Title Trick

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When a kit doesn’t come with an alpha or word art that works with your page, putting together a title requires some creative thinking. Here’s a quick trick to try the next time you need a title. Best of all, the title will perfectly coordinate with the kit that you’re using on your scrapbook page.

Here’s how, step-by-step:

1. Type your title on a blank canvas.

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2. Rasterize the text through the Layer>Rasterize menu option.

3. Add a stroke outline to the layer. I used a thickness of 25 pts but you can use whatever works with your font.

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4. In the layer palette, right-click on the stroke layer effect and select “create layer”. This will create a new layer based on the stroke layer effect. (The effect will no longer be editable via the layer effects menu.)

Note: PSE users don’t have the option to create a layer, so to get to the same place, simply create your title twice (layered exactly on top of each other), adding the stroke to the bottom layer.

5. Clip papers from your kit to the two layers.

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6. Add a drop shadow to the stroke layer.

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And there you go!

It would look great on a layout at this point. I like to use this action by Krystal Hartley and WendyZine to add a doodle line effect.

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Here are a couple of pages that I’ve done in the past where I’ve used this trick (linked to credits):

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It’s a really simple tip for a quick title. I hope you find it useful for those times when you’re stuck for a title!

Playbook Secrets

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One of the things we repeatedly hear from our Digi Game members is that the Playbook is their favorite source of inspiration! If you’ve never looked through a Playbook before, you might not understand what the big deal is. I thought it would be fun to share a few peeks at what type of things are included .

What is a Playbook?

It’s an interactive idea book available in PDF, iBooks format, Kindle Fire and Nook Color, (at least 30 pages) showing layouts created by our team and the techniques used to achieve the looks, links to more resources and tutorials, and a video tutorial.

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The Playbook is a way for us to share with you our game plans for accomplishing some of the looks in the layouts you see on the site during the month. It’s a play-by-play guide to adding extra special touches to your own projects. The whole Playbook idea was born in the team forum of The Daily Digi. As team members would post their incredible layouts, we would ask them “how did you do that?” We realized that all of us had different skills and knowledge to share that digi scrappers of all levels could benefit from. We figured if we wanted to know the “secrets” behind the layouts, that our members would want to also!

Here’s one example of what you will find in this month’s Playbook. Team member Jacki put together a stunning layout that used some great blending techniques. I’ve been digi scrapping since 2005 and I learned something new from her tips!

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What else will you find inside a Playbook?

  • Layouts with extra tips and techniques to try
  • Play by play instructions on how to achieve great layout design
  • Links to more resources and tutorials
  • A video tutorial

How can you get the Playbook?

The Playbook is only available as part of The Digi Game member package. When you become a member to the Digi Game, you get all of this:

  • The Digi Files: over $50 worth of digital scrapbooking supplies by seven of the top digital designers in the community.
  • The Playbook: an interactive idea book available in PDF, iBooks format, Kindle Fire and Nook Color, (at least 30 pages) showing layouts created by our team and the techniques used to achieve the looks, links to more resources and tutorials, and a video tutorial.
  • Exclusive collaborations: a huge exclusive kit created by past contributors to The Digi Files every four months you are a member.  You get the first kit, “Story of Everyday Life” right when you subscribe.
  • Extra Bonus Gifts every month.

ALL of that for only $7.50 per month…that’s it…really! Not only that, but if you subscribe and become a member for a whole year, you get THIRTEEN months for the price of eleven!

 

What if I missed the past months? Am I out of luck?

There has never been a way to get past issues of the Playbooks until now. We just recently released the Playbooks from 2011 in bundles

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This is something our new members have been asking for and we are so happy to be able to finally provide it for them!

Special Note:

Through August 26th, current members of The Digi Game get an exclusive discount code, bringing the price down to $37.35 each from the regular $45.00. This is the only time there will be a discount offered on these Playbook Packs and ONLY to members! Anyone can buy the Playbook Packs, but only members get the deal and only through the 26th!

Some helpful links:

If you need any more information, here are some very helpful links to check out:

I still read the Playbooks every month and I find that I refer back to them on many occasions. When we were putting together the 2011 bundles, I got the chance to look through all 12 Playbooks at once (it took hours!) and it made me realize how much I have learned from this amazing resource. I’m forever grateful to Steph and all the great Daily Digi team members who make it possible to download such a useful tool each and every month!

