Gratitude Journal {week eight}

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!

If you have missed previous weeks, grab them HERE.

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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!

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

Telling Stories Through Our Scrapbook Pages

I know we all have different reasons for scrapbooking. Some of us do it for the artistic outlet. Some of us do it for the community and friendship aspect. Many of us do it for the memory keeping. I suspect, for most scrapbookers, the reasons are mixed.

That is definitely the case for me. When I started scrapping, it was something to do. I wanted to be creative and scrapbooking was a natural fit with my love of photos and a slight obsession with my kids. As I got involved in the community, scrapbooking was — for years — about the friendships I formed and the community of other women who loved this hobby. But through it all (eleven years and counting!), scrapbooking has mostly been about me sharing the stories of our lives. Recording the little moments throughout my kids’ childhoods has been such a special part of the last eleven years. While many of my pages are cute little things my kids have said or done, I am also trying to be more intentional about telling my story and telling my kids more about the person they call “mom.” I want them to know who I was, what I did, what I believed, and why they were so important to me. At some point, whether soon or many years down the road, I won’t be around to tell the stories. And so I choose to tell them now.

I have actually been sharing some of these stories on my personal blog. Others, though, are told through my scrapbook albums. Many are serious, some are not. It doesn’t matter to me. They are my stories and they are meant to be told.

When I saw Little Butterfly Wings’ kit, Together We So Rock in the February Digi Files, I knew right away what I wanted to do with it. Seeing the mixed tape on one of the journaling cards made be excited to tell a silly and simple story about something my kids have no concept or recollection of:

THE MIXED TAPE

(kit is Together We So Rock by Little Butterfly Wings, alpha by CD Muckosky, tape by Digilicious Designs)

Here’s the Journaling:

Okay, kids…a history lesson for you. Someday you may hear this term or even come across one of these contraptions as you rummage through mom and dad’s stuff. This is called a mixed tape. Actually, it’s a cassette tape, and this is how we listened to music when we were kids. there were no iPods, no internet, no music to download out of the sky. We listened to the radio or we listened to a tape (just for history’s sake, cassette tapes were at the height of their popularity in the 1980’s, right when mom and dad were kids.) We could put them in a tape player (either a big thing called a boom box or an individual players with earphones called a walkman.) You could buy tapes for a specific artist and the whole album would be on it. Or, you could do the ultimate: make a mixed tape. A mixed tape is just as it sounds — a tape full of songs from various albums mixed together. These tapes could be a certain theme or just your favorite songs. You could borrow tapes from friends and using a dual cassette recorder, copy songs to your tape. Or, you could record songs off the radio (Like I did when i wanted to be cool and spent five hours before school one morning listening to and trying to memorize the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song.) Mixed tapes are something we made for ourselves, for our friends, and for the utmost sign of love, for our boyfriends and girlfriends. Getting a mixed tape from the opposite sex was cause for pittering hearts, hours of listening and relistening, and endless phone calls with your girlfriends trying to decipher the deeper meaning of the songs chosen. I made my last mixed tape in June of 1998, just days before I met your dad. But don’t worry, just because I never made him a mixed tape doesn’t mean i don’t love him.

As you work on your pages, think about the stories you are telling and the ones you want to tell. Some of them may be serious in nature (for instance, I did a page on the miscarriages I had before my children were born), or they may be just factual or fun. Sometimes I sit down to write a specific story that is important to me. At other times, like in this instance, my digi stash was the inspiration. Either way, it’s one more story for the albums!

Rock on!

Favorites for Friday


Bella Gypsy

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Blue Flower Art

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Digilicious Design

If you are a cat-lover, this Collection is for you! Purrr-fect for scrapping all your kitty cat memories…

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Erica Zane

S.W.A.K. by Erica Zane and Libby Pritchett at Sweet Shoppe Designs is a super fun and happy kit full of love, perfect for scrapping all sorts of pages!

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Heather T.

