Inspired by Mye De Leon

The following layouts were created using “Somerset” by Mye De Leon and included in
The Digi Files during October, 2014:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Somerset by Mye De Leon; Template by Katie Scrapbook Lady; Font: Pea Amy G, Scorched Earth.

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Layout by Barb. Supplies: Iffy’s Sampler Set v.01 by Iffy Wheeler; Somerset by Mye De Leon.


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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Somerset by Mye De Leon; Template #97 by Yin Designs; Font: Digs My Hart.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Somerset by Mye De Leon.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Somerset by Mye De Leon; Cut Through (template) by Amy Martin.

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Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: Somerset by Mye De Leon; Fonts: The Branch by Heather Joyce, Magesta Script.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Somerset by Mye De Leon; Template by Amy Martin; Fonts: Courier New.

Making an All About Me Hybrid Album

I’ve been itching to try a hybrid mini-album for a long time. I’ve held off though because I don’t own a lot of paper crafting supplies and I am very short on space. I needed a project that I could easily do at my computer desk, with the keyboard pushed out of the way.

So, when I saw the Becky Higgins’ Project Life digital card collection included in October’s Digi Files, I knew I had my solution! I would do a pocket album! It’s already my favourite form of memory keeping, so doing it hybrid would be a neat experience.

Card Journaling Prompts

Before I could start, I needed a topic for my mini-album. Because this album will be done a little bit at a time, I wanted a topic that was not time sensitive. I decided to scrap some of my more random life memories. My project will be an “all about me” type album, but with journaling that spans from my childhood to present day and even a few “what if” type questions. I plan on using The Complete Book of Questions by Garry D. Poole as a loose guide for the journaling.

Supplies: Live Brightly Value Kit by Digital Project Life; Pocket Life June collection by Traci Reed; assorted buttons

Supplies

For my album, I chose the Becky Higgins’ Project Life 6×8 album in black faux leather. I am using the Design 3 and Design 4 pocket page protectors..

I also needed some physical supplies, because beyond already owning scissors, I was really starting from scratch! I purchased some double-sided mounting tape, adhesive foam mounts, random buttons, some washi tape and a few alpha sticker sheets.

For printing, I purchased some Canon 4×6 Matte Photo Paper to use on my Canon Pixma MG5320 inkjet printer. I printed the supplies on the 4×6 card with edge-to-edge printing selected. I could fit two 4×3 cards on each 4×6 photo paper, so I just cut down the middle to split them up.

After I had the cards set out in the album pockets, I pulled them out to add a few embellishments, like buttons and printed word strips. I kept it really simple, but I wanted to play with added dimension a little bit.

I’m such a newbie to hybrid – but I can say I enjoyed getting a little bit messy! It was also very satisfying to have the completed scrapbook page in my hands right away.

I decided to try another page, using a different product. Again, I kept it very simple and just popped it right into the album when I had it printed out.

Supplies: School of Rock, Paper, Scissors: Bundle by Jenn Barrette

Have you every tried hybrid scrapbooking?

(Please share your tips in the comments below!)

My First AdoramaPix Album: THIS IS OUR LIFE

I’ve printed over 2000 scrapbook pages.

I’ve done PHOTO A DAY since January 2009.

I’ve done hybrid pages, home decor items, and have printed photo canvases.

But this, by far, is my favorite project EVER.

Last December, I created a set of templates to sell in my shop at Sweet Shoppe Designs. As usual, I wanted to try the templates before I sold them. I had (in vain) attempted Project Life for all of three weeks at the beginning of the year and so I already had photos from those weeks chosen and placed in a folder. I grabbed them, plopped them in my templates, and then…

I was amazed.

I couldn’t believe how fast I had just gotten three weeks worth of photos set into templates. Could it really be this easy?

I kept going, and going…and going. Over the course of a few days, in just over 14 hours of work, I had more than 1500 photos ready to go in an album. I was so excited.

In fact, I was so excited that I created an entire class based around the project. I want others to experience what I did.

I recorded the videos for the class a few months back and I actually end the videos by saying something along the lines of, “I haven’t printed my album yet, but I will.”

And I did.

And OH. MY. GOODNESS.

Steph has been singing the praises of AdoramaPix for ages, so once we arrived back in the States in June, I placed myorder. I then patiently waited stalked the mailman for days waiting to see the result of my labor of love.

