Sherwood Studio: 60 Jillion Wedding Photos

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I love the shabby, vintage look and feel of Sherwood Studio’s designs. Her weathered papers and vintage elements create beautiful accents for just about any photo.   I am a big fan of all of the gorgeous flowers she includes in her collections; beautiful color and detail!  Let’s take a closer look at “Kitchen Tales” 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 Jenn. Supplies: Kitchen Tales by Sherwood Studio; Zine Style Template by Scrapping With Liz, Traveling Typewriter font.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Kitchen Tales by Sherwood Studio; Font: xoxo Karen by Peas.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Kitchen Tales by Sherwood Studio; Fonts: Lauren Script and Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Studio Jen D, Font: DJB Gonna Share My Story

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Layout by Michelle

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

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Hi there! My name is Julie Southern and I design as Sherwood Studio (which is named after my father, my first artistic role model). I have a patient and supportive husband and two grown children who are all rather amused by my obsession. When I’m not gazing at my computer screen I love to read and waste entirely too much time playing silly games on my iPad.

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My daughter got married last October, and I have sixty jillion wedding photos to scrap. It’s funny how a “big” project can be so intimidating! And since I have this quirk about wanting to make my layouts from scratch, I had to design kits first – there are actually three of them that work together. All that planning and preparing hasn’t left a lot of time for the perfect scrapping that needs to happen (please tell me that I’m not the only one who psyches myself out over perfect scrapping) so I’ve only accomplished a brag book for the Grandmas and a couple of full size layouts. This is one of them – it was such a lovely picture, and they looked so happy to finally be together after a long distance romance. I love scrapping photos of my family – it’s a chance to wallow in all the sweet emotion they inspire [/sappy].

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Together – scrapped with Together at Last… Her Smile

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I’ve always loved artsy things – when I was a little girl my favorite thing to do was to sit at a table in my family’s basement, painting with watercolors and watching cartoons. In college I decorated every envelope that carried a letter home… my mother still has them. I sometimes wonder if the mailman thought I was crazy!

I discovered digital scrapbooking at the end of 2007 – I had just quit my job (yay for kids getting through college!) and was looking for something to fulfill my creative yearnings. I had dabbled in computer graphics since the late 90’s when I felt compelled to document groups of friends I had made on the interwebs. I did some wandering around on Google one day and came across the term “digital scrapbooking.” I become fascinated (ok, obsessed) very quickly. I’ve always wanted to be a scrapbooking crafty star, but I have a little trouble cutting straight, and I’m better at gluing my fingers together than things on my page. Digi lets me express the creative ideas that wanted to come out but just needed that “undo” button!

Not so long after I discovered digital scrapbooking someone challenged me to participate in a design challenge. I was really not very motivated. Resistance was futile, however, and it wasn’t long before I realized that I had found my niche.

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Much of my inspiration comes from the world around me – I live in beautiful colorful Colorado, so I have an endless supply of fabulous nature palettes just outside my window. I also have two daughters- even though they are grown up, they still inspire me with their adventures and undertakings (and of course, their Starbucks addiction). That being said, color is my major impetus, regardless of where I see it. I love being able to look at a set of colors and then create a kit that will enhance the mood and the feelings I want to portray.

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Computer: I have an HP Pavillion Desktop with an i5 processor and 8 gigs of RAM. I know this because it is printed on a decal on the side of the computer tower 🙂 It has Windows 7, which is okay, but I miss Windows XP. Like, a LOT. I only have a single monitor, it’s 22 inches and I calibrate it with a Spyder.

Program: I use Photoshop CS4, but I designed for a long time with PSE 6 – there are a lot of ways to tap into the hidden goodies in PSE, so if you can’t use Photoshop proper, don’t give up!

Camera: I have a Nikon L120. It’s a point and shoot super-zoom, which matches my photographic ability and resistance to getting close to things to take pictures of them. Yeah, I’m lazy 😉

Anything Else: I have a Bamboo Fun tablet. I threw my regular mouse in the drawer the day that the tablet arrived and only use my tablet. This works out very well – no one else in my family bothers my computer because they can’t figure out how to use the tablet!

