8 Tips for Great Candid Photos

There are different kinds of photographers and different kind of photos. The goal you have for your photos will determine your approach, style, and outcome.

Take my sister and me for an example. She is a master. I play with my camera. She searches for beautiful light and emotion-filled fog. I make due with whatever light happens to be around. She has an image in mind and creates the scene. I see the scene in front of me and I create the image. She artfully designs her image from idea to finished product. I just click my shutter when the inspiration strikes.

Neither approach is right or wrong. It’s a matter of personal preference. I just happen to adore candid, real-life moments. I love to watch a scene unfold around me and then capture the emotions of my heart in my camera. Candid photos — bits of real life captured — make my heart sing. My life is filled with thousands of little every day blessings and seeing them through my lens brings me much joy. I don’t set out to create a moment to capture. I let the moment create itself and then I make sure I am ready to click.

Candid means “truthful and straightforward. Frank.”

In photography, this means capturing a scene just as it is rather than manipulating the situation. There is no, “Please look here!”, “Just smile!”, or “Can you do that again?” Instead, it’s just watching and clicking.

As easy at it seems, sometimes what is felt in our hearts doesn’t translate well to our camera. I have often seen a special moment playing out in front of me and after clicking away, I am less than thrilled with the results. What I see on my camera wasn’t what I saw in my heart.

Over the years, however, I have learned some tricks for getting the candids that I love and continue to delight me years later. Here are a few of the things I have learned:

1. Have your camera ready and available. Without a camera to capture the moment, the moment cannot be captured. This means that you need to keep your camera out and available. I try to keep my camera in the rooms I spend the most time in and I always make sure that the battery is charged. When I see a moment unfolding, my camera is within arms reach and I simply grab it, get my settings as close as can be without missing the moment, and then click away. I take pictures every day and I take my camera almost everywhere we go. It’s our life, captured. If my camera wasn’t ready I would miss many, many moments.

I adore this photo. We walked with some friends for ice cream and the kids just lines themselves up to enjoy their treat. I was so glad I had my camera!
This was one of those moments that if my camera hadn’t been right on my desk where I was, I would have missed this. How does your two year old play Uno?
A few years ago, my son peeked into our room dressed like this. My camera was right next to me and I captured this photos that I will always adore. I can still hear him say, “What? A party for ME?” Silly boy!
So where do you take your naps?

Try It: Think about the places you spend the most time and move your camera (with battery charged!) to that location.

2. Be aware. Sometimes life’s most special moments are happening and we don’t even realize it. Life isn’t made up of the grand and fantastic. Life is made up of ordinary moments and ordinary days. We have to be aware of what is going on and be ready to capture the magic in front of us. If we are too distracted with other things we will miss the moment: the little acts of kindness, the silly expressions, the soft sun hitting the back of a ponytail. Without being aware with our senses, we’ll miss something special. Keep your eyes, ears, and hearts open (and your computer/phone/tablet off!) and you might be surprised to see what is right in front of you. I love the photos from 3191 Miles Apart because they show the power of being aware.

Bedtime is the hardest part of the day for me since I am so tired and ready to be done for the day. But often, some of our most special moments are captured when the little ones are winding down.

I was sitting in my office working when I heard a sudden rage of giggles behind me. I am so glad I turned around to see this!

We moved recently and one day I was extremely busy packing and cleaning. I walked through the living room and saw this beautiful scene. I could have just kept on working on my packing, but I was aware that this was a beautiful moment. I got my camera and walked back in to capture this.

Try It: Walk around your home (inside or out) and try to be aware of what is happening around you. Maybe you could choose to do a series of photos such as “10 am on a Saturday Morning” or “Ending our day.”

