Amy Stoffel: The Little Smirk

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I first discovered Amy and her adorable designs a long time ago, but she took a break from designing right as I was getting ready to invite her to contribute to The Digi Files. I was thrilled to see her designing again! I love her bright, bold use of color. I adore the fun and unique elements that can be found in each collection! She does a really great job on theming her kits and creating a cohesive design from top to bottom. Let’s take a closer look at “Vanilla Ice Cream Baby” 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 Jacki. Supplies: Vanilla Ice Cream Baby by Amy Stoffel; Scrappable Single #44 by Tiffany Tillman; Font: Rub This!
LO2 Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Vanilla Ice Cream Baby by Amy Stoffel; Cindy’s Layered Templates Set No. 24 by Cindy Schneider; Sunday Shoes Alpha by Krystal Hartley.

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LO3 Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Vanilla Ice Cream Baby by Amy Stoffel.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Vanilla Ice Cream Baby by Amy Stoffel; Fonts: Lobster 1.4 and Mufferaw.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Scrapping with Liz, Fonts: Elephants in Cherry Trees, Pea Amy

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Name
Hello, I’m Amy Stoffel. I live in Marana, Arizona with my husband Brandon and our two sons Jacob and Braden and our dog Rex. I’m passionate about memory keeping, and recording all the small details of my families lives! I also love cooking, jewelry making, collecting vintage bits, reading, music and watching UFC.

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Sometimes I look at my oldest son, Jacob and I cannot believe how grown up he is and how handsome he has become. I love the little smirk on his face, and the splattering of freckles across his nose and cheeks.

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started
I started paper scrapbooking in 1996, when I stumbled across some products in a craft store. I was hooked instantly! After I had my first child in 2004, it became harder and harder to not only find the time to scrapbook, but to find the time to lug out all my products, cut and paste and make a page in between taking care of a baby.

In 2008 my Dad gave me Photoshop to help me with my photos, and I discovered digital scrapbooking through online friends. I started out mainly with freebies that I found online, and once I found an actual online store…I never looked back! I became a regular fixture in scrapbooking, and was on some amazing creative teams, I loved it.

In 2009, I really wanted to try my hand at designing, I am a very aspiring person, so to me it seemed like a very natural progression. With the help of one of my designers I CT’d for, I put out my first kit. The day it hit the shop she sold in, I was made an offer to join a store, and the rest is history.

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So many things. Mostly my children, and my life. I tend to make kits I need for my own photos. Other things that inspire me are color, music and clothing (patterns, themes, color)

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Computer: I have a Dell Inspiron Laptop with a 17 inch monitor that I love!
Program: Photoshop 7.0 I know it’s old, but every time I try a newer program, I come running back to it like a security blanket.
Camera: My nice camera got broken 🙁 What I’m using right now is a FujiFilm Finepix S2500
Anything Else: Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet, and HP Scanner that I cannot live without.

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Learn how to use the tools in your character panel! By resetting some of the character spacing, you can make more of an impact with your journaling and even creating word art. You’d be surprised how much better and cleaner your whole page can look just by doing this.

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It’s my favorite because it honestly just makes me happy. It was inspired by a little gift shop in my hometown with the same name. My mom and I would go there and pore over all the little trinkets and treasures inside, and she would always buy me a little something to add to one of my many collections. It’s still a destination spot when I visit home.

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Betty is inspired by my love of cooking and baking. I often say that Betty Crocker is my BFF. I wanted a retro, but classic color scheme so that it could be used to scrap any and all kitchen inspired layouts. My favorite element is the little smiling faces (in different skin tones and hair colors) on journal cards, it just adds an adorable touch to any project.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Amy Stoffel:

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

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Use the exclusive coupon code as-twiceasnice to take $2 off a purchase of $5 or more at Amy’s store (expires Aug 31, 2012).

Go have a look in Amy Stoffel’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)!