Inspired by ViVa Artistry

The following layouts were created using “Sal de Mar” by ViVa Artistry and included in The Digi Files during June, 2013:

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Layout by SharonS. Sal de Mar by Viva Artistry; Template: Jenn CK, Font: Irish Spaghetti.

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Layout by Caren.

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Layout by Caren.

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Layout by Cynthia.

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Layout by Dita.

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Layout by Holly.

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Layout by Jaye.

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Layout by Caren.

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Layout by Margaret.

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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.

 

Scrapping your scraps

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When I was a paper scrapper, I would take a stack of photos that didn’t get used anywhere else and put them onto a layout of random memories. It was a great way to end an album, or do a year-in-review type of layout. I have a few digi layouts that were done this way and I want to do more. I have so many pictures that I really want to use in some way, but they often don’t make it onto my regular layouts.

One of my favorite pages filled with photo scraps is this collage from 2007. It’s filled with outtakes and fun little scenes from our year. Some of these photos were featured on other scrapbook pages, but many of them were not. After I created this layout, I decided I wanted to do a year-end page each year to include all the extra moments that might not otherwise get recognized.

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It’s perfectly ok to put a group of random photos together on a page! None of these photos or memories ever made it onto an individual layout in any of our albums, but they were still captured moments that I wanted to include in some way. I created a collage-style page with a template and used some word art that tied everything together with a general theme.

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Pulling together photo scraps centering on one theme is also a fun way to add interest to your albums. I was looking for a cover page idea for one of my son’s albums and I had a great time filling this shaped collage with pictures from his entire life up to that point in time.

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Daily Digi team member Melissa Lewis told me “I did this with last year’s Project 365 several times – knew I wasn’t going to scrap them and they didn’t make the P365 cut so I threw them onto an extra page at the end of the month.” Her pages are so inspiring! Credits for all pages: Gina Marie Huff (Weeds n Wildflowers) Life 365 12×12 template

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Ronnie, another Daily Digi team member used this same approach to document little bits of her family’s everyday life.

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Some helpful tips:

  • If you want to try using random scraps of memories on a layout, you might want to consider using a layered template or a photo collage to give them all a sense of order.
  • If you are including photos from many different occasions, you might want to convert them all to black and white, or use similar frames for each picture to give the page some unity.
  • Have fun! They are your memories and you are free to put them together in any way that makes you happy! Smile

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Paper Making

PaperMaking

I have realized that I own a lot of Commercial Use (CU) patterns, overlays and other elements. Steph did an awesome CU / PU post in the past that explains what these terms mean. I’m not a designer, but I pick up CU products from time to time because they’re so versatile and are useful to help me fill out a page when I need just “one more thing”.

Normally, when I make a digital paper, it is just to add “one more” paper to a kit that I have already purchased. My favourite layering papers are ones with small graphic patterns, like narrow stripes or chevrons. So, if a kit doesn’t have quite enough, I know that I can easily make one by using the eye dropper tool to select a colour and then make the one paper that I need.

I didn’t want to work with an existing kit for this post. Instead, I started with this picture of my daughter’s stick-on tattoo from last summer and I pulled out some fun colours.

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Then I started making papers. Simple papers are really easy with CU products (and sort of addictive to make!). Here are a few that I made using the colours above:

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All patterns are Miss Tiina and textures are Melissa Bennett, both from SugarHillCo.

Like I said, I usually only make one paper to add to a page, but it was fun to make them for this post! Here’s how you do it:

Paper Making Steps

Step 1 – Create a new document

Create a new document in Photoshop using these settings:

  • Width = 12 inches
  • Height = 12 inches
  • Resolution = 300 ppi
  • Background = White

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Step 2 – Drag on a CU pattern

For this paper, I’m using a pattern from Beautiful You Patterns No. 4 by Miss Tiina at SugarHillCo.

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Step 3 – Recolour the pattern

I selected a colour from my chosen colour palette (above) and recoloured the dots by using an colour overlay, in the Layer > Styles menu. This is the fastest way to recolour the entire layer in one colour.

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If I had wanted to use multiple colours, I would have used my paint bucket to fill in individual dots in different colours.

Step 4 – Add texture

I used Designer Overlays 4 by Melissa Bennett.

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Step 5 – Change blend mode on texture overlay

With the texture layer active, change the layer blend mode to “overlay”. Adjust the opacity of the layer as desired.

