Making frames from embellishments

making frames from embellishments

Studio Rosey Posey – One Moment. Fonts are blackout & Fontleroy Brown


Have you ever thought of creating a unique frame for a photo or journaling spot by using digital embellishments? There are some creative (and easy!) ways to do this. Here are some of my favorite tricks:

Use straight lines

Straight ribbon, washi tape, ric rack, lace, and other borders are super easy to make frames out of. Just use 4 pieces (or duplicate the same piece 4 times) and make it into a frame. You can create a square frame, or crop 2 of the pieces to create a rectangle.

using tape to make a frame

One Little Bird – Happygram


Line up the little things

Buttons, sequins, flowers, and more can all be lined up or put into a shape to create a snazzy frame. Follow a shape template to help you with your spacing and alignment and then just delete the shape when you are done. Merge all those layers together to keep the frame as a single layer that is easy to move and resize.

button frame

Digital Design Essentials – The Good Stuff


Look for natural frame spaces

Some embellishments provide an instant area for framing. Look at your embellishments with a new perspective to find places to insert photos and journaling.


Kristin Cronin-Barrow – How Does Your Garden Grow


When you look through your digital supplies, keep an eye open for creative ways to use the embellishments in unique ways. You can extend the use of your digi kits by making frames for photos and journaling by putting these skills to use. Have fun!



a mid-year check in

so far

Designs by Lili calendar card


The year 2013 is officially more than halfway over now! This is a great time to take inventory of your memory keeping goals and projects and evaluate what you want to be focusing on for the rest of the calendar year. It’s also not too early to think about holiday gifts (I know, I hate bringing that up now!) because if you want to make a big project like an album, photobook, or keepsake calendar, that will take time and planning.

You may not even remember all the goals you set back in January, or perhaps your needs have changed since then? Don’t let all that weigh you down, just start fresh today and think about what makes your digi scrapping meaningful to you. Do more of that! Here are some resources to help you out:


Project 365 and other ongoing photo projects

Did you have every intention of taking a photo every day this year, only to quit by late January? You’re not alone! Any ongoing project is difficult to stay with, especially something that requires and every day commitment. I have successfully completed 2 full years of P365 (a photo every day) in 2008 and in 2012, and both times it was really difficult to see it through to the end. I am so proud of myself for both of these year-long achievements though and I will always treasure the results. If you are still taking a photo-a-day, I hope I can give you hope and encouragement to finish out the year strong!

photo a day by Katie Nelson

link to credits


If you have let P365 or another long-term photography project slip through the cracks, don’t beat yourself up. I have started and abandoned more photography projects than I care to admit. I don’t feel too bad about them though, because even if I only have one picture as a result of trying something new. That’s a wonderful thing!



If you’ve lost interest in P365 or another long-term photo project (like photographing flowers, food, etc.), think about a new approach. Practice your photography skills and use different angles, filters, or whatever else you can think of to add interest. Or maybe it’s simply time to move on to another subject. It’s also ok to take a break!

Here are some great links to help you with your photography projects:


Pocket Style Scrapping/Project Life

A lot of scrappers start the year off planning to document the everyday with Becky Higgins’ Project Life system, or other similar pocket scrapping approaches. After committing to do a certain number of layouts or pockets each week, it’s easy to find your motivation fizzling about this time of year. Don’t worry about following certain “rules” or requirements, just have fun with the easy format of pocket scrapping. Even if you’ve missed several weeks, or even months, just pick up where you are now and don’t worry about filling in the holes.

kimberly kalil

link to credits


Or just use some random photos and journaling cards to represent the time you’ve missed and go on from there.


link to credits


You might even considering changing your focus to something less chronolgical. Gasp! Yes, it’s totally fine to do that mid-way through the year. Smile


link to credits


Inspiration to keep you going:


Not caught up

Every year, I trick myself into thinking that I can get “caught up” on all those pages in my head, and then when I realize it just can’t happen, I get a little discouraged. Sometimes we set unrealistic goals with the best of intentions. The middle of the year is a good time to re-evaluate what you really want to accomplish with your memory keeping.


