Finally Funtastic Friday

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We have sooo much to share with you today! Lots of great things going on in digiland!  Let’s start with The Digi Show…

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Episode 32 is called “I’m Learning So Much Today” and I really did learn so much! We talked about recoloring anything, anytime! The ability to recolor is something that most digital scrappers LOVE and there are so many ways to do it!  Christine Newman and Lauren Reid joined Katie, Izzy, and myself for this discussion.

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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Be sure to check out everything that has been revealed from The Digi Files special collection.  We will also be uploading some fun extra goodies to our subscribers accounts next week; we’ve been working on them all month.

Here’s what you can find around digiland:

Michelle Batton has this super fun kit and it’s 20% off:
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Kristin and Vera have this adorable collab (and an extra 10% off with the coupon code for our readers):
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Scrapping with Liz has a new collection of templates on sale:
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Kaye has this adorable collection 20% off until Sunday and if TDD readers use the coupon code kwfrozenTDD they will receive an extra 10% off (Valid until Sunday evening):
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Jenn Ck has this huge collection on sale 40% off:
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Danielle Young has this GREAT deal going right now:
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Misty Cato and Susan of ScrapKitchen Designs teamed up to create Le Jardin.  With soft blooming pastels and earthy browns and greens, Le Jardin is perfect for photos of your favorite girl, vintage photos, layouts about love and a host of other themes.
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Elisa Hubbard has a collaboration that will be 20% this weekend at Mscraps & ZigZagScraps:
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Chelle has 20% off these items through Sunday (and a freebie on her blog):
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Vera Lim has this great deal and kit out:
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Digital Design Essentials has a new GREAT deal in the January Notebook:
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Have a fabulous funtastic friday!!

P.S. Here are the winners from yesterday’s post, each person won $10 in product from one of the designers:
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Look What These Designers Have For YOU!

On Monday this week, we looked at contributions to The Digi Files#26, “Celebrate a Year of Memories” from Cheeky Monkey, Chelle’s Creations, SuzyQ Scraps, Flergs, and Sir Scrapalot .  Today, we are sharing some fun things they have going on in their stores (and a bonus at the end).

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Freakazoid: THE KIT

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A BIG THANKS to these designers for joining in the fun and contributing again to THE DIGI FILES and the Celebration collab!

“Celebrate” was created by 20 designers in the digital community that contributed to The Digi Files between September 2009 and September 2010.  “Celebrate a Year of Memories” is the perfect collection to help you document the memories that you cherish and want to celebrate!  You can grab “Celebrate” in the store or through subscription, here are the rest of the items you will find in this collection:

226 Elements

76 Papers

1 ABR brush set

5 Alphas

2 Layered Templates

1 ScrapIt Layout Action

P.S. I have one coupon worth $10 in product from each of these designers to give away!  Leave a comment by 11pm ET Thursday, sharing one of your favorite memories from 2010 and enter for a chance to win!

My Favorite Memory in 2010 by Anna Aspnes

I got to know Anna when I very first started digital scrapbooking and joined Scrapbook Bytes’ community (I was islandmom, back in the day).  I have always admired Anna’s artistic style, creative abilities, amazing brush skills, and of course how genuinely nice she is.  It’s been really fun to have our paths cross again over the past year in many ways in digiland!  I’m thrilled that she was willing to come share with us her favorite memory from 2010 and her process for scrapping it!  Be sure to check out Anna’s blog, where she has links to everything else exciting she is involved in around digiland.  You will probably also want to check out her store 😉

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Year 2010 was a tough year in the Aspnes home with military deployment dominating much of our year. Eric’s safe return home in October, and witnessing the joy of him re-uniting with our children, was hands down, the most memorable moment of the year.

I often begin a layout with either the photos or the story but in this particular case the photos and accompanying story go hand in hand. In other words, it was a “chicken and egg” scenario. The photos support the story and vice versa, and it’s impossible for me to decipher which came to mind first, but the photos determined the page design.

