Join In, Seven Will Win

We are getting ready to close out October at The Daily Digi, which means this is your last chance to grab October’s Digi Files and/or Playbook in the store or by subscribing. After tomorrow, they will be gone! The designers will take their contributions and add them to their own store’s for full retail value, which will be over $5 per collection.  The Playbook will return to our vaults at The Daily Digi.  You can take a closer look at the collections in this month’s files as well as some exclusive coupons on our awesome designers page.

I want to say a BIG THANKS to this month’s contributors!  I always enjoy working with the designers each month and this month was no different:

Kate Hadfield
Allison Pennington
Kim Wresh (templates)
Designs by Anita and here
Misty Cato
Jennifer Labre and here
Lynne-Marie

Also, if you subscribe to The Digi Game (Digi Files and Playbook combo) before the end of October, you will get “Story of Everyday Life” (exclusive collab) upon subscribing.  You will receive access to exclusive collabs every four months you are subscribed. If you subscribe during October (and continuously stay subscribed), you will receive “Good Life”, in January.

As always, we want to hear what you enjoyed this past month at The Daily Digi!!  Seven winners will be randomly selected from the comments and will each win $10 in product from a contributor.

This is Halloween

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Layout by Katie. Weeds and Wildflowers Life 365 paper and border, Kate Hadfield doodles, Krystal Hartley alpha, CK journaling font.

Halloween isn’t until tomorrow, but we always reserve the last day of the month to celebrate the end of the month and the closing of another set of The Digi Files. So we thought we would just help you get in the Halloween spirit by sharing some fun digital scrapbook Halloween layouts.

I (Katie) have been working on a Halloween album for my family. I want to capture our Halloween memories all in one place. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years now and it’s so fun to see it come together! The title image of this post, is the title page of my album. I borrowed the title from a song from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, which is one of my daughter’s favorite movies. I get it stuck in my head all the time during this season.

Here is another layout from my album in progress:

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Layout by Katie. Weeds and Wildflowers Life 365 paper and border, Kate Hadfield doodles, Krystal Hartley alpha, CK journaling font.

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I also wanted to share a few great Halloween layouts that caught my eye in our Flickr group. Each is linked to the original post on Flickr for credits.

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Here are some fun Halloween layouts from our amazing team:

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Layout by Jenn Credits: Old School by Holliewood Studios, EZ Journal Strips by Erica Zane,  Jayne Print & Die Nasty (Kiss logo) fonts

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Layout by Jenn. Credits: all supplies from JenLin Designs (retired products), GeoSans Light font

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Layout by Jenn. Credits: Space Ranger by Britt-ish Designs, Template by Christie Lemmon Designs (slightly modified), Conrad Voigt font

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Layout by Jacki. Michelle Coleman’s “Haunted Fall” kit.

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Layout by Jacki. Nancy Kubo “Spooky Graphics:”

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Layout by Jacki. Julia Makotinsky’s “Spooky Town.”

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Layout by Jacki. Tiff Brady and Kate Hadfield  collab “Friendly Spooks:” (template by Janet Phillips)

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Layout by Tara. 25 days of summer template #25, paper & spider element from Lynn Grieveson, Halloween mask from Katie Periet Tricked out Titles, staples, stiching, clips from Katie Periet Frightful kit, childhood memory element from Ali Edwards Yesterday + Today class

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Layout by Anne  Spooks from Sweet Tomato Designs

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Layout by Rachael. Haunted House and Frank N Friends by Kate Hadfield, Midnight Magic Paper Pack by Jacque Larsen, Template by Kaye Winiecki, Sprinkles by Spotted Dog Designs, Key Elements Stitching by Heather Roselli

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Layout by Trina. Credits: Halloween 6 Wordart by Elegant Wordart by Bethany; Spooky Hour kit by Irene Alexeeva

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Layout by Trina. Credits: Spooktacular kit – Jennifer Fox, Preserved templates – Zinnias and Swallowtails

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Layout by Trina. Credits: Eeek kit by Designs by Kat; Font: Courier New

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Layout by Heddy. Credits: All Hallows Eve by Chelle’s Creations available at Scrap Matters; Font is CK True Type; Inspired by Baby Tiger by crystalbella77

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Layout by Katie. Shabby Princess Smell My Feet, Shabby Princess Memorable Easy as Pie template, Traveling Typewriter font.

