Now That’s What I Call Scrapping!

I (Janet) don’t get into the galleries much anymore. I have stayed true to my commitment of less time on the computer and more time with my family. I love the benefits of less computer time, but I definitely feel as though I am missing out on some great stuff. I remember when I first started scrapping…I would spend hours looking though the gallery, commenting on many, and generally just trying to soak in all the inspiration. Those days are long gone — as is my time for such activities — but it makes the times I do take a peek that much more exciting. I love that Steph wants me to continue my “inspired by” posts. It is so fun to see what people in the digi community are up to and inspires me to sit down and scrap (which I hope to do when I am done with this post!) In my stroll through the digi world, here are some of the layouts that caught my eye. All layouts are linked to the original gallery posting. I hope you are inspired!

I love this simple and yet stunningly striking layout. The precious photo, the symmetrical design, and the awesome date stamp make it perfect!

This is a great “moment in time” layout! Whenever I visit my parents my dad always wants me to watch reruns of old shows of his and we spend a long time talking about the shows and how they were part of his generation. Creating layouts like this one freeze time for a moment and give us a great place to relive the memories years down the road. And the little TV’s are fabulous! If it were my layout, however, I would add the name of the shows somewhere on the page since the photos alone probably won’t mean much to grandkids twenty years later (and being the TV ignorant person that I am, I can actually only name one of these programs. Can you guess which one? LOL!)

“All about me” layouts are some of my favorite. I was surprised a few weeks ago when I looked at my own AAM album and it is almost FULL! Because I am all about ALL ABOUT ME layouts (I so want my kids to know who I was, especially of something happens to me while they are still young)…I LOVE this layout. So simple and yet fun!

Can I just say that I ADORE this layout? The patterned papers, the tasteful element use, the adorable photos, the journaling placement…EVERYTHING. And I LOVE seeing people bold enough to not feel they have to use a title on every layout.

Bright, happy, fun, adorable…perfect. And I LOVE the title in that it makes it so real by giving the pronunciation the baby uses.

This layout is simply fabulous. I love how busy it is without being disorganized. Lots of elements and patterned papers does NOT have to equal chaos on a page. In this layout, the busyness adds to the page since it is about her daughter being almost four. And believe me, I’ve had a daughter who was “almost four“. Busy is the key word here. I love all the splashes of color and the fun staggered journaling. What a treasure this page is!

I could spend hours looking through Nettio’s gallery. Her pages are so fun, so full, and so well made. This page is no exception. It shares about a struggle she had and what she was doing to meet the struggle head on. I love the notebook paper background as well as all the educational elements that bring in the learning theme.

Stunning. Just stunning. Everything from the asymmetrical (yet balanced) design to the awesome element use to the fabulous journaling to remember a special mommy daughter time…all of it adds up to stunning.

Eeeek! LOVE LOVE LOVE this. How important it is to record the littlest details of our life that are a BIG part of our story. I wish I had close up pictures of my grandmother’s rings or other important pieces of jewelry. I think it is perfect that she took a photo of the ring and then shared the story. This layout — and the ring — will be a treasured part of family history for many years.

Another fabulous photo-free layout. I love all the lists and the feel of someone sitting at their desk and writing down what needs to be done. LOVE it.

Thanks, digi community, for inspiring me! It was just what I needed today!

P.S. Tracy left a comment explaining the rest of her layout and I (Steph) asked her to send me a copy of it, so I could share with you. She will score around the TVs in the above layout and then slip this layout behind it to create an interactive page.

Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration – Danielle Young

Here’s To You – Danielle Young

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Fizzy Pop Designs template

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Layout by Ana, additional supplies: Fonts: Courier New and DJB It’s Meeegan, Darcy Baldwin

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Layout by Steph, additional supplies: fonts; Weathered and Traveling Typewriter

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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: template by Sine

Tutorial by Splitcoaststampers.
Hanging Treat Box by Kim, additional supplies: cameo coral cardstock (Stampin Up); ribbon slot punch (Stampin Up); scallop circle punch (Stampin Up); Textiles embossing folder (Cuttlebug); wedding flowers (Michaels).

