Will You Be One Of Seven To Win??


Time is running out! There are only a few hours left to get ALL of these products for less than $7.50 total!  Once they are gone, they are GONE!

When you become an annual member you get access to 13 months of products for the price of 11 the first year of your membership! That’s just barely over $6 a month for products with over $50 of retail value!  No waiting for payments to process. You can start downloading your goodies as soon as the calendar changes to a new month and you have all month download!

PLUS Digi Game level members get access to exclusive kits every four months they are members (starting when you sign up)!

This is what our members are saying:

I so look forward to the first of every month when I get to see the goodies from my Daily Digi membership.  There is such a nice variety of styles and themes and my TDD folder is the first place I go when I’m about to make a page.  I also love that every 4 months I get an extra free kit!  What great value for my $7.50/month.  I’m so glad I discovered this awesome digi-scrap site!  Happy New Year! – Wendy

P.S.  One more thing–the service here has always been top-notch!

“Loved all the designers, which is most often the case. The playbook is always a fav of mine. I enjoy seeing the different interpretations of a kit, and I am always on the lookout for tips and tricks. Here’s to an awesome scrap happy new year!” – LisaAnn

“I only just started the Daily Digi Game in the last month and have only recently got on board the digital scrapbooking train. I love to scrapbook and I am a graphic designer so digital seems like a no brainer. Love all the gorgeous eye candy these designers dream up.” – April Clark

“Tomorrow is the first Christmas of 2013 – Cannot wait!! My Digi Game subscription was originally an early Christmas gift from my hubby… The gift that keeps on giving!! Without asking he keeps renewing it too! :) I loved the feature about all of “projects” you can get involved in. Clarified them and helped me choose a new path for 2013.” – Lynn


Here’s a closer look at everything that is included this month:


Scrapbook Lady


CD Muckosky

Clever Monkey Graphics

Sugarplum Paperie

Jennifer Labre

Julie Billingsley

Every four months you are subscribed to The Digi Game level (annual OR monthly) you get an exclusive collaboration from past contributors to THE DIGI FILES?  They are AMAZING:


“Story of Everyday Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to those who subscribe to THE DIGI GAME level of membership (available immediately).



“The Good Life” is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their fourth payment.


“My Journey My Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their eighth payment.


“My Life At Play” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their twelfth payment (or twelfth month for annual members).


“My Life In Print” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their sixteenth payment (or  16th month for annual members).


“My Life At Home” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 20th payment (or 20th month for annual members).


“My Life of Adventure” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their twenty-fourth payment (or 24th month for annual members).


“My Life of Celebration” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their twenty-eighth payment (or 28th month for annual members).


NOW…for the FUN part! Leave us a comment sharing one thing you enjoyed about The Daily Digi, The Digi Files, or The Digi Game this month! We will randomly select SEVEN people from the comments below to win $10 in product from one of this month’s contributors.  Winners will be announced tomorrow when we will be here with a new issue of The Digi Files and a new look!

Play it Again is Sew Fun!

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It’s been awhile since we’ve done a Play it Again post where we celebrate that there are many different ways to document the same memory. I always love these challenges and it’s so fun to see what each scrapper comes up with. This time, I decided to turn one of my previous personal blog posts (which is also a form of memory keeping) into a layout.

Here are the photos I gave each scrapper:

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Journaling to include:

I’ve been talking about getting back into sewing for quite some time now. I’ve made a few attempts, but I was so unhappy with my old sewing machine (a Brother model I bought at Costco several years ago. I was also unhappy with the machine I had before that (a refurbished Elna from my Mother-in-Law that she gave to me the first Christmas I was married). I was starting to believe that every sewing machine I ever touched would have constant bobbin jams. I started to think that was part of sewing… stitch a little, then go back and fix the bobbin jam.

Finally, I decided to do something about it! I read several reviews about Janome sewing machines and decided to purchase this model: Janome DC3050

I’m VERY happy with it! I hemmed 3 pairs of Levis for Riley last week without a single problem. I tested it out on several fabrics with many different settings and it never failed. Now I’m really excited about sewing again! I did a lot of sewing as a teenager and in my early married years and I’m looking forward to really helping my Riley learn how to sew. I have a bunch of fat quarters that I’ve been collecting for someday and I guess that “someday” is now! Now I have no excuse (other than lack of time) for not sewing. Even though I’m very busy, I want to carve out some time for this type of creativity and SEW I will!