When my two volumes arrive, I ripped into the package, and started laughing. They were more beautiful than I could have ever imagined!

A FEW OF THE THINGS I LOVE

  • The quality of these books is INCREDIBLE. I’ve printed with other photobook companies and these don’t even compare. For a small gift album, another company’s book might hold up, but a project as precious as this, I wouldn’t trust anyone else.
  • I was first blown away with the quality of the covers. They were strong and had a beautiful semi-gloss finish.
  • The binding on these books is TOUGH. I printed a large album a few years ago with another company and the binding broke the first time I looked through it!
  • The lay flat pages are AMAZING. Did you read that right? AMAZING.
  • The color quality is out of this world. I’ve used a number of different printers for pages and albums and nothing has come even close to this. It’s spot on to what I see on my monitor.
  • The pages are THICK and STRONG. I don’t have to worry that a flip-through is going to tear pages.
  • I have albums that my family will cherish for generations.

YOU CAN VIEW THE PAGES OF MY ALBUMS HERE:

VOLUME ONE

VOLUME TWO

Check out my SCRAP YOUR YEAR CLASS to learn about putting an album of your own together.


If you want to learn more about AdoramaPix, check out these posts:

9 Tips From and Adorama Newbie

Sharing and AdoramaPix Photobook

Steph: Where Do You Print Your Photobooks?


How about you? Have you printed from AdoramaPix? How was your experience?

Amber Shaw Limitless

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WELCOME BACK to Amber Shaw!! I really love Amber’s designs: her colors, fun typography, and combinations of textures and patterns! In her contribution this month, I just LOVE the ombre glitter alpha, the FUN type work, those balloons with pennants, and adore the theme! Let’s take a closer look at “Limitless” 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 Amber Shaw’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Limitless by Amber Shaw.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Limitless by Amber Shaw; Template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Word art by Word Swag iPad app.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Limitless by Amber Shaw; Anthology (template) by Little Green Frog Designs; Fonts: Pea Kikichan & GF Halda.


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

Name

I am a 39 yr old creative junkie. If I am not designing, I am creating something. Either in the kitchen, with some yarn, painting, behind the camera, or playing with pretty make-up. I am married to a tall, dark, and handsome hunk who is my comedic partner in crime. We enjoy people watching together and share a symbiotic sarcastic sense of humor and love all of the same music. We have 4 incredible kids ages 20, 15, 13, and 9. My kids blow me away. I wonder all the time how did I deserve to be blessed with such awesome little people? We are a weird family. We are a loud family and always picking on each other or playing pranks.

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This is a photo of my almost 16 year old son when he was nearly 8. He was (and is) so cute. He is now 6′ tall. I love going back and scrapping older pictures of my kids. I think sometimes people always get caught up with scrapping “in order” or scrapping everything now/recent, but sometimes I like to pull out an old picture, and I get to relive that moment for awhile as I spend time making the page.



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CREDITS: This Boy by Amber Shaw



started

Oddly enough, I got started in digiscrap over 5 years ago looking to enhance my ridiculously limited knowledge of Photoshop in order to design new product labels for my small fragrance line. I stumbled across digital scrapbooking and I was amazed! I had never paper scrapped – my OCD wouldn’t allow the mess associate with it but digiscrap intrigued me. I started scrapping with freebies and within a year I was giving out my own freebies then went into designing and the rest is history!

inspired

The question is more like what doesn’t inspire me to create! I feel like my mind is always grabbing inspiration from everything around me. It could be textiles, a TV commercial. COLOR! I love a well put together color palette, and let’s not even talk about Pinterest. I am not even sure I remember life before Pinterest. Not just for design but many other areas too.

tools

Computer: I currently have a Toshiba laptop with an 17,” monitor but I am in the market to upgrade soon back to a desk top with dual screens. Squee!

Program: I use Photoshop CS4 and I also use Adobe Illustrator.

Camera: I have a Kodak point and shoot and a Fuji bridge camera. I am getting comfortable with the manual settings before I move over to a DSLR. I wish I had more time to really learn more to get really great photos but until there are more than 24 hours in a day, I just do what I can.

