Just Because

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Welcome back to Suzy from SuzyQ Scraps! I’m excited to have her joining us once again! I love Suzy’s fun themes, cute quotes and sayings, and that she has so many kits with bold and bright colors! It’s fun to see Suzy’s designs evolve as her scrapping needs change. I really enjoyed hearing Suzy share the “rest of the story” about the Penguins, the story behind her contribution, and some of the struggles scrapbooking has helped her through in her interview on the Daily Digi Digest! You can
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Let’s take a closer look at “Just Because” 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 SuzyQ Scraps’s contribution:
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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; Jan. Blog Challenge Template by Pink Reptile Designs.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; Fotoblenz by Anna Aspnes.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; Stitched Down Template by Wishing Well Creations.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; I love me some Aly (templates) by Darcy Baldwin.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter, CK Ali’s Hand.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.
Name
Hello! I’m Suzy, aka SuzyQ Scraps. I live in Utah with my handsome husband, our 6-year-old fireball son, & our 1-year-old happy daughter. We’re currently in the process of converting the formal living room into a den/office, so paint is high on the menu. (Oh how I wish I had Photoshop powers & could instantly paint the walls and swap out colors until I was perfectly satisfied!) People generally laugh when they find out my background is in science. Yes, I graduated with a BS in biology with every intent of working at the zoo. You can ask the penguins why that didn’t work out. 😉 I love being a self-taught graphic designer, playing with colors & patterns & themes & words. I love helping scrapbookers share their stories simply & create pages they love. When I’m not designing or scrapbooking, you’ll generally find me with my nose stuck in a book or my fingers madly clicking a mouse in an intense video game battle.

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I love the new pocket scrapbooking trend — it’s so versatile & simple! I can quickly put together a pretty page design with just a photo and a couple of journal or filler cards. I love how that brings the focus to the photos & words — to the STORY. And the journal cards give me a defined space for my words, so I know how much to write. I like this layout in particular because it captures a new part of my life — gardening. I never thought I would love flowers OR gardening, but I’ve since discovered that I have several favorites (like these delicate wand flowers) and that gardening provides a wonderful break from the digital world I spend so much time in.

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I started my storytelling journey almost as soon as I could write, and I have journal after journal filled with lots of facts & musings & silly dreams. I was introduced to scrapbooking as a teenager and those scrapbooks are very, very basic — you know, pictures stuck to cardstock with a couple of stickers as embellishments. 🙂 I can’t ever say I loved my pages … I’ve always felt a bit lacking in the artistic department when it comes to hands-on projects. Couple that with an extreme dislike of cleaning up clutter and you have a recipe for “something has to change!” In 2007, I decided that there must be a way to scrapbook on a computer. And lo & behold, there was an entire industry! I was in heaven! Finally, something I was good at, and I loved my finished pages.
After spending months creating layouts and studying papers & elements, I thought that maybe — just maybe — I could make my own supplies. I gave away my first freebie in December 2008. It’s hard to believe sometimes that I’ve been designing for 5 years. Who knew that humble beginning would lead to such a fulfilling and creative job?

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Everything inspires me to create. 🙂 But surprisingly enough, it’s often a word or a phrase that sparks an idea for a new kit or collection — words on a page, lyrics in a song, conversations around me. Colors & nature (& yes, Pinterest) add fuel to the flame and pretty soon I’ll have a page of notes & ideas scrawled out. Then comes the fun part — creating the kit.

