A mother’s love + some great quotes

mother loves

Ju Kneipp & Meghan Mullens – A mom’s love for her son


We want to wish a happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there (including our own)! We hope you enjoy the day making or remembering memories with the special moms in your own life.

If you are looking for any quotes to use on a Mother’s Day card or a digital scrapbook layout, here are some of my favorites:

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.  A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.  -Sophia Loren

Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.  – Linda Wooten

When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway. -Erma Bombeck

There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one. -Jill Churchill

I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is. —Oprah


Hope you all have a wonderful day!

katie big

Digi Scrapping about Food

Digi Scrapping about Food at The Daily Digi

Beyond Measure by Digital Design Essentials. Pacifico font.


Food and eating are a big part of every single person’s life. We all have to eat and because it is something we do several times a day, there are usually plenty of food-related routines, preferences, and memories just waiting to be documented. Think about what most of your most memorable events have in common – there is usually some sort of food involved!

How to Scrap about Food

Photograph the common, everyday meals in your life. What dishes do you make the most? What are some of your specialties? What kinds of foods do you eat a lot of?

regular meals by Katie

Layout by Katie


What are your favorite foods, special treats, or culinary addictions? These are part of your story!

addicted by Trina

Layout by Trina. Credits:Java Junkie – Micheline Martin, Roughly Blocked Alpha – Kaye Winiecki, Sedum – Sara Gleason


strawberries by Trina

Layout by Trina. Credits:Strawberry Sundae kit by Ziska, Mask: Background Masks 1 by Scrapping With Liz, Font: CK Neat Print


Food can tell the story of your heritage or culture. Be sure to scrap about the local cuisine of your area, and also include any traditional dishes that are part of your life.

Simple Scrapper Template Oct_2011 - Dianne Rigdon designs Allegiance

Layout by Ronnie


Robyn Meierotto-Caffeine<br /> Anna Aspenes- StitchedbyAnna<br /> Katie Pertiet-LilBitTags<br /> Shalin Studio - Template I wanna Scrap like you when I grow up<br /> Aprilisa - You Are a Star<br /> JenC Designs - Best of UK<br /> Mye De Leon -A Christmas to remember<br /> Mye De Leon - The best time of the year</p> <p>

Layout by Ronnie


Where do you go out to eat? What are your favorite restaurants and what do you order when you eat out? It’s easy to pull out a phone camera and snap a few photos before you dig in. My kids have learned that I usually like to photograph anything pretty before they eat it and they patiently wait. There are a few restaurants that have gotten fussy about people taking pictures, so if you aren’t sure on the policy, it’s probably best to ask.

pizza lover by Katie

Layout by Katie


food to go by Katie

Layout by Katie


I especially love to document what we eat when we are traveling. Part of the adventure of going somewhere new is to be able to try different cuisine!

crab pot by Katie

Layout by Katie


Bretzen Boy by Ronnie

Layout by Ronnie


Where do you purchase the food that you eat? Scrap about your local grocery store, or specialty shops such as bakeries or farmer’s markets.

cupcake wars by Katie

Layout by Katie


Simple Scrapper Premium Membership Template - March 2013 Single 2<br /> Ya Yeh - Sugar and Spice<br /> Chelle Creations - Pearly Whites<br /> Creashens - Eggshell Alpha</p> <p>

Layout by Ronnie


What kinds of foods do you eat for special occasions or celebrations? Parties often center around themes that are carried out in the menu.

fairy tale party food by Katie

Layout by Katie


What foods are associate with certain events? Movies and popcorn, birthdays and cake, baseball games and hot dogs, are just a few that come to mind.

ballpark by Katie

Layout by Katie


What about the preparation process? We spend a lot of time in the kitchen putting together what we are going to eat. Detail the steps that it takes to make something delicious.

angel food cake by Vicki

Layout by Vicki. Credits: One Little Bird-Star on Top Ali Edwards-Memory Life Lines


waiting for cookies by Trina

Layout by Trina. Credits: Kitschy Kitchen – Boutique Cute Dolls and Forever Joy, Template freebie – Little Green Frog Designs, Noteworthy Alpha – Micheline Martin


Not everything is easy when it comes to food. Many of us have allergies, weight issues, or other related problems. Don’t forget to document the difficulties as well as the fun stuff!

food issues by Katie

Layout by Katie


Helpful resources for digi scrapping your food

We have several great posts here at The Daily Digi that will help and inspire you with your food layouts:


Let’s go shopping!