Designs by Lili quote card


Ask yourself some questions…

  • Would it be most helpful to spend some time organizing your photos and files?
  • Do you really want to put together an anniversary album for you parents?
  • Do you have a child who will be entering college in the fall?
  • Are you ready to tackle some of your own childhood memories?
  • Do you want to give photobook gifts for the holidays?
  • What about just taking the time to enjoy the simple act of scrapbooking?

There is no right or wrong answer here, it’s just an exercise to get you thinking about what you want to spend your time and energy on. Ask yourself what is important to you about documenting the memories around you and make a plan to enjoy that approach. Remember, it’s ok to not be “caught up” and to have fun in the process!



Oooh! Ahhhh! It’s Friday!

Funtastic Friday  July 5 2013

Forever Joy Designs Star Spangled Banners & Grand Old Flag. Ostrich Sans font.

I spent the night “ooohing” and “aahhing” over all the great fireworks for the 4th of July, and today I’m having that same reaction as I look at all the fun previews of new goodies in digiland. Isn’t it great to be a digiscrapper? I sure think so!


Misty Cato recently released Zippity Doo Da, perfect for capturing your family’s carefree summer memories.  Sing it with me, Zippity doo da, zippity eh, my oh my, what a wonderful day…



T for Me Designs is having a Summer Sale! 25% OFF the entire store from July 3 – July 31! Enjoy!



We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird…so scrap it! Everyone has that person in their life who just gets it. A spouse, a best friend, or family member who gets every inside joke. Scrap those moments with this fun digital scrapbook collection by Bella Gypsy at Scrap Orchard.



It’s July and time for Tracy’s Summer Of Freebies!! Stay updated on her Facebook Page on how you can get the 2 freebies, every week, for the whole month!



Hold on Tight {bundle} by Erica Zane & Studio Basic at SSD is all about how fast time flies. It’s full of fresh & fabulous colors, fun & funky elements and tons of options!  This kit might not slow down time but it will help you capture your memories in style!  (Also available as separate products.)



My Kind of Crazy, new from Kimeric Kreations



A new Great Escape kit from WM Squared



Scrapping with Liz has a super deal this week. Purchase her new That’s So Retro Templates 1 and you’ll get That’s So Retro Templates 2 for FREE! These are unique templates with some very fun photo spots!



Brand New Kit by Sugary Fancy!! Perfect for all kinds of boys pages and projects!! And the best… It is ON SALE + Buy the Kit and get the Cards Pack for FREE during this week!!



Libby Pritchett is celebrating her 5th anniversary at Sweet Shoppe Designs with a huge sweepstakes!  Click to find out how you can win ALL of her new releases for an entire year!



Katie the Scrapbook Lady has a new set of templates out that are perfect for your summertime memories. Includes 2 single 12×12 templates + 1 double page spread template for those of you who love photobooks!

Scrapbook Lady Summertime


Piccolina Designs is giving away a copy of PSE11.  Head over to her blog for all the details and to get entered.

PSE 11 giveaway full ad


Studio Sherwood has released another version of her popular Photo Tray collection.  These templates are 6″ x 6″ and include some cute virtual bottles to fill!



Jacque Larsen has some FUN products for the July BYOC coming out this weekend!!! TDD readers can take an additional 20% OFF already 20% reduced prices using code 20_OFFBYOC – offer expires Monday July 9th.



New Simple Story-Grid templates from SuzyQ Scraps. Each template comes with & without rounded corners.



Come play the Express Your Creativity Challenge at Oscraps for a chance to win a coupon to Maya de Groot’s store.



Save BIG this Fourth of July weekend from River~Rose Designs with this coupon for 44% off!



Yin Designs has a Bundle Deal for 4 new double page templates at 30% off ! Through to this weekend only! Don’t forget to visit her blog for the freebie template too!

douple page bundle preview 1


From Studio ViVa Artistry – We have a MESSO GESSO packs for you to decorate your layouts with. Dress up your memories with awesome GESSO bits and create a highly textured look!  There’s some lace, page edges, and photo edges!



Pink Reptile’s July BYOC products are all about scrapping the little and big people in your life that like to talk and the typical things they say. There’s 49 unique elements, 10 patterned papers with 9 matching solids and a full alpha that all coordinate with the other July BYOC products at the Lilypad and they’re 20% of through July 7!



From Studio Rosey Posey – It’s the time of year to make the most out of the Fair Weather!  Scrap your photos and memories with this nature inspired collection. Included in the collection are a fun set of “Danglies”  a perfect addition to top of your page!



