Inspired by EH Studio

The following layouts were created using “It’s Out Of My Hands” by EH Studios and included in The Digi Files during March, 2013:

Layout by Timounette. “It’s Out Of My Hands” template by EHStudios, “Here With You” by EHStudios, “In This Moment” wordart by EHStudios, “My Way” border by Val C Designs

Layout by Faby33. “It’s Out Of My Hands” template by EHStudios, “This Photograph Of You” by EHStudios

Layout by Faby33. “It’s Out Of My Hands” template by EHStudios, “We’ll Say Goodbye” by EHStudios


Layout by MegB.  “It’s Out Of My Hands” template by EHStudios, “Walking By The Water” by EHStudios


Layout by MegB.  “It’s Out Of My Hands” template by EHStudios, “Everyday, Every Night” by EHStudios


Layout by Brinic. “It’s Out Of My Hands” template by EHStudios, “Divaness” collab by EHStudios & Daybreak Scraps, “One Sweet World” by EHStudios

Layout by Sharon S. Template: EH Studios, Papers and elements: My Life of Celebration, TDD Collaboration, Font: Traveling Typewriter


Layout by Faby33. “It’s Out Of My Hands” template by EHStudios, “Everybody’s Happy” by EHStudios

Layout by Faby33. “It’s Out Of My Hands” template by EHStudios, “We’ll Say Goodbye” by EHStudios


Layout by Tara. Supplies: It’s Out Of My Hands by EH Studios; More or Less by Paislee Press; Fonts: District Thin.
Layout by Sula. Supplies: It’s Out Of My Hands by EH Studios; Daydreamin’ by Jumpstart Designs; Font: The Funktastic by Heather Hess.
Layout by Kimberly Kalil. Supplies: It’s Out Of My Hands by EH Studios; This Moment is Your Life (collab) by Sweet Shoppe Designs; Font: Another Typewriter.

Inspired by Vintage Finds


Supplies: Carpe Diem by Forever Joy Designs, The Silver Reed font by Heather Joyce

Have you noticed all those great kits that include drawings from around the 1960s and earlier? I love this trend! Sometimes just one “old” piece can make a modern kit stand out and make a page unique.

I toured a few stores and found these fun, vintage-inspired products:










Check out these inspiring pages using  a few vintage touches:


In This Life by mommy2boys


BFF Lunch by YellowPeep


Be Mine by estir_bune

Happy scrapping!

Picking a point of view to use for journaling

point of view journaling

Sarah Jones say I love you. Arial font.


One of the questions scrapbookers usually have about journaling is “what point of view should I use when writing?” This is completely a matter of personal preference, and I have no problem using several different approaches in my own scrapbooking. Here are a few basics to keep in mind:

First Person Point of View

Grammar Girl says “The first-person point of view is used primarily for autobiographical writing, such as a personal essay or a memoir.” As the creator of a page, I have no problem using the “I” form of journaling. After all, it is me who is telling the story. Here’s a page I scrapped using first person journaling:


Notice the language used in the journaling:

I had the most amazing opportunity to attend CHA this year with Steph from The Daily Digi. Steph arrived at the airport a little before me and was nice enough to wait for me so we could ride to our hotel together. We were roomies and we stayed at the Paradise Pier hotel on the Disney property. We attended a press event in the afternoon and went to dinner with several digital designers in the community. We finally got to meet up with Peppermint (it was the first time we met her in real life!) On Saturday, we walked the show floor together to look for items that would interest digital scrapbookers. We had a meet up on Saturday night for a few local Digi Show listeners and it was so neat to hear how much they enjoy the podcast! It really was an amazing and fantastic experience!

The journaling is all written in my first person perspective. I’m just telling the reader about my experiences and I use words like “I” and “me” and “we” to talk about what I did.

First person journaling is thought to be too personal (and not objective enough) for most academic papers and technical writing, but it’s perfect for sharing memories on a scrapbook page! It is the form of journaling that I use most frequently.


