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Credits: Things I Heart About You by Studio Blagovesta and Worn Page Edges by Lynn Grieveson
Today I was thinking about laundry. I’m a mom to two little kids, so it’s a near-daily chore for me. I’ll bet it’s a regular item on your to-do list, as well.
I line dry my laundry as much as possible. Beyond the fact that it environmentally friendly and gentle on clothes, seeing laundry on the line is very satisfying to me. I stand in my window and watch it blow in the breeze. It’s oddly relaxing to watch nature take care of drying the clothes. There is nothing for me to do beyond pegging the clothes on the line. The drying just happens.
Although I line dry almost everything, my favourite item is bed sheets. The smell of linens dried on the line is heavenly! On the days when my sheets are freshly line dried, I find myself coming up with reasons why I should go to sleep at 8:30 pm. It’s just too tempting to snuggle into those comfortable and fresh sheets.
I’m so into the smell of air-dried laundry that I even line dry in the winter!
(Although they do need a 10 minute fluff in the dryer afterwards to soften them up!)
Sometimes, laundry on the line can add a touch of excitement to an otherwise regular day. We’ve found that our family can really pull together to get laundry off the line quickly when the wind starts picking up, indicating an imminent rain storm. I pull the laundry off the line and toss them at my husband to pat down into the hamper. My daughter helps gather clothespins. We can have a load off in under a couple of minutes, when it’s needed.
Even if we’re too late, and the laundry on the line gets wet – no harm done. I just leave it and know that it will dry eventually. The sun always comes out again.
Now, if only I enjoyed the actual folding and putting away part of laundry!
Have a great day!
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!
Credits: Booked for Life by Pink Reptile Designs
Books are a big part of the every day routine around our house and the night-time story is our favourite way to end the day. I thought it would be fun to share some of our favourites books. Are any of your favourites on the list? What books do you recommend?
Babies First Library Books (0-2 years)
2007: My almost one year old daughter, pulling every book in her room off the shelves to read.
These are the books that I read to my babies, over and over and over, while snuggling them on the rocking chair. I have many of them memorized! I wouldn’t trade a second of that time. Introducing a baby to books is special and time well-spent.
When we celebrate friends and family who are having their first baby, our go-to baby gift is a basketful of books like:
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
- Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- My World by Margaret Wise Brown
- Oh My, Oh My, Oh Dinosaurs! by Sandra Boynton
- Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- Tickle the Duck by Ethan Long
- Time for Bed by Mem Fox
- Wheels on the Bus by Raffi
- Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet by Matt M. Napier
2011: My almost two year old son, post-nap, flipping through a dinosaur encyclopaedia.
Books for Growing Readers (3-5 years)
2013: My six year old daughter reading to my three year old son. I love this so much!
I love reading these books with my kids. I remember reading many of them when I was a little girl myself. In some ways, it’s like introducing my kids to some of my “old friends”.
- Amelia Bedilia by Peggy Parish
- Corduroy by Don Freeman
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
- Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
- Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry G. Allard Jr.
- Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry
- The Scrubbly Bubbly Car Wash by Irene O’Garden
- The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
- Slinky Malinki by Linley Dodd
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Novels to Share Together (4-8 years)
2012: My six year old daughter holding up a copy of Little House In the Big Woods. When we visited the pioneer village, she held her copy of the book and kept a lookout for a house similar to the one of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Now that my daughter is older, we have enjoyed reading novels together. We’ve read many on this list and hopefully we’ll eventually read them all together.
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
- The B.F.G. by Road Dahl
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
- Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Sainte-Exupéry
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
As a last note, if you’re looking for ideas books for adults to read, check out this past post here. Lots of great ideas!
Now I’m off to pick up a book!
A couple of years ago, I decided that I wanted to put on a “Cousins Camp” for all of my nieces and nephews (and my own kids as well). It turned out to be a huge hit and is still a much talked about event with all of the kids. It thrills me to death that we were all able to create some amazing memories. Since going through the planning stages of these events (we’ve done two now), I’ve always thought it would be fun to share with our readers some of the fun things we did and how I was able to incorporate my digi skills.
Tips for Success
- pick your dates – we found that 2.5-3 days was perfect.
- pick a FUN theme for each day – the first year we did movies only; the second year, we did a combination of books and movies.
