Funtastic Friday for Easter Weekend

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Welcome to a special edition of Funtastic Friday! Today we want to say a big “THANK YOU!” to all the amazing designers who contributed to the Good Life, which is the 2nd kit our subscribers receive when they purchase either a monthly OR an annual DIGI GAME subscription! I (Katie) just love this huge collab kit and I have used it for several projects already. The colors are so easy to scrap with! This is the last time we’ll be spotlighting this kit before we unveil the next amazing collaborative project.

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When you have been a Digi Game subscriber for 4 consecutive months, you will receive this huge kit as a free bonus in your account. AND you will receive another huge kit every 4 months you remain subscribed.   The exclusive kits come in the same order for everyone, no matter when you subscribe!

Of course, we wouldn’t be able to give you this amazing gift, if it wasn’t for the generosity of these fabulous designers: Melissa Bennett, SugarPlum Paperie, Danielle Engebretson, Tracie Stroud, Wetfish Designs, Scrapping with Liz, Danielle Young, Chelle’s Creations, Pamela Donnis, Eva Kipler,Shabby Miss Jenn, Jenn Lindsey, Jennifer Labre, Mari Koegelenberg, Kristin Rice, Michelle Batton, Studio Flergs, Allison Pennington, Katie the Scrapbook Lady, Kelleigh Ratzlaff, Suzy Q Scraps, Mel Wilson, Steph,  and some additional goodies by team member Heddy.

As a thank you to these contributors, we are focusing our Funtastic Friday on great finds and deals from these designers.

 

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Jennifer Labre has a great coupon for us for her 1st Design Anniversary

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Shabby Miss Jenn has just released this gorgeous new kit

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Kelleigh Ratzlaff has the perfect template set project for this Easter weekend!

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Eva Kipler and Kate Hadfield have this super fun collaborative kit (kind of an “All About Me” kit with a twist) out at ScrapMatters where they are both guest designers this month.  Save an additional 10% off the sale discount price of 20% with this exclusive coupon code for TDD readers:  Save-More-10 (good through the end of the month — but the 20% new release sale ends on Sunday).  You will need to use this link to be able to use the coupon because of the way the cart is set up for a collab kit.

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Suzy Q Scraps has a beautiful new kit available called “Loving Me” — 20% off thru 4/28, plus the add-on is free with purchase when you buy the kit.

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Get a FREE Easter mini kit with $2 purchase of Danielle Young’s designs at Oscraps.  And nearly everything in her Oscraps store is 25% off right now, too!

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Check out the latest collection bundle from Flergs – so pretty!

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Scrapping with Liz has a new set of templates that are 20% off this week

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SugarPlum Paperie has a new/revamped Patisserie Encore kit

 

Mari Koegelenberg is having a spring cleaning sale – 60% Off Sale on selected items in her shop!

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Did you know that Chelle’s Creations has a whole bunch of CU goodies to help you create your own designs with?

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I (Katie) am so excited to tell you about this upcoming FREE event! I’m hosting one of the challenges for Creative Crop on National Scrapbook Day put together by Big Picture Classes and Creating Keepsakes Magazine.  I’m the last one of the day at 8 p.m. (Pacific Time) so save some time and energy for my session. I’ll have a fun challenge + some free downloads to share! I know it’s still more than a week away, but I wanted to be sure to tell you to go and sign up (it’s free!) and put it on your calendar.

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We recorded a new Paperclipping Digi Show yesterday but it hasn’t yet gone live as of the time I’m writing this post. I will update with the link when it’s ready. We were late recording this week for a funny reason… but you have to listen to the show to find out! We had a great time discussing ideas for how to use patterned paper on layouts and plenty of other digi tricks as well. The panel included Steph, Izzy, me (Katie), Sir Scrapalot, and Trina from The Daily Digi team.

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Hope you all have a Happy Weekend!

The random winner from yesterday’s feature on Quirky Twerp was Amy!  Amy won $10 in product from Quirky Twerp 🙂 Thanks to everyone for participating!

IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH QUIRKY TWERP

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I have to say that I really do LOVE Donna’s quirky style!  Just when I think I have her figured out, she will throw something unexpected in a kit!  I love the vintage feel of her collections and find them so easy to scrap with!  I had a lot of fun creating with “Playful Sunshine” (see below), let’s take a closer look at it:

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This is ONE of the SEVEN collections you get with The Digi Files for one low price.  When you become a member you get extra goodies each month as well as some exclusive collections.

Here are some layouts created using Quirky Twerps’s contribution:

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Layout by Karen, Additional Supplies: Fizzy Pop Designs Sidekicks Pack No. 15 template.

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Layout by Lauren, Additional Supplies: Font: Orator.

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Layout by Katie, Additional Supplies: Gridlocked 4 by Gina Miller (template); Font: Pea Christen.

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This printable banner was created by Steph and uploaded for members as a bonus gift this month.  Additional supplies: newsprint paper from 9th and Blooms April TDF contribution, alpha from Libby’s April TDF contribution.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.

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Name: Donna Wells

Hometown: I currently live in Neosho, Missouri. But I grew up in Dillon and Bigfork, Montana. (You can’t take the pride out of a Montanan.)

Family: All of my children are the four-legged kind. Winky, cat (12); Frances, dog (11); Buster, bunny (6). And I’m in a wonderful relationship with an amazing guy named Steve.

In my free time, I enjoy wandering through flea markets in search of quirky ephemera that might come in handy in a future scrapbook kit. Being a tenderhearted animal lover, I make a point of visiting the neighborhood dogs that are penned or chained. They sure enjoy the attention! For exercise, and to just make myself get out from behind my computer, I take my neighbor’s dog jogging with me about four days a week. Actually, she drags me down the street and it’s all I can do to stay on both feet, but we have a great time.

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Here’s a layout by me, using my Valentine Retrospect Scrapbook Kit:

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I have worked as a graphic designer for over 20 years, but 10 years ago a friend gave my name to a small scrapbook company that needed an illustrator for some stickers they were producing. I thought it was a one-time gig but they kept hiring me for more projects and soon enough I was so busy, I had to quit my day job and start my own graphic design business from home. Along the way, my name has been passed from one company to another and I’m currently working with three well-known companies in the paper scrapbook world.

When I was given the opportunity to start my own digital scrapbook shop, I jumped at the chance. I love all the work I do with my clients and wouldn’t trade that for the world, but now I also get to create whatever products I want to and that’s very rewarding!

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I am inspired by things I see around me all the time… a trip to the grocery store, wandering through a flea market, browsing a home-decorating magazine or visiting a fabric store. There is inspiration in the most unlikely places. When I sit down at my computer to actually create, and if I’m having some trouble getting in the groove, I launch iTunes, play some 50s doowop music and for some reason that gets my creativity going!

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I have an Apple MacPro with 2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor and 6 GB 800 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM Memory. Honestly, I have no idea what all that means! My monitor is a 22 inch ViewSonic and I also use a WACOM Intuos 3 tablet, something I couldn’t live without. I work with Creative Suite 4, mostly Photoshop and Illustrator. And, in the future, if I have a spare $499.00 lying around, I guess I’ll upgrade  to CS5.5. It pains me to spend that much for an upgrade!

I’m not very focused on photography so my camera is fairly old and rather basic. It’s a Sony Mavica that I’ve had for about six years. One of the reasons I got it back then was that it has the option to save photos in TIF format. It’s come in handy for my graphic design work.

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I always keep the Rubber Band Pen option checked in Photoshop. It makes it so much easier to see where the path is going when extracting an element.

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My favorite is Sugar Blossoms Scrapbook Pack.

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My bestselling product is a tie between Retrospect Paper Pack and What a Kick Scrapbook Kit

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Here are some of my favorite products by Quirky Twerp:

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

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Go have a look in Quirky Twerp’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, Quirky Twerp has created this generous coupon to share with all of us!Coupon

Understanding Aperture

Aperture. It’s a hole.

