The Cutest Pops Around!

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All images by Bakerella

If you haven’t visited Bakerella’s blog before, you are in for a real treat! I (Katie) have been reading about Bakerella’s baking adventures long before she was even a guest on The Martha Stewart Show and her blog is one that my daughter and I love to read together. We adore all her cute creations and I always enjoy her colorful photography as well.

She shares a variety of goodies and yummy things in her posts, but she is most famous for her signature cake pops. Here are some of my favorites (all images are linked):

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Sheep Cake Pops

Turkey Pops

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Sesame Street Cake Pops

Easter Cake Pops

So much fun! Have any of you tried any of Bakerella’s recipes? Link us up to your favorites in the comments if you want to share. 🙂

katie

P.S. We picked 2 random winners for the “From the Files Challenge” – Ari Macias and Amelia are the winners! Be sure to check your inboxes. 🙂

Tips & Ideas for Scrapping Theme Parks and Fairs

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Layout by Rachael using Funland by Dani M and Jaque Larsen
From familybees’ Flickr photos in The Daily Digi group, click for credits
Layout by Jackie using Fresh Lemonade at Little Dreamer
Layout by Jackie using County Fair by Emily Merrit
Layout by Amy W: credits
Hybrid layout From familybees’ Flickr photos in The Daily Digi group, click for credits
Layout by Karen, supplies: Dani Mogstad and Jacque Larsen Fun Land kit; Lauren Reid Quirky Edges; Designs by Lili alpha; Fontologie Giggles font; Pea Miss Staker font; Design inspired by paper scrapper Kelly Purkey
Layout by Katie using: Janet Phillips Template from The Digi Files 12 (Feb 2010) Easily Amused by Traci Reed. Alpha by Lisa Whitney. Font is CK journaling.

When we visit a theme park or a fair, we tend to take a lot of photos and the challenge of scrapping the event can be overwhelming! I know have struggled with this in my own scrapbooking. I wanted to put together some useful tips, so when you come back from having a good time with the people you love, you will be ready to SCRAP (these are all things that are shown in the sample layouts above and below)!

  • Janet has some great tips in this post about scrapping big events.
  • Give yourself permission to delete photos.
  • Allow yourself to create just one or two, two-page spreads about the event.
  • Make a list if the things you remember most from the trip and scrap those (be sure to ask for input from others that were there with you) and don’t worry about the rest.
  • Grab high resolution photos of things you may have missed from photo sharing sites who state in their TOU that they permit it (photobucket is one and they have download/share buttons on the images). For WDW, Heather Lord shared this site on her blog. (see my Nemo layout below).
  • Check out this Flickr Disney Digital Scrapbooking group for inspiration.
  • Check out familybees’ Flickr gallery for some awesome inspiration (I found her Disney layouts when she posted them to The Daily Digi Flickr Group).
  • Make Kim’s TRAVEL JOURNAL before you go (it should only take a couple of hours to put together, less if you use the printable version) and then use that as your guideline for what to scrap after you come home.
  • A reader added this resource in the comments to this post, but I don’t want you to miss it! MouseScrappers is a site dedicated to scrapbooking Disney vacations. They have a lot of resources and ideas!

Layout by Steph using Itty Bitty Fishy by Amanda Heimann and Wild Dandelions template by Scrapping with Liz; fonts are Wiggle Worm (title) and Traveling Typewriter

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Supply Ideas:

I went all over digiland and found some awesome products for you to use! Some of these were chosen based on color, not theme (I do that a lot). It’s always good to keep your mind and options open when looking at a kit! If I missed one of your favorites, feel free to link us up the comments!

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Lots of the items in the MAY BYOC at THE LILYPAD this month would work. Here are a couple:

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I hope that helps give you some ideas and inspiration! Have fun scrapping these memorable excursions!!

Favorite Fonts for Journaling

Layout by Jen L.  Credits: Pedal Pusher by Connie Prince Font: Pea Jane

If you want to turn a layout into something special, just add some heartfelt journaling! It’s no secret that we here at The Daily Digi love journaled pages. We have a whole category of “Write-Way”posts to help you get inspired to write (or type) on your own pages:

As a follow-up to the post Fabulous Fonts for Titles, I (Katie) thought it would be fun to share some great fonts for journaling.

