Moment Scrapping vs. Event Scrapping

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We don’t get hung up on definitions or labels here at The Daily Digi, because we really believe that any way a memory is documented is the right way. It’s not important to categorize layouts, but it can be a great learning tool to understand some of the different approaches we can take to tell our stories.

One of the topics we sometimes discuss on The Digi Show is “event scrapping” vs. “moment scrapping”. In my mind, the two can exist together because even when I’m scrapbooking about an event such as a vacation, birthday, holiday, family gathering, etc., I’m still capturing and focusing on “moments” that I want to remember. On the flip side, picking out a moment to document such as feelings for my children, illustrating the evolution of technology that I have used, the passage of time, a relationship, etc., involve “events” – even if they are just from an ordinary day. There’s no need to split hairs on this topic though, it’s all about what works for you for each particular page. The best way to explain this is to use real examples from some of the incredible scrappers who upload to our Flickr group.

This stunning layout records the lessons this mom has learned in parenting her little guy. The photos focus on the relationship between the two of them and the journaling doesn’t concern itself with documenting a specific day, but covers a range of a few years. This definitely feels like “moment scrapping” to me!

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A darling page about Halloween 2009 is a great example of scrapping an event. The pictures and journaling all center around what happened for Halloween that year. The writing does a great job of capturing that moment in time.

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Seems easy, right? Well, it’s not always so clear cut.

Project 365 style layouts like this one with a very cool design are all about documenting a specific point in time like a certain day, week, month, or even year. Even though the “moments” are the focus of the journaling, the layout still seems more event based to me. I’m sure others might disagree and that’s perfectly fine as it really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.

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This sweet page features a picture from a birthday party and journaling relating to that event so it seems natural to call it an “event page”. However, it’s also focusing on the relationship between the two people in the picture and I certainly didn’t know it was a birthday page until I read the journaling. So is it “event” or “moment” scrapping? Seems like both to me!

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The truth is that our lives are filled with events AND moments and they are all happening at the same time. Any topic could be scrapped from either point of view and there is no wrong or right way to approach it all. I’ve found that in the middle of recording a vacation, that I might choose to highlight a picture of a specific person and journal about my feelings for them. The overall presentation of my vacation pages might be from an event point of view, but there can certainly be flashes of moments included as well. The reverse is true as well- in scrapping a moment, I’m capturing a specific point in time. It’s all good and it’s all appreciated by those who enjoy your creations.

The best reason to bring all of this up? I find that if I’m struggling to find a journaling voice for a page, it helps me to think about if I’m approaching it from an event or a moment standpoint. Sometimes I just want to record the what, when, and where of a page (event).

The day my daughter got braces on her teeth

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Other times I will focus on the emotions and relationships (moment). This page explains some of my feelings about being a mom.

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on moment vs. event scrapping? Do you think about the differences? Which style do you tend to favor in your own scrapping? Do you ever combine the two approaches? Just some fun things to think about!

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P.S. The title graphic was creating with KStudio on the fly borders and the Bickley Script font

Traci Reed: A Heap of Exhausted

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I am uber excited to welcome back Traci Reed to The Digi Files this month! I have been a long time fan of Traci’s and find myself using and reusing her designs in my layouts all the time! I love Traci’s color schemes, her beautiful patterned papers, and her versatile theming. Let’s take a closer look at “Hello Goodbye” 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!dotsHere are some layouts created using Traci Reed’s contribution:

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Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Hello Goodbye by Traci Reed.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Hello Goodbye by Traci Reed.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: Hello Goodbye by Traci Reed; Template by Studio Fizzy Pop. Font is 2Peas Sunshine. Stitching by Gina Miller.
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Layout by Heather. Supplies: Hello Goodbye by Traci Reed; June Foundation Template by Crystal Livesay. The Liana by Heather Hess. Shadowing Styles by Sahlin Studio.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My name is Traci Reed and I’ve made it my life’s mission to help inspire as many lovingly-crafted, story-rich scrapbook pages as I can. I want my designs to be the springboard to beautiful scrapbook pages that capture all the emotion, details and love you put into your pages.

A little about me, I’m a wife, mother, maid, chef, chauffeur, entrepreneur and artist. My husband Patrick and I live in sunny Northern California with our three boys Karsten, Josiah and Finn. We have 1 rescued mini pincher/terrier mix puppy named Abby and that’s about all I can handle! Between taking the boys to school, karate and all the other extracurriculars, I somehow find time to come up with new digital scrapbooking product each week. When I’m not working, I love to craft, read, cook, knit or crochet, or just pass out in a heap of exhausted mommy on the couch!

