Getting the Most From Your Kits

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Digital scrapbooking kits are getting bigger — in size and in price. I’m not talking about the crazy sales that sometimes happen, but rather about the going rate for a full kit. As I poked around the digi world the main price range I saw in some of the more established shops was $6.99 – $7.99. That’s a lot of money! However, there is a trade off. You are getting a LOT more in your kits than you used to. When I first started scrapping a normal kit had 6-8 papers and maybe 12-15 elements and it sold for around $5.00. Now, kits often contain 15+ papers and over 50 elements! You may be paying a lot, but you get A LOT.

Here’s the deal, though. If you only use your kits once you lose both ways — you are paying more and you are wasting more. There is no way you are going to use 15+ papers and 50+ elements on one page, so what’s a scrapper to do?

Easy. Use your kits more than once.

Otherwise, your scrapping costs are at $7.99 a page before printing. Ouch. And people keep saying that digi is cheaper!

For some of you, this is easy. If that is you, you can just skip the rest of this post. But if you find using a kit multiple times a difficult thing, keep reading! I am going to give you some basic tips on reusing kits and then I am going to show you one cool method I tried this past week.

TIPS FOR USING KITS MORE THAN ONCE

1. Think before you buy. Make sure the kit you are adding to your cart is really one that you love and that you have plans for. If you truly love it, you are more likely to use it again.
2. Buy more generic kits than “themed” kits. Buying generic kits with no specific theme allows you more flexibility in your scrapping. If you do buy themed kit, stretch yourself to see how far you can stretch the kit (see below for an example).

3. Buy kits that are your style. I love looking at all the fantasy type kits out there and I enjoy scrapping with them every once in a while, but really, they don’t fit my scrapping style. I almost never am able to use them again. If you know your scrapping style buy kits that fit it and don’t buy kits that don’t fit it. The same goes for color palettes.

4. After you unzip your kit, go through the kit and COPY (not move) elements that you REALLY love and that would work on lots of different pages into an elements folder than you can pull from later on. I tend to pull flowers, alphas, and generic elements. I tend to leave behind staples (I already have my favorites), kit specific items, and elements that although I might love, will most likely never make it on a page.

5. Challenge yourself to use a kit on multiple pages. Although I do tend to reuse kits, I had never challenged myself to see what I could do. It was a great exericse in stretching me, making me think back over memories, and making me take advantage of digital techniques like recoloring.

HERE IS WHAT I DID

As I was searching through my hard drive I came across this super fun kit called Doctor, Doctor by Lauren Grier and Melissa Bennett.

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I purchased this kit and scrapped with it back in February. But, I definitely hadn’t made use of all the fun stuff in here. So this is what I did:

I opened up the preview file and looked carefully at everything as a whole. I then made a list of layouts/stories that I could tell using the papers and/or elements. I knew I wouldn’t be able to use all of it, and some of it is not my style, but there was still a lot of GREAT stuff in there. Here was the list I made of pages I wanted to do:

  • Caleb’s accident
  • Alaina’s trip to the hospital
  • Me sick in India
  • A non-sick/hospital layout still using the kit

Then I opened up all of the elements and papers in the kit (I don’t usually do that) and looked through them all one by one. I closed the things I knew I wouldn’t use at all and left the rest open to help inspire me. I started with the layout about my son’s trip to the ER for stitches and ended up with this:

stitches_2pageforweb500(24 x 12 layout )Doctor, Doctor by Lauren Grier and Melissa Bennett, staple by Shabby Princess, fonts are CK Ali’s Writing and Typewriter Scribbled

I then moved on to my daugher’s one stay in the hospital

hospital-weekend_web450Doctor, Doctor by Lauren Grier and Melissa Bennett, staples by Shabby Princess, font is Typewriter Scribbled

I then wanted to do a layout about the time I was in the hospital in India (the worst experience of my life!) but I realized that I didn’t have any of those in digital form. So, I moved on to trying to make a layout with the kit that wasn’t tied to the theme. I started by looking at all the elements and seeing what inspired me. I just loved the gingham bows so I chose that as my starting point. I then pulled the green paper to match, with no plan for the rest of the page. I looked at it for a while and then remembered a skirt my daughter has that has the exact same green in it. I then looked through iPhoto and pulled some pictures from her first day of school last year. Perfect. I needed some school type stuff to go with it so I grabbed some of the felt goodies from the Pam Donnis kit in THE DIGI FILES 7. I also used the ABC paper strip. I finished it off with one of my favorite alphas — Teacher’s Pet by Lauren Reid (doesn’t look like it is available right now). I was so happy with how it turned out and happy that I have this story saved.

