Inspired by geniaBeana

The following layouts were created using “A Whimisical Heart” by geniaBeana and included in The Digi Files during January 2012:

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Juli Fish, Fonts: CK 8 Ball, CK Greeting Card
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Layout by Tanya Riley
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Layout by Karen
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Layout by Sara
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Layout by Brittney
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Layout by Susan
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Layout by Jenn

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: A Whimsical Heart by geniaBeana.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: A Whimsical Heart by geniaBeana; Fonts: Giggles by Steph.

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Layout by Aaron. Supplies: A Whimsical Heart by geniaBeana; Template by Emily Merrit; Font: Play Misty for Me by Darcy Baldwin.

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: A Whimsical Heart by geniaBeana; Template by Biograffiti.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: A Whimsical Heart by geniaBeana; Template by Kay Miller; Font: Myriad Web Pro.

Meet Katrina

BIO: Katrina stepped into the digi world 5 years ago and was instantly hooked. She writes, blogs, and teaches photography techniques for the everyday photographer. In March 2011 she launched CaptureYour365 community for inspiration, ideas, and support for 365 projects. She loves spending time with her 6 year old son Ian and her science geek husband Shea, gardening, doing yoga, and of course, taking photos.

5 PRODUCTS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:
5? Rarely do that many land on my pages!
Anna Aspnes’ Stitched By Anna White (or any of them, really)
Anna Aspnes’ LoopdaLoop Art strokes

MY STYLE: Clean and Simple.

MY SCRAPPING IDOL(S): Ali Edwards + Cathy Zeilske (of course) for their simple, photo first style. Any mom who takes the time to get her memories recorded.

WHY I AM EXCITED TO BE ON THE TEAM: I love the warmth of the DailyDigi community. I was looking for an open, friendly community that promotes a sharing, healthy industry and this is it!

WHERE YOU CAN FIND ME:
Blog •  Classes

Control Cord Chaos

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headphones from Way Rad by Micheline Martin & Laura Banasiak. The Architect font by Heather Hess.

 

In this age of cordless and wireless technology, it seems like there are more cords to deal with than ever  before. I personally hate cord clutter and I at least wish there was a way to use universal cords for everything. Until that time arrives, I’m forced to find ways to tame the many cords that are a part of my tech-loving life.

If you label your cords, it will be easier to troubleshoot when you have problems, or if you simply want to move a piece of technology to another location. Martha Stewart suggests using bread bag tags to label cords.

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Another way to mark cords for organization – Cable IDs

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I don’t like to look at a lot of loose cords. You can keep cords tidy using pipe insulation (Martha Stewart)

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With all the charging cords for iPhones and other devices, it’s easy for them to get tangled. We like these Cable Drop Clips found in many office supply stores or online.

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Many of us bring headphones and charging cords along with us on a daily basis, or while traveling.  Bobino Cord Wraps are a nice way to keep everything under control.

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If you’re like me, you use a power strip and also have a lot of other cords that are frequently used. This Cable Box is a handy way to disguise some of the mess of technology.

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There are many knockoffs of the Pottery Barn Bedford Recharge Station available in stores like Target. I purchased a white station from Pottery Barn several years ago and it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made to keep my office area organized and looking clean and pretty.

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Even without purchasing any special supplies, you can make your workspace neater by simply going through your cords and tidying them up a bit. Consider trying to hide them behind a piece of furniture or under a desk. Some twist ties might just do the trick to bundle them together. Be sure the area around your cords and plugs are free of clutter and kept clean to avoid any fire hazards. Just a few easy steps will make it all feel less cluttered and that makes it easier to feel happy and creative in your workspace!

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What YOU have learned from The Daily Digi

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I had so much fun sharing what I’ve learned from The Daily Digi, but I had even MORE fun reading what so many of you have learned! Each and every comment just made me so happy, I love seeing how you have been inspired! Here are a few tidbits of what our readers have learned:

 

From Sharon S. – The coolest thing I learned in the last year involved double page spreads. As I challenged myself to complete Project 52, which for me included an entire scrapbook album, I kept learning things that made that project easier. From one designer, I learned to flip a template horizontally and vertically to make a second page. But the biggest aha moment came when someone said to lay the two pages out in a single document. What?!? I had been struggling with two different documents, trying to get things to line up across the two pages. The whole project became infinitely easier when I was able to see the whole thing at once. lol! Seems so simple now. Anyway, here’s the first spread I did like that:

