Guardians of Our Memories

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I’d like to introduce you to a group of  people that I get to work with everyday. We live in different parts of the world, have different family situations, different languages, even different genders. We come together because we have one thing in common: we are the guardians of our memories. Each of us is a passionate memory keeper and chances are, if you are reading this, you are among our group too.

This group that I work with at The Daily Digi are primarily digital scrapbookers. We define digital scrapbooking as using technology of any kind to document your memories. Whether it’s posting on a blog, Facebook, a smartphone app, Flickr, adding metadata to your photos, or creating a full layout on your computer; it all counts as digital to us. I’m willing to bet that you fit into our definition of digital scrapbooking and didn’t even know it!

No matter your method of documenting your memories, we have some great things to share with you!

If you are not a digi scrapper (or at least don’t consider yourself one)…

You might find our photography posts interesting. Especially our post on “Photographing People Wearing Glasses”, or “Confessions of a P365 Quitter.”

We also have a lot of journaling posts that include everything from designing around your journaling, to feeling confident as a writer,  and some prompts along the way.

If you are on Pinterest (or want to get started), you will want to check out our Pinterest 101 Tutorial, How to Properly Pin to Pinterest, and Pinterest for Scrapbookers.

If you are thinking about getting your feet wet in digital scrapbooking…

Be sure to check out our FREE Digital Scrapbooking Manual where lots of digi scrappers (including Ali) share what we wish we would have known in the beginning. We have tutorials for scrapping your first layout in several programs. You might also want to check out my free class for beginners at Big Picture Classes.

If you have done a few things in Photoshop, maybe even made a layout or two…

Check out this post on scrapping a layout without a template, to learn how to create your own design in Photoshop.  Heddy wrote a great post on Photoshop Shortcuts that will be helpful.  How to use digi supplies might help you figure out the best way to put your goodies to use. You also might be ready to pump up your layouts to the next level with some rocking drop shadows (lots of tutorials linked up on that page).

If you are an advanced digital scrapbooker…

I’m sure you can handle these tutorials that include some of my favorite title techniques. Learn how to create a scalloped edge, inked edge, or text in/on a shape in our techniques section. The technique taught in “Fonts Don’t Float” is one of my most used techniques. PU/CU shows how to use some of those commercial use products you might have seen around.

Listening to your favorite scrapbookers…

If you like podcasts or want to give them a try, I’m sure you will like The Digi Show episodes Ali has been on. We recently had Becky Higgins on and discussed everything under the sun relating to Project Life (including the history). Jessica Sprague joined us to answer some of the tough questions about learning to design digital scrapbook supplies. We have also had great discussions about Scrapping the Hard Times and your Printing Questions Answered.

It doesn’t matter how you document OR scrap; paper, digi, hybrid, blogging, typing, or an iPhone app, we would love to connect with you! Check out our newsletter for resources and great free products (a few times a month); subscribe to our RSS feed; or follow us on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. If you have an iPhone, we even have our own app!

Karen Lewis: The Importance of Learning

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I am so happy to be welcoming back Karen Lewis to The Digi Files! I adore her designs as much today as I did the first time I fell in love with them. I love using her classy, shabby designs to create layouts and document memories. Her beautiful colors, doodles, and patterns create a wonderfully cohesive look. Let’s take a closer look at “Just Another Day ” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Karen Lewis Designz’s contribution:

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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: Just Another Day by Karen Lewis Designz; Pioneer Woman BW Photoshop Action; Font: Hero.

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Layout by Kim. Supplies: Just Another Day by Karen Lewis Designz; Fonts: PMN Caecelia and Avenir.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Just Another Day by Karen Lewis Designz; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Laurie’s Scraps–Brittney Fonts: Giggles, DJB Digi Kim

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

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I was born and raise in Perth, Western Australia. I still live here with my husband of 12 years Brad and our daughter Caitlyn (10).

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I’m a hybrid girl at heart so when I have time I love to grab a Kelleigh Ratzlaff template or head to The Hybrid Chick to get some inspiration.

