Inspired by Lynne-Marie

The following layouts were created using “Tinsel” by Lynne-Marie and included in The Digi Files during November, 2013:


Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Tinsel by Lynne-Marie; Template by Brandy Murry, Brush by Cinnamon Designs; Font: Throw My Hands Up in the Air.


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Tinsel by Lynne-Marie; Soiree (template) by Scrapbook Lady;Click (twine) by One Little Bird.


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Tinsel by Lynne-Marie; .


Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Tinsel by Lynne-Marie; CS5 RadLab Plugin; Fonts: GF Halda, Pea Gemini Jen, Cursif.


Layout by Katie. Supplies: Tinsel by Lynne-Marie; Fonts: Garamond.


Layout by Anne. Supplies: Tinsel by Lynne-Marie; Fonts: DJB Lena and Courier New.

Prompt lists are a journaler’s best friend

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Valorie Wibbins smarties. Another Typewriter font.


Journaling is one of those things that scares a lot of scrapbookers. I’ve emphasized many times that ANYONE can write, but I also know that writer’s block is very real. When you feel like you just can’t figure out what to write about, lists of prompts can really save the day! Here are some of my favorite resources:

Looking at a list of prompts will usually spark some sort of memory to get you going so you might want to bookmark or pin this post to refer back to when you are struggling. That’s what I’m going to do!


A Wealth of Resources


Supplies: The Faulty Marker by Heather Joyce, My Life of Change TDD member exclusive kit

When I first decided to try digital scrapbooking, I opened up the copy of Photoshop Elements that came with my point-and-shoot camera and started figuring it out… slowly! I began hanging out in the scrapbooking galleries and as I wondered how other scrapbookers achieved certain looks, I would search the web for tutorials.

Over time, some of those tips and tricks have become second nature. But it is good to remember that it took years to learn them. If you’re new to digital scrapbooking, I want to say, we all started at the same place you are now! Those beautiful pages in the galleries were created by digi artists who at one time didn’t know about clipping masks or shadowing or visual triangles.

If you want to learn more about page design, The Daily Digi has a wealth of resources and a great search function just off to the right. Here are a few pages and a handful of related articles to give you a glimpse into how TDD can help you work with your digi scrap supplies to capture your memories.


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

On this simple page, I could reference all of these articles:


Supplies: Pockets Stitched No. 6 by Valorie Wibbens, 4×6 Photo Collages No. 1 by Designs by Lili, Be Good to Each Other by Krystal Hartley and Studio Basics, Paper Clips Photo Blocks v2 by Libby Pritchett, Layered Everyday Card by Cindy Schneider

For this page, I used these tips and tricks:


Supplies: Party Rockers by AH Designs

Check out these resources:

Like I said, this is just a small sampling of what is available on The Daily Digi. The “daily” means just that – a daily article every day since January 2009. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of resources available to you on the site.

In addition to the free site resources, members of The Digi Game receive the Digi File kits each month, plus the Playbook, which shows layouts created by our team and the techniques used to achieve the looks, links to more resources and tutorials, and a video tutorial.

Take the time to look around and explore. I think you’ll be surprised at how much is available here on TDD!

Thank you for reading!

Bella Gypsy: Never Too Soon to Search for Santa


Welcome back to Bella Gypsy, the sister design duo! I love the bright bold colors and word art that can be found in Bella Gypsy kits! I also love the out-of-the-box themes that they often create themes around!  It was so fun to talk to Lena during the Daily Digi Digest recording and find out how they came up the theme for their contribution this month as well as several other kits. Be sure to listen in the player below, in iTunes, or download to your computer (links in side bar).  Let’s take a closer look at “In Search Of Santa” 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 Bella Gypsy’s contribution:


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: In Search Of Santa by Bella Gypsy; Font: Noteworthy.


Layout by Lauren. Supplies: In Search Of Santa by Bella Gypsy; .


Layout by Katie. Supplies: In Search Of Santa by Bella Gypsy; Fonts: Jenna Sue.


Layout by Tara. Supplies: In Search Of Santa by Bella Gypsy; .


