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We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to August’s contributors:

Dysfunctional Designs
FeiFei’s Stuff
NeeNee’s Designs
Flergs
Captivated Visions
Amy Wolff
Hazel Olive Designs

We are at the final stretch for THE DIGI FILES#20.  Today is the last day to grab ALL of this digital goodness for just $5 total!  You can see detailed images on our awesome designers page.  It’s unbelievable, I know, but it is TRUE! After today, all of these products will go home with their designers and be added to their stores for full retail value!

Since THE DAILY DIGI is an ad-free site, THE DIGI FILES are the way we support what we do.  It’s because of these designers (and our fabulous customers) that we are able to bring you such great content and resources!

THE DIGI FILES are also a great way for you to try products by new-to-you designers or styles at a very low risk!  It really is a win for everyone!

PlaybookIf you haven’t grabbed August’s Playbook, be sure to download it as well for the tricks, tutorials, and play-by-plays for creating the layouts you saw on the site during August.  Be sure to snag July and June’s as well, they will be gone soon 😉

We would love to hear something new that you learned from any of the Playbooks we released this summer!  Leave us a comment and SEVEN people will win $10 in digital scrapbooking products each!

Traveling The World With You

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This past Spring, Kim Lund joined us for a series on creating a Travel Journal. It’s the kind of project that can take as much time or as little as you want.  You can use her printables if you are short on time, or her layered templates if you want to use your own supplies.  If you are really running low on time, you could just use her prompts and put them in Evernote or a Word Doc.

I thought it would be fun to share a Vacation Journals, all put together, and maybe even inspire you to finish one up for any last minute trips you have coming up (here in the US, we have a 3 day weekend coming up 😉 ).

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MandaK created a very cute travel journal, using Kim’s templates along with some digital supplies.  She also gives instructions for assembling it the way she did on her blog:

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Didn’t that turn out adorable!?  I LOVE the little camera she added.

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Katie just got back from a cruise to Alaska (she and I were both in Seattle at the same time with our families for a couple of days and actually ended up staying one block away from each other…imagine our surprise!  We did get together for a photo op, I’m sure we will share soon).  She made a Vacation Journal before leaving, here’s what she did:

It took me a day to get everything already to go.  I used this cute kit:

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As well as Kim’s layered templates for this project, which are available exclusively here at THE DAILY DIGI (visit each class session to download the printables and templates).

I decided to enlarge my journal so it would fit in a 3 ring binder. I wanted to collect newsletters, menus, brochures, and other items during our trip and put them directly in the binder to keep them nice and neat. I turned each 5.5 x 8.5 template into a standard 8.5×11 inch size in PSE 8 by using the following steps:

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In Photoshop Elements, select Image> Resize> Canvas Size, in PSCS select Image>Image Size. Change settings to 8.5 inches wide by 11 inches tall.

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Then select all layers that you want to enlarge. If there are any locked layers, you will need to unlock them. Just click on them to unlock them. (In PSCS, you will need to select the layers FIRST and then resize).

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With all desired layers selected, grab the edge with your mouse and stretch until they fit the canvas. In this case, you will have to stretch a little on the sides since it doesn’t fit exactly. This may cause some distortion in title work. The template shapes will be fine though.

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You can resize the title work to make it proportional again. I hid that layer on mine because I decided to use a font instead.

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I also modified most of the templates to fit my own content. Just move the squares around as needed.

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I’m really loving how it turned out (click to enlarge images)! (Note: There will also be a tutorial showing another way to do this in the September Playbook)

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I decided to use a font (Gil Sans MT) instead of the included titles so I could customize my pages a little more. I also like how it goes with the pages I have scanned from our cruise brochure materials. I used page protectors throughout my binder for these layouts, and stocked the binder with plenty of extras so I could include maps and other items as I got them.
So far, this has been a very rewarding project. My children have appreciated knowing more details about our trip and they have looked through our book several times. I imagine that it will be a well-used tool throughout our trip! I will be sure to include more details, photos, and pages after our trip is over.

I got all of my images from brochures and internet sites since they were put together BEFORE we actually took the trip.