Literally.

The larger the hole, the more light comes into your lens.

The smaller the hole, the less light comes into your lens.

Let’s try a little experiment to see what else aperture does.

  • Look at something, preferably nonmoving or changing.
  • Open your eyes REALLY wide.
  • What did you notice?
  • Now, squint your eyes as you look at the same thing.
  • What do you notice now?

If your eyes are similar to mine, when open widest it was difficult to focus on any one part of your subject. But, when you squinted you were able to see much more detail.

The aperture of your camera works in the same way.

Wide aperture (big hole). Less in focus.

Narrow aperture (small hole). More in focus.

So what’s with that funky f/ number confusing you with its backward numbers then?

Ready for this? You might want to grab your second grader to explain this one.

It’s a fraction?

Huh?

So guess what the F stands for? Fractional. Yep, fractional stops or f stop. You’ve heard it and now you can feel a bit more informed.

The f-number is part of an equation representing the focal length of the lens divided by the diameter of the lens’ hole.

The result is the f number.

Do you need to remember that? Probably not. But at least you can be a little less confused about what all the f talk is.

In practical terms, there are a few things to know about aperture.

A small f/# = a big hole = less in focus = more light into the camera

A large f/# = a small hole = more in focus = less light into the camera

So what can you do with all of this?

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How do I blur the background is one of the questions I’m asked most! You can get a blurred background with a large aperture (small number). Blurring the background is useful when your scene is cluttered and you don’t want the viewer to see your dirty laundry! It can also help isolate a single item to draw attention to it.

To blur background work with three things:

  1. Wide aperture – the smaller the number the shallower your depth of field. Be careful when shooting “wide open,” it is very easy to miss your focus point!
  2. Distance between the subject and the background – the more space you leave between your subject and the background the more blur you can achieve.
  3. Longer focal length – use a longer focal length to get more blur in your background.

Large  f/# | Narrow Aperture

Landscape photography uses a narrow  aperture to get more of a scene appear in focus. It can provide sweeping beautiful views.

When shooting with a small aperture (large number) focus 1/3 into your photo so you have a foreground, middle, and background to the picture. It will be more pleasing and more interesting to the viewer. Try shooting at f/16 or f/22. Remember you will need plenty of light to get a shutter speed to stop motion and avoid camera shake.

Large depth of field works well when shooting multiple people or when the scene itself has appealing features. Large open fields, green areas, flowered areas, snowy scenes all lend themselves to a larger depth of field.

Let’s have a little fun! In this exercise, notice how adjusting your aperture changes the look of your image.

  1. Find two cooperative objects that you can easily move.
  2. Place your camera on AV or A mode.
  3. Place the objects in good, even light next to each other so that they almost touch.
  4. Set your aperture to f/4.0 or f/2.8 if available on your lens.
  5. Facing the objects, focus on the right hand object.
  6. Shoot.
  7. Stay in the same place, adjust your aperture to f/5.6.
  8. Shoot, focusing on the same spot.
  9. Adjust your aperture to f/8.
  10. Shoot, focusing on the same spot.
  11. Repeat, stopping down one stop more to f/11.
  12. Keep on playing if you’d like. Adjust to f/16 and then f/22.
  13. What do you notice?

Whether you go wide or narrow or somewhere in between, play with aperture to see the creative results you can achieve!

 

Inspired by Quirky Twerp

The following layouts were created using “Playful Sunshine” which is included in The Digi Files during April.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Journal Strips: Wendyzine, Journal Spot: Misty Cato, Fonts: CK Beantree, Pea Elle

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Layout by Holly Takatsuka.

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Layout by Sharyn Law-Davis.

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Layout by Jacki.

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Layout by Karen, Additional Supplies: Fizzy Pop Designs Sidekicks Pack No. 15 template.

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Layout by Lauren, Additional Supplies: Font: Orator.

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Layout by Katie, Additional Supplies: Gridlocked 4 by Gina Miller (template); Font: Pea Christen.

Play it Again with Sharon’s memories

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I (Katie) am super excited to bring you another round of “Play it Again” this month because we are using the photos and memories of one of our wonderful readers! Sharon has been so supportive of us here at The Daily Digi and sends us layouts for every single kit included in The Digi Files to use in our designer inspiration area. She’s an active participant in our flickr group and just does so much to support and cheer us on. Steph and I thought it would be fun to invite Sharon to submit the pictures and journaling for this month’s “Play it Again” challenge.

 

THE INSTRUCTIONS:

We gave some of the best scrappers in digi land these photos from Sharon. The only “rules” they had to follow were to use the photos and Sharon’s journaling. Everything else (including the title) was up to them!

THE JOURNALING:

Amy and I decided that our one shared day of spring break should be spent in Tulsa with Aunt Betty and Rusty. We hadn’t seen them since my dad’s funeral and it was good to catch up. Rusty made a wonderful lunch based on the menu from “It’s Complicated” then we all just told  stories. Amy learned something that we hadn’t known. When Aunt Betty was a girl she used the fake name of Sheila Paul and if guys called the house, my Grandma Hazel would pretend she ran a boarding house. lol!!!  March 18, 2011

THE RESULTS:

I adore the colors and patterned papers on this page, they are so bright and lively without overwhelming the pictures at all. The frames give this a feeling of looking a wall of memories and the title definitely draws the reader in to find out the answer to that question! Wonderful layout!

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Layout by Tracy Ducar (Tracyfish). Gallery Link. Credits: Pretty Little Thing by Shawna Clingerman, Colour Me Happy Alpha:  For Boys by Zoe Pearn, Font-DJB I ? Fonts by Darcy Baldwin

 

This is the perfect page to use soft and feminine colors and accents on. I love the feminine and nostalgic look of this layout and the clustering of embellishments is a wonderful way to call attention to the lovely photos. So pretty!

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Layout by Holly May Takatsuka (hollyinjapan). Gallery Link. Credits: papers and elements from Wishes Hopes and Dreams by The Digichick Designers, page template from Fuss Free The Contest Series 2 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs, leaves and round button alpha are from All About Me by ViVa Artistry and Micoferk Design. font is So Much to Say by Darcy Baldwin

 

The papers and embellishments are so much fun on this page! They give a bit of retro charm to the layout and invite the viewer to read the journaling. I love the blended names on the paper also. Great color choices on this gorgeous layout!

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Layout by Lorilei Murphy. Gallery Link. Credits: Maya – Thingamajig Stamps/Brushes, Miss Vivi – Project 52 Dates, Miss Vivi – Hesitation, BCD – Dotted Kraft, Baers Garten – Voices of Color – Red, Berna – Falling In Love – Ticks, Font – MTF Loli’s Handwriting

 

I love the tree on this layout because it emphasizes the connection of the family tree which is a big part of Sharon’s journaling. The muted colors are so pretty with the black and white photos and the text path is such a clever way to incorporate the story of the layout. Just lovely!

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Layout by Britanee (britaneejean). Gallery Link. Credits: Silhouette by DeCrow Designs & Studio Tangie, 12×12 Frames by Scrapping with Liz, Basic Text Paths by Scrapping with Liz & Traveling Typewriter font.

 

The photo blending Jenn did on this is just amazing! It really feels like it is all one picture instead of several blended together and it’s such a neat way to celebrate the relationships between all of these sweet ladies. I love the title – it’s such a good introduction to the journaling. Beautiful page!

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Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Gallery Link. Credits:  House Blends Vol. 6 template by Jenn Lindsey Details In The Fabric collab by 9th & Bloom Sweet Garden by Studio Q Playful Sunshine by Quirky Twerp DJB Karen font

 

I decided it would be fun to play along as well and I loved creating a layout with Sharon’s pictures. I kept my favorite photo of the bunch as the big focus of the page because I thought the looks on their faces were just so happy and beautiful. The word art that says “Celebrate today, Treasure the moment” just seemed so fitting for this memory of visiting with special relatives. I let the colors in the photographs inspire my choice of papers.

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Layout by Katie Nelson (Katie the Scrapbook Lady). Gallery Link. Credits: Life is Beautiful by Cinzia Loosemore. Font is Book Antiqua. Seventies photo action by Pioneer Woman.

 

Sharon sent in her own layout along with her photos and I love the look of her page with the pretty papers and embellishments. That crocheted doily and heart at the bottom right of the page seems like jus the perfect touch of personality and give the page a vintage feel with modern touches of whimsy in the paper designs. Fabulous layout!

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Layout by Sharon Suske. Gallery Link. Credits: Papers and Elements: Gotta Pixel Collab: She’s Full Of Scrap, Spinky Dink Scraps, Sherry Fergeson, Jennifer Arbon, Template: Scrapping with Liz, Font: Pea Picky Panda

 

These layouts are all completely different from each other, but every one of them is fantastic and captures a meaningful memory! 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!  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!

*The random winner from the comments left on yesterday’s post was Sue.  Sue won $10 in product from Libby.  I love that so many of our readers take time to share honest and genuine comments for our designers!  Check your email Sue, your coupon was sent!

Meet Tara

BIO:
I am a momma to two fantastic boys, ages 7 and 1 who constantly challenge and inspire me. I don’t get along with the heat of summer, I freeze in our cold Canadian winters and oh how I wish our beautiful fall weather would just last all year. I’m a lover of old things, a collector, and if I could cover every wall with photos top to bottom I would. I am a photographer, and I would consider myself semi-professional and I hope to one day have my photography as my full time job. I love being able to capture the emotion in a moment, to freeze it for all time for families to love and cherish. I have been a scrapper since I was about 13, I have books of photos and bits of stuff glued and taped down. I love that I still have these, they really mean a lot to me now. However I really got into scrapbooking in a traditional sense when my oldest was born back in 2002. After a break (almost three years!) I got back into scrapbooking again and it was wonderful to craft and love it again. I no longer felt tied down to the stuff I had not scrapped and was ready to docement the memories I wanted to when I wanted to.
When my youngest was born in 2009 I made the leap into digital scrapbooking. I have to say that is when I fell in love with digital scrapping. It’s me. I have more creative freedom, I play more, I experiment more, I scrap more. Some times it works and some times it doesn’t and I start over. That was a big thing for me. I still scrap with paper but not nearly as often as I used to. More so when I want to be artsy and get my hands dirty so to speak.

5 PRODUCTS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:

CS5 & Elements 8 – from photos to birthday invitations to layouts I use these programs daily. I couldn’t function with out them. I know I can photo edit in elements but I keep that for scrapping and photoshop I tend to keep for photo editing. I don’t know why but when I started digital scrapping I got frustrated in photoshop but elements worked better for me so that’s how I keep it.
Templates – it may end up altered but I love templates. I would say 90% of my layouts are template based. They take the design guess work out and are a great starting point for anyone from beginner to veterans.
My Camera – whatever I have on hand at that moment. From my iPhone to my Canon 40D, my film Canon Rebel 2000 & video camera.
Frames – I love different tapes of frames to hold my photos on my layouts. Especially if I am not using a template, it makes me feel better they have a place of their own.
Stitching – digitally of course! I love love love stitching on a layout and have been playing around with it on my recent layouts! I actually purchased a real machine to be able to try it on real papers or maybe some digital/hybrid projects.

MY STYLE:

I have a style? With the world of digital scrapbooking so new to me I’ve just recently been finding my grove. Generally I consider myself a minimalist, I love clean, simple designs. I love blocked layouts, I like the solid lines of a grid. I also love a more artsy styles and have been incorporating that into my recent layouts.

