Instant Photo Spots

It takes just one click to make consistent photo spots for your scrapbook layouts.

But first, the back story.

I’ve been working busily on my 2013
Project Life Memorabilia album. While I’ve got almost a full album of tickets, maps and souvenirs from the 5 destinations on our trip, I’ve only created one page so far.

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Yes, that’s it. 18months later and I’ve created one page. I still feel the pull to scrap these pages, so it’s time to change all that!

Templates are great for fast scrapping but when I want something a little more simple and flexible I need to make my own.

The extended family shared their phone and camera photos so I have photos of all sizes, shapes and resolutions to work with. I’m keeping these pages simple and wanted a way to create my layouts quickly.

Enter the Shape Tool

To create fast easy spots for your photos, you can create them yourself using the shape tool.

  1. Select the rounded rectangle tool (under the rectangle tool in PS and PSE)
  2. Click and drag to draw the rectangle
  3. Use the shape layer like it is a template: Put the paper or photo layer above the shape layer and press Ctrl+G (Ctrl+Alt+G in Photoshop) to create a clipping mask.

But, my process is even simpler.

Make it even easier

Did you know you can preset the size of your shapes?

Select the Fixed Size option from the tool options panel and type in any measurement in the W and H boxes below. Regardless of your measurement preferences or page resolution Photoshop will do the maths for you. Even though I work in centimeters in PSE, I just type in 4in x 6in.

Then you simply click once to create the shape.

Link it

If you prefer not to merge your layers (I leave them as is) link your layers so you can move the photo and shape together. If you skip this step you may accidentally move your photo around without the shape coming along for the ride.

In the Layers panel, click on the photo layer thumbnail and then hold down the shift key and click on the shape. Then click the chain icon to the left of the thumbnail to link the layers. (In Photoshop, press the link layers button in the layers panel – it looks like a chain.)

Shadows

Remember if you are clipping a photo or paper to a shape, you need to apply your shadow to the shape itself so that it will be visible on your layout.

Rounded Corners, Or Not

If you want to match rounded corners, you can select the rounded rectangle option and type in a radius for the curve of the corners.

I am happy with 0.24 in radius for my pages that I want to match with Project Life cards. (I’m not exactly sure of the dimensions it is supposed to be and have googled it to no avail!)

If you want to read more about rounded corners
Steph has a few tutorials here, and Katie shows how to UN-round your corners here

In digital we rarely think about photo sizes, but I found can it give a consistent look throughout projects and get the job done faster!

Have you ever tried scrapbooking with preset sized photos?

Soul Journey

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Jump Start Designs is back with us at The Daily Digi this month and we are honored to show off her beautiful kits. Soul Journey, her contribution to this month’s Digi Files, is a beautiful kit that just begs you to pour our your heart onto a scrapbook page. With beautiful purples and bold designs, it is sure to get your creative juices flowing. Let’s peek inside.



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 Jumpstart Designs’ contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Soul Journey by Jumpstart Designs.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: Soul Journey by Jumpstart Designs.


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Layout by Natascha. Supplies: Soul Journey by Jumpstart Designs; Snow In Love (template) by Southern Serenity.


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Soul Journey by Jumpstart Designs; Template by Jenn CK; Font: DJB SharonS.

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

Name

I am a 53 year-old (yes, I admit it) mom. I have three grown children, two awesome son-in-laws, and three of the most adorable grandson’s ever! And yes, I’m a little biased about that, but I am very proud of them!

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started

I retired from a professional career about five years ago and after retirement, I started dabbling in digi. I avoided it for several years because I knew if I got started, all of my paper scrapping supplies would end up gathering dust (and they are). Once I got started, I was hooked, and soon found myself invited to several creative teams. About a year later, I was asked by the owner of Pickleberrypop if I’d be interested in designing. Me? Seriously? I knew nothing about Photoshop (other than the drop-shadow styles) but dove quickly in to a learning curve. I was fortunate to have a few mentors and now two years later, find myself knee-deep in a fun and fulfilling career of designing.

inspired

I am inspired by colors and feel that my style changes a bit from one color palette to the next. One time I’ll be in a doodling mood and the next time I may be in a grungy, realistic, or colorful papery mood. However, the one thing that never changes is the fact that you will always find tons of flowers and leaves in my kits. I guess that’s because I love clustering with them myself so I tend to create plenty of them for my products. I also try to create each kit so that it includes plenty of versatile papers and elements for every scrapping, in addition to the themed elements. You’ll also find most of my kits to be pretty colorful. No matter how hard I try, pastel colors always end up a little more colorful than intended. I just can’t leave well enough alone! haha

I also enjoy creating products that have an emotional attachment, either for me or for my customers. I’ve had several requests for specific themes and am thrilled when they want it “Sheri style”. I recently did a collection in honor of breast cancer awareness and you’ll soon be seeing a new collection honoring the uniqueness of children with Autism and Asperger’s (another customer request).

