IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH JENNIFER BARRETTE

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When I unzipped my first Jennifer Barrette digital scrapbooking goodies, I was blown away by both the quality and uniqueness of her designs!!  I am really excited that she has joined us this month in THE DIGI FILES and just LOVE her contribution, “Feet In The Sand”!  Here’s a closer look:

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This is just ONE of the SEVEN collections you get in THE DIGI FILES this month!  What a GREAT way to be able to try some new-to-you designers at a very low-risk to you!  Even if you only like ONE kit, it’s still less than you will pay at the end of the month when these items go back into the designers stores.  Here are some layouts created with this kit…so much you can do:

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Layout by JenLin, additional supplies: Fizzy Pop Sidekick No. 14, Template 4 (modified), Fonts: Haphazard, Taylor Mackenzie, Typewriter Scribbled

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Layout by Karen

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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: template from The Missing Digi Files #13, fonts are Fontologie Empty Wrapper and Garamond

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Layout by Jacki, additional supplies, Yin Designs template #20

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Layout by Melissa L, additional supplies: C.D. Muckosky Wet Paint Alpha, Traci Reed Don’t Be a Square 2 stitched border, Font is CK Penman

Be sure to check out even more inspiration in our Team Inspiration category (where we actually post layouts submitted by the designers’ team members, and our readers as well). 🙂

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I am a work at home mom to 2 beautiful and crazy little girls.  We live in Kenora, Ontario Canada with my husband Dave, our Pug, and our Kitty. When I am not glued to my computer, love to take day trips with my family, eat…errr… I mean cook, and
when I take a chance to sit down…I love to watch a good movie or sit down to one of my favorite shows (I am big fan of Glee and Survivor)  I am also a wanna-be runner (I run slower than most people walk…) and hope to complete a 5K next year!

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credits:  kit – Singing in the Rain by Jenna Desai and Jacque Larson @ TLP;  color splash Press Play freebie Jenn Barrette; font – Firefly Castle

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Back-up everything, and then back it up again!   I am extra paranoid about losing my photos, and design tools, but also would hate to lose my digital stash.  I really recommend a EHD to have an extra copy of you important files, but I wouldn’t rely on an EHD as my only back-up.  I think it is a great idea to back-up to an off site location.  When my laptop got fried, I was so happy that I had invested in an online back-up and could access my files right away.

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I started scrapbooking after my first daughter was born.  I pickup up a small collection of paper supplies and a ton of scrapbooking magazines (I love magazines!) One of them came with a sample digital scrapbooking program.  I played around with it, and was hooked!  I never did get to use much of those paper supplies I bought…LOL I started playing around with designing shortly after.  I am a matchy scrapbooker, so I wanted kits to really go with my daughters colorful wardrobe.  That was in November 2006, so it has been over 3 years now.

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Short answer – LIFE, I get inspiration from all around me, a quote, a random pattern, colorful t-shirt, my kits are inspired by many things.  I would say I draw a lot of inspiration from color.  Whenever I see a beautiful color combination, I snap a photo and add it to my inspiration folder on my computer.  Many kits have started in the folder!

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I am currently designing on a Windows desktop, with 4 gigs of ram. I was on a Dell Laptop…until my daughter spilled water on it! LOL My desktop can take 8 gigs of ram…so I do plan up on upgrading eventually, right now it works great. I design in Photoshop CS3, but plan on upgrading to CS5 this year. I just got my first DSLR camera this year, a Canon Rebel.  I also have a Sony P&S.

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My favorite seems to change with each kit I create, but I would say my “Clouds Over Head” kit. It is a little different than my usual work, but it reflected how I was feeling at the time.

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My best selling kit was my Autumn Blush kit.  I love that is so colorful for a traditional fall kit.

