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We’re so excited to have Courtney’s Designs with us this month. We love the rich detail and handmade artistry that she brings to her kits and elements. Her kit for this month is filled with beautiful and inspiration painted papers and fun elements. Let’s take a closer look.



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 Courtney’s Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Affirmations by Courtney’s Designs.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Affirmations by Courtney’s Designs.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Affirmations by Courtney’s Designs.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Affirmations by Courtney’s Designs.

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

Name

My name is Courtney Dixon. I live in this little town just next door to Austin, Texas. I have degree in Psychology from the University of Texas. I live here with my two nutty and fun boys and my husband who is kind enough to support me through all my artistic endeavors. I have spent most of my life surrounded by art, studying it, creating in one form or another. I am fortunate to do what I love for a living.

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This layout was created using my Imagine: Hope & Peace kit. What I really enjoy sometimes to combine both the digital scrapbooking and the art journaling world together. I don’t always do this, but in this case I did. This is also a more thought provoking product than what I normally create. I do have children, so I love to create layouts with them in it. This one is of my youngest son. It’s a photo from when we went to the beach, but I loved his look, so I just used my Photoshop to create a sketched look, converted it to black and white, then used the Multiply blend tool to make him look like he’s actually sketched on the paper. Afterwards, I added my brushes, elements and word art to complete the layout.



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started

I started paper scrapbooking when my oldest was a baby. I managed to do one completed book after a year and I gave up. It was just too time consuming and expensive. Years later I discovered the world of digital scrapbooking and fell in love! I was cheaper and I could find freebies, it was faster and I quickly made friends in the digital scrapbooking community who helped guide me and my layouts. Shortly thereafter a designer asked if I would like to be part of her creative layout team. It was a definite yes! While on her team, I created a kit just for fun and free for my friends. It was a hit! My designer friend asked if I would like to try my hand at real designing and I decided to give it a try. Of course my style was WAY different then, but I was hooked! I have been a designer for four years now.

inspired

There is so much that inspires me. The more I create, the more I see around me. My kids inspire me, colors from a decorating magazine may inspire me, a quote, a song, some of ladies from art journaling groups are really inspirational! Just talking about different ideas, styles, mediums…it just leaves the creative door wide open. I just have to remember to jot down the ideas that pop into my head lest I forget them!

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Computer: I have just an all-in-one HP computer. Nothing special, but hubby is a computer guru (me not so much lol) and he sets me up so it’s running the most efficient. I have loads of memory (1 TB) to hold all my products and images. I also have an external HD so if my computer crashes and burns, I won’t be curled in ball crying lol! I have a high-res scanner for scanning all my art work. I also use my laptop for when I’m creating art at my table away from my desk. I’m due for a new computer actually :).

Program: I just use Photoshop Cs5 and Photoshop Elements 9 and 12. I have a tablet to draw on, but I have never gotten the hang of it. I don’t use Cs5 all that much because I don’t have to. I mostly create with real art, so it’s not necessary. But, there are some things Cs5 can do that I need that PSE just can’t do. But, all my layouts, when I do layouts, are done using PSE. It’s much simpler to create layouts.

Camera: I have a Nikon D5100. I LOVE taking wonderful photos of my boys, when they cooperate. I think I’m due for a new camera soon too! It’s been used a lot and starting to fall apart.

Anything Else: Again, I have a tablet, but I never got the hang of it. It just collects dust lol. But, my favorite geeky stuff are all my art supplies. I cannot get enough art supplies! I search high and low for the latest mediums. My craft table is crammed with all sorts of mediums, papers, scraps, brushes, spray inks, etc. But, I adore my Neocolors II water soluable crayons. They give one great control over coloring, just add water and you got yourself a watercolor painting!

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Well, I don’t scrap much anymore…digital or paper. Almost everything I create now is hand done using mixed media. But, one of my favorite things in digital scrapbooking has been taking a photo and converting it to a watercolor (there are some awesome tutorials on that on YouTube), then taking that whole photo and blending it on a textured background paper, possibly with some type or script on it. I also use tons of Photoshop brushes on top which might include paint spatter, painted edges, grungy stripes, grungy lace. When that’s all done I like to add just very few subtle elements like a paper word strip and some stitches. When I find a special image, I really like to make it just be the main focus of the page. These photos generally consist of cityscapes, landscapes from my travels.

