Black Friday For Digi Scrappers

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This Funtastic Friday post is SO BIG, I actually had to take a break while I was putting it together (well, it might have a little to do with fighting the flu right now too)! It’s HUGE!! So, hold on tight, there are a lot of good deals to be had!

Janet is back with her semi-annual SCRAP YOUR HEART OUT collection. This huge template set includes 45 templates (36 one-pagers and 9 two-pagers). Get it this weekend only for 40% offduring Sweet Shoppe Designs biggest sale of the year!

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Black Friday Super Sales, Mega Deals and Retiring Product Sale at Memory Scraps! (Mscraps)
Save 20 – 70% off from Nov. 25th until Nov. 28th.
Spend $10 and receive The Things You Do Collab for FREE!
Spend $20 and receive The Things You Do Collab & When We Were Young Collab for FREE!

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Check out this brand new kit from Secret Stash, Country Road. For many, being in the country feels like home. It’s sweet honeysuckle growing wild down at the creek, church on Sunday mornings and a warm wind blowing. Record and cherish your most beloved memories with this oh so nostalgic kit! And only for a dollar!

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The farmers market is up and running at SO.  WM has 20 items (2 new!) for $1.00 each! Includes CU, Mini’s, templates & alphas!

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Krisi’s Kreations has 6 items (3 are brand new) in the Farmer’s Market at Scrap Orchard. They are all only $1 each!

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Dunia has a GREAT deal going on right now!

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A BIG sale from Jennck:

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A sale from Studio Basic:

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Lauren Reid has these brand new gorgeous tags:

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Farmer’s Market is going on over at Scrap Orchard & Liz has 6 brand new template sets that you can get for $1 PLUS 14 older products!!! Her newer stuff includes Christmas Card Templates, Game Board Templates & some Double Page Templates!

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Jennifer Labre is celebrating Black Friday with a one day sale! 30% off everything! She also has a beautiful new kit out today. Check out Serendipity in her Oscraps store.

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Snag this new “mini” kit from SuzyQ Scraps for only $1, perfect for scrapbooking your home sweet home, moving adventures, & family gatherings of all sorts.

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Kate Hadfield and Kim Jensen have got together again to create this super colourful Christmas collaboration kit! Deck the Halls is packed with fun colours, hand made elements and doodles and is on sale at a special 25% off Friday-Monday!

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Kristin Aagard has a brand new kit out just in time for After Five Design’s Black Friday sale!! Friday only, you can get her new Merry Christmas kit (and anything else in her store) at 42% off!!

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Baers Garten designs is having a 35% off sale on her store at Scrapbook Graphics:

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I love this new collection by Aja Abney (and it’s a super deal):

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Mye De Leon has this gorgeous Black Friday Grab Bag! For only $4.00 – this HUGE collection of 5 new products can be yours so head to her store now!

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Connie Prince has a sale going on as well:

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Meredith took Black Friday and turned it into a week-long celebration. Head over to Meredith’s blog to learn more about her weekend-long 40% off sale, special BLACK FRIDAY pricing, and the chance to “Win My Store”.

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Paislee Press sale:

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Kate Hadfield, Karah Fredricks & Kaye Winiecki have teamed up to create a jam packed Christmas collab which is 25% OFF all weekend. They are also selling their parts of the collab separately too.

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One Little is having a Black Friday Sale for one day only. Save 20% throughout her store on November 25th, and newsletter subscribers can check their newsletters for additional savings on select holiday items.

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7 NewART digital products, Holiday GiftTagz, The Project 2011 WorkShop coming to the store on Friday.  All new releases 20% off, AnnaRelease available at 25% off and one $1.00 AnnaSelect item for a limited time.  Grab your special BONUS discount coupon from www.annaaspnesdesigns.com on Black Friday.  Valid one day only.

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Here is the perfect collection you need to scrap all those important memories all year long!

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This deal is definitely too good to miss!

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Kick off the holiday season with a fun new collection of Christmas Alphas by Shawna Clingerman!  The “Be” Alpha collection includes 3 versatile and super festive holiday Alphabets! PLUS a HUGE Black Friday sale! Friday only Save 40% off my entire shoppe at Sweet Shoppe Designs!

