YOU Can Be One of SEVEN to Win

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When you become a member of The Digi Game, for ony $7.50 a month you get over $50 worth  of high quality products from seven different designers each month. You also get the Playbook, an interactive ebook with layouts, tips, tricks, links to other resources, and a video tutorial showing you ways you can use the supplies!  When you subscribe to the annual membership, you get TWELVE months for the price of eleven! That makes it less than $7 per month!  Here’s a closer look at everything included during September:

Boutique Cute Dolls: That Naughty Puppy Girl

Fee Jardine: Giggling As I Write

Studio Tangie: Secretly, I Struggled

Che Yang: I Was Blown Away

Little Green Frog: Two Children Looking Over Your Shoulder

Scrap Orchard: Hello? Vegas!

Micheline Martin: Fresh Eyes

These products are only available until the end of today and then they go into the designers’ stores at full retail value. Don’t miss out; become a member.

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This month the Playbook includes tips and techniques on:
Art Journaling
Blending
Clustering Elements
Drop Shadows
Hybrid
Journaling Design
Patterned Paper
Photos
Recoloring
Stroking
Templates
Time Savers
Titles
and Writing

There is also a short video tutorial included showing how to do one of the techniques Heddy used in one of her layouts.

Here’s what one of our members said about the Playbook:
“…this is the first month that I actually went through the Playbook from page 1 alllll the way to the end. I have been a member for several months now and I always “browse” through the Playbook, but this month I decided I was TRULY going to maximize my membership. I have to tell you….I HAD NO IDEA how much I was going to learn. I suppose initially I just figured the Playbook was just to show off pretty layouts with the stunning products we receive each month. NOPE! Not at all… The Playbook ALONE would be worth the monthly membership price (I AM NOT KIDDING), but we get that AND all kinds of beautiful designer products!”Candi1973 in Colorado

And if all of that weren’t well worth the value, The Digi Game members also get access to exclusive kits every four months they are subscribed AND a bonus kit just for joining!

Story of Everyday Life is the first the exclusive kit that Digi Game members get access upon subscribing:

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Good Life is the 2nd exclusive kit that members get after 4 active months:

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My Journey, My Life is the 3rd exclusive kit that Digi Game members get after 8 active months:

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“My Life at Play” goes out to those that have been active members for 12 months:image

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOW…for the FUN part! Leave us a comment sharing one thing you enjoyed about The Daily Digi, The Digi Files, or The Digi Game during September! We will randomly select SEVEN people from the comments below to win $10 in product from one of this month’s contributors.

Play it Again–No Photos!

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The Play it Again posts always inspire me (Katie) and I feel like I’ve expanded my creative universe through this regular feature here at The Daily Digi. I love that we get to see several different ways to scrap the same memory, and it’s just amazing to see all the different ways that there are to document a memory. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to put together a page and it’s fun to explore several types of styles.

The scrappers who help us with this challenge each month are given photos and journaling to use, but the rest is up to them. I decided to make it even more challenging this time around and give them a memory to digi scrap without any photos. I love layouts without photos and I’ve been wanting to do more of them after reading these posts:

After going through my old files, I found this story that I wanted to scrap:

Alex’s Perfect Day at Age 8:

For show and tell at school, Alex had to tell his class what his “perfect day” would be. Mom helped him type up a schedule for such a day

What my favorite day would be like:

I would get up early and have French toast with syrup for breakfast. Then I would play computer and play games. After I played computer I would read for a long time.

Mystery books are my favorites. I would like to go to lunch at European Connection Cafe and have a half attack with different stuff but still hold the olives. Then I would go to the movie theater and see Ice Age which starts today. I would have popcorn and candy with a drink at the movies and Jordan Commons is one of the best places to go. After the movie, I would go to Barnes & Noble and get a Black Lagoon book. A new Disney Adventures Magazine would come in my mail box and I could read them both for a while.

Dinner would be pasta with meatballs without tomato sauce. After that, I would brush my teeth and get ready for bed. My mom would read to me and then I would get to read on my own until it was time to go to sleep.

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I had so much fun with this layout! I decided to let doodles illustrate the story of Alex’s perfect day and I rummaged through every relevant kit and element pack I had in my stash to find all of these.

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Layout by Katie. All doodles by Kate Hadfield, Border by Tracie Stroud, Paper by Kristin Cronin-Barrow. Font is The Architect by Heather Hess. Gallery Link.