Of course, there are plenty of great food-themed designs out there in digiland to help you make the most of your delicious memories! (all images are linked)



buon appetito




feeling hungry wimpy chompers






fries with that




food for fans




lickin the bowl






sushi bar






clever monkey food




I hope you will take out your camera next time you sit down to a memorable meal and have fun documenting the food in your life!


Let your paper do the talking

paper can tell the story daily digi

The Good Stuff by Digital Design Essentials. The Dry Ribbon by Heather Joyce.


Have you ever thought of using patterned paper to journal your layouts? When Steph and I saw creative team member Ronnie’s layout about her daughter, we knew it was a great idea for a post!

Be Yourself by Ronnie

Layout by Ronnie. Link to credits.


Ronnie was able to tell her daughter an important story without having to type a single word of her own. The paper (from Forever Joy) came designed with those beautiful words already on it.

I started to look around and realized that this is a very easy and super fun way to add a message to a digital scrapbook layout. I love this page by Heddy where the overall theme is emphasized by the words on the background paper.

Heddy spring cleaning

Layout by Heddy. Link to credits.


I decided to try my hand at this technique and I was surprised at how quickly the layouts came together. So easy! As you can tell by the words on the white paper, this page is all about a birthday. There really wasn’t a need to say any more than that as I have an opposing layout with more personal details about the names of the party guests.

happy birthday 1999

One Little Bird Jubilee. Scrapbook Lady Studious template.


This paper had the perfect message to go with a photo of my husband on vacation. It’s always good to see him get a few minutes to actually relax now and then!

Relax by Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Little Butterfly Wings Fun in the Sun.


I absolutely love grilled food and in my house, I’m the one who “mans” the barbecue. I’m pretty good at it if I may be bold enough to say so!

Scrapbooklady Scenic template bbq

Kristin Aagard Backyard BBQ. Scrapbook Lady Scenic template.


Suddenly, I’m finding myself looking at previews with a new eye. I’m on the lookout for wordy papers to give my digi scrapping a fun twist!


Funtastic Friday is here again!

Daily Digi Funtastic Friday April 19  2013

Erin Kay Today Tomorrow Always  – part of this month’s Digi Files collection. Pacifico font.


It’s always good to see Friday pop up on the calendar! I’m ready for a weekend, how about you?

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I bet you will enjoy listening to this week’s Digi Show for a little fun and inspiration!

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Check out this brand new collection from River~Rose. A value of $19.45 for only $5.99 for a limited time!



Dawn by Design has closed her personal shop and is opening up a new one TODAY at Pixels and Company! All products are 30% off through Sunday, April 28. Happy shopping!



SuzyQ Scraps has a free article packed with simple page design tips — plus a free infographic for quick reference.



New from Kimeric Kreations at the Digichick



And wow, Val c designs is in the spotlight at Oscraps!, with a sale (up to 30%), a challenge, a Raffle and some free gift as well … now that  is fun!



A beautiful and fun collaborative project by Little Butterfly Wings and Pink Reptile Designs all about true friends; people you can count on.
That the theme and the fresh colour palette are inspiring is proven by the obscene amount of papers and ellies you will find in this kit. There’s 23 patterned papers and 15 matching solids, a complete alpha, 58 unique elements with extra color variations and 17 wordarts. And they didn’t even stop there but also made a wicked cool border pack and set of journal cards that match the kit and can be bought separately or in a money saving bundle!



