I’m Linda Sattgast, and I’m the HDIC (Head Dog In Charge) at Digital Scrapper. Here I am with my very supportive husband, Charlie.
I’m the one who came up with the crazy, scary, exciting idea of teaching scrapbookers how to create pages digitally. (I woke up at 3 a.m. with this idea, it never having entered my head before.) Unbeknownst to me others were coming up with the same idea at the exact same time, but I was the first to provide a training DVD on how to do it using Photoshop Elements.
Our website (originally called Scrapper’s Guide) has grown from that first training DVD to the website community and comprehensive collection of classes we have today. This could not have happened without a very supportive husband, an amazing team, and YOU, our Digital Scrapper community!
My two most important jobs at Digital Scrapper are to provide vision for our company and to teach how to use Photoshop and Photoshop Elements for fixing and enhancing photos and for scrapbooking. I do love to teach, so it’s a very rewarding job.
I Started Early
At the age of 6 I left home for boarding school (my parents were missionaries), so I wrote a letter home once a week as part of my schoolwork. My dear mother kept all four of her kids’s letters. What a treasure trove! Someday (when I retire) I’ll read through mine.
I was also given a Brownie box camera during grade school. Photos were expensive so I didn’t take many, but the few I took got me interested in photography.
Shortly after I turned 10 my parents gave me a one-year diary for Christmas. That was the start of many years of journaling. In fact, I have a box full of diaries I’m going to read someday…when I retire.
I’m A Best Selling Author
In my 30’s, when my kids were little, I began to write children’s picture books. I had close to 30 books published before I started Digital Scrapper. This is me signing my first book with my daughter Allison looking on. (She’s 30 now.)
In the year 2000 my book The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers won the Gold Medallion Award for Children’s Picture Books in the religious market. This book has since been reissued with new art.
I no longer write picture books. I’m too busy writing tutorials for YOU!
How I Cope
I confess that I’m an introvert who is easily overwhelmed if I work too much or have too much social activity. The best way to decompress from a hectic schedule is to go on an Alaska cruise. (Try it. It works wonders!) I sit for the first two days and stare at the ocean until some amount of equanimity returns.
Paper and elements from Little Traveler by NLD Designs
Ribbon from Carefree by Amanda Heimann (recolored)
Tag from Travel Adventure by Linda Sattgast
Photo Overlays by Kim Klaussen
Fonts: Futura LT Pro and Annifont
But, since an Alaska cruise is rarely practical or in the budget, I’ve been known to take an entire day to sit and read, which also works wonders to decompress from a busy work life.
My Favorite Page
It’s hard to pick one page as my favorite, but this one of Charlie has to be in my Top 10. It’s of Charlie paddling the canoe while I took copious photos. He says his gift to me is being patient whenever I want to take photos. What a guy. Digital Scrapper would not exist without this man, so thank you, Charlie!
Photo and page by Linda Sattgast
Paper from Beautiful You by Kristin Cronin-Barrow
Photo mask by Kitty Designs
Fonts: CK Journaling, CK Ali’s Hand, Myriad Pro