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I was going to mention the “Load files into stack” script as my favorite tool/shortcut/time saver – I use it for so many things – titles, clustering, stacking papers, etc. But Krystal Hartley beat me to it 🙂 So, as my second favorite thing in the world of Photoshop is using styles, I want to encourage you to try playing around with your favorite style’s settings. So many times a layer style is a great jumping-off point, but by tweaking the beveling, or adding/removing glow and shadow, or scaling the pattern, I can come up with a whole new look that’s perfect for my element or title. And you learn so much by playing (doesn’t that describe everything we do in Photoshop?) that you can use for a jump start the next time. And if you love the look of a style just the way it is, but need to adjust it for the size of your element, don’t forget that you can scale it to fit by going to Layer > Layer Style > Scale Effects.

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I think my current favorite is Thriftique. (although picking is really hard – I suppose next you are going to ask which of my children I prefer?) I love the warm color palette and I not only got to enjoy a little vintage shabby grunginess, I absolutely wallowed in it. So much that there’s a companion kit called Thriftique…the Back Room (more goodness with a little dustier color palette). The inspiration was the fun of going through a thrift store or an antique shop – sort of a stroll down memory lane, but a bit battered and disheveled here and there. And the joy of finding something special that you can re-purpose and make relevant in your own life… Curiously, the whole thing started from an old fashioned button – when I saw it I knew just exactly what sort of a palette I wanted and how I wanted the whole thing to feel.

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LOL, Thriftique IS my most popular product, so evidently lots of my customers felt the same tug of nostalgia. But I do have another nearly as successful product that curiously isn’t even a kit. It’s a set of frames for my Instagram photos, because I’m trying to do a lazy girl’s P365/52 -ish project (which basically means little details from nearly every day – because if I make it too hard or require it to be too perfect I will never ever finish it). I started trying to think of ways to present these little photos in a fun and interesting way. And when I start getting bored with my project, I come up with another style. I’m up to Photo Project 8 or 9, now, and it’s the first time I’ve made it past February 15th with P365, so I guess it helps!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Sherwood Studio:

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

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Use the code SSDailyDigi40 for 40% off your next purchase at Sherwood Studio’s store, expires August 1, 2012.

Go have a look in Sherwood Studio’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 Kitchen Tales by Sherwood Studio and included in The Digi Files during June, 2012:

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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Kitchen Tales by Sherwood Studio; Zine Style Template by Scrapping With Liz, Traveling Typewriter font.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Kitchen Tales by Sherwood Studio; Font: xoxo Karen by Peas.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Kitchen Tales by Sherwood Studio; Fonts: Lauren Script and Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Studio Jen D, Font: DJB Gonna Share My Story

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Layout by Michelle

Restore Experience

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If you have ever browsed a forum at a scrapbooking site, you’ve seen the threads with topics like these:

Help, my EHD crashed!

Dead hard drive – lost my photos!

Everything’s gone!

If there is one “take away lesson” from reading these posts, it’s that no one is immune from computer failures. The best we can do is to manage the risk by having a solid back-up and recovery plan in place.

I recently had the “opportunity” to use my back-up plan when my EHD failed. I store all of my digital scrapbooking supplies and all of my photos on the same external hard drive (EHD). I don’t keep any of it on my main computer because I like to keep it fairly clean (other than software, of course) so that it runs more quickly. (That’s the theory anyway.) I used to back-up automatically to a second at-home EHD. However, it stopped working a long time ago and I hadn’t replaced it.

Fortunately, I’ve been using BackBlaze since March 2011. BackBlaze is an online back-up service. For $5 a month (and even less for an annual or 2 year subscription), the BackBlaze program works in the background of my computer, quietly sending all my files to the BackBlaze storage facility. Five dollars a month is a reasonable insurance policy for my entire scrapbooking supply stash and my irreplaceable family photos and videos.

My initial upload took a several weeks, but after that, it would work a few minutes a day to keep me up-to-date. The program is set up to work continuously, but you can pause it if you need more Internet bandwidth for something else.

The Great EHD Failure of 2012

One day, I went to open up some files and everything was inaccessible. My EHD was corrupted.

As a side note, I didn’t attempt to restore on my own because I’ve heard this is a task best left to professionals because a bad restore attempt can actually harm the files that a pro may have been able to save. Having a pro attempt data recovery can be quite expensive though.

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Fortunately, all of my files were safe and sound at BackBlaze. I had several options for restoring:

  1. Download zip files – this option is free, but not feasible for me given the hundreds and hundreds of gigabytes I had to restore.
  2. USB memory stick – this option cost $99 but was again not feasible for me given the size of my restore requirements.
  3. USB EHD – this option cost $189 and provided up to 1 terabyte of restored data.

