Daily Digi Digest Episode 59: Take Note

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!
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Inspired by Tickled Pink Studios

The following layouts were created using “Take Note” by Tickled Pink Studio and included in The Digi Files during July, 2014:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Take Note by Tickled Pink Studio; Template: KH Designs; Font: KG Somebody That I Used to Know.

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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.

Journal Card Organization

Journal Card Organization

When I first attempted organizing my digital supplies, I very enthusiastically jumped into it. Using the file manager software ACDSee, I took every kit and keyword tagged every individual item within each kit. I even had the papers sub-categorized by colour! Just imagine hundreds of kits tagged like this! It didn’t take me long to realize that level of organization was just not sustainable. It especially didn’t make sense for me since I am mostly a one-kit scrapper and I don’t mix and match on scrapbook pages very often.

I still use ACDSee for organization, but now I just tag kit previews with the designer name and the fact that it’s a kit. And sometimes, if it’s a themed kit, I’ll tag the theme (e.g. Birthday, Christmas, Winter, etc.).

In the past few years, I have transitioned to doing a lot of pocket scrapbooking. In this style of scrapbooking, I do enjoy mixing products. Usually I’ll use one main kit, but then add in element packs of stitches, doodles, tags, dates, stamps, and journal card templates.

Until recently, I had tagged the journal card packs that I purchased, but I felt like I was missing out on making use of the awesome cards that are included in many kits.

I decided to set up new keyword tags for my journal cards within ACDSee. For my journal cards, I set up a menu to organize them into useful groups:

I chose to tag both the previews (when available for the card packs) and the individual cards. I quickly went through the kits I purchased in the past year (which I found by selecting my tagged kits and then sorting them by date) and checking each one for cards that may have been included in the element pack. It was pretty easy to do, especially when I focused my efforts on the designers who often include journal cards versus the ones who rarely do.

Now when I click on a category, I see the individual cards:

I tried not to get too fussy with the tagging. So if a card was an equally good fit in “Everyday” and “Valentines / Love”, then I put it into both categories.

One unexpected benefit of having my cards tagged is that now I have a huge library of cards to browse through and use as inspiration for when I make my own cards to go with kits.

I actually like having my pocket cards organized so much that I’m going to add another category for Other Pocket Products. This will include things like pocket templates, stitched or doodled frames sized for pockets, and word art and tags that lend themselves particularly well to pocket scrapbooking. I think that will help me make better use of some of the awesome pocket supplies that I’ve picked up over the years.

How do you organize your digi pocket cards and supplies?

Organizing and Scrapbooking Birthday Photos

Events. It seems like you either love scrapping them or tend to avoid them (like the plague!)

Here at the Daily Digi,
Janet, Kristin and Katie have given us lots of tips and inspiration for scrapping events, like birthdays. But when it comes down to it, a lot of the challenge for me is the photos. I am fortunate to have a number of people in our family taking and sharing photos at family events, and it can be a challenge to collate and select the best and most meaningful ones for my layouts.

I use Photoshop Elements Organizer to
manage my photos, and when I have an event with dozens of photos to sift through I love the simplicity it brings to the process. Today, I’ll walk you through the process I used to collect all my photos into one easy to handle place.

Home Base

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The first step is to round up all your photos. I go into this step in detail as part of the Get Organized: Photos class, but here’s an outline of how you can manage photos from all the various devices. You can use the import feature to import your photos from where ever they are currently located on your computer or to download them from a Camera or Card Reader. On Windows, Organizer can watch folders for new photos (or scrapbooking supplies!) and automatically import them. So I use that feature to my advantage and set up one home base folder and have all my photos stored there. If you are using a Mac, simply drag the new folder of photos onto the Organizer window to prompt it to import your folders, or you can import feature.

Point and Shoot Photos

I use an
Eye-fi memory card to automatically upload my photos to my computer, and file them in monthly folders. Thanks to watched folders, Organizer imports them the next time I opened it up. I don’t even have to think about it and I never run out of space on my memory card. What a relief!

Phone Photos

You can use the
Camera Upload feature to sync photos Dropbox and any computer linked to your Dropbox account. Again, I rely the watched folders to pull in my Dropbox Camera Uploads.

DSLR Photos

I don’t own a DSLR, but a couple of relatives do and are happy to share the photos with me. For Edward’s birthday, my brother shared a folder of photos with me via Microsoft One Drive and I just added them to my
watched folder location on my computer and Organizer imported them the next time I opened it up.

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Now the fun begins! With all my photos automatically pulled into Photoshop Elements Organizer, I can easily view just the photos from the birthday party by:

  1. Click on the Events tab in Photoshop Elements Organizer
  2. Switching to Smart Events
  3. Selecting the year, month and date of the event

I’ll then add details to the stack of photos there, by clicking Name Events.