Layout by Sula. Supplies: In Search Of Santa by Bella Gypsy; Ocean Shimmer (template) by Angelclaud Artroom;
Font: DJB I Tell Real Stories by Darcy Baldwin.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Bella Gypsy Designs is Lena Gardner and Tabatha Reed. They are sisters and best friends, but for the last 7 years they’ve been business partners as well. They both live in Central Kentucky, an hour away from each other. They get together at least once or twice a month and they always end up talking shop. Lena is married and has 3 kids, aged 13, 7, and 5. Tabatha is engaged and has 5 kids, aged 10, 9, 5, 2, and 10 months. Aside from family cookouts and holiday engagements, they have 8 birthday parties to throw every year and a fun Halloween party tradition, so even without much effort, they get to see each other often!





Tabatha’s layout:

The best part about summer is getting to play outside with water! It’s so much fun seeing the kids let loose and get soaked and have a blast doing it. These are the kind of memories I never want to forget! My tip would be don’t be afraid of patterns and mix it up!

Soaked Collection by Bella Gypsy, Head Over Heels by LGFD.

Lena’s layout:

I have hundreds of photos of our kids together, but cousins pages are never the first thing I think to scrap. I’m glad I did with this great template by SWL. My tip is to rotate your templates. This was original a straight design, but when I was finished scrapping the page entirely, I grouped all of the layers together except for the background, rotate it as a whole just slightly counterclockwise, and voila, you have a different look.

Twice Removed Collection by Bella Gypsy. Celebrate Template by Scrapping With Liz.



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They’ve been telling this story for years and while it’s a long one, the short version is that Tabatha took the skills she taught herself in Paint Shop Pro and taught them to Lena after she realized that Lena had a natural talent for drawing and doodling on paper. They were both at a crossroads in their personal lives when Bella Gypsy launched back in February 2006, and they never realized what a huge part of their lives it was going to become. Tabatha taught Lena everything she knew, and then they continued to learn together.

Real life! You’ll find in Lena and Tabatha’s store this year kits that they created based on their own personal needs. Once Upon A Meal was designed so that Lena could document her family’s tradition of telling made up fairy tale stories at the dinner table. Rawr Means I Love You was designed for Lena’s son’s birthday party this year. Twice Removed was designed because “cousin” kits are hard to find in the digital world, but Lena and Tabatha both have tons of photos of their kids together. They design around their digital scrapbook needs–it just conveniently translates into products that other scrappers need and want, too. Lena and Tabatha scrap with their own kits since they are tailor made for themselves!

Computer: Tab is working on a Toshiba Satellite laptop, with 1/2 a terabyte HD
and 6 gigs of RAM, and Lena’s working on an HP desktop with a 1TBHD and 8
gigs of RAM.

Program: They both use Photoshop Creative Cloud, including Adobe Illustrator.

Camera: They have the same type of camera–A Canon Rebel T2, but Tabatha uses a 50mm 1.4 lens while Lena uses a 50mm 1.8 lens.

Anything Else: Paper and colored pencils! Lena likes to sketch things out by hand while a collection is in the planning stages. She has a Wacom but it is collecting dust in a drawer.

Tabatha and Lena both have similar scrapping styles, and they both like bold backgrounds. Journaling is important though, and to do both requires some creative intervention. They include blended stamps, or graffiti, in every kit or collection, and slipping one behind journaling atop a bold background helps it be readable!



Fall is both Tabatha and Lena’s favorite season. Fall Frolic is a collection that highlights everything they love about Fall, including the warm rich colors. They have begun creating everything as collections, because as scrappers themselves, they love having everything in one product to create traditional scrapbook pages and pocket style scrapping (which they both do.)

With 6 boys between them, Lena and Tabatha have no shortage of boyish inspiration. This kit and bundle became one of their best sellers because it was boyish and whimsical…great for baby boy pages, but without being babyish. Their team rocked the pages with the kit and it quickly became a fan favorite.


Here are some of my favorite products by Bella Gypsy:

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

Go have a look in Bella Gypsy’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 Bella Gypsy

The following layouts were created using “In Search Of Santa” by Bella Gypsy and included in The Digi Files during November, 2013:

Layout by SharonS. Credits: In Search of Santa by Bella Gypsy; Template by Tracy Reed; Font: The Teenage Dream, Brush by Penny Springmann.

