The Weekend Is the Time to Shine

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Credits: Shine by Litabells from this month

We recorded a new episode of The Digi Show this week. Stop by the show post and join the conversation! But first, take a look at all the new goodies in digiland this Funtastic Friday!

There’s a new exclusive freebie on Studio Basic facebook fan page.

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A super fun alpha stitch set by Erica Zane at SSD, Hang Ups will make some awesome titles or accents! This super versatile digital scrapbook alpha stitch set is sure to be used again and again.

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The Hidden Heart in retiring. Don’t miss the sale and get your favorite products for half price!

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Quirky Twerp has a new collection called Latest Adventure, and look for the coordinating add-on.

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New This Or That Collection by Connie Prince focuses on TEENS, both boys and girls! Three bundle options are available and all individual packs are on sale 40% off.

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Don’t be too busy being awesome to scoop up this must have digital scrapbook collection by Bella Gypsy at Scrap Orchard! Rich, vibrant hues in a fun palette, perfect for pages of boys or girls in any season!

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WM[squared] is escaping to Utah this week with her new bundle.

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Be sure to check out the newest members of Studio Wendy’s 2014 calendar family including Journal Card-sized calendars and 12×12 calendar bottoms. All 2014 calendars, including traditional letter-sized ones are on sale this week. Designer versions available.

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Check out Scrapping with Liz’s new Wavy Templates. They have fun photo masks and are sure to keep the focus on your photos. Purchase Wavy Templates 1 and you’ll get Wavy Templates 2 for FREE! Offer good through 9.12.

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Now that the kids are back to school, it’s time to SCRAP! Get those pictures you took of them all cleaned up and full of anticipation into the albums with this fun back to school themed kit by Angie Kovacs. Save 20% by using the coupon code school4you by 9/9.

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Miss Mint’s got some pocket style cards to get you scrapping back to school with a bang. Take 15% off any of these individual packs or save 20% when you purchase either 3–set card collection PLUS you get a coordinating 33pc. digital washi tape set FREE. Offers ends Fri. Sept. 6th (midnight EST).

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No Limits is a new collection by Kimeric Kreations.

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Misty Cato has two kits on sale to help scrap your volleyball or soccer players this fall. Check out the Bargain Bites section at Sweet Shoppe Designs where you will find both Kickin’ It and Can You Dig It on sale for 40% off.

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We love our customers and fans so much! Please join us in our YOU MATTER Customer Appreciation Week Sept. 6-12! Items on sale for as low as $1, designer coupon blitz, designer gallery standouts, RAKs, $5 FWP bundles and more!

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Check out this gorgeous new kit from Jenn Labre…

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Dunia is celebrating her birthday with a sale…all products 30% OFF!

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The September BYOC is hitting the stores today and Pink Reptile’s contribution has everything you need to scrap about your favorite series and soaps! Make sure you grab it this weekend while it’s all 20% off!

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Maya de Groot is celebrating her 21st birthday and design anniversary with new products, a designer spotlight (+freebie) and a 40% storewide sale.

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New this week @ ValC designs – See the world enjoy a 20% off during the first week end!

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Designs by Megan Turnidge and Tickled Pink Studio teamed up to bring you this monstrously cute kit, Monster Mayhem! It’s 20% off and you’ll also receive a FREE gift with purchase!

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Scrapbookgraphics’ latest Studio Mix is in the shop and it’s stunning! Grab it and any of the b-sides before the next one is released and you can save 20%.

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Meagan’s Creations has an adorable baby bundle for you this week! Kit, glitters, journal cards, word art clusters, paints, clusters and quick pages make this a must-have for all baby albums! Save 20% through Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at ScrapMatters!

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5 New digital products, to include 3 sets of ArtsyKardz for Project 365/Life, a FotoInspired DoubleTemplate and a MonthReview DoublePage Template perfect for muti-photo scrapbooking. The MidWeek Release is available in the aA store as individual products, each discounted by 20% until Wednesday Sept 11, 2013.