The Photos

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I was immediately able to whittle the photos of the event down from 12 to 9 as I had several duplicate shots. I was fairly anxious at this event and so these photos were more about capturing the moments than they were about obtaining a set of technically perfect images. The photos were taken in manual mode with a high ISO which produced grainy shots that were not as sharp as I would have liked. The emotion in these images, and how they represent what I remember about this moment, supersedes all the photographic imperfections. In spite of the technical imperfections, I knew that I wanted the images to take precedence in the page design. Generally, the more I like a photo or the more weight a photo holds in telling a story, the larger I like it to appear on a page. As a result these images were heavily edited to improve their appearance.

Layout Design

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A collection of 9 large sized photos delivered in sequence led me to decide on a double page spread to provide a larger area in which to work. The portrait orientation of my images, and the fact that I took the pictures from a distance, meant that subject matter of my photos took on a long and skinny composition. In other words, I was easily able to create thin photo strips without losing important details. It was a conscious decision to vary the composition of these images to include images that would tell the full story as well as those that focused on just partial details of the event. This provides visual interest as well as providing different points of view to the story.

I created thin rectangle selections using my Rectangular Marquee tool and a Color Fill to create masks. I then clipped the photos, in sequential order, to each of the strips. This allowed me to adjust the clipping masks, to create a cohesive rectangle collage, without permanently altering the photos.

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I made the decision to omit all digital supplies to direct complete focus to the photos. My general rule thumb, is that the more photos I have on a page and the greater the amount of space those images accommodate, the fewer digital supplies I use. This prevents my multifoto photo collages from becoming too busy or cluttered. In this page I added a single fine stroked line to enhance my photo collage.

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Lack of digital supplies provides scope to be creative with the text by varying both the fonts and color of those fonts. The journaling accommodates white space in one of the images and overlaps with the first word of the white title. Overlapping elements also creates visual interest and is a savvy use of space constraints. The text arrangement works here because the font is chunky and clearly visible beneath the body of text. The white also provides contrast to both this text and the underlying image.

This clean no-fuss scrapbooking style is perfect for such dominating life events, when the photos and story are just big and important, that there is simply no room for anything else on the page.

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DIY Reader Challenge (from the files)

This month’s Reader’s Challenge (aka “From the Files”) is a little bit different. Because The Digi Files this month consist of a GIANT collaborative kit put together by 20 different designers, we decided to let you build your own challenge. Fun! All you need to do is to pick 7 “ingredients” from the Celebrating a Year of Memories. The only rule is that we want you to pick from 7 different designers to create your challenge.

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This is how we did it:

Here are my 7 ingredients:
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(I also made this into a quick page that was given to those who have purchased this month’s Digi Game with playbook)

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Layout by Lauren. Here are the 7 ingredients she chose:
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Layout by Jenn. Here’s her 7 ingredients:
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Typewriter Scribbled and CK Becky fonts

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This collection contains:

226 ELEMENTS
76 PAPERS
1 ABR BRUSH SET
5 ALPHAS
2 LAYERED TEMPLATES
1 SCRAPIT LAYOUT ACTION

all for only $5.00! The hardest thing about this challenge will be picking only 7 items to use! We would love to see what you come up with. 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 January 22, 2011. The winner will be announced on Sunday morning.

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CELEBRATE DESIGNERS: CHEEKY MONKEY, CHELLE’S CREATIONS, SUZYQ SCRAPS, FLERGS, SIR SCRAPALOT

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I’m excited to share with you another group of designers and their contributions to “Celebrate a Year of Memories” This HUGE collection is our issue of THE DIGI FILES during January and available in the store or through subscription.  Be sure to check out everything that has been revealed so far.

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I love Cheeky Monkey’s tabs, journaling spots, and newsprint flowers in “Celebrate”,  be sure to check out her feature on The Daily Digi and store.

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I LOVE Chelle’s alphas and was thrilled when she made a few colors for “Celebrate”, be sure to check out her feature on The Daily Digi and store.

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I love all of SuzyQ Scraps multi-colored papers and fun stars, be sure to check out her feature on The Daily Digi and store.

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Flerg’s papers and flowers always make me happy! Be sure to check out her features on The Daily Digi here and here and her store.

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I love Sir Scrapalot’s multi-colored dotted paper and layered paper stars! Check out his feature on The Daily Digi and his store.

