Lots of Fun this Friday

Bella Gypsy

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Blagovesta Gosheva

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Created by Jill

A super fun collection inspired by my newly graduated daughter! Get 6 full sized packs for just $6 PLUS a full-size 7th pack FREE through Monday, May 23rd!

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Heather T.

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Joyful Heart Designs

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Jumpstart Designs

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Kimeric Kreations

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Laura Banasiak

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Scraps by Missy

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Sherry Ferguson

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Tangie Baxter

A perfect summer activity for your kids! This workshop requires few supplies and “grown up” help should be minimum. Kids LOVE to art journal if given the chance!

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Studio Wendy

Wendy has a fabulous new time saver… Overlay Extractor transforms your scanned texture or photo to a transparent overlay.

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At Digital Scrapbooking HQ there are hundreds of posts teeming with Photoshop Elements information. But where should you start? Why not take a look at the most popular tutorials to get a taste of the fun you can have scrapbooking with Photoshop Elements.

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Desperate Housewife

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Apparently Missy has been peeking in my house windows. If she hasn’t been, then she must just see me in her crystal ball. Desperate Housewife, her kit for this month’s Digi Files, has me pegged. With words such as “I loved those 30 seconds when the laundry’s all caught up!” and “My house was clean yesterday; sorry you missed it!” I know I could created a few {cough, cough, hundred} pages with this kit. Someday I’ll get my house cleaning together. Until then, I’ll just scrap about 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 Scraps by Missy’s contribution:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Desperate Housewife by Scraps by Missy; Template: Katie Scrapbook Lady; Stroke It Action: Studio Wendy; Font: Problem Secretary.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Desperate Housewife by Scraps by Missy; Recipe Book template by Biograffiti.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Desperate Housewife by Scraps by Missy.

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

Name

Hi! My name is Missy and I’m from a town outside Detroit, Michigan. I have been married for almost 18 years and I have three beautiful children. Justin-17, Cameron-13 and Abigail-12. I’m a stay-at-home mom who has plenty of time to scrapbook and design during the day when the kiddos are at school and I love it! When they come home it’s off to karate, soccer, baseball and softball! I also enjoy reading, playing on my Xbox One and spending time with family.

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I love this layout because it’s one of the first 12×12 layouts I ever made. (Can you tell? LOL) I look back on it and see what a beautiful layout with very few elements. Sometimes less is more. I LOVED Studio Flergs older kits that were very grungy. I had them all but unfortunately had a hard drive failure and lost most of them. I hope one day she brings those back!



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Studio Flergs (retired kit)



started

My start in designing is really a rather funny one. I began scrapbooking actually on my iPhone around 2011…lol! I purchased an app that allowed me to scrapbook on the go and I was OBSESSED! I did it every extra second I had. I was completely oblivious to the online digital community at that point. I then became involved with the company who made the app. Helping with their blog and answering customer questions (because I was such an expert haha). Through that I became aware of designers who were had online store. I would look in their galleries and wonder “how in the heck do I make layouts on a computer?”. So I purchased a few kits and after some extensive Google searching I was on my way to making layouts. Lucky for me my husband had a copy of Photoshop CS3 laying around from his computer science courses, so I was able to load it up and use it! Once I figured out how everything worked, which took SEVERAL weeks, I was able to do just about anything. Google and YouTube became my best buds 🙂

After about six to eight months of collecting many, many kits, I decided I would try and make my own kit. I did just that, and it looked awful! I still have it today to compare how far I’ve come. I’ve since upgraded all my software and my kits seem to be a hit! I’m loving every minute of my designing and expanding my knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator.


inspired

Everything really inspires me to create. My husband, children, family and sometimes a photo with beautiful colors. I think about what I would love to see in a kit, or colors I would like in a kit and go from there. If I wouldn’t use it, then I don’t make it!

tools

Computer: I have a Dell XPS Desktop, Intel Core i7 with 1TB Hard Drive. I also have a Dell Alienware laptop which I used most because of mobility (not to mention super fast!).


