Brave Girl

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Today is my daughter and her husband’s first anniversary and I was feeling very sentimental this morning as I looked through the pictures from that day. This picture touches my heart so much as I see the joy on my daughter’s face as she entered the church and saw her soon-to-be husband for the first time that day. I guess my tip is to not be afraid to go back and scrapbook moments that make your heart sing, even if you (maybe) have already used the picture.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Brave Girl by THE DAILY DIGI. Template: TDD April 17; Font: SF Heidi.

I have very few photos with pink, but I loved the ocean blues and pop of yellow in this kit that worked perfectly for my daughter’s very brave foray into California surf in March! The word art was perfect! In PSE, I used the Magic Wand and selected the letters from the journaling card that I wanted to use. Then I overlayed a plain yellow paper and clipped them together. I replaced the blue and pink flowers from the journaling card, with flowers and a globe from the kit. Love how it turned out and can’t wait to get it printed and send it as a surprise to her in the mail!

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
Brave Girl by THE DAILY DIGI.

I knew I wanted to make this photo greyscale, but when I did, the black really overpowered the blue tones. So I added a layer immediately above the photo and filled it with the teal blue color. I set the blending mode to color, lowered the opacity and clipped the layer to the photo. Now the photo blends into the page nicely.

Layout by Wendy. Supplies:
Brave Girl by THE DAILY DIGI.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies:
Brave Girl by THE DAILY DIGI.

Wildflower by Created by Jill

This kit is brought to you by Created by Jill. Check out her store for more of this lovely goodnes.

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I wanted a solid light paper to used for the mats in this layout, as well as for the journaling. I tried turning the floral into a solid but there wasn’t enough contrast to delete the flowers. So I used the rectangular marquee tool to select and copy as big a piece of the light color as I could. Then I opened a new document and pasted that piece into the document. I then duplicated the piece several times and made a line of the little rectangles. I selected the row and duplicated it several times. After the document was full, I rotated every other row. Finally, I saved the document as a png and used it in my layout.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Wildflower by CREATED BY JILL. Template: Jenn Lindsey; Font: Century.

For this layout, I let the wordart be the main focus. The photos are from my daughter’s SnapChat account which I screenshot so they’re poor quality and I had to edit out words and emojis. Keeping them small helps keep the focus on the emotions evoked, rather than on the quality of the photos.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Wildflower by CREATED BY JILL.

Well Travelled by Jacqui E Smith

Jacquie E Smith drew me in the first time I came across her website. Her designs are fresh and fun and appeal to the minimalist in me. I love her use of color and design. Jacqui’s Well Traveled kit is just packed (pun not intended!) with great travel-related items. Papers, journaling cards, templates, and more! This is perfect as we head in summer and road-trip season!

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Hello 🙂 I’m Jacqui Smith. I live in Australia in beautiful sunny Queensland with my husband + son. I’m a working stay-at-home-schooling mum. Each day is full and intertwined with learning, earning + topped with fun, (usually card + board games at break times). Most of my work life has been in my own graphic design business. The last few years we added home-schooling into the mix. As my name is pretty common my husband suggested some tweaks to make my design name more unique, and so I design under byjacquiesmith.

When I’m not crafting ideas for new products, I enjoy hanging out with my family + friends, laughing out loud, reading, watching a favourite show (currently Madam Secretary, Family Matters + Heartland) or movie (Drama based on true stories are my current faves), seeing our beautiful country in our caravan + indulging in buckwheat carob bars.

Typically, when I do a layout, I want all of my elements pointing in towards the middle of the layout. This time though, I pointed the arrow/title element outwards to give the idea of going on an adventure.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Well Travelled by JACQUI E SMITH. Font: sf Heidi.

For a special impact, I wanted to highlight the word “go”. So, I used a simple font (Impact), sized to about 200, and typed out the word. I made sure that the font color was different than the underlying layers and then simplified the word. I then was able to make copies and merge the copies to the layers I wanted to “cut through”. Once it was merged onto the various layers, I was able to erase the letters so that it looked like I had cut them out of the papers. After that was complete, I was able to clip the patterned papers onto the different layers and continue scrapping.

Layout by Bethany. Supplies:
Well Travelled by JACQUI E SMITH.

I don’t often use journal cards in my layouts, but I do often love the word art on them. In this case, I took the “Enjoying this Journey” graphic from a journaling card. In PSE, using the Magic Wand, I selected the part of the card I wanted to use. Then from the top tool bar, I used Select>Modify>Contract to reduce the selected portion 1 pixel. That eliminates stray bits around the edge of the selection and gives it a cleaner, crisper look.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
Well Travelled by JACQUI E SMITH.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies:
Well Travelled by JACQUI E SMITH.

I don’t have a specific date on when I started. What’s work + what’s play when you enjoy designing! Life takes you on a journey + I’m amazed as I look back and see how things have weaved together. Nothing is wasted. Everything we learn helps to take us to the next destination.

I’ve been a graphic designer for about 25 years now. One of my first digital projects I can remember making was a flip album of scripture cards of favourite scripture verses with beautiful free stock photography. Not long later I ventured into making the annual calendar for family and friends, each year experimenting with different design styles. In 2009 I was drawn to create my calendar with a variety of free digital scrapbooking supplies I found online. Naturally I wanted to make my own designs 🙂 Years into creating digital scrapbooking products I have circled back around to add planners once again.

What do you do when you enjoy collecting memories + making plans … you roll it into one!

When I started gratitude journalling almost three years ago I never expected the good things I’ve experienced from simply taking a few minutes each day to make note of what I’m thankful for. Gratitude moves the needle on so many things in our life : increases your productivity, enriches your relationships, creates a joy-filled heart, changes the way you see things, helps you complete projects + go after your dreams! Who doesn’t want all that + more?

So this year I combined my love for planners + memory keeping to create a memory planner. The disc rings makes it so simple to add new pages. And you can use all kinds of creative supplies to make it unique. For example my clear cover is made from clear kitchen cutting mats. Super cheap + ultra protective 🙂 It’s great to be creative off the screen to splash some paint + stick some washi.

At least once a month I cover our family room floor with my painted planner pages. You can see this super simple process in my
16 second step by step video. One of the things I love most about this project is that there’s no feeling of having to be caught up! With my client work I thrive on large design projects + deadlines, yet when it comes to my personal creativity I’m more of a free spirit.

Inspiration comes from so many different places. When it comes to product designs I begin with a concept, which is usually something I want to encourage others to express, like capturing moments of gratitude in our everyday life. I’m also fascinated by retro design + been incorporating some of those styles into my products.

With the gratitude themed collections this year I’m can see that my style is continuing to evolve. And I think that is what naturally happens for all of us as we practice our creativity, including those things that speak to us. It’s a journey we go on that have some really surprising + amazing results. So keep on creating + see where your journey takes you!

COMPUTER: iMac 27″ 5K Retina. I noticed the difference immediately + it’s so much easier on the eyes. OS 10.11 | 24GB Ram | 256 flash drive + a few external drives (you can never have too many backups right?!)

SOFTWARE: Creative Suite 6 : Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign + Acrobat Pro are my core four! RadLab for awesome photo recipes + it’s super fun and Suitcase for organising fonts, it’s so easy to organise by theme + style.

CAMERA: Panasonic Lumix GH3, my favourite lens is a 25mm. iPhone 6 is what I use to take most of my memory keeping photos these days. The best camera is the one your have on you at the time!

OTHER GADGETS: Wacom Intuos tablet + pen A variety of planners binders 🙂 Kikki K is an Aussie company, they are gorgeous + easily accessible down here. Websters Pages Color Crush, again gorgeous designs + colours. Levenger Planner discs + punch, super versatile. And a range of gorgeous + necessary washi tapes 🙂

I think I use to be the worst when it came to having too many projects on the go. As creatives we have far more ideas than we do time to try them out. The number one thing that has saved me from myself + helped me focus on the project at hand is having a place to collect all these exciting new ideas. I created an Inspiration folder on my computer + keep a sketch book for drawing things out. It’s so much easier to focus when I know that very exciting idea won’t slip my mind. And I’m not distracted by following it right now!

If I have to choose just one, right now I’d say the Little Things bundle. This collection is what happens when I mix a little gratitude with retro + modern design. You get a bundle of goodies in delicious vintage colours for planners, pocket style + memory keeping projects … because it’s the little things that can make all the difference. And it’s in those seemingly insignificant moments that we can find unending joy every day!

One of my most popular products are the Faves Right Now layered templates. They’re a super easy quick start to recording what you’re reading, watching, eating, playing, listening to + places your visiting … right now. Simply add your photo, text + colour. Such great way to look back + see what your favourites were.

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Time for some {inter}National Fun!

Super Saturday is posting early this week to give you a head start on all the awesome {inter}National Scrapbooking Day shopping. What did you buy this weekend? Share your favorite deals in the comments. Here are just a few some of our favorite designers wanted to share with you.

Celebrating iNSD with 2 Bundle Specials! Any 5 Kits for $12 or any 2 Bundles or Mega Bundles for $15! May 4th – May 8th!

Flergs has 2 huge collections hitting the store PLUS everything in store is on sale!

