Miss Mint: Regular Gal Friday

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I’m really excited to be welcoming back the wonderful Miss Mint of Peppermint Creative! I love Miss Mint’s crisp/clean papers and ability to combine doodles with real elements to create a cohesive look. Miss Mint’s themed kits are super fun and well thought out. I think what I love the most about her collections though are the bright, bold, and sometimes, unexpected color choices. Let’s take a closer look at “Modern Mama” 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 Miss Mint’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Modern Mama by Miss Mint; Template Vol.5 by Jenn Lindsey; Font: Derivia.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Modern Mama by Miss Mint; Stories by Scrapbook Lady; Press Plate No. 25 by Paislee Press.
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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Modern Mama by Miss Mint; .
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Modern Mama by Miss Mint; .
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Layout by Tara. Supplies: Modern Mama by Miss Mint; Fonts: District Thin.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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I’m so excited to be back for a second time at The Daily Digi. My name is Pamela but around digi-land I’m best known as Miss Mint or MM for short. I’m the owner/designer/tech support/customer service representative/social media & marketing manager/regular gal friday behind Peppermint Creative. I live in Toronto, Canada and spent far too much time in front of my computer, which is why when I’m not working or eating you will likely find me at the gym.

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I’m probably one of the few designers that didn’t start out as a scrapbooker. Truth be told I’m still not a scrapbooker. I love to design but once in a while I get the urge to make a page. This is my most recent creation using one of our free monthly Pimp My Page Challenge Templates and it just makes me smile. I love the look of the huge bold letters and the contrast of the red and black.

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My professional background is in copywriting and graphic design. I worked at an interactive advertising agency for a while and then did some freelance design but found it really creatively fulfilling. I stumbled into scrapbooking by accident about 7 years ago while trying to paper scrapbook a recent vacation. I was immediately excited about the idea of designing instead of scrapbooking and my graphic design background provided me with enough technical knowledge to start experimenting. I started building my website while trying to figure out how to design scrapbook kits and in 2006, Peppermint Creative launched as a hobby but quickly and rather unexpectedly turned into a full time job. Didn’t see that one coming but I’m very grateful and feel very lucky!

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Most often, my team. Seeing their layouts and their creativity always inspires more ideas. They give me amazing feedback and great ideas that push me to create things I otherwise wouldn’t have. Sometimes inspiration is accidental. I start with one idea and the kit/design somehow goes off in a totally different direction that was not planned. That has happened quite a bit!

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Computer: It’s official – I’ve been Mac-ified and I’ve gone mobile. In November I bought my first laptop EVER. Very exciting stuff. After years and years on a PC, I tested the waters with a refurbished Mac Pro Quad-Core G5 which I loved but it was pre-intel so there came a point where I either had to upgrade or get a new PC. But I have to tell you, once you go Mac, you never go back! So I coughed up a small fortune for a 15″ Macbook Pro with Retina Display with 16 GB of RAM. I was very worried that it wouldn’t be enough power to keep up with me but so far it’s been amazing. I have a 2TB EHD attached containing all my documents and files and when I’m home I keep the laptop closed and have it hooked up to two external Cinema displays so I still feel like I’m working on a desktop but I get the portability of the laptop. Amazeballs.
Program: Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Illustrator CS6
Camera: Canon 7D with the following lenses: 50mm f/1.8, 17-85mm f/1.4-5.6, 75-300mm f/1.4-5.6 and the 430EX Speedlite External Flash. I also use my Olympus Pen E-PL1 quite a bit but now that I have the iPhone5 I’ve been using that as my camera the most. I am totally obsessed with Instagam. Everything looks better on Instagram!
Anything Else: Wacom Tablet, HP 4850 Scanner, Canon IP4300 Printer and Silhouette SD.
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Give any photo an instant frame by adding an inner stroke. I use this trick a lot because I like the look of a clean white frame around my image. It really makes it pop off the background. You can also use this tip on any element to give it the look of a sticker.

In Photoshop, select the item you are going to frame in the layers palette. Double click to bring up the Layer Style box. Select Stroke. Choose your color and your size (thickness of border) and choose either Inside (for a photo) or Outside (to turn an element into a sticker). Select OK. Hooray.

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I’m a little bit obsessed with the entire Life in Pictures product line. This is the Peppermint Creative take on the whole ‘Project Life’ extravaganza. This particular set is a collection of editable templates so they integrate well with an existing album. You can customize them as needed. Visit Peppermint Creative and select ‘Life in Pictures’ to find even more templates, papers, washi tape and my fun new line of Jazzers (elements designed to ‘jazz’ up your daily life albums).

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Sunkissed Summer is by far my most popular kit. I LOOOVE this kit but it’s still always a surprise what is going to be a hit and what’s going to be a miss. If I knew the answer they’d all be massive hits! 😉 I think the winning combo here is the theme (everyone loves the beach), the calm summer colors and the fun mix of elements. I especially love the lemon and water splashes. One of my most favorite pages I’ve ever scrapped was created with this kit – so there ya go!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Miss Mint:

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

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