We’re thrilled to welcome LJS Digital Designs to The Daily Digi! It’s always fun to have first time contributors with us. I love Lori’s fun style and her thoughtful element choices. She always uses a great assortment of patterned papers and her contribution to this month’s Digi Files is no exception. I hope you are as excited to get to know her better as we are. But first, let’s take a closer look at her gorgeous kit, “Don’t Blink.”
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 LJS Digital Designs’s contribution:
Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Don’t Blink by LJS Digital Designs; May 14 Template By Sahlin Studio; Fonts: Old Press, Cambria Math.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Don’t Blink by LJS Digital Designs.
Layout by Sula. Supplies: Don’t Blink by LJS Digital Designs; Photoshop Action by Mommyish.
Layout by Anne. Supplies: Don’t Blink by LJS Digital Designs; Fonts: Andale Mono Regular.
Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Don’t Blink by LJS Digital Designs; Quick Scraps Vol. 1 by Anita Designs; Layered Fotoblendz No. 7 by Anna Aspnes.
You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.
My name is Lorie Starcher and I am the creative force behind LJS Digital Designs. I am a single mother to an adult aged son who I am trying to get through college and out of my basement. My elderly mother also lives with me as do three rescue pups and two rescue cats. My home is loud, messier than I like and full of love.
I am a huge believer in journaling on your layouts and of scrap therapy. This layout was created for a journal challenge I was hosting about the happy and sad times of our lives. I love it because it details in words and images the personal journey I have made from the sadness of losing my husband to my current state of happiness. Even though I shed a few tears while creating it, I loved working with my own products to tell my story. This layout is a complete expression of who I am. I encourage everyone to do more layouts about themselves and their stroy, not only for the therapeutic benefits, but for your children and grandchildren. Sharing your story with them is one of the most precious gift you will give them.
I’ve always been a record keeper, but I didn’t start scrapping in the true sense until after my first trip to Disney in 2001. Even though I was an adult and a mom, the magic of that trip was something I wanted to capture forever. That started me on a serious scrapping habit and my son has the albums to prove it.
In 2007 a genealogy friend of mine showed me a digital layout. I knew as soon as I saw it that I was going to learn how to do that type of scrapping myself. I tend to jump into every creative thing I do with both feet, so the first thing I did was buy a graphics program and the second thing I did was to start a website with two friends on MyFamily.com for other genealogists who wanted to learn to scrap their family story. I really didn’t know what I was doing, but I am good at organizing and planning, so we were all able to learn together. Early on, I put a challenge system in place for the ladies and needed prizes to give them, so I started creating little freebies. Before long I was creating full kits. I loved doing it and wanted to try my hand at it in a larger sense, but was too scared to put myself out there.
In 2011 one of my partners on the site gave me a blog for Christmas and pushed me out of our safe little nest, telling me to go chase my dream. It was the best gift I ever received
I have always been crafty. Even as a small child, I would recreate things that I saw in a book or magazine. Honestly, I have to do something creative every day to be happy. It’s just who I am.
My biggest source of design inspiration is words. I love words, poems, quotes, lyrics, titles and all it take is one little word to get my creativity flowing.
Computer: I do most of my design work on my Dell Inspiron 560 with Windows 7. I have 6 GB of RAM and one big ol’ monitor. I also have a laptop that I hardly ever use as I don’t feel like I am seeing all my colors correctly with it.
Program: I started off scrapping and designing in Paint Shop Pro and I still go back to it for some things, but I mainly design in Photoshop CS5. I’ve only been using Photoshop for a little over a year now and still have a ton of things to learn, but I love it.
Camera: Did I mention I was a horrible photographer? I have a little pink Kodak Easy Share M341 that I carry in my purse every where I go, yet I usually forget to take any photos. I think that’s probably why I think journaling is so important.
Anything Else: Not at this time, but I do have a Waccom Tablet in my cart at Amazon.
It embarrasses me to say it, but I don’t have that many tips or tricks to share. I am a horrible photographer, I am not naturally gifted at anything and I tend to do everything the hard way. Honestly, it is a good thing that I am not easily discouraged or I would never have gotten anywhere in life. So I guess my only trick is sticking with things. I’m always telling my son that no one starts off being good at anything. It takes time, dedication and hard work to be good at something, but if it that something makes you happy, then it is worth every minute you spend getting good at it.
I love my Positively Kit for a number of reasons. First, the colors were originally chosen for a group project and I really didn’t like them so I didn’t do anything but the word art for the group. However, I loved the word art and was determined to build a kit around it, so I stepped out of my comfort zone and went for it. Since I am a total control freak, stepping outside my box was both frightening and liberating. Those feelings, combined with the uplifting message of the kit, made the entire creative process so much fun for me. Usually I am full of angst worrying about every detail of a kit, but with Positively, I just felt good.
So Long Summer has been my most popular product to date. It was inspired by those end of summer days where things are starting to cool and slow down. The colors are traditional autumn tones that never get old. I don’t have nearly the word art in this kit that I normally do which worried me because I get the most compliments for my word art, but it has sunflowers and I think everyone loves sunflowers.
Here are some of my favorite products by LJS Digital Designs:
Here are some more inspirational layouts using LJS Digital Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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