Last Chance for THE DIGI FILES 9

Today is the LAST DAY that you can grab THE DIGI FILES 9…ALL OF THIS for just $5.00.  Don’t miss it…because after today it it all goes into designer stores for the full market value!

Anne-Made Designs at ScrapArtist

Fee Jardin at Sweet Shoppe Designs

Fruit LoOp Sally at Pickleberry Pop

Amy Martin at The Lilypad

Cafe J at After 5 Designs

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Cinnamon Designs at After 5 Designs

and Oscraps as our monthly store sponsor!

Grab ’em before they are GONE!

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P.S. Congratulations to lorsworldsofscraps who is our winner of November’s Linky Love contest.  Linky Love is an ongoing contest that you only need to enter ONE TIME and have a chance to win each month!  I had a lot of fun looking at her blog too while I was there checking to make sure THE DAILY DIGI blinkie was still displayed!  Lorsworldsofscraps has won 4 GC’s to our sponsors stores! 🙂

Totally Random and Useless

the-undigi1When I was a kid, my mom got a set of books one Christmas that I just loved.  I didn’t read the actual books, but at the bottom of every page there was some kind of interesting fact.  I loved being seven and knowing that “those shoe sizer thingies” at shoe stores are called Brannock Devices. Interesting and useless facts were totally fascinating to me.  I was reminded of my love of quirky knowledge recently as I read a book where the main character has useless information on almost every page.  And so, my dear readers, here is a set of Totally Random and Useless Facts.  And I take no responsibility for their accuracy 🙂 ENJOY!

  1. The US interstate highway system requires that one mile in every five be straight. These straight sections function as airstrips in times of war and other emergencies.
  2. The Boston University Bridge is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.
  3. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs have only about ten.
  4. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
  5. In every episode of Seinfeld, there is a superman somewhere.
  6. February 1965 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
  7. The cruise liner, Queen Elisabeth II, moves only six inches for every gallon of diesel fuel that it burns.
  8. Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book published in every major Dewey Decimal category.
  9. Columbia University is the second largest land owner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.
  10. Cat urine glows under a black light.
  11. Back in the mid-80s, an IBM compatible computer wasn’t considered 100% compatible unless it could run Microsoft’s Flight Simulator.
  12. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
  13. In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  14. Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child is 2-6 years of age.
  15. Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
  16. If you have three quarters, four dimes and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
  17. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
  18. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually that all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
  19. No NFL team which plays its home games in a dome has ever won a Superbowl.
  20. The first toilet ever seen on TV was on “Leave it to Beaver”.
  21. In the Great Fire of London in 1666, half of the city was burned down but only 6 people were injured.
  22. One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers – they saw them as competitors.
  23. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 years old.
  24. The name Wendy was made up for the book -“Peter Pan”.
  25. The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
  26. It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of its mouth. The frog then uses its forearms to dig out all of the stomach’s contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.
  27. Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
  28. Sylvia Miles had the shortest performance ever nominated for an Oscar, in “Midnight Cowboy”. Her entire role lasted only 6 minutes.
  29. Charles Lindburgh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic flight.
  30. Goethe couldn’t stand the sound of barking dogs and could only write if he had an apple rotting in the drawer of his desk.
  31. Stewardesses is the longest word that is formally typed with only the left hand.
  32. Armadillos have four babies at a time and they are always the same sex.
  33. To escape the jaws of a crocodile, push your thumbs into its eyes – it will release you instantly.
  34. If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will come up heads approximately 4950 times because the heads picture weighs more than the tails side, so it ends up on the bottom more often.
  35. Hydroxydeoxycorticosterones is the longest anagram in the English language.
  36. Los Angeles’ full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Pornciuncula.
  37. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
  38. Al Capone’s business card said he was a furniture dealer.
  39. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.
  40. Wilma Flintstone’s maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubbles’ maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.
  41. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
  42. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
  43. The Ramses brand condom is named after the great Pharoh Ramses II, who fathered over 160 children.
  44. If NASA send birds into space, they would soon die because birds need gravity to swallow.
  45. Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  46. The computer term “byte” is a contraction of “by eight”.
  47. The average ear of corn has eight hundred kernels arranged in sixteen rows.
  48. The famous split-fingered Vulcan salute is actually intended to represent the first letter (“shin”, pronounced “sheen”) of the word “shalom”. As a boy, Leonard Nimoy observed his rabbi using it in a benediction and never forgot it; he was eventually able to add it to Star Trek lore.
  49. The idea that “the Boogey Man will get you” comes from the Boogey people, who still inhabit an area of Indonesia. These people still act as pirates today, and attack passing ships.
  50. Underground is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und”

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Scrapping Big Events

Birthdays. Vacations. Weddings. Special events…All BIG events. All HARD to scrap.

