Starting With Words and Photos

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Supplies: June Storyteller by Just Jaimee

I have so many summertime photos to scrapbook right now, it’s hard to decide where to start. This is a good problem to have though!

I have to start somewhere, so I found a few photos that made me smile. I decided to tell the story related to the photos as simply as I could, by going back to the basics. For me, that meant putting the emphasis on the photos and the story and building the page around that foundation.

First, I created a blank canvas and brought in the photos that I wanted on the page:

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Then I rearranged them after reflecting on the story. I decided the one of the water set the tone for the page so it should be the largest. I also added some journaling:

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I hunted for the right kit and decided on the June Storyteller kit by Just Jaimee:

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I liked the “This Moment” tag because it helped draw attention to the close-up photo. To make the tag fit with the photo, I did a bit of rearranging, including resizing the text and moving the photo.

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Then I added a title and a few more elements to help with the flow of the page:

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And I’m calling it done! It’s a simple page – but the story is told and both of my children have already walked by the computer and looked at the layout. We talked about the time they petted a fish which made us all smile. As a memory keeper, that’s exactly what I hoped to achieve. Smile 

What are your favourite tips for keeping a page simple and focussed on the story and photos?

Fridays Are…

Credits: Shawna Clingerman Mister Awesome from this month's digi files collection; Font: Impact.

About once a year, Katie and I get together and design some goodies as a gift to members. It’s been just over a year now since we’ve done this and we are excited about the results. FAIR is the result of some of my favorite things: The silly fair/cotton candy quote, bunting, glitter, and some homespun traditional prints. This is probably the biggest ‘mini’ kit we have created and it’s yours for FREE during September ONLY and just for members.

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This week, on The Digi Show Sara Gleason from (Plant Your Story and The Lilypad) joins today’s panel today to talk about titles. Do layouts need titles? Where did the tradition of creating titles come from? How can we get past corny cliches? What are our favorite methods for creating titles?

A super versatile alpha and stitch set by Erica Zane at SSD, Hang Ups v.2 will make some awesome fun titles or accents for all sorts of pages!

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Please excuse the mess, we live here! Lived In is a digital scrapbook collection by Bella Gypsy at Scrap Orchard that focuses on living your life instead of living in a spotless house.

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Dunia has a lovely new kit.

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Check out this sweet new kit from Jennifer Labre:

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Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs has two new template packs this week filled with some of her very favorite things: feathers, paint, and arrows. Each pack is 20% off ~ and if you buy Fuss Free: Very Favorite, you get Fuss Free: Very Favorite 2 FREE. Valid through September 18, 2013.

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Get this fun pack of journal cards when you subscribe to the Meagan’s Creations Newsletter! Click the image to subscribe.

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Katie the Scrapbook Lady has a brand new FREE video tutorial + FREE layered template on her blog. Be sure to check out the coordinating template set Scrapbook Lady Sixteens – yes, you can fit 16 photos on each page!

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Speaking of videos, Chelle has a new video tutorial up on her You-Tube Channel. Don’t miss the fun next Tuesday at ScrapTwister.

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Studio Wendy is at it again with a new time-saving action. Turn any design into a repeating pattern in a few steps. Or, choose from a huge list of pre-recorded patterns in both action and .PAT formats. Video tutorial included too!

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Scrapping with Liz has a Free With Purchase deal on her new templates. Buy Double Monthly Challenge Templates 9 & you’ll get her Weekly Project Templates for FREE! Offer good until 9/19/13.

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This week I have Fresh and Vibrant Garden Party…with Facebook and Newsletter freebies to match!

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Anytime is new from Kimeric Kreations!

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Adorable cupcakes and robots come together for Quirky Twerp’s new Make A Wish birthday kit.

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After almost a year… It’s time to say GOOD-BYE to ScrapOrchard! So, where will you find Sugary Fancy Designs now? Stay tuned! We’ll tell you soon!!

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Passion for Project 365 Template Set 10 by Maya de Groot is now in store. Are you still taking a picture everyday? Or do you just like to scrap with lots of pictures?

