Teeny Tiny Mini Albums

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With Mother’s Day coming up in a few weeks (and Father’s Day close on it’s heels) it seems like the perfect time to think about mini-albums. After all, they make fabulous gifts for parents and grandparents alike. They are also a quick and rewarding scrapbooking project that can often be completed in a short amount of time, so they really are fun to do anytime of year! I (Katie) mostly work on my larger 8×8 scrapbook albums, but over the past year I have developed a newfound appreciation for these sweet little creations! For me, the smaller the better. I adore mint tin albums, badge albums, and itty-bitty books of all types.

There are many reasons to create a mini-album. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • A meaningful and personal gift to give
  • Something special for a child that they can carry around with them or keep in their room
  • A pocket-sized creation to carry with you (brag book) and share with others
  • They are fun to display as decor or an accent in your home (or office)
  • Gives you a great excuse to reuse some of your favorite photos and memories
  • Just for some creative fun! Nothing wrong with that! 😉

I asked our some of our fabulous creative team members to share their favorite mini-album projects with us. I just LOVE all of these little masterpieces!

Mini Album by Sunhee created with Joyce Pauls’ contribution to this month’s Digi Files. Mini album (2.5 x 2.5). Inside pages were created with the the frame from the kit. Instructions on Sunghee’s blog.

Mini Album by Sunhee created with Fresh Garden Kit by Boutique Cute Dolls. Again, the pages were laid out using the frames from the kit.(2.75 x 4.25). Instructions on Sunghee’s blog.

Mini Album by Sunhee created with Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs Sassy Purse #1. Instructions on Sunghee’s blog.

Mini Album by Sunhee created with “Sundri” kit by MK-Designs. The castle is about 3.25 x 3 inches in size. Instructions on Sunghee’s blog.

Mini Album by Leigh created with Own It by Shawna Clingerman and La Grier.
and DJB Gimme Space by Darcy Baldwin.

She says “I made a take along phonebook for my son. He struggles with anxiety issues and frequently worries that he won’t remember our numbers if he needs them. So, I made this little badge album for his backpack. I guess this shows it doesn’t always have to be about photos!”

Mini Album by Leigh created with 4 My Boys Tin Album by Shawna Clingerman.
Other supplies: Cardstock from Papertrey Ink, distressing ink from Tim Holtz, black ribbon from Michael’s.

A note from Leigh “ A teeny tiny accordion album that fits inside an Altoids tin; all my son’s favorite people, places and things at 6 years old.”

Mini album by Katie created with Shabby Princess Wild Love Badge Album and vinyl id badge holders (business card size). Ribbon from Making Memories. Full album can be viewed on Katie’s blog.

I (Steph) have created many, many mini-albums (haha) over my years of doing digital (never did them as a paper scrapper). You can see some of them in Flickr, but I wanted to share with you a couple of my favorites. I used Janet’s bracket album template and it was, the fastest mini-album I have ever worked up. I just used my favorite photos from our trip and I love how it turned out! You can see more instructions for creating this in my Flickr set for this album.

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This album is the one that I mentioned in Paperclipping Roundtable episode #12. I made an 8×8 ABC album for my daughter and then printed a copy in 8×8 and 6×6 that I put in albums and this is the 4×4 copy that I laminated and put on a key ring. She loves this version the most and can often be found looking at it or packing it with her while she is playing.

Here are some great links to inspire you to create your very own teeny tiny mini albums:

How about some enabling? Here are some fabulous digi finds to help you create miniature masterpieces in no time at all! (Images are linked)

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I think it’s time for some teeny tiny scrapbooking fun! We’d love to see your favorite mini-album projects so feel free to leave us a link in the comments or add them to our flickr group with the tag MiniAlbum so we are sure to see them!

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Basic Design Principles – Contrast

When one element is different from another, there is contrast. Including contrast on a layout creates emphasis. We talked about the benefits of emphasis in Basic Design: Emphasis a couple of weeks ago.

We all routinely scan our surroundings – even when we focus on a spot, we eventually change our field of vision. As we make this change, we do a quick scan of the environment. As we do this scan, we unconsciously look for elements that stand out—elements that contrast. Think of the hunting lion looking for that movement or bit color that identifies prey.

CONTRAST IN YOUR SCRAPBOOK PAGE DESIGN IS A GOOD THING

Contrast will draw the viewer’s eye into and through the page.

That first eye-grabbing item is the starting place for your viewer and your page’s focal point. Once a starting-place is found, you’ve established a hierarchy within your page – that is, the viewer unconsciously understands what’s next most important and then next after that. The result is a page that can be understood and viewed well.

Contrast adds visual interest.

While repetitions of color and image give a page unity, too much similarity becomes boring. Something needs to stand out. Be careful, though, not to add so much contrast that the page becomes confusing. Or, rather, be sure that all of the contrasts you include are in support of one another and exist in a hierarchy, themselves.

On my page “Challenges of Today” there are several contrasts, but the one that comes to the forefront is the image of the bull coming out of the top left corner. The top left corner of any page is a key location for any of us who read books starting in that spot and moving left to right and down the page. The bull is a compelling image, and it is sized large. Other contrasts include: the variety of fonts and sizes in the title; the juxtaposition of patterned paper next to solids; the landscape orientation of the focal point photo next to several portrait-oriented supporting photos; the larger size of the focal point photo as well as its rendering in color while the supporting photos have very little color.

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“Challenges of Today” by Debbie Hodge
Supplies: MYO Frames, Stitched by Anna Brown No 2 by Anna Aspnes;Patterns Petite No 4, Farmer Joe Mini Kit by Lynn Grieveson; This is the Day Word Art by Ali Edwards. All from DesignerDigitals.com.

IDEAS FOR GETTING CONTRAST ON YOUR SCRAPBOOK PAGE

Contrast occurs when two elements are different. This next point is very important: the greater the difference the greater the contrast. If you’re going to include contrasts – be sure they’re obvious. If you’re going to do it – then REALLY do it.

The approaches for incorporating contrast are intertwined with those for emphasis, so refer back to Design Basics: Emphasis and check out the additional tips that follow.

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Use different fonts, cases (upper or lower), colors, sizes, and materials for the words (titles, embellishments, journaling) on your page.

You could:

1)render a title in two parts that contrast

2)make your title type contrast with your journaling type

3)make selected words stand out from the rest of the journaling with type differences.

On “Escape Artist,” Amy Mallory has used a chunky, black alpha of chipboard for “escape,” and then a script font in white for “artist.” The two words differ in color, size, fonts, and texture/materials.