Clearly I needed a USB EHD. Using the restore web site, I ordered my files for restore. I found the BackBlaze restore interface to be cumbersome so until the interface is made clearer, I would recommend seeking assistance via the help section prior to ordering to make sure you get what you need.

For those not in the United States, keep in mind that you will be responsible for all home country-related taxes, customs fees, etc. I paid an additional $35 in taxes upon pick-up of my restore EHD.

The Results

I have all my files back! The EHD arrived quickly and all I had to do was plug it in via USB. The files are also restored with their original file names and in their original file folders.

I’m so happy to have back all of my precious big moments, like my children’s first days:

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A recovered photo of my daughter, on her first day.

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My newborn son.

And those precious day-to-day moments:

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My daughter, running in the rain

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Enjoying a cupcake for the first time on his 1st birthday.

Final Thoughts

Online back-up saved my files for me, but it won’t work for everyone. For starters, the initial back-up can take a long time if you have a lot of data, which a lot of us digital scrapbookers have. You need to have access to a fast, reliable Internet connection to use this service. You also need to verify that your Internet provider doesn’t cap how much you can upload.

BackBlaze retains file versions going back 4 weeks. To put it another way, this means that you can only return your files to their content as far back as 4 weeks ago. If you have a corrupted EHD like mine, you need to act fast to order the replacement files before they’re gone forever.

Overall, the experience of having an EHD go bad was annoying and a waste of my time, but knowing that I would have all my files restored in short order kept me calm.

If your computer died right now, would you lose any files? What is your back-up and restore plan? Leave us a note in the comments.

I Don’t Love All of My Layouts

I LOVE to scrap.

I LOVE to see my pages printed.

I LOVE the experience of creating a page and the satisfaction of seeing it all come together.

I LOVE playing with new kits.

I LOVE scrapping with my beloved photos.

But sometimes, I just don’t love my layouts. And that’s okay.

I am a memory keeper. As the mama to five little kids, I see it as my job to record their memories until they are old enough to do it for themselves. And with five little kids, you can imagine how many memories there are! Because I am a memory keeper, I have to remind myself of why I scrap.

I love the creative side of it, but I love the memories more.

If I spent hours on every layout I made, I would never finish any pages. I am a “sit and scrap and finish a layout in one sitting” type of scrapper. I have very little time to scrap and I don’t always have the luxury of scrapping when the inspiration and creativity are flowing. Sometimes, I just have to take what I get and be happy that I preserved the memory. The page may not be perfect. It could be downright ugly. But, you know what? It doesn’t matter. The moment was scrapped and I know for a fact that my kids don’t ever look at our albums and think, “She really could have used more white space” or “That drop shadow could have been perfected a bit more.” No. They just love seeing glimpses of our life and our moments. And so somewhere along the way, I just had to stop caring.

I know that if I am struggling on a layout, I could just start over. I could spend an hour trying to find the perfect paper. I could move stuff around until I was finally happy. But then, the time will be gone and I will have less to show for it.

So, I embrace my not-so-great layouts. They aren’t my finest work, but the memories don’t care.

One thing I have started to learn, though, is why I sometimes don’t like my layouts. At times it is just because the mojo isn’t there. But often, it is because I am trying to force myself to use papers and/or elements that are pretty but just aren’t “me.” I will never be good at using lots of elements (or cutesy elements for that matter.) I will never be good at full layouts. I will never be good with “digital” looking pages. I will never be good with bright and bold colors. I’ve had to accept who I am as a scrapper and stop trying to force myself to use products that I am not good with.

And now, for your not-so-pleasurable viewing, here are some of the layouts I made that I really don’t like. Some of them I even hate. But I won’t be redoing them. Not now. Not ever. They’ll be in in my albums, right alongside of those layouts I love.





So what about you? What do you do with layouts that just aren’t working for you? Do you keep them? Trash them? Start again?

Meta Wulandari Design: Totally Bright and Awesome

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Meta has such beautiful designs and they cover just about every style! She can design everything from clean and simple to bright and whimsical. I love the way she is able to incorporate doodles and real items and make a very cohesive collection. Her designs are super fun to scrap with as well. I think Meta will be a big hit with our readers that aren’t yet familiar with her!  Let’s take a closer look at “Live Your Life” 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 Meta Wulandari Design’s contribution:

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Layout by Tara. Supplies: Live Your Life by Meta Wulandari Design.