 

I just love the way Jenn broke up the journaling into step-by-step segments and her layering is fabulous!

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Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Credits: My Life At Play by The Daily Digi, Story time by Kristin Aagard and Nikki Beaudreau, Techno Girl by Pixel Gypsy, Bookmarked by The tattered Pear, Beauty In the World by Traci Stroud, Dragon Tales by HGD by LaurieAnn, Traveling Typewriter and Giggles fonts. Gallery Link.

 

This layout is such a fun way to display a story! I feel like I’m looking through a window to read about Alex’s perfect day. Fun!

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Layout by Petra Prijs a*k*a Milo82 Credits: Where dreams begin by Createwings designs. Gallery link

 

This is the perfect type of layout for some great title work. I love the clustering around the title on this page!

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Layout by Britanee (britaneejean).  credits: Bundle Of Boy Too {kit & add-on} – SuzyQ Scraps, {Stash Builders} Simple Paper Alphas 2 – SuzyQ Scraps, Stacked: Wonky – Chelle’s Creations, Rock The Shadows – Tracie Stroud.  fonts are TheGoodFriend & American Typewriter. Gallery Link.

 

How cute is that little doodle guy? He looks a lot like Alex at the age of 8 Smile. I love the fun colors and accents on this page. Great boy page!

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Layout by Shannon Grover. Credits: Penny Springmann About A Boy Kit, Darcy Baldwin DB Mr. T Font, Libby Pritchett At The Crop Alpha, Krystal Hartley The Alpha Files No. 5. Gallery Link.

 

The blocked look of this layout is such a clever way to illustrate this story. I’m always a big fan of pennants also!

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Layout by Lorilei Murphy. Credits: Project 52 Dates by Studio Miss Vivi, High School by Studio BCD, Fan for Life by Studio Tangie, Studio Mix #2 – Carnival Story {Flergs, JM. Miss Vivi}, A Day to Remember Calendar Labels by Studio JM Designs, Cooking Time by Studio Thaty Borges with Kristin Aagard, Alpha in Title (perfect & day) Studio Thaty Borges. Gallery Link.

 

What style of no-photo layout do your prefer? Take a look again at each one of them and think about the design and style of the page. Make a note of what appeals to you. You will learn a lot about yourself as a scrapper by doing this activity. Remember, there is no “right” or “wrong” here, just different creative expressions of the same memory. If you really want to grow your own digi skills, find a story of your own and create a layout about it without using any photos. It’s ok to try different styles and just have fun!

 

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Everyday Moments

I’m excited to have a post here today by Heather Hess, a super talented scrapper, a wonderful fontographer and designer, and makes the occasional Digi Show appearance as well. She’s talented AND witty and a whole lot of fun! I really enjoyed these creative ideas from her and I know you will love them too!

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This year I decided to take up the lovely task of project 365. First, I was scared beyond all get up! At times I felt like I had the most boring life, what was I ever going to photograph? I started finding little things that were part of my everyday. My cleaning products, my keychains, even a mess my dog made after tearing up a stuffed toy. And you know what I realized after looking back at these photos? They aren’t yours! It’s my life. These little everyday things that I walked past everyday suddenly meant more to me than anything. My thought process totally changed. What did I get to photograph for my 365? What was going to make the cut?

Now I’m not telling you that you need to start 365 or p52, all I’m saying is your everyday is special! Scrap those memories before they are gone. We are so lucky to be in the age of phones and digital cameras that are the size of our credit cards, we can carry them anywhere and photograph everything! Your everyday is full of special moments that someone you love would love to read about you. That someone may even be you. I love visiting old pages and re-reading the fond memories I once wrote about.

What is the view outside your window? What are your grocery shopping habits like? What do you see on your drive home from work?

Here are a few sample pages of my little everyday moments:

My boyfriend and I love to be in the kitchen together. One time when we baked cookies, I took some photos of it all and here is the result.

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A car ride we took with the dog. Just the three of us in this moment as if there was no one else in the world.

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What I wear to work everyday. Jeans will change and shoes may too but everything else is always the same.

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Hanging out with my best friend / roommate one night. Nothing special, except for the bad smell on the subway.

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How many new shoes have you photographed and scrapped a new pair of shoes. I promise, they will never look as clean as day one.

