Photographing Winter

Christmas is over, kids are back in school, and all that is left for most people is to settle in for the rest of the long winter.

When it’s mid-January, spring is hard to dream about.Now admittedly, I live in the land of eternal summer and at 6 degrees off the equator, we don’t see much winter weather. However, when we spent some time in America last year, I left my I-hate-cold-tendancies inside and I braved the crisp sub-freezing temperatures. After living with summer for 54 months straight, I was ready for a chill in the air.

Taking pictures of winter — with all its mystique, beauty, and whispers of new life to come — was an amazing experience. From the color of the December sky to the intricacies of an individual snowflake, winter left me in awe. Everywhere I looked, there was something new to explore. I can’t wait to meet winter again.

Let me encourage you, as you huddle under your quilt with your steaming cup of coffee in hand, remember that there is a beautiful world outside your door. Take a few moments and see what you and your camera can find. Our memories aren’t for summer only.

Here are some things to look out for:

TREES & PLANTS

Although we often things of plants and trees being a summer thing, it can be spectacular to see the changes that they go through in the winter. Look closely and you will often see signs of life.

THE SKY

While most photographers live for the golden hour of spring and summer, don’t discount the icy cool colors of winter. Sunrises, especially, offer a feast for the eyes. And the bonus? The sun rises late enough for most people to actually enjoy it!

ACTIVITIES

Although my idea of fun winter activities usually include hot cocoa and roaring fires, winter activities that actually take place outside can be fun too. My kids were thrilled with getting to sled for the first time. Whether it is a ride down a hill or a walk in the woods, be sure to capture all the fun that is to be had outside.

YOUR HOME

You may spend hours upon hours sprucing your house and garden up for the summer, but don’t forget about the free decorating that winter offers you. It was chilly, but I am so glad that I make the trek up to our neighbor’s house so I could get a beautiful picture of our home blanketed in snow.

MACROS

Who can resist the beauty of the one of a kind? Taking macro photos of snowflakes and ice is a thrilling activity. If you don’t have a dSLR, check to see if your point and shoot has a macro mode (most do). Get in close and see the beauty that is normally too small to be noticed. [TIP: to make snowflakes really “pop” in your photos, kind something of color (like a piece of paper) to put behind your photo. For the photo below, I just grabbed a blue piece of scrapbook paper.]


So, what’s keeping you inside?

Our First Big Winners on Funtastic Friday and Come Enter Again



THANK YOU to everyone that participated in our giveaway this past week! It’s been so fun to see everyone celebrating with us!

The Winners Are…

Sarah R was our Grand Prize winner, winning an annual subscription to The Digi Files and coupons from all of the contributors listed on the image.

Jennifer S, Karen D, Jen G, and Sian B all won an annual subscription to The Digi Files!

Please give us up to 72 hours to email you information on claiming your prizes.

The party continues this week as we giveaway over $580 in prizes again!

We will be giving away a total of over $2000 in prizes this month, in addition to the regular $280 in prizes we give away every month!! Enter in the Rafflecopter form below!

There are ways for you to enter EVERY DAY, which increases your chances of winning! We will take entries through Thursday night (Rafflecopter is set to close at 10pm ET). This week, I added the option to leave a comment in this post to get you an entry as well.

Here is what you can win this week:

Thanks so much to these designers and stores that are participating in this fun event:

Sweet Shoppe Designs

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Digital Project Life

Just Jaimee

Yin Designs

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Snips and Snails Designs

Jennifer Labre

Bella Gypsy

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Chelle’s Creations

Studio Wendy

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Fridays are full of digi goodness, and today is no exception! Here’s what’s new this week…

Vinnie Pearce’s latest lookbook is out!

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Jenn Labre has three brand new products as part of the January Memory Mix at MScraps!

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Looking for the perfect collection to scrapbook your New Year’s photos and resolutions? Check out Countdown to Midnight — FREE add-on with purchase of the collection!

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Lynne-Marie has bundled her January BYOC and added some gorgeous journal cards! To get the cards at a 50% discount, use code: PandCJC *** expires January 17

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Turtle Power by Tracey Monette of Clever Monkey Graphics now available at Oscraps and coming to MyMemories.

