Inspired by CD Muckosky

The following layouts were created using “Life in the Palm of Your Hand: A Mini Book Mini Class” by CD Muckosky and included in The Digi Files during December, 2014:


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Life in the Palm of Your Hand: A Mini Book Mini Class by CD Muckosky; Say Something by Dunia Designs.



Layout by Katie. Supplies: Life in the Palm of Your Hand: A Mini Book Mini Class by CD Muckosky; Rainy or Sunny and My Kind of Day (cards) by Little Butterfly Wings; Washi tape, Sharpie fine point pen, small binder rings, Zink printer.

Journaling for the Future

I have spent many, many hours scrapbooking. With 2500+ pages, my layouts represent many years of our family’s life. I have shared photos and stories and memories. I love when my kids look through our albums and I can’t wait to share these pages with grandchildren and maybe even great grandchildren. I didn’t do all of this work to have the stories stop with us!

However, it’s important to remember that we don’t know who will see our pages and when they will see them. If my grandkids and great grandkids look through the albums, will they understand the story? Will my kids remember the people in the photos? Will anyone have any idea what is going on?

When I create pages, I try to keep these questions in mind. I want to ensure that as my own kids get older, they will remember. And if they might not remember, I need to help them remember. I do this through my journaling. If I journal only to jog my own memory, the story may be lost with me.

This reality was very real to me just this week as I was organizing a bunch of layouts on our kitchen table, getting ready to put them in albums. My husband came in the room and saw a page with a photo of my son with a sticker on his head. The photo was from more than eight years ago and my husband immediately asked, “What’s going on here?” (He hadn’t read the journaling yet). As fresh as the story was in my own mind, my husband had totally forgotten that when our son was two, he put any and all stickers on his head. We’d walk into WalMart and the greeter would give him a sticker — straight to his head it went. He’d find a sticker in his sister’s room — into his hair it would go. Telling the story on my page was important. I want my family to be able to laugh and enjoy the memories even if I am not around to tell them.

Here is an example of a page when I intentionally added more information because I was worried that at some point in the future, my daughter wouldn’t remember. This is a photo of her and her good friend. Although they have known each other for a long time, they are young. I know for sure that I can’t remember all the names of my elementary school friends. By adding names and how they knew each other, I am helping to preserve the memory.

In this situation, I wanted to journal about our love for our motorbike and how much we will miss it. I also wanted to include this photo because of how crazy it is — and yet how normal of a site it was for us during this time in our life. However, I knew that in the future, people may look at this photo and not understand the context at all. So, through my journaling, I helped explain a little to help others understand what they are looking at and also to dispel fears that we were 1) Breaking any laws and 2) Being unsafe.

As you create your pages, be careful to ask yourself, “What would someone fifty years from now think about the page? Will they know who the people are? Will they understand the context? Will it leave them wondering and confused?” By asking these questions, it allows you to be more intentional with what goes on your page and therefore preserving the memories for generations to come.

So what about you? Do you think about how your pages will perceived 20, 30, or 50 years from now? If you imagined your great grandchildren looking at your pages, would they understand the stories?

Friday Fun for the Holidays

Heading into the holidays, we have a lot of of fun new festive products…

Bella Gypsy has 2 new bundles this week. Check out A Very Shiny Nose and Happy Christmas!


Just in time for all those Merry photos, Holiday Bling!


Looking for a new Christmas kit to celebrate the upcoming holidays? Check out Jennifer Labre’s new Be Merry kit and grab it for 20% off through Sunday!


Studio Wendy has new actions for making your own custom gift tags using any digi supplies in your stash! Choose from 10 different actions, and create a printable sheet with the collage action!


Liz just released the last of her Daily Life Template sets. It’s perfect for scrapping those everyday photos. She also just released her Big Photo Block Templates that were available here on the Daily Digi. Grab them both at 20% OFF if you don’t have them yet.


Perfect for Documenting your December!! In the Sahlin Studio shop.


