Inspired by Amy Martin

The following layouts were created using “Whip It Up Fast” by Amy Martin and included in The Digi Files during February, 2013:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Whip It Up Fast by Amy Martin; Papers and Elements: That’s My Girl, Zoe Pearn, Border: Brandy Murry, Scrapgirls, Font: Courier New.
LO1 Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Whip It Up Fast by Amy Martin; Stitches by Anna Aspnes; CrazyStitches by Flergs; DenimBlues by Flergs; Freespirit by Audry Neal; These Small Moments by Bella Gypsy; Tutu Cute by Chelle’s Creations; Kalea Bits No.2 by Creashens; Messy Krafts by Mye De Leon; Love me Tender by Traci Stroud; Dance Center stage by World Art Word.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Whip It Up Fast by Amy Martin; Sun Kissed by Kaye Winiecki and Studio Basic, The Silver Reed font by Heather Hess.
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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Whip It Up Fast by Amy Martin; Penelope by Shabby Princess.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Whip It Up Fast by Amy Martin; Someone Like You by Karah Fredricks;
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LO5 Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Whip It Up Fast by Amy Martin; Hello Friend by WM Designs Squared; Whip It Up Fast Vol. 7 (template) by Amy Martin; Font: Wendy Teeny by WM Squared; Faustina.

Photo-A-Day Challenges

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I spent the month of January doing something I have never done before. A guided photo-a-day challenge! I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to share it with you.

Basically, a guided photo-a-day challenge is when the host of the challenge provides brief prompts for each day of the month and participants take a photo to represent that particular theme. Here are some that I’ve seen:

During the month of January, I decided to participate in One Story Down’s Photo-A-Day Challenge. It’s funny how quickly it became a part of my daily routine. I really looked forward to spending 10 minutes each evening hunting down something to shoot.

For me, in this cold Canadian winter, January is a time of limited light and typically one of my lowest shooting months. Not this year! I took a ton of photos for the challenges and, I think because I had the camera out anyway, I took a lot more photos in general.

I’m going to share some of the photos I took and resulting thoughts I had about each one.

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For me, the morning starts with a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. I like it hot, topped with a splash of milk. It helps my brain get going! In the afternoon, I drink green tea. It’s warm and refreshing. It may even be healthy, too. In the evening, I have a cup of orange pekoe or earl grey tea. So that mug you see above is an important part of my day. A cup o’ comfort.

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I used to burn candles all the time. In our first little apartment, my husband and I had candlelit dinners every night. We used to burn candles on the mantle or window sill in the evenings, while we puttered around or watched TV.

As the years went by, and we had our first baby, we stopped lighting candles. Dinners with our firstborn were rushed because she had evening colic. As she grew older, we worried about the safety of lit candles near a toddler so we put most of them away.

Now our kids are three and six and a half years old. I have two big, deep hurricane-style candle holders on the dining table. During dinner, I light the candles deep inside the hurricanes and dim the overhead lights. The kids are fascinated by the candles. Some of our dinners last thirty or forty minutes – a record with small children! We have one rule: The candles cannot be blown out until everyone at the table is finished eating (and my husband and I take our time!). The kids won’t leave because they both want to have a chance to blow out one candle each (while we supervise closely, of course). Our candlelit dinners are back – and promote a nice family meal.

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Sundays are pretty typical around here. House cleaning, meal planning, groceries, laundry – all the little things that need to get done before the week ahead. So, when I saw that the photo prompt word for Sunday was “people”, I was a bit nervous. This is my den-day where it’s just my little family. At first, I was going to include a photo of my people (my husband and kids), but because of nap time and a must-watch showing of the Little Prince on television, that wasn’t going to happen.

Then I remembered the other peeps who live in our house: the Little People. They’ve been residing in a big bucket in our playroom for several years. The kids go through phases where they love to play with them and other times where they don’t remember they exist. With my son turning three years old, I wonder how much longer the Little People will live here? It’ll be the end of an era.

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The challenge was to find something old. This is my Sweet Sixteen ring. It’s impossible to capture the beautiful fire in the opal and the sparkle of the two diamonds. I’ve loved it ever since the first moment I received it, almost 18 years ago. And I can’t believe it was that long ago!

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The prompt was “round”. I wasn’t up for anything too labour-intensive to set up so I present to you a shot of the round decorative texture thing-y that lives in a vase in my office. It serves no purpose – except for when it saved my photo-a-day streak!

