I am so excited to have Kristin in THE DIGI FILES with us this month!! Kristin’s little critters are so adorable and have brought a smile to my face on more than one occasion (especially her birds… and I’m not even a bird person). Here’s a closer look at her contribution that you can find inside THE DIGI FILES this month:
This is ONE of the kits that are included in THE DIGI FILES for only $5!! The designers that contribute to THE DIGI FILES each month are chosen for their quality designs, they do not pay to contribute. We hope that our readers will enjoy trying some new-to-them designers and/or styles at such a low risk!! Here are some fun layouts created with “Night Owl”:
Layout by Jenn, Font: Pea Christen
Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Tracie Stroud stitched border
Layout by Jacki, additional supplies: cloud from Kristin’s Farm Kit
Layout by Katie
Layout by Irina (Kristin’s CT)
Hybrid layout by Sunghee
You can see several more layouts on the ‘Team Inspiration’ page of the site.
My name is Kristin Aagard. I am married to Alan, an electrician for almost 11 years. We have two little girls, Ashley 4 and Sophie 2. We live in Salt Lake City, Utah which is just on the west edge of the beautiful Rocky Mountain Range. I design and I am a mommy full-time.
I carry a small notebook with me at all times. When my kids say something funny or I realize that I will want to scrap that moment, I get out my notebook and jot down some quick notes. I find that this makes my journaling so much more meaningful because it is written from my emotions in the moment and because I can add my children’s own words to the page.
I started paper scrapping after my daughter Ashley was born in 2005. I was instantly addicted! After I had Sophie in 2007, I couldn’t seem to find the time to drag out all of the papers, scissors and glue without having little fingers in everything! I have been messing around with Photoshop since I got Photoshop 6 in 2000 or 2001. I decided that I would create digital photo journals so that I wouldn’t have to give up scrapping. At the time, I actually had no idea that there were stores where you could buy beautiful kits so I started making my own elements and papers.
I feel so lucky to have found the ideal job for myself. I get to stay home with my kids and create using Photoshop. I couldn’t ask for anything more!
My kids are my main inspiration. They are so curious about their world and the newness of it all is fascinating to them. I also love animals and the outdoors and I’m heavily influenced by that.
I use a PC with Windows 7 that my hubby built for me. It has 8 gb of RAM, an ATI Radeon 4870 HD video card. It has an AMD 940 3.0 GHZ quad-core processor. (PS hubby had to dictate all of that to me, because I really am clueless about my computer, other than I know I have serious LOVE for it!) I use two 24″ Samsung high definition monitors. I use a Cannon CannoScan 8800F scanner. I also have a super ergonomic Microsoft keyboard that is the savior to my wrists!
I’m getting ready to upgrade to CS5 this summer. Can’t wait!! Right now I use Photoshop CS4 and occasionally Illustrator.
I have a Canon PowerShot SX10IS. I really want to upgrade to a full DSLR camera, but with my tiny constantly moving munchkins, it’s all I can manage just to get the camera out and shoot some quick auto shots these days. I rarely even touch the manual settings. My goal is to upgrade and enroll in some great digital photography classes by the end of the year.
I do all my drawings using a mouse and Photoshop. I have tried using a tablet, but I prefer the good old mouse and pen tool.
My favorite product is one of my newer kits On the Farm. I love the fun little animals, the happy farmers and the bright colors.
My best selling product is Zoo Day, which is another of my very favorite kits. I love drawing animals!
Here are some of my favorite products by Kristin:
Here’s some inspirational layouts using Kristin’s products. All of the layouts without credits are linked to the originals with credits.
Layout by Jacki, supplies: Zoo Day
Layout by Jacki, supplies: Camp Out kit
Go have a look in Kristin’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 Thursday to qualify)!
As a thank you to our readers, Kristin has created this coupon to share with all of us!