Finding Tranquility


This is Wendy Tunison’s debut in The Digi Files and we are thrilled to have her!  Wendy’s designs cover an array of styles from fanciful, to whimsical, to traditional, and so much more.  I especially love the retro vibe that so many of her elements have. She has some fun and unique embellishments that are super inspiring for scrapping.  Wendy’s contribution this month is HUGE and can be used for lots and lots of layouts!  Let’s take a closer look at “Tranquility” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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 Wendy Tunison Designs’ contribution:

Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Tranquility by Wendy Tunison Designs.


Layout by Trina. Supplies: Tranquility by Wendy Tunison Designs; Perfect Pockets 3 by Tracie Stroud.


Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Tranquility by Wendy Tunison Designs; 52 Thursday Designs (template-modified) by Simply Tiffany Studios.


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Tranquility by Wendy Tunison Designs; Studious (template) by Scrapbook Lady.

Hey there! I’m Wendy of Wendy Tunison Designs. I’m a WAHM with 3 amazing daughters (15, 13, & 8) who keep me hopping! I married the boy I fell in love with at the ripe old age of 15…of course we waited until I was 20 to actually get married! We live in his tiny hometown in northwest Montana. When I’m not designing, I’m busy being a mom. I coach softball in the spring and spend as much of my summer as I can in a tent in the woods. I love to do anything crafty with the exception of sewing. For some reason, when I sit down at a sewing machine, my brain turns off! In the past few years, I’ve been really into knitting. I love that I can do it anywhere. My mom always jokes that she’s caught me knitting while I was napping. Beyond crafting, I’m an avid reader who is always on the hunt for the next book to devour. I spend a lot of time wandering around our neck of the woods taking pictures and enjoying nature. But mostly, I love to sit at my computer playing in photoshop and who doesn’t?!





My daughter has a summer birthday and one year we had plans to grab her best friend and head to the water park (about 100 miles away) but it was pouring rain that morning and the water park was closed for the day and her bff was sick on top of it. She was really bummed out so we were trying to find something fun for her to do and decided to do a fun trash the dress photo shoot. Well, wouldn’t you know it, by the time we chose some fun costumes and did her hair and makeup, the rain had disappeared. We went shooting anyway and the photos I took that day are still some of my most favorite. She has always been quite the tomboy but when we looked through the photos from that day, she said she felt like a princess. And that made it all the more exciting to edit those photos and scrap them. She has always struggled with her self image and I think for the first time in her tween life, she felt as beautiful as I’ve always seen her.

One of my favorite things to do when I’m creating layouts is to blend a photo into the background. I come from a paper scrapping background and sometimes it’s still hard for me to not feel like I’m wasting paper. LOL!

Kit: This & That by Wendy Tunison Designs

I started really scrapping 15 years ago. I had created one scrapbook before that as a requirement for a church project but I didn’t keep it because scrapbooking just wasn’t my thing at the time. Boy do I regret that now! Right after my daughter was born, I got one of those sample kits in the mail for a scrapbooking club. I was so excited to document her life. (Who isn’t when it’s your first child?) So I subscribed and started creating pages. But really I should call them photo/sticker sheets because I laid on the stickers and the shaped photos a little too thick! LOL! By the time she was 6 months old, I had scrapped everything…every card, note, photo…and her book was 4″ thick! I went back to work full time not long after that and put my scrapping on hold for a while.

Well, not long after that we moved across the state and had our second child. With an infant, a toddler and a full time job, there wasn’t much time for scrapping but I squeezed in some here and there all the while continuing to build my collection of supplies. A few years later we bought a house across town and it had a small cottage at the back of the lot that my husband turned into my craft room while I was stuck in bed with our third child. Mostly he wanted a place to put the Christmas tree so I could see it from our bedroom and that meant he had to move my little craft collection from that corner of the living room. Little did he know what he would start with that! I had a whole building to fill! ROFL!

