Mari Koegelenberg: My Current Love


I am SO happy to welcome back Mari Koegelenberg to The Digi Files again! It is always fun for me to watch a designer’s style evolve through the years. I have always loved Mari’s designs, but have found over the past year or so that I really can’t resist them. Chances are, if Mari has something new out, it will be added to my collection. I love her great use of color, patterns, doodles, type, and theming to create cohesive and fun collections! Let’s take a closer look at “Daydreamer” 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 Mari Koegelenberg ’s contribution:

Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: Daydreamer by Mari Koegelenberg ; Fonts: Another Typewriter.
Layout by Tara. Supplies: Daydreamer by Mari Koegelenberg .
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Daydreamer by Mari Koegelenberg .
Layout by Katie. Supplies: Daydreamer by Mari Koegelenberg ; Apple Tree (template, modified) by Sara Gleason.
Layout by Kim. Supplies: Daydreamer by Mari Koegelenberg ; Template by Cathy Zielske; Font is DJB Mousekteer Kim.

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

I am a South African Expat living in California. I am blessed with 2 kids a loving husband and an amazing job. Design is my passion and my love. I feel so lucky to wake up each day and get to make pretty things.





Project Life has appealed to me on so many levels and this year I decided to take the plunge. I am really loving the fact that I am documenting my families everyday moments. I have only been doing this for a few months and the satisfaction of viewing my pages completed is just the best thing ever. The kids are just as excited about this project and love to contribute. The sense of accomplishment really motivates me and ensures that this project will stay viable for a long time. If you do something for long enough it becomes a force of habit and I think you will agree this is a great habit to have. 😉


When my eldest was born in 2004 I wanted to document her everyday little moments and was very much intrigued with Scrapbooking. Digital Scrapbooking was just starting out and it was the perfect solution. As with most designers from that period you had to make a lot of stuff for yourself and well I started getting good at it and loved it too…lol. So I ventured into the world of designer-dom. It was such a proud moment when I was accepted as one of the new designers at Sweet Shoppe Designs and I am so excited and happy to start this new chapter.

As a converted paper scrapper I love using my computer to not only create Hybrid Products which can be found under my Cutting Files brand (also available at Sweet Shoppe Designs) but I also create Paper Products for My Minds Eye.

I love color…it speaks to me and has a very unique personality. Certain colors evoke certain feelings and moods. As a paper/hybrid scrapper I also get inspired by certain trends in the paper craft world and want to incorporate them into Digital Scrapbooking. I can use as an example my current love for Confetti and Subway Art.

Computer: I have a Mac OS X Lion, Memory: 4GB 1333 MHz RAM, 500 GB HD with 500GB EHD, 21.5′ Monitor, and daily/continous backup to Back Blaze.

Program: I mainly work in Photoshop CS 5 and Illustrator CS 5. Just a note when I upgraded my OS to Lion Photoshop started to behave erratically after a friend suggested I switch it from 64 bit to 32 bit the problem was solved.

Camera: I have a Nikon D40 with a Standard Lens and a 35mm Prime Lens. I also use my iPhone for everyday moments.

Anything Else: Wacom Bamboo Fun Touch Tablet, Silhouette SD Digital Die-Cutting Machine, Epson Workforce NX415 Printer and Epson Scanner V300.

I love to scrap with Smart Objects. Especially when you love to resize things on your layout (at least down and not up…not recommended!). You will not lose detail and sharpness and can always reset to the original size, which is great for photos. You can also apply certain filters non-destructively.

Hello Sunshine just represents Summer to me. It all started with the Colors…they were so fun and bright and I loved the bright cheery yellow in the palette. It is packed with fun elements and patterned papers.

My vision for Thrifty Finds was a kit that could be used over and over again for almost any type of page…hence the name. It has a vintage flair with beautiful floral motifs and everyday basic patterns.


Here are some of my favorite products by Mari Koegelenberg :







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


Save 30% offMari Koegelenberg’s store now through 05/01/2012 with coupon code daydreamer30off.

Go have a look in Mari Koegelenberg’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)!