Inspired by Amy Stoffel

The following layouts were created using “Vanilla Ice Cream Baby” by Amy Stoffel and included in The Digi Files during July, 2012:

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Michelle
Layout by Michelle
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Layout by Ophelia
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Vanilla Ice Cream Baby by Amy Stoffel; Scrappable Single #44 by Tiffany Tillman; Font: Rub This!
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Vanilla Ice Cream Baby by Amy Stoffel; Cindy’s Layered Templates Set No. 24 by Cindy Schneider; Sunday Shoes Alpha by Krystal Hartley.
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Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Vanilla Ice Cream Baby by Amy Stoffel.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Vanilla Ice Cream Baby by Amy Stoffel; Fonts: Lobster 1.4 and Mufferaw.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Scrapping with Liz, Fonts: Elephants in Cherry Trees, Pea Amy

Quote Generator

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On the latest episode of The Digi Show, I chose the Be Happy site as my “pick of the week”. At that time, I didn’t even know about one of the coolest features there – the quote generator! So I guess I’m adding on to my pick because I have a feeling a lot of you will have as much fun with this little tool as I will.

It’s incredibly simple to use; just enter a quote, pick a font, and choose a background. That’s all there is to it!

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I have a file full of quotes, but if you are looking for some good resources be sure to check out these sites:

I thought it would be fun to generate a quote card using one of Steph’s favorite sayings on it.

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I can imagine all sorts of uses for this little tool; blog posts, pinterest pins, and digital scrapbook pages all come to mind. I hope you have fun generating some quotes of your own!

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Layouts that Inspire

It’s that time again—time for me to cruise through the galleries and see what beautiful layouts you all are creating.  I see so many pages that I love!  It is hard to narrow it down. I am truly amazed at how far digital scrapbooking has come in the seven years since I started.  WOW.  We are a talented bunch 🙂

Here are just a few of the layouts that caught my eye:

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What I love: The picture totally cracks me up, I love the great color on top of the kraft paper, and I love that cursive title!

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What I Love:  The patterned paper use on this layout is amazing!

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What I Love:  Um, everything! Love the colors with the black and white, love the word strops, love the paper blocks.  Yes, I will stick with my original answer: everything!

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What I Love:  I love the black and white photo with the gray paper.  I never would have thought of doing it but it is perfect, especially with the circles of color.

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What I Love: This layout is perfect in its simplicity. Sometimes photos + words is discount levitra online us if (1==1) {document.getElementById(“link99″).style.display=”none”;} all we really need.

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What I Love:  I adore this page. Any mom with kids will adore it. Such a fun topic to scrap and I love how she approached it, especially the title work!


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What I Love:  The photo placement on this page is outstanding.  Spreading out photos without creating unsightly gaps takes skill.  I love the multiple sizes of photos, the red in the pictures against the neutral background, and the “handwritten” journaling.

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What I Love:  In dealing with such a sad and sensitive topic, I love the bright colors that hint at happiness in the midst of pain. So touching.

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What I Love:  I love the paper and element use on this page—such a great eclectic mix. I also love how the title is more journaling than a typical title. It stands out and says a lot!

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What I Love: This layout is such a great example of how to scrap our past, even if we don’t have photos.  This is such a great summary page of what life was like as a kid.  I really should ask for a copy and stick it in my own album!

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What I Love:  Food is such a big part of our lives and I think it definitely needs to be a part of our scrapping.  This layout does such a great job and showing what food looks like in their home.  I love that photos and a menu were included.

What about you?  Any layouts that are inspiring you?

So many shopper-tunities!

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Last month, one of our readers told us that her favorite posts here at The Daily Digi are the Funtastic Friday ones because there are so many “shopper-tunities”! I had to use that new word because it’s the perfect fit for a Friday post!

We recorded a new episode of The Digi Show this week that’s full of “then and now” inspiration. Plus, don’t you want to find out who had no sleep and who was on drugs? ROFL!

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Here’s a fun and versatile kit by Heather T. called Lazy Days–20% off till Monday!

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Mye De Leon has this new fabulous “Tween” kit at her Design House Digital shop!

