Meet Jenn

BIO: My name’s Jenn, and I’m a 37 yr. old mother of two adorable little boys (ages 4 & 1), and have been married to the love of my life for almost 10 years. I’m originally from NY, although we’re currently calling Northern Virginia home, while my husband is stationed here with the Army. I stumbled into digital scrapbooking in 2006 shortly after my first son was born, and was instantly hooked. Having a degree in Visual Communications, I was already very comfortable with Photoshop, and it was the perfect way for me to document our memories, without requiring additional space that paper scrapbooking requires. When I started digital scrapbooking, I already had a freelance graphic design business that I was running from home, so I made the natural transition into designing. I was selling my scrapbook designs from January 2007 until April of 2009 when my second son was born and I no longer had enough free time to devote to designing in order to effectively run my business. I’ve really enjoyed getting back into scrapping and am so excited to have found such a creatively rewarding way to document my family’s life.


1. Strings and ribbons of any sort. I almost always include some in my LO’s because I love the added texture, and they’re great to use for defining edges, layering, or just accenting my pages.

2. Picasa. I’m not sure if this actually counts as a “product”, but my computer would be a mess without it. It’s so easy to choose what pictures I want to work with, and I’m slowly working on getting all of my scrapbooking stash tagged so I can find things more easily.

3. Jenn Barrette’s “Get Real” Drop Shadows. These shadows really speed up my scrapping, and there’s a great variety included in the set, depending on what type of element you’re using.

4. My Four Hens Photo Actions. These are so fun to play with, and really such an easy way to enhance your photos.

5. Stamped alphas. I love using these for titles, or blended into backgrounds for added interest. My favorite “go-to” one is Stamp my ABC’s by Brittish Designs.

MY STYLE: That’s a good question! I think my style leans more towards resembling paper scrapping, although I do love blended photos and photo extractions, so I’m not really sure how I would classify my style.

MY SCRAPPING IDOL(S): I don’t have any one particular scrapper that I idolize, but there are a ton of different scrappers that I’ve added to my favorites, and love to stalk their galleries and oogle at their latest LO’s.

WHY I AM EXCITED TO BE ON THE TEAM: I have been following The Daily Digi from the very beginning, and absolutely love the wealth of information, and inspiration. The Digi Files are the best deal out there, and I love being able to work with such a variety of design styles and such talented artists.

MY FAVORITE LAYOUT: Happy Day is my current favorite LO. It has a combination of all of my favorite techniques to include in LO’s (extraction, blending, and rounded photo corners), not to mention my adorable little baby turning 1!

Meet Melissa S.

BIO: I’ve been digiscrapping since October 2007, after discovering IkeaGoddess from reading the journaling on a layout in Scrapbook Memories Australia! My dear husband and little girl who’s just one feature in many layouts, along with recording memories of our homes (2 so far!) and the many renovations my DH did!

I am currently head CT for mgl scraps and love working with a great bunch of girls over on the mgl Creative Team blog. I also CT for Songbird Avenue.

Scrapping gives me a way to record all the little stories in my life and I love the creative side too!


1. Actions from Wendyzine –  I love her Scrap It actions, her photobook and single page actions and well everything in her whole store.

2. Frames – I love to use frames for my photos, or at minimum a white border.

3. Solid background papers (love Flergs and mgl Scraps).

4. Fonts! Especially Fontologie and my own handwriting font to give that personal touch to my layouts.

5. My Wacom bamboo pen and touch.

MY STYLE: Slightly shabby, with a bit of clustering thrown in. I tend to change my style to suit the page I’m scrapping, and hope to be learning and growing techniques all the time.

MY SCRAPPING IDOL(S): Bec – her photography, designs and oh her shadows too are amazing! Ali Edwards – is also a big inspiration to my with her philosophy and simple approach.

WHY I AM EXCITED TO BE ON THE TEAM: I love TDD and have read every post since they started. I was so excited when Steph asked me to join the team. I really enjoy promoting TDD around the web, I can share the knowledge we’ve all gained to help other scrappers all over the world. I love discovering fresh new designers through the Digi Files too! This site is second to none and a must read every day!


Come Join In, SEVEN Will Win


We are on the final countdown for THE DIGI FILES #19!  Today is the last day to grab ALL of these products for only $5!!  Today is also the last day to get Emily Power’s products as she is retiring from designing.  After today, the rest of the designers are free to add their products to their own stores for full retail value (a minimum of $5 per product).

