Friday Fun Is Here Again

Bella Gypsy:

It’s that time of year, the sun is shining and the days are
getting longer. It’s time to play outside again! Long hours spent
swinging your cares away, running through the park or even your
font yard! Capture every moment of fun with these delightful
digital scrapbook collection from Bella Gypsy!

Chelle’s Creations:

Cilenia Curtis:

Clever Monkey Designs:

Crossbone Cuts Designs:

Darcy Baldwin:

Down This Road Designs:

Erica Zane:

A super cool paper edge set by Erica Zane at SSD, EZ
Edges will add an awesome realistic depth to your pages. This set includes
5 folded and sewn paper pieces – each paper includes 3 layers: the base paper,
the extracted edge and a shadow layer.

Heather T.:

Jennifer Labre:

Jenn Labre has a bunch of new brushes this week. Check them out and grab them for 20% off!

Just Jaimee:

Kimeric Kreations:

Kristin Aagard:

Libby Pritchett:

Meredith Cardall:

mleCard:

Pink Reptile Designs:

Quirky Twerp:

River Rose (retired):

Sausan Designs:

Scrapbook Lady

Want in on a Super Secret Sale? Katie the Scrapbook Lady has put one of her favorite template sets on sale for ONLY $1 through Monday, May 19th! You can find all the details in her Scrap Shop.

Snips and Snails Designs:

Southern Serenity Designs:

Angelclaud Artroom:

Studio Blagovesta Gosheva

Blagovesta Gosheva has a new kit in her Studio – Stay Original. It’s on early bird sale until Monday!

Studio Sherwood:

SuzyQ Scraps

(Retired products available at The Archive Attic)


Studio Rosey Posey:

Studio ViVa Artistry:

Sugary Fancy:

Tracy Martin Designs

Vinnie Pearce

More Than The Stars

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A big welcome to Kim of Two More Days! It’s great to have Kim in The Digi Files! I love Kim’s modern-with-a-vintage-twist style in her designs. I really enjoyed visiting with Kim for her episode of The Daily Digi Digest and learning about her family, how she got into digital scrapbooking and designing, her Mac-conversion, and so much more. Kim was a delight to visit with! You can listen below (on the site),
download here, or subscribe in iTunes:

Let’s take a closer look at “More Than the Stars” 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 Two More Days’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: More Than the Stars by Two More Days; Whip It Up Fast (template) by Amy Martin.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: More Than the Stars by Two More Days; Fonts: CK Ali’s Hand.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: More Than the Stars by Two More Days; Glitterball Templates by Little Green Frog Designs.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: More Than the Stars by Two More Days; Template by Antonia Krajicek; Fonts: BreastBomb, Pea Johanna Script.

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Layout
by Vicki. Supplies: More Than the Stars by Two More Days; Full On Template Vol. #2 by Amy Martin.

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

Name

Two More Days is the design name of Kim Still, who started designing under it in fall of 2012. Kim lives in Columbia, MO with her husband and their two children, Isaac and Samantha. In addition to staying home with her children, she works part time at her local library. When she’s not designing or scrapbooking, you will find her either curled up with a good book or playing Minecraft with her husband.

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layout

This is a layout I did with a collab kit. I love working with store collaborations because you get such a wide mix of styles that all work together.
This layout started as a digital pocket page layout, but it didn’t feel finished. I love taking a template that can stand alone, like my Story pockets I’m using here, and combining it with another template or paper for a completely different effect.



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CREDITS: Pocket Stuffers Vol. 3 by Two More Days; We Go Together Pocket Cards by Two More Days; Story Pockets Vol. 1 by Two More Days; Family Words by Design by Tina; Good Together Papers, Glitter Papers, and Elements by Amy Jaz Design; Pieces Vol. 1 by Brandi Sutherlin Designs; Itty Bitty Family by Design by Tina.



started

I was never a paper scrapbooker, but I dabbled a lot in art journaling right out of college. I loved buying embellishments and collecting papers to use in my journals, but since I didn’t even own a proper camera, I had nothing to scrapbook.

