Looking Good in 2016

It looks like a few of our favorite designers are back to work in a big way. Check out these new products and deals…

New $1 Kits, including The Definition of Character, plus Freebies are now available at Jumpstart Designs!

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Jenn Labre has a sweet new kit out this week. Check out Windsong and grab it for 20% off!

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All My Love Kit is new at Dunia Designs.

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Get 30 aA DigitalART products for $30.00 during the 30,000 Event. Get all the details
here.

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Bear Hugs is new & on sale for the weekend! Purchase the bundle & save big–have fun scrapping your sweet little bear!!

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Scrapping with Liz has some fun new number templates and overlays and her first set in her 2017 Calendar series. All 20% off through January 24th.

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Blagovesta Gosheva and Rubia from Studio Basic Designs teamed up again to bring to you “My Wish For You”

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Wendy has a brand new Toolkit for Project Life App users. It adds stronger drop shadows and bleed for printing in photobooks. And, check out all the extra template packs that correspond with the app packs. Video tutorial included. The Daily Digi readers can save an extra 15% off the entire bundle by using this exclusive hidden link.

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Paper Garden Projects is retiring from active designing. Her Digichick shop is 50% off through the end of the month.

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Introducing Little Girls

Jennifer Labre, Bella Gypsy, Janet Phillips, Meta Wulandari Design and Scrapbook Lady have all contributed to this sweet and feminine kit. With pink galore, delicate patterns, and sweet little month cards, your little lady is ready to be the star of your pages. With And for you pocket scrappers, there are plenty of journaling cards too!

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!


Bella Gypsy

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Janet Phillips

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Jennifer Labre

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Meta Wulandari Design

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Scrapbook Lady

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TEAM INSPIRATION:

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


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Little Girls by The Daily Digi.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Little Girls by The Daily Digi.

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Little Girls by The Daily Digi; Template: Fiddle Dee Dee; Font: Second Breakfast.

Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Little Girls by The Daily Digi; Challenge Freebie (template) by Amy Martin.

SPECIAL OFFERS:

Bella Gypsy has 35% off just for you with coupon code BG_TDD35

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Celebrate January with 30% off
Jennifer Labre’s Pickleberry Pop store with coupon code JAN-TDD-30.

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Make 2016 the year you get your memories in order!
Katie the Scrapbook Lady has simply stunning templates and supplies to make it easy!

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Inspired by Little Girls

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

Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Little Girls by The Daily Digi.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Little Girls by The Daily Digi.

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Little Girls by The Daily Digi; Template: Fiddle Dee Dee; Font: Second Breakfast.

Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Little Girls by The Daily Digi; Challenge Freebie (template) by Amy Martin.

Choosing Not to Shadow

Choosing Not to Shadow

I made a page recently that reminded me of an older Daily Digi article called To Shadow or Not to Shadow? That Is the Question. by Katie. In the post she showed us some great examples of when shadowing is optional. Not shadowing works especially well for graphic, clean and minimalist layout designs.

Another reason to choose not to shadow is when you want the paper to look like a part of the background paper or to mimic the look of a rub-on transfer.

Here’s the page that made me think about shadowing. You can see that the central cluster is stacked on top of a few un-shadowed papers:

Here is the same page, magnified to 100 percent, showing the un-shadowed papers with the shadowed papers and elements layered on top:

And another section:

This is a great way to ground a design, especially when the kit you’re using didn’t come with paint or a mask.

To shadow or not to shadow? The choice is all yours! It is absolutely ok to mix un-shadowed and shadowed layers on the same page.

The Lightroom-Project Life App Showdown

I spent this week scrapping an entire album in the Project Life App. I wanted to see what all the buzz was about. Plus, I’ve been wanting to scrap my trip to Europe for over a year now. So I set about making it happen. I found myself, the entire way through, comparing the experience to scrapping in Lightroom. (See my previous post “Scrapping Faster With Lightroom” for more details.)

First, let’s look at my Project Life App process.

