Cilenia Curtis: Changes

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Cilenia joins us this month for the very first time an brings her Art/Life Journaling style designs with her.  I desire to inspire others, through her designs, to become more in tune with their inner voice and express it through scrapbooking or visual journaling. I think she sounds like a super fun Nanna too!  I found the colors and textures in her collection to The Digi Files super inspiring. The painted/printed papers, the banners, the fun journal pages that are included are so unique and some of them are from her real life art journals.  Let’s take a closer look at “Changes” 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 Cilenia Curtis’s contribution:
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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Changes by Cilenia Curtis.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Changes by Cilenia Curtis.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Changes by Cilenia Curtis; Font: Typewriter.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Changes by Cilenia Curtis; A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping with Liz; Font: DJB Please Explain by Darcy Baldwin.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Changes by Cilenia Curtis; Fonts: Soymilk & American Typewriter.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Hi there happy people! My name is Cilenia, pronounced Sa-leen-na, and I’m a Mixed Media Artist with an obsession for papers, fabrics and inks while even mixing it up with computer graphics. I have been drawing on a computer since 1986 and creating art even longer with visual art journaling and art quilts. Somewhere in the middle there I started mixing it all up, and now I pull all my various art forms into each other to create unique one of a kind pieces. I am a Mama of 5 grown children and a Nana of 8 and all of them enjoy art as much as I do. It isn’t unusual to find us in the loft art studio gettin’ messy!

My dream is to help people become more in tune with their inner voice and use digital art for self expression along with creating scrapbooking pages for their stories for what I call Life Journaling. It is mostly about the journey deep within ourselves and expressing it through Art-Life Journaling.

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I have always done art for affirmations and healing. Some call it ‘She Art’ today, but for me… it has always been more than that. It was my inner voice speaking from my soul thru my art dolls or dancers. I continue to do these today digitally and in my mixed media projects and it’s a form of stress release and an expression of my inner self. I would encourage everyone to create for themselves, along with memory keeping. It doesn’t always have to be a photo of a memory, but can be about capturing the feelings of the moment and expressing through art no matter if created digitally, in mixed media or with a box of crayons. It’s all about the play and enjoying the process.

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I have been scrapbooking, or as I like to call it, Life Journaling for as long as I can remember. In the late 1980s I started drawing on the computer and printing journaling and simplistic art onto papers to include in my scrapbooking. I guess it was called Hybrid, but I didn’t know that. I started to do more digital scrapping and art around 2004 but working full time and raising 5 children took most of my time and it wasn’t until late 2009 when I was laid off work did I really dive into it full throttle. I never looked back. Today I am still experimenting on how to bring my real life art into my digital art and am growing and learning every day. My styles have evolved, and will continue to evolve, as I nestle into my own unique art style of a cross between art journaling and scrapbooking.

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I am inspired by everything! Literally! It can come from music, a tiny flower, an emotional experience or playing in my art room with children. I am so inspired by children as they have such a playful attitude towards art and freely express without any boundaries. As I teach them, I also practice the muse of asking myself, “What color do you feel like today?” From there, the sky is the limit.

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Computer: I work on a 27″ iMac with duel a monitors set up and 16GB RAM. I’ve worked this way for 20 years and couldn’t live without the two monitors. My second monitor is a swivel type and it usually has my mail and text files opened while my iMac is where I work my graphics. I’m a total computer geek and create or modify all my programing for my sites. I’m still waiting on Santa on the iPad.
Program: I work in Adobe Masters CS6 and AutoCAD for my graphics and use ScreenFlow for all my videos.
Camera: My iPhone is my primary camera now along with a Canon PowerShot. I had a minolta x-700 but it was stollen years ago.
Anything Else: I have a 36″ Pen Plotter for large printing and work with a Wacom Bamboo tablet drawing directly on the computer, but have my sites on the new Wacom Cintuq. Hint hint Santa!
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My favorite tip for scrappers has to be about Shadows. I’m asked all the time about mine and how to recreate. It’s not always about your style settings, but more about how they should appear as in real life. Look at shadows around you, study how papers, books and objects cast shadows and where the light source is coming from. Observe how they relate to each other and how the objects are layered or overhanging each other. If you study your real life shadows and tweak your program styles, you will have a richer, more realistic layout with a lot more depth to them. I have several articles and videos on this subject on my blog and invite any questions you may have

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Color Play 2 has to be my fav! I was playing in my art studio with colors and flowers trying to decide what colors for my accent wall and this was a happy accident. I fell in love with them! Of course I had to bring in my florals and butterflies again with soft textured watercolors. These ended up in many of my art quilts at the time too. My wall ended up being the light slate color with a touch of the blue
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My Follow Your Art Growth kit has been my all time most popular kit sold. I think it was because I combined my love of flowers and butterflies with a soft vintage twist but still with a modern feel to it. It represented the birth of Summer to me and I think that carried in the feel of the kit.
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Here are some of my favorite products by Cilenia Curtis:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Cilenia Curtis’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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Cilenia has two special offers for you. Use code Digi25 to take 25% off any order (one time use) or code Digi40 to save 40% off any order over $20 (one time use).

