Journaling on layouts is difficult for some scrappers. We all have our likes and dislikes, so it isn’t surprising that some people like to write and others don’t. I (Katie) am a writer. I’ve always liked writing in some way, but that doesn’t mean it is always easy. It also doesn’t mean that I’ve always been good at it, or that I don’t struggle with it. I do! Every time I start a new blog post or a scrapbook page I have to overcome my own feelings of inadequacy and just get down to the business of putting my thoughts into words.

I’ve been thinking lately about how journaling is a lot like exercising. It is NOT easy. It takes commitment and discipline. It is hard to get started, but if you overcome that initial urge to skip the whole thing, you feel so much better! Just like muscles, your writing skills need to be flexed and conditioned to work properly. If you don’t keep in shape, you will get flabby. (I speak from experience here :))

So are you “out of shape” when it comes to journaling? Have you been snacking on twinkies (using no or little journaling), instead of hitting the gym? Do you need a personal trainer to help you get your writing skills toned up? I’m here to help! We at The Daily Digi believe that you are a writer and we love to encourage you to discover your own personal voice and style for telling your stories.



If you haven’t exercised in awhile, you need to ease into a workout routine. If you are just out of practice when it comes to journaling, try a few starters to help you get in shape.

  • Date your layouts. This is the first step in journaling. By including the point in time on your layout, you will give it a place in your history timeline. Read about “10 Ideas for Dating Your Layouts” from Log Your Memory.


Layout by Katie. Template from Funky Playground blog train, Gina Cabrera’s Snow Day Kit for The Digi Files 11, Font is Susie’s Hand.

  • Write the answers to the classic writing questions of “Who” – “What” – “When” – “Where” – and “Why”. You will be surprised at how much information can be answered using those prompts.


Layout by Katie. Template by Debbie Hodge. Papers by Jen Wilson & Katie the Scrapbook Lady,


Layout by Crop-a-holic from our Flickr group



Once you find a journaling technique that works for you, keep practicing. The only way to get strong is to continually work those muscles!

Layout by Katie. Template by Kitty Designs. Papers by Cinnamon Designs, Background Paper and seashell by Jofia Devoe. Font is Franklin Gothic Book

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Layout by Katie. Kitty Designs Templates version 7, Cinnamon Designs Cardstock, Myriad Pro font



Take a look back through the pages you have written on and read through the experiences you recorded. Here are some of my favorite journaled layouts. The most motivating thing about any exercise program is seeing the results!


Layout by Katie. Rhonna Farrer Organic Papers, Ck Printer font


When it comes to journaling, take a cue from Nike and JUST DO IT!



As I (Katie) was working on this post, I realized how much I look forward to finding out the “Funtastic” stuff going on each Friday. I hope you are all enjoying it as much as we here at The Daily Digi are! Here are some great “Funtastic Friday” finds to get the weekend started:


You will find plenty of inspiration in this week’s episode of the Paperclipping Digi Show! Liz Tamanaha and Amy Edwards joined in the fun conversation with Steph and Izzy all about digital scrapbooking. The topics of keeping track of credits, moving designers, and galleries are so interesting and very relevant to all digital scrapbookers!

Some of the posts mentioned in the show and a few that relate to the topic:

Also, Steph commented about my approach for keeping track of credits when I scrapbook. She was exactly right – I do upload my layout to my flickr account as soon as it’s completed! I put all the credits right in the description so I always can find them. If the layout will not be made public for awhile (like the ones I do for The Daily Digi sponsor reveals), I mark the layout as “Private” so only I can see it. Then when I’m ready to share, I mark the layout as either public, or just for family. That way I always have the full size resolution of my page saved, as well as all the information associated with the layout. I can’t tell you how many times this has helped me when I need to find something. If I’m making an opposing page, I usually want to use some of the same supplies and/or fonts, so I love having these details documented. Plus, I control my own gallery at Flickr – no one will ever move or delete my layouts there. For more information on Flickr, see our post about Flickr.