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Layout by Katie. Shabby Princess Goosebumps, Shabby Princess Memorable Easy as Pie template, CK Becky font.

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Card by Trina. Credits: ‘Oween doodles by Designs by Doodelle; Papers: Happy Talk kit – Three Paper Peonies and Designs by Anita; Template: Cards – All Occasion – Zinnias and Swallowtails

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Happy Halloween weekend!

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Freaky Funtastic Friday

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Since it’s almost Halloween, I thought it would be fun to call today a FREAKY FUNtastic Friday!!  As always, there is a lot going on around digiland this week, let’s start here at home:

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If you are new, you might know that we have our own iPhone App OR maybe that’s how you discovered us!?  I have been working hard and am finishing up a big update to our app.  It’s just about ready to go to Apple for approval!  In the mean time check our app out and stay up to date on all things digi wherever you go!

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This weeks episode of Paperclipping Digi Show called “You Say Opacity, I’ll say Opacity” is all about a DROP SHADOWS and we visit with Lynnette Penacho a.k.a. Nettio and Peppermint Granberg.

If you listen in iTunes (and subscribe), it helps us keep track of the size of our audience (and helps us get sponsors).  Izzy has a video on his site explaining how to do that OR you can see our tutorial with screenshots:

Tutorial for Listening in iTunes

You can join in the discussion about the show after listening if you want.  You can listen below, subscribe in iTunes, or subscribe through our RSS feed.

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Be sure you check out Katie’s free gift, if you haven’t:

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Around digiland, The Lilypad and 9th & Bloom have lots of stuff going on this weekend:
-a sale (31% off on October 31st)
-specials
-games/prizes
-blog hop w/ freebies
-a huge ‘free w/ purchase’ collab will be available at both sites including a sale:image

Jennifer Labre has a CT call going on:
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Allison has her sale going on and will have some additional discounts on seasonal items starting Friday:
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CatScrap is having a MYSTERY SALE!! Have some fun with us this Halloween weekend as we celebrate with a sale hunt! Search for random products that will be on sale for 30% off or more with prices as low as $1.50! There will be some new products thrown in, PLUS freebies hidden throughout the shop! Do you think you can find them all? The sale hunt will start on FRIDAY, 12:00 A.M., EST. and end on MONDAY, 12:00 A.M., PST.:
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mle and Faith have this collab on sale for 20% off AND you get the stacked papers below the collab image for free:
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Grab Gina’s October Idea Notebook at Digital Design Essentials:
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From SuzyQ:  I’m doing a “30 Days of Gratitude” project on my blog … everyone who participates will receive a discount coupon to my store. And anyone who completes the last 2 parts of the project will be entered into a drawing to win $25 to my store.

She also has a Thanksgiving kit this week — buy the bundle OR the kit and receive the printables for free.
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From Lynne-Marie: For all you digi trick-or-treaters, I have this freebie and a bunch of discounted stuff in my shop.  Add the 30% coupon from my spotlight and it adds up to 50-60% off!
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Paislee Press has this on sale through the weekend:image

Jacque Larsen has this tutorial on Pamela Donnis’ blog:
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I’m super curious about this:
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Chelle’s Creations has this alpha at 20% off:
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And this 20% off:
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The Digi Show is now on Twitter

This is a great tutorial by Scrap Girls on using your photos to generate a color pallet (I talked about this in PDS#21)

Have a great weekend!!!

The Daily Digi Has An Affiliate Program??

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We started several new things this month and there’s one that we still need to announce here.  The Daily Digi has an affiliate program!

What is an affiliate program?  Well, once you register to become an affiliate, you can earn a commission for each person that subscribes after clicking on your link (if you are already a subscriber, no need to register again, just grab your links under the affiliate tab in your member area).  You can use this link to share about The Digi Game and The Digi Files subscriptions anywhere it is permitted.

We have an affiliate FAQ set up to answer questions you may have.  This affiliate program is just one way we can reward those that so often share about the great things we have going on here!

