It didn’t take me long to fall head over hills with Meagan’s designs! When I was in Utah at the Scrapbook Expo and saw a whole book of Meagan’s designs printed out, and was so excited that we already had her scheduled to be a contributor! They were as beautiful in print as they are in my monitor! I love her weathered, retro look accompanied by bright colors. I think the bits of old ephemera that she adds to her collections are so much fun! I’m thrilled to have Meagan joining us in The Digi Files this month! Let’s take a closer look at “Open Wide” 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 Meagan’s Creations’s contribution:
Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Open Wide digital kit and Word Art Clusters by Meagan’s Creations; Fonts: Typerwriter & CK Ali’s Hand.
Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Open Wide digital kit and Word Art Clusters by Meagan’s Creations; Lets Travel by Sabee Creative World; Skinny Stitches by Shannon McNab.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Open Wide digital kit and Word Art Clusters by Meagan’s Creations; Font: A Little Pot.
Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Open Wide digital kit and Word Art Clusters by Meagan’s Creations; All of December: The Album by Amy Martin
Layout by Monica. Supplies: Open Wide digital kit and Word Art Clusters by Meagan’s Creations; Painted Mask by LivE Designs; Staple and Date Stamp by Splendid Fiins; Font: Pea Amie, JSHS Motography.
You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
I’m a 27-yr old mom of 2, married to my sweetheart for 7 blissful years. We live in Shreveport, LA and I stay home with the kids. Besides designing, I also tutor math online because I have a Bachelor’s degree in Math Education. I love reading, playing board games with friends and exercising to some kickboxing. I also do some couponing, hunting for good deals where I can!
I really want to remember how my children’s interests and likes change through the years. It is fun that my daughter can actually talk to me about the things she likes. So for this page, I came up with some questions and asked her what she loved here at age 4. It’s something I hope to do each year to see how her answers change!
Well, I started paper scrapping in about 2007. I did my wedding album and I kept it basic! I wasn’t ready to spend a whole lot of money on scrapping supplies! Then I had my daughter in 2008 and it got harder to keep up with scrapbooking! I would get with a friend, hauling my backpack of supplies over to her house and we would spend 3 hours and get 1 layout done! I just thought at this rate, it will never get done! Plus I saw all the cute embellishments at the store and felt I couldn’t afford them! It was later that year that I saw my friend’s blog header and asked her how she did it. She told me about digiscrapping and how there are freebies all over the place! I started by using the GIMP program but then my husband suggested I use Photoshop (funny that he knew more than me!). I had worked in PS years before but it was still a little bit to get adjusted to it again. I quickly fell in love with how easy it was to make layouts and the cute realistic elements! By the beginning of 2009, I was making word art to give away as freebies. That fall, I got on a couple of CTs and they really helped me grow and learn more about designing! February 2010, I opened up shop and started learning about Quality Control. I just asked the store owner if I could join and she said yes! At the time I was pretty much the only word art specialist there. It helps to be unique in the market place! I stayed on Creative Teams my first couple years of designing but in the last year have put all my focus on designing instead of scrapping. I’ll still scrap layouts though just not as many as I used to! But I do love making the word art clusters I do for each kit as a way of scrapping with what I have designed! I recently got a bamboo tablet so I’ve been using Illustrator more to create my shapes and add doodles to some of my kits. It’s fun to keep growing and learning!
Oh wow, I get inspired by other designers, by home décor, by clothing, by a palette, everything! My Creative Team will often make requests and they always have great ideas! Lots of times I have photos I need to scrap and I design the kit with the theme I need to scrap them! That’s what is great about designing- fulfilling your own kit requests! I am very much inspired right now by vintage and retro grunge styles. I love making shabby chic papers that I feel are sophisticated but can work with kids’ photos because of their quirkiness!
Computer: I Have a Dell that runs Windows 7 with 12GB RAM, and a 1GB HD. My monitor is 24″! I LOVE IT! I literally laughed out loud as I opened it up and set it up. It was so exciting! It’s a great size for designing and I can’t imagine having to work on a smaller screen now!!
Program: I use Creative Suite 3 so Photoshop CS 3 and Illustrator CS 3. I know there’s version 6 out there now but if it’s not broke…. I also use the Alien Skinware Metallic Filters. Super cool!
Camera: Oh this is embarrassing! I would LOVE to say I have a DSLR but I don’t. I have a Canon Powershot SX150. Maybe someday!
Anything Else: I also use a Wacom Bamboo Splash.
My favorite tips to share are about making titles! I use 4 principles when making a word art cluster/page title: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity. For Contrast, I like to stroke my words, especially if the font is skinny. Then right-click on the stroke layer style, and click “Create a layer” to put the stroke on its own layer so you can now add a drop shadow to it. You can also have contrast in the fonts you use so try to stick to only 2 fonts in making a title. Like if I have the title “Tuck Family Vacation” I would probably have “Tuck Family” in one font and then “Vacation” in another font. Good contrasting fonts are like plainer, straight fonts and a scriptive font. Two decorative fonts will compete with each other and not look good! For repetition, use some fun flowers or other elements around the title to make it stand out more. Repeat a flower on both sides of the title but across from each other diagonally. I like to align words on top of each other and have the top word look like it’s actually resting on top of the word. Or if I place a scriptive word on top of a basic word, I like to have it overlap. And then finally proximity; I like to play around with having the title on the photo or in a corner. Just try it out so that it connects the elements on your layout!
So my favorite product is The Simple Life. First of all, I love yellow and blue! So this speaks to my heart with the colors but then it was also the first kit where I pushed using the modern patterns you see out there so I love the moderns and how crisp it is. The soft colors are also really dreamy and so I have balloons and clouds and I just love that kind of whimsical, light-as-air feel in my layouts. It’s easy to make any set of pictures work with this kit!
My most popular product is Doctor’s Orders! I had wanted to do a doctor kit for a while seeing as my kids are always getting scrapped up! And maybe what inspired me to do it in a retro-vintage is how old-fashioned my last OB was! He had the most bizarre heartrate Doppler, instead of a machine, it was like this set of stethoscope attached to a piece on his forehead he would press on my belly. So weird! So I guess I thought a fun and funky retro kit would be a quirky way of doing it! I did a search for retro palettes so this one was just great with the funky yellow but I loved the turquoise in this kit. The mix of browns, blues, yellows and pinks makes it great for boys and girls! I think the style of this kit is what makes it special as well as my custom elements! I made the stethoscope, headband, nurse hat, scissors, doctor’s bag, hospital bed, crutches, blood pressure cuff, etc! in Photoshop so you know it’s not just a cookie-cutter kit from commercial use products. It’s got original pieces in a great and fun style!
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