It’s Not Too Late for a Happy New Year

I have a confession to make:

I have never sent a family Christmas Card.

Shocking, I know.

I could list all kinds of excuses such as living overseas, friends all over the world, and just being too busy. But really, I just never get around to it. I think this year, though, it may be too late to get Christmas cards in the mail but a Happy New Year card might just happen. The way I figure, any time in January would still be appropriate for a New Year card. Right?

So who is with me?

Let’s send everyone we know a bit of Merry Christmas Happy 2014!

Here is some inspiration for you. You can still order cards or be inspired to make your own. All images are linked to their original sources.


This card from Shutterfly is perfect!


I love the simple lists on this card. In a world full of chaos and busyness, this calm and serene card would be a welcome gift.

Chalkboards are still very popular and this card from Etsy is stunning with the black and pops of color. I love the top ten list as well.


Nothing says Happy New Year like bright and happy colors!


I think that this New Years Resolution card is such a fun idea!


If you have a lot of information to give, an infographic like this is sure to please!


I love this coutning down to a happy new year card and think it would be easy to make with my digi stash!

This card is so fun! Love the black hands with the gold cuff links.

5 Reasons to Choose Black & White Photos for Scrapbooking

A few weeks ago, my children watched The Wizard of Oz for the first time. I had told them long ago that they could watch once they finished the book. That day finally came and they excitedly settled themselves in for the movie. My nine-year-old son, after only a few minutes, was bored and wanted to turn it off. As he was about to give up all hope, the scenes turned to color and his attention was captured. Apparently he doesn’t see any value in black and white.

I, on the other hand, I love black and white. At least in my photos. There is something so stunning, so timeless, and so meaningful about a good black and white photo. While my kids might see the lack of color as a lack of interest, I believe that properly used, a black and white photo is so much more powerful than its colored counterpart.

I once shared about how to get better black and whites. Although I now use Lightroom instead of PSE to do my conversions, my love for crisp blacks and white whites remains. No muddy grey for me!

One question that scrappers ask is, “How do black and white photos work for scrapbooking? When is a good time to use them?”


In looking through my pages, I have found that there are five main reasons I choose to use black and white photo(s) instead of color:

1. When I want to use a kit that doesn’t match or is “busy.”

In this layout, I loved all the color of the semi-solid background and the big red hearts. I felt that the colored photos would compete with the fun page. By contrasting all of the color with black and white photos, both the photos and the page get to shine.

I love this kit by Kristin Cronin-Barrow and Zoe Pearn (actually, I love any and all kits by either designer, solo or collab!) I wanted to use the great colors and patterns but my photos didn’t match at all. My son’s outfit was royal blue with spots of red and I knew it wouldn’t work with this kit. By making the photos black and white, I got to use the awesome boy kit and the photos I loved.


This layout is another example of me wanting to use a kit that didn’t match my photos. I adore this flowered paper but it wouldn’t have worked with my daughter’s purple shirt.



2. When the quality of the photo(s) is poor.

I firmly believe that black and white photos are more forgiving when it comes to exposure, color casts, and white balance issues. When I lack high quality photos, I often just convert to black and white to solve the issue.

In these photos of my sweet niece, there were awful color casts on the photos due to multiple lighting sources. No matter what I did to try and fix them, they just seemed off. By changing the photos to black and white, I solved the distracting problem and was instead able to focus on her absolute cuteness.

The photos in this layout were taken in Photobooth on my computer. Their quality wasn’t great, but I loved them anyway. The black and white conversion took photos that were only okay and made them great.

Despite what Pinterest-worthy professional photographs seem to imply, newborns aren’t really known for their smooth and peachy skin. I loved this serious-faced photo of my son but his red blotchiness was not easily overcome. Making the photo black and white helped the layout feature his sweet boyness rather than his oh-so-red face.



3. When I am afraid that the story of the layout will get lost in a sea of color.

Sometimes, photos are just too precious to allow them to get lost in the midst of lots of color. This is especially true when the photos themselves are “busy,” as is often the case during events. When I feel like the color in the photos is doing nothing to add to the story, but rather, it is taking away, I take it away. I want the viewers eye to be drawn into what I am trying to communicate through the photos rather than be distracted by the rainbow of visual fluff.

