Last Chance to Grab Goodies and Win (Seven Winners)


Can you believe you get ALL of this PLUS a Playbook for only $7.50!?!? It’s so shocking, I know! Hurry, because at the end of this month, these goodies go back to their designers’ stores for full retail value! Once they are gone, they are gone! As a member of The Digi Game, you get:

  • Try new-to-you designers with a very low risk.
  • Stock up on high quality products at an extremely low price.
  • Get layout ideas for the products included (in the Playbook).
  • Learn the latest digital scrapbooking techniques in the Playbook.
  • Products are automatically added to your account each month, no checkout or PayPal login required.

Here’s what some of our members are saying:

“I watched this site for almost a year before joining. It was the kit of one specific designer which lured me in, but after downloading entire contents for the month, I think it is clearly the best buy in scrapping. All those other kits that I might not have bought now cause me to stretch my imagination for uses for parts of them. What a wonderful creative stimulus.” – flowersgal

“I have been subscribing since the beginning and would be here until tomorrow listing everything that I love about the Daily Digi! Everything I love basically boils down to all the surprises! Every month brings surprises that make me happy! $7.50 a month is the best present I have ever give myself :D This month I was blown away by all the designers and how perfectly their kits met my scrapping needs…” – Christy

“I have tons! of goodies thanks to my almost 2years subscription to the digi files. I’m glad I added the playbook. Even though I don’t always get time to even unzip each month its a huge comfort to know that I have supplies ‘ready and waiting’ to come out and play. I especially have appreciated the member gifts- ‘My Life at Play’ is the basis for my layouts with Project Scrap for 2011 and the new template from Wendyzine has me rethinking how I scrap. I will have to make budget adjustments this year, but my family knows the DigiFiles are not on the table…” – candyK

Here’s a look at all of the products included this month!

Genia Beana: Easy Dodging and Burning

Paula Kesselring: It Gave Me The Courage

Tracie Stroud: The Good In Circumstances

suzyQ scraps: The Pressure of Perfection

Roadside Designs: Credit to my Sister

DDE: Magazine Ads and Junk Mail

K Studio: I Regret

The interactive “Playbook” is filled with tips, tricks, tutorials, links to more resources, and a video tutorial. Even the advanced digital scrapbooker can learn something from this packed book. We cover just about every subject a digital scrapbooker is interested in!


The Digi Game members also get access to exclusive kits every four months they are subscribed AND a bonus kit just for joining!

Story of Everyday Life is the first the exclusive kit that Digi Game members get access upon subscribing:


Good Life is the 2nd exclusive kit that members get after 4 active months:


My Journey, My Life is the 3rd exclusive kit that Digi Game members get after 8 active months:


“My Life at Play” goes out to those that have been active members for 12 months:


“My Life In Print” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their sixteenth payment (or 16th month for annual members):


NOW…for the FUN part! Leave us a comment sharing one thing you enjoyed about The Daily Digi, The Digi Files, or The Digi Game during January! We will randomly select SEVEN people from the comments below to win $10 in product from one of this month’s contributors.

Scrapbooking Our Pets


Growing up I had dogs, cats, birds, fish and even a turtle. Right now I have two cats. They’re brothers that we adopted years ago when they were kittens. Since they are a big part of our family, it makes sense to scrapbook them.

Here are a few pages that I have made about my pets:



My daughter is five years old now and loves to “read” our family scrapbook. Some of her favourite pages are about our pets. She especially finds it interesting and almost unbelievable that they were a part of the family before she was!

If you are interested in scrapping about your pets, I put together a list of journaling prompts to get your creativity flowing:

  • How did you adopt your pet?
  • How did you name your pet?
  • What pets did you have as a child?
  • What was your pet like as a kitten/puppy/etc.?
  • Do you have any funny training stories to tell?
  • Does your pet have any neat tricks?
  • What’s a typical day like for your pet?
  • How does your pet fit into your family?
  • Does your pet have any quirky habits?
  • Does your pet have a special toy or blanket?
  • Who takes care of your pet? What chores are required to look after it?
  • Does your pet go on vacation with you?
  • How does your pet participate in your holiday celebrations? Does your dog get a special treat at Thanksgiving? Does your cat cozy up under the Christmas tree?

