SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT — Scrapbook Graphics


Today’s SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT is near and dear to my heart.  Scrapbook Graphics was my digi home for almost two years.  After about six months at another store I was invited to join SBG and there found a wonderful home for my designs — and for me.  I LOVED every minute of working with Maya and Becky and always appreciated the way the store was run — both for customers and for designers.  The STUDIO CREW — the site CT — was also incredible!  They were always full of ideas, encouragement, and loyalty.  When I had my fourth baby, the Studio Crew showered me with gifts — far more than my own friends and families. Writing Maya to tell her I was leaving the site to start THE DAILY DIGI was one of the hardest emails I ever had to write.  Although always changing and growing, SBG will always be a part of me.

Okay…I could gush for a long time but I have SO MUCH to show you that I better get moving…starting with the SBG contribution to THE DIGI FILES 6 which are only available until the end of today!  So you better not miss out on your chance to grab this and MORE.


The Studio Girls’ Impressions of Travel Add-on coordinates with The Studio Girls’ Impressions of Travel July collab. Add-on was created by twelve of the Studio Girls and includes: 7 backgrounds, a 14-page brag book, 1 suitcase silhouette, 1 journaling stamp, 1 rain overlay, 1 cloud element, 1 folded paper piece, 1 frame, 1 paper strip, 1 word art frame cluster (in both shadowed and non-shadowed versions), 1 airplane charm on chain, 1 quick page, 1 embellished tag, 1 airplane overlay, 1 “you are here” arrow, and 1 piece of travel flair.

Here are some pages and projects from THE DAILY DIGI artist team:

max-first-glimpse-042109Layout by Karen: SBG Travel Add on from TDF 6, Janet Phillips template; Fonts are Fontologie Printing Primer Lowfat and Waterfalls
kids_trip2kl_01_webLayout by Jacki: SBG Travel Add on from TDF6 Font is typewriter, messy stamps by Michelle Coleman
discover_web450Layout by Janet: SBG travel add-on from TDF6, stitching by Syrin at Catscrap

jul30Project by Kelly: “I made the quick layout into a canvas and added a piece of ribbon to it to jazz it up a bit.”


Scrapbookgraphics was founded in 2003 by Canadian designer Janice Dye-Szucs (known in the digiscrap community as Maya) as her own personal store. In 2006, Maya decided to ask some very special designers to join her in expanding Scrapbookgraphics into one of the premiere digital scrapbooking sites on the internet.  With the technical assistance of her husband Mick Szucs this dream has become a reality. Though Studio Girls have come and gone over the years, Maya continues to find incredibly talented designers, many new to digital scrapbooking from careers in illustration, graphic design, fashion and traditional scrapping.  These artists relish bringing the digi community the fabulous designs they’ve come to expect from Scrapbookgraphics.  Currently hosting 28 designers from eight countries, Scrapbookgraphics is known for having an eclectic mix of digital scrap styles, from fantasy to vintage to traditional paper looks, there’s truly something for everyone at SBG!

The current Studio Girls include: Maya, Doris Castle, Jen Caputo, Berna Datema, ON Designs (the brother and sister pair, Oliver and Nicole), Baers Garten Designs (Iara Gomes-Baer), Lorie Davison, Wendyzine Scraps, Birgit Kerr, Studio Flergs (Megan Farrow), Studio Manu (Manuela Zimmerman), Natali Design (Vendula Sediva), Phuong Ton, mgl Scraps (Monica Guerra Leiria), Hillary Heidelberg, Ziska (Fraziska Altmann), Ellie Lash, Lotta Designs (Olga Karpowicz), Bluebell Designs (Sylwia Adamiec), sussieM Designs (Marzena Mazur), Tangie Baxter, Alana McCarthy, em-ka Designs (Malgorzata Kaszowska), Line Design (Line Aligand), Glam Fairy (Stephanie Trouvé), Miss Vivi (Emilie Vigié), Peta Boardman, and Studio Arisu (Alice Che). You can find out what the Studio Girls have been up to each week by subscribing to the Studio Skinny, SBG’s weekly newsletter showcasing new items and sales. You can also find the Skinny online HERE.