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When we have hundreds — if not thousands — of photos of a single day/event in our lives, the thought of scrapping it can be overwhelming! It is hard to know where to begin, how to move forward, and how to call it done! The days and moments are important to us and so we need to approach them..not in fear but in freedom.

“Freedom in what?” you ask. My answer: FREEDOM TO NOT SCRAP EVERY PHOTO. Freedom to not even scrap all the good photos. Freedom to choose the best of the best (whether in quality of photograph or quality of story-telling ability) and leave the rest.

springbreak_450Click to Enlarge. 4 DAY VACATION: 32 PHOTOS (out of 400+)

Look at it this way: A birthday is an important event. However, most kids who live with their parents will have 18 birthdays at home. If you scrapped even just ten pages for each year, you would end up with 180 birthday layouts for one child. Is a birthday so important that it takes up that amount of space in an album and so much of your time to create the pages?

5thbirthday_450Click to Enlarge. 5th BIRTHDAY: 24 PHOTOS (out of 150)

There are numerous ways to tackle “the big events” when it comes to scrapping, and today I am going to share my most-used process. At the end, I will share a few other ideas as well.

My number one go-to strategy for scrapping events/days that I have hundreds of photos for is this:

Narrow it down, scrap a multiphoto layout (one or two pages), and call it done.

playndine_450Click to Enlarge. 4th BIRTHDAY AT DISNEY’S PLAY ‘N DINE: 31 PHOTOS out of 200

I know, I know. It sounds scary. How can I go from 200 photos to just a few? How can I capture the HUGENESS of this event on one or two pages? How can I not scrap all these photos? I ask those questions and then I answer myself with comments like,

“This event is big now, but not necessarily huge in the context of our whole story.”

“I don’t need 100 photos of my daughter’s 5th birthday in order to remember it.”

“I would rather scrap a few photos and then move onto other — just as important — stories.”

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1. Narrow it Down: This is the hardest part of the process, but the most important. When I go through my photos for a big event, I try to ask myself, “What do I want to remember most about this day?” I choose photos that represents the bigger story for me. The rest of the photos I leave. I may revisit them later, maybe not. I usually end up with 20-30 photos that “tell the story” best.

2. Scrap a multi-photo layout. This is where I usually run to a template. Over the years I have created tons of multi-photo templates so that I have a starting point. With a template chosen (usually a two pager) I look to see how many photos I need. I then go through the favorites that I picked out and narrow it down again or add in a few more. I choose a kit that fits with the theme, share the story, and add to my album.

3. Call it done. For some people, this is the hardest step. When an event seems big to us, when it is filled with so much emotion, it is hard to have just one or two pages to commemorate it. However, when you look back on the event in years to come, it may not seem quite so big. And when you mix it in with the hundreds of other big stories in your life, your one or two pages will seem very adequate.

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Obviously, there are some stories that are bigger, that need more space, that are worthy of more than a few pages. Examples that come to mind:

Weddings

Once-in-a-lifetime trips

Stories that continue and can be added to: (people you love, places you have lived, recipes, etc.)

Special Milestone birthdays and anniversaries

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Here are some other ideas for ways to scrap bigger events:

Scrap many different pages and put it album as usual
Scrap many different pages and add to a special album (Christmas, birthday, etc):
Create a Mini Album
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Mosaic

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So how do YOU tackle your big events?

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Digi-Scrapping Recipes

Many Americans (and anyone else who ate a Thanksgiving feast) are recovering today after a day filled with an overabundance of food. I (Katie) consider myself to be very lucky to have enjoyed so many wonderful dishes, and I’m especially grateful that pie is a big part of Thanksgiving dinner! LOL! If you’re like me, your thoughts are now turning to holiday baking and entertaining, as well as planning and preparing many gifts to give to friends and family over the next month. No matter how you celebrate this time of year, chances are that food plays a big role in the festivities. Of course, food is a big part of our everyday lives as well, so it is a great topic to scrap about. One of the best ways to do this is by digiscrapping your favorite recipes.

