Kimeric Kreations: Just Spiral Notebooks

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I’m thrilled to be welcoming Kimeric Kreations to The Digi Files for the first time! Kimeri has a traditional shabby design style that includes the weathered and worn look on papers and elements. She has the unique ability to create with bright colors in the shabby style and those collections are some of my favorites! Her contribution this month has a little twist on the tradition Christmas colors that my team found fun to work with! Let’s take a closer look at “Winterberry” 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 Kimeric Kreations’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Winterberry by Kimeric Kreations.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Winterberry by Kimeric Kreations; Easy Breezy Part 11 (template) by Busy Bee.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Winterberry by Kimeric Kreations; Simple Squares (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Adobe Casion Pro.
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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Winterberry by Kimeric Kreations; Fonts: DJB Mary Magpie.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Winterberry by Kimeric Kreations; Butterfly Kisses (staple) by Vicki Stegall; Fonts: Playful, Another Typewriter.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Name
I’m Kim, from the Upper Mississippi Valley region of southwestern Wisconsin. My other half is Eric (hence “Kimeric”), the love of my life. I have 4 grown children, and one beautiful granddaughter whom I adore.

I’ve held a variety of jobs in my lifetime – I owned and operated an antiques/craft shop, did some secretarial work, ran an American Legion clubhouse for 10 years where I learned how to deal with people VERY quickly! I was also a paramedic for 20 years, and because of that ended up working in an Emergency Room for quite a while. Now, I get to stay home and design full time! My other hobbies include diggin’ in the dirt (I love to garden!), quilting, candle making and cooking. I also love to curl up with a good book or watch old movies with Eric.

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I love scrapping photo’s of our yard and gardens….our flowers….and did this layout to show our gardens this year. We had a horrible summer – hot and no rain for months. Eric faithfully watered everything through those months, and this LO celebrates our bumper crop that was the result! I don’t do alot of multi-photo layouts, but I had a new template pack to play with that called for lots of photo’s and thought I would try it out. I’m on the Creative Team for Sherwood Studio (also at the Digichick) , and Julie had a new kit to scrap with that was perfect for what I had in mind. I just love the way the entire thing flows together – and while there is a lot to see, it’s not necessarily cluttered. I’m not the best with shadows, but did a darn good job on this one!

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I’ve always kept journals, but nothing fancy…just spiral notebooks with notes, doodles, newspaper clippings, photos. I never realized this was any type of “scrapbooking.” I always thought scrapbooks were those vinyl covered books with places to insert photo’s in plastic pockets! I was doing some web design work about 5 years ago for a local company, and was searching for images on the net when I stumbled upon a few digital scrapbooking sites. I was immediately drawn to the design work I was seeing, and thought, “Hey, I can do that!” and dove right in. I had never even done a digital layout before – so went looking for “instructions” and information on how these kits were made and what went into them. I haven’t stopped since. In 2009 I joined a few Creative Teams to gain more experience with layouts, and to help develop my design skill. It helped me more than anything!

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Color first. Music second. All I have to do is walk outside for inspiration! We live on a ridge…almost at the top. At the bottom of the road to our place is the Wisconsin River. On the sides facing east and west are hayfields and cornfields…and to the north is the ridgetop – a densely wooded area filled with color in every season. Nature is all around us here. I love working with color, drawing palette’s from scenic photograph’s we have taken. There is always music playing when I design. ALWAYS. There have been many times that an entire kit’s mood is designed around the music I’m listening to. I grew up in the ’70’s when music was MUSIC, and its still what I listen to most. There is always inspiration around me!

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Computer: I have a Gateway 1.5 TB PC with 8 GB of RAM running with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OS. I use a single 23″ monitor. I no longer use an EHD after losing almost everything I had when one died last year, so I back up everything to both CD and DVD as well as online storage.
Program: Unlike most designers, I use Paint Shop Pro almost exclusively. I have versions 9 – 14, but find myself always using version 9. It’s my fav! I recently broke down (caved in?) and purchased Photoshop Elements 10, as I wanted to try styles to see what ‘all the fuss was about’. I also use Xara Design Pro and my Bamboo for drawing, and Artrage for glitters.
Camera: Just a plain old ordinary Kodak point and shoot. Eric has a Nikon 35mm that he breaks out once in a while – but its old…and the picture quality isn’t that great anymore. I’ve been trying to talk him into a new fancy one with some good lenses…but until the old ones kick the bucket – we will use what we have.
Anything Else: Just my Bamboo tablet.
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I don’t have alot of tips or tricks (at least I don’t think I do?) – but one invaluable thing I’ve learned is to scrap with my own products. If I can’t scrap a page with it, no one else will be able to either! I create my preview as I’m designing so I can ‘see’ if the pieces work together…if that flow is there. I can’t begin to tell you how many pieces have hit the trash bucket – if it doesn’t initially work, nothing I can do with it will change that basic fact. One thing I do know is that if something isn’t initially working – set it aside. The next time you look at it – it will be with a fresh viewpoint, and I’ve found that some of my best work has come from that new perspective.

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This was a tough one – – I love all my kits for different reasons. But this one is just so bright and happy – just the way a summer kit should be! It was inspired by my own CT gals – one of them requested a kit for photo’s from a balloon race..and the rest of the team chimed in with suggestions on what could be included…and Good Old Summertime was born! I make alot of kits based on suggestions from my Creative team, and everyone of them is special for that reason.

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I think its the color palette in Market Square that drew people to it…not sure, but that would be my guess? I developed the palette from a photo of an open air summer market we had taken last year. It was filled with color and a festive atmosphere. It just made a wonderful set of colors to work with – and a very versatile kit to scrap with!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Kimeric Kreations:

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

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