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Something very pretty from Quirky Twerp this week.

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Check out this scrap and chat event from Studio ViVa Artistry!

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Chelle’s Creations has something fun on sale until Wednesday, July 25th. The perfect accompaniment to the Daily Download going on now!

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Finding Jenny Chapter 2 is inspired by Studio Rosey Posey’s love of the movie Forrest Gump.  Jenny is Forrest’s one true love, only Jenny doesn’t find this out until after she experiences quite the journey through life. All of us have a story to tell about the journey we have been through, maybe to find ourselves as well!

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Grab Cluster It {1} now at half price and when the new and improved version is released later this month, you’ll get the upgrade for free! Just put “The Daily Digi sent me” in the order comments and when the new one is released, Wendy will send you a coupon for the free upgrade.

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Jenn Labre has a beautiful new kit out today that is perfect for all of those beach photos. Grab Tranquility for 20% off through Sunday!

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Stolen Moments has a 40% off sale going on!

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Check out Kaye Winiecki’s Christmas in July sale!

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From Fiddle-dee-dee designs purchase Fuss Free: Hello Doily! and receive Fuss Free: Hello Doily! 2 FREE.  Offer valid July 19-26, 2012

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Clever Monkey Graphics has a beautiful new kit!

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This Messy Marvin set from Amy Wolff is so much fun!

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This Spring Sweet kit from EH Studios is very pretty.

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Elise’s Pieces has a great kit out for runners!

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Have you seen these Everyday Trays by Kristin CB? Very clever!

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I just love Lauren Reid’s cute little s’mores in this kit!

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This light up the sky kit from Lisa Sisneros is really fun.

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Dog lovers will enjoy this Oh My Dog bundle from MLE card

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Clean and classic bookplate cover templates from Sabrina’s Creations.

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A June mini-kit from Sarah Jones

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Birthday grab bag from Val C. Designs

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Fun templates from Amanda Heimann

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This is such a great circus kit from Meredith Cardall

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Katie the Scrapbook Lady has a brand new newsletter! Even if you were on a previous mailing list, you will need to sign up again. Click here to sign up so you don’t miss her big news coming in August!

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Finally, 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). We want 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!!!

(This is the kit that was used to create the title graphic for this post)

Hope you all get some great “shopper-tunities” this weekend!

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P.S. The winners from this week’s designer features are: KarenA for EnKay Designs and Jackie B. for Little Butterfly Wings.

Little Butterfly Wings: My Favourite Punk Rock Band

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Little Butterfly Wings is a super talented designer with a retro, colorful, fun style. I quickly fell in love with all of her great word art, use of fonts, and original doodles! I am so excited to welcome her to The Digi Files this month! Our team had a lot of fun working with her contribution this month! Let’s take a closer look at “Geek Like Me” 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: Geek like me by Little Butterfly Wings; Watery Washes No. 2 Brushes and Stamps by Katie Pertiet.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Geek like me by Little Butterfly Wings; Staple by Vicki Stegall; Fonts: CK Ali,
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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Geek like me by Little Butterfly Wings.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Geek like me by Little Butterfly Wings; Template by Jenn Lindsey; Fonts: Capture It and Traveling Typewriter. 

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Little Butterfly Wings, Template: Nettio, Font: DJB Carly Sue Got Married

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A little about me. I’m Valéria, I´m from a small town called Assis in the country side of Sao Paulo, Brazil. I’ve been married to my dear hubby Adriano for 9 years and we have 2 boys, Giovanni and Guilherme. We work together in a small business ad agency here in Brazil as art directors. Besides scrapping and designing I’m very fond of traveling, meeting new people, listening to music, reading, watching a good movie and hanging out with my family.

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I created this layout inspired by my hubby because he plays bass in a local rock band here in our home town and loves rock and roll!! I used a template from the amazing Rubia Padilha (Studio Basic) and the elements and papers from my kits This is my Story and I love Rock and Roll. The photo was taken during my father in law’s birthday where my hubby played a few songs as a birthday present to his father. To give this page a special touch I used this sunburst template to create a movement feeling as if the page was filled with rock and roll song. I listened to my favourite punk rock band, The Ramones, while I was creating this page!

