Do you enjoy participating in challenges?

We have a variety of new challenges every month hosted by our members.

We also have a progressive challenge which starts on the second Sunday of each month.  New instructions are posted every second day for the following five days. 

You can find more details in the forum.

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We are proud of our forum.  It's a very active, supportive, inclusive and friendly forum.

Please introduce yourself and join in our community.

You will be assured of a very warm welcome.

Our motto is one of caring and sharing!



Our gorgeous gallery is one of the best in the digi-world.

You need to be an active forum member to use the gallery, but because we don't have a store you are most welcome to use whatever you have in your stash!

More details are available on the gallery page.


What a treat we have to start off the new year!  Our featured designer is Dawn Inskip.

Dawn has a very special and unique style with lots of artsy goodies as well as the slightly more traditional.  I've always admired her work, especially her watercolour elements and papers.   She has a huge store at THE LILYPAD.  There is so much to pick from.  As well as bundles and kits there is a fabulous selection of overlays, brushes, stamps, doodles, stitches, etc. etc.

Look in the forum HERE for the January Featured Designer Challenge.  Dawn has donated a beautiful  mini kit to work with which I know you are all going to love!  THANK YOU Dawn!


Links for Dawn are:  STORE . . . . . WEBSITE . . . . .  FACEBOOK . . . . . NEWSLETTER . . . . . PINTEREST




Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m wife to very patent hubby Paul and Mum to daughter Carly and I have 2 angel babies. We live in a small town in England (an inch or so North of London on a map) my whole. Nothing much happens here, but we are surrounded by beautiful countryside. Carly is a Falconer, living her dream working with Birds of Prey and raising baby birds (owls mostly) at home – they all feature heavily in my layouts.

I work full time as a Digital Designer and sell exclusively at my dream store, The Lilypad.

What is an average day for you?

Some days it seems I work 24/7 – some days I do LOL  I do try to balance life/work, if I take days off, I just play catch-up – anything that works is good by me. I like to have new product for my store each week.

How did you start in digital scrapbooking?

I started as a paper scrapper in 2003 and after a few years, joined a forum and dabbled in digi, making freebies. I was soon hooked and the mess of paper scrapping quickly lost its’ appeal. I love that I can mess around with as much paper and elements as I want and not get in a mess… and I’ve saved a fortune on supplies.  

How long have you been designing?

I opened my first store in 2007.

How did you come up with your design name and logo?

It’s my name – not very original eh! I sketched the little bear logo in 2003, it became my forum avatar. It’s been on my product packaging throughout my digital career.

What are your favourite design tools and what programs/software do you use?

I use Photoshop, a Wacom tablet and often dust off the sewing machine. My most used supplies are pens, paint, ink, gesso and a variety of other mixed media – and a thesaurus.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Everywhere. A colour scheme, TV ad, life and I love Pinterest.

What are a couple of your favourite designs that you have created?

I tend to create complete collections – because I never know when to stop adding stuff. A few of my favourites would be:

Photo Graphic

A Work in Progress

I’m Different

You Got This


Wonder Art & Kraft Backgrounds

Slightly Imperfect


Precious Moments

Sometimes I’ll design products to scrap my own life:

Diet Plan Illustrations

Festive Post


Adventure Seeker

Do you like to scrap as well as design?

Absolutely… scrapping with each product I design and I love to scrap life’s little things. I scrap 12x12”, but get 8x8” books printed online.

Have you had any of your work published?

Various craft magazines in the UK, US, Holland & France a while ago. I used to design for PageMaps and Snapfish commissioned me to create advertising for the UK market.



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