The following layouts were created using “Just Because” by Fee Jardine and included in The Digi Files during September, 2011:
The following layouts were created using “Just Because” by Fee Jardine and included in The Digi Files during September, 2011:
One of my (Katie’s) favorite resources for finding journaling comes from taking pictures of signs. When I go to the zoo, a museum, or any location with informational signs, I snap photos of the words written on these valuable journaling sources. Someone put a lot of effort into compiling and displaying the information on these signs and that means that I have some easy shortcuts to use when I create my own scrapbook layouts.
I knew when we visited the Totem Pole park in Alaska, that I would never be able to remember all the things we learned about. We loved reading all of the signs to understand more about the meaning and history of the various Totems. I snapped a picture of each Totem Pole and then photographed the accompanying sign right after. When I browse through my photos I have ready-made bits of journaling that I can include by using pieces of the photos, or I can rewrite the messages in many ways to document the memory I’m sharing.
A recent trip to the zoo gave me the perfect photo-opp with the elephants. I knew I would want to scrap those photos so I took pictures of the plaques that shared details about the family of elephants residing at the zoo.
Even if the journaling doesn’t show up very well in a photograph, I can enlarge it on my screen and read through it to jog my memory. I can also extract the shape of a sign (like the round one pictured below) and use it as a type of “journaling card” embellishment on a layout.
My kids appreciate me taking the time to snap pictures of the things they learn about on our field trips. It’s a great way for them to review their new knowledge and it adds interest to the memory being shared.
Signs can tell an important part of the story that you might otherwise forget to include. We’ve been going to the Shakespeare Festival for years, but somehow I’ve neglected to mention the ongoing campaign to raise funds for a new theater. Now that I have this photo, I will remember to journal those details.
We had a fabulous time at a recent Weird Al concert (he’s so funny!) and the t-shirt we bought for my son had all the tour stops listed on the back. This is a fun and interesting tidbit to remember!
If you get a really clear picture of journaling (like this jellyfish sign at the aquarium), you have a ready-made journaling card. I can use this picture just like a photo on a page, but it tells a very interesting story that I wouldn’t have known about without the sign.
Journaling doesn’t have to be hard, and it doesn’t always have to be in your own words. Feel free to borrow from all the readily available pieces of text that are informative and well-designed. Just take a picture and you will have instant words to add interest and meaning to your layouts.
Want to try your photographic hand at a fun technique?
I love to have fun with my camera. I love to see how I can push it, what I can make it do.
Panning is a fun technique to add some pizzazz to your photos and your memory-keeping.
It can take a little practice, but once you nail it, you’ll be in love. Be prepared to have a few photos to delete in the process!
What do you need to make it work?
Start by turning your flash off.
If you know how to use manual mode, you can definitely go there.
For the rest of us we are going to use Shutter Priority mode.
In shutter priority mode, you select the shutter speed and your camera will select the aperture for a correct exposure. This technique is all about shutter speed.
The real trick for this technique is to hit that optimum spot where your shutter speed and the movement of your subject moves in synch. Adjust your shutter speed either faster or slower until you find that sweet spot!
A few fun subjects to give this a try with:
Have fun with it. Shoot lots. Let me know how your results turn out!
*Is your camera brand not listed? I still love you. Post in the comments if you can’t find the right setting.
Katrina is a team member here at The Daily Digi, be sure to also check out Katrina’s CaptureYour365 for more great photography tips!
P.S.S. Sue was the random winner selected from those that commented on Tangie’s feature. She won $10 in product from Studio Tangie! 🙂
I have been a long time admirer of Tangie Baxter’s work. Her designs are so artistic and filled with symbolic details. Her art journaling projects are something that I can look at and study for a long time, just taking it all in. Let’s take a closer look at “What Rapture” that is included in The Digi Files this month:
Here are some layouts created using Studio Tangie’s contribution:
You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Tangie Baxter, my real name is Tangela and I was actually named after an orange it’s true!