7 New digital products, to include 4 sets of ArtsyKardz for Project 365/Life, with a new series of layered 12 X 12 Artsy backgrounds, a FotoInspired DoubleTemplate and a set of layered FotoInspired EdgeTemplates designed to co-ordinate with the FotoInspired No. 2 series, as well as FotoWallet Album Template No. 1I (pages 18 and 19 of a 20-page photo book/album).  The MidWeek Release is available in the aA store as individual products only, discounted by 20% until Wednesday April 24, 2013.



Buy One Little Bird’s new kit, Rise & Shine, and get the coordinating journaling cards FREE! Offer ends 4/21/13.

one little bird


Danielle Young has this fresh collection at Oscraps, and you can save 40% when you purchase the bundle.



Don’t forget that there are 2 free template sets available from Katie the Scrapbook Lady! Visit her Scrap Shop for links.

free templates from Katie the Scrapbook Lady


Heather T. has a soft and sweet kit out called Small Things, over at MScraps.



Check out The Good Life collaboration from Wild Blueberry Ink and Scotty Girl Design!



On Sale from Snips and Snails at ScrapMatters – 38% Off!



Here are some other great finds that caught my eye this week:





































Hope your Friday is extra funtastic!\



Oooh I am so excited it’s Friday!

Daily Digi Funtastic Friday April 5 2013

Project Life journaling card from Becky Higgins Rain collection in this month’s Digi Files. Blackout text font.


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Today’s my happy day because Friday is always full of fun new releases in digiland! I’m lovin all the great designs that are out this week. I use the Funtastic Friday post as my shopping guide each week and I know many of our readers do the same. Let’s get to the good stuff!


Whether you need a nap, or you know a certain tiny someone who does, the Nap Happy digital scrapbook collection by Bella Gypsy is just what you need! Created with a neutral palette and girls and boys alike in mind, this lush and shabby collection is sure to make your sleepy scrapbook pages shine!



For the love of Shakespeare! ViVa’s new collection is full of ephemera, elements, textured backgrounds and amazing quotes. It is just right for creating awesome art journaling layouts, mixed media art, scrapbooking layouts and so much more! Unique pieces made for your unique art!



Free journal cards from SuzyQ Scraps — in both digital and print-ready formats. Great for digital scrapbookers and pocket scrapbookers,



Danielle Young has this cool new kit at Oscraps, and it’s 20% off this week! Plus, Daily Digi readers get an additional 15% off with coupon code:WONDER15 (exp. April 12).



A digital scrapbooking kit by Libby Pritchett & Erica Zane, Jack of all Trades is full of boy inspired goodness but don’t let that stop you from using it for girls too – the super versatile color scheme will match plenty of occasions! It’s a little grungy…it’s got some attitude but at least it won’t talk back to you!



ScrapMatters has a NEW kit FREE with any $10 purchase between now and April 15th!



Vinnie Pearce has a new collection on sale



There’s a new set of templates in the Scrapbook Lady Scrap Shop. This set includes 2 templates in 12×12 size and a double page spread option in 24×12. As always, there are sample layouts and links to supplies used in the bonus pdf file!

Scrapbook Lady Scientific templates


Bookkeeper’s Daughter is a beautiful new kit by Jennifer Labre.



Monstrously Cute Bundle by Pixel Gypsy 25% off Friday, April 5th thru Sunday, April 7th Reg. Price: $11.99, Sale Price: $8.99



Maya de Groot invites you to play her Express Your Creativity Challenge.
This April you are challenged to scrap squares, and there is a template to get you started.



CD Muckosky has a new journal Junkie ( with lots of mini pages to print out)



Scrapping with Liz just released these templates in her store. They have some great paper frame shapes and a gallery wall sort of presentation. These are sure to make your photos stand out. They are 20% off through 4/11.



Mye De Leon has this beautifully crafted travel packs for only 30% off until April 5!



New from Kimeric Kreations this week!



New Art Journaling Kit from T for Me Designs! Create yourself… Listen to your inner voice. Find your muse! The Muse is available as bundle as well as separates. Everything is 30% off! (Psst! Matching Free Add on the fanpage of T for Me Designs!)