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Computer: My computer hasn’t changed much since the last time I contributed to The Digi Files. It’s still an HP Pavilion running Windows 7, with 16 GB of RAM and an updated graphics card. We’ll be adding a solid state drive soon (so excited about that one!) but this machine is a workhorse & I’m quite happy with it for now. No need to upgrade yet. 🙂 I only use one monitor. I can’t remember if it’s 19″ or 21″ — whichever it is, I think it’s the perfect size for how I like to work.
Program: I spend nearly all of my design time in Illustrator CS4. I have CS5, but only use a couple of features in it. I do “finishing” work, like texturing elements/papers & recoloring ribbons, in Photoshop CS5. I’ll pop open PSCS4 for a plug-in I use that’s not compatible with CS5. And occasionally, when I’m working on an ebook, I’ll have InDesign open. I also use Camtasia for video editing.
Camera: I haven’t changed my camera in years — still a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 (DSLR-like — not a full DSLR camera but has some of the capabilities). I tend to snap a lot more photos with my phone (LG Optimus), my husband’s phone (Google Nexus 4), or my tablet (Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0).
Anything Else: My graphics tablet is one of the most important pieces of equipment to my work. I’ve used one for years and recently upgraded to a Wacom Cintiq (from an Intuos 4). It’s the smaller version — not a full-size monitor — but I love that I can draw directly on the screen. It’s definitely been a time-saver for designing & it makes drawing feel much more natural. I love that I can hold it in my lap, and turn it to accommodate my motions as I draw. It also works like a typical graphics tablet so I use it in place of a mouse, always — for designing, scrapbooking, surfing the web. Unless I’m playing video games, I feel really awkward with a mouse in my hand.
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I often get stuck when I sit down to create a page — it’s like my brain’s in overload trying to figure out where to put the picture(s), what words to say, which papers & elements to use. Does that ever happen to you? Two things help me move forward.
#1: Start somewhere. Pull the photos onto the layout with a paper or two, and just start playing. You can always change it. (Or jump-start your layout with a template.)
#2: Have a process. I have a lot of stories to tell and not a lot of time to spend sharing them. By streamlining the process, I make more progress. My process generally looks like this: photos, journal/filler cards, background paper, journaling, embellishments. I don’t always stick to it, but knowing what to work on next keeps me in a rhythm.

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December Story is close to my heart. I really wanted to do a daily December album for 2013, but wanted it to be more tangible then digi so planned a pocket scrapbook. I couldn’t find a collection I loved, so I decided to make my own. I poured hours & hours into choosing the colors and planning the collection and searching for fonts before I even started on the actual designing of it. I knew in my head that I wanted the color scheme to have lots of red and brown. I also wanted some blue. I couldn’t get the blues & greens to agree, so I split the difference with more of a teal color and left out the green. I spent hours & hours (& hours!) creating the collection. I think because I had a vision of how it would look printed, I really put a lot of effort into trying to make it turn out that way. I haven’t spent so much time on a collection in ages. I think all that personal investment into it has really endeared it to me.
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The Halls of Learning Collection has been really, really popular. In fact, it kinda surprised me. I knew I loved it, but I’m never sure how my customers will respond to a kit. Sometimes, the ones I really love don’t sell very well, and that’s okay. However, it’s really satisfying, from a creative standpoint, when customers seem to love the creation as much as I do. I think one of my favorite parts of the collection is the color scheme. Usually, my color palettes start out from a color swatch I found online or in a magazine & then modified. For this collection, it was completely 100% from my head into Photoshop and I love how it turned out. I had so much fun making the chalk word art too. This is another collection I spent hours & hours on, so I feel really connected to it.
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Here are some of my favorite products by SuzyQ Scraps:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using SuzyQ Scraps’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Inspired by SuzyQ Scraps

The following layouts were created using “Just Because” by Studio SuzyQ Scraps and included in
The Digi Files during January, 2014:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; Template by Pixelily; Fonts: DJB My Life of Change, American Typewriter.

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Layout by Rachel. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; Merry and Bright Bling Glitter Style by Just Jaimee; Font: MF Formalish by Meredith Fenwick.

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Layout by Caliten. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; Font: Salamander Script.

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Layout by BritaneeJean. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; DSD Grab Bag (template) by Crystal Livesay & Sara Gleason; Font: DJB Fangirl.

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Layout by Amber565. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps.