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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Live Your Life by Meta Wulandari Design.
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Layout by Heather. Supplies: Live Your Life by Meta Wulandari Design; June Foundation Template by Crystal Livesay. The Liana by Heather Hess. Shadowing Styles by Sahlin Studio.
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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Kimberly Wresh, Fonts: DJB Digi Kim, MTF Pork Chop
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I am Meta Wulandari, artist, designer, crafter, scrapper, sister, daughter, aunty, girl, chocolate addict, have a big passion in art, a 26 years old and enjoying live in a small town in central Java. I just started designing for digital scrapping in March 2009 , and I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner ^^ I love to play around computer and enjoy what I able to create. Now I am designing my own kits, scrap for hire/other, do hybrid scrap, tutorial writer, painting/drawing a portrait, and create invitation for party, wedding, or birthday.

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I am just in progress to collect all my family member in scrapbook. This one is my sister’s lil boy who always make me busy.

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Poor me, in 2003, I didn’t know how to use one of the great technologies called computer. LOL And when I saw my sister’s boyfriend play around his PC, especially with Adobe Photoshop, he amazed me. Then I went to a book store to purchase many tutorial books. I didn’t take a course or class, just trial and error. All my books are my best teacher ever in digi designing. My skill improves time by time until I can be like this 🙂

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Everything around me and that happens to me 🙂

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Computer: I am using an old PC, gift from my brother 6 years ago, and never update any hardware LOL. Run Windows Vista with 4 GB RAM, with only 350GB storage and 500GB external memory 🙂 I always backup my files in DVD every 2 months 😉

Program: Adobe Photoshop CS 5 & Illustrator CS 4, that’s all that I need to scrap!
Camera: Just a pocket camera, Casio exilim 🙂

Anything Else: Have a Bamboo wacom tablet for doodling and create handwriting font. (I am sharing my font for free at my blog if you want to collect them 😉 )
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This one is my favorite tips before I have lightroom or purchased photoshop actions, duplicate the photo then turn to duplicate layer to black and white. Change the layer style and opacity, you’ll get some various effect in a simple way 😉

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Our nest become my favorite stuff because it’s inspired from my home. I am drawing the chair from my dad’s favorite chair. Everything in this kit expressed my family live. And the color combo is totally bright and awesome 🙂

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It’s a vintage kit with a grayscale color combo. Inspired by an old photo of my mom, this become a best seller.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Meta Wulandari Design:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Meta Wulandari Design’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Save 30% off Meta Wulandari Design’s store with coupon code TDD30.

Go have a look in Meta Wulandari Design’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)!

Learning Activities With Digi Scrapping Supplies

One of my favorite things about digital scrapbooking is being able to take my supplies and put them to good use…in things other than digital scrapbooking. I’ve used supplies from everything from card making, to banners for my husband’s school, to invitations, to bedspreads and canvases.  Yep, the versatility of my scrap stash is unending.

Over the past three years as our family has ventured into the world of homeschooling, my digi supplies have once again come to the rescue. Especially for my little ones, scrapping supplies cialis express delivery offer so many great opportunities for learning games and activities. Because of the nature of many kits — cute and kid friendly — the jump to learning activities is an easy one.  Here is just a small sample of things we have made over the years.

A simple Bingo game

Coloring trees for the four seasons

Animal classification

Science and geography lessons

The Christmas story

Learning to tell time

Shape and pattern sorting

Number matching

Animal finding

Passports and tickets to travel the worldNumber sequencing and path painting
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As you can see, there are so many things that you can make.  Even you aren’t homeschooling, there are lots of fun activities that you can make for your children to do during the summer, on the weekend, or any other time. I love that I can take some of my favorite elements, size them according to what I need, print, and then PLAY!

A few tips:

1. Obviously some kits/designers are better suited for learning activities than others. Look for designers whose elements are bright, happy, and kid friendly.  If you can’t tell, Kate Hadfield is my favorite go-to source.

2. To help your activities last longer, laminate them.

3. Once laminated, you can use wet erase markers for all sorts of fun activities.

4. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of creating the activities yourself, some designers (such as Heather Roselli) make pre-made templates and cut-outs for learning activities.

