One Little Bird Designs: Totally Random Things


Exactly two years ago this month, a brand new designer joined us in The Digi Files. I was surprised, at that point, to find out that Peppermint of One Little Bird had only be selling her goodies for a month and a half, but I knew she was going to be a hit! It has been my joy to work with and get to know Peppermint both here at The Daily Digi and through recording The Digi Show. I am always awestruck by Peppermint’s designs! I love the retro, clean look of her designs and I especially love her doodles and word art! Let’s take a closer look at “Narrative” that is included in The Digi Files this month:


This is just ONE of the collections in The Digi Files during March. Grab it by becoming a member!

Here are some layouts created using Peppermint Granberg’s contribution:

Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Narrative by One Little Bird Designs; Jumpers 17-20 by Crystal Livesay.
LO2 Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Narrative by One Little Bird Designs;  various free grunge brushes, font – DJB I “heart” DJB.


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Narrative by One Little Bird Designs.


Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Narrative by One Little Bird Designs.
Layout by Katie. Supplies: Narrative by One Little Bird Designs; One Little Bird Flight Plan No. 6 template; Font: Century Gothic; Photo by Rachel Hood Remember This Photography.

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

3 Totally Random Things About Me:

1. When I was a kid I could do an almost superhuman volume of sit-ups at a time so my dad would constantly challenge people sit-up contests ON MY BEHALF. Unsolicited contest organization, mind you, with no prize package for the winner. Sometimes he would even have me do them while I hugged a 10lb. free weight to my chest, and it wasn’t until I was an adult and was telling this story to someone that I ever questioned where the free weight always seemed to come from.

2. I don’t eat anything mint flavored. Feels like cannibalism. It’s a good thing my name isn’t Cupcake Granberg, or French Fries Granberg, because that would really impact two of my favorite food groups.

3. I am nerdy for spreadsheets. Man … I love spreadsheets. I was just telling someone a few weeks ago that my love for spreadsheets runs so deep that it would seem to be a foregone conclusion that I still lived in my mom’s basement (I don’t) and had a questionable track record with hygiene (I’m squeaky clean). But THAT’s how much I love spreadsheets.





Inspiration comes from the oddest places, this idea was ignited within me when I saw a Jeep commercial using this “genetically engineered to be legendary” tagline. It was such a strong statement, I had to put it on a page.

I tried my hand at paper scrapbooking after my son was born in 2000 – I had toyed with it a little bit prior to that but the desire to curate moments from our lives in some way went from a casual idea to a ferocious need after the baby. I didn’t last long as a paper scrapper for a number of reasons, but the primary one was that the cost, the mess and my limited access to cool supplies at the time really kept me from enjoying the process.

I started scrapbooking digitally in 2005 but didn’t really begin participating in the community and scrapping on a regular basis until 2007. In 2007 I went all in!

I started designing in January of 2010 and moved to Oscraps in April of 2010. About 6 months ago I re-arranged our lives by leaving my full-time job and I still wake up almost every morning and marvel at the fact that I’m able to call this my job. Stress and all, my hardest days here are still far more rewarding than my best days anywhere else.

My answer to this hasn’t changed over the years: The Internet. How did people do anything before the Internet? I will occasionally find myself drawn to an ad in a magazine or something that catches my eye at a store. But most of the time? It’s something on the Internet. Doesn’t everything wind up here eventually?

Computer: I have an HP Desktop running Windows 7 64-bit with 8GB of RAM and 3TB of hard drive space (across two drives). I keep all of my product files, photos and scrapbooking materials on the second drive because it makes back-ups easier. I back that drive up in real-time to a 2TB external drive on-site and off-site to CrashPlan’s servers. I have some real trust issues with hard drives at this point in my life! I have dual 26″ monitors, which were my husband’s suggestion when setting up my office and I thought he was just being “a man” about that – but it may have been the greatest idea he ever had in his life (aside from marrying a real catch like me).

Program: Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5, ACDSee and Lightroom 3 (for photo organization and some post-processing).

Camera: I have an old-school Nikon D50 and I almost always have my 55mm lens on it and my Nikon SB-600 flash. I know people hate flashes in general, and I’m no exception, but that SB-600 saves my bacon all the time. I bounce it off the ceiling or off a wall and never have any issues with it.

Anything Else: A Wacom Intuos4 tablet.

I use the same couple of Photoshop actions for black and white conversions on my photos without exception and they all create a very classic, cool-toned black and white images. Since I gravitate towards creamy neutrals and warm tones a lot on my pages I like to change the tone of the photo subtly to match my page without abandoning my favorite actions – and the quickest way I’ve found to do this is to add a layer above my photo, sample a warmer tone from my background paper or an element with the eyedropper and flood fill that new layer with it. Then I clip it it (CTRL+G) to my photo layer, change the blend mode to Soft Light (or Color, or Overlay, I try a few) and then I adjust the opacity down to 20-30% until it’s a subtle color cast that takes the edge off my overly cool photo. I like to be matchy matchy like that.

This is like asking me to pick my favorite child (which is one of my primary arguments for only having one!) I really enjoyed the process of creating this kit, though. And I have fond memories of my neighbors watching me wander around my backyard looking for the perfect leaf.

Hands down, it’s the drop shadows! Every time another product starts to gain on them there will be a fresh wave of interest in them. Creating them was the easy part, I couldn’t have foreseen that troubleshooting them for PSE users would be a two year affair. I only recently (as in end of January) managed to conquer Photoshop Elements and offer a way for PSE 7-10 users to get them installed in their own category in the Effects panel. And PSE users around the world rejoiced! (Or at least I assume they did…)

Here are some of my favorite products by Peppermint Granberg:

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

Save 20% on any order at One Little Designs’ Oscraps store through 3/24/2012 by entering the code TDDReader20 during checkout.

Go have a look in Peppermint Granberg’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)!