My Life At Home

My Life At Home

“My Life At Home” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 20th payment (or 20th month for annual members). “My Life At Home” contains: 102 papers, over 210 elements, 2 12×12 layered templates, 1 mini album house template (PSD & vector), 3 alphas, 1 wall art, and 4 quick pages. This amazing collection was created by 26 of the top digital scrapbooking designers (all of whom are previous contributors to THE DIGI FILES).

Amanda Heimann

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Chelle’s Creations

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Designs by Heather T.

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Elise’s Pieces

Fiddle Dee Dee Designs

Jennifer Labre Designs

Kaye Wineicki

Krisi’s Kreations

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Lauren Reid

Lisa Sisneros

Meredith Cardall

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Sabrina’s Creations

Sarah Jones

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Video Interviews With Kids

A few weeks ago, one of the students at the school where my husband teaches, asked me if I could ask my kids some questions for her child development class.  I said, “Sure!”

So the next morning, I got out my video camera and started asking questions to my three-year-old, Katie. It was hilarious!

It was so fun to hear how her little mind works.  I loved buy levitra american pharmacy seeing her creativity and her perspective of the world.  It gave me a bigger peak into who she is as a person. And once again, I realized how funny she is and how precious this time in her life is.

Here are the questions I was supposed to ask:

  • Why does it get dark outside?
  • Why does the sun shine?
  • Why is there snow?
  • Why is the grass green?
  • What are TV’s for?
  • Why do trees have leaves?
  • Why do stars twinkle?
  • Why does the sun move in the sky?
  • Where do boats go when it is nighttime?
  • Why is the sky blue?
  • What is the wind?
  • What causes thunder?
  • What makes it rain?

After doing the video (actually, after doing two—Katie wanted “more questions!”, I realized I wanted more too! I have always meant to scrap a “kid interview” layout and I even took photos specifically for that at one point, but I haven’t ever gotten around to it.  The nice thing about the video is that it saves the memories now! They only take a few minutes and can be done as often as I like. Even if I don’t ever get to scrapping them, I have them preserved.

In addition, by doing the interviews on camera, so much more of the story is preserved.  I can see her facial expressions, her tone of voice, her little quirks that make her who she is. I can hear her full answers, full of silly additions and irrelevant information.

A few days later, I grabbed her again with a new list of questions. I asked more about the things she liked and what she thinks of certain things in her life.  Once again, her little personality started to shine!  These little videos are the PERFECT representation of who she is at this stage.

What a precious memory!

Here is a list of some of the questions I asked:

  • What is your happiest memory?
  • Why do you like being a kid?
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
  • What do you like to do for fun?
  • What was the nicest thing you have done for someone?
  • How old is your mom?
  • How old is your dad?
  • What is your favorite thing to do with mom?
  • How strong is your dad?
  • Who is your best friend?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • Do you think you will get married?
  • Do you think you will have children? If so, how many?
  • What do you like about yourself?
  • What is your  favorite food?
  • What is something your mom always says to you?
  • What makes your mom happy?
  • What is your mom really good at?
  • How do you know your mom loves you?
  • Who is your best friend?
  • What is your favorite thing to play with?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • Are you scared of anything?

Obviously, your imagination (and the age of your child) is the limit with the kinds of questions you can ask.  But don’t wait.  Tomorrow, your kids will be a day older and their perspective on the world will have changed.  Capture the memory now!

If you need some more ideas for questions, try HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.

If you want to see some older posts from The Daily Digi about interviews, check them out HERE and HERE and HERE

Life Before Scrapbooking: Telling Our Stories, Pt. 3

If you want to see the previous posts in this series, take a peek at Part One and Part Two

I can’t believe how much I have enjoyed going back and telling my “before scrapbooking” stories. I knew I would enjoy it, but I don’t think I knew quite how much. It has been amazing to look back on things that happened many years ago. I have seen patterns and themes emerge as well as seeing things in a new light. With the benefit of hindsight, everything looks different.

As I look through my photos, I am struck with how many stories there are to tell! I have only been scrapbooking for seven years. I have 28 other years to account for! Needless to say, I can’t scrap everything (nor do I want to). However, I have to figure out a way to know what stories are worth pursuing now and what stories can be left until later.