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“Tension” is the newest class at Masterful Scrapbook Design: Put narrative and visual tension techniques to work on your scrapbook pages. Get feedback in office hours on your own layouts from guest designers including Anna Aspnes.

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Check back next week for more September fun!

Make Your Digital Scrapbooking Shine

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Litabells’ slightly shabby and weathered look along with her beautiful colors and coordinated papers and elements are sure to make you want to scrap! I love the sophistication found in her kits that make them perfect for an “All About Me” page or a fun day with the family. Let’s take a closer look at “Shine” 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 Litabells Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Designs; Shape Up (template) by Amy Martin.

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Layout by KimberlyK. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Designs; Jump for Joy (heart flair) by Paislee Press; Font: Another Typewriter.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Designs; Fonts: GF Halda.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Designs; Cranberry (template) by Sara Gleason.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Designs; Template freebie by Mommyish Designs; Christmas Day by Lindsay Jane; Grazzi by TDD.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My name is Melita Bloomer, and I live in Melbourne, Australia, with my husband and 2 daughters.

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I created this layout using my own kit, Adjust Your Sails, which was designed with the storms of life in mind. I love the slightly grungey, artsy feel to it.
I also used a fantastic Zoliofrope template to create this page, and great tip for personalising templates is to blend the included shapes into your background page, to create an artful, painted look.

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I first started scrapbooking after attending a Creative Memories class back in 2003. I discovered the world of digi in 2007 and fell in love with the ease of it and the wide variety of goodies available.

In 2009 I started offering layout sketches as inspiration on my personal bog. After encouragement and much prodding from a good friend, I decided to take the plunge into the design world as a template designer. One thing lead to another and I now create kits, alphas, the works!

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I’m very much a mood scrapper/designer. I don’t tend to scrap or design around life’s events, but more so for the everyday moments and emotions.

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Computer: I run an ASUS notebook with 4GB of RAM.
Program: Photoshop CS6
Camera: I have a little pink Canon point and shoot, that I haven’t picked up in much too long! I tend to stick with the iphone for pic snapping, since it’s just so convenient, but I do miss the quality of a better camera. Must make more of an effort!
Anything Else: I do have a Wacom tablet, but we’re yet to become friends…I can’t seem to wrap my tiny little mind around it!
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My tip would be to not be afraid to scrap the less than great moments. We’re all so keen to document the happy moments, but I think it’s just as important to put down on paper those moments that test and try you.

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I designed the Adjust Your Sails bundle when life was throwing a few curveballs my way, and the creative outlet it provided was just what I needed. The theme obviously spoke to me, as did the soft colour palette. I went with a bundle because I’m a big fan of one stop scrapping – having all the goodies there that I need, without having to dig through my stash for anything extra. Life’s hard enough without throwing in extra work lol

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My most popular kit is by far Vintage Desktop. I chose the colours for this one based on a bundle of vintage envelopes and ephemera I had sitting on my desk at the time. I think it’s popularity stems from the fun mix of vintage ephemera and scrappy essentials.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Litabells Designs:

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

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Save $5 off any order of $10 or more in Litabells Designs’s store with coupon code LBD_5off10 (Expires – October 31st 2013).

Go have a look in Litabells Designs’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 Litabells

The following layouts were created using “Shine” by Litabells Designs and included in The Digi Files during September, 2013:

Layout by Jan. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Design; Little Bitta Template by Little Green Frog Designs.

Layout by Rachel. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Design.

Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Design; New Beginnings Template by Litabells Designs.

Layout by Yolanda. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Design; Convostation Template by Zoliofrop.

Layout by Elina. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Design.

Layout by Jeanet. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Design.

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Design; Template by Boutique Cute Doll; Font: The Sharon.

Layout by Gloria. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Design; Got Gesso V4 by Litabells Designs, Photomasks2 by Ju Kniepp.

