Last Call – TDF15 – Don’t Miss It

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Today is the last day to get THE DIGI FILES #15 before they are gone from our shelves for good!!  At midnight EST tonight, they will be removed from the store.  SEVEN people that purchased TDF15 will be randomly selected to win $10 in product from TWO different designers each, totaling $20 in product for each person randomly chosen!! THE DIGI FILES are what allow us to be here doing what we do each and everyday!  We really appreciate you showing your support by purchasing them!

Plus, you get all of this for only $5…no joke!:::

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I want to say a special THANK YOU to our contributors!  It has been so fun to have you with us this month!  We couldn’t do what we do without all of you!  THANKS:::

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Heather Roselli
Krystal Hartley
Meredith Fenwick
Danielle Young
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Just a Moment, But It Changed My Life – Album

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I am thrilled and honored to be doing a guest post on Ali’s blog today. In the post, you will learn a little bit more about me, learn how to create this album, and get some downloads to help you along in the creating process (including prompts and templates).

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If you are stopping in here from Ali’s blog, WELCOME! Be sure to scroll down to yesterday’s post where we have an awesome giveaway going on! There are some other past posts that I’m sure you will find interesting no matter what kind of scrapbooking you enjoy the most!

P.S. I (Katie) plan to take on Steph’s challenge from her post on Ali’s blog and make my own mini album. I was so excited that she is encouraging us to upload them to the flickr group with the tag “Moment”. That will make it easy for us to find your projects so we can be inspired by you as well. And you never know…we may even feature some of them here on The Daily Digi sometime! We are actually planning to do a lot more of that and by using certain tags on flickr and hashtags on twitter it will be easy to find your creations.

We would like to encourage you to use tags on flickr such as TDF15 for layouts using products from that set of Digi Files (The Digi Files 15) or use the designer’s full name as a tag when uploading a layout from a certain designer that we are featuring (such as onelittlebird). This is not a requirement or anything, just useful for those of you that like to use the tagging feature on flickr. Remember to make your tags all one word so instead of TDF 15 being the tag, it should be TDF15.

If you follow The Daily Digi on twitter you have probably noticed the use of hashtags such as #digiscrap. This is simply a way to categorize the post and help encourage conversations on certain topics. Again, you don’t have to use these – but if you are a tweeter we hope you will consider adding hashtags such as #TDF15 to your tweets about that particular set of Digi Files (The Digi Files 15).

Watch our future posts for tips on using these types of tags. Just like in the post about using ribbons on your layouts, we will encourage those who are going to upload to the flickr group to use the tag of “ribbon” so we can find them in the group.

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Online Scrapbooking Classes

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Online classes are a wonderful resource for scrapbookers of all types, and the past few years have brought an abundance learning resources to all of us via the internet. I (Katie) love to learn new techniques and find ideas and inspiration to keep me motivated in my memory keeping endeavors. I’ve developed quite an addiction to online courses because they have helped me grow as a digital scrapbooker (and a photographer) in many ways. I’ve taken several courses over the past few years for my own personal benefit. I never intended to be a “reviewer” for these classes and I paid for all of them out of my own pocket. In fact, for online classes I use a different user name because I’ve always felt a little nervous signing up as “Katie the Scrapbook Lady”, for some reason. lol! 🙂 Just too much pressure I guess. I wanted to be sure to clear that up and let you know that just like all of our other reviews posts here at The Daily Digi, this one is honest and unbiased.

I truly have had good experiences in all of the online classes I have signed up for to this date. Some have been better than others, but I have always learned something valuable. My only complaint about online classes is that sometimes I never get around to completing them – but that is totally my fault! lol! 🙂 I often bite off more than I can chew and signing up for too many classes at one time makes it impossible to focus on any one of them. I learned this the hard way last fall when I enrolled in multiple classes at once. I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up with all of them so I looked for courses that would keep the materials accessible to students on a long term basis so I could go back later on to work on the lessons I missed. The problem is, I keep forgetting to do that! So I’m hoping this post will help me as well!

There are several communities that offer online learning courses that range in price from free to hundreds of dollars. The classes vary from a download that you can work along with at your own pace to an ongoing course that last months or even a full year. Here are some of the ones that I have attended and that have caught the attention of our team members here at The Daily Digi.

