Using Pinterest to track digital scrapbooking inspiration

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We all know how much fun Pinterest can be for finding and keeping track of inspirational projects, but have you thought about using it to organize digital scrapbooking tutorials? It’s a great place to bookmark all of those great tutorials you want to try! I’ll use the Daily Digi’s Pinterest account to illustrate what I mean. We have several boards set up to help us keep up with all the great things we find out in digiland and we have some special places to file tutorials.

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The easiest way to keep track of tutorials is to simply create a board for them. It’s so much nicer to use Pinterest for this instead of just a bookmarks folder because you can see an image that goes with the tutorial. I don’t know about you, but I’m much more likely to actually try something when I can see a picture!

Digi Scrapping Tutorials we love

When you find a tutorial you want to try, pin it to a board just for tutorials. Be sure to install the pin button in your browser to make it even easier.  So simple!


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Timeline or passage of time scrapping


Allison Pennington Timeline. Courier New font.


I just love layouts that illustrate a long passage of time or a timeline. Something like your child at many different ages, or a long process like building a house from beginning to end. It’s amazing to take a long journey through time in the space of one page! Here are some favorite timeline layouts to inspire you: (all are linked for credits)

A tree is a beautiful way to illustrate the branches of time!



Even comparing a few years of time in one place can help you see the changes that have occurred.



One of my very favorite scrapbooking themes is the “then and now” comparison!



It’s especially meaningful to make a “then and now” comparison with a child because they change and grow so quickly.



It feels like the grow right before your eyes, and including a yearly photo on a layout is a fantastic way to illustrate the passage of time.


Credits: Capture Me If You Can by Secret Stash, All About Me by Scrap Orchard Designers, Torn Photo Frames 2 and Art Play Palette Ablaze by Anna Aspnes, Haphazard (by Fontologie), My Own Topher and Pea Noodle’s Girlfriends fonts


This approach can also give you a great excuse to scrap some favorite photos from earlier years!



Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to scrapping about children when focusing on the passage of time. I love this layout of a couple from different times in their life together!



Everybody changes over time and it’s important to document that as part of your story.



Ideas for scrapping the passage of time:

  • Gather pictures of the same person or people from different times in their lives
  • The homes you’ve lived in throughout your life
  • Jobs worked at
  • Schools attended
  • Photos from each grade of school
  • Changes in clothing or hairstyles
  • Cars driven
  • Trips taken
  • Same location, different years (Disneyland, Grandma’s house, on your front porch, etc.)
  • One photo from each year of a person’s life
  • Building a house
  • Tracking a big project from beginning to end
  • Major news events from your lifetime
  • Timelines that show life’s events (graduation, marriage, children, grandchildren, etc.)

Time is passing up by each and every day. Don’t forget to scrap it!

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P.S. Helen was the winner of $10 to Bella Gypsy’s store

Cut-Out Words


Title supplies from The Daily Digi member exclusive kit Scrap & Snap

A trend that I really like right now are cut out words. I first noticed it on paper pages and now I’m seeing it used in digital kits.

So, how do you cut out text digitally?

Cut-Out Letter Fonts

The first thing you need is a font that looks like a cut-out alpha. Notice in the title graphic how the letters with holes are shaped (O, A, D, etc.) – they are completely empty. Here are a few fonts that I found that will work:


I’m going to use the Paper Cutout font in my example below.

First, type the desired text on a new layer:


Using the shape tool, create a box behind the text. This will be the paper strip that we will “cut”:


Clip your papers. The paper clipped to the letters must be the same as the background paper so that the effect will look like the paper strip has been “cut”:


Shadow the paper strip using your usual paper shadow settings and shadow the text using an inner shadow. (For more on drop shadow settings, go here. For a tutorial on inner shadows, go here.)


And there you have it! Cut-out text on a paper strip! Here’s a close-up:


If you look closely at the layers palette, you’ll see that the text and shape box are still completely editable. If you want change the text, you can. You may need to adjust the size of the paper strip box, which can easily be done by selecting and adjusting just that box (and not the paper clipped to it). For example:


The only “trick” to making this look realistic to to line up the background paper layer and the layer clipped to the text. This is especially important with patterned papers so that the words appear to show the background paper below without interrupting the pattern.