- divide and conquer – I planned all of the activities and my sisters took care of the food. I thought that was a great deal!
- Collect ideas for activities – planning the first Cousin Camp in the Spring of 2011 is what motivated me to finally give Pinterest a chance. Trying to track all of my ideas in Evernote was becoming a problem and taking too much time. The second year, I found setting up a pinboard for each theme worked out great and pinned as I found stuff. Now, I call Pinterest the new Google and wouldn’t really even have a need to leave it to find enough ideas.
- remember the ages of the kids – be sure the activities you plan can be varied by age (our ages the first year were 3-13).
- limit activities – plan 5 or so activities each day and then let them play and just enjoy being together.
- take photos – take lots of pictures and be sure to hand the camera off to others.
- expect bumps – expect there to be bumps and remind yourself that it’s okay. Depending on the ages of the kids, their might be tears (hopefully not yours). Just remember, it’s about the memories being made.
I recommend choosing themes that are popular, to make it easier to find activities, ideas, and printables. The first year, our themes were:
- Despicable Me
- Toy Story
- Gnomeo and Juliet
The second year, our themes were:
- Harry Potter
- Dr. Seuss
All of these themes turned out to be really fun! Probably the most difficult to find theme specific activities was the Muppets theme (more on that below).
Each day included:
- a themed photo booth first thing
- 3-5 activities and/or crafts
- a themed snack the kids could create
- we tried watching the movies after lunch, but the kids just wanted to play, so that’s what we let them do
Fun Printables To Create
I put my digi skills to work and made some fun printables for each day. The big crowd pleasers the first year were definitely the tickets to get in and the water bottles.
For the water bottles and tickets, I used the following supplies:
- Water bottle label template from Persnickety Prints (there is a tutorial there as well)
Despicable Me (first bottle on left) font:
Gnomeo & Juliet (center bottle) font:
Toy Story (right bottle) font:
I actually had the Toy Story invitation made at a website that is now defunct and then I made the Despicable Me and Gnomeo and Juliet invites myself. I would have ordered those too, if they would have had graphics available for it. Now, knowing what I know about Disney copyright, I’m wondering if the images weren’t licensed. Everything appeared to be on the up and up, but that’s what Disney doesn’t want: confusion or the appearance of being affiliated with them or using licensed characters with their permission.
I did create a ticket template that you can use for your own Cousin Camp (or any other personal event or purpose). Download it here. They are designed to put two of them on a 4×6 canvas and print as a 4×6.
Here are some ways to find licensed characters that you can legally use for your own personal projects:
- Google the movie or book name and find the official website. Many official websites have printables that you can download and use to create things using the tutorials above (this is how I found most of the things I used for Despicable Me (they are all gone now though) and Gnomeo & Juliet).
- Spoonful.com is an official Disney site that has a lot of printables for download available. Just use their search bar and type in the movie name along with printable and you might be surprised all you find.
- I used the same sites as listed above to find printables that I could use for photo booth photos.
- I also searched on Oriental Trading to find props. I found eye glasses for each cousin to have on Despicable Me Day and then the next year, bought the same glasses and popped the plastic out to use them for Harry Potter Day. I also found Gnome hats there.
- There are a lot of fun, themed activities out there and Pinterest makes them super easy to find. Thanks, to Katie, I was an early Pinterest adopter and back then, you wouldn’t find a ton of activities by searching. I was mostly Googling and then pinning. What a difference two years makes!
- I found that it was easy to take traditional childhood games and put a spin on them to fit our theme (potato sack races became ‘frog races’ on Muppets Day).
- By searching Oriental Trading, I was able to come up with ideas for fun activities. I found a 500 piece foam Gnome set for $8 that I used for a Gnome Hunt (we hid the gnomes all over my moms yard and the kids had fun finding them). We used the leftovers for a craft project.
- Take activities from the movies or books. We used little plastic lawnmowers for a relay race, based on the races in Gnomeo & Juliet.
One of the most loved and talked about activities was this past summer as each cousin was able to work on their own scrapbook of Cousin Camp as it was happening.
I bought some very inexpensive notebooks from Oriental Trading, let the kids cover them in Duct Tape, and each day I printed their photo booth pictures as well as a group photo for each of them and let them glue them in the book and add stickers. It was simple, but most of them really loved it. My youngest daughter spent a lot of time on her book and decided that she LOVES scrapbooking. Now, almost a year later, she still loves her Cousin Camp Scrapbook and can be seen looking at it often.
