Designs by Kat: Pictures that Tickle the Designer In Me

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I’m happy to welcome back Designs by Kat to The Digi Files this month! My team always goes crazy for the textures on her papers! I love her doodles and cute animals; shabby pattern combinations of dots and plaids on her papers and elements. Let’s take a closer look at “Close to Heart” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Designs by Kat’s contribution:

 

LO1Layout by Jenn.
LO2Layout by Tara.
LO3Layout by Anne.
LO4Layout by Kimberly.
LO4Layout by Karen.

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

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My name is Kjersti AKA Kat. I live in Norway and I’m married to my dear husband Paul. We have two boys, Sander 16, and Elias 8. We also have a cat called Scotty.

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Fun in the Sun. Elias is having a nice time in Rhodos, Greece. I have used Tropical for this layout and I also made it in to a quickpage. The quickpage is included when you buy the Tropical kit.

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I have always been creative and have tried almost everything when it comes to arts and crafts. I still have not tried to paint with watercolors so that is the number one on the list of things I’ll try next. I started out as a cardmaker. I sold my cards at a local hairdresser. One day when I was searching the web for new stash I found a Norwegian Digital Scrapbooking site. My life has never been the same since. After a couple of months with scrapping (I started out scrapping in Powerpoint) I started to design and I just loved it! I love spending time with all my colleagues, my great team and all the scrappers at Scrap Orchard. I’m so amazed by all the talent in this digital scrapbooking world.

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There are so many things that inspire me. It usually starts out when I see a color combination, a word, an amazing layout, a preview or a commercial with fancy fonts and colors. I have a quite big folder called Inspiration where I store pictures that tickle the designer in me.

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I have Acer Aspire 5738ZG laptop, 4 GB RAM. I use Photoshop CS5 and I love Illustrator. My old tablet just passed away so I had to get a new one. So now I’m learning to use my new Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch. I have a Nikon D40 and a macro lens.

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Since I started out as a card maker I always have that in mind when I start a digital layout. I build a page like I would do it in real paper. I choose a photo and find the paper I want to use. Then I search the kit for everything that goes just over the background paper like brushes, paint splats, rub-ons and so on. This items are “attached” to the background paper and have no shadow. Then I build a base of straight ribbons, scallops and stitching and give them a small shadow. Now it’s time for the photos and frames and I give them more shadow than the scallops behind the photos. The elements on top like flowers, bows, buttons and so on gets more shadows. I often do this when I’m designing also, build a kit from papers, to rub-ons, paint splats, frames and elements 🙂

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My favorite product at this moment is Tropical:

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My best selling product is Animal Adventures:

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Here are some of my favorite products by Designs by Kat:

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

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Go have a look in Designs by Kat’s 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 40% off Designs by Kat with coupon code kat40tdd through December 31, 2011!