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Notice that with this method, the pure white background has no texture in the final version. I’m okay with that for three reasons:

  • When the paper is printed, it will take on the texture of the paper it is printed on.
  • I usually only create papers with really tight patterns so there is minimal white showing on the paper.
  • The papers I create are used as layering pieces to complement a purchased kit, so they are just a small amount of the overall finished scrapbook page.

However, if you prefer to have texture visible in the digital version, then change the colour of the background to an off-white and play around until enough texture is visible. A good way to start is to use the eye dropper on a white paper you already own and like. That will help you find an ideal off-white.

Note: The same rule applies with black papers in that texture won’t be visible on a pure black background. However, if you adjust the colour an almost-black shade, the texture will be more defined.

Step 6 – Save

Save the papers as a high-resolution JPG file, which is a “flattened” file type. Now it’s ready to use on a scrapbook page!

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Simple digital papers in patterns are really quick and easy to make using CU patterns and texture overlays. It’s also really addictive!

You can also take your PU brushes and paint splats, etc., and grunge up the papers a bit to add a more artsy touch. When it’s for your own personal pages, it’s okay to mix your PU and CU goodies. Have fun with it!

Weeds & Wildflowers: Life in a Box

 

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I’ve followed Gina Marie from Weeds & Wildflowers Design since her entry into digital design. Gina started creating systems for scrappers to document their lives early on in her career. They have all been based on her needs as a scrapper and they have been fast and easy for digital scrappers to use, all while look great too.  I first purchased one of her Life365 kits in 2008 and loved using it. I have bought many of her layered “quick pages” over the years as well as her systems have evolved. I love her designs: whimsical, fun, yet sophisticated as well. Just all around good design. Gina’s contribution to The Digi Files this month is part of her newest system, (actually just refined more than it is new), that she launched at the beginning of this year.  It IS simple and it is fast! Let’s take a closer look at “Life in a Box Simple Squares” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

Gina Marie’s contribution also includes these bonus downloads from current collections in Gina Marie’s store to help you use her “Life in a Box” system (read more about the system):

ALL of this is just 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, Kindle, Nook, 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 Gina Huff from Weeds & Wildflowers Design’ contribution:

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Life in a Box Simple Squares & Sample Templates by Gina Huff from Weeds & Wildflowers Design.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Life in a Box Simple Squares & Sample Templates by Gina Huff from Weeds & Wildflowers Design; Fonts: Calibri, Jack’s Hand.

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Layout by Rachel. Supplies: Life in a Box Simple Squares & Sample Templates by Gina Huff from Weeds & Wildflowers Design; Fonts: Century Gothic.

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Layout by Van. Supplies: Life in a Box Simple Squares & Sample Templates by Gina Huff from Weeds & Wildflowers Design; Date stamp and staples by Splendid Fiins; Fonts: Pacifico, The Thin One.

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Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Life in a Box Simple Squares & Sample Templates by Gina Huff from Weeds & Wildflowers Design.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Name
My name is Gina Marie Huff of Weeds & Wildflowers Design. I have been designing for over 6 years now and love the creative outlet it brings. I am most comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt, I love rainy days, eating healthy, and reading good books. I love sappy, romantic movies, I can usually be found doodling on something, and I twist my hair when I am concentrating. I don’t have a sweet tooth, and would live off of cereal if I could.

I live in the beautiful mountains of rural Utah with my husband Greg, and we have four wonderful boys. We also have two horses and two dogs. Life is crazy but we love every minute of it.

Ever since I have started digital designing and scrapping I have come to find more appreciation in the little things. I love finding the moments in life that make me happy and then recording them for the years to come.

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This year for my scrapping I wanted to focus on easy and simple, and it doesn’t get more simple than squares. So I created the system called “Life in a BOX – Scrapping your Daily Life Inside the Box.”

I wanted a way to scrap as many or as few photos as I wanted during the week. Some days you have more than one photo you would like to scrap, and some days you don’t have any. This takes all the pressure off HAVING to take a photo a day, and yet leaves the versatility to scrap any or all of your daily photos each week. Also, the squares are great for Instagram photos 🙂

With this system, adding quotes and embellishments, marking dates, and recording journaling is super easy using Simple Squares. They are all-done-for-you boxes that fit right into the squares on the templates. They include embellishments, journaling options, paper blocks, date & Month labels, quotes, etc. All you have to do is drag and drop them into the blank squares on your template and your layout is finished!