Second Person Point of View

With the second person point of view, you directly address the reader using pronouns like “you” and “your”. I like to use this method for journaling, especially on my children’s pages. It’s like I’m telling them what it was like to be there, or expressing some of the memories they might have experienced. Here’s a layout I made using the second person approach:


See how the writing is directed at my daughter (the intended audience).

Today you spent hours working on the new skill of knitting that you learned the night before at a Young Women‘s activity. You sat patiently in the living room most of the day, knitting rows and undoing them until you got it right. You didn’t even ask me for help (you knew I wouldn’t be able to help you anyway). Lunch was one of the few things you stopped for (just a quick plate of Lynn Wilson Tamales from the freezer). After a time, you decided to listen to your iPod while you were knitting and that seemed to help you focus and stay motivated. You finished a small patch of knitting and decided that it would be a new invention called a “toe warmer”. Your toe was warm from wearing it for the rest of the day. Thankfully, your knitting instructor had given you a website to visit for knitting tutorials so you spent about an hour watching online knitting videos. After your initial success, you started planning out much bigger projects. You were so proud of yourself for learning how to knit. Way to go!

Second person viewpoint is a great way to document memories and personally address the reader.


Third Person Point of View

Grammar girl explains that third person is told from an outside narrators point of view and uses pronouns such as “he,” “she,” and “it”: This is the approach most often taken for academic writing and news reporting. Because scrapbookers are also “reporting” the facts and events on their pages, this is another great method to use for journaling. Here’s one of my layouts using the third person point of view:


I used the information from the official Totem Bight website for my journaling on this page. It is like reading an encyclopedia entry about the place with a lot of descriptive details. Journaling borrowed from internet is one of my scrapbooking secrets that help me document the stories and events of our lives! While it is not as personal, it’s a great way to include the specifics that you will want to remember.

Here’s an excerpt from the page:

With the growth of non-Native settlements in Southeast Alaska in the early 1900’s, and the decline of a barter economy, Natives moved to communities where work was available. The villages and totem poles they left behind were soon overgrown by forests and eroded by weather. In 1938 the U.S. Forest Services began a program aimed at salvaging and reconstructing these large cedar monuments. By using Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) funds to hire skilled carvers from among the older Natives, two things took place: young artisans learned the art of carving totem poles, and totems which had been left to rot in the woods were either repaired or duplicated.

You have my permission to mix it up!

Your English professor might not approve, but I think it’s just fine to switch around your point of view from page to page. You aren’t compiling a master’s thesis or writing a novel…you are putting together a collection of personal memories. I think it’s safe to say that the reader will understand that you were the one who created the pages and that you used a variety of storytelling techniques to capture the memories. They will just be happy that you took the time to scrap!


P.S. Congratulations to this week’s reader, Christine Campbell, who has won $10 to ForeverJoy Designs. Thanks for commenting!

ForeverJoy Designs: Leap of Faith


I am beyond thrilled to welcome back Forever Joy to The Digi Files. I have always been so impressed that Renne decided to leave the legal world behind to follow her creative heart!  I have really enjoyed getting to know Renne through The Digi Show over the past couple of years.  I truly love Forever Joy’s digital scrapbook designs! Her vintage style, paired with modern trends, create some very beautiful products to look at AND scrap with.  Let’s take a closer look at “Be” 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 ForeverJoy Designs’ contribution:


Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Be by ForeverJoy Designs; Down Digi Lane Maps (template) from Roadside Designs.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Be by ForeverJoy Designs; Fonts: Typewriter.
Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Be by ForeverJoy Designs; December SO Challenge template by Little Green Frog, Stitched by Anna White No. 8 by Anna Aspnes.
Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Be by ForeverJoy Designs; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter.
Layout by SharonS. Papers and elements: Be by Forever Joy, Template: Studio Rosey Posey, Font: Amelie

