End of June

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:

This was my first month as a member and I couldn’t be happier. The
quality of the kits is exceptional and there is enough in this month’s
offerings alone to keep me busy for a long while! – jcadiram

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

Bellisae Designs

Meagan’s Creations

Lift Ems

Melissa Bennett

Hat of Bunny

NBK Design

Dream Big Designs

Did you know that every four months you are subscribed to The Digi Game
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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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​DIY Wedding & Cricut Explore

Check out this Cake Topper made with the Cricut Explore Silhouette!

My daughter, Amy, got married recently and over the past several months, I’ve been sharing news and wedding plan updates with the team here at The Daily Digi. I’ve even had a few wedding related layouts to share over the past few months, using the DigiFiles. After the wedding, I shared a quick 2×3 layout of some of the professional pictures that had already been on Facebook.

When I shared it, I noted that I had made the cake topper for their wedding cake from an engagement picture taken by the same photographer. Wendy asked if I would share the process of making it, so here we go!

The photographer, Joshua Ayres, had some wonderful silhouette shots since they started their engagement photo shoot at sunrise. This made my project very easy to do. I selected a picture that had a good silhouette of them both from the waist up.

Gorgeous! I opened the photo in PSE 13, (any editing program would work if you can save as a png file) duplicated it, and cropped so that basically just Amy and Cam were showing. I then used the magic wand tool to select the figures. When the marching ants appeared, I selected layer/new layer via copy.

I then hid the color copy and added a layer mask. I used a round hard black brush to clean out the bushes on the right and also the stray hairs on Amy. Then I added a black brush right on top and filled in some areas that I didn’t want the Cricut to cut out.

When I was happy with my work, I saved the file as a png. In retrospect, I would have smoothed Cam’s hair out a little. My Cricut cut it beautifully, but it really labored to do it. Next I opened Cricut Design Space (you can only do this type of project if you have a Cricut Explore) and uploaded my png file.

This opened a window where I uploaded my png file. It gives an option to clean it up, but I had already done that in PSE so I didn’t need to. I just chose simple image since I was working with black and white.

Then I clicked continue and added the png to my project. Make sure that you choose the option for cut rather than print then cut. Finally, I chose a couple of frames and welded all of the pieces together.

I cut out two layers so Amy could put the stick in the middle. It turned out to be a fantastic topper for their cake—one no one had ever seen before.

Incidentally, we used old atlases to make most of the flowers that were used for the bouquets, corsages, and other decorating. Some of these I also cut with my Cricut but Amy made hundreds of origami ones as well.

Of course, you wouldn’t have to make a cake topper. It would be great for cards or gifts as well. Hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did!

Mask Modifier Magic

Hidden behind every command in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements is the magic of the modifier keys. Holding down alt, cmd, or ctrl keys unleashes powerful, time-saving shortcuts that every scrapbooker should know about.

I’ll walk you through these extra features and end with a quick reference image for you to print or pin and refer to every time you scrap.

When you are working with layer masks you may want to pull the layer onto different layers, create a selection, or even just see the mask. You can do all this and more by simply holding down a key when you click that layer mask thumbnail in the layers panel.

Copy the Mask

A quick way to copy a layer mask is to hold down the Alt (Mac: Option) key and drag the layer mask thumbnail in the layers panel and drop it on the layer you wish to add that same mask to.

For example, you could use this to quickly crop paper or photos to exact same size. Unlink the layer mask to move the mask and photo around until you get the perfect crop.

See the Mask

Hold down Alt+Shift (Mac: Option+Shift) and click on the layer mask thumbnail in the layers panel.

This will to show the Rubylith-style red overlay so you can see the mask on your layout.

You can show the mask in black, white and shades of gray by holding down Alt (Mac: Option) and clicking on the layer mask thumbnail in the layers panel. This may be helpful if you are doing some photo correcting or extracting using masks, and need to work out why some straggling pixels are showing up!

Toggle the Mask

Quickly turn on or off a layer mask by holding down Shift (Mac: Shift) and click on the layer mask thumbnail in the layers panel. A nice big red X reminds you the mask is turned off.

See the rectangular photo? That’s what my layer looks like with out the circular mask.

Create a Selection with the Mask

Hold down the Ctrl (Mac: Cmd) and click on the layer mask thumbnail in the layers panel to turn your mask into a selection.

This is handy when you want to do some fun painting or photo edits. As with any selection you can:

  • Ctrl+Shift+Click to add the mask to an existing selection
  • Ctrl+Alt+Click to remove the mask from an existing selection
  • Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Click to deselect any area outside the mask

Oh wait, you didn’t know that last one? I just stumbled on it today as I was writing this!

Quick Reference

As promised, here’s your quick reference guide!

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I hope today you’ve learned something new!

You & Me: Watch Cheryl Scrap (again!)

I’m so excited to share with you another 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! It is always so fun to see the process of another scrapper. We all fall into our own habits and ways of doing things. Whenever I watch someone else scrap, I learn something new!

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

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

Gratitude Journal {week 26}

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 templat

FIND THE FONT

It happens all the time…you see a font online or in a kit and you just know you have to have it.

The problem is, you don’t know what it is!

Enter font finding sites.

There are quite a few out there, some of which are specific to the fonts on their site. But there are others, like What Font Is, that can help you find the name of any font.

The process is fairly simple. First, either download an image containing the font you want to know the name of or take a screen shot (which will save to your computer.) Then, head to What Font Is.

Let’s take this font, for example. Let’s say I saw this online (which, by the way, is an example of one of the most famous six word stories.)

When I get to the site, I see a screen like this (well, not completely like this. I took out some of the distracting ads…)

Then, I uploaded the image I saved (or you can use a URL to the image). As you can see below, I uploaded a screen shot.

Then, I clicked continue. A bunch of rectangular boxes appeared and in each one, one of the letters was in bold. In the tiny box below the big rectangle, I typed in the letter in bold. And on and on it goes.

The search tool will ask you to identify every letter in the image you uploaded, but I found that even entering just these five (and ignoring the rest), was enough for the search engine to fine my font.

A screen like this will then appear, giving their best guess as to what font you submitted. It will also give you similar fonts, which is very helpful if the font you want to use isn’t available to download.

In our example, LOVE YA LIKE A SITER (by Kimberly Geswein) appeared first. It also gave me a link to where I could download/buy it.

It’s a pretty handy tool when you are overcome with font love or envy!


I will say that script fonts can be a little trickier since the program can’t always tell where one letter ends and another begins. However, it is still really good at its job. It found this font (most likely because there were also non-script letters).

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If nothing else, it is definitely worth a try!

Summer Digi Lovin’

Fridays are full of digi goodness, and today is no exception! Here’s what’s new this week…

Scrapbookgraphics is back with a new Creative Fusion Mix & Match collection. Choose from dozens of products. You’re bound to find a few things that work better together!

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Flergs & Blagovesta have teamed up for the very first time this week. They have a super fun & bright, water collection coming. And you can save BIG when you buy the whole collection which is a further 25% off the already discounted price until Sunday.

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Hello Summer is the newest collection from Jennifer Labre Designs – perfect for all of your summer photos!

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Make your layouts really unique with this whimsical scrapbooking kit by Red Ivy Design:

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Crystal Livesay and Jimbo jambo Designs teamed uo to create this 4-template collab. It´s a mixture of layered template with interesting shapes and many layers. Be sure to check the amazing inspirations made with these templates.

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That’s it for today!

Gamer

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If you have a gamer in your house, look no further: the perfect kit is here! I just adore the bright and bold colors and totally fun elements in Gamer by Dream Big Designs. I especially love that she created a lot of fun and retro elements…ah, the nostalgia of my childhood. Let’s look at this awesomeness!






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 Dream Big Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Judie. Supplies: Gamer by Dream Big Designs.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Gamer by Dream Big Designs; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Fonts: Wish I Were Taller, American Typewriter.

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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Gamer by Dream Big Designs; Fonts: Stamp and Typewriter.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Gamer by Dream Big Designs; Home (alpha) by Kaye Winiecki; Template by Little Green Frog.

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Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Gamer by Dream Big Designs.

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

Name

Hi! I was born in Minnesota, but grew up in Oregon. I love the outdoors! Hikes, running, walking, water skiing, horseback riding, biking, pretty much anything that gets me out and in nature. I also love to create. My mother is a water color artist, and she raised me looking at the beauty of shapes and colors in everything. So when I went to college I wanted to study art. I became a Culinary Artist and have been a professional cake decorator for about 11 years now. During that time I also got married to my college sweetheart and had 4 amazing babes. After I started Digital Scrapbook Designing in 2008, I started to step away from cake decorating. I still do it, but my focus and love has become Digital Scrapbooking.

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layout

I LOVE the ZOO and so does my kids. I created this kit and layout for our summer trips to see all the animals. I love the clean, fresh look of pocket scrapping. And so that is the style I have done my latest albums in. But at the same time, I love to add a few clusters, journaling and titles. And my Journal Cards make it sooo easy to pop them into the layout and bam, done.



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SUPPLIES: Wild Inside by Dream Big Designs



started

I have always been drawn to art and creating. So when I got into Digital Scrapbooking in 2007, it wasn’t long after that I started to learn how to create my own papers and elements. I learned from watching online tutorials, and lots of trial and error. I had my second child and wanted a way to capture our memories without making a mess. I never was into paper scrapping, but fell in love with digital from the start.

inspired

My family is my inspiration while designing. I see the joy and life in what we do and how we live and I try and use that in my creations. Colors, feelings, and natural beauty are also a huge inspiration. When I am stuck, or don’t feel inspired, I go and do something outside and I am instantly inspired to create.

tools

Computer: Computer: I have a Dell XPS 8300. With 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. OS is Microsoft Windows 7. I have a 24 inch monitor.



Program: Program: I have CS5 and Adobe Illustrator.

Camera: Camera: Canon t2i.

Anything Else: Anything Else: Wacom 12 inch touch tablet. LOVE IT!

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If you are into “doodling” I highly recommend a Wacom tablet or pen to use with your touchscreen. It has opened my world to a whole new way to create patterns and elements.

favorite

This collection just fell together. I love the colors, the doodle paper, and the funky monster elements. It also can work for so many different types of projects.


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This collection screams little boy. But can also be used for your big boy too. The colors are traditional construction, but have some bright, fun teals thrown in. Very fun for birthdays, playing in the sand, or just driving trucks around.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Dream Big Designs:


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


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Inspired by Dream Big Designs

The following layouts were created using “Gamer” by Dream Big Designs and included in The Digi Files during January, 2016:

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Layout by Judie. Supplies: Gamer by Dream Big Designs.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Gamer by Dream Big Designs; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Fonts: Wish I Were Taller, American Typewriter.

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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Gamer by Dream Big Designs; Fonts: Stamp and Typewriter.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Gamer by Dream Big Designs; Home (alpha) by Kaye Winiecki; Template by Little Green Frog.

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Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Gamer by Dream Big Designs.

Going Off-Theme

Going Off-Theme

I am a huge fan of stretching digi supplies by taking a themed kit and using it for a non-themed purpose. The Daily Digi has quite a few articles in the archives about working with themed kits on more than one page. Check these out:

Usually, when I buy I themed kit, it’s because I really like the theme and because I think I can stretch the kit to make it work on a few different pages.

I wanted to challenge myself to take a themed kit that didn’t really apply to my life and see if I could make it work for a page. Here’s a pretty obvious theme that isn’t really aimed at me – Independence Day. Since I’m Canadian, I don’t generally need Independence Day kits. BUT, I liked the papers and elements in this one so I picked it up to use.

Fortunately, Canada’s flag is red and white so I just needed to have enough non-blue and non-star and non-flag themed elements to make this kit work for a Canada Day page.

And that’s the thing about kits these days – most kits are pretty big and you’ll find plenty of non-themed elements and papers to work with. (And, it’s worth noting, you’ll often find a lot of neutral elements that you can use on any page.)

Here’s my Canada Day page. You’d never know it was made with an Independence Day kit!

Canada Day. Supplies: Celebrate Independence Day by Amanda Yi and Libby Pritchett, Remember Those Days 7 by Two Tiny Turtles

Supplies: Celebrate Independence Day by Amanda Yi and Libby Pritchett, Remember Those Days 7 by Two Tiny Turtles

Happy scrapbooking!