Many of the Studio Girls have their own newsletters and blogs, too.  You can find the current list of available newsletters and challenge blogs in the SBG forum.  A list of the designers’ personal blogs is available over at the site’s blog, Studio Matters. It’s totally worth signing up for all the Studio Girls newsletters…you’ll find the best savings and free goodies that way!

While the Studio Girls keep the store stocked with all sorts of luscious scrapping supplies, the Studio Crew, Scrapbookgraphics’ Creative Team, keeps the gallery, forum and blog hopping with challenges, slice-of-life essays (Raven’s Ramblings and Miss Behaving), tutorials, free stuff, and wonderful inspiration! This 27 member team currently brings you the following challenges: Frameworthy (artist inspiration), I Can Scraplift That Page of the Week (one lucky community member’s layout is selected for scraplifting), I Can Use That Font (font challenge), Photo Book Challenge, Studio Starts (SBG’s weekly prompt challenge that includes We Can Build It, Color It Combo, and List It challenges), the Desktop Challenge and the monthly RAK Challenge (photo swap). In addition to these challenges, Tangie Baxter hosts the Altered Artspiration challenge every Friday, and one Studio Girl is featured on the blog each Monday in what the Crew calls “Play Days.” Play Days are especially fun because you never know when there’s going to be a free gift, a discount code or a chance to win a prize!  Everyone that participates in the Studio Crew’s challenges is entered into a random drawing for a chance to win a copy of one of the Studio Girls’ monthly collab kits, a great incentive to play along!

Speaking of the monthly collabs… The Studio Girls’ “Impressions of…” series has become a much-anticipated and loved offering at Scrapbookgraphics.  Each month the Studio Girls bring you a themed sampler that is jam-packed with the best they have to offer.  It’s a great way to try out designers you may not have purchased from in the past, while enjoying your favorites’ contributions to the megakit.  The July collab, Impressions of Travel, was designed to help you scrap your summer vacations, and Scrapbookgraphics’ portion of The Digi Files for July includes a coordinating add-on to this collab.  Upcoming themes include Impressions of Change, Impressions of The Harvest and Impressions of Traditions.

One of the really fun things that Scrapbookgraphics has been doing the past year is hosting their Cover Girl Call.  Every quarter, layout artists are given an opportunity to win a spot on the front page of the store, as well as the chance to become a Studio Temp on the site CT for a month.  The winning artists also receive $25 for their PayPal accounts! This call also serves to help Studio Crew coordinator, Becky Troxel, find new team members.  So, don’t be bashful!  During the next call, make sure you send in your Scrapbookgraphics-only layouts to service@scrapbookgraphics.com.


Peta Loves...being a big kid, because she has kids, she has the right, too!
Peta’s Bugged By…tomatoes and super slow drivers.
Line Loves…the smell of rain that has just been falling … specially in SUMMER!
Line’s Bugged By…hypocrisy and people dissatisfied!!
Birgit Loves…water. Water in every shape or form. Bath, shower, ocean, rain, puddle, in a glass, you name it … she loves it!
Birgit’s Bugged By…thumping stereos (and the inconsiderate people owning them that think everyone needs to listen to their music all hours of the day and night!)
Wendy Loves…Movie Night!
Wendy’s Bugged By…bugs of any kind.
Emilie Loves…walking barefoot on a freshly cut lawn.
Emilie’s Bugged By…her so, so slow computer!!
Stephanie Loves…chillin’ by the sea.
Stephanie’s Bugged By…taking public transportation!
Doris Loves…sitting with her kids on the porch swing.
Doris is Bugged By…waiting in lines.
Lorie Loves…Muppets!
Lorie’s Bugged By…cat litter.
Phuong Loves…coffee.
Phuong’s Bugged By…burnt coffee.
Malgosia Loves…dancing and horses (but in the first place are her children: Mati and Amela)
Malgosia’s Bugged By: hypocrisy and envy.
Alice Loves…strawberries!
Alice is Bugged By…being insecure.
Jen Loves…her backyard!
Jen’s Bugged By…cigarette smoke.
Iara and Manu Love…chocolate!
Iara’s Bugged By…the telephone.
Manu’s Bugged By…spiders!
Berna Loves…ice cream (especially lemon and passion fruit).
Berna’s Bugged By…the fact that eating ice cream is not helping her to lose weight!


