End of July at The Daily Digi

Did you see ALL of the pocket scrapping products included in The Digi Files this month??? YES! It’s ALL included (see them on the image above as well) for just $7.50 a month TOTAL!!

July is almost gone! Can you believe it!? Most families in the US will be starting school in the next month as our Summer starts to wind down. But, before we do….let’s wrap up this month’s Digi Files today.

You can become a monthly member and get ALL of these NEW, never-before-released products for only $7.50 total!! SUCH an amazing deal! It is THE best deal in digi! Once these products are gone, they are GONE!! Become a member of The Digi Files TODAY!

This is what our
members said at the end of last month:

I’ve been a member for at least 4 years. I love every contribution. I look forward to the first of the month and then wait anxiously for my payment to post do I can download and peruse the new Digi goodness. I have NEVER been disappointed. This is by far the best value in Digi scrapping land. – Valerie

Can’t tell you how pleased I am with my membership. Incredible quality and content every month for a great price. Thanks so much! -Sonya

I just renewed for my second year and just can’t say enough great things about the Digi Files! Every month brings new designers that I enjoy meeting and a wide variety of “toys” to play with. Thank you so much! -Jules

Every month I think “it can’t get better” and every month it does!… -Sarah

Another great month of beautiful kits. Thank you so much for consistently having the best designers share their work. -Sharon Kay

Here’s a closer look at everything that is included this month:

Ange Designs

Dunia Designs

Fonts by Heather

Kaye Winiecki

Quirky Heart

Tickled Pink Studio

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Did you know that every four months you are subscribed to The Digi Game
level (annual OR monthly) you get an exclusive collaboration from past
contributors to
THE DIGI FILES? They are AMAZING:

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“Story of Everyday Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to those who subscribe to THE DIGI GAME level of membership (available immediately).

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“The Good Life” is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their fourth payment, (or fourth month for annual members).

“My Journey My Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their eighth payment, (or eighth month for annual members).

“My Life At Play” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 12th payment (or 12th month for annual members).

“My Life In Print” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 16th payment (or 16th month for annual members).

“My Life At Home” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 20th payment (or 20th month for annual members).

“My Life of Adventure” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 24th payment (or 24th month for annual members).

My Life of Celebration” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 28th payment (or 28th month for annual members).

My Life of Change” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 32nd payment (or 32nd month for annual members).

My Life of Happiness” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 36th payment (or 36th month for annual members).

My Life of Daring” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 40th payment (or 40th month for annual members).


My Life of Wonderful
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subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 44th payment (or 44th month for
annual members) that will start going out tomorrow.

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Lightroom Features I Love: Copy & Paste

I mentioned a while back that I was going to be doing a series of posts on specific features of Lightroom that I love. After two and a half years of using LR as my main editing tool, I couldn’t be happier. I love it. I don’t even use it to its fullest capabilities and yet it has changed everything about the way I deal with my photos.

Today I want to share with you a feature I use often: Copy and Paste.

It’s just what it sounds like. Copy…and paste. This is something I use a lot when I am editing a lot of photos from one event. One I fiddle with a photo and get it exactly how I want it, I can simply copy the settings I used and then paste them onto any other photo. When I have many photos in a specific lighting situation, this simple copy and paste method saves me so much time.

For example, I recently photographed a wedding and have many, many photos to sort through and edit. Doing this one at a time would be extremely time consuming. When I used to edit in Photoshop, I would duplicate all of my layers onto another photo, but even that was time consuming. But with copy and paste, I am just two clicks away.

Here is a photo I am working on:

I could fiddle with this for a while, but I already have a photo from the same time frame that I have edited and am happy with:

So, in the palette on the left of my LR5 screen, I clicked COPY in order to copy all of the settings from this already-edited photo.

Then this screen appears:

You have the ability to tell LR exactly WHAT features you want copied and to leave unchecked those settings you don’t want copied. I slightly change these depending on the photos I am working with, though I never check to copy crop settings since every photo is so different.

Once I click COPY, I go back to my unedited photo that I want to paste the settings onto. I think click paste and…DONE. The settings from photo 1 are copied to photo 2.

Even when the copied settings aren’t perfect for the new photo, it still gives me a great starting point. Take this black and white photo for example. I loved the settings I had for this photo:

So I copied them to one of the color photos above:

For the most part, I was really happy with it, but the exposure needed to be tweaked a bit so there was a better visual on their faces. But rather than having to start from the beginning, I could just tweak my exposure and whites sliders, and call it done:


Yes…another reason why I love Lightroom. Sigh. Editing this wedding will still take me many hours and days, but with options like Copy & Paste it will go much faster than going through the photos one by one!

