Simple Paper Patterns for the Non-Designer

Although many scrappers have passing fantasies about becoming a designer, most of us leave it right there, happily scrapping away with the designs of others. I tried my hand at kit designing a few times and I wasn’t any good. I decided to keep to templates and let others supply my kit addiction.

However, there are times when having a few pseudo-designer tips and tricks up your sleeve can come in handy.

Today I want to show you a VERY SIMPLE tutorial for creating your own paper pattern. Really, it doesn’t get much easier! And on Saturday, I will show you a little less simple trick for designing paper patterns (though still easy!)

I wanted to scrap with Chunlin’s beautiful Smile, It’s Your Day kit from the April Digi Files. It’s so gorgeous with all its colors and artsy elements.

As I was creating my page, I felt like it was missing something. I decided I wanted another paper under the photos, one with more of a pattern to it. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I decided to create my own. I wanted some kind of floral background, so I looked through the elements and chose a few of the flowers.

I then created a new 2×2 inch document (in PSE 11, but the process will be the same for most programs) and placed my flowers on it, resizing the flowers as necessary/desired. I was careful not to let any of the edges of the flower go past the edge of my document.

Next, I lowered the opacity of the background paper because I knew I didn’t want a solid white background. I lowered it to about 25%. I then merged my layers: LAYER > MERGE > VISIBLE. I didn’t flatten my layers because I would have then lost the lowered opacity of my background paper.

With my completed 2×2 square, I created a new 12×12 document and dragged my square onto it.

I then turned on my grid lines (VIEW > GRID) and made sure my SNAP TO GRID was selected. This ensures that when I line up my squares, they will “snap” to each other and be lined up correctly.

Next I simply duplicated my layer a few times. After three squares, I merged those layers together (now having a 2×6 layer) and then duplicated that layer. And so on. I kept a white background layer just so it would be easier to see.

Once I had finished covering my whole paper, I hid the background layer (making sure everything looked the way I wanted it to) and then I deleted it all together, leaving behind my new patterned paper (with a semi-transparent background).

Here is the paper zoomed in:

Finally, it was time to add it to my layout. I placed the paper over my other background paper and then using a soft-edged eraser, gently erased around the patterned paper, leaving only the part I wanted visible. The final result was just what a wanted! All-in-all, creating this very simple paper took me just a few minutes.

Trifecta 22 Bubble Tea

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Sigh. Oh to design like Brook! We’re so thrilled to have Brook Magee and her so-freakin’-awesome templates with us this month! Brook’s creativity is like no other! I love, love, LOVE these templates, Trifecta22, with their imperfect shapes and fun element clusters. They were just what I needed to get by scrapping rear in gear! Let’s take a 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 Brook Magee’s contribution:

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Trifecta 22 – Bubble Tea by Brook Magee; Candid by Amanda Yi.

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Layout by Toria. Supplies: Trifecta 22 – Bubble Tea by Brook Magee; Love Edition by Little Butterfly Wings.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Trifecta 22 – Bubble Tea by Brook Magee; All Star Kid by Seoul 2 Soul Scraps by Star Wars Fans; Font: New Times Roman.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Trifecta 22 – Bubble Tea by Brook Magee; If Only by Red Ivy Design.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Trifecta 22 – Bubble Tea by Brook Magee; #believeinmagic: Magical Christmas Collection by Amber Shaw & Flergs; Fonts: DJB Journal Your Life Print & Traveling Typewriter.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
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Hi! Iʻm Brook. My husband Aaron and I have 2 kids (Ben & Grace) and live in sunny South Florida. We home school and can often be found staring at bugs, exploring the local zoo, chilling at the beach and drawing together. We are an artsy-farty family. Loud, funny and honestly… a little weird. But we like it. We have a talkative budgie named Kevin and a Betta fish, Gilbert.

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This past year hasnʻt been a good one for me when it comes to getting layouts done. I just never had the time to devote a single page to each memory we made. And pocket-style scrapping is not my cup of tea… so I designed some of the Pile Up templates to help me get all of my square Instagram photos scrapped! A few weeks ago I printed an album out and these layouts with stacks of photos are absolutely my favorites to look at! So many wonderful moments all piled up. 🙂



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Aside from the embellished photo books I made as a child & teen, I officially started the hobby of scrapbooking with a trip to a local store that carried Basic Grey which led to an addiction and eventually a design team spot on a popular online paper scrapping kit club. As digital scrapbooking began to increase in popularity, I tinkered with it a bit using mostly freebies. Having worked in Graphic Design before having my kids, I knew Photoshop well and was thrilled to be using it again. It opened up my eyes to the possibilities of digi! I was hooked.

I took a brief hiatus from scrapbooking and when I came back I was 100% digi. I discovered the Sweet Shoppe and loved their designs. Over the years I became a SugarBabe and started realizing my potential to be a designer. Thankfully, Robin and the other designers at SSD believed in me and gave me the opportunity of a lifetime!