Want to get this darling kit for free? Well, Danielle Young has a great promotion going on right now where if you spend $5.00, you get this for free!




Have you seen the amazing charity kit this month at Songbird Avenue? Love this color palette! Audrey Neal is the guest designer and as always, it’s jam packed with beautiful supplies and all the proceeds go to charity!



Captivated Visions has a great sale going on this month and also a fun open “grab bag” for only $3.49!




Swoon! I adore these sweet and simple photo frames from Paislee Press. They are 20% off through the weekend at Catscrap, where she is a guest designer this month.



Vinnie Pearce has a great sale going on at Two Peas!



I adore the colors and embellishments in both of these fun kits by Jennifer Fox. How cute is that crab?! You can save 25% by purchasing the bundle.


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Love these colorful frames from Jacque Larsen and they are free! Also watch for the new August BYOC from Jacque and the other Lily Pad designers. I love the first Friday of the month when all the BYOC goodies come out. 🙂


Connie Prince

Connie Prince is in the spotlight this month at Gotta Pixel so her entire store is 30% off! She has the same sale running in her store at Scrapbook Bytes. What a deal!



So many great sales and happenings at After Five Designs!

  • Collab Week starting with our 5-5-5
  • New collabs almost every day, at 30% off
  • New August guest designer
  • New Mixologist



Kelleigh Ratzlaff has a new grab bag which includes all of the template file types that you are already familiar with (PSD, PNG, PDF), plus all-new cutting files for your digital die-cutting machine. Very creative!


Go grab Kelleigh’s newest freebie!  She has a set of flowers called Paper Flower Pieces that have already been resized and are ready to cut (by hand or with your machine).  Just cut, poke a brad in the middle, spritz with water, scrunch and dry to create your own gorgeous paper flowers!



Just in time for school to start up again! Suzy Q has a cute bundle of school related supplies all on sale at Scrap Orchard.



Love these freebie brushes from Digital Design Essentials!  The Smarty Pants kit is so versatile and beautiful! And this Smarty Pants template is only $1.00!




I also have my eye on this wonderful collection from Cinzia (I like the whole bundle) as part of her guest spot at MScraps. Yummy!

Hope you have a FUNTASTIC Friday! 🙂


P.S.  Pam in Missouri  is the random winner chosen from yesterday’s feature all about FeiFei’s Stuff!  She won $10 of product from FeiFei’s Stuff!  THANKS to everyone for sharing the love! 🙂

in the designer’s studio with FEI-FEI’S STUFF


Having Sharon, a.k.a FeiFei’s Stuff, contribute to THE DIGI FILES has been in the works for a very long time!  I added her to my “invite soon” list over a year ago.  I am so excited to finally have her and her gorgeous designs in THE DIGI FILES this month!  Here’s a closer look at her contribution:


Here are some layouts created using “Emotions” by FeiFei’s Stuff”:


Layout by Katie
Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Font is traveling typewriter. Shadows are by Jenn Barrette.
Layout by Amy Wolff, additional supplies: Amy Martin’s uber mini template (altered) and My Four Hens photo actions
Layout by Nikki (FeiFei’s Stuff CT)
Layout by Suzanne (FeiFei’s Stuff CT)

You can find more awesome layouts in the Team Inspiration Page!



My name is Sharon but my closest friends call me “Shaui”. I am blessed with a wonderful family. A husband who supports me with my designing and scrapping and disagrees with my late night dates with my laptop. A daughter who never fails to make me laugh with her witty mind and her doodles that she can only understand. A son who can complete my day with a smile. I miss the rain. I miss the smell of wet grass in the morning. I love the sales in Dubai. I heart anything crafty and personalized gifts. I’m the worst singer in the whole universe and yet I get a perfect score at karaoke machines! I love to dance, read, laugh and do something creative. I love it when I finish a kit because it means I was productive 🙂 Oh, and I’m a big fan of the Jabbawockeez! 🙂











A Tip for Scrapping

Carry a little notebook with you all the time and journal day to day things. I tend to forget things right away so I make it a habit that when Fei say something funny or sweet, I write it right away or when Nico did something new, I record those milestones. I like remembering those little things.

