A Funtastic Friday Full of Shopping and Scrapping

I am looking forward to doing a little shopping and maybe some scrapping too this weekend! Who’s going to be joining me in the fun?? Here’s a look at what we found for you in digiland…

Bella Gypsy:

We all have photos somewhere on our hard drives document a glorious mess…and Make Mistakes by Bella Gypsy at Scrap Orchard is the perfect digital scrapbook collection to scrap those photos with!

Chelle’s Creations:

Whether it’s in the backyard, at the gym, or at a trampoline park, kids of all ages just want to jump for joy.

Cilenia Curtis:

Page kit with a fun and artsy flair for art journaling or scrapbooking!

Clever Monkey Designs:

Scrap your class party with this Valentine’s kit filled with sweet wordart!

Crossbone Cuts Designs:

A perfect kit to scrap all those magical memories!

Darcy Baldwin:

Don’t you hate when that alarm goes of in the morning? Here’s a super-unique, digital scrapbooking alpha that is a throwback to those early ‘digital’ clocks. It’s time to WAKEY WAKEY! This is a titling alpha that will really make it’s mark.

Down This Road Designs:

Sweet Ride is the perfect kit to scrap all those moments of the simple life, everyday life or cherished memories. This kit is perfect for those pages about just enjoying life and enjoying the ride and all the places it takes you.

Erica Zane:

Little Sew & Sew Lines by Erica Zane at SSD is the perfect addition to your stash…they will help add that finishing touch to your projects. Set includes 20 sets of stitches in 10 colors each for a total of 200 .png files. Use them as they are or layer them for even more options.

Heather T.:

Stained Glass Templates are a collection of 5 templates each in .psd, .tif, and .png files. They’re all placed on a dark background which gives them that glass flavor! Use to clip to photos or papers; embellish how you like. Maximum flexibility!

Jennifer Labre:

Whether you’re doing an all about me page or scrapping about your kids, Simply Me is a new kit by Jenn Labre that is perfect for capturing all of those special moments. On sale for 20% off all weekend!

Just Jaimee:

Our lives are a mix of perfect and not so perfect moments (and pictures). I like to document all stuff. Mommyish and I have come together to collaborate on a collection called Real Life in Pockets. A collaboration of fun, colorful and quirky kits for pocket scrappers with a sense of humor.

Kimeric Kreations:

Embrace the Day is new from Kimeric Kreations.

Kristin Aagard:

Somebunny Loves You is digital scrapbook kit by Kristin Aagard that includes a variety of elements and papers to create fun love, Valentine and bunny themed scrapbook pages and projects.

Libby Pritchett:

A digital scrapbooking kit by Libby Pritchett, Cutting Down The Nets celebrates all things basketball! Whether you’re an avid fan or a star center, this kit has everything you need to scrap your favorite b-ball moments!

Meredith Cardall:

Totally Huggable digital scrapbook kit is packed full of fun bits and pieces to scrapbook layouts of all the lovable, adorable & completely huggable people in your life!

mleCard:

A beary honey sweet bee kit full of hand-painted elements and papers by mle Card. The perfect Digital Scrapbook kit to scrap about those you love.

Pink Reptile Designs:

Purchase House Blend Collab by February 23, 2014, and save 20%. Plus, you’ll get the House Blend journal cards free!

Quirky Twerp:

Five whimsical houses in layered files and eight gorgeous coordinating papers. Layered house stamps measure various sizes.

River Rose (retired):

Sausan Designs:

Mr Mole in Love…Mr Mole is handdrawn and watercolored by me with lots of love. Print the cards and use them as gift tags, little Valentine wishes or for your kid’s birthday invitations. Whatever you do: have fun!

Scrapbook Lady

These templates will help you recreate multiple layered paper pages without sacrificing clean page design.

Snips and Snails Designs:

Love My Man celebrates those special guys in our life, perfect for scrapping any special man from your little guys all the way to your grandpa.

Southern Serenity Designs:

Black Tie Affair is the perfect template set for all of your layouts! With the perfectly placed paper layers and awesome clustering, you will find yourself turning to this set over and over!

Studio Angelclaud Artroom:

Memory Keeper is a template great for displaying multiple photos and p365 project. It’s on 20% new release sale throughout the weekend.

