Fun in the Sun

Here are some announcements and new releases from around Digiland this week…

T for Me Designs is closing her store! 50% OFF during May! Thanks to everyone for these years as a designer!

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Scrap Art Studio is closing at the end of May but you can take advantage of these big savings at Vicki Robinson’s store.

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Summer means it’s time for barbecues and potlucks, family gatherings and time with friends. Whether you are the princess of propane or your fella is king of charcoal, this delightful digital scrapbook collection is perfect for your pages!

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Shine on is a darling new digital scrapbooking kit by Lauren Grier & Erica Zane at SSD. Brights and golds mix together to bring you this truly versatile and fun new kit!

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Check out this gorgeous new kit by Jennifer Labre. Timeless is 20% off through Sunday!

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Scrapping with Liz just released her latest Daily Life Templates that are great for scrapping double pages and documenting your weekly life. She also has a new set of journal card templates that are great for scrapping multiple photos on one journal card. Grab them both at 20% OFF this week.

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Strawberry season is finally here! This week when you buy mle Card’s “Strawberry Bliss” kit you will get the wordpack free. Both products are 20% off. Offer and sale expire 5/29.

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And finally ValC is in the spotlight again at Oscraps! 3 out of the 4 challenges are up and running, you can still join the fun! Don’t miss the event, a little bird told me that it is raining gifts over there! Enjoy the store sale and get your extra coupon!

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Scrap your selfies with Maya de Groot’s latest mini kit.

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Studio Sherwood is soaring again! Check out Sky High!

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New from Studio Digilicious is the next instalment in the Project Family Series. This Collection includes everything you need to scrap your family getting down & dirty in the garden!

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Photo Editing for Absolute Beginners answers the most common questions that new Photoshop Elements users ask. Straight to the point, using the simplest method that will get you in and out of Photoshop Elements in a couple of minutes. It’s just $17 (usually $30) and comes with full color handouts for quick reference.

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Fuss Free: Life’s A Beautiful Ride 1 & 2 are template sets created to help you document every moment of your beautiful ride through life! These sets coordinate with Life’s A Beautiful Ride by Tickled Pink Studio. Both packs are Fresh Fruit priced at 20% off, and if you purchase Set 1, you’ll receive Set 2 for free! Offer valid through May 29, 2014.

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7 New digital products in the MidWeek, to include a number ArtsyKardz for Project 365/Life delivered in various packaging options, a FotoInspired DoubleTemplate and AnnaBlendz No. 3 Blending With Brushes is here! A *Shine* themed AnnaRelease arrives in the store today. Discounts available for a limited time.

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Catch the Summer Sale at Sausandesigns; summer kits on sale

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Need something pretty to scrap your photos from Mother’s Day? Find Tracey Monette of Clever Monkey Graphic’s new kit, Best Mom Ever, in an of her three stores, Oscraps, GingerScraps, or MyMemories.

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Calling all fangirls! A kit to really showcase the love for your favorite shows, movies or books! Brand new and available at Studio Tangie.

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Studio Flergs has teamed up with Brook Magee this week. Monsterful is bright, happy & lots of fun! Filled with cute monsters and more. Studio Flergs is featured designer at Sweet Shoppe Designs this week too, check out the gorgeous kit you get FREE with any purchase of $10 or more!

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See you next week for more fabulous!

Dream A Little Dream

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It is always a joy to have Flergs join us in The Digi Files! Flergs has as big of a heart as she does creative abilities! She’s truly amazing! I LOVE LOVE all of the glitter Flergs includes in her kits (digital glitter is the best kind) I also adore the shabby, mixed media and whimsical style of Flergs designs! Let’s take a closer look at “Dream A Little Dream” that is included in
The Digi Files this month:



This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of
The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Studio Flergs’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Dream A Little Dream by Studio Flergs; Cut Through (template) by Amy Martin; Photos by Cheryl Curtis; Font-Calibri.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Dream A Little Dream by Studio Flergs; Simple Story Grids by Susy Q Scraps; Font: Hakee 2.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Dream A Little Dream by Studio Flergs.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Dream A Little Dream by Studio Flergs.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Dream A Little Dream by Studio Flergs; Fonts: DJB Tell Me a Story by Darcy Baldwin; Simonetta, OFL Sorts Mill Goudy.