A Tip for Photoshop

Name your layers. It saves time and it is easier to find the layers when you want to edit or delete them. Or if you have too many layers, Group them (highlight the layers that you want to group and hit CTRL+G) and of course name your Groups too.


It all started with a little girl named Fei and the invention of digital cameras. When I gave birth to my daughter, for 3 months, I took pictures of her every single day. After one year, less than 20 pictures were only printed and that was given away to my family in the Philippines. I have like thousands of pictures of Fei and it was just stored inside a computer. I first tried paper scrapping and after one page, I gave up. With limited resources here in Dubai, it will be too expensive for me to buy all my materials overseas. And then I stumbled upon digital scrapbooking. I downloaded freebies from here and there to make my layouts. Most of the time I would alter what I have and I thought maybe I can do my own stuff. It started with one frame and then a floral brush and then, next thing I know, I was giving away freebies on my blog. That is when fei-fei’s stuff was born.


Most of the time, it is my family that inspires me. Sometimes books that I have read or when I see a cool ad.


use a desktop, WindowsXP, Intel Core i7 with 6GB RAM.

I use Phtoshop CS3 and Illustrator and AutoCAD.

Canon Rebel XTi

I also use a Bamboo Tablet




Here are some of my favorite products by Sharon


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







Go have a look in Sharon’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, Sharon has created this coupon to share with all of us!


Inspired by Emotions and FeiFei’s Stuff

All of the layouts below were created using Emotions by FeiFei’s stuff that is part of THE DIGI FILES during August:


Layout by Therese (FeiFei’s Stuff CT)


Layout by SharonS (a reader): Paper and Elements: Fei-fei’s Stuff, Template: Songbird Ave., Mask: Amanda Sok, Stitches: Jackie Eckles, Font: Pea Amy G.
Layout by Yoshika (FeiFei’s Stuff CT)
Layout by Sandrine (FeiFei’s Stuff CT)
Layout by Katie
Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Font is traveling typewriter. Shadows are by Jenn Barrette.
Layout by Amy Wolff, additional supplies: Amy Martin’s uber mini template (altered) and My Four Hens photo actions
Layout by Nikki (FeiFei’s Stuff CT)
Layout by Suzanne (FeiFei’s Stuff CT)



This is the final article in a series of seven covering scrapbook page design. Rachael Giallongo introduced the series and shared the mnemonic ECBARF that you can use to quickly recall six basic principles of page design. I’ve continued the series, looking at the first five of those principles: Emphasis, Contrast, Balance, Alignment, and Repetition.

Today’s lesson covers the 6th principle—the F in ECBARF—which stands for “Flow.” This is where we put it all together.

Think about the principles we’ve covered so far and how interrelated their applications are: Emphasis relies on the use of Contrast, and Balance can’t be achieved without taking into account the page’s Emphasis. What other connections are there? Read on to learn about flow and see how all of the design principles as you put together a scrapbook page contribute to good visual flow.


What is good visual flow? Good visual flow exists when the viewer of your page takes a tour through all of its elements, understanding what’s important, taking in the key pieces and avoiding snags or dead-ends. When visitors come to my home, I really don’t want them seeing into the bathroom that’s next to my front door. I want them to look straight in to my home—to the big windows overlooking the river. So . . . I keep the bathroom door shut (or at least I try to) and I have spots of color leading the eye right over to those window. Right now it’s a series of yellows—a large planter, a yellow vase, and a wide bowl.


To create flow on your scrapbook page, you’ll combine

1) The natural tendencies any of us have in observing things, and

2) Design principles

The human eye (and mind) will follow the natural order of things—following:

  • sequential patterns
  • the eyes of the people in your photos
  • a line of perspective
  • implied motion in your photo

When you combine an understanding of these natural tendencies with good use of design principles, you’ll be offering guided tours of your pages with no problem. Understand that repeated colors or images will draw the eye. Understand that whatever stands out (i.e., contrasts) will draw the eye. Understand that you can create implied lines that will draw the eye with alignments. Read on for examples.


