Scrapbook Lady: Tucked Away In A Cottage

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I am thrilled to be welcoming our very own Katie Nelson to The Digi Files this month! When Katie told me of her plan to open a template shop on her blog, I was super excited!  I was mostly excited for selfish reasons; I would get to work with her templates! I love Katie’s clean, graphic, linear style and adore her passion for large photos.   Katie’s templates can easily be photo intensive or adapted to be journaling heavy, both of which are huge passions for Katie and show through her template design.  Let’s take a closer look at “Scrapbook Lady Selects and Scrapbook Lady Spaces” that are 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 Katie the Scrapbook Lady’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Selects and Scrapbook Lady Spaces by Katie the Scrapbook Lady.
LO2Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Selects and Scrapbook Lady Spaces by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; It’s a Me Thing by One Story Down.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Selects and Scrapbook Lady Spaces by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Head in the Clouds by Paislee Press and Valorie Wibbens; Doodle Me Christmas (border) by Erica Zane.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Selects and Scrapbook Lady Spaces by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Imagine That by Julie Billingsley; Font: DJB I Heart DJB Fonts.
LO5Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Selects and Scrapbook Lady Spaces by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Dia de los Muertos Kit by Michelle Godin and Jacque Larsen; Fonts: Sketch Rockwell; 28 Days Later.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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I’m Katie Nelson and I’ve lived in the Salt Lake City, Utah area almost all of my life. I’m blessed to be married to my wonderful husband who I’ve been friends with since we were in 7th grade. We have 2 children; Alex who is 19 years old, and Riley who is 16. Yes, it makes me feel old to type their ages!

I graduated with my college degree in English and a minor in Anthropology. I used to dream about becoming a writer and I imagined myself tucked away in a cottage somewhere plunking out the great American novel on a typewriter. Little did I know that someday I would actually be a writer… but it would all be informational and created on a computer!

I’ve had a variety of jobs from janitorial work, receptionist, customer service desk help, selling food to schools and hospitals, bookkeeping, sewing medical device wraps, and freelance writing. I’ve been lucky that most of my jobs have been work-at-home situations while I’ve been a mom.

While I never planned to homeschool my children, somehow I’m in my 7th year of doing just that. We’ve used a virtual online academy through the K12.com program. It’s a very demanding curriculum, but we’ve all learned a lot. I’m now in the role of helping my son (who has high-functioning autism) adjust to college learning, while getting my daughter through her sophomore year of high school.

I love to travel (but hate to fly) and I’m happiest when I have a camera in my hand and something fun to photograph. I’m sort of crazy about Lego minifigures and all the cool Lego sets that they can live in. I have bought more Lego sets than we have been able to find time to build so I currently have a backlog stash in our storage room. My very patient husband has asked me “why are we stockpiling Legos?” Besides Legos, I collect postcards, globes, cookbooks, board games, fat quarter fabric squares, and containers for organizing. I *might* have a little bit of OCD. 😉

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This is really a very simple layout, but it includes all of my favorite ingredients for a great scrapbook page; a stunning photo that tells a story, descriptive journaling, a memorable title, a subtle but beautiful piece of digital paper, & a few fun embellishments. The layout is about one of the most amazing places I have ever visited!

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I started scrapbooking when I was 14 years old. A girl in my neighborhood showed me her scrapbook (it was probably about 12 inches tall and 20 inches wide – it was huge!) and I couldn’t wait to get my own. I used rubber cement and Mrs. Grossman’s stickers and lots of poorly cropped photos. By the time I finished college, I had 3 giant albums finished. Once I was married, I hardly took any pictures and I really didn’t even take many photos of my son when he was born. (insert bad mom guilt here!)

When my son was 18 months old, I went to visit a friend who had a little girl just a few weeks older than Alex. She showed me her two full Creative Memories albums filled with her daughter’s life so far. I felt terrible! I also felt determined and motivated to begin scrapbooking the “right way”. I hosted a CM party and was a faithful customer for 4 years before I became a consultant myself. I was a Creative Memories consultant for 4 years and also hosted monthly all-day crops that I kept going even after I left CM.

