I Love Photos of People Not Looking At the Camera

I Love Photos of People Not Looking At the Camera

I love a smiling portrait, I really do. But, I also love photos of my family not looking at the camera. By that I mean more than just photos with natural (unforced) expressions — I actually make a point of shooting when my family is completely immersed in their activities and don’t know I’m taking a photo. These completely candid photos make me so happy! They genuinely capture moments and relationships.

Above: This is a picture of my son, tossing rocks into a lake at sunset. I have other photos that show his face, but this is the one that captures the feeling of the evening for me. Just a little boy, a big lake, and the thrill of staying up late to play outside.

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Above: My husband was teaching the kids how to skip rocks over water. I love how closely they were paying attention to him. This rock throwing business is serious stuff.

Above: My husband walked out onto the dock to take in the view. He didn’t know I was taking this picture. It’s a perfect moment from vacation. Definitely a moment to remember when it’s -40 C in January.

Above: My son was deep in thought about how to approach the whole snorkeling thing. I love everything about this picture. He looks so little in his robot swimsuit, concerned only about how to work that snorkel.

Above: Like coureurs de bois, my son and husband ventured off in the canoe. They fetched some “pretty” rocks for us to take home for the garden.

Above: I love this picture of my son watching the sunset at the beach. He could have spent every second of our vacation out on the sand at the beach.

Above: My kids played around the base of a grand old tree and this photo shows that perfect childhood moment.

Above: My 8 year old daughter and I walked hand-in-hand at the park and my husband snapped this picture. I love it! (Someday in the not too distant future, that girl is going to be a few inches taller than me.)

Do you take photos of people who are not looking at the camera?

Text on a Shape in Photoshop Elements

Credits: Becky Higgins Project Life Baby For Her

Photoshop Elements provides a variety of tools you can use to spruce up the text on your scrapbook page.

We’ve previously looked at:

Today, we’ll look at another feature of Photoshop Elements, text on a shape.

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Text on a shape is perfect for creating journaling around the edge of a photo or page, as well as putting text along the outline of a shape.

Step by Step

  1. Select the Type tool (Shortcut key: T)type-tool
  2. Select the shape you want your text to be from the tool options:
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  3. Draw your shape.
  4. Mouse over the shape until your cursor changes to this icon: text-on-path-icon-type
  5. Click once where you want your text to begin.
  6. Type your text, it will automatically follow the outline of the shape.
  7. Press Enter or click the green checkmark/tick green-tick-to-apply to apply the changes.

Text on the Inside

As you create your text on a shape, by default it will go around the outside of your shape.

To make the text run on the inside of your shape, or change the start point:

  1. Double click on your text to edit it.
  2. Hold down your Control key (Cmd key on a Mac) and drag the little X at the start of your line of text.
    text-start-pointYour mouse pointer will change to look like this: i-beam-arrow or this i-beam-arrow-right to show you which way the text will run.

What about Photoshop?

In Photoshop, just create any shape using the shape tool and add type by mousing over the shape until your cursor changes to this icon:
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But I need a different shape!

In Photoshop Elements, you are limited to only a handful of shapes you can use with text on a shape. In my next post, I’ll be showing you how you can use text on a selection so that you can create text to follow the outline of anything on your page.

What’s your favorite creative way to use text on a scrapbook page?

Roller Coasters & Cotton Candy

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WELCOME BACK Chelle of Chelle’s Creations! Chelle’s collections are playful and theme driven, yet very versatile and easy to apply on layouts with unrelated themes. I really enjoyed visiting with Chelle in her episode of the Digest where we talked about her busy life, how her designs have changed over the years, and her own scrapbooking. You can
listen below (on the site) or
download here.

Let’s take a closer look at “Roller Coasters & Cotton Candy” 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 Chelle’s Creations’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Roller Coasters & Cotton Candy by Chelle’s Creations.

