Looking For SEVEN Winners – Chicken Dinner


This is everything included in The Digi Files during June, 2012, eight FULL products (and the first time we’ve had a class)! Today is the last day you can get ALL of these goodies for just $7.50 or less. At midnight ET today these products will disappear only to return in the designers’ stores at full retail price.

Now Annual Members get 13 months for the price of 11!! It works out to be $6.35 a month for annual members for over $50 of product each month!

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 said yesterday in the comments:

How can I complain with the goodness I got every month? NEVER! I LOVE DIGI GAME! It’s hard to say which one is my favorite. All of them are awesome kits. I wanna thank you, Steph and team, for providing the Playbook in iBooks format. That is VERY HANDY for me. I can look at it on my iPad every time I need to. –Helen

I appreciate the thought that goes into the collections each month. The diversity, the access to designers I haven’t purchased from before, and the playbook filled with inspiration..etc.  Thank you for allowing me to explore, and grow with you, as I’m relatively new to digi scrapping. –Shelly

I totally love the computer tricks and tips.  I am a “junkie” when it comes to learning everything I can about programs and the easier/faster way to do things.  The kits – wow, oh wow, they are ALL top-notch and every month I am again surprised how AWESOME they are.  Joining has been the best money I have ever spent on scrapbooking :D –Shawna

I am totally new to digital scrapbooking. I created 2 layouts last year with one free mini kit, just to see how it is, without even knowing how to use PSE and I never really dared to try “for real”. What if I buy kits and try and notice that I don’t really like the kits, it’s nothing for me, too complicated, too technical instead of creative? I didn’t understand what templates are for or what is a clipping mask and felt really overwhelmed with PSE and all… then I found your website a few days ago, saw the small previews of this month’s kits and decided to register almost immediately :-) It’s even better than I imagined! I managed to create two layouts in two evenings, playing around with clipping masks and papers and embellishments, I read the playbook many times, not only for the tips and tricks and tutorials (absolutely fantastic and very well explained, as least for a beginner like me whose mother language is not English) but also for the layout and sketch inspiration. This was my first month here and certainly not the last! :-) As I joined quite late this month, I have quite some reading to do with all the May postings I missed, they seem full of great information, I can’t wait to catch up!  –Nolween

Here’s a closer look at what you can find inside this month:

Oscraps: A Running Commentary

Erica Zane: A Fan Of…

River Rose: An Important Message

Jessica Sprague: Brains and Beauty, Baby!

Sherwood Studio: 60 Jillion Wedding Photos

Meta Wulandari Design: Totally Bright and Awesome

Studio JenD: I Don’t Want To Talk About It

Traci Reed: A Heap of Exhausted


In this month’s Playbook, we talk about:

  • Brushes
  • Elements
  • Journaling
  • Layout Design
  • Patterned Paper
  • Photos
  • Templates
  • Themes
  • Shadows


The Playbook is available in PDF and iBooks for iPad!

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.  Winners will be announced tomorrow!

Halfway through a year of Fridays

Can you believe we are almost halfway through 2012 already?! Wow, time sure is going fast for me these days! It’s never too soon for a Friday though!

We’ve got a new Digi Show podcast out this week with Kristin Rutten as our guest. Have a listen while you shop and scrap!


Check out these great new templates from Chelle’s Creations. Mix and match, rotate, flip and slide! These are going to make your vacation pictures jump into an album! On sale this week plus, get the {long} set free when you buy the square.


Scrapbook life’s traumas with this new mini kit from SuzyQ Scraps — plus receive the coordinating doctor & patient stick figures FREE when you buy before 7/4!


Connie Prince has a new grab bag for an incredible price!


You can now find Mye De Leon is one place! She is now exclusively selling at Design House Digital. And here is her latest Sweet Land of Liberty kit. Get it on sale for 30% off!


Jenn Labre has a new kit out this week that is perfect for your little prince or princess.


Underwater Escape by Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs. This kit would be perfect for your Seaworld photos, aquarium trips, scuba diving adventures, beach vacations, bathtub snapshots and more!