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BIG PICTURE SCRAPBOOKING:

Overview: Big Picture Scrapbooking offers expert instruction and a unique approach to scrapbooking that unlocks a person’s true creativity, allowing you to easily tell scrapbook stories around life’s special moments so you can ultimately find more satisfaction in life.

Launched in November 2005, we are the first dedicated online scrapbooking education program with members around the world. Our growing community is all about helping you find and explore your creative potential.

We provide a wide range of educational instruction—from free self-paced projects to progressive multi-week courses—but it is our liberating philosophy and approach to scrapbooking that sets us apart and enables you to unlock your ability to easily create stories out of life’s special moments.

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to all types of scrapbookers:

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to digital scrapbookers:

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to photographers:

Classes I’ve taken and would recommend:

  • Yesterday + Today by Ali Edwards (not currently available) – this was the most amazing class I’ve EVER taken online!
  • Design Your Life by Cathy Zielske (not currently available) – great way to learn design principles that apply to scrabooking.
  • Me the Abridged Version by Cathy Zielske (not currently available) – a super fun class!
  • Cut the Crazy out of Christmas! by Georgana Hall and Debbie Raymond (not currently available) – tons of great ideas for celebrating and simplifying the Christmas season.

Free classes to try:

*See opportunity to win a free class at end of post!

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GET IT SCRAPPED:

Overview: I’m Debbie Hodge and I own Get It Scrapped! As I watched my friends get digital cameras, I saw them become overwhelmed by the quantity of the photos they now had—to the point that they stopped putting them into the photo albums they’d once kept. I love process (I have an MBA with a concentration in Operations Management) AND I love scrapbooking. I felt like if people just had a “method to the madness” they’d see it was doable–and then they’d get to enjoy the actual making of scrapbook pages.

Since the fall of 2007, I’ve been teaching online classes. Along with an awesome team of crafters, scrapbookers, journalers, and photographers I teach and share information so that anyone who’d like to start memory keeping can do it quickly, easily, and well. We offer free resources and instruction, an active community in the forums with challenges, sketches and online events as well as paid classes that are top-notch.

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to all types of scrapbookers:

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to digital scrapbookers:

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to photographers:

Classes I’ve taken and would recommend:

Free classes to try:

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JESSICA SPRAGUE:

Overview: You are already sitting in front of your most powerful tool for capturing, recording, enhancing, and sharing your memories. My goal is to help you learn how. JessicaSprague.com is the home of the BEST online digital crafting classes, and I’m so excited that you’ve made it this far! At the heart of it all, our site is about telling the stories of our lives, and we use several tools to help us accomplish that mission. First up is software! Second, you’ll need some instructions. As a trained instructional designer, a passionate teacher, and a graphic artist, I offer the BEST digital scrapbooking instruction anywhere. The proof is in the thousands of students who are now making beautiful scrapbook pages to tell their life stories!

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to all types of scrapbookers:

The classes at JessicaSprague.com all require use of some sort of digital program (Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, Illustrator, etc.) A series of Scrapbook Alchemy classes are offered for hybrid scrapbookers.

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to digital scrapbookers:

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to photographers:

Classes I’ve taken and would recommend:

Free classes to try:

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RENEE PEARSON:

Overview: Renee Pearson’s online learning community for digital scrapbooking and photography related courses.

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to all types of scrapbookers:

The classes at Reneepearson.com all require use of some sort of digital program (Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, Illustrator, etc.) The upcoming “Just the Basics” course would work well for traditional scrapbookers who want to try Photoshop Elements for hybrid or digital scrapbooking purposes.

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to digital scrapbookers:

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to photographers:

Classes I’ve taken and would recommend: I have not taken any classes at ReneePearson.com but I would like to! Steph has taken a beginning digital scrapbooking class from Renee (taught at another site) and thought it was very well done. The lessons were manageable and would be great for someone just starting out.

Free classes to try:

  • There are some free video tutorials in the “Study Hall” for registered members of the site.

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LYNDA.COM:

Overview: Learn the latest tools and techniques with access to 759 online courses and counting! Get unbiased, clear, and comprehensive training in 3D, audio, video, photography, graphic design, web and interactive design, business, and development from expert instructors, 24/7.

