Throwback Thursday: On The Road

Spring Break is approaching for many of us in the US. We don’t go somewhere special every year, but we are heading out on a road trip this year! That means it’s time to get the laundry caught up, pull out the suitcases and swimsuits, dig up the car games and look for the big camera.

Speaking of cameras, I may just do this vacation using my iPhone 7 only. With it’s super 2x zoom lens, it makes getting great pictures so much easier. And, if I take all my photos with my phone, that means that I have the opportunity to scrap my vacation while still ON the vacation. Doesn’t that sound amazing? To arrive home with the vacation memories already recorded? It’s going to take a little bit of pre-planning, but here’s what I need to do.

1) Make sure my existing photos are synced up to Google Drive. (For some reason, my photos won’t sync unless I go into the app. I need all my current photos synced so my vacation photos can sync as soon as they are taken.)

2) Pack my iPad, also synced up to Google Drive and Dropbox. Scrapping on the iPad is so much better than the phone! (Check out Steph’s free class on Google Photos.)

3) Purchase a few select kits through the Project Life App. I have a few already, but a new vacation is an excuse for a few new supplies, right?

4) Make sure I have some photo editing apps installed on my iPad (like Over or LetterGlow).

5) Throw a few additional digi kits into Dropbox.

6) Pack my Bullet Journal so I can jot down any bigger stories that might need a full page layout when I get back home.

With all that setup done, I think it’s very doable to scrap one page for each day using the Project Life App. There are so many templates in there (with just a few photos to a ton of photo spots) that I should be able to fit each vacation day into one page.

So that’s my plan! However, there are many ways to scrap a trip or vacation! Here are a few more articles to inspire you as you plan for your vacation memories!

Traveling the World With You

Mini Travel Album

Scrapbooking Travel Preparations

Digi Scrapping Your Travels

Digital Scrapbooking Vacations

Non Album Vacation Album

Scrapbooking My Vacation On My Phone – Before I Get Home – iPhone and Android

Looking for Road Trip Scrapping Inspiration

How To Take A Photograph From A Moving Car

Say it LOUD

Recently, I was looking through Pinterest and trying to get inspired. I hadn’t been scrapping much and I wanted to kick-start my mojo. One of the things I came across a lot was layouts with really BIG titles. They are just so powerful and make such a statement!

(click on images to be taken to source)

Heddy has written about GIANT TITLES before and since I love how they look, I’d thought I would give it a try. My scrapping skills are definitely rusty, but at least having a starting point helped point me in the right direction and even though I am not in love with these pages (I don’t always like my pages), I am happy for two more memories recorded! What about you? Do you ever create pages with huge titles?

7 JOURNALS FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST

Most people have goals for memory keeping in the new year. I am definitely thinking about mine! I am such a person of habit that I have decided I want to get some kind of journaling book—something I can keep on my nightstand and do for a few minutes before bed. I already have a nighttime routine, so it wouldn’t be hard to add in one more thing.

I looked around Amazon and here are a few I found. I haven’t looked at any of them in person, but they all sound interesting! I can’t wait to start journaling more.

Do you journal? In a blank book or in a journal like the ones below?

Gratitude Journal {week 39}

On Sundays this year at The Daily Digi, we are going to be sharing a FREE weekly gratitude journal spread.

These pages are a place for you to record little memories you don’t want to forget, little reasons to be grateful. Each week their will be a gratefulness quote as well as a few photo spots.

You can use these FREE pages in a number of ways:

1) As digital scrapbooking templates. The download will always include .psd files for both 2-page 12×12 spreads as well as 2-page 8.5×11 spreads. You can add your own papers and elements and scrap ’till your heart’s content! (This is also a good option for those of you who get twitchy because I started the week with Friday. Since January 1 is a Friday, I like to start each week that way, but you may not! Feel free to adjust as needed!

2) As a digital journal. Keep the colors and text just as they are. Simply flatten the layers and add your notes of gratitude. Easy peasy!

3) As printed pages. Print out and write on them the good old-fashioned way. There is a .pdf file included for printing two letter-sized pages. Print your photos and attach!

