Get Inspired from your own archives

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Have you ever sat down to scrap and just couldn’t get the creativity flowing? I’ve had that happen a lot lately for some reason. Maybe because it is summer and my mind is on other things? Sometimes I just get lost in the process and worry about making the “perfect” layout using the latest techniques. Whatever the reason, I had a big time creative block hit me earlier this week. (AKA “losing my mojo”) I decided to look back through some of the pages I have created in hopes of sparking something to get me going again. As I browsed through my own archives, I realized that was a great activity to inspire myself creatively!

I thought I would share some of the things I learned from this exercise and encourage you to take a look back through some of the layouts you have scrapped. You can (and should) inspire yourself!

FROM MY ARCHIVES:

This is one of my early digital scrapbook layouts. I didn’t know anything about shadowing, and my photo editing skills were not top notch either. I love the layout though, because I expressed my love to my children through my journaling. That never goes out of style.

A favorite tip from this layout: Sign your journaling. Just a simple “Love, Mom” lets my children know that I wrote this especially for them.

Layout by Katie. Papers by Mindy Terasawa. Font unknown.

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Here’s a page I created all about a funny thing my daughter would say when she was little. She called Simon and Garfunkel “Simon and Bullwinkle”. We still call them that to this day! 🙂

Favorite tips from this layout: You don’t have to have a picture of the actual person or event you are scrapping about. It’s ok to use related photos and if you don’t have one, Wikipedia is always a great resource!

Layout by Katie. Paper by Meredith Fenwick, White notepaper by Katie Pertiet,  Staples by Tracy Murphy, Fonts are Hootie and CK Good Day Pictures from Wikipedia.

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Here’s a layout that came together simply because I decided to document a moment in time. I grabbed my camera one day and took some very random photographs of my kids. I sat down in front of my computer that very night and put together this page and wrote about what their lives were like at that moment in time. I need to do this more often!

Favorite tips from this layout: Templates are my friend! They make the scrapping process go so much faster so that I can focus on telling the story and capturing the memory. Also, be sure to date your journaling!

Layout by Katie. Ali Edwards template (Songbird Avenue Bloom and Grow kit April 2009)
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This layout took me several hours to put together because I hunted through all my photo files for the year 2007 to find just the right ones to represent our year together as a family. I printed the layout off to include in our scrapbook albums, and I also framed a 12×12 version to display in our family room, where it still resides today.

Favorite tips from this layout: This is a great way to use photos that might not make it into your scrapbook albums otherwise. After doing this page, I decided to put together an end of year collage to finish off each calendar year in our scrapbooks. This has become a fun tradition for me and I usually send copies of these creations to some relatives and friends with a short recap of our year.

Layout by Katie. Template by Heather Ann.

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Yes, I really scrapbooked about the contents of my refrigerator! That might seem silly, but I actually love looking back on this page to see how our eating habits have changed (or not) and I think this kind of information will be really interesting to my kids throughout their lives.

A favorite tip from this layout: The everyday details of life are interesting and worth documenting.

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Layout by Katie. Arial font. Paper designed by Katie.

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I did this layout for a challenge in a digital scrapbooking store forum. I went through a time period where I really enjoyed doing a lot of different challenges, and when I look back on those pages, they are still some of my favorites.

Some favorite tips from this layouts: Challenges and prompts are a great way to get the mojo going again. It is also fun to let some of your page elements go off the page – it makes for interesting design. Photograph a collection and then explain why you were motivated to collect those things.

Layout by Katie. Template No. 6 by Ali Edwards. Aaron Solid Papers by Michelle Martin. Basic Paper Alpha Beige Caps by Katie Pertiet. Calibri font.

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This layout is still very precious to me. I documented my son’s struggle to tie his own shoes. He has some fine motor skill difficulties related to his autism and he still has a difficult time tying his own shoes today (at age 16). We had worked really hard with him during the school year of 2006 and he finally was able to tie his own shoes. It was a big accomplishment and I’m so glad I scrapped it!

Some favorite tips from this layout: Write down your feelings and celebrate the little (which are really big) accomplishments in life! It doesn’t matter if the page is worthy of magazine publication, the words and photos are what matter most!

Layout by Katie. Fonts are Ali’s hand and Hootie. Papers and label unknown.

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As you can see, none of my pages are super fancy, but they all have special meaning to me and my family. Taking a moment to realize and appreciate the importance of these memories has inspired me to scrap some more. I already feel my “mojo” rushing back! Whether you have scrapped 1 page or 500, I encourage you to take a look back through your own archives to see what stands out to you. You might even be surprised to see what matters to you and what doesn’t after some time has passed from the time you made the layouts.

If you are just getting started with digital scrabooking, browse through any paper layouts, blog posts, journal entries, or photographs you might have for the same type of exercise. You will be so inspired!

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Super Speedy Scrapping!

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Layout by Katie. Kristin Aagard Buggalicious, CK journaling font

Do you wish you could create beautiful digital scrapbook pages in mere minutes? Would you believe me (Katie) if I said it is SO easy to speed up your scrapping? Well, it is and I want to show you how! Before I give away the big secret, I want to show you some layouts that were scrapped in super speedy style:

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Layout by Katie. Kristin Aagard Buggalicious, CK journaling font

Layout by Katie. Weeds and Wildflowers Christmas blog freebie.

Layout by Katie. Dunia Boys Collection. CK easy going font.

Layout by Katie. Artemia (NLA). Traveling Typewriter font.

Layout by Katie. Artemia (NLA). Traveling Typewriter font.

Layout by Katie. Weeds and Wildflowers blog freebie (NLA) CK Easy Goin font

Layout by Katie. I Dream of the Ocean by Holly Designs

Did you guess the secret? Can you believe that every page in this post was made using a Quick Page?! For those of you who are newer to digital scrapbooking, a Quick Page (also known as a QP) is a predesigned digital scrapbook page that is already put together. All you have to do is add your own photos (and journaling if desired). No matter what your digiscrapping skill level is, you can use a QP. They are so easy to use and SUPER SPEEDY!

We’d love to see the layouts you have done using Quick Pages so we hope you will upload them to our flickr group with the tag of quickpage or use quotes like “Quick Page” – can’t wait to see them!

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P.S.  The random winner for Anna’s gift is Cindy J who said “Anna is a new designer for me, which is one of the things I love about the Digi Files…to have that chance to see up close different designers’ works! Very cool offerings in her store…fav is Moments of Love I think…always hard to choose though.” – Thanks Cindy! That’s why we love the Digi Files also! 🙂 Check your inbox for your gift code.

Last Call – TDF15 – Don’t Miss It

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Today is the last day to get THE DIGI FILES #15 before they are gone from our shelves for good!!  At midnight EST tonight, they will be removed from the store.  SEVEN people that purchased TDF15 will be randomly selected to win $10 in product from TWO different designers each, totaling $20 in product for each person randomly chosen!! THE DIGI FILES are what allow us to be here doing what we do each and everyday!  We really appreciate you showing your support by purchasing them!

Plus, you get all of this for only $5…no joke!:::

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I want to say a special THANK YOU to our contributors!  It has been so fun to have you with us this month!  We couldn’t do what we do without all of you!  THANKS:::

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Heather Roselli
Krystal Hartley
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Danielle Young
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In The Designer’s Studio With Gina of Digital Design Essentials

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I am thrilled to be welcoming Gina as a contributor to THE DIGI FILES this month!  Gina has been a “staple” in the digital community since I first started digital scrapbooking and was someone that I have always admired (both her scrapping and designing). Her team was one of my “dream teams” for a long time, until I finally made the call and was able to be on her team for a couple of years! Gina really rocks the boy kits like no one else I know! 🙂

Here’s a closer look at Gina’s contribution to THE DIGI FILES:

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Here are some layouts our team created with it:

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Fonts are Pea Olson and Neato Handprint

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Layout by Jacki (and included as a layered template in TDF11), additional supplies:  Gina Cabrera’s Snow Day Kit (TDF11). Font is Calibri and Susie’s Hand.

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Layout by Amy W, additional supplies: acrylic alpha by Gina Cabrera DDE April Idea Notebook, fonts-SP Purkalator, SP Wonderful Wendy, Pea Lauren France

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Layout by Ana and included as a layered template in TDF11 additional supplies: journal stamp from Something Blue and wordart from Paislee Press Once (both in January TDF11)

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Layout by Dunia, additional supplies: Snow Day by Gina Cabrera for TDF-11, Word Art from Cardigan by Paislee Press

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Layout by Melissa, additional supplies: Syrin stitching, Kate Hadfield doodled paper alpha, CD Muckosky Teeny Type alpha, fonts are CK_Ali and Amer Type Md BT

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Hi, my name is Gina Cabrera, I’m a thirty-something SAHM and live in sunny Phoenix, AZ with my wonderful husband and two boys ages 12 and 16.

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My favorite process for extractions in Photoshop is:

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I stared paper scrapping when my first son was born. In 2002 I got my first digital camera and wanted to create a custom Christmas Photo Card. I immediately fell in love with creating my own designs on the computer and I haven’t looked back. I really wanted to share my designs, so, in early 2004 I launched my site.

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My photos have always inspired me. I love creating papers and elements specifically for my layouts. I then turn all that inspiration into a kit

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I have a PC that my wonderful husband built for his digi obsessed wife. It has 8 gigs of DDR 2 RAM and PSCS2.

My camera is a Nikon D70 with a kit lens, 50mm and 70-300.

I also have a 6 X 11 Wacom Intuos 3.

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Here are some of my favorite Digital Design Essentials products:

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Here is some Digital Design Essentials inspiration:

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Layout by Katie, supplies: Hello Chickee by DDE, template by Vinnie Pearce (Give me Simple). font is Susie’s hand.

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Layout by Melissa, supplies: DDE Neutrality kit, Janet Phillips Template Collection 20, Shabby Princess Clementine alpha, Darcy Baldwin staple, Font is Amer TypeMdBT

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Layout by Melissa, supplies: DDE Christmas Joy kit, Ali Edwards Holiday Celebrations word art, Font is AmerType MdBT

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Layout by Karen, supplies: DDE Penelope Mega Kit; Fizzy Pop Designs Sidekicks No. 4 template and Funky Wave template; Darcy Baldwin and Lauren Reid Gimme Space font; Darcy Baldwin and Lauren Grier Jacked Up Kina Love font.

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Layout by Steph, supplies: Snapshot of Spring, Digital Design Essentials, font is Traveling Typewriter.

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I want to thank Gina for being here at TDD this month and sharing all of her talents with us!  We appreciate it!  Go have a look in Gina’s store at DDE and come back and tell her what you like, tomorrow’s GIFTaway will be randomly selected from those comments that are posted by midnight EST (must include a product name to qualify)! 🙂

To show her appreciation to our readers, Gina has this coupon for all of you:

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P.S. Congratulations to Corey M. who is our GIFTaway winner today!  Corey was randomly drawn from all of the registered customers in the store.  She won a $10 GC to Digital Design Essentials!  Check your inbox Corey! 🙂

In The Designer’s Studio With Danielle of Something Blue Studios

Today will mark one of those bigger changes that will be happening this month.

After the results were in from our survey this fall and I saw the things you wanted to know about our contributors, “In the Designer’s Studio” was born.  It reminds me a bit of that show “Inside the Actor’s Studio” where an interviewer asks standard questions to Hollywood stars.  The questions below are the questions you said you wanted asked, along with a few other suggestions you had. 🙂 I hope you enjoy these new designer features! 🙂

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I am so excited to have Danielle of Something Blue here with us this month!  Danielle is one of those designers that I remember from my early days in digital.  She has some great digital products and she is also the home of those very cool magnets you might have seen around!  I love that her designs are always unique and fresh and INSPIRING!

Here’s a closer look at Danielle’s contribution to THE DIGI FILES this month:

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Here is what our team created with this very versatile kit (you will see my layouts using this kit on Friday):

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Layout by Karen

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Layout by Jacki, additional supplies: Font is SmartyPants by Darcy Baldwin.

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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: font CK Rugged.

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Layout by Melissa (included as a layered quick page in TDF11, minus the fonts), additional supplies: Fonts are CK Becky and Century Gothic.