Pet Supplies

There is almost no end to the digital supplies you could use for pet pages because almost any all-purpose kit in your digi stash would work. There is also a plethora of amazing pet themed kits you can consider for your pages:

Pet Shop: Playful Pups by Heather Roselli


Cat Feltys

(PS – Clever Monkey Graphics also has a Dog version of these felt element!)


Inspiration Pages

Pet pages can be sweet or funny! Take a look at these great pages. (All the pages are linked to their gallery posts with credits.)





I hope you found some inspiration to help you scrap your family pets!

Happy scrapping!

Revive Your Inbox


I pride myself on having an organized email system, but I have learned some valuable new tips and tricks in the last few weeks thanks to this free 21 day e-course from Baydin Inc. You can sign up at any time and they will start you off with day 1 and send you an email everyday for 3 weeks.

It might seem funny that you need to get more emails to learn how to manage your email better – lol! but there are tasks & guidelines to work through each day that will really help. I feel like I have a much better handle on my email now!

If you want to see a sample of one of the days (Day 3) you can read this post where you can even download some search function “cheat sheets”. It’s worth spending a few minutes each day to avoid hours of wasted time in the future. Steph and I are always working to improve our email systems because it’s such a big part of what we do. Truthfully, it’s a pretty big part of most people’s lives these days. Everyone could benefit from a little email organization.

Here are some links to our other email related posts:

Keep that inbox nice and tidy!

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Fast and Fabulous Custom Valentines


I love making custom Valentine’s for my kids to hand out at school! There are soooo many fun, unique things you can do with a little Photoshopping and some cute supplies! I thought I would share a bunch of ideas (plus a free gift) today.

First up, our very own Kimberly Kalil has been making some AWESOME printable art and sharing it for FREE on her blog. I asked her to make a couple of fun Valentine’s goodies to share with you. Since these are printables, you can just print, put in a frame, and enjoy all February.

You can download both printables in one zipped file here.

This first one is a printable at 5×7 and perfect to put in a frame. Just use a white erase marker to write on the glass of the frame:



This second is a printable 8×10, again, perfect for a frame. This is something Kimberly says she likes to say to her kids and then insert a funny thing, such as: “I love you more than ice cream,” her kids will often try to top her:



Here are some great finds from around digiland to help you create some FAST and FABULOUS Valentines for the special people in your life:





















Some non-traditional Valentine goodies:




If you are new to digital scrapbooking and would like more information on using these products, here are some resources to get you going:

Our Free Digital Scrapbooking Manual

Custom Christmas Cards tutorial

Free beginning digital scrapbooking class

Full of Fun Finds on Friday!



Are you looking for layout ideas? Did you know our Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration Flickr group currently has 6,563 layouts in the pool? Wow! Come check out all the amazing creations from digi scrappers all around the world! I love finding inspiration there every single day!



We are in need of new graphics for our contributor feature posts!! We decided it would be fun to have a contest! We will chose one winner based on the designs we want to use for the site. The winner will receive an annual membership to The Digi Game as well as $150 PayPal cash.All entries are due by midnight ET February 3, 2012 (uploading will be turned off at that time)

Click here for the specifics.


Sweet Shoppe Designs is kicking off their 6th birthday celebration with a storewide sale beginning tomorrow, January 28th.  Happy Birthday SSD!


Love handwritten fonts?  Look no further!  This font is from Wendy of (WM Squared) and it’s her own writing, spaced out, she even included some doodles!  CU is OK!!

Included:1 – true type font w/ full upper & lowercase alpha, numbers and punctuation (see preview for punctuation included) & 1 – Character Map Text File – to tell you where all the special characters are!


New this week from Laura Banasiak at Scrap Orchard: Lookin’ Good Free Valentines with purchase this week only!


Misty Cato and Melissa Bennett drew inspiration from the skies this week, bringing us Star Gazing, perfect for sci-fi fans and aspiring astronauts.


