SEVEN Chances to Win

Have you had a chance to see everything that is included in The Digi Files this month?  There are soooo many high quality products packed into this collection, it is amazing!  You get everything pictured here for only $7.50 per month when you become a member! It’s even less than that when you get an annual membership!  Your membership also includes the Playbook each month:

Have you checked out the Playbook recently?  The Playbook is a technique based guidebook featuring layouts created by our team and the tricks they used to complete the looks!  If you have only been digi scrapping for a short time or for many years, there is something inside for you (I always learn something new each month).  The Playbook is a “behind the scenes look” at what happens in our team forum as we share ideas, tips, and tricks.

Plus when you are a member, you get a free EXCLUSIVE kit created by past contributors to The Digi Files every four months you are subscribed.  By being a member, you will never miss an issue of The Digi Files again (and you don’t have to checkout again either!).  There are many more perks we give to members only, too many to list!

Here are some layouts I found in our Flickr group using The Digi Files #27 (images are linked to original layouts):

Now, for the contest!  Leave us a comment about something you enjoyed on The Daily Digi during March.  We will choose SEVEN people from the comments to win $10 in product from one of this month’s designers.  Please only one comment per person!

Digi Scrapping Charts and Graphs

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Some of you may know that I (Katie) homeschool my two teenagers. We use an online virtual academy program so we are usually pretty busy with the assignments that the online teachers give us, but sometimes we decide to conduct our own experiments and “research” to add a little fun into the mix. A few summers ago, we decided to do some graphing activities using m&m candies. We ended up having a great time and it is still a memory that my kids talk about frequently. Now that I’ve finally gotten around to making a layout about the experience, I thought it would be fun to share some ideas on how to use charts and graphs on digital scrapbook layouts.

We compared packages of 5 different types of m&m candies. We counted how many candies came in each package and made a bar graph using this website – so cool! There are other chart generators out there, but Mashable ranked the NCES Kids Zone tool I used as their top pick and it’s free!

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We also figured out price per m&m based on this graph. We actually bought our m&ms at the gas station for .63 a package. They were .72 a package at the grocery store. (2009 prices)

  • Milk Chocolate = .01125 per m&m
  • Dark Chocolate = .01110 per m&m
  • Peanut = .02739 per m&m
  • Peanut Butter = .0225 per m&m
  • Almond = .04846 per m&m

Clearly the dark chocolate and milk chocolate packages give you the biggest quantity of candies for the money at just over a penny per candy. The almond are the most expensive costing almost a nickel a piece. We should get the bigger packages next time and see if you save money buying in bulk.

Our favorite part of the activity was the blind taste test we conducted at the end. Yum! Riley’s favorite type was peanut butter with milk chocolate as a second choice. Alex liked peanut butter the best also but he really likes almond as well. My favorite is almond. I’m not really all that into the other ones but if I had to choose a second favorite it would be peanut. We put our results into a “pie chart” which looks like a pie divided into slices that represent the results.


There are many other ways to generate graphs and charts in programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, PowerPoint and Excel, but they are all much more complicated than this quick and easy web tool. The best thing about this website, is that you can download your graphs in several different formats, including .png files. Awesome for digi scrappers!


Once I downloaded my .png images, I had a lot of fun creating this layout.

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supplies by Kaye Winiecki Spring Chase and Cottage Garden

What if you aren’t sitting around your house counting m&m candies? What else can you use charts and graphs for in your digital scrapbooking? Think of bar charts and pie graphs as just another way to illustrate numbers. It’s actually a lot more fun to see what facts look like instead of just reading a list of results!

I can tell you that I’ve been on the Paperclipping Digi Show podcast 21 out of the 41 episodes we’ve recorded, but isn’t it cool to SEE those numbers instead?

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Or how about how many times we’ve traveled to Albuquerque since my parents moved there 7 years ago? We’ve been there 10 different times, but it’s interesting to see how they spread out over the years.

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It’s also neat to visually see what months we usually travel to Albuquerque.

