Inspired by Tangie Baxter

The following layouts were created using “Pocket Poppers & Templates” by Tangie Baxter and included in The Digi Files during March, 2016:

Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Pocket Poppers & Templates; Bestiary Beesies (paper) by Tangie Baxter.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Pocket Poppers & Templates by Tangie Baxter; BE by Tangie Baxter; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Pocket Poppers & Templates by Tangie Baxter; Fonts: Wish I Were Taller, The Sharon.

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Pocket Poppers & Templates by Tangie Baxter; Memory Pockets Monthly Magic Alpha by Allison Pennington; Font: KG Loves You Through It.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Pocket Poppers & Templates by Tangie Baxter.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Pocket Poppers & Templates by Tangie Baxter; Stamped Cork Styling #152 by Mommyish Designs.

Gratitude Journal {week 12}

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!

Photographing Kids Through the Years {an interview with Jacki, pt. 1}

I started digital scrapbooking in 2005. At the time, many of the women I whom also scrapped and were part of the online communities were at the same age and stage of life. Mostly, we had little kids! Scrapping was fun and a way to connect with others at a time when juggling naps, diapers, and nursing filled most of our days.

The thing is, those babies are now TEENAGERS and I have heard it time and time again from these women I have known for over a decade:

“It’s hard to scrap now because my kids don’t like having their picture taken.”

With my oldest just turning 13, I completely understand. On some days, she is more than willing to let me snap away. On other days, she avoids the camera at all costs.

We want to document the life of our older kids, but with their aversion to the camera and a busier life, it isn’t easy.

And yet, my friend (and team member) Jacki, has done the impossible: she has continued to photograph her older children. And they seem to enjoy it!

Jacki graciously agreed to answer some of my questions about photographing kids through the years. I hope that her answers will inspire all of us!

This first of two posts will focus on Jacki’s background and the little kid years. The second part, which we’ll share next week, contains her thoughts on photographing older kids.

I got my first DSLR in 2007 and really just used manual for several years. In 2010, a work colleague challenged me to learn about aperture and shutter speed and started an after school group of other teachers so that we could learn more about our cameras. The group was nicknamed POP (Photographers of Penang) and we started doing some simple assignments and watched some YouTube videos together. It only lasted about 6 months and then a good friend of mine and I would go out about once a month and take photos. It helped us stretch and learn and take photos of this beautiful island we live on. Plus, we had the added bonus of spending time together. I just fell in love with the process. She moved away but we still share photos!

I live in Paradise [Janet’s note: Jacki lives in Penang, Malaysia, which is where we met. She’s right! It is paradise and easily my husband’s and my favorite place on earth!] Really, it’s so beautiful! I wanted to capture this place where I live. Plus I’m a mom with three kids and I wanted to take better photos of them.

In 2011, I started to shoot more regularly for the school. I was asked to take photos of events for parents who have children who live in the boarding program. It just grew from there. I take photos of band and choir concerts, recitals, and many of the athletic events. As my kids played varsity sports, I took photos. I learned mostly from trial and error, but I did consult some photography blogs and The Daily Digi was a big help. I learned so much from other “moms with cameras.”

Because we have lived our lives far from family (Brazil 5 yrs, Malaysia 15 yrs), my kids have been very cooperative in letting me take photos because they know photos are the language of communication. They love looking at photos of family members and when they were little we had an album with photos labeled with everyone’s names. It was helpful as it could be two years before we saw them! They know that their grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins enjoy seeing their photos. My youngest was so used to me taking photos of her that even on sports day at school while running in a race, she would turn her head to face me, smile big, and hold it until I snapped the photo! She was amazing! They never complain and they don’t mind me asking to do funny things like jumping photos or making silly poses. As a matter-of-fact, they almost always ham it up now and I have to ask for “just a smiling” photo. 
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Lovin’ Fridays


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Blue Flower Art

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Digilicious Design

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Erica Zane

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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

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Generations

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Before I even looked at the title for Kimeric Kreations’ kit this month, I saw the papers and thought, “That feels like my grandmother’s house!” How appropriate, then, is her title, Generations? Soft and inviting colors, cozy patterns, and memory-filled elements like doilies and wreathes all fill my mind with memories of the love only a grandmother can offer. What wonderful scrapping inspiration!



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 Kimeric Kreations’s contribution:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Generations by Kimeric Kreations; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Brush by Cinnamon Designs; Font: Remington Noiseless, Mistra.

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Generations by Kimeric Kreations; Template 310 by Yin, Fonts: KG Loves You Through It and Mardian Demo.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Generations by Kimeric Kreations; Template by Laura Banasiak.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Generations by Kimeric Kreations; Your Life Your Story by Little Moments Designs (retired).

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Generations by Kimeric Kreations; January Storyteller (paint) by Just Jaimee; Sept Freebie (template) by Valorie Wibbens; Font: Veteran Typewriter.

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

Name

I live in the Mississippi Valley in Wisconsin, and use my surroundings as inspiration. Memorykeeping has been an important part of my life, as I have lost many people over the years that need remembering for my childrens sake. When I’m not designing, I am gardening, crafting or reading – my other passions.

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I began creating ‘journals’ in high school in spiral notebooks, and ‘graduated’ to handmade diaries after that. Along with the photo albums I had made, I kept detailed accounts of what the photos represented – when I discovered digital scrapbooking…I dived right in!

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My surroundings and music!

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Computer: I have a desktop computer with a 22 inch monitor and 5 TB EHD. 8 GB of Ram, and still using Windows 7.

Program: Paint Shop Pro versions 9-15; PSE 11 (for styles and actions and converting templates).

Camera: A plain old Kodak point and shoot.

Anything Else: Wacom Bamboo tablet

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Experiment & don’t be afraid to try new techniques! You’ll be surprised at what you can come up with when you think outside the box.

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The colors in this collection were taken from a photo we took of the hillside that surrounds us here – deep, rich, and warm – it turned out exactly as I had envisioned. It represents Autumn in Wisconsin perfectly.


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This collection was made to celebrate life – when a dear friend of mine was unexpectedly hospitalized a couple of years ago. We are lucky that she is still with us – and I think its the creative layouts that my team came up with that has drawn this collection so much attention.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Kimeric Kreations:


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


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Go have a look in Kimeric Kreations’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 Kimeric Kreations

The following layouts were created using “Generations” by Kimeric Kreations and included in
The Digi Files during March, 2016:

Layout by JillW. Supplies: Generations by Kimeric Kreations.

Layout by Anita aka modgeee. Supplies: Generations by Kimeric Kreations.

Layout by Anita aka modgeee. Supplies: Generations by Kimeric Kreations.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Generations by Kimeric Kreations; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Brush by Cinnamon Designs; Font: Remington Noiseless, Mistra.

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Generations by Kimeric Kreations; Template 310 by Yin, Fonts: KG Loves You Through It and Mardian Demo.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Generations by Kimeric Kreations; Template by Laura Banasiak.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Generations by Kimeric Kreations; Your Life Your Story by Little Moments Designs (retired).

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Generations by Kimeric Kreations; January Storyteller (paint) by Just Jaimee; Sept Freebie (template) by Valorie Wibbens; Font: Veteran Typewriter.

7 Creative Ideas for March

7 Creative Ideas for March

I’m from a part of Canada where March can either miraculously turn from winter to spring, or the winter can endure the entire month long. It’s also the time of year where I often come out of a scrapbooking rut caused by winter. Actually, it might be more accurate to say that my scrapbooking rut is a direct result of taking very few photos in January and February. (When there’s no light, I don’t think to take out my camera very often.)

Happily, it’s March now and the sun is shining and the snow is melting and I feel like taking photos and scrapbooking more. Here are seven scrapbooking ideas (and related activities) that I had for the month of March – what would you add to the list?


1. Weather: If March comes in like a lion, will it go out like a lamb? Talking about weather is a national pastime where I’m from – scrapbooking about the weather is fun too.

2. Astrology: People born in March are Pieces or Aries. What’s your sign? Do you believe in astrology? That might make for an interesting AAM scrapbook page.

3. Organizing: On a day when dreary weather just won’t let up, grab a cup of tea and spend some time organizing those digital supplies. Then, when you are done, enjoy your work by scrapbooking with some of your organized stash.

4. Seasonal Activities: Where I am from, the sap starts running in the maple trees in March and it is time to head to the sugar shack to enjoy pancakes and maple syrup. What seasonal activity do you enjoy doing in March that you could scrapbook?

5. Rainbows and Flowers: When I think of spring, I imagine rainbows after rain showers and the first blooms in the garden. Happily, both rainbows and flowers are popular scrapbooking elements. I could scrap a page filled to the brim with flowers. Or, take inspiration from Jenn Shepherd, and use flowers to create something magical!

