A Festive Funtastic Friday

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I’m feeling so festive on this Friday as I’ve been looking around digiland for great finds to share with all of you! First of all, I want to tell you that we recorded a fun new Digi Show this week with Becky Higgins and Kari Holt as our guests!

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Be sure to check out these cool memory keeping apps by The Daily Digi! More locations coming soon!

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Yin has a free template made for her son’s travel photos to share on her Blog.

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A digital scrapbooking kit by Shawna Clingerman and Erica Zane, A Pocket Full is a super fun kit full of boyish goodness! But, of course, it’s not just for boys.

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Scrap Orchard’s daily advent continues — save 50% off SuzyQ Scraps TODAY ONLY! Includes collabs, excludes classes. Ends at 11:59pm EST. Cannot be combined with coupons and/or Plum Perks. Don’t forget to stop by Scrap Orchard’s forum for the freebie too!

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Danielle Young has this festive holiday collection at Oscraps this week for 20% off! The Holiday Cheer collection includes this full kit, an alpha add-on, journal cards AND a template, too!

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The Christmas Retrospect Collection by Quirky Twerp is available in a full kit, paper pack, cards and tags or everything in a bundle for a great price. 30% off through Sunday.

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There is a new set of 25 journaling cards for your Project Life Albums at Baers Garten Designs. These and all of the Christmas products are on sale through December 10th.

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Dúnia has an amazing set of Christmas Journaling Cards

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Liz has a few new Recyclable Template sets in her store. These are always a great mix of templates and you can always get them at a great deal.

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Add a bit of fun loopy stitches to your layouts with Sahlin Studio NEW Stitching No 1.

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Libby Pritchett has a sweet new freebie available from Sweet Shoppe Designs!

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Blue Christmas, new from Studio Flergs. Buy the kit and get the matching 6 Alpha Bundle FREE! Valid until December 10th.

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Kristin Aagard has a new Christmas Kit called Candy Cane Cuties. It’s 20% off during Fresh Fruit this week. Plus, if you pick it up while it’s on sale, you’ll get a coordinating sticker pack for free!!

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Jenn Labre has a bunch of new products to help you scrap your Winter Holiday. Check out the bundle for extra savings!

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NEW: December BYOC goodies by Pink Reptile Designs exclusively available at the Lilypad.

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Looking for 2013 Calendars?! Sugary Fancy has 3 packs ON SALE this week at SO!!

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Want a great gift to give to hubby’s, grandparents, girlfriends, or just to keep for yourself? Chelle’s 4×6 calendars are on sale!

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Kate Hadfield has some new Very Very Merry Christmas themed doodles out today! You can grab them at 25% off all weekend!

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Bella Gypsy has a new bundle in the store at Scrap Orchard this week. All Bundled Up is perfect for your snowy pages and non-snowy pages alike, and is on sale for 20% off!

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The November Storyteller Collection is a versatile compilation of papers, elements and tons of extras! $5.00 only until December 16. You can find the collection here.

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What about enjoying a sweet and Cozy Christmas Day, with a tea/coffee a great digiscrap challenge and receive an awesome Christmas Journal of 11pages for free? Check out ValC new product and her challenge at Oscraps! Play, and she will send you your Christmas Planner – Journal!

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If you like the Hipster Holiday kit from Mommyish in this month’s collection then you will love this more classic spin on a retro Christmas.

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Hope you have a fun and festive Friday!

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P.S. The title graphic was created with Kristin Aagard’s Santa’s Little Helper

Michelle Batton: Scrap Happens

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This is Michelle’s second appearance in The Digi Files and we are happy to have her back! The first time she was here, we featured her digital scrapbook supplies; this time we are featuring her templates.  I LOVE the layered paper block style of Michelle’s templates and literally cannot get enough of them!  They are very similar to my natural scrapping style and feel very much “at home” for me to scrap with.  Let’s take a closer look at “Paper Blocks :: In Review” 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 Michelle Batton’s contribution:

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Paper Blocks :: In Review by Michelle Batton; Novel by Oscraps; Keep Calm by Boutique Cute Doll; Never Forget by Erica Zane; Love You More Than Ice Cream by Jennifer Barrette; Beige Like Me, Summer Bucket List & Worn by One Little Bird.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Paper Blocks :: In Review by Michelle Batton; Fresh by Sahlin Studios and One Little Bird Designs.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Paper Blocks :: In Review by Michelle Batton; Derailed Alpha by Jenn Labre Designs; Look at me Now and Look at me Now: School Aged by Shawna Clingerman.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Paper Blocks :: In Review by Michelle Batton; solid papers by Suzy Q Scraps and Katie the Scrapbook Lady. Font: Times New Roman.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My name is Michelle and I’ve been married to my husband, John, for ten years. I’m a stay-at-home mom to our three wonderful kids: Andrew (8), Emma (6) and Leah (3). I’m originally from Southeastern Wisconsin, but currently live in a small town in Central Illinois.

