Wrap it Up–Digi Style

One of my favorite ways to use my holiday digital scrapbooking supplies is by making gift tags or embellishing gifts. There’s something special about adding your own digi touch to a gift. It also comes in handy if you’re wrapping gifts late on Christmas Eve and realize that you still need tags! Even though the local stores will be closed, the digi shops will be open! I found some fun ideas in the galleries to share: (each image is linked)

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There are also many great kits and embellishment packs that work well for gift tagging and wrapping.

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You might want to also check your stash of holiday supplies. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find some tags and word art in some of my Christmas kits that will make wonderful additions to any gift. When it comes time to wrap the presents this year, consider wrapping them up in digi style!

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P.S. Kim was the random winner selected from Dawn’s feature on Monday. She won $10 in product from Dawn.

Photographing The Magic of Christmas Morning

Photographing Christmas morning can be exciting and overwhelming. Check a few last minutes details before Christmas morning:

  • Charge your batteries.
  • Clear your memory card and have extras ready.
  • Check the batteries in your flash. Have spares ready.
  • Dial in your settings for the morning.

If your house is like mine, our living room gets really cluttered. People and things tend to be everywhere. This year I’m not going to worry about perfect composition and clean backgrounds. I want my Christmas morning to feel and look like the actual event.

I love that the clutter in Christmas morning images can trigger memories of moments, gifts, and special time spent with family.

USE AVAILABLE LIGHT

You may be reluctant to use your flash on Christmas morning. I know my family is never thrilled to have a bright strobe greet them first thing in the morning!

If you want great Christmas morning photos without the flash, you will need to create a little light! You can get light from adjusting:

  • ISO – bump it up to a higher number.
  • Aperture – choose a wide aperture (small f/#).
  • Shutter speed – leave it open longer.

On Christmas morning, get your light from ISO and Aperture. If you slow your shutter speed down, you will have blurry photos with unidentifiable people in them.

Let me give you one more source for light, not a source I typically suggest. Turn your room lights on.  Create ambient light by turning on lamps, overhead lights, and Christmas lights to brighten your room.

Open the shades and let any light from outside pour in. This will give you that extra boost so you can get a shutter speed fast enough to stop motion.

If you have available window light, try to position yourself so the window light is on the faces of the people you are shooting and on your back.

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  1. Set your camera to Aperture Priority mode (AV or A).
  2. Choose spot metering.
  3. Choose an ISO of 800. This number may vary based on your light, don’t be afraid to bump it up.
  4. Make sure your shutter speed stays above 1/125 to avoid motion blur. If you can’t keep it there, you may want to consider adding flash.
  5. Shoot.
  6. Check your histogram and LCD.
  7. Adjust your exposure compensation if necessary.
  8. Reshoot.
  9. Have a wonderful day.

Christmas Morning With Flash

My photos are always better on Christmas morning when I do use my flash. I need that extra light. It seems we get up earlier and earlier the older my son gets! This will change when he hits the teen years, right?!

  1. Set your camera to Manual Mode (M).
  2. Choose spot metering.
  3. Choose an ISO of 400.
  4. Set your shutter speed to 1/125th of a second.
  5. Set your aperture to f/5.6.
  6. Turn your flash on.
  7. If you are using an external flash, adjust it to bounce off of a ceiling or wall.
  8. Shoot.
  9. Check your histogram and LCD.
  10. Adjust your flash compensation if necessary.
  11. Reshoot.
  12. Have a wonderful day.

Point & Shoot Without A Flash

For Christmas morning photos without your flash, shoot in portrait mode. It will give you a large aperture, bringing in more light. Review your images to make sure you like the results. Point and shoot cameras are not as sensitive to light and may need the flash.

If you need your flash consider diffusing it some! To reduce the direct burst of flash, cover it with tissue paper or a plastic container. The light will be reduced and diffused, eliminating its harshness.

Some point and shoots, but not all, will let you adjust the intensity of the flash. Check in your manual to see if that is an option for you!

If you feel like you’ve messed up your camera somehow, you can reset to factory defaults in your menu. That can be helpful just in case something got bumped unintentionally.

ENJOY THE DAY

Enjoy the moments on Christmas morning.

If all your photography knowledge jumbles together on Christmas morning, place your camera on Auto and don’t worry about. There are no camera settings police!

Whether you get good or “not so great” photos, it is the moment you want to treasure! Enjoy your holiday.

Merry Christmas!

