Reader Challenge From the Files December 2010

Team member Tara here with this month’s From the Files challenge. I have to be honest, pulling together the items for a “From the Files” challenge is a lot harder than you would think. When I scrap I either “kit scrap” or mostly “DIY scrap” where I pull element from all my digital product. So I thought piece of cake! Well, I was wrong, two attempts and about 6 hours later I finally picked my elements. I’ll be honest when the last element was chosen I could imagine my layout in my head, how I could work these together. None of the items I chose originally are in the final selection either. So here are my choices for December’s From the Files Challenge, I challenge you to join in on the fun with me. Here are the ingredients to use with this month’s challenge:

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If you’d like to play along, just create a layout of your own using only the items you see below (one item from each of the December Digi Files contributions.) Feel free to recolor or otherwise alter the items, but your page should only include these files. You can also add any fonts you need and small fasteners like staples.

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For my layout, I had in mind a photo free layout in mind, and once I had all my final items selected I worked with the temple flipping it and creating a separate background layer to make the red border. I journaled about a few things I remember about my Dad.

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Lauren’s layout is wonderful, I love her style and it amazes me how each of us put the elements to different uses. Here I love the cut outs she uses on her page and how it pop’s the bold patterned paper without overwhelming the layout.

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Katie’s layout was another fantastic way to use a template in another way, I also love that she used the grid patterned paper as her background. Sometimes I tend to shy away from bold papers for background but it looks wonderful in her layout and I will have to play with that option myself a little more.

fonts are traveling typewriter and DJB Tracy Script

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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 December 18, 2010. Winners will be announced on Sunday morning.

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P.S. Ana is the random winner chosen from the comments in yesterday’s post about Miss Kim! She won $10 in product from Kim!

IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH MISS KIM DESIGNS

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Miss Kim is one of those people that I’ve known (or known of) since my earliest days in digital scrapbooking. I think we first got to know each other from the message boards we frequented. We have also served on several teams together. I have shared before how Kim is my “go-to” resource for all things Disney, so I was really excited when I saw her contribution to The Digi Files this month and its’ nod to our relationship! Let’s take a closer look at Kim’s contribution:

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I love the layouts our team created using “Steamboat Dreams”:

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Layout by Rachael
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Layout by Trina, additional supplies: Baby Steps Vol. 1 – Tiny Toes Designs
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Layout by Heddy, additional supplies: Stacked Straight by Chelle’s Creations available at ScrapMatters; Steam Boat Dreams by Kim Lund available at Two Little Pixels; Fonts: BellGothicStd-Bold
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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Crystal Livesay template from TDF24
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Layout by Anne, additional supplies: template by Ali Edwards

You can see more inspirational layouts using this collection on the Team Inspiration page.

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I was raised in the very small town of Ellsworth, Kansas, and now live in Wichita, KS. It seems like a big city to me, but to anyone who lives in a true metropolitan area… you’d laugh. My husband Dan and I celebrated our 20th anniversary in August, and we have three children. Brady is sixteen, Mykiah is fourteen and Chesney is ten. It’s sometimes hard for me to believe that when I started scrapbooking, they were all under five years old! I work full time as a special education teacher for 3 and 4 year olds with developmental delays. I love, love, love my job, and am grateful every day to have found the perfect place for me. In addition to my work and my family, I love photography, reading, Branson, MO and anything Disney related.

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I’m most proud of my December Daily/Journal Your Christmas album I did last year. I did it mostly paper (with digital frames for the photos), and it gave me such satisfaction to complete a project like this. I am the queen of starting something and not finishing (project 365, not once but twice), but I did this. I think having the album mostly done before the season started was my biggest help. I already have this year’s album ready to go, and I can’t wait to find last year’s in with our holiday stuff and flip through it.

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Scrapbook for you. Because it’s fun, or your creative expression, or anything that makes you happy. Over the years, I’ve created layouts for magazines, books, and designers. While there is some fun in scrapbooking as a job (and even if you’re just on a creative team, it’s a job), it’s not nearly as satisfying to me as sitting down to simply create something for me. I love to tell stories, and that’s where I find my joy in scrapbooking.

