Layout by Katie done in 2005. Papers by Katie. Font unknown.

It’s always fun for me (Katie) to think about how many ways the very same layout could be put together. When I created the above layout back in 2005, I had no idea of all the digital scrapbooking products and techniques that I would learn about in the coming years. There weren’t nearly as many products available back then, and I was just getting started with my own digital skills. While there is no NEED to redo this layout, I wondered what it would look like if I scrapped it today? Then I wondered what it would look like if some of the best digi scrappers in our community got to play with it? Soon, the idea for our new monthly feature “PLAY IT AGAIN” was born. We are so excited about this new regular feature because it will be a great way to illustrate some of the many possibilities that exist when it comes to digital scrapbooking!

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!


The original layout is about a Disney Cruise in 2005. The picture is of me, my son Alex, and my daughter Riley. It’s not the best photo, but it is the only one I have of the 3 of us together during that trip. We loved formal night and my son was so excited to wear a tux (even though he doesn’t look that thrilled).

My original journaling reads:

On formal night we dressed all in black and white. Jeff and Alex wore tuxedos and Riley and I wore black and white dresses. Riley helped design her own dress and I made it.

We felt so fancy that night at dinner. We ate at the Animator’s Palette restaurant so we fit right in with the black and white décor. Alex said he looked like a “young James Bond” and everyone agreed with him.  He was very suave indeed!

That night is one of our very favorite Disney Cruise memories.

July 2005



We sent my original layout and the original photo (not edited) to several different scrappers around the digital scrapbooking community. They were free to use any style or products they wanted to. The only requirement was to incorporate the original photo and journaling.



It was so much fun to see how all of these different layouts turned out! The styles and designs were varied, but all of them captured the memory in a meaningful and beautiful way!

I love the soft and elegant color scheme of this layout. The photo and journaling really stand out.

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Layout by Brenda Smith (aka. kaleandkiara)

Credits: Timeless by the MScraps Designers (store collab), Stitches by Erinink. All products available at MScraps


I love the whimsical embellishments on this layout – they are so playful and fun!

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Layout by Tracy Ducar (aka Tracyfish)

Credits: In It Together by Julie Billingsley, Matted by Traci Reed, Take Me Away by Dani Mogstad, Oceania by Heather Roselli, Woo-dles by Shawna Clingerman, Fonts: DJB Gimme Space by Darcy Baldwin and Lauren Reid. All products available at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

Additional font used: American Typewriter.


I adore the soft white flowers on this layout, they remind me of my daughter’s dress.


Layout by Lorilei Murphy

Credits: Studio Tangie Haute Soiree Kit, Studio Vivarant Stark Raven Frames, Studio Flergs Metallica Alpha (lightened). All products available at Scrapbook Graphics.

Journaling font: Kingthings Wrote


How fun is that black top hat? The pop of red color is very classy, and the cluster of elements is a great touch.


Layout by Petra Prijs (aka Milo82)

Credits: When the summer ends’ kit by Kimla designs, Creation 23′ colab kit by Createwings designs & Catherine designs, ‘Pêle Mêle, Memory Keeper : Autumn Variation’ by Catherine Designs  All products available at After Five Designs.

Additional notes:
Layout created in ACDSee photo editor 2008
Photo edited in Abode photoshop CS4 using actions from My Four Hens Photography
Actions used: Clean color action from the ‘Color pop pretties’ set, Angel face from the ‘Soft & sweet’ set


Black and white with a splash of colorful flowers makes this layout visually stunning. I love the inclusion of both the full color and black and white version of the photograph.


Layout by Colleen York

Credits: Kaye Winieki ahh paradise, colored in alpha Jacque Larsen fontworks 2 Amy Wolfe build your own border Rachel Young daylight sequins spills Valorie Wibbins black beautynGina Miller essential whites. All products available at The Lily Pad.


Beautiful blues and browns are such a nice way to bring out the colors in the photo and are a great complement to the photo. Wonderful placement of embellishments.

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Layout by Holly Takatsuka (aka hollyinjapan)

Credits: papers and elements from Cherish by Jennifer Labre Designs, page template from Sweet Starts Vol 2 in the August Grabbag by Nikki Epperson. All products available at The Digi Chick.

All photo filters used for photo are Define Sharp and Lovely, both by the Pioneer Woman
font is DJB Liz


I love the way the theme of the fancy dinner was included in this layout. Fun use of a bold patterned paper that doesn’t overwhelm the layout.

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Layout by Britanee Walker.

Credits: Coastal Holiday by Tracie Stroud, Bon Appetit by SuzyQ Scraps and Brittish Designs. Foundations {Round} by DeCrow Designs. All products available at Scrap Orchard.


Isn’t it fun to see all the different ways that just one layout can be scrapped? 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 style. It also might help you explore some new styles that you haven’t tried before.  Remember, there is no right or wrong way, all of these layouts are beautiful!!   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!


P.S. Barbara was our random winner chosen from the comments in yesterday’s post.  She won $10 in product from ErinInk!! 🙂



all sculpture images from Wikipedia

What is digital scrapbooking? That is a question I (Katie) get asked a lot when I mention that I’m a digi scrapper. That was the topic of the very first Paperclipping Digi Show podcast. It is something we try to answer every day here on The Daily Digi. It’s difficult to place an exact definition on something that is different for everyone. Digital scrapbooking also keeps evolving. That’s what makes it fun and interesting!