You can also do cut-out words on journaling cards, speech bubbles, banners, on photos themselves – the possibilities are endless!

Moment Scrapping vs. Event Scrapping


We don’t get hung up on definitions or labels here at The Daily Digi, because we really believe that any way a memory is documented is the right way. It’s not important to categorize layouts, but it can be a great learning tool to understand some of the different approaches we can take to tell our stories.

One of the topics we sometimes discuss on The Digi Show is “event scrapping” vs. “moment scrapping”. In my mind, the two can exist together because even when I’m scrapbooking about an event such as a vacation, birthday, holiday, family gathering, etc., I’m still capturing and focusing on “moments” that I want to remember. On the flip side, picking out a moment to document such as feelings for my children, illustrating the evolution of technology that I have used, the passage of time, a relationship, etc., involve “events” – even if they are just from an ordinary day. There’s no need to split hairs on this topic though, it’s all about what works for you for each particular page. The best way to explain this is to use real examples from some of the incredible scrappers who upload to our Flickr group.

This stunning layout records the lessons this mom has learned in parenting her little guy. The photos focus on the relationship between the two of them and the journaling doesn’t concern itself with documenting a specific day, but covers a range of a few years. This definitely feels like “moment scrapping” to me!


A darling page about Halloween 2009 is a great example of scrapping an event. The pictures and journaling all center around what happened for Halloween that year. The writing does a great job of capturing that moment in time.


Seems easy, right? Well, it’s not always so clear cut.

Project 365 style layouts like this one with a very cool design are all about documenting a specific point in time like a certain day, week, month, or even year. Even though the “moments” are the focus of the journaling, the layout still seems more event based to me. I’m sure others might disagree and that’s perfectly fine as it really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.

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This sweet page features a picture from a birthday party and journaling relating to that event so it seems natural to call it an “event page”. However, it’s also focusing on the relationship between the two people in the picture and I certainly didn’t know it was a birthday page until I read the journaling. So is it “event” or “moment” scrapping? Seems like both to me!


The truth is that our lives are filled with events AND moments and they are all happening at the same time. Any topic could be scrapped from either point of view and there is no wrong or right way to approach it all. I’ve found that in the middle of recording a vacation, that I might choose to highlight a picture of a specific person and journal about my feelings for them. The overall presentation of my vacation pages might be from an event point of view, but there can certainly be flashes of moments included as well. The reverse is true as well- in scrapping a moment, I’m capturing a specific point in time. It’s all good and it’s all appreciated by those who enjoy your creations.

The best reason to bring all of this up? I find that if I’m struggling to find a journaling voice for a page, it helps me to think about if I’m approaching it from an event or a moment standpoint. Sometimes I just want to record the what, when, and where of a page (event).

The day my daughter got braces on her teeth


Other times I will focus on the emotions and relationships (moment). This page explains some of my feelings about being a mom.


I’d love to hear your thoughts on moment vs. event scrapping? Do you think about the differences? Which style do you tend to favor in your own scrapping? Do you ever combine the two approaches? Just some fun things to think about!

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P.S. The title graphic was creating with KStudio on the fly borders and the Bickley Script font

Using a smartphone to make more time (and material) for scrapping

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When I can do more on the go with my smartphone, that frees up my time on the computer for digi scrapping! One of the best thing about phone apps is that they let you do complex tasks while you are using your phone.

When I’m waiting to pick up my daughter from class she takes outside of our home, I end up with small blocks of time ranging from 5-15 minutes. When I’m sitting in a doctor’s waiting room I can usually find at least 10 minutes of time. I used to read magazines in the doctor’s office and sometimes I had a few stashed in my car. That was all before I carried a smart phone. Now I kind of get excited when I have a few minutes of waiting time that I can use to catch up on things with my phone.