Layout by Jaimie. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Design; Mixed Media Mashup Template by Krystal Hartley.

Layout by Monica. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Design.

Layout by Tara. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Design.

Layout by Anne. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Design; Font: American Typewriter.

Layout by Anne. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Design.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Designs; Shape Up (template) by Amy Martin.

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Layout by KimberlyK. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Designs; Jump for Joy (heart flair) by Paislee Press; Font: Another Typewriter.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Designs; Fonts: GF Halda.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Designs; Cranberry (template) by Sara Gleason.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Shine by Litabells Designs; Template freebie by Mommyish Designs; Christmas Day by Lindsay Jane; Grazzi by TDD.

Organizing Supplies: To Tag or Not to Tag

This is the second article in Melissa’s series on organizing in Photoshop Elements. You can find her first post here.

The first reaction many scrapppers have to the thought of organizing their supplies is:

I could never sit there and tag all those thousands of files – I’ve got better things to do.

I agree! If I’m scrapping, I don’t want to be spending time tagging. But I don’t want to spend time hunting through messy folders either.

Leave tagging behind

Using the Photoshop Elements Organizer doesn’t mean you have to tag every item in your stash for it to be useful.

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, and Organizer works with a wide variety of organizing styles.

Tag simply, to start with. You can always add more tags, but if you start trying to tag with too many details you’ll find yourself wading through an endless list of keywords with only a few items under each one.

A note about tags: In the PSE 11 Organizer the keywords, categories and subcategories you create are all contained in the Tags/Info panel in the Media ‘room’.
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The basic structure is:

  • Keyword (top level)

    • Category 1 (Second level)
      • Sub-Category (third level)
    • Category 2 (Second level)

You can drag and drop your tags around the structure.

Leave folder organizing behind

import from computerOne benefit of a catalogue system is that all you need to do with your supplies is unzip them and tell Organizer to import them.

You can do that in one of four ways:

  • Using watched folders to automatically import new supplies (Windows only)
  • Dragging the new supplies onto the Organizer window (Mac or PC)
  • Going to File – Import – From Files and Folders (Mac or PC)
  • Clicking on the Import button (Mac or PC PSE11+)

Organizer does not require anything more complex that that. All the rest of the organizing is done within the program.

Now, I’d be lying if I said I just dump all my zips into one big folder and run Unzip Them All, but if you don’t care how the folders look, why not try it!

What do I do next?

There are many different ways you can organize supplies, so before you get started, take a look a how some of our favourite scrappers organize and see which one appeals to you.

I’ve included instructions for how to get started with these methods along with downloadable tags to jump start the organizing process.

Let’s start with Steph….

The Steph: Previews

Steph likes automation and doesn’t want to spend all her time tagging. If you are a ‘kit-scrapper’ and you like the ease of scrapping with pre-coordinated kits, you will love this method of organizing.

Using PSE Organizer to tag your previews can be simple.

Go to the Find menu, then click By Details and Metadata…
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Enter in the following Search Criteria (click to see a larger image):

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Be sure to select All of the Selection Criteria (AND)

  • Filename Ends with .jpg
  • Pixel Width Is between 400 and 800
  • Select Save this Search Criteria in a Saved search.
  • Name: Previews

Since most previews are smaller sized jpg files, we have found them all in one fell swoop.

If you just want to browse through your previews easily, then you are done!

Any time you want to quickly look through your previews, click the magnifying glass in the search box, select Saved Searches and then click on ‘Previews’.

If you have PSE10 or earlier, just go to your albums pane and click the album named Previews.

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Want to get more specific?

Steph also adds some theme keywords to her previews. I’ll show you how to do that as we look at other organizing styles below.

If you think you’ll want more than just pulling up a nice collage of previews (newest to oldest by default), you may want to apply a preview tag to your previews.