Basically speaking, digital scrapbooking is doing something with your photos and/or memories on a computer. Of course there are even exceptions to that definition as well.

How do you define something that has so many variations? It helps me if I think about in terms of other art forms. Take sculptures as an example – What is sculpting? In the most basic terms, a sculpture is a 3 dimensional work of art, but there is an vast array of techniques and artist interpretations that are all included as sculpting. Did the artist use clay, marble, cake, ice, or rock? Is it freestanding, or part of a wall? Big or little? Do those things matter for it to be qualified as a “sculpture”? Not really. Is a sculpture any less valid because it is made of found metal items rather than marble? It is still a sculpture.

Does it matter if our pages follow a certain formula? Must our layouts look a certain way to be qualified as a digital scrapbook page? (or even a scrapbook page in general?) One of my favorite things about being a part of The Daily Digi, is seeing how many different ways there are to scrap using digital tools. That is one of my favorite things about using The Digi Files each month as well – I have been able to try out different designers and styles to explore my own digital scrapbooking skills with a minimal investment. (The files are a huge collection of designer contributions for only $5 a month!)

I love that we can each have our own style when it comes to digi scrapping. We are also free to change that style as often as we want. There is no “right” or “wrong” – it is all good and creative. Sometimes, we as digital scrapbookers feel like we are sort of outcasts from the traditional scrapbooking world. There are those who don’t view what we do as “real” scrapbooking. We know just how wrong that categorization is. However, do we judge each other within the community as well? Are we prone to dismiss some forms of digital scrapbooking as not “real”? (This is a topic that was explored in episode 6 of the Paperclipping Digi Show podcast titled “Creatively Unstable”)

Rather than focusing on trying to define exactly WHAT digital scrapbooking is, I thought it would be fun to show you 20 different layouts from our flickr gallery and SHOW you all the things digital scrapbooking can be. I love every one of them!

(all images are linked for credits)


by tettletop20



by Amy Knutkowski



by iamjacq



by our neck of the woods



by Holliewood Studios



by slurpeegirl13



by katiescrapbooklady



by A.N.D.R.E.A.



by Snap&Click



by maybe*mej



by Cinna1



by crop-a-holic



by knitinjen



by stitchmich



by Georgia Viscari



by Didee’s Art Cupboard



by Sharon S*



by familybees (jenny)



by Hazel Olive Designs



by islandmomsteph


20 different layouts with different styles, themes, materials, sizes, and subjects. I’m sure you will agree that no two pages are alike – they are as unique as the artists who create them. They are all digital scrapbooking, and they are all amazing!




I am so excited to have Chelle’s Creations in THE DIGI FILES this month! I had been watching her store for several months when she sent in an application. Chelle creates wonderful themed kits that are still versatile enough to have many scrapping uses (as you will see below). I really love the balance she has between doodles/drawn elements AND the real ones. Let’s take a closer look at Bug Catcher:


Many of my team members have commented that the alpha in “Bug Catcher” is now one of their favorites! You can get the alpha and this entire kit as well as 6 other large contributions for only $5 in THE DIGI FILES. Each contribution has a minimum retail value alone of $5 and you get them ALL for that price! Take a look at the fun my team and I had using this kit:

Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Fonts are Fontologie Howie’s Stamps and Printing Primer
Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Printing Primer Abundant font
Layout by Jenny, additional supplies: Template by Scrapping with Liz, Brush by Designs by Spencer, Drop Shadow Layer Styles by Megan Turnidge and Katie Pertiet. Fonts: CK Jot and LD Cute Curls
Layout by Steph, additional supplies: font, fontologie giggles and traveling typewriter
Layout by iciclelady (a reader), additional supplies: Font is DJB ALL THE COOL CHICKS by Darcy Baldwin (Sweet Shoppe Designs), Inspired by nikkiARNGwife’s Daddy Love page at SSD

You can see even more layouts in our team inspiration section



Hi! I’m Chelle. I live in a small rural community in Northern Utah with my husband and four of our kids still living at home…two are away at college. No pets. Six kids keep me plenty busy. LOL!










I love using journaling elements and making my text look like I wrote right on the lines. In photoshop and photoshop elements you can adjust the spacing between the lines by adjusting the leading. It’s a little like single space or double space in word processing, only much more accurate.

First…I type my journaling in a text box with the same number of lines as my journaling element. Then with all the text highlighted, I experiment with the number in the “adjust the leading” box until the text sits exactly on the lines.

You can find a tutorial with screenshots on this here


I’ve been scrapping forever. In my first scrapbooking class I was taught to mat my photos with construction paper and attach them with rubber cement. LOL! Over the years I’ve filled 45 albums…but most are one copy for the family and one copy for each of my children. Yes, that was very time consuming with paper scrapping. About 7 years ago I became disillusioned with scrapping trends…it seemed to be more about putting a lot of “stuff” on the page than about the photos and the story. I didn’t scrap anything for two years. When I came back to scrapping a few years later, I did printed books with just pictures and story and a few basic papers and elements I’d created myself. Then two years ago I accidentally stumbled on ScrapMatters and found that I could BUY digital scrapbooking supplies. I was in heaven. But I still liked creating some of my own papers and elements. In 2009 I competed in ScrapMatters’ DesignStar competition and was offered a design position there.


