A Cherry on Top

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We are excited to welcome Amber LaBau to The Daily Digi this month. Amber’s designs are so beautiful. Her sense of color just makes my heart swoon! Light and airy and happy! Her kit, A Cherry on Top, is just SO SWEET. I know you will love it. Let’s take a peek!



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 Amber LaBau’s contribution:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau; Template by Meg B of Our Misadventures; Stitches by Liv Esteban; Fonts: How Cute, The Sharon.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau; EZ Album Number 9 by Erica Zane.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau; Template by Amy Martin; Photos by Jacki Steinkamp.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau.

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Layout by melrio. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau.

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

Name

I grew up in a small town in northern Utah, and am currently living about 2 hours south of Chicago after a recent job change for my husband. I’ve been married for almost 11 years and have two glorious and terrible (and everything in between and all at once) boys to show for it.

Before landing the stay-at-home-mommy job I worked as an actor and arts administrator and loved every moment of it. When I’m not designing or scrapping I enjoy spending time with my family on long bike rides through the neighborhood, playing board games, reading Harry Potter and pretending to be a master gardener. I have a passion for color and pattern, for learning new things and working with incredibly talented people. How fortunate for me that I am blessed to do all of those things, all while documenting our lives each and every day.

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layout

Lately I haven’t been scrapping as much as I used to, and when I do it’s pretty much just our family’s Project Life album. Looking through my gallery this page reminded me of my love for layers, for clusters and for amazing use of paper. I loved using my own products on this page and pulling together all the different patterns.. It’s rare to see a solid paper on my pages, and I’d really challenge everyone to try it at least once. Pay attention to the scale and colors of your patterns and mix in a variety of them to keep things from getting too busy and maintain your focus on the photos.



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started

Although I spent a married college student’s fortune on paper supplies to scrap my wedding photos, I never really got into scrapbooking until my oldest was born in 2008 and I was a stay at home mom for the first time. I was so afraid of messing things up with my wedding album (the paper supplies still sit unused in a bin under my bed) so digital was a perfect fit for me with the ability to save, undo, redo and try again without wasting any supplies. I started designing about two weeks after I first discovered digital and haven’t looked back since. I originally designed under the name Stolen Moments but switched to using just my name in January of this year.

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My biggest inspiration is color and pattern and I think that really comes through in my designs.. If I’m just not feeling it with a certain color palette I have a really hard time making anything work. I actually started over on my featured kit this month two times because the colors just weren’t jiving for me.

tools

Computer: I use the same 15″ widescreen Dell Inspiron 1564 laptop I got as my very own first computer 6 years ago. She’s red and her name is Stella. I’m using Windows 7 with 8G of RAM and a 700G hard drive. I also have a 3TB external hard drive I pull out when things get full on the laptop and it’s time to move things out. I dream of one day having my own space (this cushion on the couch doesn’t count) where I can have a legit set-up with dual monitors and all kinds of other fancy pretty things.. Until then, it’s me and Stella all the way.. 🙂

Program: I use Photoshop and Illustrator CC exclusively. I just took the leap into Illustrator last summer and it’s been the BEST choice ever to grow my design skills!

Camera: The only camera I use is the one on my Samsung S5 phone. That was my main consideration when upgrading to a new phone (I wanted a camera that could make phone calls) and I love it! 🙂

Anything Else: I use a Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet which is just a tad smaller than I’d like.. Maybe one day I’ll upgrade to something bigger, but it does the job for now. 🙂

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As I’ve been working on our family’s PL album this year, I’ve found the best way to compose my pages is by placing all my photos first, adding my journaling and then filling in the rest with papers and decorative cards. This way I’m sure to get all the photos and stories told that I want and don’t feel like I have to limit myself based on how much space I have for pictures. Some weeks there isn’t much room left over for “the pretty stuff” and sometimes I just don’t have very many photos – both are representations of our life, and that’s what matters. 🙂

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Oh, goodness! It’s always so hard to choose a favorite.. I really love In the Orchard, though, not necessarily because of the design (which I also love a whole lot) but because it was a great project of growth for me as a designer.. It was my first time working exclusively in Illustrator to create my patterns – I learned a whole bunch of new techniques in a course I took and this was the first time I implemented them in my designs. I also have a mad love affair with this color combo, which was part of the Sept. 2014 BYOC at The Lilypad, so that always helps, too.. 😉


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My most popular products are always those that are part of the Memory Pockets Monthly (MPM) subscription line at The Lilypad. These Story Grids templates, though, are a definite favorite of my customers. They were born out of a request to create more square pocket cards, and also templates that incorporate the square cards. By mixing and matching this bundled set you can create 64 unique double page spreads and do an entire year’s worth of Project Life in a cohesive but still very fun and creative style. I’m using these templates (and any others I may create for the line) and the MPM kits exclusively for my own PL album this year and you can see some of those pages in the detailed images in the store.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Amber:


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


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