I live in Mesa, Arizona (love the smell of desert rain!) with my amazingly supportive husband of 15+ happy years, our 14 year old daughter and an Italian greyhound named Tank!
I love old movies like “Singing in the Rain” and “My Fair Lady” and am one of the biggest Harry Potter fans you’ll ever meet–borderline geek!
Here are two. I couldn’t decide LOL
I have always been a scrapper, I remember making scrapbooks when I was twelve, back then (oh I sound so old) they just started the “acid free” movement and scrapbooking stores were starting to pop up everywhere. As I got older and had a family of my own I was an “avid collector of supplies” I just couldn’t seem to make myself actually USE them. I just couldn’t seem to “get into it” and the mess was a real problem in my first tiny little 950-square-foot home.
In 2006 I started building and designing “family websites” where families could share their photos in a really cute environment. I just knew there had to be an easier way! In the spring of 2007 I was introduced to digital scrapbooking. I was literally jumping up and down in my chair “oohhing and awwwing” over the prospects of this new “digital” world. I immediately set to work teaching myself how to use the entire CS2 package. It became a passion and I taught myself to design that very summer, secretly though I still really struggled with the actual scrapping part, it just didn’t resonate with me.
I opened my own store in October 2007 and moved to Scrapbookbookgraphics in November 2008! Somewhere along the way I had an epiphany that I could start art journaling digitally! FINALLY something switched the light on inside of me, I had the spark! Digitally art journaling was something I wanted to do myself and couldn’t wait to get my next fix (making a new page). Altered art and visual journaling were my new passion, you might say my new “calling in life” and so the Art Journal Caravan was born!
Am I allowed to say everything? I can’t go anywhere without thinking about how something I see could be incorporated into a kit, whether it’s colors, patterns or actual found objects. I love that “my job” is also my passionate hobby! Everyday I jump out of bed ready to get to work! I get to spend hours searching every nook and cranny in antique and thrift stores, paint, journal, play in Photoshop… life is amazing!
I just got a brand new computer (I’m a PC gal) that I seriously have an unhealthy amount of love for. It’s an HP 570f, it has a AMD II 1090T 3.20GHZ processor, 16 GB of Ram and a 2TB hard drive with windows 7-64 bit. I also have two HP2711x LED 27 inch Monitors which I adore!
Programs: I use Photoshop CS5, Filterforge, Artrage, 7zip and Renamer by Den4b
Camera: I just have a Canon point and shoot, it is long over due for a replacement!
My tip is to make yourself a personalize workspace in Photoshop! Did you know you can save multiple workspaces for different tasks (such as editing photos, or for scrapbooking, or in my case designing)? It saves where you have all your menus placed, the size of your layer thumbnails (I always have mine on large with layer bounds) and a whole lot more! Did you also know that you can change the size of the text preview in your font menu? I would spend some time poking around your preferences menu and really customize Photoshop to fit your needs! Then make sure you go to Window–>New Workspace and save! You can save over the same one over and over again if you keep making little tweaks. If Photoshop ever crashes you can load your saved workspace and WALA everything is back to the way YOU love it!
How can you choose between your own children 😉 but I do love this workshop because I really want everyone in the whole wide world to try art journaling and this makes it really easy!
Here are some of my favorite products by Studio Tangie:
Here are some more inspirational layouts using Studio Tangie’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
Go have a look in Studio Tangie’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)!
The winner from the “Just Scrap Challenge” will be posted tomorrow, sorry for the delay, I didn’t want to take away from Tangie’s feature. – Steph
The following layouts were created using “Oh What Rapture” by Tangie Baxter and included in The Digi Files during September.