Re Kneipp is a guest at The Lily Pad this month!



Chelle has exciting things going on this week.  Check out her Little People series.  Like paper dolls you can make little people to match your family and friends.  And don’t miss the daily downloads on her blog…a kit & CU too.

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Amanda Heimann has a new kit this week!  Buy Be Brave and get the Bonus papers for free!



2 New Releases  inlcude ArtsyKardz, Project 365/Life digital supplies plus a brand new ArtPlay Palette collection  Discounts available in the aA store for a limited time.



Hope your Friday is Funtastic!


Digi Scrapping about Food

Digi Scrapping about Food at The Daily Digi

Beyond Measure by Digital Design Essentials. Pacifico font.


Food and eating are a big part of every single person’s life. We all have to eat and because it is something we do several times a day, there are usually plenty of food-related routines, preferences, and memories just waiting to be documented. Think about what most of your most memorable events have in common – there is usually some sort of food involved!

How to Scrap about Food

Photograph the common, everyday meals in your life. What dishes do you make the most? What are some of your specialties? What kinds of foods do you eat a lot of?

regular meals by Katie

Layout by Katie


What are your favorite foods, special treats, or culinary addictions? These are part of your story!

addicted by Trina

Layout by Trina. Credits:Java Junkie – Micheline Martin, Roughly Blocked Alpha – Kaye Winiecki, Sedum – Sara Gleason


strawberries by Trina

Layout by Trina. Credits:Strawberry Sundae kit by Ziska, Mask: Background Masks 1 by Scrapping With Liz, Font: CK Neat Print


Food can tell the story of your heritage or culture. Be sure to scrap about the local cuisine of your area, and also include any traditional dishes that are part of your life.

Simple Scrapper Template Oct_2011 - Dianne Rigdon designs Allegiance

Layout by Ronnie


Robyn Meierotto-Caffeine<br /> Anna Aspenes- StitchedbyAnna<br /> Katie Pertiet-LilBitTags<br /> Shalin Studio - Template I wanna Scrap like you when I grow up<br /> Aprilisa - You Are a Star<br /> JenC Designs - Best of UK<br /> Mye De Leon -A Christmas to remember<br /> Mye De Leon - The best time of the year</p> <p>

Layout by Ronnie


Where do you go out to eat? What are your favorite restaurants and what do you order when you eat out? It’s easy to pull out a phone camera and snap a few photos before you dig in. My kids have learned that I usually like to photograph anything pretty before they eat it and they patiently wait. There are a few restaurants that have gotten fussy about people taking pictures, so if you aren’t sure on the policy, it’s probably best to ask.

pizza lover by Katie

Layout by Katie


food to go by Katie

Layout by Katie


I especially love to document what we eat when we are traveling. Part of the adventure of going somewhere new is to be able to try different cuisine!

crab pot by Katie

Layout by Katie


Bretzen Boy by Ronnie

Layout by Ronnie


Where do you purchase the food that you eat? Scrap about your local grocery store, or specialty shops such as bakeries or farmer’s markets.

cupcake wars by Katie

Layout by Katie


Simple Scrapper Premium Membership Template - March 2013 Single 2<br /> Ya Yeh - Sugar and Spice<br /> Chelle Creations - Pearly Whites<br /> Creashens - Eggshell Alpha</p> <p>

Layout by Ronnie


What kinds of foods do you eat for special occasions or celebrations? Parties often center around themes that are carried out in the menu.

fairy tale party food by Katie

Layout by Katie


What foods are associate with certain events? Movies and popcorn, birthdays and cake, baseball games and hot dogs, are just a few that come to mind.

ballpark by Katie

Layout by Katie


What about the preparation process? We spend a lot of time in the kitchen putting together what we are going to eat. Detail the steps that it takes to make something delicious.

angel food cake by Vicki

Layout by Vicki. Credits: One Little Bird-Star on Top Ali Edwards-Memory Life Lines


waiting for cookies by Trina

Layout by Trina. Credits: Kitschy Kitchen – Boutique Cute Dolls and Forever Joy, Template freebie – Little Green Frog Designs, Noteworthy Alpha – Micheline Martin


Not everything is easy when it comes to food. Many of us have allergies, weight issues, or other related problems. Don’t forget to document the difficulties as well as the fun stuff!

food issues by Katie

Layout by Katie


Helpful resources for digi scrapping your food

We have several great posts here at The Daily Digi that will help and inspire you with your food layouts:


Let’s go shopping!