Recipes can be featured on a layout as part of a topic, or as supportive journaling. Recipes also are wonderful for personalized memory cookbooks and embellished recipe cards. One of my favorite gifts to give (and receive!) is a collection of tried-and-true recipes. About 10 years ago, I put together a giant binder full of our favorite recipes and food-related photographs and memories. All I had to work with was a handful of clip-art graphics, Corel Word, and a few printed stationary papers. The finished product is nothing fancy to look at, but it is a real treasure for me and my family. I still refer to that binder collection at least once every single week. I made a few other copies of this book to give as gifts to our families.

These days I have access to hundreds (maybe even thousands?) of fabulous digital scrapbook graphics, fonts, dingbats, and embellishments that I can use over and over again. I have Photoshop Elements, Corel Draw, and Microsoft Digital Image Programs to use in addition to Microsoft Word. No shortage of supporting materials now! I also have a lot more special recipes and food-related memories to scrap, and I’ve been itching to do something creative with them!

WHY DIGI-SCRAP YOUR RECIPES?

Of course you probably won’t digi scrap every recipe you use, it just wouldn’t be practical in most cases. There are many recipes worth preserving though and creating something special with them is a treat for those who you share them with, and for yourself. If you need some reasons for scrapping your recipes here are a few I thought of:

  1. They make fabulous gifts! Give away a few recipe cards, or put together an entire album. Either way, the recipient is sure to love it!
  2. You deserve some pretty recipes to look at. Maybe it will even inspire you to expand your cooking skills.
  3. It’s a great way to practice your digi skills. You can use all sorts of styles that you might not feel as comfortable using on a traditional page.
  4. You can use all those cooking digi kits that you have (or want a reason to buy) and stretch those supplies even further. You will find a new use for pieces of kits that you never imagined. For example: Monkeys and bananas from this kit would be adorable on a banana bread recipe page! You can also dig out those holiday kits that are only used for one special time of year and find great embellishments for recipes such as cookies and candies from this darling Christmas kit.

HOW TO DIGI-SCRAP YOUR RECIPES:

  1. Create your own recipe cards on a 4×6 canvas and print them out just like pictures. File them in a recipe box, put them in photo sleeves or albums, or use them in a fun hybrid-type project like making a recipe rolodex file or a mini-album. This also works well with 5×7 size.
  2. Create standard size binder pages (8.5 inch x 11 inch) and use page protectors, divider tabs, and a binder. This is practical and sturdy, and the pages will stand up to years of use and will easily wipe clean.
  3. Create scrapbook size layouts for recipes to put in a scrapbook album. You can use any size, but 6×6 or 8×8 are particularly nice because they are small enough to store easily, but large enough to be able to read the print.
  4. No matter what format you use, focus on using an easily readable font.
  5. Take pictures of your recipe creations to use on your layouts or illustrate them with digi embellishments.

FANTASTIC RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DIGI-SCRAP YOUR RECIPES:

  1. Janet’s Food Photography tips here at The Daily Digi. This is a super fun way to practice your photography skills!
  2. November Workshop at The Digi Chick all about scrapping recipes. This is a fabulous idea and there are even some amazing freebies that are available only until the end of November so hurry!
  3. Family recipe layout ideas from Scrapbooks Etc.
  4. How to create a recipe scrapbook from ehow.com

EXAMPLES OF FUN WAYS TO DIGI-SCRAP A RECIPE:

Layout by Katie, supplies: What’s for Dinner? by Cinnamon Designs, Template by Hilary Heidelberg. Traveling Typewriter font.

Layout by Katie, supplies: What’s for Dinner? by Cinnamon Designs. Franklin Gothic Book font.

Layout by Katie, supplies: Santa’s Bakeshop by Misty Cato and Julie Billingsly. Font is TImes New Roman.

Layout by Karen, supplies: Lauren Reid Art House papers; Jacque Larsen Sunny Side Up elements; Kate Hadfield Heavy Duty staples; Emily Merritt Stitch ‘Em Up; Karah Fredricks Lil Chubs alpha

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Ok, I don’t know about all of you, but after looking at all these yummy kits, I have the sudden urge to go make some cookies! I think I’ll grab by camera as well and think about how I want to digi-scrap my favorite cookie recipe.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING and some fun ideas

happythanksgivingSupplies: journal block from Softly Falling by Dani Mogstad, leaves overlay and orange paper by Cinnamon Designs (TDF9), font P22 Cezanne.

To all of our readers in the U.S. — HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! We hope you have a safe and memorable day! If you are needing some last minute inspiration and THANKFUL inspired projects here are some ideas:

Janet’s post with a free Thankful Album Starter

You have until 9a.m. CST to enter a great digi giveaway on Cathy Z’s blog.

