IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH KAREN LEWIS

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I discovered Karen’s designs a few month’s ago when I was cruising through The Digi Chick’s new releases. I saw a preview for her grab bag and thought it looked super cute (what I could see) and bought it. She was a new-to-me designer and as I unzipped and opened the folders, my heart started beating fast, and I couldn’t wait to fire off an email to invite her to contribute to The Digi Files! Everything was adorable and high quality and I was ecstatic! Karen’s products are adorably retro-shabby and so fun! I am a sucker for stitching, kraft, and plaids and Karen has them all in her contribution this month:

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This is only ONE of the collections you get in The Digi Files! You can see the rest of them on our contributors page where we reveal everything included each month. Such an amazing deal! These products are only available for a few more days and then, you will have to pay full retail value if you decide you want them. Be sure to subscribe to become a member so you don’t ever miss an month! Now, let’s look at some layouts created with “My Wonderland”:

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Layout by Lauren R

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Layout by Jacki

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Layout by Karen

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Layout by Melissa L.

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Layout by Heddy

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

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I live in Perth, Western Australia with my husband of 11 years Brad and our daughter Caitlyn (9).

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Something that I’ve learned over the years of designing is to stay true to what your style is and what you love to create. With so many different styles out there (whimsical, grunge, realistic, shabby etc) it is easy to get caught up thinking that you have to create products that will appeal to every bit of the market but finding that you possibly are missing the mark. I think this applies to scrapbooking as well. Use the products that appeal to you the most and scrapbook the way that you feel most comfortable. Of course it doesn’t hurt to give something new a try every now and then but don’t get caught up comparing your layout to someone else’s, at the end of the day it is your memory and it really should reflect you.

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I have always been a big fan of everything crafty and have given most crafts a go over the years. In early 2005 I picked up a Scrapbooking magazine and not long after had visited my local scrapbooking store. I made a few layouts but it didn’t really grab me and I found myself creating more cards than anything else.

Then in August 2005 I stumbled onto The Digichick & Shabby Princess site and being curious as I am I decided to give digital scrapbooking a go. I much preferred this type of scrapbooking but ever curious I thought the whole designing process would be interesting so in December 2005 I created my first free kit and started selling officially in February 2006. I’ve sold at several stores over the years but The Digichick
was always the place I wanted to be and I’m so happy to be able to call it my store home.

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I’m definitely inspired by surface patterns and I love the blog Print & Pattern. I love quilting too so fabric is definitely a great inspiration, all those wonderful patterns and yummy colours.

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I have a 19″ Asus Laptop with 4GB ram. I use Photoshop CS4, Illustrator CS3 & Wacom Tablet. My camera is a Canon Powershot A610.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Karen

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

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Go have a look in Karen’s Store! 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, Karen has created this coupon to share with all of us!

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1 use per person
Expires April 10, 2011