Feature Friday | Laura Passage

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Friday… and another edition of our Feature Friday series! This week, the spotlight is on the super-talented and creative designer (and our very own TDP chief) Laura Passage! This is actually Laura’s fourth feature here on the blog (you can find her previous features from July 2016 HERE… from July 2017 HERE (including a look at her crafty workspace!)… and her Foodie Friday article from February 2018 HERE w/ yummy food ideas/recipes!).

This time around, in order to learn even more about Laura, we asked her to share 5 Things We Might Not Already Know About Her

  1. I’m in my mid-40s and I still drive around (nowadays, in a mini-van, haha!) listening to old-school rap and “classics” like the Beastie Boys. Every once in a while, I’ll suddenly have one of those weird epiphany moments during which I suddenly realize that I’m not in my 20s anymore… and then I think about my own parents (back when I was a kid, driving around listening to music from the 50s)… and I realize how old I am now… and the whole thing is disorienting and shocking. HA!
  2. I’m married to my very best friend in the world, and we’ve known each other for over 25 years. When we first met (at which time I was a freshman in college, and he was a senior)… the very first thing he ever said to me was, “oh, great… we have a freshman with an attitude.” #TrueStory #SoRomantic
  3. I have a super duper big-time coffee addiction …one which has only recently developed (like, literally in the past 5 years or less)… after I spent the first 35-40 years of my life never drinking coffee or caring about it at all). Now, however, in my mid-40s? MUST. HAVE. COFFEE. Every day. Favorite? A mocha.
  4. People are usually surprised to learn that I formerly played women’s semi-professional soccer back in the late-1990s, after graduating from college and completing my college soccer “career.” This was in the days before a true professional women’s league existed in the United States (the WUSA was established a few years later, in 2000).
  5. Along those same lines… most people are surprised to learn that I have no formal training in graphic design. Instead, I first earned my college undergrad degree in psychology… later earned a master’s degree in sports administration… and then went on to work as a college soccer coach for about a decade. During that time, I became a self-taught web designer… a skill which I later transitioned into designing graphics for the scrapbooking industry (both digital, here at The Digital Press… and paper/physical products, through numerous companies such as Echo Park Paper and Carta Bella Paper, etc.).

Fun trivia tidbits, right?

Well, when it comes to Laura’s design work… you likely already know, if you have ever had a chance to work with some of her products, that they have a distinctly paper-ish style and feel, mimicking traditional paper scrapbooking products. I always love the cool stickers that can be found in her kits… the distinctive word art bits… the colorful papers and elements… and her clean-cut, geometric layout templates. Laura also has a giant range of amazing pocket-style cards and templates that are perfect for pocket scrapping, planners, journals, and hybrid projects! Whatever the theme, her kits are always full of surprises and fun to work with.

Here is a sampling of some of my personal favorites from Laura’s shop here at The Digital Press. Believe me, it was really hard to narrow it down to just these few…

And to give you just a glimpse of how versatile these products are, and all the fun ways they can be used… here’s a look at just a few of my favorite projects from the gallery at TDP, which is always full of beauties from Laura’s shop (and you can check out all the different layouts using Laura’s products here in her designer gallery)…

Aren’t those all so great?!

Hopefully, today’s feature article has given you even more insight into Laura’s creative style and her persona. Aren’t you excited about her amazing digital artwork? If so, I have good news — because during her upcoming Feature Week here at The Digital Press, Laura’s entire shop will be marked down 30% OFF all week long (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 7/26). Don’t miss it!

And that’s not all! Laura also has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for you this week, as well! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from Laura’s shop, and you will get this brand-new (just released today!) full kit — Hole Foods — for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop (this week only, though… because again, this offer ends at 11:59pm ET on 7/26).

 

And even better news… guess what’s on the way to Laura’s shop at TDP early next week? It only happens once a year, and you will NOT want to miss it…

 

 

CLICK HERE if you’d like to receive a one-time e-mail to let you know when the big event begins!

 


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About the Author  Shivani Sohal is a donner of many alter-egos. A finance professional by day in busy London, she morphs into a seemingly normal mum of two in the evenings and weekends. She is constantly found with her fingers in too many pies and juggling the metaphorical balls. That is living on the edge for her; aided by the two ankle biters and a darling hubby who define the warm and mushy for her. She is ferociously dedicated to memory keeping — almost immune to any nay-sayers (or equally-disruptive crying children or annoying house fires!); keeping her head down and forging ahead at all times.

