Weekend Inspiration…


Ahhh…the weekend.  For most people weekend means a few days of family, fun, relaxation, good food, and a little less stress.  This year is the first year in my married life (nine years) that we have actually had weekends off.  I am TRULY enjoying it.  This weekend is even more exciting…my hubby surpised me with a night at a hotel BY MYSELF.  Oh yea…I am excited.  20 hours of pure QUIET.  Just me and my laptop and a ton of stories I want to tell. I can’t WAIT to get scrapping!  I needed a little inspiration so I went searching through the galleries to see what other scrappers have been up to.  One thing for sure…love is in the air galleries!

Here are some of the pages and projects I am loving…


ONESIE by jjstar

What a fun thing to do! I would have loved these for my little ones and even the big siblings as a “baby is coming home” present!

39-facts39 FACTS by Shades of Bliss

I love how she got so much information about herself on one page!  I also love how she used the word art to highlight certain parts of her personality.  It keeps the reader interested and keeps the eye moving through the page.


LOVING YOU by KristenRice

Kristien made this gorgoeus layout that shows great element layering and shadow work.  I especially love the wire LOVE.

aam_enoughsaidENOUGH SAID by SuzyQScraps

This one cracks me up!  And it is proof that sometimes pictures do speak a thousand words!

natalie-daydreamerDay Dreamer by Sammi23

This one is just so sweet and pink and dreamy.  I just ADORE it. The repeated pictures add a really cool effect to the layout and all the girly colors just make me think candies and litte girl giggles.

ah_trulyTRULY by Amy Huitchinson.

I love the sweet photo and her use of elements.  And, it always makes me smile when I see designers still scrapping.

iphonewallpaperhybridPHONE WALLPAPER by Melwilson

I am always looking for fun ways to use my digi supplies and now that I have my iphone working again, I think I may just have to make some wallpaper!

lilach-harayonWAITING FOR YOU by LilachO

This layout is so sweet and soft and a great way to document a pregnancy!  I love the multiple photos of her growing belly with the ultrasound photo as the main image.

little_things2LITTLE THINGS by Kayleigh

The black, red, and white on this layout work so beautifully on this layout!  What a great tribute to the love of her life!

lovegrowsweb1LOVE GROWS HERE wall plaque by ccouch

What a fun and sweet hybrid project!


MY WORLD by my3hens

I just LOVE the red and the playfulness of this layout. And while nornally I am not one for shaped photos, this is an excellent example of a layout that does it very, very well!

pregnancy_cravings_010409PREGNANCY CRAVINGS by Kayleigh

Now I know I already posted one layout by Kayleigh..but hey, I love what I love, right?  This is such a great layout, both from a design perspective and from a storytelling perspective.  The visual story here is great.  Not only will later generations know what she craved, they will also get to see what it looked like.  No doubt today’s packaging will look “old” and “outdated” to future generations!

thewho82THE WHO by Melissa

This  layout by Melissa is fantastic.  She takes a memory from a long time ago (1982!) and creates a page about it in 2009!  She didn’t let the fact that she didn’t have a photo stop her from recording the memory!


So, what you are YOU going to scrap this weekend?  Link us up to any NEW pages you create this weekend and I will pick three random scrappers to win some coupons to sponsoring designers stores!  Hey, with all the scrapping I hope to get done, I might even enter 😉


One Month

Happy Saturday to everyone! I hope your weekend is filled with fun, freshness, and family. I know mine will be!

It is hard to believe that we are already one month into THE DAILY DIGI. It has been an amazing few weeks — I am learning, growing, and getting to know some amazing people! I love hearing the stories of how the site is helping and teaching people and I love seeing people be inspired to tell their stories, try something new, and learn some tips and tricks. My dream for so long has been to help scrappers in the community and it is SO FUN to see that the site has been able to do that!

It is also hard to believe that we are halfway through our first month of THE DIGI FILES. It has been great to work with some fabulous designers, to spotlight their work, and to see what all of you have done with what they created. I want to thank you for your support of the site. Your $5 isn’t just going towards the grab bag — it is helping this site to bring you great information and inspiration EACH AND EVERY DAY — and all without being cluttered up with advertising. So THANK YOU to everyone for supporting this site. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

I have been taking a stroll around the digi worl and it has been SO FUN seeing what people have done with this month’s THE DIGI FILES. I love how people can take the same materials and make totally different pages with them. I have seen some and thought, “how cool! I would never have thought of that!” I have seen others and said, “WOW! What a great way to use that!” We are all so different and I LOVE that!