It isn’t easy. My heart and soul are close to these photos and in some ways, all of them are important. And yet, as I remind myself once again that I don’t have time to scrap everything, I know I have to prioritize. The simplest way I have found to know where to start is to ask myself one question:

If I were to die next week and the stories that I have scrapped would be all that my children would ever know, which ones would I take the time to tell?

Do you know how much easier this task became when I looked at it like that? I know it might sound morbid, and of course I don’t plan on dying, but the reality is, I don’t know when I will go. My purpose in scrapbooking is to be a memory keeper. There are certain memories that I definitely know I want my kids to hear and understand. There are other memories, that although nice, aren’t really a part of our bigger story. Photos like us going to the zoo or getting ice cream are fun to look at and if I ever have time, I might scrap them. But they aren’t the essence of who we are as a family. So, those get set aside in favor of other, more important stories.

Here are the three categories I am sorting my stories into, as well as a few examples for each:

NOW stories (stories I desperately want my children to know):

  • Birth stories
  • Engagement and wedding stories
  • Big moves—when, where, and why
  • Homes we have lived in—our lives revolve around home and it is important to who we are
  • Glimpses into my childhood—Who I am as a mother is affected by who I was as a child
  • Rational for decisions we have made as a family
  • Toys and special comfort items
  • Stories with photos of us all TOGETHER

SOON stories (important stories, and worth telling once my NOW stories are done):

  • Birthdays
  • Christmas and other holidays
  • Funny stories/quirky personality traits
  • Vacations
  • Major milestone events (first day of school, praying to receive Christ, first artwork/writing, walking)

MAYBE SOMEDAY stories (they are fun and memorable, but not crucial in knowing who we are as people):

  • Outings such as the zoo, beach, picnics
  • Random photos (bath, eating, playing, crawling, etc)
  • Toys the kids love(d)
  • Minor milestone events (learning to ride a bike, first sleepover, first foods, first dentist visit, etc.)

I would encourage you to create your own NOW, SOON, and MAYBE SOMEDAY categories. As you look through your photos, jot down stories in the appropriate category. Work to scrap your NOW stories first and if/when you finish those, move on to the SOON stories. With each layout, you will feel more and more excited about the memories you are keeping for your family!

And if you want to share, I’d love to hear what your NOW stories are. I am sure I have some that need to be added to my list!

P.S. Katie has a great post HERE on how she created her list of stories she wanted to tell!

Springing Up Funtastic Finds for Friday

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There are a few things that keep the daily in our digi around here: our members (thanks so much), the designers that contribute to The Digi Files, and the designers that contribute to the exclusive collaborations that our Digi Game level members get every four months they are subscribed. This week, we take our hats off one last time to the designers that contributed to My Life in Print, the exclusive collab that goes out to members when they have been subscribed for 16 months. In May, a brand new (awesome) exclusive collaboration will be going out to members that have been subscribed for 20 months. THANKS so much to the designers and members that “get” what we are trying to do and support us in so many ways!!!

Quirky Twerp has these fun hexagon stitches:

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Banners, buntings, pennants… whatever YOU call them, they are all the rage in digi right now. Now, you can make your own with ease! There is a Basic and a Pro version available.

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Included in this digital scrapbook kit from Laura Banasiak are various
elements and background papers for use in soccer, basketball,
volleyball, baseball, football, t-ball, softball, golf, bowling and
hockey scrapbook layouts.

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Jennifer Labre and Studio Flergs have teamed up to create this gorgeous collab, Indigo Nights. Pick it up for 20% off all weekend.

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To coordinate with the kit above:

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From Studio Rosey Posey:

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Whether you are a soon to be mother, already a mother or have a fabulous mother in your life this kit is a must have to add to your scrapping stash. Available 20% off for a limited time at my Scrapbookgraphics store.

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Build your stash this week with some great alphas and blooms! Hand stitched love in each letter. Perfect with any kit. On sale the until Wednesday, April 25th.

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And more great stuff:

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I’m off to SHOP!! Have a GREAT weekend!

P.S. Our random winner chosen from Christine Chodil’s feature comments was Granny Mike. The Random winner from the Queen of Quirk’s feature was Rebecca! They each won $10 in product from that designer.

