Studio Wendy: I Love My Mac

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I first became familiar with Wendy and her awesome work when I was selling fonts at Scrapbook Graphics. I learned early on that Wendy could turn just about anything into an action. I have had her create actions for me several times throughout the years because there is one thing I can count on and it’s that Wendy’s actions will work! I really detest doing repetitive items in Photoshop and find it tedious. I’m so thankful for Wendy’s ability  to create actions that can do what I want/need. If you check out my favorite product picks below, you will find a couple of the products I requested (Sticker It and Scrap It: Pocket Pages) as well as a couple of products (Scrap It: Round It Up and Scrap It: Power Scrap) that Katie and Wendy worked on together. Let’s take a closer look at “ACTION: Protect Them (automatically blur faces/items you don’t want in the photos are that might be a distraction) and ACTION: Combo Save It”  (save a layout in several different sizes and formats at once) that are 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!dotsHere are some layouts created using Studio Wendy’s contribution:
LO1Layout by Karen. Supplies: ACTION: Protect Them and ACTION: Combo Save It by Studio Wendy; Shabby Miss Jenn Batter Up kit; Emily Merritt template; Pioneer Woman Photo Actions; Fonts are Fontologie Textura Traced and Printing Primer Abundant.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: ACTION: Protect Them and ACTION: Combo Save It by Studio Wendy; Rocket from Lettering Delights Quirky Rides graphics set. Fonts are Impact and Century Gothic. Template (modified) by Ali Edwards.

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I’m part-time graphic designer, part-time digi-scrapper, part-time customer service rep, part-time digiscrapper and full-time mom and wife! It’s a busy life, but I love this hobby and am honored to be a part of if in my own little way.

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I have been a scrapping fool since Anna’s Album Builder hit The Digi Files last month! This is one of the 69 layouts I prepped in 3 days. I get very little time to scrap, so this is taking away the busy work and allowing me to spend what time I do have focusing on the creative parts. This layout is from our trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and I highly recommend the park to any Harry Potter fan. It was an amazing immersive experience! 

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I designed my first template freebie for a charity collab back in 2006. In 2007, I decided to try my hand at designing kits as well and was offered a spot at a now defunct store during a designer call. I was thrilled and honored to be selected. From there, I branched out to sell some photobook actions I recorded in the creation of my first photobooks. They were a big hit and it didn’t take me long to realize that I found my place in the digiscrap world. I hung up my kit-designing hat and have been focusing on actions, templates and other time-saving tools ever since. I really enjoy helping people do things more easily and more quickly so they can spend their time on the scrapping activities that they love.

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Anytime I have to do the same thing more than once, I stop and ask myself how I can automate it to save time. That usually results in an action of some kind. I also love ideas from customers. I have a list much longer than I’m able to execute, but sometimes I’m so inspired by a suggestion that I can’t help but turn it around asap. (If you have an action idea, leave it in the comments or submit it on my blog. If I am able to create your action, I’ll send it to you for free!)

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Computer: I use a 15″ MacBook Pro laptop, 2.66gz Intel Core I7, with 8GB of ram. It has a poor little 500gb hard drive that is seriously maxed out. I was drooling over the brand new retina display, solid state mac books coming out this summer, however by the time I configured it to my needs, it would cost almost 4k! So, that’s on the back burner and I’m considering splurging on a new hard drive instead. My machine is still pretty slick at 2 years old, if I just had more hard drive space. Now that it’s out of warranty, it’s probably time to make the move. I’m sill running Snow Leopard, but hoping to upgrade to the newest OS (Mountain Lion) when it’s out in September. Did I mention I love my mac?

Program: I am using PSCS5 and PSCS6 right now. I really love the feature enhancements in CS6, but I’m having a few problems recording and saving my actions from there, so I’m usually running both programs at the same time. I also use Illustrator, Acrobat, InDesign and Lightroom. I subscribe to the Creative Cloud so I can keep up on the latest versions and have it all at my fingertips whenever I need something. For me, being a power Adobe user, it’s a good value.

Camera: Canon T1i. I have the kit lens and the 55-200 zoom (which sadly now has a crack in the threading on the lens). I have a long camera-related wish list, and a fixed 50mm is at the top of it. I also use my iPhone 4 quite a bit when I don’t have my DSLR with me.

Anything Else: I’m pretty mobile, so I don’t have much else in the way of gear. I have 3 EHDs that live on my desk—2TB, 1TB (both Fantoms) and 500MB (Lacie). I don’t use a mouse or monitor, so it’s usually just me and my laptop and I can work/scrap anywhere. I love that!

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Did you know you can install presets in Photoshop by just double-clicking the file? You can quickly install ABR, ATN, ASL, CSH, PAT files and more in just a double-click. You cannot beat that for ease of use!

And, be sure to back up your actions, brushes and other presets once you load them in. I highly recommend doing it monthly. You can go into your preset manager, select a type from the drop down. Highlight all by SHIFT+CLICKING and then click SAVE on the right of the dialogue. Now, if Photoshop freezes or if you upgrade and want to move your files over, you have everything in one set. I also do this with my actions. I put all the actions from a designer into one “folder” on the actions panel and then save it. So, instead of going back to the original files, I can just load the few folders and have it all organized already. You can also set up your workspace the way you like it and back that up as well.

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This is a hard choice! I have a few products that I use personally all the time (like my alpha cutter, shadow styles and style and action packers). But, I really loved the way this action turned out. My Banner Maker helps make the ever popular pennant-style banners from any paper in a kit. There’s a pro version too for designers.

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Cluster It {2} has been my most popular action lately. It leads you through creating clusters in the styles shown with your own elements from any kit. Super fun to use! There’s a designer version as well, and by the time this is posted, Cluster It {1} will be updated with the newer, more user-friendly method that Cluster It {2} was creating in.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Studio Wendy:

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

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Go have a look in Studio Wendy’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)!