Our Story
CottageArts.net, LLC, is a Minnesota Limited Liability Company. 
Since 2003 we have been helping to make your memories into lasting works of art. By sharing our digital scrapbooking and photography ideas and products with you, we hope that our site can be a place for you to be inspired each time you visit.  

Michelle Shefveland, Founder, Product Designer, and President of CottageArts.net, has loved photography, illustration, paper and fiber arts since her teen years, which has evolved into a career as a graphic artist and photographer. She has an affinity for nature photography and richly textured collage, evident in her artwork that comprises most of the Simply Digital product line. As a passionate artist and writer, Michelle strives to design beautiful products with which others feel inspired to create their own stories and art.

Clients: Adobe (filmed a promotion for Photoshop Elements), Epson, HP (served on their Digital Scrapbooking Team), Jasc (author & art licensor), Corel, Digital Scrapper (recently taught two popular classes there: Pop Art Posters & Soulful Silhouettes), Creative Memories (helped develop their Storybook Creator Software and digital product line), NRN Designs (designed popular scrapbooking paper/sticker collections), Somerset Memories (columnist), Life Images (photographer), Creating Keepsakes, Simple Scrapbooks, Memory Makers, Scrapbook Craft, Lasting Moments, KMT Software, Panstoria, Storyrock...

On the writing side, Michelle authored the book, Scrapbooking the Digital Way, for Jasc Software/Corel and served as a Charter Board Member for Simple Scrapbooks' Digital Scrapbooking Magazine. She is an Advisory Board Member for Somerset Memories Magazine where she regularly contributes articles for their Digital Workshop column.

Michelle holds a B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems and has over 15 years experience in the information technology and printing industries. As a photographer, writer, and graphic artist, her passion is to inspire and teach others the exciting possibilities of creating art with the aid of digital tools. Visit her photography site, ClickArtistry, for a peek into her life behind the lens.

In the Press

Michelle's Gallery - Team Gallery

Michelle's Photography

Team Blog

New Digital Art Downloads

New Photography Tools


Kris Shefveland, Michelle's right-hand man and technical guru, holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science, with over 25 years experience in the information technology and printing industries.  His knowledge and interest in digital scrapbooking and photography has been instrumental in the formation and operation of CottageArts.net.

Kris and Michelle reside in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, with their three rapidly growing kids and rescued yorkie. Scrapbooking will hopefully slow down the growth process (or at least capture it, so they can remember it!).  They love to spend time on the lakes of Minnesota in the summer and be cozy indoors in the winter!





Rachel Shefveland, CottageArts.net Designer, has over four years of experience in graphic design and is a super creative product designer (plus the Shefveland's middle daughter), as well as one of her most willing photography models. Her skillful and trendy artistry adds a modern edge to CottageArts' shabby vintage digital art products.

Rachel is currently a senior in college, seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Graphic Design.

Visit Rachel's gallery here.





Press Releases

CottageArts.net Introduces Simply Digital™ CDs

Charitable Giving

At CottageArts.net we believe in sharing our resources with those in need