Last Chance and The Mini-Missing Digi Files


Today is the last day to get ALL of this for only $5!! I know that some might believe this deal is just too good to be true….but it’s not at THE DAILY DIGI!! THE DIGI FILES is the best deal in digi and a GREAT way to try new-to-you designers with a very low risk! I LOVE that we get to bring you such an amazing deal each month by fabulous designers!!

Here are some great layouts that I found in our Flickr group:


We also have a fun surprise for you today! THE MISSING DIGI FILES #13 and #14. I skipped these numbers to help me in record keeping and a few other things, but a few of you mentioned that you would really like to have something… anything, to take those spots. I created some templates for you to tuck neatly in-between TDF#12 and TDF#15 :) They are THE MINI-MISSING DIGI FILES.



We will be tweeting on Saturday (inter)National Scrapbooking Day and sharing the great deals that we see around digiland. We will also be releasing a new issue of THE DIGI FILES that day as well!

Fonts Don’t Float


If you look at the layout above very closely, you will see that the fonts and paints follow the texture of the paper. Have you ever looked at a layout with a great textured paper and on top of that is a font that looks like it’s floating? It doesn’t take on the paper texture at all. Suzy is going to teach us the greatest trick to fix that!! I have used blending modes on layers before, but could never really get them to look the way I wanted, until Suzy shared this trick.


I am SO excited to be contributing tutorials to The Daily Digi. Back in February, I shared a text trick as part of my designer spotlight. Steph asked if I’d write up the tutorial with screen shots this month and I am happy to oblige.

When you write on paper in real life, the pen follows the surface of the paper you’re writing on — all the bumps and fun textures add life to the text. And we all know that pens don’t always flow smoothly — except in digi-land. 😉 I’ve noticed that sometimes in digital layouts, the journaling looks a bit fake, almost like it’s not quite part of the page, because the texture of the paper beneath isn’t part of the writing like it would be in real life. So I learned this little trick to add some “reality” to my journaling and I’m going to show you how to do it too. You can use this on papers, journal blocks, tags — any paper/element that has some texture. (Note: The step-by-step instructions are for PS users. Blending Options aren’t available in PSE, but I share a tip at the bottom for how PSE users can try to mimic this effect.)
Let’s get started!

1. Place your text layer above the layer you want to “write” on. (In this example, I’m using a bold basic font and a super-crinkled kraft background from my Krafty Stash #2 to illustrate the technique.)

2. Click on the fx icon (bottom of the layers palette) and choose Blending Options.

We’ll be manipulating arrows in the “Blend If” section of the box that pops up. The black arrow focuses on the dark shades of the layer beneath and the white arrow focuses on the lighter shades.

3. Slide the black arrow under “Underlying Layer” towards the right until the text starts to disappear.
4. Hold down ALT and slide the left half of the black slider back to the left so some of the text reappears.
5. Slide the right arrow under “Underlying Layer” towards the left until the text starts to disappear.
6. Hold down ALT and slide the right half of the black slider back to the right so some of the text reappears.
7. Adjust the arrows until you reach the desired effect. Click OK.
sqs_textblendtrick_ss8 I love using this when my text is on a folded tag or heavily textured paper, so that my text becomes more life-like — as if a pen was actually rubbing across a surface. Try it with paint strokes too!

Here’s an example of the technique in action. I used it on everything in this layout — the paint splatters, the journaling, the title, the stamped alpha, the sun burst.


For PSE users: Unfortunately, Blending Options are not an option in PSE. However, you can mimic this technique with a couple of tricks. You can try changing the color of your text and play with the blending modes. You can also use a grunge brush at varying opacities to erase parts of the text.