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I’ve always loved arts and crafts and when my daughter was born I decided to dabble in paper scrapbooking but it didn’t really seem to click. I gave digital a try next which I did prefer and I got a lot of layouts scrapped but after about 5 months I started to get the pull towards wanting to actually design the product rather than scrap with it. I released my first freebie in Dec 2005 and started selling in Dec 2006. I love designing, it really feeds my creativity. I’m so fortunate that I’ve been able to make a living out of doing something I love so much.

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These days it is all about colour. I’m constantly on the look out for colour combinations that will spark an idea for a kit. Colours can really set the mood and feel of a kit so once I’ve got that in place the theme of the kit soon comes together.

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Computer: I just got myself a new laptop. It is a HP Pavilion DV7. It runs on a 2Nd Generation Intel Core? I7-2670Qm Processor, 8BG RAM, 17.3″ screen and has a 2GB Graphics card.
Program: These days I just use Photoshop CS4 and Illustrator CS5 for designing.
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Anything Else: I have an old Wacom tablet that is no longer compatible with my new laptop so I’ll be looking to upgrade to a Wacom Intuos4 very soon.

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As a designer one thing that I have learned over the past couple of years is the importance of learning as much as I can about design. Learning about colour, patterns & typography and how to use them together effectively. Whilst you should never copy another artists work there is nothing wrong with being inspired by them. So my advise is to absorb yourself in design and art of all kinds and learn, learn and then learn some more. My motto for 2011 was Quality over Quantity.

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Sophia was inspired and named after my adorable niece. When I chose the colours I wanted them to be girly but stylish as well. I think I love this kit the most because it is really true to my style and what I love. It is whimsical, a little shabby and hybrid friendly.

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I wanted to create a classic everyday kit and you can’t get more classic than black and white. I was inspired by a black & white quilt that I had just finished sewing. The kit is all about taking photos and capturing moments.

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Go have a look in Karen Lewis Designz’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 Karen Lewis

The following layouts were created using “Just Another Day” by Karen Lewis and included in The Digi Files during March, 2012:

 

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Layout by Tara. Supplies: Just Another Day by Karen Lewis Designz.

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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: Just Another Day by Karen Lewis Designz; Pioneer Woman BW Photoshop Action; Font: Hero.

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Layout by Kim. Supplies: Just Another Day by Karen Lewis Designz; Fonts: PMN Caecelia and Avenir.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Just Another Day by Karen Lewis Designz; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Laurie’s Scraps–Brittney Fonts: Giggles, DJB Digi Kim

Finding inspiration in your Stash

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When I’m running short on inspiration, I often go “shopping” in my own stash of digital scrapbook supplies. As I browse through previews, I usually find something that sparks my creativity and makes me feel like scrapping a particular experience or memory. Let me show you a few examples:

This kit had some word art that caught my eye. When I saw the piece that said “Laugh as much as you breathe & Love as long as you live” – I had a certain photograph pop into my mind.

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This picture was a candid shot taken during our Christmas card photo shoot. We were laughing so hard that day! The word art was a perfect fit for this memory.

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Sweet & Simple by Weeds and Wildflowers. Homemade Apple Font. Ali Edwards Template no 25. Photo by Remember This Photography.

The theme of this kit is what got my wheels turning. I loved the “Around the World” embellishments and they got me thinking about where I had traveled to in my life.

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The funny thing is that I didn’t end up using any of the themed elements for my page. I decided that the papers and flowers were so pretty and that they would go well with a picture I had been wanting to scrap of the Eiffel Tower. The page ended up being about my daughter’s dream of going to Paris, instead of my own past travels. It’s so interesting where a kit can take you in your creative journey!

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Around the World collab kit by The Digichick designers. The King and Queen Font and Traveling Typewriter fonts. Template by Bree Clarkson (modified)

Many times, a certain embellishment piece (the red camera in this case) or a color scheme will inspire me to scrap a photo or a memory.

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The reds and blues of this kit were a great match to a 1997 photo of my daughter at a picnic. Even though the kit does not have a picnic theme, it all came together so nicely!

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Everyday Flair by Creashens. Traveling Typewriter font.

I have so much fun looking through my supplies to get ideas, but I’ve never thought to write them down before. It dawned on me as I was browsing my collection for this post, that I was passing up a lot of ideas inspired by kits or products because I didn’t have time to tackle them right now. I decided to jot down a few notes about the goodies I want to use in the near future. You could even include these notes as metadata with your preview image if you’re the organized type! (All images are linked)

LOVE the license plate flag banner in this kit! I have several road trips to document, and my son used to have a license plate bedspread so I have plenty of uses for this.

