Not long after I started digital scrapbooking…I also started another ‘hobby’ that I am just as addicted to as digi scrapping…and I just…can’t…stop…!  I have known it was a problem for a very long time…but…I haven’t known how to fix it…

One of the geeky things I do is subscribe to “The Grammar Girl” podcast.  My kids really enjoy listening to it with me and learning from it.  She is pretty funny and always interesting with her tid-bits of grammar information.  The podcasts are short too, just 2-5 minutes is all!!  One day, while driving my son to school…I was laughing out loud… hysterically… as Grammar Girl shared this winning entry in a contest that…addressed my addiction…

Listen and enjoy… Ellipses Spurned


Sponsor Spotlight – Wild Dandelions

Spot Lit Wall

I first discovered Wild Dandelions (a.k.a. Meghan Mullens) when Digi Scrap Addicts was running their “So You Think You Can Design” contest.  There were a few designers from that contest that I wasn’t familiar with at the time, and I followed them through the contest (and downloaded).  I was so excited when I saw WILD DANDELIONS debut at Scrap Orchard!  Here’s a look at what Meghan contributed to THE DIGI FILES 10:


Can you believe you get all of this AND goodies from 8 other designers/store for only $5!?  I can’t!  It’s a very inexpensive way to try some new designers out as well as show your support for THE DAILY DIGI and what we love to do!

Here is what I team did with this great kit:


(layout by Rachael, additional supplies: Template by Get It Scrapped (modified))

(layout by Karen, additional supplies: Template by Melissa Lewis)


(layout by Katie, additional supplies: font is LD Elementary template unknown)


(layout by NeeNee, additional supplies: Font is Fontologie P.S. I Love You)


(layout by Steph, additional supplies: Font is Printing Primer by Fontologie)



Meghan Mullens–Thirty-something, SAHM to a handful of beautiful kids. I live near Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and kids. Before children I had a career in Finance and do not miss it at all J I love creating memory keepsakes for my family and just cherish this creative outlet I stumbled upon almost 3 years ago.




Designing just seemed like a natural progression for me as a scrapper. I had ideas and teamed up with my friend Kristin and created a collab with her quite a few months before I ventured into taking designing seriously. When I became serious about designing I paired up my dear friend Tracey Howard under the name Wild Dandelions. We were taken on at Scrap Orchard in June of 09 and both continue to sell there under our individual names.


Dabbling since mid 08 and seriously since early 09.


Definitely both! I think I’m a scrapper first and foremost.


Well I’m on the computer way more than I should be but I’m easily distracted 😉 I’d say about 20-25 hours on a busy week!


Well, I love collabing on kits…just the whole process is fun to me. I love seeing other ideas based around the same theme and working with people I consider friends. I can’t choose a favorite product though..I have a few! Apple Blossom with Kristin Cronin-Barrow, 10 Things with Traci Reed, Wonky with Kami Leonard and Tracey Howard. I love them all!



question6-copy 10 things-Collaboration with Traci Reed



1) My Family

2) My Church

3) My Friends

4) Preserving Memories

5) Being Creative

6) Candy (Sugar Addict!)

7) Fresh Bathed Babies

8) Coffee with Peppermint Mocha Creamer

9) A Good Book

10) Buying Gifts for others


1) Gum Smackers

2) Bills

3) Poor spelling

4) Disorder

5) Allergies

6) Atlanta Traffic

7) Irritating Noises

8) When my kids disobey

9) Telemarketers

10) Laundry


Here are some of my favorite Wild Dandelions:





Some GREAT inspiration from some talented scrappers (images are linked to credits):

(layout by Karen)




(layout by NeeNee additional supplies: Template is Cindy Schneider’s Scrap in A Snap Template Set 33.  Font is Pea JamieB.)


Thanks so much to Meghan for joining us this month in THE DIGI FILES!! Meghan has a coupon for all of readers to do some shopping with:

30% off



Sponsor Spotlight – Syrin


I was introduced to Syrin via Janet’s stitches on her layouts a while back! I kept admiring them and decided I needed some!  Not only do I love Syrin’s stitches, I love all of her designs, and she is a pretty funny lady too! 🙂 We are happy to have her with us this month!  Let’s take a look at what she contributed to THE DIGI FILES this month:

syrin_myfriendL_preview You get this AND contributions from 8 other designers/store all for ONLY $5!!  What a great way to try out some of these designers or grab some products by a few of your favorites!!

Here are some layouts by our team using Syrin’s products:

Karen-Max-Gleeful-Boy-111409(layout by Karen, additional credits: Sahlin Studio Tuck and Wave template)

Rachael-notquitevintage (layout by Rachael additional supplies: Template by Get It Scrapped)

Janet-ThatAge_600(layout by Janet, additional supplies: Fonts are Typewriter Scribbled and Pea Dana Anne)

Katie-web79 (layout by Katie additional supplies: Template by Ali Edwards, font is CK footnote)

tdd-syrin-dunia (layout by Dunia, additional supplies: Presslines N. 17 by Paislee Press)

NeeNee-lyssa_syrin_lilli_web(layout by NeeNee additional supplies: Font:  Pea MissStaker)

dividergraphic15 ALittleAboutSyrin

Syrin made me laugh right out loud when I read her bio because she told me to fix her “’Norwenglish’ (as we often call it over at CatScrap), 😉 Just don’t change the number of kids and things like that” 😀