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Another customer favorite and probably one of my favorite kits, is my collaboration kit “A Day Like Today” with Lauren Grier.  I love creating kits with her, ours styles really compliment each others.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Jennifer

Technotronic Kit

Lady Bugga by Jennifer Barrette and Lauren Grier

The World Smiles With U by Jenn Barrette

Fresh Squeezed by Jenn Barrette

Dandelion Wishes by Jennifer Barrette

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Here’s some inspirational layouts using Jennifer’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Layout by JenLin, supplies: Technotronic by Jennifer Barrette, Template No. 8 by Victoria Greenlees, Font – Eurostile

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Layout by Karen, supplies: All by Jenn Barrette — The World Smiles With U kit, One-derful Starts template, Get Real Shadow Styles

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Layout by Melissa L, supplies: Jenn Barrette The World Smiles With U kit, Scrapping With Liz Variety Temps available at Scrap Orchard

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Go have a look in Jennifer’s 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)!

As a special thank  you to all of our readers, Jennifer has created this coupon for us to share with you!!

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I Need a Staycation

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Supplies, Click by Kelley Mickus, template by Yin Designs, alpha in title from Every Life Has a Story by The Digi Chick designers (collab), circle stitching by Zoe Pearn, font: traveling typewriter

Just over a year ago, as my family was preparing to move, we took a day and visited all of our favorite spots in Seattle.  It was a staycation for us and one of our favorite memories as a family.  We visited Pike’s Market (and watched them throw fish), ate at Anthony’s Fish Bar on the waterfront, drove past my old office, visited the Space Needle, and all of our old stomping grounds in Sandpoint. I took photos of everything because I knew it would be the last time, in a long time, we would be in this city we loved, together. (I think I’m sufficiently homesick now…lol.)

This summer, my family and I will be taking some staycations again.  We hope to get out and explore the area that we have lived in for less than a year.  Because we are new to our area, I purchased a travel book and have had my kids go through it and pick out some things they want to see and do.  If you are not new to your area though, here are some ideas to help you brainstorm:

  • When tourists come to your town or neighboring towns, what do they typically visit?
  • What restaurants do tourists eat at?
  • What are some sites you haven’t seen that you would like to see?
  • What are some of the “hole-in-the-wall” places that only locals know about? (my family has often found that those are the best places to visit on vacations)
  • If you were moving soon, what sites would you want to see one last time?
  • While you are out visiting sites, take photos like a tourist would (i.e. you might not ever see it again), not like someone who lives there and knows they will be coming back.
  • Is there a community pool, waterpark, or beach that you could take a picnic to and pretend to be on a tropical vacation?
  • Set a budget and let your kids pick out a souvenir (we prefer shirts or sweatshirts over toys at our house…they seem to get more use and don’t break)
  • Buy some postcards and send them to loved ones.
  • If you are really brave, inform your friends and neighbors that you will be on a staycation and unable to answer the door or phone (better yet, turn the phone off).

If you want more information:

An article about Staycations

Another idea for a mini vacation

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on a staycation, drop me a note, I would love to hear about it!

Embellishment tips and tricks with word art

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Curled index card by Katie Pertiet. Fontologie Journal Away and Free Refill fonts.


Word art is a fast and easy way to add something really special to your digital scrapbook layouts. I (Katie) am a big fan of word art! I use it to make cards, and also love to use it as a simple embellishment for special photos. One of my favorite ways to use word art is on a scrapbook page.

5 FABULOUS REASONS TO USE WORD ART ON A LAYOUT:

  • You don’t have to think of a title! 😀 When I asked The Daily Digi team for help with this post, we all agreed that a major benefit of using word art is cutting out the stress of thinking of a clever title for our page!

