A Gift Getting Gala

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Have you been dreaming of an annual membership to The Digi Game?!? Then, send your loved ones a link to our Gift Certificates page and have them grab the gift that will keep giving all year long! Imagine, every single month on the first, getting access to over $50 in digital scrapbooking supplies, an interactive ebook with tips, tutorials, and ideas for using those supplies, and access to an exclusive collection every four months! It is the BEST deal in digi!

 

We recorded this episode of The Digi Show with Christine a couple of weeks ago and I am so excited to share it with you!  There are a lot of quick and dirty hacks and tricks for everything from photo editing to using a Silhouette machine.

 

There are a lot of GREAT deals and GOGEOUS goodies around digiland this week, just take a look:

Down This Road Designs has a beautiful new Kit, Add-on, Card Printables, and word art collab with Meagan’s Creations!! Rejoice!!!  You can get the entire collection at 40% off with the Rejoice Bundle!!!

Rejoice Bundle by Down This Road Designs

 

Micheline Martin has a new kit out and here’s a coupon exclusive to the daily digi for our readers to save an extra 20% off!  Coupon: dailydigi35mmc
Expires Dec 31rst 2012 and can only be used for this collection.

35 mm Collection by Micheline Martin Designs

 

A digital scrapbooking kit by Erica Zane, Fair Maiden is a fun kit full of fresh colors, a bit of princess-y goodness and a few woodsy animals…this kit is not just for the girls.

Fair Maiden by Erica Zane

 

Just a crazy element pack of all kinds of stocking fillers for your Christmas Pages from Tracy Martin:

In My Stocking

 

Mye De Leon is guesting at Scrapbookbytes this month! Save more on her retiring products sale and the Grab-A-Byte!

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Dunia has a set of Journaling Cards: Write It Down Vol.4:

Write It Down Vol.4

 

Jennifer Labre has a beautiful new kit out today. Go check out Home Sweet Home and grab it for 20% off all weekend!

Home Sweet Home by Jennifer Labre Designs

 

Create your 2012 Year in Review Album in Minutes! Makes a wonderful gift!

This Life: 2012 24x12" Quick Page Album by Penny Springmann

 

Scrapping with Liz has a fun new set of templates out. These will help you get a bunch of photos scrapped in a unique way. Make sure you grab them while they are 20% off!

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From Laura Banasiak:

 

Oh Happy Day!  a collab from Kimeric Kreations and Amber Morrison, now on sale at the Digichick!

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New from WM[squared] and 20% off for 1 week only:

 

Sahlin Studio has a NEW “sparkly” set of glittery, winter handcrafted papers, flowers and snowflakes.  You can grab Violet Frost for 20% off all weekend!

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Well, you are going to want to turn on your oven and start baking with Chelle’s new kit! Wonderful for holiday baking, family recipes, cook books and so much more! Buy the Bundle and get the plaids free! on sale until Wednesday, December19th.

 

Studio Basic has a newsletter! And a new coordinated freebie – subscribe my newsletter here:

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Bella Gypsy has two new kits this week! Homemade Holiday is perfect for all of your baking pictures…with or without your little helpers! Level Up is a collaboration with Colie’s Corner and is the perfect techno-kit for your gamers…experienced or noob!

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If you fancy getting crafty this Christmas, Kate Hadfield has two new printable packs to help you create some cute Christmas decorations! Available in a coloured and outline version, Kate’s Christmas Cones are on sale at 20% off all weekend!

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Introducting Memories & Moments {Winter}, a new add-on to the Memories & Moments collection. Save an extra 20% on the discounted bundle thru 12/19/12.

 

New at the Lilypad store:
You + Me = Fun, created by digidesign friends Studio Basic, Studio 68, and Pink Reptile Designs for the MSA Art Social collab of November, Grab it at a 20% discount this weekend!

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Tracey Monette of Clever Monkey Graphics is helping you have fun scrapping Christmas with her new kit Jingle Bells and that Festivus for the Rest of Us – you know, Hanukkah!

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And look at what’s new from ValC this week!  Aren’t those stamps perfect? And look at this man offering a gift, ha ha ha… so realistic!
and best of all, they are in sale!

