April Wrap-Up

Happy day!  We had such a great time with an awesome turnout at DNO and were so glad to spend time with fellow digi lovers and the amazing Katie Nelson (aka Katie the Scrapbook Lady)!

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Katie provided these super fun and versatile templates for everyone who attended, and we had a mystery recipe scrap so everyone had a chance to make them their own..

Everyone had a great time chatting and scrapping, telling stories and making memories – we even celebrated THREE birthdays! Prizes were supplied by Gennifer Bursett, Stolen Moments, The Daily Digi, Pixels & Company, Sweet Caroline Studio, Down the Road Designs and of course Katie.

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Our next event is in Logan in June – which seems ages away, but it will be here before you know it!  Mark your calendars for June 21st with Chelle Ludwinski – tickets will be on sale soon..

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Meet the Designer: Katie Nelson

With less than a week to go before our next event (YAY!) it’s high time we get to know our featured designer a bit better.. :)

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Tell us a little about yourself…

I love Utah and have spent most of my life here. I currently live in the south end of the Salt Lake Valley. My husband and I have known each other and been friends since we were in the 7th grade and we just celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary. I have a 20 year old son and a 17 year old daughter. I love LEGOS (especially the mini-figs), Harry Potter, cookies, reading, and playing with photos and digi goodies on my computer.

In what ways do you document your own memories and those of your family?

I’m always documenting our memories. I have kept a public blog since 2005 where I share some of our adventures. I have also been posting to a private family-only blog since 2007 where I record some of our more personal experiences. I also use facebook and instagram to regularly share pictures and funny little tidbits.

Of course, I also scrapbook. I create digital pages for family albums and I do monthly roundup pages for myself. Oh, that reminds me, I’ve been doing monthly roundups since 2006. It’s a quick and easy way to recap the memories of each month as they happen.

How did you get started in digital scrapbooking?

I started digi scrapping in 2005 after looking through a Simple Scrapbooks special edition magazine about digital techniques. I was fascinated by what I saw and jumped right in and never looked back. My paper days were over and I’m still passionate about digital memory keeping.

I became a digital designer in 2007 and focused on kits, papers, and wrote a series of e-books about monthly memory making. In 2009, I decided to “retire” from designing and focus solely on writing and educating others about how to document their lives. I was a writer for The Daily Digi for almost 5 years, while continuing to keep up my own blog at scrapbookladypages.com that I started back in 2005. I also have been the co-host of The Digi Show since 2011 and a frequent guest on the show before that time.

In 2012, I decided to get into designing templates after I realized that I was drastically altering any pre-made template I was using to get the look I wanted. I really like big photo spaces and/or multiple photo spaces. Another important part of scrapping for me is telling the story so I like to be sure to add good options for titles and journaling. I’ve created more than 50 sets of templates since then and most of those packs have 4 or more templates in them so I’m well into the 200 number now of templates I’ve designed and I still have plenty of ideas that I want to tackle.

What’s your favorite product?

One of my favorite products is my Sixties template set because it took me the longest to put together. There are 60 photo spots on each page!

Which is your most popular product?

Do you spend more time scrapping or designing?

I always try to spend more time scrapping than designing. I promised myself when I started designing templates that I would still scrap regularly. I create at least one page (often several) with each template set.

I don’t keep track of how much time I spend for scrapping or designing because that would take the fun out of it for me.

What inspires you most as you design?

My photos. I usually have a few pictures in mind as I design a page or else I’m thinking about how to showcase pictures in a visually pleasing way. My templates are really centered around photographs because they are the illustrations of our stories.

How do you get out of a designing slump?

I definitely get in slumps where I don’t feel like designing. The best cure for me is to start scrapping because then I will think of new ideas for templates. Every once in a while I will get in a scrapping slump, but I force myself to get over it by browsing through my pictures or digi supplies until I see something I want to play with.

What does your workspace look like?

