Feature Friday | k.becca

It’s Friday! That means it’s time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog… and this week, we get to learn a little bit about one of our beloved TDP designers — Kristen of k.becca!

This is Kristen’s first feature here on the blog (she is one of our newest resident designers at The Digital Press, and I’ve fallen completely in love with her style since she arrived in March!)… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers, this year we’ve been using our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, we asked Kristen to show us her creative space — where she works to come up with all of her fantastic digital designs. We’re loving the bold colors she surrounds herself with as she works…

This is what Kristen had to say about her space… “After over a decade of apartment living in the city, my husband and I moved out to the country a few years ago and bought our first house — a 100-year old fixer-upper. This is the first time that I’ve had a dedicated space to design and craft in, which is awesome, but I have to admit that I’m still trying to get used to it. I move furniture and supplies around on a semi-regular basis, trying to find just the right setup. It’s definitely a work in progress! Right now, my computer desk is on one side of the room, and there’s a small alcove on the other side of the room with a desk where I draw, paint, and craft. I keep most of my coloring supplies and adhesives in two IKEA Raskog carts that sit right beside the “crafting desk” …and I love the little containers that hook onto the sides of the carts because I can just pick up a container or markers, colored pencils, etc. and sit it right beside me as I work. There are also a few multi-drawer pieces of furniture where I store inks, paper, and other supplies. I love color, but I actually like the space that I work in to be pretty neutral, so there’s a lot of grey and white going on in the room. Between the art and craft supplies around the room and the work that I do on the computer, I still get my color fix!”

Well I, for one, am so jealous of Kristen’s crafting space! Its sure is filled with oodles of awesome and colorful treasures! 🙂

We also asked Kristen to share with us a Top 5 list that is representative of herself at this point in her life, and this is what she came up with — her Top 5 Current Favorite Things

  1. Daffodils — The previous owner of our house was known in the neighborhood as the “Daffodil Lady,” and she planted hundreds of the flowers (if not a thousand or more!) around the property. They’ve had to deal with some pretty volatile weather the past couple of years, but they’re some tough little flowers and it makes me happy to see them bloom because I know that warmer weather is coming soon!
  2. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies — I’m not a big fan of white chocolate on its own, but when it’s paired with macadamia nuts something magical happens. Mmm… so delicious!
  3. All Things Foil — I’m on a mission to Foil All the Things, and the Minc has been one of my “can’t do without” crafting tools lately, along with lots and lots of reactive foil. Rose gold and  pewter are two of my current faves.
  4. Hand Lettering — I cannot get enough when it comes to hand lettering and modern calligraphy, and one of my goals over the past couple of years has been to improve my lettering skills. I still have a long way to go, but the journey has been a lot of fun.
  5. Stickers — Okay, so there’s never been a time where I haven’t been lovin’ stickers. My sticker book from back in the day is one of my prized possessions, and my love for 80’s scratch and sniff stickers knows no bounds. You can imagine how happy I was when I first discovered the print & cut feature on my die cutting machine. Woohoo, DIY stickers!

 

As for Kristen’s products… her shop is filled with lovely digital kits, elements, word art, and journal cards — and she has a knack for putting colors and patterns together with unique elements that work seamlessly with traditional ‘paper-style’ scrapbooking, as well as pocket scrapbooking. You are sure to find something that works for any photo and memory that you want to document and treasure! You will find a good array of products to suit just about any need. Her products gel very well with my personal style, and her journal cards tend to be my special favorites!

I’ve shared just a small sampling of my favorite products from the k.becca shop here…

Additionally, here are some of the projects that have made using k.becca’s designs…

I trust that you have enjoyed getting to know Kristen of k.becca a little better, including the chance to see a peek of her creative space and appreciate her creative process! Remember that the k.becca shop at The Digital Press Co will be on sale 30% OFF all week long (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 5/4). Surely that’s all the excuse you’ll need to visit her shop and clear out your wish-list! 🙂

Additionally, this week only — you can snag the following FREE COLLECTION with any $10+ purchase in the k.becca shop at The Digital Press! Exciting stuff…


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About the Author Pallavi resides in the United Kingdom with her husband and their son, Rajveer. She has previously lived in Calcutta, Pune, San Francisco, Chicago, London, and Mexico City. She reflects all these places in her pages as she captures her everyday stories. She is an alumnus of Northwestern University, and currently she is learning photography and working towards getting to a healthy weight. Her days are full and she loves it that way!

 

Feature Friday | Tracie Stroud

It’s time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here at The Digital Press… and this week, we are excited to feature Tracie Stroud here on The Digital Press blog! This is Tracie’s second feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from August  2016 HERE)… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers, this year we’re going to use our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, we asked Tracie to show us her creative space — where she works to come up with all of her fantastic digital designs. This is such a great work space, eclectic and bright, busy and cluttered, but she loves it! Tracie says that she does all her mixed media and watercolor artwork here, as well as her scrapbook design work. When she is doing mixed media work, she just moves her laptop and tablet out of the way, and all her art supplies are within arm’s reach.

We also asked Tracie to give us a “Top 5” list that is representative of herself at this point in life, and she gave us a list of her Top 5 Essential Oils She Can’t Live Without…

According to Tracie, “we try to avoid medications and chemicals as much as possible, so we use essential oils a lot. It was hard to narrow it down, but these are the 5 I absolutely couldn’t live without…”

  1. Lavender — we use this for any skin issues: rashes, insect bites, minor burns, eczema, etc. I also put it in an essential oil diffuser every night in our boys’ room to help them settle down to sleep.
  2. Peppermint — This is a must-have for me when I feel a headache coming on, or when I need a mid-afternoon boost without breaking out the coffee maker.
  3. Eucalyptus — This one is fantastic for colds and congestion. Be careful, though… it shouldn’t be used for small kiddos.
  4. Lemon — Lemon oil is a great stain remover, air freshener, and cleaning agent. I make a general cleaning mix with lemon oil, peppermint oil, a little white vinegar, and water and keep it in a spray bottle. I use it for everything, and I haven’t bought a chemical cleaning spray in years.
  5. Frankincense — This one can be a little pricey, but it’s worth it to us. I’m never without it. It’s a vital immune support oil. Anytime we feel a cold coming on, we put this oil on the bottoms of our feet, where the skin is thinnest, and it almost always keeps the worst of the symptoms away and shortens the lifespan of the cold. I also use it in place of Neosporin on open cuts and wounds.

As for her digital design style…Tracie creates fun products that look like real-world papers and elements from an art journal. She’s been designing for over eight years, and she loves the flexibility that the digital medium offers — letting her incorporate her art into her designs. The best part is that Tracie’s artsy designs let customers play around and express themselves, too! Personally, I love her “Rock the Shadows” layer styles, which can be found in her shop… and I use them on every single layout I create!

Here are just a few of my favorite items from Tracie’s shop at The Digital Press

Tracie’s products are super versatile and easy to use for all kinds of projects. Here’s a look at a few of our favorite projects that use Tracie’s designs…

I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about Tracie today, as well as getting a look at her work space and at some of her amazing products! And as if that wasn’t enough fun… Tracie Stroud’s entire shop will be 30% OFF throughout this coming week during her Feature week (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 4/27). It’s a great time to clear out your wish list of any items from her shop, at a discount!

Additionally, this week only — you can snag Tracie’s “Dance In the Rain” kit for FREE with any $10+ purchase in the Tracie Stroud shop at The Digital Press (this offer also ends at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 4/27)…

 


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.