If you have missed previous weeks, grab them HERE.

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If you have used the templates or print-outs, we’d LOVE to see them! Share a link in the comments or EMAIL ME . We just might feature your page!

Be sure to be back next week for your next FREE journal template

All About the Cucumber

It was a beautiful night. Our first cool(ish) day in a long time and the breeze and fading sun begged us to have dinner outside. I love our two big picnic tables!

We ate our dinner and talked about memories we have of certain places. It is amazing what the kids do and do not remember. I love hearing all the little details that stick out in their minds. It’s rarely a big Christmas present or a vacation they choose to talk about. Instead, it is all the little moments that make us…US.

And I was reminded, once again, that it’s the small things that tell the majority of our story. Every person, every family — there are little quirks and habits and decisions that shape them into who they are.

My scrapping time is limited these days. I also don’t take pictures nearly as much as I used to. But as I listen to my children talk about all the sweet little details of the years they’ve lived, I am reminded that it is the little moments that make life big. It’s all in the details. It’s all about the cucumber.

It’s weird, I know. But in our family, the favorite snack is — by far — CUCUMBERS. They love them and would eat them all day, every day if I could afford a never-ending supply.

And so, the other day as I chopped another half dozen cucumbers while my two youngest inhaled them, I grabbed my camera. I wanted to capture this seemingly insignificant part of our life because it really is a part of who we are. All those little quirks are.

These are the stories I want to remember. Because life, as quickly as it goes by, is really all about the cucumber 🙂

Telling My Story 4

As I mentioned in our first post in this series, here at The Daily Digi we’ve talked a lot about “All About Me” pages. We’ve talked about our fears, we’ve talked about telling our stories, and we have even shared some simple ways to do it.

But the truth is, I STILL struggle with this. It isn’t that I am really afraid (though I might not be excited to share some of the information with those outside my family), and it’s not that I don’t really know what to say (I rarely run out of words!) For me, the reality is I just don’t think about it and therefore I don’t take the time to do it!

And so, in my question of, “If not you then who?,” I realize once again I am my own memory keeper and I am the only one who can truly tell my story. If I want my children and grandchildren to know who I was, what I thought about, and what beliefs ran deep, I must be intentional in writing those things down.


Every week or two, I’ll share a new template with a new question. I hope that these will enable me to tell more of my story and for you to tell more of yours! And I would LOVE to see what you create!


This fourth question makes us take a hard look at our priorities. We are often so busy with to-do lists, never-ending housework, kids’ schedules, and the frantic pace of typical daily life that we rarely take the time to do the things that we say are most important to us. So, when we ask ourselves what we would do with an entire day with no obligations, we can then naturally move on to other questions such as, “Why don’t I ever put that on my to-do list?” Taking time to assess our priorities and assess how we actually put those into practice is so important. If we don’t, we may end up one day asking, “Why didn’t I take the time to do _________?”


P.S. Don’t forget to grab the SCRAP YOUR YEAR class before it’s too late! It’s only $15 right now!

Just Pick a Kit

We have all been there…the dreaded SCRAPPING RUT.

I’ve shared about it before, including ways to break free from it.

I still find myself there frequently, though.

For me, it looks like this:

I want to scrap.

I feel guilty for not scrapping.

I think, “I’ll try to scrap something right now.”

I look through my photos.

Nothing inspires me.

I look through my kits.

Not much inspiration there either.

Try again another day.

Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Or, I follow these steps and actually find a photo I want to scrap, only to be so out of practice and uninspired that I give up and throw whatever I have made away.

The problem is, that doesn’t get me anywhere! I still don’t have pages scrapped. But the longer I wait, the more out of practice I feel. Often this is where I pull out a template and make myself try to at least make something. It sometimes works and it sometimes doesn’t.

Lately, I have really be trying to scrap more. I love looking through our albums and I know my children do as well. I hate that the past few years have so few pages. However, if I wait for inspiration to spark, I might never get another layout done!