Christine Chodil: Mostly Good

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I’m very happy to be welcoming back Christine to The Digi Files again. Christine has a very sleek, modern style with a shabby twist. I love the colors she uses in her designs and the unique elements she creates. Our team loved working with her contribution! Let’s take a closer look at “On This Day” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month!

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Here are some layouts created using Christine Chodil’s contribution:

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: On This Day by Christine Chodil; Slip in mat and page protector by Traci Reed; Font: Traveling Typewriter.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: On This Day by Christine Chodil; Fonts: Palatino and Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Connie Prince, Fonts: Birth of a Hero, CK Cindy

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Layout by Cynthia

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

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Hi, I’m Christine Chodil. I am a designer, magazine addict, and mother of two young children who like to create zip lines in the family room using furniture, a broom, and a sand pail. Did I mention they are 4 years old and 2 years old? I have a wonderful husband who supports my creative quirks, a house in the suburbs, and a golden retriever. Life is good, and exhausting; but mostly good.

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I found digital scrapbooking almost five years ago, before my daughter was born. I just ate up all the tutorials I could find, because I loved playing around with photos and backgrounds and elements and blending. After a couple of years I decided to dip my toes into designing my own digi products and I instantly fell in love with creating patterns and putting together color palettes.

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Interior design magazines, the wacky things my children do, a funny phrase, a cool color combination… Pretty much anything can give me inspiration for a product, but color absolutely rules my world. I. love. color.

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Computer: I have a 15″ MacBook Pro that runs on Lion, with 4 GB RAM, 500GB hardrive and and two external harddrives- one is a dedicated back up.

Program: I design in PSCS4 and Illustrator.

Camera: Nikon D90 and an iPhone 4

Anything Else: I love my Wacom Intous tablet.

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Here’s a very simple photography tip: regularly step in front of the camera. So often those of us behind the camera don’t like to be the ones having our photos taken, but the more you make a habit of it, the easier it gets. OK, so not every photo you end up in is going to capture you on a good day. However, the odds are that the more photos you take, the better the chances you will like a few of them!

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Reflection Papers. I love the way the colors and patterns turned out in this paper pack. The colors were chosen by the CatScrap team for our Winter Catwalk, and for me they inspired a sense of calm and retrospection. The walls of my home are covered in these colors.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Christine Chodil:

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

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Save 20% off Christine Chodil’s store for the month of April with code cchodil_take20.

Go have a look in Christine Chodil’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 Christine Chodil

The following layouts were created using “On This Day” by Christine Chodil and included in The Digi Files during April, 2012:

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: On This Day by Christine Chodil; Slip in mat and page protector by Traci Reed; Font: Traveling Typewriter.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: On This Day by Christine Chodil; Fonts: Palatino and Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Connie Prince, Fonts: Birth of a Hero, CK Cindy

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Layout by Cynthia

Digi Scrapping with Acrylic & Transparent Items

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Have you ever used acrylics or transparent embellishments on a digital scrapbook page? There are so many fun ways to use these types of elements to kick up the “wow” factor on your layouts! (All images are linked for credits)

I love the use of big acrylic numbers and alphas on a layout! It’s a great way to emphasize a theme, without overpowering the page.

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Transparent acrylic embellishments can be placed over patterned paper for a fun look. The design still shows through, yet the text on the alphas is readable.

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Not all acrylic is crystal clear. I love the color tinted acrylic hearts on this sweet layout.

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Acrylic can go right on top of a photo! I love how the scene is still visible right through the title.

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You can even read journaling through acrylic embellishments!

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A simple acrylic bracket is a great addition for layering and visually anchoring photos to a page.

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For title work you can mix acrylic alphas with other lettering for creative looks.

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One of the biggest tricks for digi scrapping with acrylics (or transparent items) is getting the shadowing right. If you apply a standard drop shadow, it can make an acrylic piece look cloudy or murky. Here are some great tutorials to help you get the best shadows for acrylic pieces.

I’ll freely admit that I’m all about “cheating” when it comes to shadowing acrylic elements. I almost always us acrylic drop shadow styles to get the best look. If you’ve never used styles before, you’ll be surprised at how quick and easy they are to use! Many designers include an acrylic style when they sell shadow style packs. These are a few of my favorites:

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Shadowing makes a BIG difference with acrylics! Here’s a what my title looked like without any shadowing:

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Here’s what it looks like after I applied Traci Stroud’s acrylic shadow style:

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It’s worth taking a little extra time and effort to get acrylic shadowing done the right way!

 

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Are you ready for some enabling? Here are some of my favorite acrylic items:

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I’m ready to dig through my supplies and play with some acrylic embellishments and alphas now. I hope you can see new uses for clear acrylics on your own digi creations!

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Daily Digi Day is Coming And Enter To Win

 

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Reader SharonS will often email or comment on the 1st of the month to tell me “Happy Daily Digi Day.” It has become a scheduled event at her house each month, where she downloads and starts scrapping! I hear from many annual members that start downloading as soon as the calendar changes (Eastern time) and some that even set their alarms and wake up in the middle of the night to see what surprises await them in their accounts!

When you become an annual member you get access to 13 months of products for the price of 11! That’s just barely over $6 a month for products with over $50 of retail value!  No waiting for PayPal to process payments. You can start downloading your goodies as soon as the calendar changes to a new month and you have all month download!

You can become a monthly member as well for $7.50 a month.

This is what our members said at the end of last month:

“I’ve been receiving the monthly kits for about 3 months and am so thrilled with them!  What a great deal they are!  They help me scrap some of the latest trends and I can always count on classy, quality kits.  I’m so glad I found this deal–I’ve been telling all my digi friends about it.  Can’t wait for tomorrow when the new downloads come out!” – Wendella247

“Gosh I feel like a broken record saying this – every months kits become my new fave!  I followed the site for quite a while before subscribing earlier this year and am so so glad I did.  Don’t know why I waited so long!” – Theresa

“As always, my favorite part of the month is what’s become known as “Daily Digi Day”. This is the first day of the month when I get up early, download and organize my goodies, and start planning my layouts. Sometimes I think, “How in the world am I going to use that kit?”. Typically “that kit” is the base for my favorite layout of the month because it made me think outside the box! Happy Halloween and see you in the am. Early!” – SharonS (member for 26 months)

Here’s a closer look at everything that is included this month:

Scotty Girl Design: In Honor of My Mother

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Sausan Design: Came Together Magically

Amber Shaw: Smelling Good

Just Jaimee: Go To Town

Cindy Schneider: It’s No Secret

Michelle Godin: Still Find Me

Dawn by Design: Still So New

Mye De Leon: Designed It For Them

 

Did you know that every four months you are subscribed to The Digi Game level (annual OR monthly) you get an exclusive collaboration from past contributors to THE DIGI FILES?  They are AMAZING:

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“Story of Everyday Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to those who subscribe to THE DIGI GAME level of membership (available immediately).

 

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“The Good Life” is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their fourth payment.

 

“My Journey My Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their eighth payment.

 

“My Life At Play” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their twelfth payment (or twelfth month for annual members).

 

“My Life In Print” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their sixteenth payment (or  16th month for annual members).

 

“My Life At Home” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 20th payment (or 20th month for annual members).

 

“My Life of Adventure” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their twenty-fourth payment (or 24th month for annual members).

In January, a brand new collaboration will start going out to those that have been members for 28 months!! WOW!!

NOW…for the FUN part! Leave us a comment sharing one thing you enjoyed about The Daily Digi, The Digi Files, or The Digi Game this month! We will randomly select SEVEN people from the comments below to win $10 in product from one of this month’s contributors.  Winners will be announced tomorrow when we will be here with a new issue of The Digi Files and a new look!

Digital Works of Art

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There are so many different ways to digiscrap and we love all of them! While we often focus on the memory keeping approach of using digital scrapbook supplies to illustrate our photos, words, and memories, we recognize that there are many digital artists out there who find great ways to use these materials to create their own digital works of art. I found some amazing pieces in the galleries that I wanted to share:

I love the pops of color on the black & white background and the message is a great one!

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No Two Birds by Tinkerbell57

The layered art collage style is so fun and creative and the quote is one of my favorites!

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Hope for Tomorrow by Ms. Bailey

The colors and composition of this piece are just beautiful and there are so many fun little details to explore.