You can set up a sequence that the eye will follow as simply as by arranging similar shapes in a pattern. When it comes to “natural tendencies” any of us who read left-to-write and top-to-bottom are prepared to move our eyes in these directions.

On “Worth a Thousand Words,” JPrainaitis arranged two rows of circles in a grid pattern that draws the eye horizontally across the page to this delightful photo.


“Worth a Thousand Words” by JPrainaitis

When you’ve got several of photos that convey a chronology of events, arrange them in a series as slurpeegirl13 has done on “Curiosity.” The three photos show her daughter checking out the doggie door at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. The horizontal flow is strengthened by other horizontal lines including the break between the two pieces of scalloped paper and the strip of small circles below the photo. The curved doodles and the loops of yarns add a sense of flow, again taking the eye from left to right.


“Curiosity by slurpeegirl13

The sequence of elements on “The Best Gift” by tettletop20 creates vertical flow on the page. The three photos set up this pattern, and the embellishments and title are layered over them, arranged in a sequence that enhances the vertical flow.


“The Best Gift I’ve Given My Dad” by tettletop20


When you have three spots on your page that stand out, you create a visual triangle that catches the eye and guides it around the page. In design, odd numbers of objects are more interesting to the eye than even numbers of objects. An odd number of objects can be arranged both symmetrically and asymmetrically. Three is the odd number that is most frequently used in all kinds of design. Just for a start, look for it in architecture, home decor, and floral design.

Jenbreeze has arranged a visual triangle on “San Francisco Adventure” that begins with the compass at top left, moves on to the magnifying class and tag at the right of the large photo, proceeds to the title below the photo and to the left side. Many of us will follow this path the first time and then loop back around at least one more time—taking in the photo, the design, and the mood the page evokes.

If you’re wondering why those three elements are the points on the triangle think back to the lesson on contrast (what stands out?) as well as repetition (what things are similar and, thus, connected?).


“San Francisco Adventure” by jenbreeze

While Jenbreeze took us on a tour around one oversized photo, NikkiE takes a different approach on “Pretty Sassy Chick.” Here, each point on the triangle is a distinct element cluster on Nikki’s page canvas. The eye moves from the blue-framed photo at top left (where the title also begins), then down and over to the photo closest to page center, and finally to the photo at the right edge of the page. Bleeding two of the photo clusters off the page edge adds even more design interest to this atypical composition.


“Pretty Sassy Chick” by NikkiE

What catches your eye on “Two Boys Playing Hockey” by pokey79? I immediately noticed the three gold spots on the page. This visual triangle of color takes the eye on a tour through the photos, title, and journaling.


“Two Boys Playing Hockey” by pokey79


Composing a photograph so that your subject is at a diagonal almost always makes a more compelling shot. The same principle can be applied to page design. Note: the diagonal line does not need to be literal. Rather, you just need to set up at least two points along your diagonal that stand out

A diagonal moving from top left to bottom right is created on “Ben” by the placement of two photos in opposite diagonal corners.


Ben by ViolaMoni

On my page, “You Use Too Many Dishes,” I set myself the challenge to arrange my page elements to create a strong diagonal on the page. Stepped and layered papers pieces create the foundation upon which photo, journaling, and title are placed. I’ve also placed journaling bits around the grouping to strengthen the line.


“You Use Too Many Dishes” by Debbie Hodge

The composition on “Hello, Sunshine” by just jess has a similarity to that on “Too Many Dishes.” The elements are arranged in a stepped design with bits of journaling contributing to the diagonal line. This page has an “ascending” diagonal moving from bottom left to top right and incorporates five photos. Repetitions of shape and color give the page great unity.


“Hello, Sunshine” by just jess


If you read a language that’s written left-to-right, your eye is accustomed to moving in a z-pattern: it begins at the left, proceeds to the right, and then comes back again to the left and then proceeds to the right. Since the brain already looks for patterns that flow this way, you can place items on your scrapbook page on a z-path to successfully guide the viewer’s eye through it.

On “Blueberry Bay Farm,” the eye begins with the title. This long horizontal title fills over 3/4s of the page width (and its length is accentuated by the blue ric rac below). The title ends with “farm” in blue and embellished by a flower. Color and embellishment connect this point to the only other embellishment point on the page—a blue and white circle epoxy layered with tags at bottom left. From there, the wide block of journaling moves the eye, again, horizontally across the page.



“Blueberry Bay Farm” by Debbie Hodge

Can you see the z-flow on “Gone Fishing” by scrappin-grandma? The bits of brown ric rac lead the eye to the blue flower and series of three photos—ending the line with another blue flower. Next? The eye moves down to the embellishment grouping at bottom left (and it helps that another blue flower and more brown ric rac sit here!). The blue rick rack along page bottom completes the “Z” base.


“Gone Fishing” by scrappin-grandma


When you arrange your page elements (and the points that stand out and draw the eye) in a circular flow, you keep the viewer cycling through the page.

On “DIY Fun” by Kathleen Summers, the eye starts with the centered title and moves clockwise around the grouping of photos and paper pieces. Repetitions of color and the flower motif reinforce the eye’s tendency to move around the elements, ending up at the title and then circling around again.


DIY Fun by Kathleen Summers

That wraps up the 6th design principle in this series. Challenge yourself to try each of these flow patterns and be conscious about how you apply the other 5 principles as you do this. If you want to learn more about design principles and their application to the specific parts of a scrapbook page (i.e., photos, journaling, title, embellishments, and canvas), check out the page design articles at Get It Scrapped! as well as my free 12-lesson e-class, “Where Scrapbook Ideas Come From.” You’ll get a lesson delivered to your email inbox every few days.


Debbie Hodge shares scrapbook pages ideas, resources, and tutorials 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 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!

PHOTOS + WORDS = Scrapbook Page


Layout by Katie. Font unknown.

When you get down to the very basics of what scrapbooking is, you could say that it is simply a photo(s) with words to go along with it. That definition is extremely basic, but also fitting. Of course, we can add as many details and embellishments as we want to the photos and words. It’s also perfectly ok to just use the essentials.

Have you ever thought about paring down your scrapbook pages? Even if you are not a minimalist at heart, there are times you might want to consider using this approach. I (Katie) have created some of my favorite layouts using nothing more than a picture and some words.


  • Use a stunning photo that you really want to call attention to in your album. Think of this like you would when picking a special picture to frame for your home. Did you get that close-up of your child? Was the lighting just right on a scenic lake? Is there a particular scene that captures a memory perfectly? Use that ONE photo and fill the entire page with it.


Layout by Katie. 28 Days Later font.


  • Fill in the opposing page space for layouts you have already done. When I listened to episode 2 of the Paperclipping Digi Show (Conquer the Photobook) I had an “AHA!” moment. Liz Tamanaha of Paislee Press explained how she gathered up all her random layouts that she had put together and put them in an album. Instead of making an opposing page for each layout, she simply used a big photo to complement the scrapbook page on the other side. I have done this before, but I never really realized what a powerful way this is to help me finish off an album!

Here’s a layout I did about a photo shoot with my daughter’s funky socks:


Layout by Katie. Template by Hilary Heidelberg Word art, border, and gray paper by Weeds n Wildflowers Life 365 collection

I didn’t really have anything else to say on the opposing page, but I did want to share my favorite photo from that day:


I just added a piece of word art from the same kit I used on the other layout and then I was done. Easiest layout ever!


