Inspired by Charlize Creations

The following layouts were created using “You Are Loved” by Charlize Creations and included in The Digi Files during November, 2011:

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Miss Kim Designs, Alpha: Lili, Frame: LivE Designs, Font: My Own Topher

 

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: You Are Loved by Charlize Creations; Word art by Ali Edwards.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: You Are Loved by Charlize Creations.
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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: You Are Loved by Charlize Creations; Press Plate No. 33 (modified) by Paislee Press; FONTS: Courier New, Impact Font.
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: You Are Loved by Charlize Creations; Full Bloom Collab (templates) by After 5 Designs; Photos by Doug Falk Photography.

Dear (fill in the blank)

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Quite often, the hardest part of journaling is getting started. It can be daunting to face a blank page and realize you need to fill it with words – believe me, I (Katie) go through the same thing when I write a post! Whoever invented the standard form of letter writing must have understood that it’s a lot easier for us if we have an opener to get us started. When you address a letter as “Dear Mom” you immediately establish that you are talking to your mother and you can then proceed with the message. What if we did the same thing with scrapbook pages?

Here are some fun digi layouts to illustrate this approach (all images are linked for credits):

 

Write directly to someone in your family and tell them what they mean to you. Just treat the page like a letter or note you would put together to describe a feeling or memory about that person.

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Address someone who might not be able to hear you in person, or someone who might not appreciate all of your wisdom just quite yet. (think teenagers)

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You don’t have to limit your letter writing to a person, how about “Dear Fall” as the subject of your journaling? Talk to a season, a building, a vacation, or anything that is worth a scrapbook page!

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Talking to a certain date or point in time will give you a great way to include several events at once.

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Pretend like you are opening up a journal and start off with the classic “Dear Diary”.

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Here’s your chance for an open letter to anyone, even a large group of people. How about writing to the entire world?

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Using the word “dear” and then filling in the blank that comes after it can lead to some incredible creative titles like “dear computer of indeterminate age” – love it!

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It’s easy to tell Santa what you want if you include a “Dear Santa” greeting at the start.

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Did you ever think to write to yourself? You know the reader will appreciate what you write! Winking smile

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Writing to your past self is a great way to reflect on your own growth and development.

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I love the idea of writing a break-up letter or a “Dear John” to document the end of an era.

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Can you believe how many journaling ideas come from starting off with the word “dear”? It’s a simple shortcut that will help you create many wonderful pages. Remember, your words will make the memory more meaningful!

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Scrapbooking Music

Supplies: Rock Out by Sweet Digi Scraps, Layer Blocks No. 1 template by Little Moments (retired)

It’s no secret that I (Heddy) love music. I could spend hours on iTunes checking out new songs. I love finding other people’s playlists and checking out their favourites. I have music for work, music for exercise, music for when I want to sing along and music for when I’m feeling down.

It turns out that a lot of people like to scrap their favourite music, too. Check out some of these inspirational pages:

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Layout by amandaresnde. Supplies: Just Another One III by Studio Basic, “Soundmovie” of my life by Ju Kneipp Designs, Boxed Papers No1 by Katie Pertiet, Flaming Mango Alpha by Kaye Winiecki, Rock On! by CD Muckosky, tag and tape by Amy Martin (retired), fonts are Gregs Other Hand, Segoe Script and Xoxo vo2.1 by Miss Tiina

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Layout by cinna. Supplies: My Tunes by Meredith Cardall Designs

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Layout by jewelz729. Supplies: Boom I Got Your Boyfriend kit by Manda Bean, Music Note Doodles by Kate Hadfield, Tiny Stitches by Two Sisters Designs, Paint by Traci Reed, Font – Pea Katie

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Layout by erica67. Supplies: Button Mania, Glow no.1, Soccer Fever (grid – recolored), On the edge overlays no.3 – all by Erica Zwart, Clear Pockets, Stitch It! – ZigZag, A Touch of Orange (background paper – recolored) – all by Mo & Mo Studio, Images: allcdcovers.com, Google Images, Fonts: Bank Gothic, Impact, Lucida Sans Unicode

If you’re interested in playing along, here are some music themed page prompts to get you started:

  • List your top 25 most played songs on your iPod
  • What was your favourite song when you were growing up?
  • Did any one singer or band have particular importance for you?
  • What’s your favourite song to sing along with?
  • Is there any music that you just can’t stand? Why?
  • Is there a song that is particularly important to you? Maybe your wedding song? Or the song playing on the radio during your first date?
  • Did you have a Walkman?
  • How big was your record, cassette or CD collection? Do you still have it?
  • Do your musical choices make your kids cringe?