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I took a photo of the change from my purse and realized that those brown pennies wouldn’t be a part of my life any more because Canada just retired the penny from circulation. It’s the end of an era!

Here are some of my observations about the challenge:

  • The prompts helped me take photos of things I would never have thought to take photos of on my own. This stretched my photography skills in a good way.
  • The prompts made me think about parts of my daily life that I had not thought to scrapbook before. I was actively on the hunt for meaningful photos for each prompt all month long. It is amazing how one word each day can bring forward great memories to document.
  • I took plenty of family photos during the challenge – but the majority of my challenge photos were shots of objects around my house.
  • Most of my photos were taken in the evening, long after the kids went to bed. I enjoyed a chance to photograph using a macro lens and setting up the best lighting I could.
  • I found myself playing with the post-processing of the images in a way that I wouldn’t with regular family photos. I used a lot of RadLab stylets and matte Lightroom presets from Bellevue Avenue.

And, in the end, I was so happy to be able to put this together, showcasing all the photos together:

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It was a great month!

how and why you would enjoy posting to our Flickr group

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Anyone who has heard me on The Digi Show or read my posts here will know that I’m a very avid Flickr fan. I use Flickr as another backup source for all my full size photos and digital layouts. Here are some of my past posts that explain how and why I use Flickr this way:

Obviously, I’m all for uploading photos and layouts to Flickr! Today, I want to show you why YOU might want to consider adding your layouts to our Flickr group Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration.

YOU can shape the content of The Daily Digi

We regularly look at our Flickr group pool for ideas and inspiration for posts. When we see what YOU are scrapping, we know what you want to learn about here on the site and we also can see what type of products you enjoy using. All of this helps us know what types of designers to invite to The Digi Files and what type of posts you will be most interested in. One day as I was browsing through the pool of layouts, I fell in love with this one and it ended up inspiring an entire post about scrapping the movies!

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Here are a few other posts that were influenced by the group:

 

YOUR layout could be famous!

When we find a fabulous layout in the Flickr group, we love to share it here on the blog with our readers (we always link back for credit). YOU can inspire THOUSANDS of digital scrapbookers! These are some of my favorite posts to put together because I get so many great ideas to scraplift and inspire my own creativity! Here’s a page that jumped right into my “favorites” on Flickr and I shared in the post about Moment Scrapping vs. Event Scrapping.

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A few more posts where I shared some of my favorite layouts from the group:

 

Open to any type of layouts with any type of digital supplies

Most store galleries are “closed galleries” which means you need to post layouts using only their products (or a majority of their products). This is totally understandable since that store is paying for the space and management of the galleries where the layouts are posted. We are able to take a different approach though by using a Flickr group. Because we love ALL types of digital scrapbooking from hundreds of designers (we’ve featured more than 200 designers to date!), we wanted to have a place where anyone could post any type of digital layout. There are only a few things that we ask:

  • No product previews – we just want to see layouts
  • It must be family friendly. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the group

To keep the group running smoothly and according to these guidelines, Steph and I must approve every single layout that is posted to the group. That is why you won’t see your layout appear in the pool immediately, but we both check the group several times a day and so it usually doesn’t take long.

I like posting to the Digital Inspiration Flickr group because I don’t feel all of the pressures that I do with other galleries. I still comment on other layouts occasionally and I add a lot to my favorites, but I don’t feel obligated to leave a certain number of comments. I appreciate that it is a very casual and friendly environment! I’ve gotten to know some great digi peeps because they have left nice comments on my own layouts and we have been able to interact with each other in the group.

Here’s a layout that I just added to my favorites yesterday. I would love to scraplift it!

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We will notice YOU

We don’t add to our team very often, but when we do…we often invite scrappers who regularly post to our Flickr group. Because Steph and I need to approve each and every layout, we see them and notice those who post a lot of great pages. We often reminisce that we found Heddy through the Flickr group and I think you will all agree that she has been a wonderful addition to the site. I love her posts!

Here’s a layout from Kimberly Kalil, another team member who is active in the group. I love her layouts!

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So what are you waiting for? We’d love to see your digi creations so be sure to post them in the Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration group on Flickr!

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PS. Congratulations to Victoria who has won $10 to one of Kaye Winiecki’s store. Thanks for commenting!

