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The following layouts were created using “Captured” by iscrap and included in The Digi Files during December, 2011:

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Layout 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.
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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.

Digi Scrapping Other December Celebrations & Non-Traditional Christmas

Christmas gets a lot of attention in the digital scrapbooking community and we love to scrap about Christmas! We also have readers from all over the world who celebrate many other wonderful ways in December and I’m excited to share some of their inspiration with you. I (Katie) have always loved learning about all sorts of different holidays and I enjoy teaching my family about the different ways that people celebrate. We’ve participated in Hanukkah and St. Lucia activities even though they are not a part of our traditional culture.

Daily Digi team member Anne lives in Norway and says “We usually celebrate St. Lucia, at least my kid does something for it at school and if we have time I tell him the story about St. Lucia. I know this is a much more celebrated day in Sweden. So if anyone has been there in December I’m sure they have some photos of it Wink
I made a page with Be Merry by Dianne Rigdon Design from the December files and used a template from Yin. It is from when my kid was in kindergarten and they visited an elder home (or what you call it) and sang for them.

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Digi scrapper Dana created a beautiful layout about Hanukkah. She says “this year, i decided that we would learn about hanukkah since it is celebrated by a portion of our extended family. we had a great time reading books and participating in some of the traditions – it was so fun!”

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Digi scrapper star74 shared the tradition of St. Nicholas Day with this layout. She says “Widely celebrated in Europe, St. Nicholas’ feast day, December 6th, kept alive the stories of his goodness and generosity. In the Netherlands and Belgium, St. Nicholas arrived on a steamship from Spain to ride a white horse on his gift-giving rounds. December 6th is still the main day for gift giving and merrymaking in much of Europe. For example, in the Netherlands St. Nicholas is celebrated on the 5th, the eve of the day, by sharing candies (thrown in the door), chocolate initial letters, small gifts, and riddles. Dutch children leave carrots and hay in their shoes for the saint’s horse, hoping St. Nicholas will exchange them for small gifts. So this is our DS’s St.Nic’s hat!!!”

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Here in the northern hemisphere of the world, we are all used to Christmas being associated with winter. Of course, even in the north, not everyone has a “White Christmas”. In the southern hemisphere, summer is in season and Santa is more likely to wear shorts than a furry red suit! Don’t be afraid to reflect what your Christmas environment is really like in your area, it adds interest to the story! Of course, it’s also perfectly fine to use some wintery digi scrap supplies on your pages as well. No one is going to turn you in – no scrapbook police here!

Digi Scrapper estir bune illustrates a tropical vacation Santa in Australia. She says “my daughter thinks Santa should do Australia last on his route so he can spend a bit of vacation time there!!!!”

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If you’re looking for some supplies to help you scrap other December celebrations or a non-traditional Christmas, here are a few fun ones to check out! (All images are linked)

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Holiday Messages Brushes and Stamps

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Hope you have a Happy December, however you celebrate!

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P.S. Sandy_in_MD was the random winner selected from those that commented on Lauren Grier. She won $10 in product from La!

Lauren Grier: Journaling is Awesome

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Lauren Grier (La) is one of the designers that, when I found out hadn’t yet contributed to The Digi Files, I wanted to die of embarrassment! I LOVE La’s kits and own many of them. I love her bright, bold colors; her hand doodled elements and papers; and the eclectic feel. Many of La’s kits have become staples in my collection. La is an artist that wears her emotions “on her kits,” if you will.  There aren’t many designers that I wonder what they were thinking or feeling when they created a collection, but often wonder that about La. Her kits come directly from her heart and it shows.  I am a true fan and beyond excited to FINALLY have La joining us in The Digi Files this month! Let’s take a closer look at “I Like You” by Lauren Grier that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Lauren Grier’s contribution:

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: I like you by Lauren Grier by Lauren Grier; Layered Up In You (template) by Lauren Grier.
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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: I like you by Lauren Grier by Lauren Grier; Staple by Crystal Wilkerson; Font: Typewriter Scribble.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: I like you by Lauren Grier by Lauren Grier; Template by Little Green Frog Designs.
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: I like you by Lauren Grier by Lauren Grier.
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Layout by Tara. Supplies: I like you by Lauren Grier by Lauren Grier; 52 Templates (#30) by Simply Tiffany Studios; Font: Avenir Book.

