Queen of Quirk: Tragically Been Missing


I’m happy to be welcoming back The Queen of Quirk to The Digi Files this month! Jan’s sleek, modern-with-a-little-shabby style is unique and fun to scrap with. Bold and beautiful patterns that complement each other and come together as a unified design concept are her signature look. Let’s take a closer look at “Better Than Ever” 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 this month. 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 The Queen of Quirk’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Better Than Ever by The Queen of Quirk; They Once Were (template) by Amy Martin.
LO2Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Better Than Ever by The Queen of Quirk; Fonts: The Teenage Dream by Heather Hess, Taylor Mackenzie and League Script Thin.
LO3Layout by Sula. Supplies: Better Than Ever by The Queen of Quirk; Fonts: Remington.
LO4Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Better Than Ever by The Queen of Quirk; Me Time (template) by Amy Martin.

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

HI there! I’m Jan Crowley aka The Queen of Quirk and I live in Germany with my hubby and 3 daughters. I’ve been designing digiscrap goodies since 2006 and I am still amazed at how much I love doing this! I am a sucker for odd color combinations and anything with a bit of twist!





We’re big on dance parties at our house and I seem to have more photos of my kids spinning around our living room than I do of anything else. The photos make me so happy and I get such a kick out of their goofy little faces!

I started scrapbooking in high school. I was addicted to magazine clippings and cutting out silhouettes of me and my friends goofing off. When I began having kids in 2001, I found a whole new level of scrapping and my love for the hobby continued to grow. After a couple of years, though, I had more product than I knew what to do with and realized that I was a hoarder and didn’t put my products to use as much as I would have liked. I happened across a digital layout one day in the galleries and everything just clicked for me. At the time I was studying interior design and was becoming familiar with Photoshop and I just jumped in head first. At first I designed freebies and after I felt like my designs were really, really good I started to sell them. I really do love this job. It has never ceased to make me happy.

We’re big travelers so I would have to say that is the biggest influence for me. This latest kit, “better than ever” is inspired by a recent trip to Paris with my girlfriends. The flea markets, the museums and the fashion all blended together for a truly inspiration filled time. I found myself itching to get back to my computer the entire time and taking photos like mad.

Computer: I’m a Windows kind of gal. My hubby built my computer for me. Currently I use Windows 7 and I have 4GB of RAM and 500GB of EHD space.

Program: I design and scrap with Photoshop and Illustrator CS4

Camera: We’ve tragically been missing our Canon 40D for a year now. (It’s a huge mystery in our house) and so I have been relying on my iPhone + my little Panasonic point & shoot. It’s not ideal (and I certainly miss the high quality photos) but I actually take more photos now than I ever did before.

Anything Else: When I’m feeling froggy, I play with my Wacom Intuos3 tablet.

I try to keep my office and desk as clean as possible. I have made my office a little refuge/ calm space for me to retreat to when I design or scrap. I find it helps me to focus better when I am in a beautiful, clean space that is all my own.

Halloween is my second favorite time of year and I just adore everything about it. It’s also one of my favorite holidays to scrap so designing Halloween goodies is always a ton of fun for me.

I love designing templates and this is my most popular one. I usually have specific photos in mind when I design a layered template and these photos of Lara, my oldest daughter, are favorites of mine. I love having just a couple of photos and then small pops of patterned paper or color so that was the biggest influence in this template’s design.


Here are some of my favorite products by The Queen of Quirk:


Here are some more inspirational layouts using The Queen of Quirk’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


Save 20% off the The Queen of Quirk’s store through May 1, 2012 by entering QQTDDAPR12 during checkout. Offer excludes collaboration products.

Go have a look in The Queen of Quirk’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)!