Surfing and Shopping on a Friday

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I love Fridays because I always take a few minutes to surf and shop. It’s a great reward for getting for a long work week! We always try to have some fun things to point you to for your own weekend downtime. This week we’ve found some great things!

Studio Rosey Posey and Studio Amanda Rockwell have a pretty new collection this weekend!  Softly Shabby has distressed papers, hand painted art papers and lot’s of elements for your layouts!

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Quirky Twerp is ready for the festivities to begin with this new vintage-inspired kit called Halloween Party!

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Frames don’t just have to be used with your photos, add some fun elements to them. Kaye Winiecki has some great new ones to play with!

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WM Squared has a new addition to her fabulous travel series and it’s 20% off this weekend!

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Fayette Designs has an exclusive coupon for Daily Digi readers!

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This new kit from ValC designs is amazing, because it can open the art journaling box for you but it can also be used in any kind of style. They call it versatil! She built this collaborative project with BeeDeesign and you will be able to grab it at Zigzagscrap with a discount of 20% for the whole week end!

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Anna Forrest has a new product for the designers amongst us. There is also the code FunFridaySept12 good for everyone!  20% off a minimum order of $5.  Expires Nov 1

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20% off Heather T.’s newest kit, Hurry Hurry Rush Rush!

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Amy Wolff has two coordinating paper and element packs call Just Be.  20% off this weekend. Cheery colors and calming quotes will remind you to let it all your worries go.  The quotes can be printed and framed for home decor pieces as well.

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Laura Banasiak and Jenn Barrette have a FANTASTICALLY fun collab kit out this week! Snag it in Laura’s store this week while it is marked down 20% off!

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Jacque Larsen has something new and it’s 20% off all weekend long! -but for TDD readers please take AN ADDITIONAL 15% OFF
using code CP_TDD

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Take Thank You Notes to a new level with Wendyzine’s newest action set! Snap a picture with the gift, run the action to add a couple papers and few elements and you have a custom card that’s sure to please!

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Inspired by the colours of Autumn comes Karen’s latest kit Falling Blossom.  Grab it at 20% off for a limited time.

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Tracey Monette of Clever Monkey Graphics revamped some favorite pumpkin patch and halloween kits. Let’s welcome back into her store Jack in the Patch, Googly Moogly, and Boo Feltys! Tracey also has a freebee available, read the kit description for Googly Moogly to find your freebee.

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Release your inner gypsy with this limited time offer. Vagabond by ViVa Artistry is at 60% off this Friday and Saturday (09.21 & 22) only!

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A new and exiting kit collection by Karla Dudley featuring everything from acrylics to wire alphas. Available now!

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Check out this NEW fun kit by Sahlin Studio, Retro Mod.  Pick it up for 20%OFF through Sept 23, 2012

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Michelle Batton has released another set in her Paper Blocks States series this week featuring the States of Alabama, Florida and Georgia.  Pick it up for 30% off at The Digichick through Sunday.  (And don’t miss the other state sets she’s released at so far at TDC and her guest store at A5D.)

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Down This Road Designs is having a 40% off sale in her store 19th-24th.

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Chelle’s Creations has a new complete collection that you will use over and over again. Plus, get the quickies FWP through September 26th!

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Have fun surfing and shopping today!

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P.S. The title graphic was created with Dawn Inskip’s Confessions of a Digital Scrapper and the Bebas font.

Dream Big Designs: Consuming Nature

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Cheri of Dream Big Designs is another designer I have been able to meet in real life. She is super cute and so very sweet! I love Cheri’s well-themed kits and how the theme is carried throughout from beginning to end. She can (and does) design just about anything from classy chic to the rough and tumble boy. If you are a scrapper of boys, you will love taking a look around her store! Dream Big Design’s contribution to The Digi Files is very timely this month as many of us will be heading out to farms and orchards during harvest season.  Let’s take a closer look at “County Bounty” 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!

Here are some layouts created using Dream Big Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: County Bounty by Dream Big Designs; Fonts: A Little Pot, Rub This.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: County Bounty by Dream Big Designs; Sidekicks No 14 (template) by Fizzy Pop Designs; Font: DJB for Annie.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: County Bounty by Dream Big Designs; Font: Playful.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: County Bounty by Dream Big Designs; template by Janet Philips; Font: Typewriter Scribbled.
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Hi! (Waves excitedly) I am Cheri Robinson of Dream Big Designs. I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But left when I was pretty young and was really raised in Portland, Oregon. I love the green and salty smell of the Ocean. I moved to Utah after I married my college sweetheart.
I have been married for 11 years and am a stay at home mother of 3 kids (7,5, and 2). I also am a professional cake decorator (of 10 years) and create cakes out of my home.
I love to read Young Adult Fiction, run on trails, ride horses, water ski, 4 wheel, and play with my family.

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I love white space on a layout. This one doesn’t have a lot, but enough that it brings your eye to the focus of the page. I adore boy colors and even though this layout is about a girl, I love the tough feel of it. We as a family are outside A LOT, and this was one of our fun trips to the Sand Dunes with our 4 Wheelers.

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Credits: Kit is Off Road by Dream Big Designs, Font is Mufferaw

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After I had my second child in 2007 I needed a creative way to journal and scrap the photos of my two kids. I was never very interested in paper scrapping. It always seemed to messy, expensive, and time consuming for me. So, I took a free digital scrapbooking class at my church and fell in love.

About 6 months after I started making layouts, I began to design. I never looked back, I LOVED it!

I really enjoy learning new things about a program and trying new skills. I see something I want to do, and I learn and experiment until I can figure it out.

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My family is my biggest inspiration. Then I would say, the outdoors. I LOVE to be outdoors breathing, ingesting, and consuming nature. I have always had a tie to nature and animals. I grew up with horses and I have never been able to get that out of my blood.
The second thing that inspires me to create is colors. I can look at a pallet and almost immediately have an idea or feeling about what those colors represent to me. A lot of times I will be laying in bed and a pallet will jump into my mind. I will get a theme from that, then the ideas just flow into my mind. I always keep a pen and paper by me to write ideas down. I have so many ideas and pallets I want to create, I wish most days I didn’t have to sleep, or clean, or shower. Haha! I just LOVE to create all the time.

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Computer: I have a Dell XPS 8300. WIth 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. OS is Microsoft Windows 7. I have a 24 inch monitor. It also has the new Intel core i7. My hubby calls it an alien. It is uber fast, and I love it.
Program: I have CS5 and Adobe Illustrator that I use to design with. I also have PSE 7, that I used to use to scrap with. But I have moved onto using CS5 to create layouts and projects.
Camera: Canon t2i. My hubby is much better with cameras than me, so I normally have our Canon point and shoot. But we are for sure a Canon family.
Anything Else: I also use my HP scanner A LOT for textures, extractions and brushes.

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A layout tip I LOVE is intertwining ribbons and elements. You duplicate the ribbon layer, put it on top of the element, then erase part of the ribbon. It makes it look like they are tied together.

A design tip is to try using the pen tool for extracting. You can use anchors to bend and shape the path to create perfect rounds or sharp edges. LOVE the pen tool in CS5.

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I just love the energetic colors, and fun elements in this kit. My hubby is really into Triathlons and after I attended my first one, I knew I just had to create a kit for it.
I wanted to put all the three events together, and not have them in separate kits. That is why this kit is so versatile. You can use it for running, swimming, or biking races. The colors are also one of my favorites. They are energetic and bright, but not overwhelming. I LOVE boyish types of colors and most of my kits reflect that. They all work for girls too, but I like to focus on the masculine shades of colors and pallets.

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Each of my newest releases seems to outsell the last, so it is hard to say which is the most popular. But one that has been a consistent seller is my Monster Truck Madness kit.
I wanted to create a real “on Fire” boys truck kit. So I choose bright fire red and orange, but also wanted to add some fun boyish colors. The chrome elements and flames add a perfect touch to the Monster Trucks and racing elements. Stars, flairs and even gears are included. It is the ultimate Bad Boy kit.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Dream Big Designs:

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

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Save 40% off Dream Big Designs’s Scrap Orchard store with coupon code dbd_daily40 (one use, exp: 9/30/2012).

Go have a look in Dream Big Designs’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)!

How to lift a layout

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I’m going to show you how I lift a layout. This page by team member Jenn Lindsey immediately caught my eye the other day. (all images are linked for credits)

I’ve already used this same kit (it’s in this month’s digi files!) on another page, but when I saw hers, I realized I have some similar pictures that would also look great this way.

When you are looking at lifting a layout, decide what you like about it and want to replicate on your own page.

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For this example, I’m going to even use the exact same kit because I love the way the whole layout looks and I have the kit. Scraplifting can mean that you imitate the layout almost exactly. There is nothing wrong with doing this (just give credit to the original source) because it will still look different with your own photo and it will tell your unique story.

Here’s my completed page and because Jenn did all the hard work of figuring out the design elements, mine came together in just minutes!

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You don’t have to use the same kit for a scraplift and oftentimes, the layout will end up looking quite different from the original one you lifted. It’s ok to copy an idea, a design element, or even a portion of a layout that inspires you.

I’ve had this layout in my Flickr favorites for a while now.

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I picked out the things I want to use as inspiration on my own page.

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You’ll see that my version looks very different since I used another kit and bolder color scheme. My guess is that you would have never realized it was a scraplift without me telling you.

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Want to try scraplifting?

  • Scrap Orchard has a few scraplifting challenges every month – one of them is a ‘Paper to Digi’ one where you scraplift a paper layout (on the 20th of the month), a regular scraplifting challenge on the 18th of every month and a Lift a Honeybee challenge on the 26th of every month. They also have a Half & Half challenge where you lift 2 layouts at the same time.
  • The Lilypad also has a scraplift challenge every month.
  • Sweet Shoppe often includes scraplifting challenges in their monthly portfolios.
  • MScraps also loves scraplifting challenges
  • Many digital scrapbooking stores will host scraplift challenges so be sure to check the forums where you shop.

Team member Trina is a master at scraplifting and she has several examples to share.

Kit: Jady Day Studio - Summertime Fun Overlay: Dream Big - Grunge Paired Vol. 1 Arrow: SuzyQ - Oopsie-Doodle Arrows 1

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If These Walls Could Talk - Secret Stash Designs Scraplift of scraporchard.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=147354&t...
Just breathe Collab by Joyce Paul Designs and Anita Designs Simply Words 3 by Vera Lim Designs Template: Summer daze collab by Micheline Martin and Fizzy Pop Designs

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Play Date by Megan Turnidge & Tracie Stroud

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For Scrap Orchard's May Lift a Layout challenge

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I found some great scraplifts in the galleries as well:

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splatterific 6 by Karah Fredricks; are we there yet? by Kate Hadfield; off to school by Kate Hadfield; old skool by Kate Hadfield; pool party by Kate Hadfield; in my backpack by Kate Hadfield; make it messy by Kaye Winiecki; sign tile by Kaye Winiecki; Between the pages collab by Kaye Winiecki & Renan Kneipp; coloured in by Kaye Winiecki

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Scraplift of Kaye Winiecki's Friday. Back to Basics 2 by Kaye Winiecki Couch Potato by Kay Winiecki Cafe Break by Kaye Winiecki Never Ending by Kaye Winiecki Click 2 Scrap by Kaye Winiecki Seed and Weed Felties by Kaye Winiecki Petmania by Kaye Winiecki School is in by Kaye Winiecki ABC Felties by Valorie Wibbens News Clipped by Kaye Winiecki Make it Messy by Kaye Winiecki Which Way - Arrow Doodles by Karah Fredricks The Everyday by Heather Hess

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Lauren Reid Pumpkin Butter Papers Stick Arounds 2 Sahlin studio Autumn Afternoon Sweet Spots Autumn Afternoon Papers Autumn Afternoon Flower CD Muckosky Teeny Type Allison Pennington For the Love of Journaling: The Frames (with room) Yours Truly Yours Truly: the Strips Heather Hess The Sketchy Serif Valorie Wibbens Ordinary Day (stitched flower) Amy Martin former template challenge freebie The Lilypad Designers Things That Matter Most Anna Aspnes Multi Stitched Red&White

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Scraplift of Allison's She's So Lovely by Sahlin Studio: Pretty Little Trims Vol. 1 Treasured Moments collab with Sugarplum Paperie Butterflies: Drawn and Spritz Bundle Circle Stitches The Silver Reed by Heather Hess Little Sew and Sew Borders by Erica Zane Sunshine Sticker Alpha

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Supplies: Collected Large Journaling Tags, Pennants - Bright and Vintage, Number Tidbits, Studio Calico 6x6 Paper Pad - Abroad, Studio Calico 6x6 Paper Pad- Take Note, Crate Alpha Stickers - Story Teller

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Scraplift of Waleska's paper LO Fave 5 Not so ordinary day bundle by LieN Click Photo Designs

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KCB's Naturally You and My Everything. Font is DJB I Love Me Some Laura Template is the awesome Queen of Hearts

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Little Miss Personality by Jenn Barrette

Other helpful resources:

Take a look through your gallery favorites and pick out a page you want to lift. We’d love to see your lifts so be sure to post them in our Flickr group as well so we can all be inspired!

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P.S. The title graphic was created with Lost and Found by Valerie Wibbens (The Digi Files September 2012) and Bebas font.

How to evaluate a new program or purchase

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When I picked Visual Supply Co Lightroom presets as a pick on The Digi Show episode #54, I knew I would need to do a post about it as well. I had never heard of this company until I read Heddy’s post on photo management in Lightroom. When I saw how gorgeous her photos looked, I decided that I *needed* to add these beautiful preset options to my own collection. It’s an expensive program though, and I’ve had a few people (namely, my Mom) ask me to give them a bit more of an in-depth peek at what can be done with these.

I realize that not all of our readers use Lightroom. (It’s also available for Aperture or Camera Raw). I also understand that not all of our readers will want to fork over more than $100 right now to purchase this bundle of presets. That is perfectly ok, and this post will still be useful to everyone.

How to evaluate if it’s right for you:

What I really hope to illustrate is how to evaluate if a program or a purchase is the right fit for you. Most software programs allow some sort of trial or at least give you some visual samples to look at. The Visual Supply Co is no exception – they have a full page of examples to scroll through. When you mouse over the images, it will tell you the preset they used.

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If you want to check out the features for any program before you buy, use the following steps:

  • See if there’s a free download. Adobe has them. Visual Supply Co. does not. If there is a free trial, go ahead and download it and play around. You will get a good idea of whether or not you will want to buy it. Remember though, don’t be too quick to judge as there is a learning curve to anything new.
  • If there is not a free download, look around for samples, video tutorials, reviews, or anything other pertinent information. I did a Google search for a video tutorial on using the VSCO film filters in Lightroom 3 and found this video from the actual company. It always helps to see something in action! Once I found that video, it lead me to their official Vimeo channel where there are several other video tutorials to watch.
  • Ask a trusted friend. I know Heddy well enough to know that if she likes a product, that I probably will too. She doesn’t just throw around recommendations lightly. I felt comfortable buying these presets because I have seen Heddy’s results with them. When I make a pick on The Digi Show, I know that listeners are trusting my opinion so I try to be careful to pick high quality things to recommend.

If you buy it, be sure to really try it!

Another important point I want to bring up is that the best way to learn a new program is to go in and play around with it. Try all the buttons. You won’t break anything, there’s always the “undo” feature! Wouldn’t it be a shame to buy a new expensive tool and never try it out?

It’s easy to purchase a new program or software tweak and then never do anything with it because you need to “spend some time learning about it first.” The best way to learn is to actually DO something with it! I’m guilty of this mistake myself. I downloaded the VSCO film presets and played with them for about 15 minutes, and then have not gotten back to them for lack of time. The great thing about putting together this post is that it forced me to dig in and try things out.

Here’s my original unedited photo

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I used a simple preset of Nikon Fuji 400 H+ to get this look:

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I used some of the VSCO tools for this one in the following order: Fading/Toning Creamy Highlights, Fill Light +, Vignette ++

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Here’s one with auto black level and Contrast ++

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One last example with Nikon Kodak Tri-X 400+ and Grain +++

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Making up a sample sheet with some different options is another great way to visualize what you can do with a program. It’s also helpful to go back and undo each preset after you apply it to see what it looks like each step of the way.

After playing around with these presets even more, I would say that they are probably something that will be most appreciated by professional or semi-professional level photographers. You do need to try different combinations to get creative looks and the is a fairly short list of auto presets. However, if you feel comfortable making editing adjustments, the possibilities are wide open and you can get some great results.

It’s nearly impossible for me to tell someone (even my own Mom) if they should get a certain program, because the final answer relies on whether or not they will actually use it. The bottom line is up to the purchaser to evaluate the information and determine if the benefits outweigh the cost. If you find yourself stuck in the evaluation process, be sure to try the steps in this post to help you make an informed decision.

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P.S. The title image was created with sample photos of the VSCO presets and Heather Hess’ The Dry Ribbon font.

P.P.S. The winners from last week’s designer features were: CKC Purple for Laura Banasiak and Azika for Sugary Fancy.

Valorie Wibbens: Loving It

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Valorie Wibbens’ style can best be described as eclectic, vintage, and sometimes retro. I love her designs and how incredibly unique they are! She definitely has her own signature look that I can now spot without seeing her name. I am thrilled to welcome her back to The Digi Files again! Let’s take a closer look at “Lost and Found” 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!

Here are some layouts created using Valorie Wibbens Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Tara. Supplies: Lost and Found by Valorie Wibbens Designs.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Lost and Found by Valorie Wibbens Designs.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Lost and Found by Valorie Wibbens Designs; Tape by Rhonna Farrer; Font: Another Typewriter.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Lost and Found by Valorie Wibbens Designs.
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Layout by Aaron. Supplies: Lost and Found by Valorie Wibbens Designs; Template by The Doodle Queen.

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

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Hi! I’m Valorie and I live in beautiful and sunny Colorado! I’m a work at home mom to 3 kiddos and wife of, eeeek, 17 years! I love all things artsy, crafty, digi, and handmade. I love the ocean, the snow, knitting and crocheting, traveling and photography!

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This is my first year of doing Project Life and am LOVING it! Here are a few pages from my book. I LOVE photography and using large story-telling photo’s in my pages…. They just make my heart sing….

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I think I’ve always loved scrapbooking. I loved saving memories and the pictures that went with them! I even remember scrapping, horribly I might add, in high school! After having kids I scrapped more and more with paper products and stickers (haha). For Christmas in 2007, after getting a brand new MAC and Photoshop, I dived into learning to digiscrap! I had seen a digital scrapbooking magazine and was in complete awe with it. I HAD to LEARN how to do that! I took my first lesson, fell completely in love, and never looked back!

A few months later, I was crazy lucky to start CT-ing for a few fabulous designers and my favorite store at the time… I just couldn’t get enough of digital scrapbooking and started making my own papers and elements for fun. In 2009 i opened my first shop!

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A bit of everything! Color, a song, a saying, my kids, the time of day…hahaha

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Computer: I have an iMAC with 8GB of RAM and 2TB HD, which I positively ADORE!
Program: I use CS5, mostly using Photoshop and Illustrator.
Camera: Nikon 7000
Anything Else: Bamboo Tablet

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I notice when scrapping, I use COMMAND+J (Control+J of a PC) a lot! I use it for cutting out pieces of paper or bits from elements without disturbing the actual paper or elements. For instance, if I want to add a little snip for paper under my photo, I’ll drag the paper under my photo and then with whatever cutting tool i want, usually the marquee tool, I drag my shape over the area I’m trying to copy and press COMMAND+J. This will copy the shaped area I had highlighted in a layer above. I then turn off the original paper layer underneath.

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I love the mix of paper-ly bits with fabric and cardboard and doodles. I love the colors especially and little colorful calico-like papers and the WHALE. I grew up in Hawaii and have a strong love of Humpback whales.