Go have a look in Cilenia Curtis’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! 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!

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Inspired by Cilenia Curtis

The following layouts were created using “Changes” by Cilenia Curtis and included in The Digi Files during June, 2013:

Layout by Vicki. CREDITS: Changes by Cilenia Curtis; Starglow brush by Hawkmont; Fonts: Orial, 2Peas DW Stamped.

Layout by Vicki. CREDITS: Changes by Cilenia Curtis; Shalin Studios-template 10 Oct. 12.

Layout by Jacqueline. CREDITS: Changes by Cilenia Curtis.

Layout by Angie. CREDITS: Changes by Cilenia Curtis.

Layout by Beth. CREDITS: Changes by Cilenia Curtis.

Layout by Beth. CREDITS: Changes by Cilenia Curtis.

Layout by Jeannette. CREDITS: Changes by Cilenia Curtis.

Layout by Jeannette. CREDITS: Changes by Cilenia Curtis.

Layout by SharonS. CREDITS: Changes by Cilenia Curtis; Template by Trixie Scraps, Font: Amelie.

 

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Changes by Cilenia Curtis.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Changes by Cilenia Curtis.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Changes by Cilenia Curtis; Font: Typewriter.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Changes by Cilenia Curtis; A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping with Liz; Font: DJB Please Explain by Darcy Baldwin.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Changes by Cilenia Curtis; Fonts: Soymilk & American Typewriter.

 

Facebook Timeline Covers

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If you’re on Facebook, you probably have a timeline cover image. Have you ever used your digital scrapbooking skills to scrap a cover image? It’s a fun way to decorate your Facebook page while showing off your digital scrapbooking hobby.

Fortunately, the digital scrapbook community has tons of great stuff to help you make an awesome timeline cover quickly and easily! From freebie quick pages to templates, the designers have lots of goodies to help you add some personality to your Facebook page.

Facebook Timeline Cover Freebies

Many digital scrapbook designers offer Facebook timeline cover “quick pages” as freebies, often made to promote a newly released kit. I did a quick search and found a few freebies. Keep in mind that these were active freebies the week of June 10, 2013, but they might not be active if you’re reading this post in the archive in the future. It’s more of an example of the type of timeline cover quick pages that are available.

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Timeline Templates

Naturally, if you want to make your own Facebook timeline cover, there are templates available for purchase to make things easier:

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Making Your Own Timeline

If you want to make your own Facebook timeline cover, it’s very easy! Before you start though, double-check the Terms of Use on the kit you want to use to make sure that the designer is okay with it being used for Facebook timeline images.

To make your own cover image, create it on a canvas with these dimensions:

  • Length = 851 pixels
  • Width = 315 pixels

All you have to do is scrapbook the timeline as you would any page.

As a final step, remember to save your finished product at the web-resolution of 72 dpi as a flattened JPG image.

 

And that’s all there is to  it! Another fun way to use your digi supplies!

My life with boys – fitting in the pinks and purples

I’ve come a long way since I started digital scrapbooking back in 2009, even further since my early paper layouts back in 2003. One thing I noticed in my scrapbooking was the absence of feminine touches. My life has changed a lot since having my children. My life is filled two boys and lots of denim, and reds, blues, yellows, stripes, solids, plaids. No frills or lace, no pinks or purples, well sometimes purple because Ian’s favourite colour currently is purple. So a touch of purple. I’m naturally drawn to yellows and oranges, turquoise and apple greens, I love stripes and plaids and that’s OK. Lately, especially when there are so many cute and pretty collections out there, I’ve wanted to put a softer touch to some of my pages.

To satisfy this need I have in this world of mine filled with dirt, construction vehicles, monster trucks, computer games and mechanics I decided to jump in and bring in a softer touch with a doily here and a splash of pink there.

First I started with these layouts of my garden, I’ve really started to get into gardening over the last two years and what a perfect opportunity to play around.