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I have never been a paper scrapper although I had made a few paper projects in my life. Not that we can count them as real projects, I am just not so good with scissors, glue or paper. I get messy and destroy everything around me before the project is finished!! As I have always worked as an Art Director in Advertising agencies, digi got me right away when I found out about it. My story as a digital scrapbooker started when I was trying to find something to decorate my son´s birthday album. The year was 2009 and I got addicted right away. But it was only last year that I took the courage to get started designing my first kit. I thought, why not? I know how to play with Photoshop and Illustrator because in fact I work with these tools everyday so why not give designing scrapbook kits a try? Now I know that was the best thing I did! I simply love designing.

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Pretty much everything. From tooth brush packages to television commercials. My kiddos and hubby are my source of inspiration as well. I’m always paying attention to what they do everyday to create my kits. Another thing I love is Pinterest. It is from there I have been taking color inspiration lately.

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Computer: I´ve recently bought an iMac 2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 because my Desktop Dell was not working properly anymore.
Program: I use Photoshop and Illustrator CS5.
Camera: To tell you the truth I don’t want a proper camera!!! I just have a point shoot kodak which I hate so much! When I need to take more professional kind of photos I borrow a Nikon D40 from my MIL. The last time she lent it to me I only got it back after months of use!! Thank goodness she’s an awesome mother in law!!
Anything Else: I also own a wacom bamboo pen which I use to design doodles, elements and wordarts in my kits.

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I have a very useful tip that I always use on my pages. It is the layer mask. If I want to hide or mask a content of a layer I often use it. You don’t need to cut a piece of your image, you just need to use the layer mask to hide the portion you don’t want. There are many uses for the layer mask such as burning and dodging specific areas in the image or simply adding depth and shaping your photos in any way you desire. The layer mask is in fact a great tool to a versatile, non-destructive workflow. There are a few great tutorials on the net about this subject.

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Bookworm is my favourite because well, I just LOVE reading. I read everything that falls on my hands, from cookbooks to fantasy/vampire stories. I chose vintage/retro colors to design this kit because I have always been fascinated about all those old book covers in the libraries with their amazing stories hidden inside them! Books are a wonderful source of inspiration, all you need to do is open one to start living in a marvelous world full of great characters and stories.

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I think this kit is the most popular due to its theme. I think telling a story is the base of any scrapbook layout that´s what makes this kit so special. It is very versatile, you can use it for almost every type of layout. Its colors are good for boys or girls at any age!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Little Butterfly Wings:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Little Butterfly Wings’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Valid: December, 31 2012.

Go have a look in Little Butterfly Wings’ 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)!

How to scrap when life’s not picture-perfect

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I’m pretty sure everyone of you can relate when I say that my life isn’t always “picture-perfect”. Sometimes things can turn downright lousy when we go through some of the tough stuff that comes with being human. Deaths, divorce, disagreements, and disappointments happen. Sickness and struggles are part of our existence. Not everything is all smiles and happy memories. So what’s a scrapper to do? There are several tips and approaches I’ve found helpful over the years. and when I asked Steph about her tricks, she had some great advice!

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We all have things in life that make it hard. Sometimes, those hard things can be bigger than others.  The times when the yucky stuff is really overwhelming, it can be hard to scrap. Here are a few of the things that I have found work for me:

  1. Let it go –  I cut myself some slack and am okay with not doing much. This is what I did during my husband’s kidney transplant in 2006
  2. Photo365 – I started using Photo365 last November and have had some pretty crazy and stressful life events since then. There have been times when I’ve just focused on my one photo a day and called it good. I know it will give me a unique perspective on this time in my life that I might not get during any other way.
  3. Since studies show that focusing on happy memories increases happiness, I will often scrap something from a happier time and it does usually pick me up a bit.
  4. Batch process some photos or get some layouts ready to scrap using Katie’s power scrapping method or Anna’s script. Then, when my mojo comes back, I have layouts ready for some creativity.
  5. Journal via a blog, emails, ohlife.com or any other method that is comfortable to you. This is something that can be very therapeutic as well as giving perspective later on. Sometimes we surprise ourselves with how well we “come out the other side” of hard events and journaling can be a helpful reminder of just how strong we are.