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Yin also has new multi-photo Template sets with Doodled frames in her store, made from her own Anniversary Album. Get the Bundled deal at 20% off, through to this weekend!

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Be sure to sign up for Tracey’s newsletter as she has a great freebee matching her new kit, Fade to Fall, being handed out for the next couple issues!!!

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Tracie Stroud has a brand-new bundle in her shop, Carry On. It’s a $19 value for only $12! It’s filled to the brim with encouraging words and unique hand-drawn elements and papers.

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Stuff to Scrap will be closing their doors at the end of September. With that, Piccolina Designs will be taking a break from designing to find a new home for her digital products and work on some projects. Be sure to grab her products now, at 70% off, as some of them will be retiring for good.

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Blagovesta Gosheva has a new kit and made to match extras in her Studio – School Is Cool! The kit and all extras are on early bird sale this week only! All parts of the collection are also available in one big bundle for great savings!

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ViVa brings you fashion and elegance with their new collection Haute. The entire collection includes kit, high-res brushes, vintage cutouts and clusters.

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Upper Classmen is new in Snips & Snails’ Oscraps Store and 20% Off through 9/15.

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6 New digital products in Anna Aspnes’ MidWeek Release (3 sets of ArtsyKardz for Project 365/Life, FotoInspired DoubleTemplate, 2 companion sets to ArtPlay Palette Routine.) The MidWeek Release is available individually, discounted by 20% until Wednesday Sept 18, 2013. The autumn-themed AnnaRelease also arrives today, with special pricing for one week!

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This month’s studio girls, Berna, Rebecca, Sherrie & Tangie, were inspired by autumn quotes as a starting point for their fall art journaling collection. We hope that your spirit takes flight inside this collection’s autumn magic.

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Have a great weekend!

Scrapping with Mini & Maxi

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I was so excited to find M&M Designs and thrilled that she is joining us in The Digi Files for the first time.  I really love her template designs! My favorite templates by M&M are linear in design and have lots of paper strips and layers. But, M&M Designs are not limited to that style of template. She really has something for everyone! If you like smaller photos, clusters, white space, large photos, lots of photos…it really doesn’t matter, she has something for you!  Let’s take a closer look at “Mini & Maxi” 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 M&MDesigns’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Mini & Maxi by M&MDesigns; Focal Point by One Little Bird; Point and Shoot by Steph and Katie.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Mini & Maxi by M&MDesigns; Shipshape anchors, buttons, papers, puffy stickers and wood veneers by Gina Cabrera; Ribbon by Sarah Jones; RicRack by Crossbone Cuts; Fonts: Allure and Pea Noodle.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Mini & Maxi by M&MDesigns; Mister Awesome by Shawna Clingerman; Lil Bit Tags by Katie Pertiet.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Mini & Maxi by M&MDesigns; Land of the Free by Digital Design Essentials; Fonts: Book Antiqua.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Mini & Maxi by M&MDesigns; Hello Gorgeous by Dani Mogstad; Font: Pea Anna Banana.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Hello. I am 30 years old. I have 1 son (he is 10 years old) and a boyfriend. We live in a small town in the Netherlands. I love to dance and volunteer with scouting. I am a teamleader of the youngest group all boys and girls are between age 5 and 7. Whe also love to go out for a nice dinner or make one ourselves.

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Well it was a dream from me to go to Disneyland Paris when I was turning 30
so my boyfriend surprised me with a big present – a trip to Disneyland. From that trip, I am making a project life album, of course with my own project life templates!

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I started designing about 6 years ago, I started with making tags and tutorials and then found out more about digital scrapbooking. I went to make my first pages reading a lot of tutorials. After that, I aplied for some creative teams. One of my designers offered me a apprenticeship. I started with making kits but it was not for me so I quit designing. After a year, I made my first templates and that was where my heart was. So now i am making templates for over a year.

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It depends on which line. My project life line is based on the way I love to make my project life pages, but I also have packs that are inspired by CT members or sometimes by a color of a scrapbook trend.