Here is my page using Shabby Miss Jen’s VINTAGE LINENS:

And here are some pages I have found around the community. If I have used your layout email me at janet [at] thedailydigi [dot] com and I will send a special coupon your way! Thanks so much for creating!








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Truly Inspirational


I miss living in the United States. Of course I LOVE living overseas (which is why we have been doing it for six of the nine years we have been married) but there are definitely some things I miss. Target, Fazoli’s, family. And I miss my magazines. I loved going to the mailbox every day hoping there would be a new scrap magazine waiting for me. If there was, I knew it was going to be a good day. A new magazine meant taking a nice long hot bath and sipping a hot cup of tea as I slowly looked through the magazine page by page. By the time I was  finished I was so inspired that I wanted to start scrapping RIGHT THEN. Seeing other peoples art, whether it be scrapbook layouts, projects, or photographs always inspires me to try new things and stretch myself in my own art.

Even though I no longer get my scrap magazines in the mail (sniff sniff) I can still be inspired. The online scrapping and photography communities are FILLED with amazing artists and creations. It doesn’t take long of perusing the galleries to feel that same rush of inspiration.

Here at THE DAILY DIGI we are committed to bringing you a fresh wave of inspiration. On TRULY INSPIRATIONAL days we will showcase layouts, projects, and photographs from around the community. We want you to see the talent and creativity that is around and to be inspired to push yourself in your own art. We’ll bring you the inspiration, but you will have to act on it.


The first week of the new year is almost complete. Seriously. Where does the time go? Before we know it school will be out for summer and we will wonder who tore out the calendar pages for February – June. But before the new year runs away from us, let’s make sure we commemorate the old one. I LOVE seeing Year in Review pages and albums. I love seeing how different people document their year. How can you sum up 365 days into ONE layout? Here’s how a few people did it: (please click on the links for the layouts to see full credits in the artists gallery).

Zenobia made this gorgeous layout. I love the muted colors with the pop of color.  I also adore her use of repeated circles and including the date as a major design element.


Supertwinkle is the mastermind behind this incredible piece of art.  I LOVE how many photos she included and her brush work is fantastic!


Over in the Digishoptalk gallery I spotted this layout by Daly.  This is a compilation of her 2008 Photo A Day photos.  Incredible to have half a years photos on ONE page!


Back at My Scrapbook Art I found this spin on a year in review page by Luciana Orikassa— her sons first year.  I adore the black and white photos along with the bright and happy papers.  What a fun way to see how her son grew during his first year


This layout by Crystalbella77 is so pretty.  I love the green paper and the acrylic overlay of the date.


SarahG made this great layout.  I love all the postage stamps and date stamps as well as the month-by-month recap of the year.


I love this two page layout from Islandmom (Steph).  It’s a good reminder that we have 525,600 minutes a year….525,600 moments….525,600 possible memories to create…what we do with them is up to us!


And finally, I am impressed with this layout by SarahMD.  She opened up in her journaling about the incredibly difficult year they had.  Not every year is a good year and those times and memories are worth documenting as well.  Don’t let a rough patch keep you from commemorating the year.



If you are hoping to do a year in review page or album and don’t know where to start, check out some of these template sets:

Jen Caputo has a YEAR IN REVIEW template over at SBG:


Katie Pertiet has this one over at Designer Digitals (includes dates for 2006-2008)


Gina Miller has this really popular year in review template:


Misty Cato has this cool double-pager at Sweet Shoppe Designs


Kelly Mize (now over at We Are Storytellers) has this great one out:


And finally, if you are looking for an album, here is one I put up a few months ago (but hurry, because Studio Janet closes on the 15th so I can focus all of my effort on this site).


So, how will you sum up your year?


For more inspiration on a regular basis, make sure you check out Gallery Standouts.  They point to some of the best layouts in the galleries (and it looks like we noticed some of the same layouts!). You are sure to be inspired!

Hybrid Help


Hybrid scrapbooking. You’ve probably heard the term before. I still giggle when I think of a few years ago when it was new and not “established” as an art in its own right. A person who did what we now call hybrid scrapbooking called themselves biscraptual 🙂 I think it was probably a good idea that someone stood up and gave the art form a proper name.