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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: template by Hilary Heidelberg, font is CK Becky

Digital Scrapbooking Ribbons

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Ribbons by KristyAnn (no longer available), Messy Bessy Font by Fontologie

Digital ribbons are a wonderful gift to enhance our scrapbook layouts. I (Katie) love using ribbons on my pages for many reasons.

Ribbons can be an integral part of a page design as a photo holder or border. Ribbons can also be used to create unique embellishments such a ribbon flowers.

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Doris Castle kit (no longer available) CK flourish font

Ribbons can add important horizontal or vertical lines to a page. They also add visual interest and pizzazz!

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Ribbons make wonderful frames for pages and photos:

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Template by Janet Phillips, Ironed flat ribbons by Gina Miller, Cardstock Papers by Suzy Q Scraps, Fontologie Haphazard font and CK footnote font

A piece of ribbon can be the perfect finishing touch on a layout:

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Jess Gordon So Flirty digital kit ,Cookie Exchange Template (Teresa) from Sweet Shoppe Designs, Constantia font

Many digital kits come with at least one coordinating ribbon. Don’t overlook these because they can really complete your page in style. If your stash could use a few more ribbons you are sure to find something that appeals to you because the digital shops are filled with all sorts of fun ribbon packs! Here are some of my favorites. All images are linked:

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We would love to see your ribbon layouts so feel free to leave us a link here in the comments or upload them to our flickr group. You can even add the tag “ribbon” to your layout credits (there’s a spot for tags) to make it easy for us to find. Here’s a link explaining tags on flickr if you are interested.

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P.S. KristyB. was the random winner selected from the comments in yesterday’s post! She won $10 gift card Here’s what she said: Ooohhh…nice kit, Danielle!! I also love Flutter, Full Circle and New Lunchbox! Too many choices! – Watch your email later today for your gift Kristy!

In The Designer’s Studio With Danielle Young

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I’m happy to be welcoming Danielle Young here with us this month in THE DIGI FILES. She has a really fun and flexible style that is truly her own. Let’s take a closer look at her contribution to TDF15 this month:

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You get this fun kit along with everything else you see on our awesome designers page AND one more kit that we haven’t revealed yet for ONLY $5! It’s a great way for you to get to try some new designers out as well as stretch yourself at a very low risk to you. The profits from THE DIGI FILES are what keep us running and allow us to be here doing what we do (without ads). Plus SEVEN people will be randomly chosen from those that purchase TDF15 to each win $20 in product from this month’s designers.

Here’s what our team created with Danielle’s contribution:

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Layout by Steph, additional supplies: fonts; Weathered and Traveling Typewriter

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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: template by Sine

Tutorial by Splitcoaststampers.
Hanging Treat Box by Kim, additional supplies: cameo coral cardstock (Stampin Up); ribbon slot punch (Stampin Up); scallop circle punch (Stampin Up); Textiles embossing folder (Cuttlebug); wedding flowers (Michaels).

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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: template by Hilary Heidelberg, font is CK Becky

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I live near Atlanta with my husband and our sweet black labrador retriever. I’m a graphic designer by day, and I just celebrated my 28th birthday earlier this month!

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If you’re looking for a quick & easy way to digiscrap, check out ScrapHD.com. The online scrapbook builder is easy enough for beginners, but fun for more advanced users, too!

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I discovered at an early age that I had a passion for all things artistic. I was introduced to paper scrapbooking in grade school, and then while I was in college, I experienced the joys of Photoshop! 🙂 With my background in paper scrapbooking and my newly acquired digital skills, it was only natural that I began digital scrapbooking!

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I’m usually inspired by a pattern or color palette that I see while I’m out [window] shopping. I’ve also been known to design kits that reflect my own life. For example: a kit for my many photos of my dog, a kit for my beach vacation photos, etc.

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I work on a MacBook Pro, and you’ll usually find me designing while sitting on the sofa and watching my favorite TV shows! I design using both Photoshop & Illustrator CS4. My camera is a Canon XSi.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Danielle:

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Here’s some inspiration layouts to help get that mojo flowing (layouts are linked to originals):

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clip_image001Go have a look in Danielle’s store and come back and tell her what you like, we will randomly select a winner from those comments to win $10 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST and must include a product name to qualify)!