TIPS FOR USING FONTS FOR JOURNALING:

  • PRINTED SIZE – No matter what style of font you use, make sure it is readable size when it is printed out. You might need to experiment with font sizes to see what you like on a printed page. I never use smaller than a 12 pt. size for journaling  because it is just too hard to read. I usually use more like a size 16 or 18, although I have gone as big as 28 pt. at times. Font sizes vary quite a bit, but once you find a few that you like, make some notes on how they print out in different sizes. Remember if you are working on a 12×12 canvas but only printing an 8×8 layout, your journaling will shrink. This is really a matter of personal preference so there is no “right” or “wrong” here, just make sure you can read it. It also is wise to think about older eyes so that Grandparents can read the text as well. Don’t forget that you will be old someday also. 🙂

Layout by NeeNee Merry and Bright by Kristin Aagard
Font is DJB_Brittany by Darcy Baldwin

A note from NeeNee – I actually use Darcy Baldwin’s Brittany font often.  I try to mix it up and have to make a conscious effort to not use it so my pages look different.   Cheesy I definitely lean more toward fonts that look like handwriting.  In fact, I don’t think any or very few have writing that don’t use a handwritten looking font.  I use mostly print and not cursive.  I want to make sure the pages will be legible for me when I am old and showing them to my grandkids.  LOL

  • LEGIBILITY – Another readability factor is the legibility of a font. If you use a cursive or handwritten type of font, is it still easy to read? I used to love to use fancy cursive fonts until I realized that my kids were having a hard time deciphering some of the words.

Layout by Melissa L. Credits: Sahlin Studio/Jacque Larsen Water Park Crystal Livesay Creator template (altered).

Melissa says that “DJB Brittany is one of my favorite handwriting fonts!”

  • DESIGN – Font choice contributes to the overall feeling and design of a scrapbook page. How you present the text is also a design element. Do you want to fully justify the text into a neat block? Here’s a fun example of how a perfectly lined up block of text can act as an important embellishment on the page itself.

Layout by Melissa L. Credits: Zoe Pearn Sweet Nothings kit, Crystal Livesay All About Mom template, Suzy Q stamped alpha by C.D. Muckosky

Melissa says “I use AmerType Md BT for a lot of my pages.”

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Here NeeNee uses half of her page space for journaling which creates the feeling of a background design that completes the layout.

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  • PERSONALITY – Fonts have a personality all their own. Handwritten style fonts often feel a bit more playful or casual.

Layout by Dunia Font: Christopher Hand B is for Boy Kit by Designs by Lili Highlights Brush Set by Amy Wolff Birthday Word Art by Sahlin Studio

Dunia says “I love handwritten fonts and Christopher Hand is one of my favorites fonts.”

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Layout by Jen L. Credits: It’s Bath Time and Painted Alphas by Jofia Devoe, Life’s A Beach Snippettes by Sahlin Studio, Date Blots by Stolen Moments Designs Font: Designer Notes.

Jen says “I tend to do most of my journaling in handwritten or typewriter type fonts. I’m a fan of a lot of the Fonts for Peas, and use quite a few of them often. Think my favorite one is Pea Jane, because it looks the most like my hand writing. A different handwritten type of font I tend to use frequently is Designer Notes.”

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Layout by Jen L. Credits: Playtime by Sahlin Studio and DeCrow Designs, Explore, Learn, Grow by Sahlin Studio, Hey Boy by ON Designs Font: Pea Alisha

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Typed fonts add a more graphic style or even a quirky feel to a layout. Type style fonts are great for text blocks.

Layout by Karen CREDITS: Lauren Reid Old Fancy Stamps, Luckiest Day kit, Love Day 2 word art, Everyday ribbon, Happy Place grid paper; Fontologie Printing Primer font; design inspired by Ali Edwards

A note from Karen – I use Steph’s Printing Primer a TON for journaling. I love that it’s typed looking, but is a bit quirky at the same time. I also use Traveling Typewriter a lot. I use a lot of random Pea fonts for journaling, too.