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Jennifer Labre Designs

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Katie the 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

This fun template set for Lightroom and Photoshop/Elements was part of January’s Digi Files. If you missed it then, you can grab it at Studio Wendy now!

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Happy Place

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Soft and sweet and getting me ready for spring! That’s what I thought of when I first saw Happy Place by SAS Designs. The pretty colors and the hand-drawn touches are just calling spring’s name. Let’s take a look at this very happy kit!






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 SAS Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Happy Place by SAS Designs; Template by Fiddle Dee Dee; Fonts: DJB Mess In My Head, DJB Pippy.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Happy Place by SAS Designs; Sweet Simple Templates 1 by Just Because Studio.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Happy Place by SAS Designs; Girl Thing (alpha) by Lauren Grier; Template Set 3 by Kaye Winiecki.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Happy Place by SAS Designs.

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Layout by Judie. Supplies: Happy Place by SAS Designs.

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

Name

hi everyone i am back again, for those of you who aren’t familiar with me I’m Sarah, I live in the UK and am a stay at home mum to 3 wonderful boys aged 15, 10 and 7, they take up all my extra time and life is full of ups and downs with them, but I wouldn’t change them for the world. With all the running around for the kids (who each have activities every night of the week) I am constantly on the go.

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layout

I love a clean space and you will see that in the layouts i create also the templates I design. The real emphasis is then on the photo and that is what i like to focus on when i am creating my pages.



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started

I have been scrapping for so long it is unbelievable, i started when my eldest was a couple of months on. I taught myself everything and still do I have gone from strength to strength constantly learning and improving what I do and I still love creating now a days. I do look back at some of my older work and wonder if it was really me who created them as I ashamed to say they really aren’t my best work.

inspired

absolutely everything from music, to the the colors outside the window, we are a very active family and are always on the go but i love nothing better than heading out for a walk where you can find the most inspiring colors

tools

Computer: Computer: Well I am not very computer savvy, so all I can tell you is that I have a desktop PC with windows 7 on it.



Program: I use Photoshop CS6 for everything I create but I also try to use Illustrator CS6 for my doodles but I know photoshop like the back of my hand and always turn to that whenever I do anything

Camera: Camera: I did use to have a Nikon Coolpix, but unfortunately it got broken and I have never got around to replacing it. Nowadays we tend to use our mobile phones either iphone 4 or Nokia 720, these both take fantastic pictures especially the iphone but I always have a phone on me unlike a camera so it is more convenient.

Anything Else: I have just recently got an ipad and tend to spend most of my time on pinterest with that – you can really loose track of time looking at all the awesome creations that are on it

tipstricks

my tip is still the same – be true to yourself, dont try to be someone you are not when creating because the real feelings come from your heart and know one else can feel that.

favorite

i love the warming colors of this kit, it is perfect which the crisp autumn days and getting outside.

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I loved creating this kit, all the sparkle and shine is really effective against the black and pinks that are used

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Here are some of my favorite products by SAS Designs:

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

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Coupon

Save 30% off SAS Designs through March 31st.

Go have a look in SAS Designs’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 SAS Designs

The following layouts were created using “Happy Place” by SAS Designs and included in The Digi Files during February, 2016:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Happy Place by SAS Designs; Template by Fiddle Dee Dee; Fonts: DJB Mess In My Head, DJB Pippy.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Happy Place by SAS Designs; Sweet Simple Templates 1 by Just Because Studio.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Happy Place by SAS Designs; Girl Thing (alpha) by Lauren Grier; Template Set 3 by Kaye Winiecki.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Happy Place by SAS Designs.

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Layout by Judie. Supplies: Happy Place by SAS Designs.

Never Save Over A Template Again!

Never Save Over A Template Again!

Have you ever made a page from a template and then accidentally saved over the original template file?

I have! Let’s look at how easy it is to make this common mistake. First I’ll start a page using a template. For this page, I’m using a template by Two Tiny Turtles from her This Journey Called Life 2 set. This is the template as originally purchased:

Let’s pretend that I start working on a new scrapbook page using this template file. I clip some papers and add some journal cards.

