Reflected Text

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I found a neat tutorial on this site that explains how to create the look of reflected text. You can read the full tutorial here.

The basic steps are:

  1. Type a word.
  2. Duplicate the word and flip the copy to –100% vertically.
  3. Add a layer mask to the flipped copy.
  4. Add a gradient to the mask on the upside down text.
  5. Reduce the opacity of the upside down text.

The tutorial goes into great detail on the steps, making it very easy to follow. It’s an easy text trick that only takes a couple of minutes to do.

I followed the tutorial almost exactly and ended up with this. Success!

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The I picked a photo with some water, where the text could “reflect”.

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Then I scrapped it!

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Credits: Brush Master Adventure by The Edits, Lazy Days by Heather T.

It was such an easy way to add a title to a page!

Photoshop can do so much more than I’ll ever ask it to do. It’s fun to test out tutorials and make use of new techniques on my scrapbook pages. One of the best parts about digital scrapbooking is that there is always more to learn!

Simple Tricks to Improve Your Photos

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Team member Jacki knows her way around Photoshop Elements and has taught all of us many things! I asked her if she would start sharing some tips here once a month and I’m super excited that she has agreed! This is her first post in a new series…

If you’re like me, you have more tasks to complete in a day than there are hours. And although you may love digital scrapbooking, you often don’t have large chunks of time to experiment or play with your photos. There are wonderfully detailed tutorials and video clips on improving your photos, but if you don’t have time to watch them, they won’t do you any good. Here are two simple things you can do to improve your photos.

1. Brighten your photo. Digital cameras are amazing these days and the camera settings are smart and precise. However, I always find my photos have that extra “pop” when I do one simple step – adjusting the lighting levels. Most photo editing software has this option, but I will use Photoshop Elements to show you. In the upper tool bar, look for Enhance. Slide down the menu and select Adjust Lighting and then choose Levels.

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A little box will appear with an image that looks like a mountain (or mountains), with the left being the darker lighting and the right the lighter end. Using your mouse, move the arrows so that they line up with the very bottom edges of that mountain. Play with it a little to see how you like the result. Your photo will show the changes as you work with the arrows.

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I often give it a little extra lightness by pushing that arrow past the base of the mountain to give it a little more “pop.” Give it a try! It’s surprising what a big difference a small adjustment will make.

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2. Straighten your photo. Although digital cameras are awfully smart, we still have to hold them and when they’re heavy, it’s easy to tip a little to the side and end up with a photo in which the horizon is off kilter. There’s an easy fix. In your photo editing program, duplicate the photo. In Photoshop Elements, right click on the photo in your Layers Palette and choose Duplicate Layer. Now use your mouse to click on the top layer of the photo and you’ll see a dashed line outlining the photo and small boxes in the corner, click on a box and you can rotate the photo. If you’ve got a good eye, you’ll be able to line it up nicely. If you need a little extra help, there is an option in the top tool bar called View. Click on it and select Grid. A series of squares will show up on your screen and you can use those to line up your photo perfectly.

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Undo the Grid and go to your Layers Palette and merge the two layers of photos together (Control click layers, Control E to merge). Now you can crop your photo so those background bits don’t show. Viola! Now you’re photo is straight.

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If you find these tips helpful, let us know. There are simple tricks to brightening eyes, brightening teeth, removing blemishes, cooling or warming a photo, removing shadows, adjusting pixelated photos and more that I will share with you over the next few months.

Creating a Chalkboard Christmas Card in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

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I LOVE the look of chalkboard art! It is an ART and one that I cannot do freehand! Thankfully, I have Photoshop skills (to quote Peppermint)! I have seen lots of chalkboard Christmas cards on Pinterest and thought our readers might like to create this look on their own. I haven’t really seen this trend pop up on layouts too much…yet! I thought a Sunday, un-digi post would be the perfect time to share this technique . Just like everything in these programs, there are a lot of ways to do things and this is only how *I* did it.

1) Pick your fonts. Katie found this great list of fonts that work great on chalkboards. I also think these would work great too. Check out The Daily Digi’s font pin board for more great fonts.

I used LasVegas and Candy Script for one greating that will be included in the download for members. In this tutorial, I am using Telemark Label. This tutorial will work in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

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2) Type your text.