Studio Blagovesta Gosheva

This is the first kit of Capturing Life collection. Full of of beautiful papers and elements this versatile kit is perfect to document any of your everyday memories or use it for your monthly, weekly or daily projects!

Studio Sherwood:

With a glowing color palette and inspirational word art, Passionately is perfect for focusing on the things and activities you love and that inspire you.

SuzyQ Scraps

A digital scrapbook template pack by SuzyQ Scraps. Need to jump-start your creativity? Love lots of photos? Want to use journal cards but aren’t sure how to scrapbook with them? Share your stories simply, quickly, and easily with this 12th set of Story-Grid layered templates. Great for digital & pocket style scrapbooking!

Studio Rosey Posey:

Just being you is always enough!
Have fun blending and layering with this pretty kit!

Studio ViVa Artistry:

Chinese New Year and 2014 is the year of the Horse! Dress up your art in a different way, or create an all about you page for the year. It’s a great way to start a new journal. Or maybe you just like Asian style art? Here’s a fantastic kit to deco up your images with.

Sugary Fancy:

This is an old kit that I just brought back for you! It is the perfect kit with lots of exclusive doodles to scrap all of your kids fun little moments!

Tracy Martin Designs

This week I have the fun kit Party On!

Vinnie Pearce

Journalink Collection is now released at
Scrapbookgraphics.com, use coupon code: jou1dg for an extra 15% off.

All About Beatrice

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I’m so excited to be welcoming back Vicki Stegall to The Digi Files this month! I love Vicki’s “shabby grunge” style in her designs and the super fun, unique items she finds to include as elements. I enjoyed hearing Vicki share about how her designing and scrapping life were suddenly changed, for the better, while she was creating her contribution this month, when we recorded the Daily Digi Digest. Listen to it below (on the site) or
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Let’s take a closer look at “Beatrice” 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 Vicki Stegall’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Beatrice by Vicki Stegall; Flight Plan #24 (template) by One Little Bird;
Font: Bariol, Harrington, Contribute.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Beatrice by Vicki Stegall; Scrumptious (template) by Scrapbook Lady;
Font: Traveling Typewriter.


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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Beatrice by Vicki Stegall; Halfpack 19 (template)
By Cindy Schneider; Font: Arial.


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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Beatrice by Vicki Stegall.

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

Name

Vicki Stegall is the proud owner of Oscraps.com. Vicki opened Oscraps 7 years ago when she made the transition from a traditional paper scrapbooking to digi scrapping. While Vicki is and always will be a designer at heart, the responsibilities of running a major digi site don’t leave her as much time for designing as she’d like. She’s a born and bred ‘Okie’ living in Moore, Oklahoma and really does say, “y’all” all.the.time. She lives with her IT hubby, Anthony and her 13 year old son, Alyx, who is also her primary scrap subject. Someone recently described her design style as Vintage Grunge and she thinks that suits her just fine.

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I chose this layout because it showcases two of my ‘loves’ – scrapping and ‘handy’ work. I absolutely love doing anything and everything ‘handy’ from traditional crafting like scrapping, painting, and sewing to home renovation/decorating and even furniture building. This particular project was laying wood flooring in our master closet. The thing I love most about this layout is that I think it’s funny and witty, which is something I don’t think I am very often but I always wish for – to be ‘witty’.


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started

I’ve been creating photo albums and scrapbooks since my first job in high school. I worked in a FotoMat booth and developed a love for taking pictures. I moved more into creating individual layouts as paper scrapper after the birth of my son, Alyx. I became a stay at home mom with his birth and needed a creative outlet. Scrapbooking was the perfect activity for me. I primarily scrapped with a friend I met in childbirth classes and one day she called me and said, “Hey, you know more about computers than I do. I heard about this new thing, digital scrapbooking and I was hoping you’d check it out and see if it’s something we can do.” Well, this was early on in the industry and there just wasn’t much out there. But, I was intrigued and decided to give it a try. Since there really wasn’t much out there at the time, I decided to try making my own designs. I mostly just made things and then printed them out to use on my paper layouts which I posted online at scrapbook.com. Many people started asking for some of my items and for me to create more and more. I soon realized just how much I loved designing. I figured it would be easier to share my designs if I had a website, so I built Oscraps.com on a server here in our house and released all my designs as freebies. The bandwidth demand immediately interfered with my hubby’s online gaming, so I bought my first ‘real’ server. Oscraps grew at such a phenomenal rate, I couldn’t keep up with the demand on my own, so I brought on other designers and soon built it into a full service shop complete with gallery and forum.