Please note – This site is subscription fee based instead of charging for individual courses. All classes are on-demand

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to all types of scrapbookers:

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Current or upcoming classes that appeal to digital scrapbookers:

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to photographers:

Classes I’ve taken and would recommend:

  • I’ve tried some of the free tutorials and they are great! Now, I just need to subscribe so I can get the full experience. I keep putting it off until I have a month with more free time so I can get the most out of my subscription. Not sure when that will ever happen though! Steph has had a membership off and on for a while and has learned a lot, especially more intermediate and advanced techniques. Anytime she wants to knwo how to do something, this is where she goes.

Free classes to try:

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KELBY TRAINING:

Overview: At first glance, you might just see a company that trains people to use Adobe Photoshop. There’s nothing special about that; there are plenty of companies that train Photoshop users. But look a little deeper, and you’ll see that Photoshop isn’t just a software program to us. It’s in our DNA. It’s part of who we are and why we’re stoked to come to work every day. That’s what makes us different. Sharing our secrets, our shortcuts, and a better way to do the coolest techniques isn’t just our job. It’s our passion. We flat out love this stuff.

Since 1993, we’ve assembled a team of the most uniquely talented, highly creative, and passionately driven Photoshop experts we could find. That’s our secret ingredient for teaching Photoshop. The leader of this collection of total Photoshop freaks is Scott Kelby, our creative visionary and the world’s bestselling author on Photoshop. He’s won legions of fans around the world with his passion, his vision, and his amazing way of making Photoshop make sense. His easygoing, plain English, step-by-step style has transformed how people learn Photoshop and he still guides everything we do each day.

When a group like this comes together, made up of real people who are genuinely committed to breaking the mold and changing the way we all learn Photoshop, something very special happens. They don’t create “good solid training.” They create kick-butt training. Period.

Please note – This site is subscription fee based instead of charging for individual courses.

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to all types of scrapbookers:

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Current or upcoming classes that appeal to digital scrapbookers:

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to photographers:

Classes I’ve taken and would recommend:

I bought myself a full year subscription at the beginning of this year and I’m just starting to delve into all the great material at Kelby training, I’m not sure I can get through it all in just one year! Here are a few classes that I’ve taken so far:

  • Elements 8 for Digital Photographers by Lesa Snider – I’m only about halfway through this course right now because it’s massive! (and very educational!)
  • Lightroom 3 Beta Power Session by Matt Kloskowski – I just started this one on Saturday and I’ve already learned a lot. Matt is THE expert when it comes to Lightroom!

Free classes to try:

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CREATIVE TECHS:

Overview: Our little worldwide classroom has been growing fast. Thanks in large part to an amazing community of supporters that has grown up around this project! We’re balancing how much we can give away for free without undermining the economic engine that keeps this online classroom running. We make our money (and pay for the classroom) through people who purchase the downloads for these courses. While the live classes are free, the downloads contain exercise files, higher resolution and iPod versions of the video recordings, and other extras. The more downloads we are able to sell, the more live classes we’ll be able to present for free.

Please note – if you attend a live webinar the course is free. If you want to access the download later on, you will need to pay for it.

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to all types of scrapbookers:

Not applicable

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to digital scrapbookers:

  • Full Photoshop Master course (6 months) by Jason Hoppes for purchase
  • Illustrator 10 week course by Steve Laskevitch for purchase

Current or upcoming classes that appeal to photographers:

Classes I’ve taken and would recommend:

This site is brand new to me so I have not attended any of the live webinars or downloaded content. I plan to try it in the future!

Free classes to try:

They are all free if you attend the live webinar version!

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* We have some awesome giveaway prizes today thanks to the generosity of several of these online learning communities. Here’s what we have to give away:

One free pass for “Digital Techniques for Art Journaling” with Pattie Knox starting April 5 at Get It Scrapped.