My workspace is not very fancy or big, but it’s usually quite clean because I can’t stand to create in a mess. After we moved to a new home last summer, I decided to purposely keep my space on the more minimal side and keep the clutter out of sight. The most important thing for a digi scrapper is to have a comfortable and ergonomic place to sit and work on a computer. I prefer to use a laptop so I can move around the house and be with my family while I’m scrapping.

You can read more details about my space HERE.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

I would love to take a train trip up the west coast from California to Canada. I’m not sure I will ever be able to convince my husband to do that though. He’s not one to sit still very long. I would also love to take my kids to see many places in Europe. Oh, and the Harry Potter theme park in Universal Studios Orlando.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a writer and/or a teacher. I’ve actually been both, but not in the ways I imagined. I had no idea there would be this thing called the internet – I thought I would be writing books, not online articles and posts. I also homeschooled my children for six years using an online academy. I thought being a teacher meant working in a physical classroom, but I definitely have had a lot of opportunities to teach.

And finally, what is your greatest reward as a designer?

Completed pages! When I see a finished layout (mine or someone else’s) using one of my templates, I feel a huge sense of satisfaction. It’s my biggest motivation!

If you want to get to know Katie even better and get a free template pack from her, join us next Saturday in Sandy at Digi Night Out.  Tickets are HERE and a sneak peek of the templates you’ll be receiving is HERE.  If you subscribe to the DNO newsletter, be sure to check your inbox for a link to some fun FREE goodies from Katie!

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See you soon!  :)

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April Sneak Peek

I’m pretty sure my calendar is wrong, but since every other calendar I look at seems to say the same thing, I guess it’s true.. There are only TWO WEEKS until our April event!

For the first time in Digi Night Out history, we’re welcoming a template designer as our special guest, and I’m SO excited for this fun template pack she put together for all event attendees, and I know you will be, too.. Want a peek??

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Tickets for the event are only $15 (or $20 at the door) and in addition to the free templates, you’ll have access to one-on-one tutoring if you need it, as well as the opportunity to win a whole host of goodies and prizes, and the enjoyment of having a girls’ night out just for you!  I can’t wait to see you there!

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Are You Coming in April?

Hello and happy March!  I hope you are all enjoying some wonderful (if not a bit moody) spring weather this week.. Logan has been sunny, snowy and rainy, all in the last seven days – it’s crazy, I tell you!  But enough of that.. today I’m here with some exciting news about our April event.. Registration is NOW OPEN, with early bird pricing at a mere $12 if you purchase by March 10th.

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This event is extra special, as we’re welcoming our first template designer as our special guest – and I know how much you all love templates!  :)   Katie Nelson, aka Katie the Scrapbook Lady will be joining us in Sandy with an exclusive product just for those in attendance.. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early!  (Don’t forget, if you think you’ll be attending at least four of the five remaining events this year, you can get the Annual Mini Pass, which is a mere $11.25/event.)  I hope to see you there!

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February Wrap-Up

Wow!  So much fun was had on Saturday with our most recent night out!  Suzy Iverson of SuzyQ Scraps was our featured designer, and was so generous with her free kit (and journal cards!) for everyone!

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Our team members put together some pretty fantastic pages using the kit, including Britanee, who hosted a speed scrap for us..

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We continued the new feature of spotlighting a scrapper as well, and Amy Kingsford was generous enough to lend us some insight into her process, as well as offering a few tips to those in attendance.. Check out her amazing gallery HERE.

The room was packed, and it was so fun to meet and chat with so many ladies!  We had a great time laughing and telling stores.. Prizes were supplied by SuzyQ, Down This Road Designs, Stolen Moments, Katie the Scrapbook Lady, and Celeste Knight. I didn’t get any scrapping done, personally, but some people completed as many as 3 pages and got to hang out with friends while doing it!

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Our next event is coming up on April 12th, and I’ll have more details coming soon, but in the meantime mark your calendars so you can get in on all the fun next time!

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Meet the Designer: Suzy Iverson

We’re here today to meet Suzy Iverson of SuzyQ Scraps.. She’s a regular attendee of the Digi Night Out events and provides tutoring services to our beginners, so it’s fun to get to know a bit more about her.. Enjoy!