January 6, 2012


The results:

Each digi scrapper could use any products and scrapbooking methods they wanted to create a layout for this challenge. The only requirement was to use the journaling that I gave them. It was so much fun to see how each of their creations turned out!

Anne (from The Daily Digi team) used such delightful embellishments to emphasize the story of sewing on this page. I especially love all the stitching and the look of pieced fabric strips! Anne also did a great job framing the layout with a lot of fun border details.

Made for the Play It Again of January 2013 for thedailydigi.com</p> <p>Credits:<br /> Template by Janet Phillips<br /> Edge treatment by Sugarplum Papiere<br /> papers & elements from J Kneipp<br /> withe backgroundpaper from A Heimann

Credits:Template from Collection 104 by Janet Phillips (highly altered by me). Edge treatment from Heart Art: On the Edge by Sugarplum Paperie. Papers & elements Sew, mama, sew from Juliana Kneipp. white backgroundpaper by AH designs (from Storyteller collab)


Lorilei Murphy let her creativity shine on this layout and I love the way she included the journaling in such a unique way. This page has the feeling of a quilt that has been stitched together and embellished – a perfect touch for a sewing themed layout!


Credits: Pretty Things by Studio Karen Lewis. ArtiStitches No. 1 by Studio Ztampf! Sew Special by Studio Dawn Inskip. Handmade Stitches by Studio Bethany. Sewing word art pack by Studio Emeto. Date bits by Studio Rosey Posey.


Britanee (britaneejean) placed emphasis on the story of the page with a nice big journaling space and a fabulous cluster of supporting elements. I absolutely love the pattern tissue alpha and the great attention to small details like the scatters of sewing pins!


Credits: Sew Crafty – Chelle’s Creations & Erica Zane, Inspired by Life Templates – Sugary Fancy Designs, Rock the Shadows – Tracie Stroud, Spring Script.


Emilie Stevenson used a Project Life type of approach for this layout and I love all of the journaling cards and darling flowers and butterflies. Oh, and the chevron paper is so great in combination with the other patterns!

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Credits: Everyday Life 2013 Bundle by Wishing Well Creations. Everyday Life Templates Volume 2 by Wishing Well Creations. Lace from Bessie’s Treasure Box by Kimeric Kreations. Font: A Chick Signed My Yearbook by Michelle Batton


Brook Magee created an incredible layout with so many pretty additions to play up the sewing theme. I especially love that she used a phrase from my journaling for the title of the page! I also adore the lined paper used for the background to add some visual interest without overwhelming the rest of the layout.


Credits: Daydream by Zoe Pearn & Erica Zane. Woodelicious No.1 by Mari Koegelenberg (woodgrain alpha). All Doiled Up Alpha by Kristin Cronin-Barrow. I Love Me Some Brook Font by Darcy Baldwin (journaling). Yep, That’s Life Brushes by Darcy Baldwin & Brook Magee (“love this” stamp). Costura (font used for date)


I always like to play along and create a page of my own for this challenge. I had a great time using sewing related embellishments and I layered and stacked my photos and papers around the story of the layout.

Sewing Katie Scrapbook Lady

Credits: Pink Reptile Designs & Studio 68 Handmade with Love. Scrapbook Lady Selects template (from The Digi Files #49 January 2013). CK Journal font.


I bet you agree that every layout is special and meaningful. I love all of them and each one does a great job of recording a memory that I want to share. What type of layout would you create with this memory? What style appeals to you most? Review each page design and think about what you like about it, or what you would do differently. You will learn a lot about yourself as a scrapper by doing this activity. Remember, there is no “right” or “wrong” here, just different creative expressions of the same memory. If you really want to grow your own digi skills, be open to trying new things. It’s ok to play with different styles and just have fun!

