Go Outside

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Layout by Trina. Supplies:
Go Outside by THE DAILY DIGI. MORE SUPPLIES: Template – Jumper 56 (retired) – Crystal Livesay.

I loved the “wild spirit” word art for this page, but needed to alter it to fit school spirit days. I erased the “wild” and then in PSE recolored it by going to Enhance>Adjust Color>Adjust Hue/Saturation and played with the sliders until it was the color green to match the paint stamp alpha that came with the kit.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
Go Outside by THE DAILY DIGI.

When layering papers, it’s good to consider placing patterns that contrast on top of each other, so as to prevent everything from becoming just a major jumble.

Layout by Sula. Supplies:
Go Outside by THE DAILY DIGI.

I wanted to stretch out the ribbon I used on this page so I used the rectangle marque to select pieces of the ribbon and move them behind the pictures. I placed the ribbon behind the big picture on the left and then drew a rectangle around it, selecting all I could see and close to the left side of the picture. Then I clicked the move tool and dragged the ribbon behind more of the pictures. I repeated the process until the ribbon was all across my layout.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Go Outside by THE DAILY DIGI. Font: The Jody

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Layout by Janet. Supplies:
Go Outside by THE DAILY DIGI.

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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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

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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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Stay Home & Color

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I loved the aqua background paper but I wanted it to look like it was painted on top of the pink patterned paper. I used my magic wand tool to select the aqua and clicked Select/Similar and then Layer/New Layer via Cut. I deleted the white portion and placed the aqua on my layout and reduced the opacity slightly. Finally, I added a style by Mommyish that looks like paint.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Stay Home & Color by THE DAILY DIGI. Fonts: Pea Amelia, Oh Hello, My Own Topher, Pea Chit’s Bits; Title Template: Wendyzine; Styles: Mommyish.

I love pocket pages as way to gather a collection of different photos. – the pockets allow for consistency without needing all the same colors. I love being able to gather these to document my oldest great niece (soon to be joined by 2 more soon!)

Layout by Luly. Supplies:
Stay Home & Color by THE DAILY DIGI.

I knew these bright colors would pop on black, so enlarged the paper to crop off the white and placed my title at the top. Then I added the white doodle paper for contrast to serve as the base for the layout. The rest came together in a few minutes once I laid the foundation.

Layout by Wendy. Supplies:
Stay Home & Color by THE DAILY DIGI.

Monochromatic layouts are a great way to make your photos be the star of the page. I didn’t have any pictures to go with the theme of this kit so I decided to do an off-theme page pulling the awesome doodled papers and sticking to black and white for the rest of the page.

Layout by Trina. Supplies:
Stay Home & Color by THE DAILY DIGI.

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So Very Happy

Bright colors, fun patterns, whimiscial and wonderful. Everything in this it makes me so very happy! Enjoy scrapping your happiest memories!

I liked the font I chose for my title work but when I typed out the numbers, the 7 had a line through it. I don’t really care for that look so I duplicated the text layer and simplified it. I hid the original layer, just in case I would have to do some editing at some point. Next, I erased the offending line. Finally, I attached a white paper to the simplified text layer so it would have the same texture as the base later. This page will be a title page for a new album.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
So Very Happy by THE DAILY DIGI. Font: Markella.

I wanted to add just a little more word art to the “Let’s Go on an Adventure” title so I erased the white background and border from the “my kind of day” journal spot and using the pull-down menu in PSE, choose the Glass Button effect to give a normal font that epoxy/bubble paint look.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
So Very Happy by THE DAILY DIGI. Font: Peas Noodle’s Girlfriend.

To use the journaling card as a frames, I used my Polygonal Lasso Tool to isolate the brackets, then used the LAYER>NEW LAYER VIA CUT command (CMD+OPT+SHIFT+J). Then I was able to use the card portion as a clipping mask for my photos.

Layout by Wendy. Supplies:
So Very Happy by THE DAILY DIGI.

I find All About Me pages hard to do because I don’t know what to journal about or what to use for the picture. This one was easy, even if it doesn’t tell anything super deep about myself and just that for one day I liked my new haircut!

Layout by Trina. Supplies:
So Very Happy by THE DAILY DIGI.

I remember the days when I would buy a whole role of black and white film just for my pictures to turn out black and white. How wonderful that now we have so many different options of digital filters that we can put on our pictures before printing them so they turn out “just right”. In the original picture, my daughter and I are wearing matching maroon sweatshirts, but that color didn’t match the colors of this kit. So, a simple few clicks of the mouse, and my photo is now black and white – working perfectly with this kit, and I haven’t lost the original with color for any future page I might want to create with it!

Layout by Bethany. Supplies:
So Very Happy by THE DAILY DIGI. Template by Mommyish.

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Celebrate the Earth

It’s the time of year when I absolutely hate having to stay inside. The temperatures are amazing, the unfurling leaves are exquisite, and the hope of new life is overwheleming. I just love being outside in nature. As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day next week, this kit is to help us slow down and notice the beauty everywhere around us.

