Busy Bee Designs: Very International Family

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If you like clusters on your layouts, you will love BusyBee’s templates! She has a great sense of design, so if achieving great looking clusters is not a strong suit, these templates will be a great jumping off point. One of the things that I love about BusyBee Designs is that there aren’t an overwhelming amount of elements on them.  The ones that are there, are placed perfectly to create balance and flow on the layout! Let’s take a closer look at “Summer Flavors: Raspberry Lemonade” 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 Karen. Supplies: Summer Flavors: Raspberry Lemonade by Busy Bee Designs; Lauren Reid and Valorie Wibbens Nom Nom Nom kit.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: Summer Flavors: Raspberry Lemonade by Busy Bee Designs; Kit is All American Summer by Dani Mogstad. Fonts are Fling, DSP Pollyanna and Century Gothic.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Summer Flavors: Raspberry Lemonade by Busy Bee Designs; Backyard BBQ – Kristen Aagard; Summer Flavors – Raspberry Lemonade – TDF; Polka Spot Alpha – Kaye Winiecki; Font – Darcy Baldwin.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Summer Flavors: Raspberry Lemonade by Busy Bee Designs; Life Is An Adventure by Jenn Barrette, Typewriter Scribbled font.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Summer Flavors: Raspberry Lemonade by Busy Bee Designs; My Sunshine kit by Cinzia Loosemore. Traveling Typewriter font.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Name
I was born in Bulgaria where I lived until going to college in Chicago, USA. There I met my husband and we got married in 2001. We have three girls ages 3,5 and 7. We currently live in Sofia, Bulgaria. We have lived in three countries during our 11 years of marriage and have moved 9 times. We have a very international family and speak two languages at home.

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The photo is the main inspiration for this layout. I just love this picture of my daughter and me. I rarely get any pictures of myself because I am usually behind the camera and this one is just so precious with me holding her. I also loved the kit I used here. It’s called Naturally Warm by Kitty and it’s one of my favorites.

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I first started paper scrapping. I really loved it but after having children I realized that it was quite the messy hobby. I discovered digital scrapping right before my third daughter was born and was amazed to see what a great creative outlet digital scrapping was for me. I became a part of different creative teams and got exposed to various designing styles. I became a part of the MScraps creative team right when it opened as a store. During one of our blog trains I made a template as a freebie and was asked by the owner of the store, Joyce Paul if I would be interested in becoming a template designer. I decided to try it out and have really enjoyed designing templates for the past two years. It’s such a rewarding feeling to see the pages around the galleries using my templates.

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Since I am a template designer I usually create my templates using my own pages. And to create the pages I am inspired by a photo or a story which becomes a scrap page. Very rarely I create templates out of scratch, not using a previous page. These are harder for me but the inspiration for them comes from the hope that they might be someone’s creative catalyst. I really enjoy seeing what people do with my templates and I am never offended if they have been completely changed at the end. Seeing what people can do with a template that I have created inspires me.

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Computer: I have a Sony VAIO laptop which runs on Windows 7 on 4GB of RAM.
Program: Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Adobe Illustrator CS5.
Camera: Canon Rebel
Anything Else: I use a Wacom Bamboo tablet every once in a while.

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As a scrapper and a template designer I love to cluster. These kind of pages remind me of my paper scrap pages and with the right shadowing they can look very realistic. So to create a good cluster I often times put a few elements together in a bunch and merge the layers. Then I can duplicate the layers a few times, arrange the new clusters around each other and now I have an even bigger cluster that I merge together. You can place it anywhere on your page, I usually put it around the photos. I really like to stick clusters or big bulky elements under the photos too because it creates dimension and helps with the realistic effect.

favorite
My favorite product is my Fall Flavors templates. Fall is probably my favorite season. I love the smell of pumpkins and leaves, the crisp air and apple cider. The colors in these templates were inspired by the rich colors of fall.

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Honey Pots, Part 1 is my most popular product. This template pack was based on my own scrap pages so I guess it was inspired by the stories and photos behind these pages. I started to create the Honey Pots series of templates not too long after I became a designer and I wanted them to represent in some way my designer name. A friend of mine actually came up with the name and I really loved it.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Busy Bee Designs:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Busy Bee Designs’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Coupon
CODE: bb_df_sale
This coupon is for 30% off anything in Busy Bee Designs’ store. (Expires August 31, 2012).

Go have a look in Busy Bee Designs’ 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)!