Category: Designer Features

Friday Favorites | Rachel Hodge

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of our designer feature series on The Digital Press blog in 2019 — Friday Favorites! This year, as you know, we’ve been learning a bit more about each of our amazingly-talented designers by having them share some of their favorite things with us each week.

This week, the spotlight is on the creative designer Rachel Hodge. This is actually Rachel’s fifth feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from August 2016 HERE, another from March 2017 HERE (including a peek at her creative work space!), her Foodie Friday post from January 2018 HERE (with a few of her favorite yummy recipes!), and her most recent feature from June 2018 HERE).

This time around, in order to learn even more about Rachel, we asked her to share some of her favorite things with us, and here’s what she had to say…


OK, this was actually generally hard for me to decide. You see on one hand there’s coffee… coffee and myself have this unspeakable, unbreakable bond which I will always be grateful for. But then there’s also Netflix… Netflix has become a very important member of the family. It’s just come along and fit right in with our way of life, it doesn’t need to be put in a naughty corner, doesn’t leave washing lying around, and is there anytime we need it. So it’s fair to say that yep, it’s a total favorite at the moment.

Here’s a peek into my nightly routine…

Yup, for me Netflix is my time to unwind from the business of the day. When tea is done, the kids are in bed, and all is quiet… I sit on the couch, put my feet up, grab the ipad and enter into my little undisturbed world of Netflix. I’m telling you, the hubby knows it’s my downtime! If I get the sense he’s about to start a conversation mid-show, he get’s that look… that fierce, “think long and hard before you open your mouth and consider… is it worth it?” look.

But OK, down to the important stuff…THE SHOWS! At the moment, I’m totally loving the following…

  1. Real Detective
  2. Bodyguard
  3. it’s a tie between Broadchurch and Obessesion – Dark Desires.

Not your light hearted, romantic, comedy type shows! Just give me ALL the crime ones!

So that pretty much rounds up my favorite thing at the moment. The only way it gets any better is if it’s accompanied by a sweet little drink called Midori (or coffee)… 🙂


Doesn’t she have a great sense of humor?!  Well, her fun personality shines through in her designs, as well. Have you seen her cut files and cards in the shop at TDP? If you’re not yet familiar with her work… they are gorgeous and so easy to use! Due to their versatility, you can easily use her designs on both digital or hybrid projects… as titles, word art, stamps, or stickers. So many options!

Here’s a peek at some of the fabulous products you’ll find in her shop at TDP

And here are some of my favorite layouts that show off Rachel’s products. I hope you love these pages as much as I do (what gorgeous eye candy, eh?!)…

Hopefully, today’s Friday Favorites article has given you even more insight into who Rachel is and more about her day-to-day life (and again, if you want to know even more about her — scroll up and use the links to her previous features here on TDP’s blog, where’s there’s lots more good stuff!).

And the best news of all?! …during Rachel’s upcoming feature week here at The Digital Press, you can enjoy the chance to score an amazing deal in her shop if you use the following coupon code when purchasing her digital goodies (this code/sale will be valid through 11:59pm EST on Thurs 4/25). Don’t miss it!

[ if you have trouble seeing the coupon image, above, the codes are as follows: “save $2 off any purchase of $5+” by using code = S4V3-2-RH . . . or “save $5 off any purchase of $10+” by using code = F1V3-OFF-RH ]


Robin

About the author  Robin is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. A wife of 26 years and a mom of 4 crazy children (3 in college and 1 still at home), she says that her life occurs mostly in the car as she transports said crazy kids to their many, many homeschool activities. When not driving, Robin loves to make her family cringe by pulling out her camera again (and again, and again…).

Friday Favorites | KimB Designs

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of our designer feature series on The Digital Press blog in 2019 — Friday Favorites! This year, as you know, we’ve been learning a bit more about each of our amazingly-talented designers by having them share some of their favorite things with us each week.

This week, the spotlight is on the creative designer behind KimB Designs., Kim Broedelet. This is actually Kim’s fifth feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from June 2016 HERE, another from February 2017 HERE (including a peek at her creative work space), her Foodie Friday post from January 2018 HERE (including some yummy recipes!), and her most recent feature from June 2018 HERE).

This time around, in order to learn even more about Kim, we asked her to share some of her favorite things with us, and here’s what she had to say…


“My favorite thing at this moment? I found this question difficult to answer to be honest… as yes, I do have a ton of favorite ‘things’ (like Alien perfume, GHD hairstraightener, Urban Decay lipgloss)… but all of those things, if gone tomorrow, would not really worry me. The following would, however…

My FAVORITE thing right now is more a collective group of ‘feelings’ under one word — HOME.