If I like where the page is going, I want to save as-I-go so that I don’t lose any work. But what would happen if I hit save right now? That’s right! I’d save right over top of my purchased template!

It’s not the end of the world, of course. But it is a bit annoying. I’d much rather keep my templates pristine so that I can easily use them again on another page.

Two 2-Second Fixes

The first fix is obvious – as soon as you open the template, immediately re-save it with a new file name. It is efficient and definitely will save you from saving over your templates.

I do something a bit different though because I start and then stop a lot of pages. I generally don’t know if a particular kit and template combination is going to work for me until I’m about 1/4 to 1/2 way through a page. So I like to experiment a bit before saving.

To avoid saving over my template, I create a blank canvas. Then, moving to the template file, I select all of the layers, like this:

Then I just drag all of the layers onto the blank canvas. Now you can see on the file name, is “untitled”. I can close the template file, which remains completely unmodified. I can work on the untitled file until I’m ready to commit to the template and kit at which point I can do a “File Save As…” and name the document.

I hope this little workflow trick will help you never save over a template file again!

Reconsidering Color

Did you know that one of the amazing features in Photoshop is the ability to view images through the eyes of a colorblind person?

Colorblindness is a hereditary condition that affects 1 in 12 males and 1 in 200 females. With colorblindness, the eyes cannot distinguish certain wavelengths of color because they are too close together on the wavelength spectrum. There are several different types of colorblindness, but the most common type is red-green deficiency. With this type, red and green appear as shades of brown. Blue and yellow are the most dominant colors that can be seen.

One day, while I was scrapping a page full of reds, greens and browns, it occurred to me that a colorblind family member would not be able to differentiate the colors. Now, I scrap some pages using primarily blue and yellow. But when I’m looking to branch out and use other kits, it’s super easy to view the kit previews in Photoshop’s colorblindness preview mode so I can tell if the kit will be a good choice or not.

To turn on the special preview mode, go to VIEW>PROOF SETUP>PROTANOPIA or DEUTERANOPIA. This allows you to see the kit through the lens of a colorblind person. I can then make a smarter decision about which kits might work best.

Recently, when I was scrapping a cover for a photobook, I went in search of a compatible kit. Here are a few I looked at with a sample of the colorblind preview.

Eventually, I settled on Vinnie Pearce’s Meaningful and Meaningful 02 kits for their yellows, blues and neutrals. Here’s the layout in full color and in colorblind preview.

I don’t always scrap pages limiting myself to kits that don’t color shift dramatically, but I do pay attention to it for special pages. There are some really awesome discoveries in the field of colorblindness that are helping some people see more colors. If you want to see some videos of people seeing colors for the first time with special glasses that help separate light wavelengths, check out EnChroma’s community videos.

Oh, and remember to set your preview back to sRGB for your regular scrapping! Scrap on…

CREDITS: Layout: Make It Meaningful and Make It Meaningful 02 by Vinnie Pearce; FONT: WZ You Are Scrappie by Studio Wendy; Feature image: Key To My Heart (collab) by Studio Rosey Posey and Studio Wendy, Make It Meaningful by Vinnie Pearce and FONT: WZ You Are Scrappie by Studio Wendy; Featured Kits: Happy Mess by Studio Scrapyrus, UrbanScape by Studio Courtney, Dreamchaser by Studio Tracie Stroud.

Together We So Rock

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One of the things that still amazes me with digital scrapbooking, even after over ten years of being a part of this community, is the wide variety of AMAZING talent we have. The creativity just continues to inspire me each and ever month. Little Butterfly Wings, with her Together We So Rock! kit, just blows me away! It’s this awesome artsy mix filled with gorgeous color and rich textures. This kit rocks!






