Scrapbooking Details

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Here are a few amazing layouts I found in the galleries recently. Can you spot what they all have in common?

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Did you guess? They all have one or more photographs of something little – a detail in an overall scene or a small piece of everyday life.

Scrapbooking something “little” is a great way to capture those small things that are fun to look back on in future years. These are the pages that start conversations like, “Hey! I remember that ugly sofa!” or “Ohhh, that was the best cheesecake ever!”. I am not the greatest about capturing every birthday party or scrapbooking the full story of each holiday celebration, but I do like to scrapbook small moments and details.

I’ve also found that when my scrapbooking inspiration/motivation is running low, scrapbooking a photo of something small can be easier than trying to tackle scrapbooking a big event.

PHOTOGRAPHY CONSIDERATIONS

Now that I’ve been a scrapbooker for a few years,  I can see that my photography style has changed. I take (a lot) more photos and many of them don’t have any people in them – they’re of things and the environment. In a past post, I’ve shared my thoughts on what I think about when I want to photograph an event or activity:

  1. First, I think about the wide-angle shots that will set the scene. Where is the event? Who is there? I like to capture the “big picture”.
  2. Next I think about those little details that are key to the overall event.
  3. Lastly, I try to image the “action” moments that I will want to be ready for to capture.

Here are a few examples of how the “little details” really add up:

Finding Details in Big Days: We recently went to the museum to see a new dinosaur exhibit. Photos of everybody in front of the dinosaurs would have been enough to capture the event, but having photos of individual dinosaurs and close-ups of the kids doing things (like touching video screens and ‘digging’ for bones) adds context:

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Photographing Details in Everyday Moments: We like to go for walks as a family. The main photo of my son and husband is the one that speaks most clearly to the theme of “family walk”, but adding in some small details like the texture of the tree bark, a park sign and a plant on the path helps to recreate the environment we were in:

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SOME IDEAS TO PHOTOGRAPH AND DOCUMENT

So what are some of the “little details” you could photograph and scrapbook? How about:

  • Your wedding rings – Why did you pick them? What do you think about when you look at them?
  • Your favourite flowers in your garden – Why are they your favourite? When did you plant them?
  • Your current place settings – Is this your wedding china? Do you have an everyday set? What does mealtime mean in your family?
  • The one spot in your house you love to be in the best – What makes this spot your sanctuary?
  • A recent movie ticket – What did you think of the show? How often do you go to the movies?
  • Your everyday summer “uniform” – What do you love to wear in the summertime?
  • Your camera (May need a second camera to photograph your main camera though!) – Do you remember your family’s camera when you were growing up? How often do you use your current camera? Is this as often as you’d like to use it?
  • The tools needed for your least favourite chore (mine would be a vacuum cleaner!) – Why do you dislike this chore? How do you feel when this chore is taken care of by somebody else for you?
  • One shelf of your books – What does your book selection say about you?

As you go about your day, think about what you could photograph and document. I think you’ll see that there is so much “in the details” of life that can be captured in your scrapbooking.

Happy scrapping!

Digital Scrapbooking is Hot Hot Hot on Fridays

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We are busy, busy working behind the scenes on several new projects for our readers and members, but don’t have too much to say just yet. Winking smile I will say though, that it looks like we got the whole Kindle Fire, Nook Color thing worked out for the Playbooks! The Playbooks should be available in those versions (along with the iBooks and PDF versions already available)starting in August! Woot!

Let’s take a look at all of the HOT deals and products from around digiland!

The Traveler, by River Rose, will be 20% off July 12th and 13th

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From Kaye Winiecki: I am offering the TDD readers a coupon for 30% OFF that kit – Valid 13th-16th July and only on the couch potato minikit

Coupon code – kwlovestv

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Liz has a fun new set of templates out this week. They are great for journaling or you can even replace the journaling spots with photos. These are sure to make some fun digital scrapbook pages.

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Dunia has a sale we will all want to check out:

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Jenn Labre has these fun new Watercolor Flowers in her store today and they are on sale for 20% off through Sunday!

