THE LILYPAD: Hoppy and Fun

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Who doesn’t love The Lilypad and the designers there!?  The Lilypad has a strong reputation in the digital community for high quality products.  Each designer in the store has something unique they bring to the store through their designs. It has been a thrill for me to work with the designers and store owners since the beginning (they contributed to the second issue of The Digi Files) and we are happy to have them joining us again! Let’s take a closer look at “A Day At The Beach” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using The Lily-Pad’s contribution:

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: “A Day at the Beach” collab by The Lily-Pad and included in The Digi Files #31; Font: Typewriter Scribbled, 28 Days Later.
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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Trixie Scraps, Stitching: L. Weifenbach, Fonts: The Bold and the Beautiful, Heather Hess, The Sidekick Kid
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: “A Day at the Beach” collab by The Lily-Pad and included in The Digi Files #31; Font: Giggle by Fontologie.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: “A Day at the Beach” collab by The Lily-Pad and included in The Digi Files #31; Font: Boopee.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: “A Day at the Beach” collab by The Lily-Pad and included in The Digi Files #31.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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The Lilypad was born in the fall of 2006. Amy Martin and Natalie Braxton were dreaming up a new digital scrapbook store at the same time Amy Wolff was getting serious about designing. A few emails later, a partnership was born and, more importantly, a friendship. Amy Martin was pregnant with her third child and referred to her soon to be baby as “frogger.” It proved to be the perfect inspiration for the site and The Lilypad concept was created. The site opened January 1, 2007, with 4 designers: Amy Martin, Amy Wolff, Natalie Braxton and Audrey Neal. Soon after, we were blessed to be joined by doodler extraordinaire Kate Hadfield. One of the main focuses of the store was to bring in designers who were also fabulous scrappers. Amy Martin is herself a Creating Keepsakes HOF winner and a Memory Makers Master winner. The Lilypad continues their tradition even today with a shop full of multi-talented designers. In early 2011, Amy Martin and Amy Wolff passed the ownership of TLP to Kelly Carothers and Laura McCandless. As long-time members of the site, Kelly and Laura are determined to honor the handmade design ideals. They are also making TLP’s forums a “hoppy” and fun place for all members, making the challenges more rewarding, and interacting with customers on Facebook. It’s an exciting time to be at The Lilypad!

How many designers do you have now?
We presently have 18 fabulous designers including Amber Clegg, Amy Martin, Amy Wolff, CD Muckosky, Designs by Lili, Gina Miller, Heather hess, Jacque Larsen, Jenna Desai, Karah Fredericks, Kate Hadfield, Kaye Winiecki, Lauren Reid, Rachel Young, Sahlin Studio, Sara Gleason, The Tattered Pear and Valorie Wibbins.

What is the site philosophy?
The Lilypad’s designs are known for being handmade, hand-drawn, hand-cut and unique. When you visit The Lilypad, you can expect to see products that are lovingly created in that personal, artsy style. Original doodles, clever felted pieces, detailed stitching, painted papers and the most unique elements and templates in digi-land make up the TLP shop. Over time, we’ve added quality designers who fit that design precept. We’ve also created a family atmosphere that we all enjoy.

communityChallenges at The Lilypad are a wonderful way to get inspired and create layouts you will love. The Pollys, the amazing TLP creative team, work hard to provide challenges that result in meaningful, beautiful pages. The Lilypad recently switched to a rewards system for our challenges. The number of challenges you participate in determines the store discount you will receive at the end of the month. In addition to the store challenges, we sometimes have fun photo challenges on our blog and are always on the lookout for things we think our members would find inspiring!

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The Lilypad is the originator of the monthly collab concept “Build Your Own Collab” also known as BYOC. Each month the designers create a splendid mix of papers, templates and elements from a shared color palette. Customers are then able to mix and match the individual packs for a coordinating collab. We also ask designers from around the community to be guest designers and join us in creating the BYOC, as well as sell exclusive pieces during their month guest spot. Each designer has challenged us and inspired us to be better designers as a result!

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July’s BYOC is all about summer. Check out all the BYOC products like the ones used in the creation of this layout.

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Here are some of my favorite products available at The Lily-Pad:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using The Lily-Pad’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look at The Lily-Pad! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from the store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

The Lily-Pad has this event going on right now:

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