in the designer’s studio with DANIELLE CORBITT

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I am very excited to welcome Danielle Corbitt to THE DIGI FILES this month!!  Danielle really has a knack for creating themed kits!  I find that so many of her designs bring a smile to my face as well as many, many layout ideas to my mind!  Let’s take a closer look at Danielle’s contribution:

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And here are some layouts to show you some fun ways to use this cute kit:

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Layout by Jacki, additional supplies:  Misty Cato’s Gridworks alpha for the title.

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies; Janet Phillips template; Traveling Typewriter font.

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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: Kaye Winiecki, Alpha by Diane Rigdon, CK jot font

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Layout by Steph, additional supplies: template by Cindy Schneider

A hybrid project by Kim:

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Hiya Folks, I’m Danielle Corbitt and I live in the great state of Texas.  I am the proud Momma to two precious little boys.  My 11 year old, Noah is ADHD amongst other things which is why I became a SAHM.  My 4 year old, Xander, is so bubbly and spunky.  My whole world revolves around my little guys and they keep me very busy!

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I love to create unique elements, so I’m always doodling and jotting ideas down throughout the day.  I keep a notepad with me at all times so I never forget an idea or inspiration I had.

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I started traditional scrapbooking in High School.  I stumbled upon digital when I was looking for some free papers to print for my youngest sons’ baby book in 2005.   I was a scrapper for a good six months before I decided to try my hand at designing.
I thought I can do that and have never looked back.  I have been designing off and on for 5 years.

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Everything inspires me!  I mostly look around at my surroundings and the people that I come in contact with everyday.  I base alot of my kits on events and happenings.  My boys are another inspiration, from their clothes to their activities.  I love funky, vivid colors that make a statement, so if I see a picture with bold colors or an outfit that is fun, I try to recreate that feeling!

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I design on a Dell Inspiron desktop with 4 GB of ram.  I have a 1 TB EHD that I store all my Digital Stash on. I mostly create in Photoshop CS3 but I also use Artrage, and Illustrator for drawing. My camera is the one thing that I can bring myself to upgrade.  I have a Minolta Dimage with a 7x Zoom Lens.  I also have a Bamboo Craft  Touch Tablet which I just got about 2 months ago for drawing.  It’s been a learning experience and I am so thankful I decided to upgrade.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Danielle

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

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

Danielle put her store on sale for TDD Readers! 🙂


Take 2 Inspiration

Take 2 and Call Me In The Morning – Danielle Corbitt

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Layout by SharonS (a reader)

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Layout by Jacki, additional supplies: Misty Cato’s Gridworks alpha for the title.

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies; Janet Phillips template; Traveling Typewriter font.

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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: Kaye Winiecki, Alpha by Diane Rigdon, CK jot font

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Layout by Steph, additional supplies: template by Cindy Schneider

A hybrid project by Kim:

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Early Morning Inspiration

It’s no secret that I am an early riser. I usually wake up — without an alarm clock — between 4:00 and 5:00 am. I love the early morning hours when everyone else is still asleep, the world is dark, and I am left alone with my coffee and my thoughts. Of course this means that I need to go to bed early, but, it’s a fair trade-off. However, some days things don’t go as planned. Some days the hubby and I are up late talking. Some days I just need a little alone time at night while the hubby snores next to me. And some days, I go to bed a little too early and I wake up and can’t go back to sleep. Last night I went to be at 8:00 and woke up at 1:00 am…completely unable to go back to sleep. Now that’s a little early, even for me.

I know today is going to be a VERY long day, but at least I got a few extra hours of the quiet I love so much. And it gave me time I don’t usually have to snoop around the galleries and see what inspires me. I wasn’t disappointed! There are so many amazing artists, so many wonderful creations. I LOVE being part of this scrapping community! I love that we are sharing our stories and sharing our hearts. Here are a few of the layouts that caught my eye: (all images are linked to original gallery posting)

This is such a FABULOUS layout. I love the color, love the amazing use of elements, and the way the black and white photos play off the “color my world” theme.