In Episode 7 of The Digi Show I (Katie) read an email from a listener that mentioned using icons instead of folders for her organizing system. This is very easy to do on a Mac with the free img2icns app, but she also included that this could be done on a PC as well with the right tool. I went on a search and found iconverticons and gave it a try. I’ve since been perplexed and somewhat mentally consumed by the whole idea of changing my folder systems to icons. I’m not the only one – a few listeners have gone down the “rabbit hole” as well and the comments field has been hopping with tips and tricks being passed back and forth. I love that I have been able to learn so much from our listeners and I thought it would be fun to share some of this information with all of you.
I currently use a folder-based system for organizing all of my digital scrapbook supplies, documents, and photos. You can read more about it in this post. I also got the inspiration to have a folder just for previews (in each of my categories) from Steph after writing that post. This has been an incredibly easy and effective organizational system for me and I had no plans to change it. When I found out about the icon maker, I wondered if my whole previews folder had just become obsolete?
Here’s a little peek at how my current system works. This is a look inside my “Summer & Beach” folder. On some of the folders, you can see a preview image because I took the time to go in and change the settings on each folder by right clicking on it and going to “Properties” then “Customize” and then under “Folder Images” choosing the preview image to show up as the default image. Obviously, I have not done this for all my folders and I don’t worry too much about it because I mainly use my preview folder when I want to look at the choice for the “Summer & Beach” category.
Now you can see the difference with the 3 folders I changed to icons (Anna, BGD, Flergs/Kay Miller)
The preview is the icon that replaces the folder. When I click on that icon image, it still opens the folder. Cool!
These are the programs that were mentioned the most often in the comments of The Digi Show episode. (all of them are free)
The basic idea behind all of these programs is that you will store your converted .ico files in the folder with the kits they belong to. Right-click, go to “Properties” then “Customize” then “change icon” and then you will find the .ico file in your folder and select that as the icon image. It’s critical to keep your .ico files in the same place so that Windows knows where to find them. Don’t move them after you’ve customized the icon view on your folder.
Some users like to have a separate folder just for icons and that works well also. That would work well if you are batch processing, which a listener said you can do in the IcoFx program. When asked what the reason was for keeping the separate folder, one of the commenters responded:
“There are several reasons I learned the hard way why it was best to have a single folder (this is for Windows Systems):
1) As suggested when you use the batch files under Tools it is very easy to change multiple previews into icons at one time – if you wanted the icon to remain in each folder you would have to do them individually. In batch processing when you assign these icons to their respective folders navigating is a breeze because Windows “remembers” where you were last when you hit the “Change Icon” part of the Properties Window. So it always brings you to the Folder Icons folder first. In fact, I always change the preview name to this convention: designername_kitname_kit_preview. Thus when I need to assign the icons in the folders’ properties I can quickly and easily find each icon – C’s for CarinaGardner or the E’s for EchoPark, etc….
2) It is a safe way to preserve the Icons IMO and prevent them from “looking” like duplicates in the kit folder and accidentally being deleted. If you navigate into a folder you can see the icon file and the preview file appear identical in any of the View by Icons mode.
3) Windows architecture sets up its own internal icons in a separate folder which can be found stored in shell32.dll located at C:\Windows\System32\. Not that I believe Windows programmers are infallible, but it is my belief that icon indexing is faster when the icons are stored in a single place. Since this is a system file you can’t view it directly but you can extract the system icons out of it…guess how…yep… with IcoFX! I briefly contemplated finding a way to get mine into a .dll file but decided it was best not to mess with Windows OS for fear of retaliation of the Microsoft gremlins ;>)
4) If anything ever happened to a digital kit folder it would be easy to restore the icon(s) rather than remake it/them. Keep a backup of this icon folder in a safe location.
5) With Windows if you save the icon inside the kit folder and at any point move that folder the icon will not stay linked as suggested because the directory path to the icon has to remain intact. Once you move the folder with the icon you are altering the path to the icon. This is why it is so important that the icon not be moved once it is assigned. Have Lyndel try this and she will see for herself that her nice icon vanishes back to a mundane yellow system folder. Put it back and voila! instant icon again.
