Therapy Through Digital – Putting It All Out There for You

Note from Steph: Art journaling is exploding in both the paper and digital format. I have always been curious about the science and real therapy uses behind it. I have been asking (begging) my real life friend, Cristi to share with us some of the processes she uses in counseling sessions with her clients in the form of art journaling challenges. I am really excited that she is here to help us all get started on the process of putting our digital techniques to use as a method of self-discovery. She is amazing and our readers are too, so I’m really excited for all of you to get to know her; and her to get to know you as well.

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My name is Cristi Dame and I am a photographer and licensed professional counselor who specializes in utilizing art and play to promote inner growth and healing with those I work with.

In my experience, I found that ONE single art therapy session could master what ten talk therapy sessions could. It was as though the two parts of the brain became in sync to uncover what was really going on. Art journaling (or visual journaling for those of you afraid of the “art” word) is not only a form of journaling your inner thoughts and feelings through images but it reveals inner truths that you may have never even know you had. It’s powerful.

So, when Steph asked if I would talk a little about my work with art journaling I thought no problem. This is something I feel comfortable in and am such a strong advocate of it….

But…

Then…

I remembered one thing…

This is a digital scrapbooking site!!

(Insert dramatic music and me screaming with my hands on face like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone)

Digital?

That is an area that I don’t have any experience in whatsoever. Oh boy- how do I incorperate my art journaling with the digital world if I don’t even know how? What if it is not good. What if you guys all laugh at my sad attempt to create something in photoshop.

You see, I feel most comfortable covered in paint and gesso.

and dare I say printed photos? Yikes!

But it hit me.

This feeling of self-doubt and uncertainty is too often how people feel when they hear the words art journal. “Oh but I am not an artist,” they often say or “I am not creative.”

Oh but they are. They just don’t know it yet.

So, let’s make a deal if I am willing to be brave and attempt this digital scrapbooking world- will you be willing to attempt to try an art journaling page with me? Fair enough.

First rule: NO JUDGEMENT ALLOWED. No pretty- no ugly. It is what it is. Art journaling is not about the final product- it is about what you learn through the process.

So here we go.

1. First, find a personal space and organize it with your supplies. For many of you- it may just be your computer. (for those of you-insert computer in this photo below)

2. Next, get in “The Zone.” Find 20 minutes where you will be alone and uninterrupted. For me, it is during my son’s lovely nap. Set the mood by having some favorite treats and music close by.

3. Now close your eyes (well after you read this of course) and take a deep breath and just be still for at least 30 seconds just focusing on your breath.

4. Set your intention. Let’s do an art page about gratitude. So, in your mind or writing down on paper- make a list of things or people you are grateful for. Set the intention that this page will be for exploring your inner gratitude.

5. Then, without thinking too much, just begin to choose colors and images that move you. No worries about whether they match or if they make sense together- just grab them and begin to play.

Below is my first ever attempt to digitally art journal. I just thought there was no way that I could only do this process digitally- so I printed this on some canvas paper that I had envisioned painting and adding additional elements to create the final product. Sadly, it never made it to that phase and remained just like this.

So, I decided to attempt again. But this time with the intention on just going ALL digital. I didn’t go searching for anything- I just let them find me. This time I feel like I went deeper and uncovered the inner truths I had about gratitude.

It was freeing.

I overcame the fear. I didn’t judge. I just enjoyed the process. In this piece- I have written in secret areas several things I was grateful for at that moment. And the words that came to me at the very end- was “abundance.”

This is what art journaling is all about. You willing to give it a try?

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From Steph: I decided to take Cristi’s challenge. As many of you know, I have wanted to try Art Journaling or Visual Journaling for a very long time. I have always been scared of it though. Even jumping in, I was scared (more like feeling panic inside). I followed Cristi’s steps, digitally of course, and this is what I came up with:

As you may know, this is completely different from my normal digital layouts, which are very clean and linear, with lots of paper layers. I just went with what I felt like doing, typed what first came to my mind and had a lot of fun with layers and layers of brushes! I really enjoyed it and cannot wait to do it again! It was exciting to me that creating something with digital brushes, paint, and goodies I don’t normally use felt so natural and authentic.

