Inspired by Studio Tangie

The following layouts were created using “Quickity Split” by Studio Tangie and included in The Digi Files during July, 2013:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Quickity Split Art Journaling Workshop by Studio Tangie; Blender: Brandy Murry, Scrapgirls, Butterflies: Scrapgirls, Font: CK Fairytale Transparency.

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Supplies: Quickity Split Art Journaling Workshop by Studio Tangie.

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Supplies: Quickity Split Art Journaling Workshop by Studio Tangie.

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Supplies: Quickity Split Art Journaling Workshop by Studio Tangie.

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Supplies: Quickity Split Art Journaling Workshop by Studio Tangie.

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Supplies: Quickity Split Art Journaling Workshop by Studio Tangie.

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Supplies: Quickity Split Art Journaling Workshop by Studio Tangie.

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Supplies: Quickity Split Art Journaling Workshop by Studio Tangie.

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Supplies: Quickity Split Art Journaling Workshop by Studio Tangie.

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Supplies: Quickity Split Art Journaling Workshop by Studio Tangie.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Quickity Split Art Journaling Workshop by Studio Tangie; Jazzed Up Loop DaLoop 2
By Anna Aspnes.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Quickity Split Art Journaling Workshop by Studio Tangie; Defining Blocks by Katie Pertiet; Font-Rat Infested & DJB Color Me Chic.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Quickity Split Art Journaling Workshop by Studio Tangie; In One Word Template by Studio Basics; Believe in Me (stitched heart) by Angie Kovas; Font-Traveling Typewriter; Inspired Bokeh brush & default brush work.

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Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Quickity Split Art Journaling Workshop by Studio Tangie; 95 Days Bike Velum by Sarah Jones.

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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Quickity Split Art Journaling Workshop by Studio Tangie; Project Mickey (Yellow Tape) by Britt-ish Designs; Going Places (Arrow) by One Little Bird Designs; Blue tape by Gina Cabrera; Fonts: Homestead, Pacifico.

Organizing the cloud with Jolidrive

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Peppermint’s digi show picks usually have a pretty big impact on my life and Jolicloud is one of her finds (from episode 91) that I have been really excited about! This quote really got my attention:

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On the Jolicloud blog, Tariq Krim explains the reason for creating Jolidrive.

  • Give everyone free access to the cloud, even if they didn’t have the latest computer. We created Joli OS, a simple and beautiful cloud OS that could connect all computers to the cloud, even the old ones.
  • Create a personal environment in the cloud to easily access all our online content. The Jolidrive.
  • This video gives a quick visual overview of some of the possibilities:

 

 

I like the connectivity that Joli offers by linking to your Google services.

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As always, it’s important to be sure you understand the privacy access when you use an app. I chose not to share my activity online.

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I also wasn’t interested in receiving a lot of notifications, but I do like to get newsletters that feature announcements.

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Once I had everything set up, I connected to the services that I already use. Now, I can access all of these through one site and one login at Jolicloud.

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There are even more services available and they add new ones all the time.

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It’s easy to use all of these services from one location on your computer, tablet, or mobile device. I have found this to be most useful when using my iPad. I no longer have to open up 10+ apps to access all of my files and social media content – it’s all in one place!

Here are some screen shots of how the Jolicloud app looks on my iPad:

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I feel so organized! Well, at least in the cloud…still working on it in my house.

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a mid-year check in

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Designs by Lili calendar card

 

The year 2013 is officially more than halfway over now! This is a great time to take inventory of your memory keeping goals and projects and evaluate what you want to be focusing on for the rest of the calendar year. It’s also not too early to think about holiday gifts (I know, I hate bringing that up now!) because if you want to make a big project like an album, photobook, or keepsake calendar, that will take time and planning.

You may not even remember all the goals you set back in January, or perhaps your needs have changed since then? Don’t let all that weigh you down, just start fresh today and think about what makes your digi scrapping meaningful to you. Do more of that! Here are some resources to help you out:

 

Project 365 and other ongoing photo projects

Did you have every intention of taking a photo every day this year, only to quit by late January? You’re not alone! Any ongoing project is difficult to stay with, especially something that requires and every day commitment. I have successfully completed 2 full years of P365 (a photo every day) in 2008 and in 2012, and both times it was really difficult to see it through to the end. I am so proud of myself for both of these year-long achievements though and I will always treasure the results. If you are still taking a photo-a-day, I hope I can give you hope and encouragement to finish out the year strong!

photo a day by Katie Nelson

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If you have let P365 or another long-term photography project slip through the cracks, don’t beat yourself up. I have started and abandoned more photography projects than I care to admit. I don’t feel too bad about them though, because even if I only have one picture as a result of trying something new. That’s a wonderful thing!