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P.S. The title graphic was made with Sew Crafty by Chelle’s Creations & Erica Zane.

Creative Teams 101


If you are new to digital scrapbooking, you may be curious about creative teams. You will have see talented scrapbookers with signature blocks indicating that they “create for” a variety of designers. But, what does that involve? Today, let’s go over some of the basics about creative teams.

In the world of digital scrapbooking, many product designers host a team of scrapbookers called their creative teams (CTs). The creative team member (CTMs) create beautiful sample pages showcasing the designers’ products in exchange for free access to those supplies. It’s a win-win for the designers and scrapbookers.


How does a scrapbooker get on a CT? Occasionally there is no application at all! Sometimes a particular scrapbooker will catch a designer’s eye because of their complementary style or how they are already working with the designer’s products. In this case, the designer will send out a private message to the scrapbooker and invite them to join their CT. That’s a fun message to receive!

Many designers host CT calls. Usually there is a requirement to fill out a small application. This can include providing:

  • A short bio
  • Why you want to be on this particular CT
  • A listing of which teams you are currently on and their requirements
  • A link to your most complete gallery

There are also guest CTM calls. A guest CTM is just like a regular CTM, but for a specific duration of time – perhaps one or two months.

If you’re interested in applying to a CT, Sweet Shoppe designer Traci Reed put together an article you might find useful on How to Knock Your CT Application Out of the Park and Get On All Your Dream Teams.


Before a scrapbooker is accepted onto a team, they usually have to agree to the team requirements and rules. For example, most teams require that each scrapbooker work with a certain number of products per month and post their work in a certain number of galleries. Some teams have requirements for writing a number of blog posts, hosting challenges or commenting in the designer’s gallery that are in addition to creating sample pages.

The rules on CTs are common sense. For example, if a CTM downloads a product, they should use it within a reasonable timeframe and provide a sample page to the designer. CTMs should not post sample pages until the product is actually released in the store, unless asked to by the designer. The designer’s product Terms of Use (TOU) also applies to CTMs – no file sharing, no claiming as your own work, no using Personal Use products for Commercial Use, etc.


Once a scrapbooker accepts the terms of the agreement, they’re on the team! The designer will set them up in the team forum. For an individual designer this can be a private site completely separate from the designer’s store or it can be a “hidden” forum within a store’s forum. I remember when I first starting CT-ing, I was amazed by all that went on in store forums, almost literally behind the scenes!

Team forums usually include sections for:

  • New  and archived products
  • CT pages
  • Team preparations for events (like Digital Scrapbooking Day, for example)
  • Team chit chat

The team forum is a very supportive place for the designer and CTMs. For example, team members share when they receive a Gallery Standout with the designer’s products and leave praise for each other’s pages and the upcoming new products.


CTMs receive free access to the designer’s products, or the entire store in the case of store CTMs. Individual designers usually issue coupons to their CTs for products. Some upload their products to a file sharing service and provide access links to the CT. Store CTs are usually set up so that the CTM’s user account provides them with free access to the store. (And yes, this is seriously awesome.)


Designers try to provide the CTMs with as much lead time as possible before the product release date so that the CTMs can create sample pages showcasing the product. Time also needs to be allowed for the designer to incorporate all the sample pages into the product previews, their newsletter, the store newsletter, and their blog.

Creating pages with gorgeous products is the best part about being on a CT! It also stretches CTMs creatively – the CT can be scrapping with an ultra-girly kit one week and a dog theme kit the next. It’s all part of the fun!


Once the product is released in the store, CTMs are asked to post their sample pages to the galleries as soon as possible. Most designers require that the CTMs post to their store site and a minimum number of other open galleries. Open galleries are places like MyScrapbookArt, DigiShopTalk, and ScrapStacks that allow users to post pages using any designer’s products. (In contrast, closed galleries only allow posted pages to contain their own designer’s products.)

And that’s a quick look at creative teams!


PS – The title graphic was made using Smart Aleck by Sweet Shoppe Designs

How To Develop Your Photographer’s Eye | Part 1

Do you see other people’s photos and wonder how you can create something similar? Do you wonder what they are doing to create beautiful images that draw your eye in?

