Big news! Big news!
Remember way, way back in… um… October, when I said I’d gotten an offer to “go pro” as a designer but I didn’t feel ready? Well… take one excitable insomniac night of planning and scheming, add in several conversations with a few different important people, and… You’re looking at the newest member of the Pixel Scrapper design team!
Right now I’m kind of like, “Holy wow, how is this awesome thing even happening to me?” and partly like, “What have I gotten myself into???” (You know, what with graduate school and a day job and a chronic illness and all that). But I am feeling entirely thrilled about my new project, Documentarian, and my first design collection, Bright Days, which was released today on the Pixel Scrapper site.
So first off, what is Documentarian? You may or may not already know my “origin story” (because every superhero gets an origin story) of how I came to digital scrapbooking and digital design. For the past decade I’ve been dealing with a serious chronic illness. Back in 2010, after a year of being bed-ridden, I started to feel like I was disappearing from the world. I heard about something called “Project Life,” where you took a picture every day and put it in an album with some journaling. I decided to try it out to prove to myself that I still existed, still interacted with and had impact on the world around me. It was an incredible, transformative experience, and led to a new identity as a “Documentarian” – I’m now the person among my family and friends who has her camera phone always at the ready, documenting the moments of our lives, large and small.
Being in this new relationship to my life has impacted me deeply. I became much more aware and appreciative of all the small, everyday moments – whether they are little triumphs or challenges or just going along in neutral, and my life has become richer as a result. The life and doings of my family (including my wonderful friends) is documented much more frequently, and I treasure the opportunity to look back on our experiences, and to share these records with others. One of my best friends has a memory impairment, and the other night as we paged through my photo-a-day book from 2011 he told me, “I’m so glad you record this stuff, because otherwise I’d never know it happened.”
So when Marisa Lerin, the owner and lead designer of Pixel Scrapper, asked if I’d like to come on board as a designer focused on pocket scrapping (which is the generic term for Project Life-type scrapbooking, with the specific photo spots and journal card spots, though people use the pocket format now to make layouts that are not “everyday life” themed) I felt this was really an opportunity for me. I get to make pretty things for people to use to document their lives. I get to create tools for people to employ on their own paths as Documentarians.
And do you know what else is the AMAZINGEST? As an official Pixel Scrapper designer, I got to put together my own Creative Team. I reached out to members of the PS community who I think are fantastic scrapbookers, and then I got the thrills and chills of seeing them put my designs to use and bring them to life. I asked them to try out making pocket pages, and maybe a Project Life album cover or New Year/Welcome 2015 type page. Oh my goodness, they just blew me away. Aren’t these stunning? And don’t you just want to lick those colors right off the screen? (Hmm, maybe that’s just me… I do find this color palette incredibly delicious, though!) [Creative team credit to Paddy Wolfe, Kimberlee Gerstmann, Giada Erre, & me.]
Now that I’ve gone pro, I think I’m supposed to do some kind of marketing pitch here, right? Instead of just babbling about screen-licking and life-altering life-documenting? Well, then. I’ve made a giant bundle of delicious colors and shapes for you to use to make beautiful things that tell the story of your life. The Bright Days bundle contains 69 papers, 30 journal, filler, and title cards (including 4 layered templates), 14 pieces of washi tape, 10 flairs, 14 stamps in PNG and .abr, 12 of my famous painty bits, including 3 page borders, 26 stickers & labels, 35 additional elements (glitter splats, cork, veneer, buttons, staples, scatters), 2 sets of upper-case alphas, & 8 glitter styles. Phew! It’s a biggie.
You can find Bright Days at Pixel Scrapper where, if you’re not familiar, the most economical and fun way to purchase designs is to become a subscriber. For a quite reasonable monthly price (I believe it’s currently $10/month for Personal Use licensing and $20 for Commercial Use licensing) you’ll get unlimited downloads of everything on the site. And if you aren’t ready to subscribe, you can buy download credits or even get them for free! Pixel Scrapper is working to revolutionize the digital scrapbook design business (check out their awesome manifesto for more info) and as part of that mission they give away daily free download credits good towards anything on the site, and you can also get more by participating in challenges and other community interactions.
Alright now, you have been marvelously patient. Thank you kindly for sticking with me through my rambling and my sales pitch. Today is a special occasion, and special occasions call for celebration, and celebration calls for SPARKLES!!! Am I right? So to mark this occasion, the launching of Documentarian, the release of my first ever bundle as a pro, of course I had to make you something sparkly. If you check out the layouts from my Creative Team, above, you’ll see they made good use of these pretty glitter washi tapes, which are my celebration gift to you! Download link is below the preview.
Happy new year, and may all your days be bright!
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DOWNLOAD BRIGHT DAYS GLITTER WASHI FREEBIE
DOWNLOAD BRIGHT DAYS GLITTER WASHI FREEBIE