Layout by Karen. CREDITS: Leora Sanford A Year To Remember kit; Font is Traveling Typewriter

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Layout by Katie. Embellished template by Kitty Designs. Font is Century Gothic

I adore the clean look of simple fonts. I love to use Century Gothic and other basic fonts that came installed with my word processing program.

I’ve already linked to more than 10 great journaling fonts throughout this post. How about 10 more of our favorites? Several of them are even free!

  1. Ali Edwards official font
  2. Becky Higgins Jot font
  3. Darcy Baldwin All the Cool Chicks
  4. Lettering Delights Elementary
  5. Loosie Script
  6. CK Constitution
  7. Lettering Delights Pookie
  8. Journaling Hand
  9. Fontologie Journal Away
  10. Antipasto

We’d love to know what your favorite journaling fonts are so feel free to leave us a comment!

katie

P.S. The random winner for yesterday’s giveaway was Mary (Happy Now) who said “The this woman’s work kit is awesome! And, from the store, I LOVE the date strips! Sort of a simple selection, but I am working on a Week in the Life project right now, so those would TOTALLY come in handy! Thanks!” Congrats Mary and be sure to check your inbox!

Tomorrow’s Another Day – Jennifer Fox

A hybrid project by our reader SharonS:
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I wanted to explain this LO a little. I have a purse I had made at Too Cute Totes that has a clear acrylic sleeve on the front and the back for an 8.5 x 11 inch picture. I always use pictures of my grandsons (imagine that) and when I swap them out, I place the pictures in an album. Above is one page and here is another:
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Layout by Nikki E (Jennifer’s CT Member)
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Layout by Erin R (Jennifer’s CT Member)

In The Designer’s Studio With Jennifer Fox

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I’m so happy to have Jennifer joining us this month in THE DIGI FILES!! I really do love her blend of almost minimal, almost shabby styles! Jennifer’s designs are unique and timeless! Here is a closer look at her contribution to THE DIGI FILES:

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This is just ONE of the SEVEN collections (6 kits and 1 tempalte set) you get for ONLY $5 in THE DIGI FILES!! I know it seems unbelieveable, but it is at THE DAILY DIGI!! At the end of the month ALL of these collections will be put into the designers’ stores at full retail value which is well over $35!! Grab it while you can! Here are some inspiration layouts for you too:

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Layout by Jacki, Dove is from Traci Reed’s “He is Risen” add-on. Template is Janet’s – Collection 22-1
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Layout by Amy W., additional supplies: template by Amy Martin
fonts- SP Toby Unleashed, SNF Little Star Skinny, LD Those Kids
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Layout by LauraW (Jennifer’s team)
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Layout by Kathi S (Jennifer’s team)

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I’m Jennifer, a 30 year old stay at home mom to the two most wonderful, crazy children in the world. My son is 7 and in first grade and my daughter is 4 and stays at home with me. I’ve been married for 9 years to my college sweetheart. We live in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. I was an elementary school teacher for 7 years, but decided to leave teaching 2 years ago to stay home with my children. I like to tell my husband I’m officially retired, but I’m not so sure he buys it.

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This is probably the simplest tip ever, but I know it’s something I struggled with for a long time. It’s so important not to get caught up in the competitive side of scrapping—you know what I’m talking about—and instead be true to yourself and your family. Try to look beyond scrapping to impress others and instead find your own unique style and voice and let it shine through. Not only will your layouts be better because you’re more comfortable creating them, but they’ll be something you can look back on in 20 years and think, “Yeah, that really was me.”

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I discovered paper scrapping in college…but not the same paper scrapping I do today. That paper scrapping was cutting little photos and putting lots and lots of stickers everywhere. I have books full of my college scrapping and even though the “skill” is pretty sad, I love the memories! When I was pregnant with my son, I had to be on bedrest for four months. One of my friends was a Creative Memories consultant and she brought me lots of little goodies and taught me the basics of “real” paper scrapping. I loved that creative outlet and continued only paper scrapping until about 2 years ago when I discovered digi. Now digi is my primary means of scrapping, but I still love to go to paper crops and I don’t mind mixing my paper and digi layouts together in one album.

