Michelle Batton: Scrap Happens

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This is Michelle’s second appearance in The Digi Files and we are happy to have her back! The first time she was here, we featured her digital scrapbook supplies; this time we are featuring her templates.  I LOVE the layered paper block style of Michelle’s templates and literally cannot get enough of them!  They are very similar to my natural scrapping style and feel very much “at home” for me to scrap with.  Let’s take a closer look at “Paper Blocks :: In Review” 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 Michelle Batton’s contribution:

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Paper Blocks :: In Review by Michelle Batton; Novel by Oscraps; Keep Calm by Boutique Cute Doll; Never Forget by Erica Zane; Love You More Than Ice Cream by Jennifer Barrette; Beige Like Me, Summer Bucket List & Worn by One Little Bird.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Paper Blocks :: In Review by Michelle Batton; Fresh by Sahlin Studios and One Little Bird Designs.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Paper Blocks :: In Review by Michelle Batton; Derailed Alpha by Jenn Labre Designs; Look at me Now and Look at me Now: School Aged by Shawna Clingerman.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Paper Blocks :: In Review by Michelle Batton; solid papers by Suzy Q Scraps and Katie the Scrapbook Lady. Font: Times New Roman.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Name
My name is Michelle and I’ve been married to my husband, John, for ten years. I’m a stay-at-home mom to our three wonderful kids: Andrew (8), Emma (6) and Leah (3). I’m originally from Southeastern Wisconsin, but currently live in a small town in Central Illinois.

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I very rarely scrap any more, I think this actually might be the last layout I scrapped, and it was from a while back! The kit was just too cute to pass up…I guess sometimes “scrap happens” LOL

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Credits: Second Shot Volume 2 by Little Green Frog Designs; Hop, Skip and Jump by Jenn Barrette; Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie; A Mr Ferguson Font by Michelle Batton

started
I’ve always been artistic as well as a keeper of memories. When I was a little girl I kept scrapbooks with all those little life mementos, you know ticket stubs, playbills, school programs, etc. But it wasn’t until many years later, as an adult that I discovered Photoshop and ran across some early digiscrap items online and tried making some for myself.

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These days, it’s mainly my kids – the things we do together, the colors and patterns of the clothes they wear, funny things they say, that sort of thing.

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Computer: I have a HP Pavilion desktop running Windows 7 – 64 bit with 8 GB of RAM, a 2.8 GHz AMD Phenom II Processor and a 1.5 TB hard drive. I have a couple Western Digital 320 GB external hard drives for additional storage.
Program: Adobe PSCS2 and Corel Painter 12. I was using Adobe Illustrator 5 until it died a few months back – I went to do a reinstall, but the installation CD is no where to be found lol
Camera: I have a Canon Rebel XT
Anything Else: I have a Wacom Intuos 4 Large (13×8″) tablet and a CanoScan 8800F scanner.
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Pay attention to the way the light hits your elements and make sure that your drop shadows are coming from the corresponding direction. Don’t be afraid to rotate or flip an element to make the light source match your shadow work, it will make a huge difference to your final work.

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Tale of the Mermaid Princess is currently my favorite product. Don’t let the name fool you – if you toss aside the mermaids and the pink papers, it’s actually a very versatile kit that can be used for gender neutral pages for everything from an aquarium visit to bathtub fun!

It’s really special to me because all three of my kids are old enough and were interested in giving input – from color choices to which sea creatures to include. It was great having them pull up a chair and sit with me while I worked on it. It was like having a personal consultation service by my side!

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Well, I was pretty surprised when I checked the stats in my store and discovered that my Cut it Out Photoshop Styles are my best seller. I made one of the styles for my own use on a sneak peek ad. A friend thought it was pretty great and urged me to sell it. (So, thank you Charla!)
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Here are some of my favorite products by Michelle Batton:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Michelle Batton’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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Go have a look in Michelle Batton’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)!