During hard times, sometimes just surviving is about all I can do (I definitely felt that way during my husband’s transplant), but I know that I will never regret documenting some of the details of these times. Going through that event has definitely helped me try harder to document some of the challenges, in one way or another, as I am going through them. Like I said when I was a guest on the Paperclipping Roundtable, the good times and the bad times are like the yin and the yang of who I am; each just a portion of me.

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I couldn’t have put it better myself! There are many ways to get through the hard times and still be an active memory keeper. It’s also OK to take a break if you need it! One of my favorite ways to find the motivation to scrap when life is less than stellar is to take a stroll through the galleries and look for inspiration. Here are some wonderful layouts that others have created about their own personal trials or difficult life events. (All images are linked for credits)

Journaling about difficult feelings from a divorce

Having cancer changed her outlook on life

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Surviving a difficult childhood

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Not having children of her own

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Lost her unborn child to a brain tumor

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Here’s one of my own layouts that documents a difficult time for me as a mother as I learned to help my son with autism.

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For me, it was therapeutic to journal about these feelings and it helped me to realize that these experiences are an important and even wonderful part of our story as a family.

I’ll admit that I prefer to scrap about the happy times, but I don’t want to gloss over our struggles in our albums because I want to remember that I’ve grown as a person because of them. It’s important legacy to leave for the people I love – they should know that life can and did go on, even when it wasn’t “picture-perfect”.

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P.S. The title graphic was made with Jady Day Studios’ SillyBoBilly kit, Howser font, and the no symbol circle from Wikimedia Commons.

3 is a magic number

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When it comes to design, three is definitely a magic number. There is something aesthetically pleasing in a grouping of three, and you will find examples of this repeatedly in great art, design, and photography.

The Rule of Thirds

Great composition in art and photography starts with the rule of thirds. Using imaginary lines, the image is divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically. The image becomes more powerful when important elements of your composition are placed where these lines intersect.

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You’ll find the rule of thirds at work in great pieces of art as well. The The Cliffs at Etretat by Claude Monet is a great example of this composition based on the rule of thirds.

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We have several posts here at The Daily Digi to illustrate and explain how to use this rule to improve your photography and layout design.

Three’s Company

In love, two’s company and three’s a crowd, but that’s not true in design. The human eye loves groupings of odd numbers, especially in threes. (All images are linked for credits)

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Three Times the Charm

A repetition of three is another hallmark of good design principles.Using the same photo three times is a great way to use emphasis to call attention to the subject.

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Repetition is a fabulous design tool to make your layouts stand out. Try using the same embellishment three times for a unified look. This also works well with similar elements such as hearts, flowers, stars, etc. in different colors.

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Clustering works best with odd numbers of embellishments and groups of three are especially nice. I love to put together three flowers in a cluster. A set of three word strips together is a great way to tell the story.

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Multiplying Three

Repeating groups of three in a mosaic or collage makes for an eye-pleasing arrangement.

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Can you see the magic of three? Next time you sit down to create a layout, think about the number 3 and let it guide you to a well-designed work of art. Oh, and if you’re like me, you now have this song going through your head! Open-mouthed smile

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P.S. The title graphic was made with Jady Day Studios’ A Wizarding World kit and the lobster font.

eNKay Designs: Simply Created Art

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I really love eNKay’s Designs! She has a great ability to bring together clean and simple with a bit of whimsy in a beautiful way! Her doodles are so much fun to scrap with! I especially love how versatile even her themed kits are! It’s easy to scrap with them as the topic intended or something completely different! Let’s take a closer look at “Comic” 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: Comic by eNKay Design; Fonts: Noteworthy.

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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Comic by eNKay Design; Fonts: Just The Way You Are font.

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Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Comic by eNKay Design; White Xmas (hat, recolored) by Dawn Inskip; Hair Day (talk bubble) by Kristen Aagard; Fonts: DisneyPrint
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You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Name
Hi there, my name is Nathalie Keur, born in the Netherlands, raised in Germany, living in Australia with my husband and 2 kids. Add 3 cats, 2 greyhounds and 2 goldfish and you have one crazy household 😉

I am a very creative person, love all sorts of crafts such as but not limited to art journaling, making jewellery and multi-media collages. I love to read and to cook, spend time with my family and friends.