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Your photographs and life are yours to capture!

Every time I look at these, they make me smile. They make my family smile. They enjoy seeing my life through my eyes and little things I pick up on that they may not have. There are little things we all love. How you organize your book shelf. A 360 view of your kitchen. Your favorite piece of art.

Some day you may rearrange, or redecorate, or move, or lose something… so while you still have it. Embrace them! Scrap them!

 

All About Albums

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Hopefully, at some point in your digital scrapbooking journey, you will print out your layouts to share with others. Some digi scrappers never print and that’s perfectly ok, but I (Katie) have found that my digi happiness grows when I print out my pages. I love to look at them in a book because then it feels like I’m really sharing the story of our lives. My children especially love that they have their very own albums filled with precious memories. I highly recommend printing layouts and we have some great resources for you to read through when you want to learn more about the printing process.

Decisions to make:

  • Photobooks or Albums – Do you want to print an entire completed project at once? Then photobooks are for you! If you scrap out of order, you might want to consider albums with pages that can be added to and/or rearranged.
  • 3 ring or post bound – Albums usually come with a ring or post binding. Rings are easiest if you want to rearrange pages frequently. Posts are nice because the pages are presented right next to each other so 2 page spreads look better in this type of album. Both are great choices, it’s just a matter of personal preference.
  • Size of layouts – Do you want to print 12×12, 8×8, 6×6, or even mix sizes? You need to consider this when choosing an album to store your layouts.

Here’s how I approach albums:

As you can see in the above photo, I have 2 tall & narrow Billy bookcases from IKEA filled with albums. Not all of the albums are full (yet). I have not done anything fancy with the labels on the albums (yet) because I have just penciled in the album titles and/or dates until they are filled. On the top shelves I have Pioneer Photo Albums for regular printed photos. The bottom shelves have sturdy cardboard magazine files where I keep yearbooks, small albums, notebooks, and other miscellaneous scrapbook projects. The 8×8 linen post bound albums on the 3 middle shelves are the same ones Janet wrote about in this post and they are sadly not available anymore. The same company (We R Memory Keepers) does make the linen album in a 3 ring style and also has several other finishes and sizes of albums. I chose post bound because I prefer the look of the pages when they are right next to each other without rings in the middle.

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It is harder to fill post bound albums if you don’t plan ahead because you will have to pull pages out of the protectors and move them around or else undo the posts when you want to rearrange things. This ends up being a stumbling block for me to putting new layouts in my albums and can result in an embarrassing stack of loose layouts like this –

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Oh well, at least they’re printed, right? I still prefer the post binding though so I just need to have a big album filling “party” one day.

I color code my albums because I’m cool like that. lol! The green ones are for me and my hubby. The blue albums are for my son. The red albums are for my daughter. The tan albums are for heritage pages and the black albums are miscellaneous projects. Several of the albums are still empty, I just got a great close-out deal when they discontinued them so I bought enough to get us through our lives. Plus, it looks nice to have those bookshelves all filled up. Remember, I’m kind of obsessed with scrapbooking! Winking smile

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I fill my books up to capacity by adding extra page protectors. I can comfortably fit about 65 page protectors in each of these albums which equals 130 layouts per book! I love how thin digital layouts are – no bulk means lots of pages in a little space. Photobooks are even more compact, but I prefer albums for a few reasons:

  • I come from a paper scrapbooking background and an album with page protectors feels more “scrapbooky” to me.
  • I don’t scrap in order and if I had to wait to finish a whole topic to get a book printed, there would be nothing on my shelves.
  • I LOVE having page protectors on my pages. I don’t have to worry about young kids looking at my books, or pages ripping. The albums and page protectors are sturdy and I can wipe the fingerprints right off the page protectors if they get “gunky”.

I’m not against photobooks and I’ve actually put together a few of them that I love.

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Generally speaking though, I prefer albums. They just work better with my creative process and personal style. I also love 8×8 size albums because of the way they fit on bookcases. I don’t like the way that 12×12 albums stick out from the shelf and I feel like they are a little too big and cumbersome for me. When I was a paper scrapper, I always used 12×12. Since I’ve gone digi, I use 8×8. I feel like this size is small enough to manage physically, but big enough to provide plenty of creative canvas space. Here’s an example of 3 common sizes of layouts:

From left to right – 12×12, 8×8, and 6×6

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As you can see, I prefer square layouts although some digi scrappers prefer rectangle sizes. That is another thing to consider when you are looking for albums. Another advantage of ring bound albums is the ability to mix shapes and sizes of layouts. You can put 12×12, 8.5×11, and 6×6 all in the same book using the same ring system.