Thanks for letting me share this fun technique with you. I’d love to see what you do with it, so feel free to link us up to a layout in the comments OR upload to our Flickr Group with the tag: FontsDontFloat. 🙂


Suzy is a 28-year-old SAHM to a super rambunctious 2-year-old and wife my sweetheart for 4 years. We live in the middle-of-nowhere, which I absolutely love. My background is in biology but I now find myself on the opposite end of the spectrum designing digital scrapbooking supplies and I am LOVING the journey. 🙂

Newsletter: April 29, 2010

We wanted to say THANKS to our newsletter subscribers by letting you be the first grab at THE MISSING DIGI FILES #13 and #14. I skipped these numbers to help me in record keeping and a few other things, but a few of mentioned that you would really like to have something, anything, to take those spots. I created some templates for you guys to tuck neatly in-between TDF#12 and TDF#15 🙂



I also wanted to take a moment to let you see all of the previews of the items included in TDF16. You get ALL of this for ONLY $5!!! AMAZING deal! Be sure to read to the bottom, where we will link you up to some great stuff we’ve found on Twitter the last while!

Sausan’s contribution is below and her feature with a sale can be found here.

Cindy Schneider (templates) her contribution is below and her feature with a coupon is here.

Julie Billingsley you can see her contribution below and see her feature with a coupon here.

Danielle Corbitt you can see her contribution below and read her feature (as well as take advantage of her sale) here.

Mary Fran (Nitwit) her contribution is below and you can see her feature as well as a coupon here.

Joyce her contribution to TDF16 is below and her feature with a coupon is here.

Dunia her contribution is below, her feature with a coupon is here

From Our Twitter Feed:::

Big Picutre Scrapbooking is giving away a class a day

10 Photography Tips for Better OUtdoor Photos

Ideas For Scrapping Your Story: Friends

Posts You Shouldn’t Miss:::

Make a Travel Journal – Come Away With Me – Series

Mini – Albums

Basic Design – Contrast

Basic Design – Emphasis

Visiting the Happiest Place(s) On Earth

We will be tweeting on Saturday (inter)National Scrapbooking Day and sharing the great deals that we see around digiland. We will also be releasing a new issue of THE DIGI FILES that day as well!

Lastly, be sure to check out our Flickr group where our readers are sharing their layouts and projects We LOVE seeing them and would love to see you join us! 🙂

Organization ACDSee Style

You might remember the post we did awhile back about organizing without tagging. We received a lot of comments, emails, and even posts in our CT forum from people that really like using ACDSee. One of those emails was from Aaron, a.k.a. Sir ScrapAlot and it wasn’t too long before I realized that an organizing with ACDSee post would be appreciated by our readers. I love how Aaron uses ACDSee and thought it would be great for him to share what he knows!

I also talked in that post about my conference call with ACDSee and how I had purchased the software to give it a try (I did not accept their offer of a free copy, because….as you know…that’s not how we do things ‘round here). At the bottom of Aaron’s post, I will add my experience with the program and thoughts.

SirScrapalot_picture Aaron Morris has been digital scrapbooking for almost three years. His work has been published in Scrapbooking Trends magazine. For two years now, Aaron has been the creative and designing force behind Sir Scrapalot Designs. Sir Scrapalot Designs products are currently available exclusively at Polka Dot Plum. Aaron also blogs about nearly everything at the Sir Scrapalot Designs blog. Aaron is a dad to two daughters and has been married for eight years. During the day, Aaron is a seventh grade math teacher to a class that he has worked with for the last four years. In his spare time, Aaron likes to watch reality tv and listen to music. You can follow Aaron on Twitter at

If you’re anything like me, you have tons of digi goodies stashed away. I can never seem to resist a good sale, or picking up the latest products. It’s a habit. In fact, it’s a habit that has led me to over 100GB of digi goodies. If I had no way to organize them, I would be out of my mind and would never be able to find anything to get my layouts done!

Luckily, a few years back, I got ACDSee Photo Manager. I knew I needed something to help me organize what I had, and ACDSee fit the bill. ACDSee works simply: photos/files stay in their original folder, however, you can add “tags” to each file, and use these tags to organize your files. So say I want to see all my pictures of Uncle Bill, I would click on my “Uncle Bill” tab, and all the pictures that I have tagged as “Uncle Bill” would pop up. What’s also great about ACDSee has an extensive forum and tutorials and tips. So many people use ACDSee to organize their digi supplies, that ACDSee now offers some free downloadable organizational structures for digi scrappers. I figured this would be a great place to start.

I downloaded one of the organizational structures, and read up on what I would need to do to “tag” my collection. The first tagging would entail putting information in for every file – the kit name and the designer name. Then, each file would be tagged separately. For example: all the ribbons would be tagged ribbons, all the buttons would be tagged buttons, etc. This method was VERY time consuming, even breaking it down into small time increments. What was great about this tagging method was that when I was working on a layout, if I needed a piece of kraft paper, I could find it easily by choosing some of the tags I had used. Unfortunately, I am more of a “kit scrapper,” I tend to use the items from one kit. That, paired with the amount of time I would spend tagging, ultimately made this not the best tagging method for me.


Since I am a kit scrapper, I decided that I would start tagging only the previews of the products I purchased, and put them into categories like kits, element packs, alphas, and templates. I started out with six categories: actions, alphas, element packs, kits, paper packs, and templates. This tagging method cut down on time considerably, seeing that I only had to tag one file in the folder. As I started working with this tagging system, I realized that it was a bit broad. I could easily find all of my kits, or element packs, but if I wanted to find a kit by Geek Chic Scraps that I had, I needed to sift through the entire kits category. So, I added categories for each of the designers I purchase from often, as well as a category for products I had yet to use.


When I wanted to use an element pack from Ali Edwards, I could click on my Ali Edwards tag, and the previews of all of the products I have from her would pop up. From that point, I can right click the preview and use the “Go To File” option. That sends me directly to the folder that contained that preview, where I can grab the products I need. There is more about the Go To File option HERE. This has proven to be the most effective method for me and my tagging. My workflow goes like this:

1. All of my files are downloaded into a “To Be Unzipped” folder on my EHD.
2. From there, I extract all the files to a “To Be Tagged” folder. Within that folder I have two categories, “Designer” which is my CU designer stuff (yup, I tag all that too) and “Readymade” which is stuff from other designers.
3. When I am ready to tag (no, I don’t tag as soon as I unzip. I’m a rebel like that), I go into the “To Be Tagged” folder, and click on the “Ready Made” folder. In that are all the folders of the products I have purchased. I click on a number of those folders, even if they aren’t from the same designer. Then at that top of the window I choose “Sort By” and I pick “image type.”that brings all of the jpeg files together, and I can easily assign them tags that way by dragging the tag over to the image.
4. Once the preview is tagged, the folder (and if it’s a kit, all the folders that go with it. I only tag one preview) gets moved to my “PU” folder. That part really stinks….get it…stinks…PU…well anyways, that’s it. My products are tagged and ready to use.

The ACDSee tagging system isn’t just great for organizing your digi supplies, but it can help you scrap more efficiently too! A while back, I was intrigued by a post Katie did here on The Daily Digi about her Power Scrapping method. I knew that I had to try this method. When I got a chance to give it a shot, I loved the way I was able to get pages done really quickly, but I struggled with keeping track of what I wanted to use. In my paper days, I would have slipped the pictures and the papers and everything into a folder and put it away until next time. I could do that on my EHD, creating new folders for each layout and copying files, but that would not only take up more time, but take up precious memory on my EHD. I was about to abandon the Power Scrapping method, and then it came to me: ACDSee!! If I could tag my files with multiple tags, I could tag the things I wanted to use for layouts!!

Now, when I am looking to Power Scrap a few layouts, I start out by making a new tag for each one in ACDSee. I have most recently been using this method for completing our Disney layouts from our trip two years ago. Once I have the tags created, when I get a few minutes, I look through my pictures and identify the ones I want to use, and tag them with the layout tag. Then, I can walk away from the layouts for a bit. When I have a few extra minutes, I can go and look through my templates, and identify the templates I want to use and tag them. When I get a few more minutes, I can search through my kits, and identify the kits I want to use for each layout, and tag the preview of them. That way, when I am ready to sit down and put the layouts together, I can click on the tag that I used for the layout, and all the pictures I want to use for it, along with the template and the preview of the kit all pop up.


I drag the pictures and template into the image basket, which is a section of the ACDSee window where you can put files you intend to open. Then I use the “Go To File” command to go to the kit and start picking papers and elements. As I pick them, they get put into the image basket as well. Once I have everything I want to start the layout with, I select them all using CTRL+A, and drag them all into Photoshop, and they all open. I am ready to start creating!