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Graphing can be a useful and effective way to add interesting visuals to your digital scrapbook layouts. Use them along with photos, or instead of them when you need an illustration. I bet you’ll be hooked!

Digi Scrapping with flowers

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Traveling Typewriter font. Pretty Posies by Amy Wolff

I (Katie) love scrapping with flowers! I even went through a phase where I put a flower of some sort on just about every layout I created. I love flowery embellishments, flower patterned paper, and pictures of flowers. I realize that not everyone feels the same way but with all the fun flowers out there in digi land, I thought it would be fun to show you how to incorporate them into your digital scrapbooking.

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A few little blossoms add just the right finishing touch on many layouts.

Layout by Katie.  Credits: Audrey Neal Fresh (The Digi Files 19) Template No. 39 by Ali Edwards, Krafty bare paper by Katie Pertiet, DJB Tracy Script font.

Layout by Katie. Credits: Asia Fusion by Cori Gammon. Asian Artistry by Emiko Designs. Kudasai font.

Varying the size of flowers and repeating them on the layout, is a simple way to add visual accents to a page.

Layout by Katie. Credits: Free 2b by Cafe J (Digi Files 9) Template by Kaye Winiecki (pack 12)

Flowers are a quick and easy way to add a pop of color to any page.

Layout by Katie. Credits: all supplies from The Digi Files 27  (Free quick page included with March 2011 Digi Game playbook).Font is Times New Roman

Flowers also work as a visual fastener (similar to a button or brad) to keep a photo and papers looking as if they belong together on a layout.

Layout by Katie. Shabby Princess Semi Solid Papers, detailS buttons, Bountiful kit papers,Easy as Pie template (Heartland), font is Pea Kari

Team member Melissa loves clustering flowers together for accents on her layouts.

Layout by Melissa. Songbird Avenue Summer Meadows. Wendyzine cluster it action.

Flowers don’t have to be 3 dimensional. I love flowers that look like they were stamped right on the page. Flower doodles are another favorite of mine.

Layout by Katie. Michelle Martin template. Fonts are CK script and century gothic. Hazel Olive Oh Baby kit (Digi Files 20)

Layout by Katie. Credits: Happyness paper pack by Nancie Rowe Janitz.fonts are CK constitutional and Fontologie weathered in-between.

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The number one reason I hear digi scrappers saying they don’t use flowers is that they are scrapping for boys. I’ve used plenty of flowers on layouts for my son and even my husband. I stay away from overly feminine flowers such as pink roses in those situations, but I see nothing wrong with some flowery accents when they fit the theme of the page.

Layout by Katie. Credits: Bojo Butterfly kit by Katie the Scrapbook Lady (retired)font is CK journaling

Using boy colors for flower accents is another way to make them more masculine.

Layout by Katie. Credits: Gina Cabrera’s “Hello Chickee” kit template by Vinnie Pearce (Give me Simple). font is Susie’s hand

Layout by Katie. Credits: Primavera collab by Catscrap designers Template by fei fei’s stuff

Layout by Katie. Credits: Silly Boy Cuddlebug and Smarshmallows kits by Shabby Princess, Launchpad Template 51 by Bree Clarkson

If the page is about my son and my daughter (or me and my son) I feel more free to include any type of flower, it’s a great excuse to use them!

Layout by Katie. Credits: Free Your Mind QP Freebie by Kat

Layout by Katie. Credits: Yours truly kit by Shabby Princess Template from Sweet Shoppe December cookie exchange 2009

Team member Jenn Lindsey says: Since I’ve only got boys, I feel that there’s somewhat of a stigma against using flowers, but I don’t care because I love flowers and it would be a shame not to be able to use them just because I don’t do many girly layouts Smiley I do try not to overuse them, and keep them just as accents, but some times I get a little carried away. LOL

Layout by Jenn. Credits: Science 101 alpha by Jenn Lindsey Greenhouse Bits #1 by Jenn Lindsey Messy Masks #3 by Jenn Lindsey Blog Your Life collab by After Five Designers CK Becky font

Layout by Jenn. Tempblends: 3 Plus 1 by Jenn Lindsey Peaceful Moments by Kay Miller Designs

Layout by Jenn. TempBlends: 2 Plus 1 by Jenn Lindsey Petit Leon by Micheline Martin

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Now that I’ve shown you so many ways to digi scrap with flowers, I think it’s time for some serious enabling! I’ve already admitted by weakness for digi flowers so let me share some of my favorites to tempt you! (all images are linked)

I always swoon over Gina Marie’s flowers at Weeds and Wildflowers!


