Debbie Hodge: A Little Half and Half

DesignerLogoIn my mind, Debbie Hodge is the master of teaching layout design. She really understands design principles and has a great way of teaching them as they apply to scrapbooking!  Her class that is included in The Digi Files this month is a really great way to learn about layout design. You can watch Debbie go through her process of designing a scrapbook layout from beginning to end, and she explains why she is doing what she is doing along the way.  In this class, all of the lessons are about dividing a page in half to get great looking results. If you have wanted to learn more about layout design and how to create great looking pages, be sure to grab this month’s Digi Files!  Let’s take a closer look at “Scrapbook Coach “Half and Half”” 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 Debbie Hodge’s contribution: LO1

Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Scrapbook Coach “Half and Half” by Debbie Hodge; Open Wide by Megans Creations; Fall in Love by Bella Gypsy; Caffeine by Robyn Meierotto; Family Tree by Chelle’s Creations; Feb 2012 Freebie, Yes You Can by Captivated Vision; Oldschool by Mye De Leon; Stay Tuned by One Little Bird; Skinny Stitches by Shannon McNab; Novel by OScraps Collab.


Layout by Monica. Supplies: Scrapbook Coach “Half and Half” by Debbie Hodge; I Am who I Am by Allison Pennington; Date stamp by Splendid Fiins; Doodle Arrow by LivE Designs, Grunge Brushes by Digital Revolutions; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter, Pea Johanna Script.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page. Name I live in seacoast New Hampshire – in a college town – with my econ-professor husband and two teenaged sons. I grew up on a farm in upstate New York and my childhood home there is my favorite place to visit and scrapbook. In my 20s I worked in business and got an MBA. In my 30s I studied writing and wrote a lot of short stories and even the draft of a novel that’s in a box in my basement. And then, pretty close to 40, I had children and discovered scrapbooking. Scrapbooking appeals to my desire to document and organize as well as my love of telling stories and creating with image and color and pattern. I love working on the free and paid materials at Get It Scrapped and Masterful Scrapbook Design. I love the actual work and the satisfaction of sharing ideas with others who want to record their stories with photos and words. My work is (pretty much) my hobby.





layout I made “Rock this Town” on iNSD while hanging out in an online meeting room with Celeste Smith and Doris Sander and many of the women who were in one of their critique workshops this past year. I’d taken the photos that day, from my son’s concert at a “Quackfest,” and I’d purchased most of the supplies during the iNSD sales. It was really fun sharing the process and getting advice as I made it. It ended up working for an article at Get It Scrapped on using flair, and Doris was also making a page for that article at the same time. So I love this page for the memory it captures of the concert but also for the memory I have of its creation.


started At the time I discovered scrapbooking and scrapbooking magazines I was writing and submitting short fiction. Submitting the scrapbook pages I was making to magazines seemed a natural step. When I was asked to join the first (and unfortunately only) creative team for Scrapbook Answers magazine I also had the opportunity to pitch and write articles. Over the years, I wrote for Memory Makers magazine, and I authored the book Get It Scrapped for F + W Publications. I wanted to write longer articles than the magazines wanted to publish, and so I started online teaching at Get It Scrapped as a way to “self-publish.” I got interested in digital scrapbooking because my only digi friend at the time, Paula Gilarde, was hanging out at Designer Digitals and I followed her over. I loved the community. I loved being able to get product immediately. And I began to love the precision and ease that digital scrapbooking had over paper. When I was asked to join the Designer Digitals Creative Team, I rapidly left paper behind. I loved my time creating there.

inspired Experimenting with composition inspires me. Masterful Scrapbook Design is built around exploring the work of experienced designers, and I love that, every month, I get to talk to them about how they’re scrapbooking right now. And along the way I see paper techniques I want to replicate in digi – or I see digi techniques I want to learn. One other thing that inspires me (a lot) is product. LOVE new product releases at my favorite digi stores on Fridays.

tools Computer: I have a Dell desktop with a big old monitor but . . . more and more I work on my laptop — which is a 17 incher. It’s a Dell XPS with in Intel core i7 processor and 8 gb of ram. I run Windows 7 on it. Program: I do my work in Photoshop CS3. I actually own Photoshop CS6 because I needed InDesign CS6, but I haven’t made the switch. I know, really dumb. I’m going to figure it out this summer! Really! Camera: I have a Canon Rebel t4i. My husband just got it for my birthday. My previous camera was an older Canon Rebel. I was amazed at the difference a few years makes. This one is so much better in low light. My lens is a Canon EF-S 18-200 with image stabilization. Just a few months ago, I’d started using my iphone 5 to take a lot of photos — but since I got the new camera, I’m happily lugging it around. Anything Else: ipad 2 tipstricks My best tip/trick for making scrapbook pages is working and reworking simple page foundations over and over in different ways — just as I do in the class I’m sharing in this month’s Digi Files. I love starting with a basic composition, like a horizontal band or a shelf or a blocked design, and seeing how I can use it to fit my photos and journaling and title and patterned papers onto it in ways that I like the look of.

favorite My favorite product is almost always the most recent issue of Masterful Scrapbook Design. I feel like, with every issue, our team (Tami Taylor, Amy Kingsford, and I) get better and better at making assignments and asking questions that allow our guest teachers to give us top-notch work that’s a great fit for the issue. And we keep improving our delivery to make use of latest technologies. The latest issue is “Make It Mean” and I’m in awe of the ideas our teachers shared for evoking the 5 senses on a scrapbook page, for recording a subject’s attitude through voice, for making meaningful titlework and journaling, and so much more.

DesFav popular My most popular product continues to be “Building Pages,” a class that explores 12 scrapbook page foundations. It was inspired by my own approach to making pages when I wanted to stop using sketches but wasn’t sure how to move forward. Past students are telling me that the “Scrapbook Coach” classes remind them of it – and yet they think the two complement each other. I worry that “Building Pages” is getting a bit long in the tooth, and I may retire it at the end of this year—especially as I add modules to the Scrapbook Coach series. Pop Here are some of my favorite classes by Debbie: Fav1 Fav2 Fav3 Fav4 Fav5 Here are some more inspirational layouts using Debbie’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits. CT1 CT2 CT3 CT4 CT5 Coupon Take $10 off MSD 2013 membership with code ddreader at Masterful Scrapbook Design. Go have a look in Debbie’s Classroom! 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! a Rafflecopter giveaway