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
My name is Renne. I live in NYC with my best friend and hubby of 18 years and my two terrific boys Ryan(13) and Liam (5). My mom and sister are my two best girlfriends. You may be surprised to know that for many years, I lived in a not so pretty, left brain world. I am a criminal attorney by trade. I love the law and trial work, and would like to think that I have helped some people along the way. But when my first son came along, I made a decision to “unbalance” my life and focus more on family. Then I lost my father, and had my second and long prayed for son. It hit home. Life is not a dress rehearsal. There is no rewind or even pause. And some goodbyes are forever. There are blessings all around us, but we must create our own bliss. I have tried to focus more on the beauty around me and the art within me. I once heard, “it’s never to late to be what you might have been.” So, I’m keeping my eyes wide open, taking a leap of faith and enjoying this wonderful fall into the world of Digi-design. 🙂





My oldest boy Ryan decided that even though he had never played before, he was going to try out for the freshman Football team as he started his new school. I have never seen him work so hard at something- and his determination gave me a peek at the amazing man I know he will become. It wasn’t easy seeing him get banged around so much, but boy was I proud each time he got up, wiped himself off and try even harder. I designed this kit during that time- and made this page so I could capture this moment- he seemed so old to me. So composed. I think this photo is the first time I really saw him as a “big guy”- mothers’s eyes can play tricks you know. It is a little bittersweet remembering that feeling of – wow- he is growing up. I don’t know if it the best page I ever did- but it has a very special pace in my heart 😉


About 2 years ago, I saw my first digi layout and it really blew me away. I knew it was something I had to learn. It took me a long time to learn Photoshop (thank goodness for YouTube because I am a very visual student). I submitted my first designs to Scrapartist. Of course, I cringe looking at them now. But even though they weren’t accepted, Nancy Rowe Janitz was so kind and gave me good advice to refine them. I focused on her suggestions and got a little better and applied to the Little Dreamers apprentice program. I made it to the final round, but didn’t make it all the way. I wrote to Michelle Coleman and asked for critique. She was amazingly supportive and gave me invaluable advice. I worked on all my weak points, and resubmitted about 2 months later. I was accepted.

So the lesson here is, don’t give up. If you are an aspiring designer, any time you get turned down, be gracious and find out why. I promise, it’s not personal. Ask for 5 things you can do to make your designs better. Now, it’s not fun reading these comments. But you have to put your game face on, read it, own it and get better. I never stop asking for feedback. Except from my mother. She loves everything I do. 🙂

Color. definitely most often, it’s color. I will thumb though a magazine or catalog and see a color pallet and almost pop with the desire to design something around it. I have a notebook filled with inspiration pictures and will turn to it when I begin a new kit. I have also begun to collect online images with Pinterest. Very addictive.


Computer: I use a HP Pavillion with 6GB Ram. I need more… my birthday is in May- it’s a geeky gift- but it’s high on top! I also back up weekly on an external hard drive. I had one crash- a mini breakdown and a great IT friend. A happy ending and a lesson learned. Back up!
Program: I use PhotoShop CS5 and Illustrotor6 I also love Artrage, and Drawplus4 and my Wacom tablet. And coffee. Couldn’t work without it! 😉
Camera: I have a Sony DSC-H7 which I am happy with. Here’s another little trick. My son dropped it in a very deep mud puddle. And didn’t tell me for about 2 hours. yeah. ugh!! It made a horrible crackle and went black when i turned it on. I took out the battery and chip. Opened any door that was on the camera- and put all of this in a big baggie of dry uncooked white rice, squeezed out all the air, said a prayer, and let it bee for 3 days. I didn’t open the bag at all….and when I put it all together again… *beeep beep* It worked! Good as new.

