Taking Time Off

January 1, 2009, the birthday of The Daily Digi, coincided with the beginning of my first attempt at Project 365. I had waited months to start (don’t know why I was convinced I had to start on January 1) and I was excited. And contrary to many things in my life, I actually finished what I started.

In 2009, I took one photo every day (well, I missed one, but we’ll let that slide). I loved the project so much that I did it again in 2010. And 2011. And 2012. And 2013. And 2014.

That’s SIX years of taking a photo every day and recording little slices of our life. (If you follow me on Facebook you can search through my albums for all of my photos).

And on January 1, 2015…I didn’t take a picture. And many days since then, my camera has stayed tucked away in my camera bag.

And I’m okay with that.

I am a big fan of Project 365. I have over 2000 days straight of photos. I love going through my albums, rereading captions, and remembering what life was like. I love encouraging others to try the project. And yet, this year, I knew I needed a break. Our family was/is going through a lot of changes in our life and schedule and P365 was starting to feel like a burden. Something I once loved had become one more thing I felt like I had to do. And that’s when I knew I needed a break.

I always tell people who are interested in scrapbooking and memory keeping that there should never be any guilt involved. There is no rule in life that says you have to take pictures, create scrapbooks, or document life in other ways. Is it a good idea to find some way to remember the ages and stages? Sure. I encourage lots of people to do just that. The Daily Digi was created in order to encourage those who want to remember. And yet, no one has to scrapbook. No one has to take a photo every day.

Three months into the year and I am still happy with my decision. I still take a lot of photos (some of which I share on my personal blog and on my photography blog), but some days fade into time without them being documented. I am sure I will pick the project up again at some point (and I won’t make myself wait until January 1!), but I will do it when I want to instead of because I feel like I have to.

All of this makes me think through some personal principles I have when it comes to memory keeping. These things filter through my mind when I decide to start or stop a project.

1) It should be fun. If there is a sense of dread in any project, I don’t do it.

2) There should be no guilt involved. As humans (and especially as mothers), we have enough things in life to keep the guilt-tank filled. I never tell myself I am “behind” on my scrapbooking or photography. You can’t be behind in something you don’t even have to do.

3) It should be inspiring. P365 wasn’t inspiring me anymore. It’s not the photos to blame, it’s the life circumstances, and yet I need to spend my few and precious spare minutes in my day doing something that inspires me. With the extra time I have had off from this project, I have spent more time reading and more time with my husband. Two really great and inspiring things!

These three principles look awfully familiar to a post I wrote in early 2014, except I was in a different stage in life!


What principles guide your memory keeping? Do you ever feel guilty or that you aren’t doing enough? Have you ever stopped a project by choice?

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Hello Pixie

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What a treat it is to have Kami Leonard with us, aka Ziggle Designs. Her scrapbooking products are so fun of gorgeous artwork, handmade elements, and stunning colors. I love the mix of fresh and calm you will find in all of her stuff and her contribution to this month’s Digi Files is no exception. Playful Pixie is a fun kit with beautiful colors and exquisite handmade details. I know you’ll love scrapping with this beauty.



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 Ziggle Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Playful Pixie by Ziggle Designs; Gimme Layers 50 (template) by Cluster Queen Creations; Snap Happier (alpha) by Bella Gypsy.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: Playful Pixie by Ziggle Designs.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Playful Pixie by Ziggle Designs.Template and word-art by Amy Martin and Sahlin Studio; Font: Hello by Amy Tan.

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

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Hello Everyone! My name is Kami and I design under the name Ziggle Designs. I live in Corona, California with my beautiful little family. I have been a digital scrapbook designer for a little over 7 years and have been running Scrap Orchard with my sister for a little under 7 years!
I love reading, painting, drawing, and crocheting (and pretty much anything crafty)!

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I’ve recently fallen head-over-heels in love with mixed media art. This is one of my favorite pieces. I created this using digital collage sheets and I posted a video tutorial of the process on my blog!