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I think everyone, including myself, just loves page protectors! I know I can’t get enough of them! To have them digitally just brings the physical feel of scrapbooking even more to our digital pages!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Valorie Wibbens Designs:

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

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Use the coupon code VW_FunFunFun to Save 30% off Valorie Wibbens Designs’s store (Exp 10-1-2012).

Go have a look in Valorie Wibbens Designs’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 Valorie Wibbens

The following layouts were created using “Lost and Found” by Valorie Wibbens and included in The Digi Files during Sept. 2012:

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Lost and Found by Valorie Wibbens Designs.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Lost and Found by Valorie Wibbens Designs; Tape by Rhonna Farrer; Font: Another Typewriter.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Lost and Found by Valorie Wibbens Designs.
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Layout by Aaron. Supplies: Lost and Found by Valorie Wibbens Designs; Template by The Doodle Queen.

Telling, Collecting, and Sharing Memories with Just Family

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Yesterday, my husband texted me and said, “Do you know about JustFamily.com?”

“No what is it?”

“A way to share memories with just family. Check it out”

I was all over it like flies on honey! Those of you that have been readers, members, or listeners of The Digi Show for a while know that I have privacy issues. I don’t use my last name online or on The Digi Show…privacy issues.

The first thing to know about JustFamily.com is that it is NOT a Facebook replacement or a Facebook wannabe. This really is a tool that is intuitive and makes documenting, preserving, and sharing memories easy. It IS a form of digital scrapbooking (using our definition of digital scrapbooking: memory keeping done using technology).

There is an iPhone app, iPad app, and web app right now with plans of adding an Android app in the next six months. Very soon the web app will be reactive and easier to use on a smartphone.  Signing up is a cinch (which was awesome) and the apps are so intuitive, I didn’t need any instructions or videos to get going.

Here are some of the things I love about this site:

  • Their logo! I summarizes so much about memory keeping!
  • I can share with my family and they don’t need an account. Yes, you read that right! When I share with my family, everything shows up in their email inbox and it looks great!
  • If my family members that don’t have an account want to comment, they just click reply to the email and it gets posted in my memories.
  • I love that when I log in, this is the question I see:

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As a passionate memory keeper, that question right there makes my heart sing and sing LOUD!

  • I can organize family members into groups (a group for my little family, a group for my family of origin, a group for my husband’s family of origin, a group for my cousins on my dad’s side, you get the picture.

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Here’s a video on how it works:

If you have listened to any of The Digi Shows with Kayla Lamoreaux on, you know that any program you put memories and/or photos into needs to have a “pre-nup” or a way to get everything you have put in back out if you change your mind. Just Family has this. They will soon be implementing collections and tags that you will be able to download to your computer, Dropbox, or any other source for backing up and they will be fully operational from those places and stay in tact.

Are you wondering about metadata?  I was too, so I shot off an email before recording the Digi Show that will release this Thursday (in which I talk about JustFamily.com. Within a very short time, I had an email from co-founder and CEO Nate Quigley.  With a short answer, his Skype ID, and his phone number. After recording, I gave him a call to verify that when we download these collections with tags will have the tags embedded into the exif data. You know what he said, “We hadn’t thought of that, but after getting your email and discussing it, we think it’s a great idea! Yes, we will be adding that capability!”

My family is excited about this and we will be testing it out heavily over the next week! I can’t wait! Anything that gets my family involved in our memory keeping, is amazing to me (I’ve been trying and failed for years).

During my phonecall with Nate, he asked me to let him know what else we as digital scrapbookers might like to see. So, I’m asking you, go play with it, test it, try it out. What would make it easier for you to use? I was thinking tonight that I would love to set a reminder in the app on my phone to buzz me once a day and ask me “What happened today that you don’t want to forget?” I know I would get warm fuzzies each time I saw it!

What about you? I would love to hear from you on this and the Just Family developers are listening!

PS – This post, like every post on The Daily Digi, is not paid for, does not have any affiliate links, or paid links. I just genuinely love it and think you will too!

RIGHT NOW: A Photo Challenge

It’s summer. It’s HOT. Our family vacation is over, and my mojo is running low. The normalcy of the day to day makes my creativity wane and my enthusiasm for capturing memories fade.