Anything Else: I have an iPad that I love to use the Adobe Ideas app and doodle on it. The arrow in my featured kit this month was created on the iPad. When I am too tired to sit up and design but my mind is still actively in design mode, I enjoy doodling in that app and seeing what I come up with to add to kits in progress.

tipstricks

Push yourself. I can tend to be shy about trying new things sometimes. However, for my Grand Opening at Sweet Shoppe Designs, Libby Pritchett and I started to work on a kit for the debut called Fear Not. We looked at some of her inspiration and decided on some colors that I was sure were going to be the death of me. I found out later that Libby felt the same LOL and oddly enough that kit turned out so much more beautiful than either of us had any idea it would, just buy stepping out of our comfort zones. It was a best seller too! So my advice is to try styles, new colors, and even make pages that are off theme and she what you end up with. You may love the end result.

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I saw a poster on Pinterest that had a cloud with colored drops coming out of it and I loved it. I thought it would be cool to take a rainbow theme and center it around making your own life bright and creating your very own happy. Throw in some artsy paint drips, crayons, and even some throwback 80’s elements in there and how can you not love how fun and bright this kit is?


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This scoop with Libby Pritchett has continued to be very popular. We were brainstorming and put together some colors and she found a quote that had something to do with being brave. We wanted a feminine take on being brave, and reaching for your goals and dreams without any fear. During the making of the kit we both hit the ground running with the gold glitter. This kit with it’s rich jewel tones and all that sparkle makes you want to reach for it all the time!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Amber Shaw:


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


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Inspired by Amber Shaw

The following layouts were created using “Limitless” by Amber Shaw and included in The Digi Files during October, 2014:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Limitless by Amber Shaw; Template by P Prelestnaya; Fonts: KB ZipaDeeDooDah, Irish Spaghetti.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Limitless by Amber Shaw.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Limitless by Amber Shaw; Template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Word art by Word Swag iPad app.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Limitless by Amber Shaw; Anthology (template) by Little Green Frog Designs;
Fonts: Pea Kikichan & GF Halda.


FUN FLASH DRIVES

Although I am moving more and more of my important documents to cloud storage (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc), there are times when I still need to have a flash drive to carry my files with me. Believe it or not, there are still places in the world where internet access isn’t available. Even in the US, there are lots of dead zones, both for WiFi and for 3/4G. I should know. I spent a good portion of our six week road trip without a signal to be found.

When you can’t store it in the cloud, you might as well have fun storing it with you. Check out these fin USB flash drives that will keep you laughing and in style (all images are linked to source).

Easy Collage​ Layout

In this month’s DIGI FILES, there is an awesome set of Project Life cards by Becky Higgins. Also included in her contribution is a set of layered 4×6 templates. You know me…I love a good template! So, I decided to take these 4×6 templates and make an easy collage so I could have a full 12×12 page. It was simple!

First, I created a new 12×12 document.

Then, I opened the first 4×6 template, linked the three photo layers, and dragged them into my blank document.

Then I added my first photos. I had a vertical photo I wanted to use, so I simply merged the two smaller photo spots into one. I love making a template work for me.

Next I dragged the second template onto my layout.

And filled in the spots…

And then I just kept going with the next two templates, merging photo spots as needed. I left a place holder on one of the long horizontal spots for my title.

At this point, I had used all of the templates from the set. So, I simply reused the first one, flipping the three layers horizontally for variety.

Next, I merged the layers together and added used my square brush tool to add a white border for a little distinction. Then, using Vicki’s suggestion from this month’s Playbook, I tiled some of the Project Life cards to make a background paper. I then reduced the size of my photo so the background layer was visible.

Finally, I extracted part of some of the PL cards to add as a title. DONE!

It was a great way to stretch my stash!

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Here’s what’s going on around digiland this weekend:::

Amy Wolff

Angelclaud ArtRoom

Bella Gypsy Designs

Chelle’s Creations

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Queen Wild Scraps

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Scrapbook Lady

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Cluster Queen Creations Celebrate the Little Things

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Let’s take a closer look at “Celebrate the Little Things” that is included in
The Digi Files this month:


Welcome back to Melissa of Cluster Queen Creations! I really love Melissa’s great word art bright colors, and unique elements that she includes in her collections! Melissa joined me and shared about some projects she is working on right now, her life in Texas, her designs, and her contribution to The Digi Files this month in her episode of the Digest.