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Here are some photos of the travel journal I took during our cruise.

I used a standard 3 ring size binder from an office supply store that had a clear pocket cover so I could slide the cover page right into it. I will make a cute label for the spine so we can see the subject while it is sitting on our bookshelf.
This travel planner/journal ended up being such a big part of our trip! I filed all of the cruise newsletters, formal portraits, maps, postcards, and information sheets we collected from all of our stops. It was a great way to store the photos and memorabilia so they didn’t get ruined in transit. It also felt like we were creating a scrapbook while we were vacationing and that was fun for all of us. My hubby even started looking for things to put in the binder. Smiley I definitely will do this again in the future for our bigger vacations.

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Standard size page protectors were a great way to store postcards we bought. I even bought some small 5×7 prints at Pike’s Place in Seattle that I didn’t want to get bent so I just slipped them in the book.

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I feel like I don’t have to create a whole new scrapbook about this trip now because I have this binder. I will keep most of it intact. I will remove the postcards because we hang those on a wall in my son’s bedroom. I might frame some of the cruise portraits, but most of the contents will live permanently in the binder. I will have access to all the information when I choose to create some digital scrapbook pages, but I don’t feel a lot of pressure because I was able to put together the creative framework for this project before we ever left town. So fun!

It’s Always Black & White – Or Is It?

I will be the first to admit that I follow waaaaay more blogs than I can ever keep up with. My RSS Reader consistently shows over 1000 items needing to be read, no matter how many I might read here and there (I’m thinking it must max out at over 1000). But, I know that going through and unsubscribing will take more time than I want to give it…lol. I do LOVE Google Reader’s search function though, it really helps me find information on a subject from many sources that I like, quickly. For today’s post, I thought, “It would be really fun to pull together lots of ideas for chalkboards!” I love the chalkboard look on just about anything and these days it can be put on….just about anything. Here are a few of my favorite ideas I found:

Speech bubbles for a birthday party photoshoot by Elle Belle:

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I love the Nester and she shared these chalkboard rocks from Potterybarn (in her Potterybarn Hacks for Fall post):

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Nester also shared this chalkboard globe (love!). I couldn’t find directions for the globe, but I’m thinking spray with chalkboard spray paint, use a die-cut (think cutting files for a personal cutter) to trace the map….might work?:

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Centsational Girl has instructions for how she created this CUTE chalkboard:

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Outdoor Chalkboard on Angry Chicken (via CraftyCrow):

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Thrifty Decor Chick shows step-by-steps for creating some fun and extremely inexpensive labels (and if you used to be a paper scrapper, you can even use your fun edged scissors 😉 ):

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Stampin’ Up has these really cute chalkboard labels (I think I need to order some but the product description online doesn’t give dimensions or quantity, if you know, please leave a comment) :

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How fun is this at Apartment Therapy?:

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I also did a quick search in Etsy to see what fun chalkboard finds there were (I just couldn’t resist), here are a few fun things:

Some really fun upcycled jars:

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LOVE this upcycled piece of chalkboard art:

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This is fun chalkboard artjournal:

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I can see some teenagers having almost too much fun with these colored chalkboard speech bubbles and portable banner (bubbles are also sold separate from the banner):

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Modern June has been on The Daily Digi before, but I LOVE her stuff and can’t choose just ONE chalk cloth product, so be sure to check them all out:

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Last, Martha Stewart tells us how to make chalk paint in any color (using supplies found in your hardware store):

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Inspiration for Your Weekend

In just a few days I am going to the good ‘ol US of buy amoxicillin online no prescription A…for the first time in over two years.  My oldest daughter and I will have two whole weeks to eat, shop, read, spend time with family and…scrap!  As I was cruising the gallery looking for some inspiration, I was not disappointed.  I can’t wait to stock up on some digi supplies this weekend and think of all the pages I hope to scrap while on vacation.  And since I am so inspired, I thought I would share some of these amazing layouts with you.

(All images are linked to original gallery posts.)

I adore this layout — the wide frames, the white space, the smatterings of paint, the great use of an alpha.  LOVE it.