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My kids used to love to play with the pool table in their Great-Grandparents basement. Lots of fond memories that could be illustrated with this fun set.

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I have a picture of my daughter sitting in front of a toy beauty shop that I swear was used as inspiration for this kit! Unfortunately, I also have several pictures of her with goofy haircuts that she did herself when I wasn’t looking. The scissors reminded me of those memories!

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I know I have said and/or heard a lot of these phrases before! I never thought about doing a “Mom Speak” layout until I saw these word strips.

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Another bit of topic inspiration – I should scrap about our family “rules” and traditions!

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Isn’t it amazing to see how many ideas you can get from your own stash of supplies? I hope you will go “shopping” through your own kits and act on the inspiration that you find!

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P.S. The title image was created with Everyday Flair by Creashens and Howie’s Abundant Stamp Font.

Challenge Yourself to Journal

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When I look through all of my past layouts, my favorite pages are ALWAYS the ones with lots of words on them! There’s something very powerful about a shared story and I believe the layouts that include our journaling will be precious treasures for us and anyone we share our creations with.

I’ve been writing about journaling here at The Daily Digi for a few years now, and I’ve become even more passionate about the importance of the written word. Our team has shared many ideas to help you get your memories documented and we love to illustrate our tips in daily blog posts, the monthly playbook, and on the layouts we create.

Today, I’m challenging you to find a way to include more words on your pages. Whether you love journaling, or dread it, I know you can find an approach that works for you! To give you a little extra incentive, I’m extending an official call for you to submit a link to a new page you create based on one of our past journaling prompts:

Simply comment on THIS post by Saturday March 24th at 10 p.m. EST with a link to your page and let us know which prompt inspired you. I’ll randomly draw a winner for a $10 designer gift certificate and post the results on the Sunday post. I can’t wait to see what you create!

Remember, your page will mean so much more with journaling added!

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P.S. The title image features a worn cluster by One Little Bird & Sahlin Studio and the font is Café Rojo.

KsQuared: We Have a Lot of Fun

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KsQuared is the new brand that was created after Kristin Aagard and Kristen Rice started collaborating and found that they work really well together. They create some super fun and happy collections together. We have each of these designers contribute to The Digi Files before, but this is the first time we have had them join us under the KsQuared brand. Let’s take a closer look at “Sunshine through the Rain” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is just ONE of the SEVEN collections you get when you are a member of The Digi Game. You also get a Playbook with ideas and tips for using the products, access to exclusive collections, and when you become an annual member, you get one month FREE!

Here are some layouts created using KsQuared’s contribution:

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Sunshine through the Rain by KsQuared; Template by Shabby Princess; Stitching by Anna Aspnes and Syrin; Font: The Architect by Heather Hess.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: Sunshine through the Rain by KsQuared; Template by Nettio Designs; Fonts: LD Elementary and Kidprint.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Sunshine through the Rain by KsQuared; I Love me Some Jenn (template) by Darcy Baldwin and Jenn Barrette.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Sunshine through the Rain by KsQuared; Fonts: District Think.

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

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KsQuared is a collaboration team of two designers, Kristen Rice of K Studio and Kristin Aagard. Kristen Rice lives in Columbus, Ohio and Kristin Aagard lives in Draper, Utah. We both have 3 kids, a hubby and a dog. And we are both work-at-home moms. We met in 2010 and began chatting online occasionally. We decided to collaborate in May, and created our first kit together, Backyard Adventures. We enjoyed working as a team and felt that our designs mesh really well. So we decided to form an ongoing collaborating team, which is how KsQuared was born. We have completed 4 projects together, and have many plans and ideas for future collaborations as KsQuared.

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Kristen Rice: I love being able to scrap multiple photos from 1 day on 1 layout, but it can be so challenging to do. I created this layout when creating quick pages for our Love Lives Here collaboration. I also love to layer elements! I used frames in this layout, but the actual photos were not technically framed with those frames. The photos were cropped square, then I just applied a white stroke to them (which can easily be done with the layers palette under layer styles). If you need help learning how to use a quick page, I have a simple tutorial on my site.

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Kristin Aagard: I scrapped this photo of my daughter on her first day of first grade this year. I tend to pile up and cluster a lot of elements on a page when I scrap. I love the “load files into stack” script that is built into Photoshop because it saves so much time in loading all of the elements and papers onto my layout. I have a tutorial available on my blog if you would like to learn more about using the script.

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Kristen Rice: I dabbled a bit in paper scrapping before falling head over heels in love with digi. I digi scrapped for a year before becoming a designer.

Kristin Aagard: I began as a paper scrapper, but switched to digi after about two years. I started out in digi creating photo journals, and then started creating elements and papers for layouts.

We met when we were both designing for After Five Designs in 2010 and we’ve been friends ever since. The KsQuared team and our friendship has been formed through lots of giggly IM chats and emails. We think so much a like when it comes to designing, that collaborating feels natural to us!

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We have a lot of fun choosing our themes and colors. We make each other laugh a lot when we chat. So getting started on a new project together is probably more time consuming that it needs to be, but it is so much fun!! It’s always the theme is that kicks things off for us and then we search for a color palette that we both love.

Usually one of us will think of a fun theme based on something going on in our lives, or a holiday or something one of our kids is doing. Our kit for The Daily Digi started off as a St. Patrick’s Day theme, but morphed into a spring kit when we both fell in love with a bright and pretty rainbow colored palette.

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Kristen Rice: I use Windows 7 on a Dell laptop. Since I am also a full-time stay at home mom, this is most convenient because I can stay on top of my designs while I take care of my home and family. I am looking into picking up a new lappy in the near future.

Kristin Aagard: I am just completely loving my new desktop PC that my hubby built for me in December! I have it set up in a corner of my family room, where I can hang out with my family while I design.
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Kristen Rice: I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for designing. I use Mozilla Firefox for browsing the web, and 7-Zip for compressing and extracting folders/files. I also use Lightroom, and Adobe Dreamweaver for Web Design. I also use Adobe Lightroom, and Dreamweaver for Web Design. To keep my computer running smoothly, I use CCleaner and Defraggler. I use Suitcase Fusion to manage and organize my bazillion fonts. And, to keep from losing anything, I use Carbonite for online backup. For renaming files/folders quickly and easily, I use Métamorphose.

Kristin Aagard: I also use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for designing and Mozilla Firefox and 7-Zip. I occasionally use Art Rage. And I love playing with Alien Skin and Filter Forge plug-ins. I use and love NexusFont to categorize my massive font stash. I use a basic renaming program called RName. I am currently using Mozy for online backup. And I cannot work without Pandora blasting away in the background!

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Kristen Rice: I use and LOVE my Canon EOS Digital Rebel Xsi.

Kristin Aagard: I am using a Canon PowerShot SX10IS. And I am super jealous of Kristen’s Rebel!! I most frequently use my tiny Nikon Coolpix, which I keep in my purse. I love having a tiny camera with me wherever I go.

Anything Else: We both have a CanoScan 8800F scanner, which we both love, and use all the time. It’s a great little scanner and we totally recommend it! We also both have Wacom tablets but neither of us uses a tablet frequently, as we both prefer to draw using a mouse.

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Each time we start a kit, we determine our light source. When we design individually, we each prefer a light source coming from completely opposite directions. For our collaborations, we usually choose the preference of person who remembers to mention it first!! 🙂

Your layout will look more natural if before you start adding drop shadows to your page, you take a moment to determine the designer’s light source. If the designer has included any shadows in her element layers, or has included a bevel on her elements, try to match your shadow direction as closely as possible. You can adjust your shadow direction by changing the angle on your drop shadow layer style, or by right clicking on the “effects” in your layer styles and adjusting the angle of your global light. The resulting difference in the shadows may be subtle, but you will have a prettier and more natural looking finished page. For our Sunshine through the Rain kit, we used a 35 degree light source.

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Our favorite kit together so far is Backyard Adventures. This was our first collaboration together and we had so much fun working on it! It was during the making of this kit that we knew that we would become good friends and that we talked about collaborate together in the future. Backyard Adventures came about because we both have daughters who can be a little bit of a ‘TomBoy” and we thought it would be fun to create a boyish kit for both boys and girls.

