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Boy, am I ready for a Friday and some fun digi shopping! I hope your mouse is all fired up to click on all the great finds I have for you today.  You’ll want to be sure to read all the way to the end, because we also have an incredible giveaway opportunity. Let’s get this party started!

 

Shen of Creashens created a freebie last week for readers and fans of The Daily Digi. She uploaded it to CatScrap as a ‘hidden’ freebie for our readers and fans here.

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Big congrats to Cindy Schneider for designing her 100th set of templates. That’s A LOT of templates! Check her store at The Sweet Shoppe tomorrow to get this great deal.

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This collab kit by Laura Banasiak and Valorie Wibbens is super fun and great for camping and fishing pages.

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I love doodly frames and this new pack from Jennifer Labre is 20% off through Sunday.

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Krista of Sahlin Studio has a free template for us on her blog. Love this design!

 

These pond animals from Suzy Q Scraps are just adorable! This kit is 20% off thru 7/28.

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Lynne-Marie Favreau has more than 30 products retiring for good for 50% off!

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Tracie Stroud is having a birthday sale through the end of July. What a great deal!

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Chelle’s been moving in lots of CU (commercial use) stuff! Check out what’s new this week, and her other new CU items as well!

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I love this photo mask freebie from Scrapping with Liz. Gorgeous!

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Liz of Paislee Press has a fun and free template for us! Visit her blog to get the download link.

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Heather T.’s fabric scrap photo masks are so creative and beautiful!

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I just adore the title of this kit! What fun colors and embellishments. Be sure to grab this collab kit by WM Squared and Cross Bone Cuts while it’s 20% off this weekend!

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I love theme sales like this one, and July really is a great time to stock up on digi goodies for the holiday season so you can start working on those projects nice and early. The Lilypad will be be having some challenges, games, prizes and lots of inspiration in the forums and galleries, along with a 35% off sale on all holiday products 22nd-28th July.

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Studio Rosey Posey has a coupon just for us! Coupon Code: TDD-SAVE25 Expires: July 24, 2011 midnight EST One Use Per Customer. Awesome!

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Elise Hubbard has a special collection that was just released and a wonderful coupon for our readers! Use code EHSITM8 when checking out.

 

Wendyzine was inspired by our post on diptychs and created this super cool action set! And, The Daily Digi readers can get an additional 10% off their entire order @ Studio Wendy when purchasing ACTION: DiptychIt. Use coupon code: wz_diptychit in the shopping cart before checkout. Exp 07-28-11. (no designer services, custom products or ebooks, please)

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Nancie Rowe Janitz has a beautiful new pack of brushes with a coupon just for our readers! Currently it is 20% off at Catscrap, but she created a 35% off coupon for this good until Aug 30, 2011. Coupon Code is DDCERTIFIED2

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Purple is my daughter’s favorite color and this kit by Mye De Leon and Mandy King is packed with pretty purples. Each pack is 20% off for 1 week. Get over 40% off savings when you get the BUNDLE!

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I’m especially loving the flowers and frames in this gorgeous collab kit by litabells designs and Sugarplum Paperie.

 

What a fun sale on Heather’s great fonts! Time to stock up!

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Sara Gleason is having a Midsummer/Birthday sale on ALL of her products at her personal store Plant Your Story. 33% off everything 19 July- 25 July!

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Amanda Heimann and Wild Dandelion have this sweet my only sunshine collab kit at The Digi Chick. I’m totally in love with that sunshine pennant banner!

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Kelleigh Ratzlaff has “refrosted” her Cupcake Shaped Box Template and added cutting files for your digital die cut machine!  Go check out her detailed tutorial and enjoy the eye candy!

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Juliana Kneipp has a beautiful new collection on sale for 25% off.

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Allison Pennington has a fun new “Pops” kit, and you can also find a freebie on her blog. I just love the little mustaches!

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I’m loving the floral papers in Cheeky Monkey’s new Arabella kit. So pretty!