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To see all the photos from all the different cameras snapping photos on that day, just double click on the event stack.

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Support your Scrapping

Where you go from here is up to you. My process with a party page is to grab one photo I love of the birthday boy (or girl!) and then include a sampling of photos of the guests and party decor.

Find the Money Shot

When you browse throughout your photos you can easily mark your best photos with a star rating. Just type 1-5 on the keyboard when you have that photo selected. Easy! To find all your five star photos, just click on the stars at the top of the Organizer window. It will instantly filter your photos.

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I don’t star rate every photo, I’ll add a 1-3 star (type 0 to remove a star rating from your photo).

I came up with these few shots as my best.

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Bits and pieces

I like to include photos of the guests and decor in a collage style page. I tend to put the story along with my ‘money shot’ and have a matching
opposing page.

Scrap!

For birthdays, templates make the final scrapping easy.

Here’s my plan of action:

You could easily make your own design, to work with the photos you want to include.

Scrapping a Birthday at Home

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I used Erin Ink’s kit and templates to scrap these pages about our little girl.

Scrapping a Party

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I used Flergs About a Boy Kit to scrap these pages, they coordinate with Edward’s first year album.

Birthdays are for Grown Ups too!

There’s no reason not to scrap your own birthday.
For this pair of pages I emphasized a photo on each page.

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Credits: Dreaming of Spring by Flergs, Template by Jen Lindsay

I used just the ‘money shot’ for my 27th birthday and paired it with Karen Lewis Designz template and kit.
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Credits: Karen Lewis Designz Life is Good kit and template.

Though the pages vary in terms of journaling and number of photos you can see the same framework beneath them all.

What is your go-to method for scrapping event pages?

PS If you want to learn more about organizing your photos to make scrapping easier, you’ll want to join me for Get Organized: Photos. In five 15-minute sessions you can get a handle on your photos and set up a system that works for you!

Get Organized: Photos

Eternally

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Welcome back to Ange of Ange Designs! I love Ange’s sophisticated, elegant, modern design style! Eternally is a collection that would be pefect for a wedding or new baby, but soooo versatile that it could be used for any occasion or theme! Just check out the layouts our team created using it! Let’s take a closer look at “Eternally” 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 Ange Designs’ contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Eternally by Ange Designs; Fonts: CK Ali, Jailbird Jenna, Calibri.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Eternally by Ange Designs.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Eternally by Ange Designs; Gotta Scrap Now 2-1 (template) by Janet Phillips.

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

Name

Hello there ! I’m Ange, french designer since 2008. I’m the mother of 4 lovely girls so my univers is very girly and this is a good thing because i’m in love with pink colour ! I can create romantic and magic atmospheres with sweet and soft colours as well as festive and funny kits with brightly colours. But always in a clean and simple style, that’s my fave.

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An image on pinterest with pictures hooked on an old frame with cute clothes peg. It makes me think about a new original calendar. So i juste created one, printed, cut and did the same. Very simple to do and i love what it looks like!



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started

I first discovered digiscrap. It was through a forum of mums in 2005. There was a topic about digital scrapbooking in the hobby section. I saw beautiful pages and thought “wow ! how did they do that ?!! It’s amazing !” So I tried to make some pages by myself and it was a revelation for me. It was a new artistic way for formulating my emotions. I quickly liked clean and simple style, so elegant and soft. Then, some designers asked me to create albums with their kit. It was my first sales at stores. But i was more and more frustrated not to find the exact elements or papers I wanted to use for these albums. So, i started to create my own products.I currently follow a training in a school of applied arts to learn more and perfect myself in design world.

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Everything but above all, colours and images.

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Computer: Windows PC, laptop Asus that I can take with me everywhere! ram : 3GB

Program: Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Illustrator.

Camera: Nikon D90.

Anything Else: Tablet Wacom

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Add to the elements the missing colour that you don’t find in papers : that will do all the difference !

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I really like my Queen of the day kit and these brightly colours ! Mother’s day inspires me. I saw a beautiful bunch of flowers with pink, yellow, coral colours; the marriage of these colours strikes me. All women have this special, unique day once in their life and we all have a mother, so everybody can use this kit !


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Because it’s project life !! All about project life is popular right now. It’s a full pack of my project life essentials packs so colours are very differents, sweet and fun at the same time !
These journal cards are so easy to use, in an album or to create a page.
BUT the plus of this pack : you can build your own journal cards as you wish, you can create new ones to enlarge the collection thanks to the papers, stickers and wordarts offered in separate files. That makes it special.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Ange:


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


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Inspired by Ange Designs

The following layouts were created using “Eternally” by Ange Designs and included in The Digi Files during July, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Eternally by Ange Designs; Template by Our Misadventures; Font: Courier.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Eternally by Ange Designs; Fonts: CK Ali, Jailbird Jenna, Calibri.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Eternally by Ange Designs.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Eternally by Ange Designs; Gotta Scrap Now 2-1 (template) by Janet Phillips.