I was actually looking for illustrations to design my own baby book for my son when I stumbled across digital scrapbooking. I was immediately hooked. It was like the art journaling I’d loved, but so much less messy, not to mention less expensive.

I’d done freelance graphic design for a while, so I pretty much started designing as soon as I started scrapping. I absolutely loved the freedom of designing whatever I wanted. I think my design skills have exploded since I started designing for digital scrapbooking. There is always a new skill I want to learn so I can include it in my next product.

inspired

I am often inspired by the amazing illustrators, graphic designers, artists, and photographers out there. We are so blessed to live in an age where we can access millions of works of art and design in seconds. I can (and sometimes do) spend hours browsing beautiful patterns and illustrations on Pinterest.

Besides that, I feel that we as humans were made to create. We are made from a creator God, who takes such joy in his own creation. Creating is one of ways I find myself connected to my faith.

tools

Computer: I am running Mac OS Mavericks on a 27″ 3.4 Ghz Intel Core i5 iMac with 16 GB of ram and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M graphics. I have a fusion drive as well, so my computer starts up almost as fast as my iPad. I absolutely adore my computer when it comes to designing.


Program: I design in Photoshop and Illustrator CC. I also use Lightroom 5 to edit photos, though I am only just know learning how to really use it.

Camera: Don’t hate, but I really only use my iPhone 5 these days. I have a Sony point and shoot somewhere, but the battery is always dead and I’m not convinced it even takes better photos than my phone. I would love to get a DSLR soon, but it’s just not in our budget.

Anything Else: I use a (discountinued) Wacom Bamboo pen tablet and an Epson V33 for scanning.

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When you are working with layer styles in Photoshop, save your own custom layer styles. Even if it’s just your drop shadows that you usually use, this will save you a ton of time when you’re scrapping. All you have to do in Photoshop is double click on the “New Style” button when you have the layer styles window open. Then just give it a name and it will be in your styles panel to apply with one click.

Once you’ve got some custom styles made, be sure to save them by clicking the little menu to the top-right of your layer styles palette and click “Save Styles.”

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This is probably my favorite product because I set out to make a kit that was just full of what was making me happy at the time and it still makes me happy to this day.

It was inspired by this quote: “Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.” – Rita Schiano

I just loved that idea, so I set out to make a kit that was all about talking about your joys.


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This one always kind of surprised me. I had just gotten my Silhouette and I thought it would be nice to have some fun die cut journaling cards for documenting vacations and what not, but I had no idea how popular these would be.

I think these just turn out to be both versatile and individual all at once. Pro Tip: Use them to cut out a map from your travels!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Two More Days:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Two More Days’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Two More Days’s store with coupon code: DDSaves30.



Go have a look in Two More Days’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 Two More Days

The following layouts were created using “More Than The Stars” by Two More Days and included in
The Digi Files during May, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: More Than the Stars by Two More Days; Template by Soco; Fonts: Pea Picky Panda, Traveling Typewriter.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: More Than the Stars by Two More Days; Whip It Up Fast (template) by Amy Martin.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: More Than the Stars by Two More Days; Fonts: CK Ali’s Hand.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: More Than the Stars by Two More Days; Glitterball Templates by Little Green Frog Designs.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: More Than the Stars by Two More Days; Template by Antonia Krajicek; Fonts: BreastBomb, Pea Johanna Script.

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Layout
by Vicki. Supplies: More Than the Stars by Two More Days; Full On Template Vol.#2 by Amy Martin.

How I Organize My Digi Files Download

How do you organize your Digi Files? After a few years of being on the Daily Digi creative team, I like to think I have a pretty good system!

The Download

I download all of my files into a Download folder (I’m on a PC). Once they’re done, I move the zips into my Daily Digi folder, in a sub-folder, like this: “2014-05 April”. This keeps them in order so that I can sort by date easily.

As you can see, I eventually move files to an Archived TDF folder, once I’m done working with those kits and templates.

And you can also see that it is only May and I’m already working with July’s files! Yes — we work a couple of month’s ahead so that the team can make all the pages for the featured designer posts and put together the monthly Playbook, including all the scrapbooking tips and tricks.