3) Select your text using the magic wand and clicking on your text. ScreenClip(124)

4) Marching ants will appear around the text (it should appear inside the enclosed letters too (P,R,A,O, etc.):

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5) Create a new layer by going to Layer>New or clicking the “New Layer” icon in the bottom of the Layers Stack window:

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6) Turn off the text layer, by clicking on the eye.

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Here’s what my canvas looked like after turning off the text layer:

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7) We’re going to do our brushwork on the new layer so we can delete it if we want to or make changes to it.

8) Here’s the color choice I made (the hex number is the number at the bottom with a # next to it, just type it into the same spot on your color dialogue box to get the same color):

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9) I chose the Dry Media brushes. In the Brush window, I clicked on the preset tab, and selected brush 60 or the Soft Pastel Large brush. That automatically changes all of the settings to make some great looking chalk.

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I can change the size by using the slider at the top of the box.

10) I just use long brush strokes going across the entire selection. I don’t worry about making it perfect straight or filling everything in perfectly. When chalk artists work in real life, it’s not perfect.

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11) CTRL+D to deselect the text and turn the “ants” off.

12) Now, we need to mess it up a little. I will admit, it is easier to do if you have full Photoshop, but it can be done in elements as well.

Taking the same brush, I changed the rotation just a little from 90 degrees to 60 degrees. I also changed the size quite a bit:

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13) In PSE, just start dragging the brush around the outer edges. If you hold down the shift key while dragging, you will get a straight line, but the brush will create enough variance for you to make it look good.

14) In PSCS, get your magic wand again, turn back ON the type layer and click on the text (selecting it just like you did before.

15) Click on the path tab in the layers stack:

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16) At the bottom of the Paths window, click on the icon for creating a path from a selection:

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17) Go back to the layers tab and create a new layer by clicking on the new layer icon in the bottom of that window or going to Layer>New. Make sure that layer is selected. Go back to the path tab and click on the “Stroke Path with Brush” icon:

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18) Here’s what it looks like with just the text, before the stroke (the chalked layer hidden):

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Here’s what it looks like after I add the brush stroke on the path:

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Here’s what it looks like with the type layer turned off and the brushed chalk layer I created earlier, back on:

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Here’s a close up:

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This helps give it a truly blended and chalked look. Remember, fonts don’t float and this gives the font the depth it needs (but you can follow the linked tutorial to add even more).

Digi Game level members (those with an annual membership or those that pay $7.50 per month) will find a download with the chalkboard background, and two rasterized text files to practice on, as well as the finished chalked greetings. The downloads will expire at the end of November.

Wedding Bells

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The Daily Digi’s very own Heather was recently married and we all want to wish her and her new husband a long and happy marriage! Congratulations, Heather!

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As I approach my 10 year wedding anniversary, it occurs to me that it might be time to finally scrap my wedding! Smile

So in honour of love and marriage, let’s browse some lovely wedding scrapbook pages!

I love the super fun photo, repeated several times, paired with the doodled elements on this page by Paula:

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Isn’t this page by Dutch_Diva beautiful? What a magical way to show off a wedding photo!

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Gwendlite made a very pretty and delicate page for her wedding memories:

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Suladesign captured the food at a wedding. Considering the time brides spend on choosing the perfect meal, this is a great idea!

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Nessita made this stunning page. I love how the couple is spilling outside the photo frame and how the photo changes into a line drawing!

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On this fun page, Dotcomkari paired words from her wedding vows with photos from the wedding day.

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LESSON LEARNED

After looking around the galleries at all the beautiful wedding pages, my biggest take-away lesson is that wedding scrapbook albums/pages should be about evoking feeling. Many of us have separate wedding photo albums so the wedding scrapbook album can be an opportunity to pair photos with words to document the details and feeling of the day.

AND A FEW WORDS TO NEWLYWEDS…

To everyone who has recently married, all I can say is that, in the blink of an eye, you’ll be creating pages like this one by Crystal, celebrating your 10 year anniversary:

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PS – The title graphic was created using Awakening by Joyce Paul at Pink Poppy Press.

Friday Love

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I’m feeling some Friday love this week as I make my usual rounds in digiland. I love seeing all the new eye-candy each week that the talented designers put together. I’m especially grateful for the designers who take the time and effort to share their talents with our members here at The Daily Digi! We couldn’t run this site without them. We also couldn’t do it without the support of our wonderful members. Thank you to all those who purchase The Digi Files each month. We love you!

