Play it Again! Guy Time


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I (Katie) 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!




Many scrappers feel that the hardest subject to scrap for is older boys/men.  I gave some of the best scrappers in the digi community a photo of my teenage son to work with so they could inspire us with some male-based layouts. I decided to give them a photo that has no theme – I didn’t want to make it easier by using a school or video game type of photo, this way the emphasis was simply on him being a guy. The only rule they had to follow was to include my journaling. Everything else (including the title) was up to them!


I love this picture of Alex because he is mid-giggle. His whole face lights up when he laughs and I can’t help but feel like life is wonderful when he is happy. He is growing up so fast, but I love being a part of the journey he is on to becoming an amazing young man!


I was thrilled to see all the different ways this photo was scrapped – all of them are amazing!


Who says you can’t use flowers on a guy layout? The flowers and foilage are a fun mix with the metal elements and title work. This page feels very masculine, but also sweet and cheery. I love the stitching in back of the clustered papers and embellishments. Fabulous!


Layout by Britanee Jean. Gallery link. Credits: ‘It’s About Him’ by Captivated Visions.


I love the cutout of my son on this one, it really makes his handsome face pop. I love the effect of him coming out of the frame to smile at us. The rich accent colors in opposing corners creates a very nice page design and the background is just so cool. Love this!


Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Gallery link. Credits: On The Front Porch and Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow by Plum Dumpling Designs
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I love repeating photos on a layout, it’s a great way to emphasize the importance of the subject. This page is filled with guy-style goodness – the stars & metal accents are great embellishments for a male page. I absolutely adore the title work!

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Layout by Tracy Ducar (aka Tracyfish). Gallery link. Credits: Wish Upon A Star by Melissa Bennett. Frame Masks Set #8 by Penny Springmann. Font-Traveling Typewriter


The blending and the cool clustered embellishments make this a stunning page! I love the splatters along the edge of the page as well. Incredible!

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Layout by Beth Santos-Gugol aka kewl_jive. Gallery link. Credits: Old cars by Marta Designs.


I’m so in love with the papers on this layout, especially that leafy canvas looking background paper. The fun layers of frames, stitching, buttons, and torn journaling paper around the photo really bring the viewer in to linger on the memory. Beautiful page!

Layout by Brenda (3LittleKs). Gallery link. Credits: Live. Love. Learn. Grow – MScraps Collaboration.


This layout design is so happy and fun! I love the word strips mixed in with bits of paper and embellishments and the color scheme is a favorite of mine. Wonderful page!


Layout by Heather Hess (talktoheather). Gallery link. About a Boy by Designs by Lili and Leora Sanford, Bugga and Frogger by Amy Martin and Zinnias and Swallowtails, The Sara by Heather Hess, Shadow Like Me by One Little Bird, and Totally Rad Photoshop Actions


I love the “Danger – Future Heartbreaker” sign! All the metal pieces on this are just really cool. Totally guy and totally awesome!

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Layout by HollyinJapan. Gallerylink. Credits: Industrial Bundle by ViVa Artistry and Studio Gypsy. Font is 1942 Report.


The black and white treatment of this photo is such a great way to keep the focus on my son. I also LOVE that little stamped image of him! The page composition is well thought out because the viewer’s eye moves easily throughout the layout to enjoy each part of it. Wonderful!


Layout by Lorilei Murphy. Gallery Link. Credits: Smile Word Art by Studio Bethany, Of Earth and Sky by Studio Vivarant, Just a Boy by Studio Boutique Cute Dolls


These layouts are all completely different from each other, but every one of them is fantastic! Each scrapper captured my son’s personality and created a great masculine page. There’s no reason to feel intimidated by guy themed layouts, just enjoy the process. Thanks so much to the talented digi scrappers who helped us see all the different ways to PLAY!

Look through each layout again and think about which one you prefer. Think about why that one stands out to you and what you like about it. It’s a great exercise to help you learn about yourself as a scrapper and your own preferred style. It also might help you explore some new styles that you haven’t tried before.  Its perfectly OK to use several different styles and methods in your own scrapbooking – I do it all the time!  When you get ready to work on your next layout, take some time to think about all the ways you could play with that memory and have some fun!

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P.S. Lucrecia is the random winner from yesterday’s post and won $10 in product from Meghan Mullens.  Check your email!