I love the frame in this new mini-kit by WM Squared!


Dúnia has a great new set of stamped alphas


Mari Koegelenberg is releasing a gorgeous tea for 2 kit this Saturday


Liz of Paislee Press is launching a brand new newsletter. For a limited time subscribers will receive her newest set of wordart stamps and tags, Writer’s Blocks Vol. 2, FREE just for signing up.


After my recent trip to Washington D.C., I’ve got my eye on this great kit from Studio Viva Artistry!


Kaye Winiecki has teamed up with Studio Basic Designs to create a fun filled summer collab. It is 20% OFF all weekend as well and she has an add-on alpha that is free if the collab and alpha are purchased in the one transaction.


In the mood for a great deal? Laura Banasiak has a big sale going on!


Sing to the Moon from Pink Reptile Designs is all about being lucky, feeling good, living life to the fullest and enjoying every moment of it. There are 54 unique elements, 10 wordarts, 16 handmade softly textured papers and complete lower case alpha will help you put your blessings on your pages.


Check out this fun new boys collection from Studio Flergs. Get the dolls free with purchase of the collection until July 2nd.


A pretty set of pre-made clusters from Karen Lewis ready for you to scrap with.  Pretty Clusters No.1 available at 20% off until Sunday


There’s a sale at Sausandesigns!


Studio Rosey Posey has a new set of Blended Templates this weekend!
Everything is on its own layer so you can customize the layouts to suit your photos!


It’s zoo season and Tracey Monette of Clever Monkey Graphics has just the right kit to scrap your memories – Zoodles of Fun is an inventive mix of her own doodles and some animals done in an altered art method.

Purchase Fuss Free: Wall Art from Fiddle-dee-dee Designs and receive Fuss Free: Wall Art 2 FREE!  Offer valid June 28-July 5, 2012.


Enjoy your Friday!

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P.S. The random winner from the Oscraps feature was Amy in TX. Congrats Amy and have fun spending your $10 at Oscraps!

Do you know about all the free stuff around here?


Ok, by now you should know that The Daily Digi is where you get THE best deal in digital scrapbooking! Annual members are paying less than $6.35 per month for over $50 in digital scrapbooking supplies + an interactive ebook (the playbook)! Monthly subscribers pay only $7.50 a month. We haven’t found anyone else who can even come close to offering what we do! You also can feel confident that you will be receiving the highest quality digital scrapbooking supplies each month because we only invite designers & stores to contribute if they pass our stringent quality checks.

Hello! Why would you pass this up? And at the risk of sounding like a Ginsu knife infomercial… wait, there’s more!


Whether you are a member or not, you will want to sign up for our free newsletter. We regularly send out free gifts from the amazing designers who have been past contributors to The Digi Files! Here are a few of our favorite layouts that we have scrapped with newsletter freebies:


Layout by Heddy created with TDD Newsletter Freebies: Just For Fun 1 mini kit by Heather T. Jewel Toned Butterflies by Kitschy Digitals Just the Basics: Cream Gel Alpha by Mari Koelenberg Other Supplies: Double Masks by Heather T.



Layout by Heddy created with Solo Act No. 3 template by Fizzy Pop Designs (TDD Newsletter Freebie), 12 Months: September kit by Penny Springerman. Other: Word art from The Story of Every Day Life, A Daily Digi collab kit. Paint from Sol by Studio 68



Steph regularly adds special bonuses to the members area so be sure to check your downloads each month! I especially love the templates by team members Kim Lund and Jenn Lindsey.


Layout by Jenn Lindsey created with Bonus Template 2 by Jenn Lindsey (TDD Bonus Gift), My Happy Place by Captivated Visions and LitaBells Designs, Traveling Typewriter and Empty Wrapper fonts



Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Created with Bonus Template 4 by Jenn Lindsey (TDD Bonus Gift), Awesomesauce by Tracie Stroud, Here Comes Trouble by Tracie Stroud and Traci Reed, Beauty In The World by Tracie Stroud, Traveling Typewriter font.



