The End of the Month Means 14 Winners

It’s the last day of the month, so let’s take a look at what was included in this month’s Digi Files.

When you become an annual member you get access to 13 months of products for the price of 11! That’s just barely over $6 a month for products with over $50 of retail value (OR less than $1 per full-sized product)! AMAZING DEAL!! No waiting for payments to process. You can start downloading your goodies as soon as the calendar changes to a new month and you have all month download!

You can become a monthly member as well for $7.50 a month.

This is what our members said at the end of last month:

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

Here’s a closer look at everything that is included for $7.50 or less TOTAL (not per item) or less when you become a subscriber:

Becky Higgins Project Life

Fiddle Dee Dee Designs

Chelle’s Creations

Erin Kay Studio

Roeytoes Designs

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Studio Rosey Posey

Our Playbook, included in The Digi Game subscription, underwent a bit of a renovation in this issue and we are all in LOVE with it! Over 40 pages of layout inspiration using the supplies from this month’s files as well as tips, tricks, and tutorials for creating the looks for yourself!

Exclusive Bonus Kits for Digi Game Level Members Only

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“My Life of Change” is an brand NEW EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 32nd payment (or 32nd month for annual members).

This collection will start going out TOMORROW to members that have been subscribed since our membership very first launched in October 2010. This kit was inspired by many of the changes most of us go through in life. Some good, some bad, most of them hard. There are many uplifting bits of word art and journaling cards that express, very well, the theme of this collection.

Enter To Win

You can get an entry into the drawing by doing several things such as, commenting, pinning, tweeting, liking, etc. You will need to enter through the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions for each method you want to enter. We will verify entries when winners are selected and those entries will be disqualified if instructions weren’t followed.

We will randomly select FOURTEEN people from Rafflecopter to win $10 in product from one of this month’s contributors. Winners names will automatically be added to the widget here after they are selected, so check back here tomorrow to see if you won. The contest closes at 11pm ET.


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Digi Scrapping about Food

Digi Scrapping about Food at The Daily Digi

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Food and eating are a big part of every single person’s life. We all have to eat and because it is something we do several times a day, there are usually plenty of food-related routines, preferences, and memories just waiting to be documented. Think about what most of your most memorable events have in common – there is usually some sort of food involved!

How to Scrap about Food

Photograph the common, everyday meals in your life. What dishes do you make the most? What are some of your specialties? What kinds of foods do you eat a lot of?

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Layout by Katie

 

What are your favorite foods, special treats, or culinary addictions? These are part of your story!

addicted by Trina

Layout by Trina. Credits:Java Junkie – Micheline Martin, Roughly Blocked Alpha – Kaye Winiecki, Sedum – Sara Gleason

 

strawberries by Trina

Layout by Trina. Credits:Strawberry Sundae kit by Ziska, Mask: Background Masks 1 by Scrapping With Liz, Font: CK Neat Print

 

Food can tell the story of your heritage or culture. Be sure to scrap about the local cuisine of your area, and also include any traditional dishes that are part of your life.

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Layout by Ronnie

 

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Layout by Ronnie

 

Where do you go out to eat? What are your favorite restaurants and what do you order when you eat out? It’s easy to pull out a phone camera and snap a few photos before you dig in. My kids have learned that I usually like to photograph anything pretty before they eat it and they patiently wait. There are a few restaurants that have gotten fussy about people taking pictures, so if you aren’t sure on the policy, it’s probably best to ask.

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food to go by Katie

Layout by Katie

 

I especially love to document what we eat when we are traveling. Part of the adventure of going somewhere new is to be able to try different cuisine!

crab pot by Katie

Layout by Katie

 

Bretzen Boy by Ronnie

Layout by Ronnie

 

Where do you purchase the food that you eat? Scrap about your local grocery store, or specialty shops such as bakeries or farmer’s markets.

cupcake wars by Katie

Layout by Katie

 

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Layout by Ronnie

 

What kinds of foods do you eat for special occasions or celebrations? Parties often center around themes that are carried out in the menu.

fairy tale party food by Katie

Layout by Katie

 

