Inspired by T for Me Designs

The following layouts were created using “Every Day Matters” by T for Me Designs and included in The Digi Files during May, 2012:

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Colie’s Corner, Font: Rough Typewriter
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Every Day Matters by T for Me; Fonts: Hero.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Every Day Matters by T for Me; Template and button by Kitty Designs.
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Layout by Aaron. Supplies: Every Day Matters by T for Me; Template by Nettio Designs; Stitches by Traci Reed; Font: Mrs. Webster.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Every Day Matters by T for Me; Fonts: District Thin, Gimme Space (by Darcy Baldwin & Lauren Reid) and Before The Rain.

Down This Road Again Designs: Going On My Honeymoon

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I’m excited to be welcoming Down This Road Designs to The Digi Files this month! When I looked through her store for the first time, I was in love with the fabulous theming and bold colors in many of her kits. She can rock the boy kits, but also does some pretty cool things with flowers (this month’s contribute is a prime example). Let’s take a closer look at “Blooming” 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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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Blooming by Down This Road Designs; Wavy Strips and Paths by Scrapping with Liz.
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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Blooming by Down This Road Designs; Fonts: DJB Miss Jayne Aire by Darcy Baldwin.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: Blooming by Down This Road Designs; Fonts: P22 Garamouche, CK Peace Out Filled and Pea Times New Camileon.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: Blooming by Down This Road Designs; Page Rims 3 by Lauren Reid and template by Studio Fizzy Pop.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Sketch: tracermajig, Mask, Border: Scrapgirls, Font: Rough Typewriter

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

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Hi! I’m Angie of Down This Road Designs. I live in Sandy, Utah with my husband of 17 years and my 2 children. I love being creative with paper, scissors, paint, and anything that has do be done with my hands. I like to read, take photos, and spend time with my family. I love to preserve my families memories too.

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My daughter spent about a month learning about Amelia Earhart for a project at school. During this time I had a request from a creative team member to create a first flight kit for air travel. I was excited to mix in a few elements that would go along with my daughters report. I love this layout because it showcases my daughter and her excitement that she had for learning about this incredible woman! I loved scrapping the photos and the memories that we will enjoy for years to come.

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I started paper scrapping in 1997 after going on my honeymoon to Disney World. I had so many fun memories and photos that I wanted to have them all in one place. I stumbled upon digital scrapping in 2005 while looking for clip art and fonts for my paper scrapping. As I learned more about what digital scrapbooking was….I was very excited about how it all worked and in no time I was hooked.

I started designing after participating in a design contest at ScrapMatters in 2009. I did not pass the first round, but the design bug bit me and I was in love with designing elements and papers.

I have been creating digital kits since then and loving every minute. I decided to join the Design Star contest at ScrapMatters again in 2011 and was chosen to be one of the winners of the contest. I joined the Design Team at ScrapMatters and have been selling my designs there since March of 2011. I also sell my designs at my own website – Downthisroaddesigns.com

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I am inspired by almost everything around me. My kids and the things they do and say inspire me the most. I love to browse through magazines, brochures, coloring books, and pinterest to find color combinations and inspiration.

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Computer: I use a personal computer. HP G60 laptop. It runs with Windows 7.
Program: I design in Photoshop CS4
Camera: I have a Nikon D80
Anything Else: I have a Wacom Bamboo fun tablet that I use for designing and scrapping.

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My favorite scrapping tip is the place feature in Photoshop. By importing your papers and elements with the place feature, you get your items placed in on your layout at just the right size. This is very useful especially if you scrap in a smaller size than 12 x 12.
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I also think that shadows are what make your layouts. I will see a stunning layout and try to pinpoint what it is about that layout that just knocks my socks off. It is almost always the shadows that have been applied.

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I love the yellow, grey, and teal colors in this kit!!! I have never really been a fan of yellow. And after creating this kit, I am loving it!!! The timeless elements are beautiful and elegant. I love using this kit to scrap all of my heritage layouts.

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I love this kit because my kids spend hours in the spring decorating our sidewalk with chalk. The art only lasts for a little while so I was so excited to have a way to preserve them with this fun kit. I love the bright colors and the fun chalk elements.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Down This Road Designs:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Down This Road Designs’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Use the coupon code 4DD_DTRD to receive 25% off your purchase at Down This Road Designs’ personal store (expires June 15, 2012).

