I’m happy to have Amber Shaw back in The Digi Files this month! I really love Amber’s fun themed kits she creates and the plaid papers that can be found in most of them (I love scrapping with plaid!). I had so much fun visiting with Amber about her life in Indiana, where she is dreaming of moving to, her love of sunshine, and her start in digital scrapbooking and designing. You can listen below (on the site), Download here or Subscribe in iTunes
Let’s take a closer look at “Blessed Life” 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 Amber Shaw’s contribution:
Layout by Katie. Supplies: Blessed Life by Amber Shaw; Fonts: Myriad Pro.
Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Blessed Life by Amber Shaw; All Scratched Up (borders) by One Little Bird; A Loving Heart (template) by LorieM Designs; Fonts: Old Newspaper Type.
Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Blessed Life by Amber Shaw; Fonts: Century Gothis, Rat Infested, Calibri.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Blessed Life by Amber Shaw; Title by TDD; Fonts: Digs My Hart.
Layout by Anne. Supplies: Blessed Life by Amber Shaw; Fonts: Courier New.
You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
My name is Amber Shaw, and I design under the same name. I am originally from Indiana, and currently reside just outside of Fort Wayne. I consider myself a Floridian after 11 years living there, and 4 years of unsuccessful social integration back in Indiana. I definitely consider the Tampa/Palm Harbor area my home. I have 4 gorgeous children ages 19,15,13, and 8. I have been with my husband and best friend for over 17 years. I LOVE spending time with these 5. They are my absolute everything. I am a homebody but when the weather is nice we like to venture out. I LOVE sunshine, even in the stark winter, if the sun dares to peek out, I have my face in a window soaking it up. Some of my favorite things are flip flops, things that smell good, reading, crafting, laughing, and a good glass of Moscato wine. Not necessarily in that order. Sometimes the wine must come first!
When Becca of Tickled Pink Studio and I got together to make our first collab, we both jumped at making a shabby-ish baby kit. I had these pictures of my daughter, who is now 12, when she was only 6 months old and they were perfect for this kit. I used a template by Fiddle Dee Dee and she had this little circle for a photo and I have always loved layouts where a portion of the picture is used as a closeup, in this case, her chubby little hands!
I got my start as a digital designer after weeks of photoshop tutorials in the pursuit of making my own label for my little perfume line. I stumbled upon digital scrapbooking in my internet search and was amazed! I had always ran away from paper scrapbooking like it was the plague, my OCD would not allow me to deal with the mess associated, but THIS! I fell in instant love! It wasn’t long I was scrapping away and then I started designing in a small store. I just celebrated my 4th anniversary designing and I still love it as much as the day I started, and I am still learning as I go.
So many things inspire me to create. It could be a phrase that will spark an idea of colors from a comforter I passed by at the store I was shopping at. I take pictures of things that inspire me with my phone all the time or sketch them on a pad I keep close by. Many times, my 2 daughters will give me ideas and my Creative Team is incredible at making requests that will get my creative gears moving.
Computer: I actually design on 2 laptops, 1, the Toshiba, runs my photoshop (Windows7) and the Dell, well Adobe Illustrator seems to be more fond of that one.
Program: When I design I use Photoshop CS4, Illustrator CS6, I also doodle on my iPad using Adobe Ideas app, a little bit of Art Rage, and at times, some Eye Candy or Filter Forge. I really like to draw my own elements, and that is mostly done in Photoshop though the pen tool in Illustrator and I are still courting.
Camera: I have a Kodak Point and Shoot that I love and I also have a Nokia Bridge Camera, I am saving for a DSLR and quite frankly taking my time, as I am a bit intimidated with learning it!
Anything Else: I also use a Bamboo Pen and Touch but will be upgrading very soon to something with more features, I am not decided on which one yet. I tend to over analyze my purchases! I have 2 office spaces, I have a den that has a big antique “bankers” desk that I adore. I design there when I want to get away from all the noise and focus. When I want to design but still be “in” what is happening in my family, I have a small desk in my room and I get to work and watch TV and the kids usually end up in here too.
The best tip I can give someone is take more pictures with YOU in them. I tend to be behind the camera so much that when I go back to look through all of my photos, it sometimes feel like I have been erased from the moments or that I wasn’t a part of them. I know I was there, but when my kids are older, I want them to be able to see pictures with us all in them. I know it’s hard, but utilize the timer mechanism and start to photo bomb your own family photos!
I Love You Infinity is probably my current favorite product. It was inspired by my kids, when they were all little they would say “Mommy I love you dis much” (arms wide open) and I would say “yeah well, I love YOU infinity!” and it was something we did with each of them. I created the kit while I had my BFF from Florida visiting and that made it all the more special. I chose a very muted palette because I wanted the kit to be gender neutral and have a very papery feel. I managed to get red in there, as I do with most of my kits. I really. LOVE. Red.
Right before Thanksgiving, I drew the elements for Hot Cocoa knowing soon it would be cold and time for that yummy concoction, building snowmen, and the like. It’s just a fun kit, with plenty of pinks, blues, and tans and that makes it very versatile. That kit was my most popular of any of my other winter or Christmas kits through the entire winter. I tend to have 2 very distinct design personalities, a shabby/papery style then a more playful side. This is one of my more playful kits. Everybody must really love Hot Cocoa!
Here are some of my favorite products by Amber Shaw:
Here are some more inspirational layouts using Amber Shaw’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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