Everyday Bouquet

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Welcome Back to Michelle of Quirky Heart!! I LOVE Michelle’s mixed media style and all of the fun painted bits she includes in her kits. I had so much fun visiting with Michelle and learning about her life (she works at a museum for her day job), her designs, and some really fun tips for scrapping. You can listen below (on the site),
download here, or subscribe in iTunes:

Let’s take a closer look at “Everyday Bouquet” 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 Quirky Heart’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart; Fonts: Kristen.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart; Fonts: The Reed by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart; Fonts: CK Ali’s Hand.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart.

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Layout by KimberlyK. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart; Project Mickey (chevrons) by Brittish Designs; Font: Another Typewriter, Langdon.

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

Name

I’m 33 years old and I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband. I work full-time as a museum registrar and do this designing thing in my spare time on the side.

When I’m not designing or scrapping, I’m usually watching tv, playing with my Blythe dolls, or working on my family tree.

For years I’ve been known in the digital scrapbooking community as Michelle Godin or by my screen name mishou. Now that I’m married I’m Michelle Baxter and I recently re-branded under the name Quirky Heart.

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After scrapping digitally for almost 9 years I’ve been feeling like I need a new challenge so I’ve been practicing with paper. I can handle Project Life pretty well (small canvas sizes!) but full-page paper layouts still scare me! For so long, creating a busy, messy layout was easy thanks to Photoshop but I struggle to translate that style into paper. I love the challenge though! I made this layout about my Blythe dolls just for fun and practice.


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started

I discovered digital scrapbooking in late 2005. Prior to that I had briefly attempted paper scrapping but digital is what really got me hooked. I’ve been designing on and off since 2007. I can’t believe it’s been 7 years! I’m totally self-taught in Photoshop and I have no professional design or art training whatsoever so it has been quite an interesting journey of trial and error, learning and growing.

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As addicted as I am to Pinterest, and as much as I love to drool over visual inspiration, I’m often driven to create by thoughts, feelings, words – whatever is swirling around in my head that day. I can work with a colour palette, a theme or a visual mood board if I have to but what I enjoy most is just going with the flow of whatever comes out of me when I sit down at my art table.

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Computer: I design and scrap on my 27″ iMac (3.1 Ghz processor and 16 GB of ram) I also have a 13″ white MacBook that I use for surfing and writing. I’ve never been able to design or scrap on a laptop for some reason!

Program: I’m still using Photoshop CS3 for everything. Upgrading is on the to-do list but I keep putting it off because it’s such a learning curve for me to get used to new programs. My brain is very resistant to change! I also use Illustrator CS3, and sometimes I edit my photos with RadLab.

Camera: I have an old Canon Rebel but I rarely take it out anymore. I use my iPhone camera 99.9% of the time. My favorite photography apps are PicTapGo, TimerCam and PicStitch.

Anything Else: I use a Bamboo Wacom tablet for designing. I love my Silhouette too for scrapping projects. The print + cut feature is a lifesaver for this lazy hybrid scrapper! I use the Momento app for keeping track of daily tidbits to use in my Project Life.

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One of the best tricks I learned when I began experimenting with hybrid scrapping last year is that digital ink sprays and paint splats print out beautifully and it’s almost impossible to tell that it’s not the “real” thing. Flinging real ink at your layout is uncontrolled and unpredictable but good old Photoshop allows you to place it perfectly where you want it to go. I’ve done this for 8.5×11 layouts and Project Life-sized projects. And don’t limit yourself to the usual printer paper (I normally print hybrid projects on matte photo paper). I’ve had success printing on textured cardstock, kraft paper, transparencies and patterned papers too.

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There are a lot of “happy” Project Life-themed products out there but my reality isn’t always so rosy so I always appreciate products that help me tell those not-so-fun stories. I made these journal cards with that in mind and they’ve become a personal favorite. I don’t often have photographs to go with difficult times so graphic filler cards like these come in handy. I wish I didn’t have to use them so often but alas, such is life!


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My Awash in Color papers have been quite popular since I released them back in January. Watercolor is very trendy right now. The great thing about these is the contrast with the white background really helps make your layout pop. They are artsy, yet clean and simple at the same time which makes them very versatile.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Quirky Heart:


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


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Inspired by Quirky Heart

The following layouts were created using “Everyday Bouquet” by Quirky Heart and included in
The Digi Files during July, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart; Template by Rainy Dayz Designs; Font: Just The Way You Are.


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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart; Template by Sara Gleason; Font: Century Gothic.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart; Fonts: Kristen.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart; Fonts: The Reed by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart; Fonts: CK Ali’s Hand.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart.

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Layout by KimberlyK. Supplies: Everyday Bouquet by Quirky Heart; Project Mickey (chevrons) by Brittish Designs; Font: Another Typewriter, Langdon.

