Foodie Friday | LJS Designs

Welcome to another edition of Foodie Friday here on The Digital Press blog!

Continuing with our new series on “what’s cooking on the homes of our design team and creative team members”…I had fun chatting with Lorie Starcher of LJS Designs to see what she has going on in her kitchen! Lorie is currently on a journey to better health and is following the ketogenic (or keto) food program, so we thought it might be fun to show you some of her favorite recipes. If you’re not sure what keto is… basically, you eliminate all sugars and you really (and I mean really!) reduce carbohydrates. If you like bacon and cheese, however, you’re definitely in for a treat!

Check out the following photos. Doesn’t this all look yummy? I think even if I made this and it didn’t look quite as pretty as the photo… well …did I say bacon and cheese?!

photo credits: [1] Pinterest, [2] Pinterest, [3] The Grass Fed Girl

So, what is all of this deliciousness you see above?

  • Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce
  • Loaded Cauliflower
  • Pumpkin Spice Keto Fat Bombs

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce

Says Lorie: “Crispy bacon, creamy sauce, and juicy chicken will make you sing keto praises!” I’m thinking to myself, cheese, bacon and cream …how could this possibly be “diet” food?! There are a few versions of this recipe, and a lot of keto recipes on the internet (just do a Google search, or head over to Pinterest — but do so on a full stomach, otherwise you’ll end up hungry!), but this is the version that Lorie loves…

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—1 lb chicken breasts
—1 tablespoon avocado oil mayonnaise
—4 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
—3 slices of bacon (cooked and crumbled; reserve the fat)
—1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
—1 tablespoon cream cheese
—1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
—salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

—Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse and pat dry the chicken. Using a basting brush, coat the top of each chicken breast with the mayonnaise. Top the chicken with 3 tablespoons of the parmesan cheese (reserve 1 tablespoon – you’ll need it later).
—Bake uncovered for 40-50 minutes. Using a meat thermometer, you’ll be looking for an internal temperature of 160 degrees, and the juices should run clear.
—When the chicken has about 10-15 minutes to go, start making your sauce.
—In a skillet, warm up the reserved bacon fat, but be careful to not overheat – the fat should not be sizzling or bubbling. Whisk in the heavy cream until well combined, and continue whisking until it starts to foam up on the edges of the skillet.
—Add the cream cheese and whisk until smooth. Add the remaining parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Whisk. Add some bacon crumbles, but reserve some for garnishing.
—To plate, drizzle the cream cheese sauce over the chicken, and top with bacon crumbles.

[ recipe adapted from Keto in Pearls ]

Loaded Cauliflower

Says Lorie: “I usually pair this with a cheeseburger patty with relish and mayo. Made with butter, sour cream, chives, cheddar cheese and bacon, it’s the ultimate in low-carb comfort food.”

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—1 lb cauliflower florettes
—4 oz sour cream
—1 cup grated cheddar cheese
—2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
—2 tablespoons snipped chives
—3 tablespoons butter
—1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
—salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

—Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and add them to a microwave safe bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of water, cover and microwave for 5-8 minutes until completely tender. Drain the excess water and let sit uncovered for a minute or two.
—Add the cauliflower to a food processor and process until fluffy. Add the butter, garlic powder, and sour cream and process until it resembles the consistency of mashed potatoes. Remove the mashed cauliflower to a bowl and add most of the chives, saving some to add to the top later. Add half of the cheddar cheese and mix by hand. Season with salt and pepper.
—Top the loaded cauliflower with the remaining cheese, remaining chives and bacon. Put back into the microwave to melt the cheese or place the cauliflower under the broiler for a few minutes.

[ recipe adapted from Low Carb Maven ]

Now, after your fill of cheese and bacon, you may ask “What’s for dessert?” Many times, we’ll reach for something sweet — but how do you do that on a keto program when you’ve eliminated all sugars and processed foods? You have a “fat bomb.” I know! I thought the same thing! How is that a dessert?! (that name scares me!) Although sugar is a no-no, snacks or treats that are high in good fats are allowed; they help fuel your body. Lorie hasn’t tried any fat bombs yet, but we both love pumpkin… so I went in search of a pumpkin recipe, which we both thought would be appropriate as we head into the fall season. These look so easy to make…

Pumpkin Spice Keto Fat Bombs

INGREDIENTS NEEDED
—1/2 cup coconut oil
—3/4 cup pumpkin puree
—1/3 cup golden flax
—1 teaspoon cinnamon
—1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
—1/4 teaspoon sea salt
—1/3 teaspoon Stevia

INSTRUCTIONS

—Mix all ingredients in a bowl and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
—Roll into balls and place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour before eating.