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I very rarely scrap any more, I think this actually might be the last layout I scrapped, and it was from a while back! The kit was just too cute to pass up…I guess sometimes “scrap happens” LOL

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Credits: Second Shot Volume 2 by Little Green Frog Designs; Hop, Skip and Jump by Jenn Barrette; Every Day of the Year by Sugarplum Paperie; A Mr Ferguson Font by Michelle Batton

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I’ve always been artistic as well as a keeper of memories. When I was a little girl I kept scrapbooks with all those little life mementos, you know ticket stubs, playbills, school programs, etc. But it wasn’t until many years later, as an adult that I discovered Photoshop and ran across some early digiscrap items online and tried making some for myself.

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These days, it’s mainly my kids – the things we do together, the colors and patterns of the clothes they wear, funny things they say, that sort of thing.

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Computer: I have a HP Pavilion desktop running Windows 7 – 64 bit with 8 GB of RAM, a 2.8 GHz AMD Phenom II Processor and a 1.5 TB hard drive. I have a couple Western Digital 320 GB external hard drives for additional storage.
Program: Adobe PSCS2 and Corel Painter 12. I was using Adobe Illustrator 5 until it died a few months back – I went to do a reinstall, but the installation CD is no where to be found lol
Camera: I have a Canon Rebel XT
Anything Else: I have a Wacom Intuos 4 Large (13×8″) tablet and a CanoScan 8800F scanner.
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Pay attention to the way the light hits your elements and make sure that your drop shadows are coming from the corresponding direction. Don’t be afraid to rotate or flip an element to make the light source match your shadow work, it will make a huge difference to your final work.

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Tale of the Mermaid Princess is currently my favorite product. Don’t let the name fool you – if you toss aside the mermaids and the pink papers, it’s actually a very versatile kit that can be used for gender neutral pages for everything from an aquarium visit to bathtub fun!

It’s really special to me because all three of my kids are old enough and were interested in giving input – from color choices to which sea creatures to include. It was great having them pull up a chair and sit with me while I worked on it. It was like having a personal consultation service by my side!

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Well, I was pretty surprised when I checked the stats in my store and discovered that my Cut it Out Photoshop Styles are my best seller. I made one of the styles for my own use on a sneak peek ad. A friend thought it was pretty great and urged me to sell it. (So, thank you Charla!)
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Here are some of my favorite products by Michelle Batton:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Michelle Batton’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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A Sweet Treat Just for The Daily Digi Readers: Save 40% with code MB-TDD-SAVE40 Expires 12/31/2012.
Go have a look in Michelle Batton’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 Michelle Batton

The following layouts were created using Michelle Batton’s Paper Block Templates included in The Digi Files during December, 2012:

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Papers and elements: Life Unscripted by Eva Kipler, Font: The Sharon

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Paper Blocks :: In Review by Michelle Batton; Novel by Oscraps; Keep Calm by Boutique Cute Doll; Never Forget by Erica Zane; Love You More Than Ice Cream by Jennifer Barrette; Beige Like Me, Summer Bucket List & Worn by One Little Bird.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Paper Blocks :: In Review by Michelle Batton; Fresh by Sahlin Studios and One Little Bird Designs.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Paper Blocks :: In Review by Michelle Batton; Derailed Alpha by Jenn Labre Designs; Look at me Now and Look at me Now: School Aged by Shawna Clingerman.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Paper Blocks :: In Review by Michelle Batton; solid papers by Suzy Q Scraps and Katie the Scrapbook Lady. Font: Times New Roman.

Making Journaling Cards

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If you’re doing a pocket scrapbooking project, then journalling cards are probably something that you look for in kits or add-ons because they fill out these blocked pages so nicely.