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P.S. The title graphic was created with Kristin Cronin-Barrow’s Dear Diary kit and the SlabTallXmedium font.

Tracy Martin Designs: Having So Much Fun

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Tracy Martin’s eclectic, retro, shabby vibe is unique and fun! I enjoy looking at her previews to see what surprises are hiding in each kit! Tracy is a one-of-a-kind designer and we were thrilled to discover her! We are equally happy to have her joining us in The Digi Files for the first time! Let’s take a closer look at “Daydream” 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 Karen. Supplies: Daydream by Tracy Martin Designs.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Daydream by Tracy Martin Designs.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Daydream by Tracy Martin Designs; Fonts: Pristina.
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Layout by Aaron. Supplies: Daydream by Tracy Martin Designs; Template by Crystal Livesay, Font: Cute-I-Nator by Darcy Baldwin.

Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Daydream by Tracy Martin Designs; Fonts: DJB Digi Tara and Traveling Typewriter.

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

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My name is Tracy Martin, and I am from gorgeous Papamoa Beach in New Zealand. I live there with my amazing wee girl (Pickle) who is the inspiration for everything I do 🙂

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This photo inspired the kit really, just me wee girl daydreaming at the park 🙂

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Daydream kit, Daydream Krafts, Little Green Frog Designs Livewire templates

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I started paper scrapbooking in 2000, and then while searching for recipe clip-art to make a recipe scrapbook stumbled into digi around 2003. I started designing about 2009 just when I couldn’t find that *certain paper*, or the perfect alphabet! lol.I started selling last year and have been having so much fun with it ever since!

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Anything, colour combos I see, one kit was inspired by some socks my daughter had lol I guess anything sets me off!

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Computer: I have a uber puter whos called Walter lol. I run windows 7, with a Core 2 Duo processor, with 5GB of RAM and a 500 GB HD. Being a facebook junkie i have 2 huge monitors.

Program: I use Photoshop CS4 and Paint Shop Pro X, and lightroom for my photos.

Camera: Canon EOS 1100D
Anything Else: I use a tablet so cheap it doesn’t even have a brand name on it LOL and love my Canon LiDe scanner. And I cant forget my trusty sewing machine Betty 🙂
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My fav tip is a silly one that works for me 🙂 I can never decide on a background paper so I make my page on a transparent 12×12 canvas… then fiddle with the papers to my hearts content!

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Its so hard to pic a favourite! But if I had to it would be Follow Your Bliss. I love paint splotches and mists, and this kit has them all in, plus my fav go to flowers.

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This kit was inspired by my love of peacock feathers lol. Its special to me because I designed it to make a page about a tattoo I have of a peacock feather! The colours have all come from the tattoo.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Tracy Martin Designs:

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

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Exclusive coupon code for The Daily Digi readers! Save 30% Tracy Martin Designs’ store with code dailydigi30off.

Go have a look in Tracy Martin 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 Tracy Martin Designs

The following layouts were created using “Daydream” by Tracy Martin and included in The Digi Files during August, 2012:

Layout by Kimberly Morris, additional supplies: Impact Font and Elliephont by Darcy Baldwin

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Busy Bee, Font: Rough Typewriter, Type Path: Scrapgirls

 

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: Daydream by Tracy Martin Designs.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Daydream by Tracy Martin Designs.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Daydream by Tracy Martin Designs; Fonts: Pristina.
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Layout by Aaron. Supplies: Daydream by Tracy Martin Designs; Template by Crystal Livesay, Font: Cute-I-Nator by Darcy Baldwin.

Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Daydream by Tracy Martin Designs; Fonts: DJB Digi Tara and Traveling Typewriter.

So Random

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Supplies from the Sweet Shoppe’s Digi Files contribution this month. Font is Elise.

We do a lot of random drawings here at The Daily Digi to give away bonus coupons; one for every designer spotlight, and seven at the end of the month. I thought our readers might like to know how we pick those winners. I’ve always used random.org but Steph prefers randomizer.org.

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The random.org site I use is great for picking out one random number. I am usually only picking a winner from one single post so that works great for me. At the end of every designer post, Steph includes the opportunity to comment and be entered to win a coupon from the designer’s store. This is typically how it’s worded:

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)!