This month, we also rolled out The Daily Digi Exclusive kit program just for subscribers of the Digi Game.  If you subscribe during October, you will receive your next exclusive kit in January.  Seventeen past contributors to The Digi Files have been working hard to compile this collection and we are ready to share a sneak peek:

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We will be showing layouts created by our team, detailed previews, and the designers names that contributed as we get closer to the release of this collection!  Needless to say, we are excited!!

It’s Beginning To Look Like Calendar Time!

We did a calendar post last year and so I wasn’t planning on doing one this year; until I started getting emails asking if we were doing one! 🙂 So, I have asked designers and scoured digiland for calendars of all shapes and sizes!  I was also able to round up a coupon code for printing (at the end of the post).

With the wide variety of calendars available, there really is something for every taste!  Let’s get started:

Vera Lim has these in 4×6 and 5×7:

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Scrapbookgraphics has a calendar section with over 60 calendar products!  Here are a few:

Natali has her calendars and offers them in Czech and English, German, French, Hungarian and Polish

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Wendy has these sets:

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From Baersgarten (also available in German):
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From Rosey Posey:
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Ztampf! (also in Scandinavians, French, Dutch, US English)
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Suzy has Toppers, Topper Templates, At-a-Glance Calendar, At-a-Glance Templates, Perpetual Calendar, and Perpetual Calendar Templates.  Here’s her toppers:
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Shabby Miss Jenn has several different calendar options available.  Be sure to check out her information page. image

Traci Reed will be offering 11×8.5 Shutterfly-ready topper templates (with bonus 11×8.5 Calendar Grids), 8.5×11 Complete Wall Calendar Templates and CD Case Calendar templates (not pictured) and they’ll all be bundled together for a lower price as well as 20% off on Saturday only:

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[ksharonkdesigns] has these photo centered CD case templates available:
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Scrapping with Liz has some 8.5×11 topper templates here and here.  She also has these templates:
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Mari Koegelenberg has this calendar template:

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Karla Dudley has this printable calendar:

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Kstudio (Kristin Rice) has these Shutterfly ready storyboard calendar toppers:

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Valorie Wibbens has this set of templates:
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PaisleePress has templates for these beautiful calendars and packaging in both the American and European version:

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Mscraps also has a calendar category set up in their store:
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Dunia has these calendars:

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From Jacque Larsen:

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From Janet Phillips:

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Melissa Bennett has this calendar set and a CD calendar as well:

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Lili has these calendars:
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Connie Prince has some center fold calendar templates, top bound calendar templates, and 4×6 templates, these premade center bound calendars (also available in top bound:

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Cinzia has this CD calendar:

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Danielle Engebretson has this 8.5×11 calendar:

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Karen Lewis has this:

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Love these 4×6 tops and bottoms by Zoe:
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The Sweet Shoppe also has a calendar category set up, to ease with shopping.

You can find these calendars at The Shabby Shoppe:
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Finally, we have a coupon code for you on calendar printing at Pernickety Prints:  10% off Calendar Printing until January 31, 2011.

coupon code: dailydigi10

Mouth-Watering Inspiration (and a coupon!)

Hello Faithful Daily Digi readers…it’s Janet, and I am back with my monthly dose of layout inspiration.  And at 19 weeks pregnant, do you know what inspires me??

FOOD.

(Well, except on the days that I am throwing it all up.  Hopefully those days will soon be a thing of the past.)


Really, food has been a slight obsession lately.  I have spent hours searching out new recipes, remembering long-forgotten about recipes, and dreaming of all the yummy things I could cook if only I had nothing else do in my day.  To be honest, even when I am not pregnant I love to think and talk about food, and it has definitely made its way into my scrapping and photo-taking.  Here are just a few pages I have done:

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And so, since I am feeling a bit food-obsessed, I searched the gallery for food-related layouts.  And I was not disappointed!  Here are just a few of the fabulous layouts I found.

(All images are linked to original gallery postings/credits)

I love this layout about a Thanksgiving table setting.  Setting the table properly was a HUGE deal in my family growing up, and definitely one I am passing on to my kids. I love the idea of scrapping it.

Love this traditional recipe card page.  So pretty!

This is a great layout detailing the artist’s daughter love for cooking for the family.