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Layout by Pixelyyy. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; Our MisAdventures (template); Font: Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by HappinessIs. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; Font: Pea Lemonade.

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Layout by greenmother. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; Marshmallow Fluff (template) by Little Green Frog Designs; Font: DJB Connor.

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Layout by Emmyxlou. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; Font: DJB I Love Me Some Nikki.

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Layout by Caliten. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; Fonts: Veteran Typewriter, Salamander Script, and Amatic.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; Jan. Blog Challenge Template by Pink Reptile Designs.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; Fotoblenz by Anna Aspnes.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; Stitched Down Template by Wishing Well Creations.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; I love me some Aly (templates) by Darcy Baldwin.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Just Because by SuzyQ Scraps; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter, CK Ali’s Hand.

Creative Additions to Your Pocket Scrapbook Pages: Scrapbooking Projects


Are you attempting a year-long scrapbooking project in 2014? I’m continuing with my pocket scrapbook album, documented on a week-by-week basis. One comment I’ve heard over and over from scrapbookers is that they worry that they don’t have enough material for a year-long project. I’m creating a series of posts with fun ideas to include in your album to help you document your real-life this year. Even if you’re not doing a year-long proejct, I hope that some of these prompts will still be fun and useful to you.

Idea: Scrapbooking Projects

Like many of you, my pocket album is not my only scrapbook project. I also scrapbook regular 8×8 digital pages that I try to print out every now and then. I probably spend about 2-3 hours a week scrapbooking. Since memory-keeping is such a big part of my life, it makes sense to include it within my year-long pocket album project. It’s a big part of who I am and how I spend my creative time.

Pocket Scrapbook Pages

I used Re Kneipp’s new kit, Personality, which is included in the January Digi Files, to make a two-page pocket spread.

Here’s the weekly two-page spread that I put together:

Credits: Plastic Stitched Grids 1 by Traci Reed, Personality by Re Kneipp, Layered Cards Everyday 2 by Cindy Schneider, Journallers by Valorie Wibbens, Journal Cards Templates 1 by Scrapping With Liz, Today’s the Day by Sugarplum Paperie

On the left side I included a few pockets about my scrapbook album, including a photo of my album.

By using a scrapbooking card template, the card came together really easily. This was a fairly low-picture week me, so I needed something meaningful to add to help fill out the page. Journalling about my hobby helps to show how I spend my personal time.

Journalling Ideas

There are so many ways to document your creative hobby:

  • Share a recent or favourite scrapbooking project and talk about why you decided to undertake that particular topic.
  • Discuss your favourite scrapbooking technique.
  • Journal a time when you were particularly grateful to be a memory keeper.
  • Write about what your scrapbooks mean to your family.
  • How do you feel when your family reads your scrapbooks?
  • Is anybody else in your family a scrapbooker? Did you inherit any scrapbooks?

Photo Ideas

Try out some of these ideas:

  • Your scrapbook albums lined up on a bookshelf
  • Your album, opened to a favourite page
  • A photo of you or your kids reading your scrapbook
  • A screenshot of your online scrapbook gallery
  • A screenshot of your blog or Flickr or Facebook (wherever you share your pages)

Thank you for reading! Good luck with your projects!

My Life Of Daring


“My Life of Daring” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 36th payment. “My Life of Daring” contains: 180 papers, over 340 elements, 5 alphas, 4 templates and 1 font. This amazing collection was created by 33 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 Daring:”

Bella Gypsy:

Chelle’s Creations:

Cilenia Curtis:

Clever Monkey Designs:

Crossbone Cuts Designs:

Darcy Baldwin:

Down This Road Designs:

Erica Zane:

Heather T.:

Jennifer Labre Designs:

Just Jaimee
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Kimeric Kreations:

Kristin Aagard:

Libby Pritchett:

Meredith Cardall:

mleCard:

Pink Reptile Designs:

Quirky Twerp:

River Rose:

Sausan Designs:

Scrapbook Lady:

Snips and Snails Designs:

Southern Serenity Designs:

Studio Angelclaud Artroom:

Studio Blagovesta:

Studio Sherwood:

Studio SuzyQ Scraps:

Studio Rosey Posey:

Studio ViVa Artistry:

Sugary Fancy:

Tracy Martin Designs:

Vinnie Pearce:

Steph:

7 Childhood Details To Photograph

Details. I love details. Those little bits of life representative of today.