One free pass for the photography workshop with Tracey Clark: Picture Spring at Big Picture Scrapbooking. Class is scheduled to begin April 1st

One free pass for Collage 101: A beginning course in digital “mixed-media” Instructor: Renee Pearson at Reneepearson.com

One free pass for Album Magic: A step by step course in album creation
Instructor: Anna Aspnes at Reneepearson.com

One free pass for Step-by-Step Design with Illustrator: A beginning Illustrator class
Instructor: Laura Coyle at Reneepearson.com

One free pass for Click It Fix It: Creative Photo Editing with Adobe Camera Raw
Instructor: Tiffany Tillman at Reneepearson.com

That means we will be drawing (randomly) 6 different winners from the comments on this post! Just leave a comment telling us something you would like to learn (it can be in a class from the drawing or a different class not listed, but needs to be scrapbooking related). Be sure to specify a couple of choices for the drawing – for example: if you don’t own Illustrator, you should mention that so we don’t award you the free Illustrator class if you win. 🙂

All eligible comments must be listed on this post before midnight EST on Wednesday March 31, 2010. Winners will be announced on Thursday April 1, 2010 (no kidding!)

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Download THE free DAILY DIGI iPhone App

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That’s right! THE DAILY DIGI now has it’s very own FREE iphone app!! THE DAILY DIGI app is the first dynamic informational based app in digital scrapbooking and is the first comprehensive dynamic informational scrapbooking app in the itunes store! This app should be available in almost every country’s itunes store.

Now, for those of you that have other brands of smart phones, don’t feel left out! We are hoping to have apps for other platforms available as well, very soon! We also already have our techs and engineers working on some upgrades and changes to this initial release of our iphone app.

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That is what you will see when you touch “The Daily” tab, all of our posts. You can touch each post to read all of it.

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When you touch the TDD Tweets tab, you will be able to see all of THE DAILY DIGI tweets. You can also retweet from within the app.

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The app has an in app sharing feature, where you can email, or tweet about any of the information found in the app.

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The “Art Inspiration” tab are the layouts from our Flickr group. To help inspire and give you ideas!

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You can tap the layouts to take a closer look!

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The resources tab is a mashup of some of our favorite Photoshop, Lightroom, photography, digital scrapbooking, scrapbooking, and even a couple of craft sites.

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For those blogs that have a partial feed, you will need to tap, view in browser, to open the post in the in app browser.

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The last tab is the “TDF Inspiration” tab. That is where you will find all of the layouts created from designers’ contributions to THE DIGI FILES. Stay tuned for an announcement on April 1st on how you can contribute to the TDF Inspiration!

This app has drag-down refresh, but it is also accessable offline, just update and go (think about great reading material when you aren’t online: plane, train, boat, car)

And that Digi Files ad at the bottom? It’s just a friendly reminder for you to show your support and pick your TDF up each month!

Newsletter – March 28, 2010

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Make sure you hurry and grab your copy of THE DIGI FILES #15 because after Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at midnight it will be gone! All of these products will go to the designers’ stores for full retail value (well over $35). You couldn’t even get ONE of these products for just $5!! It’s an AMAZING deal!!

Also SEVEN people will be randomly selected from those that purchase TDF15 to win $20 each in products from our contributors!! That means we will be giving away $140 worth of products total!

Here’s a closer look at all of the previews:

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We have really enjoyed having all of these talented designers here with us this month! It has been so fun to get to know them better! clip_image001

We have also had some really fun things going on at THE DAILY DIGI this month!

Make sure you take some time to listen to Paperclipping Roundtable episode 12 where I (Steph) was able to join in the discussion! It was so much fun to be there!

Some other really big news is that we now have an iPhone (and works in 2nd generation and newer iTouches).

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You can read about Paperclipping Roundtable (as well as some backstage information) and our iPhone App in this post.

I did a post yesterday on FotoFusion, a program that I like to use for it’s auto-collage feature, but it is expensive and doesn’t have a Mac version (which is why I had been holding off on sharing it.). A Canuck (who always leaves great information in the comments) told us about a different GREAT program that has a Mac version and a FREE version. If you want to export in PSD or TIFF form, then you will need to buy the $25 version of Shape Collage.

We Want To Hear From YOU:

We want to hear about your favorite Podcasts (any topic).
We want to hear about your favorite smartphone APPS (any category, any smartphone/iTouch).

