Digi Scrapping a Dog–Play it Again!

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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:

I sent this picture to some of the most amazing scrappers in digi land and asked them to show us what they could create with it. The only rule they had to follow was to include my journaling and the picture of my dog Ginger. Everything else (including the title) was up to them!

 

THE JOURNALING:

I realize that you guys love to put words in my mouth. It is pretty funny to hear what you assume I must be thinking. I have to admit that most of the time you are right on target. Most of my thoughts center on naps and snacks. I’m a dog, it’s what I do.

I wish I could tell you how nice you have made my life. When you found me at the Human Society shelter back in 2001, I was already almost 4 years old. I don’t remember much of the life with my previous owners but they called me “Darby”. Thank you for changing my name to Ginger, it is much more fitting with who I really am. Ever since the day I came home with you, I have lived a life of luxury. I have never gone hungry, I always have had children to play with, and I have never even slept outside. I’m close to 11 years old now and believe me, it’s not easy being an old dog. You still make my life comfortable and happy though, and I want you to know that I will always love and appreciate all of you for all you have given me.

 

THE RESULTS:

I love the way the picture of Ginger is duplicated (in both color and black and white) on this layout for emphasis. The layered paper background and bits of patterned paper add a lot of wonderful details without overpowering the journaling. Beautiful!

Layout by Meghan Mullens. Gallery Link. Supplies: Goodlife-Fee Jardine, Bad Sewing Machine XVIII Kinda Kleen-Traci Reed, font-Pea Hannah Vanilla

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The blended mask makes the photo seem dreamy and special. I love how the patterned paper is faded around the photo and journaling to keep the focus on the story. The alpha used for Ginger’s name is just adorable – it looks like dog biscuits. So cute!

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Layout by Lorilei Murphy. Gallery Link. Supplies: Dotted Kraft Paper by Studio Boutique Cute Dolls Cardstock from 365 Cardstock by Studio Baers Garten. Blended Template 17 by Studio Rosey Posey. Elements from “Woof” by Studio Dawn. Inskip Stitch and Staple from Retro Garden by Studio Flergs. Skinny Minnie Alpha by Studio Dawn Inskip. Black Alpha from “Lucky Dip” by Studio Dawn Inskip. Font – AJF Dodo by The Foundry @ Studio Tangie. Font on tag – Typewriter Serial

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A big photo of Ginger with lowered opacity makes the perfect backdrop for her story. How cute is the top corner detail with the enamel “G” letter? It looks like it could be her doggy collar tag. Great clustering of embellishments. Gorgeous!

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Layout by Britanee (britaneejean). Gallery Link. Supplies: The Good Dog (by Julie Bullock & mLe Card) & Blend Your Cares Away (by Tracie Stroud)

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I love the mix of patterned papers and the striped alpha on this layout, they add just the right touch of whimsy without overpowering the page. I also think the journaling right on the photo is brilliant, great way to use the empty space in the picture. So precious!

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Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Gallery Link. Supplies: Love Lives Here by Kristin Aagard, Messy Splats Vol. 1 by Jenn Lindsey
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Here’s my own layout that I did almost 2 years ago. I still love it because of the simplicity of the papers and design. The word art title made it so easy to add something special to the photo. It makes me happy!

Layout by Katie Nelson. Gallery Link. Supplies: Ali Edwards template no. 13. Katie Pertiet Naturally Krafty paper and Spot Dots paper. Valerie Brown DogGonegood paw print stamp and word art. Fonts CK classical

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These layouts are all completely different from each other, but every one of them is fantastic! Each scrapper captured my sweet dog and the feelings I shared in the journaling through the design of their page.  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!

IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH VERA LIM

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I’m excited to be welcoming back the beautiful and talented Vera to The Digi Files this month!!  Vera was in the first ever issue of The Digi Files, I think she had agreed to contribute even before our site went live! 🙂 It’s always fun to have these designers that were willing to take a risk on us back! Vera’s unique style is fun, whimsical, youthful, and very artistic!   So many great, inspirational ideas to scrap come to mind when I see her products.  Let’s take a closer look at her contribution to The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some fabulous layouts created using “Sweet Memories”:

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Font is 2Peas Champagne

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Layout by Jacki

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Layout by Heddy, additional supplies: Scallops, Shapes, and More by Shabby Princess

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Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Teletype font

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Connie Prince, Word Art: Jennifer Arbon, Brush: Sharon Carroll, Font: Pea Ramona; Wendyzine sharpen it and flatten actions

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My name is Vera, I live in beautiful city of Wellington, New Zealand with my dear husband and two gorgeous kids 🙂

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I also sell premade logos and photo templates at my Etsy shop.

