Inspired by Piccolina Designs

The following layouts were created using Limerick by Piccolina Designs and included in The Digi Files during May, 2012:

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Layout by Teri (Piccolina Designs)
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Layout by Christine Schultz
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Banner by Karen
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Limerick by Piccolina Designs; Project Life Templates from Becky Higgins; Tape CLuster, Rhonna Farrer; Fonts: Impact, Hero, Myriad, Governor and Arialic Hollow.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Limerick by Piccolina Designs; Project Life Templates from Becky Higgins; Tape CLuster, Rhonna Farrer; Fonts: Impact, Hero, Myriad, Governor and Arialic Hollow.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Limerick by Piccolina Designs; Date Stamp by Shabby Princess; Font: DBJenLin.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Limerick by Piccolina Designs; Building Block template by Traci Stroud; Shadow Styles by Jennifer Barrette; Font: Traveling Typewriter.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Limerick by Piccolina Designs; Fonts: The Other Twin (Heather Hess), You Are Loved and Xenophone.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Scrapping With Liz, Font: Traveling Typewriter

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Title graphic supplies: The Daily Digi member exclusive kit My Life At Home; font is Courier

In the April 2012 edition of The Digi Files, designer Krystal Hartley included a kit with an awesome wooden paper, which I used on one of my layouts:

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I hadn’t experimented with wooden paper backgrounds very much before but I love the look when I see pages featuring them in the galleries. Realistic wooden backgrounds are a great complement to digital elements and the faux-wood doodled backgrounds are a fun choice for lively layouts.

I found some stunning examples in the galleries of these wooden papers in action:

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The paint splattered on the wood and the sort of haphazard cluster of papers and elements make this page look casual and almost accidental, even though it is artfully arranged.

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Ahh by mrs_jb

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Doodled wooden paper backgrounds are a fresh and fun take on the wooden page trend. I love how the wood lines add a sense of movement and fun to this adorable page.

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Sweet Sadie by celeste

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It looks like celeste could have placed her notebook (with the cute dog photo) and set it on the ground and taken a photo of it. This page has such a great realistic feel to it.

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Puddle Jumper by ashleywb

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I love how the wooden background here is so subtle, allowing the papers and words to be the stars.

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Spent Many Happy Hours by chocochoco

The wooden paper background is here, but it is mostly covered. It makes the perfect neutral background for this elaborately layered design. Stunning!

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Life Is Like a Rodeo by editorialdragon

Isn’t this one cool? I love how the industrial staples really look like they could be going into the wood below.

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All of the layouts above are linked to their credits.

There are many, many kits available in digi stores that have one or two wooden paper backgrounds included. Here are a few products that are focused on these papers:

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Sunday Girl: Painted Wood

Doodled WoodGrain (CU) by Lauren Grier

For The Love Of: Woodgrain by Kristin Cronin-Barrow

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I hope that you found some inspiration for using wooden paper backgrounds! Is this a trend that you’ve tried? We’d love if you’d share a link to your pages as additional inspiration for readers. This is such a fun trend!

A Fresh & Funtastic Friday!

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I was worried that I wouldn’t find anything new in digiland this week after the big iNSD events of last weekend, but the designers made me happy with all their great new releases!

Have you ever searched and searched for the perfect kit to scrap a photo with, but you just can’t find that particular theme? mle Card now offers a special custom drawing service in which she will draw you 1 unique element and 3 drawn coordinating filler elements to help you scrap that photo . Available for 20% off now through 5/17. Please read product details carefully.

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Standing in Sunlight by Tracey Monette of Clever Monkey Graphics is filled with sunny colors, everyday quotations, flowers,  and more. Without a specific theme, this kit will help you scrap many, many stories.

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This pack contains a set of 12 random Word Art bits that can be used on your layouts or hybrid projects.  Wordart Bits No.1 from Karen Lewis is available now @ 20% off.

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Liz has 5 NEW State Template sets available in her store. If you aren’t familiar with them they are a super fun way to scrap vacations or places where you’ve lived. She has a lot more State Templates in her store too, make sure you check them out.

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Fayette Terlouw has shared the coupon code FD30-TDD for Daily Digi readers to save 30% on all products in her shop at PBP!

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Heather T. has a brand new pack of beautifully swirly stitching at MScraps.

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Jenn Labre has a beautiful new kit out today. Flora is on sale for 20% off all weekend!

