Super Grateful

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We are SO excited to have a new face in the Digi Files this month. Jacqui E Smith is a planner rockstar. I just love all of her stuff (be sure to check out her store!) She has created an incredible planner kit for us, perfect as we look toward the new year. I know I want to be a superhero (at least to my own family!) next year, and that means learning to be Super Grateful. Don’t we all want this for the new year?






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 by Jacqui E Smith’s contribution:

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Layout by Sharon. Supplies: Super Grateful by by Jacqui E Smith; Template by Scrapping with Liz and Amber Shaw; Action: Studio Wendy; Style: Mommyish; Fonts: DJB Love Me Some Aly, SMD Letterwriter.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Super Grateful by by Jacqui E Smith; Commencement (paper) by Jacqui E. Smith; Template by Amy Martin (retired).

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Layout by Toria. Supplies: Super Grateful by by Jacqui E Smith.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Super Grateful by by Jacqui E Smith; Fonts: Comic Sans.

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Layout by Luly. Supplies: Super Grateful by by Jacqui E Smith.

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

Name

Hello 🙂 I’m Jacqui Smith. I live in Australia in beautiful sunny Queensland with my husband + son. I’m a working stay-at-home-schooling mum. Each day is full and intertwined with learning, earning + topped with fun, (usually cards games at break times). Most of my work life has been in my own graphic design business. The last few years we added home-schooling into the mix. As my name is pretty common my husband suggested some tweaks to make it more unique, and so I design under by Jacqui E Smith.

When I’m not crafting ideas for new products, I enjoy hanging out with my family + friends, laughing out loud, reading, watching a favourite show (currently Madam Secretary, White Collar + Heartland) or movie (Remember Sunday is my current fave), seeing our beautiful country in our caravan + indulging in buckwheat carob bars.

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I take millions more photos that I could ever use + also enjoy journalling the meaningful moments of my day. I like to say I start with thankful + end with awesome. With all the gorgeous planner binders on the market + my focus on gratitude, creating a Faith Planner was a match made in heaven. I can insert memories without feeling like I have to be caught up. It seems a little strange as I thrive on large design projects in my work, yet when it comes to my personal creativity I’m more of a free spirit. It’s great to be creative off the screen to splash some paint + stick some washi.

This set of dividers for my Faith Planner were made with my So Thankful digital
papers + stamps, printed on canvas paper. They have a beautiful natural feel. You can follow along with my tutorial + make your own set of dividers.

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started

It’s difficult to put a date on when I started. What’s work + what’s play when you enjoy designing!? Life takes you on a journey + I’m surprised as I look back at how things weave together. Nothing is wasted. Everything we learn helps to take us to the next destination. I’ve been a graphic designer for about 25 years now. One of my first digital projects I can remember was making a flip album of scripture cards using my favourite verses + beautiful free stock photography. Not long later I ventured into making the annual calendar for family and friends, each year experimenting with different design styles. In 2009 I was drawn to create my calendar with a variety of free digital scrapbooking supplies I found online. Naturally I wanted to make my own designs 🙂 Years into creating digital scrapbooking products I have circled back around to add planners once again.

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Inspiration comes from so many different places. When it comes to product designs I generally begin with a concept, something I want to encourage others to express, like our unique qualities in Nip and Tuck (my favourite product below), or in the case of planners, so we can not only be organised but enjoy what we do.

tools

Computer: iMac 27″ 5K Retina. I noticed the difference immediately + it’s so much easier on the eyes.
OS 10.11 | 24GB Ram | 256 flash drive + a few external drives


Program: Creative Suite 6 : Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign + Acrobat Pro are my core four!
RadLab for awesome photo recipes + it’s super fun
Suitcase for organising fonts, it’s so easy to organise by theme + style.


Camera: Panasonic Lumix GH3, my favourite lens is a 25mm.
iPhone 6 is what I use to take most of my memory keeping photos these days. The best camera is the one your have on you at the time right!?


Anything Else: Wacom Intuos tablet + pen
A variety of planners binders 🙂 Kikki K is an Aussie company, they are gorgeous + easily accessible down here. Websters Pages Color Crush, again gorgeous designs + colours. Levenger Planner discs + punch, super versatile. I’m currently awaiting my parcel of Happy Planner discs 🙂


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The best intentions don’t get you as far as a well thought out plan. I’m the first to admit to having too many projects on the go. As creatives we have far more ideas than we do time to try them out. Designing planners has helped me organise my day, especially with the mix of work, family + home schooling. My secret for success it to start with the end in mind as Stephen Covey says and make a plan backwards. You can get my
five simple steps for project and todo list success.

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Nip and Tuck is a collection focused on paper folding + cutting with a touch of metal to represent the message from society that tells us we should get rid of these imperfections, cover them up, tuck them away. So often we try to hide what makes us unique, maybe even seeing them as flaws. Rather than focus on these so called imperfections, look to the qualities, our real value + beauty, that makes us who we are. Because being an amazing unique individual is something to celebrate!

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Growing up I enjoyed reading comic books, mostly Archie and Veronica + Garfield. When I first started working in the artroom I used what was called a Reproduction Camera. It converted photos into images made with dots using special screens. It was one of my favourite parts of the job. Converting what I would do manually in the darkroom to digital for my Comic Book products has been a blast. And telling a story comic style is just so much fun 🙂



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Here are some of my favorite products by by Jacqui E Smith:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using by Jacqui E Smith’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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2016-11-08

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