Jennifer Barrette: Addicted to Matching

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I LOVE Jenn Barrette’s products! I have been a fan of hers from the moment I unzipped my first purchase from her store. I love her retro, vintage, shabby style and how easy it is to scrap with her fun, unique papers and elements! Let’s take a closer look at “Love You More Than Ice Cream” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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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!

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Love You More Than Ice Cream by Jenn Barrette; Blissful Stitches – Square by Traci Reed; Sketchology – Farm Fresh by Bella Gypsy Designs; Font: DJB Smarty Pants.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Love You More Than Ice Cream by Jenn Barrette; Flight Plan No 13 freebie by One Little Bird (modified); Font: Just The Way You Are.
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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Love You More Than Ice Cream by Jenn Barrette.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Love You More Than Ice Cream by Jenn Barrette.
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Love You More Than Ice Cream by Jenn Barrette; transformers v14 (template) by Lauren Reid.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Hi, I am Jenn Barrette and am originally from Windsor, Ontario Canada, but moved to my husband’s hometown, Kenora, Ontario, in 2004. Kenora is a very outdoorsy lakeside town. The population triples in the summer because we are in cottage country…and I hate the outdoors. LOL But, I love my husband Dave, so I deal with living in town without a real mall. We have been together since 2003 and have 2 girls. Ava is 5 years old and goes to kindergarten 3 days a week, and Lilly is 3 and goes to preschool 2 days a week. Designing is definitely my dream job, I get to work in my PJs, spend extra time with my kiddos, and have the joy of seeing my art used to scrapbook my customers memories. In my so called “spare time,” I am often found lost in the web…pretending to work, reading novels better suited to 15 year olds, baking up delicious cupcakes, and listening to bad pop music from the 90s – 2000s, or day tripping with my amazing family.

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This is probably one of my favorite pages I have created. I used a template to start my page (template is by Emily Merritt) but added a few of my own touches to it. I used my own kit (Happy Camper) and the photos are from just a simple evening hanging out in our own backyard around an outdoor fire pit.

You may notice that I used a few of my “go to” elements. Every kit I create will usually have a scattered element of some sort (beads, confetti, etc), flowers, buttons, and ribbon. These are my favorite goodies to scrapbook with!
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In 2006, I was expecting my first child and knew I wanted to create a scrapbook to document her life. My mother gave me a bunch of her paper scrapbook supplies, and bought me a few “new baby” goodies as well. Unfortunately I never used them! I had bought a scrapbook magazine that had a disk included with it. On that disk was some very simple digital scrapbooking software…and within days I was completely hooked!
I am addicted to matching my kids outfits to my scrapbook pages, so I soon found myself searching for the perfect kit to match my daughter’s little outfits. When I couldn’t find anything, I started playing around in Photoshop trying to create my own. Soon I was spending any spare moment I had at the computer trying to learn Photoshop on my own, and designing my own kits to use on my pages.

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COLOR. I love searching through Pinterest, decorating blogs, and children’s clothing sites for the perfect color combinations for my kits. Sometimes I start with a theme I have in mind and then search out a color scheme to work with, but more often than not it is a certain group of colors that speak to me and lead me to an idea for a kit.

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Computer: I use a Windows 7 PC with…wait for it…..12 GB of RAM. I also have a wide screen monitor so I can use the Windows split screen function to surf the web or watch a movie as I design. I am such a multitasker and have trouble “just designing”. I love having a little distraction or two going on around me as I work.
Program: I currently use Photoshop and Illustrator CS5 for my designing. I also have an older copy of Lightroom 1.4 that I use for my photo editing.
Camera: I have a Canon Rebel XS camera, and my favorite lens is my 35mm.
Anything Else: I also use a Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch tablet for doodly elements and to help with extractions.

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Take your camera everywhere. I know it can be a pain to lug around a DSLR camera (my camera bag doubles as my purse most of the time!) so at the very least use the camera function on your phones. Time really does fly, and scrapbooking those little moments helps me to kinda hang out to those memories longer. As great as it is to hone your photography skills, sometimes that out of focus, too dark, etc photo is all you need to scrap the perfect page.

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My favorite season is Autumn, and I always take my kids out for an “Autumn Photoshoot”. This year my daughter Ava wore an outfit that had both purple and pink in it, but I couldn’t find a Autumn themed kit with those colors. I do love theme kits, but usually like to put a different little spin on them, and thought something girly and woodsy would be perfect Autumn.

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I think what made this kit so popular is it’s versatility. “Little Miss Personality” has a color scheme that can go with just about any color photos. The bright colors and loose theme were inspired by my youngest daughter Lilly. She is so fun of personality and is such a joy to be around.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Jenn Barrette:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Jenn Barrette’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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Save 20% OFF Jenn Barrette’s store with coupon code:TDDsave20. (Offer expires June 1, 2012. Excludes collaboration kits, one use per customer.) *coupon can not be used in conjunction with store wide sales*


Go have a look in Jenn Barrette’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)!