P.S. Jennifer B. was the random winner chosen from this yesterday’s feature. She won $10 in product from Deca! 🙂

Deca Designs: A Scrap Addict

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I’m excited to introduce our readers to Deca Designs this month! Her simple and clean designs are joined with an element of whimsy through her own doodles and element creations. She is a super talented artist with a great eye for design. Her contribution to The Digi Files this month is something that will most likely strike a chord in each of us!  Let’s take a closer look at “Digi Friends” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Deca Designs’ contribution:

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Layout by Kim. Supplies: Digi Friends by Deca Designs; Templates by Cathy Zielske, Jacque Bernardo; Fonts: Pea Noodle’s Girlfriend and Avenir.
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Layout by Tara. Supplies: Digi Friends by Deca Designs; Simply Snapshopts by Tiffany Tillman (template); Font: Avenir LT Book.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Digi Friends by Deca Designs.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: Digi Friends by Deca Designs; Template by Dido Designs.
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Digi Friends by Deca Designs; Doodles by Lauren Reid.

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

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My name is Denise aka Deca. I am a dentist living in Brazil. I have been married for 14 years!!YES!! I have one son, Peter, with a terrible age: 13…And I am a scrap addict!

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I started design in the same time I knew digital scrap. My sister introduced me it. So I started creating elements and papers to use in my pages. In 2 months I had an invite from a Brazilian store to start selling my kits…The store is now closed and I am still here. OH! How addict I am.

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My inspiration comes from pictures, music, but most of all from real elements. I make, almost always, my own flowers, ribbons, tags, buttons.

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I have a laptop Dell Inspiron 1525 with 4 GB and an external HD with 1 terabyte. I use Photoshop CS5, Illustrator and Artrage Studio Pro. I have a Point and Shot Canon S95. I use a Bamboo Tablet to draw my flowers!

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I have a tip for designers.. When you apply a PNG pattern in a textured paper, the pattern don’t match the texture. It’s just flattened into the paper.. So before everything I choose a texture that I will use. Save it as a PSD file. Then I click on Filter – Texture – Texturizer – Click on the little arrow next right to the box tex and choose “load texture”. Select the PSD file you have saved. Make the scale 100% and Relief around 6. You will have a PNG pattern with a softly texture. Your paper will be more real!! NOTE: I use CS5 Photoshop…

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I love “I am Craft”, because most of it, was done from real supplies that I did.

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My Fabric Flowers are the winner, for sure.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Deca Designs:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Deca Designs’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Deca Designs’ 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)!

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Save 30% at Deca Designs, now through November 30, 2011 with code DD30OFF.

Inspired by Deca Designs

The following layouts were created using “Digi Friends” by Deca Designs and included in The Digi Files during November, 2011:

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LO1Layout by Kim. Supplies: Digi Friends by Deca Designs; Templates by Cathy Zielske, Jacque Bernardo; Fonts: Pea Noodle’s Girlfriend and Avenir.
LO2Layout by Tara. Supplies: Digi Friends by Deca Designs; Simply Snapshopts by Tiffany Tillman (template); Font: Avenir LT Book.
LO3Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Digi Friends by Deca Designs.
LO4Layout by Karen. Supplies: Digi Friends by Deca Designs; Template by Dido Designs.
LO5Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Digi Friends by Deca Designs; Doodles by Lauren Reid.

A Season of Gifts

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How can gift-giving be made more fun, less stressful and maybe a little bit less expensive?

Simplify What To Get

Knowing what to buy is a key part of gift-giving, clearly. I love getting lists from my husband and kids! If I stick to the list, it is guaranteed that the gifts will be enjoyed by the recipient. (I, of course, frequently stray from the list to surprise them with something that I think they’ll love.)

I asked around and found out that many families simplify gift-giving by limiting what they can buy and how much they can spend. Here were some ideas:

  • Draw names and then each person only has one other person to buy for.
  • Share only homemade gifts (if your family is crafty).
  • A funny gag gift theme would be sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.
  • Rather than “things”, give “experiences”. Did you know you can buy memberships to your local museums? Other ideas are movie tickets, concert tickets, and gifts for classes at your local community centre or community college.
  • Homemade baked goods are a popular and well-received gift.
  • An all book gift theme would make me very happy!

When stumped, it’s always easy to get a gift card. You can get mall gift cards that are good at the majority of the shopping centre so your recipient can enjoy any number of items.

Simplify How You Get It

Like many people, I do not like going to shopping malls in December. To make my holidays go more smoothly, I do the majority of my gift shopping online. Toy shopping is a breeze online – and many toy stores have free shipping for the holidays.

The part I like best about online shopping for gifts is that it keeps me on budget. It’s easy to check my balance online – certainly easier than rifling through receipts at the mall and trying to calculate how much I have already spent.

If you’re like me and you have relatives in other cities, you can even send the gifts directly to the recipient. For a small fee, some companies will even wrap the gift for you.

Simplify How You Wrap It

I am all thumbs when it comes to wrapping presents. I just cannot get the tape on the wrapping paper without weird creases and nothing can be done to salvage ribbon after I’ve attempted to make a bow with it. It’s sad, really. So, gift bags are my holiday friends! After many years of doing this, I have an impressive collection of gift bags that I reuse often. Better for the environment and the bank balance!

To make putting together gifts more enjoyable, I don’t wrap each gift as I buy them. I wait until I’m done the majority of my shopping, then I pop in a holiday movie (I like Elf) or some holiday music and start wrapping and bagging gifts. It turns a dreaded chore into a fun couple of hours.

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I checked out The Daily Digi and found some gift-giving related articles you might want to check out:

  • For those of you wanting to make homemade gifts this year, now is the time to start!
  • If gift-giving and all the holiday activities do get overwhelming, Steph had a great article on stress that many readers related to.
  • You can find some amazing and unique gifts on Etsy. Shop early to ensure pre-Christmas delivery – especially for international shipping.

I hope you have a fun time gift-giving this year!

As Automated As Organizing Can Be

We’ve talked about different methods of organizing digital supplies quite a bit here on The Daily Digi. I’m sure this post won’t be the last. One thing I have learned is that, just as digital srapbooking evolves as technology advances, so does my organizing. I’ve mostly used a
folder based system for most of the time I’ve been a digi scrapper. I also tried (but did not stick with) the PSE organizer, Adobe Bridge, and ACDSee. I liked ACDSee pretty well, but tagging still took me longer than I wanted. I yearned for something more automated and less time consuming.

A few months ago, we had
Kayla Lamoreaux on The Digi Show and she talked about organizing supplies in Lightroom and why it’s a good idea. No, Lightroom is not meant to organize digital scrapbooking supplies, but it does. Lightroom is a good program for organizing digi supplies because:

  • it automatically writes information to the metadata (see Kayla and my post on what metadata is and why it’s important).
  • the metadata goes with the file anywhere it goes and metadata is supported and not stripped.
  • I can select one of my previews and choose “Show In Explorer” and a window opens where the supplies are located and I can start dragging and dropping stuff into Photoshop.
  • The search functions and smart collections save me a ton of time.

Since I started using Lightroom to organize my product previews, I have had a harddrive failure. I did a data restore from Crashplan and all of my tags and keywords I had entered in Lightroom were still in the files in the metadata. After I finished my restore, I pointed my Lightroom catalog to the new drive and everything showed up in the smart collections, and the keyword/tagging structure I had set up before the crash!! (Please take time to go through
Kayla’s free Lightroom class to get Lightroom set up the correct way from the beginning so you are sure to have a similar experience).

Because of the smart collections that Lightroom has, I was able to get all my previews (2300 I think at the time) tagged as previews and then sub-tagged as a supply or template in about 6 hours. I started to add thematic tags during that time as well. Since then, I have gone through and spent a couple more hours adding more thematic tags as well as the number of photo spots on a template. In preparation for this post, I spent another hour or so, just because it reminded me how much I like it
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Does this mean you have to start using Lightroom to organize? NO! If you have a system that is working for you, GREAT! If you are using a tagging program, make sure you can actually write the data to the files. ACDSee says you can. I followed the directions I found online for doing it (not easy to find either). I tried to import that database into Lightroom and was disappointed when only 26 tags imported. I did a bit more research to find out that the tagging structure in ACDSee needs to be set up a specific way in order for it to work. Just be careful.

Lightroom works for me because it’s fast. I can also sort things how my brain works: by designer through text searches, by things that might be in the filename, or through my tags I set up. I keep my tagging to a minimal because I would rather scrap
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For More Info:

  • You can see all of our organization posts here.
  • Kayla is the expert on organizing software and the good/bad things about each. Be sure to check out her classes and tutorials at her website!
  • Check out mrshobbes experience organizing her previews and how she adapted it to fit her needs.
  • See my answers to some questions here.
  • You can use my Smart Collection list, just copy from here:
    PREV, LRG, 500, 600, wc, prev, _prev, preview, _preview, folder,pre, pvw, bp_LRG, _folder, yin_template

More Than 11 Deals on 11/11/11

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I’m all recovered from my Digital Scrapbooking Day and I’m ready to go shopping again! How about you?

Dunia has a new Christmas kit out:

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Jennifer Labre Designs has this adorable new autumn inspired kit. Fall Splendor is 20% off through Sunday!

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Hitch your wagon to a star and jump aboard with this fabulous set. This kit is perfect for scrapping all your hopes, dreams and everyday wishes!

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Studio Basic has another CU template pack – 10 templates – $5.59

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Head to Katie’s blog for a coupon for the Round Up Actions and templates:

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The Holiday Templates workshop is now open for registration. With templates by Tiffany Tillman, a mega kit by Creashens and Paislee Press and more, you’ll have everything you need to complete a detailed holiday album. Sign up today and reserve your seat!

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Want some ideas and inspiration on how to assemble your Desktop Calendars? Head on over to the My Digital Art Studio Blog for 3 ideas under $2…perfect for Christmas stocking stuffers!

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Kate Hadfield has a new set of doodles out today that are perfect for boys’ slumber parties! Boys’ Night In is 20% off all weekend and coordinates with Kate’s super cute Bedheads pack.

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Karla Dudley has two new kits out:

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Studio Rosey Posey has a New Ballet Collection available this weekend!   Loads of clusters, stacked papers and word art make scrapping your dance photos a breeze!

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NeeNee is back to designing her famous clustered templates:

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Get free word art with the Choo Choo bundle and a free alpha with the Big City kit. On Sale this week!

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Continuing the sketchbook series with this new Halloween Sketchbook. Turn your pages into fun sketchbook drawing. This kit is full of fun and includes a variety of different hand sketched elements for you to choose from. Light background papers ready for sketching, and it’s on sale 20% off !!!

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Amy says: I am having a CT call!  After a year of recuperating from a back injury, I am back in full force.  I’m looking for at least 10 team members.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Liz isn’t releasing any new products this week but she does have an exclusive coupon for our daily digi fans. So if you missed her 30% off sale last week here’s a chance go get 30% off in her store. It’s only good until Monday so make sure you do your shopping soon!

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Have you wanted to learn to design? Are you a designer looking to grow your skills? Check out the new self-paced Designer Essentials class series, with a Photoshop section by Chelle and Illustrator & Marketing sections by Suzy Iverson (aka SuzyQ Scraps). Save 15% when you buy the bundle … each class is also available separately.

Just for TDD readers! Save an additional 25% off the bundle with this code: 4TDD-25sqscc (expires 11-30-11).

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This week on The Digi Show Peppermint, Katie, and I were joined by Ali Edwards and we were digi scrapping with Steve Jobs! If you have ever felt overwhelmed by life or scrapbooking…you will want to listen!

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There has been a lot said about Photoshop Elements 10 and the text in path/on path features. I have to say, I played around with it and I found it pretty easy to use. It is a great addition to PSE and a reason to upgrade (in my opinion). We have been talking about the great deal you can get on PSE at Costco on The Digi Show. That deal is now available and if you are not a member, one listener reported she was able to buy it from their site by paying an additional $4 fee (bringing the total cost to around $58).  I found this great tutorial on using text in a path in PSE10:

Be sure to stop by tomorrow as I share with you my NEW method of organizing my supplies! I can’t wait for you to see it!

P.S. Ruth was the random winner from yesterday’s post, she received $10 in product from Simply Yin Designs.

Yin Designs: Real Life Keeps Happening

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Have been a fan if Yin’s templates for a very long time. Some of my very favorite layouts have been created with Yin’s templates! I love the jumbled, layered look of the photos that is her style. Yin’s templates are super affordable and I love looking at all of her travels in her layouts samples! I’m happy to welcome Yin back to The Digi Files again! Let’s take a closer look at “Templates 278-283” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Yin Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Templates 278-283 by Yin Designs; Fall Festival by Designs by Kat; Font is A Little Pot.
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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Templates 278-283 by Yin Designs; Best Birthday Ever by Jenn Barrette; Font: TheCutiePie.

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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Templates 278-283 by Yin Designs; Teacher’s Pet Kit and Add-on Freebie by KsQuared; My Happy Place by Captivated Visions and Litabells Designs: apple button by Chelle’s Creations; Fonts: Waterfalls and DJB JenLin.

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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: Templates 278-283 by Yin Designs; Cupcake by Robyn Meierotto; Fonts: Hero, Impact.
LO5Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Templates 278-283 by Yin Designs; As Summer Fades by Julie Billingsley and Melissa Bennett; Peppermint Creative’s Painted Season (grass); Serendipity by CD Muckosky (alpha); Font: A Little Pot.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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I’m wife, mom, and addicted to creating art and life story telling through digi scrapping! I am born and bred and live in my lovely island country of Singapore with my husband of almost 18 years (and best friend of nearly 30!), and our boys aged 14 and 12. Together they make all the stories that I want to tell in my scrapbooks. I also work part time in accounting; digi scrapping is my much needed creative outlet!

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This 365 page is not typical of my style but is one of my favourites!

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Flower doodle by Emerritt designs, yellow paint strokes by Rachel Young, plastic paint dots by Sugar Plum Paperie, blue paint stroke by Carrie Bombria, alpha by Weeds & Wildflowers, Days words by Mel Wilson, Girls word art by Miss Mint, doodles by Scrapkitty designs, Britt designs, Megan Turnidge, Lyndsay Riches, blue circle stamp by Jackie Ecles, family element by Jay Day Studio.

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Literally, we were at our local library when dh passed me a copy of Creating Keepsakes magazine, and I was hooked. After paper scrapping for a few months, I discovered digi scrapping and never looked back! At one point I tried designing kits but I was far more interested in making my own layouts and memories. Then I decided to just make templates out of my layouts to support my own digi scrapping hobby, selling from my little blog store, and unbelievably, I am now at Template 283! I think real life and photos keep happening, and that’s how layouts and inspiration keep happening!

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My family, our life stories, and all the lovely digi supplies out there!

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I am on a SONY VAIO NS-25G (which is sadly on its last legs), running on 4GB RAM, I use Photoshop CS 4 and use my trusty Canon IXUS 80IS and now my iphone camera for capturing moments. Most of our travel photos are captured by my Dh using his Canon S90.

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I am often asked – how do I come up with the arrangements of the multi-photo templates? I almost never sketch a layout beforehand. When I open up a blank canvas, the first thing I do is to put into it the photos I would like to include in that layout. Next I re-size each photo, depending on which I want to highlight, different sizes create lots of visual interest! Then I look at them to see if there is a mood/feeling in the photos that I want to portray. For example, is a formal sort of layout required? Then I like to line them up. A quiet introspective type of layout usually work with lots of white space. Was it a silly moment being captured, then the photos can be ‘thrown’ askew on the page for that fun element. Or were they grand landscape photos that beg to be cascaded across the page? Then I get to work moving each photo around according to that overall idea – and it always works!

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My favourite product is usually my latest, and I do love this set of simple wide-framed photo templates which I made for the photos I took on my iphone – cropping the photos make them intimate and tell a fabulous story!

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This set of double page templates from 2008 is my best sold product!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Yin:

263 & 264 set:

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Template set 251 & 252

 

Template set 231 & 232

 

Template 220 Album Set

Template set 205 & 206

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

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Go have a look in Yin’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)!

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Yin has a GREAT deal for us! Save 30% off at Yin Designs blog store. Enter coupon code 1482F956. Offer valid through November 30, 2011.

Inspired by Yin Designs

The following layouts were created with Designs’s Templates that are included in The Digi Files during November:

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Papers and Elements: Leora Sanford, Font Pea Elle

 

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Templates 278-283 by Yin Designs; Fall Festival by Designs by Kat; Font is A Little Pot.
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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Templates 278-283 by Yin Designs; Best Birthday Ever by Jenn Barrette; Font: TheCutiePie.

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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Templates 278-283 by Yin Designs; Teacher’s Pet Kit and Add-on Freebie by KsQuared; My Happy Place by Captivated Visions and Litabells Designs: apple button by Chelle’s Creations; Fonts: Waterfalls and DJB JenLin.

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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: Templates 278-283 by Yin Designs; Cupcake by Robyn Meierotto; Fonts: Hero, Impact.
LO5Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Templates 278-283 by Yin Designs; As Summer Fades by Julie Billingsley and Melissa Bennett; Peppermint Creative’s Painted Season (grass); Serendipity by CD Muckosky (alpha); Font: A Little Pot.