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Archive | March, 2012

Digital Designers | Katie Pertiet

[Editor's Note: This author is a long-time member of the Designer Digitals creative team.]

Meet the Designer | I am happy to introduce you to an incredibly talented designer that you are probably already familiar with – Katie Pertiet. Katie is both the owner of, and lead designer at, Designer Digitals. I hope you enjoy getting to know her!

Katie’s Background | Katie grew up as a middle child of four children and earned a degree in graphic design from Iowa State University. After working at various ad agencies in several design positions, she started her own business in 1993 and freelanced for textbook publishers and corporate design departments. She has been a hobby scrapbooker and photographer since high school and worked as a professional photographer in college. Combining those two loves with her extensive design experience led her to digital scrapbooking in 2004.

Just a year later, she founded Designer Digitals and then found herself moving across the country. With the move, she decided to forego developing a new corporate client base and instead focused all of her energy into building Designer Digitals.

Katie’s Style & Inspiration | Katie’s style is varied – she designs vintage products as well as products with a more modern, graphic feel. She seems to effortlessly bring together vintage-based products and the art world to create timeless designs. As she says, “ I can easily go from designing vintage products, to whimsical graphic, and everything in between.” When asked about her favorite style, it was an easy answer, “My favorite things to create are vintage products.” Katie is very open to inspiration in the world around her and finds inspiration everywhere. “Advertisements, music videos, magazines, the mall! It all stirs up something!” Continue Reading →

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Pinterest Inspiration | Pops of Color

While looking through Pinterest a couple of weeks ago, I spotted some delightful bracelets that really intrigued me. The clean lines of the design plus the pops of gorgeous color drew me in immediately. When I clicked through to the designer’s website, the first thing she explained was that she was inspired to create them by another bracelet she had found on Pinterest. I love that circle of inspiration!

The designer of these charming bracelets is Katy, the owner and writer of the popular blog, Sweet Verbena. Made of just embroidery floss, beads and hollow charms, they are beautiful in their simplicity. Katie has a full tutorial on her site found at Bracelets: A Tutorial and I can’t wait to make some. Continue Reading →

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Pinterest To Change Terms of Use

After a building online controversy in recent weeks about the content of their terms of service, Pinterest has announced this week that they are changing their terms of use to address the biggest point of concern of users and internet content producers. The site’s new terms of use will go into effect on April 6th, 2012.

Controversy had been building online about wording in the site’s existing terms of use that stipulated that users were granting the service the right to sell content that they posted to the site. This terminology was making many internet content producers and copyright holders extremely nervous about allowing their content to be “pinned” to the site, for fear of it being commercialized in some way they had no control over. Many sites were installing “no pin” code restricting Pinterest from being utilized with their sites. Backlash against the site was growing and loud, to the point that it seemed the issue was causing the site’s popularity to fall as fast as it had previously been rising. Continue Reading →

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Giveaway | Signature Series: Teresa Collins – Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway from Northridge Publishing for the Signature Series: Teresa Collins books! The winners have been chosen, and the lucky Teresa Collins fans are:

  • Linda
  • Pamela Palmer
  • Linda M.
  • Dolli N.
  • Janet in the Jaw
  • Bernice

All of the winners have been contacted by email already, so please check your inboxes! If you weren’t one of the winners,  Signature Series: Teresa Collins is available in both print form ($17.95) and digital form ($6.95) from the Northridge Publishing website.

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Noteworthy | 3.23.2012

Things are warming up, and the paper crafting world is full of inspiring ideas, tutorials, new challenges, and even the announcement of a new e-book that will include Scrapbook Update editor Nancy Nally!

Let’s begin with a breathtaking tutorial on how to use Distress markers to stamp and create this beautiful card. Personally I’d frame Richele Christensen’s finished project instead! This would be perfect for a butterfly, flower, or any image really. I love the look and her photography of the steps and how-to instruction is concise and easy to understand. I am always amazed by her projects.

Jennifer McGuire shared a really interesting folded ribbon card on the May Arts blog this week, and it really caught my eye. Chevrons, banners, and twine are very popular right now, and this card combines the look of all three things.

My current favorite ribbon is this chevron twill. The colors are delicious, it is high quality and it seems to go with any type of project. For this card, I used a ribbon folding technique to add some fun interest and texture.

The post includes a video with how-to instruction, and the technique could easily be used as an embellishment on a scrapbook page, journal cover, or other project as well. Continue Reading →

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Paperclipping Roundtable #106: Scrapbook Procrastination

We finally couldn’t put it off any more….and decided to bring you a show all about procrastination! May Flaum and Angie Lucas joined the panel to talk about how we can put off doing something that we enjoy so much – and why.

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