Last Chance and Be One of 14 To Win

 

Today is the LAST day that you can get ALL of these goodies for ONLY $7.50 total when you are a member! It is an amazing deal! It’s over $50 worth of digital scrapbooking kits and templates.

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

This month, we also have an exclusive BONUS available created by Katie and I (once this is gone, it is GONE):

Our members are so happy with their subscriptions!  This is what they said at the end of last month:

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

Here’s a closer look at everything that is included this month:

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Shawna Clingerman

M&M Designs

Studio Vivarant

Penny Springmann

ValC Designs

Ellie Lash

 

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

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

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“The Good Life” is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their fourth payment, (or fourth month for annual members).

 

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

 

“My Life At Play” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 12th payment (or 12th month for annual members).

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

“My Life of Happiness” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 36th payment (or 36th month for annual members).

We will randomly select FOURTEEN people from Rafflecopter to win $10 in product from one of this month’s contributors. Winners names will automatically be added to the widget here after they are selected. The contest closes at 11pm ET.
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Why I love Google Drive

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Google Drive is one of my most used and favorite tools in both my personal and professional life. It’s easy to use, it’s free, and it just keeps on getting better. What a deal!

 

What is Google Drive?

Google Drive used to be called “Google Docs” and it was given a facelift and a lot more benefits when it changed names. It’s basically a place (in the cloud) where you can store documents, forms, files, and even photos and videos. You can access your drive from your computer and your devices OR from any computer or device if you simply login with your Google account. There are many impressive features – and you get 15 GB of storage for free!

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What do I use Google Drive for?

So many things! I don’t store my photos or videos on my Google Drive because I would fill it up in an instant, but I keep just about anything else I can think of in there. I love how easy it is to search for something I have filed, and I love that I can get to my stuff from any computer or device. I have only used about half of the 15 GB so far and I have a lot loaded into my drive.

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I have a folder for each family member and they also share these so they can access the same information. I keep several other topic related folders. I share a few folders with Steph for Daily Digi planning purposes and Steph, Peppermint and I all share a folder for The Digi Show. The majority of my folders are just for my own use.

One of my biggest folders is for classes. This is where I store all of the pdf handouts that I get from taking online classes. I find that I’m much more likely to read and review the material from these courses when I have it filed in my Google Drive. When I use the app on my iPad, I can quickly see every pdf file.

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I also have a folder for all of The Daily Digi Playbooks. I love being able to look through all of them at any time whether I’m on my computer, my phone, or my iPad.

 

How to use Google Drive

All you need to do is copy and paste a file into Google Drive or upload it using the interface within Google Drive. There are very clear instructions and a lot of help available on the site. There are also Google Drive apps available for several platforms of phones and tablets.

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You can also use the create tab and create a document or file right in Google Drive. My son uses this feature to write papers for his schoolwork. Then his work is automatically backed up. You can do a lot more than just create documents!

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If you haven’t tried Google Drive, I encourage you to take a look around. It’s a fabulous and free resource!

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Simple Photo Editing Tricks

Every now and then it’s not a bad idea to get back to the basics of photo editing, partly because sometimes we simply forget those basic tips and a little reminder doesn’t hurt. A photo may seem ho-hum but with a little editing, it can have a little extra sizzle and pop. No matter which photo editing software you use, there are some basic features in editing your photos. (Photoshop Elements 10 has been used for display purposes below.)

Saturation:
Saturation refers to the vividness of the colors in your photo. Many digital cameras allow you to control the saturation of your photos on your camera through the camera’s settings. You can do the same, and with much more control, in your editing software. When you reduce the saturation, your photo will appear more muted. If you slide the bar all the way to the left, you’ll have a grayscale photo. On the other end of the spectrum, by pushing the bar to the right, you’ll have a photo with much more vivid and bold colors.

To play with the saturation in Photoshop Elements, select Enhance from your upper tool bar. Scroll down to Adjust Color and select Adjust Hue/Saturation. Play around with the sliding scale until you like what you see.

Color Balance:
Color balance refers to the color temperature of your photo. Warm balance brings out reds and yellows while a cooler color balance with bring out the blues and greens. This is especially helpful if you want to alter the overall color balance of your photo or if you want to bring skin colors closer to their true color. Different kinds of lighting affect the color temperature of your photos. A photo taken in an auditorium might look very golden in color while a photo taken in the fluorescent lighting of a classroom might look quite blue or green.