 

 

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Feature Friday | Karla Noél

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! Today, I am super excited to be showcasing the very talented Karla Noél! This is Karla’s second feature here at TDP (you can find her first feature article from October 2016 HERE)… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers — this year, we’re going to use our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces, and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, we asked Karla to give us a little peek into her creative workspace. She just recently moved, however, and so nowadays her “current workspace” is actually just her sketchbook, according to her. Here’s a little look at some of her creative magic taking place with pen and paper…

We also asked Karla to share with us a Top 5 list that is representative of her at this point in her life, and this is what she came up with…

Karla’s Top 5 List of Tunes She Loves to Listen To While Designing…

  1. When It’s Only Me and the Music by Jem and the Holograms
  2. Nicotine by Panic at the Disco
  3. One Moment in Time by Whitney Houston
  4. Middle Finger by Bohnes
  5. Go the Distance by Michael Bolton

She also shared some fun trivia/information about herself, for those who are new to her designs, given that she’s been on a design hiatus for the better part of this past year or two. So as a bonus, for those who don’t already know Karla… here’s an update! 🙂

  • I’m a self-taught jack-of-all-trades designer since 2003. Thanks to Google, coffee, and the passion for creative everything.
  • Since then, I have had my biggest blessings… 5 wonderful children, including 2 sets (!) of twins.
  • With digital designs and scrapbook pages… I only make pages with my own designs. Not because I don’t like the design of others… but because I know exactly what I like, and so I just make it myself! LOL
  • I was going strong for years… but since 2007, my personal life was falling apart, and after 11 years of marriage, my husband left us in September 2014. That’s when I stopped designing regularly 🙁 …and lost so much, from my belongings, to my van, my home, and my children.
  • I’m slowly working on coming back! Taking my time… making sure it feels right… finding myself after all these years. I’m finding that I have naturally evolved into a new designer with a different outlook. A new me… hoping that I will be accepted by the creative community once more, when I make it back. It helps having a creative fiancé, too! <3 hehe

As for Karla’s design style… it is distinctly her own. From her use of color to her fantastic hand-drawn elements and word art stamps… you can always recognize Karla’s products as being hers!

Here are just a few of my favorite products by Karla Noél

Also, here’s a look at just a small sampling of the gorgeous projects that have been created using Karla’s products…

Isn’t it all so fun and inspiring? 🙂

I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about Karla and looking into her creative space! I have great news — because during her entire feature week, you will find all of Karla’s products on sale 30% OFF in her shop at The Digital Press! (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 4/20). Check your wishlist, and don’t miss out on this great chance to clear your favorite items off it — at a discount!

Additionally, this week only — you can snag Karla’s “Epic.Ness” Collection for FREE with any $10+ purchase in the Karla Noél shop at The Digital Press (this offer also ends at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 4/20)…


Gaelle About the author Gaelle is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives in France with her hubby, her two sons and her kitty. She loves digiscrap and discovered this activity in 2012, since she’s totally addict and scrap to keep memory her everyday life. Her family is definitively her principal source of inspiration.

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Feature Friday | Dunia Designs

It’s time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here at The Digital Press… and this week, we are excited to feature Dunia from Dunia Designs here on The Digital Press blog! This is Dunia’s  second feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from September  2016 HERE)… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers… this year, we’re going to use our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, we asked Dunia to show us her creative space — where she works to come up with all of her fantastic digital designs. This is such a great, clean, simple work space (you should see mine, in comparison!).  And doesn’t this space perfectly reflect her design style, which is also clean and simple?! 🙂

We also asked Dunia to give us a “Top 5” list that is representative of her at this point in life, and she gave us a list of her Top 5 of her Favorite Pastimes:

  1. Reading: At the moment, she reads “The Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allan Poe.” Since she wants to improve her English, she reads a lot at the moment.
  2. Walking: She loves to walk with her friends in her neighborhood.
  3. Playing: She loves playing with her kids. During the winter, they play a lot of board games… like Clue, Monopoly, Jingo, etc.
  4.  Netflix: She is addicted to Netflix. A few of her favorite series and films are: Sherlock, House of Cards, and Stranger Things (among others).
  5. Listen to music: She is a Rock-n-Roll person, and especially loves older music from artists like Led  Zeppelin, Metallica, Motorhead, ACDC, etc.

 

As for her digital design style… Dunia creates beautiful kits and collections that are perfect for traditional digital scrapbooking pages, as well as for pocket scrapping-style layouts and projects. She is known for her fantastic pocket cards. Whether you are a scrapper who is documenting everyday life… or individual holidays, vacations, or events… her products are perfect for clean and simple-style scrappers.

Here are just a few of my favorite items from Dunia’s shop at The Digital Press

Dunia Designs products are super versatile and easy to use for all kinds of projects. Here is a look at a sampling of just a few of our favorite projects using Dunia’s products…

I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about Dunia Designs, as well as getting a look at her work space and some of her amazing products! And as if that wasn’t enough fun… her entire shop will be 30% OFF throughout this coming week (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 4/13)!

Additionally, this week only — you can snag Dunia’s “My Kind of Day” Collection for FREE with any $10+ purchase in the Dunia Design shop at The Digital Press (this offer also ends at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 4/13)…

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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.

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Feature Friday | Laura Banasiak

It’s time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here at The Digital Press… and this week, I am excited to feature Laura Banasiak here on the blog! This is Laura’s second feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from June 2016 HERE), and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers… this year, we’re using our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces, as well as more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, we asked Laura to give us a peek into her creative space (a.k.a. “where the magic happens”!)… but she did even better than that! Just wait until you see this! 🙂

According to Laura, “My work space is really wherever I can manage to hide away from my kids for a few minutes with my laptop. Someday maybe I’ll work at a desk again… but in the meantime… my computer’s desktop background (above) is a photo from this past weekend’s “Heroes and Villains Fan Fest” in Chicago. My boyfriend and I have been working disability services at the conventions for the last three years… although last year’s convention didn’t go as planned, as we ended up missing out on it after my water broke at the venue and our little guy Ryker (in photo, above, held by actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan of The Walking Dead) was born that day. We like to keep things interesting! Ryker is now the unofficial adorable Chicago convention mascot!”

Here are a few other photos Laura shared with us from the most recent convention she just attended… how fun is this?!

We also asked Laura to give us a “Top 5” list that is representative of her at this point in life, and this was what she came up with… Laura’s Top 5 Bands!

  1. Walk Off the Earth
  2. Deftones
  3. Incubus
  4. Avanged Sevenfold
  5. 10 Years

As for Laura’s designs… her kits are always full of colorful and funky elements, loads of hand-drawn doodles, and various hand-crafted artsy elements. In addition to digital kits, she also creates awesome fonts, alphas, and word art sets… all of which have a very special style that is all her own, and you can usually recognize her products without even seeing her name on the packaging. I love working with her products, because Laura creates all kinds of goodies!

I picked some of my favorite products to share with you from Laura Banasiak’s store here at The Digital Press…

Her products are super versatile and easy to use for all kinds of projects. Aren’t they fun?

I also pulled together a sampling of some really fantastic, creative projects that use Laura’s products…

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about Laura Banasiak and getting a peek into her creative space! To celebrate her week as our Featured Designer here at The Digital Press, her entire store will be 30% OFF all week long (the sale will end at 11:59 ET on Thursday 4/6).

