iRead, Therefore iAm


I’m so excited to be welcoming back Pixel Gypsy to The Digi Files this month! I LOVE Sherrie’s clean, minimal designs with a somewhat retro feel as well!  I love her color choices she uses and how they help communicate the mood of the kit.   I find her designs super inspiring and they really make me want to, not only srap, but tell stories I have swimming around in my head. I LOVE her contribution this month and our team really enjoyed creating with it!  Let’s take a closer look at “iRead” 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 Pixel Gypsy’s contribution:


Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy; Effortless (Template) by Crystal Livesay.


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy.


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy; Font: Typewriter.


Layout by Sula. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy; Rainy Day Stackerz & Clusters by Rainy Dayz Designs; Font: DJB Hugs & Kisses by Darcy Baldwin.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
My name is Sherrie and I have lived in Michigan most of my life, though I’m hoping to someday live where the climate is a little more predictable and a little less ‘snow at the end of April is a possibility.’ Somehow, (miraculously?) I’ve managed to land myself smack-dab in the middle of a life that is perfect for me with my husband Scott, daughter Madison, son Nicholas and stepson Mike.

I’m a digital pack rat, gamer, lover of good music, good food and a great story. I’m a night owl forced to live in a morning person’s world, and I’m way too klutzy to ever be considered naturally athletic. I love being behind the lens, but hate being in front of it. I’d rather spring for a bigger hard drive, memory, or a new lens than a handbag or a hot new pair of heels.




I created this layout as a way to “explain” why there are so few photos of me in my layouts. Plus, it was a great way to cheat and snap a photo of myself while still in my comfort zone.


Kit: Oh Snap! by WM Squared Designs

I first started in paper scrapbooking back in 2000. I switched to digital sometime in 2005 because it was easier for me with my space constraints–that’s a nice way to say we had 4 people crammed into a little house and there was no room for my scrapbooking supplies! I also found digital to be a more natural process for me. I was already comfortable with Photoshop. I started selling my designs in 2006 because when I started digi, I was already making my own stuff anyway. It wasn’t a stretch for me to move to selling.


I’m a very visual person. I get inspiration from everywhere. I see colors or patterns that appeal to me and the ideas start tumbling through my head. I’m inspired by the themes I want to scrap. I’m inspired by the stages of life that my family and friends are moving through. Getting inspired is rarely a problem.

Computer: I use a desktop (I need a desk, a good chair, proper posture…) with Windows 8, 16 GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive and an 8-core processor. I use two monitors, both 24″ widescreens. My primary monitor also happens to be my tablet.
Program: Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended and Adobe Illustrator CS6
Camera: Canon Rebel xsi
Anything Else: My tablet is a Wacom Cintiq 24HD
Check out if you want to make it easier to make notes on what goes on in your life each day. It’s literally a virtual diary with the added bonus that they email you a reminder asking you how your day went, you reply with details in the email (you can even attach photos!), and the entry is saved. You can then go back and download a copy of your entries whenever you’re ready to scrap. It’s not a blog, though. It’s meant to be a personal record, so the only way to see the entries is to login to the site. The beauty of the service is that it’s simple, easy and free.

The Sunny Side is my favorite because it’s all about scrapping the happy optimists in our lives. That kind of attitude is infectious! My daughter, who more often than not tries to look on the bright side of every situation, inspired the kit.
Everyone seems to love this monster-themed collab I did with Wishing Well Creations. Laura and I have a very similar sense of humor, and when we started tossing around ideas we both agreed a non-Halloween themed monster kit was in order for scrapping our little ones’ bad days.

Here are some of my favorite products by Pixel Gypsy:

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

Go have a look in Pixel Gypsy’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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