Inspired by Forever Joy

The following layouts were created using “Birds of a Feather” by ForeverJoy Designs and included in
The Digi Files during February, 2015:


Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs; Template: Scrapping with Liz; Font: The Sharon.


Layout by Tiff. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs; Diptic and Letterglow apps.


Layout by Toria. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs.


Layout by Katie. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs; Photo by Haylee McGuire Photography.


Layout by Anne. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs; Fonts: Didot and EM Photogram.


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy
Designs; Paintstroke Chatter – All Year Thru by December (stamp) by CD


Layout by Janet. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs.


Layout by Steph. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs.

Title Trick: Word Strips

Title Trick: Word Strips

I’ve been a digi scrapper for ages and ages. Even still, adding titles to pages doesn’t come easily to me. Usually I just use word art. Sometimes I skip titles altogether.

For the page below, the kit I used didn’t include an alpha and none of the word art worked as the main title of my page. I was searching my digi stash for an alpha that would work with the kit when I realized that adding a title was as simple as creating a word strip!

Supplies: #youaremyfavorite Collection by Studio Basic, borrowed shapes for clipping from Adventure Awaits template by Two Tiny Turtles

It’s very easy to do! Just type a title in the font of your choice:

Then use the shape tool to add a rectangle behind the text. Shadow the rectangle using your favourite shadow settings.

Clip a paper to the white box and add it to your layout. (Or do what I do and just create the word strip on the layout itself.) You can also decorate the word strip with shapes like triangles or little strips of paper. Check out DIY Word Art Strips for some ideas.

Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest. Word strips for the win!

Lightroom Features I Love: Non-Destructive Editing

I’ve already shared a few of the Lightroom Features I Love, and the list just goes on and on. After years of editing photos in Photoshop Elements, harnessing the power of Lightroom was a dream come true. I am far from a Lightroom expert, but after a few years, I have learned my way around and feel pretty comfortable )(at least for the photo editing part…I haven’t ventured into the scrapping in Lightroom part, but I can’t wait!) Here are the posts I have shared so far:

Before and After

Easy Exporting

White Balance

Copy & Paste

Today I want to share with you one of the most powerful features of Lightroom:

Non-Destructive Editing

In many photo editors, Photoshop included, editing is considered destructive because as you make changes, the changes are saved over the original file, and you can’t go back. The actual pixels are changed. Using layer masks, you can use non-destructive editing techniques in Photoshop, but without the know-how, the default is destructive editing.

In non-destructive editing, the original file is left untouched. In Lightroom, a completely non-destructive editor, the changes you make to a photo don’t actually change the pixel data of the photo. Instead, the changes are saved in separate file that acts like an instruction sheet for Lightroom. At any point you can go back to the original file because it has not been modified. This allows you the opportunity to try any and all changes without worry that you are damaging your file. When you make the “changes,” Lightroom shows you a preview of what your photo will look like if you applied the changes. My kids absolutely love to play around with my photos!

When you finally export your photos, you will end up with two photo files: your original file and your editing file.

Just one of the many things I love about Lightroom!

Beary Much


We all have designer crushes and Erica Zane is at the top of my list. Her fun and modern designs offer tons of options when creating pages and I use her kits over and over again. We are so excited to have her here with us this month at The Daily Digi and we can’t wait to show you her fun and playful kit, Beary Much.

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 Erica Zane’s contribution:


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Beary Much by Erica Zane.


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Beary Much by Erica Zane; Font: Crayon.


Layout by Steph. Supplies: Beary Much by Erica Zane.


Layout by Janet. Supplies: Beary Much by Erica Zane.

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


I’m Erica Zane and I live in Virginia with my fabulous hubby and 4 kids (currently 5, 7, 9 and 13). I spend way too much time sitting at my computer trying to ignore things like laundry & dishes & cleaning…eventually I have to face such things but I’m really good at putting them off! I love the beach & anything green & sushi & yummy food that is bad for me but I seem to want it anyway…like donuts.



When I made this kit with a little television charm in it, I had a fun idea for a page and this is what I ended up with, it’s one of my favorites…but I think I may have to add another page as all these new shows keep coming out that I get hooked on. 😉

I find it fun to take an element and do the unexpected with it, not everything has to be big to be a focal point.



I have a hard time remembering what happened yesterday, let alone when I started scrapping…but I would say I’ve been scrapping fairly regularly for about 13 years, digitally for about 9. I think I’ve been designing for about 8 years now but have been using Photoshop for my photos for about 20 – yikes, that sounds crazy long.


I get inspired by anything and everything. Lately, I’ve done quite a few more “real life” kits whereas before I may have normally created happy, pretty kits. I find when I feel down, I have no mojo to create, so sometimes I try to use those feelings in my kits…like my Under the Hood kit, we were having sooooo many problems with our cars & that kit is what came of my frustration. Or some of my “darker” kits like Grieving Hearts & The New Normal & Looking for Answers – they were all made during some hard times. But when I’m in the right frame of mind – I do love bright, happy colors!


Computer: I use a desktop PC with Windows 7 and a super slow and annoying 4GB of RAM…yes, I really need to upgrade – yikes. I have a 21″ monitor & I love it, I don’t know how I used to use my 15″…so much scrolling!

Program: I use Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator CS5

Camera: I have one of the oldest Canon Rebels you can probably find and use my camera phone more and more as it’s way less bulky to tote around!

Anything Else: I have a Bamboo tablet but I don’t use it as much as I thought I would, I just keep going back to my mouse.


Don’t be afraid to try something new when you’re scrapping. Cruise the galleries, see what catches your eye & give it a try! There are so many fabulous tutorials out there & this community is awesome at giving help, if you cant find what you’re looking for – just ask!


Picking my favorite kit always depends on my current mood! Right now I’m going to go with One of the Boys. It’s my favorite boy kit I’ve made so far. It always reminds me of a LO I made of a funny email from my dad.



Underwater Escape is one of my overall best sellers, I’m assuming it’s because it can be used for so many types of pages…Sea World, beach vacations, aquarium visits, scuba diving and much more. I was inspired by a family beach trip complete with a visit to an aquarium, the colors mostly picked themselves!


Here are some of my favorite products by Erica Zane:






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







Save 30% off at Erica Zane’s store through February (excludes most collabs).

Go have a look in Erica Zane’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 Erica Zane

The following layouts were created using “Beary Much” by Erica Zane and included in The Digi Files during February, 2015:


Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Beary Much by Erica Zane; Template by Simply Tiffany Studio; Font: KG Call Me Maybe.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Beary Much by Erica Zane.


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Beary Much by Erica Zane; Font: Crayon.


Layout by Steph. Supplies: Beary Much by Erica Zane.


Layout by Janet. Supplies: Beary Much by Erica Zane.

Welcome the Designers of TDF#74

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:

Erica Zane


Southern Serenity Designs

Sugary Fancy


Courtney Designs

Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

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:

Yay! Tomorrow is Daily Digi Day! And Sunday (even though it’s Super Bowl Sunday). I so enjoyed working with this month’s kits and can’t wait to see what’s in store for tomorrow! ~Sharon S

The quality is superb on all of the kits we receive – every month there is never a disappointment. I thought I’d go through the kits this month and list my favorite…can’t even do that because I like them all. Thanks Daily Digi. Keep up the AWESOME work. ~ Karyn Allen

What a great variety this month….not only in styles but colors as well, pastels, bolds, brights. Definitely something for everyone. Can’t wait to see what’s coming for February! ~ Wahoo Lady

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.