So that’s about it. I really do use ACDSee for everything, I can’t imagine scrapping or designing without it. Hopefully I’ve been able to give you some ideas to use when you are organizing your own digi goodies. I guess the bottom line is this: anyone can tell you how you should do it, but if it doesn’t work for you, it’s not worth it. Figure out what works for you, and go with it!



I (Steph) have tried a couple different organization systems (the organizer that comes with PSE as well as Adobe Bridge). I found both of them a little klunky and neither really met all of my needs (I won’t go into all of the reasons I didn’t care for them). I really, honestly thought that ACDSee would be the same, plus I did NOT want to spend my precious scrapping time tagging!

I will say, that I am very happy with ACDSee as compared to my prior experience with other programs. The more I got into using it, the more I liked this program for organizing. I started by downloading Janie’s orginizational structure. I knew that I would only be tagging the previews because as I thought about it, if I started tagging each button as a button, then I would also want to tag the color, etc. and that was just too much. I am usually a kit scrapper, except for a few favorite things (like my favorite stitching, staples, Kraft paper, etc.) and those are now tagged as favorites. Out of Janie’s original structure, (btw, if you know who Janie is, let me know, so I can tell her thanks), I knew that the themes, seasons, and holidays would be the most useful for me. I also added some themes of my own (such as Hawaii and Disney for the kits that I knew I would want to use on those vacations). I then added a designers category and started adding designers and tagging the previews with their names as well. In the template category, I added more tags with more numbers, because so many template designers are coming out with awesome templates that have tons of photos on them.

If you have a lot of stuff and the thought of tagging everything is overwhelming, but having your stuff organized and tagged seems like a dream, then just start with the previews and go from there.

If you are NEW to digital, I would highly recommend getting ACDSee and starting with it now 🙂 You will thank yourself later!

An IMPORTANT NOTE::: You MUST backup your database, so if you have a computer or drive die on you, you won’t lose all of your tagging. If you aren’t using an online back up service such as Mozy, You can find step-by-step instructions with screenshots here (it really is easy and they system actually walks you through it, I was able to do it without a tutorial very easily).

Also note: The Daily Digi does not use affiliate marketing, so all links are affiliate-free 🙂

Follow Your Bliss

Sausan Designs – Follow Your Bliss


Layout by Karen


Layout by Melissa, additional supplies: Jaime Young buttons, Font is Mom’s Typewriter and CK Ali’s Handwriting


Layout by Jacki, additional supplies: xoxo Karen font from Peas for title


Layout by Rachael, additional supplies: template by Amy Martin

Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: Staple: Joyce Paul, Font: Pea Amy

A hybrid project by Sunghee:


Here’s what she said: I covered the Ritz Camera print box (the one you get when you develop 4×6 prints) to create a diorama. The girl stamp on the right is from the Cornish Heritage Farms.

Travel Journal – Come Away With Me


Welcome back, my fellow travel journalers! If this is your first time here with us for our Travel Journal class, you can go here and read the first lesson as well find links to all of the other weeks.

Today we start on our journey. This is the true “meat” of the journal project. For the next two weeks, I’ll be giving you prompts that you can print (or scrap) now and put into your journal. That’s all you need to do right now. Pack your journal with you when you go on your trip, and then at the end of the day (or whenever it works best for you), read the prompt and respond to it. That’s all you have to do. You can attach photos or memorabilia if the prompt makes you think of something you want to add. It’s your journal. You can do whatever you’d like to make it yours.


Day One’s prompt deals with the actual trip to get to your destination. Are you taking a road trip? Are you flying? If you’ve been to your destination previously, what makes this trip different? Are you leaving early in the morning, or do you leave mid-day?

A major factor in our vacation decision this year was the actual travel. My teenage son hates to fly. Last year we flew to California. Before we left, we went to the doctor and she prescribed a small dose of Xanax to help him relax on the plane. I gave him two before we got on the plane. They had absolutely no effect on him. He sat gripping me the entire ride. I couldn’t turn the pages in my book. I couldn’t take a drink of my Pepsi. Heaven forbid I need to get up to use the restroom. He was so close to a panic attack that it scared me.