Danielle’s store is on sale all week for 34% off. She also has this exclusive free alpha for TDD readers:

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Thanks for being here with us this month, Danielle, and sharing your talents! We’ve had fun!

Un-Digi – Welcome Spring – Treats and Crafts

When I was looking for St. Patrick’s Day treats and crafts, I found some really fun Spring things that really made me excited to create! I saved them and thought I would share with you today! I am so excited to WELCOME SPRING!!

Images are linked to original source and instructions/recipes.

Sunghee has this free template that she was inspired to create based on One Little Bird’s contribution to TDF15 this month:

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Easter basket cake:

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Egg carton flowers:

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Egg shaped chalk:

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Growing wheatgrass:

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I don’t like peeps, but I know a lot of people do. Maybe I would like some chocolate dipped Peeps though:

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Lots of cute daffodil crafts at Crafty Crow:

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Since April Fools Day is coming I thought it would be fun to start coming up with some ideas:

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This is a favorite in our house:

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April Fools Day dinner:

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Also, check out this older post for more ideas:

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P.S. THANKS to everyone that participated in the “From the Files” challenge, the random winners are: iciclelady, Amy, and Penny. Check your email for a note from Katie. 🙂

Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration – Meredith Fenwick

Sweet Thing – Meredith Fenwick

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Layout by Steph, fonts Weathered and Printing Primer by Fontologie

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Queen of Quirk/Songbird Ave. blog template

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Layout by Katie, additional supplies, Hillary Heidelberg template, Century Gothic font btw, that’s me

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Layout by Janet, additional supplies: Stitching by Traci Reed, fonts are Typewriter Scribbled and JB Angel Baby

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Layout by Katie, additonal supplies: template by Ali Edwards

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Hybrid pillow box, by Leigh, additional supplies: Pillow box template from Heather Roselli

How to Narrow It Down With Thin Slicing

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In Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book Blink he explains the idea of “thin slicing” which basically means going with your first instinct and not over-thinking every decision. The quote from the author states “thin-slicing is our ability to gauge what is really important from a very narrow period of experience. In other words, this is an idea that spontaneous decisions are often as good as—or even better than—carefully planned and considered ones.”

I (Katie) quickly realized how useful this learning could be in relation to scrapbooking With the incredible growth the digital scrapbooking community has experienced over the last few years, there is an abundance of supplies available. This is a good thing for all of us, but it can also be somewhat paralyzing. How many times have you sat down to create a page, only to be completely overwhelmed with where to start? Not only do we have an incredible amount of supplies to choose from, but our own collections of photographs and stories to tell can be daunting as well.

HOW THIN SLICING CAN HELP

  • Take a quick mental picture of what you want to accomplish. Why are you creating the page? Do you have a photo (or multiple photos) in mind that you want to use? Is there a new kit you just bought on sale that you are itching to use? Are you working on a special gift for someone? Do you just feel like being creative? Being able to answer this question (quickly) will help give you a starting point.
  • Do a quick “blink” test – what is your first reaction? Think about a few choices or ideas and then pick one. Don’t linger over this decision or second guess yourself, just proceed to the next step.
  • Take action. You’ve made the decision, now carry it out!

THIN SLICING IN ACTION

  • My starting point is going to be using a photo I took of my sewing machine. I’ve become interested again in sewing lately after taking a break from it for about 10 years. I have been organizing my small fabric stash and dreaming up projects so I thought it would be fun to take some photos of my sewing machine. I’ve also had a lot of fun beta testing Lightroom 3 and playing around with my photos. I love the antique look of this photo of my sewing machine.

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  • My first reaction is that I would love to do something with the sewing theme. I have a lot of kits and papers that would be pretty with this photograph and any one of them would make a great page. This time I really want to include some sort of sewing embellishments to enhance the theme of the page. I took a quick glance through my sewing related kits (remember the post on digital organization?) and I remembered a fun new kit I bought a few weeks ago. Perfect! I love scrapping with full kits because I don’t have to search through my stash to find coordinating embellishments and/or papers.

