Zine Style Templates – Liz

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Layout by Tiffany (Tiff), additional supplies: papers from Delightful Collection by Gina Marie Huff, stem from Sunshine and Daffodils by Sahlin Studio

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Layout by Sharon S, additional supplies: Paper and Elements: The Digichick Designers, TDD, Template: ScrappingwithLiz TDD 16, Font: Smiley Monster

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Songbird Ave. Metro, May 2010 kit

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Layout by Jacki, additional supplies: Dani Mogstad’s MVP kit.

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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: Cardstock by Suzy Q Scraps. Fonts are Century Gothic, Adobe Caslon Pro.

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Layout by Ana, additional supplies: Oh Happy Day, by Connie Prince (also included in May’s Digi Files).

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Layout by Amy, additional supplies: Songbird Avenue’s May kit

In The Designer’s Studio With Scrapping With Liz

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I first came across Liz at the end of last year when I was looking for “Year In Review” templates to feature here at TDD. She just had a small blog store at the time, but I really LOVED her templates a lot! Soon after, I asked her to contribute to THE DIGI FILES. I really like her unique and fun templates and am sure that you will too! Here’s a closer look at her contribution to THE DIGI FILES this month (the frames are included as well):

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This is just ONE of the SEVEN collections you can get for only $5 in THE DIGI FILES! It really is the BEST deal in digital scrapbooking! You can try some new-to-you designers for very low risk and support THE DAILY DIGI all at one time, it really is a win-win. Here’s some layouts our team created using Liz’s fun templates:

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Songbird Ave. Metro, May 2010 kit

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Layout by Jacki, additional supplies: Dani Mogstad’s MVP kit.

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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: Cardstock by Suzy Q Scraps. Fonts are Century Gothic, Adobe Caslon Pro.

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Layout by Ana, additional supplies: Oh Happy Day, by Connie Prince (also included in May’s Digi Files).

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Layout by Amy, additional supplies: Songbird Avenue’s May kit

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On-line I go by Liz and in real life I go by Elizabeth…..I know, I live a double life :). I live in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina but even though the mountains are beautiful I do miss the sandy beaches of Florida where I grew up.

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One of my favorite tools is the align tool. Since I like to use multiple photos on my pages it’s nice to be able to align the different photos….either to the bottom, sides, middles, tops, etc…. All you have to do is click on your move tool and then select the photos/layers you would like to align and then at the top of your tool bar there should be little pictures that show you all the different ways you can align those photos. I use it ALL the time.

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Well you can read the long version on my blog here.

Here’s the short version (well, sort of 🙂 ). I started out paper scrapping over 12 years ago. 2 years ago a friend of mine introduced me to digi-scrapping. I was instantly hooked…..when I say instantly, I mean instantly. I sold all my paper scrapbook supplies, bought CS3, a new laptop, a new camera and I was good to go! Thankfully my husband is a computer person so he didn’t have any qualms with me buying a new computer or CS3.…he has actually taught me most of what I know. I pretty much started designing my own stuff right when I started digi-scrapping and then I started selling a few months after that.

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Mostly things from my daily life. I look for things that pop out at me, pictures in books, tv, sometimes even a billboard will inspire me. I still feel like I’m a traditional scrapbooker at heart as you can see from most of my templates that’s the style I go for. So when I design a template I always picture what it would look like with real paper, elements, photos, etc….

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Windows Vista Laptop – With 3GB…..I had to ask my husband, I had no idea LOL!

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Photoshop/Illustrator CS3

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Nikon D40

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I use my tablet occasionally.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Liz:

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

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

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Finishing Up Our Travel Journal with Kim

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Thanks for coming back, my travel journalers. This will be our last week of big downloads. We’ll go through the rest of the daily prompts today, then next week we’ll have a wrap up. If this is your first week, you can find links to previous lessons and downloads from the first week of class.

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So let’s get started…

I love to laugh. I know when I’m not laughing, it’s because I need to take care of myself better. I’m tired, I’m depressed, and I’m not myself. I laugh daily. Loudly. From my gut. It’s required for my mental health. There is no better time to laugh than when you’re on vacation. Laugh when you shouldn’t — because something went wrong, because something so disastrous just happened that your whole trip will be affected. Laugh because your child said something so funny that you can’t help it. I use Twitter to keep track of those funny things my kids say. They know if they say it, and I laugh, it’s likely going out on Twitter just so I can have a record of what they said. My mom keeps a little journal where she’s been writing down funny things her grandkids have said over the last 16 years. What a treasure that journal is. Here’s your spot in your journal to write down what has made you laugh. Feel free to come back to this prompt throughout the trip and add to it. Funny doesn’t just happen once. It happens all the time.

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Whether the weather is hot, cold, windy or calm, it will likely have affected your trip in some way at this point. Day Five will address this huge factor relating to your trip.