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

Name

I’m Megan, better known as Flergs throughout digiland. I come from Australia, & live in a small country town. I have 3 kids, 11, 7 & almost 1 year old. I’m a full time Mum 24/7 & I design at night when the kiddies are asleep. LOVE TV and movies although I never get enough time to watch everything I wish I could. Being a digi designer is my ultimate dream job, & I LOVE it. Last November I made a huge change & moved to The Sweet Shoppe and I love it! The girls are all so friendly, motivating & supportive, and an amazing store ct too, it’s a great team to be a part of. My store is slowly filling up as I bring over many many years of products.

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I loved the template by Cindy when I saw it, and needed an extra layout for my newsletter….so it was the perfect opportunity for me to so some scrapping! I rarely scrap pages anymore. I am more interested in designing. I wish I could find the time to make albums for each of my kids.


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started

I was a paper scrapper and one day a friend heard me complaining about not having any time to scrap. She suggested digi but I said “blerg” thinking of stuff I’d seen before with neon colours and cheesy looking elements, etc. But, she linked me to a few sites including Sweet Shoppe and Shabby Princess. I downloaded a few freebies and was instantly hooked. “Download ALL the freebies!!” I started giving away blog freebies in 2007, mainly actions, and was asked to sell them. Then a few months into it, I tried my hand at designing actual kits. The rest is history!

inspired

I get inspired by everything around me. Usually one small thing will start off an entire kit. Pinterest is like crack, but I love catalogues too. Some kids clothing catalogues are a great source of colour inspiration and combinations.

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Computer: hmmm I usually ask my hubby for the specs, but he’s not here so I’ll take a crack at answering this! Lots of drive space, I have 4 1TB hard drives & 2 1TB externals. Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (is that even right?) 12 GB RAM, 2 AMD Radeon 6900 series graphics cards…and now I’m lost. It’s big, it’s ugly but it is nicknamed the Spaceship.

Program: I use Photoshop CS5 99.999% of the time. I’m trying to find time to do some Illustrator courses but am failing miserably.

Camera: An old Canon, I rarely use.

Anything Else: My canoscan scanner is about it.

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Tricks, oldies but goodies I can’t live without are.

1. Clip thumbnail to layer bounds: see what you’re working on in PS easily.
2. Change it to Large thumbnails in PS to see your ellies more easily in the layers palette.
3. Large preview for fonts in PS (hmmm maybe I need glasses?)
4. Change your history state from 8 to like 200 in the preferences>Performance menu.
5. Know your shortcuts! ALT+Left+click to duplicate is the bomb!

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I think all designers like their latest kits, but I really do love this one. The colours, the elements, and a paper inside that is the favourite paper I have ever made. And teaming up with Nicole who I have been friends with FOREVER! She’s been a friend since the very start of my career and being at SSD with her where we can scoop is AWESOME! I love every page I see with this one, and I just smile everytime I see it in my store.


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This one was very popular. Lots of Sports Fans out there, sports Moms more like it. This one came about when my son started playing Soccer and of course I had to scrap about it when his photo got in the local newspaper. I am still in love with this one, and a lot of love & effort went into making it. It covers a lot of sports, and the papers are all courts & grounds like a baseball diamond, soccer field etc…


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Here are some of my favorite products by Studio Flergs:


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


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Go have a look in Studio Flergs’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 Flergs

The following layouts were created using “Dream A Little Dream” by Flergs and included in The Digi Files during May, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Dream A Little Dream by Studio Flergs; Template by Connie Prince; Font: The Only Exception.