And it finally happened.. ValC and Cilenia Curtis Teamed up to bring us a amazing springy collaborative project.



6 New digital products, to include 3 sets of ArtsyKardz for Project 365/Life, a new collection of artsy MultiFoto templates, a Month-In-Review double page template and a set of FineEdge slightly distressed frames.  The MidWeek Release is available in the aA store as individual products only, discounted by 20% until Wednesday April 10, 2013.



New Everyday Collection @ Studio Rosey Posey! Save  big with the Bundle or shop for your favourite paks individually!



New at Scrapmatters – Child at Heart Collection by Snips and Snails– 20% Off through Sunday



Here & Now by Tracy Martin is a fun bright kit, for all your here and now memories



Heather T. has a beautiful, soft new kit out, called “Wishes Come True”–useful for boys and girls, too!



SarahJ Designs has re-released her popular Oshkosh kit!  She updated it with a brighter, more modern color scheme and fun elements and alphas and now it’s back and better than ever!  Purchase the value bundle for only $4.19 through Sunday at The DigiChick!



Enjoy your Friday!


Play it Again with words


worded big by Amy Martin


I am so excited to bring you another round of “Play it Again” and share with you many different ways to digi scrap the same memory. This is a great way to illustrate some of the many possibilities that exist when it comes to digital scrapbooking! Here at The Daily Digi we really want to emphasize that there is not a “right way” or a “wrong way” to put together a layout. It’s more about capturing the memory, finding your own style(s), and PLAYING! Yes, it’s ok to play and have fun!


This time, I asked a few of the best scrappers in the digi community to scrap a journaling entry that I used on a page back in 2007. The only rule they had to follow was to include my original wording. Everything else (including the title) was up to them!


Enjoying life is something I strive for each day. I like to think I’m the type of person who appreciates and enjoys the little things around me, and I know that being a scrapbooker has reinforced that part of my personality. Whether I create a layout about a special event, a big vacation, or a simple or silly topic like crazy socks, I am taking the time to cement the memory and share it with others. Even more difficult experiences can be scrapped and somehow, that makes them more bearable. For me, the journaling is an extremely important component of preserving the memory. Real and authentic journaling helps me process what was memorable and enjoyable about each experience. It’s easier for me to find the good in things (and people) by taking the time to scrap and write about my memories.

I enjoy life and I love scrapbooking!


I’m in awe of Ronnie’s layout here with all the beautiful and artsy details. The doilies, butterflies, and word art are all just fantastic! This page feels like an art journal layout and it has such a fun mixture of ingredients.

Anna Aspnes Art Play Palette Elegance<br /> Anna Aspnes Art Word Play<br /> Anna Aspens Celebrate Word ART<br /> Anna Aspens Different Strokes<br /> Anna Aspens Doily Edge Overlays<br /> Allie Edwards Memories Are Delightful Circle<br /> Createwings Designs Now Showing Splatter<br /> Katie Pertiet - GraphedNo3<br /> Katie Pertiet – In a Book No1<br /> Katie Pertiet – Letter Box Blendables No1<br /> Britt Designs – Are We There<br /> Connie Prince – Starpower (staple)<br /> Chelle Creations – Fall Semester<br /> Captivated Visions – Captivated 2012 Feb<br /> Captivated Visions – Yes You Can<br /> Mye De Leon – The Best Time of the Year<br /> Tracie Stroud – Love Me Tender<br /> Word Art World – Words Life, Moments, Remember painted<br />

Layout by Ronnie. Gallery Link. Supplies: Anna Aspnes – Art Play Palette Elegance, Art Word Play, Celebrate Word ART, Different Strokes, Doily Edge Overlays. Ali Edwards Memories Are Delightful Circle. Createwings Designs Now Showing Splatter. Katie Pertiet – GraphedNo3, In a Book No1, Letter Box Blendables No1. Britt Designs – Are We There. Connie Prince – Starpower (staple). Chelle Creations – Fall Semester. Captivated Visions – Captivated 2012 Feb, Yes You Can. Mye De Leon – The Best Time of the Year. Tracie Stroud – Love Me Tender. Word Art World – Words Life, Moments, Remember painted


I absolutely adore photos of flowers and the path in this picture makes a perfectly framed journaling space. Vicki did such a nice job with the text treatment on this layout – I love how it starts out big and gets smaller as it winds down the path.

