CREASHENS: I Worship the Entire Line


I’m excited to welcome back Creashens to The Digi Files this month! Shen is an extremely talented designer that very rarely uses CU products in her designs. Her designs are spunky, fun, and full of personality. I love her doodles and the many, many unique patterns and elements! Let’s take a closer look at “Daydreamer” that is included in The Digi Files this month:


Here are some layouts created using Creashens’ contribution:

LO1Layout by Heddy. Supplies: “Daydreamer” by Creashens and included in The Digi Files #31; Preserved by Sara Gleason; Font: JenLin.
LO2Layout by Lauren. Supplies: “Daydreamer” by Creashens and included in The Digi Files #31; Font: Orator.
Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: “Daydreamer” by Creashens and included in The Digi Files #31; Field Trip by Sahlin Studio (staple) and included in The Digi Files #31; My Wonderland Kit by Karen Lewis (glitter drops); Font: CK Ali’s Hand.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: “Daydreamer” by Creashens and included in The Digi Files #31; Font: Smartypants by Darcy Baldwin..
Layout by Karen. Supplies: “Daydreamer” by Creashens and included in The Digi Files #31; Template by Jenn Lindsey; Font:1942 Report.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.clip_image001_thumb312
My name is Shen Guthrie. My family is originally from Taiwan, and I was raised along with my younger brother in Alhambra, California. I left Southern California for Northern California to attend college at the University of California at Santa Cruz. I graduated with a degree in Global Economics. I currently live in Irvine, California with my husband of eight years this July and our happy and thriving almost 5 year-old daughter, Kalea who is often seen in my product previews. Since 1997, I’ve worked as a full-time corporate graphic designer, and I’ve been designing digi scrapbook products since 2007. I love and am very lucky that I have jobs that allow me to create day and night.

I always think that my life isn’t really interesting at all to anyone else other than myself, but I always learn something new about myself with each page and each product I design. I like to think my creations help you learn more about yourself by finding yourself and creating yourself. Then, those who see and read what you’ve created, will be inspired and do the same for themselves. Thank you so much for letting me share my life and little design world with you here at The Daily Digi. I hope you like my Daydreamer kit created for this month’s The Digi Files. Everything is hand-created by me (except the nature stuff of course, but I did grow them!) and 100% CU-free. Enjoy!




It all started when I was about eight months pregnant. I was huge, sore, and waddling around like a duck. I went to a local craft shop and had the most difficult time bending down to reach for a piece of scrap paper at the bottom of the racks. Frustrated with not being as mobile as I’d like, I began to look online for supplies that could be shipped to me. It took me a while to figure out what these ‘digital download’ terms meant on the sites that came up in the search, but I looked around in galleries, and it all came clear. The first shop I discovered was CatScrap, and that was the start of a beautiful relationship… First as a loyal customer shopping like a kid in a candy shop, now as a loyal designer creating and administering for my favorite shop.

My daughter inspires me to create. She exudes all the wonders of and simple things in life. She inspires me to be creative. I am a sucker for anything in the craft shop. Anything that looks like I could have fun with, it ends up in my cart. And shopping with a little girl just adds twice the amount I would normally purchase. How can I say no when she wants to create, right?

I work on a PC platform. It’s not as purdy as a Mac, although I am fully capable of working on a Mac as well, but a PC is what I am most comfortable with.

The programs I design in are all Adobe products: InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Lightroom, and Photoshop. I just worship the entire Adobe line.

I work with a mouse and a Wacom Intuos, my best friend. And I also have tons of drawing/painting pads for my doodles and drawings for my kits and elements. I am actually more comfortable with a pen/pencil in my hand than the Wacom pen!

I currently shoot with my Canon Rebel, but I’m on my way to a Nikon due to my brother’s persistent “just go buy a Nikon” answer everytime I ask him for photography advice. (He’s a professional portrait and documentary photographer in the Los Angeles area shooting for magazines.)

Gosh, I don’t know if I have a great tip… As much as I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger, I feel like I’m terrible at giving instructions. Or maybe I just need practice. But here is a little something about how I shadow my layouts. I shadow in the direction the light/sun shines on the subject in the photo, mostly my daughter. For example, if the light sources comes from top left, then I will shadow anywhere between 115-125 degrees. If it comes from top right, then I will shadow 45-70 degrees. That way, my shadows on supplies I use match the direction of the light source in the photo. That’s my little OCD tidbit on shadows.

My own favorite product would probably be my Bliss kit… Everything just fell so perfectly in to place… My hand-made elements and absolutely no CU products were used in its creation… I just love everything about it.

If I had to guess, my most popular products are my Torn Bits. Good thing they are digital, cause they just fly off the shelf! But they are also the most time-consuming. For realism, I create them by hand, then they are scanned, and extracted. And we all know extraction is good times! (Not!) Due to popular demand, I better get going on some new packs!

Here are some of my favorite products by Creashens:






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

Go have a look in Creashens’ 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)!

Receive 35% off Creashens’ Catscrap store through August 1, 2011, so hurry over!