New Year’s Eve, Last Chance for TDF10, & Year-In-Review Layouts

2009-2010graphicringing I cannot believe we are so close to 2010 (and many of you are already there)!! HAPPY NEW YEAR to those of you on the the other side of the world and to each of you as you ring in 2010!! It really is crazy how fast time moves, the older I get! I know lots of digi scrappers stay home on New Year’s Eve, so I wanted to remind you that TODAY is the last chance to pick up this month’s issue of THE DIGI FILES (TDF10). It is amazing! It’s HUGE and it is not to be missed!! To see bigger previews of everything included, go here.


It’s that time of year, when everyone is thinking about year-in-review layouts. I thought I would leave you with some inspiration:


From ZigZagScraps: 2009 in Review Template by Dúnia (me), Smells Like Teen Spirit Kit by Dúnia (me)
Layout by Dunia, supplies: From ZigZagScraps: 2008 in Review Template by Dúnia (me); Paper, Stitches, Buttons, Bow, 2009 alpha from Whole Lotta Love by Dúnia (me); Paper, Doodle, Ribbon Flower, Stitch from Let’s Go Kit by Amanda R Designs and Dúnia (me); Paper, Button, Staples from My Way Kit by Dúnia (me); Doodling Page Frames by Annick Philibert; Pied de Poule by Kimmie Prout. Paper from Essential Colors 2 by Lili @scrapartist; Lilypad Ribbons by Natalie Braxton @thelilypad; Fonts: 1942 report and AL Charisma


Layout by Rachael, supplies: Doodled Paper flowers and Doodled Paper Frames by Kate Hadfield at The Lilypad, Art Chick Kit by Kristy Ann Nerness, Kraft Paper and Key Elements: Stitching by Heather Roselli at Sweet Shoppe Designs, Real Buttons by Lisa Whitney, Hunk O Staples ny Katie Pertiet, The Basic Framing (pocket) by Welli Designs


Emily Powers Art Nation: Blossom and Experiment No. 10 template; Gina Miller stitched border; Emily Merritt Meshy Brushy; Lauren Reid Perfectly Sketchy alpha

From Katie: This one from 2006 is with a template from Heather Ann (she usually does a year in review template) and it is one of my favorites. A picture from each month and 3 journaled tidbits about each month.


From Katie: This one is a collection of our favorite photos from 2007. This was also a template from Heather Ann. I printed this out and made Christmas Cards with it and I also framed a 12×12 version with a frame from IKEA. It is hanging in our basement and we all still love to look at it.



Layout by Karen, supplies: Danielle Engebretson Share the Moments kit from TDF10; Zig Zag Scraps word strip from TDF10; Janet Phillips template from Collection 15; Lauren Reid Penelope alpha; Fonts are Sketch Rockwell and Audrey Neal Baby Birdie


Layout by NeeNee, supplies: Template; A Year in Review Kits used: All I Want For Christmas, Autumn Spice, My Fair Lady, Forever Yours, Family Tree, Holly Days, 2009 Date Element; Word Jumbles; Dates, all by Penny Springmann; Away In A Manger by Penny Springmann and Traci Reed; Absolute Cherry Crush by Penny Springmann, Lauren Grier, and Shawna Clingerman

Some templates to help the process along:






We are busy behind the scenes getting ready for a month long birthday celebration that will start tomorrow, on New Year’s Day! You will not want to miss anything during January. We have lots of fun and surprises planned during the month! We will also be launching TDF11 tomorrow and have some amazing designers lined up (as we do each month 😉 ). You will also see some changes throughout the month that YOU have asked for! We can’t wait to show our readers and customers just how much we appreciate you! Hold on tight, it’s going to be a really fun ride!!


Creating a Scallop or Zig-Zag Edge


I LOVE scallops and zig-zags!! I love having them on my layouts! I have found when I want to add one scallop or zig-zagged edge to a layout that it is much easier to do it myself than finding a template in my fold and dragging it in. Now, when I want a frame with a scallop or zig-zag edge, that is a different story…lol…I usually use someone else’s for that! I thought I would share with the method I use for getting that scallop or zig-zag edge.

image I have this layout almost done, but I want to add a scallop edge under the blue paper and above the stripe.