Name:     Syrin in digiland, but Kjersti when I’m offline

Hometown: Close to Bergen, westcoast of Norway, Scandinavia

Family:   Husband and two children; a girl who is 6 and a boy who is 4

Syrin’s Store


In 2005 Catrine at CatScrap challenged me to make a paper. Neither of us were designers back then; we were just new scrappers, eager to learn. I remember searching for tutorials to figure out how to make papers, and found it very hard in the beginning! That was the start of it all. I just loved the creative process, and the kick you get when you see scrappers use your stuff. I still get that feeling.

question23 years. I had a break this spring, and that was good. I knew it was just a temporary break.

question3I am both. I spend most of my time designing, but take breaks after each product has been released, and then I scrap.

question4 I would say 1-2 hours a day, after kids are in bed. I work full time as an archaeologist, so I can’t design during daytime.


That one is hard; I have many favorite elements and papers, but they are in different kits. If I have to choose one product, it has to be Alpha without borders. I’m really pleased with with how they look, and they also have all the characters you need to type in most languages, even Icelandic! Any profit is donated to Doctors Without Borders.


question6-copyI think it would have to be my first pack of stitches.



1) Obviously my family, being with them, laughing with them and just relaxing.

2) Cooking and making dinner for a group of friends with their families. The whole process makes me happy.

3) Early mornings, working from home in my kitchen, kids away, husband at work, caffe latte in my cup.

4) Fire in the fireplace (I need one)(and I will get one)

5) Autumn

6) Having time to be alone now and then

7) Questions with no answer

8) Watching stars and seeing the milky way (we need more places with no street lights!)

9) Learning new things, especially about biology, nature and history

10) Watching movies with my husband


1) Bare feet (I just can’t stand them)

2) People on the bus who talk LOUD and clear about anything, either in the phone, or to the friend next to them. I’ve learned to listen to books to prevent audio invasions like that.

3) When people think that reality is black or white

4) Spiders. It is so silly, but I can’t help it

5) When people don’t have a passion or strong interest. I don’t care what the passion or interest is

6) Gymnastics, or any sport, if I have to do it myself. I will happily watch others and cheer for my team!

7) Parties I have to go to. I really, really just find it boring

8) When the towel keeps falling down from the hook

9) Mass media that spread fear rather then enlighten people

10) Those who just want bread and circuses


Here are a few of my favorite products by Syrin:




Lingonberry Preserve



A huge THANKS to Syrin for being here this month!!  We appreciate you sharing your talents and humor with us!  As a THANKS to our readers, Syrin has a discount coupon for all of us to do a little shopping:

30% off

code: thxtoTDD

expires: dec.31st 2009


Sponsor Spotlight – Danielle Engebretson


Danielle was a new-to-me designer when she sent in her application awhile back, but as we have emailed over the past few months, I have enjoyed getting to know her.  I find her designs to consistently jump out at me. I really love the patterns and colors of Danielle’s contribution to The Digi Files #10.   Here is Danielle’s addition to The Digi Files for this month:

dje_sharethemoments_preview Our team really enjoyed working with this versatile kit:

Katie_webswinglayout by Katie other supplies: Template by Ali Edwards, font is CK footnote

Rachael)thankful layout by Rachael

Karen_Max-Bitty-Happiness-Is layout by Karen

MyFriends copy

layout by Steph



I am a 36 year old SAHM and I live in Minnesota. I am married to my wonderful husband Dean, and we share two children together, Dawson (9) and Ava (6).

Danielle’s Store

Danielle’s Blog

question1 It is really quite simple. I am a traditional scrapper gone digital scrapper, who determined I could teach myself to design digital products.

question2 I have been designing for 2 ½ years, (wow did that go by fast).


I am both a scrapper and designer. However, I find it difficult to balance scrapping with designing. Designing keeps me really busy and that I consider a huge blessing. I find now I have to schedule time to scrap. I grab the moments when I can.


Ok this was a reality check! I am still trying to approximate this but I would guess somewhere between 20-24 hours. Give or take and some weeks it is more depending on what is going on for that month.


Oh dear, that is a really hard question. Hmmm…I would probably have to say…..my Kaleidoscope Collection. I think it is because I am a color lover!

Kaleidoscope question6-copy My “Music in Me” kit is probably one of my best sellers to date.



1. Jesus

2. my husband

3. my kids and family

4. chocolate

5. drawing and doodling

6. soaking in the tub with a good book

7. singing worship

8. my coffee

9. golfing

10. prime rib

10thingsbug 1. my allergies

2. being cold (and yes I live in MN) why I ask?

3. cat hair

4. when someone touches my nose

5. slow drivers

6. stupid humor

7. rosemary

8. crabby people

9. open mouth chewing and smacking on food

10. being late

dividergraphic15 Here are some of my favorite products by Danielle:

TimeOfWonder CashmerePink




And some wonderful inspiration using Danielle’s products (images are linked to originals with credits):





Thanks, Danielle for spending the month with us!!  As a thank you to our readers, Danielle has this GREAT coupon for all of our readers to go shopping with: