Happy Leap Year – Seven Will Win

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It’s the end of another month here at The Daily Digi, a Leap Year Day, AND today is the LAST day you can grab all of these goodies at such a LOW price! These goodies go back to their designers’ stores for full retail value starting tomorrow! HURRY because once they are gone, they are gone!

Can you believe you get ALL of this PLUS a Playbook PLUS bonus exclusive kits for only $7.50!?!? It’s so shocking, I know! 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:

“This is my first month to be a member and I am BLOWN AWAY with all of the product that I’ve downloaded. All of it is top notch and really gets my creative juices flowing. Because of this, my scrapping has gone into overdrive and I’m getting more done than ever! LOVE all of it!!!” – Erika

“I’m pretty new to digital scrapbooking, so I love that I get a lot of different products from different designers and I get suggestions on how to use them! That’s amazing for what I’m paying!” – Ruth

“I love the “surprise” at the first of the month and the variety of styles, designs, and themes. It was hard to believe that I have been a member for 16 months and received My Life in Print this month. Really great month. Thanks so much.” – Valerie

“I have been a member for about 5 months now and I am always thrilled to see the new kits. I have never been disappointed. There is often a kit by one of my favorite designers, but I have also discovered new favorites and been challenged to step out of my comfort zone to try new styles because the beautiful kits demand to be used. Thank you for doing such a great job gathering designs and designers from all over so that we can see and experience their art in one place!” – Sandy Stuart

Here’s a look at all of the products included this month (links go to the designer features):

The Hidden Heart: I’m 15 Years Old

Something Blue Studios: Mucking Around

Julia Makotinsky: A Designer First

Ziggle Designs: I Love Being Crafty

Connie Prince: Honor Her Sweet Memory

Darcy Baldwin: Reluctant Daughter of a Crafter

Stolen Moments Designs: Part Time by Night

Sabrina’s Creations: Waiting to be Scrapped

 

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!

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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:

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

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

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

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“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):

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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 this month! We will randomly select SEVEN people from the comments below to win $10 in product from one of this month’s contributors.

Play it Again with a name

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One of my favorite posts to do each month is the “Play it Again” feature because I love to show that there are many different ways to scrap the same memory. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to create a page and all of these wonderful examples illustrate that point!

For this challenge, I sent my journaling and photo to some of the best scrappers in digiland. Here’s the story I asked them to document:

Colleen is my middle name. It’s supposed to be pronounced as “kah-LEEN” but nobody ever gets it right. Most everyone seems to say it as “koh-LEEN” like the beginning would rhyme with the word “no”. The beginning should really rhyme with the world “ball” and sound like “call”. It especially drives my Mom crazy that it’s always been mispronounced (even at my own wedding ceremony). She always wanted a little girl named Katie Colleen so there was no doubt for her when it came time to name me.

The name Colleen is Celtic or Gaelic in origin and the meaning is “girl”. It is also considered to be an Irish name with the meaning of “Irish Girl”. I’ve always thought the Irish connection was fun since my birthday is pretty close to St. Patrick’s Day.

Even though I do like my middle name, I rarely use it because of the pronunciation issue. It just isn’t worth having to explain it to everyone. That’s why I just use the middle initial of “C” when I write out my full name.

This photo was taken in March of 2005 (back when I used to highlight my hair).

Here are the results:

I just adore the mixture of patterned papers on this layout and the spring colors are perfect for a picture taken in the month of March. I like the finishing touch that the stitching around the edge gives the layout.

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Layout by Amy Melniczenko. Gallery Link. We Are In Love by Elise’s Pieces, font is Mom’s Typewriter

The clusters of elements are so pretty on this layout and they do a great job of leading the viewer into the story. I love the black and white treatment of the photograph and the fabulous shadowing work!

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Britanee (britaneejean) Gallery link Supply Credits: Be Inspired – Amy – Vol 3 by WM[squared] Designs, What Matters Most by Jady Day Studio & Kim Broedelet, Rock the Shadows Layer Styles by Tracie Stroud.  Font is Typewriter Scribbled

The sepia tone of the photo turned out so nice on this page and I love how the journaling is still easy to read on a patterned paper background. My middle name in the white alpha letters is a great hook to get the reader curious about the story being told.

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Layout by Laura (emmasmommy) Gallery Link. Dani Mogstad Secret Recipe Shawna Clingerman Alpha Stash Essential White Pack font DJB I am THAT girl

This layout shows that art journaling techniques can be used for a creative way to scrap a memory. I like my new artsy look Smile and the page is fun and inviting.

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Layout by Lorilei Murphy. Gallery link. Art by Studio Rosey Posey

I love dark solid backgrounds with a punch of color and pattern! The flowers are the perfect embellishment to give this page a feminine touch. The text is nice and easy to read also.

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Layout by Anne. gallery link. Night & Day by Che Yang Designs, stitches from Stitch it up by Chrisdam Designs Fonts: Helvetica Neue and Selfish

With the photo flipped for the blended background, I got to see another side of myself. It’s such a nice and subtle effect to include a light and blended version of a picture as a background image. The clustering on the stacked frame is just exquisite!

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layout by Jenn Lindsey (gallery link) Credits: Let Me Call You Sweetheart by Stolen Moments, All The Small Things by Something Blue Studios, Art Play Palette: Ablaze by Anna Aspnes, Dandelion Wishes by Jenn Barrette, Where I Stand by Litabells Designs, The Other Twin & The Teenage Dream fonts by Heather Hess

These layouts are all very different from each other, but every one of them is fantastic! Each scrapper captured my story in a unique and beautiful way. Thanks so much to the talented digi scrappers who helped us see all the different ways to PLAY!

Look through each layout again and think about which one you prefer. Think about why that one stands out to you and what you like about it. It’s a great exercise to help you learn about yourself as a scrapper and your own preferred style. It also might help you explore some new styles that you haven’t tried before.  Its perfectly OK to use several different styles and methods in your own scrapbooking – I do it all the time!  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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P.S. The font used in the title image is Café Rojo

The Hidden Heart: I’m 15 Years Old

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I discovered Re several months ago and purchased some of his goodies. I really liked his artistic, whimsical style. I knew nothing about him (didn’t even know that he was a boy, actually. I started to ask around (like I often do when a designer is new-to-me) and was dumbfounded to learn Re was a FIFTEEN year old boy! Such talent at such a young age, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for  him! Let’s take a closer look at “So Cool!” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is just ONE of EIGHT collections you get this month when you are a member of The Digi Files and Digi Game. You get all eight collections and a downloadable book with ideas for using the supplies and tricks and techniques for only $7.50 per month. You also get access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member (starting on when you sign up). When you become an annual member you get 12 months for the price of 11!

Here are some layouts created using The Hidden Heart’s contribution:

 

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: So Cool! by The Hidden Heart; Template by Tiffany Tillman.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: So Cool! by The Hidden Heart.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: So Cool! by The Hidden Heart; Fonts: Giggles by Fontologie; Rub This!, xoxo Karen by Fonts for Peas.
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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: So Cool! by The Hidden Heart; All Roads Lead Home (scallop) by PxlCafe; Fonts: DJB I Love Me Some Celeste, Impact, Hero.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: So Cool! by The Hidden Heart; Fonts: Waterfalls and Howie’s Stamps.

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

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Hi! I’m Renan Kneipp (aka rekneipp) and I live in Brazil (near Rio de Janeiro), so is very hot here! LOL I wanna go to somewhere cold! hehe I have 1 sister, her name’s Ju Kneipp (she’s a designer too). I love her! 🙂 I’m a boy. This is something difficult to find in scrapworld… I’m 15 years old (until Feb.28). I LOVE animals, chocolate, travel, movies, photography and more! I like to talk. That’s why my bio is huge! hehe

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So, I put everything I love in this page… or almost! hehe I love music, movies, travel, photography, paint, and much more! I made this page when I was designing as Re Kneipp Designs and I used my collab kit with Studio Tangie to create this page! 🙂