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I created this baby book of my son’s first year purely using one template over and over again! I loved the uniform, yet varied look of rotating and changing the template each month with his monthly birthday photos and I think it came together in a really lovely way!

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I’ve been scrapbooking since I was a little girl, first with some stamp company named “Dotz” or something like that, and then my sister sold Creative Memories for a while. I went digital in 2004 when I happened to find the digital scrapbooking issue from Simple Scrapper and I never looked back! I started designing at the end of 2004 when I decided I needed more than just freebies but was too broke to buy what I wanted!

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Mostly color and everyday life. I love to make products that can be used for many purposes and that express emotion through color!

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Computer: I have an iMac that’s running Snow Leopard. I have 4 gigs of ram, and a terabyte hard drive. The Screen is a backlit LCD (like an iPad) and I couldn’t be happier. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my iMac.
Program: I use Adobe CS4, Photoshop and Illustrator mostly.
Camera: Canon 7D, she’s my precious.
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Did you know that Photoshop has spell check built right in? I’m always shocked at how many people don’t realize it! It’s right there under Edit>Check Spelling!

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My favorite product right now has to be my trio of kits that I called the Resolve To Grow collection. I set out to do a set of kits that encompassed resolutions that had a deeper meaning. Three kits about Faith, Family and Creativity are what came out of that idea. I love their colors and shabby chic-ness and they mean a lot to me because they signify a point in my career where I really embraced change and my own creativity.

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I love My Home Is Where You Are because I think it’s the most universal, all encompassing kit I’ve ever made. I wanted to make a kit that EVERYONE could use and we all have family or a spouse or our kids that we feel this way about. I chose very neutral colors and went with elegant, simple elements and it just came out exactly how I envisioned.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Traci Reed:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Traci Reed’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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Save 30% off Traci Reed’s store with coupon code TDD_Coupon30 (expires July 1).

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

Inspired by Traci Reed

The following layouts were created using “Hello Goodbye” by Traci Reed and included in The Digi Files during June, 2012:

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Bella Gypsy, Fonts: Elephants in Cherry Trees, The Only Exception

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Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Hello Goodbye by Traci Reed.
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Layout by Aaron. Supplies: Hello Goodbye by Traci Reed; Template by Sara Gleason and A Happy Little Font by Darcy Baldwin and Jenn Barrette.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Hello Goodbye by Traci Reed.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: Hello Goodbye by Traci Reed; Template by Studio Fizzy Pop. Font is 2Peas Sunshine. Stitching by Gina Miller.
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Layout by Heather. Supplies: Hello Goodbye by Traci Reed; June Foundation Template by Crystal Livesay. The Liana by Heather Hess. Shadowing Styles by Sahlin Studio.

Summer Bucket Lists

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A “bucket list” is a modern day phrase that refers to all the things you want to do before you “kick the bucket” (die). A lot of people have created time-specific lists for seasons like summertime to include all the things they want to do before the summer “kicks the bucket” or ends.

There are all sorts of ways to create a fun summer bucket list. The other day, my kids and I just brainstormed during lunch and listed as many activities as we could think of while I jotted them down in the notes app on my iPhone. Now I would love to put them together in a creative way where we can all be reminded of the fun things we want to do together before school starts again. Here are some inspirational ideas:

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Do you make bucket lists? Have you put one together for summer yet? It’s a great memory making activity for the entire family!

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Using Stock Photos for Inspiration

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I love to browse through stock photography sites for ideas and inspiration. I’m always amazed at how useful this little exercise can be and there are several ways to utilize stock photos to improve your own photography.

Compile a “Must Shoot” List

If you are traveling somewhere (even in your own hometown), type that location into the search field and see what type of photos come up. When I entered “Salt Lake City” in the search box of istockphoto.com, I found this picture that was almost identical to one I had taken of my Mom in front of the capitol building almost 2 years ago. I have been to this location many times over the years but I never realized I could get a great photo from that spot until that day in 2010. If I had searched through some stock photos, I would have found that is a popular vantage point for many photographers.  I also found this beautiful photo and now I want to head up to the capitol in the evening!

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If I type in “London, England” a series of images pop up that belong on a must shoot list for anyone going there with a camera.

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Looking to capture the perfect newborn baby shots? Just type in “newborn baby” and you will have an instant list of posing ideas for your own photography.

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Learn from the Pros

A stock photo has to be good if it’s going to sell so study what the pros are doing to create images that appeal to others. I love to look at composition and think about the angles used for shooting the images. If I’m going to the fair or an amusement park and I think I might want to take a picture of a Ferris Wheel, I can search for them on a stock site to see some examples.

I love the cropping and lighting on this one!

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The angle and composition on this one is just stunning!