Waterlogue

For this week’s Un-Digi, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite apps for my iPad. I’m sure many of you have seen it around, but I wanted to share it in case there are those of you who haven’t seen it. It’s called Waterlogue, and it lets you created painted images with your photos.

It’s really fast and simple. Just grab a photo off your phone or tablet, choose on of the many preset settings, and watch your photo be “painted.”

Here is the photo I started with:

And in these screen shots, you can see it slowly come to life:

I have found that I think the app does a much better job on non-human subjects. I think my blond-headed, fair skinned kids don’t provide enough contrast. But it’s still fun to play.

Although I like the “normal” preset the best, it’s fun to play with some of the others. Here is my original photo:

And here are some of the various options:

And here are a few of my favorite photos that I have played with. Some of these I would love to have printed. I love that you can download them at full resolution so that the print quality will be good.


So have you tried Waterlogue?

A New Lens

Back in college I had an amazing professor who took me under his wing and taught me many amazing things. One of the ideas that he gave me that has stayed with me ever since and has affected me in many ways is the idea that we can change what we read by what lens we read in through. He explained that when he reads a book he first decides what lens he wants to wear. Is he reading it as a professor? As a husband? As a dad? As a runner? As a student? When we choose a different lens, the material—and the way it impacts us—changes.

It was a life-changing discovery for me. Through the years I have read with many different lenses and it is amazing to see how the same words can impact in me in different ways.

What about applying this principle to our photography and scrapbooking?

Let’s face it. There are some activities where you feel obligated to bring your camera and yet inwardly you cringe thinking, “Another set of photos from the zoo!?!”

If there are things that you do often and have many pictures of, it can sometimes be hard to scrap them. Because to be honest, we don’t need 10 different zoo pages from 10 different times going to the zoo. Or the playground. Or on a walk. Or playing the yard. And yet, there is another part of us that is eager to capture each moment in our lives so that by chance, we can hold onto the memories forever.

A few nights ago, our family was at a local park and we were grilling burgers for dinner. This is something we do often. I usually bring my camera and so I was sitting there, itching to take pictures. And yet, I knew that there are only so many ways to photograph us grilling in the park. I don’t need 20 park pages in my albums and so I started thinking about what I could do. As I sat there watching my family devour the piles of watermelon my husband was cutting, it dawned on me. If I want to breathe new life into an “old” activity like going to the park, I need to a new lens. Not a new lens for my camera, but a new lens for my eyes.

I needed to look at a normal activity that we do on a regular basis and see it through a different lens. I needed to choose a perspective from which to view everything else. It could have been anything, really, but as I watched the watermelon juice drip down my children’s arms, I decided to focus on that yummy goodness.

And so I started snapping away, focusing on just one aspect of our time at the park.

WATERMELON.

It’s yummy. It’s sweet. It’s messy. And it’s oh-so-beautiful.

The fun thing in this is that it gave me a way to see a regular activity in our lives in a new way. It gave me inspiration for new photos and for a new way to document our lives. Rather than a general “we went to the park” page, I was able to create something more specific, with more of an interesting tidbit of the details of our lives. Because the truth is, we eat a lot of watermelon.


What about you? How do you photograph and scrap photos of activities that you do on a regular basis?

A Fabulous Twenty-Fifth of July Friday

I’m seeing lots of signs that memories are being made this summer, around Digiland! The American Auto Association forecasted that 45 million Americans would be traveling the week after the 4th of July holiday, via car and other methods. Even though many of you are traveling, I’m seeing lots of new layouts being added to our Flickr group, so many of you must be scrapping on the road! Here are some tips for being a portable scrapper.

There are lots of new products to be found in Digiland as well, (yay) and some really great sales too! Here’s what we found:::

The summer may be sizzlin’ but you
don’t have to be! One of the best parts of summer is definitely
the popsicles! This delicious digital scrapbook collection will
keep you cool all summer long!

Butterfly Kisses by Erica Zane & Sugary
Fancy at SSD is a beautiful kit that will help your pages soar to new
heights!

Do you have some beach photos to scrap? Check out Jenn Labre’s gorgeous new kit Seas The Day!

Yin has a new Template set in her store that is perfect for a mini Summer Travel Book! She has a free sample as always on her blog too.

With summer here who can resist Fresh and Fruity!

These amazing templates are perfect for your Project Life and Project 52
styles layouts. Or you can use them for a monthly round-up. There are
so many photo spots, you could use them for just about anything!

New this week from Tangie Baxter

Join Oscraps for our Weekend Get-O-Way! 30% off my entire shop!

Sometimes the best of times happen in the midst of the worst of times.
When everything is dark and gloomy and full of despair, a happy ray of light,
no matter how small, can shine through and make such a difference in our lives.
Fuss Free: The Best of Times 1 & 2 were created to celebrate and document
our best moments. These sets features paper layers that form the perfect base
for multiple photos and a variety of elements.Fresh Fruit priced at 20% off ~
buy Set 1 and get Set 2 FREE! Offer ends July 31st.