1) I click on the striped paper layer and ctrl+shft+n to create a new layer right in-between.

2) Now, I need to select a hard-edged round brush. First, select the brush tool and then you can adjust the shape, size, and spacing. I want this to be a smaller scallop, so these are the settings I chose:


The spacing setting is important, because that is what will give you the scallop shape instead of a straight line. You might want to test this out once or twice before finding the settings you like most.

3) Make sure that your new layer that you just created is selected in the layers pallet. It doesn’t matter what color you use because you are just creating a clipping mask and will be covering it up with paper, I am going to use black.

4) Next, line your brush up so it is a little more than half-way under the paper it will be under.


5) While holding the shift key down, click and drag to the bottom of the page or the point you want the scallop to stop. This will create a perfectly straight line. Here is what my scallop edge looks like now:


6) Now, I am going to duplicate that brown paper layer at the bottom of my layers stack, drag the layer up so it is above the scallop layer and ctrl+alt+g (or ctrl+g in PSE) to clip my paper to the scallop shape. You might need to bring a new piece of paper into your layout. Here is what it looks like now:


7) Now, all it needs is a little drop shadow, so I am going to right-click on my black rectangle below the strip paper, select ‘copy layer style’ then, go back to my scallop edge, right-click, and select ‘paste layer style’. Here’s how it looks now:



Now, let’s make it a zig-zag! I will delete the scallop layer and repeat step 1 above.

2) Select the brush tool again, but this time we will select a square brush. We will want to change the diameter, angle, and the spacing this time. Here is what I did:


3) Now, we need to line our brush up in a similar way to the circle brush. Something like this:


4) Again, we will click and drag while holding the shift key down so that we get a nice straight line. Here’s what mine looks like now:


5) Now, I am going to repeat steps 6 and 7 from above and this is what my layout will look like with a zig-zag:

Supplies for layout: Snow Day by Tracey Howard (TDF10), fonts are Feel Script and Printing Primer.

It’s a pretty easy thing to do, but adds quite a bit to a layout! We would love to see you give it a shot!


2009 – The Year In Review

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Template by Emily Powers, papers by Amanda Heimann, stitching by Anna Aspnes.

I (Katie) love the end of the year! Really, I do. I enjoy all the news stories and top ten lists that recap the important events of the past year. These are such great resources to add relevant and interesting information to your scrapbook pages. Of course, I always do year end pages for my own family that highlight our own special photos and memories, but over the past few years I have enjoyed mining the Internet for information and images to tell the story of what it is like to live at this time in history. What seem like ordinary and everyday moments to us now will be of great interest (and maybe even humorous) to future generations!

How do you find this type of material to use in your own digital scrapbooking projects? And what about finding photos to illustrate them? I have a few favorite resources I’d like to share with you that have helped me put together pages like the one at the beginning of this post.

  • Work the Wiki- I love Wikipedia! While it’s not a perfect site, it’s hard to beat the free and very comprehensive resource that Wikipedia has become. I almost always start with a Wikipedia search when I need information on a vast topic. In this case I looked up 2009 and read through the main events chronicled in the article. I was also able to find several non-copyrighted public domain images to use on my layout. Wikimedia commons is another great place to check for photos and images that are free to use on projects. Some of the images are small in size and resolution, but still print out nicely when used in little spaces like a collage.
  • Mainstream Media – While you won’t be able to download and use photos from publications like TIME magazine or USA Today, you will find reliable and concise information to inspire your journaling. Every year major news publications and websites put out “Year in Review” articles and “Top Ten” type lists recapping trends and events. These are fabulous sources for scrapbooking material! Document the lists from these sites, or use them as a springboard for your own ideas. What were your top ten movies in 2009? What news stories had the most impact on your own life?
  • Create Your Own Content – I couldn’t find a good copyright-free image of Michael Jackson to download and use on a scrapbook layout, but I wanted to document the impact his death had on our culture this year. I remembered that I had purchased a commemorative TIME magazine issue about him and I simply took a photo of the cover to use in my collage. This is just fine to do for a personal use project like a scrapbook page, and the quality was much better than trying to use a web image. Taking photos of television screens, book or magazine covers, and products such as cookies or even an ipod, all help to illustrate the current trends you are scrapping about.
  • Dig a Little Deeper – It might take a few tries to find the pictures or articles you are looking for. Be creative in your approach. I found the Princess and the Frog image by going to the downloads area of the movie site on It is not a high resolution image,but in a small space on a personal page like this, it works just fine. The UP image was from Family Fun magazine’s downloadable bookmarks project.

