In The Designer’s Studio With Julie Billingsley


I am really excited to welcome Julie to THE DIGI FILES this month! Julie is a very talented designer and I especially love how well she can do a themed kit! I love studying her previews because she has so many unique elements in them and I don’t want to miss anything! Here’s a closer look at her contribution:


This is just ONE of the kits you will get when you purchase THE DIGI FILES for only $5!! It really is an amazing deal and a great way for you to try some new designers and even push your creativity! Here are some amazing layouts to give you some ideas of the versatility in this kit:


Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Katie Pertiet template


Layout by NeeNee, additional supplies: Oodles of Tags by Julie Billingsley, Font: Brittany by Darcy Baldwin


Layout by Jacki


Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: Template: Janet Phillips, fonts: Papyus, 2 Peas GGs Love Me

A hybrid project by Leigh:


additional supplies: Gift templates by Megan Turnidge, flowers by Prima, brads by Making Memories, bakers twine from my stash.



My name is Julie Billingsley. My husband Tom and I have two boys Jacob and Logan. We live outside Portland, Oregon and yes, it does rain a lot here. Luckily that rain makes it a very beautiful and lush green place to live. I work in retail management for a clothing store but my passion is for scrapbook designing.







When I scrap, I have two easy methods for helping with credits for gallery posting. In photoshop CS2 (and likely other versions too), the first way is have your layout open and then go to File>File Info and right in the description box you can type in your credits. As I add items to my layout, I just open the File Info and keep a running list of the credits for the layout. I like this method because then I just copy and paste right from here to the gallery. My second way is to take the preview of the kit(s) that I am using and drag them under the background paper of my layout. That way if I’m feeling lazy and don’t want to type up the credits right away, I have the previews hiding under the background so I can remember what I’ve used. These methods make crediting a snap especially if you work a layout with lots of product from different designers. Even if you don’t post your layouts in a gallery, you might want to remember who made that awesome flower in your layout and this makes it easy to find that information.


I’d say my journey to scrapbooking really started when I was the yearbook editor back in high school. This was back in the 80’s before yearbooks were done on computers and digital cameras took over. I loved the process of making the yearbook but always yearned for more creativity in that. Fast forward to 2004, and I was admiring layouts done by some internet friends and they nudged me into the world of digital scrapbooking. It felt so natural given my yearbook experience. My initial goal was to make baby books for my boys… and uh, yea, that still isn’t done. However I was going crazy making layouts, making about 30 a month. It was a lot of pent up creativity finally finding it’s release! I got on my first creative team with Christy Lyle at Sweet Shoppe Designs and fell in love with the warm community there. After working hard on my scrapping skills, I was invited to be on the CT for several stores including the Sweet Shoppe. I began designing in late 2007 and debuted as a Sweet Shoppe designer in February 2008. It’s a dream come true for me!


I find a lot of my inspiration just from my own photos. I need a zoo kit so I’ll make one. Or I’ll have honeymoon pictures that need to be scrapped so I make a cruise kit. Beyond that, I find a lot of inspiration from color combos. I’ll make a color palette and decide that the colors say “girly western” and inspiration is born.


My tool box is an HP desktop with a 23” widescreen display and 4 GB of ram, an external Western Digital 1 Terabyte hard drive, a Canon Canoscan 8800F scanner, and a Wacom Intous4 tablet.

For programs I am using Photoshop CS2 and Illustrator CS3. I’m waiting to upgrade my programs until I can get a new computer in a year. I might switch to a Mac so I’m hoping the wait is worth it! I also use Mozy as my online backup.

I have a Canon Rebel xTi and a big stack of books to learn to use it. I’d love to develop my photography skills more.


My favorite product is my Revolution kit. It was inspired by my incredible boys and my need for a kit that would work for both my 7 year old and my 18 year old.





Here are some of my favorite products by Julie:







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







Go have a look in Julie’s Store and come back and tell her what you like, we will randomly select a winner from those comments to win $10 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST and must include a product name to qualify)!

As a thank you to our readers, Julie has created this coupon to share with all of us!


P.S. Be sure to check out the Un-Digi from yesterday, all about traveling to Disney! We also posted the random winners from the “From the Files” challenge at the bottom of that post.