Laughter is the Best Medicine – New from Kimeric Kreations

Celebrate summer with a huge sale @ Studio Wendy! Save 30% for a limited time, and no coupon is necessary!

Stolen Moments has a whole host of products that are 30% off as part of
The Lilypad’s Christmas in July sale! Take advantage of great savings
and get caught up on your holiday scrapping!

It’s sale time at aA Designs! Click on over to the aA store, check out what’s new and score yourself some deals!

Juno Designs is moving to a new store on August 8th and is having a Store Closing Sale! Her entire Digichick store is 40% off through July 31st!

New from Sugary Fancy

New this week from Digilicious Design is the wild west Collection
‘Ride ‘em Cowboy’… perfect for buckaroo’s big or small!

See you next week for more digi fun!

Take Note

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I’m so happy to welcome back Tickled Pink Studio to The Digi Files this month! I LOVE Becca’s simple and stunning typography work in her designs. I remember watching Becca from the very beginning of her design career and loved her designs from the beginning. It was so fun to hear her talk about her start in digital scrapbooking and designing in her episode of the Digest. Becca’s enthusiasm for design and digital scrapbooking is contagious and it was a joy to visit with her!

You can listen below (on the site), download here, or subscribe in iTunes:

Let’s take a closer look at “Take Note” 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 Tickled Pink Studio’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Take Note by Tickled Pink Studio; Shortcuts by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Bariol.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Take Note by Tickled Pink Studio.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Take Note by Tickled Pink Studio; Scrumptious template by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: The Sidekick by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Take Note by Tickled Pink Studio; A Special Collection (templates) by Janet Phillips.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Take Note by Tickled Pink Studio; Fonts: Pea Sadie & GF Halda Normal.

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

Name

I am a 38 year old font addict who loves all things typography, graphic design, and just being creative. I love spending time with my family (husband Phillip & kids Austin, Ethan Savannah) and trying my hand at being the next Julia Child.

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layout

I don’t usually scrap with my own products but I loved my pet kit, True Friend, so much that I just had to use it. I already had the perfect photo in mind and really enjoyed scrapping Lars (my sister’s dog). I paired the kit up with Cheryl of Fiddle-Dee-Dee’s amazing template and had a blast making this layout.



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started

I discovered and fell in love with digital scrapbooking in 2008 after my sweet friend Sarah Cornish convinced me to give it a try.

In the year 2010 I decided to take the plunge into digital scrapbook design with a little push from dear friends Sara Gleason and Crystal Livesay. I applied to the Apprentice program at Little Dreamer Designs and was accepted. I enjoyed the program and was thrilled to work with Michelle Coleman and join the team at Little Dreamer. This officially started my career as a digital scrapbook designer. Currently, I am an exclusive digital designer selling at Scrap Orchard and I enjoy creating products for everyone to capture their memories with.

inspired

I get inspiration from a bit of everywhere. I really love color and typography so seeing fabulous advertisements can really capture my eye and inspire a product.

tools

Computer: Windows 8 on a Dell XPS 8700 with 24GB RAM and a solid state drive.

Program: I still use PSCS4. I mainly use Photoshop and Illustrator in the suite. I have been thinking about upgrading to the Cloud but haven’t taken the plunge yet.

Camera: I have a Canon DSLR.

Anything Else: I have a Wacom tablet but still find myself writing and drawing with the mouse.

tipstricks

Not sure how useful this is for anyone but one of my favorite designer tools lately has been Sherwin-Williams Chip It tool. You can either upload a photo or submit a URL and it will pull a color palette for you.

favorite

My favorite product is one of my newest releases, Wild Horses. I had this kit in mind for sometime and finally made it happen. My daughter had this t-shirt with a horse silhouette in purples and pinks with stars and I just loved it. It was definitely my inspiration for this kit. I had in mind the colors I wanted to use but it took some tweaking to get them just right. What I love about this kit is that it isn’t like your traditional horse kit. It doesn’t scream cowboy/cowgirl. It isn’t the traditional colors you would find this type of theme in.


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The Everyday Life Collection is a digital scrapbook pocket themed collection created with Megan Turnidge. This series is filled with goodies for everyone. From those who want to dive into hybrid/paper pocket scrapbooking or just scrap a regular layout.

We actually have three (3) collections in the series right now and I would say the Everyday Life: It’s A Girl Thing is the most popular. We wanted this collection in the series to be girly and fun so we chose vibrant, happy colors to pull it all together.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Tickled Pink Studio:


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


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Go have a look in Tickled Pink Studio’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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