Then the challenge of scrapping about yourself, I’m a woman, so of course it can be a little… girlie.

Last and my biggest challenge yet, bringing into my life with boys and their pages.

I try and keep the more feminine elements soft and simple so they don’t overwhelm the page. It’s a little liberating to know I don’t have to tweak every kit I love because it contains pink, purple or even flowers, hearts and butterflies. Here are some more examples:

I hope you join me and start using the pinks and purples. Enjoy it and have fun with it.

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Scrapping With Liz: A Piece of Me Templates

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I was blessed to meet Liz at Digiscrapapalooza in 2011.  She is such a sweet, inspiring, and creative person; just like her template designs. I’ve been a fan of Liz’s since I found her selling templates on her blog in 2009. I love all of the paper/photo layers in Liz’s templates! They are a happy medium between srappers that love photos and scrappers that love lots of elements. I have found Liz’s templates very fun and quick to scrap with.  I’m very happy to have Liz joining us once again in The Digi Files!  Let’s take a closer look at “A Piece of Me Templates” 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 Scrapping with Liz’s contribution:
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping with Liz; Safari Stampede by Late Night Scraps;
Zoolicious by A+ Designs; Recycle Bin Alpha by Julie Billingsley; Oh Boy Alpha by Crystal Wilkerson; Fonts: Typewriter & Pea Roxygirl.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping with Liz; Desert Canyone Sun by Jady Day Studio;
Font: The Scratches.

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Layout by Amelia. Supplies: A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping with Liz; Jack (papers) by Cosmo Cricket;
Flowers by Hazel Olive; BG things I love Brushes; Ink Pot by CD Muckosky.

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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping with Liz; Brothers and Sisters by Studio Basic and Little Butterfly Wings; Font: The Wood by Heather Hess.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping with Liz; My Life of Adventure (members only collab) by The Daily Digi.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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I’m Liz (or Elizabeth as most people in real life call me). I live in the beautiful Mountains of Western North Carolina. Although I still prefer the beaches of Florida! I have 4 beautiful little girls and a wonderful hubby.

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The photo inspired this page. I knew I wanted to really highlight this picture of my newly adopted daughter. It’s such a great picture of her smiling and playing. I chose my Big Photo Fun Templates and then chose the March SO collab because I thought the colors of the kit would really compliment the colors of the photo. I also new I wanted it pretty simple. As I was playing with the kit and template I added elements that I really liked but then took away a few because I really wanted to focus on the photo. Sometimes it’s hard to take away those beautiful elements but sometimes less is more, especially when you are trying to focus on the photo. I always remind myself, that I can use those other elements in a future page.

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CREDITS: Big Photo Fun Templates by Scrapping With Liz; March 2013 Scrap Orchard Collab.

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I’ve been scrapbooking since I was in high school. Do I really want to say how long ago that was? Then in 2008 I was introduced to digital scrapbooking by a local friend. She came over, showed me how to make a page in photoshop and I was hooked. Thankfully we already owned photoshop for my husband’s side business. He knew a few things too. So he could help me out when I got frustrated. Although now, I’m pretty sure I know more than him! One of my favorite parts of scrapbooking was laying out my page. So naturally, I enjoyed the same thing when I started digi-scrapping. I quickly began making templates for my own use and then started selling on my blog. Then about a year after that I was invited to join Scrap Orchard and I’ve been there ever since!

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I would say usually it’s my photos. Usually I’ll have in mind what photos I want to scrap and then I’ll make templates that will work with those photos. Sometimes I’ll design templates based on home decorating elements, magazines, fabric, etc.. Sometimes a kit inspires me and I’ll scrap a page and then turn it into a template.

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Computer: I use my laptop for all of my scrapping and designing (I like to work on the go). I use good ol’ Windows 7, have 4 GB ram and a 17 inch monitor. Sometimes I’ll plug into my hubby’s 23 inch monitor if I really want to get serious!
Program: I use Photoshop CS3 and Illustrator.
Camera: I just purchases a new/used D7000. I’m still learning all the ins and outs of it.
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My favorite quick scrapping tip is to copy your shadow styles. If you have a template with shadows on it you can easily copy and paste the layer styles from that template. Just right click on the layer with the shadow, copy layer style, then right click on the layer you want the shadow on and it paste layer style.

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Two of my favorite things to do, when scrapping, is to include lots of photos and to make double pagers. So naturally this is probably one of my most favorite recent sets. I made this set of templates just for me! I had some monthly review pages and travel pages that I knew I wanted to make so I created these with those photos in mind.

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This Photo Blends Template set was made because I wanted to be able to scrap big photos that could be blended into a paper. I also wanted to include some more traditional photo spots. The little clusters really draw you in. I think this template set is popular because it inspires both the whimsical and traditional scrapbooker.

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

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Save 35% OFF Scrapping With Liz with code SWL_DFSPCL. Offer expires July 31, 2013. Not good with other offers sales or collabs.

Go have a look in Scrapping with Liz’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! 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!

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Inspired by Scrapping With Liz

The following layouts were created using “A Piece of Me Templates” by Scrapping With Liz and included in The Digi Files during June, 2013:

Layout by Kimberley. Credits: A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping With Liz; Suncatcher Papers, Suncatcher Elements & Suncatcher Add-On by One Little Bird Designs; Sullen Seamstress by Valorie Wibbens and Lauren Reid. Font: Janda Everyday Casual by Kimberly Geiswein.

Layout by SharonS. Credits: A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping With Liz; My Life of Change collab by TDD; Fonts: MTF Jumpin’ Jack, DJB Almost Perfect, Styles: Mommyish.

Layout by Vicki. Credits: A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping With Liz; Tell Your Story by The Digichick.

Layout by Rachel. Credits: A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping With Liz; Pretty Little Thing by Zoe Pearn & Melita Bloomer.

Layout by Donna. Credits: A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping With Liz; Great Escapes by wm[quared]; Map and flag by Google Images; Font: The Donna, Cute Love, and Caviar Dreams.

Layout by Donna. Credits: A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping With Liz; Sugar Sand Beach by etc. Danyale.

Layout by Shari. Credits: A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping With Liz; Capture January
By Tracie Stroud Designs.

Layout by tbpuffy. Credits: A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping With Liz; Good Morning Love by Amanda Heimann; Font: Marker Felt.

Layout by Emily. Credits: A Piece of Me Templates by Scrapping With Liz; Swim Bike Run by Dream Big Designs.

Daring Greatly in Digiland – It’s Not The Critic Who Counts

“It’s not the critic who counts” has become my mantra that I chant to myself almost daily. As I read
“Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown, I saw changes in my thinking happening almost instantly. The way I perceive others and myself. The way I interact and talk with other people. I will go as far as saying that this book has changed my life more than any other. Is that bold?

Here is the video (you will need to
come to the site if you are in email or a reader) that had a lightening bolt zipping through my body as I realized that the topics covered in the book relate directly to creativity, innovation, why we get stuck (and reasons we “lose our mojo”). It is also the reason I decided to do a “book club” on The Digi Show about this book:

Daring Greatly Book Trailer from Brené Brown on Vimeo.

Brene says in the Ted Talk below that “Vulnerability is the birthplace of creativity, innovation, and change.” I believe it. I have seen it in myself and others. I FEEL it almost everyday.

Ali Edwards and Brene are friends, (which Ali tells us about in our first episode about Daring Greatly), so Ali was naturally who I turned to have on the show to talk about this. You can listen to the shows by clicking through the links (or download in iTunes or Stitcher). You can find our discussion in the comments of each show, linked up in the show titles. We will be doing one more show, sharing some experiences of listeners in July:

Episode 81: Creativity and Daring Greatly

Episode 86: Daring For All of Us

It’s not too late to join us! Grab the book
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown (Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook)

and join in the discussion. If you read it, you will be changed. Yes, I do feel that confident!

Big is Beautiful!

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It’s no secret that I love really big photos on my layouts. The bigger the better in my opinion! One of my favorite ways to scrap is to fill a page almost completely with a large photo and then layer a few embellishments around in the natural empty space of the picture.

my sun my moon and all my stars by Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Scrapbook Lady Sweeties template. Little Butterfly Wings one of a kind word arts and papers. Pink Reptile Designs simple things.

 

Travel and scenery photos look especially stunning when they are enlarged. Just add some word art or some edging details if you want to dress it up a bit.

Canada by Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Scrapbook Lady SuperSized template. Solid papers by Suzy Q Scraps. Travel word transfer by Anna Aspnes

 

A larger photo can act as a backdrop for the story you want to tell. It’s a great way to call attention to a smaller picture.

Baseball by Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Scrapbook Lady StunningShots template. Supplies from Julie Billingsly & Jady Day Studios Bases Loaded

 

It’s still ok to add a lot of pictures to a page with a large photo. I included 6 photos on this layout and was still able to show off the main image in grand style.

gather to be grateful by Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Scrapbook Lady Scraps Sideways template. Thankful Gathering by Studio Rosey Posey.

 

There’s still plenty of room for journaling even with a great big photo.

lurking by Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Scrapbook Lady Stunning Singles Template, Faith True Master of Disguise kit, fonts are Bebas and Myriad Pro

 

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I’m not the only one who likes big pictures, just take a glance through some online galleries and flickr groups. Here are some of my favorites:

Don’t you just love this sweet little baby face?

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I love the look of the title right across the top of the photo on this layout.

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The combination of a large photo with beautifully designed text lends a magazine feel to this page.

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One of my very favorite ways to use a big photo layout is as an opposing page on a double page spread.

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Blending a large photo with textured paper can turn your layout into an art gallery piece.

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Big photo pages just always catch my eye!

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Best tips for big photo pages

  • Start with one picture that you really want to emphasize and go big with it. You can always add more after you get that one in place.
  • Keep embellishments and titles in perspective – you might want to go a little more on the bold side with a larger size photo.
  • Consider using photo treatments, filters, or other enhancements to make those large pictures look their very best.
  • Let the photo (or photos) shine and take center stage. It’s perfectly fine to add a lot of other details and elements, but don’t overwhelm the star of the show. Let that photo be big and beautiful!

More big picture ideas

Next time you go to place a photo on a digital scrapbook page, consider making it a little bigger. Remember, big is beautiful!

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Summer Deals to Make You Smile

Daily Digi Funtastic Friday June 07 2013
Credits: Weeds and Wildflowers Life in a Box collection.

Summer is heating up and we have some hot deals to make you smile on this Funtastic Friday!

Buy the Berry Berry Blue Mini Kit, get the alpha FREE with purchase through 6.13

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Anna Forrest’s scripts are back. If you missed out on her retirement sale, you can now get your favorite Photoshop and Elements tools from her Etsy store. Save 20% on a $5 minimum order with coupon code ‘WelcomeBack20’ (exp 6-30-13).

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Without You by Erica Zane at SSD perfectly coordinates and is the flip side to her With You kit. The word art is themed to breakups and miss you moments but the rest of the kit is super versatile!

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Fly Away With Me is the latest kit from Jenn Labre – grab it for 20% off through Sunday!

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Danielle Young has this sweet new mini kit at Oscraps!

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New freebie and mini tutorial up at on my blog!

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In time for documenting your summer adventures, Happy Campers from Quirky Twerp.

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Piccolina Designs has 4 beautiful contributions to Stuff to Scrap’s June Build a Kit (BAK). Use the coupon code JUNEBAK_BUY3_SAVE50% when buying 3 or more BAK pieces to get 50% off your total.

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These 3×4 cards were inspired by Kitschy Digitals’ trip to the beautiful country of The Netherlands. Check out her Groovy Kitty Papers & Accents while you’re there!

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New this week from Kimeric Kreations

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Summer is heating up with this kit from wm[squared].

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Meagan’s Creations has a great 2nd volume out of her best-selling Die Cut Templates! Grab them for 20% off through Sunday, June 9th!

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ValC is hosting a new challenge this month. Head over and check it out before the deadline (June 17th).

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Lili has a new set of 6×6 Photo Collages and this pack of journaling cards at The Lilypad. 20% off through the weekend!

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Check out this collection of feathers by Maya de Groot designs

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Sugary Fancy added a new kit to the Store {ON SALE this week} + FWP Chevron Papers!

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I have some fun messy paint sets out this week, awesome texture and metallics that you have asked for.

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Girl Boy Girl Designs has 2 new hybrid templates and a paper pack this week – all 3 are 30% off through Sunday! Check out the Girl Boy Girl Designs facebook page for a new hybrid freebie!

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Kate Hadfield has a fun new doodle pack as part of The Lilypad’s June BYOC collection: Hip Hip Hipster is a celebration of al things retro and vintage and is 20% off all weekend!

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Text: Take 30% off all products in the newly released Life Unscripted project collection from the Pixel Gypsy 6/7 – 6/9

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Get this Bundled Deal of Yin Design’s latest templates, discounted by 30%, for 3 day’s only!

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Anna’s introducing a new series of Artsy Layered Template DuoPacks this week, along with a FotoInspired DoubleTemplate, a Month in Review Template and 3 sets of ArtsyKardz. The MidWeek Release is discounted by 20% until Wednesday June 12, 2013.

