WELCOME BACK to Libby Pritchett!! I love Libby’s designs and has so much fun talking to her for the first time in her Digest episode! I learned a lot about her design process, her background in scrapbooking, and some super great tips she shared!
Let’s take a closer look at “Turn Turn Turn” 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 Libby Pritchett’s contribution:
Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Turn Turn Turn by Libby Pritchett.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Turn Turn Turn by Libby Pritchett.
Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: Turn Turn Turn by Libby Pritchett; Bubbles (template) by Amy Martin; Font: The Branch by Heather Joyce.
Layout by Sula. Supplies: Turn Turn Turn by Libby Pritchett.
Layout by Anne. Supplies: Turn Turn Turn by Libby Pritchett; Fonts: Courier New, Arsenale White.
You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.
My name is Libby Pritchett, and I live in Wichita, KS with my husband Jeff. We have 2 teenagers (Rhys & Kendra) as well as a very busy 2 year old named Chloe.
Scrapbooking is my passion and has been for over 15 years now. Sometimes I still pinch myself that I get to make a living doing something I love while also being home to care for my family. I truly have the greatest job ever!
When I’m not designing, I love to get lost in a good book, try new recipes, or binge-watch a fun series on Netflix. My goal for this year was to learn to knit, but being as the year is quickly coming to an end, and I haven’t signed up for a class yet, I’m thinking we’ll make that a 2015 goal instead.
I actually designed this kit just for this layout. LOL! My oldest daughter just got her license this year (how am I old enough to be the mom of a driver?), and you KNOW I had to scrap it!
I pretty much always start with a template when I scrap anymore. I’m especially fond of the nice clean ones that leave a lot of room for personalization like this one by Lauren Grier. I wasn’t always a template scrapper, but there are SO many cute ones on the market these days. I figure if a great template can save me a little time with a busy 2 year old running around, I’m all for it!
You could say that I’ve been interested in “scrapbooking” since I was a kid. In junior high, I joined the yearbook staff, and by high school, I was on the editorial board. I had always been a creative person, but being able to work on the school yearbook just took it to a whole new level for me.
After my daughter was born in 1998, I wanted to find the best way to organize all my photos and memories. Remembering my yearbook days, I started seeking out information on this “scrapbooking” hobby I was hearing about. I jumped in with both feet and became a Creative Memories Consultant almost immediately. It didn’t take me long to realize that I needed to spread my wings a bit, so I left CM and went on to have a successful paper scrapping “career” creating layouts for manufacturers and magazines.
I turned to digi in 2006 because I’d recently gone back to work full-time. As much as I loved scrapping, I just didn’t have the time anymore. I needed something a little more streamlined. I remember downloading a free kit and looking up tutorials for each and every little thing I wanted to do. It was worth the time though because I was hooked from my very first layout.
By 2008, I knew I wanted to try my hand at designing because my job in the orthodontic office did not allow me a lot of time with my family. I was working 12 hr days sometimes, and I knew I didn’t want to keep going at that pace. So, I asked a friend who had recently started designing for some pointers, and she was able to guide me through learning to design. I contacted Robin at Sweet Shoppe in May of that same year, and my store at SSD opened July 5, 2008! It still seems crazy to me that I would quit my job to try designing, but I’m SO glad I did! It was hands-down the best decision I’ve ever made. I love designing, and I’m so very proud that SSD has been my home all these years.
For me, a good kit name totally sets the tone for a kit. If I can come up with a name I love, designing the kit is SO much easier. I love to look at song lyrics, movie quotes, or pop culture references for ideas for that jumping-off point. Some of my favorites are Bent, Hide Your Crazy, and Like… Ever.
Computer: I recently bought a new laptop, and this thing is a beast! I call her Fiona. She is an Asus ROG G750-JZ and she runs Windows 8, has 24 GB RAM, a 17″ screen, and a 1 TB hard drive & 256GB SSD.
I had been struggling on my old desktop computer for quite a while. I was having issues with Photoshop crashing repeatedly, and it ran SO slowly. It was nothing for me to have to reboot 10x in a single afternoon of working. So, we knew it was time to upgrade. After doing a lot of research, we decided to go this route, and I couldn’t be happier! She runs like a dream!
Program: I use Adobe Photoshop CS6 as well as Illustrator CS6.
Camera: I use my camera on my phone (Samsung Galaxy S3) pretty much exclusively. I keep thinking we should look at having a “real” camera again, but I love the ease of being able to just grab my phone for a quick shot. I know I could get better quality photos with a nicer camera (my old Canon 10d dSLR finally bit the dust last year), but for now, this works for us.
Anything Else: I use an old Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet that I’ve had for 6 years. Pretty sure that the last time I was featured here at The Daily Digi, I said that I hoped to upgrade that in the near future. Here I am a year and a half later, and I’m still hoping!
I think I’ve mentioned this in the past, but I’m going to repeat it because I think it’s useful.
I rarely hold CT calls. When I look for members to join my team, the first place I look is in my designer gallery at SSD. A lot of people think that this gallery is only for CT members, but the fact is that ANYONE can upload a layout there if you use that designer’s product.
I’ve also had people contact me through email, PM, or Facebook inquiring about openings, and I’ve hired that way, too. So, my tip is if there is a designer you are interested in working with, don’t be afraid to make sure she sees your stuff. I would strongly suggest being professional in your correspondence and making sure that you have your best work together in a gallery or portfolio (hello Pinterest!) that you can link to. And while it isn’t a requirement, I still always love seeing samples where you’ve actually used my products.
Of course, I can’t take everyone who inquires, and I may not have an opening at that particular time. It’s a great way to get on my radar though, and if I see that you’ve used my product creatively, you can bet that I’ll remember you when I’m looking to hire again.
The most important thing to remember is that you should only reach out to designers that you are truly passionate about working with. Being on a creative team can be a very demanding job, and I think you’ll be much happier if you are choosy about who you work with.
My answer changes pretty regularly, but as of right now, I’d have to say that my favorite kit is Hide Your Crazy. When I first heard the song Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert, it just seemed to have “art journaling” written all over it!
This kit had been on my “to do” list for a year or so, but I couldn’t design it until I had it just perfect in my head. I knew I wanted to do something girly but messy, so it HAD to have pink. It took me a while (and a lot of Pinterest browsing) to put together the rest of the scheme though.
Overall, I just feel that this one really embraces who I am as a designer. I love trying lots of different styles, but I’ve come to especially enjoy getting a little messy. My artsy papers are some of my favorite things to design, so getting to do a full kit in this style was the best feeling ever.
My sports kits are always some of my most popular. I think maybe it’s because I love sports, and these kits are some of my favorite things to design!
Here are some of my favorite products by Libby Pritchett:
Here are some more inspirational layouts using Libby Pritchett’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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