Piccolina Designs: An Italian Term of Endearment

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I am pleased to introduce to you Poccolina Designs and our first designer from Ahhh Scrap! I was really excited when I clicked over to Piccolina’s store for the first time. I quickly purchased some goodies and unzipped as fast as I could. The quality was very, very good and I shot an email off as fast as I could to invite her to contribute to The Digi Files. I love Piccolina’s shabby design aesthetic and how all of her papers, patterns, elements, and colors create a cohesive collection. Let’s take a closer look at “Limerick” 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 Kimberly K. Supplies: Limerick by Piccolina Designs; Project Life Templates from Becky Higgins; Tape CLuster, Rhonna Farrer; Fonts: Impact, Hero, Myriad, Governor and Arialic Hollow.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Limerick by Piccolina Designs; Project Life Templates from Becky Higgins; Tape CLuster, Rhonna Farrer; Fonts: Impact, Hero, Myriad, Governor and Arialic Hollow.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Limerick by Piccolina Designs; Date Stamp by Shabby Princess; Font: DBJenLin.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Limerick by Piccolina Designs; Building Block template by Traci Stroud; Shadow Styles by Jennifer Barrette; Font: Traveling Typewriter.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Limerick by Piccolina Designs; Fonts: The Other Twin (Heather Hess), You Are Loved and Xenophone.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Scrapping With Liz, Font: Traveling Typewriter

A note about this layout: SharonS has sent me layouts for every single Digi File contribution since we started accepting them in January 2010 (that’s about 196 layouts). I’ve learned a lot about Sharon and her family through those layouts. I want to say CONGRATULATIONS to Amy and Sharon on Dr. Amy G’s graduation from dental school!!

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My real name is Teri. I am a stay at home mama to the Little Lady (4) and the Little Man (2). They keep me busy and happy. My hubby of 6 years is pretty supportive of my digital world, even when it sometime means I spend more time with the computer than him. I love anything crafty. I dabble in sewing, crochet, home decor, photography…..and so on. I probably have too many “hobbies”. 🙂

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I am part of Seasonal Swaperoos, a craft swap group. We had a swap going on while I was working on this kit. I wanted to make the butterfly art project (inspired by Ali Edwards) and the pinwheels for my swap partner. I decided to head to the craft store to get some pretty, springy papers for the projects. Then it hit me….I had just created some pretty, springy papers. I have printed my papers in the past for a few hybrid projects and love to see my papers printed out. I went a little overboard on printing papers from Limerick and ended up making myself (as well as my swap partner) a set of pinwheels and the butterfly art. I sometimes forget what a wealth of awesome supplies I have in my digi supplies. That is probably why my paper collection continues to grow even though I have not paper scrapped for 5 years. 🙂

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I have done paper scrapbooking in the past, but not much because it was always so much work to get everything out and then only get to do a little before it all had to be put back up. My mother bought all of us girls a copy of PSE 4 for Christmas in 2005 because she had discovered this incredible world of digital scrapbooking and thought her girls should join the fun. I did use PSE 4, but only for editing photos. I had a hard time grasping the whole layers concept for scrapbooking. Then I found a first layout tutorial in early 2008 at the Shabby Princess and there has been no going back (although I still collect scrapbooking paper). I love not having to print photos to scrap them and that I can just close my laptop when I need to put up my scrapbooking supplies. I started designing in late 2008 and loved it. Piccolina is an Italian term of endearment meaning “little one” and was for my Little Lady who was born in 2008.

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Everything. I am a horticulturist and landscape designer by education and trade so I do get a lot of inspiration from the natural world and those design concepts. But there is so much inspiration everywhere; home decor, clothing, fabric, holiday decor, etc. And the internet makes it so easy to access it and some incredible color palettes.

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Computer: My Dell recently died on my (it was truly a sad time for me). I am now on a Lenovo IdeaPad with Windows 7. It has an intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 750GB of hard drive sace. Although I was sad to leave behind my Dell, this Lenovo has a lot more RAM and harddrive space, so I am able to run my programs better.

Program: I started designing with and still do a majority of my designing with PSE 7….really. Hard to teach an old dog new tricks. I started learning CS2 in 2010 and purchased CS5 last summer. I now use Illustrator for a great deal of my elements and patterns that I create, but then import them into PSE 7 to finish the product. I do use PS5 for strokes, layer styles, and a few actions that I cannot run in PSE 7. I know it is silly to have CS5 and still use PSE 7 for the majority of my finished product, but I am just so dang comfortable in PSE 7 that I am faster using it.
I also use Art Rage for creating glitters and some texture.
I use WinRAR for zipping and unzipping product and AMP Font Viewer for viewing and temporarily installing fonts.

Camera: I have Canon Rebel xsi that I do not pull out and use nearly as often as I should.

Anything Else: I do use a Bamboo tablet occasionally. My Little Lady gets more use out if than I do. I will open up Illustrator and let her go to town.
I also use two separate external hard drives (500GB and 1TB) for back up.

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Keyboard shortcuts!! I love them for working in design programs and find myself hitting Ctrl+J in other programs such as Xcel and being frustrated that it will not copy for me.
I use these the most often: (these are PC since that is what I use)
CTRL+ j = copies the layer
CTRL + g = groups with previous
CTRL + e = Merge down
CTRL + d = deselect
CTRL + z = undo
Shift + CTRL + U= remove color
CRTL + s =save
Shift + CTRL + s= save as
CTRL + n = open new blank file

I know that starting with keyboards shortcuts can be difficult at times, but I always recommend just starting with one. Pick a function that you use often (like copying a layer) and work on using that shortcut. Once you have mastered that one, move to another one. They really are huge time savers.

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I love the colors of this kit and the theme. Last fall I was in a thankful state of mind. I was almost overwhelmed at times with gratitude for all the blessings in my life. Live in Thanksgiving is kind of a tribute to that. I went with some traditional fall colors but also added in some blue to make it unique. I enjoyed making this kit and I have loved the layouts I have made using this kit. The kit is a perfect compliment to the layouts of the things I am thankful for.

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Cottage Comforts was inspired by a Pottery Barn bedding ad. The palette is taken from the items in the add (the bedding, the night table, a lamp shade, the bed frame). I wanted a kit that was inviting and warm. I think that is why it is popular.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Piccolina Designs:


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

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Take 30% off any purchase in Piccolina Designs’ shop for the month of May. Use coupon code TDD30offPD at checkout.

Go have a look in Piccolina 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)!