It’s No Trick: Seven Readers Will Get Treats

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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 October:

Sugarplum Paperie: Bind and Gag Your Inner Critic

Secret Stash: Add a Pinch of Curiosity

Girl Boy Girl Designs: And Four Chickens

Zoe Pearn: Doing Something I Love So Much

Simply Tiffany Studios: Best Friends Ever Since

Lisa Sisneros Designs: Oh.Duh!

Wild Blueberry Ink: Tell It Through My Designs

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The interactive ebook “Playbook” is filled with tips, tricks, tutorials, links to more resources, and a video tutorial. Even the advanced digital scrapbooker can learn something from this packed book.  This month, some of the subjects covered include:
Layout Design
Paper Tricks
Photos
Storytelling
Supply Tricks
Template Tricks
Titles
Tools
and Type

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:

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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 October! We will randomly select SEVEN people from the comments below to win $10 in product from one of this month’s contributors.


De-cluttering

Every fall, I try to purge my house of anything I don’t need or don’t want anymore. A free shelf or two on the bookshelves and empty bins in storage room make my mind feel clearer and the house feel lighter.

If you want to do your own de-cluttering, here are some books and web sites to help you focus your efforts:

It’s All Too Much – Book

It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff

From the book description: Veteran “organizational consultant,” TV show host and author Peter Walsh (How to Organize (Just About) Everything) has more ideas in his latest book on clutter management than the spare closet has junk, and, even better, it’s organized, in-depth and entirely user-friendly. Part One examines the “Clutter Problem”: how it happens, how it hampers and how to face it without excuses or discouragement. Part Two presents a step-by-step approach to “Putting Clutter in its Place,” which begins with “surface clutter” and developing a household plan before moving on to the bulk of the book, a walkthrough of each room in the home.

Unclutter Your Life In One Week – Book

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From the book description: Simple living isn’t about depriving; it’s about enriching. But while scribbling “Be more organized” on a list of New Year’s resolutions doesn’t take much effort, actually becoming more organized requires real change. Are you constantly late to the office because you have trouble getting out the door in the morning? Is your house in such disarray that you can’t have friends over for dinner? It’s easy to feel stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed when your surroundings, schedule, and thoughts are chaotic. The solution? Unclutter Your Life in One Week with organization expert and Editor-in-Chief of Unclutterer.com Erin Rooney Doland. This essential manual is a simple, day-by-day plan for purging your life of clutter, becoming more efficient and productive, and creating a symbiotic relationship between your work and personal life. There is no one-size-fits-all answer for organization. Erin offers useful and innovative suggestions for tackling the physical, mental, and systemic distractions in different areas of your home and office each day. Her down-to-earth approach will help you part with sentimental clutter, organize your closet based on how you process information, build an effective and personalized filing system, avoid the procrastination that often hinders the process, and much more. Once you cure the clutter, she shares practical advice for maintaining your harmonious home and work environments with minimal daily effort.

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The author of the above book, Erin Rooney Doland, also runs a very informative blog-site, Unclutterer.Com, related to leading an uncluttered life.

Be More With Less – Blog-site

The Be More With Less site (and related e-Book) is about simplifying your life in all areas, including owning less stuff. The site author also has a great twitter feed for regular inspiration.

Cleaning Organization Sites

FlyLady, of the cleaning routine fame, has a nice guide to de-cluttering, in addition to her routine-based cleaning system. Motivated Moms features a chore routine set built around daily “to do” checklists. I’ve been using it for a few years and love checking items off my list.

Good luck in your de-cluttering efforts! You never know what you’ll find. Here were some of my finds:

  • Bed sheets for a size of bed we haven’t owned in years.
  • Spices that must be 10 years old. Eeek!
  • University course notes. I won’t tell you how long it’s been since I was in university.

Happy cleaning!

P.S. As always, no affiliate links were used in this post

Journaling from blog posts, emails, & status updates

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Are you always searching for ways to make journaling easier? Chances are, you are already writing down many details that can easily be copied and pasted right onto a digital scrapbook page! I (Katie) love using words I’ve already written when it comes time to add details to a layout. You might be surprised at how many ways there are to “harvest” the journaling you’ve already done and turn it into a wonderful keepsake! Here are 3 great resources to use:

A Blog

Do you keep a blog? Even if you have only posted a few times, there’s probably something there you can use for a scrapbook page or two.  Even infrequent bloggers will find that they can use previously written entries as journaling. I’ve been keeping a personal blog for more than 6 years now so I have a huge resource of entries to pull from. Surprisingly, I don’t always think to go back through past posts when I’m looking for scrapbooking ideas. I love the pages I’ve created directly from blog posts though, so I’m setting a goal to improve in this area myself.

Here’s a page where I took the journaling from a blog post and copied it word for word on the layout. Thank you ctrl+c and ctrl+v – love those shortcuts!

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Daily Digi team member Tara likes to use the same trick. She created this page using the words she had written in a previous blog post.

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dandelion moments by TaraMcK, on Flickr

 

What if you don’t have a blog? You might want to consider starting one, it really isn’t difficult and you will be so glad to have the record it creates. Check out this post for advice on blogging.  Even if you are not a blogger, perhaps someone else in your circle of family and friends does blog. I often find great journaling on my Mom’s personal blog and I regularly save her entries to use bits of her writing on my own pages. Most friends and family members would probably be honored to know you care so much about what they write. If you aren’t sure how they would feel about you copying and pasting their words for your own personal use, it’s a good idea to double check with them.

 

Emails

Emails are a great resource for journaling material, and don’t forget about the emails you’ve written. I like to look through my folder of SENT emails from time to time to find my own recounts of events and ideas to use on digi pages. I also have a folder set up in my email system called “Keepsakes” where I file messages from others that I want to keep and/or document in some way.  If you aren’t interested in keeping a blog, you may want to consider sending some occasional email updates to people you care about and saving a copy for your own use. Here are some helpful links for effectively using email as a good source for journaling:

Even a simple email message can inspire a fun layout! Email is a part of our everyday life, so don’t forget to use it as a way to record your memories.

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Social Media Updates

Social media updates on services like facebook and twitter are sometimes referred to as microblogging. By adding small bits of information to these streams, you are really journaling your life in very small segments. I’ve been on facebook for 2.5 years and when I look back at my status updates, I can see that I have an abundance of material to use for memory keeping. Here are just a few of some small moments I’ve shared on facebook that I will eventually use as scrapbook journaling:

  • went out for pie with my family. Today is 3.14 – get it? 🙂 March 14, 2009 at 3:54pm
  • We called an April Fool’s Day “truce” in our house this year. My son has been stressed for days that everyone is going to pull pranks on him so we promised him our home would be a safe and fool-free zone! March 31, 2009 at 9:06pm
  • Went to the store today. Bought silly string, gummy worms, licorice, barbecue potato chips, orange juice, soap, and a Venus Flytrap plant. All the essentials. We should be nice and stocked up now. 😉 June 22, 2009 at 5:15pm
  • Alex just finished homeschool for the day (he had a lot of work!) and he said “finally, I get a break!” Then he went and got his book about the Aztecs and sat down to read it. Love that kid. 🙂December 11, 2009 at 4:22pm
  • Took the kids to the orthodontist today. At one point Alex yelled out “Holy Cow! What are you doing to me?!” Everyone in the office heard it. I’m sure it helped all the people in the waiting room feel excited for their turn in the chair. LOL! January 26, 2010 at 11:07am

Besides using my own status updates as a resource, I also plan to use some of the comments that my friends left in response to what I shared, that’s what makes facebook such a fabulous resource!  I’ve seen many great layouts in the galleries with snippets from social media for the journaling.  I love this page filled with cute quotes from a silly little lady.

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Next time you’re searching for something to write about, try searching your blog, email account, or social media streams. Chances are, you’ve already written something that will be perfect for your next digi page!

 

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Some early trick-or-treating (digi style)

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As I was hopping around digiland searching for funtastic finds to share with you, I felt like I was on a virtual trick-or-treat adventure! I filled my computer treat-sack with all sorts of goodies, and now I’m really in the mood to do some digi scrapping this weekend!

Jennifer Labre Designs is moving! Check out this fantastic sale – 50% off select items. Monday is the last day, so be sure to grab any of those products you’ve been wanting before they are gone for good!

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I love the cute little bird in Dúnia’s new kit!

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Just a little something creepy for your Halloween (and other moments, too!) from Diane Rigdon Apothescary is now available at Two Peas in a Bucket!

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How about a sweet little mini-kit for your Halloween and Fall pages for just $1  from Aja Abney? So cute!

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The perfect kit to cozy up to, Snickerdoodle from Creashens includes 13 coordinating papers, over 40 unique elements (mostly hand-crafted and drawn), and a cookie-like alpha numeral set to boast.

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Nicole of Sugarplum Paperie has a new kit out this week that’s currently on sale for 20% off. If you haven’t already used the coupon from her Contributor Feature this week, you can get this lovely new kit for 35% off! (Just use this coupon at checkout: SPTDD_35)

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New this week by Mari Koegelenberg Creations is her 2012 Sew Crafty Calendar Kit. Perfect stocking stuffer for the Crafty Girl!

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Catscrap is having a sale and there will be special treats throughout the shop for one day only 10/31/11 including extra discounted any items in the shop and new freebies . Sale lasts through 10/31/11.

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Karen Lewis has a great Halloween stamp freebie on her blog. Grab it here

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Studio Flergs Pre-DSD SALE! 50% off her store, (excluding collections/bundles) Last chance to buy CU as it’s ALL retiring after the sale (except alpha maker & assorted glitters). October 28th to 31st

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Meredith Cardall has two brand new digital scrapbook kits and a set of layered templates for you!  She has a special offer exclusively for The Daily Digi readers.  Take an additional 15% off Things Mom Taught Me, Treats Only and Layered Up Vol 1.  Use code: tdd15-1028 Code expires November 3, 2011.  Be sure to stop by Meredith’s Blog on Friday for a brand new coordinating freebie.

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The Digichick is having a Creative Team Call!

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Jeepers is a newly released collection with frightful papers and scary elements -it’s perfect for all your Halloween layouts and projects.
The Jeepers Collection is on sale for 20% OFF and the Bundle is 30% OFF for a limited time PLUS Daily Digi readers can enjoy an
additional 20% OFF by using Discount Code: jeepers20 at checkout (expires 10.31.11).

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Anna Aspnes has 8 new autumn-themed digital products at 20% discount, one $1.00 AnnaSelect item and the opportunity to purchase the AnnaRelease 28 October 2011 at 35% discount for a limited time.  Includes ArtPlay Palette Pumpkin Patch, KardStock Neutrals No. 1, FotoBoost Layered Templates No. 2, GoldLeaves No. 1, ScriptTease Fall No. 2, Artsy Layered Template No. 35, FotoGlows No. 5 and Autumn WordART No. 3.  Also check out our new KardPrintz hybrid and digital cards for the digital scrapbooker, to which we’re adding this week with 3 greeting options:  Happy Autumn, Happy Birthday and Happy Thanksgiving.

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JennCk Designs is now at Gotta Pixel. Snag this exclusive kit and matching free with purchase on sale 30% off through October 31!

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Krisi’s Kreations is guesting at Scrap Orchard this month.  Grab these Countdown Calendar Blocks and get started on your holiday gifts, or create something fun for you!  Be sure to sign up for her newsletter as she will be sending out exclusive coupons and codes during the month to newsletter subscribers.

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Check out this new zippy set of cluster frames by Tracey Monette!

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Studio Rosey Posey is celebrating her 2 year Anniversary @ SBG

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The beautiful and talented Peppermint Winking smile of One Little Bird has a layered template available as a free download for her Facebook Fans through October 31st.

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Come and listen to a brand new episode of The Digi Show! This one’s all about templates and we share a lot of fun ideas (and some laughs too)!

Hope you have fun filling up your computer’s treat bag!

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Mini Kits

On more than one occasion, I have bought a “mega-kit” for $9 (or more…) and then made only one page out of it. Which, if you do the math, makes that one expensive page! I’ve been thinking about mini-kits as one possible “solution” to  the “expensive page problem”. They are usually around $4 dollars and contain about 5-6 papers, at least one frame and a handful of other elements. Some are slightly more expensive and contain a bit more and, on the other side, some are slightly less expensive and contain fewer items. I find that mini kits stretch me creatively because there is less “stuff” to choose from, so I need to make more use of digital techniques such as clipping masks and blends.

I went shopping and found some great mini-kits and sample pages of the kits in action:

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Layout by 4noisyboys. Supplies: Petite Mademoiselleby Jenn Barrette (preview shown), Bugga templates by Sara Gleason

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Layout by CaroB71. A Love so Tenderby AnnaBV Designs (preview shown)

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Sunny Day at the Beach by 2 a.m. Designs (preview shown)

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Layout by Traumelfe. Supplies: September RomanceShot by Kristin Aagard (preview shown), Template by Secret Stash, Photo by Julia Maier

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Layout by Helen. Supplies: 2011-03by lauraskathi (preview shown)

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Layout by Kat. Supplies: Cloud Nine by Elise’s Pieces (preview shown)

Tips on Maximizing Your Mini Kits:

  • Pair mini-kits with alphas or word art already in your digital supplies stash.
  • Mix the papers in the mini kit with neutrals (like kraft paper) that you already own to stretch the mini kit a bit further.
  • Mini kits often don’t come with “the basics” like staples and stitches, so raid your other kits and element packs for these items. Katie did a post on how she organizes her favourites that might help you keep track of these go-to items. You can also check out her post on fasteners for ideas on how to use stitches, staples, brads, buttons and more.
  • Blend two or more papers in the kit to make additional coordinated papers. For more on that, check out Creating New Looks With Your Digi Papers.
  • Create a multi-photo page and have the kit take backstage to your pictures. Or, create a word-focussed pageand have your journaling be the star.
  • Use paint or brushes to add to the kit.
  • Creatively use fonts on the page, either for titles or journaling or accents. You can even make an alpha out of a font.

I hope you have fun stretching yourself creatively with mini-kits. Happy scrapping!

Digi Scrapping Monochromatic Layouts

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Color is something that always inspires me (Katie), and I love to play around with different ways to use color on my digital scrapbook pages. Color can be a tool for design, communication, expressing emotion, and a great way to have fun while scrapping!. If you really want to understand color better, try using it in monochromatic form – just one color at a time. While color can be applied in any manner you desire, it’s helpful to know about some of the psychology and meanings behind each color and where you might want to use them.

 

Black: Formal, dressy, bold, neutral, elegant, dark, mysterious, powerful, and classic. Black goes with everything (that’s why we love the little black dress so much!) A great choice for contrast and drama.

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Layout by Katie. Template by Kitty Designs (Bunch of Sketches), Misty Mareda Zoie, Tahoma font

 

Brown: Natural, warm, cozy, earthy, neutral, and woodsy. Brown is found abundantly in nature (dirt, trees, animals, wood) and is a comfortable and easy color to use. Available in many shades, brown is a nice neutral backdrop.

Layout by Shanmomto2. Supplies: Kit: A Life Expressed {Simply} by SuzyQ Scraps

 

Orange: Vibrant, bright, warm, fiery, hot, energetic, and attention-grabbing. Orange is associated with hunger, playfulness, and warmth. If you are looking for something eye-catching, orange is a great choice!

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Layout by Katie. Template by Sara Gleason – Daffodil 3 (modified), Edged Out Border by Tracie Stroud, Papers by Kaye Winiecki (say cheese), Dani Mogstad (birds of a feather), Joyce Paul (lemonade stand), Karen Lewis (all about me – digichick collab), Misty Mareda (Organic MScraps collab), iScrap (Organic MScraps collab), Jennifer Labre (color me happy). Century Gothic font.

 

Red: Passionate, bold, love, danger, heat, and power. Red is an intense color by nature, and is visually stimulating and exciting. Red is often present in bold color schemes and in important symbolic items such as flags, hearts, and holiday decorations.

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Purple: Royal, rich, deep, luxurious, and rare. Purple was once reserved for only the nobles because of how difficult and expensive it was to produce. Purple can be feminine and pretty, as well as bold and dynamic (think of sports team colors).

Layout by Katie. Purple Phase by Vinnie Pearce, Template by Hillary Heidelberg, Suzy’s hand font

 

Blue: Moody, serene, cool, soft, deep, watery, peaceful, clean, and calm. Blue is naturally found in the sky and seas. Blue is a natural compliment to more vibrant colors and often used in masculine color schemes.

Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Credits: Little Traveler collab by After Five Designers, It’s Bath Time by Jofia Devoe, Traveling Typewriter font

 

Green: natural, environmental, peaceful, leafy, bright, safe, and fresh. Mother Nature loves greens and fills gardens, forests, and farms with various shades of the color. Green is the perfect choice for outdoors themes and is a wonderful companion to bold and fiery colors.

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Layout by Katie. Kiss Me by Valorie Brown. Century Gothic font.

 

If you find color inspiring, you might enjoy some of these other resources:

 

Next time you are browsing through your digital scrapbook supplies, pay attention to the monochromatic colors that you find. Halloween kits are great resources for blacks and oranges. Christmas kits will give you plenty of reds and greens to work with. Independence Day brings blues and reds. Many other kits are filled with various shades of yellows, purples, browns, and more. Have fun mixing and matching your supplies to create your own monochromatic layouts!

 

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How To Photograph Spooky Halloween Photos

Are you ready to get a little spooky with your Halloween photos this year?

If you want to try a little something different that may actually get your kids interested in getting in on the action, grab your flash or a flashlight and your tripod so we can have some fun!

Once they see this technique they’ll want you to shoot them this way over and over again.

The Set Up

  • Find a dark space. The darker the better.

The Camera Settings

  • Set your camera to Manual Mode.
  • Set your focus to Auto.
  • Set your aperture to f/8.
  • Set your to ISO 100.
  • Set your shutter speed to 10″ (10 seconds).

The Prep

  • Take a photograph with the background you will use, no need to have your subject yet.

  • If your photo is completely black, you are ready for the next step!
  • If there is still light in your image move your aperture up a stop to f/11 and shoot again without your model. You are aiming for as little light as possible in your background.

The Photo

  • Now place your camera on your tripod.
  • It’s time to put your subject in the frame.
  • Let your subject know where to stand.
  • Either hand them your flash or a flash light.
  • They are going to stand in one spot in the frame, illuminate themselves, move, and then flash themselves again.

Variations

  • Put yourself in the photo.
  • You or someone else can also light them with the flash or flashlight.
  • If there isn’t enough light hitting your subject, bump your ISO up a bit or raise your flash power. Play with it to see the results you can create.
  • You can set your shutter speed for longer if you’d like, giving them more opportunities to light themselves up. Play with the shutter length

Have fun with it and see what creative results you can get! Your “headless horseman” subject may just get into it too!

 

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. The random winner chosen from yesterday’s comments on the Sugarplum Paperie feature was Rebekah. She won $10 in product from Sugarplum!

 

Sugarplum Paperie: Bind and Gag Your Inner Critic

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When I think of Sugarplum Paperie, I instantly think of beautiful papers. From solids, tone on tone prints, all the way to patterned papers, Nicole has them all covered and does a beautiful job with each. I really love her shabby, vintage style, and her eye for colors (her color choices always inspire me to scrap)! Speaking of color, the colors in her contribution this month are some of my favorites!  Let’s take a closer look at “Every Day of the Year” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is just ONE of the seven collections included in The Digi Files and Digi Game when you become a member! Check out everything we have revealed that is included. Be sure to grab them before the end of them month when they will return to the designers stores at FULL retail prices.

Here are some layouts created using Sugarplum Paperie’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Karen. Supplies: Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie.
LO2Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie; A Joyful Life template by Studio Basics (modified); Font: DJB MrsWebster by Darcy Baldwin.
LO3Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie; Doodles by Lauren Reid.
LO4Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie; Staple by Crystal Wilkerson; Font: Typewriter Scribble Font.
LO5Layout by Kim. Supplies: Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie.Template by Cindy Schneider; Font: PMN Caecelia.

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

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My name is Nicole Seitler. I’m a 35 year-old stay-at-home wife (to Travis) and mother to four beautiful children (ages 8 years to 9 months old). We homeschool. This year I have one 3rd grader and one Kindergartener! It’s been a great year so far.

I’m a Florida native–a rare bird indeed–who moved around the East Coast (to TN, MD, PA and OH) over the last 10 years… only to return home to beautiful Sarasota in 2009.

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My crafty endeavors started about the time my first daughter was born. A girlfriend sent me a pack of handmade baby thank you cards… that changed my life forever! I knew that she sold rubber stamps for a home party company and that she held workshops to teach people about how easy it was to make something pretty with paper and ink. I fell in love with rubber stamping and for a few years I also sold for the company. I loved blogging about my cards! I used to run my own blog all about it with tips and tricks and instructions–do the best I could with my little cruddy point-and-shoot camera. It was fun!

Learning how easy it was to rubber stamp made me adventurous and I started to try all kinds of crafty new things! I began to quilt. I sewed outfits for my daughter. Taught myself to knit. I took up scrapbooking and papercrafting. And then one day I happened upon the wonderful world of digital scrapbooking. I had spent hours pouring over the beautiful papers I saw in my local scrapbook shop. But until I discovered the work of digital designers, I never really thought about the people that make these beautiful papers… and that I could learn how to do what they did! So, I bought myself a copy of Photoshop and set to work learning how to use it.

I started a new blog as a place to share some of the things I made as I discovered more and more about digital design. (My first [hideous] freebies from 2007 can still be found on my Sugarplum Paperie blog!) I then opened my own little shop on Digital Scrapbooking Day, November 3, 2007. In August of 2008, I joined The Digichick as a guest designer and loved it so much, I begged to stay. In February of 2009, I was asked to take over the helm of the ship and I’ve been the owner of The Digichick ever since!

I picked the name “Sugarplum Paperie” as my design name for sentimental reasons. When I was a little girl, my mother would call me her “Little Sugarplum.” I remember once she even ordered me a set of pencils for school that said “Sugarplum” on them. So, I’m fond of the name. As for the “Paperie” part, I adore making paper. It’s my passion! I’m a paper nut. (I still paper scrap, too!)

It took me until I was 30 to discover that what I really wanted to with my life had not changed at all from high school! It’s just that in 1994, the graphic design industry was… ahem… a little unappealing to me. I didn’t want to make “Computer Art” in primary colors on some crazy looking little Mac. If I had been born 10 years later, I would probably have majored in graphic design in college. But since I didn’t, I’m doing the next best thing–I’m teaching myself and I’m loving every minute!

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Color! I see a pretty palette and my mind goes to work right away…

toolbox3I recently got a fabulous new computer (a desktop) after years of working on a little laptop. It was a faithful little laptop and I hate to speak ill of it, since it never did wrong by me. But I looooove my new Toshiba. It has a touchscreen monitor. Need I say more? I’m running Windows 7 now. I feel like I’m finally “with it” now after years of working with XP and Photoshop CS2.

Even though we are a family of six, we all still fit around the table in our breakfast nook (for now!), so my desk lives in the dinning room section of our living room. I do most of my designing either after 3 p.m. (when my kids are busy playing) or after 8 p.m. (when my kids are all sound asleep).

Everything Else: I have a smaller Wacom Bamboo tablet…I’d really like a bigger fancier one, but this one still works very well.

Program: I use Photoshop and Illustrator (CS5). I’m a die-hard Firefox fanatic, too.

Camera: My camera is a Pentax K100.

Anything Else: My dear, sweet husband bought me a tablet for my birthday one year… and I never got used to it, so he stole it and he happily makes good use of it now every day.

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My biggest struggle with both scrapping and designing is that for years I have not really loved my own work. But I’ve found that the more you play, the more you grow. The more things you make, the more you learn along the way! It also helps if you bind and gag your inner critic and lock her up in a deep, dark dungeon.

Slowly but surely–if you don’t give up–little by little you’ll get where you want to be! I never felt that I was any good at digi scrapping but I kept at it and I kept on scraplifting others to learn more about this craft. I also kept up with three creative teams for my friends, even though I am beyond busy, and it’s been the best thing–especially my job as a Cretive Team member for the Digi Dares! Now my layouts will actually get chosen as Gallery Standouts. I’m amazed at how far I’ve come! So, if you’ve ever felt the same way about your work (or you feel that way right now), keep your chin up! Go create something right now and take one step closer to the kind of art you want to be making.

As for a more practical tip, is there anything better than a Clipping Mask? I love using those when I’m making papers. And Blending Modes, like Overlay and Soft Light? I could not funtion without them–for scrapping, for designing, for tweaking photos. If you don’t offen use those two tools, I’d highly suggest messing around with them!

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I love this kit for many reasons. The main one would probably be that I feel like it marked a turning point for me. I never felt like I could really tackle a themed kit until I created this collection. I also love that the feeling I wanted to give this kit actually shines through. It’s a kit that stayed true to my vision from the start–and I conquered my fear of themes, too! Yay!

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This was another kit with a theme that I pushed myself to make–and it turns out that people loved it! I’m so happy with how this collection turned out as well.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Sugarplum Paperie:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Sugarplum Paperie’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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Go have a look in Sugarplum Paperie’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

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Inspired by Sugarplum Paperie

The following layouts were created using “Every Day of the Year” by Sugarplum Paperie and included in The Digi Files during October:

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Layout by Amelia
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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Scrapping with Liz, Blender: Scrapgirls, Word Art: Jennifer Arbon, Fonts: Jaggy Fries, Larger Mime
LO1Layout by Karen. Supplies: Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie.
LO2Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie; A Joyful Life template by Studio Basics (modified); Font: DJB MrsWebster by Darcy Baldwin.
LO3Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie; Doodles by Lauren Reid.
LO4Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie; Staple by Crystal Wilkerson; Font: Typewriter Scribble Font.
LO5Layout by Kim. Supplies: Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie.Template by Cindy Schneider; Font: PMN Caecelia.

Google Chrome is my favorite browser

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There are a few polarizing topics in the computer world (such as the  Mac vs. PC debate) and choice of browsers might fit in that category as well. I (Katie) used Internet Explorer for years and then switched to Firefox because of this Daily Digi post from 2009. I still think Firefox is a good browser, and Steph has said she can’t imagine switching because she likes it so much. I’ve become a Google Chrome fan now though, and I can’t imagine going back to Firefox!

Why do I love Google Chrome? It almost never crashes. It’s stable, fast, and reliable – all good things when it comes to surfing the internet. It’s designed well. I love the simplicity and options Chrome has to offer. My favorite thing about Chrome is how well it integrates with all the other Google services I love; gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, and more. Yep, I’m ga-ga for Google! Chrome was created because of the different needs of today’s internet user. You can read a comic version of the thought process behind the browser’s design by clicking on the pages in this link.

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Here are some great resources to check out if you are interested in using Chrome:

If you’ve tried Google Chrome, I’d love to hear about your experience. Feel free to share you favorite tips, extensions, or add-ons in the comments!

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