Make sure you didn’t miss:

Katie’s post on JournalingBut I’m Not A Writer
Katie’s postFabulous Fonts For Titles – with links
Steph’s postLayout Printer Reviews
Steph’s postCh-ch-ch-Changes – changes around the site
Wendy’s postUsing an Action in Photoshop and Elements
Katie’s postSomething Fun For You On Flickr – We have LOVED seeing our reader’s layouts in our new Flickr group! THANKS to all of you who have posted!
Steph’s post – Relating to Your Relatives

Oldies But Goodies

Favorite older posts from our team
Karen – Sharpening For Web
Jackie and Rachael – She’s Got Her Daddy’s Eyes

From our Twitter feed:

A Perspective on Children’s Photos
Amanda added some new free fonts on March 19
Free Pioneer Woman Actions for PSE
Preview of PSCS5 (very cool new feature)
New Lightroom Beta 3-2 (with video now)

THANKS so much for stopping by the site and for supporting all we do by purchasing THE DIGI FILES!

Color Me Happy!

If you are new to The Daily Digi you might not know that we take a day off each week from posting about digital scrapbooking. We like to share some of our favorite finds and ideas that aren’t necessarily related to digi scrapping. It’s nice to have a little break each Sunday to get our minds refreshed and our creativity flowing again.

I (Katie) remember the thrill of getting a new coloring book. I didn’t do a lot of coloring as a kid, but I bet I would have if Crayola.com had been around back then! Nowadays, kids don’t have to wait until a special trip to the store to have new coloring pages, they can be printed anytime right off the internet! While there are a lot of free coloring page sites out there, the Crayola site has always been my favorite. They have high quality coloring pages, printable games, craft projects, and even plenty of educational materials for teachers and students.

Even if you don’t have kids at home, you might enjoy this site to print off fun activities to do with grandchildren. My daughter likes to print out coloring sheets to take with her on babysitting jobs. Even though my kids are teenagers, I regularly use this site to print off bingo games and fun educational supplements for our homeschool program.

You will need to register to use the site. It’s free and very easy to do. Here are some of my favorite finds:

There are more than 1000 free coloring pages!

Hundreds of craft ideas for any occasion

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Games and fun things to do

Crayola for Educators – lesson plans, ideas, and resources!

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I’m suddenly in the mood to pull out a box of crayons and have some fun of my own! One of my very favorite things in life is a brand new box of Crayola crayons!

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MScraps Inspiration

Mscraps – Fortunate

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Layout by Steffi from the Mscraps Team

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Layout by Petra from the Mscraps team

3-by-raji

Layout by Raji

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Layout by Brenda from the Mscraps Team

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Layout by Leilani
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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: font is Cambria
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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Fizzy Pop Designs template
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Layout by Melissa, additional supplies: Paper overlay by Favreau Designs; Font is DJB Jewel
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Layout by Kellie, additional supplies: Template by Kaye Winecki

Layout by Marina from the Mscraps team

Hybrid project by Sunghee, additional supplies: Mel Wilson’s Baker’s Box Template

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My Scrapping Secret Weapon

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Supplies: Home Sweet Home by Amanda Heimann and Christy Lyle, fonts are Giggles and JpHand

Would you believe the layout above only took a few minutes? My friends that get together with me to digisrap, know that I have a secret weapon that I haven’t talked much about on THE DAILY DIGI (though they are probably sick to death of hearing about it). It’s a program that I found with the help of Scrapbook Bytes ezine when I first went digital.

FotoFusion is a photo editing program by Lumapix and you can also use it for digital scrapbooking. Here’s the catch though…on their site, they list three different versions of the program. The lowest model and least expensive version is the “Scrapbook Essentials” for $39.95. This sounds great, but when you go to compare versions of the software, in this version of the software, you can only export or save a project is 2000×2000 pixels, which will not give you an 8×8 OR a 12×12 at 300dpi. You CAN print a 12×12 at 300dpi from the program to your own printer. I tried to print as a PDF and it did not work. In order to export a 12×12 at 300dpi, you need to purchase the Enhanced version of the software for $119.95. The maximum size you can export or save in that version is 3900×5700. I find it very disappointing that they advertise a Scrapbooking version that is affordable, yet you cannot export at the industry standard size in that version. I have attempted to contact Lumapix about this several times via email and trouble tickets. My trouble tickets were closed without a response and my emails were responded to by a tech person explaining that he did not know why my tickets were closed without a response and would forward them to the owner and re-open the ticket. I was able to verify that the trouble tickets were re-opened, however, my tickets were once again, closed un-answered. Also, there is not a Mac version. These are the reasons I have not talked about it until now.