The best thing about this business is that I’ve made so many new friends within my customer base and I truly enjoy taking good care of them.

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Computer: I am on a regular PC with Windows 7. I tried 8 and hated it, so went back. Call me old, but I just don’t enjoy having to adapt to the constant technology changes like I used to. lol



Program: I use Photoshop and Illustrator the most.

Camera: A Nikon CoolPix L830. I just got it this last Christmas from my DH who finally decided to replace the brand new one I already had, that he dropped in a river up in Canada on a fishing trip! LOL

Anything Else: I use a Wacom Cintiq DTZ 1200W tablet. I like the ability to see what I’m drawing as I’m drawing it, and not through the monitor. Again, the old age conveniences. I’ve also spoiled myself with four monitors (yes, four.) I have a new 32″ and three 27″ monitors, which come in handy when designing and trying to keep up with admin duties, etc.

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When working on layouts (or previews in my case), I feel like it helps to play around a bit with different background papers and enhancement elements like background splatters. A layout can be as simple and clean as you like, or as full and clustery (is that a word?? lol) as you prefer, but sometimes, the smallest change can make all the difference in the world. Adding colors that make your photos pop, or adding an inside shadow to your papers, sometimes adds just the right touch.

I also admire those scrappers who really know how to make their photos stand out. Duplicating your photo, desaturating that layer, and changing the overlay mode to soft light, can really help your photos. You can play with the opacity, add extra overlays, and really bring your photos to life. After all, they are they reason we scrap those beautiful layouts, so make the most of them by helping your photos be the best they can be!

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The kit title is “Blum”

“called what?” you ask? Let me explain …

When my oldest daughter was almost seven years old, she wrote this cute little poem called BLUM:

Dog means dog
and cat means cat
and there are a lot of
words like that.

But there is a word
you’ve never heard…
the word is blum.

You can laugh, dance,
shout, or sing,
but it still doesn’t mean
a single thing.

Quite clever for a seven year-old, don’t ya think? I even looked up “blum” in the dictionary and guess what? It STILL doesn’t mean a single thing!

So in honor of my daughter, Lindsie … and in honor of the talk, talent, and artwork of children everywhere, this is a collection designed to help you show it off!


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This has been a customer favorite since I released it. The fun denim look, as well as the colors that are used, make it a very versatile kit to use for boys, girls, and almost any theme!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Jumpstart Designs:


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


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Check out Jumpstart Designs’ Soul Journey Add-on Bundle, available in her
store now!

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Go have a look in Jumpstart Designs’ 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 Jumpstart Designs

The following layouts were created using “Soul Journey” by Jumpstart Designs and included in
The Digi Files during April, 2015:


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Layout by Jumpstart Designs. Supplies: Soul Journey by Jumpstart Designs.


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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Soul Journey by Jumpstart Designs.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: Soul Journey by Jumpstart Designs.


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Layout by Natascha. Supplies: Soul Journey by Jumpstart Designs; Snow In Love (template) by Southern Serenity.


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Soul Journey by Jumpstart Designs; Template by Jenn CK; Font: DJB SharonS.

Words of Affirmation {April 19}

Words of affirmation are my love language. And everyone appreciates being appreciated. For that reason, we are going to start sharing some words of affirmation printable cards with our readers. These cards are meant to be printed, written in, and sent!

I love this quote by Albert Einstein! I spent much of my life thinking I had no talents or abilities. As it turns out, my talents and abilities just didn’t look like those around me. I’m learning to lean into my own “genius” and to appreciate the genius I see in others.

This card is the perfect way to tell someone all the good things you see in them.

Click the image. Once taken to Dropbox, right click the image and choose download. Then print, cut out, fold, write, and send to someone you love. (The card is sized 10×7, so when folded it creates a 5×7 card. Resize as necessary.)

Layouts We Love: April 2015

It’s time for another LAYOUTS WE LOVE post. It is SO FUN to go through The Daily Digi’s Flickr pool and see all of the AMAZING talent out there! We love that you are scrapping and inspiring all of us with what you create! It is so hard to choose what to share here because there are so many incredible layouts, but we’d be here all day if I showed you all the ones I love. So, I had to narrow it down. Get ready to be inspired! (Click on the image to go to the source over at Flickr!)

This layout by breeoxd is so sweet! I love the sleeping dog and the soft pinks. Even more, I LOVE the journaling she wrote to her dog who is getting ready to be dethroned when a new baby comes.