Layout by Karen. Leora Sanford In Good Company — collab with Paislee Press

Layout by Melissa L. Jenn Barrett/Tracie Stroud Walking on Sunshine collab kit, Ali Edwards Remember word art, Font is Pea Steph

Layout by Dunia. Presslines N.13 – Wedding by Paislee Press Flower and Stamp from Curiouser & Curiouser by Paislee Press and Joanne Brisebois Frame from Honey Bee Kit by Paislee Press Paper Flowers by Gina Miller

Layout by Melissa L. Sahlin Studio/Decrow Play collab Crystal Livesay Aly’s Jumpers template

  • Word art can give direction to your page. Many times I have decided to scrap a certain subject just because of a piece of word art. Word art has also directed my journaling on occasion and acted as a “prompt” to write about a specific memory.

Layout by Katie. Template by Janet Phillips (the Misc. collection) Girls are Yucky by Lili Designs from The Digi Files 8 font is CK footnote

Layout by Karen. Kelley Mickus Tumbleweed kit

Layout by Dunia. Fading Emotions Vol.3 by Taylor Made Fading Emotions Vol.4 by Taylor Made Revive Kit by Taylor Made Press Plate N.5 by Paislee Press

Layout by Melissa L. Gina Miller Wild Honey kit, Ali Edwards word art

  • Word art can act as an embellishment and contribute to the design of the layout. Many pieces of word art really are like miniature works of art. They are beautiful and add a wonderful design element to the page!

Layout by Karen. Leora Sanford Kaleidoscope collab with Creashens and Lynn-Marie

Layout by Katie.Papers from Sock Monkey Collab by Kate Hadfield and Holliewood Designs. Word art by Katie Pertiet. Layout sketch design by Cathy Zielske

Layout by Katie.Savoy Truffle Quick page by Teresa Victor from Gina Miller Designs.
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Layout by Katie.Ali Edwards December Daily template. Painted paper from Kate Hadfield. Word art by Taylor Made designs. flower by Holly Designs.

  • Word art can fill in for (or supplement) journaling. We love journaled pages here at The Daily Digi, but not every page needs to be a novel. Sometimes you just want to add a sweet thought or a few words, and that is when word art can be a real lifesaver!

Layout by Melissa L. Girls are Yucky kit by Designs by Lili Lauren Reid Cut Ups v. 2 Lauren Reid Quote Marks 2

Layout by Melissa L. Lauren Reid The Way We Used to Be

Layout by Jenn Life’s Little Surprises by Scrap Matters Designers

Layout by Jenn Happiness by Three Paper Peonies Everyday Love wordart by Sahlin Studio Sparkly Swirls by Rina Kroes Crumpled Edge Border by Rina Kroes Font: Pea So Lovely

Layout by Jenn Vintage Worn/Torn Papers by Sahlin Studio Daily Digi by Vera Lim (bg paper) Composure by TaylorMade (“everyday you” word art) Tapestry Blues by JenLin Designs (beige leaf silhouette, blue bow and ribbon) Vintage Linens by Shabby Miss Jenn (pink leaves) Font: Segoe Print

  • Finally, it’s just plain fun! That is as good of a reason as any! I love to use word art because it helps me feel creative and enjoy scrapping. 🙂

Layout by Katie. Amy Wolf’s barely there papers Maya’s word art. Font is Pea Olson.

Layout by Katie.Film overlay by Katie Pertiet Word art by Jen Wilson

Layout by Katie. Word art by Art Warehouse

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Our team picked out some of their favorite word art products for some enabling. All images are linked to the store where each item is available.

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Don’t forget to look through your stash to see what pieces of word art you can find to use on a layout. You will even find some in this month’s Digi Files!

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Super Speedy Scrapping!

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Layout by Katie. Kristin Aagard Buggalicious, CK journaling font

Do you wish you could create beautiful digital scrapbook pages in mere minutes? Would you believe me (Katie) if I said it is SO easy to speed up your scrapping? Well, it is and I want to show you how! Before I give away the big secret, I want to show you some layouts that were scrapped in super speedy style:

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Layout by Katie. Kristin Aagard Buggalicious, CK journaling font

Layout by Katie. Weeds and Wildflowers Christmas blog freebie.