[recipe adapted from The Grass Fed Girl ]

I’d love to hear what you think of the pumpkin spice fat bombs! 🙂 If you make them, leave a comment here and let us know what you think!

Meanwhile, it wouldn’t be a designer feature week without a fantastic sale and a special Free-with-Purchase offer… so you’ll be excited to see what Lorie of LJS Designs has in store for you! Not only is her entire shop marked down 30% OFF throughout her entire feature week (sale prices will be valid through 11:59pm ET on Thurs 9/28)… but she also has this awesome deal in her shop all week long, as well! Spend $10+ in the LJS Designs shop, and get the following brand-new product that just landed in the shop today — completely FREE!


KatAbout the Author Kat Hansen is a creative team member here at The Digital Press. A Director of Human Resources by day, she loves the opportunity to spend a few hours each evening being creative. Vacation memories feature pretty heavily in Kat’s scrapbooking pages, as do her son and “daughter” (of the four-legged furry kind). Kat has quite the sense of humor (she “blames” her father for this), which she incorporates into her journaling and memory-keeping.

Foodie Friday | Dawn by Design

Happy Friday, all… and welcome to the most recent edition of Foodie Friday here on The Digital Press blog!

As you have likely already caught on throughout the month so far.. this is a new series based on the amazing response we had to the “Mess Hall” activities during TDP’s Summer Camp back in July. As such, every Friday throughout the rest of the year, we will be combining this fun feature with our weekly designer feature series — and having some fun in the kitchen! Every week you will get the chance to peak into the lives (and kitchens) of your favourite TDP designers and creative team members.

This week, I have joined forces with the always-fun Dawn of Dawn by Design — and we’re sharing two recipes from her kitchen and one from mine! My recipe is an easy salad (a recipe garnered from my oldest son’s fiancee)… and Dawn has added a scrumptious chicken pasta dish along with a blueberry cream cheesecake to finish everything off sweetly!

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So, what are these delicious things you see pictured above?

  • Strawberry and Feta Salad
  • Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken
  • Blueberry Cream Cheesecake

Strawberry and Feta Salad

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—2-3 cups (250–400g) strawberries, washed and quartered
—1/2 tub (or 2 rounds) of feta cheese, drained and cubed
—1 small head of lettuce (cos, romaine, or rocket/arugula all work nicely)
—pumpkin seeds (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

—Tear the washed lettuce into bite-sized pieces and layer into the salad bowl
—Add the strawberries and cubed feta cheese and sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top
—Add dressing of your choice. That’s it! I, myself, have served this with a strawberry-based vinaigrette (yum!)


Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—1 – 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (sliced into cutlets)
—2 tablespoons olive oil
—salt and pepper (to taste)
—1 cup heavy cream
—1/2 cup chicken broth
—1 teaspoon garlic powder
—1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
—1/2 cup parmesan cheese
—1 cup spinach, chopped
—1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes

INSTRUCTIONS

—Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and then saute in a large skillet on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side (until browned and thoroughly cooked). Set chicken aside on a plate.
—Bring the heat down to medium. In the same skillet, whisk in the heavy cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese for a few minutes (until mixture thickens slightly).
—Add spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. Simmer for a minute or two, until spinach wilts. Return chicken to pan and flip a few times, so that it is thoroughly coated in sauce.

[recipe adapted from Cooking Panda]

Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

DOUGH
—1/2 cup almond flour
—1/4 cup coconut flour
—1/4 cup confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
—6 ounces shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
—5 tablespoons butter
—1 large egg

FILLING
—4 ounces cream cheese
—1/4 cup whipping cream (at room temperature)
—2 tablespoons white sugar (granulated)
—1 teaspoon lemon zest
—1 cup blueberries
TOPPING
—3 tablespoons sliced almonds
—1 tablespoon white sugar (granulated)

INSTRUCTIONS

DOUGH
—Preheat oven to 350F degrees and line a large baking mat with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
—In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, sugar, and baking powder. In a large saucepan, melt cheese and butter over low heat until it can be stirred together.
—Add egg and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Stir in almond flour mixture until dough comes together (keep heat on low). It will still have some large streaks of cheese. Turn out dough onto a silicone mat or directly onto a kitchen counter and knead until uniform (this only takes a little kneading).
—Cover with parchment paper and roll out to about a 14×8 inch rectangle. On the diagonal, cut 1 inch wide, 1 ½ inch long strips along both sides, leaving a solid rectangle of dough in the center.