What foods are associate with certain events? Movies and popcorn, birthdays and cake, baseball games and hot dogs, are just a few that come to mind.

ballpark by Katie

Layout by Katie

 

What about the preparation process? We spend a lot of time in the kitchen putting together what we are going to eat. Detail the steps that it takes to make something delicious.

angel food cake by Vicki

Layout by Vicki. Credits: One Little Bird-Star on Top Ali Edwards-Memory Life Lines

 

waiting for cookies by Trina

Layout by Trina. Credits: Kitschy Kitchen – Boutique Cute Dolls and Forever Joy, Template freebie – Little Green Frog Designs, Noteworthy Alpha – Micheline Martin

 

Not everything is easy when it comes to food. Many of us have allergies, weight issues, or other related problems. Don’t forget to document the difficulties as well as the fun stuff!

food issues by Katie

Layout by Katie

 

Helpful resources for digi scrapping your food

We have several great posts here at The Daily Digi that will help and inspire you with your food layouts:

 

Let’s go shopping!

Of course, there are plenty of great food-themed designs out there in digiland to help you make the most of your delicious memories! (all images are linked)

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I hope you will take out your camera next time you sit down to a memorable meal and have fun documenting the food in your life!

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Raising Bookworms

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Credits: Booked for Life by Pink Reptile Designs

Books are a big part of the every day routine around our house and the night-time story is our favourite way to end the day. I thought it would be fun to share some of our favourites books. Are any of your favourites on the list? What books do you recommend?

Babies First Library Books (0-2 years)

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2007: My almost one year old daughter, pulling every book in her room off the shelves to read.

These are the books that I read to my babies, over and over and over, while snuggling them on the rocking chair. I have many of them memorized! I wouldn’t trade a second of that time. Introducing a baby to books is special and time well-spent.

When we celebrate friends and family who are having their first baby, our go-to baby gift is a basketful of books like:

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2011: My almost two year old son, post-nap, flipping through a dinosaur encyclopaedia.

Books for Growing Readers (3-5 years)

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2013: My six year old daughter reading to my three year old son. I love this so much!

I love reading these books with my kids. I remember reading many of them when I was a little girl myself. In some ways, it’s like introducing my kids to some of my “old friends”.

Novels to Share Together (4-8 years)

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2012: My six year old daughter holding up a copy of Little House In the Big Woods. When we visited the pioneer village, she held her copy of the book and kept a lookout for a house similar to the one of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Now that my daughter is older, we have enjoyed reading novels together. We’ve read many on this list and hopefully we’ll eventually read them all together.

As a last note, if you’re looking for ideas books for adults to read, check out this past post here. Lots of great ideas! Smile

Now I’m off to pick up a book!

Designing Creative Titles

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Title credits are Lovin’ From the Oven by Chelle’s Creations

I think titles are one of the hardest parts of any scrapbook page:

Where should I put the title? How big should the alpha be in relation to the overall design? Do I mix fonts and alphas? What’s the perfect, catchy phrase?

Luckily, the Daily Digi has put together quite a few articles about title work:

A great way to find new titling techniques is to find inspiration. Here are a few pages that inspire me:

Mixing Alphas

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Cindy Schneider can do titles like nobody else. Just go study her whole gallery and you’ll leave with tons and tons of ideas. In the page above, she mixings a sticker alpha, a dot alpha and a stamped letter alpha. And it looks amazing together!

Let’s see what she did:

  • All three fonts contain some white.
  • The majority of the title is in UPPERCASE and the last word is in lower case.
  • The “helper words” are the smallest and the main words are roughly the same size.
  • The title is at the bottom of the page and accented with arrows to draw attention to it.

The Colour Black

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Nicole’s page shows that using a black alpha creates an instant focal point – the word RENOVATION is the first thing I saw on this page due to the visual weight of the colour black and the size of the title.

Template: Daily Goodness by Fiddle Dee Dee Designs<br /> Love is a Journey by LDrag Designs<br /> Add-ons from Don't Bug Me Lady by Erica Zane<br />

Lindsay’s page also shows that using black, even on a smaller scale, helps to create a focal point.