I know that sounds a little weird, but after living away from all that I love for over 10 years, HOME is my most favorite thing in the world right now.

I am incredibly lucky to live on a Golf and Wild Life Estate. Not only do I get to experience my own private ‘game drive’ on my front lawn each day, but I get to play golf again with my hubby, my son, and my friends right on my doorstep. For the first time in my life I actually know all my neighbours — socially and by name.

I’m enjoying quality time with my folks, laughing my sides sore with my friends, loving that I can be a part of my kids lives each and everyday, being back at the ocean. I’m the happiest and most content I’ve been in years. Even though this is the shorthand version, it all adds up to that ONE thing…

Love : Laughter : Living : Family : Friends = HOME


As for Kim’s designs… if you aren’t yet familiar with the KimB Designs shop at TDP, you’ll find that she creates a fantastic collection of kits, pocket cards, word art stamps and bits, printable elements and more! Her color choices are always gorgeous, and her products appeal to everyone from the strictly-digital scrapper to the traditional paper-style hybrid scrapper. Here’s a look at a few of my favorite items from her storefront at TDP…

Additionally, here are a few of our favorite layouts from Kim’s gallery to showcase the versatility of her products and to inspire you by showing you the myriad of ways her digital goodies can be used…

Hopefully, today’s Friday Favorites article has given you even more insight into Kim and her day to day life (and again, if you want to know even more about her — scroll up and use the links to her previous features here on TDP’s blog, where’s there’s lots more good stuff!).

And the best news of all?! …during Kim’s upcoming feature week here at The Digital Press, you can enjoy the chance to score an amazing deal in her shop if you use the following coupon code when purchasing her digital goodies (this code/sale will be valid through 11:59pm EST on Thurs 4/18). Don’t miss it!

[ if you have trouble seeing the coupon image, above, the codes are as follows: “save $2 off any purchase of $5+” by using code = 2OFF5-KIMB . . . or “save $5 off any purchase of $10+” by using code = 5OFF10-KIMB ]

Friday Favorites | Little Lamm Paper Co.

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of our designer feature series on The Digital Press blog in 2019 — Friday Favorites! This year, as you know, we’ve been learning a bit more about each of our amazingly-talented designers by having them share some of their favorite things with us each week.

This week, the spotlight is on the creative designer behind Little Lamm Paper Co., Amie Lamm-Griffin. This is actually Amie’s fifth feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from June 2016 HERE, another from June 2017 HERE, her Foodie Friday post from October 2017 HERE, and her most recent feature from April 2018 HERE).

This time around, in order to learn even more about Amie, we asked her to share some of her favorite things with us, and here’s what she had to say…


“Life has been hectic here for the past several months and I have had to spend most of my time waiting places… for people, pets, things… etc. I’ve come to depend on my mobile for many many things. I thought I’d share with you what I am using for apps on a daily or weekly basis in case they can help anyone else who is also super busy and on the go!

The calendar app is a favorite, obviously, so I can make note of all the appointments and events going on. But did you know you can link your calendar to Alexa? We have a tablet in the kitchen with ‘Show’ mode and i can glance at all the daily upcoming events while my coffee brews!

Google Photos is my next fave for photo back-up. You must open the app as there is no auto back-up feature for iOS, but this saves me tons of time (and it’s FREE!).

Reminders. I am constantly asking SIri to make reminders for me. One major problem with a chronic illness like arthritis is that it zaps your brain and makes memory horrible. ‘Reminders’ is something I cannot live without.

Our Groceries is where i have my shopping lists for each of the stores I go to. If I’m making dinner, I can just say, “Alexa, ask ‘Our Groceries’ to add milk to my grocery list.” or “add paper towels to my Costco list.” I love hands-free!

The Target App. This app is where I find Cartwheel discounts… and it also stores your gift cards and coupons. We don’t have Target delivery here yet, but Target pick-up is A-W-E-S-O-M-E! (and saves you money by limiting impulse buys)!