FILLING
—In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, cream, sugar, and lemon zest until well combined. Spread down the center of the dough, leaving about ½ inch all around. Sprinkle with blueberries.
—Fold the strips of dough over the filling so that the ends overlap. Pinch the dough at the ends to seal.

TOPPING
—Sprinkle with sliced almonds and granulated sugar and press gently to adhere.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until pastry is golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove and let cool completely, then slice into strips to serve. Serves 8 to 10.

[recipe adapted from Carolyn Ketchum]

We’re betting that you’re hungry just reading through these recipes, and that you can’t wait to try them out!

Well, if you’re up for a challenge… come to the forum and check out our Recipe Book challenge, which launched this month and is designed to help you create a quick-&-simple book of your favorite recipes — get this — in time to print it up and give it to friends and family members as a holiday gift later this year(!). Sound like fun? Come check it out HERE.

Meanwhile, it wouldn’t be a designer feature week without a fantastic sale and a special Free-with-Purchase offer… so you’ll be excited to see what Dawn of Dawn by Design has in store for you! Not only is her entire shop marked down 30% OFF throughout her entire feature week (sale prices will be valid through 11:59pm ET on Thurs 9/21)… but she also has this awesome deal in her shop all week long, as well! Spend $10+ in the Dawn by Design digital Scrapbooking shop, and get the following brand-new / just-released full kit, Trick or Treat, completely FREE!


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About the author Stefanie is a member of The Digital Press creative team and a stay at home mother of three older children living in Cape Town, South Africa with her hubby of 29 years, two of their three children and 2 cats. She loves photography, travel and digital scrapbooking the good and the ordinary everyday.

Foodie Friday | Sahin Designs

Happy Friday, everyone… and welcome to the second edition of Foodie Friday here on The Digital Press blog!

As you likely read last week — this is a new series that is based on the amazing response we had to our “Mess Hall” activities during TDP’s Summer Camp back in July (everyone loves food! haha). As such, each Friday for the rest of the year we’ll be combining our weekly designer features with some fun in the kitchen! Every week, you’ll get the chance to peek into the lives (and kitchens!) of your favorite TDP designers and creative team members.

This week, we are featuring a few yummy recipes from the kitchen of both Elif Sahin of Sahin Designs and TDP creative team member La’Shawn (that’s me!). This is Elif’s third feature on The Digital Press blog (you can find her first feature article from July 2016 HERE, and her second feature from March 2017 HERE, if you want to learn even more about her).

Today, we have three delicious recipes for you: we will start with a easy main dish that will taste like you spent hours in the kitchen, and then we will end with a nice cold coffee drink and a sweet dessert. You wont be disappointed!

photo credits to [1] freerecipebox [2] TDP creative team member La’Shawn Castings [3] TDP designer Elif Sahin

So, what are these delicious things you see pictured above?

  • Crock Pot Lasagna
  • Homemade Iced Coffee
  • Tiramisu Truffles

Crock Pot Lasagna

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—1 lb lean ground beef
—1 onion, chopped
—2 garlic cloves, smashed
—1 (28 ounce) can of tomato sauce
—1 (6 ounce) can of tomato paste
—1-1/2 tsp salt
—1 tsp dried oregano
—12 ounces cottage cheese
—1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese or 1/2 cup asiago cheese
—12 ounces lasagna noodles, uncooked
—16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

—Brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic in a frying pan
—Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt and oregano
—Cook long enough to get it warm
—Spoon a layer of meat sauce onto the bottom of the slow cooker
—Add a double layer of uncooked lasagna noodles (break to fit) and top with cheeses
—Repeat with sauce, noodles and cheeses until all are used up
—Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours

*Note* You can replace the hamburger meat with italian sausage or a mixture of both. I also mix half ricotta and cottage cheese. This recipe is so easy to make. It will taste like you spent 4 to 5 hours slaving over the stove and oven, instead of it cooking away in the slow cooker. My husband is not a pasta eater… but he loves and requests this often.