inspired

What inspires me to create? EVERYTHING. (and deadlines – lol) I tend to get caught up in the actual running of a large store – background site issues, customer service, etc. so I don’t have as much time for designing (and/or scrapping), so deadlines and commitments are my biggest inspiration at the moment. Regardless of time constraints, I’m always, always looking at everyday items, found items, etc and thinking about ways I can translate them into a scrap item. For example, the metal frame in the Beatrice kit is an object I found on the ground at the car dealership when I was picking up a part for my car 🙂

tools

Computer: The majority of the time, I use a Dell XPS15 laptop with 8 GB of RAM and 680 GB harddrive (wish it was bigger!)
I also have a desktop PC with two 21 inch linked monitors. This is my primary design computer and I use one of the monitors turned sideways so that I can really spread out my current items to see everything together and moving within various photoshop windows while designing a new kit.
other:


Program: Photoshop CS5

Camera: Everyday camera – my iPhone 4s
My “good” camera (which I don’t know how to use very well) – Canon EOS 5D


Anything Else: iPad 2, Kindle 1 & 2, and Nook Color (I like gadgets). My favorite is my Kindle. I use it to listen to my books via the “text-to-speech” feature. It takes some getting used to, but I love listening to books while I do extractions and laundry 🙂

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My biggest tip ever is to PLAY. Play with features in Photoshop or your camera that you’ve never used. Experiment with layer styles. Use items in unexpected ways. This layout shows using a gajillion elements to create my title and is one of my favorites because I used various items in unexpected ways.
http://ozone.oscraps.com/gallery/showphoto.php?ph…

Just PLAY! You can always ctrl+alt+z (which is a keyboard shortcut in Photoshop and my most used shortcut).

favorite

Typically, my favorite project is whatever I’ve just finished working on and this case is no exception. My current favorite is the Beatrice Kit and my very favorite thing about the Beatrice kit is the drippy paper. The whole kit came from that paper which started as me playing with some some spray mists and other art journal painting techniques. In fact, this whole kit started from me playing with physical scrap and art objects and combining that into a digital kit – my two great creative loves – real paint and digi items combined.


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I just love the warm colors and the mixture of vintage, shabby, grungy and doodled items with super fun stripes!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Vicki Stegall:


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

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Coupon code: Stegall-TDD-spec

Amt: 20% Off

Exp: March 31, 2014

Good for:
Vicki Stegall Designs (excludes collaborations & commercial use items)


Coupon code: 5off52-tdd

Amount: $5 off

Good toward: 52 Inspirations 2014 Subscription

Good Thru: March 31, 2014



Go have a look in Vicki Stegall’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 Vicki Stegall

The following layouts were created using “Beatrice” by Vicki Stegall and included in The Digi Files during February, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Beatrice by Vicki Stegall; Template by Fiddle Dee Dee; Leaf brush by Mindy Terasawa; Font: Rough Typewriter.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Beatrice by Vicki Stegall; Flight Plan #24 (template) by One Little Bird;
Font: Bariol, Harrington, Contribute.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Beatrice by Vicki Stegall; Scrumptious (template) by Scrapbook Lady;
Font: Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Beatrice by Vicki Stegall; Halfpack 19 (template)
By Cindy Schneider; Font: Arial.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Beatrice by Vicki Stegall.

Creative Additions to Your Pocket Scrapbook Pages: Evenings At Home

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 project, I hope that some of these prompts will still be fun and useful to you.

Idea: Evenings At Home

This winter has felt especially long. With the night setting so early, there is very little natural light for photos, so I have to make a real effort to pull out my camera and shoot. The darkness means we sort of hibernate at home, too. Our winter nights are mostly filled with dinners at home, homework, housework, playing at our hobbies, reading, and watching Netflix. That’s not to say that I’d want it any other way, though! I love our quiet evenings at home. We have great chats and snuggles under blankets, share some comfort food, and just enjoy being together.