OK- warning: I am about to be very shallow and vain. But sometimes…when i see a picture of myself, my jaw drops and how the camera adds about 30 pounds to my, um, lower areas. So….I have learned how to loose the “bulk” with a few clicks of a mouse. I duplicate my photo- and in Photoshop elements- I will open filter, distort, liquefy, pucker tool, then play with my brush size and wave it across the troublesome area and just like that- I have tinier thighs and bum. I have also used it at my friend’s request in reverse, using the”bloat” tool to add some volume to area’s that they wanted “pumped up.”. I would never use it to make someone’s nose just a little bigger, or rear a little wider. Nope. not me. 😉

My little guy Liam had such a very hard time starting Kindergarten , and we were blessed with an amazing teacher who helped him grow and learn in so many ways. The way she cared for him reminded me of one of my favorite little stories “The Starfish”- and that is what inspired this kit. So, I guess you could say the spirit of this kit helps make it my favorite- and I just love how the colors played out. I think it captures the spirit of the sea beautifully 🙂

I designed this kit at a very busy time in my life- I felt like I was dropping all the balls I was juggling- and that’s not a good feeling! My husband told me that sometimes when there is so much to do- you have to stop doing everything- just stop. Breathe. refocus. and try again. It’s such simple advice- but, it is very true. I think it’s something that we all need to be reminded of- and that’s what makes this kit so popular. I think the colors help as well- they are very soft- but vibrant at the same time.


Here are some of my favorite products by ForeverJoy Designs:


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

Enjoy 30% off ForeverJoy Designs’ store with coupon code FOREVERJOY304TDF thru 3/7/13.

Go have a look in ForeverJoy Designs’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 ForeverJoy Designs

The following layouts were created using “Be” by ForeverJoy Designs and included in The Digi Files during March, 2013:

Layout by SharonS. Papers and elements: Be by Forever Joy, Template: Studio Rosey Posey, Font: Amelie
Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Be by ForeverJoy Designs; Down Digi Lane Maps (template) from Roadside Designs.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Be by ForeverJoy Designs; Fonts: Typewriter.
Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Be by ForeverJoy Designs; December SO Challenge template by Little Green Frog, Stitched by Anna White No. 8 by Anna Aspnes.
Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Be by ForeverJoy Designs; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter.

functional and fun phone cases


I love shopping for cases to protect (and show off!) my technology. I’m a huge fan of the Speck brand phone cases because they have an extra little rubberized bumper feature to protect your phone if it drops. The above image is the exact case that I keep my iPhone 5 in. I love that it isn’t too slippery and it’s very thin and compact. I’ve dropped my phone a few times, and the case has really helped protect it!

My son carries his phone everywhere with him, but doesn’t want to carry a wallet. This Speck smartflex case was the perfect solution for him because now he can keep his ID card with him and not have to carry anything extra.



My daughter wanted a phone case with more storage and asked for this one for Christmas. It’s quite bulky (which would drive me crazy), but she loves it! Several of her friends have asked her where she got it because they want one too.



My husband likes a very minimal case that doesn’t add any bulk at all to his phone. His favorite case is the iFrogz Breeze.



I confess that I always browse through the phone cases when I see them in stores because I just think they are cool to look at. I wish I could buy more of them! Here are some that have caught my eye – some are only for iPhones, but several of them are available for other brands of smartphones as well so be sure to check the linked websites for more options.

monogrammed cases from Pottery Barn Teen



a Lego phone case? Why didn’t I know about this?!



The Speck flexcase has a popout back for viewing ease.



This wooden case is so beautiful!



How about a decal to make your phone look like an instant camera?



The pocketbook case is very elegant.



Isn’t this the perfect theme for a Galaxy phone?



I love the whimsical look of this case!



Check out this made to order phone case. So creative!



If you need the toughest case around, you might like OtterBox armor series, which is waterproof and drop-proof.



And if you want to get really fancy, try making your own custom case.



You can use your own photos to make a custom case, or choose from branded logos.



If you’re the noncommittal type and like to change covers often, you can buy a clear case and change out photos and/or scrapbook paper (think digi!) as much as you like.



What’s your phone wearing? Do you love your case? Let us know if you have a great one that hasn’t been mentioned here.


P.S. As always, no affiliate links were used in this post.

P.P.S. Congratulations to last week’s reader, KT, who has won $10 to Captivated Visions. Thanks for commenting!