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“Escape Artist” by mymallorboys
Supplies: Little Layette Kit, Graphed Paper Pack No. 02, Classic Embossed Grid no 2, Yarn Swirls No. 03: Neutrals, Ric Rac Basics no 1, Flossy Stitches: White, Date Spots, Chunky Chipboard Alphabet: Black No. 03, Jewelry Tag Alphabet, Spot Dot Brushes no 5 by Katie Pertiet; Stitched by Anna Borders No. 01, Stitched by Anna White No. 06 by Anna Aspnes;Painterly Backgrounds No. 01, Story HandDrawn Journal Blocks Brushes and Stamps by Ali Edwards Help Haiti Collaborative Collection; Worn Page Edges No. 02 by Lynn Grieveson. All from DesignerDigitals.com

size contrasts

Differences in size are a great way to incorporate contrast. Remember, though, that it’s not the large size that draws the eye, but, rather, the differences in size. An item that is proportionately smaller than everything else is just as eye-catching as one that is proportionately larger.

On “My Love,” Amy Kingsford has included a man-and-woman graphic that is by far the largest embellishment on the page. After the photo, it is the first thing my eye noticed. It not only adds pleasing visual interest, but its symbology–especially when accented with small hearts—supports her page meaning.

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“My Love” by askings
Supplies: Basic Masks No 1, Cait Kit, Grid Brushes No 1, Paper Alphabet No 1 Green, Soft and Spunky Damask Papers No 2, Textured Solids No 2 by Erin Clayton; Happily Ever After by Aja Abney; Chocolate Minikit by Bohemian Art. All from ScrapArtist.com.

color/value contrasts

Contrast in color and/or value (lightness/darkness of a hue) is always a great way to make a photo, title, or grouping “pop” from the background. Remember: if you’re going to have contrasts, then they should be strong contrasts.

On “Rock Thrower,” Kellie placed a bright yellow mat on a deep blue background. Her photos sit on green mat and totally stand out because of these color contrasts as well as the generous white space. The entire grouping of photos, title, embellishments and journaling stand out.

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“Rock Thrower” by kfite7
Supplies: Tom Foolery by Bella Gypsy & Amanda Heimann; Template by ChrissyW; Stitching by Mira Designs.

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You can use differences in shape to get contrast. On “Year 2009,” Katie used a large black circle to back up a narrow rectangular strip of square photos and give her title a home. The whole piece sits upon a white square with a narrow mat. There’s no doubt of this black circle on a white background standing out.

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“Year 2009” by katiescrapbooklady
Supplies: papers by Amanda Heimann; template by Emily Powers; stitching by Anna Aspnes.

image Debbie Hodge owns, teaches at, and writes for the website Get It Scrapped! She’s the author of the F+W book Get It Scrapped! and two e-books on digital scrapbooking: Embellishing with Alphas and Every Little Thing, both available at DesignerDigitals where she is a creative team member. For more information on contrast check out Debbie’s article called Creating A Focal Point on Your Pages.

P.S. Thanks to everyone who gave Cindy some love yesterday in the comments! Lynn was randomly selected as the winner in $10 of product from Cindy. Here’s what Lynn said about Cindy’s templates: “I love Cindy’s templates! Set 36 is my favorite; however, I already own that one. So, I’ll have to say Set 35. Thank you for the chance and the great coupon!”

In The Designer’s Studio With Cindy Schneider

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I am really excited to have Cindy here with us this month in THE DIGI FILES! I LOVE Cindy’s templates! I can’t scrap in the collage, cluster style to save my life! But, when I use one of Cindy’s templates a whole new scrapping world opens up to me! Here is a closer look at Cindy’s contribution to THE DIGI FILES this month:

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It is almost shocking that you get all of these templates PLUS 6 huge digital scrapbooking kits for only $5 in THE DIGI FILES, but you do!! The sales from THE DIGI FILES are what keep us going here and pay THE DAILY DIGI bills, so we appreciate you showing your support by grabbing them!!

Here’s what our awesome team created using these fun templates:

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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

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

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Layout by SharonS (a reader)

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

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My name is Cindy Schneider and I live in Ontario, Canada, approximately an hour away from Toronto. I am a SAHM with my two children, Ashley (7) and Curtis (4), and have been married to my husband Brad for almost 10 years.

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If you are a template user, don’t be afraid to change them up a little to suit your needs. Modify them, and make them your own! Shift layers around, rotate or flip the template, add extra embellishments, simplify it by removing layers, add extra mats….there are so many possibilities with them. You will be surprised at how many different looking layouts you can get using one template! Also, if you are trying to find other ways to save time scrapping, definitely put the time into into learning some of the shortcut keys for Adobe programs….it is totally worth it! This website, which was passed along to me a while back, is a great resource for shortcuts, and it even includes printable PDFs.

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I have been digi-scrapping for about 4 years, shortly after the birth of my 2nd child. I was originally a paper scrapper, but it was too time consuming and messy with kids around, and glue became my worst enemy. I came across digi-scrapping online one day and have never turned back. I started out slowly and finally worked up the nerve to start a gallery and apply for some creative teams, and was lucky enough to get a spot on the Creative Team at the Sweet Shoppe in August 2007. At the same time I started doing quick pages and albums for various designers, which led into designing and selling templates At the end of March 2010 I moved my store to the fabulous Sweet Shoppe which I have loved for so many years. The community, designers, creative team, and owner Robin Carlton are all amazing

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My photos are always my first and foremost source of inspiration for all of my creations. I absolutely love doing multi-photo layouts and they are actually a lot easier for me to do than single photo ones. When creating templates and/or layouts, I always start figuring out where I want my photos positioned, then play around with different shapes and numbers layers and papers, until I obtain a basic design I am happy with. Sometimes I am inspired by an ad layout, and sometimes a design will pop into my head and I will sketch it out, but generally I just come up with ideas for new templates by playing around in Photoshop

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My computer is a AMD Athlon 4200+ Dualcore with 3GB of RAM. I use Adobe Photoshop CS2. I have a Canon Rebel XTi, Canon EF-S 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 IS Lens, Speedlite 430EXII

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I love doing multi-photo templates, so I would have to pick one of those….I think this one is on of my recent favorites:

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Here are some of my favorite products by Cindy:

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

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Layout by Melissa, additional supplies: Breathe in the Rain by Lauren Grier and Shawna Clingerman
Cindy Schneider template set 34, Wire Alpha from Walk Along Side Me by Lauren Grier
Font is DJB Sous Chef

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Go have a look in Cindy’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)!

I want to say THANKS to Cindy for being here with us this month! We have enjoyed having her!

As a thank you to our readers, Cindy has created this coupon to share with all of us!

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Come Away With Me Travel Journal Project- Part 3

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Welcome to week 3, my fellow travel journalers! Hopefully you thought a bit about your first two prompts, and maybe even got something on paper (or disk…. whichever you’re doing). If you are just joining us for the first time, it’s not to late to jump in and start. Then, head to the second post in the series and work at your own pace or hurry and catch up, whatever works for you!