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Layout by Rachael

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I am Danielle Catalano-Titus, a New Yorker living in Boston.  I have a wee boy, a sweet girl, a cat, and a husband.  I work full-time as a high school art teacher.

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Here is layout by Danielle:

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There are a couple of tips on my blog, and here is  a Photoshop tip from my newsletter:

I learned this tip at Photoshop World and wanted to immediately kick myself for not knowing it sooner. So, you know how when you’re trying to use the Elliptical Marquee tool (or the rectangular one – but that’s easier) to select something, and it never ends up where you need it to be? So what do you do? If you’re like me, you start over, or you keep the selection and then use “transform selection” to tweak it. No more! Try this: While you’re dragging that marquee tool, hold down the space bar. Now you can move the selection AS YOU’RE SELECTING IT! Wahoo! Add the shift key to the mix and you’ve got perfect circles, wherever you want them. Hooray!

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Mine is a long convoluted story, but basically I was a Photoshop lover who enjoyed making stuff to “decorate” my photos with before I printed them. I had never heard of digital scrapbooking. One day in summer 2004, a Google search led me to a post about a contest for a Memory Makers Digital Scrapbooking book, and the rules were that everything had to be computer generated. I said “I can do that!”, and so I made some papers and doodads and created a page to submit. It was accepted for the book, and I was hooked. Unfortunately I was only hooked on the contest/publication aspect of it all, and so all of my early pages are not really dear memories but just pages thrown together based on what I thought that particular contest or magazine was looking for. Doing all that led me to some great opportunities, but I don’t submit stuff anymore. I just design because I love it, and scrap if I feel like I have something real to say. And if there’s time. 🙂

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Everything I see. And magazines. I’m a magazine junkie. It’s a sickness.

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I have a Dell PC, and I’m running whatever came before Vista. I have no idea how much ram, but I know it’s not nearly enough and we’re looking into another computer as I type. I’m lucky I even know what ram means. Ask me anything about Photoshop, but don’t ask me about a computer’s innards. No clue whatsoever.

I use Photoshop and Illustrator. Both CS3 right now. I don’t feel the need to upgrade to 4. I think I’ll wait for the next round.

I have a Canon Digital Rebel XT, and that’s good enough for me as I have no idea what I am doing and just shoot on automatic most of the time.

I could not, no way, no how, design without my Wacom Intuos tablet. How did I ever live without this thing?? And I so love my scanner – the CanoScan8800F.

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I would have to say my Love Story kit. My most recent thing is almost always my favorite.

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Any of the worn overlays. By a mile.

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Here are some of my favorite Something Blue Studios’ products:

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Some physical products that you can have made with your digital creations:

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Here’s a bit of inspiration using Something Blue products (images without credits are linked to originals):

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Layout by Karen, supplies: Something Blue Studios Love Story kit, Paint, and Sentence Strip Wrappers; Font is Darcy Baldwin Angel Baby

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Layout by Katie, supplies: Project 365 Quick.ish page by Something Blue Studios (TDF11). Fonts are Fontologie Textura Traced and calibri

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I want to say THANK YOU to Danielle for being with us at TDD this month!!  Please go check out her store then come back and leave a comment telling us your favorite SBS products.  Tomorrow’s GIFTaway will be chosen from those comments.


As a THANKS to our readers Danielle is offering 20% off all digital downloads, now until January 31, 2010: TDD20

You can even use the code during her 30% TDD feature sale for an even bigger discount!  All digital downloads are on sale for 30% from now until January 7!

WOW!!  What a deal!!  Thanks, Danielle!

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P.S. Congratulations to Kate who is the winner of today’s GIFTaway!  She was randomly drawn from the customers that have purchased THE DIGI FILES to this point so far.  She won a $10 GC to Something Blue Studios!