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

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I always wish I could just answer these like you did in chats as a teenager. A/S/L done!.. but alas, I can not. The basics are as follows, my name is Lauren, or La– stick with La please, there aren’t too many people that I don’t cringe at for saying Lauren. I am from Rhode Island, which is probably the same size as most of your towns. I live with my kidlet (who’s turning 8 this month!), a cat (who smells), a rabbit (who also smells), and the coolest pet ever my leopard gecko named yoda. There’s a boyfriend floating around too, but he doesn’t live here so he doesn’t count for that list (he does not smell). I’m really really boring in real life. We’re obsessed with doctor who, star wars, and hello kitty (ok, I’m the only one obsessed with HK). That’s all the exciting information I have for you!

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Back Story: In april of this year my body decided to go into wooah! mode. I spent a month in the hospital for what in my opinion- was the scariest blood clot in history. I was diagnosed with a fancy autoimmune disease that mucks up my blood amongst other things & was told I’d never walk the same let alone run (I love running. Even when I was still in the ER I was arguing with the overnight nurse that I WAS going to start running again asap– still not there yet :[ ) This layout was a celebration of a small victory. I kept it simple, to focus on my journaling. 185 days post medical drama, and I walked 4 miles. I love clean open simple layouts, and I love powerful journaling. The journaling can be 1 or 2 sentences and still pack a punch. That overall message can move the person viewing your page, or be therapeutic for you– Journaling is awesome.

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I am one of those weirdos that never paper scrapped. I can’t cut straight and it would have been a disastrous adventure. Whenever I’m asked this question I always mumble something about saving trees too by being digi only- but the truth is I’m just not great with paper. I started designing in 2005, just for fun, tinkering around..It was only after that that I really started scrapbooking. I’m not a traditional scrapper in any sense, I don’t scrap events, or chronologically, or anything that I’m “supposed” to. Most of my scrapbooking is just because, it’s my version of having a diary or a pen pal.

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A lot of my kits are pretty emotionally inspired. I’m one of those people who keeps everything bottled up and can’t express herself emotionally (so says the boyfriend anyway).. what I do do however..is pour all that out into my work. Of course sometimes I design something just because I’m in the mood to doodle penguins, or the kiddo wants another robot kit, but there are plenty of roar I’m moody kits floating around my store too.

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Computer: I have Desktop running windows with 512mb ram/40gb hd (ha!) and a windows laptop with 6gb ram/450gb hd.
Program: I use PSE 8 and Illustrator CS4 – I know, lopsided there, but illustrator was way more important to me!
Camera: I am not a photographer, and am only sporting a Canon Powershot a560. She serves me well enough.
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Scrap for you..no one else, and for goodness sake journal! Journal your little heart out. It makes it so much more fulfilling for yourself. Also, when in doubt doodle. I love doodles. Little accents on layouts, scribble behind the photos.. they’re such the perfect finishing touches.
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I actually had a super tough time deciding on which kit was my favorite, so I had to ask for some help. We had it narrowed down to a few– but then I remembered where I was- mentally- when I created this kit and it pushed it to the top of the pack. This was definitely a me power, I am awesome and worth it type kit. I’d just gone through a terribly emotional few months and this was me coming out of it. Colour wise.. when I’m moody I tend to design in brighter happier colours. It’s just how I work, though I’ve been trying to balance that out lately so those close to me stop worrying when I design a happy bright pink kit. The kit just came together so beautifully, and is special to me on a personal level, I love it.