Feature Friday | Calista’s Stuff

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog. This week, I’m happy to put the spotlight on Meta of Calista’s Stuff! This is Meta’s third feature at TDP (you can find her first feature from May 2017 HERE, and her Foodie Friday post from March 2018 HERE).

In order to learn a little more about Meta, I asked her to share 5 things we might not already know about her…

  1. I super love playing with balloons and bubbles. It’s always great to play with my baby girl with those two things!
  2. I was a French language teacher, a mathematics teacher, and a science teacher, but now I am a proud and happy stay at home mom.
  3. My kitchen is my kingdom, but I think my baby girl will take over it soon. She is always busy in the kitchen and likes to taste every spice and herb.
  4. I am not fashionable at all.
  5. When I started learning Photoshop for the first time it was only to make my photos look pretty 😛 – to brighten the skin, make up touch effects, whiten the teeth, remove acne, etc. Now Photoshop is my tool to work as designer. 

As for Meta’s digital designs… have you taken a peek at the Calista’s Stuff shop here at TDP? It’s full of some really amazing things! Her designs are so versatile, and she puts colors together beautifully. She’s got a great mix of dimensional elements, gorgeous artsy add-on paints, pocket cards, paper packs with unique patterns, and layered design templates, too. Whatever you’re looking for, I’m sure you can find it in her shop.

Here is just a small sampling of the products you’ll find in the Calista’s Stuff shop here at The Digital Press…

And to give you just a bit more inspiration, here are a few fantastic sample projects using Meta’s products…

I hope that you’ve enjoyed learning a little more about Meta of Calista’s Stuff today. To celebrate her week as our Featured Designer at The Digital Press, the entire Calista’s Stuff store will be 30% OFF all week long (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 7/19).

In addition, Meta has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from Calista’s Stuff… and you can also snag this fantastic bundle — Real Life — for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop (offer will be valid through 11:59pm ET on Thursday 7/19).


BarbaraAbout the Author  Barbara is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She’s married, has two awesome kids (a 21 year old son and an 18 year old daughter) as well as a 10 year old adorable Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier pup. You’d think with all these ages posted here about her family she’d tell you her age but NOPE … not gonna happen! 😉 With her “baby” off to college in a couple months and her son already in college, she and her husband are soon to be empty nesters. It is just so weird how quickly time flies! Wasn’t it just yesterday she was scrapping pictures of babies and toddlers?! Time flies and each stage of life is good!

Feature Friday | ninigoesdigi

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! This week, I’m thrilled to put the spotlight on the amazingly-talented Nini Lee of ninigoesdigi. This is actually Nini’s second feature here on the blog (you can find her Foodie Friday post from February 2018 HERE).

In order to learn more about Nini, personally, this time around… I asked her to share 5 things we might not already know about her…

  1. Some of you might have read that I have been dieting since February 11th, but what you don’t know yet is that since last scrap “check up” (May 11th) where I was at -10kg is that now I have reached -15kgs!! Yay! That was about 2 weeks ago and now the pace is going much slower than it used to be but I keep walking and I try my best to not get back my bad eating habits! Let’s hope 2018 will be the year I loose what I gain in 20 years in Japan.
  2. I am a big Pokemon Go player. It has been my “carrot” and pushed me to walk more. I actually enjoy walking alone but I don’t think I would have walked that much if I hadn’t that game to play to. I don’t feel the kilometers when I play Pokemon Go. I have a few scrap friends who are also big players so it’s nice to share our stories.
  3. I am French but I don’t like wine 😉
  4. As I was saying above I have lived in Japan for 20+ years now and I still badly hate summers here. Hot, humid. I could do with hot if I have some shade maybe but the humidity now makes it yucky all the time!! I wish I could spend summers in France instead. 😞
  5. I am a TV series addict. You name it, I probably have watched it. But I shouldn’t brag about it because if you think of the time spent watching those series… wow… moving along… lol. Anything suspense, action, adventure, thriller, medical, supernatural related is good for me.

