MY SOCIAL BOOK: A Happy Customer Review

A while back I posted a tutorial on downloading your Facebook info. With so many of us using Facebook as a memory keeping tool, it is important for us to have a way to get our memories OFF of Facebook.

While I was thrilled with the option to download all of my info, My Social Book is a zillion times better.

This post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by My Social Book. I’m just a happy customer that wants to pass on her experience to other like-minded memory keepers!

For those of you who haven’t heard of it, My Social Book is a company that will “slurp up” your Facebook information and print it all in a book. You can do softcover, hardcover, create a friendship book or a love story book. I only have my experience and choices, so that is what you get today!

I had seen links for MSB on Facebook a few times, but thought it was just one more thing wanting my money. But at some point a few months ago, I checked my promotional emails in gmail (something I rarely do) and saw a 60% off coupon for one book. Now that gave me reason to pause!

I went to the site and started looking at my options. You have the ability to choose your time frame and what you want to have included. I knew I wanted to do the biggest book possible since the 60% was only good for one item. In the end, I was able to put two years into one book, so I did 2013 and 2014.

They allow you to choose a timeline image and a profile image from your galleries. They print them on the front as well as the date range.

They also put your name and the date range on the spine. And by the way, please excuse the amazing spectrum of white colors in my photos. My white balance wasn’t playing nicely on my camera 🙁

In the inside cover, they again put your name and the date range along with your profile picture. On the left side, there is a collage of photos. If I remember correctly, I had the choice between a collage of my friends’ profile pictures or a collage of my own photos. I chose the latter.

On the next page is my most popular photo—according to their calculation—complete with the number of likes. The opposite page is a table of contents.

On the next page starts to actual book. They break the book into chapters, by month or group of months (I am assuming it depends on how much content you have for a particular month). They highlight a few photos, mention where you were, and give a bit of other information such as photos shared and number of likes.

In each “chapter”, they include the cover photo you had at the time. I love that! They then add in your status updates and photos.

They also include some private messages from friends. I think you can choose which content they add.

I love that I have all of these fun memories saved and I didn’t have to do any of the work. In all seriousness, I think I spent about FIVE MINUTES creating my book. They do it ALL!

The scrapbook layouts I shared are there (not all of them…don’t know how they choose).

My yummy food pictures are there (as well as the link to the recipe I posted!)

Posts on my wall from sweet friends are there…

Pictures I was tagged in are there….

Fun days with scrapping friends are there…

Bittersweet memories are there….

Very happy memories are there…

One of the coolest features that I didn’t know about until I received my book is that if you post a video, they create a QR Code to go next to the photo so you can watch it. Seriously! How cool is that?

And this is the back inside cover. If only they would have allowed me to change the text in the box…

I hope this review helps some of you who have considered giving My Social Book a try. Even without the coupon, it would have been totally worth it (in case you are wondering, my book was 270 pages and the regular price would have been $100 for a hardcover book, but with the coupon, I only paid $40.

Facebook (for better or for worse) has been a big part of my life since 2007. Living all over the world, it has allowed me to stay in contact with friends and family in ways I would have never thought possible. I have shared some of my most special moments (including announcing the pregnancies and births of three of my children), I have shared many hilarious quotes from my kids (that I don’t have written down anywhere else!), and I have made some wonderful friends who I only know through the strange world of social media.

I can’t wait to get other books made!

Paris Apartment


Is this the month for new-to-The Daily Digi designers or what? It has been so fun welcoming some new faces this month. We have such an incredibly talented group of designers each month and I LOVE getting to show off some new-to-me faces. When I saw the work of Blue Flower Art, I was so inspired. The beauty and creativity that goes into her kits is truly remarkable. Her kit in this month’s Digi Files, Paris Apartment, has far too many beautiful and unique qualities to mention. Let’s just take a closer look now and you’ll see what I mean!

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 Blue Flower Art’s contribution:


Layout by JillW. Supplies: Paris Apartment by Blue Flower Art.


Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Paris Apartment by Blue Flower Art; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Fonts: The Sharon, Too Much Paper!


Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Paris Apartment by Blue Flower Art; Template by Anna Aspnes; Font: Jellyka Delicious Cake.


Layout by Kawouette. Supplies: Paris Apartment by Blue Flower Art.


Layout by Katie. Supplies: Paris Apartment by Blue Flower Art.

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


My name is Rita Drysdall, I live in Australia in sunny Queensland. It’s just me and my husband with a goat, a sheep, 3 cats and a dog. A happy family. We married in our later years and we don’t have children so we have lots of pets. There are heaps of photos of where I live on facebook. Sometimes I put them on my blog as well. Being in Australia allows me to show off some of our unique country.

Send me a note on
my personal facebook. I’m happy to share.

This year, I have gone back to design school. I decided that I need to extend my skill to other areas of digital graphic design and I go to university 2-3 times a week.

I have two stores, my own little store at Blue Flower Art and a consignment store at Oscraps.



Here are 2 layouts of Jasper, my kitten. I scrap to test the kits I make.



Credits: Country Living; Honey Honey by Blue Flower Art.

My husband recently gave me a kitten. He is very mischievous and very playful and we have lots of cuddles and take photos for scrapping.

The colours of a “Country Living” and “Honey Honey” seem ideal to express the brightness of my little boy. His name is Jasper. He often features on the fan page and on facebook.


I started scrapping when my dog, a border collie called Ted died. I wanted to remember him. I was first a scrapper and then I became a designer. I’ve never paper scrapped although I’ve started to create some hybrid projects lately. Nothing fantastic that I would want to show though. I’m just not good at anything that requires scissors and glue.


Usually, a colour palette will trigger ideas and I go from there. It’s always about the colours.


Computer: I have a custom computer that I had built to specifications for Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom mainly, I am also a photographer. I found that commercially available computers weren’t powerful enough to run Adobe programs and became too expensive if they were customized. So, I did some research, enlisted some help from gamers and came up with a non-gaming power computer. To get really geeky, it was also built to allow me to overclock it. Overclocking is the process of increasing the speed beyond the specified parameters. It requires particular equipment to do it, costs a little more but should stretch out the life of the computer by a couple of years. My computer has a Windows OS. I have remained with Windows 7. The PC has 16 gigs of ram, 2 monitors, 12 external drives (I keep filling them up), one for each type of work I do or need. For example, one drive is for my commercial use supplies, 2 for photographs, 1 for designing, 1 for scrapping, etc. I keep everything on external drives. The internal drives are SSDs. I have 2 one for running programs and one as a scratchdisk.

Program: I use Adobe programs. I have a cloud subscription and I use Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign and After Effects.

Camera: My camera is a Canon 6D. I opted to go full frame about over a year ago when I started to photograph more children.

Anything Else: I don’t think I could work with just a mouse. Currently, I use a Wacom Intuos 4. I don’t have much use for a printer but I have some nifty ones and a good scanner.


In photoshop, there is a little known trick that allows you to automatically create a snapshot of your work when you save.

1. Open the history panel
2. Click on the little top right hand side drop down menu
3. Select history options
4. Check the “Automatically create new snapshot when saving”

You can then click on an earlier snapshot to return to an earlier state of your layout.

It saves on memory when you have to undo and it encourages you to save more often.


My favourite product is Myia. One of my CT members has a cute little girl and her name is Miya. I see a lot of her photos in the layouts made by her mum and I wanted to capture her brightness and vivaciousness.



My most popular product is a little kit called Imari. Imari is a town in Japan reknown for making high quality pottery with beautiful patterns and mainly coloured in blue and red. The palette was inspired by the particular red and blue for which the pottery is known.


Here are some of my favorite products by Blue Flower Art:






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







Currently, there are over 100 products in the Blue Flower Art store that will be retired after this month. They are each $1. It is a good way to get some of the older products or try some Blue Flower Art products.

Also, for the next month, the following coupon will discount purchases by 40%.

Can be redeemed at
Blue Flower Art.