As an example, on the Paislee Press post earlier this month, we had 66 responses (the designer’s LOVE reading these!) but only 50 of them were left before the deadline. If I was picking the winner, I would go to random.org and enter the number 1 as the start and 50 as the end. It would give me a random number and I would look up which commenter was that number and then email them with the winning details. It’s very simple and it ensures complete fairness. I’ve seen just about every number come up from #1 to the last number entered so I don’t think there’s any way to “trick” it. lol!

I understand why Steph prefers the randomizer.org site because she is always the one who is selecting winners from our end of month posts and that means she needs seven numbers. Randomizer.org is great for giving a defined set.

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On the last day of August, we received 120 comments (which we LOVED reading!) and 111 of them were left before the deadline. If we enter the range of 1-111 on the site, then it’s also possible to say how many numbers we want chosen from that given set. In this case, the answer is 7 and this is what would happen

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Pretty cool! These are great tools to use if you ever host a giveaway yourself, but there are a lot of other reasons why they might come in handy as well. I bet you could have a lot of fun making completely random choices!

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Challenges

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Title Graphic supplies: Be Happy by Sabrina’s Creations

There are so many reasons to love challenges:

  • They push you creatively to try new techniques and styles.
  • They help you use your digital stash.
  • They nudge you to create a page on a topic that you might never have otherwise done.
  • They’re a great way to get involved in the digital scrapbooking community.
  • You can win prizes!

Let me show you a handful of pages that I’ve done for challenges and describe why I liked doing it:

CHALLENGE TO SCRAP A TOPIC

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For this challenge at MyScrapbookArt, we were asked to create a page using a free kit (how cool is that?!) about music.

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I made this page for a challenge at the Digi Dares to talk about health.

Why I Like Topic Challenges: It wouldn’t have occurred to me to scrap a page on these topics. More memories captured!

CHALLENGE TO SCRAP USING SPECIFIC COLOURS

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For this challenge at Mscraps, we were asked to create a page using mostly green and white, with pops of red.

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This page was made for a Sweet Shoppe challenge. It had to be entirely black and white, including the photos. A first for me!

Why I Like Colour Challenges: It may sound odd, but limiting the choice of items to work with actually makes me be more creative in using what I am allowed to use. It’s a great mental exercise!

CHALLENGE TO USE A PRODUCT

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We were asked to use shape templates and clipping masks as feature items to create a page for this challenge at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

Why I Like Product Challenges: These challenges are great for helping me to see the potential of items I already have in my digital stash.

CHALLENGE TO SCRAP IN A CERTAIN WAY

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For this challenge at the Sweet Shoppe, we had to scrap in 4 quadrants that were distinct, yet formed a cohesive layout.

Why I Like Challenges to Scrap in a Certain Way: These challenges really force me to think outside my comfort zone! I would never have created the above page without the challenge and I really like how it turned out.

CHALLENGE RELATED TO PHOTOGRAPHS:

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We were challenged to use a single large photo for this challenge at Scrap Matters.

Why I Like Photo Challenges: I like photo-focussed pages so making one “the star” of the page really appeals to me.

CHALLENGE TO USE A TEMPLATE

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For this challenge at Mscraps, we were provided with a template and asked to use it in any way we wanted.

Why I Like Template Challenges: Two words – free template! Smile It is awesome to see the challenge gallery fill up with everybody’s take on the same template. They’re so versatile!

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FINDING CHALLENGES

There is no shortage of scrapbooking challenges! Katie put together an awesome list of store challenges in February 2010, but I thought it would be good to update it. I quickly scanned a lot of store forums and found these challenges. The descriptions below don’t do them justice. The variety and quality of the challenges is amazing.