Mscraps turns 2 on January 30th, so we’re having a storewide sale all week long! On Friday we’ll have a blogtrain and on Saturday and Sunday we’ll play some fun games Smile


Kaye Winiecki has some gift tags coming out Friday,  they are perfect for Valentine’s Day as well as any other occasion that requires showing a little affection. They’re 20% OFF all weekend!


Yin has this new set of Project 365 Fortnightly Templates in her store, and also two free templates on her blog!

Yin Templates 290 Album Set Preview

Joyce Paul Designs is retiring her products and will start a new project under a new name (soon).


Studio Rosey Posey is having a creative team call! Here are the details:

I am looking for some guest creative team members who love to scrap! Send an email with your name, link to your blog and most complete gallery, and a list of creative teams you are currently on. send to: rosey_posey {at} scrapbookgraphics {dot} com Call Ends: February 4, 2012  Results will be posted on my blog.


Grab this week’s new collection from SuzyQ Scraps — Love Connection — for an additional 20% off, plus get a Valentine printable FREE! This collection is great for scrapbooking everyday moments of the ones you love, as well as Valentine memories.


Dúnia has a fun new kit this week!


Liz has a brand new, HUGE set of templates out & they are perfect for creating single pages or for making a complete unified album. There are places for lots of photos, big photos, journaling, etc… This set comes with 20 templates & you can grab it at 20% off through February 2nd.


A sporty and vintage styled kit from ViVa artistry to celebrate baseball. Find some fun vintage frames and ephemera, mixed in with fun graphics, elements, and wordart! For a limited time get the Ol’ Ball Game Alpha for FREE with purchase of the kit.


Snow Pals digital scrapbook kit by Meredith Cardall, is packed with bright, cheerful winter-y embellishments. Penguins, snowmen and snowflakes in fun colors are sure to brighten your pages of even the grayest of snow days!  Friends and fans of The Daily Digi can take 50% off their purchase of the Snow Pals Bundle, coupon code TDDSnoPals50 available exclusively at ScrapOrchard!  ((Coupon may not be combined with any other sale, special, coupon or discount. All discounts will be taken off the full regular purchase price, not the sale price. All time zones are Eastern Time.))


Emily Merritt and Jacque Larsen have teamed up to create this adorable, loveable collab! ‘PUPPY LOVE’ is on sale 20% OFF all weekend long.
But for TDD readers ONLY, they can receive an additional 10% on the already 20% discount! Use code tdd-puplove
offer expires 2-3-12


Rúbia of Studio Basic has a fun new collab with Amy Martin!


Wild Blueberry Ink is a featured designer at MScraps this week and her entire store will be 30% off. She will also have a special of Spend $10 and get her new kit free.


Suffering from Analysis Paralysis? In need of some creative valium or a shot of mojo? Check out this new blog feature from Renne of 4everjoy Designs. Each Monday, there will be a new RX to keep you focused on the joy in this hobby. Think of it as your Monday Meds.

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You will app-solutely love Chelle’s new release this week! Full of all our favorite devices and all things techy. Pick up the bundle and save, plus get a free set of valentine’s.


Tracie Stroud released the February version of her Capture Life collection this week. It’s filled to the brim with unique, whimsical elements and papers, with just a hint of retro.


Kate Hadfield continues her range of journalling products with the release of two new hand drawn packs of journal cards! Both are on sale at 20% off all weekend!


Krisi’s Kreations has a new hybrid template out actually she has a few new templates – check them out in her store at Scrap Orchard.  Also on her blog she has lots of great tutorials (both for hybrid, digital scrapping and photography!)  You can see her blog at


What’s Brewing is a delicious new kit from Jenn Labre that is sure to satisfy – and it’s 20% off through Sunday!


And you won’t want to miss the latest Digi Show! Becky Higgins joins us to discuss the digital version of Project Life, how we are using it (or aren’t), what people are doing with it, why Project Life went digital, and what’s next.



Hope you all have a happy weekend!