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  • The next decision is the design of the page. I find that using templates is a great way to get going, so I took a look through my single photo templates (again, see the post on organization) but I didn’t see anything that really caught my eye for this photo. Then I decided to take a look at Wendyzine’s actions. I’m quite enamored of her actions because they are almost “magic” in how they work. It’s like having the computer make the layout for you – so cool! I had never used an action until I tried the ones included in this month’s digi files and now I’m hooked! For more tips on actions be sure to check out Wendy’s great article here. After looking through Wendy’s store I found this action that was just right for a single photo layout with plenty of space for journaling and some fun embellishments.

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  • All of those decisions took only about 10 minutes of time. Really! I’m not going to second guess my choices. Having these limits will help me get to the important part of creating the page and documenting the details.

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This layout came together very quickly because I didn’t spend valuable time searching through everything in my stash looking for just the right thing to add. I chose some great supplies to work with and narrowed down my choice of photo and story. I journaled about how I learned to sew and my new task of teaching my daughter to sew. I ended up with a lot of extra journaling space that I wasn’t quite sure what to do with so I turned to another one of my favorite journaling tricks (see yesterday’s post for more) and used an entry from Wikipedia. On a page about sewing, it is fun to have some basic information about the history and application of sewing.

Thin slicing can really speed things up when it comes to scrapbooking, and it will relieve a lot of the pressure we tend to put on ourselves to find just the “right” photo or kit. Trust your instincts and get to the important stuff!

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P.S. Don’t forget that today is the last day to submit your link for the “From the Files” Challenge. Be sure to leave your link in the comment field of this post. It has been so much fun to see all the great pages our readers have created with this challenge!

But I’m Not a Writer!

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We here at The Daily Digi are big fans of journaled pages and we love to share tips and ideas with you to help you record the memories you want to preserve. We have an entire category called “The Write Way’” full of posts on this topic, but all the information and resources in the world won’t help if you believe that you just can’t write. If I (Katie) could share just one secret with you that will change how you look at journaling it would be this – You ARE a writer! You CAN do this!

Some of you are saying to yourselves “But I’m not a writer”!” It’s true that some people enjoy writing more than others. It’s also true that like any other skill or talent, you will improve with practice. You might think I just don’t understand how hard it is since I am a writer. Guess what? It’s still hard for me also! I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that journaling on your pages is a super easy thing to do. I will tell you that it is worthwhile and it will give your scrapbooks a depth and lasting importance that simply cannot be achieved any other way.

I didn’t start out as a writer. I’m not one of those people that has 20 journals filled with stories and memoirs from childhood. I got my college degree in English Literature (because I love to read) and it still amazes me that I made it through the program because I remember how much I hated writing each and every one of the papers that was assigned to me. So how did I end up here? Scrapbooking! It turns out it is so much more fun to write when it’s about something you care about. Journaling on a scrapbook page is much different (and better!) than any other writing assignment. So start off by letting go of the idea that “the Write Way” to document your memories is not the same as the “right way” to write.

How am I so sure you ARE a writer?

  1. You can talk (or communicate in some way)
  2. You have had experiences and memories
  3. You are alive

I really believe that if you meet those 3 criteria (and you do!) you have something unique and valuable to say, and you are capable of journaling on your scrapbook pages. The trick is simply getting what you have inside of you into a written form.

I’m going to illustrate some different journaling approaches using one photo:

NAME AND DATE:

At the very least, you should always include a name and a date with your photos and scrapbook pages. I’m not saying you have to do this on every page, but it’s important to make it clear who is in the picture and when it was taken. This might not seem like a big deal right now, but in 10, 20, or 50 years it will be. Also, what if you were gone? Would the people looking at this picture know who it is?

If I were to create a scrapbook page about this photo using the name and date journaling approach, I would simply include a line that said something like “Riley December 2008”.

If this is all you can muster to put on a page, at least it’s a start. Make sure you are including names of those pictured several times within an album or each time someone new is introduced. I know you can do more though!