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Kristin has some new goodies and a sale as well:

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Everything in Misty Cato’s store at Sweet Shoppe Designs is 40% off.  Don’t miss her latest release, A Son is Given.

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Sabrina has some great deals too:

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Only Available Black Friday – Cyber Monday! Here is a coupon: g0bble_g0bble expires November 28 good for an additional 20% off.

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Capture all your shopping escapades, extreme couponing and bargain hunting memories, today–and all year long, with the Shop Till You Drop Kit from Lisa Sisneros Designs….on sale 20% off through the weekend at The Digi Chick!

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Oscraps has a free with purchase:

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Tracey has some deals in her store too:

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Lauren Grier has a brand new, super fun kit out that is on sale:

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CD has several new products out today, here’s one:

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Adobe has 50% off PSCS, PSE, and Lightroom:

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Don’t miss out on the FREE holiday class at JessicaSprague.com:

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Get the lowest prices of the year at Totally Rad’s Black Friday sale… without setting foot outside your front door! Ridiculous discounts on everything in the store, but not until November 25.

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Katie is teaching a 2 week workshop in January all about roundups! Even if you’ve been doing roundups already, you will learn a lot of new tips and tricks in this workshop. Be sure to check out the full description on the Big Picture website for all the details.

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Family: Defined
The Culture of Our Family: Personalities, rules, routines and traditions – each one of these elements makes your family unique. Family: Defined will help you not only to scrapbook an album that truly defines your family, but also to think about your family in new and innovative ways, capturing details that may be overlooked.

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Last, we recorded a new episode of The Digi Show this week. We answer your questions about searching stores, keyboard shortcuts, handwriting fonts, and Adobe’s new pricing structure.

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Have a great day shopping!

Always Thankful

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Happy Thanksgiving!  We are indeed grateful for our readers and members today and everyday! We are thankful that we get to do what we love here at The Daily Digi and share it with you! We are taking the day off, but will be back tomorrow with a very full Funtastic Friday!

Gather Memories

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Autumn Falling by Kristin Aagard & Stolen Moments. Howie’s stamp font by Fontologie

 

As we head into a very busy time of year for memory keepers (holidays, family gatherings, parties, and more), it’s a good time to make a game plan for how you are going to gather up the memories you want to document. Life moves pretty fast in general these days, and it seems to kick into hyper-drive during the holiday season. It’s important to take a little time to plan and prepare so you don’t miss out on the fun memories.

Gather “THE GOODS”

We are lucky to have a lot of technology and memory keeping options available to us, now’s a great time to make sure everything is in working order and ready to use.

  • Locate your camera(s) and make sure the batteries are charged. If you have extra batteries on hand, put them in your camera bag, purse, or tote bag to keep them handy. Consider storing your camera bag next to your keys and purse (or whatever you take with you whenever you leave the house) so you don’t forget them.
  • If you have a camera on your phone, check out some apps to help you take great pictures. Remember, the best camera is the one that’s with you! Review this post on scrapping with phone photos and check out the picks of the week from The Digi Show episodes for some great suggestions.
  • For those who are traveling, round up your power and sync cords for laptops, cameras, phones, etc. so you will be able to have functioning technology on the road. It’s so nice to be portable!
  • Pick up some extra cds/dvds or flash drives to make sharing photos with friends and family easier at gatherings.

 

Document As You Go

Don’t count on memory alone during this time, you might think you will remember everything once it’s time to sit down and scrapbook the events of the season, but it’s hard to keep it all straight. Use the tools around you to record memories as they happen.

  • Carry a small notebook, or use an app or notepad feature on a smartphone to jot down notes about holiday activities.
  • Interview your friends and family using a smartphone voice recorder, a tape recorder, or a Skype session. You can transcribe the notes later on and you’ll have a wonderful audio recording of their voices. This is a great time of year to gather journaling!
  • Take pictures of signs and informational materials that will help you with journaling later on. One of my favorite tricks is to photograph my journaling.