Plan Your Roadtrip The Easy Way

Summer is not over and there is still time to plan your next road trip! Our family is gearing up for a crazy 40-day trip to over 20 states. We are filled with equal amounts of excited anticipation and total fear. Seriously? Six kids. One pop-up. 40 Days. I am pretty sure we are crazy. But crazy is good and I can’t wait to show my kids around this beautiful country of ours!

One of the sites I have been spending a lot of time on lately is Roadtrippers. It’s a fun site I discovered via Pinterest and it has been great in helping me find things to see and do along the way, especially in areas I am not familiar with.

On the main page, you type in your start and end locations. In this example, I am using Colorado Springs as my starting point and Northwest Arkansas as my ending point. This is a two-three day leg of our trip that we have nothing planned for. I wanted to see if there were things to do along the way. Once I plugged in my info, a map of my route showed up.

In the upper left part of the screen, there is a menu box where you can input what you would like the site to find for you. You can choose a number of options including food, attractions, nature, and shopping. You can also choose how many miles off your course you are willing to go.

I chose nature since that is what we are most interested in. It then gave me options for what kinds of nature I was interested in.

I chose “view all” and then it plotted points along my way. On the bottom of the screen, thumbnail images of the various points pop up and I can click on each of them to learn more about them.

The site seems to be entirely user-built. This means that the information on the site is from other site users. As people add information, more is available. I love the community approach to finding the best places to visit!

If you look at the individual screens, you realize you can do a few things.

  • You can get contact information
  • You can see prices
  • You can add the place to your trip
  • You can write a review if you’ve been there
  • You can pin it to your trip or to your bucket list
  • You can upload a photo for others to see

In addition to planning that is specific to your trip, the site also has fun guides to help you explore more.


I haven’t had a lot of time to learn the ins and outs of this site, but I think that it is a great resource for trip planning and also for memory keeping. I love doing things like saving screen shots of maps so we can see exactly where we are going and where we have been.

An added bonus? We’re doing a shorter camping trip this weekend and I found a place to see along the way. How cool is this?

Making Memories: ART AUCTION

I see lots and lots of posts on Facebook and on Pinterest with titles such as

100 Ways to Keep Your Kids from Being Bored

50 Things to Keep Your Kids Occupied

1000 Fun Activities for the Summer

…and so on.

Now obviously, I am all for helping our kids have fun, but I am not of the opinion that kids need to be occupied at all moments of every day. By letting them be bored, they learn to create their own fun. Today’s post in a case-in-point.

We’ve been busy this summer. I am doing some extra photography and writing work, I am taking a graduate class, and we are getting ready for our 40 day road trip. This has meant that we haven’t been able to do as much out-and-about activities and the kids have been left to play outside and when it’s too hot, to find things to do inside. They don’t often complain and I love to see the things they do to entertain themselves.

Yesterday I was handed an invitation to attend an art show and auction. The invite stated that it would be today at 11:30 in the living room of the house where we are staying. Dutifully I pushed save on my class work and walked downstairs precisely at 11:30.

It was so fun!

The kids had been working for the past week on different art projects. I keep craft supplies available at all times and I say “yes” to odd requests like, “Can I have all the empty pizza boxes?” But other than that, I did nothing in way of coming up with their projects.

When we arrived downstairs, the art projects were laid out for people to see. Then we took our seats and each project was presented by the artist and was described by the emcee.

Then we were given our auction number and a pile of money.

Then the fun began. The kids were the auctioneers and they auctioned off their many pieces, while the audience (me, my husband, my aunt and uncle, and Bethany) waved our numbers high as we tried to outbid each other.

It was one of those proud mama moments when I just sat there and thought, “I love these kids!”

I think the idea of an art auction is something that almost any family could pull off. Just have the kids create a certain number of pieces and then plan the date and time for your art show and auction. You can make it as casual or as fancy as you would like. I’d love to do it again, complete with party dresses and hors d’oeuvres.

Go ahead and give it a try. And now you’ll only have to plan 99 more activities to make your summer great 😉

Want to know what fetched the highest bid? The collaborative PIG FARM project (the reason behind the pizza box request.) It sold for over $3000!


Neverending Fun

Here are some of the fun goodies we found from around digiland this week!

Bella Gypsy:

Chelle’s Creations:

Date Night…Girls Night Out…or just a cozy night at home for Family Movie Night, Chelle’s got you covered with Movie Night.