I can definitely relate to pregnancy cravings!  This great layout records the artist’s craving for french fries during pregnancy.  Love it!

I just LOVE this layout!  The design is beyond fabulous and I totally cracked up at the subject matter…a page on how to make instant noodles! LOL!

As I was looking through galleries in search of great food pages, I stumbled upon geek_girl’s gallery.  Oh my!  It is FILLED with yummy recipe layouts!  I don’t know if she is putting together a book for herself or for someone else but I just know my mouth is watering!  Here are just a FEW of her fabulous layouts.

Aren’t all these layouts great?  Aren’t you inspired?  I know I am.  I can’t wait to work more on my own recipe book that I started and never finished.

And just to encourage you to scrap your food layouts, for today and tomorrow only, you can grab this recipe template set of mine Online generic cialis 100 mg for 50% off.  Just use coupon code

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Happy scrapping…and eating!

P.S  Check out some of the other Daily Digi food-related posts!  Muffin Tin MondayA New Relationship With Food, Taste the Rainbow, Random Fast Food Facts, My Lunch Didn’t Look Like That,   Food PhotographyScrapping RecipesMmmm…Hot Cocoa, Birthday Cakes and CupcakesHaystack Meals, The Pioneer Woman, Farm Fresh Food, Comfort Foods, and Holiday Recipes We Love.

P.S.S. SharonS was the random winner chosen from yesterday’s comments on Lynne-Marie’s feature!  She won $10 in product from Lynne-Marie!  Congratulations!!

IN THE DESIGNER’S STUDIO WITH LYNNE-MARIE FAVREAU

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I am really excited to be welcoming back to THE DIGI FILES Lynne-Marie Favreau. I have really enjoyed working with Lynne-Marie over the past year and a half since she first contributed to THE DIGI FILES.  She is a very talented designer and extremely nice.  I love how Lynne-Marie can take different elements and marry them through her designs to make a unique collection.  Here’s a closer look at her contribution this month:

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This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get this month when you purchase THE DIGI FILES in the store or through subscription.  It is a fabulous deal and is only available for a few more days!  Here’s a look at some layouts created with Woodstock:

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Layout by Jacki, additional supplies: photo overlays by Michelle Coleman, frayed fabric templates by Leora Sanford
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Layout by Heddy, additional supplies: Fonts are CK True Type and CK Ali’s Hand, Shadowing by Kristen Rice.
Hybrid project by Sunghee:
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You can see more inspirational layouts using this collection on the Team Inspiration page.

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I’m Lynne-Marie Favreau, mom to 3 charming boys – Caleb (9), Nathaniel (5) and Jude (3). My husband Andre and I met through our music, which is another great passion of mine! I sing and he plays keyboards/guitar. If you’d like to hear some of our music, visit my blog!

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Here’s a design tip that I love to use to soften the edges of an element that is meant to look like paper (especially a fibery paper like kraft paper). First, select the element and then contract the selection by 2 or 3 pixels. Next, invert the selection so that only the outer edges are selected. Now add a very slight Gaussian blur (a radius of about 0,3 pixels). I also use this trick to soften edges of prints on my papers. If used directly on the print before adding a texture, the Gaussian blur may be added to the entire layer without first selecting the edges. Works like a charm!

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I started paper scrapping back in 2006. I tried a bit of everything… clean and simple, freestyle, mixed media… you name it! This exploration naturally drove me to discover digi scrapping! I was studying graphic design when I stumbled upon Catscrap. It was love at first sight! Here were some elements that looked (and were) hand-made! After buying most of the store, I decided to take up designing and start making my own stuff! Little did I know, 3 months later I would be selling my designs through this fabulous shop! I’ve been there for two years now. I don’t scrap as much as I’d like to anymore. I spend so much time on my designs that I’m all worn out by the time the kit is done! However, I’ve resolved to create more kits and thematic quickpage albums based on my own scrapping needs. Perhaps by the time this is published I’ll have a few in my shop!

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I am very inspired by color. I have creative moods too… sometimes I feel grungy and raw, while other times I feel graphic and bold. These moods influence the style of kits I produce. You won’t find that my kits all look the same. I love to experiment, just as I did with my paper scrapping. My latest craze is retro with bold graphics, and funky color palettes!