 

Be Nice To Yourself

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking we have to do it all, believe me, I know that feeling! The holiday season often means that we’ve added a lot of extra activities and chores on top of our normal routine. For some, it’s a time where they miss lost loved ones. It can be a stressful time even in the best of circumstances. It’s wise to realize that there won’t be time and energy for everything.

  • Forgive yourself if digi scrapping won’t fit in the holiday schedule. It’s a great time to be taking pictures and making memories. Use this post as a reminder to focus on the parts of memory keeping that will fit in your life during this busy time.
  • Let go of some expectations. Maybe you won’t make handmade gifts? Perhaps you’ll order take-out instead of cooking sometimes? Maybe you won’t go to all the parties you’re invited to? Take some time to discuss the holiday priorities with your friends and family and make adjustments where needed. Consider asking each person to list the one thing that is really important for them to do during the holidays and make sure those are the activities that don’t get missed. The rest are usually optional.
  • Pat yourself on the back for making and keeping memories during this time. You are giving yourself and others in your life a wonderful gift by sharing your pictures through creating scrapbook pages. You rock!

 

If you have any tips that help you gather memories during the busy season, please do share them in the comments. And remember, that we will be here each day with do-able and fun ideas to help you scrap your precious memories!

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How To Pick A Lens

In making your choice, there are three factors to consider:

  • Angle of View: What do you like to shoot most often?
  • Aperture: What lighting situations will you be shooting in most often?
  • Cost: How much do you want to spend?

With these three in mind, you can make a more informed decision. We’ll begin with lens terminology and then break the three big factors down.

Anatomy of a Lens

Let’s take a look around a lens for some of the important things to notice.

Your lens may not look exactly like the examples, but the basic parts will be similar.

Notice the tripod mount on the zoom lens. It is provided on heavier lenses that would be off balance if a tripod was connected to the camera. Also, the zoom example uses a “focal length ring” that is twisted to change the distance. Some zoom lenses are called “push and pulls” because you literally push and pull the lens to adjust the distance.

If you are shooting with a prime or fixed lens, you will have one focus distance and no focal distance ring.

Focal Length & Angle of View

Focal length determines your angle of view when shooting.  The angle of view is essential to telling your story. Do you tell more sweeping stories (wide angle) or do you want to zoom in for details (telephoto)?

Focal lengths are grouped into three categories:

  • Wide angle 10mm to 35mm
  • Normal 35mm to 100mm
  • Telephoto 100mm or more

Wide Angle Lenses

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Wide angle lenses are great for landscape photography, architecture, and large groups. They have a large angle of view and a shorter minimum focus distance.

Wide angle lenses are often sold with a lens hood. The lens hood is helpful to avoid the potential of sun flare, more commonly a problem with the larger glass area of a wide angle lens.

Popular wide angle lenses include:

  • Canon 17-40mm f/4.0 L
  • Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM

Normal Lenses

35 to 100mm

Normal or “standard” lenses get their names because their focal lengths most closely captures our eye’s angle of view. They tend to be light weight and have a focal length easy to use in indoor, closer situations.

Normal lenses are popular for portraits and everyday photography.

Popular normal lenses include:

  • Canon 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.8
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D AF
  • Canon or Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 (this lens is a little wider than normal)

Telephoto Lenses

100mm or more

Telephoto lenses refer to lenses with a focal length longer than 100mm. They are commonly used for wildlife and sports photos. They can be a great alternative for snapping photos of young children from a distance without them noticing.

Many photographers use telephoto lenses for shooting portraits as they compress the background. They also allow space between your model and the lens, which can be more comfortable for your subject.

Popular telephoto lenses include:

  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L or f/4
  • Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8

Prime VERSUS ZOOM

A prime lens has a fixed focal length limiting your angle of view to a specific view. The advantage of a prime lens is its superior quality of glass. You will hear people refer to “zooming with your feet” when they are using a prime lens. For some photographers, prime lenses can seem limiting.

Popular prime lenses include:

  • Canon 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.8
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D AF
  • Canon 85mm f/1.8

Crop factor

The crop factor of your camera effects your focal length.  Most consumer level digital cameras have a sensor larger than 35mm. What does this mean for you? Dependent upon your camera’s brand, you can multiply your lenses’ focal length by the crop factor to get your effective focal length.

