April Fools (Not Really)

Unfortunately, our Rafflecopter giveaway for the end of March didn’t end up in the post. So we’re running the giveaway through tonight at midnight (PST). Yay for extra chances! Post a comment or share about this month’s digi files on social media and you can win a coupon from one of our recent prize sponsors.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

PhotoScan by Google

Many years ago, I did a post called SCAN MY PHOTOS. In it, I shared about me taking almost 2000 photos and sending them away to be scanned. It was easy and I am so glad I did it. I have used those digitized photos hundreds of times!

Sometimes, though, I come across a photo, and I just need that one photo. If I am away from home (at my parents house, for example), I don’t have a scanner with me and taking a photo often leads to glare.

Enter PhotoScan by Google. I’m a huge Google fan and an active user of Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive, YouTube, and I even own a Google Pixel (such an incredible upgrade from my last phone!)

PhotoScan is a simple little app that allows you to scan photos with your phone. It’s fast and easy!

Check out the video from Google!

ALPHA #3: Watercolor

We’re back with our third and final bonus alpha for January. You can check out #1 HERE and #2 HERE. Of course, these are in addition to the alphas in some of the kits. We’re super excited about giving you a wide range of incredibly useful digital scrapbooking products.

I LOVE this alpha. The imperfections are gorgeous and the delicate watercolor makes me happy. This alpha comes in two colors as well as in brush format. The possibilities are endless. Duplicate layers for added effect, overlap letters for cool layering, play with the blending mode for realistic texture, and even clip with paper. So many ways to use it!

I have had so much fun using it already. Here are two of my layouts using this alpha. The top one was made using Winter Woods (I recolored the papers) and the bottom one gives a sneak peek of one of our February kits…coming soon!

You have just a few more days to grab January’s Digi Files before they are gone FOR GOOD! If you aren’t a member, become one today! If you are already a member, have fun with all your goodies and don’t forget to show us what you’ve made!

Throwback Thursday: Fonts

Once a month, we’re bringing you a few of your favorite posts from the past 8 years. This month, we’re talking about fonts. One of your very favorite posts of all times is Fonts Don’t Float by Suzy. Check out this awesome technique for more realistic text.

Next up is Text Size Matters by Katie, and the Daily Digi Team. We talk about our favorite font sizes.

While we’re talking about fonts, we cannot forget to mention Font Organization. Digi scrappers are known for their massive font collections. Loading all those fonts can slow down your computer significantly, or cause random errors if any get corrupted over time. Using a font manager allows you to easily load and unload fonts from your system. Although some of the programs mentioned in this article are no longer around, the article offers some great information and is still worth reading. I still highly recommend FontExplorer X Pro and Extensis Suitcase as two great options. Font managers can be expensive, but you can usually skip several versions and upgrade only when you get a new computer or Operating system. And, you can usually get decent upgrade pricing, so if you are getting overwhelmed with all your fonts, check them out.

Finally, Steph wrote this super helpful post, More Than You Want To Know About Type. It covers several things that most of us never knew you could do with the type tool. (Not all of these features are available in PSE.)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this stroll through the archives. I’ll see you next month!


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?

Inspirational Gallery Walls

It’s not the first time we have talked about gallery walls. Katie shared a great post about different layouts and another post on gallery wall inspired layouts. I’m a fan.

Gallery walls are one of my favorite things in my home. I have them in my living room, hallway, bathroom, dining room, and I am getting ready to put one up in my bedroom. As a memory keeper and photographer, gallery walls are a great to display our family’s memories!

I am often looking for new inspiration, and it is never lacking. Check out these fun and inspirational examples i came across! Sources are linked whenever possible.


Cheerful Bedroom with Gallery Wall



Read what our first participants had to say about the class:

Enjoyed this class very much; Janet does a wonderful job of showing what she does. I’ve had LR for a year now, and after watching her, I feel more confident that I can make a difference with my photos.

I took this class as a Lightroom novice and I marvel at what I have learned in a short few weeks. This has changed the way I scrapbook!!

The class was more than I hoped for. I loved being able to communicate with Janet and other students; The content was well organized, easy to follow and Janet is a great teacher. It’s great getting to keep the content and videos for future reference, too. I’ve already bought another class!

I enjoyed seeing the processes Janet used to edit her photos. This class taught me what to look for and how to fix it.

This class gave me the courage to just load my photos into the LR catalog. All the additional information is icing on my photo cake. Clear, concise information and the downloadable videos are a great help. Because we all know once is never enough. 😉

Check out the video! (


Check out the video below to learn more and then head over to our classes page to get all the details and get registered!


If you register between today (September 24) and Monday (September 26), you’ll get $15 off the already amazing price.

P.S. As an extra added bonus, those that register between now and September 27 will receive my Lightroom Mini Class that was part of the March 2016 Digi Files….something to do while you wait for the class to start 🙂

iPhoneography Upgrade

Apple recently announced the iPhone 7 Plus, featuring two built in camera lenses. You get an upgraded 12 megapixel ƒ/1.8 wide-angle lens alongside the brand new ƒ/2.8 telephoto(ish) lens.

I didn’t plan to upgrade my phone this year, but when I saw the new and improved camera, I knew I had to have it. Thankfully, T Mobile offered a free phone with an iPhone trade-in, with other phone carriers following suit. So I found myself down at the store pre-ordering my iPhone 7 Plus. It’s still a week or two out from being delivered, so in the meantime, I’m reading all I can about the new camera.

This camera is bound to be a huge tool for iPhone scrappers. My biggest problems with scrapping on my phone are 1) the size of the screen. The Plus will hopefully help with that. and 2) the quality of the photos. Even though iPhones have improved so much over the years, the lack of a zoom lens impacted my ability to use my iPhone exclusively. But now, with the ability to have both a zoom and traditional lens in my phone, my DSLR will definitely be relegated to portrait sessions, special occasions and sporting events.

As I anticipate my package, I am soaking up all the info I can find. I thought I’d share some of it with you!

Here’s a fun comparison between the original iPhone and the new one

The Verge

Austin Mann takes the iPhone 7 Plus to Rwanda

International Photographer of the Year Brooks Kraft’s Review

iPhone 7 Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 6S

A More Critical Look

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Camera Specs

Are you excited about the new dual camera iPhone 7 Plus? Have you pre-ordered one?

Scrap Your School Year

We’ve been talking about going back to school. It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year already!

We’ve got some amazing kits to show you, but first you might want to take a look at some of our previous back to school posts:


IT’S TIME TO GET BACK TO SCHOOL (educational supplies with scrapping materials)


ABC & 123…IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL! (layout ideas and inspiration)



Now on to those awesome scrapping goodies!

(All images are linked)