STANDING OVER THE SHOULDER:

Someone is sitting down and looking at a scrapbook page you made and you are right there with them (or even standing over their shoulder). They say “how cute!” or “I love that photo!” or something to that effect. What do you say in return? Do you just say “thanks” and then turn the page? Probably not. Most likely you tell them something about the photo, the page, or a funny story that is related to what you are looking at. That is what you should write down!

If I were to create a scrapbook page about this photo using the standing over the shoulder journaling approach, I would write something like “Riley just loves stuffed animals and thinks it’s really fun when she has several of the same type so they can be part of a family.” Or I might include “She loves to sleep with a few stuffed animals tucked under her arm each night.”

With just a tiny bit more effort you can turn the page into something much more meaningful! You might not always be there to explain what was happening in a photo or why you chose to scrapbook that particular memory. You put the work into creating the page, don’t you want the viewer to understand the meaning of it? This approach works for almost any type of page. It’s not tricky and it requires no formal writing skills. Just write (or type) what you would say. If your worried about spelling or grammar just use a word processing program that will give you those corrections by using features that come with the program.

BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW:

This is when you really get into the details. Pretend you are still standing over someone’s shoulder to tell them about a page but take it just a bit further. Do you have a piece of information that will really surprise them? How about something interesting that only those who took or are in the photo would know? Does this moment bring back other memories? Are you the only one that has key information about this event?

When you add extra details your layout becomes something that could never be duplicated by anyone else. With a little training any digital scrapbooker could replicate a page of fantastic design, but NOBODY else can share the story that you have inside of you!

If I were to create a scrapbook page about this photo using the bet you didn’t know journaling approach, I would tell the viewer some fun details that would change the way they look at this photo such as “Riley wasn’t really asleep in this photo. She was faking it for my sake because I needed this picture. As a Christmas present for my twin nieces, I decided to create a digital scrapbook album based on the alphabet. Each page featured a letter of the alphabet and a picture of someone or something that they loved. I came up short on a few letters so Riley helped me out by staging a few fun little scenes to photograph. It was her idea to get out her stuffed animal zebra collection for the page about the letter Z. I told her to cozy up with them for a photo and she insisted that she should be asleep. The first few shots I took, I could tell she was holding back a smile. I told her it wouldn’t work if it looked like she was faking it. Incredibly, she pulled it off and everyone who saw the finished picture thought I took it when she was really asleep!”

Which page do you think will mean the most to my daughter right now? How about in 50 years? Don’t you feel much more interested in the photo now that you know the story behind it?

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Cardstock by Suzy Q Scraps, zebra from Kate Hadfield, alpha by Lisa Whitney, template from Funky Playground blog

Remember that there is no one “right way” to document your memories. Just focus on the
Write Way” of including the information that will make your scrapbook creations lasting and meaningful.

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P.S. We would love to see pages with your journaling on them so feel free to leave us a link in the comments section and/or upload them to our flickr group.

P.S.S Melissa was the random winner seleted from the comments in yesterday’s post! She won $10 in product from Meredith’s store. Here’s what she said: “I love her Bliss kit…I’m going to be scrapping my parent’s wedding pictures and this kit is PERFECT!!!” Check your email!

In The Designer’s Studio With Meredith Fenwick

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Meredith Fenwick is one of those designers that has been around for as long as I can remember! I have always especially loved her feminine florals, but she can do a great boy kit too!Here’s a closer look at Meredith’s contribution to THE DIGI FILES 15:

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You get this PLUS all of the FABULOUS products you see on our amazing sponsor’s page for ONLY $5!!! Such a great deal and even though it seems too good to be true, it’s not at The Daily Digi! Here’s some inspiration created by our team:

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Layout by Steph, fonts Weathered and Printing Primer by Fontologie

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Queen of Quirk/Songbird Ave. blog template

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Layout by Katie, additional supplies, Hillary Heidelberg template, Century Gothic font btw, that’s me

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Layout by Janet, additional supplies: Stitching by Traci Reed, fonts are Typewriter Scribbled and JB Angel Baby

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Layout by Katie, additonal supplies: template by Ali Edwards

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Hybrid pillow box, by Leigh, additional supplies: Pillow box template from Heather Roselli

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Meredith Fenwick, from New England. I am a momma to my two tenacious little boys, Alex and Max and am married to my wonderful husband, Gordon. We have a few fur babies too – two cats, Lullabelle & Mr. Peterson and a dog, Wrigley.