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I have an iMac (swoon) that my 3 year old son knocked to the ground, so the screen is cracked… (grrr). I’ll soon be switching to a MacBook Pro 2,5 ghz with 4 gigs of ram… In the meantime, I’ve hooked up a cheap screen to my iMac. I use Photoshop CS, soon to switch to CS3, and an Epson Perfection V200 Photo scanner. I have a Nikon D70 and a canon powershot. My next purchase will be an Intuous Tablet. I can’t wait to start doodling on one of those!

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I’m working on some stuff right now that will probably be my next favorite, but here’s a favorite from this summer:

I also really like my Clay smilies… they were so much fun to make!

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My tattered overlays and CU stuff always seem to sell the best. I’ve got some new overlays in the shop that you won’t want to miss!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Lynne-Marie

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Skatepark full kit by Lynne-Marie

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

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Go have a look in Lynne-Marie’s Store! 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, Lynne-Marie has created this coupon to share with all of us!

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Inspired by Woodstock

The following layouts were created using WOODSTOCK which is part of THE DIGI FILES during October, available in the store or by subscription.

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Holiday Recipes We Love

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It’s been fun doing “Christmas in October” here at The Daily Digi and I’m excited to share some fabulous holiday recipes with you today for the un-digi post. One of my favorite things about November and December is eating all the special foods that we save for this season. Yummy!

I (Katie) asked some of our team members to share their special holiday treats with all of us. We have team members from all over the world so if you need help with recipe conversions be sure to check out The Metric Kitchen.

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FROM JACKI

This year my kids are getting little 4×6 photo albums with our family’s Christmas recipes in their Christmas stockings. I used Shabby Princess’s free recipe cards and printed them at Snapfish and they look so pretty.

Here’s one of my favorite recipes – Gingerbread Men:
Heat to boiling point:
1 c. molasses
Add and mix well:
1/2 c. sugar
6 T. shortening
2 T. milk
Mix and sift together:
4 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1 t. ground cloves
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. ginger
Add sifted dry ingredients to first mixture. Shape into mound, wrap in waxed paper and chill well. Roll on board lightly “floured” with powdered sugar until dough is 1/4″ thick. Dip cutter in powdered sugar. Place on lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake at 375 F for 6-8 min.
I’ve used this recipe for years, modified from one I got from an American friend in Brazil. I now live in Malaysia and start collecting bottles of molasses months before Christmas. We serve well over 200 people at an annual Christmas buffet and staff Christmas party so I probably make 8-10 batches of these. I pipe powdered sugar frosting around the edges with 3 little buttons. They’re a big hit! Smiley

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FROM TARA:

A simple Christmas Train I made with a cake pan I found at Loblaws this past Christmas. I chose a simple spice cake, not from scratch just the regular box kind cause I had MANY things to make for Christmas dinner and my Mom who is our normal baker had just had surgery on her hands. It was all on me!

I bought some candies and used royal icing for the train tracks and as glue for the candies. Icing sugar to top the cake and use as snow. Candies were tricky to get because my son has a Peanut Allergy but we managed to get a bit of a selection. I just pieced everything together with my son’s help, topped it with the icing sugar and I don’t think there was a piece left by the end of the night it was a big hit with the kids.

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FROM HEDDY:


Fern’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
These chocolate chip cookies are what I think of when somebody mentions chocolate chip cookies. This is my Grandma Fern’s recipe. They have almost a sugar-cookie base, loaded with chocolate chips. They’re perfect for cookie exchanges and they freeze beautifully. In fact, I like them straight out of the freezer, dunked in tea. But that’s just me… Wink

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
small package chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a cookie sheet.

In a mixer, cream together the shortening and butter, then add in the white and brown sugar. Cream together until fluffy. Beat in the egg until well combined. Add the flour and baking powder. Mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips until just combined. This is a dry dough.