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I originally started scrapbooking back in 2000. We were planning our “once in a lifetime” Walt Disney World trip, and I knew before we went that I wanted to create some way to remember everything. Our youngest daughter was only 11 months old when we went, and I wanted her to be able to see and read about her trip to Disney. Of course, we’ve gone back 3 times since then and we’re currently planning our 4th trip, but it’s a great story to tell. I moved to digital in 2004. My good friend Emmy “confessed” she had started dabbling in digital and showed me some pages. I was blown away by how “paper-like” her layouts looked… without the mess of glue and scissors and worrying about children getting into my stuff. I started designing around Christmas 2008. Originally, I just did a monthly freebie kit. I started selling my kits in May 2010 at Two Little Pixels.

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I’m inspired by color. If I don’t have the right colors, I’ll delete it all and start over. I also don’t design if I’m not inspired. Luckily, when I’m inspired I’m really inspired, so I’ll create a half dozen kits in a month. Then I hang on to them and space the releases over time, because I won’t design for another couple of months.

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I’m using a Compaq laptop with 2 gigs of RAM.

I’m a die hard Photoshop Elements user. I just have yet to see the need to upgrade when I can get so much out of PSE.

My newest camera is a Fuji Finepix s200exr. I’ve been a Fuji girl since I was given my first digital camera. I’m now on #5.

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Road Trip Super Sized (which was my very first kit ever, but has been updated).

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Here are some of my favorite products by Miss Kim

Never Growing Up digital kit

Homecoming Digital Kit

Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! kit

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My Style Template Pack 3

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Here’s some inspirational layouts using Miss Kim’s products. Layouts are either linked to the originals with credits or credits are listed below the layout.

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Layout by Heddy, supplies:Aster Template Set by Sara Gleason available at The LilyPad; Nitwit, Blunder, Oddment, Tweak! by Miss Kim Designs available at Two Little Pixels; Fonts: Times-and-Times-again
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Layout by Lauren, supplies: nitwit! blubber! oddment! tweak! by miss kim designs (twolittlepixels); font: djb gimmespace

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Go have a look in Miss Kim’s Store! We will randomly select a winner from those comments to win $10 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

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

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Miss Kim also created a special template for us. One of the things that I love about Miss Kim’s templates is the journaling prompts they include because they help you think of memories you might not thought of documenting. Here’s my layout with this template:

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Click the preview to download (this link will be deactivated after 24 hours):

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Inspired by Steamboat Dreams

The following layouts were created using “Steamboat Dreams” by Miss Kim Designs and included in The Digi Files during December.  You can grab them in the store or through subscription:

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Dunia, Fonts: Font Diner Jazz Dark, Pea Picky Panda
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Layout by Trina, additional supplies: Baby Steps Vol. 1 – Tiny Toes Designs
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Layout by Heddy, additional supplies:  Stacked Straight by Chelle’s Creations available at ScrapMatters; Steam Boat Dreams by Kim Lund available at Two Little Pixels;  Fonts: BellGothicStd-Bold
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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Crystal Livesay template from TDF24
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Layout by Anne, additional supplies: template by Ali Edwards

Holiday Subway Art

Subway Art is so cool and very “IN” right now. I (Katie) just love it! I think it is especially fun with holiday themes. I was thrilled to find this free Christmas Subway Art printable at eighteen 25.

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Love the simple and clean look of this one from Etsy seller HarperGrace

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This Subway art craft kit from Makia Creations can be ordered individually or for group craft nights.

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Some fun fonts on this one from Etsy seller iloveitall

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Love the idea of customizing your own Subway Art like this piece from Etsy seller ktozdesign

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Check out this awesome Subway Art pillow tutorial from Tatertots and Jello

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I think I just found a whole new way to “deck the halls”!

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Organizing in Lightroom with Kayla Lamoreaux

We are so happy to have Kayla Lamoreaux here with a guest post today! If you’ve listened to Kayla on the Digi Show podcast, you will know that she is extremely knowledgeable about both organizing digital supplies, and Lightroom! Here’s a little bit about Kayla:

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clip_image001 I love scrapbooking digitally and using technology to make life easier. For the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing people in this industry, teaching everything from digital scrapbooking to photo and supply organization. I love technology and how much easier it has made memory keeping in my life – to that end I love sharing whatever I can with others to help them in their journey to preserve their stories and memories.

Kayla has taught Digital Scrapbooking and Photo Organization at Digital Scrapper. You can now find her at her own site where she hosts classes and blogs about digital scrapbooking, photography, and anything else that inspires her.

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After teaching photo organization in five different software programs, I am often asked where I choose to store not only my personal photos, but also my digital supplies. The answer is Lightroom.