3. Don’t worry about perfection. As a photographer, I love beautiful catchlights, perfect shadows, and beautiful backgrounds as much as the next person. However, for candids, I can’t worry about perfection. If I truly want a candid moment, I have to take what the situation gives me. Sometimes I get lucky with my light, and and other times I have to accept technical imperfections (or downright atrocities!) in order to capture the moment. I’m shooting to preserve real moments and our real moments aren’t perfect. This doesn’t mean I can’t create better photos by being more aware of the light and trying a different angle, but it does mean that I have to decide which is more important: the moment captured or getting a technically perfect photo. For me, I almost always choose the former.

I have always adored this picture! I kept trying to shoo the dog out of the way, but she just wouldn’t budge. I settled for her furry head being in the way in order that I wouldn’t miss this precious daddy daughter moment.
The lighting in this room was severely lacking. It was dark and had weird colors and this photo will win no awards for technical perfection. But who cares! This is real life in our house and I LOVE it!
The lighting in our last house was pretty wonky. We had VERY orange colored lights. Mixed with the color temperature of the daylight spilling in the windows, achieving proper white balance was totally impossible. But I didn’t let that stop me from snapping away when my daughter made herself a chef’s hat!

Try It: Take photos even if the setting and/or lighting isn’t ideal. Big pile of laundry in the background? Who cares! Crazy orange lighting? No big deal!

4. Let it happen naturally. I know I am stating the obvious, but for a candid photo to be candid, you have to let the scene play out in front of you without being involved in it. Calling out names or begging kids to smile isn’t fitting with the definition of candid. Just watch, wait, and be patient and the moment will happen. Even if the subjects know you are taking photos, try to stay out of the scene and let the moment present itself. My kids are used to my camera being around, but I rarely have them intentionally interact with it. Instead, I just let them play or sing or whatever they are doing and I wait for the moment. I don’t ask them to “move over there” or “lower your chin a bit.” I click what I see.

I adore this photo of my daughter and her friends. They hadn’t seen each other for a long time and they were loving the time at the pool. They were cuddled up together and I knew if I waited long enough, the moment to snap a picture would appear. It did!

My boys were having a grand time snatching the syrup from each other during one of our “no manners meals.” I just watched and snapped away!

This picture makes me smile every time I see it. THIS is our life. A cool spring day. Little kids playing in the yard…one with a bucket on her head. Ah, childhood captured!

Try It: The next time you see your kids/friends/family interacting, sit quietly and just watch and click. Try to be as inconspicuous as possible. If you want natural reactions from people, you have to let them be natural!

5. Try different angles. Photos can be shot from many different perspectives. In front, behind, from the side, up above, down below, and more. When I am taking photos of my kids, I often try a number of different positions. I especially love shooting from behind. There is something extra special in seeing people from behind as they are completely oblivious to the fact that you are taking pictures. Get down on the floor. Get a chair and stand above. Try the other side. See how many ways you can capture the same scene. Often a change of shooting direction makes all the difference! This is especially true when it comes to small children. You need to get down on their level and see the world from their vantage point.







Try It: Challenge yourself to shoot the same scene from at least two or more angles.

6. Bring in some context. Sometimes, in order to best capture the moment, you need to step away from the action. Candid photos tell a story and sometimes you need to bring in more of the surroundings into your photo in order to tell that story well. I will often step away from a moment with my family so that I can take a few photos and preserve more of the surrounding context. I might get up from the dinner table, run ahead on a walk, or step out of the room and peep back in. It isn’t for long, but it enables me to capture more of the surrounding details.


We went daffodil picking in late February. I am so glad I stepped away for a few moments so that I could capture this whole scene.
Recently we spent a month in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. While there, we visited the famous Russian Market. I let the family walk ahead of me a bit so I could capture the (hot and tight!) experience better.

The door frame in this photos gives the feeling of peeking in on a private moment between sisters.

Try It: The next time you are taking photos, try stepping back and getting more of the background or some other feature that adds to the story.

