Making Memories: Doughnut Snowmen

We’re just five days away from Christmas. Can you believe it? How did this holiday sneak up on us? After all, the Christmas trees and decorations starting appearing in the stores in SEPTEMBER. And yet, somehow, the dreams we have planned for this magical season don’t always happen the way we imagine they will. Time has a way of disappearing.

Don’t despair. If you haven’t done any fun crafts or baking with your children, there is still time. If want something fun and easy to bring to Christmas Eve dinner, there is still time.

These little doughnut snowmen are so cute and so easy to make. My kids love them. And the best part, no baking required! It would be a fun treat for you to make OR you could let your kids dive in and help.

DOUGHNUT SNOWMEN

(adjust amounts based on the number of snowmen you want to make)

small powdered doughnuts (3 per snowman)

chocolate bells

Red Vines (licorice)

mini chocolate chips

pretzel sticks

white icing (I just mix powdered sugar with a bit of water to make a THICK paste)

orange tick tacks

I will admit it took me a few tries to get these going. But once I figured out my process, they went fast.

1. Place your first doughnut on your work surface. Spread a good bit of your icing on the doughnut and add another. Repeat for the third doughnut. Make all of your men and give the icing some time to dry.

2. Next, carefully tie a piece of Red Vine around the space between the 2nd and 3rd doughnut to make the scarf. Be careful not to pull too hard and break the licorice or pull the doughnuts apart.

3. Using a small tip and a pastry bag (or a small zip lock with a tiny hole cut off the corner), add a spot of icing to one of the eye or button spots. Add a mini chocolate chip and hold for a second or two. Repeat with remaining spots.

4. Carefully push in an orange tick tack for the nose.

5. Add pretzel sticks for arms.

6. Add a blob of icing to the bottom of the chocolate bell and gently place it on the doughnut head. Hold to secure.

7. Wow your friends and family with your creativity 🙂

Tis the Season for Fun!

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Love Lives Here

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We’re so excited to welcome the ladies of Scrap Orchard to The Digi Files. Scrap Orchard is a group of insanely talented designers with products to meet every style, need, and want. From templates, to kits, to CU items, Scrap Orchard has it all. I had so much fun visiting with Kami and Mel from ScrapOrchard and
learning about who does what on the site, how they got started, and some
of the fun things they have going on at SO. You can
download here or subscribe in
iTunes. We’re thrilled that ScrapOrchard play with us this month.
Let’s take a peek at their beautiful kit, Love Lives Here.

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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 Scrap Orchard’s contribution:

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Love Lives Here by Scrap Orchard.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Love Lives Here by Scrap Orchard; Summer Rewind (template) by Scrapping With Liz.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: Love Lives Here by Scrap Orchard.

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Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Love Lives Here by Scrap Orchard.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Love Lives Here by Scrap Orchard; Summer Rewind (Template) by Scrapping With Liz.

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

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We opened for business on April 1, 2008. We wanted to create a site that was focused on providing a positive, friendly environment with a wide range of high quality, original and unique digital scrapbook products. With Mel’s website design and technical know-how & Kami’s business and digital design background, we thought we’d make a well rounded team. Since opening, we have been honored to work with the most amazing designers and scrappers in the industry and are so blessed to be able to call them family.


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Our biggest tip for getting started as a designer is to know your tools and create something unique! Digital designing is a true art form and can be so rewarding as a creative outlet. Let your art show through your work.



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Every week Scrap Orchard has a free template in their
Weekly Buzz Newsletter, as well as a free template on their blog! Be sure to sign up and stop by to grab this week’s freebies!

Go have a look at Scrap Orchard! 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 ScrapOrchard

The following layouts were created using “Love Lives Here” by Scrap Orchard and included in The Digi Files during December, 2014:

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Love Lives Here by Scrap Orchard; Template by Cindy Schneider; Fonts: Beautiful Every Time, Ariel.


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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Love Lives Here by Scrap Orchard.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Love Lives Here by Scrap Orchard; Summer Rewind (template) by Scrapping With Liz.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: Love Lives Here by Scrap Orchard.

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Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Love Lives Here by Scrap Orchard.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Love Lives Here by Scrap Orchard; Summer Rewind (Template) by Scrapping With Liz.

The Double Mat

The Double Mat

Supplies: My Life of Daring, a TDD member exclusive kit

I have been on The Daily Digi team for a long time now and I still get excited when I unzip the Digi Files each month. I loved this kit in the December 2014 files, but I didn’t get a chance to work with it until just this past week. I decided to do a page about my day at 6:00 am and 6:00 pm., just for fun:

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Supplies: Cozy Up by Snips and Snails, Layer Block 1 by Little Moments Designs (retired)

It’s just one of those little pages that I like to include as a bit of random family trivia in my albums.

I’m glad I made it though because I noticed that I often do pages with the “double mat” in the background when I want a simple page design or to work with a bolder pattern.

I used to do a lot of double-matting when I was a paper scrapbooker almost 15 years ago. It’s funny to me to see that I’m still doing it today! I guess no matter how many new tricks we learn, some things are just in our comfort zone for a reason. And there’s nothing wrong with that!