Now let’s see some of the amazing and eclectic mix of products at SBG (all images are linked)





























And now…SBG has some freebies for you!  Check ’em out!





Thank you, SBG, for being with us at THE DAILY DIGI this month.  You know I {HEART} you!


SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT — Kristen Rice (K Studio)

Spot Lit Wall

One of the things I love about spotlighting various designers from around the digi world is the variation. Some designers have been around “forever” while others are much newer to the community. Both have something amazing to offer. Kristen Rice of K Studio (After Five Designs) has only been designing since November 2008 — and yet, looking at her stuff, you would have no idea. Her work is filled with tons of fun and fresh elements, funky templates, and some kickin’ shadows and other scrapping/designer tools. I had so much fun looking through her shop. I just know you are going to see something you love! But first, let’s look at her THE DIGI FILES 6 contribution.




I just LOVE this mini kit — the earthy tones, the fun photo texture, and I am so happy that she includes shadowed and unshadowed versions of her elements (I am totally shadow-challenged, so I like that I can have realistic shadows on my pages). Make sure you take the chance to grab this kit (and a ton of other stuff) — all for $5.00. Tomorrow is the last day!

Here are some pages from our team:

through-the-trees_webLayout by Janet: Organic Girl Mini from TDF6, stitching by Syrin, Fonts are Typewriter Scribbled and CK Ali’s Writing
linsey-free-spirit-071908Layout by Karen: Organic Girl Mini from TDF6, Spotted Dog Designs Block It shape template and Folks Light font
dinnerdance09Layout by Rachael: Organic Girl mini from TDF6, Sanded Edge Action from Atomic Cupcake
tdf6-kristen-duniaLayout by Dúnia: Organic Girl Mini Kit by Kristen Rice (TDF6), Organic Girl Template by Kristen Rice (TDF6), Fonts: 1942 report and Abrazo Script



Name: Kristen Rice
Hometown: Originally from a small town in Ohio, then moved to Columbus, Ohio about 10 years ago to enjoy the city life!
Family: Married to Lonnie for 8 years, and Mom to 3 beautiful kids: Myah, Kyle, and Owen (6, 3 1/2, and 2), and our German Shepherd mix, Storm (9 years)

STORE: K Studio @ After Five Designs

BLOG: See Kristen Scrap

I loved scrapping so much, and was very involved in it. And, I began getting requests for templates and people asking if I was going to be designing anytime soon, and so I thought I would give it a try! The rest is history, as they say!

Since November of 2008.

Proud to be both a scrapper and designer! I am not sure that I could successfully do one without the other! I love them both! And, I can only design things that I am able to scrap with. 😉

Yikes! LOL! I would say most of my week is devoted to designing, and then advertising, scrapping, etc. I also am an Administrator at After Five Designs, so I do customer service and other related stuff. This is my only job now, so I really devote a lot of time to it. I would say at least 40 hours a week, and most of my designing gets done after my hubby is home to help with the kids!

I would say that I love my White Wash presets quite a bit and use those on a lot of my photos! It is a favorite of mine


I believe my best selling product is my Shadows Perfected Layer Styles


  1. my family
  2. coffee
  3. iced tea
  4. being outside in the sun
  5. scrapping
  6. designing
  7. my camera
  8. watching movies
  9. laughing
  10. spring weather

  1. rainy days
  2. rudeness
  3. noisy toys
  4. uncomfortable shoes
  5. a morning with no coffee
  6. humid weather
  7. dry hands
  8. cleaning the bathroom
  9. paying bills
  10. having to go to sleep in the middle of designing because I can’t keep my eyes open any longer, lol!