7. Take a lot of photos! This may seem obvious, but one of the surest ways to get great candids is simply to take a lot of photos. We are blessed to be in the digital age when we can take as many photos as we like and simply discard those that don’t turn out. When you are watching a scene that you want to capture, take a lot of photos and you can bet that there will be at least a few that speak to your heart. I often will take 10-20 of the same scene and only keep one or two. My goal when shooting candids is to preserve a feeling that it is in my heart. When I see the photo that captures it, I keep it and toss the rest.


We were on a walk last summer and my girls were being silly and playing together. I just watched from a distance and took a lot of photos. I am glad I didn’t stop after one or two because I got this!

I probably took 50 or 60 photos of my kids blowing bubbles. I won’t do anything with most of them, but this pictures just makes me swoon. This captures my girl’s personality perfectly!

I noticed my husband and daughter sitting on a bench last summer. They were just playing and interacting and I snapped away. The picture just melts my heart!

I really wanted to take some photos of my husband and boys helping build a shed. The problem was, they were always moving around, the dogs were getting in the way, and I just couldn’t get the scene right. So, I just took pictures until the moment came. This photo perfectly captures their day of shed building!

Try It: Challenge yourself to take 100 photos in a day. As your walk through your day and your routine and snap your photos, you’ll love the realness that you capture.

8. Ask someone else to take photos. Because I am striving to capture our real life, it is important that I actually be in some of the photos. I want to have images that show me doing what I do: reading to kids, cooking, cleaning, and cuddling. At times I simply ask my husband or one of the kids to grab the camera and take a few shots. At other times, they grab the camera on their own. Either way, I get to be in some photos. Often they don’t turn out, but every once in awhile they capture a real gem. I am so thankful for these moments!



Try It: Being in photos can be difficult and awkward at times, but remind yourself why you take photos to begin with. Don’t you want to be part of the story you are trying to tell? Ask someone to take a few photos of you today, doing what you do!

Filler pages

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It might seem odd to talk about filler pages when you so many of us feel like we are behind on any kind of page, but trust me, there will come a time when you need some help in this area. What is a filler page you ask? Let me explain…

When you go to put together an album or a photo book, you may run into an odd page that doesn’t have a good match. Even if you don’t organize your albums chronologically, this can still happen. Because scrapbooks and photo books end up being bound together in some way like a book in a bookstore, it’s good to have a beginning, and end, and some sort of organization in the middle. This structure can range from very loose and free (just put a page anywhere) to thought-out and planned to make sure every page is in it’s place. If you can’t figure out where I fall on this scale, then you haven’t been paying attention. lol! I think we all know that I like to plan things out!

I’ve been digi scrapping out of order for 8+ years now and I’ve decided it’s time to gather all my layouts and really get them presentable into albums with some organization. It really helps me to see my layouts visually in a computer folder and figure out which ones will be displayed together so I can see what “holes” need to be filled in. (click to enlarge the image)

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These are the layouts from the first few months of my son’s life. It’s really important to me to have them in order because they are telling a chronological story. However, I have not scrapped them in order and I’ve been getting pages printed out a few times a year so I already have all of these layouts printed out and put into an album. I’ve put them in the same order in the album that they are labeled here in the folder. It has taken me some time to get to this point, but I love that I can see where there are pieces of the story that still need to be filled in.

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Most of the time, that blank page will be filled in by pictures and memories I just haven’t gotten to yet, but sometimes I just don’t have anything for that page. This is where “filler pages” come in. In this case, I only had a few other photos of my son around this age and there wasn’t much of a story to them – just him in his crib. I whipped up a quick photo collage using Pic Monkey and added a few embellishments and called it good. I already told the big story on the other page so I didn’t need a lot of detail.

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Now instead of page #8 needing an opposing layout to go with it…

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I have a completed set and that part of the album is done.

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Collages are my number one trick for coming up with a filler page. I often will just fill a page with random photos from the time period, or theme in that part of the album and use that as the page I need. It’s a great way to use up pictures that might not have been included anywhere else in your albums.