So, take the basic templates of squares, add photos, add a couple Simple Squares, journal, and you are done! Super easy and simple, but there is still room for fun, versatility and creativity. Here’s one of Gina’s pages. Click the image to see more of Gina’s pages.

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I started paper scrapping over 12 years ago after the birth of my first son, and was of course addicted immediately. Many years and many albums later I discovered digital and started playing around in Photoshop with shapes, brushes and textures and found that I loved creating things with pixels as well. Now after 6 years of digital designing I find that I still love creating things that make it easier to scrap my daily photos, and I love sharing them with others as well.

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I would have to say my photos are my greatest inspiration for my designs. I just look at the events and good times from my weeks or months and I design what I would like to scrap with those photos.

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Computer: I use an iMac OS X with 8GB of RAM, as well as a MacBook laptop when I am away of my office.
Program: I use Photoshop CS5 and Illustrator.
Camera: I have a Nikon D90, and use mainly a 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Anything Else: I love using my Bamboo tablet and pen to doodle and draw designs.

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I guess I would just say my favorite thing is to just try to capture life as it is, focus on the little things, and make sure I journal my thoughts and feelings from those little things. I enjoy looking back and seeing the things that might have been mundane or forgotten and I am able to appreciate how good life really is, and how grateful I am for the simple things in life. We shouldn’t wait for a super amazing photo or big event to take time to record the things in life that matter to us.

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It is hard to pick my favorite, as usually it is the one I am currently working on, but something I love creating is my Tiny 10’s which are smaller packs of elements, wordart and papers. I like doing these smaller packs because I can do lots of different topics and color schemes and sell them for an affordable price. It helps me to be creative and keep things fresh as well.

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One of my most popular products is the Sweet & Simple line. It is a daily photo collection where the layouts are all done for you, making it really easy to scrap your 365 photos. I also made element kits every month to supplement it and the whole collection has been one of my biggest selling products for the last couple of years.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Weeds & Wildflowers:

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

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Go have a look in Weeds & Wildflowers’ 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 Weeds & Wildflowers

The following layouts were created using “Life in a Box” by Weeds & Wildflowers and included in The Digi Files during June, 2013:

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Life in a Box by Weeds & Wildflowers; Here Kitty Kitty, Chelle’s Creations, Fonts: Katie, MTF Doodlewhats.

Layout by Tara. Supplies: Life in a Box by Weeds & Wildflowers; Fonts: Font Steelfish.

Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Life in a Box by Weeds & Wildflowers.

 

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Life in a Box Simple Squares & Sample Templates by Gina Huff from Weeds & Wildflowers Design.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Life in a Box Simple Squares & Sample Templates by Gina Huff from Weeds & Wildflowers Design; Fonts: Calibri, Jack’s Hand.

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Layout by Rachel. Supplies: Life in a Box Simple Squares & Sample Templates by Gina Huff from Weeds & Wildflowers Design; Fonts: Century Gothic.

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Layout by Van. Supplies: Life in a Box Simple Squares & Sample Templates by Gina Huff from Weeds & Wildflowers Design; Date stamp and staples by Splendid Fiins; Fonts: Pacifico, The Thin One.

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Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Life in a Box Simple Squares & Sample Templates by Gina Huff from Weeds & Wildflowers Design.

Terrific tablet cases and covers

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Crossbone Cuts designs Instalove & Libby Pritchett Be Awesome. Pacifico font.

 

I adore dressing up my technology (see fun and functional phone cases) and I’ve found that there are some really great tablet covers out there. I was standing at the checkout counter at Barnes and Noble the other day and I found myself wishing I had a Nook when I saw the dozens of darling cases they had for them! With the wide selection of tablets and e-readers out there; Apple iPad (regular size and mini), Kindle, Nook, Samsung Galaxy Note, Google Nexus, and more, you’ll find an enormous array of case and cover choices. When it comes time to select a case or cover, it’s important to think about how you use the device. If you share your table or e-reader with children, you will want something sturdy. If you want to minimize bulk in a purse or bag, consider something like a skin or thin cover.

We’re an iPad family around here. I have a 3rd generation iPad, my husband has a 2nd generation, and my daughter inherited my original iPad. We’ve all been through several cases as we’ve tried to find the perfect fit for each of us.