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Unique by Georgia Visacri

There are so many pieces of artsy inspiration here and it’s all blended together in such a beautiful way.

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Life Less Ordinary by maggiebean

I’m a total Potterhead so I love this piece! What a great idea to use a favorite character as the subject of a digital art creation.

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The silhouette shapes add such great visual support to the message of this beautiful piece.

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Our feelings are our knowledge by zotova

If you are looking for some creative play, take a look through your digital stash and have some fun! We have some great resources to help you out:

We’d love to see what you create so don’t forget to upload your images to our Digital Scrapbook Inspiration Group on Flickr!

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Queen of Quirk: Tragically Been Missing

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I’m happy to be welcoming back The Queen of Quirk to The Digi Files this month! Jan’s sleek, modern-with-a-little-shabby style is unique and fun to scrap with. Bold and beautiful patterns that complement each other and come together as a unified design concept are her signature look. Let’s take a closer look at “Better Than Ever” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month!

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Here are some layouts created using The Queen of Quirk’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Better Than Ever by The Queen of Quirk; They Once Were (template) by Amy Martin.
LO2Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Better Than Ever by The Queen of Quirk; Fonts: The Teenage Dream by Heather Hess, Taylor Mackenzie and League Script Thin.
LO3Layout by Sula. Supplies: Better Than Ever by The Queen of Quirk; Fonts: Remington.
LO4Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Better Than Ever by The Queen of Quirk; Me Time (template) by Amy Martin.

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

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HI there! I’m Jan Crowley aka The Queen of Quirk and I live in Germany with my hubby and 3 daughters. I’ve been designing digiscrap goodies since 2006 and I am still amazed at how much I love doing this! I am a sucker for odd color combinations and anything with a bit of twist!

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We’re big on dance parties at our house and I seem to have more photos of my kids spinning around our living room than I do of anything else. The photos make me so happy and I get such a kick out of their goofy little faces!

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I started scrapbooking in high school. I was addicted to magazine clippings and cutting out silhouettes of me and my friends goofing off. When I began having kids in 2001, I found a whole new level of scrapping and my love for the hobby continued to grow. After a couple of years, though, I had more product than I knew what to do with and realized that I was a hoarder and didn’t put my products to use as much as I would have liked. I happened across a digital layout one day in the galleries and everything just clicked for me. At the time I was studying interior design and was becoming familiar with Photoshop and I just jumped in head first. At first I designed freebies and after I felt like my designs were really, really good I started to sell them. I really do love this job. It has never ceased to make me happy.

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We’re big travelers so I would have to say that is the biggest influence for me. This latest kit, “better than ever” is inspired by a recent trip to Paris with my girlfriends. The flea markets, the museums and the fashion all blended together for a truly inspiration filled time. I found myself itching to get back to my computer the entire time and taking photos like mad.

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Computer: I’m a Windows kind of gal. My hubby built my computer for me. Currently I use Windows 7 and I have 4GB of RAM and 500GB of EHD space.

Program: I design and scrap with Photoshop and Illustrator CS4

Camera: We’ve tragically been missing our Canon 40D for a year now. (It’s a huge mystery in our house) and so I have been relying on my iPhone + my little Panasonic point & shoot. It’s not ideal (and I certainly miss the high quality photos) but I actually take more photos now than I ever did before.

Anything Else: When I’m feeling froggy, I play with my Wacom Intuos3 tablet.

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I try to keep my office and desk as clean as possible. I have made my office a little refuge/ calm space for me to retreat to when I design or scrap. I find it helps me to focus better when I am in a beautiful, clean space that is all my own.

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Halloween is my second favorite time of year and I just adore everything about it. It’s also one of my favorite holidays to scrap so designing Halloween goodies is always a ton of fun for me.

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I love designing templates and this is my most popular one. I usually have specific photos in mind when I design a layered template and these photos of Lara, my oldest daughter, are favorites of mine. I love having just a couple of photos and then small pops of patterned paper or color so that was the biggest influence in this template’s design.

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Here are some of my favorite products by The Queen of Quirk:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using The Queen of Quirk’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Save 20% off the The Queen of Quirk’s store through May 1, 2012 by entering QQTDDAPR12 during checkout. Offer excludes collaboration products.

Go have a look in The Queen of Quirk’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)!