Cathy Z also has this great hybrid (but can be total digi) Thankful project.

Thanksgiving conversation starters here.

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Printable Thanksgiving table decorations for the kids to color.

Have a GREAT day!!!

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December Daily

this article is a repost from our CHRISTMAS IN JULY series.

for more up-to-date on December Daily, be sure to check out Ali’s blog for her December Daily Q&A 2009

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I am sure many of you are familiar with Ali Edwards’ DECEMBER DAILY ALBUM. Over the last two years I have been inspired as I have seen her create — in advance — an album that will chronicle the busy and oh-so-fun month of December. The idea behind it is by getting the time-consuming part of the project done with ahead of time, it is easy to print out photos and add some journaling and end up with one amazing album. The amazingly talented Ali gives some great information on creating an album of your own HERE and HERE. She also has a list of FAQ that you can read HERE and if you want to see the Flickr pool of gorgeous pages created by others, you can look HERE.

As I thought about my own documentation of Christmas, I realized that while I may feel like I “have it scrapped,” I have never really taken the time to chronicle the entire season. I have never looked closely at each individual day, written about the magic of the time of year, or spend time journaling about how I feel during this amazing holiday time. And so, as I thought about it, I knew that a DECEMBER DAILY album would be an amazing project to take part in.

One problem. I never have time in November or December to do anything like this. And so, I figured, “why not do it now?” And so I did.

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It was pretty simple to put together and I LOVE the way it turned out. I am so excited to use it this year!

I started my choosing one main kit to work with. I am a kit scrapper, and for a project of this size I knew I would want to stick to one color scheme. I decided on a great, versatile Christmas kit of Shabby Miss Jenn’s — XMAS MARKET. I love that it was 1) big, 2) contained holiday colors and non-holiday colors, and 3) is “my style” — warm and comfy.

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After choosing my main kit, I had my eye on a few other things that I wanted to incorporate.

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It only made sense that I would use Ali’s 25 Days of December brushes. They were perfect for making journaling cards!

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And I just ADORE the Presslines by Paislee Press and knew they would make perfect accents for my pages!

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I created a template for myself for the pages. I wanted a half bracket page shape, so after creating the template I clipped on various papers from the kit. I then printed and cut out.

I wanted the jorunaling cards to be separate so that they could be moved around as needed. I have no idea what will happen each day and which page might work best, so by keeping the journaling (and dates) separate, I have a ton of freedom.

After coloring the journaling cards with colors from the kit, I printed them out (reducing the size so that I could get four on a page). I then rounded the corners to mimic the rounded edges of the bracket pages.

I added a pocket to some of the pages so that if there are things I want to save — programs, invitations, cards, etc. — I have a place to put them.

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I created the cover by cutting out the word “December” from Ali’s brushes, and then adding the “this is” part of the title. I also cut out the circle element from her brushes, removed the number, and added the date 2009 using Amber Clegg’s Date Stamps. I added one of the word art pieces from Paislee Press and with a little double sided foam tape, voila, my cover was done.

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Here are some more of the inside pages. Note that they are all left blank at this point. I want to be able to add photos, dates, etc. to the pages when the time comes and therfore all the pages are interchangeable. LOVE that!

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When December rolls around, I plan to take photos (of course!) and journal a bit every day. It will be neat to have my Project 365 and December Daily collide. Some days I may use just one photo — other days I may use a lot. I don’t want to limit myself. I will keep a running document with journaling prompts and hopefully can print photos and journaling every couple of days. The idea, of course, is to have finished album at the end of the month and not feel like it kept me from enjoying all that I am trying to capture. We’ll see how I do!

So how about you? Have you ever done a DECEMBER DAILY album? Do you want to? Is there a month other than December that you would love to capture in this way? Do you have time now to put an album together so that when the holiday season is here you are prepared? We’ve love to hear your stories, see your albums, and read your ideas for how to make this project work for you!

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So Very Thankful

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Ahhh…Thanksgiving time. Good food, family, friends, and a whole lot of reasons to be thankful! Even if you aren’t American, why not take some time to record why you and your family feel thankful? Our lives are filled with abundant blessings, even in the hard times. We have food. We have shelter. We have safe water to drink and clothes to wear. We have a computer to read this on, the ability to read…and SO MUCH more! We are blessed beyond measure. So why not share why you are thankful?

The kids and I made an album sharing why we are thankful. I started with the templates above and then I used this kit from Dani Mogstad (from THE DIGI FILES 8 but now available HERE)

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I had the kids draw a picture of what they were thankful for and then write it down. I then added mine in and put it all together on handmade paper. So easy, so simple, and yet so powerful as we captured this moment in time and what is precious to each of our hearts.

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So why are YOU thankful??

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT — Anne deJong

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Sometimes I get giddy with excitement as I prepare to do a sponsor spotlight.  Some designers just amaze me so much that I want to make sure EVERY.SINGLE.SCRAPPER. knows about them.  Today’s spotlight, Anne deJong, is definitely one of those designers! Anne just brings something so unique to the digi world.  She is the master of oh so realistic paper shapes — flowers, hearts, and MORE.  I can’t wait to show you some of my favorite products of hers.  But first, let’s look at her gorgeous contribution to THE DIGI FILES 9.

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Anne created this GORGEOUS alphabet.  I LOVE it!  I just love how, well, handmade it is!  It just adds that perfect touch to a page!  You can get this alpha along with a bunch of other things, all for just $5.00!

Here are some team layouts using the alpha

winniethepoohLayout by Rachael: Handcrafted Alpha by Anne deJong (TDF 9), Pea Green Boat by Kaye Winiecki at The Lilypad, Rather Ragged Stitching by Christine Smith, Paint Me Round by Lauren Reid, Fun Land (solid background) by Jacque Larsen at The Lilypad, Template by Get It Scrapped, Journaling Card by BellaGypsy

1118-fagundes-450pxLayout by Ana: Handcrafted Alpha, Anne Made (in TDF-November) / Winter Wonderland, Oscraps (in TDF-November) / Quirky Edges Template, Lauren Reid / Stitching and staple, Lisa Whitney / Font DJB Euroscript, Darcy Baldwin

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Template pack 18 by Kaye Winiecki at The Lilypad, font is CK journaling

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Hi! My name is Anne. I’m a 30-something SAHM. I live in Alberta, Canada with my husband and 3 girls, ages 7, 4 and 1.

STORE: Anne Made Designs at Scrapartist

It started with a challenge to do a layout featuring your own hand-drawn doodles. I end up creating an entire alphabet and gave that out as a freebie. After a few more freebies I was approached by FPD and started my design career there in March 2007.

Two and a half years

Both! I scrap in spurts though. I usually work on designs for a week or two and then take a break from that and scrap for 2-3 nights in a row.

With my 3 girls keeping me hopping, I usually only find 10 hours a week right now to design. I’d like to do more one day, but for now I’ll take what time I can get!


This one looks really boring – but I use it a LOT: my Chromophobia papers. I just love neutral papers – almost every LO I do starts with a neutral, and the colour is all in the photo and elements.

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I’m also loving this alpha right now:

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I’m pretty sure it was my Paper Trails: Hearts

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1 my family 🙂
2 the outdoors
3 gardening
4 a cup of tea on a cold day
5 painting – preferably with oils (the fine-art kind, not painting walls)
6 curling up with a good book
7 ice cream sandwiches
8 lists
9 try out new dinner ideas
10 scrapping

1 what dry air does to my hair
2 being cold (why do I live in alberta???)
3 that chocolate gives me eczema
4 noise
5 traffic
6 dog hair on my clothes
7 being late
8 that I never get enough sleep
9 putting something in a safe spot so I wouldn’t loose it, but then can’t find it when I need it
10 thinking of things that bug me

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Now let’s look at some of my very favorite Anne Made products!

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And now for some scrapping inspiration…

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A big THANK YOU to Anne for being with us here at THE DAILY DIGI this month!  We are so thankful you could share your talent with us!  Anne has a special discount for our readers:

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BLACK FRIDAY

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As much as Americans are looking forward to this coming Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, I have a feeling that many people are just as much looking forward to the day after Thursday…otherwise known as BLACK FRIDAY.  This day is touted as the biggest shopping day for Americans.  While this is true for customer traffic, as far as actual sales numbers go, the Saturday before Christmas takes the prize.  Regardless, Black Friday is a shoppers dream day (or nightmare) with stores opening as early as midnight and offering amazing sales and deals to kick off the holiday shopping season. Electronics for 50% off, limited supply toys going to the first 100 customers, and even pre-Black Friday sales.  It’s a day to get up early, fight the crowds, and save big.  Or, if you are like me, it is a day to stay in jammies all day, eat some left over turkey, and scrap. But, whatever floats your boat 🙂

Leaving all digi sales aside, here are some places you can check out while you make your “gotta be there” store list for Friday.

