Scrappy Creations by Melanie: Got Up The Courage


I was really excited to find Melanie and her lovely templates! Melanie has a little bit of every style in her store and can design them well. From big photos, to smaller photos; simple and linear, to collaged templates, she really can do it all!  Melanie included a little something for everyone in her contribution to The Digi Files this month. It really shows off the wide variety of templates you can also find in her store!  Let’s take a closer look at “The Daily Digi Bundle” 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 Scrappy Creations by Melanie’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Heddy. Supplies: The Daily Digi Bundle by Scrappy Creations by Melanie; Autumn Splendor by Megan Turnidge.
LO2Layout by Tara. Supplies: The Daily Digi Bundle by Scrappy Creations by Melanie; Weekender by Paislee Press; Fonts: District Thin, Headline.
LO3Layout by Jenn. Supplies: The Daily Digi Bundle by Scrappy Creations by Melanie; Slip Ins 3 by Traci Reed, Machine Stitched Sampler by Traci Reed, Cannonball kit by Traci Reed, The Faulty Marker font by Heather Hess.
Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Bejeweled ; It’s Electric! ; Skitta-la-doo ; Square Sentiments by Scrappy Creations by Melanie; Happiness Is by Lauren Reid & Kitty Designs; Font: Courier New.
Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Square Sentiments by Scrappy Creations by Melanie; Autumn Splendor by Megan Turnidge.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
My name is Melanie and I’m known around digi-land as scrappymelly. I currently live in Arizona, but I will always be a Southern girl at heart – born and raised in Georgia. I’m married to one awesome hubby and have three fabulous kiddos – ages 10, 3 and 1 1/2.

I’ve been designing templates ever since I started digi-scrapping way back in 2007, but have only technically been a designer since this April when I got up the courage to apply to my first store. I got accepted and the rest is history. When I joined the family at Brownie Scraps in July, I knew I had found my design home and love that group of girls.

When I’m not designing, I’m hanging out with the family doing whatever strikes our fancy at the time. And if I’m not doing that, I’m at my day job – being a infant room “momma” to some pretty awesome babes at a daycare here in my small town. Life is good and abundantly blessed.



I think every time I create a layout or project it’s my new “favorite.” It’s hard for me to stick to one favorite for very long. But looking through my gallery and trying to pick, I came across this one and it stuck out for a few reasons. First off, it was a layout I made to impress the fabulous Reneemarie of ForeverJoy Designs. I wanted so badly to be on her CT and using her collab with Stolen Moments was the challenge. I loved the grown up graduation feel of this kit, but had nothing graduation to scrap. So I went with a quote from Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go” to scrap about the 13 years (yikes!) since I graduated. I went with one of my favorite templates from Little Green Frog Designs and the rest is, as they say, history. I love, love this layout and I know I’ll love looking back on it in another 13 years to reflect on my thoughts and feelings at this point in my life.

I first discovered scrapbooking at a Creative Memories party right after I graduated high school. My first layout was pictures from my graduation night. After that I created a huge 30-something page baby book for my oldest. After a divorce, I started going through stuff and found her old book – it was falling apart and smelled of the cigarettes my now ex used to smoke. I tossed it and promised I would make a new one. About a year later my new love’s sister introduced me to digi and I never looked back. The best part? I hated templates at first! Seriously. I thought there were so hard to work with. But then I started to work with them more and more and now it’s hard for me to scrap without one! Taking the leap to start designing and selling templates was so exciting for me – now I can share my love with everyone!

Lately it has been seeing how templates are helping me teach my oldest how to scrap. She loves doing it and will spend 15 minutes going through my (massive) collection of templates to find the one she likes best. And from there it’s so much easier for her to create a layout. I think templates can really help anyone get started scrapping their memories – even when they aren’t sure what their layout should look like!

Computer: I’m using the HP Pavilion dv7 laptop. It’s got an Intel Core i7 with 8 GB of ram. I like it pretty well – minus the Beats Audio. That drives me bonkers!
Program: I use Photoshop CS5 – extended
Camera: Some not so great point & shoot – looking to upgrade to a Canon Power Shot though soon 🙂
Anything Else: I have a Bamboo, but haven’t dug it out in ages!

You don’t have to be a photographer with an expensive camera to have great photos and even better memories. I’m a P&S gal and while I do want a bit nicer camera than what I have, I have no desire to spend the money on, or learn, a DSLR. And there are so many simple things in Photoshop that can make any photo look great. One thing I do to every single photo I scrap is run an unsharp mask over my photo. It’s super easy and makes the photo a little more crisp. Just go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask. I generally keep the amount at 20% and play with the radius to get the look I want. Then you click okay and you’re done! See? Easy peasy.

I’m going to have to go with A Magic Number. It all started with wanting to do some templates with three photos on each and was originally going to be called The Third Wheel. Then one day I got to thinking about School House Rock – love me some School House Rock – and the song “Three is a Magic Number.” I ran to my laptop and changed all the file names and repackaged the whole thing right then and there – because three IS a magic number! Then I chose the color palette I did because it felt a little retro, kind of like School House Rock.


I knew I wanted to make Socially Acceptable for a few weeks before I finally got to it. I don’t have a fancy phone that does apps like Instagram, but I know it’s super popular – at least my FB seems to blow up with pictures from it all the time! So I asked around to my CT Gals and found out the average size of the photos coming off and started there. Then I made a palette based off the app and got a resounding “do photo strips!!!” from the CT and that’s how the whole thing came together. It’s always been popular and probably up there with one of my favorites.


Here are some of my favorite products by Scrappy Creations by Melanie:






Here are some more inspirational layouts using Scrappy Creations by Melanie’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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