Polka Dot Pixels: No Rules

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I instantly fell in love with Polka Dot Pixels designs! I adore her wide style from art journaling to a strong retro vibe! She does a great job of pulling retro together through her papers, elements, and fantastic word art! I am very happy to have Emily joining us for the first time in The Digi Files! I can really relate to a lot of what she says in her interview and bet you will too! But first, let’s take a closer look at “Christmas Past” 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 Polka Dot Pixels’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Christmas Past by Emily Abramson – Polka Dot Pixels.
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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Christmas Past by Emily Abramson – Polka Dot Pixels.

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

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My name is Emily Abramson, Owner/Designer of Polka Dot Pixels. I live in Memphis, Tennessee, with my husband of 30 years, Larry. I have two daughters, Sara 26 and Katie 23. I work outside of the home, every other week, for a large food company in purchasing. I have had this schedule for ten years and it is perfect for my love of design and travel and dislike for working for “the man”. 🙂

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I don’t have much time for personal creativity, outside of my designing, which breaks my heart and makes me feel like an underachiever when it comes to being an expected ambassador for Digital Scrapbooking. I recently fell in love with art journaling and decided that I was going to be more committed to creating personal projects in addition to my work. This particular project was so much fun for me, as well as a means by which to express myself. It is not my greatest project, by any means, but it is one that is near to my heart. In fact, I have it framed in my office. It really says it all about my life and how I feel most of the time…overwhelmed and moving in a million directions at once, getting nowhere in the process. What a great art form with which to be creative and pour your soul onto a page. I would like to say that I have accomplished the goal of creating more for myself, but unfortunately, I still find it difficult to find the extra time. But, that is okay…my work is creative and I love it, and that is all that matters.

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Credits: Public Domain images from the internet and Photoshop

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My history will definitely show my age. I was given my first PC at work in 1982, and was told that I needed to learn to use it. I thought to myself, what is this thing and why do I want one? I became a computer junkie and wanted to learn everything I could. So, I listened and watched the other IT geeks and taught myself everything I needed to know. I bought my first home PC in 1985…an IBM PC XT. Yes, I had floppies. No pun intended. Oh…And if I had been smart back in the day, I would be wealthy. I created a Lotus spreadsheet that did our taxes for us. Granted, it was very basic, but just think, if I had a bit of vision, I could have invented TaxCut or TurboTax. Bah. If you have a good idea…act on it.

My scrapbooking portfolio is a bit embarrassing. Yes, I was a paper scrapbooker before starting to scrap digitally, but more specifically, a scrap supply hoarder. I shopped more than I scrapped. Once I began designing for digital, I started scrapping more but not as much as I should. I am ashamed of myself for being such a slacker. But, I bet I have the best collection of supplies you have ever seen!

I started designing for web about ten years ago, when my daughter’s high school asked me to maintain a website for them. I taught myself to use Frontpage and enjoyed it so much, I started doing websites and blogs for family and friends. That is how I stumbled upon digital scrapbooking. I thought…Hey! I can do that!! I started out with my own little blog, where I offered freebies, just for fun. I opened my first online shop in 2008, which mostly served the blogging world, but I branched out and began designing for the digital scrapper in 2009.  I have been designing for Two Peas in a Bucket since September of 2010.

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It is amazing how your world changes when all you think about is design. I have to touch everything I see. I examine font choices on television and in print. When I am at my job, I look at product packaging in a whole new light. I began to collect vintage ephemera, years ago, when I was paper scrapping. It is an obsession. I think the greatest source of inspiration lately, for me, is Pinterest. I cannot get enough of the beauty and gorgeousness that comes across my feed every day. It is amazing. Maybe that is because I follow designers and creative types who have great taste and design sense. I think that Pinterest inspires us all to dress better, cook more, be better parents and friends, and get the most out of this life.

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Computer: I have a Macbook with 8G of RAM, updated so that I can maintain 20 windows open at the same time. 🙂 I have a Mac Mini as well, but gave it to my husband because I just recently purchased a 27 inch cinema display which I dock my macbook to…it is brilliant! Best thing EVER!

Program: Adobe Creative Suite 6 – Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
ArtRage Pro

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel
Fujifilm XP
iPhone – my favorite

Anything Else: Wacom Intuos 5 Tablet

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My philosophy on any kind of scrapping is this… There are no rules when it comes to preserving your personal memories or creating in general. Do what makes you happy, because that is ultimately why you do it. Oh and one word…MAC.

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My favorite product is my Penmanship collection. I have a thing about ledger papers. Again, part of my love for all things old and vintage. This is a collection put together using ledgers, fonts and ephemera, celebrating my love for these type of elements. The color scheme is one of my favorites…I cannot seem to keep away from it.

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My most popular kit is the Collage Craft kit. It contains an eclectic mix of ephemera and distressed vintage elements and papers. I think that vintage and shabby elements are very popular and this kit has a little bit of everything. The color scheme just grew organically as I was adding elements to it. I love creating those kind of kits, that take on a life of their own and basically design themselves.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Polka Dot Pixels:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Polka Dot Pixels’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Polka Dot Pixels’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)!