Within this same time frame (1999), I started a website using a pre-designed format from homestead and called it “Katie the Scrapbook Lady”. I updated it constantly and I would have to republish the whole thing to show my latest news. I had no idea that I was really trying to run a blog before there even was such a thing. I sold downloadable quote files and instructions for some origami style mini-albums. This was long before I had heard the term “ebooks” but that is really what these downloadable document files were.

I continued on with crops, my website, and A LOT of paper scrapping until about 2003. I even won some ribbons in our State Fair and a newspaper scrapbooking contest. I also had a few pages and a full-length article published in Memory Makers Magazine. I was a total “Scrapbook Lady”. Then we ran into difficulties with my son’s schooling and I had to start homeschooling him. We then moved to a different house and I lost my craft space. Those events led me to pack up the scrapbook stuff, and somehow I just never got it out again. I let my website expire, and I lost my love of scrapping.

In the spring of 2005, my Mom asked me if I had seen the Simple Scrapbooks Digital Scrapbooking special issue and showed me her copy. I was very intrigued and I spent many hours looking through the pages trying to figure out how they did it. I signed up for 2peas, hung out in the digital forum, and played around in Microsoft Digital Image Pro until I figured out what to do. I started blogging in October of 2005. My love of scrapbooking was on fire again!

I decided to start designing digital kits in 2007. I shudder to think that some of those early kits are still out there on people’s hard drives somewhere! Please accept my apologies. Lol! 😉 Then I acted on an idea I had thought of years before, a monthly inspiration file of scrapbooking ideas based on everyday events and holidays. I put together my first issue in March of 2007 and over the course of the next year, I finished a full year of Amazing Month of Memories files. I was (and still am) very proud of how they turned out. It was this series that helped me realize how much I love to write about scrapbooking! I retired the files in 2009 because they needed some major updating, but I would love to figure out a way to bring them back in a new format someday. I also decided to retire from digital designing in 2009 and focus on writing for The Daily Digi and my own blog instead. I wanted to spend more time learning and scrapping and not use up all my creative energy on designing.

I did not regret my decision to stop designing. Every time I got a little urge to start up again, it seemed like it was time to help out with one of the exclusive Daily Digi collaborative kits that Daily Digi members get every few months and I could satisfy the designer urge that way. I honestly had no intention of designing again. I was happily scrapping, writing, and even started co-hosting The Digi Show. On top of all my own personal responsibilities, I had more than enough to keep me busy!

The funny thing is, I couldn’t fight it anymore. I began to realize that every time I went to use ANY template, I ALWAYS altered it. After a while, I would end up with something so different than the template I started with, I realized that I was really designing my own. I quit using templates and just started scrapping the way I wanted to. It was like I was finally ready to be myself. I had figured out what I love most on layouts – BIG pictures + journaling, clean lines, and room for some fun. I knew how I wanted my pages to look and I felt like after years of studying scrapbooking, I had a good understanding of what really made pages stand out. I try very hard to incorporate those principles into all of my templates. It’s important to me that nothing overwhelms the story of the page and that the memories get a chance to really shine.

Before I allowed myself to become a template designer, I made a deal with myself. I could only sell my templates as long as I was scrapping with them. I wanted to be sure I was creating templates that were truly user-friendly and I didn’t want my own scrapbooking to suffer. Because I create at least one layout for every single template I design, I figure it takes me 2 or 3 times longer to put together a pack of templates than it would if I was only designing. It’s a long process, but at the end, I not only have something that will help others document their memories, I also have my own pages to enjoy!

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My inspiration almost always starts with my photos or a memory I want to document. I also get a lot of ideas just looking through my stash of digi kits. There are so many talented designers out there and I love to use their fun products!

Pinterest is my favorite source of creative energy. It’s not that I find specific ideas there to use for creating templates, it’s more that it’s a place that makes me feel creative and energized. I spend way too much time there, but it’s a happy place for me. You can follow me at Pinterest.

