Wrapping Up January 2016

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This is what our
members said at the end of last month:

This was my first month as a member and I couldn’t be happier. The
quality of the kits is exceptional and there is enough in this month’s
offerings alone to keep me busy for a long while! – jcadiram

Special thanks to our our amazing collab contributors for this month:
Amber Shaw, Amy Wolff, Bella Gypsy, Blagovesta Gosheva, Digilicious Designs, Dream Big Designs, Dunia Designs, Erica Zane, Hat of Bunny, Janet Phillips, Jennifer Labre, Jimbo Jambo Designs, Joyful Heart Designs, Just Because, Kimeric Kreations, Little Butterfly Wings, LJS Designs, Meagan’s Creations, Meta Wulandari Design, Paper Garden Projects, Pink Reptile Designs, Pixelily Designs, SAS Designs, Scrapbook Lady, Southern Creek Designs, Studio Wendy, Tangie Baxter, Tinci Designs, and Yin Designs.

Here’s a closer look at everything that is included this month:

Cuppa

Get Messy, Get Creative

This Is My Year

Little Boys

Free 2B Me

Little Girls

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Happy & Fresh

Did you know that every four months you are subscribed to The Digi Game
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Gratitude Journal {week five}

On Sundays this year at The Daily Digi, we are going to be sharing a FREE weekly gratitude journal spread. These pages are a place for you to record little memories you don’t want to forget, little reasons to be grateful. Each week their will be a gratefulness quote as well as a few photo spots.

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**SINCE TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH AND WE ALWAYS TAKE THAT DAY TO GIVE YOU A LAST CHANCE TO BECOME AND MEMBER AND DOWNLOAD YOUR DIGI FILES, WE ARE SHARING THIS WEEK’S JOURNAL TEMPLATE A DAY EARLY**
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You can use these FREE pages in a number of ways:

1) As digital scrapbooking templates. The download will always include .psd files for both 2-page 12×12 spreads as well as 2-page 8.5×11 spreads. You can add your own papers and elements and scrap ’till your heart’s content! (This is also a good option for those of you who get twitchy because I started the week with Friday. Since January 1 is a Friday, I like to start each week that way, but you may not! Feel free to adjust as needed!

2) As a digital journal. Keep the colors and text just as they are. Simply flatten the layers and add your notes of gratitude. Easy peasy!

3) As printed pages. Print out and write on them the good old-fashioned way. There is a .pdf file included for printing two letter-sized pages. Print your photos and attach!

{THIS LINK WILL BRING YOU TO A FOLDER WHERE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD ALL CURRENT AND PREVIOUS WEEKS.}

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If you have used the templates or print-outs, we’d LOVE to see them! Share a link in the comments or EMAIL ME . We just might feature your page!

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Team member Sharon has been keeping it simple. I love the way her pages have turned out!

Be sure to be back next week for your next FREE journal template!

Snow Fun! Scrap More!

Some of us across the US have had some extra time to play indoors this week after having been snowed in! If you’re looking to replenish your digi stash, check out these new releases.

Blagovesta Gosheva has a new fun winter kit in her store – Flurries of fun. Don’t miss to check also the extras made to coordinate the kit.

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Have you ever tried to take a photo with you phone and gotten the dreaded ‘no more storage space’ message? Melissa Shanhun will show you how you can get your photos from your devices to your computer.

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Katie the Scrapbook Lady is excited to introduce her new Salutations Series! These kits are perfect for pocket scrapping, digital scrapping, planners, stationery, and any other creative use you can think of!

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Liz is releasing her first set of 2016 Review Templates & her second set of Weekly Life Templates. These are all great for recapping your year, week or month! Grab them all at 20% off through January 31st.

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Discover a more intuitive and enjoyable way to creating DigitalART. This LIVE interactive class guides you step-by-step from A to Z in understanding what a pen/tablet is and how you can use one to improve both your creative process and digital artistry skills. A pen/tablet is the most delicious way to ArtPLAY!

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Meagan’s Creations has two new template packs out! Paper Hearts Templates Vol. 6 & 7 are great layered digital scrapbooking templates for everyday filled with love! Save 30% off through Monday, February 1st or save 40% when you purchase them together!