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Computer: I have a pc from medion with a large screen and a external hard drive. I could not life without my external hard drive.
Program: I use Photoshop and Paintshop Pro
Camera: I have a really simple Canon nothing fancy at all but maybe one day I’ll get a big camera. You never know!
Anything Else: I have a xbox. I love to play Fable or Skylanders.
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hmmm I am not really good at tips and tricks but I love to add a white border to a photo. You can do that really easy. Go to your layer styles, choose stroke and then play around with the size 🙂 Pretty easy but it took me a few months before I knew about it.

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Well I just love the name of this pack Wonkey Donkey or Donkey Wonkey (just the way you like it)! I love to let the picture shine on a page and with a big photo spot you can do that!
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My most popular product is by far my project life line. I think because it is such a easy way to document your every day life. I always love project life but it was a bit to simple for me so I add clusters and some more elements to give it a spin.

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Here are some of my favorite products by M&MDesigns:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using M&M Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Inspired by M&M Designs

The following layouts were created using “Mini & Maxi” by M&M Designs and included in The Digi Files during September, 2013:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Mini & Maxi by M&MDesigns; Logan by Scrappy Kat, Font: TheOtherTwin.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Mini & Maxi by M&MDesigns; Focal Point by One Little Bird; Point and Shoot by Steph and Katie.

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Layout by Sonja. Supplies: Mini & Maxi by M&MDesigns; Sunkissed by Aprilisa Designs.

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Layout by Sonja. Supplies: Mini & Maxi by M&MDesigns; Sky Is the Limit by Luv Ewe Designs

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Mini & Maxi by M&MDesigns; Shipshape anchors, buttons, papers, puffy stickers and wood veneers by Gina Cabrera; Ribbon by Sarah Jones; RicRack by Crossbone Cuts; Fonts: Allure and Pea Noodle.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Mini & Maxi by M&MDesigns; Mister Awesome by Shawna Clingerman; Lil Bit Tags by Katie Pertiet.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Mini & Maxi by M&MDesigns; Land of the Free by Digital Design Essentials; Fonts: Book Antiqua.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Mini & Maxi by M&MDesigns; Hello Gorgeous by Dani Mogstad; Font: Pea Anna Banana.

Don’t be afraid of the letter i

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Crossbone Cuts Designs Just Quote Me. Book Antiqua & Arial fonts.

I believe in journaling. Sometimes it is a bit of a bother, but I am always glad when I take the time to make a page into a meaningful masterpiece by adding this very personal touch. It is very powerful to journal in the first person. This means you use the word “I” and talk about something in your own voice such as “I went to the store and bought a new shirt. I couldn’t believe it cost $50!”

Here’s an example of my own “I” journaling:

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Layout by Katie Nelson. Credits: Scrapbook Lady Sixes template, Jenn Barrette & Kristin Cronin-Barrow Everyday Storyteller collab, Typewriter Scribbled font.

The journaling is a collection of my own thoughts about the pictures on the pages. It reads: “I took 12 pictures on the 12th of January of random bits of my life that day. The day started out as a chilly one! I took the thermometer picture with my iPhone and then switched to my Canon point and shoot for the rest of the day. We treated ourselves to pizza for lunch as a reward for finishing our semester finals. Roasted red peppers, feta cheese, & mushrooms – yummy! I took a picture of my new camera case from Photojojo. It’s so felty and cute! We’ve had very little snow this winter. I miss my garden and I’m looking forward to spring. Our patio furniture is all tucked away for the winter. I’m reading The Family Dinner right now. I’ve always been a big believer in the power of family meals and I’m grateful that my own Mom gave us the blessing of eating together as a family. This book has been an affirmation of what I know is important. I love reading cookbooks!”

When you use the first person narrative, you are telling the story in YOUR own words. When crafters talk about putting “their heart” into their creations, I’m pretty sure nobody does this more than a writer. Committing your thoughts and feelings into a tangible form is truly a gift to those you share it with.

