Inspired by Dream Big Designs

The following layouts were created using “Circus Show” by Dream Big Designs and included in
The Digi Files during June, 2015:

Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Circus Show by Dream Big Designs.


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Layout by Camille. Supplies: Circus Show by Dream Big Designs.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Circus Show by Dream Big Designs; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: The Sharon.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Circus Show by Dream Big Designs.

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Layout by Natascha. Supplies: Circus Show by Dream Big Designs.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Circus Show by Dream Big Designs.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Circus Show by Dream Big Designs; Template by Busy Bee.

Layouts We Love June 2015

It’s time for another round of layouts we love!

Cruising through the layouts in our Flickr pool, I am once again blown away by the talent in our community. I’ve been in a bit of a scrapping funk lately, and haven’t felt motivated. But seeing all of these amazing layouts…WOW. Now I can’t wait to get scrapping!

Here are just a few of the layouts that caught my eye (images are linked to Flickr, “artist” links take you to the user profile.)

What’s not to adore about this sweet layout? The big newborn yawn, the doodled sheep, the soft polka dot paper…it’s all perfection! (artist)


Another adorable baby layout. I just love the pursed lips! The design on the page is so eye catching. I love the light colored background with all the pops of color. (artist)


This layout is just stunning. It’s the simplicity and the artistry together that make it so incredible. I love the texture on the background paper too. It’s so appropriate for an architectural page. (artist)


What a fantastic pocket page! I love the big weekly title and the simple right here, right now photos. (artist)


So, so, so beautiful! I love the fun background paper! I also love the atypical photo placement, building up from the bottom of the page. It looks like this little guy had a great summer! (artist)


This page is great for so many reasons. I love the simplicity of it, proving that great pages don’t have to take hours. Sometimes, a focus on the photos is just what is needed! Also, I adore the photos. I am a big fan of mom being in the photo, and I am sure these are pictures that will be treasured for a long time! (artist)


I’m glad I’m not the only one who has made pages in honor of her camera! I adore this page! The subject matter is awesome. The triangle design is so cool. The title work is stunning. And the pops of red completely catch the eye. (artist)


I had to do a double take when I saw this layout. And even then, I had to read the credits. That title can’t be digital, can it? I had to know. And yep, it is. Seriously incredible! The layout was already perfection all on it’s own, but the title takes it over the top! (artist)


Without fail, I always choose a layout by Kayleigh. I didn’t even recognize this one as hers, and yet, her creativity and style draw me in every time. I love this photo-centric page and how she captured so much of her daily life. (artist)


What a sweet page! I love the little guy there with his pole, and I love how all of the elements and page design just draw your eye right to him. So cute! (artist)


Since camping is pretty much my favorite thing ever, I couldn’t help but notice this awesome page. Not only that, but there is a pug in the picture, and right now I am missing my pug so much I just want to print this page out and hang it on my wall. Such adorableness all around! (artist)


It’s easy to only scrap about all the good things in our lives, but the tough times are just as much of a part of us. I love this layout because not only is it incredibly visually appealing, but also because it is just so real. Financial struggles are common and they stress and stretch us in ways we couldn’t imagine. I love the raw honesty of this page and wish I saw more like it. (artist)

A Delightful Sampling

Bella Gypsy


Blagovesta Gosheva


Chelle’s Creations



Digilicious Design

Mealtime can be mayhem when kids are involved! Digilicious Design has the perfect kit to scrap those messy & disasterous moments!

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Down This Road Designs



Erica Zane

Sew Many Edges v.3 by Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs will help add that finishing touch to your projects.

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Flergs

Flergs has a new beach themed collection, perfect for those Summer vacation memories. Save 44% on the whole collection through Saturday.

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Heather T.



Jennifer Labre Designs

It’s Pickle Barrel time! Check out Jenn Labre’s He’s The Man: 6-Pack – 6 products for just $6 and if you get the 6-Pack you’ll also get the brush pack for FREE!