first-day_2pgwebDoctor, Doctor by Lauren Grier and Melissa Bennett, School Stuff by Pamela Donnis for THE DIGI FILES 7, Teacher’s Pet Alpha by Lauren Reid, fonts are Typewriter Scribble and Quicksand Dashed

Feeling good that I had now completed four layouts (for a total of 6 pages) with this kit, I started to close down all my files in PSE. As I was doing so, I came across the adorable little bandaids in the Doctor, Doctor kit and knew that I had one more layout to do. A little recoloring of the bandaids and I was good to go!

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So there you go — one kit, five layouts, a total of 7 pages. If I paid $7.99 for the kit (in reality, I have no idea what I paid, but I do know that it is in the Penny Candy section at SSD right now), then I am at just over $1.00 a page. Not bad, eh? I loved the process of actually writing down stories that I wanted to use this specific kit for. It gave me guidance and focus. And because all of these stories are from different time periods, you would never notice in my album that I reused the same kit so many times. And I know that if we ever find ourselves in the hospital again, I already have a go-to kit ūüėČ

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P.S. Today is the last day to get THE DIGI FILES 7! Grab it before it is gone!

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT — Darcy Baldwin

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It is no secret that I love journaling.¬† For me, telling the story is what scrapbooking is about.¬† Although there are times when a photo is all that is needed, I would say 95% of my layouts have quite a bit of journaling on the.¬† It is just how I scrap.¬† It is also no secret that I get stuck in a rut with journaling fonts…for a long time it was Century Gothic, dabbled in a few others, and then got stuck on Typewriter Scribbled (ha ha!¬† So much so that when I Googled the font name, 3 of the top 5 entries were mine — two from THE DAILY DIGI and one from a layout from THE DIGI DARES.)¬† I also love taking a journaling font and making it BIG and turning it into a title. That said, getting to work with sponsoring designer Darcy Baldwin this month was a great way for me to break out of my rut and try some new fonts…and you know what, it was fun! Darcy has some great fonts out there — I can’t wait to show you!¬† But first, let’s look at the fonts she created for THE DIGI FILES 7.

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You’ve already seen a bunch of layouts using Darcy’s fonts on the MORE WITH FOUR layouts and here are two more!

ana_tdf7Layout by Ana: Font DJB Christy (Darcy Baldwin). Backgrounds and Buttons Downtown Loft (Amy Wolff) and Awaiting Autumn – recolored (Julia Makotinsky). Tag Carefree (Holly Designs). Stitching (Amy Wolff). Sentiments 3 (Stephanie 2). School Days Alpha (Designs by Lili). Template from TDF 6 (Janet Phillips).
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alittleabout-copy6I’m Darcy Baldwin.

I’m the wife of Russ (13 years), and mom to two sweet little men whom we homeschool. We love the learning journey and doing it together. We live near Dallas and embrace our geek lives. Someday – we do hope to move to a small family farm to raise goats and sheep and chickens and grow our own food. Someday…

I love to scrap…started in 2003 after my youngest was born and can’t imagine what it’s going to be like for them when I’m gone…lugging and dealing with the 100’s of albums I’ll probably have done by that time.¬† Poor guys. I just love the ability to capture our lives and tell those stories of the way we are today….for the future when they really become interested in their history and I might not be able to remember it!

STORE: Darcy Baldwin at Sweet Shoppe Designs

BLOG: Somewhat Muddled Musings

I was given an opportunity to train under a font legend (Kimberly Geswein) a few years back, and took the opportunity to open my own business to help the family out with all the extras. It’s my passion that families pass on their stories so that in this hectic world where families always seem to live so far apart, we have a way of grounding ourselves with where we came from and who we are. Journaling on scrap pages (especially in your own handwriting for your family to see down the years) is just one way you can do that, and I love being able to help people with that.