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Ali Edwards will be doing her annual Week in the Life project next week. If you want to follow along with her, remember to document a full week of your life starting on July 25th. She has a free pdf download on her blog to help you keep track of things.

 

Cathy Zielske is offering this fabulous free template on her blog!

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We are excited to announce this special giveaway offer from Jessica Sprague!  All summer long, we’re growing our skills with a focus on digital scrapbooking and photo editing. If you’re a BEGINNER, you can register for either or BOTH of Jessica’s beginner level Photoshop classes for 30% off through July.

In addition to the discount to join the class, look forward to MORE activity in the forums and galleries, scheduled webinars with Jessica, bonus content, contests, and more! Join our July Open House by registering for Up & Running with Photoshop and Photo Editing: Good-to-Great Workflow from now through July 31!

We would like to offer your readers a chance to win a spot in our Good to Great Workflow photo editing class and we have 2 classes to giveaway. If you would like a chance to win a spot in this great class, be sure to leave a comment on THIS post before Monday night 11pm ET. Tell us what you want to learn about photo editing.

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One final note, we took the week off from recording The Digi Show so Steph could have some vacation time with her family. We’ll be back next week with a new show. Be sure to leave us a comment on The Digi Show site and let us know what you like about the show and any ideas or guests you would love for us to feature in upcoming episodes.

 

Hope everyone has a FUNTASTIC Friday and a fabulous weekend!

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EVA KIPLER: Talk Him Into Drawing Elements for Me

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I love Eva Kipler’s bold and shabby flair that comes through in her designs.  I love looking at her patterned papers and how they play off each other when put together; the patterns and colors always flow so well and include an unexpected little pop in the collection.  Her theming based on sentiments is perfect for a “moment scrapper” like myself.  I’m thrilled to have Eva back with us this month!  Let’s take a closer look at “Always There” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Eva’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Aaron. Supplies: “Always There” by Eva Kipler and included in The Digi Files #31; Font: JenLin.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: “Always There” by Eva Kipler and included in The Digi Files #31; Font: FO Giggles and FO Printer Primer.
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Supplies: “Always There” by Eva Kipler and included in The Digi Files #31; Template by Kimberly Lund (The Daily Digi Newseltter Freebie); Font: Century Gothic; Lightroom Presets: Matt’s Nostalgic Effect (free at LightroomKillerTips).
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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: “Always There” by Eva Kipler and included in The Digi Files #31; July Digifiles by Emily Merritt (template); Stitching by Pixel Cafe; Fonts: CK Ali, Hero.
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Layout by Tara. Supplies: “Always There” by Eva Kipler and included in The Digi Files #31; Modern Master 011 Simply Tiffany Studios (template).

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

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I live in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with my husband of 18 years and our three children (ages 18, 15, and 11). My husband, who is a U.S. Naval officer, is often deployed overseas, so the vast majority of my time is spent with my children and our rambunctious three-year-old goldendoodle dog, Lola.

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I discovered digital scrapbooking after returning from a family vacation to Washington, DC in 2005. I had tons of photos and I wanted to make a scrapbook. I am not naturally a “crafty” person so I knew that traditional scrapbooking was not really an option, but I am very good with a computer. I did a few Google searches and found so much information about digital scrapbooking and I was immediately hooked! I was already very familiar with Paint Shop Pro so I didn’t have the obstacle of learning a graphics program. I scrapped with freebies at first (especially loving Shabby Princess’ freebies), but there were times that I wanted a specific element or paper that wasn’t part of the kit, so I started making my own. It didn’t take me very long to realize that I was a much better designer than I was a scrapper and I started selling my designs in August of 2005. I have sold my designs at Digital Freebies, Scrapbook Bytes, The Digi Chick, and I now call Sweet Shoppe Designs my home. I have been a designer at Sweet Shoppe Designs for going on four years now and love it there!