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Papers and Elements: Celebrate, TDD Collab., Sketch: Scrapbook Inspiration, Font: Problem Secretary

 

From arimacias – I have learned to let go and have fun. some days I am just too busy to do anything other than edit a few photos or power scrap a few pages. it’s all good and it is all ok:)

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From Julie Rae – Well, virtually everything I know about digital scrapbooking I have learned directly from TDD or indirectly from a recommended link. How’s that!?! OK I don’t know tons but I have been productive: making layouts, invitations, mini-books (hybrid), cards, templates–it’s been terrific. I have printed dozens of layouts and have several scrapbooks going simultaneously. One of the most important things I’ve learned from TDD would have to be metadata. It’s not flashy, but it is HUGE! If we do not tell our story any other way, we can through metadata. Totally awesome (I say as I stare at boxes of old photos and a thousand digital ones…yikes). Thank you TDD for being here for us everyday, we need you!

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From Sarah T. – I love looking at all the different styles of scrapbooking, and getting to know the different designers and their processes for scrapping and designing. I like seeing the example pages using product from different designers. It encourages me to try new things. For instance, this year I got to know Anna Aspnes through TDD and the digishow, and I love her artsy style, but it was WAAAAAY out of my comfort zone. I finally just jumped in and tried it after seeing some inspiration, and hearing that “there’s no wrong way to do this” and ‘just try it!!’
Here’s my “artsy” layout:

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From Jan in Alberta – The one thing I learned in the last year that I return to all the time is how to create a more effective title. I use the technique from Steph’s post My Favorite Title Trick for most of my layouts. One thing it has led me to do is make my title on a new blank file, essentially designing my own word art. I create a 12? long by 4? high canvas and often put each letter on its own layer. Once I’m happy with letter placement and size. I merge the layers, simply the resulting layer and then follow through with Steph’s title sticker technique. From there it’s a simple matter of dragging my title onto my layout, dropping it, resizing and positioning it where it looks best and giving it a little drop shadow to enhance the sticker effect.

I’ve learned a bunch of other things too, but this is the one that has made the biggest difference in my layouts.

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From Mrs. Hobbes – Seriously, the best thing I learned in 2011 from the Daily Digi was from an old post–Fonts Don’t Float. It has seriously impacted how I work with my journaling, paint splats, brushes, masks, etc so that I experimented more with photo/paper blending, paints, brushes, etc. As someone whom brushes gave the heebie-jeebies for about three years, this is tremendous! :D Thank you so much!

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From Corey -I’ve learned a lot from The Daily Digi and The Digi Show this past year. One post that really inspired me was Steph’s on Digital Scrapbooking Your Magical Memories. I have been working on a Disney album and that post really inspired me in several ways. Steph also introduced me to Aaron Morris in that post. I loved his Disney layouts and his clustering. As a result of that post, I took Aaron’s class at Big Picture on clustering and have started using clustering a lot in my layouts. And since you need to shadow all of those clusters, I enjoyed the post you did about One Layout Shadowed By Different Digi Scrappers. Thanks so much for all you do. I love this site and the show.

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From Michelle VO – I love the Daily Digi and almost always start my day with it. What have I learned?! I decided to go through the posts and look and I came up with a few specifics. Over the past year, I have learned so much but probably the Google Calendar post in January by Steph really impacted my life for the better. All of Katrina Kennedy’s posts are great. I can always use her tips for creating light or making better pictures. She puts the information into friendly terms that I can understand. I love the journaling posts from Katie. She has the neatest ideas for making journaling easy like the calendar as a journaling tool post. The Funtastic Fridays are great because I waste so much time shopping in relation to how much I actually spend scrapping . Friday posts also include trends and happenings like new classes or software product releases not just designer kits. I love the design posts regarding text size or design principles but honestly, it’s the well roundedness of the site that makes it so special and that it is positive and supportive of this hobby and industry. I also appreciate learning about the designers and discovering designers through the Digi Files contributor features. Thanks for a great year and keep calm and carry on ;-)

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From Dawn N. – I love the digi show and I can not say enough about all I have learned in the last few months – every year I have created a book for my cheeleaders in publisher, or I have designed invitations, etc… I never realized that was a form of digital scrapbooking… now that I am listening and learning – I have discovered templates, designers, elements, clusters, and well a whole world out there to record all my memories! I love drop box (tip from the digi show) and also Unzip them all – tip from your free e-book. But mostly I love having a ‘go-to’ place each day where I learn something new, something to make my memory keeping easier & more fun.

