Roadside Designs: Credit to my Sister


I instantly fell in love with Roadside Designs templates. She has a template pack to fit every style of scrapper. From simple to layered and clustered and everything in-between. She even has 8.5×11 for the landscape and portrait scrappers of the bunch!  Roadside Designs really spoiled us this month with LOTS of goodies in The Digi Files! Let’s take a closer look at “Down Digi Lane Maps” that is included in The Digi Files this month:



Here are some layouts created using Roadside Designs’s contribution:

Layout by Kim. Supplies: Down Digi Lane Maps by Roadside Designs; A Magical Place by Connie Prince; Fonts: Sugar Shack Max’d Out by Darcy Baldwin Fontography and PMN Caecelia.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Down Digi Lane Maps by Roadside Designs; JellyBean Toes (alpha) by CD Muckosky; Life Composition by Viva Artistry.
Layout by Karen. Supplies: Down Digi Lane Maps by Roadside Designs; Wild About You by Valorie Wibbens and Heather Hess; Sara Gleason kraft paper.
Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Down Digi Lane Maps by Roadside Designs; Everyday Moments by Secret Stash; Tick Tock by Ziggle Designs; Font: Traveling Typewriter.
Layout by Tara. Supplies: Down Digi Lane Maps by Roadside Designs; Word Art from Ali Edwards; Just Be Kit from Dianne Rigdon; Font: AmerType Md BT.

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

I was born and raised in Northern Virginia, the suburbs of Washington D.C, USA. I have been married for 20 years and have a 12 year old son, 18 year old daughter, and a 130 pound puppy, the subjects of most my layouts. I work part-time at a Great Harvest Bakery near my home to keep me busy during the days and when I am not working, designing, or scrapping, you will find me out on the soccer fields, field hockey fields, and/or on the side of the wrestling mats watching and cheering on my kids play and/or compete (ok, maybe not cheering, more like screaming).






I will have to give credit to my sister. She is the one who introduced me to paper scrapbooking back in 1991. She created a wedding album for me. She taught me all about preserving our memories, about using proper materials, and about journaling events. I was addicted. In 2005 I fell upon digital scrapbooking and I never looked back. I don’t create much with my paper scraps so I sold most of what I had.

I have been on many creative teams before my designing days and always loved creating templates for challenges. I enjoyed it so much, I set up a blog and I started giving away free templates. In  April of 2010, Sharon with KsharonK Designs fell upon my free template blog and asked me to join Two Little Pixels; and in May, 2010, the Roadside Designs Shoppe was open for business. With the closing of Two Little Pixels, Roadside Designs relocated and is now exclusive to CatScrap.

Why Roadside Designs? I traveled much of my youth, driving across country most summers in my parents 1974 Winnebago Camper. I also traveled every winter to our vacation home in Vermont. Traveling in our camper was always something we were doing along with playing road games, coloring, reading, taking photos, collecting travel mementos, helping my dad navigate, reading road signs for roadside stops, and picking out which campgrounds we would stay for the night. Road travel became such a familiar way of life for me. So Roadside Designs naturally became a name that worked for me.

Most of my inspiration comes from the photos and kits I have used to create my own layouts. I have a few designers I love and have followed for years. I also love browsing graphic design blogs for unique and fun inspiration.

Computer: I have a Mac Desktop. I LOVE it. I have had it almost 4 years now, so I am ready to upgrade . . . in my dreams for now. My current MAC has a 2.8 Core 2 Duo processor and 4 GB memory. I added more memory on my own at the time of purchase.

Program: Adobe Suite CS3. I use photoshop to do most my designing. I am still learning illustrator. I also have Lightroom, but a very old version.

Camera: I have a Nikon D-80 I have had for many years. My favorite lens is my Nikor 18 – 200 mm. Between my daughter who is taking classes in school for photography, and my husband who is in the Real Estate industry and does the 360 rotating images for homes, we own many lens.

Anything Else: I also have a Wacom Bamboo tablet, I am still learning how to use it.
I would say my best tip I have to offer is shadows make or break a layout. I love a layout with great shadow work. I love to browse the Internet for any tutorials and/or advise on how to perfect shadows. Learning different techniques is worth the time spent. Practicing on different types of elements and papers is truly gratifying because the results really will show in your layout. My templates come with shadows on each layer, which can be easily modified, left as is, or removed so you can create your own.

My favorite product seems to always be my newest. Road Map Collection 6 and 6R are on the top of the list now.

I am a simple with a twist, template designer. I love simplicity and layering papers with a touch of elements. Each of my collections include a few actual elements. These are always the elements I feel help complete a layout or add to its unique design. I am an 8.5 x 11 scrapper and I know how hard it is to find rectangular templates so all my map collections come in 12 x 12 AND 8.5 x 11.

My most popular product is my 12 x 12 Travel Journal – Western Frontier Template Album.

I was inspired to create this album from my folders and folders of vacation photos left unscrapped. I probably have more vacation photos than all other combined, but don’t we all? I have several trips where I took hundreds of photos as we drove around visiting different sites. I wanted to have consistency in my vacation layouts and so I decided to create an album and scrap a weeklong summer trip we took to the Grand Canyon and Lake Powel, USA. I created this album so each day of my trip was a matching 2 page spread with a place to document the day in our trip and location each day. This album provides room for journaling your trip and multiple photos on every page.
Here are some of my favorite products by Roadside Designs:

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


Save 30% off Roadside Designs through February 1, 2012 with coupon code 30off4U.

Go have a look in Roadside 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)!