A Title That Contrasts with the Journaling Font

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I love how Myra’s title is so simple but so effective. With her journaling text in a plain san-serif font, a title in a thick script is enough to set it apart from the journaling.

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Beth used an easy and effective trick: Look for a tag or other word art that will work with your scrapbook topic and use it for a title. This is the perfect trick, especially for those time when the title just isn’t coming together easily.

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Angie also used word art to build her title. The best part about this trick is that it will work cohesively with your scrapbook kit since it is a part of it. Excellent!

I hope you found some ideas to help with one of your future scrapbook pages! Have a great day!

What’s New Around the Scrap-o-sphere

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Check out these newsworthy items from around the scrap-o-sphere!

Chelle’s Creations joined The Digi Show with tips for learning how to design. We got into a lengthy discussion about copyright and trademark and some of the legal ins and outs. We are not lawyers and are not giving legal advice. Please consult with an attorney if you have questions. 😉

 

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Tangie Baxter has an amazing new kickstarter project in the works. You can read all about it at kickstarter.com and through this special edition of the Scrapbookgraphics Skinny.

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Kaye Winiecki has a new set of journaling cards out this week which are perfect for documenting those birthdays! They are 20% OFF

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A beautiful collaborative project by Michelle Godin and Pink Reptile Designs made with loads of fun and sorrowless days in mind. Grab it at 20% off through Sunday April 28.

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Bell Bottom Blues is new this week from Kimeric Kreations.

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Vinnie Pearce extended her birthday sale for another week.

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Scrapping with Liz has a new set of her Double Monthly Challenge Templates in her store. These are great for every day photos and easily make double page layouts too. Grab them now at 20% off!

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Happy Camper is brand new from Jenn Labre and 20% off all weekend!

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Danielle Young has this sweet new collection at Oscraps just in time for Mother’s Day. And The Daily Digi readers can take an additional 20% off your purchase through April 30th. Enter LoveBlooms20 before checkout.

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For pocket scrappers…brand new Card Kits from Peppermint Creative – A complete collection packed with everything you need to make a pocket-style album. Plus don’t miss the Instagram version. Exclusive offer for Daily Digi readers. Save 20% on your purchase of ANY ‘Life in Pictures’ products. Use coupon code: LIPMINT. But hurry, this offer expires Monday April 29th (midnight EST).

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Finding your inner child will be easy with this fun new collaboration from Penny and Kristin. Nothing is closer to pure happiness than “Kids at Play.”

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Who can get enough of wood veneer? Combine that digi, and you have a match made in heaven! Check out these fun realistic elements: Wood Veneer: Arrows by Sahlin Studio.

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All Project Life Childhood Mini Kits are 20% off through April 27th!

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Dream It Do It, a brand new kit from River~Rose! On sale April 26-28, 2013.

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Down This Road Designs has a new kit in the ScrapMatters Shop today. Wishes & Dreams is for all of those dreamers out there.

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A brand new ARTbook collection “Expression of the Soul” by ValC Designs is still 20% off, while all other kits, bundles and collabs are 30% off during her designer spotlight at Oscraps (April 19-29).

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Have you seen Chelle’s Designer Club? Check it out!

Maya de Groot has a new Miss added to her collection, meet Miss April!

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Life is too short to be sad! This vibrant digital scrapbook collection from Bella Gypsy at Scrap Orchard will be a cheerful reminder to cherish every moment because you only live once…scrap it accordingly! Carpe Diem!

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Dunia has this bundle of journaling cards for you.

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Soccer season has started! Scrap those photos with Tracey Monette of Clever Monkey Graphic’s Kick’n It Soccer Style. This large gorgeous kit even has tons of stuff for your non-soccer photos!

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Scrap Orchard is kicking off their annual iNSD DigiScrap Olympics with a Torch Relay on Facebook! To see all the amazing freebies up for grabs (over 60 coordinating products) and find out when and where you can pick them up, check out this blog post!

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Captured is a really fun new kit this week from Wishing Well Creations at The Digichick.

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Anna Aspnes’  MidWeek Release is available in the aA store as individual products only, discounted by 20% until Wednesday May 1, 2013.

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Here Comes the Sun Collection is new and 20% off through Sunday.