This layout by Danica Staples is so cool! Not only do I love Arches National Park, but also I love the southwestern patterns in her papers that she accentuated with the triangle shapes. Such great design!

bessysue581 did such an amazing job on this page! I love the title work, the great use of elements, four photos on the page, and all the pink. Girls can party like a pirate just as well as boys can!

My love for simplicity gets excited when I see a page like this one by kv2av. Her photos are gorgeous and take center stage. The LOVE word art in the corner was the perfect finishing touch!

I never intentionally go looking for a layout by {kayleigh}, but without fail, I always choose one without even looking at the artist’s name. I am always drawn to her pages. Her amazing use of elements always grabs my attention (especially because I am not good at using elements!) Such talent!

This layout by Tammy Espino is SO ADORABLE! How cute are those papers and elements! That little lizard has got to be one of the cutest little things I have ever seen. Tammy did such a great job choosing the right elements for this page. I feel like I stepped into the jungle!

This page by mlleterramoka is so soft and pretty! I love all the perfectly imperfect papers and the simple patterns. It’s all so beautiful!

Tifff3fs creating this awesome layout. I love that there are EIGHT photos on the page as well as a lot of journaling. The design is just perfect!

This pocket scrapping page by Liz Toms has such a great mix. She has photos, journaling, and some great info that captures her week. I especially love the long vertical photo that she split in two.

This sweet and simple layout by Jenn jk703 is simply perfect. I love the cute photo (why do kids always like to make faces at the camera?) and the abundance of negative space. The black and white paper strip just draws me in to the cute little man.

This layout by Tracy is divine, just as I am sure the lemonade is! I love scrapping my favorite recipes and Tracy did it in such a beautiful way. I love how light and airy and refreshing the page feels….just like the drink!

This photocentric page by Elizabeth Albers is so fun. I love how much she focuses on the photos and the fun life of her kids. Everyday, real life photos make me so happy. And of course I love that she included a QR Code on her page so she can have video too (and the video is so cute!)


That’s it for this month, but be sure to keep scrapping and uploading images to our pool on Flickr. We LOVE to see what you create!

Product Inspiration

Anna Aspnes

Bella Gypsy


Blagovesta Gosheva has a new kit in her Studio this week – Bad Day. It’s on early bird 20% off sale!

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Chelle’s Creations


Connie Prince


Digilicious Design


Down This Road Designs


Erica Zane

Something to Stress About Bundle by
Erica Zane & Libby Pritchett at Sweet Shoppe Designs will make your bill paying super fun! Ok, not really…but can’t we all use a finance themed kit, even if just to scrap our frustration with the never ending cycle of bills! Of course, it’s fabulous for all sorts of other pages too.

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Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs


Studio Flergs & Amber Shaw are back with another #believeinmagic collection. Get a Sugar Rush with this sweet as candy collection! Save big with different deals all through Saturday!

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Heather T.


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Jumpstart Designs has New $1 Releases on sale now!

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Kimeric Kreations


Maya de Groot

Are you feeling tropical? Get your pages scrapped with
Maya de Groot’s latest kit: You Had Me at Aloha.

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Misty Cato


Pink Reptile Designs


River Rose


Sherrie Piegdon


Snips and Snails Designs



Studio Sherwood


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Studio Wendy is back with new Embellisher Actions. These 3 clusters help you dress up any layout fast. Get introductory pricing on these cluster actions for one week!

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Tangie Baxter


Tickled Pink Studio


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Just Kidding

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We’re excited to welcome Lily of Pixelily Designs to The Daily Digi this month. I love her fun designs and patterns and we’re so happy that she is going us this month. Her kit, Just Kidding, is full of pretty papers and gorgeous elements. Let’s look inside!



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 Pixelily Designs’ contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Just Kidding by Pixelily Designs; Set 160 Templates by Cindy Schneider.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Just Kidding by Pixelily Designs; Fonts: CK Ali’s Hand, Old Press.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: Just Kidding by Pixelily Designs.

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Layout by melrio. Supplies: Just Kidding by Pixelily Designs.


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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Just Kidding by Pixelily Designs.

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

Name

Hello, I am Lily and I come from Indonesia. I am a SAHM with 2 boys aged 8 and 11 years old. I’ve married my high school sweetheart for 12 years. I recently live in Balikpapan, Indonesia, a coastal city in west Borneo.
My husband’s job brings us to move every 2 – 3 years and Balikpapan is our 4th location in 12 years ! I love where I live right now, it’s only 300 m from the beach. Sunrise and sunset are our daily scene from our bedroom.
I love baking and cooking, photography, crafting and of course scrapbooking. Watching tv series like CSI or NCIS and reading good books are what I am doing on my me-time. I love doing exercise and right now I am trying Muaythai and I must say I like it so much !

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started

I started the digital one in 2007 as a hobby after I delivered my 2nd son. I did layouts for my family photos before I joined in CT for some talented designers.
I tried to design my first kit in 2008 and shared it as a freebie in my blog until I opened my first store in 2010. Back then I totally hook on digital scrapbooking and changed it from hobby to something pro.

inspired

A lot of things can spark my creativity. I can easily get the idea from a chat I do with friends or the songs I listen to. The ideas come everywhere and in any unpredicted time. That’s the reason I always bring a small notebook so the idea won’t be missing any way.

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Computer: I’ve been using HP Pavilion Slimline for 2 years. It has Windows 8 and 4 GB RAM with 14-inch HP monitor.


Program: I used to use PS6 in my desktop before it crashed and now I am back to my old PS3 for a while. I also have PSE but I rarely use it.

Camera: I own a canon 60d when I get a bit serious with photography and a Samsung NX3000 for travelling use.

Anything Else: I’ve got a Samsung Note tab that I don’t have to share with kids !

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It’s always the same old trick I use. I have to get efficient with time since I have many things to do beside scrapbooking. I always plan every product I want to make, sketch the ideas on my notebook then start it from the easy-to-make ones into the difficult ones. The order for me is papers, additional packs and element.

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The product is about happiness and great things within it. I imagine of many happy layouts can be created with the product and it makes me happy ! It is obvious that I am inspired by Pharrel’s Happy song.
I picked the bright vivid colors to represent the feeling of being happy.


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I can only guess why it becomes so popular with the customers. People might love its bright colors or the theme it brings, love.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Lily:


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


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Go have a look in Lily’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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Inspired by Pixelily Designs

The following layouts were created using “Just Kidding” by Pixelily Designs and included in
The Digi Files during April, 2015:


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Just Kidding by Pixelily Designs; Set 160 Templates by Cindy Schneider.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Just Kidding by Pixelily Designs; Fonts: CK Ali’s Hand, Old Press.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: Just Kidding by Pixelily Designs.


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Layout by melrio. Supplies: Just Kidding by Pixelily Designs.


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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Just Kidding by Pixelily Designs.

Accent Fonts for Digital Scrapbookers

Accent Fonts for Digital Scrapbookers

I gathered a few beautiful fonts that are perfect accent fonts for your digital scrapbook pages. Some of them would also work as journaling fonts, but I see these mainly used in titles, sub-titles, as journaling headers, and on word strips.

Check out these great free fonts (all linked to their sources):

Lover’s Quarrel

Alegreya

Oldenburg

Komika

Kelmscottroman

Nickainley

TT Directors

DJB Poppyseed


I hope you find a few new-to-you fonts for your scrapbook pages!

BINGO LOVE

I LOVE being able to stretch my stash of digi scrapping supplies. I also LOVE to create educational activities and games for my kids.

I was looking through my Digi Files for this month and I came across a cute little Bingo Card in Meghan Mullen’s Family is Forever kit. I knew it would make a great math activity for our homeschool.

I thought it would be fun to make a Bingo game for my older three kids. Each of the numbers on the bingo card would be the answer to a math problem. So, I would say something like, “7 x 3” and they would have to mark 21. The first one to get five in a row wins!

However, I didn’t want all three kids to have the exact same card, so I knew I needed to move the numbers around. It was easy!

First, I enlarged the card from the kit to 5×7. I knew that the small amount of size increase wouldn’t do too much damage to image quality, especially for something as unimportant as a bingo game!

Using my magic wand tool, with tolerance set to 40, I clicked on the off white. Then I went to select > similar so that it would pick up the white inside of closed spaces (like inside the O). Once it was all selected, I hit delete, leaving me with a blank background.

Next, I added the solid off white paper from the kit on the layer below.

I saved this as card number 1. Then, in order to create different cards for different kids, I had to move the numbers around. Since the numbers were already separated from the background, this was easy. I just used my marquee tool and selected each number, cut them, and then pasted them onto a new document.

Then I simply dragged the numbers around to new places, saved, and then made a third card. Each of the cards has the same numbers, just in different places.

Next, I needed to make playing chips. Again using my magic wand tool, I selected the red heart, copied it, and pasted it onto a new document. I then duplicated enough times to have playing pieces for our game.

My next task was getting the game ready to print. I placed three cards and the heart sheet on two 8.5″ x 11″ documents and then printed them on cardstock.

Next, I cut out the cards and the hearts and my game was DONE! How fast can YOU find 6×4+1?