My photos are my main source of inspiration…I usually design kits that I need to scrap my own photos. But I see ideas everywhere…”check out the pattern on those shoes…that would make a great paper”. LOL!


I design on a MacBookPro with 4GB Ram. I design primarily with Photoshop CS4. I’m still learning to use my Adobe Illustrator CS4 and my Bamboo Fun Tablet. I use my Cannon CanoScan 880F to scan doodles, things to extract, and pre-digi photos. I’m still learning about using my Nikon D5000 in manual mode. LOL!


I always seem to like my most recent kit, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be “Sunny Side Up”





Here are some of my favorite products by Chelle

Chillin & Grillin

Round the Block


Stars -n- Dots Alpha Collection



Here’s some inspirational layouts using Chelle’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.







Go have a look in Chelle’s Store and come back and tell her what you like, we will randomly select a winner from those comments to win $10 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST)!

As a thank you to our readers, Chelle has created this coupon to share with all of us!



Newsletters worth subscribing to


Newspaper  created with newspaper generator.

With blogs, facebook pages, and twitter feeds, it might seem like newsletters would be a fading trend. However, I (Katie) have found that I subscribe to more newsletters than ever these days! Even for stores and designers that use social media, newsletters are still very valuable tools to keep in touch with customers. Why should you subscribe to newsletters? It is certainly a matter of choice, and some people really hate in-box clutter. If you are one of those, then you might not enjoy them. If you like feeling “in the loop” regarding your favorite digi sites, newsletters can definitely be your friend!

The best suggestion I can give you for deciding what newsletters to subscribe to is simply this; think about where you shop and the designers you love and subscribe to those. It’s a great way to keep updated on their sales and new releases. Here are some of my favorite newsletters (all free!) along with the reasons why I find them to be worth my time.

The Daily Digi: I’m sure you are not surprised that I like this one! 🙂 The Daily Digi sends out newsletters to announce The Digi Files each month and other special events and news. You will be the FIRST to know about what’s new! (Like when we released the free PDF “Playbook” – newsletter subscribers got it a day early.)  You can subscribe by clicking the sidebar link image.

CatScrap: Like many multiple-designer stores Catscrap includes previews of new releases from their designers, making it easier to keep track of what is going at the site. I like that they also include layouts for inspiration and information about their challenges. You can sign up for the newsletter by registering at the site.

Designer Digitals: They send out a very brief email news alert every Thursday to announce their “Thrifty Thursday” sale items. I would never remember to check out these deals without the reminder! Each Saturday night, an email newsletter is sent out to announce the new products hitting the virtual shelves of the store. A featured layout is always shared, along with links to the products used. My favorite part is the Photoshop or Photoshop Elements tip given at the bottom of each newsletter. I’ve really learned a lot from these! You can subscribe to the newsletter by creating an account at the site. You can also read past issues here.

Digi Scrap Addicts: A pdf format newsletter that has layout ideas, product and designer features, coupons from sponsors, challenges, and an exclusive freebie to download. You can subscribe by following this link where you can also browse through past issues.

Digi Shop Talk: A downloadable pdf format magazine/newsletter that is free to all registered members of the site. Each month includes articles, designer and product features, projects, and sponsor coupons. Subscribe by following the link on the index page.

MScraps: This multi-designer site sends out regular newsletters to announce new releases and sales. There is a designer feature included (often with a sale or discount coupon code) and my of the newsletters have an exclusive freebie to download. Subscribe here.

O Scraps: Plenty of previews from multiple designers to announce the new releases as well as some “sneak peeks” of what is coming soon. Newsletter sent out to all registered customers so be sure to create an account.

Pickleberry Pop: A really fun newsletter with a wide variety of information including sales, gallery layouts, and free downloads. I love the articles, and how they include current photography and template challenges right in the newsletter. My favorite feature is the “fabulous font find” where they feature and link to a fun and free font to download. Sign up here and/or read back issues.

The Sweet Shoppe: For a store with so many designers, this is the best way for me to check out the new goodies in the shoppe each week. I like being able to see a thumbnail image of the new releases. Newsletter sent out to registered customers so be sure to create an account in the shoppe.

I subscribe to many more newsletters as well, but I picked these examples to illustrate the variety of benefits that come with newsletter subscriptions. We would love to hear what newsletters you subscribe to and why you like them.


Get Inspired from your own archives


Have you ever sat down to scrap and just couldn’t get the creativity flowing? I’ve had that happen a lot lately for some reason. Maybe because it is summer and my mind is on other things? Sometimes I just get lost in the process and worry about making the “perfect” layout using the latest techniques. Whatever the reason, I had a big time creative block hit me earlier this week. (AKA “losing my mojo”) I decided to look back through some of the pages I have created in hopes of sparking something to get me going again. As I browsed through my own archives, I realized that was a great activity to inspire myself creatively!

I thought I would share some of the things I learned from this exercise and encourage you to take a look back through some of the layouts you have scrapped. You can (and should) inspire yourself!


This is one of my early digital scrapbook layouts. I didn’t know anything about shadowing, and my photo editing skills were not top notch either. I love the layout though, because I expressed my love to my children through my journaling. That never goes out of style.