Tips for Special Event Scrapbooking with Kristin Rutten

We are thrilled to have Kristin of Log Your Memory here with a guest post today! Kristin is a real pro at finding creative ways to scrapbook the everyday memories of life and make them into something wonderful and worth sharing! Here’s a little more about Kristin:


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Kristin Rutten is the creator of the Memory Logbook and accompanying website, Log Your Memory, an online community focused on capturing everyday, real life memories. She and her husband, Jacques, live in the heart of Montana where they attempt to keep up with four kids ranging from 2 to 15 years old. Candid photos and tales of everyday happenings make up the bulk of their memory-keeping efforts.



When people think of scrapbooking or memory-keeping, the first things that come to mind tend to be the “big” stuff … birthdays, celebrations, important milestones … and of course, holidays. Those are the times when we tend to have friends and family together, cameras on hand and activities that seem special or beyond our everyday, sometimes dull, routines. We want to remember those moments because they don’t happen every day.

But when you ask a scrapbooker what is the hardest thing for them to scrap, very often the answer is … birthdays, celebrations, milestones, and holidays.

This stems from a lot of different reasons, but the ones I tend to hear most often go along the lines of…  too many photos, too overwhelming, too many expectations attached and sometimes … too boring. Why too boring? While we may only celebrate events like birthdays or holidays once a year, many of us tend to do the same thing year after year. Once we’ve scrapped those a couple times, it becomes harder to get excited about doing it again.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

How about approaching your holiday and special event memory-keeping from a new angle this year? How about capturing some memories and stories that you’ll really be excited to scrap about? It may sound daunting, but really all that is needed is a shift in the way you think about and capture your experiences.



Here are 10 ideas to help you get started …

  • Get in the habit of asking, “Why?” We often do a great job of asking who, what, when & where when scrapping special events, but we tend to forget all about documenting the reasons why we do what we do. When you figure out your answer, you will also have identified a great topic for your scrapbook page.
  • Find that special something. Identify the person, place or thing that really makes the event special for you or your loved ones … that element that is essential to the event’s success.  Is it having a particular person with you? Is it the way everyone seems to focus on the good? Is it the presence of a treasured family heirloom or tradition? If you can’t imagine the event without it, you know you’ve picked the right thing. Now, make that the central focus of a scrapbook page or journal entry.
  • Capture a conversation. Make a point of really listening to what’s happening around you, during the big events as well as during the days that lead up to and follow. Jot down the comments or exchanges that really tell the story of the day … or if you’re in the habit of carrying a video camera, use that and then transcribe later. These tidbits provide great journaling material for your pages.
  • Limit yourself. Choose just one photo or story to capture the entire event. Not only will this help make the memory-keeping less overwhelming, it will force you to really focus on what is most important to you. If this just doesn’t do the job for you, consider limiting yourself to one photo or memory per week or day.
  • Highlight the contrast between “everyday” and “special occasion.” Pull together images or descriptions that show how life changes because of a special event. Do you stay up later at night? Trade your favorite TV shows for holiday videos? Cut back on your daily latte in order to buy that special gift? Rearrange furniture to make room for the tree?
  • Tell the story behind the story. You know why you have lefse every Thanksgiving or refuse to replace that old worn-out star on the top of your tree but will future generations know the full story? It is often our traditions, family recipes, special rituals and other little touches that make our own holiday or special occasion stories unique and interesting for future remembering.
  • Save your calendar. If you are someone who relies on a calendar to get you through the holiday season, you already have a great source of information for future scrapbooking. Make a point of jotting down little details about each gathering, shopping trip or appointment right there on the page as soon as you return.
  • Pretend you’re a reporter. Get the whole story by interviewing family members and finding out what they feel is important, special or memorable about what’s happening. Better yet, hand them a piece of paper and ask them to jot down a few favorite memories or answer a couple of specific questions. This can be especially revealing with children, plus it’s a great way to capture handwriting samples at the same time.
  • Look in your mailbox. Christmas cards, family newsletters, holiday catalogs, even sales flyers all tell a piece of your holiday story. Find a way to incorporate them into your pages for a look beyond the “here’s who came to our house and what we had for dinner” standby.
  • Wrap it up. Sometimes the most interesting stories come from summaries – capturing the season or event as a whole all on one page. Perhaps this is through a collection of photos that span an entire month. Maybe it’s pulling out photos from years past and showcasing them next to the new ones. You might even share a series of photos or stories that capture the same event, situation or scenario over several years. Time passes quickly … you’ll be amazed at the little things you notice by doing this.



I’m willing to bet that if you give at least a few of these ideas a try, you’ll not only find it more enjoyable to scrap the “big” stuff, but the pages you produce will become some of your favorites to look back on and treasure down the road.

And isn’t that why we scrap them in the first place?


Scrapbooking Streamlined with Anna Aspnes

We are thrilled to have Anna Aspnes here with a guest post for us today! If you’ve listened to Anna on the Digi Show podcast, you will know how inspiring she is! Here’s a little about Anna:


6a00d834528c3669e2013484e049ee970c-150wi “I am as passionate about art and design, as I am my family, and digital scrapbooking allows me to celebrate both in the same breath.  It is art with purpose, that has become more that just a hobby, but a way of life, that I choose to share with and inspire others.”

Anna is an independent digital designer at, creates digital albums and slideshows for, teaches at, and is a member of both Shutterfly’s Scrapbooking Advisory Team and Wacom’s Penscrappers Panel.   Stay in touch with Anna on her blog at and twitter:



Life is full. I think that is the reality for most of us.

Time, or lack of, appears to be a hot topic of conversation. The general consensus is that, if we had more hours in a day, then we’d be able to get more done. I’m not convinced. I think I’d probably spend longer on the tasks that I’m already performing. Regardless, there have always been 24 hours in a day, and always will be. The amount of time we have at our disposal will never change, but the way in which we choose to use it and manage it, will.

How we choose to spend our time is a matter of personal priorities. Scrapbooking is a priority for me. Documenting my life and the lives of those close to me, are as integral to my daily routine as brushing my teeth or working out at the gym. I make time for these tasks because they are important to me. Ideally, like most other scrapbookers, I’d like to spend more time but the busier I get, the less time I seem to be able to devote to my passion. In recent years I have had to get really creative in devising some strategies that streamline my process and allow me to get my scrapbooking done in the time I have available.

Schedule it

Make a date with yourself and write it down on a planner, schedule it on your iphone or whatever system you use for organizing your life. I have found that if I schedule a time to do something, even my scrapbooking, it’s more likely to get done than if I just wing it. In fact, it’s the only time I any scrapbooking done.

Get organized

Organization is integral to being efficient in any facet of life and scrapbooking is no exception. You have to find a system that works for you. You can have the best organizational software in the world, but if you spend all your time organizing and not scrapbooking, then it’s useless. I have found a folder tree Windows to be the most efficient way for me to store my supplies and photos. I save my photos chronologically and my supplies by store and designer. I also use ACDSee, in a limited capacity, in which tag my supplies mostly by color and shape. I also like to go through all of my supplies 2-4 times per year to take inventory and remain current with my stash. Knowing what I have on hand helps me know where to find it.


Having choice can be a luxury but having too much choice can be crippling to any scrapbooker. I have come to appreciate that less is often more. I aim to keep about 1/3 of the photos that I take, deleting any that are duplicate shots or do not tell or support a story. I’m also very comfortable deleting digital supplies that I have never or over-used. Even with these measures in place, I can still get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of digital scrapbooking content. One of my strategies for combating this is to move copies of photos or supplies into temporary folders for any given project. It’s so much easier to look at a smaller group of photos or digital supplies than it is to be faced with a much larger collection. These temporary folders create visual separation and are deleted when they have served their purpose.

Batching and Repetition

Using the same template/design, elements, techniques or papers can really speed up the scrapbooking process. Why re-invent the wheel if you don’t have to? I have been known on more than one occasion to use the same solid paper in the background of all pages in a photo book or to repeat techniques from page to page. I will also batch techniques and tasks which involves working on multiple layouts at a time and completing the same task on each page before moving to the next. For example, I’ll systematically go from one layout to the next laying out my photos. If I want to edit these photos, I’ll merge all the images into one layer and then adjust the curves on that one layer so that it applies to all the photos at once. Note that it’s a good idea to duplicate your photo layers and switch off the visibility of the originals before you merge copies of the duplicates.

Be Realistic

Not every layout has to be a work of art. If you look at your layouts collectively then you will notice a variety of pages, complex and simple, are far more interesting than a continuous sequence of involved pages. After a while you begin to notice their beauty less and less. I am totally comfortable with very plain pages that include nothing but photos on a white background and some supporting words. So much time can be wasted looking for the perfect font or element to adorn a page. When inter-dispersed with my artsy pages, the simple pages provide a much bigger picture of my life.


Streamlining your scrapbooking process takes time, practice and patience, so take your time and don’t rush it. It will come to you over time. A big part of becoming more efficient in the art is discovering your personal preferences, knowing what you like and what you don’t, as well as letting go of the desire that everything needs to be perfect at all time. I have really fallen in love the notion of being imperfectly perfect and see my scrapbooking as a reflection of that self. The approach is definitely more real, and I find myself getting a whole lot more done.


Last Call – TDF15 – Don’t Miss It


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!

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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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