We’re Feeling Funtastic!


Hear all about Photoshop Elements 14 from Adobe’s Bob Gager in this week’s episode of the Scrapbooking Inspiration Podcast

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Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Bella Gypsy

Chelle’s Creations

Digilicious Design

This week Digilicious Design brings you a Collection perfect for Nativity events and general Christmas projects.

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Erica Zane

etc by Danyale

Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

Studio Flergs

Heather T.

Jennifer Labre Designs

Pickle Barrel is in full swing at PBP and Jenn Labre has this super cute holiday collection for just $6!

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Kimeric Kreations

Laura Banasiak

Misty Cato

Pink Reptile Designs

Studio Wendy

Wendy has a new fun bold handwriting font this week. She’s also released Holiday Planner Printables just in time for Black Friday shopping! Plus, her double-page toolkits have been revamped. Two versions… your choice! Resize your double page layouts for Shutterfly or any generic printer.

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Tickled Pink Studio

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Bounty of Blessings

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It’s always fun to welcome a new designer to The Digi Files! Dani of Just Because Studio is with us this month and we’re excited to let you see her work! Her kits are packed full of goodies and her kit in The Digi Files, Bounty of Blessings, is no exception.



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 JB Studio’s contribution:

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Bounty of Blessings by JB Studio.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Bounty of Blessings by JB Studio.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Bounty of Blessings by JB Studio; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: Just The Way You Are.

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Layout by Jackie C.. Supplies: Bounty of Blessings by JB Studio; Template by Amy Martin Designs.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Bounty of Blessings by JB Studio; Fonts: American Typewriter.

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

Name

My little family of 3 – husband, me and a 10-year-old daughter – live in a small town named Arujá, in Brazil. We have a lovely dog who showed up to our front gate one day and became part of the family. We are a bunch of artsy. My husband is a vocalist in a rock band, I am a scrapbooker/designer and my daughter has been following our footsteps, she loves handcrafting, painting, singing, dancing and wants to be an actress.

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layout

I made this layout for a contest at Gingerscraps. The challenge was to imagine we were lost at sea and needed help, so we should write a message in a bottle asking someone for help. The first person I thought of was my husband and then I scrapped a letter saying that he is my savior everyday since he’s so funny and laidback while I’m stressed and serious. This is special to me because he’s special to me. Besides that, I really like the idea of creating a male layout with a feminine collection. My favorite thing about it is all the confetti and scatters. If I could give one only advice towards making an outstanding layout I would say use confetti, paint splatters and scatters, they add so much interest to scrapbook pages.



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started

I first started out in traditional scrapping and then discovered the digital version of the art 3 years later. I fell in love with it because it’s more practical, easier and much cheaper! Over time and after learning new and exciting techniques I started designing my own patterns and elements and offered a few freebies in my blog. After that, friends encouraged me to apply to a digiscrap shop and then I was a digiscrap designer officially. I am having the time of my life creating digiscrap designs since then.

inspired

I always start by the theme/idea and a name. This sets the mood and flow of creation for me. Something that inspires me a lot is music. Sometimes I get an idea from a song and sometimes I need to listen to certain kind of music that match the theme of the kit or collection to get the creation flowing.

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Computer: It’s hard for me to give these details because I’m an ignorant regarding technology. I feel embarassed to admit that because I’m a young lady and I should’ve been more tech trendy, but this is not my thing. All I can say is I used a desktop computer, Windows 7 and a full HD monitor. I have a 500GB EHD for my scrapbooking items and I’m running out of room so I’ll soon buy another one. And I have another EHD for backup. I can’t imagine losing everything, this is not only my work, part of my life is here.

Program: Photoshop and Illustrator CS3 which I’m dying to update to the most recent version.

Camera: I’m using my cell phone camera by now.

Anything Else: As I said, I’m not that techie.

tipstricks

My tip is for beginners and intermediate scrappers. Don’t compare yourself with experienced scrappers, remember they were newbies one day, too. Do it for yourself, they are your memories and will be in your family, so you must like what you create.

favorite

It’s hard to choose only one because most of my kits have a story and are important in my growing career. So, I will mention one of the most recent: Girl in Blue. I love feminine, romantic kits, I’ve never been much into blues. Then one of my CTMs asked me if I could make a girl kit with blues because her daughter loves blue, as I love a creative challenge I decided to give it a go. I really like the fact that this kit offers feminine elements, but not the average girly stuff.


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That Boy Thing Collection is the most popular so far. The colors were not chosen by me, it was designed for a store collection event, but when I saw the swatch I knew I wanted to design something for boys. I’m a mother of a girl and I see lots of girl-y designs around the digiland, mommies of boys are always complaining about not finding many options, so I thought it would be good to stretch my creativity and also help scrappers who have boys.


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Here are some of my favorite products by JB Studio:


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


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Join JB Studio’s newsletter and get discount coupons every month!

Go have a look in JB Studio’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 JB Studio

The following layouts were created using “Bounty of Blessings” by JB Studio and included in The Digi Files during November, 2015:
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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Bounty of Blessings by JB Studio.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Bounty of Blessings by JB Studio.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Bounty of Blessings by JB Studio; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: Just The Way You Ar.

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Layout by Jackie C.. Supplies: Bounty of Blessings by JB Studio; Template by Amy Martin Designs.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Bounty of Blessings by JB Studio; Fonts: American Typewriter.

Follow These 6 Pinterest Boards

Follow These 6 Pinterest Boards

Inspiration is everywhere! Lucky for us, a lot of it is conveniently grouped together on pinboards on Pinterest! Let’s take a look at a few pinboards that are worth checking out.

The Daily Digi

Ok, you knew that The Daily Digi‘s own Pinterest account was going to be first on my list, right?! We have a lot of amazing boards, like daily recap called As Seen on The Daily Digi and boards for fonts, pocket scrapbooking, and so much more!

Scrap Therapy

Rubia Padilha from Studio Basic Designs runs the Scrap Therapy pinboard and she finds the best paper and digi gems imaginable, all with her signature messy artsy style.

Project Life idées

My favourite pocket scrapbooking inspiration board is Project Life idées by Dominique Vella-Passal. She finds such fun and modern pages, mostly paper-based but with a large sampling of digi pages as well.

What’s Your Type?

Adobe runs a bunch of boards, but the What’s Your Type? board is a favourite, full of inspiring typography. (Bonus: Also check out the art quotes board too!)

Eat

VSCO, the film preset makers, have a fun pinboard dedicated to food photography that will leave you hungry for more!

Design Inspiration

Kelly Purky leads a fascinating life – and curates some fascinating PInterest boards! Check out this “inspiration“.


I hope you found a board or two that interest you!

Tech Talk

I have my eye on a few amazing tech products, hoping for some Black Friday deals next week. I thought some of you might be interested in checking them out too!

Wacom Bamboo Spark

This innovative new product from Wacom combines the power of paper and pen with digi. Using the special pen, you draw or take notes on the paper pad. The pen converts your drawing into vector art that you can either sync with a smart device, like iPhone or iPad, or save on the pen until you can connect and sync. Amazon reviews were mixed, but Wacom did address some of the issues people were having and already pushed out a fix. I’m a fan of Wacom tablets already, so this has my attention! Drawing on a digital tablet can be really tricky. But, drawing on paper and having it auto convert to digital…. anyone can do that, right?
Price: $150-$169, Versions; Pocket (pictured), Sleeve (for tablets), iPad Air 2 case; : Amazon, Wacom.

ShotBox

Ever wish you could take pictures of layouts or ephemera with great results? This new product developed by a scrapbooker and her husband was the result of a successful kickstarter campaign. It’s a collapsible box, fitted with LED lights for perfect illumination. It has a hole on the top for your phone or DSLR camera. Simply place your layout or ephemera in the box and take your picture! If you wish to take 3-dimensional photos or product shots, you need the SideShot kit. This box holds a 12×12 layout and stores away easily.
Price: $129-$179, Versions: Bundle, ShotBox, SideShot; Available at: Shotbox.me.

Fujitsu ScanSnap

I admit, I have fantasies of going paperless. As a digi girl, that’s not so shocking is it? The Fujitsu line of ScanSnap scanners is known for their excellent scanning and automation capabilities. They have a desktop and mobile version of their smart wireless scanners. You can learn more about going paperless from David Sparks’ book Paperless ($9.99 in iBooks store). Price: $269-$409, Versions: iX100, iX500; Available at: Amazon, Fujitsu.

Edimax Travel Router

Ever stay in a hotel and fight with spotty internet when too many people are trying to access the wireless at the same time? This handy travel router allows you to create a private wireless connection to any wired router. You can also use this to access internet at family and friends’ homes if they don’t want to give our their wireless passwords. Just remember to take it with you when you leave! Price: $19, Versions; BR-6258nL; Available at: Amazon.

What new tech have you discovered?

Bountiful Blossoms

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We so excited to welcome a new-to-us designer to the Digi Files. Cathy St. Clair of Paper Garden Projects is with us this month and we’re thrilled to show off her designs. They are colorful and happy and she also boasts some fun and unique products we can’t wait to show you. Her kit for The Digi Files, Bountiful Blossoms, is so pretty and ready to scrap all your fall and Thanksgiving memories! Let’s 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 Paper Garden Projects’ contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Bountiful Blossoms by Paper Garden Projects.

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Bountiful Blossoms by Paper Garden Projects; Template by Miss Mel’s Creations; Traveler (alpha, recolored) by Kimeric Kreations.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Bountiful Blossoms by Paper Garden Projects; Template by TrixiScraps; Font: The Sharon.

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Layout by Toria. Supplies: Bountiful Blossoms by Paper Garden Projects.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Bountiful Blossoms by Paper Garden Projects; Painted Over (template) by Jenn C Designs.

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

Name

Hi, I’m Cathrine – and I’m very excited to be on The Digi Files for the first time!
I live outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with my husband, three daughters (two are twins) and a large white dog named Chesterton (Chester for short). My Dad passed away a little over a year ago, so now my Mom has moved in too. So we are one big, happy, rowdy family. In my spare time I love to garden and I do other kinds of art like pottery and painting.

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This is one of my favorite projects. I used the Grandma’s Kitchen Digital Kit together with the Mini Loaf Pan digital cutting file to make this little gift. This is my favorite way to use my digital supplies. I just love creating a physical project that you can hand to someone out of my digital supplies.

I print my pieces on my Epson and I use a Silhouette Cameo to cut the digital files. I’ve been using my Cameo for years, but I still get a little thrill watching it cut.



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CREDITS: Grandma’s Kitchen Digital Kit, Mini Loaf Pan digital cutting file.



started

I started by illustrating rubber stamps, which led to a line of digital “stamps” on my personal site. I was accepted as a digital stamp illustrator at The Digichick and gradually learned about designing digital kits. Then I discovered digital cutting files and was well and truly hooked on designing.
I get a thrill out of the fact that I can hold a cupcake box or greeting card or even an advent calendar in my hand – and it all started out as an idea in my head and pixels on a screen. A little printer ink, some presentation paper and some glue – and its almost endless what you can create. So exciting! (a bit geeky, I know).

inspired

I get much of my inspiration from my garden and I think nearly all of my kits have flowers in them. I like doodling and sketching so my kits always have some hand drawn elements. I also include a fair number of flat, paper-like elements because they are so easy to use to make the physical craft projects that I love.

I’m inspired by unique packaging and have been known to buy something just for the package!

I like the process of making a cutting file so that it all fits and works together. Sometimes I create a cutting file and it inspires a digital kit and sometimes the kit inspires a project that I make a digital cutting file for.

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Computer: I’m a PC girl (yes – I hear the booing and hissing) but my tech support guy (husband) is a PC all the way and I need to keep my tech guy happy. So I use a Dell EPS desk top, but I have this HUGE ViewSonic screen that I dearly love. I feel kind of crippled when I try to design on a tiny laptop screen.


Program: I use Photoshop CS6. I love Illustrator and Photoshop (although sometimes Photoshop and I get into arguments – it usually wins).

Camera: I have a Nikon D3000 which I mainly use on auto (I’m ashamed to say).

Anything Else: I have a Wacom Tablet (just a Bamboo Fun) and I love it! It really is fun.

And I’ve already talked about my beloved Silhouette Cameo digital cutter. Seriously, if you like crafting at all, think about asking for a digital cutter for Christmas this year.


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If you haven’t yet, try making something physical from your digi scrapping supplies! You’ll be amazed at what you can create. One piece of advice is to print your digital papers and elements on presentation paper or matte photo paper. The images will be much more vivid and true to color than if you try to print on cardstock. I just buy presentation paper at the office supply store.

favorite

The Garden of Life kit was inspired by a couple vintage tablecloths. I enjoyed creating the layered flowers and leaves and I like the happy yet still vintage feel. I had a lot of fun making floral patterned papers and ended up with a whole extra pack of them.


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popular

My most popular product is actually a digital cutting file that creates 3 different styles of store gift card holders.

This product was inspired by need. I have three daughters that were forever being invited to birthday parties and it seems that all tweens want to do is exchange store gift cards. I thought at least some nice packaging was in order.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Paper Garden Projects:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Paper Garden Projects’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Coupon

Use coupon code PGP-TDDluv to save 33% off Paper Garden Projects until January 3, 2016.

Go have a look in Paper Garden Projects’ 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 Paper Garden Projects

The following layouts were created using “Bountiful Blossoms” by Paper Garden Projects and included in The Digi Files during November, 2015:

Layout by Sula. Supplies: Bountiful Blossoms by Paper Garden Projects.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Bountiful Blossoms by Paper Garden Projects.

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Bountiful Blossoms by Paper Garden Projects; Template by Miss Mel’s Creations; Traveler (alpha, recolored) by Kimeric Kreations.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Bountiful Blossoms by Paper Garden Projects; Template by Trixi Scraps; Font: The Sharon.

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Layout by Toria. Supplies: Bountiful Blossoms by Paper Garden Projects.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Bountiful Blossoms by Paper Garden Projects; Painted Over (template) by Jenn C Designs.

Making Good Use of My Stash

One of my favorite things about digital scrapbooking is all of the other areas of my life it has poured into. Because I learned to use Photoshop, I learned to edit photos. Because I learned to digi scrap, I learned so much about layout, design, and color. I am able to take what I have learned, pair it with my ever-widening stash, and create all sorts of fun things. I seem to always be making something with my supplies…invites for parties, home decor, educational supplies, and more.

Today for instance…our county’s homeschool group is having a craft fair. Our family is selling my famous chai and I whipped up some cute little tags (using some fun supplies coming to a Daily Digi near you!)

Often the kids will come up to me and ask for me to make them something for one of their creative endeavors…

My kids all needed notebooks for their homeschool co-op…easy as pie!

I had a sad little frame that needed a picture. A few minutes with my stash and I was good to go!

A quick gift for a new niece…DONE!

I am so thankful for the many ways digital scrapbooking has lent itself to making all of life that much sweeter!


What about you? Do you use your supplies outside of scrapping?

Delightful Digi Supplies

We hope everyone had a great DSD last week! I scrapped 14 pages over the weekend and it felt great. If you need a few more supplies to capture a few more stories, here are some new releases that are sure to delight.

Two new products in Laura Banasiak’s store this week!

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New from Blagovesta Gosheva – Sweet November

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Squares are the easiest shape to work with for clean looking and stunning scrapbook pages. This new bundle from Katie the Scrapbook Lady gives you 12 single page designs and 12 double page spread designs for a total of 24 layered page templates and it’s on sale through this weekend for 40% off!

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Bullseye template by Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs (with stitches in black and white) is a customizable and fun addition to your stash! It is saved in PSD, TIF and PNG formats and also includes a circular text path for easy titles plus the outer ring has several options – 6 large blocks, 12 medium sized blocks, 18 small blocks or a combination!

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Meagan’s Creations has 2 new template packs out this week! “Singles Templates” are all about the 1, one great photo that is! Save 30% off each pack or 40% off when you purchase them together! (No coupon needed.)

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December is around the corner, and it is time to get your stashes ready and scrap all the daily goings on as the countdown begins towards the holidays! Pink Reptile Designs has these 3 super cute packs that are 30% off through November 15!

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Amber LaBau has 2 fantastic new products, perfect for documenting your December activities! Cards in both 3×4 and 4×6 perfect for journalling, or use the overlays on your photos – so versatile and fun!

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Fill It (Be Grateful) Journal Cards

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And from Studio Wendy, a set of planner templates sure to help you get creative and organized! Choose from Half Letter or A5.