  1. Select all the files that came up from the search (To select all, press Ctrl+A/Cmd+A on a Mac)
  2. Create a new keyword for Previews by pressing the green plus but on the top right of and name it “Previews”
  3. Then drag the “Previews” tag to the selected elements

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Now, when you click on the “Previews” tag arrow on the right, you can see all your previews.

To find the related kit

Once you have the preview you want to use selected, click on the Information tab in PSE11 (or go to Window – Properties in PS10 or earlier) and click on the File Location. Voilà, your folder opens with the kit contents inside.

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Easy isn’t it?

The Katie: Themes & Faves

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Katie described her folder system in the popular Digital Scrapbook Organization – 3 ways article.

I like how she used numbers to keep everything in order. Her holiday themed items go in order by month number followed by numbered sections for types of supplies. If this idea intrigues you be sure to read more here.

I’ve included a tag file for you with Katie’s folder list, in case you’d like to replicate it.

Download ‘The Katie’ Template tag system to get started

Download just Katie’s annual themes (1-12) here

You can tag your kits by theme quickly by just dragging tags onto the previews, and maybe a few of the more specific theme-y embellishments and word art (think Christmas baubles or four leaf clovers).

Keep it manageable by not over-tagging, remember you can easily find the kit the preview relates to by using the File Location link.

How to import tags

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You can import these keyword lists by clicking on the green + button in the Keywords Panel and then Import Keyword Tags from File.

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Katie inspired me to begin tagging my templates by number of photos.

First, find Templates by searching for:

  1. Go to Find and click on By Details Metadata…
  2. Select File name ends with psd
  3. Scroll through your templates and drag over tags for the number of photo spots on the template.

I have been using this system for years and love it!

Download ‘The Katie’ Template tag system to get started

Setting up a favourites folder

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Katie also keeps a favourites folder of her go to supplies to make scrapping quick and easy.

You could simply:

  1. Create a new album for your faves
  2. Add items to the album by dragging them onto the album
  3. To see all your favourites, just double click on the album

The Ali: Find your type

Ali Edwards keeps her organizing simple and files supplies by type – all papers together, all frames together, all metal items together etc.

Though I don’t recommend breaking up kits in this way in a folder structure (it’s time consuming if you have a big stash), you can use keyword tags to keep it simple.

Here’s a couple of example searches that would help you get started with Ali’s method.

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  1. Find By Details and Metadata… be sure to select an All of the Selection Criteria (AND)
    • Pixel width 3600
    • File name ends with jpg
  2. Tag by colour or pattern
  3. Ctrl+Click (Cmd+Click on the Mac) to select multiple papers at once
  4. Drag the paper tag (or colour tag, or pattern tag) onto the items

It has now found every single paper I have in my digital scrapbooking files (no, I’m not going to tell you how many that is!)

Embellishments

  1. Find By Details and Metadata… be sure to select an All of the Selection Criteria (AND)
    • File name contains flower (or button or ribbon etc)
    • File name ends with png
  2. Ctrl+Click (Cmd+Click on the Mac) to select multiple embellishments at once
  3. Drag the flower tag onto the items

Download ‘The Ali’ tag system to get started

The Stacy: Scrap by Colour

Stacy Julian loves colour! If you do too, you may like to organize by colour.

In Photoshop Elements (and Picasa too) you can search by colour.

To start with, find one item in the colour you are looking for

Then do a visual similarity search:

  1. Click Find, By Visual Searches, Visually similar photos and videos
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  2. Click Ok, Start indexing if prompted (and got have a cup of tea if you have a big collection)
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  3. Drag the slider over to colour
  4. Your results will appear

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If you want to tag items by colour, set up keyword for each colour (or download my samples!) and drag the items over onto the tag for each colour.

To find your pink papers, just click on the arrow to the far right of the Pink tag in the tags panel.

Simple!

Real life example: I tag only my papers by colour, I will look for a paper, find one I like then click on ‘Show in Windows Explorer’ to see the rest of the kit. Then I usually just scrap with that kit.