We recorded a new episode of The Digi Show this week all about self-portraiture. It was such an interesting and inspiring discussion!

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Did you know that there’s an update to the free Daily Digi app? It will take care of any bug crashes you might have experienced lately.

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Here’s what else is new and exciting:

Looking for Answers by Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs – perfect for all those tough moments life likes to throw at us.

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This week Quirky Twerp has a versatile new collection called Happy Life. It’s also available in a bundle that includes the kit shown here along with solids, patterned neutrals, journaling cards and word art.

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There’s a new MEGA pack of standard size templates (8.5×11) in the Scrapbook Lady Scrap Shop. There are 8 different layered templates included along with a bonus pdf with links to supplies and fonts used in Katie’s sample layouts. Perfect for the binder scrapper or great to mix in with other sizes in a larger album. (Great for Project Life type of scrapping!)

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Are you headed to the movies this weekend? Jennifer Labre has a fantastic new kit out that is perfect for all of your movie memories.

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ViVa has some pieces of scraps and ephemera to add to your layout stash. Mix it up with other kits, add it to a layout! Great neutral tones that work with most color swatches.

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For unique, original digi designs that will ROCK YOUR WORLD, check out Fayette Designs at Pickleberrypop!

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Create gorgeous, memorable Christmas scrapbook pages and photo albums or have plenty of supplies for your December Daily Project! Studio Rosey Posey’s Christmas to Remember is a festive, mixed media collection that you can use year after year!

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Flergs has a great new Christmas kit!

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New from Stolen Moments

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You are going to want to sing along to all your favorite carols with Chelle’s new release this week. Full of everything that sings Christmas, you’ll want to smell the boughs of greenery. Catch it this week on sale and get the quickies FWP!

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Scrapbook your favorite Christmas memories and moments with this new collection from SuzyQ Scraps! Two new bundles — & save an extra 25% off the discounted prices when you click on the “Buy Together” option. Plus you’ll receive the coordinating paper stackers & clusters FREE with purchase of the {Christmas Bundle}. The Daily Digi readers can save another 10% on top of all the other discounts with this code:
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(Expires 11-21-12 at 11:59pm Eastern. Expiration based on Eastern Time.Cannot be combined with any other coupon. May conflict with store-wide sales & discounts. Please contact suzyqscraps AT gmail DOT com if you have any questions regarding the coupon.)

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A SUPER FUN hybrid template from Girl Boy Girl Designs that’s perfect for class parties, holiday place settings and so much more!  Leave off the “accessories” for a special octagonal box for any occasion.  As always, new releases are 30% off through Monday! And the first two TDD readers to use the code  gbgd_PILgrimFREE will get the template for FREE!

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Here is a sweet and soft DREAM kit, from  ValC Designs, and guess what? Val also has a special and exclusive offer for you, TDD readers
10% off her store, no restriction!
(new products and Collab are included in the deal) –
valid until the 20th of November.
Use the code ValC_104TDDonly before checkout!

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Liz has these new templates in her store. They have a more traditional look with a full page design and lots of paper layers. Grab them now at 20% off!

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Studio Basic has a new funky and cool collab with Libby Pritchett.

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Here are a few more goodies that have caught my eye:

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Enjoy your weekend!

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P.S. The title graphic was created with Studio Flergs Sweet Fall. Congratulations to this week’s readers who have won $10 to one of November’s featured designers: Azika (Amber Shaw), Corinne (Just Jaimee) and Sherri (Cindy Schneider) Thanks for commenting!

Amber Shaw: Smelling Good

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Katie emailed me a link to Amber’s store and said I HAD to check out this designer! Katie knows me well and knew I would fall in love instantly and I did! I love the shabby, fun style of Amber’s designs! She creates beautifully cohesive collections through her theming and colors. I truly am a fan and so happy to welcome Amber to The Digi Files for the first time!!  Let’s take a closer look at “Warmth of a Family” 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 Amber Shaw’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Warmth of a Family by Amber Shaw; Fonts: Rub This! and CK.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Warmth of a Family by Amber Shaw; Templates 140 by Cindy Schneider; Font: DJB Melindas.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Warmth of a Family by Amber Shaw; Scenic template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady.
LO4 Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Warmth of a Family by Amber Shaw; Nannies Designs 16 Template 3; Font: DJB DIGI JenLin.
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You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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I am a 37 year old wife and mother of 4. My children are ages 7, 11, 13, and 18. I have 2 wonderful boy and 2 amazing girls and super cute “bugg” named Mr. Biggs. My wonderful husband of almost 16 years, my best friend and the one who makes me really laugh. Being creative in many areas is what is enjoyable for me, including sewing and crafting. Having created many perfumes, I love playing with fragrance combinations to come up something unique. Other things I enjoy are taking photos of my family, friends, or just a beautiful sunset (and Mr. Biggs!), cooking, reading, and writing.