* a sidenote for Mac users – The img2icons app for the Mac is just drag and drop the preview into a box and then drop the folder into the same box and it instantly converts.
Do what works for you! I still love my folders of previews so I’m not quite ready to delete them yet, even though it’s not necessary to have the previews in a folder and the changed icon files. I guess I will give it some time and see what works for me. I do love the beauty of icons instead of folders and it really appeals to my nature as a visual person.
Where I’m really loving the icon idea the most is on my computer desktop. I love to have fun wallpapers loaded on my screen, but I also keep some vital folders on my desktop. Now I can create beautiful icons to look nice with the background on my screen. I love learning about new tricks on my computer! Here are some fun links to check for free icons to download:
Special thanks to Debbie, Joan, Lyndel, and all the other listeners/readers who helped me with research and advice for this post! I really appreciate it!
I think one thing many scrappers agree on is that we don’t really like scrapping about ourselves. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start even when you know that your story is important. We’ve talked about this a lot on The Digi Show and even had one of our older episodes dedicated to it.
Since we are working so hard on encouraging you to get IN the photos, I thought I would take some time to encourage US (because *I* need it too) to get IN our layouts as well! Let’s start with some inspiration and tips from our team:
Sometimes my AAM (All About Me) pages are simple, like this one I did for a CT introduction page…
I’ve found that scrapbooking using lists lets me get a lot of journaling onto a page. For example, here’s one I recently did of my favourite things that happened in August:
I also don’t believe that AAM pages need pictures – because if I waited for a photo, I might not do the page! Here’s a photoless page example:
There are a lot of great AAM challenges at store forums. Here’s one I did for a challenge at MScraps about my biggest fear:
Trina shared these layouts with us:
Trina said that Nettio is a favorite source for templates that would work great on AAM layouts and she used this one on a layout of her daughter.
I know Anne (Lime) has been working hard on including herself in photos and scrapping them too:
I always like to look through Lynette and Heather Hess’s galleries for All About Me inspiration. Heather also did a post last month about turning a template into a layout without photos. It included lots of tips for scrapbooking your own stories.
Here are a few other resources to get you started if you are a little afraid (like me):
***This download is no longer available. It will be available for members through the end of September, 2011***
Heddy was super sweet and sent over this template for our readers. She told me not to tell you it was from her, but hoped someone would be able to scrap a memory with it. Well, I can’t pretend the template is from me…haha! If you do scrap a layout using this template, I’m sure Heddy would LOVE to see it, so leave us a link in the comments! Download by clicking the image.
Today is the very last day to register for my AWESOME workshop! If you have been thinking about it, then now is the time to act before it’s gone!
Did you know…
I’ve had lots of questions recently about The Daily Digi business model and have had people tell me, “Why don’t you make a bigger deal about that?” So, I thought I would point out a few things that you might not know…
We always get good feedback from designers and many of them ask to contribute to The Digi Files again. We are so thankful for the support we receive from the talented designers in the community and ask that you let them know you appreciate it as well by supporting them in their stores…so let’s get to the SHOPPING!
Just Be….brave, strong, true, classic, loving, amazing, fabulous, wonderful….celebrate individuality with this eclectic kit from Diane:
scrapping with Liz has a new template set out and like all of her new releases, it is 20% off:
There are times when what we most want is to say “thank you” to people we love! Not necessarily “required” because they did something, but “Thank you” simply because they exist, be part of our lives and allow us to be part of their lives! Thinking in those moments, I created a new collection …
Check out the new e-book by SuzyQ Scraps, with Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs, and go on a topsy turvy ride learning how to modify templates so you can stretch your stash, build easy 2-page layouts, and create cohesive albums. Includes a set of 4 exclusive templates!
Jacque Larsen has this cute Halloween banner in her store and TDD readers can get an additional 15% off the already discounted 20% off use the exclusive code: TDD_HALL
Jenn Lindsey has decided to close her store to have more time to focus on her family and scrapping. Stock up on her unique templates at 50% off, before they’re gone on September 30th! (You will still be seeing Jenn around here and we are so happy about that!)