Of course, there are plenty of great food-themed designs out there in digiland to help you make the most of your delicious memories! (all images are linked)



buon appetito




feeling hungry wimpy chompers






fries with that




food for fans




lickin the bowl






sushi bar






clever monkey food




I hope you will take out your camera next time you sit down to a memorable meal and have fun documenting the food in your life!


Let your paper do the talking

paper can tell the story daily digi

The Good Stuff by Digital Design Essentials. The Dry Ribbon by Heather Joyce.


Have you ever thought of using patterned paper to journal your layouts? When Steph and I saw creative team member Ronnie’s layout about her daughter, we knew it was a great idea for a post!

Be Yourself by Ronnie

Layout by Ronnie. Link to credits.


Ronnie was able to tell her daughter an important story without having to type a single word of her own. The paper (from Forever Joy) came designed with those beautiful words already on it.

I started to look around and realized that this is a very easy and super fun way to add a message to a digital scrapbook layout. I love this page by Heddy where the overall theme is emphasized by the words on the background paper.

Heddy spring cleaning

Layout by Heddy. Link to credits.


I decided to try my hand at this technique and I was surprised at how quickly the layouts came together. So easy! As you can tell by the words on the white paper, this page is all about a birthday. There really wasn’t a need to say any more than that as I have an opposing layout with more personal details about the names of the party guests.

happy birthday 1999

One Little Bird Jubilee. Scrapbook Lady Studious template.


This paper had the perfect message to go with a photo of my husband on vacation. It’s always good to see him get a few minutes to actually relax now and then!

Relax by Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Little Butterfly Wings Fun in the Sun.


I absolutely love grilled food and in my house, I’m the one who “mans” the barbecue. I’m pretty good at it if I may be bold enough to say so!

Scrapbooklady Scenic template bbq

Kristin Aagard Backyard BBQ. Scrapbook Lady Scenic template.


Suddenly, I’m finding myself looking at previews with a new eye. I’m on the lookout for wordy papers to give my digi scrapping a fun twist!


Funtastic Friday is here again!

Daily Digi Funtastic Friday April 19  2013

Erin Kay Today Tomorrow Always  – part of this month’s Digi Files collection. Pacifico font.


It’s always good to see Friday pop up on the calendar! I’m ready for a weekend, how about you?

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I bet you will enjoy listening to this week’s Digi Show for a little fun and inspiration!

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Check out this brand new collection from River~Rose. A value of $19.45 for only $5.99 for a limited time!



Dawn by Design has closed her personal shop and is opening up a new one TODAY at Pixels and Company! All products are 30% off through Sunday, April 28. Happy shopping!



SuzyQ Scraps has a free article packed with simple page design tips — plus a free infographic for quick reference.



New from Kimeric Kreations at the Digichick



And wow, Val c designs is in the spotlight at Oscraps!, with a sale (up to 30%), a challenge, a Raffle and some free gift as well … now that  is fun!



A beautiful and fun collaborative project by Little Butterfly Wings and Pink Reptile Designs all about true friends; people you can count on.
That the theme and the fresh colour palette are inspiring is proven by the obscene amount of papers and ellies you will find in this kit. There’s 23 patterned papers and 15 matching solids, a complete alpha, 58 unique elements with extra color variations and 17 wordarts. And they didn’t even stop there but also made a wicked cool border pack and set of journal cards that match the kit and can be bought separately or in a money saving bundle!



7 New digital products, to include 4 sets of ArtsyKardz for Project 365/Life, with a new series of layered 12 X 12 Artsy backgrounds, a FotoInspired DoubleTemplate and a set of layered FotoInspired EdgeTemplates designed to co-ordinate with the FotoInspired No. 2 series, as well as FotoWallet Album Template No. 1I (pages 18 and 19 of a 20-page photo book/album).  The MidWeek Release is available in the aA store as individual products only, discounted by 20% until Wednesday April 24, 2013.