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Kimeric Kreations



Maya de Groot



Misty Cato



Pink Reptile Designs



Studio Sherwood



Tickled Pink Studio



Studio Wendy

Looking for a way to use your digi brushes? These new actions by Studio Wendy let you stroke any vector shape with any brush in your stash. Perfect for Elements users who don’t have the feature otherwise!

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Travelling Home

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We are privileged to have MEG Designs with is at The Daily Digi this month. Her shop is filled with amazing products with cool colors and a modern vibe. Strong geometric shapes and lines are so cool. Her kit, Travelling Home, is one you are sure to love. 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 MEG Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Travelling home by MEG Designs.

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Travelling home by MEG Designs.

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Layout by melrio. Supplies: Travelling home by MEG Designs.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Travelling home by MEG Designs.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Travelling home by MEG Designs; Font: Courier New.

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

Name

My name is Marie-Eve of MEG Designs. I’m a mom of 2 children, a boy and a girls. I live in a little country called Belgium in Europe.
I discovered scrapbooking when I was pregnant of my daughter, in 2007.
Since this time, I haven’t stop scrapping. I start selling my designs in 2009.
I also love taking photos of my kids and scrapping the photos of my childrens when I find some time.

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I love this picture of my son, a simply everyday photo of him with the wall in background. I’m always looking what’s behind the persons, that there is not a lot of unuseful things or to much persons in background.


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I discovered scrapbooking when I was pregnant of my daughter in 2007. I was looking to find an original way to make her birth announcement card and I arrived in the world of the digital scrapbooking. Quickly, I felt in love with the clean & simple style.
It is only 2 years later, in 2009, that we gave me the opportunity to design my own products. I’m always addicted to design and creating layouts with my children’s pictures. The both are complementary with me and I can’t live without creating and keeping memories.

inspired

Everything around me. Something it’s what my childrens says or what they are doing. I can also be inspired by colours in one of my daughter’s dress or a shirt of my son.

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Computer: Computer: Intel Core i3 with 12 Gb RAM and running under Windows 7. I have recently changed my monitor to have a bigger one, 22″ instead of 17″ before.

Program: Photoshop Elements

Camera: I use a Canon EOS 450D. And my most used lens is my Canon 28-135mm lens.

Anything Else: I have a Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet.

tipstricks

When I take someone photo, I pay attention to the light. You must try the person is not against the light because otherwise there will be too much contrast between her face and the background. When I’m out, it’s the same thing. You have to look where is the sun so as not to make overexposed photos.

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This is really a difficult choice for me because I love a lot of my products.

I created this kit when my son started to read and write at school. I wanted to keep this memory I was fairly neutral colors so that the kit is suitable for both girls and boys.


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Recharged is my most popular kit. The colors are really nice and easy to use. The theme is basic but with which everyone can identify them.


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Here are some of my favorite products by MEG Designs:


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


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Save 30% off MEG Designs with coupon code MEGd30oFF, valid through 6/30/2015.



Go have a look in MEG 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 MEG Designs

The following layouts were created using “Travelling home” by MEG Designs and included in The Digi Files during June, 2015:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Travelling home by MEG Designs.

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Travelling home by MEG Designs.

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Layout by melrio. Supplies: Travelling home by MEG Designs.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Travelling home by MEG Designs.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Travelling home by MEG Designs; Font: Courier New.

School Fonts for Scrapbookers

School Fonts for Scrapbookers

School is almost out! Bring on the lazy days of summer! But, before I get too relaxed, I’m busy scrapbooking the final activities of the year and putting together a mini yearbook for my kids. I found a few fun fonts that fit the school theme very well and would make a great addition to any page:

123 Marker

Learning Curve Pro

TeX Gyre Schola

School Book New

School Script Dashed

Print Clearly

Eraser

Graduate

I hope that you find them useful when you’re scrapbooking your own end of the school year pages.