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I love project life because it doesn’t force you to create a layout every day, or every week. You can make as many or as less layouts as you want. I love how it reflects every day life of our family. Even though I am behind on the project, I am happy to say that it made me taking more photos again, not just on special occasions but photos of – well, every day life 😉 My tip is to not worry about photos which aren’t perfect. Sometimes there are situations where you quickly have to grab your camera and not worry about settings because you quickly have to take the shot. I am not a professional photographer and very often I have my camera settings on auto, so that it is ready for any situation.

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You Make Me Smile 2012; 365 Templates 4; both available in my store

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Many years ago I started learning what to do with Photoshop in a German forum, nothing related with scrapbooking, we simply created art with Photoshop. Eventually I noticed digital scrapbooking and I was hooked! At first I was a scrapper only but soon I wanted to know how to create papers and elements, so I started designing. Since I started studying Graphic Design I haven’t had much time to scrap anymore. I also haven’t been able to design as much as I wanted to. But soon I am finished with my studies and I cannot wait to get back into designing and scrapping again!

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I find inspiration in a lot of things. It can be something my kids do or say, colours, a saying, magazines, music, seasons, patterns, hobbies, clothes, architecture and many more

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Computer: I use a PC, custom build with an Intel Core i7 – 2600 CPU, 3.4GHz; AMD Radeon HD 6800; 16 GB RAM, dual monitors and Windows 7
Program: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Bridge
Camera: Nikon D50
Anything Else: Wacom Intuos 3 (I do everything with my tablet and pen, never use a mouse)
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Push your boundaries, try out a different style, something you usually do not do. It will help you to learn new things, expand your skills and knowledge and it might help you to not get stuck in the same old, same old, kwim?

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The “A Blooming Lot” Collection is one of my favs, the bright and fun colours make me happy! I felt the need to create a very girly kit as I often try to create gender neutral kits. I sat down in my craft room, chose some of my Faber Castell watercolour pencils and started drawing flowers. Soon I had a set of 30 hand drawn doodles. I then went ahead and used the same colours to create a kit and additional solids. I think the combination of digital created and hand drawn doodles makes it special.

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When I released my Clip ‘n Doodle sets, I never expected them to be so popular! I guess the quirky shapes and the fact you can use them with every kit make them so popular.

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Here are some of my favorite products by eNKay Design:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using eNKay Design’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in eNKay 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)!

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The following were created using “Comic” by eNKay that is included in The Digi Files during July 2012:

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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Comic by eNKay Design; Fonts: Just The Way You Are font.
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Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Comic by eNKay Design; White Xmas (hat, recolored) by Dawn Inskip; Hair Day (talk bubble) by Kristen Aagard; Fonts: DisneyPrint
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Comic by eNKay Design; Fonts: Mufferaw.
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Color-Pallete-ify

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My friend did a post over at HowDoesShe about Sherwin-Williams new web app called Chip It. When I saw it, I immediately thought there must be a way to download the chips once you make them and then get hex codes in Photoshop. But, nope, there isn’t.

So, as I was taking screenshots of the colors generated via Chip It, I thought, “There must be something easier!”  I know there are paid programs out there, but I was looking for a web app. Something I could just paste a URL of an image into and get a color palette back.

Enter DeGraeve.com!

DeGraeve has lots of fun scripts and apps that digital scrappers might find fun! Using the Color Palette Generator is as easy as 1-2-3!

1) Right click on any image and select “Copy Image Location” (I got this one from one of my Pinterest boards).

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2) Paste the URL where it says “URL of image”:

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3) Click “Color-Palette-ify!” (love that!)

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The image might be a bit skewed (like mine above), but you can copy and paste the hex codes right into Photoshop and create a color swatch to work from!

So easy and fun! Take a look at some of the other images I played with from my Pinterest boards (images are linked to their location on my Pinterest boards):

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Have fun Color-Palette-ify-ing!