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I started scrapbooking in 2001. I went with a friend to a scrapbooking party and I was immediately hooked. A year or so later, the same friend took me to a stamping party and my obsession grew. I love making pretty things!!!
Once I had my daughter in 2004, I found I didn’t have as much time to scrap and when I did find a little bit of time, I spent almost the entire time getting my supplies out and putting them away. I realized that if I could create my scrapbook pages on my computer that it would be so much easier and there would be a lot less “mess”. I found digital scrapbooking. I can’t even describe how I felt when I made my first layout, but I still remember it to this day. It was like “where have you been all my life”? That was pretty much all she wrote.
A few years ago, I started dabbling in mixed media as a non-scrapbooking creative outlet and I am finding myself drawn to that more and more and I’m starting to incorporate my mixed media art into my digital designs. I want to connect my two passions!

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Right now, other artists inspire me. I am addicted to YouTube videos. I upgraded my phone to a 6+ just so that I would have more screen space to watch videos. I love watching other people create and I find myself itching to jump in and try a new technique or project when I watch them.

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Computer: I have a custom built computer. It is an Intel Core i5-3570K CPU with 16 GB of RAM running Windows 7 64-bit.

For storage I have three internal drives and one external drive. I have a 170 GB SSD for booting up, a 250 GB SSD set as my scratch disc and a 3 TB SATA drive I use for storing my personal files. I use my 2 TB WD external drive to store all my work files.

I have two 23″ monitors connected to an AMD FirePro V4900 video card and this year Santa brought me a monitor mount for my desk. I love having the monitors off my desk!!


Program: I use Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC

Camera: These days, I mostly use my phone camera. But my DSLR camera is a Nikon 7000.

Anything Else: I have a Surface Pro 2 that I love! I can scrap and design on it. I also use a Wacom Intuos tablet with my PC when I am designing and an Epson Perfection 4490 Photo Scanner.

I also have a LaserJet Pro 200 color printer that prints beautifully!


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Often times dimensional elements have a highlight and a shadow that helps give them depth. Whenever possible- particularly on flair, buttons, flowers, etc- I always turn or rotate my elements so the shadow side aligns with my drop shadow directions to help them appear more cohesive with the layout. I used 90 degrees when I design and scrap, so I always put the dark (shadowed) side down and the light (highlight) side up. If you are using 120 or -45, you can just rotate your element until the darker side is pointing in the same direction as your drop shadows!

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Girlfriends Volume 1 Digital Stamps is my favorite product right now. I just love these girls. Most of them were drawn while I was sitting at my daughter’s piano lessons listening to her play. It’s a time of the week when I don’t have any distractions. I can’t work. I don’t check in on my phone. I just sit with myself and doodle. So these girls hold a special place in my heart.


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My Let It Grow Bundle is one of my most popular products. This product was inspired by the movie The Lorax. I was watching it with my daughter one day and I started doodling some flowers in my sketchbook. I turned the flowers into the focal point of the kit, added some more doodled elements and ended up with Let It Grow.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Ziggle Designs:


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


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Go have a look in Ziggle Designs’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 Ziggle Designs

The following layouts were created using “Hello Pixie” by Ziggle Designs and included in
The Digi Files during March, 2015:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: Vintage Typewriter Corona.


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by Trina. Supplies: Playful Pixie by Ziggle Designs; Gimme Layers 50
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Layout by Janet. Supplies: Playful Pixie by Ziggle Designs.

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by Anne. Supplies: Playful Pixie by Ziggle Designs.Template and
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Making Lunch Box Notes

Making Lunch Box Notes

Do you like to add notes to your children’s school lunches? Today I have an idea to share for making a (school) year’s worth of fun lunch box notes using your digi stash!

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For my notes, I wanted to keep things light and fun to give my kids some smiles. So, I’m incorporating cute jokes on my notes. I’ve found all the jokes online — trust me, there are a million of them!

Here are just a few of the notes that I’ve made so far. I’ve kept it super simple – just a paper and an element or two. I’m going to run through my digi stash and use as many kits as I can! Each card takes only a minute or two to make and save.

I left room at the top or bottom of each card to add a handwritten personal message and an “I Love You”.