A favorite tip from this layout: Sign your journaling. Just a simple “Love, Mom” lets my children know that I wrote this especially for them.

Layout by Katie. Papers by Mindy Terasawa. Font unknown.


Here’s a page I created all about a funny thing my daughter would say when she was little. She called Simon and Garfunkel “Simon and Bullwinkle”. We still call them that to this day! 🙂

Favorite tips from this layout: You don’t have to have a picture of the actual person or event you are scrapping about. It’s ok to use related photos and if you don’t have one, Wikipedia is always a great resource!

Layout by Katie. Paper by Meredith Fenwick, White notepaper by Katie Pertiet,  Staples by Tracy Murphy, Fonts are Hootie and CK Good Day Pictures from Wikipedia.


Here’s a layout that came together simply because I decided to document a moment in time. I grabbed my camera one day and took some very random photographs of my kids. I sat down in front of my computer that very night and put together this page and wrote about what their lives were like at that moment in time. I need to do this more often!

Favorite tips from this layout: Templates are my friend! They make the scrapping process go so much faster so that I can focus on telling the story and capturing the memory. Also, be sure to date your journaling!

Layout by Katie. Ali Edwards template (Songbird Avenue Bloom and Grow kit April 2009)
Jen Wilson papers


This layout took me several hours to put together because I hunted through all my photo files for the year 2007 to find just the right ones to represent our year together as a family. I printed the layout off to include in our scrapbook albums, and I also framed a 12×12 version to display in our family room, where it still resides today.

Favorite tips from this layout: This is a great way to use photos that might not make it into your scrapbook albums otherwise. After doing this page, I decided to put together an end of year collage to finish off each calendar year in our scrapbooks. This has become a fun tradition for me and I usually send copies of these creations to some relatives and friends with a short recap of our year.

Layout by Katie. Template by Heather Ann.


Yes, I really scrapbooked about the contents of my refrigerator! That might seem silly, but I actually love looking back on this page to see how our eating habits have changed (or not) and I think this kind of information will be really interesting to my kids throughout their lives.

A favorite tip from this layout: The everyday details of life are interesting and worth documenting.


Layout by Katie. Arial font. Paper designed by Katie.


I did this layout for a challenge in a digital scrapbooking store forum. I went through a time period where I really enjoyed doing a lot of different challenges, and when I look back on those pages, they are still some of my favorites.

Some favorite tips from this layouts: Challenges and prompts are a great way to get the mojo going again. It is also fun to let some of your page elements go off the page – it makes for interesting design. Photograph a collection and then explain why you were motivated to collect those things.

Layout by Katie. Template No. 6 by Ali Edwards. Aaron Solid Papers by Michelle Martin. Basic Paper Alpha Beige Caps by Katie Pertiet. Calibri font.


This layout is still very precious to me. I documented my son’s struggle to tie his own shoes. He has some fine motor skill difficulties related to his autism and he still has a difficult time tying his own shoes today (at age 16). We had worked really hard with him during the school year of 2006 and he finally was able to tie his own shoes. It was a big accomplishment and I’m so glad I scrapped it!

Some favorite tips from this layout: Write down your feelings and celebrate the little (which are really big) accomplishments in life! It doesn’t matter if the page is worthy of magazine publication, the words and photos are what matter most!

Layout by Katie. Fonts are Ali’s hand and Hootie. Papers and label unknown.


As you can see, none of my pages are super fancy, but they all have special meaning to me and my family. Taking a moment to realize and appreciate the importance of these memories has inspired me to scrap some more. I already feel my “mojo” rushing back! Whether you have scrapped 1 page or 500, I encourage you to take a look back through your own archives to see what stands out to you. You might even be surprised to see what matters to you and what doesn’t after some time has passed from the time you made the layouts.

If you are just getting started with digital scrabooking, browse through any paper layouts, blog posts, journal entries, or photographs you might have for the same type of exercise. You will be so inspired!


Freebie 411 and some links to share


One of the best things about starting out in digital scrapbooking is that there are so many freebies out there! It’s nice that you can try digi scrapping out using free supplies so you don’t have to make a big price commitment up front. I (Katie) started out with freebies from 2Peas and from The Shabby Princess and I quickly became a paying customer at both sites. Even after years of digital scrapbooking, I still love and appreciate free goodies, but I have found that I’m much more selective now about what I download.

A “freebie” in the digi world is something (usually supplies) you can download to your own computer for free. Designers and stores give away free stuff in order to attract new customers, reward current customers, and generate new traffic and interest in their designs. It takes a lot of effort to put together anything to share online, so no matter how big or small the gift is, the designer invested valuable time in creating and posting it.

Customers love freebies because they get to try out new designers without any risk. If they don’t like the free gift, they don’t have to download it – or they can later delete it from their files. Many times a free gift is an add on to something a customer might have purchased from the designer. Quick pages, extra embellishments, or matching word art can be a fun reward for a customer who purchased a full kit.


