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Sometimes, when my life gets overwhelming and feels out of control, I remind myself to just do the basics. Take care of the basic things that NEED to be done and start eliminating the extras. What might be extras and what are basics are probably different for me than they would be for you, but the idea is the same.
When I was thinking the other day about how much I wanted to create some layouts and document some memories, I decided it was time to get back to basics in my scrapping. Even though I work in the industry, I’m not that different from most of you. I have a lot going on, I want to do far more than I have time for, and creating layouts quickly falls to the bottom of my list. I know, from past experience, that if I want to scrapbook, I have to make it priority and make it happen.
Here’s how I got back to the basics:
- Last week, I decided that on Monday (of this week), I would spend a few hours scrapping. Everything else would wait. I kept that time slot open on my calendar.
- At 1:30pm on Monday, I stopped answer calls, stopped checking texts, and closed my email. (see how I’m getting rid of the extras here?)
- I had a list of stories in my head and heart that I wanted to tell on a layout. I picked one of them.
- I found a photo that would help me tell that story and skipped the editing (getting rid of more extras)
- I chose a SIMPLE template that had ONE photo spot.
- I stuck with ONE kit.
- I love manipulating shadows and can work with them for hours. I skipped the complex shadow editing this time.
In just 30 minutes, I was finished with this layout:
I was so excited because I had time to scrap MORE! So, keeping with just the basics, I created TWO MORE layouts (it typically takes me at least an hour to scrap ONE layout):
It felt SO GOOD to just spend time in Photoshop, creating and getting down some memories I’ve had stored up waiting ! THAT is why I love this hobby! That is why I do what I do! THAT is why I need to get back to basics in my life and in my scrapping more often!
What about you? Is it time for an appointment with your software and supplies?
Kate Hadfield all the everydays. LD Elementary font.
Every month in the team forum here at The Daily Digi we check in with each other and talk about what is going on in our lives. This month, I noticed right away that we all seem to be feeling overwhelmed after the recent iNSD weekend. We all did quite a bit of digi shopping and downloaded a lot of digital files and now we are trying to get motivated to organize our new stashes and get scrapping again. My guess is that a lot of you feel the very same way right now. This is the perfect time to rely on The Daily Digi to help!
Get it all downloaded
Be sure that you have downloaded everything you ordered. If you didn’t download the files immediately as you purchased them, log back into each store account and check your order history. Some stores have expiration dates on their downloads so you don’t want to put this task off too long. Here are some resources to help you:
Organize your files
Organization systems range from the simple to more complex. Some scrappers don’t organize at all but just move their purchases to an external hard drive to save space on their main machine. Others might tag their supplies, or use folder based systems to put things away. There is no right or wrong way to manage your digital goodies as long as you can find and use them. What’s most important is to find a system that works for you.
- Digital scrapbook organization
- Using and organizing the digi files
- Organizing in lightroom
- Lightroom organization FAQ
- Scrapbook supplies reorganization
- Organization ACDsee style
- Picasa – a free and useful tool
Find inspiration for using your supplies
Don’t just let all those new supplies sit on your hard drive forever, find the inspiration you need to use them! There are so many great resources out there to help; creative team layouts, store galleries, flickr groups, blogs, and more. Of course, we have a ton of ways to help you here at The Daily Digi as well! Try searching through our archives or take a look through our Flickr group for ideas. Here are some other helpful links:
- Finding inspiration in your stash
- Going through my gallery favorites
- Scrapping with specific supplies
- Topics to scrap
Keep it manageable
If you have a lot of supplies to sort through, try breaking the task up into smaller pieces. Decide to put away 5 files a day until it’s done or turn on the television or listen to The Digi Show to keep you entertained while you get everything sorted out. Don’t forget to reward yourself with some time to play with your new goodies!
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.
My mom and I were discussing digi scrapping the other day during one of our phone conversations and she asked me where she could go to see a lot of layouts. She’s been looking for inspiration now that she’s really started digi scrapping (go Mom!) and she wanted to look through a large pool of ideas. I quickly reminded her about the Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration Flickr group and she was amazed to find out that there are more than over ELEVEN THOUSAND layouts posted there. She literally said “WOW!” and I have to agree! We have almost 700 members posting inspiration creations in the group every single day!
Polka dots, stripes, & chevron + a beautiful neutral background make this page a winner in my book. I love the darling photos and the journaling is fabulous!
I love the look of pocket scrapping pages and this two-page spread is just filled with wonderful details of everyday life!
This page displays a grid of photos in a wonderfully artsy way. I love the hinges, layers, and stitching used here.
I admire those who are good at clustering because it really is an art form on it’s own. The grouping of elements is so fun here and the shadowing is really nice!
It’s always fun to see a well done layout without any photos. It takes some creativity to pull this off and I love the snippets of words and paper strips on this layout.
I adore shadow pictures and the speech bubble next to the photo is the perfect finishing touch. Great side cluster also!
This page made me want to read the journaling and find out the story behind the map. I love layouts that draw me in like that and the design and journaling are just wonderful!
I take a lot of photos so I loved seeing how so many pictures were included on this great layout. I bet everyone who celebrated Easter together loves looking at this page!
This page has so many fabulous details! I love the collection of journaling cards paired with the cute girl and embellishments. So fun!
I’m always amazed at how a quick trip through the Flickr group lifts my spirits and gets me in the mood to digi scrap. Thank YOU for all the inspiration!
Supplies: The Daily Details by The Digi Chick
Raise your hand if you started a new scrapbooking or photography project on January 1st. It’s a popular time of year for people to kick-off Project Life, Project 52, P365, and other on-going scrapbooking projects. I’ve been browsing the galleries and I am so inspired by all the creative spins on these projects!
So today, let’s do a quick “check-in”. How is your project going so far?
I decided to undertake a photography challenge and a scrapbooking project. For photography, I participated in a Photo-A-Day challenge for the month of January, which I highlighted earlier in the month. It was a great project and I’m thrilled with the results.
In scrapbooking, my project is a combination pocket scrapbook album and Project 52. I’m using the pocket-style pages and scrapbooking weekly spreads over the course of the year. And so far, I’m really enjoying the project!
Here are my pages so far:
Supplies: Pockets No. 6 Stitched by Valorie Wibbens, Layered Up In You December Journals by Lauren Grier, Journalers by Valorie Wibbens, The Everyday by Valorie Wibbens, Not Pictured by Allison Pennington, Force With You It Is Journal Cards by Valorie Wibbens and Emily Merritt, Love Me Overlays by Amy Jaz, Open Polaroid by Amy Martin, A New Start by Little Butterfly Wings, Doodlings No. 1 by Emily Merritt
Supplies: Pockets No. 6 Stitched by Valorie Wibbens, Layered Up In You December Journals by Lauren Grier, Let Your Dreams Fly by Jenn Barrette and Little Butterfly Wings, Love Labels by Wild Blueberry Ink
Supplies: Project Live Laugh Love by Mommyish and Pink Reptile Designs, Pockets No. 6 Stitched by Valorie Wibbens, Writer’s Block Vo. 2 by Paislee Press, Mega Label Pack by Amy Wolff, 4×6 Photo Collages No. 1 by Designs by Lili, Cliff Notes Warm and Fuzzy by Allison Pennington, For the Love of Journaling The Strips by Allison Pennington, Layered Up In You December Journalers by Lauren Grier, It’s A Date by Shawna Clingerman
Supplies: Pockets No. 6 Stitched by Valorie Wibbens, Doodled Stamps by Amy Jaz Designs, Journal Cards by Amy Jaz Designs, Musings by Pink Reptile Designs, 4×6 Photo Collages No. 1 by Designs by Lili, 3×4 Photo Collages by Designs by Lili, Memory Keeper by Paislee Press
I completed week 5, but I used some products that haven’t been released yet, so I’ll have to share that one at a later date!
Supplies: Pockets No. 6 Stitched by Valorie Wibbens, Pagekraft by One Little Bird Designs, Everyday Journal Cards Freebie by Miss Tiina, 4×6 Photo Collage No. 1 by Designs by Lili, 3×4 Photo Collages by Designs by Lili, Raw Color Paper by Micheline Martin, DJB Digi JenLin font by Darcy Baldwin
Think It’s Too Late to Start? Think Again!
If you’re interested in starting a project like a pocket scrapbook album, but you think you have to wait until January 1, 2014, think again! I started my album in October. Why? Because the amazing pocket scrapbooking-related products finally wore me down and I could no longer resist them! Now that I’ve been doing it for a while, I am so happy with the project.
Share Your Pages
Leave us a note in the comments with a link to your project pages, or share them on The Daily Digi’s Flickr page. We’d love to check out your work!