I started designing because a dear friend pushed me in that direction a little over a year ago. I entered a designing contest and actually won a spot in that store! Talk about being amazed!!! I officially started selling my designs on June 1, 2009 and I can honestly say that the past year has been a fabulous learning experience and a wonderful journey.

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I find inspiration everywhere. Children’s TV networks are FULL of great color schemes and patterns. I love catalogs—everything from clothes to jewelry to bedding. Blogs are a huge source of inspiration for me—I especially love wedding blogs. Even a trip to the mall is inspirational. I keep a notebook with me everywhere I go and am constantly jotting down ideas for color palettes and themes.

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I use a Dell desktop that is older than I care to share, lol. It has been updated, though, and has a new bigger hard drive and 4 GB RAM. I have 2 external hard drives, too. One stays plugged in almost all the time and houses my scrapping and designing stuff. The other is for back up only.

I use Photoshop CS3 as my main design tool, but also use Inkscape and occasionally PSE 6. I love my Wacom Bamboo tablet (and so do my kids!). I’m saving my pennies for CS5, though!!!

My camera is a Nikon D40. I adore it. I use my kit lens more than anything and love that I can get good photos pretty much anywhere.

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I think my favorite right now is This Woman’s Work. This kit was really inspired by things going on in my life and it really hit home for me.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Jennifer:

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

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

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Digital Scrapbooking Acronyms and Terminology

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When I (Katie) first entered the digital scrapbooking world 5 years ago, I felt like I was in a foreign country. I had no idea what most of the people were talking about! Now I often take it for granted that I can easily converse in both “digi-speak” and “forum-language” lol! 🙂 without always realizing that not everyone is fluent in this terminology.

We here at The Daily Digi want you to have a reference to bookmark and come back to anytime you have a question. We were all new once, and in our fast growing community, there are often new terms and words to learn. No one knows it all, not even us! So if you find an acronym or word that isn’t on this list – please send it our way. 🙂

DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING RELATED ACRONYMS & TERMINOLOGY:

365 – Also known as “Project 365” or “Photo 365”. Refers to the challenge of taking a picture every day of the year. See our big list of Project 365 resources

AAM – All About Me. Refers to layouts or albums centering around a page about a person. Usually includes information about likes and dislikes and/or personality traits.

ACDSee – A software program developed by ACD systems to manage photo and image organization. Used by many digital scrapbookers to sort, organize, and tag supplies. See our post on ACDSee for more information, as well as our posts on digital scrapbooking programs and suggested program tutorials.

ACTIONS – A Photoshop action is a saved set of tasks or steps performed in Photoshop that are combined into a one-step process. See our posts on actions and using an action in Photoshop and Elements.

ART RAGE – A software program by Ambient Design for digital painting and adding creative effects to photographs and digital supplies. See our post about Art Rage here

ATC – Artist Trading Card. These miniature works of art can be created in many mediums, including digital. The canvas size is typically 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches. They are often swapped with other artists or collected in a similar way to other trading cards such as baseball cards.

AUTO – The automatic setting on a camera. The camera determines how to take the picture without any input from the user. Read our tips on Getting Out of Auto

BALANCE – How the visual weight is distributed on a layout. See our design principles post on Balance

BLINKIE – A small graphic (often rotating or flashing in some way) to advertise a site, a favorite designer, or announce a team position. Digital scrapbookers will often display blinkies in a forum signature line, or on a blog. Grab a Daily Digi blinkie and find some great blinkie tutorials here.

BOM – Book of Me. An album about one person (often the person who is usually the scrapbooker). This term comes from Angie Pedersen’s The Book of Me publication.

BRUSH – A tool in Photoshop to customize the shape and appearance of lines. See our posts on brush basics and creating your own brush from a .png file. When you are ready to get more advanced, check out beyond brush basics.

BW – Black and White photo. See our tips for Better Black and Whites

CALIBRATE – Adjusting a computer monitor to display colors to a standard color scale. Calibration is the best way to ensure that printed layouts look the same as they do on a computer screen. Be sure to check out this post on calibrating your monitor

CHAT – An online chat where digital scrapbookers gather together to talk (type) at a specific time. Many chats are organized by digital stores and/or designers and often have a giveaway product for the attendees as an incentive.