Layout by Melissa. Credits: In Search of Santa by Bella Gypsy; Too Many Photos 122 by Janet Phillips; Font: Comic Sans MS.


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: In Search Of Santa by Bella Gypsy; Font: Noteworthy.


Layout by Lauren. Supplies: In Search Of Santa by Bella Gypsy; .


Layout by Katie. Supplies: In Search Of Santa by Bella Gypsy; Fonts: Jenna Sue.


Layout by Tara. Supplies: In Search Of Santa by Bella Gypsy; .


Layout by Sula. Supplies: In Search Of Santa by Bella Gypsy; Ocean Shimmer (template) by Angelclaud Artroom;
Font: DJB I Tell Real Stories by Darcy Baldwin.

Intentional Memory Making

I love this quote by Edith Schaeffer. What a beautiful idea that family is a museum for all our precious memories.

We’re all about memory keeping. Isn’t that why we are all here? The Daily Digi exists because there is a group of women (and a few men!) who want to preserve our memories for family and friends. We want to take today’s activity and make it tomorrow’s memory!

There are many memories which can’t be planned. The silly quotes of a three-year-old, the tears after seeing your newborn child, the joy (and frustration) of a new puppy, a special night out with friends who make you feel loved. Our lives will be filled with many moments that, while unexpected, demand to be remembered. Part of the fun of the memory is in the surprise itself.


“Memories don’t need to be be just a thing of chance collection, but can have some measure of planning.” — Edith Schaeffer

As a mom, I know that I can highly influence the memories that my family makes. I (along with my husband) decide how to spend our money, what experiences we want to have, and what sights and sounds we want our children to be surrounded by. Life (and the memories it creates) can’t all be planned, but there is definitely room for intentionally deciding on what things we want to fill our museum of memories with.

For our family, one of the memories we have decided to create is taking family walks. I wanted something specific that our kids could look back on and say, “We always did that.” Now, there are other things that could fill in the blank “We always did _________,” but rather than let life choose the answer, I wanted to choose it. And I chose walks.

Taking walks as a family incorporates many of our family values: time together, being outdoors, being physically active, exploring creation, enjoying the seasons, teaching patience and perseverance, being frugal, appreciating the culture we live in, and many more. When we set out on a family walk, I know that we are teaching important life lessons as well as creating special memories.

Obviously, taking family walks is just one way of intentionally creating memories. There are so many more. I know families who regularly have people over for dinner. I know families that go camping every summer. I know families that read aloud together every night before bed. I know families who turn up the music and do dishes together. I know families that serve at soup kitchens every Thanksgiving. I know families that run in local races together. It isn’t so much the activity itself that matters, but rather, it is the choice to intentionally make something a part of your lives and a part of your memories.

As our family memory keepers, doesn’t it make sense that we as scrappers also serve as memory makers? What kinds of experiences can we intentionally create? What kinds of traditions can we start in our homes? What activities or experiences do we want our kids to remember? I know that if I am not careful, my children’s memories will be filled with mom sitting at the computer!

To get you thinking about intentionally creating memories in your home, ask yourself these questions:

  • What traditions do we already have? What do we like/not like about them?
  • Are there traditions we would like to start?
  • What kinds of memories do we want our kids to have (be more specific than just “happy.”)
  • What are our happiest memories so far?
  • Imagine being old and grey and rocking with your hubby on your front porch. What kinds of stories do you want to be able to tell?
  • If you asked your kids, “What is something we like to do as a family?” what would they say? What do you want them to say?
  • What family values are communicated through the activities, memories, and traditions you have?

If you want to start a new tradition, activity, or experience, keep these tips in mind:

  • Know why you are choosing it and what values it communicates.
  • Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that creating lasting memories means spending lots of money. There are many inexpensive or free memories to be had!
  • Choose activities that everyone will enjoy (or will grow to enjoy). Usually, if mom and dad genuinely enjoy an activity, their children will learn to enjoy it as well. Don’t choose something that you don’t like to do or you will never want to do it!
  • Be mindful of the different ages and abilities in your family and make accommodations for those who need it (for example, we have a baby carrier and a hiking backpack so our youngest ones can go on walks without getting too tired.)
  • Look for activities that allow you to interact as a family (not just stare at a screen).