We had a lot of great posts this month, a few free gifts, and many changes (including some to THE DIGI FILES).  We would love to hear what you liked at The Daily Digi this month!  So, leave us a comment and 7 people will be randomly selected to win $10 in product from one of the contributing designers from July!

Thanks again to this month’s contributors!!

Chelle’s Creations
Michelle Batton
List Girl Designs
Valorie Wibbens
Queen of Quirk (and here)
Emily Powers
Audacious Designs

Lots of Funtastic-ness Around Digiland


Friday, Friday, Friday is my favorite day!!!  (Do you know that song?)  There are some really great things in digiland right now!  I have fun collecting them through the week and I am always excited to share them on Friday!


On this weeks episode of the Paperclipping Digi Show, we were once again joined by Izzy, Noell, CD Muckosky, and for the first time on the Digi Show, Ali Edwards!  It was a very fun(ny) and inspiring discussion!!  A few of the things you will hear us talk about are:

  • what we wish you could do in PSCS/PSE
  • some trends we have seen in digital and paper scrapbooking
  • where the trends are started
  • where the trends might go in the future
  • how to find your own style
  • being authentic in scrapbooking
  • shouts out to several designers
  • I even mention a product I would love to see created (PLEASE, let me know if you already have this in your store or if you make one 😉 )

You can listen or subscribe in iTunes or listen on the Paperclipping site!


We also wanted to remind you to grab your Digi Files and FREE Playbook if you haven’t already!  They will be gone Saturday at midnight EST.


Some FUNtastic finds from around digiland:

I LOVE Gina’s Idea Notebooks and they are always a FAB deal for only $3 through July 31st (I’m downloading as I type):


You can grab this gift from Robin Carlton at the Sweet Shoppe Blog:


Cyndi has 8 new sets of texture overlays (cu okay) on sale for $3.99:


Paislee Press has this new kit at Catscrap (where she is guesting) on sale for 20% off (see special offer below):


The subscribers to the Presslist (newsletter) will receive this for free when they purchase Wishing Jar (sign up here):


Scrapping with Liz is having a party!  You can see more details on her blog:


SuzyQ has a tutorial on her blog for making a printable coloring book:


Misty Cato has this freebie on her blog:


Yin has this set of TWO templates for $2.50:



Mari Koegelenberg is having a Facebook 500 promotion going right now, when she reaches 500 fans on FB, she will be giving away this AWESOME kit that coordinates with her grab bag that will be released on Aug. 1st.:


Kayla wants to know what digital organization questions you have!


Love this collab by some very talented designers (digging the colors!):


TaylorMade’s products are on sale:


Traci Reed has this on her team blog:



You can get these CUTE brushes for FREE from Digital Design Essentials:


Kitschy Digitals has these cute embellies for us:


Meet Melissa L.

BIO: I discovered digital scrapping in December 2006 and have been a serious addict ever since. I also love photography and capturing all the little moments in my two kiddo’s lives. I have been married to my college sweetheart for 13 years and we have two beautiful children: Camden is 6 and Rory is 3. They are most often the subject of my pages because I can’t seem to get enough of their sweet faces. If I’m not scrapping or chasing them around with a camera, you can probably find me reading a book or catching up on my reality TV obsession.

5 PRODUCTS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: First and foremost – templates! I find myself using these more and more often as they become more intricate and available in so many different styles. The other products I use over and over are striped papers, buttons, stitches, and stamped alphas.

MY STYLE: I don’t know if I have a defined style, although I typically find myself using one photo with plenty of white/negative space. I envy those who can manage the beautiful clustered style, but I haven’t quite mastered it.

MY SCRAPPING IDOL(S): The two designers/scrappers that I’ve enjoyed the most through the years are Gina Miller and Janet Phillips. I love Gina’s pages because she never fails to surprise me with her creativity, and her style is so diverse. I admire Janet’s pages because the focus is always on the photo and journaling which are the the essential components of scrapping our memories.

WHY I AM EXCITED TO BE ON THE TEAM: I love TDD for the all the information it provides for those with limited time to browse, and I love creating pages for TDD because of the diversity and chance to work with so many different designers.


