Monday, December 10, 2012

Annies Digital Things

This is one of those posts that I hoped I would never have to write again. It seems like yesterday when we said good bye to our dear Jean Daugherty after her battle with breast cancer and now we have lost another designing friend, Anne of Annie's Digital Things.

When I worked as CT leader at Heritage Scrap, I first became acquainted with Anne.  She was enthusiastic and creative in every way.  I was a new scrapper and I had fun working with her kits.  This is a layout I created with her Parlor Music kit.

When I began designing, she encouraged me more and I can still hear her laugh when we did designer conference calls and chats.  I loved her Vintage Flying kit.  It was perfect for this and other flying photos I have.  She said her hubby was an aviation nut and there was a lot of plan "stuff" at her place, so she just had to make this kit.
My first collaboration kit as a designer at Heritage Scrap, was Autumn in Paris (no longer available).  I struggled a little, but she had no problem at all - this was an amazing vintage kit she put together.  I found it perfect for this poem written by my great grandmother.
Anne had worked many years designing and creating dolls/clothes and miniatures.  Thank Heaven For Little Girls came out of that love and the love she had for her granddaughter.
One of Anne's skills as a digital designer, was looking for the niche where a type of kit was needed.  Most of her kits have a particular topic or design theme.  This is something I have tried to emulate in my own designing.  This layout was created with her contribution to the Heritage Builder's Collab for the anniversary of the store. This is a beautiful vintage heritage kit that I think everyone should have in their heritage kit collection.

This is another layout done withe the Autumn In Paris collab which is no longer available.
For this layout I used the background paper and ruffle from the Thank Heaven For Girls kit mentioned above.  The rest of the items come from Grandmother's Sewing Basket.  Anne was particularly talented at extracting.

Another designer collab portion no longer available.  I believe this one was called Irish Linen.

This is another pedigree chart from the Heritage Builders Collab  mentioned above.  Anne and I shared a common surname in our family tree - Tisdale, but sadly we never found a connection.  It would be fun to be related to such a wonderful lady!

Tattered and Torn was a really fun kit to work with.

When I showed Anne this layout, she was delighted.  She said it was exactly what she had envisioned when she created On The Road Again.  It was perfect for my Grandparents' 1950s road trip.

This is also from Tattered and Torn, mentioned above.  It's an exquisite kit!

Another layout with Thank Heaven For Little Girls.

Lastly, I want to share Never Give Up.  This is Annie's Breast Cancer Kit.  She beat it and had an extra almost ten years.  The second time around,it got the upper hand.  Too many lovely people are lost to this horrible disease.  Somehow I think she'd still want us to join her in saying "Never Give Up!"  Even when she was battling it herself, she was often giving encouragement to others starting out on their breast cancer journey.  I've sure missed her this last year as she has battled the disease. And I miss her even more.  She only lived 4 hours away - I wish I had made that drive to see her.  My prayers are with her family at this time.
Please take a look around Annie's Digital Things shop before her beautiful work is gone.
So long Anne, it's been good to know you.  You may be gone, but you're not forgotten.


Lynette said...

I'm so sorry. Her designs are amazing.
I thought of you Friday evening. We went to the Grand Opening of the newly moved Art Center in Sebastopol. One of the rooms had 5-6 looms with projects on several of them. It would be fun to learn.

diney said...

Love your tribute to Annie. I was so sad to see that she had passed away. I have a few of her kits and they are some of my favorites. Thanks for your honor to her.