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Hmm… I have a tip for designers… if you’re like me, you hate making previews.. I have found that making your previews as you go is really helpful, so when your kit is done, so is your preview! 🙂

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I got into digital scrapbooking in 2004, not long after my son was born. I went to our local stationery store and found scrapbooking supplies, I was so excited. Scrapbooking is not something you do in the country where I came from. I never knew about scrapbooking until I found the supplies in that store, however since I was young I did some scrapbooking in my own way, like sticking photos on the wall with writing etc. When I got home from the store, I looked on the internet about scrapbooking and found that I could do it digitally! I designed my own papers and element for my layouts, then I started posting my layouts at Scrapbook-bytes. A year after that, people starting to ask me if I’d sell my designs, so I decided to give it a go. It will be my shop’s 5th anniversary April this year!

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Everything beautiful! Home Decor Magazine, Children clothings catalogue…. just everything pretty 🙂

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I’ve got a Macbook, I love it! I think it got 4GB of RAM.

I use photoshop CS4

I’ve got a Rebel XT and 85mm canon lens, that’s what I use mostly to take pictures. I’ve got a telephoto lens and wide angle lens too, but hardly use them to take photos.

I use WACOM Bamboo all the time, no more mouse for me!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Vera

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

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

Pinterest fun

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Those of you who listen to the Paperclipping Digi Show podcast will recognize Pinterest as my “Pick of the Week” from episode #32. Well, it’s two months later now, and I still LOVE Pinterest! I visit Pinterest almost every day and I find so many fun and wonderful things. I especially love the community of sharing that exists there and I feel like I’ve gotten to know some of my digi friends even better by seeing what inspires them.

So what is Pinterest and what do you do there?

Pinterest is like a visual bookmarking site. Instead of bookmarking links, you are saving images to “boards” that you organize. Think of it as having an unlimited number of bulletin boards hanging on a wall and every time you find a picture or an idea you like, you just pin it up to one of the boards. The beauty is that they all exist in cyberspace so you don’t have to have physical bulletin boards and stacks of magazine clippings to manage.

The link and person you found the item from is saved in your “pin”. For example; I found the crayon image above through one of The Daily Digi team members (Tara). I love that I can see that right on the pin, and I can also see where the image came from on the internet. In this case, the idea is from a site called SomewhatSimple.com which I had never heard of until I found this on Pinterest last night. Cool!

Pinterest is somewhat like Flickr, in that you don’t want to just go there and hang out without creating an account and having some contacts. Just like on Flickr, some people don’t post what I would call family appropriate material. I guess that’s the trade-off with the whole free speech thing. lol! Once you set up your own account and have people to follow, you will only see what they post. You can also unfollow them at any time.

When you are ready to start pinning, be sure you install the bookmarklet tool on your browser bar. You can find it under the drop down menu under pin.

Pinterest is growing faster than the developers have anticipated. You will find some “server busy” error messages at times. I usually just refresh my page and then they go away.

You can read all about Pinterest in their introduction area. It’s really pretty easy to figure out. Just name your boards and pin away!

Here are some of the things I’ve been pinning:

I find ideas that I know will inspire me later on when I am digi scrapping. I see so many possibilities with this type of text treatment that could be used on a layout so I’ve pinned it to my “Digi Scrap Love” board to refer back to later.

I absolutely love this idea of shrinking down children’s artwork and displaying them in a big frame. I filed this one on my “Artful Inspiration” board for future reference.

I don’t think it will surprise anyone to find out that chocolate Legos made it to my “Sweets & Treats” pinboard!

One of my favorite uses for Pinterest is to find photography inspiration like this love laces photo.

I love the giggles I get from goofy bits of fun I find on Pinterest. I have an entire board dedicated to “Silly Stuff”.