Do you have a go-to style or technique that has stood the test of time?

Winter Wonderland

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A big WELCOME BACK to Maya de Groot! Maya has a distinctive mixed media style with surprises in each collection! I love how creative and fun so many of her elements are in her kits! Maya’s designs are perfect for any style of scrapbooking and creating! Let’s take a closer look at “Winter Woodland” 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 Maya de Groot’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot; Photo by Cheryl Curtis; Fonts: Birth of a Hero, Bariol.

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Layout by Suzy. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot; The Sophia by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot; Fonts: .

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot; Fonts: Century Gothic.

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

Name

Hi, I’m Maya of Maya de Groot Designs. I’m a 22 year old master student from Amersfoort, the Netherlands. I’m now in my second year of the Architectural Engineering master track at the University of Technology in Delft and live with two other architecture students in a student house in Pijnacker. Besides studying, I love being creative; scrapping, painting, drawing, art journaling. Although I only have time to do something creative in the weekends, I enjoy looking at Pinterest during the week and figuring out what the project for that weekend will be. And I love collecting all kinds of vintage stuff, that could be used in mixed media art pieces. We have jars filled with wooden scrabble letters, bingo numbers, buttons, etc.

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This is one of my favourite art journal pages. I started with a paper collage for the background and blended the pieces together with some aquarelle painting and chalks. I used punchinella and gesso to add some texture to the page. I’ve directly drawn the tail and the body to the page. To make the images pop I added a white outline. I did the same for the text, which means ‘deep in the sea’. And last but not least I added some pieces of punchinella and gem stones to the page.



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Left over paperpieces, acryl paint, gesso, derwent inktense, faber castell marker, white paint sharpie.



started

During the summer of 2005 my niece and I got all excited about making our own jewelry. Two years later, when I was on vacation my aunt bought my niece and me some scrapbook letters, so we could make a scrapbook page about the summer. I got all enthusiastic and told my mom about it, but she wasn’t so sure. I just got all these beads and stuff and she thought: ooh it’s just another hobby. But I managed to convince my mom how much fun it would be. We bought lots of paper stuff, but when searching online for paper supplies, my mom discovered digital scrapbooking. We tried and both fell in love with it. That was fall 2007. So I’ve been digi scrapping for seven years now. The very first forum we joined was Oscraps and it became our home. My mom and I started as a regular members, soon started CT-ing for Oscraps designers and both became a Site CT member at Oscraps. I love scrapping and one day I just thought let’s try designing. That was four years ago. I started with some freebies, but in the summer of 2010 I decided I really wanted to design and since December 16th 2010 I’m part of the Oscraps design team and I’m still loving it!

inspired

OOh literally EVERYTHING! magazines, pinterest, songs, movies, architecture… just anything. But I really like using pinterest for saving all the ideas, cause an image may give me one idea now but another idea some other time. Oooh and instagram, also a great place for inspiration!

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Computer: I just got a new laptop. It’s a HP Z-Book 15 Mobile Workstation ( 15,6 inch, Windows 8.1 64 Bits, Intel Core i7-4700MQ, Nvidia Quadro K1100M 2GB Graphics, 8GB RAM, Weight: 2.82kg), but I’m still busy getting all my programs on it. I mostly use it for my architecture study (needs to run heavy programs). For designing I often use my parents Acer Aspire 7750 Laptop. (17,3 inch, Windows 7, IntelCore i5, 6GB DDR3 Memory, 500 GB HDD).


Program: I use Photoshop Elements 5.0 for scrapping, I also have PSE9/PSE10. PhotoshopCS5 and IllustratorCS5, for designing, still learning, discovering new tricks and getting better every day. It also depends on which laptop I’m working, not every laptop has the same programs. And ofcourse pencils, fine liners, markers and paint for handmade elements.


Camera: I have a Canon Powershot SX 10IS


Anything Else: Seagate 2TB EHD, Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II, Wacom Bamboo Fun M Tablet, Silhouette Cameo.

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Ok, so this might be something obvious or well known, but I only discovered it recently after 7 years of scrapbooking. Found out about it, cause I was working in PS CS5 which I normally don’t use to scrap, but it was already possible in PSE 5. So, when working in Photoshop, I would normally duplicate the layers I needed and then drag them to another working file (in PSE), but you can actually choose the file you want your layers duplicated to. So in the layer overview; select the layers you want to duplicate; right click; duplicate layers. You now get a pop up screen and you can now choose your target. Open the drop down menu and select the name of the file you want your layers duplicated to or select new for a new file.

favorite

Being an architecture student, I’ve always wanted to create an architecture inspired product. For some reason I was always struggling with this, but it all came together when I was looking at some mixed media houses. I knew I wanted to make it part of the ‘Zen & the Art of’ Collection, but I couldn’t really figure out how to combine it. Until, I realized that these mixed media houses are a perfect example of putting different parts together to create something new. And this reminded me of my graduation direction, called RMIT, which is all about reusing old buildings and giving them a new life. With this in mind I created this kit as a mixture of vintage elements, hand drawn parts , etc.