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Computer: Dell Latitude E6520 laptop 8GB with Windows 7 Professional
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex external hard drive (1TB) – I have two of them so I have double backups
HP Office Jet 6500 series printer/scanner

Program: I’m a total Photoshop Elements fan and I especially love PSE 11! I decided a few months ago that I really needed to learn Photoshop CS6 + a variety of other Adobe programs because I do a lot of teaching others in the various projects I’m involved in so I subscribed to the Adobe Cloud program. It’s really a great value because for $50 a month (less if you qualify for an educational discount) you get to use a whole bunch of top notch programs! PSE is still my very favorite though. 🙂
Camera: Nikon D90 DSLR
Canon S95 point-and-shoot
I guess it’s funny that I have both a Nikon and a Canon, but I really prefer Nikon DSLR cameras and I have found that Canon makes incredible point-and-shoot cameras. I love them both!
iPhone 4 (but I plan to upgrade to an iPhone 5 at the end of this month)

Anything Else: iPad 3 – great for accessing online classes & tutorials, reading blogs, surfing for inspiration, and watching movies!

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Do regular disk cleanups on your computer to keep it from getting bogged down. This even applies to Mac users.

I run disk cleanups all the time and I don’t keep unnecessary files on my computer. I don’t like anything to slow down my digi scrapping!

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I guess I love this set because there’s room for really big photos and a few more to enhance the story. They also work great for pages with a lot of journaling – just use the large photo space for the story!

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All of my templates sold pretty equally until this set came out. The Sorted set has been my most popular one by far! I think it’s because the templates are so versatile. You can flip or rotate them and also fill them with papers or photos for many different looks. It’s also a great feeling to be able to fit A LOT of photos on a page and still be able to see all of them and not feel overwhelmed.

I created these templates because I needed a way to include all the pictures that were part of the story I wanted to tell.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Katie:

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

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Save 30% off storewide in Katie’s store through January 31, 2013. Use code: 359301X5

Go have a look in Katie’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 the Scrapbook Lady

The following layouts were created using “Scrapbook Lady Selects” and “Scrapbook Lady Spaces” by Katie the Scrapbook Lady and included in The Digi Files during January, 2013:

 

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Layout by SharonS. Template: Katie Scrapbook Lady, Papers and elements: Studio Basic: Only You, Font: The Only Exception.
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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Selects and Scrapbook Lady Spaces by Katie the Scrapbook Lady.

Layout by Katie. “Scrapbook Lady Spaces” by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Little Butterfly Wings Bookworm. Font is The Wolff

Layout by Katie. “Scrapbook Lady Spaces” by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Sahlin Studios I’ll love your forever and Key to My Heart.

Layout by Katie. “Scrapbook Lady Selects” by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; WM Squared Feel the Magic Add-on. Fonts are Arial and Black Jack.

Layout by Katie. “Scrapbook Lady Spaces” by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Little Butterfly Wings Geek Like Me

Layout by Katie. “Scrapbook Lady Selects” by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; WM Squared Great Escapes – California. Font is arial.

Layout by Katie. “Scrapbook Lady Selects” by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Tracy Martin Traveler. Valerie Wibbens Lost and Found. Traveling Typewriter font.

Layout by Katie. “Scrapbook Lady Selects” by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Digital Design Essentials Perfect Harmony. Arial font.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Selects and Scrapbook Lady Spaces by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; It’s a Me Thing by One Story Down.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Selects and Scrapbook Lady Spaces by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Head in the Clouds by Paislee Press and Valorie Wibbens; Doodle Me Christmas (border) by Erica Zane.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Selects and Scrapbook Lady Spaces by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Imagine That by Julie Billingsley; Font: DJB I Heart DJB Fonts.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Selects and Scrapbook Lady Spaces by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Dia de los Muertos Kit by Michelle Godin and Jacque Larsen; Fonts: Sketch Rockwell; 28 Days Later.

Adding a Watermark to a Phone Photo (Android and iOS)

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The day that Instagram rolled out their new terms (before the adjustments), we recorded a Digi Show and discussed it. One of the things I mentioned I would probably start doing to protect myself a little would be to add a watermark to my photos I put on Instagram. We talked about watermarking apps and Katie said she wasn’t really happy with the apps she had tried so far. I made it my mission to find an app that was easy to use and I think I have.

iWatermark is available for Android, iOS (iPad, iPhone), Mac, and Windows. It keeps any metadata in tact, has a lot of fonts to choose from, and you can use a png logo that you add to your photostream.

