Fiddle Dee Dee: Scrapping About People You Love


I started seeing Fiddle Dee Dee templates credited on layouts by my team several months ago. It seemed every time I turned around Fiddle Dee Dee was there! I always love the layouts created using her templates! I especially love the large photo spots she includes on many of her templates. Let’s take a closer look at “Fuss Free: Daily Goodness” that is included in The Digi Files this month:


Here are some layouts created using Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs’s contribution:


Layout by Karen. Supplies: Fuss Free: Daily Goodness by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Captured by Shabby Miss Jenn.


Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: Fuss Free: Daily Goodness by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Exclusive “Celebrate” Kit from The Daily Digi; Fonts: Typewriter Scribble, CK Ali.
Layout by Kim. Supplies: Fuss Free: Daily Goodness by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Gnome Sweet Gnome by Dani Mogstad; Font: CK Roxy.
Layout by Anne. Supplies: Fuss Free: Daily Goodness by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; 100% Me by Val C Designs; Font: Typewriter Scribbled.
Layout by Jen. Supplies: Fuss Free: Daily Goodness by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Love You Because by Designs by Kat; All About Me by Scrap Orchard Designers: Font: Journal Away by Fontologie.

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

My name is Cheryl Ashcraft and I’m a native Floridian living in Northwest Florida on the Gulf Coast. My husband Jay and I have been married for eighteen years, and we have two children. Olivia is fourteen and Daniel is six and they are the delight of my life. I’m a domestic goddess, working daily to make sure that my family home is a haven and I work part-time as a digital scrapbooking template designer. Besides digital scrapbooking and template designing, I’m an avid reader and I attempt to read a book a week. In addition, I cross stitch and embroider, and have recently rediscovered a love for pen sketching. I also adore hunting for treasures at thrift stores and estate sales.





I would love to put up every layout I’ve made, but I’ve just highlighted one that shows off my family. Everyday moments just make me happy. I think that if you are scrapping about the people you love, you’ll end up with layouts you love.

Summer Day Trip:


I started paper scrapbooking in 1996 when I was pregnant with my daughter Olivia. My mother bought me an 8.5×11 album kit. It was the height of coolness at that time, but now I shudder when I look at the colors that were included in the paper frames and stickers. I started digital scrapbooking in August 2007 after I read a Jessica Sprague article about photo editing in the Fall of 2006. I downloaded a trial version of Photoshop Elements and loved what I could do with it, so I got the software for Christmas. I used the program for photo edits only until late Summer 2007, when I stumbled across a digital supplies site. I was hooked from that moment! My son was two years old at that time, so the ability to be creative and not worry about scissors or glue or tape being at his disposal was very appealing. I am definitely a scrapper first and then a designer. I started converting my layouts to templates in February 2010 with a guest spot at The Digichick. I was asked to stay as a designer at the store and spent over a year there. I recently moved my storefront to ScrapOrchard in July 2011. My layouts are created for my own personal scrapbooks, and I love being able to share the love and care that I put into my own pages via my templates.

There’s something inside me that wants to make some beautiful every single day. I’m often inspired by home decorating sites or fashion blogs that I peruse when I’m relaxing, but most often the photographs that I take of my family give me an internal push to create layouts. And of course, I make layouts for some amazing digital scrapbooking designers, and their kits open up countless avenues of creativity.

Computer: OS: Windows XP
Monitor: LG 1920×1080 widescreen
I just got a new video card that’s really being hampered by the lack of RAM ~ waiting on my hubby to build me a new computer that will let that video card scream! :o)
Program: Photoshop Elements 9.0, ACDSee 14, Lightroom 3.4
Camera: Nikon D5000
Anything Else: Wacom Bamboo Fun

Templates give the scrapper suggestions for placement of papers, elements and photos ~ similar to a puzzle or a pattern. The template can be used “as is,” but the digital scrapbooker should feel free to add or delete any piece of the template puzzle in order to create a layout that suits their purposes. For instance, just because one of my templates has spots for circular photos doesn’t mean that the digital scrapbooker can’t replace those with square or rectangular photo shapes, or simply delete the photo spots to create a photo-less layout. Or if my template has loads of flowers and leaves (yes, they are on almost every one of my templates LOL) doesn’t mean that those flowers and leaves can’t be replaced with other digital scrapbooking kit elements. A scrapbooker that uses templates can’t be without the keyboard shortcuts CTRL+G to clip papers and photos to template shapes and CTRL+E to merge the clipped layers. If you need more in depth instructions for using templates, there is a step-by-step tutorial on my blog:

I love using a variety of papers and elements to create a collage-type feel on my layouts. This particular set was the beginning of a series of templates featuring fun ways of using papers on layouts. Although I love all the templates in this series, this first set took a long time to get just right when I was converting it from layout to template format, and I feel like the templates look almost as good as the layouts.

I think Fuss Free: Among The Waves is so popular because of the flow of the composition on each template in the pack. This set was inspired by the Gulf Coast beaches that I grew up on and that I still live near today.

Here are some of my favorite products by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs:

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



Receive 35% off Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs’s store with coupon code  fdd_35_TDD (expires 1/12/2012).

Go have a look in Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs’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)!

P.S. SusanW was the random winner from yesterday’s feature on Viva Artistry. She won $10 in product from Viva!