Additionally, this week only — you can snag Laura’s brand-new, just-released “Little Crab” Mini Kit for FREE with any $10+ purchase in the Laura Banasiak shop at The Digital Press (this offer also ends at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 4/6)…


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About the Author  Miranda is mom of two teenage boys, aged 14 and 16 years old, and is also a fur-mummy for her 3 Bernese Mountain Dogs. She lives in the South of the Netherlands, close to the beach where she loves to walk with her dogs. In real life she is HSE-responsible for few companies in the construction industry. She loves to read Danielle Steel novels, long walks at the beach and she loves Italy; and has been digiscrap-addicted since 2007.

Feature Friday | Wildheart Designs

It’s time for another edition of Feature Friday here at The Digital Press… and this week, I am excited to feature Lisa Sisneros of Wildheart Designs here on the blog! This is Lisa’s second feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from August 2016 HERE), and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers, this year we’re using our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces and also some more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, check out Lisa’s creative space… isn’t it great?! I can definitely see how this space would be conducive to the creative flow…

 

We also asked Lisa for a “Top 5” list related to things that define her at this point in her life, and this was what she came up with — the “Top 5 List of Things She Loves(I’m sure we can all relate to most all of these! Her love of “hot pink anything” certainly speaks for itself in her creative space)…

  1. Hot Pink anything
  2. The Red Queen book series
  3. Naps
  4. This Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Muffin Recipe
  5. Unicorns (still!)

 

As for Lisa’s design style… she creates digital products that are “paper-realistic” in style, with lots of fun themed items and textured elements that are perfect for layering. Here is just a small sampling of what you will find in the Wildheart Designs shop at The Digital Press…

 

And here are just a handful of sample layouts using Lisa’s designs, so you can get a peek at her fantastic designs in action…

 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about Lisa (and looking into her fabulous creative space!), and I am sure that you will have no problem finding some new favorites in her shop at The Digital Press which will be 30% OFF all week long during her Feature week (the sale will end at 11:59 EST on Thursday 3/30)! Check your wishlist, and don’t miss out on this great chance to clear it out at a discounted rate!

Additionally, this week only — you can snag Lisa’s “Oh, Joy!” Kit for FREE with any $10+ purchase in the Wildheart Designs shop at The Digital Press (this offer also ends at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 3/30)…


About the author   Rae is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She is a Mom of three daughters, grandmother to 2. She lives in west central Indiana with her hubby of almost 24 years and their youngest daughter. She is a digi-scrap addict and a bit of a computer software geek, having worked for several years as a software/IT administrator/architect. She loves any opportunity to travel with her hubby who travels most every week for work. Her family are definitely the loves of her life and she is loving life as a “MomMom” as her grandchildren lovingly refer to her.

Feature Friday | Rachel Hodge

Yay! Once again, it is Friday! That means it is time for a new Feature Friday post here on the TDP blog, and today we are featuring Rachel Hodge!

Rachel lives in Australia with her husband and 4 kids, and aside from family, her loves are… photographing the everyday, scrapbooking, finding hints and ideas that make her say “that’s clever!”, home decor, and holiday planning! It sounds like a busy life, and yet Rachel still finds some time to design the gorgeous assortment of digital stamps and cut files that we all adore!

This is Rachel’s second designer feature here on TDP’s blog (you can find her first feature article from August 2016 HERE)… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers — this year, we’re going to use our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces and more insight into their creative processes.

We asked Rachel to show us a peek of her creative space, and maybe tell us a little about her creative process. As such, here’s a quick look at the space in which Rachel gets creative…

Of her workspace, Rachel says, “OK, my desk space is pretty much (well, actually it’s not “pretty much” — it IS!) my dining table! I like to plonk myself at one end and sit down with my diary & my coffee and just design away!”

It definitely sounds like a practical place to work, for a stay-at-home mum with small children. And just look at that “HAPPY SNAPS” wall art, too! Love it! 🙂

We also asked Rachel to give us a Top 5 list that is representative of her at this point in her life, and she chose to share these 5 Things That Are “Me” Right Now

  1. My Lightbox — which displays the current events in our household. Right now, it’s set to “the everyday chaos” …because a house of 6 is pretty much that! Between school, kinder, playgroup, groceries, cleaning, trainings, sports on the weekend, drum lessons, cooking dinner, and scrolling on Instagram — chaos sums it all up perfectly!
  2. Chocolate — I think I may have said this before, but I seriously CANNOT STRESS IT ENOUGH… chocolate for me is not a “need” but a “NECESSITY,” people! A NECESSITY!
  3. Instagram — I’m loving Instagram at the moment! It’s where I seem to be getting a lot of inspiration… for not only craft related things, but also for everything from home decor, to food, to holiday destinations (oh yeah!).
  4. Coffee — If the family is to function, and survive, and make it to the next day… then I need my coffee!
  5. My iPad — I love getting to the end of the day, when the kids are in bed (I don’t care if they aren’t asleep as long as they are QUIET AND IN THEIR BED)… I fluff up the pillows and sit on the couch with my iPad, watching my shows/movies/anything with Chris Hemsworth in it… 🙂

Oh, I think many of us can relate to the chaos and the chocolate! And maybe one day Rachel will make a cutting file of Chris Hemsworth… but until then, here’s a peek at some of the other fun and fabulous creations that you will find in her store at The Digital Press

Aren’t her products fun?! I love Rachel’s designs! They are so versatile, and she has something for just about every occasion.

Here are some crafty projects that were made using Rachel’s creations (you can see her designs on the following layouts as stamps, stickers, word art, titles, journal/filler cards, illustration elements, and more… even repeated to make wordy papers, at lower-left… so many fun options!)…

I hope you have enjoyed seeing her workspace, as well as finding out a little more about her creative process. 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 3/23)… so if you’ve got any of her products on your TDP wish-list, now’s a great time to clear them off!

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 her brand-new “Month by Month” Set for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only!


CorrinAbout the Author  Corrin is on the creative team here at The Digital Press. She is a fan of the Big Bang Theory and a lover of cozy pajamas. She lives in the breezy South of England with her husband and 4 crazy kids, who regularly discover & plunder her secret chocolate stashes! She is still trying to get the house straight after moving 3 years ago. Who knows… maybe this will be the year she reaches the bottom of the laundry pile!

Feature Friday | Juno Designs

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog!

This week, I’m very happy to be highlighting the amazingly talented Jill of Juno Designs. This is Jill’s second feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from September 2016 HERE)… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers — this year, we’re going to use our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces and more insight into their creative processes.

Jill lives in the Netherlands with her boyfriend and their 2 pet rabbits. About her job as a designer, she says, “I feel very lucky to spend my time doing what I love
most. If I’m not designing, I like to work on my Project Life album or the occasional 12×12 layout. I also enjoy being outside, going for walks, or geocaching if the weather allows it. But since it rains more often than not here in Holland, I love watching Netflix and reading, as well.”

Here’s a look at Jill’s creative space, where she works her design magic:…

Here’s what she says about her workspace: “At the moment, my workspace isn’t anything special. I recently moved in with my boyfriend and we don’t have a spare room for my office yet, so I have a desk in the corner of the living room. We are planning to move house in the near future, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for extra space. But I like my little corner of the room. I love my cute little pen holder and I always have a few bowls filled with labels, die cuts and wood veneers on my desk. I feel like it helps keep me inspired and reminds me to keep up with my Project Life album as well (which can be a problem sometimes LOL).”

What a beautiful space! And did you see that adorable owl pen holder? Could it be any cuter?

We asked Jill to provide us with a Top 5 List that is representative of her at this point in her life… and she chose to share 5 things she currently loves.

Jill’s Top 5 “Things I Currently Love”…

  1. Project Life. I fell off the wagon last year, but I’m determined to finish an album for this year.
  2. Binge-watching Netflix. My boyfriend and I are currently watching Breaking Bad.
  3. Anything Copper and/or Rose Gold. Jewelry or homeware… I want it all! LOL
  4. Tea. I drink a lot of tea, and mint tea is my favorite.
  5. Books. I’ve always loved books. Buying, collecting, and reading them.

I don’t know about you, but I can sooooo relate to her choices (especially #2 and #5)!

Jill has an amazing, realistic, and paper-like design style. She uses bright colors, gold, and glitter like nobody else… and even though her kits are often themed, they are super versatile and can be used for any type of page!

Here are just a few of my favorite products from the Juno Designs shop at The Digital Press…

As mentioned above, Juno Designs’ kits are super versatile and allow users to create anything they can imagine — from minimalistic layouts to pages that are full of clustery awesomeness; from traditional 12×12 pages to pocket pages; and more!

Here, you can see just a teeny tiny sampling of layouts (in many styles!) that have been created with Jill’s products…

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about Jill’s workspace, her creative process, and also discovering her amazing products! And as if all of this fun info wasn’t enough… the entire Juno Designs shop will be 30% OFF throughout her feature week (the sale ends at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 3/16), including her newest releases!

Additionally, Jill has a special Free-With-Purchase offer for everyone this week! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite wish-listed products from Jill… and you can also snag her “Lucky In Love” Kit for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only!


ChloéAbout the author  Chloé is in charge of PR and communication for her small town by day, is a digiscrapper “by night,” and a photographer whenever the light is beautiful. She lives with her man and fur-babies in a small town of Alsace (in the northeast of France), where she loves to read, watch good TV shows (TWD being her absolute favorite), and just hang out with her friends — no matter if they are close by, online, or away in her Swiss hometown. She recently became quite obsessed with Bullet Journaling, Miracle Morning and Zero Waste.

Feature Friday | Sahin Designs

It’s Friday, and time for another Feature Friday post. I am so excited to bring you more about Elif of Sahin Designs! Elif is a 25-year old graphic designer from Turkey, and this is her second feature at TDP (you can find her first feature from July 2016 HERE)… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers — this year, we’re using our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces, and more insight into their creative processes.

Here is a peek at Elif’s super clean, simple, and modern creative space…

About her space, Elif says, “I love having small dishes on my desk to put my wood chips and excess label prints in. They remind me that I should take a break from the work and do some crafting! And let’s be honest, they are also very cute to look at (can’t resist wood)! I also love that I turned my desk to a white space. It really keeps me focused on what I am working on, and white brightens my soul. And I can’t do without my little “office-assistant”…the blue chimp (which was a gift from Mailchimp) adds that childish joy to my working space and indeed helps me out with a very important job: holding the charger cable. You can’t imagine how important that job is!”

We also asked Elif to share a Top 5 list with us that is representative of herself and her life right now… and she gave us a list of her Top 5 Current Favorite Things

  1. Organization“I can’t stress enough the importance of organization in my life. I am a multi-focused person that I love to work on handful of things. The negative side of having different interests all at the same time is not having the time to fully complete one of these works. And it’s a real challenge for me to keep focused and get the job done! On top of my design life I have an MS degree to complete, which makes everything complicated. So organization is the key to do all these things together and trying to improve my organization skills is my number one priority at this time.”
  2. Breaking the habits — “When you love your job, there is no force on earth that can keep you from doing it! I love my job and I’m a workaholic. Can you blame me? Designing was my dream job, but I know it has to have limits. So breaking the bad habits — like over-working myself — is one of the things I am working on. In this breaking-the-bad-habits list there is also drinking water, exercising regularly, and giving myself some “me” time.”
  3. White-Gold“My latest and greatest favorite color combination of all time!”
  4. Illustration & Calligraphy“These are the things I try to develop my skills about at the moment, and I am crazy about both.”
  5. Family“This year was a tough one for my family; health problems, unexpected events, promises and future plans… all made us closer and united more than ever before and I am grateful for the improved relations & connections in the family.”

 

Overall, Elif defines herself as a graphic designer because has interests in every aspect of design, not solely scrapbooking. Her design style is minimal and modern with a tiny touch of eclecticism. She believes that quality of a finished product is more important than the quantity, and when she designs scrapbook goodies she sticks to the basics and focuses on how each collection could be used to make an outstanding scrapbook layout. Her products are versatile and easily lend themselves to digital layouts or hybrid projects, and she is especially adept at putting together interesting color palettes.

Here are some of my favorite products by Sahin Designs (it was hard to choose just a few!)…

And here is a look at just a few stunning pages that use Elif’s gorgeous products…

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about Elif Sahin. To celebrate her week as our Featured Designer at the digital press, the entire Sahin Designs store will be 30% OFF all week long (the sale will end at 11:59 ET on Thursday 3/9).

Additionally, Elif 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 Sahin Designs… and you can snag her gorgeous “Sunday Morning” Kit for FREE with any $10+ purchase — this week only!

 


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About the Author  Celeste has been married to her college sweetheart, Terry, for 20 years. They have  two teenage boys, Adam and Sam. They keep her busy chauffeuring them to and from clubs, scouts, band practices, and other activities. Celeste works full-time in the Insurance industry, and her days are filled with numbers… so she fills her evenings with patterned paper and design! Celeste is a self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady.” She lives with two male brown tabbys, Milo & Gibby, and a gorgeous, long-haired calico named Girlie. In her spare time, she reads on average 50 novels a year and watches far too much junk on television.

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Feature Friday | Sherry Ferguson

Can you believe that it’s already the last Friday of February? Our bi-annual Pennysaver event has just flown right by (and there are just 5 days left to score yourself a deal, so don’t miss it!)!

As always, Fridays at The Digital Press mean that it’s Feature Friday time — and today we are here to help you get to know TDP Designer Sherry Ferguson a little bit better. This is Sherry’s second feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from July 2016 HERE)… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers — this year, we’re using our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces, and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind… let’s take a peek into Sherry’s creative space! This is where the magic happens…

What a pretty space she has! When describing it to us, she said because “my work space is in the bedroom, I have to keep things pretty plain and neutral.” I don’t think this is plain at all, however — it’s very elegant! As you can see… even though her desk/work space might be in her bedroom (1)… she still has the tools she needs, such as her tablet for drawing her adorable designs (2)… as well as some fun inspirational home decor (3)!

We also asked Sherry for a Top 5 list that was representative of herself at this point in life… and she chose to share a list of the Top 5 Songs She’s Listening To Lately. Music is such an interesting way to get to know someone… so we love this list!

Sherry’s “Top 5 Songs I’m Listening to Lately”…

  1. Back to God by Reba McEntire — it has such a great message, and it’s uplifting in a world that seems to have gone crazy sometimes
  2. Fast by Luke Bryan — about how fast life moves and how you’d just like to slow it down sometimes
  3. Love Triangle by RaeLynn — a sad song, but not what you would think from the title
  4. How I’ll Always Be by Tim McGraw — to me, it’s about staying true to your roots and enjoying the simple things in life
  5. Dirt on My Boots by Jon Pardi — because it’s fun and has a good beat… and every playlist needs a little fun

 

Speaking of fun… let’s look at Sherry’s products! I love her designs because her kits are always full of fun papers with bold patterns, and yet she makes sure to include some neutrals, as well, for balance! Her products are versatile too; she makes a bunch of kits with funky themes that are also perfect for scrapping everyday life.

Here’s a look at some of my favorite products by Sherry, which show you just how talented she is…

Here’s a sampling of some projects that have been made using Sherry’s products, so you can see what I mean, above, about her designs being versatile enough to be used by all types of scrappers for all different types of pages and projects…

Her kits definitely appeal to many different people, and they’re really fun to work with. I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know her (and her fun, fresh designs) just a little better today. Don’t forget that this weeek, her shop at The Digital Press will be 30% OFF during her Featured Designer week (sale prices will be valid through 11:59pm ET on 3/2). This makes now the perfect time to pick up some of your favorite products from her shop!

Additionally, Sherry has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! You can snag her Follow Your Arrow kit for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only!

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About the author  Robin is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. A wife of 25 years and a mom of 4 crazy children (2 in college and 2 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…).

 

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Feature Friday | LJS Designs

 

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s time for another edition of our Feature Friday series… this time, starring the wonderful Lorie of LJS Designs. Lorie is a single mother (to a 25 year old son), and she has been designing for about 3-1/2 years now. By day, she works for an international fruit company as a production planning supervisor, and she loves coming to her home office where she can be artistic and creative in peace and quiet.

This is Lorie’s second feature here at TDP (you can find her first feature article from September 2016 HERE)… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers — this year, we’re going to use our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces, and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, here’s a peek at Lorie’s creative space…

When talking about her work space, Lorie said, “my work space is located in my basement in my home office/laundry room.  I love the combination for three reasons: (1) my laundry is always caught up… (2) in the past, the noise from the washer and dryer would drown out any noise from my son or the TV or the dogs, or most anything else… and (3) it is always warm! For someone who is always cold, those warm comfy spots are really important.”

Additionally, we also asked Lorie to share with us a Top 5 list that is representative of herself at this point in her life… and as a huge Disney fan, she decided to share her Top 5 Favorite Disney Characters (she recently celebrated her 50th Birthday at Disney World, and as you can see she had a lot of fun)…

Lorie’s Top 5 Favorite Disney Characters…

  1. Belle from Beauty and The Beast. I love to read and am often lost in a book, so I totally relate to Belle. I appreciate her sense of self, that she is not afraid to be different, and that she is a dreamer. But what what makes her my favorite is her ability to see with her heart, and not just her eyes. In a world that too often judges a book by its cover, I appreciate that Belle reads each line of every page until she understands the whole story. It’s also really cool that it is Belle’s ability to see beyond the Beast’s exterior and love him for who he is, that saves him, which kinda makes her the hero in the end. I love tough chicks!
  2. Rolly from 101 Dalmatians. Rolly was the chubby puppy in 101 Dalmatians who was always hungry — which I can also relate to — but that is not the reason I love him. I love him because when my son was little he used to imitate Rolly’s big line in the movie when he was ready for supper… telling me, “but Mama, I’m hungry. I’m really hungry.” It always made me smile then, and the memory still makes me smile now.
  3. Captain America. Now, I know he is not the traditional Disney character… but he is part of Disney, and he is my superhero super crush (and thus, he made the list!). It helps that Chris Evans is a total hottie, but really I love Cap because of his old fashioned values, his sense of honor, and his unwavering loyalty to his country and friends. In Winter Soldier when he tells Bucky (who is beating the tar out of him at the time), “Then finish it. ‘Cause I’m with you ’til the end of the line…” I want to swoon. Seriously, I don’t care how old he is, I’d date him.
  4. Winnie the Pooh. I have to say that for a bear full of fluff and hunny, who is a terrible speller like I am, Pooh is really rather smart in all the ways that matter. He appreciates good food, good friends, and good times… and is not afraid to talk about the important stuff. One of my favorite quotes comes from Pooh: “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” He’s got a place in my heart for sure.
  5.  Mickey Mouse. If you’re a Disney fan, then you gotta love the mouse that started it all, right? Everything about Mickey is great, but I think I like his giggle best. As a giggler myself, I can totally appreciate the joy behind it. Disney and Mickey are magic to me. They allow me to let go of the serious side that usually rules my personality and embrace my inner child. I did a lot of giggling on my recent birthday trip, and felt like I was turning five, not fifty. It was a wonderful gift. Did I mention that Mickey sang Happy Birthday to me? It was awesome!

 

Just like her personality — Lorie’s designs are always full of color! Also, they contain a wealth of elements — many of which are hand-drawn and distinctly her own! She is especially talented at putting together themed kits. She also makes some wonderful blocked template sets, as well, which are perfect for pocket scrapbookers (and also for those of us who simply have too many photos!). 😉

If you haven’t ever had a chance to do so… you will love looking through the LJS Designs at The Digital Press! Here’s a peek at just a fews of my favorite products…

Additionally, here are some layouts that were created using some of Lorie’s fun product offerings…

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little bit about Lorie! To celebrate her week as our Featured Designer at The Digital Press, the entire LJS Designs Store will be 30% OFF this week (the sale will end at 11:59 EST on Thursday 2/23).

Additionally, Lorie has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from LJS Designs… and you can snag her entire “Summer Fun: At Walt’s Place” Collection for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only!

 


AvatarAbout the author  Carolyn lives with her partner and 3 rescue dogs on 5 acres of paradise in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Her camera, along with an assortment of lenses, is never out of sight. When not taking photos, she loves cooking and gardening and, of course, scrapbooking.

 

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Feature Friday | KimB Designs

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! Today, I am super excited to be showcasing the talented Kim of KimB Designs! This is Kim’s second feature here at TDP (you can find her first feature article from June 2016 HERE)… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers — this year, we’re going to use our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces, and more insight into their creative processes.

So with that in mind, here is a look at Kim’s creative space… where you’ll often find her scanning real-life items, extracting them in Photoshop, and converting all of it into the finished digital products we have all come to know and love…

When speaking about her office space, above, Kim said… “Due to three house moves in the last 6 years, my office space has become a little boring and minus any interesting and creative decor. With another move coming up in 6 months, lets just say it’s going to stay like that LOL! I share my space with my hubby who uses his desk (now my adopted scanning and printing area) only on the odd occasion. I’m lucky enough to have big sliding doors which stay open to the pool and backyard right through the year. Nothing like fresh air to keep the old brain active.”

We also asked Kim to share with us a Top 5 list that is representative of herself at this point in her life… and she chose to share a list of Top 5 Things She Currently Needs to Keep Herself Sane (which makes sense, from someone who is smack in the middle of a long-distance move that involves building a new house, as well!)…

Kim’s Top 5 (okay, 6! haha) Things She Currently Needs to Keep Herself Sane…
“Due to seemingly living on an airplane right now (an ill father, a move, and our new house in progress)… these are my constant desk/sanity companions without which I cannot live…”

  1. House plan drawings, documentation, and home magazines for inspiration (when I get the time to browse them, that is). Having to constantly answer questions from the architects and builders while on the fly means these have to be at my fingertips for quick access.
  2. My bluetooth speaker, which is permanantly playing music (anything from the 70’s right through to new house music… an eclectic mix, just like my designing) — and a little furry fellow that was a gift from one of my fellow designers from overseas, which makes me smile every time I see him sitting on my external drives (keeping them safe LOL).
  3. Reading glasses (old age sucks!), my sketch book, pencil, fineliner (for the times I doodle and get inspired for a kit I want to design), and a diary which is my saving grace right now.
  4. COFFEE… and I wish it had an automatic refill button! LOL
  5. My constant companion, Pepsi, who will sit with me under my desk all day until I get off for the day…
  6. My phone… permanently on charge next to me as it rings all day recently thanks to the home building (and of course it’s the lifeline to my family).

As for Kim’s products and design style… she creates lovely digital scrapbooking kits, stamps, templates, and more. Her designs are perfect for the everyday scrapper, the pocket scrapper, the scrapper who likes a more minimalist style, and even those scrappers whose style falls in more of an art journaling realm. Kim’s designs have a whimsical and fun feeling to them. You can tell she takes time and puts heart into her art. There is no mistaking a kit/collection made by Kim, and you will be hard-pressed to find another one like it!

Don’t just take my word for it, though… have a peek! Here is just a sampling of what you will find in the KimB Designs shop here at The Digital Press…

See?! I told you she has some fantastic, fun, and original designs! 🙂

If you are anything like me, though, you also like to see products in action. Here are some layouts that were created using Kim’s designs…

And there you have it, everyone! I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about Kim, and I have no doubt you will adore to find out that Kim’s shop here at the Digital Press will be 30% OFF all week! (the sale will end at 11:59 EST on Thursday 2/16). Check your wishlist, and don’t miss out on this great chance to clear it at a discount!

Additionally, this week only — you can snag the following FREE KIT with any $10+ purchase in the KimB Designs shop at The Digital Press! Exciting stuff…


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About the Author  La’Shawn Castings is a creative team member here at The Digital Press. She is a 30-something, full-time working, nerdy, somewhat lazy, digi-scrapping, photo taking, college football loving, panda obsessed, yellow wearing, Harry Potter nerding, Doctor Who watching, historical fiction reading, southern wife & mom.

Feature Friday | Jen C Designs

Happy Friday to one and all, and welcome to another edition of our Feature Friday series! Today I’m here to help everyone get know Jen (of Jen C Designs) a little bit better! She is the newest designer at The Digital Press, and we are so delighted to have her fantastic selection of layered templates in the shop here on a permanent basis!

Jen is a template designer with a knack for unique, trendy, and creative page designs. Her templates are easy to use and easy to personalize to match your own style of scrapbooking. Her products save time, while also encouraging us to continue with our memory-keeping by making it such an effortless process! Her designs are definitely reflective of her motto — making your memories scraptacular!

Here are a few examples of the beautiful products you will find in her store here at The Digital Press

Jen’s templates always inspire creativity! Here are some layout examples that use her templates…

As we noted in last week’s Feature Friday post… in 2017, we’re using our designer feature series not only to introduce you to each designer and her products, but also to give you a little peek into each designer’s creative space (and a little more insight into each of their creative processes!). So with that in mind, here’s a peek at Jen’s workspace arrangement…

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Additionally, we also asked Jen to share with us a Top 5 list that is representative of herself at this point in her life… and she chose to share her Top 5 Must-Have Apps, as shown here…

Jen’s Top 5 Must-Have Apps (in her words)…

  1. PINTEREST — It’s not often that a simple app can do so much! It’s the perfect place to be inspired, to relax, to be motivated, to be encouraged, to feel like maybe this time my chocolate chip cookies will turn out a wee bit better! Or maybe that my New Years resolutions (long since discarded) could still be shifted into a mid-year resolution. As a designer, I love the “secret board” function — I’ve used it for colour palette hoarding (though I have plans to organize them into a slightly more sensible fashion and start sharing them for others to see!). For scrapping there’s no shortage of inspiration to be found from around the papercrafting and digiscrap world!
  2. NETFLIX — Sure, it’s another relatively obvious choice… but there is a reason that millions of people love it! By way of recommendations, I love… Once Upon a Time, Designated Survivor, Suits, and Lewis (to mention my most current list of recently viewed box sets). As I watch while I design, I often have to skip back a bit (and quite frequently) to keep on top of what I’m watching! But as a parent, the most important feature is the fact that we can have separate profiles. It means I can monitor what my kids are watching while they don’t accidentally click on recently-watched episodes of Black Mirror!
  3. CANDY CRUSH SAGA — Everyone needs a game to play, and this one is definitely my favourite. I don’t have time to keep up with time-constraints and quests. But I do love some candy-crushing relaxation.
  4. KINDLE — I wish I could spend as many hours reading as I do watching TV, but designing plus life means that’s not possible (due to the functional limitation of being unable to read lines on a page, turning pages, all while using Illustrator or Photoshop)! Kindle has renewed my love for reading — I used to read a book a day as a child/teen! — but BookBub (a free daily newsletter) has introduced me to dozens of new authors I’d never have come across otherwise! While in some cases you get what you pay for, it’s easy to just delete the book when you lose nothing for doing so! Plus you can set your own preferences for the reading selection which is sent out to you.
  5. EVERNOTE — I simply cannot live without this app! I use it for organizing everything! Between setting reminders, brainstorming, tracking my progress, sharing documents/inspiration with my CT, and many other uses… I’ve found it to be an invaluable source of sanity over the last couple of years since it was first shared with me. It’s much easier than using just Pinterest — as I can collect images and write notes that correspond with them, as well as use the integration with my calendar.

So tell us… which, if any, of those apps are you already addicted to? And which are you now excited to check out now that they’ve got the official “Jen C Stamp Of Approval”? 😉

As you can clearly see, Jen is an awesome asset to our community here at The Digital Press, and we’re so happy that she has decided to stick around on a permanent basis after her guest spot in January! To celebrate her feature week, her entire shop will be on sale 30% OFF throughout the coming week (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 2/9). We think you will definitely appreciate her creative page designs, as well as the time you’ll save using her products!

Additionally, this week only — you can snag the following FREE TEMPLATE SET with any $5+ purchase in the Jen C Designs shop at The Digital Press! Exciting stuff…


Heidi NicoleAbout the Author  Heidi Nicole is happily married to an amazing man, a step mama to 2 wonderful kiddos, and mama to 3 sweet and sassy furbabies.  She’s a radiation therapist by day and creator of pretty things by night (she’s pretty confident that she’s hit super hero status, but refuses to wear a cape.)  She loves cats and huskies, coffee, audio books, FRIENDS reruns, St. Louis Blues hockey, cooking, baking, and traveling.  Oh, and wine… she really likes wine.  She lives a normal and happy life, and enjoys all the absolutely extraordinary people she gets to share it with on a daily basis!

Feature Friday | Mari Koegelenberg

This week, I am excited to feature Mari Koegelenberg here on The Digital Press blog! This is Mari’s second feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from October 2016 HERE)… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers — this year, we’re going to use our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces, and more insight into their creative processes.

Mari is a fellow South African (although she now lives in California) who loves to be creative and make pretty things, but “dislikes making mistakes and waiting for paint to dry.” She has worked in the scrapbooking industry since 2005 and sells her creations in digital format here at The Digital Press, but has also worked for the paper scrapbooking industry for many years (you can find her past work printed through companies such as My Mind’s Eye and Pink Paislee, among others). Her latest obsession is Memory Planning.

She loves color, and says that this is what drives the mood and themes of her collections. She loves to sketch and draw — and even if these doodles don’t end up in her products, they always serve to loosen up her muscles and get her creative blood flowing.

Here is a look at her creative space, where you’ll often find her drawing, painting, and converting all of the loveliness into the finished digital products we have all come to know and love…

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When speaking about her office space, above, Mari said this… “Last year was a crazy whirlwind of so many BIG changes. Our family moved twice — frantically searching for a home until we finally got the place of our dreams. We have always wanted an acreage… and living in the beautiful central coast area of California, the idea of being able to live off our own land and grow our own food was always something we were striving toward. We have been in our home only a few months now, and there is so much to do! But even though life is busy on our homestead… it is also so full and rich.”

She continued… “So having said that… just bear in mind that my office has not been on the top list of priorities. It might not be a dream space (yet!) but its my space and I can dream! The biggest and probably most immediate change I’d love to see would be to paint it a beautiful bright white and get rid of the dark furniture and install white countertops running on both sides of the room. Maybe also removing the dysfunctional closet and adding lots and lots of wall storage and peg boards. For now, though, I am just enjoying my lovely and inspirational wall art, and the fact that my carpet is vacuumed (!) and everything is in its proper place. Oh, and did I mention my glittery tabletop? Don’t worry, all you glitterphobes… haha! …it’s just beautiful gift wrap, covered with an acrylic sheet — and oh boy, do I love it! I also included a pic of my beautiful big baby (dog) who doesn’t understand why he is not allowed inside …boo!”

We also asked Mari to share with us a Top 5 list that is representative of herself at this point in her life… and she chose to share her Top 5 Organizational Hacks (makes sense, from someone who just moved and is getting a new home all organized, right?!)

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Mari’s Top 5 Organizational Hacks…

  1. My most-used supplies are easily accessible, and my planner supplies are mostly portable so I can just grab them and take them with me wherever I go.
  2. These Steri-lite CD containers are the perfect size for holding pocket cards, and they are stackable and clear!
  3. This next one is one of my favorite hacks 🙂 …and it’s very functional. Its the plastic stackable/hanging file boxes… I added some wheels to the bottoms, so now they just roll out from under my desk to where I can easily access them. One of them holds all my beautiful 12×12 papers and some scraps using hanging folders and labeled dividers… and the other holds my paper pads and cutting mats, etc.
  4. Painting and drawing is such a soothing and meditative task, and I love my little bin of artsy goodness! Everything I need is inside this one container, so I can grab it and go sit under the tree or on the porch or even in bed. Portability!
  5. I have started using these 6×8 binders with their corresponding clear pocket sleeves to hold all my acrylic stamps… and boy, it has made storing (and finding!) and using them so much easier!

Aren’t those some fun tips/tricks?

As for Mari’s products and design style… you will find lots of flat stickers in her digital products, which are perfect for the more traditional paper scrapbook style… as well as flowers and other dimensional goodies that are fabulous for those who mainly scrap digitally. Her kits are always bright and cheerful and fun to work with.

Here are a few samples of the designs you will find in her shop here at The Digital Press (you will find that there is something for everyone!)…

Here are some of the layouts I have created with Mari’s digital designs through the years…

 

I trust that you have enjoyed getting to know Mari a little better, and the chance to see a peek of her creative space and appreciate her creative process! Remember that her shop at The Digital Press Co will be on sale 30% OFF all week long (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 2/2). Surely that’s all the excuse you need to visit her shop and clear your wish-list! 🙂

Additionally, this week only — you can snag the following FREE COLLECTION with any $10+ purchase in the Mari Koegelenberg shop at The Digital Press! Exciting stuff…


 

About the author  Stefanie is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She is a Mom of three older children, all living in Cape Town, South Africa, with her hubby of 29 years and their two cats. In her free time she loves digital scrapbooking, dabbling in photography, and reading.

Feature Friday | Meagan’s Creations

We’re back with another edition of Feature Friday… and this week, it’s all about Meagan of Meagan’s Creations.

Meagan’s style is bold, colorful, and versatile. She puts together awesome collections… jam-packed with embellishments, papers, alphas, clusters, word art, journaling cards, and more — all of which have a wonderful color scheme and can be used on multiple projects or even full albums! She also designs great templates with tons of layers that create wonderful movement.

Here is a sampling of the different types of things Meagan creates. You’ll see that she offers a wide range of wonderful products that contain all different types of embellishments and extra goodies…

And since Meagan is one of our newest designers, I was excited to ask her a few questions to get to know her better.

Where do you live?
I live in Houston, TX, USA.

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
When I’m not designing, I’m playing board games with my family, cooking, baking, reading, watching a favorite show (not a whole lot and actually
usually while also designing!), or sleeping!

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
—I was born in Berlin, Germany. Since the time that my family moved back to the States (when I was almost 2), I’ve never been back outside of the United
States again, ever.
—I have a Bachelor’s degree in Math Education with an Art Education minor.
—I also work part-time for an online tutoring company.
—I got married kinda young (19 years old!), but he’s still my best friend and favorite person in the world!
—I actually don’t like to drink milk with my cookies. I prefer water. Weird, I know!

Which of your products is your favorite?
Picking my favorite product is very tough! I’ll say Renaissance because this was a very personal choice for me. I have fond memories of my mother making us dresses to wear to a Renaissance festival and seeing everyone dressed up. I went again with my family a couple of years ago and it was a blast. I also made an add-on that is “Lord of The Rings”-inspired (it is one of my favorite movie series)…

And as an extra-special treat 😉 — here is an awesome layout from Meagan, herself, using her favorite kit…

Additionally, here is some other eye candy using Meagan’s awesome and colorful products…

Aren’t the designs of Meagan’s Creations so colorful and versatile? 🙂

Now that you have seen her products in action, you can get busy scrapping with them and you’ll be happy to know that the entire Meagan’s Creations shop at The Digital Press will be 30% OFF this week (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 1/26). Yay! That is the perfect motivation is grab some beautiful and fun collections from her shop and start scrapping some memories!

Additionally, this week only — you can snag a FREE KIT from her shop with any $10+ purchase in the Meagan’s Creations storefront at The Digital Press! Exciting stuff!


Sabrina

About the Author  Sabrina is an avid documenter of life — herself, her children, her hubby, and her everyday life. There is beauty in the ordinary moments, and they are what she loves to scrap. She is also always on the hunt for a quiet, peaceful moment, and she usually spends it reading.

Feature Friday | Miss Tiina

Now that our special holiday lineup is over and we’ve kicked off 2017… our Feature Friday series returns to The Digital Press’ blog this week, and I’m excited to feature the designs of Tina Raparanta (known more commonly to many of us as Miss Tiina).

One fun bit of trivia (which you may have even found yourself wondering, on occasion)… why does her design name of Miss Tiina have 2 “i”s in it? You will be amused to know that it wasn’t a purposeful decision and there really isn’t any deep meaning behind it. Instead, it all dates back to a spelling error that her bank made when she set up her business banking account, years and years ago. So she just went with it!

As you click through Miss Tiina’s shop, I’m confident you’ll find yourself smiling. Really, you will! 🙂 Her designs are bright and cheerful, clean and simple. Her shop is the perfect place to stop to set up an amazing organization system for your busy life… and your memory-keeping as well (as she has a few different pocket card and paper sets available, as well). We’re just a couple of days into the new year; what better time to start, right? You can cross organization off your list of New Years’ resolutions!

Here is a look at just a few of my favorite products by Tina

 

I asked Tina a few questions so we could learn a little bit more about her, and here’s what she had to say…

Where do you live?
I live in the freezing cold north of Ontario, Canada, right on top of Lake Superior.

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
When I’m not designing, I’m spending time with my man and our 3+1 crazy kiddos who I adore.

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
—I’m addicted to eating freezies and frozen grapes.
—I hoard cute things, rainbow things, and stationery.
—Flannel is my favorite fabric.
—I have never traveled outside of Canada, except once as a kid.
—I have 2 middle names and so do all of my kids.

Which of your products is your favorite?
That’s always a tough one to answer, because I love so many! I think I take the most pride in my main planner series, though. It’s definitely been the most-loved item by my customers! Here’s a look at the 2017 version…

Tina’s products are so handy if you want to be well-organized!  Here a few examples of her products in action, as well as close-ups of what you’ll find in a few of her calendar and planner sets here at The Digital Press

 

I’m glad you spent some time with me today and got to know Tina better. My guess is that after reading this, you might be bitten by the organization bug, too! 😉 I know I have been! That’s why this last bit of info is great news… if you visit her shop this week you will enjoy 30% OFF her awesome products (sale runs through the end of 1/12)!


Barbara

About the Author  Barbara is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives in Minnesota, is married and has two awesome kids (a 20 year old son and a 17 year old daughter) as well as an adorable 10 year old Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier. In her free time she loves to play around 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. (Her 2017 resolution is to try new veggies every week!). Life is good!

Feature Friday | MEG Designs

It’s Friday!  That means it’s time for another edition of Feature Friday… and we get to learn a little bit about one of our beloved TDP designers. This week, we’re featuring Marie Eve of MEG Designs!

Anyone who has shopped at The Digital Press already knows her beautiful designs: her store is filled with digital kits, calendar templates, word art, journal cards, and amazing layout templates.  She has a knack for putting vibrant colors and patterns together with unique elements that work seamlessly with traditional ‘paper-style’ scrapbooking, pocket scrapbooking, and graphic style pages. You will find something that works for any photo and memory that you want to document and treasure! Personally, I love some of the names of her kits!  They are unique and fun… such as my personal favorite… Mellifluous. I mean, seriously. How awesome is that?! 🙂

Before we get to some of my favorite products of hers, however, let’s learn one little tidbit of info about her, shall we? As you can see above, her name is Marie Eve. For the longest time, I thought it was Meg, but alas, I was wrong! MEG is actually her initials (last name starts with a G). Huh! Creative, right?

Okay, now I’ll share a few of my favorite items from the MEG Designs store here at The Digital Press…

I asked Marie Eve some questions so we could learn a little bit more about her, and here’s what she had to say…
Where do you live?
I live in a house in the countryside in Belgium. We see lots of of sights. There are fields and meadows with horses near the house. I don’t know if everybody knows where Belgium is located in Europe; the capital is Brussels, and it’s a country between France, The Netherlands, Germany, and it’s in front of the United Kingdom.

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
First of all, I work another full-time job throughout the week. After work, I like to go 2 times a week doing some sport like Zumba or Turbo Kick Power. This allows me to decompress and think about nothing. I also love spending time cooking, especially making desserts. I never have to go to the bakery, because I make my bread myself. I also try to spend time with my 2 children, and enjoy them while they are still young. They really like to play board games.

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
—I never wear dresses or skirts, I’ve never liked that. I prefer to wear trousers; it is much more comfortable.
—When I play board games with my family and I lose, I’m never rattled, and I am not at all a bad loser. It’s all part of the game.
—I am a shy and quiet person. I do not talk much about my private life, but I am a very cheerful person. One day someone told me that when she heard me on the phone she knew I “spoke with a smile.” This is absolutely me, it’s my personality.
—I am a chocolate addict, and it’s really difficult to do without. When I make desserts, they are often based on chocolate. When I have coffee, I like to eat a dark chocolate tip, my favorite.  Belgians say the best chocolate comes from Belgium. Swiss say it’s at home, but who tells the truth? LOL
—I wish I had more time (like most people). I have started lots of scrapbooking albums that are still not finished. It’s hard to balance between creating products and progress in my albums, and I can not choose. My children are growing up and their albums are not moving much. The only albums I’ve finished are my December Daily since 2010. Last year, I decided to make it in hybrid,  which takes a little more time than digital, but I like this style too.

Which of your products is your favorite?
That’s a really difficult answer because I like everything I design. If I don’t like something, I don’t release it. If I had to choose, I think my favorite product is Mellifluous

About her designs, she also had this to say: “All of my products are inspired by my private life, whether it’s my children, holidays, things we do, or even something that one of my children said. Usually, I have a theme in mind and then I observe what is around me and I find a color palette that fits my theme.”

MEG Designs’ products are so versatile, they can be used for all of your memories and in whatever style suits you.  Here are some examples of her products in action…

As you can see, her products are perfect for simple “white-space” layouts, for full-page pocket-style layouts, and everything in between!

I don’t know about you, but I loved getting to know Marie Eve, and I can totally relate to loving coffee and dark chocolate. I’d love to taste some of her yummy desserts! She’s down-to-earth, sweet, cheery, totally creative, and we love her here at The Digital Press!

Good news… if you visit her shop this week you will enjoy 30% OFF her gorgeous products (sale runs through the end of 11/17)!  Thanks for joining us this week and getting to know Marie Eve. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!


Heidi NicoleAbout the Author  Heidi Nicole is happily married to an amazing man, a step mama to 2 wonderful kiddos, and mama to 3 sweet and sassy furbabies.  She’s a radiation therapist by day and creator of pretty things by night (she’s pretty confident that she’s hit super hero status, but refuses to wear a cape.)  She loves cats and huskies, coffee, audio books, FRIENDS reruns, St. Louis Blues hockey, cooking, baking, and traveling.  Oh, and wine… she really likes wine.  She lives a normal and happy life, and enjoys all the absolutely extraordinary people she gets to share it with on a daily basis!

Feature Friday | Anita Designs

Happy Friday everybody! You know what happens on Friday at The Digital Press… time for a new Featured Designer! Today I am excited to feature a “fellow Dutchie” (we both live in The Netherlands) — the sweet Anita of Anita Designs — as our newest focus in the Feature Friday series. Personally, I love her designs and I am thrilled to help you get to know her better… while also showcasing my favorites from her store at The Digital Press with you.

Anita creates digital products that have a clean and simple style, and are very versatile and easy to work with when you’re scrapping your memories. She doesn’t only create kits; she is also an amazing template designer, and I love her extra add-on packs like masks, washi tape sets, & pocket cards. All of her designs are easy to mix & match, which I love.

Here are a few of my favorite designs from the Anita Designs shop at The Digital Press

To get to know Anita a little bit better, I asked her a few questions… and here’s what she had to say…

Where do you live?
The Netherlands

When you’re not designing, what do you do with your time?
I love spending time with my family, and I love to go out and just enjoy nature.

What are 5 tidbits of trivia we might not know about you?
— I am addicted to coffee.
— My favorite series on TV are Greys Anatomy, Little House On the Prairie, and Kitchen Nightmares.
— I don’t get enough sleep.
— I am a family person.
— My favorite scented candle is patchouli.

Which of your products is your favorite?
I actually have two. One is Wanderlust

…and the other is Snowkissed

While writing this blog post, I spent some time looking through the Anita Designs gallery here at The Digital Press… and here are some of my favorite layouts and projects that use products from her shop…

Thank you so much for joining me here today on the blog, and getting to know Anita a little bit better! Now that you’re surely coveting her gorgeous products, I have good news! This coming week, you can take advantage of a 30% OFF SALE in her store (the sale will end at 11:59 pm ET on Thurs 11/10).

Even better news… I have another fantastic surprise for you! Anita has created a full kit this week that is brand-new and will be FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop (FWP). The kit is called Fallin’ For You (I think those little hedgehogs are just the cutest!). This fantastic deal will be available throughout her entire feature week (11/4 -thru- 11/10)… and again, you will get this awesome kit for FREE with a $10+ purchase in her shop.

 

Enjoy this week’s sale, and happy scrapping! 🙂

 


bianckaAbout the Author: Biancka loves scrapping and has been doing so since 2007 but also enjoys reading books (thrillers being her favorite genre), baking (cupcakes are the best!!), photography, looking for recipes on Pinterest and browsing the world wide web for gorgeous fonts (yes, she is a fontaholic!!). She lives in The Netherlands together with her husband and 12yr old son.