In Photoshop Elements, go to Filter on your top menu bar. Select Adjustments and scroll down to select Photo Filter. You’ll find a wide variety of filter colors and density of those colors. Play around and experiment.

Brightness and Contrast:
Brightness refers to lightness of your photo and is especially helpful if you’ve over or under exposed a photo. Contrast is about the middle color tones of your photo. A high contrast will polarize the blacks and whites in your photo while a low contrast will make the photo turn “flat” and more gray in color. Contrast is helpful when your photo is slightly blurry and doesn’t have much visual appeal. A little help with contrast can make your photo “pop” or give it a more artistic feel.

In Photoshop Elements, go to Enhance on your upper tool bar, select Adjust Lighting and then scroll down to select Brightness/Contrast. Using the sliding scale you can experiment while you view your photo in the background. Both features will have a sliding bar to manipulate but keep in mind that photos usually look better when you adjust the features in the same direction.

It’s amazing what these features do to change the overall feel or mood of a photo. They can be especially helpful if you have a photo that needs a little tweaking to look just right. Go ahead and give them a try!

(Supplies for the title are from “Candid” by One Little Bird from the Digi Files. Font is Century Gothic and Digs My Hart.)

Fridays Are Crazy Fun!

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Credits: Ellie Lash 2cute2scare from this month. Font: The Everyday by Heather Joyce.

Fridays are crazy fun! Today is no exception. We start off with a special offer from Persnickety Prints. Stock up on your printing during their semi-annual sale.


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We recorded a brand new Digi Show this week with Kami joining us for wht turned out to be a bit of a heated discussion about trends in product packaging, product sizes, names, and designers opening up their own stores.

A digital scrapbooking kit by Erica Zane, Back In The Saddle is perfect for horse lovers, cowboy/girl wannabees and so much more. This kit is full of versatile colors, fun elements and, of course, lots of horses!

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Find your gift, and embrace it! Find Your Gift is a warm and cozy digital scrapbook collection by Bella Gypsy at Scrap Orchard ideal for scrapping the gifts and talents in your life, or those of your loved ones.

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Start Again by T for Me Designs – each pack is half price off during this weekend!

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Jenn Labre has this sweet mini kit…

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The picture says it all… find Loving the Doctor in Tracey Monette of Clever Monkey Graphics store.

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Scrapping with Liz has created a two different sets of calendar templates. One 8.5×11 calendar topper set & one 12×12 grid set. These would be fun to make a calendar or to make scrapbook pages to add to your albums. Both sets are 20% off through October 3rd.

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Season of Change is new from Kimeric Kreations.

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If you “like totally” missed Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs’ Totally Templates don’t fear. You can “like totally” grab them for your digi stash now! Each pack is 20% off ~ and  buy Fuss Free: Like Totally 5, and get Fuss Free: Like Totally 6 FREE thru 10-02-13.

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Are you up for a challenge? Come play Maya de Groot’s EYCChallenge!

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Studio Sherwood is ready to scrap fall. Are you?

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September Storyteller Collection by Just Jaimee is loaded. You get a full kit plus bonsu alphas, SVG cutting files, papers, washi tape, frames, journal cards, word art, brushes & stamps and templates for only $6.50! Use code: stseptdd at checkout.

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Kate Hadfield has a new school themed collection out today over at The Lilypad! Perfect for little learners (and big ones)! Little School, Big School and the coordinating Wordy-Bit wordstrips are all on sale at 20% off all weekend!

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Meagan’s Creations has a new set of templates perfect for the fall! Falling for You Templates have fun leaves and Fall words to really set the tone for your Autumn pictures! Save 20% off through Sunday, September 29th!

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Get ready for Halloween with this spookily fun collection returning to SuzyQ’s studio — now with journal cards and bonus alphas! Save 40% thru 10.3.13.

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Yin is sharing some 3×4 Filler cards she made for her own Project Life album on her blog!

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New from One Little Bird this week – a kit and journaling cards for pet lovers. You’ll get the cards for free when you purchase the Heartbeat At My Feet over its debut weekend.

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ValC and her doodles are getting into your door! Let’s get a good look at them… they are SO versatile, so real…Make good use of the 20% off!

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A soft, artful kit for the dreamers of the world is available from from Litabells.