This moment. This time.

The toys my son plays with. The favorite stuffed animals. The cup he prefers. The chair he likes to sit in. Today’s favorites will be replaced with others as he grows. I convince myself I’ll remember them and then one day I realize I just can’t recall the small details anymore. This brain only has space for so much!

Are you thinking about the photos you want to take this year? Add childhood details to your list of photos, whether you plan to tuck them into a pocket page or create pages for an album. The beauty of life exists in the details and these details shouldn’t be missed.

There is a HUGE bonus to photographing details! No cooperation is needed. You can move your subject to good light and capture multiple angles, all without complaints from your subject.

A Favorite Stuffed Animal

My son has been given more stuffed animals than any one child should own! While many are special there are a few very special ones. I want to capture them now while I remember who gave them to him and what makes them special. His dragon is by far his favorite. Taking photos now makes it easier when they escape our home for other adventures.

Toys

I have a photo of the first block my son ever played with. The red soft one. It was the first toy he grasped. The first one he put to his mouth. The photo reminds me of that special moment. The block is gone, but the memory remains! What are the important toys for your little one?

Make sure you capture the most loved items. Whether it is the tricycle in the backyard or the special doll dragged around for years. Get them in their natural settings as well as in unique spots that highlight their details. Shoot in close to them and step back to get all of the details.

Art Projects

Overwhelmed with the number of art projects your child creates? Photograph them and compile them in one place. Give them good light and try shooting directly at them or placing them on the ground and shooting from directly above.

Games And Game Pieces

CandyLand, Shutes and Ladders, Don’t Break the Ice, Ants in the Pants. All of the parts and pieces make great subjects for photos. They are perfect candidates for a little macro photography.

Cooking Creations

We decorate a lot of cookies and cupcakes in my house. I’m so pleased to have my son’s pink frosting phase captured! Not only did it pass, he now insists pink is for girls and blue is for boys. Geez!

Books

Do you read a book over and over again? Are there themes? Photograph the books you are reading to them now or that they are beginning to read to themselves (whether they really can or not). You’ll love seeing how the books change as they grow.

Shoes, Socks & Clothes

Little socks, little shoes, and little shirts all lead to bigger shoes, socks, and shirts! Capture the special clothing, bows, and buttons while they are being worn. Grab the swinging shoe with the tiny ankle and sock. The mismatched outfits, the high heels on little toes, all such a mark of right now. Trying shooting from the floor to get the best angle on little feet.

Things To Consider

When you shoot, try several different angles and perspectives. Move the object, move yourself. Try to see what your child sees in it. Change your focus up some. Focus on the big parts, the little parts. And if it has eyes, focus on the eyes! Then tuck them in or write about them all year long. You’ll be glad you have the details to remember.

What are your favorite childhood details to capture? Share in the comments below.

Give Your Pages Some Personality!

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Re (prounced Ray in English) was our youngest designer to join The Digi Files
a couple of years ago at 15 and he still holds that title as he joins us again, and I’m so happy to have him here! I have really enjoyed seeing Re evolve as a designer and love that his designs are coming straight from his heart! I love his word art and bits of ephemera he includes in his kits. I really enjoyed visiting with Re during his interview for the Digest about his life in Brazil and his designs, dreams, and ambitions! I can’t wait to see where he goes! Take a listen here:

Let’s take a closer look at “Personality” 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 Re Kneipp ’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp ; Staged (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts-Distort You a Lesson, Bariol.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp ; May 2013 Template (modified) by Simple Scrapper.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp.