CLUSTER – A grouping of digital embellishments. See our how-to guide for clustering elements

CONTRAST – Difference in design elements to create visual emphasis. Read our design principles post on Contrast

CREDITS – A list of the materials used to create a layout or project. When posting a digital layout in a gallery or online, it is a nice courtesy to list the “ingredients’ used so others can find them as well. See our tip for keeping track of credits on a layout

CROP – A physical or virtual gathering of scrapbookers for the purpose of creating layouts. Digital scrapbookers attend crops as well – either in person by bringing their laptops to a gathering, or virtually by meeting in a chat room or forum and following assigned topics or challenges.

CROPPING – Reducing the size of a photo, or cutting out a specific area of a picture to use. Just like with paper scrapping, you can crop pictures to use on digital layouts. See our tips for digitally cropping photos

CS – Creative Suite by Adobe. A collection of Adobe programs that includes Photoshop and other programs such as InDesign, Some digiscrapers use the term CS interchangeably with Photoshop because PS is part of the Creative Suite. See our posts on digital scrapbooking programs and suggested program tutorials.

CT – Creative Team. This is a team that is put together by a online store or digital designer to help them showcase their products and designs. Creative Team members are usually required to create and post a certain number of layouts in exchange for free product and/or other benefits.

DESIGNER – A person who creates digital and/or paper products for scrapbookers to use.

DIGI – An abbreviation for digital scrapboooking.

DPI – Dots Per Inch which is a measure of printing resolution. The industry standard for digital scrapbooking products is 300 dpi.

DROP SHADOWS – Shadowing added by a digital program to add dimension and realism to digital scrapbook layouts. See our post on drop shadows.

DSLR – Digital Single Lens Reflex camera. Learn more about DSLR cameras with our posts on I need a new camera, and You must have a great camera.

DT – Design Team. Another name for Creative Team.

EHD – External Hard Drive which is a storage device for files that is separate from a main computer. It is portable and plugs into the computer via USB drive. See our post on backups.

ELEMENT – A term for a digital scrapbooking item that is not a paper. Used interchangeably with the the term “embellishment”.

EMBELLIE or ELLIE – Shortened form of “embellishment”.

EMBELLISHMENT – See definition for “element”.

EMPHASIS – The most noticeable part of a design. See our design principles post on Emphasis

EXTRACT – To digitally remove all background from an object such as cutting around a flower in the photo and keeping only the single flower image. Extract can also mean to unzip a file.

FLASH DRIVE – A small USB drive for saving and transporting files.

FLICKR – An online storage site that offers both free and paid photo storage, as well as groups and social sharing. Check out our post about flickr and be sure to join our flickr group.

FONTS – A complete set of characters used for typing on a computer. See Fabulous Fonts for Titles and Font Organization for more information.

FOTO FUSION – See our posts on digital scrapbooking programs and suggested program tutorials.

FREEBIES – Something given out for free! See our post on freebies for some great resources. Also check out the information about sharing files – it’s not ok to share files, even if they are free.

GRAYSCALE – A colorless image or element meant to be re-colored. See our post on working with grayscales

HERITAGE SCRAPBOOKING – Scrapbook layouts created about generations that came before you. Find some great Heritage Scrapbooking Inspiration here

HYBRID – Combining digital techniques and/or product with traditional scrapbooking techniques and/or product. See our ‘hybrid helps’ category for some ideas.

INDESIGN – A software program by Adobe that is often used by designers and/or graphic artists for e-zine or e-book creation.

JPEG or JPG –A file format used for storing and transporting photographs and digital images. For a more detailed explanation visit the Wikipedia page.

JOURNALING – The words included on a scrapbook layout.

JUMP DRIVE – A small USB drive for saving and transporting files.

KITS – A coordinated collection of digital papers and embellishments that are sold together as a set. See Getting the Most from your Kits for some great ideas.

LAYERS – Similar to a set of transparencies that can be stacked on top of each other, to create your layout, used in Photoshop programs (in paper scrapbooking, these are the different layers of papers and items that make up your layout).

LEVELS – An adjustment tool in Photoshop programs to control the brightness of an image. Read up on our great tips for working with levels.