This week, we’re talking a bit more about the planning stage of a vacation. Planning truly is my favorite part of a vacation. I love looking at all the options for lodging, entertainment, meals. To me there is no better trip than going to Walt Disney World and using their dining plan. You get to plan everything — which park you’ll be visiting, which restaurant you want to choose, and make your reservations. Back in the day, I’d call several times until I got just the Priority Seating time I wanted. (Of course, now you can do this online.) And when I scored the Castle Breakfast just 2 days before we wanted to eat there…. I thought I was one amazing Disney planner. (And yes, I know it’s not called the “castle breakfast” but I bet all true Disney-oholics know exactly what I’m talking about and share in my joy.)

When we go to Branson, as we did for Spring Break, the question isn’t so much where we’ll eat. While we do have our favorites, reservations aren’t necessary for the restaurants you’ll find in Branson. What I do like to reserve is our seats to a few shows. I’ll usually look up a couple schedules, choose a day that I think will work and give the theater a call. I only do this for one or two shows, for a couple of reasons. First, I like to have flexibility in our trip. If we decide we want to stay at Silver Dollar City until it closes, or I decide I’d like to go celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a friend, I don’t want to already be locked into seeing a show that night. Second, for most shows in Branson, it’s not necessary to get reservations. My husband doesn’t enjoy sitting in the front row so we don’t mind sitting back a bit, and we’ve always been happy with our same day tickets. I’d be kidding myself if I didn’t admit that I get a little thrill from calling and making those few reservations, though. I love to write down confirmation numbers in my planner. It just makes me happy.

Maybe you’re a crazy fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type person. You fly to one of the Disney parks without a plan, hoping to get a seat at a popular restaurant just because you’re feeling lucky. Perhaps you jump in your car, not quite sure where you’re heading. If you’re one of those, bless you.

Your first prompt this week will have you thinking about the type of planner you are. You’ll be asked to create a to-do list. You can take this literally, and create a list that really nails down what needs to be done: reservations made, mail stopped, arrange for pets, etc. Or you can be a bit more loose with your interpretation. For my journal, I made a list of things that were a “must-do” for me on my Spring Break trip. We’ve been to Branson so often that there are few things I haven’t done. However, there are things we don’t do often, or that I needed to get done this trip (like finding an eigth grade graduation dress for my daughter). I find if I write things on paper, it makes them more real and helps me remember to do them.

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The second prompt gives you space to start your packing list. When I pack for a Disney trip, I often start months ahead with my list, and weeks ahead with the actual packing. For Branson, I either have a list and am organized, or I wait until the night before and just throw everything into suitcases and hope I didn’t forget anything. The difference in the two trips is that when we go to Disney we don’t have a car so if I forget something, I’m going to have to buy it at the hotel gift shop. In Branson, I can access several of the popular retailers and replace something without paying a premium.

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This trip, I decided to utilize my iPod touch for help with packing (and organizing…. all my confirmation numbers went right on that baby). I downloaded the Packing Pro app from the iTunes store and used it to enter my packing lists. The best thing about this app is that it will save my list, so when we go to Branson again in June, I can just look at it, delete and add as needed, and I’m ready to go. Plus, I’ll have my iPod with me on the trip, so when we go to pack up to come home, I can double check with my packing list and make sure we got everything. It’s a great tool (and would also work on an iPhone).

A to-do list and a packing list are your assignments for this week. Have a great time working on these two prompts. Next week, I’ll start taking you through my journal, day by day, and providing the daily prompts for you to download and get into your journal. I look forward to seeing you back here then!

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Great Photo Backgrounds Without Backdrops

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Most of us don’t have a photography studio set up in our homes or regular access to perfect scenery and/or indoor settings to use as backdrops in our everyday pictures. I (Katie) love finding new ways to improve the backgrounds in my photos, and I especially love sharing those ideas with our fabulous readers here at The Daily Digi!

I’m not a professional photographer. I’m simply a scrapbooker who appreciates the meaning and power of a great picture. I capture everyday life and document it. When I take pictures of my family enjoying a fun moment together, I want the setting to be a natural one, and I usually only have a few minutes to get the shot. Anyone who has tried to photograph a small child (or a less-than-willing adult) knows that they aren’t going to stop and pose in front of the perfect backdrop just for you to snap their picture!

Today, I want to focus on a few tips that will help you get the best backgrounds possible for any photo you take. One of the best tricks I have learned is to PRACTICE! Because people (especially children) have a limited amount of patience to sit still, I like to do my “homework” with an inanimate object first. I try different setups, camera settings, and ideas with my test subject and then apply the learning to real life people and situations. I highly recommend you try the same approach! Don’t forget to take notes so you can learn from your successes and mistakes. Keep a notebook in your camera bag, or use a small tape recorder (or voice recorder on a smart phone) to keep track of the variations you try.

Here’s my model. These same techniques will work with people shots as well, you just have to think on a larger scale.

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SCOUT IT OUT

Professional photographers will scout out a location before they shoot there. They might go check it out days (or weeks) before the scheduled session and also arrive early on the day of the shoot. They look for the best lighting, backgrounds, and find any distracting areas to avoid. The “capture the moment” photographer does not usually have the luxury of pre-planning and composing the shots. There is no reason why you can’t do a little scout work though. Walk through your house and yard with a camera in your hand and take pictures from several different angles. Experiment with where you can best capture a pleasing background that isn’t too distracting. Feel free to do this same exercise with other locations where you take a lot of photos (Grandma’s house, the park, work, etc.)

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Once I looked around the house, I realized that my daughter’s room had a nice little corner with some beautiful natural light. I moved the chair around to take advantage of the light. If you inspect the surroundings you will notice that the room wasn’t perfectly clean – I just chose to point my camera to the part that looked good. 🙂

LEARN A FEW CAMERA SETTINGS

Your camera can blur the background of a photograph so the emphasis stays on the subject. I want to emphasize that it’s not about the camera here, but rather understanding how to work the camera that you use. A point-and-shoot camera can shoot beautiful photos and this article from photojojo will teach you a great trick to blur backgrounds in photographs. If you own a DSLR camera there are many settings that will help you achieve some wonderful background blur. You will want to experiment with your own camera settings and lenses. Be sure to read your manual and you might enjoy checking out these great photography learning resources.

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SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS

If your son built an amazing Lego contraption in his incredibly messy room, he will be thrilled if you take a picture of it. Sometimes you might want to include the background mess as part of the story, but for most of the shots you will probably want to focus on the creation and the proud creator. You can blur the background or change your camera angle, but maybe you just want to move the pile of laundry out of the shot. No one will ever know! If you want to take pictures of your daughter baking cookies, there is nothing wrong with removing some of the distracting extras from the countertop to keep the focus on the chef and her delicious treats.

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Once I removed the patterned pillows and zoomed in a bit, the focus went completely on the subject.

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Besides tidying up, there are a few other ways to ensure your background doesn’t distract from the story you want your photo to tell.