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Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: Roller Coasters & Cotton Candy by Chelle’s Creations; Busy Boy (templates) by Amy Martin; Font: The Dry Ribbon by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Roller Coasters & Cotton Candy by Chelle’s Creations; Roller Coasters and Cotton Candy by Chelle’s Creations; Maskerade by LivE Designs; Fonts: Capture It, Steelfish, Traveling Typewriter.


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Layout by Steph. Supplies: Roller Coasters & Cotton Candy by Chelle’s Creations; Template by Janet Phillips; Chalk board paper by Steph; Chalk It Up Actions by Wendyzine Scraps; Fonts: Printing Primer by Steph, KG Defying Gravity; Things We Said.


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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Roller Coasters & Cotton Candy by Chelle’s Creations; Template #70 by Yin Designs. Photos from Facebook (courtesy of Lucinda).

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
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Name

Hi! I’m Chelle: a 40 something mom of 7. My husband & I live in a rural community in the rocky mountains with our 3 children still at home. We love making memories together. Me? I love blueberries, fresh salmon, creating, memory keeping, & above all my family & my faith.

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I loved the “watercolor painted & drawn” look I’d been seeing in the galleries, so I perused my photos ’til I found the perfect one for this technique. If you want to try it, there is a tutorial on my
you-tube channel:

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started

I’ve been scrapbooking forever, & I LOVE it. My first scrapbooks were made using typing paper, with construction paper mats and titles cut from magazines, or drawn on with markers…all held together with rubber cement. Eighteen years into it & frustrated with too much stuff on layouts (the paper couldn’t support it) and the expense of re-making each layout 6 times (one for me and one for each child) I quit. Totally quit. Sold some of my stash and gave away the rest. I started printing “plain” hardcover books with just my photos & journaling. Then two years later (2008)while recovering from surgery I was surfing the internet looking for something to use on an album for my daughter and stumbled onto digital scrapbooking. I was immediately hooked. It was a merge of my photos & journaling printed in a hardbound book (with multiple copies) and my love of creating. Very soon I found myself tweaking supplies to fit my needs, so I started putting my collections together, and offering them to friends. After winning a design contest in 2009, Chelle’s Creations was born.

inspired

I am a scrapbooker first and a designer second, so my designs are often inspired by memories I want/need to scrap. From that list of “themes”, I often ponder the details about what items I will create out of clay and what they’ll look like for weeks or months. Once those concepts are pretty solid, I create my color schemes, color swatch files, & file structure for the kit. At that point it sits on my computer desktop until it fits my design schedule.

tools

Computer: I design on a 17″ MacBook Pro with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7 with 16 GB of RAM and a 969 Gig Solid State Drive. I frequently have a 24 inch monitor attached when I need the additional real estate.

Program: Photoshop CC & Illustrator CC

Camera: Nikon D5000

Anything Else: a Wacom Cintiq, a Canon Scanner, a toolbox of clay, and a file box of felt.

tipstricks

Add a white border to the edges of your photos. It can really help them POP off the page. In photoshop & photoshop elements, the white border is called a stroke.
Here’s how to do it in PSE or PS:
*Select the layer your photo is on (if your photo is clipped to a template photo spot, you need to merge the two before adding a stroke…don’t forget to remove the shadow style from the template photo spot, THEN merge)
*Edit > Stroke (outline) selection. I almost always choose white (ffffff) and about 30 pixels. Make sure you choose ‘inside’ so you have sharp corners on your photo.

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This kit was inspired by some of my favorite nap-time memories of my youngest son. He liked to get his teddy ready for nap time: changing his diaper & putting on pajamas. Then the three of us would cuddle until he fell asleep. I knew those times would be fleeting (he no longer takes a nap) but they are treasured memories.


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Food is a big part of our family gatherings, so I tend to have quite a few “food” kits. This collection reminds me of the fun times visiting as we sit around the table. Grandma’s lasagna is definitely a family favorite. And I’ve used the mac & cheese for adorable pictures of my little ones.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Chelle’s Creations:


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


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Save 30% off Chelle’s Creations with coupon code Chelle_luvs_TDD (not valid with any other offer/sale/discount, expires 11:59pm, Sept 30, 2014).