I’ve never done a layout like this before (but I was trying to find a way to use this kit!). I merged two stories and two different times of photos onto one page. In my journaling I used a break between paragraphs and then included dates for both events. Not sure how I feel about the finished product yet because it’s so different than what I normally do! But I’m strict with myself to only create layouts I’ll print and put in my kids’ scrapbooks. Plus, I would rather pay for a print that has multiple photos!

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
Celebrate The New by THE DAILY DIGI. More Supplies: Font: Rub This!

I liked the striped paper but thought it needed just a bit more. I took the all-over floral paper and placed it over the stripes. I changed the opacity to Soft Light, which gave the illusion of the flowers in the background.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Celebrate The New by THE DAILY DIGI. More Supplies: Template: Janet Phillips; Font: Pea Chit’s Bits.

I thought this layout was done when the thought occurred to me to rotate the entire thing by a little to set it off kilter. I don’t know why this pleased me, but it did so I went with it.

Layout by Wendy. Supplies:
Celebrate The New by THE DAILY DIGI.

On this page, I worked with shapes, solids, and patterns. Notice how the circle on the right has another circle underneath it. When working on this page, I realized that the top circle didn’t really pop on the page with the patterned paper underneath it. I solved the problem, by arranging another slightly larger circle underneath, that has a contrasting color. To keep things from getting too boring, though, I off-centered the bottom circle a little.

Layout by Sula. Supplies:
Celebrate The New by THE DAILY DIGI.

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Secret Garden

I wanted to use a journal card for this layout for my journaling. While this kit had some pretty journal cards, it didn’t have any set aside for journaling. So I did a search for journal cards on my computer and came across this journal card. I used my magic wand to separate the lines into a layer and again to separate the bracket shape. I then placed various papers from the kit onto the card and sized them to fit the card (they’ll come in small). I made a layer mask to erase the dark areas that came in with the lines and saved the element as a PNG file.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Secret Garden by THE DAILY DIGI. More Supplies: Journal Card: Viva Artistry; Fonts: Love Ya Like a Sister, The Sharon; Sketch: Pat Harry.

My daughter and a couple of her friends were asked to help an aspiring photographer create some photos for his website. I got these photos off Facebook (with his permission) and because the resolution isn’t great, I kept them small. A few must’ve been uploaded on a higher resolution because I found one I could enlarge. And it worked perfectly for my big photo!

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
Secret Garden by THE DAILY DIGI. Font: xoxo from Karen by Peas.

As a memorial page to my grandfather, I wanted to keep it clean and simple. I originally only had 3 papers – the green pattern and the two green solids. It didn’t feel quite complete, so rather than adding more embellishments, I added some more paper – adding to the background rather than the foreground, so as to not distract from the subject.

Layout by Bethany. Supplies:
Secret Garden by THE DAILY DIGI.

When working with papers, contrast can make a big difference on your layout. You create contrast by alternating bright with dark colors, and by switching between solid and patterned papers.

Layout by team member. Supplies:
Secret Garden by THE DAILY DIGI.

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Favorite Things

Welcome to a new month and our ONE HUNDREDTH Digi Files!

Our first kit for this month is a happy and joyful kit representing some of our favorite things. Camping, coffee, and really cute cards. This happy and colorful papers and elements re perfect for scrapping all of your favorite things!

Simple beauty at its best. When using a busy patterned paper like this fun polka dot paper, it’s best to keep the rest of the layout simple in order to not make the page too busy. Trina did a great job balancing busy and beautiful!

Layout by Trina. Supplies:
Favorite Things by THE DAILY DIGI. Template by Janet Phillips.

I wanted to use the colorful word art on the journal cards for my title so in PSE I used the Magic Eraser to erase the background. Without the white border they don’t overwhelm the page.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
Favorite Things by THE DAILY DIGI.

There is so much inspiration out there. This year I am trying to focus on expanding my digi style and moving away from my template comfort zone. I found a page I loved in my favorite scrap gallery and scrap lifted for this awesome take on a favorite Disney photo.

Layout by Luly. Supplies:
Favorite Things by THE DAILY DIGI.

Even though this started out as a Lukas page, I wanted to tell Bryson’s version of the story. I decided to make the right side of my page a couple of different ways. For the Lukas double page layout, I have a big copy of the upper left-hand picture shown here and a different picture on the right page. I told a slightly different story for Lukas. For the family page, I repeated that cute picture of Lukas and told the fun story of the math game. I’ll print all three pages next time I print. Two birds. One stone.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Favorite Things by THE DAILY DIGI. Font: The Sharon.

I love the the great balance of vertical and horizontal lines paired with white space. The title, journaling, photo, and elements are all vertical spaces creating one beautiful horizontal stripe across her page. The end result is stunning!

Layout by Bethany. Supplies:
Favorite Things by THE DAILY DIGI. Template by Sara Gleason.

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