  • Designer Digitals has challenges on their forums and challenges related to store events.
  • Design House Digitals hosts challenges every month with great variety: design, scraplift, template (free!), journaling, photography, and more.
  • The DigiChick has a challenge system where you earn points for participating. Challenges are around things like templates, themes, and Pinterest.
  • Digital Design Essentials has challenges hosted on their blog. For prizes, they offer great coupons to the store. Some of the challenges are done using really neat looking templates.
  • Gotta Pixel has daily challenges in categories like techniques and templates, and monthly challenges a wide variety of areas like fonts, all about me, scraplifting, word art and many more!
  • Jessica Sprague hosts a variety of challenges in the forums – there’s also an archive of past challenges for more inspiration.
  • The-Lilypad provides monthly challenges. They have challenges for templates (provided free), product challenges, scraplifting, journaling and more.
  • Mscraps hosts monthly challenges in categories like All About Me, Journaling, Scraplift, Theme and more. They have a monthly template challenge where you get a free template.
  • One Story Down hosts the Girl vs. Scrap challenge. The challenge runs for one month and combines a journaling prompt with some design element requirements. All participants in August 2012 win $5 to the shop.
  • Oscraps has monthly challenges in different categories like Web Inspiration, Camera Challenge , Creative Techniques, Copycat Challenge, and Color Challenge. Some challenges have free templates. Participants track their pages for the chance to win coupons to the shop.
  • Peppermint Creative has a monthly Pimp My Page challenge. The freebie templates are great!
  • Pickleberry Pop has monthly challenges where you can win discounts to the shop.
  • Scrapbookgraphics has monthly challenges posted to their forum, including a template challenge and font challenge.
  • Scrapflower has challenges on its blog every Saturday. They have challenges around current trends, using certain items, and inspiration challenges.
  • Scrap Matters has monthly challenges and speed scraps. In their monthly challenges, they provide an amazing list of 25 challenges to choose from. You win a discount to the store depending on the number of layouts you make.
  • Scrap Orchard has daily challenges, monthly challenges and speed scraps.
  • Scrap Take-Out offers monthly challenges like mini-kit and template challenges (both provided free) and challenges for scraplifting, colours, fonts and more.
  • Shabby Pickle has a challenge forum that includes colour, scraplift and freebie challenges.
  • Sweet Shoppe Designs hosts a monthly portfolio challenge where they issue many challenges and assign point values to each, depending on the difficulty. Participants receive a discount coupon the next month based on their point level. (I like to download the PDF of the challenges to keep for future inspiration too.)
  • Zig Zag Scraps hosts challenges with categories like fonts, One Little Word, theme, template and more.

There are also some non-store sites that host challenges:

  • The Digi Dares posts a new challenge every week and there is a selected winner and random winner each week. By participating you may win coupons to sponsoring designers’ stores.
  • MyScrapbookArt hosts a monthly designer challenge on their Home Is Where the Art Is magazine. When you sign up for the newsletter you receive a free kit from the featured designer and a challenge on how to use it.

(And if that’s not enough challenges, check out the blogs of your favourite designers. Many of them host challenges too!)

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THE DAILY DIGI IPHONE APP

For those of you with iPhones, Steph announced the new Daily Digi iPhone app a few weeks ago. It features a Challenge Me function. It will provide you with a challenge to create a page featuring a certain number of photos, papers, elements and more.

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I know that I’ll go back to many of these challenges for inspiration in the future! What an awesome resource available to digital scrapbookers!

PS – The pages above are linked to their credits.

You Want It, You Got It!

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Every month, I get emails from asking if there is a way to purchase all of the old Playbooks. I am very excited to finally be able to say YES!! We now have the Playbooks from 2011 combined into “Packs” of 6 months each, available for purchase. Through August 26th, current members of The Digi Game get an exclusive discount code, bringing the price down to $37.35 each from the regular $45.00. This is the only time there will be a discount offered on these Playbook Packs and ONLY to members! Anyone can buy the Playbook Packs, but only members get the deal and only for a week!

If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can purchase these Playbook Packs (we should also have membership subscriptions without a PayPal account available soon)! Just add the items to your cart and click on “Checkout with PayPal” (don’t worry, you won’t need a PayPal account, I promise):

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On the next page, you will see an option below the log in button that says “Don’t have a PayPal account?” Click that option and you will be able to enter you credit card information and proceed with purchasing:

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We recorded a great episode of The Digi Show that was just posted last night called “I Wanna Be A Dude” with Tiffany Tillman and we answer the most frequently asked digital scrapbooking questions!

Now, let’s look at some of the GREAT stuff going on around digiland!

This Right Here is Heather T.’s latest kit, perfect for scrapping
those intense moments that you really want to highlight along your
scrapping journey.

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From Sabrina’s Creations: I’m featured designer of the week at MScraps and I’m having a storewide sale with 30-40% off.  I have a special deal for my featured week. Purchase 5 kits for $10, that’s only $2 for each kit. Purchase $7 worth of Sabrina’s Creations and receive YEAR 2012 | JOURNAL CARDS for free. Don’t forget to ad the free product to your cart before checking out.