Go have a look in Chelle’s Creations’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 Chelle’s Creations

The following layouts were created using “Roller Coasters & Cotton Candy” by Chelle’s Creations and included in
The Digi Files during September, 2014:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Roller Coasters & Cotton Candy by Chelle’s Creations; Template by Our Misadventures; Font: DJB Almost Perfect.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Roller Coasters & Cotton Candy by Chelle’s Creations.

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Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: Roller Coasters & Cotton Candy by Chelle’s Creations; Busy Boy (templates) by Amy Martin; Font: The Dry Ribbon by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Roller Coasters & Cotton Candy by Chelle’s Creations; Roller Coasters and Cotton Candy by Chelle’s Creations; Maskerade by LivE Designs; Fonts: Capture It, Steelfish, Traveling Typewriter.


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Layout by Steph. Supplies: Roller Coasters & Cotton Candy by Chelle’s Creations; Template by Janet Phillips; Chalk board paper by Steph; Chalk It Up Actions by Wendyzine Scraps; Fonts: Printing Primer by Steph, KG Defying Gravity; Things We Said.


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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Roller Coasters & Cotton Candy by Chelle’s Creations; Template #70 by Yin Designs. Photos from Facebook (courtesy of Lucinda).

Daily Digi Digest 65: D4 September

Katie and Peppermint join me again to answer your questions on: being in the moment and capturing it; what makes good photography; Lightroom; organization; QR Codes vs. short links; and more.

You can download here, or subscribe in iTunes:

Show Notes:

Organizing In Lightroom

Meg Bateman’s layout

I asked Cindy Schneider if she could create some pocket, layered, QR code templates and was thrilled when
I saw the results!

Picks of the Week:

Steph’s Pick:
BoomFM

Katie’s pick:
Fujitsu ScanSnap Evernote EditionVideo

Peppermint’s Pick:
TP-Link Powerline Ethernet Adapters

Choosing Photos

We’re halfway through our 40 day road trip and I have taken thousands of photos. I think I am over 3000 photos (not including my phone). If this were back in the film days, that would be 125 rolls! That’s a lot of photos!

Of course, I have no intention of keeping all of these photos. What in the world would I do with what will probably amount to 6000+ photos in just under six weeks?

And yet, I have all these photos and I have to decide what to do with them. I have been trying to keep up with the culling and editing while we are on the trip, and I have to make decisions. I will make an album, but 6000 photos won’t make the cut!

First, let’s understand why I have so many photos. It’s simple. I take a lot. I take lots and lots and lots of photos, often of the same thing. Why do I do this? A few reasons:

1) I am often shooting kids and kids move. Their expressions change, their position changes. I want to make sure I get at least one good one and that often means taking at least 10.

2) I shoot from a lot of different angles. Looking at things from different angles and with different points of focus often changes the entire feel of a photo. The only way to get the photo I want is to try a lot of things.

3) I often need to experiment with my settings. The downside of digital photography is that as photographers, many of us don’t know our cameras and understanding lighting as well as we would if we were shooting film. We know we can just try something and if it doesn’t work, try again. While I often know exactly what settings I want (for example, when I take pictures of kids I am usually spot on because I do it all the time,) on this trip, I am trying new things like landscape and night sky photography. I don’t always know what I am doing. I try lots of different settings, always trying to capture the pictures I have in my mind.

So, once I have all these photos, I have to do something with them. I can’t keep them all, nor do I want to.

My culling process is actually pretty simple (and I err on keeping too many photos rather than keeping too few.)

1. I get rid of obviously bad photos (blurry, horribly underexposed, etc.). The exception to this would be if it is the only one I have of a specific situation and it captured something special. After all, I don’t care about perfect photos.

2. I look at photos in a series (all the photos of a specific situation/location). I choose my favorites, often tossing ones that are very similar or are out of focus. I use the compare feature in Lightroom and make quick choices between photos.