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Don’t let me go is hands down one of my customers favorite kits- and is definitely one of mine. What inspired it? A boy. haha.. The boy. The colours were easy, teal is apparently my favorite colour to design with. 99% of my products contain teal, I can’t help it.. So a primarily teal kit? Love.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Lauren Grier:

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

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Go have a look in Lauren Grier’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 La Grier

The following layouts were created using “I Like You” and included in The Digi Files during December, 2011:

Layout by Aaron, additional supplies: Template: Crystal Livesay
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Layout by Kim, additional supplies: Template by Cindy Schneider. Font is DJB Lemonhead by Darcy Baldwin Fontography
Layout by Anne, additional supplies: Handwriting Dakota, Typewriter Scribbled and Kannada MN
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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Fiddle Dee Dee Designs, Font: DJB Heart of Dixi
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Layout by Lizzy, additional supplies: Template Pack 36 – Kaye Winiecki, DJB Mess In My Head – Lauren Grier and Darcy Baldwin, The Pencil – Heather Hess
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: I like you by Lauren Grier by Lauren Grier; Layered Up In You (template) by Lauren Grier.
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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: I like you by Lauren Grier by Lauren Grier; Staple by Crystal Wilkerson; Font: Typewriter Scribble.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: I like you by Lauren Grier by Lauren Grier; Template by Little Green Frog Designs.
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: I like you by Lauren Grier by Lauren Grier.
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Layout by Tara. Supplies: I like you by Lauren Grier by Lauren Grier; 52 Templates (#30) by Simply Tiffany Studios; Font: Avenir Book.

It Changed My Life

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Peppermint used Feedly as her pick of the week on The Digi Show a while back. It sounded like the perfect way to consume social media and blogs. Katie, Ali Edwards (who was a guest that day), many listeners, and myself jumped right on it and started using it. Anyone that has given Feedly a try says, “It’s changed my life!”

I have used a lot of different apps (plugins for my browser, readers, iPhone and iPad) but none has ever really helped me manage and get through content like Feedly does. I’ve never been able to keep up with all of the blogs I subscribe to and at many points have given up. Now, I have found myself able to easily get through the information and actually subscribe to more sites and blogs.

Why I Like Feedly

It’s visually based. I like that I can see an image and don’t have to stop and read a short summary before I decide if I want to click on it:

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I can then mark a whole page read if I want:

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Feedly is available for Android devices, iPhone, iPad, and any browser. As long as I am logged into the same account, everything syncs across the various devices I use it on.

I can “save for later” if I come across something I want to make sure I read later.

I can share content via email or one of many social media outlets from inside the app (in a browser or on a device).

I can manage feeds (delete a feed or add a feed) from within the app. This is one I especially love.

I can view my recent history if I want to go back and look at something again later.

To get a great view of what Feedly can do, go to their site and click on “watch video” below the download button (the download button will automatically match whatever browser you are using):

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Planning to Scrap Events

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The holidays provide us with many pictures and memories to add to our scrapbooks. Almost an overwhelming number! Here’s a partial list of the events that I know I will want to capture in my scrapbook:

  • Gingerbread house decorating
  • Ornament creation
  • Christmas list making
  • School concert
  • Christmas lights tour
  • Various Christmas parties
  • Decorating the Christmas tree
  • Christmas Eve dinner
  • Christmas morning

I’ll outline below my “plan” for capturing all of these memories. I think of my scrapbook pages in three major categories so that’s how this post is organized:

  • Pictures
  • Stories and Facts
  • Papers and Elements

Picture Planning

Many of us have SLR cameras and a variety of lenses and equipment. Before an event, try to plan out which photography equipment is needed. For example, sometimes you will need an external flash or a tripod or a remote shutter trigger.

As a scrapbooker, I think of the types of shots I will want in three categories:

  1. First, I think about the wide-angle shots that will set the scene. Where is the event? Who is there? I like to capture the “big picture”.
  2. Next I think about those little details that are key to the overall event.
  3. Lastly, I try to image the “action” moments that I will want to be ready for to capture.