Kaye Winiecki: Don’t Do Enough

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It’s been a long time since Kaye Winiecki joined us in The Digi Files and we are thrilled to have her here this month! I just love Kaye’s use of strong, bright colors! Her little, whimsical felt pieces, paper bits, and doodling are easily recognizable and so fun to scrap with. Our team really enjoyed working with her contribution and if you are ready to break out of the winter blues, you will love it too!  Let’s take a closer look at “Ordinarily Special and A Little Edgy Vol. 2” 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 Kaye Winiecki’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Ordinarily Special and A Little Edgy Vol. 2 by Kaye Winiecki; Glasses by Dani Mogstad; Fonts: A Little Pot.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Ordinarily Special and A Little Edgy Vol. 2 by Kaye Winiecki; Soarin’ template by Scrapbook Lady.
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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Ordinarily Special and A Little Edgy Vol. 2 by Kaye Winiecki; Too Many Photos 133 by Janet Phillips; Font: The Silver Reed by Heather (Hess) Joyce.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Ordinarily Special and A Little Edgy Vol. 2 by Kaye Winiecki; Goldenrod by Sara Gleason; Font: The First Day of School by Heather Hess.
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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Ordinarily Special and A Little Edgy Vol. 2 by Kaye Winiecki; Stunning Singles Templates by Scrapbooklady.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Hi! I’m Kaye and I live in Australia with my husband, 2 children and 1 chow chow. Those 4 keep me pretty busy most of the time but I also work from home 2 days a week doing design work for a local business and then there is my scrapbook designing. Things I enjoy but don’t do enough of include reading, scrapping, playing Super Mario Bros on the Wii, genealogy and drawing.

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This one is an oldie but still a goodie! I originally created this page for a magazine publication and it is still one of my favourites. This was one of the first pages that I had done without using a photo, it was also one of the first that I had done that wasn’t directly about one of my children. So there are a few firsts involved in this page and then there is also the subject of it. I love that is shows what my life was like at this particular time, which I think will be great to look back on.

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When my son was born, I purchased some paper scrapping supplies but never used them. The thought of having to cut everything out, glue etc just did not appeal to me as I knew I would notice the imperfections and would want to change things. Then a friend showed me a basic digital scrapbooking program that she had purchased and I was hooked, I needed to know more. I already had photoshop due to my line of work but had never even thought to use it for scrapbooking. So I started digital scrapping and then progressed into designing from there.

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Inspiration comes from many different places for me. It could be what my kids are doing at the time, music, colours, homewares, or conversations, just to name a few places.

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Computer: I have a pc running Windows7, 4Gb RAM, 2.33GHz processor and a 21 inch monitor.
Program: Photoshop & Illustrator (CS6)
Camera: Canon 450D
Anything Else: Wacom Graphire 4 tablet, Epson Perfection V200 scanner, Epson Artisan 730 printer and good old fashioned art supplies

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Use the layer blending modes in photoshop to combine 2 or more papers together to create a paper that suits your page better.
I tend to use white/light coloured background papers on my scrapbook pages, so if I combine a light coloured paper with a patterned paper using layer blending modes, I can add a little bit of interest to that plain coloured paper.

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What I love the most about this element pack is its versatility. You can use a lot of the pieces in one layout or you can use just a few. I also love the randomness of the elements, there is no theme so it can be used on many different types of pages. I also love the colours in this pack too.

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The Never Ending minikit that I originally created for the Digi Files a couple of years ago has turned out to be quite a popular product. I think most of us can relate to the theme of this one. What I love about it, is that people can scrap about a day-to-day thing that they may not have considered scrapping about before.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Kaye Winiecki:

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

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Save 25% off Kaye Winiecki’s store with coupon doe kwTDD25off, expires March 31st, 2013,

Go have a look in Kaye Winiecki’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 Kaye Winiecki

The following layouts were created using “Ordinarily Special and A Little Edgy Vol. 2” by Kaye Winiecki and included in The Digi Files during February, 2013:

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Ordinarily Special by Kaye Winiecki, Template by FiddleDeeDee, Fonts: Too Much Paper, The Sharon.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Ordinarily Special and A Little Edgy Vol. 2 by Kaye Winiecki; Glasses by Dani Mogstad; Fonts: A Little Pot.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Ordinarily Special and A Little Edgy Vol. 2 by Kaye Winiecki; Soarin’ template by Scrapbook Lady.
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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Ordinarily Special and A Little Edgy Vol. 2 by Kaye Winiecki; Too Many Photos 133 by Janet Phillips; Font: The Silver Reed by Heather (Hess) Joyce.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Ordinarily Special and A Little Edgy Vol. 2 by Kaye Winiecki; Goldenrod by Sara Gleason; Font: The First Day of School by Heather Hess.
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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Ordinarily Special and A Little Edgy Vol. 2 by Kaye Winiecki; Stunning Singles Templates by Scrapbooklady.

I Am a Princess and You Are Too

In this world, where ridiculing other people is often accepted and in some instances encouraged; where negativity and criticism is seen as “being real”; and put-downs are seen as comical; it is so refreshing to see things with a positive message. That’s how these commercials affected me the first time I saw them and still affect me, several views later.

Empowering, uplifting, dare I say…joyful? These statements are all things that I believe. They are phrases that are filled with meaning and are powerful. They are things I want to remember during the good times, but especially during the hard times! I want my daughters to remember these things as well. It was that desire that led me to ask Little Butterfly Wings to create a large poster using her beautiful talent and ability to combine fonts and images. I wanted it to be BIG and something that I could buy a premade frame for. I had her create a 16×20 poster which she provided as a jpeg and png.

I shared on CapturingMagic.me how I got the poster printed and framed and how much it cost me. As I was getting ready to post that, it occurred to me that people would want smaller sizes as well. It was late, and I was tired, so I went ahead and scheduled the post, deciding I would add smaller sizes before this post here. I also knew I would be getting some emails asking for the smaller sizes. I did not expect to wake up in the morning to an email from my own MOM asking for smaller sizes. It made me laugh.

Well, Mom, I made some smaller sizes and ordered some 5×7 prints from Persnickety on their pearl cardstock. They are beautiful! I’m excited to have them on hand to give to people when I need a card. A nice thought for a friend that needs a pick-me-up, a get-well, a thank you, even a birthday wish.

I hope this will bring you a little bit of happiness. The printables are in the members for those that are members. If you’re not a member, you can download them on CapturingMagic.me

The Daily Digi Changed My Scrapbooking!

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The Daily Digi has been a part of my everyday life since the very first day it opened its virtual doors on January 1, 2009. I reflected on what I have learned from the site and was amazed by all the ways that TDD has changed my scrapbooking for the better!

The Daily Digi Gave Me More Time

TDD showed me how to unzip supplies faster: Without TDD, I wouldn’t have known about unzipping software. I use UnzipThemAll and it’s amazing! It’s a real time saver after taking advantage of a big sale. I especially love the option to automatically send the zips to the recycle bin after extracting all the files.

TDD does the Shopping for Me: I love the Funtastic Friday posts where Steph and Katie sum up some of the week’s best deals and new products. So many great new digi supplies, highlighted in one spot every week!

TDD taught me all about templates: Without a doubt, templates make me a faster scrapper. They are such a great creativity starter! For new digi scrapbooker, learning how to use clipping masks, as used with templates, is a key milestone on the path to creating great pages.

The Daily Digi Made Me More Organized

TDD taught me about organization software: When I first started reading the TDD, I was at the point in my digital scrapbooking where I knew I needed to get organized, but hadn’t done it yet. Through TDD, I eventually settled on ACDSee and a keyword tagging system.

TDD encouraged me to use photo organization software: TDD gave me the push I needed to buy Lightroom – and I haven’t looked back! I can’t imagine trying to organize my photos without it now. It’s even become my primary photo editor! (Recently I posted about how I use Lightroom for photo management.)

TDD provided me with information to find a good back-up system: TDD has talked about back-ups many times. After my EHD failed, I was so happy that I had a back-up plan in place!

TDD showed me a better browser: I was stuck on Internet Explorer for a long, long time. It wasn’t that I loved it – rather the time of switching my bookmarks and re-associating all my user names and passwords seemed too daunting. One day, I got brave and switched to Google Chrome. It’s wonderful! Everything Katie said about it and more!

TDD helped me use Google Calendar: My whole life became more organized when I started using Google Calendar. Now I have calendars for myself, my kids, and creative teams. I can see at a glance what’s coming up and it’s accessible on any of my devices.

TDD gave me ideas on how to save my stories: Because of Katie’s post about her way of tracking memories, I keep a running list of stories to tell and leave it on my Google Drive. I can access it from anywhere and add items to the list. Now, when I go to scrapbook, I can always find a story or topic on the list that I want to scrap.

The Daily Digi Made Me a Better Scrapper

TDD taught me how to shadow: My first digi layouts were flat, as in no shadows at all! TDD has tons of great articles on shadowing. Great shadows are possible!

TDD showed me some great tricks: My all-time-favourite Photoshop tricks for digi scrappers are highlighted in TDD articles:

TDD inspired me with examples of great scrapbooking: Every time Katie hosts one her Play It Again scrapbooking articles, I get excited! I love to see the different takes on the same photos and journaling.

TDD showed me where to print: I loved the printer comparison that Steph did – and now I’m sold on Persnickety Prints. I’ve been so pleased with the quality of my pages – and with their speedy shipping, even to Canada. I also learned that a little page sharpening goes a long way!

TDD showed me some great fonts: I love to journal on my pages. I want them to be legible and easy to read. TDD showed me some great journaling fonts and reminded me that larger journaling is easier to read – because my vision isn’t getting any better as I get older! Winking smile

The Daily Digi Keeps Me Informed About Hot Trends

I have been introduced to so many great web sites, projects and products through TDD. Here are just a a few:

The Daily Digi Saves Me Money

TDD has the The Digi Files (still the best deal in digital scrapbooking!): You get SO much for only $7.50. I love to “try on” different styles each month and be inspired by the new kits and templates. When I look my scrapbook album, many of my favourite pages are made with products that appeared in The Digi Files.

TDD shows me the sales: Whether its on the regular Funtastic Friday posts or on special event days like Digital Scrapbooking Day, TDD is right there, telling me where the best deals can be found.

The Daily Digi Makes Me Happy

I’ve been reading TDD since day 1 and it is still the first place I go every morning. I can’t wait to see what new tips, products and inspiration the team is going to share that day. And even though I contribute to the monthly Playbook, I still read it from beginning to end to see what tips the rest of the team is sharing that month.

This post just shows you the “highlights” of The Daily Digi! There is so much more! Many of the most informative articles are listed in the Tutorials section above. I encourage you to browse through TDD archives (in the right column), especially if you’re new to the site. You’re certain to discover some new tips and tricks to help you with your memory keeping.

Thank you for reading!

Welcome The Designers of TDF#50

Wow!!  Fifty!!  FIFTY issues of The Digi Files! Fifty months of fabulous designers bringing all of us amazing contributions, helping us get to know them, and stretching us in our creative abilities! It is truly incredible and humbling to me!  THANK YOU to all of the designers that have contributed AND to our members for supporting us!

We have SEVEN full-sized, never-before-released products in The Digi Files all for only $7.50 a month (or less if you become an annual member). It’s a screaming deal and with designers like this, you can’t go wrong:

Amy Martin

The Digichick

Karah Fredricks

Maya De Groot

Kaye Winiecki

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Captivated Visions

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 #50 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 the minute the calendar changes months. Our monthly subscribers will get access as soon as their payments process.  Here’s what our members said in the comments yesterday:

First time buyer and already addicted to Daily Digi!!!! Love it! – Juliane

I started with the DD in July, and I’ve loved every month. Every month includes something I know I can definitely use, and some styles I’ve wondered about that I need to try. DD gives me the perfect opportunity to do that! I love every single kit I’ve ever gotten so far. I look forward to the 1st every month! – Lisa C

WHAT A FANTASTIC MONTH!!!!! Not only did we receive a ton of new items, we got to check out a ton of new designers by getting the “store collaborations!” I am so happy and I am certain this is the best digital investment there is. Period.  Thank you so much!!!!!!- Candace in Colorado

Never disappointed by the variety every month … just signed up for my second year of Digi Files … looking forward to another year of inspiration! – Jean

PS: Congratulations to the SEVEN random winners selected from yesterday’s comments, each person won $10 in product from one of last month’s designers:

PS. Congratulations to this week’s readers who have won $10 to one of January’s featured designers: Denise Spencer (Scrapbook Lady); Bernadette (Julie Billingsley); Sarah (Clever Monkey Graphics); Calvina (Jennifer Labre); Stefanie (Scrapmatters); LeslieM (CD Muckosky); Una (Sugarplum Paperie). Thanks for commenting!