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Just a few more days until Stuff to Scrap closes their doors and Piccolina Designs takes a break from designing. You can buy Piccolina’s entire shop for $22 or you can purchase individual products for 70% off.

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Quite the Pear by River-Rose is available now at TheDigiChick 30% off introductory pricing!

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Down This Road Designs has a new fall bundle available today.

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Viva Artistry is at it again. Kairos is an ancient Greek word that means the right or opportune time. It is an indeterminate but special time, a time for change, for embracing what is happening at your life at that precise moment.

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Heather T. is the featured designer over at Mscraps.com, and has a whole lot of savings and goodies in store for you!

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Anna Aspnes is back with 5 products including 3 sets of ArtsyKardz, a FotoInspired DoubleTemplate, & FineEdge Frames. A new AnnaRelease also arrives today! The MidWeek Release is 20% off thru 10-2-13. The AnnaRelease is on sale for one week.

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Dunia has a new set of word art.

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Snips and Snails has 4 kits on sale for 20% off through 9/29.

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Vinnie Pearce has a Free Idea Look Book & 40% Off sale!

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

Digi Layouts Too Cute to Scare

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We are welcoming back Ellie Lash this month and so happy she is here! I first got to know Ellie when we were both selling products at Scrapbookgraphics. She was always super helpful and sweet to me as a nervous newcomer to that site.  I have always loved Ellie’s doodles and drawings and I’m so happy that we can all get them once again in her store! She is bound to be a new favorite for many!  Her contribution this month makes me giggle with the little monsters’ silly faces!  Let’s take a closer look at “Too Cute To Scare” 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 Ellie Lash’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Too Cute To Scare by Ellie Lash; Tuesday (template) by Megan Turnidge.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Too Cute To Scare by Ellie Lash; v. 1 (template) by Crystal; Fonts: Typewriter, CK Ali’s Hand.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Too Cute To Scare by Ellie Lash; Template Freebie #3 by Mommyish Designs; The Faulty Marker font by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Too Cute To Scare by Ellie Lash; 25 Days of Summer (template) by Tiffany Tillman; Font: Noteworthy.

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Layout by Tara. Supplies: Too Cute To Scare by Ellie Lash; .

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My name is Ellie Lash. I was born and raised in Hawaii, but now live with my family in Arizona. My husband and I have been married for 12 years, we have seven year old twin boys and one crazy dog.

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This is one of two books that I made for my boys. Both of my boys have autism and were non-verbal for a really long time. They have just started speaking in the last couple of years and still struggle with their speech. When teaching them the names of all of our family and extended family, I decided to make these books for them with photos of each family member and their names, scrapped in a style that I knew would appeal to each of them. It worked! And they still like to “read” their Family Books!

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Kits used: Flergs Boy Zone, Flergs & Charlize Creations Robotrix, Alpha is from Flergs Boy Zone. Photobook printed at Artscow.

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I was a designer before I was a scrapper. I actually started designing “skins” for Proboards forums back in 2005 and stumbled up digital scrapbooking by accident. I thought, “I can do that!” My first attempts were pretty sad, but eventually found my style and improved from there. Of course I had to scrap with my kits so that I could make sure they worked, and then I had my boys in 2006 and started scrapping for real. In 2010 I started designing commercial use products and while that is my main focus now, I do still love to design new kits every now and then.

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Oh, everything! A lot of times it will be a color combination that pops out at me and makes me think of something that I think would look cute in those colors. Also, I read a lot, so often I’ll get ideas while reading books.

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Computer: My husband built my computer from scratch for me so I’m not sure of the specifics, but I do know I’m running Windows 7 with 8GB of RAM! lol I have dual 22-inch monitors.
Program: Photoshop, Illustrator, Inkscape, and FontCreator.
Camera: Canon Rebel
Anything Else: I use a Wacom Bamboo tablet sometimes when I’m designing CU stuff.
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My favorite tip for Photoshop is to use keyboard shortcuts. They save a ton of time! You can Google to find charts, but here’s one that Smashing Magazine posted that I use all the time: http://bit.ly/1cEFDMd

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I guess it’s my favorite because I created for my kids. Usually, for me, designing is about working and making things that I like, but will appeal to others. With this kit, I just totally made what I liked and what I thought my boys would like. I love the colors, and of course, I am all about cute animals!
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I’m not sure why it’s popular. Maybe because the colors are so bright and happy and people were looking for that after a long winter? lol It’s special to me for those reasons! I had a hard winter with being really sick and stuck at home. This kit kind of helped get me out of my funk and look forward to things getting better.
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Here are some of my favorite products by Ellie Lash:

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

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Save 50% off Ellie Lash’s store with coupon code tdd_hooray (Expires October 31, 2013).