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Love Lives Here is our most popular product. It’s a very versatile kit because everyone has photos of family and home they need to scrap. We have both scrapped with the kit several times, and it is really easy and fun to use.

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Go have a look in KsQuared’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

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The following layouts were created using “Sunshine Through the Rain” by KsQuared and included in The Digi Files during March, 2012:

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Sara Gleason, Fonts: DJB I Love Me Some Sheri, CK High Energy Doodles
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Sunshine through the Rain by KsQuared; Template by Shabby Princess; Stitching by Anna Aspnes and Syrin; Font: The Architect by Heather Hess.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: Sunshine through the Rain by KsQuared; Template by Nettio Designs; Fonts: LD Elementary and Kidprint.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Sunshine through the Rain by KsQuared; I Love me Some Jenn (template) by Darcy Baldwin and Jenn Barrette.
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Photography Silhouette Family Fun

We love doing new and fun things as a family. Our memories are filled with silly activities and things that not many other people want to try (Family Makeovers, anyone?). I think these unexpected moments make up some of our most precious memories. I am always on the lookout for new things to do, and silhouettes were always at the top of my list!

Ever since we moved to Indonesia, we have driven by a field right near the school where my husband works. I knew from the moment I saw it that it would be great for silhouettes. The sun sets right behind it, there are no buildings in the way, and it is up on a hill, rising above all other distractions. And even though we have driven by hundreds of times over the last four years, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that we finally made a point to go out and try taking some family silhouettes.

If I were smart, I would have looked up exactly how to do this (articles like this one here on The Daily Digi and this one from Digital Photography School). Thankfully, I know enough about cameras and exposure that I just metered for the sky (I shoot in manual), and figured I’d fix what needed fixing afterward in Lightroom.

We had a blast! In fact, we had so much we went back about a week later. The sky was a totally different color and so we got totally different results! In addition, as the sun continued to set the sky continued to alter its hues and the result was a wide variety of photos.

A few tips and tricks:

1. Be sure to read some good articles on silhouettes, especially if you aren’t really sure about what camera settings to use.

2. Look out for distractions. In that first picture with my whole family, it would have looked a lot better if we had moved away from the big bush behind my husband.

3. Try some fun poses. My kids loved the fact that they didn’t have to smile or even look at the camera. Because there weren’t any rules, they felt free to be silly.

4. Look for fun props you could use as part of the silhouette. I whipped up that family banner in about ten minutes. There are lots of other things that could be used: bicycles, large numbers, stuffed animals, and more.

5. Make sure that people don’t overlap. In the family photo where I am kissing my husband, my three year old got too close to my oldest. The photo would have been much stronger if there was a definite outline to each person.

6. Ask a friend to come with you to take pictures. Alternatively, you could use a self-timer or my favorite (and tool of choice), use a remote timer. You can canadian phamacy cialis also invite friends to be in the photos.

7. Have fun and enjoy the memories!

Scrapping 12×12 but printing 8×8

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One question we often hear from digital scrapbookers is why we use a certain size of page for either scrapping, printing, or both (if they differ)? Here’s a comment from episode 27 of The Digi Show about printing
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Question – what is the purpose of scrapping 12 by 12 only to resize it to 8 by 8? Is the theory you may print it 12 by 12 sometime in the future?

In the beginning of my own digi scrap days, I used to size my canvas at 8×8 and then resize all my supplies to fit that since I knew I would be printing 8×8 pages. I never worried about printing in 12×12 because I figured I wouldn’t change my mind. Then I decided I wanted to make a photo collage page of photos from the entire year of 2007 (pictured above). I used a neat template by Heather Ann Designs and I knew it would make a great display piece to hang in my staircase photo gallery aka the “Wall of Fame”. That was the first time I started off with a 12×12 canvas and I’ve used one ever since. It finally occurred to me that I just might want to print some of my layouts in a bigger size someday!