I tried a few different apps and found this one the easiest and fastest to use for adding a watermark, but probably the best way to show you what the app does is to show a video that really shows off the app. If you are reading through email or a reader, you may need to click over to the site to see the embedded video below:

Reflections on Pocket Scrapbooking

Reflections on Pocket Scrapbooking

Credit: Memories & Moments: Journal Cards 2 by Suzy Q. Scraps, The Silver Reed font by Heather Joyce

I gave pocket scrapbooking a try in early fall 2012. It wasn’t long before I realized that scrapping in the simple blocked style is addictive.

Every Sunday, I can’t wait to drag my photos and journal cards onto my grid templates and add words. It’s so simple and easy to do. The entire week is scrapped and recorded in about 30-40 minutes.

But, it’s not the ease of the project that has me hooked. It’s this:

When I look at my weekly pages, I see our family life reflected back at me.

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I’ve been at it for a few months and can’t imagine stopping now. If you’re just starting a pocket scrapbooking project for 2013, here are a few things that have worked for me:

  • I chose one template and work with it 95% of the time. I occasionally change to one with more smaller photos, but most of the time, I know that I am going to be working with 8 larger horizontal photos and 8 smaller vertical ones.
  • Establishing a set time period makes it very easy to organize my weekly pocket scrapbook pages. My week runs Sunday-Saturday. I try to scrap each Sunday, but definitely finish the spread by Tuesday at the latest. Not getting behind is key for me to keeping it up.
  • I use my photo management software (Lightroom) to create a “quick collection” of photos that I might want to include in the spread for the week. I edit them all at the same time and drag them onto the blocked templates.
  • The stories associated with the photos I took are the easiest to write, so I do those first. Then I look to other sources of journalling (e.g. emails written, Facebook statuses, notes jotted down) to include other stories and little bits from the week. From time to time, I like to include some random facts, like a news story of significance or songs from my playlist.
  • I use different kits each week. I think I’d get bored if I tried to stick to one set of journalling cards, so I change everything each week – except the overall design and pocket protectors. (I use either a Traci Reed slip-in or a Valorie Wibben’s pocket page.)
  • That said, I do keep my handwriting font consistent from week to week (I use DJB JenLin by Darcy Baldwin because it is similar to my own handwriting), but I use a variety of other fonts for titles and journaling accents, like Arial, Century Gothic, Blackout, and The Silver Reed by Heather Hess.
  • I don’t date every photo, just a handful on each weekly spread to make them easier to file later. On some weeks I use one “square” to create a date/title – but I don’t do this every week, especially if it’s a photo-heavy week.

This has been one of those projects that has become easier and more inspiring with time for me. If you’re doing a pocket scrapbook in 2013, leave a note directing us to your pages. I’d love to see how you’re approaching it!

Ready to get back to scrapping!

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If you’re like me, you are ready to get back to scrapping now that the holidays are over! The good news is that a lot of designers have new goodies out this week to help you out!

A digital scrapbooking kit by Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs, Always in my Heart is full of fresh colors and is perfect for scrapping much more than sad memories.

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A fun and fresh new kit from WMSquared!

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LearnIt TV Season One debuts at over 40% off! Subscribe to Studio Wendy’s new video tutorials for weekly Photoshop and Elements instruction taught by a digital scrapbooker, for digital scrapbookers!

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Scrapping with Liz has some new Weekly Project templates that will work well for instagram photos, your daily photo projects and more. Plus if you purchase Weekly Project Templates 1 you’ll get Photo Starters FREE. The FWP runs 1/3-1/10.

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ScrapMatters is helping you get your everyday memories scrapped with a 25% off sale on ALL of the scrapping basics in our Every Day Matters category.  Also, be sure to check out the January Mix-a-Kit for over 40 products perfect for getting a head start on your yearly scrapping projects!

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May 2013 be a colourful year to you all!! Art Inspired by Val C. Designs is a rich and colourful kit which comes with Month and Words in both French and English. All packs are available individually, but I believe you won’t want to miss the bundle deal and get your hands on the whole bundle pack!

