Elise’s Pieces Designs: Get the Girl Out

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I am so happy to be welcoming back Elise of Elise’s Pieces to The Digi Files this month! I just LOVE Elise’s ability to select colors and her fun shabby style! They both make my heart sing and want to scrap! Elise has a great ability to create super fun and unique elements (check out the ribbon banner in this month’s contribution and the paper chain banners in the Christmas kit in my picks)! I happen to have a soft spot for school kits and was super excited when I unzipped her contribution this month!  Let’s take a closer look at “Learn & Grow” 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!

Here are some layouts created using Elise’s Pieces Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Learn & Grow by Elise’s Pieces Designs.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Learn & Grow by Elise’s Pieces Designs; July Facebook Freebie template – Little Green Frog Designs.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Learn & Grow by Elise’s Pieces Designs; Painted Paper Masks by Sugarplum Paperie.
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Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Learn & Grow by Elise’s Pieces Designs; Fonts: Scruffy Angel by Darcy Baldwin.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Learn & Grow by Elise’s Pieces Designs; Fonts: Splatter Alpha by Brittish Designs, The Other Twin font by Heather Hess.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Name
My name is Elise Hansen and I with my husband and three wild and brilliant sons in what we affectionately call the “Cowboys West” (Idaho). I keep pretty busy entertaining the boys and maintaining my spot as our family’s designated princess. I love spending time with my family, especially if we’re doing something fun outside, and I enjoy spending my downtime reading and cooking yummy things. I’ve been scrapping since high school and I still love to get my hands dirty with my paper stuff, but I’m totally in love with digi. I’ve been designing since 2008 and I absolutely love it!

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My husband is away from home for business for about four weeks at a time, so I try to send him some little care packages while he’s gone. For this one, I let my sons pick out papers and elements from a Dad-themed kit and we used a really fun, kid-friendly template by my friend Kelleigh Ratzlaff. The boys wrote messages on the sides of their boxes, helped cut and paste, then we filled the finished boxes with treats. It was such a fun, easy project to do with kids, and my husband was thrilled!

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started
When I was in high school, I organized all of my photos into a photo album and bought some stickers to accent some of the pictures. After that, I kept picking up little papers and stickers here and there, then started making my own albums. Now I have a huge collection of all sorts of paper items– it makes my husband a little nuts! 😉 In 2006, I was introduced to blogging by a friend, and one of her friends had the coolest looking blog. When I asked how she did it, she pointed me to a digital scrapbooking shop and I was immediately hooked. I had a version of Photoshop for my job at the time, so I learned to use it in a different way and started creating digital pages. I knew almost immediately that I wanted to design my own creations, so I started googling and playing… anyway, things eventually started clicking and I gave my first freebie away for Father’s Day in 2008. 🙂

inspired
I always joke that with all of these boys in my life, I need some kind of outlet to get the girl out! So of course, I’m totally inspired by girlie things like fabric, purses, fun home decor, etc. I’m also definitely inspired by my own scrapping needs and by what is going on with my own life, so I make sure to get some boy stuff in there, too!

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Computer: I work on a Mac OS X with a 2 GHZ processor and 2 GB of RAM. I also have a 2 TB external hard drive where I keep all of my goodies.
Program: I use Adobe CS3– I know, I know, I need to upgrade!– and mostly use Photoshop and a little bit of Illustrator for designing.
Camera: I have a Nikon D3100– love it!
Anything Else: I use a Wacom Bamboo tablet and I seriously love it. Sometimes my kids mistake my tablet pen for a real pen and take it somewhere, and it makes me nuts. 😉

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I love the distressed, inky look on the edges of my papers when I’m paper scrapping, and I’ve learned a way to duplicate a similar look digitally with Photoshop. Simply use your Inner Glow style and change the color to whatever you’d like, then change the blend mode to Normal for a painted on look, or Overlay or Soft Light for a softer look. I like to use a dark orange and Overlay to get a tea-stained look. Play around with the size and opacity to get the look you want.

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I can’t help it, I love LOVE! Nearly all of my kits have some kind of hearts in them, so when Valentine’s Day came around this year, I went a little nuts. I’m crazy about teal and blue-green, and I loved pairing that with pink and hearts and lovey-dovey goodness.

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Affirmation was one of those kits that just came together on its own. The colors just worked together from the start and it seemed really fluid to come up with elements and paper ideas. I love the idea of a fresh start, setting goals, and focusing on the positive, and those thoughts really inspired the creation of this kit. I think people really like this kit because the colors are so natural and easy to work with, and because it has a theme we can all relate to.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Elise’s Pieces Designs:

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

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Go have a look in Elise’s Pieces 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)!