River Rose: An Important Message


I think one of my favorite things about River Rose Designs is her great sense of color! From bold and bright, to more subdued colors, she can design with them all! I also love how full her kits are with her adorable doodles and fun word art! I know many of you are shouting for joy to have one more great boy kit to add to your collection this month!! Let’s take a closer look at “Boy Stories” 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 River~Rose Designs’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Boy Stories by River~Rose Designs; Gonna Share my Story by Darcy Baldwin.
Layout by Katie. Supplies: Boy Stories by River~Rose Designs; Template by Jenn Lindsey (altered) Font: Traveling Typewriter; Pioneer Woman Seventies photo action.
Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Boy Stories by River~Rose Designs; Font: The Other Twin font by Heather Hess.
Layout by Sula. Supplies: Boy Stories by River~Rose Designs; Boy Stories by River Rose Designs; Template from Memorabilia by Studio Jen Designs; Font: DJB Color Me Chic by Darcy Baldwin.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Boy Stories by River~Rose Designs.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.

My real name Bobbie Smith although some mistake it for being Rose given my design name. I am 36, married to my long time best friend and have 4 children. My oldest and only daughter is 19, I have 3 sons ages 17, 14 and 12. They keep me busy the same as a toddler would just with different activities! I live in my original home state of Missouri but I did spend quite a few years in Kansas. I am happy to be back “home” again.

Other than my digital obsessions, I love gardening and many other crafts from paper crafts to sewing.

I can’t forget my fur babies either. We have 2 cats and 1 dog who are very much a part of our family.





To start with, I used to find it very difficult to create with my own designs. I’m not sure why that is other than the fact that we are our own worst critics. However, after a while of getting creative and being more and more confident with my layout projects I found it easier to create with kits made by myself. So, when I created this kit my very first thought was that I wanted to tell the story of how my youngest son came to be. I had a blast creating it with all the paper clipped shapes and the journaling. I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out and the thought of my son looking back one day and reading it makes me smile.


I’m this story repeats itself with many designers. I was a paper scrapper first. I was just starting out with paper when I found I needed some inspiration. I began looking online for some ideas and came across a website that offered a free scrapbook program and open gallery for all members. As I became more creative and learned more about digi-scrap I felt I needed more! I moved on to using photoshop and the more I learned the program the more I began to think about designing. It was so fun to learn and I created a lot just for the enjoyment of it. By April of 2008 I started selling designs at my very first store. I am now four years in, a lot more knowledgeable, still learning and couldn’t be more happy and more obsessed too! I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

There are so many things to get inspiration from! I can be inspired by something my children say, for example, this is how I came up with my ‘You’re So Ninja’ kit! There are also events in my life that have inspired a kit like when my daughter graduated and left home it prompted the creation of ‘Letting Go’ Then there is my number one way of getting inspiration…colors! I have recently become a color fanatic! I do a lot of browsing on sites such as Pinterest, lots of crafting blogs and love Designs Seeds. I can use colors from photo’s I have as well. It’s great because I can always change the colors, add or subtract colors from the pallet to fit my needs. The possibilities are endless!

Computer: The hardware details of my computer are left to my husband to decide since we buld {or He} builds our own computers rather than buying proprietary. This way we can switch out hardware and add what we want without being tied to one companies parts. However, this are the things I do know; I am running Windows 7 with 4 gb of RAM. I have 2, 1 T hard drives. One of these are for backup only. Also, my monitor is about 20′ wide {I love it!} and I have a Wacom Bamboo tablet.

Program: I design and scrap using Photoshop CS5 and doodle using Illustrator CS5. I also have Lightroom to edit my photo’s before scrapping with them.
I also use Alien Skins Eye Candy plugins and Filter Forge while designing. These are all considered my “staples” for designing and scrapping.

Camera: I use a Canon Powershot SX20 IS
I admit, I haven’t taken near enough time to learn more about my camera. So, for now, I just learn as I use it but this is on my list of things I need to keep learning about.

Anything Else: As I mentioned before, I do use a small sized Wacom Bamboo tablet for doodling in Illustrator. I love it and even my husband will sit and “play” sometimes. It is on my want list, though, to upgrade to a bigger and a little better tablet in the future.

I really tried hard to think of something unique to share with with TDD readers but fell a lot of things have already been best said by so many talented designers in the digital community. However, I will say this; Never stop learning! Get yourself connected with sites that offer great tips, tutorials, videos and more. Ask questions, sign up in forums, subscribe to helpful newsletters, read, read and then read some more. This is how I am self taught along with simply sitting down and experimenting. While I know there is so much more out there for me to learn, I also know that this is how I have come as far as I have.

Believe in Yourself is my absolute favorite kit created. The bright colors were chosen and manipulated from a swatch I found on the Design Seeds website. It is a very cheery colored kit with an important message. I think we all need to take the time to switch our thinking around a bit at times and that is what inspired the theme. This is a great sit down and journal kit even for myself and even if there are no photo’s to go along with it. Even more, it is not limited to the theme of the word art so it can be used so many times for an almost endless amount of projects.


This has to be one of my most popular kits to date. Inspired by the love of family and most of all our children, my very own husband helped me create it. It’s no surprise that we chose ‘Joys of our Life’ for the kit name and theme given this is what our lives revolve around, our children. I was so overjoyed when he agreed to do this project with me! He sat and doodled in Illustrator and can also be credited for the bicycle element which is one of my favorite elements included in this kit.


Here are some of my favorite products by River~Rose Designs:






Here are some more inspirational layouts using River~Rose Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

Save 30% off River~Rose Designs’s store with coupon code Rr_tDd-reader30 (exp 07/01/2012).

Go have a look in River~Rose 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)!