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Play it Again with Anne’s memories

The Play it Again posts always inspire me and I feel like I’ve expanded my creative universe through this regular feature here at The Daily Digi. I love that we get to see several different ways to scrap the same memory, and it’s just amazing to see all the different ways that there are to document a memory. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to put together a page and it’s fun to explore several types of styles.

The scrappers who help us with this challenge each month are given photos and journaling to use, but the rest is up to them. This time around, we got to play with Anne’s photos. She had some beautiful snowy pictures and sweet words to go along with the memory:

We decided to head out today and go searching for some snow. So far this winter it has not fallen on the ground by our house, but we have seen it up in the mountain. I made some hot strong cacao and MT brought with him his nordic skis. And then we left, heading a little east and north. We decided it was a little adventure. A searching-for-snow kind of adventure. Just for fun.

For a long time I thought that the snow was melted on the mountain as well, but then around a turn in the road we started to see the signs of it and when we got up, to the end of the road, we saw that there were snow enough for MT to try his skis, but at the same time little enough snow that I could walk around on my feet. Perfect combination.

And the best part! Sitting down on a rock sharing a moment and a cup of hot cacao with my favorite boy. Happy feeling. 4. December 2011


I love the patterned paper and clustered embellishments on Stephanie’s layout. The journaling design is really nice as well with how it’s broken up between the top and the bottom of the page. What a fun and colorful page!


Layout by Stephanie Czosnek. (Gallery link.) Frosty Frolic by Julie Billingsly; I Love Snow by Dani Mogstad; Border Basics – Rectangle Stitches & Circle Stitches by Libby Prichett; Bad Sewing Machine 29 – Bursted by Traci Reed; Pine Branches from Deck the Halls – Natural by Kristin Cronin Barrow; Let it Snow EP & Staple by Lauren Grier; FONTS: DJB I Love Me Some Aly


Beautiful layered papers makes Emilie’s layout fabulous and I adore the title work with the glittery alpha. The stitching around the photos ties everything together in a very cohesive way. Wonderful!


Layout by Emilie Stevenson. (Gallery link) Credits: Sugarplum Paperie – Comfort & Joy collection, Amanda Heimann – Layout Builders 1, geniaBeana – Silver & Gold Alpha


A big batch of Norwegian snow makes for the perfect journaling backdrop for Jenn’s page and the soft stamped look of the alpha is really fun and emphasizes the action in the photo. I also love those wintery branches!


Layout by Jenn Lindsey (gallery link) Credits: It’s Getting Cold Outside by Jazzmin Designs, Smile Laugh Play by Flergs, Season of Giving freebie and Embossed Frames by Sahlin Studio, Howie’s Stamps and Waterfalls fonts


Lorelei’s incredible embellishment work frames this page in such an amazing way. The blended papers and photo give this layout a soft and artsy feeling. So sweet!


Layout by Lorilei Murphy. (gallery link) Kits used: Snowfollies by Studio Miki, A Winters Tale by Studio Dawn Inskip, Christmas Sketchbook Snowflakes by Studio JM, Icy and Frosty by Studio Manu


I had so much fun with Anne’s photos, I used Pioneer Woman’s photo actions (lovely) to boost the colors just a bit. I wanted to focus on the photos themselves so I kept the page design and embellishments simple. I love how it turned out and I almost feel like I was right there with them on that snowy day!

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Layout by Katie Nelson. (gallery link) Credits: Pioneer Woman Lovely Photo Action, Kitty Designs 365 template, Jady Day Studios Winter Wonderland. Franklin Gothic Book font.


Which page appeals the most to your own creative style? Take a look again at each one of them and think about the design of the page. Make a note of what you like about each one. You will learn a lot about yourself as a scrapper by doing this activity. Remember, there is no “right” or “wrong” here, just different creative expressions of the same memory. If you really want to grow your own digi skills, give yourself permission to try a different approach to create a page. It’s ok to try different styles and just have fun!

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How To Photograph People In Glasses

One of the fastest ways to frustrate your subject is to ask them to remove their glasses for a photo.