LIFT – Copying (with credit) another scrapper’s layout. Be sure to read our post on lifting a layout

LO – Layout

LOTW – Layout of the Week. Several sites and forums use this acronym when they pick a favorite layout to showcase.

MAC – The operating system for an Apple computer.

NSBR – Non-Scrap Book Related. This term is used in scrapbooking forums to indicate that the post is off the regular topic of scrapbooking.

ONLINE BACKUP – Storing photos and digital files on the internet. See our post on backups.

PC –Personal Computer (usually with a Microsoft platform)

PHOTO EDITING –Making changes to a photograph in a digital editing program.

PICASA – A free photo editing and organization program from Google. Check out this post on how to use Picasa

PHOTOBOOK – A scrapbook or photo album that is printed and bound all at once as a stand-alone project. See our how-to guide for planning a photobook, how-to guide for printing photobooks, and our review of photobook printers.

PIXELS – The tiniest piece of a digital image. See the pixel entry on Wikipedia for more technical information.

PNG – Portable Network Graphics file format used for storing and transporting digital images. Mainly used for embellishments that require a clear background area. See the png Wikipedia entry for more technical information.

POINT AND SHOOT – A compact camera that does not have interchangeable lenses.

POST PROCESSING – Any digital adjustments made to a photograph after it is taken.

PPI – Pixels Per Inch. A measurement of the pixel density of devices such as cameras, computers, and scanners.

PS – Photoshop by Adobe. See our posts on digital scrapbooking programs and suggested program tutorials.

PSD – A Photoshop document that saves in layered format.

PSE – Photoshop Elements (Adobe). Often followed by a number to refer to the release version such as: PSE8 = Photoshop Elements version 8. A consumer priced version of Photoshop. See our posts on digital scrapbooking programs and suggested program tutorials.

PSCS – Photoshop Creative Suite from Adobe. A professional level photo editing, management, and graphic design program. See our posts on digital scrapbooking programs and suggested program tutorials.

PSP – Paint Shop Pro. A graphic editing software program by Corel used for digital scrapbooking. See our posts on digital scrapbooking programs and suggested program tutorials.

QP – Quickpage or Quick Page. A predesigned digital scrapbook page saved in a flattened form with a transparent spot(s) for a photo(s). The only thing left to do is to add a photo or photos.

QUICKPAGE – A predesigned digital scrapbook page saved in a flattened form. The only thing left to do is to add a photo or photos.

RESIZE – To make an image smaller in compression to optimize web viewing and save on bandwidth space. See our post on resizing

SBR – Scrap Book Related. Pertaining to the topic of scrapbooking.

SCRAPLIFT Be sure to read our post on lifting a layout

SCREEN SHOT – A captured shot of the full computer screen on a computer. See how to take a screen shot post for more information.

SEPIA – A tone applied to photographs to enhance brown and gray colors. Read our tips on Easy Sepia Tones

SOOC – Straight Out Of Camera with no editing.

TAGGING – To assign a keyword or term with a data file. Tags can be added to photos and/or digital scrapbooking supplies through computer system folder management or various software programs. See our posts on digital scrapbooking programs and suggested program tutorials.

TDD – Acronym for The Daily Digi

TEMPLATE – A guide for page design. In the digital scrapbooking world, this almost always refers to a layered template file (psd or tiff) that will ‘cut’ your papers and photos to a shape and size with just a couple keystrokes. It looks similar to a paper scrapbooking ‘sketch’. Read our Layered Templates and Making Templates Work for You posts.

TEXT ON A PATH – Text that follows the outside or inside edge of a shape. Read our post on how to create a text path

TIFF – Tagged Image File Format. A flexible format that can accommodate layered files. For more technical information see the Wikipedia entry.

TITLE WORK – The art of creating a title for a layout. Check out our title-related posts; Terrific Titles for Scrapbook Pages, Fabulous Fonts for Titles, and Cutting Out Titles

TUT – Abbreviation for tutorial.

TWO PAGE LAYOUTS – A layout that spans two pages and looks cohesive in design across the space of an open book. See our post on 2 page layouts and also check out 2 page layouts from templates

TUTORIAL – A step by step description of how to do something. Can be in written, audio, or video form.