I went to a craft fair a few months after my youngest was born and stopped at a CTMH booth. Well, I booked a party and soon signed up to be a consultant. Pretty soon, scrapping was what life was all about. I was catching up on my daughter’s books, selling at parties and teaching 3 to 4 classes each week in my little studio. I was busier than I could have ever imagined I’d be with it and one day it all came to a screeching halt. I was working on a layout and I wanted to use a lot of photos on it so I opened up PSE (never ever had opened it before) and thought I’d try to at least lay out the photos so that I wasn’t cutting them and wasting them if my measurements didn’t work. Well, it looked so good in PSE that I decided to try to make my own papers…massive fail! I went in search of digital papers and stumbled upon this little bitty world of digital scrapbooking! OH MY GOODNESS!!! I was hooked instantly.

I was downloading freebies and having a great time. I never did go back and make that paper layout. I immersed myself in digi and let my paper supplies start gathering dust. I jumped on creative teams and was soon completely caught up on my scrapping. I dabbled a little in design but wasn’t quite there yet. 3 years ago my dad had a major stroke and my life was turned upside down. I stepped down from all of my creative teams and stopped scrapping completely because there simply wasn’t time. I was his caregiver and that required a lot of time and energy. After about a year, I found time to scrap again. I was looking for more though so I started searching out tutorials for designing. I made a few minis for blog trains and some larger kits just because I was having fun with my new skills. Not long after I was offered a spot as a designer and I jumped.

I learned a lot from that first experience and it wasn’t long before one of the designers I was CTing for asked me to join her new store. I loved working with her as a CT so I decided that I would love to build my design skills with her as well. I learned so much in those first few months of working with her as a designer and soon designing was all I could think about. It’s a good thing I don’t require much sleep because the ideas are constantly flowing! I have so much fun with the learning that goes with designing. I love that I am constantly finding new ways to create the things I want to create. I love that I get to “work” with women who inspire me to create. I’ve got an amazing set of designer friends that are always ready to discuss ideas and I’ve got the best CT a girl could ask for! They make everything I create look amazing!

Color inspires me! I am not much of a theme designer. I like to find a great color palette and just let my mind go with it. I like to create big full kits that are versatile enough to be used for anything. My scrapping needs vary between the present and scrapping my ancestors so I love to have kits that can easily work for any time or season. I am also a cluster girl so a lot of cluster-able pieces are a must in my kits.

Computer: My 5th child, as my husband calls it (the 4th being my camera), is my laptop. When I was shopping for a replacement last year, I decided to try an Alienware laptop. I have to say that I love it’s speed. I bought an Alienware M17XR4 with 16GB RAM and i7 Processor. It’s probably been the best investment I’ve made in a laptop in all of the years I’ve owned one. Darcy (as in Mr. Darcy…the love of my life) runs smoothly, never overheats or slows down and always turns on quickly every time I open it! And in a fire or flood…besides my children, will always be the first thing I save! LOL!
Program: I’ve been designing in CS5. I’ve got to say that I love it! Sure it had a slight learning curve when I first bought it but I can’t even imagine doing it any other way now! I also have ArtRage 4 for all things painty and sparkly! I love adding those pieces to my kits!
Camera: My 4th child is a Canon 60D. I adore it! Seriously! However, it is a bit bulky to carry with me all of the time so I bought myself a Canon SX280HS this spring that I love just as much! My kids have been having a great time with the fish eye setting and I’ll admit…so have I!
Anything Else: I bought a bamboo tablet a couple of years ago but I’ll admit, I never use it. I tried when I first bought it but I just couldn’t get the hang of it. Maybe it’s time to break it out again and see if I’m any wiser! 😉
I think the best tip I ever learned for scrapbooking is to journal the same way you would tell a story. I know that a lot of people struggle with journaling on their layouts and so did I not too many years ago. But it all changed when I went to a scrapbooking convention and listened to Tracy White (the editor of CK at that time). I had been trapped in this overwhelming cycle of feeling like I needed to start at the beginning and work chronologically through my pages. That’s all fine and wonderful and I captured more of my oldest daughter’s first year than she’ll ever care to see. I also cut my photos into the shapes of flowers but that’s another topic for another time! LOL! But in trying to keep up chronologically with their lives (I had 3 at the time), I had basically been neglecting the stories of my two younger children in an effort to keep up with the life of my oldest child. I was stressed about scrapbooking. I was stressed about making sure I dated every photo and noted the who, what, when, where, why and how of every stinkin’ picture in my huge photo box (did I mention I had 6 that held over 2400 photos each plus several smaller boxes full of photos?). I was obsessed with sorting my photos by date and making sure I never lost a card. After all, I was preserving her story! I was preserving what had happened in her life! Oh my gosh! What a chore!

No wonder I was stressed about scrapping. But as I sat in the conference that day listening to Tracy White, I had an epiphany. She gave me permission to forget all of that stuff. She talked about scrapping in a whole new way and I came home and really, truly scrapbooked for the first time even though I’d been scrapping for 7 years at that point (but was really only scrapped through the first 3)! She talked about the way that we were capturing our stories…they weren’t really stories if all we were giving were the facts, right? She read us the journaling from two layouts that looked exactly the same other than the journaling. On the first page were all of those important things…Lexi’s first birthday on this date; Joe, Sue and George attended; She received a baby doll; We had the party at our house.

And then she read us the second page and it went more like this…Oh my goodness! What a fun day we had on Lexi’s birthday. If I could have stopped time and listened to her squealing in delight over her new baby doll from Grandma, I would have. There was so much love and so much joy in the room that day. I felt so blessed to have been given such a beautiful little girl. She lights up the room and brings so much to our lives. I’ll never forget the way she delighted in the balloons and the way she smashed her cake that day.

See the difference? Feel the difference? I came home and picked up a photo I’d been dying to scrapbook for a long time but I was still years away from reaching that point in her life. I whipped out my supplies and used that photo that very day and I wrote my daughter a letter on that page that told her just why that photo was so special to me. And my scrapbooking took off like a rocket. I couldn’t stop scrapping. There were all of these funny stories and moving moments that I wanted to tell my daughters about. After all, I was making these books for them and their children. I wanted them to hear my voice as they read the pages after I was gone. I wanted to give them the most amazing gift as they read their “letters” and knew just how much I loved them. I wanted them to hear my sense of humor as I told them about the things that had happened in their lives. I wanted them to hear me.

When I started digi scrapping, my scrapping evolved even more because I started to scrap about myself. I rarely have photos of myself so I never scrapped myself before. After all, why would I waste all of that pretty paper and all of those fabulously overpriced embellishments on a journaling page?! But once I went digi, I didn’t have to worry about that anymore. I could simply start typing and tell my story. I could tell them the truth about how I was feeling at a certain point in my life. I could tell them how I had battled with depression or how I felt like I was on top of the world. I could be my own voice and hopefully share those struggles with them as they grew older and struggled in their lives. I could write my own story in a beautiful way that they will hopefully cherish someday.

Oh my goodness! You want me to choose just one favorite kit? Ouch! It’s always changing but I have to say that I probably love Sassifrass the most. I had just finished coaching a season of softball (we coached 8 to 10 yr old girls and 12 to 15 yr old girls this spring! OMGee!) and I had had my fill of sass. I love those girls to pieces and would seriously take most of them home and adopt them! BUT, after 3 months of sass and attitude, I was ready for some peace and quiet. We were also considering colors to redecorate our daughters’ rooms this past summer and I came across this fun color set and wanted to see how it would work in a kit before I painted it on my walls and furniture. LOL! So I sat down and started playing with the colors. It wasn’t long and I found myself feeling a little sassy! So I named the kit Sassifrass and added in all of the teen spunky and sass that I could muster! I’ve used it to scrap a lot of my softball pictures from this year and it’s been just perfect for most any of my teen/tween pics too!

My kits, Pride & Prejudice, are my most often requested and sold kits. As I’ve mentioned before, I have an on going love affair with Mr. Darcy and the story has been one of my favorites since I was a small girl. I sat down to capture the feel of the story in a kit one day and it got away from me. It ended up being 60 papers and 174 ellies! WHOA NELLY! So split it into 2 kits, one masculine and bold and one feminine and soft. I have probably scrapped over 20 layouts with those kits and every time I see a new layout created by one of my customers with them, I feel the need to get them out and scrap with them again.


Here are some of my favorite products by Wendy:

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


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