Inspired by Lyndsay Riches

The following layouts were created using “Reach for the Sky” by Lyndsay Riches and included in The Digi Files during May, 2011:

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Layout by Amber R., additional supplies: Font: DJB SHANNONprint
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Layout by Trina.You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Jenn Lindsey, Border: Heidi Larsen, Font: Pea Elle; I decreased the green in the Lyndsay Riches papers and alpha one tick to make the blue a little closer to my pics.
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Layout by Tamara, additional supplies: Template by Jenn Lindsey in My Journey, My Life collab

Safe Surfing

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Have you ever been on a beach and watched as surfers get ready to go out?  They usually always stand on the beach for a bit and watch the waves.  There is a lot that goes into making waves just right for surfing.  The same things that make waves great can also quickly make them unsafe.

There are so many amazing things on the internet and the waves of information can be incredible to ride.  But that same surfing can quickly become unsafe if precautions aren’t taken.

In digital forums the topic of “safe surfing” and protecting your kids online often comes up.  As I’ve been searching for solutions for my own family, I’ve found some pretty good ones and thought I would share. I also asked our team members for suggestions and have included them in the list.

Jenn uses Zoodles for her young kids when they are online.  She said:

There’s also an app for the android and iPhones. You can tailor it to the child’s age, track some statistics about their online play, and they can access games and videos through that site, too.

Katie found Kid Mode for Google Chrome.

Mobicip is an app that I use on all i-devices (iPod Touch, iPhones, iPads) that has parental control settings and you can also view histories.  I know there are similar apps for other mobile devices, but don’t know their names.  It lets filter YouTube as well.  The app is free but you do have to sign up for a paid account for it to work.  It becomes the default internet browser on those apps after you deactivate Safari. I’ve been really glad to have it on our devices and know that my kids are safe in their surfing.

K-9 is a great internet filtering utility and it is FREE!  I used it for years, but it stopped playing nice with the paid version of AVG a while ago.  (The paid version of AVG is my virus protection of choice because I haven’t had any issues since I started using it.) K9 is very customizable with a fun sense of humor as well (you can set it to bark when access to blocked sites is attempted).

OpenDNS is different from many things out there and I recently installed it.  There are free versions, but I use the $10 per year level, which protects a whole house.  The filtering through OpenDNS is not machine or device based, it is modem/router based.  This means that any machine or device connected to the internet through that router/modem is protected (at my house it’s the Wii, three-four computers, and our i-devices).  You simply change the DNS settings in your router (don’t let it scare you if it doesn’t make sense, they have instructions for most routers on their site).  I had a bit of a tough time getting it installed at first and then I read something about downloading their IP Address Updater.  Once I downloaded that on my machine and had it running, I was easily able to get everything working.

Another pretty cool feature of OpenDNS is that it filters ads out on websites.  Let me show you what I mean, I grabbed this screenshot when I was writing Saturday’s post. (Now, I know, I am probably the ONLY parent that doesn’t want their kids on Facebook, but that is beside the point):

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In the red area an ad for Facbook is blocked.  It simply says:  “www.facebook.com is not loading. Powered by OpenDNS.” So, if a site that is permitted (like ehow) has an ad on it for a site that is blocked, (like Facebook is in my custom settings) then the ad won’t show up.  When I click on that ad, it redirects to the default OpenDNS page that comes up when sites are blocked.

The settings with OpenDNS are very customizable even allowing you to permanently add or block specific sites. You can also look at histories and even block certain activities or all internet usage during certain times of the day.

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Are you aware of other solutions for safe internet surfing?  My team and I would love to hear about them!  Please share your solutions with us in the comments.  Making sure the waves are safe before surfing is what all smart surfers do!

Trendwatch: Changing Photo Tones

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Layout by Heddy, supplies: Cold Whisper kit by Deca Designs; Color Pops Vol. 1 template pack by Queen of Hearts; Bakery Bliss actions by Lilly Lane

One big trend I have noticed over the last several months is scrappers changing photo tones to match a mood, theme, or products in a layout.  I thought it might be fun to share some examples with you.  It might be something new and fun to try, if you haven’t.

Here’s what Heddy said about the photos in the layout above:

I changed the tone to make the photos bluer in order to complement the kit I was using. I was lucky in that Lilly Lane’s actions worked perfectly to achieve the tone I wanted! I usually test bunch of LR presets and/or actions (I have hundreds!) and generally one will work for me.