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That’s a looooooooong story! hehe I have been designing for a little more than 2 years. I guess… =/ And I’m scrapping for almost 3 years! (OMG! I’m doing this for a long time!) Well, my sister, Ju Kneipp, has a friend, Kel (my friend too. LOL), that was starting on digiscrap, and she was invited to be Kel’s partner on a new blog called Boutique Freebies (or something like that), that turned to be Boutique Cute Dolls. They created a lot of freebies and stuff. I had seen everything they were doing and I fell in love with scrapbook and I decided to get in! I started creating some pages and posting at DigiscrappersBrasil, but a few months later I decided to post in other galleries, like MSA, DST, and others. In Feb ’09, I created my first freebie on my personal blog and then I tried a lot of designer calls, or designer challenges (to become a designer of the challenging shop) but I received a lot of NOs! But I didn’t give up! My sister and her friend, Kel, saw my wish to be a designer and invited me to become a designer of Boutique Cute Dolls. I accepted the invite, of course! hehe I created a kit and an alpha and then I decided to leave Boutique Cute Dolls and follow the “solo” career… as Re Kneipp Designs. Then, I tried a designer call of Sunshine Studio Scraps and I received an YES! So, I stayed at SUN for 6 months, I guess, and then I started selling at DigiscrappersBrasil, for 6 months or 1 year, I don’t know… After those months as a DSB designer, I was invited to be a ScrapbookGraphics designer! OMG! That was AWESOME ! After a few months I was uninspired and took a break. A few months later, I sent Amy (A5D owner) an email asking her a spot at After Five and she said YES! And now, i’m designing there (as The Hidden Heart) and I’m loving it! Everyone is awesome at A5D!
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Everything! A music, a movie, my friends, my family, my dreams (I create a lot of my kits based on my dreams… or nightmares… LOL), and more… What inspires me to create is life!

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I use Windows 7, but I’ll buy a Mac next year… Thank God! haha
4 GB RAM
500GB HD + EHD
15″ monitor

Program: Photoshop CS5 + plugins (like Alien Skin, Filter Forge…)
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Camera: I have a Nikon D3000. Isn’t mine, but I use it! LOL

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I have a lot of tips to you give to you! But I’ll give only 2 this time! hehe

1st) The use of shadows! One of the most important things in a page, for me, is the use of shadows. You can use styles or create your owns. But don’t forget to use shadows! hehe To get a good shadow effect on my elements, I like to use a shadows style, then, I create a separate layer with the shadow, and then I improve it going to Edit>Transform>Warp… I use this trick to ribbons and other elements to get a 3D effect. hehe

2nd) If I use a commercial use product in my kits, I try to change it to get more original… I try to give my style in it. I don’t like designers that only change the colors or something…

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I like it because it’s a happy kit with a lot of cute animals that I love! I love the colors, elements, papers,… everything! hehe What makes it special is that I made almost everything in it… except the real elements.

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It’s popular because of the colors, the dolls, the theme… What inspired it was the season, winter and the peppermint cocoa! LOL Laurie Ann chose the colors… but everything, including the colors, was inspired in the winter! What makes this product special is that we put all our talent and passion in it… and I think this is being recognized. Thank you all for getting this kit!!!! <3

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Here are some of my favorite products by The Hidden Heart by Re Kneipp:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using The Hidden Heart by Re Kneipp’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Head over to The Hidden Heart’s store and receive 20% off with coupon code tHH_Gimme20off. (exp 05-21-12)

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

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The following layouts were created using “So Cool” by Hidden Heart and included in The Digi Files during February 2012:

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Layout by Anne, additional supplies: fonts used are Arial Narrow and Distict Thin.
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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Brush, lifted frame: Scrapgirls, Alpah: Lili, Font: DJB Heart of Dixi

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Layout by Kim Lund, additional supplies: Template by Cindy Schneider. Font is Pea Bandit.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: So Cool! by The Hidden Heart; Template by Tiffany Tillman.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: So Cool! by The Hidden Heart.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: So Cool! by The Hidden Heart; Fonts: Giggles by Fontologie; Rub This!, xoxo Karen by Fonts for Peas.
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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: So Cool! by The Hidden Heart; All Roads Lead Home (scallop) by PxlCafe; Fonts: DJB I Love Me Some Celeste, Impact, Hero.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: So Cool! by The Hidden Heart; Fonts: Waterfalls and Howie’s Stamps.

Adjusting text size on your monitor & in programs

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computer doodle by Kate Hadfield (Scrapping 9 to 5)

Whenever I borrow my husband’s laptop, I can barely read the text on his screen. I’m not that old (really!) but with all the time I spend looking at a computer screen, I don’t like to strain my eyes to read the text. I usually change the factory settings on my computer for text size to make everything a little easier to see. I also use my favorite trick of enlarging a screen that has tiny text on it. I simply hold down the CTRL button on my keyboard while using the scroll wheel on my mouse to enlarge or shrink down page sizes as needed.

