To this day I am still amazed at the number of wonderful people I’ve met and friendships I’ve made through digital scrapbooking.

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Everything! I’ve been inspired by my sons, music, television, colors, etc. Inspiration is everywhere!

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Right now I’m designing away on a custom built PC with 4 gigs of RAM, a terabyte of disc space, and an Intel 6700 quad core processor. I have a Hanns-G 28″ monitor. I use Photoshop CS4, Illustrator CS4, Artrage, a Wacom Intuos 3 Graphics Tablet, Canoscan 8800f (scanner), sharpies/pens/pencils, paint, and bits and pieces found here and there.:) If I need to photograph an item, I use my Nikon D50 or my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7.

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My favorite product is my 12 Month Collection, a collection that will grow each month in 2011. Since I began designing, my personal scrapping has taken a back-seat. This year I decided to focus once again on telling my family’s story. As a result, the 12 Month Collection was born. The collection consists of a massive neutral base kit that will be supplemented by individual month kits throughout the year. In addition, each month will also include 4 12×12″ coordinating templates to scrap the month’s photographs. My goal is to create my own 12 Month album, as I design the collection, giving me a completed album in December to print for myself and to give gifts! I am uber excited to get scrapping consistently again!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Penny

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

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Go have a look in Penny’s Stores here and here! 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, Penny has created this coupon to share with all of us!