UNZIP – To open or undo the zip file format that digital products are delivered in. See our post on Unzipping Fast

WHITE BALANCE – White Balance is a special in-camera setting that adjusts the colors of the image as accurate as possible. White balance can also be adjusted in post-processing using photo-editing programs such a Photoshop. Check out our post on Working with White Balance

If you like to hang out in online forums or chat via email or text, you will find this link to be very useful:

Now you can speak like a seasoned digi scrapper!

katie

From the Files Challenge May 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 in product from one of our sponsors and will be announced here on The Daily Digi blog. See details at the end of the post.

File Names:
After5 – nbeaudreau_heartofnature_pp
Connie Prince – cap_ohappyday-paper9
Cinzia – CinziaL_HelloSpring_Elements_Flower4
Jennifer Fox – jfox-tomorrowsanotherday-solid9
Kitschy Digitals – ButterflySewingPin
Kelley Mickus – kmickus-beautifulyou-frame2
Scrapping with Liz – ZineTemp1 – *OPTIONAL

Here’s some inspiration from the team to get you started:

Layout by Karen. Fonts are Sketch Rockwell, Aurulent Sans and Steinem.

Karen filled some of the photo spaces with paper and used the frames as embellishments on the squares.

Layout by Jenn. Fonts: Eccentric, Printing Primer In-Between, and Dirt2 Stickler

Jenn flipped the template upside down and added a stacked photo look to a few of the pictures.

Layout by Melissa

Melissa used the frame on all the photos to help them stand out a bit more.

Layout by Steph. Fonts are clementine and traveling typewriter

Steph recolored the beige paper, the yellow flower, the butterfly, and the arrows to lime to work with the colors in the photo better. She also recolored the beige paper to white to use as a matte behind the bottom photos.

Layout by Katie: Francis Gothic Demi and Courier New fonts

I straightened the bottom left photo and added the frame. I’m also the only one who left the numbers on Liz’s template – they gave me a great framework to use for a list of 6 of my favorite things right now.

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 May 22, 2010. Winners will be announced on Sunday morning (May 23rd).

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P.S. the random winner from Cinzia’s feature yesterday is Nicole who said: “too cute… I’m sooo totally Jones-ing for a Retro Fall. Love the colors! ty, Nicole.” She won $10 in product from Cinzia! Check your email Nicole!

Hello Spring

Hello Spring by Cinzia

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Layout by Joanne
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Layout by Gina Barnaba
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Layout by Kim Fuerth
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Layout by Renan Kneipp
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Layout by Tina Ormsby
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Layout by Cheryl
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Layout by Juliana Kneipp
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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Ashalee Wall photo mask.
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Layout by Melissa L, additional supplies: Traci Reed Don’t Be a Square 2 stitching, Miss Mint frame.
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Layout by Cinzia
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Hybrid Layout by Sunghee: My daughter Bailey on the birdcage was hand cut. The one on the frame was extracted in Photoshop.
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Traditional scrapbook materials used: clear rhinestones on hearts and bird’e eye, all brads, some buttons, ribbons, staples. Birdcage and the bird was cut using Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Die (Caged Bird)

In The Designer’s Studio With Cinzia Designs

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I first discovered Cinzia’s designs sometime last year and was so impressed with her unique style and quality and I couldn’t wait to get her scheduled to contribute to THE DIGI FILES! Let’s take a closer look at her contribution:

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Here are some layouts created with Hello Spring by Cinzia:

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Ashalee Wall photo mask.

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Layout by Katie

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Layout by Melissa L, additional supplies: Traci Reed Don’t Be a Square 2 stitching, Miss Mint frame.
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Layout by Cinzia

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Layout by flohbok

Hybrid Layout by Sunghee:
My daughter Bailey on the birdcage was hand cut. The one on the frame was extracted in Photoshop.

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Traditional scrapbook materials used: clear rhinestones on hearts and bird’e eye, all brads, some buttons, ribbons, staples.
Birdcage and the bird was cut using Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Die (Caged Bird)

Be sure to check out the team inspiration category for even more layouts!