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If you’ve lost interest in P365 or another long-term photo project (like photographing flowers, food, etc.), think about a new approach. Practice your photography skills and use different angles, filters, or whatever else you can think of to add interest. Or maybe it’s simply time to move on to another subject. It’s also ok to take a break!

Here are some great links to help you with your photography projects:

 

Pocket Style Scrapping/Project Life

A lot of scrappers start the year off planning to document the everyday with Becky Higgins’ Project Life system, or other similar pocket scrapping approaches. After committing to do a certain number of layouts or pockets each week, it’s easy to find your motivation fizzling about this time of year. Don’t worry about following certain “rules” or requirements, just have fun with the easy format of pocket scrapping. Even if you’ve missed several weeks, or even months, just pick up where you are now and don’t worry about filling in the holes.

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Or just use some random photos and journaling cards to represent the time you’ve missed and go on from there.

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You might even considering changing your focus to something less chronolgical. Gasp! Yes, it’s totally fine to do that mid-way through the year. Smile

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Inspiration to keep you going:

 

Not caught up

Every year, I trick myself into thinking that I can get “caught up” on all those pages in my head, and then when I realize it just can’t happen, I get a little discouraged. Sometimes we set unrealistic goals with the best of intentions. The middle of the year is a good time to re-evaluate what you really want to accomplish with your memory keeping.

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Designs by Lili quote card

 

Ask yourself some questions…

  • Would it be most helpful to spend some time organizing your photos and files?
  • Do you really want to put together an anniversary album for you parents?
  • Do you have a child who will be entering college in the fall?
  • Are you ready to tackle some of your own childhood memories?
  • Do you want to give photobook gifts for the holidays?
  • What about just taking the time to enjoy the simple act of scrapbooking?

There is no right or wrong answer here, it’s just an exercise to get you thinking about what you want to spend your time and energy on. Ask yourself what is important to you about documenting the memories around you and make a plan to enjoy that approach. Remember, it’s ok to not be “caught up” and to have fun in the process!

 

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Oooh! Ahhhh! It’s Friday!

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Forever Joy Designs Star Spangled Banners & Grand Old Flag. Ostrich Sans font.

I spent the night “ooohing” and “aahhing” over all the great fireworks for the 4th of July, and today I’m having that same reaction as I look at all the fun previews of new goodies in digiland. Isn’t it great to be a digiscrapper? I sure think so!

 

Misty Cato recently released Zippity Doo Da, perfect for capturing your family’s carefree summer memories.  Sing it with me, Zippity doo da, zippity eh, my oh my, what a wonderful day…

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T for Me Designs is having a Summer Sale! 25% OFF the entire store from July 3 – July 31! Enjoy!

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We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird…so scrap it! Everyone has that person in their life who just gets it. A spouse, a best friend, or family member who gets every inside joke. Scrap those moments with this fun digital scrapbook collection by Bella Gypsy at Scrap Orchard.

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It’s July and time for Tracy’s Summer Of Freebies!! Stay updated on her Facebook Page on how you can get the 2 freebies, every week, for the whole month!

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Hold on Tight {bundle} by Erica Zane & Studio Basic at SSD is all about how fast time flies. It’s full of fresh & fabulous colors, fun & funky elements and tons of options!  This kit might not slow down time but it will help you capture your memories in style!  (Also available as separate products.)

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My Kind of Crazy, new from Kimeric Kreations

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A new Great Escape kit from WM Squared

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Scrapping with Liz has a super deal this week. Purchase her new That’s So Retro Templates 1 and you’ll get That’s So Retro Templates 2 for FREE! These are unique templates with some very fun photo spots!

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Brand New Kit by Sugary Fancy!! Perfect for all kinds of boys pages and projects!! And the best… It is ON SALE + Buy the Kit and get the Cards Pack for FREE during this week!!

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Libby Pritchett is celebrating her 5th anniversary at Sweet Shoppe Designs with a huge sweepstakes!  Click to find out how you can win ALL of her new releases for an entire year!