BLACK FRIDAY ADS

SALES FOR BLACK FRIDAY

BLACK FRIDAY INFO

THE BLACK FRIDAY

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Don’t Be Sad It’s Over, Be Glad It Happened

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Layout by Steph, supplies: template by Janet, Free2b by Cafe J (The Digi Files#9), fonts FO-Giggles and Typewriter Scribbled (journaling at the end of post)

When I read the comments in Janet’s announcement that she was leaving, I was overwhelmed with your love for her and the respect you have for her decision. There were so many memories shared by you about the THE DAILY DIGI and Janet! Bretta shared this quote and advice, “Don’t be sad it’s over, be glad it happened!”

One of the many things that Janet has taught me is that I need to scrap about my scrapping life. I have been on several teams, had layouts published in magazines, and met some amazing friends, and sadly (until now) I have nothing to show for that part of my life! I thought before Janet left it would be GREAT to have our team and our readers scrap some layouts about their memories so far of TDD, Janet, and how each has influenced your life. (Janet knows nothing about this 😉 until now, because I am 100% sure she will read this! :)).

You can post the layouts and link us up here, or if you would prefer not to share the layout publicly, just email it to me. Either way, I would LOVE to have a full resolution jpeg, so we can work on getting this put in an album format for her. What better way for her to document her life with THE DAILY DIGI than to have layouts created BY hear readers!? Here’s my email://

Here are some layouts from our team to help inspire you:

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Layout by Karen, supplies: template by Janet, kit by Joyce Paul, journaling strips Lauren Reid, and alpha by Kathryn Wilson.

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Layout by Jacki, supplies: Cafe J Free2B from the TDF #9. Frame is from Glamorous Christmas by Jules Design and easel is from The Art Workshop by Jofia Devoe, font is Typewriter.

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Layout by Katie, supplies: Keep it Simple Template by Janet Phillips, Glee kit by Rachel Young, Font is CK Easy Goin.

Journaling from Katie’s layout reads:

When I heard that Janet was starting a new site called “The Daily Digi”, I knew it would be something amazing! Every experience I had previously with Janet online had been positive and I could tell she had a true passion for digi scrapping as well as making and keeping special memories. Within the first week that The Daily Digi went live, I was sure that it would be my favorite new online stop! I have never missed reading a post since day one. I have learned so much from all the posts and I especially love Janet’s real life approach to documenting the stories that make up our everyday lives.

As a blogger myself, I know how difficult it is to commit to posting each and every day. The Daily Digi is a reliable source of DAILY inspiration though, and I love that I can count on finding something new to motivate me to continue and improve my digital scrapbooking skills each and every day.

I would be ungrateful if I didn’t take the chance to personally thank Janet for letting me be a small part of her big dream. Being a team member at The Daily Digi has been one of the most rewarding creative experiences of my life! Thank you Janet, for being an example of someone who is willing to share their talent unselfishly with so many others. Thank you for building a site that brightens my every day routine. Thank you Janet, for just being you!

I know that The Daily Digi will continue on to be THE source for inspiration and ideas for digital scrapbookers. It is easy to build upon a strong foundation. It is amazing to think of how much I have learned from almost a full year of posts. It is exciting to think of all that is still to come.

It is so cool that 1 person who lives halfway around the world from me, can have such an influence on my life. Whenever I take pictures of Oreos, make a muffin tin meal with my kids, add a border to my scrapbook page, or simply use a layered template, I will always be grateful to Janet and The Daily Digi for showing me new ways to be creative!

Journaling from Steph’s layout reads:

As far as Janet and I have been able to figure out, we first met, in 2006 on a team we were on (now retired designer). We really aren’t sure how it happened, but before long we were emailing. Janet was always someone that I not only respected for her wonderful layouts, but because of the way she lives her life. After joining her creative team when she started selling templates, we really got to know each other.

When I went to Florida in March of 2008 with Matt, I emailed Janet and she brought her husband and cute kids to my hotel to swim and we chatted poolside! Not a bad way to meet a friend for the first time. I was amazed then that she was everything she appeared to be online and then some! We had such similar beliefs and outlooks that our friendship felt really comfortable.

When Janet told me about TDD, it was like a dream come true for me and I was thrilled that she wanted me to be part of it all. We had the same vision for the site and each of us brought different strengths that would help TDD grow. We have spent many hours IMing and visiting not only about TDD but about our lives. We have seen each other through some big life changing events and decisions. She is a great example and support to me. I am blessed to have her in my life! As I move forward with TDD, this dream of our hearts, I hope I can continue with that dream and then some!