Embracing Life

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So, so, SO cute. Embracing Life, a kit by Jumpstart Designs, is just so adorable. That sweet little bird and the intricate feather drew me in the first time I saw the kit. We are so happy to have Jumpstart Designs with us this month and we can’t wait to show this fun 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 Jumpstart Designs’ contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Embracing Life by Jumpstart Designs; Candid (ribbon and clothespins) by Amanda Yi; Fonts: Star Shine.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Embracing Life by Jumpstart Designs; Template by Kimberly Lund; Fonts: This Font Is Bold; The Sharon.

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Layout by Luly. Supplies: Embracing Life by Jumpstart Designs; Get Messy (template) by Tinci Designs.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Embracing Life by Jumpstart Designs; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: MTF Pork Chop, American Typewriter.

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Layout by Judie. Supplies: Embracing Life by Jumpstart Designs.

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

Name

Sheri from Jumpstart Designs here. I must say, when I began my design journey almost five years ago, I never dreamed this adventure would take me to the heights that it has. What began as an invitation from a shop owner to test the waters of digital design, has since turned in to a full-fledged business that has afforded me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and to explore new areas of creativity.
I’ve grown so much as a designer and much of this can be credited to fabulous friends in the industry and meeting other designers who have been willing to share their own knowledge and ideas. I’ve also developed great friendships with so many of my customers that I feel I’ve been adopted in to a huge family of like-minded enthusiasts! I wouldn’t have grown so much without them and fortunately, I get to spend my days (and often my nights) doing exactly what I love. What began as a hobby has now become my career and I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing. I get to work from home in my jammies, while spending a lot more time with my children and three grandsons. In fact, my youngest grandson who is two, is crawling all over me as I write this. LOL
I’ve always been inspired by colors and find that different color schemes evoke different design styles for me. One collection may be bright and whimsical, and the next might be more artistic or grungy. I love watercolor styles, as well as doodling, and you’ll see more of that soon.
I find that I have a ton of ideas swimming around in my head and have recently tapped in to some new ideas that I can’t wait to share with you in the upcoming months. My design style is changing and now that I’ve managed to carve out some extra time, you’ll soon see very new creations as I play with all of my new ideas. My goal is to offer fun, new products and ideas with a signature “Jumpstart Designs” flair!
I have just launched a new monthly series called “Jumpstart Your January” (February, March, etc.). This series will feature more of my recent style with different color schemes each month, but with an overall cohesive style that allows for mixing and matching throughout the year. I invite you to try them out and spend a little time flirting with your own creativity!
Happy New Year and may this season smile upon you with grace and love!
Sheri

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started

I retired from a professional career about five years ago and after retirement, I started dabbling in digi. I avoided it for several years because I knew if I got started, all of my paper scrapping supplies would end up gathering dust (and they are). Once I got started, I was hooked, and soon found myself invited to several creative teams. About a year later, I was asked by the owner of Pickleberrypop if I’d be interested in designing. Me? Seriously? I knew nothing about Photoshop (other than the drop-shadow styles) but dove quickly in to a learning curve. I was fortunate to have a few mentors and now five years later, find myself knee-deep in a fun and fulfilling career of designing.

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I am inspired by colors and feel that my style changes a bit from one color palette to the next. One time I’ll be in a doodling mood and the next time I may be in a grungy, realistic, or colorful papery mood. However, the one thing that never changes is the fact that you will always find tons of flowers and leaves in my kits. I guess that’s because I love clustering with them myself so I tend to create plenty of them for my products. I also try to create each kit so that it includes plenty of versatile papers and elements for every scrapping, in addition to the themed elements. You’ll also find most of my kits to be pretty colorful. No matter how hard I try, pastel colors always end up a little more colorful than intended. I just can’t leave well enough alone! haha

I also enjoy creating products that have an emotional attachment, either for me or for my customers. I’ve had several requests for specific themes and am thrilled when they want it “Sheri style”. You’ll soon be seeing a new collection honoring the uniqueness of children with Autism and Asperger’s (another customer request).

The best thing about this business is that I’ve made so many new friends within my customer base and I truly enjoy taking good care of them.

tools

Computer: PC, Windows 10

Program: Adobe Creative Cloud with Photoshop and Illustrator

Camera: Nikon CoolPix L830

Anything Else: I use a Wacom Cintiq DTZ 1200W tablet. I like the ability to see what I’m drawing as I’m drawing it, and not through the monitor. I’ve also spoiled myself with four monitors (yes, four.) I have a new 32″ and three 27″ monitors, which come in handy when designing and trying to keep up with admin duties, etc.

