Dawn by Design: Still So New


Dawn by Design has a very clean style; it’s minimal with a slight shabby edge. It’s a super great style and one that is very “hot” in digi right now. I immediately saw these qualities in her designs and knew I needed to schedule her as a contributor right away. Our team created some stunning layouts with Dawn’s contribution.  Let’s take a closer look at “Personally” 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 Dawn by Design’s contribution:

Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Personally by Dawn by Design.
Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Personally by Dawn by Design; Font: DJB I LOVE ME SOME CELESTE.
Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Personally by Dawn by Design; Doodles by Lauren; Font: mari&david.
Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Personally by Dawn by Design.
Layout by Anne. Supplies: Personally by Dawn by Design; Font: Gimme Space.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
My name is Dawn Farias and I live in San Antonio, TX. I am married to my college sweetheart and we have four children – five by the time you read this as our second girl is due to arrive in this crazy world sometime around Halloween. By trade I’m a math teacher, but I quit working ten years ago when my first child was born. Until this year we were a homeschooling family, but my kids (and I!) are adjusting to a new schedule this year since they are attending public school for the first time. It’s been an adventure, that’s for sure.





This is the layout I used to create the template I’ve included in my contribution. It’s the kind of layout I love: orderly, clean, and with pops of color. I’ve tried to get a carefree scattered look when designing layouts, but everything still comes out horizontal and vertical – even when I’ve bought a carefree scattered looking template to help me out, LOL.


I first found digital scrapbooking while trying to design my own blogs. It’s only been in the last year or so that I’ve tried my hand at scrapping. I started designing because I was running into all kinds of terms of use issues when trying to create free blog backgrounds and web designs for others. I thought I’d make my own digiscrap products in order to do web design with them, but now I just make them for their own sake.

In September I retired from a year of selling at The Digichick, where I met some wonderfully supportive and kind women. ? Now, though, I am designing and selling from my own website as family time allows.

Colors and patterns inspire me the most and then I adapt them to fit whatever everyday situations are on my mind at the moment.

Computer: I have a four year-old Compaq Presario Notebook that runs Windows Vista. I have 2 GB RAM and I use Backblaze to back up my files.
Program: I use Photoshop CS5.
Camera: I just recently upgraded from a point-and-shoot to a Nikon D5100 (!!!!!)
Anything Else: I have a Bamboo Pen and Touch and an Epson Perfection V300 scanner.

I feel under qualified to give tips on scrapping and photography because they are things I am still so new at. I do have a helpful tutorial at my blog, though, on how to clip adjustment layers to only the photo in a layered PSD file (see it here).

The only tip for designing that I have up my sleeve is to create your preview as you create your kit. This helps me see how things are working together in terms of colors and patterns and then when I’m ready to save previews and zip everything up that hardest part is already done! Also, in Photoshop I will create a layer group of the papers, of the elements, and of my packaging. This speeds things up, too. If I want just a preview of the papers, for example, I can hide the elements layer group faster than hiding each element separately.

My favorite product right now is the Sunkissed Collection. The colors are so bright and perfect for a summer kit and I really like how the papers work together. I love bright colors, but when creating my own palettes I’ve noticed that I “play it safe” with colors that are a little less saturated than I’d imagined them in my head. This kit didn’t work out like that and I love the final product.


I cannot tell you why this kit was so popular. It really flew off the digital shelves! The theme was inspired by a photo I took of my kids looking out at the Seattle skyline during the year we lived in Washington. I found the colors from a color lovers kind of website and I made the kit work around them. I suspect this kit was popular because of the travel theme – we all have special vacations and trips to scrap about, don’t we?


Here are some of my favorite products by Dawn by Design:






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


Use coupon code DBD-DAILYDIGI30 to save 30% off your next order at Dawn by Design (expires 11/30/2012).

Go have a look in Dawn by Design’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)!