Have you had a chance get to take a look at the ninigoesdigi shop here at The Digital Press? It’s full of fun, bright colorful kits that make you want to pull out your photos and scrapbook! I’ve got to tell you, it was really hard to pick out just 6 of my favorite products. I really love all of the vibrant colors and simple designs she uses to create her kits. Here’s a peek at a few faves…

To give you a look at her products in action, I’ve also compiled this sampling of digital layouts that were created with her designs…

I am so glad to have had the opportunity to help you get to know Nini a little better today!

Now that I have you excited about her amazing digital artwork… you’ve got to go check out her shop here at The Digital Press during her feature week and take advantage of this week’s 30% OFF sale throughout her feature week (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 7/12).

Additionally, Nini has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from ninigoesdigi… and you will get this awesome full kit — Find the Extra in the Ordinary — for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only (again, this offer ends at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 7/12).


JenniferHigniteJennifer Hignite is a mom of three boys and new homeowner with her fiance in the mitten state of Michigan. When she is not scrapbooking, she enjoys photography, decorating, and shopping at Target.

Feature Friday | Julia Makotinsky

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! This week, I’m thrilled to put the spotlight on the amazingly-talented Julia Makotinsky. This is actually Julia’s second feature here on the blog (you can find her Foodie Friday post from February 2018 HERE).

In order to learn more about Julia, personally, this time around… I asked her to share 5 things we might not already know about her (and she answered with words and pictures!)…

  1. I got my driver’s license at the age of 39, and when I asked my younger brother whether it was going to be hard to pass the test his reply was “I don’t remember, it was 15 years ago for me.” Another funny part of this story… as I was taking the written part of an exam, one of the questions was, “when are you allowed to answer your cell phone while driving?” This question didn’t even exist when my brother took his test 15 years ago! 🙂
  2. I live right on the beach in New York, which was destroyed by hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was hard for a few months without hot water, and it was cold… but our beaches are back and beautiful as before. Every time I leave New York I always miss the view and sound of the ocean, especially at night during summer.
  3. Two years ago my boyfriend and I rescued a kitten; he was only 3 weeks old. We named him Laki and he is a beautiful black baby boy who is spoiled by me and allowed everything. When he was younger he used me as a climbing tree to get places he couldn’t jump to yet, and boy was it painful. But now he sometimes might jump on my shoulders while I’m sitting on the floor or chair unexpectedly, just because he feels like it, and he only does it to me. 🙂
  4. I don’t have any tattoos, but I really want one. Unfortunately, I was always a chicken when it came to needles but lately I’ve been thinking more and more about designing my own tattoo and actually getting it.
  5. I take pictures of random stickers found on light posts, fences, street signs, and sometimes even garbage cans. 🙂 There is just something exciting about finding a new sticker I don’t already have picture of. Some day when I have enough, I plan to print a book with all of them.

Here’s a look at Julia, her kitty, some of the damage from Hurricane Sandy, and some of the awesome stickers she finds and photographs…

 

Have you had a chance get to take a look at Julia’s shop here at The Digital Press? It’s full of fun, whimsical illustrations and designs that she hand draws herself! I’ve got to tell you, it was really hard to pick out just 6 of my favorite products. I really love all of the vibrant colors and adorably fun characters Julia brings to life with her illustrations. Here’s a peek at a few faves…

To give you a look at her products in action, I’ve also compiled this sampling of digital layouts that were created with her designs…

I am so glad to have had the opportunity to help you get to know Julia a little better today!

Now that I have you excited about her amazing digital artwork… you’ve got to go check out her shop here at The Digital Press during her feature week and take advantage of this week’s 30% OFF sale throughout her feature week (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 7/5).

Additionally, Julia has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from Julia Makotinsky… and you will get this awesome brand-new (just released today!) full kit — The Perfect Summer — for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only (again, this offer ends at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 7/5).


caliten About the Author  Carrie is a creative team member here at The Digital Press. She and her family enjoy spending time outdoors year-round near their home in Colorado. In addition to scrapbooking and the occasional hybrid home decor project, Carrie also reads voraciously, accumulates fabric, makes soap, brews beer, grows hops, and tries to keep indoor plants alive.

Feature Friday | Jimbo Jambo Designs

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! This week, I’m thrilled to put the spotlight on Aga of Jimbo Jambo Designs. This is actually Aga’s third feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from October 2016 HERE, another from May 2017 HERE, and her Foodie Friday post from February 2018 HERE).

