Jessica Sprague: Brains and Beauty, Baby!

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I’ve been a digital scrapbooker for a long time and I still remember the year that Jessica Sprague took digital scrapbooking by storm and won the Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame and the Memory Makers Magazine Masters contests in the same year! It was impressive indeed! I also remember stalking her new website for new Photoshop Friday lessons and the launch of her classes. Jessica knows her stuff and her programs inside out. But I also respect her business smarts, ethics, and sense of humor. It is a thrill for us to be welcoming Jessica as the first contributor of a CLASS to The Digi Files!  Let’s take a closer look at “Photoshop Friday” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This Photoshop Friday includes everything, including supplies, steps, and instructions to create the layout pictured.

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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Name
My name is Jessica Sprague. I own the digital and hybrid scrapbooking education site JessicaSprague.com. I’m a wife, mama, and computer geek, along with any number of other things (janitor, laundress, chauffer, photographer, dishwasher) on any other day.

I live in the suburbs. I love Super Target. I love scrapbook supplies in both digital and touchable varieties. I make tutorials. I teach live classes around the country, and I have an extremely soothing voice (so they tell me).

It is my professional mission to help people learn to use their computers to help them preserve their memories and tell the stories of their lives. If you have some memories, and some stories, and a copy of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, perhaps you’d like to join me?

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I love creating subway art! I was sitting down on Mother’s Day and decided I wanted to create a companion piece to the one already in my front entryway. This was the result, using only one font and a set of brushes.

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I started scrapbooking paper/hybrid in 2004. I switched to digital in the end of 2005 as I entered the Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame and the Memory Makers Masters contests, and I wanted to showcase both digital and paper layouts. I ended up winning both contests for 2006, and was asked to become a contributing editor to Creating Keepsakes magazine in the summer of 2006. I was a part of the CK team, writing a monthly column until 2009.

During that time, June of 2007, I also began teaching online classes at JessicaSprague.com. This summer represents our 5th year of teaching classes, and I’m so excited to party for our birthday celebration! Reaching 5 is huge!

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I’m a born creator – before I was a scrapbooker I stamped and made cards (and hoarded patterned paper and cardstock), and am a web designer by trade. I’m a very visual person, so I get inspiration from lots of places – magazines, nature, Pinterest, books, my kids, junk mail.

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Computer: I use a windows computer running Windows 7, 8 GB RAM and two 22″ monitors, which I try to remember to keep calibrated.

Program: In my own scrapbook work I use Font Explorer, ACDSee Photo Manager (for digi supplies), Adobe Bridge (for photographs), and Photoshop CS5. I also use Photoshop Elements for instruction, as well as Camtasia for recording all my super-soothing videos. 🙂

Camera: Nikon D300s and my iPhone/Instagram

Anything Else: Brains and beauty, baby!

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Learn the rules of design and then don’t be afraid to break them!

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My latest favorite project is a self-paced design class called the Art of Poster Design. We create twelve different posters using a variety of materials, including scrapbook supplies. In the class we talk about all the main principles of design – the why’s as well as the how’s – and our posters turn out gorgeous!

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Photo Editing: Good-to-Great is my beginner level photo editing class. I LOVE this class, because it shows not only how to edit photos in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements using the palettes and features there, but also dives in to editing JPG photos in Adobe Camera Raw.

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Check out this brand new FREE class starting today at Jessica Sprague:

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Go have a look in Jessica Sprague’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)!