  • Crop in tight to get rid of unwanted items in the background
  • Solid color walls work well. Avoid pieces of artwork or clocks if possible.
  • Brick or stone walls, opaque fences, siding on a house or building all provide free and fun and subtle backgrounds for many photographs.
  • Don’t place your subject right up against the wall or you might get strange shadows around them.
  • Make the most of natural light from nearby windows. Lighting can make a big difference on how your background looks and a flash will wash out portions of the photo and will cause shiny spots or shadows on a person’s face. Harsh sunlight will create deep shadows that don’t work well for a subject or background.
  • Large areas of grass, sky, or open fields make wonderful backdrops for outdoor photos.
  • If you are photographing young children, set up a play area for them where you hope to photograph them, or bring along a few items of interest to capture their attention so you can take their picture in front of a great background area.

Once you get familiar with the tips and techniques to find and use good natural backgrounds, have fun capturing the moments around you!

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P.S. apphotog was our random winner from the comments left in Julie’s post from yesterday! She won $10 in product from Julie! Here’s what she said: “Julies designs are amazing. I absolutely LOVE Prarie Fields. It’s GORGEOUS. Can’t wait to pick up the newest kit, Rambunctious. In it Together is also fabulous…the colors are so yummy together, some of my favorites.” Watch your inbox! 🙂

In The Designer’s Studio With Julie Billingsley

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I am really excited to welcome Julie to THE DIGI FILES this month! Julie is a very talented designer and I especially love how well she can do a themed kit! I love studying her previews because she has so many unique elements in them and I don’t want to miss anything! Here’s a closer look at her contribution:

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This is just ONE of the kits you will get when you purchase THE DIGI FILES for only $5!! It really is an amazing deal and a great way for you to try some new designers and even push your creativity! Here are some amazing layouts to give you some ideas of the versatility in this kit:

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Katie Pertiet template

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

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

A hybrid project by Leigh:

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

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My name is Julie Billingsley. My husband Tom and I have two boys Jacob and Logan. We live outside Portland, Oregon and yes, it does rain a lot here. Luckily that rain makes it a very beautiful and lush green place to live. I work in retail management for a clothing store but my passion is for scrapbook designing.

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When I scrap, I have two easy methods for helping with credits for gallery posting. In photoshop CS2 (and likely other versions too), the first way is have your layout open and then go to File>File Info and right in the description box you can type in your credits. As I add items to my layout, I just open the File Info and keep a running list of the credits for the layout. I like this method because then I just copy and paste right from here to the gallery. My second way is to take the preview of the kit(s) that I am using and drag them under the background paper of my layout. That way if I’m feeling lazy and don’t want to type up the credits right away, I have the previews hiding under the background so I can remember what I’ve used. These methods make crediting a snap especially if you work a layout with lots of product from different designers. Even if you don’t post your layouts in a gallery, you might want to remember who made that awesome flower in your layout and this makes it easy to find that information.

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I’d say my journey to scrapbooking really started when I was the yearbook editor back in high school. This was back in the 80’s before yearbooks were done on computers and digital cameras took over. I loved the process of making the yearbook but always yearned for more creativity in that. Fast forward to 2004, and I was admiring layouts done by some internet friends and they nudged me into the world of digital scrapbooking. It felt so natural given my yearbook experience. My initial goal was to make baby books for my boys… and uh, yea, that still isn’t done. However I was going crazy making layouts, making about 30 a month. It was a lot of pent up creativity finally finding it’s release! I got on my first creative team with Christy Lyle at Sweet Shoppe Designs and fell in love with the warm community there. After working hard on my scrapping skills, I was invited to be on the CT for several stores including the Sweet Shoppe. I began designing in late 2007 and debuted as a Sweet Shoppe designer in February 2008. It’s a dream come true for me!

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I find a lot of my inspiration just from my own photos. I need a zoo kit so I’ll make one. Or I’ll have honeymoon pictures that need to be scrapped so I make a cruise kit. Beyond that, I find a lot of inspiration from color combos. I’ll make a color palette and decide that the colors say “girly western” and inspiration is born.

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My tool box is an HP desktop with a 23” widescreen display and 4 GB of ram, an external Western Digital 1 Terabyte hard drive, a Canon Canoscan 8800F scanner, and a Wacom Intous4 tablet.

For programs I am using Photoshop CS2 and Illustrator CS3. I’m waiting to upgrade my programs until I can get a new computer in a year. I might switch to a Mac so I’m hoping the wait is worth it! I also use Mozy as my online backup.

I have a Canon Rebel xTi and a big stack of books to learn to use it. I’d love to develop my photography skills more.

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My favorite product is my Revolution kit. It was inspired by my incredible boys and my need for a kit that would work for both my 7 year old and my 18 year old.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Julie:

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

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Go have a look in Julie’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)!

As a thank you to our readers, Julie has created this coupon to share with all of us!

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P.S. Be sure to check out the Un-Digi from yesterday, all about traveling to Disney! We also posted the random winners from the “From the Files” challenge at the bottom of that post.

Visiting The Happiest Place(s) On Earth

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It is no secret that I love to travel! I love to travel anywhere, anytime (unfortunately, the budget doesn’t always allow it)! Because of the age span of my kids (teen to tot), Disney is one of our favorite vacations…there is something there for everyone, no matter their age! Janet did a post about a year ago with some Walt Disney World (WDW) travel tips, but on our most recent DisneyLAND (DL) trip, I found myself wishing I would have known _________________ (fill-in-the-blank), so I thought I would seek out some other pass holders (and my go-to-Disney-vacation-planner, Kim) to give us some more tips for planning our Disney vacations (to the World AND the Land).

This is a long post and meant to be a resource…so go ahead and skim and take in what you want and come back for more later. Or, if you are planning a trip to the Land or the World, you will probably want to read it all. Whatever works for you, works for us! 🙂

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Let’s first head to Walt Disney World in Florida…

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Nancy Nally is the founder and Editor of Scrapbook Update, the leading scrapbook industry trade journal. She is also the co-host of the weekly Paperclipping Roundtable scrapbook talk show.
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To say our family are DisneyWorld “regulars” would be a bit of an understatement. Our family was actually created at DisneyWorld. My husband and I were married there, on the lawn at the Polynesian Resort overlooking the lake and the Magic Kingdom, in 1993.

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At the time of our marriage, we lived in Michigan, but in 2000, we moved to Florida. We started using the Florida Residents Seasonal Pass. It’s a discounted annual pass that is sold only to Florida residents, and which is “blacked out” for two weeks at Christmas & Easter, and for several months over the summer. We call it “Uncle Walt’s way of telling us when we wouldn’t want to go anyway”, since those are the most miserable times to go to the parks (either the most insanely crowded or unbearably hot).

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First it was just the two of us making regular trips to the parks, and then in 2003 our daughter was born and joined the DisneyWorld expeditions. She made her first trip to the parks at 4 months old. Sometimes we take day trips and sometimes we stay overnight to extend the fun. By taking advantage of discounts offered to Florida residents, we’ve tried almost every one of the DisneyWorld resort hotels at one time or another.