Layout by Katie. Created with Template by Kim Lund (freebie from The Daily Digi). Always There by Eva Kipler from The Digi Files #31 (July 2011). font is Century Gothic



Every four months you are a member of The Digi Game (even if you leave and then come back later) you will receive an extra special bonus kit. The designers who have contributed to The Digi Files in the past help us put together one-of-a-kind exclusive collaborative kits that are never available anywhere else. I love all of these kits and since I’ve been here so long, I’ve had a chance to scrap with every single one of them!



Created with “My Life At Home” an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 20th payment (or 20th month for annual members).




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Scrapped with “My Life In Print” – 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).





I used “My Life At Play” which is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their twelfth payment (or twelfth month for annual members).




Lyndsay Riches Soft Sherbet

“My Journey My Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their eighth payment.





“The Good Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their fourth payment.

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I created an entire album from this one kit for a Week in the Life project. These collaborative kits are big enough that you can use them for multiple pages or even a full album!

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Story of Everyday Life – first exclusive collaboration that you get right when you first subscribe and become a member:



Those are just the “extras” you get for being a part of The Daily Digi. I haven’t even talked about the $50 worth of digital scrapbooking supplies you get every month or the amazing playbooks! I sure hope you are getting a chance to enjoy all that The Daily Digi has to offer! Smile

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Multi-Photo Layouts


Supplies: Celebrate, a TDD member exclusive kit

I am usually a one-photo-a-page type of scrapper. So, when Steph asked if I’d do a post about multi-photo pages, I was nervous! Sure, I can do a multi-photo page when I have a template, but could I do one on my own?

I’m not one to back down from a challenge, so I gave it a try and am pretty pleased with the result!


Supplies: Bloom Where You Are Planted by Traci Reed and Meghan Mullins

I kept the design simple (blocked style) and let the photos be the stars of the page – all six of them!


Here’s what I did, step-by-step:


I organize my photos in Adobe Lightroom, so my first step is to select the photos I want to scrap in Lightroom and then use the “Open in Photoshop” option on each photo. (Note: I’ve already applied my favourite presets to each photo at this point so they are ready to scrap.) Then I drag each photo onto my blank 12×12 canvas and shrink them to fit on the page. At this stage, I’m not worried about composition and the page looks like a mess:



Next, on new layers, I use the shape tool to draw rectangles over each photo’s main area. Then I move the shape layer below the photo layer and clip the photo to the shape to non-destructively “crop” it. I “link” the photos to their respective cropping shape layers so that I can drag the cropped photos around the page.

That sounds more complicated than it is. Here’s a look at my layers palette at this point so you can see what I mean:


Now the page has a bit of breathing room:



I don’t know where this page is going to end up, but I start to group photos based on size and colour, adjusting as needed.



Next, I add in my first set of papers and one element that I really liked in the kit (a butterfly). The page is coming together in a blocked design:


It’s hard to see on this screen capture, but I shadow as I scrap to help me visualize the finalize result.


Next, I add in the title and journaling. At this point, everything “important” is on the page (except the date). It’s still looking a bit plain though:



This is the fun part! I add in more papers and elements until I’m happy with the final product:


Here are some of the finishing touches I added:

  • The date was added in to the main journaling block.
  • Created little flags using the shape tool to add notes to a few photos.
  • Added in flowers and leaves for dimension.
  • Lightened a few of the photos by duplicating the photo layer and setting the layer mode to “screen”.
  • Added an inner stroke to the photos to make them stand out.
  • Swapped some of the paper I had added in an earlier step and added another photo mat to make the bottom row of photos stand out.

To make the photos and mats fit, I also adjusted their sizes as needed.


If you’re like me and you find multi-photo pages intimidating, try a linear, blocked design. It helped me to focus my page on the photos and made fitting all six pictures on the page easy.

So, will I keep doing multi-photo pages in the future? I think so! Single-photo pages will still be my main scrapbooking style, but it was surprisingly fun to scrap an event with many photos.