Explorations by Heather T. is a cute kit all about the explorations of childhood.
Tracie Stroud has this generous and exclusive coupon for our readers:
What could be better than a brag book of your babies precious first years?! Getting it for free when you buy the bundle! With Either bundle, you get a coordinating brag book! On sale this week!
20% off this weekend! Bubblies 2 by Lauren Reid- coordinates with the Wicked Smart collab!
Here’s a new collection from Tattered Pear and it’s 20% off this weekend. Be sure to check out the coordinating alpha pack!
Inner Beauty – when believing that what you have to offer is of value and that beauty is both inside and out. A collaboration between eNKay Designs and Karen Lewis. Available at The Digichick now.
Studio Flergs has brought the Urban Princess Collection over to her SBG store. Save 20% on the kit all weekend!
Mye De Leon is releasing her beautiful moody kit called “Mood Swings” in her personal store called Digital Scrap Shop! Check this out while she offers a 20% discount for 1 week only! I saw there’s a freebie posted in her Facebook page as well and tons in her blog so be sure to check her out.
P.S. Tiffany was the random winner chosen from yesterday’s feature on Che Yang. She won $10 in product from her store. THANKS everyone!
I’ve been watching Che Yang since she opened up her store at Mscraps when I fell in love with her designs. I love her light, modern, slightly shabby style! I think my favorite things in Che’s kits though are her doodled word arts. I love the beautiful sayings that she illustrates equally as well! Let’s take a closer look at “September Blooms” that is included in The Digi Files this month:
Here are some layouts created using Che Yang Designs’ contribution:
You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Hello! My name is Che and I live in Minnesota with my family. I have been married for 5 years to my husband Lue and we have a 3 year old daughter and a baby boy on the way.
I had my daughter in the spring of 2008 and like most new moms I took hundreds and hundreds of photos of her and was looking for a way to display them so that I can share them with family members. In the fall of that same year my search led me to a very popular website where I discovered digital scrapbooking and like most of you I was instantly hooked.
A year later I was invited by a designer to be on her creative team so I decided to create a blog to promote her beautiful designs. At that same time, I started to create pattern papers and offer them as freebies to increase traffic to my blog. It was so much fun creating papers and I was quite blown away by the responses that I received from the people who downloaded my papers. I knew then that I wanted to be a designer.
In March of 2010 I started selling my designs with a friend in her personal shop. A month later MScraps had a designer call so I decided to give it a shot and got accepted. I have been with MScraps ever since.
I get most of my inspiration from my daughter and the internet.
I have a laptop, Intel Core i5. I actually have to look up on the internet to see how much RAM I have. Lol. This is what it says 4GB DDR3 1066MHz RAM. Lol.
Program: I use Photoshop CS5 to create all my layouts and Photoshop CS5 and Illustrator CS5 to create all my designs.
Camera: I actually don’t have one at the moment. I was using a point and shoot camera but it broke on me recently. I guess it really is time to get a new one. Lol.
Everything Else: I have a Wacom Tablet and the Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner.
I don’t spend a lot of time treating my photos unless I know that I will print them out, but there is one thing that I almost always do before scrapping a photo even if I ended up turning it to black and white…and that is simply duplicating my photo then change the blending mode to soft light. Try it! This will greatly improve your photos.
My most current kit is always my favorite and in this case it’s my “Beautiful You Collection”.
I think one of my best selling products is my “Wildflowers” kit.
Here are some of my favorite products by Che Yang:
Here are some more inspirational layouts using Che Yang’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
Go have a look in Che Yang’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)!
Receive 30% off Che Yang Designs through September 30, 2011, so hurry over! Enter dailydigi_30off at checkout.
The following layouts were created using “September Blooms” by Che Yang and included in The Digi Files during September: