Photographing Kids At Halloween

If there is one time of year for getting photographic cooperation from your kids, it’s Halloween.

Want to take the best photos you can this year? Here are a few pointers to help you out.

Get Great Light

It may be customary to start your Halloween festivities after dark, but for great photos head out a little earlier. The best light is going to be in the golden hour or just before. The light is even and indirect, making your photos sing. Out earlier in the day? Avoid bright sun and read the tips in this post.

Go On Location

Costumes and kiddos are cute, but bump it up a notch with a great location. I’ve taken a bat and a vampire to our Old City Cemetery. It’s old worn headstones and large mausoleums are a perfect backdrop for photos.

You don’t have to go far for a great location. When Ian wanted to dress as a Army Medic (in his pajamas) we walked to the end of our block. The railroad levee with old worn wood and dried weeds was a perfect location.

 

Give Them Something To Do

Costumes mean pretending, right? Catch them in the action. Princesses need to twirl, pirates need to draw their swords, and bats need to be mysterious. Use a fast shutter speed to stop their motion or slow it down to give your photo a sense of blur.

 

Go For The Candid Shot

If you’ve got a longer lens, go for the candid shot. It may take some patience, but wait until they are in the middle of removing their costume, exploring their loot, removing their mustache, or talking to themselves to get a great show. Focus on their eyes or hands for a little extra something.

 

Shoot The From Behind

This is the ahhhh shot. The sweet child walking away in costume. Is there anything better? Send them on their way and as you hang back snap a few. Think about your composition and consider showing their entire bodies and then for below their knees. There is something precious about cute fairy feet! Or baseball player, zombie, ninja, or whoever they might be.

Find yourself out after dark? Read this post for tips on getting great low light photos.

Shoot The Big Kids Too

Rumor has it, Halloween can bring out a little cooperation in the big kids too. Grab your opportunity to catch them in the act as well. Same rules can apply! My neighbor willingly posed to show off her Corpse Bride costume.

What costumes will you photograph  this Halloween? I’d love to know in the comments below.

 

Ya Yeah Designs: Something Entirely Different

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It’s always fun when two designers team up to create a new brand and completely unique designs. When Aja emailed me and sent me some of her work with Christine under the Ya Yeah brand, I was very excited! Such a fun a unique look throughout all of their designs! I wasted no time in scheduling Ya Yeah to contribute to The Digi Files! Let’s take a closer look at “Sugar & Spice” 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 Ya Yeah ’s contribution:

 

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Sugar & Spice by Ya Yeah ; Fonts: Soymilk.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Cindy Schneider, Pink Ribbon (altered): Rachaels Scraps, Font: CK Allison

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Christine: I live in Southern California with my husband and Chow Chow pooch Ushi. I love the beach, going to new restaurants, babysitting and playing with my baby nephew, and laughing. Some of my hobbies include beading, jewelry making, vintage clothes and jewelry collecting, decorating my house, playing the violin, viola, piano, hammered dulcimer and wooden penny whistle.

Aja: I live in the Midwest on a seminary campus, where my husband is a full-time student. We have 3 energetic children, ages 10, 8 and 7. I’m a photographer, graphic designer, part-time nanny and homeschool mom. I like to craft, cook and read Brit. Lit. in my free time.

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Christine: I love collecting and customizing Blythe dolls, doll sundries, and Rement, as well as decorating my doll’s “house”, which is actually more like a New York City loft, 5-sided polygonal, trapezoidal diorama. I created it with the help of my dh and my father and mother in law. We spent a week putting it together and it is so much fun to decorate and photograph. It has 3 versions of a wooden floor, one stained ebony, one natural and one white. Each wall is painted a different color, a palette that is very cheerful and retro feeling…It has a wood slat chair rail on two sides that can be removed or added back in as desired, and we fabricated a steel floor to fit under the wood floors so that the dolls can be held upright by their hidden stands with magnets. During my next vacation I will be creating a window for the loft, and then I want to create a Blythe Theater! My dolls are a constant source of design inspiration for me, and a fun creative outlet and hobby!

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Ya Yeah was born out of a desire that each of us had to do something entirely different than what we were both used to doing when creating as our individual design personas (Aja Abney and Fiddlette Designs). We worked and sold side by side for the past 5 or so years first at Scrap Artist, and then at CatScrap. We both have backgrounds in art and design and love to scrapbook both paper and digital as a hobby. Aja is a photographer, Christine is a paper crafter and art journaler. We both love art and drawing, Aja is fabulous at color selection, and we both adore unusual kit themes. We also love hand made elements and elements that use commercial use products sparingly, as originality is essential to whom we are as designers. We share a love of vintage and retro looks, and hand drawn elements. We work well together and share a mutual respect and admiration for the other’s strengths and abilities…and we enjoy the process of coming up with new ideas and seeing them through from start to finish, so designing is a pleasure for us and working together helps us to constantly raise the bar and to strive to be better and better.

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Kit ideas can come from anywhere. One of us will think of something outside the box like “hey, how about a ‘nerdy girl’” or, “how about a ‘Paris Flea Market’ or ‘Travel the World’ series of kits?” and the other one will jump on it and say, “yeah, that’s cool, lets do it!”…it’s as simple as that! We share photos and palettes that inspire us from all over the web, especially from Flickr, Pinterest, Polyvore, Etsy, etc…We work on our individual parts and then put them together to see how they fit…when something doesn’t work, we tell the other and we are open to criticism…just pull it out is always the best solution! We both want to be proud of the final product…it has to speak to us as scrappers and also represent who we are, who we want to be, and how we want to present ourselves as a team, so it is very important that the final product be extraordinary and please us both.

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Computer: PC Windows
Program: Christine: Adobe Creative Suite 4
Aja: CS3
Camera: Christine: I have a Canon EOS30D, but I use my iphone and apps more, lol!
Aja: I have a Canon 7D with a 35mm/1.4 lens.
Anything Else: Christine: I have a Wacom Bamboo Fun…and I couldn’t live without it! My tablet and Illustrator are my favorite “go to” design tools. I also just bought an Epson Perfection V500 photo scanner…it is terrific!

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Create something everyday, regardless of how much time or how small it may seem…even if you have only a few minutes…don’t let those minutes remain empty…at the end of the day, when you review what you accomplished that day, you will look back at that thing you created and say, “hey, I made that!”…and that is the best feeling in the world! Builds self esteem, confidence, desire to improve, and keeps the creative juices flowing!

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We love Best Friends because it is about us, women…Women’s friendships with each other, women who are there for and that care about each other. There are many kits out there that are for moms to scrap their kids and their families lives, but there are very few about the women themselves behind the camera, the scrappers, the family historians, and their friendships and relationships with other women…those relationships are golden and we sometimes take them for granted, as they (necessarily) take a back seat to our families, but they are important to us nonetheless, providing us inspiration and fuel and good advice and even fun daily!

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Moody Miss was the first kit we created as Ya Yeah and it is a perfect example of the Ya Yeah archetype…unusual theme, pretty, unique, but moody colors perfectly compatible to the theme, hand drawn art, a marriage of retro and modern patterns…we love it!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Ya Yeah :

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

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Grab these free coordinating journal cards at Ya Yeah ’s store during the month of October.

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Go have a look in Ya Yeah ’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)!

Real Life Inspiration Boards

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Long before Pinterest came along, I was pinning inspirational ideas and memories on a real bulletin board. As long as I can remember, I’ve had a board of some sort, even if it was just the back of my bedroom door. I would collect pictures, quotes, and favorite images and put them up together in one place for happiness and inspiration. Even now that I’m an all digi kind of gal, I can’t live without my real life boards!

I’m in the mood to redo my boards and I would like to help my kids start curating their own collections so I’ve been looking for ideas. There are so many to choose from!

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A bulletin board can be a design focal point in a room.

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Or it can be simply a small addition.

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Clipboards are a great way to be able to change around an inspiration board in an instant.

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Linen pinboard from Pottery Barn = beautiful elegance.

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DIY homasote boards are great for those on a tight budget.

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Pottery Barn Teen bulletin board tiles are perfect for mixing and matching.

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You can really make a pinboard from just about anything!

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I love the way the shutters are used here!

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In fact, you don’t even have to use a “board” format at all. Art wires are a fun alternative!

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There’s just something wonderful about having a place to display some visual inspiration.

Best of all, you can change it around any time you want to!

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PS. Congratulations to this week’s readers who have won $10 to one of October’s featured designers: Alyna (Heather Roselli) and McAmy (Flergs). Thanks for commenting!

Photo series

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On The Digi Show, Steph has talked about how her Dad has taken series of photos throughout his years of travel. He has chosen themes that are meaningful to him such as empty benches in each place he visits. I love that every bench is placed in the picture with plenty of local background to give context.

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Another series he has collected is his “out the window” shots.

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Amazing photography! Isn’t it neat how much more powerful these pictures are when they are presented together as a series? It can turn one special photo into a stunning collection!

 

My Mom lives in New Mexico and takes some amazing pictures of the beautiful southwest doorways in the area. I love all the colors!

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Heddy says she loves to take sunset photos and has quite a few of them. Who doesn’t love a good sunset?

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My favorite ongoing photo series is a collection of our shadows at various times and places.

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I also love to take pictures of feet, especially mine or my family’s feet in different places.

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and when a bunch of teenage girls came over to my house, I couldn’t resist getting this shot.

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My son Alex falls asleep quite easily so we regularly take pictures to add to the “sleeping in public collection” – lol!

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Looks like he comes by it naturally! Winking smile

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Christine Newman aka Listgirl has blogged about her husband’s silly eating food pose they have come to refer to as “The Todd Shot”. We’ve even discussed this on The Digi Show before as Peppermint paid a visit to the Newmans in San Diego and even participated in her own version of “The Todd Shot”. Christine has even received pictures from readers who have imitated this pose. That’s the fun thing about photo series – often times you can get others excited about participating as well! I asked Christine and Todd if they would be willing to share a few of his famous Todd Shots here:

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Our team had some more fun ideas for series to photograph:

Jacki – My kids play a lot of sports and I’m finding that I’m often taking photos of their shoes. When they’re in a huddle, I just lay my camera down low and snap a photo from the knees down. I’ve ended up with some fun photos that way. My FB cover photo is of my girls wearing converse tennies in front of an old building and I just love it!

Tara – we always do a group shot no matter where we are when we travel…  I just did a photowalk just around my home and photographed the theme of lines.  I’m a lover of architecture so I like to photograph details in buildings, and just signed up for a photo walk in October with 50 other photographers in our city with historical architecture as our theme.  I also seem to do a lot of from where a stand shots.

Kimberly K – I travel for business a lot, which means I visit newspapers all over the world. When I go to a new place, I always take a picture of the sign outside the newspaper. Though people might not be going to newspapers regularly, they could always photograph the same place they go in different cities or countries.

What do you always take pictures of? Have you thought about presenting those photos as a collection on a scrapbook page or in an album? What ideas do you have for an ongoing series to capture? We’d love to know!

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P.S. The font in the title image is MTF Base Outline. Photo by Steph’s Dad.

Putting the fun in Funtastic!

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For me, the fun on Friday is all about the digi shopping! It’s a day to hit the stores and listen to The Digi Show. We have a new episode ready for you!

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Get this beautiful kit from Stolen Moments FREE when you spend $10 at ScrapMatters!  Now through Oct. 31st.

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Scrap your Halloween fun with this delicious black & orange kit from SuzyQ Scraps, filled with perfectly haunted papers and spooky embellishments. Perfect for adults, teenagers, and kids! SPECIAL OFFER: Save an extra 30% on the bundle thru 10-25-12, plus receive the paper stackers and clusters FREE!

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A digital scrapbooking stitch set by Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs, Little Sew & Sew Frames v.2 will help add that finishing touch to your projects.

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Jenn Labre has a coupon just for our readers!

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Studio Basic has a new kit with Micheline Martin

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Chelle’s got a great pre-DSD sale going on all her commercial use products.

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Create custom addition and subtraction flash cards from your favorite kits with this action from Wendyzine.

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Tracie Stroud has an exclusive coupon for TDD readers! Use coupon code TSD-ff-SAVE-30 to save 30% on any purchase of $5 or more in her shop!

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Studio Flergs Halloween Sale! 30% off all older Halloween kits & save 20%-40% on the new Heebie Jeebie range. October 19-25.

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Laura Banasiak has coupon for our readers!

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No new templates in the Scrapbook Lady Scrap Shop this week, but I’m extending the sale on this set for another week. Pick it up for only $3.50!

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Ellie Lash is having a sale in her personal shop through the end of October.

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Purchase Fuss Free: Strong Foundation 7 from Fiddle-Dee-Dee and receive Fuss Free: Strong Foundation 8 FREE!  Fresh Fruit priced at 20% off ~ 8 templates for $3.60!  Offer valid October 18-25, 2012.

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Check out “A Little Bit Creepy” from Girl Boy Girl Designs – and be sure to check the Girl Boy Girl Designs facebook page for a coordinating alpha!

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Keep in touch with Val, she is opening her new store @ ….. the Only One … @Oscraps!. A grand Opening is always so exciting, and to share with you all, Val (a.k.a. ValC designs) is having a great opening sale will run only for a few days… don’t miss it!

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Sahlin Studio has a brand new kit at The LilyPad today called, “Fairest One of All“.  It’s 20% off this weekend

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One Little Bird has a new release for 20% off through Sunday!

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Here are some other great finds that caught my eye:

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Whew! Is your scrolling finger worn out now? Mine sure is. What a workout! lol! Open-mouthed smile

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P.S. The title graphic was created with Erica Zane’s Juicy kit.

Studio Flergs: Proud of This Page

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Flergs has been a huge supporter of The Daily Digi from the beginning, appearing in the first Digi Files ever and again a couple of years ago. She also regularly contributes to our exclusive collabs for members. Flergs is well known throughout the community for her fabulous designs and her kind heart. Flergs is an incredibly talented designer with a great sense of color and style! She can ROCK a Halloween kit even though Ausies don’t usually celebrate it. Let’s take a closer look at “Happy Haunting” 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 Studio Flergs’s contribution:
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Happy Haunting by Studio Flergs; All Stacked Up Clusters 14 and All Stacked Up Backgrounds 6 by Captivated Visions.

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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Happy Haunting by Studio Flergs; Fonts: Just The Way You Are.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Happy Haunting by Studio Flergs; Structured Template by Scrapbook Lady.

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Layout by Jackie. Supplies: Happy Haunting by Studio Flergs; Fonts: Witched.

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Layout by Tara. Supplies: Happy Haunting by Studio Flergs; Template from ChrissyW sample pack 28 #3.

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I’m a mum of 2 kids. I manage to design while they are at school or in bed each night. The rest of my time is spent driving them to all of their after school activities, or working in the real world. I’m a mad TV fan, but I usually watch my shows on one screen while I design on the other. This works OK but I spend more time listening than watching lol. I’ve always loved to be artsy & craftsy, and this feels like what I was meant to do. I’m so happy I found digi, and designing is far more fun than scrapping ever was!