Go have a look in Ellie Lash’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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Insipired by Ellie Lash

The following layouts were created using “Too Cute To Scare” by Ellie Lash and included in The Digi Files during September, 2013:

Layout by Anne. Supplies: Too Cute To Scare by Ellie Lash; Template by Jenn Lindsey; Alpha by Vicki Stegall; Font: Beautiful Every Time.

Layout by Anne. Supplies: Too Cute To Scare by Ellie Lash.

Layout by Anne. Supplies: Too Cute To Scare by Ellie Lash; Font: The Becca.

 

Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Too Cute To Scare by Ellie Lash; Fonts: Varsity Playbook, Teacher’s Pet by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Too Cute To Scare by Ellie Lash; Tuesday (template) by Megan Turnidge.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Too Cute To Scare by Ellie Lash; v. 1 (template) by Crystal; Fonts: Typewriter, CK Ali’s Hand.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Too Cute To Scare by Ellie Lash; Template Freebie #3 by Mommyish Designs; The Faulty Marker font by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Too Cute To Scare by Ellie Lash; 25 Days of Summer (template) by Tiffany Tillman; Font: Noteworthy.

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Layout by Tara. Supplies: Too Cute To Scare by Ellie Lash.

Quick Title Ideas

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I listened to The Digi Show Episode 103 about titles with great interest. Personally, I like to have titles on my page, but I don’t want to have to spend a lot of time creating one. With that in mind, I collected a few ways to title a page quickly and easily.

Just a Font

The easiest way to title is to just write what you want in a title-worthy font.

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Supplies: I Am Not Perfect: Elements by Pink Reptile Designs, I Am Not Perfect: Papers by Pink Reptile Designs

Just a Font With Some Paper Clipped to It

To make the font look like letters cut out of paper, choose a thick font, clip paper to it and shadow the font. So simple and so effective!

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Supplies: Lost Without Lists by Fayette Designs; Fonts: The Silver Reed by Heather Joyce, Blackout

Word Art

If a kit has word art, there’s a good chance I’ll use it as the title on my page. Katie did a post about the wonders of word art. It is really a time saver!

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Supplies: I Am Who I Am by Allison Pennington; Collection 6 by Janet Phillip.

Photoshop Styles

Katie did a great post about scrapbooking with styles. There are so many great Photoshop styles available. To work with them, remember to rasterize the layer styles (under the Layers>Rasterize menu) so that you can shadow them afterwards. Here are few examples of fonts and styles:

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Make It a Sticker

This tutorial by Janet on creating a sticker alpha is so easy to follow.

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I’ve used variations of it on many layouts.

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Supplies: Happy Little Bluebird kit by Sugarplum Paperie, Garam Masala template by Little Green Frog Designs

A Simple Title Trick

This trick involves using a font, a stroke, paper clipping and possibly a doodle. And once you get the hang of it, it takes about a minute to do, I promise! Check out the tutorial for one of my go-to title techniques.

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Supplies: Chat Your Heart Out by Scrapyrus

But Remember It’s Okay to Just Skip the Title

Not every page needs a title. If it’s too hard to fit a title into the design, or just taking too much time, it’s okay to not use one.

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Supplies: Simple Things: Elements, Simple Things: Papers, Simple Things: Alpha by Pink Reptile Designs, 3rd Annual Grab Bag by Sara Gleason and Crystal Livesay

 

What are your quickest and easiest ways to title a page?

4 Common Photography Frustrations And How To Solve Them

Are you frustrated with your photos?

You are not alone! There are 4 common photography frustrations I hear from people, over and over again. They all have solutions. And the beautiful thing? Solve it for one photo and you are on your way to solving it for all of your photos!

One simple Ikea light is enough to capture an indoor image.

There Just Isn’t Enough Light In My House & I Don’t Want To Use Flash

Photography is light. You’ve got to have it. When you find yourself indoors and want to to create a photo, you have a few choices:

Shutter speed is TOO slow. Do you recognize the three lovely ladies?

Every Photo I Take Is Blurry! Is My Camera Broken?

Shutter speed. Shutter speed. Shutter speed. When your photos are blurry, it is almost always a shutter speed issue. Either your shutter speed is too slow to stop your subject’s motion or too slow to be hand held.

Keep these rules of thumb in mind:

  • 1/125th of a second stops most everyday movement
  • 1/500th of a second stops most children’s movement
  • 1/1000 of a second stops most runners, bikes, and cars

Don’t forget the reciprocal length of your lens rule to avoid camera shake. And here are a few more ways to get sharp photos!

White balance as the camera sees it and white balance corrected.

All Of My Indoor Photos Are Ugly Yellow!

What your eye sees and what the camera sees are not the same. Your eye naturally adjusts the color of light that it sees. Your camera shows you the truth. To avoid having the ugly yellow cast on your indoor photos you have a few choices:

Select your focus point so the camera doesn’t get it wrong!

My Camera Focuses Behind My Subject, Not On My Subject. Ugh

Ah. Focus. It is so frustrating to think you have it right only to discover after the fact that your camera focused on the wall instead of your sweet little one’s eyes.

Here are a few things to consider to get the best focus:

  • Use your middle focus point for the most control
  • Select the focus point directly over the area you want in focus
  • Avoid letting the camera choose your focus point. It doesn’t choose wisely
  • Make sure you have enough light on your subject to obtain focus

What’s your big photography frustration? You are probably not alone! Share yours in the comments below.

ValC Getting Creative with Artbook

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Once again, we are welcoming ValC to The Digi Files!  ValC has a very artsy style in her designs.  A little bit of smudged paint, a little bit of smeared ink, and some very beautiful doodles are the heart of her kits. I continue to be blown away by the volume of scrapping Valerie is able to complete along with her designs!  It’s impressive, to say the least.  Let’s take a closer look at “ARTBook – Sibling Collection” 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 ValC Designs’ contribution:
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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: ARTBook – Sibling Collection by ValC Designs; Stay Tuned by One Little Bird; Worn by Sahlin Studio; Sugar Town Veneer Pack by Tracy Martin.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: ARTBook – Sibling Collection by ValC Designs.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: ARTBook – Sibling Collection by ValC Designs; Tuesday Template 55 by Megan Turnidge.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: ARTBook – Sibling Collection by ValC Designs.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My name is Valerie, but most of my friend (online or IRL) and familly call me Val. I am the proud mum of two, M. who will be 8 next November and L. who is 3. Happily married to C. for the last decade or so. I am (we are) french and moved in Iceland in September 2002, where we are still leaving now. I am a Marine Biologist, fan of wild life. I am really thankful to live here, and don‘t imagine my life anywhere else…well, wait … maybe in some place…

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Last year I made my first P365 (actually P366 🙂 )
As I did not want to carry my camera daily, I was supposed to shot only with my phone! that was my only rule for the project photo-wise, and I pick a template from Sue Cummings at Oscraps to gather my photos per week and add some text.
I had a blast doing the covers with various product from my store.

Here is a collage of my 52 weeks, 1 picture a day! ( a few missing – 4 only I think over the whole year *yeah to me*) 1 week has more photo, because it was a really important week for me: my first trip to USA) and I needed more “space” to blah blah blah about it and me being alone all that time lol)

I started this project with a bunch of awesome ladies, in my previous store, sadly the store closed but I kept doing the photos, and eventually finished the year.
I am SO glad I made it to the end… when I started I thought it wouldn’t not last more than a couple of month … and look I MADE it!

My tips for completing the project is to make sure that you are not cumulating more than 2 weeks of photo before putting them in a layouts, because you will forget the little details you can speak about, at some point, when I was not able to scrap I was emailing me a few line each days to be able to remember what I wanted to say.

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In a previous life, I have been running a communication agency in France, designing, magazine, flyers, ads and stuff like that for various companies, at this time I was already using Photoshop…5 I think.

By moving to Iceland I went back in my former university background, marine biology, but kept doing some freelance web and Poster designs. I believe I have always been a crafty girl (Birthday or Christmas card, decorated gift, Fimo Clay or knitting etc. etc.) After my daughter was born I had to do “something” with the photos… and bim bam boum .. Hooked on digiscrap I became.

