SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – WimpyChompers

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One of my favorite parts of my job is that I get to know and work with so many amazingly talented designers. Christina is one of those designers that I didn’t know about until she sent in an application a few months ago. She definitely has a bright, fun, and youthful style and we are excited to have her be part of THE DIGI FILES this month!

Here is a look at her contribution:

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Can you believe that you get THIS and everything else previewed here (plus a few more reveals to come) for ONLY $5.00!?!?!? I can’t believe it either!! It’s the reason we are able to do what we do here at The Daily Digi!

Here is what our team did with this fun kit:

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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: Template by Audrey Neal, font is LD elementary picture is of my nephew and my father-in-law’s amazing train collection.

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Janet Phillips template, Fontologie Printing Primer font

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Layout by Jacki, additional supplies: Template #3 from All About Me Zig Zag Scraps Collab (TDF10) by Dunia

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Layout by Steph, additional supplies: template from Janet’s final grab bag, fonts Haphazard (title) and Printing Primer by Fontologie

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I am Christina Anderson aka Wimpychompers. I got that nickname thanks to a Girls camp when I was 12, at the campfire they were “giving everyone” nicknames. My friend was Wimpy (ahem… it fit) and I was Chompers due to them being tired of the game and I was chewing gum, something I never did. I needed a name for email several years ago and made that up, it kind of stuck!

I have been married to my sweet heart for 9 years; we met on a blind date. We live in California and he teaches High School Math. I am a Stay-at-home-mom to three beautiful children (two boys and a girl) ages 5, 4 and 2. My oldest son was born prematurely with a cleft in the soft pallet. He does have some complications from this, nothing too major but challenging none the less. They all make me laugh and I love my kids so much!

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I saw a tag and was really eager to find out how it was done. I did tagging for a while and even was writing tutorials for PSP taggers. One day I was looking for a kit to use for a tutorial and found I could actually do scrapbooking with these supplies I was accumulating. I made a few layouts, was offered a spot on a CT team, and got hooked. I soon wanted to try my hand at designing and it took off from there, I haven’t regretted it since and love scrapbooking digitally!

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A year and a half.

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Both. I started as a traditional scrapper as a teenager but with kids that was getting too messy, digital was a fabulous idea and I love it! Definitely not going back!

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20 or more depending on the week.

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My Little Annie collab with Polka Dot Plum Designs, this one was a special one for me because Raggedy Anne was a special doll of my mom’s childhood.

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Hope- this was a request from a CT girl and it was a big hit!

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1) My husband

2) My children

3) My church

4) My family

5) A good talk with a close friend

6) Photography

7) Smell of a baby

8) A good computer

9) Shopping

10) Hugs and kisses

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1) Cleaning my house

2) A computer that crashes

3) People with no manners

4) Doctors who refuse to help my son

5) Gossip

6) Whining

7) Refusing to potty train (grr)

8) Waking up early

9) Pessimists

10) Batteries…. They are evil!

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Here are some of my favorite WimpyChompers products:

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Here are some layouts for inspiration (layouts without credits are linked to originals):

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Layout by Jacki “I’ll Save You” by Wimpy Chompers, Collection 24 Template #3 by Janet Phillips

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Layout by Karen: Wimpy Chompers “Halloween Fright: kit; Font is Darcy Baldwin and Lauren Reid Gimme Space; Julie Billingsley template

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Layout by Rachael: I’ll Save You by Wimpy Chompers Creations,
Template by Yin Designs

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Thanks so much for being with us this month Christina and sharing your talents with us!! 🙂 To show her appreciate to our readers, Christina has a coupon to share 🙂 :

25% off your next order from WimpyChompers
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I…Can’t…Stop…

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Not long after I started digital scrapbooking…I also started another ‘hobby’ that I am just as addicted to as digi scrapping…and I just…can’t…stop…!  I have known it was a problem for a very long time…but…I haven’t known how to fix it…

One of the geeky things I do is subscribe to “The Grammar Girl” podcast.  My kids really enjoy listening to it with me and learning from it.  She is pretty funny and always interesting with her tid-bits of grammar information.  The podcasts are short too, just 2-5 minutes is all!!  One day, while driving my son to school…I was laughing out loud… hysterically… as Grammar Girl shared this winning entry in a contest that…addressed my addiction…

Listen and enjoy… Ellipses Spurned

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WHAT ARE THE DIGI FILES?

You can see examples of past DIGI FILES below…

The proceeds from THE DIGI FILES keep THE DAILY DIGI running…without the files, there would be no DAILY DIGI!!!