Download ‘The Stacy’ colour tag system here

The Peppermint: Categorize it All

If you are like Peppermint Granberg, Debbie Hodge, Kayla Lameroux or me, you’d love to be able to pin point your supplies with accuracy and speed.

Using a combination of all of the above methods, you can tag to your heart’s content and find all your Easter word art with two clicks of a mouse.

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  1. Click on the arrow to the right of Easter
  2. Click on the arrow to the right of Word Art
  3. DONE!

If you are willing to use a bit more time, and some advanced searching and photo stacking, you can make your Organizer run like a super efficient supply discovery machine.

My most popular video ever shows more details of how I quickly find a variety of supplies.

Let’s take a look at how I would search for all my alphas, and make it easy to browse through them all.

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  1. Find By Details and Metadata… be sure to select an All of the Selection Criteria (AND)
  2. Add the search criteria
    • File name ends with png
    • File name includes alpha, lower or upper
  3. Tag, then stack your alphas to have less clutter! Go to Edit – Stack – Stack Selected Photos (or right click and then Stack Selected Photos)stack-alphas
  4. To see individual letters and use them, simply click on the arrow next to the top image in the stack

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Now that is beautiful!

Download a starter set of the keyword tags for ‘The Peppermint’

Help! I don’t know where to start!

Not sure what system will work for you?

I suggest you download the Peppermint Starter tags. They are a simplified place to start and you can just add more tags if and when you need them.

If you don’t want to use a tag you can just right click on it and delete it (it won’t delete any tagged images) or ignore it.

Keep it Up

As with any system keeping up is the key. That’s why I encourage you to start simple with a watched folder and a saved search for previews.

Just having your supplies in Organizer makes it simple to find them.

You can always do a quick text search of the file names (Find menu – By Filename…) even if you aren’t doing any tagging and search easily for designers by the name they use to prefix their files (eg Flergs, CSchneider, KRL).

If you want to tag, you can work on it whenever you have few minutes spare on the computer. Watching TV with your laptop alongside you? You can find untagged items by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Q (Cmd+Shift+Q on a Mac) and tag away.

Backup

Though I talked about backing up in Effortless Organizing in Photoshop Elements – here’s a little reminder.

Photoshop Elements prompts you to backup your catalogue – I suggest backing up to an External Hard Disk, if you have one.

I keep all my supplies on my main (internal) Hard Disk as I find it gives me faster access to the supplies and internal hard disks are much less likely to crash or die on you.

If you keep your supplies on an external drive, you can still use this method to back up to a second hard drive or burn DVDs of your supplies.

Go to File – Backup to CD, DVD or Hard Drive to start the backup process.

What about you?

Are you a Steph, Katie, Ali or Stacy? Or maybe a Peppermint? I’d love to hear your take on these organizing ideas in the comments. Where’s your organizing sweet spot?

Melissa_Shanhun_2013About the Author

Melissa helps scrapbookers cut the overwhelm of photos and supplies through simple and painless organizing strategies. Learn more about effortless organizing at Digital Scrapbooking HQ

Get Organized: Supplies will teach you the quick and easy way to get your supplies under control. Inside Get Organized: Supplies there’s a worksheet to help you decide what organizing system will work for you and I’ll walk you through the process step by step. Tame that shopping addiction and use all the beautiful products you’ve purchased with Get Organized: Supplies.

Get Organized: Supplies

Designers share the best photo tips

designers share the best tips

technogeek instalife card by Ziggle Designs. Verdana font.

 

I love to read the contributor features here at The Daily Digi and I can tell from the comments we get, that many of you feel the same way! Of course, I love to find out more about the designers who are generous enough to support the site with their amazing designs, but I also learn a lot from them! The interviews include favorite tips and tricks from the designers themselves and because they are experts in the field of digital scrapbooking, they have some really great advice! Here are a few of my favorite photo-related tidbits I’ve picked up from the designers we’ve worked with.