Layout by Katie. Dunia Boys Collection. CK easy going font.

Layout by Katie. Artemia (NLA). Traveling Typewriter font.

Layout by Katie. Artemia (NLA). Traveling Typewriter font.

Layout by Katie. Weeds and Wildflowers blog freebie (NLA) CK Easy Goin font

Layout by Katie. I Dream of the Ocean by Holly Designs

Did you guess the secret? Can you believe that every page in this post was made using a Quick Page?! For those of you who are newer to digital scrapbooking, a Quick Page (also known as a QP) is a predesigned digital scrapbook page that is already put together. All you have to do is add your own photos (and journaling if desired). No matter what your digiscrapping skill level is, you can use a QP. They are so easy to use and SUPER SPEEDY!

We’d love to see the layouts you have done using Quick Pages so we hope you will upload them to our flickr group with the tag of quickpage or use quotes like “Quick Page” – can’t wait to see them!

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P.S.  The random winner for Anna’s gift is Cindy J who said “Anna is a new designer for me, which is one of the things I love about the Digi Files…to have that chance to see up close different designers’ works! Very cool offerings in her store…fav is Moments of Love I think…always hard to choose though.” – Thanks Cindy! That’s why we love the Digi Files also! 🙂 Check your inbox for your gift code.

in the designer’s studio with annaBVdesigns

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I am really excited to welcome Anna to THE DIGI FILES this month!  Anna has a fun and whimsical style that works well for digital scrapbookers that want to create paper looking OR fanatasy style.  I always find something in her kits that brings a smile to my face.  Here is a closer look at her contribution:

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This is just ONE of SEVEN collections that you receive when you purchase THE DIGI FILES!  What a great way to try out new-to-you designers or maybe even a style that you don’t normally buy.  It’s always fun to push our scrapping creativity!  Here are some layouts created with ‘Sunshine After Rain’ (don’t you just love that name?):

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Layout by Melissa L, additional supplies: Font is DJB Gimme Space, Gina Marie Huff alpha

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Lauren Reid Clearly Trimmed; Font is Take Out the Garbage

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Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: Template: Janet Phillips, Fonts: Oh Photo Shoot, Pea Jane

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Layout by Steph, fonts: Printing Primer and p22 Cezanne

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I’m 35 years old, staying-at-home mom of two kids (4 and 2), I’m living in Austria right now.

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When I’m finished with a new product or LO, I usually put it aside for a day or at least a few hours. After the “rest period” I look at it with fresh eyes and often make one or two changes which improves the page (or preview if it’s a product) a lot.

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When I was living in the US I started making forum siggies on mommies’ boards, and that’s how I first met digital scrapbooking products. I didn’t use them a lot in my siggies, but most other siggy designers did, and I knew immediately that I wanted to make digiscrap elements myself. Which is exactly what I did, so I was a designer BEFORE I was a proper scrapper.

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For themes, I’m usually inspired by things my kids say, do or have, for colors I often turn to interior design magazines.

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I have a real-life tool box, full of ribbons, and strings, and clips, and beads, and buttons, and an amazing collection of useless and indescribable bits and pieces. And I also have a virtual toolbox on my computer. I have a DELL laptop with Linux installed on it.  My main programs are GIMP and Inkscape, and lately I also use PSE. My camera is a Sony Alpha 200. I have a Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet and loving it!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Anna:

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Here’s some inspirational layouts using Anna’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Anna’s 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)!