Great resources for easy collage pages:

 

I still have more “holes” to fill in this album. Page number 13 needs something to go with it and all the surrounding layouts are part of 2 page spreads. I really don’t have many pictures from this time frame and I already have a lot of journaling done about my son at this age.

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I just picked one of the photos that was already on the other layout and filled my entire canvas with it. It’s a page and it will look great next to the multi-photo layout. So easy!

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Using a big photo as an entire layout is the easiest approach I’ve found to complete a filler page. Here are some great resources for big photo filler pages:

What if you don’t have a photo or any words to add, but just need another page? It happens sometimes. This is when I like to use some of my favorite tricks:

If you have some blank spots that are keeping you from finishing a project, I encourage you to try some of these tips for filler pages. They are quick and easy and will help you complete the stories you are telling. That’s really what it’s all about!

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Seeing Beauty In Everything

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I really love Meghan’s designs and have been a fan since the day I found her. I love the way she puts patterned papers together in a kit that make them easy to use on a layout (together in any combination).  I often find myself singing a familiar song when I read the names of her kits. I’m able to easily connect with her products on an emotional level, which makes me want to scrap (and spend more money). I won’t deny that it makes me super happy the Meghan is also a Disney fan and creates some great kits perfect for Disney scrapbooking! Help me welcome back Meghan and let’s take a closer look at “Beauty In Everything” 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 Meghan Mullens’ contribution:

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Beauty In Everything by Meghan Mullens.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Beauty In Everything by Meghan Mullens; Play the Game (staple) by Chelle’s Creations; A Christmas to Remember (bow) by Mye De Leon; iHeart Templates – Linear by Simple Tiffany Studios.

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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Beauty In Everything by Meghan Mullens; Fonts: DJB JenLin and DJB Mouseketeer Kim.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Beauty In Everything by Meghan Mullens; Sun-Drenched (template) by Amber Morrison; Font: DJB LIZ.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Beauty In Everything by Meghan Mullens; Font: DJB Sir Scraps a Lot by Darcy Baldwin.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My name is Meghan Mullens or Meg for short 🙂 I am a 36yr old WAHM living in Georgia with my husband, kids, and 2 spoiled pups.

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This layout was created for a portfolio challenge at Sweet Shoppe. It was to scrap about something besides scrapping that you are obsessed with. I happen to be overly obsessed with Disney! I <3 anything Disney 🙂

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I started scrapping in 2007. I bought scrap kits to make sigs on a board I was on. I eventually made a layout then discovered a digi home at Sweet Shoppe and have been there since! I started dabbling in designing in 2008 with a couple of collabs with some designer friends. I got pretty serious about it in 2009 (I designed with a friend as a duo then eventually went out on my own) I moved to SSD in October 2010 and am there to stay!

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Lately anything with a great message inspires me to create. It can be a song, video, quote, etc. Pair that inspiration with some amazing colors and a kit is born!

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Computer: I use a beautiful iMac..she’s going on 3 years old but I am still enamored. I have 4gb RAM (wow I need to upgrade), 500gb HD (haha..I also have an EHD), and big pretty monitor.
Program: I use Photoshop CS5 and Illustrator occasionally
Camera: old school Canon Rebel
Anything Else: bamboo tablet and a canon photo printer/scanner

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I need to listen to my own advice sometimes I think..but I’d say a good tip is to NOT force creativity. If you are struggling with a particular layout (as a scrapper) or a kit (as a designer) that it’s ok to put it aside and work on something else. I know time wise it’s not always convenient but in the long run the end product will be worth the wait.