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Katie the Scrapbook Lady has a new set of templates out that are perfect for your summertime memories. Includes 2 single 12×12 templates + 1 double page spread template for those of you who love photobooks!

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Piccolina Designs is giving away a copy of PSE11.  Head over to her blog for all the details and to get entered.

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Studio Sherwood has released another version of her popular Photo Tray collection.  These templates are 6″ x 6″ and include some cute virtual bottles to fill!

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Jacque Larsen has some FUN products for the July BYOC coming out this weekend!!! TDD readers can take an additional 20% OFF already 20% reduced prices using code 20_OFFBYOC – offer expires Monday July 9th.

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New Simple Story-Grid templates from SuzyQ Scraps. Each template comes with & without rounded corners.

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Come play the Express Your Creativity Challenge at Oscraps for a chance to win a coupon to Maya de Groot’s store.

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Save BIG this Fourth of July weekend from River~Rose Designs with this coupon for 44% off!

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Yin Designs has a Bundle Deal for 4 new double page templates at 30% off ! Through to this weekend only! Don’t forget to visit her blog for the freebie template too!

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From Studio ViVa Artistry – We have a MESSO GESSO packs for you to decorate your layouts with. Dress up your memories with awesome GESSO bits and create a highly textured look!  There’s some lace, page edges, and photo edges!

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Pink Reptile’s July BYOC products are all about scrapping the little and big people in your life that like to talk and the typical things they say. There’s 49 unique elements, 10 patterned papers with 9 matching solids and a full alpha that all coordinate with the other July BYOC products at the Lilypad and they’re 20% of through July 7!

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From Studio Rosey Posey – It’s the time of year to make the most out of the Fair Weather!  Scrap your photos and memories with this nature inspired collection. Included in the collection are a fun set of “Danglies”  a perfect addition to top of your page!

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Re Kneipp is a guest at The Lily Pad this month!

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Chelle has exciting things going on this week.  Check out her Little People series.  Like paper dolls you can make little people to match your family and friends.  And don’t miss the daily downloads on her blog…a kit & CU too.

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Amanda Heimann has a new kit this week!  Buy Be Brave and get the Bonus papers for free!

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2 New Releases  inlcude ArtsyKardz, Project 365/Life digital supplies plus a brand new ArtPlay Palette collection  Discounts available in the aA store for a limited time.

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Hope your Friday is Funtastic!

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Happy 4th of July to Our Readers

Supplies: Dream Big Designs at Scrap Orchard; font is Printing Primer

Happy 4th of July to our American readers, members, and designers! Hopefully, you are avoiding the heatwave headed across the country (or if you are like me, you are enjoying the heat). Hopefully, it is a fun day filled with parades, ice cream, lemonade, and my personal favorite FIREWORKS!!!

If you need some ideas and inspiration for photographing and scrapping the events of this day (and Summer in general), check out this post:

How to mix and match patterns for digital scrapbook layouts

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All image examples use The Good Life by Zoe Pearn

As I’m working on decorating our new home, I’ve been hitting the books (or actually websites) for some advice on how to put everything together. It’s always helpful to have a bit of a refresher course from time to time and that also holds true for scrapbooking layout and design. I’ve found that a lot of interior decorating advice translates very well to the art of digiscrapping. This is especially true when it comes to mixing and matching patterned papers – it really is just like picking out different fabrics to use together.

One of the most helpful articles I found is on HGTV on how to Mix Patterns like a Pro. Great advice for my home and my layouts!

Odd numbers are best

I’ve already written about how 3 is a magic number, and the decorating gurus agree. The HGTV article suggests that it is always best to pick at least 3 patterns to mix and that if you add more, then odd numbers are most visually pleasing. Here’s my interpretation of  the great tips for how to mix patterns for your scrapbooking projects with some examples for illustration.

Pattern 1: Choose the largest scale pattern first because that is likely to be a focal point. Even if you don’t pick a bold design, it still helps to choose the largest of the patterns first because it will guide your other choices.

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Pattern 2: Select a pattern design that is about half the scale of the first pattern. This will help you keep a balance in the overall size and keep everything from vying for attention. The key is to coordinate, not compete.

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Pattern 3 and so on: The third pattern (and any other additional choices) should have similar colors as the other selections and be smaller in scale than the first pattern. It’s nice to use some variation when mixing such as combing florals, plaids, and checks, or circles, chevrons, and houndstooth. Remember to keep it interesting, but not overwhelming.