Buy One Little Bird’s new kit, Rise & Shine, and get the coordinating journaling cards FREE! Offer ends 4/21/13.

one little bird


Danielle Young has this fresh collection at Oscraps, and you can save 40% when you purchase the bundle.



Don’t forget that there are 2 free template sets available from Katie the Scrapbook Lady! Visit her Scrap Shop for links.

free templates from Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Heather T. has a soft and sweet kit out called Small Things, over at MScraps.



Check out The Good Life collaboration from Wild Blueberry Ink and Scotty Girl Design!



On Sale from Snips and Snails at ScrapMatters – 38% Off!



Here are some other great finds that caught my eye this week:





































Hope your Friday is extra funtastic!\



Have you ever wondered why we keep it a surprise?

the digi files are a surprise

From the very first time The Digi Files were introduced, we’ve had a very fun and unique way of revealing them each month. When the new files are ready for download on the first of each month, we don’t post all the previews here – it’s a surprise for our members as they go to open each one of the 7 collections included in that’s month’s set of Digi Files. Have you ever wondered why we do it this way?


the first digi files

When Janet Phillips founded the site back in January of 2009, she had a vision that we still follow today. These are her exact words from the very first month of The Daily Digi’s existence.

Each of included designers have created something special just for THE DIGI FILES. These products (mini-kits, element sets, etc) are new and never-before-released.  The hope is that you can safely and inexpensively try new-to-you designers as well as stock up on stuff from your tried-and-true favorites.  We worked hard to bring you a range of styles and stores and we hope that you will be THRILLED with your purchase!

We won’t be showing you the contents of THE DIGI FILES right away (that’s part of the fun!)  However, throughout the month that TDF are available, we will be spotlighting the individual designers. You will get to know a little about them, about their work, AND you will get to see what they contributed to TDF. So, if you are unsure about buying “sight unseen” you can wait and watch throughout the month.

More than 4 years later, our members still love the surprise each month! Many of them call it “Daily Digi Day” or say it is like having birthday presents to open each month. We would never want to take away the fun of that!


waiting for the digi files to be revealed

We don’t post the Digi Files previews until each designer’s special feature day. This gives our readers a chance to see each collection on it’s own and get to know the designer who created it. Even though I have already seen (and scrapped with most of) the contents of the files well before the month begins, I really look forward to these feature days. When I read about the designer and see all the great layouts from the team, I fall even more in love with the kits and templates. It’s such a fun way to keep the excitement of The Digi Files alive all month long.

It’s also a great solution for those who don’t like surprises. All they have to do is wait for some of the reveal posts to see if they want to buy the files. Once they have seen one or two collections that they like, they already know they will get way more than their money’s worth! Each kit included in the files is the same value as the price of the entire Digi Files. Oh, and the playbook alone is well worth the cost so it’s a win-win no matter what!

To keep it fun, we kindly ask everyone not to share previews of the kits on blogs, pinterest, or anywhere online until after the reveal date for each contribution. That keeps the original intent behind The Digi Files in place and helps us feature and honor those designers who have contributed their amazing talents to make the files a success!

There would be no Daily Digi without The Digi Files and we are so grateful for the designers and for our members who make this magic happen every month!

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Oooh I am so excited it’s Friday!

Daily Digi Funtastic Friday April 5 2013

Project Life journaling card from Becky Higgins Rain collection in this month’s Digi Files. Blackout text font.


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Today’s my happy day because Friday is always full of fun new releases in digiland! I’m lovin all the great designs that are out this week. I use the Funtastic Friday post as my shopping guide each week and I know many of our readers do the same. Let’s get to the good stuff!


Whether you need a nap, or you know a certain tiny someone who does, the Nap Happy digital scrapbook collection by Bella Gypsy is just what you need! Created with a neutral palette and girls and boys alike in mind, this lush and shabby collection is sure to make your sleepy scrapbook pages shine!



For the love of Shakespeare! ViVa’s new collection is full of ephemera, elements, textured backgrounds and amazing quotes. It is just right for creating awesome art journaling layouts, mixed media art, scrapbooking layouts and so much more! Unique pieces made for your unique art!



Free journal cards from SuzyQ Scraps — in both digital and print-ready formats. Great for digital scrapbookers and pocket scrapbookers,



Danielle Young has this cool new kit at Oscraps, and it’s 20% off this week! Plus, Daily Digi readers get an additional 15% off with coupon code:WONDER15 (exp. April 12).



A digital scrapbooking kit by Libby Pritchett & Erica Zane, Jack of all Trades is full of boy inspired goodness but don’t let that stop you from using it for girls too – the super versatile color scheme will match plenty of occasions! It’s a little grungy…it’s got some attitude but at least it won’t talk back to you!



ScrapMatters has a NEW kit FREE with any $10 purchase between now and April 15th!



Vinnie Pearce has a new collection on sale



There’s a new set of templates in the Scrapbook Lady Scrap Shop. This set includes 2 templates in 12×12 size and a double page spread option in 24×12. As always, there are sample layouts and links to supplies used in the bonus pdf file!

Scrapbook Lady Scientific templates


Bookkeeper’s Daughter is a beautiful new kit by Jennifer Labre.



Monstrously Cute Bundle by Pixel Gypsy 25% off Friday, April 5th thru Sunday, April 7th Reg. Price: $11.99, Sale Price: $8.99



Maya de Groot invites you to play her Express Your Creativity Challenge.
This April you are challenged to scrap squares, and there is a template to get you started.



CD Muckosky has a new journal Junkie ( with lots of mini pages to print out)



Scrapping with Liz just released these templates in her store. They have some great paper frame shapes and a gallery wall sort of presentation. These are sure to make your photos stand out. They are 20% off through 4/11.



Mye De Leon has this beautifully crafted travel packs for only 30% off until April 5!



New from Kimeric Kreations this week!



New Art Journaling Kit from T for Me Designs! Create yourself… Listen to your inner voice. Find your muse! The Muse is available as bundle as well as separates. Everything is 30% off! (Psst! Matching Free Add on the fanpage of T for Me Designs!)



And it finally happened.. ValC and Cilenia Curtis Teamed up to bring us a amazing springy collaborative project.



6 New digital products, to include 3 sets of ArtsyKardz for Project 365/Life, a new collection of artsy MultiFoto templates, a Month-In-Review double page template and a set of FineEdge slightly distressed frames.  The MidWeek Release is available in the aA store as individual products only, discounted by 20% until Wednesday April 10, 2013.



New Everyday Collection @ Studio Rosey Posey! Save  big with the Bundle or shop for your favourite paks individually!



New at Scrapmatters – Child at Heart Collection by Snips and Snails– 20% Off through Sunday



Here & Now by Tracy Martin is a fun bright kit, for all your here and now memories



Heather T. has a beautiful, soft new kit out, called “Wishes Come True”–useful for boys and girls, too!



SarahJ Designs has re-released her popular Oshkosh kit!  She updated it with a brighter, more modern color scheme and fun elements and alphas and now it’s back and better than ever!  Purchase the value bundle for only $4.19 through Sunday at The DigiChick!



Enjoy your Friday!


Using all the parts of a digital kit

using all the parts of a kit

I love digital kits that are filled with all sorts of supplies and goodies to help me create a beautiful scrapbook layout. We are lucky in digiland to be able to have access to so many amazing kits with a wide variety of designs! This “Enjoy Life” kit by Cluster Queen Creations is just ONE of the MANY kits our members received this month as part of The Digi Files for an incredibly low price. I knew it would be a great example to use as a roundup of ideas and links to what you can do with the contents of a digi kit.

digiscrapping with solid paper

Solid papers are the backbone of scrapbooking and I always love to see several included in a digi kit because I know I will get a lot of use out of them. I’m a big fan of solid papers for backgrounds, especially when I will be journaling on the page. There are many ways to get the most out of solids:


digiscrapping with patterned paper

Patterned paper really brings a kit to life and adds creativity and flair to our layouts. I love a kit that includes some great patterned paper standbys such as stripes, chevrons, and dots. I often buy a kit because of one or two fabulous pieces of patterned paper with a unique design such as a floral or original doodles or patterns. Using these types of paper adds so much fun to the page!


digiscrapping with flowers

Flowers are like frosting for me – cake is good on it’s own, but so much better with frosting! Flowers make me happy and I use them on all sorts of pages – even on boy layouts!


digiscrapping with fasteners

Steph says she uses fasteners on almost everything on her layouts so nothing will fall off – lol! No need to worry about your layers falling off of a digi page, but if you like the look of paper layouts, adding fasteners is one of the best ways to replicate that feeling. When you staple, stitch, and button down the pieces of your layout, you get some fun little details to enjoy.


digiscrapping with frames

Perfect for highlighting a special photo, or calling attention to journaling or a special design feature on the page. Frames are a digi scrapper’s best friend. How else can you add a fantastic frame to your masterpiece without adding any bulk?


digiscrapping with word art

Word art is my favorite way to add a quick page title or some special journaling inspiration. When a designer makes the words look beautiful, it makes it easy to add something special.


digiscrapping with alphasjpg

If you really want to make a word or title stand out, digital alphabets are a wonderful tool to use. It’s fun to get creative with mixing alphas and fonts, or even combining more than one alpha together.


digiscrapping with goodies

There is such a wide range of fun little treats and goodies that are included in digital kits these days and there are so many creative ways to use all types of embellishments. I love using all of the pretty extras that designers include in their kits!

Be sure to take a good look through your digital kit files and think about all the ways you can use those fun supplies!


PS. Congratulations to this week’s reader, Dolores, who has won $10 to Cluster Queen Creations. Thanks for commenting!

Using a themed kit for a non-themed layout

stretch the supplies in theme kits at The Daily Digi

Chelle’s Creations The Mane Event. Georgia font.


Do you have themed kits on your hard drive that seem like they can only be used once? I never shy away from buying a kit with a strong theme, because I know I can use it to emphasize the memories around the theme of the kit AND still use it for plenty of other layouts and projects as well. I asked some great digi scrappers from The Daily Digi team to help me illustrate how you can scrap any layout with any kit.

For this challenge, I had each digi scrapper use The Mane Event kit by Chelle’s Creations. It’s a darling kit and it has a very specific theme centered around hair and all that we do to keep it manageable.

Chelle Mane Event kit

I was thrilled to see what they came up with, not a hair-related page in sight! Ronnie used the solid papers in the kit as backgrounds for her daughter’s stunning dance photos. The addition of some flowers, ribbons, and buttons gave her just the right accents for a pretty page like this.

the daily digi themed kit for non themed layout Ronnie

Layout by Ronnie. Additional credits -Stories template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady.


A skiing layout with a hair kit? You bet! I love how Amelia picked out the more bold and masculine prints from the kit and used that fantastic alpha for her title.

the daily digi themed kit for non themed layout Amelia

Layout by Amelia. Additional credits -Template: Biograffiti Four Play No. 1. Font: CK_Ali’s Hand


Repeating a few embellishments over and over will help you create a beautiful cluster of accents. Jacki did such a nice job making this page feminine and cheery.

the daily digi themed kit for non themed layout  Jacki

Layout by Jacki. Additional credits -Word art from Mye De Leon’s “La Boheme.”

a few notes from Jacki – I was making a similar LO to my older daughter’s, featured here: I created confetti using a tutorial by Nannette Dalton.  I recolored the red button and brad and used the clone tool to ‘erase’ the scissors on the background paper. The top paper and large photo have 78% opacity.

Lauren turned a hair-themed kit into a fishing-themed layout by just adding a little fish shape and the appropriate title! The pocket scrapping style of this page is a fun way to use pieces of the patterned paper as great accents!

the daily digi themed kit for non themed layout  Lauren

Layout by Lauren Madsen. Additional credits -Template: Lifetime Templates by Julie Billingsley. Fonts: CK: Ali’s Hand, Traveling Typewriter, Seedy Motel and Vaguely Repulsive.


Monica used the frame as the star of her layout to anchor that darling baby picture and the grouping of elements around it. So much fun!

Monica using Mane Event

Layout by Monica (choliata41) additional credits:Brushes- Smashing Grunge Brushes, BB Romantic Disasters, Stains (unknown) Fonts- Pea Johanna Script, Traveling Typewriter Mini Tag- my own

Monica said – This was a bit of a challenge for me. I did add the color yellow by using brushes and recoloring one element yellow (the tag). I love how it turned out.

What kits are sitting on your hard drive waiting for new life? Have you ever used a Christmas kit for a summer layout? How about a baby kit for a heritage page? If you want to learn about stretching your creative scrapbooking skills, this is the perfect challenge for you!