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Are you getting ready for a graduation? This kit from WM squared is the perfect way to document this exciting time!

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Mye De Leon is finally bringing this beauty in her stores! Get it at 30% off for 1 week along with its coordinating packs at Gotta Pixel!

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Flergs has a fun new collection out!

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New mini kit from SuzyQ Scraps celebrating YOU — because you deserve it!

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Studio Basic has a freebie on her facebook page!

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Studio Rosey Posey’s Follow Your Heart also has a great Mother’s Day Add-on Pack!

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Peppermint Creative has a project that is PERFECT FOR MOTHER’S DAY! Turn an ordinary deck of cards into a custom gift! Just add your own text, print, cut, assemble. Includes PSD & TIF format as well as blank JPG/PNG files and print-ready fill-in-the-blank PDFs. Options for everyone! Also included: inserts have been pre-assembled for you on a layered 8.5×11″ document to make the job easier.

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and speaking of Mother’s Day… how about giving (or receiving) the gift of an Annual Daily Digi membership? It’s the gift that keeps on giving (A LOT) all year long!

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Hope you have a digi filled weekend!

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P.S. SharonS is the random winner from the comments on Vicki Stegall’s feature from Monday. She won $10 in product from Vicki!

P.S.S SharonS was the random winner from the comments on Amy Jaz’s feature yesterday. She also won $10 in product from Amy!

P.S.S.S SharonS better go buy a lotto ticket…this has never happened before!

Amy Jaz Designs: Something More Important

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I first discovered Amy Jaz Designs when Amy uploaded some layouts to our Flickr group using her own products. Her credits were linked up to her blog, where I started following her. I was so happy to hear she had a guest spot at The Lily Pad and thrilled when I found out she would be staying! I love Amy’s clean, whimsical style!  Let’s take a closer look at “All Around Town” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month!

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: All Around Town by Amy Jaz Designs; Grungy Month Brush by Michelle Coleman; Fonts: Typewriter.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: All Around Town by Amy Jaz Designs; Scrapping with Liz background template;
Fonts: Traveling Typewriter.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: All Around Town by Amy Jaz Designs; Alpha by Heather Rossellini (recolored by me); Font: District Thin.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: All Around Town by Amy Jaz Designs; Family Circle template by Amy Martin.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: All Around Town by Amy Jaz Designs; Template by Emily Merritt.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My name is Amy Jazwinski, and I live in Arizona with my loving hubby, and two beautiful daughters.

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This layout was inspired by a favorite picture of my oldest daughter from one of our recent trips to Disneyland. I am a very clean, simple style designer, and that reflects in my layouts as well. I like to focus in on one photo, and focus on the emotion that the creates.

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I began digital scrapbooking in back in 2008 when my first daughter was born, and I was looking for a way to document photos of her and all her milestones, but did not want to spend a zillion dollars on paper scrapbooking products. I found a tutorial online on digital scrapbooking, and was hooked instantaneously. At the same time, I started doing a little graphic design, and I opened my etsy shop Bean Sprout Studio, designing party invitations and birth announcements. For the last four years, I have been designing stationery, and at the same time, personally designing for my digital scrapbook pages and layouts. Recently I had my second daughter and have been realizing how quickly the time goes, and I knew that I did not have nearly enough of my daughter’s lives documented. I decided to switch my focus from designing stationery products to digital scrapbooking products so I can focus more of my time on doing something that is important to me.

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As cliche as it is, my daughters inspire me to create. I design and scrap to preserve their childhood memories, so I create products that I want to use in my own personal scrapbooking. My style is very clean and modern. I wish I was the type to include more photos on one page, but it just doesn’t fit my design aesthetic.

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Computer: Computer- MacBookPro
OS- Mac OS X 10
RAM- 4GB
Monitor- no outside monitor.
Program: I use Photoshop CS4 and Illustrator CS4.
Camera: Nikon D90
Anything Else: I also have a Wacom Pen Tablet.

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I think an important thing to remember when designing is scale. I always zoom out to view my whole layout, to make sure the size of each element makes sense in relationship to the other elements on the page. For example, when stapling a paper frame to a page, the staple needs to look proportionate in relation to the frame. Disproportionate elements on a page jump right out at me, and I usually can’t get past that to view the layout as a whole.

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The Fresh Start Kit is one of my favorite kits to date. I usually map out my kits in advance, but this kit practically designed itself. I had a path in mind, but once I got into designing it, I went in a completely different direction. I love how it turned out, with just the right balance between modern and vintage style. I designed it at the end of 2011, and the focus of the kit is all on starting fresh in the new year. It’s a great versatile kit, with a soft and neutral color palette that will really compliment many products in your current arsenal.

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Hands down my most popular product to date is the Day By Day Overlays. I designed these overlays to fit in with my digital Project Life, and they’ve been a great resource to have in my collection. I love the hand drawn design, and they really help a digital Project Life, feel like the real thing.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Amy Jaz Designs:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Amy Jaz Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Amy Jaz Designs’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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The following layouts were created using “All Around Town” by Amy Jaz and included in The Digi Files during May 2012:

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Fiddle Dee Dee, Journal Spot: Scrapgirls, Font: CK Beetlemeyer CK Penman

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: All Around Town by Amy Jaz Designs; Grungy Month Brush by Michelle Coleman; Fonts: Typewriter.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: All Around Town by Amy Jaz Designs; Scrapping with Liz background template;
Fonts: Traveling Typewriter.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: All Around Town by Amy Jaz Designs; Alpha by Heather Rossellini (recolored by me); Font: District Thin.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: All Around Town by Amy Jaz Designs; Family Circle template by Amy Martin.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: All Around Town by Amy Jaz Designs; Template by Emily Merritt.

Using a smartphone to make more time (and material) for scrapping

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When I can do more on the go with my smartphone, that frees up my time on the computer for digi scrapping! One of the best thing about phone apps is that they let you do complex tasks while you are using your phone.

When I’m waiting to pick up my daughter from class she takes outside of our home, I end up with small blocks of time ranging from 5-15 minutes. When I’m sitting in a doctor’s waiting room I can usually find at least 10 minutes of time. I used to read magazines in the doctor’s office and sometimes I had a few stashed in my car. That was all before I carried a smart phone. Now I kind of get excited when I have a few minutes of waiting time that I can use to catch up on things with my phone.

I seem to always start with my email. I really don’t like it when there’s a red number next to the mail icon so I like to get rid of it by reading my messages. I get a lot of email! Here’s a link to a post I wrote explaining how I deal with my ever-overflowing email inbox. I love powering through emails I don’t need to answer when I’m on my phone. I usually leave the ones where I need to respond with more than one sentence until I can work at my laptop. All no response or short response emails are processed with my phone when I have a few spare minutes.

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I like to check in on my calendar for the day and be sure I’m remembering everything I have scheduled. I also like to look ahead to the next few days. I use Google calendar for everything, even to keep track of blog posting schedules.

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My next order of business is managing any photos I’ve taken recently with my phone. I have a few favorite apps that I seem to always come back to. We’ve either written about most of these apps here or talked about them on The Digi Show so I’ll link up to all those references for each app. This is one of the best things about having a smart phone – you can take, edit, and upload pictures wherever you are!

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Photos – comes with the iPhone and the app I use the most because I like to do the simple auto-enhance fix on all my photos. This is the way I edit most of my phone photos because it’s quick and easy! I only use the other editing apps if I have a little more time.

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Photo 365 – I love this app (thanks to Steph!) for keeping track of my daily photo project. I add the photos to the calendar in this app whenever I have some time with my phone. At the end of the month, I upload the entire calendar image to my Flickr account.

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FlickitPro (the free version is also good) – I’m constantly uploading my phone photos to my Flickr stream with this easy-to-use app. I love to get them on Flickr as soon as possible so I have a backup, and so I can share them with my friends and family.

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Flickr – I use this app for browsing through my own photos as well as keeping up with what my contacts are sharing. See my post about Flickr to find out why I love the place so much!

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Snapseed – a favorite app of mine for when I want to get creative with my photos. I talked about Snapseed in this episode of the Digi Show because it’s one of my go-to editing apps.

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Camera+ is another favorite app for editing and creative filters. I’m constantly trying to decide if this or snapseed is my favorite one for filter effects. I guess it’s a tie!

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Instagram is a new addiction for me. I love to turn photos into quirky little instagram squares and share them in my instagram feed. I also can upload them directly to Flickr (or a variety of social network sites) at the same time. I love the interaction from other instagram users and I get so much inspiration from the photos I see there!