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New Winter Berry collab by Studio Flergs & Litabells. Get the flower add on FREE when you buy the kit! Only until December 17th.

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If you’re planning on visiting anywhere this holiday season, you should get Heather T.’s “Visiting Time” before you go!

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So many GREAT, FUN collections! Have fun shopping!

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Kimeric Kreations: Just Spiral Notebooks

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I’m thrilled to be welcoming Kimeric Kreations to The Digi Files for the first time! Kimeri has a traditional shabby design style that includes the weathered and worn look on papers and elements. She has the unique ability to create with bright colors in the shabby style and those collections are some of my favorites! Her contribution this month has a little twist on the tradition Christmas colors that my team found fun to work with! Let’s take a closer look at “Winterberry” 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 Kimeric Kreations’s contribution:

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Winterberry by Kimeric Kreations; Easy Breezy Part 11 (template) by Busy Bee.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Winterberry by Kimeric Kreations; Simple Squares (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Adobe Casion Pro.
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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Winterberry by Kimeric Kreations; Fonts: DJB Mary Magpie.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Winterberry by Kimeric Kreations; Butterfly Kisses (staple) by Vicki Stegall; Fonts: Playful, Another Typewriter.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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I’m Kim, from the Upper Mississippi Valley region of southwestern Wisconsin. My other half is Eric (hence “Kimeric”), the love of my life. I have 4 grown children, and one beautiful granddaughter whom I adore.

I’ve held a variety of jobs in my lifetime – I owned and operated an antiques/craft shop, did some secretarial work, ran an American Legion clubhouse for 10 years where I learned how to deal with people VERY quickly! I was also a paramedic for 20 years, and because of that ended up working in an Emergency Room for quite a while. Now, I get to stay home and design full time! My other hobbies include diggin’ in the dirt (I love to garden!), quilting, candle making and cooking. I also love to curl up with a good book or watch old movies with Eric.

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I love scrapping photo’s of our yard and gardens….our flowers….and did this layout to show our gardens this year. We had a horrible summer – hot and no rain for months. Eric faithfully watered everything through those months, and this LO celebrates our bumper crop that was the result! I don’t do alot of multi-photo layouts, but I had a new template pack to play with that called for lots of photo’s and thought I would try it out. I’m on the Creative Team for Sherwood Studio (also at the Digichick) , and Julie had a new kit to scrap with that was perfect for what I had in mind. I just love the way the entire thing flows together – and while there is a lot to see, it’s not necessarily cluttered. I’m not the best with shadows, but did a darn good job on this one!

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I’ve always kept journals, but nothing fancy…just spiral notebooks with notes, doodles, newspaper clippings, photos. I never realized this was any type of “scrapbooking.” I always thought scrapbooks were those vinyl covered books with places to insert photo’s in plastic pockets! I was doing some web design work about 5 years ago for a local company, and was searching for images on the net when I stumbled upon a few digital scrapbooking sites. I was immediately drawn to the design work I was seeing, and thought, “Hey, I can do that!” and dove right in. I had never even done a digital layout before – so went looking for “instructions” and information on how these kits were made and what went into them. I haven’t stopped since. In 2009 I joined a few Creative Teams to gain more experience with layouts, and to help develop my design skill. It helped me more than anything!

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Color first. Music second. All I have to do is walk outside for inspiration! We live on a ridge…almost at the top. At the bottom of the road to our place is the Wisconsin River. On the sides facing east and west are hayfields and cornfields…and to the north is the ridgetop – a densely wooded area filled with color in every season. Nature is all around us here. I love working with color, drawing palette’s from scenic photograph’s we have taken. There is always music playing when I design. ALWAYS. There have been many times that an entire kit’s mood is designed around the music I’m listening to. I grew up in the ’70’s when music was MUSIC, and its still what I listen to most. There is always inspiration around me!