Photography is personal. Through our lenses we record our lives for ourselves and for those we love. Developing your photographer’s eye helps you to see beauty in the everyday detail of your life.

In a three part series, we’ll explore how to develop your photographer’s eye.

Great photos begin with a story. Do you know what that includes?


  • Choose a strong subject
  • Let the viewer know the story
  • Eliminate the extra

Bring the three visual story elements together for stronger, more interesting photos.


What is your subject? Isolate it. Let it be known that THIS is what you are shooting. Make it obvious to someone who was not there when the moment occurred.

Notice the background. Does changing your angle, eliminate background clutter?


Do the elements in your frame tell the viewer what the moment was about? Does it create emotion in you and the viewer?

Think about action. Think about light. Think about the moment and where the action is occurring. Focus there.


Every single element in your image has a purpose. Do you know why you’ve left it there? Did you look around the image before you pressed the shutter?

Know why you are including it in the frame to tell a stronger visual story. Not everything needs to be there.

In Photographically Speaking, David duChemin says, “when you include it in the frame — whatever it is — you are saying it matters.”


Now go out and shoot with intention. Think of the three pieces of a visual story and create. The more you practice looking around your frame before you push the button, the faster and easier it will become!


Memory Making for Empty Nesters

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When you hang out in any type of scrapbooking community, you are bound to notice that a lot of the pages, discussions, and products center around families with young children. This is understandable since childhood is filled with many memorable moments, but memory making is not just limited to a certain demographic. Anyone can make and document special memories!

Scrappers with an “empty-nest” (regardless of whether or not the nest was ever filled) have some unique opportunities for enjoying special and also everyday moments worth scrapping. I’ve watched my own parents as their nest has emptied (it took a long time for them because we are all so spread out in age) and it’s fun to see what types of things they enjoy. I’ve used some of my mom’s ideas, as well as my own brainstorming to come up with a list that can inspire anyone to go out and make some memories. Even if your nest is still bursting at the seams, you can use these ideas for individual or date night breaks. It’s also ok to file it or pin it for later use.

Memory Making Ideas for Empty Nesters:

  • Go on a photowalk. Take your camera and snap pictures of what you see. You can even use a prompt list or set a theme to guide you.
  • Go out to eat at unusual hours – late night pancakes, mid-afternoon lunches, midnight buffets. Without little kids to rule your schedule, enjoy some freedom to mix things up a bit. Take pictures of your menu and what you order.
  • Take drives or short trips. Document what is within a certain distance of your home (10 miles, 100 miles, etc.) in every direction.
  • Act like a tourist in your hometown. Take tours of local attractions, see the sights during the off-season,
  • Organize a group of empty-nesters and take turns planning activities. My parents have a once a month evening group where they rotate between different houses and enjoy activities together. Sometimes they even have someone come share a special trip or experience with the group.
  • Find friends with similar interests. My mom is part of a group of ladies who are all grandmothers. They get together and talk about their kids and grandkids and enjoy a breakfast or lunch together. It’s one of her favorite things to be a part of!
  • Do the kids stuff…without the kids! There’s no rule that says you have to have kids to go places like Disneyland, the park, or even sit down and play with play-doh or color with crayons. Sometimes those activities are even more fun when it’s just the grownups!
  • Experiment and document with favorites. Have a taste test party and decide what your favorite brand of rootbeer is. Buy one of every type of apple in the grocery store and try them all to see which one you like the best. Document the results in writing and photos.
  • Have a movie marathon and watch every movie in a series – all the Harry Potter movies, every John Wayne movie, or a selection of your favorites.
  • Watch every episode in an older tv series. You can have show marathons and fall asleep on the couch.
  • Create a “bucket list” of things you want to do. There are plenty of online helps to give you ideas.
  • Take a class online or in person. Learn how to do something new. Record what you learn in words and pictures.
  • Learn to use Skype and video chat with family and friends who live far away. You can even take screen shots to use for your layouts.
  • Go to some festivals or fairs and enjoy local culture and cuisine.
  • Practice your photography skills. We had a ton of photography posts here at The Daily Digi to help with this!