I love layouts that capture a little bit of life right where we are, and this great layout about favorite shoes does the trick!

Such a simple and yet striking page! A moment is captured, a story is told…perfect.

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This layout is great! I love the unique crop and framing of the photo and I the green over the brown background paper just makes the whole page pop.

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This layout is such a great example of creative journaling. So much information about her son was included, but it is spread out over the page, just inviting you to come and take a look!

Love, love, LOVE the huge title! It’s bold but not overwhelming.

Another fantastic moment in time layouts. Believe it or not, our grand kids will probably have no idea what “tweeting” is so this is such a fun way to capture what life looks like…today.

And last, but certainly not least, is the SUPER FANTASTIC layout (which was inspired by THIS layout). When I saw it in the gallery, I clicked on the thumbnail to see what it was all about. And then my jaw dropped as I saw the incredible use of elements and then I read the quote…and I was in love. It SO sums up where I am in my life right now. I am living in a season of showing rainbows to little people and knowing that someday, they will be able to find their own rainbows.

I hope you were as inspired as I was…now for another cup of coffee 😉

From the Files Challenge April 2010

Here are the supplies for this months “From The Files” challenge, we chose one item from each designer’s contributions. The rules are the same; use each of these products at least once and nothing else (except fonts). We will randomly draw a winner from the layouts linked up in the comments (post on your blog, in the flickr group, or in a gallery) before 10 p.m EST on the due date. The winner will receive a $10 GC from one of our sponsors and will be announced here on The Daily Digi blog. See details at the end of the post.

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Danielle Corbitt – dcorbitt_take2_ribbon3
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Mary Fran Nitwit – button_4_maryfran
Julie Billingsley – jbillingsley-bumbleblooms-solid1
Joyce – joyce-justchillrelax-cardboardflower1
Sausan – sdesigns_hip_pp7
Cindy Schneider template – cschneider-templates46-page4 *optional

Here’s what we as a team did with the challenge:

Layout by Amy. Additional credits: fonts- LD unique, SNF Little Star Skinny, CD’s SuzyQ alpha brush

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Layout by Katie. Additional credits: Fontologie Messy Bessy font and CK footnote font

Layout by Karen. Additional credits: Fonts are Fontologie Textura Traced and Textura Empty and Printing Primer Lowfat

additional credits…black glitter alpha by Mari Koegelenberg and mini shirt box template by Mel Wilson

Isn’t it fun to see how many different ways a few digital supplies can be used? We’d love to see what you can do with this challenge! Be sure to leave a link to your layout or project in the comments section of THIS post to be eligible for the gift card drawing. Don’t forget that you can also link to our flickr group if you want to upload your page there. Deadline for entries is 10 P.M. EST on Saturday April 17th. Winners will be announced on Sunday morning (April 18th).

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P.S. Congratulations to Peggy who was the random winner chosen from the comments on Mary Fran’s post yesterday! She won $10 in product from Nit Wit!! Here’s what she said: I’m so glad I discovered Mary Fran’s designs through this post today. I really like her kits and alphas and the way she displays them. I love fabrics but unfortunatly only have very, very basic sewing skills. So shopping fabrics to use for digiscrapping is even more fun!My favourite collection is the Summer Splash Collection. I also like What’s the buzz and Hey Cupcake a lot! Thank you for the chance to win and the coupon!

P.S.S THANKS so much to all of the readers that take time to leave the designers comments! They really do love it! I love that we have such NICE readers!! 🙂

Perfect Pair Inspiration

Perfect Pair by Nit Wit

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Kristen Rice template; Cathy Zielske word art.

