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Tag Archives: digital scrabooking
I (Katie) am so excited to bring you another round of “Play it Again” and share with you many different ways to digi scrap the same memory. We love showcasing the many different ways to scrap the same memory and we think it has helped our community realize that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to digi scrap.
This time, the assignment was to use 8 random photos taken with my iPhone camera. I asked some of the best scrappers in digi land to put together a layout with these photos (they had to use all of them) and my journaling. Everything else was up to them. I had a few of the scrappers tell me that this was the hardest “play it again” challenge yet!
Journaling: Summer of 2011 might also be referred to as “iPhone Photography Season” since that’s the camera I’ve had with me the most. I’ve snapped pictures of our evening around the firepit, a miniature golf expedition, a road trip to Logan, and garden harvests. I’ve been able to capture dirt-caked shoes when they returned from camp, scenes from the Shakespeare Festival, and my kids relaxing on long summer days. These might not be prizewinning photos, but they are all moments I would have never caught without my trusty iPhone camera.
I’m crazy about that iPhone embellishment and I love all the blue frames on this fun page. The scatters and ribbons in the background really add a nice finishing touch to this layout. Oh, and I just love that mini book with the journaling on it!
Layout by Tracy Ducar. Gallery link. Credits: Smart Chic by Julie Billingsley, Fonts-DJB Webster by Darcy Baldwin & Clementine Sketch
The font on this layout is just awesome, I’m going to need to download it ASAP! I love the clean look of the photos with the color blocked squares – they remind me of paint chip strips. I like how she used only portions of the iPhone photos with some creative cropping. The subtle colored stripes on the edge of the page add just the right finishing touch. Fun page!
Layout by Tiff Landry. Gallery link. Credits: Froggy’s Cardstock by Gina Miller, Plaid Addict 3 by Rachel Young, Paint Swatch Templates and Vintage Vogue Elements by Sahlin Studio, Sprinkles V3 by Valorie Wibbens, Summer Minimalist by Fruitloop Sally, Photoactions by My Four Hens Photography, Font: Pea Nic Script
This delightful page captures the fun feeling of our summer with the cute embellishments. I would have never thought to add in those special touches, but I love how they add to the theme of the page! Great use of a bold patterned paper in the background paired with some nice clean white space for the journaling.
Layout by Beth (kewl-jive). Gallery link. Credits: Everything from On a Sunny day by Kristin Aagard
I’m loving the alpha on this page, it adds such a great look! Fabulous layering of papers and embellishments and the cluster along the bottom of the photos is fantastic!
Layout by Britanee (britaneejean). Gallery link. Credits: A list of all supplies used- Unique by Designs by Kat & Say It With Ink Alpha by Captivated Visions. Font is Elizabeth Skinny
The flowers on the edge of this layout make me so happy! I love the look of the tilted paper layers and I think the use of multiple types of frames is especially clever!
Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Gallery link. Credits: Captured by MScraps, Botanical Garden Vol. 1 by Redju, Field Trip by Sahlin Studio, Traveling Typewriter font
I love to play along with these challenges as well! I had a hard time finding a template for these photos that had 8 spaces, so I used a 9 photo template and filled the middle spot with paper and a piece of word art. When I have a variety of colors going in a lot of different photos, I try to pick one predominant color to use for my paper choice. Green jumped out at me from several of the pictures so I used that as a backdrop. I had fun with the multi-colored banner and I think it’s a good way to play off some of the other colors in the photos.
Layout by Katie. Gallery Link. Shabby Shoppe Ad Challenge template, Weeds & Wildflowers/Cinzia Designs Everyday Life #3, The Typewriter font by Heather Hess
Isn’t it amazing to see how the same memory can be presented in so many different ways? Every scrapbook artist puts a unique spin on the pages they create, even when using the same photo and the same topic.
Take a minute to explore each layout again and think about which one you prefer. Think about why that one stands out to you and what you like about it. It’s a great exercise to help you learn about yourself as a scrapper and your own preferred style. It also might help you explore some new styles that you haven’t tried before. Its perfectly OK to use several different styles and methods in your own scrapbooking – I do it all the time! When you get ready to work on your next layout, take some time to think about all the ways you could play with that memory and have some fun!
the Ettes Fab 4th, Fontologie Printing Primer font
If you live in the United States or Canada, you probably have a memory card full of festive photos from recent patriotic celebrations. Canada Day was on July 1st and America’s Independence Day was on July 4th. This is the perfect time to scrap those holiday memories so I (Katie) thought it would be fun to share some layouts and ideas with you. Even if you live in another part of the world, you can use this inspiration to help you document your feelings about your own country.
