Michelle Godin is a one-of-a-kind designer with a truly unique style. It is artsy and scrappy, sometimes retro, but always different from anything you’ve seen before. I really love her designs and I am thrilled to FINALLY welcome Michelle to The Digi Files!! Let’s take a closer look at “Blustery Day” 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 Michelle Godin Designs’s contribution:
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Blustery Day by Michelle Godin Designs; Template #235 by Yin Designs; Fonts: Smarty Pants by Darcy Baldwin.
Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Blustery Day by Michelle Godin Designs; Fonts: The Skinniness and The CD Writer by Heather Hess.
Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Blustery Day by Michelle Godin Designs.
Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Blustery Day by Michelle Godin Designs.
Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Blustery Day by Michelle Godin Designs.
You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Hello! I’m Michelle! I’m 31, and I live in Ontario, Canada with my newlywed husband. I’ve begun the process of assuming his last name so my business name will be changing soon too but for now you can still find me as Michelle Godin Designs at The Lilypad. Now for a little about me… I’ve always been a huge history geek, even as a small child. This obsession led me both to my career in the museum world (I work full-time as a Registrar) and my hobby of preserving memories (scrapbooking & genealogy). My husband and I are both introverts and homebodies so we have a quiet little life pursuing our geeky interests in our spare time. I’m enjoying it while I can before a baby comes along and changes everything!
As I mentioned already I’m a huge history buff so you can imagine how much I love to scrap heritage photos. Of course I do the classic “serious” pages for my family history books but I also love to have some creative fun with my ancestors. In this layout, the Victorian lady is my great-great-grandmother Rosalie, the sad little boy is my father and the flying pixie is my mother.
I dabbled in paper scrapping and art journaling around 2003-2005 but never got really serious about it. I discovered digi by accident in the fall of 2005 when I wanted to make a customized desktop wallpaper for a friend as a birthday gift. At the time, my brother was taking a Photoshop course at school and offered to teach me the basics. He told me to search online for free clip art to use in the wallpaper and somewhere along the way in my searching I landed at Scrapbook-Bytes. I was amazed at what I saw and was instantly addicted! I posted a few pages that fall at SBB but only really jumped into the online community in January 2006 when I got up the nerve to join some challenges.
Later that year, Maya invited me to join the CT at Scrapbookgraphics. Eventually I got bit by the designing bug. Honestly I don’t even remember why! I think I was just curious and once I tried it I was hooked. In 2007, Maya took a chance on me and brought me in at SBG as an intern designer to start. The rest is history from there!
I’ve had a few stops and starts as a designer. I’ve already “retired” twice! Ha! In my mind (and heart) I am fully committed to it and treat it like a business, but since I only have a “hobby” amount of time to devote to it I’ve often struggled with finding a healthy balance and I’m prone to burnouts. I’m an all-or-nothing kind of girl and not so good at the balance thing! But ever since I started at the Lilypad, my current home, I finally feel like I have a good handle on things. I don’t think I could ever give up designing entirely – it’s a part of me now!
This is a tough question. Would you believe me if I said that I don’t really know? Ha! I tend to think of my “creative mojo” as a separate entity with a mind of it’s own. Even if I sit down with a colour palette, a theme, and some visual inspiration, there’s no telling what will come out of me! I’m usually carried off into a totally different direction. I used to get really frustrated about this but I’ve learned now to just go with the flow.
Computer: My 4-year old 24″ iMac died on me this summer so now I’ve got a brand-new 27″ iMac running OS X, with 1TB HD, 3.1 Ghz processor and 16GB of ram. I have 2 EHD’s constantly plugged in – one has all my old files from the dead computer and the 2nd one is used for my Time Machine backups (I cannot say enough about Time Machine! It saved my life this summer when my computer died!)
Program: I design, scrap and do photo editing in Photoshop CS3. I sometimes use Illustrator for certain tasks but I’m not much of a digital illustrator. I prefer to draw by hand and scan it in.
Camera: Since I got my iPhone 4S I’ve been using that camera almost exclusively. My Canon Rebel XTi has been collecting dust! I have a little Canon powershot that I keep in my purse too.
Anything Else: nothing else!
Lately it seems like a lot of digital scrappers are taking up art journaling so I thought it would be fun to share some tips on how to take those backgrounds you make and turn them into digital papers. It’s really fun to use your own artwork on your digital layouts. It adds such a personal touch and really makes the page your own! If you’re already getting your hands dirty to make the backgrounds for your journals, why not add this extra little step so you can use them over and over again instead of just once?
All you need is a photo scanner. You can work from your journal, but I often don’t. I keep a stack of 6×6″ and 8×8″ squares of paper at the ready. (You’ll see why in a minute) Now go have fun making backgrounds – paint them, stitch them, doodle on them, go nuts! (Just be careful not to include licensed or copyrighted materials that you don’t have permission to reproduce) Make sure you let your pages dry really well or else they’ll muck up your scanner! Speaking of scanners, you will notice they are usually rectangular and too small to fit a 12×12″ paper. This is annoying because translating a rectangle into a square inevitably means you will lose a part of your background. I get around this issue by using the smaller 6×6″ or 8×8″ squares. Simply scan them in at a super high resolution (as high as you can!) and this blows them up to a big enough size to cover your 12×12″ canvas at 300 dpi. In fact, you might find that your paper is actually much bigger than the canvas which is really fun because it gives you some flexibility. Move it around, resize it, flip it, rotate it, find the configuration you like best. Sometimes I can get 2 or 3 unique papers made from one jumbo scan! You may want to apply some effects before saving – I usually do a Sharpen filter on mine to make the image more crisp and often I’ll play around with Hue/Saturation changes. When you’re done, save your paper as a .jpg and that’s it! Now you have digital papers to use that are uniquely all your own. This concept would be super fun for your kids’ artwork too! Scan in their creations to use in your layouts about them.
I made this when I was going through a rough time. I love the idea that someone else might be able to use this to scrap out their feelings too. Art therapy can be so healing! And I’m a big believer in preserving the bad memories along with the good. I don’t have kids yet but I know some day when I do they’ll appreciate learning about my struggles and how I overcame them.
I have two sets of these “Sloppy Stencil” alphas and they have both sold really well. I think people are attracted to their versatility – you get two alphas in one with the sprayed and doodled versions, and there are so many possibilities for layering and combining them.
Here are some of my favorite products by Michelle Godin Designs:
Here are some more inspirational layouts using Michelle Godin Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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Go have a look in Michelle Godin Designs’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)!