Seriously? I know. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was three years old. Well, except for those two years in college when I decided to just go without because, you know, squinting is such a good look!

I understand why people fear the frames, but there are some simple solutions.

Find Good Light

Good light produces good results. You’ve heard me say it before. Find even, non-dappled, non direct light and the reflections will disappear. If you can’t see the reflection through your camera’s lens, it won’t be on your subject’s lenses. Sometimes this means walking around your subject to find the right angle.

Tilt A Bit

Don’t underestimate the power of a tilt. Have your subject either tilt their head slightly down or turn their head to the side. Once they’ve turned their head to the side, have them turn their eyes to you. Okay, not easy with kids, so you may want to find that good light I mentioned.

You can also have your subject tilt their frames down just a bit by raising their frames a bit off their ears. This is not noticeable to the viewer but can feel a little funky to the wearer.

Diffuse Your Flash (if you must use it)

Diffuse your flash or bounce it off of something if you’ve got to use it at all.

Want to sound smart around your friends or your husband (as you convince him you NEED that new piece of gear) here is a concept you will want to remember.

The angle of incidence equals the angle of reflectance.

In English? It means the angle your light source hits the glass will be the same as the angle the light bounces back. So if I’m using a flash on my point and shoot camera photographing someone looking right into the lens, I can guarantee I will have lens glare.

Avoid the glare by either changing the angle of my light source or the angle of the glasses. This is where our quick, trick of angling frames down just a bit works. The tilt changes how the light hits the glass, eliminating the reflection. Do you feel smarter now?
I hope so.

Live With It

When you look at me in glasses, you will see glare sometimes. Sometimes the frame cuts through my eyeball. But that is the way you see me. That is the beauty of everyday photography. And I’ll live with a little glare if I have to! Consider it a little extra catchlight!

Avoid This!

If you google “photographing people with glasses” you may find the brilliant advice to remove the lenses from the frames. (Note the sarcasm in my previous sentence.) Please don’t use this option. Yes, many professional photographers use this trick, but as someone whose Senior photos were taken this way, they just look goofy. If I was brave enough I’d post my photo, but alas, I am not!


Free Digital Scrapbooking Manual


The FREE Digital Scrapbooking Manual is a resource filled with information we wished we would have known when we started digital scrapbooking. We asked digital scrapbookers and designers from around the community what they wished they would have known in the beginning and we share that information with you; expanding on it to save you from making the same mistakes we did. What would our team members do over? What do Ali Edwards, CD Muckosky, Peppermint Granberg (One Little Bird), Katrina Kennedy, Kayla Lamoreaux, Debbie Hodge, Krista Sahlin, Jenn Barrette, SuzyQScraps, (and more) wish they would have known in the beginning? Come find out! The Digital Scrapbooking Manual is a free gift brought to you by The Daily Digi.

Scrapping with items that wouldn’t work IRL


Paintbox by Cinnamon Designs (crafty madness). Howser font


I know some scrappers (*cough *cough – Steph!) won’t use an item on a page if it isn’t something they could have used in real life (IRL). Those who love to digi scrap with a paper-looking style, might feel uncomfortable putting branches, wheelbarrows, chairs,and other unusual embellishments on their pages. I can totally understand that, but I also love that in digi you can do anything you want to! There is a reason why these items would not work in real life… that’s because they would be too bulky! Can you imagine putting real paintbrushes on a page? To me, that’s the appeal of using these types of items on a digital layout – because I can! There really are NO limits to what can be put on a digital layout, and it will always remain just as thin as a piece of paper.

I love to use realistic embellishments to help me illustrate the story of my layout. I took photos of my kids painting for their art class, but I found that adding some brushes and a box of paints really accentuated the message I wanted to convey.


Layout by Katie. Cinnamon Designs Crafty Madness kit Template by Janet Phillips fonts are Calibri and Fontologie Messy Bessy


Some digi scrappers think that only fantasy-style scrappers can use items that “wouldn’t work in real life” but I love to add them for an extra pop on any type of page!


Layout by Katie, supplies: What’s for Dinner? by Cinnamon Designs, Template by Hilary Heidelberg. Traveling Typewriter font.