So, what kinds of memories can you intentionally create for your family? Remember, today’s experiences are tomorrow’s scrapbook pages!

Making a Template Work for You {Video Tutorial}

As a very simple scrapper, it would be easy for me to dismiss any templates that weren’t “my style.” However, in doing so I would lose out on some of the amazing templates that the digital scrapbooking community has to offer.

Instead of saying, “Nope, not for me,” I now look at a template and say, “Wow, that’s great. What can I do to it to make it more ‘Janet-like?'”

In this 9 minute video, you will watch me take a template that is outside my normal style and turn it into a template that totally works for me. Templates are only limited by your own creativity!

So tell me, do you change templates or do you use as-is? Enquiring minds want to know!

Fall Friday Fun

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Anna Aspnes Autumn Reverie – part of this month’s digi files


Hope you are all enjoying this fabulous fall Friday! I’m excited to share all the great finds out there in digiland!

Oh Happy Days is a fun happy kit with loads of journaling options for noting those happy fun filled memories! With a limited time, FWP add-on.



Autumn Nocturne, new this week from Kimeric Kreations



Down This Road Designs is having a Goodbye Sale and retiring over 65 products from her ScrapMatters shop.  These products will never be available again, so grab them while you can.

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Quirky Twerp has teamed with Arty Pants for another Digital Stamp kit! These kits spark your art journaling ideas.



No need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to holiday cards. Katie used last year’s Salutations template set to create this year’s greeting cards. Such an easy way to display the year’s best memories! Sale price on this template set is only $3.50 (sale price will show in cart).

holiday cards


True story, the first step in embracing your T.V. obsession is scrapping about it! Seriously though, whether you want to scrap about your favorite show, your social media show check-ins, your little one’s fascination with cartoons, or your soap opera obsession, (we aren’t judging), Sofa Spud by Bella Gypsy is the digital scrapbook collection for you!



The new Merry & Bright Bundle by Connie Prince is on sale now.  Two fabulous holiday themed kits plus extras are included in the bundle for only $9.99.



EZ As Pie by Erica Zane at SSD is a fun element/stitch set that makes it super EZ to make your own pie charts.



Heather T. has a new collection of holiday-themed silhouettes, this time for Christmas. PU at MScraps, CU at Scrapflower; both 20% off through Sunday.



Jennifer Labre has announced her new store and is having a huge product retirement sale!



New at Studio Rosey Posey this week is Christmas to Remember Bundle II. The original Christmas to Remember Collection is also on sale!



Are you planning an album to share your daily December memories? Pick up the December Story Collection — 40% off thru11.21.13 PLUS receive a set of versatile photo overlays FREE.



Sugary Fancy added 2 new packs of templates at store this week and they are 30% off!



It’s one more thing I wait until the last minute to do ~ create my customized calendars as gifts during this incredibly busy time of the year. Fuss Free: Last Minute {Calendar 2014}, Sets 1-3, is part of my Fuss Free: Last Minute series. These calendar templates are designed to assist you in creating personalized and unique calendars, and make a perfect gift for friends and family this coming holiday season. Available in three different sizes.

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Create your own flip over calendar for 2014 with Maya de Groot’s newest templates.



Stolen Moments is retiring close to 30 products in preparation for moving to a new store. New products will be added to the clearance category weekly, so keep checking back for updates.



*NEW* Spread Your Wing Collection – 20% Off through 11/17



Here are some other fun finds that have caught my eye lately:






























Be sure to Don’t forget to check out the latest episode of The Digi Show!



Don’t forget the coupon that AdoramaPix created just for our readers…good for 40% off 8×8 photo books. You can use for as many books as you would like, as many times as you want until it expires on November 30th 2013! Here’s the code: pxmagic40


Have a happy and scrappy weekend!

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