This means your wide angle isn’t as wide as with a full frame camera, but it also means your telephoto distances are longer!

Aperture

After focal length, aperture is your next important consideration. Aperture refers to the size of the “hole” your lens uses to let light into the camera. The larger the hole, the more light the lens lets in and the “faster” the lens is considered.

Keep in mind that aperture appears to work backwards. f/1.4 is wider than f/5.6.

Many photographers select a wide aperture for indoor shots and natural light photography. They provide diverse uses and can create beautiful background blur, also known as bokeh.

Cost Considerations

The faster the lens, typically the more costly the lens. F/1.0 is the widest aperture you can purchase. The price of a 50mm f/1.0 is about $3,800, making it impractical and out of reach for most of us. The fastest (widest) aperture you can purchase for a zoom lens is f/2.8, price will vary widely dependent upon focal lengths and quality of the glass.

The 50mm lens is popular because for roughly $100.00 you get an aperture of f/1.8.

F/3.5-5.6 is a common variable aperture provided on kit lenses. It is not considered a fast aperture, but is an affordable price.

Wider aperture, “fast” lenses, will always cost more than other lenses. The difference between a fixed aperture and a variable aperture lens will differ greatly as well. As you see prices increase with lenses, keep in mind, you are also getting improved optics.

Consider the weight and feel of a lens when you are purchasing it. The 70-200mm f/2.8 is a popular lens with quality optics, but is heavy. It may not be practical for you to throw in your purse and take out and about with you.

The popular 50mm f/1.8 lens, “the nifty fifty,” has a plastic body and may feel “cheap” in your hands, although it has beautiful image results.

Many people prefer the versatility of a zoom lens to get their shots, while others like the superior optics prime lenses offer. It is a very personal decision.

Consider renting a lens or visiting your local camera store to feel and see lenses you are considering.

You may be wondering, “couldn’t you just buy one lens to do it all?” Yes, you could purchase a 28-300 millimeter lens at relatively low cost. You could then get wide angle, regular, and telephoto shots with one lens. The drawback is quality of the optics. You simply aren’t going to get photos as sharp as a wide angle or a telephoto lens will provide. It is a trade off worth considering.

Have fun as you search out exactly which lens is right for you!

Katrina is a team member here at The Daily Digi, be sure to also check out Katrina’s CaptureYour365 for more great photography tips!  Join her for Capture Your Holidays, a two week class that begins December 6th.

 

 

Aja Abney: There’s No Pressure

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Every once in a while, there is a designer that I realize has not contributed to The Digi Files before (I didn’t do designer scheduling the first seven months the site was around) and I am embarrassed that we have not had them. Aja Abney is one of those designers!! She is so talented and her eclectic, whimsical, with-a-touch-of-shabbiness style is super fun to create with! I am thrilled and honored to have Aja Abney joining us in The Digi Files (finally) during November! Let’s take a closer look at “365” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Aja Abney Designs’ contribution:

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Layout by Kim. Supplies: 365and Template by Aja Abney Designs; Fonts: Bebas, CK Classica.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: 365 by Aja Abney Designs.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: 365 by Aja Abney Designs.
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Layout by Jen. Supplies: 365 by Aja Abney Designs; My Happy Place (alpha) by Captivated Visions; Font: Small Typewriting.
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: 365 by Aja Abney Designs; Doodles by Lauren Reid; Fonts: Cheapskate Fill, Courier New.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My name is Aja Abney and I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We have 3 energetic children, ages 9, 7 and 6. I’m a photographer, graphic designer and homeschool mom. I like to craft and read Brit. Lit. in my free time.

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LOMMCredits: 365 by Aja Abney, Template by The Tattered Pear, Sunshine in My Soul font by Kimberly Geswein.

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I was a graphic designer for several years when I stumbled onto what was then called “computer scrapbooking.” Pretty soon I was hooked! In 2007, I started playing around with making my own products while I was a CT member at Scrapartist. I began selling there in January 2008.

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Life. I really love experimenting with color and mood, but I also want to create products that make scrapping easy for busy moms like me.

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Computer: Yikes! Are you sure you want to know? I have a dinosaur of a Dell that I’ve been using since before I started designing.

Program: Photoshop CS3

Camera: Canon 7D

Anything else: I have a tablet, but it rarely sees the light of day.

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Only scrap when you really feel like it. Remember that this is really all about capturing moments and moods. It’s for yourself first, and then maybe you share with others, maybe not. There’s no pressure.

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My favorite product (besides the one I created for this month’s DigiFiles) is Our House. I just love the colors and I think it’s got a lot of fun goodies in it.

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My best sellers are my templates. I’ve bundled a bunch of them here, but I’ve also got some sold in smaller sets.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Aja Abney:

Cozy by Aja Abney

Summer Beauty by Aja Abney

Lovely Love by Aja Abney

Thankful by Aja Abney

Ordinary Day by Aja Abney

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

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Go have a look in Aja Abney’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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Save 20% on your next purchase at Aja Abney Designs with coupon code iheartu_20 now through December 31, 2011. And, check out Aja’s workshop for busy scrappers. Registration begins November 15th! Cost: $30.

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The following layouts were created using  by Aja Abney and included in The Digi Files during November, 2011:

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Layout by SharonS, Additional supplies: Journal spot: Jessica Sprague, Font: CK Journaling
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: 365and Template by Aja Abney Designs; Fonts: Bebas, CK Classica.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: 365 by Aja Abney Designs.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: 365 by Aja Abney Designs.
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Layout by Jen. Supplies: 365 by Aja Abney Designs; My Happy Place (alpha) by Captivated Visions; Font: Small Typewriting.
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: 365 by Aja Abney Designs; Doodles by Lauren Reid; Fonts: Cheapskate Fill, Courier New.

Gratitude Lists

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Being a grateful person requires practice and persistence. When I (Katie) researched the impact gratitude has on our state of well-being, I found overwhelming links between being grateful and being happy. Wikipedia sources say that “Gratitude has been said to have one of the strongest links with mental health of any character trait. Grateful people are happier, less depressed, less stressed, and more satisfied with their lives and social relationships. Grateful people also have higher levels of control of their environments, personal growth, purpose in life, and self acceptance. Grateful people have more positive ways of coping with the difficulties they experience in life, being more likely to seek support from other people, reinterpreted and grow from the experience, and spend more time planning how to deal with the problem. Grateful people sleep better, and this seems to be because they think less negative and more positive thoughts just before going to sleep.

If you are looking for less stress, better sleep, and great ideas for scrapbook pages, expressing your gratitude might just be the answer! I’m going to spend more time recording the things I’m grateful for and I love the idea of gratitude lists. By writing down my own gratitude, I can become a more grateful person.

Ideas for Gratitude Lists:

  • 30 things you are grateful for (one for each day of November)
  • Gratitude A-Z –  use the alphabet as a structure and list something you are grateful for starting with each letter (A for apples etc.)
  • Top ten – list 10 things you are most grateful for
  • Fill a jar – write down bits of gratitude and drop them into a jar throughout the week, month, or even a year
  • Hang a gratitude board – use a chalkboard or whiteboard as a place where friends and family members can jot down things they are grateful for as they walk by. We have one by our back door and it’s been a lot of fun to see what different family members write.

No matter what type of list you compile, be sure to hang on to the grateful thoughts that are shared so you can use them to document future scrapbook pages!

 

Thanks for visiting The Daily Digi today. I’m grateful for all of you! Smile

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Scrapping Thanks & Thanksgiving

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When I (Katie) told the team here at The Daily Digi that I was going to do a post on scrapping thanks & Thanksgiving, Anne said “We don’t celebrate thanksgiving here in Norway, but I love the idea of a day to give thanks!! Look forward to see the pages and ideas you all have and would love to do something similar with my family. Although we don’t share the historic reason for the holiday, there are still plenty of things to be grateful for none the less.“ I’m so glad for Anne’s perspective on this topic because that is exactly what I want to share here – by scrapping the things you are grateful for, your gratitude will grow. As the holiday season approaches, this is a time of year when many digi scrappers like to take time to reflect on the blessings in their everyday lives.

 

Make a list of what you are grateful for and turn it into a scrapbook page

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Layout by Kim Lund. Supplies: Template by Nettio Designs and Traci Reed. Kit is Splendor by Kristin Cronin-Barrow.

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Layout by Jacq – link to credits

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Layout by tanyiadeskins – link to credits

 

Document Your Family Gathering

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Supplies: Grateful for Turkey by Tracey Monette, Lovely Layers 1 template by Alissa Jones

Heddy said “ In Canada, we’ve already celebrated our Thanksgiving.” Here are some fun ideas for capturing Thanksgiving:

  • If you have little ones in school, make sure to take a picture of their Thanksgiving crafts.
  • Take a picture of a meal, served and describe each item. Bonus points for sharing recipes!
  • Take a picture of each person at the table or a group shot. In the past, I’ve used a camera set up on a tripod to capture everyone at the table together.

 

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Layout by Rebecca H – link to credits

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Layout by Jennyf92 – link to credits

 

Capture the Food

When we gather together to express our thanks, our tables are usually filled with many special recipes and traditions. Don’t forget to take pictures of the feast!

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Layout by Katie – link to credits

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Layout by cursivesmile – link to credits

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Layout by coila – link to credits

 

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Here are some more resources to help you scrap your thanks and Thanksgiving

Now I’m ready to give thanks!

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P.S. We recorded a new episode of The Digi Show this week with one of our super listeners/readers Ronnie Crowley. Be sure to check it out!

Friday Finds

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I look forward to Fridays for many reasons, but our Funtastic Friday posts are right at the top of my list. I love to find out what’s going on with some of my favorite designers and creative people and share it with our readers here at The Daily Digi! Here’s what I’m excited about this week:

 

Home & Hearth by Heather T. is all about family time at home, warm and cozy, no matter how big or how small!

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Liz has these new poster templates. They can help you make personalized prints for your home or they would make wonderful Christmas gifts & she has lots of styles to choose from! Right now if you buy any of the poster templates you’ll get the Calendar Poster Templates for FREE! And they are all 20% off!

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Mye De Leon has this new gorgeous and playful Christmas collection! Available in her stores for 30% off until November 30!

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Tracie Stroud has a soft new kit releasing at her guest spot at The Lilypad this week. It’s reminiscent of the Thanksgiving season, but is versatile enough to use in many different types of layouts.

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Wendyzine has a great action and template pack that will help you scrap multi-photo pages and roundup your memories. Head to Katie’s blog for a limited time coupon.

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We Are Family this week with Chelle’s new releases! Free gift with purchases on BOTH kits too! Stop by her blog for all the latest (and a freebie too!)

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Freshly Picked by Mari Koegelenberg is now available at The Digichick. For a Limited time get the Freshly Picked – Stickers as a Free with Purchase when you buy the Freshly Picked Kit.

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Dianne Rigdon describes her beautiful new kit: “Go often to the house of a friend for weeds soon choke the unused path.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. Well Worn evokes the smell of a garden path that meanders toward a healing place, fading grasses crunch under foot, spent blooms lean in beauty, thankfully dancing me toward a state of grace and warmth, hugs and giggles. Stay awhile. Fill your heart.

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The Sophia Collection is super sweet and girly but also classy and timeless. Available at The Digichick.

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Studio Rosey Posey’s New Kit Finding Jenny is for all you scrappers who love shabby and vintage!

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Brag books like this one from Suzy Q Scraps make great gifts!

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I love these typewriter strips from Allison Pennington

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Studio Baers Garten has a cute school kit

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Tracey Monette of Clever Monkey Graphics has a fabulous kit for Thanksgiving

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Hop on the Santa Express with Danielle Engebretson

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Elise Hansen has a pretty new Thankful kit

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Flergs rocks the mega collections!

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Heather Hess has some fun new photoshop actions

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Here’s a fun alpha from Ju Kneipp

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Lauren Reid has a great font bundle

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This Holiday Heart and Home collection by Forever Joy is so fun!