One of my favorite layouts from the Play it Again series we do here at The Daily Digi is this one that has a real fork as an embellishment. That would never work in a paper scrapbook, but I love it on this digital page because it tells the story of the formal dinner we were getting ready to attend.


Layout by Britanee Walker. Credits: Coastal Holiday by Tracie Stroud, Bon Appetit by SuzyQ Scraps and Brittish Designs. Foundations {Round} by DeCrow Designs.


Something I avoided as a paper scrapper was adding extra bulk to my pages. I loved the look of  even simple ribbons and flowers, but felt like they took up too much room in my album. Team member Lauren Reid expressed the same thing and said she loves to add “anything chunky… When I only paper scrapped, I LOOVED the look of chunky items (buttons, but flowers, keys, book plates), but hated how they trashed my albums and pages… I definitely love that anything is usable in digi!” Melissa Lewis on our team agrees: “This is me, too! I never used much of anything besides paper when I paper scrapped because I couldn’t stand how thick and unwieldy the books would become. But I LOVE using ribbons and buttons especially on my digital pages.”


Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Credits: TempBlends Vol. 1 by Jenn Lindsey Sea O Sea by Jofia Devoe


Team member Jenn Lindsey shares: “When I first started in digi in 2006, I wouldn’t use anything on my layouts that you wouldn’t normally find in paper scrapping, and I also had to make sure that most items were “attached” to my page in some way – as if I thought they would actually fall off of my layout? I’m not sure why I imposed those restrictions on myself since I’d never been a paper scrapper, but I guess I was looking to mimic the paper look in my layouts the best that I could. As the digi products evolved and expanded over the years I began to let go of my self-imposed “rules” and now just scrap with whatever makes me happy. I now have a hard time not using some sort of foliage or other “live” greenery on my pages. I love the dimension and texture that they can add to a page, and honestly leaves just make me happy. I don’t care anymore if I feel like I’m breaking any “rules”, I just scrap the way I like to, using whatever products I find along the way that appeal to me.
a tiny bit of “live” greenery was just what I felt this layout needed to really bring the photo to life”

Layout by Jenn Lindsey. credits: Where I Stand by Litabells Designs, Traveling Typewriter font


The spotlight in this layout certainly isn’t something you’d find in a paper supply store – but it added just the perfect whimsical touch to my layout:


Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Credits: Bonus Temp #1 by Jenn Lindsey (available exclusively to subscribers of TDD), You Rock by Kristin Aagard, Photography Frames by Janet Brisbois, Jailbird Jenna font


Boxes and balloons added just the perfect amount of dimension and festivity to this layout:


Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Year’s Worth Template Set by Jenn Lindsey, Mischief Maker by Micheline Martin, Birthday Love by HGD by Laurie Ann, sf Jubilee font


Sometimes I like to totally exaggerate an element by playing with the shadows to make them appear as if they’re coming straight out of the page. These weren’t necessarily non-traditional items, but when used in this way, they appear more bulky and realistic:


Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Credits: Psycho Magnet Reloaded & Crazy Stitches 1 by Flergs, In Bloom alpha (recolored), shadows from Flergs blog freebie (modified in places), glitter sparkle from In Bloom glitters. Jacki’s Hand font


Even if you aren’t comfortable using bulkier items on your digital layouts, you might want to consider using them in some of the following creative ways:

Digital scrapbooking is an art form that allows all types of creativity. There is no “wrong” or “right” way to express yourself, so let go and have fun!


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P.S. The random winner from yesterday’s post was Amber Olson. Congrats Amber!

Genia Beana: Easy Dodging and Burning


I quickly fell in love with genia Beana’s designs when I discovered her. She was a new-to-me designer and I couldn’t wait to download and unzip the products that I bought! Her designs are very whimsical and I love the super unique embellishments she includes! Let’s take a closer look at “A Whimsical Heart” that is included in The Digi Files this month:


This is just ONE of the seven collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game.

Here are some layouts created using geniaBeana’s contribution:

Layout by Heddy. Supplies: A Whimsical Heart by geniaBeana.