Go have a look in Down This Road Designs’ 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 Down This Road Designs

The following layouts were created using “Blooming” by Down This Road Designs and included in The Digi Files during May, 2012:

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Blooming by Down This Road Designs; Wavy Strips and Paths by Scrapping with Liz.
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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Blooming by Down This Road Designs; Fonts: DJB Miss Jayne Aire by Darcy Baldwin.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: Blooming by Down This Road Designs; Fonts: P22 Garamouche, CK Peace Out Filled and Pea Times New Camileon.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: Blooming by Down This Road Designs; Page Rims 3 by Lauren Reid and template by Studio Fizzy Pop.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Sketch: tracermajig, Mask, Border: Scrapgirls, Font: Rough Typewriter

Moving the Memories

As I work on packing my family of seven to move back to the States from Indonesia, and as I make decisions about what to bring, what to sell, and what to throw away, I often think of a quote by William Morris:

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

The thing is, while most people would love to live up to this sentiment, they find it far too difficult to implement. I believe that this is because there is a third category: the sentimental. Most of us have boxes (or whole garages!) filled with things we find neither useful nor beautiful, and yet we hold onto them. They carry some special place in our hearts and in our memories. Letters from old friends, hard-won trophies from high school, that ugly dish your favorite aunt gave you for your wedding. We don’t want the stuff, but we don’t want to let go of the memory.

A pregnancy test I had been holding onto since 2002!

The problem is, life has a way of creating more memories and accumulating more stuff. Never has been there such a push for people to simplify, to organize, and to purge. People crave having less stuff but they just don’t know how to make it happen. How do you get rid of your child’s favorite outfit? Who cares if he hasn’t fit into it for the last six years…it is his favorite! As someone who has moved a lot of times (13 times in the past 12 years to be exact), I have learned a few things about moving the memories.

My husband’s childhood Bible that we photographed back in 2008 before moving to Indonesia

Here are a few simple suggestions:

1. Internalize the quote above. If it is not useful or beautiful (and I am talking about useful right now, not in 20 years when your kids have kids!), then it goes. It is the only way to make sure that you truly simplify and stop lugging around stuff you will never use.

My Malaysian wallet, including my expat card, Coffee Bean Card, airline baggage stubs, and more. I’ve been keeping this wallet for the past six years because I have some weird fascination with the stuff we put in our wallets and I feel like I can “go back” to a point in time.

2. Before you start chucking things into the trash, though, preserve the memory. As photographers and scrapbookers we have the wonderful option of saving the memory without saving the stuff. If you have an item that you know you will never use again or that you would never decorate your home with, you need to part with it. But before you do, take a picture of it. Create a layout about it. Hold onto the memory without holding on to the actual object. Scans and photos take up very little space and yet they are just as powerful. I scan my kid’s artwork, take pictures of favorite stuffed animals they no longer play with, and take pictures of silly things that were a big part of our life.

My sweet son’s “Beep Beep.” We paid $5 for it in Malaysia and he used it every day for about four years. It was tempting, but I resisted bringing it to Indonesia with us!

3. For each person, there are a few exceptions. For me, as I finish packing yet another house, there are a few tangible things I am not quite ready to part with. I saved each of my children’s coming home outfits. I’ve saved a few favorite books, even if the covers are torn off. I’ve rescued a little monkey stuffed animal that my kids didn’t want because it was the first thing I ever bought for a child of mine. There are a few things. But the rest, well, they needed to go. You need to decide what are the few things that you will give yourself permission to hold onto.

My bronze medal from the Odyssey of the Mind Word Finals, 1995

4. Let go of the guilt. Just because you get rid of something, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t hold any value. In fact, the opposite might be true. It might hold tremendous emotional value. But if something is just sitting in a box, never to see the light of day, wouldn’t it be better off being preserved in a photo and perhaps on a scrapbook page then collecting dust in the garage? Is it really worth paying money for a storage unit, building bigger houses, adding shelves to every nook and cranny just so we can save the memories? Getting rid of a gift from your grandmother doesn’t make you a bad person. It makes you a wise person who would rather own your stuff than have your stuff own you.

A piece of fabric from a pair of pajama pants that I wore almost exclusively through my first two pregnancies. They literally fell apart!