I can always count on Kristin Cronin-Barrow to fill her kits with gorgeous flowers!



This fun kit by Dani Mogstad is bursting with fun flowery papers and blooms!


I love these threaded blossoms from Karah Fredricks

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I adore the fun mix of flowers in Scooty Design’s element packs

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Amy Wolff’s shabby flowers are so much fun!

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I guess I just love flowers! Good thing I can get them digitally because there sure aren’t any in bloom yet here in Utah! Spring, where are you already?

Using and Organizing the Digi Files


Digi Files #27 (March 2011)

The Digi Files are a collection of kits and templates that are put together each month to keep The Daily Digi running (we have no advertising revenue, the files are the only thing that keeps The Daily Digi going). The purpose of the Digi Files is to provide a way for digital scrapbookers of any level to try 7 different designers each month with 7 full size kits/collections for about the price of only 1 digi kit. Such a great deal for everyone! I (Katie) have been digital scrapbooking for 6 years now and I’m still amazed when I open a new set of files each month! I’ve discovered many favorite designers because of the Digi Files.

This month we just finished revealing all the contents of the Digi Files #27. That means that there have been 27 sets of files! Looking over the list of past contributors, I realized that because I have every one of the files, I now have 174 different kits (or template collections) from more than 150 different designers and stores. That’s a whole lot of digi goodness! So how do I organize all of those supplies?

I know when I was just a reader, I wasn’t really sure how to organize the Digi Files each month. Should I split them up and file them with my regular folder system? Or should I leave them organized by monthly digi files? If so, how would I remember to go back and use them? As a team member, I still struggle with this because currently all I do just keep them all in a digi files folder, but I rarely remember to go back and use past ones. I decided that I needed a solution for organizing these collections so that I could still keep track of which supplies came from which set of Digi Files, while also integrating them with my regular organizational system. Who better to ask than some of the other digi team members?

Tips from the team:

Heddy: I use ACDSee. After downloading and unzipping The Digi Files (and deleting the zip file) into my Scrap Supplies folder, I tag the preview for each item according to type (element pack, kit, templates, etc.), by store name, by designer name, and with the tag “The Daily Digi”.

Jacki: After I’ve unzipped them, I leave them in my Downloads folder and label them TDD and by number with the designer’s name and kit name (e.g. TDD28_JLarsen_Lonestar). Once I’ve used it, I remove the TDD and number and cut and paste the designer’s folder into my Digital Kits folder. In there I have them organized by designer name so it’s easy to find again. If the kit is more of a topical/themed kit, I place it in a different folder (e.g. Western). That way if I’m scrapping something by theme, I can easily find it.

Jenn: I do basically the same thing, where I download and unzip to a file labeled with the given month and “TDF” which I keep on my desktop until each designer’s kit has been revealed. Once the month is over, I move each of the individual kit folders to my PU Digi Kits folder, which has each of the kits labeled by DesignerName_KitName. The templates go into a subfolder in my PU folder. I tend to remember specific items that I may like to reuse, so this system by designer works well for me.

Melissa S.:  This is my process –

  • Download into a TDF## folder in my Digi folder on my PC
  • Unzip with Unzipthemall
  • Import into PSE Organizer
  • Add them to TDF## album
  • Tag all the previews as previews
  • Use them to create!
  • If I decide I want to move some contributions around I use the Organizer to do it, this keeps them all linked up
  • I have smart-albums set up for my favourite designers so I just click on Flergs (for eg) and all her deigns come up or I use the Ctrl-Shift-K for find by filename

Trina: I unzip them and keep them all in one folder for TDF and I label them with ‘TDF #’ so I know I got them from TDF.  Once I’ve used them I put them in my general kits (or templates) folder or in the designer folder if it’s one I already know and love.  I keep TDF in the name of the kit because it reminds me that I got a great deal on it and I like to be reminded of that lol!

Amelia: I’m certainly a newbie here, but thought I would throw in my input too since I have bought quite a few of the files in the past:
– I separate them by designer and then kit name.  However, I highlight the kit name (I am on a Mac) and put – “from the daily digi” (though I really should abbreviate that! Smiley by it so I know where I got it!
– I also use picasa and tag them according to what they are + Daily Digi (again so I know where I got them)

Tips from our readers:

We also asked some of our readers how they organize their Digi Files supplies. Here are some of the responses:

  • I put them in folders by designer and tag them with TDD so I know where I got them
  • I have a TDD folder and the every kit is in it’s own folder
  • I unzip and put them by month and by items as ribbns, frames, etc
  • I organize in folders by designer/kit name and also tag in Picasa with “Digi Files”
  • I have a Digi Files folder that my downloads go in to and then they’re sorted by month after that.
  • If its a designer I’ve purchased from already, I put the file in theirs…If not I leave them in the monthly folder.
  • I pull the kits apart and put them in folders like: paper, ribbon, flowers, animals, alphas…etc.
  • I keep them in the folder by The Digi Files, then I tag them.
  • Keep them together as the Digi files and now have them keyword also by designer in Lightroom
  • By name of kit with a folder of kit previews
  • Each file in an individual folder labeled with designer and the Digi Files #

As you can see, there are many ways to organize the Digi Files (and digital scrapbooking supplies in general). There really is no wrong or right way, just find what works for you. I’ve loved having all of my supplies in folders labeled by the Digi Files number. I love to look through the past collections to see what has been included each month. It’s sort of like taking a trip down my digi scrap memory lane because I’ve found so many new-to-me designers through the files. But I do think it will help me to either tag the previews according to theme, or include preview images in my regular folder system so I remember to use the great kits that have joined my collection because of The Daily Digi.



Do you have any other methods for organizing and using the digi goodies from the Digi Files? We’d love to know!

Keep Calm and…

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Perhaps you’ve seen the plethora of “Keep Calm” posters circulating the internet? They seem to be especially popular on etsy and visual sharing sites like pinterest. Do you know the origin of these posters? Wikipedia explains:

Keep Calm and Carry On was a poster produced by the British government in 1939 during the beginning of the Second World War, intended to raise the morale of the British public under the threat of impending invasion. It was little known and never used. The poster was rediscovered in 2000 and has been re-issued by a number of private sector companies, and used as the decorative theme for a range of other products. There are only two known surviving examples of the poster outside of government archives

Once I learned the history behind this iconic poster, it made me really appreciate the message even more. It seems very British to me to “keep calm and carry on” in the face of turmoil. A good example for all of us! I’ve become quite enamored with this theme and have been collecting my own favorite interpretations of the “Keep Calm” message.


I actually purchased this one as a print for my home office (I got the black and white version)


Love this one found on etsy – great advice!

Keep Calm and Eat Cupcakes and then Carry On print


Another fun Etsy find. Wouldn’t this be cute in a beach house?



Of course a bath always helps one stay calm.



Just changing the words can be funny.



Some just use the design to convey a different message. Do you remember this image from an un-digi post back in January? I still love this one!


I will leave you with my words of wisdom for today…

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Journaling is as simple as answering a question


Do you need a starting point for journaling? One of my favorite writing “secrets” is to simply answer a question. Really, it’s that simple! There are several different ways to use questions to help you document your memories.





It would be easy for me to think I didn’t need a lot of journaling to go with this photo. It’s very obvious that we are in Disneyland (see my son’s shirt) and that he is getting an autograph from some characters. If I add my son’s name and date, I can answer the most basic questions of who, when, and where. I’m going to dig a little deeper though and answer the question “Why did you take this photo?”