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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp ; October Storyteller Bundle (template) Just Jamiee; Fonts: Another Typewriter, Bebas

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.
Name
My name is Renan Kneipp, aka Re Kneipp, and I’m almost 18 years old – finally. I was born in Juiz de Fora, Brazil – about 2 hours from Rio de Janeiro. I’m a teenager so I don’t have kids or a wife, I don’t even have a girlfriend yet. lol This year I’m going to college and I’m very undecided about what I’m going to study. Well, that’s my life!

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I love music, even more than scrapbooking. I can’t create anything without listen to a good song and sing along. lol So, I made this layout about my true passion. I took these pictures and I made these “single covers” for my written songs. Someday I’ll get the chance to show my talent, but I don’t know where I can start.

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This year, I’ll turn 5 years of scrapbooking as a designer. From 2010 until 2012 I was such a child, begging for recognition and stuff, but last year I decided to grow up. Well, I started as a scrapper in 2008, when I was 12 years old, and in the beginning of 2009 I started creating some freebies. Only in the end of 2009 and beginning of 2010 I started selling, so I consider 2010 my ‘debuting year’. I’ve been through a few shops during my journey, but now I decided I’ll stay where I am for a long time. I’m not answering the question because I think you already know my story, right? lol I started creating with my sister, Ju Kneipp, and our friend Raquel (aka Kel) but it didn’t last too long. After 1 month with them, I started my solo career, selling at SUN, then at DSB and SBG. ScrapbookGraphics was my last shoppe as Re Kneipp, but it helped me a lot to be more creative. After SBG, I decided to stop designing, but I couldn’t do it because I loved what I was doing. Then, I created The Hidden Heart, my ‘new’ brand at that time, and I started selling at After Five, one of the best shoppes to be, everyone there was so cool! No doubt, it was my favorite shoppe. But then it closed and I went to Oscraps, where I am today. Oscraps is fantastic, I love everyone there and the organization is fantastic. I retired from The Hidden Heart and now I’m back to Re Kneipp, because I thought THH was very weird. This is my story in scrapworld.

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My feelings inspire me to create. Weird, right? But when I am very happy or when I’m mad I feel more inspired to create something. I always have good ideas at these occasions, specially when I’m mad.

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Computer: I use a Dell Laptop with Windows 7. It has 6gb RAM and 1tb HD. It’s a laptop so I don’t have more than 1 monitor.
Program: I use Photoshop CS6 and sometimes Illustrator and Corel Draw.
Camera: I have a Nikon D3000. I really like it.
Anything Else: I have a Bamboo Capture (Wacom). It’s old but works perfectly, maybe next year I change it for a larger one.

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First, for designers: be original. I’m trying to do that since last year and it’s working. If the amount of Commercial Use products around the scrapworld, it’s easy to create cool and high qualities products. But, to stand out, we need to try something new, take risks. Even if we use a CU product, we need to change it to make it our own, know what I mean? So, my advice is: take risks. And a trick I always use is play with layers. How? Create an element with more than only one layer: use one shape for ‘base’, one for brushes, another for paper piece, one for stitching, etc. It will make your product more attractive.
Now, for scrappers: choose what you want to highlight in your layout before starting it. For example, I have an amazing photo and I want to highlight it, so it needs to be bigger and the elements and paper need to work with it but they can’t overshadow the picture. Another example, I’m a CT member and I need to draw attention to my boss’ product, what do I do? The photo isn’t the priority anymore, so it will be a bit smaller. The elements – or the paper – need to stand out in this page, so try to put them a bit bigger than you usually do when you want to highlight the photo.
Oh! Another tip for scrappers is: NEVER forget to add shadows to your layouts. If you use only brushes, you can’t add shadows to them, but if you use flowers, ribbons, etc, don’t forget to add shadows. If you want to make them more real, go to Edit>Transform>Warp and play with the shape of the shadow.