I seem to always start with my email. I really don’t like it when there’s a red number next to the mail icon so I like to get rid of it by reading my messages. I get a lot of email! Here’s a link to a post I wrote explaining how I deal with my ever-overflowing email inbox. I love powering through emails I don’t need to answer when I’m on my phone. I usually leave the ones where I need to respond with more than one sentence until I can work at my laptop. All no response or short response emails are processed with my phone when I have a few spare minutes.


I like to check in on my calendar for the day and be sure I’m remembering everything I have scheduled. I also like to look ahead to the next few days. I use Google calendar for everything, even to keep track of blog posting schedules.


My next order of business is managing any photos I’ve taken recently with my phone. I have a few favorite apps that I seem to always come back to. We’ve either written about most of these apps here or talked about them on The Digi Show so I’ll link up to all those references for each app. This is one of the best things about having a smart phone – you can take, edit, and upload pictures wherever you are!


Photos – comes with the iPhone and the app I use the most because I like to do the simple auto-enhance fix on all my photos. This is the way I edit most of my phone photos because it’s quick and easy! I only use the other editing apps if I have a little more time.


Photo 365 – I love this app (thanks to Steph!) for keeping track of my daily photo project. I add the photos to the calendar in this app whenever I have some time with my phone. At the end of the month, I upload the entire calendar image to my Flickr account.


FlickitPro (the free version is also good) – I’m constantly uploading my phone photos to my Flickr stream with this easy-to-use app. I love to get them on Flickr as soon as possible so I have a backup, and so I can share them with my friends and family.


Flickr – I use this app for browsing through my own photos as well as keeping up with what my contacts are sharing. See my post about Flickr to find out why I love the place so much!


Snapseed – a favorite app of mine for when I want to get creative with my photos. I talked about Snapseed in this episode of the Digi Show because it’s one of my go-to editing apps.


Camera+ is another favorite app for editing and creative filters. I’m constantly trying to decide if this or snapseed is my favorite one for filter effects. I guess it’s a tie!


Instagram is a new addiction for me. I love to turn photos into quirky little instagram squares and share them in my instagram feed. I also can upload them directly to Flickr (or a variety of social network sites) at the same time. I love the interaction from other instagram users and I get so much inspiration from the photos I see there!



Incredibooth is an app that I use when I’ve got my phone and a few minutes to capture a fun memory. My son and I like to play around with it when we are waiting in the car for my daughter.


Notica is an app that I found because of a listener pick from this episode of The Digi Show and I use it all the time now!


I like that I can generate journaled images to use later on for blog posts or scrapbook pages.


After I tackle my photo-related projects on my phone, I give myself permission to do more of the “time hog” type of activities if I still have some time to spend. This is when I delve into facebook, pinterest, hootsuite (twitter), and catching up on blogs with feedly. If I started with these activities during my waiting times, I would never get around to the photo editing and uploading. I don’t feel like I’m wasting time to use these apps because I’m able to gather a lot of inspiration, ideas, and keep in touch with people I care about. I do feel like it’s easy to spend too much time in these apps though so I’m glad that I make myself work through email, calendar, and photo management first. Also, when I use these apps on my phone instead of my computer, I always spend less time. It’s too easy to sit at the computer and hang out on Twitter or Facebook for long periods of time and I’d rather use the time on my laptop for scrapbooking.


Of course, I can do even more cool things on my phone like; exploring Daily Digi inspiration, reading, listening to audiobooks & podcasts, surfing websites, and playing games – there are almost endless possibilities! More than anything else, I really appreciate that I’m utilizing small pockets of found time to accomplish many tasks using only my phone.  I sure am grateful for all the apps out there that help me make the most of my scrapbooking time and material!

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Finding inspiration in your Stash


When I’m running short on inspiration, I often go “shopping” in my own stash of digital scrapbook supplies. As I browse through previews, I usually find something that sparks my creativity and makes me feel like scrapping a particular experience or memory. Let me show you a few examples:

This kit had some word art that caught my eye. When I saw the piece that said “Laugh as much as you breathe & Love as long as you live” – I had a certain photograph pop into my mind.


This picture was a candid shot taken during our Christmas card photo shoot. We were laughing so hard that day! The word art was a perfect fit for this memory.