Here’s a look at the layout without the adjustments on the photos:

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Layout by Jenn, supplies: On The House template by Jenn Lindsey, Tuesday’s Morning Coffee collab by After Five Designers

Here’s what Jenn said about changing the tone of the photos in this layout:

I wanted the tone of the blended image to better match the abundant textures in the kit I was using, so I first made a copy of my original image, and then desaturated the bottom copy. The top copy I left in its original state and just lowered the opacity to 20% to give just a hint of color. You can see the original tone of the images in the pictures placed just off the edge of the page.

You can use actions or presets to change photo tones or you can play with adjusting the hue and saturation.  Here are some tutorials to get you changing tones on your own, without actions:

Tutorial on adjusting hue and saturation in photos
Drastically Change the Mood of Your Photos
How to Create a Split-Toned Image Using Photoshop
Easy Sepias
Better Black and Whites

Here are a few more layouts where the tones in the photos were changed:

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Layout by Som, supplies: One Little Bird

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Layout by Paislee Press CT member, supplies: Paislee Press

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Layout by Heather Hess, linked to original credits

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Layout by Heather Hess, linked to original credits

Changing the tones of a photo is pretty simple to do and can be super fun.  It can also create a very uniformed look in a layout as well as reinforce the mood.  Do you change the tones in your photos before you scrap them?  Link us up to your examples, we would love to see them!

It’s Another Funtastic Friday

We’ve been revealing the contents of The Digi Files over the past couple of weeks and having lots of fun!  Did you know we give away $10 in product to one winner chosen from the comments in the designers’ features?  Be sure to join in to win!

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I uploaded the above brag book to our members accounts as a free gift yesterday.  Just our way of saying THANKS for being a member Smile It’s a 4×6 inch brag book celebrating our love for technology using  “Techno Girl” by Pixel Gypsy which is included in The Digi Files this month.

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This weeks Digi Show is all about becoming a Storyteller! Give it a listen and check out the show notes for a phone number you can call to leave us a message for our 50th episode (coming up soon).  Our guests were:

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Katie’s Power Scrapping – Digi Style workshop is now in session! Registration will close soon, so don’t miss this chance to learn Katie’s unique approach to digi scrapping. There are illustrated pdf guides, step-by-step video presentations, bonus downloads, inspirational ideas, and 2 live chats with Katie. Don’t miss it!

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We want to thank the designers that help keep the Daily in our Digi by contributing to the exclusive kits for members!!

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Here’s a great deal going on for JennCk:

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Love this fun, sunny kit by Heather T.:

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Kay Miller and Jennifer Labre have joined forces on this kit:

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Laura Banasiak has a few really fun products out that are new:

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Elise has 5 brand new products included in a grab bag for ONLY $3:

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LOVE this super cheery cherry kit from Amanda and TDD readers can use the code tdd-may-15 to receive 15% off my store. *coupon does not include collabs or grab bags- expires May 31st.:

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Kaye has a GREAT coupon just for our readers Smile :

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I have some photos ready for scrapping with this new collab from Chelle and Elise  Check out the blog for an add-on Freebie! Also, free with purchase, when you buy the kit and the instruments  you get the word art free!:

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If you’ve been waiting to stock up on Connie’s designs, now is your chance!

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I simply adore this new kit from Danielle Engebretson:

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Misty Cato’s blog is always a great stop for tips and inspiration.   Here’s a look at this past week’s features:

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Sabrina has a brand new template album in a really great minimal, simple style and TDD readers can use the code 30off4U (expires on July 1st):

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Janet has these super cute templates coming out Saturday:

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P.S. The random winner from yesterday’s feature all about Heather Hess is iDebbie (cute username).  She won $10 in product from Heather! Smile THANKS to everyone that participated!