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I am inspired by so much! I am in love with color, and lots of it. The outdoors inspires me… fresh air & sunshine. I also absorb vintage & modern children’s illustrations, artists like Mary Blair and Gyo Fujikawa, fabric and quilting patterns. I also adore classic stories like Alice and Wonderland, Heidi, the Jungle Book, and the Wizard of Oz. The wonder and imagination in those books has inspired me to create.

I’m not sure I could design without listening to music… I like a variety of stuff, but I lean towards music I can sing to. My favorites lately are Christian worship music by Hillsong United, for King & Country, and Lauren Daigle mixed with stuff like Purity Ring, Celtic Women, and random movie soundtracks.

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Computer: We have a PC that’s running Windows 7, it has about 16.0 GB of RAM and a processor that’s 3.60 GHz. 64-bit operating system. I have dual monitors (one is 24″, the other is 19″) and a black keyboard that is quite clickety and clackety. I also have a little laptop computer that I use when my husband is using the desktop… but itʻs not my fave.

Program: I use Adobe CC. I create patterned papers and illustrations in Illustrator and create everything else in Photoshop.

Camera: We have a Canon Rebel Xti, but I hardly use it. I prefer my small and incredibly powerful mirrorless Sony RX100 camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S5 and takes good photos, too.

Anything Else: I use an Epson Perfection V500 PHOTO flatbed scanner for scanning my doodles and items I want to extract. We have a wacom tablet, but I can’t get used to it so I just use my mouse. For doodling I use Sharpie Pens and Prismacolor colored pencils on white printer paper.

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2015 was a stressful year for me. It was hard to SEE the good things in my life, I was so focused on the stress of everyday life and just going, going, going. Work, work, work. I didnʻt get many layouts scrapped and I didnʻt often reflect on the most precious moments we shared through the year. They got forgotten. That made me sad!

If I have any advice this year it is to stop and get it scrapped… just pick a template or let yourself be free to keep it simple – whatever you need to get the job done. Type a few memories in a document and save them so you donʻt forget. Take pictures (who cares if they are perfect). And PRINT ALBUMS.

Printing a book of my scrapbook pages made me feel so much better about my memory-keeping. I havenʻt printed layouts in ages… and one day in January I just did it. I didnʻt care if I had an entire consecutive year scrapped. I didnʻt care if the pages were in order. I just clicked order with haste and 7 days later the 4 of us were huddled together on the couch pouring over the book with the warmth and love of times remembered. *grin* Iʻm so glad I did it… and in 2016 I plan to print a book every 3 months to get through the stash of unprinted layouts on my hard drive.

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I had a blast designing this kit! After seeing the Jurassic World movie I knew I had to make a fun dinosaur kit. I felt inspired throughout the process. It was fun scanning stuff from home (like my kids toy dinos and a fossil tooth) and creating the illustrations and elements with input from my kids. Boyish kits donʻt come easily to me, so I was thrilled with the result and yeah… proud of myself. Iʻm new enough at this that I still have those moments of WOW I am doing this. I can do this! This is my dream job.


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This pack of templates (and her sister packs which Iʻve bundled together) have been a hit in my store this year. Sometimes when Iʻm creating templates I wonder if Iʻm going too far… too funky with the colors, too messy with the cuts, or crazy with the shapes. LOL But this pack got lucky. I was having a good day at work, I guess. These templates are a great mix of ʻhey, look at me, Iʻm differentʻ and ʻyou could totally use theseʻ. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.


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


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Use coupon code BMAGEE-TDD-BOOM for 30% off Brook Magee Designs (1 per customer 30% – expires 5/1/2016).

Go have a look in Brook Magee’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 Brook Magee

The following layouts were created using “Trifecta 22 – Bubble Tea” by Brook Magee and included in
The Digi Files during April, 2016:

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Trifecta 22 – Bubble Tea by Brook Magee; Cheri by One Little Bird; Font: American Typewriter.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Trifecta 22 – Bubble Tea by Brook Magee; Very Merry Unbirthday by Jacque Larsen, Valorie Wibbens, Emily Merritt; All Mad Here (doodles) by Kate Hadfield.

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Trifecta 22 – Bubble Tea by Brook Magee; Candid by Amanda Yi.

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Layout by Toria. Supplies: Trifecta 22 – Bubble Tea by Brook Magee; Love Edition by Little Butterfly Wings.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Trifecta 22 – Bubble Tea by Brook Magee; All Star Kid by Seoul 2 Soul Scraps by Star Wars Fans; Font: New Times Roman.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Trifecta 22 – Bubble Tea by Brook Magee; If Only by Red Ivy Design.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Trifecta 22 – Bubble Tea by Brook Magee; #believeinmagic: Magical Christmas Collection by Amber Shaw & Flergs; Fonts: DJB Journal Your Life Print & Traveling Typewriter.