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ViVa Artistry released a unique heritage collection of Scandanavian Viking artifacts and ephemera straight from the North! Scrap your heritage images, scrap about your favorite stories or myths, put together those memories from Viking recreations.

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Michelle Batton released 4 new sets of Digital Stamps/Photoshop Brushes which are 30% off through Sunday at her Mellow Butterfly store.

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We Carry On’ New from River~Rose Designs on sale June 7-9, 2013. Also see the journal cards and a Pack of 3 alphas made to match!

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Grab the Rad Dad Edition of Project Life – just in time for Father’s Day! This brand new edition contains 60 3×4 and 4×6 cards and is perfect for creating a one-of-a-kind album or gift. To make it even sweeter, this kit is a digital exclusive so it will never be found in retail stores! Available now for 20% off through June 16th.

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Studio Wendy has a new resource in her store – high quality vector shapes for your scrapping or template making.

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Tune in to this week’s Digi Show podcast “The World Is Already Art,” featuring guest Tracey Clark.

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We’ll be back next week with more hot finds!

ViVa Artistry: Sal de Mar

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The story of how ViVa came to be is as inspiring as the designs they create (see below)! It’s so wonderful to hear about two strangers coming together through a passion for digital scrapbooking and creating such beautiful collections for us to document our memories with. Their designs are so artistic and truly unique. I love the beautiful blues and yellows in their contribution this month, which had me itching for summer for months, as they’ve been waiting for their debut here.  Let’s take a closer look at “Sal de Mar” 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 ViVa Artistry’s contribution:
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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Sal de Mar by ViVa Artistry.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Sal de Mar by ViVa Artistry; Photo by Cheryl Curtis, used by permission.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Sal de Mar by ViVa Artistry; Fonts: American Typewriter.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Sal de Mar by ViVa Artistry; Simple Sides (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts:
Bebas and Black Jack.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Sal de Mar by ViVa Artistry; Template by Kim Lund; Fonts: Calibri and Derivia.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Name
ViVa Artistry is Vivienne and Vanessa (the first two letters of our names make up ViVa). Vanessa is from Florida. Vivienne is from California. We have worked together for five years now.

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started
We met digitally about five years ago as CT members and teamed up for a couple of design projects and since then, have worked together as a team. We met finally for the first time last January and had a blast “working” together. It was very different to working over Skype or Messenger.

Vanessa is a graphics designer and has always been digital. She started digiscrapping as a way to preserve her memories and images for her children.

Vivienne is a traditional paper scrapper and crafter and switched to digital in 2007 when there were no scrapbook stores in Japan where she was living at the time.

inspired
Our designs are bridges between different styles, slightly grungy, slightly mixed media, always artistic as they are based on art images. We are inspired by the colors, ideas, and textures of the master painters! We are inspired by culture and heritage as we are also of different backgrounds. Vanessa is Brazilian by birth, living in Florida. Vivienne is Indonesian by birth, American from California and currently living in Denmark. Our premise is that our memories are important and should be preserved and we want to help you do that in a beautiful and artistic environment.

tools
Computer:
Vanessa: MacBook Pro, OSX 10.8
Vivienne: Toshiba Satellite Pro, Windows 7 Pro

Program:
Vanessa: Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6
Vivienne: Photoshop CS3, ArtRage, Inkscape

Camera:
Vanessa: Canon PowerShot SX210 (point and shoot)
Vivienne: Nikon 3000D, 28-105 mm lens, 18-55 mm lens

Anything Else:
Vivienne: Wacom Bamboo Pen, Wacom Bamboo Create, Canoscan 5000F

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Use brushes and textures to get the most out of your stash. Then, use your blend modes to make it your own. Layering them adds dimension and depth and makes it unique.

favorite
We love the lush look of Maserari. It’s mysterious and beautiful and artistic all at the same time. Vivienne had gone to Venice for a family summer holiday and snapped some images of the masks. After extracting them, we realized how amazing they looked and it was very exciting to create the kit around the masks. There was that “click” moment that we are usually looking for when we both “get it” and have the look and the feel of a kit. This one was just very quick and very sudden.

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Our Les Saisons collection (there are two of them). There are a total of 4 kits, one for each season (summer, winter, spring, autumn). We were inspired by the Art Nouveau artist Mucha, who has a very distinctive look to his paintings. We created the kits around his 4 Seasons images and worked with each season seperately so as to have different color swatches that also worked together. These 4 kits flowed out of us as well, with many pieces coming together quickly. It’s always a pleasure when one of us can start with one thing and the other finishes it. We love it when we can do that!

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