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Layout by Katie Nelson. Credits: Template by Sara Gleason – Daffodil 3 (modified), Edged Out Border by Tracie Stroud, Papers by Kaye Winiecki (say cheese), Dani Mogstad (birds of a feather), Joyce Paul (lemonade stand), Karen Lewis (all about me – digichick collab), Misty Mareda (Organic MScraps collab), iScrap (Organic MScraps collab), Jennifer Labre (color me happy). Century Gothic font.

The journaling is unmistakably mine and brings my voice to life on the page. It reads: “A few years ago, I would have never listed orange as a color that I even liked. In fact, I really did NOT like the color of orange at all when I was growing up. Perhaps it’s because there was so much of it in the 1970’s. I still don’t like the shades of orange that were popular in that decade, but I have grown to appreciate the color recently. One of my favorite blogs is called “How About Orange” and it’s written by a designer named Jessica Jones. She’s helped me realize that orange is hip, vibrant, and full of life. I genuinely like the color orange now. How about that?”

Using the letter “I” makes the journaling more personal. It may feel more difficult to write because there is nothing to hide behind… you are sharing what you really think. Don’t be afraid of the letter “I” – it’s an important tool for authentic pages!

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Layout by Katie Nelson. Credits: Scrapbook Lady Stories template. Wild Blueberry Ink Love Story from The Digi Files #51 March 2013. Arial font.

My daughter will always enjoy hearing my take on this memory! The journaling says: “I still remember going in to check on Riley one night and finding this scene. Her baby doll was right on top of her and she not only had a binki in her mouth, but one next to her hand, and another nearby. I was struck by how much her baby doll looked like her in her jammies. It was touching to see how much love she had for this little doll, and how she must have been cuddling her to sleep. Knowing Riley like I do now, I’m sure that was the case. She is such a sweet and loving person and I love that this photo captures that about her.”

I challenge you to use the letter “I” at least a few times on your next layout. Pour yourself right into the page with your words and you will understand the power of “I” – it’s wonderful!

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Opening pages

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Layout by Katie Nelson that will be used as the opening page for a travel album. Credits: Scrapbook Lady Structured template. Little Butterfly Wings So Far Away, Tracy Martin Traveler, and Kristin Cronin-Barrow Tropical Hideaway.

 

Many scrappers like to introduce their albums with an opening or title page. It’s a great way to set the stage for the stories that will follow. I love this clean and simple example from Tifff3fs.

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This is a great way to define the topic of a mini-album. I love the way TaraMcK started off her summer manifesto project!

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It’s also a great way to explain the purpose, order, or meaning behind the album. Trina used this title page to share her love for her daughter and to tell her that it didn’t matter that the pages were not in chronological order. Love this!

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Even smaller segments in time or theme can have their own opening pages like craftytamm did. Try introducing a month, a trip, or a school year by using a title type of page. It’s a great way to keep a large album feeling more manageable!

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I especially love the idea of using a family tree page as an opening to a heritage album. It will help the viewer keep track of how everyone is related and meaningful. Dee Birks did a great job connecting all the relationships on this page.

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You can even get ahead of the game and put together an opening page for the future. Tifff3fs must be very organized!

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Just like any great book, it’s nice to have an introduction. It helps prepare the viewer for the journey of memories they are about to embark on. Trina knows just how to set the mood!

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Take a look through your albums and decide where you might want to add some opening pages. These type of title layouts also make great filler pages if you end up with an odd number of pages!

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Getting to Know Mr. Awesome

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Shawna’s designs get used quite frequently by all of us at The Daily Digi. It seems many of us have a soft spot for her kits.  Shawna is a talented designer that can rock a boy kit as well as those for girls.  On of my favorite things about Shawna’s designs are her fun word art and great uses of type!  There are always some creative sayings in her kits that bring a smile to my face.   It’s great to have Shawna back with us in The Digi Files this month.  Let’s take a closer look at “Mister Awesome” 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 Shawna Clingerman’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Mister Awesome by Shawna Clingerman; Template by Sahlin Studio.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Mister Awesome by Shawna Clingerman; The Tuesday Template No. 13 by Megan Turnidge.

