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We started celebrating interNation Scrapbooking Day last night by sending one freebie every hour for 27 hours. The freebies are from 27 different designers and we are bringing them TO YOUR INBOX!!
It’s not too late to jump in on the fun but it will all end at 8pm ET tonight. If you want to join the party in your inbox, just click this link, enter your email address, and select the radio button like you see below under “Exclusive Invitation”:
Then click “Update Profile” Then you will get an email that you will need to confirm (check your spam folder if it doesn’t show up in a couple of minutes).
The longer you wait, the more you willl miss!
Happy iNSD to all of our readers, members, and colleagues!! We are so grateful that we get to do what we do! We are grateful that you keep showing up to support us, each in your own way, everyday! THANK YOU!!
A couple of years ago, I decided that I wanted to put on a “Cousins Camp” for all of my nieces and nephews (and my own kids as well). It turned out to be a huge hit and is still a much talked about event with all of the kids. It thrills me to death that we were all able to create some amazing memories. Since going through the planning stages of these events (we’ve done two now), I’ve always thought it would be fun to share with our readers some of the fun things we did and how I was able to incorporate my digi skills.
Tips for Success
- pick your dates – we found that 2.5-3 days was perfect.
- pick a FUN theme for each day – the first year we did movies only; the second year, we did a combination of books and movies.
- divide and conquer – I planned all of the activities and my sisters took care of the food. I thought that was a great deal!
- Collect ideas for activities – planning the first Cousin Camp in the Spring of 2011 is what motivated me to finally give Pinterest a chance. Trying to track all of my ideas in Evernote was becoming a problem and taking too much time. The second year, I found setting up a pinboard for each theme worked out great and pinned as I found stuff. Now, I call Pinterest the new Google and wouldn’t really even have a need to leave it to find enough ideas.
- remember the ages of the kids – be sure the activities you plan can be varied by age (our ages the first year were 3-13).
- limit activities – plan 5 or so activities each day and then let them play and just enjoy being together.
- take photos – take lots of pictures and be sure to hand the camera off to others.
- expect bumps – expect there to be bumps and remind yourself that it’s okay. Depending on the ages of the kids, their might be tears (hopefully not yours). Just remember, it’s about the memories being made.
I recommend choosing themes that are popular, to make it easier to find activities, ideas, and printables. The first year, our themes were:
- Despicable Me
- Toy Story
- Gnomeo and Juliet
The second year, our themes were:
- Harry Potter
- Dr. Seuss
All of these themes turned out to be really fun! Probably the most difficult to find theme specific activities was the Muppets theme (more on that below).
Each day included:
- a themed photo booth first thing
- 3-5 activities and/or crafts
- a themed snack the kids could create
- we tried watching the movies after lunch, but the kids just wanted to play, so that’s what we let them do
Fun Printables To Create
I put my digi skills to work and made some fun printables for each day. The big crowd pleasers the first year were definitely the tickets to get in and the water bottles.
For the water bottles and tickets, I used the following supplies:
- Water bottle label template from Persnickety Prints (there is a tutorial there as well)
Despicable Me (first bottle on left) font:
Gnomeo & Juliet (center bottle) font:
Toy Story (right bottle) font:
I actually had the Toy Story invitation made at a website that is now defunct and then I made the Despicable Me and Gnomeo and Juliet invites myself. I would have ordered those too, if they would have had graphics available for it. Now, knowing what I know about Disney copyright, I’m wondering if the images weren’t licensed. Everything appeared to be on the up and up, but that’s what Disney doesn’t want: confusion or the appearance of being affiliated with them or using licensed characters with their permission.
I did create a ticket template that you can use for your own Cousin Camp (or any other personal event or purpose). Download it here. They are designed to put two of them on a 4×6 canvas and print as a 4×6.
Here are some ways to find licensed characters that you can legally use for your own personal projects:
- Google the movie or book name and find the official website. Many official websites have printables that you can download and use to create things using the tutorials above (this is how I found most of the things I used for Despicable Me (they are all gone now though) and Gnomeo & Juliet).
- Spoonful.com is an official Disney site that has a lot of printables for download available. Just use their search bar and type in the movie name along with printable and you might be surprised all you find.
- I used the same sites as listed above to find printables that I could use for photo booth photos.
- I also searched on Oriental Trading to find props. I found eye glasses for each cousin to have on Despicable Me Day and then the next year, bought the same glasses and popped the plastic out to use them for Harry Potter Day. I also found Gnome hats there.
