Today’s Story


A GREAT BIG welcome back to Laurie Ann of HGD by Laurie Ann! I’m so excited to have her joining us again! Laurie Ann has a truly unique design asthetic that I LOVE! the modern patterns combined with a little shabby and a little retro, work so well together! It was so fun to get to know her better through reading her interview below! Let’s take a closer look at “Today’s Story” 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 Laurie Ann HGD’s contribution:


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HGD.


Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HGD; Fonts: Corradine Handwriting and Traveling Typewriter.


Layout by Jen. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HGD; Fonts: The Other Twin.


Layout by Anne. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HGD; Fonts: Al Nile.


Layout by Sula. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HGD; om Splat It Up! (brush freebie) #3 by Juliana Kneipp.

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


God and family matter most to me. I’m married to the guy who once trained me to drive hydraulic lift and fork trucks back when I worked for a major computer manufacturer. It was the best job ever… I’d throw on a t-shirt, jeans, steel-toed boots, and a hard hat and I was good to go! It was love at first sight for both of us and after twenty plus years, I still adore this man. We were blessed with two amazing children, Michelle is a teacher and married to Nathan and we are patiently waiting for grand-babies. Joshua is still living at home; he earned his associates in Information Technology and this May he’ll have finished his bachelor’s degree. He has an awesome, paid internship at a local web business and he totally loves what he’s doing. Then there’s Brady Boy, our Silky Terrier who is ten pounds of pure happiness. I’ve been designing for six years and what a blessing to have a job where I can work late at night, in my pj’s. When I’m not designing I enjoy painting, sewing, making mini albums and framed tag art projects. I also enjoy gardening, camping, the beach and shopping. I love to paint old furniture white. I think pink peonies are beautiful. I love blue jeans, pretty shoes, fresh cotton sheets and chardonnay.





My Craft Table Project. I love to paint old furniture white and re-purpose things although, I’m not talking about real antiques! I like old pieces with good bones, for a lot less money and paint them. Speaking of re-purposing, I purchased an old, eight by three foot, solid wood door at a salvage shop, sanded it, painted it and laid it onto an old table that had an ugly top but similar in size, and this is my crafting table. Since this door has inlaid panels, I order a glass top to make a level work surface and before the glass delivery guys came, I arranged some vintage things into those panels, like rhinestone pins, my grandmother’s wax flowers that were on her veil, ephemera pieces and such. It’s a shadow box with a purpose and it’s nice when my sisters, mom, niece and daughter come over to play, we all fit around it and create beautiful things.



I started card making and traditional scrap-booking about fifteen years ago. Digital scrap-booking came by accident; In 2006 I had purchased a scrapbook magazine, only it was a digital scrapbook magazine and I was crushing on these Shmootzy Photo Frames by Nancie Rowe Janitz. Pretty quick I found and it was there that I learned all about Photoshop and my first digi purchase was Nan’s frames. It didn’t take me too long to get hooked and about a year later I was on the Scrapartist Creative Team. A few years later, Kathryn Balint, another shop owner asked if I would be interested in learning how to design. At first thought, I had no desire to learn; I was having way too much fun scrapping! Soon I figured why not give it a try and the rest is history. That said, I find it relaxing to be in my craft room making cards and hybrid scrap-booking using my digital designs and my Silhouette Cameo. While I love to design, it is my job therefore I’m not so much wanting to spend more time in front of my computer scrapping, hence my reason for going back to the messy kind of scrap-booking. It’s all good though and it’s pretty cool to see digital elements perfectly cut and on layouts.


Color inspires me and really life does! There is so much all around us and it’s the little details that I enjoy too. I’m happy to be a woman… there’s way more beautiful and trendy things for girls!


Computer: To me this is boring… I only wish I was a geek! We have an HP Pavilion Slimline and I’m happy it’s Windows 7… 8 scares me! We have a Dell monitor, it’s big and I have no idea the size, I just love it because I like having lots of windows open. I had a laptop years ago but I never liked designing on a laptop, I’d much rather be sitting at my desk. We have a Seagate External Hard Drive, it’s big too but it’s not the terabyte. That will be next. We use Backblaze for our backup.

Program: I’ve been using Photoshop CS3 forever and my niece is helping me with Illustrator; I use both since they work better together. I also use my Wacom Tablet and love using Art Rage for digital painting.

Camera: I’m currently using my son’s Canon Power Shot because my big girl camera died. I’ll be purchasing something nice as soon as my daughter tells me she’s having a baby. 🙂

Anything Else: Yes, a Wacom tablet.


I have two little scrapping tips. My first tip is really for newbies… don’t be afraid to reduce the size of all the elements on a page. If the biggest element on your page is a 3.5 x 4 photo, use that as your bench mark or gage for everything else. Noting the size of a staple or washi tape and journaling too! My second tip is to always, always add the name and date of who’s in each photo! Even if you always scrap the same subjects, just a tiny name and date along the side or bottom of a photo is such a wonderful thing for when we can’t remember and later when we’re no longer around. Just saying.


This is always so hard to just pick one! I really love the American flag and all it stands for, so my Land of the Free Collection is my all time favorite. For a girly fave, I’d have to say Free Spirit… this is a collaboration I did with Krystal Hartly. I love the colors and I want that same bicycle as in the kit, with a basket of flowers, in my real life!



My Remember Collection has and still is my most popular product. The various shades of whites, ivory, taupe’s and tans with lightly peppered shades of blue provide a pretty pop of color, all over the neutral ephemera. The idea for this color palette was from a dining room photo in a magazine. Perhaps it’s been such a popular collection since many of the elements look as though they could have come from a vintage scrapbook.


Here are some of my favorite products by Laurie Ann:






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







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