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My own Ferris Wheel photos might not turn out as good as these examples, but looking at some stock pictures can give me some new ideas to try out and help me find a different approach or refine my skills.

Search for Subject Matter

When I wanted to scrap a page about my computer, I was trying to figure out what type of photo I would take to illustrate my layout. All it took was a simple search of “computer” and I had pages of ideas to choose from. I would have never thought to take a picture of my hand on the mouse without seeing this image.

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In fact, I even got an idea I wasn’t looking for from the same search when I saw this photo. Now I want to scrap a layout about how I always have my phone (and sometimes my iPad also) right next to my laptop when I’m working and scrapping. My family always teases me and says “do you have enough technology there?” or coughs out terms like “geek” as they pass by. lol!

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Buy a Stock Photo to Use

Sometimes you just can’t replicate a stock photo (or you may not want to go to the effort). When I created a layout about a beautiful place in Greece that I visited but did not have a decent picture of, I gladly purchased a stock photo. It was much less expensive than flying back to Greece! lol!

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If I decided to scrap a page about how much I dislike clowns (they freak me out!) I’m certainly not going to go out and find a clown to photograph. That would be another time when I would turn to stock photography for a purchased photo to use.

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Favorite Stock Photo Resources

I hope you take some time to browse through some stock photos, you’ll be amazed at how much inspiration you’ll find!

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It’s a First for The Digi Files

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Wow! I can hardly believe it is June! Schools all across North America are getting out for the summer and for some that means more scrapping time. For others, it means less scrapping time! For our members, it means a new set of designers and scrapping goodies!

Many of our annual members were able to start downloading their goodies once the calendar turned to June 1st. Our monthly members will start downloading as soon as their payments process through PayPal. Why don’t we show what’s in the files at the beginning of the month? There are lots of reasons, but the biggest is that our members LOVE the surprise! They have come to trust our quality and they love downloading and unzipping before knowing what’s in there.

This month, we have EIGHT designers, EIGHT contributions, and a very first contribution of a CLASS (a Photoshop Friday by Jessica Sprague)!!  Let me introduce to you the designers of The Digi Files issue #42 during June 2012:

Traci Reed

Studio Jen D (templates)

Meta Wulandari Design

Sherwood Studio

Jessica Sprague (Photoshop Friday)

River~Rose Designs

Erica Zane

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As a member of The Digi Game, you get:

  • Try new-to-you designers with a very low risk.
  • Stock up on high quality products at an extremely low price.
  • Get layout ideas for the products included (in the Playbook).
  • Learn the latest digital scrapbooking techniques in the Playbook.
  • Products are automatically added to your account each month, no checkout or PayPal login required

Here’s what some of our members said yesterday in the comments:

How can I complain with the goodness I got every month? NEVER! I LOVE DIGI GAME! It’s hard to say which one is my favorite. All of them are awesome kits. I wanna thank you, Steph and team, for providing the Playbook in iBooks format. That is VERY HANDY for me. I can look at it on my iPad every time I need to. –Helen

I appreciate the thought that goes into the collections each month. The diversity, the access to designers I haven’t purchased from before, and the playbook filled with inspiration..etc.  Thank you for allowing me to explore, and grow with you, as I’m relatively new to digi scrapping. –Shelly

I totally love the computer tricks and tips.  I am a “junkie” when it comes to learning everything I can about programs and the easier/faster way to do things.  The kits – wow, oh wow, they are ALL top-notch and every month I am again surprised how AWESOME they are.  Joining has been the best money I have ever spent on scrapbooking 😀 –Shawna

I am totally new to digital scrapbooking. I created 2 layouts last year with one free mini kit, just to see how it is, without even knowing how to use PSE and I never really dared to try “for real”. What if I buy kits and try and notice that I don’t really like the kits, it’s nothing for me, too complicated, too technical instead of creative? I didn’t understand what templates are for or what is a clipping mask and felt really overwhelmed with PSE and all… then I found your website a few days ago, saw the small previews of this month’s kits and decided to register almost immediately :-) It’s even better than I imagined! I managed to create two layouts in two evenings, playing around with clipping masks and papers and embellishments, I read the playbook many times, not only for the tips and tricks and tutorials (absolutely fantastic and very well explained, as least for a beginner like me whose mother language is not English) but also for the layout and sketch inspiration. This was my first month here and certainly not the last! :-) As I joined quite late this month, I have quite some reading to do with all the May postings I missed, they seem full of great information, I can’t wait to catch up!  –Nolween

Here are the random winners selected from yesterday’s comments:

Laura H.
Shelly
Jen L
Willimena
Cathy M
Jennifer (littlekiwi)
Mary M

Each person won $10 in product from one of last month’s contributors.