Here are my Pinterest Boards filled with activities and food that we have used for past Cousin Camps:
I’m not sure if we will be doing Cousin Camp this summer, but if we do, one of the days the theme will be “Wreck It Ralph”. You will know Cousin Camp is on if I start pinning on some new boards!
From the very first time The Digi Files were introduced, we’ve had a very fun and unique way of revealing them each month. When the new files are ready for download on the first of each month, we don’t post all the previews here – it’s a surprise for our members as they go to open each one of the 7 collections included in that’s month’s set of Digi Files. Have you ever wondered why we do it this way?
When Janet Phillips founded the site back in January of 2009, she had a vision that we still follow today. These are her exact words from the very first month of The Daily Digi’s existence.
Each of included designers have created something special just for THE DIGI FILES. These products (mini-kits, element sets, etc) are new and never-before-released. The hope is that you can safely and inexpensively try new-to-you designers as well as stock up on stuff from your tried-and-true favorites. We worked hard to bring you a range of styles and stores and we hope that you will be THRILLED with your purchase!
We won’t be showing you the contents of THE DIGI FILES right away (that’s part of the fun!) However, throughout the month that TDF are available, we will be spotlighting the individual designers. You will get to know a little about them, about their work, AND you will get to see what they contributed to TDF. So, if you are unsure about buying “sight unseen” you can wait and watch throughout the month.
More than 4 years later, our members still love the surprise each month! Many of them call it “Daily Digi Day” or say it is like having birthday presents to open each month. We would never want to take away the fun of that!
We don’t post the Digi Files previews until each designer’s special feature day. This gives our readers a chance to see each collection on it’s own and get to know the designer who created it. Even though I have already seen (and scrapped with most of) the contents of the files well before the month begins, I really look forward to these feature days. When I read about the designer and see all the great layouts from the team, I fall even more in love with the kits and templates. It’s such a fun way to keep the excitement of The Digi Files alive all month long.
It’s also a great solution for those who don’t like surprises. All they have to do is wait for some of the reveal posts to see if they want to buy the files. Once they have seen one or two collections that they like, they already know they will get way more than their money’s worth! Each kit included in the files is the same value as the price of the entire Digi Files. Oh, and the playbook alone is well worth the cost so it’s a win-win no matter what!
To keep it fun, we kindly ask everyone not to share previews of the kits on blogs, pinterest, or anywhere online until after the reveal date for each contribution. That keeps the original intent behind The Digi Files in place and helps us feature and honor those designers who have contributed their amazing talents to make the files a success!
There would be no Daily Digi without The Digi Files and we are so grateful for the designers and for our members who make this magic happen every month!
When I was at CHA in California the past January with many other business owners in the digital scrapbooking community, we found ourselves commenting often how nice it was to be with people that wouldn’t be offended when we checked our phones. I found myself apologizing to Katie as I was answering a customer service email and felt relief wash over me when she said, “Are you kidding me?! Don’t apologize! It’s so nice to be with people who get it!”
When I came across “Mom on The iPhone” via Jennifer Wilson on Pinterest, I clicked over and read the post. I admit that I cried. There it was right there. So many of the reasons I am on my iPhone when I am out and about and someone was telling me it was okay. Someone understood me! I think it’s really easy to cast judgement, but we just don’t always see, or know, the whole picture of someone’s life. I quickly sent a link to my mom and sisters and repinned it. Almost immediately, Katie sent me an email saying that it would make a great post.
Please take a moment and read “Mom On The iPhone”. Feel free to come back here and share your thoughts.
As a side note: I really enjoy following Jennifer Wilson’s “Food For The Mind” Pinboard on Pinterest. I’ve found some very thought provoking, and uplifting things to read through the pins there. I highly recommend it.
Credits: It’s a Boy Thing journal card by Cluster Queen Creations
I sheepishly confessed in a January 2012 article that I didn’t own a cell phone. My family was planning a big road trip in the summer of 2012 though and that motivated me to pick one up. The convenience of that little flip-phone must have been the push I needed to jump into technology wholeheartedly because I picked up my first ever smartphone in February. What a life changer! It’s been less than two months and already I wouldn’t want to go back to not having one. It’s so handy.