Anyone who has heard me on The Digi Show or read my posts here will know that I’m a very avid Flickr fan. I use Flickr as another backup source for all my full size photos and digital layouts. Here are some of my past posts that explain how and why I use Flickr this way:
- A Flickr tutorial for digital scrapbookers and photographers
- Introduction to our Flickr group
- 20 reasons why you should use Flickr
Obviously, I’m all for uploading photos and layouts to Flickr! Today, I want to show you why YOU might want to consider adding your layouts to our Flickr group Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration.
YOU can shape the content of The Daily Digi
We regularly look at our Flickr group pool for ideas and inspiration for posts. When we see what YOU are scrapping, we know what you want to learn about here on the site and we also can see what type of products you enjoy using. All of this helps us know what types of designers to invite to The Digi Files and what type of posts you will be most interested in. One day as I was browsing through the pool of layouts, I fell in love with this one and it ended up inspiring an entire post about scrapping the movies!
Here are a few other posts that were influenced by the group:
- How digital scrapbookers document their holidays
- Let your inner artist come out and play
- Chevron love
YOUR layout could be famous!
When we find a fabulous layout in the Flickr group, we love to share it here on the blog with our readers (we always link back for credit). YOU can inspire THOUSANDS of digital scrapbookers! These are some of my favorite posts to put together because I get so many great ideas to scraplift and inspire my own creativity! Here’s a page that jumped right into my “favorites” on Flickr and I shared in the post about Moment Scrapping vs. Event Scrapping.
A few more posts where I shared some of my favorite layouts from the group:
Open to any type of layouts with any type of digital supplies
Most store galleries are “closed galleries” which means you need to post layouts using only their products (or a majority of their products). This is totally understandable since that store is paying for the space and management of the galleries where the layouts are posted. We are able to take a different approach though by using a Flickr group. Because we love ALL types of digital scrapbooking from hundreds of designers (we’ve featured more than 200 designers to date!), we wanted to have a place where anyone could post any type of digital layout. There are only a few things that we ask:
- No product previews – we just want to see layouts
- It must be family friendly. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the group
To keep the group running smoothly and according to these guidelines, Steph and I must approve every single layout that is posted to the group. That is why you won’t see your layout appear in the pool immediately, but we both check the group several times a day and so it usually doesn’t take long.
I like posting to the Digital Inspiration Flickr group because I don’t feel all of the pressures that I do with other galleries. I still comment on other layouts occasionally and I add a lot to my favorites, but I don’t feel obligated to leave a certain number of comments. I appreciate that it is a very casual and friendly environment! I’ve gotten to know some great digi peeps because they have left nice comments on my own layouts and we have been able to interact with each other in the group.
Here’s a layout that I just added to my favorites yesterday. I would love to scraplift it!
We will notice YOU
We don’t add to our team very often, but when we do…we often invite scrappers who regularly post to our Flickr group. Because Steph and I need to approve each and every layout, we see them and notice those who post a lot of great pages. We often reminisce that we found Heddy through the Flickr group and I think you will all agree that she has been a wonderful addition to the site. I love her posts!
Here’s a layout from Kimberly Kalil, another team member who is active in the group. I love her layouts!
So what are you waiting for? We’d love to see your digi creations so be sure to post them in the Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration group on Flickr!
PS. Congratulations to Victoria who has won $10 to one of Kaye Winiecki’s store. Thanks for commenting!
It’s been awhile since we’ve done a Play it Again post where we celebrate that there are many different ways to document the same memory. I always love these challenges and it’s so fun to see what each scrapper comes up with. This time, I decided to turn one of my previous personal blog posts (which is also a form of memory keeping) into a layout.
Here are the photos I gave each scrapper:
Journaling to include:
I’ve been talking about getting back into sewing for quite some time now. I’ve made a few attempts, but I was so unhappy with my old sewing machine (a Brother model I bought at Costco several years ago. I was also unhappy with the machine I had before that (a refurbished Elna from my Mother-in-Law that she gave to me the first Christmas I was married). I was starting to believe that every sewing machine I ever touched would have constant bobbin jams. I started to think that was part of sewing… stitch a little, then go back and fix the bobbin jam.
Finally, I decided to do something about it! I read several reviews about Janome sewing machines and decided to purchase this model: Janome DC3050
I’m VERY happy with it! I hemmed 3 pairs of Levis for Riley last week without a single problem. I tested it out on several fabrics with many different settings and it never failed. Now I’m really excited about sewing again! I did a lot of sewing as a teenager and in my early married years and I’m looking forward to really helping my Riley learn how to sew. I have a bunch of fat quarters that I’ve been collecting for someday and I guess that “someday” is now! Now I have no excuse (other than lack of time) for not sewing. Even though I’m very busy, I want to carve out some time for this type of creativity and SEW I will!
