Are We Having Fun Yet?

Fridays are always fun at The Daily Digi! Here are a few things going on around digi town.

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Pieces Of Me VI collection is available now, by Vinnie Pearce Design. Use code: DDGPOM30 for 30% off.

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Scrapping with Liz has 2 NEW really fun template sets. One set can help you highlight a big beautiful photo on a page and the other can help you scrap multiple photos in an artsy sort of way. You can grab both sets at 20% this week.

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Yin has this set of Brush Script words on her blog for free download.

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It’s calendar time at Studio Wendy. All her new and updated 2015 calendar templates are 25% off. Her new Mega Project bundle is over 50% off.

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Jenn Labre has a bright and fun kit this week. Check out Hello, Sunshine at her Pickleberrypop store and grab it for 20% off through Sunday!

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Libby Pritchett’s new From Ear to Ear Bundle is bound to make you feel like a kid again!

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Fall is in the air! Check out this great themed templates from Meagan’s Creations! On sale for 30% off through Sunday, August 24th! PSD, TIFF, PAGE and PNG formats included! Grab them at Gotta Pixel or The Digichick!

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Stolen Moments has a SUPER new kit and coordinating pocket cards.. Document all the adventures of your favorite good guys!

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Check out these fantastic new templates from Queen Wild Scraps – perfect for all of your west coast travels!

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Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs has a couple of additions to her Fuss Free: Drip Drop series. These templates feature paint that has been dropped on the layout canvas with an eye dropper. If you purchase Fuss Free: Drip Drop 5, you’ll receive Fuss Free: Drip Drop 6 for free! Combined with the Fresh Fruit 20%, you can get all 8 of these templates for $3.60!

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New this week @ Studio Flergs is Adventure Time. Perfect for camping, hiking, geocaching and any outdoor adventures. Save 20% all through Saturday.

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2 New Releases this week at aA Designs to include artsy weekly documentation products, the last pack of baby album templates in the series with BONUS photo book cover, plus a *Breathe* themed AnnaRelease. Discounts available for one week only.

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Quirky Heart is bursting at the seams with news this weekend: 30% off storewide quarterly sale at the Pad, 2 different Free With Purchase promotions, and most importantly – Mixed Media Monthly is LIVE! A brand new monthly subscription kit with 50% off add-ons and plenty of perks! Get inspired, get creative, GET SUBSCRIBED!

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The perfect Collection for those who are the Kitchen Goddess of the household, or who have foodie projects to scrap about!

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Get Bella Gypsy’s new kit Busy Day FREE with any $10 purchase from their shop at Scrap Orchard 8/21 through 8/28/14.

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That’s it for today!

Perfect Fit

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Welcome back to Jennifer Barrett! I simply love Jennifer’s whimsically eclectic, shabby style in her designs! Her products are versatile and so easy and fun to scrap with. It’s so fun to see the unique elements and surprises in each collection. Jennifer does such a great job of including items in a kit that are unexpected. It’s been fun to learn more about Jennifer and her story as a designer in her interview below. Let’s take a closer look at “Perfect Fit” 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 Jenn Barrette Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Perfect Fit by Jenn Barrette Designs; Scholarly (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Heather Hess The Dry Ribbon.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Perfect Fit by Jenn Barrette Designs; Fonts: Baron Kuffner, Traveling Typewriter, Blackout.

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Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: Perfect Fit by Jenn Barrette Designs.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Perfect Fit by Jenn Barrette Designs; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by KimberlyK. Supplies: Perfect Fit by Jenn Barrette Designs.

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

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My name is Jenn Barrette and I am so excited to be featured here at The Daily Digi! I have been designing digital scrapbooking kits since 2006, and have been proud to call Sweet Shoppe Designs my home since 2010.

I am currently living in Ontario, Canada in the beautiful lakeside city of Kenora with my amazing husband Dave, and my cute but crazy kids Ava and Lilly.

When I am not glued to my computer desk I can be found shopping for random vintage goodies, baking something sweet, listening to bad pop music, or just spending time with my amazing family.

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As much as I truly prefer to scrapbook non-themed layouts…I was so happy with how this “event” page turned out! My favorite thing about this page is all the little touches I added; messy paint, doodles, and a few different fonts. Digital scrapbooking is an awesome opportunity to get messy without well…getting messy!