Gratitude Journal {week 15}

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!

Improve Your Photography {by taking advantage of spring}

Spring is in full force here in North Carolina (my deepest apologies to those of you up north still blanketed in snow!) Our family has already enjoyed a number of hikes and we have soaked in the breathtaking beauty of local gardens. We’ve enjoyed mud puddles and tulips, climbing rocks and watching ducks. Spring—my favorite time of year.

Spring is one of my very favorite times to take pictures. Not only does it feel amazing to be outside again after a long winter, but also it is such a great time to dust off or work on photography skills.

There are many great reasons to love photography in the spring and here are my top five.

IT’S JUST RIGHT

Let’s be honest, taking pictures in the winter can be miserable if you are outside for more than a few minutes. Taking photos in the summer can be just as miserable, temperatures raging and sweat dripping on your camera. Practicing photography takes time, often shooting dozens of frames for every image you want to capture. Temperature alone makes spring a great time to get the perfect shot.

NEW LIFE

When I see the first buds of spring, I get excited (too excited if you ask my kids!) But there is something so magical about the way trees and plants go from looking very dead and then miraculously, sometimes overnight, they come back to life! I find metaphors in most everything in life, but the vibrant colors after the long and dull winter find a lot of parallels in life itself. I love taking my camera out and capturing the quickly changing looks of new life.

VIBRANT COLOR

Oh spring, how I love thee! I’m fairly new to North Carolina, but one of the things I love most is that there seems to be something new blooming all the time. Just as soon as I start to feel sad that the Bradford Pears are greening over, the cherry trees and Wisteria come out in all their brilliance. The colors of spring flowers call to me—“Take my picture! Take my picture!” The beautiful spring buds won’t last long, so I try to capture them while I still can.

SPRING LIGHT

As most students of photography know, the best time to take photographs (especially of people) is during the golden hour: the one hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset. This special hour offers beautiful warm light that isn’t too harsh. It’s low in the sky and therefore doesn’t cast awful shadows. I love spring the most during the golden hour. Because the trees aren’t done blooming, they allow a much better view of the sunlight. In the summer, the trees can block the sun altogether. But in the spring, the gorgeous oranges and yellows show through the newly budded trees.

I LOVE GREEN

Weird reason, I know. But it’s true…I LOVE green. Almost every photo I have hanging in my house is filled with green. It makes me happy. And the green in spring is a vibrant shade that slowly gives way to the deeper (yet still pretty) darker rich green of summer. The new leaves and needs-to-be-mowed grass this time of year is so cheery, so vibrant. It reminds me so much of the beautiful rice paddies of Indonesia I miss so much. It may not seem like a big deal, but I promise you green is the way to go! As I close, let’s compare a few photos. These are of my sweet daughter Bethany and they were both taken in our yard. The first was in November (hello brown!) and the others were in spring (hello gorgeous!) Now try to tell me green isn’t important!

Go ahead, get out there! Find some flowers willing to pose for you and start snapping. Your photography will benefit and so will your mind and body. Being outdoors does a body good!

So, when is your favorite time to shoot?

Fun New Products & Extended Giveaway

Be sure to read to the end to find out how to enter our extended giveaways. But now, on to what’s new this week in digiland!

Jenn Labre is the featured designer this week over at Pickleberrypop! Celebrate with 30% off in her store including this brand new kit, Thrive.

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Liz has some new Recipe Templates, available in 8.5×11 and 4×6. Both sets are 20% OFF through April 10th.

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Kate Hadfield has some colourful new Tooth Fairy inspired doodles in the store today! Save 20% on them all day!

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Meagan’s Creations has two great new template packs on sale this weekend! To the Point Templates use fun arrows and chevrons to really draw attention to your fabulous photos! Grab them for 30% off this weekend or 40% off when you purchase them together! (No coupon needed!)

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Check out Wendy’s latest releases. From a new blocky alpha, to a faithbooking bundle, to planner printable template/action set, she’s got something for everyone!

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Now for the giveaways! Our Monday and Thursday giveaways inadvertently ended too early. So, we’ve extended them through today (11:59 pm). Be sure to enter below for your chance to win $10 from
Monday’s featured designer, Chunlin Designs and $10 from
Thursday’s featured designer, Amanda Yi.

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We’re so happy to have Amanda Yi with us this month! Bringing you the best of the best each month is our goal and Amanda fits the bill! You can’t go wrong with a camera inspired kit and Amanda Yi’s Candid certainly does not disappoint! I love the fun mix of modern and retro. The bold patterns make this kit so fun to scrap with and totally inspiring!






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 Amanda Yi’s contribution:

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Layout by Toria. Supplies: Candid by Amanda Yi.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Candid by Amanda Yi; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: Oh Hello Dya.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Candid by Amanda Yi; Fonts: .

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Candid by Amanda Yi; Straight to the Heart by Fiddle Dee Dee Designs.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Candid by Amanda Yi.

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

Name

Hi there! My name is Amanda Yi! I am 25, single mother of an amazing 5 year old boy, and we reside in upstate New York! Besides designing fun digital scrapbook kits, I also attend college majoring in Sociology.

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I wanted to share this layout I created using Traci Reed’s Pocket Life: October Collection because I have been struggling to keep up with my Project Life for 2014 but I am slowly chugging along! I absolutely love this one, with tons of focus on the photos and my super fun title work!



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started

I began paper scrapbooking in 2011 when my son was born because I wanted to record all those little precious memories. Shortly after I found digital scrapbooking and instantly became addicted! After spending time on many creative teams and being inspired by all the amazing designers, I decided to start testing the waters of designing my own products. I officially started designing in May of 2013 and love to be the one to provide the goodies for memory keeping!

inspired

I am usually inspired by the many pins on Pinterest. Whether it’s color inspiration, quotes, or a pattern, I always find a way to get the creative juices flowing!

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Computer: I have an HP desktop with a single monitor (even though I would love two, maybe even three!) and Windows operating system all the way!

Program: I work with Photoshop CS6, & Illustrator.

Camera: I have a Nikon Coolpix L840. I am no professional photographer but this baby does the job in capturing all those little moments.

Anything Else: I recently got a Intuous Drawing Tablet and I am in love with it! I am still getting the hang of it, but it will be a big contribution to my work in the near future!

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One tip I would like to share with you is to LOVE what your working on. Whether its a scrapbook layout or designing, put all of yourself into the project and be sure it speaks to you!

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Get Lost is one of my favorite release because well.. I love to explore, near and far, I just love new places. I especially love this “explore” themed kit because of it’s fun and unique colors! It just makes me smile every time I look at it!

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Mom Confessions is my most popular product. I believe that it is so popular because many can relate to the theme of the bundle. I personally was struggling with many aspects of motherhood during that time and it actually inspired me to create this product, and honestly, I felt so much better after it was completed. It was like an outlet of sorts for me!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Amanda Yi:

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

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Coupon

As a little “thank you” here is a 20% off coupon to use towards your next purchase of Amanda Yi’s products. Coupon excludes collabs, only good on solo products! Expires 12/31/16!

Go have a look in Amanda Yi’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 Amanda Yi

The following layouts were created using “Candid” by Amanda Yi and included in
The Digi Files during April, 2016:

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Candid by Amanda Yi.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Candid by Amanda Yi; Template by Sara Gleason.

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Layout by Toria. Supplies: Candid by Amanda Yi.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Candid by Amanda Yi; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: Oh Hello Dya.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Candid by Amanda Yi; Fonts: .

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Candid by Amanda Yi; Straight to the Heart by Fiddle Dee Dee Designs.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Candid by Amanda Yi.

Keeping Track of Your Unused Digi Supplies

Keeping Track of Your Unused Digi Supplies

How do you keep track of your digital scrapbooking supply purchases? I have an organization system that I find very helpful. In a nutshell, I tag all of my previews in ACDSee with the store name, designer name and type of product (i.e. kit, alpha, journal cards, etc.). It helps me to find supplies in my giant digi supply stash pretty quickly and easily.

One thing I haven’t touched on is how I track my newest purchases so that I can tell which products I have never used before. That’s important for me both because I am on a creative teams and I need to keep track of what to scrap next and because it’s just nice to be able to play with my fun new supplies!

My “system” isn’t really all that sophisticated – but it works for me!

Basically, I organize all of my supplies by Store and then I have a folder for every Designer. Within the Store directory, I have a “_to use next” folder. The underscore at the beginning means that it is always the first folder in the directory.

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I unzip all of my new supplies in the “_to use next” folder and tag the previews with the store, designer name and product type. Then, after I’ve used the product, I move it to the Designer folder. This way, I know that any products in the “_to use next” folder are unused.

Do you keep track of your unused digi supplies?

Watch Cheryl Scrap

I’m so excited to share with you a video tutorial by our team member Cheryl. Not only is Cheryl a fabulous scrapper, she is also known to many of you as Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs. We all have so much to learn from this fabulous lady!

In this video, Cheryl shows us how she takes pieces of EVERY kit from the APRIL DIGI FILES and uses them to create this stunning layout:

Layout Credits:
Adventuretime by Vera Lim
Candid by Amanda Yi
Dance In The Rain by Sherry Ferguson
Embracing Life by Jumpstart Designs
Harmony by Blue Flower Art
Smile, It’s Your Day by Chunlin Designs
Fonts are Always In My Heart, Typewriter and Stamp

If you loved this video, don’t forget to check out her other videos on her YouTube channel.