Here are some great resource links with instructions on how to adjust sizes:

Did you know you can also change the size of viewable text in Photoshop programs? I was so happy to find these resources:

If you are having a hard time reading something on your computer screen or even an electronic device like a Kindle, be sure to check out the settings and make the needed adjustments. Your eyes will thank you!

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P.S. We are getting ready to do a Digi Show podcast featuring “picks” from our listeners. We’d love to know about your favorite websites, products, apps, etc. that would be helpful to our Digi Show audience. You can submit them using the form in this link. Thanks! 🙂

Digi Scrapping Birthdays

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If there is one universal topic we all can scrap about, it has to be birthdays! Everyone has one every year so it’s something we all have in common. How we celebrate and document birthdays is very individual though, so I wanted to share some of my favorite ideas to inspire you to digi scrap the birthdays in your own life, as well as those of friends and family members.

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Because we have so many  birthdays around us, it’s easy to get burned out on scrapping the same old thing year after year. I find it helpful to remember that even though the subjects of birthday person, cake, presents, etc.  are the same each year, there are aspects that change. For me, the best part of birthday pages is that I can compare how the person has grown and changed with each passing year. I love the visual representation of the passage of time!

Here’s my daughter’s 1st birthday:

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This is my daughter’s 12th birthday:

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Record how the birthday was celebrated. What type of cake was served? Was there a party and if so, did it have a theme? Take a picture of the birthday person to include on the page.

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It’s ok to tell just one story about the birthday. I didn’t worry about documenting all the presents, or everything about my daughter’s 7th birthday, instead I focused on the party we had because it was the best memory of the occasion.

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Grownups have birthdays too! You may not have a party or even do much to celebrate, but it’s still fun to document the passing of another year. For this page, I used photos of a cake I bought for myself for my birthday in 2008. I believe the birthday girl should not have to bake her own cake. I also through out all my family’s pickiness about coconut cake and bought something that I really wanted to eat. It was delicious!

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Don’t limit yourself to birthday themed kits. I used a spring kit since my birthday is in March and I had a few random photos of different scenes from my fun day.

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This page (found in our Flickr group) is a great way to show how a birthday is a great excuse for a day-in-the-life type of scrapbook page. Just take photos of the people and activities in your life on your birthday and you will have an easy and meaningful page to remember the day!

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We have plenty of birthday related posts already here on The Daily Digi site:

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I never feel guilty for buying digi birthday supplies because I know that there are always a lot of birthday to scrap. Prepare to be enabled! Check out all the fun supplies to help you document those birthday memories – all images are linked:

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Have fun scrapping all those birthdays!

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Fridays are Fun!

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Do you know about our exclusive bonus collaborative kits for Digi Game members? It’s amazing how many goodies you already get each month with your membership, but we also reward you for your long-term support with these beautiful and HUGE kits as a way to say “Thank You!” Here’s our latest addition:

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“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). “My Life In Print” contains: 105 papers, over 280 elements, 2 layered templates, 1 brush set, 6 alphas (1 in 3 colors), 2 printable art posters and 6 quick pages. This amazing collection was created by 30 of the top digital scrapbooking designers (all of whom are previous contributors to THE DIGI FILES) and two Daily Digi team members.

As always, we have a lot of FUN things to share with you since it’s Friday! Check out what’s new in digi land:

Speak the language of love with these fun designs from Dianne Rigdon!

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Wendy and Anna have collaborated on a new designer tool for creating PSE-ready style files.

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Looking to tell your story through a Project 365 series or simply want to record your special memories? The Dirty Footprints journaling cards and labels are a perfect finishing touch.

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8 NewART digital products, one $1.00 AnnaSelect item and entire release at 35% discount coming to AnnaAspnesDesigns on Friday 24 Feb 2012, 2.00pm EST.

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Jenn Labre and Julie Billingsley have teamed up to create this adorable Easter collab. Hop on over to Oscraps to pick up Hoppy Easter for 20% off this weekend!

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Look what else caught my eye this week:

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And we have a brand new episode of The Digi Show up with Daily Digi team member Melissa Lewis as our guest! We discussed documenting and scrapping the tough times. I know you’ll be inspired!

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Thanks for coming by for some Friday Fun!

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P.S. The title image for this post was made with supplies from My Life in Print and the Harlow Solid Italic font.

P.S.S SharonS was the random winner chosen from the feature on Julia Makotinsky. She won $10 in product from Julia!

P.S.S.S. Sarah was the random winner chosen from the feature on Something blue Studios yesterday. She won $10 in product from Something Blue!