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I love this kit mainly b/c I think it sends a message that it’s ok to not be perfect. As a women I always manage to find something wrong with myself. I am slowly learning to embrace those flaws and be happy with who I am. Some great scrap therapy has come from this kit.
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This kit was inspired by those family rules signs/manifestos that were popular around the time I made it. The color palette is one of my favorites to use and works for scrapping men, women, girls, and boys so I guess it appealed to a broader customer base. I loved creating it and we all have a family to scrap!
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Here are some of my favorite products by Meghan:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Meghan’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Use code MM-TDD35 to save 35% at Meghan’s store (exp 8/31/2013, not valid on scoops or dips)

Go have a look in Meghan’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 Meghan Mullens

The following layouts were created using “Beauty In Everything” by Meghan Mullens and included in The Digi Files during August, 2013:

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Beauty In Everything by Meghan Mullens; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: The Sharon.

Layout by Vicki.Supplies: Beauty In Everything by Meghan Mullens.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Beauty In Everything by Meghan Mullens.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Beauty In Everything by Meghan Mullens; Play the Game (staple) by Chelle’s Creations; A Christmas to Remember (bow) by Mye De Leon; iHeart Templates – Linear by Simple Tiffany Studios.

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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Beauty In Everything by Meghan Mullens; Fonts: DJB JenLin and DJB Mouseketeer Kim.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Beauty In Everything by Meghan Mullens; Sun-Drenched (template) by Amber Morrison; Font: DJB LIZ.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Beauty In Everything by Meghan Mullens; Font: DJB Sir Scraps a Lot by Darcy Baldwin.

Using hashtags: what you should know

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’m sure you’ve seen plenty of hashtags around on different social media sites – it’s a word or a phrase that begins with the # sign (known as the hash symbol).

Hashtags on Twitter

Where did the hashtag come from? It was created by Twitter users as a way to organize and search for tweets. The Twitter help feature has some great tips for using hashtags correctly if you need some pointers. One of the guidelines that Twitter suggests is to not use more than two hashtags per tweet. That makes a lot of sense for the short 140 character space of a tweet, it shouldn’t be filled with hashtags.

Example of using a hashtag on Twitter:

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the #podcast hashtag is searchable and when you click on it, you can see all tweets tagged with #podcast.

More information for hashtags on Twitter

Hashtags on Instagram

Even though the hashtag was invented for Twitter, it still works well on several other social media sites. Instagram and hashtags seem to go hand in hand and many Instagram users hashtag their photos so that it’s easier to search their own photo streams. It’s also a way to connect with other users and search the vast amount of photos being added to Instagram all the time. The folks at Instagram suggest that hashtags are most useful when they are specific and relevant. If you tag a picture with the hashtag #phonephoto it won’t do much to set your picture apart. That tag could be applied to every photo on Instagram. Instead, use a hashtag to label the detail of the photo such as #smithsonian for a picture taken at the Smithsonian museum.

Example of using a hashtag on Instagram:

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Steph used the #junglecruise hashtag because that is the ride we were on (in Disneyland) when she took this picture of Peppermint Granberg (One Little Bird) and Liz Tamanaha (Paislee Press). She can easily search all of her photos tagged as #junglecruise and others can also find this photo with that tag if the photo is marked as publicly viewable.

Many sources suggest that you use no more than 3 to 5 hashtags for an Instagram photo. If you are participating in a lot of communities that have tagging associated with them, you might want to consider using the comments field to add some of the hashtags so you don’t take away from the photo itself. That is just a matter of personal preference though.

More information on using hashtags on Instagram:

Hashtags on Pinterest?

Pinterest has been debating whether or not to officially bring the hashtag search features to the site for some time now. The search feature on Pinterest is already so strong, that it may not be necessary to add hashtags into the mix. At this time, hashtags don’t function the same way on Pinterest as they do on sites like Twitter and Instagram. They are only searchable if added in the text of a pin and the search by hashtag is somewhat unpredictable. We don’t use hashtags on pins for The Daily Digi because we just haven’t found them to be useful at this point.

More information on using hashtags on Pinterest:

What are your thoughts about hashtags? Are they useful for you? Do you like them, or are they a bother to you? What do you think about some of the hashtag trends you are seeing? We’d love to hear your opinions in the comments!