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Supplies: P22 American Typewriter, Apron Strings Mini Kit by Meredith Fenwick, 29-Day Template by Meredith Fenwick

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A tip about Photoshop…Learning keyboard shortcuts will cut your time down greatly when working in Photoshop. The best part about it is that they are mappable. I keep all of my letter-key shortcuts the same but have modified my function keys to run actions, trim pages, add layers and that sort of thing to make my workflow that much faster.

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After my son Alex was born in 2004, I started playing around with computer graphics. After many hours of headaches and frustration, I started to get the hang of Photoshop. Somehow I stumbled across digital scrapbooking and found scrapoutsidethebox.com, theshabbyprincess.com and a couple of other digi sites. I decided to try my hand at designing some pieces and sent in a submission to Scrap Outside the Box. I was lucky enough to be offered a spot in the store to sell my goods and I was off. I’ve always been a good study and learned so much about scrapbooking from the designers and members that I would chat with. Around the same time I also befriended the owner of a local scrapbooking store and started working part time there and learned a bit about paper scrapbooking too.

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It is constantly changing. I am not always inspired though – I go through periods of struggling to find something that inspires me and then I go through a period where everything inspires me. Lately I am feeling a springtime vibe so you will probably be seeing more springy-feeling pieces coming out in my store.

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I use a MacPro with a dual-core Intel processor that is pretty much dedicated to my design work. I have another desktop that I use for surfing the web and that so my Mac doesn’t get mucked up with all that stuff. I have 4GB of RAM in the machine right now.

I have an Intuos 6×8 tablet that I use with my Mac and a small Bamboo that I use if I decide to work with my laptop (which doesn’t happen too often).

I use a Nikon D50 camera. I use Photoshop CS3, Illustrator CS3, and Art Rage.

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My favorite product that is available in my DHD shop right now is the Strawberry Frappe Mini Kit because I love the colors and I am very pleased with the patterns.

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My best-selling products are my 29, 30 and 31 Day Templates. I think they are nice and versatile and easy for scrappers to use to get loads of photos into a layout.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Meredith:

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Here are some inspirational layouts using Meredith’s products (images without credits are linked to originals):

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Layout by Amy, supplies: Meredith Fenwicks Daydreams collection papers and elements
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Go have a look in Meredith’s store and come back and tell her what you like, we will randomly select a winner from those comments to win $10 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST and must include a product name to qualify)!

THANKS, Meredith for being here with us and sharing your fun creations with us!!

Newsletter – March 17, 2010

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We are having so much FUN creating with the contributions to THE DIGI FILES this month!! You can see everything that has been revealed so far on our awesome designers page (including Wendy’s action that will scrap FOR you)!! It is truly shocking what you get for just $5!! This month there will also be 7 people that will be randomly selected from those that have purchased TDF15 that will each WIN $20 in product from our contributors this month!!! What do you have to lose??

The sales from THE DIGI FILES is what allows us to be here doing what we do!! Because we don’t accept any advertising, we are able to bring you posts like our reviews on printers we did this last weekend, $5 a month is a small price to pay for all of the information we are able to bring all month long!

Did you see…
Our free St. Patrick’s Day template, papers, and printables
Our new Flickr Group (along with instructions)
All of the cool changes at the site
A tutorial for installing and using Wendy’s actions that are in TDF15
Fabulous Fonts For Titles (with links)
From the Files Challenge to win coupons

Some fun things from our Twitter feed:
A St.Patrick’s Day blog hop with Studio MGL, Flergs and friends
Becky Higgins handwriting font for free
A very cute freebie on Amanda’s team blog

I tweeted today about a secret I have been keeping that is revealed in the first few minutes of Paperclipping Roundtable episode #11. Very exciting!

Finally, you can subscribe to our RSS feed for just the newsletter in the upper right corner of this page, if you would prefer to get them in your reader! 🙂