Because I’ve spent hours upon hours in waiting rooms as of late, my Kindle App and Goodreads are both a must. I love having several books and magazines ‘in my purse’. And Goodreads keeps track of all my books so I don’t grab one I’ve already read from the library. There is an awesome scan feature that you can use on the bar code or the cover or a book, and it pulls the book right up for you! (I’m ‘Amie Lamm-Griffin’ on Goodreads if anyone wants to follow me and see how many historical fiction novels I’ve read this year, LOL)

MyFitnessPal is more than just a meal and exercise tracker for me. I also use the meal tracking feature to make my menu plans for the week. You can store recipes in it!

Caribou Coffee should be obvious. I need lots of coffee and I like to skip the ordering line.

The Fire TV App is fun. We have Fire TV on both the televisions in our house and if you’ve ever had to try to type in a search on your TV with the TV remote, you know what a hassle it is. the Fire TV remote on my phone lets you use a keyboard for those times when you don’t feel like using the voice feature, or when Alexa just isn’t understanding what you say. The other fun thing I can do with the remote on my mobile is mess with the TV in another room. If my 7 year old has been watching too many Minecraft videos on YouTube, I can just use the app to play his least favorite song on the basement Fire TV (this month, that least favorite song is ‘Baby Shark’).

And last… but maybe my favorite weapon… would be the Alexa App. I have routines set up to play music and turn on lights in the 7 year old’s room to help get him up for school in the morning. I can use the app to play music and turn the volume on his echo dot up or down. We have one amazon smart plug in his room for his bedside lamp. I haven’t fully automated my other household lights or coffee maker yet, but as soon as they make a good Alexa-enabled coffee machine, I may start!

I hope this list might help someone else find a time saver or time waster depending on your needs!”


As for Amie’s designs… if you aren’t yet familiar with the Little Lamm Paper Co. shop at TDP, you’ll find that she creates an awesome collection of kits, travel notebook templates, pocket cards, elements and printables. I love the color schemes she uses in her kits, and the fact that she creates for the traditional paper-style scrapper. There are great basics for any style layout you’re creating, but especially for pocket page and planner/travel notebook-style memory keepers! Here’s a look at a few of my favorite items…

Additionally, I chose a few of my favorite layouts from Amie’s gallery to showcase the versatility of her products and to inspire you by showing you the myriad of ways her goodies can be used…

 

Hopefully, today’s Friday Favorites article has given you even more insight into who Amie is and what helps her in her day to day life, and an insight into her creative style (and again, if you want to know even more about her — scroll up and use the links to her previous features here on TDP’s blog, where’s there’s lots more good stuff!).

And the best news of all?! …during Amie’s upcoming feature week here at The Digital Press, you can enjoy the chance to score an amazing deal in her shop if you use the following coupon code when purchasing her digital goodies (this code/sale will be valid through 11:59pm EST on Thurs 4/11). Don’t miss it!

[ if you have trouble seeing the coupon image, above, the codes are as follows: “save $2 off any purchase of $5+” by using code = 2OFF-LLC-D34L . . . or “save $5 off any purchase of $10+” by using code = LLC-D34L-5OFF10 ]


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About the author  Stefanie is a member of The Digital Press creative team and a work from home mother of three adult children living in Cape Town, South Africa with her hubby of 31 years, and 3 Siamese cats. She loves photography, traveling, and digital scrapbooking — documenting the good and the ordinary everyday.

Friday Favorites | ninigoesdigi

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of our designer feature series here on The Digital Press blog in 2019 — Friday Favorites! This year, we are learning a bit more about each of our fantastic designers by having them share some of their favorite things with us each week (so much fun!).

This week, the spotlight is on the fantastic Nini Lee of ninigoesdigi!  This is actually Nini’s third feature here on the blog (you can find her most recent feature article from July 2018 HERE… and/or her Foodie Friday article from February 2018 HERE w/ yummy food ideas/recipes).

This time around, in order to learn even more about Nini, we asked her to share one (or more) of her favorite things with us… and this is what she had to say…


“One of my favorite things is actually an iPhone app I use to be able to take better pictures. Last year, I realized how few pictures I actually took with my big camera… but I was taking a lot of pictures with my iPhone. But I felt a little disappointed that I couldn’t take more creative pictures with just my iPhone. That all changed, however, when fellow TDP designer Laura Passage told me about this app — Camera+2! It is a paid app ($2.99), but I don’t think that is too pricey and it is well worth it!

Here’s a look at the app info/logo (so you’ll have an easier time finding it, if you decide to go give it a look in the App Store)…

It didn’t take long for me to start playing with it… and while I still don’t think I’m using it to its full capabilities yet, I do enjoy the macro feature a lot! It has been a very useful companion on my walks as I like to snapshot things on my path so that I have an interesting shot to upload to Instagram, LOL (and of course, some material to scrapbook, too!).