Now that 2009 is coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to capture the main events on a digital scrapbook page. You and your loved ones will enjoy this time capsule of our world for many generations to come!




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



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

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


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


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


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


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


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



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



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


I started designing in 2004


Mostly a designer – not much time to scrap lately!


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


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



Digital Distressing Kit (see above).


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


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


Here are some of my favorite products by Nancie:






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



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


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


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


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


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


I Wear Your Shirt


Katie here with my very first “Un-Digi” post. I’m really excited to be able to share some of my favorite finds and ideas that aren’t necessarily related to digital scrapbooking. It’s nice to have a little break each Sunday to get our minds refreshed and our creativity flowing again.

It is always fun to find a creative person who can turn a simple idea into something amazing. This guy sells his shirt space every day to promote companies and causes who are willing to pay anywhere from $1 – $365 for the privilege. Jason Sadler has been featured in the press all around the globe. He makes a pretty decent amount of change (approximately $66,795 in 2009) plus he will never want for a t-shirt again!


He said he would even be willing to wear a pink Care Bears shirt if that is what you want to send him!

He completely sold out in 2009, but 1 sponsor backed out and he decided to have 1 day off for the entire year. He is already booked through the end of August 2010. Pretty amazing since he has now doubled the price (still very reasonable) for twice the shirt wearing (two guys wearing shirts in different time zones).

It’s interesting to see what he wears each day.

You can follow Jason on his blog or on various other social media sites which are all linked on his blog as well.


This Isn’t Goodbye


It’s hard to believe that it has been almost a year since THE DAILY DIGI went live. It was such a dream of my heart. I wanted to share the best information and inspiration I could. I love scrapbooking for so many reasons and I wanted to pass that love on to other people. It has been an amazing year and I am so excited with all that has been accomplished. I have learned so much, grown so much, and thankfully, scrapped so much!

One of the best things I have learned is that dreams really do come true. If you put enough heart and soul into something…it will fly. However, I also learned that there is a time for everything. And as I mentioned before, right now I have to put my dreams of running a site aside so I can fulfill a more important dream — raising my four precious little children. However, I know that someday I will be able to dream big dreams again and I am excited to see how they will take off.

Today is my last “official” post as owner of THE DAILY DIGI. What a bittersweet moment for me! Bitter because I poured my heart (and time!) into this site and I am sad to hand it over to someone else. The moment is sweet, though, because I know it is right. I know that I don’t have the time to make this site what I want it to be AND I know that Steph is fully capable of taking my original vision and soaring with it. THE DAILY DIGI will continue and I know for a fact it will continue to be an important part of the digi community.

Even though today is my last post as owner of TDD, this definitely isn’t goodbye! I will remain on the team here at TDD and I will still be sharing some posts and inspiration on a regular basis. And you might even see me as a sponsor sometime 😉 Steph has been so gracious to offer me the opportunity to do what I want, when I can. And I am excited for that! I already know that I will be here monthly sharing my “truly inspirational” posts with layouts that inspire me. So keep scrapping…I might pick yours!

Before I say goodbye (which really isn’t a goodbye!) I wanted to say a few very important THANK YOUs.


Without you, there would be no THE DAILY DIGI. If you didn’t read every day, comment, give us ideas, ask us questions, and be inspired by our posts there would have been no purpose…no heart. So for our fans, I am so thankful that you helped keep our motivation up and our ideas flowing.


Without you, THE DAILY DIGI just would not be possible. From the beginning, I wanted to have a site that was advertising free. I didn’t want blinkies and banners and sale ads taking away from the inspiration we were trying to dish up. The sale of THE DIGI FILES goes directly into keeping the site running. Thank you for your financial support of the site.