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: A Whimsical Heart by geniaBeana; Fonts: Giggles by Steph.


Layout by Aaron. Supplies: A Whimsical Heart by geniaBeana; Template by Emily Merrit; Font: Play Misty for Me by Darcy Baldwin.


Layout by Karen. Supplies: A Whimsical Heart by geniaBeana; Template by Biograffiti.


Layout by Katie. Supplies: A Whimsical Heart by geniaBeana; Template by Kay Miller; Font: Myriad Web Pro.

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

I’m Val and design under the name of geniaBeana Scraps. I’m from Central Texas, a stay at home, work at home, student mom of 2. My husband and I celebrated our 13th anniversary recently. We have 3 feline fur-babies, a 17 year-old Calico, and we’ve recently adopted a sibling pair of wonderful 3 year-old Tabbies.

I am currently in school studying photography. I’ve been designing for a little over 3 years and am totally addicted to digital scrapbooking.





I created this layout after we adopted our tabby cats. The colors of the kit and the them worked really well for scrapping the page about our new Princess.

I started paper scrapping when my son was about 4 months old. I started out with very simplistic, basic pages, but soon I discovered embellishments! I learned that I loved to tear paper, use brads, flowers, etc. to create my layouts. However, once my son became mobile my scrapping efforts were put on hold. I just couldn’t keep pulling out my stash, making a mess, cleaning it up, and pulling it out all over again all while I was trying to avoid little, inquisitive hands. I pretty much stopped scrapping all together until my my daughter was about 4 months old.

This is when I discovered digital. And I’ve never looked back. I learned the basics using Gimp, but soon acquired a copy of PSE5 and I was in love. I started out scrapping pages with other moms in a parenting forum. When I ventured outside of the forum and found the digital scrapbooking community I began doing challenges and eventually began to dabble in design. I’ve now been designing for a little over a year.

I am inspired by color most often. I’ll see colors somewhere and have a desire to come home and do something with those colors. I’ve been inspired by the decor and color in a bedroom in a model home, a dress I’ve seen in a boutique, etc. I really like when a kit has colors that really work with my photos. It makes scrapping so much easier.

Computer: I use a Dell XPS L502x. I run Windows 7. I do a lot of my design work on the laptop in the living room with my family. With the touch pad. I’ve been doing this so long I feel like a mouse slows me down. lol

When I work at my desk I have a 26″ monitor I hook my laptop to. I use a Canon 5600 F scanner for creating realistic elements and textures.
Program: I use Photoshop CS5, Illustrator, and Art Rage. I’ve also got the yummy filters from Alien Skin Eye Candy that I love to use.
Camera: Canon 40D DSLR
Anything Else: I have a teeny, tiny Bamboo Fun tablet. It’s so small it’s more a a chore than a joy to use. It’s quite dusty right now.

My new favorite trick is an easy way to dodge and burn without having to use the dodge and burn tool. You just create a new layer above the one needing lightening (dodging) or darkening (burning) set the blending mode to soft light. Ctrl Click on the layer that needs adjustment to get marching ants and then paint in the new layer with black to darken or white to lighten. You can set the brush opacity to taste and also the layer’s opacity so it’s super flexible and sometimes so much simpler to do than use the Dodge and Burn Tools provided in Photoshop.

My favorite product pretty much changes from kit to kit 🙂 Currently my favorite kit is the one I created for my DSD Grab Bag, Feelin’ Groovy. This kit was inspired by a dress a photographer I follow posted a link to on her Facebook page. The colors and prints were very inspiring, they were so bright and bold.

I’d been thinking a lot about the animal prints I had been seeing around everywhere. Then the name of the kit came to me and I knew it had to be a Valentine’s themed kit. Having the animal prints i knew that I wanted a palette with browns and pinks. I like it, because at the time I hadn’t noticed very may animal print kits out there, and especially not any with the same theme. I think that ‘s been so popular because of the unique animal patterns combined with the Valentine’s theme.


Here are some of my favorite products by geniaBeana:

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


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