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So many things inspire me! I would have to say that I am probably inspired the most by colors and patterns I see in everyday life. I have taken photos of my bedroom because I loved the colors in my comforter. I also remember taking a photo of a gift bag that I bought for my daughter because the colors were so whimsical and fun. I “pulled” colors from these photos to make color schemes for kits. The color scheme of my blog was inspired from that same super cute gift bag!

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I am all about making templates of commonly used elements (such as stitching or journal blocks). It saves me a tremendous amount of time when I am designing – and since I have been designing for five years now I have a TON of different templates! I save them in layered format and then can easily change the colors to match the kit I am currently working on. I also love preset shapes. The possibilities for them are endless. I can mess around with them in vector format and make new original shapes or I can use them as is. I can make elements with them as well as using colored in shapes to make unique paper patterns.

I primarily design on my laptop, but I also have a desktop computer as well. All of my computers are Dell PCs and I have never used a Mac. I use a Spyder to calibrate my monitors on a regular basis to make sure that what I am seeing on my screen is going to print just as beautifully.

I do the majority of my designing in Photoshop CS3, but I have a true love for Paint Shop Pro since it was my first graphic program. I still use PSPXI on a regular basis when designing. I also use Illustrator CS5 when working with doodles, swirls, and clipart, but my 18 year old son has a love of Illustrator and tends to “borrow” my Intuos 3 Tablet without telling me. When I notice that my tablet is missing I will often try to talk him into drawing elements for me. He is actually much better at drawing than I am! I am also a lover of fonts and find that I can’t live without a font organizing program. I have been using Suitcase Fusion for years and would be lost without it!

tipstricksDon’t be afraid to use or try multiple programs when designing or scrapping. While I do the majority of my designing in Photoshop CS3, I also love to use Paint Shop Pro as well as Illustrator. Each program has their own strengths and weaknesses, but by using and learning different programs you expand your design knowledge and become a more rounded graphic artist.

For more tips, visit Eva’s blog where her Creative Team hosts Tip Thursdays.

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My favorite kit varies on a regular basis. LOL One day I will love one kit and the next day a different kit of mine will be my favorite. Right at this moment my favorite kit is probably “All the Little Things.” I love all of the kraft paper elements in this kit especially the date elements.

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I have quite a few kits that are very close in sales. One of my best sellers is “Love My Daddy.” This kit has special meaning for me since I designed it when my Daddy was very ill and in the hospital. I put all of my heart and soul into that kit and I adore it (and it appears my customers do, too!). My Daddy has since recovered and I was always Daddy’s Little Girl. I really do Love My Daddy!

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

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Inspired by Eva Kipler

The following layouts were created using “Always There” by Eva Kipler and included in The Digi Files during July, 2011:

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: AlphaGiant: Heather Taylor, Scallops: Crystal Wilkerson, Font: CK Journaling
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Layout by Aaron. Supplies: “Always There” by Eva Kipler and included in The Digi Files #31; Font: JenLin.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: “Always There” by Eva Kipler and included in The Digi Files #31; Font: FO Giggles and FO Printer Primer.
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Supplies: “Always There” by Eva Kipler and included in The Digi Files #31; Template by Kimberly Lund (The Daily Digi Newseltter Freebie); Font: Century Gothic; Lightroom Presets: Matt’s Nostalgic Effect (free at LightroomKillerTips).

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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: “Always There” by Eva Kipler and included in The Digi Files #31; July Digifiles by Emily Merritt (template); Stitching by Pixel Cafe; Fonts: CK Ali, Hero.

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Layout by Tara. Supplies: “Always There” by Eva Kipler and included in The Digi Files #31; Modern Master 011 Simply Tiffany Studios (template).

Digi Scrapping with Quotes

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If you are looking for some meaningful ways to add words to your layouts, quotations are a fabulous way to illustrate your pages. I (Katie) love scrapping with quotes and I find that they inspire me to find new ways to be creative. I’m excited to share these amazing examples of how scrapping with quotes can take your creations to new heights! (All images are linked for credits)

 

Adding a quote to a page gives it a nice finishing touch. Not every page needs a lot of journaling, sometimes it’s enough to just add a sweet little quote to go with a favorite photo or theme.