I pinned this dream kitchen image in case I ever make it big and can actually build my dream house!

I love finding colorful inspiration like this teapot collection for my “Color Me Happy” pinboard.

My favorite thing about Pinterest is finding bits of inspiration and motivation to keep me going. I love finding graphics like this one for my “Words Illustrated” board.

 

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So if you are interested in getting Pinterested, I’d be happy to send you an invite! Just leave a comment on my personal blog (on any post is fine). Just go to scrapbookladypages.com to request an invite.

If you want to follow me on Pinterest (don’t feel obligated, just if you want to) then you can find me at http://pinterest.com/ktscrapbooklady/ and Steph at http://pinterest.com/islandmomsteph/

P.S. The random winner for the Reader Challenge was Beth who said “My first time at this challenge, and it was, indeed a challenge (yeah, those colors! LOL) — but I really like how my page turned out! It was a snap to recolor those papers to the shades I wanted. Thanks for helping me step out of my comfort zone!” You can see her page here. Thanks to everyone who participated – I love seeing your pages!

What Do You Think About It?

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It’s been a loooong time since we’ve done a survey around here and we have some things we want your input and opinion on!  We have some ideas for new regular posts and a few other things, so to help us decide how to rearrange the calendar, we want to know what our readers think.  We have a few other questions in there as well, but it’s super short and will only take a couple of minutes to answer!  Plus there is a goodie at the end for you to download!

Now’s your chance to weigh in and tell us what you think by taking the survey!

Marching into Funtastic Friday Madness

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March Madness is in full swing here in the U.S., but if you are like me, you will be more excited about March Madness digi scrapbooking style!

We did not record a new Digi Show this week, but we will be back next week! You might want to use this break as a chance to catch up on some of the older shows. Izzy always finds the opportunity to give Katie and I (and whomever else might dare join us) a hard time.

There is a ton of really great stuff happening around digiland this weekend, so let’s march on in (sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun):

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Tracey’s coupon code for our readers was left out of yesterday’s feature. I know many of you were waiting for it so you could go shopping. Here it is:
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Coupon: Good for 30% off. May be used 4 times per customer (must be logged in). Must have $5.00 in your shopping cart. Expires May 1, 2011.

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Karla Dudley has two new kits out:

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New from Jennifer Labre Designs, True Colors. 20% Off through Sunday:

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Sir Scrapalot Designs has a new festive kit out, Little Bunny Foo Foo will be 20% off all weekend:image

Liz’s store is on sale for 20% off and an additional 10% off her newest kit for her newsletter subscribers.

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Jennifer Fox has this template freebie pack on her blog:

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Chelle’s Creations has farm animal extras FREE with the purchase of the kit this week only. PLUS 20% off. Freebie on the blog as well.
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Krisi’s Kreations has this cute freebie on her blog:
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Jenn Ck has some new products out too:

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Scrapping with Liz has a great deal going with her new releases:
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Laura has a new collab out and it’s on sale:

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Suzy has lots of new goodies out this weekend, including this cute collection:
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Tracie has this commercial use grab bag available for a short time $24 of product for $5:
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From Danielle (Kitschy Digitals): I have a new printable for Kids (and Kids at Heart!) in my Etsy shop. It’s a Custom Correspondence Printable & Kit.

There are two versions: one that is fully customized by me and one that is PARTIALLY customized by me, and then the customer can customize the rest of it (this is for Photoshop users.. .so this option would probably best fit your readership… it’s cheaper than the FULLY customized version).
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Lauren Reid and Jacque Larsen have these cute collabs out this weekend AND they are offering an additional 10% off the already discounted new release price of 20%
this weekend thru sunday the 20th! CODE: SCOUT_FF
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These would be so fun (and easy) to put together:
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We have an exclusive coupon from Misty: This weekend Daily Digi readers can save 20% on Misty Cato’s latest release, Joyful Noise, perfect for little music-lovers everywhere.
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Wowzers! Flergs has done it again with this huge, fun, and customizable collection:
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Kate has these adorable new doodles out this weekend and it’s on sale for 20% through the weekend:
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Mari has this adorable new set of cutting files out:
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This is from Shawna Clingerman: I’m walking in the March for Babies next month to raise money for the march of dimes and so to help encourage people to sponsor me I am sharing this free kit with any donation to my walk. I will send a link when I get the notice of your donation. As a second bonus I’m also going to put each donor into a drawing for a $25 gift card to my store!:
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Dysfunctional Design is donating 100% of sales to the Red Cross for Japan’s disaster relief.