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Computer: I have a Gateway 1.5 TB PC with 8 GB of RAM running with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OS. I use a single 23″ monitor. I no longer use an EHD after losing almost everything I had when one died last year, so I back up everything to both CD and DVD as well as online storage.
Program: Unlike most designers, I use Paint Shop Pro almost exclusively. I have versions 9 – 14, but find myself always using version 9. It’s my fav! I recently broke down (caved in?) and purchased Photoshop Elements 10, as I wanted to try styles to see what ‘all the fuss was about’. I also use Xara Design Pro and my Bamboo for drawing, and Artrage for glitters.
Camera: Just a plain old ordinary Kodak point and shoot. Eric has a Nikon 35mm that he breaks out once in a while – but its old…and the picture quality isn’t that great anymore. I’ve been trying to talk him into a new fancy one with some good lenses…but until the old ones kick the bucket – we will use what we have.
Anything Else: Just my Bamboo tablet.
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I don’t have alot of tips or tricks (at least I don’t think I do?) – but one invaluable thing I’ve learned is to scrap with my own products. If I can’t scrap a page with it, no one else will be able to either! I create my preview as I’m designing so I can ‘see’ if the pieces work together…if that flow is there. I can’t begin to tell you how many pieces have hit the trash bucket – if it doesn’t initially work, nothing I can do with it will change that basic fact. One thing I do know is that if something isn’t initially working – set it aside. The next time you look at it – it will be with a fresh viewpoint, and I’ve found that some of my best work has come from that new perspective.

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This was a tough one – – I love all my kits for different reasons. But this one is just so bright and happy – just the way a summer kit should be! It was inspired by my own CT gals – one of them requested a kit for photo’s from a balloon race..and the rest of the team chimed in with suggestions on what could be included…and Good Old Summertime was born! I make alot of kits based on suggestions from my Creative team, and everyone of them is special for that reason.

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I think its the color palette in Market Square that drew people to it…not sure, but that would be my guess? I developed the palette from a photo of an open air summer market we had taken last year. It was filled with color and a festive atmosphere. It just made a wonderful set of colors to work with – and a very versatile kit to scrap with!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Kimeric Kreations:

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

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Save 35% off Kimeric Kreations’s store with coupon code kimeric_DDtake35 (one use per customer, expires Jan. 31st, 2013).
Go have a look in Kimeric Kreations’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 Kimeric Kreations

The following layouts were created using “Winterberry” by Kimeric Kreations and included in The Digi Files during December.

 

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Winterberry by Kimeric Kreations.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Winterberry by Kimeric Kreations; Easy Breezy Part 11 (template) by Busy Bee.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Winterberry by Kimeric Kreations; Simple Squares (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Adobe Casion Pro.
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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Winterberry by Kimeric Kreations; Fonts: DJB Mary Magpie.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Winterberry by Kimeric Kreations; Butterfly Kisses (staple) by Vicki Stegall; Fonts: Playful, Another Typewriter.

Bits and Bytes

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I have another edition of Bits and Bytes to share with you today! In Bits and Bytes we share some of our favourite finds on the Internet, mostly related to scrapbooking and photography.

#1 THE FIVE YEAR JOURNAL

Every month, the good people at Get It Scrapped! provide a list of questions to answer. What a wonderful (and extensive!) set of prompts!

#2 BEST PHOTOSHOP ACTIONS FOR ENHANCING PHOTOS

This site provides links to what they call “70 of the Best Photoshop Actions for Enhancing Photos”. The before and afters on the photos look amazing!

#3 ALL ABOUT MOM QUESTIONNAIRE

The Simple As That blog put together a really great questionnaire for you to answer as mom, to provide responses for your kids. You could also use it to interview your own mom.

#4 HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN POSTMARK STAMP

Wouldn’t a post mark stamp on a travel scrapbook page be a neat touch – especially if it said where you were actually at and when? This tutorial walks you through everything you need to do to create the effect.

#5 LIQUIFY AWAY 10 POUNDS

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Want to lose 10 pounds? Sorry – no real life advice here, but I can point you to this video tutorial to help you virtually lose it in photos! The liquify tool in Photoshop is a personal favourite for editing photos!

#6 MAKE A DOTTED LINE IN PHOTOSHOP

Follow this simple tutorial to make a dotted line in Photoshop. Once you start, you can’t stop!