Patriotic pages don’t have to be centered around specific holidays. Many of us have photos of national monuments, museums, and memorials to scrap.
Layout by Wendyzine. Rosey Posey’s Independence kit.
Use the colors of your flag to adorn your national pride layouts – it’s a great way to emphasize the theme!
Layout by Heddy. OH CANADA kit by Miss Mint (Peppermint Creative). Page template by Ingrid Fasquelle (Peppermint Creative)
Capture the official uniforms, tourist sites, and icons of your country.
Layout by Tara. Template #24 from 25 days of templates – By Tiffany Tillman. Elements (leaves keytag) from KTeague Oh Canada kit at Two Peas. Papers from In good Company collab by paislee press and designs by Lenora (Oscraps)
Be sure to document the way you celebrate the national holidays!
It’s also perfectly OK to use patriotic themed products to scrap any type of page!
Layout by Lauren. Template – transformers 9 by lauren reid, old glory alpha by lauren reid papers, chunky frame, swirls, paint, jewels – blue skies blue by fruitloop sally, star stamps – 4th of july stamps by jenna desai
Here’s a list of inspirational ideas to help you scrap about your country:
- What are the most well-known tourist destinations in your country, and why? Have you been to any of them?
- What kind of government runs your country? How are they chosen/elected?
- What makes your country unique? What’s good/bad about your country?
- Tell about the history of your country and what sticks out to you the most when you study about it.
- Are there patriotic holidays? Do you observe them? How do you celebrate?
- What are the colors of your flag?
- How do you feel about your country of origin?
- Do you still live in your country of origin? Why or why not?
- Do you consider yourself to be patriotic?
If you still want even MORE inspiration, be sure to check out these posts:
P.S. Jenna was the random winner chosen from yesterday’s comments and won $10 in product from Studio Rosey Posey. Thanks to everyone that participated!
Layout by Anne. Credits: Papers, alpha and elements by Michelle Batton Designs. Stitches by Anna Aspnes
It’s true that the majority of digital scrapbook layouts shared online in our community tend to be square in size. It seems that most digi scrappers use a 12×12 canvas and either print in that size, or reduce down to 8×8 or even 6×6. Many scrapbook albums are customized for those size of layouts, and many photobooks come with those specifications as well. Even so, there are still many who prefer the rectangle approach of creating layouts in the same standard size of printer paper (8.5 x 11 here in the United States). Although I (Katie) call myself a square scrapper, I’ve done my fair share of rectangle pages and I love them just as much! Let’s explore how and why you might want to use this size of layout for your own projects.
CONVENIENT PRINTING & SUPPLIES
When I’ve asked other digi scrappers why they choose to print in standard page size, many of them have touted the convenience of being able to print from their own home printer. It is also nice to be able to slip a page right into a standard page protector (still a good idea to use archival page protectors) and use a standard 3 ring binder. No need for a specialized scrapbook album or custom page protectors. You can buy the supplies you need for this size of scrapbook right at your local office supply store.
While I didn’t print these pages at home (I used Costco), I liked the convenience and low price of using a standard 3 ring binder for my holiday planner project that I wrote about in this post. I can easily add to it over the years and also include pages printed at home if I choose to do so.
Binder, page protectors, and Avery repositionable note tabs from Office Max
Layout by Katie. Credits in this post.
The nice thing about standard letter sized binders is that they easily fit on any bookshelf. Many scrappers don’t want to store 12×12 albums since they often protrude from bookcases (which is personally why I like the 8×8 size). For me, the best thing about the rectangle size is the portability. I created my travel journal from Kim Lund’s amazing free class in the 8.5 x 11 size so I could pack it along on our Alaskan cruise. I knew that I would be able to slip in the ship newsletters, brochures, and other standard size memorabilia to keep right inside my album. That would have been much harder to do with a square size album!
Album by Katie. See supply list in this post.
I’m currently planning a garden themed notebook to keep track of when and what we plant in our brand new garden. This will be a binder that I add to each year, and I want to be able to take it outside with me. An inexpensive office binder is the best option for me with this project and I like that it will fit nicely on my bookshelf next to my gardening books.
Team member Anne decided to challenge herself with a LOAD (layout a day project) done all in rectangle page format. She said “I did choose the size mainly because I was curious and wanted to get a feel for for the format. I had never done a layout in 8.5×11 before. I really liked it and for some reason it felt like the layouts came together a little quicker, but I guess I will continue to mostly scrap in 12×12 none-the-less.” If you want to change things up a bit, try using a different size of layout like Anne did. I love her rectangle pages!