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I have been “saving” this photo of my son to scrap with just the right kit. When creating Warmth of a Family for The Daily Digi, I knew it time to finally create a layout. I manipulated the photo making it black and white with a slightly chocolate tint. I love the photo so much that i wanted it to be large, I love his little curious face, pouty lip and little hands.

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I have small line of handcrafted perfumes that I supply to spas and salons. In my pursuit back in 2009 to find classier labeling options, even if I had to learn more about photoshop – then I would. In my search, I stumbled upon digital scrapbooking and I was hooked! After about months of scrapping, I started to give freebies. Not too long after, I was offered a spot at a small but effective store. As my skills grew, I became more and more addicted! So, here I am today still designing, always learning, and I did end up designing new labels for my products LOL so I am always smelling good!

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Many things make me jump with inspiration. Other than the obvious happenings of my family and creating kits around our special moments, I am very drawn to beautiful color palettes. I also gain quite a bit of inspiration from my creative team, they are always helping me with requests & ideas in brainstorming threads that are in our team forum. Those girls make designing easy with all of their great suggestions!

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Computer: I have a Toshiba laptop with Windows 7 and a 2TB EHD. I would LOVE 2 monitors and a bigger desk though!
Program: I use Photoshop and Illustrator CS5, as well as some filter forge, eye candy, and art rage.
Camera: I have a Fuji S1500 bridge camera
Anything Else: I do have a Bamboo pen and touch. I LOVE my tablet and can’t imagine design without it!
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One of the shortcuts I learned early on was saving frequently used styles. Everybody has their “go to” styles. For me those are some of my own custom shadows, kraft textures, plastics, etc. I am a style collector and I make them mostly for my use in designing a kit. Another thing I like to do is open up my favorite styles (let’s say metal styles by 5 different designers), if I like only 1 of each style in their style set, I will use the Preset Manager to save only the ones from each set, renaming them “My Favorite Metals” This way I don’t have to dig through all my metal styles or load several sets to find just 2 or 3 of my favorites! I often break up my styles in this manner or make new sets of random styles that are my favorite.

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Lady P is my favorite product right now. It was inspired by my grandmother, Peggy. She was truly a classy lady, with a big heart and absolutely full of grace. She passed at 86 years old, the day after my birthday this past February. Soon after, I created this kit in her honor. I used purple as the main color, because it was her favorite. I then added in soft colors that reminded me of some of the flowers she loved and “raised”. This kit is also special because the word strips describe her character completely.

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My most popular product to date are the boy and girl versions equally of a fairly new product, Birthday Bash. It was originally created for Pickleberry Pop’s Birthday Celebration as a Lolly Bag/Grab bag… it sold like hotcakes during that promo and the collection continues to outsell most of my kits!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Amber Shaw:

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

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Save 40% off Amber Shaw’s store with code ASDDS-TDD-40 through 1-1-13.

Go have a look in Amber Shaw’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 Amber Shaw

The following layouts were created using “Warmth of a Family” by Amber Shaw and included in The Digi Files during November, 2013:

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Layout by SharonS

 

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Warmth of a Family by Amber Shaw; Fonts: Rub This! and CK.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Warmth of a Family by Amber Shaw; Templates 140 by Cindy Schneider; Font: DJB Melindas.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Warmth of a Family by Amber Shaw; Scenic template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady.
LO4 Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Warmth of a Family by Amber Shaw; Nannies Designs 16 Template 3; Font: DJB DIGI JenLin.
Layout by Southernmother

Just Jaimee: Go To Town

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I have been a fan of Jaimee’s for a long time! She is an extremely talented designer with a wide array of style capabilities. She does a great job with minimal, retro, doodly whimsy, and so much more. I especially love her wordart and papers! Her contribution this month is HUGE!! Let’s take a closer look at “Coming Home” 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 Just Jaimee’s contribution:

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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Coming Home by Just Jaimee; Font: Jacki’s Hand.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Coming Home by Just Jaimee; Font: Scrap Baby.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Coming Home by Just Jaimee; Grow With Love Letters by Crystal Livesay and Sara Gleason;
Font: Darcy Baldwin.
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Coming Home by Just Jaimee; Daydream Paints by Tracy Martin; Font: Soymilk.
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Layout by Tara. Supplies: Coming Home by Just Jaimee; Fonts: DJB Tara.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My name is Jaimee Kaiser commonly known as Just Jaimee. I am full time working developer at a medium size firm in Freiburg, Germany. I moved here from London, Ontario in 2008. I am married with 3 daughters Sydney, Alexandra and Zoe. We also have a very loveable and lazy cat named Büsele (booze – alley). When I’m not working, with my family or designing, I read a lot, and play guitar.

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What I love most about this layout is the messy, chaotic patterns and brush work. I have been playing with my brushes I usually create for CU – and really go to town sometimes creations background mats or page borders applying different papers in style format to the brushes. Others might use clipping masks but it takes forever for me to decide which patterns i want to use, so that’s why I load everything and create styles so I can play more efficiently. I have a tutorial on YouTube for that.

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I started in 2009, a friend who owned a shop invited me to try designing. I was doing web design before I got into digital designing and I actually designed first before I scrapped (..oops). I think the shoes fit well, even as a beginner, and I learned a lot over the years – I am always looking for ways to better my designs and style. I am huge on experimenting and spend a lot of time in Photoshop pushing my knowledge where I can.

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I’m inspired by color. Color schemes put me in a mood that is set for my kit. You can almost feel it by looking at my kits – at least I like to think so. I am also very much inspired by paper scrapping. I read a lot of trend magazines and such and my style tends to lean towards a paper scrapping style.

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Computer: I have both an iMAC(Snow Leopard – put Lion on it last year and ended up not liking it) and PC(Windows 7). My iMac has over 3GB of RAM but my Windows is getting old but it does have 4GB of RAM. My iMac is a 24inch, I also have an external monitor for my Windows – a 27inch LG.
Program: I have PS5 on both Mac and PC – using mostly Photoshop and Illustrator. I sometimes use seamless studio, color schemer studio and rarely use Art Rage. I also have Alien Skin Eye Candy (treated myself this year!)
Camera: I have an entry DSLR – Nikon D3000 – about 4 different lenses. I don’t remember exactly which ones at the moment:)
Anything Else: I have my beloved intuos4 tablet, it’s a must have for me.

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I have so many, I’m not sure where to start:) I suppose a tip I would like to emphasize is don’t underestimate the power of the brush! You can really turn a regular layout into a fantastic layout just by using brushes. You don’t have to just plop on 1 brush – try playing around with the brush preset settings like scatter and such. Try and use your brush work at the very end of doing your layout where you can accent behind your frames / clusters, page borders, title work. Clip a paper to those brushes to really give a fun rub-on type of look!

favoriteAt this time, I would say I really like my September Storyteller Collection. I love the colors and how it turned out! I used a lot of chipboard like style in the elements – it has a very paper scrappy feel to it. It’s pretty big too and full of goodies! I just wish I had more time to play with it!

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Feelin’ Peppy was popular I think because of the colors and fun, goofy theme. It’s still pretty theme neutral enough to work for any kind of layout! I was feeling pretty peppy when I created it – hence the name. It’s just an all around fun kit to play with I think.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Just Jaimee:

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Birthday Bliss Digital Kit

Summer Bucket List Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Just Jaimee

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

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To save 35% off your next order at Just Jaimee’s store use coupon code ddsubs328 (1 user per person).

Go have a look in Just Jaimee’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 Just Jaimee

The following layouts were created using “Coming Home” by Just Jaimee and included in The Digi Files during November, 2012:

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Layout by SharonS
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Coming Home by Just Jaimee; Font: Jacki’s Hand.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Coming Home by Just Jaimee; Font: Scrap Baby.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Coming Home by Just Jaimee; Grow With Love Letters by Crystal Livesay and Sara Gleason;
Font: Darcy Baldwin.
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Coming Home by Just Jaimee; Daydream Paints by Tracy Martin; Font: Soymilk.
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Layout by Tara. Supplies: Coming Home by Just Jaimee; Fonts: DJB Tara.