 

Tracey Monette of Clever Monkey Graphics has releases in her store this week that cover everything from glitter covered bugs to buttercups and bubbles! Find a great exclusive add-on to her Buttercups and Bubbles kit on her facebook fanpage.

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Danielle of Kitschy Digitals has a brand new site and an exclusive coupon code for our readers for Funtastic Friday this week: “dailydigi10” for 10% off, good through next Wednesday and starting this Friday.

Nettio has her first ever template collection, Summer Lovin’, at Sweet Shoppe Designs. It includes 9 themed templates and is perfect for scrapbooking all your summer adventures.

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Paislee Press has a new kit, The Weekender. It’s 20% off thru July 13th and presslist subscribers get the set of coordinating journaling cards free with purchase of the kit. Stop by the paislee press blog for details.

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Viva Artistry has  really GREAT kit called “Return to Oz” that will be perfect for my “Wicked” photos (and so much more):

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For all the dog lovers out there looking to scrap their humorous and unbelievable dog stories. Oh My Dog is 20%. When you purchase the bundle you will get the girl Add-on FREE! Sale and offer ends 7/19.

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This week Rachel has released Limed Spruce, the first collection in a new series of products called From My Journal. All items in this collection were created from Rachels actual Mixed Media Art Journal!! Purchase the Bundle to save 25% and you’ll also get the matching Mini Kit FREE! Or you can pick up the Individual packs at 20% off. Head over to her store to see all the packs in more detail!

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Mari has this oldie but goodie re-releasing:

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Would you like to know how to turn a color photo into a black and white image? Check out this tutorial from Sahlin Studio to learn FAST and EASY ways to create beautiful black and white photographs.

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Police, Fire, EMT. Our Everyday heroes are covered with this bundle from Chelle’s  Creations and Dream Big Designs. With the Super bundle, you get the biggest savings. On Sale until next Wednesday.

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Tracie Stroud has released the newest kit in her Capture Line line, Capture Life: July. This is the last week that the entire Capture Life line is on sale. CL kits are only $4!

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Studio Basic has a guest call going on:

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Check out the new kits and awesome new hybrid templates in the Girl Boy Girl Designs store this week!  And a special 25% discount just for The Daily Digi subscribers…Use the code GBGD_7-12-12New when you check out to save 25%!  Here’s a peek, and be sure to check out the GBGD facebook page for a new freebie 🙂

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Peppermint of One Little Bird is a guest designer at The Lilypad for the month of July and just released this new kit, Scenes From Real Life, available for 20% off through the weekend. Plus you can get her latest template, Flight Plan No. 18 for FREE with the purchase of the kit through 7/18.

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Down this road designs has this new Facebook Freebie out:

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PS The $10 random winners from our designers’ features this past week were Kait (Nettio) and McAmy (Anna Forrest). THANKS to everyone who commented!

Nettio Designs: California Girl At Heart

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Nettio has been a well-loved scrapbooker for a long time and scrappers everywhere were dying to get their hands on some Nettio templates. Many, many scrappers were singing hallelujah when Nettio started selling her own layout designs in templates. Lynette has a really strong eye for great design that can be seen not only in her layouts, but everything she does! I’m so happy to welcome back Nettio to The Digi Files this month! Let’s take a closer look at “Paper-Lovin’ Vol. 1 Templates” 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 Kim L. Supplies: Paper-Lovin’ Vol. 1 Templates by Nettio Designs; Happiness Is by Zoe Pearn; Fonts: ITC American Typewriter (title) and CK Ali’s Hand (journaling).
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Layout by Aaron. Supplies: Paper-Lovin’ Vol. 1 Templates by Nettio Designs; Strawberry Fields by Jenn Barrette; Apple of My Eye Alpha by Micheline Martin; String Me Along by Zoe Pearn.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Paper-Lovin’ Vol. 1 Templates by Nettio Designs; Aloha Sunshine by Kristin Cronin-Barrow and Zoe Pearn.
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Paper-Lovin’ Vol. 1 Templates by Nettio Designs; Wesley by The Ardent Sparrow; Perky Alpha by lauren Reid.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Paper-Lovin’ Vol. 1 Templates by Nettio Designs; Here Comes Trouble by Traci Reed and Tracie Stroud.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Name: Lynnette Penacho
Hometown: Wherever the Army sends us – right now it’s San Antonio, TX. I’m a California girl at heart though. : )
Family: Married to my husband Adam for 6.5 years, no kids or pets