Katrina is a team member here at The Daily Digi, be sure to also check out Katrina’s CaptureYour365 for more great photography tips and daily photo prompts!

Studio Dawn Inskip: Loving What You Create

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I think the thing that strikes me the most about Dawn’s designs are her doodles! I LOVE them!  Her little people are just adorable and always bring a smile to my face! Because of Dawn’s super cute and unique doodles, she has some great things included in her kits that you won’t find anywhere else! Because Dawn also still makes scrapping a priority, here designs are very scrapable!  Let’s take a closer look at “White Christmas” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Studio Dawn Inskip’s contribution:

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Layout by Jen. Supplies: White Christmas by Studio Dawn Inskip; Fonts: DJB JenLin.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: White Christmas by Studio Dawn Inskip; Yin Designs template.
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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: White Christmas by Studio Dawn Inskip; Heidi Swapp Handwritten Christmas Brushes; Font: Traveling Typewriter; CK Ali’s Hand; 1942 report; Budmo; Typewriter Scribbled; 28 Days Later; Baby Boston; Birch Std.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: White Christmas by Studio Dawn Inskip; Template by Cindy Schneider; Font: CK Aubrey.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: White Christmas by Studio Dawn Inskip; Fonts: Scribbled Typewiter and Pea Sugar Noodles.

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

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I live in England (a little North of London) with my very patient hubby Paul and our daughter Carly … she’s in her final University year, and is a total inspiration. Our baby lizard Marvin, cockatiel Sparky and 2 budgies also share our home.
I’m happiest either at home with family and friends or at a zoo or wildlife park – animals have a huge impact on our lives.

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I usually struggle with multi-photo pages, but when put together ‘A Wonderful World Collection’, it inspired me to create this layout, which documents our A-Z of Disney character greetings over the years. Time-line pages like this are fun, so many memories all wrapped up in a 12×12″ square. It’s not necessarily my best creative page, but it’s definitely meaningful to me.

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I started as a paper scrapper in 2002 and only paper scrapped for a few years.
I slowly progressed to digital, first making freebie mini-kits. I very quickly became hooked and haven’t paper scrapped since. Paper scrapping used to cost me a small fortune, not to mention all the mess and storage ! Had a major clear-out of paper scrapping stuff this year and it feels so good to be clutter-free. I love the whole process of digital designing and make time to scrap a couple of pages a week at least. After being in a job I hated, I now design (and scrap) full time.

Being surrounded by an incredible team of staff and designers at ScrapbookGraphics, it’s a real pleasure doing what I do.

My favourite quote “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life” – kind of sums me up right now.
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Even the smallest of things – colour palettes,home decor, TV and magazine adverts, places we’ve visited… every day life and our love of animals – majority of my kits will contain a critter (or two!). I love browsing Pinterest too, it inspires me in so many ways.

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Computer: Desktop PC
I run Windows 7 (correction, I battle with Windows 7)
8.00 GB RAM
24″ monitor
My ‘office’ is tucked away, so I often scrap on a laptop in front of the TV and be sociable!
I rarely design on the laptop
Program: Photoshop CS5
Camera: Nikon Coolpics P90 (almost always on auto!!)
Anything Else: Bamboo Tablet
Canon Scanner
EHD’s (several) and DVD’s
Most of my designing is done with real artists materials:
Fine-tip waterproof artist pens
Watercolour paints and crayons
Artists paper (various, depending on colour medium I’m using)

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My tip for designing would be to stay true to yourself – do what comes naturally or what inspires you – loving what you create will show in the end product.

I also love to scrap and being an ex-paper scrapper, my favourite pages are those which look as if you could reach out and touch them.

IMHO shadows can make or break a page – I still experiment with light direction and depth of shadow and one of these days, I’ll get it right. LOL

My scrapping time is precious and I’ll often turn to templates, especially when somebody else has already done the thinking for me.

BIG TIP – back-up, back-up, back-up … I backup regularly – onto EHDs and DVD’s – kept in different parts of the house.

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At the moment, my favourite product is ‘Wrecked Collection’ … it’s a bit grungy and very me! It allows me to create paper looking touchy-feely pages – totally inspired by the way I love a scrapbook layout to look.

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I guess A Mixed up Fairytale is popular because it’s so versatile and appeals to a wide audience. It’s a perfect kit for digi and hybrid as well as for card-making. It’s a riot of colour, appealing to the child in us all.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Studio Dawn Inskip:

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

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Save 20% off all orders over $5 at Studio Dawn Inskip throughout December 2011 with coupon code: ditdd20pc. Be sure to be logged into the store before redeeming coupon .

