about me.

me

My name is Nicole Seitler. I’m a 35 year-old stay-at-home wife (to Travis) and homeschooling momma to four beautiful children (Katie, Joshua, Penny and Benjamin). I’m a Florida native—a rare bird indeed—who’s been moving around the East Coast for the last 10 years, only to return home to beautiful Sarasota in 2009.

When I was in high school, I loved art class. I had a dream of going to art school in California or New York… some place where all the other starving artists go. But my mother didn’t like the “starving” part of that dream, so I picked something more practical to major in when I went to college—Psychology and Legal Studies.

I thought when I grew up, I wanted to become a lawyer. But then Jesus forever changed my heart and I knew the real desire I had inside of me was just to be a good wife and a mother (and some day I hope to have a house with a white picket fence, just like I’ve always pictured, too). There was really no way I would have ever been happy as a career woman. I have too much “Martha Stewart” in my genes.

I won’t lie—It’s not always easy for me to get motivated to be a keeper of the home. If you came over to my house at 8 in the morning, you’d find me still in my jammies with a pile of clutter on most open surfaces. But when I’m feeling inspired and “homey” I think that there’s nothing better than cooking great food and making my house into a home.

My crafty endeavors started about the time my first daughter was born. A girlfriend sent me a pack of handmade baby thank you cards… that changed my life! I knew that she sold rubber stamps for a home party company and that she held workshops to teach people about how easy it was to make something pretty with paper and ink. I fell in love with rubber stamping and for a few years I also sold for the company.

I loved blogging about my cards, too! I used to run a personal blog all about it with tips and tricks and instructions, do the best I could with my little crappy point-and-shoot camera. It was fun! I took the blog down because I couldn’t handle the amount of horrible spam I got every day… but you can see the remnants of the best of my old Inkblots blog on my stamping lens here: Stamps, Ink & Paper

Learning how easy it was to rubber stamp made me adventurous and I started to try all kinds of crafty new things! I began to quilt. I sewed outfits for my daughter. Taught myself to knit. I took up scrapbooking and papercrafting. And then one day I happened upon the wonderful world of digital scrapbooking… (if you’ve never heard of digital scrapbooking, you can read all about it here).

I had spent hours pouring over the beautiful papers I saw in my local scrapbook shop. But until I discovered the work of digital designers, I never really thought about the people to make these beautiful papers… and that I could learn how to do what they did! So, I bought myself a copy of Photoshop and set to work learning how to use it.

So, I started a new blog as a place to share some of the things I made as I discovered more and more about digital design. (My first [hideous] freebies from 2007 can still be found on my Sugarplum Paperie blog!) I opened my own little shop on Digital Scrapbooking Day, November 3, 2007. In August of 2008, I joined The Digichick as a guest designer and loved it so much, I begged to stay. In February of 2009, I was asked to take over the helm of the ship and I’ve been the owner of The Digichick ever since!

I sell my designs for digital scrapbook addicts in my shop at The Digichick. I’m also a member of The Hybrid Chick blog team, a site which I started all about mixing digital designs with real world papercrafts.

It took me until I was 30 to discover that what I really wanted to with my life had not changed at all from high school! It’s just that in 1994, the graphic design industry was… ahem… a little unappealing to me. I didn’t want to make “Computer Art” in primary colors on some crazy looking little Mac. If I had been born 10 years later, I would probably have majored in graphic design in college. But since I didn’t, I’m doing the next best thing—I’m teaching myself and I’m loving every minute!

And that’s a little bit about me. Ha!