Are you ready to take Cristi’s challenge? If you do, share a link in the comments to your art journal page and how this was different for you than a regular digital layout by midnight ET 1/26/2013. We will randomly select one winner that will win $10 in product from TWO contributors to The Digi Files this month (winner can choose which designers they would like products from). I can’t wait to see what you create! Remember – there are NO RULES!

PS. Congratulations to yesterday’s reader who has won $10 to Jennifer Labre’s store: Stacey.

Inspired by Jennifer Labre

The following layouts were created using “Everyday Memories” by Jennifer Labre and included in The Digi Files during January, 2013:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Everyday Memories by Jennifer Labre Designs, Template by Trixie Scraps’ Frame by Scrapgirls; Font: The Sharon.
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Layout by Alanna. Supplies: Everyday Memories by Jennifer Labre Designs.
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Layout by Christelle. Supplies: Everyday Memories by Jennifer Labre Designs.
LO1Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Everyday Memories by Jennifer Labre Designs.
LO2Layout by Trina. Supplies: Everyday Memories by Jennifer Labre Designs; I Love to Craft (template) by Busy Bee Designs.
LO3Layout by Sula. Supplies: Everyday Memories by Jennifer Labre Designs; Ink Pot by CD Muckosky; Fonts: DJB Baby Bump.
LO4Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Everyday Memories by Jennifer Labre Designs.

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  • The Digi Files: over $50 worth of digital scrapbooking supplies by seven of the top digital designers in the community.
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Here’s a look at the first exclusive collaboration that you get right when you first subscribe and become a member:

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Jennifer Labre: Such A Fashionista

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I’m happy to welcome back Jennifer Labre to The Digi Files this month! Jennifer has a great sense of color and designs with a wide array from deep rich tones, bold and bright, to sweet pastels. The pastels used in her contribution this month is a fun twist on a Project 365 type kit. I love the pastels mixed with the kraft paper. Let’s take a closer look at “Everyday Memories” 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 Jennifer Labre Designs’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Everyday Memories by Jennifer Labre Designs.
LO2Layout by Trina. Supplies: Everyday Memories by Jennifer Labre Designs; I Love to Craft (template) by Busy Bee Designs.
LO3Layout by Sula. Supplies: Everyday Memories by Jennifer Labre Designs; Ink Pot by CD Muckosky; Fonts: DJB Baby Bump.
LO4Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Everyday Memories by Jennifer Labre Designs.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer Labre, known online as jenn7. I live in Wisconsin (brrr…) with my husband Jeff and two daughters Jordan (11) and Jenna (3). I’m currently a SAHM where I love spending time with my family, reading, watching reality TV, and of course, scrapping and designing!

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My daughter is such a fashionista! And she is so full of life – so this was the perfect kit to use with this funky photo. The original photo didn’t match the kit at all (she was wearing a hot pink tank top) so I used one of my handy Photoshop actions to change the photo to match better. This is one of my favorite kits and favorite layouts!

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I started paper scrapping back in 2001 when I was pregnant with my daughter Jordan. In 2005, I discovered digital scrapping and haven’t looked back! (Although I will admit, I still have all of my paper supplies!) For most of my professional career, I worked in marketing and graphic design. A few years ago I got interested in learning to create my own digital scrapbooking products. After a lot of practice and some encouragement from others, I began selling my designs in April 2010.

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Everything!! My girls (what they are into, shows they watch, clothes they wear, things they say, etc.), nature (colors & textures), my own photos and scrapbooking needs, flipping through magazines, random thoughts on an everday basis. LOL

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Computer: In September 2012, my laptop died. I lost a lot of files and it was not a great time in my life. 😉 But I made the decision to switch to a MAC and have not looked back. I went all out and got 16 GB RAM, 2.6 GHz processor, I run OS X version 10.8.2 and have a fabulous 15 inch retina display. It’s amazing and it better last for years!
Program: I use Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Illustrator CS6 mainly.
Camera: I’ve had the same camera for years. A Canon Digital Rebel Xti. I do have a few different lenses though, including a macro which I’m still learning to use.
Anything Else: I own a Bamboo tablet, but each time a try and use it I just get frustrated. I’m sure it would make drawing easier if I could get the hang of it!
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I start designing a new project by pulling together a color palette first. I have a little digital palette that I put colors on while I do this. It was only recently though that I figured out how to create and save the swatches directly in Photoshop so that it’s much easier to use, rather than me using my Color Picker on my digital palette. To do this in Photoshop, start with an empty swatch panel. (Go to Preset Manager, Swatches and delete all the swatches.) Next, select your first color with your color picker, then hit Add to Swatches. Continue adding all the colors for your project. Once you have all the colors in the swatch panel, click on the little drop-down arrow on the side and select Save Swatches For Exchange. Save your swatches within your project folder so you can find it anytime. Now, you can load these swatches anytime you are working on your project and because you saved them for Exchange, you can load them in Illustrator and other programs as well! (I hope this makes sense, it has made things much easier for me!)