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Go have a look in Studio Dawn Inskip’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)!

Inspired by Dawn Inskip

The following layouts were created using “White Christmas” by Studio Dawn and included in The Digi Files during December:

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Layout by Jen. Supplies: White Christmas by Studio Dawn Inskip; Fonts: DJB JenLin.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: White Christmas by Studio Dawn Inskip; Yin Designs template.
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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: White Christmas by Studio Dawn Inskip; Heidi Swapp Handwritten Christmas Brushes; Font: Traveling Typewriter; CK Ali’s Hand; 1942 report; Budmo; Typewriter Scribbled; 28 Days Later; Baby Boston; Birch Std.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: White Christmas by Studio Dawn Inskip; Template by Cindy Schneider; Font: CK Aubrey.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: White Christmas by Studio Dawn Inskip; Fonts: Scribbled Typewiter and Pea Sugar Noodles.

Last minute gift ideas

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Are you feeling a little panicked about not having your gift shopping done? With Christmas only a week away, time is running out! How about some last minute gift ideas to help out?

 

GIFT CARDS

The nice thing about gift cards (especially online versions) is that they can be purchased at the last minute and still make it to the recipient in time. We are super excited to finally be able to offer an easy gift card for The Daily Digi’s Digi Game membership! Make things easy on the gift givers in your life and email them a link to this post!

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The person that forwarded this email to you has been dreaming of receiving a Digi Game membership! We’ve made it easy for you to give the gift they’ve been wanting most!

1) Just click here to go the gift certificate page that looks like this:

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2) Fill in the “TO” and “FROM” information on the tag.

3) Select the length of the subscription you want to give (one month or one year).

4) Click BUY NOW. You will be taken to a PayPal screen where you can log into an existing account or select another option if you don’t have a PayPal account:

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Once you have confirmed payment through PayPal, a confirmation email will be sent to you and the gift certificate will be emailed to the recipient. The recipient will be able to apply the gift to an existing membership OR sign up for an account, if they don’t have one. All of that information is included in the email they will receive!

 

MAKE A GIFT CARD EXTRA SPECIAL

To make an a gift card extra special, consider wrapping it up in a custom gift card wrapper or pairing it with a favorite treat.

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MAKE SOMETHING

Really, you still have time to whip up some magic because you are a DIGI scrapper! Here are some quick and easy projects that come together in no time at all.

Make a quote art piece like this Harry Potter layout using ideas from the dingbats post.

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  • Frame a photo collage. They are so easy to make and you’ll find a lot of ideas in this post Quick & Easy Collages or using the tools at Big Huge Labs – see the post Big Huge Fun for details.

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  • Use your digi supplies and iron-on transfer sheets to create custom aprons, t-shirts, pillowcases, bags, and more! It’s actually very easy to do and you’ll find plenty of ideas in this Iron-on Transfer Projects post.

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TONS OF IDEAS

We have several posts all about gift giving so be sure to browse through them for a plethora of great ideas!

 

Remember to enjoy the journey of finding, making, and/or wrapping each gift you give. It really is the thought that counts!

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Scrapping About the Internet

The Internet is such a big part of our daily lives now. I toured the galleries and found some great examples by scrapbookers who captured parts of their online lives.

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Pinterest: Pinterest is a popular topic among scrappers! It’s a great example of something that wasn’t here just last year and now occupies a lot of our time.

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Layout by Nettio. Supplies: Golden Afternoon by Shawna Clingerman and Penny Springmann, 12 Months: Alphas by Penny Springmann, Layered Up In You: Shapes by Lauren Grier, Teeny Type Alpha (retired) by Zoe Pearn, StraightLine Stitched No 1 by Anna Apnes, Font is DJB Lynnette

 

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Layout by nanienamou. Supplies: Ma Petite Fleur Kit, Traci Reed and ScrapKitchen Designs, template: Super Seven by Cindy Schneider

Facebook: Whether you love it or hate it, Facebook has a big presence on the Internet right now.

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Layout by hondachicc. Supplies: Oscraps Collab FACEBOOK We LIKE You Too

 

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Layout by sue.falstaff. Supplies: Oscraps Designers collab kit, Facebook [we LIKE you too]

Connectivity: How you connect to the Internet is an interesting topic to capture for your kids. What is cutting edge right now, will be old news very soon.