Unzipping

I use the UnZipThemAll application (which is free) to unzip all the files at once. You can read more about unzipping fast in this article by Steph. I like the UnZipThemAll application because it automatically deletes each zip file as it is opened, which is a timesaver because The DigiFiles often have 15 or so zip files.

Organizing Kits

I like every kit to be organized into a master folder and then sub-folders for:

  • Alphas
  • Elements
  • Papers
  • Extras (things like: templates, actions/styles, journal cards, etc.)

Here’s a screenshot of how I organized the Star Quality kit by Down This Road Designs from the April 2014 Digi Files:

Most of the time I just use the name that the designer gave the folder. Sometimes I shorten the name, especially if the designer has a long name, because my tagging software doesn’t like long file names and will freeze when long names are used.

I like to put a Preview file in the main folder so that they show up in the main folder icon. (If you use a Mac, you can also do some neat things to make your previews better.) My main folder for April 2014 looks like this:

It makes it nice and easy to see which kit is in which folder so that I can get to scrapping faster.

Deleting Extras

I tend to delete TOUs, thank you images, banners, and any other non-kit items from my files. I only do this folder tidy-up as I work with each kit though.

Tagging

I use ACDSee for tagging. I tag my Digi Files kit previews as a “Kit” and then with their designer name. I also add the tag “TDF Contribution” so that I can find all of my Digi Files kit with one click. You can read more about my tagging system here.

So that’s how I organize my Digi Files each month. It takes me about 5 minutes or so, after the files have been downloaded to quickly organize and tag. I should add that I find it convenient to keep my Digi Files together, because I like knowing where each kit came from (probably because I am on the Daily Digi team). If I didn’t want to know, I’d probably move them into folders organized by designer at the end of each month.

How do you organize your Digi Files?

What Can Your Bad Photos Teach You?

Stop! Don’t delete your bad photos. You have a lot to learn from each and every one of them!

Don’t believe me?

Let’s take a look at a few of my bad photos for a little postmortem report!

ISO 400 | f/2.8 | shutter speed 1/320 | 70mm

Frame Your Subject | Postmortem Report

What went wrong? There are a few issues with this photo:
  1. Framing – The subject is only partially in the frame. Your eye is led to the people in the background, the soda machine, and the mushroom creating a sense of too much business.
  2. Focus – The focus fell on the mushroom instead of the jumper. Our eye goes where the focus is.
  3. Aperture – The wide aperture of f/2.8 doesn’t leave a lot of room for error! Remember, small f/number, less in focus.
What can you learn from this photo?
  1. Frame Intentionally – Look all around your frame and place your subject where they are the strongest in the frame. Competing elements will take away from the photo you are trying to create. Read more about framing your subject.
  2. Fine Tune Your Focus – Use your camera’s features for the best chance at great focus. If your subject is moving use AI Servo mode(Canon) or Continuous Focus (Nikon) to track their movement. For even better results try back button focus.
  3. Watch Your Aperture – Choose a narrow aperture (larger f/number) to get more in focus and have a better chance of your subject being in focus. Read more about aperture.

ISO 400 | f/4.0 | shutter speed 1/15 | 17mm

Stop Action | Postmortem Report

What went wrong? There are two big problems with this photo:
  1. Shutter Speed – Notice the hands? You can’t see them because they are lost in a blur of motion. And it’s not artistic at all!
  2. Wide Angle Distortion – Do you see that strangely large head my son has? Yep, too close to the lens and his head grew in an unfortunate way.
What can you learn from this photo?
  1. Choose Your Shutter Speed Wisely – If you are photographing a human, your shutter speed needs to be at least 1/125th of a second if that human is moving in any way! You can sometimes get away with a slower shutter speed if they aren’t moving, but most of the time, crank it up to stop motion. Read more about shutter speed.
  2. Watch The Wide Angle – Wide angle photos can help you get a lot in the frame, but if your subject is too close to the lens, you’ll get strange distortions. Back up a bit to avoid large heads and noses. Learn more about focal lengths.

