IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH KARAH FREDRICKS

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I am really excited to have the super talented Karah Fredricks in THE DIGI FILES this month!!  I have been SOOO inspired by reading Karah’s interview and seeing her AMAZING layouts below!  She really can rock Photoshop!  Here is a closer look at her contribution to THE DIGI FILES this month:

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You can see all of the kits we have revealed so far on our contributors page OR in the detail images in the store.  This is just ONE of SEVEN collections you get for just $5 in THE DIGI FILES!!  You get far more than your monies worth and it helps keep the site running.  With the sells from THE DIGI FILES, The Daily Digi wouldn’t be here!

Look at the amazing layouts our team creating using “Green Thumb”:

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Janet Phillips template; Fonts are Audrey Neal Inky Birdie, Pea Muggy Girl
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Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Boys Vellum Strips by Sya’s Blueprints, Font: mtf Sketchie
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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: font is DJB Tracey Script
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Layout by Amy W, additional supplies:  template by Gina Miller, fonts- Sketchit and Pea Lis
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Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: Template: KH Blog, Fonts: SF Haven, Ali’s Doodles

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Hi! I’m Karah and I’m a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids! I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 10 years and we live in sunny southern California. I have been scrapbooking for 16 years but finally made the switch to digi in April of 2006. I haven’t looked back since! I started designing a few months later and I LOVE what I do!

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People are always asking how to do shadows. My biggest tip is to hold REAL objects up to see how the light hits them. If your light source comes from the left, then all the shadows should point to the right. And there will be a difference in the type of shadows between a photo and a flower.

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When I was 14, my mom was an avid scrapbooker and would go on scrapbooking retreats and would have “crop till you drop” parties frequently. One weekend, she hosted one at our house and I was bored and had nothing better to do so I decided to do a layout. And the rest is history! I was hooked. I paper-scrapped for 12 years and SWORE I would never try out that digital scrapbooking thing.

One day, I was thinking about pulling out my scrapbooking supplies when I realized that I had NOWHERE to scrap. My kids were 5, 3, 2, and 1 and there was nowhere in my house where my scrap supplies would be safe from little hands. Yet I was behind over 2 years in my albums. I started to feel very discouraged when I had a little nagging thought that maybe I should just TRY doing a digital layout. Just one to see how I liked it. I was in love.

I had previously started my own photo invitation/announcement business and also had a small photography business on the side so I was pretty well-versed in photoshop so it seemed only natural that I should try to create my own products. I created my first RAK kit one month following my first digital layout and began selling in my first store one month after that. And here I am, 4 years later, still going strong! 🙂 This month actually marks my 4 year anniversary as a designer.

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My kids, mostly. I only create products that I know I will scrap with and since most of my pictures are of my kids, I create products with them in mind. I love pulling colors from the clothes they wear or finding inspiration from a particular series of photos that I took of them.

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Well – my husband is an uber computer geek and he built me a screaming system for Christmas. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about it – other than the fact that it’s AWESOME. LOL. Ok – I just looked it up and it looks like I have 3.25 gb of ram on this baby.  I mainly just use Photoshop CS4 but now and then I will jump into Illustrator as well.  I have a Canon 50D. It’s a great camera and I’ve been very happy with it. Although I would love to add a few more lenses to the mix 😉 I also use a Wacom Graphire tablet – it’s the only mouse I use! I can’t stand to hold a mouse now that I’ve been using the tablet pen for 3 years!

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Ugh – this is like choosing between my children!! I honestly couldn’t pick just one so instead I picked the product that I use the MOST on my own layouts.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Karah

Springalicious Papers

Page Poppers - shadow actions

My 3 Sons: Mister Personality page kit

We All Have a Story

My 3 Sons: Mister Curious page kit

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

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Go have a look in Karah’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, Karah has created this coupon code to share with all of us!  It’s good for 30% off!  Have fun!

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