If you have any ideas to add to this list, feel free to leave them in the comments. We love to hear from you!

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P.S. The title graphic was created with “Where the Heart Is” by Kaye Winiecki and DJB Play Misty for Me font by Darcy Baldwin.

P.P.S. Congratulations to Carole Mac who won TWO coupons of her choice from our January featured designers for sharing her layout on the post Therapy for Digital.

More Simple Tricks from Jacki


Jacki here, with part 3 of my keeping it simple series. If you want to refer back to my previous posts, check out:

If you’re like me, you have some old scanned photos that desperately need some repair work. When my daughter was born, a friend gave me a roll of film. I didn’t know it until I’d already taken my photos in to be processed, that it was slide film! The processor didn’t catch it either and was very apologetic. All I had of my daughter’s birth were these awful looking green photos. I cried! Fifteen years ago I didn’t have a digital camera or photo editing software so the photos stayed as they were in her photo album. With her birthday coming up, I wanted to try and repair some of those photos. There are a number of tutorials out there to walk you through the restoration process of an old photo. However, I don’t have a lot of time, nor do I have fancy editing software. I want something I can do in ten minutes or less.

From awful to useable. The photo I wanted to repair is one of my husband at the hospital holding our brand new baby girl. It was taken with slide film and was scanned a number of years ago. In addition to being green and awful, it has scratches, dust, and various unsightly little spots. Here are the steps I used:

a. Adjust the lighting levels.

b. Try auto color correct.

c. Use the magnetic lasso tool to select and “protect” part of the image.

d. Copy-paste the selected area into another layer.

e. Use color variations to adjust the background.

f. Use the burn tool to darken areas not scanned well.

g. Use the spot healing brush and cloning tool to repair spots, scratches, and unwanted distractions.

h. Merge the layers.

i. Reduce the noise of the image with despeckle.

j. Crop the photo.

The first step I normally take is to look at adjusting the lighting levels of the photo. (This was covered in simple tricks for photo editing.) Then I play with the lighting using Auto Color Correct. Oftentimes what happens is that parts of the photo look good, and parts do not. So to allow more flexibility, I “protect” part of the photo. Using the magnetic lasso tool, I select the part of the photo I want to duplicate. That way I can mess around with the background without altering the area I want to protect. (For me, the Auto Color Correct made the people look very red.)



The magnetic lasso tool attaches itself along a line of color. It’s smart enough to follow it (which just amazes me!). But you have to control it. I click often along the line I want selected. Once you complete the loop (the beginning and end of the lasso meet), it will show marching ants and your selection is ready to copy and paste into a new layer.


Now I have the freedom to play with the background without worrying about how the people look. The slide film made the photo very green so I went to Enhance>Adjust Color>Color Variations and decreased the green. Immediately the background color looks better. (You’ll notice how red the people look so it’s a good thing they’re “protected!”)


Since this photo was made digital via the use of a scanner, there are lines and splotches that need to be fixed. Using the burn tool, you can darken areas to reduce that unwanted look.


Careful not to get carried away. Thankfully you have the option of “undo!”

Next I used the spot healing brush and the cloning tool to repair unwanted little spots, scratches and other distractions.


I did the same with the layer of people, repairing unwanted spots. I also desaturated the people a bit since the coloring was a bit strong (Enhance>Adjust Color>Adjust Hue/Saturation). Once I was happy with both the background and the people in the image, I merged the two layers.

The overall image still looked grainy to me, so I used the Despeckle tool. In Photoshop Elements, go to Filter>Noise>Despeckle. You’ll notice that your image will look softer as a result. You can play with Noise, increasing or decreasing the effect.


Step back, look at your photo and if you like what you see, go ahead and crop it. Make sure to save your image under a different name so that you have both the original and the improved. Here are mine:



From awful to usable! I’m good with it and it took me less than 10 minutes. Now I can post it on my husband’s Facebook page to remind him of what we were doing 15 years ago!

Here’s another example of a photo I fixed using the same steps above. This one I’ll post on my son’s Facebook page, reminding him to hug his sister on her birthday. J



Go ahead and give it a try!