Turn to the Light

A few years ago, I came across an article that totally changed my photography. Although I knew the mechanics of my camera and I understood how to expose properly, I was completely baffled by the concept of light. My camera I could control. The light around me? I was clueless.

I didn’t understand why sometimes my photos would be great and other times they would be a horrible, shadowed, blueish mess. It all felt like luck was the biggest factor in how my photos turned out.

And then I came across an article about how to “find light.” The post talked about using a marble in your hand and holding it as you turn your hand around. You can see the light change!

That was it! I had needed something visual to help me understand how light affects our photos. You can see in the images above how the light (and therefore shadows and texture) change as we move toward or away from the light source.

It finally started to click!

Soon after, I was at the park with my kids and I wanted to test things. I didn’t have a marble, but I always bring my fist with me and I gave it a try. I just asked my daughter to stand for a photo like I always would have and snapped. And then I used my fist and I turned in a circle, waiting for the light to be most flattering. I then told her to stand there. We didn’t move locations, just directions. Here are the two unedited photos.

See the difference? More light, less shadows. Light and bright eyes instead of black holes. It was at this point that my understanding of photography took a major shift.

Although I still have a lot to learn about light and how to use it to my advantage, I know now that all I need is my fist and about five seconds to measure the light and to know where best to shoot from. When I am doing portraits, I know where to place my subjects. When I am shooting in a photojournalistic style, I know how to move myself to capture the light in the best way.

On Christmas morning two years ago, we stepped outside to take a few pictures of our kids in the jammie pants I had made them. I took a photo of my daughter and saw how dingy it was. It was early morning and the sun was coming up from the other direction. I simply asked her to turn around and took another picture. What a difference!


Give it a try!

The next time you are photographing something, hold your hand or fist up and look at the light. Slowly turn in a circle and watch how the light changes. It is amazing to realize that sometimes the difference between a bad photo and a great one is just a pivot!

A Cherry on Top

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We are excited to welcome Amber LaBau to The Daily Digi this month. Amber’s designs are so beautiful. Her sense of color just makes my heart swoon! Light and airy and happy! Her kit, A Cherry on Top, is just SO SWEET. I know you will love it. Let’s take a peek!



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 Amber LaBau’s contribution:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau; Template by Meg B of Our Misadventures; Stitches by Liv Esteban; Fonts: How Cute, The Sharon.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau; EZ Album Number 9 by Erica Zane.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau; Template by Amy Martin; Photos by Jacki Steinkamp.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau.

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Layout by melrio. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau.

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

Name

I grew up in a small town in northern Utah, and am currently living about 2 hours south of Chicago after a recent job change for my husband. I’ve been married for almost 11 years and have two glorious and terrible (and everything in between and all at once) boys to show for it.

Before landing the stay-at-home-mommy job I worked as an actor and arts administrator and loved every moment of it. When I’m not designing or scrapping I enjoy spending time with my family on long bike rides through the neighborhood, playing board games, reading Harry Potter and pretending to be a master gardener. I have a passion for color and pattern, for learning new things and working with incredibly talented people. How fortunate for me that I am blessed to do all of those things, all while documenting our lives each and every day.

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Lately I haven’t been scrapping as much as I used to, and when I do it’s pretty much just our family’s Project Life album. Looking through my gallery this page reminded me of my love for layers, for clusters and for amazing use of paper. I loved using my own products on this page and pulling together all the different patterns.. It’s rare to see a solid paper on my pages, and I’d really challenge everyone to try it at least once. Pay attention to the scale and colors of your patterns and mix in a variety of them to keep things from getting too busy and maintain your focus on the photos.