As a THANK YOU Anna has this code for us to use to grab some goodies:

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Inspiration – Sunshine After Rain – AnnaBVDesigns

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Layout by Melissa L, additional supplies: Font is DJB Gimme Space, Gina Marie Huff alpha

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Lauren Reid Clearly Trimmed; Font is Take Out the Garbage

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Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: Template: Janet Phillips, Fonts: Oh Photo Shoot, Pea Jane

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Layout by Steph, fonts: Printing Primer and p22 Cezanne

Answering Your Questions

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Every time we do a survey, there are always some questions and comments that come up, that we want to address.  There are usually questions that we have too as we read through them.  Sometimes, I wish I knew who wrote them, so I could send you an email and have you tell me more about what you said.  For instance, there were a couple people that referenced cartoonish kits, will you email me so I can ask you some questions?  There was someone else that talked about not posting their layouts online anywhere, can you email me?  There were more than those and maybe I will address a couple more at another time.  A few of the questions/comments that YOU had are these:

Could you make past daily digi files available for a limited time or something? I missed the first few…

The agreement we have with the designers is that we can sell their contributions in our store for one month and one month only.  After that, they are able to put their contribution in their own store for full market value.  It really is a win-win-win:  Our designers don’t have to GIVE us product that they can never sell; our readers get to try these designers out at a very low-risk; and we are able to fund the site without advertising.

Maybe poll about what designers to include in future TDFs or regularly take suggestions???

We are definitely open to suggestions at any time, you are welcome to shoot us an email.  Part of the purpose of this survey was to figure out what designers our readers like (but we asked it in a sneaky way 😉 ).  Scheduling designers for TDF is, hands-down, one of the most difficult parts of my job!  I have been scheduling THE DIGI FILES now for just about a year and it hasn’t become any easier!  I wrote a post awhile back about the process I go through in selecting and scheduling designers (in a nut-shell).  We do give priority to designers that send us an application and show an interest in contributing, but quality is our biggest priority.

I really wish I could get TDD in my email everyday or that you would send me an email everyday!

I would love to send you email everyday, but I think our other newsletter subscribers might get a little upset…lol!  If you would like to receive email from us everyday OR our posts in your inbox everyday, you can.  Just go to the upper right corner and click on the RSS feed button that looks like this:

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You will then see an image that looks like the one below.  You can click on the button that says: Get The Daily Digi delivered by email.  That will hook you up with daily emails from us.  You can also subscribe to the RSS feed and get emails for our Inspiration pages where we post additional layouts each time we do a reveal from THE DIGI FILES.

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I don’t always get to read the daily digi everyday. I enjoyed it better when you could scroll down and read other posts, I haven’t enjoyed having to click the titles at the bottom of the page to catch up. Other than that, LOVE!

A few months ago, we had several emails about how slow our homepage was loading.  After some time talking to our host (and making some upgrades, but still having slow load times), we determined that the slow load speed was caused by the image intensity of our posts (soooo many images in almost every post, especially The Digi Files reveals).  We were told that we could a) break each post up into 10 pages or more (yuck) b) not use as many images (not an option) or c) break the posts up as we have done.  “C” was just the best option for us to be able to make it so the homepage would load quickly for everyone.  Maybe in the future, we will be able to do something different.

When answering your question about which is my favorite kit I realized that it is difficult to say because I file them by designer not by TDD. It would be great if there was one group jpeg file preview of all the kits so that I could remember which kits/designers were from TDD. Thanks, I really enjoy your site.

I think this is a GREAT idea and will do something like this starting next month!

I would like to see articles/product round ups that are genuine great find not paid promotions of the ‘usual suspects’. I do realise paid promotions fund the site but I would like to see a genuine finds post even if its monthly.

The Daily Digi actually has no paid promotions, no advertising, and no affiliate linking….at all!!  The only funding for the site is through the sale of THE DIGI FILES and designers do not pay to contribute.  So, the product picks we do are very genuine.  We do try to fit in products from designers that have contributed to THE DIGI FILES in the past, because we know that we can rely on their quality and it is our on-going commitment to them.  We do, however, often pick products from designers that have not contributed to THE DIGI FILES as well (at least one, sometimes several per post).

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If you want to participate in our survey, but haven’t yet, today is the last day.  We will close it down at midnight ET tonight.  THANKS so much to everyone for taking time to share your views with us!