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Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Mister Awesome by Shawna Clingerman; Brushes/stamps by Jellybean Toes; Template by Tiffany Tillman; Font: Marker Felt.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Mister Awesome by Shawna Clingerman; M&M Template1 by M&M Designs; Lil Bit Tags by Katie Pertiet.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Mister Awesome by Shawna Clingerman; Staples by Splendid Fiins; Stain brushes by Deviant Art.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Hi there! My name is Shawna Clingerman. I am a mom of 4 awesome boys – who are ALL in school for the first time this year! My oldest is 13 and I have a 10, a 9 and a 5 year old. I have been a stay at home mom for 13 years now, so this is a big change for us – and one I think we are all really ready for. It is the end of an era and a whole new chapter for our family, I’m excited though, to see what comes next. I am looking forward to have the time to grow my business and designing MORE during my quiet time while the kids are at school. My husband, George (I just call him “g”), is the best ever. He is a computer geek just like me: a software developer for mobile apps by day, and a game programmer by night. He has always been a huge supporter of my design work, even if it means he has to help fold the laundry or wrangle the boys. We have been living in Vancouver, Washington, happily nestled in suburbia since our oldest was born and we just purchased our dream home in the form of a huge fixer upper. With the boys and the house and the school and the working, our life is a bit crazy, but it is good kind of crazy so I can’t complain!

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I rarely find the time to scrapbook like I used to, but every once in a while something hits me and I just need to scrap it! I made this layout several months ago while we were waiting to hear if the offer we made on our short sale home was approved, I was obsessing and it just felt good to get it out there! Eventually, we DID get the house, and it was totally worth the wait! I will always treasure this layout about our hopes and dreams for this house and I’m so glad I took the time to put it together.

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DIY: Collection by Kristin Cronin-Barrow & Shawna Clingerman

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I only paper scrapped for a little bit before I got into digital – I was so drawn to the fact that I could do it on my computer with out the mess, and, lets be honest, the freebies pulled me in as well!! As I got more into scrapping, I started drawing out little swirlies on paper and scanning them in, until one day (in 2006) my hubby came home and surprised me with a tablet! It wasn’t long before I was making more than just swirlies and eventually started to put together papers and elements. As a scrapper I had the awesome opportunity to be on the site ct for Sweet Shoppe Designs when the doors opened, so it seemed like the obvious choice to aim for a spot there as a designer. I love the Sweet Shoppe and 7 years later, selling there almost just feels like a part of who I am!

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What DOESN’T inspire me to create?? LOL!! I love finding quotes/sayings/songs that kick off a kit idea, sometimes browsing around a color scheme will call to me (thank you Pinterest!). My favorite thing to be inspired by though, is a concept or idea that I personally would like to have a kit for – kinda funny considering I don’t scrap very often, but when I think about it, my favorite kits are often spurred by things that are happening in my own life.

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Computer: I’m a windows girl! Although I have Windows 7 right now and I am avoiding moving up to 8 at all costs – I know 8 is awesome in its own way, but I’ve never loved an operating system before like I love Windows 7! I have a hot pink dell laptop (gotta get my pink on in this house filled with boys!) I honestly don’t know how much RAM it has, enough that my husband gave his stamp of approval though! We usually shop the Dell outlet so that I can get an upgrade every few years. I love to work with an external monitor when I can – in our new house there are enough bedrooms that I get a room all to myself to use as a studio so my set up is evolving some, it is very exciting to have my own space!
Program: Last fall I subscribed to the Adobe Cloud and it is amazing! I have CS6 on my laptop right now and I use illustrator a lot as well. I have also downloaded Lightroom and tried to play a little, but I will definitely need to take some time to learn it because I was just confused!
Camera: I have a Cannon DSLR that is awesome but that I need to pick up more! I used to take pictures all the time but with the kids getting older I don’t have as many “photo” moments, plus my cell phone is always with me and I find myself using it more often than not.
Anything Else: I love my tablet and usually use it over the mouse, my current tablet is a the bamboo fun + touch but with the new office space I think I’m ready for an upgrade!
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A year or so ago, I took the time to make actions for several of my more common design tasks – copy/new/paste, save for web, save as jpg, save as png, expand/contract etc. I now have keyboard shortcuts for most repetitive things and I love the time it saves me! For photographs, I also made a quick action to simple open a jpg, resize it for my blog, and save – I can’t believe how much more fun it makes working in the long run because no one wants to waste time doing the boring stuff! If you’ve never done it before, making an action sounds really intimidating, but it SO is not, really you just do what you usually do only with the record button on. It is so worth the 5 mins it will take to learn and create actions, trust me!