In 2005, our daughter was diagnosed with autism and we learned our favorite thing about DisneyWorld: It is a wonderful place for children with autism. The mouse goes out of their way to accommodate children with the disorder. They will issue families visiting with an autistic child one of their handicapped “guest assistance” passes, which allows families to enter attractions through alternate entrances and avoid the trauma and meltdowns of long waits in line in confined line areas.

Disney’s in-park baby and medical centers have been incredibly helpful when we’ve had unusual situations. One time, a Cast Member even used the behind-the-scenes pathway system to get milk for us from another area of the park when everything in the area we were in that served it, had closed for the night. We weren’t even charged for it! (Bridget refuses to drink anything but milk, not even water.)

Disney characters are great with autistic kids, too. It is amazing to watch them totally shift gears once you clue them in to the child’s disorder. They change their conversational style, or tone down their antics to be less intimidating Bridget tends to be very timid around people she doesn’t know, but they make her so comfortable that she will literally throw herself at characters.

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1nancy So, my top tip DisneyWorld tip is: If you have a special needs child, DisneyWorld is a wonderful and accommodating place to take them.

A lot of our other favorite tips are already mentioned in a previous Daily Digi article about DisneyWorld tips, but there are plenty more things that we’ve learned over the years too.

2nancy Ponchos are your friend. Most people just leave the park when it rains. But rain, especially hard rain, doesn’t usually last long in Florida, and if you leave the park with everyone else then you are just stuck waiting in line for transportation to your resort or car with the crush of wet people. But if you just seek shelter in a restaurant or attraction (or even just brave out the rain and tolerate getting a little wet), the payoff will be having the park all to yourself. Lines for attractions will be shorter and you won’t have to fight crowds to do everything.

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Disney, of course, wants to keep you in park so you’ll keep spending money. Because of this, they offer a secret weapon that is one of the few things resembling a bargain at DisneyWorld. As soon as it starts to rain, piles of Disney ponchos appear next to virtually every cash register on Disney property. For around $6 you can buy a really good quality poncho, and keep right on having fun while everyone else goes home. We used ponchos to get through an afternoon downpour on a visit a few weeks ago. We were able to stay in the park, and ended up having a wonderful evening as a result. And if the rainy time happens to be the only time you can come, like it was for my friends and I during CHA Summer last year, it can save your entire visit.

3nancy Another tip for dealing with rain: Use a weather app on your mobile phone to monitor the weather. If it starts to look gray, a look at the radar can tell you if it is going to rain and how soon. It can also tell you if the rain will be short-lived or not, and how heavy it will be. On one visit last year, monitoring the radar on our iPhones told us it was time to head for the exits before the rain actually started. We arrived back in our room at Wilderness Lodge, comfy and dry, moments before the rain started (and before the long line started to form on the dock for the boat as everyone fled the park).

If you know you aren’t going to leave the park when it starts raining, take a look at your park map and sketch out ahead of time where some good shelters are: long indoor attractions, shopping, or restaurants. Then you’ll have a plan and can execute it while everyone else is frantically trying to figure out what to do!

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Use Disney’s Photopass photographers. At many locations in the park, you will see cast members in khaki safari vests carrying huge cameras. You’ll find these photographers especially near the park icons like Cinderella Castle and Spaceship Earth, and with the characters. These are called Photopass photographers.

They will take your picture (for free, no sales pitch, nothing except a smile) and scan an ID card with a barcode and give it to you. Then you can give that card to any other Photopass photographer to scan and take your picture, too. You can even use multiple cards in your family if you are splitting up to do different character meetings or activities.

At the end of your trip, or even during it, you can visit a Photopass counter in the parks or some resorts, or use your computer to log onto Disney’s Photopass and claim your pictures using the card’s ID code. They will stay on your online account for 30 days so you can decide if you want to order them or not. For scrapbookers, Disney now offers a wonderful option: Instead of buying prints, you can buy a download of the photo file via the Photopass website.

Photopass photographers are stationed in the best places to take pictures, and they have the best equipment set up perfectly for shooting that particular shot. Even if you are taking your own pictures, having Photopass pictures taken is a great way to ensure that you go home with the perfect shot. It’s also a great way to get everyone in your family in some pictures together.

If you think you’ll want more than 10 pictures from your vacation, purchasing the Disney’s Photopass CD is the most cost-effective way to go. For $149, you get a CD with every picture in your Photopass account on it. After a week at Disney, that could easily be dozens of pictures – a real bargain. The pictures (and downloaded files, as well) come with a release that gives permission for personal printing so you won’t get hassled making prints. (a note from Steph: take a picture of your photopass number with your own camera the minute you get it, so if you lose your pass – like we always do – you can still get the photos from it)

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Don’t leave after the fireworks. Remember how I said that you shouldn’t leave when it starts to rain because you’ll just get stuck in a huge crush of people trying to get out of the park? The same thing is true of after a parade or fireworks. Unless you are in position to be the first person out the door of the park after the last firework explodes (which is unlikely), don’t head for the exit right away. Especially if the park is going to be open for awhile after the fireworks (which is common at the Magic Kingdom), wait a little while before leaving. Sit on a bench and enjoy the view. Do your shopping then so you don’t have to carry that mug around all day. Or have a snack at someplace that is still open near the entrance. Then, after the worst of the crowds have cleared, you can walk right out of the park with barely any line for transportation to resorts or parking.

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6nancyUse the Extra Magic Hours. If you are a Disney Resort guest, which I highly recommend for good value on quality rooms, then you are eligible to take part in Extra Magic hours. Several times a week, one of the parks will open early or stay open extra late only for resort guests who show resort ID to ride the rides. Lines are much shorter, especially for popular rides, and it is a great way to avoid the crowds.

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Take advantage of special events. There are many special events that take place at DisneyWorld. Some of the best are at Epcot, the annual Flower & Garden and Food & Wine festivals, but there are other fun events like Star Wars Weekends and ESPN The Weekend that involve other DisneyWorld parks and venues. Christmas starts in early to mid-November at the parks, and like everything Disney, is an oversized magical production.

8nancyResearch before you go. Before you leave home, get a good idea of what you can do while you are there. Know what days are Extra Magic Hours for which parks, find out which rides are closed for refurbishment, and read restaurant menus to get an idea of where you might want to eat during your stay. You can even get a look at the inside of resorts (including the rooms) and read the reviews of other guests who’ve stayed at them before you make a reservation by visiting sites like All Ears Net (www.allearsnet.com) and MouseSavers (www.mousesavers.com). Being spontaneous may sound like more fun than planning your trip to death, but in reality, educating yourself about the parks will give you the knowledge to make decisions while there that will lead to the most fun.