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Tell us a little about yourself..

I’m a 32-year-old mother of 2 (1 boy, 1 girl) and wife to the love of my life (almost 8 years). People generally laugh when they discover that my background is actually in biology, not in design. Yes, once upon a time, I was going to work at a zoo, but the penguins convinced me otherwise. I can’t complain, though. I love being a self-taught graphic designer, playing with colors & patterns & themes & words. I enjoy helping scrapbookers share their stories simply & create pages they love. When I’m not designing or scrapbooking, chances are you’ll find me with my nose stuck in a book or my fingers madly clicking a mouse in an intense video game battle.

In what ways do you document your own memories and those of your family?

I pretty much stick to digital scrapbooking. I’m definitely a story and moment scrapbooker. I scrapbook the events, but I’m more interested in the day-to-day and how we change over time. Scrapbooking is definitely a way for me to explore my life and take notice of the little things.

How did you get started in digital scrapbooking?

Gosh, I’ve been memory keeping since I learned how to write. I evolved from journals to scrapbooks as a teenager. Back when most scrapbook pages consisted of cardstock and stickers. I really hated how long it took to get everything out, and how few pages I actually completed before I ran out of time & had to put it all away again. In 2007, when I was expecting my first child, I decided there had to be a way to scrapbook on my computer. Who knew there was an entire industry? I was hooked from the moment I downloaded my first freebie. Once I got my hands on Photoshop Elements, there was no stopping me. Digital was the perfect solution for me — no mess to clean up, no wasted products, no ruined photos (’cause I can’t crop straight). Gotta love CTRL+Z. In 2008 I decided I could probably figure out how to create my own supplies. (And thus save myself some money … though that didn’t really work out, the saving money part.) I gave away my first freebie in December of that year and shortly thereafter I opened up shop. Here we are, 5+ years later, and I still love it!

What programs and other tools do you use?

I design almost exclusively in Illustrator (mostly CS4, sometimes CS5). I just jump into Photoshop to add texture and finishing touches (mostly CS5, sometimes CS4). My favorite tool is my Wacom Cintiq graphics tablet. It makes me happy. :) I pretty much only use a mouse for gaming, lol.

What does your workspace look like?

I actually just moved into “new” design space. We took the formal living room in our home (rarely used, with walls coated in an a not-so-modern shade of pink) and converted it into what we now call the den. We painted the walls brown & cream. I share a desk on one side of the room with my hubby. The other side of the room has a couple of Poang chairs from IKEA. (In fact, most of the furniture in that room is from IKEA.) Still some work do, like magnet strips above the computer. And some desktop storage for pens & such. But already I love this space! (And so does my husband!) Here’s a peek of how it looks at the moment:

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What is your favorite product designed by you?

This is constantly changing, lol. I think my new fave is the Life-Stories {Emotions} Collection. I love the colors & the variety. And it’s really going to help me scrapbook a lot of everyday photos. It’s actually the first collection in a new series I’m working on this year. I’m really excited to starting adding to the series over the next few weeks.

What is your most popular product?

Right now, my most popular product is the Halls of Learning Collection (which is also a fave). I think it’s one of my favorite color palettes of all time, and it was definitely fun playing with the chalkboard trend.

Do you spend more time scrapping or designing each week?  How many hours each?

Definitely designing. (And everything related to running a business.) I probably only spend 1 or 2 hours each week scrapbooking, compared to 20-25 designing (& marketing & admin, etc.).

What inspires you most as you design?

I am most inspired by words. And color. And words. And color. (I can’t really decide between the two.) So many of my collections started from a simple word or phrase. I love adding journal cards and filler cards and word elements to my kits. But none of it would come to life without the color.

How do you get out of a designing slump?