This layout is AMAZING.  I love the colors, the use of word art, the fantastic element placement, and the cool kid quotes that were preserved.

What an adorable layout.  Who doesn’t love little girl pigtails??  I love the clean and graphic placement of the photos along with all the imperfect touches like the ripped paper, messy stitching, and doodles.

Clean and simple with a pop of color.  My kind of layout!

It’s no secret that I love EVERY. SINGLE. LAYOUT. that Kayleigh does.  This one is no exception. Incredible design, fun subject, super cool stitching, and great color.  Love it.

This is such a fun P365 layout.  I love the bright colors up against the kraft paper background.  And all the journaling, well, make me swoon.

Clean, graphic…perfection.

Incredible.  Fabulous way to save a child’s artwork, amazing use of alphas, so cool.  Looks totally handmade!

I love this layout!  The colors are so bright and cheerful and the design is so eye-appealing.  But even more, I love the subject matter.  I love pages that tell of the little things that make us who we are.  What we eat is definitely one of those things!

Another super fun and colorful layout!  I love the hand-drawn doodles and the rainbow of colors.  What a treat this layout will be in years to come!

I hope you are as inspired as I am!  Here’s to a great weekend full of….SCRAPPING!

Finally Funtastic Friday

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We have a lot of really great stuff going on that digital scrapbookers would be interested in, including some big things here at The Daily Digi!  We are working very hard behind the scenes on some pretty big things that we should be ready to announce next week! 😉

We’ve also revealed ALL of the contents of THE DIGI FILES which are amazing and you do NOT want to miss them!  Here’s a look, click on the preview for some closeups:

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I had a really GREAT time visiting with Janet Phillips and Kelly Lautenbach on the Paperclippping Digi Show.  We talked about using your digital supplies in home decorating projects! I learned so much from these two extremely talented ladies! By the way until noon Eastern today (Friday) Spoonflower is giving away one free swatch to EVERYONE!!  Listen to the show to learn why you will want to hurry and do this and some suggestions on HOW to do it! 🙂 Also, head on over to the show notes to join in the discussion, I always learn so much from our listeners! This episode is called “Too Beautiful To Be In A Book” and you can listen to the show below AND subscribe to our RSS feed (or in iTunes) so you know right away when a new show is released!

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Here are some of the FUNTASTIC things you can find around digiland (and other places):

Yin has this FREE template for everyone and don’t forget about her sale through Aug. 31st:

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When you buy this kit from Chelle’s Creations, you get the word art below for free (rumor has it there will be something for free on her blog):

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Misty Cato has a great tutorial on adjusting frame dimensions without skewing proportions:

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ScrapbookGraphics has a bunch of really fun things going on this weekend (and some good deals too):

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Studio Wendy has a big sale going on this weekend as well, it’s a great time to grab some of her fabulous actions!

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Paislee Press and Leora Sanford have a very CUTE collab (love the envelope paper) out and it is 20% off this weekend:

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The Digi Chick is having a SALE:

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ksharonk has a couple new Simple Sets that will be in her store and 25% off after 6pm Friday night Australia time for 24 hours (I am pretty sure AUS is about a day ahead of US, so hurry and grab them):

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Jacque Larsen and Kaye Wenieki have teamed up for the first time and have created a nursery rhyme collab. It will be released on Friday and will be 20% off but here is an exclusive coupon code for the TDD readers for an extra 10% off too kwjlrhymetime10 it expires Sunday.

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I love school supplies and I LOVE school themed kits!  SugarPlum Paperie has this adorable one for 35% off (I heard there will be a coordinating freebie on her blog):

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NeeNee has some new products out, but also has a coupon for The Daily Digi Readers: LuvDailyDIGI for 35% off your order through August 30, 2010!

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This post that @legacylady and @getitscrapped tweeted about, from the Pioneer Woman’s blog, saved me a BIG chunk of money!  I thought my camera was broken, but this fixed it!!

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Ali Edward’s site redesign is completed and it makes it really easy to find projects and specific things you might be looking for!

