Can you say GORGEOUS? You need to, because that’s what you get with the TWELVE templates by Fiddle Dee Dee Designs in this month’s Digi Files. Cheryl has created these templates to be used as 12×12 pages OR as 24×12 and includes them both way. They are so stunning and we’re so thankful that Cheryl is with us this month (and every month as a fantastic member of our team!)
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 Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs’ contribution:
Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Fuss Free: Double Time 7 and Fuss Free: Double Time 8 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Puppy Love and Crazy Cat Lady by Mommyish; Font: Celia Garcia.
Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Fuss Free: Double Time 7 and Fuss Free: Double Time 8 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Wanderlust by Blagovesta Gosheva; Fonts: Boston Traffic, Calibri.
Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Fuss Free: Double Time 7 and Fuss Free: Double Time 8 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Family is Forever by Meghan Mullens.
Layout by Trina. Supplies: Fuss Free: Double Time 7 and Fuss Free: Double Time 8 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Sunshine & Sand by Bella Gypsy Designs.
Layout by Jennie. Supplies: Fuss Free: Double Time 7 and Fuss Free: Double Time 8 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Loving the Doctor by Clever Monkey Graphics; Who’s Your Doctor by Manda Lane Designs; Bigger on the Inside by Kate Hadfield; Kraft papers by Happy Scrap Girl (retired); Fonts: Doctor Who, Traveling Typewriter; DJB Little Black Dress.
You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.
My name is Cheryl Ashcraft and I’m a native Floridian living in Northwest Florida on the Gulf Coast. My husband Jay and I have been married for twenty-one years. We have two children ~ Olivia is starting college and Daniel will be starting fourth grade in the fall. Our life is definitely in the midst of big changes, and I’m continually taking photographs. When I’m not taking pictures, scrapbooking, or designing templates, you’ll find me tending to my home. I love to decorate and keep a quiet and tranquil space for us to have as a retreat. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been exploring other sides of my artistry, so I’ve been doing more pen and ink drawings, and have started experimenting with watercolors. I love to read so you’ll usually find me on my phone or Kindle or with an old school book, and every once in a while I’ll still break out my cross stitching.
My Great Uncle Clayton had this bike in his shed that belonged to my Great Aunt Pauline. He decided to give it my daughter. The photos in this layout are the “before” photos ~ before my mother replaced the seat, cleaned the bike and added a new basket. I wanted to capture this unique and fun gift, but I knew I was going to need a larger canvas than 12×12 to tell the story. I created a double page layout instead. I feel there is enough space for the photos to shine, but I was still able to add plenty of embellishments and tell the story of the bike.
I started paper scrapbooking in 1996 when I was pregnant with my daughter Olivia. My mother purchased an 8.5 x 11 album kit for me, and I made some really, ahem, unusual color and pattern choices in those first pages. I moved to the 12 x 12 layout size a couple of years after I started. I ended up switching to digital scrapbooking after I read a tutorial about doing a circular photo collage in PSE. I ordered PSE, followed the tutorial and was hooked. I loved being able to customize my photo sizes instead of having to rely on the standard 4 x 6 photos I always got from my photos. The tutorial ended up leading me to some digital scrapbooking websites that I started exploring. My son was very young at the time and into everything, so paper scrapbooking was a chore. I would have to bring everything out and then put it all back in one session. It had gotten to the point that I just didn’t want to scrapbook anymore. When I realized that I could use PSE to scrapbook, I was delighted! I started making digital layouts in August 2007. I started converting my layouts to templates in February 2010 and began selling my templates at Scrap Orchard in July 2011. I love being able to “work” at something that is a hobby and a passion!
Everything inspires me to create. It’s cliche, I know, but honestly, sometimes it’s as simple as looking at my cat curled up on the sofa near my desk, and I get a warm fuzzy feeling, and I just want to make something! If my templates aren’t converted from my layouts, I’m inspired to create them by looking at ads, billboards, websites, architecture, etc.
Computer: OS: Windows 8
Asus Essentio Desktop
4th Gen Intel Core i7-4790S processor
NVIDIA GTX 750 graphics card
2 TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
Two 20″ Monitors
Seagate 3TB external drive
Program: Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11
Adobe Lightroom CC
Camera: Nikon D5000
Anything Else: Wacom Bamboo Fun
I love sharing how to make custom shadows in Photoshop Elements. I have a
YouTube tutorial on how to achieve customized shadows.
Some of my favorites templates I’ve made lately are templates that coordinate with a series of princess kits designed by Dream Big Designs. In particular, I really love Fuss Free: True Love’s Kiss 1 & 2 because of the soft colors and the stamping and painting in the backgrounds of the layouts.
Right now, my most popular products are my Fuss Free: Torn series of templates. The templates were inspired by an old photograph that had been torn and taped back together. I thought it was an interesting look and one that you don’t always see because it’s messy and imperfect. I think the templates are popular because of the custom shadows as well as the dimensional, “touchable” look of the finished layout.
Here are some of my favorite products by Cheryl:
Here are some more inspirational layouts using Cheryl’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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