I took this photo because a week before we left Disneyland, my daughter insisted that we each pick our all-time favorite Disney character. She wanted us to have that in mind as we went to Disneyland so we could look for character-related items and experiences. Alex surprisingly picked Burt from the movie Mary Poppins. He loves the British people and culture and also loves music and dancing so it really makes perfect sense. I thought it was neat that Alex picked something less mainstream, but I was also certain we wouldn’t find any Burt items in any gift shops, so I didn’t think much more about it. Then on our last day in Disneyland, we ran right into a photo opportunity with Mary Poppins and her buddy Burt. There were only a few people in line so we ran over to snap some pictures. I think Burt was flattered and somewhat amazed when we told him that he was Alex’s very favorite character and that we couldn’t believe how lucky we were to find him! He spent an extra few minutes with us to make Alex’s visit memorable. Great memory!

Only 4 people in the whole world knew that story and the significance behind it before I shared it here. Over time, the 4 people might have even forgotten the details, but now that I have written down the answer to a question about this picture, it is documented and saved!

Keep asking yourself questions about photographs until you have something to write down. Or show the picture to someone else and have them ask you questions. These are great journaling exercises! Here are some links to help you:





photo by Janet

Think of this as reaching into a virtual jar of journaling prompts. Pull out a question and answer it. There’s your journaling! Now you can go and find (or take) a photograph to go with the journaling or even create a layout without a photo. Answering a question will get you journaling! Here are some fabulous resources that can act as your own jar of prompts:




School children raising hands. View from behind.

If you’ve been around young children, you will be quite aware that they are constantly asking questions! They wonder things like “Where does Bigfoot live?” and “Why is that lady’s hair purple?” and other difficult to answer questions. Even if you can’t answer the question in a scientifically correct manner, you often get some great discussion as a result. Why not take the questions that your children ask you (or make up your own) and use them as journaling prompts? Try to answer them as best you can, but feel free to just enjoy the conversation that the question started.

Think of this as your chance to raise your hand and ask the questions that are on your mind. You can do research to answer them to provide interesting journaling for a page, or simply express your own views and philosophies on the matter at hand. You will be surprised at what new paths of inspiration you find to explore!

Here are some resources to help you find questions to ponder:

The simple act of asking and answering questions can make a big difference in your journaling. You will find yourself armed with ideas for layouts once you start answering more questions! Do you have any questions that help you with journaling? We’d love to know about them so feel free to share them in the comments!

Funtastic Friday Finds


We are all hard at work on the next bonus collaborative kit for our members (those who subscribe to the Digi Game on either a monthly or annual basis). Before we start sharing sneak peeks of that kit with you, we want to say a big “THANK YOU!” to all the amazing designers who contributed to Good Life, which is the 2nd kit our subscribers receive when they purchase either a monthly OR an annual DIGI GAME subscription! I (Katie) just love this huge collab kit and I have used it for several projects already. The colors are so easy to scrap with! You can see everything that is included in Good Life here and be inspired by layouts using this collab here.


When you have been a Digi Game subscriber for 4 consecutive months, you will receive this huge kit as a free bonus in your account. AND you will receive another huge kit every 4 months you remain subscribed.   The exclusive kits come in the same order for everyone, no matter when you subscribe!

Of course, we wouldn’t be able to give you this amazing gift, if it wasn’t for the generosity of these fabulous designers: Melissa Bennett, SugarPlum Paperie, Danielle Engebretson, Tracie Stroud, Wetfish Designs, Scrapping with Liz, Danielle Young, Chelle’s Creations, Pamela Donnis, Eva Kipler,Shabby Miss Jenn, Jenn Lindsey, Jennifer Labre, Mari Koegelenberg, Kristin Rice, Michelle Batton, Studio Flergs, Allison Pennington, Katie the Scrapbook Lady, Kelleigh Ratzlaff, Suzy Q Scraps, Mel Wilson, Steph, and some additional goodies by team member Heddy.