Thankfully, I don’t often get into a designing slump. The few times I have, it had everything to do with being overwhelmed because I had too much on my plate and not because I’d run out of ideas. My solution for a designing slump is the same for a scrapbooking slump. Step 1: Get outside, preferably doing something active. Even if it’s a short walk around the block. Step 2: Set the timer for 15 minutes and tackle one of the “overwhelming” items. (Like catching up on emails or folding laundry.) I find if I can make even a small dent in one of the many to-do’s on my list, it starts to free up my creative juices.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I definitely want to visit the UK. My mom’s from England, and I haven’t been there since I was 3. (My dad was in the Air Force.) I really want to visit Wales & Ireland (& England, of course, since that’s where all the family is that I barely know). And then I want to go to Australia. (I have big dreams of one day owning a home in Australia, somewhere nice on the coast, where I can visit when I’m tired of the snow & Utah winters. Maybe one day …)

Describe your perfect day..

That depends. LOL! Ask me on a day when I desperately need a break from my kids, and I’d tell you my perfect day would be a day ALONE. At home. In a quiet house. Just me & Illustrator (& maybe a good book). But catch me on a good day, and I’d say the perfect day is a Saturday when my hubby is home and we’re all outside enjoying the sunshine, playing frisbee & walking thru the garden & enjoying fresh strawberries.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Oh, I wanted to be a lot of things. A zookeeper (yep, almost made it to that one). I love being a designer, but that’s not even something I could dream of being as a kid. I didn’t know it existed. But my real childhood dream is to one day be a published fantasy author (still working on that one).

And finally, what is your greatest reward as a designer?

My greatest reward as a designer is seeing scrapbookers preserving their memories and stories — especially when they’re excited about what they’re doing and love their finished pages. I think my greatest achievement is sticking it out this long. Five years is a long time in this industry. I’ve seen a lot of designers come & go (and some come back). I’m grateful to still be here and I’m excited for what’s ahead for me in 2014.

If you want to get to know Suzy even better and get a free kit (plus some extras) from her, join us next Saturday in Sandy at Digi Night Out.  Tickets are HERE and a sneak peek of the kit is HERE.

Suzy has also provided a generous coupon for our readers.. Use the code dnoNL30sqs to get 30% off anything in her store.. It expires March 15.  Enjoy!

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February Sneak Peek

Only two weeks before our February event, and the closer it gets the more excited I get – especially once I saw the absolutely adorable kit Suzy has put together for EVERYONE that attends!  Check it out..

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Tickets for the event are only $15 (or $20 at the door) and in addition to the free kit, you’ll have access to one-on-one tutoring if you need it, as well as the opportunity to win a whole host of goodies and prizes, and the enjoyment of having a girls’ night out just for you!  :)   And don’t forget, there’s a giveaway going on right now where you could win TWO tickets, so if you haven’t entered already, be sure to do it soon – it ends February 12th.

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February Event Giveaway

I’m so excited to be doing a giveaway for our February 22nd event! Our featured designer is Suzy Iverson of SuzyQ Scraps, so you definitely don’t want to miss it!  Everyone who attends will receive a FREE kit from Suzy, along with other prizes and goodies from our other fantastic sponsors.  The winner of this giveaway will receive TWO tickets to the Feb. 22nd event – there are several ways to enter, and some of them you can do more than once for even MORE chances to win!  The contest ends at 11:59pm MST on Wednesday, Feb. 12th, so you’ve got plenty of time to get those entries in.. Good luck!

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January DNO Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who joined us for DNO last Saturday!  It was so fun to get together again after such a long time apart!  There was much scrapping, chatting (and even a manicure here or there), for all!  Here’s a quick photo re-cap of the night..

Ramona Brown was our featured designer and shared this fun kit with everyone who attended.

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Sarah also put together a great presentation on current scrapbooking trends that a lot of people were able to implement in their pages that night.. And now.. some of the fun antics we enjoyed..

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It was such a great night for everyone, and we can’t wait to do it again!  And luckily, we don’t have too much longer to wait!  Because January was a replacement event for the one that was cancelled in December, we’ve got another one right around the corner in February, featuring Suzy Iverson of Suzy Q ScrapsTickets are on sale now – grab them before Feb. 1 and save $3 off the registration.. I can’t wait to see you there!  :)