Pocket Scrapbook Pages

I used Just Jaimee’s new kit, I Love You to the Moon and Back, which is included in the February Digi Files, to make a two-page pocket spread.

The red, white and black colour scheme, with the fun pops of yellow, was so easy to use on a pocket page. The kit also includes some great journal cards and art cards. I used a few on the pages below:

Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee, 365Unscripted: Plastic Stitched Grids Bundle by Traci Reed, Journalers by Valorie Wibbens, Project Storyteller font by Darcy Baldwin, 52 Card Pick Up Template by Misty Cato

The bottom-right photo on page below and all of the larger photos on the other side of the spread were taken in the evening. I didn’t journal about it very much, but I am happy to see those evening moments captured in my weekly album pages.

Journalling Ideas

Here are some ideas for capturing your evenings:

  • If your evenings are relatively predictable, write it up as a schedule: 6:30pm Dinner, 7pm Clean-up, 7:30pm Bath time, 8pm Stories, etc.
  • Are there any fun things you like to do as a family? Some families enjoy a regular game night, a movie night, or evenings in the park. (If you don’t have a regular family night, here is a list of 101 Free Things for Families to Do to give you some ideas to get you started!)

Photo Ideas

Try out some of these ideas:

  • Take photos of your evening routine, as it happens.
  • Set up a tripod in the room you spend most of the evening. Use the timer or a wireless remote to capture an evening.
  • Give the kids a camera and ask them to photograph the best parts about being at home with family. I’d be curious about what they felt was most important.

If you have trouble photographing in low-light, check out this article by Katrina that has some great tips.

Thank you for reading! Good luck with your projects!

Time to be Dazzled

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I am so excited to welcome back Connie Prince to The Digi Files this month! I always look forward to having great designers join us again! I love Connie’s ability to create wonderfully themed kits!! Her use of bold and bright colors, along with her theming always has me eager to check her store and see what is new that I must have! Our team and I had so much fun creating with Connie’s contribution this month and I know you will too! Let’s take a closer look at “Dazzled” 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 Designs By Connie Prince’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Dazzled by Designs By Connie Prince; 12Dec.12 template by Sahlin Studio; Happy Gram by One Little Bird; Font-Bariol.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Dazzled by Designs By Connie Prince; FotoBlendz Template Album No 2 by Anna Aspnes.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Dazzled by Designs By Connie Prince; The Fat Pack by Janet Phillips; Font: Darcy Baldwin.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Dazzled by Designs By Connie Prince.

Layout by Steph supplies: Dazzled by Designs By Connie Prince; font is Myriad Pro

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

Name

My name is Connie Prince and I live in Dallas, Georgia. My husband, William and I have been married for eighteen years and we have one son, Hayden. I love Zumba, flip flops, movies, music, and cookies!

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This layout was created to commemorate my son’s 16th Birthday! I love the silly grin on all of our faces and that even at 16 he still loves to spend time with us.


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Supplies: Fabu-locity by Connie Prince.



started

I began dabbling with design in 2005 and officially took the plunge to sell my products in 2006. Initially, I began to design products for my own use, there just were not that many things available to purchase as the industry was so new then. I have always been a scrapbooker in some form or fashion and the transition to digital scrapbooking just seemed like a natural progression to me. I joined Gotta Pixel in 2007 and have happily resided here ever since!

inspired

I gather inspiration from real life. My family, friends, my amazing creative team all inspire me daily to create new projects!

tools

Computer: I run Windows 7 and I have dual monitors. Getting two monitors is honestly the best thing that I have ever done for myself, it lets me work on multiple things at one time and I love that!

Program: I use Photoshop & Illustrator CS5 – I spend most of my time with those two programs!

Camera: I have a Canon Rebel and a Canon Power Shot.

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tipstricks

Design / scrap for yourself and what you are passionate about. Don’t worry about being perfect, just enjoy the process. If you love it, that’s all that matters!

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I had a lot of fun with the colors for this kit and extracting all of the “beautiful” little creatures. It was fun to find the beauty beneath it all.


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I think the subject matter made this one such a huge hit! It’s packed full of things to scrap the most magical of places.