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by Vicki. Supplies: Dream A Little Dream by Studio Flergs; Cut Through
(template) by Amy Martin; Photos by Cheryl Curtis; Font-Calibri.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Dream A Little Dream by Studio Flergs; Simple Story Grids by Susy Q Scraps; Font: Hakee 2.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Dream A Little Dream by Studio Flergs.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Dream A Little Dream by Studio Flergs.

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by Sula. Supplies: Dream A Little Dream by Studio Flergs; Fonts: DJB
Tell Me a Story by Darcy Baldwin; Simonetta, OFL Sorts Mill Goudy.

Using the Color Overlay Tool in Photoshop

When I first started digi scrapping, if I wanted to recolor an element, I would use the eye dropper tool to select a new color and then use the Fill Bucket tool to fill in the element. While that is certainly still one way of doing it, the color overlay tool has the edge for recoloring because of a few simple but effective features.

What is the Color Overlay Tool?

The color overlay tool is a really easy way to recolor single-color elements like paint splats, stamps, doodles, and frames. The overlay applies a selected color over the entire layer, and you can choose the blending mode that looks best (like color, overlay, soft light, etc.). Like all layer styles, it is a non-destructive way to edit an element. If you don’t like it, just remove or hide the layer style and it’s gone, leaving the original element intact.

Here are a few elements from The Daily Digi member exclusive kit My Life of Happiness:

For each layer, I selected the Color Overlay style from the Layer Style palette. The menu looks like this:

As you can see, there are three ways to customize your color overlays: (1) Color, (2) Blending Overlay, and (3) Opacity.

Color is pretty straightforward – it’s just the color that you would like the element to be.

The blending mode changes how the color interacts with the element. The choices are shown below. I find that I mainly use Normal, Overlay, Soft Light, Hue and Color, but I like to experiment with different modes until the effect is right.

Lastly, Opacity changes how transparent (or not) the layer style is.

For the example elements, I used a mix of Normal, Color and Overlay blending modes, with the opacity at 100%:

For most of these items, it was easy to recolor using the color overlay. However, it was just luck that the yellow flower turned the right shade of blue. (With very dark or very light textured elements, the color overlay won’t always work and changing from one color to a very different color, like red to green, is really difficult.)

How do you like to recolor simple elements?

Quickly Adding a Stroke to Lots of Photos

A long time ago, I told you about My Most Used Scrapping Trick. Adding a border to photos is a great way to make them pop!

Although the trick that I am going to share with you may seem obvious, I have found that sometimes the most obvious tricks pass me by unnoticed. So I thought I would share a little tip on adding a stroke to lots of photos.

I create a lot of two page layouts with lots of photos. I just figure it is a bigger bang for my scrapping buck. I have lots of kids and lots of photos and not a lot of time to scrap. Plus, I am a storyteller in my scrapping and I use photos to tell a story. That often means that there are many photos.

Sometimes on a layout with lots of photos, especially if there is a dark background, the photos can get kind of lost on the page. Adding a border to each photo helps significantly.

In this layout, for example, I have ten photos. I love the story that they tell but with the dark orange patterned paper, I feel like the edges of the photos get lost. So, I decided to add a border to each photo by adding a stroke.

Instead of adding the stroke to each photo individually in situations like this, I speed the process up.

Once I am done with my layout and my photo placement and I am sure I have the photos I want, I select all the photo layers and merge them into one. I press Command (Control on a PC) and then select each of the photo laters in my layers palette. Then I hit Command E to merge them.

As you can see, all my photos are on one layer now. This makes adding a stroke quick and easy. I do it just like I would when I add a stroke to just one photo.

I press Command and then click on the thumbnail of the photo layer in the layers palette. This selects all the pixels in the photo layer.

With the selection ready, I got to Edit > Stroke (Outline) Selection.

I then select my color (white) and stroke width (25), being sure to choose INSIDE for the stroke location. See this post for the reasoning behind choosing INSIDE.

And DONE! Rather than going through that process ten times with each photo, I just have to do it once! I then add my shadow to the one big photo layer, and I call my layout done.


Do you have any little tips or tricks that make your scrapping go faster?