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Club Level

Consider Club Level. If you are planning on staying at a resort that offers Club Level rooms (what Disney calls its concierge level), you should do the math on whether it would ultimately save you money to pay for the upgrade. Disney’s Club Levels serve a lot of food in their lounges: full continental breakfasts, hearty afternoon snacks, appetizers and desserts in the evenings. If you plan on being at the hotel for some of these meal times, the Club Level can save a lot of money on food for your family. You may find that after factoring in the food savings (especially breakfast) that you can enjoy the Club Level experience for less than you think.

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Now, let’s head to “The Land” in California….

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May Flaum has always been a Disney fan, and when she’s not visiting or dreaming of visiting you can find her crafting and enjoying life in Northern California with her husband and daughters. She has been published in numerous magazines and idea books, and co-authored the hybrid scrapbooking idea book “Paper + Pixels: Scrapbook Layouts”.
You can find out more about May and her current adventures at her blog: www.mayflaum.wordpress.com

1may When to go: CA schools aren’t all on same vacation plans – so no way to work around that except here’s my suggestion: Stay 7 days or more AWAY from any holiday or 3-day weekend. That way you’re more likely to avoid big crowds. Jan – March, Mid Sept – Mid December are the times we go most. Look at Disneyland’s annual pass blocked dates for the locals on weekends – because weekends that locals CAN use their passes are PACKED! The other “when” tip that I have is to do a bit of leg work and look up any conventions or major happenings in Anaheim. For example, you don’t want to be there the week a major cheerleading or sporting event is happening, or when a big convention (that’d have lots of families) is in town. Weather is nice year-round in Anaheim with some random rain and cooler temps through winter. In all the times we’ve gone it’s only rained twice – and both times were just 1 day.

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Make some plans – we like to do a “up till lunch” and then a “rest of day” plan while eating lunch. We’re flexible, but making a general game plan ensures that we get to see and do more things that we want to because instead of aimless wandering or asking each other what we should do next we’ve got a lovely plan. Likewise, if you’d like to do dining experiences keep in mind you should book ahead of time to ensure you get a good time – and in! This site has all kinds of interesting and useful info. for planning.

3may Spend some time on-line or in books getting to know the parks before you get there. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you arrive either! We prefer to stay on Disney property for the ultimate experience, but any local hotels will have information and should be knowledgeable about park basics.

4mayDon’t forget the camera- and don’t be shy in asking others to photograph your group! Some spots I love to get our family photo at include: near Splash Mountain, in New Orleans Square, in front of the Castle from the Snow White fountain area, with Mickey, in Toontown in front of Goofy’s garden, and by Pixie Hollow. In California Adventure I love to get us in Bug’s Land, with Paradise Pier behind us, and in the Grizzly River Run area. I like to do bursts of photography, then put camera away for a while. Then I’m sure to come home with plenty to scrap but don’t feel like I had the camera on all day.

5may Characters are a tricky bunch! Keep in mind that the princesses and fairies (as well as other characters in pre-determined areas) work in 30-40 minute increments, so the characters you see while in line might not be the ones greeting you when you get to the front. Sometimes a helpful cast member will tell you about what time they switch, but don’t expect to get a promise on what time they’ll be there – unless it is Mickey Mouse or some other key character promised at all times.

6mayBeing a foodie, here are some treats I suggest you don’t miss: Beignets at the Jazz Kitchen (downtown Disney), Corndog (from truck on Main Street), Meat Skewers (Bengal BBQ in Adventure Land), Iced Mocha (New Orleans Square), Fish & Chips (Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland), Pineapple juice or spear from the Tiki Juice Bar, Root Beer float (Paradise Pier in CA Adv), and really I could go on all day! There are a lot of good eats to be had at the Disneyland Resort. If you’ve got little ones watch for the ‘toddler meals’ and ‘kid snack packs’ available some places. They were perfect for our girls many a meal. Here’s a great link to “unofficial” Disneyland menus.

(note from Steph: We found on this last trip that eating at The Carnation Cafe and Cafe Orleans was less expensive than counter service. My teenage daughter and I shared meals and had plenty of food. It was much better food and better for us. Eating at The Carnation Cafe during the parade was especially fun.)

7may Make an “autograph book” for your kids (or just kids at heart) to get all the favorite characters signatures. I suggest white paper so that when you get home you can either add in your photos on pages opposite the signatures, or scan the autographs if you’re a digi scrapper – the white paper will make it easier to customize & change as needed.

8may Ask some people who’ve been there often for their favorites and don’t miss attractions, but be sure to make the vacation your own. Whether you want to see all the characters, ride every ride, or see some of the shows and other attractions – relax and enjoy!!

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RESORT STAY~any of the Disneyland Resort Hotels, but personal choice is Grand Cailfornian. It has two openings: one into Downtown Disney & the other into California Adventure Park. (This is really handy for drink refills good at the resort hotel when leaving California Adventure and passing the resort into Disneyland park).

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DINING~Early scheduled breakfasts before park opening allows for “people-less photos” in the parks on your way to the restaurant. Favorite restaurants: Plaza Inn & Blue Bayoou Plaza Inn is great for character greetings & Blue Bayou has a great menu and a nice view of the Pirates of Carribean ride.

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TICKETS~park hopper tickets allow you to move between the parks…..California Adventure has hours that let it open later and close earlier than Disneyland Park….A good tip is starting at Disneyland park early in the morning and leaving & going to California Adventure Park when Disneyland starts to get crowded….then when California Adventure closes, going back over to Disneyland Park for dinner, night time rides, & fireworks. It is a good use of park hours.

kristi4 PHOTOGRAPHY~Use of a “Nifty Fifty” (50mm) lens for dark rides helps you capture your memories of the inside of rides. Other lenses are great, but the Nifty fifty is awesome on dark rides. A tri-pod helps capture firework shots. The Sun Wheel in Paradise Pier is great for photos above the park when ride is in motion. At Disneyland, Tarzans Treehouse allows for photographing above the park. Arrive early at opening and stay late….for the people-less photos of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Sun Plaza, Main Street, etc. Plan costumes for children to take photos with matching character.

kristi5FAVORITES~Fantasyland….4 more rides at DL than WDW. Fantastic landscaping around the rides. Street shows. Weekdays are far less crowded than weekends. This is THE PARK that Walt built….he liked to stand at the family apartment inside Disneyland located in the gallery and watch all the families enjoy “his park”….and for that I am grateful for the experience he share with my family.

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Now we’ll get some tips on both WDW and DL from Kim, who is my go-to-Disney-vacation-planning-resource! She really has some of the best ideas and helped my family’s trip to WDW (and my baby’s first Disney trip) become one of our best vacations!

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Walt Disney World…

kim1Have groceries delivered to your hotel. Try www.gardengrocer.com. We use this to stock up on bottled water, soda, juice, pop tarts, etc. They also have diapers and baby supplies if you need those.
kim2Have Mickey and Minnie bring little surprises to your children to make it extra special. The Disney florist will deliver baskets (www.disneyflorist.com) or you can pick up little trinkets at Target, the dollar store and/or the Disney store. I’ve heard that some do a “Tinkerbell” gift every night, so that children wake up to a surprise every single morning of the trip. I’ve always just done a basket in the room that magically appears while we’re out swimming or eating.
kim3Plan, plan, plan. You can’t plan enough, and you shouldn’t feel guilty for planning. My favorite planning website is TourGuideMike (www.tourguidemike.com). It’s a lot of reading, but it can make a trip go so smoothly.