I thought it would be fun to hear from some of our team members and let them share their approach to albums.

Heddy says

I print my layouts in 8×8 size and slip them into post-bound albums. I have the kid/family pages in one album “set” organized by year and then I keep another album for AAM/pre-kid pages.
Although I love the look of photobooks, I just can’t seem to say “Okay, I am now done scrapping 2010 and will print a photobook.” I may not ever be done scrapping a particular year! That’s I prefer post-bound albums – I can slip new pages in anytime I want.

Melissa says

I print 8×8 and use D ring binders – usually 2 per year. I am hopelessly behind in printing – haven’t printed in over a year, and I probably have 200 layouts that are printed, but have yet to be put into albums. Very bad, I know!

Tara says

I use a 12×12 3 ring binder and I have mixed sizes of layouts. 12×12, 8.5×11, 6×12, 8×8, 5×7, 11×8.5… I like the flexibility I have with a three ring binder. I started with strap hinge? and postbound… I ended up moving everything over to three ring binders.

Wendy says

You know me… I’m the photobook girl. I scrap 12×12, but print in 8×8 custom cover photobooks. I have done other sizes as gifts, but my own library is 8×8. If the 10×10 had been around when I started, I probably would have chosen that instead. But since I started in 8×8, I’m sticking with it. I don’t have photos, but I do have all my book covers in one “gallery” here.

Anne says

I just made an order to Persnickety Prints a few days ago (was over a year behind, ahem). This time I ordered prints in 12×12 instead of the 8×8 I’ve done before, it’s a bit pricier but worth it. Can’t wait for them to arrive! I mix all my pages (digital+traditional) in four album roughly based on Stacy Julian’s system. After receiving my order, I wanted to add that I LOVE the 12×12 print. There is no turning back for me now Wink It is off course more expensive, but the details and the largeness of the page are so worth it. So this is me waiting for the next sale, so I can order some more. Smiley

Steph says

When I started digital, I was 8×8. Then for some reason (can’t remember what it was), I moved to 12×12 and that’s what I have been printing for a few years.  Although, seeing my youngest struggle to hold the 12×12 albums has made me want to go back to 8×8.  I really like the post bound albums because they lay flat and my two-page spreads can flow into each other smoothly.  I’m not picky on the albums at all. I found a great deal at Costco a couple of years ago and bought a bunch of albums that have worked well for me. When these run out for me, I will probably do something like these albums because they look very similar to the ones I am currently using.

I typically only do photobooks when it is for an event or a specific period of time that has a definite start and stop.  I get a little freaked out about wanting to add something later and not being able to. It’s such a big deal to me that I know it would become a roadblock and I would stop printing.
A long time ago, I stopped printing layouts because I didn’t want to organize them chronologically anymore. I just didn’t want the hassle of having to move layouts around since I don’t scrapbook chronologically. It was a huge roadblock for me. I talk about how I got over it and what I do instead here.

 

Now that we’ve shared all about our albums, we’d love to know how you keep your layouts ! Do you use photobooks? Albums? What types and styles do you prefer? Please share in the comments. Smile

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P.S. Congratulations to Sandy H. who was the random winner from yesterday’s comments!

Boutique Cute Dolls: That Naughty Puppy Girl

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I’m super excited to be welcoming Raquel from Boutique Cute Doll (BCD) to The Digi Files this month!  I LOVE the retro-modern, doodly feel that the BCD kits have! So many fun themes, colors, and unique elements; I really can study her previews for quite a while discover the details!  Let’s take a closer look at “Sweet Butterfly” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Boutique Cute Dolls’ contribution:

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: “Sweet Butterfly” by Boutique Cute Dolls and included in The Digi Files #33; Sunny Summer Holidays by Little Moments Designs.