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 Little Butterfly Wings’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Together We So Rock! by Little Butterfly Wings.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Together We So Rock! by Little Butterfly Wings; Template by Connie Prince; Font: DJB Me and My Shadow.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Together We So Rock! by Little Butterfly Wings.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Together We So Rock! by Little Butterfly Wings.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Together We So Rock! by Little Butterfly Wings; Font: CK Rugged.

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

Name

Hi, I’m Val, a brazilian girl living in a small town in the countryside of Sao Paulo State. I have a family of four people, my husband and I and our two sons, Giovanni and Guilherme. We also have 2 adorable doggies we love to pieces, Fiona and Marceline. If you’re asking yourself where these names came from, you’re guessing right. They were named from princess Fiona from Shrek and queen Marceline from Adventure Time. I am a work at home mum trying to manage my time between designing, kids and house chores. We’re a family of artists here, my husband is also a designer and he owns an advertising agency where he works as Creative Director. He’s also a musician and plays the bass on a local rock and roll band. I love following him around whenever he plays with his band.

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I love following my husband around whenever he plays with his band. So one day while attending one of his concerts I had this idea of making him a layout. I love the result of it and I even got a GSO with this layout! Here’s a little secret for you: our love and marriage and also the fact we both love Rock & Roll is the main inspiration for my contribution this month!



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started

I have never been a paper scrapper before. I started as a digital scrapper in 2009 when I was trying to find something to decorate my son´s first birthday album. I got addicted right away. Of course my layouts were terrible at the beginning but I didn’t give up. I kept trying and trying until I found my style. After that I started posting my pages to the galleries and also sending applications to some of my favorite designers’s teams. I scrapped for about 2 years before I started designing. At that time I thought to myself, why not try designing my own kits? I know how to play with Photoshop and Illustrator because in fact these are the tools I work with everyday (at that time I worked as an Art Director and graphic designer at my husband’s agency). I feel so glad that I wasn’t afraid of trying because now I really enjoy what I do for living. Designing is one of my passions in life. Specially when I am working with fonts and word arts.

inspired

Pretty much everything I put my eyes on! From when I wake in the morning until I go to sleep at night my mind is always spinning around looking for inspiration. I love the tree colors near my house. They are so beautiful to look at. I love the songs I listen to everyday and they also inspire me to create. I love seeing my kiddos grow up and they are a great deal of my inspiration everyday.

tools

Computer: 21,5″ iMac – OS X 10.9.1, 4GB RAM and 500GB HD plus an EHD of 500GB.

Program: Photoshop, illustrator CS6

Camera: Nikon D40

Anything Else: I also use a Wacom Bamboo Pen tablet.

tipstricks

This is a tip for who is starting to scrap but it can be used by anyone actually. It’s what I usually do whenever I have time to make a layout. I always start scrapping my pages by choosing the paper first. Then I choose a picture that will match that paper best and the scrap flows easily from there!

favorite

When I watched Cinderella earlier this year I immediately thought of making a kit inspired by the quote her mother tells her in the movie, “Have courage and be kind.” I think it is such a powerful quote to live by and if we all could put that into practice, even for just a little bit in the everyday, the world would be a much better place to live!


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I think what makes it popular is its colors which are very versatile and also the theme. As well as the fact that can be used for hybrid projects, white spaces and clean layouts, art journaling or whatever your imagination takes you!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Little Butterfly Wings:


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


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Coupon

Use coupon code tdd30OFF for an extra 30% off your next purchase at Little Butterfly Wings.

Go have a look in Little Butterfly Wings’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 Little Butterfly Wings

The following layouts were created using “Together We So Rock!” by Little Butterfly Wings and included in The Digi Files during February, 2016:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Together We So Rock! by Little Butterfly Wings.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Together We So Rock! by Little Butterfly Wings; Template by Connie Prince; Font: DJB Me and My Shadow.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Together We So Rock! by Little Butterfly Wings.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Together We So Rock! by Little Butterfly Wings.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Together We So Rock! by Little Butterfly Wings; Font: CK Rugged.

Gratitude Journal {week seven}

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!

If you have missed previous weeks, grab them HERE.

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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!

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