(a note from Steph: One of the tips Kim gave me on my planning for WDW was to make a breakfast reservation for the first seating at one of the restaurants inside the Magic Kingdom. This will allow you entrance before anyone else and allow you to get that photo with your family in front of the castle (without other people in it).
kim4Pack an extra suitcase. We ended up buying 2 huge duffel bags from the hotel gift shop at a premium price on our last trip. Now we always pack those same duffels, laid flat on the bottom of a larger suitcase, just in case.
kim5Take your good camera. Last trip, I took my little pocket camera as well as my advanced point and shoot. I hated wearing the bigger camera, so I used my pocket camera. While I took many, many pictures, I hate the quality of those pocket camera photos. So my advice is to suck it up and take the big one. I bought a hip length strap for my bigger camera at Phat Straps (www.phatstraps.com) and it was a life saver. The hip length straps also work on dSLRs.

Now, tips for Disneyland from Kim…kim1Just because it’s only two parks doesn’t mean you don’t need to allow plenty of time for touring. We actually spent 8 full days in Disneyland and California Adventures in 2009. It allowed us so much time to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere. Usually at Walt Disney World, we are so busy packing in all 4 parks and getting to the parks at opening to beat the crowds that we don’t really get to do much of the nightly entertainment. At Disneyland, we were able to be there in the morning, go back and have a nice long break in our room, and then go back for the evening. It was so much fun.

kim2Bring a jacket. It was downright chilly in June last year. If we had been back home, we never would have gone swimming in 65 degree weather, but in California, we did. Or at least, the kids did. As soon as the sun went down, it was cold enough for a hoodie. When we’d go back to the parks in the evening, I’d take a big bag with all our hoodies in it. By the end of the night, I’d be carrying an empty bag, but we were warm.
kim3 Look at the Good Neighbor hotels. At Walt Disney World, I’ll always stay on property if we can. It’s just so nice to have the bus transportation at that huge resort. At Disneyland, we walked everywhere. I’ll give a shout out to HoJo Anaheim (www.hojoanaheim.com) which was an amazing hotel, and within easy walking distance for my family of teens. We started walking a couple of miles per day about two months before we left to get in shape. If you have smaller children, look for a place right across the street from Disneyland, or bring a stroller. The Disneyland hotels are amazing, too, but they are not as essential to the experience as they are in Florida.

(a note from Steph: take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours while staying at a Good Neighbor Hotel. During these times, pass holders cannot get into the parks. We happend to be at DL during a school break and these magic hours were the only reason we were able to ride any rides at all. When May said DL is packed on days off school and weekends by pass holders, she was not exaggerating! During the magic hours, get as many Fast Passes as you can and use the ride swap if you can!)kim4Check with your hotel about gift baskets. Our hotel was able to provide a cake and balloons in our hotel room for my son’s 15th birthday. Your hotel may be able to refer you to someone if they don’t do it themselves.

kim5Look for celebrities. This was the funnest one for us. In one night, my kids saw Mitchell Musso and Selena Gomez, while my husband and I saw Slash of Guns’n’Roses fame. Christina Aguilera was also at the parks when we were. It’s the land of Hollywood. You may just run into some while you’re there.

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I (Steph) also found these apps to be very helpful:
MouseWait – best wait times app
DLP Walkee – lots of historical information, didn’t like it as well for finding my way around the parks.
GotPlans Disney – my favorite Dis app because you can search for things by category, on the map, by ratings, by age, etc. Wait times were not very accurate.
GotPlans CAAdventure – same as above.

After reading all of that, who’s ready to go to Disney? I know I am….always!

P.S. numbers on the tip tags were created using paper from Amanda Heimann’s Magical Vacation and Elise font.

P.S.S. the random winners for the “From the Files Challenge” were Pam and Meg. They won $10 gift cards from one of our current sponsors. Check your email! 🙂

Creating a Boy Layout From a Girl kit

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Here at The Daily Digi, we often hear from digital scrapbookers who are feeling like our community caters mainly to those who are buying “girly” and feminine kits. For those who have only boys to scrap for, it is easy to understand the concern. I’m sure the selection of digital scrapbook kits available is largely influenced by the fact that the majority of designers are females and the majority of scrapbookers are females as well. With the current product selection always changing, it’s difficult to really determine if there are more girl kits than boy kits overall. I (Katie) decided to do a very informal survey so I browsed through the entire selection of full kits available from 5 different digital mega stores (several designers in one place). In all 5 stores, I found a very healthy balance of all types of kits with plenty that would work for both genders. Two stores even seemed to have an overwhelming majority of boy and gender-neutral kits!

No matter how many different kits are available, it always helps to be able to use the ones you have for as many purposes as possible. I love Janet’s post about getting the most from your digital kits and I want to show you some new ways to use those “girly” kits so you can stretch your own supply stash.

I searched my files and found this kit that I would classify as very feminine and likely to appeal to those who make scrapbook pages for girls. (Image is linked)

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Isn’t is soft and sweet? Full of pink, flowers, and lace, so you probably wouldn’t think to use this one for a boy page, right? There’s no reason why you can’t use this for a boy page and I’m going to show you how to do just that!

Here are a few tricks you can use to use a girlish kit for a boy’s scrapbook page:

  • Look for solid papers. If a kit has a few good solid papers, you can pretty much use it for anything! If the colors aren’t quite right for your project, you can easily recolor them.

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  • Think beyond the predominant colors. There is a lot of pink in this particular kit, but there is also some blue, brown, and cream to work with.

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  • Take inventory of the elements. Many kits have basic embellishments in them such as buttons and stitching. This particular kit has wheat, a fence, a wooden frame, ric-rac trim, stitching, a horseshoe, buttons, stars, and even a gender-neutral alphabet. Plenty here to use on a boy page.

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  • Stretch the boundaries. It’s ok to use flowers on boy pages and feminine colors can even be used as accents. It’s all about your comfort level so don’t feel bound by certain “rules”.

Here’s a layout I created for my son using this beautiful kit:

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Additional supplies: Janet Phillips template, CK Rugged and Fontologie Howie’s Stamps fonts

I asked our creative team to show me the boy pages they have created with kits that would be considered as girl themed. Prepare to be inspired!