As I have gone through my house this time, I have been even more ruthless in the purging. One afternoon, I opened a small photo box labeled, “memories” and I went through each item, asking myself if it was really necessary to keep it. A few things I kept, but most things were set on the bathroom counter (it’s where I was at the moment) and I took pictures. Lots of pictures. And then—here was the hard and yet oh-so-good-part—I threw most of the stuff away. My garbage was overflowing and yet I feel a stronger connection with those memories now than I did then. I can’t wait to scrap some of the memories!

A can of Drano that we used to accurately predict the gender of our first four kids!

The next time you get ready to move or just to purge and simplify, take a good look at your things. Ask yourself if they are useful or beautiful. If they are in storage, ask yourself why they are in storage? Ask yourself if it is something that a photo would preserve as well as the item itself. And then feel the exhilaration of watching the pile of “stuff” dwindle as you reclaim your living space. It feels good, I promise!

Here are a few layouts I have done in the past with scanned and/or photographed items. I think they look much better here than in a cardboard box!



What do you do with all the sentimental stuff you know you won’t use but don’t want to get rid of? Does it scare you to think of throwing things out or giving them away?

Layouts I Love

It’s been a while since I have cruised through the galleries.  I can’t believe how much I have been missing!  I used to love spending and hour or so every day looking at all the beautiful layouts that have been created by fellow artists.  Such inspiration!

I thought I would share some of my favorite finds and tell you what makes me so excited about them!

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What I love:  I love the fabulous pops of color on a kraft background. The brush and element work behind the photo cluster is fantastic.

 


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What I Love:  I love the stitched patterned paper and the light pastel colors paired with a fabulous black and white.

 

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What I Love: I love how perfect the kit is for the photos, I love how the page is very full and yet it maintains a great and eye-pleasing design, and I love the shaped journaling.

 


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What I Love: This is such a perfect and fun no photo layout.  I adore the “pile” of elements on top of the pile as it really gives a visual picture of never-ending laundry piles!

 


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What I Love: I love the rounded corner photos, each with a slightly different perspective. I love the separated journaling (verses that are encouraging), and the subtle title and numbers.

 


Number of Photos
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What I Love:  It’s amazing that there are eight photos on this page as well as great journaling and tons of paper and elements…AND the page still looks well designed and is pleasing to the eye.  There is just enough “white space” to let the eyes rest amongst all the other fun stuff going on!

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What I Love:  The bold color and huge photo just make this page fabulous!  I also love how the title layered over a photo of oranges, really begs you to read the journaling. Because really, how secretive can a bowl of oranges be?

 


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What I Love:  I love how there is a patterned paper for the background and yet it achieves the purpose of “white space.”  That takes talent!  I also love the bright pops of color and the use of photo outtakes—something I am sure we all have a lot of!

 


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What I Love:  I love the clean design in spite of a “messy” use of elements.  The paint cheap cialis online canada that spills out beneath the photos and elements really liven the page up while still maintaining its great structure.

 


Number of Photos
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What I Love:  The bold and bright colors just scream “HAPPY” and “CAREFREE!”  And getting seven photos on one 12×12 layouts is always an amazing accomplishment!

 


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What I Love:  Simplicity at its finest. Its very finest.  {Sigh}

 

What kinds of layouts are you loving today?

Putting The Daily In Our Digi and Keeping It There

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 members only exclusive collaborations (these go out to Digi Game level members every four months they are subscribed). This week, we to say a BIG THANKS to the designers that contributed to My Life at Home, the exclusive collab that goes out to members when they 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!!!

Let’s take a look at what’s going on around digiland this weekend:

From Fiddle-Dee-Dee: Portraits and Fuss Free: Portraits 2 will be 20% off ~ and if you purchase Fuss Free: Portraits, you’ll get Fuss Free: Portraits 2 FREE! (offer valid May 17-24, 2012)

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Quirky Twerp is guesting at Pickleberry Pop for the month of May and has some pretty new kits available. Releasing this week is Pink Crush Scrapbook Kit.

Pink Crush Scrapbook Kit

 

Who doesn’t have a builder at home? You will sure love to scrap those colorful and fun pictures with this kit! Also available as separated paper packs, elements and alpha pack and quick pages page at Baers Garten Designs

Born to Build Bundle

 

From Sarah J:

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Clervermonkey is having a CT call and may be contacted at clevermonkeygraphics in the land of hotmail!

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Jenn Labre has this fabulous new alpha out today. Grab her Stencil Alpha while it’s 20% off all weekend!

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Summer NoteBook is ValC designs Newest creation. Fresh and full of original element, the Bundle include not less that 33 unique elements (for a total of 43) 19 Words in both French and in English and  16 papers. Fresh and realistic Summer Notebook will fit most of Spring and summer layouts! As a new release, it will be 20% off during the weekend, don’t miss it!.

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Lauren Reid has a fun new alpha out at her new home:

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When you’re feeling blue, just think Happy Thoughts! This new kit from Lisa Sisneros Designs is brimming with feel-good sunshine sweetness, perfect for celebrating all the good things in life. 🙂 Available at CatScrap for 20% off through the weekend!

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For all horse lovers and if equestrian sports are your thing! Dressage by ViVa Artistry is sophisticated, vintage, and full of unique elements and papers for your creative needs.

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New from mle Card:

The Happiest Place Templates

 

Two new kits this week! Graduation is perfect for EVERY graduation that may come up this year, or in years past. With great ledgers and solid papers, your caps and gowns will steal the show. Also new is Mainstreet, a kit for all those magical main street moments, or to document the main street in your little {or big} town. Both on sale until May 23rd.

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Heather T. has some cute stitched doodles here:

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Amanda Heimann has some really cute templates in her new home:

Layout Builders: Patchwork

 

I love these painty news print papers by Amy Wolff:

Paint the Town paper pack

 

EH Studios has a super fun new spring kit out:

Spring Sweet.

 

Elisa’s Pieces Has a bright and sunny kit out:

 

Lots of fun summer events can be scrapped with these new goodies from Kaye:

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These new conversation elements from Kristin CB are irresistable:

For the love of: Conversation

 

I love girly themed kits with black as an accent color, isn’t this one adorable:

Follow Your Heart

 

Have some Cinco de Mayo photos to scrap? Check out Meredith’s new kit:

Viva La Fiesta!

 

I love this new kit from Sabrina’s Creations:

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Did you know that Wendy has a banner making action!? Oh yes!

ACTION: Banner It {Basic}

PS Amber was the random winner chosen from the comments on Piccolina Designs feature from Monday. She won $10 in product from Piccolina! Smile

PPS Jen L. was the random winner chosen from the comments on Danielle’s feature yesterday. She won $10 in product from Danielle! Smile

Danielle Engebretson: A Girly Girl at Heart

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I have been a fan of Danielle’s since I first discovered her in 2009. I love the bright colors Danielle uses and she does a great job designing floral papers (she usually includes at least one).  Our team had a lot of fun working with Danielle’s contribution! So, let’s take a closer look at “My Mother” 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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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: My Mother by Danielle Engebretson Designs; Page template (white) by Janet Phillips; Postal stamp by Michelle Coleman; Fonts: Chalkduster and Darcy Baldwin’s Leoni.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: My Mother by Danielle Engebretson Designs; Redwood template by Zinnias and Swallowtails.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: My Mother by Danielle Engebretson Designs; Baby Steps Vol. 4 by Tiny Toes Designs; Coupon Clipper Alpha by Micheline Martin; Brightside alpha by Micheline Martin; Get Real Shadows by Jenn Barrette.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: My Mother by Danielle Engebretson Designs; Doodley Border by Sara Gleason; Fonts: Hero, Impact and CK Ali.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Hi! I am Danielle Engebretson of Danielle Engebretson Designs. I live in Minnesota with my husband Dean and my two kids, Dawson and Ava. I work about 19 hours a week outside the home as a dental hygienist and the rest of my week is spent designing digital scrapbook products. While I love my profession outside my home, I am PASSIONATELY in love with graphic design. I love scrapbooking, spending time with my family, vacationing, and I LOVE to read.

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I was inspired by the new kit I created for The Daily Digi, My Mother. It is a kit themed around mothers, perfect for Mother’s day and I have always wanted to get some of the pictures scrapped of my daughter with my mom. I think the most important part of a layout is journaling. Whether is a very personal written story or something as simple as the perfect quote on a layout. In the case of my layout, I was inspired by this perfect quote which describes exactly how I feel about my mom and my children and really the circle of life coming full circle for me as an adult. All those wonderful and warm feelings I have about my mom and my kids grandma are wrapped up perfectly into this single perfect quote.