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I love the colors of Fall. They are my absolute favorite. I also love all the textures you find in nature. October Road was a combination of these two loves, combining all the beautiful autumn colors and textures in a really versatile kit.

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This is one of my most popular products. Again, I love the textures found in nature and really tried to replicate those here. I don’t remember what inspired the colors, but I think they are a bit different and I really like how everything came together.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Jennifer Labre Designs:

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

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Save 30% off Jennifer’s Scrapmatters Store with code TDD-JLD-30off. One use per person. Expires: 2/15/13

Go have a look in Jennifer Labre Designs’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)!

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I remember being in grade nine business class and learning how to type on a keyboard. My teacher made us tape large pieces of paper to the top of the keyboard and we had to type with our hands underneath so that we couldn’t peek at the keys.

I learned typing using the Almena Typing Method. It’s been 20 years and I still remember the mnemonics used for each set of letters. Repeat after me: “Quiet Aunt Zelda. Quiet Aunt Zelda. Q. A. Z. Q. A. Z.”, all the while running your left pinky finger over the keys. Repeat over and over with a different mnemonic for each set of keys on the keyboard. After a while, your fingers just know where to go without consciously thinking about it.

Although those hours spent were a wee bit dull, they were very valuable. I’m on a computer all the time, both for work and at home. I couldn’t begin to calculate how much time I save by being a ten-finger typist.

Do you want to improve your typing? Try taking the Typing Test to gauge how fast you are compared to other users. I scored in the “Fast” category – thanks to my grade nine business class practice! Winking smile I have forgotten much of what I learned in Chemistry and Calculus classes, but I’m glad that I kept up with typing!

A fun way to practice typing is to play some Typing Games. To learn the position of letters, the Bubbles game is a personal fave – it starts out easy and you feel confident but then the letters start flying. Try it – it’s fun! If you know where the letters are, try Typedown to build speed. It’s a challenge! Another one to try is TypeRacer, where you type a paragraph – the faster you type, the faster your car moves in comparison to other typists.

Have fun and happy typing!

PS – The title graphic was made using Online by Jenn Barrette and Captivated Visions.

The Great Organizing in Lightroom FAQ Post for Digi Scrappers

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I did a post just over a year ago that gave a run down of how I organize my kit previews in Lightroom. Since that time, I often get questions via email and The Digi Show about my system. I decided I needed to do a little update and share some of the questions and the things I have learned.

I love using Lightroom to organize my previews and now my photos too, but that doesn’t mean that it will work for you. There is a different system that will work for each person. Don’t be afraid to try a few out until you find the one that works for you. I have been digital since 2003 and have tried several different systems. Some worked better than others, but Lightroom was the first one that I have been excited about using and keeping up.

This post will answer the organization questions I get. I will do another post down the road that will share my editing process.

Check out our Organization section for more ideas, systems, and programs that might work for you. We also have a Lightroom section here. Katie and I even had a Lightroom Showdown once.

Q- I bought Lightroom 4 as a Christmas gift to myself. I’ve imported all of my photos and have been itching to import my digi supplies. From watching Kayla’s videos it appears she has her photos and supplies in the same catalog. Is that what you have done or do you have separate catalogs for your photos and supplies? From one of your videos on TDD is appears you have them separate.

A-When I first started using Lightroom, I couldn’t imagine having my supplies and photos in one database. It sounded like it would be a big mess; so I put them in different databases. The problem is that it actually takes a long time to switch from one database to the other, so I ended up merging the two databases. I actually find it pretty easy to keep under control.

Q-Is there a reason you import all of your supplies and not just your previews if you’re only tagging previews? I know you only tag previews, and that’s what I would like to do as well.