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Come kick of the new year with the first For the Love of 2014 bundle and save on mega FTLO13 bundles while you’re there!

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Misty Cato’s Month Card Templates are a clean, stylish, versatile way to add months to your pocket scrapping pages.

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Traveler – New this week from Kimeric Kreations

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Chelle has a new collection that is just bouncing with fun. Buy Jump Zone and get the Jump Zone alpha FREE through 1.15. Come join Chelle as she scraps with Jump Zone at ScrapTwister.

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I Don’t Want to Grow Up – Bundle is new from Dunia!

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Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs has two new sets of templates in her Fuss Free: Eclectic series and they Fresh Fruit priced at 20% off. Purchase Fuss Free: Eclectic 9 and receive Fuss Free: Eclectic 10 FREE. FWP offer ends Jan. 15th.

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Is it written in the stars? Do you believe you can accomplish Project 365? Maya de Groot’s templates make it easy for you!

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Collecting Moments : January, a new release from Pixelily Designs. Now at 40% off.

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Studio Rosey Posey is giving away a huge freebie to all Newsletter Subscribers! Join Today to collect all the parts! Giveaway starts January 15, 2014!

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Here’s a peek at a sweet kit from ForeverJoy Designs that will premier at Scrap Orchard on January 16th. Want an chance to win it? Just visit the ForeverJoy Blog a leave a comment for a chance to win!

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Sugary Fancy has a new Mini Collection added to the Guest Store! Fresh Start BUNDLE is on sale this week ~ 25% OFF!

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The View Collection by Snips and Snails Designs – 20% Off through 1/12/14

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Get motivated with Meagan’s new Get in Shape collection! Perfect for weight loss photos, or just setting healthy goals for 2014! Fun, retro and funky colors with great metallic styles make this a great kit for men and women. Save 25% off through 1/16/14 or save 40% when you purchase the collection bundle!

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Sometimes you’re silly, sometimes you’re chilly, and sometimes you’re both! Silly Chilly is a digital scrapbook collection by Bella Gypsy at Scrap Orchard filled with fun, vibrant colors and elements. Perfect for snow pictures or the penguin lover you love, you’ll be able to make themed pages or general ones that beg for a pop of color. Until 1/16/14 purchase the collection & receive the add-on FREE!

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Amber Shaw has this cozy, homey new release, “Home Sweet Home” it has everything any homebody would love to scrap about their favorite place to be and their favorite people to be there with! For a limited time there is a beautiful set of scatters & clusters that is FREE with purchase!

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New this week, Whimsical Hearts Layered Stamp Kit by Quirky Twerp and Arty Pants.

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Scrapping with Liz has some more Alphabet Templates in her store, and she has released her final set of Double Monthly Challenge Templates. You can grab all of these at 20% off. Plus she also has her Double Monthly Challenge Templates and Weekly Project Templates bundled up and you can save 38% on the whole bundles.

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Flergs has teamed up with KCB for the first time to bring you a gorgeous kit. Change Your Stars is perfect for scrapping about your new resolutions, your goals & your dreams. Lots of sparkle & shimmer inside!

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Studio Wendy is ringing in the new year with an updated version of her Designer Ebook, and two more 2014 calendar templates. New releases are on sale for the first weekend only!

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Check back next week for more Funtastic finds!

What’s in the Cards for You?

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A big WELCOME to Wendy of WendyBird Designs! I’m so happy to have her joining us in The Digi Files this month! Wendy’s hybrid templates are so mind blowing to me! I can’t imagine how she is able to come up with these intricate designs that create such wonderful, dimensional projects! I really enjoyed visiting with Wendy in her interview for the Digest and know you will enjoy it too:

Let’s take a closer look at “Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03: 4×6” 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 WendyBird Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03: 4×6 by WendyBird Designs; Best Day Ever by Amanda Heimann; Font: Lobster 1.4.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03: 4×6 by WendyBird Designs; Big Ideas by One LIttle Bird Designs.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03: 4×6 by WendyBird Designs; Our Life by Mye De Leon.