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Sweet & Simple by Weeds and Wildflowers. Homemade Apple Font. Ali Edwards Template no 25. Photo by Remember This Photography.

The theme of this kit is what got my wheels turning. I loved the “Around the World” embellishments and they got me thinking about where I had traveled to in my life.


The funny thing is that I didn’t end up using any of the themed elements for my page. I decided that the papers and flowers were so pretty and that they would go well with a picture I had been wanting to scrap of the Eiffel Tower. The page ended up being about my daughter’s dream of going to Paris, instead of my own past travels. It’s so interesting where a kit can take you in your creative journey!


Around the World collab kit by The Digichick designers. The King and Queen Font and Traveling Typewriter fonts. Template by Bree Clarkson (modified)

Many times, a certain embellishment piece (the red camera in this case) or a color scheme will inspire me to scrap a photo or a memory.


The reds and blues of this kit were a great match to a 1997 photo of my daughter at a picnic. Even though the kit does not have a picnic theme, it all came together so nicely!

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Everyday Flair by Creashens. Traveling Typewriter font.

I have so much fun looking through my supplies to get ideas, but I’ve never thought to write them down before. It dawned on me as I was browsing my collection for this post, that I was passing up a lot of ideas inspired by kits or products because I didn’t have time to tackle them right now. I decided to jot down a few notes about the goodies I want to use in the near future. You could even include these notes as metadata with your preview image if you’re the organized type! (All images are linked)

LOVE the license plate flag banner in this kit! I have several road trips to document, and my son used to have a license plate bedspread so I have plenty of uses for this.


My kids used to love to play with the pool table in their Great-Grandparents basement. Lots of fond memories that could be illustrated with this fun set.


I have a picture of my daughter sitting in front of a toy beauty shop that I swear was used as inspiration for this kit! Unfortunately, I also have several pictures of her with goofy haircuts that she did herself when I wasn’t looking. The scissors reminded me of those memories!


I know I have said and/or heard a lot of these phrases before! I never thought about doing a “Mom Speak” layout until I saw these word strips.


Another bit of topic inspiration – I should scrap about our family “rules” and traditions!


Isn’t it amazing to see how many ideas you can get from your own stash of supplies? I hope you will go “shopping” through your own kits and act on the inspiration that you find!

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P.S. The title image was created with Everyday Flair by Creashens and Howie’s Abundant Stamp Font.

Scrapping 12×12 but printing 8×8


One question we often hear from digital scrapbookers is why we use a certain size of page for either scrapping, printing, or both (if they differ)? Here’s a comment from episode 27 of The Digi Show about printing
Elizabeth says:
Question – what is the purpose of scrapping 12 by 12 only to resize it to 8 by 8? Is the theory you may print it 12 by 12 sometime in the future?

In the beginning of my own digi scrap days, I used to size my canvas at 8×8 and then resize all my supplies to fit that since I knew I would be printing 8×8 pages. I never worried about printing in 12×12 because I figured I wouldn’t change my mind. Then I decided I wanted to make a photo collage page of photos from the entire year of 2007 (pictured above). I used a neat template by Heather Ann Designs and I knew it would make a great display piece to hang in my staircase photo gallery aka the “Wall of Fame”. That was the first time I started off with a 12×12 canvas and I’ve used one ever since. It finally occurred to me that I just might want to print some of my layouts in a bigger size someday!

There are many advantages to using a 12×12 canvas in Photoshop no matter what size you plan to print your creations. I asked several of our Daily Digi team members to share their preferences:


I don’t scrap 8×8 normally, there however have been a few layout’s I’ve printed 8×8 for variety in my albums.  Those layouts tend to be simpler photo based layouts with minimal text or the layouts about me. Not sure why but flipping through my albums now most of my non-large photo layouts in 8×8 are of me. I do 12×12 and when I print I decide then to mix it up.  I love the varied sizes in my albums! All in all I’d rather the option of sizing down then not being able to print 12×12.


I always scrap in 12×12 simply because the papers/templates are all 12×12 in size, and many times the elements are made proportionally to use with 12×12 papers. Until 2012, I’ve resized the page once it’s finished and flattened to 8×8 since that is the size of my 2007-2011 albums. This year, however, I’m printing 12×12 to fit in my Project Life album.


I scrap in 12×12 and print in 8×8. I scrap in the larger 12×12 format because all papers and elements are proportioned to work in that size. I view layouts on my screen at a reduced zoom level to mimic an 8×8 print. On my monitor, viewing a 12×12 page at 25% gives me a good estimate of what the page will look like once printed in 8×8. This helps to make sure that my fonts will be readable, even after the layout is printed at the smaller size.

Once a layout is complete, I flatten it at 12×12 and save as a jpg. I print my layouts at Persnickety Prints and they are able to take a 12×12 page and print in 8×8 so I don’t need to save an 8×8 copy.


I scrap 12×12, and print 8×8. I scrap at 12×12 for two reasons. I always want my original file to be of the best quality possible. If I scrapped 8×8 and printed a 12×12 later, it would lose quality. So, having that 12×12 means I can always to back to it. The other reason is because resizing to 8×8 from the get go is a waste of time. LOL Everything is designed at 12×12, so it’s easiest for me to scrap that way.

I save a 12×12 initially. Then, when I’m ready to print, I run my bleed check actions on my 12x12s. For the layouts that need adjusting, I’ll make the changes and save a new 12×12. Then, I run a batch to resize to my photobook’s bleed size of 8.25×8.25. Although the software out there will resize for me, uploading hundreds of 12x12s takes significantly longer than hundreds of 8x8s. So, I take the time to batch resize before uploading. Plus, that gives me the opportunity to apply a little sharpening before uploading.

Technically, you’ll get a better result if you resize to 8×8 with your layered file and then flatten and save because the text is still vector at that point. But, I find sharpening after resizing is enough to keep my text crisp. If I had a font that wasn’t playing nice, I might go back to the original and give that a try.

Keep it Simple

One of the best reasons to scrap in 12×12 size in your photo editing program is simply a matter of saving time. Don’t worry about resizing everything to fit a smaller canvas…let the printer do that job for you!

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Why It Works


Title graphic: The Good Life Daily Digi member exclusive kit; Fonts are Never Let Go and Splendid 66

I love looking at beautiful pages. They inspire me to try new things and learn new tricks. I went through some of The Daily Digi’s team member’s galleries and chose a few to spotlight to help “decode” why the pages work.

Youer Than You


Page by Aaron. Credits.

I love how Aaron positioned all the bright paper circles on a neutral white background to make them pop. He’s also broken up the text into different areas, which makes the reader’s eye move across the page.

The Daily Digi has some tips and tutorials to help you achieve a similar page:

Going to the Circus


Page by Jenn. Credits.

This page by Jenn features a great story, full little details. The page title is the perfect summary of what this page is about. I love how she used the word “circus” in the softly background and wrote “we’re going to the” on top. Definitely a title-trick worth noting. On the left, she used several smaller scale patterns on top of a more neutral zig-zag pattern paper. By controlling the size and colours of the patterns, she was able to combine multiple patterned papers without them being overwhelming.

Learn some related tips in these Daily Digi posts:



Page by Katie. Credits.

Katie rocked a template here and made it her own. The faded big-picture background adds context to the smaller photo. Check out the shadow detailing on the string. Special touches like that make a page stand out.

What Was I Thinking?


Page by Trina. Credits.

Trina’s page showcases some lovely, detailed clustering. The photo is the star here because the clustering is arranged in a way that frames the photo and doesn’t eclipse it. The title here is an alpha, but you can make similar style by using your favourite font and the “sticker trick”. (You can also use a purchased doodle action to outline the text.)

So Lucky


Page by Lauren. Credits.

I love how Lauren has put elements just peeking out from the left and bottom edges of this page, creating a visual triangle with the main photo cluster. The vibrant, energetic orange background is eye-catching, but the softer toned photo is still visible because it contrasts with the background. The word-strip title adds a great hand-cut touch to the page.