Homemade Iced Coffee

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—1 pound ground coffee (good-quality rich roast)
—8 quarts cold water
—fine mesh strainer
—cheesecloth

INSTRUCTIONS

—In a large container (tea pitcher will work) mix the ground coffee with the water
—Cover and sit at room temperature for 8 hours (I let it sit overnight)
—Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth (you can use coffee filters, but I find the cheesecloth works best)
—Pour the coffee and water mixture through the strainer & allow all the liquid to run through (it can take some time)
—Discard the grounds
—Place the coffee in the fridge to cool
—Add your favorite dairy/sweetener
—Pour over ice; drink and enjoy!


Tiramisu Truffles

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—200gr ladyfingers
—200gr labneh cheese
—2 table spoon powdered sugar
—5gr powdered vanilla
—3 desert spoons of granule coffee
—5 table spoon hot water
—Cocoa powder and/or ground pistachio

INSTRUCTIONS

—Crush the ladyfingers into fine crumbs with blender
—Mix labneh cheese with powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl
—Dissolve coffee in hot water
—Mix it well with crushed ladyfingers until you have homogeneous mix
—Let both mixes cool in the fridge for 10 minutes
—Mix together labneh and ladyfinger mixes together
—Make small balls from this paste
—Roll the balls in cocoa or pistachio to serve


We’re betting that you’re hungry just reading through these recipes, and that you can’t wait to try them out!

Well, if you’re up for a challenge… come to the forum and check out our Recipe Book challenge, which launched this month and is designed to help you create a quick-&-simple book of your favorite recipes — get this — in time to print it up and give it to friends and family members as a holiday gift later this year (!). Sound like fun? Come check it out HERE.

Meanwhile, it wouldn’t be a designer feature week without a fantastic sale and a special Free-with-Purchase offer… so you’ll be excited to see what Elif of Sahin Designs has in store for you! Not only is her entire shop marked down 30% OFF throughout her entire feature week (sale prices will be valid through 11:59pm ET on Thurs 9/14)… but she also has this awesome deal in her shop all week long, as well! Spend $10+ in the Sahin Designs shop at The Digital Press, and get her full “Grace” Collection completely FREE!


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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.

Foodie Friday | k.becca

Hello, and welcome to our very first Foodie Friday blog post!

Based on the amazing response we had to our “Mess Hall” activities during TDP’s Summer Camp back in July, each Friday for the rest of the year we’ll be combining our weekly designer features with some fun in the kitchen! Every week, you’ll get the chance to peek into the lives (and kitchens!) of your favorite TDP designers and creative team members.

Not only will we be featuring one of our fantastic designers at The Digital Press each Friday, but you’ll also get to head into the kitchen with her and one of our talented creative team members (and you’ll get a few delicious recipes to add to your rotation!).

This week we will be featuring the talented Kristen Magee of k.becca, and peeking into her kitchen to learn a few of her favorite recipes… as well as a smattering of extra tips provided by me, TDP Creative Team member Carrie (caliten). This is Kristen’s second feature on The Digital Press blog (you can find her first feature article from April 2017 HERE, if you want to learn more about her).

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photo credits for [1] [2] and [3] to TDP designer Kristen Magee (k.becca)

So, what are these delicious things you see pictured above?

  • Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
  • No-Bake Sweet & Salty Granola Bars
  • Arnold Palmer

PASTA WITH SUN-DRIED TOMATO CREAM SAUCE

Kristen says, “this is one of my go-to weeknight meals because it’s quick, easy to make, and delicious. The sausage and sun-dried tomatoes give the dish so much flavor and balance out the richness of the cream.”

Carrie says, “if Andouille isn’t your thing, or it’s hard to find, another type of pre-cooked sausage or even a shredded rotisserie chicken breast could be substituted.”

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—8 oz. penne pasta
—1 tablespoon olive oil (omit if using a non-stick pan)
—2 smoked Andouille sausage links (12-16 oz.), thinly sliced
—2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves (optional)

FOR THE CREAM SAUCE

—2 tablespoons unsalted butter
—3 cloves garlic, minced
—2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
—1 cup chicken broth
—1/2 cup heavy cream
—1/3 cup julienned sun dried-tomatoes in olive oil, drained
—1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
—1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
—1/4 teaspoon dried basil
—1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more, to taste
—Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

—Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain well.
—While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring frequently, until sausage is lightly browned on both sides, approximately 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place in a bowl.  Set aside.
—To make the cream sauce, melt butter in a large skillet over low heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, about 1-2 minutes. Whisk in flour until lightly browned (about 1 minute). Gradually whisk in chicken broth and cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated (about 1-2 minutes).
—Stir in heavy cream, sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes until the sauce is slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
—Stir in pasta and sausage until well combined.
—Garnish with parsley (optional) and serve immediately.