The birth of my son was an incredibly special event. I love all of the photos that my husband took that documented our special day. Having these photos in color, though, would have been distracting. Instead, the black and white pictures tell a beautiful story.

Within a few hours of the birth, our hospital room was flooded with visitors. My five other children couldn’t wait to meet their new brother. My sister and her family arrived from out of town and my aunt and uncle came as well. I love seeing all of these people enjoying our new little one and wanted a layout to remember it all. Because there is so much going on in the photos, I felt that the black and white helps the viewer focus on the on the photos rather than get distracted by competing colors and patterns.

4. When my children’s clothes don’t match.

Now don’t laugh. I can’t be the only mom who lets the kids dress themselves, resulting in some interesting color combos. Sometimes, a photo is so precious that there is no way I am going to let some crazy mismatched patterns and wild colors keep me from using it.

Take this photo for example. We were getting ready to leave the hotel and my kids piled on the bed for a photo. Every time I put my youngest son down with his siblings, he immediately crawled away. I love the photo and I smile every time I see it. When I scrap it, though, I will most likely use a black and white photo so that the crazy colors don’t distract from the priceless expressions.



5. Because I like it!

Sometimes, there is no great reason to use black and whites photos other than the fact that I love them.

These photos were simple enough that they could have been used either in color or in black and white. I tried them both and just loved how the black and white popped against the fun colors and patterns.


Likewise, this photo was pretty in color. However, after playing around with it for a bit and trying both versions on this layout, I decided I like the black and white. It draws me in to the photo, which of course is the whole point of the page!


So there you have it. My top reasons for choosing a yummy black and white. What about you? What makes you choose to ditch the color?

Friday is calling!

Kristin Cronin-Barrow the things you say and LD woodland font.


Friday is calling your name and it wants you to go shopping! I have just the post to help you answer that call. I always love showing you all the fun new finds in digiland!

First up, we have a brand new Digi Show for you where we, along with guest Jennifer Wilson, share our scrapping plans and goals for 2014. We also share some things we are doing to ensure our own success! Listen below or on The Digi Show site:

I’ll start things off by sharing a special promotion I have running through the end of the year. If you make a donation of $5 or more to Wikipedia, I will send you a free template set! Details are
on my blog.

New this week from
Tracy Martin, is the delightful Diva-Licious Christmas! For the Diva in all of us.

Check out this super cute new holiday kit from
Jennifer Labre! Dear Santa is on sale through Sunday.

New from Misty Cato,
Peppermint Kisses, is packed with festive elements, an eye-catching color palette, and pops of sparkle, perfect for your holiday pages.

Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs has new templates that coordinate with two wintry collections by Cluster Queen Creations. Purchase Fuss Free: Artsy Winter Joy and receive Fuss Free: Artsy Winter Blues FREE! Offer end December 25, 2013.

Scrapbook your family memories with the Love at Home Collection from
SuzyQ Scraps, over 40% off thru 12.26.13.

Fresh Start by
Erica Zane at SSD was made with change in mind, but it’s versatile colors and variety of elements lends itself to all sorts of pages.

Christmas in the Country, New from
Kimeric Kreations

Sugary Fancy has a NEW Kit at SBG (guest store)! Enjoy the promotional discount this weekend ONLY!

Heather T. has a 1-day sale going on at her MScraps Store, but also a special coupon code just for Daily Digi Readers!

Txt Me by
Bella Gypsy at Scrap Orchard is a digital scrapbook collection designed to colorfully scrapbook your love of phones, texting, and the pop culture that lies within social media. Or, let’s face it, your teen or tween’s love of all of those things! Perfect for boys or girls who are technophiles!

New this week @
Studio Flergs, a Triple Dip with melissa Bennett & Studio Basic… a scoop with Erica Zane & a scoop with Mari Koegelenberg! Save on new releases all day Saturday.