At the same time you’re learning that, you can also learn how to make scalloped edges in Photoshop on another tutorial at Sweet Shoppe Designs. It’s a very similar technique.

#7 REMOVING STRAY HAIRS

In Canada right now, it is winter hat season. You know what happens when you pull a fuzzy hat off a kid and try to take their picture? That’s right – static that makes their hair stand up and look crazy! Here’s a link to a tutorial to help you de-static that hair.

 

I hope you have fun trying out some new tricks and scrapbooking ideas!

PS – The title graphic was made using Outdoor Adventure by Erica Zwart and Simple Browns by Heather T.

How digital scrapbookers document their holidays

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In our community of digital scrapbookers, there are many different ways to document our lives on a page. There’s no “right” or “wrong” way to digiscrap – we love all methods of memory keeping! There’s also a wide variation in the way we all celebrate this holiday filled time of year. Again, it is not a one size fits all situation. Different religious beliefs, cultural ideals, and personal preferences mean that there are multiple ways to make memories. One of the great benefits of gallery surfing is that we get to take a peek into everyone else’s lives and enjoy their experiences as well.

Here are some of the ways digital scrapbookers are documenting this holiday season:

Amy Jaz’s clean & simple December Daily pages are a great showcase for the everyday holiday-related celebrations her family is enjoying.

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Stacia Hall created a collage type of page about the holiday music that isa central part of her traditions.

Easy Peasy Vol2 by Little Butterfly Wings; Pumpkin Butter Papers by Lauren Reid; Jolly Holiday {Papers} by Nerdy Scrappers Studio; Holly Jolly Papers by River Rose Designs; Christmas Memories - Elements by Tracy Martin; Glitter and Glue Stackers by Sissy Sparrows; Xmas Stamps #1 by Paula Kesselring; Tinsel Time Word Snips by Snips and Snails Designs; Jolly Holiday Borders by Nerdy Scrappers Studios; Season to be Jolly Elements by Paula Kesselring; Star of Wonder by The Edits; Xmas Labels #1 by Paula Kesselring; Journaling Markers by Lauren Reid;  Fonts: The Everyday by Heather Hess

 

A mixed religion family often has many holidays to celebrate. Alamama did a great job of capturing their beliefs.

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RebeccaH focused on the religious meaning of Christmas with this darling photo paired with simple text.

 

Norton94 captured a night of Hanukkah traditions to remember.

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kpmelly documented a special holiday recipe.

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Snaggletooth was not afraid to use digital art and journaling to express her holiday-related depression. This can be a difficult time of year for many people.

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mizbizibee paired a stunning Christmas tree photograph with a holiday quote to create this beautiful digital layout.

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Kelleanne recorded a child’s list for Santa.

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How do you celebrate? How are you documenting your holiday traditions? We’d love to see your creations so don’t forget to post them in our Flickr group!

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P.S. the title graphic was created with Digital Design Essentials Holiday Cheer kit. Also – Congratulations to last week’s readers who have won $10 to one of December’s featured designers: LSquared (Michelle Batton) and Sandy H (Mommyish). Thanks for commenting!

Polka Dot Pixels: No Rules

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I instantly fell in love with Polka Dot Pixels designs! I adore her wide style from art journaling to a strong retro vibe! She does a great job of pulling retro together through her papers, elements, and fantastic word art! I am very happy to have Emily joining us for the first time in The Digi Files! I can really relate to a lot of what she says in her interview and bet you will too! But first, let’s take a closer look at “Christmas Past” 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 Polka Dot Pixels’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Christmas Past by Emily Abramson – Polka Dot Pixels.
LO2Layout by Trina. Supplies: Christmas Past by Emily Abramson – Polka Dot Pixels.
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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Christmas Past by Emily Abramson – Polka Dot Pixels.