How To Photograph Fireworks

Do your Independence Day festivities include watching fireworks? Have you wondered why your photographs of the rocket’s red glare look a bit more like blurry bursts of light without much detail?

This year you can capture the beauty of the Fourth of July fireworks with whatever camera you have.

Set your camera up before the fireworks begin. Trust your settings and go with it. It’s far too easy to get caught up in fiddling with everything so that you miss the fireworks and capture nothing. Trust me, I speak from personal experience.

A tabletop display at my neighborhood celebration, using the same settings used for big displays.

Choose Your Settings


You have many choices and lots of creative opportunity. Start with a slow shutter speed to see the fun you can have.

In Manual Mode try these settings:

  • ISO 100
  • Aperture f/8 to  f/16
  • Shutter Speed 2 seconds to 4 seconds (it look like 2 inches, 2″)

Point & Shoot

Choose fireworks mode. This will slow your shutter and help you to capture light trails.


Turn HDR off. Try a an app like Slow Shutter Cam for a little creative edge.

Turn Your Flash Off

You are going to have plenty of light from the fireworks and your flash isn’t going to reach far anyway, so go ahead and turn it off.  Of course, if you want to illuminate someone in the foreground with fireworks in the background flash would be awesome, but that’ s for another post!

Steady Your Camera

No tripod?  Grab any steady surface you can find.

In a pinch, grab a bag of rice before you head out. It is  a nice stabilizer for your camera and is much cheaper than a tripod.

Sometimes the view is as amazing as a stop sign and some trees. But it's my view. The best viewing parking lot in town.

Place Something In The Frame

Foreground objects provide context and point of reference for your fireworks photos. You can get creative with this and scope out your spots before your shoot or just go with what you find from the parking lot you find yourself in!

Anticipate The Shot

Keep in mind that if you press the shutter button WHEN you see the fireworks you are going to capture them too late, producing a photo that isn’t quite what you saw.

Try timing it to press in anticipation of the fireworks. This is especially important for phones and point and shoots.

Enjoy The Moment

Enjoy the display, enjoy photographing it. Take a minute or two and put your camera down to just take in the beauty of the display.

I’d love to hear what frustrates you most about photographing fireworks. Share in the comments below.

Oscraps: A Running Commentary


I’m excited to welcome Oscraps to The Digi Files this month! Several of my favorite designers call the O their home. Their contribution this month includes bits from each desginer at the O. It’s a beautiful, artsy collection and our team had a lot of fun scrapping with it! Let’s take a closer look at “Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab” that is included in The Digi Files this month:


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!


Here are some layouts created using Oscraps’ contribution:

LO1Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab by Oscraps.
Layout by Sula. Supplies: Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab by Oscraps.
Layout by Heather. Supplies: Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab by Oscraps; Fonts: Memorabilia (template) by Studio Jen D; Font: The Liana by Heather Hess. Shadowing Styles by Sahlin Studio.
Layout by Anne. Supplies: Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab by Oscraps; Font: Traveling Typewriter.
Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab by Oscraps.

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

My name is Clara and I’m an army wife and mom to two rambunctious kids (three if you count my husband!) and also the Oscraps Cheery-O Team leader (site CT). I am proud to call Oscraps my digi-hOme. While I have only been there for 4 years the O (as we like to call it) has been open for 6 years. Vicki Stegall is the owner of this site and has created an amazing, laid back community where members can find a fantastic balance of all things scrap related and real life. We currently have over 20 talented designers in the shop that create a wide variety of products to include Traditional, Clean & Simple, Artsy, and even some Fantasy products. The site is newly upgraded and has some fun new features.  We are now able to link our favorite products to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+. We have an active blog with posts several times a week, highlighting kits, members, challenges and even some tips and tricks.  Of course, I always love our monthly challenges. We offer 6 challenges a month that can enter you to win one of 6 designer coupons each month. Most months we also offer an opportunity to win our next months collab before it has even been released. Between these things and the regular stream of new releases our designers put out there is always something going on at Oscraps.