A fun & easy approach to December Daily

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I’ve played around with doing a December Daily album since 2008. For the first few years, I would start out strong and then never finish the whole month. I didn’t feel bad about it though, because those pages are included in our albums and are a great representation of our December activities.

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Last year was the first time I made it through the entire month and I came pretty close to finding a formula and format that worked well for me. My only “mistake” was that I tried to be too hybrid about the whole thing. There’s nothing wrong with that, and many of our readers love hybrid-style projects. I just found out that I’m not one of them. I really am an ALL DIGI gal these days and that’s what makes me happy! So I’ve decided to tweak a few things for this time around. I shared a lot about my approach when we had Ali Edwards (originator of the December Daily project) on The Digi Show last week.

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Last December, I used a Project Life type of approach for my December Daily album. I love Becky Higgin’s Project Life and I thought it would be perfect for capturing the little details of our daily life in December. I was right about that and it is a great format for a December Daily album. I’m not really interested in doing Project Life for my main memory keeping, but I love it for my December album!

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Here’s what DID NOT work for me:

  • I did not enjoy having to get my pictures printed before I could do anything with them. I also don’t like printing at home. Both of these factors became big problems for me as the month went on because I wanted to keep up with the project. I wanted to be able to enjoy the pages during the month of December. I also was trying to blog about them on my personal blog.
  • It was a pain to have to photograph the pages during the short daylight hours of winter. I do almost all of my creative work late at night, but I would have to wait until the following day to get a decent picture. The turnaround time of waiting for prints and waiting to photograph the pages made it nearly impossible to blog about my December Daily project in a timely manner.
  • Because I used divided page protectors, I had to use the same design format for the front and back of a page (2 sided). I like to have more freedom with my page designs.
  • I decided I do not like using a corner rounder or even a paper trimmer anymore. What an ironic thing this was for me to realize after decades of being a die-hard paper scrapper!

Here’s what DID work for me:

  • The 12×12 album format was perfect for this project, which is funny since I don’t use that size for anything else. I love that I could include full size programs right in my book.
  • Mixing page protector sizes made the album fun for me and for those who looked at it. I really like the mix of page protector sizes that Becky Higgins offers with her Project Life product line. I’m going to mix in even more sizes this year. I’ve never been one to do this in my other albums, but it worked out perfectly for including all the little bits of December memorabilia that I collected.
  • My favorite part of this approach is that I have a big album that I can just keep adding to each year. I don’t want to have to complete a separate album for each year. I’m not a big fan of mini-albums and I don’t want to have 20 December albums sitting around in 20 years. I love the idea of pulling out our December album each year and being able to look through several years at once. It makes much more sense for me from a space standpoint and it is more fitting with my personal style.

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What I’m going to do differently this year:

  • Use digital templates and digital scrapbooking products to create my pages. I’ll share some of my favorites at the end of this post. I will print them as 12×12 size pages and slip them into plain 12×12 page protectors.
  • Use the divided page protectors with smaller slots for collected memorabilia that I don’t need to alter in any way.
  • No trips to Costco to pick up prints! That really messed with my happy mood last year. lol! I can share my digital pages on my blog as I create them and then order the prints to be delivered via mail service from Persnickety Prints.

Revamping my 2011 pages to fit my plan:

Some people might think I’m a bit crazy to go back and redo my pages from last year, but in reality it’s only a handful of pages and I since I have all the digital components that were printed out, I was able to just quickly put them together in digital page format. Because I want to keep them all in the same album as the pages I will be doing in upcoming years, I knew I wouldn’t feel satisfied if everything didn’t match in style. It’s just who I am.

This feels so much better to me, and it was A LOT easier to put together!

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Here are a few more of my revamped pages: (all are linked for credits)

2011 public redux

2011 photobomb redux

2011 printables redux

You can watch my December Daily set on Flickr to see more of my pages as I add them. Of course, there are unlimited ways to put together a December Daily album, this is only my method. Feel free to experiment and play around! Be sure to check out Ali’s December Daily section on her blog to see all the different ways she has completed this project over the years.

Some of my favorite digi products I’m using for my December Daily album:

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Of course, I’ll be watching the shops over the next few weeks and browsing through my stash as well. I love finding bits of digital word art and journaling cards to use my album!

Are you participating in December Daily this year? Will you be keeping a daily album? Blogging about your days? Sharing photos on instagram? Be sure to listen to the podcast we did all about December Daily to get even more inspiration!

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