The path that led me to Lightroom was pretty long and involved stops in places like ACDSee,Photoshop Elements, Aperture, and iPhoto. I even learned about Picasa, which is another organizing program that is free. In the end I chose Lightroom.

The reasons are many – the most important one being that Lightroom is the software that allows me to accomplish the most in my workflow in the least amount of time and stress. It also works seamlessly with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Last but definitely not least, Lightroom allows for non-destructive image editing and allows me to add metadata and keep track of thousands of items on multiple hard drives without the hard drives being attached to my computer.

There are a lot of scrapbookers out there who get that Lightroom is great for photos. When I tell them I am also organizing my supplies in Lightroom, I get some puzzled looks followed by the question, “How do you do that when Lightroom doesn’t recognize PNG files?”

First things first – organizing your supplies in any software can be a daunting task. Currently I have 40,000+ images in my digital supply collection. That is a lot to think about organizing – especially when about 60% are in PNG format…

Long story short, after a lot of research on digital asset management and the PNG file format I learned a few things: 1) PNG files are great for maintaining transparency and sharing online because of their size, and 2) PNG files are not great at holding metadata or keywords because there is no uniform format to hold that metadata.

So, if I wanted my supplies organized with the keywords and info written directly into the files, I needed to convert my PNG files to another format. Keywords and metadata make it so no matter what software you organize in, you will be able to organize your files instead of starting over. I only wanted to organize my files once.

What followed after all these discoveries was a process that I am still refining. It involves a workflow that incorporates Adobe Bridge along with Lightroom. I have been working on the process since this summer.

What I can tell you is that it works. I am still in the process of keywording my supplies so that eventually I will be able to locate them by not just kit and designer, but also color, type, and season/theme. So if I want a green staple, I will just search for it and find every green staple in my catalog within seconds.

As I have continued to bring new supplies into the system, the workflow works. I also love that I can search my photos for a layout in Lightroom and then in the same software search for digital papers and elements to scrapbook them with, opening them all in Photoshop. My workflow has never flowed that easily from photos and supplies to Photoshop. And just in case you are wondering, if you are working in Photoshop Elements, Lightroom works with that as well.

The best part is even though I don’t have everything organized yet, my 15 minute organizing sessions are getting me somewhere as I am already reaping the benefits of being able to search what has been keyworded.

So when it comes to organizing, no matter what software you use I would recommend three things:

1) Find a software that feels intuitive and easy to use.

2) Make sure that the work you put into it – i.e. keywording, categories, etc. is something you can get out – even if you change programs.

3) Take it one small step at a time – organize your previews to start and then begin organizing things by designer and kit and so on.

Are you organized with your supplies? What software do you use and what do you like best about your system? Share in the comments, I am sure there is a lot we can all learn from one another. 🙂

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P.S. For more Lightroom resources check out this page in our tutorials section.

Festive & Funtastic Friday

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Have you ever wanted to know the secrets to extracting images? This week’s Paperclipping Digi Show podcast is full of fun and interesting information all about extracting. Guests Anna Aspnes, Jenn Lindsey, and “Miss Behaving” all join Steph and Izzy in a fun and lively discussion about digital scrapbooking. You won’t want to miss it!

You can listen below or in iTunes; Izzy has a video on his site explaining how to do that OR you can see our tutorial with screenshots: Tutorial for Listening in iTunes.  You can join in the discussion about the show after listening if you want.  You can listen below, subscribe in iTunes, or subscribe through our RSS feed.

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This week’s Funtastic Friday finds are so festive! I’m loving all the goodies out there in digiland right now!

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CatScrap has a daily Advent Calendar going on where they give away a free gift every day until December 25.  All freebies are color-coordinated, so by the end, the customer will have a fabulous lot of CatScrap goodness and it was all free!

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I’m so in love with all the festive embellishments in this ‘Tis the Season kit by Kristin Aagard and it comes with a free set of gift tags until December 16th. It’s SO nice that she included a special 20% off coupon for TDD readers! Use code EXTRA20

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This adorable Christmas collab by Lyndsay Riches and Laura Banasiak (simply scraps) features a cool Santa Claus and his holiday band. The free stacked pages are so much fun!

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The Holiday edition of the monthly notebook is available at Digital Design Essentials. If you have never bought one of these before, you will be amazed at how much is packed inside for only $3! Hurry though, because it’s only available for a limited time before everything is released at the regular prices. The little sneak peeks around the edges give you a very good idea of the goodies inside.