ISO 3200 | f/1.4 | shutter speed 1/20 | 50mm

Low Light | Postmortem Report

What went wrong? There are MANY things wrong with this photo:
  1. Low Light – Photography requires light. Yes, you can take low light photos, but you’ve got to have all the right conditions come together to make low light photos work. They didn’t come together here.
  2. White Balance – See that yucky yellow. Yep. Bad white balance selection.
  3. Focus – No light? No focus? One is difficult to have without the other.
  4. Subject – What was I taking a photo of anyway? Even if this was in focus, I’m not sure it would be an interesting photo! Do you know they are?!
What can you learn from this photo?
  1. Low Light – When taking low light photos, you need your subject to stop moving for your best chance at getting a good photo. And yes, sometimes you just need more light. Fill flash would be appropriate for this photo.
  2. White Balance – Match your white balance setting to the light you are shooting in or shoot in RAW and edit. Either way, getting it right will create much more pleasing images. Read more about white balance.
  3. Focus – Low light focusing requires a little extra care and a little light. Here’s a little low light help.
  4. Subject – I’ve said it before, frame your subject in an interesting way for an interesting photo! Shoot with a little intention.

See what I mean? There is a lot to be learned from out deleted shots before we throw them in the trash. Take a little time to see what yours tell you so you can improve your photography the next time you pick up your camera, whatever camera it might be!

Are you ready to give it a try now? Here’s one more photo to practice with!

ISO 1250 | f/5.6 | shutter speed 1/40 | 100mm


What went wrong? What can you learn from this photo? Share in the comments below!

Want more tips from Katrina? She’ll be talking about creating story in your photos during Lain Ehmann’s CreativeLive class, Scrapbook Your Story, on Monday, May 19th. It’s LIVE and FREE online. More details here.

Learn It Chalk It Up

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WELCOME BACK to Wendyzine!! I have often asked Wendy to create custom actions for me to help make my digi life more simple. She is truly talented at creating actions, styles, and so much more. Wendy has been doing the video tutorials in our Playbooks for a very long time and it’s so fun to be able to share her newest product line that is very similar to what she does in the Playbooks. It was fun to visit with Wendy about all of her products, how she evolved to create the products she does, and some other fun automation tools. You can listen below (on the site),
download here, or subscribe in iTunes:

Let’s take a closer look at “LEARN IT: Chalk It Up and SHAPES: Chalk” 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 Wendy’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Learn It: Chalk It Up by Studio Wendy; Busy Week by One Little Bird; Font: CK Ali, Bariol, Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Learn It: Chalk It Up by Studio Wendy; Framed Affection, Days of December (papers and elements) by Kaye Winiecki; Printerbox (shadowbox, scribbles) by Valorie Wibbens/Lauren Reid; Font: Sketchie.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Learn It: Chalk It Up by Studio Wendy;
Segmented (template, altered) by Scrapbook Lady; Solid paper by
Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Funky Frames (dingbat) and Play Misty for Me by
Darcy Baldwin.

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

Name

I’m a part-time graphic designer, part-time digi-designer, part-time customer service rep, part-time digiscrapper and full-time mom and wife! It’s a busy life, but I love digital scrapbooking and am honored to be part of this hobby!

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layout

For my latest photobooks, I was over the page limit for AdoramaPix, so I decided to pull our Florida vacation out of the annual book and give it a book of it’s own. This is the front cover of the book. We hit a lot of attractions on this trip, so this template allowed me to include an iconic snapshot of each stop on the cover.



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SUPPLIES: Are We There Yet by Brittish Designs; Set 160 (template) by Cindy Schneider; Fonts: DJB Project Storyteller.



started

I attempted several different forms of scrapbooking over my early years. In college, I used the tradtional peel-and-stick “magnetic” albums to collect my photos and ephemera. In the 90s, I tried one of those computer scrapbooking software programs that used cheesy clipart and neon backgrounds. It was proprietary, though, so when we moved our home computer from PC to Mac, I lost access to those pages. When my first child was born, I received a paper scrapbooking set as a shower gift. I tried my best to do the album, but it was terrible. And, in one year, I made exactly 3 pages. My sister finally finished it up for me when she came to help out after the birth of my second child. I would love to go back and redo that album digitally as it’s pretty bad!