Program: Photoshop CC 2015
Illustrator CC 2015
On my apple products I use almost all of the Adobe apps as well as an app called Graphic that allows you to create vectors. Anything I create I upload to my Creative Cloud library and open up in PS or Illustrator. Truly amazing what I can do straight from my phone!


Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm and 24/105 lenses.

Anything Else: Wacom Intous Pro which I rarely use. With my iPad on had, there’s really no need.
I also use all of my Apple products for drawing on the go, iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, iPad Air 2 and my iPhone 6S plus.


tipstricks

Get organized. Decide how you want to save your scrapbooking supplies, either by designer, item (I.e. fasteners, papers, etc.) or both. Take time out to organize them into folders, it’s a timely process but you’ll be thanking me when you’re done 🙂 As you’re organizing, tag them with a few descriptive words. Say you have a kit about vacationing, tag your folder with travel and vacation. Be as descriptive as you can, it will only help you when you search. If you’re organizing by items, tag with colors. So if you’re working on a layout and you need a red bow, you go to your “bows” folder, search “red” and all of your red bows will come up. It saves you SO much time! I used to spend forever looking for the perfect kit, I don’t have to worry about that anymore because I have organized all of mine. I have mine organized by designer and items, on two different external hard drives. With hundreds of kits (and growing every day), I can’t imagine having to search through them anymore. Good luck!

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I couldn’t pick just one of my products to love, but my newest release is beautiful. I just love deep reds and blacks in this one. My husband spoils me with gifts, flowers and other things. He said to me over Valentine’s day that I was spoiled rotten, and so this kit was born.


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Everyone still seems to love this Just the Way You Are kit. It’s so versatile and the colors are just beautiful. I’m thinking of doing another kit with the same palette to coordinate with it.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Scraps by Missy:


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


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Save 40% off Scraps by Missy with coupon code: sbmddsave40 (valid through 12/31/2016; excludes collabs and items in the buffet category).



Go have a look in Scraps by Missy’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 Scraps by Missy

The following layouts were created using “Desperate Housewife” by Scraps by Missy and included in The Digi Files during May, 2016:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Desperate Housewife by Scraps by Missy; Template: Katie Scrapbook Lady; Stroke It Action: Studio Wendy; Font: Problem Secretary.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Desperate Housewife by Scraps by Missy; Recipe Book template by Biograffiti.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Desperate Housewife by Scraps by Missy.

Use Groups to Make Design Decisions

Use Groups to Make Design Decisions

I am pretty sure that I’m not the only one who adds items to a page, then looks at the page and takes them off again. Repeat, repeat, repeat. We’ll just call this comparison part of the creative process.

When you have just one item, like a flower, that you’re testing out on a page, it is easy to just toggle that one layer on and off to see if you’re happy with it on your page.

But what if you have more than one item? You could toggle each layer on and off, but that would get tedious.

An easier way is to use groups within the Layers palette. For one of my recent pages, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to keep the black stitching I had added. To “group” the stitching together in my layers palette, I first held down the CTRL key and selected each stitching layer in my layers palette.Then I selected Layers>Group Layers from in the menu.

The layers are grouped together now in the layers palette, under the name “Group 1” (which can be customized). Now, to turn the stitching layers on and off, all I need to do is toggle the eye icon beside Group 1. Here the layers are on:

And here the stitching layers are off:

In the end I liked the black stitching and decided to keep it on the final version of my page.

Do you use layer groups in your scrapbooking workflow?

Project Spinning

Bible Journaling was an amazing new world I discovered when The
ScrapGals interviewed Shanna Noel on their podcast. I was instantly intrigued by the combination of art journaling and my faith. Scrapping our faith is not a new concept. But the idea of intentionally creating art in my bible captured my attention.

Page by Shanna Noel of Illustrated Faith

At first I wanted to jump right in, buy a Bible and some real markers and stamps and start bible journaling. But I soon realized that if it wasn’t a digital project, it wasn’t going to happen for me. So I decided to change it up and put my own spin on the project. In January, I commited to creating a monthly art journal card, using my own doodles drawn on my Bamboo Spark along with digiscrap supplies. I’m creating 4×6 cards that I will get printed into a bound mini book at the end of the year. I’m playing around with different styles. Most of the cards also have a back to them where I took a screen shot of the verse on my ipad dressed it up in Photoshop.