This year, it’s a road trip for us. We actually tried a “shortcup” (as my kids used to call it) and were fairly lost for about an hour, until we finally got somewhere we recognized. I laughed so hard during that hour, and tweeted much of it. To remember that trip, I wrote down all of my tweets from the trip. I see that page now, and I smile, and remember.




Make sure you tell any fun stories, and capture the details. What movies did the kids watch on the way? What was your road music? How much did you pay for a bottle of water at the airport? Those details seem small now, but they can make a story much more colorful years from now.

Curiosity is the subject of Day Two. For my family, Day 2 is a day of discovery. Maybe you are at a theme park and see a ride you’d like to try but the line is too long. You put it on your list for later. Day 2’s prompt is all about things like that. Write down what you’ve seen that makes you curious. Maybe it’s a brochure, maybe it’s a billboard, maybe it’s something you passed and thought you’d like to explore. Writing those things down now will help you to remember them later in the trip.



When I first started creating this project, my focus was adding more than just visual to the story of our trip. Day Three will help you do that. Think about the sounds, the smells, the tastes. Steph and I have talked about food being a big part of our Disney trips, and how Disneyland’s food just doesn’t compare to that at Walt Disney World. Those kinds of things should be remembered.


I did my journal entry for Day 3 as a list. You can create a list or just write a journal entry. Describe in detail how that fried cheese at 50s Prime Time Cafe tasted and that even though you thought you’d hate it, you actually loved it. You could write about the smell of hot, wet creosote as you walk into the theme park for the day. Perhaps it’s the opening notes of “Seven Bridges Road” that made you feel you were truly on vacation.

If you’re taking more than an eight day trip, you can always reuse this prompt. The tastes, smell, and sounds of a trip change every day, and it’s worthy of visiting twice.

That’s it for this week. Download your choice of printable prompts or layered files, get them in your journals, and sit back and countdown the days until your trip!



Kimberly Lund has been scrapbooking for a decade and has been exclusively a digital scrapbooker for six years. In the past, she was an Honorable Mention in Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame contest, and has had her layouts published in Creating Keepsakes and Memory Makers publications. She is a mom of 3 teenagers, has been married for twenty years, and spends her days teaching early childhood special education. For the past five years she has a blog committed to documenting her family’s life at In her spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, and plotting ways to avoid riding “Wildfire” on her next trip to Branson.

P.S. Congratulations to Amy who was randomly selected from the comments yesterday to win $10 in product from Sausan Designs. Here’s what she said: “My favorites are Love Bird, A la Mode and Whimsical Autumn. Thanks for introducing me to a wonderful, unique designer!!!” Check your inbox Amy!

In The Designer’s Studio With Sausan Designs


I am very excited to welcome Sylvie of Sausan Designs here with us this month! I first got to work Sylvie a few years ago when we worked on a couple of projects together. I have always thought she was a very sweet person AND a fantastic designer! Sylvie has a very unique, fun, whimsical style that easily recognized! Here is a closer look at her contribution to THE DIGI FILES:


You get this wonderful, fun kit PLUS 5 other FULL kits AND a set of templates for ONLY $5 in THE DIGI FILES!! There is no question that this IS the best deal in digital scrapbooking!! It’s an awesome way for you to you try some new-to-you designers for very low-risk to you!! You are bound to LOVE $5 worth of this stuff…lol!! Here are some layouts created with Sausan’s contribution:


Layout by Karen


Layout by Melissa, additional supplies: Jaime Young buttons, Font is Mom’s Typewriter and CK Ali’s Handwriting


Layout by Jacki, additional supplies: xoxo Karen font from Peas for title


Layout by Rachael, additional supplies: template by Amy Martin

Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: Staple: Joyce Paul, Font: Pea Amy

A hybrid project by Sunghee:


Here’s what she said: I covered the Ritz Camera print box (the one you get when you develop 4×6 prints) to create a diorama. The girl stamp on the right is from the Cornish Heritage Farms.


My name is Sylvie Wagner and you may know me as Sausan or Sausan Designs. I’m happily married to Udo and we have two great kids, Jana (born 1996) and Joshua (born 2003).We all live in Germany.