There are many advantages to using a 12×12 canvas in Photoshop no matter what size you plan to print your creations. I asked several of our Daily Digi team members to share their preferences:

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I don’t scrap 8×8 normally, there however have been a few layout’s I’ve printed 8×8 for variety in my albums.  Those layouts tend to be simpler photo based layouts with minimal text or the layouts about me. Not sure why but flipping through my albums now most of my non-large photo layouts in 8×8 are of me. I do 12×12 and when I print I decide then to mix it up.  I love the varied sizes in my albums! All in all I’d rather the option of sizing down then not being able to print 12×12.

Melissa

I always scrap in 12×12 simply because the papers/templates are all 12×12 in size, and many times the elements are made proportionally to use with 12×12 papers. Until 2012, I’ve resized the page once it’s finished and flattened to 8×8 since that is the size of my 2007-2011 albums. This year, however, I’m printing 12×12 to fit in my Project Life album.

Heddy

I scrap in 12×12 and print in 8×8. I scrap in the larger 12×12 format because all papers and elements are proportioned to work in that size. I view layouts on my screen at a reduced zoom level to mimic an 8×8 print. On my monitor, viewing a 12×12 page at 25% gives me a good estimate of what the page will look like once printed in 8×8. This helps to make sure that my fonts will be readable, even after the layout is printed at the smaller size.

Once a layout is complete, I flatten it at 12×12 and save as a jpg. I print my layouts at Persnickety Prints and they are able to take a 12×12 page and print in 8×8 so I don’t need to save an 8×8 copy.

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I scrap 12×12, and print 8×8. I scrap at 12×12 for two reasons. I always want my original file to be of the best quality possible. If I scrapped 8×8 and printed a 12×12 later, it would lose quality. So, having that 12×12 means I can always to back to it. The other reason is because resizing to 8×8 from the get go is a waste of time. LOL Everything is designed at 12×12, so it’s easiest for me to scrap that way.

I save a 12×12 initially. Then, when I’m ready to print, I run my bleed check actions on my 12x12s. For the layouts that need adjusting, I’ll make the changes and save a new 12×12. Then, I run a batch to resize to my photobook’s bleed size of 8.25×8.25. Although the software out there will resize for me, uploading hundreds of 12x12s takes significantly longer than hundreds of 8x8s. So, I take the time to batch resize before uploading. Plus, that gives me the opportunity to apply a little sharpening before uploading.

Technically, you’ll get a better result if you resize to 8×8 with your layered file and then flatten and save because the text is still vector at that point. But, I find sharpening after resizing is enough to keep my text crisp. If I had a font that wasn’t playing nice, I might go back to the original and give that a try.

Keep it Simple

One of the best reasons to scrap in 12×12 size in your photo editing program is simply a matter of saving time. Don’t worry about resizing everything to fit a smaller canvas…let the printer do that job for you!

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Time for a FF

Steph and I often refer to these Funtastic Friday posts with the abbreviation of “FF” when we are emailing each other and I find myself doing that in my head as well. I’m always excited when another FF rolls around because that means that I can share all the great designs and ideas I’ve found in digiland in the last week!

We had a contest a bit ago for new images for our designer features. We ended up with TWO winners:

Colleen Elliott and Michelle

Their images will start appearing in our first designer feature in April!

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Jenn Labre is guesting at The Digichick this month and she’s got a sweet mini kit this week. A Perfect Day is 20% off today only!

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Isn’t this Quirky Twerp Fabrications de Joie kit pretty?

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I’m sad to announce that Deca Designs is retiring.If you want to buy her kits with a HUGE discount the time is NOW!

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Flergs has a new collab with Zoe Pearn and it’s 20% off for the new release.

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Moment In Time Document Pack is great for helping you tell your everyday stories quick and easily. Available now at 25% off.

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Save $2 off the runner up to January’s special download for Digi Game members. Pocket Pages 2 Journalers is now available!
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Look what else caught my eye this week:

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In The Digi Show this week, Steph announced a contest at the beginning of the show. You’ll want to listen for details:

Thanks for joining us for a fabulous FF!

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P.S. Carolina Scrapper (Christine) was the random winner selected from Faith True’s feature on Monday. She won $10 in product from Faith. Congratulations!

P.S.S Teresa was the random winner selected from the comments on Scrapbookgraphics feature yesterday. She won $10 toward a Studio Mix. Congratulations!