So, you might be asking yourself, “what exactly is hybrid scrapbooking and if I am a digital scrapbooker, why do I need to know about it?”

Simply put, hybrid scrapbooking combines digital techniques and/or product with traditional scrapbooking techniques and/or product. It is taking what you love about both forms of expression and merging them to create something totally new…and totally fun.

Both digi and paper scrappers alike are learning of all the fun that can be had in the hybrid world. Paper gals are learning to use Photoshop and us digi gals are dusting off those paper trimmers and mapquesting our way to the nearest local scrapbooking store. There is so much possibility and there is no “right” or “wrong” way to do it.

Just a quick browse around the digi world shows you that so many people have already started down hybrid road. Mini-albums, layouts, cards, gift boxes, treat toppers, altered paint cans and more. It is truly awe-inspiring. Check out some of these hybrid galleries:

The Lily Pad
Scrapbook Graphics
Little Dreamer Designs

And check out these stores that sell digital and/or traditional scrapbooking supplies specifically geared to help you in your quest to dive into hybrid:

Scrapbook Graphics
Scrap Orchard

Sweet Shoppe Designs
We Are Storytellers
The Shabby Shoppe
Prima Hybrid: HERE and HERE

Here at TDD we will be bringing you cool tips, products, and projects to help you in your hybrid scrapping. We’ll show you who is creating cool projects and products as well as where to get hybrid supplies. Whether you are creating hybrid layouts, creating mini-albums, or decorating your children’s rooms, TDD will be a place of inspiration and information on all things hybrid.


As we get into the world of hybrid scrapbooking, I know that you are going to be inspired. However, once you get inspired I want you to be able to actually act on that inspiration. That means you would be wise to invest in a few really important products as well as gather up some things from around the house that you probably already have.

Although there are no rules to say you have to own a certain product, there are definitely some tools that make the process easier (and in my world, easier always equals more fun!)

Here are our top ten hybrid items to have on hand…

1. Computer (I will safely assume that since you are reading this you already have that one covered 😉
2. A printer. You could work around this by having things uploaded and printed, but really, a printer by your side will be a time (and sanity!) saver.
3. A good paper trimmer. There are lots on the market…you can find one at your local craft store. When I was in Las Vegas last year for Memory Trends, I remember CD Muckosky saying that trimmers from this company were the best she had ever used. If using this paper trimmer makes me scrap like her, sign me up!

4. A Crop-A-Dile: Now, no one is going to tell you that you can’t do hybrid scrapping without this tool, but *I* wouldn’t want to do it! This thing sets eyelets and can punch holes through almost anything. Chipboard, CD’s, leather…you name it and the Crop-A-Dile can punch it. I love that you can set the depth gauge, too, ensuring that all your holes on various layers match up!


5. Adhesive: Xyron Cheetah adhesive runner lets you apply a wide strip of acid free, permanent adhesive quickly and easily to a variety of projects. Also, Steph says that Super Tape (1/4 inch or 1/8 inch) is great for adhereing ribbons, buttons, and flowers.

6. A really good pair of scissors (small pointy ones work great!)

7. Mod Podge: This is an all-in-one glue, sealer, and finisher and I use it on almost all my projects.

8. A corner rounder

9. Basic Grey Precision File Set (great for smoothing out edges on board books and chipboard albums)

10. Some other things that are good to have handy: needle and thread (and/or sewing machine), paintbrushes and foam brushes, a hole puncher (if you haven’t taken the plunge on the Crop-A-Dile yet), a stapler, and lots of creativity and imagination!

See, once you have a few simple supplies look at all the cool stuff you can make. Look at this gorgeous layout by Amy Martin (owner and designer at the Lilypad, Creating Keepsakes 2008 Hall of Famer, Memory Makers Master). Isn’t it just sweet?


Or this amazing album by hybrid artist Michello Filo


Geordie Girl over at My Scrapbook Art has a wonderful gallery filled of lots of hybrid cards and other projects including this cool card:


Or what about this amazing card by Rez (jstbkuz)?


Or my all-time favorite LO artist, CD Muckosky. Here is an “oldy but goodie” from her:


Inspired yet? Get ready to get your hands dirty and create some really cool projects. The Daily Digi will be here to get you inspired and ready to create!


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