Play it Again with words Vicki

Layout by Vicki. Gallery link. Supplies: Katie Pertiet-Spot Dot Flourish #1, Clipped Stacks #6 frames.


Lorelei always has such a creative flair for putting together fabulous pages and I really like the brushwork and splattered and worn look of this layout. That lady with the binoculars is just awesome!


Layout by Lorilei Murphy. Gallery Link. Supplies: Studio Miki Ferkul Business as Usual, Studio Captivated Visions I Became Somebody Else, Studio Sissy Sparrows Anything Goes Paper Pack, Studio Tangie Extreme Journaling font.


What a fun idea to break up the long text into little sections all over the page. Super creative layout and fun clustering from Britanee!


Layout by Britanee Walker (britaneejean). Gallery link. Credits: Everyday Basics – Bundle II by Sugary Fancy, Dumbstruck Cuckoo by Little Green Frog Designs, Spring Script & Pea Kadee.


Kristen used dividing boxes on the page to showcase words and embellishments. This feels like a shadow frame of memories and it is so much fun!


Layout by Kristen. Gallery Link. Supplies: Kimeric Kreations Scrap Therapy collection. Digital Designs by Amber Morrison’s Clever Little Printer Tray Templates. Quirkytwerp Stitched Borders and Stitched Frames. Michelle Batton’s Chalked Edges and Artsy Edges. Font: Michelle Batton A lil bit Alana


This page was actually created in early 2007 and I used it as the basis for this challenge. I thought about redoing it, but then I decided that I’m ok with how it is. This page represents what my style was like at the time and the artsy paper makes for a colorful backdrop for my journaling.

enjoy the process 2007

Layout by Katie. Gallery Link. Supplies: Rhonna Farrer Organic Papers, CK printer font.


What style of page appeals to you? There’s no right or wrong answer, just a chance to explore different styles and play with creativity!


Using all the parts of a digital kit

using all the parts of a kit

I love digital kits that are filled with all sorts of supplies and goodies to help me create a beautiful scrapbook layout. We are lucky in digiland to be able to have access to so many amazing kits with a wide variety of designs! This “Enjoy Life” kit by Cluster Queen Creations is just ONE of the MANY kits our members received this month as part of The Digi Files for an incredibly low price. I knew it would be a great example to use as a roundup of ideas and links to what you can do with the contents of a digi kit.

digiscrapping with solid paper

Solid papers are the backbone of scrapbooking and I always love to see several included in a digi kit because I know I will get a lot of use out of them. I’m a big fan of solid papers for backgrounds, especially when I will be journaling on the page. There are many ways to get the most out of solids:


digiscrapping with patterned paper

Patterned paper really brings a kit to life and adds creativity and flair to our layouts. I love a kit that includes some great patterned paper standbys such as stripes, chevrons, and dots. I often buy a kit because of one or two fabulous pieces of patterned paper with a unique design such as a floral or original doodles or patterns. Using these types of paper adds so much fun to the page!


digiscrapping with flowers

Flowers are like frosting for me – cake is good on it’s own, but so much better with frosting! Flowers make me happy and I use them on all sorts of pages – even on boy layouts!


digiscrapping with fasteners

Steph says she uses fasteners on almost everything on her layouts so nothing will fall off – lol! No need to worry about your layers falling off of a digi page, but if you like the look of paper layouts, adding fasteners is one of the best ways to replicate that feeling. When you staple, stitch, and button down the pieces of your layout, you get some fun little details to enjoy.