Layout by Anne. Credits: papers and elements from Kaisa Designs stitches by Anna.
Layout by Anne. Credits: alpha from Kitty Designs papers from Cinzia Designs, One Little Bird Design and Nina Scraps Design, element from Fei-Fei’s Stuff, stitches by Syrin.
Layout by Anne. Credits: alpha by Denise Beatty Originals, papers and element by Fei Fei Stuff
Layout by Anne. Credits: template by Ali Edwards (modified), papers and element from Bookish by Sweet Tomato Designs, alpha by Tracey Howard designs
THE BIG QUESTION – WHAT ABOUT TEMPLATES?
One of the questions we get asked the most here at The Daily Digi is how to adapt 12×12 templates into 8.5 x 11 size? Some rectangle scrappers lament that there are so few products designed specifically for them, but the truth is that it’s much easier to size down instead of up. Papers and supplies need to be created with the 12x 12 digi scrapper in mind because they are still usable to those who want to scrap smaller. Templates sized as 12×12 sell better and have a bigger customer base. The nice thing is that they are easily adaptable for the rectangle scrapper! There are a few template designers who create rectangle templates, but don’t feel like you are limited if you choose to use this format. It’s easy to resize!
Janet wrote a great article about changing 12×12 templates into 8×5 x 11 size, so be sure to check it out!
So whether you are already a rectangle scrapper, or you have only made square layouts, I hope you will feel inspired to change things up a bit after reading this post. Remember, there is no “wrong” or “right” way to scrap your projects and memories. Just let go and have fun!
Credits: Jennifer Fox Memory Keeper
When my first child was born in 1993, I (Katie) ordered a printed page of the historical events on the day he was born. This also includes trends of the times, popular books and tv shows and current news stories. I think I found the company through an ad in a parenting magazine and if I remember correctly, I paid $14.95 for this little treasure that includes interesting tidbits of history and pop culture. It was a great way to add some journaling that has been fun to read and review over the years. I’ve now scanned it and turned this into a digital layout.
Layout by Katie. Papers by Katie the Scrapbook Lady. Background template by Scrapping with Liz.
When my next child was born in 1996, I didn’t remember to purchase such a keepsake. I’ve always felt bad that my daughter didn’t have one of these prints for her own scrapbook. Of course all of this was well before the time that Google and Wikipedia entered my life, but now that I have access to so much technology and information, I can’t make my own version. I love the internet!
I didn’t feel like I needed to include all the same information as the original print I purchased for my son, but I focused on giving an overall picture of what happened on her birthday in history. I also did some research to help me remember the popular movies, books, trends, and news stories of the year she was born. I used some of my favorite online resources to gather the facts:
- This Day in History at history.com
- This Day in History at infoplease.com
- This Day in History at factmonster.com
- On This Day on NY Times learning blog
- On This Day
- Those Were the Days
- The People History
- Pop Culture Index
- Look up individual date on Wikipedia.org
- Do a Google search using the words “this day in history” with the date you want to look up like “this day in history April 28”
- Search for topics like “most popular tv shows in 1996” or “Top movies of 1996” to find pop culture information for the year you were looking for.
- Astrological signs
Here’s what I created:
Layout by Katie. Flergs Sweetness Kit & Scatters. Background template by Scrapping with Liz.
I had so much fun researching the facts for this layout! Not only is this a fun idea for a baby’s scrapbook, but I love the idea of including these types of facts for any year. Wouldn’t these be great details to add to a year in review page? I think I found another new way to digiscrap!
Our readers tell us on a regular basis that our Funtastic Friday posts are one of their very favorite things! There is so much to keep up on in digiland, but we do the legwork for you so you have more time for digi scrapping. Are you ready to see what we are loving this week?
We are SO excited about the new website (Capture your 365) that Katrina Kennedy has created to support, inspire, and encourage people doing 365 projects (or some variation of it). Her intent is to provide a free community space to connect and share 365 photos, pages and products. We can tell already that this is going to be amazing!
After 5 Designs has a very fun looking collab coming out for their 5th of the month special. It’ll be released on the 5th, $5 for 5 days. Don’t miss it!
Chelle’s Creations has this beautiful collection of stacked papers and clusters on sale 20% off until Sunday. Lovely!
Laura Banasiak has several awesome releases this week, one being the new Sew What – Doodads Volume 1
Suzy Q Scraps is doing a “collect-a-kit” daily giveaway for the entire month of March . Typically the links will only be active 24 hours, but she didn’t want The Daily Digi fans to miss out on the first few days. So she’ll leave all the links active thru Sunday, and then start turning them off daily, so no one misses out on the beginning pieces. How nice!