You might find some more useful information here:

I hope you enjoyed these great pages by my teammates. I am so very lucky to be able to learn from them month after month here at The Daily Digi!

Using Older Kits


Title Supplies: My Life In Print, a Daily Digi member exclusive kit

When I first started digital scrapbooking, the ability to use and re-use my purchased kits really appealed to me. Soon I became a digital scrapbook supply “collector” and my digi stash grew and grew and grew. Over the years, I’ve purged some of the really old products, like from the time when digital papers had no texture. I’ve kept a lot of great kits from about 2008/2009 and onwards though.

My habit has always been to scrap with my newest purchases first; Unfortunately, that means that some of my older kits have been forgotten on my computer which is sad because they are still beautiful kits! So, I have been challenging myself to scrap with some of these older products.

I’ll let you be the judge, but I don’t think anybody is going to look at these pages and say, “Wow, that is so 2010!” Winking smile

I chose or created some layouts using kits that I purchased at least one year ago for this post. For each one, I added some thoughts about how I worked with the product and I’d love to hear your ideas in the post comments about how you work with your older products!

Using a New Template


Supplies: Green Thumb by Karah Fredericks, Preserved by Zinnias & Swallowtails

Karah Fredricks contributed the Green Thumb kit to the June 2010 Digi Files, making it over a year old when I made this page in October 2011. I paired it with a fresh template and lots of journaling. It’s just a simple page, but the story and photo are together so I’m happy about that.

Using a New (to me) Photoshop Trick


Supplies: Cirque du Ciel by Queen of Quirk, Cranberry freebie by Zinnias and Swallowtails

Queen of Quirk contributed the kit used, Cirque du Ciel, to the July 2010 Digi Files so the kit was over a year and a half old when I made this page. I used lighting effects in Photoshop to add a soft “spotlight” to the design by following the tutorial here.


Supplies: Clementine by Susan Bartolini, GWL: Kids by Crystal Livesay

I used that same lighting trick on this page with a kit I purchased on the day my son was born and he’s two years old now.

Shopping on My Computer


Supplies: That’s My Boy! by Zoe Pearn, Preserved by Zinnias and Swallowtails, Quickly Stacked 1 by ad77 Designs

On this page I used the kit That’s My Boy! by Zoe Pearn, purchased in 2009, over two years ago. When I snapped the photo of my son, I knew I wanted a blue and green kit to match his outfit. I went through my tagged kit previews and found this kit and thought it paired nicely with the photo. It was a good reminder to check my digi scrap supplies folder!

Going With the Theme


Supplies: It’s Elementary by Dani Mogstad, My Life In Print template from The Daily Digi

The school-themed kit above is one of my favourite kits for tracking my daughter’s school years. I’ve used it several times since I purchased it in 2010 and I’m sure I’ll use it a few more times in the future!

I hope you are inspired to take a look at your own digital supplies and work with some old favourites. I know I had a lot of fun making these pages!

A new generation of e-cards

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I’ve never been a fan of e-cards (electronic greeting cards) in the past because they never looked all that great. Things sure have changed in the past few years and there are some really nice designs and fun apps to use for sending photos & greetings to anyone at anytime!

My favorite app is one I used as a pick on episode #24 (Feed Your Disease) of the digi show. It’s called Red Stamp and at this time it’s available only for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. It’s free to download and use. If you want to send a physical card, it does cost $3.99 to do that.


Here are some creations I made with this app:

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I decided to order a physical copy of one of my cards so I could see what the quality was like. It was printed up like a nice sturdy postcard and the image was very clear and crisp (unlike my photo). My only concern was that it didn’t arrive in an envelope, it was shipped just like a postcard. Mine arrived in perfect condition, but for $3.99 I did expect an envelope. You certainly can’t beat the free app and free e-sending. If you want to send a physical card, I would still recommend Red Stamp, just be aware that it arrives postcard style.


What if you don’t use an iPhone or related device? If you use an Android, you can search for ecard apps. It’s also the perfect opportunity to use those digi supplies and photoshop skills to create your own fun e-greetings to send via email. This post will come in handy: Birthday cards from digital supplies.

Have fun sending your e-creations!

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