In Paperclipping Roundtable episode 12, I referenced this program, so I thought I would share with all of you what I like to use this program for. When I have a lot of photos that I want on a layout, this program is ideal! It can create a collage for me by the click of one button, once I add all of my photos.

Here’s a look:

There are several ways to use the collage feature, but this is my favorite, the auto-collage wizard:

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Next, I click on Add To List:

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Then, I go to step 2. Creative Options. You can see my selections below. I kept most of the enhancements off, but you can add a lot right here.

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The last step is the 3rd tab, Canvas Size Options:

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Now, click OK. This is how FotoFusion brought my photos into the layout:

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You can click the jumble button and the photos will shift, so they aren’t lined up. Drag the slider for more or less tilting:

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Here’s how they look now:

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Mousing over the buttons, will reveal information about what they do:

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You will see below that I deleted one of the photos and resized all of them. Selecting an image will reveal a menu with extra options such as drop shadows, borders, effects, and text. You can then mouse onto the borders (for instance) to adjust:

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I decided to add some border effects. I changed the settings on one photo and then, when I was happy, clicked the equal sign to apply that to all of the images.

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Now, you CAN scrapbook the entire layout in this program if you wanted to. I really like using my Photoshop though, so at this point, this is what I do, make the canvas transparent:

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Then click on the output tab and get ready to save (you can copy my settings if you want:

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Then click Render and it will save the file as a png, which I then bring into Photoshop to finish my layout:

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Supplies: Sending All My Love by Misty Cato, Bad Sewing Machine 18 by Traci Reed, fonts are JPhand, traveling typewriter, and Howies Stamps.

If you would like to try FotoFusion, here are some resources to get you started:

Doing My First Layout – scroll down to the FotoFusion section
More Tutorials – again scroll down to the FotoFusion section

P.S. We would love to hear what apps (any smartphone) and podcasts are your favorites (any subject)! We set up a survey for you to share your faves for an upcoming post! You can find the survey for apps here and your favorite podcasts here.

Big Big BIG News x2

BIG NEWS #1

It’s been in the works for a couple of months, but this past Tuesday, I was able to join the discussion on Paperclipping Roundtable!! I LOVE this podcast and have listened to each episode at least twice since the beginning. It was absolutely thrilling for me to be invited and to join in on scrapbooking topics with Noell, Izzy, Nancy, and Stacy.

“Heart on Fire, Brain on Ice” is the title of episode 12. If you would like to listen to the whole show, the best way to do that is through itunes. You do not have to have an ipod, iphone, or itouch in order to listen to the show in itunes, you can still listen on your computer (watch a video tutorial on how to do this if you don’t know how). By listening through itunes, you will help increase the ratings of The Roundtable, which will help them get sponsors and I want to see this show continue (and I know you will too once you listen)!!

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I was pretty quiet during the listeners mail, not because I didn’t have anything to say (I ALWAYS have something to say…lol) but because I felt the others probably had much more to say than me. I am sad to see what has happened to CK, I bought the very first issue when it came out, from my LSS (local scrapbook store). I subscribed to the mag. for YEARS. We went through a lot together, that magazine and I, and it’s hard to see an old friend going through hard times. I can’t be mad or upset at anyone about it…just sad.

I wanted to share the story behind the quote:
I was at my daughter’s choir concert on Monday night and it was a different concert because they were getting ready for a competition. The choir instructor invited the high school choir director to come and give his input after the kids performed. So after they were done singing there songs, the high school director got up and had them change a few things and do some parts of the songs differently. He really is an amazing teacher and has quite a reputation in the community, but as he was working with the kids, he said, “You need to just sing with your heart and not worry what you look like and what people are thinking. Repeat after me….heart on fire (kids repeated, heart on fire), brain on ice (kids repeated, brain on ice).” When I heard that, it was as if the hallelujah chorus went off inside my head because I KNEW that’s what we need to do as scrapbookers! Just create with our HEARTS and not worry so much about how it looks or what other people are thinking!!