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

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My name is Emily Abramson, Owner/Designer of Polka Dot Pixels. I live in Memphis, Tennessee, with my husband of 30 years, Larry. I have two daughters, Sara 26 and Katie 23. I work outside of the home, every other week, for a large food company in purchasing. I have had this schedule for ten years and it is perfect for my love of design and travel and dislike for working for “the man”. 🙂

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I don’t have much time for personal creativity, outside of my designing, which breaks my heart and makes me feel like an underachiever when it comes to being an expected ambassador for Digital Scrapbooking. I recently fell in love with art journaling and decided that I was going to be more committed to creating personal projects in addition to my work. This particular project was so much fun for me, as well as a means by which to express myself. It is not my greatest project, by any means, but it is one that is near to my heart. In fact, I have it framed in my office. It really says it all about my life and how I feel most of the time…overwhelmed and moving in a million directions at once, getting nowhere in the process. What a great art form with which to be creative and pour your soul onto a page. I would like to say that I have accomplished the goal of creating more for myself, but unfortunately, I still find it difficult to find the extra time. But, that is okay…my work is creative and I love it, and that is all that matters.

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Credits: Public Domain images from the internet and Photoshop

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My history will definitely show my age. I was given my first PC at work in 1982, and was told that I needed to learn to use it. I thought to myself, what is this thing and why do I want one? I became a computer junkie and wanted to learn everything I could. So, I listened and watched the other IT geeks and taught myself everything I needed to know. I bought my first home PC in 1985…an IBM PC XT. Yes, I had floppies. No pun intended. Oh…And if I had been smart back in the day, I would be wealthy. I created a Lotus spreadsheet that did our taxes for us. Granted, it was very basic, but just think, if I had a bit of vision, I could have invented TaxCut or TurboTax. Bah. If you have a good idea…act on it.

My scrapbooking portfolio is a bit embarrassing. Yes, I was a paper scrapbooker before starting to scrap digitally, but more specifically, a scrap supply hoarder. I shopped more than I scrapped. Once I began designing for digital, I started scrapping more but not as much as I should. I am ashamed of myself for being such a slacker. But, I bet I have the best collection of supplies you have ever seen!

I started designing for web about ten years ago, when my daughter’s high school asked me to maintain a website for them. I taught myself to use Frontpage and enjoyed it so much, I started doing websites and blogs for family and friends. That is how I stumbled upon digital scrapbooking. I thought…Hey! I can do that!! I started out with my own little blog, where I offered freebies, just for fun. I opened my first online shop in 2008, which mostly served the blogging world, but I branched out and began designing for the digital scrapper in 2009.  I have been designing for Two Peas in a Bucket since September of 2010.

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It is amazing how your world changes when all you think about is design. I have to touch everything I see. I examine font choices on television and in print. When I am at my job, I look at product packaging in a whole new light. I began to collect vintage ephemera, years ago, when I was paper scrapping. It is an obsession. I think the greatest source of inspiration lately, for me, is Pinterest. I cannot get enough of the beauty and gorgeousness that comes across my feed every day. It is amazing. Maybe that is because I follow designers and creative types who have great taste and design sense. I think that Pinterest inspires us all to dress better, cook more, be better parents and friends, and get the most out of this life.

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Computer: I have a Macbook with 8G of RAM, updated so that I can maintain 20 windows open at the same time. 🙂 I have a Mac Mini as well, but gave it to my husband because I just recently purchased a 27 inch cinema display which I dock my macbook to…it is brilliant! Best thing EVER!

Program: Adobe Creative Suite 6 – Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
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Camera: Canon Digital Rebel
Fujifilm XP
iPhone – my favorite

Anything Else: Wacom Intuos 5 Tablet

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My philosophy on any kind of scrapping is this… There are no rules when it comes to preserving your personal memories or creating in general. Do what makes you happy, because that is ultimately why you do it. Oh and one word…MAC.

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My favorite product is my Penmanship collection. I have a thing about ledger papers. Again, part of my love for all things old and vintage. This is a collection put together using ledgers, fonts and ephemera, celebrating my love for these type of elements. The color scheme is one of my favorites…I cannot seem to keep away from it.