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[ksharonkdesigns] has a new template set:
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Weeds and Wildflowers are celebration their 4th anniversary with some great things going on (and deals too). Gina also has a couple of new products:
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I was super excited to get an email last night from one of my first digi loves, Amanda Heimann, she is back to designing again 🙂 image

Get the alumni discount on Layout a Day with Laine. A whole month of support and inspiration for $25:

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Here are a couple of layouts that a reader posted posted in our Flickr group about her experience in LOAD (Layout a Day) this past February:
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Finally, Theresa was the random winner from yesterday’s feature about Tracey Monette! She won $10 in product from Tracey! Check your inbox!

IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH TRACEY MONETTE

Tracey has been doodling her way around digiland for a long time!  We are excited to be welcoming her to The Digi Files this month!  I love her cute, whimsical doodles and felties!  If the dragonfly and frogs in her contribution this month don’t make you smile, nothing will!  Our team had a lot of fun with it too, but before we get to that, let’s take a closer look at what you will find inside The Digi Files by Tracey:

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This is ONE of the kits you get when you subscribe to The Digi Files inside The Digi Game along with other exclusive kits every few month and goodies.  You can see everything that has been revealed so far this month because you won’t want to miss out!  Once the month is over, the products return to the designers’ stores for full retail price!

For some of my team members, Tracey was a new-to-them designer and they were super excited to discover her!  Look at the fun memories they documented with these goodies:

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Layout by Karen, additinal supplies: Valorie Wibbens stitches
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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: template by Decrow (blueprint 36) Fonts are Pea Sue Print and Pea Beth
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Layout by Sharon, additional supplies: Jenn Lindsey, Vol. 6, LO2, Font: Century Gothic, Rustler Fancy, SF Haven, Text path: Jessica Sprague

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Tracey (Gilbert) Monette: I live in the Portland vicinity of the Pacific Northwest with my husband and our just-turned 11 year old perfect daughter in my dream home. I do freelance design work with my company Clever Monkey Graphics but mostly concentrate on doing digital designing. I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and I am in fact, still Canadian. I lived for many years in the Bay Area of Northern California where I met my husband, and even had the opportunity to live for a year in Paris, France, just a 10-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower back in 1990.

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Layout titled Peep Peep Peep. About saving a baby bird that had fallen down a narrow hole filled with water in our backyard. In this layout I loved the way the patterned paper came together with the other elements including my felty bird and frame. I don’t scrap chronologically so I just did this layout last summer. I have a tendency not to scrap from just one kit; my best layouts happen when I grab from all my digi-supplies.

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If your programs has a feature to allow you to create actions; use it and learn to create them. Don’t hesitate to search the web for tutorials on how to do it. I’ve saved countless hours by just hitting one button to do everything from filling a selection with color to saving alphabets I create as separate png files in folders. And be sure to properly save your created actions so that you don’t lose them if your program or your computers crashes on you.

Also, a great place to go to learn your programs if you are very visual as I am may be www.lynda.com. They have countless hours of video learning at great prices.

Before I had my daughter I wondered how those mysterious stores in strip malls called “scrapbook” stores even managed to stay open. When my daughter was about 8 months old I was invited to a Creative Memories scrapbooking party where I was taught a little about paper scrapbooking. It opened my eyes to the possibilities of how I could preserve memories that were so precious to me and stories that my daughter would one day want to know. I’ve always felt I would remember so much more of my own childhood if stories were written down and more photos were taken. (I was the last of 3 girls so there just aren’t that many photos of me.) I truly think scrapbooking revolutionized the way photos are taken. Or maybe it simply revolutionized the way I see the world and take photos!

