HEATHER HESS: 500 External Hard Drives


I think Heather Hess is so COOL!!  I first discovered her gallery (and the layout featured by her below) several months ago and fell in love with her scrapping style!  That layout was one of my picks on The Digi Show and shortly after, I had Heather join us as a guest.  I love talking scrapping with Heather and she knows SO MUCH!  I was really excited to hear that she was going to be selling her fonts at The Lily Pad!  I LOVE that her fun personality and spunk carry over into her font designs!  Heather included a BUNCH of fonts in her contribution “The Toolbox Collection 2″ that is included in The Digi Files this month:


Here are some layouts created using Heather Hess’s contribution:


Layout by Katie; Additional Credits: Template by Janet Phillips; Papers by Kaye Winiecki & Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Buttons by Jessica Bolton; Fonts: The Bold and the Beautiful and The Other Twin by Heather Hess.
Layout by Anne; Additional Credits: Techo-Girl by Pixel Gypsy.


Layout by Katie; Additional Credits: Paper by Gina Cabrera; Doodles by Kate Hadfield; Border by Cathy Zielske; Font: The Faulty Marker.


Little Scrapbooker by Sara Frisch; all elements and papers from iNSD Grab Bag by Mommyish; font: The Faulty Marker by Heather Hess


For the Love of Scrap, After 5 Designs Collab, Template: Jenn Lindsey, Fonts: The Bold and The Beautiful, Teenage Dream–Heather Hess


Layout by Tamara, additional supplies: Quickpage by Ruth Melody at MScraps. Font is The Faulty Marker by Heather Hess.



My name is Heather, and I’m from Houson, Texas. I work my mornings as a Creative at the Apple store and my afternoons as a Production Manager at a Photography Studio. Then in my evenings I scrap my heart out!






I started digital. I had some customers that wanted to customize the photo books they were trying to make in iPhoto. I suggested using Keynote to make their books. Then when I took a Digital Image Illustration class, I searched for some images and found some digital sites. Made some images in Photoshop, but nothing scrapbook like. Then one day I started scrapbooking. Been hooked ever since.


Typography and any handwriting. I love to watch people write, check out graphic arts, or advertisements. Our world is made up of words it’s so amazing how the meaning can be shifted based on the font. I’ll find myself snapping photos with my phone of fonts I like. I’m starting to grow quite the collection.


Computers: I have a 24 inch iMac (2.8 Core 2 Duo with 2 gigs of ram) and a 15 inch MacBook Pro (2.66 i7 with 8 gigs of ram).
Programs: I use Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS4, Aperture, and Keynote ‘09.
Camera: I have a Nikon d700. For lenses I have a  Nikon16-35mm f4, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8, Nikon 60mm 4/2.8 macro, Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye, and a Nikon 28-105mm f/3.5-4/5.
Everything else: An iPad, a Wacom Bamboo tablet, and a Cannon Scanner (It prints too, but you know… rarely.) Oh also probably about 500 external hard drives (I haven’t counted recently, but it feels like that number). Back up your stuffs!!


I love using templates as a starting point for creating pages. That being said, I also LOVE! cutouts. I’ll take a template, and change it up a bit to turn it into a cutout. Doing so is actually pretty easy. First figure out which shape(s) will act best as the cutout. After choosing the move tool, I like to turn on the ‘Auto-Select’ feature and select the shape. Then I grab the magic wand, be sure that the ‘Sample All Layers’ button is not checked, then click on the shape. When it is selected, first inverse the shape (Select > Inverse), choose the background layer and then click the layer mask button (down in the bottom of the layers palette). Ta-da! Move the background layer is you wish, and be sure to give it a shadow just like everything else! Oh, and don’t forget that you now need to add another ‘background’ paper to take up the place from the old one. 🙂

Here’s a sample layout where Heather used this technique.







Here are some of my favorite products by Heather Hess:







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






Go have a look in Heather Hess’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!