Sugarplum Paperie: Bind and Gag Your Inner Critic

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When I think of Sugarplum Paperie, I instantly think of beautiful papers. From solids, tone on tone prints, all the way to patterned papers, Nicole has them all covered and does a beautiful job with each. I really love her shabby, vintage style, and her eye for colors (her color choices always inspire me to scrap)! Speaking of color, the colors in her contribution this month are some of my favorites!  Let’s take a closer look at “Every Day of the Year” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is just ONE of the seven collections included in The Digi Files and Digi Game when you become a member! Check out everything we have revealed that is included. Be sure to grab them before the end of them month when they will return to the designers stores at FULL retail prices.

Here are some layouts created using Sugarplum Paperie’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Karen. Supplies: Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie.
LO2Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie; A Joyful Life template by Studio Basics (modified); Font: DJB MrsWebster by Darcy Baldwin.
LO3Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie; Doodles by Lauren Reid.
LO4Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie; Staple by Crystal Wilkerson; Font: Typewriter Scribble Font.
LO5Layout by Kim. Supplies: Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie.Template by Cindy Schneider; Font: PMN Caecelia.

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

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My name is Nicole Seitler. I’m a 35 year-old stay-at-home wife (to Travis) and mother to four beautiful children (ages 8 years to 9 months old). We homeschool. This year I have one 3rd grader and one Kindergartener! It’s been a great year so far.

I’m a Florida native–a rare bird indeed–who moved around the East Coast (to TN, MD, PA and OH) over the last 10 years… only to return home to beautiful Sarasota in 2009.

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My crafty endeavors started about the time my first daughter was born. A girlfriend sent me a pack of handmade baby thank you cards… that changed my life forever! I knew that she sold rubber stamps for a home party company and that she held workshops to teach people about how easy it was to make something pretty with paper and ink. I fell in love with rubber stamping and for a few years I also sold for the company. I loved blogging about my cards! I used to run my own blog all about it with tips and tricks and instructions–do the best I could with my little cruddy point-and-shoot camera. It was fun!

Learning how easy it was to rubber stamp made me adventurous and I started to try all kinds of crafty new things! I began to quilt. I sewed outfits for my daughter. Taught myself to knit. I took up scrapbooking and papercrafting. And then one day I happened upon the wonderful world of digital scrapbooking. I had spent hours pouring over the beautiful papers I saw in my local scrapbook shop. But until I discovered the work of digital designers, I never really thought about the people that make these beautiful papers… and that I could learn how to do what they did! So, I bought myself a copy of Photoshop and set to work learning how to use it.

I started a new blog as a place to share some of the things I made as I discovered more and more about digital design. (My first [hideous] freebies from 2007 can still be found on my Sugarplum Paperie blog!) I then opened my own little shop on Digital Scrapbooking Day, November 3, 2007. In August of 2008, I joined The Digichick as a guest designer and loved it so much, I begged to stay. In February of 2009, I was asked to take over the helm of the ship and I’ve been the owner of The Digichick ever since!

I picked the name “Sugarplum Paperie” as my design name for sentimental reasons. When I was a little girl, my mother would call me her “Little Sugarplum.” I remember once she even ordered me a set of pencils for school that said “Sugarplum” on them. So, I’m fond of the name. As for the “Paperie” part, I adore making paper. It’s my passion! I’m a paper nut. (I still paper scrap, too!)

It took me until I was 30 to discover that what I really wanted to with my life had not changed at all from high school! It’s just that in 1994, the graphic design industry was… ahem… a little unappealing to me. I didn’t want to make “Computer Art” in primary colors on some crazy looking little Mac. If I had been born 10 years later, I would probably have majored in graphic design in college. But since I didn’t, I’m doing the next best thing–I’m teaching myself and I’m loving every minute!

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Color! I see a pretty palette and my mind goes to work right away…

toolbox3I recently got a fabulous new computer (a desktop) after years of working on a little laptop. It was a faithful little laptop and I hate to speak ill of it, since it never did wrong by me. But I looooove my new Toshiba. It has a touchscreen monitor. Need I say more? I’m running Windows 7 now. I feel like I’m finally “with it” now after years of working with XP and Photoshop CS2.

Even though we are a family of six, we all still fit around the table in our breakfast nook (for now!), so my desk lives in the dinning room section of our living room. I do most of my designing either after 3 p.m. (when my kids are busy playing) or after 8 p.m. (when my kids are all sound asleep).

Everything Else: I have a smaller Wacom Bamboo tablet…I’d really like a bigger fancier one, but this one still works very well.

Program: I use Photoshop and Illustrator (CS5). I’m a die-hard Firefox fanatic, too.

Camera: My camera is a Pentax K100.

Anything Else: My dear, sweet husband bought me a tablet for my birthday one year… and I never got used to it, so he stole it and he happily makes good use of it now every day.

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My biggest struggle with both scrapping and designing is that for years I have not really loved my own work. But I’ve found that the more you play, the more you grow. The more things you make, the more you learn along the way! It also helps if you bind and gag your inner critic and lock her up in a deep, dark dungeon.

Slowly but surely–if you don’t give up–little by little you’ll get where you want to be! I never felt that I was any good at digi scrapping but I kept at it and I kept on scraplifting others to learn more about this craft. I also kept up with three creative teams for my friends, even though I am beyond busy, and it’s been the best thing–especially my job as a Cretive Team member for the Digi Dares! Now my layouts will actually get chosen as Gallery Standouts. I’m amazed at how far I’ve come! So, if you’ve ever felt the same way about your work (or you feel that way right now), keep your chin up! Go create something right now and take one step closer to the kind of art you want to be making.

As for a more practical tip, is there anything better than a Clipping Mask? I love using those when I’m making papers. And Blending Modes, like Overlay and Soft Light? I could not funtion without them–for scrapping, for designing, for tweaking photos. If you don’t offen use those two tools, I’d highly suggest messing around with them!

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I love this kit for many reasons. The main one would probably be that I feel like it marked a turning point for me. I never felt like I could really tackle a themed kit until I created this collection. I also love that the feeling I wanted to give this kit actually shines through. It’s a kit that stayed true to my vision from the start–and I conquered my fear of themes, too! Yay!

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This was another kit with a theme that I pushed myself to make–and it turns out that people loved it! I’m so happy with how this collection turned out as well.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Sugarplum Paperie:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Sugarplum Paperie’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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Go have a look in Sugarplum Paperie’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)!

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