digiscrapping with frames

Perfect for highlighting a special photo, or calling attention to journaling or a special design feature on the page. Frames are a digi scrapper’s best friend. How else can you add a fantastic frame to your masterpiece without adding any bulk?


digiscrapping with word art

Word art is my favorite way to add a quick page title or some special journaling inspiration. When a designer makes the words look beautiful, it makes it easy to add something special.


digiscrapping with alphasjpg

If you really want to make a word or title stand out, digital alphabets are a wonderful tool to use. It’s fun to get creative with mixing alphas and fonts, or even combining more than one alpha together.


digiscrapping with goodies

There is such a wide range of fun little treats and goodies that are included in digital kits these days and there are so many creative ways to use all types of embellishments. I love using all of the pretty extras that designers include in their kits!

Be sure to take a good look through your digital kit files and think about all the ways you can use those fun supplies!


PS. Congratulations to this week’s reader, Dolores, who has won $10 to Cluster Queen Creations. Thanks for commenting!

Play it Again is Sew Fun!

sew special

It’s been awhile since we’ve done a Play it Again post where we celebrate that there are many different ways to document the same memory. I always love these challenges and it’s so fun to see what each scrapper comes up with. This time, I decided to turn one of my previous personal blog posts (which is also a form of memory keeping) into a layout.

Here are the photos I gave each scrapper:

2012 01 021

2012 01 020

2012 01 018


Journaling to include:

I’ve been talking about getting back into sewing for quite some time now. I’ve made a few attempts, but I was so unhappy with my old sewing machine (a Brother model I bought at Costco several years ago. I was also unhappy with the machine I had before that (a refurbished Elna from my Mother-in-Law that she gave to me the first Christmas I was married). I was starting to believe that every sewing machine I ever touched would have constant bobbin jams. I started to think that was part of sewing… stitch a little, then go back and fix the bobbin jam.

Finally, I decided to do something about it! I read several reviews about Janome sewing machines and decided to purchase this model: Janome DC3050

I’m VERY happy with it! I hemmed 3 pairs of Levis for Riley last week without a single problem. I tested it out on several fabrics with many different settings and it never failed. Now I’m really excited about sewing again! I did a lot of sewing as a teenager and in my early married years and I’m looking forward to really helping my Riley learn how to sew. I have a bunch of fat quarters that I’ve been collecting for someday and I guess that “someday” is now! Now I have no excuse (other than lack of time) for not sewing. Even though I’m very busy, I want to carve out some time for this type of creativity and SEW I will!

January 6, 2012


The results:

Each digi scrapper could use any products and scrapbooking methods they wanted to create a layout for this challenge. The only requirement was to use the journaling that I gave them. It was so much fun to see how each of their creations turned out!

Anne (from The Daily Digi team) used such delightful embellishments to emphasize the story of sewing on this page. I especially love all the stitching and the look of pieced fabric strips! Anne also did a great job framing the layout with a lot of fun border details.

Made for the Play It Again of January 2013 for thedailydigi.com</p> <p>Credits:<br /> Template by Janet Phillips<br /> Edge treatment by Sugarplum Papiere<br /> papers & elements from J Kneipp<br /> withe backgroundpaper from A Heimann

Credits:Template from Collection 104 by Janet Phillips (highly altered by me). Edge treatment from Heart Art: On the Edge by Sugarplum Paperie. Papers & elements Sew, mama, sew from Juliana Kneipp. white backgroundpaper by AH designs (from Storyteller collab)


Lorilei Murphy let her creativity shine on this layout and I love the way she included the journaling in such a unique way. This page has the feeling of a quilt that has been stitched together and embellished – a perfect touch for a sewing themed layout!


Credits: Pretty Things by Studio Karen Lewis. ArtiStitches No. 1 by Studio Ztampf! Sew Special by Studio Dawn Inskip. Handmade Stitches by Studio Bethany. Sewing word art pack by Studio Emeto. Date bits by Studio Rosey Posey.