By 2006 I had created my first digital layout. For me it was easy because I was already trained to use Photoshop when I was in school for graphic design. I don’t like mess. And I like to play with design. So transition to digital was perfect for me. It wasn’t long before I applied for and got my first position on a creative team; but that didn’t last long as I very quickly realized I wanted to design for the pure joy of it. I was accepted at the first store I applied to and I’ve been designing ever since.

Designing is bred into me. My family is filled with amazing real artists both with paint and canvas and with photography. It would have been shocking if I didn’t turn out artsy. My style lends itself to those that love the look and feel of paper scrapbooking. I’m not a fantasy designer at all. These days most of my kits have a mix of my own doodles and felties along with items I may have extracted from photos or scans. My own scrapbooking style is very quirky and I have trouble just leaving white space alone – even in decorating my home I love to arrange fun collections of items together. I love to blend together a quirky unexpected mix of items both in my home and my kits.

What inspires me to create? Everything and anything. We live in a colorful world full of inspiration. Although I must admit I gravitate toward color, pattern, and kits I can use to scrap my own daughter with. I also tend to create kits around a specific theme as opposed to a color or perhaps an emotion. I also have great designer friends with whom I discuss upcoming kits and they supply me with an amazing array of ideas to further the future kit.

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I have more than one computer around the house. While I used to be a true Mac person, several years ago when Apple was struggling with market share, I had a chance at a great deal on a pc. And I’ve been pc ever since. I use Photoshop CS4 and Illustrator and occasionally dip into my Artrage. The tool I am most fortunate to have is a Wacom 21-inch Cintiq monitor. It means I can literally draw my doodles directly on my monitor. I also spend a lot of time on my laptop in my easychair with my feet up as I design – LOL. It allows me to be with my family as I work. While I’m not sure HOW much ram each of my computers has, I can say I’ve made sure each has enough that I don’t struggle with my filters in photoshop and can have open several programs at once and a 1 gig document with ease. Truly I am not a very technical person; I just learn enough to do what I need to do.

Of course, for me, my tool box also includes a huge container of felt and embroidery thread along with real buttons, ribbons, etc that I have collected.

I have a couple of cameras… a Canon Digital Rebel XTi with both a Tamron 18-270 lense and a macro lense and a fantastic small Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 which always stays in my purse. People say I’m a great photographer. I’m not. I take a zillion shots and then photoshop up the best of them. I tend to use my cameras on their most automated settings!

One of my favorite kits I’ve created to date is: Here Today Back Tomorrow.  I like that this kit made me reach in design skills. But truly I adore a great number of my kits.

I’d say one of my best selling kit series has been my Zoo Feltys and my Ocean World Feltys

 

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

As a THANKS to our readers, Tracey has this coupon for us: DD-special30%off Good for 30% off. May be used 4 times per customer (must be logged in). Must have $5.00 in your shopping cart. Expires May 1, 2011

Creating New Looks With Your Digi Papers

One thing I have noticed our team members often do on their layouts is changing patterned papers to create a new look to go on their layouts.  I have really enjoyed getting ideas and inspiration from them and thought it would be fun to share a few with you.

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In this layout, Jenn says, “In this layout I wanted to use the patterned paper for my background, but didn’t want the pattern to interfere with my journaling (or the grid to show through on photo blend), so I placed it over one of the more solid papers in the kit I was using, and just used a large soft round brush to lightly erase those areas where I didn’t want the pattern to show through.”

On the above layout Jenn used: House Blends Vol. 4 by Jenn Lindsey, Blog Your Life collab from the A5D Designers, Traveling Typewriter font.

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Jenn says, “This one I combined 3 different papers for the background paper (a solid bluish paper, lined notebook, and lightly patterned monochromatic gray), erasing the majority of the notebook paper and applying a Hard Light blend mode (50% opacity), and overlay blend mode to the patterned paper. Since I wanted to highlight the journaling area, I then merged the 3 papers together, used my rectangular marquee tool to select the journaling space and changed the color with the Hue/Saturation slider.”