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Quotes can explain the action or depicted memory of a page.

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Quotes can provide a title for a layout.

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There are times when a quote can inspire a page. Think of it as a way to illustrate a thought you love. This digi scrapper paired a quote about trees with a fun picture of a tree.

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Quotes can inspire very meaningful journaling. The words on this layout were inspired by the scrapper’s reflection of a certain quotation.

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The quote on this page inspired some very heartfelt journaling as well.

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A quote can inspire you to scrap about a topic you might not have otherwise tackled.

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A quote is a beautiful way to end a large block of journaling. My Mom often closes her blog posts with a quote and it’s a nice finishing touch – seems to complete the thought.

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One of the best source for memorable quotes is from the people you are scrapping about! I love that this digi scrapper keeps track of memorable quotes from her family and then uses them for journaling on her layouts.

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How clever to quote and scrap an entire conversation!

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Quotes are really fun to use on art journaling pages like this one, or to create pieces of digital art to frame and display in your home.

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This would be an incredible page to frame and put on the wall!

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Make a visual reminder for yourself by illustrating a favorite quote.

 

I love this idea of making the quotes the actual subjects of the page!

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You can even make a mini album full of quotes like this one. What a perfect gift idea!

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Where can you find quotes to use for your digi scrapping projects? I have a few favorite sources:

I’ve also been known to buy an entire digital scrapbook kit because I love the quote art pieces. Shop your stash of kits (or go to your favorite digi store) to see what quotes you have. You might be surprised at how they can inspire you!

 

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My Challenge: Overcome Our Roadblocks

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Awhile back, I posted about scrapping roadblocks and how they prevent us from accomplishing our goals. The roadblocks I hear about most often from our readers are:

TIME – just not having time to scrap
RULES – not feeling like your layouts are “good enough”
OVERWHELMED – too many photos, too many products. You name it, you guys feel overwhelmed by it.

Lately, my biggest roadblock is TIME! I own my own business (The Daily Digi), host and produce a weekly podcast (The Digi Show), I am a mom to three kids, a wife, and a myriad of other roles and responsibilities. I can totally understand not having enough time. When my life gets crazy and I have events coming up, things that need to get done, and deadlines looming, scrapping just isn’t a priority. But, I have to remind myself WHY I do this:

1) I love it! It makes me super happy! It is so therapeutic to me and can quickly cure a bad mood.

2) I love the end result! I love having happy memories that I can live over and over again. I love seeing my family look through layouts and albums.

3) I don’t want to forget and I don’t want those that I love to forget either.

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Supplies: template Janet Phillips, “Best Day Ever” by Meghan Mullens, font is Printing Primer Fontologie by Steph

Scrapbooking is important to me and I have to make time for it, even schedule time for it. I carved out an hour tonight and made a layout I’ve been wanting to make for a couple of weeks. (Right now, I’m also getting ready to start “Cousin Camp” tomorrow and visiting family. So, I scrapped and visited with my mom and sisters while they finished putting customized labels on water bottles and cut out a bunch of other goodies for me (THANKS)). Without the deadline of this post, this layout might not have gotten done so soon. Do you work better with deadlines? I know I tend to get things done when I give myself a deadline.

Here’s a deadline for you: Sunday, July 24th by 11 pm ET. Just post a link to the layout that you created for the deadline and enter yourself for your chance to win $10 in product from a contributor to The Digi Files.

THIS challenge is unique because it’s for those that really have a hard time overcoming their roadblocks and actually scrapping. I don’t want to give any other requirements besides JUST SCRAPPING! You can do it and you will be happier for it too!

P.S. Julia Spencer is the random winner chosen from Friday’s comments to win a spot in my Album of Awesome workshop! Congratulations, Julia! I’ll see you in class!