A-When I decided to use Lightroom to organize my previews, one of the main reasons was because it would be fast. I could have gone through every single folder and just pulled out the previews, but I didn’t want to take that much time. I imported all files that Lightroom could read (jpegs, tiffs, and PSDs) that were in my main supply folder (the folders within folders, etc.). Then, I was able to set up the smart collection I talk about in this post to filter out my previews.

Recently, I decided there must be a way to delete all of those digital supplies and there is! I did some Googling and found this tutorial. Here’s what I did:

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I selected the Smart Collection: Without Keywords. I don’t remember if I created that or if it is a default collection. If it’s not a default collection, you can create it using these settings:

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Then, select Grid View and set the sorting to Added Order:

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This will make selecting all of the supplies super easy because they will all be together. Just click on the first item, then shift+click on the last supply you see.

Create a tag “to remove” and add to the selected supplies. Repeat until all of the supplies have been tagged. Then, select that tag by clicking on it in the keyword list on the right:

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CTRL+A to select all of the images with that tag. Right click> Delete Photos> Remove (NOT delete). This will remove it from the library, but not delete it from the harddrive.


Q-Do you open your supplies into PS from LR or do you just use LR to find what you want on your HD and then go to the HD to open it?

A-I look for supplies in Lightroom by searching through the Previews (select the Preview keyword), then right click on the preview and select Show in Explorer:

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Then, when the Explorer window opens, I drag and drop the supplies I want from there into PhotoShop.

Q-Steph, i totally changed my way of organizing my digital supplies after you shared about lightroom and saving previews. I did great with the initial transfer of everything. My next save of previews after that kind of was a mess… Anyway, i wondered how it was still working out for you being organized in Lightroom? Have you learned anything new? Tagged anything else beyond previews?

A-Yes, I still love using Lightroom to tag my previews and my photos now too, but not any supplies! It is a system that works for me; I look forward to tagging my purchases. I know it’s not a solution for everyone though.

I have learned a few things that make subsequent imports easier.

I no longer organize my supplies in my folders by designers. I start folder called “New (date)” then download everything to that folder until you are ready to import. When you have unzipped all of the folders inside that folder and are ready to import, click Import and then navigate to that folder in the side bar. All Lightroom compatible files will pop up in the window. I then check the box on all of the previews and make sure everything else are unchecked. In the keyword box type “Previews” so that keyword is automatically added. You can then add keywords to all of those previews based on how your organize.

If you don’t have everything in one folder though and do want to keep organizing supplies in your folders, just click import and select your supply folder. Go through and select just the previews, add “Previews” to the keyword box and then import.

If the import you have done is mixed together with your older stuff, click on your preview smart collection, then under the window where you view your previews, you see the word Sort: click the little triangles there and select “added order”.

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In my LR it puts the most recent on the bottom. You can then see everything that doesn’t have other tags, select them by CTRL+clicking on them or SHIFT+clicking the first and the last one. Then, you can add the other tags as you want.

Q-I moved some supplies and now Lightroom says they can’t be found. What should I do?

A-If you don’t move files and folders in Lightroom and do it in your folders instead, Lightroom doesn’t know to where to find them. Question marks will show up on the files and on the folders in the Navigator window:

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Select the files or folder in the Navigator window, just right click on the folder and select “Update Folder Location”.

Q-I’m still trying to figure Lightroom out. Do you import all your folders in to light room or just the ones you are working on?

A-To organize my previews, I imported everything in my scrapbook downloads folder. Now, I just import new stuff in batches. As far as photos, I did a big import a long time ago, but haven’t finished yet. Now that I am also doing all of my editing in Lightroom, I have been importing the newest stuff as I need something off that memory card.

Q-How do I move my whole lightroom database from one ehd to another? I’ve been trying to figure this out for weeks and cannot find an answer that is easy for me to understand. Thanks!!

A-I haven’t ever done it (I don’t think), but there is a bunch of information about managing a Lightroom database (including moving it) here.