P.S. the title graphic was created with Kaye Winiecki’s Framed Affection elements kit.

Frigid Funtastic Friday


I decided to use the rainbow graphic today to represent my hopes that my area will start to thaw out! Both Katie and my states have been hit with ice storms and snow. Record duration of record cold temperatures. I will say though, that even these freezing cold temperatures are a welcome change for me this year from the dark and rain of Seattle!

We recorded a new episode of The Digi Show this week which took an interesting turn from the planned topic.


Here’s what some of our digtal peeps have going on this week:

From bowling birthday parties for the kids, to family fun outings, to wii games, league play, and crazy times with your friends, Tracey Monette of Clever Monkey Graphics has just released a brand new bowling-themed kit in her store at ScrapMatters called Let’s Go Bowling! Be sure to grab it while it’s on new release sale. (kit releases at MyMemories probably early next week)



Through the Woods is a beautiful new kit by Jenn Labre that is full of texture and gorgeous elements.



Its a bit quirky and doodly with a bit of artsy, with a vellum pack with 3 alphas and arrows and bubbles, perfect for quotes and quick highlights.



Capture those oh so silly yet so sweet moments with your little one with Silly Goose, a digital scrapbooking kit by Traci Reed and Erica Zane available at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

Silly Goose by Erica Zane & Traci Reed


Get a new kit from Stolen Moments, perfect for scrapping the sassy ladies in your life!



There are some great new templates from WMsquared:



Danielle Young has a sunny new kit & template set at Oscraps. Get the template set FREE with purchase of the kit this week!



Misty Cato has a happy, sweet new kit out at the Sweet Shoppe. Don’t miss the coordinating journaling cards – so pretty and perfect for Project Life projects.



Sahlin Studio has a new birthday collection, Birthday Cake. Inspired by vintage card illustrations in the 1940?s, these adorable birthday themed illustrations, vintage newsprint, dainty florals, & peppy polka dots will help you to scrap your birthday celebrations. AND for a Limited Time *** Grab the BUNDLE for 40% OFF Offer ends: Jan 31st



NEW — 3 beautiful expansion packs to SuzyQ Scraps’ popular Sweethearts kit. Plus the whole collection is now available as a bundle — save 36% thru 1-30-13



Yin has made this cute Christmas-themed layout template which is free for download on her blog!

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Scrapping with Liz has a new set of templates out. You’ll love these because they are set up where you can scrap a whole series of photos and you can scrap a bunch of them!



Quirky Twerp has a sweet retro-inspired Valentine kit, 30% off through Sunday. Girl Loves Boy Scrapbook Kit



A Valentine’s printable project



Talk Nerdy to Me – Celebrate your love of geeks!



ViVa Artistry’s Les Saisons collection is inspired by the art of Mucha. It’s Art Nouveau at its finest going back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Alphonse Mucha was a one of a kind artist known for his distinct flowing style that is much copied to this day. This collection is based on the four seasons with this one being the Summer and Winter seasons.



Michelle Batton is releasing three winter themed products at The Digichick this week which will be 30% off through Jan 27th.



Moment Like This is the Sugary Fancy’s NEW Kit celebrating all the simple and special moments of life! Enjoy the Special Discount this week!



Down This Road Designs has a new kit in the ScrapMatters shop today! Everyday Miracles is perfect for scrapping all of those everyday moments!!

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It’s River~Rose’s Birthday and she’s sharing the fun with YOU! Save 40% off January 25-31 using the code R_CELEBRATE_R



A new collection from Laura Banasiak:



Visit my store at One Story Down and buy my Fabulous 50’s Kit and get the Fabulous 50’s Alphas FREE through Jan. 31st.



Paislee Press and One Little Bird have teamed up (again!) on a new collaboration, Dayplanner. It’s a bright and happy celebration of everyday life, and it’s 20% off through the weekend!



If you’ve been wanting to learn some new techniques, check out Learn It TV from Wendyzine:



On the go…vroom & zoom…rough & tumble…he’s ALL BOY! About a Boy by Chelle’s Creations celebrates all those boy-ish charms in striking trendy colors.