Here are a couple of examples:

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  • Scene: Entire family gathered around the unfinished house and later the finished house
  • Details: Bowls full of candies, close-ups of the finishing touches on the house
  • Action: Hands putting on decorations, everyone munching on the candy decorations, the kids laughing
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  • Scene: Entire family at the table
  • Details: Full plate, Christmas crackers, cracker treats, serving bowls of food
  • Action: The kids pulling open Christmas crackers, everyone putting on their paper crowns, reading the cracker jokes out loud

I use Adobe Lightroom to organize my photos. Since I rarely delete photos (see Steph’s post here for more on that),  I can end up with hundreds of them after any event. In order to avoid being overwhelmed though, when I upload my pictures onto my computer, I mark them to show “Picks” and “Rejects”. I can view just the “Picks” at a later date and be certain those will be ones that I will want to scrap.

As an aside, I recently added photo-tagging to my “month’s end to do list”. I take about 700+ photos in a regular month and I can tag them all in under 20 minutes. I’m almost caught up on tagging all my prior digital photos, too. It is a pleasure to be able to keyword search my photos and have the ones I want pop up. It makes finding the right photos to scrapbook so much easier.

Journaling and Details

My photo folders are automatically named in the YYYY-MM-DD format. As the month progresses, I rename folders to append the event name. (For example, 2011-12-04-Gingerbread.) This helps me to quickly scan my photo directory and find events that I want to scrap.

As each event happens, you can create a simple Word document to record any immediate memories, quotes, etc. This can be saved in the folder with the associated pictures. This way the journaling and photos are ready when you have time to scrap.

If you work on multiple devices, online tools like Evernote or Google Docs might be useful to you to efficiently capture thoughts no matter which device you are using.

Papers and Elements

Some of my pages start with the photos and story, and then I search my digi supplies to find a kit that matches theme of the page. Some of my pages start with a beautiful kit that I can’t wait to use and I’ll scrap the page and then find photos and journaling to match. Both approaches work because for me scrapbooking is an equal mix of wanting to capture the memories and enjoying the creative process.

I use ACDSee to tag my kit previews. I tag them as “Previews” and by store name and designer name. My mind seems to associate kits with designers, but if that doesn’t work for you, you could tag them by dominate colours, themes (Christmas, Winter, Birthday, et cetera) or some other method that helps you to find your kits quickly and easily.

I tag all of my page templates individually as well. Many scrapbookers organize templates by the number of photos that each one holds which can help you to quickly find the right template for your page.

There may be as many ways to organize digital supplies as there are scrapbookers. The key is just to pick a method that works for you and lets you focus on scrapping and not on hunting for the right products. Here are some ideas:

I hope some of these ideas work for you and help you capture your memories!

Festivating Funtastic Friday

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Katie and I had a call yesterday and as we were discussing the post schedule, I told her that people might not see my upcoming Project Life post that I have been hinting about on The Digi Show (December 22nd) because they would be too busy “festivating”. We kinda liked that word and Katie’s daughter (who was sitting in on the call) liked it to. I decided it would be the perfect title for a Funtastic Friday.  We’ll see if it sticks! Winking smile

There are two things that keep the daily in our digi around here: 1) The Digi Files contributors and 2) the exclusive collection contributors. We appreciate the designers that take time out of their busy schedules to support what we do! Let’s take a look at some of the GREAT things going on around digiland:

Suzy had a 12 days of FREEBIES going on:

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50% off Chelle’s store ONE DAY ONLY (All sales, specials & promotions are based on Eastern Time Zone.  Coupons, Plum Perks and sales cannot be combined.) Classes not included.

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Heather T. has an elegantly unusual winter-themed kit out at MScraps: Diamond Ice.

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Mye De Leon has a new and gorgeous Mistletoeing collab with Mandy King. A beautiful yet playful  Christmas collection! Mye’s store is on sale for 30% off until December 31 so stock up now!  You can also take off $5 every $15 purchase in her shops using this code – mye_save5on15

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Sale Details: Login to your account at SBG then add both Shabby Santa & Shabby Carols to your cart and before checkout enter coupon code: falala2you expires December 12, 2011

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Ju has this on her Facebook Page:

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Looking for a kit that will help you capture and preserve your most precious memories that has just the right amount of versatility? Edith Evangeline is a beautiful kit with a fabulous vintage flair in a breathtaking color palette sure to bring your scrapbook projects to life!  Visit Danielle Engebretson Designs at The Digi Chick and get it now for 20% off.