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A few months ago, I was very upset because I wasn’t creating what I wanted to and, consequently, my sales got worse. Then I was trying to figure out what was happening and my ‘shopmate’ gave me an idea, she said: “Re, why don’t you create something with your point of view? You’re a teenager and a boy, you need to take this as your advantage.” I like that idea and then I started to create my new collection, My Point Of View, and I’m luvin’ the result. Cool colors, funky elements and creative themes. That’s me and now I’m happy with my style.

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Believe me or not, but my first product as Re Kneipp was my most popular product. I think people like the colors and the special elements I created for this elements pack. I was inspired to create a summer kit because you, in the North, we in the summer season but we, in the South, were in the winter and it was very cold. I wanted to see the sun and that’s why I made this kit. I was guesting at a shop and they have a project which each designer needs to create a product with the same color swatch from the others, then I created these packs with the chosen colors.

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

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Go have a look in Re Kneipp ’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 Re Kneipp

The following layouts were created using “Personality” by Re Kneipp and included in
The Digi Files during January, 2014:

Layout by Rachel. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp; In My Life Border by Studio Basic Designs; Page Blenders Newsprint by Mye de Leon.

Layout by Re. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp.

Layout by Ama. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp.

Layout by Andrea. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp.

Layout by Conny. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp.

Layout by Ellen. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp.

Layout by JennV. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp.

Layout by Sara. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp.

Layout by Simone. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp.

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: My Third Grade Teacher.

Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp; Font: Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp ; Staged (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts-Distort You a Lesson, Bariol.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp ; May 2013 Template (modified) by Simple Scrapper.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp.

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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Personality by Re Kneipp ; October Storyteller Bundle (template) Just Jamiee; Fonts: Another Typewriter, Bebas

Snail Mail Love

I sat at the pool in Bali, taking in the gorgeous scenery and the quiet moments away from home. The previous few days of a retreat for women who live overseas was just what my heart and soul needed.

My friend Caroline was with me. I looked over at her and saw her hard at work. A small pile of postcards was next to her, covered with beautiful photos of the country we call home on one side, and greetings to friends and family on the other.

Ah, the lost art of the postcard. The lost art of snail mail.

Is there anything quite like getting something in the mail? Not really.

I hung my head in shame, knowing that in the five years we have lived in Indonesia I had not once sent an actual card or letter home to friends or family. Sure, I had thoughts and good intentions. But I had yet to do it.

I had my excuses. But really, I was just lazy and didn’t want to bother with it.

So you can imagine my delight when I came across a website called Sincerely. They are a site that has a collection of apps, all that make sending real things through real mail fast and easy.

I decided to give it a try. I opted for their Ink Cards app (available in the Apple App Store and in Google Play).

It couldn’t have been easier!

Working on my husband’s iPad, I downloaded the app. When I opened it, it asked me to choose a greeting card to send.

I searched by category.

I chose my card and then it let me choose the photo I wanted for the front.

After choosing my photos, I was able to personalize the card with text and color.

When I was done with the front, I clicked on the back button where it let me add the address and my message.

After I finished with that, I clicked the “Let’s Ship It” button where I was able to give my payment information.

They even gave me a free card to send after I made my order! I promptly sent another card!

A day or two later, I received an email:

And a day or two after that, I received another:


The whole process took me just a few minutes (other than finding my photo…I had a specific one that I wanted to use and it wasn’t on the iPad). It was so easy. I know I will use them again.

$1.99 for a card to be created, addressed, and mailed (without me leaving my room!) is my kind of deal. I love the idea of happy things showing up in the mailboxes of people I love.

Snail mail love…all the way from Indonesia to North Carolina!

And no, I’m not affiliated with them at all. Just a happy customer who loves her family and friends back home but is too busy to make it to the post office.