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Join me in welcoming back Jennifer Labre to The Digi Files!! I really love Jennifer’s weathered-modern desgn style! geometric patterns often taken on a worn look that is really fun to scrap with! I also enjoy Jennifer’s adorable word art that can be found in her kits. She uses some great type and one of the fonts in this kit was actually created by me (the Serendipty definition), which was a fun treat for me! Let’s take a closer look at “Somethingness” 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 Jennifer Labre Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs; Fonts: CK Ali; Photo by Cheryl Curtis.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs;
Slices of Life (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Microsoft Sans Serif
and Lobster Two.

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Layout
by Lauren. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs; Happy
Spring Add-On (Yellow Alpha) by Crystal Wilkerson; Storyteller Collab
(Circle Alpha) by Scraporchard; Font: CK Ali’s Hand.

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by Vicki. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs; Aug template by Sahlin Studio.

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

Name

My name is Jenn Labre (“la bray”) and I live in Wisconsin with my husband Jeff and two daughters, Jordan (12) and Jenna (5). We live in the town where I grew up and my daughter’s current middle school was my high school!

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I love this layout. I captured my love of photography, my family and scrapbooking all in the same layout! What I think is really cool about this page isn’t so much the design as it is the unique photo. I love that I thought to capture our shadows while we were visiting the zoo. I think it really makes for a unique layout that captures your attention. I also love that I used this page to scrap about my love of photography and made it more of an all about me page rather than just another zoo visit.



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started

In 2001, while pregnant with my first child, Jordan, I was invited to attend a beginner’s scrapbooking class at a local scrapbook store and quickly became intrigued with the hobby. I scrapped traditionally until 2005, when I discovered digital scrapbooking and left the paper supplies behind. I quickly became involved in the digital community and served as a creative team member for several stores and a lot of designers. I worked in corporate marketing and graphic design for over 15 years, but I became a stay at home mom when my second daughter, Jenna, was born in 2008. It seemed like a natural transition to me to combine my love of scrapbooking and graphic design skills and in April 2010 I opened my first store as a digital designer.

inspired

The short answer… everything! It’s amazing how often inspiration can strike. Everything from a fabulous color palette, to thinking of a kit name out of thin air, to what we do on a daily basis, to what’s trending in the world, can inspire me. Inspiration can really come from everywhere… and I can’t tell you how many dreams I’ve had about themes or colors or a certain word that I desperately try to remember in the morning!

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Computer: In July 2012, I experienced every scrapper’s/designer’s worst nightmare. My computer crashed. I lost so many files and photos; it was horrible. Even though I had tried to keep my own backups, I still lost a lot. It was at that point that I decided to go Mac! I invested in a 15 inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display. I upped the RAM to 16GB and unlike a lot of Mac addicts, got a mouse for it too. Now, nearly two years later, I have to say, I still love it! I don’t think I’ll ever go back to a PC.

Program: I use Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Illustrator CS6 for designing and scrapping. I need to update to CC one of these days! I use iPhoto for organizing all of my design files. Lightroom for photo editing.

Camera: I have a Canon DSLR Rebel T4i. I have several lenses, including a 50mm, 100mm Macro, 28-135mm, and a kit lens that I’ve never used. I would love to get an 85mm and a 50mm 1.4!

Anything Else: I have a Wacom Bamboo tablet, but never really got used to using it so I still prefer my mouse. I can often be seen with a sketchbook and a variety of pencils, watercolors, pens, markers, etc. I have also starting using Adobe Ideas on my iPad for some stuff. Fun!

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These days, I don’t get a lot of time to scrap as much as I used to. I miss it. But when I do, it helps to be somewhat prepared so that what little time I have can be spent scrapping, instead of hunting for photos and supplies! This is a bit of my process to prepare. I try to download photos off of my camera as soon as I take them. Then I import them into Lightroom right away. I don’t edit all of the photos I take. Instead, I go through the photos that I have imported and quickly delete the “bad” ones – blurry, eyes closed, etc. From there, I pick my favorites and give them a one star rating. To me, to be a favorite, they need to be in focus and tell the story. Sometimes I’ll pick one that isn’t technically perfect, but if I love it, I keep it. This really helps to narrow down my favorites and not make things so overwhelming. We may take 50 photos at a birthday party, but how many will you really scrap? All of my rated photos, I then bring into Develop (in Lightroom) where I apply the basic edits like checking the White Balance, Exposure, Sharpness, etc. I keep my edits clean, because at this point, I am not sure how I will scrap them, so I don’t want to apply any funky filters. Once they are all edited (which can often be done by Syncing the settings after you edit the first one) I export them as .jpg files into a folder that I keep on my hard drive called “2014 Photos to Scrap” or whatever the year may be. Then, when I am ready to scrap, I have all of my photos in there that I can choose from, all ready to go. To take things one step further, I sometimes create sub-folders that include the photos and any digital kits I’ve collected or created that I think would work with those photos. It’s much easier to just grab and go!

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I love, love, love the rich colors in this kit. The day I made the glittered flowers, my daughter, Jordan, and I were crafting together. It was a lot of fun to teach her how to do some things and show her how I create parts of my kits. I also love the vintage finds I included as well as the variety of textures I used. I also love the sentiment behind this kit, which is something I tell Jordan often, just be yourself and you are beautiful! Love this kit!


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I know that a lot of scrappers and designers have an aversion to purple, but it has been one of my favorite colors since I was a little girl. I love to design with it and scrap with it too. This kit was inspired by my love of peacocks. I think they are so beautiful and so Flourish was born. I love the gorgeous elements and the papers, so pretty together and I had a lot of fun drawing that peacock!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Jennifer Labre Designs:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Jennifer Labre Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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