Try to haunt for great elements and papers from “old” kits in your stash at least once a month. I am sure you will find treasures!


I have never been a paper scrapper or scrapbooker at all. In Germany Scrapbooking is almost unknown. What brought me to designing was this creative streak in me, although I didn’t see myself as a designer, especially not a digital scrapbook designer. I’ve always been a creative person and comfortable with my PC. I love to draw, enjoy making music, and I was once a singer in a band and was studying fine arts before changing my direction to languages. I can say that I simply “stumbled” over digital scrapbooking and was hooked right away! Shortly after I was offered a home to sell my own designs and this is how it all started!


Inspiration lies in everything for me. It can be websites, colors and patterns of all kind, my kid’s clothes, flowers or just a song !


Pens, Brushes, Watercolors, acrylics and … Photoshop. I am working with a Windows PC and 4 gigs of RAM. I use Photoshop CS, sometimes PS Elements. My camera is a Nikon D 50 DSLR. I am using a Wacom Tablet for doodling and drawing.







Here are some of my favorite products by Sausan







Here’s some inspirational layouts using Sausan’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.







Go have a look in Sausan’s Stores HERE and HERE 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 so much Sylvie for being with us this month at The Daily Digi and sahring your talents with us! 🙂 To show her THANKS to our readers, Sylvie has this coupon for us:

Collection #46 – Cindy Schneider

Template Collection #46 – Cindy Schneider


Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Julie Billingsley Spin Your Wheels kit and Lights, Camera, Action papers; Fonts are Fontologie Printing Primer and Howie’s Stamps


Layout by Melissa, additional supplies: Lauren Grier You Make Me Intensely Happy, Font is DJB Lisa’s Print


Layout by SharonS (a reader)


Layout by Steph, additional supplies: Bumble Blooms by Julie Billingsley also included in TDF16

Bumble Blooms by Julie Billingsley

Bumble Blooms – Julie Billingsley


Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Katie Pertiet template


Layout by NeeNee, additional supplies: Oodles of Tags by Julie Billingsley, Font: Brittany by Darcy Baldwin


Layout by Jacki


Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: Template: Janet Phillips, fonts: Papyus, 2 Peas GGs Love Me

A hybrid project by Leigh:


additional supplies: Gift templates by Megan Turnidge, flowers by Prima, brads by Making Memories, bakers twine from my stash.

Put the Camera Down!

A few months ago, my son participated in the school play at his elementary.  Everything associated with the production was done by kids at the school, except some of the large scenery pieces (all sound, lights, spots, makeup, most costumes, etc.). It was so amazing to see what these young kids were able to do!  They performed for 3 nights and on one night, a mom of one of the kids in the show sat on the front row, with her Blackberry in hand.  She was working on it all before the show started and I didn’t think much of it.  However, when the lights went down, I was a little dismayed to see her still working on her phone.  For the first 3 scenes of the play, she worked on her phone, until someone went and whispered something in her ear and she got up and left.  I wondered if there was maybe a big business emergency that she needed to take care of and couldn’t wait.  I hoped it was something like that.  It made me think though about how often we are ‘present yet absent’ due to technology.


That thought reminded me of an experience I had while on a vacation in Hawaii. We were going to Valcanoes National Park and planning on hiking out to the viewing area in the dark to watch the lava spitting out from the earth. I called my dad, who is an incredible photographer, and asked him for some bits of wisdom for the shooting situation.  I knew this was an experience he would LOVE!!  He loves science and geology, traveling, photography, computers (he’s a programmer)…yes, I am my dad’s daughter!!  I really wanted to get some good shots of this for him to see.  He told me some different settings to try, which lens to use, some different techniques for getting steady shots, and then said, “Steph, make sure you put the camera down and enjoy being there too!” I was a little surprised by the advice, but promised I would.  After shooting for a bit, I was holding my camera in my lap, and my husband asked me if I was ready to leave. I said, “No…just enjoying being here!”  The Jack Johnson song below always reminds me of that very sound advice from a seasoned photographer.  I think this song can apply to more than just our cameras though…it can apply to our Tweeting and Facebook as well…something I have to remind myself of often!

Enjoy your day!