Now I want to show you some of my favorite products from Kristen’s shop!









And here are just a FEW of the G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. layouts I found using stuff from K Studio. AMAZING!








A Special Coupon for K Studio (Kristin
Rice — see Sponsor Spotlight below). Good for 25% off your order until
August 31! Woo Hoo!


Thank you so much, Kristen, for being with us here at THE DAILY DIGI this month. The fact that you have only been designing since late last year is totally amazing and inspiring! We can’t wait to see how far you go!


I ♥ Faces


This is just one of those sites that I HAVE to share! So, so, SO cool!

IheartFaces is an awesome photography site. The site was born out of a love for people photos. Each week, they have a theme and there is a challenge to take a picture (or show an older one) that fits the weeks theme. You blog it, flickr it, etc. and you post your link. Then, the photos are judges, winners are chosen, and they highlight some of the best photos for the week. Here are just a few of the things that make challenge rock:

  1. I love all the different themes…so cool to see SO MANY people tackle the same subject, but with totally different results
  2. I love that the challenges force you to think about themes in new ways — to stretch yourself, try something new, and forge a new trail
  3. I love that they allow beginners, amateurs, and professionals to participate
  4. They have some really cool themes! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the feet week they just had! Check out what is coming up:

  • Week 30 – Aug 3rd – “My Story In Photos: Summer Edition”
  • Week 31 – Aug 10th – Crazy, Silly, Funny Face
  • (There will be a special “Pets” category during Week 31)
  • Week 32 – Aug 17th – Bubbles
  • Week 33 – Aug 24th – Nostalgia
  • Week 34 – “Before & After”
  • (This will be a non-competition week)
  • Week 35 – Sept 7th – Contemplative
  • (There will be a special “Pets” category during Week 35)
  • Week 36 – Sept 14th – Completely Candid
  • Week 37 – Sept 21st – Blue
  • Week 38 – Sept 28th – Excited!

In addition, the site has some cool things like Fix It Friday (where you can edit a photo and show the results — woo hoo!) and some great giveaways and tutorials.

I’m so stoked about this place…I LOVE a good challenge! Hope you check it out!


Working With White Balance

photographyclass_450*Today’s post is a guest post by THE DAILY DIGI artist team member, Ana.


How to get better colors in your photos

It’s a family gathering and you want to take a group picture. You get everyone together, set the timer on your camera and snap that perfect family picture that will sure end up in a beautiful scrapbook page. Just then, you realize people in the photo looked like they came from another planet, with a bluish tone to their skins.

Okay, there’s Photoshop. For us, digiscrappers, it’s somewhat easy to just fix the photo. But I’m sure you agree with me it would be useful to learn how to set your camera so that it cuts photo editing time. And that’s where white balance comes along.

White Balance is a special setting that adjusts the colors of the image as accurate as possible. Our eyes don’t notice the different shades of colors, so the white we see indoors is the “same” white we see outdoors. Our brains just say “Yep, that’s white” and that’s it. The camera is not so smart though, hence the yellowish, bluish tones that we get sometimes. Actually, the real explanation to why this happens goes back to physics, color temperatures, light and so on. We’ll not go there.

In your camera you will notice a button WB. This stands for White Balance. It comes with some presets: Auto White Balance (AWB), Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash and Custom. Some cameras also have Kelvin preset, mine (Canon Xti) doesn’t. The auto preset is fairly good, but when you start playing with white balance you notice that there is a big difference when you choose the right preset.

See my example below:

The first 2 images don’t have much difference in color. The doll was placed by the window, no lights were on in the room.

The shade preset makes the image warmer. The cloudy preset is slightly cooler than the shade one, still warmer than the first two presets.