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

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 Cluster Queen Creations’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Celebrate the Little Things by Cluster Queen Creations.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Celebrate the Little Things by Cluster Queen Creations.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Celebrate the Little Things by Cluster Queen Creations; Fonts: GF Halda.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Celebrate the Little Things by Cluster Queen Creations; Iffy’s Sampler Set 01 by Tiffany Wheeler.

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

Name

Hi! My name is Melissa Rieschick and I live on the Texas Gulf Coast, just south of Houston. I live with my boyfriend of nearly 10 years, our chihuahua Zoe and our cat Morgan. We don’t have any kids, but I have two adorable nieces and an honorary nephew, and I credit them for my scrap inspiration. I work full-time outside of the home in the social work field and when I am not working you can find me scrapping, designing, reading, or spending quality time with my friends and family.

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My nieces come to Texas to visit my parents and I every summer. This year Ansley, who is 4, took to swimming like a fish! Last year she was terrified to put her face in the water or go under water and this year she was a little pro. I was so excited that I created a huge water kit with matching mixed media papers, and had to scrap this page all about my inspiration. I blended a regular paper into the mixed media paper in the background, giving it a different look by playing with blending modes. Once I loved the background I layered my photos, pics and elements.



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started

I started paper scrapping around 12 years ago. A friend of mine sold Creative Memories products and that was my beginning into the scrapping addiction! In late 2006/early 2007 I introduced my BFF to digital scrapping through a magazine article in Creating Keepsakes. She wanted to scrap her newborn but paper scrapping wasn’t really an option. By 2009 she was completely sucked into digi and after seeing her buy gorgeous kit after gorgeous kit I had to be part of that. I started scrapping and posting pages at ScrapMatters and Scrap Orchard, and an addict was born. After a few years of scrapping and being on multiple creative teams, I dipped my toes into the design world in March 2011 by designing templates. By August 2011 I was designing kits and before long I discovered my inner doodler. I can’t imagine not designing now!

inspired

So many things. Colors, events with the kids in my life, quotes and phrases, songs, images, and any number of other things. I never know when a kit idea will pop into my head. When I am feeling low on mojo I will scrap a page, browse the Internet for ideas, listen to music, paint/art journal, or completely disconnect and just read and veg for awhile. Before long I am back at it, inspired again.

tools

Computer: I have a Dell XPS 8700 performance desktop with Windows 8.1 (64 bit), 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4790 Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.0 GHz), 16 GB RAM, 2 TB hard drive, and a 32 GB solid state drive. This beast even has room to expand up to 32 GB of RAM and 4 TB hard drive. 🙂 Oh and I only use one monitor for now.

Program: I use Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop and Illustrator.

Camera: I have a Canon Rebel t1i.

Anything Else: I use a Wacom Bamboo tablet for doodling and a Canoscan 9000F for scanning. My other electronic friends are my Samsung Galaxy s4, my 2nd generation iPad, and my Kindle Paper White. 🙂

tipstricks

One of my favorite things to do with doodles is tuck them into clusters just like any other element. Don’t be afraid to hide part of a doodle, you will still get the idea even if only part of the swimsuit, for example, is visible. So many people think of doodles as stickers or stamps, especially when fresh out of the paper scrap world. Many of us who doodle in our kits give a stroke two the doodle so it can be used like any other paper element. If you think of the doodle like you do a word strip, tag, chipboard element, etc., you will open new possibilities to yourself in how you use them!

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This product is my favorite right now because it was inspired by all the water adventures I had with my nieces when they were here in June. The colors actually came from my mixed media papers; I had been playing around with some new watercolors when I created the papers and finished them off with mists and acrylic paint. I scanned them into the computer and selected my colors from them. The papers are so delicious I just want to touch them all the time and the kit makes me smile because I think of all the fun my little water babies had this summer. The foam elements, especially the flowers and stars with a slight shimmer, just add the perfect finishing touch.


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This is the first kit I created with more artsy, painty doodles and it really captured people’s attention. It was inspired by mixed media papers I created with my Gelly plate and the soft, springy colors were perfect for this kit. I chose soft and happy Spring colors to keep the feel seasonal but not too Easter-y. The unique doodles, featuring paint splats of gellatos or alcohol ink, and with blended text and ephemera stamps added in, are what make this kit extra special.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Cluster Queen Creations:


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


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Use code cqc-2ofF5 to receive $2 off a purchase of $5 or more
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Go have a look in Cluster Queen 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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