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Layout by mrshobbes. Supplies: Papers (some blended) and most elements from Take Note by Kristin Cronin-Barrow and Jenn Barrette, Heavy Metal Alpha (INTERNET)by Libby Pritchett, Dirty Pockets by Creashens, Fonts: Traveling Typewriter, DJB So Much To Say

Online Friendships: As digi scrapbookers, many of us are part of online communities and have met friends through the web.

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Layout by andrea4376. Supplies: Online by Captivated Visions and Jenn Barrette, Outline Alpha by Sahlin Studio

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Layout by emmasmommy. Supplies: Jenn Barrette/Captivated Visions Online, Traci Reed Bad Sewing Machine Stitches: Randomly Black and White, frame Lauren Grier All I Have To Do Is Dream, Meghan Mullens Stitched Felt Alpha: Neutral, font Rough Typewriter

 

Favourites: We all have a favourite web site list. It is a snapshot of our interests at this point in time.

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Layout by PaulaM. Supplies: Must love blogs by The Ettes and CRK

 

Online Love: More and more couples are meeting online. What a great story to document!

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Layout by Captivated Visions. Supplies: Online by Captivated Visions and Jenn Barrette, Staples from Retail Therapy by Captivated Visions

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Layout by misfitinmn. Supplies: Online by Captivated Visions & Jenn Barrette, template by Busy Bee Designs

 

Blogging: People with blogs spend a lot of time on them. It’s interesting to document what you blog about and why.

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Layout by suladesign. Supplies: When You Need A Friend by SSD Designers, some elements from Online by Jenn Barrette & Captivated Visions, Layered Up in You Snips by Lauren Grier, Template Halfpack #24 by Cindy Schneider, Fonts: Rubia’s Tiny Print & Rubia’s Tiny Script by Darcy Baldwin

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Layout by suladesign. Supplies: Lunchy Love by Libby Pritchett & Meghan Mullens, Font: DJB Color Me Chic, Scraplift of First Christmas

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Here are a few ideas for web related pages:

  • Do you remember your favourite Internet sites from last year? From 5 years ago? From 10 years ago? How much have they changed over the years?
  • There are some sites that you may go to everyday. Perhaps your web-based email, Facebook, Pinterest, or CNN. Have you every documented this daily ritual?
  • Your go-to resources for cooking, research or something else?
  • Have you ever met one of your online friends in real life?
  • There are quite a few couples who first “met” online and later married. Are you one of them?
  • Describe your current computer and Internet connection. In 10 years, you’ll probably laugh about it!
  • Do you use any “net speak”? Do your kids?
  • Are you a member of a digi scrap community? How has the Net connected you to this hobby?

As for pictures, here are a few ideas:

  • If you’re scrapping about a web site, try using your PRINT SCREEN button to capture a screen shot and then pasting it as a new layer in your scrapbook page.
  • The Windows 7 “snipping tool” can be used to capture selected bits of pages.
  • Use your web cam to capture a shot of your surfing the Net and scrap with it.
  • Have somebody take a photo of you at your computer.
  • Take a photo of your current computer and desk, if you use one.
  • Use your current profile image from your favourite scrapbooking sites.

Happy scrapping!

Fa la la Friday!

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While it’s definitely the season to be jolly, I (Katie) also think it’s the season to be digi! If you’re like me, suddenly all your friends want to know how to add text to their photos and how to make their holiday cards look great. Am I right? Yes, digi is where it’s at, especially when it comes to putting together gifts and cards. So let’s dive into digiland and see what’s out there to make your creating even more fun!

 

I’m excited about this darling Hanukkah Giggle kit from Clever Monkey Graphics. I can tell from the comments on my post the other day about Scrapping Other December Celebrations that this will be popular!

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Lauren Reid and Jacque Larsen have a fabulous Oh Hanukkah collab out just in time to document those 8 crazy nights! TDD blog readers can get an additional 15% OFF by using code: dreidel good through the weekend!

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Liz Tamanaha has free layered template for Paislee Press facebook fans

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Sweet Shoppe Designs is having their HUGE Going, Going, Gone Sale and Janet Phillips has over 90 products retiringGrab them now for 50% off!

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Ju Kneipp has a fantastic bundle deal going on right now!

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Have you seen this darling kit from One Little Bird? It’s FREE with any purchase from Peppermint’s shop!