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“Celebrate a Year of Memories” is a collaborative effort by 20 designers in the digital community that contributed to The Digi Files between September 2009 and September 2010.  “Celebrate a Year of Memories” is the perfect collection to help you document the memories that you cherish and want to celebrate!  In this collection you will find:

226 Elements

76 Papers

1 ABR brush set

5 Alphas

2 Layered Templates

1 ScrapIt Layout Action

Why you should travel WITH your kids

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There is no doubt that it is easier to travel WITHOUT children, but I (Katie) make it a point to bring my kids along on as many trips as possible. Traveling is such a wonderful learning opportunity. You can read about Egypt, see movies filmed there, look at photos, or browse websites, but nothing can replace actually standing in front of an ancient pyramid. Think of the places you have been and I’m sure you will agree that there is nothing that compares to actually being there. We have always made it a point to travel with our kids, even when money was very tight. Those are the years of camping and visiting relatives but they were still incredible experiences to share as a family. I’ve had the opportunity over the years to go with my husband and kids to Arizona, Alaska, California, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and numerous locations in our home state of Utah. We have never been overseas with our kids, but we are currently making plans to go on an international trip when my son graduates from high school in 2012.

Traveling is expensive. We could live in a bigger house, or buy more things, but we choose to travel with our family instead. We believe that experiences are more meaningful than things (see Janet’s post on To Do or To Have). We also realize that the window of opportunity is narrow when it comes to traveling with our children. I hope you will take a minute to read this inspirational post from My Little Nomads to read about how one Dad felt the same way and has made it a goal to travel with his children as well.

Nothing will ever compare to the memories your family will share when traveling together!

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Taking A Look at Good Life

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“The Good Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their fourth payment. “The Good Life” contains: 97 papers, 208 elements, 2 alphas, 4 templates, 2 photo block template starters, 1 blended layered photo mask, 12 quick pages, 4 printable cards, 4 printable envelopes, 1 printable, hybrid album with box and 1 printable pillow box. This amazing collection was created by 23 of the top digital scrapbooking designers (all of whom are previous contributors to THE DIGI FILES).

Here’s a closer look at everything that is included in “The Good Life”:

MELISSA BENNETT

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SUGARPLUM PAPERIE

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DANIELLE ENGEBRETSON

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TRACIE STROUD

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WETFISH DESIGNS

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SCRAPPING WITH LIZ

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DANIELLE YOUNG

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CHELLE’S CREATIONS

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PAMELA DONNIS

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EVA KIPLER

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SHABBY MISS JENN

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JENN LINDSEY

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JENNIFER LABRE

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MARI KOEGELENBERG

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Plus Mari and Steph createde on some printable envelopes that coordinate with Pam’s cards.

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KRISTEN RICE

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MICHELLE BATTON

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STUDIO FLERGS

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ALLISON PENNINGTON

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KATIE THE SCRAPBOOK LADY

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KELLEIGH RATZLAFF

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Plus additional papers and elements not pictured by Steph

Watch this video to take a closer look at what’s included.

 

Funtastic & Full of Fun Friday!

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Fridays are full of fun here at The Daily Digi. We share all the good stuff going on in digiland. These are NOT paid advertisements, these are simply the digi goodies we have found that we love to share. We know our readers love them too and we appreciate all the nice comments we always get about the effort we put into doing the footwork for you so you have more time to scrap! That’s what The Daily Digi is all about! Smile

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The Paperclipping Digi Show was so much fun this week. Peppermint Granberg and Lynette Penacho joined Steph, Izzy, and me (Katie) for a great discussion about doing (and not doing) Project 365. We came up with a lot of creative ways to approach the picture a day concept and also discussed several other alternatives. One of my favorite segments of the show is the “picks” because I always learn about something new. We are gaining new listeners every week and we hope you will join in the fun!

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 article of 53 Weekly Themes for Your 2011 Project 365 from Digital Photography School goes along nicely with what we talked about on the Paperclipping Digi Show this week (#31 Like a Monkey on a Cupcake). It includes a list of 53 weekly photography prompts to inspire you throughout the year. Did you know that 2011 has 53 weeks? Because January 1st fell on a Saturday, it added an extra calendar week to the year!