1) I went through Lightroom and chose all my photos. I exported them to JPG and saved them to Dropbox, keeping each day of the trip in it’s own folder. I ended up with over 800mb of photos, even in JPG format. So after nursing the Dropbox upload, I unshared that folder with Selective Sync on my computer to save space.

2) I launched the Project Life App and purchased additional template packs. They are very reasonably priced. Then I shopped for card packs. My eyes aren’t the greatest, and even on the iPad, I had a hard time telling which packs were which. So I ended up with 2 workarounds.

First, I found a page on the Project Life website that details all the card kits and where they can be purchased. You can download a PDF showing exactly which cards are in each pack. Only Green Dot products are available in the app. If you want to purchase packs that are available only through the Digital Project Life store, you can upload those to Dropbox to access them. You can also upload cards you’ve purchased elsewhere. The downside of uploading cards is that you cannot journal on cards or photos that you import. You can only add text to cards you purchase through the Project Life app.

The second thing I did was edit my accessibility settings on my iPad, enabling a 3-finger tap zoom. This allowed me to read the tiny white type on the card pack thumbnail images.

3) Next, I scrapped my pages, pulling in my images and journal cards. The app includes a handy photo adjustment option for quick edits. I was able to add journaling to most of my cards, choosing one of the free included fonts. You can purchase additional fonts. The one issue I had was that there was no way for me to import one of my fonts into the app. And, I could not use the fonts in the app to add journaling to my cards from my mac. So, I ended up with two different fonts in the book. If I did another album, I would not add any journaling and just add it all from Photoshop later.

4) As I finished each page, I exported a JPG to Dropbox. I started exporting the proprietary file too as a backup, but I had so many pages to complete and that took extra time, so I ended up skipping the backup file and just relying on the Project Life App to save the originals. If I had to recreate a page, I certainly could pretty quickly.

5) Next, I pulled all the layouts into Photoshop where I used a clipping mask template I created to add deeper drop shadows to my pages. I also created an action to add bleed to my pages for printing in a photobook. The Project Life Templates do not leave nearly enough border and if I printed them as is, the borders and some of the images would get cut off. My action also allowed me to pull in a background paper behind my page, save a PSD and a JPG. During this step, I found several typos, so I had to return to the app, make type changes, export new JPGs and replace them in the files. It’s important to note that I also add drop shadows for Lightroom pages using actions so that step is fairly equivalent, even though they work just a little differently. Here’s one of the 28 pages I did in a week.

6) As I saved my pages, I numbered them in order so that I could easily assemble my book in my favorite photobook printer’s software.

How does my Lightroom process differ?

1) My photos are already in Lightroom so I can skip the time-consuming step of exporting them to JPG and uploading to Dropbox. Advantage: Lightroom

2) I can use my own Lightroom templates similar to the Project Life App style, but I cannot choose rounded corners. Advantage: Project Life App

3) In Lightroom, I can even create my own templates or adjust them on the fly if something doesn’t work quite the way I want it to. For example, there were several times I wished I could convert two side by side images into one larger one. I can’t do that in Project Life App, but I can in Lightroom. Advantage: Lightroom

4) Card packs and template packs for Lightroom are more expensive than packs available from within the Project Life App. But, there are many more packs to choose from than are available within the app, both at Digital Project Life and digi stores throughout the scrap-o-sphere. Advantage: Project Life App

5) Both Lightroom and Project Life don’t allow the depth of drop shadows that I prefer, so I do end up bringing both into Photoshop. Advantage: Draw

6) Any fonts I used in Lightroom would also be available in Photoshop, so my album can use one matching font throughout. Advantage: Lightroom

7) Lightroom requires you scrap on your computer (last I checked the print module was not available in Lightroom Mobile, but I’d have to confirm that to be sure). But, Project Life App pages can be created on the go with your iPad or iPhone. Advantage: Project Life App

So, after tallying the results, we have a draw! But, which is my favorite?