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For all mothers who believe in love At First Sight. This kit is full of tenderness, natural elements and inspiring papers.

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On My Desk is 20% OFF. Purchase the kit this weekend and you’ll get the set of coordinating journaling cards FREE.

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And, here’s a small taste of what’s to come in the days ahead…

Katie the Scrapbook Lady is planning a big 6 day celebration of National Scrapbook Day from May 1st- 6th. There will be lots of new goodies, a storewide sale, some great inspiration, and a few other fun surprises. Mark your calendars because the fun starts next Wednesday on May 1st!

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Sugary Fancy has a lot of things planned to celebrate iNSD. Be sure to read more about all the plans before iNSD so you don’t miss out on completing your collection of Freebies and Savings!

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Be sure to sign up for the ScrapMatters newsletter for extra NSD goodies, sales and promos!

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If you haven’t already, be sure to like Stolen Moments’ FB page! There will be exclusive coupons, promos and other NSD excitement – don’t be left out of the fun!

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Check back next Friday for a special {inter}National Scrapbooking Day edition of Funtastic Friday!

Studio Rosey Posey: So Many Stages

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Rosey Posey is joining us once again in The Digi Files! Rosey Posey has a very artistic style that is versatile enough to be used in a digital layout OR an art journal page. I love the art canvas feel of her papers with all of the colors, blending, and textures. Her contribution this month reminded me a spring breeze, it’s just gorgeous!  Let’s take a closer look at “One Moment” 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 Studio Rosey Posey’s contribution:

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey.
LO2Layout by Monica. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey; Ofice Supplies (staples) by Splendid Fiins: Fonts: clementine sketch, pea johanna script, bebas, traveling typewriter.
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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey; Fonts: Pea Lisel Caps.
LO4Layout by Vicki. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey.
LO5Layout by Jacki. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey; xoxo Karen by Peas, Mistral and Trajan Pro.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Hi! My name is Lorilei Murphy, I usually go by Lor. I live in Central Alberta , Canada on a farm. We are currently building a house and we also live part time in Calgary! I am 47, married and Mom to 9yr old Hannah. Along with designing I homeschool Hannah, who is in Grade 3! I love to smashbook, paint and dabble a lot in mixed media!

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I love Mixed Media and Hybrid Scrapbooking. I printed out papers and elements from my Go Fly a Kite kit and made a layout for my daughter!

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I got started in dig scrapping in 2005. I was hooked the moment I started! I was on a few creative teams and scrapped all the time. I opened my own shop – Rosey Posey Studio in May 2009 and joined Scrabookgraphics as Studio Rosey Posey in Octbober 2009.

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I am inspired by old vintage stuff I find, a color palette, a technique I want to try and photos. Pinterest is great for keeping up to date with new trends!

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Computer: I use a MAC tower with 10 GB of Ram.
Program: I use Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5 and Painter 11.
Camera: My camera is a DSLR Nikon D90. I recently got an Iphone 5 and absolutely love being able to take quick photos with it!
Anything Else: I use my Intuos 4 Tablet quite a lot!

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One thing I do to keep my layouts interesting, is to continually work on my Photoshop skills. I love to find new tutorials and even if they are not related to scrapbooking I find that the new skills I learn can often be applied to a layout or photo!

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I love the kit Miracle of Love. It really can be used for most photos if you love a brush/blended type of layout!

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I believe Finding Jenny is popular because of the color palette. The warm tones with a touch of blue, keep it fresh and allow you to use a wide variety of photos! The elements have a vintage feel without being stuffy! Forrest Gump is one of my favorite movies. The whole storyline of Jenny and Forrest going through so many stages in their life really inspired me for this kit!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Studio Rosey Posey:

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

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Use coupon code TDD-SRP-35 to take 35% off your order over $6 at Studio Rosey Posey’s store (coupon expires: April 30, 2013).

This month, we are starting something new!!  All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below.  There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

Go have a look in Studio Rosey Posey’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product!
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Inspired by Studio Rosey Posey

The following layouts were created using “One Moment” by Studio Rosey Posey and included in The Digi Files during April, 2013:

Layout by Kelsey. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey; Fuss Free: Like Totally 4 by Fiddle Dee Dee Designs; Font: smd Kimby.