If you want to hear more and find out how that became the title of the show, you MUST listen!

One last backstage fact, within two hours of recording this episode, my voice was almost gone! It is now completely gone as I write this! Soooo glad I didn’t have any problems during the episode!

I would LOVE it if you would listen to this episode of The Roundtable and come back and let me know what you think!!

BIG NEWS #2

This is another BIG thing that has been in the works for a few months! I am sooo excited to share it with all of you…..

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That’s right! THE DAILY DIGI now has it’s very own FREE iphone app!! THE DAILY DIGI app is the first dynamic informational based app in digital scrapbooking and is the first comprehensive dynamic informational scrapbooking app in the itunes store! This app should be available in almost every country’s itunes store.

Now, for those of you that have other brands of smart phones, don’t feel left out! We are hoping to have apps for other platforms available as well, very soon! We also already have our techs and engineers working on some upgrades and changes to this initial release of our iphone app.

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That is what you will see when you touch “The Daily” tab, all of our posts. You can touch each post to read all of it.

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When you touch the TDD Tweets tab, you will be able to see all of THE DAILY DIGI tweets. You can also retweet from within the app.

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The app has an in app sharing feature, where you can email, or tweet about any of the information found in the app.

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The “Art Inspiration” tab are the layouts from our Flickr group. To help inspire and give you ideas!

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You can tap the layouts to take a closer look!

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The resources tab is a mashup of some of our favorite Photoshop, Lightroom, photography, digital scrapbooking, scrapbooking, and even a couple of craft sites.

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For those blogs that have a partial feed, you will need to tap, view in browser, to open the post in the in app browser.

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The last tab is the “TDF Inspiration” tab. That is where you will find all of the layouts created from designers’ contributions to THE DIGI FILES. Stay tuned for an announcement on April 1st on how you can contribute to the TDF Inspiration!

This app has drag-down refresh, but it is also accessable offline, just update and go (think about great reading material when you aren’t online: plane, train, boat, car)

And that Digi Files ad at the bottom? It’s just a friendly reminder for you to show your support and pick your TDF up each month!

We want to hear from YOU!

We would love to hear what apps (any smartphone) and podcasts are your favorites! We set up a survey for you to share your faves for an upcoming post! You can find the survey for apps here and your favorite podcasts here.

P.S. Kimb is the winner of the random drawing for $10 product at Mscraps, watch your email! Here’s what she said: “Talk about feeling like a kid in a candy store..Oh my word there are some really fine products in MSCRAPS’s store but if I had to pick one to shout out about it would be “Hello” by Vesi Designs. I LOVE that cute little telephone, the sweet polk a dot elephants and gorgeous bg papers. Definitely on my MSCRAPS wish list.”

P.S.S. Remember our lightroom post from last month? I (Katie) know that many of you downloaded the beta version to try out so I wanted to keep you up to date on what is happening with that. There is now a new beta version available to download so be sure to grab that. You may have also received this message from Adobe:

Thank you for participating in the Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3 beta. Based on your feedback from the initial Lightroom 3 beta release, an update is now available — Lightroom 3 beta 2. This release includes new features and is available in 12 languages. Please note that your current version will expire on April 30, 2010 — and you will have to download the updated version to continue using the beta product. We value and appreciate your continued support of Lightroom and look forward to your feedback about this latest update.

The NEW beta download says “When you install Lightroom 3 beta 2, the software will remain active through June 2010. Once the commercial version of Lightroom 3 has shipped, you will need to uninstall the beta and install the final version.”

Several of you have asked “what will happen after that date? Will we still be able to use it for free?” and I have to admit that I’m not really sure. This is my first time beta testing a product like this as well. There may be another beta release or the final product of Lightroom 3 may become available by then. Either way, you can count on us here at The Daily Digi to keep you up to date and help you with the transition. I plan to purchase Lightroom 3 when it becomes available because beta testing the current version has taught me that I just love what Lightroom does for my pictures!