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Layout by Amber. Supplies: Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03: 4×6 by WendyBird Designs; Everyday by WM[squared].

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Layout by Amber. Supplies: Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03: 4×6 by WendyBird Designs; Hello Friend by WM[squared].

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Layout by Amber. Supplies: Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03: 4×6 by WendyBird Designs, Take Note by WM[squared].

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Layout by Amber. Supplies: Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03: 4×6 by WendyBird Designs, Live Life by WM[squared].

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
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Hi! My name is Wendy and I live in sunny Arizona with my boyfriend of 5 years. Depending on the day/week/month, we’ll have any combination of our 4 kids with us. My son is 15 and his kids are 16, 18 and 21. We also have gorgeous cat named Mary who is queen of the castle.

When I’m not designing or paper crafting, I’m usually crocheting, reading or out playing with our RC cars.

I do work full time as well and as if I needed something else to do, we recently started another business making and selling RC parts!

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I love this box because it’s a fun twist on a mini album. I don’t do nearly as much memory keeping as I should – it often feels overwhelming to me. I was really inspired by Ziggle Scraps’ The List kit, and this box happens to have 13 panels, so it was perfect for making a Top 13 of 2013! Rather than getting stuck with lots of journaling (which I’ve always struggled with), I can document the year with bullet points!

A few examples of my favorites of 2013 are a road trip we took to Denver, him surprising with tickets to the Ballet for Valentine’s Day and my son’s first high school Marching Band performances.

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I started scrapbooking about 15 years ago when my son was a baby, but quit when he was a toddler because I didn’t have enough time, space or money to keep up with it… and I still didn’t even have one album done! I found digital scrapbooking in 2008 and in 2009 discovered hybrid crafting which became the perfect blend – I adore everything about digi and I can still get my hands-on crafting time! In 2010, I started creating and selling hybrid templates. I joined Scrap Orchard in June 2012 and am so honored to be working with this group of amazing women!

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Boxes are my favorite thing to create – it’s amazing how many configurations can come out of a single sheet of paper! I am often inspired by product packaging so I am often deconstructing things to see how I can recreate them out of paper! And as I play with other crafts, I think about ways to create coordinating hybrid templates for gifting them.

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Computer: I have a Toshiba 27″ All In One Touch Screen that I love! I run Windows 8.1, have a 2TB hard drive and 16gb RAM.
Program: I subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud, so I’m using Photoshop CC and I am learning Illustrator CC. I also use Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.
Camera: Nikon D5000 that I mostly use on Auto…
Anything Else: My Silhouette Cameo is my constant crafting companion!
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For those who are new to hybrid – Don’t be afraid! If you can use a layout template, you can use a hybrid template! With hybrid templates, all you’re doing is clipping paper to layer masks just like you would on a page template, then you flatten and print.
And just like when you first started digi scrapping, freebies are a great place to get your feet wet. I host a monthly hybrid challenge at Scrap Orchard that has a free template every month!

For more seasoned hybrid artists – my tip is to add layers and 3 dimensional elements. Something as simple as a real button in place of a digital one can take your project to the next level!

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My favorite template is the Magic Box. It’s a little more complex than most of my templates, but it’s still very easy to put together and creates an incredible result! This box opens up to reveal 3 hidden trays to hold treats or organize your desk supplies.

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My most popular template is the Phone Stand. It is sized to fit just about any smart phone or mp3 player and gives you place to prop your gadget in landscape mode for watching videos hands free, or use it to hold a photo on your desk or a recipe card in the kitchen.

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

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Take 20% off your next order in Wendy’s store with coupon code wbd-tdd20 expires 1/31/14.

Go have a look in WendyBird 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 WendyBird Designs

The following layouts were created using “Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03: 4×6” by WendyBird Designs and included in
The Digi Files during January, 2014:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03:
4×6 by WendyBird Designs; My Life of Daring (elements, papers) by TDD, Me Right Now (triangles) by Kim Jensen, Font: SNF Dear Miss Rose.