  • Think beyond just using a photograph. Use this technique for a scanned document, or work of art. I made this layout about our homeschool art program:


Layout by Katie. Cinnamon Designs Crafty Madness kit Template by Janet Phillips (collection 18) fonts are Calibri and Fontologie Messy Bessy

What could go better with this page than an actual scanned piece of art created by one of my children? All I did was add my son’s name and date at the bottom. I could have also had him actually sign the piece (which never dawned on me at the time).


That’s a scrapbook page! It will be very meaningful for my son to have this piece of art saved in his own album.


  • Make a photo collage of favorite pictures in the size of a scrapbook page. You can even print out an extra one to frame for your home, office, or to give as a gift! Don’t feel like you have to only use a single photo to pull of this style. Several pictures together with or without some journaling can make a wonderful scrapbook layout!

You can use a template to make a collage or just open up your photo-editing software and use the included tools. I’m using Photoshop Elements 8.


Click on the “create” tab and select the “photo collage” option.


I chose the page size of 12×12 with No Theme. I selected the 16 photo layout and also marked the box to “Auto Fill with Project Bin Photos”.


Then I opened 16 different photos within PSE so they were available in my project bin. After I clicked the “Done” button, I ended up with a simple collage. I added some title work with the Fontologie Empty Wrapper font and here’s the result:


Nothing fancy, but it is a finished page! I could certainly add more to jazz it up a bit, but I’m ok with letting the photos and the words do the talking here. With all the pictures I have to scrapbook, it’s ok to keep it simple sometimes. I love to have tricks like this in my arsenal to help me complete more albums, and to add variety to the process of documenting my memories in scrapbook form.

Remember that photos + words = a scrapbook page!


P.S. Ruth is the random winner from yesterday’s comments. She said “Thanks for introducing us to Ami. I liked her tips about the pictures as well. My favorite items in her store are the “Funky Kitchen” and also the “Play on Time”. Thanks for sharing with us!” Thanks so much for your comment Ruth 🙂 Watch your inbox for your $10 gift to Dysfunctional Designs’ store!

Where are The Digi Files From the July Playbook?

The Digi Files #19 listed and credited in The Daily Digi Playbook for July, 2010 are no longer available.  Each issue of THE DIGI FILES is only available for one calendar month and you get 6-7 different collections for only $5 total!!  You can visit each designers’ store listed in the credits in The Playbook and purchase their contribution at full price there.

Don’t miss THE DIGI FILES #20, they will only be available during August, 2010.  The August, 2010 Playbook will be available on August 24th.

If you’re wondering WHAT The Digi Files are, you can find that answer here.

Inspired by Mid Mod – Dysfunctional Designs

The layouts below are created with Mid Mod by Dysfunctional Designs and included in August’s Digi Files:


Layout by Christine Newman (Dysfunctional Designs team)
Layout by SharonS (TDD reader), additional supplies: Rounded Corner Template: Janet Phillips, Fonts: Problem Secretary, SF Katie
Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Creative Outlet template by Taylor Made ( modified), Getting Started Journaling by Sahlin Studio, CK Jot font
Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Three Paper Peonies template; AylaCSScript font
Hybrid Project by Sunghee, additional supplies: various paper supplies.
Layout by Amanda (Dysfunctional Designs CT)
Layout by debzanne (Dysfunctional Designs CT)

In The Designer’s Studio with DYSFUNCTIONAL DESIGNS


I am happy to welcome Dysfunctional Designs to THE DIGI FILES this month!  Her graphic, minimal style designs are great for scrapping just about any style layout (which you will see below).  Besides being a fantastic designer, she has some great photography tips for us as well. 🙂 Here’s a closer look at her contribution to THE DIGI FILES this month:



Here is a look at what our team created with Mid-Mod:

Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Creative Outlet template by Taylor Made ( modified), Getting Started Journaling by Sahlin Studio, CK Jot font
Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Three Paper Peonies template; AylaCSScript font
Hybrid Project by Sunghee, additional supplies: various paper supplies.
Layout by Amanda (Dysfunctional Designs CT)
Layout by debzanne (Dysfunctional Designs CT)

You can see more inspirational layouts using this collection on the Team Inspiration page.