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Liz has a new set of Recyclables in her store. If you aren’t familiar with them they are a great way to sample the different styles of templates that  Liz has to offer. Right now you can grab this set for 20% off. Be sure to check out her other Recyclables too.

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Look what Wendyzine has:

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Allison has a new fun (and funny) pack of papers out:

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We all love FRIDAYS in digiland! Have you seen Baersgarten’s Friday collection?

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If you liked Dianne’s “Be Merry” from The Digi Files last month, be sure to grab her add-on papers:

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Elise’s Pieces has this beautiful kit:

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Heather Hess has some actions out:

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Karen Lewis has a new Christmas collection:

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Love these new papers from Lauren Reid:

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Have you seen this fun collections by Mari?

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If you love vintage flair, check out this collection from ForeverJoy:

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Love these “Old News” tags by Tracie Stroud:

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I adore the bright, bold colors and fun doodles in this collection:

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Adorable animal friends in this collection by Melissa:

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We released a new episode of The Digi Show last night. In this episode, Katie, Peppermint, Anna Aspnes and I discuss projects. What projects did we try this past year? Were they successful?  What projects are we committing to for next year, or are we? I even made a startling announcement. 😉

P.S. Kristin was the random winner selected from those that commented on Fiddle Dee Dee. She won $10 in product from Fiddle Dee Dee! 🙂

Fiddle Dee Dee: Scrapping About People You Love

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I started seeing Fiddle Dee Dee templates credited on layouts by my team several months ago. It seemed every time I turned around Fiddle Dee Dee was there! I always love the layouts created using her templates! I especially love the large photo spots she includes on many of her templates. Let’s take a closer look at “Fuss Free: Daily Goodness” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs’s contribution:

 

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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: Fuss Free: Daily Goodness by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Exclusive “Celebrate” Kit from The Daily Digi; Fonts: Typewriter Scribble, CK Ali.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: Fuss Free: Daily Goodness by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Gnome Sweet Gnome by Dani Mogstad; Font: CK Roxy.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Fuss Free: Daily Goodness by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; 100% Me by Val C Designs; Font: Typewriter Scribbled.
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Layout by Jen. Supplies: Fuss Free: Daily Goodness by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Love You Because by Designs by Kat; All About Me by Scrap Orchard Designers: Font: Journal Away by Fontologie.

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

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My name is Cheryl Ashcraft and I’m a native Floridian living in Northwest Florida on the Gulf Coast. My husband Jay and I have been married for eighteen years, and we have two children. Olivia is fourteen and Daniel is six and they are the delight of my life. I’m a domestic goddess, working daily to make sure that my family home is a haven and I work part-time as a digital scrapbooking template designer. Besides digital scrapbooking and template designing, I’m an avid reader and I attempt to read a book a week. In addition, I cross stitch and embroider, and have recently rediscovered a love for pen sketching. I also adore hunting for treasures at thrift stores and estate sales.

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I would love to put up every layout I’ve made, but I’ve just highlighted one that shows off my family. Everyday moments just make me happy. I think that if you are scrapping about the people you love, you’ll end up with layouts you love.

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I started paper scrapbooking in 1996 when I was pregnant with my daughter Olivia. My mother bought me an 8.5×11 album kit. It was the height of coolness at that time, but now I shudder when I look at the colors that were included in the paper frames and stickers. I started digital scrapbooking in August 2007 after I read a Jessica Sprague article about photo editing in the Fall of 2006. I downloaded a trial version of Photoshop Elements and loved what I could do with it, so I got the software for Christmas. I used the program for photo edits only until late Summer 2007, when I stumbled across a digital supplies site. I was hooked from that moment! My son was two years old at that time, so the ability to be creative and not worry about scissors or glue or tape being at his disposal was very appealing. I am definitely a scrapper first and then a designer. I started converting my layouts to templates in February 2010 with a guest spot at The Digichick. I was asked to stay as a designer at the store and spent over a year there. I recently moved my storefront to ScrapOrchard in July 2011. My layouts are created for my own personal scrapbooks, and I love being able to share the love and care that I put into my own pages via my templates.