Britanee (britaneejean) placed emphasis on the story of the page with a nice big journaling space and a fabulous cluster of supporting elements. I absolutely love the pattern tissue alpha and the great attention to small details like the scatters of sewing pins!


Credits: Sew Crafty – Chelle’s Creations & Erica Zane, Inspired by Life Templates – Sugary Fancy Designs, Rock the Shadows – Tracie Stroud, Spring Script.


Emilie Stevenson used a Project Life type of approach for this layout and I love all of the journaling cards and darling flowers and butterflies. Oh, and the chevron paper is so great in combination with the other patterns!

TDD Play It Again Jan 2013_TDC

Credits: Everyday Life 2013 Bundle by Wishing Well Creations. Everyday Life Templates Volume 2 by Wishing Well Creations. Lace from Bessie’s Treasure Box by Kimeric Kreations. Font: A Chick Signed My Yearbook by Michelle Batton


Brook Magee created an incredible layout with so many pretty additions to play up the sewing theme. I especially love that she used a phrase from my journaling for the title of the page! I also adore the lined paper used for the background to add some visual interest without overwhelming the rest of the layout.


Credits: Daydream by Zoe Pearn & Erica Zane. Woodelicious No.1 by Mari Koegelenberg (woodgrain alpha). All Doiled Up Alpha by Kristin Cronin-Barrow. I Love Me Some Brook Font by Darcy Baldwin (journaling). Yep, That’s Life Brushes by Darcy Baldwin & Brook Magee (“love this” stamp). Costura (font used for date)


I always like to play along and create a page of my own for this challenge. I had a great time using sewing related embellishments and I layered and stacked my photos and papers around the story of the layout.

Sewing Katie Scrapbook Lady

Credits: Pink Reptile Designs & Studio 68 Handmade with Love. Scrapbook Lady Selects template (from The Digi Files #49 January 2013). CK Journal font.


I bet you agree that every layout is special and meaningful. I love all of them and each one does a great job of recording a memory that I want to share. What type of layout would you create with this memory? What style appeals to you most? Review each page design and think about what you like about it, or what you would do differently. You will learn a lot about yourself as a scrapper by doing this activity. Remember, there is no “right” or “wrong” here, just different creative expressions of the same memory. If you really want to grow your own digi skills, be open to trying new things. It’s ok to play with different styles and just have fun!

katie big\

P.S. The title graphic was made with Sew Crafty by Chelle’s Creations & Erica Zane.

Noticing trends in digital scrapbooking


As I’m returning home from the CHA (Crafts & Hobby Association) show, I have trends on my mind. Last week, we discussed the trends we had noticed in the past year on the latest episode of The Digi Show. I was curious to see if the paper world agreed with our picks when I walked the aisles of the trade show. I found that the digital designers of our community have definitely had their pulse on the trends (or even created them). No big surprise there! We are lucky to have instant access to so many incredible designs!

Here are a few of the notable things we mentioned in the podcast from digi land that I definitely saw in a big way at CHA:



Becky Higgins’ Project Life approach have taken the digital world by storm and we almost declared 2012 the “year of the journaling card.” lol! Really, there are journaling and filler cards all over the digital scrapbooking world and the booths at CHA were also full of them. I love these little cards for fun accents and/or journaling spots on any type of layout – not just for Project Life!

Here are some of my favorite digi picks:

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Chevrons, houndstooth, stripes, and bold colors and lines are timeless classics that have been enjoying their day in the sun lately. I can’t get enough of them!

Here are some of my favorite digi picks:



TMartin-Chevron Papers


Digital Designs by Danielle Young



Doilies, arrows, wooden papers & pieces, cutout words, and chalkboard effects have been very popular lately. All of these trends are very “in” right now, but I honestly can’t see them going “out” any time soon!







It’s nice to know that the designers in digiland are on the cutting edge of the latest and greatest. I want my memories to look their best and I appreciate having beautiful products to help me create great pages!

katie big

P.S. The title graphic was created with Little Butterfly Wings This is My Story and I Love Rock & Roll.

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!

katie big

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