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey; Template by Connie Prince; Word Art by Word Art World; Brush by Julia Makotinsky; Font:  Stars from our Eyes.

Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey; Stack It Action by Wendyzines Scraps; Cut Out Like Me Layer Styles by One Little Bird Designs; Font: Another Typewriter.

 

Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey.

 

Layout by Tara. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey. Font: DJB Tara.

 

Layout by Jen. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey. Font: Pea Smashtastic.

 

Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey. Font: CK Bella.

 

Layout by Vicki. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey.
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Layout by Monica. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey; Ofice Supplies (staples) by Splendid Fiins: Fonts: clementine sketch, pea johanna script, bebas, traveling typewriter.
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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey; Fonts: Pea Lisel Caps.
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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: One Moment by Studio Rosey Posey; xoxo Karen by Peas, Mistral and Trajan Pro.

Bits and Bytes: April

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Supplies: Kraft Edition Becky Higgins’ Project Life

Hello! I’m here with another month’s edition of Bits and Bytes. Some amazing resources relevant to digi scrapbookers are linked-up so that you can enjoy some of the best of the web in one convenient spot.

Let’s get started!

Photoshop Essentials File Format Guide

Have you ever noticed how many file type options there are when you hit “save as” in Photoshop? This handy guide explains the handful that the average user is likely to need.

Basic Recolouring Video Tutorial

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Chelle’s Creations put together a clear and easy video tutorial about how to recolour elements. You should definitely check out her entire YouTube channel! Such a great wealth of information to be found on techniques like embossing, internal shadows, and so much more!

Project Life Planning in Lightroom

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Christine Newman (aka Listgirl) put together an amazing video tutorial about how she uses Lightroom for planning her Project Life pages. (Bonus – she provides her PL Lightroom template!) For anyone doing Project Life in physical format, this is a great way to “check” if a design works before taking the time to edit, print and crop your photos.

Adjustment Brush in Lightroom

Evidently this is a month for videos for me! One of the best but least understood Lightroom tools is the adjustment brush. This detailed video will take you through many of the great ways that you can work on specific portions of an image without having to go into Photoshop.

Advanced Drop Shadows Tutorial

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Suzie is an amazing scrapbooker – and part of her secret is amazing shadows. Check out her gallery here to see what I mean. She put together this great tutorial about how to take drop shadows to the next level.

Google Afterlife

Do you have a Google account? If you’re a planner, you might consider visiting your account page to set up what happens to your account if it’s been inactive for a specified amount of time. Here’s what Google says:

…you can choose to have your data deleted — after three, six, nine or 12 months of inactivity. Or you can select trusted contacts to receive data from some or all of the following services: +1s; Blogger; Contacts and Circles; Drive; Gmail; Google+ Profiles, Pages and Streams; Picasa Web Albums; Google Voice and YouTube. Before our systems take any action, we’ll first warn you by sending a text message to your cellphone and email to the secondary address you’ve provided.

So, whether you want your stuff to disappear or be sent to your spouse, you get to decide.

I hope you found something interesting today!

Prepare Your Camera For Summer

Does it seem too early to prepare for summer?

You’ll appreciate getting your dSLR in shape for summer photo taking before summer arrives.

Why start now? If you are like me, you may abuse your camera just a little bit. Maybe you carry it everywhere. Maybe you (gasp) occasionally change the lenses outside. Maybe you never put it in a big so dirt and dust collects on it.

With everyday use, your camera may have gathered a little dirt. So, yes, it’s time for some spring cleaning.

How do you know what you can clean and what you should leave to the professionals?

My Cleaning Rule of Thumb

Outside of the camera is for me. Anything inside is for a professional technician. Sure, you can find a million youtube tutorials on cleaning your camera’s mirror or sensor, but I don’t recommend it. Too much can go wrong and permanently damage your valuable equipment.

So where can you start?

Lenses

Cleaning the outer glass of your lens is a fairly easy process. It’s important to use the correct tools for the job.