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Magazine Style

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Magazines are a perfect source of inspiration for digital scrapbookers. Check out these creatively designed magazine layouts to see for yourself:

Take-away ideas

After browsing through some magazines, some ideas appeared to be especially useful in digi scrapbooking!

1. Use columns for journaling

Keeping all the text in one or more columns is a common magazine placement.

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Supplies: So Cool by The Hidden Heart

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Supplies: Love In the City Mscraps collab

2. Creatively use blends

Blended photos or photos that fade make a great background. It’s an important visual element, but it lets the other sections of the page shine.

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Supplies: 95 Days of Summer Fun by SarahJ Designs

For more tips, try:

3. Let the photo be the focus of the page

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Supplies: Then and Now by Jen Maddocks

Many magazine spreads use huge, almost full page photos. In scrapbooking, try using brushes to mask off a photo (as in the example above), or just write directly on the negative space in a photo (as below).

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Supplies: What Makes You Happy by Janyelle Mayara

4. Pay special attention to making the title stand out

The title on a magazine article is crucial, and in digi scrapbooking, it is the first place your family will look when they are browsing your album. A clear title quickly tells them what the page is all about.

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Supplies: Brush Master Adventure by The Edits, Lazy Days by Heather T.

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Supplies: New Year’s Resolutions by the Mscraps Designers

5. Words

Magazine articles are designed to combine words with images to create a visually appealing story. That sounds like a worthy scrapbooking goal to me!

Inspiration can be found in many places. Creative and fresh magazine designs are definitely a great resource!

August’s First Funtastic Friday

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A new epside of The Digi Show is ready for download. Steph, Katie and Peppermint are hitting it hard in this special mail edition where they answer your questions.

Now, onto what you’ve been waiting for… some weekly funtastic finds!

Do you have a drama queen in your life? Check out Jennifer Labre’s new kit, Teenage Drama Queen, perfect for scrapping all the young girls in your life!

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Sew Black & White {Bundle} by Erica Zane is perfect for layering, journaling, framing, accenting & more! Love the look of hybrid but not the hassle of doing it? Just add these to your pages or print them to add to your Project life albums.

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Scrapping with Liz has a brand new set of double page templates in her store. These are great for scrapping a lot of photos and would even look great as single page layouts as well. They are 20% off until 8/8.

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It’s the first Friday of the month again and that means the new BYOC is hitting the store at the Lilypad. Look at the fun packs Pink Reptile Designs made and they are all 20% off through the weekend!

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Southern Serenity Designs at TDC has two awesome, brand new releases this week and they are on Sale for 30% off!

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Ever give your kids a buzz cut? Tracey Monette of Clever Monkey Graphics has the perfect  kits to scrap with—Cut & Style combined with a fabulous bumble bee from Summer Buzz! Visit her store today to get both kits on sale through this weekend.

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Cilenia is having a huge 40% off Shop Sale and 50% off Retiring Products Sale Aug 1st – Aug 5th

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My Secret Garden Collection and more on sale {20% off} this week at Sugary Fancy’s Store!

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T for Me Designs is having a 40% OFF SALE August 1-5! That’s on her entire store!

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Quirky Twerp has some beautiful new CU patterned overlays.

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Do you love scrapping with streamers? Katie the Scrapbook Lady’s newest template pack will help you make the most of all those fun digital pennants and banners while letting you quickly create pages you will be proud of! The new Streamers set is on sale for 30% through Wednesday, August 7th.

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New this week from Kimeric Kreations

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Mix and match this week’s Heather T. Memory Mix products–look for the coupon codes that get you even more savings!

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Everyone loves grab bags. Connie Prince has her August GrabBag for sale now.

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Snips and Snails has a brand new Moving In Collection – 28% Off at Oscraps.