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There’s something inside me that wants to make some beautiful every single day. I’m often inspired by home decorating sites or fashion blogs that I peruse when I’m relaxing, but most often the photographs that I take of my family give me an internal push to create layouts. And of course, I make layouts for some amazing digital scrapbooking designers, and their kits open up countless avenues of creativity.

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Monitor: LG 1920×1080 widescreen
I just got a new video card that’s really being hampered by the lack of RAM ~ waiting on my hubby to build me a new computer that will let that video card scream! :o)
Program: Photoshop Elements 9.0, ACDSee 14, Lightroom 3.4
Camera: Nikon D5000
Anything Else: Wacom Bamboo Fun

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Templates give the scrapper suggestions for placement of papers, elements and photos ~ similar to a puzzle or a pattern. The template can be used “as is,” but the digital scrapbooker should feel free to add or delete any piece of the template puzzle in order to create a layout that suits their purposes. For instance, just because one of my templates has spots for circular photos doesn’t mean that the digital scrapbooker can’t replace those with square or rectangular photo shapes, or simply delete the photo spots to create a photo-less layout. Or if my template has loads of flowers and leaves (yes, they are on almost every one of my templates LOL) doesn’t mean that those flowers and leaves can’t be replaced with other digital scrapbooking kit elements. A scrapbooker that uses templates can’t be without the keyboard shortcuts CTRL+G to clip papers and photos to template shapes and CTRL+E to merge the clipped layers. If you need more in depth instructions for using templates, there is a step-by-step tutorial on my blog: http://www.fiddle-dee-deedesigns.com/2011/02/how-to-use-fiddle-dee-dee-layered.html.

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I love using a variety of papers and elements to create a collage-type feel on my layouts. This particular set was the beginning of a series of templates featuring fun ways of using papers on layouts. Although I love all the templates in this series, this first set took a long time to get just right when I was converting it from layout to template format, and I feel like the templates look almost as good as the layouts.

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I think Fuss Free: Among The Waves is so popular because of the flow of the composition on each template in the pack. This set was inspired by the Gulf Coast beaches that I grew up on and that I still live near today.

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs’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. SusanW was the random winner from yesterday’s feature on Viva Artistry. She won $10 in product from Viva!

Inspired by Fiddle Dee Dee

The following layouts were created using templates by Fiddle Dee Dee and included in The Digi Files during December, 2011:

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Layout by Amelia, additional supplies:  Vintage Yuletide by Hazel Olive Designs, twine: isn’t she lovely by zoe pearn, snowflake: leora sanford:cozy christmas signs, alpha: Weeds and Wildflowers:  the great outdoors

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Papers and elements: True Colors Collab.: Michelle Coleman, Lori Barnhurst, Jackie Eckles, Font: Century

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Layout by Olivia, additional supplies: Colour Me Girly by Lyndsay Riches Designs at Scrap Orchard; Template: Fuss Free: Daily Goodness by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs at The Daily Digi; Photo Actions: My Four Hens Photography; Font: Rudiment

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Layout by Judie, additional supplies: lil’ Explorer Bundle by WM[Squared] Designs, Fuss Free: Daily Goodness by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs, Font: Cold Coffee, Photo Actions by My 4 Hens (Fresh Grass)

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Layout by Heather, additional supplies: by Captivated Visions

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Layout by Lorraine

 

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: Fuss Free: Daily Goodness by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Captured by Shabby Miss Jenn.
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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: Fuss Free: Daily Goodness by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Exclusive “Celebrate” Kit from The Daily Digi; Fonts: Typewriter Scribble, CK Ali.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: Fuss Free: Daily Goodness by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Gnome Sweet Gnome by Dani Mogstad; Font: CK Roxy.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Fuss Free: Daily Goodness by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; 100% Me by Val C Designs; Font: Typewriter Scribbled.
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Layout by Jen. Supplies: Fuss Free: Daily Goodness by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Love You Because by Designs by Kat; All About Me by Scrap Orchard Designers: Font: Journal Away by Fontologie.

