Vicki Stegall: I Like Gadgets

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I’m so excited to be welcoming Vicki Stegall Designs to The Digi Files this month! I love Vicki’s eclectic design from vintage to shabby; from retro to grunge and everything in-between; Vicki can do it all! Our team had a lot of fun creating with Vicki’s versatile contribution this month! Let’s take a closer look at “Butterfly Kisses” 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!clip_image001_thumb312Here are some layouts created using Vicki Stegall Designs’ contribution:
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Butterfly Kisses by Vicki Stegall Designs; Fonts: Hero.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Butterfly Kisses by Vicki Stegall Designs.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Butterfly Kisses by Vicki Stegall Designs; Lizzy Freebie (template) by Crystal Livesay; Font: DJB Brittany Script.

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Layout by Tara. Supplies: Butterfly Kisses by Vicki Stegall Designs.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Butterfly Kisses by Vicki Stegall Designs; Fresh Cut: Gerbera (template) by Sara Gleason.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Vicki Stegall is the proud owner of Oscraps.com. Vicki opened Oscraps 6 years ago when she made the transition from a traditional paper scrapbooking to digi scrapping. While Vicki is and always will be a designer at heart, the responsibilities of running a major digi site don’t leave her as much time for designing as she’d like. She’s a born and bred ‘Okie’ and really does say, “y’all” all.the.time. She lives with her IT hubby, Anthony and her 12 year old son, Alyx, who is also her primary scrap subject.

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Andrew & I went out to Lake Hefner to take photos for his graduation announcements and he was such a great model! I’m sure he was sick of me taking pictures long before I was tired of taking them.

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I’ve been creating photo albums and scrapbooks since my first job in high school. I worked in a FotoMat booth and developed a love for taking pictures. I moved more into creating individual layouts as paper scrapper after the birth of my son, Alyx. I became a stay at home mom with his birth and needed a creative outlet. Scrapbooking was the perfect activity for me. I primarily scrapped with a friend I met in childbirth classes and one day she called me and said, “Hey, you know more about computers than I do. I heard about this new thing, digital scrapbooking and I was hoping you’d check it out and see if it’s something we can do.” Well, this was early on in the industry and there just wasn’t much out there. But, I was intrigued and decided to give it a try. Since there really wasn’t much out there at the time, I decided to try making my own designs. I mostly just made things and then printed them out to use on my paper layouts which I posted online at scrapbook.com. Many people started asking for some of my items and for me to create more and more. I soon realized just how much I loved designing. I figured it would be easier to share my designs if I had a website, so I built Oscraps.com on a server here in our house and released all my designs as freebies. The bandwidth demand immediately interfered with my hubby’s online gaming, so I bought my first ‘real’ server. Oscraps grew at such a phenomenal rate, I couldn’t keep up with the demand on my own, so I brought on other designers and soon built it into a full service shop complete with gallery and forum.

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What inspires me to create? EVERYTHING. (and deadlines – lol) I tend to get caught up in the actual running of a large store – background site issues, customer service, etc. so I don’t have as much time for designing (and/or scrapping), so deadlines and commitments are my biggest inspiration at the moment. Regardless of time constraints, I’m always, always looking at everyday items and thinking about ways I can translate them into a scrap item. For example, I was in Tractor Supply today and found inspiration in some form of gear thingie. 🙂

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Computer: The majority of the time, I use a Dell XPS15 laptop with 8 GB of RAM and 680 GB harddrive (wish it was bigger!)

I also have a desktop PC with two 21 inch linked monitors. This is my primary design computer and I use one of the monitors turned sideways so that I can really spread out my current items to see everything together and moving within various Photoshop windows while designing a new kit.

Program: I use Photoshop CS5.

Camera: Everyday camera – my iPhone 4s

My “good” camera (which I don’t know how to use very well) – Canon EOS 5D

Anything Else: iPad 2, Kindle 1 & 2, and Nook Color (I like gadgets). My favorite is my Kindle. I use it to listen to my books via the “text-to-speech” feature. It takes some getting used to, but I love listening to books while I do extractions and laundry 🙂

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My biggest tip ever is to PLAY. Play with features in Photoshop or your camera that you’ve never used. Experiment with layer styles. Use items in unexpected ways. This layout shows using a gajillion elements to create my title and is one of my favorites because it I used various items in unexpected ways.

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Just PLAY! You can always ctrl+alt+z (which is a keyboard shortcut in Photoshop and my most used shortcut).

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Rock On {World Tour} is my favorite kit of mine. I absolutely love all the grungy, funky and wild patterned papers. I totally enjoyed a tremendous sense of creative freedom while making this kit from playing extensively with Photoshop tools & tricks to printing out the papers to hand craft some items for extraction as elements.

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Ransom {The Whole Shebang} is my most popular product. It was inspired by ‘ransom notes’ and my fascination at the time with recycling magazines in different craft projects. This kit took the longest of any of my kits to create due to the fact that I painstakingly went through magazine after magazine clipping words and letters to create an authentic ransom note alpha and word art set. Because of the random nature of the alphabet, it totally freed me up to play with a vivid and varied color scheme. Knowing not everyone likes bright colors for scrapping, I included a complete set of neutrals, as well.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Vicki Stegall Designs:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Vicki Stegall Designs’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Save 20% off Vicki Stegall Designs with coupon code Stegall-TDF-spec. (Exp: May 31, 2012. Excludes collaborations & commercial use items.

Go have a look in Vicki Stegall Designs’ 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)!