I’m so excited to be welcoming back Vicki Stegall to The Digi Files this month! I love Vicki’s “shabby grunge” style in her designs and the super fun, unique items she finds to include as elements. I enjoyed hearing Vicki share about how her designing and scrapping life were suddenly changed, for the better, while she was creating her contribution this month, when we recorded the Daily Digi Digest. Listen to it below (on the site) or
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Let’s take a closer look at “Beatrice” 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 Vicki Stegall’s contribution:
Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Beatrice by Vicki Stegall; Flight Plan #24 (template) by One Little Bird;
Font: Bariol, Harrington, Contribute.
Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Beatrice by Vicki Stegall; Scrumptious (template) by Scrapbook Lady;
Font: Traveling Typewriter.
Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Beatrice by Vicki Stegall; Halfpack 19 (template)
By Cindy Schneider; Font: Arial.
Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Beatrice by Vicki Stegall.
You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.
Vicki Stegall is the proud owner of Oscraps.com. Vicki opened Oscraps 7 years ago when she made the transition from a traditional paper scrapbooking to digi scrapping. While Vicki is and always will be a designer at heart, the responsibilities of running a major digi site don’t leave her as much time for designing as she’d like. She’s a born and bred ‘Okie’ living in Moore, Oklahoma and really does say, “y’all” all.the.time. She lives with her IT hubby, Anthony and her 13 year old son, Alyx, who is also her primary scrap subject. Someone recently described her design style as Vintage Grunge and she thinks that suits her just fine.
I chose this layout because it showcases two of my ‘loves’ – scrapping and ‘handy’ work. I absolutely love doing anything and everything ‘handy’ from traditional crafting like scrapping, painting, and sewing to home renovation/decorating and even furniture building. This particular project was laying wood flooring in our master closet. The thing I love most about this layout is that I think it’s funny and witty, which is something I don’t think I am very often but I always wish for – to be ‘witty’.
I’ve been creating photo albums and scrapbooks since my first job in high school. I worked in a FotoMat booth and developed a love for taking pictures. I moved more into creating individual layouts as paper scrapper after the birth of my son, Alyx. I became a stay at home mom with his birth and needed a creative outlet. Scrapbooking was the perfect activity for me. I primarily scrapped with a friend I met in childbirth classes and one day she called me and said, “Hey, you know more about computers than I do. I heard about this new thing, digital scrapbooking and I was hoping you’d check it out and see if it’s something we can do.” Well, this was early on in the industry and there just wasn’t much out there. But, I was intrigued and decided to give it a try. Since there really wasn’t much out there at the time, I decided to try making my own designs. I mostly just made things and then printed them out to use on my paper layouts which I posted online at scrapbook.com. Many people started asking for some of my items and for me to create more and more. I soon realized just how much I loved designing. I figured it would be easier to share my designs if I had a website, so I built Oscraps.com on a server here in our house and released all my designs as freebies. The bandwidth demand immediately interfered with my hubby’s online gaming, so I bought my first ‘real’ server. Oscraps grew at such a phenomenal rate, I couldn’t keep up with the demand on my own, so I brought on other designers and soon built it into a full service shop complete with gallery and forum.
What inspires me to create? EVERYTHING. (and deadlines – lol) I tend to get caught up in the actual running of a large store – background site issues, customer service, etc. so I don’t have as much time for designing (and/or scrapping), so deadlines and commitments are my biggest inspiration at the moment. Regardless of time constraints, I’m always, always looking at everyday items, found items, etc and thinking about ways I can translate them into a scrap item. For example, the metal frame in the Beatrice kit is an object I found on the ground at the car dealership when I was picking up a part for my car 🙂
Computer: The majority of the time, I use a Dell XPS15 laptop with 8 GB of RAM and 680 GB harddrive (wish it was bigger!)
I also have a desktop PC with two 21 inch linked monitors. This is my primary design computer and I use one of the monitors turned sideways so that I can really spread out my current items to see everything together and moving within various photoshop windows while designing a new kit.
Program: Photoshop CS5
Camera: Everyday camera – my iPhone 4s
My “good” camera (which I don’t know how to use very well) – Canon EOS 5D
Anything Else: iPad 2, Kindle 1 & 2, and Nook Color (I like gadgets). My favorite is my Kindle. I use it to listen to my books via the “text-to-speech” feature. It takes some getting used to, but I love listening to books while I do extractions and laundry 🙂
My biggest tip ever is to PLAY. Play with features in Photoshop or your camera that you’ve never used. Experiment with layer styles. Use items in unexpected ways. This layout shows using a gajillion elements to create my title and is one of my favorites because I used various items in unexpected ways.
Just PLAY! You can always ctrl+alt+z (which is a keyboard shortcut in Photoshop and my most used shortcut).
Typically, my favorite project is whatever I’ve just finished working on and this case is no exception. My current favorite is the Beatrice Kit and my very favorite thing about the Beatrice kit is the drippy paper. The whole kit came from that paper which started as me playing with some some spray mists and other art journal painting techniques. In fact, this whole kit started from me playing with physical scrap and art objects and combining that into a digital kit – my two great creative loves – real paint and digi items combined.
I just love the warm colors and the mixture of vintage, shabby, grungy and doodled items with super fun stripes!
Here are some of my favorite products by Vicki Stegall:
Here are some more inspirational layouts using Vicki Stegall’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
Coupon code: Stegall-TDD-spec
Amt: 20% Off
Exp: March 31, 2014
Vicki Stegall Designs (excludes collaborations & commercial use items)
Coupon code: 5off52-tdd
Amount: $5 off
Good toward: 52 Inspirations 2014 Subscription
Good Thru: March 31, 2014
Go have a look in Vicki Stegall’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!