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6. St. Patrick’s Day: In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, scrapbook a monochromatic green page.

7. Easter: All the Easter dresses, baskets full of eggs, and a mountains of chocolate! Scrapbooking Easter usually means beautiful pastels and adorable pictures.


Do you have something special you are scrapbooking this March? Or any creative projects that you are working on this month?

Adobe Post and Adobe Voice

For most digiscrappers, Adobe usually means Photoshop or Elements. However, Adobe continues to make new and exciting apps for iOS that we can use in our memory keeping. I stumbled across Adobe Voice and Adobe Post recently and was surprised I hadn’t heard of them before. Here’s a quick overview of both.

Adobe Post

Adobe Post is a quick and easy way to add graphic text and color effects to images. It’s so fun. Pick one of their templates and swap out your own text or images. Or, start your own recipe. The app can pull free stock photos or access your camera roll. If you are scrapping on your iPhone or iPad, you can easily use this to create images for your pockets.

1. Start your project by remixing “template” or creating your own new “Post.”

2. Replace the text.

3. Adjust your options like font, opacity and more. Drag text box to resize.

4. Change your photo using your photo library, camera, Lightroom Mobile (you have to set up and sync your photos first) or free stock photos.

5. Edit the colors. Tap multiple times on the color swatch to get variations.

6. Apply a different design layout with a tap.

6. Save to your camera roll, social media or Dropbox.

Here’s my final image.

Adobe Voice

Adobe Voice is a way to create stunning slide shows from your images or stock photos, complete with music and your own recorded voice over. I discovered this app when our school did a presentation full of Adobe Voice videos created by the students. Imagine letting your kids take some pictures of your every day life and adding their own voice commentary to it. Or, load in your scrapbook pages from Dropbox, and add your own voice journaling to the pages. It’s so easy to use!

1. Start your project with a title.

2. Choose a template.

3. Add photos.

4. Change up the design by choosing a different layout or theme.

5. Add more slides.

6. Add a music track (default options, or import from iTunes)

7. Record your own voice over for each slide by pressing and holding the record button.

8. Save to your camera roll (add to Dropbox later) or share to Social Media.

The Best Way Out

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Bee Tree Studios is on hiatus from designing, but we couldn’t be happier to have her back with us at The Daily Digi this month. I just adore Stephanie’s kit for the Digi Files: The Best Way Out. I love the dark and unexpected colors in the kit. It makes me think of spring thunderstorms and power outages. So fun! I just know your pages will be amazing with all the patterns and elements.



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 Bee Tree Studio’s contribution:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: The Best Way Out by Bee Tree Studio; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: Cinnamon Cake.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: The Best Way Out by Bee Tree Studio.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: The Best Way Out by Bee Tree Studio; Make Your Own Path by Two Tiny Turtles.

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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: The Best Way Out by Bee Tree Studio; Font: Serendipity.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: The Best Way Out by Bee Tree Studio; Stick and Marshmallow by Jennifer Barrette; Fonts: Noteworthy, MTF Hello My Name Is, Adrift, and Swistblnk Monthoers.

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



Name

I’m Stephanie and I’m the person behind the Bee Tree Studios name! I live on the East Coast and I also have two little boys who are just the best thing ever! I enjoy spending my “me time” being creative and I’ve always been a bit quirky. My interests range from Ancient Egyptian history to Modern Fashion Design and so much in between! I love creating on the computer as well as reading, binge watching my favorite shows and singing loudly when no one is around. A few years ago, I fell in love again with Disney and with my kids, have enjoyed many, MANY trips to the Happiest Place On Earth aka: Disney World! I’m also not a huge fan of snow, constant rain or oppressively hot weather… which means I’m an “indoor kind of girl”… I’m a walking book of geeky interests and contradictions but I’m certainly UNIQUE!

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Being a Disney loving person, I have TONS of photos from our Disney trips! I really love the Blast Off collection and knew it would be perfect for the main photo of this page. My kids LOVE Buzzlightyear, Woody and all the Toy Story Characters. This was the first time my youngest, a HUGE Buzz fan, got to meet his favorite character. My goodness, it was such a process to get the shy boy to take a photo after talking of nothing else for so long but it was so worth it, even if I had to get in the middle of the photo too! It’s one of my favorite photos from that day so I thought it needed documenting!



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CREDITS: Blast Off Bundle by Bee Tree Studios.