Don’t use just any cloth or your spit. The glass is easily scratched and your spit (and even your hot breath) has some nasty gunk in it that you don’t want on your lens. (Nasty gunk is the technical term!)

Use a blower to blow off any dust or dirt. Sometimes that’s all it takes! If you live in an area with a lot of static, you may need to use a brush to remove any grit. ONLY use a brush made for lens cleaning. You want to avoid grinding the dirt and dust into your glass. DO NOT use canned air.

If there are noticeable finger prints on your lens (or filter), use a micro fiber cloth or lens papers and lens solution to clean your lens.

  1. Fold the cloth or paper several times.
  2. Place a drop or two of lens cleaner on your cloth, never on the lens.
  3. With small circular movements, work from the center of the lens toward the edge.

If there is still noticeable dirt or smudges you can’t remove, it may be time for professional help.

Body

The body of your camera can be cleaned with a soft cloth to remove dust and grime. I don’t suggest any harsh chemical cleaners. You can start by blowing the dust off with a blower. Use a hard bristled brush to get any gunk from under buttons.

Sensor

A dirty sensor can create spots, globs, and other unsavory items on your images. How do you know when you need to get your sensor cleaned? Here’s a quick test.

  1. Place your camera in Aperture Priority Mode (AV or A on your mode dial)
  2. Set your aperture to f/8 or even narrower. (You won’t see dust on your sensor at wide apertures, unless you have A LOT.)
  3. Take a picture of a white wall or other solid colored light surface.
  4. View your photo (I’d suggest uploading to your computer for best viewing).
  5. If you notice grey spots in your image, you’ve got dust on your sensor. (I tried to take a picture for you, but THANKFULLY, my sensor was clean.)

A little dust may not be a nuisance, but when it gets larger you are going to need to do a lot of photoshop work to eliminate it. The sharpness of your photos will be effected as well. It’s time to send it in for cleaning!

Sending Your Camera For Cleaning

Even with built in sensor cleaning, you may still need to send your camera for cleaning. If you have a local camera shop, they may be able to clean it for you. However, most camera shops send cameras directly to the manufacturer for cleaning.

You can send your camera directly to the manufacturer as well. You can find the steps for sending on both Canon and Nikon’s websites.

For Canon, I’ve found the four to six week turn around time is actually much faster. The last time I sent my camera in, it returned in less than three weeks. It felt shiny and new with no dust visible at any aperture!

Get your camera in great working shape so you can be ready for your summer photos.

Have you cleaned your camera before? What lessons did you learn? Share in the comments below.

Kate Hadfield: Doctor Who

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Who doesn’t adore Kate Hadfield doodles?  They are just so adorable!  We had Kate on The Digi Show a year or so ago to share with us how she brings her doodles to digital scrapbookers and it’s a pretty lenghty process.  She is so good at though and most scrappers can’t get enough Kate in their stash. I LOVE Kate’s bright bold colors (bright and doodles = love for me). I’m super excited to have Kate back in The Digi Files again this month and know that you are too.  Let’s take a closer look at “All the Everydays” 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 Kate Hadfield’s contribution:

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Layout by Amelia. Supplies: All the Everydays by Kate Hadfield; 25 Days of Templates 2010 by Simply Tiffany; Daddy’s Love and Oh Boy by Julia Makotinsky; Fonts: Georgia, CK-Alis_Hand_official.
LO2Layout by Vicki. Supplies: All the Everydays by Kate Hadfield; TDD My Life In Print; Fonts: Rockwell.
LO3Layout by Jacki. Supplies: All the Everydays by Kate Hadfield; Blue Bird (alpha) by Chelle; My Life in Celebration (papers) by The Daily Digi; Font: Teacher’s Pet by Heather Hess.
LO4Layout by Trina. Supplies: All the Everydays by Kate Hadfield; Citrus Blast Papers by Micheline Martin; Outside the Lines Alpha by Kaye Winiecki; Blissful Stitches Square by Traci Reed; Font: Myriad Pro.
LO5Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: All the Everydays by Kate Hadfield; Cool Britannia, Sketchbookpages2, Spiralbound Alpha, Super Duper by Kate Hadfield, Marker Alpha by Chelle; Die Cut it Action by Wendyzine Scraps.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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I live with my husband, two young children and boisterous dog in a small town in North West England. Designing is my day job (and sometimes night job and weekend job too!) and when I am not designing or scrapping you might find me out walking with my dog, eating the odd chocolate (or two!) building dens with the kids, ‘helping’ my husband renovate our house or watching Doctor Who. Everything stops for Doctor Who!