Something Blue Studios: Mucking Around

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I love Danielle from Something Blue Studio and I love her designs equally as much!  Danielle is an extremely talented artist and we can see that in her digital designs! I love all of the unique and super fun embellishments she includes in her collections. I’m so excited to have her here with us again! Let’s take a closer look at “All The Small Things” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is just ONE of EIGHT collections you get this month when you are a member of The Digi Files and Digi Game. You get all eight collections and a downloadable book with ideas for using the supplies and tricks and techniques for only $7.50 per month. You also get access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member (starting on when you sign up). When you become an annual member you get 12 months for the price of 11!

Here are some layouts created using Danielle from Something Blue Studios’ contribution:

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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: All The Small Things by Danielle from Something Blue Studios; So Cool (camera, word art, border cluster) by The Hidden Heart; Font: DJB Mouseketeer Kim.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: All The Small Things by Danielle from Something Blue Studios; Solos Part I by Busy Bee Designs.

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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: All The Small Things by Danielle from Something Blue Studios; Play (red stitching) by Studio Baers Garten; Fonts: Typewriter Scribbled.
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Layout by Tara. Supplies: All The Small Things by Danielle from Something Blue Studios; Template Flight Plan #13 by One Little Bird; Fonts: Avenier, DJB Digi Tara.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: All The Small Things by Danielle from Something Blue Studios; Template by Cindy Schneider; Font: DJB Digi Kim.

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

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I’m Danielle Catalano-Titus. My husband and I live just outside Boston Massachusetts with our two sweet kids, Max and Zoë, and one seemingly everlasting hermit crab. I work full time teaching High School Art, run a couple of etsy shops, and spend a lot of time wishing I was one of those moms who juggles it all effortlessly.

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I wanted to scrap a couple of pages about my kids’ love for their stuffed animals – Max has Giraffie and Zoë has Ellie the Elephant. This is actually the idea that inspired my featured kit – trying to figure out a theme/color scheme that would work for both boys and girls so I could display the pages together in their album. I love this page because the focus is just on this well-loved stuffed animal without a lot of other “stuff”. I do a lot of busy art journal-type pages and ATC’s, so this one was a nice break from that. I’m working on Ellie’s page now.

 

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I started designing scrapbook stuff in 2004, just after my daughter was born. I love Photoshop, and designing fun stuff that I could use to decorate my photos AND sell as well seemed like a pretty good deal to me. I don’t scrap very much at all (not anything I would display in any gallery anyway) so for me it’s really always been about designing and mucking around in Photoshop.

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That’s a hard question! I think I just HAVE to create, because it’s who I am. I bet most people reading this can relate. I am not the most prolific digi designer (I’m working on it), but I am constantly busy with other creative stuff in just about every area of my life.

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Computer: All I know is I have a computer. Beyond that, I am oblivious. The front of my tower tells me it’s an HP Workstation, if that helps. I have only one monitor but it’s pretty big, so that’s OK.

Program: I’m using Photoshop CS5 Extended. Illustrator too. That’s about it.

Camera: Some sort of Canon Digital Rebel. I’m no photographer, so this works just fine for me. That’s why we have Photoshop.

Anything Else: I could not live without my Wacom tablet!! I also have a lovey and gigantic Epson printer, a CanoScan 8800, and my most recent acquisition is a KNK Maxx die cutter, which is a ton of fun.

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I recently went to a Photoshop workshop in Boston and the presenter gave us this cool tip for photographers. You probably already do some version of this but as I’ve said, I’m no photographer so it’s all new to me. I like this tip because we love to travel and always forget where exactly we took the photos. So, what this guy does (darn I forget his name) is at the beginning of a shoot in one place, he takes a photo of his fist in the air. As he’s leaving that place, he takes another photo of his fist. Somewhere in the middle, he takes a picture of a sign that says the name of the place (or you can do what I do – write it on a napkin). If you do this, you’ll not only have a quick visual reference when you’re looking at a zillion thumbnails (the fist in the air is easy to spot), you’ll ALSO know that every photo between the fists is from the same place, which is named somewhere on a napkin or a sign in one of those photos. I thought that was a neat trick.