Meet Sunghee

BIO: My name is Sunghee, 34 years old stay-at-home moMster to one boy (5 yr) and a girl (2 yr). I’ve known my husband for 10 years. We’ve been married for almost 8 years. I started digital scrapbooking in the fall 2008, but it was more so I could shop for lots of pretty kits. I didn’t create much with what I bought. In September 2009, Kelleigh Ratzlaff asked me to be a guest on her creative team. That led to an opportunity to be on the CT for As a result of my time with the CT’s I began to work a lot more with digital scrapbook items. I also love traditional supplies, so hybrid came naturally to me. I recently started designing my own hybrid templates at

My blog
My shop

1.   Craft knife
2.   Removable adhesive runner/tape
3.   Tim Holtz Tiny Staples
4.   Adobe Lightroom
5.   Totally Rad Actions

Cute and whimsical

Karla Dudley, Leora Sanford, Paislee Press, Michelle Filo. They make great products, but also make awesome projects with their designs.

Because it is THE Daily Digi!


EVEN I Can make these!


When it comes to hybrid projects, I (Katie) tend to brush them off as too much effort. That’s why I like to keep an eye out for easy and doable hybrid ideas. All of these are very practical for all skill levels and will add some more fun tricks to help you enjoy your digital supplies even more!



What a fabulous idea! Persnickety Prints has a template for you to make your own water bottle labels. These would be great to customize bottles for bridal/baby showers, birthday parties, family reunions, and more.


These “Nuts About You!” cans on the Sweet Shoppe blog would make a great gift!



A fun little hybrid banner tutorial on Jennifer Fox’s blog. I love banners!


Personalized travel mug from The Hybrid Chick. What a great way to keep memories with you all the time! This would also make a fun gift for kids and grownups alike.



I’ve heard a lot about Copic markers so I was excited to see this tutorial on The Sweet Shoppe blog about how to color with them. What a fun way to use digital stamps!


If you have dismissed hybrid as not being “your thing”, take a fresh look at some of these great projects. You don’t have to create albums or boxes to be working in “hybrid”. Simply using digital scrapbooking products in new ways will make you a hybrid artist!

We’d love to see your hybrid projects in our flickr group. Be sure to add the tag “hybrid” so we can be inspired by your creations!


Digital scrapbooking with phone photos


Michelle Batton’s kit is part of The Digi Files this month.


If you’ve heard of Chase Jarvis, you are probably familiar with his book, website, and iphone app all based on the idea that “The Best Camera is the One That’s With You”. The general premise is that even a a lower quality camera is better than no camera at all. Because so many of us carry smart phones that include cameras, we are ending up with lower resolution pictures. Many scrappers wonder if they can scrap with these? The answer is YES! There’s no reason why phone photographs can’t be used for layouts, and as digital scrapbookers, we have a big advantage for making the most of phone pics.

I (Katie) love to digi scrap with my iphone photos. I don’t use them all the time, but I have no problem adding them to a scrapbook page and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well they print up! My advice is to keep lower resolution phone photos a smaller size on the layout. You won’t notice the difference in print quality as much if your pictures are smaller.

web iphone

Layout by Katie. Anna Aspnes template. Times New Roman font.

I like to make a note right on the layout to let the viewer know that I used phone photos. I think it adds interest to the page and it documents the technology I used at that time. It also might explain to future generations why some of my pages have sharp and crisp pictures, while others have a distinctly different look. Of course, some photographers can do such an amazing job with their phone cameras that you might not ever guess where they came from.

Another favorite trick of mine is to use iphone photography apps to create pictures that have unique filters or effects that are only achieved through a phone camera. For this layout I used pictures taken with the Shake It photo app. I love the “polaroid” look of these photos!

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Layout by Katie. Credits: Weeds and Wildflowers Life 365 & Find Your Bliss. Century Gothic font.



Jenn says:

I haven’t gotten many decent pics with my camera phone, but did manage to scrap one last year with a picture taken on my blackberry that only had a 1 or 2 mgp camera. This layout was printed in a photobook, and I was surprised that the quality came out pretty comparable to some of my other photos. My only tip is to keep the resolution set as high as you can on the camera, so you can get the highest quality photo possible from it in case you do want to print it later on.