One of my favorite parts of this project is seeing how other digital artists are doing their own things too! Team member SharonS is doing a series of verses on 12×12 pages. These will make an amazing picture book when she’s done!

Julie is doing a gorgeous series of more traditional layout-style pages.

Jenn Maddocks’ signature art journaling style is showing through her pages.


Are you doing your own spin on bible journaling or some other project? I’d love to see what you’re creating!

It’s Not Just Black & White

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Oh my! Pink Reptile Designs, arguably creator of the CUTEST designs, has done it again! I just LOVE her kit for the Digi Files this month: It’s Not Just Black and White. That zebra? Oh my! When I first saw the kit my mind started spinning just thinking of all the pages I wanted to create! Let’s take a closer 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 Pink Reptile Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: It’s Not Just Black & White by Pink Reptile Designs; Template by Our Misadventures; Font: Century.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: It’s Not Just Black & White by Pink Reptile Designs; Template by Sara Gleason.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: It’s Not Just Black & White by Pink Reptile Designs.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: It’s Not Just Black & White by Pink Reptile Designs.

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Layout by Judie. Supplies: It’s Not Just Black & White by Pink Reptile Designs.

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

Name

I am Mirjam, designer behind Pink Reptile Designs. I have a fondness for bright, fun colors, white canvasses, glass jars, storage boxes, and anything crafty. I am an optimist an avid tea drinker and e-book reader.

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layout

This layout really represents me where I am right now in all aspects of my life. In my personal life we are in the middle of a huge renovation [as you can see in my page there’s lots and lots of painting going on as part of the reno and we have one room almost finished…LOL]. Scrapwise I turned from 12×12 pages to A4 for the simple reason that I can print A4 pages at home [I am trying to simplify]. And I always love to challenge myself and learn new things. The photo treatment is the result of me dabbling with filters and blend modes in Photoshop.



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started

I have always been very creative. Even as a child I would make crochet cups and saucers for my dolls (something my grandmother taught me), I drew and I painted, knitted, etcetera.
I started paper scrapping in 2004 whilst trying to come to terms with the death of our first dog Kenzo, and I fell head over heels in love with this hobby because it gave me the opportunity to put all my creative quirks into it. I’ve put handmade knitted and crocheted items on layouts. I’ve machine stitched, hand stitched and painted on layouts. You name it and I probably did it.
In March 2009 I officially turned digital and although I still have an urge to feel paper or fabric from time to time I have to say I very much enjoy this clutter free variation of scrapping. It brought me a whole new field of techniques to discover and I have learned so much since!
In October 2009 the team from Zig Zag Scrap gave me the opportunity to even further broaden my creative horizon, this time as a designer and I discovered that I love to create kits! Then sadly Zig Zag Scrap closed in October 2012. I learned however that when some doors close new ones open. Another dream came true when I found myself a new home at the Lilypad and I find myself working side by side with designers that I have admired since my early digiscrapping days in 2009.

inspired

I find my inspiration in the world around me. Anything I come in contact with can trigger something in my mind that end up in a kit: from a blog or a website, Pinterest most definitely, places I visit, an advertisement in the mail, the wrapping of a candy bar, a conversation I pick up while waiting in line at the grocery store, a layout I spot in the galleries, at Scrap Stacks or a song on the radio.

tools

Computer: An i5 2500k processor 8GB ram with 4 terabytes of storage space. I have a 24 inch DELL monitor.

Program: My OS is running on a 128 GB SSD windows 7/64-bit and for making pages and designing I use: Photoshop and Illustrator CS 5 and
Artrage Studio Pro.


Camera: Our camera is a Nikon D80 and of course I am using my iPhone a lot!