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I’m proud of this page for 2 reasons. It is documenting a very special time, when my son learned to ride without training wheels. That was a BIG milestone in our family. And also it was the first layout I had published in a magazine, Aussie Scrapbooking Memories magazine. I barely ever scrap, and when I do I usually don’t post to galleries. Just upload to facebook or my instagram gallery etc…

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Everything from Dex by Studio Flergs. Template by Cluster Queen Creations.

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I found digi in 2007 when my daughter had just turned 1, I was complaining in a weightloss forum about lack of time to scrap. A friend linked me to some designers & stores such as Shabby Princess & Peppermint Creative. I downloaded some freebies and I was hooked! I started selling actions in a store a few months later, then moved to Scrapbookgraphics in 2008 where my designing career really took off. I’ve always had Photoshop, but never really did much with it. Everything is self taught and I learn more & more each kit I make. I love the look of digi pages more than paper pages, we can just do so much more.

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Lots of things I see, clothing & fabric is a big starter. Magazines & catalogues. Anything that might have a combination of interesting colours. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration.

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Computer: I have 2 monitors, one is my working monitor about 26″ and a smaller 17″ one I use to either watch TV online while I work, or honestly waste time browsing facebook 😉 I use Windows 7 64bit. I have about 4x 1TB hard drives & 2 externals. 12Gig ram which REALLY gets a workout! I run a lot of actions & filters and I find my PC never misses a beat! It’s super fast.
Program: I use Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection. Eye Candy. Filter Forge. Art Rage.
Camera: An old Canon 4D. I’m more of an iPhone photographer.
Anything Else: Can’t live without my Logitech G15 keyboard & G9 laser mouse. Oh and I LOVE that my PC has a BluRay drive so I can play my favourite movies while I work.

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My pet peeve is losing work due to a crash etc… so now I open a new doc & save it right away. Then I open it and work, hitting CTRL+S every time I create anything new. This way I am constantly saving as I work and if there is a crash, I can open it again at the last piece I created.

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This would be my current favourite choice. Just for the colours & metallic elements. Whenever I need to scrap a page or ad for myself, this would be my go to kit. It’s very ‘me’.

 

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This is definitely one of my best selling kits/collections. And I really had a great time creating it too, I found it very hard to stop. A lot of people love Halloween kits, even for non Halloween pages. I was extra proud of the little potion bottles too, they turned out better than I could have imagined. I love that it is more of a gothic style kit than typical Halloween. This was why I chose to create another Halloween kit for TDD readers, Happy Haunting is similar in style & colours to match perfectly with Spookilicious.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Studio Flergs:

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

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SAVE $2 off $5 or more at Studio Flergs!

Use code Flergs-TDD-2OFF to save $2 on any order over $5 in Studio Flergs’s store! Expires November 1st.
Go have a look in Studio Flergs’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)!

Making Gray/Grey Skies Blue

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After living in the Seattle area for twelve years, I learned how to make a gray sky look blue. Days that I thought were sunny (a.k.a. not rainy) and felt sunny, didn’t always have a blue sky to reflect the absence of rain. The photo above is one that I wanted to hang on my wall, but I could NOT have a gray sky!

Here’s how (this will work in PSCS or PSE):

Use your magic wand to select the sky:

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I’ve found that each photos is different, so you have to change the tolerance level until all of the sky has marching ants around it. Here are the settings I used for this photo:

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You can see below that part of the upper left corner, where it was more blue, was not selected.

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To incorporate this into the selection, select the Lasso tool:

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Hold down the shift key and draw around that blue area as well as the outer edge of the photo. You can also take away areas that are selected that shouldn’t be by holding down the Alt key and using the Lasso tool. Now the photo looked like this:

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Now, add a new layer by going to Layer>New>Layer.