Since March 2006

I’m a scrapper…I do design, but I’m a scrapper at heart.

Way too many!

Stick*It Dates

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1. my boys’ laughter
2. when my husband smiles at me
3. that God truly loves me
4. rainy days
5. books…books…and more books!
6. that I get to be home and learn right along with my little men
7. tex-mex food
8. curling up with my man and a really good movie
9. Sonic Cokes
10. chocolate

1. meanness – in every form
2. that anyone has to suffer
3. having to put away the clean dishes
4. stepping on legos in the middle of the night
5. all 5 million twist ties that come on kids’ toys nowadays.
6. asparagus & cauliflower
7. 4:30 am
8. that I’m at a stage in life where sleeping past 6 am seems to be a thing of the past
9. slugs
10. coconut

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And here are some of my favorite Darcy products!

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I got a custom font done by Darcy a few years back and I LOVE it.¬† I save it for my very personal layouts — ones that are my heart on a page. It is good that my handwriting will be preserved on these oh-so-special layouts!

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And now for some inspiration!

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We just want to take a minute to thank Darcy so much for being here with us this month at THE DAILY DIGI.  We had a last-minute open spot and she jumped right it!

As a THANK YOU to readers, Darcy has a great coupon for you!

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Why I Don’t Scrap In Order

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My brother in law is visiting from the States and one of the perks of having him come is that he can bring us a bunch of stuff that we have been missing! Parmesan cheese, fruit snacks, good English books. Oh the bliss! One of the first things on my list when I found out he was coming was LAYOUTS! Scrapbook Pictures has been running a sale on 8×8’s for just 99 cents (though I now see that they have officially changed their 8×8 price from $1.99 to $1.49, which isn’t bad!) My brother in law brought me about 150 layouts. Yippee! Now the hard part comes — organizing them and putting them into albums. It would be a MUCH easier process if I scrapped in order, but I don’t, and I never plan on starting. I know some scrappers do scrap in order, and that’s great. But here are my reasons for NOT scrapping in order (though I do put them in albums chronologically).

  • If I don’t scrap in order, I never feel “behind.” I take SO MANY pictures every month, and I always have. I didn’t start scrapping until 2004 — if I had gone back to the beginning I don’t think I would have ever been “caught up.” In my trying to catch up, I would miss the stories of the here and now.
  • I think I would get bored. My attention span isn’t long and if I were scrapping the same time period all the time, I know I would lose interest. By scrapping whatever inspires me at the time, I stay motivated to scrap.
  • I get to scrap photos when I am truly inspired and not just because they are “next in line.” Sometimes a photo speaks deeply to me — but I am not ready to scrap it. Sometimes I have a series of photos that I want to scrap but I haven’t found the perfect kit. Often, something I see in a magazine or online strikes me and I can then go back to a photo and scrap it. My favorite pages are the ones I am inspired to scrap, not the ones I “have” to scrap.
  • By not scrapping in order, I get to relive memories whenever I want or need to. Lately, I have been having some pretty bad “India days” (days I miss India) and it has been very therapeutic for me to go back and scrap some of my India photos. It has met a real need in my heart and I love that.
  • Sometimes, the best stories are told past tense. If we ever get “caught up” and then spend all our time scrapping “the here and now” we might miss some of the story. For example, on September 11th of this year I finally scrapped a layout about what September 11, 2001 meant to me. For me, the story was better told with eyes looking behind. All but the real story has fallen away, allowing me to tell the story as is in my heart right now.
  • I make better use of my kits. Because I don’t scrap in order, I can take one kit and use it multiple times. Because the pages won’t fall anywhere near each other in my albums, it doesn’t matter if they use similar items or colors schemes. Be sure to come back on Wednesday when I will share a lot more on using kits multiple times!

So what about you? Do you scrap in order? Why or why not?

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P.S. A BIG congrats to Tamara who was randomly selected to win a 5 pack of $10 coupons to sponsoring designer stores for her MORE WITH FOUR layout! Tamara, if you can email me using the contact button above, I will get your your coupons!

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the-undigi1I’m a pretty simple person.¬† I have simple decorations, a simple wardrobe, and notably, a pretty simple scrapping style.¬† I haven’t always been this way.¬† In fact, I used to be a pack rat to the EXTREME.¬† I kept anything and everything, LOVED to shop, and had collections for all sorts of stuff I didn’t need.