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Kaye Winieki has a new element pack out on Friday and it’s all about hexagons:

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Katie just added two more template packs to her Scrapbook Lady Scraps Shop! Did you know she creates sample layouts with every single template she creates? She wants to be sure the templates are easy to use for any level of digital scrapbooker. Be sure to grab these new releases while they are on sale 30% off through August 23rd – no coupon code needed!

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Here’s a new collection by Viva Artistry:

Fairy Tale: Kit Bundle

 

 

Amanda Heimann has this beautiful kit on sale:

This Side Of Crazy

Love this paper pack from Amy Wolff:

Front Porch paper pack

 

From Baersgarten:

A Boy and his cars full kit

 

From EH Studios:

Find Some Inspiration.

 

 

Love all of these brackets:

Fuss Free: Big Hugs 2

 

Jennifer Labre has this adorable new collection:

 

From Kristin CB:

A Little Bit of Kindness by Kristin Cronin-Barrow

 

From Rosey Posey:

Pretty In Everyway

 

From Meredith Cardall:

Little Lady's Birthday

 

From MLEcard:

Red Hot Love

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From Wendyzine:

Templates: Toys In The Attic

 

Have fun shopping! I know I will!

P.S. Origami and AKrubygal were the random winners from our contributor features this week. Congratulations and check your email for you codes! 🙂

Wishing Well Creations: Smack in the Middle

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I love bright colors and always get excited when I find a designer that uses bold tones and a lot of them! Wishing Well Creations is one of these designers! I also love her patterned papers and that she includes several staples in each collection (dots, stripes, etc.). I adore the whimisical, almost childlike feel of her collections! I was thrilled when I saw Wishhing Well Creations contribution to this month’s Digi Files and am sure you will be too!  Let’s take a closer look at “Malihini” 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 Wishing Well Creations’s contribution:

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: Malihini by Wishing Well Creations; Amy Martin They Once Were Layouts template.

 

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LO3Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Malihini by Wishing Well Creations; Template 256 (modified) by Yin Designs; Doodle Alpha action by Krystal Hartley and WendyZine.
LO4Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Malihini by Wishing Well Creations; Fonts: Haphazard and Just The Way You Are.
LO5Layout by Katie. Supplies: Malihini by Wishing Well Creations; Fonts: Billabong.

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

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My name is Laura Passage, but my design name is Wishing Well Creations. I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan but am currently smack in the middle of moving 2000+ miles across country with my family to Salem, Oregon (like right now, as I type this! LOL). I am married to my college sweetheart, who I met almost exactly 20 years ago… and we have two little boys (age 4-1/2 and 2-1/2) who we love more than anything in the world, even though they *are* tiny terrorists who do crazy, frustrating things on a constant and consistent basis. 🙂

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I created this layout last summer when I hosted a scrap challenge at TDC. I had always wanted to do an “all about me” layout, and had so much fun doing this “37 at 37” project… 37 things I had done in my (then-) 37 years. A year later, it’s still one of my favorite projects because it captured so many things about my life that won’t want to forget about in the decades to come.

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I’ve always recorded my memories in scrapbooks, ever since I was a kid (my earliest scrapbooks date back to middle school, I think?). I paper-scrapped before my kids were born, but after my first son arrived I ran out of time to do it the way I wanted it to be done… so it slipped onto my “to do someday when I have time” list. You know that list? It’s the worst! So much guilt goes along with that list. After my youngest was born in 2009, I stumbled across digital scrapbooking while researching a project for one of my web clients (my background is in web development), and I never looked back. I started designing things for myself almost right away, as I had already been scanning and extracting things for web projects and photo books for years beforehand (I just hadn’t known that digital scrapbooking itself existed… but once I found it, I was hooked!). After a while, the items I made for myself started to fill up my hard drive, so I opened my own personal shop and sold things there until I landed at The Digichick a few months later. I’ve been there ever since (and I also sell my commercial use products at Sugar Hill Company).

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Usually the first inspiration comes from color. Most of my ideas come from color palettes I stumble across in everyday life. Once, I was with my kids at our local library’s family storytime when I saw a cute little girl with an adorable floral sundress… and I went home and re-created the palette and created one of my favorite kits later that week (“Brady’s Room”).