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popular

One of my most popular products is Zen & the Art of Flying Machines. I think people like the combination of vintage images and hand drawn elements. It’s different than other products, because of the zentangles and the steampunk feel to it. Although I created it to use for art journaling pages or mixed media style layouts, the neutral colours with brass/gold elements also work well with heritage style pages and I love seeing all the different styles of the layouts created with this product.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Maya:


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


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Save 25% off
of Maya de Groot’s store with coupon code MdG_TDF_25, expires Jan. 1st 2015.



Go have a look in Maya’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 Maya de Groot

The following layouts were created using “Winter Woodland” by Maya de Groot and included in The Digi Files during December, 2014:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot; Template by Brandy Murry; Font: How Cute .

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Layout by Maya. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot.

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Layout by Maya. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot.

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Layout by Maya. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot.

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Layout by Molly. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot.

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Layout by Molly. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot.

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Layout by Geraldine. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot.

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Layout by Laurie. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot.

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Layout by Diane. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot.

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Layout by Diane. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot.

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Layout by Audrey. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot; Photo by Cheryl Curtis; Fonts: Birth of a Hero, Bariol.

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Layout by Suzy. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot; The Sophia by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot; Fonts: .

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Winter Woodland by Maya de Groot; Fonts: Century Gothic.

Cozy Up

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I’m so happy to welcome back Snips and Snails Designs to The Digi Files this month! I love Stephanne’s fun color choices and her modern patterns mixed with a vintage flair. Stephanne does a great job with themed kits, yet they are versatile enough to use for many occasions and layouts. Let’s take a closer look at “Cozy Up” 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 Snips and Snails Designs’ contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Cozy Up by Snips and Snails Designs; Bug Town (template) by Scrapping with Liz; Fonts: Dancing Script.

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Layout by Suzy. Supplies: Cozy Up by Snips and Snails Designs; Template by Amy Martin; Fonts: The Sophia by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Cozy Up by Snips and Snails Designs.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Cozy Up by Snips and Snails Designs; Portals Set 2 (template) by Iffy’s Templates; Eternally (word strip) by Ange; Personality (Staple) by Rekneipp; Fonts: GF Halda and Pea Kikichan.

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

Name

My name is Stephanne and I’ve been designing under the name Snips and Snails Designs since 2009. I love the creative process involved with designing digital scrapbooking supplies but I love helping you preserve your memories even more. My family is the most important thing in my life and I know how precious those memories are. I’ve been married to my husband Andrew (who is a youth pastor) since June 2001 and we have two fun and energetic little boys. Samuel was born in August 2006 and Nolan was born in March 2009. You will find them to be the main subject of my personal layouts when I can find the time to scrap. When I’m not designing or chasing little boys, I do website and social media maintenance for a local daycare and all of their print design. I also volunteer at the boys’ school and at our church.

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Our family always takes a trip to the apple orchard every year. My mom took some fun photos of my boys playing with the wagon. She wanted a project for her wall so I created this project. I did it in both 12×12 LO size and an 11×14 which I had printed professionally and hangs in her home.



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started

I first learned about digital scrapbooking in a mommy forum. I started making digital LOs and then decided to try my hand at designing as well.

inspired

I am most inspired by color. A lot of times my theme comes out of my color palette.

tools

Computer: I design on an Asus laptop with Windows 7.


Program: I use Photoshop CS5.1 Extended to design.


Camera: I just have a Canon Elph point and shoot. I sometimes use my mom’s Canon too.


Anything Else: I have a Wacom tablet.

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I was inspired by the song I Hope You Dance. I also haven’t seen a lot of ballet themed kits around. I eventually did an add-on because male silhouette dancers were requested. The colors came first just like many of my collections. I saw the color palette and it reminded me of the song. I really enjoyed using watercolors to overlay the newsprint and music patterns to make some of the elements and papers. I could have added to this collection indefinitely!


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I think Blue Jean Spring is popular because it’s so versatile. Everyone wears blue jeans so it coordinates with any photographs and can be used for boy, girl, or family photos. I chose some nice spring greens to go along with the classic blue jean colors.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Snips and Snails:


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


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25% off coupon good at both Oscraps and The DigiChick expires 1/5/15
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Go have a look in Snips and Snails 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 Snips and Snails

The following layouts were created using “Cozy Up” by Snips and Snails Designs and included in
The Digi Files during December, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Cozy Up by Snips and Snails Designs; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Mask by Jenn Lindsey; Font: The Sharon.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Cozy Up by Snips and Snails Designs; Bug Town (template) by Scrapping with Liz; Fonts: Dancing Script.

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Layout by Suzy. Supplies: Cozy Up by Snips and Snails Designs; Template by Amy Martin; Fonts: The Sophia by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Cozy Up by Snips and Snails Designs.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Cozy Up by Snips and Snails Designs; Portals Set 2 (template) by Iffy’s Templates; Eternally (word strip) by Ange; Personality (Staple) by Rekneipp; Fonts: GF Halda and Pea Kikichan.