- There are a lot of fun, themed activities out there and Pinterest makes them super easy to find. Thanks, to Katie, I was an early Pinterest adopter and back then, you wouldn’t find a ton of activities by searching. I was mostly Googling and then pinning. What a difference two years makes!
- I found that it was easy to take traditional childhood games and put a spin on them to fit our theme (potato sack races became ‘frog races’ on Muppets Day).
- By searching Oriental Trading, I was able to come up with ideas for fun activities. I found a 500 piece foam Gnome set for $8 that I used for a Gnome Hunt (we hid the gnomes all over my moms yard and the kids had fun finding them). We used the leftovers for a craft project.
- Take activities from the movies or books. We used little plastic lawnmowers for a relay race, based on the races in Gnomeo & Juliet.
One of the most loved and talked about activities was this past summer as each cousin was able to work on their own scrapbook of Cousin Camp as it was happening.
I bought some very inexpensive notebooks from Oriental Trading, let the kids cover them in Duct Tape, and each day I printed their photo booth pictures as well as a group photo for each of them and let them glue them in the book and add stickers. It was simple, but most of them really loved it. My youngest daughter spent a lot of time on her book and decided that she LOVES scrapbooking. Now, almost a year later, she still loves her Cousin Camp Scrapbook and can be seen looking at it often.
Here are my Pinterest Boards filled with activities and food that we have used for past Cousin Camps:
I’m not sure if we will be doing Cousin Camp this summer, but if we do, one of the days the theme will be “Wreck It Ralph”. You will know Cousin Camp is on if I start pinning on some new boards!
In this world, where ridiculing other people is often accepted and in some instances encouraged; where negativity and criticism is seen as “being real”; and put-downs are seen as comical; it is so refreshing to see things with a positive message. That’s how these commercials affected me the first time I saw them and still affect me, several views later.
Empowering, uplifting, dare I say…joyful? These statements are all things that I believe. They are phrases that are filled with meaning and are powerful. They are things I want to remember during the good times, but especially during the hard times! I want my daughters to remember these things as well. It was that desire that led me to ask Little Butterfly Wings to create a large poster using her beautiful talent and ability to combine fonts and images. I wanted it to be BIG and something that I could buy a premade frame for. I had her create a 16×20 poster which she provided as a jpeg and png.
I shared on CapturingMagic.me how I got the poster printed and framed and how much it cost me. As I was getting ready to post that, it occurred to me that people would want smaller sizes as well. It was late, and I was tired, so I went ahead and scheduled the post, deciding I would add smaller sizes before this post here. I also knew I would be getting some emails asking for the smaller sizes. I did not expect to wake up in the morning to an email from my own MOM asking for smaller sizes. It made me laugh.
Well, Mom, I made some smaller sizes and ordered some 5×7 prints from Persnickety on their pearl cardstock. They are beautiful! I’m excited to have them on hand to give to people when I need a card. A nice thought for a friend that needs a pick-me-up, a get-well, a thank you, even a birthday wish.
This quote is a special quote to me. About a year ago, at my uncle’s funeral, one of the speakers said, “You’re not one in a million, you’re one in his heart.” That really resonated with me and I have thought of this quote often over the past year in regards to my kids. I decided I wanted a big canvas with this quote on it placed somewhere they would see it multiple times a day.
You can see from the image above, it’s coming together. I’ll hang some black and white photos of the kids between the canvas and the table. My older two kid (the ones that can read) have each said they really like the quote and even more importantly, they like how it makes them feel.
I posted a tutorial a few weeks ago for transferring printed digital supplies to a canvas. At the time, I shared that I had a big canvas that I was working on. It’s finally hanging on my wall and I’m super excited about it! I’m especially excited about how inexpensive it was.
I created the image in Photoshop at the size I was going to print. I sent it to my local copy center that could do large prints. It’s a 30×40 print and was about $50. I would usually wait for a sale for the canvas, but I needed to get working on it and didn’t have a lot of time. So, I purchased the canvas for around $30. I was super excited to have such a large piece for my wall for well under $100.
I thought it would be fun to share this quote with all of you via a printable. Download the zip that includes one 10×8 jpeg, one 17×11 jpeg, and one 40×30 jpeg here.
Note: the downloads will only be available through Monday, October 15, 2012. After that, they will be in the members download area for the rest of October.
