RENNEMARIE OF FOREVERJOY DESIGNS: From Attorney to Digital Designer

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I discovered ForeverJoy Designs not too long ago, but kept thinking, “Where have I been?! I love her stuff!”  She has a sweet vintage style and really fun ways of putting together elements that make me think of different uses than I ever have before.  I find her work very inspirational.  As I got to know her through her interview, I can also see her passion for life, family, and relationships portrayed in her designs.  She just might be a bit of a practical joker too.  Let’s take a closer look at “Wish” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using rennemarie of ForeverJoy Designs’ contribution:
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: “Wish” by Foreverjoy Designs and included in The Digi Files #30; Fonts: Pea Annie, Typewriter Scribbled.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: “Wish” by Foreverjoy Designs and included in The Digi Files #30.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: “Wish” by Foreverjoy Designs and included in The Digi Files #30; Font: Typewriter Scribbled.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: “Wish” by Foreverjoy Designs and included in The Digi Files #30; Font: Splendid 66.

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Layout by Tara. Supplies: “Wish” by Foreverjoy Designs and included in The Digi Files #30; I’m Sweet (template) by Linda Roos; Font: Sergio.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.

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My name is Renne. I live in NYC with my best friend and hubby of 18 years and my two terrific boys Ryan(12) and Liam (4). My mom and sister are my two best girlfriends. You may be surprised to know that for many years, I lived in a not so pretty,  left brain world.  I am a criminal attorney by trade. I love the law and trial work, and would like to think that I have helped some people along the way.  But when my first son came along, I made a decision to “unbalance” my life and focus more on family.  Then I lost my father, and had my second and long prayed for son.  It hit home.  Life is not a dress rehearsal. There is no rewind or even pause.  And some goodbyes are forever.  There are blessings all around us, but we must create our own bliss.  I have tried to focus more on the beauty around me and the art within me.  I once heard, “it’s never to late to be what you might have been.”  So, I’m keeping my eyes wide open, taking a leap of faith and enjoying this wonderful  fall into the world of Digi-design. 🙂

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About 2 years ago, I saw my first digi layout and it really blew me away.  I knew it was something I had to learn.  It took me a long time to learn Photoshop- (thank goodness for YouTube because I am a very visual student).  I submitted my first designs to Scrapartist.  Of course, I cringe looking at them now- but even though they weren’t accepted, Nancy Rowe Janitz was so kind and gave me good advice to refine them.  I focused on her suggestions and got a little better and applied to the Little Dreamers apprentice program.  I made it to the final round- but didn’t make it all the way.  I wrote to Michelle Coleman and asked for critique.  She was amazingly supportive and gave me invaluable advice.  I worked on all my weak points, and resubmitted about 2 months later.  I was accepted. So the lesson here is, don’t give up.  If you are an aspiring designer, any time you get turned down, be gracious and find out why.  I promise, it’s not personal.  Ask for 5 things you can do to make your designs better.  Now, it’s not fun reading these comments.  But you have to put your game face on, read it, own it and get better.  I never stop asking for feedback.  Except from my mother.  She loves everything I do. 🙂

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Color. definitely most often, it’s color. I will thumb though a magazine or catalog and see a color pallet and almost pop with the desire to design something around it. I have a notebook filled with inspiration pictures and will turn to it when I begin a new kit. I have also begun to collect online images with Pinterest. Very addictive. Sometimes I am inspired by a phrase. That’s what inspired me to create the kit I contributed to the digi files this month. It was one I thought of often with my second boy- that we tried so hard to have. “I made a wish, and you came true…” *smile*

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MY COMPUTER: I use a HP Pavillion with 6GB Ram. I also back up weekly on an external hard drive. I had one crash- a mini breakdown and a great IT friend. A happy ending and a lesson learned. Back up! MY CAMERA: I have a Sony DSC-H7 which I am happy with. Here’s another little trick. My son dropped it in a very deep mud puddle. And didn’t tell me for about 2 hours. yeah. ugh!! It made a horrible crackle and wen black when i turned it on. I took out the battery and chip. Opened any door that was on the camera- and put all of this in a big baggie of dry uncooked white rice, squeezed out all the air, said a prayer, and let it be for 3 days. I didnt open the bag at all….and when I put it all together again… *beeep beep* It worked! Good as new.

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OK- warning: I am about to be very shallow and vain. But sometimes…when i see a picture of myself, my jaw drops and how the camera adds about 30 pounds to my, um, lower areas. So….I have learned how to loose the “bulk” with a few clicks of a mouse. I duplicate my photo- and in Photoshop elements- I will open filter, distort, liquefy, pucker tool, then play with my brush size and wave it across the troublesome area and just like that- I have tinier thighs and bum. I have also used it at my friend’s request in reverse, using the”bloat” tool to add some volume to area’s that they wanted “pumped up”. I would never use it to make someone’s nose just a little bigger, or rear a little wider. Nope. not me. 😉

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My favorite kit is a toss up between “Steam Punk” and “Shabby Shout” although each kit is my favorite when I design it. My absolute favorite element is the rainbow of buttons in “Promise”. It took forever, but I am so proud of it.

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My best selling kit is a tie between “Country Time” and “Snow Day” but it’s pretty close.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Foreverjoy Designs:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Foreverjoy Designs’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Foreverjoy Designs’ store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!