Go have a look in Blue Flower Art’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 Blue Flower Art

The following layouts were created using “Paris Apartment” by Blue Flower Art and included in The Digi Files during July, 2015:

Layout by Natascha. Supplies: Paris Apartment by Blue Flower Art.


Layout by JillW. Supplies: Paris Apartment by Blue Flower Art.


Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Paris Apartment by Blue Flower Art; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Fonts: The Sharon, Too Much Paper!


Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Paris Apartment by Blue Flower Art; Template by Anna Aspnes; Font: Jellyka Delicious Cake.


Layout by Kawouette. Supplies: Paris Apartment by Blue Flower Art.


Layout by Katie. Supplies: Paris Apartment by Blue Flower Art.

The Anti-Bucket List

Here at The Daily Digi we are big fans of bucket lists. Intentional memory making is important and I have a lot of things I want to do as an individual, a couple, and as a family. We’ve already done a lot of amazing things like travel through Asia, take a six-week road trip through America, and visit many of the U.S. national parks. There is still more I want to do!

However, there is a downside to having a bucket list and it is very possible that focusing on what we want to do someday keeps us from enjoying what we are doing today. This post by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits is a great reminder of why we perhaps need to have an anti-bucket list. The article in its entirety is written below, but this particular sentence struck me the most:

The most amazing things are right in front of us, right where we are. Right now. We don’t have to go anywhere or see some incredible sights or do daring activities to experience the wonder of life.

Have you ever made a bucket list? For me, they’re incredibly seductive — I love reading other people’s bucket lists, and making my own.

But here’s what happens when you make a bucket list:

  1. You put this huge burden on yourself to get the list accomplished. As if we don’t already have enough on our to-do lists already!
  2. If you don’t do well at pursuing the things on the list, you feel guilty or underaccomplished.
  3. If you do well at pursuing the list, you are probably pursuing less-than-meaningful activities. They’re usually just there because they sounded cool to do.

The truth is, most of the things we put on bucket lists are just ideas that popped into our heads, not anything connected to meaning. We put things like “skydiving” and “learn to surf” and “visit the Amazon rainforest” and “kiss in the rain”— all of which are excellent activities … but we rarely put things like, “change someone’s life” or “find meaningful work that I care about” or “be compassionate toward my family”.

Why put pressure on ourselves to achieve a huge list of things that aren’t that meaningful? Why feel guilty if we’re not pursuing them? Why not let them go?

Life isn’t a big todo list, nor is it about optimizing all the things we do in life.

The most amazing things are right in front of us, right where we are. Right now. We don’t have to go anywhere or see some incredible sights or do daring activities to experience the wonder of life.

And we can do meaningful work, right where we are. What would a shorter list of meaningful activities look like? What would your anti-bucket list contain?

And if you don’t know what’s meaningful to you … isn’t that what you should be pursuing instead of a bucket list?

Layouts We Love: July 2015

(We apologize for the late post today…technical difficulties tried to ruin our Saturday 🙂

It’s mid-month and time to show off a small sampling of the AMAZING layouts in our Flickr pool. I love, love, love looking through all of the pages. Such inspiration! I loved so many I had to limit myself. They are all just that good!

Click the image to be taken to the source image. The artist’s name is linked below the layout.














Digi Steals and Deals

Bella Gypsy

You can’t help but be berry happy with this yummy digital scrapbook kit! Until 7/23, purchase Berry Happy & get Taste of Summer free!


Blagovesta Gosheva

Chelle’s Creations

Digilicious Design

New from Digilicious Design – Sports Crazy: Tennis! 20% off Saturday only!


Down This Road Designs

Erica Zane

Take Me To Church by Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs is full of versatile colors and elements – perfect for all sorts of pages & projects!



Heather T.

Jennifer Labre Designs

Kimeric Kreations

Maya de Groot

Misty Cato

Pink Reptile Designs

Two super cute new products by Pink Reptile Designs! Seperately they are 20% off through July 19. Buy the bundle and save even more!


Studio Sherwood

Take a look at Studio Sherwood’s North Country – perfect for scrapping National Park visits, camping, fishing and other outdoor activities!


Tickled Pink Studio

Studio Wendy

Grab a huge pack of knockout styles, with and without shadows (brown and black), 45° or 120°. Includes video describing how to use them and what the settings mean. PSE users cannot create their own knockouts, but they can use the styles! Pick them up for only $2.49 for the first weekend.


FAMILY NIGHT: Camp Out {printable party pack}

The Daily Digi: FAMILY NIGHT

You’ll notice something a little different in this month’s Digi Files. We created a fun printable party pack for you to use at home with your family. Or, you can use it for an actual party.

Included in this pack are all of the individual JPEG files, as well as an all-in-one printable PDF, perfect for those who aren’t comfortable in a photo editing program.

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!

As a memory keeper, I love that one of my jobs in my family is to be the memory maker. Of course, Memories Don’t Have to Be Planned, but being intentional about created special moments for my family is important to me. This party pack was created for you to use at home with your family…perfect for these summer days.

This pack is LOADED with fun stuff! You get ALL OF THIS as part of the Digi Files.

The Daily Digi: FAMILY NIGHT

The Daily Digi: FAMILY NIGHT

The Daily Digi: FAMILY NIGHT

The Daily Digi: FAMILY NIGHT

When packs like this (without the papers and template!) sell for $25+ on Etsy, you’re getting an amazing deal for an amazing time with your family!

Our family had a blast with this! It took some planning on my part, but I am one of “those moms” who really enjoys this type of thing! My kids LOVED that I bought food that I would never usually buy! They couldn’t believe what was in my grocery bags! But hey, that’s what camping is for, right?

Here are some photos of our day. You can see more on my personal blog.

The Daily Digi: FAMILY NIGHT

The Daily Digi: FAMILY NIGHT

The Daily Digi: FAMILY NIGHT

The Daily Digi: FAMILY NIGHT

The Daily Digi: FAMILY NIGHT

The Daily Digi: FAMILY NIGHT

The Daily Digi: FAMILY NIGHT

Why not have a fun family night today? Grab your Digi Files now!

Inspired by TDD Family Night

The following layouts were created using “Family Night” by The Daily Digi and included in The Digi Files during January, 2015:

Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Family Night by The Daily Digi; Font: Chalkboard.

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Family Night by The Daily Digi; Font: Too Much Paper.

Layout by Sula. Supplies: Family Night by The Daily Digi; Great Outdoors-Explore by Kristin Cronin-Barrow.

Seeing Clearly

Seeing Clearly

A sweet video of a little girl with extreme farsightedness reacting to receiving her first pair of glasses has gone viral recently. It really touched me because my daughter has extreme farsightedness.

Now, back in 2008 I didn’t have a cell phone that could record video (or more specifically, I didn’t have a cell phone!), so I don’t have a video of my daughter putting on her first pair of glasses. But, I do have a scrapbook page. The shadows (or lack of them) are awful, but the story is there.

The feeling of seeing your child see clearly for the first time is indescribable. My daughter was only 2 and a half years old when she started wearing her glasses, so she doesn’t remember a time before them. But I do! I remember that the first clue that she couldn’t see very well was noticing her squint her eyes and tilt her head back to see better. When we finally saw an ophthalmologist, her vision was so poor that she needed a +6.00 correction in both eyes. Eventually it went up to over +8.00.

Her first pair of glasses were life-changing! She tried them on at the eye glasses store and immediately said, “Mummy, these are MY glasses!” There was no way she was letting us leave the store without them. When we left the mall, she kept exclaiming about all the thing she could see. I was so happy for her, but at the same time shocked by how much she had clearly been missing before her glasses.

A while later, we noticed that one of her eyes started to turn inwards when she wasn’t wearing her glasses. She was diagnosed with amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (the eye turning). She had to wear an eye patch from 3 years old until 7 years old. Eye patches work by covering the “good” eye and forcing the weaker eye to work harder and have the brain receive what that eye is communicating. At first she was patched 4-6 hours per day, and it tapered down over the years to an hour a day.

The patching worked and her vision stabilized. Now she’s 9 years old and a pro at glasses, and looks very cute in them:

If you’ve seen my pages, then you may have noticed that my son also wears glasses. He has amblyopia too, so he is currently on an eye patching schedule. I captured the story of his glasses and patches, too.

Both kids wear glasses – but it has been a totally different experience with each of them. My daughter, who’s vision is much weaker, loves her glasses so much that from day one she has been delicate with them and has never broken a pair. My son on the other hand, likes his glasses well enough, but has gone through about 4 replacement pairs in the past year. Thank goodness for glasses insurance plans!

I am so grateful that both of my children had their vision problems properly diagnosed and corrected. I’m also happy to have their stories recorded! My son is little still, but my daughter loves going through her scrapbook albums and remembering each pair of glasses and talking about her hard work with eye patching. I love that her vision story is recorded for her and that she enjoys seeing it so much.

Google Photos for Digi Kits?

Last month I posted about my initial thoughts on Google Photos for unlimited (compressed) file storage of certain image types. While I was playing with my photos I got to thinking, “What if I could store my digi kits in Google Photos.”

Since I have two Google accounts, one personal and one professional, I set up my photos to sync to my personal Google account and decide to try uploading my digi kits to my work Google account. I quickly discovered that a total dump from my hard drive to the web uplooader not only took forever, but ended up with a jumble of files, all unsorted in any manner. Because Photos is designed to group by date and other similarities, there was no file structure to rely on. And, sometimes designers create files over the course of days, weeks and months, ending up with a jumble of images all mixed together.

So, I went to plan B! I uploaded a single kit at a time, including papers, alphas, journal cards, elements, quickpages… everything minus TOU files, brushes, styles and actions. Unfortunately, Google Photos won’t handle those file formats. (It just won’t upload them. Though if I wanted, I could use my file storage space to upload those particular files to Google Drive, which would count against my data limit.)

Once a kit finished uploading, I’m prompted to “Add to Collection.” By clicking that, all my kit items are grouped together in a collection and I’m prompted to name it. From time to time, I get a notice that a file was skipped. I make note of the file and then upload it again. It’s always worked the second time around and I can choose to Add to an Existing Collection when I do.

There are some minor inconveniences to the features right now. First, the Collection image that is used as the icon in the Collections view is set to the image with the most recent creation date. In some cases, this is the kit preview. In others, it’s not. I have not found a way to reassign the Collection image to the image of my choosing.

The second disappointment is that there is no ability to sort the Collections alphabetically. They just appear by date created. So, I will have to rely on search terms to get to my kits.

When it comes to compression, I found that the PNG and TIF files were not altered at all. I was able to download the exact version uploaded. (Note that PSD files won’t work, so you’ll have to convert your templates to TIFs if you haven’t already. An action can make quick work of that.) JPGs papers and journal cards, however, were compressed. The difference was noticeable at 200%, but when viewed at 100%, it was very slight. It basically ended up blurring the image just a bit, softening the highlights. It’s enough that I will certainly keep a backup of my kits on EHD, but overall, I don’t think it will make much of a difference when the papers are printed.

So, all in all, uploading my digi kits to Google Photos works great! I can upload a few kits a day as I have time and start building a backup of my kits. And, I secretly hope that as time goes on, I may be able to access these files through some of my favorite apps or websites. I envision a day when say, Project Life or Collect Apps, or photobook companies, implement a Google API connecting those apps to my Google Photos account. And, when it does, I’ll have instant access to all my digi supplies, or at least my favorite ones!

In the meantime, it’s a great way to search on specific elements. A quick search on flowers brings up mostly flowers, with a few clouds, clusters and quickpages thrown in. Buttons grabbed buttons and flair. Tree brought up leaves, branches, wood textured paper and trees. Pink grabbed some red, purple and orange too. Pink ribbon got a little closer to the result I was expecting! And, I can always click on the image and get the filename to go find the original back on my computer.

Storing your digi kit images in Google plus may not be an answer for everyone or for every kit. But I could see storing my very favorite kits on my Photos account for safe keeping!

Have you used Google Photos? What do you think?