A set of 10 fun glitter patterned vellum sheets to add that little something extra to your pages by Pink Reptile Designs. Layer them over your background papers, cut them to matte your photos, clip them to masks or alphas or try blending them. The sky is the limit in adding amazing effects and interest to your pages!



PS. Congratulations to this yesterday’s reader who has won $10 to one of January’s featured designers: Christelle L. (Julie Billingsley). Thanks for commenting

Julie Billingsley: No Longer Daunting


I think one of my favorite things to scrap with by Julie Billingsley is her patterned papers! They are super easy to use in a small space, big space, and combine together without competing for attention.  It’s not easy as a designer to get the patterns on papers just right and Julie does a fabulous job. I also love her themed kits and she knocks the boy kits out of the park! I’m happy to welcome Julie back to The Digi Files again. Let’s take a closer look at “Imagine That” that is included in The Digi Files this month:


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 Julie Billingsley’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley; Bunch of Sketches 14 by Kitty Designs.
LO2Layout by Katie. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley; Scrapbook Lady Stories template; Font: Code Bold.
LO3Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley; Inky Pot by CD Muckosky. Scrapbook Lady Squares (template) by Scrapbook Lady.
LO4Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley; Baby It’s Cold Outside Template by Studio Basic; Font is Ten Thousand Reasons by KG.

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

Hello! My name is Julie Billingsley and I live in Oregon with my husband, two sons, and our dog. My oldest son is 21 and in his third year of college and my youngest son is 9 and in fourth grade. You probably just realized that is an 11+ year age difference and think I’m crazy… you’d be right. Just kidding! Honestly, being a mom is the best thing that could have happened to me and the age difference in the boys just keeps me on my toes and makes parenting more fun!

In my free time, my husband and I enjoy taking our dog Maisie for walks. We walk almost 3 miles each day. I also love to read, learn new things, and dream about taking vacations.



This layout is of my youngest son from back in 2004. I had initially disliked the photo because my son wouldn’t look into the camera, so the picture stayed unscrapped on my hard drive only to be forgotten. Then 8 years later, Jady Day Studio and I created this baseball theme collab so I dug around my hard drive, found this picture and realized what a hidden treasure it was. I couldn’t be happier with this layout turned out!


I am a designer at Sweet Shoppe Designs. I was so blessed to actually start my designing career there five years ago. I scrapped my heart out at the Sweet Shoppe’s and the Lilypad’s creative teams prior to that. Although I don’t get to do it enough these days, I will probably always consider myself a scrapper first. I believe designing from the perspective of a scrapper makes my product very useable and enjoyable to scrapbook with.


My inspiration typically comes from my family photos and events. I have been inspired by everything from the colors of a children’s book, to a visit to the zoo, to the shirt my son was wearing. Inspiration is in no shortage, however time to create it all is!

Computer: 27″ iMac with 8GB of RAM and 2TB of hard drive. My favorite accessory is my Wacom Intuos tablet. I use it for everything and don’t even have a mouse.

Program: Photoshop CS5 and Illustrator 5. For Mac apps, I use Better Rename 9 and YemuZip.
Camera: Canon S100 point and shoot and my iPhone camera are my main cameras.

Since I have 21 years of photos of my children, I’m pretty much resigned to the fact that I’ll never catch up. But I have a tip for making scrapping easier when you are overwhelmed with photos and memories. I always had the trouble of wanting to scrapbook, but just picking a photo to scrap was hard when facing the large amount of pictures on my hard drive and in photo bins. That was when I created a folder and put a maximum of 10 unscrapped photos in for each year. Not that the other photos weren’t important, but I said to myself, if I can only scrapbook 10 memories for 1999, which 10 photos would I pick? Then armed with just 10 pictures a year, I could then easily know what kits I was on the look out for. Picking a photo was no longer daunting. Then when scrapping, I can easily go back to my original folders to grab supplemental photos from the same event to add to my layout as well. This technique is how I found that adorable picture in my baseball layout above and finally got it scrapped.