The thing is, I get it. I really understand. It is the small, mundane, and seemingly insignificant things that make up a life. What seems boring and normal are my life—the life that I love. And although I will admit that grand adventures and children’s milestones grab my attention much faster, I don’t want to miss the beauty of the every day. And so, I challenged myself. I sat and quickly wrote a photo challenge for myself — one that I could complete right now. I wrote the list and then instantly picked up my camera and captured life right now.

Photo Challenge: Right Now

Something or Someone…

  • I love
  • I need to do
  • I am avoiding
  • that makes me smile
  • I miss
  • I want to eat
  • beautiful
  • I want to get rid of
  • that embarrasses me
  • that makes me proud
  • I wish someone else would do
  • I would rather be doing
  • that makes me sad
  • that excites me
  • that frustrates me
  • that inspires me
  • I want to read
  • I need
  • that is fun
  • that needs to be fixed

So what does your life look like right now? Capture it. Scrap it.

Friday the 14th

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We just narrowly missed a Friday the 13th this month which is good news if you’re superstitious. I’m really not one to think about those type of things but my best friend did break her arm once on Friday the 13th. Of course, she was roller skating down a giant hill. lol! Anyway, we are all about GOOD news today around here because it’s Friday!

We recorded a new Digi Show podcast this week with Anna Aspnes as our guest and discussed the process and workflow that designers go through.

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Chelle is hosting a seminar that looks really interesting!

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Just My Type is new today from Jennifer Labre – 20% off this cute new kit plus her other re-releases too!

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Kaye has a new stax on pack out for 20% off.It’s all about shapes and this pack is all about chevron. It includes 8 felt stacks, 6 mist sprays, 3 marker pen doodles, 1 paper, 3 chipboard clusters, 4 shape clusters that you can use as is or clip papers to and 1 stamp version of a cluster.

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Liz just released these new 8×8 album templates. Most of these templates have multi-photo designs with photo and journaling spots that are sized to display nicely on your 8×8 prints. Of course these are easily converted to 12×12’s and are great for any scrapper. Liz is going to have a tutorial on her blog showing you multiple ways you can use these so keep you eye out for that.

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Sabrina has a new set of Life Quotes in her store. These are perfect to decorate your layout with an expression. 20% off through the weekend.

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Kelleigh Ratzlaff has added cutting files to two of her popular papercraft templates.  Go check out her Baby Themed Shaped Cards Template Set and Cutting Files and her Clover Box Template Set and Cutting Files. She created these samples with her Little Mister paper pack and her Summer Lovin’ paper pack!

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SuzyQ Scraps has a free alphabet for her Facebook fans. 🙂 Just click on the “free” tab.

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Laura Banasiak has a brand new school themed kit out with the fabulous Miss Emily Card! Grab it this week while it’s on sale and you’ll get some digital stamps from Emily FREE!

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Check out this Penmanship Collection from Studio ViVa Artistry! With this beautiful set, you too can have the artsy look of calligraphy to your work. Lots of detailed elements to dress up your photographs or journal pages. Background papers are textured and lush for a great start. Lots of accents such as brushes and off-hand illustrations add even more charm to this collection.

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Sahlin Studio has this fun new school ephemera pack.  Find flashcards and paper clips, to paper stacks and report cards.

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A fun new set of templates is up in the Scrapbook Lady Scrap Shop!

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A new collaboration kit from paislee press + Leora Sanford is 20% off thru Sunday, September 16th.

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Studio Basic has a darling new doodle pack!

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Check out Karla Dudley’s newest designs!

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Celebrate After Five Design’s 4th Birthday! Lots of freebies, a store wide 35% off sale from September 13-19, plus a huge FREE collaboration kit for all orders of $10 or more!

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Coming this weekend from Traci Reed, 2 new gorgeous kits, one for the sickies out there and a collar with the fabulous Mari Koegelenberg that will have you sighing with happiness.

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A brand new collection from Studio Flergs; Free FALL-ing. Save $ when you buy the WHOLE collection! You get: Full kit with alpha. 14 assorted scatters & clusters, 6 alpha bundle & 8 glitters. All pieces are available individually too.

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Zoe Pearn has a new kit at Sweet Shoppe Designs this weekend called Sugar Baby! It’ll be the perfect thing to scrap your baby girl… There is also a FREE gift with purchase for a limited time only – a set of sweet cluster frames! 20% OFF SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER ONLY!

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I think Friday the 14th is a lucky day for digi scrappers!

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P.S. The title graphic was created with Weeds and Wildflowers Life365 and Ransom Notes.

Laura Banasiak: Life-long Friends

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It’s always super fun to meet designers in person and in real life. I got to meet Laura at Digiscrapapalooza this past spring. It was great to get to visit with her a bit here and there during the weekend!  Laura’s zest for life comes through in her vibrant designs. I would describe them as whimsically happy-go-lucky, just like Laura! Her doodles are definitely a signature touch to each of her products! Welcome back to The Digi Files, Laura, we are happy to have you! Let’s take a closer look at “Little Pretties” 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!

Here are some layouts created using Laura Banasiak’s contribution:

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Little Pretties by Laura Banasiak; Template by Amy Martin; Fonts: LD Elementary.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Little Pretties by Laura Banasiak; Painted Love alpha by Chelle’s Creations; Font: Traveling Typewriter.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Little Pretties by Laura Banasiak; Blocked Alpha by Laura Banasiak; My Words Only Vol. 5 by Captivated Visions; Font: DJB Digi Kim by Darcy Baldwin
Layout by Aaron. Supplies: Little Pretties by Laura Banasiak; Fonts: Cute-I-Nator by Darcy Baldwin.
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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Little Pretties by Laura Banasiak; Fonts: DJB Baby Bump by Darcy Baldwin.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My name is Laura Banasiak and I’m a WAHM (work at home mom) from the Chicagoland area. I’ve been designing digital scrapbook products for four years now, having made Scrap Orchard my home in 2010.

I’ve been lucky enough to have met a whole bunch of digital scrapbooking friends in my trips to Las Vegas for Scrap Orchard’s Digiscrap*apalooza 2011 and 2012 retreats. I’ve made some super fantastic life-long friends because this “hobby” and I couldn’t be more thankful to share my life with these awesome ladies all around the world!

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When I create girly products, a lot of the time I will scrapbook about my friends or sisters. I love the rare occasions when the three of us are all together and can manage to snap a picture that I can add to my scrapbooks.

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I’ve always been a memory keeper, if not in the traditional sense. For as long as I can remember, I’ve cherished my photo albums and enjoyed flipping through them. I’d stare at the pictures and remember what was happening when the photos were taken. Scrapbooking is definitely a step up, since I can share my stories right there along with the pictures!

I first used Photoshop in late 2006 to create forum signatures for BabyCenter. A little while later, I tried my hand at creating cute scrapbook kits like the ones I had been using in my forum signatures. My domain was purchased in September of 2008, where I first offered freebies before doing a bit of store jumping until Kami of Scrap Orchard called me in late 2010 to invite me onto her team. The rest is history!

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Everyday life inspires me. Music, colors, emotions. Sometimes the mood strikes and I search Google or Pinterest for a theme and/or color palette that moves me.

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Computer: Dell, my guy is trying to convert me to Mac. 😉
Program: Photoshop CS5 and Adobe Illustrator CS5
Camera: Nikon D90
Anything Else: Scanner: Epson Stylus NX400
Tablet: Wacom Bamboo Fun
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Try not to force your layouts. I know that in this community, we get all amped up about creative team requirements and all that, but I can’t stress enough that this should be about your memories first.

favoriteAll of my products are like my babies, so it can be hard to choose a favorite, but I love this one because it is SO my boys. I’ve scrapped pages of each of my sons using this kit and I can see myself using it again.

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This oldie but goodie with Captivated Visions still sells over a year later. I think people really appreciate a kit that allows them to scrap ALL emotions.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Laura Banasiak:

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

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50% OFF $7 or more in  Laura Banasiak’s ScrapOrchard store with coupon code LB50OFF (EXPIRES 10/31/12; collabs not included).

Go have a look in Laura Banasiak’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)!