Can you make your own journalling cards? Of course! They’re easy! Any kit can be made to work for pocket scrapbooking and making your own journalling cards is one of the easiest ways to do that.

Let’s walk through making a few 3×4 journalling cards together:

Card 1 – Tiny banner

Step 1 – Create a 3×4 canvas at 300 dpi.

Step 2 – Draw two boxes as shown.

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Step 3 – Rasterize the shape layers. With the smaller box layer active, use the lasso tool to select a “notch” shape on the box. Hit delete.

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Step 4 – Use the warp tool on both box layers to slightly warp the edges, to give it a less digi-perfect look.

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Step 5 – Save as a layered TIF or PSD file.

Card 2 – Centre Journaling Spot

Step 1 – Create a 3×4 canvas at 300 dpi.

Step 2 – Use the rounded corner tool to draw a box as shown (in red). Duplicate the rounded corner box (in white) and shrink it slightly so that the bottom one (red) creates a small frame.

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Step 4 – Use the warp tool on both boxes to slightly warp the edges, to give it a less digi-perfect look.

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Optional: Add a doodle edge. I used a purchased doodle action by Krystal Hartley and WendyZine. (I used a 5 pt. stroke and set the number of generators to 3 – this will make sense when if you use this particular action, otherwise ignore it!)

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Step 5 – Save as a layered TIFF or PSD file.

Card 3 – Paper Journalling Strips

Step 1 – Create a 3×4 canvas at 300 dpi.

Step 2 – Use the rectangle shape tool to draw four or five journalling boxes, as shown.

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Step 3 – Use the warp tool on all the boxes to slightly warp the edges, to give it a less digi-perfect look.

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Optional: Add a doodle edge. I used the purchased doodle action by Krystal Hartley and WendyZine.

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Step 4 – Save as a layered TIFF or PSD file.

To Use Your Journaling Card “Templates”

You can clip papers from any kit onto the journalling card templates, flatten and then copy them onto your pocket scrapbooking page.

Don’t forget that you can flip cards by mirroring them or turning them upside down to make them even more versatile! Shadow layers or don’t – it’s all up to you.

Here are the journalling cards I made, using a couple of kits:

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This is such a great way to take any kit you have and make it work for pocket scrapbooking!

PS – If you’d rather purchase journaling card templates, they are available at various stores! Check them out – some come with doodle layers and stitching and other designer add-ons. They’re a handy tool to have in your pocket scrapbooking tool kit.

Digi Scrapper’s Christmas Wishlist

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Has your family asked you what you want for Christmas this year? I have a few ideas that any scrapbooker would like!

Gift Certificate to Your Favourite Digi Stores

I ask for a GC to my favourite stores every year. It’s a great gift for a digi scrapper! And a scrapping is a fun way to spend some time over Christmas holidays… Winking smile

Pre-paid Online Back-up or an EHD

A year of pre-paid online back-up would be a very practical gift. Every digi scrapbooker should have their supplies backed up. My EHD died this year so I can say from personal experience, that a back-up and restore plan is essential! I use BackBlaze for my online back-up and was so happy to have all my files restored. (And I’m not perked to say that either!) There are other online back up sites, like CrashPlan and Mozy, that you can research as well.

If online back-up won’t work for you, consider an EHD for backing-up your supplies.

Additional Memory

Maybe you have all the back-up you need, but you’d like more RAM or a bigger EHD to store your ever-growing digital supplies catalogue.

Newer version of PSE/PS, etc.

No matter what platform you’re using, if you’re using an older version, Christmas might be a good time to upgrade to the newest version.

Organizing Software

I would be lost without ACDSee for tagging and organizing my supplies. Other people swear by Lightroom. Whatever your preference, organization software is a great idea.

Digital Scrapbooking e-Books

I LOVE reading e-Books about scrapbooking. Here are just a few ideas:

I keep them on my tablet so that I can view them in full-colour no matter where I am.

Scrapbooking Class Gift Certificate

You can find classes at places like:

And more! A self-paced workshop or an upcoming instructor-led course might be a great gift for a scrapper who wants to learn a new technique.

eLearning books or courses for photography

I recently read an eBook for learning low-light photography called Shooting from the Shadows. It was a great way to expand my photography skills.

There are many eLearning options for photography. Check out:

Prepaid prints at a favourite printing shop

A couple of years ago, Steph did a post about printers. No matter where you print, prepaid prints would be an excellent gift for a digi scrapper. It is amazing to browse through your layouts in a physical album. If you’ve never printed before, it will change the way you see your own pages!

The Daily Digi Gift Certificates

Don’t forget that the Daily Digi has gift certificates! A subscription to the Digi Game would be a great gift… and that’s a present you can enjoy for an entire year!

 

I hope this gave you a few ideas of things to add to your wish list!

PS – The title graphic was made using Kate Hadfield’s Under the Tree.

Mommyish: Southern Geek

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Let’s take a closer look at “Hipster Holiday” 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 Mommyish’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Hipster Holiday by Mommyish.
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Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Hipster Holiday by Mommyish.
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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Hipster Holiday by Mommyish; Fonts: DJB Holly Berry Wonderland by Darcy Baldwin.
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Layout by Tara. Supplies: Hipster Holiday by Mommyish.

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

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My name is Leah Riordan. I am originally a Southern Belle (Ok, more like a Southern Geek) from Tupelo, Mississippi. I married a Yankee and currently live in Carmel, New York, which is about 50 miles north of New York City. My husband Christopher and I have one daughter named Caitlyn who is nine. We affectionately call her our “monster.” Caitlyn is my little artist and always gives me input on my kits… whether I like it or not! We also have two cats, one dog and one fish. Honestly if it wasn’t for being married I’d probably be one of those crazy cat ladies you see on Hoarders.

Another interesting fact is that my mother in law is my best friend! I’m lucky! She is the one who really inspired me to focus on Mommyish as more than a hobby but as a business. Occasionally she draws up doodles for me to use in kits too!

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This is one of my most favorite layouts.. but then it is using my favorite kit! I created a special set of lighting overlays to give layouts more depth and thus I was able to go back through some of my older layouts and give them a little “pop” I have a tutorial on how to use lighting effects on youtube!

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When I was 14 I was obsessed with Sailor Moon. No lie. This led to me using AOL dial up (remember that?!) and wanting to make my very own Sailor Moon website. This love for anime led to a love of graphic design. So you could say I’ve been playing with graphics on the computer for more than half of my life!!!

Finally in February 2006 a friend of mine mentioned digital scrapbooking. I had tried papers scrapping and really just didn’t mesh well with it. (I am not steady with my hands) It was like eating chocolate for the first time. I was hooked!

My first layouts actually didn’t contain any digital products at all, in fact they were layouts I made in Paint Shop Pro the same way I would have made a website design.. just in a square! I made my own papers and elements because I just assumed that was what people did! I then discovered Shabby Princess! I quickly fell in love!

I love design. I am the child of a very talented crafter and always felt that I just didn’t fit in because I couldn’t do all the cool things like sewing, crafts, etc. that she could. On the computer it didn’t matter if I could sew a straight line. It didn’t matter if I put an element where I didn’t like it.. I could just move it or create my own!

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The better question would probably be “What *doesn’t* inspire you to create?” I’ve literally looked at the sidewalk and thought “Oooh, what a beautiful texture!” In truth magazines play a huge part in what I create. My mother in law and I love to browse through Pottery Barn catalogs. I’ve torn clippings from Esquire, InStyle, Redbook, etc. Even the color trends of nail polish (my secret obsession) have inspired me! Inspiration really is *everywhere* it is all in changing your perspective of the world around you.

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Computer: My husband built my computer for me. We are big fans of NewEgg and thus my computer is sort of like Frankenstein. I should first start out by telling you her name: Trooper. She is really a very sweet computer and has treated me very well over the past few years. (We’ve had our ups and downs.. but we always reconcile) She is currently running Windows 7 Ultimate. We run with 12 GB of RAM Trooper has 3 Hard Drives. (She’s built like an amazon) All together she has 1,141 GIGS of Drive Space which is a bit over 1 Terabyte. Despite all the space I also have my scrapbooking and design folders backed up through Dropbox and Carbonite. You can *never* be too safe when it comes to so much data!

I also have dual monitors which make me feel like I’m in some super cool high-tech movie! They are 23.3 HDMI screens from Acer. I was *very* hesitant to add the second screen but wouldn’t trade it for the world! Now I get to watch Netflix while I design!

Program: I was able to make an honest woman of Photoshop a few years ago. I’ve never looked back! I currently use Photoshop CS6. I recently subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud which now gives me access to LOADS of other Adobe products including Illustrator, Lightroom 4, etc. and the latest version of Photoshop Extended so I’m looking forward to using more programs in the future!