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CINZIA

Cinzia (Chin-see-ah) Loosemore
Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada
Married for 9 years – I have 2 Boys – Eric is 7 and Michael is 5

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My gallery at DigiShopTalk.

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I started designing about 2 1/2 years ago. I worked in advertising for 15 yrs for a food distributor company as graphic artist and I also got into Photography. My sister in law and I have a studio in Dundas which we do as a part time business. When looking for some graphics one day to design a montage for one of my photography clients I came across a digital scrapbooking site and I was hooked! I loved it. Shortly after I started designing and I haven’t stopped. I currently work full time for the school board so my time for designing is limited but every spare minute I have, I design. I also design papers for BoBunny when asked. They are wonderful to work with and have some great products. I am very honoured to sell at Oscraps where some of the best designers call home. They are wonderful ladies and very very talented.

inspirestocreate3 My inspiration comes from everything around me…from magazines to clothing to on line illustration sites to other designers. I usually start with a theme. This kit started as Happy Spring and I go from there. I find an illustration I like and I start designing the papers, then I design all the elements and word art. I design a few pages and I usually add more elements which I realize are needed once I start a page. I design alot of Quick pages mostly because I am so time deprived that I purchase alot of them myself so I fiqure others are like me and want pages already done for them.

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I have a Dell laptop and I also purchased a 24″ monitor. So I use both screens. It’s great when you have alot of programs open so you spread them over 2 screens.

I use Photoshop CS2 and Illustrator CS.

I have a Canon 50D and have spent a fortune on lenses. lol 24 – 70L and 70-200L IS

I do have a Bamboo tablet however…I learned if you cannot draw a tablet won’t help you hahahaha

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My favourite kit is “Life is Beautiful” I love the colours of the kit and Life is truly beautiful!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Cinzia

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

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Go have a look in Cinzia’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)!

Learn to Digi Scrap With Video Tutorials

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One of the most wonderful things about the internet is that there are great resources tailored to every type of learning style. Some people learn best from written instructions, others do best if they can “see” how to do something. Visual learning has come a long way in the last few years, especially now that we can share so much online through sites such as youtube. Video tutorials are one of the best tools out there for learning how to digiscrap, and how to use various photo editing programs. I (Katie) have gained valuable knowledge from watching many instructional videos and I’m excited to share some of my favorites with you!

Many online scrapbooking and photography classes use video tutorials as an important teaching tool. Be sure to check out this post to find the very best resources (some of them are free!) It is also common for digital scrapbooking sites and designers to post tutorials on their websites and/or blogs. There are numerous places to find video tutorials, so we thought it would be good to create a reference post for you to bookmark and come back to whenever you feel like learning some new digiscrap tricks.

Here are some of my favorite video tutorial resources – and all of them are FREE!

Adobe TV is a website that centers around video tutorials. I have learned a lot from watching various Photoshop Elements 8 and Lightroom videos but you can find tutorials for a variety of Adobe products as well.

Ali Edwards has posted several video tutorials on her blog to help readers learn to use simple digital techniques and to demonstrate how to use digital products for both digital and traditional scrapbooking purposes. She uses Vimeo to post these tutorials and you can find all of her Vimeo videos right here.

Cathy Zielske is another blogger who has shared video tutorials on her site to help her readers gain digital and hybrid scrapbooking knowledge and skills. Cathy uses Vimeo and you can find all of her Vimeo videos here.

Debbie Hodge has created video tutorials for her own site Get It Scrapped and for the Designer Digitals blog (where she is a team member). You can find Debbie’s Get It Scrapped youtube channel here. You can find more videos from Debbie on her Blip TV page as well.

Designer Digitals has a blog where they share several video tutorials. I already mentioned the ones that Debbie Hodge posts there, but they also have a blog category that will take you to all the video tutorials they have shared from various other team members.

Digiscrap 101 features several video tutorials that are all located right here.

Two Peas in a Bucket has a variety of videos included their their digital scrapbooking tutorial section.

Now go grab a cold drink and a tasty snack, and have fun watching videos on your computer!

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P.S. Do you have any favorite sites for free video tutorials? We’d love to hear about them, so link us up in the comments!

P.S.S The photobook review from yesterday has been updated with more images and information from questions sent in emails and comments that were left.