IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH KARAH FREDRICKS

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I am really excited to have the super talented Karah Fredricks in THE DIGI FILES this month!!  I have been SOOO inspired by reading Karah’s interview and seeing her AMAZING layouts below!  She really can rock Photoshop!  Here is a closer look at her contribution to THE DIGI FILES this month:

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You can see all of the kits we have revealed so far on our contributors page OR in the detail images in the store.  This is just ONE of SEVEN collections you get for just $5 in THE DIGI FILES!!  You get far more than your monies worth and it helps keep the site running.  With the sells from THE DIGI FILES, The Daily Digi wouldn’t be here!

Look at the amazing layouts our team creating using “Green Thumb”:

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Janet Phillips template; Fonts are Audrey Neal Inky Birdie, Pea Muggy Girl
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Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Boys Vellum Strips by Sya’s Blueprints, Font: mtf Sketchie
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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: font is DJB Tracey Script
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Layout by Amy W, additional supplies:  template by Gina Miller, fonts- Sketchit and Pea Lis
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Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: Template: KH Blog, Fonts: SF Haven, Ali’s Doodles

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Hi! I’m Karah and I’m a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids! I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 10 years and we live in sunny southern California. I have been scrapbooking for 16 years but finally made the switch to digi in April of 2006. I haven’t looked back since! I started designing a few months later and I LOVE what I do!

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People are always asking how to do shadows. My biggest tip is to hold REAL objects up to see how the light hits them. If your light source comes from the left, then all the shadows should point to the right. And there will be a difference in the type of shadows between a photo and a flower.

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When I was 14, my mom was an avid scrapbooker and would go on scrapbooking retreats and would have “crop till you drop” parties frequently. One weekend, she hosted one at our house and I was bored and had nothing better to do so I decided to do a layout. And the rest is history! I was hooked. I paper-scrapped for 12 years and SWORE I would never try out that digital scrapbooking thing.

One day, I was thinking about pulling out my scrapbooking supplies when I realized that I had NOWHERE to scrap. My kids were 5, 3, 2, and 1 and there was nowhere in my house where my scrap supplies would be safe from little hands. Yet I was behind over 2 years in my albums. I started to feel very discouraged when I had a little nagging thought that maybe I should just TRY doing a digital layout. Just one to see how I liked it. I was in love.

I had previously started my own photo invitation/announcement business and also had a small photography business on the side so I was pretty well-versed in photoshop so it seemed only natural that I should try to create my own products. I created my first RAK kit one month following my first digital layout and began selling in my first store one month after that. And here I am, 4 years later, still going strong! 🙂 This month actually marks my 4 year anniversary as a designer.

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My kids, mostly. I only create products that I know I will scrap with and since most of my pictures are of my kids, I create products with them in mind. I love pulling colors from the clothes they wear or finding inspiration from a particular series of photos that I took of them.

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Well – my husband is an uber computer geek and he built me a screaming system for Christmas. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about it – other than the fact that it’s AWESOME. LOL. Ok – I just looked it up and it looks like I have 3.25 gb of ram on this baby.  I mainly just use Photoshop CS4 but now and then I will jump into Illustrator as well.  I have a Canon 50D. It’s a great camera and I’ve been very happy with it. Although I would love to add a few more lenses to the mix 😉 I also use a Wacom Graphire tablet – it’s the only mouse I use! I can’t stand to hold a mouse now that I’ve been using the tablet pen for 3 years!

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Ugh – this is like choosing between my children!! I honestly couldn’t pick just one so instead I picked the product that I use the MOST on my own layouts.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Karah

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My 3 Sons: Mister Personality page kit

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My 3 Sons: Mister Curious page kit

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

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Go have a look in Karah’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, Karah has created this coupon code to share with all of us!  It’s good for 30% off!  Have fun!