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Back in May I turned 30, so the day before I decided to make a layout documenting my favorite at 29. I’ve done a lot of faves layouts or the years (my first was at 25!) so this one is especially special to me as it was my final faves layout of my twenties. I love creating faves layouts because they’re such an easy way to get yourself into your scrapbooks and capture a snapshot of your life at that moment. And really, anyone can make a list of what they love, right? Plus it’s so fun to look back at past lists and see what’s changed and what’s stayed the same.

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Credits: Apple of My Eye by Jenn Barrette & Micheline Martin Messy Scallops Clipping Masks by Misty Cato Oodles of Tags by Julie Billingsley Delightful alpha by Zoe Pearn U See Through Me alpha by Penny Springmann Mini alpha from One for the Boys by Zoe Pearn Teeny Type alpha by Zoe Pearn (retired) Stitching all by Anna Apnes Fonts are American Typewriter and DJB 4 Lynnette by Darcy Baldwin

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I discovered digital scrapbooking in January 2006 when I stumbled across one of the all-digital special issues of Simple Scrapbooks magazine in a store on our local military base. At the time, Adam and I had just gotten married and were stationed in Seoul, South Korea. As you can imagine, job options for me were quite limited so I was desperately looking for a way to entertain myself during the long hours Adam worked on the military base. I had studied graphic and interior design in college and had spent two years as a layout artist for my university newspaper so I’m pretty sure it was like a heavenly chorus of angels appeared when I starting flipping through the magazine and realized there was a way to combine my love of computers and design with personal stories. In the back of the issue there was a list of digital scrapbooking websites and I found my way to Scrapbook-bytes and The Digi Chick where I basically lurked for a few months soaking everything in and brushing up on my Photoshop skills. I created my first layout in April of 2006 and the rest, as they say, is history.

My heart has always been on the storytelling side of scrapbooking so I’ve always known that I didn’t want to get into designing in the traditional sense of designing kits. Plus given that I’m a really slow scrapbooker, I knew if I took up designing I’d never get another page made again, haha. But as templates became more and more popular, I started receiving requests to turn my own layouts into template designs and since I create my layouts the same way you would a template anyway, it seemed like a logical step to take. I originally started selling my templates at my own shoppe, Nettio Designs but I am now selling my templates at Sweet Shoppe Designs as well.

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Oh gosh, so many things! I love bold graphic design, repeating shapes, gorgeous patterned papers, an awesome image on Pinterest. But at the heart of what I do, it’s about the story. I love being able to combine design with the stories of my life. That to me is totally inspiring.

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Computer: I’m currently designing on a 2008 Mac Book Pro which is very much in need of an upgrade at this point. The 4GB of RAM just isn’t cutting it anymore and my poor harddrive is stuffed to the brim. Hopefully by the time this feature goes live, I’ll have a new shiny replacement in my hot little hands, haha.
Program: I use Photoshop CS3 for designing and scrapbooking and Apple Aperture for editing all my photos. Occasionally I use Adobe InDesign for book-centric projects like my Week In the Life album.
Camera: I’m kickin’ it old-school style with a Canon Digital Rebel XT. I also use the camera on my iPhone 4S a lot too.
Anything Else: Nope, just me, my Mac and my iPhone, hehe.
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As a template designer, my best tip is to not be afraid to embrace your scrapbooking awesomeness and make the templates your own! Spin ’em, flip ’em, add or remove elements so that your finished page reflects YOU.