I think that wraps it up. If this brings up questions for you or you have questions that weren’t answered here, leave them in the comments, I will be here answering them today. 🙂

Freezing Funtastic Friday

Image created using “Chalk It Up Snow Flakes” by Rachel Young

Katie and I went to CHA in Anaheim California (insert: Disneyland) and they had a severe cold front come through while we were there. We…well…I froze! I came home to even colder temperatures; today the high was 1 degree Fahrenheit all morning. It did warm up to 5 in the afternoon. So, as I sat here working on this very long Funtastic Friday, I kept thinking to myself, “I’m freezing!” I decided to just go with it as the title today!

Katie and I also got to meet Peppermint for the very first time while we were at CHA (I stole the above photo from Peppermint’s Instagram page). It was a crazy surreal experience for the first few hours we were together. It was wonderful and amazing to spend time, in person, with someone we have chatted with at least once a week for over a year and a half. We were able to get together with several other digital designers, store/site owners, team members, and people we have had on The Digi Show as guests. It was a great weekend!

While we were there, Katie, Peppermint, and I were joined by Katrina Kennedy and Kami Leonard to record a LIVE Digi Show. It was crazy, and might be a little crazy to listen to. My son shared his thoughts with me while I was editing and they weren’t good (something along the lines of, this is pure craziness that no one will understand). Thankfully, most of the part he was referring to was edited out.  When my youngest daughter found out that part would be cut (all 10 minutes of silliness) she cried.  Go ahead and have a listen for yourself:

Seeing how the trends of digital scrapbooking from last year are just hitting paper this year, made me very proud of our designers in the digital community.  I am honored that I get to work with so many of them regularly!!

Here’s what some of those amazing designers have in store for us this week:

 

A digital scrapbooking kit by by Erica Zane & Meghan Mullens, Mister Irresistible is not only perfect for Valentine’s Day but also for your everyday moments!

Mister Irresistible by Erica Zane & Meghan Mullens

 

Katie the Scrapbook Lady has a new set of templates with great side border details. Four different templates with options for single photo, 6 photo, or 11 photo pages! As always, she includes layout examples and a pdf file with links to the supplies and fonts she used on her own pages.

 

‘Inspired by Life’ is the NEW colorful and funky kit by Sugary Fancy Designs!
Save BIG purchasing the Collection Bundle {Kit, Templates, Cards & Doodles}!  Celebrate life and scrap it!!

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The cutest collab by Pink Reptile and Mommyish Designs made to scrap all your every day events all year long!It’s stacked to the roof with pretty papers, fun and versatile elements and not one but 2 alphas to fulfill your every need and it’s 20% off from January 18 through 20!

 

Are you doing Project 365 or another project this year? Don’t miss the Memories & Moments {Goals Add-on} from SuzyQ Scraps — receive a 20% discount and a FREE kraft paper pack when you purchase before 1/23/13.

 

Studio Wendy’s new series, “Learn It TV” has now aired episodes 2 & 3. You can check out the subscription to the entire series, free sample video and all the latest episodes at The Learning Loft.

Life reminds us sometimes that nothing is here for granted, and ValC Designs kit about her Grand Father is perfect to scrap all about Grand parents (and more!) . When some countries will soon celebrate the Grand Father day .. it is a good time to start create something for them, or something about them …

 

Dawn by Design has a new mini plus coordinating blog freebie

Made with Memorykeeping and DigiScrapbooking in mind, available as seperates, a bundle or the entire collection, and now on sale!

 

Whether you are clipping a paper to it, or changing the hue saturation, this banner alpha is the perfect mix of doodle and fun to add to your layout. On sale until January 23rd.

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Shannon McNab of Scotty Girl Design has moved to Pixels and Company. Celebrate her grand opening with a 20% off coupon! sgdNEW13

Get a little artsy with your Project 365/Life layouts and follow my project in which I share digital tips and techniques.

 

River Rose has some new items out for Block Party. Each pack is priced $1.99 plus find them on sale right now only at One Story Down.

 

Dunia has this freebie on her FB Fan Page exclusive tab:

 

Here are a few more things I found around digiland:

Journaling Cards The Voices of Color Bundle

 

Think Happy Thoughts

 

Winter Frost | Papers

 

 

 

Chalked Journal Cards by Down This Road Designs

 

Everyday Project Bundle

 

Little Thing: Today

 

I Loved You First - The Elements by Fayette Designs

 

Fuss Free: I Must Damask You 2

 

Split Months

 

Ninja Addict

 

On Cloud Nine Journal Card

 

Owl-Ways Love You Mini-Kit

 

Happygram Elements

 

 

 

Chalk It Up Snowflakes Set 2

Have a GREAT weekend!!!

PS. Congratulations to this week’s readers who have won $10 to one of January’s featured designers: Rebecca H (Sugarplum Paperie) and Teresa (Clever Monkey). Thanks for commenting!

Sugarplum Paperie: Nagging Urge

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Sugarplum Paperie is one of the designers I think of when I think of the shabby/vintage style.  She creates beautiful shabby floral papers and coordinating prints. Her truly shabby and vintage elements are just stunning.  I’m happy to have Sugarplum Paperie joining us in The Digi Files again this month.  Let’s take a closer look at “Happy Little Bluebird” 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 Sugarplum Paperie’s contribution:

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Happy Little Bluebird by Sugarplum Paperie.
LO2Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Happy Little Bluebird by Sugarplum Paperie; random doodles and hexagon shapes by me.
LO3Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Happy Little Bluebird by Sugarplum Paperie; Hero font; Tape, Zoe Pearm, A Beautiful Thing kit(modified); Sunburst shape.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Happy Little Bluebird by Sugarplum Paperie; Scribbled font. Scrapbook Lady Skiwampus template.
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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Happy Little Bluebird by Sugarplum Paperie.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Hello! My name is Nicole Seitler and I design under the name Sugarplum Paperie. I was born and raised in sunny Florida. After college, I decided I just had to get out of this hot, tropical climate. I moved up and down the East Coast for ten years (living in TN, MD, PA and OH), only to end up moving back home to Sarasota, Florida with my husband and kids in 2009. The summers are hot, but we love getting to enjoy so many warm and sunny days during the rest of the year–like right now! My husband, Travis, and I have been married for 10 1/2 years. I am also a momma to four wonderful children: Katie (9 1/2), Joshua (6 1/2), Penny (3 1/2) and Benjamin (who just turned 2).

In addition to being a SAHM and a graphic designer, I am also a homeschooling mom. Katie is in the 4th grade and Joshua is technically in the 1st (but he’s ahead in a lot of things, so he’s kinda in 2nd). Penny wants to do everything her older siblings do, so I’m also doing Kindergarten with her this year! So much for having a little downtime. But at least I’m far from being bored. Ha!

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This year I began doing Project Life (all done in paper–not even hybrid!). In a rare moment of “spare time,” I decided that I would attempt to do something for 2011 with the same feel. I haven’t had time to get very far with all the designing I’ve been doing this year, but I still have high hopes for the project. This layout is my favorite for 2011 so far. I love this picture, snapped by a photographer at the circus. It is totally my kids in action… one all joyful, the other just a crazy blur. Ha!

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My journey started when I stumbled on to the wonderful world of Digital Scrapbooking one day in 2006. Immediately, I had a nagging urge to learn how to make my own beautiful papers and elements. In the summer of 2007, I started up my own Sugarplum Paperie blog as a place to share some of the things I made as I discovered more and more and more about digital design. My husband is a web developer, so I was able to talk him in to building me a personal store! I opened my own little shop on Digital Scrapbooking Day, November 3, 2007. In August of 2008, I joined the Digichick as a guest designer and loved it so much, I begged to stay.

In February of 2009, I was invited to take over the reigns of the shop. I ran the Digichick for three wonderful years. In December of 2011, I was contacted by a paper scrapbooking company and I began to design for them–my all-time biggest dream come true. That was my goal when I started down this road, all the way back in 2006! But trying to design for the digital world, the paper world AND run a large digital scrapbooking shop… all while homeschooling two kids and trying to live a normal life… well, it was all too much for me! I had to lay down the insane belief that I could do it all after having a mini-meltdown last January. In April of last year, I joined the Sweet Shoppe and focused on designing full-time.

inspired
My inspiration comes from random places. Maybe it’s a color palette that I see. More often, I think that it’s a feeling that I want to capture and translate into pixels and papers.

tools
Computer: I work on a lovely Toshiba PC with Windows 7 that has a touch screen. I find that I don’t often use the touch screen, like I thought I would. But now I think that my husband’s Mac is a touch screen, too… so I’m always having to remind myself that I can’t just walk over and scroll down the page on his computer… yet. 😉 (I also think that the TV should be a touch screen. I think Apple products have seriously messed with my brain!)
Program: I only use Adobe CS5 (Photoshop and Illustrator).
Camera: I use an iPhone 4S. (Don’t faint!) When I started Project Life last year, I was making good use of Instagram on my iPod. I kept wishing that my iPod was an iPhone and my husband spoiled me rotten last year for my birthday by getting me an iPhone 4S… mainly for the camera. I have a Pentex K100 DSLR, but last year I really only used it when we went to Disney World. My phone, on the other hand, is capturing little “real life” moments every day.

