Jeanye Labaya: A Puddle of Tears At My Feet

I’m excited to be welcoming back Jeanye Labaya to The Digi Files! I love NeeNee’s layered, clustered templates! They are easy to work with and I love that I can use as many of the element layers as I want (or don’t want) and have a great looking layout! Using her templates make it easy for the cluster-challenged (like me) to have some great looking clusters! Let’s take a closer look at “Ratatouille” that is included in The Digi Files this month:


This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game during April. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month!

Here are some layouts created using Jeanye Labaya’s contribution:

Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Ratatouille by Jeanye Labaya; Bloom Where You Are Planted kit by Traci Reed and Meghan Mullins; Font: DJB JenLin by Darcy Baldwin.
Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Ratatouille by Jeanye Labaya; Little Builder by Kristin Aagard; Fonts: DJB JenLin.
Layout by Kim. Supplies: Ratatouille by Jeanye Labaya; Project Life Cobalt Edition by Becky Higgins; Stitching by Gina Miller; Fonts: Museo Slab, Museo Sans and The Good Friend.
Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Ratatouille by Jeanye Labaya; The Great Outdoors by Weeds and Wildflowers Design; Mr Campy Elements by Cosmo Cricket; Summer Camp by Sahlin Studio and Kate Hadfield; Font: The Bold and the Beautiful.
Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Papers and elements: Boutique Cute Doll, Font: Pea Ramona

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

I’m Jeanye although, you may know me as NeeNee in the digital scrapbook communities. My husband and I make our home in Texas where I was born and raised. I have 3 beautiful girls (only one which still lives at home) and I have an 18 month old grandson as well who introduced me to a love more deep than I ever imagined was possible. I am just a wee bit smitten with him. 🙂 I am free-spirited, usually the life of the party and extremely passionate about life. I love my family, friends, the beach, working out, quilting, scrapping and riding Harleys.





Scrapping about my grandson is a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me. As much as I love capturing and recording memories of him, it is also extremely saddening for me because I don’t get to see him as much as I would like and his photos often times brings tears to my eyes. The photos on this layout are from the first moments that my daughter and grandson shared together. Nothing could have prepared for me the moment that she brought him into the world. I cried so much that there was a puddle of tears at my feet. I felt more emotion in that moment than I have ever felt in my life, watching my child hold my grandchild for the first time. Even though there is not much of it, the journaling on this layout took me hours to do and I will do everything in power to ensure that all of these wishes for him come true.


I began paper scrapping when my youngest daughter was about one year old after admiring the layouts that my sister-in-law was doing. I went into it gung-ho as I do with everything and although I really enjoyed it, my first love was quilting so I did not do as much scrapping as I really wanted to. In late 2008, I was trying to create a web page for my parent’s business and well, one thing led to another really. You know how it goes when you go to one site which links you to another and another, etc. I just want to point out too that I had no idea how to do a web site, I was just jumping in with both feet and was going to teach myself. After I stumbled upon digital scrapbooking, I began reading and learning everything I could about it. I was a stay at home Mom at the time and this gave me a new creative outlet. It did not take long to get hooked and I eventually found myself giving up my beloved quilting more and more so that I could scrap. Becoming a designer just seemed to fall into the natural course of things for me. I really started just to see how I would be at it and it is all history from there.

The majority of my templates come from my actual layouts and the inspiration just comes from where my mind takes me when I am scrapping. I just start arranging the elements and paper crops and see where it leads. When I do create a template from scratch, I get inspiration from magazines, doodling while watching TV and believe it or not, they come to me a lot while I am drifting in and out of sleep.

Computer: I work on a Toshiba laptop. I bought it for myself about a year and a half ago and I am super proud of it. It really is nothing extraordinary but, it feels good that I bought it from my business earnings.

Program: I create in Photoshop and Illustrator CS5 (something else I bought for myself! Go me!) mostly although I do still sometimes revert back to my Photoshop Elements 6, my old faithful and what I learned to scrap and design with.

Camera: Oh no, don’t get me started on my camera! I despise it and have wanted to throw it in the dumpster many times over the last year. It is a Sony 10.1 Megapixel point and shoot with only a 3x zoom. I keep telling my husband that a grandmother needs a really good camera to properly capture moments of a grandchild’s life but, so far it isn’t getting me one. But hey, my anniversary is coming up so you never know.

Anything Else: I also have a Wacom Bamboo Tablet, 3 EHD’s ranging from a 500 GB to 2TB. My scanner/printer is a Canon MP240.

My favorite tip is one that Krystal Hartley shared on her blog many years ago that allows you to load all of your elements and papers in Photoshop into your canvas at once. I am almost embarrassed to say that I once would open each element and paper individually in Photoshop and then move them over to my canvas. It is amazing how much time this little tip has saved me! Since it is a tip that I discovered from someone else, I prefer to send you to her blog so she can have the kudos for sharing it.

You mean besides the template pack I have done for this feature because it is my new favorite actually. But, if I am picking one from my store’s current inventory, I would choose Serendipity. These were my first release when I came back to designing in November last year. All of the templates in this pack were created from layouts by me and I really like this pack because of the colors really. I don’t even remember how I came up with them now though!

My most popular product would be Caddywompus. Every time I type or say this name I can’t help but smile. The name couldn’t fit the style of template much better than this. I really think people are drawn into the off kilter composition of these as this kind of layout seems to be pretty popular right now. I knew I wanted to do something like these because I thought they would be well received and well, this time I was right!


Here are some of my favorite products by Jeanye Labaya:


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

Save 30% off Jeanye’s store with coupon code TDDapril_30off through 4/30/12.

Go have a look in Jeanye Labaya’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)!