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From Leah – I only started digital scrapbooking after listening to the Digi Show and visiting the Daily Digi for a while – you guys made it all sound like so much fun – once I decided to try it out and downloaded some free stuff, I became a member to build up my stash, and now I’m even making my own elements. Definitely addicted!

 

There are even more wonderful comments to read if you want to check them out. Everyone who left a comment on that post was eligible to win a gift certificate from one of our January featured designers. I used the random.org site to pick a winner. Congratulations to Dawn N.! Check your email for your gift. Smile

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Full Friday and Contest Details

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As promised last week, we are announcing our contest today! We are looking for new graphic images for our Contributor Feature posts. The winner will receive an annual membership to The Digi Game ($82.50 value) as well as $150 PayPal cash!

I have tried very hard to make it so we don’t know the owner of the entry we are looking at until a winner is determined. All entries will be locked until the deadline which is February 3 at midnight ET. At that time, uploading capabilities will be turned off. Please see our contest page for details, instructions, and information.

We also have these free bonus gifts for members of The Digi Game (available through the end of January):

From around digiland…

The Lily Pad is FIVE!!! They have lots of fun events and sales going on:

It’s time for a new featured designer at Sweet Shoppe Designs Now through Jan. 31st, you’ll receive Forevermore free from featured designer Julie Billingsley when you spend $10 in a single purchase in the SSD store.

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Put your loved ones on the cover of their very own magazine with Misty Cato’s Magazine Rack Templates. A full-cover feature is creative and fun way to commemorate graduation, birthdays, the big game, a vacation or simply everyday life in your household. This weekend Misty is offering TDD readers 20% off using the coupon code covergirl at checkout.

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A contest: Cinzia has just released my New 2012 Everyday Life Templates for documenting ones everyday life. 5 random people to comment on which bundle they want on my blog will get their choice of either the ..

8.5×11 template bundle or 12×12 Template Bundle

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An add-on to my kit “Great Escape”, this add on focuses on everything DC! It’s got everything you need to showcase your DC pictures!

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New this week from Laura Banasiak at Scrap Orchard: Lookin’ Good
Free Valentines with purchase this week only!

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A gorgeous new collab from Mye De Leon and Mandy King is now available in her store at MScraps!

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Free 4×6 Photo Templates, great for project life. Details here:

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Dunia has some journaling cards Write It Down Vol.1:

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Sarah Jones has this super fun Valentines collection:

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Ju Kneipp has a brand new collection on sale:

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Studio Basic has a new bundle to the Valentine’s day – 3 packs, one big discount:

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Pam Odd has a free printable:

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Vinnie Pearce will be launching her store on Monday with a giveaway, sale and special collaboration with One Little Bird Scrapbook Designs:

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You’ll be Smitten with Jennifer Labre’s new love inspired kit – on sale for 20% off through Sunday!

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She has a kit called My Sweet Valentine out this week. If you purchase the kit between 1/20/12 EST and 1/26/12 EST, you get a set of My Sweet Valentine Quickies for free!

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Pink Reptile Designs has this adorable quick album out:

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Celebrate your love with two full kits for the price of one! New release Cherish pairs up with Love Note to give you a variety of options to record and enjoy your love memories. Limited time offer.

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A FREE Exclusive Gift from Sahlin Studio for Facebook Fans

Armour of God paper dolls. 20% off FOR TDD readers ONLY!
use code AOG_JL this weekend for an additional 20% off to
the ALREADY sale price of 20%!!!

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Custom print handwriting font baby!!! Here’s a coupon for 10% through sunday: cust0m (the o is actually a ZERO)

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Are you documenting your life? Looking for a kit that has so many basic and re-usable items that will not only fit your divided page protectors but making your process much easier. Not only does this Collection have 250 elements (Includes 3×4 Cards, 6×4 Cards and numerous date elements and stamps), 24 Patterned Papers, 12 Solid Papers but if you purchase the whole collection you save 50% off the individual pieces. That is a really great deal.

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this festive and versatile collection from JennCk Designs. Also perfect for Asian themed photos, karate, judo, taekwondo, other martial arts, and so much more! Save 40% on the bundle, or buy individually at 30% off for a limited time only.