Scrapping with Liz has some fun new template packs for you and a 30% off storewide sale. Plus keep an eye out for her SPECIAL SATURDAY releases!

iNSD – 50% off

Check out all the iNSD festivities at PBP! $2 products, HUGE sale & more!

aA Designs iNSD 2017 celebrations include 42-40% discount store-wide (some exclusions apply), special ‘YOU INSPIRE ME’ challenge, FREE ArtPlay Palette with $20 Purchase offer plus LIVE Artsy Digital Scrapbooking event featuring 3 favorite digital artists. Get all the details on the aA Blog at Anna Aspnes Designs.

40% off individual products (some exclusions apply) or get my top 10 scrapper tools in one bundle for just $14.99!

I scoured through my emails to find some fun store sales and promotions for you. As I find more, I’ll add them here!

Scrapbookgraphics has a storewide 40% off sale, plus, spend $10 each day of the sale for a free gift.!

The Digi Chick is also having a storewide sale, in addition to this fun blog hop. Also, check in their forums for some awesome prizes!

The-Lilypad has a lot going on! From prizes and sales to chaps and challenges. There’s lots of fun to be had at The-Lilypad!

Cup of Comfort by Connie Prince

After a hiatus in having outside designers join us, we’re thrilled to have a few with us in May. We’re excited to have Connie Prince with us again this month. She’s been a featured designer before and we happy to share her Cup of Comfort kit with our members this month. For all the coffee lovers out there, this is the kit for you. Filled with rich browns and cozy pinks, you’ll be all set for all your coffee-lovin’ pages.

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Hi everyone, I’m Connie Prince and I am thrilled to be a part of this month’s Digi Files. I am a Georgia girl through and through, I live just outside of Atlanta and I love my hometown! I am married to William and we have one almost grown (he’ll always be mama’s baby), Hayden. We have two dogs, Peanut the mini-doxie and our big lovable Mokka. I have been designing digital scrapbooking products since 2005 and selling since 2006. The industry has evolved a lot through the years and it has been a fun journey. I have met some absolutely amazing people through this wonderful hobby of ours as well. When I am not designing I love to attend zumba classes, workout, craft, and watch television with my honey. And oh do I love to travel! There is so much in this big beautiful world to see and I Just want to see it all!

I have some scalloped borders but I decided to go old school with this layout. I opened a new layer and a hard brush. For the smaller scallops, my brush was set at 125 pixels for size. I clicked on brush settings and set the spacing at 100%. I then clicked at the top of my layout, held the shift key, and clicked at the bottom. This made a straight line of circles down the layout. I duplicated the layer for the second set. The brush for the larger scallops was set at about 800 pixels and the spacing was still 100%. After I was pleased with my circles (it took a couple of tries), I moved them under the paper layer and attached pattern papers.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Cup Of Comfort by Connie Prince. Fonts: The Only Exception, Watermelon Smile.

I loved the wordart in the journal card that was provided, but the journal card didn’t quite fit my design, so I just extracted the text from the original card and created my own journal card.

Layout by Bethany. Supplies:
Cup Of Comfort by Connie Prince.

Originally, I had the solid medium brown paper as the background but it looked too plain. I took the blue starburst paper, converted it to black and white, then inverted it (in PSE, Filter>Adjustments>Invert), used the Magic Eraser to get rid of the black background, used Color Dodge in the Layers Palette to convert to brown tones, and then used the Opacity sliding bar to achieve the look I wanted. Then I merged it with the solid medium brown background paper. Now I have some visual interest without it being overpowering and detracting from my wordart. (Fonts used – Mousekateer Kim by Darcy Baldwin, Magnolia Sky, Giggles by Steph, Noodle’s Girlfriend by Peas).

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
Cup Of Comfort by Connie Prince.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies:
Cup Of Comfort by Connie Prince.

I began designing in 2005 and selling in 2006. Having always been a scrapbooker once I discovered digital it just seemed like a natural choice.

This year I am determined to take a photo each day and I have been scrapping each week’s photos as I go along. This layout is part of that project! To keep it simple, I use my Monthlies templates along with that month’s #2017 collection.

Colors, crafts, Pinterest, you name it – inspiration is everywhere!

Computer: I use Windows 7 and dual monitors!

SOFTWARE: I use photoshop & illustrator to design.

CAMERA: Canon Rebel

OTHER GADGETS:

Set aside some time each week to work on preserving your family memories through scrapbooks, it’s an important job!

We love to take cruises and we just returned from Mexico recently. This collection was created to scrap my photos from there and I love the bright, fun colors.

I think the sweet, whimsical elements make this one special – it can be used for so many different layouts, too.

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