Then one day back in 2001 I was visiting my then 92 year old grandmother (she lived until she was 99).¬† I was at her house and was overwhelmed with the sense of peace I felt in her home.¬† I couldn’t put my finger on for the longest time.¬† And then it hit me — her home was clean and simple.¬† There were just a few gorgeous pieces of furniture and some very tasteful decorations.¬† It was calm, serene, and gorgeous.

Since that time I have been paring down, getting rid of those things I don’t need, and VASTLY reducing the amount of things I purchase.¬† Me liking something isn’t enough of a reason (usually) to buy it.¬† It needs to have a purpose/function, a place to put it, and I have to have the time to do whatever I am supposed to do with it. If it doesn’t meet those criteria, it doesn’t come home with me.

In any case, my desire to be UNcluttered led me naturally to the site,¬† UNCLUTTERER.¬† It is full of all sorts of tips to stay calm and clutter free.¬† One of my favorite features is the UNITASKER WEDNESDAY post where they discuss some contraption that was created for just one task.¬† You know, the things that take your money and take up space but don’t really do that much?¬† They post them as jokes, and I have enjoyed a chuckle or two over things that ten years ago I would have “had to have” and things I can totally see some of my gizmo loving friends buying in an instant — especially if it were on sale!¬† Here are a few of my “favorite’s”:

The Ice Blok

The Dog Umbrella

Bed Made EZ

The Jog A Dog

The Chompr

Electric Paper Plane Launcher

Seriously…who comes up with this stuff?

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Weekend Scrapping {free gift}

Still fighting the sickies around this house…but the advantage is a little down time to scrap. My husband (bless his heart) took the kids out for the day so I have been rummaging through old scanned photos. What fun!

housegroup_450forwebCredits: Barefoot by Shabby Princess, template by Janet Phillis, date stamps by Amber Clegg, Shmootzy Alpha 4 by Nancie Rowe Janitz

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT — Matahati Designs

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One of the things that I love about scrapbooking is that it knows no limits, no borders, no countries.¬† Digital scrapbooking is being enjoyed by people all over the globe.¬† I love that I have scrapping friends in almost every continent.¬† The digi world encompasses the whole world.¬† So, even in my neck of the woods in Southeast Asia there are a growing number of scrappers — and designers! I am excited to be spotlighting Zakirah of Mathati Designs today.¬† Zakirah is a young and up-and-coming artist in Malaysia and I am excited to show you some of her stuff.¬† Before we get to that, though, we need to take a peek at what she created for THE DIGI FILES 7.

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I love this mini kit because it forced me out of my comfort zone and into a world of dark and purple! I get so stuck in a rut with the colors that I scrap with and I love being pulled out of it! This kit ended up being perfect for a photo I have been wanting to scrap for a long time!

like-mother-like-daughter_webLayout by Janet: MIDNIGHT DREAMS by Matahati Designs for THE DIGI FILES 7; Shmootzy alpha 4 by Nancie Rowe Janitz, fonts are Typewriter Scribbled and CK Ali’s Writing

And here are two more pages by our Artist Team:

max-midnight-hour-091309Layout by Karen: MIDNIGHT DREAMS by Matahati Designs for THE DIGI FILES 7; Lauren Reid Bitty Stitchies Vol. 2 and Perfectly Sketchy alpha, Kelley Mickus Click Click Click clock; Font is CK Invitation
mika_daddyasleep_04_webLayout by Jacki: MIDNIGHT DREAMS by Matahati Designs for THE DIGI FILES 7; Font is Typewriter.

You can pick up this kit and everything else in THE DIGI FILES for just $5.00.¬† Get it right HERE.¬† And we have a new feature…as we previews what is included in each DIGI FILES we add the image to THIS PAGE!¬† Check it out!

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My name is Zakirah, the person behind Matahati Designs. I’m a 21-year-old university student living in the sunny Cyberjaya, Malaysia. I’m currently pursuing a degree in Multimedia, majoring in Interface Design, which means I draw and deal with markers, soft pastels, talc and cotton pad almost everyday (sigh). You can see most of my university work on my Facebook, and for my official digiscrapping blog, you can check it out here.

STORE: Matahati Designs at Scrap Orchard

BLOG: Matahati Designs

I started designing out of fun and curiosity. I wanted to know how far I could go on implementing what I learned in college. Soon, it turned out to be a fruitful hobby, both financially and educationally. Before I started designing, my Photoshop and designing skills weren’t challenged enough because the only “clients” I had was my lecturers. But when I started designing, I have a larger base of “clients” which I learned so much from. I also learned a lot from fellow designers who are more than willing to share their design secrets. Discovering digiscrapping is by far the best thing that had ever happened to me as a design student. It’s a great learning & experimenting field for me.

I’I’ve been designing since June 2008, so that makes it a year and 3 months now (wow, how time flies!).

I’m both, although right now I don’t have much time left for scrapping. I do sneak in some scrapping when I’m stressed. It’s a great stress reliever for me ūüôā

I used to spend a lot of time on designing & stuff related to it per week, but since college has started, I’m limiting the time on that to make way for my studies & college activities. I’ve also found that limiting the time on that stuff makes me more productive and have a fresher perspective on designing, LOL. So at the moment, I think I spend around 10-12 hours a week on designing.

I really have a soft spot for one of my latest kits, Birthday Lady:

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and Fiona:

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It’s a tie between Scenes d’Hiver, All That’s Fall & Color Me Happy:

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1. Perhentian Island ūüôā
2. The sea
3. Quietness
4. Watermelon
5. Tea
6. Soft pastels & cotton pad
7. Simplicity
8. Spontaneous vacations
9. Slow music
10. Nature

1. ANTS (seriously they’ve been evolving too much)
2. Cigarette smokes
3. Anger
4. Tight deadlines ūüôĀ
5. Smelly clothes
6. Clutter
7. Crowded places (I once collapsed at a computer fair, hehe)
8. Loud music
9. Lizards
10. Spiders

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And now for some more of Matahati Designs

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And some scrapping inspiration:

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Thank you so much, Zakirah, for being with us here at THE DAILY DIGI this month!¬† It has been so fun to have you!¬† Good luck in all your schooling…you are off to a GREAT start!

As a THANK YOU to THE DAILY DIGI readers, Zakaria has a great

20% off coupon

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(1 time use per customer, expires Sept 30)

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Showing Some Love

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Janet and I have some gift certificates to some of our past (and future) sponsors’ stores that we are dying to give away! We came up with, what we think, is a great way for us to share these with you, with little effort on your part! ūüôā A win-win for everyone!! We are calling it Linky Love and have set up it’s own page within the site to run to contest from. You can find out more about it HERE. I promise, it is EASY and painless and will only take a couple of minutes. The really cool thing is that you will automatically be re-entered for the drawing each and every month!! Go on, you know you want some free goodies from these awesome designers (and then some)!!! Just click here…go…go…what are you waiting for???

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Making Templates Work for You

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I get reader questions almost every day. And I LOVE it. I love hearing what you want to know, what confuses you, what you have always wanted to ask but never have. I have gotten all sorts of questions from “Would I make a good designer?” to “where do you get ideas for your titles?” I am by no means an expert (there are MANY people who know MUCH more than I do!) but I do love being able to help. Usually, I try to answer people right away with whatever information I can offer them. One thing I have noticed, though, is that I tend to get a lot of repeat questions and I do a lot of repeat answers. What I really need to be doing, is taking more of those reader questions and answering them right here on the site. The other day a reader emailed and asked a GREAT question…so I thought I would share.

The reader asked where to find 8.5 x 11 templates. She said that she wanted to create an album but that as she looked for 8.5 x 11 templates she wasn’t really able to find any.

“Where can I find 8.5 x 11 templates?”

It’s a great question. However, I don’t have the answer. I haven’t really seen many 8.5 x 11 templates. I do admit, though, that I am not a huge digi shopper (I have personal rules that I only buy what I am going to scrap with right then) and so I don’t see a lot of what is in the stores. I know for myself, as a template designer, that I don’t make 8.5 x 11 templates because they don’t sell well. The vast majority of digi scrappers scrap on 12 x 12 and 8×8, so that is how I create my templates. The thing is, You don’t need 8.5 x 11 templates.

You can easily turn a 12 x 12 template into an 8.5 x 11 template

The beauty of templates is that they are totally customizable! Because the files are layered, everything can be moved, changed, resized, and more. There is no reason you have to search high and low for a designer you love who creates in 8.5 x 11, you can just take regular templates that you love and make them work for you! Here are three examples of 12 x 12 templates that I altered in less than 2 minutes to create an 8.5 x 11 template.

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In the first example I took a 12 x 12 template, rotated it to the left, and the repositioned onto an 8.5 x 11. Two minutes, tops.

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In this second example, I just cropped the page to 8.5 x 11 and then cut off the paper on the left (so that there would be a margin on both sides.

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In my third example, I took the 12 x 12 template, moved all the layers to an 8.5 x 11 canvas, and then shrunk everything until it “fit” and I liked the way it looked. Again, no more than two minutes.

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So if you are looking for great 8.5 x 11 templates, you don’t need to look any farther than your favorite template designer. If you need some great designers, be sure to check out Reason #7 in Part Three of my TEN REASONS TO LOVE TEMPLATES (Part One and Two can be found by clicking on the number).

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The Digi Files 7

As we reveal parts of The Digi Files, we will post previews here, please note that not all of the contents will be revealed until the end of the month. Here is what we have so far:

Holly Designs revealed on September 12, 2009

Amy Wolff revealed on September 15, 2009

Julie Makotinsky revealed September 18, 2009

Stephanie2 and Janet revealed on September 21, 2009:

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Pamela Donnis revealed September 22:

Matahati contributed this…

Finally from Darcy…

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT — Pamela Donnis

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I love to seeing the craftiness of the digi community!¬† Not only are there talented designers and photographers, there are also people who do fun things like cake decorating, jewelry making, and paper crafting. Oh if I only had the time!¬† One of the things that I have to literally keep myself from looking at is crafting with felt.¬† I love the cute and soft look to all the amazing felted pieces and I just know I could waste spend HOURS playing around making all sorts of fun stuff (and just because I like to pass on too-good-to-keep-to-myself info, did you know that Heather Bailey now has her own line of felt?¬† Make my heart swoon! ) Anyway, I did have a point here…I love felt and today’s SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT just rocks the felt!¬† Pamela Donnis…one of those new-to-me hidden treasures that I got to discover through this little site of mine, has the CUTEST felt stuff.¬† Her kits and element packs are just FULL of fun crafty goodness and her felt pieces make me want to run our right now and buy out the felt shelves and start yet another hobby. I can’t wait to show you some of her best packs.¬† First though, is showing you what she created for THE DIGI FILES 7.¬† And don’t you worry…there is FELT (and a really cool alpha and some other super fun stuff!)

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You can grab this great kit (as well as a ton of others) for just $5.00 right HERE.

Here are a TON of layouts from our awesome Artist Team!

kelly_junkmedLayout by Kelly: SCHOOL STUFF from THE DIGI FILES 7, template- Photo Overload Set 4 Studio Hillary Scrapbook Graphics, Font- American Typewriter

jacki_jo_1stdaypreschool_99_webLayout by Jacki: SCHOOL STUFF from THE DIGI FILES 7, Font is A Little Pot.
wolfie2008-first-day-of-school_450Layout by Amy: SCHOOL STUFF from THE DIGI FILES 7, Kaye Winiecki’s template pack 14

katie_pameladonnisLayout by Katie: SCHOOL STUFF from THE DIGI FILES 7, template by Janet Phillips collection 14 (also from The Digi Files 7)
fonts are CK footnote and Fontologie Messy Bessy

ana_pameladonnisLayout by Ana: SCHOOL STUFF from THE DIGI FILES 7, stitching, Lisa Whitney; Alpha I Heart You, Ana Reis and Fonts: 2 peas scrapbook and DJB Sweet Robin, Darcy Baldwin

karen_sam-ib-program-091609Layout by Karen: SCHOOL STUFF from THE DIGI FILES 7, Fontologie Textura Empty and Printing Primer Lowfat fonts

