Thank You May Designers

When you
become a member you get ALL of these kits for just $7.50 TOTAL (not each)! AMAZING DEAL!!

This is what our
members said at the end of last month:

The kits were absolutely fantastic this month! I learned about a new designer that I am really going to like and the tutorials were fabulous! This is such a great place for inspiration! Thank you!–Tammy D.

Here’s a closer look at everything that is included this month:

Kim Jensen

Blagovesta Gosheva

Janet Phillips

Captivated Visions

Pink Reptile Designs

Scraps by Missy

Red Ivy Design

Did you know that every four months you are subscribed to The Digi Game
level (annual OR monthly) you get an exclusive collaboration from past
contributors to
THE DIGI FILES? They are AMAZING:

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Story of Everyday Life is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to those who subscribe to THE DIGI GAME level of membership (available immediately).

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The Good Life is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their fourth payment, (or fourth month for annual members).

My Journey My Life is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their eighth payment, (or eighth month for annual members).

My Life At Play is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 12th payment (or 12th month for annual members).

My Life In Print is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 16th payment (or 16th month for annual members).

My Life At Home is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 20th payment (or 20th month for annual members).

My Life of Adventure is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 24th payment (or 24th month for annual members).

My Life of Celebration is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 28th payment (or 28th month for annual members).

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Gratitude Journal {week 22}


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

Crazy Fun

This Crazy Life by Captivated Visions & Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs is packed with all sorts of goodies to scrap the every day craziness!

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Do you love large photo spots? Bring your memories to the center of attention with Meagan’s Creations’ “Stand Out Templates Vol. 7 and 8”. Save 30% off these dynamic templates through Monday, May 30th or save 40% off when you purchase them together! (No coupon needed!)

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New smart paper templates are ready for your scrapping and designing pleasure! Just double-click each placeholder and paste in a new one for an instant patterned paper.

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Jenn Labre is now selling CU items! Check out her Mixed Media Brushes for CU – all on sale 20% off!

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Bugs & Kisses is new at The Lilypad and 20% off until 5/29!

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Let Melissa Shanhun show you how to use the spot healing tool and the skin smoothing smart brush to retouch skin and remove wrinkles in Photoshop Elements.

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How to Make a Floral Shape

How to Make a Floral Shape

From time to time, I like to step away from “memory-keeping” and do something that is just for fun. Here’s a just-for-fun page that I recently made featuring a large floral arrow. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out! (And it really was fun – and easy – to make!)

Even though there are a lot of elements on the page, I think I only spent about 25 minutes on the page. Here’s how to do it:

Start With a Shape Guide

First, start with the shape you want to create into a floral cluster. I chose an arrow.

Add Foliage

Then cover the shape with leaves to hide the shape. If you have to “erase” some of the leaves to get the shape right, go ahead. Just remember to hide the erased bits with flowers later.

Add Flowers

Add lots and lots of flowers! (And maybe a sprinkle of tags and hearts and stars.) Whenever I add a flower, I duplicate it at least 2 more times and rotate them slightly before spreading them out on the shape guide. Sometimes I add the same flower twice – once in a larger size and then again in a smaller size.

I like to step back from time to time and bring some flowers forwards (or push some flowers to the back) in the layer palette.

Add the Finishing Touches

For my page, I added some paper strips, paint splatter and a positive thought in a pretty water colour script.

Happy scrapping!

Mask it and Move it for Perfectly Cropped Photos

Ever find yourself fiddling with the cropping of a photo? Just mask it and move it!

Today I want to share with you a fun little technique that I often use on my scrapbook pages, using the layer mask. Instead of cropping and undoing multiple times, I just move and resize my layer mask. It’s perfect for the indecisive scrapper!

If you need help understanding what a layer mask is, Toria made an easy to follow tutorial for the Daily Digi here:
Masking 101. Plus she recorded a video so you can see the mask in action.

The key to the technique is that little chain icon between the layer and the mask.

Just click it once, and the chain will vanish, you can then select the layer mask and move it or resize it.

Clear as mud? Here’s a video to help explain it!

Watch Me Mask it and Move it

I demonstrate this technique with a photo, but you can use it with a paper or embellishment too!

A Quick Recap

  1. Select the area of your photo/paper you want to keep
  2. Click the Layer Mask button in the Layers Panel (or Layer > Create New Layer Mask)
  3. Unlink the layer mask from the layer chain
  4. Click on the Layer Mask in the Layers Panel to select it
  5. Move and resize the mask to your heart’s content
  6. Don’t forget to re-link the mask afterwards (so you don’t accidentally mess it up later)

Do you masks a lot in your scrapping? I do! I will be back to share a few more simple ways that masks can make your scrapping easier and more fun next month!

Have you tried unlinking a layer mask before?

Choose Joy

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When I was in high school, my parents put a book on my bed titled, Happiness is a Choice. Although I didn’t appreciate it then and although their approach to my struggle was far too narrow, I can now see that I have a big part to play in my joy and outlook on life. So when I saw Choose Joy by Red Ivy Designs in this month’s Digi Files, I knew I had some stories to tell! This kit, so full of color and happy, is so beautiful. Let’s check it out!






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 Red Ivy Design’s contribution:

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

Name

My name is Alice and I live with my husband and our two daughters who are a constant inspiration for me. Just a few random facts about me: I love old movies, the mountains and I am a hopeless coffee and chocolate lover. As a designer I have searched long and hard for my own unique style and I found that cute with a touch of whimsical is what represents me the best.

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I started drawing these girls to stretch myself creatively. I’m loving them more and more and many of them are now hanging on the walls of friends and family. 🙂



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started

I started trying my hand at designing when my first daughter was born, 9 years ago. I saw some nice kits back then and I thought it would be nice to try to do some digital designing myself. Then a second (and difficult) pregnancy came so I stopped thinking about creating pretty stuff. The second time I started designing, I was very committed to become as good as I possibly can.

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I find my inspiration in children’s books and my daughters’ drawings.With every kit that I make I try to capture a little bit of childhood and bring a smile to my customers.

tools

Computer: I work on a HP laptop. I have no idea of how much RAM or other “computer stuff” it has!

Program: Photoshop is my main program. I also use an older version of Corel Draw.

Camera: I still have my Olympus Pen. I rely mostly on my phone camera though as it’s always handy.

Anything Else: I have a Wacom Intuos tablet, as well as a Cannon scanner.

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My all time favorite tip: hover the mouse between two layers while pressing the “Alt” key to clip the top layer to the shape on the one beneath. I use this all the time!

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Dreaming and setting goals is very important for getting ahead in life and becoming a better person. This kit is very dear to me because it speaks of not only dreams, but also the hard work and dedication necessary to achieve them.


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It was photos of jewelry that inspired me to make this super girly kit. I don’t use glitter too often, but this time it seemed very appropriate and I think I wasn’t the only one to believe that!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Red Ivy Design:


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


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Inspired by Red Ivy Design

The following layouts were created using “Choose Joy” by Red Ivy Design and included in The Digi Files during May, 2016:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Choose Joy by Red Ivy Design; Template by Lorilei Murphy; Brushes by Just Jaimee; Font: Celia Garcia.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Choose Joy by Red Ivy Design; Fonts: Peas Noodles Girlfriend, Century Gothic.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: Choose Joy by Red Ivy Design.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Choose Joy by Red Ivy Design.

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Layout by Judie. Supplies: Choose Joy by Red Ivy Design.

Gratitude Journal {week 21}

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 My Story: No. 1

We’ve talked a lot about “All About Me” pages here at The Daily Digi. We’ve talked about our fears, we’ve talked about telling our stories, and we have even shared some simple ways to do it.

But the truth is, I STILL struggle with this. It isn’t that I am really afraid (though I might not be excited to share some of the information with those outside my family), and it’s not that I don’t really know what to say (I rarely run out of words!) For me, the reality is I just don’t think about it and therefore I don’t take the time to do it!

And so, in my question of, “If not you then who?,” I realize once again I am my own memory keeper and I am the only one who can truly tell my story. If I want my children and grandchildren to know who I was, what I thought about, and what beliefs ran deep, I must be intentional in writing those things down.

And so, I created a simple template for myself, ready for me to add little questions and prompts. And if I am doing it for myself, I might as well do it for others. Right?

Every week or two, I’ll share a new template with a new question. I hope that these will enable me to tell more of my story and for you to tell more of yours! And I would LOVE to see what you create!

I chose this for our first question because it takes so many people off guard! I remember being at a meeting with a bunch of other moms, and being the introspective person I am, asked, “What are you really, really good at?” With confused looks on their faces, I explained that we are so quick to tell everyone what we can’t do, what we wish we could do, what we’re bad at (especially as it pertains to mothering!) But how often do we recognize the things in which we excel—as a mother, as a mom, as a friend, as an employee?