Micheline Martin has a beautiful add on bonus freebie when you purchase her “just a boy” kit. Love the soft colors!
I absolutely adore this fun collab from WM Squared and Graham like the Cracker!
It’s BYOC time at The Lily Pad and these flowers from Kaye Winiecki are just delightful! On sale this weekend.
Liz of Paislee Press has something special for us with Curated no. 2 on sale 20% thru Tuesday, March 8th + an exclusive offer for presslist subscribers: Get Curated No. 3 for free when you purchase Curated No. 2 (look for discount code in the latest paislee press newsletter).
Karla Dudley has 5 new kits available at Design House Digital. Check them out!
Watch out for a leprechaun at Scrap Orchard! Looks like there will be some fun stuff happening!
Jacque Larsen has something fun for us with the new BYOC at The Lily Pad. Pretty Lil Ponies is 20% off all weekend long.
but she’s also offering an additional coupon code for TDD readers only. Coupon good for an additional 20% off this weekend.
the code is: TDD_MAR Thanks Jacque!
Misty Cato has a new blog, so stop in and say ‘hi’ and pick up a great freebie and check out her tutorials!
We recorded a fun new Paperclipping Digi Show podcast this week with Debbie Hodge of Get it Scrapped, Peppermint Granberg of One Little Bird Designs, Steph, Izzy, and me (Katie). I’ll update this post when the show is up.
I’m off to make the rounds now!
P.S. BrendaE was the random winner chosen from yesterday’s post. She won $10 in product from Weeds and Wildflowers!
fontologie textura font
I (Katie) am so excited to bring you another round of “Play it Again” and share with you many different ways to digi scrap the same memory. This is a great way to illustrate some of the many possibilities that exist when it comes to digital scrapbooking! Here at The Daily Digi we really want to emphasize that there is not a “right way” or a “wrong way” to put together a layout. It’s more about capturing the memory, finding your own style(s), and PLAYING! Yes, it’s ok to play and have fun!
Many scrappers feel that the hardest subject to scrap for is older boys/men. I gave some of the best scrappers in the digi community a photo of my teenage son to work with so they could inspire us with some male-based layouts. I decided to give them a photo that has no theme – I didn’t want to make it easier by using a school or video game type of photo, this way the emphasis was simply on him being a guy. The only rule they had to follow was to include my journaling. Everything else (including the title) was up to them!
I love this picture of Alex because he is mid-giggle. His whole face lights up when he laughs and I can’t help but feel like life is wonderful when he is happy. He is growing up so fast, but I love being a part of the journey he is on to becoming an amazing young man!
I was thrilled to see all the different ways this photo was scrapped – all of them are amazing!
Who says you can’t use flowers on a guy layout? The flowers and foilage are a fun mix with the metal elements and title work. This page feels very masculine, but also sweet and cheery. I love the stitching in back of the clustered papers and embellishments. Fabulous!
Layout by Britanee Jean. Gallery link. Credits: ‘It’s About Him’ by Captivated Visions.
I love the cutout of my son on this one, it really makes his handsome face pop. I love the effect of him coming out of the frame to smile at us. The rich accent colors in opposing corners creates a very nice page design and the background is just so cool. Love this!
Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Gallery link. Credits: On The Front Porch and Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow by Plum Dumpling Designs
You Define Me word tag by Chelle’s Creations. Big Ruckus AOE font
I love repeating photos on a layout, it’s a great way to emphasize the importance of the subject. This page is filled with guy-style goodness – the stars & metal accents are great embellishments for a male page. I absolutely adore the title work!
Layout by Tracy Ducar (aka Tracyfish). Gallery link. Credits: Wish Upon A Star by Melissa Bennett. Frame Masks Set #8 by Penny Springmann. Font-Traveling Typewriter
The blending and the cool clustered embellishments make this a stunning page! I love the splatters along the edge of the page as well. Incredible!
Layout by Beth Santos-Gugol aka kewl_jive. Gallery link. Credits: Old cars by Marta Designs.
I’m so in love with the papers on this layout, especially that leafy canvas looking background paper. The fun layers of frames, stitching, buttons, and torn journaling paper around the photo really bring the viewer in to linger on the memory. Beautiful page!
Layout by Brenda (3LittleKs). Gallery link. Credits: Live. Love. Learn. Grow – MScraps Collaboration.
This layout design is so happy and fun! I love the word strips mixed in with bits of paper and embellishments and the color scheme is a favorite of mine. Wonderful page!