rachael_schooldays2009Layout by Rachael: SCHOOL STUFF from THE DIGI FILES 7

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My name is Pam Odd and I design under the name Pamela Donnis (Donnis is my middle name).¬† I grew up in Utah and Washington state, but my current home is in¬†Kentucky.¬† We moved here¬†a couple of months ago¬†after¬†my husband finished graduate school and¬†was offered¬†his “dream” job teaching¬†English and running the Writing Center at a small 4-year¬†college.¬†¬†I was very nervous about moving almost 2,000 miles away from our families, but we love it here so far!¬†¬†Everyone is so friendly and it is so green and gorgeous.¬†¬†I met my¬†husband¬†when we were¬†freshman in college and we have been married for eight years.¬† We have a four year old son, a two year old daughter, and another baby girl due on October 1st.

I sell at Little Dreamer Designs
My blog is: Keeping Life Creative
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When I started digital¬†scrapbooking my husband¬†was in graduate school and we¬†were on a very tight budget so I was mostly scrapping with freebies.¬†¬†After a bit I realized that the many of the designers¬†offering the freebies on their blogs were just learning to design and I wondered if I¬†could do it too.¬† About that time I saw an ad for a design contest and decided to enter.¬† I didn’t even make it through¬†the first round, but in the process of creating that little kit I learned my way around Photoshop pretty well and became addicted to creating.¬† I offered the mini on my blog and¬†received hundreds of downloads.¬† I was stunned!!¬† My husband was really busy with school and often had late nights doing homework, so I started spending my evenings (after the kids went to bed) on the computer creating, giving away freebies and entering design contests.¬† After several months I felt confident enough to apply for some stores,¬†and began selling in August 2008.

I’ve been¬†designing¬†for almost 2 years, but¬†started selling¬†a¬†year¬†ago.¬† My first store was at Elemental Scraps.¬† I¬†have also sold at Funky Playground, and now my home is The DigiChick.

I try really hard to be both although I definitely spend more time designing.¬†¬†Creating pages inspires me to design though, so if¬†I’m in a¬†rut¬†I will scrap some pages and soon be back to designing.¬† I also attempt to scrap a¬†page or¬†two with my own kits as I am¬†designing¬†them to see if I feel they are useable.

I schedule my design time around my kids.¬† Most days¬†I work for 2-3 hours in the afternoon during quiet time/naptime.¬†¬†I usually can take 10 minutes here and there throughout the day to catch up on e-mails, etc.¬†and then depending on the evening I can¬†also get in a couple¬†hours after my kids go to¬†bed (while my husband is¬†grading papers or while we’re¬†watching a movie).

{No Longer} Flowerless
It is full of all my favorite things: bright colors, flowers, felt, doodles, and paper.  I also love it because it is sentimental to me (you can read about why I created it in the product description).  It was very healing for me to create.

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Probably my fruit and veggie felt element packs

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(besides my family, friends, home, and church)

1. Browsing flea markets, thrift stores, and yard sales
2. Collecting children’s books and reading to my kids
3. The colors red and purple
4. A tall glass of ice water (and crunching the ice)
5. The fresh smell of the steam that comes out of the dishwasher when you first open the door after the load is finished.
6. Eating ūüôā Chocolate fondue, watermelon, french fries, Kosher dill pickles (yes, I am pregnant but I love these all the time too!)
7. The scent of my husband’s deoderant
8. Going out to eat, especially to small local restaurants
9. Planning vacations (even if we never go)
10. Wearing flip flops

1. Potty training
2. White carpet (especially while I am potty training!)
3. Braxton Hicks contractions
4. Dishes (they never seem to end around here)
5. Talking on the phone (sorry to my friends and family if you are reading this), I’d rather e-mail
6. When a crayon gets into my laundry errrgghh…..
7. Slow internet connections
8. Dry scalp
9. Running out of hot water when I’m in the shower
10. Not having enough time in the day to get everything done I want to/need to do

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And now some more of Pamela’s wonderful designs. And don’t say I didn’t warn you about the felty goodness.¬† Paypal, lookout!

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Thank you, Pamela, for being a sponsor with us at THE DAILY DIGI this month!¬† I just LOVE your designs and can’t wait to play around more.¬† And if I go broke at the felt stores, I blame you entirely.

As a THANK YOU to our readers, Pamela has a great coupon for you!

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