Soon after the birth of my second child, I stumbled across a layout online that led me to The Shabby Princess. I was floored. Since I already knew Photoshop from my graphic design career, digiscrapping was a natural fit for me. I’ve been digiscrapping ever since.

In 2007, I threw my hat in the ring and gave designing a try. I designed kits for about a year before I found my niche in creating actions, templates and tools to help scrappers and designers make the most of their scrapping and designing time. Then, in 2012 I launched my Learn It series of digital scrapbooking classes at Scrapbookgraphics’ Learning Loft. These classes help teach a topic or technique in Photoshop from a digiscrapper’s point of view.

I’m thankful every day to work in this industry alongside other amazing and talented scrappers and designers. It’s a joy to come to work via the internet every day.

inspired

I am all about saving time. If I can automate something and shave a few minutes off my workflow, I’ll find a way to do it. And, I love a good challenge. Even better, I love customer suggestions! I get a lot of satisfaction out of creating actions that make scrapping and designing easier.

tools

Computer: MacBook Pro laptop, 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7, 16GB Ram, 500GB Solid State Drive, Retina Screen

Program: Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Lightroom) and Elements 12. Other fav Mac apps…FontExplorer X Pro, PostHaste, CleanMyMac2, Screenflow.

Camera: Canon T1i

Anything Else: I inherited an Intuos 5 from my Mom and just got it hooked up last week. It’s pretty slick! I also have a Seagate Slim 500GB travel drive I use for my scrap supplies since my solid state drive is on the small side.



tipstricks

After 20+ years, I still learn new things in Photoshop. My latest trick… hold down the ALT or OPT key while clicking and dragging a layer on the layers panel to get a duplicate copy. Love that trick!

favorite

Not many people realize how easy and FAST it can be to create a collage foundation for a page using Lightroom. Now that my 2012 albums are done, I’m hoping to cruise through the 2013 pictures using these Lightroom templates before I forget 2013 entirely!


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This action was a Steph request. And, ironically, goes right along with my class contribution for this month’s Digi Files. In honor of the coincidence, I’m putting this action set on sale for 50% off this week only.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Studio Wendy:


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


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Save 25% at
Studio Wendy with coupon code WZ_TDD2014 (expires 05-31-14, not valid during sales, excludes ebooks, designer services, and custom products).


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Save 25% off
Learn It Complete Season bundles (no coupon necessary, expires 05-31-14).



Go have a look in Studio Wendy’s classroom and store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product or classes! 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 Wendyzine Scraps

The following layouts were created using “LEARN IT: Chalk It Up and SHAPES: Chalk” by Wendyzine Scraps and included in The Digi Files during May, 2014:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Learn It: Chalk It Up by Studio
Wendy; Busy Week by One Little Bird; Font: CK Ali, Bariol, Traveling
Typewriter.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Learn It: Chalk It Up by Studio
Wendy; Framed Affection, Days of December (papers and elements) by Kaye
Winiecki; Printerbox (shadowbox, scribbles) by Valorie Wibbens/Lauren
Reid; Font: Sketchie.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Learn It: Chalk It Up by Studio
Wendy; Segmented (template, altered) by Scrapbook Lady; Solid paper by
Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Funky Frames (dingbat) and Play Misty for Me by
Darcy Baldwin.

Fun Videos for Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the women that play a part in nurturing and loving children! I am so grateful for the many women on my life that have played a part in helping me become the woman I am today. I can think of so many!

I wanted to share some videos I’ve seen about Mother’s Day that I love. If you are in a reader or email, you will need to come to the site to view them. You may have seen these around the web already, if not, enjoy and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!

I believe there is nothing more powerful than a mother fighting for her child. What amazing things could we accomplish if we all came together for one cause on behalf of our children? That’s what I have thought since I saw this video: