Scotty Girl Design: In Honor of My Mother


I really love Shannon’s clean and sophisticated design style! Her ability to combine fonts in beautiful type work is just stunning! I could sit and study just her word art for hours. She really is a very talented designer! Scotty Girl Design’s contribution this month includes many great type elements as well as images combined with type to set the tone.  Let’s take a closer look at “Through the Years” 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 Scotty Girl Design’s contribution:

Layout by Trina. Supplies: Through the Years by Scotty Girl Design; Freebie 49 by ChrissyW; ShabbyBet by Litabells.
LO2 Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Through the Years by Scotty Girl Design; Font: Bell Gothic Std; Boku Bokeh (photo treatment) by Splendid Fiin.


Layout by Sula. Supplies: Through the Years by Scotty Girl Design; Fonts: DJB Gimme Space by Darcy Baldwin.


Layout by Katie. Supplies: Through the Years by Scotty Girl Design; SuperSized template by Scrapbook Lady


Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Cindy Schneider, Fonts: Cafe Rojo, The Sharon, Glitter style: Mommyish

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

Hi there! My name is Shannon McNab. But some of you might know me by my maiden name, Hegarty. I’m a newlywed living in San Francisco with my husband, Jeff. I’m a perfectionist, neat freak and perpetual klutz. I love Great Danes, cooking, running (when I’m not injured) and most importantly, Disneyland.





I don’t get much time to scrapbook and I’m painfully slow at making layouts, so when one comes together quickly it feels like a miracle. This layout only took me about an hour. I think it’s because I was so motivated to scrap these photos. They’re from our engagement photo session in Disneyland. It was such a fun, memorable day and our photographer was incredible!


My mom, Scotty (her nickname in Girl Scouts), got me into scrapbooking in junior high – she gave me some of her leftover photos and I instantly became hooked. We scrapbooked every weekend – it became our mother/daughter time.

After losing my mom while I was in college, I stopped scrapbooking. It wasn’t until I was in graduate school for graphic design that I picked it up again. That’s when I heard about digital scrapbooking. But just like I vowed I would never switch to a digital camera (what was I thinking?!?), I never thought I would be a digi scrapper. Boy, was I wrong!

My love for pattern design is what drew me to scrapbook design – it’s my “happy place” away from my regular design job. In 2010, I opened my first digital scrapbook store on Etsy and moved to Design House Digital last year. My business name is in honor of my mother. Without her, I never would have known the amazing obsession that is scrapbooking.


It’s typically the little things. A plaid shirt I see someone wearing on the BART or a random conversation I have with a friend could spark an idea for a kit (both of these scenarios have inspired kits). If I’m in a design rut, I’ll read my favorite blogs or go for a walk. But my favorite kits are always the ones that happen organically and aren’t forced.

Computer: Mac OS X Snow Leopard, 3.06 GHZ Core 2 Duo Processor, 12 GB Ram, 27″ Monitor
Program: Photoshop, Illustrator (CS5)
Camera: Canon Rebel XSi
Anything Else: Epson V300 Photo Scanner, good ol’ sketchpad and pen

I always try to color correct my photos as soon as I upload them. That way when I want to scrapbook, I can spend all my energy on the layout instead of worrying about touching up the photos. It does take a chunk of time in the beginning, but the payout is worth it!

Also, levels and curves in Photoshop are your best friend!

I love the idea behind this kit, which came from a conversation I had with a customer at DHD. We were talking about family members that are too far away and that reminded me of a song my Girl Scout troop would would sing around campfires: “Mmm, I want to linger, mmm, a little longer, mmm, a little longer here with you…”


Newsprint is fairly new, but already very popular. The appeal of this kit is that it can be used for any layout, it doesn’t matter what the theme is. Also, vintage elements seem to be really hot in the industry right now and this kit has some fun ones.


Here are some of my favorite products by Scotty Girl Design:






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




Save 20% off your next order at Scotty Girl Design’s store with coupon code SGD20TDD (one time use, expires 12/31/12).

Go have a look in Scotty Girl 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)!