I love making custom Valentine’s for my kids to hand out at school! There are soooo many fun, unique things you can do with a little Photoshopping and some cute supplies! I thought I would share a bunch of ideas (plus a free gift) today.
First up, our very own Kimberly Kalil has been making some AWESOME printable art and sharing it for FREE on her blog. I asked her to make a couple of fun Valentine’s goodies to share with you. Since these are printables, you can just print, put in a frame, and enjoy all February.
You can download both printables in one zipped file here.
This first one is a printable at 5×7 and perfect to put in a frame. Just use a white erase marker to write on the glass of the frame:
This second is a printable 8×10, again, perfect for a frame. This is something Kimberly says she likes to say to her kids and then insert a funny thing, such as: “I love you more than ice cream,” her kids will often try to top her:
Here are some great finds from around digiland to help you create some FAST and FABULOUS Valentines for the special people in your life:
Some non-traditional Valentine goodies:
If you are new to digital scrapbooking and would like more information on using these products, here are some resources to get you going:
Supplies from suzyQscraps DSD grab bag
Happy DSD to all of our readers! This day has become the biggest day in a digital scrapbooking year. We talked about how this day began and how it has evolved over the years on the most recent Digi Show.
My husband said to me last night, “So, this weekend is Digi Shopping Day, right?” I giggled and said, “That’s right dear, it is!”
Shopping is what most of us look forward to on this eventful weekend and there are lots of deals to be had. Katie and I got together on Skype yesterday and shared screens as we added things to our carts. It was super fun! We are hoping to do it again today. Katie’s daughter said we were nerds and we agreed! If you are wondering what our strategy has been, here’s what we did:
- we started going through yesterday’s FF post by store and made sure we had what we wanted.
- We would also check out other designers products while in that store.
- Katie checked her newsletters and the stores blog while we were there to make sure we weren’t missing any free with purchase offers (we love them). While she did that, I was checking prices on a few of the things we knew we wanted to get and compared getting a bundle (if we didn’t want the whole bundle) versus buying kits individually.
Here are a couple more tips I have learned over the years:
- If a site is slow, come back later.
- Wait to download your purchases until the weekend is over. Most digital scrapbooking stores are seeing the benefits of allowing longer download times. Downloading later will mean you will have less corrupted files and leave more bandwidth for others to shop.
- Unzip right after downloading.
- If you have corrupt files: delete the files, delete the zips, empty your trash and try again later at a slower time (late at night in the U.S. or even one day next week).
- If you need an order reset, include your order number and username then be nice (trust me; being nice gets you much faster and friendly results).
For more shopping strategies, see Heddy and Katie’s post from Thursday.
We wanted to give our readers a gift on Digital Scrapbook Day and decided that we would share a FREE Playbook (our interactive ebook) with you. When we first started releasing the Playbooks, they were free. Once we got a few of the kinks worked out, we added them to The Digi Files and called the combination of the two The Digi Game. The Playbooks have become very successful over the last year and a half. They have changed a lot in that time too. You can click on the Playbook by clicking the image below. This will only be available for a limited time.
This special edition of the Playbook consists of layouts created using the exclusive members only collections. It is a bit smaller than most Playbooks which are usually around 40 pages of brand new layouts and content. This Playbook has a bonus section at the end that is an actual post from The Daily Digi. We had several requests to see the “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows” layouts side-by-side and thought this would be the perfect place to do that.
After you are done shopping for the day, download the Playbook, grab your favorite beverage and discover something new!
When you become a member of The Digi Game, for ony $7.50 a month you get over $50 worth of high quality products from seven different designers each month. You also get the Playbook, an interactive ebook with layouts, tips, tricks, links to other resources, and a video tutorial showing you ways you can use the supplies! When you subscribe to the annual membership, you get TWELVE months for the price of eleven! That makes it less than $7 per month! Here’s a closer look at everything included during October:
The interactive ebook “Playbook” is filled with tips, tricks, tutorials, links to more resources, and a video tutorial. Even the advanced digital scrapbooker can learn something from this packed book. This month, some of the subjects covered include:
And if all of that weren’t well worth the value, The Digi Game members also get access to exclusive kits every four months they are subscribed AND a bonus kit just for joining!
“My Life at Play” goes out to those that have been active members for 12 months:
NOW…for the FUN part! Leave us a comment sharing one thing you enjoyed about The Daily Digi, The Digi Files, or The Digi Game during October! We will randomly select SEVEN people from the comments below to win $10 in product from one of this month’s contributors.