MY SCRAPPING IDOL(S)

Ali Edwards – there is nothing about her that doesn’t inspire me. She is fantastic. Love her timeless style. Love the photos + words. She tells a good story.
Liz Tamanaha – I love her minimalism, it’s pure clean and simple.

WHY I AM EXCITED TO BE ON THE TEAM:

I fell off the seat at the Doctor’s office when I got an email from Steph asking me if I would be interesting in joining her creative team. How could I say no! This is my first creative team experience, and everyone here at The Daily Digi has been absolutely wonderful and welcoming. I am so thrilled to be a part of such an amazing group of scrapbookers. These ladies have some serious talent and I am honoured to be able to scrap with them. I’ve learned so much in such a short time with them already. The Digi Files, well they speak for themselves, because the kits are fantastic, the playbook is great and I am learning from it too!

MY FAVORITE LAYOUT:

Why, because it’s my boys and I love it, happy crafting.

Meet Lauren

BIO: I’m Lauren, proud momma of almost 10 yr old twin boys and a precocious 6 year old Princess. Although there is little quiet in our house, there are always plenty of reasons to snap photos and scrap! One of my boys has a full modeling pose rountine down at this point! Before going digi in early 2006, I was a full-fledged paste eater and NEVER thought I’d ever fall in love w/ digi. After being lured in by a few digi-los, I gave it a shot and the rest is history! (However, I couldn’t give up the paper world entirely since I still LOVE the feel of ink and paint on my hands… thank goodness for hybrid!) Most often, you can find me scrapping, designing or chasing my kids around, camera in hand!

5 PRODUCTS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: stitches, word art, alphas, doodles, amazing papers

MY STYLE: I just go with the flow… typically I use a lot of white space and love to add doodles to add a personal touch.

MY SCRAPPING IDOL(S): CD Muckosky, Erica Webster, Elsie Flannigan

WHY I AM EXCITED TO BE ON THE TEAM: I love being surrounded by so much positivity and creativity!

MY FAVORITE LAYOUT:

WHERE YOU CAN FIND ME:
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•  Twitter •  Facebook •  Fanpage •  Flickr •  Pinterest

Meet Joey

BIO: Hello!  I am a stay-at-home mom to three fabulous kiddos and am married to Brent, the love of my life, for almost 15 years now!  I used to be an elementary teacher, but I “retired” after my first child was born.  I have been homeschooling my kids for 4 years now, and I love it!  When I am not busy teaching, I enjoy family time, photography, and of course scrapbooking!  I have successfully completed a 2009 Photo of the Day Book (you can see here), and I am on course to complete 2010 too!  I create for Mscraps, ErinInk at Mscraps and Wild Blueberry Ink.  I am a proud member of the 2011 Dream Team at Creating Keepsakes too! I am primarily a digi scrapper, but I create with paper when need be.   I also dabble in gardening, but I have an underdeveloped green thumb!

5 PRODUCTS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:

Handwritten fonts

Templates (Especially Paislee Press and Kellie Mize)

Stitching (I love Anna Aspnes stitching!)

Flowers

Solid or lightly patterned paper

MY STYLE:

It has taken me a long time to understand what scrapping style I do best, and I have tried my hand at several!  I love the look of so many styles, but clean and simple is what catches my eye the most.

MY SCRAPPING IDOLS:

My Aunt Kathie introduced me to digital scrapbooking almost 4 years ago. I also enjoy the pages and projects that Ali Edward and Cathy Zielske produce.

WHY I AM EXCITED TO BE ON THE TEAM:

Being a part of The Daily Digi is a huge honor to me!  When I first started my digi journey almost 4 years ago, I felt overwhelmed and ignorant.  There were very few, if any, sites that were dedicated to helping digi scrappers.  I love the support and education that The Daily Digi has to offer.