Layout by Heather Hess (talktoheather). Gallery link. About a Boy by Designs by Lili and Leora Sanford, Bugga and Frogger by Amy Martin and Zinnias and Swallowtails, The Sara by Heather Hess, Shadow Like Me by One Little Bird, and Totally Rad Photoshop Actions
I love the “Danger – Future Heartbreaker” sign! All the metal pieces on this are just really cool. Totally guy and totally awesome!
Layout by HollyinJapan. Gallerylink. Credits: Industrial Bundle by ViVa Artistry and Studio Gypsy. Font is 1942 Report.
The black and white treatment of this photo is such a great way to keep the focus on my son. I also LOVE that little stamped image of him! The page composition is well thought out because the viewer’s eye moves easily throughout the layout to enjoy each part of it. Wonderful!
Layout by Lorilei Murphy. Gallery Link. Credits: Smile Word Art by Studio Bethany, Of Earth and Sky by Studio Vivarant, Just a Boy by Studio Boutique Cute Dolls
These layouts are all completely different from each other, but every one of them is fantastic! Each scrapper captured my son’s personality and created a great masculine page. There’s no reason to feel intimidated by guy themed layouts, just enjoy the process. Thanks so much to the talented digi scrappers who helped us see all the different ways to PLAY!
Look through each layout again and think about which one you prefer. Think about why that one stands out to you and what you like about it. It’s a great exercise to help you learn about yourself as a scrapper and your own preferred style. It also might help you explore some new styles that you haven’t tried before. Its perfectly OK to use several different styles and methods in your own scrapbooking – I do it all the time! When you get ready to work on your next layout, take some time to think about all the ways you could play with that memory and have some fun!
P.S. Lucrecia is the random winner from yesterday’s post and won $10 in product from Meghan Mullens. Check your email!
In all my years of scrapbooking, I (Katie) never thought I would get scrapbooking inspiration simply from listening to others talk about it. When I first heard of “podcasts” my instant response was a “not interested”. Then along came Paperclipping Roundtable earlier this year (2010). I wasn’t even sure how to download or subscribe to a podcast so I listened to the show right on the website. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed listening and I found myself nodding along in agreement (or not) with the panelists. I was hooked, but I also was longing to hear more about the type of scrapbooking I love – digital scrapbooking.
It was thrilling news when Steph told me that Paperclipping was going to add a digi show and she was going to be the host! I couldn’t believe that I got to be a guest on the very first episode of the Paperclipping Digi Show! It was new, scary, but also a ton of fun! I’ve enjoyed listening to the other episodes since then, and I am learning something new every time I listen. Really, I am. It turns out that even though I’ve been a digital scrapbooker for more than 5 years, there is a lot I still don’t know. More than that, I just love hearing others thoughts and opinions on topics I care so much about (digiscrapping, photography, creativity, and more). Something really cool happens after every show… I get inspired!
Here’s HOW you can listen to the Paperclipping Digi Show:
- All of the past episodes are here, with the most recent one on top. You can use the player to listen to the show right from the website, or you can download the show to listen to later. Also, if you want to see how to subscribe in iTunes, you can watch this video. I highly recommend subscribing in itunes if you can because then you will automatically get each new episode as it becomes available. All you have to do is sync your itunes to your iPod, iPhone, or iTouch. Or you can always listen right from itunes. Did I mention that the show is FREE?
- Once you are ready to listen to the show just push the play button like you would for a song. You can listen to it all in one setting, or listen and pause as needed to fit your schedule. I like to listen in my car while I’m driving around because it makes my errands much more enjoyable. My kids (age 13 & 16) even find it interesting and they tell me that Izzy (the producer) is their favorite one on the show (even over me!) lol! He makes me laugh so I guess I can forgive them for that. Sometimes I will listen to the show right on my computer while I scrap or unzip and put away files. I have heard that many listeners enjoy the podcast while exercising. The format is very portable and so easy to access!
- As I listen, I always want to check links and ideas that are mentioned. Izzy includes links in the show notes that are great to check out. I also go back and listen to each show again (if I wasn’t by my computer the first time) and take a few notes so I can fully explore the information given.
- YOU can also submit ideas and comments by responding in the comments field of each individual show. If you listen, you will hear that the mail segment comes from the listeners and that is what influences the discussion topics as well. I love that the show is all about what real digital scrapbookers want to hear about! It’s also interesting to just go read the comments after listening to a show because the listeners will often post even more helpful links and ideas.
So try a FREE podcast episode and let us know what you think. I’m sure you will be both entertained and inspired!