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My favorite product, for now, is called Validation. This was part of a collaborative project with Crafty Button Designs, but we now have our parts separated. I was sitting one day creating an art doll, not sure what I would do with her yet and was thinking about my mother who isn’t well and me wanting to show her my art, but she wouldn’t understand anymore. Then that got me thinking how hard it was to please her growing up and how, even now, I was still wanting her approval even though I’m 46 years old lol. I thought, why still do I seek approval and validation? I don’t. I don’t need it. Thus, this project was born. One of my favorite colors is teal. You will see this color in a majority of my projects. I saw a color scheme with teal and purple, then thought to add some oranges and reds to the mix. This product and it’s creation has helped me in realizing that the most important opinion is mine alone. That only I can accept and validate myself.


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My most popular product has been consistently Heart & Home. I think because a lot people like that pretty vintage look. This product isn’t my normal style, but I tell you, it’s been very popular. My inspiration for this was my youngest son. He came home from school one day with a piece of art he created. It had a large red heart with a house pasted on top and he had painted on top of it. It had a real art journal feel to it. The whole idea of Heart & Home and it’s creation stemmed from that piece of art he created. As for the colors, of course, I have to have my teal ha ha. But, I wanted the colors to be bold like I normally make them, but still have a vintage feel, so I incorporated some deep red, cream and browns into the mix.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Courtney:


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


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Coupon

Use coupon code TDF_Special for an additional $3 off your purchase of $10 or more. Expires 4/30/2015.

Courtney also has a great freebie for Daily Digi readers. (Click on the image to download.)

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Go have a look in Courtney’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Inspired by Studio Courtney

The following layouts were created using “Affirmations” by Courtney’s Designs and included in The Digi Files during February, 2015:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Affirmations by Courtney’s Designs, Doodle by eNKay Designs.


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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Affirmations by Courtney’s Designs.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Affirmations by Courtney’s Designs.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Affirmations by Courtney’s Designs.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Affirmations by Courtney’s Designs.

Art Album

Art Album - A Fun Creative Project

Today I am sharing a few recent pages from my ongoing art album. Interestingly, I’m struggling with what to classify this album because it’s not a traditional art journal, with mixed media, for example. A lot of the pages in this album could be expanded into full scrapbook pages. The reason I don’t is because I want these to be quick, easy and largely journaling-free whereas I use my scrapbook pages to tell stories.

My art album has a mix of quotes I like and creative techniques I wanted to try out. Most pages are just purely for fun. That’s why I really enjoy creating pages for this album – it’s just creation for the sake of creation. I highly recommend it as a project if you’re looking for something to inspire you to create more.

Here are a few of my pages:

Love Playing with Paper

For this page, I created a rectangles and duplicated them over and over. I moved them into three stacked columns, leaving the edges of each one uneven. I clipped papers to each rectangle to give it the look of stacked paper strips. Finally, I picked some word art and set it on top of the paper layers.

Supplies: B Mine 4Ever by Studio Basic and Krystal Hartley

Use Art Cards

I am such a huge fan of art cards in kits. Especially ones that beautifully showcase a nice thought, like the one I used below. It’s a good thing to remember to look for the rainbows!

Supplies: Make Rainbows by Amber Shaw

Sentiments Simply Stated

It occurred to me recently that I have known my husband half my life, literally. So I put together a page about us. It’s short but it conveys what I wanted it to say.

Supplies: Our Stories 365 by Kristin Cronin-Barrow

Just For Fun

I just loved the products in this kit and I thought the arrows really fit with the theme of my page — always on the go with so much to do!

Supplies: Currently by The Lilypad designers


Using Patterned Paper on 2-Page Layouts

It’s so secret that I love two-page layouts. I love having lots of space to add lots of photos and still have room for “my eyes to rest” on a page. I have created hundreds of two page layouts over the years and I’ve definitely found some tips and tricks that help the process.

One of my most used tricks is when I use patterned paper on my background.

When I create a two-page layout, I start by choosing a paper for my background and laying it on my canvas.

Next, I duplicate it to add to the other side (making a 24×12 page). However, when using patterned papers (or even textured solids), the patterns don’t line up and the page looks funny.

Here is the finished layout with the paper simply duplicated. See how distracting it is?

So instead, after I duplicate my paper, I flip it to make the pattern be a mirror image of itself. With my paper layer selected, I go to image > rotate > flip layer horizontal.

Now the paper looks much better and much more like it was always a 24×12 inch paper. Sometimes, I go back to the page and using my clone stamp tool, clean up any hard lines I see (like in the center of this page.) And now my layout looks much better!

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We’re excited to have River Rose Designs with us this month and to feature her beautiful kits at her new Scrapstacks store. Beautiful colors, fun elements, and modern pops are what you can expect and this month’s contribution to The Digi Files, Love You More, is no exception. Let’s take a look.