I think one thing many scrappers agree on is that we don’t really like scrapping about ourselves. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start even when you know that your story is important. We’ve talked about this a lot on The Digi Show and even had one of our older episodes dedicated to it.
Since we are working so hard on encouraging you to get IN the photos, I thought I would take some time to encourage US (because *I* need it too) to get IN our layouts as well! Let’s start with some inspiration and tips from our team:
Sometimes my AAM (All About Me) pages are simple, like this one I did for a CT introduction page…
I’ve found that scrapbooking using lists lets me get a lot of journaling onto a page. For example, here’s one I recently did of my favourite things that happened in August:
I also don’t believe that AAM pages need pictures – because if I waited for a photo, I might not do the page! Here’s a photoless page example:
There are a lot of great AAM challenges at store forums. Here’s one I did for a challenge at MScraps about my biggest fear:
Trina shared these layouts with us:
Trina said that Nettio is a favorite source for templates that would work great on AAM layouts and she used this one on a layout of her daughter.
I know Anne (Lime) has been working hard on including herself in photos and scrapping them too:
I always like to look through Lynette and Heather Hess’s galleries for All About Me inspiration. Heather also did a post last month about turning a template into a layout without photos. It included lots of tips for scrapbooking your own stories.
Here are a few other resources to get you started if you are a little afraid (like me):
- Get It Scrapped has a free series of 11 posts called, “Scrapbook YOUR Story”
- Get It Scrapped also has a free series called, “One Month at a Time” that has some printable worksheets to help you with ideas.
- Get It Scrapped has even more resources under the heading “Scrapbooking Yourself” on this page.
- The Digidares is a great resource for prompts (and challenges too).
- Heddy shared this list of prompts that she loves to use.
- Remember Katie’s post on Memes and Quizes?
- More links and resources for journaling prompts about you.
- The Daily Digi “All About Me Inspiration” board on Pinterest.
***This download is no longer available. It will be available for members through the end of September, 2011***
Heddy was super sweet and sent over this template for our readers. She told me not to tell you it was from her, but hoped someone would be able to scrap a memory with it. Well, I can’t pretend the template is from me…haha! If you do scrap a layout using this template, I’m sure Heddy would LOVE to see it, so leave us a link in the comments! Download by clicking the image.
Layout by Steph, supplies: template and technique included in the Playbook, July, 2011; papers and elements by Studio Rosey Posey and included in The Digi Files during July, 2011.
I remember the first time I had some of my layouts printed. I was shocked that I had a HUGE (much-larger-than-real-life) staple on my layout. There were several other elements on my layout that were skewed out of perspective. I decided to come up with a way to know, as I was working on a layout, what size things should be, so I wouldn’t have regrets after printing.
The monitor size and the display customizations you have set will determine what percentage you need to view your layouts at to judge scale correctly. An easy way to figure this out is to:
1) Print a layout.
2) Open the same layout in your photo editing program that you use for digital scrapbooking.
3) Hold the printed layout up to your monitor.
4) Use the Zoom Tool to zoom in and out until the elements in the layout are the same size as they are in the printed layout.
In most photo editing programs, you can fine toon the percentage by clicking on the percentage (in PSE and PSE it’s in the lower left corner) and entering in a number. On my monitor, I know that real print size is 33.7%
Make sure your rulers are turned on (in Photoshop go to View> Rulers) and now you can drag items up to the ruler to see how big they are. I know that a staple looks good at right around a 1/2 inch. Once I am zoomed out to 33.7% I can scale the staple accordingly using the rulers:
The same technique can be applied to any elements to help you keep everything on your layout in perspective, so your printed layouts are regret free.
Are you an advanced digi scrapper and have other methods you use to keep things in perspective? Please share, we would love to hear!
P.S. I totally dropped the ball and forgot to post Laurie Ann’s free gift for our readers with her feature. It’s an adorable word art pack for you to download. Be sure to check out the exclusive coupon to her store in her feature:
It’s been a loooong time since we’ve done a survey around here and we have some things we want your input and opinion on! We have some ideas for new regular posts and a few other things, so to help us decide how to rearrange the calendar, we want to know what our readers think. We have a few other questions in there as well, but it’s super short and will only take a couple of minutes to answer! Plus there is a goodie at the end for you to download!
Now’s your chance to weigh in and tell us what you think by taking the survey!