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Wanting to get those winter pics scrapped quickly? I’ve made the job a little easier by creating a set of 4 quickpages using my latest kit Wellington. Available now at The Digichick.

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We released a new Digi Show yesterday. Christine Newman, Peppermint, Steph, and Katie share some tips and techniques for getting great photos with point and shoot cameras and phone cameras. You might be surprised to hear what cameras they use the most, what they prefer, and why.:

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Have you connected with us? We want to hang out with you! Check us out in these places:

P.S. Sara was the random winner chosen from yesterday’s feature post on Paula Kesselring. She won $10 in product from Paula!

Paula Kesselring: It Gave Me The Courage

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I have always been so impressed by designers that can take something from everyday life and turn it into a digital scrapbook supply. That’s what Paula Kesslering does with her designs. Her extractions are flawless and the end results are so fun! Let’s take a closer look at “Your Song” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is ONE of the products you get when you become a member during this month. You will find SIX other full products inside, a Playbook, and other bonus goodies all for only $7.50 TOTAL!

Here are some layouts created using Paula Kesselring’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Your Song by Paula Kesselring; Doodles by Lauren.
LO2Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Your Song by Paula Kesselring; Concert Alpha by Traci Reed; Manger by Wetfish Designs.
LO3Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Your Song by Paula Kesselring; Holiday Templates No. 002 by Simply Tiffany; Font: VT Portable Remington.
LO4Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Your Song by Paula Kesselring; Fonts: Small Typewriting Medium.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Simply.Scraps, Font: CK Extra

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

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I’m Paula, a 44 year old stay at home mom to the two most wonderful girls in the world. Isabella is 17 and she is studying in an American Boarding school in Switzerland and Gabriella is 12 and lives and studies here in Brazil with us.

I’ve been married for almost 14 years to my best friend Ricardo. We, my husband and I, never act our age! We’re both in our 40s and we’re so old. We’d rather stay home with Gabriella watching a movie than go out with friends. If we are out with our friends we’re usually ready to go home after two hours

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The challenge for us on this DARE was to create a page that is centered around one of our favorite childhood toys. What is it that made it special? Who gave it to you? Was it something you were longing for, or a big surprise?

So I started to tell about my Paper Dolls. I used to play with paper dolls. I don’t see them in stores much anymore…When I was a girl, there were books and books of paper dolls. Paper dolls were awkward. I walked the paper dolls along a pretend street, took them to a pretend party, or pretended my way into school with them.

I love a realistic and touchable look on my pages so I keep working at it until it looks real and touchable, playing with the shadows.
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I started scrapping in high school…but not the same paper scrapping we do today. I spent hours cutting photos, gluing stickers and memorabilia together to make my own book covers.

After paper scrapping for a few years, I discovered digi scrapping! With the paper scrap I went a little crazy and documented every moment and bought thousands of different products… But it was too time consuming and messy with girls around that I came across digi-scrapping online one day and have never turned back.

I’ve always been a creative person and worked on my own stationery business for almost 15 yrs as graphic designer before and It gave me the courage to build my own kits.

I officially started selling my designs on February 2010 when I got accepted to sell at Scrapartist. And since march, 2011 exclusively at Catscrap, a wonderful place to work, where you can find some of the best designers and friends in the digiland.

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There is so much creativity out in our huge world…So many things to be inspired by…
I think inspiration can be found everywhere… My family, the tv, the web, blogs, magazines, nature, fashion…

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Computer: I design on a PC with 4GB Ram. a 24? monitor. I have 4 external hard drives(1TB/each) , too. One stays plugged 24 hours and houses my scrapping and designing stuff. The other ones are for back up only.

Program: I design primarily with Photoshop CS5. Every good illustrator knows the advantage of using a Wacom tablet with Adobe Illustrator but I’m still learning to use my Wacon Tablet!!! LOL I use my HP Scan to scan old photos, doodles, things to extract, etc.

Camera: I have 3 cameras… I’m learning about using my Nikon D5000 so I use more my new Cyber-shot Digital Camera TX55 , it’s the thinnest Cyber-shot camera ever made so I can take it anywhere!

