We’re so excited to have Courtney’s Designs with us this month. We love the rich detail and handmade artistry that she brings to her kits and elements. Her kit for this month is filled with beautiful and inspiration painted papers and fun elements. Let’s take a closer 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 Courtney’s Designs’s contribution:
Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Affirmations by Courtney’s Designs.
Layout by Sula. Supplies: Affirmations by Courtney’s Designs.
Layout by Katie. Supplies: Affirmations by Courtney’s Designs.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Affirmations by Courtney’s Designs.
You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.
My name is Courtney Dixon. I live in this little town just next door to Austin, Texas. I have degree in Psychology from the University of Texas. I live here with my two nutty and fun boys and my husband who is kind enough to support me through all my artistic endeavors. I have spent most of my life surrounded by art, studying it, creating in one form or another. I am fortunate to do what I love for a living.
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This layout was created using my Imagine: Hope & Peace kit. What I really enjoy sometimes to combine both the digital scrapbooking and the art journaling world together. I don’t always do this, but in this case I did. This is also a more thought provoking product than what I normally create. I do have children, so I love to create layouts with them in it. This one is of my youngest son. It’s a photo from when we went to the beach, but I loved his look, so I just used my Photoshop to create a sketched look, converted it to black and white, then used the Multiply blend tool to make him look like he’s actually sketched on the paper. Afterwards, I added my brushes, elements and word art to complete the layout.
I started paper scrapbooking when my oldest was a baby. I managed to do one completed book after a year and I gave up. It was just too time consuming and expensive. Years later I discovered the world of digital scrapbooking and fell in love! I was cheaper and I could find freebies, it was faster and I quickly made friends in the digital scrapbooking community who helped guide me and my layouts. Shortly thereafter a designer asked if I would like to be part of her creative layout team. It was a definite yes! While on her team, I created a kit just for fun and free for my friends. It was a hit! My designer friend asked if I would like to try my hand at real designing and I decided to give it a try. Of course my style was WAY different then, but I was hooked! I have been a designer for four years now.
There is so much that inspires me. The more I create, the more I see around me. My kids inspire me, colors from a decorating magazine may inspire me, a quote, a song, some of ladies from art journaling groups are really inspirational! Just talking about different ideas, styles, mediums…it just leaves the creative door wide open. I just have to remember to jot down the ideas that pop into my head lest I forget them!
Computer: I have just an all-in-one HP computer. Nothing special, but hubby is a computer guru (me not so much lol) and he sets me up so it’s running the most efficient. I have loads of memory (1 TB) to hold all my products and images. I also have an external HD so if my computer crashes and burns, I won’t be curled in ball crying lol! I have a high-res scanner for scanning all my art work. I also use my laptop for when I’m creating art at my table away from my desk. I’m due for a new computer actually :).
Program: I just use Photoshop Cs5 and Photoshop Elements 9 and 12. I have a tablet to draw on, but I have never gotten the hang of it. I don’t use Cs5 all that much because I don’t have to. I mostly create with real art, so it’s not necessary. But, there are some things Cs5 can do that I need that PSE just can’t do. But, all my layouts, when I do layouts, are done using PSE. It’s much simpler to create layouts.
Camera: I have a Nikon D5100. I LOVE taking wonderful photos of my boys, when they cooperate. I think I’m due for a new camera soon too! It’s been used a lot and starting to fall apart.
Anything Else: Again, I have a tablet, but I never got the hang of it. It just collects dust lol. But, my favorite geeky stuff are all my art supplies. I cannot get enough art supplies! I search high and low for the latest mediums. My craft table is crammed with all sorts of mediums, papers, scraps, brushes, spray inks, etc. But, I adore my Neocolors II water soluable crayons. They give one great control over coloring, just add water and you got yourself a watercolor painting!
Well, I don’t scrap much anymore…digital or paper. Almost everything I create now is hand done using mixed media. But, one of my favorite things in digital scrapbooking has been taking a photo and converting it to a watercolor (there are some awesome tutorials on that on YouTube), then taking that whole photo and blending it on a textured background paper, possibly with some type or script on it. I also use tons of Photoshop brushes on top which might include paint spatter, painted edges, grungy stripes, grungy lace. When that’s all done I like to add just very few subtle elements like a paper word strip and some stitches. When I find a special image, I really like to make it just be the main focus of the page. These photos generally consist of cityscapes, landscapes from my travels.
My favorite product, for now, is called Validation. This was part of a collaborative project with Crafty Button Designs, but we now have our parts separated. I was sitting one day creating an art doll, not sure what I would do with her yet and was thinking about my mother who isn’t well and me wanting to show her my art, but she wouldn’t understand anymore. Then that got me thinking how hard it was to please her growing up and how, even now, I was still wanting her approval even though I’m 46 years old lol. I thought, why still do I seek approval and validation? I don’t. I don’t need it. Thus, this project was born. One of my favorite colors is teal. You will see this color in a majority of my projects. I saw a color scheme with teal and purple, then thought to add some oranges and reds to the mix. This product and it’s creation has helped me in realizing that the most important opinion is mine alone. That only I can accept and validate myself.
My most popular product has been consistently Heart & Home. I think because a lot people like that pretty vintage look. This product isn’t my normal style, but I tell you, it’s been very popular. My inspiration for this was my youngest son. He came home from school one day with a piece of art he created. It had a large red heart with a house pasted on top and he had painted on top of it. It had a real art journal feel to it. The whole idea of Heart & Home and it’s creation stemmed from that piece of art he created. As for the colors, of course, I have to have my teal ha ha. But, I wanted the colors to be bold like I normally make them, but still have a vintage feel, so I incorporated some deep red, cream and browns into the mix.
Here are some of my favorite products by Courtney:
Here are some more inspirational layouts using Courtney’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
Use coupon code TDF_Special for an additional $3 off your purchase of $10 or more. Expires 4/30/2015.
Courtney also has a great freebie for Daily Digi readers. (Click on the image to download.)
Go have a look in Courtney’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!