My favorite kit is a fireworks kit called Ignite the Night that I created because I needed a fun vibrant kit for my Disney fireworks photos. I was a little nervous about the brightness of the colors with the contrast of the black when I picked out the colors, but I love how it turned out. It’s sparkly and fun, and I’ve seen many gorgeous layouts with it!

My most popular product is a tropical kit called Kona Coast. I love the sun-faded beachy colors in this kit. I picked the colors from a men’s vintage Hawaiian shirt. It makes me dream of relaxing on a sunny beach, listening to the sounds of the waves, and soaking up the sun.


Here are some of my favorite products by Julie Billingsley:


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



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Inspired by Julie Billingsley

The following layouts were created using “Imagine That” by Julie Billingsley and included in The Digi Files during January, 2013:

Layout by SharonS. Template: Nanie, Font: CK Beauty.
Layout by Aly. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley.
Layout by Jen. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley.
Layout by Kim. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley.
Layout by Rachel. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley.
Layout by Sara. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley.
Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley; Bunch of Sketches 14 by Kitty Designs.
Layout by Katie. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley; Scrapbook Lady Stories template; Font: Code Bold.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley; Inky Pot by CD Muckosky. Scrapbook Lady Squares (template) by Scrapbook Lady.
Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Imagine That by Julie Billingsley; Baby It’s Cold Outside Template by Studio Basic; Font is Ten Thousand Reasons by KG.

I Love Editing In Lightroom With RadLab


If you are a Digi Show listener, you know I LOVE RadLab! I’ve used it in PhotoShop for a long time, but it was a life changing revelation when Christine Newman shared that you can use RadLab in Lightroom. I have gone from detesting editing photos to actually enjoying it!

On Saturday, I shared an update on Organizing in Lightroom, I thought today, I would share a bit about how I edit my photos

RadLab can be used in PhotoShop, Photoshop Elements, and Lightroom. It is more of a plugin than an action or anything else. In Photoshop, this is what I do to access RadLab: go to Filter> Totally Rad> RadLab


In Lightroom, I right click on a photo and select Edit In> RadLab:


The user interface is the same in Lightroom and Photoshop (and I would imagine PSE too):


I’ve used RadLab enough that I usually know what I’m going to apply, even before I open the photo. I love RadLab because I can hover over each adjustment and see what it will look like on my photo. I can apply as many adjustments as I want. Here’s the recipe I used on the photo above:


I moved the slider on Cool As A Cucumber pretty far right (I just kept going until I liked the look) and I left Sugar Rush at the default.

On my photos, I typically use one of these three:

Oh Snap!
Sugar Rush
Punch Out

Then I might add:
Lights On
Lights Off

And I typically add:
Cool As A Cucumber
Warm It Up Kris!
Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana

There are a ton of stylets that could be used included in RadLab and the combinations or Recipes are limitless.

Here’s my edited photo:


Big difference! It took what might have been a throw away and made it look pretty good and not over processed.

To use the photo with the edits applied, I either Right click on the photo and choose Export and then select my different settings (where I want it saved, etc.) OR if I want to use the photo on a layout, I right click and select Edit In> Photoshop. When the window pops up, I select: Edit a copy with Lightroom Edits applied.

Being able to use RadLab in Lightroom has made it so I can organize my digital scrapbooking product previews, organize my photos, and edit my photos all in one place. My workflow is so smooth now. The only time I edit a photo in Photoshop is when I need to clone, use content aware, or make a blue sky bluer; but those are very rare occasions.

I am often asked which I would choose: Lightroom or RadLab. It’s really a hard choice for me. If someome told me they had to take away one of them, I’m not sure I could choose. If you don’t have Lightroom already though, I would recommend RadLab because you can use it in the other two big programs most digital scrappers use: Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

There is a link in this episode of The Digi Show to a tutorial for using RadLab in Lightroom. If you want to buy Lightroom, you can click on the link in the sidebar of The Digi Show and that helps us out over there (it is an affiliate link), I don’t think the discount coupon works anymore, but let me know if it does.

Are you a RadLab Lover too? Do you have any favorite Recipes? Please share them in the comments!