P.S.S  I totally forgot I wanted to share these videos here (did you know we’ve had a YouTube channel for almost a year with nothing in it?) I especially love the music in the first one…

HEATHER HESS: 500 External Hard Drives

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I think Heather Hess is so COOL!!  I first discovered her gallery (and the layout featured by her below) several months ago and fell in love with her scrapping style!  That layout was one of my picks on The Digi Show and shortly after, I had Heather join us as a guest.  I love talking scrapping with Heather and she knows SO MUCH!  I was really excited to hear that she was going to be selling her fonts at The Lily Pad!  I LOVE that her fun personality and spunk carry over into her font designs!  Heather included a BUNCH of fonts in her contribution “The Toolbox Collection 2″ that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Heather Hess’s contribution:

 

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Layout by Katie; Additional Credits: Template by Janet Phillips; Papers by Kaye Winiecki & Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Buttons by Jessica Bolton; Fonts: The Bold and the Beautiful and The Other Twin by Heather Hess.
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Layout by Anne; Additional Credits: Techo-Girl by Pixel Gypsy.

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Layout by Katie; Additional Credits: Paper by Gina Cabrera; Doodles by Kate Hadfield; Border by Cathy Zielske; Font: The Faulty Marker.

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Little Scrapbooker by Sara Frisch; all elements and papers from iNSD Grab Bag by Mommyish; font: The Faulty Marker by Heather Hess

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For the Love of Scrap, After 5 Designs Collab, Template: Jenn Lindsey, Fonts: The Bold and The Beautiful, Teenage Dream–Heather Hess

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Layout by Tamara, additional supplies: Quickpage by Ruth Melody at MScraps. Font is The Faulty Marker by Heather Hess.

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My name is Heather, and I’m from Houson, Texas. I work my mornings as a Creative at the Apple store and my afternoons as a Production Manager at a Photography Studio. Then in my evenings I scrap my heart out!

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I started digital. I had some customers that wanted to customize the photo books they were trying to make in iPhoto. I suggested using Keynote to make their books. Then when I took a Digital Image Illustration class, I searched for some images and found some digital sites. Made some images in Photoshop, but nothing scrapbook like. Then one day I started scrapbooking. Been hooked ever since.

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Typography and any handwriting. I love to watch people write, check out graphic arts, or advertisements. Our world is made up of words it’s so amazing how the meaning can be shifted based on the font. I’ll find myself snapping photos with my phone of fonts I like. I’m starting to grow quite the collection.

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Computers: I have a 24 inch iMac (2.8 Core 2 Duo with 2 gigs of ram) and a 15 inch MacBook Pro (2.66 i7 with 8 gigs of ram).
Programs: I use Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS4, Aperture, and Keynote ‘09.
Camera: I have a Nikon d700. For lenses I have a  Nikon16-35mm f4, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8, Nikon 60mm 4/2.8 macro, Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye, and a Nikon 28-105mm f/3.5-4/5.
Everything else: An iPad, a Wacom Bamboo tablet, and a Cannon Scanner (It prints too, but you know… rarely.) Oh also probably about 500 external hard drives (I haven’t counted recently, but it feels like that number). Back up your stuffs!!

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I love using templates as a starting point for creating pages. That being said, I also LOVE! cutouts. I’ll take a template, and change it up a bit to turn it into a cutout. Doing so is actually pretty easy. First figure out which shape(s) will act best as the cutout. After choosing the move tool, I like to turn on the ‘Auto-Select’ feature and select the shape. Then I grab the magic wand, be sure that the ‘Sample All Layers’ button is not checked, then click on the shape. When it is selected, first inverse the shape (Select > Inverse), choose the background layer and then click the layer mask button (down in the bottom of the layers palette). Ta-da! Move the background layer is you wish, and be sure to give it a shadow just like everything else! Oh, and don’t forget that you now need to add another ‘background’ paper to take up the place from the old one. 🙂

Here’s a sample layout where Heather used this technique.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Heather Hess:

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

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Go have a look in Heather Hess’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

Line it Up!

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Layout with grid and guide turned on

 

Do you know how to use grids, guides, rulers, and alignment tools in your program? These simple tools are very important to make everything look great on your layout. Some elements don’t need to be used in a linear fashion, but most of the time it makes better design sense to have your photos or embellishments lined up evenly. These tools are especially useful if you are making your own template, or using a line of items as a focal point on the page.

Here are a few posts that discuss using the built in tools that come with most programs.

Here’s a step-by-step screenshot recap of my own process. I’m using Photoshop Elements 8 for this demonstration. In the top toolbar, I selected “View” and accessed the drop down menu. I then selected “Grid” so that it would show on top of the black paper I used for this layout.

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I decided to also use a “Guide” for this project, which means I can turn on a line guide on a certain area of the canvas. In the same drop down menu, I selected “New Guide”

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I then entered the position I wanted the guide line to be in the canvas space. I chose a vertical line at the position of 3 inches (my project is 12 x 12). This can be repeated as many times as you want.

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The result is that I get a bright line to guide me in placement of items on the canvas. You can use this tool alone, or with the grid option also selected as I am doing here.

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As I add the numbers on this layout, the grid helps me keep track of the spacing between them and where they are placed on the page. Note that they are not all evenly spaced because my journaling is bigger in some areas, but the grid did help me visually even things out.

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Another way to check the placement of a line of items is to use the “Align” tool.

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Click on the Align drop down menu from the lower tool bar and while the desired items are all selected in the layers area, choose how you want to align them. I could choose to align them all by either the left edges or the right edges since they are equal in dimensions. In this case I chose to align the horizontal centers, which also gave me the same result.

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When you no longer want to see the grid or guide, simply uncheck them in the view menu. You can also “Clear Guides” when you are ready to use new ones.

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Here’s my finished layout! I love how all the numbers all line up! It would be distracting to have them any other way.

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Layout by Katie. Credits: Mari Koegelenberg Thrifty Finds. Traveling Typewriter font.

 

Familiarize yourself with the simple built-in tools that your program offers to help you make your layouts look their very best!

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P.S. I (Steph) was out of town for a few days and came home to pretty sick kids, so I am running a bit behind with the winner from the Pixel Gypsy post on Monday.  I’m so sorry!  The winner is Diane and she won $10 in product from Pixel Gypsy!  THANKS to everyone who played!

Where does inspiration come from?

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It happens to all of us – the dreaded creative block. I (Katie) have been going through it myself lately, I’ve just had a hard time finding my “mojo”. I have a stash of tricks that I usually rely on when I’m needing some help in the inspiration department. I also asked our creative team to share what works for them.

 

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One of the biggest sources of creative inspiration for me lately is the Paperclipping Digi Show podcast. Even though I’m a frequent guest, I still go back and listen to past episodes over again. We cover so much in each show that it’s hard to get it all in one listen. Some of the ideas for this post come from PDS041 – Bombarded by Inspiration, where the topic was actually where to find inspiration. I always feel like scrapping after I record or listen to a digi show!

 

GALLERIES

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A screen shot of recent layouts posted in our Flickr group

 

Team member Heddy says “I browse galleries for recent posts, specific kits and even events (like ‘birthday’, ‘birth’, ‘wedding’, etc.). My favourite galleries are DigiShopTalk, MyScrapbook Art, Two Peas In a Bucket, Log Your Memory, and MeSoScrappy. I also ‘subscribe’ to my favourite scrapper’s galleries through my Google Reader. That way, whenever they post a new layout, it shows up in my Google Reader list and I don’t miss any layouts.”

Resources to help you:

 

LIFTS

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scraplift by Heddy, see credits here

 

Scraplifting is a great way to get ideas! All you need to do is pick a layout and use it to guide you with your own creation. Team member Lauren says “When I’m feeling especially uncreative, I looooove doing lifts, especially of paper layouts! Sometimes it’s nice to have that jumping off point, even if your layout ends up looking completely different!”

Resources to help you:

 

CLASSES

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I absolutely LOVE online classes! I think it’s so amazing that we can learn so much right from the comfort and convenience of our own keyboard! When I learn a new idea or technique, I’m anxious to try it out and it gets me scrapping!

Resources to help you:

 

BOOKS & MAGAZINES

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Even though we love our online sources, sometimes it’s just hard to beat looking through a beautiful book or magazine!

Heddy’s favorite inspirational books:

  • The Oral History Workshop by Cynthia Hart and Lisa Samson
  • We Dare You: Scrapbooking Challenges About Real Life by Kristina Contes, ee Meghan Dymock, Nisa Fiin, and Genevieve Simmond
  • 365 Days of Scrapbooking Ideas by Better Homes and Gardens
  • That’s Life: Finding Scrapbook Inspiration in the Everyday by Nic Howard
  • Paper scrapping magazines have lots of really great ideas that translate very well into digital.

Katie’s favorite inspirational books:

  • Life Artist by Ali Edwards
  • Page Maps 2 by Becky Fleck
  • Clean & Simple Scrapbooking (both books) by Cathy Zielske
  • Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Martha Stewart magazines (not scrapbook related, but always inspiring to me)

 

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Team member Amelia says “I also find a lot of inspiration by either being on a creative team or seeing the layouts that creative teams do – they are a bit more focused than just looking through a gallery and I always come away with ideas!” Heddy also mentioned that “store previews are a huge source of inspiration for me!” I have to agree, I often decide whether or not to purchase a kit based on the CT layouts and I love to bookmark them for future reference. Sometimes I simply save the web image right along with the kit folder so I remember to use that inspiration when I scrap with the kit.

Resources to help you:

 

PRODUCTS & DESIGN

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Fabric swatch from IKEA

 

A trip to IKEA, a glance through a Pottery Barn catalog, or even a label on a jam jar can give me a creative idea for a layout design or element on a page. Great design is all around us! Why not use inspiration from the professionals who bring us beautiful ads and products? This is similar to scraplifting in that you simply use an item to influence your own creation. Steph has mentioned many times on the Digi Show, that when she sees a great poster, she immediately thinks of it in terms of a layout. Get out your own designer eye to look at the world around you!

Resources to help you:

  • Your favorite retail stores and websites
  • Catalogs and ads
  • Billboards

 

PHOTOS

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Pictures from Fast Photo Fixes

 

When I look through my folders of photos, I’m often inspired to do something special with them. Pictures make me happy and make me feel creative!

Resources to help you:

 

STORIES

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Sharing stories can be just as inspiring as a trip through a gallery. Talk about memories with friends and family to inspire yourself to document them. Often, I feel like scrapping after reading something my Mom wrote on her blog, or listening to an experience that one of my children have told me about.

Resources to help you:

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After compiling this list of ways to find inspiration, I feel a bit sheepish that I have been lacking in that area. Can you imagine if our ancestors heard us complain about losing our “mojo” when we are surrounded by so much creativity and design? There really is no excuse, except for perhaps having too much to inspire us!

Where do you find inspiration?

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PIXEL GYPSY: It Makes Me a Little Twitchy

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I really love Sherrie’s (a.k.a. Pixel Gypsy) simple, clean, hand doodled style!!  I love how she often carries the theming through her kits with her doodles!  So FUN and so scrapable!  I have a super fun project I am working on with her contribution to The Digi Files and I am really enjoying working with it!   I really enjoyed getting to know her better through her bio and found several areas where we are very similar (like the things that make us twitch). Let’s take a closer look at “Techno-Girl” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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It’s been super fun to see the awesome layouts and memories that our team has documented with “Techno-Girl”.  Here are some layouts created with it:

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Layout by Lauren: Additional Credits: Sketchy Border by Lauren Reid: Fonts: Courier New, Neoretrofill.
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Layout by Jacki.
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Layout by Tara; Font: The Faulty Marker by Heather Hess.
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Layout by Anne; Fonts: Heather Hess.

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Layout by Katie; Additional Credits: Template by Janet Phillips; Font: The Architect by Heather Hess.

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

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Name: Sherrie Piegdon
Hometown: Grand Blanc, MI, but always dreaming of some place warmer with less snow! 🙂
Family: I’ve been married to my fantastically supportive husband, Scott, for 10 years. Together, we have a 10-year-old daughter, Madison, and a 9-year-old son Nicholas. Plus, I’m step-mom to 15-year-old Mike. We have 3 precocious cats and an oafish but endearing dog, as well. In addition to designing digital kits, I’m also a contributing writer at About.com for their digital scrapbooking section.