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I started collecting paper scrapbooking supplies in 2006 as I was expecting my first child and was excited to document our life with a new baby. I say collecting because I never ended up using any of it. lol A few months later, I bought a scrapbooking magazine for ideas, and inside was a bonus disc for a very simple digital scrapbooking program…and before long I was completely hooked on digital scrapbooking.
My journey to becoming a designer started soon after. I am slighted obsessed with having my photos match the kit I am using and had a hard time finding the perfect match. I started making my own kits in Photoshop to match my daughter’s adorable outfits. I quickly fell in love with designing and started selling my designs at the end of 2006.

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Hands down my biggest inspiration is color. I spend hours sometimes just searching for color inspirations and have a secret Pinterest board full of future kit colors. Once I decide on a color scheme for the week either start looking for inspiration for a theme or I just start playing around in Photoshop until a theme starts to develop.

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Computer: I use a Windows 7 PC with 12 GB of RAM, to keep up with all the programs I have a bad habit of running all at the same time. I also have a wide screen monitor so I can use the Windows split screen function to surf the web or watch a movie as I design. I am such a multitasker and have trouble “just designing”. I love having a little distraction or two going on around me as I work. Binge watching full season of TV shows well I design makes me happy. lol

Program: I currently use Photoshop and Illustrator CS5 for my designing. For editing my photos I mostly use Lightroom.

Camera: have a trusty old Canon Rebel XS camera, and my favorite lens is my 35mm. Lately I find myself using my iPad mini to take photos when we are out and about.

Anything Else: I also use a Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch tablet for doodly elements and to help with extractions.

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I tend to not scrapbook my photos chronologically, so it can be really hard to remember little details from events or day to day life to add personal journaling to my pages. One thing that has really helped me is using some of the great apps and sites out there to keep a daily online journal. I personally use Oh Life (https://ohlife.com/) and they send me an e-mail daily and all I have to do is quickly make a few notes about the day. I can go back to any date that I filled in and see my notes at any time. So, if you find yourself having the same issue, I totally think using these kind of sites/apps is an awesome tip.

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I always have such a hard time with this question. lol I think right now my favorite kit is “Wild and Free”. I started out with a general idea of “free spirit” type theme with a bit of a bright summery twist. I always try to create kits that have a variety of uses, so I pictured it being great for summer teenage adventure photos, family trips to the zoo, as well as “all about me” type pages.

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My best selling product is my Get Real: Drop Shadow Styles. I actually use them for all of my layouts. I think they have been so popular because they appeal to new and seasoned scrappers alike. They take the guess work out for newbies, and they are a great starting point if you someone that likes to play around more with their shadow work as well.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Jenn Barrette Designs:



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

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Exclusive offer for readers of The Daily Digi – 25% OFF Jenn Barrette Designs’s store (excludes collaboration kits, expires Sept 30th 2014).

Go have a look in Jenn Barrette Designs’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 Jenn Barrette Designs

The following layouts were created using “Perfect Fit ” by Jenn Barrette Designs and included in
The Digi Files during August, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Perfect Fit by Jenn Barrette Designs; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: Love Is A Many Complicated Thing.


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Layout by Camille. Supplies: Perfect Fit by Jenn Barrette Designs; Fuss Free: Straight to the Heart (template) by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs.


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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Perfect Fit by Jenn Barrette Designs;
Scholarly (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Heather Hess The Dry
Ribbon.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Perfect Fit by Jenn Barrette Designs; Fonts: Baron Kuffner, Traveling Typewriter, Blackout.

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Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: Perfect Fit by Jenn Barrette Designs.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Perfect Fit by Jenn Barrette Designs; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by KimberlyK. Supplies: Perfect Fit by Jenn Barrette Designs.

Starting an Art Journaling Quote Album

Starting An Art Journal Quote Album

When I was growing up, I collected beautiful and inspirational quotes that I hand-wrote into a small, lined journal. Somewhere along the way, I stopped doing that, but my appreciation for quotables has not diminished. With that in mind, I’m exploring the world of art journaling and making mini-pages for a small quote album.

The Daily Digi has some great resources on art journaling. A good place to start is Katie’s comprehensive list of digital art journaling resources.

Here’s how I created an artsy quote page:

Create a Canvas: The first step in any digital scrapbook page is to create a canvas. I normally scrap on a 12-inch by 12-inch canvas. However, for my art journaling pages, I wanted something smaller and decidedly different because these pages are going into a separate album, just for me. I checked out different photobook printers and choose the 8-inch by 6-inch size for the small size and price.