As a thank you to these contributors, we are focusing our Funtastic Friday on great finds and deals from these designers.



Nicole of SugarPlum Paperie has a special coupon JUST for Daily Digi readers!



Jennifer Labre is looking for some help. If you’re interested in a great creative opportunity, be sure to check this out!



There are 3 new products all on sale from Scrapping with Liz



Suzy Q Scraps has it’s a new collab out this week, the 4th in a series of 12 for Project: Love, Me.



Kelleigh Ratzlaff has a new Sweet Birdhouse Template Set and Cutting Files, available at The Digichick.



Tracie Stroud has a fun bundle package available.



Mari Koegelenberg’s new kit In the Birdhouse is 20% off today only!



Michelle Batton has a new bundle for a great price.



Shabby Miss Jenn has a great deal on a fun pack of templates.


This huge birthday collection from Studio Flergs is so much fun!



Allison Pennington is having a great sale right now in her store at Catscrap.



Jenn Lindsey is having a big Spring Fling Sale in her store at After Five Designs.



Registration is now open for Katie the Scrapbook Lady’s  “Power Scrapping – Digi Style” workshop at Big Picture Classes!



Finally, we recorded a new episode of the Paperclipping Digi Show this week with Katrina Kennedy, Heather Hess, Steph, Izzy, and Katie. We discussed great photography tips that can be used with ANY type of camera. I was so inspired after this show and I can’t wait to try some of the things I learned! Can you believe we are on episode 40? Wow!


You can listen below or in iTunes; 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.



The random winner from yesterday’s feature is Shawnee!  You won $10 in product from Karen Lewis!  Check your email!

Hope you have a Funtastic Friday!




I discovered Karen’s designs a few month’s ago when I was cruising through The Digi Chick’s new releases. I saw a preview for her grab bag and thought it looked super cute (what I could see) and bought it. She was a new-to-me designer and as I unzipped and opened the folders, my heart started beating fast, and I couldn’t wait to fire off an email to invite her to contribute to The Digi Files! Everything was adorable and high quality and I was ecstatic! Karen’s products are adorably retro-shabby and so fun! I am a sucker for stitching, kraft, and plaids and Karen has them all in her contribution this month:


This is only ONE of the collections you get in The Digi Files! You can see the rest of them on our contributors page where we reveal everything included each month. Such an amazing deal! These products are only available for a few more days and then, you will have to pay full retail value if you decide you want them. Be sure to subscribe to become a member so you don’t ever miss an month! Now, let’s look at some layouts created with “My Wonderland”:


Layout by Lauren R


Layout by Jacki


Layout by Karen


Layout by Melissa L.


Layout by Heddy

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



I live in Perth, Western Australia with my husband of 11 years Brad and our daughter Caitlyn (9).




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Something that I’ve learned over the years of designing is to stay true to what your style is and what you love to create. With so many different styles out there (whimsical, grunge, realistic, shabby etc) it is easy to get caught up thinking that you have to create products that will appeal to every bit of the market but finding that you possibly are missing the mark. I think this applies to scrapbooking as well. Use the products that appeal to you the most and scrapbook the way that you feel most comfortable. Of course it doesn’t hurt to give something new a try every now and then but don’t get caught up comparing your layout to someone else’s, at the end of the day it is your memory and it really should reflect you.


I have always been a big fan of everything crafty and have given most crafts a go over the years. In early 2005 I picked up a Scrapbooking magazine and not long after had visited my local scrapbooking store. I made a few layouts but it didn’t really grab me and I found myself creating more cards than anything else.

Then in August 2005 I stumbled onto The Digichick & Shabby Princess site and being curious as I am I decided to give digital scrapbooking a go. I much preferred this type of scrapbooking but ever curious I thought the whole designing process would be interesting so in December 2005 I created my first free kit and started selling officially in February 2006. I’ve sold at several stores over the years but The Digichick
was always the place I wanted to be and I’m so happy to be able to call it my store home.