January 6, 2012
Each digi scrapper could use any products and scrapbooking methods they wanted to create a layout for this challenge. The only requirement was to use the journaling that I gave them. It was so much fun to see how each of their creations turned out!
Anne (from The Daily Digi team) used such delightful embellishments to emphasize the story of sewing on this page. I especially love all the stitching and the look of pieced fabric strips! Anne also did a great job framing the layout with a lot of fun border details.
Credits:Template from Collection 104 by Janet Phillips (highly altered by me). Edge treatment from Heart Art: On the Edge by Sugarplum Paperie. Papers & elements Sew, mama, sew from Juliana Kneipp. white backgroundpaper by AH designs (from Storyteller collab)
Lorilei Murphy let her creativity shine on this layout and I love the way she included the journaling in such a unique way. This page has the feeling of a quilt that has been stitched together and embellished – a perfect touch for a sewing themed layout!
Credits: Pretty Things by Studio Karen Lewis. ArtiStitches No. 1 by Studio Ztampf! Sew Special by Studio Dawn Inskip. Handmade Stitches by Studio Bethany. Sewing word art pack by Studio Emeto. Date bits by Studio Rosey Posey.
Britanee (britaneejean) placed emphasis on the story of the page with a nice big journaling space and a fabulous cluster of supporting elements. I absolutely love the pattern tissue alpha and the great attention to small details like the scatters of sewing pins!
Credits: Sew Crafty – Chelle’s Creations & Erica Zane, Inspired by Life Templates – Sugary Fancy Designs, Rock the Shadows – Tracie Stroud, Spring Script.
Emilie Stevenson used a Project Life type of approach for this layout and I love all of the journaling cards and darling flowers and butterflies. Oh, and the chevron paper is so great in combination with the other patterns!
Credits: Everyday Life 2013 Bundle by Wishing Well Creations. Everyday Life Templates Volume 2 by Wishing Well Creations. Lace from Bessie’s Treasure Box by Kimeric Kreations. Font: A Chick Signed My Yearbook by Michelle Batton
Brook Magee created an incredible layout with so many pretty additions to play up the sewing theme. I especially love that she used a phrase from my journaling for the title of the page! I also adore the lined paper used for the background to add some visual interest without overwhelming the rest of the layout.
Credits: Daydream by Zoe Pearn & Erica Zane. Woodelicious No.1 by Mari Koegelenberg (woodgrain alpha). All Doiled Up Alpha by Kristin Cronin-Barrow. I Love Me Some Brook Font by Darcy Baldwin (journaling). Yep, That’s Life Brushes by Darcy Baldwin & Brook Magee (“love this” stamp). Costura (font used for date)
I always like to play along and create a page of my own for this challenge. I had a great time using sewing related embellishments and I layered and stacked my photos and papers around the story of the layout.
Credits: Pink Reptile Designs & Studio 68 Handmade with Love. Scrapbook Lady Selects template (from The Digi Files #49 January 2013). CK Journal font.
I bet you agree that every layout is special and meaningful. I love all of them and each one does a great job of recording a memory that I want to share. What type of layout would you create with this memory? What style appeals to you most? Review each page design and think about what you like about it, or what you would do differently. You will learn a lot about yourself as a scrapper by doing this activity. Remember, there is no “right” or “wrong” here, just different creative expressions of the same memory. If you really want to grow your own digi skills, be open to trying new things. It’s ok to play with different styles and just have fun!
P.S. The title graphic was made with Sew Crafty by Chelle’s Creations & Erica Zane.
As I’m returning home from the CHA (Crafts & Hobby Association) show, I have trends on my mind. Last week, we discussed the trends we had noticed in the past year on the latest episode of The Digi Show. I was curious to see if the paper world agreed with our picks when I walked the aisles of the trade show. I found that the digital designers of our community have definitely had their pulse on the trends (or even created them). No big surprise there! We are lucky to have instant access to so many incredible designs!
Here are a few of the notable things we mentioned in the podcast from digi land that I definitely saw in a big way at CHA:
PROJECT LIFE + PROJECT LIFE-ESQUE PRODUCTS
Becky Higgins’ Project Life approach have taken the digital world by storm and we almost declared 2012 the “year of the journaling card.” lol! Really, there are journaling and filler cards all over the digital scrapbooking world and the booths at CHA were also full of them. I love these little cards for fun accents and/or journaling spots on any type of layout – not just for Project Life!
