I love the shabby, vintage look and feel of Sherwood Studio’s designs. Her weathered papers and vintage elements create beautiful accents for just about any photo. I am a big fan of all of the gorgeous flowers she includes in her collections; beautiful color and detail! Let’s take a closer look at “Kitchen Tales” 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!
Here are some layouts created using Sherwood Studio’s contribution:
Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Kitchen Tales by Sherwood Studio; Zine Style Template by Scrapping With Liz, Traveling Typewriter font.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Kitchen Tales by Sherwood Studio; Font: xoxo Karen by Peas.
Layout by Katie. Supplies: Kitchen Tales by Sherwood Studio; Fonts: Lauren Script and Traveling Typewriter.
Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Studio Jen D, Font: DJB Gonna Share My Story
Layout by Michelle
You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Hi there! My name is Julie Southern and I design as Sherwood Studio (which is named after my father, my first artistic role model). I have a patient and supportive husband and two grown children who are all rather amused by my obsession. When I’m not gazing at my computer screen I love to read and waste entirely too much time playing silly games on my iPad.
My daughter got married last October, and I have sixty jillion wedding photos to scrap. It’s funny how a “big” project can be so intimidating! And since I have this quirk about wanting to make my layouts from scratch, I had to design kits first – there are actually three of them that work together. All that planning and preparing hasn’t left a lot of time for the perfect scrapping that needs to happen (please tell me that I’m not the only one who psyches myself out over perfect scrapping) so I’ve only accomplished a brag book for the Grandmas and a couple of full size layouts. This is one of them – it was such a lovely picture, and they looked so happy to finally be together after a long distance romance. I love scrapping photos of my family – it’s a chance to wallow in all the sweet emotion they inspire [/sappy].
Together – scrapped with Together at Last… Her Smile
I’ve always loved artsy things – when I was a little girl my favorite thing to do was to sit at a table in my family’s basement, painting with watercolors and watching cartoons. In college I decorated every envelope that carried a letter home… my mother still has them. I sometimes wonder if the mailman thought I was crazy!
I discovered digital scrapbooking at the end of 2007 – I had just quit my job (yay for kids getting through college!) and was looking for something to fulfill my creative yearnings. I had dabbled in computer graphics since the late 90’s when I felt compelled to document groups of friends I had made on the interwebs. I did some wandering around on Google one day and came across the term “digital scrapbooking.” I become fascinated (ok, obsessed) very quickly. I’ve always wanted to be a scrapbooking crafty star, but I have a little trouble cutting straight, and I’m better at gluing my fingers together than things on my page. Digi lets me express the creative ideas that wanted to come out but just needed that “undo” button!
Not so long after I discovered digital scrapbooking someone challenged me to participate in a design challenge. I was really not very motivated. Resistance was futile, however, and it wasn’t long before I realized that I had found my niche.
Much of my inspiration comes from the world around me – I live in beautiful colorful Colorado, so I have an endless supply of fabulous nature palettes just outside my window. I also have two daughters- even though they are grown up, they still inspire me with their adventures and undertakings (and of course, their Starbucks addiction). That being said, color is my major impetus, regardless of where I see it. I love being able to look at a set of colors and then create a kit that will enhance the mood and the feelings I want to portray.
Computer: I have an HP Pavillion Desktop with an i5 processor and 8 gigs of RAM. I know this because it is printed on a decal on the side of the computer tower 🙂 It has Windows 7, which is okay, but I miss Windows XP. Like, a LOT. I only have a single monitor, it’s 22 inches and I calibrate it with a Spyder.
Program: I use Photoshop CS4, but I designed for a long time with PSE 6 – there are a lot of ways to tap into the hidden goodies in PSE, so if you can’t use Photoshop proper, don’t give up!
Camera: I have a Nikon L120. It’s a point and shoot super-zoom, which matches my photographic ability and resistance to getting close to things to take pictures of them. Yeah, I’m lazy 😉
Anything Else: I have a Bamboo Fun tablet. I threw my regular mouse in the drawer the day that the tablet arrived and only use my tablet. This works out very well – no one else in my family bothers my computer because they can’t figure out how to use the tablet!
I was going to mention the “Load files into stack” script as my favorite tool/shortcut/time saver – I use it for so many things – titles, clustering, stacking papers, etc. But Krystal Hartley beat me to it 🙂 So, as my second favorite thing in the world of Photoshop is using styles, I want to encourage you to try playing around with your favorite style’s settings. So many times a layer style is a great jumping-off point, but by tweaking the beveling, or adding/removing glow and shadow, or scaling the pattern, I can come up with a whole new look that’s perfect for my element or title. And you learn so much by playing (doesn’t that describe everything we do in Photoshop?) that you can use for a jump start the next time. And if you love the look of a style just the way it is, but need to adjust it for the size of your element, don’t forget that you can scale it to fit by going to Layer > Layer Style > Scale Effects.
I think my current favorite is Thriftique. (although picking is really hard – I suppose next you are going to ask which of my children I prefer?) I love the warm color palette and I not only got to enjoy a little vintage shabby grunginess, I absolutely wallowed in it. So much that there’s a companion kit called Thriftique…the Back Room (more goodness with a little dustier color palette). The inspiration was the fun of going through a thrift store or an antique shop – sort of a stroll down memory lane, but a bit battered and disheveled here and there. And the joy of finding something special that you can re-purpose and make relevant in your own life… Curiously, the whole thing started from an old fashioned button – when I saw it I knew just exactly what sort of a palette I wanted and how I wanted the whole thing to feel.
LOL, Thriftique IS my most popular product, so evidently lots of my customers felt the same tug of nostalgia. But I do have another nearly as successful product that curiously isn’t even a kit. It’s a set of frames for my Instagram photos, because I’m trying to do a lazy girl’s P365/52 -ish project (which basically means little details from nearly every day – because if I make it too hard or require it to be too perfect I will never ever finish it). I started trying to think of ways to present these little photos in a fun and interesting way. And when I start getting bored with my project, I come up with another style. I’m up to Photo Project 8 or 9, now, and it’s the first time I’ve made it past February 15th with P365, so I guess it helps!
Here are some of my favorite products by Sherwood Studio:
Use the code SSDailyDigi40 for 40% off your next purchase at Sherwood Studio’s store, expires August 1, 2012.
Go have a look in Sherwood Studio’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)!