Basic Design Principles With Debbie- Alignment

To date we’ve covered three of six basic design principles: Emphasis, Contrast, and Balance. Today’s lesson is on a fourth: Alignment. In July and August, we will look at Repetition and Flow.

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Alignment is a great tool for unifying and organizing the elements on your page so that viewers can take it all in, and, what’s more, so that viewers understand and appreciate the story or primary meaning of your page.

THE PRINCIPLE OF ALIGNMENT

The principle of alignment says to:
1) consciously place each element on the page,
2) in relation to some other element on the page.

The reasons to use alignments are:
1) to create order (including organizing and grouping elements), and
2) to create visual connections between elements.

creating alignments

To create alignments on your scrapbook pages, you need to find a strong line . . .and use it. By this I mean, find ways to emphasize it and make it stronger.

There are many alignments in “Remember These Moments” by erininpink, but the strongest line on the page is the vertical line running along the left side of the photo. With the patterned paper blocks above it aligned on the left side and the tip of the left side of the journaling block below it aligned, the line becomes a strong one.

Another strong line runs along the bottom edge of the title block and lines up with the bottom edge of the patterned paper blocks to its right.

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“Remember These Moments” by ErinInPink.

use alignments to create order

Alignments define the white space on your page.

White space refers to the areas of your page that are not filled with elements. White space not only gives the eye a resting point, it provides contrast and helps elements stand out. What’s more, it’s a great tool for grouping elements, and, thus, can be used to establish a hierarchy among elements and groupings.

Alignments define the white space on your page.

White space exists around your elements (as margins) and between your elements (as gutters).

On “Life is Grand [children]” Sam Ellis lined up six small photos in two columns of three each. She kept the height of the columns equal to (and aligned with) the focal photo on the left.

Another alignment on this page that really makes the design click, is that of the left and right title-block edges with the edges of the photo columns above it.

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“Life is Grand[children]” by Sam Ellis

use alignments to create visual connections

When elements are aligned—even if they are not next to one another—there is an invisible line that connects them in your eye and in your mind. Connecting them strengthens the idea that they belong to the same piece.

On “Bright Spot,” the horizontal alignments as shown in the diagram help connect the two sides of this page despite the strongly division created by unusually-shaped white space. The top of the landscape photo on the left aligns with the top of the journaling block on the right. The bottom of the bottom photo on the left aligns with the bottom of the title word “spot.” The bottom of the bright yellow label plate aligns with the stitching beneath the title on the right.

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“Bright Spot” by Debbie Hodge

ALIGNMENT TYPES

centered alignment

You may align elements on their center points (either vertically or horizontally).This is an approach that can give your design a more formal look.

All of the elements on “Two Tired Kitties” by jill-beamer are aligned along their horizontal centers: the bracket-shaped photo, the title, and subtitle. Even the motifs on the patterned paper are centered.

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“Two Tired Kitties” by jill-beamer.

Carolee plays with multiple alignments on both vertical and horizontal element centers on “Captured Today.” The result is a page with a look I’d call classic but not traditionally formal. It delights and pulls the viewer in to the design.

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“Captured Today” by carolee

edge alignment

You can line up text or objects along their top, bottom, left, or right edges. Photos, blocks of journaling, and mats (all typically rectangular shapes) lend themselves well to edge alignment.

In “Finger Space,” Gabi has used alignments of text, photos, and mats to strengthen her page design. Notice how the top and bottom edges of the journaling block align with the top and bottom edges of the photo. The right edge of the title aligns with the right edge of the photo. Gabi creates a strong line of white space (a.k.a. gutter) between the journaling and the photo by right-aligning the journaling. Left-aligned journaling would have created a jagged edge that would have weakened this line.

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“Finger Space” by Gabi

In “Teen Boy Mows Lawn,” Britgirl incorporates many organizing alignments. The end of “teen boy mows” aligns with the right edge of green stitching and with the right edge of the photo block above. The top and bottom edges of the word “LAWN” in the title align with the top of the green stitching and the bottom of the title’s first half.