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5 New digital products in the Aa store (3 sets of ArtsyKardz for artsy and pocket scrapbooking, a new FotoInspired Template Pack, FotoInspired DoublePage Template). A brand new AnnaRelease has also arrived. Discounts are available for a limited time so go check them out now.

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Down This Road Designs has a new bundle available at ScrapMatters today!! Let It Be is eclectic and so colorful!!

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New collection from SuzyQ Scraps, perfect for scrapbooking second chances and life’s course corrections & little detours.

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Life’s a Circus a collab by Crafty Button Designs and Maya de Groot. Life’s fun, life’s hard, tough to juggle, a big balancing act. Life’s a Circus, scrap it!

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Blagovesta Gosheva has a new fun kit in her Studio at Scrapbookgraphics – Sunday Afternoon, and it’s on early bird sale!

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Family isn’t important…family is everything! Twice Removed is a digital scrapbook collection by Bella Gypsy geared towards your extended family…aunts and uncles and cousins, oh my! Until 8/7/13 purchase the collection and receive the mini-kit free!

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Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs has two new template sets in her Symbolic series ~ purchase Fuss Free: Symbolic 3 and receive Fuss Free: Symbolic 4 FREE! They are perfect for any situation that calls for an “and.” And they lived happily ever after. Me and you. She and him. And so and so on!

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Stop by the Wishing Well Creations blog this week to grab a freebie, score a coupon, and check out the new digi goodies that have just hit the virtual store shelves!

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NEW this weekend… “Summer Safari” inspired by Jacque’s husband’s recent trip to Africa! The are ON SALE for 20% OFF all weekend long! TDD readers can use code SS_TDD to get an additional 15% OFF! Code is good for ALL my NEW BYOC releases and expires Monday so hurry in!!!

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Story Coach is both a writing class and a repository for collecting and organizing your prompted writings and notes. Commit to writing your stories with a series of prompted and guided story templates at GetItScrapped.com/StoryCoach — and save through August 6th.

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Celebrate your birthday with My Favorite Day by Piccolina Designs. There is a girl and a boy version of the kit. Each kit will be 30% off this weekend, but you can get the bundle for only $6

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ScrapMatters is turning SIX this month and they’re celebrating with a sale and kicking off their Queen of Scrap Contest!  Go check it out!

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SarahJ Designs is getting back to nature with her recent kit, Rockie!  Scrap your wild mountain memories and more with this kit full of fun papers, unique elements, and 4 full alphas!  Check out the coordinating journal cards for your Project Life layouts as well!

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Tune in next Friday for another batch of awesome new products!

Introducing the Designers of TDF#56

I’m so excited to be kicking off August with another incredible issue of The Digi Files!!  Many of our annual members have already downloaded and some are even scrapping! You won’t want to miss out on this issue! 🙂 It’s a mix of brand-new-to-us designers and some returning designers we love!

In The Digi Files this month, we have SEVEN full size products (never released in digiland before) from fabulous designers 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:

Meghan Mullens

Amber Morrison

Fayette Designs

Meredith Cardall

Debbie Hodge

Gina Miller

Wimpy Chompers

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:

“It was a great month.  I can’t wait for tomorrow, after 2 years with a monthly membership I’m making the switch to annual membership.  It’s the best deal in Digiland 🙂  Thanks for the chance to win!” -Joy

“The anticipation at the first of each month is incredible. I can’t wait to see what you possibly feature after all the months I’ve subscribed and downloaded fabulous goodies. But each month is a treasure trove of both new-to-me designers and some of my favorite designers whose things I’ve always loved. The Playbooks introduce me to new techniques. I just wish my iPad was bigger than a 32 Gigabyte and I don’t have room to keep them forever… The monthly cost is such a value, I can’t possible thank you enough for all your hard work bringing this site to me on a daily basis.”  – Valerie

“I am never disappointed by the monthly kits!  They are always fantastic! I love my annual membership and all the awesomeness that goes with it! I still can’t pick just one favourite!” – Michelle

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.