The big difference is on the last two images. Those are totally wrong for the light available, making the white bluish. If I had the lights on, and had placed the doll somewhere else (not by the window), the tungsten preset would be the best. In this case, the natural light ones (daylight, shade, cloudy) would turn the image yellowish.

Now it’s time for you to play with your camera. If you have it on the auto mode, you won’t be able to change white balance presets. Get Out of Auto and see how you can enhance your images by learning how to operate your camera better.

If you want to learn more about White Balance, check out these articles:

Understanding White Balance, Cambridge in Colour

Pro Tip: White Balance 101, Webshots Blog



Spot Lit Wall

Shabby. Artistic. Texture. Warm. Cozy. All this and more.  Dianne Rigdon, long time verteran of the digi world, is with us this month at THE DAILY DIGI and we are totally honored.  Dianne has been a main pillar of the community for as long as I can remember.  Not only is she a fabulous designer, she is also a savvy woman who speaks the truth and is there to ask the hard questions.  Her love of all things shabby and her willingness to go where her heart leads make her designs totally unique and totally inspiring.  I can’t wait to show you my favorites!  But before I do, let’s see what Dianne created for THE DIGI FILES 6 — available as part of an awesome grab bag for just a few more days!


I just LOVE this totally-Dianne worn and shabby alpha.  I am always on the lookout for alphas that can be used over and over and this is definitely going in my stash! Look at the great layouts by our artist team!

tdd_ana_diannerigdonLayout by Ana: In TDF 6: Fade to White (alpha), Dianne Rigdon; Sunny Disposition (papers), Taylor Made and Summer Sorbet (journal card and ribbon), Zoe Pearn
Other: Flowers Spring Align, Kaye Winiecki (TDF4) and stitching, Lisa Whitney. Font: DJB Lindsey, Darcy Baldwin

blessedLayout by Rachael: Everything from TDF6: Fade to White Alpha by Dianne Rigdon, Organic Girl by Kristin Rice, Summer Sorbet by Zoe Pearn, Pretty Little Picnic (paper) by Sugarplum Paperie

max-time-flies-0709Layout by Karen: Dianne Rigdon Fade to White alpha (from The DigiFiles 6), Heartbeat kit, Get Creative frame and buttons; From ScrapArtist’s Get Creative collab — Gabi string, Aja Abney stitch, Danielle Donaldson fabric strip; Font is Audrey Neal Baby Birdie


Layout by Janet: Fade to White alpha by Dianne Rigdon for TDF6. Barefoot kit by Shabby Princess. Staples also by SP. Paint strokes by Michelle Coleman.


Hi I am Dianne Rigdon! I am a transplant to California from the east coast but I have been here so long I just call it home. I homeschool my three kids and like to craft and have tried out a lot of hobbies and arts. I just love a new project, especially when I can carve out some decent time to devote to it. That’s how I got into digital scrapbooking and designing.

STORE: Dianne Ridgon Design at Scrapartist

BLOG: Dianne Rigdon Design

Like I mentioned above, I got into digital scrapping and then designing just to try it out. I love to explore new crafts and the computer thing was an easy no muss craft that blended with my lifestyle of living with Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and little kids! Prior to scrapbook designing, I was dabbling in web and blog design. I found this kind of design was demanding and there was lots of cool stuff to discover and there was no icky html and css to worry about! Just colors and pretty stuff!

I started at Scrapbook Bytes in early 2004 on the design team and when they opened the store, I was one of the first designers selling there.

I think I am both, but because I have made digital design a business focus, I am woefully behind on my scrapping. Sigh. I simply feel too guilty to get done with “work” and then “play” on the computer while there are kids and puppies and hubbies to spend time with.

ou know, I purposely do not keep track of the hours. But it’s a lot. It feels very full time jobbish at times, but nice because I can pare it back when I need to and fit it into my family schedule. It helps that my dh is very supportive and helpful, as are my kids. They are proud of what I have achieved.

I totally can’t pick a favorite product. Some of my favorites have been retired, but I tend to like my most recent work the best. Maybe if I had to pick a recent fav, it would be my Rainy Days collection



It is  a spring time translation of my earlier Tuesday Afternoon collection.