The Night Before – New from Kimeric Kreations


24 HOURS ONLY December 5th Chelle’s Creations products are 50% off (does not include commercial use items) Offer ends 12.5.14 at 11:59 pm EST. A gift for YOURSELF! Grab everything on your wishlist at this fabulous once-a-year price!


Documenting December? It’s that time of the year again. Maya has a new set of handpainted Journal Cards.


Get ready for your 2015 daily scrapping projects with Misty Cato’s Pocket Scraps 2015 Date Card Templates.


Check out this fun favorite, Countdown to Midnight, a festive and celebratory digital scrapbooking kit for New Year’s Eve! Save 50% this weekend!


*NEW* Frozen Collection by Snips and Snails Designs on sale for 30% Off through 12/7.


Check the aA Blog daily, now through 12 December 2014, to score the best sales and discounts of the year! 12 Deals over 12 days and it’s all happening now!


Stolen Moments has three great new products perfect for kicking off your 2015 scrapping plans. Get these fun frames at The Lilypad as part of the December BYOC.


Pink Reptile’s contribution to the December BYOC is playful and fun and perfect for scrapping about your loved one[s] and whatever it is they do or did that you want to make sure you don’t forget! Buy any or all of these before December 7 and save 20%!


Kim Jensen has a fun new “It!” pack! Relate It! Plastic Beads to scrap all those special relationships! On Sale all weekend in TLP’s December BYOC!


Shine Bright


WELCOME BACK to Krista Sahlin of Sahlin Studio! I’m thrilled to have Krista joining us in The Digi Files again! I love Krista’s ability to bring vintage and modern together in a uniform collection! I also love Krista’s Disney addiction and how that love shows up in her designs! In her contribution this month, I love the gold accents, the bling, and of course, that HUGE ampersand!! Our team and I had a lot of fun scrapping with it, and I know you will too! Let’s take a closer look at “Shine Bright” 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 Sahlin Studio’s contribution:


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Shine Bright by Sahlin Studio; Circle Template #2 (template) by Scrapping With Liz.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Shine Bright by Sahlin Studio; Doodled Pocket Templates by Just Jaimee.


Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Shine Bright by Sahlin Studio; Gimme Layers #66 by Cluster Queen Creations; Fonts: Museo Slab, GF Halda, Century Gothic.


Layout by Suzy. Supplies: Shine Bright by Sahlin Studio.


Layout by Anne. Supplies: Shine Bright by Sahlin Studio.

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


My name is Krista Sahlin, designer behind Sahlin Studio. I am a wife, lucky to be married to my best friend (and ‘IT’ guy that helps keep my computer running well). Random fact: I married into a difficult to pronounce last name. Now 99% of people say it wrong, so don’t feel bad if you do. LOL! If you’d like to know, “Sahlin” is pronounced – (sah-LEEN) as in, Celine Dion. I am also an at-home mama of two amazing kiddos, Sophia (12) and Gabe (10) who are my inspiration for everything. I am an avid memory keeper (i.e. scrap addict) that has combined my love of digital scrapping with my found love of designing. As a designer, I love creating a mix of vintage and traditional, from paper scraps to metal finds. I find an eclectic mix of these trinkets makes the pages so unique and beautiful. Lastly, I love to create and need to create. I have more ideas than I can handle. Creativity has been a lifelong passion and it allows me to do both, document our lives and give a little food for the soul.



I’ve always been infatuated with scrapbooking my Disney vacation memories. But after this last trip I started documenting different than I’ve ever done before… using Project Life supplies and pocket scrapbooking. I became HOOKED. I am personally doing it in a hybrid way, meaning: I use digital supplies and printing on my home printer and sticking into my Project Life physical album. I’m loving every moment documenting this way. Here is an article on how to print cards or make your own print sheet:…




I started scrapbooking back in high-school. I don’t think we called it ‘scrapbooking’ back then… HAHA!! Just give me a pair of crazy scissors and rubber cement and I went to town pasting photos, ticket stubs and newspaper articles in my book. In 2007, I found some digital items when I was preparing for a trip to Walt Disney World. I started by playing around and creating things in Microsoft PowerPoint. It was an immediate love!! After this I found the amazing designs in the digital scrapbooking industry, moved up to learning Photoshop and was hooked… After a year of doing digital, I had pile of vacation photos stacking up… just waiting for that “perfect” kit. So, I decided to try my hand at designing papers and elements to fit what I was looking for… the rest is history. Shortly after it brought a new love of designing scrapbooking kits, and I started Sahlin Studio in February of 2009.