Here are a few shots I took with it. What do you think?

In the second photo, the bokeh was originally a mistake(!). Before you touch the screen to adjust where to focus, it can sometimes appear blurry… but this time, I decided it was beautiful and took the shot!

The normal camera on your iPhone will automatically focus on a face or something in the picture… but with this app, you have more options to choose where to focus, which is so great! I try to update my Instagram feed regularly, so you can follow me there and discover Japan through my lens!

Although I’m sure there are other camera apps out there that are very nice, I am really liking this one! If you know of any other camera apps that I should check out, I’d love to hear about them, as well!”


This app sounds fantastic… I’m definitely going to check it out! I’m always looking for ways to improve my iPhone photography.

For those of you who aren’t already as familiar with Nini’s design work, she creates such colorful products! I love her kits. They are jam-packed with fantastic papers and elements. Her work is visually-compelling and her products practically scrap themselves!

Here is a sampling of some of the items you’ll find in the ninigoesdigi shop here at The Digital Press…

And to give you just a glimpse at her designs in action and demonstrate the beautiful pages you can create with them… here’s a look at just a few of my favorite projects from the gallery at TDP, which is always full of beauties from Nini’s shop!

Aren’t those layouts fantastic?!

Hopefully, today’s Friday Favorites article has given you even more insight into Nini’s personal style (and again, if you want to know even more about her — scroll up and use the links to her previous features here on TDP’s blog, where’s there’s lots of good stuff!).

And the best news of all?! …during Nini’s upcoming feature week here at The Digital Press, you can enjoy the chance to score an amazing deal in her shop if you use the following coupon code when purchasing her digital goodies (this code/sale will be valid through 11:59pm ET on Thurs 4/4). Don’t miss it!

[ if you have trouble seeing the coupon image, above, the codes are as follows: “save $2 off any purchase of $5+” by using code = N1NI-2OFF . . . or “save $5 off any purchase of $10+” by using code = N1NI-5OFF ]


Amy

About the Author  Amy lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and their 13-year-old boy/girl twins. Their 22-year-old daughter has recently finished up graduate school at Clemson and is starting her first full-time job! She has been scrapbooking since the early 1990s, but discovered digital scrapbooking in 2005 when her twins were born… and has primarily scrapped digitally since that time. She is passionate about telling her family’s stories and documenting their life together. She is also a huge reader (mostly literary fiction), a pop culture junkie, and LOVES all things beauty & makeup!

Friday Favorites | Calista’s Stuff

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of our designer feature series on The Digital Press blog in 2019 — Friday Favorites! This year, as you know, we’ve been learning a bit more about each of our amazingly-talented designers by having them share some of their favorite things with us each week.

This week, the spotlight is on the creative designer behind Calista’s Stuff… Meta Wulandari! You may remember Meta from her previous features here on the blog (you can find her first feature from May 2017 HERE …her Foodie Friday article with delicious recipes from March 2018 HERE …and her most recent feature from July 2018 HERE).

This time around, in order to learn even more about Meta, we asked her to share one of her favorite things with our readers… and here’s what she had to say!


“Since I have a baby, I like to sometimes add a cute touch to my photos. The way I do that is to make the photo of my baby look like a comic. My favorite app that helps me do that easily is called MomentCam Cartoons & Stickers. In this app you just need to have a photo with a face, and the app does the rest!

Here’s a look at how this app works…

In the image above, going counter clockwise from top left, shows… (A) the app interface, (B) adding a face photo, (C) customizing the face features, and (D) choosing a theme.

You can easily change the shape of the face shape, change the hair style, add accessories like glasses… and more! There are dozens of themes you can choose to find one that best suits the project you’re working on.

Here’s an example layout that I created using this app…

You can then save the images and use them in your own projects.”


I’m thinking that Meta’s favorite thing could easily become one of mine, too!

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to take a look at Meta’s digital collections, she has a very distinct style — including design elements that feature brilliant watercolors, vibrant patterns, fun hand-drawn elements, and something I can really appreciate… masculine patterns and designs!

Here is a sampling of some of the items you’ll find in the Calista’s Stuff shop at the Digital Press

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so take a peek at these fantastic projects that were made with Calista’s Stuff products…

 

Can you see why Meta is one of my favorite designers? Whether you are looking for colorful papers, realistic hand-drawn elements, or splashes of color, Calista’s Stuff has it all!