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All Of Me Loves . . . you fill in the blank! All Of Me Loves templates were made specifically so you can wear your heart on your, um, layout. No matter what all of you loves, there’s plenty of room for photographs and writing on these layouts so your heart’s desire is documented for years to come! On sale 20% off January 29th-31st!

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These ADORABLE pocket cards from Amber LaBau are perfect for scrapbook pages of all kinds, or add a treat and you’ve got a ready-made valentine! They’re part of the February Memory Pockets Monthly collection and are 20% off thru Sunday, or 35% off for MPM subscribers.

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I Am a Storyteller Photographer

I have definitely learned something about myself. I am a storyteller. For me, stories are the essence of who I am, what I see, and what I find beautiful.

Knowing this affects the way I approach things, especially my photography and scrapbooking. Whereas when I first started scrapping and would put just one photo on a page, I am now much more drawn to multi-photo pages that tell a story. When I take photos, I rarely, if ever, simply take one photo. Rather, I keep shooting, knowing the even the subtle differences in the frame are telling me a story.

I could take just one photo of a scene.

This picture does a pretty good job of telling a story on its own. I can tell my son is looking through our family scrapbook albums. But when I look at the other photos from the same few moments, I feel that the story is told in more detail. It’s like when I help my boys write their papers. We start with something solid and then we go back and we add in the details, using strong verbs and adjectives to better communicate what we are trying to say.

Another example:

In this photo, it looks as though my daughter is watching something on the Kindle, which she is. My son is obviously not paying any attention to the show and is instead playing and distracting her. She appears unfazed. But because I kept shooting, I better captured the whole of the story, which as you can tell, shows that my daughter wavered back and forth between being attentive to her show and wanting to join in my son’s craziness.

One photo would have never done this scene justice.

One of the major benefits of digital photography is that we can keep shooting, with negligible costs. We can just click, click, click and then delete, delete, delete. But between the clicking and the deleting we get to see a story unfold in front of us.

A few weeks ago, my son went into the bathroom to wash his hands and face (his favorite activity). I love getting pictures of the everyday little moments and so I followed him in.

I was in the middle of doing dishes and I almost walked away after taking this photo. But then I decided to watch him and keep shooting. I am so glad I did! There are so many little details in these photos that maybe only I will notice or see significance in, but to me, they are important. The photo of Indonesia in the background, the messy face, the messy mirror that tells me whichever kid was on bathroom for chores that day skipped out.

When it comes to scrapping my photos, I LOVE having lots to choose from. Sometimes I will choose only one or two if adding more doesn’t help the page. But then there are times when having lots of photos makes the storyteller in me very happy.

I shared this photo on Instagram a few weeks ago. It’s cute and it gets the point across, but the photos all together make this moment so much funnier to me. I love that my scrapbook layout includes ten photos, and they all play a purpose. The group of them is so much more of a story than one of the photos alone.

{CREDITS: Little Boys from the January 2016 Digi Files, LIKE button by Zoe Pearn, stitching by Traci Reed.


So how about you? Do you like to tell stories with your photos? With your words? Do you ever wish you had kept on shooting instead of walking away after one photo?

How Your Digital Presence Makes Memory Keeping Easier

How Your Digital Presence Makes Memory Keeping Easier

Are you finishing up your 2015 pocket album or Project 52 album? I know I am!

When I start a weekly pocket page, I always add the photos first. Then I tell the stories for those photos. For the leftover pockets, I have to dig a little to find content. Luckily, since so much of our lives are lived digitally, there are plenty of places to look for clues about what happened during any particular time period.

Here are some of my go-to stops for finding little tidbits of everyday-life information for my pocket albums.

I use Google Calendar for virtually everything! I have a personal calendar, a calendar for my kids, and even a meal planning calendar. That makes it my first-stop for ideas for memory keeping because everything that I had scheduled is in my Google Calendar. I just view the week I want to scrap and take note of any special events that happened.

I don’t have a big social media presence, but I do use Facebook. For memory keeping, I use my Facebook feed to see what I posted, liked and shared. If it was interesting, I add it to my pocket album. I sometimes use screenshots of my social media to make sure to show exactly what social media looked like today. It will look very different in 5 years or 10 years. And who knows what we’ll have in 20 or 50 years. It’s nice to capture how we communicate today in our memory albums.

With some friends and family, I often communicate by Facebook Messenger so that makes it a great source of information too.

Email is a great source of information! I like to search for a time period and see what pops up. Sometimes it’s just a recipe I’ve shared, but sometimes I’ll find RSVPs to parties and planning for other events that make for good additions to my pocket album pages.

Oh yes, I do love my Netflix. If you head into your Netflix account, you can browse your viewing history. Mine is, umm, extensive. I love adding what shows I’ve been watching to my pocket pages. Hopefully my kids will get a kick out hearing about Mom’s Grey’s Anatomy binge of 2015.

You can search your local news sites for the dates you’re interested in scrapbooking. I’ve done this and been reminded about a big news story that I want to share in my albums.

If you’d like to add interesting trivia, the BBC has their On This Day website. Search any date and it will provide you with the biggest news and events that happened on that day. It would be fun to add things like “25 years ago today, this happened.”

You can also find out the weather on a past date on the web at sites like this one.


What other digital sources of information would you add to the list?

Using Journaling Cards to add Text to Your Photos

After finally editing more than 500 photos from our family’s trip to Florida in December, I am ready to put the photos into an album from Adorama Pix. I don’t want or need to have dozens of scrapbook pages from this one week and yet I want to have most of the photos available for us to look at. That’s where albums are such a great option. I’ll have a few scrapped pages from our trip in our family scrapbook, but the bulk of the images will be in their own book. I’ll use my Scrap Your Year templates because I have found over and over again that they make putting an album together quick and painless.

Because I don’t plan to add paper and elements to my pages, I did want to do something to add a little style to my book. Adding text over photos is a simple and yet powerful addition. To make it easy (and because typography isn’t one of my strong suits), I used some of the many journaling cards I have in my digi stash.

For this photo, I used a card by Kristin Cronin-Barrow from her Life Stories: Girl kit (no longer available). Using my magic wand tool, I simply chose the text and put it on its own layer and added it to my photo.

In this next example, I used two different cards from the Little Boys kit in this month’s Digi Files. Again, I just extracted the text with my magic wand tool and placed them on my photo.

For this photo, I used a card from Kristin Cronin-Barrow’s Once Upon a Summer: Chilling Cards. I placed the card over my photo, enlarging it to the same width as my image. I lowered the opacity to about 75% and changed the blending mode to overlay.

This image, using a card from the Free 2B Me kit from this month’s Digi Files, was created with another simple extraction. After placing the text on my photo, I added a white layer and used a clipping mask to change the text to white. I then lowered the opacity until I was happy with it.

For this image, I extracted the text from the card that was part of the Little Boys kit from this month’s Digi Files. I then played around with the opacity and blending modes. I eventually cut apart the text into different layers so I could center justify the words. I then added a slight outer glow to the “adventure” layer and I used my burn tool to darken the sky/clouds directly beneath so that the word would stand out more.

Here are a few more I made for my album:

Putting together my trip album is going to be fast, easy, and fun. And with these easy text treatments, it’s going to look great too!


What about you? Have you found great ways to use your journaling cards?


Introducing Happy & Fresh

Hat of Bunny, Meagan’s Creations, Paper Garden Projects, Kimeric Kreations, Just Because Studio and Studio Wendy have all contributed to this happy and fresh kit. It may look like winter outside, but inside your soul, it is always SPRING. The new year is here and with it brings the possibility of all things news. Bright and happy colors and whimsical elements are waiting for you to scrap all things happy and fresh. And for you pocket scrappers, there are plenty of journaling cards too!


Hat of Bunny

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Here’s a look at the individual contributions. And, be sure to read through to the end for a special offer from several of the featured designers!


Meagan’s Creations

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Paper Garden Projects

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Kimeric Kreations

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Just Because Studio

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Studio Wendy

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TEAM INSPIRATION:

Take a look at what our team created with this fresh kit! You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.

Layout by Judie. Supplies: Happy & Fresh by The Daily Digi.

Layout by Katie. Supplies: Happy & Fresh by The Daily Digi.

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Happy & Fresh by The Daily Digi; Template by BoolandDesigns; Font: Stars From Our Eyes.

Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Happy & Fresh by The Daily Digi.

Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Happy & Fresh by The Daily Digi.