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I just love 12 Days of Christmas countdown events! After 5 is having a big 12 days event with different sales every day December 13-24.

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This holiday special grab bag at The Digichick is only available until December 12th, so hurry!

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Kitschy Christmas is a collab by Rachel Young, Lilje Designs (Christina Kirk) and Jacque Larsen that is just packed with fun stuff! They want to offer our readers an ADDITIONAL 20% off the already 20% discounted price.Good through this weekend only. Dec. 10- Dec. 12
code is: TDD_KC20

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Misty Cato has a new set of templates ideal for your year-in-review pages. I can’t wait to use these!

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Chelle’s Creations has 20% off new releases until December 12th

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Wendyzine finally has her very own site! Be sure to visit and sign up for her newsletter.

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It’s not too early to think about the new year. I hardly have any New Year’s digi products so I’m excited to see this fun doodle set by Faith True and MLE Card. If you buy the doodles, you get a set of coordinating papers for free!

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Do you want to be a “Hawt Mama”? Traci Reed is having a creative team call so now’s your chance!

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Have you seen all the great stuff from The Digi Files that has already been revealed this month? This gorgeous kit by Kristin Cronin-Barrow, a set of 5 layered templates from Crystal Livesay, and this super fun “Never Ending” kit by Kaye Winiecki. Not only do you get these 3 incredible contributions, but you also get FOUR more that have yet to be revealed!

Why wait? Pick up this month’s Digi Files now in the store, or as part of a monthly or annual subscription. The files are the only revenue that keep The Daily Digi going. Without the files, there would be no DAILY in our DIGI. Thanks so much to our contributors and our customers who support The Digi Files! Smile

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Hope your Friday is both festive and FUNTASTIC!

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P.S.  The random winner from yesterday’s feature about Kaye  is Anna!  She won $10 in product from Kaye, congratulations Anna (check your mail)!

IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH KAYE WINIECKI

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It is so exciting for me to be welcoming back Kaye to The Digi Files as she was one of the first designers to contribute The Digi Files.  I love Kayes fun doodles and felt pieces that really have become her signature style.  She is super talented and super sweet!  Let’s take a closer look at her very cute contribution to The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts using “Never Ending” (very appropriately named):

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Layout by Lauren Reid, aditional supplies: page rims by lauren reid, fonts: ck ali hand + djb gimme space
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Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: various PS brushes, Everytime I Miss You font
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Layout by Melissa Lewis, additional supplies: Font is 1942 Report
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Hybrid Card by Sunghee

You can see more inspirational layouts using this collection on the Team Inspiration page.

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I live in Australia near Melbourne with my wonderful husband and 2 gorgeous children

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When scrapping I like to keep track of my credit list as I create the layout, otherwise it can be a nightmare remembering where everything came from. I used to type them into the ‘File Info’ area in photoshop, this way they always remain with the layout. I now use Anna Forrest Designs’ credit tracker which does it all for me.

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When my first child was born I bought some paper supplies with intentions of making some pages but I never did, as I was always concerned about making a mistake and not being able to change it, then a friend showed me a digital scrapbooking program that she had purchased. I already had photoshop due to my work so I started scrapping in photoshop, I then googled digital scrapbooking and discovered the big wide world of it!

I created a few papers and elements for my friend and I to use and from there, my designing career started.

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Inspirations comes from so many places for me, it might be what my children are playing with, or a colour scheme, magazines, music, and the list goes on.

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I have 2 tool boxes, I have the one that is full of all my felt, markers & paints and then I have my pc which has 4gb ram, photoshop, illustrator, wacom tablet and scanner. I also have a canon 450D camera.

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This was harder to choose than I thought it would be, but I’ve narrowed it down to two, bumps and blahs

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and I love the monsters in my monster in my closet element pack

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Here are some of my favorite products by Kaye

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

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Go have a look in Kaye’s Store! We will randomly select a winner from those comments to win $10 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

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

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Inspired by Never Ending

The following layouts were created using Kaye’s kit “Never Ending” that is included in The Digi Files during December and can be purchased in the store or through a subscription.