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Although I spent a married college student’s fortune on paper supplies to scrap my wedding photos, I never really got into scrapbooking until my oldest was born in 2008 and I was a stay at home mom for the first time. I was so afraid of messing things up with my wedding album (the paper supplies still sit unused in a bin under my bed) so digital was a perfect fit for me with the ability to save, undo, redo and try again without wasting any supplies. I started designing about two weeks after I first discovered digital and haven’t looked back since. I originally designed under the name Stolen Moments but switched to using just my name in January of this year.

inspired

My biggest inspiration is color and pattern and I think that really comes through in my designs.. If I’m just not feeling it with a certain color palette I have a really hard time making anything work. I actually started over on my featured kit this month two times because the colors just weren’t jiving for me.

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Computer: I use the same 15″ widescreen Dell Inspiron 1564 laptop I got as my very own first computer 6 years ago. She’s red and her name is Stella. I’m using Windows 7 with 8G of RAM and a 700G hard drive. I also have a 3TB external hard drive I pull out when things get full on the laptop and it’s time to move things out. I dream of one day having my own space (this cushion on the couch doesn’t count) where I can have a legit set-up with dual monitors and all kinds of other fancy pretty things.. Until then, it’s me and Stella all the way.. 🙂

Program: I use Photoshop and Illustrator CC exclusively. I just took the leap into Illustrator last summer and it’s been the BEST choice ever to grow my design skills!

Camera: The only camera I use is the one on my Samsung S5 phone. That was my main consideration when upgrading to a new phone (I wanted a camera that could make phone calls) and I love it! 🙂

Anything Else: I use a Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet which is just a tad smaller than I’d like.. Maybe one day I’ll upgrade to something bigger, but it does the job for now. 🙂

tipstricks

As I’ve been working on our family’s PL album this year, I’ve found the best way to compose my pages is by placing all my photos first, adding my journaling and then filling in the rest with papers and decorative cards. This way I’m sure to get all the photos and stories told that I want and don’t feel like I have to limit myself based on how much space I have for pictures. Some weeks there isn’t much room left over for “the pretty stuff” and sometimes I just don’t have very many photos – both are representations of our life, and that’s what matters. 🙂

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Oh, goodness! It’s always so hard to choose a favorite.. I really love In the Orchard, though, not necessarily because of the design (which I also love a whole lot) but because it was a great project of growth for me as a designer.. It was my first time working exclusively in Illustrator to create my patterns – I learned a whole bunch of new techniques in a course I took and this was the first time I implemented them in my designs. I also have a mad love affair with this color combo, which was part of the Sept. 2014 BYOC at The Lilypad, so that always helps, too.. 😉


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My most popular products are always those that are part of the Memory Pockets Monthly (MPM) subscription line at The Lilypad. These Story Grids templates, though, are a definite favorite of my customers. They were born out of a request to create more square pocket cards, and also templates that incorporate the square cards. By mixing and matching this bundled set you can create 64 unique double page spreads and do an entire year’s worth of Project Life in a cohesive but still very fun and creative style. I’m using these templates (and any others I may create for the line) and the MPM kits exclusively for my own PL album this year and you can see some of those pages in the detailed images in the store.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Amber:


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


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Save 30% off
Amber’s store with the code AMBER-TDD30. Expires June 30. Not valid on MPM products or subscriptions.

Go have a look in Amber’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 Amber Labau

The following layouts were created using “A Cherry on Top” by Amber LaBau and included in
The Digi Files during June, 2015:

Layout by Camille. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau


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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau; Font: Always In My Heart. (Watch Cheryl scrap this layout.)


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Layout by Margel Z. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau.


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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau.


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Layout by Ellen. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau.


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Layout by Julie. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau.


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Layout by Madlen. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau.


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau;
Template by Meg B of Our Misadventures; Stitches by Liv Esteban; Fonts:
How Cute, The Sharon.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau; EZ Album Number 9 by Erica Zane.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau; Template by Amy Martin; Photos by Jacki Steinkamp.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau.

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Layout by melrio. Supplies: A Cherry on Top by Amber LaBau.