In order to learn even more about Aga this time around, I asked her to share 5 things we might not already know about her…

  1. I traveled for 8 months in Asia and Africa (8 different countries) last year… and it was the best year of my life.
  2. I don’t live in Spain any more; after 10 years there, I just moved back to Poland.
  3. I love action movies and series. I’m a big fan of Jason Statham and his Transporter movies… along with Mission Impossible, Blindspot, Blacklist, Quantico, and similar).
  4. I’m a photographer after hours, and have my own photography business.
  5. I’m a night owl, and I go to sleep very late even if I have to wake up very early.

Aga hast the most unique and extraordinary templates. I don’t know how she gets new ideas over and over again to create such unique templates! To highlight only 6 packs is almost impossible… but I did my best to narrow it down, and here are a few of my favorites from Jimbo Jambo Designs

And now, here is a sampling of some gorgeous pages made with Aga’s unique and versatile templates…

I am so glad to have had the opportunity to help you get to know Jimbo Jambo Designs a little better today! Now that I have you drooling over all of the digi loveliness she creates… your next step will be to go check out her shop here at The Digital Press during her feature week and take advantage of the 30% OFF SALE IN HER STORE (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 6/28).

Additionally, Aga has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from Jimbo Jambo Designs… and you will get this fantastic template set — Goombah— for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only (again, this offer ends at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 6/28).

Enjoy, and happy scrapping!


About the author  Astrid is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives with her husband and her 2 teenage/adult kids in Germany. As a mini-jobber with only 10 hours/week, she has plenty of time for her digital scrapbooking hobby. She has Netflix and Amazon Prime, and is addicted to nearly all series. Vampires, zombies, vikings… it doesn’t matter; she likes everything. She loves the ocean and the summer heat, but lives in the opposite: mountains. Therefore, she loves visiting her family in Algeria or the south of France.

Feature Friday | Rachel Hodge

It’s Friday, and time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! This week, we are featuring Rachel Hodge and her fun and fabulous designs.

Rachel has actually been featured before three different times on the Digital Press blog in the past (you can find her August 2016 feature HERE; her March 2017 feature HERE; and her January 2017 Foodie Friday feature HERE.

For today’s Friday feature, we asked Rachel to share 5 things we may not already know about her

  1. I do NOT like summer — Why, you ask? …because I can’t enjoy a nice cup of tea in the middle of the day because I’m literally melting!
  2. I love my kids THE MOST …when they are all quiet & sound asleep in bed!
  3. I’m totally loving dark chocolate at the moment, particularly for breakfast… or lunch… or pre-dinner…
  4. I love finding new recipes to try out on Pinterest — yup, I actually don’t just pin… I try!
  5. Did I mention how much I love my kids when they are asleep? Probably should add that in there JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 😊

Mmm, sleeping children and chocolate… these are things I love, too! And speaking of things to love… well, if you have a browse through Rachel’s store at The Digital Press, I think you will find yourself falling in love with many of her word art sets and cards! Rachel has created such a variety of word art sets, from the fun and lively, to the calmly sweet and simple. Here is a selection of some of my favorite products from Rachel’s shop…

Additionally, here’s a look at some of Rachel’s products in action… used as titles, word art, stamps, cute stickers and journal or filler cards; for digital and hybrid projects. I think they add a beautiful hand-made touch to everything…

I hope you have enjoyed finding out a little more about Rachel Hodge, and I will bet you have already found something in her store at The Digital Press that makes you smile, or makes you want to try using her words or cards in your next project! To celebrate her feature week, her entire shop at The Digital Press will be 30% OFF all week long (sale ends at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 6/21).

Additionally, Rachel has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from Rachel Hodge… and you can snag this fantastic hand-drawn cutting file set — On the Road — for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only (again, this offer ends at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 6/21).


CorrinAbout the Author Corrin is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She is a fan of the Big Bang Theory and a lover of cozy pajamas or flip flops when the sun finally shines! She lives in the breezy South of England with her husband and 4 crazy kids, who regularly discover & plunder her secret chocolate stashes, and hopes that maybe this will be the year she reaches the bottom of the laundry pile!