Meet the Designer | I am happy to introduce you to a wonderful digital designer – Krista Sahlin. Krista is the designer behind Sahlin Studio. I have admired Krista’s work for a while now, and I hope you enjoy getting to know her too!
Krista’s Life & Scrapbooking History | Krista lives in Minnesota with her husband and two children. Her husband is an “IT guy” – which really helps in her line of work as a digital designer. Her children are “wonderful and rambunctious kiddos” and you can almost feel her smile as she describes them. Krista considers herself “an avid memory keeper” and has combined her love of digital scrapbooking with her newer love of designing. She loves designing and finds it “incredibly surreal and such an honor that people use my designs to help capture their most treasured of memories.”
Krista started paper scrapbooking in high school and discovered digital scrapbooking over five years ago in 2007. After a family trip to Walt Disney World, she discovered “amazing digi designs in the digital scrapbooking industry and was hooked.” After a year, she realized that she had a lot of photos piling up because she “was waiting for that ‘perfect’ kit. So… I decided to try my hand at designing papers and elements to fit what I was looking for… the rest is history.”
Krista’s Style & Inspiration | Krista is very inspired by her own family photos. When she finds that stacks of photos start to gather on her hard drive, she creates designs to help her scrap those memories. After her family photos, she is also very inspired by color. She says, “practically anywhere and everywhere there is color. It could be in a fabric or a pattern on a couch pillow, from my kid’s artwork to a magazine ad or an ad on a box. I find there is so much inspiration everywhere, and sometimes in the most unusual of places.”
Her design style is a mix of vintage and traditional. As she describes it, “from realistic paper scraps to metal finds…an eclectic mix of these trinkets makes the pages so unique and beautiful.”
Sahlin Studio | Krista’s digital scrapbooking products can be found at Sahlin Studio at The Lilypad. She typically adds a new product or a new collection every Friday. In her store, you can find paper packs, element packs, full kits, alphabets, word art, templates and so much more.
Sahlin Studio Creative Team | Krista’s design team consists of over 30 very talented design team members. Her design team is a vital part of Sahlin Studio and she occasionally takes on a new creative team member but is not actively looking right now. More information about her team and a full list with links to their galleries and blogs can be found here.
Fun Facts | Krista’s favorite food is Godiva Chocolate Truffles (which makes me love her even more!) and her favorite color combination is turquoise and yellow because “they make me happy.” Her favorite Friday night tradition is to go out to eat with her family.
Where to find Krista and Sahlin Studio | Besides the Sahlin Studio Store, you can find Krista at her website Sahlin Studio, at Facebook/Sahlin Studio, and at Twitter.com/Sahlin Studio. For more information about Krista, her designs and her creative team, visit her at the Sahlin Studio Blog. You can also sign up to receive a free Sahlin Studio newsletter here.
Tutorials, Articles & More | The Sahlin Studio website is absolutely packed with freebies, articles, tutorials, and so much more to help you get started with digital scrapbooking, as well as a plethora of information for experienced digi scrappers. Notable articles include “How to Start Digital Scrapbooking,” “Digital Scrapbooking FAQs,” “How to Use a Template,” and “How to Create Realistic Shadows.” Most recently, Krista has written a very interesting article for both paper and digital scrappers entitled “Paper or Digi?.”
I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting Krista Sahlin! If you’d like to suggest a designer for a future column, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave me a comment here.