Jenn used: photo mask by Chaos Lounge, Romantic Fantasy Collab by Digital Crea, EnjoyEachDay by Designs by Dyouge, Summer Memories by Holly Designs, Font: Pea Bandit

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Here’s what Jacki says about this layout, “ I love Jacque’s doodled papers! When I was done with the LO I thought the edges looked a bit unfinished to me so I used the eraser and followed Jacque’s doodled outside line. I placed a colored paper behind it and it was just enough to frame the page and give it an extra pop! Then I used the eyedropper tool and picked colors from Jacque’s doodled paper to fill in certain parts of the wordart. For the large photo I used the pull down menu in the Layers Palette and chose the option Hard Light. I blended it with Jacque’s paper by using the soft edge eraser.”

In this layout Jacki used: Jacque Larsen’s Doodle Days paper pack, Warm Hearts, and CD Muckosky wordart from Take Flight.

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Here’s what Jacki said about this layout: “I blended 2 background papers. I wanted the blue floral paper as the main background page and extracted the cityscape from another page and overlayed it on the floral paper and merged the two together. I used the Clone tool to “erase” some of the flowers on the blue background so they wouldn’t interfere with my journaling.”

Jacki used:  Julia Makotinsky’s Travel the World-India kit and a template from Yin Designs.

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Jacki said, “For the background paper I blended 2 of Shabby Princess’s floral papers. I used a large soft edge eraser to gently erase parts of the top paper to reveal the more detailed floral of the one below.”

In this layout, Jacki used: Shabby Princess’s “Barefoot” kit, leaves from Kate Hadfield’s collab “Backyard Bliss” and a flower from Shabby Miss Jenn’s “Fresh Summer.

I thought it would be fun to show you some before and after of a few papers:

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These are papers from Penny’s contribution to The Digi Files this month.

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When I put the gray paper layer above the dotted paper and applied the lighten blend mode:

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Here’s another of Penny’s papers:

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Here’s one of the Weeds and Wildflowers papers from this month’s digi files:

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Here’s what they look like when I put the W&W paper layer on top and applied the lighten blending mode:

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This is what happened when I applied the color burn blending mode:

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When you have two papers and your blending modes, your options are limitless!  Go ahead!  Give it a try!

This month’s digi scrap reader challenge

It’s time for a challenge! We like to give a challenge to our readers once a month to use several items from The Digi Files to create a layout. We like to show you how you can use even unrelated supplies to create a layout. I’m making it harder this month by picking clashing colors on purpose (and it’s driving me crazy – lol!) but I want to encourage recoloring techniques. If you follow along with these challenges each month, you will learn a lot about digi scrapping!

Here are the ingredients for this month’s challenge:

Here’s the supply list:
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A few pages we’ve created with these challenge “ingredients”:

Layout by Katie. Font is Pea Luv Holly Wood. Background template by Scrapping with Liz (paperback 7). All I did to recolor the orange paper (in PSE) was to add a new adjustment layer and slide the hue slider to the left until I got the right shade of pink (-38). I changed the border by clipping the green paper to it. I lowered the opacity on my large background photo to create a paper. I used the word art of “I’m so lucky” to inspire me to write down some of the many things I’m grateful for.

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Layout by Karen. Fonts are Simple Life and Pea Miss Staker
I wanted this page to be in Christmas colors since the subject was our church’s Advent workshop. I arranged all of the papers and elements the way I wanted them, then used the hue/saturation and vibrance sliders in the Image>Adjustments menu to get the shades I was looking for.

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Layout by Anne. I did a little recoloring (by going Enhance -> Adjust color -> Adjust hue/saturation in PSE) and did a few changes to the acrylic frame.
I used one of the templates from Good Life / Scrapping with Liz

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Isn’t it fun to see what can be created with 7 random digi scrap goodies? Now we’d love to see what you can do with this challenge! Use only the ingredients listed, but you can add fonts or use templates to help you with your layout. 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 March 19, 2011. Winners will be announced on Sunday morning.

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Jenn was the random winner chosen from yesterday’s post and won $10 in product from Krisi’s Kreations! A coupon code was sent! Check your inbox Jenn!

IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH KRISI’S KREATIONS

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I LOVE doing hybrid and printable projects and I was super excited when Krisi from Krisi’s Kreations sent her application in!  She has some really unique templates (LOVE the backpack)! They are also really easy to use!  I can’t wait to do some more projects!  Krisi also has lots of fun word art sets.  Let’s take a closer look at Krisi’s contribution to The Digi Files this month:

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You get both of these products and so much more in The Digi Files!  It really is the best deal in digital!!  Check out our membership for even more bonuses and goodies!  Let’s look at some projects created with Krisi’s supplies:

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Gable box by Tara, additional supplies: Book of Firsts by Three Paper Peonies and Paislee Press
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Gable box by Steph, also includes Krisi’s word art, additional supplies by Weeds and Wildflowers. This was printable given to members during March as a bonus.
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Layut by Karen using wordart by Krisi, additional supplies: One Little Bird Flight Plan template; Sweet Shoppe Designs and The Lilypad Fall Moments collab; Font is Steinem
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Gable Box by SharonS, additional supplies: Papers and elements: Penny Springmann, Word Art: Krisi’s Kreations, Brush: Jenna Desai
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Gable box by Karen, supplies: Gable Box Template by Krisi’s Kreations, Googiehunt by Kaye Winiecki, egg paper from Eastertreats printables (retired) and daisy egg from Hoppity both by Kate Hadfield

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

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I’m Krisi Lee and I am from the San Francisco Bay Area where I have grown up since I was 5. I have been married 13 years and have two girls 6 ½ and 3 ½. I am also a Registered Nurse and Shelf Reliance consultant – many say I am too busy but wouldn’t change it – I like to stay busy.

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Krisi has posted a free tutorial for the backpack flower on her blog!

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Perfect your inside shadows for printing of your hybrid projects. What does this mean? Check out this item:

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I have had many comments that they couldn’t do hybrid because they do not own an electronic cutter to cut things intricate things for them. My response to that is, so don’t cut it, in this example the scallop is not cut out and raised with a pop dot I used shadowing in PSE to create that look. I did cut the circle and raised that with a pop dot but many are amazed to know that all the intricate cutting is not necessary. All you need for hybrid is printer, paper, scissors, and adhesive. Other things such as ribbon, buttons etc. all help to enhance your finished project but are not absolutely necessary.

Each person will need to have a little bit different shadow specifications – depending on where you take your photos and where your lighting comes from. Try it out! The example above is the free template you receive when you sign up for my newsletter – so try it for yourself!

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I had been a paper scrapper for 15 years and have always been a fan of paper crafts. I went digital in the spring of 2007 for my scrapbook layouts but continued with paper crafts traditionally until early 2009 when I realized I could combine digital things with my paper crafting. I had a great time on the hybrid team for ScrapMatters and then later in 2009 I opened my store at ScrapMatters as Krisi’s Kreations where I design hybrid templates. When I made the decision to create templates I wanted to fill a void in hybrid and that was LARGER finished products that could be printed on standard paper still. I have many two page templates that are easily put together to create great bags or boxes for gift giving.

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Life in general gives me various ideas, packaging at the grocery store, gift ideas, gifts I have received… really anything crafty can give me new ideas. My CT is also great at giving me new ideas of things that they need as well.

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I have a HP with windows vista on it, it has 8MB of RAM. The internal drive is 750GB and then I have three external drives – that are all full back ups – just in case! The external drives are 500GB, 1.2TB and 2TB.

I use PSE7 to scrap and to design – just a few years ago I was still using Microsoft Digital Image Pro and took the plunge to PSE at the end of 2009.

I have a Cannon 50D that I learn to use on manual more and more each day.

My printer is an HP Officejet 6500 and I always use HP ink (it does make a difference!). For paper I either use Epson Ultra Premium Presentation paper in matte or Staples Double Sided matte photo paper. I use a craft knife and a metal edge ruler for 95% of my cutting but I do have a Cricut Expression and Make The Cut software. In addition I have tons of ribbons, buttons, eyelets, brads for additions to my projects

favoriteproduct3 My favorite product to date is my envelope series. I have three different sizes: invitation (regular card size), square, as well as one for money. Having a matching envelope for a card is such a nice addition!

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Cover It Up: Invitation {including cutting files}

Cover It Up: Square {including cutting files}

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Matchbox: Candy Boxes

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Here are some of my favorite products by Krisi

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Card Purse: Wide

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

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Go have a look in Krisi’s Store! We will randomly select a winner from the 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, Krisi has created this coupon to share with all of us!

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