MY FAVORITE LAYOUT:

IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH LIBBY PRITCHETT

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I remember the first kit by Libby that I bought, it was “Maui Little Christmas” and I have loved her designs since.  Libby’s theming, colors, super fun patterns and elements make my heart melt each time!  I often find myself giggling or singing when I see the names of her kits, super fun!  Let’s take a closer look at “Here Comes The Sun” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Libby’s contributions:

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Layout by Tara, Additional Supplies: Font-Gimmie Space by Lauren Reid Designs.

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Layout by Karen, Additional Supplies: Gina Miller template; Font is Lauren Reid Gimme Space

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Layout by Anne (Scrapping our National Day (Norway) with non-traditional colors).

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Layout by Jen, Additional Supplies: Messy Masks Vol. 5 by Jenn Lindsey, Font: Designer Notes.

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Layout by Heddy, Additional Supplies: Snowflake Clusters Freebie by Busy Bee Designs.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.

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My name is Libby Pritchett (formerly Weifenbach), and I live in Wichita, KS with my sweet husband Jeff.

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Unfortunately, I just don’t scrap as much as I used to. When I do scrap, I love to use templates. My digi scrapping style is much like my paper style:  clean and simple.

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I started paper scrapbooking in 1998 after my daughter was born. I was hooked instantly and ended up working with several paper scrapping companies and magazines before deciding that I wanted to attempt digital scrapping in 2006. I had recently gone back to work full-time as a dental assistant, and I needed something a little more streamlined for my limited scrapping time. I honestly didn’t think it would replace paper scrapping for me, but boy was I wrong!

After digi scrapping for 2 years, I decided to try my hand at designing because the hours of my full-time job didn’t allow me a lot of time with my family. I was fortunate enough to have a designer friend who held my hand through the entire process.  She answered all my questions and helped me learn to design. I went out on a limb and left my full-time job to focus on designing. I was thrilled to open my very first store at Sweet Shoppe Designs just 2 months after starting my first kit. I’ve been at Sweet Shoppe almost 3 years now, and I truly can’t imagine going anywhere else.  The girls there are like family to me, and I am so blessed to call it my digi home.

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I’m inspired by song titles, movie quotes, or funny expressions. When I start a kit, more often than not I have a kit name in mind, and that’s what gets the creative juices flowing.

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I have a Dell Laptop with 4GB RAM, but I’m hoping to upgrade later this year. For designing, I mostly use Photoshop CS4, but I also have Illustrator CS4 and Art Rage. These days, the camera I use most often is a Nikon Coolpix L22, but I do have an old DSLR that I drag out from time to time.  It’s a Canon 10D. I use a Bamboo Fun tablet. I also back up my files online with Backblaze.

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When I’m looking for new creative team members, I like to browse through my designer gallery at Sweet Shoppe to see which customers have been using my products in a really creative way. I prefer to send personal invites as opposed to having a call. So, I would encourage everyone to post layouts to their favorite designers’ galleries. You never know when the designer will be looking to add to his or her CT or spotlight a customer in some way!

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My favorite product changes regularly, but right now I’m loving Olive Juice.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Libby:

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

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Go have a look in Libby’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)!

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Inspired by Libby

The following layouts were created using “Here Comes The Sun” by Libby Pritchett and included in The Digi Files during April, 2011:

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Layout by Trina, additional supplies: Rough & Tumble Templates – Queen of Hearts; Font: Linenstroke

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Layout by Lauren, additional supplies: font: arsenale white

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Layout by Sherie

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Layout by Sherie

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Layout by Kristin

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Layout by Sula

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Layout by Stephanie

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Kim Wresh, Brush: R. Young, Font: Pea Amy G.

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Layout by Tara, Additional Supplies: Font-Gimmie Space by Lauren Reid Designs.

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Layout by Karen, Additional Supplies: Gina Miller template; Font is Lauren Reid Gimme Space

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Layout by Anne (Scrapping our National Day (Norway) with non-traditional colors).

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Layout by Jen, Additional Supplies: Messy Masks Vol. 5 by Jenn Lindsey, Font: Designer Notes.

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Layout by Heddy, Additional Supplies: Snowflake Clusters Freebie by Busy Bee Designs.