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This is one of my favourite layouts of my daughter, the photos really capture her playful spirit as she was hamming it up for the camera in her new Halloween costume! As soon as I saw Michelle’s kit I knew it would be perfect for these pictures and I had a lot of fun playing with all the painted and artsy pieces in the kit. Keeping the colour palette limited to just purples, greens and black allowed me to really go to town with all the paint without overloading the page (although my husband might disagree with that, he teases me that there are still a few patches of empty space that I haven’t completely filled with elements!)

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I started scrapbooking in the spring of 2006. Although I’ve never paper scrapped, I used to make cards and I came across Scrapbook Bytes via a link from a cardmaking site. I was familiar with Photoshop and had made what I was calling “photo collages” before but discovering that what I had been doing had a name, an online community and amazing products was a real eye-opener for me. I knew straight away I had found the hobby for me, I don’t think I made another card after that!

I started designing scrapbooking products almost by accident! I was scrapping one day and wanted a particular type of element to finish my page, after a quick search around the digi stores I couldn’t find what I wanted so thought I’d try making it myself. I studied Fine Art in college and had dabbled in all sorts of crafts over the years so I played around with my arty stash, made another couple of pieces and ended up putting them on my blog as a freebie. Then came the fateful email from Amy Martin asking me if I would like to come and sell at The Lilypad! And that was that, one minute I was trying out some ideas and the next I was a selling my wares, it all happened very quickly! Six years later and the Lilypad is still my online home.

inspiredA quick look through my shop will leave you with no doubt that I love colour! Seeing a great colour scheme, or playing with my paints and seeing what ideas that creates always sparks my creativity. I really enjoy the creative process that goes into the production of my designs, from the rough pencil sketches to the washes and layers of colour I build up until I get the look I am after, so new art materials always make me want to start playing! Sometimes something that my children say or do, or a hobby that they really enjoy also inspires me to create something with that specific theme.

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Computer: At the moment I am using a desktop PC on Windows 7 with dual monitors (which I love!) and 4GB of RAM. I will be upgrading soon though as my poor computer is having a hard time coping with everything I ask it to do!
Program: I use Adobe Photoshop CS3.
Camera: I have a little Panasonic point and shoot (that goes pretty much everywhere with me for my P365 / Project Life photos) along with a Fuji S9500.
Anything Else: My scanner is the only other piece of hardware I use (I have a CanoScan 8800) the rest of my toolbox consists of lots of art supplies: watercolours, pastels, markers, coloured pencils and so on!
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One thing I have personally found very useful when scrapping in Photoshop is to customise the settings for my layers palette to show just the contents of that layer in the little thumbnail. When I scrap, I usually have lots of layers of elements and changing the palette view really helps me to select the right one quickly! To customise: click the little downwards arrow at the side of the Layers Palette and choose Layer Bounds from the Thumbnail Contents rather than Entire Document.

I have also changed some of the keyboard shortcuts to better suit my workflow when designing. Changing the shortcuts for my most used tools to single keys that are close to each other on my keyboard has been a big help! (To assign your own shortcuts go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.)

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It always a lot of fun working with Kim, we have known each other for several years now and have become great friends. I went back and forth trying to decide which is my favourite kit, but the cheerful colours and happy spring like feel of this one won me over! Kim’s unique elements always make me want to scrap and some of my all-time favourite Kim goodies are in this collab.

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My most popular doodle pack is Happily Ever After along with its more boyish companion pack When Knights Were Bold. The knight pack was inspired by my son and his love (obsession even?!) of the BBC show Merlin and everything to do with medieval knights. My daughter then asked for a “girlie fairytale” pack and so I worked on both sets together with the idea that they could be combined to create all sorts of fairytale themes!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Kate Hadfield:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Kate Hadfield’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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