A Time For Weddings

It’s June, and that means wedding season! Summer is such a beautiful time to get married. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing two summer weddings and I have loved it.

With weddings on the mind and on the calendar, I start to feel a bit overwhelmed with the guilt that hangs over my head in regards to my own wedding. Wanna know a secret?

I have been married more than 15 years and I still haven’t done anything with the photos.

It’s time to get ‘er done! My goal for this month is to finally scrap my wedding. Who is with me?

Wanting to get inspired, I asked our previous designers if they had products that would be great for scrapping all those wedding pages. Here’s what they showed me!

PINK REPTILE DESIGNS

This beautiful element pack was part of a BYOC. All of the goodies and inspirational layouts are posted here.

ANNA ASPNES

DIGILISCIOUS DESIGNS

You can also buy the bundle here.

DAWN INSKIP

CONNIE PRINCE

You can see the whole collection here.

ERICA ZANE

MEAGAN’S CREATIONS

You can see the whole bundle as well as some inspirational layouts here.

JENNIFER LABRE

STUDIO WENDY

JANET PHILLIPS

I think I am going to gather up some of the goodies from above, and then use the templates and process I used for my SCRAP YOUR YEAR class. Keeping my fingers crossed that this is the year!


Be sure to check back in tomorrow when we’ll share some wedding page inspiration!

A Few Good Kits

Cuz I’m Happy by Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs is a bright, fun kit full of happiness.

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Do you have wedding photos to scrap? Check out this gorgeous new kit from Jennifer Labre Designs!

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Liz just released these 4 packs of templates. You can grab them at 20% OFF. Lots of fun ones to choose from!

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There’s a gorgeous new BYOC at The Lilypad, and Amber has three fantastic new scrapping basics that you’ll go back to again and again! They’re 20% off thru Sunday, but check your inbox if you subscribe to her newsletter for additional savings.

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You can love the look of your everyday snapshots! Join Melissa for Fast Photo Fixes where you’ll learn the quickest way to edit photos in Photoshop Elements.

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Until 6/11, spend $10 in Bella Gypsy’s shop at Scrap Orchard and get Dare To Dream Mini Kit free. Every week a different mini kit from the Dare To Collection will be free with purchase.

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Libby Pritchett’s new patriotic kit, United We Stand, will hit the Sweet Shoppe shelves Friday evening and will be 20% off until Sunday morning at 6am EST!

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When Life Gives You Lemons is new this week! 20% off through 5/12/15. When you purchase the kit you get the finishing touches for FREE.

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Save 67% on Dads and Grads ValuePack plus 2 new releases in the aA store.

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New this week from River~Rose Designs, Twinkle Twinkle. Extra 10% off For TDD Readers! Coupon Code: rrTDDSaves10

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Did you miss last month’s Digi Files? If you did, Wendy’s Lightroom Template and Embellisher Action bundle is now available at Scrapbookgraphics. Grab them together or individually on sale through this weekend.

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That’s it for today!

Hello Summer

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We are so happy to have Amber Shaw with us here at The Daily Digi this month. I just love Amber’s beautiful kits, filled with GORGEOUS colors and rich texture. Her kit in The Digi Files, Hello Summer, is no exception. I think I gasped a bit when I saw it! Let’s take a look!



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 Shaw’s contribution:

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Hello Summer by Amber Shaw; Template by Busy Bee Designs; Fonts: Simply Glamorous; KG Part of Me.

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Layout by Natascha. Supplies: Hello Summer by Amber Shaw; Trifecta 11 Three Kings by Brook Magee.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Hello Summer by Amber Shaw; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: Georgia.

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Layout by JackieC. Supplies: Hello Summer by Amber Shaw; Everyday Life by The Daily Digi.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Hello Summer by Amber Shaw; Fonts: Digs My Hart.

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

Name

My name is Amber, I am a 40 yr old mom of 4 fantastic kids ranging from elementary to college age. I have been married for 18 years to my very best friend. We work so well because we are both crazy and constantly keep the laughter going. When I’m not designing, I am longing to move back to Tampa – I am a Hoosier right now. You can also find me formulating fragrances and beauty products, dabbling in photography, crocheting, binging on Netflix, cooking gluten free, and just enjoying my little family.

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I just love these photos of my daughter when she was 6. The Sweetie Pie Collection was the perfect kit to make a page to capture the feeling of the moment she was so joyfully dancing during her photo shoot.



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started

I got started in digital scrapbooking when looking for photoshop tutorials so I could learn to make my own labels for my fragrance line. I accidentally stumbled upon a digital scrapbook freebie site. I was intrigued with this, because I always loved paper scrapbooking pages but never had the patience to deal with the mess of paper scrapping. I downloaded some some things, and started scrapping. I never looked back. About a year later I was designing in a small store and that was over 6 years ago.

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I definitely love color. Colors plays probably the largest part in comprising a design for me. I also love textures and flower patterns are an addiction for me. Plaid is a close second. I find inspiration from everywhere, kids clothing, pinterest, typography, and even seasonal decor and boutiques.

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Computer: I have a MSI Apache gaming lappy with dual monitor – I just got my 2nd monitor about 2 weeks ago and I’m in heaven!

Program: Photoshop CC & Illustrator CC

Camera: Canon 5D

Anything Else: I do doodle in the Adobe Ideas app on my Ipad and definitely kick back at night before nodding off and hunt for colors. I hoard color ideas!

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Experiment! I have always experimented over the years as a designer. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it was an utter failure! However, constantly experimenting helped me find “me” in my creative style. I think when you are experimenting in making your own pages, you will take a little of this and a little of that and before long you develop your own unique style and look. Plus, it’s fun!

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I adore this kit. It’s so rich and earthy yet so sparkly and beautiful. Flergs and I have been making these themes since January and so far, this one is my favorite yet. I love that I was able to paint several unique pieces for the kit as well.


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More Confetti has been very popular since it’s release. It continues to sell week after week. What inspired this kit was a wedding inspiration board and the wedding cake had confetti dots all over it in these same dusty pinks, lavender, and metallic gold. I made a freebie out of the inspiration and loved it so much personally, that I made this full kit in addition to it. I think it appeals to the girly girl side in us. It’s great for birthdays or any page that needs some sparkle and pink!!


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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 Shaw’s store now through 6/30/15 (excludes scoops/collabs). Use coupon code AS30TDD15.



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!

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Inspired by Amber Shaw

The following layouts were created using “Hello Summer” by Amber Shaw and included in
The Digi Files during June, 2015:


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Layout by Camille. Supplies: Hello Summer by Amber Shaw.


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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Hello Summer by Amber Shaw; Font: Always In My Heart.


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Layout by Jennie V. Supplies: Hello Summer by Amber Shaw; Fuss Free: Freebie 131 (rotated) by Fiddle Dee Dee Designs
Fonts: Amber Shaie, DJB Journal Your Life Print.


Layout by Anne. Supplies: Hello Summer by Amber Shaw; Font: Courier New.


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Layout by Judie. Supplies: Hello Summer by Amber Shaw.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Hello Summer by Amber Shaw; Template by Busy Bee Designs; Fonts: Simply Glamorous; KG Part of Me.

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Layout by Natascha. Supplies: Hello Summer by Amber Shaw; Trifecta 11 Three Kings by Brook Magee.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Hello Summer by Amber Shaw; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: Georgia.

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Layout by JackieC. Supplies: Hello Summer by Amber Shaw; Everyday Life by The Daily Digi.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Hello Summer by Amber Sh aw; Fonts: Digs My Hart.

Repetition Repetition Repetition

Repetition.

Around here, the end of the school year is in sight and with that comes a lot of activities! There are barbecues, play dates, parties, and end-of-year activities. I am looking forward to some lazy summer days ahead!

With that in mind I decided to scrap a little memory from last summer.

Enjoy Your View

Every year we visit with the kids’ grandparents in the summer. The kids love it and I know they’re making special memories. I try to take as many pictures as I can while we’re there. And then, naturally, I scrapbook them!

Repetition in Design

When my life is busy and I don’t have a lot of time for scrapbooking, I find that giving myself a mini-challenge actually helps me focus on being creative which in turns helps me to unwind. I went through The Daily Digi archives and found this gem about the design principle of repetition.

What a great challenge! I chose to pick one shape and repeat it on my page many times. My favourite shape lately is the half-circle so that’s what I used.

I repeated four rows of half-circles across the page. (I offset the rows slightly.)Then I selected all of the half-circles and arranged them on an angle. I like angled pages because it gives a bit of motion and playfulness to the page.

I clipped paper to each half-circle. I only used a few of the papers available in the kit and repeated them all at least three times. I think that on this page using too many papers would have been a bit chaotic, especially since the design is relying on repetition to make it work.

I added a big photo over top of the repeated half-circles and then a floral cluster for some dimension.


Look back on your completed pages — how do you play with repetition in your designs?

Liquify—Your New Best Friend


I don’t know about you, but I hate pictures of myself! I am my own worst critic. But, with my new baby, and the lack of pictures of me as a child with my mom, I have a new imperative to get in front of the camera.

Unfortunately, a lot of the time I ask my husband to snap a picture when I am feeling absolutely gorgeous, and the resulting still image doesn’t capture my feeling. This is when photoshop comes to the rescue. There is nothing wrong with a little light photoshopping! The photo is supposed to capture the moment- and sometimes a small detail can distract from that.

In the example below, I felt like a peaceful, glowing new mom when my one month old was sleeping soundly on me. I asked my husband to grab the good camera and snap a picture. Unfortunately, my head is at an awkward angle giving me a double chin, I wish my hair looked like I washed it, and my tank top is doing something strange. What I wanted to capture was not captured! So it’s time for some editing.

First the easy stuff: I cropped and converted to black and white. But how do I fix my hair, chin and tank top!?
Simple: nudge it with liquify!

Under the filters menu in Photoshop CS, choose liquify (
in PSE, go to filer >distort>liquefy). You’ll be able to push and nudge parts of your image around!

For a more natural nudge, a larger brush (around 200 is my favorite) and a smaller pressure (around 25) yield the best result.

Liquify is also great for straightening out t-shirts or cloth backgrounds. I’ve used it to fix askew onesies for my daughter.
Have fun making your pictures capture your moments!


Welcome the Designers of TDF#78

In
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:

Amber LaBau

Amber Shaw

Cindy Schneider

MEG Designs

Pink Reptile Designs

Sweet Shoppe Designs

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:

Each new month is an adventure and each one seems to be better than the last. Thanks to all of the talented designers that contributed this month. Can’t wait for tomorrow!! JulesW

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.