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That about wraps it up for this week!!  Make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter so you don’t miss our BIG announcement!! 😉

FUN WITH FASTENERS

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Nail by Kristin Aagard (on the farm), note by Katie the Scrapbook Lady, Fontologie Giggles font.

Want to know one of the best secrets for giving a digital scrapbook page a finished look? Fasteners! The little additions of buttons, staples, brads, clips, and stitching bits, all add visual interest to a scrapbook page. They also help the eye anchor the elements onto the page. I (Katie) get some of my best ideas for using fasteners from looking at paper-based layouts, which is I guess why I prefer buttons with stitched centers. When I was a paper scrapper, I never just placed a button on the page without tying a little string or ribbon through the middle first. Of course, I love that with digital scrapbooking, I’m not limited by space (or depth) to include as many fasteners as I want to. Here’s a page I would have never attempted back in my paper days:

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Layout by Katie. Hazel Olive Sew Lovely kit, buttons by Jen Wilson, Janet Phillips template collection 43.

Whether you use buttons and brads as a major design element on your page, or add a subtle staple to the corner of a special photo, these little embellishments can make a big difference!

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Jenn says: “I love all sorts of fasteners, and hardly every create a layout without including them.” Here are some of her great tips for using fasteners:

When placing curly ribbons, look for areas where it appears to be closest to the paper, to place fasteners so that it appears that they’re attached to the layout. In this particular one, I’ve placed the metal rivet elements on several areas of the ribbon to create a sense that it’s grounded to the layout. I tend to reduce the size of the original fastener elements (staples and brads especially) to a much smaller scale than their original size, in order to keep their overall realism more believable. I consider what the size relationship of the elements would be like “in real life” if I were using the same items on a paper layout, and then adjust the size of each element accordingly.

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Layout by Jenn. Credits: Love Me by Dilo, Lucky by Amanda Heimann, Ruby alpha by Lauraskathi Font: Pea Noodles, Small Typewriting


I often use brads not only for scattered accents throughout layouts, but also in the center of bows to act as a fastener. Simply resize the brad to be just large enough to completely cover the center knot of the bow. The brad should have a slightly smaller drop shadow than the bow itself, which gives the illusion that the center of the bow is pushed into the page, and actually attached to it.
By far my favorite type of fastener is a staple. If I’m using the staple more than once in the layout, I always rotate the staple copies slightly so they don’t all look the same.

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Layout by Jenn. Credits: Template from Reloaded Vol. 1 set by Sya’s Blueprints, Wild Hearts by Michelle Coleman, Everyday by Megan Turnidge, Explore, Learn, Grow by Sahlin Studio Font: CK Jot

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New team member Tara used some fasteners to dress up a simple invite for my son’s first birthday. “Here I used the pin and the fasteners to make it look like that was how the paper frame was held down onto the photograph. To be able to give it a little more depth than just the paper mat.”

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Melissa says: I use reversed staples and rotated them. I also split apart a row of stitching, by just selecting the stitches I wanted and pressing Ctrl+J and used them to secure the letters

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Jenn’s favorite staple comes from this kit. My “go to” staple is in this kit by Sahlin Studio. I think I like it so much because it’s more of a brass/copper, versus being silver. It’s also got a great weight to it, if that makes sense.

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For basic brads, rivets, buttons, etc, I’ve purchased some CU packs that I pull from if a kit I’m using doesn’t have quite what I need as a fastener, or if I’m combining kits for a LO sometimes it’s just easier to pull in a couple of CU items and recolor as needed, versus searching hundreds of kits for brads, etc.

Don’t be afraid to purchase CU items for your own personal stash. They’re a great way to add some fundamental elements that you’ll find yourself using again and again.

Here’s a couple versatile CU packs that I love having in my stash:

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If you listened to episode 8 (The Well Rounded Mama) of the Paperclipping Digi Show podcast, you might remember Steph talking about her favorite staple found in the Modish Boy and Modish Girl kits by Shabby Princess.

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On that same show, Janet talked about her favorite staple which is found in this Painted Summer kit (also from Shabby Princess)

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While there are often great fasteners included with many digital scrabooking kits, you might also enjoy using some element packs to boost your stash. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Next time you are digi scrapping, pull out some fasteners and add a few finishing touches to your layout. You will be pleased at what a big impact a little fastener can have!

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Scrapping Adoption

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One kind of layout that I always love discovering in the galleries are layouts about adoption!  I have always thought that adoption is a beautiful thing and I love reading people’s stories!  There has been more than one occasion that Karen or Melissa’s layouts have put me in tears!  I also get emails quite often asking about how to scrap them.  I thought I would enlist a couple of team members that have adopted as well as a little help from CD MuckoskyKaren and Melissa L. each have two children they adopted from Korea, here are some of their tips:

  • keep a blog with daily entries so you will be able to look back and figure out what you were doing the day your child was born
  • hire a photographer to come with you and photograph you being handed your child
  • keep track of all of the firsts that take place after your child joins your family
  • bring a photographer again when everything is made official and legal

CD Muckosky and Stacy Julian have both adopted as well.  They discuss their stories and ideas for preserving them in Paperclipping Roundtable #28 – Poopy Stuff in Our Backgrounds.  You can listen to this show below.

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In the show Stacy talks about Gotcha Day and CD talks about this layout below.  She was nice enough to send it over for me to share with all of you.  You can see the hidden journaling poking out from behind the photo.

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Karen sent over this layout that shares what she was doing the day her son was born (Melissa gave her the idea of keeping a daily blog and she was thrilled that it worked out) supplies are from an earlier issue of THE DIGI FILES:

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Below are some more inspirational layouts from Karen and Melissa (layouts are linked to galleries with credits).  If you have some tips of your own for scrapbooking adoptions, we would love it if you shared them in the comments.

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Karen and Melissa say they haven’t found too many kits that are adoption specific, but often make products intended for other things work (i.e. YOU ARE HERE word art).  Here are a couple products though:

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Link us up to any of your adoption layouts that you want to share and give us your tips in the comments as well! 🙂

Get Your Head in the Game

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Now that all of the contributions to THE DIGI FILES for August have been revealed, we want to share with you our game plans for accomplishing some of the looks in the layouts you saw on the site during the month.  This month, we include:

  • a play-by-play for a hybrid project AND a digital layout (from start to finish)
  • ideas for clustering elements
  • how-to for using Flerg’s glitter styles
  • how-to for creating the rainbow word art we use on Fridays
  • cutting irregular paper strips
  • using a photo as an overlay and background
  • altering templates
  • giving papers a new look
  • editing photos in Flickr
  • a couple of fun free gifts

These are just A FEW of the items we talk about in this interactive e-book.  So grab your Playbook, a copy of THE DIGI FILES (if you haven’t already), and enjoy playing the digi game!

P.S. Amy is our random winner chosen from yesterday’s comments and won $10 in products from Hazel Olive Designs!  THANKS to everyone for your nice comments, we all appreciate them!!  Amy, check your inbox!

IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH ASHLEY OF HAZEL OLIVE DESIGNS

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I instantly fell in love with Hazel Olive Designs products from the first time I saw them, when Mscraps first opened!!  I am excited to have her finally joining us in THE DIGI FILES!  Her contribution is adorably versatile and our team had a lot of fun with it!!  Here’s a closer look:

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This is just ONE of the SEVEN collections you can get for $5 total in THE DIGI FILES this month!  You can see everything that is included on the Contributor’s page.  Here’s some inspirational eye-candy for you created with Oh Baby!:

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Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: “Get Real” Shadows by Jennifer Barrette,  Traveling Typewriter font
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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: Template by Michelle Martin. Fonts are CK script and Century Gothic.
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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Valorie Wibbens Block It Vol. 1 paper blocking template.
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Layout by Leilani Rose (Hazel Olive CT member), additional supplies: font, BigMummy

You can see some more GORGEOUS layouts on the Team Inspiration page.

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I am Ashley of Hazel Olive Designs.  I grew up in sunny California and married my high school sweetheart at 20.  5 years layer we have been blessed with two beautiful and wonderfully unique daughters.  Hazel is now two and Olive just turned one.  I design at home despite the double trouble crawling and toddling of the girls.  They are the light of my life, my inspiration and I couldn’t do anything else but name my company after the twosome.  So there you have Hazel Olive Designs.  🙂

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Scrapbook your favorite photos first. Trying to scrapbook for any size family can be overwhelming. You tend to feel that you should scrapbook in a particular order…last Easter before this Easter, 1st birthday before 3rd, ect. All the while, uploading a few thousand new photos a week on to your PC. You would need a team to scrapbook everything! This kind of process can lead to feeling like your getting behind, and make your artistic time start to feel like a chore. Instead, don’t feel the need to scrapbook in any particular order at all. Choosing your favorite photos that inspire you the most is a good place to get started. Then, if you never get to those Christmas 1998 photos…at least you still have your favorite photos done and in a coffee table book to ooh and ahh over.

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I began my scrapbook journey at a local scrapbook store.  After a few years I moved on to take the role of a scrap-for-hire designer.  This new bit began to introduce me to a new world of Digital Scrapbooking. Following the birth of my first daughter, I found myself with-out the past freedom or time available to spread out my paper crafting supplies on my desk and craft away.  This opened my door to digital scrapbooking and the convenience of an equally expressive laptop hobby.  I am a long time computer geek, program researcher, and creative artist.  I have always had a constant need for a creative outlet.  I discovered an absolute love for designing digital art and products while getting the opportunity to share my adoration of contrasting color schemes and funky flair. This month I will be celebrating my 1 Year Anniversary of Hazel Olive Designs. Looking forward to another great year.

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Colors definitely play a big part in my inspiration cycle. I am a color junkie. I love discovering colors schemes that are playful, fun, and contrasting. Vintage pieces are another major inspiration in most of my kits. I love all things shabby and old, and enjoy the challenge of designing a complete kit around one funky, antique store find.

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I use a Toshiba Qosmio X505 laptop with a 6GB, 7200RPM hard drive for the bulk of my designing. With my toddlers running me around, portability is a must as my home office moves from the kitchen to the playroom and elsewhere at any given moment. I design in Photoshop CS4, Illustrator, and Art Rage Studio. My camera is a Canon Rebel XTI…love this thing. I scrapbook, design and anything else computer related with my trusty Wacom Bamboo Tablet. I can’t imagine going back to a mouse in this life time. I also use an awesome little app on my IPad called MoodBoard for organizing and collecting colors and inspiration for my kits. For back up and extra storage I use a Maxtor, One Touch 4 external hard drive with 750 GB of extra storage. I also religiously rely on Mosy Online Backup to further backup and protect my laptop and external hard drive.

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My favorite product right now would have to be my Grunge Me: Volume Two, The Assortment. I have been using this one like crazy lately. It has such a convenient range from elegant to the super grungy. I find myself using it on all my pages and a lot of my papers as well.favoriteproduct_hazelolive_grungeme_vol2_preview

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My best selling product is my Be Yourself kit. I think it can be difficult to find funky boy kits for the “in-between” age. This one seemed to produce quite a few fun, pre-teen to young adult layouts.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Ashley

Ellie by Hazel Olive

Out Of This World by Jenn Barrette & Hazel Olive

Life Gone Digital by Hazel Olive

Assorted Quick Pages: Set One by Hazel Olive

Grunge Me: Volume One by Hazel Olive

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

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Go have a look in Ashley’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 to qualify)!

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

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Inspired: Oh Baby by Hazel Olive Designs

The following layouts are created using Oh Baby!  by Hazel Olive Designs and included in THE DIGI FILES during August only!

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Layout by Cheryl (Hazel Olive CT member)
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Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: “Get Real” Shadows by Jennifer Barrette,  Traveling Typewriter font
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Layout by Katie, additional supplies: Template by Michelle Martin. Fonts are CK script and Century Gothic.
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Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Valorie Wibbens Block It Vol. 1 paper blocking template.
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Layout by Leilani Rose (Hazel Olive CT member), additional supplies: font, BigMummy