Layout by Karen. Little Blue Box by Tracie Stroud; Anna Aspnes paper tear



Layout by Dunia. ESt. collab by Paislee Press and Taylor Made



Layout by Karen. Kelley Mickus and Creshens’s Any Given Day collab; My Four Hens photo action



Layout by Kellie. Out Came the Sun by Pamela Donnis; Line-Ups and Springy Stamps by Jac Bernardo; Stitches by Pamela Donnis



Layout by Karen. Krystal Hartley Angels Among Us v.2; Fizzy Pop Designs Sidekicks Pack No. 7; Lauren Reid Clearly Alpha No. 4; Font is 1942 Report



Layout by Dunia. Expression Vol.2 by Clickphoto Lien Wings by Bad Candy Splash by Kim de Smet Handy Dandy Dates by Danielle D Heavy Duty Staples by Kate Hadfield



Layout by Kellie. Sweet Nothings by Zoe Pearn



Layout by Karen. Kelley Mickus Fairy Tale Ending; Fonts are CK Love Note and Traveling Typewriter



Layout by Kellie. All Mixed Up by Studio Basic; Fly Little Bird by Fee Jardine; Fly Little Bird Extras and Doodle Me Silly by Fee Jardine



Layout by Karen. Krystal Hartley Platinum Dreams; Lauren Reid Cuts Ups (altered); Font is Underwood 1913



Layout by Kellie. BFF by Shawna Clingerman and Lauren Grier; Crinklebets by Zoe Pearn; DJB Poppyseed by Darcy Baldwin Pea Kadee Font; A New Day Alpha by Lauren Reid; Baby Bead Alphas by SBS



Layout by Dunia. That Summer Feeling Kit by Gina Marie Huff



Layout by Kellie. Tea For Two by Dani Mogstad

If you’ve been passing over kits because they were too “girly”- I hope this post will help you see new possibilities. We’d love to see how you stretch feminine kits into masculine pages so feel free to link us up to your creations or share them in our flickr group. And by the way… did you know that layouts posted in our flickr group show up under the Art Inspiration icon on our iphone app? Isn’t that cool?!

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Story of Everyday Life

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“Story of Everyday Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to those who subscribe to THE DIGI GAME. “Story of Everyday Life” contains: 85 papers, over 270 elements, 10 layered templates, 10 quickpages, 2 alphas, 1 printable badge album, 1 page of printable journalers that can be added to paper/hybrid layouts, 6 svg files for personal cutters, and 1 font. This amazing collection was created by 25 of the top digital scrapbooking designers (all of whom are previous contributors to THE DIGI FILES).

Here’s a closer look at everything that is included in “Story of Everday Life”:

Amy Wolff

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Amanda Heimann Designs

Cindy Schneider

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Creashens

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Danielle Young

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Darcy Baldwin

Gina Miller

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The Hybrid Kid

Melissa has some video tutorials showing how to use these products on her site.

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Joyce Paul Designs

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Krystal Hartley

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Misty Cato

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Leora Sanford Designs

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Lauren Reid

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Sausan Designs

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Scrapbook Lady

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Sir Scrapalot Designs

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ScrapKitchen Designs

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Something Blue Studios

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TaylorMade Designs

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Vinnie Pearce Designs

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Wetfish Designs

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Wild Dandelion Designs

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Wimpychompers

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Yin Designs

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Ziggle Designs

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Come Away With Me – Class by Kim

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Welcome back, my “Come Away With Me” travel journalers! I am so happy to have you here! Thank you for showing up to class on time and prepared. 😉

This week we’re talking about planning. Hopefully, over the last week you have taken care of choosing your journal and are ready to download some prompts and get started. One thing I should mention — I’m going to “teach” this class hoping that you have an upcoming trip in mind while you put this all together. If you don’t have a trip in the planning stages, but like the idea, feel free to download the weekly prompts and put them aside for later. There’s no rush to use these prompts; it’s just easier for me to write my weekly entries if we all pretend we’re about to take off on a trip.

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This week’s download includes a cover for your journal, as well as the first two prompts. As I mentioned last week, the prompts/cover are available in both .pdf and layered template form. If you’re wanting simple and easy, print out the .pdf, trim, and glue it in your journal. If you’d like to play a bit, use the layered templates. Or just save them on your computer, and read them in electronic form. It is completely up to you and what makes you comfortable.

During this week’s lesson, we’ll cover the subject of where you’re going and where you’re staying.

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How do you decide where you’re going on vacation? Maybe you’re like my sister, and every year you like to visit and discover a new place. My sister and her husband alternate years choosing where to go on vacation. My sister usually chooses a theme park-type place, the next year, my brother-in-law will choose an outdoorsy, commune-with-nature type trip.

Perhaps you’re like my family, and our only question is “Is this a Disney year or a Branson year?” That question pretty much summarizes our choices. We love both, and the deciding factor is usually money. Or my son’s paralyzing fear of flying.

For us, this was a Branson year. We first visited Branson in 2001, and we didn’t really enjoy it on that first trip. Too much traffic, too many rhinestones, just not us. However, the next year we decided to give it another try, and we have made dozens of trips in the years since 2002. Our routine at this point is to go 4 times a year during a Branson year and 2-3 times during a Disney year. The difference is that when it’s a “Branson year” for us, we buy Silver Dollar City season passes. Since it’s the 50th anniversary of the theme park, as well as my 40th birthday year and the year of our 20th wedding anniversary, it just seemed like this should be our choice.

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Maybe you’re really not planning an official vacation. You could be planning a “staycation.” Perhaps you’re going to visit relatives. Those are equally valid trips to journal. My memories of my childhood are peppered with “vacations” to visit my cousins in Illinois. Sticky evenings spent playing “Kick the Can” and “Ghost in the Graveyard.” Barbie cakes. Hearing the clip clop of horse and buggies going past. Those are the memories I wish I had captured back then. Capture those memories for yourself and your family.

The first prompt, titled “The Big Decisions” asks you to journal your story of how you chose your vacation destination. Along with your story, feel free to include brochures, web addresses, or photos that helped you make your decision.

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The second prompt is titled “Just A Place To Lay Your Head?” and it asks you to journal how you chose where to stay. In my family, lodging is the key to a great vacation. When I look back at our trips, it’s really the place we stayed that makes a huge difference in the memories. I can’t tell you the details of any trip where we stayed in a generic motel, but ask me about the times we stayed on-property at Walt Disney World, and I can tell you all the details. My family likes to choose places with character”– log cabins are our favorite. In fact, we will spend almost a month in log cabins this year. It’s going to be pricey, but it was a deal breaker for me.

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Take this opportunity to look back at your most memorable trips and where you stayed during those trips. How does that influence your decisions today? Read the prompt, journal the story, include whatever will help keep the memories.

Your assignment for this week? Complete one or both prompts. If you do a layout or take a photo of your journal entry, please link us up. I love to leave blog love. We’ll see you next week to talk about the rest of the planning process.

Kim

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 www.documentlifenow.com. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, and plotting ways to avoid riding “Wildfire” on her next trip to Branson.

P.S. You can also upload any photos of projects to The Daily Digi Flickr group with the tag: “vacation journal” -be sure to use the quotes in the tag or Flickr will see it as two tags, not one.

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