LO2Layout by Karen. Supplies: “Sweet Butterfly” by Boutique Cute Dolls and included in The Digi Files #33.
LO3Layout by Tara. Supplies: “Sweet Butterfly” by Boutique Cute Dolls and included in The Digi Files #33; Font: PT Sans.
LO4Layout by Lauren. Supplies: “Sweet Butterfly” by Boutique Cute Dolls and included in The Digi Files #33; Story Mappers 3 (template) by The Tattered Pear; Fonts: Courier New, Arsenal White.
LO5Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: “Sweet Butterfly” by Boutique Cute Dolls and included in The Digi Files #33; Sandbox Summer by The Ette’s; Kraft Paper by Jen Martakis; Font: Hero.

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

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Hello, my name is Raquel Barros, I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Besides of being known as a dangerous place to live, it’s still hold the “wonderful city” title. It’s nice place to live with many beautiful things to see and places to go to enjoy nature. I’m the ‘mama’ of a little puppy girl, that brings joy to my home with her naughtiness and she’s very fun to play with. One day, in a blink of an eye I found myself in love with scrapbooking and today I’m addicted to this world full of digital papers, ribbons and buttons.

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My last project was making my portfolio with all pages I made during these last years. I took an opportunity that came to me to print a really big amount of pages. I wish I could have extra time to do some hybrid scrapbooking. I own loads and loads of traditional scrapbook stash and I’m always looking forward to do some traditional pages. I do as often as I can, mostly to sharp my skills in design my products with a ‘real’ look.

 

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I started researching for scrapbook in the internet. I saw that the internet was full of freebies and that was what at first fueled my new addiction. So much that I created a blog with links for the freebies I keep finding in my research. But as I was making more and more scrapbook pages each day, I found myself wanting to create my own designs to fill them. That was when I called two friends and created the brand Boutique Cute Dolls. We stayed together in this project for a while, but one day we realized that our styles and our daily schedules were too different from each other and decided to take separate paths. That was almost two years ago and since then I’m running the Boutique Cute Dolls by myself. Day after day I find myself enjoying even more than the beginning to create my designs and I can see the appreciation for my work with every feedback I receive, which I am very thankful for! I started scrapbooking in 2008 (I guess, it was a long time ago… ). My pages were SO ugly. I struggled a little to sharp my skills and find my own style.

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Everything! Music, cartoons, Disney, movies, colors pallets… I always take note of any ideas I may have and then I work with them little by little.

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I use some of CU products, only of designers I think that have a remarkable quality in their designs. I’m always looking forward to designs that I can transform, making them my own style. I make my schedule in a way to have a day to look for new products and new trends. I always have a use for CU products I find and often I buy the rights to use some designs commercially. I think it worth to make some investment in new trends, so I can always have my designs fresh and different from other designers.

Computer: I own 2 desktops and a notebook. The PC, I customized for designing asking a tech guy to include all the tools I may need. The notebook is an HP Pavilion. Both run Windows 7. One day, who knows, I’ll be the owner of an iMAC. Unfortunately, because of the HUGE amount of taxes here where I live, I still can’t have one. It’s INSANELY expensive! But I admit, I like to sit and work with my PC. I feel comfortable with it.

Programs: I have many different softwares installed here, the most used is PSCS5, which fill all of my needs. I think it already returned the investment I made. I too have Corel Draw and nowadays I’m using Adobe Illustrator a lot. And Color Painter. I’m always looking forward to make my designs with a ‘real’ touch and I make them to be fun and colorful.

Camera: I own a Nikon D3000, and besides of loving photography, I didn’t have time to put myself into learning my camera. I always take it with me in vacations, holidays… to take loads of pics. And guess who’s the most captured for my lenses? Yep, that naughty puppy girl.

Anything Else: I can’t create without my WACOM tablet. It gives me so much freedom to create! It’s way better designing with it. The investment in that tool really gives a great return.

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Here is only one of my many favorites:

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And let me tell you, one of my best sellers this year is the remake of Je T’Aime.
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Here are some of my favorite products by Boutique Cute Dolls :

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

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Go have a look in Boutique Cute Dolls’ 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)!

Inspired by Boutique Cute Dolls

The following layouts were created using “Sweet Butterfly” by Boutique Cute Doll and included in The Digi Files during September, 2011:

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LO3Layout by Tara. Supplies: “Sweet Butterfly” by Boutique Cute Dolls and included in The Digi Files #33; Font: PT Sans.
LO4Layout by Lauren. Supplies: “Sweet Butterfly” by Boutique Cute Dolls and included in The Digi Files #33; Story Mappers 3 (template) by The Tattered Pear; Fonts: Courier New, Arsenal White.
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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: “Sweet Butterfly” by Boutique Cute Dolls and included in The Digi Files #33; Sandbox Summer by The Ette’s; Kraft Paper by Jen Martakis; Font: Hero.

