Gearing Up for National Scrapbooking Day

Gearing Up for National Scrapbooking Day

Are you gearing up for (inter)National Scrapbooking Day? NSD is celebrated the first Saturday in May each year. That means the fun starts this coming weekend!

I’ve been a digital scrapbooker for a long, long time now and I still get excited to celebrate NSD each year! Here are some of my tips for celebrating in style!

Pssst…. If you’re new to digital scrapbooking, you need to know that National Scrapbooking Day means there will be really great new products and sales!

The days ahead of NSD are perfect for making a wishlist of products you want to buy. You can make a wishlist at each store you shop at by using the store wishlist feature. Then it is easy to just add each product to your cart on NSD weekend.

Another really great option is to use Pinterest. Just create a NSD 2016 board and save your favourite products to it. You’ll be able to see everything you want from all of your favourite stores so you can check if you’re picking too many blue kits and not enough templates, for example. It’s nice to have a visual overview of all of the products that you are interested in buying.

Now is the time to make sure that you’re following your favourite designers on social media. Designers share their sales information and provide sneak peeks for their new products. Obviously, this can help you to fine tune your wishlist.

Subscribe to newsletters of your favourite designers to make sure you don’t miss an update. I’ve seen designers provide early access to the sales (with coupon codes) to their newsletter subscribers, as well as coupons for additional savings. Some designers offer freebies or free-with-purchase products through their newsletters as well.

Once NSD weekend arrives, it is time to hit the sales! The NSD sales are always amazing!

Load up your cart(s), check your budget and then hit buy!

But fair warning – download times on NSD weekend can sometimes be a bit slow because there are just so very many excited digi scrappers trying to get their goodies. If you’re patient, wait to download until off-hours, like early in the morning or very late at night. Or, if you’re very, very patient, wait until early next week.

Lots of stores and designers host fun games and challenges. Some are forum participation games and some get you scrapping! Either way, enjoy taking part in the community and sharing your love of this hobby with other memory keepers.

I wish you all a happy (inter)National Scrapbooking Day!

Gratitude Journal {week 18}

On Sundays this year at The Daily Digi, we are going to be sharing a FREE weekly gratitude journal spread.

{we’re sharing this a few days late since Sunday was the first day of the month and the release of the awesome new Digi Files!)

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.


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!

Girl Friday


We are so excited to welcome Kim Jensen Designs to this month’s Digi Files! Kim’s designs are just so fun and fresh. Her kit for the Digi Files, Girl Friday, is so incredibly adorable! I love all the girly office supplies and the journaling cards are SO cute! 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 Kim Jensen’s contribution:


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Girl Friday by Kim Jensen; Fonts: Old Typewriter.


Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Girl Friday by Kim Jensen; Template by Fiddle Dee Dee; Fonts: KG Strawberry Limeade.


Layout by Janet. Supplies: Girl Friday by Kim Jensen.


Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Girl Friday by Kim Jensen.


Layout by Sula. Supplies: Girl Friday by Kim Jensen; Font: KG Second Chances Sketch.

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


Hi! I’m Kim. I live in a sunny, growing, bustling little suburb northeast of Dallas, Texas with Mark, my hubby of almost 25 years. We have two awesome teenagers, Matthew (17), and Kaylee (14). I’m pretty much a homebody, so when I’m not running errands or shuttling the kids around to school or Girl Scouts or other various activities, you’ll usually find me at my computer, designing … or maybe even scrapping. 🙂



Most of my scrapping is memory keeping, but this page was just creative fun. I was inspired by shadowbox challenges that were happening in The Lilypad’s art journaling forum, so I grabbed some tins and a bunch of alphas and went to town with a favorite quote… “Never look backwards or you’ll fall down the stairs. – Rudyard Kipling” 🙂



I never formally paper scrapped. I had basic photo albums that I would occasionally stick other things in, and once in a while I would add titles and captions to photos in those sticky magnetic albums (eek!), but that was about it. I started designing web pages to share photos in 2001 and gradually taught myself how to make some of the decorative bits and pieces for them. I was thrilled when I discovered the digiscrapping world a couple of years later, and my dabbling eventually turned to more deliberate designing. I posted my first kit for sale in 2006, and The Lilypad has been my digi-home for the past 4 years.


Inspiration can come from anything to a piece of junk mail to a favorite photo. I often start with colors and just see what flows from there.


Computer: My computer is an Alienware Aurora R4 with Windows 7, 16 GB RAM, and Intel Core i7-3820 CPU, 3.60 GHz. My primary monitor is a 27″ Asus MX279. My secondary is whatever the last functional hand-me-down monitor we have on hand, currently a 20″ HP 2009m, but there is a much nicer Planar one that hubby no longer needs just waiting for me to make time to set it up. (Yes, this is the same one I hadn’t set up yet when I was here a year ago.)