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Incredibooth is an app that I use when I’ve got my phone and a few minutes to capture a fun memory. My son and I like to play around with it when we are waiting in the car for my daughter.

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Notica is an app that I found because of a listener pick from this episode of The Digi Show and I use it all the time now!

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I like that I can generate journaled images to use later on for blog posts or scrapbook pages.

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After I tackle my photo-related projects on my phone, I give myself permission to do more of the “time hog” type of activities if I still have some time to spend. This is when I delve into facebook, pinterest, hootsuite (twitter), and catching up on blogs with feedly. If I started with these activities during my waiting times, I would never get around to the photo editing and uploading. I don’t feel like I’m wasting time to use these apps because I’m able to gather a lot of inspiration, ideas, and keep in touch with people I care about. I do feel like it’s easy to spend too much time in these apps though so I’m glad that I make myself work through email, calendar, and photo management first. Also, when I use these apps on my phone instead of my computer, I always spend less time. It’s too easy to sit at the computer and hang out on Twitter or Facebook for long periods of time and I’d rather use the time on my laptop for scrapbooking.

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Of course, I can do even more cool things on my phone like; exploring Daily Digi inspiration, reading, listening to audiobooks & podcasts, surfing websites, and playing games – there are almost endless possibilities! More than anything else, I really appreciate that I’m utilizing small pockets of found time to accomplish many tasks using only my phone.  I sure am grateful for all the apps out there that help me make the most of my scrapbooking time and material!

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Digital Scrapbooking Designer Free Design Quality Guide Manual

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If you listened to last week’s Digi Show, you heard me talk about the Design Quality Guide. This is something the digital scrapbooking industry has needed for a long time. It is not only a great how-to for digital designers showing them how to check their own digital scrapbooking supplies, but also has tutorials for designers showing how to fix any quality problems or issues.

All of the digital scrapbooking industry standards and expectations are in one place, in side this FREE manual. If you have ever wondered what makes digital scrapbook supplies high quality or not, save this to your computer and refer to it.

If you are an established digital designer or just getting started, download it and take a look, I learned a thing or two and I’m sure you will too!

 

Twist and Turn Papers to Make a Realistic Look

 

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Supplies: template is Flight Plan #13 by One Little Bird; Flying High by Design by Dani; fonts are Smith, Century Gothic, and Fontologie Weathered.

When Jenn submitted the layout below for the May Playbook with a tip about angling the papers when working on a template, I thought it was pretty smart. I was sure there might be lots of new scrappers that don’t twist their papers a little to match up to the angle of a template shape. I remember a time when I was too new and hadn’t thought of it myself. I thought I would share today, how to twist your paper angle to match a template.

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Supplies: Flight Plan #13 by One Little Bird; Love You More Than Ice Cream (included in May 2012 Digi Files); font is Just the Way You Are

Notice on the layout below how the stripes on the paper aren’t perpendicular with the edges of the paper strip:

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By mousing over one of the corner handles and turning the paper until the box is perpendicular with the edges of the paper shape, that strip of paper looks more realistic:

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I’ll do the same thing with the green paper strip behind the paper we just adjusted. Here is the before:

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And after adjusing the green paper…

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The changes are subtle, but make a big difference on the finished layout!

Vicki Stegall: I Like Gadgets

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I’m so excited to be welcoming Vicki Stegall Designs to The Digi Files this month! I love Vicki’s eclectic design from vintage to shabby; from retro to grunge and everything in-between; Vicki can do it all! Our team had a lot of fun creating with Vicki’s versatile contribution this month! Let’s take a closer look at “Butterfly Kisses” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month!clip_image001_thumb312Here are some layouts created using Vicki Stegall Designs’ contribution:
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Butterfly Kisses by Vicki Stegall Designs; Fonts: Hero.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Butterfly Kisses by Vicki Stegall Designs.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Butterfly Kisses by Vicki Stegall Designs; Lizzy Freebie (template) by Crystal Livesay; Font: DJB Brittany Script.

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Layout by Tara. Supplies: Butterfly Kisses by Vicki Stegall Designs.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Butterfly Kisses by Vicki Stegall Designs; Fresh Cut: Gerbera (template) by Sara Gleason.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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Vicki Stegall is the proud owner of Oscraps.com. Vicki opened Oscraps 6 years ago when she made the transition from a traditional paper scrapbooking to digi scrapping. While Vicki is and always will be a designer at heart, the responsibilities of running a major digi site don’t leave her as much time for designing as she’d like. She’s a born and bred ‘Okie’ and really does say, “y’all” all.the.time. She lives with her IT hubby, Anthony and her 12 year old son, Alyx, who is also her primary scrap subject.