Like most people with a new smartphone, I immediately starting looking for the best apps. Over the years, Steph and Katie have written some great posts about favourite apps:
- Daily Digi iPhone App and A Tour of Our New App
- Smart phones, iPhones, and iPads for digital scrapbookers
- Using a smartphone to make more time (and material) for scrapping
- Telling, Collecting, and Sharing Memories with Just Family
- Confessions of a 365 Quitter
I thought it was time to do an update on useful apps. I left it as a simple list so that any new smartphone owners reading this can quickly run through the list. Wherever I could find links for the Android or iPhone version of the app, I put them beside the app name.
(As always, before downloading anything, do your own research to make sure it will work with your device and is safe.)
Email and Social Apps
- Gmail (Android / iPhone)
- Twitter (Android / iPhone)
- Facebook (Android / iPhone)
- Facebook Messenger (Android / iPhone)
Entertainment and Music
- Feedly (Android / iPhone)
- StumbleUpon (Android / iPhone)
- SpringPad (Android / iPhone)
- Pinterest (Android / iPhone)
- Kobo eReader (Android / iPhone)
- TED Talks (Android / iPhone)
- YouTube (Android / iPhone)
- Shazaam (Android / iPhone)
Scrapbooking and Memory Keeping
- The Daily Digi (iPhone)
- Layout A Day (iPhone)
- Memory Jar (Android / iPhone)
- Collect (iPhone)
- Everyday.me (iPhone)
- Gratitude365 (iPhone)
- CNN (Android / iPhone)
- BBC News (Android / iPhone)
- Flipboard (Android / iPhone)
- CBC News (Canadian) (Android / iPhone)
- The Weather Network (Android / iPhone)
- Camera+ (iPhone)
- Instagram (Android / iPhone)
- Over (iPhone)
- Montage (iPhone)
- VSCO Cam (iPhone)
- Flickr (Android / iPhone)
- Incredibooth (iPhone)
- Photo365 (iPhone)
- Snapseed (Android / iPhone)
- Phonto (Android / iPhone)
- Repix (iPhone)
- Picfx (iPhone)
- Afterlight (iPhone)
- Travelgram (iPhone)
- Flayvr (iPhone)
- Pixelgarde (Android / iPhone)
Productivity and Utility Apps
- Evernote (Android / iPhone)
- Weave (iPhone)
- Motivated Moms (Android / iPhone)
- Google Drive (Android / iPhone)
- Dropbox (Android / iPhone)
- Angry Birds (Android / iPhone)
- Cut the Rope (Android/ iPhone)
- Where’s My Water? (Android / iPhone)
- Boggle (Android / iPhone)
- Scrabble (Android / iPhone)
- Plants vs. Zombies (Android / iPhone)
- Checkout 51 (Canadian) (iPhone)
- FlyerFlo (iPhone)
- Red Laser (Android / iPhone)
- RetailMeNot (Android / iPhone)
- AnyList (iPhone)
Health and Food
- MyFitnessPal (Android / iPhone)
- WebMD (Android / iPhone)
- SparkPeople (Android / iPhone)
- Allrecipes (Android / iPhone)
That’s a lot of apps! And yet I’d love to hear about YOUR favourites! Please share your most-loved apps in the comments so that other readers can find them too.
Digi burnout? If it hasn’t happened to you yet, it will. Even though I’m completely passionate about digital scrapbooking (and memory keeping in general), I still get burned out at times. I hit one of those creative walls on Friday and felt like I couldn’t stand to do anything scrapbook related at all this weekend. I’ve had that feeling before and it has lasted anywhere from a few hours, to more than a year. The year-long hiatus happened in 2004 before I discovered digital. Fortunately, since going digi in 2005, I’ve never suffered from burnout for more than a few weeks. I just can’t stay away and I always find something that gets me inspired to get going again.
Is this the same as losing your mojo? It’s hard to say because it’s different for everyone. For me, burning out is more serious than feeling like I’m uninspired or out of ideas. Burnout can mean that you doubt you want to (or are able to) create anymore at all. It happens to all sorts of creative people and it’s not fun!
If you are feeling burned out on something that used to give you creative joy, I have a few tips to share:
Check for underlying physical issues
Are you tired? Overwhelmed with other responsibilities? Short of time? In poor health? Any time your body and mind are not running with a full tank of fuel to keep them going, you run the risk of burnout. You will feel more like yourself if you are taking care of your physical and mental needs. This will mean you are more likely to enjoy creative endeavors.
Are you bored?
Have you fallen into a creative rut and stopped trying new things? Even the most talented artists evolve throughout their careers. It’s ok to explore new avenues and try new things. If you’ve always used a template, try scrapping without one for a change. Take an online class. Listen to a podcast. Browse through some galleries for inspiration.
Feeling like a perfectionist?
Are you hung up on perfection issues? If you can’t let yourself make mistakes, you will never be able to create anything. This can be a paralyzing trap that will keep you stuck for a long time!
Turn off the computer
This might seem like strange advice from a daily website that is all about helping you find resources, ideas, and motivation to capture your memories, but even we recognize that sometimes you just need to unplug for awhile. Step away from the computer for awhile and do something completely different. This seems to be the approach that helps me the most when I’m suffering from burnout. I minimized my computer time over the past two days and focused on cleaning, gardening, and going out with my family. It has helped tremendously and I feel like I’ll be ready to get back to my beloved digi scrapping very soon. Don’t underestimate the power or taking a break!
If you are a Digi Show listener, you know that I refer to our listeners and readers as our PEEPS. It came about because just calling ya’ll ‘listeners and readers’ sounds so generic and anonymous but I thought ‘friends’ sounded a little preschool. So, peeps kind of stuck.
When I saw this pin on Pinterest, I knew I needed to make a printable version for all of our peeps to print out and use:
Source: scrappinwithmybug-scrappinwithmybug.blogspot.co.uk via islandmom on Pinterest
Today, I’m happy to share a printable with all of our peeps, so you can make some little gifties to share with your peeps! They are 4×6 printables. I bought some 6×13 cellophane bags with a gusset and some smaller 4×5 bags. I cut the 6×13 bags down so they were just big enough to fold the top edge over and put the printable on. You could also use a standard sandwich zipper bag. I printed my toppers at Persnickety on the pearl cardstock (I did some on matte cardstock as well, but the photos here show the pearl).
You just need to print, fold in half, and staple to a bag of peeps. So easy and fun!
As you can see above, the printables come in two versions: one that says OUR peeps and one that says MY peeps.
I love shopping for cases to protect (and show off!) my technology. I’m a huge fan of the Speck brand phone cases because they have an extra little rubberized bumper feature to protect your phone if it drops. The above image is the exact case that I keep my iPhone 5 in. I love that it isn’t too slippery and it’s very thin and compact. I’ve dropped my phone a few times, and the case has really helped protect it!
My son carries his phone everywhere with him, but doesn’t want to carry a wallet. This Speck smartflex case was the perfect solution for him because now he can keep his ID card with him and not have to carry anything extra.
My daughter wanted a phone case with more storage and asked for this one for Christmas. It’s quite bulky (which would drive me crazy), but she loves it! Several of her friends have asked her where she got it because they want one too.
My husband likes a very minimal case that doesn’t add any bulk at all to his phone. His favorite case is the iFrogz Breeze.
I confess that I always browse through the phone cases when I see them in stores because I just think they are cool to look at. I wish I could buy more of them! Here are some that have caught my eye – some are only for iPhones, but several of them are available for other brands of smartphones as well so be sure to check the linked websites for more options.
monogrammed cases from Pottery Barn Teen
a Lego phone case? Why didn’t I know about this?!
The Speck flexcase has a popout back for viewing ease.
This wooden case is so beautiful!
How about a decal to make your phone look like an instant camera?
The pocketbook case is very elegant.
Isn’t this the perfect theme for a Galaxy phone?
I love the whimsical look of this case!
Check out this made to order phone case. So creative!
If you need the toughest case around, you might like OtterBox armor series, which is waterproof and drop-proof.
And if you want to get really fancy, try making your own custom case.
You can use your own photos to make a custom case, or choose from branded logos.
If you’re the noncommittal type and like to change covers often, you can buy a clear case and change out photos and/or scrapbook paper (think digi!) as much as you like.
What’s your phone wearing? Do you love your case? Let us know if you have a great one that hasn’t been mentioned here.
P.S. As always, no affiliate links were used in this post.
P.P.S. Congratulations to last week’s reader, KT, who has won $10 to Captivated Visions. Thanks for commenting!