Cindy Schneider: It’s No Secret

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When Cindy first appeared in The Digi Files, I talked about how inept I am at clustering. That statement is still true today and Cindy’s templates are a great solution for me! I love her unique style of templates; big photo spots lots of papers layers and clusters.  Cindy is also very innovative in her template products; I have seen layered word art templates, layered element and date templates and she has teamed up with designers to include layered templates/quick pages that include the designers products.  Let’s take a closer look at “Cindy’s Templates: Set 140” 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 Cindy Schneider’s contribution:

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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Set 140 by Cindy Schneider; Colorado Spring by Sherwood Studios; Fonts: Taylor Mackenzie, Italianate, and The CD Writer by Heather Hess; Photos by Ashley Felkel photography (with permission).
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Set 140 by Cindy Schneider; Warmth of a Family by Amber Shaw; Font: DJB Melindas.
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Layout by Aaron. Supplies: Set 140 by Cindy Schneider; Little Critter and Tea for Two by Mari Kogelenberg; Font: The Everyday by Heather Hess.
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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Set 140 by Cindy Schneider; Personally by Dawn by Design;
Font: DJB Mrs Rachel Hartman by Darcy Baldwin.
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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Set 140 by Cindy Schneider; Today I Feel by Lauren Grier; Butterfly Garden by Jennifer Barrette/Lauren Grier; Essential White paper pack by Gina Miller; Font: DJB DigiJenLin.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Name
My name is Cindy Schneider and I live in Ontario, Canada, approximately an hour away from Toronto. I am a SAHM with my two children, Ashley (9) and Curtis (7), and have been married to my husband Brad for 12 years.

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A little over a year ago we added to our family, and decided to get a Jack Russell puppy. I love how this layout turned out. It was a such a special time for our 2 kids, meeting the dog that was soon going to become a permanent member of our family. It was so cute seeing them hold such a tiny little bundle of fur and watch the amazed looks on their faces. I love capturing these important events on a layout and this one turned out just as I had envisioned.

This layout also uses one of my favorite template packs, Trio Pack 1 – All Tucked In 1. They have lots of photo spots which are perfect creating layouts to remember those special times.

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started
I have been digi-scrapping for about 6 years, shortly after the birth of my 2nd child. I was originally a paper scrapper, and became interested in it after I came across a scrapbooking magazine at Chapters one day. I started creating traditional pages, with our dog at the time being the focal point of most of them. After we had our first child, I was able to create an album about her first year, but soon found it was too time consuming and messy. I came across digi-scrapping online one day and have never turned back. I started out slowly and finally worked up the nerve to start a gallery and apply for some creative teams, and was lucky enough to get a spot on the Creative Team at the Sweet Shoppe in August 2007. At the same time I started doing quick pages and albums for various designers, which led into designing and selling templates At the end of March 2010 I moved my store to the fabulous Sweet Shoppe which I have loved for so many years. The community, designers, creative team, and owner Robin Carlton are all amazing!

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My photos are always my first and foremost source of inspiration for all of my creations. I absolutely love doing multi-photo layouts and they are actually a lot easier for me to do than single photo ones. When creating templates and/or layouts, I always start figuring out where I want my photos positioned, then play around with different shapes and numbers layers and papers, until I obtain a basic design I am happy with. Sometimes I am inspired by an ad layout, and sometimes a design will pop into my head and I will sketch it out, but generally I just come up with ideas for new templates by playing around in Photoshop

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Computer: I have 2 computers, a desktop and a laptop. My desktop is an Intel Core i7 2600 with 12GB RAM, and a Hewlett Packard ZR24w 24 inch monitor. My laptop is an Intel Core i7 2600 with 8GB RAM with a 17 inch screen.
Program: I am still using Adobe CS2, but I think it will be time for an upgrade very soon!
Camera: I have a Canon Rebel T4i, and usually use my Canon EF-S 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 IS Lens and Speedlite 430EXII
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If you are a template user, don’t be afraid to change them up a little to suit your needs. Modify them, and make them your own! Shift layers around, rotate or flip the template, add extra embellishments, simplify it by removing layers, add extra mats….there are so many possibilities with them. You will be surprised at how many different looking layouts you can get using one template! I have used the same template so many times to create different layouts each and every time. Also, if you are trying to find other ways to save time scrapping, definitely put the time into into learning some of the shortcut keys for Adobe programs….it is totally worth it! This website, which was passed along to me a while back, is a great resource for shortcuts, and it even includes printable PDFs
http://morris-photographics.com/photoshop/shortcuts/

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It’s no secret when you look at my layout gallery and store, that I love creating multi-photo layouts. This idea popped into my head when I creating a vertical layout design one day thought that mixing and matching these types of templates would be the perfect way create a huge number of unique multi-photo layouts. You can use them as single templates on a 12×12 background, combine 2 of them together to create a full page layout, or you can even use 4 of them together to create a double page layout. By mixing and matching, and flipping and rotating them, the possibilities are endless! I also have a second set of Builder Templates in my store that can be mixed and matched with Set 2 to create even more unique layouts.

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My yearly faves template was definitely one of my most popular templates. When my kids look through their scrapbook albums, some of their favorite pages are the ones that show what their favorite things were at different times in their lives. This template includes a layered title as well as all the journaling prompts (which can easily be customized) to make scrapping the layout super fast and easy!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Cindy Schneider:

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

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Use coupon code TDDCINDYNOV to receive a 30% off discount at Cindy Schneider’s store (through November15th, 2012)

Go have a look in Cindy Schneider’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)!