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Inspiration – Karah Fredricks – Green Thumb

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Janet Phillips template; Fonts are Audrey Neal Inky Birdie, Pea Muggy Girl
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Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Boys Vellum Strips by Sya’s Blueprints, Font: mtf Sketchie
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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: font is DJB Tracey Script
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Layout by Amy W, additional supplies:  template by Gina Miller, fonts- Sketchit and Pea Lis
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Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: Template: KH Blog, Fonts: SF Haven, Ali’s Doodles

Happy Father’s Day – some quick ideas

Supplies: Summer Reading by Jennifer Barrette and Howie’s Stamps-lowfat

Happy Father’s Day, especially to those few men out there that read us! 🙂 For the rest of us, if you are looking for a quick idea (or maybe your kids need some inspiration 😉 ) I thought I would link you up to a few quick projects you can, if you really procrastinated! 🙂

P.S. The random winner for our Reader Challenge is Kimb who was one of our many first time participants. Here’s her super fun layout that she also posted in our flickr group. Thanks Kimb and be sure to check your inbox!

Are you listening?

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In all my years of scrapbooking, I (Katie) never thought I would get scrapbooking inspiration simply from listening to others talk about it. When I first heard of “podcasts” my instant response was a “not interested”. Then along came Paperclipping Roundtable earlier this year (2010). I wasn’t even sure how to download or subscribe to a podcast so I listened to the show right on the website. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed listening and I found myself nodding along in agreement (or not) with the panelists. I was hooked, but I also was longing to hear more about the type of scrapbooking I love – digital scrapbooking.

It was thrilling news when Steph told me that Paperclipping was going to add a digi show and she was going to be the host! I couldn’t believe that I got to be a guest on the very first episode of the Paperclipping Digi Show! It was new, scary, but also a ton of fun! I’ve enjoyed listening to the other episodes since then, and I am learning something new every time I listen. Really, I am. It turns out that even though I’ve been a digital scrapbooker for more than 5 years, there is a lot I still don’t know. More than that, I just love hearing others thoughts and opinions on topics I care so much about (digiscrapping, photography, creativity, and more). Something really cool happens after every show… I get inspired!

Here’s HOW you can listen to the Paperclipping Digi Show:

  • All of the past episodes are here, with the most recent one on top. You can use the player to listen to the show right from the website, or you can download the show to listen to later. Also, if you want to see how to subscribe in iTunes, you can watch this video. I highly recommend subscribing in itunes if you can because then you will automatically get each new episode as it becomes available. All you have to do is sync your itunes to your iPod, iPhone, or iTouch. Or you can always listen right from itunes. Did I mention that the show is FREE?
  • Once you are ready to listen to the show just push the play button like you would for a song. You can listen to it all in one setting, or listen and pause as needed to fit your schedule. I like to listen in my car while I’m driving around because it makes my errands much more enjoyable. My kids (age 13 & 16) even find it interesting and they tell me that Izzy (the producer) is their favorite one on the show (even over me!) lol! 🙂 He makes me laugh so I guess I can forgive them for that. Sometimes I will listen to the show right on my computer while I scrap or unzip and put away files. I have heard that many listeners enjoy the podcast while exercising. The format is very portable and so easy to access!
  • As I listen, I always want to check links and ideas that are mentioned. Izzy includes links in the show notes that are great to check out. I also go back and listen to each show again (if I wasn’t by my computer the first time) and take a few notes so I can fully explore the information given.
  • YOU can also submit ideas and comments by responding in the comments field of each individual show. If you listen, you will hear that the mail segment comes from the listeners and that is what influences the discussion topics as well. I love that the show is all about what real digital scrapbookers want to hear about! It’s also interesting to just go read the comments after listening to a show because the listeners will often post even more helpful links and ideas.

So try a FREE podcast episode and let us know what you think. I’m sure you will be both entertained and inspired!

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Shoot One Thing

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When you “shoot one thing” or focus your photography efforts mainly on one type of photography or subject, something wonderful will happen… you will improve and grow as a photographer! The fun thing about photography is that there is always something to learn. Sometimes that is overwhelming as well. When you consider all the different types of cameras, subjects, techniques, themes, and challenges out there, it is easy to feel like you have to be good at everything. Any expert will tell you that it is far more satisfying to find your own niche and explore it fully.