I don’t really keep track of sales like that. I just create and hope people buy it! 🙂

  1. God
  2. The Bible
  3. family
  4. good friends who love me even tho I am a dork
  5. color and contrast
  6. rain and clouds
  7. the ocean
  8. Jose’s Butterscotch Toffee Coffee
  9. finding new pretty stuff – like good smelling hair product or delicious glittery nail polish. Recent purchases are Kenra deep moisturizing conditioner (smells like coconut cotton candy if that’s possible) and Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color in Fairy Tale Ivory.
  10. watching my kids grow up (this one belongs on my bug list too, because it’s just going way too fast!)

  1. hatefulness
  2. stupidity
  3. my brittle fingernails
  4. arguing
  5. saying things I wish I could take back
  6. wasting time or doubling back
  7. feeling tired all the time
  8. losing my keys
  9. being late (although I often am!)
  10. complaining


Now I want to show you some of my favorite Dianne products…oh what I would do if I had time to scrap all day…

(all images are linked)








And I have to draw special attention to this last product…WHERE WAS THIS WHEN I NEEDED IT!  Oh my… how much this would have helped me when I was on a bazillion creative teams, was buying a ton of product!  Even now, I could totally use it to keep track of the pages I really want to do.  Oh Dianne, how I love thee!



And now a few gorgeous layouts using Dianne’s designs:








Thank you, Dianne, for being with us here at THE DAILY DIGI this month!  We are so delighted for you to share your art with us!

And as a thank you to our DAILY DIGI readers, Dianne has a special coupon for you



Not Just For Christmas {Christmas in July}


For those of you new to the site, every Sunday we do what is called “the UN-digi.” We talk about things totally unrelated to digital scrapping.  It isn’t bad to take a break once in a while, is it? You can check out the archives for all the fun stuff we have seen on Sundays for the past six months!


In keeping with our CHRISTMAS IN JULY theme, I want to talk about the idea of gift giving in general.  It’s not just for Christmas.

A few weeks ago, we were driving in the car with the kids.  I had a welcome basket in the back full of stuff for a new family moving into town.  I was making and writing a card to leave for them in their hotel room, as well as putting on the finishing touches to the basket for their new home.  My six year old looked at me and what I was doing and said, “You really like to make things for people, don’t you?” I stopped, looked at her, and said “Yes, I really do.”

In that moment I knew that I have at least started the process of raising kids with a giving spirit.  After all, as parents everything we truly want our kids to learn has to start by it being modeled. I want my children to grow up understanding that gifts are just as (if not more!) fun to give than to receive.  And I want them to understand that gift giving isn’t just for Christmas (or birthdays).  Gifts can be given all year ’round.  Gifts are a sign of our love, care, and thoughtfulness toward someone else.  Those things don’t need a holiday!

Here are some ideas for making gift giving a regular part of your life (and for your kids):

  • Sponsor a child through an organization like Compassion International or World Vision.  Have your children help write letters to your sponsored child.
  • Bake a double batch of cookies and save one for yourself and give one to a set of friends.
  • Make cards for people and send them out for no reason.
  • Have a surprise “un birthday” party to celebrate someone you love.
  • Write notes to your kids and put them in their lunches
  • Offer to watch someone else’s kids so that they can have a night out
  • Drop of a box of doughnuts unexpectedly at someone’s house
  • When you go to a baby shower, bring two gifts: one for the baby and one for the mom
  • If you buy your kids a special treat at the store, wrap it up before giving it to them
  • Have your kids pick out their own gifts for each other (there is nothing I have loved more than watching my children really think about what they want to buy for a sibling!)
  • If you are good with your camera, offer to take pictures for another family (how many families do you know that have NO pictures of them all together?)


There are so many ways to teach, model, and practice a giving spirit. When gifts come for no reason other than love and care, they mean so much more.

