Inspired by River Rose

The following layouts were created using “Autumn Breeze and Autumn Breeze Templates” by River~Rose and included in
The Digi Files during October, 2015:

Layout by JackieC. Supplies: Autumn Breeze and Autumn Breeze Template.


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Layout by Biancka. Supplies: Autumn Breeze and Autumn Breeze Template.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Autumn Breeze and Autumn Breeze Templates by River Rose; Edging Style by Mommyish; Fonts: Karen’s Kitties by House of Lime, KB Zipa Dee Doo Dah, Katie.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Autumn Breeze and Autumn Breeze Templates by River Rose.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Autumn Breeze and Autumn Breeze Templates by River Rose.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Autumn Breeze and Autumn Breeze Templates by River Rose; Essentail Stitches 1 by Laurie Ann.

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Autumn Breeze and Autumn Breeze Templates by River Rose; Fonts: .

Quickly Copying Layer Styles

Quickly Copying Layer Styles

Who loves a good time-saving Photoshop tip? I do!

Today let’s take a look at a fast way of copying a layer style (like a drop shadow) from one layer and adding it to another layer.

First, select the layer that has the layer style you want to copy.

Hold down ALT and select the fx symbol beside it.

Drag the fx to the layer where you want to apply the same style.

And that’s it! The layer style has been copied to the new layer.

And the finished product:

Supplies are Slow Down by Kristin Cronin-Barrow and Outdoor Fun by Two Tiny Turtles

Getting Your Craft On

I was feeling a little crafty, so I hit Pinterest in search of some fabulous fall ideas. Here are a few favorites I found.

Paper Punching Leaves

I just adore fall and nature’s colorful leaves. I loved the idea of using a paper punch to capture some of that color for a fall project. I could totally see using punched shapes on cards, or pressing them into a book, modge podging them onto paper for bookmarks and more! I can’t wait for the leaves to really start changing here so we can punch out a few projects of our own!

Along those same lines, check out these notecards created by punching the same shape out of several paint chips from the same card. What a great way to get a coordinating color palette!

Letter Ruler Wall Art

These rulers grabbed me instantly! It tuggs on my love of printing press letters and scrabble. And they look pretty easy to do! Just start collecting some old rulers, or paint and grunge up some new ones. Glue them together and add some awesome letters, be they printed and cut on a die cut machine or pulled out of old scrabble games, magazines or other colorful places. This Etsy seller focuses on Dr. Seuss quotes, but I could see this art project working with all kinds of quotes. And, it can be a manly enough gift for that hard to shop for guy in your life. Not too early to be planning for the holidays!

Hexagon Craft Box

I thought this little crafty box was just adorable! What a great way to use up scraps of paper or old journal cards and stickers. This crafter has a template in PDF format, free for download. You can easily use this digitally by opening it up in Photoshop, Deleting the white background and filling in the rest with black to make a clipping layer.

Paint Stick Ornaments

These adorable ornaments are so versatile! The artist used them as gifts, decorated a little christmas tree and made them into wall hangings. Just get some paint sticks. Adhere stamped or printed scrapbook paper with modge podge and sealant. Then add wire, or a magnet. She’s using them for Christmas projects, but you can totally adapt this to almost any season, holiday or project. Instead of using scrapbook paper, use your kids artwork and make refridgerator magnets for the grandparents! So cute!

Tile Coasters

These coasters look so easy to make! My sister did some of these last year with her kids’ pictures on them. But I love how these look with scrapbook papers. Add a little felt or cork to the back and tie them up with a ribbon for a lovely gift. I think I could totally do this one, says the digi girl who’s ready to get her craft on.


Have you stumbled across a fun crafty fall project lately? Share it in the comments!

Mini Travel Album

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It’s no secret I am a huge fan of multi-photo pages and two page spreads. They make up the majority of my albums. That’s why I am so happy to have Yin Designs back with us this mont. Her templates are always the perfect launch pad for incredible and full layouts. Her travel album set is just perfect for quickly scrapping that summer vacation that lingers in your mind! It doesn’t get easier or faster than this!



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 Yin’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Mini Travel Album Set 450 by Yin; All Wet by Melissa Bennett; Font: The Liana by Heather Hess.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Mini Travel Album Set 450 by Yin; This Boy by Bella Gypsy; Font: DJB All Cool Chick.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Mini Travel Album Set 450 by Yin; Focalpoint by One Little Bird.

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Mini Travel Album Set 450 by Yin; Marry Meby Kristin Aagar; Cheme de Peche by Chelle’s Creations.

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Layout by Jennie. Supplies: Mini Travel Album Set 450 by Yin; Wild Inside bundle by Dream Big Designs; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter, DJB Little Black Dres.

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

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Hi! I’m Yin, of Yin Designs. I am a wife of twenty one years to my husband (and friend of thirty years) and mom to boys who are now eighteen and sixteen. We live in tropical Singapore, a very cosmopolitan city and I love the similarities and diversity I see in our lives, stories and layouts in the scrapbooking community across the world!
The phase of life I’m in now with nearly out of the nest children determines a lot of what and how I scrapbook and share. Teenagers don’t like their photos taken nor their lives shared online! No matter what, scrapbooking my memories comes first for me, and all my templates are created from my own layouts. It’s unbelievable that I’ve been blogging nine years and the store almost as long! I think our lives and stories and adventures keep inspiring layouts and hence templates, while the store keeps me motivated to be consistently working on new layout ideas. I love doing this!

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We have a tradition of writing Birthday prayers for our sons every year. A few years after I started scrapbooking I made these into layouts for each of them. When they are twenty one I plan to bind them into a book as a present. My husband and I take turns to write each boy’s prayer every year, we tell how much and why we thank God for them, our hopes and wishes and prayers for them, in the form of a letter to them.
Both boys’ birthdays are in January, 3 days apart, and it is wonderful to start each year and birthday with such a keepsake. Usually I add a few photos of each of them in the layout, from when they were young or current ones. In recent years I take the opportunity to play with an artsy style, and these layouts are ones I really treasure!



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Jared’s layout: Yin Template 436A, Word art from Word & Paint {add on} – M3 September2014 by Little Butterfly Wings, and Paint from Little Butterfly Wings’ Mess it Up vol 2 Ryan’s layout: Yin Template 436B, FreeToFly word art by CD Murkovsky, Cool wordart by Sugar Fancy, Paint from Little Butterfly Wings’ Mess it Up vol 2



started

I have always been memory keeper. But a trip to our local library where my husband passed me a copy of Creating Keepsakes, started me on scrapbooking as we know it. Within a year I had discovered digital scrapping, loved it so much and jumped in with both feet! At first I even designed kits but very soon decided time for my own layouts is more important. At that time I started sharing layouts on my blog. From a few requests for templates came the blog store. And to this day I make my layouts, and turn them into templates.

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Almost always, my photos and the story I want to tell, or capture. My starting point is always selecting the photos and laying them on a blank page. Color choice is very key to my layouts, usually a neutral background and one or two accent colors is chosen that will highlight the photos and unify the layout. The story too determines the style I’ll go with, for example, for our trip to London, we wanted to convey the quirkiness and funkiness of the city so I went with that as the theme for all my layouts. I used paints, hand drawn elements and doodles on black and white backgrounds. Such fun and I loved the look!

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Computer: I’m on a Toshiba LXb30 (with built in 24″ monitor) running on Windows 7 with 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB memory.


Program: I sometimes use Adobe Illustrator using a Bamboo tablet, and am now on Adobe Photoshop CS6.


Camera: I use my iphone 5s almost exclusively now! Our travel photos are mostly captured by my husband using his Canon S90 for years. He finally upgraded to the Canon S120 a year ago but lost it on our trip to Taiwan (that’s another story which you can read on my blog!). He just got himself a Canon G7X and loves it now.


Anything Else: nope 🙂

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Really, I don’t use much fancy techniques so let me just share how I stay motivated in my scrapbooking and finishing those projects! You know travel albums are my thing, but it can get draining in the middle of a 100 page book, and it also used to take me ages finding the perfect background and embellishments for each page – I mean, we are spoiled for choice!!
Now before I start each book, I plan and choose a theme first. For my London book, it was to be fun and quirky with black and white backgrounds and artsy elements. For my Taiwan book (like the template included in this month’s Digi Files), it was black background, straight linear style with word art, some buttons, ribbons and Font for titles. For my P365 month in review pages, it is always graph paper background with alpha for the Title month. For my Hawaii album, it was wood backgrounds and realistic 3D embellishments that look like they were placed on the wood together with my photos. You get the idea!
Once decided, I first go through my stash to pick out all the backgrounds and embellishments for that project and copy them into a new folder. I will stick to these throughout my layouts and they move much faster, and also flow better with a united theme. I found that 90% of the time I am able to stick with the pre-selected supplies, and you can imagine how much faster the pages flow!

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This is a difficult question! I really like my album sets that are built on a particular concept, and these five sets were built on the theme of a giant photo taking up half a double page. They are from my Vietnam travel book, and the entire album was laid out this way. I was not sure at first if I would find enough great photos to enlarge, but the challenge proved to be so fun and the album beautiful!


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I have to say, since 2012 these sets of Bi-monthly (or Half Monthly) templates have been my most popular products. They are Yin Templates sets 290, 317, 380, and 431 (added this year), with a total assortment of 32 different templates, each featuring 15 or 16 photos, making up a month of daily photos.
I have been using them for my own photos-a-day layouts, helping me document each month and whole years (since 2012) easily and happily. You can read more of my process on my blog, but basically I take a picture on my phone, save them on one of the 365 apps. At the end of the month, open two of these templates, slot all the pictures in, add some embellishments, month in review journalling, and I’m done. It takes me about two nights a month. Judging by their popularity, I think many others are feeling the same way about documenting their days!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Yin:

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

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Coupon

Use coupon code TDD30 for 30% off, valid thru October 31st.



Go have a look in Yin’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 Yin Designs

The following layouts were created using “Mini Travel Album Set 450” by Yin Designs and included in The Digi Files during October, 2015:


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Layout by Yin. Supplies: Mini Travel Album Set 450 by Yin; Photocorner from Happy Thoughts by Valorie Wibbens; Flowers from OliveTree by Sara Gleason; Word Art from Snippets by Sahlin Studios; Scalloped strip from Always by Lauren Grier; Hashtagwordstrip from Currently by Kaye Winiecki; Heartbadge from Cherish by Just Jaimee.


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Layout by Yin. Supplies: Mini Travel Album Set 450 by Yin; Scallop edge by Allison Pennington; Wordart from Happy Time by Amy Wolff; Arrow element from Peccadillo by Dream Big Designs; Cork from Currently, Flower from Jump for Joy, Red flower from Odds n Sods, word strip from Ordinarily Special, all by Kaye Winiecki; Stitch from Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Mini Travel Album Set 450 by Yin; All Wet by Melissa Bennett; Font: The Liana by Heather Hess.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Mini Travel Album Set 450 by Yin; This Boy by Bella Gypsy; Font: DJB All Cool Chick.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Mini Travel Album Set 450 by Yin; Focalpoint by One Little Bird.

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Mini Travel Album Set 450 by Yin; Marry Meby Kristin Aagar; Cheme de Peche by Chelle’s Creations.

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Layout by Jennie. Supplies: Mini Travel Album Set 450 by Yin; Wild Inside bundle by Dream Big Designs; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter, DJB Little Black Dres.

I Need it Bigger!

Of the zillions of reasons I love digital scrapbooking, my favorite has to be the fact that I am not limited by what I have. I don’t have to have specific sized photos, a certain color element, or any one particular size of anything. If I don’t have it, I can make it!

Take this frame for instance. This is from Amber Shaw’s Hello Summer. Isn’t it gorgeous? I really loved it and I wanted to use it to frame my photos on a two page spread. It was great as-is for the left side of my page, but for the right side, it wasn’t large enough. I could have just resized the frame, but I wanted the height the same and the width increased. Increasing the width without the height would have skewed the whole frame. I wasn’t out of luck, though! A few digi skills to the rescue!

1. I duplicated the frame and moved it to the right side of my page.

2. Next, using my marquee tool, I cut the right two-thirds off the frame.

3. I then pasted the cut off portion onto my layout so it is its own layer.

4. Next, again using my marquee tool, I drew a rectangle over part of the frame and copied it. This will be the extra size my frame needs.

5. I pasted the frame part on its own layer

6. Next, I lined up my three frame layers

7. Zooming in, I could see they weren’t quite perfect!

8. With all of my frame layers selected, I used my align tools and chose top edges. This would ensure all of my top edges matched perfectly.

9. Finally, using my clone stamp tool, I pained over a few of the frame areas to keep the imperfections of the frame from being exactly the same on the original and expanded parts of the frame.

10. The rest of my layout came together quickly!


Don’t you just love digi?

Shiny and Spooky

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Bella Gypsy

Bella Gypsy has 3 new kits this week, and 2 of them are not-so-spooky Halloween fun! The kits come with coordinating mini kits free, and the bundles come with free whimsy packs!

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Chelle’s Creations

Digilicious Design

Erica Zane

Sew Many Papers v.1-3 by Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs are a super versatile addition to any stash! Love the look of hybrid but not the hassle of doing it? Well, I’ve done the hard part, now you can just add some photos & elements and call it a day! Each set includes 10 painted & stitched papers & all papers include a version with an arrow tag & without.

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etc by Danyale

Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

Studio Flergs

This week Flergs has something different for Halloween. A bright, colourful, Day of the Dead themed collection. On sale through till Monday!

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Jennifer Labre Designs

Jenn Labre’s new Life Captured: October kit is beautiful and perfect for your fall layouts!

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Kimeric Kreations

Laura Banasiak

Misty Cato

Pink Reptile Designs

Studio Wendy

Tickled Pink Studio

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That’s it for today!

All Aboard

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When my son was three, his obsession with trains was all consuming. Every time we passed a train (which was a lot), he would yell over and over, “Train! Train! Train!” I have so many pictures of him pointing real trains and playing with his wooden trains. And now I have the perfect kit to scrap his obsession. We are so happy to have Heather Roselli with us this month and her kit, All Aboard, is the perfect way to document the train lover in your life.



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 Heather Roselli Designs’ contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: All Aboard by Heather Roselli Designs; Meadows (greenery, flowers) by Kristin Cronin-Barrow.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: All Aboard by Heather Roselli Designs.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: All Aboard by Heather Roselli Designs; Template by Chelle’s Creations; Font: DJB How Cute Am .

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Layout by Natascha. Supplies: All Aboard by Heather Roselli Designs; Fuss Free: Pajama Party (template) by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Country Charmer (leaves) by Kristin Cronin-Barrow.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: All Aboard by Heather Roselli Designs; Fonts: Open Sans.

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

Name

Heather Roselli
Seattle, WA
Married for 16 years with 3 boys – 13 years old and identical twins 10 years old

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started

I started scrapbooking in January 2002 after my first child was born so I could share his new life with my Mom and Dad since they lived so far away. I quickly found digital scrapbooking as I was using my computer to resize pics before ordering them from the printer and also for journaling.

In just weeks I began designing my own papers and elements inspired by my children’s clothes, so that my pages matched my photos. At the time I was involved at The DigiChick forums and in the Fall of 2005 I became a designer there. In July of 2007 I moved to my dream gig at Sweet Shoppe Designs and I haven’t even considered budging ever since!

When I’m not designing (is there a time when I’m not??), I spend time with my three sons (13 years old and 10 year-old twins) and husband of over 16 years in Seattle, WA. My oldest is in 8th grade and the twins are in 5th grade. When not in school we attend baseball practices and games. We are still fairly new to the Pacific Northwest, so we take short trips all around to get to the know area.

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My kids and their activities and interests, my team’s ideas, forum and customers’ ideas, the seasons, Pinterest…everything!

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Computer: I work on a custom built (by my son!) desktop running Windows 8.1 hooked up to an external 21″ Dell monitor. The desktop has 32GB of RAM and handles all my programs so much better than my previous laptop did (8GB).

Program: I design with Adobe Photoshop CC & Illustrator CC via Adobe Cloud. I use several filter/texture plug-ins and all types of wonderful elements, actions, styles, etc from the CU OK designers in the digi-world.

Camera: My husband does most of the photography these days with a professional Cannon 1DS. His photos are way better than anything I’ve ever taken with a point and shoot! He has ordered a new camera though and we should have it and some photos from it by the time this is posted!

Anything Else: I use a Wacom Intous 5 Touch tablet with pen exclusively now. I can barely use a mouse or track pad anymore!

tipstricks

If you aren’t totally loving a photo, but really want to scrap the story – try changing the photo to B&W or give it a sepia tone.

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It is bright, light and fun with light wood veneer elements – what’s not to like? lol I especially like the the project cards and word elements in the kit.


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I love using song titles or lyrics as a base for kits. Songs can carry so much emotion and bring back memories making it easy to design and also create LOs with.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Heather:


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


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Coupon

Use coupon code hrdTDD25 to save 25% off one order at Heather Roselli Designs, expires 12-01-2015.



Go have a look in Heather’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 Heather Roselli

The following layouts were created using “All Aboard” by Heather Roselli and included in The Digi Files during October, 2015:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: All Aboard by Heather Roselli Designs; Meadows (greenery, flowers) by Kristin Cronin-Barrow.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: All Aboard by Heather Roselli Designs.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: All Aboard by Heather Roselli Designs; Template by Chelle’s Creations; Font: DJB How Cute Am .

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Layout by Natascha. Supplies: All Aboard by Heather Roselli Designs; Fuss Free: Pajama Party (template) by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Country Charmer (leaves) by Kristin Cronin-Barrow.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: All Aboard by Heather Roselli Designs; Fonts: Open Sans.