Anything Else: I really want the Wacom Cintiq 21UX. You draw right ON the screen! But I think that I can never save enough money to buy it…LOL

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I love more realistic looking pages .For me the most important technique you can use to make your pages look real is the subtle use of shadowing. Drop shadows have the ability to make a layout look realistic or they can look fake. The best way to learn about creating shadows is to see how things really are shadowed, paying attention to real world illumination conditions. You will see that they are rarely black, so instead of choosing the black go with the eyedropper on the image and select a darker, grayed version of the color of the SURFACE the shadow falls on. Does that make sense?

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If I had to pick a favorite it would be “Old Woody Alpha”, because it looks so real that I want to touch it! I love the pastel colors contrasting with the old wood color.

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My Old Metal Alpha #1 is my best sold product! I think the combination of the deep, dark brushed metal colors together with bright colors create an interesting a cool old grunge product that everybody loves.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Paula Kesselring:

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

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The Daily Digi readers can save 35% at Paula Kesselring’s store with coupon code TDDPK35OFF. Offer expires 02-28-12.

Go have a look in Paula Kesselring’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 Paula Kesselring

The following layouts were created using “Your Song” which is included in The Digi Files and Digi Game during January 2012:

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Layout by Anne

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Layout by ildikó Kovács

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Layout by Sharon Dale
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Your Song by Paula Kesselring; Doodles by Lauren.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Your Song by Paula Kesselring; Concert Alpha by Traci Reed; Manger by Wetfish Designs.
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Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Your Song by Paula Kesselring; Holiday Templates No. 002 by Simply Tiffany; Font: VT Portable Remington.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Your Song by Paula Kesselring; Fonts: Small Typewriting Medium.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Simply.Scraps, Font: CK Extra

Feature Images Contest

image We are in need of new graphics for our contributor feature posts!! We decided it would be fun to have a contest! We will chose one winner based on the designs we want to use for the site. The winner will receive an annual membership to The Digi Game as well as $150 PayPal cash. All entries are due by midnight ET February 3, 2012 February 17, 2012 (uploading will be turned off at that time)

Here are the specifics:

Open To

Anyone except The Daily Digi team and independent contractors to The Daily Digi. Limit of one entry per person.

What You Need to Make

Here’s a list of what you need to make as well as the current images we are using.

  • A feature image for a product preview and designer photo. Here’s what we have used in the past:

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  • A title image for each of the following:
  • A title announcing the designers name (we have been using “In the Designer’s Studio with…” for a couple of years and are fine staying with it or changing it to something different…you choose):

  • A title announcing a layout or project by a designer:

  • A title announcing how the designer started designing:

  • A title announcing the things that inspire a designer:

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  • A title announcing the designers’ toolbox:

  • A title announcing a tip by the designer:

  • A title announcing the designers’ favorite product (of their own):

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  • A title announcing the designers’ most popular product:

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  • A title announcing “Steph’s Product Picks”
  • A title announcing “Layouts from Digiland

There will be some additional images we will have the winner design in the same style as their title images (additional titles that will be new for the features). The winner will be required to sign a contract stating that they are the legal copyright owner of the images and that they will grant us an exclusive license to use them (you will still own the images and can do what you want when we are no longer using them as feature images).

In Your Zip Folder

  • Place all of these items into one folder and zip them up:
    • images and graphics
    • a txt file that includes your name, email address, any sites or blogs you have that we can link up to.
  • Do not use any identifiable information in your file or folder names. If there is any identifiable information in your file/folder naming structure, you will be disqualified.

Upload

Please note: you will not be able to see any files, even your own, after uploading. If you want to verify that your files are there, try uploading again and you should get a message about replacing the files, just say no, and close out. That will tell you that your files are there. You can upload via FTP here: Host: www.thedailydigi.com Username: contest Password: trytowin You might get a 500 error code with some FTP programs, that is because this folder on the server is write only, you should still be able to upload fine. If you don’t have an FTP client, I use Filezilla which is a free FTP program. You can find a video tutorial for using it here.

Winner

The winning designs will be chosen based on the images we (Katie, myself, and any other judges we ask to help). The winner will be announced on March 2, 2012 in the Funtastic Friday Post. We will start using the new images in March! We will not know who contributed the images until we decide on a winner.

A Few Tips

I always love great type design! I especially like unique fonts that not many others are using (thus one of the reason we need to redesign these graphics). I am really liking retro and vintage type posters. Please remember that the designers’ artwork we are featuring needs to be the focus. These images should add to and not detract from the digital supplies we are featuring (in both color and design).