In an interesting break from the expected, Britgirl aligns the left edge of the journaling block with the left edge of some subtle writing above the photo: “document the details.”

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“Teen Boy Mows Lawn” by Britgirl

IT’S OK TO BREAK ALIGNMENTS – PURPOSEFULLY

Once you’ve consciously put your alignments into place, it’s ok to place elements that break out of those lines. This will keep your white space from being so regular that it’s uninteresting. Additionally, those “overlappers” will ground elements to each other and to the page.

Katherine-hansen began “Froggy Boots” with a template by Deena Rutter that did a lot of the aligning work for her. See the points at which embellishments break out of the grid/alignments, including: the cloud at the top, the heart epoxy on the left, the umbrella at bottom right, and the clouds on the right side. These “breaks” from alignment add interest and firmly connect the blocks to the background canvas (a.k.a. grounding).

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“Froggy Boots” by katherine-hansen

GET OUT THERE AN MAKE SOME ALIGNMENTS!

Arrange your elements to create alignments that make sense, that organize your page, and that just LOOK GOOD! Look for opportunities to create strong lines. And if you’re going to make a line — make it a strong one. Don’t go half-way with it. Understand, too, that once you’ve created strong alignments, you may then go ahead and break them—purposefully.

There are many big and small ways to incorporate alignments. If you’d like to think some more on this, take a look at these two articles:
*Strengthen your scrapbook page design with alignments
*Justification that strengthens scrapbook page design

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Debbie Hodge shares scrapbook pages ideas, resources, and tutorials almost daily at her website Get It Scrapped! Her passion is showing you how to organize your memories and photos to make great-looking scrapbook pages that tell awesome (and often meaningful) stories. She’s got an MBA with a concentration in operations management and has studied and practiced creative writing for two decades—even publishing a few short stories before publishing LOTS of scrapbook pages, articles, and even a book called Get It Scrapped!

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P.S. Leigh was the random winner selected from yesterday’s feature Fizzy Pop post. She won $10 to Fizzy Pop’s store! THANKS for taking time to share the love with Lizzy!

in the designer’s studio with LIZZY OF FIZZY POP DESIGNS

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Several months ago, I started seeing some really cute layouts pop up around digiland and the credits were listing Fizzy Pop as the template maker.  About the same time, I started seeing my team members listing the same template designer in their credits, so I went on the hunt to discover these templates.  I really like the fun and whimsical style of Lizzy’s templates and I am really excited to finally have her join us in THE DIGI FILES!

Here’s a closer look at Lizzy’s contribution to TDF18:

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This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get in THE DIGI FILES for only $5.  It’s a great way for you to get to try designers that are new-to-you or that you haven’t purchased from before.  Here are some layouts our team created using Lizzy’s templates that are included in this month’s files (other supplies are listed in credits):

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: kit is Cloud 9 by Lauren Reid and Designs by Lili; Alpha is Alphalogical by Lauren Reid
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Layout by MelissaL, additional supplies: Gina Marie Huff Sweet & Simple Kit #3, Font is AmerType MdBT
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Layout by Dunia, additional supplies: Sweet Cherry Pie by Nancy Rowe Janitz Font: Cound on Me
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Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Pimp My Picture by Dilo, Wish For Tomorrow by Kasia Designs, Paint & Fun by Seni, Cherish by Kitty Chen Font: Printing Primer In-Between, Printing Primer Abundant

Hybrid Layout by Sunghee:

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Additional supplies: date stamp (Fontwerks stamp company), most of the other supplies were from Sassafras Lass.

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Name: Lizzy Reiber
Hometown: Springfield, MO
Family: I’m Lizzy Reiber, married to Dennis for almost 12 years and together we have 3 kiddos. Maddie 11, Lukas 8 and Mason 7. We reside in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and we love it here! We are totally an outdoorsey and athletic family so that takes up most of our family time!

