Megan Turnidge: Not Content

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I’ve been following Megan from her very beginnings in digital scrapbooking. I’ve always liked her designs and watched her all the way through the design contest she participated a few years ago. I was so happy when I started seeing her stuff pop up on Pinterest and thrilled when I saw that she was returning to digital design. She has a natural eye for great color and design as well as quality! She is also a Photoshop Elements master and we have linked up to several of her tutorials over the years. I’m so happy to FINALLY be welcoming Megan to The Digi Files. Let’s take a closer look at “Autumn Splendor” 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 Megan Turnidge’s contribution:

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Layout by Jenn L

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Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Autumn Splendor by Megan Turnidge; Daily Digi Bundle by Melanie Van Rig.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Autumn Splendor by Megan Turnidge; Date stamp by Michelle Coleman; Fonts: Font is xoxo Karen

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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Autumn Splendor by Megan Turnidge; Fonts: Another Typewriter, Hero.

 

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Layout by SharonS: Template: Jeanye Labaya, Font: Pea Bhea

 

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Hey there! I’m Megan (pronounced “Meeegan”) and I am a 26-year-old work-at-home mommy and wife. I’ve been married to my super hot husband for over 6 years and we have two beautiful children, ages 1 and 4. I live in a super tiny town in the Eastern Arizona desert.

I’m constantly creating something. I’ve always loved expressing myself in creative ways. Aside from designing and scrapping, I love to crochet, knit, sew (though I’m still very much a beginner), make pretty flowers for my daughter’s headbands, and I have a big passion for photography! I’m not content unless I’m either creating or dreaming up my next big project.

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I love this page because it just really illustrates the sweet, sunshiny personality that radiates from my daughter. I never fail to smile when she smiles. I also really love that painted background paper. I had lots of fun getting (digitally) messy with that paper. 🙂

I created this layout specifically for a shadowing tutorial on my blog. My favorite tricks for getting realistic shadowing are to set my blend mode on my shadows to linear burn and for a few key pieces, I like to warp the shadow to add more depth. I really think good shadow work can help take a good page to a WOW page. I have a full tutorial and free layer styles available on my blog.
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My sister-in-law introduced me to digital scrapbooking back when I was just a newlywed. I had never heard of it before then and I must admit, I was totally turned off to the idea for a while (I was a paper scrapper… though not a very good one…lol). A year after hubby and I got married, he gave me Photoshop Elements 5 for my Christmas gift. I asked for it so I could correct my unedited wedding photos. Well, when I got pregnant with my daughter just a couple months later (in 2007), I decided to look up digital scrapbooking again, downloaded every darn freebie I could find, and taught myself how to digi scrap. We were practically starving college students and I couldn’t afford to paper scrap… so I dove right into digital and got a little obsessed. I learned Photoshop Elements so well that I started posting regular tutorials on my little scrap blog and before I knew it, my blog had become kinda popular.

I decided one day in the fall of 2008 – about a year and a half after I started digi scrapping – that I wanted to try my hand at design. When I decide I want to learn something, there is no talking me out of it! I whipped up my first kit in about a week and asked some advice from one of my best online/digi designer friends. She gave me a few pointers and offered to let me sell in her personal shop until I found a store. I was in her shop for a month and then applied for a call at a digi shop and was accepted. I was there for a couple months and was invited to another shop. May of 2009, I decided to push myself and took part in the So You Think You Can Design contest at Digi Scrap Addicts. I made it to the last round and was invited to join the team at Scrap Orchard and I was home!

I took a 2 year break, had a baby boy, and tried my hand at going pro with my photography. I quickly learned that I don’t enjoy taking photos of strangers. I’m also pretty shy in real life, so my personality isn’t well suited for a photography business. I was drawn back into digital design and made my comeback to digi designing earlier this year. I am so very thrilled to be back at home at Scrap Orchard!

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My children, a smile, a photo I’ve taken, an outfit I’ve bought, a beautiful color palette, fabric…. pretty much anything can spark an idea for a new kit!

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Computer: An absolutely gorgeous 27″ iMac with 16GB of RAM and a 2 TB hard drive. This amazing machine is my 3rd baby.
Program: Photoshop CS4 and Illustrator.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II paired with the 50mm f/1.4 lens- this camera is my new best friend! I like to joke with my hubby about how my iMac and camera are worth way more than our car. LOL
Anything Else: I absolutely could NOT live without my Wacom Bamboo Create tablet. I also am a huge stickler for making sure my monitor is always properly calibrated and color managed. I love my Spyder 3 Elite hardware for monitor calibration. I calibrate once a month. I think it is SO important for designers to keep calibrated to ensure a quality product that will print as intended.
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Photography is another passion of mine. You don’t even need a DSLR to get great photos… you just need to learn how to “read” the light around you. My favorite time of day to take photos outdoors is the couple hours before sunset. If lighting is harsh, find some open, even shade (avoid dappled shade). Always look for the light in your subject’s eyes. You usually have amazing light when you can see their eyes really sparkling (catchlights). Catchlights help bring life to a photo. After you’ve mastered open shade, start playing with different types of light. Backlighting is currently my favorite!

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I love that it is so happy and fun. The color palette makes me smile and I really love the wide variety of patterns and elements.

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I think this kit has been so popular because the colors are not only very on-trend, but the colors also work well for layouts with boys or girls. The style is also very versatile so it works well for pages about babies to pages about grandma.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Megan Turnidge:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Megan Turnidge’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Autumn Splendor by Megan Turnidge; Fonts: Small Type Writing.
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Coupon
Save 35% off Megan Turnidge’s store through October 31, 2012
CODE: mt_tdd_35off
Excludes collabs and bundles. Coupon may not be combined with any other sale.

Go have a look in Megan Turnidge’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)!