For me, personally, Lightroom has the edge. Both are respectably fast ways to scrap. But, because my photos are already in Lightroom, I save so much time scrapping there as my starting point. I also prefer to have access to my own handwriting font. I’m willing to use square edge images instead of rounded ones, and since I have a laptop, portability isn’t too much of a problem for me. That said, if I wanted to scrap phone photos only, I could see the Project Life App being my go-to choice for those. I’m so glad that my album is done, though, and scrapping 28 Project Life pages, along with a cover and 30 journaling pages in Photoshop, is a good enough reason as any to give the Project Life App a try. If you have scrapped with both Lightroom and Project Life App, I’d love to know which you prefer, and why in the comments.

Introducing Free 2B Me

Southern Creek Designs, Blagovesta Gosheva, LJS Designs, Yin Designs, Scrapbook Lady and Little Butterfly Wings have all contributed to this fun and bold kit. Learning to lean into who you are offers great freedom. With strong colors, bold patterns, and a declaration of independence, your all about me pages are ready to come together. And for you pocket scrappers, there are plenty of journaling cards too!

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


Southern Creek Designs

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Blagovesta Gosheva

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LJS Designs

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Yin Designs

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Scrapbook Lady

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Little Butterfly Wings

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TEAM INSPIRATION:

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


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Free 2B Me by The Daily Digi.

Layout by JillW. Supplies: Free 2B Me by The Daily Digi.

Layout by Toria. Supplies: Free 2B Me by The Daily Digi; Happy Planner.

Layout by Katie. Supplies: Free 2B Me by The Daily Digi.

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Free 2B Me by The Daily Digi; TDD Collaboration (template) by Yin; Font: CK Puppy Love, Pea Make it and Love It, Brush Script.

SPECIAL OFFERS:

Enjoy 30% off
Blagovesta Gosheva’s entire store with the code: BG-Free2BThe coupon is valid until February 15, 2016.

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Make 2016 the year you get your memories in order!
Katie the Scrapbook Lady has simply stunning templates and supplies to make it easy!

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Save 30% off LJS Designs with code LJS_DD16_30Expires: January 31, 2016

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Enjoy 40% off
Southern Creek Designs through January 2016. Use coupon code: 402B4you

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Yin has been making these month in review layouts for four years. She includes a photo a day in Half Monthly layouts (15 to 16 photo spots each) and quickly and easily captures her days. And she will like to offer these 4 sets Bundled at a special 50% Off Bundled Deal – find it in her store!

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Inspired by Free 2B Me

The following layouts were created using “Free 2B Me” by The Daily Digi and included in
The Digi Files during January, 2016:


Layout by Anne. Supplies: Free 2B Me by The Daily Digi.

Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Free 2B Me by The Daily Digi; Template by Tinci Designs.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Free 2B Me by The Daily Digi.

Layout by JillW. Supplies: Free 2B Me by The Daily Digi.

Layout by Katie. Supplies: Free 2B Me by The Daily Digi.

Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Free 2B Me by The Daily Digi.

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Free 2B Me by The Daily Digi; TDD Collaboration (template) by Yin; Font: CK Puppy Love, Pea Make it and Love It, Brush Script.

Layout by Toria. Supplies: Free 2B Me by The Daily Digi; Happy Planner.

Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Free 2B Me by The Daily Digi; Happy Planner.

Layout by Trina. Supplies: Free 2B Me by The Daily Digi; Template (freebie) by Sara Gleason.

Gratitude Journal {week three}

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!

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

My Super Simple Phone Photo Management System

Several readers have recently asked about my photo organization and workflow on my phone, since it is my primary camera and digital scrapbooking tool. I created a layout for every single day in 2015 and I’m continuing in 2016. I can’t imagine trying to fit a whole week or month of my life on one page anymore (but when I started, I was lucky to have ONE photo per day). I have a lot of photos on my phone! If you don’t have very much memory on your phone, I have suggestions for you as well, continue reading.


Q: Do you edit and delete your photos everyday?