If you love food photography, it makes sense to really concentrate on how to best capture the beauty of food with a camera.

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Photo by Janet Phillips. If you want some great inspiration for taking pictures of food, be sure to read her tips for food photography.

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If flowers are your passion, embrace that love and learn more about how to photograph beautiful blossoms.

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Photo by Janet Phillips. She has some great information on angles to use when shooting flowers.

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I adore taking pictures of toys. It might sound silly, but it is a lot of fun for me. They also make very patient models while I try to figure out the best camera settings or lens to use.

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Photo by Katie from the post on great photo backgrounds without backdrops.

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Does architecture inspire you? Buildings and architectural elements offer great photographic opportunities.

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Photo by Katie. Be sure to read An Introduction to Architecture Photography at Digital Photography School for some great tips and ideas.

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How about black and white photography? There is something so dramatic and striking about a well done black and white image.

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Photo by Katie. Read Top 5 Black and White Photography Tips from Epic Edits for some helpful hints in capturing beautiful B&W photos.

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I (Katie) truly love almost every type of photography I have learned about. Of course I also am the main photographer for my entire family and our scrapbooked memories. This means I need (and want) to take pictures of many different things. It also means that I probably won’t be a specialized expert in just one area of photography unless I put a little extra effort in that direction. It’s difficult to know where to start, so I’m just trying out some different fields in photography and working on learning more about each of them. I know I will NOT be an expert in all of them.

As scrapbookers, we probably put more pressure on ourselves than many other photographers do because we feel like we HAVE to capture everything! We are documenting life after all. Shouldn’t we have the perfect photos of our kids, snap that amazing sunset on vacation, photograph our everyday surroundings, and more? Is this a realistic expectation? After all, do you know of any artist who has mastered every art form?

Don’t worry about being good at everything! Think about what you love about taking pictures and invest some time and effort in developing the skills that will help you enjoy your passion even more.

Here are a few great resources to help you find your “one thing” to shoot and learn more about:

Photography should be a fun and enjoyable part of documenting your memories. If you aren’t finding that joy, it might just be time to just “shoot one thing” for a while and explore something new and exciting.

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P.S. Becky M is the random winner from the comments in yesterday’s post. She won $10 in product from Kristin’s store! Check your inbox Becky!

Inspiration: Night Owl by Kristin Aagard

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Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: Template: Lili, Font: Problem Secretary
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Layout by Kay Miller (Kristin’s CT)
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Layout by Lorie Manlapaz (Kristin’s CT)
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Layout by Irina (Kristin’s CT)
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Layout by Melanie Haken (Kristin’s CT)
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Layout by Jenn, Font: Pea Christen
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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Tracie Stroud stitched border
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Layout by Jacki, additional supplies: cloud from Kristin’s Farm Kit
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Layout by Irina (Kristin’s CT)
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Hybrid layout by Sunghee

IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH KRISTIN AAGARD

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I am so excited to have Kristin in THE DIGI FILES with us this month!!  Kristin’s little critters are so adorable and have brought a smile to my face on more than one occasion (especially her birds… and I’m not even a bird person).  Here’s a closer look at her contribution that you can find inside THE DIGI FILES this month:

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This is ONE of the kits that are included in THE DIGI FILES for only $5!!  The designers that contribute to THE DIGI FILES each month are chosen for their quality designs, they do not pay to contribute.  We hope that our readers will enjoy trying some new-to-them designers and/or styles at such a low risk!!  Here are some fun layouts created with “Night Owl”:

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Layout by Jenn, Font: Pea Christen
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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Tracie Stroud stitched border
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Layout by Jacki, additional supplies: cloud from Kristin’s Farm Kit
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Layout by Katie
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Layout by Irina (Kristin’s CT)
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Hybrid layout by Sunghee

You can see several more layouts on the ‘Team Inspiration’ page of the site.