Judging Process

Because these files will be locked and no one will have access to them (except my server guy), we will not be able to confirm receipt until after they are unlocked at the deadline. This is the only way for us to ensure that people can upload but not download and that no files are misplaced during the process. After the contest deadline, my server guy will give me access to the zipped files, I will move the files to another location for my Super Secret Super Spy to download. My Super Secret Super Spy is not in the digital industry or community in any way. She will create a spreadsheet for tracking the names on the files with the owners. She will delete the text files from the zips and send the zips to me. This will ensure each contestant’s anonymity. Once a winner is determined, I will get the contact information from my Super Secret Super Spy and notify them as well as send the legal stuff. Once the legal stuff is returned, we will payout the winnings and get ready to make the announcement!

Questions?

If you have questions, please post them at the end of this post. Katie and I will try to answer as quickly as possible.

Typewriter Fonts

Typewriter fonts are a popular choice on many scrapbook pages. They are usually easily readable and are available in many different styles, like grungy, aged, messy, clean, modern, and even “hand drawn type”.

Favourite Typewriter Fonts

There are many, many typewriter fonts available. Here are a few of my go-to favourites, and most of them are free:

Type Tricks

On a real typewriter, the letters would be slightly pressed into the paper by the machine. One way to mimic this digitally is by using the pillow emboss style in Photoshop.

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Paper by Katie the Scrapbook Lady from The Daily Digi’s My Life At Play kit

The effect is subtle, but adds a touch more realism by placing the text on the paper and not “floating” above it. It can be made more or less prominent, depending on your personal preference. For the example, I used the following settings:

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Tip: Adjust the opacity of the highlights/shadows to suit the paper and the font.

You can also use the steps outlined in Fonts Don’t Float, which is my number one most-used The Daily Digi tip.

Inspiration

Let’s take a look at how typewriter fonts are used by some very talented scrappers in the galleries. (Note: The pages below are linked to their gallery locations with credits.)

OFF-SET LINES: I love how the lines of journaling on this page by Angie4b1g are off-set.

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PART OF THE TITLE: Ultracoolmama used a typewriter font as part of her title work, in addition to her journaling text.

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ON A TAB: Putting typewriter fonts on tabs is a fun touch!

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ON JOURNALING STRIPS: Tronesia put her journaling on little strips. To give the paper a hand-cut look, the edges can be adjusted using the skew tool under the edit menu in Photoshop.

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I hope you have fun journaling with typewriter fonts! Happy scrapping!

What I’ve Learned in the Last Year + a chance to share & win!

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I really can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve learned from The Daily Digi  in the past year. I love that I can constantly find new and exciting digi tricks to make my memory keeping more enjoyable. The team provides me with so much inspiration through layouts and tips, and the readers have also shared many wonderful ideas in the comments sections. As I wrapped up 2011, I reflected back on some of the learning I experienced from The Daily Digi. Here are just a few of my highlights:

 

Downloading & unzipping digi supplies got a lot easier for me after this post full of great tips from our team. Can you believe it took me so long to use an unzipping tool?

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My photo editing skills greatly improved after I learned to use photo actions.

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Text size became much more important to me and I started to keep track of the font size I use on each layout.

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I figured out a fun way to digi scrap charts and graphs and have used this approach on a few of my favorite layouts created in the last year.

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By shooting more deliberately, I ended up with better photos. Katrina’s photography posts have helped me sharpen my photography skills and always leave me inspired to get out my camera.

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Steph made our trip to Disneyland a huge scrapping success thanks to her tips about using the Photo Pass services!

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I learned to stretch my supplies and creativity by combining digi papers and also combining 2 or more templates to get a whole new look.

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More than anything, I’ve been reminded that digital scrapbooking makes me happy and I’m so grateful for that!

What Have You Learned?

Have you tried anything new because of something you’ve learned here at The Daily Digi? Leave us a comment and link to a layout or project that’s the result from your learning and you might be featured on our Saturday post this week. You will also be entered into a random drawing for a gift card from one of our featured designers! Be sure to post before Friday, January 20th at noon (EST).

If you need to refresh your memory, browse through our archives or list of categories in the sidebar. I bet you will be amazed at how much you’ve learned!

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P.S. Alyna was the random winner from the feature on Tracie Stroud yesterday. She won $10 in product from Tracie Stroud!