Zoe Pearn: Doing Something I Love So Much

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I have been a pretty bug Zoe Pearn fan for as long as I can remember. Her products seem to find their way into my layouts over and over again. It’s been really fun for me to get to know the sweet and creative person that she is through working with her on The Daily Digi and The Digi Show. I love her floral papers in her signature shabby style and I’m excited to have her joining us in The Digi Files again.  Let’s take a closer look at “Isn’t She Lovely?” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Zoe Pearn’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Jackie. Supplies: Isn’t She Lovely? by Zoe Pearn; Celebrate (stitching) by Shabby Princess; Font: Marla Script by Darcy Baldwin.
LO2Layout by Karen. Supplies: Isn’t She Lovely? by Zoe Pearn, template by Valorie Wibbens.
LO3Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Isn’t She Lovely? by Zoe Pearn; Cinque (template) by Little Green Frog Designs, Stitching by Anna Aspnes; Font: DJB MrsWebster by Darcy Baldwin.
LO4Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Isn’t She Lovely? by Zoe Pearn; Single Me Out Vol. 2 (template) by Jenn Lindsey; Photo Action by Florabella; Font: TheSerifsSister.
LO5Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: Isn’t She Lovely? by Zoe Pearn; All Roads Lead Home (scallop shape) by PxlCafe; Staple by Crystal Wilkerson; Font: Typewriter Scribbled.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Hi there! My name is Zoe Pearn and I live in Brisbane, Australia with my husband (and BFF) Marty. We have two wonderful children – Josh (4) and Lola (9 months). I’ve worked as a digital designer since 2005, and also design traditional scrapbooking products for My Mind’s Eye, as well as fabric for Riley Blake. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to do something that I love so much as my day job!

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I’m truly a “hybrid” scrapper – I do a bit of paper scrapping, digiscrapping and hybrid scrapping! The one thing I love about creating hybrid projects is that I can design the page first digitally, which appeals to my perfectionist side LOL, and also means that I don’t have any wastage as I can print all the pieces I need at the size I need them. When I do a hybrid page, I do it as I would a traditional page in that I cut and layer each piece and then add real embellishments. I strongly recommend everyone try it one day – it’s very satisfying!
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I’ve always been into everything crafty, for as long as I can remember! All my life I have loved patterns – anything with a pretty pattern would appeal to me. I remember someone saying once that you should take notice of what you are drawn to in life, because that is what you are meant to do, and it is very true for me! I dabbled in paper scrapping for a little while before I accidentally stumbled upon digital scrapping when looking for fonts to download for my wedding album in 2005. I became instantly hooked, and started designing myself not long after. I joined the Sweet Shoppe team in 2006, and still call it my home to this day! I was approached by My Mind’s Eye in 2007 to design a line with my good friend Christy Lyle, and started designing fabric for Riley Blake in early 2010. And I have a few other ventures in the works, so stay tuned!

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I get inspiration from absolutely anywhere, sometimes the least likely places! This is always such a hard question for me as inspiration comes in so many forms, and I’m always subconsciously on the lookout for things that will trigger a creative burst. A lot of the time, I will picture in my mind a layout I’d love to see and create a kit around that idea. Another big one for me is colour – if I see a great colour combination, it might be enough to get me started too. It really varies!

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I use an Apple iMac with 4GB of RAM and 320GB Hard-Drive (which is NEVER enough – LOL).

I use Illustrator CS3 to design most of my papers, and Photoshop CS3 to add texture and for most elements.

I use a CanoScan 9000F to scan my elements – it really is a wonderful machine and can scan bulky items too! My printer is an Epson R1900 which allows me to print 12″x12″. I also use a Wacom Bamboo Fun as my graphics tablet.

My camera is a Canon EOS 400D. My favourite “everyday” lens is my Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 – it’s great for pretty much every situation! And my favourite lens for portraits is my Canon EF 50mm f1.8 – it’s a fixed lens (no zoom), but it takes gorgeous shots!
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One of the biggest rules I try and stick to, both as a designer and digiscrapper, is to keep it real! If I wouldn’t use an item on a traditional/physical scrapbook page, I wouldn’t use it in a digital page, so I won’t put them in my kits. For example, I would never put a real hammer or spanner, or spider, belt (or a million other things LOL) on a scrapbook page in real life. I know it is a wonderful gift to be able to create things you usually wouldn’t be able to with digital designing/scrapping, but sometimes it can go beyond realistic!

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My most recent release, “The Sweetest Thing” – the floral is so pretty:
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My best-selling kit of all time would be “Bloom & Grow” which is no longer available. Recently it would be “Those Who Want To Sing:”
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Here are some of my favorite products by Zoe Pearn:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Zoe Pearn’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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Go have a look in Zoe Pearn’s Store. We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted by midnight EST to qualify)!