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Layout by Julia (Kaye’s CT), additional supplies:  Crystal Livesay – Circles of fun
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Scruffy and Stripey Alpha by Kate Hadfield
The Outer Limits Doodled Borders by Karah Fredricks
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Layout by Kelly (Kaye’s CT), additional supplies: A message by Kate Hadfield and Eclectic designs by Gabi (alpha)
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Layout by Keela (Kaye’s CT), additional supplies: Never ending by Kaye Winiecki; Felt Snippets (altered) by Kaye Winiecki; Ice Chill Alpha by Kaye Winiecki
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Layout by Eryn, (Kaye’s CT), additional supplies: stitchy lou-who alpha by Valorie Wibbens; font is Pea Johanna
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Layout by Rebecca (Kaye’s CT), additional supplies: Alphas: Foam Stamped, Worn Cardboard Strips, and Worn Scuffed Chipboard … all by Sahlin Studio
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Layout by Sharon S, additional supplies: Template: Jenn Lindsey
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Play it Again! Holiday Style

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I (Katie) am so excited to bring you another round of “Play it Again” and share with you many different ways to digi scrap the same memory. This is a great way to illustrate some of the many possibilities that exist when it comes to digital scrapbooking!

Here at The Daily Digi we really want to emphasize that there is not a “right way” or a “wrong way” to put together a layout. It’s more about capturing the memory, finding your own style(s), and PLAYING! Yes, it’s ok to play and have fun!

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THE INSTRUCTIONS:

This time, I gave some of the best scrappers in the digi community four holiday photos to work with. The only “rules” were that they had to include all the photos and the journaling. Everything else (including the title) was up to them!

THE JOURNALING:

The traditional red and green of Christmas is the color scheme I love the most for the holiday season. I know there are plenty of beautiful decorations in other colors, but it wouldn’t be Christmas for me if it wasn’t done in classic red and green. I love lush green wreaths with bright red berries, presents topped with sparkling red and green bows, holiday candies in festive colors, and dressing up our everyday possessions in the colors of Christmas. I simply love this seasonal color combination!

THE RESULTS:

I’m in love with the cute little reindeer peeking out from the Christmas tree on this layout. I love the play on the festive color scheme in this layout and the way the journaling wraps around the centered embellishments is really clever!

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Layout by Tracy Ducar. Credits: Dear Santa by lliella designs and Kaye Winiecki. Font-DJB Boy v Girl by Darcy Baldwin.

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The background paper and glitter on this layout is just dreamy and the shadowing is so realistic and eye-catching! I especially love the candy cane elements to go with the pictures of my peppermint jar and candy bark.

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Layout by: Brenda (3LittleKs) Supplies: “The Warmest Season” by Loreta Labarca and “Honey Pots #3” by Busy Bee Designs and “Candy Kisses” photo actions by BerrySweet Designs.

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I just adore the papers on this layout! The white paper is subtle, but still has a fun holiday theme and design. The page design is really dynamic with the titled papers for dramatic effect.

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Layout by Holly Takatsuka (hollyinjapan) Credits: papers and elements from Ho Ho Ho by Laura Banasiak and Micheline Martin.Page template from Template Pack 7 by Kaye Winiecki

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The red frames on this layout are just perfect with the photos and cute cluster of embellishments. The title “its all about the colors” is just a perfect match with the journaling!

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Layout by Britanee Walker. Credits: Jolly Holiday – Tracie Stroud & Captivated Visions collab, Blueprints no.36 – DeCrow Designs,

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This layout has such amazing clusters of embellishments! I can’t even imagine the number of layers that were created for this page. I especially love the ornament balls with the pretty reflections.

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Layout by Sasha Bliss (mom2peanuts). Credits: Flying Wishes by Jofia Devoe Green Christmas by Jofia Devoe Sweet Christmas by Kimla Designs Font is CK Bella

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Isn’t the tin bucket in the title work just fun?! I love how it is spilling out festive page embellishments! The focus on the photos in this layout is something I also love.

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Layout by Studio Rosey Posey. Credits: Studio Natali – Merry Christmas Bundle Font: L850 Slab

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The title and alpha on this layout are such a great match for the theme of the page. I’m a big fan of those fun trees at the top also!

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Layout by Dana Attlan. Credits: christmas countdown by valorie wibbens, merry and bright by kate hadfield and kaye winiecki, strips ‘n pieces templates vol.2 by sahlin studio,stitched scallops by gina miller,bitty baby photo actions by gina miller.

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Here’s my take on the “Play it Again!” challenge. I decided to use just one embellishment (the strand of lights) to emphasize the moose with Christmas lights on his antlers. I’m ok with only using 1 or 2 embellis on a page because for me it calls attention to something special I want to highlight.

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Layout by Katie. Credits: Template 8 by Yin, Holly Designs Twas the Night before Christmas, Kaye Winiecki & Kate Hadfied Merry & Bright, SF Tonya font.

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Isn’t it fun to see all the different ways that just one layout can be scrapped? I truly love all of them! Thanks so much to the talented digi scrappers who helped us see all the different ways to PLAY!

Look through each layout again and think about which one you prefer. Think about why that one stands out to you and what you like about it. It’s a great exercise to help you learn about yourself as a scrapper and your own preferred style. It also might help you explore some new styles that you haven’t tried before.  Its perfectly OK to use several different styles and methods in your own scrapbooking – I do it all the time!  When you get ready to work on your next layout, take some time to think about all the ways you could play with that memory and have some fun!

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Designing Your Memories: Balance

I would like to welcome our newest team member, Joey Manwarren, who will be doing a monthly post all about Layout Design (designing our memories, as she calls it).  She really knows design, but also how to apply it in scrapbooking!  You can catch her on her blog or on Twitter. We are so excited to have her and know you will enjoy her posts!
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Have you ever looked at a scrapbook page and thought, “WOW!  I love this page!  I have to put this in my faves file!”?  Have you ever looked at a page and thought, “Yikes, this needs some help!”?  Chances are, one of main the reasons you strongly like or dislike a page is because of the design principles the creator used while building the page.

I started paper scrapping over 10 years ago and quit after a few years.  My pages were always visually horrible, and I never understood why! (Plus there was no undo button!)  I didn’t have any training or knowledge about design – I didn’t even know that design principals & elements existed!   Even when I started digi scrapping a few years ago, my pages were still a hot mess, but at least there was an undo button and an internet community to learn from!   I discovered that many of my internet scrapping heroes were following some basic design principals when creating their pages, and I wanted in on that action!   Over the course of a year, I slowly began applying some basic design principles to my pages, and my layouts went from a hot mess to visually appealing!

It’s important to note that there are ELEMENTS of design and PRINCIPLES of design.  HERE and HERE are sites to understand what ideas are on each list.  Today we are going to talk about symmetrical BALANCE which is a design PRINCIPLE.  Balance, one of the most fundamental principles of design, can be either symmetrical or asymmetrical.  Symmetrical balance is an even distribution of visual weight on either side of an axis.  If we were to divide a layout in half, either horizontally or vertically, there should be the same amount of “stuff”  or visual weight on each side to be symmetrically balanced.

Here is symmetrically balanced layout that I made & divided it down the middle with a red line.  The visual weight is equal on both sides even though I used different sized pieces to fill the space.  The large photo on the left takes up the same amount of space as two columns of paper on the right.  (all images are linked to galleries):

Here is one example by Kellie:

If we were to split Kellie’s layout down the middle vertically, we would find the same amount of visual weight on one side as we do the other.  Kellie does a great job of mixing paper, photos, and journaling while still maintaining a great symmetrical balance.

Snowlady9900 also does a great job of having a symmetrically balanced layout.  If we divide her layout vertically down the middle, we would find the same amount of visual weight on both sides of the layout:

Here is a layout by KimJ that perfectly demonstrates symmetrical balance when dividing a layout horizontally:

The space occupied on the top of her layout is equal to the space occupied on the bottom of her layout.  Her right and left sides are balanced too!

Zanyzookeeper’s layout is symmetrically balanced when divided horizontally too.  The 4 top photos mirror the 4 bottom photos while the top journaling mirrors the bottom title:

Symmetrically balanced layouts tend to be more formal and orderly, and they convey a sense of familiarity.  Why not try a symmetrically balanced layout today?!

Wanting to learn more about design right now?  HERE are some awesome design tips, or head over to MY BLOG for some more easy to follow design pointers!

Next time we will be talking about asymmetrical balance.  Until then, happy scrapping!

Joey PS  Debbie Hodge with Get it Scrapped has a fabulous free 12 lesson class on page design.  Check it out HERE!  It’s packed with info on taking your pages from a hot mess to fabulous!

P.S.S. Corinne was the random winner in the drawing from yesterday’s post.  She won $10 in product from Crystal Livesay!  THANKS everyone who participated!!