WELCOME BACK to The Digi Files, Heather T! I think the thing I love very most about Heather’s designs are her really great word art and typography! So many fun optiopns to use as titles, subtitles, and accents on a layout! I also love Heather’s fun colors she designs with! Let’s take a closer look at “Love Spoken Here” 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 Heather T.’s contribution:
Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Love Spoken Here by Heather T.; Sidestep (template) by Scrapbook Lady.
Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Love Spoken Here by Heather T.; Joyful Heart (template) by Busy Bee Designs.
Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Love Spoken Here by Heather T.; Studious (template); Fonts: Bariol and Across the Road.
Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: Love Spoken Here by Heather T.; Pure Bliss (template) by Our Misadventures; Font: Century Gothic.
Layout by Sula. Supplies: Love Spoken Here by Heather T; Stitch (messy lines) by Erica Zane; Font: DJB Christine Script by Darcy Baldwin.
You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.
* Heather Taylor
* Oregon Coast, USA
* Originally from Switzerland, so bilingual French/English
* One husband, one 11 year old son whom I school at home, 1 cat, 2 dogs
* Blind as a bat, so I have to wear glasses
I loved the photo that caught the wave splashing in a reflection on a tide pool. And the sun was setting, and the light was just dreamy. I love those colors, too.
Even though I’m not always entirely conscious of what I’m doing when I’m scrapping, I can often look back on a layout and spot some things that make it work. Here’s what I see about this layout:
* Central focus, but slightly off-balance to add interest
* Splats in the background imitate both the horizontal ocean surface, and the vertical movement of the wave
* Triangle of interest: the three clusters on the page. They tend to draw the eye back to the focal point, which is the reflection of the wave in the pool
* The light green of the background complements the orange glow in the photo (opposites attract!)
I never even realized most of those things as I was scrapping, except for the triangle–I always try for that.
I have a long and varied background when it comes to art, but essentially I was teaching myself Photoshop (and later, Illustrator) by trying to make the things that I saw on layouts. I had just given birth to my son and was trapped at home speaking goo-goo language, and I thought I would go nuts if I didn’t have something to do! Also, without my income, we were totally broke and I couldn’t afford to buy anything.
I started off by designing rubber stamps and making cards, especially Asian-themed. Then, a friend of mine I knew from that realm (Julie K. in Taiwan) asked me for an opinion on a layout she’d made on the computer. I think I ended up making sort of a new quickpage for her. Then I just got deeper and deeper into it…
My first real break into the selling world of design was when Vinnie Pearce, whose CT I was on, asked me to sell in her first store, Pixel Canvas. I actually broke down and cried in front of my computer screen when I read that invitation! I was so honored–Vinnie is an amazing designer, and I couldn’t believe she would want MY stuff next to hers. It was at Pixel Canvas that I first met a whole crew of women from around the world who have ended up becoming some of my constant friends, and funnily enough, most of them still CT (or design) together. We’ve been at MScraps for almost 3 years now!
Creating is so multi-form, for me. Have you seen that little e-postcard that says something along the lines of “Being creative is like having 2,784 browser tabs open. At the same time.”? That’s kind of how it is for me. I might be sparked by an expression, a phrase; by a certain set of colors; or by an idea that’s jumped out at me from something I see around me or in a magazine. There’s inspiration everywhere! Every once in a while the well goes dry, and then I just do something else for a while. The creativity always comes back.
I don’t just do Graphic Design, although that’s my bread and butter. I also write poetry (often on my layouts), paint, draw, take pretty pictures, and make jewelry! (Just started that last venture 2 summers ago, but I have to fight to get time to do it!) Those all go into my kits eventually as well.
Computer: Let’s see… I have an older computer (PC), and at the time I’m writing this (in March), I’m still running XP. But I’ll be changing over to Win7 in April, since the support for XP is running out. I have 4 gigs of RAM, but always seem to run out. I had the computer built, though, instead of getting it off the shelf, so I could get a top-notch processor (at the time). I also got 1Tb of memory, which was really outrageous for me at the time. That makes me giggle, because the latest external hard drive (Seagate EHD) I bought is 3Tb…
Speaking of which, I have SO MUCH STUFF in digital format (including massive amounts of pictures, each of which is 5-10Mb) that I’ve had to separate my stuff for a long time now.
On my C:\\ drive (the internal hard drive), I ONLY have programs. This frees up enough space to provide Photoshop with a good working space (the cache). That is also supplemented by whatever free space I have on my EHD. On my EHD, I have everything else: photos, graphic design elements, textures, papers, etc. Right now I have 1.8 Tb of material on my EHD, and 72G on my hard drive.
My mom bought me my monitor 2 Christmases ago, and I love it. It’s an HP 2511x, and it’s something like 26″ diagonally.
Program: I use the CS5.5 suite–Photoshop & Illustrator are always open at the same time when I design for scrapbooking, as I switch between them frequently. I also occasionally use Art Rage.
Camera: I have a Canon Rebel EOS T5i, with an 18-55mm lens which came with it, and that I actually find super-useful. I also have a 70-300mm zoom lens that I love for long distance or macro, and a 50mm lens that is beautiful for indoors and portraits.
Anything Else: My old and trusty Wacom tablet (Intuos 3, 8.5″ wide working area) saved me from carpal tunnel syndrome after only 3 months of rubber stamp designing. It’s really hard on you to draw with a mouse… I haven’t looked back since, and haven’t used a mouse in 10 years. In fact, I’ve learned to type while holding my stylus… *laugh*
I also have a dedicated art table covered in butcher’s paper, where I do all my splattery & doodly things. =)
Oh, and my trusty Canon CanoScan 5600F! That’s quite old, too.
Gosh, I have a whole set of tutorials over at Mscraps with tons of tips, but here’s one I’ve had to share recently.
The recent craze for washi tape reminds me of the vellum craze from a couple of years back. It’s really tricky to get it to look right, but the shadowing is key! Mostly, you want to avoid a big, dull grayness under the tape. Here’s what you need to do (this works for PS-CS):
- Place the tape where you want it.
- Put the shadow you want on it. It should be a fairly dark version of the color it’s lying on, and small, since it’s so close to the page.
- Right-click on the tape layer in the Layers Palette, and choose “create layer.” Now you have the shadow on a separate layer beneath the original tape.
- Take your magic wand, and click on the layer anywhere outside the tape, then invert the selection so now only the shape of the tape is selected. (You don’t want to do the normal selection shortcut, which is ctrl+click on the layer thumbnail, because that selects the transparency as well, so you’d still get shadow under/through the tape, which is what you don’t want.)
- Delete this selection from the shadow layer.
Ta dah, only the shadow that is around the tape now shows, and your tape is its nice, bright, original color instead of being all muddied!
This trick obviously works with anything that is translucent–tape, vellum, plastic pockets, etc. It’s even nice for lace sometimes.
Oh gosh, it’s always so hard to choose ONE favorite. I guess out of my recent-ish kits, my favorite is the High On Life Collection, because I drew a lot of cute illustrations for it, and that was really fun for me. It was inspired by the theme for the first week of this art journaling group I belong to on FB, “Up, Up, and Away.”
I think my most popular product remains “Jump.” It’s got strong, bold colors, lots of doodles, a whole font I created (I design free fonts, available at dafont.com), and it’s just really full of energy.
Here are some of my favorite products by Heather T.:
Here are some more inspirational layouts using Heather T.’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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