Here are some other goodies that caught my eye this week:

You can also download these FREE GIFTS on Capturing Magic:

Free journaling cards on Capturing Magic

Free journaling cards on capturing magic

Hope you have a fun weekend!

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Family Stays Together

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I’m so happy to be welcoming Pixelily Designs to The Digi Files this month! I really love Lily’s wonderfully themed kits, which vary from specific, to more general themes, like family and memories. I also love her fabulous word art that can be found in each collection! Let’s take a closer look at “Family Stays Together” 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 Pixelily Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs; The Chill Factor by Scraps by Missy.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs; Template Set 160 by Cindy Schneider; Font: DJB Lizzy’s script by Darcy Baldwin.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs.

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Layout by KimberlyK. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.

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I am Lily, a real name behind Pixelily Designs. I am a 37 year old SAHM with 2 boys aged 10 and 6. I am from Jakarta, Indonesia. My husband and I have been married for 11 years. My husband works at a company that requires us to move for every 2 or 3 years. We’ve stayed in Mumbai and Saudi Arabia, back to Jakarta and right now we stay in Balikpapan, a city in Borneo Island, Indonesia. Moving life can be very tough, especially with kids and school but I may say after 11 years we’ve get used to it. I love baking, photography and reading. I also love crafting but don’t have much time to do it anymore.

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I never went on paper scrapping. I started digiscrap in 2007, right after my second one was born. I didn’t have much thing to do and that was when a friend of mine introduced me to digiscrap. We had a small group of Indonesian ladies that love digiscrap and we learned together some basic tricks and tips of it. After that I joined the CTs of some great designers. Then I started making some mini kits and shared them as freebies on my blog. I opened my 1st store in October, 2008 and never look back after that. I sold on some stores before I reside on my recent stores.

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I am inspired by many things. Song that I hear, conversations with friends, movie that I watch, books that I read and many more ! Inspiration can come anytime at any places. That’s why I always bring my notebook wherever I go and when ideas strike on me, I can directly write them down, or I’ll forget them.

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Computer: I am using HP Pavilion Slimline desktop, 4 GB RAM and 20″ monitor with Windows 8. I also run on a Wacom Bamboo Tablet and 1 TB External Harddisk.

Program: I am using Photoshop CS3 and Inkscape.

Camera: Since I love photography and I am learning really hard on it, I decide to have 1 serious camera and that’s my Canon 60D. I also own a Samsung NX-300 that I always bring on a vacation or when traveling for a practical reason. I love taking a lot of pictures but I can rarely be seen on them !

Anything Else: I own an IPad 2 and a Samsung Tab, but the kids have them most of the time, LOL.

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When designing, I always start from the easiest part to the most difficult ones. So for me the order will start from all kind of papers, additional packs like journal cards, templates and the last one is always element ! That way I can work more efficiently and I find my balance between designing life and family life.

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My favorite product is School Is Cool. I made it as an appreciation to my kids. They just moved to their new school this year and this made me hold my breath for a while, seeing how they work their best to adjust with the new environment. I am so relieved when they said they like their new school. Another journey!

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I guess it’s popular because it has family theme on it. Most people love to scrap about their families.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Pixelily Designs:

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

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Get $1 off of purchase over $5 at Pixelily Designs’s store.
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Go have a look in Pixelily 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 Pixelily Designs

The following layouts were created using “Family Stays Together” by Pixelily Designs and included in
The Digi Files during December, 2013:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs; Template by Simply Tiffany Studio; Font: American Typewriter.

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Layout by Mecia. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs.

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Layout by Hanizah. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs.

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Layout by Deanna. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs; Template by Trixie Scraps.

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Layout by Emily. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs.

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Layout by Fliffy. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs.

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Layout by SharJen. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs.

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Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs; Scrap It Pocket Page Templates by Wendyzine Scraps; Font: The Everyday by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs; The Chill Factor by Scraps by Missy.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs; Template Set 160 by Cindy Schneider; Font: DJB Lizzy’s script by Darcy Baldwin.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs.

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Layout by KimberlyK. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Family Stays Together by Pixelily Designs.

Memory Keeping Helper Apps

Using my smartphone for memory keeping has been such a big help! Not only is it my on-the-go camera, it is where I quickly jot down stories. When I go to scrap, everything is ready for me to use.

