Play it Again with Sharon’s memories


I (Katie) am super excited to bring you another round of “Play it Again” this month because we are using the photos and memories of one of our wonderful readers! Sharon has been so supportive of us here at The Daily Digi and sends us layouts for every single kit included in The Digi Files to use in our designer inspiration area. She’s an active participant in our flickr group and just does so much to support and cheer us on. Steph and I thought it would be fun to invite Sharon to submit the pictures and journaling for this month’s “Play it Again” challenge.



We gave some of the best scrappers in digi land these photos from Sharon. The only “rules” they had to follow were to use the photos and Sharon’s journaling. Everything else (including the title) was up to them!


Amy and I decided that our one shared day of spring break should be spent in Tulsa with Aunt Betty and Rusty. We hadn’t seen them since my dad’s funeral and it was good to catch up. Rusty made a wonderful lunch based on the menu from “It’s Complicated” then we all just told  stories. Amy learned something that we hadn’t known. When Aunt Betty was a girl she used the fake name of Sheila Paul and if guys called the house, my Grandma Hazel would pretend she ran a boarding house. lol!!!  March 18, 2011


I adore the colors and patterned papers on this page, they are so bright and lively without overwhelming the pictures at all. The frames give this a feeling of looking a wall of memories and the title definitely draws the reader in to find out the answer to that question! Wonderful layout!


Layout by Tracy Ducar (Tracyfish). Gallery Link. Credits: Pretty Little Thing by Shawna Clingerman, Colour Me Happy Alpha:  For Boys by Zoe Pearn, Font-DJB I ? Fonts by Darcy Baldwin


This is the perfect page to use soft and feminine colors and accents on. I love the feminine and nostalgic look of this layout and the clustering of embellishments is a wonderful way to call attention to the lovely photos. So pretty!


Layout by Holly May Takatsuka (hollyinjapan). Gallery Link. Credits: papers and elements from Wishes Hopes and Dreams by The Digichick Designers, page template from Fuss Free The Contest Series 2 by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs, leaves and round button alpha are from All About Me by ViVa Artistry and Micoferk Design. font is So Much to Say by Darcy Baldwin


The papers and embellishments are so much fun on this page! They give a bit of retro charm to the layout and invite the viewer to read the journaling. I love the blended names on the paper also. Great color choices on this gorgeous layout!


Layout by Lorilei Murphy. Gallery Link. Credits: Maya – Thingamajig Stamps/Brushes, Miss Vivi – Project 52 Dates, Miss Vivi – Hesitation, BCD – Dotted Kraft, Baers Garten – Voices of Color – Red, Berna – Falling In Love – Ticks, Font – MTF Loli’s Handwriting


I love the tree on this layout because it emphasizes the connection of the family tree which is a big part of Sharon’s journaling. The muted colors are so pretty with the black and white photos and the text path is such a clever way to incorporate the story of the layout. Just lovely!


Layout by Britanee (britaneejean). Gallery Link. Credits: Silhouette by DeCrow Designs & Studio Tangie, 12×12 Frames by Scrapping with Liz, Basic Text Paths by Scrapping with Liz & Traveling Typewriter font.


The photo blending Jenn did on this is just amazing! It really feels like it is all one picture instead of several blended together and it’s such a neat way to celebrate the relationships between all of these sweet ladies. I love the title – it’s such a good introduction to the journaling. Beautiful page!


Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Gallery Link. Credits:  House Blends Vol. 6 template by Jenn Lindsey Details In The Fabric collab by 9th & Bloom Sweet Garden by Studio Q Playful Sunshine by Quirky Twerp DJB Karen font


I decided it would be fun to play along as well and I loved creating a layout with Sharon’s pictures. I kept my favorite photo of the bunch as the big focus of the page because I thought the looks on their faces were just so happy and beautiful. The word art that says “Celebrate today, Treasure the moment” just seemed so fitting for this memory of visiting with special relatives. I let the colors in the photographs inspire my choice of papers.

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Layout by Katie Nelson (Katie the Scrapbook Lady). Gallery Link. Credits: Life is Beautiful by Cinzia Loosemore. Font is Book Antiqua. Seventies photo action by Pioneer Woman.


Sharon sent in her own layout along with her photos and I love the look of her page with the pretty papers and embellishments. That crocheted doily and heart at the bottom right of the page seems like jus the perfect touch of personality and give the page a vintage feel with modern touches of whimsy in the paper designs. Fabulous layout!

Layout by Sharon Suske. Gallery Link. Credits: Papers and Elements: Gotta Pixel Collab: She’s Full Of Scrap, Spinky Dink Scraps, Sherry Fergeson, Jennifer Arbon, Template: Scrapping with Liz, Font: Pea Picky Panda


These layouts are all completely different from each other, but every one of them is fantastic and captures a meaningful memory! Thanks so much to the talented digi scrappers who helped us see all the different ways to PLAY!

Look through each layout again and think about which one you prefer. Think about why that one stands out to you and what you like about it. It’s a great exercise to help you learn about yourself as a scrapper and your own preferred style. It also might help you explore some new styles that you haven’t tried before.  Its perfectly OK to use several different styles and methods in your own scrapbooking – I do it all the time!  This is a great way to illustrate some of the many possibilities that exist when it comes to digital scrapbooking! Here at The Daily Digi we really want to emphasize that there is not a “right way” or a “wrong way” to put together a layout. It’s more about capturing the memory, finding your own style(s), and PLAYING! Yes, it’s ok to play and have fun!

*The random winner from the comments left on yesterday’s post was Sue.  Sue won $10 in product from Libby.  I love that so many of our readers take time to share honest and genuine comments for our designers!  Check your email Sue, your coupon was sent!