One of my favorite things about going to Disneyland is being able to sit outside to eat. We can’t do that back home due to the almost constant wind, and widely varying temperatures. California has gorgeous weather, with little to no wind (at least compared to back home). The weather made our trip truly memorable. By contrast, the spring break trip we took just a few months ago was downright dreary due to the weather. It was gray and rainy almost every day. The trip actually ended with us almost getting snowed in on our mountain in Missouri — for the second time in 2010.

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Tell how the weather is affecting your trip. Include a printed forecast, or snap a screenshot of your computer’s weather bug for your vacation area. There are so many ways you can make this multimedia. I don’t suggest adding a snowball to your journal, though. That gets messy.

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Day Six asks you to hand your journal over to someone else. I had my 10 year old daughter and 15 year old son each create an entry. You can ask your husband to dictate (because mine would never actually write, but might tell me and I can write it down), have your 3 year old draw a picture of her favorite thing you’ve done, or you can do it interview style and ask every member of your group the same two or three questions about your trip so far. Just get someone else’s view of the trip on paper.

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One of the most annoying things my husband does when we’re counting down to vacation is to countdown to the end of the trip, instead of the beginning. For example, I’ll say, “Two weeks from tomorrow and we’ll be leaving for vacation.” He’ll say, “Three weeks from tomorrow we’ll be packing to come home.” Oh, it bugs me more than you can imagine. However, Day Seven’s prompt is about that moment when you start thinking about going home. In 2007, we spent 13 fabulous days at Walt Disney World. It was a magical trip, but by Day 11, we were ready to think about going home. However, before we did that, we sat on our hotel beds and made a list of everyone’s favorites — rides, meals, snacks, shows. We also listed things we had missed that we wanted to be sure not to miss on our final day. I later used that information to create layouts for my printed album. Day Seven gives you space to not only record those things, but to make notes to yourself for next trip.

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Finally, Day Eight is your spot to write about the trip home. Our trip home over Spring Break was actually the most eventful we’ve ever had. We drove straight into a blizzard and there were honestly times when I would have stopped and checked into a hotel rather than battle the messy roads. Other times, my son will absolutely infuriate me by needing to stop to use the restroom a half dozen times during the five hour trip. We know where every restroom is between Branson and our house. It boggles my mind that he never has these restroom issues at the start of our trip, but only on the way home.

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Before you go to bed on the night you get home, don’t forget to add the story of your trip home to your journal. You’ll forget as you get into all those things you do when you get home — unpack, laundry, back to work, etc. Do it while it’s fresh, then set your journal aside. We’ll come back to it in a week or so. For now, finish that last entry and pat yourself on the back. Job well done.

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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.

I Want To Be Like You!

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A while back I was visiting with a childhood friend that started digital scrapbooking awhile ago and spent some time looking through her albums. When I asked her to bring her albums for me to look through, she said, “Okay, but my style is very simple!” I looked through her layouts and found myself very inspired! They WERE simple; white backgrounds with a title/journaling, and maybe a splash of paper or an element here or there. But, the photos of her family and the stories were amazing. The love she put into her albums was apparent. I found myself thinking, “Maybe I should scrap more like this!”

Fast forward to a just over a week ago when I was working on a guest post for Liz’s blog (featuring the layout above) and I again thought, “Maybe I should scrap THIS layout more like Liz scraps….minimalistic. Maybe I should stretch myself.”

The reality is: over the many, many years that I have been scrapping (even going back to my albums created in junior high in the yucky magnetic sticky albums)…my style is pretty much the same. It doesn’t matter if it was magnetic scrapping (haha), paper scrapping, or digital scrapping, the style is overall very similar…it’s what I am comfortable with. It’s what makes me happy. Even when I decide that I am going to challenge myself and try something different (collage, freestyle, artsy, minimalist, etc. etc.) the layout turns out to be very….me….and that’s okay!

Instead of trying to follow the latest trends and fads, be true to yourself! Do what makes you happy when you scrap! Scrap the way you feel fulfilled! Give yourself permission to be like YOU and scrap like YOU instead of wanting to be like someone else!

I asked some scrappers to take the same photo and create a layout in THEIR style (and this only represents a FEW of the different digital styles out there). I thought it might be fun to see the same photo scrapped in different styles by scrappers being true to themselves!

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Layout by NeeNee, supplies: Animal crackers by libby weifenbach and tracey howard, fonts: lisa print and lisa script by darcy baldwin

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Layout by Maria W, supplies: All Paislee Press; “Adorned”, “Chasing the sun”, “Viewfinder 2”
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What about you? What style of scrapping fulfills you when you are scrapping?

P.S. Cara S was the random winner from Connie’s feature yesterday, here’s what she said: “I really like the Now + Forever kit, those colors are awesome. Thanks for the coupon!” Check your inbox!