If you’re interested in using your smartphone for memory keeping, check out these apps:

Collect Photo App

The Collect Photo App (Free at iTunes) is a beautifully designed app that uses a calendar interface to remind you to take photos each day, which is great for those doing a photo-a-day challenge. With each photo, you create a card with the photo, the date, and a short blurb about the photo. Here’s screenshot showing both sides of a card:

For pocket scrapbookers, these cards also print out beautifully for 3×4 photo spots. Check out this inspiration on Persnickety Prints Instagram feed for an idea of how to use the cards.

Collect is a free app, with an in-app upgrade option for $1.99 which gives you more options for card appearance.

Memory Jar

Memory Jar ($1.99 on iTunes) produces a card quite similar to the Collect App, but rather than storing your memories by date, you assign them to people (or pets!). The app automatically stores things like the age of a person when the memory took place and gives you the option to add a title, notes and tags to each photo you add.

Momento

Momento ($1.99 at iTunes) is a journal app that is designed to let you have a diary on the go. It uses handy features like a calendar, tagging, and ratings to track your memories. Features like password protection and the ability to export make is a powerful tool. I like that it can pull from various social media feeds (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and more) to make a one-stop resource when doing weekly scrapbook pages.

Everyday.me

Everyday.me is a journal app (iTunes and Google Play) that creates a timeline based journal of your activities. It is private by default. The app allows you to capture photos, journalling and video and has tools like tagging to help you find what you’re looking for. The “blast from the past” feature shows you what you were up to one year ago, which is fun.

Google Drive

Google Drive (Free on iTunes) is a great place to store journalling documents. My husband and I share a few files where we both jot down thoughts about the kids and conversations that we’ve had with them. It’s a resource I’ve used many times to create scrapbook pages.

I was inspired by Katie’s post about keeping a running list of stories to tell. I have a file on Google Drive and I update it with story ideas as they come to me. When I scrapbook them, I mark them off. It’s a great way to find something meaningful to scrap when I’m stuck for ideas.

Just Family

Steph did an awesome post detailing how Just Family (Free on iTunes and through a web app on Android phones) can be used in memory keeping and to share with family.

ArtKive

ArtKive (Free on iTunes and Google Play) is an app designed to store your child’s art work. You can create albums for each child and as they bring home art, snap photos and store them in ArtKive albums. I have not yet tried it, but ArtKive also offers a printed keepsake book for purchase.

Gratitude365

The Gratitude365 app ($1.99 on iTunes) isn’t a memory keeping app in the same way as the above apps, but I’m including it in the list because I like how it lets you capture things you are grateful for everyday. That would certainly be useful for Project Life, pocket scrapbooking, a Favourite Album or a year-in-review page.

What are your favourite memory keeping apps?

PS – The screenshot in the title image is from my phone where I’m using a free Becky Higgins’ Project Life background. You can check them out here!

Studio Basic: Scrapping In My Life

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A big WELCOME BACK to Rubia of Studio Basic! I really love all of the bits and pieces of ephemera that Rubia includes in her kits! I love the weathered and aged look of her kits and the big, bold patterns on her papers! Our team loved working with the Studio Basic contribution to The Digi Files this month, and there is no doubt you will too! Let’s take a closer look at “In My Life” 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 Studio Basic’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic; Layered template #66 by Cathy Zielske; Fonts: Bebas, Calbri, Cafe & Brewery; Photos by Cheryl Curtis.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic; Ei Ei O by Chelle Creations; Big Photo by Ardent Sparrow.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic; Pockets Stitched No. 6 by Valorie Wibbens; Journal Cards Template 1 by Scrapping With Liz; Journalers by Valorie Wibbens.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic; Photo mask by Jenn Lindsey.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic; Fonts: Snow Bunny by Heather Joyce.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My name is Rúbia and I am the girl behind the Studio Basic. I have 34 years old, I am a Brazilian girl from the South living in São Paulo with my husband, aka Di, the handsome boy behind some of my products. I am a series/movies/music addicted and when I am not designing or with our family and friends, you can find me on my couch watching TV. 😀

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I have this page printed on my wall… Here I have the most important people in my life. My husband, my parents, my nephews and Godsons, brother, sister and in-laways and my best friends… And I had SO much fun playing with all these brushes!