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My favorite tip is a quick and easy one: I love using this magic little button in the Layers window that will lock the transparent pixels on your layer. I use this button to easily change the color of a brush or a painted overlay. This trick only works for flat elements (it won’t recolor buttons or flowers for you, for example). But it works magic on other .pngs and saves you from having to add another brush to your collection for use on one layout.

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I have a hard time creating themed kits. And I have a big heart for recording the little moments that make life what it is. This kit captures all of that for me. It’s general enough to use for any page and the word art inside is perfect for use in any monthly project you might be working on.

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“Survey says!” it’s this kit, my first venture into the world of including more of an art journaling style into my designs.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Sugarplum Paperie:

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

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Go have a look in Sugarplum Paperie’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)!

Inspired by Sugarplum Paperie

The following layouts were created using “Happy Little Bluebird” by Sugarplum Paperie and included in The Digi Files during January, 2013:

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Happy Little Bluebird by Sugarplum Paperie; Template: Jenn Lindsey, String: Scrapgirls, Alpha: Susy Q Scraps, Font: The Only Exception, Brush: Rachel Young.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Happy Little Bluebird by Sugarplum Paperie; Alpha from InkPot, Elements from Winter With You both by CD Muckosky.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Happy Little Bluebird kit by Sugarplum Paperie, Garam Masala template by Little Green Frog Designs
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Layout by Tara. Supplies: Happy Little Bluebird kit by Sugarplum Paperie.
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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Happy Little Bluebird by Sugarplum Paperie.
LO2Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Happy Little Bluebird by Sugarplum Paperie; random doodles and hexagon shapes by me.
LO3Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Happy Little Bluebird by Sugarplum Paperie; Hero font; Tape, Zoe Pearm, A Beautiful Thing kit(modified); Sunburst shape.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Happy Little Bluebird by Sugarplum Paperie; Scribbled font. Scrapbook Lady Skiwampus template.
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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Happy Little Bluebird by Sugarplum Paperie.

Noticing trends in digital scrapbooking

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As I’m returning home from the CHA (Crafts & Hobby Association) show, I have trends on my mind. Last week, we discussed the trends we had noticed in the past year on the latest episode of The Digi Show. I was curious to see if the paper world agreed with our picks when I walked the aisles of the trade show. I found that the digital designers of our community have definitely had their pulse on the trends (or even created them). No big surprise there! We are lucky to have instant access to so many incredible designs!

Here are a few of the notable things we mentioned in the podcast from digi land that I definitely saw in a big way at CHA:

 

PROJECT LIFE + PROJECT LIFE-ESQUE PRODUCTS

Becky Higgins’ Project Life approach have taken the digital world by storm and we almost declared 2012 the “year of the journaling card.” lol! Really, there are journaling and filler cards all over the digital scrapbooking world and the booths at CHA were also full of them. I love these little cards for fun accents and/or journaling spots on any type of layout – not just for Project Life!

Here are some of my favorite digi picks:

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SIMPLE LINES MAKE GREAT DESIGNS

Chevrons, houndstooth, stripes, and bold colors and lines are timeless classics that have been enjoying their day in the sun lately. I can’t get enough of them!

Here are some of my favorite digi picks:

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LITTLE BITS OF GOODNESS

Doilies, arrows, wooden papers & pieces, cutout words, and chalkboard effects have been very popular lately. All of these trends are very “in” right now, but I honestly can’t see them going “out” any time soon!

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It’s nice to know that the designers in digiland are on the cutting edge of the latest and greatest. I want my memories to look their best and I appreciate having beautiful products to help me create great pages!

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P.S. The title graphic was created with Little Butterfly Wings This is My Story and I Love Rock & Roll.