Using a Pro Printer

I plan on printing my cards in bulk at a pro printer, which means that I need to add “bleed” to my cards. Bleed is basically a margin around the edge of the canvas that may be trimmed off by the printer. Since I want 3 inch by 4 inch final cards, I created a 3.25 inch wide by 4.25 inch wide canvas. The extra quarter inch is the “bleed” area. I created guides in Photoshop to show me the bleed area while I am designing. You can learn more about guides from this help article at Adobe.

Pre-Designed Journal Cards

Pre-designed journal cards, like the ones included in many kits, would be great to use for lunch box notes! Just keep in mind that if you’re printing them out, you shouldn’t use .png format cards because you’ll likely end up with an unwanted black border around the cards. Persnickety Prints has an informative article about why this happens.

To Be Even Faster…

Studio Wendy also has an action for sale at her shop to make custom lunch box notes a breeze.

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There are about 194 school days in my school area so I’ve got a few more to make! I’m planning on making about 65 card designs with 2 jokes per design. I’ll also save a third copy of each design as blank cards so that I can add longer notes and words of encouragement on some days.

My plan is to print out all of the cards twice (one set for each of my kids) and keep them in my kitchen to add to the kids’ school lunches each day.

St. Patty’s Day

Until my daughter was born on March 17, 2011, I didn’t give much thought to St. Patrick’s Day. Sure, I’m 1/4 Irish, but the pinch-me-because-I’m-not-wearing-green day didn’t get me too excited. But with a St. Patty’s Day girl all my own, it has become one of my favorite days. I now have all sorts of excuses to make fun crafts, cute treats, and indulge in all my rainbow-loving whims…at least until my daughter wants something else for her birthday!

Today is her 4th birthday and I am attempting a rainbow piñata cake. Wish me luck! Oh wait, I’m Irish! I’m already lucky!


If you are like me and haven’t ever given much thought to this day, here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing! And the best thing is, you still have time to pull these off today! (All images are linked to the original source).


And when it’s time to get scrapping, check out these great products from just a few of our past and present designers!

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I’m thrilled when stores participate in our Digi Files. Snap Click Supply is filled with quality top-name designers, amazing kits, and all-around beauty. Four designers teamed up to bring us Snap Click Supply’s contribution to The Digi Files, called Renew, Restore, Refresh. Liv.e Designs, Carina Gardner, Lori Whitlock, and Mye De Leon have created a beautiful kit to share with us our members. Let’s take a look.

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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 Snap Click Supply Co.’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Renew by Snap Click Supply Co..

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Renew by Snap Click Supply Co..

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Renew by Snap Click Supply Co.; Journaling Lines by Nancy Rowe Janitz; Fonts: Slab Legion, Century Gothic.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: Renew by Snap Click Supply Co.; Beary Much (paint) by Erica Zane.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Renew by Snap Click Supply Co.; Fonts: Courier New.

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

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Snap Click Supply started out as the digital shop at jessicasprague.com in 2010 but became it’s own shop as SCSC in April of 2014 bringing along with it the fantastic line-up of 20 (paper as well as original digital) designers. The switch to a new store was to better serve our customers with a better shopping experience while still maintaining a sister-site relationship with jessicasprague.com.


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Be yourself! Show your individuality while making your designs useful for everyday scrapbooking and projects. Create what you would want to use!



Here are some of my favorite products by Snap Click Supply Co.:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Snap Click Supply Co.’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Use coupon cde SCSCDD20 at checkout to save 20% off for orders placed from Carina Gardner, Lori Whitlock, liv.edesigns, and Mye de Leon’s. Expires 3/31/15. One use per customer.

Go have a look at Snap Click Supply Co.! 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 Snap Click Supply Co

The following layouts were created using “Renew” by Snap Click Supply Co. and included in
The Digi Files during March, 2015:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: CK Jot.


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Layout by Carina. Supplies: Renew by Snap Click Supply Co.


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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Renew by Snap Click Supply Co.


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Layout by Ashley. Supplies: Renew by Snap Click Supply Co.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Renew by Snap Click Supply Co.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Renew by Snap Click Supply Co..