Little Gifts

I love making little gifts to give to friends and neighbors and if they can be made using digital supplies, it makes me oh so happy! As we were getting ready to move, I wanted something cute to give neighbors that would have my cell number and email address.  Here’s what I came up with:

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I loved seeing people smile when I handed them the bag and then, when they realized my information was printed right on the bag, they would say, “How did you do that??”

Here’s How

I filled the bags with HUGS, they make me happy! I got the bags from Sweet Baking Supply Company and ran them through my printer. I did learn a few things (the hard way), so here are some tips for you:

  • Print only a few bags at a time (1-3 worked best)
  • Set up the document size to the size of the bags in your printer settings or control panel
  • Be sure to have enough bags to practice
  • Run a test with just one bag and make sure you have them inserted in the printer the correct direction.

I folded over the top and punched two holes through all layers of the bag.  I then used some cute bakers twine to tie them closed. I know that the first time I looped string or ribbon through like I did on these bags, it took me a few tries to get it right. I thought I would show a couple of pictures for those of you that haven not dabbled in paper Winking smile :

You start by looping the string (or twine/ribbon) through the front of the bags:

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Cross the string in back and loop back through the opposite hole toward the front of the bag:

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Once it’s through on the front side of the bag, tie it in a bow, and cut any extra.

I have a board on Pinterest that is dedicated to Little Gift ideas, so check it out if this is something you enjoy.

Giving little gifts don’t cost much, but they bring BIG smiles to people’s faces! Everyone loves to be thought of!

If you have some little gift ideas, be sure to link up to them in the comments.

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Why Would I Want To Warp or Liquefy My Drop Shadows?

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Supplies: template by Nanie at Scrap Orchard and papers and elements by Zoe Pearn at Sweet Shoppe.

During episode 8 of the ‘new’ Digi Show, we were discussing common mistakes we made when we first started digi scrapping. The discussion turned to warping drop shadows and WHY someone might want to do it. I know we have talked about the HOW before (in PSCS and in PSE) but not as much the WHY.

It’s important to note that PSE does not have a warping tool, but you can achieve a similar look with the Liquefy and other filters.

When we apply a drop shadow to a layer, it applies the same distance, depth, and everything else uniformly across the whole layer. But, when items are layered, like the layout above, one element might be closer to some layers (creating a smaller drop shadow) and further away from other layers (creating a larger drop shadow). Let’s look at some close up examples from the layout above:

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In the image above, the arrows show you where the SMILE element would naturally be closer to the underlying pieces of paper or layers. These two points should also naturally have a smaller drop shadow.

Here’s what my warping mesh looked like before I started making changes:

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Here’s what it looks like after I made changes to the warping mesh and committed them:

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You can see that the drop shadow on the outer edges is smaller, but in the center, where the pennant is a layer or two further away, the drop shadow is larger.  The change is subtle, but for people like me that are a little OCD on drop shadows, it makes a big difference.

Here’s one more look at a couple of points on the layout:

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The ricrac should be closer to the paper frame, therefor, the ricrac should have a smaller drop shadow on those points. I again used the Edit> Transform> Warp method to change the drop shadow only at those points:

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Here’s one last look at a few more points on the layout:

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After I applied some warping:

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Peppermint and I admit in episode 8 of The Digi Show that this isn’t something for everyone. Not everyone gets obsessed about drop shadows and not everyone wants to spend time on them. Peppermint and I both LOVE tweaking them and making changes like the ones above. So, if you aren’t one of those people, don’t worry, keep doing what you are doing! If you do enjoy playing with drop shadows, then be sure to check out our drop shadow tutorial section to learn more about HOW to tweak in your program of choice!

Here are some additional fun uses for warping from our team members:

From Karen: I warp some drop shadows to make it look like an element is lifting off the paper a bit. I mainly do it with photos that I’ve put in aged frames since those wouldn’t probably lay totally flat and even on a paper page.