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Chelle is releasing her Ice Skating and Hockey kits this week! Just in time for all the winter sports! Also, sign up for Chelle’s newsletter to get a free gift from Chelle! New releases are 20% off the first week (12/16-12/23).

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Jennifer Labre Designs is looking to add a few people to her amazing creative team. Check out the details and be sure to apply by Sunday!

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Liz has these FREE card templates on her blog along with a video tutorial to show you how to resize them to fit any size that you would like, even a 12×12! You can even remove the “quotes” layer & just clip a photo in that spot. There are so many possibilities with these. You don’t want to miss them!

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Just in time for Christmas! This kit from Julia Makotinsky is bright, colorful and fun. Winter is the most wonderful time of the year, and all about Christmas and it’s anticipation. It’s on sale 20% OFF all week!

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Studio Basic and Dunia have a great new collab bundle, only $12.00 this BIG bundle with 8 packs – perfect for 365 projects!

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Tea anyone? In a combination of artsy and vintage, ViVa brings you lush textures, pastel colors and fun illustrations in this beautiful Tea Gardens collection. Exclusive coupon for The Daily Digi members. Receive 25% OFF your purchase of Tea Gardens when you use coupon code TEA4DDM

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The Cinnamon kit is so perfect for all kinds of layouts and art pages.  Combined with the Cinnamon Christmas Kit it would make a big stash for a gorgeous album or set of pages.

Studio Rosey Posey would love for you to have the Cinnamon Christmas Kit, Clusters & Quick Page with your purchase of Cinnamon! The deal is on for just a few days! (ends Dec 18th)

-add both Cinnamon and Cinnamon Christmas to your cart

– then checkout with code: gift4usrp

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Kristin Aagard has a brand new kit, Winter Wonderland in her store. It is 20% off Friday and the Daily Digi readers can take an additional 10% off using this coupon code: DAILYDIGI10

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Buy the new fun and festive The North Pole Collection from SuzyQ Scraps before 12/22 and receive the coordinating gift tags FREE!

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In a scrapping rut? Try out these templates & get your mojo back! This pack of templates are inspired by one of WM Squared’s fab CT members – Kim R (aka: KimR). Use them as they come, or move some stuff around…it’s all up to you!  Included in the template pack:

  • 4 – 12 x 12 Templates in .psd format
  • .pngs included for all templates for those without photoshop!
  • .tiff files included for all templates!

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NEW! AnnaRelease that includes ArtPalette Santa’s Elf and digital art product.  All new items 20% off, one $1.00 AnnaSelect item plus the option to snatch up the entire release at 35% discount for a limited time.

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INSANE ALPHABET DEAL from Peppermint Creative – THIS DEAL IS ABSOLUTELY INSANE!
Retail value – $450; you pay – less than 25 cents per set.
Here’s the LOW DOWN. This collection includes 206 digital alphabet sets. If you love alphabet sets, you will be in heaven. You’ll find letters in every color or the rainbow. From plastic to felt, paper, glass even wood – this collection has it all. Click this link to view this product in store where you can view all the sets included. Also available as a DVD for $59.99 including shipping anywhere worldwide.

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The countdown to Christmas continues at After Five Designs with $1 deals for one day only! Pick up Teen Spirit and Bound for $1 each – TODAY ONLY!

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Tracie Stroud’s entire shop will be 50% off Friday December 16 only!

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We also recorded a new episode of The Digi Show!

Katie, Steph, and Peppermint are joined by Jessica Sprague in this episode as they discuss digital designing. What makes a quality digital scrapbooking product? Where can people go to learn how to design digital supplies? What are some things people should know or think about before opening a store? Can a digital designer make money designing?

All of this and much more in our discussion.

 

Have a fun weekend!

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P.S. Diana B was the random winner chosen from the comments on yesterday’s post.

Val C: Rock Da House

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Simple, minimal, with a bold flair is how I would describe the designs of Val C. They are refreshing to look at and work with. Her word art in her kit often contains an English and French version. Val is not just a designer, but also a passionate digi scrapper and has hundreds of layouts to show for it. Let’s take a closer look at “100% Me” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Val C.’s contribution:

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: 100% Me by Val C.; Janet Phillips template.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: 100% Me by Val C.; Photo Blends Templates by Scrapping With Liz.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: 100% Me by Val C.; Template by Fiddle Dee Dee Designs; Font: Typewriter Scribbled.