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

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Use coupon code Save2On6-DD
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Go have a look in Designs By Connie Prince’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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Inspired by Connie Prince

The following layouts were created using “Dazzled” by Designs By Connie Prince and included in
The Digi Files during February, 2014:

Layout by SharonS. Credits:Dazzled by Connie Prince; Template by Scrappy Creations by Melanie (TDD My Life of Celebration); Font: Just The Way You Are.

Layout by Chris. Credits:Dazzled by Connie Prince.

Layout by Helen. Credits:Dazzled by Connie Prince.

Layout by Helen. Credits:Dazzled by Connie Prince.

Layout by NeverlandScraps. Credits:Dazzled by Connie Prince.


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by Vicki. Supplies: Dazzled by Designs By Connie Prince; 12Dec.12
template by Sahlin Studio; Happy Gram by One Little Bird; Font-Bariol.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Dazzled by Designs By Connie Prince; FotoBlendz Template Album No 2 by Anna Aspnes.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Dazzled by Designs By Connie Prince; The Fat Pack by Janet Phillips; Font: Darcy Baldwin.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Dazzled by Designs By Connie Prince.

Photographing a Baby Shower

I have what you might call a lot of kids. I have six. I know people with more, but still, it seems to be a topic of conversation most places I go. I always make sure people understood that while it is hard, we love it.

One fun thing about babies is the anticipation of them. Although I don’t love being pregnant due to the physical toll it takes on my body, I do love all the mental and emotional parts of expecting a new baby. So much wondering and dreaming and hoping..pure bliss.

And of course, one of the fun things about all that waiting and expecting is getting to celebrate this new life with the people you love. In America, it is a tradition to have a baby shower: a time for your friends and/or family to “shower” you with love and gifts. It’s such a fun time! So many memories of sweet friends, kind words, and joyful anticipation.

But you know what? Out of my eight or so baby showers, I only have photos of TWO. And one of those was because I took the pictures. I have nothing from the other six baby showers. Nothing. I don’t have pictures of the food that wonderful friends made. I don’t have pictures of silly games played. I don’t have pictures of the people who surrounded me with love and excitement. I’m sad that I can’t go back and remember those special times.

Because of this, now when I go to showers, I look around and see if anyone seems to be on “camera duty.” The mom-to-be shouldn’t be worrying about preserving this memory, but someone should. Baby showers are such a slice of life. When I think back to my showers they remind me of where I was living, who my friends were, what the weather was like, and more. I think everyone should have those memories documented. So, if I don’t see anyone who seems to be taking charge of photos, I pull out my camera ands snap away. And then sometime soon after I hand the precious mom a CD with her images on it. Moment captured.

So, what do I look for when I am taking pictures? A few simple things:

Food

Baby showers are usually filled with yummy food made by loving friends. It is usually beautifully displayed and is a testament of the love for guest of honor. I try to sneak into the food area right when things are just starting up (so no one is around the table) but before people are released to eat. So much work goes into setting up a beautiful display and I want to capture it!

Decor

Oftentimes, there is a lot of time and effort put into the decorations for the party. Whether it is flowers, candles, streamers, decorative food, or onesies, make sure to get a few photos of the beauty around. Don’t forget the small details!

Gifts

What’s a shower without the opening of gifts? Make sure to get pictures of the gift pile/table and some of the guest of honor opening the gifts. Over time it is easy to forget where all your baby stuff came from and it is fun to look back on photos and think, “Oh! So that’s where that blanket came from!”

Guests

A shower is such a blessing because it is filled with the people in your life. There is nothing like having a group of women surround you with their love and blessings. Make sure to snap a few pictures of the guests so the mother can later remember who was there. Sometimes, like at a church shower or an “other side of the family” shower, she might not even really know everyone. It’s nice to have photos!

Activities

Most showers have some sort of program. Maybe there are games played. Perhaps someone gives a devotional. Just make sure to get a few pictures of any special activity that is included.

The Guest of Honor

Don’t forget to get a few photos of the mama-to-be. She might not be thrilled to pose for photos (who really loves being big and pregnant?), but someday, when the pregnancy and baby fog fade, she’ll be happy to have a few photos that she can look at think, “Oh my goodness. Was that really me?” Yes, it was you. And you were beautiful and glowing!