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You know asking a designer to choose her favorite product is like asking someone to choose their favorite child right? This was tough but I’d say my favorite new release since I moved to the Sweet Shoppe would have to be Geometric Vol. 1. I’m such a sucker for shapes so I absolutely loved how this set turned out. In my mind you can never have too maybe shaped spots for patterned paper!

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Surprisingly, my most popular product since I started selling at the Sweet Shoppe has been my Instagram-inspired Photogram 2×2 templates. This was actually inspired by a request from one of the other designers at the Sweet Shoppe and since I love squares, I thought it would be fun to do my take on the topic. Even though I wasn’t previously a huge Instagram user, I ended up loving these templates so much that I created a second set called Insta-love.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Nettio Designs:

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

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The Daily Digi readers can save 20% at Nettio’s Sweet Shoppe Designs store through July 31st, 2012.

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

Inspired by Nettio

The following layouts were created using “Paper Lovin’” by Nettio Designs and included in The Digi Files during July, 2012:

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Layout by Natalie

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Layout by Inga, additional supplies: Traci Reed

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Layout by Jennifer

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Layout by Ally, additional supplies: County Fair by Dani Mogstad, Paper Lovin’ Vol. 1 by Nettio Designs,Blissful Stitches by Traci Reed, EZ Date Stamps v.2 by Erica Zane, DJB Brit’s Thin Pen by Darcy Baldwin
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Layout by rebecca, additional supplies: Paper lovin’ vol 1 – nettio designs, Mid-summer day dream – jady day studios, sweet shoppe designs, djb 4 lynnette – darcy baldwin, sweet shoppe designs
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Layout by Rebecca, additional supplies: Paper lovin’ vol 1 – nettio designs, A Boy Story – Shawna Clingerman and Sugarplum paperie, Special delivery (alpha) – Shawna Clingerman and Traci Reed
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Layout by Rebecca, adiditional supplies: Paper lovin’ vol 1 – nettio designs, Mid-summer day dream – jady day studios, sweet shoppe designs, djb 4 lynnette – darcy baldwin, sweet shoppe designs
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Layout by Sherly

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Layout by Heather, additional supplies: Summer by Jenn Barrette and Kristin Cronin-Barrow, Font DJB Mandy.

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Layout by: SharonS, additional supplies: My Life at Play, TDD Collab., Type path: Scrapgirls, Font: CK Cindy
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Layout by Kim L. Supplies: Paper-Lovin’ Vol. 1 Templates by Nettio Designs; Happiness Is by Zoe Pearn; Fonts: ITC American Typewriter (title) and CK Ali’s Hand (journaling).
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Layout by Aaron. Supplies: Paper-Lovin’ Vol. 1 Templates by Nettio Designs; Strawberry Fields by Jenn Barrette; Apple of My Eye Alpha by Micheline Martin; String Me Along by Zoe Pearn.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Paper-Lovin’ Vol. 1 Templates by Nettio Designs; Aloha Sunshine by Kristin Cronin-Barrow and Zoe Pearn.
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Paper-Lovin’ Vol. 1 Templates by Nettio Designs; Wesley by The Ardent Sparrow; Perky Alpha by lauren Reid.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Paper-Lovin’ Vol. 1 Templates by Nettio Designs; Here Comes Trouble by Traci Reed and Tracie Stroud.

Instagram Inspiration

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I love the look of all the different filters on Instagram but I often forget which ones are my favorites. I put together this visual index to use so I can see how each one looks in action. It’s so much fun to see what these effects can do to some simple little phone photos!

I admit that when Instagram first came out, I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about. I wondered why after all the years of working toward better photography that we were taking a collective step backward in making our photos looks old and quirky? Well, I changed my mind after I took my first Instagram photo. Phone photos aren’t the best quality, but they are a valuable way to capture our everyday life. I’ve found that Instagram makes my “blah” phone photos into miniature masterpieces. Hey, if Jack Hollingsworth (aka PhotoJack) can embrace Instagram, who am I to turn my nose up at it?