5. A quick search on Pinterest for “preschool learning” will yield lots of fun ideas that can be adapted for your stash of digi products!

Happy Learning!

It's Time to Buy a Camera, Part 1

It’s finally time for me to buy a new camera.

I have had three DSLRs in the last six years. In the fall of 2006, I purchased a brand new Canon Rebel Xti. I spent the first six months or so believing that it was defective.  It took dark pictures and it was nothing like the pictures that others with a “fancy camera” had. Turns out, I had no idea what I was doing with it. I had been shooting in auto mode and didn’t have any understanding of how a camera meters light.

In January 2008 I bought a used Canon 20D off of Ebay.  I used it one time and was pretty sure I bought a defective camera.  The colors were really light and washed out.  I put it away and didn’t take it out again for many months. Turns out, I had no idea what I was doing with it. I was shooting in AV mode and had no idea that the previous owner had added a +2 exposure compensation (automatically bumping every image up by 2 stops of light, even when metering was done correctly).

In January 2011 I purchased a used Canon 40D.  I still loved my 20D, but the battery was giving me a few issues and I knew it was important to have a backup camera for if/when the time came that the 20D stopped working.

And now, I am hopefully just a few months away from purchasing another new camera. After a lot of thought and research, I have decided on a Canon 7D, especially as the prices have recently dropped.

The first two times I bought a camera, I did it for all the wrong reasons. When I got my first DSLR, I thought that it alone would help me take images like all the amazing photographers I saw online.  Boy was I wrong!  I learned the hard way that taking great images has a lot more to do with the photographer than with the camera! The second time I bought a new camera, I thought that it would solve my problem with dark photos and inconsistent results. However, I learned (again, the hard way) that shooting in AV (and shooting everything at 1.8!) would always leave me with inconsistent (and often blurry) results.

My third purchase was much wiser. I shopped around, compared prices, thought about WHY I was buying a new camera, and settled on a used 40D from Adorama. I still didn’t really know what I was looking for, but I figured it was an upgrade from what I had and therefore it would be “better.”

And this time, I know a lot more. I feel well informed and have carefully thought out my purchase.  And once I have my pennies saved up, a 7D will be mine!

So how does someone know when it is time for a camera upgrade?

These are my tips.  Go through these questions and answer them honestly.  My answers are in italics.

  • Are there specific things that my current camera can’t do/isn’t doing well? Do I know why it isn’t doing well? Can I be sure that it is the camera and not me that is the problem? Yes. My camera is showing great amounts of noise at ISO’s of even as low as 800, even when the image is correctly exposed.  The ISO range (only up to 3200) is often limiting. The nine point focusing system prevents the precise focus I am hoping to achieve, especially when using the outer focus points. I also want a camera capable of shooting video, something my 40D doesn’t do.
  • Have I made the most of the camera I have? Have I learned to use its features and now feel limited by them? Yes.  I feel that I know my camera backward and forwards and like I mentioned above, I am feeling limited by the camera’s ISO capabilities and focus issues. In addition to the limits of the camera itself, the age of the camera is causing other issues.
  • What am I hoping to accomplish with a new purchase? Is this something that a new camera will do or is it something that could be done by more practice?  A new lens? Better editing? I am looking for a camera that will be consistent for the next 2-3 years, first as a main body and then as a back up body. I am looking for a camera with much better ISO capabilities and more precise focusing. Pairing the new camera body with better quality lenses will also help. I am also looking for something in an affordable price range.  I refuse to go into debt for it (thus knocking out dreams like the Canon 5D Mark III).
  • Do I have the money for a new camera? If I am in fact limited by my current camera’s capabilities and yet don’t have money for a new purchase, is there a cheaper alternative? I am saving money for a new camera and should be ready to buy in June.  I am saving for a new body (rather than used like my last two purchases) so that I can be sure it will give me 2-3 good years. Before purchasing, though, I will look for any great used prices.
  • If I am planning to buy a camera that is more advanced than my current camera, do I have the time and willingness to learn about it and practice? Yes. Although I am very used order cipro to Canon cameras, I am excited and ready to learn about and practice more with a higher quality body.

If you go through these questions and you feel that a new camera really is what is needed, it’s time to start looking.  Be sure to come back for part two of this series where we look at a few tips for picking out the camera that is right for you!

