Danielle Engebretson: A Girly Girl at Heart


I have been a fan of Danielle’s since I first discovered her in 2009. I love the bright colors Danielle uses and she does a great job designing floral papers (she usually includes at least one).  Our team had a lot of fun working with Danielle’s contribution! So, let’s take a closer look at “My Mother” 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!

clip_image001_thumb312Here are some layouts created using Danielle Engebretson Designs’ contribution:

Layout by Jacki. Supplies: My Mother by Danielle Engebretson Designs; Page template (white) by Janet Phillips; Postal stamp by Michelle Coleman; Fonts: Chalkduster and Darcy Baldwin’s Leoni.
Layout by Heddy. Supplies: My Mother by Danielle Engebretson Designs; Redwood template by Zinnias and Swallowtails.
Layout by Trina. Supplies: My Mother by Danielle Engebretson Designs; Baby Steps Vol. 4 by Tiny Toes Designs; Coupon Clipper Alpha by Micheline Martin; Brightside alpha by Micheline Martin; Get Real Shadows by Jenn Barrette.
Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: My Mother by Danielle Engebretson Designs; Doodley Border by Sara Gleason; Fonts: Hero, Impact and CK Ali.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Hi! I am Danielle Engebretson of Danielle Engebretson Designs. I live in Minnesota with my husband Dean and my two kids, Dawson and Ava. I work about 19 hours a week outside the home as a dental hygienist and the rest of my week is spent designing digital scrapbook products. While I love my profession outside my home, I am PASSIONATELY in love with graphic design. I love scrapbooking, spending time with my family, vacationing, and I LOVE to read.





I was inspired by the new kit I created for The Daily Digi, My Mother. It is a kit themed around mothers, perfect for Mother’s day and I have always wanted to get some of the pictures scrapped of my daughter with my mom. I think the most important part of a layout is journaling. Whether is a very personal written story or something as simple as the perfect quote on a layout. In the case of my layout, I was inspired by this perfect quote which describes exactly how I feel about my mom and my children and really the circle of life coming full circle for me as an adult. All those wonderful and warm feelings I have about my mom and my kids grandma are wrapped up perfectly into this single perfect quote.


I have been scrap booking since 2000. I was a introduced to scrap booking when I attended a Creative Memories home party with a friend. It also happened to be the year my son was born and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect, I fell in love with the idea of chronicling his life. In 2003, my daughter was born and I was fully indulged in preserving every moment of both of my children’s lives. In 2006, I became a signature addict and started playing around with Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop Elements and while browsing around one day, I ran across my very first digital scrapbook store, The Digi Chick. I was positively perplexed by the idea of scrap booking on my computer, up until this point in my life, there was no other type of scrap booking that existed outside of paper for me. So, I decided to dive in and try out this digital adventure. I was immediately hooked. At some point between 2006 and 2007, I decided I would teach myself how to design digital scrapbook products and I have been designing since. I spent several years as a designer at The Digi Chick and recently was very thrilled to be invited to open my exclusive store at Scrapbookgraphics.


I am inspired by so many things. Color probably being at the forefront of my inspiration. My kids inspire me. Current trends inspire me. Trying new design techniques and tricks always give me drive to create something new. Pinterest is my new best friend and I spend alot of precious time on that site! 🙂 So addicting.

Computer: My computer is an old gal. She has been around now for about 4 years. She is ready to retire and I would love to replace her with a MAC. That is my plan and I am working towards that purchase this year. For now I have a lovely little XPS M1210 Dell laptop. I have Windows XP operating system and have never had a desire to have a different operating system, as I am very much a creature of habit and don’t like to change things up too often. I have 4G of RAM. I have had to add more memory to my old girl over the years and I have replaced her hard drive a time or two. She really has been a faithful computer.
Program: I currently am using PSCS5 and AICS2.
Camera: I have my iPhone 4S camera that I use the most because it is an awesome camera and it is with me all the time. Otherwise, I have a Nikon point and shoot. I would love to get a “new, expensive” Nikon. One day!
Anything Else: I use a Bamboo Fun tablet for drawing and have a CanoScan 8800F for extractions and a HP Photosmart 7510 printer.

One of my favorite crafts I spend time with is hand sewing fabric flowers. I can’t begin to tell you about the endless tutorials out there on how to make all kinds and types of different fabric flowers. I love fabric. I love to touch it and smell it and buy it and create with it. It has become one of my favorite ways to make flowers for my digital kits and with a quality scanner, it couldn’t make for a better recipe of success. They are easy to make and add so much pop to a layout and the whole process brings joy to life. Plus, the flowers become multipurpose, when I can attach them to a headband for my daughter to wear and enjoy. They also make perfect little gifts for my friends having babies.

I have always had a shabby yet very sweet/cute style that is deep down honestly “me”, however, I am a very eclectic person and am awestruck by so many styles. Sometimes my style can be all over the map. At the end of 2011, I found myself being drawn to a shabby, sweet, and cute, yet vintage styles. In March 2012, I designed a vintage kit that I absolutely fell in love with. Truly You, came to life from a color palette that was filled with colors I love right now. I think it is the vintage kitten graphics that make me love it so much, that and the color palette.


I have no idea why it is popular. I have a bit of an issue with designing girl kits far too much. I am a girly girl at heart. I think there is something about this girly kit that grabs people. It is shabby, cute, but has a little vintage feel to it. It is really popular right now. I love it. My girl Ava, inspired it. She’s All That and so much more!


Here are some of my favorite products by Danielle Engebretson:


Edith Evangeline



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






Save 30% off Danielle Egebretson’s Scrapbookgraphics’ store with coupon code TDD_May2012_DJE (expires December 31, 2012).

Go have a look in Danielle Engebretson’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)!