P.S.S Tamara was the random winner chosen from the comments in yesterday’s feature on creashens and won $10 in product from Shen! Smile

CREASHENS: I Worship the Entire Line

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I’m excited to welcome back Creashens to The Digi Files this month! Shen is an extremely talented designer that very rarely uses CU products in her designs. Her designs are spunky, fun, and full of personality. I love her doodles and the many, many unique patterns and elements! Let’s take a closer look at “Daydreamer” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Creashens’ contribution:

LO1Layout by Heddy. Supplies: “Daydreamer” by Creashens and included in The Digi Files #31; Preserved by Sara Gleason; Font: JenLin.
LO2Layout by Lauren. Supplies: “Daydreamer” by Creashens and included in The Digi Files #31; Font: Orator.
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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: “Daydreamer” by Creashens and included in The Digi Files #31; Field Trip by Sahlin Studio (staple) and included in The Digi Files #31; My Wonderland Kit by Karen Lewis (glitter drops); Font: CK Ali’s Hand.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: “Daydreamer” by Creashens and included in The Digi Files #31; Font: Smartypants by Darcy Baldwin..
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: “Daydreamer” by Creashens and included in The Digi Files #31; Template by Jenn Lindsey; Font:1942 Report.

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My name is Shen Guthrie. My family is originally from Taiwan, and I was raised along with my younger brother in Alhambra, California. I left Southern California for Northern California to attend college at the University of California at Santa Cruz. I graduated with a degree in Global Economics. I currently live in Irvine, California with my husband of eight years this July and our happy and thriving almost 5 year-old daughter, Kalea who is often seen in my product previews. Since 1997, I’ve worked as a full-time corporate graphic designer, and I’ve been designing digi scrapbook products since 2007. I love and am very lucky that I have jobs that allow me to create day and night.

I always think that my life isn’t really interesting at all to anyone else other than myself, but I always learn something new about myself with each page and each product I design. I like to think my creations help you learn more about yourself by finding yourself and creating yourself. Then, those who see and read what you’ve created, will be inspired and do the same for themselves. Thank you so much for letting me share my life and little design world with you here at The Daily Digi. I hope you like my Daydreamer kit created for this month’s The Digi Files. Everything is hand-created by me (except the nature stuff of course, but I did grow them!) and 100% CU-free. Enjoy!

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It all started when I was about eight months pregnant. I was huge, sore, and waddling around like a duck. I went to a local craft shop and had the most difficult time bending down to reach for a piece of scrap paper at the bottom of the racks. Frustrated with not being as mobile as I’d like, I began to look online for supplies that could be shipped to me. It took me a while to figure out what these ‘digital download’ terms meant on the sites that came up in the search, but I looked around in galleries, and it all came clear. The first shop I discovered was CatScrap, and that was the start of a beautiful relationship… First as a loyal customer shopping like a kid in a candy shop, now as a loyal designer creating and administering for my favorite shop.

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My daughter inspires me to create. She exudes all the wonders of and simple things in life. She inspires me to be creative. I am a sucker for anything in the craft shop. Anything that looks like I could have fun with, it ends up in my cart. And shopping with a little girl just adds twice the amount I would normally purchase. How can I say no when she wants to create, right?

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I work on a PC platform. It’s not as purdy as a Mac, although I am fully capable of working on a Mac as well, but a PC is what I am most comfortable with.

The programs I design in are all Adobe products: InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Lightroom, and Photoshop. I just worship the entire Adobe line.

I work with a mouse and a Wacom Intuos, my best friend. And I also have tons of drawing/painting pads for my doodles and drawings for my kits and elements. I am actually more comfortable with a pen/pencil in my hand than the Wacom pen!

I currently shoot with my Canon Rebel, but I’m on my way to a Nikon due to my brother’s persistent “just go buy a Nikon” answer everytime I ask him for photography advice. (He’s a professional portrait and documentary photographer in the Los Angeles area shooting for magazines.)