And in the meantime, if you aren’t sure whether a DSLR or an advanced point and shoot would be a better purchase, check out an article I wrote a few years back.  The camera information might be out of date, but the pros and cons of a DSLR are still right on!

Friday is My Favorite Day

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Did you know that we team up with designers from all over the digital scrapbooking community to send our newsletter subscribers free gifts? This is a sample of some of the gifts that went out over the past month. We also hooked subscribers up to access THREE different full kits for FREE! If you are not yet a free newsletter subscriber, sign up and don’t miss out on anymore great gifts! (If you are a newsletter subscriber and did not receive the above items, check your spam folder, if they aren’t there, it might be because of the date you subscribed. Hold on though, every subscriber will eventually receive all downloads (unless your ISP doesn’t like us and blocks us, if that’s the case, so sorry!).

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

Brimming with vintage goodies, this beautiful kit by Quirky Twerp offers 12 papers, 38 coordinating elements and 26 letters:

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Laura has four brand new fonts in her store this week:

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Check out what Erica Zane has going on today:

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Melancholia is a normal part of life and what better way then to scrap away the blues with a kit specific for those sad times. Use these elements and lush papers to put your feelings onto a visual media. It’s scrap therapy as only ViVa Artistry can do it!

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A brand new Template Builders’ Toolbox Grab Bag is available and just $3 through Friday only!  Three new full-sized products are included.  Be sure to like the Girl Boy Girl Designs facebook fan page … there is a VERY SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD for fans from LITTLE GREEN FROG DESIGNS!!!!

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Sports themed collection by Studio Flergs. Full Kit, alpha bundle, plain papers & sports templates. Save money & buy the collection for only $10! Covering lots of different sports including AFL, soccer, baseball, basketball & more! Free template from Studio Jen with purchase.

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Kaye has this new alpha out:

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Rachel has released her June Edition Kit of the Captivating 2012 Series. Purchase it before Friday June 15th 2012 and you’ll save 20% PLUS you’ll get the Damaged in transit Cardboard papers FREE with your purchase!

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Check out Sausan’s sale going on now:

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Pixel Gypsy has The Wedding Story on sale this weekend:

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Liz’s new templates are prefect for scrapping lots of mini pages without devoting an entire 12×12 page to just a single photo or two. They would also be great for event scrapping so you can creatively separate and scrap different parts of the event. If you go on over to her store she has a special buy together promo going on. Buy both of her new sets together and save 30%!

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WM[squared] has this new template set on sale for 20% off:

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New this week is Dad Rawks a fun retro style kit celebrating that very special guy in your life.

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You’ve heard the saying “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere”; well, at After Five Designs, it’s always after 5!  Check out what’s new this week ~ every Thursday and Friday it’s Happy Hour, and all new releases are 20% off!

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A digital scrapbooking kit by Mari Koegelenberg & Karen Lewis, Boardwalk Blues is the perfect kit to scrap your Summer Memories. Beautiful patterns and unique wood textures, with loads of beautiful word art this kit will make a statement on your summer pages.

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Designs by Lili has a new set of 4×6 photo collages. Perfect for Project Life!

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Check out this fun summery kit from Jenn Labre! You Are My Sunshine is 20% off all weekend.

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This week, Sahlin Studio has a NEW Vintage Label: Sweet Sips in the shop!  Stop by and pick it up.

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Here is a fun piece of news from Tracey Monette – “I’m opening up shop today in ScrapMatters under my designer name, Clever Monkey Graphics and along with about 20 other products already loaded in the store, I have these 6 new kits for you!!! I have Independence Day and Father’s Day all covered for you. – and even Soho Boy got a mini facelift that has resulted in some amazing new layouts.”

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Check out this great sale from my favorite photobook site:

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We also recorded a new Digi Show this week. Tangie Baxter joined us to discuss digital art journaling. It was a fun and very enlightening discussion:

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Have fun shopping!

 

PS Teresa was the random winner selected from the comments on JenD’s feature yesterday! She won $10 in product from Jen.

PSS Lauramarie was the random winner selected from the comments on Traci Reed’s feature Monday! She won $10 in product from Traci!