Layout by Jenn. Credits: JenLin Designs (Pewter Date Tag, Stamp Frame) Art Box alpa by Holliewood Studios Its Bath Time by Jofia Devoe Summer Memories by Holly Designs Fonts: Orator Std, Papyrus

Layout By Jenn. Credits: Pool Party and Splashtastic alpha by Kate Hadfield
A Beautiful Beginning by Michelle Batton Get Real Realistic Shadows by Jenn Barrette
Journal Away font by Fontologie

Phone Photos:
These are the original size of the photos as taken from my iPhone. The color was extremely orange, so I adjust them slightly by opening Image > Adjustments > Photo Filter and chose the “Cooling Filter 82” preset. I then duplicated the photo and changed the blend mode of the top layer to “Screen”, with an opacity of 50%.


Jenny says:

When my second son was born, we left all of our stuff (including my camera) in the car thinking my husband would go back out and get it after we got checked in to the hospital and figured out where my room would be. Well, things progressed a little faster than I thought they would! Thankfully, my husband had his Blackberry with him, and used it to snap a few of those first precious photos. Smiley I did my son’s whole baby book at, and this is one of the pages. The two photos on the bottom right (of our son being checked by the nurse and weighed) were taken with the Blackberry. All the other photos were taken with my Nikon D40. Even printed out, there’s really not a huge noticeable difference in the quality. I have noticed that my husband’s Blackberry takes decent pictures, as opposed to our other camera phones (not smart phones), which don’t take decent pictures.

Layout by Jenny. This page was designed exclusively for How Fast They Grow by Hostess with the Mostess. It is “Mod Squad” template #2.


From Melissa S.

Layout by Melissa S. Squee by Flergs and mgl Scraps Font 2Peas Sunshine, 2Peas Scrumptious

Layout by Melissa S. July Songbird Ave kit


From Melissa L.

Layout by Melissa L. Darcy Baldwin Inspired by Alexis templates
Zoe Pearn Bohemian Summer kit Digital Design Essentials kraft paper
Syrin stitching Miss Mint cardboard frames Font is DJB Lizzy Fizzy


Are you ready to get scrapping with your phone photos? Here are a few great tips and links to explore:

I hope you will be inspired to use any camera to capture the memories you want to scrap. Remember, a phone camera is better than no camera at all and with a little help, your phone photos can be mini masterpieces!


Let The Games Begin!


The Daily Digi Playbook is brought to you by the readers who purchase THE DIGI FILES each month!  THANKS for making this possible!!


Well, all of the products that are included in THE DIGI FILES this month have been revealed, so we thought we would share our secrets with you again!  We are very excited to release the second Daily Digi Playbook as a FREE gift to you!  The Playbook is where we give you the play-by-play for many of the layouts that were featured on the site during July.  There are tutorials with screen shots for many of the techniques that were used, links to even more tutorials and resources, as well as instructions for a hybrid project and hybrid layout!  There are even some links to a couple of free gifts for you as well!

From the beginner digi scrapper all the way through advanced, there is something for everyone in the Playbook!  If you are newer and come across a play that is overwhelming, then just skip it and move on.  Chances are that down the road, as you get more practice, those more difficult techniques will become less intimidating!

In this playbook, we also included a tutorial (including screenshots) for using Emily Powers’ Photology overlays that are included in THE DIGI FILES this month.

Go ahead and download July’s Playbook, grab THE DIGI FILES,  and LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!

P.S. Shannon was the random winner selected from yesterday’s comments, here’s what she said: I really like the look of the Expectantly Yours line. And Everyday Celebrations is probably my most used kit.

Check your email Shannon, you just won $10 in product from AUDacious Designs! 🙂

Inspired – Fresh by AUDacious Designs


Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: brush: R. Young, font: SF Katie.  Sharon made this layout to go inside her purse that displays layouts.  She decided it was ‘perfectly find to scrap my boys in pink when it’s for my purse’.  I love it!
Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Janet Phillips Collection 49 template; Font is Steinem
Layout by Katie, additional supplies: Template No. 39 by Ali Edwards, Krafty bare paper by Katie Pertiet begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, DJB Tracy Script font.
Hybrid layout by Sunghee
Layout by SharonS (a reader), additional supplies: brush: R. Young, font: SF Katie.  Sharon made this layout to go inside her purse that displays layouts.  She decided it was ‘perfectly find to scrap my boys in pink when it’s for my purse’.  I love it!
Layout by Sharongrey8 (a reader)