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Layout by Jacki

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Layout by NeeNee, additional supplies: DJB_Brittany by Darcy Baldwin

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Layout by Steph

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Hybrid card by Mary Fran

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In The Designer’s Studio With Nit Wit by Mary Fran

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Mary Fran is a designer that I remember discovering back when I very first started digital scrapbooking! She is a wonderfully talented designer, scrapper, and hybrid artist. She is also VERY, VERY funny (if you can’t tell from her photo). I LOVE that she loves fabric and is a collector, but doesn’t do anything with said fabric, because I do that too!

Here is a closer look at her contribution to THE DIGI FILES this month:

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Here’s some inspiration created using “Perfect Pair”:

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Kristen Rice template; Cathy Zielske word art.

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Layout by NeeNee, additional supplies: DJB_Brittany by Darcy Baldwin

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Layout by Steph

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Hybrid card by Mary Fran

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Just who does this nitwit think she is? Well I’ll tell ya…. My name is Mary Fran. I was born in a cabbage patch under a harvest moon and mentored by tree fairies throughout my formative years. 20 years ago I stumbled upon the Little General barking out orders beneath a rock in the forest. We quickly became inseparable and together have gathered into our clan various fur-riddled contemporaries to help us in our quest for our happily ever after! As you are probably reading between the lines here…. You can tell that I am not one who is comfortable talking about myself like this so please bear with me as this has got to be done! hahaha

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(Also see the layout and hybrid card above.)

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A tip, hey? Well let me think? One of the best tips I can pass along would be to save, save, save. Now this can mean many things to many people…. Does she mean “save for a rainy day”? Does she mean “Save the world”? Does she mean “save yourselves the trouble of vacuuming dog fur and just watch the tumbleweeds go by”? Well yes some of those things are applicable but when it comes to anything on the computer I have learned the hard way to hit the “save” button plenty ‘o times when I’m working on something. How frustrating to see that insulting little blurb pop up about “such and such program has experienced an error and needs to shut down” and kablooie there goes all the work you’ve done for the last few hours. Ugh. Learn from a nitwit with a dent in her forehead from pounding it against the keyboard….. save, people, SAVE! Hahahaha

Now since I’m blathering anyway I thought I give you fine readers a bonus tip…. how’s that grab ya, folks?

Well now let me think…. Okay I got one. Here’s a good one for ya! Always be sure to check your glasses before cleaning your monitor. Heaven knows how much time I would have saved if I had followed my own advice here. Hahaha Many a time I was scrubbing away at my monitor to remove the speckles accumulated on there when it dawned on me that “oh no… those blotches are actually on my glasses”! hahahaha Finally saved myself the trouble and got my eyes done. Not the wrinkles…. the lasik eye surgery, I mean! The wrinkles are still there but I just see them much more clearly now! Hahahaha Life’s like that, hey? Ya gotta take the bad with the good! hahahaha

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Well I have always been a creative soul trapped in a slightly odd little body who was never happier than when I was creating something of some sort or another. Whether it was gluing weeds to sticks or painting my newlywed husband’s speakers with country blue spray paint, I have always felt the need to “play” with the things around me. I began scrapping my memories years and years and years and, it pains me to say, years ago when I was a kid. I would spend hours cutting out magazine pictures to put in my albums and decorate up my photos. This love gradually led me to digital scrapbooking where I was in awe of the talent out there! In AWE, I tell you! I was an avid scrapbooker who was thrilled to be documenting the Little General and our lives together and couldn’t make enough pages! Then one Saturday when the Little General was busy finishing the basement and wouldn’t play with me I decided to play around and make a kit of my own. I even made a label and called it “Nitwit Collections” as in a collection made by me, the nitwit! Hahahahaha I put the sad little thing on my blog and the response was so positive from crazy people actually wanting to have it that off I went. All these years later and I still love designing as much as I did when I started. Almost love it as much as spray painting those speakers of Little General’s! hahahaha Oh but that was satisfying!