Quickly I started turning into template, my layout, to offer on my blog
Everything comes from there, for a couple of years I was a “freebie” maker, and one day, a dear friend of mine in the digiland invited me to join her in a new shop adventure. She convinced me, and well here I am!!!! I am glad she did and proud that she trusted me and my creative juice.

I am still scrapping a lot. In early 2013 I printed the 2012’s Album… It was 100 Layouts!

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Hum… I don’t know! I cannot name what inspire me… During the day I can have many ideas popping up in my mind… by browsing the net, looking at my kids, visiting different kind of craft places (online or not).

I got an Ipad for my birthday, and I think it is becoming the largest collection of image and doodle I’ve ever had. For each project I have a text file linked a list of idea, element, link or I images to feed the project.

But not all arrive to my computer, and even less in my “in progress” folder. I may (or not) open my “notebook” one evening and read those notes… I pick one project that speak to me… and start from there.

But I also LOVE working on collaborative project, it is really stimulating and all the ladies I worked with have inspired me in my designer life.

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Computer:
Well I work on a laptop, a Toshiba one, on Windows 7. It has a quad Core system and a dedicated graphic card and 8Gig of RAM at the moment.

Program:
I am not using many programs, mainly Adobe Creative suite, Artrage and a few others such as a font viewer and a brush viewer extractor: ABRmate (which is a freeware)

Camera: Oh there we are… Well I am a Canon Girl. For a long time, was written on my digiscrap forum profile, instead of location “rebel girl” because I was using a Canon Rebel 350. Since my Hubby (bird photo addict) upgraded his equipment I got “his” (which is mine now) Canon 450D.

My fav lens is my 50mm for all kind of photos and the 18mm for landscape and my 100mm for macro (that is a long time I haven’t take off my 50mm though).
But I also use my phone camera and now my Ipad.

But I am not taking as many photos as I was…*sadly*

Anything Else: Oh yes, I have a graphic tablet: Bamboo (Wacom) which I haven’t use for a while since I got the Ipad, and I can doodle on it in some awesome Adobe App in vector format.
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When it comes to digiscrap there is a thing I really keep in mind, and it is “preserving the memory”. (Memory can be photos, of course, but also feelings (good/bad) and words and moments…)

I want to make Layout that people will look at and feel my emotion. I want my Layout to show the moment (the story) so I scrap as I see/live it, and I want my Layout to look “realistic” and so I am taking good care of the shadow-ing work.

When I use photos in a project, I, most of the time, will use blending mode. That doesn’t mean I always blend photo into papers, but I also use it to “blend” the photo on itself (duplicate the photo layer) to give it peps, by mainly using “multiply” “screen” or “overlay” and then adjust the opacity. I think It make photos looks much better (and so my LO too).

When it comes to shadows (and it ALWAYS) come to shadows, I am asking myself “how do the shadows of the frame/label /element look IRL? And when I need to try take a paper, get a flower and check how the flower shadow is casted on the paper.
There is NOTHING like “making in in real” to be able to make a digital project consistent.

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Wow, my fav …it is Out of Comfort Zone. This kit grow up by itself taking me out of my comfort zone… at this time I never intend to produce product to work in some Artsy style like this. I followed my only line “make in pixel what can be in real, nothing more” … and let my inspiration talking me there.

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Most of the ARTbook collections are really popular, but my ARTBook collection Expression of the soul has received a very special welcome from the digiscrapper.
It all started with a black board, some chalk and one 12×12″ digi newspaper. I just tried to give to the artists out there a chance to play, and let their creative inspiration lead them to a new playground.

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

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Inspired by ValC

The following layouts were created using “ARTBook – Sibling Collection” by ValC Designs and included in The Digi Files during September, 2013:

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Layout by IntenseMagic. Supplies: ARTBook – Sibling Collection by ValC Designs.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: ARTBook – Sibling Collection by ValC Designs.

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Layout by Nessita. Supplies: ARTBook – Sibling Collection by ValC Designs.

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Layout by Ulina. Supplies: ARTBook – Sibling Collection by ValC Designs.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: ARTBook – Sibling Collection by ValC Designs; Stay Tuned by One Little Bird; Worn by Sahlin Studio; Sugar Town Veneer Pack by Tracy Martin.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: ARTBook – Sibling Collection by ValC Designs; .

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: ARTBook – Sibling Collection by ValC Designs; Tuesday Template 55 by Megan Turnidge.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: ARTBook – Sibling Collection by ValC Designs; .