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I started playing around in paper scrapbooking about ten years ago but space is limited in a small collage dorm so I looked for other options. A few years later I came across digital scrapbooking, I ended up with Photoshop Elements 6. I was in heaven! I dabbled a little in designing a few things for family but I didn’t really do much scrapbooking. At this time, my oldest child was little so most of my free time disappeared. After my youngest was born, I started taking more photos but didn’t do anything with them. A couple years ago, I rediscovered digital scrapbooking so I dusted off Photoshop Elements and learned everything I could. Within a short time I had mastered the basics. At this point, I learned about creative teams and sent in a few applications. I must admit, my first application was to my “dream team” and although I didn’t get selected, I had found my passion. I landed on a few teams, all of which I enjoyed and I stayed with them for over a year. I also ended up on my “dream team” six months later, when the designer contacted me. I’ve been on about ten creative teams, most for over a year and I’m actually still on few teams, including my “dream team”. About two years ago, I started designing a few free things. I had learned a lot from the designers I worked for and decided to upgrade to Photoshop CS6 and jump into the deep end of designing! Since then, I’ve been at two different shops and have learned even MORE! I love that I have such an eclectic mix of style loves, I can never commit to “just one look”. Even with my scrapbook pages, some days I feel like creating something more Art Journal-ish, other days I’m feeling Clean and Simple so I run the whole range of styles depending on what I’m feeling like when I sit down to create!

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What inspires me to actually create is the NEED to be creative. I’m not sure how to explain it other than it feels like I MUST create or I’ll explode, it’s an outlet for my feelings, thoughts and energy. It’s almost like therapy and I love having something pretty at the end! As to what things inspire my creativity, well, really anything! I love looking at Pinterest, especially the Graphic Design section. I’ve always loved looking at product packaging, posters, textiles and anything “pretty”!

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Computer: I’m currently using a 27″ iMac (late 2013 model) that I got last year! I love it, the screen is HUGE! I’m running OSX Yosemite and the computer specs are: 3.5 GHz Intel Core i7, 24GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM (until I upgrade to the full 32GB hopefully next year!), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 708M graphics cards and a 3.12GB Fusion Hard Drive. I also have 2 external hard drives that I store all my scrapbook files on because I also have a MacBook Pro that I take with my when I travel! It’s a 13″ MacBook Pro (late 2011 model) running OSX Yosemite. It’s specs are: 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM, Intel HD Graphics card with a 500GB Hard Drive. It’s a great laptop to take with me but I’m so pampered with my HUGE desktop screen that it takes a bit to get used to switching to my laptop on trips! I also have a DELL monitor that I use as a second screen, mainly for watching show while I work.

Program: I mostly use Photoshop CS6 but I also use Illustrator CS6 as well.

Camera: I use my iPhone 6 Plus camera for most of my everyday photos or quick snaps while traveling. I chose the 6 Plus over the standard iPhone 6 mostly because of the camera upgrade! I also have a Samsung NX1000 for taking “nice photos” especially on vacations! I currently have a 20-50mm, a 50-200mm and a 16mm lenses for the camera too. My favorite is the 16mm lens because it get SO MUCH in the photo!

Anything Else: I also have a new Wacom Intuos medium size tablet. I upgraded from my old white Wacom Bamboo this year! I found that I really needed a larger work surface on the tablet when I upgraded to the new iMac!

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One of the things I love is Smart Objects in Photoshop! I’m constantly tweaking, rotating and editing layers so by making them Smart objects, I can stack and rearrange filters, resize, rotate, etc. until I’m happy with the final look, all without destructively editing my layers! A close second favorite tool is the Puppet Warp, it’s amazing the preciseness of that tool! I always love learning new tricks in Photoshop!






Here are some more inspirational layouts using Bee Tree Studios’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Inspired by Bee Tree Studio

The following layouts were created using “The Best Way Out” by Bee Tree Studio and included in The Digi Files during March, 2016:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: The Best Way Out by Bee Tree Studio; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: Cinnamon Cake.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: The Best Way Out by Bee Tree Studio.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: The Best Way Out by Bee Tree Studio; Make Your Own Path by Two Tiny Turtles.

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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: The Best Way Out by Bee Tree Studio; Font: Serendipity.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: The Best Way Out by Bee Tree Studio; Stick and Marshmallow by Jennifer Barrette; Fonts: Noteworthy, MTF Hello My Name Is, Adrift, and Swistblnk Monthoers.