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by Monica. Supplies: Renew by Snap Click Supply Co.; Journaling Lines
by Nancy Rowe Janitz; Fonts: Slab Legion, Century Gothic.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: Renew by Snap Click Supply Co.; Beary Much (paint) by Erica Zane.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Renew by Snap Click Supply Co.; Fonts: Courier New.

Tech Talk: JIBO

Many years back, I wrote a post about the remote timer I have for my camera. To this day, it is still one of my favorite toys. I love being able to have pictures taken without me having to be behind the lens. We’ve gotten a lot of great family photos this way.

But when I see things like JIBO, my little camera remote seems archaic. Touted as “The World’s First Family Robot,” it is full of some impressive capabilities. Some of these features I already have on my phone and there are some features I can’t see myself using, but the smart, intuitive camera that can track movement gets me more excited than I care to admit. A million ideas run through my head for how I would use it.

JIBO isn’t available for pre-order anymore, but I look forward to their release and hearing what people think. It could change the way we do a lot of things, including memory keeping.

Layouts I Love: March 2015

You all are a seriously talented group of scrappers! I have so enjoyed looking through our Flickr gallery, soaking up tons of inspiration! Even as I approach my TENTH anniversary of digital scrapbooking, I am still in awe of this hobby and what it means to me, to our families, and to this community. Your creativity, vulnerability, and encouragement are truly inspiring!

As I perused the gallery, I was impacted by SO MANY LAYOUTS. I chose a few to highlight, but really, I could have chosen ANY of them. Such talent! Here are just a few of the layouts we love (click the image to see the original post).


1. WORDY by Ica Jovita. I love the tumbling words cards and elements. The page just seems overflowing, indicative of a joyfully overflowing life. This is a great example of the page design reinforcing the subject of the page.

2. JOURNEY by Carrie. I love the big and bold title, especially that it’s tilted, giving the feeling of movement. I also love the raw journaling. Scrapbooking is about remembering our lives, the good and the hard.

3. 2014-WEEK 29 by Denise. I continue to be inspired by pocket scrapbooking and the endless ways of creating pages even with a seemingly confining style. This is such a fun Disney page with a great mix of journaling and photos.

4. FOCUS by Katie the Scrapbook Lady. I am so IN LOVE with this page by Katie. Let me count the ways…1) Intentional journaling that captures the here and now. 2) Incredible design. 3) Great use of color, including the black creating great visual triangles. 4) The FOCUS title being in focus under the glasses and out of focus in other areas. 5) Using the focus theme in the elements. I especially love the eye test word art. 6). Green…because I love green. 7) The way Katie combined elements from a kit and also things she got from Pinterest. 8) Everything else!

5. DOUBLE TROUBLE by Carrie. This is such a beautiful page. I adore the white background with all the punches of color. The design, centered on the page, draws your eye down the entire page.

6. WK315A by Breeoxd. Another fabulous pocket scrapping page. It is such a great mix of things including photos, games she plays, text messages, emails, journaling, memories jotten down, and a pregnancy update. So much packed into one page!

7. MAXWELL AT 6 by RMLA. I love the simple design of this page that focuses on the sweet photos and the extensive interview. Interviews are such a great way to capture kids at particular ages.

8. POOL DAYS by {Kayleigh}. Kayleigh is such a master at using lots of elements in a purposeful way without overpowering a page. I love her use of color and design on this layout.

9. BALL TIME by Tracy. This is such a great page, with amazing use of color and white space. I also love that there are four photos on this page, each with a slightly different size and angle. It gives the page a feeling of movement and fun.

10. 2015_8_L by kv2av. This pocket scrapping page is just full of fun and colorful things. I love the large 08 for the title. I also love the handwriting fonts for the journaling spots as well as a great mix of photos and patterned paper.


So what about you? Are you feeling as inspired as I am? Feel free to take a look at our incredibly talented pool of scrappers that share their art in our Flickr group. We’d love for you to post your layouts. And who knows, maybe we’ll fall in love with your layout and post it here at The Daily Digi!