Now I look at Instagram as a tool to make memory keeping fun and that’s what makes me happy! I love to snap and share my Instagrams and I love seeing what others post as well. Now I can’t imagine why I waited so long to try it out!

If you’re new to Instagram, you might want a few starter tips. It is very easy to use and wonderfully simple. This little “cheat sheet” by Fat Mum Slim is one of the best resources I’ve seen to help anyone master Instagram. We’ve pinned it on our Daily Digi Photography Board for easy reference.

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Once you have some Instagram photos, I bet you will want to scrap with them. I love layouts filled with these fun little squares of memories! I’ve found a lot of fabulous instagram layout inspiration in the galleries. Here are a few of my favorites: (Each image is linked for credits)

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Check out some of these related posts for more ideas:

We’d love to see your Instagram layouts so feel free to post them to our Flickr group!

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P.S. The font used in the visual guide graphic is Billabong which is the same one used on the Instagram site. The paper background is from Beige Like Me by One Little Bird Designs.

It’s Time to Buy a Camera, Pt 2

In part one of this post, I gave a list of questions to ask yourself before deciding to buy a new camera. Often, we are tempted to upgrade simply because we are convinced that newer = better and better = “I can take pictures like so and so!” But the fact is, buying a new camera isn’t necessarily the answer to better photos. Often, learning to rock what you’ve got is a much wiser (and cheaper!) solution.

But if you have looked at things seriously and determined that you really do need a new camera, where do you even begin? There are hundred of choices out there, all with different pros and cons. Is a DSLR what you have your eye on? Are you looking for a great point and shoot that you can stash in your purse? Are you hoping to pay cash? Are you hoping to stay true to your brand? What features are you really looking for?

So many questions!

There are many excellent articles on how to buy a digital camera. They are thorough and very informative. I won’t rehash all this information because they do it so well. I encourage you to really look through these as you decide what kind of camera is right for you.

How to Buy a Digital Camera (PC World)
How to Buy a Digital Camera — A 9 Step Guide (Digital Photography School)
Best Digital Cameras (betterphoto.com)
Digital Camera Buying Guide (Consumer Reports, April 2012)

I would also highly recommend reading lots of reviews. Make sure that the features that are most important to you are getting rave reviews from others.

Digital Camera Review (CNet)
Digital Camera Reviews (PC World)
Digital Camera Reviews (Imaging Resource)

Also be sure to check out reviews by users on Epinions and Amazon.

Now for one big piece of advice. Think about buying used!

Why would you want to buy used? One big reason. It’s cheaper! And cheaper is better if

1) You don’t have the money for new and

2) If you aren’t sure that you will really get your money’s worth from a brand new camera.

If you take out your camera a few times and month and just want to shoot informally, a used camera is a great way to save money. If you think you want to learn how to use “a fancy camera” but you aren’t positive that you will have the time it takes to learn, buying used makes it less risky of an investment. If you want to have backup camera in case something in your main camera goes wrong, buying used is a great option!

When I bought my Canon 20D, I bought it off of Ebay. I couldn’t afford a new camera and so checking out Ebay seemed the right move. I had a great experience, but I feel like I got a bit lucky. You never really know what you are going to get, especially when you are buying from individuals.

So, the next time it was time to buy a camera, I knew I still needed to buy used, but I wanted to have a little bit more control over what I was getting. I wanted to be able to really know what I was purchasing and to feel assured that my many dollars were going somewhere that I could trust.

As it turns out, there are a number of places that you can buy used digital cameras with the assurance that you are getting what you pay for!

Two sites that have great reputations for selling used gear are Adorama and B&H. Each of them have a rating system so that you can buy in an informed way. Each camera has a rating and from that rating you can determine its condition. I purchased my Canon 40D with an E+ rating and I have been very pleased.

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You can read a great article on what to look for when buying used here.

Now of course, there are some downsides to buying used and it isn’t for everyone. If you are really just hoping to try before you buy, then renting a camera might be a better option. But I think that used cameras are a great way to save money and still get a lot of camera! It is also a fantastic way to get a quality camera for a budding photographer.