Studio JenD: I Don’t Want To Talk About It

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I instantly fell in love with Jen’s templates when I first discovered them at Scrapbook Graphics! I just LOVE paper layers on templates and Jen tends to create lots of paper layers! I love all of the photo spots she includes and they are just the right size. Check out the fun banners on her contributions this month!  Let’s take a closer look at “memorabilia” 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 Jenn. Supplies: memorabilia by Studio Jen D; Parks & Recreation by Kristin Aagard, DJB JenLin.
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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Laitha’s Designs, Border: Scrap Girls, Alpha: Shabby Miss Jenn, Font: Pea Hollee

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Name

My name is Jenny Davey and I currently live in St. Joseph, MO. I am married to Jeff and have three funky children, Landon (7), Ledger (6), and Lauren (4). I work full time as a clinic manager at our local hospital which I love doing everyday. I am a fun loving, 20 year old trapped in a 32 year old body. I love to exercise and run and just enjoy good times with family and friends.

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This layout is all about my crazy son, Landon. When I saw this kit by Amy Stoffel I knew exactly what pictures I had to use with the kit. And this is using a template from one of my most favorite packs – Tilt n Cluster.

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I have been paper scrapping since my first son was born 7 years ago, and digi scrapping for the past 5 years. I got started creating templates just for fun but then when people really liked playing with them and encouraged me to actually start selling them I thought it was a great idea. I have been designing and selling templates since Nov 2011, and just recently started playing around with element and paper designing as well. I love everything about the digi world and hope I get to enjoy many more years of it!

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I really get inspired by paper scrappers. A lot of my digital templates really focus on paper and the layering of it and other objects. Since I started as a paper scrapper it’s very close to my heart and I try my very best to incorporate it into my designs.

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Computer: HP Pavilion laptop

Program: Just recently upgraded to PSE10 but since I’m currently in school (earning my Masters) I’m thinking about upgrading to the big dog – Photoshop!

Camera: Ugh, right now I only have my iPhone camera….totally lame and I don’t want to talk about it LOL

Anything Else: Nothing else at this moment, but many items on the LONG wish list hehe
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SAVE OFTEN! Also, I like to start scrapping and then save and then walk away for a few hours. I always find something I want to tweak to make it even better if I leave it alone for a few hours and come back.

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This pack was just so much fun to create, I was actually able to create and scrap at the same time which never gets to happen just because of time only. I also simply adore all the page that have been created of this pack by others as well.

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People just love this template pack. The whole collection combines P365, art and junk journaling and smashbooking and gives you a digital journal and idea notebook. Have you been bookmarking furniture pictures for your ideal living room? Paste it and pin it to your pages. Do you stockpile images of clothing, things you want, things you need? Paste it and pin it without the mess of a traditional collage book! So much fun and I have created two additional packs since this first pack.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Studio Jen D:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Studio Jen D’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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The first 200 people can save 20% off Studio Jen D’s store with coupon code NeWDiGiFrieNds (expires 8/30/12).

Go have a look in Studio Jen D’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)!

Cut-Out Words

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Title supplies from The Daily Digi member exclusive kit Scrap & Snap

A trend that I really like right now are cut out words. I first noticed it on paper pages and now I’m seeing it used in digital kits.

So, how do you cut out text digitally?

Cut-Out Letter Fonts

The first thing you need is a font that looks like a cut-out alpha. Notice in the title graphic how the letters with holes are shaped (O, A, D, etc.) – they are completely empty. Here are a few fonts that I found that will work:

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I’m going to use the Paper Cutout font in my example below.

First, type the desired text on a new layer:

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Using the shape tool, create a box behind the text. This will be the paper strip that we will “cut”:

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Clip your papers. The paper clipped to the letters must be the same as the background paper so that the effect will look like the paper strip has been “cut”:

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Shadow the paper strip using your usual paper shadow settings and shadow the text using an inner shadow. (For more on drop shadow settings, go here. For a tutorial on inner shadows, go here.)

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And there you have it! Cut-out text on a paper strip! Here’s a close-up:

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If you look closely at the layers palette, you’ll see that the text and shape box are still completely editable. If you want change the text, you can. You may need to adjust the size of the paper strip box, which can easily be done by selecting and adjusting just that box (and not the paper clipped to it). For example:

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The only “trick” to making this look realistic to to line up the background paper layer and the layer clipped to the text. This is especially important with patterned papers so that the words appear to show the background paper below without interrupting the pattern.

You can also do cut-out words on journaling cards, speech bubbles, banners, on photos themselves – the possibilities are endless!