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I have been scrap booking since 2000. I was a introduced to scrap booking when I attended a Creative Memories home party with a friend. It also happened to be the year my son was born and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect, I fell in love with the idea of chronicling his life. In 2003, my daughter was born and I was fully indulged in preserving every moment of both of my children’s lives. In 2006, I became a signature addict and started playing around with Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop Elements and while browsing around one day, I ran across my very first digital scrapbook store, The Digi Chick. I was positively perplexed by the idea of scrap booking on my computer, up until this point in my life, there was no other type of scrap booking that existed outside of paper for me. So, I decided to dive in and try out this digital adventure. I was immediately hooked. At some point between 2006 and 2007, I decided I would teach myself how to design digital scrapbook products and I have been designing since. I spent several years as a designer at The Digi Chick and recently was very thrilled to be invited to open my exclusive store at Scrapbookgraphics.

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I am inspired by so many things. Color probably being at the forefront of my inspiration. My kids inspire me. Current trends inspire me. Trying new design techniques and tricks always give me drive to create something new. Pinterest is my new best friend and I spend alot of precious time on that site! 🙂 So addicting.

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Computer: My computer is an old gal. She has been around now for about 4 years. She is ready to retire and I would love to replace her with a MAC. That is my plan and I am working towards that purchase this year. For now I have a lovely little XPS M1210 Dell laptop. I have Windows XP operating system and have never had a desire to have a different operating system, as I am very much a creature of habit and don’t like to change things up too often. I have 4G of RAM. I have had to add more memory to my old girl over the years and I have replaced her hard drive a time or two. She really has been a faithful computer.
Program: I currently am using PSCS5 and AICS2.
Camera: I have my iPhone 4S camera that I use the most because it is an awesome camera and it is with me all the time. Otherwise, I have a Nikon point and shoot. I would love to get a “new, expensive” Nikon. One day!
Anything Else: I use a Bamboo Fun tablet for drawing and have a CanoScan 8800F for extractions and a HP Photosmart 7510 printer.

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One of my favorite crafts I spend time with is hand sewing fabric flowers. I can’t begin to tell you about the endless tutorials out there on how to make all kinds and types of different fabric flowers. I love fabric. I love to touch it and smell it and buy it and create with it. It has become one of my favorite ways to make flowers for my digital kits and with a quality scanner, it couldn’t make for a better recipe of success. They are easy to make and add so much pop to a layout and the whole process brings joy to life. Plus, the flowers become multipurpose, when I can attach them to a headband for my daughter to wear and enjoy. They also make perfect little gifts for my friends having babies.

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I have always had a shabby yet very sweet/cute style that is deep down honestly “me”, however, I am a very eclectic person and am awestruck by so many styles. Sometimes my style can be all over the map. At the end of 2011, I found myself being drawn to a shabby, sweet, and cute, yet vintage styles. In March 2012, I designed a vintage kit that I absolutely fell in love with. Truly You, came to life from a color palette that was filled with colors I love right now. I think it is the vintage kitten graphics that make me love it so much, that and the color palette.

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I have no idea why it is popular. I have a bit of an issue with designing girl kits far too much. I am a girly girl at heart. I think there is something about this girly kit that grabs people. It is shabby, cute, but has a little vintage feel to it. It is really popular right now. I love it. My girl Ava, inspired it. She’s All That and so much more!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Danielle Engebretson:

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

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Save 30% off Danielle Egebretson’s Scrapbookgraphics’ store with coupon code TDD_May2012_DJE (expires December 31, 2012).

Go have a look in Danielle Engebretson’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)!

After Saving

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Title graphic made from The Daily Digi member exclusive kit My Life At Home

After spending time carefully placing elements and papers, choosing the perfect photos and drafting heartfelt journaling, your scrapbook page is done.

Now what do you do? You’re ready to give it a final name, create the full-resolution flattened copy, create a saved-for-web version for the scrapbook galleries, back it up and upload it.

Every digi scrapper has their own work flow. I’m going to share mine with you below.

File Naming

When I am scrapping a photo or story-focussed page, I know when I start designing what it is going to be about, so I am able to name the layered file I am working in with its “final” name. Often though, I am doing pages that are product-driven (which is where I have a kit I want to use and I’ll figure out a subject mid-way through the designing process.) For these pages, I name the layered file with a draft title and then change it just before saving my flattened versions. I like to have the same file name for my layered and flattened versions of a layout so that I can group them together easily.

I name my files in this format: YYYY-MM-DD-ShortTitle. The date is the date that the page is about. So, if I’m scrapping something that happened in 2007, then I’ll put that date. (Usually I’m able to find the date from the photo I am using.) If the page is “timeless”, like a page about my thoughts on a certain book or a reflection on a past event where the present thoughts are the more critical aspect to the page, I’ll use today’s date.

I save my files into folders according to when I scrapped them. So all layouts created in 2012 are in my “2012 Layouts” folder. This works for me because I like being able to count the layouts at the end of the year to see how many pages I made. It also keeps the number of files in the folder manageable. I have created hundreds of layouts over the years so keeping them all in one folder would be overwhelming.

Within each annual layout folder, I create a “Printed” folder where I move the files (both layered and jpg) after I’ve uploaded the jpg to the printer’s site and submitted my print order.

Saving Both Layered and Flattened

Once I’m finished scrapbooking a page, I save and retain it in at least two formats: the layered (e.g. PSD, TIFF) and flattened (e.g. JPG).

No matter which format of layered file you prefer, it’s a good idea to save a layered version of your page, at least for a little while, for a few reasons:

  • You might find a spelling mistake that needs correction before you print.
  • If you forget what font you used and you’ll be able to go back and check.
  • You might decide to turn the layout into a template for yourself.
  • If you make a silly mistake (like saving your 12×12 layout jpg at 72dpi and discovering it only after you’ve printed a horrible quality image), you’ll want to be able to fix it.

Personally, I don’t bother to delete layered page files ever, even after I’ve printed my pages. Memory is so inexpensive these days that it is a more efficient use of my time to just to add more memory than to make decisions about which files to keep and which to delete.

I create a 12×12 copy of my page in JPG format, which I sharpen slightly. (You can read more about sharpening for printing here.) I print in 8×8 but my preferred printer is able to take a 12×12 image and print 8×8 without any further adjustments on my end. (You can read Steph’s independent review of printers here.)

After saving my full-size image, I then shrink my layout to a 600×600 pixel jpg at 72dpi for use in the galleries. I created a simple action in Photoshop to do this for in one click. I also like to sharpen my gallery-sized image to make it a bit more crisp. (You can read more about sharpening for galleries here.) Here is a comparison for you:

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Saved-for-web, sharpened:

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Supplies: Autumn Memories by Designs by Anita; Solos Part II by Busy Bee Designs

The difference isn’t too noticeable, but I think it takes a bit of the fuzziness of saving-for-web away.

Backing Up

I use an online back-up company which automatically backs-up my files to a remote location. There are several companies that provide this service. (I recently lost my EHD and most of its files so once I have the restore complete, I’ll come back and post about my experience with restoring.)

If you don’t use an online back-up, then you’ll need to find an alternate solution – whether it’s using an EHD, burning DVDs, etc.

Remember, there is no question about IF your hard drive will fail. The only question is WHEN. Backing-up is so important.

Uploading

Now that my page is done and saved in all its different formats, I upload it to several different locations.

First, I upload the 12×12 jpg to Flickr and include all the credits. I like to do this so that I have all the information together in one spot. I recently heard on The Digi Show about saving all the credit information in the scrapbook page file metadata via Photoshop. I haven’t tried it myself, but I think I might incorporate this into my workflow!

Next, I open up browser tabs for all the galleries where I want to post the page. Then, using copy and paste, I input all the credit information and title for all the galleries. Lastly, I select the photo for each gallery and hit submit.

Printing

To keep shipping costs to a minimum over the year, I only print once or twice annually, usually when there’s a sale on. No matter which printer you use, if you follow their Facebook page or subscribe to their newsletter, you’ll always be informed in advance of sales so that you have time to upload your photos.

Once I receive the printed layouts, I stack them neatly in a pile on my bookshelf…and then never seem to get around to putting them into my albums!

Okay, so you might not want to take note of that last part! Winking smile

All In a Few Minutes!

Now that I’ve typed up this long post, I realize I have made a 10 minute process of naming, saving, organizing, backing up and uploading into something that seems much longer! I’ve been following the same basic process for years so it is second nature to me.

Made-For-You Workflow

I think your digi scrapbooking workflow should be as simple or complex as you need it to be to accomplish what you want to do. Maybe you don’t post in the galleries so there’s no need to create a web-size version. Maybe you blog your pages, so that adds to your workflow. It’s a unique process for each scrapbooker.

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Now that I’ve shared what I do, please leave a note in the comments if you do something similar or if you have a different workflow. I’m always interested to hear other ways of completing these key scrapbooking tasks.