Hi! I’m Ami Collofello of Dysfunctional Design. I’m a 31 year old mom of three: 6 year old twins Samuel and Celia, and my 4 year old baby boy Dalian. My husband and I have been married for 7 years, together for 12. I moved to Portland, OR four years ago from the Chicago suburbs and I love it here!

When I’m not doing mom stuff, I’m working as a graphic designer. I started working under the name Dysfunctional Design about ten years ago when I started developing web sites. Today, I do more design than development because my attention span just ain’t what it used to be. (Darn kids ruined my work ethic!)

I also like to eat a lot. That takes up most of my free time. And I turn into a very scary lady when I am deprived of Pepsi.

Here’s where you can find me:

The Digichick
Facebook page
my blog





Hoard your digital photos! Scrappers are the type to take photos for a purpose. We bust out the camera, document our day, and rush back to the computer to see all of the scrap-worthy pics. It’s usually easy enough to pick out the great shots – but what about the rest? If you go easy on what you delete, you might be surprised at what you find.

A few months back I started working on our 2009 Family Album. I had done some layouts throughout the year, but I decided I wanted a uniform look for the “official” album. So I started digging through the year’s worth of photos, flagging the ones I already knew were the “good” ones. But I was surprised at how many more good – and meaningful – photos I had waiting in limbo. There were hundreds of photos that I had brushed off as blurry, busy, or just plain bad – until now.

Going through my pictures a year later gave me the ability to see them with a different eye. With some cropping and processing in Lightroom or Photoshop, those blurry, busy, and bad photos were given a second chance. Here are some photos that were prime recycle bin material:




But after a little editing, I created this:


Another example is this shot of my boys:


This was just one of about twenty pictures I shot that afternoon. I didn’t like the light, the clutter in the foreground, the tired eyes…but then I decided to play with it.


A sweet little portrait of the boys.

I know it’s not exactly practical to save all of those unwanted and questionable photos, especially if you’re like me and won’t get back to them for a year…or more. That’s lots of valuable disk space! But try going back just a week or two later to see if you missed something the first time through. You never know what gems you’ll end up with!


I fell into digital scrapbooking after I accepted the fact that I am not skilled enough to use paper. In 2004 I tried to make a traditional album. It just didn’t work. So I went where I was comfortable – the computer! I’ve been a graphic designer for over 10 years, so when I started digi-scrapping I just made my own stuff. I’ve been selling in digi-land for about 3 years now.


Anything vintage, retro, or modern. I love looking at old photos, clothes, records, books, and furniture, so that’s where most of my inspiration comes from.


My main computer is an HP desktop, with 64 bit Vista, an AMD Phenom Quad-core processor, and 8GB RAM.

I use Adobe CS4 for all my design work. My most used programs are Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. I also use Lightroom for photo processing.

My camera is a Nikon D40 (which I just adore!).

I use a Bamboo Fun tablet – for everything. There’s not even a mouse at my computer anymore! I just love the control that the pen gives me.


My favorite product would probably have to Vintage Tee Revival. I love the colors in it and the style just screams “me!”


My best selling products are my Random Alphas.


Here are some of my favorite products by Ami







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







Go have a look in Ami’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, Ami has give us this coupon code to share with all of you! Save 30% off her store through August with this code!! spotlight

A Digi Un-Digi and Seven Winners Announced


Are you ready for yet another AWESOME month of THE DIGI FILES!?!?  I am super excited about this month’s files and my team has been too! 🙂 We are very excited to be welcoming:

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


If you would like to see your layouts on THE DAILY DIGI, then grab the files and start creating.  You can see more information about submitting your layouts on our LOOKING FOR page.

THANKS to everyone who purchases THE DIGI FILES each month!  We really appreciate it!  Without your support, this site would not be possible!!

Our random winners from yesterday’s comments are:


They each won $10 in product from a past contributor to THE DIGI FILES!  Check your email, codes were already sent! 🙂