  • COST: As a former designer, I have been on both sides of the freebie. I have given away my own creations as well as downloading countless gifts from other designers. The saying “nothing in life is free” also applies to the digital scrapbook community. The freebie costs the designer time (money) and even bandwidth costs in some cases (if the designer hosts it on their own server instead of uploading to a file sharing site, each time the item is downloaded, it costs the designer money). The freebie also costs the consumer time to unzip, use, and file the gift. If your storage space is at a premium, the free download also costs precious gigs on your hard drive.
  • PIRACY: Even free things can be stolen. If a designer or store is offering a free gift to attract sales and traffic, then they should receive at least one of those things in return. The majority of scrappers who download a free gift, might not go on to purchase something from the designer or store who offered the freebie. Visiting the blog or site where the gift is offered does increase their visibility and might result in future sales or more customer loyalty. Only download freebies from the original source and don’t give them away or share them with others (send them to the original source).
  • QUALITY: The great thing about the internet is that anyone can create and share something. The bad thing about the internet is that anyone can create and share something. There is no “quality control” like you will find in a well-established online store. If the freebie creator isn’t selling somewhere established, they might be just starting out. I know plenty of designers who began their careers by offering freebies. It could also be that the designs are not high quality enough to sell anywhere. Even though the price is free, the “buyer” (downloader) should beware. One thing I hear from those who use only freebies is that they can’t tell the difference and they are sure they are getting good quality supplies. I would encourage you to consider the source and to pay attention to detail. Zoom in on the embellishments and look for jagged edges and stray pixels. Compare quality to a kit from a respected designer and see if you can tell the difference. You are spending precious time putting these elements onto pages with your pictures and special memories. Be sure they look good!


  • Sunghee – I used to collect them so much when I first started digi scrapbooking, but ended up deleting most of them. Those were the files that I download just because it was free regardless whether I liked the style or not. Now, I only download the ones that I like and if I already don’t have the similar ones. I love the quality of the freebies that the well-known digi stores and designers give out. For me, I don’t know how one can only use the freebies and not be tempted to buy all the gorgeous digi kits!
  • Melissa S. – I went through the crazy freebie hunter stage. Though I used freebies a lot in my first year of scrapping I then narrowed down to only downloading stuff I loved. Now I still DL freebies but only from my fave designers.
  • Jenny B. – I love freebies, but as my stash has grown, I’ve become more selective.  I only download stuff I really like now.  I think it’s a great way to get started, though.  When I first started, I got all the freebies I could from Shabby Princess, and slowly started buying kits from the Shabby Shoppe.  At first, I was very loyal to that store, and couldn’t understand why anyone would use anything else. Smiley I slowly started branching out, though, and trying new designers.  I like to try out a designer with a freebie, and then if I like the quality and the style suits me, I’ll go back and buy something.  I think it’s OK to rely solely on freebies, but you have to realize that you’re limiting yourself.  I get most of my freebies from designers’ blogs and stores.  I sign up for their newsletters so I know when to go grab a freebie.  I also follow Digital Daisy’s Hand Picked Freebies blog, but I never download everything she posts.  Even if I liked all of it, I don’t want to spend that much time downloading, unzipping, and filing.


We here at The Daily Digi love a good freebie just as much as anyone else, but we also pride ourselves in recommending quality products to our readers. Whether we are posting on the page on the site where we recommend freebies, in twitter, or on facebook, we are always careful to only link to freebies from designers/stores that we know the quality of and trust. Our enabling posts are not just about supporting the designers who contribute to the Digi Files (although we LOVE them!), but we also point out products of good quality that we find and love, no matter who designed them. Freebies are no different than a purchased kit in our mind because they both take up valuable time and space in your digi stash.



Some frames by Ange


Happy Downloading!


P.S.  Jennifer A was the random winner from Karah’s post yesterday!  She won $25 in product from Karah’s store!  THANKS to everyone that took time to post!  Jennifer, check your inbox.

Embellishment tips and tricks with word art


Curled index card by Katie Pertiet. Fontologie Journal Away and Free Refill fonts.

Word art is a fast and easy way to add something really special to your digital scrapbook layouts. I (Katie) am a big fan of word art! I use it to make cards, and also love to use it as a simple embellishment for special photos. One of my favorite ways to use word art is on a scrapbook page.


  • You don’t have to think of a title! 😀 When I asked The Daily Digi team for help with this post, we all agreed that a major benefit of using word art is cutting out the stress of thinking of a clever title for our page!

Layout by Karen. Leora Sanford In Good Company — collab with Paislee Press

Layout by Melissa L. Jenn Barrett/Tracie Stroud Walking on Sunshine collab kit, Ali Edwards Remember word art, Font is Pea Steph

Layout by Dunia. Presslines N.13 – Wedding by Paislee Press Flower and Stamp from Curiouser & Curiouser by Paislee Press and Joanne Brisebois Frame from Honey Bee Kit by Paislee Press Paper Flowers by Gina Miller

Layout by Melissa L. Sahlin Studio/Decrow Play collab Crystal Livesay Aly’s Jumpers template

  • Word art can give direction to your page. Many times I have decided to scrap a certain subject just because of a piece of word art. Word art has also directed my journaling on occasion and acted as a “prompt” to write about a specific memory.