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Hmmmm???? So very many things inspire me to create. Sometimes it is a color combination that I see anywhere…. could be the speckles on my dog, the dust bunnies under the bed, or even an ad on a passing bus. hahahha I would say the majority of time it is a little critter of some sort that is bouncing around in this peabrain of mine and refuses to let go until I put mouse to pixels, so to speak. I simply just have to draw the little thing and then create a kit around it. There’s a lot of critters bouncing around in the cobwebs in my brain, folks! hahahahahhaa

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Well I started out on my “Etch-a-Sketch” but always had troubles with accidently turning the little knob and losing all my work so when the Little General had a dickens of a time trying to hook it up to the printer I decided it was time to try out one of these new fangled devices…. The computer and photoshop CS! Hahahahaha

I work on a huge, and I do mean HUGE, monitor (please refer to my blathering about my glasses from earlier). It is spadorkin’ as they say in certain circles (okay not lots of circles but the one I hang out in). I can see everything there and open up a hunnerd and six things in photoshop so I can make tons and tons of choices. I like me choices, folks!

The camera I use the most is a Panasonic Lumix thingy. It’s great. It takes pretty good quality photos on the auto setting. Now this will make camera buffs everywhere titter at me but the truth is I take a good deal of photos of my beloved fur-riddled buddies as well as the Little General and these critters never seem to stay still long enough for me to adjust anything to capture their souls! Hahaha I like a camera that I can snag off the counter filled with crumbs and snap away happily knowing that at least I more than likely caught a good image of their tails (the dogs, not LG’s as he’s had his removed shortly after we were married) as they run by. Good planning on my part, hey?

As far as fancy schmancy gadgets for creating??? I don’t have any. It’s just me and my trusty little mouse. I do have a tablet. Felt I simply NEEDED the thing quite a few years back but I just didn’t have the patience to learn it properly so there it sits beside my huge monitor mocking me with its layer of dust and insolent smile. Oh be quiet tablet or it’ll be the garage sale pile for you.

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Oh how can I choose between my kits? Sure there are a couple that come to mind but how can I say their names out loud and run the chance of making the others feel bad? I had the same problem with my stuffed animals as a kid (although mum’s the word but Grover was my joy) and I have it now with my dogs (although there is a certain blonde that just melts my heart). Imagine what trouble I’d have if I had lots of husbands too… although I assure the Little General he would be right up there with my favourites. Haha

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My Bear Necessities Fat Quarter Bundle kit. Those little bears have done well by me I have to say but I secretly, and please don’t tell them this as it will hurt their feelings I’m sure, do not want to look at them anymore. Hahahaha I have looked at their placid little faces for way too long now and I will be glad to see the last of them! Hahahaha They may be going the way of the tablet if they’re not quiet too. Hahabestsellingkit

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Here are some of my favorite products by Mary Fran

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

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Go have a look in Mary Fran’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, Mary Fran has created this coupon to share with all of us!

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Getting a Good Night of Sleep

I (Katie) know from hanging around twitter and facebook late at night, that I’m not the only one out there who has trouble getting a good night’s sleep. There’s plenty of activity going in the forums late at night, and if you are anything like me, that is when you do your best scrapping!

If you become a parent you quickly learn how much small children can rob you of sleep. Unfortunately, when they are teenagers they still keep you up at night (waiting on curfews). I’ve heard from my parents and my in-laws, and grandparents, that the older you get, the more elusive the prize of a full night of sleep becomes. Sleep is difficult for a lot of people at many different stages of life.

Sleep also makes a HUGE difference in how you feel and also in how you react to life’s daily stressors. The other day I had a grocery checker ringing up my groceries who did nothing but complain. I couldn’t help but wonder why she was such a grump. In the middle of her sad story, she talked about how she had been up til 2:30 in the morning watching tv so she was really mad when her boss called her at 7:00 a.m. to come into work. It was so clear to me that she should have gotten more sleep! I realized then that I need to remember that for myself. Why should everyone else around me have to suffer because I didn’t get enough rest?