So, have you ever thought of taking pictures during a shower and blessing that mama with photos?

Banner is from BABYCAKES by Erica Zane and Libby Pritchett at Sweet Shoppe Designs


All of these photos are from February 2013 when I attended a shower for my beautiful friend (and fellow mama of six) Sara.

My Fitness Pal

In May 2005, I entered the world of digital scrapbooking and I will forever be changed.

Just a few months previous, I entered the weight-loss world. Vowing that I would not have any more children until I lost the weight from my first two, I joined Weight Watchers Online and got to work. For the first time in my life, I was careful about what I ate and I intentionally worked to get fit. I lifted weights. I ran. And I lost the weight. So proud of myself and what I had done, I created this layout.

Layout from early 2006


WW online was a great tool for me. I loved being able to keep track of what I ate and how much I exercised. Looking at my weight loss graph each week was the inspiration I needed to keep going.

And then I found myself, nine years and four kids later, needing to do it all again. While I had never let my weight get too out of control, I was far from a model of healthy. As I thought about what I wanted my life to be, both now and in the future, I knew that I needed to regain control of my health and well-being.

For a number of reasons, Weight Watchers wasn’t the right choice for me, but I still wanted a way to visually track my progress. And that’s where My Fitness Pal came in.

I don’t know how to use a lot of the features, but I love being able to track my health and fitness journey. I can enter in goals, weight and inches loss, food consumed, exercise, and more. Each day, I enter in my exercise time and any notes or thoughts for the day. I can view reports and see the falling graph. I can’t wait to reach my final goal (hoping to get there before my birthday in April!) And when I do, another layout is coming. I plan to use some of the graphs and logs to remember the journey.

There are some great tutorials out there for using My Fitness Pal and I am looking forward to learning how to more fully use it. This article is a great starting point and this one shares some specifics of tracking more detailed nutritional info. One feature that I am especially excited to use once we return to the States is the bar code scanner. On the MFP app you can scan bar codes of your favorite foods and it will give you all the nutritional info. So cool!

Sharing an Adoramapix Photobook

Adoramapix is Steph’s go-to photobook printer, and I’ve been wanting to try it out ever since her Photobook review in 2010. I finally took the time put a book together and stumbled across a really handy feature—Project Sharing! The great thing about sharing at Adoramapix is that they make it easy to do, offer simple options and make it easy to unshare as well.

Public or Private?

The first thing you need to decide before you share your book is how you want to share it. You can choose a “private” option which means that only people who have the unique sharing URL can see the project. Or, you can choose the “public” option which will place the book in their open gallery for sharing with the entire community. You can choose either through a simple toggle, and change the toggle later if you change your mind.

Sharing or Ordering?

You can also decide during the sharing process if you want the end user to be able to order a copy of your book, or view it only. So, if you want Aunt Edna or Grandma to be able to order their own copy of your book, you can choose to let them. But if you want to share it publicly, but prevent Jane Doe Stranger from ordering a copy of your book, it’s easy to do that too. What if you want both? Just make a copy of your book first and share one with the family, and the other with the public.

Step By Step Sharing

1) Login to your Adoramapix account.

2) Click on the Photobooks tab. It should bring you to the My Books page.

3) Look under the COMPLETE BOOK or REORDER BOOK button and click SHARE/EDIT.

4) Click the SHARE tab and then turn on Sharing. Once you do, the rest of the options you see below will appear.

1. SHARING: Turn on Sharing

2. GALLERY: Turn ON to allow your book to appear in the public gallery. Turn to OFF if you want it to only be seen by those with the unique book URL.

3. ORDERING: Turn ON to allow your book to be ordered by anyone with the unique book URL. Turn OFF to allow viewing only, and prevent ordering.

4. OPTIONS: If you turn ordering on, you can choose to allow the user to set color correction options and paper options.

5. LINK: Once you’re done, you can copy or email the link for sharing.

That’s all there is to it. It’s so simple! Use the sharing option to get help with proofreading before you order. (I don’t know about you, but there’s always at least one major typo somewhere!) Or, send that link to Aunt Edna or Grandma and they can order their own copy of your photobook!

If you have shared a book in the Public Gallery, share your link with us. We’d love to see your photobook!