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Andrew & I went out to Lake Hefner to take photos for his graduation announcements and he was such a great model! I’m sure he was sick of me taking pictures long before I was tired of taking them.

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I’ve been creating photo albums and scrapbooks since my first job in high school. I worked in a FotoMat booth and developed a love for taking pictures. I moved more into creating individual layouts as paper scrapper after the birth of my son, Alyx. I became a stay at home mom with his birth and needed a creative outlet. Scrapbooking was the perfect activity for me. I primarily scrapped with a friend I met in childbirth classes and one day she called me and said, “Hey, you know more about computers than I do. I heard about this new thing, digital scrapbooking and I was hoping you’d check it out and see if it’s something we can do.” Well, this was early on in the industry and there just wasn’t much out there. But, I was intrigued and decided to give it a try. Since there really wasn’t much out there at the time, I decided to try making my own designs. I mostly just made things and then printed them out to use on my paper layouts which I posted online at scrapbook.com. Many people started asking for some of my items and for me to create more and more. I soon realized just how much I loved designing. I figured it would be easier to share my designs if I had a website, so I built Oscraps.com on a server here in our house and released all my designs as freebies. The bandwidth demand immediately interfered with my hubby’s online gaming, so I bought my first ‘real’ server. Oscraps grew at such a phenomenal rate, I couldn’t keep up with the demand on my own, so I brought on other designers and soon built it into a full service shop complete with gallery and forum.

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What inspires me to create? EVERYTHING. (and deadlines – lol) I tend to get caught up in the actual running of a large store – background site issues, customer service, etc. so I don’t have as much time for designing (and/or scrapping), so deadlines and commitments are my biggest inspiration at the moment. Regardless of time constraints, I’m always, always looking at everyday items and thinking about ways I can translate them into a scrap item. For example, I was in Tractor Supply today and found inspiration in some form of gear thingie. 🙂

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Computer: The majority of the time, I use a Dell XPS15 laptop with 8 GB of RAM and 680 GB harddrive (wish it was bigger!)

I also have a desktop PC with two 21 inch linked monitors. This is my primary design computer and I use one of the monitors turned sideways so that I can really spread out my current items to see everything together and moving within various Photoshop windows while designing a new kit.

Program: I use Photoshop CS5.

Camera: Everyday camera – my iPhone 4s

My “good” camera (which I don’t know how to use very well) – Canon EOS 5D

Anything Else: iPad 2, Kindle 1 & 2, and Nook Color (I like gadgets). My favorite is my Kindle. I use it to listen to my books via the “text-to-speech” feature. It takes some getting used to, but I love listening to books while I do extractions and laundry 🙂

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My biggest tip ever is to PLAY. Play with features in Photoshop or your camera that you’ve never used. Experiment with layer styles. Use items in unexpected ways. This layout shows using a gajillion elements to create my title and is one of my favorites because it I used various items in unexpected ways.

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Just PLAY! You can always ctrl+alt+z (which is a keyboard shortcut in Photoshop and my most used shortcut).

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Rock On {World Tour} is my favorite kit of mine. I absolutely love all the grungy, funky and wild patterned papers. I totally enjoyed a tremendous sense of creative freedom while making this kit from playing extensively with Photoshop tools & tricks to printing out the papers to hand craft some items for extraction as elements.

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Ransom {The Whole Shebang} is my most popular product. It was inspired by ‘ransom notes’ and my fascination at the time with recycling magazines in different craft projects. This kit took the longest of any of my kits to create due to the fact that I painstakingly went through magazine after magazine clipping words and letters to create an authentic ransom note alpha and word art set. Because of the random nature of the alphabet, it totally freed me up to play with a vivid and varied color scheme. Knowing not everyone likes bright colors for scrapping, I included a complete set of neutrals, as well.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Vicki Stegall Designs:

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

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Save 20% off Vicki Stegall Designs with coupon code Stegall-TDF-spec. (Exp: May 31, 2012. Excludes collaborations & commercial use items.

Go have a look in Vicki Stegall 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)!