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SIX brand new products from Stolen Moments are just what you need to record your daily memories – no moment is too large or too small.

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Sugary Fancy is on a “little pause” status right now for a couple of weeks!
But she wants you to enjoy the new year and save 25% off using this coupon!

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It’s time for a new Mix A Kit at ScrapMatters and Jenn Labre has three new products available, including these versatile Date Cards – all for 25% off!

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Laura Banasiak has a gaggle of brand new products in her Scrap Orchard shop this week, plus a special offer! Purchase the Keep Calm Bundle before January 10th and you’ll get the Torn Cardboard free!

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For The Record 2013 No.1: You Matter Deluxe Kit is on sale @ $5.95 from Karen Lewis. Or get the Economy Kit for on only $3.15.  On sale for a limited time.

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Chelle’s Creations has some great new “stamp” frames to get multiphoto layouts done in a snap.

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Are you tackling Project 365, Project Life, or some other daily/weekly project this year? Check out the Memories & Moments collection by SuzyQ Scraps — and save 25% off the main bundle: TDDmm25-sQs (expires 1-7-13)

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It’s BYOC Time! One Little Bird’s In Review Papers and Tags are perfect for your milestone review projects – and they’re 20% off through 1/6/13. Check them out in her store at The Lilypad!

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New from Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs ~ templates that feature washi tape strips ~ Fuss Free: Wishi Washi and Fuss Free: Wishi Washi 2.  Purchase Fuss Free: Wishi Washi and receive Fuss Free: Wishi Washi 2 FREE (offer valid January 3-9, 2013).  The templates are Fresh Fruit priced at 20% and with the FWP offer, you get 8 templates for $3.60.

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Sign up for the Sahlin Studio Insider newsletter and receive an exclusive digital scrapbooking kit “Fleetwood” as your FREE gift.

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Check out Pink Reptile’s contribution for the Lilypad’s January BYOC! A timeless wooden alpha, beautiful set of patterned papers with matching solids and the cutest pack of elements that you’ll be able to use again and again! Grab these beauties at 20% off through January 6!

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From Snips & Snails – “It’s my birthday so I’m having a sale to celebrate! Take 30% Off everything in my One Story Down store (excluding collabs) January 4 – 10, 2013.”

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Cindy Schneider at the Sweet Shoppe has some fantastic customizable templates perfect for all those upcoming yearly projects including P365, P52 and Project Life.

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Life Story – new from Sherwood Studio, just in time for that P365/52 project!

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Bella Gypsy has two new kits out this week celebrating the New Year and all the wonderful things to come! Check out Start Fresh and Best Days Ahead at Scrap Orchard and enjoy them on sale for 20% off all week long!

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Finally, I’m back to template designing after a holiday hiatus! Start your year off right with some crisp & clean multi-photo templates. These are perfect for trips and events with a lot of memories to capture! Regular price of $5.00, but these are on sale for only $3.50 through Wednesday January 9th.

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We fully intended to get back to recording The Digi Show this week, but Steph got the sickies (seems like they are going around everywhere!) so we will start up again next week. In the meantime, check out some of our past episodes.

Hope you all have a fabulous Friday!

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P.S. The title graphic was created with Kate Hadfield’s digi scrapping kit and The Bold font by Heather Hess.

ScrapMatters: Any Other Way

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I’m very excited to be welcoming the ScrapMatters designers to The Digi Files this month.  It’s been several months since Amber took over ScrapMatters and I have loved seeing everything she and the designers have done.  They have been busy sprucing up the site, making changes, and adding designers, and creating like crazy! I LOVE the collection they put together for us this month (those bright colors and kraft!!) and our team really had a lot of fun creating with it! Let’s take a closer look at “Life.Every.Day.” 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 ScrapMatters’ contribution:

LO1Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Life.Every.Day. by ScrapMatters; Project Grids: The Templates by Amy Martin, Pockets No. 3 by Valorie Wibbens, Journalers by Valorie Wibbens.
LO2Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Life.Every.Day. by ScrapMatters; Template #132 by Yin Designs; Fonts: Rub This.
LO3Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Life.Every.Day. by ScrapMatters.
LO4Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Life.Every.Day. by ScrapMatters.
LO5Layout by Trina. Supplies: Life.Every.Day. by ScrapMatters; Coneflower by Sara Gleason.