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My name is Kristin Aagard. I am married to Alan, an electrician for almost 11 years. We have two little girls, Ashley 4 and Sophie 2. We live in Salt Lake City, Utah which is just on the west edge of the beautiful Rocky Mountain Range. I design and I am a mommy full-time.

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I carry a small notebook with me at all times. When my kids say something funny or I realize that I will want to scrap that moment, I get out my notebook and jot down some quick notes. I find that this makes my journaling so much more meaningful because it is written from my emotions in the moment and because I can add my children’s own words to the page.

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I started paper scrapping after my daughter Ashley was born in 2005. I was instantly addicted! After I had Sophie in 2007, I couldn’t seem to find the time to drag out all of the papers, scissors and glue without having little fingers in everything! I have been messing around with Photoshop since I got Photoshop 6 in 2000 or 2001. I decided that I would create digital photo journals so that I wouldn’t have to give up scrapping. At the time, I actually had no idea that there were stores where you could buy beautiful kits so I started making my own elements and papers.

I feel so lucky to have found the ideal job for myself. I get to stay home with my kids and create using Photoshop. I couldn’t ask for anything more!

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My kids are my main inspiration. They are so curious about their world and the newness of it all is fascinating to them. I also love animals and the outdoors and I’m heavily influenced by that.

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I use a PC with Windows 7 that my hubby built for me. It has 8 gb of RAM, an ATI Radeon 4870 HD video card. It has an AMD 940 3.0 GHZ quad-core processor. (PS hubby had to dictate all of that to me, because I really am clueless about my computer, other than I know I have serious LOVE for it!) I use two 24″ Samsung high definition monitors. I use a Cannon CannoScan 8800F scanner. I also have a super ergonomic Microsoft keyboard that is the savior to my wrists!

I’m getting ready to upgrade to CS5 this summer. Can’t wait!! Right now I use Photoshop CS4 and occasionally Illustrator.

I have a Canon PowerShot SX10IS. I really want to upgrade to a full DSLR camera, but with my tiny constantly moving munchkins, it’s all I can manage just to get the camera out and shoot some quick auto shots these days. I rarely even touch the manual settings. My goal is to upgrade and enroll in some great digital photography classes by the end of the year.

I do all my drawings using a mouse and Photoshop. I have tried using a tablet, but I prefer the good old mouse and pen tool.

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My favorite product is one of my newer kits On the Farm. I love the fun little animals, the happy farmers and the bright colors.

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My best selling product is Zoo Day, which is another of my very favorite kits. I love drawing animals!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Kristin:

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Here’s some inspirational layouts using Kristin’s products. All of the layouts without credits are linked to the originals with credits.

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Layout by Jacki, supplies: Camp Out kit

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Go have a look in Kristin’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 Thursday to qualify)!

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

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Reader Challenge: From the Files June 2010


File Names:
AnnaBVDesigns – abv_suar_doodleframe2
Elise’s Pieces – ehansen_ParadisePunch_Paper4
Jenn Barrette Designs – jbarrette_feetinthesand_p13
Kristin Aagard – KAagard_NightOwl__Paper3
Karah Fredricks – kfredricks_thumb_blue_button
KsharonK Designs – kskd_butterflybreeze_alpha
FizzyPop – lreiber_TDD_sidekick1 *optional

Here at The Daily Digi, we love to inspire our readers to stretch their scrapping skills. Each time we reveal a sponsor’s kit, we show you how WE scrapped with it so you can use that inspiration in your own scrapbooking. We also regularly cover themes and ideas like Scrapping Theme Parks, Using Quick Pages, and give you Embellishment Tips and Tricks. We do all of this so we can share the joy of digi scrapping with you and give you a springboard to jump into your own pages.