*NOTE* To make this recipe gluten free, use gluten free pasta and replace the all-purpose flour with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Stir the cornstarch into the chicken broth before adding it to the pan. Adding about 8 ounces of steamed broccoli when stirring in the pasta and sausage before serving adds a great crunch.

[recipe adapted from Damn Delicious]

NO-BAKE SWEET AND SALTY GRANOLA BARS

Kristen says, “I love the mix of sweet and salty in these granola bars, which are perfect for snacks or breakfast. Just looking at this recipe makes me want to whip up a batch!”

Carrie says, “This looks awesome!”

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—1/4 cup unsalted butter
—1/4 cup brown sugar
—1/4 cup honey
—1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
—1 teaspoon vanilla extract
—2 cups quick oats
—1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
—3/4 cup chopped pretzels
—1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

—Cut out an 8 x 8 inch square of parchment paper. Place the parchment paper into an 8 x 8 inch baking pan. If you don’t have parchment paper, a piece of foil lightly sprayed with non-stick cooking spray works can be substituted.
—In a large sauce pan, add butter, brown sugar, honey, and peanut butter. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture starts to bubble. Once it starts bubbling, cook for 2 minutes while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
—Stir in the oats, crispy rice cereal, and pretzels. Keep stirring until everything is well coated with the butter and brown sugar mixture. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press evenly into the pan. Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips over the top and gently press into the granola bars with your hands.
—Place the bars in the refrigerator and let cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting. Cut into bars and serve.

*NOTE* Store the bars in an air tight container in the refrigerator. The original recipe says that they’ll keep up to a week or more this way, but they’ve never lasted that long in Kristen’s house! For gluten free granola bars, use gluten free oats and pretzels.

[recipe adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod]

ARNOLD PALMER

Kristen says, “most of the time, I only drink water… but every once and a while, I like to treat myself to a sweet beverage. The Arnold Palmer is one of my favorites, especially during the summer months. I like this version of the recipe because the lemonade is made into a slush that both flavors and chills the drink.”

Carrie says, “the zest off all those extra lemons would be perfect for some candied lemon peel or even homemade limoncello!”

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—4 English breakfast tea bags
—1 tea kettle filled with boiling water (approx. 6-8 cups of water)
—1 cup Simple Syrup, recipe below
—1 cup lemon juice (approx. 6-8 lemons)
—zest of 1 lemon
—2 cups ice cubes

FOR THE SIMPLE SYRUP

—1 cup sugar
—1 cup water

INSTRUCTIONS

—For the simple syrup : Add the sugar and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool completely.
—For the tea : Tie the tea bags together and place into a large pitcher. Pour the hot water over the tea bags and into the pitcher. Set the tea aside to steep for 5 minutes.
—For the lemonade : To a blender, add the simple syrup, lemon juice, lemon zest, and ice cubes and pulse to puree. Place the mixture into the freezer until the tea has finished steeping. Add ice cubes to a large glass and top with the tea. Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, scoop the “lemonade” into the glass.

[recipe adapted from The Food Network]

We’re betting that you’re hungry just reading through these recipes, and that you can’t wait to try them out!

Well, if you’re up for a challenge… come to the forum and check out our new Recipe Book challenge, which is launching this month and is designed to help you create a quick-&-simple book of your favorite recipes — get this — in time to print it up and give it to friends and family members as a holiday gift later this year (!). Sound like fun? Come check it out HERE.

Meanwhile, it wouldn’t be a designer feature week without a fantastic sale and a special Free-with-Purchase offer… so you’ll be excited to see what Kristen has in store for you! Not only is her entire shop marked down 30% OFF throughout her entire feature week (sale prices will be valid through 11:59pm ET on Thurs 9/7)… but she also has this awesome deal in her shop all week long, as well! Spend $10+ in the k.becca shop at The Digital Press, and get her “Homebody” Kit completely FREE!