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

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ScrapMatters opened in August of 2007 under the leadership of Andrea Nye as a place where people could come together to celebrate their memories and scrap what matters most to them. One of our signature standouts in the digi community is our incredibly friendly, supportive and sincere community. Our gallery is full of meaningful and thoughtful comments led by our ScrapMatters Girls (praise team) some of whom leave 400+ personalized and unique comments each month! In July of 2012, Amber LaBau purchased the site from Andrea and has worked to move the original vision forward by continuing to offer products in a variety of styles by some of the most talented designers in the industry, as well as a maintaining a welcoming and supportive forum to meet and converse with each other. We are a family of scrapbookers and designers who love what we do and love each other.
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Something I (Amber) never received as a new designer was any sort of critique on my work. It wasn’t until very recently that I took the opportunity to ask someone’s objective opinion, and in taking that person’s comments to heart. My designs have improved and I’ve challenged myself to learn and grow even more than I otherwise would. It’s so easy to become wrapped up in the excitement of designing, because it IS so exciting. Be sure to take a step back, though, and critically look at your work. Find areas that could use some improvement – be it color choices, quality, even the way your kits are previewed – and challenge yourself to do just a little better and grow just a little more. Even the most experienced designers have areas to improve upon, and the beauty of this industry is that there is always something new to learn or some new technique to try. Also, before you approach any stores, make sure you have a nice portfolio of work to show. As a store owner it’s hard to base a decision off of a single sample kit, because who’s to say if it was a fluke – for good or bad – and that the next three kits won’t provide the same quality of work? Finally, don’t let rejection get the better of you. We’ve all gone through it at one time or another, but by choosing to use those experiences as learning moments, we are better for it. Designing is an art that can’t be done without heart, so use that passion to get back on your feet and keep at it. One day, the right door will open, and you won’t be able to imagine things any other way.

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This was a kit our team created as part of the Queen of Scrap contest in March of last year. KimB put together the color palette for us, and since I’ve always loved blues and greens I was immediately taken with it. The kit was created as a way for scrappers to document the difficult times in their lives, so there are some really beautiful elements just perfect for that. I think it’s also a really neutral and versatile kit that can be used for all kinds of pages, so it’s great for making your scrapping dollar go farther.

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Queen of Scrap is by far our most popular kit. It was another that was created for a Queen of Scrap contest. I think it really speaks to scrappers’ desire to scrap about their favorite hobby.. 😉 It has elements that are appropriate for digital scrapping, paper crafting or card-making. A really popular style of layouts we’ve seen with it are those that showcase all the layouts created in a month/year/etc. It’s also pretty huge – 30+ papers, 130+ elements, 3 alphas – so it’s super versatile, as well.

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Here are some of my favorite products by ScrapMatters:

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

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Save 30% off storewide at ScrapMatters with code SM-30off4TDD. (Expires: Jan. 31, 2013. Not valid on Sweet Deals, Grab Bags, Bundles, Commercial Use, Merchandise, Classes or Custom Services.)

Go have a look at ScrapMatters! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from the store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

Inspired by Scrapmatters

The following layouts were created using “Every.Day.Life” by the designers at Scrapmatters and included in The Digi Files during January, 2013:

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Papers and Elements: Scrap Matters, Template: Michelle Batton, Font: The Sharon
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Life.Every.Day. by ScrapMatters; Project Grids: The Templates by Amy Martin, Pockets No. 3 by Valorie Wibbens, Journalers by Valorie Wibbens.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Life.Every.Day. by ScrapMatters; Template #132 by Yin Designs; Fonts: Rub This.
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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Life.Every.Day. by ScrapMatters.
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Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Life.Every.Day. by ScrapMatters.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Life.Every.Day. by ScrapMatters; Coneflower by Sara Gleason.