Here are some of my favorite digi picks:
SIMPLE LINES MAKE GREAT DESIGNS
Chevrons, houndstooth, stripes, and bold colors and lines are timeless classics that have been enjoying their day in the sun lately. I can’t get enough of them!
Here are some of my favorite digi picks:
LITTLE BITS OF GOODNESS
Doilies, arrows, wooden papers & pieces, cutout words, and chalkboard effects have been very popular lately. All of these trends are very “in” right now, but I honestly can’t see them going “out” any time soon!
It’s nice to know that the designers in digiland are on the cutting edge of the latest and greatest. I want my memories to look their best and I appreciate having beautiful products to help me create great pages!
P.S. The title graphic was created with Little Butterfly Wings This is My Story and I Love Rock & Roll.
Credits: The Silver Reed by Heather Joyce and I Believe In Miracles by Pink Reptile Designs
With the new year just around the corner, many scrapbookers are planning on starting a new project. Here is a list of a few ways to consider documenting your 2013.
PROJECT 365 or PROJECT 52
To do Project 365, you commit to taking at least one photo every single day for an entire year. (Hint – go easy on yourself if you miss a day here and there!)
I’ve seen Project 52 interpreted as a photography challenge (52 weekly photos) and as a scrapbooking challenge (52 layouts). It’s whatever works for you!
- Confessions of a Project 365 Quitter by Steph
- Four Months and 11 Days by Janet
- About P365 at Photojojo
Project Life was created by Becky Higgins. Using a simple grid format and pre-sized journaling cards, you can document your life quickly and consistently. It can be paired with P365, but it does not have to be! Some scrappers do a 2 page spread every week and others scrap as they have material. You could even do it on a monthly basis. Project Life is whatever you want it to be.
Peppermint Granberg of One Little Bird Designs and Christine Newman of Listgirl started the New 52 project. Basically, you try something new-to-you each week, take a picture and write about it. You can note it on your blog or scrapbook about it.
The “Take Twelve” challenge encourages you to take 12 photos on the 12th day of each month.
At the end of every month, Katie answers a standard set of questions. It’s a wonderful keepsake to see what has happened each month – and can even be the starting point for future scrapbook pages. I haven’t done a round-up every month, but I have scrapped a few and I love how easy it is to answer the simple questions and document an entire month.
Lynette at NettioDesigns documents her favourite things and moments from each month. What a great and positive gratitude project!
A WEEK IN THE LIFE
Ali Edwards documents a Week In the Life each year. This project aims to capture all the little moments in a typical family life through photography and journaling.
- Katie on her Week in the Life project
I love to follow Ali Edwards’ December Daily album as she documents her family’s December days.
- Pinterest boards for December Daily – here’s The Daily Digi’s December Daily board
- Katie’s fun and easy approach to December Daily
- The DigiShow episode about December Daily
Are there any other projects that you would enjoy learning more about? What projects are you considering for 2013?
In our community of digital scrapbookers, there are many different ways to document our lives on a page. There’s no “right” or “wrong” way to digiscrap – we love all methods of memory keeping! There’s also a wide variation in the way we all celebrate this holiday filled time of year. Again, it is not a one size fits all situation. Different religious beliefs, cultural ideals, and personal preferences mean that there are multiple ways to make memories. One of the great benefits of gallery surfing is that we get to take a peek into everyone else’s lives and enjoy their experiences as well.
Here are some of the ways digital scrapbookers are documenting this holiday season:
Amy Jaz’s clean & simple December Daily pages are a great showcase for the everyday holiday-related celebrations her family is enjoying.
Stacia Hall created a collage type of page about the holiday music that isa central part of her traditions.
A mixed religion family often has many holidays to celebrate. Alamama did a great job of capturing their beliefs.
RebeccaH focused on the religious meaning of Christmas with this darling photo paired with simple text.
Norton94 captured a night of Hanukkah traditions to remember.
kpmelly documented a special holiday recipe.
Snaggletooth was not afraid to use digital art and journaling to express her holiday-related depression. This can be a difficult time of year for many people.
mizbizibee paired a stunning Christmas tree photograph with a holiday quote to create this beautiful digital layout.
Kelleanne recorded a child’s list for Santa.
How do you celebrate? How are you documenting your holiday traditions? We’d love to see your creations so don’t forget to post them in our Flickr group!
P.S. the title graphic was created with Digital Design Essentials Holiday Cheer kit. Also - Congratulations to last week’s readers who have won $10 to one of December’s featured designers: LSquared (Michelle Batton) and Sandy H (Mommyish). Thanks for commenting!