Design Help

One thing that many scrapbookers struggle with is layout design. Here are some resources to help you create layouts you love:

Color Popping Against Achromatics

Two Digi Scrappers Selecting Colors for Their Layout

Using Patterned Papers in Your Scrapbook Layouts

My Most Used Scrapping Trick – anchoring

How-to Cluster Elements

Living On The Edge – using borders on layouts

My Most Used Scrapping Trick – more on adding borders to layouts and photos

Introduction to ECBARF

Emphasis with Debbie Hodge

Contrast with Debbie Hodge

Balance with Debbie Hodge

Alignmnet with Debbie Hodge

Repetition with Debbie Hodge

Flow with Debbie Hodge

Basic Design Class via email (free on Debbie’s site)

Lifting a Layout

Adding a Border – Living On The Edge

Scrapping a Layout Without a Photo

Designing for Different Numbers of Photos

Designing With Patterned Paper with Sir ScrapAlot part 1 and part 2



White Space









Using bullet points or numbered lists is a fast and easy way to add journaling to any scrapbook layout. You might have noticed that I (Katie) use this technique in a lot of my posts here because it is a great way to present information in a logical and easily digestible format. The best thing about this kind of journaling is that ANYONE can do it! You don’t have to fill a big empty space with flowing verse, just jot down a few thoughts and tie them all together by using a list format.


  • It’s a great way to include several random thoughts all in one place.
  • While journaling a story can seem overwhelming, you can easily add important details one line at a time.
  • The journaling is easy to read for the page viewer.
  • Lists are fun!


Layout by Katie. Template by Kitty Designs, Cottage Garden by Kaye Winiecki. Traveling Typewriter font.

I used a bullet point list to tie together the various photos and memories from a recent visit with my family. Here’s the journaling:

When my family came to visit in June of 2010, I realized that there are several things we ALWAYS do when we get together:

  • Go shopping
  • Play board games
  • Cook and eat a lot!
  • Go sightseeing
  • Take pictures
  • Act silly!

List style journaling can be very minimal and simple, or it can be a great format to discuss topics in greater detail. I used a prompt found on facebook to list “15 Books That Will Always Stay With You”, but I wanted to explain the reason I chose each book. I ended up with so much journaling, that it took me two pages to fit it all in!


Layout by Katie. Template by Janet Phillips. Back To School by Mari Kogelberg & The Hybrid Kid. Century Schoolbook font.

Here’s my list journaling:

Fifteen Books That Will Always Stay With Me (for better or for worse):

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I read it when I was quite young (maybe 12?) and I can still remember the details vividly. Strong characters and tough subject matter.

2. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown. I read this when I was about 14 and I honestly felt ashamed to be white after I read this.

3. The Secret Garden by by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I was probably about 10 when I read this book. I loved it! I was going to grow up and have a garden hidden by walls. I read this book to my kids last year and fell in love with it again all over. Still wish I could have my own secret garden.

4. The Firm by John Grisham. Shortly after graduating from college with a degree in English Literature, I was longing for a “beach read” type of book. I devoured The Firm and all of Grisham’s other books for years. They were a fun escape. Sadly, I think his newer books are extremely boring.

5. Harry Potter – ALL of them! I think Book 4 might have been my favorite one to read but I honestly love every one of these books. I think JK Rowling is brilliant and I love her for creating books that people lined up for. I LOVE the cds of the books, Jim Dale does such an amazing job. The movies are just ok for me, nothing compared to the books. I feel sad that the series is over. I’m not sure there will ever be another Harry Potter.

6. When Fish Fly: Lessons For Creating a Vital and Energized Workplace From the World Famous Pike Place Fish Market by John Yokoyama and Joseph Michelli. This might seem like an odd choice and it is just a short little book, but it had a real impact on me. It was the first time I realized that people have “stories” that color their interactions with others. I love the way he overcame his challenges.

7. Emma by Jane Austen. Jane Austen was the author I chose to focus on when I went on a literature-based study abroad to England. I gave my presentation on the book Emma right on the lawn of Jane Austen’s house. That was back in 1989. What an experience!

8. Activity Schedules for Children With Autism: Teaching Independent Behavior (Topics in Autism) by Lynn E. McClannahan; Patricia J. Krantz. I have read A LOT of books about autism, but I think this one was the most useful from a practical standpoint. I probably read it in 1999. I used the ideas in this book and made actual schedules for Alex that I know helped him in many ways. I even taught 2 parent training classes at the autism school based on what I learned from this book.

9. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv. I read this book a few years ago after hearing a speaker at a science awards dinner talk about it. It’s not like this one is a real “page turner” but it made me think hard about how our world has changed. Every time I see this one on my shelf I want to be better about giving my children the experience of growing up with an appreciation of nature. This is a real challenge for us.

10. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. How could this not be on my list? I majored in English Literature for Pete’s sake! I especially love British Literature and the Bronte sisters are a big part of that passion for me. One of the highlights of my life was actually visiting the moors that inspired this book. Yes, I ran on the moors! Loved that college study-abroad trip.

11. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I read all the Anne series books when I was young (maybe 9 or 10?). I was an avid reader and thankfully, my Mom kept me well stocked with books. I couldn’t remember much about these books except for the fact that I loved them so much. I re-read these with my daughter last year and enjoyed them so much.

12. I read a book about the Donner Party in 7th grade – it was required reading. I don’t remember the title of the book, but I know I was horrified that people actually ate other people. It stuck with me for a long time.

13. Native Son by Richard Wright. I read this in college when I took an African American literature course. It is one of those books that stays with you forever. Very disturbing in many ways, but an important work in African American literature. It deals with so much racial hatred and sadness.

14. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown (and most of his other books). I know people get all worked up over this one, but I really loved it. Even if it was all true, it doesn’t really bother me, in fact it would make sense to me in many ways. It was a wonderful book to get lost in, one of those you can’t put down. I really like his other books also, especially Deception Point. I did not care for Angels and Demons though, and I have no desire to see that movie or the movie of the DaVinci Code.

15. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. One of those books that just stays with you. I must have been about 12 when I read this and I still remember it so well. I love the episode of Friends where Rachel makes Joey read it and he has to put it in the freezer when it gets too sad.

Can you believe all of that just came from making a list? I had no idea that would happen until I started explaining my choices. Long or short, Just writing about something one line at a time can add up to great documentation!

Here are a few other examples I found in our flickr group and the galleries: (all images are linked for credits)




Journaling is so important and even adding a few simple thoughts can make your page a lot much more meaningful for you, and anyone you share it with. ANYONE can journal! If you are one of those who says “But I’m Not a Writer!” – I challenge you to give bullet journaling a try!


Funtastic Friday and That’s So Digi

I wanted to kick off our Funtastic Friday finds with a few things right here at home.  I wanted to remind everyone to check out our LOOKING FOR page!  We always have layouts and projects we are looking for from our readers and we would LOVE to be able to include your work on our site!

We also released a new episode of Paperclipping Digi Show yesterday called, “That’s So Digi” all about digital scrapbooking organization.  It really is a great discussion with some very helpful information (and as always, some good laughs)!!  If you would like to share your thoughts on the discussion, head to the comments in the show post.  We talk about this post by Katie, this post by Katie, and this post by Sir Scrapalot in this episode.

We also want to remind you about the Songbird Avenue kit for charity, with the proceeds going to Mercy Ships.  Isn’t it beautiful!?:


Here are some Funtastic Finds from around the community:

Wendyzine has this unique and inventive action that will scrapbook a layout FOR YOU for FREE:


Paislee Press has this freebie:


Paislee Press and Queen of Quirk have this new kit and an exclusive coupon for TDD readers:

20% off code: TDD-URhere
valid thru: July 15th, 2010 image

Vera Lim has a sale:



ScrapOrchard has a new contest starting July 15th:


SuzyQ is having a baby shower blog party July 5-9th

The Lily Pad has a new BYOC and a 30% off storewide sale going on right now.

Sir Scrapalot Designs can be found in two stores now:


Isn’t all of that just digi? (please listen to PDS5 😉 )

Lots of Changes in July


I am really excited about the lineup for July’s set of The Digi Files!  Can you believe we are in JULY!?!?  I can’t!!  We have made a few noteworthy changes that I will describe in more detail AFTER I introduce you to THE DIGI FILES #19 DESIGNERS:

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

This month is the first month where we will have past contributing designers back as part of THE DIGI FILES (outside of Janet and myself).  Audacious Designs was one of the very first contributors to THE DIGI FILES #1 and we are excited to have her back!

Something else new this month, I changed how the files are organized, after reading some of the feedback from our survey.  Each designer is set up as a download link.  The zip folders have been named TDD_TDF19_(NumberOfZip)_(DesignersInitials).  This should help you know at a glance if you have all of the downloads (there should be seven because we have seven contributors this month). It will also help you know what’s inside, even before you download.

I also added a preview similar to what we post at the end of the month, with all of the kit previews on one image.  Each zip has one of these previews.  I had some requests from people to add this since they organize The Digi Files by designer and not by site (The Daily Digi).  They wanted a way to be able to recognize at a glance everything that was included in that month’s files.  If you don’t want these images, you can always delete them.

Lastly, a change I added that many of you will be very happy about, was to the site.  Now, when you click on ‘previous posts’ at the bottom of the homepage, the prior 10 posts will come up, all together (not summaries, but actual posts).  You can click on it again and get 10 more posts.  So, you will only need to click 4 times to get through a whole month’s worth of posts.  This will keep our homepage loading quickly, yet give all of you a way to read many posts at one time without clicking a whole bunch! 🙂

Congratulations to those that were randomly chosen from the comments in yesterday’s post!  We read each and every comment!  You each won $10 in product from one of the June’s contributor’s, check your inbox!  The winners are:

Donna U

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