Layout by Katie. Template by Janet Phillips (the Misc. collection) Girls are Yucky by Lili Designs from The Digi Files 8 font is CK footnote

Layout by Karen. Kelley Mickus Tumbleweed kit

Layout by Dunia. Fading Emotions Vol.3 by Taylor Made Fading Emotions Vol.4 by Taylor Made Revive Kit by Taylor Made Press Plate N.5 by Paislee Press

Layout by Melissa L. Gina Miller Wild Honey kit, Ali Edwards word art

  • Word art can act as an embellishment and contribute to the design of the layout. Many pieces of word art really are like miniature works of art. They are beautiful and add a wonderful design element to the page!

Layout by Karen. Leora Sanford Kaleidoscope collab with Creashens and Lynn-Marie

Layout by Katie.Papers from Sock Monkey Collab by Kate Hadfield and Holliewood Designs. Word art by Katie Pertiet. Layout sketch design by Cathy Zielske

Layout by Katie.Savoy Truffle Quick page by Teresa Victor from Gina Miller Designs.
Century Gothic font for date

Layout by Katie.Ali Edwards December Daily template. Painted paper from Kate Hadfield. Word art by Taylor Made designs. flower by Holly Designs.

  • Word art can fill in for (or supplement) journaling. We love journaled pages here at The Daily Digi, but not every page needs to be a novel. Sometimes you just want to add a sweet thought or a few words, and that is when word art can be a real lifesaver!

Layout by Melissa L. Girls are Yucky kit by Designs by Lili Lauren Reid Cut Ups v. 2 Lauren Reid Quote Marks 2

Layout by Melissa L. Lauren Reid The Way We Used to Be

Layout by Jenn Life’s Little Surprises by Scrap Matters Designers

Layout by Jenn Happiness by Three Paper Peonies Everyday Love wordart by Sahlin Studio Sparkly Swirls by Rina Kroes Crumpled Edge Border by Rina Kroes Font: Pea So Lovely

Layout by Jenn Vintage Worn/Torn Papers by Sahlin Studio Daily Digi by Vera Lim (bg paper) Composure by TaylorMade (“everyday you” word art) Tapestry Blues by JenLin Designs (beige leaf silhouette, blue bow and ribbon) Vintage Linens by Shabby Miss Jenn (pink leaves) Font: Segoe Print

  • Finally, it’s just plain fun! That is as good of a reason as any! I love to use word art because it helps me feel creative and enjoy scrapping. 🙂

Layout by Katie. Amy Wolf’s barely there papers Maya’s word art. Font is Pea Olson.

Layout by Katie.Film overlay by Katie Pertiet Word art by Jen Wilson

Layout by Katie. Word art by Art Warehouse


Our team picked out some of their favorite word art products for some enabling. All images are linked to the store where each item is available.

Quirky Quotes & Noodle Doodles - Gratitude


Remember Sentiment Stacks

Random Words



Don’t forget to look through your stash to see what pieces of word art you can find to use on a layout. You will even find some in this month’s Digi Files!


In The Designer’s Studio With Gina of Digital Design Essentials

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I am thrilled to be welcoming Gina as a contributor to THE DIGI FILES this month!  Gina has been a “staple” in the digital community since I first started digital scrapbooking and was someone that I have always admired (both her scrapping and designing). Her team was one of my “dream teams” for a long time, until I finally made the call and was able to be on her team for a couple of years! Gina really rocks the boy kits like no one else I know! 🙂

Here’s a closer look at Gina’s contribution to THE DIGI FILES:


Here are some layouts our team created with it:


Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Fonts are Pea Olson and Neato Handprint


Layout by Jacki (and included as a layered template in TDF11), additional supplies:  Gina Cabrera’s Snow Day Kit (TDF11). Font is Calibri and Susie’s Hand.


Layout by Amy W, additional supplies: acrylic alpha by Gina Cabrera DDE April Idea Notebook, fonts-SP Purkalator, SP Wonderful Wendy, Pea Lauren France


Layout by Ana and included as a layered template in TDF11 additional supplies: journal stamp from Something Blue and wordart from Paislee Press Once (both in January TDF11)


Layout by Dunia, additional supplies: Snow Day by Gina Cabrera for TDF-11, Word Art from Cardigan by Paislee Press


Layout by Melissa, additional supplies: Syrin stitching, Kate Hadfield doodled paper alpha, CD Muckosky Teeny Type alpha, fonts are CK_Ali and Amer Type Md BT



Hi, my name is Gina Cabrera, I’m a thirty-something SAHM and live in sunny Phoenix, AZ with my wonderful husband and two boys ages 12 and 16.





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My favorite process for extractions in Photoshop is:

Select>>Color Range



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I stared paper scrapping when my first son was born. In 2002 I got my first digital camera and wanted to create a custom Christmas Photo Card. I immediately fell in love with creating my own designs on the computer and I haven’t looked back. I really wanted to share my designs, so, in early 2004 I launched my site.

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My photos have always inspired me. I love creating papers and elements specifically for my layouts. I then turn all that inspiration into a kit

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I have a PC that my wonderful husband built for his digi obsessed wife. It has 8 gigs of DDR 2 RAM and PSCS2.

My camera is a Nikon D70 with a kit lens, 50mm and 70-300.

I also have a 6 X 11 Wacom Intuos 3.



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Here are some of my favorite Digital Design Essentials products:







Here is some Digital Design Essentials inspiration:


Layout by Katie, supplies: Hello Chickee by DDE, template by Vinnie Pearce (Give me Simple). font is Susie’s hand.


Layout by Melissa, supplies: DDE Neutrality kit, Janet Phillips Template Collection 20, Shabby Princess Clementine alpha, Darcy Baldwin staple, Font is Amer TypeMdBT


Layout by Melissa, supplies: DDE Christmas Joy kit, Ali Edwards Holiday Celebrations word art, Font is AmerType MdBT


Layout by Karen, supplies: DDE Penelope Mega Kit; Fizzy Pop Designs Sidekicks No. 4 template and Funky Wave template; Darcy Baldwin and Lauren Reid Gimme Space font; Darcy Baldwin and Lauren Grier Jacked Up Kina Love font.

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Layout by Steph, supplies: Snapshot of Spring, Digital Design Essentials, font is Traveling Typewriter.


I want to thank Gina for being here at TDD this month and sharing all of her talents with us!  We appreciate it!  Go have a look in Gina’s store at DDE and come back and tell her what you like, tomorrow’s GIFTaway will be randomly selected from those comments that are posted by midnight EST (must include a product name to qualify)! 🙂

To show her appreciation to our readers, Gina has this coupon for all of you:



P.S. Congratulations to Corey M. who is our GIFTaway winner today!  Corey was randomly drawn from all of the registered customers in the store.  She won a $10 GC to Digital Design Essentials!  Check your inbox Corey! 🙂

In The Designer’s Studio With Danielle of Something Blue Studios

Today will mark one of those bigger changes that will be happening this month.

After the results were in from our survey this fall and I saw the things you wanted to know about our contributors, “In the Designer’s Studio” was born.  It reminds me a bit of that show “Inside the Actor’s Studio” where an interviewer asks standard questions to Hollywood stars.  The questions below are the questions you said you wanted asked, along with a few other suggestions you had. 🙂 I hope you enjoy these new designer features! 🙂


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I am so excited to have Danielle of Something Blue here with us this month!  Danielle is one of those designers that I remember from my early days in digital.  She has some great digital products and she is also the home of those very cool magnets you might have seen around!  I love that her designs are always unique and fresh and INSPIRING!

Here’s a closer look at Danielle’s contribution to THE DIGI FILES this month:



Here is what our team created with this very versatile kit (you will see my layouts using this kit on Friday):


Layout by Karen


Layout by Jacki, additional supplies: Font is SmartyPants by Darcy Baldwin.


Layout by Katie, additional supplies: font CK Rugged.


Layout by Melissa (included as a layered quick page in TDF11, minus the fonts), additional supplies: Fonts are CK Becky and Century Gothic.


Layout by Rachael



I am Danielle Catalano-Titus, a New Yorker living in Boston.  I have a wee boy, a sweet girl, a cat, and a husband.  I work full-time as a high school art teacher.






Here is layout by Danielle:



There are a couple of tips on my blog, and here is  a Photoshop tip from my newsletter:

I learned this tip at Photoshop World and wanted to immediately kick myself for not knowing it sooner. So, you know how when you’re trying to use the Elliptical Marquee tool (or the rectangular one – but that’s easier) to select something, and it never ends up where you need it to be? So what do you do? If you’re like me, you start over, or you keep the selection and then use “transform selection” to tweak it. No more! Try this: While you’re dragging that marquee tool, hold down the space bar. Now you can move the selection AS YOU’RE SELECTING IT! Wahoo! Add the shift key to the mix and you’ve got perfect circles, wherever you want them. Hooray!

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Mine is a long convoluted story, but basically I was a Photoshop lover who enjoyed making stuff to “decorate” my photos with before I printed them. I had never heard of digital scrapbooking. One day in summer 2004, a Google search led me to a post about a contest for a Memory Makers Digital Scrapbooking book, and the rules were that everything had to be computer generated. I said “I can do that!”, and so I made some papers and doodads and created a page to submit. It was accepted for the book, and I was hooked. Unfortunately I was only hooked on the contest/publication aspect of it all, and so all of my early pages are not really dear memories but just pages thrown together based on what I thought that particular contest or magazine was looking for. Doing all that led me to some great opportunities, but I don’t submit stuff anymore. I just design because I love it, and scrap if I feel like I have something real to say. And if there’s time. 🙂

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Everything I see. And magazines. I’m a magazine junkie. It’s a sickness.

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I have a Dell PC, and I’m running whatever came before Vista. I have no idea how much ram, but I know it’s not nearly enough and we’re looking into another computer as I type. I’m lucky I even know what ram means. Ask me anything about Photoshop, but don’t ask me about a computer’s innards. No clue whatsoever.

I use Photoshop and Illustrator. Both CS3 right now. I don’t feel the need to upgrade to 4. I think I’ll wait for the next round.

I have a Canon Digital Rebel XT, and that’s good enough for me as I have no idea what I am doing and just shoot on automatic most of the time.

I could not, no way, no how, design without my Wacom Intuos tablet. How did I ever live without this thing?? And I so love my scanner – the CanoScan8800F.


I would have to say my Love Story kit. My most recent thing is almost always my favorite.


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Any of the worn overlays. By a mile.



