Amy Jaz Designs: Something More Important

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I first discovered Amy Jaz Designs when Amy uploaded some layouts to our Flickr group using her own products. Her credits were linked up to her blog, where I started following her. I was so happy to hear she had a guest spot at The Lily Pad and thrilled when I found out she would be staying! I love Amy’s clean, whimsical style!  Let’s take a closer look at “All Around Town” 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 Amy Jaz Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: All Around Town by Amy Jaz Designs; Grungy Month Brush by Michelle Coleman; Fonts: Typewriter.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: All Around Town by Amy Jaz Designs; Scrapping with Liz background template;
Fonts: Traveling Typewriter.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: All Around Town by Amy Jaz Designs; Alpha by Heather Rossellini (recolored by me); Font: District Thin.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: All Around Town by Amy Jaz Designs; Family Circle template by Amy Martin.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: All Around Town by Amy Jaz Designs; Template by Emily Merritt.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My name is Amy Jazwinski, and I live in Arizona with my loving hubby, and two beautiful daughters.

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This layout was inspired by a favorite picture of my oldest daughter from one of our recent trips to Disneyland. I am a very clean, simple style designer, and that reflects in my layouts as well. I like to focus in on one photo, and focus on the emotion that the creates.

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I began digital scrapbooking in back in 2008 when my first daughter was born, and I was looking for a way to document photos of her and all her milestones, but did not want to spend a zillion dollars on paper scrapbooking products. I found a tutorial online on digital scrapbooking, and was hooked instantaneously. At the same time, I started doing a little graphic design, and I opened my etsy shop Bean Sprout Studio, designing party invitations and birth announcements. For the last four years, I have been designing stationery, and at the same time, personally designing for my digital scrapbook pages and layouts. Recently I had my second daughter and have been realizing how quickly the time goes, and I knew that I did not have nearly enough of my daughter’s lives documented. I decided to switch my focus from designing stationery products to digital scrapbooking products so I can focus more of my time on doing something that is important to me.

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As cliche as it is, my daughters inspire me to create. I design and scrap to preserve their childhood memories, so I create products that I want to use in my own personal scrapbooking. My style is very clean and modern. I wish I was the type to include more photos on one page, but it just doesn’t fit my design aesthetic.

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Computer: Computer- MacBookPro
OS- Mac OS X 10
RAM- 4GB
Monitor- no outside monitor.
Program: I use Photoshop CS4 and Illustrator CS4.
Camera: Nikon D90
Anything Else: I also have a Wacom Pen Tablet.

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I think an important thing to remember when designing is scale. I always zoom out to view my whole layout, to make sure the size of each element makes sense in relationship to the other elements on the page. For example, when stapling a paper frame to a page, the staple needs to look proportionate in relation to the frame. Disproportionate elements on a page jump right out at me, and I usually can’t get past that to view the layout as a whole.

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The Fresh Start Kit is one of my favorite kits to date. I usually map out my kits in advance, but this kit practically designed itself. I had a path in mind, but once I got into designing it, I went in a completely different direction. I love how it turned out, with just the right balance between modern and vintage style. I designed it at the end of 2011, and the focus of the kit is all on starting fresh in the new year. It’s a great versatile kit, with a soft and neutral color palette that will really compliment many products in your current arsenal.

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Hands down my most popular product to date is the Day By Day Overlays. I designed these overlays to fit in with my digital Project Life, and they’ve been a great resource to have in my collection. I love the hand drawn design, and they really help a digital Project Life, feel like the real thing.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Amy Jaz Designs:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Amy Jaz Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Amy Jaz Designs’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)!