With wet hands, form round balls of dough (about 1 1/2 inch diameter) and place on the cookie sheet, leaving about 1 inch between each ball. Fill a glass with water and dunk a fork in it. Using the wet fork, flatten each cookie ball until about 1/3 inch high (may take multiple flattens). This creates an nice lines on the cookie top.
Bake in a preheated oven for about 8 minutes, or until the bottom is just turned golden brown. All to rest on the sheet for 2-3 minutes and then use a spatula to lift onto cookie racks to finish cooling. The cookies will be very soft, but do not be tempted to over-bake! They get firmer as they cool.

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Oma’s Red Wine Cake
This is a substantial cake suitable to give as a gift. I remember my Mom giving it to teachers as a Christmas gift when I was in elementary school. I like to top it with sifted icing sugar for an attractive presentation. (Don’t worry about the alcohol with kids — it cooks off.)
300 g unsalted butter
300 g white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla (or 2 packages vanilla sugar)
300 g cake flour
5 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons cocoa powder
Pinch salt
100 mL dry red wine
5 large eggs
150 g chocolate sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a large bundt pan.
In mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
In a separate mixing bowl, sift together cake flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and salt.

Add the dry ingredients slowly to the wet ingredients. Mix well. Stir in the sprinkles. Add the red wine. Mix well.
Pour into the greased pan and bake for 55 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.

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FROM LAUREN:

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butternut squash muffins with a frosty top
by Jaime Oliver (*wub*)
serves 12 muffins

My kids love these squash muffins. They taste a bit like carrot cake, as the two vegetables are very similar – I’ve simply swapped carrots for squash. Both of them are wonderful carriers of flavours like cinnamon, cloves and vanilla. The skin of a butternut squash goes deliciously chewy and soft when cooked, so there’s no need to peel it off. Give these little cakes a go – they’re a perfect naughty-but-nice treat. And a great way of getting your kids to eat squash!

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• 400g butternut squash, skin on, deseeded and roughly chopped
• 350g light soft brown sugar
• 4 large free-range or organic eggs
sea salt
300g plain flour, unsifted
• 2 heaped teaspoons baking powder
• a handful of walnuts
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 175ml extra virgin olive oil
for the frosted cream topping
• zest of 1 clementine
• zest of 1 lemon and juice of ½ a lemon
• 140ml soured cream
• 2 heaped tablespoons icing sugar, sifted
optional: lavender flowers or rose petals
• 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways and seeds scraped out

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Line your muffin tins with paper cases.
Whiz the squash in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the sugar, and crack in the eggs. Add a pinch of salt, the flour, baking powder, walnuts, cinnamon and olive oil and whiz together until well beaten. You may need to pause the machine at some point to scrape the mix down the sides with a rubber spatula. Try not to overdo it with the mixing – you want to just combine everything and no more.

Fill the paper cases with the cake mixture. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Check to see whether they are cooked properly by sticking a wooden skewer or a knife right into one of the cakes – if it comes out clean, they’re done. If it’s a bit sticky, pop them back into the oven for a little longer. Remove from the oven and leave the cakes to cool on a wire rack.

As soon as the muffins are in the oven, make your runny frosted topping. Place most of the clementine zest, all the lemon zest and the lemon juice in a bowl. Add the soured cream, icing sugar and vanilla seeds and mix well. Taste and have a think about it – adjust the amount of lemon juice or icing sugar to balance the sweet and sour. Put into the fridge until your cakes have cooled down, then spoon the topping on to the cakes.
Serve on a lovely plate (or on a cake stand if you’re feeling elegant, or on a rustic slab if you’re more of a hunter-gatherer type!), with the rest of the clementine zest sprinkled over. For an interesting flavour and look, a few dried lavender flowers or rose petals are fantastic.

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FROM STEPH:

Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays!!  My first Thanksgiving away from my family was also my first Thanksgiving married.  My mother-in-law asked me to bring one of my families favorite dishes to Thanksgiving dinner.  She figured it might be nice for me to have something that was a tradition for me, especially since it was my first Thanksgiving away.  I worked so hard on my dish and was so proud of it and knew that everyone would love it.  As we pulled into my in-laws driveway, my husband of a few months said, “You know my family isn’t going to eat that, right?”  I was shocked and said, “Why won’t they eat it?”  He simply said, “We don’t eat nuts.”