A: No, I don’t. I subscribe to the philosophy I learned a long time ago for managing clutter; only handle things once, they say it saves time. When I am ready to work on a layout for a day, I tap on my photos app icon, then the photos tab at the bottom; the photos are then organized by date taken. I go to the day I want to scrap and edit the photos I want to use and delete the photos I don’t want/need. I use the native editing app (top right corner). It really does a good job (I especially love the ‘shadows’ feature in the Light menu). I can reset the edits at anytime (even after leaving the photo and coming back) and they are saved at a high resolution (most photo editing apps save at a very low resolution).

Q: When you are working on older photos, it’s a pain to scroll through the whole year’s worth of photos. Any suggestions to make this easier?

A: As I choose a photo to go on a layout, I tap the heart at the bottom of the photo, which automatically sends it to the “Favorites” album. Then, when I’m making a layout, I just go to the Favorites album instead of the ‘All Photos’ tab. This makes the photos much quicker to find and add to a layout.

Q: How do you back up your photos?

A: I have my photos on my phone quadruple backed up. My favorite methods, and the ones I use the most are 1) Dropbox Camera Uploads (automatically syncs anytime I open the DropBox app and I’m connected to wifi, which I try to do at least once a day) 2) the Photos app on my Mac is set to sync with the Photos app on my phone so anytime anything is added to one, it automatically saves to the other. I also use Flickr (automatic backup similar to DropBox, you have to open the app to activate it), and Amazon Photo (free unlimited photo back up for Prime members; limited video though). The biggest reason I like ALL of these is that they do not reduce my photo size and it’s automated, as long as I go into the app and I’m connected to wifi.


Q: I have hardly any memory on my phone. Do you run out of room? What can I do?

A: I have a 64gb phone. I actually wanted the 128gb, but they were on backorder at the time, and I couldn’t wait for them to come in. I always try to get the most memory I can afford. I just recently started running out of memory and had to delete all of my podcasts and movies. My husband has a 16gb phone and has memory problems all of the time. A couple of tricks we have learned are

  • when you delete photos on the iPhone, they don’t delete, the go to the ‘Deleted album’, so you need to delete them from the deleted album as well, in order to free up memory.
  • I ordered this for my husband for Christmas and it works really, really well. It creates it’s own “ad-hoc wifi” connection, so you do not need to be on wifi. You can transfer photos from your phone and back again WIRELESSLY!! It is SUPER easy to set up! Just download the app and read the instructions in the app. Photos transferred from the phone to the drive in mere seconds. The photos are named by the date taken on the USB. You can also, as easily, transfer photos from the USB to the phone. He is thrilled with his 128gb of space and I think I might buy myself one now too. I’m the more tech savvy of the two of us and he had it set up and working great in under 5 minutes!

Q: Have you tried saving space by saving the original photo in the cloud and low resolution on your devices? How does this work for scrapbooking on your phone?

A: I’ve tested this a bit and it works great IF you will always be on wifi when you want a high resolution image. The high resolution image will be downloaded anytime you want to access it, IF you are on wifi. If you aren’t on wifi, it will be the low resolution image. I opted not to use this feature because I really like to work on layouts while I’m flying…no wifi.


Q: What apps do you use to document and create layouts?

A: Project Life is for sure my power house for documenting the photos on my phone! I also use PicStitch (collages), DropBox (transfer supplies into the Project Life app), Phonto (to create my own journaling cards), Over (to create my own journaling cards), Rhonna Designs (to make journaling cards), Scannable (to scan in items to use on my layouts), iMovie (to edit videos), Video 2 Photo (to take photos out of a video), and QR Code Creator (to make a QR code from a video in DropBox, to add to my layouts).

What else? Are there other questions you have that I didn’t cover? Post in the comments and I will do my best to answer!

Are we having fun yet?

We’re having fun with some awesome products from a few of our favorite designers…

Bella Gypsy

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Blue Flower Art

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Digilicous Designs

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Erica Zane

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Heather T

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Jennifer Labre

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Scrapbook Lady

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Kimeric Kreations

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Pink Reptile Designs

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Studio Sherwood

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Tangie Baxter

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Studio Wendy

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