Here are some of my favorite Something Blue Studios’ products:




Some physical products that you can have made with your digital creations:




Here’s a bit of inspiration using Something Blue products (images without credits are linked to originals):


Layout by Karen, supplies: Something Blue Studios Love Story kit, Paint, and Sentence Strip Wrappers; Font is Darcy Baldwin Angel Baby


Layout by Katie, supplies: Project 365 Quick.ish page by Something Blue Studios (TDF11). Fonts are Fontologie Textura Traced and calibri




I want to say THANK YOU to Danielle for being with us at TDD this month!!  Please go check out her store then come back and leave a comment telling us your favorite SBS products.  Tomorrow’s GIFTaway will be chosen from those comments.

As a THANKS to our readers Danielle is offering 20% off all digital downloads, now until January 31, 2010: TDD20

You can even use the code during her 30% TDD feature sale for an even bigger discount!  All digital downloads are on sale for 30% from now until January 7!

WOW!!  What a deal!!  Thanks, Danielle!


P.S. Congratulations to Kate who is the winner of today’s GIFTaway!  She was randomly drawn from the customers that have purchased THE DIGI FILES to this point so far.  She won a $10 GC to Something Blue Studios!



I am really excited to have Nancie, founder of ScrapArtist, here with us this month!  I’m not sure I will ever forget the day I was cruising through the freebie gallery at ScrapbookBytes and saw her work for the first time!  I loved it!  She was a new digital designer (for scrapbooking anyway), but I wanted MORE! Not long after that, I saw call for a new site that hadn’t even launched yet, ScrapArtist and realized the owner was also the owner of those freebies I loved.  I immediately sent in my application and was thrilled when I was chosen for the ScrapArtist team (she was the only designer there at the time).  Here is Nancie’s contributions to this month’s THE DIGI FILES:



This is the LAST contribution to be revealed from THE DIGI FILES 10 this month.  You can now see EVERYTHING that is included in December’s issue of THE DIGI FILES here.  Then, if you haven’t already purchased TDF10, hurry into the store and grab them, because after December 31st, they will go into the contributor’s store for full retail value!

Our team created some amazing layouts using Nancie’s products:


Layout by Ana, Supplies: Citrus Tea, Nancie Rowe Janitz (TDF10); Also in TDF 10: Stitch Lilli, Syrin; ribbon Snow Day, Tracey Howard Other: Alpha Coloured In, Kaye Winiecki; bracket die-cut from Pencil Lines #157 template; Font: Rough Typewriter


Layout by Rachael, Citrus Tea Paper Set by Nancie Rowe Janitz (TDF 10), Template by VB Designs


Layout by Katie, Citrus Tea by Nancie Rowe Janitz from The Digi Files 10; Template by Ali Edwards; font is CK classical; Me with my younger brother. I was 12 when he was born.


Layout by Amy Wolff; fonts-pea anna banana, pea lauren france; buttons-Amy Wolff


Layout by Karen: Nancie Row Janitz Citrus Tea from TDF10; Danielle Engebretson string frame from TDF10; Pencil Lines template; Jesse Edwards Wildflower alpha; Fonts are Fontelroy Brown and Traveling Typewriter



Nancie Rowe Janitz lives in Plymouth Michigan but we can find her here:



When I first started scrapbooking, I joined an Art Inspiration challenge at Two Peas in a Bucket. We used beautiful pieces of artwork from as our inspiration. After running back and forth to the scrapbook store to find supplies to do the challenges, I realized I could more quickly create my own “backgrounds” using Photoshop. I loved working with brushes and different colors and textures. From there, it was a natural progression to creating digital papers and elements.


I started designing in 2004


Mostly a designer – not much time to scrap lately!


More than I want to think about! LOL! With running SA that is most of my time now unfortunately, so I don’t have much time to design for myself anymore or to scrap. I miss it!


I think it is my Digital Distressing Kit. The reason is because scrappers can use it over and over, plus it includes a tutorial which I really enjoyed creating and hope to do more tutorials.



Digital Distressing Kit (see above).


Thunderstorms, Coffee, My family, Walking in the Rain, The Mountains, The Ocean, the feeling after a great workout, a fire in the fireplace, good friends, great food (not in any order).


Hatred, Violence, Ignorance, People that honk at you in traffic, People that ride your tail in traffic (we have alot of both in MIchigan! LOL!) , the feeling in your stomach when you are running late, stress, watching the news lately, laundry, flying.


Here are some of my favorite products by Nancie:






And now for some fabulous inspiration (layouts without credits are linked to originals):



Layout by Amy, supplies: Holiday Magic Overlays;  Altered Art Background; Mixed Media 1; Schmootzy alpha 4; Stamped Snow; font-MTF Frozen Solid


Layout by Karen, supplies: Nancie Rowe Janitz Sassafrass Tea, Cardamom Tea button, In Bloom elements; Ali Edwards word art; Amy Wolff Altered Art trim


Layout by Katie, supplies: Happyness by Nancie, fonts are Fontologie weathered in-between and CK constitution. Template is unknown (NSD freebie)


Layout by Amy, supplies: Schmootzy alpha 4, ‘Tis the Season Holiday Stamps, Holiday Magic Overlays, Altered Art Background Mixed Media 1; font-Pea Lis


I would like to say a huge THANKS to Nancie for being here at TDD this month and sharing your beautiful artwork with us!! 🙂