Let’s Celebrate

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It’s always fun to welcome new designers to The Daily Digi! I was thrilled to go through Hat of Bunny’s store and see such fun and amazing color schemes, hand-drawn touches to her kits, and some of her Asian-inspired designs. Her contribution to The Digi Files this month is just PACKED with fun and colorful papers and elements. I know you’ll be in a party mood in no time. Let’s take a closer look at “Let’s Celebrate.”



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 Hat of Bunny’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Let’s Celebrate by Hat of Bunny.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Let’s Celebrate by Hat of Bunny.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Let’s Celebrate by Hat of Bunny; Edgy & Angled 2
By Crystal Livesay; Fonts: GF Halda Normal.


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

Name

My name is Grace. I’m from the bustling city of Hong Kong. My husband, who’s Korean, and I met in Hawaii where we both went to college. We’re now residing in Utah where he’s continuing his education. I stay at home with our little young ones; my boy is a mischievous 3-year-old, and my girl a sassy 20-month-old.

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I was a participant at a scrapping contest last October, and the challenge was to use typography creatively in our layouts. I immediately knew I wanted to do a typography portrait, and that’s how I did the background. I also really like the pops of bright colors on the white background, and the little black speech bubble. All combined, it made for a really fun page to look at.

If you Google “typography portrait,” you’ll find tons of tutorials on how to achieve the look. I went an extra step and created some big words along the lines of the image, and that really emphasizes the theme.



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CREDITS: Bestie and Add Ons by Karla Dudley; Best Summer Ever (background paper) by Mommyish; Cropped Round 2 Mystery Basket.



started

I started with digital scrapbooking, though now I want to move into doing a little hybrid. I stumbled upon the hobby when my son was born 3 years ago, and when I couldn’t find freebies I wanted, I tried making my own. That’s my start in designing! I have no formal training and it was all self-taught, so it took me a while until I was accepted at a store. I’ve now been selling my designs for about 1.5 years.

inspired

Themes. Usually my inspiration to create comes from photos I need a kit for, and I go find a color palette that will fit it. I’m also very much inspired by quotes; it’s the English major in me!

tools

Computer: I work on a 3-year-old Samsung laptop. It runs on Intel core i5 and has Windows 7. It used to only have 4GB RAM, but I updated it a year ago to 10GB. It’s still barely enough though… I work my poor computer like a horse.

Program: I design in PS CS6, make some patterns in Illustrator CS5, and use Lightroom 4 for organizing my supplies. I also use Art Rage occasionally.

Camera: I have a Nikon P330 and I love it. It’s no DSLR, but it allows me to adjust aperture and shutter speed, and has a manual mode as well. It is compact like a point-and-shoot but also allows me some freedom in how I take my photos. As I said, I love it!

Anything Else: I have a Huion tablet… it’s a small Chinese brand, it’s cheap, and it does what I need it to do. 🙂

tipstricks

Two of my favorite tools in Photoshop are the Burn and the Dodge tools. They work like a brush, but instead of painting colors, the Burn tool darkens and the Dodge tool lightens. With a little practice, you can turn any flat image to look 3D. A fun way to use this is to make your own bubbles. Draw a circle, run the Burn tool along the bottom curve (depending on where the light source is), then switch to the Dodge tool and make a highlight on the opposite corner (if the shadow is on the bottom left, make your highlight on the top right). Lower the opacity of your circle, then you have a fun little bubble!

favorite

With much difficulty, I picked “Korean Wave” as my favorite. It was inspired by my daughter’s 1 year-old birthday photo. She was in a bright pink Korean dress. However, when I wanted to scrap the photo, I couldn’t find any kit that was specifically Korean (most Asian kits out there were inspired by Chinese/Japanese culture) and bright enough (again, most Asian kits out there had dark, rich colors). I decided to make my own Korean kit. I loved Korean fabric, so I looked through pages and pages of it, and finally decided on the colors. I have kept the main kit pretty theme-less, but the collection comes with a themed pack, and I drew most of the elements in that. The Korean costumes in that pack are based on the actual costumes of my kids, and that makes this kit really close to my heart.


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popular

Another Asian-themed kit, “Cherry Blossom” has been really popular since it was released last spring. One of the very first kits I made had a tree full of paper flowers in it, and I had always wanted to revamp it. I chose a more subdued palette for this kit, and a lot of people told me they liked how airy and soft the kit feels. This kit is special to me because it’s turned out exactly like how I pictured it in my mind, though it took two attempts for me to get there.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Hat of Bunny:


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


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