Camera: I use a Canon Digital Rebel XTi that my husband bought me for Christmas in 2008. I regret to say that I *know* I do not use this beautiful Camera to its potential and wish I knew how to use it properly! I admire all the wonderful photographers out there that take such amazingly fantastic photos!

Anything Else: I also have a Wacom Bamboo that I am trying to master. (Remember about the unsteady hands) I am enjoying it thus far and really hope to get better use from it as time goes by.. even if it is only to draw devil horns on my husband’s pictures.
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Be Yourself. Sure, that is pretty much a staple in life and something everyone says to someone else at one point in their life. What I mean is to be yourself with your scrapbooking. Do not be afraid to let your personality shine through! We are documenting memories from our point of view. I think your posterity deserves to know how absolutely AWESOME you are! Don’t be afraid to allow your sense of humor to shine through!

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This product is a favorite of mine for several reasons. I saw the palette through the photo card boutique and just knew right away what I had to do with it! I moved to New York in June of 2011. I made this kit as a reflection of finally feeling like I was really home. One of the neatest things about this kit is that the blueprint paper was made from the blueprints of our home! (Which has been the Riordan Family home since it was built in 1972) Every time I look at this kit I know that it contains a part of our family’s history in it which is being shared with everyone!

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It all started with a Billy Joel song. Basically every time we would visit my husband’s family in New York we would play “New York State of Mind” when we crossed the border. When we moved to New York I *knew* I wanted to make a New York kit that even a New Yorker would use. (Not too touristy) This is the first kit that really took on a life of its own! Once I got started the kit just came pouring out!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Mommyish:

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

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Take 50% off your Mommyish Purchase with coupon code tistheseason (one per customer) at Scrapflower (exp 12-31-12) & Oscraps (exp 01-31-13).

Go have a look in Mommyish’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 Mommyish

The following layouts were created using “Hipster Holiday” by Mommyish and included in The Digi Files during December, 2012:

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Hipster Holiday by Mommyish Tuesday Template #22 by Megan Turnidge Designs

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Hipster Holiday by Mommyish; Fonts: DJB Holly Berry Wonderland by Darcy Baldwin.
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Layout by Tara. Supplies: Hipster Holiday by Mommyish.

But my life isn’t interesting enough for December Daily

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Do you worry that your life isn’t “interesting enough” to do a December Daily project? I’ve heard this exact statement from my own mother and I know countless others out there feel the same way. Many have expressed that their biggest concern with participating in Ali Edwards’ December Daily challenge is that their life is “too boring” to document each day.

I bet you will feel a lot differently about the topic after you listen to our podcast with Ali from a few weeks ago. I know it helped my own mom feel like she wanted to try the project for the first time.

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Even with all the encouragement in the world, December can still turn into a long month. It can be a bit tricky to feel like you have something to document, or even celebrate each day. I personally love the challenge because it inspires me to do something special each day. Others look at it more as a record of what their everyday life is like and December happens to be the month they are capturing. Whatever your approach is, I thought it would be fun to share some of the ideas I have to make the month of December a little more fun and merry. You can use these as prompts for a December Daily project, or just as a list of fun things to do.

Adding interest and fun to your December:

  • Take your camera or smartphone shopping with you. Snap pictures of seasonal displays, long lines & crowds, and special items you buy at this time of year.
  • Make a list of favorite holiday recipes you love at this time of year and decide which ones you want to make. Document the recipes, the process, and the finished result.
  • Go see Santa – even if you don’t have little kids. It’s a great photo-op and it’s something fun to do!
  • Send out an email (or facebook post) to your family and friends and ask them to send you their favorite holiday memories and photos. Use these stories as material for your own album.
  • Watch your favorite holiday (or everyday) programs. Take pictures of the screens or snap a screen shot if watching on a device. Write out a list of your favorite shows.
  • Go to the bakery and buy a holiday treat. Take a picture and then enjoy!
  • Build a holiday puzzle or Lego set. Take photos during the process and also of the finished project.
  • Look up local events in your area and attend some of them. Save programs and take pictures where permitted.
  • Go see some holiday lights and practice your photography skills.
  • Do the 12 days of Christmas for someone (it can even be anonymous). Think up special treats for them each day and take pictures of what you deliver to them.
  • Do something out of the ordinary from your routine and document the experience.
  • Work on a craft project and take pictures along the way. Pinterest is a great place to find some ideas.
  • Write a letter to Santa and have him leave one for you also.
  • Make some hot chocolate and make it pretty enough to photograph.
  • Go on a photowalk around your neighborhood and take pictures of the decorations. If it’s too cold for an outside walk, head to the mall instead.
  • Work on a photo series throughout the month.
  • Throw a party!
  • Invite some friends and family to go out to breakfast or lunch.
  • Keep a list of the websites you visit during the month and include some screen shots.
  • Write down your favorite holiday songs. Take pictures of the cds or find screen shots and images online to use for illustrations.
  • Look through some stock photo sites for ideas for holiday photos and then try to replicate them.
  • Schedule a day to stay home in your pajamas. Don’t answer the phone, door, or email (unless it’s an emergency) and have a staycation in your own house.
  • Spend 1 night in a local hotel for a fun adventure. You will get to enjoy someone else’s food, decorations, and hospitality, while you get away from the stress of your own preparations. Experiences are often the best gifts!
  • Make a paper chain or use an advent calendar to countdown the days until Christmas. Photograph it several times during the month.
  • Keep a December gratitude list and jot down (or photograph) something each day that makes you happy.

These are ideas should work for just about anyone. You don’t have to have kids or a spouse to do fun holiday things. Even if it’s just you on your own, you can find something special in every day at this time of year. Documenting your December days will help you appreciate the fun in this time of year and will also be a great snapshot of your everyday life!

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P.S. the title graphic was created with Pink Reptile Whoa Santa cards

Welcome The Designers of TDF#48

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December!!!  Wow! I can’t believe we are winding up another month AND year here at The Daily Digi!

In The Digi Files this month, we have SEVEN full size products from fabulous designers for only $7.50 (less when you become an annual member)! It’s an UNBELIEVEABLE deal and the BEST deal in digital scrapbooking!  Here is a look at the designers for November 2012:

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Michelle Batton

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Kimeric Kreations

Snips and Snails

Pink Poppy Press

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Each of these designers have created some beautiful products for you to document your memories with. Even though we are in a holiday filled month, The Digi Files #48 as a whole are well-rounded and versatile.

Our members love “Daily Digi Day”! Many of the annual members have already been downloading for a few hours because they get access when the calendar changes months. Here’s what our members said in the comments yesterday:

“I’ve been receiving the monthly kits for several months and there hasn’t been any that I haven’t enjoyed! I am so glad I became a member! I look forward to the first of the month every month and log in immediately to get the new goodies and discover new-to-me designers. I love trying out kits that I wouldn’t normally think of using and then search out the contributing designers for more! I can see me being a member for a long long time so please don’t ever stop!” – Patricia

“It’s always exciting when it’s the first of the month because I get to see all the new kits. It is the best $7.50 I spend each month on Scrapbooking Supplies. What I also really like is that you have introduced me to new designers that I would never heard from! Thanks again for another great month.”-Jennifer B

“I am coming close to my year anniversary of subscribing, which is really hard to believe. When I first decided that I would actually carve out room in my budget for purchasing kits, I decided to join The Digi Game. I wanted to get the most out of my meager budget at the time. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. Really. It opened so many doors creatively– I was introduced to designers I now LOVE, but would have never, ever found simply because they weren’t on my beaten path and I’ve been introduced to to styles, trends and ways of memory keeping with the Playbook and products I download each month. And if for some reason I have an issue, Steph is there to help (BEST customer service ever). It’s worth every. single. penny.

The first of the month is now my “me” day. :) Thanks, Daily Digi Crew, for not only enabling my inner artist, but for constantly reminding me to carve out time for me each month. ?” – Carrie A

PS: Congratulations to SharonKC who has won $10 to Scotty Girl Designs and SharonS who has won $10 to Sausan Designs for commenting. And, here are the EIGHT random winners selected from yesterday’s comments, each person won $10 in product from one of last month’s designers: Mary M (Dawn by Design), Xana (Mye De Leon), Sue (Scotty Girl Designs), Wendy Ramos (Sausan Designs), Amie K (Amber Shaw), Tracy G (Cindy Schneider), Sandy_in_MD (Michelle Godin), Anna J (Just Jaimee).