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 River~Rose’s contribution:

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Love You More by River~Rose; Snow in Love (template) by Southern Serenity.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Love You More by River~Rose; Punch Out Vol.1 by P&C.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: Love You More by River~Rose.

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Layout by Steph. Supplies: Love You More by River~Rose.

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

Name

I am Bobbie Smith of River~Rose Designs.
I am a 38 year old work at home Mom with a wonderful supportive husband and four children. We have our girl who is 22, and three boys ages 20, 17 and 14. We also have 2 cats and 2 dogs to complete our family.
We have lived in Misouri since 2003 but it had been my home state previously and growing up so I’m so glad to be back.
My love for digital scrapbooking began in 2007 when I was searching online for some ideas for paper scrapping. I came across so much inspiration for digital that it ignited my spark that has been burning ever since. I began designing in 2008 but I still get my hands dirty in a regular basis with inks, paints, glues and lots more crafty stuff!

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My husband recently surprised me with a Cricut cutting machine and I love to play around with it. This is just one of the things I do when I’m not doing digital projects or designing.


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started

I got started with digital scrapbooking in 2007 while look for inspiration for paper scrapping. I started making my own elements and using techniques I learned in tutorials and forums. I eventually decided to have a go at designing and fell in love with the entire digital scrapbooking community.

inspired

I get inspired by so many things! I think I am most inspired by colors. I can make my own combinations or see something somewhere and build a pallet based on those colors. The theme is always decided by the colors.

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Computer: For designing I use my Windows 8 desktop computer and only one monitor. I wouldn’t have room for more if I wanted to with all my other “toys” laying about.

Program: I use Photoshop and Illustrator CS6 strictly.

Camera: I have a Canon Powershor but have recently upgraded to a Canon SLR which I am still learning. I am admittedly not anywhere near a great photographer but I would liek to think I do well for my own personal scrapping.

Anything Else: As mentioned I have a Bamboo tablet which is great even for scrappers!

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Personalize your layouts/projects using a Bamboo tablet by hand writing titles, names or dates.

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Photogenic. The colors of this were just gorgeous to start with! I immediately thought of cameras which brought to mind the “Photogenic” title of this kit. I love all the cameras included and the theme in general speaks for what we all love…scrapbooking!


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Here are some of my favorite products by River~Rose:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using River~Rose’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Coupon

Use coupon code TDD_RR_25ForU to save 25% off River-Rose, expires March 1, 2015.

Go have a look in River~Rose’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Inspired by River-Rose

The following layouts were created using “Love You More” by River~Rose and included in The Digi Files during February, 2015:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Love You More by River~Rose; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Washi Tape by Flergs; Fonts: DJB SharonS, The Sharon, Smiley Monster.


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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Love You More by River~Rose; Snow in Love (template) by Southern Serenity.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Love You More by River~Rose; Punch Out Vol.1 by P&C.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: Love You More by River~Rose.

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Layout by Steph. Supplies: Love You More by River~Rose.

Tech Talk: Virtual Keyboard

Last week I introduced you to solar chargers for all your gadgets, and this week I want to share another cool tech find: The Virtual Keyboard.

Here is the description from Gadget Flow:

Tired of using your thumbs on minuscule smart phone and tablet keyboards? Spilled hot beverages and sticky stuff on a laptop keyboard? Forget all the keyboard pain with this virtual keyboard from Brookstone. It uses lasers to project the keyboard on any flat surface. You touch, and the small device has powerful optic sensors that pick up and transmit the data to your smartphone, tablet or laptop using Bluetooth. The tiny projector comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and USB cord for charging.

I absolutely despise typing on my phone and when we are on the road and/or camping (which is a lot!), I get very far behind in emails. This would be a great solution when my laptop isn’t an option!


Have you ever tried a virtual keyboard? What do you think?

Happy Valentine’s Day {free gift!}

We at The Daily Digi want to wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day. May you appreciate and cherish all the people you love.

As a gift for our readers, we want to offer you this FREE template (originally from my Scrap Your Heart Out 4 collection). Just click to download!

Happy love day and happy scrapping!

Love Some New Digi Kits?

Love is in the air, and on designers minds, this time of the year. Here are a few of the lovely products we have for you this week.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day or any time of the year with this gorgeous new kit from Jenn Labre!

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Something to Cry About by Erica Zane & Libby Pritchett at SSD is perfect for those not at all perfect moments full of heartache.

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Liz has some fun new templates that will help you scrap those Valentine’s Photos and 2015 Cover Pages. They are both 20% off through 2/20/15.

