A BIG WELCOME BACK to Karen Lewis!! I have been a long time fan of Karen’s clean, modern-with-a-shabby-edge design style! I find her patterned papers easy to scrap with and love how well they work together (less thinking on my part). Her contribution this month is over-flowing with digital goodness, including something just for pocket scrappers! Let’s take a closer look at “By The Seaside” 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 Karen Lewis Designs’s contribution:
Layout by Vicki. Supplies: By The Seaside by Karen Lewis Designs.
Layout by Lauren. Supplies: By The Seaside by Karen Lewis Designs; Fonts: Typewriter and Monster Paparazzi.
Layout by Katie. Supplies: By The Seaside by Karen Lewis Designs; Template by TDD Life of Change.
Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: By The Seaside by Karen Lewis Designs.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: By The Seaside by Karen Lewis Designs.
You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
I am Karen Lewis and I live in Perth, Western Australia with my husband of 15 years and our daughter Caitlyn who is 12.
When I’m not designing at the computer I can be found in my art studio painting. I’ve had a love of art since I was very young but put it aside in my late teens when that inner critique took over and I told me I wasn’t really an artist. My graphic design work reintroduced me and reignited my passion for ART. At the moment I’m into painting vases, pots & flowers in a very shabby, textural, impressionistic, whimsical style.
I discovered paper scrapbooking in 2005. I was looking for a creative outlet and all the beautiful papers were enticing so I purchased a stack of supplies and sad to say I think I maybe did 3 layouts. Something just didn’t really resonate for me. I think I enjoyed buying the product more than actually using it. After about 6 months I switched to digital scrapbooking after coming across Shabby Princess’s site. Again the lure of beautiful papers sucked me in and before long I had a stash of supplies but at least this time I did actually create quite a few layouts.
After about 6 months though I was growing restless and I found myself more interested in learning how to create the digital supplies than using them in a layout. I did some google searching for tutorials and in February 2006 I started selling. Over the years I continued to learn about design & colour and I was fortunate to have some design opportunities come my way that enabled me to grow my business beyond just designing digital products. The biggest highlight was designing product lines with Pink Paislee from 2011-2013. Today I am a Graphic Designer & Artist who is living their dream.
I love colour, pattern and texture and I love seeing how I can put them together to create eye pleasing designs. Often a design can start from seeing a quote, a colour combination, a piece of art or fabric.
Computer: HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook PC with Intel Core CPU @ 2.20GHz
Program: I use Photoshop & Illustrator
Camera: Iphone & GoPro camera
Anything Else: Wacom tablet
A tip for designing – when designing papers it is important to make sure that the papers work together. You can have an awesome patterned paper but that doesn’t mean that it will compliment the other papers in the pack. So as I finish a paper it goes to a working Photoshop template where I will layer the papers and check that I have a good balance of colour, scale & what I call foundation patterns (think stripes & dots). If a paper doesn’t work I put it aside and recycle it for another kit.
This kit was made as a complementary digital addition for Pink Paislee’s Portfolio paperline. The colour scheme is stylish and timeless plus with a theme that is centered on capturing and scrapbooking everyday moments the kit is a great versatile addition to have.
You can’t go wrong with a classic boy kit and that is what makes it special and popular. The colours are stylish blue, green & grey which I chose because firstly I love that colour combination and secondly I think the colours are versatile to be usable for both baby layouts and then older boy layouts.
Here are some of my favorite products by Karen Lewis Designs:
Here are some more inspirational layouts using Karen Lewis Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
Go have a look in Karen Lewis Designs’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!