Play It Again Smarty Pants!


There are so many ways to scrap the same memory. If you give a handful of scrapbookers the same photos and journaling to work with, you will get a different result from each of them…and they are all wonderful! I love our “play it again” series here at The Daily Digi because it illustrates that there are as many ways to scrap a page as there are artists to create them.

This time around, I asked team member Jenn Lindsey to share some material for a special layout. She said  “My oldest is just finishing Kindergarten, and we’re so proud that he can now read! Included are several pictures to choose from as well as the journaling. I don’t care if less pics are used, I just included a bunch so they’d have the option of as many or few as they wanted to use.”


When Ben started Kindergarten this past Fall, there were a few words that he could “read” – meaning that he just recognized them. A few months into the school year though, he was already through the list of 100 “popcorn words” that they had to learn by the end of the year. By Christmas, we saw a huge difference, where he would read or try to sound out everything he saw whenever we were in the car or in a store. It was so exciting to see him grasping the concept of reading, and how quickly his ability developed.

We’ve always read a book or two to the boys at bedtime, and now that Ben can read so well he frequently does the honor. It’s always such a touching moment to see Ben reading to Jack, or him giggling while looking at the Sunday comics, or asking how to spell certain words so he can search for things on the computer. We had no idea he’d learn so much in Kindergarten, but are grateful for the solid foundation he’s already obtained. – May 2012

Jenn’s layout is so eye-catching with that big blended photo as a background. I love the themed embellishments and word art that call attention to her son’s great accomplishment!


Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Credits:  Bookmarked by The Tattered Pear, summer Reading by Jennifer Barrette, Wrecked alpha by Brittish Designs, Small Typewriting and My Own Topher fonts.


Chloe’s layout has such a fun title and that stack of books is the perfect finishing touch for a layout that celebrates a new reader.

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Layout by Chloé Marcanti. Smart Little Cookies by ENKay Design, Alphas in the title (top to bottom) : Alpha Dots (in the « Essential White » pack) by Shawna Clingerman, Digi Essentials 6 by Karla Dudley and «Alpha N°1 by Amanda Heimann. Shadow styles by Megan Turnridge, Fonts are A Mr Ferguson by Charm Box Studios and Traveling Typewriter.


I like to play along also and I had such a great time creating this page for Jenn’s son. I couldn’t bear to cut out any of the darling photos so I used them all and kept the layout centered around the blocks of photographs.

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Layout by Katie Nelson. Storytime by Kristin Aagard & Nikki Beaudreau. Teen font.


Britanee did such a great job adding vibrant colors and an energetic feel to this layout. I love the picture of the two boys together with their big smiles and she made that image come to life by clustering it with fun embellishments.


Layout by britaneejean credits: Love to Read (June 2012 Mega) – Scrap Orchard Designers, Typative Tall font – WM[squared] Designs, Rock the Shadows Layer Styles – Tracie Stroud


Nikki added so many fun pieces to this page that it feels like you can keep discovering new little goodies every time you look at it. I especially adore the bingo-style READ card!


Layout by Nikki Epperson. Credits: Dog Eared by Meghan Mullens and Traci Reed, DJB All The Cool Chicks by Darcy Baldwin, Sassy Pants by Erica Zane and Traci Reed (paint and stitch), Family Time by Penny Springmann (stamp mat), Lifelong Friends by Meghan Mullens and Heather Roselli (circle stitch)


I love the clean photo-book style of Anne’s layout. The pictures are the star and the story shines on a page like this one!


Layout by Anne. Credits: paper and elements from My Life At Home (Daily Digi collaborative kit_) Fonts: Arial and Clementine Sketch.


Lorelei’s page is a stunning piece of art! I love the way she extracted the photo and put it into a scene of make-believe. What a great way to illustrate the journey a book can take you on!


Layout by Lorilei Murphy. Credits: Hair Brushes by Studio Wendy, Word Art by Studio Bethany, Don’t Eat Worms by Studio Lorie.


What type of layout would you create with this memory? What style appeals to you most? Review each page design and think about what you like about it, or what you would do differently. You will learn a lot about yourself as a scrapper by doing this activity. Remember, there is no “right” or “wrong” here, just different creative expressions of the same memory. If you really want to grow your own digi skills, be open to trying new things. It’s ok to play with different styles and just have fun!

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P.S. the title graphic was created with Storytime by Kristin Aagard & Nikki Beaudreau and the too much paper font.

P.P.S. The winners from this week’s designer features are: Andrea (Erica Zane), Melanie (River Rose), and Teri (Jessica Sprague).