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To Love has just been released! It’s filled with wonderful mixed media
papers and sketches by Vinnie Pearce. Get 15% off by using code: DDTL15

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Blagovesta has new kit in her Studio – What is love. It’s on early bird
sale this week. She also have a huge 50% off Valentine’s day sale for
all love themed products in her Studio!

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Brand new templates just in time for Valentine’s Day! 40% off through Feb. 19th

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Amber has a brand new kit in her line of Mementos products – perfect
for scrapping your valentine or documenting a whole host of other people
or things you treasure. Check out the store for the coordinating pocket
cards, too!

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[gotta have] heart is a versatile kit from Studio Vicki Robinson for all your loving relationships! 20% off!

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Yin has these free for download Month – planner style 6×4 cards she
made for her own album. You can embellish them digitally or print them
out and add stuff hybrid style!

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Fuss Free: Cozy Collages is a set of templates designed around photos that have been nestled cozily together in collages. This set is a fantastic choice for creating layouts about birthdays, holidays, and other special events. Now through Feb. 20th, if you purchase Set 1, you’ll receive Set 2 FREE! The templates are Fresh Fruit priced at 20% off for the first week of release. Combine the sale with my FWP, and get both for less than $4!

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Studio Wendy released her February templates, part of her new eclectic 2015 template series.

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A gorgeous Collection perfect for little girls and their dolly or special friends!

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Ode to Music is an elegant collection of classical instruments and soft elements sure to capture your sweet memories perfectly. Save 30% on this collection through Sunday, February 15th or save 40% off the bundle every day at The Digichick and Gotta Pixel.

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Tangie has a sweet treat this weekend, almost all her workshops are up to 75% off! This includes the Art Journal Caravan, At the End of My Pen series and so many more!

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It’s a Guy Thing is new from Kimeric Kreations.

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Melissa was a guest on this week’s Paperclipping Roundtable podcast all about scrapbooking your homeschooling.

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That’s it for today!

Little Boy

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We’re so excited to have Sugary Fancy back with us at The Daily Digi. Ana’s design names says it all…her kits are sugary sweet and oh-so-fancy. I love how she can mix playful with sophisticated and make it work so well. Her contribution to this month’s Digi Files, Little Boy, is the perfect example. Let’s take a peek.



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 Sugary Fancy Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Little Boy by Sugary Fancy Designs; Fonts: GF Halda.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Little Boy by Sugary Fancy Designs; Messy date stamp (altered) by Michelle Coleman.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Little Boy by Sugary Fancy Designs.

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Layout by Steph. Supplies: Little Boy by Sugary Fancy Designs.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Little Boy by Sugary Fancy Designs; Fonts: Bebas, Thirsty Script Regular, Pea Fruit Salad Doodles.

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

Name

My name is Ana Paula A. de A. Nogueira (it’s a big name for such a small person) but just a few of you know me as Ana Paula, I usually use Ana and I like just like that! Simply Ana!
I leave in Brazil with my husband (we’re married for almost 8 years) and our 3 doggies!
I am passionate about life and I have many hobbies like crochet, read books, watch movies, play with my doggies, collect stuff like home decor & recipe magazines, boxes, glasses, etc!

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started

I first met digital scrapbooking in 2007/8 and it was the first time a heard about scrapbooking! A few years later I started designing freebies and kits for sale!

inspired

Everything! Seriously! Including TV shows, images found at pinterest, children books, home decor, paintings, color combos, people around me, etc. Pinterest is my addiction when it comes to find inspiration!

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Computer: I need an update on this but here it goes…. I use a windows accer 7 laptop that urgently needs more space! I’ve been using the same for ages (about 6 years now)! Boo!

Program: Ps/Ai CS5

Camera: A poor old one! Oh I’m getting depressed! 🙁

Anything Else: Needing a new one but using a tech C3 tablet at the moment and a HP 3d scanner.

tipstricks

Hmm I’m the worst person to share anything, I have a lazy brain and because of that I must say: backup your files, always! I create my own styles, actions, brushes but I always forget to save them and I’ve lost a few (or a lot) of them when PS suddenly decide to close and it’s not good. At all.

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I like say Cheese Kit happy and vibrant colors and I was inspired by something that I (and most of us) love: cameras! I think it’s kind of defines very well my funky and doodled style!


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#instaddict is my most popular product and I think it’s because everybody loves to take phone pictures and post them and maybe there are just a few kits with this theme! LOL I don’t know exactly why… but I’m super glad they like it and I’ll probably do a new one with this same theme that I also like!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Sugary Fancy:


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


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Coupon

Save 30% off Sugary Fancy’s store with coupon code SFDTDDF15 (not valid with any other offer).



Go have a look in Sugary Fancy’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

a Rafflecopter giveaway