Add a Background Paper: I decided to work with Vinnie Pearce’s The Rise Collection and I chose a nicely textured paper from the kit. The kit is available in the August 2014 Digi Files member download.

Add a Quote: For my page, I wanted to use a quote about patience. I used the Gesso font and added the quote. I accidentally dragged the quote on an angle but then I decided that I liked it better that way. Happy accident!

Decorate the Page: Then I just pulled items from the kit onto the canvas and deleted probably about half of them after I moved items around the way I wanted.

Embellish With Brushes: Finally, I used a few brushes by Jenn Barrette’s Journal Bling collection.

I chose that quote because this is my first attempt at doing a quote page in art journaling style, so it was very fitting!

Do you scrap quotes? Or do you have any other fun and creative projects that aren’t focused on memory-keeping? Please share them in the comments below!

Lightroom Features I Love: Easy Exporting

I am continuing with my posts on Lightroom Features I love. The more I work on these posts, the more I love Lightroom. Seriously…it changed my photo-loving life!

Today I want to share about the ease of exporting with LR. I am working on editing a week’s worth of photos from our big trip and I am so thankful for how easy it get my edited images where they belong!

I shoot and edit in RAW format, but I can’t leave them that way. After going through all of my photos, I need to put them into the folders where I want them. I organize by year/month/day and I save in two sizes (print resolution and for web).

Here are the simple steps I take to export my photos, all at once:

1. When I am done editing the photos, I choose all the photos from a specific day. To highlight them, you can either command/control click on each one, or, if the photos are in an uninterrupted sequence, you can choose the first one and then hit shift and click on the last one in the series.

2. With all the photos selected, I go to file > export. The export dialogue box appears and I enter in all my info (more on that below).

3. With all my choices made, I click export and they all go into their proper folder. Depending on the number of photos, this can take a few seconds or a few minutes. I work on other things while I am waiting.

4. Once that group is done, I do the same group with different export criteria. This will be my FOR WEB group of photos.

5. I move on to the next day (or the next group of images I want into a specific folder.)

The Export Dialogue Box

When you choose to export, this dialogue box comes up:

We’ll just work down this box to see how to enter information.

At the top, you can choose where to download to. I always choose hard drive.

Next, you can choose the folder you want the images exported to. I always choose specific folder, so that my photos go into my EDITED PHOTOS folder and then into YEAR/MONTH/DAY.

Next, you have choices about your file naming. You can either keep the names you have or you can choose a number of other naming choices. I usually choose Custom Name – Sequence, which means I name the files what I want (usually ©janetphillips_monthday_year). All of my files will have that same name except that they will be exported with a sequential number added to the end.

The next section of the dialogue box is video, so we’ll skip over that. After video comes files settings. This is where you can choose what image format you want to save in as well as colorspace and quality.

Next is image sizing. I choose the size of photos I want to export. My settings here depend on 1) What I plan to do with the photos, 2) If I am exporting for print or for web. If I am exporting for print, I almost always choose to resize with the dimensions displayed here. I used to save full size, but my very large photos were taking up a lot of hard drive space. Now, unless I think I might enlarge a photo for my walls, I limit the long side to 10 inches.

If I am exporting for web, my settings look like this (these settings were for Facebook’s image sizes, which I think have now changed again. I’ll need to update my settings.)

The next option is for output sharpening. This is especially great for sharpening for web, something I used to have to do for each individual photo.

At the bottom of the dialogue box is a menu for post processing. It allows you to decide what you want to do when LR is done exporting. You have a number of choices:


Going through this dialogue box only takes about 30 seconds, and then it exports all of the photos you choose with the same settings. This is the ultimate in batch processing!

But…it gets even easier! You can create presets for exporting. Basically this means that you can choose your settings and then when you are ready to export a batch of photos, you simply choose that export preset and make any tweaks (for example, I change the folder and file name) and then click export.

To do this, get all your settings the way you want them and then look at the left sidebar of your export dialogue box. On the bottom you will see a button named ADD.

Then this box comes up. Just give your preset a name and then every time you want to export with those settings, you just click and go.

Oh yes…I love Lightroom and exporting huge batches of photos couldn’t be easier!


Check out these other posts in this series:

Before and After

Copy and Paste

The Rise

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It has been such a long time since we have had the beautiful and talented Vinnie Pierce with us in The Digi Files! I’m thrilled to welcome her back! Vinnie’s collections are an artsy mesh of styles, pulled together by color and theme. It’s always so fun to see what unique things she comes up with! I love all of the mixed media and fun effects waiting to be created with her designs. Her kits are versatile enough for any kind of scrapper to use in their documenting. Let’s take a closer look at “The Rise – Collection” 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 Vinnie Pearce Design’s contribution:



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Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: The Rise – Collection by Vinnie Pearce Design; Fonts: Pea Cammi-pea.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: The Rise – Collection by Vinnie Pearce Design.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: The Rise – Collection by Vinnie Pearce Design; Fonts: Courier.

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

Name

I’m a Homemaker/Designer/Author/Artist/Wife & Mother of two. I was born in Fiji, but have lived in New Zealand from the age of three.

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This is part of a two page spread(http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/data/3933/journalink-01.jpg), using my Journalink – Simplified Spreads Pack. I wanted to created two page templates with a mixed media, almost magazine feel.


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I was introduced to my first pixel around the age 10, when my father opened up an old school paint program on his computer, I was instantly intrigued by the tiny little pixels making up the images. An eye was the first image I created with pixels. I had no idea I would end up working with them as a designer, its a dream come true.
I started paper scrapbooking 8 years ago. I didn’t have much time (or money) for it, even though I loved the idea. When I started digi scrapbooking I was instantly in love! Finally I could use all my photoshop knowledge as a graphic designer for more personal projects. The transition from scrapbooker to designer came after the release of my first book on Digital Scrapbooking in 2009. Designing scrapbook products just seemed like the most obvious and natural step to take.

inspired

Everything around me that is a result of creative thinking.

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Computer: I use Windows XP and 3.50 GB of RAM

Program: Photoshop CS3 Extended and Illustrator CS3

Camera: Canon Rebel

Anything Else: no

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I have a few design tips. This one is a classic, if you’re spending too much time on a page, walk away from your computer for a break and view your work with fresh eyes. Almost all the time you’ll see what needs tweaking or removing when you view your page after your eyes have had a break.
We often struggle on a page design for a couple of reasons. we could be working with too many elements and we need to adopt the “less is more” rule, by removing embellishments or limiting/muting colour schemes. Another reason we struggle could be from a lack of design knowledge. I think what keeps a good page from becoming a great standout page is when people don’t apply the design principle of dominance. This can be applied on one or two of your elements (text, photo, flower, etc) to give your page emphasis and avoid confusion. Like a well decorated room in any interior magazine, every page needs a focal point, something that your eye goes to instantly. All the other elements are in the background complementing the message or feeling your focal point is trying to get across.Here’s
a great site on other design principles that may help you in your scrapbooking.

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The Makery Collection and The Makery Simplified Spread are one of my favorite products. The colours are inspired by a pinterest post. This year I’ve challenged myself into fusing my mixed media roots in with my digital collections and I’m loving it! I’ve never been more satisfied with my design work than I am right now.


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I think what makes the ‘Make It Meaningful – Collection’ so special is the soft muted colour scheme. I really cant remember where the colour inspiration came from, but I know the water colored lemons I did came from a photo I took of an old plate at a batch in Raglan, NZ. I’m guessing thats what I took the cue from. I remember coming home from that holiday and cherishing the memories and being so happy over the photos captured.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Vinnie Pearce Design:


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


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Save 35% off Studio Vinnie Pearce with coupon code DG35off. (Excludes sales, valid till September 1st 2014.)



Go have a look in Vinnie Pearce Design’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 Vinnie Pearce Designs

The following layouts were created using “The Rise – Collection” by Vinnie Pearce Designs and included in
The Digi Files during August, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: The Rise – Collection by Vinnie Pearce Design; Photo mask by Marlene Peacock; Font: The Only Exception.


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Layout by Kelly. Supplies: The Rise – Collection (recolored) by Vinnie Pearce Design; Straight to the Heart (template) by Fiddle Dee Dee Designs;
Sweet Slumber by mle Card (recolored); Fonts: Constantia Bold, Franklin Gothic Medium Regular.


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Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: The Rise – Collection by Vinnie Pearce Design; Fonts: Pea Cammi-pea.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: The Rise – Collection by Vinnie Pearce Design.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: The Rise – Collection by Vinnie Pearce Design; Fonts: Courier.