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I’ve had my eye on Liz Tamanaha’s (Paislee Press) 16×20 calendar so I was thrilled to see that  all her 2011 Calendars are on sale thru January 17th. Hooray!

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I love the title of this beautiful new kit by Jennifer Labre – Olive Juice. So pretty and it’s on sale for 20% off!

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Traci Reed has this awesome “Unofficially Me” kit coming out tomorrow at Sweet Shoppe Designs. Their prices are always marked down on the day of release.

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I love buying templates in bundles and these new ones from Scrapping with Liz look wonderful! Great deal also!

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I am so happy to see this wonderful kit of inclusion from Wimpy Chompers. Very Special Kid is 20% off this weekend.

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Karla Dudley has a free kit, a chance to win another kit and dollar kit + her whole store is 25% off! Modern Marvel is one of my favorite Karla kits – it was once featured in The Digi Files so if you missed it back then, now’s a good time to pick it up!

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Daily Digi readers can save 20% on Misty Cato’s latest release, Snow Bright.  Perfect for all you snowy fun pages.  Use coupon code tddsnow at checkout.  Offer expires 1/21/11.

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Who doesn’t love a good clearance sale? Jennifer Fox is retiring a bunch of products and they’re all 60% off. Some are even $1!

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I was so fascinated when I hear Pamela talk about the Anybook reader on the Paperclipping Digi Show. How would you like to WIN one to use with your own scrapbooks? Pamela Donnis is giving away an Anybook Reader to one lucky blog commenter. Visit her at Keeping Life Creative to enter. Giveaway closes Monday, January 17th.

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Do you need to get away? I know I could use a Digi Scrap filled fun vacay! Check out all the info in the Scrap Orchard forum for more details.

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Cindy Schneider has  FREE template on her facebook page. So fun!

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After 5 Designs has a category in their shop of great $2 “shots” – what a bargain!

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I just had to share this awesome tutorial over on The Lilypad blog! Learn how to do “weaving” of embellishments on a digital scrapbook layout to add a a more realistic look to your pages. Fabulous!

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Ok, now I’m officially ready for the weekend. Hope you have a great one!

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P.S. Here are the random winners chosen from yesterday’s post and the memories they shared.  Each of you won $10 from one of the designers featured yesterday!  Check your email!

Corinne and here’s here favorite memory:
A family celebration weekend for an 80th birthday, 50th Wedding and 25th Wedding Aniversaries, which brought folks from UK and Aus to NZ.

bananasandrice who said:
One of my favorite memories from 2010 was re-entered the US after 2 years and my 5 year old son was so thrilled at the airport to learn that the water fountains wouldn’t make him sick, and they were cold, and they were free. He was elated.

Wenche Sterling and her favorite memory:
My mom coming for a visit. She was here for a bout a month, and since she lives 5000, yes, five thousand, miles away, we don’t get to see her very often.

Brittney/milmomma who said:
My favorite memory from 2010 is seeing my son so happy to start Kinder in the fall. He is my oldest and first to go to school. :)

Noelle’s favorite memory is:
One of my favorite memories – we had a family reunion in August and it was great fun! I got to see relatives I had not seen in years and met many in my extended family!

Look What These Designers Have For You (a chance to win)

On Monday this week, we looked at contributions to The Digi Files#26, “Celebrate a Year of Memories” from Jennifer Labre, Allison Pennington, Danielle Young, Elizabeth Albers, and Pamela Donnis.  Today, we are sharing some fun things they have going on in their stores (and a bonus at the end).

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Allison has given us a coupon code to share with you! It is: tdd_15 and it’ll take an extra 15% off this Catwalk bundle until Sunday night.

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Pam Donnis has this super duper CUTE Type collection:

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A BIG THANKS to these designers for joining in the fun and contributing again to THE DIGI FILES and the Celebration collab!

