Chasing a Dream


A BIG welcome back to Tracie Stroud! I’m so thrilled to have her! I love Tracie’s whimsical-grunge designs that are perfect for ‘moment’ scrapping. I really enjoyed visiting with Tracie for the Daily Digi Digest podcast and hearing about her designs, what inspires her, as well as how designing helped her through her own personal grieving process with the passing of a family member. You can listen to it below (on the site) Download here or Subscribe in iTunes

Let’s take a closer look at “Dreamchaser” 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 Tracie Stroud’s contribution:


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Dreamchaser by Tracie Stroud; Template 10oct13 by Sahlin Studio.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Dreamchaser by Tracie Stroud.


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Dreamchaser by Tracie Stroud; Watery Block template by Katie Pertiet; Font-Hakee, Traveling Typewriter.


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Dreamchaser by Tracie Stroud; Anna Aspnes-ScriptTease Love Frames #1
Mask by Katie Pertiet; photo by Cheryl Curtis; Font: Old Press.


Layout by Monica. Supplies: Dreamchaser by Tracie Stroud; Paint Swashes Vol. 2 and Round about Photo Masks by LivE Designs; Fonts: Bebas, Traveling Typewriter, JSHW Motography Dingbats.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.


Hi, I’m Tracie, and my husband Michael and I live in Shreveport, Louisiana with our 3 awesome kiddos, ages 8, 6, and 3. Besides working from home, I also homeschool our oldest. I’m an avid reader, once-a-month meal planner, and DIY project addict. I have an ongoing love affair with the Harry Potter series, and I recently finished reading them again (for the 4th time).






I haven’t scrapped much in the last year. My Dad passed away very unexpectedly in April from aggressive, wide-spread cancer, and I just haven’t been able to get the scrapping mojo flowing since. I did make this layout about missing him and trying to take one day at a time.


I started paper scrapping about 12 years ago. When our oldest was born, I didn’t have the time or space for all the mess that comes with paper scrapping. A couple of years later, I discovered digital scrapping and I’ve never looked back! I joined several creative teams and then decided to try my hand at designing in 2009. I flitted around to a couple of different stores before finding my permanent home at Scrap Orchard later that year.


I absolutely love finding and creating color combos and then building a kit idea around those colors. Sometimes I get lost for hours just playing with different hues and values.


Computer: I’m currently using an ASUS laptop with Windows 7 64 bit. It has 8 GB of RAM and a 750 GB hard drive. I’m planning to upgrade this year to a laptop with more RAM and a SSD as soon as I can make up my mind as to what I want! There are so many options out there!

Program: I design with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CC 64 bit and an Intuos5 tablet. I use ACDSee 15 for file organization and tagging, and Spyder4Pro for monitor calibration.

Camera: Last year I bought a NikonD5100, and I’m smitten! I usually use my Nikon 35mm 1.8 lens.

Anything Else: I also doodle and draw with pen and ink frequently, sometimes just for myself, and occasionally I’ll scan my drawings and vectorize them to use in my designs. I primarily use Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens and Prismacolor pencils for my hands-on art. I’ve also been dabbling in watercolors lately, primarily using Winsor & Newton pan colors.


My biggest tip is to calibrate your monitor! For both designers and scrappers, a correctly calibrated monitor is essential to ensure that what you see on your screen is true to printed layouts. There are many affordable and even free methods of monitor calibration. I personally use and trust Spyder Pro.


The kit that means the most to me was also my most difficult one to create. I began working on Sorrow a couple of months after my Dad passed away. I needed an outlet for all those raw emotions I was feeling. It took several weeks and many many tears to complete. I wasn’t sure if it would be a very popular kit, but when it was released I received so many emails and messages from customers thanking me for creating it and sharing their personal stories of loss. It was difficult to read some of those heartbreaking messages, but knowing that I had created something that was helping others to express their grief was a big step forward in my own healing process.



Cloud 9 is one of my most popular products lately. I think the bright color scheme, the happy theme, and the slight retro feel really speak to customers who are looking to create a fun, uplifting layout.


Here are some of my favorite products by Tracie Stroud:






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







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