Keeping track of where your pictures are taken

Here’s a tip I never would have thought of, but it’s a fun one! Danielle of Something Blue Studios shared something she learned in a photography workshop in her feature.

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I borrowed my son’s hand to demonstrate this tip. When you bookend your photos from one location this way, it is very easy to spot them all in your photo files. Hand against the sky, sign of where we were at (Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah), and then the pictures from  that location. Then another hand in the sky photo to signal the end. This could be useful for travel photos or if you are taking a large amount of photos.

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Lighten dark photos

Julia Makotinsky shared a quick tip in her contributor feature to lighten up dark photos.

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I couldn’t wait to try this one out. This is a picture of my son in Disneyland in a dark environment.

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I used the same tricks in PSE 11 by duplicating the layer and switching to screen mode on the new layer.

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Although it’s still a dark picture (it was in a dark room after all), it looks a lot better now and it only took seconds to make the fix!

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Black and white conversions

Peppermint Granberg of One Little Bird Designs shared her process for great black and white photo conversions.

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I decided to take a colorful photo from my archives (2010)

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and then I used Pioneer Woman’s free black & white action (link in this post).

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I opened up one of Peppermint’s neutral papers and used her technique to fill the layer above my photo with the same color using the eyedropper tool. Again, I had no problem using this same technique in PSE 11.

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I love the results! It’s a subtle difference, but the photo has a more neutral tone to it and would match the kit I pulled the paper from.

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Don’t overlook the great resource of archives from the contributor features here at The Daily Digi. We work with the best designers in digiland and they are so generous to share their expertise with all of us!

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5 Birthday Photos You Don’t Want to Miss (and how to scrap them!)

Let’s be honest. I have a lot of kids. Six of them to be exact. And despite my best efforts, they refuse to stay small. I beg them over and over again to JUST. STOP. GROWING. But they won’t listen. When my son was three, I asked him, “Can you please stay little forever?” His response? “Sorry mom. I have to grow big and change numbers!” Sigh. I suppose he is right.

And so, along with those six children and their refusal to stay little, we have a lot of birthdays. In fact, all six of them have birthdays in a three month period. And yea, so do my husband and I. That means that in three months (from January 30 to May 1), we have EIGHT birthdays to celebrate. That’s a lot of cake! And what’s more, in the years that these six are in our home, we will celebrate a child’s birthday 108 times. Yes, 108 times. So not only is that a lot of cake, that is a lot of photos!

And even though I am much more of a moment scrapper than an event scrapper, I do try to scrap some big events. Birthdays are one of those events that I just can’t seem to not scrap. But how do I capture and scrap 108 birthdays?

It’s actually easier than it seems.

I’ve noticed over the years that I have come to a point where although I often take a lot of birthday photos, there are five that I take on every birthday. If I get those, I call it good. These are the five photos that I just don’t want to miss:

1. The Birthday Boys or Girl: On (or around) each birthday, I try to take some individual shots of the child. I love to see the progression from year to year. I can then use these photos on a birthday layout or any layout that is about that child at that particular time.

2. The Traditions: Over the years we have developed some birthday traditions. I always try to make sure I get some photos of these, especially if it is something we have done for each of the kids. It is fun to see the consistencies in our celebrations over the years. For example, on all of our children’s second birthdays, we have filled their crib with balloons. Everyone looks forward to this….so much so that this year, when our sweet Bethany turned two and was already out of a crib, we actually put her in a crib she hadn’t slept in in months and filled it with balloons! We also always let the child choose the meals for the day and I try to document those as well.

3. The Cake: The birthday cake (or cupcakes) is always a big part of our celebrations. I always let the children choose what kind of cake they want me to make (and the colors!) I see them growing up just by looking at their cake choices! I also always take photos of them blowing out their candles (being sure that any number candles face the right way for a photo and then if desired, turned around so they are “right” for the child blowing.)