Inspiration can be found everywhere. First and foremost… my family. Most of my initial inspiration comes from a specific photo. (I do find it cheeky of myself for designing kits specifically for my own photos, but I consider it a perk of the job!) 🙂 Ultimately I find inspiration in the most ordinary places… a trip to the mall, a coffee shop or just reading through one of my favorite magazines. My designer eye is always on the lookout for patterns, color combinations, etc that I love.


Computer: Computer: PC (DELL)18GB RAM
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Printer/ Scanner:Canon PIXMA MG6220 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One Printer

Program: Scrapping Program: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Lightroom CC
Design: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Illustrator CC
Photo Editing: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Lightroom CC, Totally RAD Actions, Pretty Presets

Camera: Camera: Nikon D5000, Canon PowerShot sd1400, iPhone5S
Lenses: Nikon 35mm f/1.8G, Nikon 18-55mm, Nikon 40mm f/1.8G Micro

Anything Else: Tablet: Wacom Bamboo Fun


1) Scrap for yourself. – Don’t worry about having a gallery worthy page or getting caught up in the trends of what a good looking page is “supposed” to be. Trying scrapbooking with this thought in mind, “What do I like when I look through my scrapbooks?” If you love looking at pages with multiple, large photos… then DO it. You will never regret having those pages. But you may someday regret having the ‘trendy’ pages with tiny photos and white space.
2) Back Up, Back Up, Back Up – be sure to set a quarterly date to back up all of your files. You don’t want to learn the hard way.


This kit came together a differently than most of my collections… so I like to call it a happy accident. It started with using LilyPad BYOC (Build Your Own Collab) color palette. I was having a little troubles making all of the colors work, I had TOO many ideas!! They were fantastic colors, literally I could’ve made three completely different kits from the month’s palette. But it was hard to get a ‘feel’ for where I wanted the kit to go. So decided to take out most of the colors, and focus on just a few. The did it. It gave me the inspiration for where I wanted to go. I knew I wanted to do hand brushed lettering of the phrase, “P.S. I Love You”. As thought a little more about this… I asked myself, “When would you use the phrase, “ps i love you”?” The answer… In letters. Love letters. A letter to a child or a spouse. So I drew a letter envelope, and everything just came together.



Project Mouse is a HUGE seller in my shop!! This is so surreal for me, because it is the main reason that I became a scrapbook kit designer, to design products that help me document those magical memories. When we created “Project Mouse” we didn’t want to create something just to help scrapbook your trip, but something MORE; something that would capture the DETAILS of a trip. There are packs dedicated to journaling and recording from the moment your trip is first revealed, to the booking of your trip, from creating countdowns, to ticking off the days until you leave on your trip, to your flight and arriving at your destination. Then follow on the journey to your day-to-day memories on a Disney vacation. Included in each of these packs you will find numerous story prompts, blank forms, journalers, phrases, and memory joggers to help trigger and capture those small moments of your trip… from the time you wake up, to your meals, rides, magical memories, snacks, treats, more rides, more fun and back to the hotel, we’ve got it covered!!!


Here are some of my favorite products by Krista:






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







Save 20% off Sahlin Studio with coupon code ss-tdd-20 exp:12-31-14.

Go have a look in Krista’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 Sahlin Studio

The following layouts were created using “Shine Bright” by Sahlin Studio and included in
The Digi Files during December, 2014:


Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Shine Bright by Sahlin Studio; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Fonts: Smiley Monster, Traveling Typewriter.

Layout by Steph. Supplies: Shine Bright by Sahlin Studio.


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Shine Bright by Sahlin Studio; Circle Template #2 (template) by Scrapping With Liz.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Shine Bright by Sahlin Studio; Doodled Pocket Templates by Just Jaimee.


Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Shine Bright by Sahlin Studio; Gimme Layers #66 by Cluster Queen Creations; Fonts: Museo Slab, GF Halda, Century Gothic.


Layout by Suzy. Supplies: Shine Bright by Sahlin Studio.


Layout by Anne. Supplies: Shine Bright by Sahlin Studio.

Adding a Thin Border for Emphasis

Adding a Thin Border for Emphasis

I made a page recently and for some reason it made me remember some of the challenges I had when I was a newbie scrapbooker and I didn’t know Photoshop very well yet. Take a look at my page that is just below this paragraph. Do you see that thin black line around the central design? When I first started scrapbooking, I couldn’t figure out how to do that at all! I used to take a small brush, and while holding down SHIFT to keep the line straight, I’d draw the box. Then I’d go in with an eraser to neaten up the corners. It was a time-consuming and messy process. There is a much easier way!

Online Shopping

Supplies: Retail Therapy by Jady Day Studio & Libby Pritchett

The Easy Line Outline

Here’s my layout without the box outline. It looks fine, I just wanted a little extra emphasis on the page by adding an outline.

Online Shopping - No outline

Draw a box: Create a new layer just above the background paper. Using the Shape tool, draw a box where you would like the outline to be.

Add a stroke and remove the box fill: First, add a stroke around the box. The settings I used are: Size 3 px, Inside position, and 100% opacity. I used the eye dropper tool to select the colour of the black “Free Shipping” label.

Then remove the fill layer of the rectange box in the layers palette:

Now the outline will look like this:

Soften the Outline: Using the blend mode on the layer, I adjusted the Blending Options to soften the line. (You can read more about this step in Fonts Don’t Float.)

This made the line appear softer, like it was truly on paper:

It’s a pretty simple and effective way to add emphasis and ground a page design. Let me know if you have any questions!


It’s Christmas card season and I know many of you are hoping for just ONE photo with everyone looking at the camera. I’ve been there myself. Let me encourage you — keep trying.

However, if that one special photo never happens and you can’t get the kids (or dad!) all cooperating at the same time, head swapping is always an option. In this 11 minute video I give you a quick tutorial on how to do it. It’s pretty easy (with the right photo) and it can help get you your one Christmas wish — a great photo of everyone.

Welcome the Designers of TDF#72

We have a fabulous line up for you this month and I can’t wait to share it with you! We will be revealing all of the contents BEFORE the week of Christmas (and don’t let the word CHRISTMAS make you think that’s all you will see in this month’s files! Oh nooooooo, in fact Christmas was a rare theme.

The Digi Files this month,
we have SEVEN full size products (never released in digiland before)
from fabulous designers for only $7.50 (less when you become an annual
member)! It’s an UNBELIEVEABLE deal and the BEST deal in digital
scrapbooking! Here is a look at the designers for this month:

Sahlin Studio

CD Muckosky

Studio ViVa Artistry

Studio Rosey Posey

Snips and Snails

Maya de Groot

Scrap Orchard

Our members love “Daily Digi Day!” Many of the annual members have already been downloading for a few hours because they get access when the calendar changes to a new month. Here’s what our members said in the comments yesterday:

Such a great variety of colors and kits! Every. Single. Month. Thanks for another awesome month and see you early in the morning for Daily Digi Day! – Sharon (member since 2010)

What a great deal each and every month. I can’t believe it’s been two years and I still get giddy with excitement every month! – MaryK

I love the mix of different styles…..some may be a different style than I usually buy, but it gives me a chance to “branch out and spread my wings”. And it’s really nice not to get that annoying little yellow warning sign when I visit the site! – Wahoo Lady

This was my first month as a member and I couldn’t be happier. The quality of the kits is exceptional and there is enough in this month’s offerings alone to keep me busy for a long while! – jcadiram

PS: Congratulations to the FOURTEEN random winners selected from yesterday’s comments, each person won $10 in product from one of last month’s designers. Be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget in yesterday’s post to see if you won! All winners will receive their prize via the email listed in Rafflecopter within 48 hours.