Saying Goodbye To 2016

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This is what our
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This was my first month as a member and I couldn’t be happier. The
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offerings alone to keep me busy for a long while! – jcadiram

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

Anna Aspnes

Heather T

Just Because Designs

Sugary Fancy

Let It Snow

This December

WendyP Designs

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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).

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Funtastic Friday Finale

In 2017, Funtastic Fridays are moving to Saturday. I thought it would be fitting to usher out Funtastic Friday and 2016 by honoring the designers who contributed to The Digi Files in the past year. We could not have provided you with such amazing kits, inspiration and content in 2016 without them! Please stop by and show them some support this week!

Amy Wolff

Dunia Designs

Erica Zane

Jennifer Labre Designs

Jimbo Jambo Designs

LJS Digital Designs

Scrapbook Lady

Studio Wendy

Tinci Designs

Yin Designs

Digital Scrapbook Ingredients

Kimeric Kreations

Southern Creek Designs

Tangie Baxter

Two Tiny Turtles

Amanda Yi

Blue Flower Art

Brook Magee

Jumpstart Desgins

Blagovesta Gosheva

Captivated Visions

Kim Jensen Designs

Pink Reptile Designs

Red Ivy Designs

Sherry Ferguson

Bellisae Designs

Dream Big Designs

Melissa Bennett Designs

NBK design

Joyful Heart Designs

KristinCB

Sahin Designs

Studio Julia Makotinsky

The Nifty Pixel

Alexis Designs

Connie Prince

Little Lamm & Co

New Life Dreams

Vicki Stegall

Digilicious Designs

Fiddle Dee Dee Designs

Flergs

Miss Mint

Neia Scraps

Sunrise Studio

WimpyChompers

Berna Datema

by Jacqui e smith

Dawn Inskip

Pixelily Designs

Studio Basic

Amber Shaw

Bella Gypsy

Jen Yurko

LDrag Designs

Little Butterfly Wings

Anna Aspnes

Heather T.

Just Because Studio

Sugary Fancy

WendyP Designs

Meagan’s Creations

Chunlin Designs

On A Whimsical Adventure

Finally, I just wanted to share a special offer from Anna Aspnes. ‘A Year of ArtPlay’ by Anna Aspnes Designs is just $99 through the end of the year. Price is going up in the New Year. You get 12 monthly video classes in year 2017 showing you how to create 12 artsy digital scrapbooking layouts from start to finish. Watch me concept and make design decisions on the fly, perform my tried and tested artsy Photoshop techniques, while talking you through the entire process. Expect 40-90 minutes of artsy education in each session.

Don’t forget to come back for Super Saturday starting January 8th!

Gratitude Journal {weeks 51 & 52}

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! I know we did. Our family enjoyed a few days at the beach. What a wonderful time to reconnect and look forward to the coming year. I spent a lot of time whispering softly, “Thank you for this gift.” And I didn’t mean Christmas presents! I meant all the little blessings in life — the sweet hugs of my three-year-old, the warm Florida weather, the giggles from happy siblings.

We are finishing up our gratitude journal for the year. Can you believe it? 52 weeks of gratitude. I hope you enjoyed this project. Taking time each day to recognize the blessings in our lives and to be grateful goes such a long way in our happiness. There is no joy without gratitude!

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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Top 10 Keyboard Shortcuts for Scrapbookers in Photoshop

It’s no secret that I love my shortcuts. Every time a new tool or feature is added to Photoshop Elements, I’m hoping for a new shortcut key to make my life easier. In the recent release of Photoshop Elements 15, one big change has happened to keyboard shortcuts. Due to adding the ability to use layer groups, the Scrapper’s Best Friend – aka clipping mask shortcut has been changed. Ctrl+Alt+G (Cmd+Alt+G for Mac) is now the shortcut for creating a clipping mask.

So I thought it was time to share my (updated) favorite keyboard shortcuts for scrapbookers.

Windows

  1. Ctrl+N Create a new file
  2. Ctrl+S Save your work (all the time!)
  3. Ctrl+Alt+G Create clipping mask, clips your paper to a shape
  4. Ctrl and + Zoom In. Ctrl and – Zoom Out
  5. Ctrl + 0 Fit your whole image on the screen
  6. Hold down space bar – Switches you temporarily to the hand tool to move around in your image while zoomed in
  7. Ctrl+Z Undo your last action
  8. Ctrl+T To transform a layer (resize, rotate etc)
  9. Ctrl+Shift+[ Move the selected layer to the top of layer stack (great for when your paper vanishes!) Ctrl+Shift+] moves it to the bottom
  10. Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S Save image for the web (no risky flattening!)

Mac

  1. Cmd+N Create a new file
  2. Cmd+S Save your work (all the time!)
  3. Cmd+Opt+G Create clipping mask, clips your paper to a shape
  4. Cmd and + Zoom In. Cmd and – Zoom Out
  5. Cmd + 0 Fit your whole image on the screen
  6. Hold down space bar – Switches you temporarily to the hand tool to move around in your image while zoomed in
  7. Cmd+Z Undo your last action
  8. Cmd+T To transform a layer (resize, rotate etc)
  9. Cmd+Shift+[ Move the selected layer to the top of layer stack (great for when your paper vanishes!) Ctrl+Shift+] moves it to the bottom
  10. Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S Save image for the web (no risky flattening!)

If you are not sure how to find out the secret shortcuts Heddy explains in her article about speedy scrapping with shortcuts.

Free Printables

If you’d like a quick reference to help you learn these and more shortcuts, you can print and cut out the shortcut cards to keep them on hand. Download them here.

What’s your favorite shortcut? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

Finishing 2016 With Fun

Join Connie Prince for her end of 2016 storewide sale. Everything will be 50% off through 1/4/2017.

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50% OFF Jacqui’s 2017 Planner Kit until 31 December 2016. Mix + match page designs to create a planner unique to you. Customize with covers, tabs + stickers. Sunday + Monday start available, suits both US Letter + A4 paper sizes. Organise your day with ease!

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On A Whimsical Adventure is now at Sweet Shoppe. Check out her newest release, Winter Solstice.

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Year 2017 will be the year of ArtPlay at Anna Aspnes Designs with 12 ArtPlay Unedited classes over the course of 12 months providing 12 opportunities to elevate your artistry/digital scrapbooking and ignite your creativity in year 2017. Learn more and register before 31 Dec 2016 at Midnight MST to get the biggest savings.

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Hello fellow Scrappers!! This collection is a freezing adventure. Do not miss it. Cold but warm colors that warm the heart. Perfect for your projects. Buy with 35% OFF in the collection, or 30% OFF for the individual packs. “Let it Snow” by Neia Scraps

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Studio Wendy has a new video all about PSE15’s new Custom Frame option. She also shows you how to use those frames to make droplet templates. Get the video FREE with a $5 purchase through Sunday.

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Reflecting On My Scrappy 2016

(Make sure you read to the end!)

As December winds down, I found myself reviewing my Faithbooking project from 2016. As I did, I noticed quite strikingly, that my style throughout the project changed several times. I started out excited about doodling with my Bamboo Spark. At some point, I moved on to watercolors, both real and digital. But I finished up my project with a more “traditional” digital scrapbooking style. Here’s a look at the evolution of my pages.

Supplies: Sherwood Studio, Jen Maddocks and Studio Wendy Faithbooking products. (Faithbooking eBook available at Scrapbookgraphics.)

I realized that although I enjoyed trying new things in this project, I really loved the pages I did digi-scrap style. It took me back to my scrappy roots and my natural love. I was happiest both creating these pages and with the result. So, as I look forward to 2017, I want to refocus on my favorite hobby. There’s definitely value in stepping out of our comfort zone and trying something new. But when it comes down to making decisions for my 2017 projects, I want to do what I truly love. So it’s back to digi kits for me!

Have you reflected on your projects from 2016? What gave you the most joy? Which ones are you happiest with? What projects will you do in 2017?

Finally, I have a quick announcement from one of December’s featured designers. Make a joyful noise! It’s a blitz sale. 50% off HeatherT (one day only @ Pickleberrypop).

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