Anything Else: A Wacom Cintiq 13HD LCD tablet that I love in spades and then some!

tipstricks

I have said this before but I will keep on saying it: challenge yourself and keep on learning!
Scrapbooking on paper, digi or both has SO many possibilities! Why stick to what you already know? There’s so much more to discover. I still try to add new things, styles and techniques to my designs and pages. Creativity has no boundaries so why limit yourself? Don’t be afraid. Take flight!

favorite

I don’t really have a favorite but I am really excited about the Planner Collection that I am making on a monthly basis together with my Lilypad colleagues [and friends] Allison Pennington, Amy Wolf, Just Jaimee and Little Butterfly Wings that I am part of. It’s so much fun to make and play with.
It’s designed for embellishing planner pages . No worries if you are not into hybrid though because you can easily use these products in other hybrid projects and even on digital projects and pages!
Here’s an add-on that I made to go with the Planner Collection that we made for February:


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One of my most popular products are these cute copper charms. They are so timeless and versatile that you could use them on any style page regardless it’s theme or topic.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Pink Reptile Designs:


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


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Coupon

Use coupon code prd30off4DDreadr (expires May 31) for 30% off Pink Reptile Designs (excludes bundles and collabs).



Go have a look in Pink Reptile Designs’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Inspired by Pink Reptile Designs

The following layouts were created using “It’s Not Just Black & White” by Pink Reptile Designs and included in
The Digi Files during May, 2016:

Layout by Jacki. Supplies: It’s Not Just Black & White by Pink Reptile Design.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: It’s Not Just Black & White by Pink Reptile Designs; Template by Our Misadventures; Font: Century.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: It’s Not Just Black & White by Pink Reptile Designs; Template by Sara Gleason.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: It’s Not Just Black & White by Pink Reptile Designs.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: It’s Not Just Black & White by Pink Reptile Designs.

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Layout by Judie. Supplies: It’s Not Just Black & White by Pink Reptile Designs.

Gratitude Journal {week 20}

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

10 Amazing Creative Spaces

Whenever I play get to know you games, I let people in on a very odd reality: we have moved every summer we have been married (and one Christmas!) That makes 18 moves in 17 years. Sometimes the move was within eyesight (we’ve lived on a number of campuses) and sometimes the move was on the other side of the world (we’ve lived in four countries.)

Because of this moving thing, I know that when it comes to unpacking and decorating, I have to get it done fast. If I don’t, I won’t have a chance to enjoy it. Whatever doesn’t happen in the first two weeks doesn’t ever seem to happen.

But this summer, as long as nothing unexpected happens, we will NOT be moving! And that means catching a second wind in decorating and finishing spaces up. I did my office before we even moved in, but there were a few things that never got done. So, I went looking for inspiration and here is what I found. Hopefully I’ll be back soon to show you the inspiration in action as I finish my office project!

Now I will admit that many of these are too-picture-perfect and the chance of anyone actually keeping their creative rooms like this is negligible (or is it only me that has papers strewn amongst the empty coffee cups?) But let’s not that stop us from being inspired!

And one more, an amazing before and after of a closet-turned-creative space!


So, what does your creative space look like?

Quiet Fridays

iNSD is over. Here at The Daily Digi, we’ve all unzipped our purchases and filed them away. Now we’re ready to get scrapping again! Here are just a couple new things for those who still have a shopping itch. Have an awesome Friday everyone!

Run Wild by Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs is a fun mix of muted colors, perfect for all sorts of projects!

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It’s Gotta Grab It time at Gotta Pixel and Meagan’s Creations has a frosty new collection! A companion collection to the popular “Zoobilee” collection, “Zoobilee: Arctic is for our friends who like it cold. Packs are $1 for 1 week only at Gotta Pixel! Sale starts Saturday, May 14th!

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Wendy has released her Prom Templates in Lightroom format. Not just for prom or yearbooks, these 8.5×11 portrait templates are awesome for vacation albums and scrapbook pages too. Lightroom tutorial included.

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The average person takes 150 photos a year. I think it’s safe to assume the average scrapbooker takes many more (some scrappers admit to taking 70+ photos a day when on holidays). It can get a little overwhelming. Even if you have a great system for managing the digital deluge, and keep your photos neatly in folders, that doesn’t mean they will help you tell the stories you want to tell. Today, Melissa’s sharing a quick and easy way you can keep your best photos close at hand and ready to scrap.

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