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Layout by Donna. Supplies: Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03:
4×6 by WendyBird Designs; Snowy Santa by Bella Gypsy and Kristin Aagard.

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Layout by Donna. Supplies: Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03:
4×6 by WendyBird Designs; We Wish you a Merry Christmas by Chelle’s Creations.

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Layout by Donna. Supplies: Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03:
4×6 by WendyBird Designs; It’s Midnight by WM[squared].

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Layout by Tanya. Supplies: Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03:
4×6 by WendyBird Designs; Paper products by Recollections.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03: 4×6 by WendyBird Designs; Best Day Ever by Amanda Heimann; Font: Lobster 1.4.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03: 4×6 by WendyBird Designs; Big Ideas by One LIttle Bird Designs.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03: 4×6 by WendyBird Designs; Our Life by Mye De Leon.
Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Cards Vol. 17: Patchwork and Card Keeper Vol. 03: 4×6 by WendyB ird Designs; Our Life by Mye De Leon.

Gold!

I love seeing trends evolve in scrapbooking products. Right now, there is a trend towards using more shimmery gold in products. It can be seen in home decor, like on this inspiring Pinterest board, fashion, and of course in jewellery. Scrapbooking products can now be seen sporting a golden shimmer too! Here are some amazing products available for digital scrapbookers:

Golden Pages

It’s easy to see that golden elements would work perfectly for festive Christmas pages, but I think the trend would work for any page. Check out these beautiful pages that incorporate some shimmery gold pieces:

DIY Gold

If you’d like to make your own golden elements, try your hand at using CU for PU:

I can’t wait to see your “golden” pages!

Thank you for reading! Happy scrapbooking!

Memory Keeping in the New Year

I love the start of a new year, so fresh with possibilities and dreams. There are goals to be made, priorities to be aligned, and experiences to be had.

As a memory keeper, the newness opens all sorts of possibilities. The start of a new calendar year offers me the chance to ask myself, how do I want to tell my story?

Questions to Ask Yourself

As I mentioned in my post PROJECT SOMETHING, there are some important questions to ask yourself as you strive to figure out the method of your memory keeping. Hopefully you have decided on what will work best for you so that now you can focus on the content of that method!

  • What kinds of stories do you want to tell?
  • Where do you want your focus to be? No approach is wrong, but you need to decide what is most important to you.
  • Do you want to focus on the big events (birthday, holidays, vacations, milestones)?
  • Do you want to concentrate on the little moments that make up the every day?
  • Do you want to tackle both, perhaps with a broader approach most of the time and then a concentrated approach like Week in the Life or December Daily?
  • What memories are important to you?
  • Are there areas of your live that you want to be better about recording?
  • Do you care more about what you do or who you are?
  • Are specifics important to you or would you rather capture the big picture?

These questions are important because they can guide your memory keeping. If we know what we want our focus to be, we then have the freedom to let other stuff go.

Here’s how it plays out for me:

  • While I care about the big events (and they always earn a few pages in my scrapbook), I am much more interested in our everyday moments.
  • While my photo a day project (that I have been doing since 2009) does a great job at capturing real life for us, I have always longed to complete Week in the Life. 2014 is my year!
  • There are certain memories that I want do a better job with keeping track of. This includes homeschooling progress, exercise and diet, and books read. These three things take up the majority of my day, every day, but because they are just the regular hum of life, I don’t think to record them.

  • Although I love having a record of what we do as a family (and we do a lot of cool things!), I regret that there aren’t more pages about who we are. I want to tell more stories about the ages and stages of my kids and more about the emotional and spiritual journeys that we are all on. I want to share more about the unconventional choices our family makes and the reasons behind them.

  • I want to be better about recording the little things that my kids say and do that I know won’t last long and that I most likely won’t remember, even a few months down the road.

  • Now that my children are older, I also want to include them more in the process of memory keeping. I want them to take more pictures and I want to help them record memories from their perspective.

So, what will memory keeping in 2014 look like for you?