I’m definitely inspired by surface patterns and I love the blog Print & Pattern. I love quilting too so fabric is definitely a great inspiration, all those wonderful patterns and yummy colours.


I have a 19″ Asus Laptop with 4GB ram. I use Photoshop CS4, Illustrator CS3 & Wacom Tablet. My camera is a Canon Powershot A610.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Karen


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







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

1 use per person
Expires April 10, 2011

Inspired by Karen Lewis

The following layouts were created using “My Wonderland” by Karen Lewis and included in The Digi Files during March.


Layout by Jenn


Layout by SharonS


Layout by Ella


Layout by Michelle


Layout by Sara


Layout by Lauren R


Layout by Jacki


Layout by Karen


Layout by Melissa L.


Layout by Heddy

5 Ways to Create More Interesting Photos

Do you want to create more interesting photos? Are you tired of getting similar results every time you click the shutter?

Here are five methods to create more interesting photos, no matter what camera you are using. The five methods work whether you are shooting on auto modes or full manual.

1. Slow Down

2. Get Closer

3. Eliminate Extras

4. Change Your Point of View

5. Shoot Often



Life moves quickly. You grab the camera and begin madly clicking to capture the moment. Stop! Slow down. Look for your photo. Shoot more deliberately.

Wouldn’t you rather have one or two amazing photos instead of 20 so-so photos you fired off quickly?

Shooting more deliberately gives you the opportunity to compose your shots more thoughtfully and create more interesting photos. Even if you have a fast moving subject, slowing down to consider your settings will help ensure you have the correct ones for the situation.



Moving closer to your subject is the easiest way to create more interesting photos. Filling the frame leaves your viewer with no question about your intended subject.

Consider where you are cutting off people’s body parts while filling the frame. A general rule of thumb is to avoid cutting at joints. Chins and tops of heads are just fine. Chop away. Fill the frame with eyes, nose and smile!



Filling the frame works because you eliminate extra elements and create an uncluttered image. If you decide to step back for a wider view, watch for extras in the frame that distract from your subject.


§ Poles and lines cutting through or growing out of your subject’s head

§ Bright bursts of color behind your subject

§ Clutter in the background that creates an unbalanced feeling

Before you press the shutter button look around your viewfinder for any unintended extras. Simply stepping a foot or two to either side of your frame can eliminate distractions.

Consider how you use negative space to create more impact.



Do you take every photo from the same position? Change your point of view to get a quick change to your photo, no matter what mode you are using.

Choosing a different angle can hide flaws and enhance beauty, transforming your subject. When shooting from below something, it will appear larger, while shooting from above makes a subject appear smaller.

Try bending your knees getting on the level of your subject, looking down on things you might not normally view from above and avoid standing where you are and just clicking the shot.

For portraits, shooting from above your subject slims, flatters, and eliminates any extra chins!



The more you use your camera the more familiar the buttons and settings become. Pick up your camera, practice shooting more deliberately. The better results you get, the more you will be inspired to shoot. It’s a lovely cycle.

Let’s get that practice started with an assignment!

ON ASSIGNMENT: Find A Different Angle

Have a little fun with this!

  1. Find any subject that you can shoot from multiple angles. (A cooperative one is best.)
  2. Shoot in any mode.
  3. Find good light. [ link to ]
  4. Position yourself above your subject.
  5. Shoot.
  6. Fill the frame with your subject.
  7. Shoot.
  8. Move your subject or yourself so you can shoot it at eye level.
  9. Shoot.
  10. Position yourself or your subject so you can shoot from below.
  11. Shoot.

What did you find? Which point of view is most interesting?

Have fun shooting!



Katrina Kennedy is a photographer, teacher, author, and a mom. She is passionate about documenting the everyday moments of her life. Katrina has helped hundreds of people improve their photography skills in her online classes at GetItScrapped.

Katrina recently launched CaptureYour365 a community for ideas, support, and inspiration for your 365 project. She has taken a picture a day since February 2008, missing a photo on only one day. She still suspects that photo was misplaced somewhere!

Her most popular class Your Life: Through The Lens begins March 22nd.