Tracie Stroud: The Good In Circumstances

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Tracie Stroud’s kits are ones that I tend to use for several layouts. They are filled with fun goodies that I just NEED to create with! I love Tracie’s colors, font choices, and her awesome ability to mix patterns so well. I always know I can use lots of her papers on one layout and they will look GREAT! I’m thrilled to have Tracie joining us again in The Digi Files! Let’s take a closer look at “I Am Beautiful” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is just ONE of the colections you get in The Digi Files and Digi Game during January, 2012. See the others we have revealed so far and don’t miss out by becoming a member!

Here are some layouts created using Tracie Stroud’s contribution:

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: I Am Beautiful by Tracie Stroud; Template by The Tattered Pear.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: I Am Beautiful by Tracie Stroud; DSD 2011 Template by Crystal Livesay.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: I Am Beautiful by Tracie Stroud; Fonts: Jailbird Jenna and Gimme Space.
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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: I Am Beautiful by Tracie Stroud; Story Starters (word art) by CD Muckosky; Font: CK Ali Handwriting.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Rainy Dayz Designs: Font: SF Katie

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

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My husband Michael and I have been married for 11 1/2 years. We met at college the first day of my freshman year and his senior year, and we’ve been together ever since. We have 3 beautiful kiddos, ages 6, 4, and 1. We live in Shreveport, Louisiana. I’m addicted to reading, Pinterest, and chocolate. My very favorite pasttime is just staying home and having fun as a family.

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I created this layout for a challenge that required using 12 different patterned papers. I absolutely love including lots of different papers in my layouts, so this was right up my alley.

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I started paper scrapping about 10 years ago. After our first baby was born, I didn’t have the space or time for all the supplies. I didn’t know about digital at that time, so I just gave up scrapping altogether, but I really missed capturing those memories. When I was pregnant with our 2nd baby, everyone on the baby boards was raving about digital scrapping. I decided to try it, and I was hooked! After scrapping for a couple of years, I really wanted to try designing. I started selling in January of 2009.

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Colors are my biggest source of inspiration. I’m always drawn to a color pallette first, and I build my theme around a palette, instead of the other way around.

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Computer: I’m currently using a Toshiba laptop with Windows 7 and 4 GB of RAM. I desperately need to upgrade though, and I’m hoping to do that soon.

Program: I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, both CS4. I use ACDSee Photo Manager to organize my files, and I use a Bamboo Fun tablet instead of a mouse.

Camera: Just a Nikon Coolpix point and shoot right now. It serves my needs for the moment.
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Don’t be afraid to use a variety of patterns and color in your layouts! If you use small pieces and strips of patterned papers against a neutral background, your photos still take center stage.

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I created My Bliss during a difficult personal time. It speaks to my desire to always try to find the good in circumstances that may not be so great. No matter what we’re going through, we can always look around us and focus on the people that we love and the small blessings that we tend to take for granted.

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I created Rock The Shadows Layer Styles to try to give scrappers an easier, more versatile way to shadow their layouts, so I included versions for 3 different light sources, and versions for both Photoshop and Elements, all in one package. I can’t tell you how many emails and pm’s I’ve received about them. So many of my customers have thanked me for creating them, and have raved to me about how much simpler shadowing is because of them. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that I’ve been able to help scrappers simplify and enhance their creative process.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Tracie Stroud:

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

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Receive 35% off your order of $5 or more from Tracie Stroud Designs with coupon code TSD_TDD_35on5; expires 02-15-12. May not be combined with other discounts, coupons or sales. Not valid on collabs or bundles.

Go have a look in Tracie Stroud’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)!