Birds of a Feather


We couldn’t be more excited to welcome ForeverJoy to The Daily Digi this month. Her designs are filled with beautiful color schemes, tons of unique elements, and amazing creativity. Birds of a Feather, her kit in this month’s Digi Files, is bursting with beauty. Let’s take a better look.

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 ForeverJoy Designs’s contribution:


Layout by Katie. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs; Photo by Haylee McGuire Photography.


Layout by Anne. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs; Fonts: Didot and EM Photogram.


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs; Paintstroke Chatter – All Year Thru by December (stamp) by CD Muckosky.


Layout by Janet. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs.


Layout by Steph. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.


If you’re reading this, then I trust your awesome judgment and can let you in on my something very few people know about me. I have super powers. They came to me once I picked up my fist little Kodak 110 with the ice cube flash cube- and have grown steadily stronger though the years. I have discovered the power to freeze time. I photograph, journal, scrap and repeat- and just like that- memories are saved forever- and my voice will be heard through generations- even if it only in 9 point century gothic. I get to use my powers to help others as well- I create graphic designs that (I hope!) help add a creative and artful touch to memory keeping. And because the real world can be a bummer, I always work to spread a little joy in my designs. We all could use some more of that right?
My studio is in my sunny home office in Long Island, New York. With 2 boys 8 and 16, I live in a world of Legos and zombies, football and rugby- and the fast approaching college application process. Is it any surprise that I find joy and a little escape from the grit of my man cave escape in my work? When people ask how I manage working from home so well- I smile and blush a bit. But we’re friends- so, I can tell you the truth. I’m terrible at it. Doing it all” that is. Thankfully my awesome husband of 20+ years is my biggest cheerleader and fan- and helps with corralling the loose ends when deadlines get fierce. Most days, one thing will take center stage, and the others will fight for a place on my plate. Lots of times things end up on the floor. I have resigned myself to being able to get 80% of my day done well. The other 20%- well, that’s what guilt is for, right? And takeout food.



I love the Retro feel of this layout- and it never fails to crack me up as I look back on it! You can check out how I got the halftone effect in
this tutorial:



About 6 years ago, I saw my first digi layout in a Jessica Sprague Special Interests magazine- and it really blew me away- I knew it was something I had to learn. I must opened Photoshop a hundred times and closed it down 99- until I finally got the hang of this world of layers- (thank goodness for YouTube because I am a very visual student). After awhile , blissfully unaware of how much I needed to learn to become a successful designer, I submitted my designs to several shops. Ouch. Each turned me down over the course of a year- but in each rejection- I (almost) always got terrific feedback- and suggestions on areas that I could improve on. Finally after about 18 months of non-stop trial and error and countless late nights and pizza dinners- I was accepted to a shop. It has been an awesome ride since then! The lesson here is, don’t ever give up. If you are an aspiring designer, any time you get turned down, be gracious and find out why. I promise, it’s not personal. Ask for 5 things you can do to make your designs better. Now, it’s not fun reading these comments. But you have to put your game face on, read it, own it and get better. I never stop asking for feedback. Except from my mother. She loves everything I do. 🙂


Gosh- what doesn’t? It can be an image in a magazine, a pattern on fabric or a song- but no matter what inspires me to start out at the drawing board- the idea needs to have a little soul in order for it to take life and become a design. I can’t just create a design about flowers- but take it a step further- say, dandlions- and the way that they are the preferred bouquets of little one everywhere- now you have real inspiration. That was my first design at The Lilypad.


Computer: I am currently on a wonderfully loyal old HP workhorse running Windows 7 with 8 gigs of Ram. I have one monitor- though I am looking to expand to a double monitor this Spring when we move my office around. I really am not very techie- if you can believe that! In clicking around my system to find the specs- I just discovered my computer was manufactured by Joy Systems- how cool is that?!

Program: I work in Photoshop and Illustrator. And Keurig. (that’s my coffee machine!)

Camera: I LOVE my Cannon Rebel 3Ti- (I am hoping for an Iphone too add to the shooting mix!)

Anything Else: Love my Ipad mini! Cozying up on the couch with the never ending scroll of Pinterest and my Feedly blog reader after a long day is such a treat!


Never stop learning and trying new things- always push your style! Participate in challenges- browse through the galleries- not to compare yourself to others- but to see if there are any new tricks you’d like to make your own!


This is always a hard question- because really, if i didnt love them, they wouldn’t make it off my hard drive! But some, well, they hold a special place in my heart. I LOVE the
Wild One Page Kit because I worked so hard to capture the spirit of my favorite book of all time, “Where The Wild Things Are.” And it was my first design I ever submitted. Not the one I have in the shop of course! Read the back story.

But right at this moment?
THIS IS SCARY has to be my favorite. It really makes me laugh out loud!



THIS IS SCARY was inspired by the real life horror story I am living in- being the parent of a teen! I guess all my anxieties about college applications- Drivers Ed and other scary teen miscellany just made it to the surface and spilled out onto the drawing board! I worked the colors to mimic those fun campy retro 3D Horror movies- I love how it translated!


Here are some of my favorite products by Renne:






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







Use coupon code FJLUV-10 for 10% off (including sale items) at ForeverJoy Designs. (Offer expires Sunday February 8, 2015, 11:59 pm.)

Go have a look in Renne’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!

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