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

Feature Friday | Laura Passage

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 Laura Passage (known to many of us as Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage, or just WWC)! This is Laura’s second feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature article from July 2016 HERE)… and whereas last time we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers — this time, we’re giving you a little peek into the designers’ creative spaces, as well as more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, here’s a look at Laura’s creative work space…

Here’s what Laura had to say about her space: “My “office” is a long counter/desk that runs along one wall of our guest bedroom. It’s a complete disaster zone. I didn’t even bother cleaning it up in order to take this photo (ha! ha! I just creatively cropped out the piles of paperwork and scrapbooking supplies (LOL!) that are stacked on either side of my main desk area, which is a Vari-Desk variable-height standing/sitting workstation desk that my husband bought me after I had emergency back surgery a few years ago). You can also see close-ups of two areas of my work space that speak to my personality… (a) my rainbow-addiction in tangible form (a.k.a. All the Rainbow Ribbons, and All the Rainbow Washi, and All the Rainbow Baker’s Twine, and All the Rainbow Buttons)… and (b) the area of my bulletin board that houses all of the cute notes/etc. that I get from my kids.”

We also asked Laura to give us a Top 5 list that is representative of herself at this point in her life… and she shared with us her Top 5 TV & Movie Quotes She Most Often Uses in Her Daily Life

  1. How was your day? Did you have a good day today or a bad day today? Well what kind of day was it?!” ~Michael Richards, from Seinfeld (used by my husband and I when we come home at the end of our day, as a joke, based on Kramer’s monologue about marriage)
  2. I’ll stuff you all in the crust!” ~Steve Carell as Gru, from Despicable Me (used anytime my kids are making me crazy and I need them to settle down and go away and stop pestering me)
  3. Change approved!” ~just about any character, from Cougartown (used anytime I decide, on a whim, to redefine something… or any time that I decide, for instance, to eat dessert for breakfast… etc.) 😉
  4. Is your house on fire, Clark? Don’t throw me down, Clark!” ~Aunt Bethany, from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (used anytime I’m offering up “be careful”-type advice to someone that is unnecessary or over-protective or silly, etc.)
  5. Stop trying to make ‘fetch’ happen! It’s not going to happen.” ~Regina George, from Mean Girls (used anytime someone — usually one of my kids — is trying to get me to agree to something and they’re pestering me with no end in sight)
[ click on any of the quotations, above, to see the original video clip that relates to each 😉 ]

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As for her designs… Laura creates digital scrapbooking products that also have a distinctly paper-ish style and feel. You’ll find lots of flat stickers and icons in her kits, mixed with the types of dimensional items you tend to find used on traditional paper scrapbook layouts — stuff like wood veneer, string, staples, paper flowers, etc. Her kits are always bright and colorful and fun to work with.

Here are just a few of my favorite products by Laura Passage

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

Isn’t it all so fun and inspiring? 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about Laura and peeking into her creative space! If your wish-list grew while you looked through the inspiration, above, then I have some good news for you! During her entire feature week, you will find all of Laura’s products 30% OFF in her shop at The Digital Press! (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 7/20). Check your wish-list, and don’t miss out on this great chance to clear your favorite items off it — at a discount!

And finally, this week only — you can snag the following FULL COLLECTION (!) from Laura’s shop for FREE with any $10+ purchase in Laura Passage’s shop at The Digital Press (this offer also ends at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 7/20)…


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 | Food|Family|Story

Hello, it’s Friday once again, and therefore time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! This week, I am excited to share more information about the very talented Danielle of Food|Family|Story.

This is Danielle’s first feature here on The Digital Press blog, and we’re using her feature article to help you get to know her a little better by giving you a little peek into her creative space, as well as more insight into her creative processes.

We also asked her to provide us with a Top 5 list that is somewhat representative of herself at this point in her life, and she chose to share with us her Top 5 Favorite Vegetables

  1. Tomatoes (sure they are technically a fruit, but I still count them as a veggie)
  2. Beets
  3. Kale
  4. Fennel
  5. Broccoli

When it comes to Danielle’s products, what I love about them is that they all tend to have a theme that revolves around family, friends, and gatherings (including food!)… and so they’re really easy to use for a lot of different projects.

Here’s just a tiny sampling of some of my favorite products that you can find in the Food|Family|Story shop at The Digital Press (just look at the Grill Master | Pocket Cards with the cute little grill card — isn’t it wonderful?! …or the super cute houses on the Place to Call Home | Brushes and Stamps)…

Additionally, here is a sampling of some truly beautiful layouts made with her products…

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about Danielle of Food|Family|Story, as well as getting a look at her work space and some of her amazing products! And as if that wasn’t already enough fun… I have good news! Her entire shop at TDP will be 30% OFF throughout her entire feature week (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 7/13)!

Additionally, this week only — you can snag this fantastic patriotic-themed pocket card set for FREE with any $10+ purchase in the Food|Family|Story shop at The Digital Press (this offer also ends at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 7/13)…

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blogfotoAbout 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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