Misty Cato: A Great Deal of Coffee

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Misty was one of the first designers to join The Digi Files when she appeared in the second issue. She appeared a second time with her designs a while back. When Misty said she would love to be a template contributor, I jumped at the chance to have her join us again. Misty is great source of Photoshop knowledge (check out her great tips below) and I really enjoy working with her each time I get the chance! I love the layered yet linear style of Misty’s templates, they really fit with my natural scrapping style. Let’s take a closer look at “Side by Side Templates 2” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is just ONE of the seven collections you get in The Digi Files and Digi Game for only $7.50 total. The Digi Game includes over $50 of supplies for only $7.50 a month and when you get an annual subscription, you get one month free.

Here are some layouts created using Misty Cato’s contribution:

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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: Side by Side Templates 2 by Misty Cato; The Room Collection (Chloe) by Crystal Wilkerson; Font: Hero.
LO2Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Side by Side Templates 2 by Misty Cato; Be Merry by Secret Stash; Awesomesauce (leaves) by Tracie Stroud; Font: DJB Digi Kim.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: Side by Side Templates 2 by Misty Cato; Bushel and A Peck by Kristin Cronin-Barrow. Fonts are Pea Nguyen and Courier New.

Template by Misty Cato; Papers and elements by Misty Cato and Amanda Heimann (Shore Thing); Star from Step by Step by Laura Banasiak; font is Printing Primer by Fontologie

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Layout by Steph, additional supplies: Papers and elements by Misty Cato and Amanda Heimann (Shore Thing); Star from Step by Step by Laura Banasiak; font is Printing Primer by Fontologie

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Papers and Elements: Fortunate, MScraps, TDD Collab., Paper templates: Scrapgirls, Alpha: Emily Merritt, Font: Perpetua

 

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I live near Seattle Washington with my husband of 13 years, Barron, our 7 year old son, Jamin and 4 year old daughter, Mya.

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I love these two spreads because I think I was successful in allowing the photos to be the governing design point. Everything from the composition to the colors, to the element choices were selected based on how they enhanced the photos and story. I think the process led to layout spreads that really captured my son’s soccer season and a special ‘everyday moment’ shared with my daughter.

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I started digital scrapbooking almost seven years ago shortly after the birth of my son. I was looking for a way to document my new baby but I am hopeless when it comes to glue and scissors. Digital scrapbooking seemed like a perfect fit. At the time, designing gave me a creative outlet outside of my new duties as a stay-at-home-mom.

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Usually my own photos serve as my inspiration. I usually create templates based on my own pages, or pages i need to get done. About a year or so ago I came to the conclusion that I am happiest about my layouts when the faces of my family and loved ones are big and jumping out at me. Since then I’ve tried to focus on making my photos the center of my pages and commit to meaningful journaling on every page. Most of my templates have a similar emphasis.

My own photos also inspire many of the color palette in my kit designing. I’ve always been a matchy-match type of person, so I want my scrapping supplies to either match or be a nice complement with the colors in my photos. If I can’t find the color scheme and theme I want, I create it.

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Computer: I use a Mac OS X, 3.4 GHz intel Core, 4GB RAM
Program: Photohop CS5 and Illustrator CS5
Camera: Cannon XSi
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I can’t even work without my tablet. I think I’ve been through three of them since I started designing. Right now I have a Wacom Bamboo; the little one.

What else? hmm … a great deal of coffee usually helps.

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In can be tricky to create readable journaling on a patterned paper. Often I use layer styles in Photoshop to enhance the visibility of my journaling. I’ve put the samples on solid kraft backgrounds so you can see the effect clearly, but I often use one of these methods when I am trying to journal on a photo or paper of varying shades.

TIP 1: Add a Stroke
Adding a stroke places a line around the perimeter of your object. When applied to text, this style thickens the letters.

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To create this effect, make sure your text is the active layer by clicking on it in the Layers Palette. Go to Layer>Layer Style>Stroke. Use the following settings:

Size: 1 (you can increase this as desired)
Position: Center
Blend: Normal
Opacity: 100
Fill Type: Color
Color: Choose the same color as your text

Click ‘Ok’ to apply the layer style.

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TIP 2: Add an Outer Glow
Adding an outer glow creates a ‘halo’ of light around your text. This is especially effective when your text is dark.

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To create this effect, make sure your text is the active layer by clicking on it in the Layers Palette. Go to Layer>Layer Style>Outer Glow. Use the following settings:

Blend Mode: Screen
Opacity: 100
Noise: 0 (although you can play with this as desired)
Color: I usually stick with the default pale yellow, but you can play with white or other light, soft colors
Technique: Softer
Spread: 0
Size: 250
Contour: leave at the default
Range: 50
Jitter: 0

Click ‘Ok’ to apply the layer style. If you want to make this effect subtler, lower the opacity slider. If you want to create an even bolder effect, apply the style and then duplicate the layer (Layer>Duplicate Layer).

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TIP 3: Add a Color Burn
Adding a color burn drop shadow creates a darker around your text. This is especially effective when your text is a light color.

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To create this effect, make sure your text is the active layer by clicking on it in the Layers Palette. Go to Layer>Layer Style>Drop Shadow. Use the following settings:

Blend Mode: Color Burn
Opacity: 100
Angle: any
Distance: 0
Spread: 0
Size: 250
Contour: leave at the default setting
Noise: 0 (although you can play with this as desired)

Click ‘Ok’ to apply the layer style. If you want to make this effect subtler, lower the opacity slider. If you want to create an even bolder effect, apply the style and then duplicate the layer (Layer>Duplicate Layer).

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The magazine templates are my current favorite just because they are so fun. Every single layout I’ve seen with them makes me smile. My kids love their personalized covers and keep asking me if they can read the rest of ‘their magazines’. When I tell them it’s just a cover, they say I need to write them the rest of the magazine.

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I released these templates over a year ago and was surprised at how many people were looking for layout ideas for big photos. As I said before, pages in which my family and loved ones are looking back at me, big and in color, make me happy and I think that approach resonated with a lot of scrappers. Since then I’ve done two more sets and more ‘Go Large’ templates remains one of my most requested items.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Misty Cato:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Misty Cato’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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The Daily Digi readers can save 20% in  Misty Cato’s store during the month of March by using code tddsaves at check-out. This offer can not be combined with new release discounts or other storewide promotions.

Go have a look in Misty Cato’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)!