Our fast paced media obsessed culture actually devalues the sleep cycle. Stores and restaurants have extended their hours of operation and of course the internet is open 24/7. With round the clock entertainment on television and an array of electronic devices, it’s hard to turn it all off and go to bed. Many of the articles I have read about getting a good night of sleep all mentioned that technology is changing our sleep habits. One of the most striking suggestions I found was to turn off all computers and televisions at least an hour before bed. The light and stimulation from these screens tell our brains to be awake so it is harder for us to shut down at the end of the day.

Routines seem to be another important component of healthy sleep patterns. Having a bedtime routine signals to your mind and body that the time has come to settle down and prepare for sleep. Many parents realize the importance of teaching children good bedtime routines, but they forget that they haven’t outgrown the need for a restful night’s sleep.

Take some time to evaluate your sleep habits. Do you have a good bedtime routine? Do you have a comfortable sleeping environment? Are you setting yourself up for success or failure when it comes to getting the rest you need? There are many ways to improve your sleep and there are usually many factors involved that range from medication side effects to bad habits. Don’t skimp on yourself when it comes to getting the rest you need. Do a little research to help you make the changes needed to get a good night of sleep. You deserve it!

Some great resources to check out:

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Heritage Scrapbooking

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Layout by Katie. Credits: Simplicity by Joyce Paul, template by Kasia, CK Script font

Heritage Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to connect with your ancestors and preserve their photos and stories for your own enjoyment, as well as the generations to come. I (Katie) think of my heritage as being where I came from so that includes my parents, my grandparents, and all who came before them. When I create pages about these people, or the time periods in which they lived, I consider that to be “heritage scrapbooking”.

If you have worked with older photos or tried to document stories from past generations, you probably have a great appreciation for any dates or information that was written down. It is a rare treasure! How I wish I knew more about the photos that exist from my Grandparents and Great-Grandparents times. All of my Grandparents passed away years ago and my husband only has one Grandmother left, so we have reached a point where our information sources are very limited. We have to rely on our own parents memories of what their parents had told them. If you have older relatives who can fill in the details for you, be sure to ask them questions and talk to them about the photos from your heritage. Let this also be a good reminder to yourself to date and document photos whenever possible, whether that is through photo albums, scrapbooking, or blogging. We have many journaling options these days! (See my past post “But I’m Not a Writer!” if you need some help in this area).

Just a few generations ago, pictures were a luxury and not commonplace as they are today, so it is not unusual for there to be only a few handfuls of pictures to represent an entire lifetime. That is probably the cause of many family disagreements when it comes time to divvy up the photographs from a loved one’s life. If you have access to your heritage photos now, do yourself and your family a big favor by taking the time (or spending the money) to get them scanned to share with others. You will avoid arguments that might arise during emotional times of going through a deceased loved one’s belongings. Last fall, I decided to ask my Mom if I could sort through her photos for this very reason. My parents are alive and well right now so by scanning their photos now (I used scanmyphotos.com), I’ve been able to share them with my parents and siblings and also ask them about the history behind each photo. I’ve discovered so many wonderful stories this way. I also don’t have to worry about borrowing precious photos from my Mom’s collection to scrapbook them because now I have my very own copies!

No matter how or why you scrapbook your heritage, there are a few important tips and ideas to keep in mind to help you get the best results.

  • Tell the story. I think this is a big part of every type of scrapbook page, but it is especially important when it comes to a heritage page. If you have details to share about that moment in time, you should share them. You may be the only one left who can document why that photo or memory matters. I was able to put together this page about my Grandpa’s World War II experience that has even been included in some history books. Thankfully, my Mom copied the story down so I was able to reproduce it here.

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Layout by Katie. Credits: Template by Ali Edwards (no. 10), Papers by Catherine Designs (Pele Mele Memory Keeper), Christine Honsinger Artful Antiquities frame, Georgia font

  • Respect the photo. This might sound unusual, but I believe in keeping the photo true to it’s era. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t improve it at all using photoshop or lightroom tricks, just don’t overdo it. I’m so grateful to Ali Edwards for teaching me the principle of letting your photo exist as it was meant to be. (I wrote about this in the post “My Parents Were Awesome”) Resist the urge to crop out important background details because they are part of the story as well. This layout by Karen is a wonderful example of respecting the time and details of the photograph.


Layout by Karen. Credits: Leora Sanford Promise of Tomorrow papers, In Good Company elements, Paper Cuts; Font is Times New Roman

It is also perfectly fine to use photographs that are blurry or not “perfect”. This is the technology they had and the picture tells a story all it’s own.

Layout by Melissa. Credits here.

  • Neutrals and muted tones work especially well with older photographs. Faded photos, sepia tones and black & white photographs lend themselves to a more vintage type of look and are often overpowered by bold colors. A modern color palette of hot orange and magenta would simply look out of place on a layout about the early 1900s. It’s a matter of being true to the time period of the memory.


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  • Color can be used where appropriate and sometimes it is quite striking with black & white or sepia photos. On this layout, I couldn’t imagine using only neutrals since the page is all about my Grandma’s signature red lipstick.

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layout by Katie. Credits: Darcy Baldwin template, Flower and papers from Kristin Cronin-Barrow (family ties), Papers by Jen Wilson, CK Becky font.
  • Comparisons are a natural for heritage pages. The beauty of using old photographs is the ability to pair them with modern counterparts. Don’t be afraid to use the “Then and Now” approach to storytelling. It’s very powerful!

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  • Supplement with modern material if needed. If you don’t have photographs of something in the past, find a way around the problem. Use drawings, stock photos, or even modern photographs. Team member Melissa S. wanted to scrapbook about her Grandmother’s childhood home but she didn’t have any pictures from the time of her Grandma’s youth. So she snapped photos of the modern day home and used them for this layout.

Layout by Melissa. Credits here.

I thought it would be fun to end with some enabling to get you in the scrapbooking mood. I found a lot of wonderful supplies for heritage scrapbooking in the digi shops. I love them all! (images are linked)

Vintage Treasures by Julie Bullock

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Vintage Ephemera by Bisontine and Joyce

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Heritage and Traditions: Frames and Papers

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Timeless Fall by Hazel Olive

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How’d They Do That? No. 21: Painting Vintage Photos

Are you feeling inspired to scrap the past? I know I am! Have fun scrapping your heritage!

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Basic Design – Emphasis

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I am really excited to bring back our Basic Design Principles series. Debbie Hodge will be going through each of the letters in the accronym ECBARF (can’t help but giggle). She is a great teacher and I am thrilled to have her here! Here’s a little more about her:

DebbieHodge 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.

Why is emphasis on a scrapbook page important?

Incorporating a strong focal point that immediately draws the viewer’s eye is a good thing. If all of the elements on your page have the same weight or emphasis, everything takes on the same level of importance—and then the viewer has to find a way into your page on their own. When a viewer can easily identify a starting point, though, and thus understand where to look first and then next, you’ve established a hierarchy and you’re guiding your viewer through the page. This is a good thing because then the viewer is taking in your story as you want it to be understood.

On “Again” by Katie the hierarchy established by varying levels of emphasis is: 1) photo, 2) title, 3) journaling. The oversized photo immediately draws the eye and conveys the subject of the page: exercise (and probably health). The title further amplifies our understanding of the page subject. You read “Again” and understand that this is something she’s worked on more than once. At this point you’re totally primed to quickly settle into reading the journaling. It’s a page that is accessible and successful in conveying meaning and story.

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Supplies: Photo from istock, Katie Pertiet Naturally Krafty Paper 03, Ali Edwards template No. 25 (modified), Impact and Century Gothic fonts

What can you emphasize on a scrapbook page?

