Inspired by Meagan’s Creations

The following layouts were created using “Reading by the Fire” by Meagan’s Creations and included in The Digi Files during November, 2015:

Layout by Trina. Supplies: Reading by the Fire by Meagan’s Creations; Vim And Vigour (template) by Jimbo Jambo Designs.

Layout by Sula. Supplies: Reading by the Fire by Meagan’s Creations.

Layout by Anne. Supplies: Reading by the Fire by Meagan’s Creations; Fuss Free: Double Time 8 (template) by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs; Font: Arsenale White.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Reading by the Fire by Meagan’s Creations; Template by Rainy Dayz; Font: Smiley Monster.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Reading by the Fire by Meagan’s Creations.

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Layout by Toria. Supplies: Reading by the Fire by Meagan’s Creations; Process Play Template.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Reading by the Fire by Meagan’s Creations; Something Magical by Two Tiny Turtles.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Reading by the Fire by Meagan’s Creations; Template by Shabby Princess.

Zoom In, Zoom Out

Lately, I’ve been trying to share tips to make using Photoshop a little bit easier and faster. Today I have a a simple trick for zooming in and out on a page extra fast. Why would you want to do that? It’s handy to do when you’re checking details like mare sure your shadowing is right, edges that are aligned, or template guides are deleted.

Let’s start with a page that I made for the The Digi Files in the spring, using Southern Creek Designs Signs of Spring kit.

One of the last steps I take on pages is to zoom in to 100% and check the shadows on the page. Here is one of the clusters on my page, zoomed in to check the details.

It’s easy to lose your place on the page when you are zoomed in to 100%. Luckily, Photoshop has a handy birds-eye feature that lets you quickly “zoom out” to see the whole page before snapping back to the zoomed in view.

Start with your canvas at 100% zoom. All you have to do is hold down the H key, which will reveal the entire page canvas, with a selection box showing the portion of the page zoomed in on. Next, drag the selection box to where you want to zoom next and release the mouse key. Photoshop will automatically return to 100% zoom on the area that you have clicked.

So simple but so helpful!

GAME CHANGER: The Best Digital Scrapbooking Tool Is The One You Have With You (all the time)

Supplies used to make my own journal cards on my phone

Supplies by Chelles Creations

I’ve been a digital scrapbooker since fall of 2003. That’s a long time. I’ve seen huge changes during that time. A few years ago, we saw a shift in what cameras people were using the most. Someone started using the phrase, “The best camera is the one you have with you,” it’s so true, and it’s stuck. My primary camera has become my phone, because it’s always with me. I have no shame in that.

I think we are in the beginning stages of seeing the same shift with what we use to digi scrap and document our memories! A shift to using the tools that are always with us…our phones! I’ve always dreamed of using any supplies we want, created by our favorite designers, and any fonts we own, to create fabulous scrapbook pages ON OUR PHONES AND ON THE GO!

My dreams have come true!!

I’ve been an Over (iPhone version; Android version) user for a long time (read my original post about it for the backstory and directions for installing fonts). Over time though, other apps were becoming easier to use and doing the things I wanted/needed better, so I got away from using it.

October 21st, I got an email that Over, that after THREE YEARS there was a BIG update. This past week, I finally had time to play and put the Over App to the test to see if I really could do everything I wanted/needed. Would I be able to create layouts and journaling cards, from scratch, in the app?? Guess what!? It was successful in a BIG way!

The Over App is like having Photoshop in your purse or pocket! Except, there is no learning curve! It’s FAST, it’s easy, it’s mobile! I can now scrapbook on my phone USING ANY SUPPLIES AND FONTS I want!!!! This is exciting! This is HUGE! This IS a game changer!!

Why Over?

I’ve used A LOT of apps to document memories on my phone over the past year. Over 3.0 is truly the EASIEST to use, the quickest, and allows the most CONTROL and FREEDOM! Here are the things I LOVE about it:

  • Install and use any fonts I want for journaling and title work in the app
  • LAYERING (and work within the layers at any time)
  • Use different fonts on one canvas or layout (multiple text boxes)
  • Complete control on colors of fonts and png files (there is a color selection tool, so you can select colors from the items on your canvas)
  • Complete control over typography: line spacing, character spacing, color, opacity, drop shadows, etc.
  • I can edit type, then edit a png on the same canvas, then go back to the type again (many apps will not let you do this).
  • Control over Drop Shadows: direction, blur, color, opacity
  • Nudging (the app zooms in and lets you nudge items and it works fabulously); I was never frustrated by trying to get things positioned exactly where I wanted them.
  • Erasing parts of a png
  • Resizing of pngs on the canvas
  • Exports high resolution files
  • I CAN USE ANY SUPPLIES FROM MY FAVORITE DESIGNERS AND THE DIGI FILES!!!!

Resolution?

I know, the first question is going to be about resolution, so let’s put that to rest now. Chari at Persnickety Prints has a GREAT article to help with terms and definitions. When I used a 12×12 (3600×3600) digital scrapbook paper as my background, it exported from the app at 3600×3600. When I brought in a 3600×3600 paper and then cropped it to the 2:3 (4×6) it exports at 2400×3600. The 4:3 (which I use for 4×3 journal cards), it exports at 2700×3600. That is an ample amount of pixels to print at 300dpi. (Again, read Chari’s article for clarification).

How Over works

Aaron, CEO and Designer at Over created a video walkthrough of Over 3.0 that shows how everything works. The app really is user friendly and intuitive, so I’m not going to do a step-by-step tutorial, but here are some tips I discovered while creating.

  • Save the items you want to use for creating, to your phone (I use Dropbox for this or my Photos app on my Mac that syncs via the cloud to my phone).
  • When selecting the canvas size (after selecting your background), tapping the arrow will change the orientation of the crop from landscape to portrait:

  • You can drag the corners to use a smaller portion of the paper, just remember, this will decrease the pixel dimensions as well.
  • You can reorder the layer stack by tapping the layers icon at the top and then dragging and dropping the layer order.
  • You can edit a layer that isn’t currently selected, just by tapping it.
  • When typing journaling, it looks like it’s not going to be proportional to the canvas, don’t worry, it will auto fit to the canvas and you will be able to resize and manipulate it. Don’t insert any returns or anything like that in the editing window.

After I make the journaling cards, I use the Project Life App to put my pages together. I also think complete digital pages could be created in the Over App very easily.

If you try Over for digi scrapping, let me know. If you have any questions, post them here, and I will be happy to help.

Here are some features I would still like to see in Over:

  • Dropbox Integration so I can access all of my folders and files in Dropbox and not have to save them to my phone first.
  • Photo Album Integration (because I like to keep all of my supplies in an album on my phone, it would be great to be able to just go to that album instead of having to go through all of the photos in the whole stream.
  • If I’m in the app using it, then go to Dropbox and save an image, the image doesn’t show up in my photos in the app. I have to close out the current canvas in order to access them. This is a bummer! This is the same case if I buy an add-on through the app.
  • I would like to be able to save editable versions of the canvases that I can open later and edit, as needed.
  • Digital designers’ products added to the Market Place, so I can buy them and use them in app 🙂

Do you see a shift taking place? Are you shifting how you create?

Be Kind

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It’s an honor to welcome Traci Reed back to The Digi Files! I have always admired Traci for her incredibly hard work and determination. I have watched her build her business over the years and I am in awe of all she has accomplished. Her kit in this month’s Digi Files, Be Kind, is so representative of her unique, colorful, and detailed designs. She makes me want to scrap!



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 Traci Reed’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Be Kind by Traci Reed.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Be Kind by Traci Reed; Font: Typewriter.

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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Be Kind by Traci Reed; Font: Always In My Heart.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Be Kind by Traci Reed; Template by Connie Prince; Font: The Sharon.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Be Kind by Traci Reed; This Journey Called Life 2 (template) by Two Tiny Turtles.

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

Name

My name is Traci Reed and I’ve made it my life’s mission to help inspire as many lovingly-crafted, story-rich scrapbook pages as I can. I want my designs to be the springboard to beautiful scrapbook pages that capture all the emotion, details and love you put into your pages.

A little about me, I’m a wife, mother, maid, chef, chauffeur, entrepreneur and artist. My husband Patrick and I live in sunny Northern California with our three boys Karsten, Josiah and Finn. We have 1 rescued Chiuaua/terrier mix 7 year old dog named Abby, a 1 year old Boxweiler named Reese and a 4 year old rescue cat named Loki and that’s about all I can handle! Between taking the boys to school, soccer, baseball, basketball, cross country, band and all the other extracurriculars, I somehow find time to come up with new digital scrapbooking product each week. In addition to my digital scrapbooking career, I also design product lines for the paper companies: Simple Stories, Gossamer Blue and My Mind’s Eye!

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I’ve been really into pocket scrapbooking now for a number of years, though I don’t really like to do the whole weekly approach, but rather themed layouts throughout the year, this is a layout of my workout efforts over the period of a month!



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CREDITS: Get It Girl Bundle by Traci Reed.



started

I started designing way back in 2004 (that’s 11 years ago this December!) when the industry was brand new and I was a struggling 19 year old mother of a newborn son. Up to this point I had been a paper scrapbooker my whole life and now I had this new baby and a REASON to scrapbook but no money to buy supplies. I found the Digital Scrapbooking Magazine (Volume 2) put out that year by a paper scrapbooking magazine and the rest was history.

At the time, there weren’t a lot of options for product AND I was too broke to buy anything so I taught myself how to make product and started selling in late 2004. I landed at Sweet Shoppe Designs in 2007 and never looked back!

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My kids, typically. My best kits and the ones I enjoy the most are the ones I can use and directly relate to my own life!

tools

Computer: I have a 27″ iMac and a 15″ Macbook Pro. Both have 4 gigs of ram and though I love my 27″ screen with a passion, my MBP actually runs better because of the Solid State Hard Drive!

Program: I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CC

Camera: I have a Canon 7D and a Samsung Galaxy S5

Anything Else: I have a Wacom tablet and occasionally I design things like fonts and doodles on my iPad!

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For really dynamic pocket pages, change your perspective in your photography. Especially if you’re doing pocket scrapping on a weekly basis, everyday life photos can get monotonous if it’s always the same photo at the same angle. My favorite shots are from the floor or when I put the camera on the table.

favorite

I have a lot of favorite products, but my most recent favorite is Stay Weird because it celebrates your oddity! I love empowering people through scrapbooking and Stay Weird is such a cool kit with a great color palette!


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popular

One of my all time best selling kits is Heroic. Like all little boys, my kids are super in to heroes and comic books, so I made this kit with a fun vintage vibe and it’s totally outsold almost all my other products over time. Everybody loves a good superhero kit!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Traci Reed:


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


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Use coupon code tddsave30 for 30% off Traci’s store, not valid with other sales, exp. 11/30/15.



Go have a look in Traci Reed’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 Traci Reed

The following layouts were created using “Be Kind” by Traci Reed and included in
The Digi Files during November, 2015:

Layout by Jackie C. Supplies: Be Kind by Traci Reed; Template by Amy Martin Designs.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Be Kind by Traci Reed.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Be Kind by Traci Reed; Font: Typewriter.

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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Be Kind by Traci Reed; Font: Always In My Heart.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Be Kind by Traci Reed; Template by Connie Prince; Font: The Sharon.

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Welcome the Designers of TDF#83

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:

Traci Reed

Meagan’s Creations

Digital Project Life

Jennifer Labre

Paper Garden Projects

JB Studio

Jenn Barrette (Retired)

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:

This kits were just wonderful this month. I am on vacation next week so I hope to use ALL of the kits in a bunch of layouts! Thanks so much for such wonderful gifts each month! —Tammy Davis

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.