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Use the same intensity of color throughout your choices – don’t mix muted tones with bright, vibrant colors. Pastels don’t feel right when paired with primary colors.

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Look to the pros for guidance

Browse through your favorite layouts or an online gallery and study how others use patterns that mix and match each other. You will start to get a feel for what types of combinations appeal the most to your style.

August 30, 2012<br /> Reese on her very first day of 5th grade!! Man I can’t believe how big she is getting and how fast she is growing up - right before my very eyes!! Baby girl you are such a unique and special little girl and I want you to remember that, please don’t be in too much of hurry to grow up. Enjoy your childhood and all the joy and freedom that comes with. Son you will have responsibilities and you will long for those carefree days of your youth!! Enjoy being my little girl, because remember you always will be, no matter what!!</p> <p>CREDITS<br /> The Good Life by Zoe Pearn (SSD).<br /> Template Set 133 by Cindy Schneider (SSD).<br /> Font: LD Shelly Script.

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Digital scrapbook designers put a lot of thought into the combination of papers and embellishments that they include in a kit. Great designers will usually have a mix of patterned papers that intentionally work well together. Rely on the designer’s artistic eye to help you with your choices and don’t be afraid to use their own team layouts or preview samples to guide you. Notice how the designer pairs patterns together and take a look at how they work as a whole.

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Most importantly, have fun and experiment a little. The nice thing about being a digital scrapbooker is you can also hit that undo button if it doesn’t work out!

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Distressing

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Font is ChunkFive and Picture Perfect paper is by Micheline Martin.

There are times when you need a messy, grungy font. Here’s a simple trick to take any font and distress it in Photoshop.

Step 1: Write words and rasterize

In Photoshop, use the text tool to write any word on a new layer. I prefer a wider font, so I’m using the font Chunk Five.

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Rasterize the word by selecting Layer > Rasterize > Text.

Step 2: Create an inverted mask and add/subtract distressing

With the rasterized text layer selected, hold down the ALT key and select the mask icon in the layer palette. (A little square with a circle in the middle.) The text layer will become invisible, but don’t worry – just use a white grungy brush to “paint” the word back.

Just remember: white reveals and black conceals. Set the brush opacity to around 65% to start. You can toggle between black and white to distress the text to your liking, adjusting the opacity to achieve the amount of distressing you want.

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You can also, very carefully, use the grungy brush on the text layer itself to add some messiness to outside the text boundaries.

Step 3 – Paper Option: Clip any paper to the layer

I chose a navy blue polka-dot paper by Micheline Martin and clipped it to the word by placing it over the word and hitting CTRL+ALT+G.

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I could now merge the layers together and drag the word onto a layout.

Step 3 – Blending Option: Blend to a paper

Using the Fonts Don’t Float tutorial (my personal favourite at The Daily Digi!), blend the text onto a paper, further distressing it.

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I could see this being using on art journaling pages, especially being combined with other distressing and grungy techniques like over-painting and paint sprays.

If you’re interested in working more with brushes, check out:

Welcome the Designers of TDF#55

It’s time to kick off JULY’s issue of The Digi Files and our designers have really gone above and beyond to create some AMAZING products for you this month!  Today is also Canada Day, so we want to wish our Canadian readers, members, and designers a Happy Canada Day!!

Many of our annual members have already downloaded, unzipped, and started scrapping. Our monthly members will be doing the same as soon as their payments are automagically processed!

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

Studio Tangie

Rainy Dazy Designs

Sara Gleason

Amanda Heimann

Paper Pieces by Jacque Larsen

SarahJ Designs

Pixel Gypsy

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

I’ve been a member for several months now and I find myself counting down to the first day of the next month.  I just get so excited to see the new offerings each month! – Danell

I can’t believe how fast the month goes!  I look forward to the 1st of each month since that is when we can unwrap the wonderful goodies from our digi files.  Thanks for all the variety of kits and designers! When a membership milestone hits and one of the HUGE collaboration kits is available for me to download, I am even more thrilled (hard to believe!) with my choice to be a member of The Daily Digi. Thank you so much! – AngiW

This month got me and I joined for a year!  (I’m sure it will end up being many, many more.)  I’m thrilled already and can’t wait to see what next months holds. – Jules

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.