What are some ways you teach your kids to have a giving spirit year ’round?  I would love to hear them!


Gettin’ Crafty {Christmas in July}



Before we get started on on today’s post, I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who commented and emailed about my December Daily album. Ali was truly my inspiration for it, and I am honored that she would feature it on her blog. If you are stopping by THE DAILY DIGI for the first time, WELCOME! We are glad you are here. In short, we are a blog/site dedicated to bringing you great information and inspiration on digital scrapbooking each and every day. We are also home THE DIGI FILES — a “grab bag” of digital scrapbooking products from a variety of high quality designers. Each month, for just $5.00, you get a TON of great digi products. This allows you to try a bunch of designers for very little money. They contents are a secret but we slowly reveal them throughout the month. You can get a look at the whole DIGI FILES 6 if you look HERE.

A bunch of you asked questions about my album:

1. What kind of paper did you print on? I was going to use matte photo paper but I couldn’t find any (I’m an American gal living in SouthEast Asia). Instead, I printed on white cardstock.

2. What kind of printer do you use? Although I would love to own a nice wide-format printer at some point , currently I just have a cheap HP all-in-one. Works great, though!

3. How did you do the bracket shape? Would you be willing to share it? I made the bracket shape myself and I am happy to share it. You can download it HERE (with both an 8.5 x 11 size and and A4 size).

Okay…now back to the regular scheduled program 😉


I think December is one of my favorite times of the year simply for the fact that I can surround myself with all sorts of craft projects and not feel guilty about it. The house needs decorating and people need gifts, right? I feel like I can justify every moment of crafty goodness with a, “It’s for the kids’ teachers” or “it will look just perfect on the mantel.” Sly, I know. Over the past few years I have done some fun projects including:

A tissue paper/Styrofoam Christmas Tree


Button Ornaments (for the kids teachers 🙂


And Advent Boxes inspired by Ali Edwards


Since all this Christmas talk has me itching to start thinking about gifts and crafts for this year, I have started a folder on my computer with all the fun ideas I find on the web. When the time comes, I will have oodles of ideas and plans. Here is a just a small sampling of some of the ideas I am storing up.

Paper evergreens by Martha Stewart


These adorable felt stockings


These simple and oh-so-pretty paper ornaments


And I LOVE the advent boxes/countdown calendars by our own Steph and reader Alisha


More images and directions to Steph’s can be found HERE



Here is what Alisha had to say about her super cool project: “I really wanted to focus on traditions and fitting all those fun things in the holidays. So each day has an activity, act of service or just something fun for the holidays! Then we turned the drawer around to reveal part of a puzzle on the backs. Would be done with any picture or message 😉


And if you are itching for more cool inspiration, you can check out all of Ali’s Holiday Projects or just do a search of your favorite hybrid gallery to find gems like these (click for credits):






Let’s Celebrate {Christmas in July}

christmasinjulyWith all this talk about Christmas in July, I decided to have a mini-Christmas at home with the kids. I gave a brief thought to inviting friends and making it a real pary, but then decided that simple and sweet was better for us this year. It was really quite simple…


We had a really great day and the kids were TOTALLY surprised. It was so funny — when my five year old woke up, he just looked at the tree and said, “I am SO glad it is Christmas!”

We have already been told by our oldest about 150 times that she hopes that we can do this every year — and I think it is a great idea. I think in the future, with more time, it could be a totally fun day (though I did love the simplicity of this year.) Here are some of the things I have thought of, especially trying to think about how to make a winter holiday a summer one (maybe you Aussies can give us some ideas!)

  • Homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream with red hots
  • Red and green popsicles
  • Grilling a ham
  • Turkey Burgers
  • Peppermint iced lattes
  • Red and Green Kool Aid
  • Put up an inflatable palm tree
  • Make cookies for friends and deliver them
  • Snowmen Shaped pizzas

…oh the ideas keep coming!


So have any of you celebrated Christmas in July with your family or friends? What did you do? Any fun ideas we should try?


And what would the day be without a page to remember it by?

christmas-in-july_450Credits: papers by Amber Clegg (RUSH), Palm Tree by Emily Merritt (Balmy Christmas), stitching by Syrin, stamped alpha by Nancie Rowe Janitz, fonts are CK Ali’s Writing and Typewriter Scribbled




December Daily Album {Christmas in July}


I am sure many of you are familiar with Ali Edwards’ DECEMBER DAILY ALBUM. Over the last two years I have been inspired as I have seen her create — in advance — an album that will chronicle the busy and oh-so-fun month of December. The idea behind it is by getting the time-consuming part of the project done with ahead of time, it is easy to print out photos and add some journaling and end up with one amazing album. The amazingly talented Ali gives some great information on creating an album of your own HERE and HERE. She also has a list of FAQ that you can read HERE and if you want to see the Flickr pool of gorgeous pages created by others, you can look HERE.

As I thought about my own documentation of Christmas, I realized that while I may feel like I “have it scrapped,” I have never really taken the time to chronicle the entire season. I have never looked closely at each individual day, written about the magic of the time of year, or spend time journaling about how I feel during this amazing holiday time. And so, as I thought about it, I knew that a DECEMBER DAILY album would be an amazing project to take part in.

One problem. I never have time in November or December to do anything like this. And so, I figured, “why not do it now?” And so I did.


It was pretty simple to put together and I LOVE the way it turned out. I am so excited to use it this year!

I started my choosing one main kit to work with. I am a kit scrapper, and for a project of this size I knew I would want to stick to one color scheme. I decided on a great, versatile Christmas kit of Shabby Miss Jenn’s — XMAS MARKET. I love that it was 1) big, 2) contained holiday colors and non-holiday colors, and 3) is “my style” — warm and comfy.


After choosing my main kit, I had my eye on a few other things that I wanted to incorporate.



It only made sense that I would use Ali’s 25 Days of December brushes. They were perfect for making journaling cards!


And I just ADORE the Presslines by Paislee Press and knew they would make perfect accents for my pages!



I created a template for myself for the pages. I wanted a half bracket page shape, so after creating the template I clipped on various papers from the kit. I then printed and cut out.

I wanted the jorunaling cards to be separate so that they could be moved around as needed. I have no idea what will happen each day and which page might work best, so by keeping the journaling (and dates) separate, I have a ton of freedom.

After coloring the journaling cards with colors from the kit, I printed them out (reducing the size so that I could get four on a page). I then rounded the corners to mimic the rounded edges of the bracket pages.

I added a pocket to some of the pages so that if there are things I want to save — programs, invitations, cards, etc. — I have a place to put them.


I created the cover by cutting out the word “December” from Ali’s brushes, and then adding the “this is” part of the title. I also cut out the circle element from her brushes, removed the number, and added the date 2009 using Amber Clegg’s Date Stamps. I added one of the word art pieces from Paislee Press and with a little double sided foam tape, voila, my cover was done.


Here are some more of the inside pages. Note that they are all left blank at this point. I want to be able to add photos, dates, etc. to the pages when the time comes and therfore all the pages are interchangeable. LOVE that!





When December rolls around, I plan to take photos (of course!) and journal a bit every day. It will be neat to have my Project 365 and December Daily collide. Some days I may use just one photo — other days I may use a lot. I don’t want to limit myself. I will keep a running document with journaling prompts and hopefully can print photos and journaling every couple of days. The idea, of course, is to have finished album at the end of the month and not feel like it kept me from enjoying all that I am trying to capture. We’ll see how I do!

So how about you? Have you ever done a DECEMBER DAILY album? Do you want to? Is there a month other than December that you would love to capture in this way? Do you have time now to put an album together so that when the holiday season is here you are prepared? We’ve love to hear your stories, see your albums, and read your ideas for how to make this project work for you!


P.S. Thank you to everyone who has shared scrapping and gift ideas with us! Be sure to check the comments from the last few days — they are full of great ideas!