SPECIAL OFFERS:

January is
Hat of Bunny’s birthday month, so there will be lots of celebrations and excitement going on in my store! Enjoy the 30% off coupon!

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Inspired by Happy & Fresh

The following layouts were created using “Happy & Fresh” by The Daily Digi and included in
The Digi Files during January, 2016:


Layout by JackieC. Supplies: Happy & Fresh by The Daily Digi.

Layout by Judie. Supplies: Happy & Fresh by The Daily Digi.

Layout by Katie. Supplies: Happy & Fresh by The Daily Digi.

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Happy & Fresh by The Daily Digi; Template by BoolandDesigns; Font: Stars From Our Eyes.

Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Happy & Fresh by The Daily Digi.

Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Happy & Fresh by The Daily Digi.

Gratitude Journal {week four}

On Sundays this year at The Daily Digi, we are going to be sharing a FREE weekly gratitude journal spread. These pages are a place for you to record little memories you don’t want to forget, little reasons to be grateful. Each week their will be a gratefulness quote as well as a few photo spots.

You can use these FREE pages in a number of ways:

1) As digital scrapbooking templates. The download will always include .psd files for both 2-page 12×12 spreads as well as 2-page 8.5×11 spreads. You can add your own papers and elements and scrap ’till your heart’s content! (This is also a good option for those of you who get twitchy because I started the week with Friday. Since January 1 is a Friday, I like to start each week that way, but you may not! Feel free to adjust as needed!

2) As a digital journal. Keep the colors and text just as they are. Simply flatten the layers and add your notes of gratitude. Easy peasy!

3) As printed pages. Print out and write on them the good old-fashioned way. There is a .pdf file included for printing two letter-sized pages. Print your photos and attach!

{THIS LINK WILL BRING YOU TO A FOLDER WHERE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD ALL CURRENT AND PREVIOUS WEEKS.}


Be sure to be back next week for your next FREE journal template!

P.S. If you have used the templates or print-outs, we’d LOVE to see them! Share a link in the comments or EMAIL ME . We just might feature your page!

Layouts We Love {January 2016}

It’s been a few months since we have shared some of the amazing layouts from our Flickr pool. Every time I go in there, I am blown away by the creativity and inspiration that abounds. I had a hard time choosing favorites since there are just so many! I did my best, though!

Click on each layout to see it over on Flickr!



It’s a Happy Day by bessysue581: Such a fun layout! I love the text border and the pops of color with the black and white photo and dark background paper. This instantly jumped out at me!

Worried by Danica Staples: I’ve always been a fan of no-photo layouts, and this page is no exception. Telling our stories is such an important part of the scrapping process. It benefits us now as we get to “think out loud” and it benefits us in the future as we look back on the thread of our lives.

Cherish Love by breeoxd: I love the way she used a vertical photo and paired int next to a big journaling card. It is such a striking design. Even on a “busy” page, she created negative space with the journaling card, giving the eyes a place to rest. So pretty!

He’d Prefer by Liz Toms: This layout is so darling! I love the sweet photos along with a cute story. The little moments of our children’s lives come and go so quickly. It’s important to record the memories while we still remember them!

Be You by staciahall33: What an incredible layout! The design is nothing short of fabulous. I especially love all the color popping against the black!

Mellow by lynettew: Sharing about who we are is so important! I love that she took the time to share something about her personality and how she feels about it. I can imagine her great-granddaughter coming across this page and thinking, “Oh, so that’s where I get it from!”

Names by Tifff3fs: This page is such a signs-of-the-times layout! I loved reading the stories about children’s names and how they evolve and change over time. Such a cool thing to scrap about!

Trust by MlleTerraMoka: My attention was caught with the large photo along! I love the cropping of the photo and the word art on the negative space is just perfect.

Scrappy Dreams and Wishes by Jenn jk703: What’s not to love? So many cool things about this page: the bright colors paired with the black and white, the fun hexagons, the great use of patterned papers, the fantastic font work, sharing of a special part of her life….it all adds up to PERFECT.

2015 by the Numbers by breeoxd: Another fantastic no-photo layout! I love the diagnal and divided design of this page as well as the fun way she documented her year in numbers. And woo hoo for the 126 scrapbook pages done!

Thank you to everyone who shares their amazing creativity in our Flickr pool. You are all such an inspiration to all of us!