THE DIGI FILES is a collection of products by the guest contributors for the month for ONLY $5 total. The retail value of each contributor’s collection is at LEAST $4.99. The contributors do not pay to participate, they are chosen based on their quality designs.

Some of these designers you might know and love, others might be new-to-you. What a GREAT way to try these designers out and test drive their products with such a low risk to you! It might also be fun to stretch yourself as a scrapper and see what you can do with a designer’s products you aren’t used to working with (our team sure does love it).

At the beginning of the month, the files are similar to a grab bag, where you don’t know what’s inside. A lot of our readers LOVE the surprise of purchasing at the first of the month and unzipping the files to find out what is inside. But, if that isn’t your style, during the month we reveal designers’ contributions on their feature day. We also update the previews of what has been revealed so far on the THIS MONTH’S AMAZING SPONSORS tab at the top of the site. When the month is over, the designers are free to put their contributions in their own stores for full retail value. We only have the right to sell these collections during the month they are part of THE DIGI FILES, therefore, we cannot offer past issues of THE DIGI FILES…once they are gone…they are gone!

Here are some of the past issues of THE DIGI FILES (you can check the designers personal stores for these items:

Taking Screen Shots

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One of the things that I needed to learn immediately when I started THE DAILY DIGI was to take screen shots.  It was imperative that if I was going to give  tips and tricks that my readers be able to see what I was doing.  Many of my posts relied heavily on you being able to see what I was doing in Photoshop. Take this post for example: there were six different screen shots for you to see how I make eyes pop in a photo.

Many people have asked me through emails and comments how to take a screen shot.  So today, I thought I would share. Well really, I will just share where I got my info since I learned the way I learn most things these days: I googled it (don’t you love how “googled” has become a verb?)

Here are two very helpful articles:

TAKING SCREENSHOTS IN MAC

HOW TO TAKE A SCREEN SHOT IN MICROSOFT WINDOWS

And I know I am biased, but Mac really rocks for screen shots, giving you lots of different options. With different keystrokes, I can take a capture of my entire screen (Command Shift 3)

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Or just a portion of my choosing (Command Shift 4)

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Or just a window (Command Shift 4, then space, then click on window)

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Taking screen shots can come in really handy, and not just for showing off some mad Photoshop skills.  You can use it to show proof of Paypal  transactions, show webmasters when their site looks wonky from your end, when you want to share some crazy error message with your ISP, and more.  And if you get really bored, you can go crazy with screen in a screen in a screen…

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Happy picture taking 🙂

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Scrapping With Kids — 10 tips

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Like most kids, my six year old daughter wants to do anything I do. And since what I “do” is often scrapping, she always wants to join me. So, for the past year and a half or so she has been scrapping a few pages a month. When people come over, she is quick to show them all the pages she has made. She keeps them in her own special album!

Scrapping with kids is a great way to share something you love and also teach them a pretty cool skill. My ability to navigate Photoshop has opened up all sorts of opportunities for me and I love that she is learning at such a young age. I’m sure one day she will leave me in the dust!

Don’t let the idea of scrapping with your kids get you scared. It’s easier than you think! Here are my top tips:

1. Let them sit on your lap

Having your child (assuming he/she is under the age of ten or so) on your lap makes scrapping a lot easier. Your help will be needed in lots of areas at the beginning so both of you having access to the mouse and keyboard is essential.

2. Start with a simple template.

By working with templates, you already have the “design” of the page and you don’t have to make as many decisions. For the page my daughter made today, she chose this template from my final grab bag.

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3. Use just one kit

By using a kit, it takes the guess work out of it. The child still has a lot of choices, but not so many that you spend all your time rummaging around your digi folders. Alaina chose this gorgeous kit by Zoe Pearn, Chasing Rainbows. She didn’t like they yellow alpha so she used the alpha from Zoe’s Shabby Sugar kit.

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4. Teach one new skill at a time.

Learning a photo editing program is intimidating for anyone — especially a child! Start by teaching one “skill” at a time. For example, the first time my daughter made a page she learned “COMMAND G” (Control G on a PC). The clipping mask is central to using a template, so I thought it was a good place to start. Each time afterward, I would teach her one new skill: rotating elements, resizing, reordering the layers palette, changing colors, etc. By learning one new skill each time, the child can build their knowledge slowly.