4. The Presents and Decorations: What is a birthday without a few gifts for the special boy or girl? I always try to take a few photos of the wrapped gifts and then of the kids opening the presents. It’s fun to see what they asked for and what they were excited to open. I also take pictures of any decorations we put up (often handmade by the other kids).

5. The Activity (or party): Each our children gets to choose a birthday activity for our family to enjoy together. Usually, we do this in lieu of a party. They spend months agonizing over what kind of activity they want to do. When the day finally arrives, they are so excited. I always make sure to document this activity well. They are treasured memories of our time together as a family as well as a visible reminder of the things they were excited about at specific ages. Just this year we went horseback riding, the to Children’s Museum, on a walk in the park, to Pilot Mountain, to a trampoline park, and camping!

I feel that if I get photos of these five things each birthday, I will have captured the essence of the day and the age of the child. It’s that simple. And with those photos properly saved, scrapping birthdays is quite easy. In just a few minutes I can throw together layouts, all centered around one of these five things. I often create two page layouts to summarize the entire celebration. Also, I love to add pages to our birthday books!

Is there anything that I have missed? Do you have special “must have” photos or layouts for birthdays?

Post image credits: Number and banner are from BIRTHDAY BOY by Zoe Pearn. Fonts are Ostrich Sans Rounded, Source Sans Pro, and my recent fav, The Only Exception by Kimberly Geswein.

Welcome the Designers of TDF#57

We are kicking off September in a BIG way with SEVEN new designers and SEVEN never-before-released collections of digital scrapbooking products that you can get for $7.50 or less TOTAL! That’s over $50 worth of product.  It’s an UNBELIEVEABLE deal and the BEST deal in digital scrapbooking! Here is a look at the designers for this month:

Litabells

Shawna Clingerman

M&M Designs

Veronica Spriggs of Studio Vivarant

Penny Springmann

ValC Designs

Ellie Lash

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:

There is so much I love! But I think the reason why I’ve been a member for almost 2 years is the variety! Sometimes the files include products I normally wouldn’t buy but once I try them out, I find I really like them on my pages. Thank you! – Christina

I am not even a digi scrapper (although I’d count as a hybrid one) but I decided to join TDD to support the Digi Show (which I love- you guys are so fun to listen to!). I really love getting the new files every month and I can’t wait for September. – Liz

I havent been a subscriber for very long but I am excited each month at what I have received! – I am learning so much from the tons of information the Daily Digi has to offer and it has helped me grow as a scrapper and tweak my technique!
Looking forward to the future! – Sonya

I am into my second year of TDD and I have loved the first of the month ever since I started my membership.  :-). This is the first month where all designers were new to me. I’m never disappointed and I look forward to reading your daily blog posts!  I appreciate all your hard work — thank you!! – akrubygal

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.

 

My Life of Happiness

 

“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. “My Life of Happiness” contains: 114 papers, over 250 elements, 4 layered templates, and 2 alpha sets. This amazing collection was created by 34 of the top digital scrapbooking designers (all of whom are previous contributors to THE DIGI FILES).

Here’s a closer look at everything that is included in “My Life of Happiness”:

Allison Pennington

Amy Wolff

Bella Gypsy Designs

Chelle’s Creations

Connie Prince

Down This Road Designs

Erica Zane

Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

Heather T.

Jennifer Labre

Kimeric Kreations

Kristin Aagard

Maya de Groot

Michelle Batton

Misty Cato

pink reptile designs

Quirky Twerp

Re Kneipp{studio}

Scrapbooklady

Snips and Snails Designs

Something Blue Studios

Stolen Moments- Amber LaBau

Studio Flergs

Studio Rosey Posey

Studio SuzyQ Scraps

Studio Wendy

Sugary Fancy

t for me designs

Tickled Pink Studio

Tracy Martin

Laura Passage

(formerly Wishing Well Creations)

Ziggle Designs by Kami