Snips And Snails: So Versatile

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I’m so happy to be welcoming Snips and Snails to The Digi Files this month! I adore Stephanne’s great sense of color and her ability to use it throughout her collections. She creates beautiful multi-colored, patterned papers that showcase these colors perfectly! Her style is super versatile with a slight retro vibe. Let’s take a closer look at “Winter Frost” 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 Snips and Snails Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Winter Frost by Snips and Snails Designs; Messy Date Stamp by Michelle Coleman; Font: Rub This!
LO2Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Winter Frost by Snips and Snails Designs; Fonts: The CD Writer by Heather Hess and Waterfalls.
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Winter Frost by Snips and Snails Designs; Gesso Jar v1 by Lauren Reid; Doodles handdrawn by me; Fonts: arsenal white, mari&david.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Winter Frost by Snips and Snails Designs.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Darcy Baldwin, Fonts: DJB I Love Me Some Lizzy, DJB Play Misty for Me

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

Name
Hi everyone! I’m Stephanne of Snips and Snails Designs! I currently live in the Grand Rapids area of Michigan. I’ve been married to my husband, Andrew, for 11 years. We have two fun little boys. Samuel is 6 and started Kindergarten this year. Nolan is 3.5 and is excited to be doing preschool 3 mornings a week. Besides designing, I am a SAHM and I also do some print design, social media, and web work for the daycare where my mom is the director. We were super excited to relocate back to Michigan from Indiana in July of this year when Andrew received a job offer here in June. We now live less than a mile from my parents and grandparents and a couple of miles from my brother and sister-in-law. We love being close to family again!

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This is a 24×20 print that is hanging on our wall at home and on my mom’s wall. It’s one of my favorite things that I’ve done. I used pictures that my mom took of my boys picking cherries and used photo actions and editing on them to bring out the red and give them that vintage color. Then I used digital scrapbooking supplies to complete the LO. I had it printed through a professional printing house. I have another that I did of the boys on the beach in San Diego in the same size that I love as well. Digital scrapbooking supplies are so versatile beyond a regular 12×12 LO. I enjoy creating a variety of things to preserve our memories.

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I was first made aware of digital scrapbooking when I was pregnant with my youngest son. I joined a parents forum and all the ladies had beautiful signatures using digital scrapbooking supplies to show off their children. So I purchased my first kits in order to decorate my own signature. Eventually some of the ladies at the site started trying their hand at designing and I decided to give it a try as well. So shortly after Nolan was born in 2009 I designed my first kit as part of a blog train and was hooked! When I started designing I had never even made a traditional LO. I started to scrap shortly after that because it was only natural to branch out into that if I was going to design.

inspired
This is something that I do for me because I love it. I think color is probably the thing that inspires me most to create. A color pallette is usually what starts my creative process. I will see a color or colors and my kit theme is usually born from there.

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Computer: I do all of my work on an Asus laptop with a fairly large screen. I think I’m one of the few designers who does not use a desktop. I just can’t imagine sitting at a desk to work. I usually work from the living room in the recliner or on the couch! We travel a lot so it’s nice to be able to take my normal designing tools right with me! I run Windows 7 and have a 600 GB hard drive which is almost half full! I also have 3 external hard drives that I back up to regularly and store things that I don’t use as often and completed collections etc. The computer had 6 GB of RAM.
Program: I design in CS 5 Extended and I also have Elements 6 which still has a few useful items.
Camera: I just have a little point and shoot Cannon Powershot. My mom has a really nice DSLR and she takes enough pictures for both of us! She’s super involved with my boys and what we do so 75% of the time I leave the picture taking to her.
Anything Else: I also have Wacom Bamboo Pen tablet.
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This tip is good for both designers and scrappers. Recoloring elements often leads to washed out or poor contrast in the element. Scrappers may want to recolor elements to a different color in the kit pallette, to match a different kit that doesn’t have a desired element or may find an existing element in a kit that isn’t up to par.

1. Duplicate the original element

2. Recolor one copy of the element by the method of your choice. Some people like to use the replace color tool, others may grayscale the element and clip a color to it and use a blending mode like color or overlay to acheive the recolor.

3. Turn the original duplicate to grayscale

4. Place the grayscale layer over your recolored layer

5. Use a blending mode on the grayscale layer – I usually use soft light but sometimes overlay works better, you can try several out.

6. If you still aren’t getting enough definition you can use the contrast adjustment on the grayscale layer to gain more contrast. If there is too much contrast making it look unnatural you can lower the opacity of the grayscale layer.

Every element is different and lighter colors can be the most difficult. With a little patience, you’ll find the right combination of blending mode, contrast, and opacity to achieve the most realistic looking recolor that you can.

favorite
My favorite is Letters from Tuscany. I really love the colors and I’m particularly partial to my vintage themed kits. Letter writing is a lost art today but back when my grandpa served in WWII getting a letter was the highlight of my grandmother’s day/week. She’s told me many times how important those letters were. There’s just a romantic nostalgia when I think about those letters going back and forth across the ocean as their only means of communication while they were seperated. When I chose the colors, they immedaitely called out Italy, Tuscany so that’s what I went with.

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My best selling collection is my Fading Fall collection. It’s a traditional fall kit and colors with my touch of shabby/vintage to it. I think that the rich palette is very appealing and it’s just full of lots of tradition fall elements for layering that can be used for fall, Halloween, or Thanksgiving layouts. It’s very versatile.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Snips and Snails Designs:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Snips and Snails Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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