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I first found scrapbooking in 2000 while pregnant with our daughter. I was immediately taken in by the idea of documenting all of the changes that having a baby brings. I was a painfully slow paper scrapper. My perfectionist nature and the permanence of adhesives was a difficult combo to navigate. For a long time, Un-Du was my best friend. My husband, who’d gotten me interested in Photoshop long before the birth of our children, kept mentioning that I should try creating my layouts digitally. In 2005, faced with the space constraints created by a small house with no dedicated scrap area and two curious toddlers with sticky fingers who loved to touch all of Mommy’s scrap projects, I decided to go digital. Digital was an instant fit for me. Ctrl + Z replaced my bottles of Un-Du and Ctrl + S and Close replaced packing away half-finished layouts when the kids woke up from naps. Design followed shortly thereafter from my desire to have the perfect colors and patterns for my layouts. I could see the finished layout in my head and make it happen, supplies and all. Selling my designs just seemed like the next leg of my scrapbooking journey. I joined my first store in 2006.
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Color! When I see a great color combination, the ideas just start flowing. I can be anywhere and colors will catch my eye. Good colors immediately conjure theme and pattern ideas in my head. Sometimes I’ll be out shopping, see wonderful colors and by the time I get home, I have an entire kit laid out in my head. At that point, it’s just a matter of turning those ideas out into something workable for scrapping. Occasionally, I’ll have a theme rattling around in my brain for a long time and I usually wait until I hit upon the colors that just scream that particular theme out to me.
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Programs: For design, I live in Photoshop CS4 and Illustrator CS4. For photo editing I flip back and forth between Photoshop and Lightroom, though I’m more comfortable in Photoshop.I have a Wacom Cintiq that you couldn’t pry from my cold, dead hands…unless it’s because I’m upgrading to the larger one. 😉 I had an Intuos tablet for a few years, but found it hard for my brain to reconcile my hand drawing in one place while my eyes were focused in another. When I first saw a Cintiq in action, I knew I had to have one. I pined and saved for a year and bought it used off of Ebay. Now I’m ready to upgrade to the larger one, which means more pining and saving. 😉
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Save the layered files for your layouts! I’ve come across a number of people who only save low-res, flattened files (or just flattened files, though high-res) of their layouts and it makes me a little twitchy. Even if right now you have no plans on ever printing any of your layouts, save the layered files! You never know when you’ll change your mind about printing. Saving the layered files not only allows you to have your layout on hand at print resolution, but if you run into issues with page bleed or gutters you have the freedom to tweak your layout as needed. I have a friend who won a free book and she’d trashed her .PSDs after saving the gallery version. I sat here and nearly cried for her when she came to me asking what she should do because the dimensions of her saved layouts didn’t meet the dimensions to print a 12×12 book. Saving the layered files also allows you to create a hidden text layer with all of your credits, which can come in very handy as well.
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I have a small fascination with junk robots, so this kit still really strikes my fancy.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Pixel Gypsy:

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

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Go have a look in Pixel Gypsy’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

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The following layouts were created using “Techno Girl” by Pixel Gypsy and included in The Digi Files during May.

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Layout by Rebo Scraps

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Layout by Teri

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Layout by Lauren: Additional Credits: Sketchy Border by Lauren Reid: Fonts: Courier New, Neoretrofill.
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Layout by Tara; Font: The Faulty Marker by Heather Hess.
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Layout by Anne; Fonts: Heather Hess.

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Layout by Katie; Additional Credits: Template by Janet Phillips; Font: The Architect by Heather Hess.

The Wonder of Google Wonder Wheel

I (Katie) can’t even count how many times a day I turn to the Google search tool to help me find something. I love Google and it is definitely my first choice in search engines! I was intrigued when I heard Debbie mention the Google Wonder Wheel on PDS038 Your Husbands are More Game than Mine. I never noticed the option to use the Wonder Wheel – how did I miss that?

Here’s a short video clip from one of Google’s software engineers to explain how the Wonder Wheel works:

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Here’s a quick demonstration of how I have used this tool:

I searched for “digital scrapbook journaling” and was pleased to see that The Daily Digi came up in the top results. Smile

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Then I clicked on the “Wonder Wheel” link on the sidebar. That brought up whole new wheel with several related topics radiating off the spokes from the center. The search results then move off to the side.

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Here’s a closer look at the wheel:

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Any time you click on one of those related topics, you will see a new wheel pop up and find more search results.

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You can keep generating as many wheels as you want. It’s fun to see the idea grow and follow the thread of topics! Have you ever used the Wonder Wheel? Where did it lead you? I wonder what you’ll find when you try it?

P.S. The random winner from the “Just Scrap” reader challenge is Kellie. Watch your email later today for a fun gift code. 🙂 All of the layouts were just wonderful. If you want to take a look at them, just go through the comments section on this post. We love to see you scrap!