Each month we do a special challenge called “From the Files” where we pick one specific item from each of the kits featured in the current month’s DIGI FILES. This is by far the most challenging scrap assignment for me (Katie) each month, but I’m always amazed at how much I learn from doing this! It is a real challenge to see what you can do with a very limited supply list. I know if you try this challenge, you will learn something new, and grow your skills. I hope you will join us for the challenge this month! (See details at the end of the post for more information)

Here’s what our team did with this challenge:

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Layout by Katie. Fontologie Haphazard font.

I added a back layer to the template so I could use the yellow paper as a border. I recolored the brown paper (using a hue adjustment) to match the blue in the patterned paper. I rearranged a few of the blocks and made the main photo block larger. I used the number from the alpha as part of my title art.

Layout by Jenn. Font: Pea Stacy Doodle and Pupcat

I started out with the template, kept moving things around, and basically only kept a few of the small paper blocks because I wanted the photo to cover the majority of the canvas. Since the sky of the photograph was almost white, I used the yellow paper in the background (changing the color), to add a little more texture. The color of the brown paper was changed to salmon to repeat the color of the little fish in the patterned paper.

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Layout by Karen. Fonts are all by Fontologie: Chubby Times, Giggles, and Printing Primer

I used the template pretty much as is, replacing some paper pieces with tiny photos. I also recolored Kristin’s paper and Karah’s buttons to go with the colors in the photos.

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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 June 19, 2010. Winners will be announced on Sunday morning. (June 20)

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I Want To Scrap With A Pen and Tablet

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I don’t know too many digital scrapbookers that don’t, at one time or another, want a pen tablet.  They are a lot of fun, but can also be frustrating to get the hang of. One of the things that I love about using my tablet, is how I can suddenly feel and maybe even look, like an artist when using the right programs (listen to the discussion in Paperclipping Digi #1).

I did some digging and found some great resources for those of you that are wanting to learn how to use a tablet:

For those of you that do not have tablets, you might be wondering if it’s necessary.  I know when I first started digital scrapbooking, I thought a tablet was a needed tool.  They are not necessarily needed.  A lot of digi scrappers that have wrist problems associated with mouse usage do prefer to use a pen and tablet for everything on their computer.  They do make it much easier to draw and use drawing type programs (vector programs as well as ArtRage).  So, I guess it depends on what you plan to do and how you want to do it, if a pen tablet is high on the priority list.  No matter what, they are a lot of FUN!

P.S. Michelle was our random winner chosen from the comments left yesterday for Jennifer, Michelle said:  LOVED Jenn’s contribution this month. I think Growth Spurt would be a great kit right now-I think my kids must be part plant as the sunshine seems to be making them grow! Thanks for the coupon and chance to win! Check your inbox!

Jennifer Barrette – Feet in the Sand – Inspiration

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Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: Template: Jen Caputo
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Layout by Tamara B (a reader), additional supplies: Template by Fizzy Pop Designs, Fonts are Jane Austen, Century Gothic and SP Holy Guacamole. Photo actions by Pioneer Woman.
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Layout by Tamara B (a reader), additional supplies: Alpha is Courier New
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Layout by Tamara B (a reader), additional supplies: Template by Fizzy Pop Designs. Fonts: Century Gothic and Karabine.
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Layout by Tamara B (a reader), additional supplies: yellow circles paper by Sir Scrapalot in You’re my Cup of Tea kit. Sunburst Template by Dani Mogstad on Sweet Shoppe Designs blog. Nautical title taken from word art by Lili in Girls are Yucky kit. Fonts are DJB Heather E and Clementine Sketch.
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Layout by JenLin, additional supplies: Fizzy Pop Sidekick No. 14, Template 4 (modified), Fonts: Haphazard, Taylor Mackenzie, Typewriter Scribbled
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Layout by Karen
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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: template from The Missing Digi Files #13, fonts are Fontologie Empty Wrapper and Garamond
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Layout by Jacki, additional supplies, Yin Designs template #20
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Layout by Melissa L, additional supplies: C.D. Muckosky Wet Paint Alpha, Traci Reed Don’t Be a Square 2 stitched border, Font is CK Penman