Everyday Bouquet

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Welcome Back to Michelle of Quirky Heart!! I LOVE Michelle’s mixed media style and all of the fun painted bits she includes in her kits. I had so much fun visiting with Michelle and learning about her life (she works at a museum for her day job), her designs, and some really fun tips for scrapping. You can listen below (on the site),
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Let’s take a closer look at “Everyday Bouquet” 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 Quirky Heart’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart; Fonts: Kristen.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart; Fonts: The Reed by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart; Fonts: CK Ali’s Hand.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart.

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Layout by KimberlyK. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart; Project Mickey (chevrons) by Brittish Designs; Font: Another Typewriter, Langdon.

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

Name

I’m 33 years old and I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband. I work full-time as a museum registrar and do this designing thing in my spare time on the side.

When I’m not designing or scrapping, I’m usually watching tv, playing with my Blythe dolls, or working on my family tree.

For years I’ve been known in the digital scrapbooking community as Michelle Godin or by my screen name mishou. Now that I’m married I’m Michelle Baxter and I recently re-branded under the name Quirky Heart.

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layout

After scrapping digitally for almost 9 years I’ve been feeling like I need a new challenge so I’ve been practicing with paper. I can handle Project Life pretty well (small canvas sizes!) but full-page paper layouts still scare me! For so long, creating a busy, messy layout was easy thanks to Photoshop but I struggle to translate that style into paper. I love the challenge though! I made this layout about my Blythe dolls just for fun and practice.


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started

I discovered digital scrapbooking in late 2005. Prior to that I had briefly attempted paper scrapping but digital is what really got me hooked. I’ve been designing on and off since 2007. I can’t believe it’s been 7 years! I’m totally self-taught in Photoshop and I have no professional design or art training whatsoever so it has been quite an interesting journey of trial and error, learning and growing.

inspired

As addicted as I am to Pinterest, and as much as I love to drool over visual inspiration, I’m often driven to create by thoughts, feelings, words – whatever is swirling around in my head that day. I can work with a colour palette, a theme or a visual mood board if I have to but what I enjoy most is just going with the flow of whatever comes out of me when I sit down at my art table.

tools

Computer: I design and scrap on my 27″ iMac (3.1 Ghz processor and 16 GB of ram) I also have a 13″ white MacBook that I use for surfing and writing. I’ve never been able to design or scrap on a laptop for some reason!

Program: I’m still using Photoshop CS3 for everything. Upgrading is on the to-do list but I keep putting it off because it’s such a learning curve for me to get used to new programs. My brain is very resistant to change! I also use Illustrator CS3, and sometimes I edit my photos with RadLab.

Camera: I have an old Canon Rebel but I rarely take it out anymore. I use my iPhone camera 99.9% of the time. My favorite photography apps are PicTapGo, TimerCam and PicStitch.

Anything Else: I use a Bamboo Wacom tablet for designing. I love my Silhouette too for scrapping projects. The print + cut feature is a lifesaver for this lazy hybrid scrapper! I use the Momento app for keeping track of daily tidbits to use in my Project Life.

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One of the best tricks I learned when I began experimenting with hybrid scrapping last year is that digital ink sprays and paint splats print out beautifully and it’s almost impossible to tell that it’s not the “real” thing. Flinging real ink at your layout is uncontrolled and unpredictable but good old Photoshop allows you to place it perfectly where you want it to go. I’ve done this for 8.5×11 layouts and Project Life-sized projects. And don’t limit yourself to the usual printer paper (I normally print hybrid projects on matte photo paper). I’ve had success printing on textured cardstock, kraft paper, transparencies and patterned papers too.

favorite

There are a lot of “happy” Project Life-themed products out there but my reality isn’t always so rosy so I always appreciate products that help me tell those not-so-fun stories. I made these journal cards with that in mind and they’ve become a personal favorite. I don’t often have photographs to go with difficult times so graphic filler cards like these come in handy. I wish I didn’t have to use them so often but alas, such is life!


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popular

My Awash in Color papers have been quite popular since I released them back in January. Watercolor is very trendy right now. The great thing about these is the contrast with the white background really helps make your layout pop. They are artsy, yet clean and simple at the same time which makes them very versatile.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Quirky Heart:


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


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