ViVa Artistry: Inspired by a Grocery Bag

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I had no idea that Viva Artistry was a design duo consisting of Vivienne and Vanessa until I invited them to contribute to The Digi Files. I love their quirky unique designs that come together and create beautiful collections! Their designs are super fun and inspiring too! Let’s take a closer look at “Life Composition” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using ViVa Artistry’s contribution:

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: Life Composition by ViVa Artistry;

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Life Composition by ViVa Artistry; DSD Grab Bab template by Zinnias and Swallowtails, Vintage Mix 2 alpha by Peppermint Creative.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Life Composition by ViVa Artistry;

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Layout by Jen. Supplies: Life Composition by ViVa Artistry; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter and Howie’s Stamps Lowfat.

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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: Life Composition by ViVa Artistry; Call Me (stitching) by Lauren Reid; Font: Hero.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Vanessa: Florida Originally from Brazil, married and has 4 girls (2 older ones aged 4 and 7 and one set of twins aged 1)

Vivienne: Denmark, Originally from California, married and has 2 girls (12 and 15 years old)

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Vivienne: Loved the simple but lush look of this layout. I like asymetrical layouts and the white on white colors and it was awesome to scrap a happy memory from 25 years ago. Plus, I only have one copy of the photograph so it was nice to scan it just in case.

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Vanessa: Because I put into words the feelings that I had been keeping to myself for a while and it felt good to do so. This was done for the DigiDares.

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Vanessa was a digital scrapbooker first, having also been a graphic artist in real life.
Vivienne was a paper scrapbooker first and switched to digital in 2007.

Both of us were on a CT and we decided to work together on some trial kits. That was in 2008.

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Art, we love looking at different types of work, medium, textures and materials.
Vanessa: I’m also very inspired by feelings, I like that our kits often have an emotion associated to them.
Vivienne: I love paper scraps in real life because of traditional scrapbooking. So a lot of what I make is a reflection of that.

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Vanessa: I work on a MacBook Pro, 17″ screen, I run Mac OS X 10.5.8 on it. 4GB RAM.
Vivienne: toshiba satellite laptop, 64 bit, 4 GB RAM, running windows 7, 2 internal drives (230 GB each), 2 EHD (500 GB each), 17″ screen

Program:
Vanessa: PSCS3, illustrator CS3, Alienskins plug ins
Vivienne: PSCS3, Inkscape, ArtRage

Camera:
Vanessa: Canon PowerShot SX219 (point and shoot)
Vivienne: Sony Cybershot (point and shoot), hoping for a Nikon DSLR for Christmas!

Anything Else:
Vivienne: Wacom Bamboo Pen tablet
Canon Cano-Scan 5000F scanner (but it doesn’t work with Win 7 so I am looking for a driver for it, otherwise, I have to use my old WinXP desktop with it)

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Vanessa: I always create similar sized elements on the same page, that gives me a good idea on proportions and keep my number of files to a minimum.

Vivienne: I like making elements that are reflective of things in a traditional scrapbook. I also put the elements all together on a page to see if it works.

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We love Misfit because it represents a lot of how we see ourselves as designers. We don’t fit into any one specific category, our work is a bit artistic, a bit altered, a bit quirky, a bit vintage, but you couldn’t classify it as any one of those exactly. It also speaks a lot of our creative team, being that we love those girls, we wanted to build a kit that represented them and I think Misfit did the trick. The colors were actually inspired by a grocery bag Vanessa had… it had lots of vintage black and white drawings with bright colors as highlights.

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We’re not sure why it’s popular. Maybe because a lot of digi scrappers are originally paper scrappers and want to replicate their scrapbooks. Possibly that there are not many real journals or books in digital format and our papers look pretty grungy plus we add in some cool elements to go with it. It was because Vivienne was looking for some digital books to look like her real scrapbooks.

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Here are some of my favorite products by ViVa Artistry:

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

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Receive 25% off ViVa Artistry now through 12-31-11 with coupon code VVDecDigiFile.

Go have a look in ViVa Artistry’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)!