Bits and Bytes: March


Supplies: Amour by Forever Joy Designs, Worn Paper Edges by Lynn Grieveson

Every month, I hunt for great finds on the Internet and share them with you on a Bits and Bytes article here at The Daily Digi. I look for great tutorials and articles on everything from photography to inspirational scrapbook pages to sites that are just interesting. It one of my favourite posts to write because there are so many amazing sites to share!

1. Motivated Moms App

Are you familiar with Motivated Moms? It my “secret” weapon for staying on top of household chores. The site offers a chore calendar that simplifies home maintenance so that no one day is spent on cleaning.

This unique and straightforward chore planning system is for moms who are trying to balance creative endeavours with their desire to have an orderly and organized environment in their homes. Initially offered in traditional ‘book’ format, it is now a printable chore list in e-book format for readers to download and print, as well as an app for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch and Android.

The system is designed to help you complete chores and tasks throughout the year so that you don’t spend your entire day doing housework. To help you organize your priorities, the printable chore lists has the daily necessities listed as chores, and the less frequent duties listed as tasks. If, while pursuing other goals, you miss the tasks scheduled for a particular day, you don’t have to ‘transfer’ those tasks to the next day. Just remain focused on completing daily chores and do the weekly scheduled tasks as they fit into your schedule and family lifestyle. The tasks you miss will come up again on another day.

I was thrilled to learn that there is a Motivated Moms app – and for various platforms. I can check off the to-dos and even assign them to family members. It’s so handy!

2. 25 Romantic Free Fonts

This site put together a list of links to 25 great romantic free fonts. I was surprised that I had a number of them already – but this visual list made me see them in a whole new light!

3. Selective Colour

I am not normally a huge fan of selective colour in photographs, but I thought this one was neat. It made me think of ways to use selective colour for vacation photos.

4. Take Better Pictures with Your iPhone

This site provides a great list of ways to improve your smartphone photography. I saw it pinned many times on Pinterest and when I checked it out, I was astonished at the quality of the photographer’s smartphone photos!

5. 100 Family Conversation Starters

This site provides a list of 100 family conversation starters.

The main purpose of these questions is to foster healthy relationships with my kids and challenge them to think about why they have their opinions and why they make the choices that they do.

I think they’d be so useful in Project Life, to fill in journaling spots. Even outside of scrapbooking, they’d make for a great addition to dinner conversation with the kids. Very thought provoking!

6. Shadowing Wood Grain Paper

This tutorial teaches how to shadow wood grain paper to make it look like it was actually cut wood. Check it out!

Introducing the Fabulous Designers of TDF#51

In The Digi Files this month, we have SEVEN full-size, never-before-released in digiland  products, from fabulous designers for only $7.50 total (less when you become an annual member)! It’s an UNBELIEVEABLE deal and the BEST deal in digital scrapbooking! Here is a look at the designers for February 2012:

Forever Joy Designs

EH Studio

Heather Joyce

Splended Fiins

Jumpstart Designs

Wild Blueberry Ink

Cluster Queen Creations

I’m so excited about all of the amazing products these designers created for us! You won’t want to miss this, I promise! I am excited to get scrapping with all of it (hopefully, later today)!

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

Best money I ever spent. Never disappointed with the selections of some favorite designers offered and some up and coming new ones. Love this site and all the tips, hints, and instructions. – Shawna

Every month since November 2010, I heart The Digi Files! Thanks again for an awesome month of goodies for an unbelievable price and the quality posts on a daily basis. – Sarah R.

Love love love the quality of designers you pick each month – NEVER a disappointment. I can’t wait to see what we get next month! :) – Cynthia


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: Jennifer Butler (The Digi Chick), Janet Trapp (Kaye Winiecki), Maureen (Captivated Visions), Terra (WM [Squared]), lmjrocko (Amy Martin), Desirae Starling (Maya de Groot), Donna U (Karah Fredricks).