Inspired by Ziggle Designs

The following layouts were created using “Captured” by Ziggle Designs by Kami and included in The Digi Files during January, 2014:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Captured {Bundle} by Ziggle Designs; Template by Scrappy Creations by Melanie; Ribbon by DDeb; Font: Plantagenet Cherokee.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Captured {Bundle} by Ziggle Designs; Tuesday template #51 by Megan Turnidge.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Captured {Bundle} by Ziggle Designs; Fonts: Bariol Light.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Captured {Bundle} by Ziggle Designs; Squared (template) by Scrapbook Lady: Font: Antipasto.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Captured {Bundle} by Ziggle Designs; Template by Emily Merritt; Font: Courier New.

Are Your Memories Being Captured?

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I’m thrilled to be welcoming back Ziggle Designs to The Digi Files this month! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Kami over the past couple of years as she’s joined us on The Digi Show and I always love working with her. I love Kami’s designs, her themes, and how dedicated she is to documenting her own memories. I really enjoyed visiting with Kami while recording the Daily Digi Digest and I know you will enjoy it too:

Let’s take a closer look at “Captured {Bundle}” 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 Ziggle Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Captured {Bundle} by Ziggle Designs; Tuesday template #51 by Megan Turnidge.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Captured {Bundle} by Ziggle Designs; Fonts: Bariol Light.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Captured {Bundle} by Ziggle Designs; Squared (template) by Scrapbook Lady: Font: Antipasto.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Captured {Bundle} by Ziggle Designs; Template by Emily Merritt; Font: Courier New.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Hello! My name is Kami and I live in Southern California with my amazing hubby, Ryan and our beautiful daughter, Zoe.

I’ve been digital scrapbooking for a little over 7 years. Digi has changed my life and the lives of many of my loved ones. I’ve met some of the most amazing people through this shared hobby of ours and I am thankful every day (almost) for it.

I love the people I get to work with and all the friends I’ve made and I really consider myself lucky to be able to do something I love with the people I love.

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I made these cute little boxes as party favors for my daughter’s birthday party. They turned out so cute! I am obsessed with hybrid projects and I absolutely love my Silhouette!!

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I started digital scrapbooking in the summer of 2006. I was hooked before I even downloaded my first freebie. Just the concept of scrapping digitally appealed to me! Prior to that I was a paper scrapper. It was my favorite past time and I missed being able to scrap, but I didn’t have the time or the space to do it. So when I discovered digital scrapbooking, it allowed me to get back to doing something that I really had been missing!

I officially started digital designing in the summer of 2007 during a design contest! I did not win! LOL But I did make it to the third round (out of four), I believe! It was a great experience and it really helped me get my start in this industry!

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Lately I find myself being inspired by projects. Even though I have yet to actually completely finish one of these projects (within a reasonable amount of time), for some reason the concept of tackling a shorter term project really appeals to me! I like to think it’s something I can set aside time for! I am also getting really good at accepting once I start the project that I’m probably not going to finish it, or finish it on time. So I am able to just do what I can and not guilt myself (too much) for not seeing it all the way through. I think eventually I will just compile all my partial projects in to one larger project (Project Projects?) and it will basically be a scrapbook of my projects about my life- and I will have pretty much come full circle.

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Computer: I have a Windows 7 PC with 16 GB of RAM and an Intel i7 Quadcore. I have two SSDs (one for boot and one for scratch) and then two large drives for storage. I use two monitors, but I would love a third!
Program: I design in Adobe Illustrator CC and Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CC .
Camera: My main camera is a Nikon 7000. But I use the camera on my phone more often than not!
Anything Else: I use a Wacom Intuos 3 for drawing and design work.
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All of my tips I learned from The Digi Show- so my tip is to listen to The Digi Show. For reals!

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My favorite product is Count Your Blessings {The Collection}. I had so much fun creating this collection and I love all the bits and pieces!
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One of my most popular products is a collaboration I made with Tracie Stroud Designs called Unperfect. I think the colors are so fun and our styles really compliment each other.
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Here are some of my favorite products by Ziggle Designs:

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

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Use coupon code ZGL_TDF_35 for 35% off Ziggle Designs’ store. Expires: 2-15-14.

Go have a look in Ziggle 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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