3. I don’t delete right away. Instead, I flag the ones I definitely want and then go back through the ones that were not chosen.

4. Looking at the possible rejects, I ask myself a few questions:

a) Do I have another picture of this same situation that is better?

b) Does this picture help tell the story I am trying to capture?

c) Would this photo be good for something other than a layout about this particular day? For example, I keep many photos of my kids interacting so that I can create sibling layouts and one day put together an entire album of photos of my kids interacting.

d) Could I use this photo for my blog, for my writing here at The Daily Digi, or for any other project?

5. Once I go through the possible rejects and answer those questions, I make my final decisions for which photos to toss. I don’t put a lot of time or effort into this. Making fast decisions is important to me.

As I have spent the last few days culling photos, I am proud to say that I am down to 955 photos! It’s still a lot, but at least it isn’t over 3000!


So, how do you choose which photos to keep and which to toss?


Fall Fun


Here are some fabulous new products from some of our favorite designers!

Jenn Labre has come out with this great bundle of basics to add to your stash! Available individually too.

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Scrapping with Liz just released these new Background Starter Templates. Use them to start your page, use them to make your own paper or combine them with another template! Save 20% OFF through 9/12.

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Maya de Groot is in the designer spotlight at Oscraps! Challenges, Freebies, Prizes and a Sale!

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Tracy Martin knows that some things in life, are just Better With You!

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Dunia has a new set of fun and bright journaling cards.

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Vicki Robinson announced the Grand Opening of her shop at Scrapbookgraphics! New products and old favorites all 35% off through September 11!

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This gorgeous Wedding Collection from Digilicious Design is perfect for those beautiful and romantic memories. Also available is a ‘Color Pop’ Add-on with extra papers, solids and elements in popular wedding colors.

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If Only is the newest kit from Kimeric Kreations.

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2 New Releases this week at aA Designs include artsy weekly documentation products, 2 MonthReview templates, plus an AnnaRelease *Art* hits the store on Friday at 2pm EST. Discounts available for one week only. Also check the aA blog for a brand new FREE video tutorial – 15 minutes guidance on how to create an artsy blended layout in Photoshop Elements

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The September BYOC is hitting the shelves today and Pink Reptile is bringing these super trendy products to the party! Grab them at 20% off through the weekend!

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It’s that time of the year again so check out Studio Blagovesta’s collection School is Cool – it’s 50% off until 15 September!

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See you next week!

Captured

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I’m so happy to welcome back Studio Blagovesta to The Digi Files this month!! Blagovesta has whimsically-weathered style that is so heart-warming! I love the fun and surprising elements and word art included in her collections! Her interview below is so authentic and honest and I really enjoyed getting to know her better through it! Blagovesta’s contribution this month is delightful and filled with wonderful things to help you document your memories! Our team really had fun creating with it and you will too! Let’s take a closer look at “Captured” 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 Blagovesta Gosheva’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva; Fonts: Wolf at the Door.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva; Fonts: .

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva; Fonts: Sanelma and Pea Sadie.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva; Fonts: Courier New.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva.

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

Name

I am 38 and I am from Bulgaria. I live in a small academic town on the Danube. It is a quiet and beautiful town with many young people.
I have a seven-year old daughter. Five years ago her father left us and I had to take care of her on my own. We have had our hard times, of course, but with a lot of hard work and love in our hearts we do well and feel great. I am an optimist and I believe that people can do anything as long as we really want it and take an effort to make it happen.
I work as a full time graphic designer at Tsenov Academy’s Publishing House. I love my job, yet, being involved only in economic projects for such a long time makes me feel a bit bored and slightly constrained in what I am doing at times. Digital scrapbooking and designing is not merely a second job for me. It is something I really love, as it allows me to express myself, to give freedom to my imagination, and above all, I do enjoy being involved in it.
As for my free time, mountains are one of my passions. I have climbed most of the highest mountains in Bulgaria, some of them – more than once. It is such a great source of energy and joy! I also love reading books, going for walks in the countryside, and I am nearly addicted to good coffee and chocolate :- )

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It’s hard to choose only one layout 🙂 I love all of my pages because each keeps some of our memories. As usual my daughter inspired me to create this layout. It’s one of many, but it keeps curious, funny and cute things that I definitely don’t want to forget. I am sure when my girl grows up she will be fascinated to learn what she used to be like, what she loved or did not like in her childhood.


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Layout is made with my Capturing Life: March kit



started

I came across Digital Scrapbooking by chance in 2007 while I was reading the posts in a forum. It seemed quite interesting to me and I decided that I should have a try at it. So I did and I just got addicted.
In 2011, a van hit me as I was going to work in the morning and I had a leg badly broken. I had to undergo several surgeries. I was bed-ridden for a very long time, and I couldn’t go to work. I spent those endless days at the computer at home while my daughter was at the kindergarten. I scrapped many pictures. I had many photos of my daughter with her dinosaurs (she was crazy about them) and I started looking around the shops for a good dinosaur kit. Then I thought I might try to make my own. So I got to it and made my dinosaur kit as well as some other stuff … it was such a fun! At first, I did not intend to sell them, but then I decided to try out of curiosity and in June 2011, my first kit was released.

inspired

Each time it is something different. Small, ordinary everyday things inspire me the most. Sometimes I spot the colors somewhere, and then the theme comes along and sometimes I have a theme on my mind, and I’m looking for the perfect colors. I can see them while I’m walking on the street or looking at a magazine, I find them on the net, or in my daughter’s clothes 🙂

tools

Computer: I work on a PC that runs Windows 7 64 bit, an Intel Core at 2,8 GHz, with 8 GB RAM, 23″ monitor.

Program: I use mainly Photoshop CS5 and Illustrator designing my digital scrapbooking products.

Camera: At this moment I have no camera. My old Nikon Coolpix is damaged after shooting in a cave a month ago, where it was very wet. It started throwing sparks and seriously scared me 🙂 I’ll buy a new one, but I’m still not sure what exactly.

Anything Else: I use a Wacom tablet and HP ScanJet scanner.

tipstricks

I love to save time when it’s possible, so here is an easy tip that I use when I design or scrap. It’s about using brushes in Photoshop. When you use a brush you don’t have to go to the brush options to change size and softness. You will never get the precise size you need and will waste time. Instead hold Alt, right click and drag horizontal to change the size or vertical to change the softness. A preview of the actual size and softness will show in red. This really saves time for me, hope you’ll find it useful too!

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Stay original is one of my favourite kits. Maybe because the inspiration to design it came again from my dearest people – they are all so different from one another with their good features and innocent imperfections, but I love them and I feel blessed to have them in my life just the way they are 🙂


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Destinations is the most popular and widely sold of my products so far. I designed it more than a year ago. It looks like people love to travel and scrap their travel adventures 


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Here are some of my favorite products by Blagovesta Gosheva:


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


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Coupon

Save 30% off Studio Blagovesta at Scrapbookgraphics with coupon Blago-TDD-30
(expires on October 31, 2014).

Go have a look in Blagovesta Gosheva’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Inspired by Blagovesta Gosheva

The following layouts were created using “Captured” by Blagovesta Gosheva and included in
The Digi Files during September, 2014:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva; Template by Yin; Alpha Brushes by Janet Phillips; Font: The Sharon.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva.

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Layout by Tia. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva.

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Layout by LaLuna. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva.

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Layout by Flo6nice. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva.

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Layout by Conny. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva.

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Layout by Dodie Gonzales. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva.

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Layout by BarbK. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva.


Layout by Jacki; Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva; Template by Yin Designs; Font: Rub This!


Layout by Monica; Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter, Bebas, Lauren Script.


Layout by Sula; Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva; Fonts: Wolf at the Door.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva; Fonts: .

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva; Fonts: Sanelma and Pea Sadie.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva; Fonts: Courier New.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Captured by Blagovesta Gosheva.