My case is the most expensive one in our house, but I haven’t regretted the splurge at all. I use a Bluetooth Keyboard Pro from Brookstone because I wanted a removable keyboard. For me, I want the functionality of a small laptop computer when I use my tablet. I’ve tried other keyboard cases, but they were very bulky and heavy. I love that I can easily remove the keyboard from this and I really only bring it with me when I’m traveling or when I will be taking a lot of notes. The most important feature for me in a case is being able to prop up my tablet and use it hands-free. I to prop it open at night and watch movies and tv shows to unwind. I can put it into almost any viewing angle. My case is red leather and I love it!

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My husband is always on the go and doesn’t like having an extra keyboard to manage. The most important feature for him is simply having a good protective barrier on the tablet so it doesn’t get scratched up in transit. He doesn’t care about propping it up and will just set it on his lap or another surface if he wants to go hands-free for viewing. He uses an iFrogz luxe lean case that simply acts as a protective shell.

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My daughter inherited my first iPad and the Mickey Mouse case that I bought for it when I was in Disneyland a few years ago. It is a soft and padded leather case that has a prop up feature to use in 3 different positions. It has held up really well with hundreds of hours of use.

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I’m hoping to get my son an iPad-mini soon so he can read while we are on the go. I’m considering this Snugg mini case since he likes to use a stylus with the app Paper 53.

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I love looking at all the other cases out there for different devices. Here are some that caught my eye:

Beautiful typographic case for the Nook

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Oh, how I wish there were iPad cases that look like this mod Happy Chic Nook case by Jonathan Adler!

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I just love this cities word art case for the Kindle Fire. Stunning!

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Or how about disguising your Kindle as a composition notebook? Clever!H

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And if I didn’t love my iPad cover so much, I’d be really tempted to get a Fit Folio from Speck. Love all the design choices with these!

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Do you have a favorite case or cover for your tablet or e-reader? Please share in the comments. It’s always nice to hear what works for all of you!

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

Welcome the Designers of TDF#54

Welcome June, Summer, sunshine and our DESIGNERS that contributed to The Digi Files #54!!  What a great lineup we have this month! Some familiar names, returning vetrans, and maybe a new-to-you designer or two?  I can’t wait for you to get in the members area and start downloading and unzipping all of your goodies! Annual members are able to login right after the clock strikes midnight ET on the first. Many set their alarms to wake up in the middle of the night and download! Wow! That’s some Daily Digi Day dedication!

If you aren’t a member yet, once you sign up, you will wonder why you waited so long!

We have SEVEN full size products, never released in digiland before for only $7.50 total (less when you become an annual member)!  Some of the products are actually larger than ONE product for the designers and will be broken up when added to their store. It’s an UNBELIEVEABLE deal and the BEST deal in digital scrapbooking! Here is a look at the designers for this month:

Weeds & Wildflowers Designs

ViVa Artistry

Scrapping With Liz

Cilenia Curtis

Angie Kovacs

Quirky Twerp

Meagan’s Creations

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

I am coming to the end of my second annual subscription and I look forward to my third. I have consistently received beautiful kits by my favorite designers as well as an introduction to designers I might not have discovered on my own. The variety of styles and colors helps me to broaden my layout repertoire in ways I might otherwise have never considered. Great value for the money!

*My Life of Change* came as a welcomed surprise in my May 2013 downloads! I cannot believe I’ve been a subscriber for nearly three years already! I love everything!!! Truly. Madly. Deeply. ;-)

Another fabulous month of Digi Files! Thank you!!

I really LOVE The Digi Files and think everyone needs to be a member. 🙂 Nowhere else can you get so much value for the price. Even when my supply budget is small, I always know I’ll end up with new, awesome products! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked “where’d you get that kit?” and my response is always “It’s from this months Digi Files”. I’ve tried so many styles and really grown through my membership thanks to always having a diverse selection of kits and templates. The Playbook really gives me the confidence to play with styles outside my comfort zone and I love the tutorials, tips and tricks. The Playbook could be a magazine in its own right, but it’s just a happy bonus to the membership. I can’t wait for next month!- Carrie

PS: Congratulations to the FOURTEEN random winners selected from yesterday’s comments, each person won $10 in product from one of last month’s designers. Be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget in yesterday’s post to see if you won! All winners will receive their prize via the email listed in Rafflecopter within 48 hours.