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After years scrapping to some amazing designers, I started working with some free templates and all my friends started to tell me that I should do that make them to sell and I decided to try. In April 2009 I had my first template sold and even not being only a template designer anymore, the feeling is the same: I love scrapbooking and I am lucky for loving what I call my work.

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Everything! When I am on Facebook, Pinterest, watching TV, playing with my nephews, or just living life, I am being inspired. I know that sounds like a crazy person, but I am always looking for things and thinking “what I could do with that?”. And if I think in something, I take note to remember later.

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Computer: Husband gave me this year a new PC: i7 3.4 GHz, 12 GB, Win 7 64 bits, and a big HD with 2 TB. And I love my 22″ monitor! 😀
Program: PSCS3 and Ai.
Camera: It’s sad to even talk about that because I am DYING to change my camera and I intend to do that next year! But, for now, I have an old Canon.
Anything Else: A Wacom Bamboo tablet.

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Save YOUR memory! I know that is not easy with all creative teams having so many products every week, but do not forget to save YOUR memory! That is what your family, some day, in few years, will love to see. And do not be afraid to have multiple styles. Try something new. I bet you will love. 😀

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Since I still do not have kids, I am always scrapbooking about me, my husband… So, with that kit, I decided to do something that I could use on my on pages adding lots of things that I love to use when I scrap.

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With all the art journal being so popular, I started playing more with brushes and with that came the “Addiction: Brushes And Stuff!” idea! They are not only brushes. They are fun to use! And that is the reason I think they become so popular.

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

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30% off Studio Basic’s store
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Go have a look in Studio Basic’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 Studio Basic

The following layouts were created using “In My Life” by Studio Basic and included in
The Digi Files during December, 2013:

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by SharonS. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Fonts: Pea Picky Panda, Noteworthy.

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Layout by LiLi. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic.

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Layout by Julie. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic.

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Layout by DonnaE. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic.

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by JennH. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic.

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by Akizo. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic.

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by Carrie. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic; Fun With Envelope Templates 2 by Scrapping with Liz.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: In My Life by
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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic; Layered template #66 by Cathy Zielske; Fonts: Bebas, Calbri, Cafe & Brewery; Photos by Cheryl Curtis.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic; Ei Ei O by Chelle Creations; Big Photo by Ardent Sparrow.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic; Pockets Stitched No. 6 by Valorie Wibbens; Journal Cards Template 1 by Scrapping With Liz; Journalers by Valorie Wibbens.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic; Photo mask by Jenn Lindsey.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic; Fonts: Snow Bunny by Heather Joyce.Layout by Anne. Supplies: In My Life by Studio Basic; DSD Grab bag 2012 (template) by Crystal Livesay, Fonts: Caflisch Script Pro and Courier New.

So Many Great Designs

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I am excited to be welcoming Erica Zwart to The Digi Files for the very first time! Erica creates a wide variety of products, including kits, beautiful word art, and other fun goodies. Her masks and stamps are perfect for creating a blended look on a layout. Our team created some great layouts using her contribution to The Digi Files! Let’s take a closer look at “Wooden Papers no.1 Whitewashed, Torn Stamp Masks No. 2, and Best of Brushes No. 4” that are 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 Erica Zwart’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Wooden Papers no.1 Whitewashed, Torn Stamp Masks No. 2, and Best of Brushes No. 4 by Erica Zwart; Photos by Cheryl Curtis; Fonts Old Press, Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Wooden Papers no.1 Whitewashed, Torn Stamp Masks No. 2, and Best of Brushes No. 4 by Erica Zwart; Shine (green paper) by Litabells; It’s the Little Things (tag, butterfly) by Penny Springmann; Staple by One Little Bird Designs; Fonts: Bebas, Traveling Typewriting, JSHS Motography.