Program: I use Photoshop CS6 for almost everything. Once in a while I will open up Illustrator CS4 and play around a bit, mainly drawing things. But I’m not terribly proficient with it, so it’s not too often that I take the time to muddle my way through.

Camera: My main camera is a Sony RX100 II that hubby got me for Christmas a few years ago. It’s a super-duper fancy point-and-shoot. I have a love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with it. It takes great photos if you can figure out the right setting, but the menus are much too complicated and the layout of it is not intuitive for me at all. I can’t count the number of times I have hit the power button when I meant to hit the shutter button, turning the camera off instead of taking a picture. So frustrating!

Anything Else: I have a Silhouette Portrait that I pull out once in a while, mainly for cutting out paper flowers pieces. My Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanner gets used almost daily when I’m actively designing. And I couldn’t live without my Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch medium tablet – although I’ve disabled the touch part! I also just got a Shotbox for Christmas. It’s very fun and easy to use (if only I could get my camera to cooperate).


Working at a reasonable pace is one of my biggest challenges. I tend to linger endlessly over choosing just the right texture or experimenting with every possible color combination. Forcing myself to just accept the first option I like and move on without exhausting every possibility to see if there’s a “more perfect” choice is hard, but also very liberating.


All of my products are favorites for different reasons. Some of the things I find most inspirational are those I can touch; I’m always collecting bits and pieces just because I like the texture. The inspiration for “The Key to Happiness” came from a little tub of keys that belonged to my dad. They were from his 20+ years of managing a small department store, and just looking at his handwriting and the logos on all the tags and envelopes as I dug through them all brought back a lot of wonderful memories of the time I spent with him there.



This one is one of my contributions to a Lilypad monthly BYOC (Build Your Own Collab). These collections are always a lot of fun to design and are a big hit with our customers. We’re given a color palette to work with and each of us may create our own coordinating products. I love that Ragged Edges has such vibrant color and great texture and works with all kinds of pages.


Here are some of my favorite products by Kim Jensen:






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







Take 25% off your next order from Kim Jensen. Enter code DailyDigiKim at checkout. Expires May 31, 2016.

Go have a look in Kim Jensen’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 Kim Jensen

The following layouts were created using “Girl Friday” by Kim Jensen and included in The Digi Files during May, 2016:


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Girl Friday by Kim Jensen; Fonts: Old Typewriter.


Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Girl Friday by Kim Jensen; Template by Fiddle Dee Dee; Fonts: KG Strawberry Limeade.


Layout by Janet. Supplies: Girl Friday by Kim Jensen.


Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Girl Friday by Kim Jensen.


Layout by Sula. Supplies: Girl Friday by Kim Jensen; Font: KG Second Chances Sketch.

Welcome the Designers of TDF#89

The Digi Files this month,
we have SEVEN full size products (never released in digiland before)
from fabulous designers for only $7.50 (less when you become an annual
member)! It’s an UNBELIEVEABLE deal and the BEST deal in digital
scrapbooking! Here is a look at the designers for this month:

Kim Jensen

Blagovesta Gosheva

Janet Phillips

Captivated Visions

Pink Reptile Designs

Scraps by Missy

Red Ivy Design

Our members love “Daily Digi Day!” Many of the annual members have
already been downloading for a few hours because they get access when
the calendar changes to a new month. Here’s what our members said in the
comments yesterday:

The Daily Digi brings the best to us — what a timesaver and delight to work with new and timeless designers. I’m always pleased with the kits and the variety of themes!— Mary K

Another great month as usual. In addition to the awesome kits this month I also received My Life of Giggles – 5 years right? 60 months – WOW! Thanks for all the great kits – this month was no exception.— Karyn A

PS: Congratulations to the FOURTEEN random winners selected from
yesterday’s comments, each person won $10 in product from one of last
month’s designers. Be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget in
yesterday’s post to see if you won! All winners will receive their prize
via the email listed in Rafflecopter within 48 hours.

My Well-Planned Life

“My Well-Planned Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 64th payment. “My Well-Planned Life” contains: 53 papers, over 120 elements, 1 alpha, and 1 template. This amazing collection was created by 11 of the top digital scrapbooking designers (all of whom are previous contributors to THE DIGI FILES). Here’s a closer look at everything that is included in “My Well-Planned Life:”

Bella Gypsy


Blagovesta Gosheva


Created by Jill


Heather T.


Joyful Heart Designs


Jumpstart Designs


Kimeric Kreations


Laura Banasiak


Scraps by Missy


Sherry Ferguson


Tangie Baxter


Studio Wendy