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Gosh, I don’t know if I have a great tip… As much as I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger, I feel like I’m terrible at giving instructions. Or maybe I just need practice. But here is a little something about how I shadow my layouts. I shadow in the direction the light/sun shines on the subject in the photo, mostly my daughter. For example, if the light sources comes from top left, then I will shadow anywhere between 115-125 degrees. If it comes from top right, then I will shadow 45-70 degrees. That way, my shadows on supplies I use match the direction of the light source in the photo. That’s my little OCD tidbit on shadows.

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My own favorite product would probably be my Bliss kit… Everything just fell so perfectly in to place… My hand-made elements and absolutely no CU products were used in its creation… I just love everything about it.

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If I had to guess, my most popular products are my Torn Bits. Good thing they are digital, cause they just fly off the shelf! But they are also the most time-consuming. For realism, I create them by hand, then they are scanned, and extracted. And we all know extraction is good times! (Not!) Due to popular demand, I better get going on some new packs!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Creashens:

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

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Go have a look in Creashens’ 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)!

Receive 35% off Creashens’ Catscrap store through August 1, 2011, so hurry over!
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The following layouts were created using “Daydreamer” created by Creashens and included in The Digi Files during July:

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LO1Layout by Heddy. Supplies: “Daydreamer” by Creashens and included in The Digi Files #31; Preserved by Sara Gleason; Font: JenLin.
LO2Layout by Lauren. Supplies: “Daydreamer” by Creashens and included in The Digi Files #31; Font: Orator.
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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: “Daydreamer” by Creashens and included in The Digi Files #31; Field Trip by Sahlin Studio (staple) and included in The Digi Files #31; My Wonderland Kit by Karen Lewis (glitter drops); Font: CK Ali’s Hand.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: “Daydreamer” by Creashens and included in The Digi Files #31; Font: Smartypants by Darcy Baldwin..
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: “Daydreamer” by Creashens and included in The Digi Files #31; Template by Jenn Lindsey; Font:1942 Report.

Can Scrapbooking Really Make You Happy?

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“You Make Me” by Meghan Mullens

Sometimes, it seems I am bombarded from several different directions with a similar message. When this happens, I try to pay attention. A person will mention something to me and the next day, I might get an email, or read something online about the same topic. Within a day or so, once again, someone else mentions another bit of information on the same topic and it all resonates with me. Lately, it seems I am seeing and hearing a lot about how journaling actually increases happiness. One source I came across even said that journaling has shown to increase happiness more than antidepressants…that’s a pretty powerful statement.

Did you know that studies show recalling happy times from the past help increase happiness now? Scrapbooking is a GREAT way to do that! I loved this video by Gretchen Rubin from “The Happiness Project” about making the most of your photos:

No wonder I always feel happy after spending time digital scrapbooking! As I’ve been bombarded with the message that happiness is increased by journaling, I wanted to find some ways for the non-scrapbooking members of my family to do this. I do a lot of journaling through my scrapbooking, but I know I have also loved referring back to my writings for layouts from active periods of journaling in my life. I found a couple of doable ideas I really like and want to try:

  1. A one sentence journal – Gretchen talks about her non-journal, which is a fun idea.
  2. A Gratitude journal is a list type journal and has proven to increase gratitude.
  3. 1000awesomethings.com is another form of journaling that I love to read (be sure to check out my Album of Awesome).
  4. ohlife is free service you can sign up for and they will send you a daily email asking you about your day. You reply to the email and they save it for you, securely, on their site. Be sure to export once in a while, just in case.

Some of these ideas seem super easy and very doable. It just might be worth giving journaling a try and putting it to the happiness test.

Magic Hour Makes Me Think I’m a Photographer

Magic Hour is a photographers favorite time of day to take photos. It is the first hour and last hour of light.  It’s a time when everything looks warm and rich, dare I say, romantic?  I love looking for this time of day to take photos and seem to find it quite often when I’m on vacation with my family; when life is less hurried and scheduled and I can stop to take photos, just because the light is perfect.  Here are some of my favorite “Magic Hour” (or golden hour) pictures I’ve taken:

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Taking photos during Magic Hour actually makes me think I’m a good photographer.  That is probably the biggest reason I like taking pictures during this time of day (not to mention that the word “magic” conjures up wonderful Disney inspired thoughts and memories). Winking smile

I spent sometime doing a little research on this wonderful time of day and how to best capture it with my camera.  I thought I would share some of my favorite resources with you:

If you would like to see more Magic Hour inspiration, check out the Magic Hour Flickr group.

“It’s About Light” on Digital Photography School shows some great examples of shots taken with Magic Hour lighting and without.

Beyond Sunset: The Different Phases of Twilight is a great resource for identifying and shooting in great light after the sun sets.

Beginners Tips for Sunrise Portraits : Part I is full of great tips for shooting in the morning “Magic Hours,” if you are a morning person (I am not).  After you have a chance to practice those, you can try the tips from Beginners Tips for Sunrise Portraits: Part II.

I really enjoyed Advanced Photography’s tips for shooting during Magic Hours.

Shutterbug’s ideas for photographing the Magic Hours are different from the others and range from practical to artistic suggestions.

These are all really fast reads, with tips that anyone can try, using just about any camera.  So, find some magic light and snap away!

HOT Funtastic Friday

Most of the U.S. is experience record heat right now which seems to be spreading across digiland.  There are some HOT deals listed below and a few are exclusive to TDD readers!  Let’s get to it!

 

Danielle Young has a brand new kit at Oscraps today called Citrus Summer.  It’s 20% off this weekend, and you can get an additional 20% off with this exclusive Daily Digi coupon! TDD20off

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Jennifer Labre has this new, festive wedding themed kit and it is 20% off:

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I really love this “Evening Edition” alpha that Kaye has out and it is 20% off:

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen this BIG of a coupon code from Janet, time to stock up for sure:

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Chelle has this new collection out (I just love her alphas included in her kits):

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Miss Kim will be retiring at the end of this month, so be sure to grab what you have wanted before it is gone.  50% off through the end of the month.  I am always sad to see designers retire, but Kim will be joining our team here, so we haven’t seen the end of her yet! Winking smile

 

Jenn has this EXCLUSIVE coupon for TDD readers good through July 18th:

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Heather has this FREE font that coordinates with her JUMP kit:

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I love the non-traditional colors Misty used for this kit, super fun:

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My son will hoot and holler when I show him this new kit that will be out Saturday (and on sale) by Traci Reed:

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Micheline Martin has this super cute alpha out:

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This kit by Laura Banasiak and Studio BCD is just ADORABLE!! Love the plaid alpha and pajama bottoms Smile :

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Mscraps always has great new releases on the weekends, so be sure to check them out!

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It seems The Digi Show listeners really like the changes that have been made to the show!  We’ve experienced record downloads in the first three episodes so far!!  THANKS for your support!  We love doing the show, have so much fun doing it, and have big plans down the road as long as you keep supporting us!

This week, Katrina Kennedy joined Katie, Peppermint, and I as we discussed including the OBJECTS in your life to tell your story. Katie and Katrina also shared some great tips for getting photos of the objects.  You can find the show post for “Katie’s Little Sweatshop” on The Digi Show site (or download from iTunes).

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Last, my “Album of Awesome” workshop is now open for registration!  It starts September 8th and is a two week workshop.  This class isn’t just about making a specific album…it’s about learning how to identify and then document the awesome things in your life—traditional scrapbookers and digital scrapbookers alike will walk away from this class with a new appreciation for the awesome things in life.

We are giving away a spot in this class this weekend!  Just post a comment telling me one reason you think this class would be AWESOME to take! Please post by 11pm ET Monday night and I will draw one random winner.  One awesome thing per person please 🙂

P.S. SharonS was the random winner selected from yesterday’s post.  She won $10 in product from Stacy Molter, congratulations!