Your decision about what to emphasize should take into account the story you want to tell, the message or meaning you want to convey, and what’s pleasing to the eye. It’s great when a page has charm–when it has some pizzazz—and your emphasized focal point can be that pizzazz.

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Much of the time, your scrapbook pages will be inspired by and built around photos. On “A Boy and His Dirty Ball,” Amy M’s focal point is the larger photo. It’s an engaging shot that immediately draws the eye. It’s well supported by the three smaller photos which add context to the moment.

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On “I’m a City Girl,” Heidi2008 emphasized her page title over the photos and journaling. Rendering the title larger than the photos and in strong contrast to the background gives it priority. The specifics of these photos aren’t as important as the message. This isn’t a page about a particular city or a particular sight, it’s about a way of being, and giving the title top billing is a great way to make that point.

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The key message on “Part of the Story” by Britgirl is that Melanie is constantly recording her daily life on scrapbook pages. The act of storytelling—of maintaining an ongoing narrative—is the point of this page, and, thus, it is fitting that the journaling is the strongest visual element. The blended self-portrait runs a close second with the small but clear title in third. The design is simple and strongly in support of the page’s meaning.

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How can you add emphasis?

There are many ways to set one element apart from the others on a scrapbook page. Try one or more of the following.

use contrast
Contrast is about differences: light against dark, small next to large, a portrait-oriented photo next to several landscape-oriented photos.

See the contrasts and subsequent focal point on “Love that Summer Feeling” by Dunia. The focal photo is a rectangle alongside many squares; it is the largest shape on the page; and it is colorful against a black-and-white backdrop.
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Layout by Dunia, supplies: That Summer Feeling Kit by Gina Marie Huff, Give Me Simple Template by Vinnie Pearce


use isolation (i.e., white space)

The more an item is surrounded by white space (or is isolated from other elements), the more weight (and, thus, importance) it takes on. The journaling on “Part of the Story” shown above is set off and emphasized with white space.


use placement

An object placed in a “sweet spot,” on the page will take on importance. To find the four “sweet spots” on your page, divide it into thirds horizontally and vertically (as if drawing a tic-tac-toe board over it) and find the four spots where your dividing lines intersect.

See this principle applied to Amy M’s “A Boy and His Dirty Ball.” The four sweet spots are circled in green and the delightful face in the focal point photo sits smack-dab at a sweet spot.

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establish and then break a pattern

When you have a series of elements that are sized and arranged in pattern, the element that breaks this pattern will stand out.

Anke used a grid of nine squares as the foundation for her page “Tie-dyed.” By breaking one photo out of the regular sizing and placement on this grid, she created a focal point photo of the finished egg in the center. This “break-out” is differentiated from the others with sizing, a tilted placement, and the addition of a ribbon.

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use framing, embellishment, and anything else that calls attention

It’s all about being different and catching the eye. Add a fancy frame, place embellishments at the corner, raise an element up, tilt it—just do something to give it emphasis the other elements do not have.

On my page, “If Your Friends Jumped Off a Bridge” the focal point is a photo that is not the largest or the smallest, but, rather, the one that’s framed and embellished. The photo at top left stands out because of its white frame and funky embellishing at top center. Its placement at a sweet spot on the page also adds to its importance in the viewer’s eye.

Bridge

Take a look at the pages you’ve made. What have you emphasized and how does it work in support of page meaning and look? When you start your next page, set yourself a challenge to make a conscious decision about what to emphasize and then put some of these techniques to work.

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Inspiration – Just Chill Relax

Just Chill Relax by Joyce

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Layout by Karen

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Layout by Dunia

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Layout by Katie

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Layout by Karen

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Layout by SharonS (a reader), supplies: Papers and Elements: Just Chill Relax, Joyce Paul, TDD 16, Sketch: Linda Albrecht, Alpha: Ashley Kennedy (All About Me, TDD), Font: American Typewriter

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A hybrid project by Sunghee, Mini album (2.5 x 2.5). Inside pages were created with the frame from the kit.