Julie Billingsley: No Longer Daunting

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I think one of my favorite things to scrap with by Julie Billingsley is her patterned papers! They are super easy to use in a small space, big space, and combine together without competing for attention.  It’s not easy as a designer to get the patterns on papers just right and Julie does a fabulous job. I also love her themed kits and she knocks the boy kits out of the park! I’m happy to welcome Julie back to The Digi Files again. Let’s take a closer look at “Imagine That” 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 Julie Billingsley’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley; Bunch of Sketches 14 by Kitty Designs.
LO2Layout by Katie. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley; Scrapbook Lady Stories template; Font: Code Bold.
LO3Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley; Inky Pot by CD Muckosky. Scrapbook Lady Squares (template) by Scrapbook Lady.
LO4Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley; Baby It’s Cold Outside Template by Studio Basic; Font is Ten Thousand Reasons by KG.

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

Name
Hello! My name is Julie Billingsley and I live in Oregon with my husband, two sons, and our dog. My oldest son is 21 and in his third year of college and my youngest son is 9 and in fourth grade. You probably just realized that is an 11+ year age difference and think I’m crazy… you’d be right. Just kidding! Honestly, being a mom is the best thing that could have happened to me and the age difference in the boys just keeps me on my toes and makes parenting more fun!

In my free time, my husband and I enjoy taking our dog Maisie for walks. We walk almost 3 miles each day. I also love to read, learn new things, and dream about taking vacations.

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This layout is of my youngest son from back in 2004. I had initially disliked the photo because my son wouldn’t look into the camera, so the picture stayed unscrapped on my hard drive only to be forgotten. Then 8 years later, Jady Day Studio and I created this baseball theme collab so I dug around my hard drive, found this picture and realized what a hidden treasure it was. I couldn’t be happier with this layout turned out!

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I am a designer at Sweet Shoppe Designs. I was so blessed to actually start my designing career there five years ago. I scrapped my heart out at the Sweet Shoppe’s and the Lilypad’s creative teams prior to that. Although I don’t get to do it enough these days, I will probably always consider myself a scrapper first. I believe designing from the perspective of a scrapper makes my product very useable and enjoyable to scrapbook with.

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My inspiration typically comes from my family photos and events. I have been inspired by everything from the colors of a children’s book, to a visit to the zoo, to the shirt my son was wearing. Inspiration is in no shortage, however time to create it all is!

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Computer: 27″ iMac with 8GB of RAM and 2TB of hard drive. My favorite accessory is my Wacom Intuos tablet. I use it for everything and don’t even have a mouse.

Program: Photoshop CS5 and Illustrator 5. For Mac apps, I use Better Rename 9 and YemuZip.
Camera: Canon S100 point and shoot and my iPhone camera are my main cameras.

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Since I have 21 years of photos of my children, I’m pretty much resigned to the fact that I’ll never catch up. But I have a tip for making scrapping easier when you are overwhelmed with photos and memories. I always had the trouble of wanting to scrapbook, but just picking a photo to scrap was hard when facing the large amount of pictures on my hard drive and in photo bins. That was when I created a folder and put a maximum of 10 unscrapped photos in for each year. Not that the other photos weren’t important, but I said to myself, if I can only scrapbook 10 memories for 1999, which 10 photos would I pick? Then armed with just 10 pictures a year, I could then easily know what kits I was on the look out for. Picking a photo was no longer daunting. Then when scrapping, I can easily go back to my original folders to grab supplemental photos from the same event to add to my layout as well. This technique is how I found that adorable picture in my baseball layout above and finally got it scrapped.

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My favorite kit is a fireworks kit called Ignite the Night that I created because I needed a fun vibrant kit for my Disney fireworks photos. I was a little nervous about the brightness of the colors with the contrast of the black when I picked out the colors, but I love how it turned out. It’s sparkly and fun, and I’ve seen many gorgeous layouts with it!

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My most popular product is a tropical kit called Kona Coast. I love the sun-faded beachy colors in this kit. I picked the colors from a men’s vintage Hawaiian shirt. It makes me dream of relaxing on a sunny beach, listening to the sounds of the waves, and soaking up the sun.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Julie Billingsley:

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

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35% off Julie Billingsley solo designs at Sweet Shoppe Designs! Expires 1/31/2013, not valid with any other sale. Coupon code: julie-tdd

Go have a look in Julie Billingsley’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)!