Oh Happy Day – Connie Prince

Oh Happy Day – Connie Prince

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Layout by SharonS (a reader)
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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Janet Phillips template; Nancy Comblab alpha.
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In The Designer’s Studio With Connie Prince

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I am so excited to have Connie here with us this month in THE DIGI FILES! I knew of Connie before she sent me an email about being in the files, but was really blown away by the quality of her designs! I also really love how cute her themed kits are! Here is a closer look at her contribution to THE DIGI FILES this month:

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Isn’t that fun?!? This is just ONE of the kits you will get this month in THE DIGI FILES and you get ALL of them for only $5!! What an inexpensive way for you to try some new-to-you designers or collect some great stuff from a favorite designer or two! Here are some layouts for inspiration:

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You can see more layouts created by readers and team members in our Team Inspiration category.

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Georgia has been my home for my entire life, I currently live about 25 miles west of Atlanta in a small town. I’ve been married to my husband for 13 years and we have one son who is 12. At the moment I work full-time from home and I homeschool my son! There is never a dull day in our house, we all love to be silly and play together. When I’m not being a mom, wife, teacher, or designer I love to read, craft, and watch movies!

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The best scrapbooking trick which I started doing many years ago is to write down the details of the “moment” as soon after it happens as possible. I typically jot down the important details, emotions, who is in the picture, etc as soon as possible so that I will not forget.

I keep these in chronological order in a notebook along with the file names of the photos to refer back to. I file all of my photos by year and by month so it’s easy to flip through the files on my computer and then find the matching journal information.

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I was a paper scrapper in the beginning, I worked as a consultant for Creative Memories for a number of years. Then, I found digital scrapbooking in 06 and was hooked immediately. Designing seemed like so much fun to me that it didn’t take long for me to give it a go too!

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I almost always start with colors & the ideas flow from there!

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I am a PC girl, I can’t give up my desk and workspace even if a laptop definitely makes more sense space wise lol! I have a lot of ram, but we’ve added the maximum amount and I still want more!

I use Photoshop & Illustrator almost exclusively in my design work.

I have a Canon Rebel as well as a Canon Power Shot for on the go.

I love my CanoScan scanner and my Epson wide format printer, those are my other favorite toys!

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“We’ve Got Game” is my favorite, it represents something that my family loves to do so well!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Connie

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

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Go have a look in Connie’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, Connie has given us this coupon code to share with all of you!

25% off any order, expires 5/31/2010.

Redeemable only at Gotta Pixel

Code: 4DDReaders

Un-Un-Digi: Metro for Committed to Freedom

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This month, our un-digi goes digi, because it’s that time when we share with you another kit from Songbird Avenue, the only official charitable digital scrapbooking organization. Here’s some information from their site about this months kit, charity, and designer:

We are so excited to introduce our May 2010 sponsor. We’ve collaborated with Amanda of TaylorMade designs to bring you an absolutely incredible kit. May’s proceeds will benefit Committed to Freedom, Amanda’s charity of choice. You can pick up your kit HERE.
As a bonus this month, you will receive a 30% off coupon to TaylorMade Designs in your kit download!

Here are some awesome layouts created with this gorgeous kit:

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Layout by Carolee (Songbird CT member)

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Be sure to GRAB this beautiful kit and support Songbird Avenue in their charitable efforts!

Celebrations and Deals Abound in Digiland

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Happy iNSD (International Scrapbooking Day)!!! This is the weekend that digiland will be hopping with great deals!! THE DAILY DIGI is no different, because today we are releasing THE DIGI FILES #17 with a lineup you won’t want to miss!! With products valued at well over $5 EACH…it has to be one of the BEST deals in digital scrapbooking!! Here’s the list of this month’s contributors:

Connie Prince
Scrapping with Liz
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Kelley Mickus
Cinzia
Jennifer Fox
Kitschy Digitals (Danielle Thompson)

We will update the Awesome Sponsors page during the month with previews and links back to the designers’ features and any coupons. We also started posting the previews in the detail images in the store, as we revealed them.

We would LOVE to see your layouts this month created with The Digi Files! If you would like to see your layouts featured, be sure to check out the LOOKING FOR page.

We really appreciate the support of our readers and customers!!! To show you how much we appreciate you showing support by purchasing THE DIGI FILES, we randomly drew 7 names from those that purchased THE DIGI FILES during April to each win $20 in product from the contributing designers!! We will do this again next month!! 🙂 Here are the winners, check your inbox, the codes have been sent!

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Carly D
Pam L
Megan M
Bamber G
Valerie M
Mirands D

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Make sure you grab THE MISSING DIGI FILES that were posted yesterday and be sure to check in with us on Twitter (TDD Tweets on the iPhone app) as we will be re-tweeting great deals from past contributors all day today!!