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In The Designer’s Studio With MScraps

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I am so excited to welcome the brand new store Mscraps to THE DIGI FILES this month! When I sent Joyce an email to invite her to contribute to THE DIGI FILES, she shared with me a little secret about the new site she was going to be launching. When she told me about the designers that were going to be involved, I asked her immediately if we could schedule the store to contribute as well. Such awesome talent at this new site! Let’s take a closer look at the Mscraps’ contribution:

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I know it is hard to believe that you get ALL of this AND everything shown on our awesome designers page for ONLY $5, but it is TRUE, you do!! It is also a great way to support what we are doing here at THE DAILY DIGI everyday!! Let’s take a look at some layouts created by THE DAILY DIGI and Mscraps teams:

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image Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Fizzy Pop Designs template
image Layout by Melissa, additional supplies: Paper overlay by Favreau Designs; Font is DJB Jewel
image Layout by Kellie, additional supplies: Template by Kaye Winecki

Layout by Marina from the Mscraps team

Hybrid project by Sunghee, additional supplies: Mel Wilson’s Baker’s Box Template

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My name is Joyce Paul, I am 26 years old (almost 27) and I live in the south The Netherlands. (Limburg) I have been married to my English hubby Nick for almost 6 years. (juli).

Some random things about me:
I love music and I always sing when I’m in the shower or when I’m driving.
When I was younger, my cousins and I “formed” a girlband called: “Jolish” – the first 2 letters of our names. (Joyce – Lindsay – Sharon) LOL — Of course, we didn’t get any further than our garage 😉 (we aways used to sing and dance in their garage)
I am very Family orientated – love my Family, I am a good listener – so they say
I’d rather help other people than myself (always thinking about other people even if – sometimes – it would be best to think about me first)
I can be shy, but I can be outgoing as well (when I am around people I feel comfortable with)
I don’t like drama
I don’t drink or smoke
I’d rather stay at home and watch a movie than go out
I love indonesian food – my grandfather is Indonesian
you can wake me up in the middle of the night to feed me “pepesan” or “surimi (crab) sticks”
yummy!!

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Bren Boone Designs
Hazel Olive Designs
Iscrap
Jenn Barrette Designs
Joyce Paul Designs
Kelley Mickus Designs
Lauraskathi
Misty Mareda
Monalisasmiles
Polly & Rufus Designs
Rachness
Sabrina’s Creations
Three Paper Peonies
Valorie Brown Designs
Vesi Design

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To duplicate elements directly on your layout (not using Layers Palette or menus). Click on intended element, press and hold down the option key (on a mac – ALT key on a PC), your courser should turn into a double arrow, drag where you want the new element to be. As you are dragging you can release the option (ALT – pc) key. Also if you hold the shift key while moving things around it will move them in straight horizontal, vertical, or 45 degree angles, also great when trying to keep things aligned.

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We officially opened up our doors on January 30th, 2010, I lost my job in June 2009 due to the economic crisis and because it was difficult to find a new job, I decided to start up my own business.

It is our hope at MScraps to bring you gorgeous quality desings in a fresh array of styles! We also have lots of fun behind the scenes and it’s our wish to bring that energy out into our community!

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Our community is filled with people from all over the globe and we love that! If you ever have a question or need some help in your native tongue, there is a really good chance we can help you out and we encourage you to stop by! It such a blast to see our fans and staff come together to hang out and talk shoppe. We also love to talk about anything under the weather! Be sure to stop by!

Well, you might not know that we have started off with a bang and have loads of amazing challenges happening all the time at the site! Winners of challenges will be awarded credit to use in the shoppe, so if you are new to us or want to try us out, challenges are a great way to do that!

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This is also the best selling collaborative product at Mscraps!

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Here are some products from Mscraps that I love:

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Here’s some inspiration I found in their gallery using Mscraps products (images are linked to originals with credits):

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Go have a look in the Mscraps store and come back and tell her what you like, we will randomly select a winner from those comments to win $10 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST and must include a product name to qualify)!

Thanks so much to the Mscraps designers for being here with us this month! We really enjoyed having you!

As a THANK YOU to THE DAILY DIGI readers, Mscraps is offering this coupon: TDD25%MScraps

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