When we walked in the house, my mother-in-law could tell I was upset and asked if everything was okay.  I proceeded to tell her that I didn’t know they didn’t eat nuts and my dish had nuts in it.  She assured me that they did eat nuts and not to worry.  During dinner everyone made a fuss over my dish and ate every last bit of it.  For a very long time, I thought they did that just to make me feel better, but the fact that my mother-in-law and sister-in-law still call me for the recipe a few days prior to Thanksgiving sixteen years later tells me that they really do like it.

It is a long-standing family joke and one my poor husband will never live down…the yams that no one would eat!!

The recipe is very similar to this one, but I use chopped pecans and don’t add any additional spices.

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FROM KATIE:

Holiday Gumdrop Bread from Betty Crocker

I can’t stand fruitcake, but I love the look of a festive wrapped quick bread. This simple recipe for gumdrop bread always gets good reviews from anyone I share it with. My trick is to dip the cut up gumdrops in a light coating of flour before adding to the batter. This seems to make them less sticky to deal with. We leave the nuts out of our version. This is a nice bread for mini loaves which are just perfect for gift giving!

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Cherry Chocolate Kisses

  • 1 cup butter (no substitutes)
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar (I never sift mine – shhhh! Don’t tell!)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons maraschino cherry liquid (from the jar of cherries)
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 and ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • Granulated sugar
  • 48 milk chocolate Hershey Kisses (unwrapped) – I’m sure you could also use dark ones if you like

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Beat butter in mixing bowl with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and salt; beat until combined. Beat in cherry liquid and almond extract. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour and cherries with a wooden spoon.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 14 minutes until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove from oven and immediately place an unwrapped chocolate kiss in the middle of each cookie. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Makes 48.

These cookies are especially nice at Christmas or Valentine’s Day. They are really pretty because of the pink color.

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Nutty Cracker Delights

  • 42 Keebler Club crackers
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup slivered almonds

Place crackers in a single layer on a large foil lined cookie sheet. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add sugar and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour evenly over crackers and sprinkle with nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

These are soooo good! They satisfy both sweet and salty cravings at the same time.

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We’d love to know what you’re favorite holiday foods are. Feel free to leave us a comment and/or a link so we can try them too. Smile

katie

P.S. The random winner from this month’s reader challenge is Jodi who said “I like this challenge every month…
Here’s mine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkyfingers95/5107316445/” – Watch your email  for your gift Jodi! 🙂

All of the layouts were just fantastic so I hope you will check them out in the comments section of the post!

Creating a Week in the Life album

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One of the things we really want to share here at The Daily Digi, is HOW to digi scrap and enjoy your creations. Whether it’s showing you ideas for a single page, or an entire album, the goal is the same – to make it manageable and inspiring. I (Katie) learn so much from all of the posts here and I hope this one will encourage you to tackle a few of the bigger projects you might have on your to-do list.

Many of you are probably familiar with Ali Edwards annual “Week in the Life” project. I’ve thought about attempting it for a few years now, but this time I made a commitment to myself that I would really do it. Then I found out it was the same week I was having hand surgery. I decided to not let that stop me, I simply scheduled mine for a week in May when I would be able to complete it. The beauty of this project is that you can do it ANY time, even now! So don’t feel like you have to wait until next spring to jump in. You can read through Ali’s posts and browse through my album here in this post to get you going.

Here’s what I used to successfully complete the Week in the Life project:

  • My blog. This was the most important tool I used (besides my camera) to truly capture a week in our life. I told my blog readers I would be posting about this project each day and so I was committed. I knew there were others who were planning on me finishing, so it helped me to actually do it. The best thing about blogging about the Week in the Life project was that all my journaling was done. When it was time to put together my album, I just had to copy and paste!
  • A deadline to finish my album. Because I knew I would be sharing my album with The Daily Digi readers, I knew I HAD to get it done! Having a deadline really helps! 🙂
  • A simple format to follow. I used a set of digital templates, a package of word art, and one kit. I chose wisely by picking Ali’s templates designed for this project and an enormous kit with plenty of papers. I used Courier New font for all my journaling. Simplifying the ingredients really helped me keep this under control.

Ali’s Week in the Life Template Album – also available in 8.5×11 size.