5. Let them guide the page.

As much as your eyes may be hurting and your sense of design cringing, it is important to let them lead the way. Their artistic sense is different and they need the ability to express it. Remember, these aren’t YOUR pages. I mean check out these beauties :) At least the FUN DAY page isn’t so bad! — and I love how she added their ages under their pictures!

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6. Encourage them to journal.

One of my favorite parts of my daughter scrapping with me is hearing what she wants to say on her page. Her point of view is precious at this age and I want it preserved. When she was younger, she would tell me what she wanted me to write and I would type. Now that she is older, she does most of the typing with me helping with spelling. You will end up with some hilarious pages like this one which reads, “This is me jumping rope at disney world. I was being really nice by letting disney workers swing the rope while I jumped. I jump roped while I was waiting for the parade to start. before I got my seat for the parade I saw Chicken Little.”

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7. Be prepared that with every new skill they learn, they will want to overuse it.

My daughter has gone through phases of wanting to change the color of EVERYTHING, of tilting and skewing every element, and of putting things on the page just so she can take them off. She went through a “painting” stage and a time where every page had to have staples on it. Don’t worry, this is part of the learning process. Who cares if they have ten of the same element on a page? At least they know how to duplicate layers 🙂

8. Help them out with some shadowing

For the sake of the page and not letting colors run together, add some shadows after they are done or show them how to run some shadow actions. It really helps paper and elements to stand out a bit. Great shadows aren’t the goal, but having SOME shadow helps keep items from getting “lost.”

9. Be patient!

Scrapping with kids takes time and patience. Give them both!

10. Don’t forget about the boys!

Don’t assume that the little men in your life won’t want to give it a try! My five year old son is just getting started and I love to see the world through his eyes as he creates a page. His attention span is shorter, so we sometimes start with a quick page and add a title and journaling. Other times, we start with a template, like with this page. Check out his journaling!

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Why not take a chance to share your love for scrapping with your kids?

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Tracey Howard

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I found Tracey (unknowingly) when DigiScrapAddicts was having their “so you think you can design” contest. Tracey, at the time was designing with her good friend Meghan under the name of Wild Dandelions (more on that below). I followed Wild Dandelions through the contest and was so happy when they showed up at Scrap Orchard! I am really excited that she is with us this month!

Here’s a look at the great kit that Tracey contributed to THE DIGI FILES this month! You can see all of the kits that have been revealed from THE DIGI FILES so far this month by clicking on the sponsors link in the header. You get ALL of these collections for ONLY $5!!

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Here’s what our team did with this fabulous kit:

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Layout by Ana, additional supplies: Template Freebie no. 5, Tiffany Tillman; Bitty Stitches 2, Lauren Reid; Sweet Sky Alpha, Michelle Filo; Font: Kindergarten

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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: Template by Audrey Neal, Font is CK printer

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Layout by Jacki, additional supplies: Template from All About Me (Zig Zag Scraps Collab) by Dunia (TDF10), Serendipity alpha by CD Muckosky

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Layout by Janet additional supplies: Alpha by ZigZagScrap, Paper templates (modified) by Emily Merritt, Font is CK Handprint, Date stamps by Amber Clegg

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Emily Powers Let There Be Light, Fee Jardine Silly Billy alpha, Fontologie Textura font

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Layout by Steph additional supplies: template by Yin (altered), font Elise

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Hi! My name is Tracey Howard. I am a 33 year old mother of two from a small town in Arkansas. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for ten wonderful years. I have an extreme love for animlas so our family also includes 2 dogs, a cat and a parrot.

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Actually, designing is something I never really wanted to do. Everyday for months, my good friend Meg (Mullens) would constantly bug me (in the nicest way possible lol) to start designing. Well, I caved one day and tried it. We piddled around with it for several months, just making stuff for the fun of it. In May of this year, Digiscrap Addicts held their So You Think You can Design contest. We decided to bite the bullet and enter. Wild Dandelions was born. After competing we were offered a spot at our very first “digi” home, Scrap Orchard. While today, we no longer design as a team, we both are still happy to call Scrap Orchard our home and have remained very good friends. Even though designing wasn’t my plan, I have found I am loving it a little more everyday.

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Somewhere around 8 months.

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Both! I love scrapping, although my scrap mojo has been on a lengthy vacation. I am looking forward to the day it returns!

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Hmm, I am here ALOT, I am a night owl so once the kids are in bed, it’s my time. I am here most every night drinking coffee with photoshop running in full force.

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It’s a toss up between my latest two, but if I had to pick it would be Snowman Soup. The snorkeling marshmallow just tickles me.