On the same note, without our sponsoring designers THE DIGI FILES would not be possible. Thank you to all the designers who gave product and helped support our site. We have been inspired beyond belief. I know that I have over a hundred pages scrapped with all your amazing designs.


When we decided to start an artist team I was skeptical. I wasn’t sure what it would like for a site like ours. However, my fears were unfounded and it has been an awesome privilege to work with some amazingly talented scrappers.

And finally, THANK YOU TO STEPH…

Thank you for so much…for the many, many hours chatting in gmail chat, both digi- and un-digi related. Thanks for taking care of things I didn’t know how to do (or didn’t want to do!) Thank you for believing in my dream and wanting to be a part of it. Thank you for encouraging me when I was down and supporting me when I was confused. Thank you for the many hours you have put into the site, mostly behind the scenes. Thank you for your willingness to carry my dream into the 2010 and beyond. Thank you for being understanding of my decision and supporting my future. Thank you most of all for being my friend. I am excited to see you fly this year!


And for those of you who are looking for my templates, I am so excited to finally announce that you can now find my templates at SWEET SHOPPE DESIGNS! I’m excited to be a great store with other great designers. Even more, I am excited to still have a little place in the digi world while still having lots of time to be the homeschooling, crafty, coffee drinking mama that I am.






THE DAILY DIGI wants to wish our readers and the ones they love a very Merry Christmas!  May you create many wonderful memories during this holiday season!!

Here’s some great information as you start scrapping Christmas:

Scrapping Christmas Part 1

Scrapping Christmas Part 2

Supplies for card: patterend paper by Amy Wolff, Alpha by Designs by Lili, Snowflake by Amy Wolff, stitching by Syrin from TDF10 (My Friend Lilli)


Time to Make Memories

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Credits: Merry and Bright by Kate Hadfield and Kaye Winiecki. Template by Kaye Winiecki. Fonts: CK script & CK footnote. Photo from istock.

It is almost time for Christmas in my part of the world, but some of you are already there! Even if you don’t celebrate this holiday, you are bound to have some big events coming up where you will want to focus on making some wonderful and lasting memories.

As scrapbookers, we recognize the importance of taking pictures and documenting special moments in our lives. Sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves to be the perfect memory “catcher” on a day like Christmas Day. We worry about getting the right shots photographed, taking mental (or actual) notes of all the happenings, and trying to remember every little detail.

I’ve decided to change my focus this year from being a memory “catcher” to a memory “maker” . Sure, I still believe in capturing the moments so I can share them (and scrap them!), but I really want to spend time with the ones I love, and not lose sight of living in the present all for the sake of scrapping it in the future. I’ll still be behind the camera, but I plan to spend plenty of time away from it also.

Here are a few QUICK and EASY ideas to help you be present during the big celebrations:

  • Arrive a few minutes early to a gathering, or set aside some time before guest arrive to capture the shots that will help you tell your stories. Wrapped presents, a lit tree, a set table, or even the entryway to a home, are all good scenes to photograph, and those pictures will make great illustrations for many types of pages.
  • Keep it simple! Use the auto mode on your camera. It will work just fine, really! Try to use natural light instead of a flash. Tripods help eliminate blurry pictures. Use the self timer or a remote shutter release if you have one. Read about Janet’s creative idea here.
  • If you want to get creative, make use of expert advice and make some notes on a few ideas you want to try. Digital Photography School has a fabulous post of photography tips for Christmas. Pick one or two to try if you have the time.
  • Share the responsibility. You don’t have to be the one that takes all the pictures, pass the camera around. It will give the kids something to do anyway while they wait for their turn to open presents. Pass around a voice recorder (many cell phones have them) or a notebook, and have everyone list some of their favorite presents and/or memories of the season so you will have material for journaling later on.
  • Move on if your pictures don’t work out. The developer lost the pictures from my son’s first birthday (no digital back then) and I was heartbroken. All the photos were ruined from my son’s 9th birthday party (can you believe it?) Sad again, but I have still been able to scrap both events. If you don’t have the “perfect” photos, just move on and enjoy the ones that you do have.

Finally, take a few minutes to set out your camera, charge and/or replace batteries, and gather anything else you need to be ready for a day of memory making.




Spot Lit Wall

I found Wetfish Designs for the first time through Twitter. She had been retweeting TDD and I stopped by her blog, where she had some freebies. I downloaded the free mini-kit and was blown away by the quality on her extractions!! I especially loved her pre-clustered elements she includes in her kits, for the clustering challenged, like myself! 🙂 We are happy to have Cyndi with us this month!! Here is a look at her contribution:


It is hard to believe how much you will get in THE DIGI FILES for ONLY $5.00!!! You can see previews on our This Month’s Amazing Sponsors page.

Here’s what our team created with this kit:


Layout by Katie: Manger by Wetfish Designs from The Digi Files 10; Font, LD Abe Lincoln; Template by Janet Phillips


Layout by Karen: font Miama


Layout by Amy W: font is Pea So Lovely


Layout by Stephanie: font is Traveling Typewriter, template from Collection 28 by Janet (in final grab bag)


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I’m Cyndi Wetmiller of Wetfish Designs and live in Central Pennsylvania and am Wife to Eric, Mommy to Sam (4) and Henry (3), also Mommy to Gyro (german shepherd), Ernie (black lab), Sophie (fat cat #1) and Homer (fat cat #2)

Born and raised in Pittsburgh. Don’t even mess with my Steelers or Penquins. With Baseball I must defer to the Red Sox. What can I say, Boston is my favorite city and I love any team that has a Green Monster. I am a Pitt fan, not a Penn State fan (Even though my inlaws are PSU fans and I have to go the occassional tailgate. One day I’ll be brave enough to wear my Pitt sweatshirt and hat to one of these tailgates!)

Prior to moving away from Pittsburgh, starting a family and starting my design career, I went to and then worked for the University of Pittsburgh. I was a grant writer and organizer of service-learning programs in K-12 schools and helped with the University of Pittburgh’s Student Volunteer Outreach. I started “Jumpstart Pittsburgh” an AmeriCorps program that engages college students in assisting Head Start students with literacy.

People always ask me where I get my design name from. Prior to getting married my maiden name was “Fish.” Everyone thought that was too good of a name to give up, especially since I was a competitive swimmer. So jokingly someone suggetsed I take the “wet” from Wetmiller and just take it on the front of my name and be Cyndi Wetfish. So when I started my photography business that was an easy name for me to gravitate towards. And it is a fun name!

Main Store at Divine Digital (where Cyndi is part owner)


DSW Boutique





I had been on several CT teams and purchased a tons of digi scrap stuff and realized, “hey, I can do this.” I was always changing elements to fit my layout needs and started just playing around, teaching myself. I am professional photographer so I was familiar with Photoshop so it didn’t take long before I was cranking out my own designs. Divine Digital is who I owe my success to, if one would say I have any, since they took me under their wings when I was brand new and never had sold a thing!


In 2006, after my son Henry was born.


I’d like to say both but I design more than I scrap. Every year for Christmas we give custom made photobooks (this year I am trying White House Custom Color since they do all my professional printing) to the grandparents. That is the time of year I focus on scrapping and I have so much fun since I haven’t done it since the year before.


Every morning from 9:30 to 12:00, when my boys are in preschool. is when I work. That is the only set time I have without “mommy interruptions” to get anything done. I have several coffee houses that I like with wireless and I rotate depending on my mood. My favorite is the Cherry Alley Cafe beause they play the best music and have the best art work on the walls! Some places inspire me more than others. And once the boys are in bed I will try and answer emails and finish up anything I didn’t get done that morning.


“From Whom All Blessings Flow” because this kit was designed for Thanksgiving and that is my favorite holiday. I do a Thanksgiving kit every year and this year I wanted to do a kit that had roots in one of my mother’s family’s Thanksgiving traditons– singing the Doxology before dinner.



All my vintage stuff, period. I can’t keep up with it. I need to get better at extracting and find more time to scan so I can produce more of it. I have bags and bags of vintage goodies in my office waiting to be scanned and extracted. While other people work on a photo a day for their 365 project, mine involves extracting something new every day. Eventually I will get better and not have to purchase extracton services or buy CU stuff that I need!



1. My husband and kids. Like American Express, I don’t leave home without them! Or if I do, I’m sad.

2. Inspiring People–you know, people who have something to say and say it with meaning and inspiration. I want to have coffee with those people!

3. Music–can’t design without it. My favorite musicians right now are Matthew Maher, Aaron Shust, Steve Earle, John Mayer, Chris Tomlin, Neil Diamond, Caedmon’s Call, Bethany Dillon, Sara Groves, music from “Glee!,” Grateful Dead, Lyle Lovett, Matt Nathanson, Peter Yorn, Bebo Norman, Jars of Clay, Jason Gray and so many others I could keep typing forever. I just LOVE music!

4. My SEBO vacuum. Can’t live without it. Don’t believe the Dyson is the best until you try the SEBO! Still ticking after 10 years of dog and cat hair and all the junk my kids leave on my rugs!

5. My Keurig coffee maker. I don’t know how I lived without one before this! It is my friend in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep and start designing. They need to work on making one that isn’t as noisy though…wakes up the kids!

6. Diet Coke, NOT Diet Pepsi. And if available, Diet Coke with LIme.

7. Funnel Cake fries. They make them at this diner I frequent because they have wireless and I could just each them all day.

8. TV: I don’t watch a lot, but when I do it is Fox News, Glee, Curb Your Enthusiasm. The Office, 30 Rock, Gray’s Anatomy, LOST, Army Wives and Two and 1/2 Men. I DVR so much stuff I know I’ll never watch, too!

9. My iPhone. I don’t know how to use practically all of its features, but I tweet with it, FB with it, play Wurdle way too much while watching tv or in the doctor’s office and it is handy for playground pics since I don’t like to carry my professional camera equipment into danger zones like the playground!

10. My Canon camera and all that goes with it. It makes me a new person every time I pick it up. It fills me with purpose and creativity. I view all of my life it seems as if from behind the viewfinder of my camera. I am known for yelling “STOP THE CAR” (my husband hates it when I do that) when I see a great shot and my husband won’t go on hikes with me anymore because I dawdle too much taking pictures (DO YOU HAVE TO TAKE ANOTHER PICTURE OF A LEAF). Other than being a wife and mother and designer, God made me to be a photographer. And I am blessed to be able to do that every day.


1. People talking on cell phones so loudly you can hear their conversation.

2. Adobe not providing customer support for versions of their products that are not the latest. I bought it, I still use it & I cannot afford an upgrade. Pay for support? Nope.

3. Potty training. Kids should just be born knowing how to do these potty things. Enough said.

4. Apple creating a new download for iTunes every week. Enough said.

5. People who think that because they have a camera like mine or better than mine it makes them a photographer when they haven’t a clue how to use their equipment. Someday people will understand it is the person behind the camera, just as much or more than the equipment that makes the photograph a good one.

6. Places that provide wireless but will not let you plug your computer into an outlet. Yes, such places exist. Why provide wireless without electricity? Enough said…

7. People who are on Twitter that I follow that NEVER tweet.

8. Politics. Let’s just not go there…

9. Emptying the dishwasher. If someone invented a dishwasher that not only cleaned the dishes but put them away the world would be a better place. There would be peace in so many households.

10. Men/Boys that don’t either lift the toilet seat or put it down when they are done. I don’t like sitting in someone’s pee and I don’t like having to constantly be yelling “PUT DOWN THE SEAT” every time I hear a flush in my bathroom. Enough said…


Here are some of my favorite Wetfish Designs products:






And some amazing layouts from the galleries for your enjoyment (images are linked to originals with credits):






Cyndi, thanks so much for being with us this month and sharing all of your talents with us!!

Cyndi has a whole bunch of gifts for our readers today!! Merry Christmas indeed! First, she has a set of six quickpages on her blog for you as a gift!:


Next, she has this amazingly generous coupon (and rumor is that her store is already having a HUGE SALE!) You really can’t pass up this deal:

coupon for 50% off any purchase:

Coupon Code=lovemydailydigi

Expires 2/1/10

Buried Treasure


It is no secret that I love journaling. I think that journaling is such an important part of the scrapbooking process. Most of us would say that we are scrapbooking in order to leave a story for our families. We want our kids and grandkids to know something about themselves, about us, and about the lives we led. It’s the story that we care about most. The pretty papers and elements are just for fun — a way to help tell the story. But in the end, the words and photos are what matter. Journaling doesn’t have to be a scary thing, though. I wrote an entire post on different ways you can journal. Today I want to show you a trick to add more of the story into your journaling…by burying little treasures of information.

A good author doesn’t tell you the facts, they bury you the facts. Take this “story” for example.

“Alone in the quiet of the early morning hours, Janet sipped her first cup of coffee for the day. The kids, still nestled in bed, would be awake soon. Working quickly to finish her post, she smiled slightly as she thought of the four little kids and the hugs and kisses and endless requests that would soon be hers.”

Buried within this story is a lot of information about this Janet character: she gets up early, she drinks numerous cups of coffee a day, she has lots of kids who get up fairly early too. Janet has work to do — a post of some sort. She is a busy mom but she enjoys it.

Just like an author gives information without “telling” it, we can do the same on our scrapbook pages. There are so many little bits and piece of information that make up our whole story. While they may not be worthy of entire page, we can bury them inside other stories and allow the readers to uncover them. Piece by piece, the treasures are unearthed and the entire story of our lives takes shape. Take these examples:


The journaling says, “Whenever I think about my Granddaddy, the thing that always comes to mind is his love of books. As an English professor at NC State University, his love of the written word was passed down to my mother and to us. The memories I have of him usually involve him reading to me and my little sister Sharron. He would read and read, and although in this picture I don’t look too thrilled, I have very fond memories of these times. It is who he was.”

In that journaling, more information is shared than just that fact that my grandpa read to us. I was able to share more about him: 1) We called him Granddaddy and 2) He was an English professor at NC State University. I may never make a page about that, but now those two little pieces of our story are preserved.

Here is a more recent example, coincidentally also entitled READ.


Here is the journaling: “I love seeing you love to read! It took me until I was in college to really appreciate reading. It was crammed down my throat when I was little so I didn’t have the chance to realize how wonderful it is to be whisked away in a story! I won’t push you, but I hope that your love of reading continues and that you can always find an excuse to cuddle up in the perfect spot and read a great story!”

Although this page is about my daughter and her love to read, I was able to share a lot about myself in it too (after all, our stories are very intertwined). In this small piece of journaling we learn that 1) I felt like reading was forced on me and so I didn’t like it and 2) When I got to college I realized how wonderful reading could be.

And finally,


“It’s 85 degrees outside and she says she wants cold. She dresses in sweaters and socks and begs to live in a place with snow and cold (which convinces me that she is not my child since I’ve hated cold and snow for as long as I can remember). Sorry, babe. So far it doesn’t look like a cold weather climate is in your near future. You’ll have to settle for shorts, flip flops, and the pool. But you can still wear the sweaters. It’s so cute!”

Again, in this example I was able to give a piece of my story while sharing my daughter’s story. I haven’t made a page about my loathing of cold weather (though I really should!) but at least this little nugget of information is buried in my scrapbook somewhere.


So the next time you scrap a page, think about what little treasures you can bury in your journaling. Think about how the full story will unfold as future generations gleam little nuggets of information from each page. Your story is important…write it down!


P.S. THANKS to all of the scrappers that participated in the “From the Files” challenge! Each of them have won ALL of the items in the “winter collection” section at Zig Zag Scrap, our sponsor store for this month! 🙂 -Steph

Credits for above layouts:

1. READ (April 2007): background paper, notebook paper, and arrow by Catrine at Catscrap, alpha by Birgit at Catscrap brads and stitching by Shabby Princess, paper tear by Steph Krush.
2. READ (November 2009): Bookworm by Kristin CB at Sweet Shoppe Designs. Template by Janet Phillips (Collection 6).
3. SHE WANTS COLD (December 2009): Frostbite by Julie Billingsley at Sweet Shoppe Designs, template by Janet Phillips (Collection 31).