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Ali’s This is the Day Vol 2 wordart

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and this amazing kit that is a free bonus to anyone who subscribes to The Digi Game (monthly or annually) here at The Daily Digi! This kit is one of my all-time favorites and I chose it because the color palette and designs were just right for embellishing my album. I also wanted a kit that had a lot of papers in it so I had plenty to choose from.

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Now I want to show you HOW I put my album together. I’m going to walk you through a week of my life in layouts. I’m not including every page, because the post would go on forever and there are a few pages that are too personal to share on the internet. 🙂 This is a good representation of what’s in my album though. If you want to see any of the layouts up close and/or read the journaling here’s a link to the entire album on Flickr if you want to see some of the other pages.

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MONDAY

This was the day I documented the most thoroughly. It really helped me get through the rest of the week by paying attention to the details of our daily routine on Monday, especially in the morning. I didn’t try to cover every single thing that day, I knew I had all week to get this project done.

Favorite tips:

I used empty spaces in my photographs for areas of journaling. Don’t feel like you have to journal on paper, it’s fun to write on your photos!

I kept the focus of these pages on the pictures and words and only used bits of patterned paper and word art for accents. With such a big story to tell, I didn’t want the album to feel cluttered or overwhelming.

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TUESDAY:

I even included the details of our dog’s life on this day. She is a part of our family and has been for more than 9 years.

Favorite tips:

I used a different patterned paper as an accent for each day of the week. All of my Monday pages (above) have the brown and cream check paper on them. All of my Tuesday pages (below) have a blue polka dot paper. I like the way it ties each day together as a mini-subject within the larger album.

I also took a lot of photos of the rooms in our home. I think this will be very meaningful to us in the coming years to be able to see the documentation of how we lived.

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WEDNESDAY:

We actually went on a small vacation that day. When I decided to document our week, I had no idea we would be doing this, but we had the chance to stay for free with my husband while he went to a conference in Park City, Utah so we jumped at the chance.

Favorite tips:

I started each day off with a big photo page. I chose one of my favorite pictures to highlight the main story of each day.

I used the same templates throughout the album, but I deleted some of the layers and did some rearranging to make them look a little different each time. I also used the same font throughout the album for continuity.

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THURSDAY:

This day was part vacation and part “regular” life so it was interesting to record.

Favorite tips:

The multi photo trading card style pages were just perfect for showcasing a lot of random memories all together. Using the Kraft colored paper in the kit in the blank spots gave me plenty of room for journaling.

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FRIDAY:

This was the day I felt the least motivated about this project. I started to grow tired of taking pictures and documenting so much detail, but I forced myself to keep going and I’m so glad I did!

Favorite tips:

I generally don’t like to take pictures of myself, but I was determined to make sure everyone in our family was represented in this album. Now I’m glad I have those photos because they tell an important part of our story.

I took pictures of very ordinary things like cooking dinner, watching tv, and even my daughter feeling a little under the weather. I think it’s important to represent what life was really like for us during that particular week.

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SATURDAY:

I felt motivated again and took lots of photos on Saturday. I especially like the ones I took on our shopping trip to Target and the grocery store. Those are two places where I spend a lot of time so it’s only fitting that they are included in my album.

Favorite tips:

When taking pictures in a busy public place like a grocery store, it’s much easier to use a point-and-shoot camera and you’re less likely to get strange looks. 🙂

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SUNDAY

By Sunday evening, everyone was growing a little tired of the camera – especially my husband. He was super supportive all week long, and even helped me capture several memories. But by Sunday night, he was tired. He thought I was a little crazy to bring the camera to dinner. lol! 🙂 I love that I captured his exasperation in one of the photos. Not sure he thinks so though.

Favorite tips:

Place the camera on different edges and angles once in awhile. It makes your pictures more interesting.

Finishing a project feels good! Stick with it to the end and you will be glad you did. 🙂

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If you have done your own Week in the Life project, I hope you will take the time to turn it into scrapbook pages. It’s a very worthwhile and meaningful endeavor that you and your family can enjoy for many generations!

Feel free to link us to your own albums and pages in the comments or share them with us in our Flickr group. We’d love to be inspired by you!

katie