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When working on layouts (or previews in my case), I feel like it helps to play around a bit with different background papers and enhancement elements like background splatters. A layout can be as simple and clean as you like, or as full and clustery (is that a word?? lol) as you prefer, but sometimes, the smallest change can make all the difference in the world. Adding colors that make your photos pop, or adding an inside shadow to your papers, sometimes adds just the right touch.

I also admire those scrappers who really know how to make their photos stand out. Duplicating your photo, desaturating that layer, and changing the overlay mode to soft light, can really help your photos. You can play with the opacity, add extra overlays, and really bring your photos to life. After all, they are the reason we scrap those beautiful layouts, so make the most of them by helping your photos be the best they can be!

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Beautiful Spirits Emerge Collection ~ I loved the diversity of this collection as it contains a little bit every style. Realistic, paper, doodles, artistic, etc. The color scheme was a pre-chosen one for a monthly event at our shop. I initially thought it would be a bit tough for me to work with but it ended up being one of the funnest ones, not to mention one of my most popular!


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Masterpiece in Motion ~ This was one of my favorites for many of the same reasons. It contained a few different styles and offers a lot of diversity for the customer!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Sheri:


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


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Save 30% off a purchase at Jumpstart Designs (not valid during Pickle Barrel or other promo).

Go have a look in Sheri’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 Jumpstart Designs

The following layouts were created using “Embracing Life” by Jumpstart Designs and included in
The Digi Files during April, 2016:

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Layout by Irenchen. Supplies: Embracing Life by Jumpstart Designs.

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Layout by Fillipok. Supplies: Embracing Life by Jumpstart Designs.

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Layout by MotherBear. Supplies: Embracing Life by Jumpstart Designs.

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Layout by KeRy. Supplies: Embracing Life by Jumpstart Designs.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Embracing Life by Jumpstart Designs; To Gather (template) by Jimbo Jambo Designs.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Embracing Life by Jumpstart Designs; Candid (ribbon and clothespins) by Amanda Yi; Fonts: Star Shine.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Embracing Life by Jumpstart Designs; Template by Kimberly Lund; Fonts: This Font Is Bold; The Sharon.

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Layout by Luly. Supplies: Embracing Life by Jumpstart Designs; Get Messy (template) by Tinci Designs.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Embracing Life by Jumpstart Designs; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: MTF Pork Chop, American Typewriter.

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Layout by Judie. Supplies: Embracing Life by Jumpstart Designs.

Write Around the Page

Write Around the Page

My scrapbook pages are full of stories and little notes about everyday life. I have a hard time not including journalling on a page.

Except sometimes finding a spot to put the journalling is tricky!

Take the page below for example. It has a strong central cluster and lots of white space around the outside of the page. I tried many different options, like breaking up the journaling and using a journaling tag, but no matter where I put text it just made the page feel off balance. Finally I settled on adding it as a sort of “border” around the edge of the page.

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Supplies: Sweet November by Blagovesta Gosheva, templates pieces from Oh the Sweet Memories by Two Tiny Turtles

To add this journalling, I created a square using the shape tool and then created a path from the shape. In Photoshop, you can create a custom path from any shape. Steph showed us how to do that here and here. Melissa wrote a detailed tutorial on how make text on a shape in Photoshop Elements. There are a lot of useful tricks to learn in Photoshop, but this is one of the top 10, I think. It is so useful!

But, one of the beautiful things about Photoshop is that there is always more than one way to go about things. If you only want to journal in straight lines like this, just type the four lines of text and then rotate them and place them on the page wherever you want. Easy-peasy!

Harmony

We wanted to make sure everyone got to meet Rita from Blue Flower Art this month. This feature first ran last week, but due to unexpected site maintenance, it was unavailable for a portion of the day. We’ve also extended Rita’s giveaway through tonight. On to Rita’s interview…

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Soft colors. Inspirational paint. Artistic design. These are all ways I would describe the designs by Blue Flower Art. I just love looking at all the art inspiration in her designs! Her kit, Harmony, is full of beautiful painted textures and I know you will love scrapping with it. Let’s get a better look.



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 Blue Flower Art’s contribution:

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Harmony by Blue Flower Art.

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Layout by Judie. Supplies: Harmony by Blue Flower Art.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Harmony by Blue Flower Art; Blender Template by Brandy Murry; Font: FFF Tusj, Century; Brush by Cinnamon Designs.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Harmony by Blue Flower Art; Jumper 28 (template, modified) by Crystal Livesay.

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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Harmony by Blue Flower Art; Fonts: Stamp and Always In My Heart.

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

Name

My name is Rita Drysdall, I live in Australia in sunny Queensland. It’s just me and my husband with a goat, a sheep, 2 alpacas, 3 chickens, 4 cats and a dog. A happy family that seems to be growing. Since I was last at the Daily Digi, we added a cat, the alpacas and the chickens to our happy family. There are heaps of photos of where I live on facebook. Sometimes I put them on my blog as well. Being in Australia allows me to show off some of our unique country.

Send me a note on my
personal facebook. I’m happy to share.

Last year, I decided that I need to extend my skill to other areas of digital graphic design and I go to university 2-3 times a week. I’m in my second year now and have added quite a few feathers to my skill set.

I have two stores, my own little store at Blue Flower Art and a consignment store at Oscraps.

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Recently, I was commissioned by the university I attend to create 3 greeting cards that will be sent out to the first year students with an appropriate quote.

I hand painted the cards in watercolour. I used a whimsical style with young people as the subjects of the paintings.



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started

I started scrapping when my dog, a border collie called Ted died. I wanted to remember him. I was first a scrapper and then I became a designer. I’ve never paper scrapped although I’ve started to create some hybrid projects lately. Nothing fantastic that I would want to show though. I’m just not good at anything that requires scissors and glue.

inspired

Usually, a colour palette will trigger ideas and I go from there. It’s always about the colours.

tools

Computer: I have a custom computer that I had built to specifications for Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom mainly, I am also a photographer. I found that commercially available computers weren’t powerful enough to run Adobe programs and became too expensive if they were customized. So, I did some research, enlisted some help from gamers and came up with a non-gaming power computer. To get really geeky, it was also built to allow me to overclock it. Overclocking is the process of increasing the speed beyond the specified parameters. It requires particular equipment to do it, costs a little more but should stretch out the life of the computer by a couple of years. My computer has a Windows OS. I have remained with Windows 7. The PC has 16 gigs of ram, 2 monitors, 12 external drives (I keep filling them up), one for each type of work I do or need. For example, one drive is for my commercial use supplies, 2 for photographs, 1 for designing, 1 for scrapping, etc. I keep everything on external drives. The internal drives are SSDs. I have 2 one for running programs and one as a scratch disk.

Program: I use Adobe programs. I have a cloud subscription and I use Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign and After Effects.

Camera: My camera is a Canon 6D.

Anything Else: I don’t think I could work with just a mouse. Currently, I use a Wacom Intuos 4. I don’t have much use for a printer but I have some nifty ones and a good scanner.

tipstricks

In photoshop, there is a little known trick that allows you to add a layer *below* the currently selected layer.

In the layers panel, hold down the ctrl key (command key on a Mac) and click the layer icon. This will add a layer below the selected layer rather than above it.

I share tips on my blog, so please subscribe to the blog or newsletter for many handy tips. You can find the blog at
http://blueflowerart.com/blog

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My favourite product is called “A Breath of Fresh Air.”


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Ligatures is a hand drawn set of elements that was converted to digital vectors. I was inspired to create it while writing some calligraphy. I have recently created a tutorial on how to use the Ligatures pack in conjunction with this above kit. You can see the
tutorial on the blog.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Blue Flower Art:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Blue Flower Art’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Go have a look in Blue Flower Art’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 Blue Flower Art

The following layouts were created using “Harmony” by Blue Flower Art and included in The Digi Files during April, 2016:

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Harmony by Blue Flower Art.

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Layout by Judie. Supplies: Harmony by Blue Flower Art.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Harmony by Blue Flower Art; Blender Template by Brandy Murry; Font: FFF Tusj, Century; Brush by Cinnamon Designs.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Harmony by Blue Flower Art; Jumper 28 (template, modified) by Crystal Livesay.

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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Harmony by Blue Flower Art; Fonts: Stamp and Always In My Heart.

Adventure Time

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I’ve been a fan of Vera Lim for as long as I can remember. There is just something about her designs that pull me in and inspire me. We were so excited when Vera agreed to be back at The Daily Digi with us. Her kit, Adventure Time, is so incredibly gorgeous! The colors are this great mix of earthy and feminine and my travel-loving-self can’t wait to get scrapping with it!



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 Vera Lim Design’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Adventure Time by Vera Lim Design.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Adventure Time by Vera Lim Design; Template by Scrapping with Liz; String by Veronica Spriggs; Font: Problem Secretar.

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Adventure Time by Vera Lim Design; Template 427 by Yin Designs; Font: KG Loves You Through It and Mardian Demo.

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Layout by Judie. Supplies: Adventure Time by Vera Lim Design.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Adventure Time by Vera Lim Design.

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

Name

My name is Vera Lim and I live in gorgeous New Zealand with my family of 5.

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started

I first started digital scrapbooking after I had my son, 11 years ago. At that time there wasn’t a lot of scrapbooking kit and I decided to design my own papers and elements. I was active in the scrapbooking community, commenting on other people’s layouts and getting to know some ladies in the community. A lot of them started asking me to sell my designs and it happened at that time I had to quit working since I just had my second child so I started selling my designs 🙂

inspired

All the pretty patterns and designs around me.

tools

Computer: hmmm… honestly I’m clueless about all this, I leave all these geeky stuffs to my hubby 😉

Program: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

Camera: canon 5d mark II

Anything Else: a wacom tablet

tipstricks

I think a good quality photo is important for a good layout so I think it’s important all you need to be able to take good photos.

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I love everything about this papers, from the papers, patterns to the versatility of the kit, you can use it for any occasions.


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I think this is just the cutest kit, filled with gorgeous drawings and cute elements.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Vera Lim Design:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Vera Lim Design’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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30% off Vera Lim Designs with coupon code TDD30.

Go have a look in Vera Lim Design’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 Vera Lim Designs

The following layouts were created using “Adventure Time” by Vera Lim Design and included in
The Digi Files during April, 2016:

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Adventure Time by Vera Lim Design; Feeling Good (template) by Tinci Designs.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Adventure Time by Vera Lim Design.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Adventure Time by Vera Lim Design; Template by Scrapping with Liz; String by Veronica Spriggs; Font: Problem Secretar.

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Adventure Time by Vera Lim Design; Template 427 by Yin Designs; Font: KG Loves You Through It and Mardian Demo.

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Layout by Judie. Supplies: Adventure Time by Vera Lim Design.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Adventure Time by Vera Lim Design.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Adventure Time by Vera Lim Design; Font: American Typewriter.

Gratitude Journal {week 16}


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!

Tax Day? No! Funtastic Friday!

It may be tax day in the US, but we can still find a little scrappy joy! Here are some new and old releases from some of our favorite designers.

Did you know you don’t need fancy software to tag your photos? Melissa Shanhun can show you how to tag your photos using nothing more than your folder system!

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Bella Gypsy

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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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How I Tag Kits in ACDSee

How I Tag Kits In ACDSee

How to organize digital scrapbook supplies is a popular topic in digi community forums. It is so easy to get overwhelmed with supplies and to lose purchases in the hundreds and hundreds of files on our computers.

For many years now, I have been organizing my digital supplies using the ACDSee software. I like that it works much like the Windows File Explorer in that it automatically allows us to browse files without having to import them into the database first. (This is in contrast to Adobe Lightroom which requires that files be imported into the Lightroom database before they can be viewed.)

Organizing Kits

I organize all of my kits in the exact same way. Let’s look at my folder of Kristin Cronin-Barrow kits. You can see that I have folders for each kit and that the preview shows up on the folder icon. (I love this feature because I can quickly visually scan the folders to find the right product for my scrapbook page.)

To have that kit preview show up on the folder icon, it has to be stored in the top-level folder and not any of the sub-folders. Here is everything in my folder:

  • Alpha sub-folder
  • Elements sub-folder
  • Papers sub-folder
  • Kit preview

The next step is to tag the preview image with the Designer’s Name, Store and Product Type. In the image below, you can see that I’ve tagged this preview with Kristin’s name because it has a check mark beside it. In this example, I have not yet tagged it with the store name:

Now, if I select Kristin’s name in my category list, ACDSee pulls up all images tagged with her name. Because I tag only the previews, my results look almost like a mini-store, full of product previews. I can right-click on any of them and select “Go to file…” to browse individual product files.

And that’s it! I organize and tag kits as soon as I download them and it takes less than a minute to do each kit. This system works for me because it isn’t overly complicated and because it suits my one-kit-per-page scrapbooking style.

How do you organize your kits?