Tips for scrapping graduation

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It’s graduation season right now and I’m excited that my son will be joining the Class of 2012! I know I’m way more excited for him to wear that cap and gown than he is, because not only do I get to celebrate his achievement, I get to scrap it!

Many schools have graduations for younger grades. When my son graduated from Kindergarten at the autism school he attended, we definitely thought it called for a celebration! Graduations for little kids are fun to scrap and themed school designs are a great way to embellish these types of pages. Include the basic details of place and date. It’s also fun to interview the young graduate and record their memories of their school experience.

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My own high school graduation layout focuses on how ready I was to be done with high school. I couldn’t wait to get out into the big world of life after graduation! High school graduation is the perfect time to record what the graduate is looking forward to in their life ahead. Do they have college plans? What and where do they want to study? Are they going straight into the workforce? What will they be doing? What will they miss from high school? Who do they plan to keep in touch with?

Instead of using a theme kit, I simply emphasized my high school colors with the ribbon and paper choices. Don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to certain kits or themes when scrapping a graduation.

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This pretty layout by Trina has a grown-up and elegant feeling to it. I like that she included the details of her school and degree, along with the year of her graduating class. Remember to document the official titles, degrees, and details that go along with a college graduation. You could also journal about post-graduate plans such as jobs and/or more schooling. What new relationships were formed during college that will continue on (friendships, dating, marriage, etc.)

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A double graduation is certainly an important occasion to document! I love this page by judet95 with the graduation year blended into the background of the journaling. Include pictures and details about friends or significant others who are graduating at the same time for a fun approach!

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LeeAndra’s touching page about her husband’s graduation visit to his Grandmother reminds us to capture the stories beyond the actual ceremony. Who is proud of the graduate? Are there people who inspired or supported the graduate to reach their goal? Who attended the graduation? Who do you wish could have been there?

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While it’s not necessary to use theme kits to create graduation pages, it sure is fun to find designs that help illustrate the story you want to tell. I’m excited about my own son’s high school graduation coming up, so I’ve been stalking the stores for special kits that will help me celebrate the occasion. Check out all of these fabulous goodies! (all images are linked)

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Whether you have a graduate getting ready to get their diploma, or if you simply have some old graduation photos in your files, today’s a great day to turn them into lasting memories with a digital scrapbook page!

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P.S. The title image was created with paper by Amber Clegg and doodles by Kate Hadfield. Fonts are Café Rojo and Harlow Solid Italic.

Piccolina Designs: An Italian Term of Endearment

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I am pleased to introduce to you Poccolina Designs and our first designer from Ahhh Scrap! I was really excited when I clicked over to Piccolina’s store for the first time. I quickly purchased some goodies and unzipped as fast as I could. The quality was very, very good and I shot an email off as fast as I could to invite her to contribute to The Digi Files. I love Piccolina’s shabby design aesthetic and how all of her papers, patterns, elements, and colors create a cohesive collection. Let’s take a closer look at “Limerick” 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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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Limerick by Piccolina Designs; Project Life Templates from Becky Higgins; Tape CLuster, Rhonna Farrer; Fonts: Impact, Hero, Myriad, Governor and Arialic Hollow.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Limerick by Piccolina Designs; Project Life Templates from Becky Higgins; Tape CLuster, Rhonna Farrer; Fonts: Impact, Hero, Myriad, Governor and Arialic Hollow.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Limerick by Piccolina Designs; Date Stamp by Shabby Princess; Font: DBJenLin.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Limerick by Piccolina Designs; Building Block template by Traci Stroud; Shadow Styles by Jennifer Barrette; Font: Traveling Typewriter.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Limerick by Piccolina Designs; Fonts: The Other Twin (Heather Hess), You Are Loved and Xenophone.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Scrapping With Liz, Font: Traveling Typewriter

A note about this layout: SharonS has sent me layouts for every single Digi File contribution since we started accepting them in January 2010 (that’s about 196 layouts). I’ve learned a lot about Sharon and her family through those layouts. I want to say CONGRATULATIONS to Amy and Sharon on Dr. Amy G’s graduation from dental school!!

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My real name is Teri. I am a stay at home mama to the Little Lady (4) and the Little Man (2). They keep me busy and happy. My hubby of 6 years is pretty supportive of my digital world, even when it sometime means I spend more time with the computer than him. I love anything crafty. I dabble in sewing, crochet, home decor, photography…..and so on. I probably have too many “hobbies”. 🙂

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I am part of Seasonal Swaperoos, a craft swap group. We had a swap going on while I was working on this kit. I wanted to make the butterfly art project (inspired by Ali Edwards) and the pinwheels for my swap partner. I decided to head to the craft store to get some pretty, springy papers for the projects. Then it hit me….I had just created some pretty, springy papers. I have printed my papers in the past for a few hybrid projects and love to see my papers printed out. I went a little overboard on printing papers from Limerick and ended up making myself (as well as my swap partner) a set of pinwheels and the butterfly art. I sometimes forget what a wealth of awesome supplies I have in my digi supplies. That is probably why my paper collection continues to grow even though I have not paper scrapped for 5 years. 🙂

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I have done paper scrapbooking in the past, but not much because it was always so much work to get everything out and then only get to do a little before it all had to be put back up. My mother bought all of us girls a copy of PSE 4 for Christmas in 2005 because she had discovered this incredible world of digital scrapbooking and thought her girls should join the fun. I did use PSE 4, but only for editing photos. I had a hard time grasping the whole layers concept for scrapbooking. Then I found a first layout tutorial in early 2008 at the Shabby Princess and there has been no going back (although I still collect scrapbooking paper). I love not having to print photos to scrap them and that I can just close my laptop when I need to put up my scrapbooking supplies. I started designing in late 2008 and loved it. Piccolina is an Italian term of endearment meaning “little one” and was for my Little Lady who was born in 2008.

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Everything. I am a horticulturist and landscape designer by education and trade so I do get a lot of inspiration from the natural world and those design concepts. But there is so much inspiration everywhere; home decor, clothing, fabric, holiday decor, etc. And the internet makes it so easy to access it and some incredible color palettes.

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Computer: My Dell recently died on my (it was truly a sad time for me). I am now on a Lenovo IdeaPad with Windows 7. It has an intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 750GB of hard drive sace. Although I was sad to leave behind my Dell, this Lenovo has a lot more RAM and harddrive space, so I am able to run my programs better.

Program: I started designing with and still do a majority of my designing with PSE 7….really. Hard to teach an old dog new tricks. I started learning CS2 in 2010 and purchased CS5 last summer. I now use Illustrator for a great deal of my elements and patterns that I create, but then import them into PSE 7 to finish the product. I do use PS5 for strokes, layer styles, and a few actions that I cannot run in PSE 7. I know it is silly to have CS5 and still use PSE 7 for the majority of my finished product, but I am just so dang comfortable in PSE 7 that I am faster using it.
I also use Art Rage for creating glitters and some texture.
I use WinRAR for zipping and unzipping product and AMP Font Viewer for viewing and temporarily installing fonts.

Camera: I have Canon Rebel xsi that I do not pull out and use nearly as often as I should.

Anything Else: I do use a Bamboo tablet occasionally. My Little Lady gets more use out if than I do. I will open up Illustrator and let her go to town.
I also use two separate external hard drives (500GB and 1TB) for back up.

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Keyboard shortcuts!! I love them for working in design programs and find myself hitting Ctrl+J in other programs such as Xcel and being frustrated that it will not copy for me.
I use these the most often: (these are PC since that is what I use)
CTRL+ j = copies the layer
CTRL + g = groups with previous
CTRL + e = Merge down
CTRL + d = deselect
CTRL + z = undo
Shift + CTRL + U= remove color
CRTL + s =save
Shift + CTRL + s= save as
CTRL + n = open new blank file

I know that starting with keyboards shortcuts can be difficult at times, but I always recommend just starting with one. Pick a function that you use often (like copying a layer) and work on using that shortcut. Once you have mastered that one, move to another one. They really are huge time savers.

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I love the colors of this kit and the theme. Last fall I was in a thankful state of mind. I was almost overwhelmed at times with gratitude for all the blessings in my life. Live in Thanksgiving is kind of a tribute to that. I went with some traditional fall colors but also added in some blue to make it unique. I enjoyed making this kit and I have loved the layouts I have made using this kit. The kit is a perfect compliment to the layouts of the things I am thankful for.

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Cottage Comforts was inspired by a Pottery Barn bedding ad. The palette is taken from the items in the add (the bedding, the night table, a lamp shade, the bed frame). I wanted a kit that was inviting and warm. I think that is why it is popular.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Piccolina Designs:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Piccolina Designs’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Piccolina Designs’ 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)!