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I’m teaching a 2 week workshop in January all about roundups! Even if you’ve been doing roundups already, you will learn a lot of new tips and tricks in this workshop. Be sure to check out the full description on the Big Picture website for all the details.

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I’ve created a few pages and even framed something for my studio using the supplies in this fabulous kit exclusive only to Digi Game members who have been with us for 12 months!

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“My Life At Play” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their twelfth payment (or twelfth month for annual members). “My Life At Play” contains: 114 papers, over 220 elements, 5 layered templates, 2 word album layered templates, 4 alphas, 1 font, and 8 quick pages. This amazing collection was created by 23 of the top digital scrapbooking designers (all of whom are previous contributors to THE DIGI FILES).

 

Hope you find lots of fun this Friday!

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P.S. Dolores was the random winner chosen from the comments on yesterday’s feature. She won $10 in product form Charlize Creations!

Charlize Creations: I Was Intrigued

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A big welcome to Charlize Creations who is joining us in The Digi Files for the first time this month! I really love Charlize Creations’ unique doodles she creates herself that are included in her products! I especially have a fondness for the googly eyed birds similar to the ones in her contribution, they make me happy! Let’s take a closer look at “You Are Loved” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Charlize Creations’ contribution:

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: You Are Loved by Charlize Creations; Word art by Ali Edwards.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: You Are Loved by Charlize Creations.
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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: You Are Loved by Charlize Creations; Press Plate No. 33 (modified) by Paislee Press; FONTS: Courier New, Impact Font.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: You Are Loved by Charlize Creations; Full Bloom Collab (templates) by After 5 Designs; Photos by Doug Falk Photography.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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I am a mother to 2 wonderful kids, Raphael and Bianca, married since 2001. I was born and live in Indonesia – a country with tropical islands and weather. I started digiscrapping end of 2007 and at the end of 2008 I started designing. For me designing was fun because it feels like working and enjoying hobby both in one shot.

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I used one of my kits for Easter.

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When I was a kid I love to do DIY, I love making dolls from fabrics, crocheting, flowers arranging, making ornaments from papers/else and even playing with clays. But it was not continued because of growing up and loss in time being a teenager, having a real life, first boyfriend, go to college, finding a job, being engaged, getting married, having kids etc etc.

But then I was introduced by one of my digi friend, she’s a digital scrapbook designer now and it was the perfect timing as I just gave birth to my 2nd child and had a lot of time for myself due to the maternity leave.

I think the good start of a designer is becoming a scrapper first, because the knowledge and feeling of what elements are preferable, which kind of paper is good to be used really inspired the way one becoming a designer.

I was intrigued by how a designer could make a great paper textured, I used to zoom in everything until 100% and look into details. Then I tried to design with taking pictures of elements and extracted them. Unfortunately I feel it’s not suitable with me and started to learn how to draw with Photoshop and it’s not only fun but soon realizing that it’s my style.

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My kids are my inspiration, how they interact with us, how they play with their friends, how they love to read, how they act … is a very interesting subject. And second of all, LOVE is truly a good inspiration to create. It sparks every little of mojo in me.

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Glue gun, all size and patterned of ribbons, lots of papers, gift wrappers … Oh I love collecting gift wrappers!

Computer: I used Acer laptop and built in pc at home both has 4GB RAM. The laptop is for traveling only and when I was in undeniable mojo to create. But usually I love to sit at home with my PC because it’s connected with all my tools: scanner, tablet, printer.

Program: I used Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Camera: I used a very basic one, Lumix, but I dream to have 500D one day, when the time is on my side 🙂

Anything Else: I used Wacom Intuos 4 to draw and my scanner is Canon Canoscan 5600F

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For Scrapping: shadowing is important for me, it takes time to learn how to do it properly, once you find your own shadow style, stick too it.

Designing: find your own style and try to create as many unique elements as possible so the customers won’t find them anywhere but your store 🙂

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These Are Special Times: I never thought this collection could be such a big hit.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Charlize Creations:

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

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Go have a look in Charlize Creations’ 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)!