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

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My name is Valerie, but most of my friends (online or IRL) and family call me Val. I am the proud mum of two, M. who is 6 since November and L. Who will turn 2 next May. Happily married to C. for the last decade or so. We moved in Iceland in September 2002, where we are still living now. Although we should have returned to France after 4 years, I‘m glad we did not, because I am loving my life here. Living in Iceland is fabulous, it is a small city (within a small country LOL) but with all that “big cities” offer in terms of recreational activities, art exhibition, restaurants, opera etc. etc.

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This layout was started when I was designing my “for the record” kit. With this “book background” I knew I would make a storyboard. The funny thing is that I did it in early autumn when every one was posting “autumny layouts” I came up with an Easter one. This is just me, I am never going the same way as others do.

I think what makes this layout original, beside being a multi photo LO, is that I even photographed the “clue” written on paper. I did those photos on purpose, I knew I would use them. I would recommend everyone to keep in mind that sometime, to tell a story (with or without journaling) it is great to have some detail photos. I already did this on one layout of my daughter, using one of her drawing as background paper, and I love it too!

 

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Oh that is a LONG story! I think I have always been a scrapper” without knowing that I was actually scrapping. I always made “card” and embellish gift box and stuff like that. When I got married I made my “invitation” card and the “thank you” cards myself. It sounded weird to a lot of my friend and family; I think none of us knew what scrapping was LOL. I got into digiscrap when my older was a bit more than 18 months, and then I got only a few months to make her first “scrap album”. (I was scrapping hard at this time, It took ages to get an LO done, and to gather kit and template.)

At some point I understood that I didn’t need template and starting making “my own layout” and right there I started to turn them into template as freebie on my blog.
Everything comes from there, for a couple of years I was a “freebie” maker, and one day, a dear friend of mine in the digiland invited me to join her in a new shop adventure. She convinced me, and well here I am!!!! I am glad she did and proud that she trusted me and my creative juice.

I am still scrapping a lot. In earlier 2011 I printed the 2010’s Album… It was 140 Layouts!! For the 2011 album I have about 60 LO, I will need a bit more, but the year is almost covered. (I mean the main events so far are covered).

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Hum .. I don’t know! During the day I can have many ideas popping up in my mind… by reading the newspapers, looking at my kids, visiting different kind of blogs and … oh and yes pinterest is a HUGE inspiration income of course!

But not all arrive to my computer, and even less in my “in progress” folder.
When I get an idea, I need to write it down with a list of “elements” I imagine in this project. I may (or not) open my notebook one evening and read those notes… I pick one… and start from there.

A kit will start by a key element or pattern, and then title and colour combo will be associated… Then it can make it to my “in progress” folder, where I don’t have more than 3 products in progress.

But I also LOVE working on collaborative project, it is really stimulating me, and I am pretty proud of all my 2011 collab, and be ready girls, 2012 will rock da house!

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Computer: Well I work on a laptop, a Toshiba one, on Windows 7. It has a quad Core system and a dedicated graphic card and “soon” I will upgrade my RAM (hum Santa do you hear me?) as I am at 4 Gig at the moment.

Program: I am not using many programs, mainly Adobe Creative suite, artrage and a few feeware such as a font viewer and a brush viewer (this is recent thing to me, Thanks to zigzagscrap girls, and I can tell you it changed my life!!!)

Camera: Oh there we are… Well I am a Canon Girl. For a long time, was written on my digiscrap forum profile, instead of location “rebel girl” because I was using a Canon Rebel 350. Since my Hubby (bird photo addict) upgraded his equipment I got “his” (which is mine now) Canon 450D.
My fav lens is my 50mm for all kind of photos and the 18mm for landscape and my 100mm for macro (that is a long time I haven’t take off my 50mm though).

Anything Else: Oh yes, I have a tablet: Bamboo (Wacom) and an android Phone (which I mainly use to read news and play to Angry Birds LOL, beside its phone function, of course).

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I think that digi scrapping offers to each of us a wide range of creativity tools, and that we all find in digis crap something to “feed us”. I believe I am a “creative soul”; any kind of creative activities will keep me busy for a while. But when it comes to digiscrap there is another thing I really keep in mind, and it is “preserving the memory”.
I want to make Layout that people will like to look at with emotion. I want my Layout to show the moment (the story) I scrap as I see it. But photos are not always as good as I want them to be.