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I really love all of the Altered 365 stuff, but this one is my favorite. The colors actually coordinate with one of our Catwalks at CatScrap – I didn’t even choose them! I just got lucky that they worked so well for this collection. I’ve been doing a lot of ATC’s and I just find that all the little painty doodads in this kit work well for those. I don’t usually go for bright-and-cheery so I’m a little surprised that this tured out to be my favorite. 🙂

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After all these years, my Worn Photo Overlays remain my all-time best sellers. All of them. I chose this one because it’s the one I use the most. but they all are equally popular. The first ones were released in a kit called Autumn Decay in fall of 2007, and people started emailing right away to ask for more of them. Then, Dagmar Neumann stretched one out to place over a background paper (did you know she was the first?), the crowd went wild, and the rest is history. I think that’s a cool story.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Something Blue Studios:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Something Blue Studios’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Inspired by Something Blue Studios

The following layouts are created using “All Small Things” by Danielle from Something Blue Studios and included in The Digi Files during February 2012:

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Jenn Lindsey, Ribbon: PixelWorks, Alpha: Zoe Pearn, Font: CK Brandy B
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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: All The Small Things by Danielle from Something Blue Studios; So Cool (camera, word art, border cluster) by The Hidden Heart; Font: DJB Mouseketeer Kim.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: All The Small Things by Danielle from Something Blue Studios; Solos Part I by Busy Bee Designs.

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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: All The Small Things by Danielle from Something Blue Studios; Play (red stitching) by Studio Baers Garten; Fonts: Typewriter Scribbled.
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Layout by Tara. Supplies: All The Small Things by Danielle from Something Blue Studios; Template Flight Plan #13 by One Little Bird; Fonts: Avenier, DJB Digi Tara.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: All The Small Things by Danielle from Something Blue Studios; Template by Cindy Schneider; Font: DJB Digi Kim.

Using Older Kits

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Title Supplies: My Life In Print, a Daily Digi member exclusive kit

When I first started digital scrapbooking, the ability to use and re-use my purchased kits really appealed to me. Soon I became a digital scrapbook supply “collector” and my digi stash grew and grew and grew. Over the years, I’ve purged some of the really old products, like from the time when digital papers had no texture. I’ve kept a lot of great kits from about 2008/2009 and onwards though.

My habit has always been to scrap with my newest purchases first; Unfortunately, that means that some of my older kits have been forgotten on my computer which is sad because they are still beautiful kits! So, I have been challenging myself to scrap with some of these older products.

I’ll let you be the judge, but I don’t think anybody is going to look at these pages and say, “Wow, that is so 2010!” Winking smile

I chose or created some layouts using kits that I purchased at least one year ago for this post. For each one, I added some thoughts about how I worked with the product and I’d love to hear your ideas in the post comments about how you work with your older products!

Using a New Template

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Supplies: Green Thumb by Karah Fredericks, Preserved by Zinnias & Swallowtails

Karah Fredricks contributed the Green Thumb kit to the June 2010 Digi Files, making it over a year old when I made this page in October 2011. I paired it with a fresh template and lots of journaling. It’s just a simple page, but the story and photo are together so I’m happy about that.

Using a New (to me) Photoshop Trick

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Supplies: Cirque du Ciel by Queen of Quirk, Cranberry freebie by Zinnias and Swallowtails

Queen of Quirk contributed the kit used, Cirque du Ciel, to the July 2010 Digi Files so the kit was over a year and a half old when I made this page. I used lighting effects in Photoshop to add a soft “spotlight” to the design by following the tutorial here.

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Supplies: Clementine by Susan Bartolini, GWL: Kids by Crystal Livesay

I used that same lighting trick on this page with a kit I purchased on the day my son was born and he’s two years old now.

Shopping on My Computer

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Supplies: That’s My Boy! by Zoe Pearn, Preserved by Zinnias and Swallowtails, Quickly Stacked 1 by ad77 Designs

On this page I used the kit That’s My Boy! by Zoe Pearn, purchased in 2009, over two years ago. When I snapped the photo of my son, I knew I wanted a blue and green kit to match his outfit. I went through my tagged kit previews and found this kit and thought it paired nicely with the photo. It was a good reminder to check my digi scrap supplies folder!

Going With the Theme

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Supplies: It’s Elementary by Dani Mogstad, My Life In Print template from The Daily Digi

The school-themed kit above is one of my favourite kits for tracking my daughter’s school years. I’ve used it several times since I purchased it in 2010 and I’m sure I’ll use it a few more times in the future!

I hope you are inspired to take a look at your own digital supplies and work with some old favourites. I know I had a lot of fun making these pages!