Alchemy

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Welcome to Lahni of Queen Wild Scraps! This her first time contributing to The Digi Files. Lahni does such a great job with her themed kits and it was so fun to visit with her and learn about what inspired some of these themes and kits. We also talked about her life, how she got started in digital scrapbooking and design, and her toolbox. You can listen below (on the site), download here, or subscribe in iTunes:


Let’s take a closer look at “Alchemy” 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 Queen Wild Scraps’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps; Studious (Template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Capture it 2, Calibri.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps; Striking (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Arial, Bebas.

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Layout
by Monica. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps; Template by Mindy
Pitcher; Staples and Journal Lines by One Little Bird Designs; Swirl
Stamp by Michelle Coleman; Heart Brush by Erica Zwart.

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

Name

My name is Lahni Rawlings and I live in a town just outside of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. My husband and I have been married for 13 years and we have 4 children (11, 7, 4, and 1). Besides digital scrapbooking, I love reading and watching trashy TV. I used to work as a high school chemistry teacher and hope to go back to it one day when all my kids are in school.

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This layout was inspired by the photo. My sister-in-law took this photo while my husband was in the ICU after being electrocuted at work. Even though he’s fine now and hasn’t suffered any lasting consequences, it’s still be a tough time for me. I was hoping that by scrapping some of the photos I would be able to start the healing process. This photo was the only one I could even bear to think about creating journaling for so it’s the one I used!



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SUPPLIES: Hard Things by Queen Wild Scraps.



started

I started paper scrapping when I was about 16 or 17. My cool older cousin came to live with us and she got my mom, my sister, and I all hooked. I scrapped on and off until after I had my second child I just gave up. It was just too much work to get it all out and then put it all away again because I didn’t have a dedicated crafting area. I really wanted to try digital but I just didn’t have any luck figuring out how to do it! After my third was born, I just decided that I was going to google and google until I found some information about digital scrapbooking. By that time it wasn’t hard to find information at all and within the week I was completely hooked. It was only a few months later that I decided to try my hand at designing templates and as luck would have it a designer I knew was opening a store. I was one of the first designers to join her there and I’ve been there ever since. I finally got up the courage to start designing kits a few months later and the rest is history!

inspired

I’m not really sure. Sometimes it can be a photo of one of my kids, sometimes it’s a customer request. Sometimes just the things that are going on around me will inspire a kit.

tools

Computer: I have a 21.5″ iMac running Mavericks. I only have one monitor but I’m not sure I could handle having more than that! I have 8GB of RAM which is definitely not enough but was pretty much all I could afford. I was able to upgrade the RAM myself in my Macbook but I’ve heard it’s pretty much impossible to do that in the iMac. If anyone knows how I’d love to learn!

Program: I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CC.

Camera: I have a Nikon D50 which desperately needs a new lens so I mostly just end up using my iPhone to take photos.

Anything Else: I also have a medium sized wacom tablet.

tipstricks

Keyboard shortcuts. I save so much time just by using keyboard shortcuts. One of my favourites is using the option/alt key to duplicate layers. When I’m clustering, I just add the flowers or leaves I want to use to the layout once and instead of dragging them onto the layout multiple times I just make sure the element I want to duplicate is selected, hold down the option key and then drag the flower or leaf to a new location. It saves so much time!

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Book Nerd. I love this kit. It was inspired by my love of reading. It’s a kit I had planned to do right from the day I started designing. I kept putting it off because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to create my vision for the kit. I’m glad I did because I love it and I’m pretty sure if I had done it back in the beginning I wouldn’t like it very much! I chose the colours by searching for images of books that appealed to me. One of them was of a stack of blue and green books wrapped in brown twine and that is how I chose the colours!


