Help Us Round Up For a Chance to Win


Can you believe we are about to wrap up May?  Today is the last day to get everything above for only $7.50 (or less as an annual member).  It’s hard to believe that you get everything above for so little, but after tomorrow, these products will be gone and the designers will start putting them in their own stores for FULL retail value (over $50 for everything pictured above).  As a member, you also get lots of extra exclusive kits and bonus gifts that can’t be found anywhere else!

When you become a member of The Digi Game, you also get the Playbook each month.  The Playbook is filled with tips, tricks, and techniques our team uses on their layouts.  There is something there from beginner to advanced scrappers:


We want to thank our designers that contributed to The Digi Files this month.  Be sure to check out their features, many of their exclusive coupons expire today.  A BIG thanks to:

Gina Miller

Studio Vivarant

Nanie’s Designs (templates)

Pixel Gypsy

Heather Hess (fonts)

Lyndsay Riches

Mye De Leon – here, here, here, and here

I would love to hear what you enjoyed about The Daily Digi during May.  Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts (one comment per person please).  We will randomly select 7 people to win $10 in product from one of our contributors this month.

Play it Again In Hawaii!



I (Katie) am so excited to bring you another round of “Play it Again” and share with you many different ways to digi scrap the same memory. We regularly hear from our readers that this is one of their VERY favorite posts each month! We love showcasing the many different ways to scrap the same memory and we think it has helped our community realize that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to digi scrap.



This time, the assignment was to use a vacation photo from Steph. The only requirement was to use this photo + Steph’s journaling.  Everything else (including the title) was up to them!



Journaling: We had been planning for a long time for this trip. We were homeschooling and decided to take advantage of that and travel. We used points, miles, and our timeshares and were able to keep the cost way down. We spent two and half weeks on Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii. We had so much fun swimming, laying on the beach, sightseeing, boogie boarding, learning, and spending time together as a family. We saw some amazing things: sea turtles (notice the turtle on the beach to the right behind Jake), black sand beaches, lava shooting from a live volcano, Hawaiian historical sites, and so much more. This photo was taken on my actual birthday and I can’t think of a better way to spend my birthday than with my favorite people in my favorite place!

November, 2008



It’s so much fun to see all the different ways this photo was scrapped – all of them are amazing!

The blending on this layout is so pretty and soft and I love the cluster of beach embellishments along the side of the photo. Wonderful page design!


Layout by Lorilei Murphy. Gallery Link. Blended Templates Bundle 06 by Studio Rosey Posey


The grouping of elements around the photo here is so fun and festive! I especially love all of those green leaves, they just really add a great pop of color.


Layout by : Petra aka Milo82  Gallery Link. Credits: Lemonade collaboration kit by Nikki Beaudreau & HGD by Laurie Ann, ZOOday by Kristin Aagard,  Anticipation of summer by MK-designs


I adore the ornate frame around the photo here, it’s gorgeous! All of the beach elements really emphasize that the page is about a special location.


Layout by by Holly in Japan.  Gallery Link. Credits: Papers and elements from Sugar Sands Beach Kit and Sugar Sands Beach Wood Paper by Etc. by Danyale , Page template from Fuss Free Among the Waves by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs , Photo Action is Soft & Faded by Pioneer Woman.


I love bright tropical colors and this layout is full of sunny fun! Nice layering of embellishments.


Layout by Britanee (britaneejean) Gallery Link. Credits: Tropicana by Lyndsay Riches Font is Print Clearly


This layout really pulls out the colors that the kids are wearing in the photo and brings the focus in on them. I love all the fun little details and the way they are placed on the page. Great title work as well!


Layout by Tracy Ducar (aka Tracyfish). Gallery Link. Credits: Kona Coast by Julie Billingsley , Fonts:  DJB Mrs Webster by Darcy Baldwin and Clementine.


I love the big blended photo in the background and then the repeat of the same photo in full color as well. This is such a fantastic photo that it deserves extra emphasis! That little pennant banner along the bottom is just the perfect finishing touch.


Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Gallery link Credits: Feet in the Sand & Dandelion Wishes by Jennifer Barrette, Date Blots by Stolen Moments Designs, Alpha in 3 Colors by Misty Cato, SMD Kimby font


I was excited to play along also! I think the world of Steph and her cute family so it was fun to create a page for them. I know Steph loves Hawaii so I really wanted to use a very island-themed kit. I also loved the picture and wanted to keep that nice and big on the layout. I love how it turned out!

steph hawaii copy

Layout by Katie. Gallery Link. Credits: By-the-Sea by Flergs and Kay Miller. Stitches by Ztampf. Font is The Architect by Heather Hess.


Isn’t it amazing to see how the same memory can be presented in so many different ways? Every scrapbook artist puts a unique spin on the pages they create, even when using the same photo and the same topic.

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!  When you get ready to work on your next layout, take some time to think about all the ways you could play with that memory and have some fun!

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Big Huge Fun! Home of fd's Flickr Toys


One of my all-time favorite websites is Big Huge Labs. It was even my pick of the week for episode 31 of the Paperclipping Digi Show podcast. It’s a site full of free tools that let you play with your pictures.

Mosaic Maker

My most used Big Huge Labs tool is definitely the mosaic maker!

Made in 2009 by you.

You can use it in conjunction with Flickr, or simply upload individual photos and quickly create mosaics. I use it all the time on my blog (like the above image illustrating the projects I made in 2009). I created an entire album using these mosaics for my Inspired by Color self paced project class at Big Picture Classes.


Map Maker

There are several other tools I love on Big Huge Labs as well, like the Map Maker. Such a cool way to illustrate all the places I’ve traveled to! You can make a map of certain countries, or the whole world. Here’s where I’ve been in the United States. Looks like I’ve covered the West, but hardly made a dent in the rest!



Color Palette Generator

The color palette generator is a tool I used a lot as a designer. I still use it as a scrapper when I’m looking for colors to match my photos.



Pop Art Poster

The Pop Art Poster tool lets you take a photo like this:


and turn it into pop art fun like this:




It’s easy to add fun effects to photos with the FX tool. Here’s a picture of my cute nephew


and I quickly turned it into a black and white photo with just one click




One of my favorite tools is the calendar maker. You upload the photo and Big Huge Labs makes the calendar.



That’s just a small sampling of what you can do on Big Huge Labs. Now go and have some Big Huge Fun!

Take a closer look

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I (Katie) was so excited to finally get these pages scrapped a few weeks ago. This is a memory from 2007 and I was pretty proud of myself for completing this 2 page spread. Can you believe how tall Shawn Bradley is? He’s definitely the tallest person I’ve ever met. He is 7 feet 6 inches tall. Wow!


Layouts by Katie. Credits: Template by Get It Scrapped. Bookworm kit by Kristin Cronin-Barrow. Font is Times New Roman.


I posted these layouts on my personal blog and didn’t think much else about them. A few days later, one of my readers left a comment that had me a bit confused. She said “I’m sorry, but all I can see when I look at this page is I Hate Chaz.” She asked me if I noticed my mistake?  I got the comment via email so I went back to the blog post to look, and sure enough – there were the words “I Hate Chaz”! Do you see them now? I can’t believe I didn’t notice it before! The letters on the alphabet paper on the 2nd layout spell out that strange sentence across the bottom of the page. It’s just a matter of how I placed the paper and it certainly wasn’t anything intentional by me or by the paper designer. Just a weird little fluke!

It was hard for me to see the error because I had looked at the page for quite awhile and was thinking about things like what photos to use, where to place the embellishments, and journaling a big story. It might seem obvious to you at first glance, but I assure you that I didn’t see it at all until I received that comment. I was so glad to get that comment before I sent the layout to be printed! Because I still had my layered psd file on hand, it was super easy to fix! This is one of my favorite things about digital scrapbooking, mistakes are SO easy to fix!

I just opened up my layered file and moved the paper around a little bit. I actually duplicated the paper layer so I could keep the top of the page looking the same, and then I just moved the duplicate paper around on the bottom of the layout until I liked how it looked.



That’s SO much better! I’m much happier with it, and I bet Chaz is too! LOL!

It helps to have another set of eyes look over your pages. It’s easy to miss a typo on a page, and I’ve even put the wrong date on a layout before because I was thinking about the current year. If you don’t want to have someone else do some “proofreading” for you, at least take a break from looking at the page for awhile and come back later on with a fresh set of eyes.

Oh, and it helps to hang on to those original layered files!


Fun on a Friday


Happy Friday to all of you! I’m personally very glad it’s Friday, because it is the last day of school for our homeschool online academy. Yay for summer break! I think I’ll kick it off right by sharing all the great stuff I’ve found lately in digi land.




I think a playground kit is a great way to celebrate summer and I just love the colors In this fun kit from WM Squared.



Amy Martin has a great new template pack out at The Lily Pad.



Jennifer Fox is retiring from designing effective May 31. She’s having a huge 65% off sale on all my products until then.

retirement sale


Danielle Young has this sporty new kit called Swing Away at Oscraps!  It’s 20% off right now, plus use this exclusive Daily Digi coupon to get an additional 10% off through June 3rd!  Coupon code: swingBATTA10



Scrapping with Liz has some fabulous 2 page spread templates. Love these!



Jacque Larsen has this adorable 3 way collab  “A Very Merry Unbirthday” with Emily Merritt and Valorie Wibbens. They are offering an additional 15% of the already discounted 20% off to TDD readers this weekend only! The code is TDD_15off

Very Merry Unbirthday collab by emily, valorie and jacque


Ju Kneipp has a new freebie for her facebook fans!



Kaye Winiecki has a fun new element pack that is 20% off

where the wild things are


Dianne Rigdon is the featured designer at Persnickety Prints this week. There are freebies and chances for prizes. Smile



I’m loving these new fonts from Heather Hess! Be sure to use the code sickslusive for 20% off your fanny pack order.



Krisi’s Kreations has a couple of new hybrid tutorials on her blog and a card template freebie as well!



Suzy Q Scraps has several new video tutorials on her blog, including how to recolor elements in PS and PSE.

digital scrapbook tutorial


Jenn Lindsey has a 20% off coupon for her shop through the weekend.




Chelle’s Creations has something Fishy going on. LOL! Perfect for aquarium, pet fish, swimming, or that special friend that is lost, Something Fishy has something for everyone!



Paislee Press has a new kit that’s on sale – 20% (additional 10% for presslist subscribers!)



After 5 Designs has a lot of great deals in the $2 shots category!



ksharonk designs is running a FREE photography challenge called Colour Shotz: family in June!



Here’s a great deal going on for JennCk:



Tracie Stroud has a fun new kit that’s 20% off!



I know all you shadowing fans have been waiting for Peppermints Me & My Shadow class at Big Picture Classes. The wait is over! The class is available now.   Smile

NOTE: This class was created using the full version of Photoshop. If you are an Elements user, there are some tools and functions that you are missing for parts of this class, though much of it does work in Elements.



If you have ever wanted to learn more about blending modes, when to use them, and how to use them, then Jenn’s Beginner Blending is for you! It’s a bargain price of just $10 and it’s self paced. You get three templates from Jenn, a video, some handouts, and even a blending cheat sheet:



Come Away With Me is a FREE self-paced class by Kim Lund teaching you how to put together your own vacation journal with the downloads included:



Scrapbooking with a Digital Template is a great place to start and it’s FREE as well! Steph goes through scrapping with a template and makes it so easy to understand!





We hear from many of you that the Paperclipping Digi Show podcast is one of the best highlights of your week! Thank you so much for joining us as we discuss all things digi! We love the sense of community that the show brings to digital scrapbookers and we learn new things every single week! The latest episode PDS048 – All About Projects is all about how to plan and keep track of layouts and album projects. The panel included:

Just click on the Podcast link in the social media icons in the above right corner of the site to see all of your listening options or push the play button below. We would love to hear what you think after you have a listen!


Have fun listening, shopping, and creating!

P.S. Congratulations Bree (comment #41) for being the random winner from yesterday’s post! Check your email for a $10 gift code to Mye De Leon’s store!

MYE DE LEON: Learning My Craft


I very quickly fell in love with Mye’s designs when I first discovered them! I love her shabby papers with such great pattern combinations! The combinations of unique elements, realistic tid-bits that you don’t see anywhere else, and her super fun colors create kits that make me want to scrap!!

Let’s take a closer look at “When the Heart Sings” that is included in The Digi Files this month:


Here are some layouts created using Mye De Leon’s contribution:


Layout by Jacki; Font: Rub This.


Layout by Heddy; Additional Credits: Love, Love, Kiss, Kiss by Studio Basics (template); Font: The Teenage Dream by Heather Hess.


Layout by Amelia; Additional Credits: Template by Queen of Quirk; Photo Actions by Pioneer Woman. Font: TheFaultyMarker by Heather Hess).

Layout by Anne; Additional Credits: Template by Janet Phillips.


Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Cindy Schneider, Font: The Teenage Dream

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.



My full name is Myrlyn De Leon and I am using my nick name, Mye De Leon as my designer name. I am from Manila, Philippines. I am a mother of twin girls and married to Kris for more than 6 years. I spend most of my time on the PC when the girls are in school. When I am not designing, I am just in the kitchen or doing my daily cleaning routine. And when the girls need a playmate, I become one too.


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I discovered digital scrapbooking before paper scrapping. But then, I fell in love with digital scrapbooking because I can do an album without the clutter. I CT’d for 3 designers before I eventually dabbled in designing and got bitten by the bug. I discovered that I have a passion in designing digital kits so I explored my program, read tutorials, tried and tried and was given a break in a store in 2009. I learned fast but I never stop learning. I still am exploring my program up to now and continuously learning my craft. For me, designing is a never ending process of improvement.


Everything around me really. The chirping birds outside, fabrics, songs and even ideas coming from my husband. When I have something in mind, I look around for colors and create my palette. And with those colors, I start turning those ideas into kits.


Computer: I am on a PC – running on QuadCore, 4Gb RAM, with multiple HDD. My husband and I stocks a lot of files in our PC that we need to have our own internal drives. However, I still plan on buying my own PC or laptop soon.

Program: I am using Photoshop CS5 and lots of PS Actions. The transition from CS3 was never easy but it was well worth it. I love CS5!

Camera: I still use our old Canon 1000D. DH bought it 2years ago when he started photography as a hobby. Now, he’s wanting an even better unit and new lens.

Anything Else: I have a Wacom Pen and Touch – a gift from my blogger friends on my birthday last year. Am still learning how to use it because right now, I just can’t get rid of my mouse yet. But I am hoping someday, I’ll be as addicted as others in using a tablet.


Beautiful scrapbook pages become even more beautiful with the perfect shadows. Think as if you are arranging the papers and elements in real life – think about where you would like to put your light source so you’ll know where the shadows will bring you. I used to do 120 degrees shadows in my pages but then 45 degrees works better for me now, it brings a more real and natural look on my pages. If you want to have shadowing easy, I have a shadow style set called Me and Mye shadow styles available in store for you.


I have 2 favorite kits, Splendor and Love Bug. Splendor is a more elegant kit while Love Bug is more playful yet classy.




The Magic Is Here



Here are some of my favorite products by Mye De Leon:







Here’s some more inspirational layouts using Mye De Leon’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.







Mye De Leon created this special freebie for The Daily Digi blog readers, available through this Friday. (Members will have access via their downloads through the end of the month.)

Go have a look in Mye De Leon’s stores! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)! And, here’s a coupon for 30% off Mye’s store (excludes bundles and collabs, expires 05-31-11).

Personal Store




Inspired by When the Heart Sings

The following layouts were created using “When the Heart Sings” by Mye De Leon and included in The Digi Files during May, 2011:

Layout by Angie
Layout by Leah
Layout by mlee
Layout by Tamara
Layout by Donna
Layout by Judith, additional supplies: border from Scrap Girls
Layout by Tamara, additional supplies: Template by Cindy Schneider, Font is DJB TracyD


Layout by Jacki; Font: Rub This.


Layout by Heddy; Additional Credits: Love, Love, Kiss, Kiss by Studio Basics (template); Font: The Teenage Dream by Heather Hess.


Layout by Amelia; Additional Credits: Template by Queen of Quirk; Photo Actions by Pioneer Woman. Font: TheFaultyMarker by Heather Hess).

Layout by Anne; Additional Credits: Template by Janet Phillips.


Layout by SharonS, additional supplies:  Template: Cindy Schneider, Font: The Teenage Dream

Understanding Shutter Speed

Do you know why your photos are blurry?

Is it you or is it the camera?

Last month we covered Aperture, the “hole” in our lens. This month we are moving on to shutter speed, the culprit behind your blurry photos!

Yes, sometimes you cause the blurry photos, sometimes it is your camera. Let’s figure out why.

The shutter is literally a curtain in your camera. It opens and closes letting light hit your camera’s sensor. The sensor acts as the film, recording your photo. The noise you hear when you press the shutter button is the curtain, opening and closing.

The longer the curtain is open, the more movement you capture.

The faster you open and close the curtain, the less movement you capture.

So blur happens when your shutter speed is too slow.

Seems easy enough doesn’t it?

How do you know what is fast enough? Let’s consider two things, your blur and your subject’s blur.

The Blur You Create Through Camera Shake

You create blur when the shutter speed is too slow for you to hand hold the camera. As a rule of thumb, you want your shutter speed to be equal (or greater than) the reciprocal of your focal length.

Let me put it in simple language.

If you are using a 50mm lens, your focal length is 50mm. You want your shutter speed to be 1/50th of a second or faster.

70mm = 1/70

100mm =1/100

200mm = 1/200

So, the longer your focal length the faster your shutter speed needs to be to avoid blur through camera shake.

The Blur Your Subject Creates Through Movement

If you want to avoid blurry photos when your subject moves, we need to look at a second set of shutter speeds and conduct an experiment!

Remember your eyes from last month’s lesson? This time, let’s consider your eyelids. They work as your eye’s curtain or shutter.

Turn a ceiling fan on in your home. Now, look at that fan and blink quickly. What do you notice? If your eyes work like mine, you see the motion of the fan stop.

Look at the fan again, leaving your eyes open for a long time. The fan should be blurred.

If you can control the speed of your fan, you could slow the fan down, now you can blink more slowly and still stop the movement.

So now that your family has stopped commenting on how strange you are, what did you notice?

The faster the movement, the faster the shutter speed needs to be to stop it. Here are a few quick numbers to remember:


1/125 – stops everyday motion


1/500 – stops most children’s motion


1/1000 – stops most bikes, runners and cars

So yes, you may be able to hand hold your camera at 1/50th of a second without shake, but that may not be fast enough to stop the movement of your subject.

But What If I Want Blur?

Not all blur is bad! In fact, you can use motion blur creatively to provide a sense of movement or action in your photos. The blurred foot about to kick the ball across the field. The hands moving in conversation. So many ways to use it creatively.

Extremities always move faster than our bodies. Use the shutter speeds above as a rule of thumb, and then slow them down just a smidge to capture some movement. Want even more fun? Get our your tripod and really play with movement, avoiding camera shake. More details on tripod use with slow shutter speed is a good subject for a future post!

Photos still blurry after following all of these steps? It might be time to check your focus.

Let’s have a little fun with Shutter Speed with an assignment.

  1. Find a moving subject – a fan, running water, a very cooperative bike riding child, a family member willing to jump repeatedly.
  2. Place your camera in Shutter Priority Mode (TV on a Canon for Time Value or S on a Nikon)
  3. Set your shutter speed to 1/50th of a second. Displayed as 50 in your viewfinder. Your camera will determine the aperture.
  4. Shoot.
  5. Change your shutter speed to 1/125th of a second.
  6. Shoot.
  7. Change your shutter speed to 1/500th of a second.
  8. Shoot.
  9. Change your shutter speed to 1/1000th of a second.
  10. Shoot.

Compare your photos. What do you notice?

Share the tricks you use to remember your shutter speeds.

Digi Scrapping with Alphas

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Pea Sue font, Alpha from Gina Miller’s Celebrate kit in this month’s Digi Files

If you’ve listened to the Paperclipping Digi Show podcast long enough, you’ve probably heard me (Katie) say that I tend to avoid using alphas (alphabets) on my layouts. It’s true that I’ve gotten a bit lazy about adding alphas to my pages, but as I looked through my past layouts, I found that some of my favorite titles were made with alphabets. I’ve recently been inspired to start looking through my kits and looking at the alphas in them, (and the alphabets I’ve purchased on their own) in a new way. Several of our team members use alphas in such creative ways, I decided to let them share their tips and tricks with all of us.


Team member Heddy says “I *heart* alphas! But, I didn’t always. I used to find them a pain. But now I scrap with ACDSee, so I just select all the letters needed for my title (holding down CTRL), then open them all at once in PS. It’s easy to drag them onto my page, closing each letter after I’ve placed it on the page. Then, I select all the letters on the page, and select *align bottom edges* and they snap into a neat line. I manually adjust the spacing between them and then select them all and place them in a Group. Then I resize and move them around the page all at the same time.

It sounds like a lot, but I swear it’s easy as pie!” (Note that you can also use this trick when selecting alphas in folders).

Team member Jenn Lindsay says “I used to not like using alphas either, and probably didn’t use them at all for the first year or so that I was digiscrapping. Now I have to admit, I’ve bought a kit many times due to the alpha alone. I use the same process as Heddy, except I don’t use ACDSee, so I just use the ctrl key to select multiple letters in my alpha folder, and then open them all together right into PS. I do tend to keep the words that I’m creating with the alphas fairly short though, depending on the style of alpha, so it’s not only easier to create, but also doesn’t overpower the page.”

Team member Trina says “I’m one of the few that actually likes the alpha sheets instead of the individual characters. If a kit comes with both I delete the individual characters to save on hard drive space.” (Great idea!)

Team member Wendyzine says “I love alphas because they make it so easy to create coordinated titles. I love them even more since I discovered Anna Forrest’s Title Builder. You type in your word, point it to the alpha folder and it makes the word for you. You can even set it to distinguish between uppercase and lowercase if you have both.” (NOTE: Anna’s store is closed, but you can email her through her blog to purchase this tool.)

Here are my favorite tips for using alphas:

  • Put all the letters you want to use on your layout first, then select all of them at once using ctrl+ your mouse. Once they are all selected, then resize them all at the same time to maintain proportions.
  • Use grids and guides to line up alphas – see this post for more details
  • Add small embellishments to neutral alphas to dress them up a bit, or help them fit with a theme such as: beach, holiday, etc.
  • While I love Trina’s tip for using alpha sheets, I have to admit I really prefer my letters in individual files. Just a matter of personal preference.
  • I often forget that it’s easy to change alphas up a bit to give them new looks. See this tutorial from Chelle’s Creations for some great ideas!


Alpha “falling” down the page adds movement to the design:

Layout by Heddy. Credits: Phoebe kit by Angie Hinksman; Phoebe alpha by Angie Hinksman; Honey Pots Freebie by Busy Bee Designs

Alpha mixed with word art makes title work fun and creative!

Layout by Heddy. Credits: Cindy’s Layered Templates Set 79 by Cindy Schneider available at Sweet Shoppe Designs; Shabby Sweetheart by Jenn Barrette and Scrapkitchen Designs available at Sweet Shoppe Designs; Alpha by Shabby Miss Jenn Designs

Three alphas mixed together to form title – alphas are fun to mix!

Layout by Heddy. Credits: Rambunctious by Julie Billingsley available at Sweet Shoppe Designs; Scrap Your Heart Out Pieces 9-12 by Janet Phillips available at Sweet Shoppe Designs; Basically Bold Black Alpha by Shawna Clingerman available at Sweet Shoppe Designs; Teeny Type Alpha by Zoe Pearn available at Sweet Shoppe Designs; Stitched by Anna by Anna Aspnes available at Designer Digitals

Font as an alpha

And, this one isn’t an alpha, but imitates the look! Just type in a font you like (chunky ones work best), then rasterize the text, clip on a paper and shadow! Looks like an alpha on the page!

Layout by Heddy. Credits: ’tis season littlekit by I *heart* scrap available at MScraps

Alpha mixed with a font adds interest to title work:

Layout by Jenn Lindsay. Credits: Tempted NSD2011 template by Jenn Lindsey Robo Boy by Micheline Martin Capture The Moment by Nikki Beaudreau and Boutique Cute Dolls Happy Haunters alpha by Kristin Aagard DJB JenLin

Overlapping alpha letters keeps the eye moving through the page:

Layout by Jenn Lindsay. Credits: TempBlends NSD2011 template by Jenn Lindsey Snips & Snails by Nikki Beaudreau (alpha included in kit) Snips & Snails Snippetts and Stickers by Nikki Beaudreau DJB JenLin font

Alpha as a framing accent to the photo brings focus to the subject:

Biggest-Loser by tjscraps, on Flickr

Alpha in center stage emphasizes the story:

Toy-Story-3 by tjscraps, on Flickr

Vary the size of the same alpha is a great way to create titles

Supplies: Luv 2 Craft – KimB Designs iGrow template – SuzyQ Scraps Font – Ganite

Total-Bookworm by tjscraps, on Flickr

Large size alpha makes the title stand out:

Supplies: Spring Blooms – Litabells Designs Head Start Vol. 2 – Litabells Designs Font – Kristen ITC

You-can’t-see-me by tjscraps, on Flickr

Alpha mixed with embellishments adds fun accents to page

Supplies: My Year kit – Meg Mullens and Traci Reed Font – DJB A Bit of Flaire

Laaaaaaa by tjscraps, on Flickr

Mixed alphas and fonts for cute and quirky look:

credits: thankful heart by lauren reid & amy wolff; bliss alpha, scarlet alpha, & wonky templates v4 by lauren reid; 100 by sahlin studio

Use an alpha to emphasize one word:

credits: beach kit by dani mogstad, freebird alpha by lauren reid

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Here are some of our all-time favorite alphas to scrap with (all images are linked):


Black and White Alpha by Shawna Clingerman


Doodleicious Alpha

A Little Snippy by Julie Billingsley

Mishmash Alphas

And don’t forget to shop your stash of digi kits, many of them come with alphas – that’s how I found the alpha I used to make the titles for this post. Digi scrapping with alphas is so much fun!

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P.S. The random winner from yesterday’s comments was Mary (Happy Now) who won $10 in product to Lyndsay Riches store! THANKS everyone for playing!



I’m super excited to welcome Lindsay Riches to The Digi Files this month!  I’ve been a fan of Lyndsay’s designs since 2004 when I first discovered Scrapbook Bytes.  Lyndsays products were some of the first I purchased.  Back then, digital designers would often put out a CD that included several complete kits and would ship them to your house.  I think I even still have that CD  I bought from her in my archives (and used it over and over on my early layouts).  Lyndsay’s super fun theming, mixtures of patterns, and great textures really come together to create easy to use collections!  Let’s take a closer look at “Reach for the Sky” that is included in The Digi Files this month:


This is just ONE of the kits included in The Digi Files and Digi Game this month.  When you become a member of The Digi Game, you automatically get access to The Digi Files and Playbook each month.  PLUS you get an exclusive collection every four months you are subscribed and we upload bonus goodies each month as well.

Here are some layouts created using Lindsay Riches’ contribution this month:


Layout by Jacki; Font: Jacki’s Hand by Fontologie.


Layout by Anne.


Layout by Trina.You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Jenn Lindsey, Border: Heidi Larsen, Font: Pea Elle; I decreased the green in the Lyndsay Riches papers and alpha one tick to make the blue a little closer to my pics.
Layout by Tamara, additional supplies: Template by Jenn Lindsey in My Journey, My Life collab




I’m Lyndsay Riches, mom of 3 girls ages 7, 9 and 11, and fiance to Nathan. We live in Ontario, Canada, about an hour south of Toronto. I love to read (Twighlight, Sookie Stackhouse and Mortal Instruments Series are some recent faves), being crafty, cooking and of course, scrapbooking! I’ve been a font-addicted graphic designer for about 12 years now, and got my first start at digital scrapbook designing in late 2003. After a short break in 2006, I came back to designing in late 2008 and have been creating scrapbooking kits since!







CREDITS: Lucky Collection by Lindsay Riches.


I started scrapbooking (paper) in 2001 shortly after my daughter Sophie was born. I went all-out, and even worked at a couple of local scrapbooking stores teaching classes and helping out part-time. I went online sometime in 2003 looking for some paper piecing patterns and other printables and stumbled across a little site called Scrapbook-Bytes. I knew right away that digital scrapbooking was for me, since I am a graphic designer and use Photoshop every day at work! I took a stab at designing in late 2003 and have been doing so since, with the exception of a short break in 2006.


I mostly find myself inspired by colour schemes. I’ll see a colour swatch or a photo/ad/website/fabric with great colours and then usually an idea for a kit will follow. Everything else flows from there!


I’m on an iMac and I love it. I’ve been using Macs for years now in the graphic design field so was really excited to finally get one for myself a few years ago. I maxed out the RAM when I bought it from Apple — it has 2 GB — but would really love to upgrade to a larger iMac in the next couple of years. I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS4 for designing. I have a little Canon point-and-shoot camera that I use for taking photos, so nothing fancy there. 🙂 I also bought a Bamboo tablet a few months ago and I use it all the time now!


One of my best time-saving tips for Photoshop…use actions! There are loads of great actions available that are either useful for scrappers or taylor-made for scrappers. You can even create your own and save to use over and over.


My favourite product of my own so far is probably the Cuppycake Collection. I had so much fun making those cute cupcakes! 🙂



I think it’s Crosswords of Love.



Here are some of my favorite products by Lyndsay:







Here’s some more inspirational layouts:






Lindsay has a little freebie (click the image to download) and a generous coupon to share with you all! Enter LRDD-Save40 at checkout to receive 40% off one purchase (expires May 31, 2011). Be sure to scroll down for your chance to win…

Go have a look in Lindsay Riches’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!