These are 5 of the 20 designers in the digital community that contributed to The Digi Files between September 2009 and September 2010.  “Celebrate a Year of Memories” is the perfect collection to help you document the memories that you cherish and want to celebrate!  You can grab “Celebrate” in the store or through subscription, here are the rest of the items you will find in this collection:

226 Elements
76 Papers
1 ABR brush set
5 Alphas
2 Layered Templates
1 ScrapIt Layout Action

P.S. I have one coupon worth $10 in product from each of these designers to give away!  Leave a comment by 11pm ET Thursday, sharing one of your favorite memories from 2010 and enter for a chance to win!

Celebrating My Favorite Memory from 2010 by Peppermint

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Since we are celebrating memories this month, I thought it would be really fun to have a few scrappers share with us their favorite memories from 2010 and the process they went through to scrap them.  Last week, Jenn Lindsey shared her favorite memory with us.  This week we have Peppermint Granberg (a.k.a One Little Bird) with us sharing her favorite memory from 2010 and her process for scrapping it.

Peppermint can be found at One Little Bird Designs and Oscraps. She is also the author of the ever popular Mind Blowing Drop Shadow Tutorial and has a new challenge called, “A “Year of Weekends” documenting her life one weekend at a time.

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Twenty ten was jam packed for me, with no shortage of favorite memories to choose from. We fit a lot into 365 days and our daily lives changed dramatically, with new jobs, a new business, new responsibilities, friends and hobbies.

Oh, and a wedding!

I’m typically a 1-photo scrapbooker, so my pages always start with photo selection, and I am admittedly an abuser of black-and-white conversions when I am physically present IN the photo. Black and white is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser of the photography world, in my book. If there’s a faster way to give yourself a clear complexion, perfectly highlighted hair and a unobtrusive background – I’ve yet to find it. Plus it’s timeless and dramatic, it doesn’t clash with your papers or elements, and it’s quick if you already have a favorite conversion method. On this photo I used “Grey Matter” which is one of my favorites in the Totally Rad Lightroom Presets pack.

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I don’t always do my journaling first on a page, but when I have something in mind that I know I want to say then I do the journaling right away. That way I can build my page around it and not have to worry about editing it at some point to fit in a space. It bears mentioning that I don’t really worry about centering anything on my page, although I do like to line things up. I’m usually asymmetrical in my page design so I leave things where they land a lot of the time. I built my page around the journaling using some blocks to use as clipping masks. This brings it all together for me visually before I started adding papers to the equation. I use this process a lot because I’m notoriously indecisive and it’s easier to move the blocks around than it is to keep cutting and re-cutting pieces of paper every time I change my mind.

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It also allows me to swap papers out on my page until I find the combination I like best. I’m a paper groupie, so this can take me a while. While I don’t normally like for my journaling to be on a patterned paper (personal preference) I decided to live on the edge a bit with this page. Look out world, I’ve gone rogue! I also tucked a date element in and found word art to use as a title – two elements essential to every page, IMO.

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At this point I’m just finishing off my page and adding depth, as well as creating a design triangle (or two) on the page to guide the eye throughout the page. I think that the simpler your page is the more important this step is, because otherwise it can feel a little bit unfinished. Here I created a triangle with my integral elements (title, photo and date) and then again with my minor elements (flower, photo stamp and corner sprouts) – and that gives the page a sense of completion and give each element a sense of purpose on the page.

My favorite memory of 2010 – marrying the man of my dreams:

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Materials: Little Sprout by One Little Bird, Hello Perfection word art by Paislee Press, Big Word Masks by Vinnie Pearce, Neutraface 2 font by House Industries.

Journaling: I don’t know how we got so lucky, you and I. I figure that somewhere, somehow along the course of our lives we did something that so impressed the Universe that it saw fit to bring us together to build this life with one another. We waited four years to tie the knot, but from day one there was no doubt in our minds that we were in this forever. You were my best friend and most trusted confidante through some of the most stressful and trying periods of my life and some might say we took a big risk turning that close friendship into something more, but on this day we said to everyone that it’s a risk we’ll never regret taking. To say that Married my best friend sounds so cliché, but you know everything about me – the good and the bad – and love me because of and in spite of it all. So on this unseasonably warm day in October – yet another sign that we were meant to be – we stood in front of all our loved ones in my mom’s garden, with my sister at the helm, and we made it official. Husband and wife.

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