Splendid Fiins: No Clean Up


I love Splendid Fiins graphically doodled style! The way she is able to mix simple, clean patterns along with her doodles and create a cohesive look, is pure talent and I always love the outcome!  I’m very excited to have Splendid Fiins joining us for the first time in The Digi Files!  Let’s take a closer look at “Through the Viewfinder” that is included in The Digi Files this month:


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 Splendid Fiins’ contribution:

Layout by Katie. Supplies: Through the Viewfinder by Splendid Fiins; Scholarly (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Arsenale White.
Layout by Anne. Supplies: Through the Viewfinder by Splendid Fiins; Fonts: Soymilk.
Layout by Trina. Supplies: Through the Viewfinder by Splendid Fiins.
Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Through the Viewfinder by Splendid Fiins; Thankful For You Alpha by Kristin Aagard; Font: DJB Digi Tara.
Layout by SharonS. Papers and elements: Through the Viewfinder, Splendid Fiins, Template: Brandy Murry, Scrapgirls, Font: The Funktastic, Brush: R. Young.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
I’m Nisa Fiin- I live in St. Paul with my husband and two adorable wee boys. I am a photographer + artist + designer + mama. I love books and juice and I brush my teeth with my eyes closed. (I think that covers all the most important info…)




I so love this project… I take an insane number of photos of my boys- so I’m not lacking for images documenting their growth – but when you strip their likeness down to just profile, silhouetted and stark like this- you really see how they’ve changed (I do these every six months) And there’s something timeless about them…silhouettes. But I like to add a bit of bright+fun color (with the backgrounds) to keep it funky and current, too.
To make them- I have each boy sit on my husbands lap/knees- so they’re eye to eye and facing 90 degrees from my camera. I shoot them in our upstairs landing- lights off- with a window behind. I meter to blow out the background a bit- and leave the subject in shadow. Then I play with the photo in Photoshop a bit (the tutorial explains it all) to up the contrast and get rid of all detail but the outline of each little boy head…

We have a whole little gallery of these printed at 5×7 and framed in our entry. It’s amazing to see the changes… I feel like almost every time I go to shoot the next one I think “well, they won’t look that much different from the last one…” and they do! They totally do…


I dabbled in scrapbooking in the late 1990s but really picked it up in full effect in 2004. I was all paper in the beginning. And honestly, that’s where my heart still is. I played around a bit with digital elements- and did a bit of hybrid work in the years that followed. Then in 2009, I had my first son, and realized I wasn’t going to make it up to the third floor scrap studio for a while- so I dove into digital. It’s worked well- this going digi while boys are little (my second son was born in 2011) – I can open my computer armoire and scrap while they nap- and just close it up when they wake- no clean up!

It wasn’t long after really diving into digital that I started designing things, making things for myself at first- then in 2010 I started my shop at JessicaSprague.com… which has been amazing and such a blast. I love making things that other people will use. It’s so cool to see people playing with the products I design- whether it’s like “YES! That’s exactly how I envisioned them being used!” or “GAH! I hadn’t thought of using them like that! Awesome!” It’s just so cool…

Maintaining sanity, I guess. Seriously- if I don’t make art I go crazy. I’ve always got several artsy/crafty/scrappy/makings going on at once. Some (mainly my family) might say I often have too many at once…it’s a delicate balance I guess.

Computer: I’m still rocking my old mac circa 2006, with Snow Leopard on it- but come January my new tricked out 27 inch iMac should be in my grubby little mitts. 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz 16GB memory 1TB hard drive NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M with 512MB Swoon.

Program: I use mainly Photoshop CS5 and occasionally Illustrator CS5

Camera: I have a Nikon D300 (my big one) and a CanonPowershot G12 (my small one/video camera)

Anything Else: I have a Wacom tablet (LOVE!)

I tend to get a little…uptight/control freak/perfectionist sometimes- especially in respect to my photography. This past year I started playing with “shooting from the hip”- literally- down low, not looking through the viewfinder. It’s a total gamble, and results in a lot of flubs- but the shots that do work- are AMAZING. And so different from my regular work…they have a totally different feel and composition. And shooting this way changes my mindset from “Boo! This isn’t exactly what I had in my head that I wanted to capture!” to – “Holy cats! I just happened to capture this bit of awesome!” (sidenote- this is how I shoot for my faux ttvs- because it’s also the level/bit of a gamble of actual ttv photography)

I love these templates because they are so fun + versatile. They can be used as is to create a super simple- but still slightly wonky+whimsical album- easy peasy. Add in some of the sketchy stamps/brushes that are included- and you can totally fun it up. (Or go crazy and add in patterned paper and other elements and just use the templates as a base.)

There are actually three sets of the Eclectic Journaling cards- but set one has sold the most. It’s just a bright + wacky mix of journaling cards- again- super versatile. Great for traditional layouts or Project Life…who doesn’t love a good journaling card? All three sets came about as I worked on my own Project Life album and thought about what I’d like to include…


Here are some of my favorite products by Splendid Fiins:


Here are some more inspirational layouts using Splendid Fiins’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.



Go have a look in Splendid Fiins’ 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)!