I am not really good at photo editing, (of course I know how to correct red eyes and some “default” manually, but light is a major problem, especially in this country). I don’t use lightroom, and to get a better photo. So in my layout I almost always play with it with the blending mode. That doesn’t mean I always blend photo into papers, but I also use it to “blend” the photo on itself (I duplicate the photo layer), and by mainly using “multiply” “screen” or “overlay” and then adjust the opacity. I think It make photos looks much better (and so my LO too). (Oops: Actually the other way of doing it, is to make perfect photos LOL)

I have been seeing so many perfect Layout those last years, which were awesome by their creative designs, good balance and/or perfect journaling to document the moment but didn’t jump to my face out from the galleries, mainly because the photo wasn’t “bright” enough, vivid, contrasted or something like that to me. I think it is a pity… Those LO could have been master pieces, and they inspired me so much.

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Wow, my fav … I would go for “Fly High”. I got inspired one evening during my summer holidays, while getting my son to sleep, I actually saw the kit in my head. And after 1 month “off” design, I LOVED doing it, and was proud to get it the way I imagined it!

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My most popular product… It is my “For the Record” kit. I think that is a consequence to me being true to myself, let my creativity goes her way, without trying to think or imagine. And it does matter too that this kit is an “every kind of Layout” kit, no season or special topic related, really versatile.

I love this kit, this is also one done straight after my summer holidays break.
I actually think that this break was a GREAT thing to me, to let my inner need of creating growing.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Val C.:

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

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I have enjoyed answering all those questions, and hope that, you clever Daily digi readers like it too. I like it so much that I don’t want to say ” bye” without offering you a little something.

*** Special for The Daily Digi readers ***

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Until the end of 2011, by using the code VALCDD_twentoffX you will get a 20% off every purchase in my store at ZigZagscrap. Enjoy and have fun scrappin’

Do you want one more tips? I am regularly sending out some little gift with my newsletter … just saying.

Go have a look in Val C.’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)!

P.S. Sandy H. Was the random winner from the comments in yesterday’s post.

Inspired by Val C.

The following layouts were created using “100% Me” by Val C. and included in The Digi Files during December, 2011:

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Layout by Salamandre
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Layout by Anyil
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Layout by Bushgirl
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Layout by Eljuly74
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Layout by Ella
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Layout by Ginny
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Layout by Intensemagic
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Layout by Laurie W
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Layout by Salamandre
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Layout by TammyLiz
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Layout by Doggieno

 

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: 100% Me by Val C.; Janet Phillips template.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: 100% Me by Val C.; Photo Blends Templates by Scrapping With Liz.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: 100% Me by Val C.; Template by Fiddle Dee Dee Designs; Font: Typewriter Scribbled.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Isabel Mendez, Brush: R. Young, Font: Pea Amy
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Layout by Zizazzi

iScrap: My Eyes Got Stuck

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I have been a fan of iscrap since Mscraps first opened. Ing has a huge range of looks that she incorporates into cohesive collections.  She has an overall clean style with her own doodles incorporated throughout. I love the vast range of colors that she uses in her designs (from bold and bright to pale and pastel). I love the doodled car that she included in her contribution this month. Let’s take a closer look at “Captured” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Ing’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Captured by Ing; Jelly Bean Toes (Title alpha) by CD Muckosky; Wanderlust (Map overlay) by Pink Reptile Designs; Font: A Little Pot.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: Captured by iScrap by Ing; Shapelates by Misto Cato.
LO3 Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Captured by ing; Head Start Vol. 5 (template) by litabells; Journaling Bling (brushes) by Jennifer Barrette.

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Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Captured by ing; Fonts: Mountains of Christmas, Georgia.
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Captured by ing; Stick Arounds (tape) by Lauren Reid; Fonts: Sugar Shock by Lauren Reid & Darcy Baldwin, F25 Executive, 5th Grade Cursive.

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

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I am Ing Lim (Ingrid Lim).
Born in Philippines, living in Al Ain UAE for 4 years now.
Mother 2 super active boys ages 7 & 2 years old.
8 years married to my college classmate.

STORE

BLOG

FACEBOOK

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A close friend & I collaborated on throwing a surprised baby shower for our couple friends. I was in charged with the invites, the tags & labels for the souvenirs & game prizes, decoration for the diaper cake, and for the cupcakes. This was our first event we planned together and we are both happy with the outcome as well as our couple friends. I used Miss Tiina’s kit Mama to be Bubblegum to coordinate everything. I specially liked the little Gerber bottles with marshmallow with labels & tags… so cute. But it was tiring to cut circles using only scissor. I hope next time I already have the circle punches because it will definitely make cutting circles easier. Even though, I had fun while creating these.