From Wendy: Anytime you have something that doesn’t lie flat on the page, you can use the warp, skew, or puppet warp tools to help give a more 3-dimensional look. Take a look at this image…. It shows how you can really create depth and dimension by simply changing a flat shadow into a warped one. I usually warp or skew the object one direction, then the shadow the opposite direction. I mainly use it when I want to lift a ribbon or bent photo up off the page

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From Lauren: You can also warp background papers. I almost always stack my backgrounds w/ the 2nd being slightly smaller than the first. Then you can warp the smaller background to add interest. I loooove when things look a bit wonky.

So, what do you think? Are you going to try some warping?

Kicking Off the Weekend Right

There is no better way to kick off the weekend than with some new digital supplies, sales, and exclusive coupons! So….let’s get going…

From Studio Basic:

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Calender Templates and Toppers from Wendyzine: Newly updated for 2012/2013!

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Do you or your kids love K’Nex? Traci Reed and Laura Banasiak have teamed up to bring you the ultimate K’Nex theme Tons of doodly goodness meets gorgeous color for this one-of-a-kind digital scrapbooking kit!

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Jennifer Labre Designs has a fabulous new kit available today at ScrapMatters. Full of Life is 20% off all weekend. Make sure to check out the free add-on too!

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A great way to not forget to date your layouts: Heather T.’s Strip Dates @ MScraps:

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This new Halloween themed collection, “Spooked”, by Connie Prince is on sale this week!  The packs are available separately or grab the bundle for extra savings!

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Westover features hand-drawn elements with a soft, slightly-vintage palette. I had our back-to-school photos in mind while creating it, but I don’t like to paint myself into a corner with kits so I kept it versatile enough for a variety of topics and age groups. Westover is 20% off through September 25th.

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Here’s a new set of temps from Scrapping with Liz. They feature large faded masks for big photos in the background & they also have more traditional photo spots. They are 20% off until 9/29. Check out Liz’s blog to see all of her new releases this week!

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More than 30 brand new products just released including funky Arts & Crafts and Photography kits.
Loads of extras including alphas, frames and piles of craft supplies and it’s all 25% off. Plus save 40% on everything else in the store. Check it out!

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Yin has a new template album set in her store, a collection of cropped photo collages!

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Tracie has a shadowing tutorial on my blog to coincide with the release of her new layer styles, Rock the Shadows.

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Here’s a new kit from Sahlin Studio.  Perfect for all of those fall time orchard photos!  20%OFF this weekend.
apple orchard by Sahlin Studio:

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Great tool for creating your own 2012 calendar. For both personal and commercial use.

Use this code at checkout to get 20% off this product: 2012calendar

Valid until Sunday, September 25th.

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In a scrapping rut? Try out these templates & get your mojo back! This pack of templates are inspired by one of my fab CT members – Mel (aka: scrappymelly). Use them as they come, or move some stuff around…it’s all up to you! Tiffs now included.  On sale Fri-Sunday – 20% off

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Going back in time with Chelle’s Creations:

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I have a brand-new FREE template up at NettioDesigns as well as a tutorial that shows how to create a scrap-worthy map template of your own based on any map for all my non-US friends.

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Pumpkin Spice is not just a latte from Starbucks! It’s also a wonderfully warm collection of papers and elements that are as much fun as a pile of leaves waiting to be jumped in. It is on sale for 20% OFF and the Bundle is on sale for 30% OFF for a limited time PLUS Daily Digi readers can
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20% off by using Discount Code: hellofall20 at checkout.

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P.S. SharonKC was the random winner from yesterday’s comments on Fee’s feature. She won $10 in product from Fee. Smile

Fee Jardine: Giggling As I Write

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I love Fee’s designs! I love the pattern paper combinations and fun elements! Fee can totally rock a boys kit too! I’m excited to be welcoming her back to The Digi Files again! Fee is just a super talented designer and all of her kits bring a smile to my scrapping face! Let’s take a closer look at “Just Because” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Fee Jardine’s contribution:

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: “Just Because” by Fee Jardine and included in The Digi Files #33; In One Word Love template by Studio Basics
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: “Just Because” by Fee Jardine and included in The Digi Files #33; Template by Kellie Hann Mize.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: “Just Because” by Fee Jardine and included in The Digi Files #33; Template by Amy Martin
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: “Just Because” by Fee Jardine and included in The Digi Files #33; Template by Sarah Gleason; Font: CK Ali; Photo by Ginger Cooper.
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Layout by Aaron. Supplies: “Just Because” by Fee Jardine and included in The Digi Files #33; Template by Zinnias and Swallowtails; Photo Actions by My Four Hens; Shadows by One Little Bird and Jenn Barrette; Font: Elliphont by Darcy Baldwin.