So, what do you think? Is it time to buy a new camera? What are you hoping to get? Would you consider buying used?

Crisdam Designs: Training Myself

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I started purchasing Crisdam’s products a while ago and when I was tagging products in Lightroom, realized I had a lot of her stuff. I immediately fired off an email to invite her to contribute to The Digi Files. I LOVE her whimsical, fun, geometric style. I find her designs really easy and very enjoyable to scrap with!  Let’s take a closer look at “Easy Breezy” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month!

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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Easy Breezy by Crisdam Designs; Staple by Vicki Stegall; Fonts: Bebas, Myriad Pro, CK Ali.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Easy Breezy by Crisdam Designs; Free Spirit (alpha) by CD Muckosky
Layout by Tara. Supplies: Easy Breezy by Crisdam Designs.

 

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Easy Breezy by Crisdam Designs; Template Freebie by Little Green Frog Designs; Fonts: Courier New.
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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Easy Breezy by Crisdam Designs.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Hi, I’m Isabel of Crisdam Deisgns. I live in sunny Florida with my husband, my two kids (Daniel & Tommy), and my dog Muffin.

I love all things crafty, quilting, crochet, home decor, web browsing, spending time with my family, and much more. I have way to many hobbies, my latest one is exercising, especially running. I’m training myself to run a half marathon.

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A few years ago, I believe it was mid 2006, I wanted to do Daniel’s first album. I bought lots of scrapbooking supplies, I tried to do a few pages, but wasn’t too happy about them. While searching in the net for some inspiration, I came across a few digital site. I instantly fell in love! I found lots of tutorial and in no time I was making my own elements.

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I would say anything, but mostly colors. I enjoy looking at magazines, pictures, or browsing in the web…every day is something different.

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Computer: Computer: I have a Dell Windows Vista
OS: 32Bit
RAM: 4GB Next month we are going to upgrade it.
Monitor: Right now I have a 19″ wide screen, but we are also upgrading this to a much bigger monitor.
Program: I work with Photoshop CS3
Camera: Nikkon D60
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Anything Else: I have a Wacom Pen Tablet and 2 external hard drives(500GB and 1TB) for backup.
I also have a Toshiba laptop that I use for designing when I’m traveling.
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Keyboard shortcuts makes my designing life much more easy. I don’t scrap very often, but when I do, I always star with the picture and work around it.

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We all have those health stories we would love to remember, some of them cute episodes which we will remember when we look back into our pages with a smile in the future…Sick Day was inspired by my son, he was born with club foot and had his first surgery when he was 3 months old. I wanted a kit to capture those little moments.

 

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Right now are the Project {Life} series. One of the most popular is The Story Begins. When I’m working on this kits I want the palette to be fresh and cheerful, adaptable to any theme and style.
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Here are some of my favorite products by Crisdam Designs:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Crisdam Designs’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Exclusive Offer for The Daily Digi Readers: Save 30% Off Crisdam Designs with coupon code TDDsave30July. (Good at MScraps and Gotta Pixel Expires on 08/31/12)

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

Why I Love Springpad

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Springpad is a great app for your computer or mobile devices that has started to look and function a lot like Pinterest. So why would a self-proclaimed Pinterest poster girl like myself be interested in using it? There are SO many reasons! Springpad fills in the gaps that Pinterest can’t cover for me. Even those who don’t use or like Pinterest, will probably find some great uses for Springpad in their life.

Let’s start with their introductory video.

 

I love how visually accessible everything is. I like to see pretty pictures when I’m accessing my bookmarks. I can get to something so much quicker when I can browse through images instead of text descriptions. Here’s what my collection of notebooks looks like right now:

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I’ve started using Springpad instead of my old friend Delicious because it’s much more user friendly and enjoyable for me. The biggest reason I use Springpad is because I can keep the things I bookmark private. Don’t get me wrong, I love the social sharing nature of Pinterest, but I don’t want to publicize everything I’m saving.