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Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Wooden Papers no.1 Whitewashed, Torn Stamp Masks No. 2, and Best of Brushes No. 4 by Erica Zwart.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Wooden Papers no.1 Whitewashed, Torn Stamp Masks No. 2, and Best of Brushes No. 4 by Erica Zwart.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Wooden Papers no.1 Whitewashed, Torn Stamp Masks No. 2, and Best of Brushes No. 4 by Erica Zwart; Font: Courier New and DJB Pookiedoo.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.

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My name is Erica Zwart, I am 46 years old and I live in The Netherlands with my husband and our two sons, Mitchell (nearly 19) and Jeffrey (15). I have two jobs: I work as a medical secretary on the department of neurology/neurosurgery in a hospital for 20 hours a week. At home I work about 30-40 hours a week as a digital scrapbook and greeting card designer.

I am the initiator and one of the organizers of the Digiscrap Event in Holland which will be held for the fifth time next April. I love meeting other designers and scrappers and I feel very lucky to have met a lot of them in person during the last 4 years.

While I am working at home, I always listen to popmusic. I love to visit popconcerts and musicals. I go to the gym twice a week in order to lose some weight and stay fit. I also love nature walks, bike trips, photography and cooking.

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Personally I love special techniques and effects and I always admire scrappers who use their pictures and/or my products in an artistic way. This was my first attempt using a sketch/watercolor technique. The picture was taken in Italy last summer when we were on a boat and we saw this wonderful island.

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Believe it or not, about 10 years ago I didn’t even know how to turn the computer on, I wasn’t interested at all! Everything changed when I became a fan of a Dutch singer and I found out that other fans created wallpapers of his pictures. I was in awe of them and was determined to learn it myself. During the next few years I created hundreds of forum signatures and wallpapers of celebrities. I discovered digital scrapbooking only at the end of 2008 and I was hooked immediately. A few months later I was delighted that Vinnie Pearce invited me to her creative team. The moment Pixel Canvas closed I became a designer myself. I started at Digiscrap.nl on April 1st 2010, and at Mscraps one month later.

Since the end of 2012 I have also been a designer of greeting cards. I LOVE creating them and I use my own products and pictures to make them. I sell my cards at kaartje2go.nl and at Snapfish Germany, France and Italy.

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My inspiration can come from a lot of different things: lyrics, adverts, pictures, dvd covers, Pinterest. I just go with the flow once I have started creating a new product. Sometimes it ends up a lot different then I first had in mind but I guess that belongs to the creative process. I believe my style can be described as graphic, with an artistic touch.

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Computer: I have a desktop (Cooler Master) with 4,00 GB RAM, a Neovo monitor and I can’t design/scrap/navigate without my Wacom Intuos 4 anymore.
Program: I use Adobe Photoshop CS6. I also use Adobe Illustrator CS4, PostworkShop 3 and Repper Pro, but PS is always my base.
Camera: I have a Nikon D60 with a 18-200 lens.
Anything Else: Last year I bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and I am very pleased with it.
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My favorite tip for scrappers and designers is to use the High Pass Filter more often. It can be found in the Filter gallery > other > high pass. Set the radius to 5 and change the blend mode in the layers palette to soft light. This will sharpen all details significantly.

You can also use the High Pass Filter for snow, ice, raindrops, diamonds to make them more shiny and crispy. For this purpose use blend mode linear light but decrease the opacity to about 30% (exaggerating this effect is ugly).

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This bundle contains everything I love myself: grungy brushes and overlays, wooden and textured papers, cool word art, alphas and elements. I have always loved beach themed kits and I am very satisfied with the outcome of this bundle. It was a thrill to see all those fabulous layouts created with my stuff, that makes me so proud!

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I have always loved sport and as my boys play soccer, one of my first kits was Soccer Fever. I still sell my soccer kits (there’s also Soccer Season and Soccer Star) on a regular base. I believe they are different from sports kits by other designers as mine are suitable for teenagers and adults as well. I released Soccer Fever in 2010, but it contains grungy brushes, swirls and chevrons which are so popular nowadays.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Erica Zwart:

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

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