Danielle Thompson: Really A Fluke

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I’m so happy to be welcoming back Danielle this month! Danielle loves retro in every part of her life (decor, fashion, etc.) and that passion really shines in her digital designs.  I love the bright colors that she leans toward in designing! Danielle’s items are truly unique and one-of-a-kind, but so FUN to scrap with!  Let’s take a closer look at “Dutch Love” 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 Danielle Thompson’s contribution:
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Dutch Love by Danielle Thompson; Scallops, Shapes and More by Shabby Princess; Challenge Freebie by Amy Martin; Doodle Alpha Action by WendyZine and Krystal Hartley; Font is DJB Mousekateer Kim

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Dutch Love by Danielle Thompson.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Dutch Love by Danielle Thompson; Alpha by Denise Beatty originals
Fonts: District Thin and Scribbled Typewriter.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Dutch Love by Danielle Thompson; kraft paper, stitching & doodles by Lauren Reid.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Brandy Murry, Scrapgirls, Fonts: Pea Amy, Jaggy Fries

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.

Name
My name is Danielle Thompson and I live in Atlanta, Georgia with my two sons, Cooper and Campbell, husband Ethan, and our pet rat, Ramona.

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I love this spread for many reasons. It features everything that I love aesthetically like sherbet colors, my vintage collections and the decor in my home. I also love it because I created it with a product that I collaborated on with Liz Tamanaha from paislee press. It was my first (and to this date only) collaboration, and I just adore Liz. It was such an inspiring experience designing this with her. I never realized collaborating could fuel me like it did. I hope to contribute to more collaborations in the future.

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“Curated” Album Kit Collaboration with Paislee Press.

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I first started scrapbooking in 2003 when my first son was born. I was a paper scrapper and I totally fell in love with it. I picked up a scrapbooking magazine, and then I was truly hooked. I got bit by the publishing bug and my scrapbooking took a more serious and professional turn when I started creating artwork for various publications and books. By the time I became pregnant with my second son in 2006, I was unfortunately really burned out and wasn’t enjoying it so much anymore. I wasn’t really documenting my family’s life, and even the “creating” part wasn’t fun anymore because I was having to force it for assignments. And I knew I couldn’t keep up that schedule anymore with a baby on the way (um, it used to take me like 5 hours on average to complete one layout! Just not practical!) I would also say that the clutter, expense and waste of paper scrapping really turned me off after a while and I just totally and completely stopped doing it, and haven’t created a paper scrapbook page since.

Getting into digital designing was really a fluke for me. A person in the scrapbooking industry that I had worked with previously approached me to design digital scrapbooking supplies for a new store that she was going to be a part of. It never really occurred to be that this is something I would want to do, but I was like “why not!”, so I did. We soon realized that my style wasn’t really a good fit for their brand, so I went out on my own. I started selling my first kits on my blog in 2008 and within a month Two Peas in a Bucket asked me to design for their store. It was a great way to get my feet wet and get more exposure. After a good while designing there, I decided that I wanted to go out on my own (again) and was selling from my blog again. Then after a good while doing that, I was asked by Jessica Sprague to design for her store! Jessica and her team were an absolute delight to work with. So I guess I owe the person that put the thought into my head about designing, a huge debt of gratitude. It’s been a natural extension of my Graphic Design background.

As far as scrapbooking goes, it was only natural that I started doing some digital scrapbooking. I don’t do it regularly just because I don’t have a lot of free time, but I’m a huge advocate of it and wish I could do more. I LOVE that is faster, less costly, reusable, less wasteful than paper scrapbooking. I could probably come up with even more reasons why it’s a better alternative for ME at least. I still love paper arts, don’t get me wrong. I love tangible crafting. But as far as scrapbooking goes, I’m a total digital convert. It just fits my busy lifestyle better.

inspired
So many things inspire me to create. I’m into so many different crafts and ways that I apply my creativity, whether it be crochet, decorating my home, designing, photography, etc. I’m into so many different things. I think any creative person can identify with that. I think a lot of us have more hobbies than we have time for! But that’s okay, because being creative is such an integral part of my life. I’m mostly inspired by the past – specifically the 50s, 60s and 70s. My home is filled with mostly vintage items so I’m surrounded by it every day. I’m inspired by anything that’s makes me feel nostalgic, even if it’s from a decade when I didn’t even exist. (said by a child of the 80’s!)

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Computer: I have a Dell desktop computer, running Windows Vista with 4 gig ram. I mostly use my Acer laptop that also runs on Windows Vista with 4 gig ram.
Program: I use Photoshop and Illustrator.
Camera: My camera is a Canon 30d and I primarily use my 50mm 1.4 lens.
Anything Else: I also use a Wacom Bamboo tablet of which I use almost exclusively as my “mouse”. Sometimes I draw with it. ; )

favorite
The kit that I created for you guys is my new favorite! It was inspired by our recent trip to the Netherlands. We love to travel and I can home with all kinds of inspiration from that trip, and this kit is the result of that. Although the Netherlands isn’t technically part of Scandinavia, much of the design coming from there is very reminiscent of Scandinavian design – of which I’m a big fan. I love the bright saturated color and bold graphic shapes.

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I should probably know what my best-selling product is, shouldn’t I? The one I’ve had the most requests for in the past is probably my Washi Tape frames. Everyone loves Washi Tape!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Danielle Thompson:
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Clothesline Digital Kit

Paper Garden Embellishments

Candy Coated Garden Embellishments


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

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Use the coupon code DailyDigiReaders20 to get 20% off Danielle Thompson’s store through the month of October.

Go have a look in Danielle Thompson’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)!