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Hello. Friend. is a kit that still makes me smile when I look at it, I started that kit by drawing the swirly paper pattern and I had so much fun drawing it that I seriously must have spent a full day doodling in illustrator! Sometimes I work to be productive, or to make a product that I think a customer will really love – but that paper I drew just because I wanted to doodle, and I’ll always have a special place in my heart for that kit because of it.
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I love to try to come up with a boyish spin on Valentines Day every year since I’m a mom to 4 little men. This year I went with a kit that was all about how much I love those guys and I just love how it came out – I also love to see that boys mom’s everywhere were looking for the same thing <3
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Here are some of my favorite products by Shawna Clingerman:

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

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Save 25% in Shawna Clingerman’s store with coupon code: thedigifiles (expires 10.31.2013)

Go have a look in Shawna Clingerman’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 Shawna Clingerman

The following layouts were created using “Mister Awesome” by Shawna Clingerman and included in The Digi Files during September, 2013:

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Mister Awesome by Shawna Clingerman; Template by Fiddle Dee Dee; Border by Scrapgirls; Font: Traveling Typewriter.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Mister Awesome by Shawna Clingerman.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Mister Awesome by Shawna Clingerman; Template by Sahlin Studio.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Mister Awesome by Shawna Clingerman; The Tuesday Template No. 13 by Megan Turnidge.

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Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Mister Awesome by Shawna Clingerman; Brushes/stamps by Jellybean Toes; Template by Tiffany Tillman; Font: Marker Felt.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Mister Awesome by Shawna Clingerman; M&M Template1 by M&M Designs; Lil Bit Tags by Katie Pertiet.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Mister Awesome by Shawna Clingerman; Staples by Splendid Fiins; Stain brushes by Deviant Art.

Love Great Design? Try Dribbble

I’ve recently needed to find a designer for some projects here at The Daily Digi and at Capturing Magic. My programmer sent me links to a couple of designers on Dribbble and I spent the next several hours clicking around and being blown away by the designs. Dribbblers share their work in the form of “shots” or basically a screenshot or small portions of what their work.

You can find beautiful typography, amazing app icons, fun packaging, shirts, and so much more.

I happened on Anthony and realized that he was the designer behind the Just Family App icon, that I LOVE! From there, I took a look at his whole firm where he works. Everything else, is history.

From the About page on the Dribbble site:

“What are you working on? Dribbble is a community of designers answering that question each day. Web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and other creative types share small screenshots (shots) that show their work, process, and current projects.

Dribbble is a place to show and tell, promote, discover, and explore design.”

Dribbble around for a bit and let me know if you find any great shots!

Stacked Paper Shapes

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Supplies: Captured Memories by Shawna Clingerman

Stacking paper shapes is a easy way to create new elements from a kit, especially if you’re working with a mini-kit and you just need a couple of additional elements to complete your page. It’s also a good way to create “boy-ish” elements from a girl kit, or vice versa.

Step-By-Step

1. Use the custom shapes tool to draw shapes on a transparent canvas. Each shape should be on its own layer.

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Note: You can purchase additional custom shapes as well as find many free ones on the web.

2. Shadow the shapes, if desired.

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3. Save the file as a layered file (e.g. PSD or TIFF) to be used as a template in the future.

When you’re ready to scrap, pick a kit and clip papers to the shapes. Play with the shadows and experiment with making some of them inner shadows for a cut-out effect.

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Supplies: Captured Memories by Shawna Clingerman

And that’s it! You’ve made your own paper stack shapes. You can also add any buttons, stitches, word art, etc. from the kit to further customize the shapes for your scrapbook page.

I hope this helps some of you to stretch your digi supplies!