Living in the Moment

I am an intentional memory maker. I talk about it all the time, to anyone who will listen. I’ve written about it here, here, and here. I’m a big believer.

However, I have noticed that sometimes, things don’t go as idylically as I had planned. I find myself frustrated with myself, my husband, and my kids. It makes it hard to abide by one of my biggest life rules: If I can’t do ______ and still be kind to my husband and kids, I won’t do it.

A while back there was a post that really struck a chord with me. Leo Babauta of Zen Habits was writing about How to Master the Art of Living. In his post, he wrote about expectations of moments:

“As we enter each new moment, we expect things from it. We want it to be fun, amazing, productive, according to plan. And of course each moment has its own plan, and will be its own thing. So we are not happy with it. Instead, we can drop the expectations and just see the moment as it is. Just experience it, noticing, appreciating, being grateful. This is mastery.” – Leo Babauta (Zen Habits)

I think this is what I was starting to understand when I wrote this post. But I still have so much to learn.

As memory keepers who are intentional about creating special experiences for our friends and family, it can be easy to lose sight of why we are doing it. It can quickly move from wanting to create a special memory that will live on in our children’s minds to becoming a quest for creating a memory that will look good on Instagram, Facebook, and blog posts. We want a memory that will match our newest kit or be the perfect end for our photo book. And when the moment doesn’t go according to our best-laid plans, we get frustrated.

And so, as I begin a new week, I want to strive to let go of the expectations and instead just let the moments happen. This doesn’t mean I won’t be intentional, but I will do my best to let go of expectations for what emotions an experience will create and instead enjoy what does happen. I want to live in the moment. It might not be what I expected….it might be better.

It’s That Time of Year: BACK TO SCHOOL!

It’s hard to believe that summer is over (or nearly over for some) and it is time for school to start once again.

Even though we homeschool, I love the beginning of a new school year. It’s like getting another January 1 — a day to start things fresh and new, to establish new routines, and to be better about meeting goals and plans for the year.

If you are like most people, you’ll want to document the beginning of the year in fun ways. I have been saving some links to fun back to school photo ideas that I wanted to share. Each image is linked to its source, so enjoy all the talent behind the photos.


I love the multiple chalkboards in this one!

I think the pencil with the grade is such a cute idea!

How fun to put a child’s future aspirations on display with the grade in chalk behind.

I love this group photo, especially with the numbers behind!

This printable from Etsy is oh-so-cute, especially with the sweet eyes peeping out from behind.

This is just so sweet and innocent!

I love the bright colored dress that pops against the chalkboard sign.

I think these hashtag signs are perfect for high school students!


Here are a few school related posts from The Daily Digi:

Back to School

Preparing for a New School Year

Scrapping School Days

Phrases to Avoid

And check out these posts from other sites:

Back to School Photo Tips

Free First Day of School Printables

Printable Back to School Photo Designs

HAPPY BACK TO SCHOOL!

Having Some Fun

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

Bella Gypsy:

Chelle’s Creations:

Clever Monkey Graphics:

Crossbone Cuts Designs:

Designs by Ziska

Erica Zane:

Sprout by Erica Zane & Digilicious Designs
at SSD is dedicated to all those growing boys (& girls!) that seem to sprout
like weeds.

Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

Heather T.:

Jennifer Labre:

Just Jaimee:

Kim Jensen

Kimeric Kreations:

Kristin Aagard:

LDrag Designs

Maya de Groot

Meagan’s Creations

Meagan’s Creations has a fun collection out this week for the little
learners in our lives! Got a little one starting school this year? Love
to Learn can document special events in this new stage of life. Save 30%
off the kit, word art clusters, glitters and clusters or save 40% when
you purchase the collection bundle. Through August 20th, get the add-on FREE when you purchase the kit! (Add-On will be in the downloads section after you order)

Misty Cato Designs

Pink Reptile Designs:

Pixelily Designs

Sausan Designs:

Scrapbook Lady

Scrapping with Liz

Scrapping with Liz has a new set of Daily Life Templates in her store that
will help you scrap all those daily photos in a breeze. She also has a new set
of Date Seals, perfect for “stamping” dates on your page. Both sets are 20% OFF
this week.

Snips and Snails Designs:

Studio Blagovesta Gosheva

Studio Tangie Baxter

Studio Wendy

Tracie Stroud (retired)

Weeds and Wildflowers

Zoe Pearn