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Computer: Lately, I’ve been doing almost all of my designing on my laptop, because I can work from anywhere (and we’re moving, and life is crazy!). I’ve got a Gateway NV73 that’s a few years old (and runs Windows 7), but has an awesome (and big!) monitor — 17.3 inches, I think? — and 4GB of RAM. I use a wireless mouse, or I’d go crazy trying to design using the laptop’s touchpad… and here’s the real “fancy” technical part of my setup — I use one of my 2-year old’s big Sesame Street board books as a “table” for my mousepad when I am sitting on the couch while working. LOL! I also have an Epson Scanner and a Canon T2i DSLR camera that I use to scan/photograph elements and textures.

Program: I have Adobe’s entire CS5 suite, and while I do use that version of Photoshop quite a bit, I also find that I end up doing a good deal of my designing in PSE8 — mainly because it’s what I scrap in, usually, and so it’s often open on my computer already. I get too lazy to switch back and forth between PSE and PS, so I have found all sorts of workarounds for PSE that allow me to extend its capabilities.

Camera: I have a Canon T2i DSLR, and an older Canon Powershot that I carry in my purse for the candid everyday moments my kids always create when I don’t have the “real” camera with me. I have also started using my phone’s camera a lot in the past 6 months, just to make sure I’m capturing the everyday stuff.

Anything Else: I have a Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet that I used to use all the time, but it has fallen into hardware cocoon in recent months. Hopefully after we move and I set up my new office, I’ll remember I have it and start using it again more regularly. I kinda miss it. 🙂

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Hmm, let’s see. Well, one of my favorite tips/tricks is a method to make sure that your journaling/text looks realistic when added to a layout. Usually when you first type text onto a page, it looks “digital” because it’s so flat. To make it look like it was actually written (or typed/stamped/etc.) onto a sheet of paper, I usually do one of two things. Sometimes to achieve a stamped or typed look, I’ll use a distressing brush to erase little bits of the text. I have a whole arsenal of brushes I use (some of my favorites are from Just Jaimee at SugarHillco). To make handwritten fonts look more realistic, I do the following: place the text layer directly above the paper layer they’re supposed to be “written” onto… duplicate the paper layer and move the copy above the text layer… clip the copied paper layer onto the text layer, and change the blending (usually “soft light” works well… but I play around w/ the blending mode depending on the paper/text color, etc.). This adds some texture to the text layer, and makes it look like the grain of the paper can be seen through the text. So much more realistic! It’s a subtle difference, but looks great when/if the layout is printed.

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I’ve always loved this kit, even before I created it. For a year or more, I envisioned it every time I walked into my oldest son’s bedroom… from his sheets (that look very much like the patterned vehicle paper in the kit) to the artwork I painted on his walls (various cars/trucks/etc.)… it just all seemed like it *needed* to be made into a kit. I finally got around to it this past January, and I just love how it turned out. It’s so cheerful and fun, and it always makes me smile.

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Brady’s Room has always been a popular product, even today (almost a year after it was first released). It was inspired by my youngest son’s bedroom, and I think its appeal probably has to do with the fact that it’s so gender-neutral and can be used for both babies and kids, digital scrapping or hybrid projects, boys or girls, etc. When I created it, the hope was that people would be able to use it to create entire albums that were coordinated without feeling boring.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Wishing Well Creations:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Wishing Well Creations’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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CouponCODE: WWCDailyDigiYay
Save 40% off any purchase from Wishing Well Creations’s store at TDC during the month of August 2012 (expires 8/31/2012).

Go have a look in Wishing Well Creations’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 Wishing Well Creations

The following layouts were created using “Malihini” by Wishing Well Creations and included in The Digi Files during August, 2012:

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Busy Bee Designs, Font: DJB I Love Me Some Sheri, stitching style: Mommyish
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Layout by Corrin
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Layout by Pamie
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Layout by Mary Kate
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Layout by Angie
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Layout by Corrin
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Layout by Corrin
LO1
Layout by Karen. Supplies: Malihini by Wishing Well Creations; Amy Martin They Once Were Layouts template.
LO2
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Malihini by Wishing Well Creations.
LO3
Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Malihini by Wishing Well Creations; Template 256 (modified) by Yin Designs; Doodle Alpha action by Krystal Hartley and WendyZine.
LO4
Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Malihini by Wishing Well Creations; Fonts: Haphazard and Just The Way You Are.

 

LO5

Layout by Katie. Supplies: Malihini by Wishing Well Creations; Fonts: Billabong.