So, I have pushed past the uninspired feeling and simply chose to create pages, no matter how I feel. One of these easiest ways for me in this process has been what I call,

Just Pick a Kit and Get Scrapping

It’s simple. I literally go to my scrapping supplies folder which has previews of every kit I have. I scroll through, find one I like, and pull out papers and elements. I have so many amazing kits, some of which I have had for years and still haven’t used. I don’t try to mix and match kits. I literally just grab a few things and make a page with them.

I then find photos I think will go well (I know my photos fairly well and this process doesn’t take too long). I don’t let myself think too long about any of it, or I will give up. Working fast without a lot of deep thought enables me to just get it scrapped. After all, for me it us much more about the stories and the memories than the creative outlet (as much as I love it.)

I still don’t get to scrap as much as I would like and I still feel out of practice, but at least pages are being made and our memories preserved.


What about you? What do you do when you are in a scrapping rut?

Telling My Story: No. 1

We’ve talked a lot about “All About Me” pages here at The Daily Digi. We’ve talked about our fears, we’ve talked about telling our stories, and we have even shared some simple ways to do it.

But the truth is, I STILL struggle with this. It isn’t that I am really afraid (though I might not be excited to share some of the information with those outside my family), and it’s not that I don’t really know what to say (I rarely run out of words!) For me, the reality is I just don’t think about it and therefore I don’t take the time to do it!

And so, in my question of, “If not you then who?,” I realize once again I am my own memory keeper and I am the only one who can truly tell my story. If I want my children and grandchildren to know who I was, what I thought about, and what beliefs ran deep, I must be intentional in writing those things down.

And so, I created a simple template for myself, ready for me to add little questions and prompts. And if I am doing it for myself, I might as well do it for others. Right?

Every week or two, I’ll share a new template with a new question. I hope that these will enable me to tell more of my story and for you to tell more of yours! And I would LOVE to see what you create!

I chose this for our first question because it takes so many people off guard! I remember being at a meeting with a bunch of other moms, and being the introspective person I am, asked, “What are you really, really good at?” With confused looks on their faces, I explained that we are so quick to tell everyone what we can’t do, what we wish we could do, what we’re bad at (especially as it pertains to mothering!) But how often do we recognize the things in which we excel—as a mother, as a mom, as a friend, as an employee?

12 MORE Awesome Scrapbook Pages With Maps

A few years ago, as my family was getting ready for our six week road trip, I shared 12 Awesome Scrapbook Pages With Maps.

As summer quickly approaches and dreams of travel fill our minds, it’s time to be inspired once again! I love the creative techniques scrappers have used to incorporate maps into their albums.

And if you’ve got a big trip coming up (or one from the past you have yet to scrap), make sure you check out yesterday’s post where you show you the Insta-Trip album that is part of this month’s Digi Files. Make sure you are a member in order to snag it!

And here is my layout!

Now let’s see some inspiration!

(whenever possible, layouts are linked to their original source)

Gratitude Journal {week 12}

On Sundays this year at The Daily Digi, we are going to be sharing a FREE weekly gratitude journal spread. These pages are a place for you to record little memories you don’t want to forget, little reasons to be grateful. Each week their will be a gratefulness quote as well as a few photo spots.

You can use these FREE pages in a number of ways:

1) As digital scrapbooking templates. The download will always include .psd files for both 2-page 12×12 spreads as well as 2-page 8.5×11 spreads. You can add your own papers and elements and scrap ’till your heart’s content! (This is also a good option for those of you who get twitchy because I started the week with Friday. Since January 1 is a Friday, I like to start each week that way, but you may not! Feel free to adjust as needed!

2) As a digital journal. Keep the colors and text just as they are. Simply flatten the layers and add your notes of gratitude. Easy peasy!

3) As printed pages. Print out and write on them the good old-fashioned way. There is a .pdf file included for printing two letter-sized pages. Print your photos and attach!

If you have missed previous weeks, grab them HERE.

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If you have used the templates or print-outs, we’d LOVE to see them! Share a link in the comments or EMAIL ME . We just might feature your page!

Be sure to be back next week for your next FREE journal template!