IN THE SPOTLIGHT – NANCIE ROWE JANITZ

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I am really excited to have Nancie, founder of ScrapArtist, here with us this month!  I’m not sure I will ever forget the day I was cruising through the freebie gallery at ScrapbookBytes and saw her work for the first time!  I loved it!  She was a new digital designer (for scrapbooking anyway), but I wanted MORE! Not long after that, I saw call for a new site that hadn’t even launched yet, ScrapArtist and realized the owner was also the owner of those freebies I loved.  I immediately sent in my application and was thrilled when I was chosen for the ScrapArtist team (she was the only designer there at the time).  Here is Nancie’s contributions to this month’s THE DIGI FILES:

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This is the LAST contribution to be revealed from THE DIGI FILES 10 this month.  You can now see EVERYTHING that is included in December’s issue of THE DIGI FILES here.  Then, if you haven’t already purchased TDF10, hurry into the store and grab them, because after December 31st, they will go into the contributor’s store for full retail value!

Our team created some amazing layouts using Nancie’s products:

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Layout by Ana, Supplies: Citrus Tea, Nancie Rowe Janitz (TDF10); Also in TDF 10: Stitch Lilli, Syrin; ribbon Snow Day, Tracey Howard Other: Alpha Coloured In, Kaye Winiecki; bracket die-cut from Pencil Lines #157 template; Font: Rough Typewriter

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Layout by Rachael, Citrus Tea Paper Set by Nancie Rowe Janitz (TDF 10), Template by VB Designs

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Layout by Katie, Citrus Tea by Nancie Rowe Janitz from The Digi Files 10; Template by Ali Edwards; font is CK classical; Me with my younger brother. I was 12 when he was born.

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Layout by Amy Wolff; fonts-pea anna banana, pea lauren france; buttons-Amy Wolff

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Layout by Karen: Nancie Row Janitz Citrus Tea from TDF10; Danielle Engebretson string frame from TDF10; Pencil Lines template; Jesse Edwards Wildflower alpha; Fonts are Fontelroy Brown and Traveling Typewriter

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Nancie Rowe Janitz lives in Plymouth Michigan but we can find her here:

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When I first started scrapbooking, I joined an Art Inspiration challenge at Two Peas in a Bucket. We used beautiful pieces of artwork from Art.com as our inspiration. After running back and forth to the scrapbook store to find supplies to do the challenges, I realized I could more quickly create my own “backgrounds” using Photoshop. I loved working with brushes and different colors and textures. From there, it was a natural progression to creating digital papers and elements.

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I started designing in 2004

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Mostly a designer – not much time to scrap lately!

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More than I want to think about! LOL! With running SA that is most of my time now unfortunately, so I don’t have much time to design for myself anymore or to scrap. I miss it!

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I think it is my Digital Distressing Kit. The reason is because scrappers can use it over and over, plus it includes a tutorial which I really enjoyed creating and hope to do more tutorials.

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Digital Distressing Kit (see above).

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Thunderstorms, Coffee, My family, Walking in the Rain, The Mountains, The Ocean, the feeling after a great workout, a fire in the fireplace, good friends, great food (not in any order).

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Hatred, Violence, Ignorance, People that honk at you in traffic, People that ride your tail in traffic (we have alot of both in MIchigan! LOL!) , the feeling in your stomach when you are running late, stress, watching the news lately, laundry, flying.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Nancie:

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And now for some fabulous inspiration (layouts without credits are linked to originals):

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Layout by Amy, supplies: Holiday Magic Overlays;  Altered Art Background; Mixed Media 1; Schmootzy alpha 4; Stamped Snow; font-MTF Frozen Solid

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Layout by Karen, supplies: Nancie Rowe Janitz Sassafrass Tea, Cardamom Tea button, In Bloom elements; Ali Edwards word art; Amy Wolff Altered Art trim

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Layout by Katie, supplies: Happyness by Nancie, fonts are Fontologie weathered in-between and CK constitution. Template is unknown (NSD freebie)

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Layout by Amy, supplies: Schmootzy alpha 4, ‘Tis the Season Holiday Stamps, Holiday Magic Overlays, Altered Art Background Mixed Media 1; font-Pea Lis

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I would like to say a huge THANKS to Nancie for being here at TDD this month and sharing your beautiful artwork with us!! 🙂

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I…Can’t…Stop…

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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

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Sponsor Spotlight – Wild Dandelions

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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:

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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:

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Dabbling since mid 08 and seriously since early 09.

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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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

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Here are some of my favorite Wild Dandelions:

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

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

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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:

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