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My best selling kit is actually a collab with my good friend Libby Weifenbach over at Sweet Shoppe Designs called Fra-Gee-Lay.

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1. Peppermint mocha creamer!!

2. Jason Aldean

3. That 70’s show reruns

4. Animals (Basset Hounds especially)

5. Dr. Pepper

6. Toe Socks

7. Zelda

8. Lindor Truffles

9. Star Wars

10. Harry Potter

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1. Driving, hate it!

2. When people waste things

3. Talking on the phone

4. Gum Smacking

5. Junk Mail

6. Twilight *gasp*

7. Slow drivers in the fast lane (see number 1)

8. The alarm clock

9. The word “huh?”

10. housework

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Here are some of my favorite products by Tracey:

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And some layouts for inspiration:

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Layout by Katie, Snowman Soup

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Thanks so much Tracey for being with us this month and sharing your talents!! Tracey also has a generous gift for all of our readers:

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MORE WITH FOUR / From the Files

Over the next couple of months you will see some changes around here. Some will be really big and noticeable, others will be more subtle. Today is a smaller change. We have been doing the monthly “More With Four” challenge since the first Digi Files went live almost a year ago. We are changing the name to “From The Files” and instead of four products there will be ONE product from EACH collection in THE DIGI FILES that month (even the hybrid project by Mel this month :)). The rules are mostly the same:

  • use all of the supplies listed somehow on your layout
  • do not use any other supplies
  • you may use any fonts or templates you want (this may change from month to month depending on our contributors)
  • post the layout somewhere (gallery, blog) where we have access to view it
  • come here and add your information in the McLinky tool below (the link to the layout and your email address in case you win)
  • do all of this before midnight on December 20, 2009 🙂

Here are the supplies straight from the files this month:

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Here is what our team did and some explanations on some of their tricks:

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Layout by Karen: I did a few things with this… I changed the color of Nancy’s paper a few times. I cut the frame down to hold a single photo. I also cropped Mel’s paper block to a smaller strip and extracted the button from the Wetfish flower…

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Layout by Katie: I duplicated the frame 2 more times and merged the layers to form the background mat for my photo. I also erased the word “date” and just made it say “Today” since I didn’t know the date of this old photo from 1982. Additional credits: Template by Kelly Mize Font is CK footnote.

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Layout by Jacki: I extracted stripes from the plaid paper and button from the flower. Made a new layer on the flower and recolored it and gave it a little opacity. Recolored Nancie’s paper a couple times. Font is Typewriter.

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Layout by NeeNee: Font is Pea Dana Anne

Isn’t it amazing to see all of the fun things that can be done with the same supplies? Now, it’s your turn! We can’t wait to see what YOU do!!

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We have been busy on Facebook and Twitter giving away gift certificates to our sponsors stores. Congratulations to the people that won a $10 GC (they have already received their gifts) 🙂

Twitter: MrsMKnight, klbsgb, wetfishdesigns, judet95, and FeAlves

FaceBook: Tracey, Kelly, Angie, Jodie, and Lisa

Photographing Christmas

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Documenting Christmas — one of the most amazing times of the year — is important. Christmas is a time of family, food, and fun. It is filled with decorations, traditions, and a sense of awe and wonder (and perhaps stress!) Feeling the wonder is one thing…capturing it on {digital} film is another! I want to share with you a few tips for photographing your Christmas.

MY FOUR MAIN TIPS:

1. Details, Details! Christmas is filled with so many little details that make the season SO BIG. Don’t forget to include them in your photos.

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2. Don’t expect perfection: I know most of us are hoping for that “perfect” Christmas photo. But the reality is, perfection is overrated. Reality is priceless.

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3. Enjoy the day! The worst thing we can do as a mom-with-a-camera is to be so busy taking pictures that we miss ENJOYING the season with our family. Last year, I bought a remote timer and set it up in our living room. It took one picture every minute and it allowed me to be part of the special day. Read more about the remote HERE.

4. Don’t feel like you have to scrap it all! Just because you take 600 pictures of Christmas, it does NOT mean that you have to scrap them all! Find your favorites, capture the feel of the season, and then let it go. Read more about scrapping big events HERE. As I was looking for photos for this post, I was tempted to go back and scrap some old pictures. And then I saw my layout for last years Christmas and I thought, “Nope. That layout about captures it all.”

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And here are some holiday things that you should remember to photograph

DECORATIONS

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THE TREE

For this photo I used these settings (with the camera on a tripod!)

ISO 100 F22 SS: 20 seconds

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ORNAMENTS

New and old favorites

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CRAFTS

Any crafting you (or the kids!) have done

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FOOD

Food is such a big part of the holiday season! Make sure you get pictures!

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THE PARTIES

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THE CONCERTS/PLAYS

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THE SPECIAL CHURCH PROGRAMS

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THE GIFTS

(and the wrapping of them!)

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THE FUN TREATS

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THE TRADITIONS

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And THE PARTS THAT MATTER MOST TO YOU

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Enjoy photographing your Christmas!

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Melissa Wilson

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I first discovered Mel when she was first selling hybrid goodies on her blog. My heart about skipped a beat when I saw all of the fun hybrid projects she had! I am so excited to have her and all of her hybrid goodness with us this month!! Here’s a look at the cute project she has in The Digi Files 10 this month:

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The cool thing is you can get this and 8 kits from other designers/store for only $5.00!!! Where else can you get so many high quality digital goodies for only 55CENTS per collection!? Over $30.00 worth of product for only $5.00!!

Here is what we did with this versatile project:

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Katie and her daughter turned the Mommy’s Little Helper in to a school planner.

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Not only does Mel include the finished printable project, but all of the pieces that were used in its’ creation. I couldn’t resist the cute doodled scallop edge and made some gift tags.

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I’m an Army wife to my best friend and momma to two neat kids, aged 8 and 6 in Houston Texas. I’m also a ‘retired’ elementary school teacher and a member of Team Jacob.

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I have always done my creating on the computer. Back when I taught school, I would jazz up my papers and notes with clip art and goodies. Then when I had kiddos, I started using their photos to make invites and notes to our friends and family. When I couldn’t find what I was looking for in the shops, I would try to make it myself.

By the time hybrid scrapping came along, it was a natural fit. I just continued to make my goodies!

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I’ve been designing for about two years.

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Both. I am really trying to balance my time between the two. I don’t want my own scrapbooks to be put aside because I’m making goodies.

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It really depends. Some weeks when I really have my mojo working, I can work 30+ hours. But we are a busy family with Scouts, sports, etc, so I usually get to work about 10-20 hours a week.

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This Baker’s Box:

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The ABC Badge Album:

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  1. my kids’ laughter
  2. how my hubby can almost read my mind
  3. the sound of rain on the roof
  4. cold Dr Pepper (preferably with crushed ice)
  5. cheesecake
  6. the Army way of life
  7. baking
  8. creating
  9. a good book
  10. chocolate and orange juice

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  1. fair weather friends
  2. slow internet
  3. warm Dr Pepper
  4. dog hair
  5. waking up early
  6. 100 degree summers
  7. dirty dishes in the sink
  8. did I say dog hair?
  9. clutter
  10. slow drivers

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Here are some of my favorite Hybrid Kid products:

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This tray and fry holder is included in the Backyard BBQ kit.

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Gifts

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Here’s some inspiration from the galleries:

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(by Katie)

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Thanks so much Melissa for sharing your amazing talents with us this month!!

If you found some things you might want to have, Melissa has made it easier for us all to go shopping:

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Mmmm….Hot Cocoa!

the-undigi1I can totally relate to one of yesterday’s layouts! A good cup of hot cocoa just makes Christmas and winter feel real. There is nothing like coming in from the cold to a nice cup of hot cocoa! It just warms your insides as the fire warms your outsides!

When I was living in India after we first go married, I REALLY missed hot cocoa. We weren’t able to get any western food and like all other things, I was forced to make my own. I loved doing it so much that I started making it for gifts. It was the perfect thing to put in a jar, wrap a ribbon around, and bring to a dinner at a friend’s house. Since that time, I have used a number of different recipes and this is definitely my favorite! Give it a try…and make some for a friend!

cocoarecipe_webBELIEVE kit by Shabby Princess, photo from web, font is CK Typist

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  • 6 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 (5 ounce) package non-instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup powdered chocolate drink mix
  • 1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  1. In a large bowl, combine powdered milk, chocolate pudding mix, chocolate drink mix powder, creamer, confectioners’ sugar, and cocoa. Divide the mixture between two 1 quart jars. Seal, and decorate as desired. These can be stored in a dry area for up to 3 months.
  2. Attach a tag with the following instructions: Hot Cocoa: Dissolve 1/3 cup cocoa mix in 1 cup boiling water. Top with whipped cream and chocolate sauce!

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