Clever Monkey Graphics:

The princesses are arriving with lots of add-on packs &
bundles. This week in my Clever Monkey Graphics store at Oscraps and
coming soon to my other stores.

Crossbone Cuts Designs:

Crossbone Cuts has a new mini kit for week 3 of the Scrap Orchard Iron Scrapper Competition!

Designs by Ziska

Erica Zane:

Shake Your Tail Feathers by Erica Zane & Libby Pritchett will have you strutting your pages in style! With it’s gorgeous jewel tones and fun elements, it’s perfect for all sorts of occasions!

Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

It’s hip to be square ~ square frames and photos that is! Fuss Free: Hip To Be Square 3 & 4 are designed around square and rectangle framed photos, and then gorgeously surrounded by a variety of elements to create a classic look! Fresh Fruit priced at 20% off ~ buy Set 3 and get Set 4 FREE! Offer ends July 24th.

Heather T.:

Jennifer Labre:

Do you Jenn Labre is celebrating her grand opening at Pickleberry Pop with a HUGE sale!

Just Jaimee:

Kim Jensen

Kimeric Kreations:

Kristin Aagard:

Kristin Aagard has a new mini kit Honey Bee in the Iron Scrapper this week at Scrap Orchard.

LDrag Designs

Maya de Groot

Meagan’s Creations

Meagan has a fun kit out, Steampunk is retro vintage fun! In a great palette, with awesome worn and grunge elements, this kit is great for trains, mechanics or vintage scenes! Playful and yet sophisticated, get Steampunk packs for 30% off through July 20th or save 40% when you purchase the bundle! Available at both Gotta Pixel and The Digichick.

Misty Cato Designs

Pink Reptile Designs:

Pixelily Designs

Sausan Designs:

Scrapbook Lady

Katie the Scrapbook Lady is having a surprise sale on one of her
favorite template sets. You can pick up the STORIES set for only $1 in
her shop! Check out her blog for more details.

Scrapping with Liz

Snips and Snails Designs:

Studio Blagovesta Gosheva

Studio Tangie Baxter

Studio Wendy

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

Tracie Stroud (retired)

Weeds and Wildflowers

Zoe Pearn

Say Something

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Welcome back to Dunia! Dunia will always have a special place in my heart, as I got to know her when she was serving on our Creative Team, here at The Daily Digi! I LOVE Dunia’s playful, fun, whimsical style! Her fun type and bold colors always make my scrapping heart sing! Her contribution is HUGE this month and includes items for every style of scrapbooking, including pocket scrapping! Let’s take a closer look at “Say Something Bundle” that is included in
The Digi Files this month:



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

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Say Something Bundle by Dunia Designs; Fonts: The Things We Said, Calibri.

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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Say Something Bundle by Dunia Designs; High Noon (template) by Heather Joyce; Fonts: The Silver Reed by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Say Something Bundle by Dunia Designs; Fonts: CK Ali’s Hand and Typewriter.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Say Something Bundle by Dunia Designs; Building Blocks 2-3 (template) by Janet Phillips.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Say Something Bundle by Dunia Designs; Fonts: Pea Sadie and Traveling Typewriter.

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

Name

My name is Dúnia, I’m a 37 old brazilian girl.
I live with my DH, my 3 kids, a 10 years old boy Yuri, my twins girls Eduarda and Rafaela aka little tsunamis and my two dogs Floquinho and Pantufa.
I work as a designer and photographer (this is new for me). And I’m addicted to books, tv series, soccer and Project Life.
But the thing I love the most is spending time with my family.

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layout

Since I discover Project Life back in 2012 I’m totally addicted to it, I love make the spreads, is so easy and fast, and I love to rint my picks in weekly basis, so I can see the album coming together with my kids.



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started

I start as a scrapper about 6 years ago and a year later Loreta Labarca invites me to create for the first Brazil digital scrapbooking store, and after that I never stopped.

inspired

I was very inspired by my kids, they world, clothes, books, toys, everything in they world are so colorful and full of life, I always try to use that in my designs.

tools

Computer: I work in a PC Computer.

Program: Photoshop CS5

Camera: I have a Canon 60D and lens 24/70mm 2.8 and 50mm 1.8

Anything Else: I have a Bamboo Tablet

tipstricks

When I have a hard time choosing a color scheme I alaways look to my kids stuff, many of my products have the colors from their cloths or books.

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I love to make (and use) Valentine’s Theme Products, and I really like my latest one, the colors mixed with kraft, the papers, elements but spcially the journal cards.


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I think my most popular products are from the Documenting Everyday Collection, like this one A Year of Memories. Today so many people are doing pocket pages so I think this is why they are so popular.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Dunia:


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


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Dunia’s store with coupon code dunia_TDD30 (expires July 31).



Go have a look in Dunia’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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