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This is a layout that came together so effortlessly. It’s these types of layouts that always end up being my faves.

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Take breaks! I cannot stress enough how important it is to take a break when your mojo is lacking or you are feeling a tad burnt out. Take it from someone who is constantly up to something- it’s worth it. 😉

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Well, this is an easy one to answer. It all started one day in one of my private forums. I was feeling really down about how our family’s income has been steadily decreasing because of this economy and while brainstorming with some friends they all urged me to try my hand at template making. They were so wonderful about it all (and I’m sure being overly kind to me) but I decided that I had nothing to lose. So, here I am nearly 7 months later, really loving it and making some extra income for my family. It has been such a blessing!

Before my great digi scrapping addiction, I had only dabbled in paper scrapping, making the occasional gift for my mother and grandmother. It wasn’t until my real life friend, Jenny, showed me all of the possibilities and I took the plunge. Scrapping at first for a year and a half and then starting to design. I would hang out at her house and then at some point this digital scrapbooking stuff would come up. One day I buckled down, made her explain it to me and the rest is history. I started to digi scrap in April of 2008. Started to design in October of 2009.

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It is definitely the wonderful and crazy group of girls that I have on my CT. They keep me really grounded and reaching for the stars. I would be a mess (well even more of a mess) if I didn’t have them.

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For scrapping and creating templates I use PSE 8. I also have a Tablet and Illustrator that I plan to make good use of soon. *wink* As far as pictures, I shoot with a Nikon D60 and mostly my 50mm lens. I also have LR and I really love it! My main tool, however, is coffee and lots of it!

I am always on my eMachines desktop. I really love her. She has 4 big healthy RAM’s helping her out.

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Pack No. 3 is my favorite because I had just started to get in my groove when I made this pack. Template making felt good when Pack 3 was born.

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I would have to say Pack No. 1 was my best seller! A lot of people supported my efforts and my sales on Pack No. 1 were really amazing! *sigh* I love this community!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Lizzy

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Here’s some inspirational layouts using Lizzy’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Lizzy’s 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)!

As a thank you to our readers, Lizzy has created this coupon to share with all of us!

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Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: Elise’s Pieces “Paradise Found” from TDF18

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Layout by Phoebe (Fizzy Pop team), additional supplies: Simplicity kit by Sabrina’s Creations at Mscraps

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Layout by Maaike (Fizzy Pop Team), additional supplies: Pitter Patter by Creashens, SuzyQ Alpha by CD Muckosky, CircleWorks  by CD Muckosky

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Layout by Tali (Fizzy Pop team) additional supplies: Papers, elements: Warmhearted by Cinnamon Designs at After Five Designs; Alpha (Friend): Jellybean Toes by CD Muckosky at Little Dreamer Designs; Font (New): sf Twelve Again; Font (Journaling):  sf Lani; Font (Date): Century Gothic; Photo processing: Preset Pack 3 by Christian O’Dell Photography at Catscrap and Freebie set by My Four Hens Photography; Shadows: Shadows Perfected by K Studios at After Five Designs

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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: kit is Cloud 9 by Lauren Reid and Designs by Lili; Alpha is Alphalogical by Lauren Reid
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Layout by MelissaL, additional supplies: Gina Marie Huff Sweet & Simple Kit #3, Font is AmerType MdBT
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Layout by Dunia, additional supplies: Sweet Cherry Pie by Nancy Rowe Janitz Font: Cound on Me
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Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Pimp My Picture by Dilo, Wish For Tomorrow by Kasia Designs, Paint & Fun by Seni, Cherish by Kitty Chen Font: Printing Primer In-Between, Printing Primer Abundant

Hybrid Layout by Sunghee:

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Additional supplies: date stamp (Fontwerks stamp company), most of the other supplies were from Sassafras Lass.