 

 

 

 

Resolve to improve your journaling

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While Steph and I were planning what we want to help you learn during this new year, I couldn’t help but come back to the importance of journaling. Now, please don’t go away if you don’t like to journal! Rest assured, that there are many who struggle in this area. Even someone like me who enjoys writing still has a hard time deciding how to put my feelings onto a scrapbook layout.

Although there are many amazing ways to make your memories meaningful (we have 4 years of archives here to prove it), I honestly believe that nothing will improve your photos and scrapbook pages like great journaling will. Words are a powerful tool! Pick a journaling related skill you want to work on and check out these resources to help you get started.

text to photos

I’ve never met anyone who loves photos who doesn’t want to know how to do this. Whether you’re a blogger, a paper scrapper, or a full out digi fanatic, adding text to a photo is a skill you will want to have.

All you need to do is open a photo in your program (I use Photoshop Elements 11) and then select the type tool.

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Choose your font, size, and color

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and then you have a photo that can speak for itself! Be sure to save the file with a new name so you don’t overwrite your original photo.

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Here are some resources to help:

 

look good

Adding journaling to a scrapbook page is as simple as putting text on a photo, but you will need to consider spacing, placement, and general design to make it look it’s best.

When using your text tool, pay attention to the font you use, what kind of spacing and leading look best, and how sentences wrap to the next line.

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Here are some of our favorite tips and ideas:

 

meaningful

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This is the one that seems to scare most scrapbookers, but I promise it’s easier than you think! If you take the effort to write from the heart, the page will become a true treasure.

Here are some favorite tricks to use when journaling:

Whatever your new year’s resolutions are, I sure hope that increasing and/or improving your journaling will be a focus for you. I can tell you from experience that the layouts that mean the most to me and to my family are the ones with journaling on them.

 

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Welcome The Designers of TDF#49

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HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of our readers, members, and designers!! Like always, we are ringing in the New Year with a new issue of The Digi Files! We are super excited to welcome the designers of the first Digi Files of 2013 and our Birthday month (we are officially FOUR today).

Help me welcome the designers for January 2013:

ScrapMatters
Scrapbook Lady
CD Muckosky
Clever Monkey Graphics
Sugarplum Paperie
Jennifer Labre Designs
Julie Billingsley

In The Digi Files this month, we have SEVEN full size products from fabulous designers for only $7.50 for ALL of the collections (less when you become an annual member)! It’s an UNBELIEVEABLE deal and the BEST deal in digital scrapbooking!

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 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

 

PS: Congratulations to the following who have won $10 to one of last month’s featured designers just for commenting: April Clark (Michelle Batton), flowersgal (Pink Poppy Press), Carol (KimericKreations), Kristine (PolkaDot Pixels), Anna Jenkins (Mommyish), Frutselke (Snips and Snails), Wendy, The Local Cook (mleCard).

 

My Life Of Celebration

“My Life of Celebration” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 28th payment (or 28th month for annual members). “My Life of Celebration” contains: two 12×12 templates (psd, tif, png and/or page format), five alphas (uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and/or symbols) 43 solid papers, 114 patterned papers and 341 elements (with many color variations). This amazing collection was created by 40 of the top digital scrapbooking designers (all of whom are previous contributors to THE DIGI FILES) and The Daily Digi team members.

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

Anna Aspnes

Baers Garten Designs

Bella Gypsy Designs

Chelle’s Creations

Christine Chodil

Crystal Livesay

Danielle Engebretson

Danielle Young

Dawn by Design

Dianne Rigdon Design

Down This Road Designs

Dunia

EH Studios

Erica Zane

Fayette Designs

Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

Heather T.

Kimeric Kreations

Laura Banasiak

Meta Wulandari Design

Meredith Cardall

One Little Bird Designs

Piccolina Designs

Pink Reptile Designs

Polka Dot Pixels

Rachel Young

River~Rose Designs

Scotty Girl Design

Scrapbook Lady

Scrappy Creations by Melanie

Snips and Snails Designs

Studio Flergs

Studio Rosey Posey

Sugary Fancy

SuzyQ Scraps

Tickled Pink

Tracie Stroud

ValC Designs

Wild Blueberry Ink

Zoe Pearn