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

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Hi, my name is Fee Jardine and I am an Aussie SAHM of 3 children aged between 4 and 9. We live in the northern Australian state of Queensland, are renovating our house. I am totally self taught in terms of Digital Design, ex military and I am slightly, okay, completely addicted to Iced coffee (the Aussie version of coffee and sugar in a big cup of cold milk)…3 or 4 times a day…can’t get enough!

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I first started scrapbooking with paper in 2002 just after my first child was born. And like most scrappers was utterly addicted from day one. Gosh I had soooooo many supplies and I don’t think we saw our dining table during the years that I was a paper scrapper. I discovered Digital scrapbooking a week before my second child was born in 2005. If I was addicted to paper scrapbooking, I was TOTALLY obsessed with Digital.

Dang it was perfect…the undo button was perfect…the no mess was perfect…pretty things to play with…everything to keep a crafty girl happy! From day one I was also making things for my layouts. I’m a “gotta try that” sort of girl so I just gave it whirl plus back in 2005 the papers and elements were VERY basic so it was pretty easy. Digital ribbons and buttons and lots of bad paper textures…eeeek!

I had a dream start to my designing. Six months after discovering digital I posted a digital layout on an Aussie Scrapbooking site. The layout listed one of my goals as “selling my Digital Scrapbooking designs online”. The owner happened to see the layout and asked me if I wanted to sell my designs there and so after freaking out, feeling sick in the stomach and having a mild panic attack I agreed. Silly really, but I didn’t think I was ready but then I am a procrastinator. Not long after that, I saw a call at The Digi Chick, popped my application in the mail and luckily was offered a spot to sell there. After a couple of happy years there I then moved to the Sweet Shoppe which is where I currently sell and love it!

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I have always been creative. I remember designing my dream home when I was nine, making clothes for my Barbie at 10, wanting to be a fashion designer, interior designer, graphic designer. Every day I create and it’s because it’s just what I do…I can’t help it. Add things like inspiring magazines, colours, the things my kids do and I’m super inspired.

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I’m giggling as I write this…I’m about to share what I use…as I sit at my little wonky desk in the middle of my living room. And when I say little and wonky, I mean little and wonky. Probably less than 3 ft wide and one of the wheels has gone all wobbly. No flash studio for me lol! I’m glad I don’t have to share a photo…it would probably be quite embarrassing.

Anyhoo I use a PC running Windows Vista and using 4GB RAM. The main programs that I use to create my digital products are Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Illustrator CS3. If I need something like glitter, I use Artrage to create that (a great value product that my 9yo daughter loves too). Within Photoshop I use Alien Skin Eye Candy and Mr Retro filters, Atomic Cupcake actions and also photo editing actions from Paint the Moon.

My other favourite things to use include my Wacom Bamboo Fun table, Canoscan 8800F Scanner and Epson R290 Printer.

I have two cameras that I use. My little point and shoot is a Canon IXUS 100IS and my digital SLR is a Canon 400D.

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If you are struggling with your journaling, the words aren’t coming together, everything you write sounds sucky…grab your MP3 player, iphone or any other device that records sound. Find a nice quiet spot (if possible in a house with kids lol), push the record button and then talk about your layout subject (like you are chatting to your best friend). And then when finished, transcribe…word for word (except maybe the ums and aahs). Ta da…your journaling is done and done in a way that is truly your voice.

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My favourite product would be the What’s happening at School kit and matching sticker pack. I loved doing the doodles for these little suckers. Of course I got carried away and my original idea of a kit changed to kit with sticker pack. I guess when you get on a roll you get on a roll. Another thing I love about these two products is that they coordinate with the What’s happening kit which is more generic. My vision was to create two kits that you could mix and match to complete a big project like a coordinated book or calender.

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Of my current kits available, the biggest seller is Happy Days which is one of my favourites.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Fee Jardine:

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

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A BIG THANKS to Fee for this fabulous freebie that coordinates with her Digi Files contribution this month!

Go have a look in Fee Jardine’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)!