Cluster Queen Creations: The Periphery


I was really excited to get Cluster Queen’s application to contribute to The Digi Files. I had been watching her store for a while and really LOVED her products instantly!  I noticed her store is about equal parts digital scrapbooking kits and equal parts templates and asked her to contribute both.  Cluster Queen has a variety of styles she is really good at designing; from whimsical to themed and a little shabby too.  Her templates are filled with lots of layers and (you guessed it) CLUSTERS!!  Cluster Queen really does have something for everyone.  Let’s take a closer look at “Enjoy Life and Gimme Layers-The DigiFiles Edition” 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 Cluster Queen Creations’s contribution:

Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Enjoy Life and Gimme Layers-The DigiFiles Edition by Cluster Queen Creations; November CC Template Freebie by Kim Roedelet, The Silver Reed font by Heather Hess.
Layout by Trina. Supplies: Enjoy Life and Gimme Layers-The DigiFiles Edition by Cluster Queen Creations; Font: The Sara.
Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Enjoy Life and Gimme Layers-The DigiFiles Edition by Cluster Queen Creations.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Enjoy Life and Gimme Layers-The DigiFiles Edition by Cluster Queen Creations.


Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Enjoy Life and Gimme Layers-The DigiFiles Edition by Cluster Queen Creations; Font: The Lemmon.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Hi everyone! My name is Melissa Rieschick, aka profiler_mar, aka Cluster Queen Creations. I’m from a small town on the Texas Gulf Coast, about 35 minutes south of Houston. I live with my boyfriend of 7 years, Brent, our 10 year-old cat, Morgan, and our 2 year-old chihuahua, Zoe. I work full-time as a social worker and other than scrapping/designing, my favorite stress relief is to read…I read anywhere from 2-4 hours a night! I am addicted to iced tea and flavored lip glosses, and I have a strong fondness for office supplies. People can own me for life giving me any of those things! 🙂





My niece loves playing with the camera on my iPhone and my mom’s iPhone. We were sitting together in my dad’s chair one day and I started snapping photos of us together, and got this really cute one of her being silly and me looking so happy with her. When I created my kit, You and Me, I created a word art “Us Together”, and immediately thought of this photo. I love how I took a couples/family themed collection and showed how it could be used for other types of pages as well. I love the balance of patterns here, using tone on tone and small patterns to balance the mixed media background and the strip of multi-stripe paper. It is really easy to think you have to have solids on a page, but tone on tone papers or small patterns will balance as well as a solid will, and may be more visually pleasing too!


I started to paper scrapbook in 2003, when a friend introduced me to Creative Memories. I made a couple of albums but was soon sucked into the world of Creating Keepsakes and Scrapbooks, Etc. where the pages were more layered and technique-driven. I was an avid paper-scrapper for 6 years when, in 2006, my close friend Chel’s son was born. Within a year (late 2007) she was looking for a way to preserve memories with less mess, since she didn’t have a space for paper-scrapping, so I told her to check out digital scrapbooking. Another year went by and she had discovered ScrapMatters and Scrap Orchard, and was constantly showing me beautiful kits she was using. Finally, in early 2009 I couldn’t stand it any longer and asked her to teach me how to make a layout in PSE. Within a couple of months I was hooked and by May 2009 I was solely a digi-scrapper. I discovered quickly my passion for layering and clustering, and that sealed my fate in never paper-scrapping again. In 2011 I began to design templates, having discovered that my pages all have their own unique flair and style. Later that year I began to design kits as well, deciding I was so obsessed with papers I wanted to make them myself. I began to doodle shortly after and soon my quirky, unique kit style was born.

I get inspired by so many things! I can be in a restaurant and see a pattern in one of the photos on the wall that I want to replicate. I once took a photo of my neighbor’s ceiling tiles because I liked the pattern on them and wanted to try and replicate it in a paper. I get inspired by color, fashion, TV, movies, music, magazines and books….and my primary inspiration comes from my life, my two nieces and Chel’s son.


Computer: I have a custom built desktop with 1 TB hard drive and 4 GB of RAM. I run Windows 7 on my PC. I have one monitor, 21 inches, and I use a wireless mouse.
Program: I design in Photoshop CS4 and I use Inkscape for my doodles.
Camera: I have a Canon Rebel T1i. I love my camera.
Anything Else: I doodle on a Wacom Bamboo Pen tablet. I also have an older Wacom Graphire tablet that I love to use for doodled words. I have tried to use the tablets in place of a mouse, but I just can’t make it work, I prefer my mouse for everything but doodling. 🙂
When scrapbooking with doodles that are stroked to look like a sticker, your page will look more balanced and pleasing if you re-size them all at the same percentage, keeping the stroke around the doodle, as well as the doodle pen stroke, the same size on each element. I do this by placing all the doodles I am working with on the page at the same time, selecting the layers in the layers palette holding down the shift key, and using the bounding box to shrink them down to the size I want. I never size anything larger than it is created, as it will lose resolution.

I feel like this kit marks the transition in my designing. It is the perfect example of my style, quirky and unique, with a little shabbiness and a little grunge. Shattered was inspired by some recent events in the periphery of my life. They did not happen directly to me, yet had a large impact on me nonetheless and I was struggling with all of the emotions I had inside. The colors represent the sorrow (the grays), while the oranges, pinks and purples reflect the beauty and hope in life as well.

Gimme Layers Vol. 25 is my first set of large photo templates. All of my templates are created from layouts I have scrapped and since I usually do not use large photos, I had not created a set like this before. After several requests for them I decided to give it a try. Now, I am a large photo addict!


Here are some of my favorite products by Cluster Queen Creations:


Here are some more inspirational layouts using Cluster Queen Creations’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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