What types of “springs” am I keep private? The website for my local window washing company, ideas for upcoming blog posts, gifts I want to give to my family, etc. These are the type of things I wouldn’t want to put on Pinterest. Plus, I love how easy they are to access from my iPad or iPhone (they also have an app for Android). I’ve started moving my favorite recipes to Springpad because I can pull them up on my iPad in just seconds without searching through endless files. They look stunning and are so easy to follow!

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the fruit pizza recipe can be found here

I also love that I can share a notebook with someone else. Steph and I need to collaborate on a lot of different ideas for this site and we are often sending each other links and images via email. Now that I’ve invited her to be a contributor to a private notebook for these purposes, we can just add things to the notebook for the other one to see when we have some free time.

Of course, you don’t have to keep it all to yourself on Springpad. There are plenty of opportunities for social sharing there as well. You can browse through public notebooks and springs and even follow your favorite users.

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One Template, One Scrapper, Five Layouts

It is no secret that I love templates. Designing templates is part of my creative life. In all honesty, I started creating them because I thought it sounded cool to do something creative and get paid for it. Six years and thousands of templates later, I still think it is cool to do something creative and get paid for it. More than that, though, I am so convinced of the usefulness that templates provide for scrapbookers. I think they are perfect for those just getting started, a great inspiration point for seasoned scrappers, and a time-saving tool for all of us.

Back in 2009 I wrote a series of posts on the TOP TEN REASONS I LOVE TEMPLATES. You can read Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

One of the reasons I stated in Part Two is that templates are very versatile. Since I start with a template 99% of the time I scrap, this is really important. Templates are a starting point—a place to launch your creativity. A template isn’t meant to be a rigid design that you can never falter from. Instead, templates provide a way to get the creative juices flowing. And then, you get the template to work for you, not the other way around.

In order to illustrate how useful a template can be, I challenged myself and Cindy Schneider to take one of the templates we have made and create five different layouts with it. I thought that since Cindy and I both create templates and we both scrap, it would be fun to see what we make with our own stuff. Also, we have such different styles that I thought it would be good to see that it doesn’t matter whether you are simple scrapper, cluster scrapper, or somewhere in between. A template is a powerful tool in the hand of a scrapper!

First let’s look at Cindy’s work. She is truly amazing. I could never reproduce her style (I am not that talented!) but I can admire her work. She started with this template from her Half Pack 40 – Photo Focus 12 pack.

Then, she create these five masterpieces:


This first layout stayed pretty true to the original design. I love how big and bold it is!


This layout flipped the template 90 degrees to the left, leaving the large photo on the side in a vertical orientation. I love the diagonal title work.


This sweet layout shrunk the main large photo, leaving lots of negative space. She also combined two of the photo spots to accommodate a horizontal photo.


I love this page. First, Cindy flipped the template vertically (see the punched scallop is now at the top of the page?) Cindy then made the large photo a low-opacity background photo. Finally, with the smaller photos, she split them between the top and bottom of her page.


On this final layout, Cindy flipped the template 90 degrees, got rid of the large photo, and then moved the photos and elements to the center of the page.

Stunning, right? One template and yet you would never know that all the pages came from the same original design.

Now, my pages aren’t quite like Cindy’s, but you can see how a simple scrapper like me works with a template!

This template is from my SCRAP YOUR HEART OUT 5 collection.

And here are five layouts, all from the same basic design:


This layout stays true to the template except that I got ride of the journaling strips.


In this layout, I flipped the template 90 degrees to the left and changed the journaling strips to match the orientation of the design.

For this page, I flipped the template horizontally, deleted two of the photo spots, and enlarged the third photo.


For this page, I reduced the size of the photo and half circle layers. Then I added a large photo spot, duplicated and flipped the half circle, and moved the paper strips to the bottom of the page.


In this final layout (you can click to see it larger), I made a two page spread. After changing my canvas size to 24 x 12, I duplicated the photo spots three times (for a total of 12 photos).

Do you see how useful a template can be? With just two templates, we have shown you TEN different layouts. So now it is your turn! Take your templates and put them to good use!