Something to share (I think many already knew about this): I made the invite envelopes using colored papers using an old envelope as my guide. I opened the old envelope & traced it on a sheet of colored paper. Then I stacked up the colored papers with the traced paper on the topmost & used clamps on 2 sides to hold it together while I cut the paper. Using a sharp cutter blade, I cut the outer lines making sure I don’t move the stacked paper or loosen it. After it’s cut I fold it one by one to form an envelope. =)

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I started paper scrapping more than 20 years ago when I was still in high school. Eventually I stopped since I cannot afford the scrapbooking materials. But there are special occasions like birthdays & anniversaries that I created stuff to give as my personal gifts. When I got married and moved to my husband’s hometown I needed something to keep me busy and scrapbooking became my outlet. Once again, I started paper scrapbooking slowly & using what’s only available at the local bookstore in our place. When I gave birth to our eldest son, I was still able to scrap but as the baby grew I had lesser time to scrap until the baby took up all my time.

It was 2007 when I first discover the marvelous digital scrapbooking and got hooked with it. I & my eldest son came here in UAE to be with my husband. He bought me a desktop computer & subscribed for an internet connection so that I won’t get bored just staying inside the house (it’s only during weekends that we can have get-together with friends). I drooled over the fabulous digital scrapbooking stuff over the internet and when I found out that there are a lot of freebies I can use for my scrapbooking, I couldn’t stop creating layouts (unfortunately, my computer crashed, got reformatted and lost everything 2 years ago).

2008 I started creating stuff like frames. There were digital scrapbooking stuff I wanted to use but couldn’t find on freebies that led me on creating it for myself. Eventually, when I started my blog (my first blog which I have deleted already) I started giving them away as freebies, too. Then I made templates & minikits and give them out as freebies on my blog as well.

Late of 2009 I read somewhere that Joyce Paul was looking for designers for her new store. There was something inside me that pushed me to send my application but I was not expecting any positive reply. December (if I was not mistaken) I received a reply that she is taking me as template designer for a beginner… and I was completely in heaven that day. Then a few months later, I started selling kits and elements. I am a slow designer and there are still so much to learn; I’m just glad I am still here. I will be for ever grateful to Joyce for the opportunity she gave me. For my fellow designers at Mscraps for the tutorials they share. And to those who buy my products & download my freebies, thank you.

I am both though… scrapper & designer. Scrapping keeps me sane and it de-stresses me while designing is a passion and it makes me proud of myself that I am able to create something that others appreciates… it gives me self-worth.

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It’s not what but who… my family & friends inspire me to create as well as the people who appreciate what I do. ?

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Computer: 1- Desktop PC: assembled, Windows XP, Viewsonic 21″ monitor, 2GB ram
2- Laptop: Samsung, Windows 7, 17″ monitor, i5, 4GB ram

Program: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Camera: DSLR – Nikon D60
Digital Camera – Canon A3300 IS
Anything Else: Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet

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I have found this quick tutorial on how to easily recolor your doodle on the web & I kept on using it ever since. It’s quick & no extra layer or clipping mask needed.
On top of the layer palette there are lock options & the first one locks the transparency pixel of the layer. When you click it you can change the color of the doodle without affecting the other transparency or opacity of the doodle. Just choose a regular round brush, make it larger to cover a larger area & select the color you want. Then paint on the doodle with a few brush strokes. You can unlock the layer after but you can also keep it lock if you still want to change the color later on. You can use this method on wordarts, stamps, borders, or paint splats.

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I have a few favorite but this is so far my most fave kit. I created it in time for the Fathers Day celebration. I searched for a father’s day color swatch & searched the net for some inspiration for my papers & elements. It was special in a sense that created the minikit to make a layout for my husband for Fathers Day. There are 2 elements there that I created using the artworks I collected from my office files. It is just a simple minikit but I love everything in it.

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I was planning on creating a photobook for our 2009 memories and then later on I decided on creating a kit to go along with the photobook. I just search a color swatch for remembering and my eyes got stuck on this color palette. As for the elements & wordarts, I got inspiration through the web and from my personal preference as to what I wanted to put in there. I have no idea why it is popular but I think this is the best-selling kit I have.

 

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Save 30% off at iscrap in the month of December! No coupon necessary.

Go have a look in ing’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)!