Category: Designer Features

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!

Friday Favorites | Julia Makotinsky

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 awesomely-talented Julia Makotinsky ! This is actually Julia’s 3rd feature here on the blog (you can find her most recent feature article from June 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 Julia, we asked her to share one (or more) of her favorite things with us… and this is what she had to say…


“When my family and I came to the US, we found our new home in New York. It’s been over 20 years now and I love seeing the ocean from my windows first thing in the morning. There is something magical and calming about the ocean and I never get tired of it. I’ve been walking the same beach all these years and only lately discovered such thing as “beach combing”. I always loved looking for things on the beach, but lately it has become an obsession.

I also discovered a new beach nearby, which is a true treasure hunter paradise. It’s an abandoned place which holds various household items from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. If I ever get sad or lost for ideas, I go to that beach to just get lost in the search for history, bits of pottery, toys… while listening to the waves crush against the shoreline.

Here are just some of my finds…

…and being a designer, I always look for pieces of pottery to get some pattern design ideas from for my papers, or color combinations, and just have fun exploring. I always thought I was the only crazy person looking for stuff to find on the beach, but as it turns out IT’S A THING! called “beachcombing” — who knew? 🙂 …and there are others who do the same exact thing. Makes me wonder if any of our followers have the same hobby as I do? And if not, I just hope you’ll find this little fact about me interesting to read!”


Isn’t that so fun?! Kind of amazing… the history that can be found just laying around on a beach somewhere… 🙂

For those of you who aren’t already as familiar with Julia’s design work, she creates the most amazing doodles and fanciful elements.  Her work is fun and quirky and so easy to play with!  Julia has so many different products too!

Here is a sampling of some of the items you’ll find in Julia’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 Julia’s shop

Aren’t those layouts super inspiring?!

Hopefully, today’s Friday Favorites article has given you even more insight into Julia’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 Julia’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 3/14). 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-JULI4 . . . or “save $5 off any purchase of $10+” by using code = H4LFOFF-JULI4 ]


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 | Laura Passage

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first edition of our all-new round of designer features on The Digital Press blog in 2019 — Friday Favorites! This year, we’re going to learn a bit more about each of our fantastic designers by having them share some of their favorite things with us each week, and we think you’re going to have so much fun following along with this new series!

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

This time around, in order to learn even more about Laura, we asked her to share one (or more) of her favorite things with us… and she did not disappoint! This tip of hers is going to be sooooo useful to all of us who struggle with our obsessive love of fonts (and those of us who might just have waaaay too many fonts installed on our computers, and can therefore never find the one we’re looking for when we need it?!)…

The following video gives us a quick tour of one of Laura’s favorite things — her font organizer software! 🙂 ENJOY!


**NOTE** if you are viewing this in Firefox and have trouble w/ the video… please try another browser. Firefox has known glitches with video, whereas Chrome, IE, and Safari all seem to be working fine.

Isn’t that tip just the best thing ever?! 🙂


For those of you who aren’t already as familiar with Laura’s design work… it has a distinctly paper-ish style and feel, mimicking traditional paper scrapbooking products (likely because she also designs products for the paper industry — for companies such as Echo Park Paper Company, Carta Bella Paper Company — and also for the app-based version of Becky Higgins’ Project Life product line). She tends to create colorful, fun products that often have cute or hilarious puns or jokes included in the word art/cards; whatever the theme, her kits are always full of surprises and fun to work with.

Here is a sampling of some of the items you’ll find in Laura’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 Laura’s shop…

Aren’t those all so great?!

Hopefully, today’s Friday Favorites article has given you even more insight into Laura’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 Laura’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 3/7). 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-WWC . . . or “save $5 off any purchase of $10+” by using code = H4LF-OFF-WWC ]


JanAbout the Author  Jan is a high school teacher, wife, mom, and grandma who spends most every little bit of free time she gets documenting her family’s memories through digital scrapbooking. She is a summertime sunshine and beach lover who gets her energy from being outdoors. She is currently looking forward to retirement and a beach chair with her name on it and someone bringing her fruity drinks on command!