Hopefully, today’s Friday Favorites article has allowed you a sneak peek into Meta’s creative style (and again, if you want to know even more about her — scroll up and use the links to her previous features here on TDP’s blog, where’s there’s lots of good stuff!).

And the best news of all?! …during Meta’s upcoming feature week here at The Digital Press, you can enjoy the chance to score an amazing deal in her shop if you use the following coupon code when purchasing her digital goodies (this code/sale will be valid through 11:59pm ET on Thurs 3/28). Don’t miss it!

[ if you have trouble seeing the coupon image, above, the codes are as follows: “save $2 off any purchase of $5+” by using code = M3T4-2OFF5 . . . or “save $5 off any purchase of $10+” by using code = M3T4-5OFF10 ]


About the Author No need to adjust your computer screen, it really is a GUY hanging out here at The Digital Press! Sean is a native New Mexican who fell in love with a Utah girl 25+ years ago and never went home! He is the designated scrapbooker in his family, preserving the memories of his wife, two sons, and dog Muffin. He loves all things Disney, Harry Potter, and anything related to his favorite animal, the duck! When he’s not scrapbooking on his phone or computer, he develops curriculum to teach people how to use dental practice management software. He joined the Creative Team at TDP in February 2019.

Friday Favorites | Dawn by Design

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of our designer feature series here on The Digital Press blog in 2019 — Friday Favorites! This year, we are learning a bit more about each of our fantastic designers by having them share some of their favorite things with us each week (so much fun!).

This week, the spotlight is on the super talented Dawn Farias of Dawn by Design! This is actually Dawn’s 3rd feature here on the blog (you can find her most recent feature article from March 2018 HERE… and/or her Foodie Friday article from September 2017 HERE w/ yummy food ideas/recipes).

This time around, in order to learn even more about Dawn, we asked her to share one (or more) of her favorite things with us… and this is what she had to say…


“I’ve always had straight hair, but wished for curly. In the 80s that meant perms, but thankfully that time has passed and we don’t really talk about it anymore. Nowadays, it means that I rely on my wand curling iron to get the job done.

About a year ago, I came across a tip for doing this really quickly. You simply put your hair in a high ponytail, curl it in sections, and then let it down. It takes me less than five minutes to curl, shake out, do a random re-curl here and there, and spray my hair. Considering I work outside the home and have a family to get up and out of the house each morning, this hair hack makes me very happy! It’s also easier on my arms.

Here, you’ll see my entire hair/make-up routine from start to finish (and I timed it! — less than 10 minutes! — see lower-right image)… “

 


For those of you who aren’t already familiar with Dawn’s design work, she creates an awesome collection of kits, templates, pocket cards and stand-alone element sets. I love the color schemes she uses in her kits and how she includes a nice mix of dimensional and artsy elements so her kits will work well with any style layout you’re creating. And, if you haven’t checked out her office style date stamps, you really should; they’re super fun! And if you’re into alphas … you’ll find a bunch of fun options in her shop as well!

Here is a sampling of some of the items you’ll find in Dawn’s shop here at The Digital Press


And to give you just a glimpse of how versatile her products are, and show you many of 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 Dawn’s shop

 

Aren’t those layouts super inspiring?!

Hopefully, today’s Friday Favorites article has given you even more insight into Dawn’s persona and creative style (and again, if you want to know even more about her — scroll up and use the links to her previous features here on TDP’s blog, where’s there’s lots of good stuff!).

And the best news of all?! …during Dawn’s upcoming feature week here at The Digital Press, you can enjoy the chance to score an amazing deal in her shop if you use the following coupon code when purchasing her digital goodies (this code/sale will be valid through 11:59pm ET on Thurs 3/21). Don’t miss it!

 

[ if you have trouble seeing the coupon image, above, the codes are as follows: “save $2 off any purchase of $5+” by using code = 2OFF5-DAWN . . . or “save $5 off any purchase of $10+” by using code = 5OFF10-DAWN ]


Barbara

About the Author  Barbara is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives in Minnesota, is married (coming up on 25 years!) and has two awesome kids (a 22 year old son and a 19 year old daughter) as well as an adorable 12 year old Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier. In her free time she loves to play in Photoshop (you can learn a little something new every time you use PS right?!), take photos, and try out new recipes for healthy dishes. Life is good!