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Dazzling December. This kit was the final kit in a series I did for each of the months intended to be used for Project 52/365 layouts. I wanted it to be lots of white and creams with just pops of red and green. Again I found a photo of a Christmas table setting that was all white and just pulled a few of the white from there. To be honest I’m not sure why it’s so popular. Sometimes I have kits that I love and they totally bomb and then I have others that I’m not so sure about (like this one) and they just sell like hotcakes!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Queen Wild Scraps:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Queen Wild Scraps’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Use coupon code QWS_TDF40
to save 40% off entire purchase when you spend $5 or more (Exp June 15, 2014, not to be combined with other sales, coupons or discounts).



Go have a look in Queen Wild Scraps’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 Queen Wild Scraps

The following layouts were created using “Alchemy” by Queen Wild Scraps and included in
The Digi Files during May, 2014:

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps; Template by PrelestnayaP; Fonts: Smiley Monster, SF Jubilee.


Layout by Jennifer. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps.


Layout by Lahni. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps; Template by Queen Wild Scraps.

Layout by treemoon. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps.

Layout by Beth. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps.

Layout by Sheri Catherine. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps.

Layout by roknbear. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps.

Layout by Ann Ford. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps.

Layout by Henriett. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps.

Layout by Henriett. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps; Studious (Template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Capture it 2, Calibri.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps; Striking (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Arial, Bebas.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Alchemy by Queen Wild Scraps; Template by Mindy Pitcher; Staples and Journal Lines by One Little Bird Designs; Swirl Stamp by Michelle Coleman; Heart Brush by Erica Zwart.

Mr. Printables

I am always on the lookout for fun, free, and quality printables that I can use with my kids. One of my favorite go-to sites is MR. PRINTABLES. This site has so many amazing printable things for crafts, learning, holidays, home decor, and more.

Here are some of my favorite things on the site, but really, this is just the beginning. There are so many amazing and FREE resources. Check it out!

Does Everyone Take Pictures of Their Food?

A few weeks ago I was outside on our front porch snapping a few photos of some cookies I had just made. My seven year old came up to me, watched silently, and then said,

“Does everyone take pictures of their food? That’s WEIRD!”

I had to laugh. I am sure it does seem a little odd to take the time to photograph food that will be consumed in mere minutes. It probably seems strange to see pictures of someone else’s lunch coming through on Facebook. Another child once asked, “Why do they think I want to see what they are having for dinner?”

But you know what? I love taking pictures of food. I love seeing pictures of food. Most of the time, I find food photos inspiring and mouth-watering. Of course there are other photos better left unposted, but like I said, usually I love looking at food!

My seven year old may think it’s weird, but this is why I do it:

1. Food is a big part of our lives. A good portion of my day is spent shopping for, planning, preparing, eating, and cleaning up FOOD. As a memory keeper, it seems only natural that I would want to capture something that takes up so much of my day.

2. Food is part of our history and our memories as kids. I have so many distinct memories of food and the situations I had them in. I remember the smell of our Sunday roasts, I remember sneaking a taste of my mom’s all-day spaghetti sauce, I remember the sounds of sizzling bacon and I have vivid memories of many, many mornings my mom spent flipping pancakes. Food often has memories attached to it and therefore I want to have some photos to pair those memories with.

3. Cooking wonderful (and often beautiful) food for my family is one of the ways that I intentionally try to love them. When I take the time to create something I think they will like and present it in a beautiful way, I am showing them how much I love them. As the saying goes, “The way to a man’s (and child’s!) heart is through his stomach!

4. I think it’s fun! Staging food for taking photos is challenging, fun, and rewarding for me. I love trying new things to make food look appealing and inviting. Playing with camera angles, light source, and depth of field in order to get great photos is fun. I know it might not be for everyone, but for me, it is an experience and exercise of creativity.

I don’t necessarily post all of my food photos for everyone to see, but I sure do take a lot! My dream is to one day put together a cookbook for my kids of all of our family favorites!

I think this will get me started…


So what about you? Do you take pictures of your food? Do you share them? How do you feel when others post photos online?


Check out these other posts about food here at The Daily Digi:

Food Photography

Digi Scrapping about Food

Mouth-Watering Inspiration