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My most popular kit is the Collage Craft kit. It contains an eclectic mix of ephemera and distressed vintage elements and papers. I think that vintage and shabby elements are very popular and this kit has a little bit of everything. The color scheme just grew organically as I was adding elements to it. I love creating those kind of kits, that take on a life of their own and basically design themselves.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Polka Dot Pixels:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Polka Dot Pixels’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Polka Dot Pixels’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 Polka Dot Press

The following layouts were created using “Christmas Past” by Polka Dot Press and included in The Digi Files during December, 2012:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Christmas Past by Emily Abramson – Polka Dot Pixels.
LO2Layout by Trina. Supplies: Christmas Past by Emily Abramson – Polka Dot Pixels.
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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Christmas Past by Emily Abramson – Polka Dot Pixels.

 

Print your own December Fun

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Last week, I posted a bunch of ideas for keeping life fun and interesting in December. Today, I have several great printable resources to share with you. Yes, you can print out your own fun! Some of printables would work well with digital scrapbook pages or tucked in a Project Life binder. Others are great ways to create some fabulous December-related memories. Oh, and did I mention that these are all free? Bonus!!!

Print out your own little holiday village to use as a decoration or to play with.

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I love finding free printables to add to my December Daily album!

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Wouldn’t your house feel so festive with these big subway prints? They are free to download!

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You don’t have to be a kid to color on these free coloring pages. Get out the crayons and have some fun!

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I love that Crayola’s site has free printables for several December holidays!

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It’s so easy to print out your own gift tags. These sure are cute!

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Print out a list of photo ideas to inspire your holiday photography.

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Print your own Christmas cards with free downloads from Becky Higgins.

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We will continue to post more resources on Pinterest as we find them so be sure to follow us there!

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The title graphic was created with Meg Mullens & Jady Day Studios A Merry December collab.

Using the opacity slider

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One of the simplest tools to use in Photoshop programs is the opacity slider. If your not familiar with what it is, the opacity slider is a way to adjust the opaque-ness or “see-through-ness” (sounds like an official term, right?) of an item.

Here’s an example:

I opened up a paper and put a photo on top of it. I have not made any adjustments to opacity yet.

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Now if I have the photo selected as a layer and I use the opacity button to get to the slider, I can change it to whatever level of “see-through-ness” aka opaqueness that I want.

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This is what my photo looks like at 50% opacity.

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Why is this useful? Take a look at what I can create with just a little sliding around! No blending, no special tricks, all I did was to lower the opacity on the photo and let some of the background paper show through. Super easy!

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By the Sea by Flergs & Kay Miller

 

What else do I use the opacity slider for? Making sure my fonts don’t float! I don’t use the full Photoshop program so I can’t use the tip in this post, but I have a quick workaround for it in Photoshop Elements. When I add a text layer on top of a paper or photo, I simply lower the opacity on the text just a little bit to make it look like it is written (or even stamped) right onto the paper.

Here’s an example of text typed on a background paper with no opacity change.

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By the Sea by Flergs & Kay Miller. Lobster font.

 

You can see how the word just kind of sits on top of the paper.

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Now I lower the opacity to 80%, the text looks like it blends a bit more with the paper. If you were to color on a real piece of paper with a marker, there would be a bit of bleed-through or even an indentation from a ballpoint pen. It’s more natural for our eye to see that the words are part of the page.

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I also liked the softened color with the opacity change.

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Finally, the task I probably use the opacity slider the most for is to just lighten up an intense color a bit. The red paper on the background of this page is just a little too bright for the photo and title.

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Kristin Aagard Santa’s Little Helper. Cindy Schneider layered December titles.

 

I put a cream colored paper under the red paper in the stack. You can also use a white or even a light beige or grey paper for this trick – just experiment a bit.

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When I lower the opacity on the red paper, the color is softened up by the cream color underneath being able to show through a bit. This is very subtle, but it makes a difference. Here’s what it looks like with the red at 85%.

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I like to use a lighter color paper underneath from the same kit in case I want to lower the opacity a lot. That way, the texture that shows through matches the look of the kit.

Here’s what it looks like with the red paper reduced to a 50% opacity level. This is a great way to get more color choices out of your kits!

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Next time something doesn’t look quite right on your layout, try playing around with the opacity slider. You’ll be surprised at what a big difference a little sliding can make!

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