Most of the time, when you look at a photo that has a naturally blue sky straight out of the camera (SOOC), the blue is darker at the top and lighter at the bottom. This is why we will add a gradient. I choose my first color by finding a blue somewhere in the photo (or another photo with a great blue sky). For this photo, I sampled the upper left corner of the photo:

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I will need a little bit darker blue, so for the next color, I use the same color as the one above, but then move the selection directly right, so it’s just darker:

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You can see I got a gamut alert on this color (triangle with an exclamation next to the darker blue), so I just clicked the triangle and it fixed it:

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Make sure the darker color is your foreground color and the lighter blue is your background color:

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Now select the gradient tool:

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Here are the settings I used:

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Make sure your new, blank layer is selected, then:

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Last, I adjust my opacity a little bit on the sky layer, below it is set to 76% and looks very much like a sunny August day in Seattle:

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Here’s our before and after again:

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Inspired by Song Titles and Lyrics

 

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Have you ever used a song title or lyrics on a scrapbook page? It’s one of my favorite ways to get ideas for my pages and I love to use both titles and lyrics on layouts. There are many ways that songs can inspire our scrapping:

Song titles make great page titles!

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Jacki got the idea for this layout title from the BeeGee’s “Stayin’ Alive.” With photos of her 40+ yr. old DH surfing with a group of teenagers, she thought it seemed fitting. Winking smile

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Sometimes all you need to do is think of a song title to get your journaling wheels turning.

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It’s perfectly ok to change the words of a title around to fit your own theme!

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You can even reuse the same idea in a different way.

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The same goes for lyrics – sometimes they aren’t quite right for your page until you change a word or two. Trina changed this Carrie Underwood song around since her family is not American.

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Kimberly K. created her own clever version of Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love and made it into an ode to the iPad. So fun!

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Need some ideas for song titles to use as page titles?

  • Try looking through your own playlist. Just read through the titles and make notes of any of them that make you think of a certain memory or some photos. Ask your friends and family members to do the same and brainstorm together.
  • Keep a notebook nearby when you are listening to music and jot down page inspiration as you listen.
  • Use internet search tools. Do a search for all song titles by a favorite artist. Look for songs about the topic you are scrapping – for example; if you are doing a layout about a recent trip to California, search for songs about California.
  • Browse through lists of titles of children’s songs, classic hits, chart toppers, and movie soundtracks for even more ideas!

Just be warned that people might break into song when they see your page! Smile

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P.S. The title graphic was created with Digital Design Essentials Perfect Harmony and Bebas font.

My Life Of Adventure

“My Life of Adventure” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 24th payment (or 24th month for annual members). “My Life of Adventure” contains: 117 papers, over 290 elements, 6 layered templates, 1 suitcase template w/ cutting files, 2 alphas, plus bonus clusters and quick pages. This amazing collection was created by 36 of the top digital scrapbooking designers (all of whom are previous contributors to THE DIGI FILES) and The Daily Digi team members.

Here’s a closer look at everything that is included in “My Life of Adventure”:

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Chelle’s Creations

Danielle Engebretson

Dianne Rigdon Design

Ellie Lash

Erica Zane

Eva Kipler

FayETTE Designs

Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

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Heather Roselli Designs: My Dream Gig

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It’s been over two years since Heather Roselli joined us in The Digi Files. I’m so excited to welcome her back with us once again! Heather has a great scrappy style that mixes patterns and colors very well. Her papers are easy to use together and her kits come full of lots of fun elements to choose from!  Heather’s great sense of colors shines in each and every kit! Let’s take a closer look at “Miles of Smiles” 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 Heather Roselli Designs’ contribution:

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Miles of Smiles by Heather Roselli Designs.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Miles of Smiles by Heather Roselli Designs; Fonts: Taylor-McKenzie.
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Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Miles of Smiles by Heather Roselli Designs.
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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Miles of Smiles by Heather Roselli Designs; Template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady, Font: Digi JenLin.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Miles of Smiles by Heather Roselli Designs; Slices of Life (templates) by Scrapbook Lady;
Font:Typewriter Scribbled.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Name
Heather Roselli
Moved just a year ago from Nashville TN to Seattle WA. Married for 13 years with 3 boys – 10 years old and identical twins 7 years old

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Since Liam started playing baseball a few years ago I’ve been impressed with his performance. I was feeling really bad this spring/summer that we couldn’t get him on a team due to not knowing where we were moving after our rental lease was over. So when I created the Runs Batted In kit, I felt the pull to scrap as many of the pictures I could from his last season. I ended up doing three pages, an overview (shown here), one about him as pitcher and one about his favorite position of catcher.

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Credits – Runs Batted in by Heather Roselli; Cindy’s Layered Templates – Set #40 by Cindy Schnieder

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I began scrapbooking in January 2002 after my first child was born in order to share his new life with my Mom and Dad since they lived so far away. I soon became frustrated with having pictures the wrong size for what I wanted to do. I started laying out my page spreads on the computer so I could crop the photos the way I wanted to before ordering my digital prints. Somehow while doing that I stumbled across digital scrapbooking and realized that was what I had been doing, except I was then translating my digital layouts to paper ones. I put up all my paper supplies and immediately started creating digital pages!
Within just a few weeks I started designing my own kits based on the colors and patterns in my children’s clothes, not with the intent to sell them, but just to use for myself. Soon I had 10 kits on my hard drive! Turned out that I loved designing! I was incredibly lucky to be involved with The Digi Chick forums at that time and was accepted as a designer there in the Fall of 2005. In July of 2007 I moved to my dream gig at Sweet Shoppe Designs and absolutely love it there! What a wonderful group of designers, staff members and community members we have there!

When I’m not designing (is there a time when I’m not??), I spend time with my three sons (10 years old and 7 year-old twins) and husband of over 13 years in Seattle, WA. My oldest is in 5th grade and the twins are in 2nd grade. When not in school we attend Cub Scout meetings and baseball and basketball practices and games. Since moving to the Seattle area last year, we are still taking trips around the area seeing all the sites that are new to us.

inspiredMy kids and their activities and interests, my team’s ideas, forum and customers’ ideas, the seasons, different websites…everything! hehe

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Computer: I work on a 17″ HP Pavilion Entertainment PC laptop running Windows 7 hooked up to an external 21″ Dell monitor. The laptop has 8GB of RAM and handles all my programs really well, even after 2 years of constant use.
Program: By the time this is read I will be using Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator CS6, however, my kit Miles of Smiles, was created using Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator CS3. I also use several filter/texture plug-ins on occasion.
Camera: I have just a Nikon Coolpix S10 point and shoot, but my dh has a professional Cannon 1DS that is on “permanent borrow” from a friend of his that loves photography and buys every new camera that comes out! My husband’s photos are the ones I really love scrapping these days.
Anything Else: I have a wireless Wacom tablet that I use when at my desk. I use the mouse and the pen with it when I am working. I occasionally “sink” to using the trackpad when not at my desk. hehe

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We sometimes try to create for others…and it often times just doesn’t work (in layouts and in kits). I always tell my team to scrap what they want to in the style that they love…because the layouts they love will almost always be their greatest work. I truly believe this. Do what you love, love what you do…and your family will love you and your efforts to preserve your family’s memories.

favoriteLove Monkey is probably my favorite kit recently. I like to make Valentine’s Day type kits that aren’t too girly and that can also be used for general pages about our loved ones. Love Monkey has the additional benefit of being perfect for sock monkey photos as well!

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Teacher’s Pet, a school-themed kit that I created with Tracey Howard, has been my most popular product for over a year now. We choose the obvious primary colors for a preschool through elementary school theme. I think the bright colors and unique, cute graphics we drew appealed to most scrappers with children in school.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Heather Roselli Designs:

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

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Save 35% off Heather Roselli Designs’ store with coupon code hroselliTDD35%, expires 11-30-2012.

Go have a look in Heather Roselli 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)!