Oscraps started as a blog where Vicki gave away freebies. She never imagined how well loved her products would be and before long her blog morphed into the store you see now, she told me it pretty much happened over night. It wasn’t long before designers were flocking to sell their products alongside hers and now there are always at least 20 designers selling products at any given time. The store has now been open for more than 6 years. Like I mentioned above I have been an active member of Oscraps for 4 years. At the time I started participating in the forums there were several ladies that were planning a vacation together in Mexico. I was blown away that some people who met online wanted to go on vacation together and very quickly found out why. Oscraps’ laid back atmosphere and desire to provide not just a store but a community has created an amazing group of loyal, caring people who are not just scrappers but real friends. I hope to always be a part of this group.

Vicki says refine your style, be who you are, design what you love not what you think is popular, connect with customers and learn everything there is to learn about marketing online.

To pick just one kit as a favorite is nearly impossible. I have several favorites. The great thing about Oscraps Collabs is they are ever evolving because our designers grow and change. But since I have to pick just one…I would have to say that our current collab, Dandelion Days, is one of my very favorite kits. We wanted a kit with clean colors and it became an amazing summer kit. A kit to remind you of all those everyday summer memories. Eating watermelon in the heat, playing in the sprinkler, drinking lemonade on the porch. I think this kit captured that beautifully.


Parisian Holiday was definitely inspired by Christmas and the holiday season but nobody wanted to go in the direction of just another traditional Christmas kit. I believe during the discussions “Please no candy canes” was a specific request. Both the designers and the Cheery-O’s agreed that glamorous was the way to go and what better way to go glam than adding Paris into the mix. This is one of our most versatile collabs we have created. When discussing a collab you come up with a theme and color scheme you think will work well but until it is all packaged and a preview is created you just don’t know what the end result will be, but this kit was definitely a masterpiece and I go back to it often.


Here are some of my favorite products by Oscraps:























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








Oscraps June collab will be 50% off for TDD readers with code O-DANDELION50%.

Go have a look in Oscraps’ 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)!

Inspired by Oscraps

The following layouts were created using “Firefly” created by the Oscraps designers:


Layout by SharonS
Layout by Amber
Layout by Chris
Layout by Diane
Layout by Elisa
Layout by Eva
Layout by Lydia
Layout by Maya
Layout by Ona
Layout by Ona
Layout by Sandrine
Layout by Sue


LO1Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab by Oscraps.
Layout by Sula. Supplies: Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab by Oscraps.
Layout by Heather. Supplies: Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab by Oscraps; Fonts: Memorabilia (template) by Studio Jen D; Font: The Liana by Heather Hess. Shadowing Styles by Sahlin Studio.
Layout by Anne. Supplies: Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab by Oscraps; Font: Traveling Typewriter.
Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Firefly Nights :: Oscraps Collab by Oscraps.

What’s YOUR learning style?


Have you heard of learning “styles”? Do you recognize that you favor certain approaches or types of learning? While everyone has a variety of successful ways that they can learn, it’s been proven through many studies that most people can benefit by tapping into their preferred method of learning. This theory is also known as multiple intelligences and the great thing about it is that the focus is on what works best for YOU!


The general idea is that not everyone learns in the same way. Someone might be able to understand how to run a new program like Adobe Lightroom by reading a blog article or book about it. Others might need a friend or a video tutorial to show them each step. Some won’t feel like they “get it” until they load up Lightroom and try out each feature themselves through trial and error.


Many people will find that combining a few different methods makes the learning even more enjoyable!


Chances are, you already have a pretty good idea of what works for you. Do you prefer to read a book, or listen to a lecture? Can you remember a list of items that someone recites to you, or do you need to have it written down? Do you like to work with your hands, or figure out problems in your head? There are official names for each of these styles and they are the subjects of multiple books, websites, and learning programs.

The founder of the multiple intelligences theory proposed several distinct styles and many programs now recognize these basic approaches for learning:


While these are not scientific quizzes, filling out a few online questions can give you a good idea of what styles fit you the best. I like this one on edutopia.com. Want to see my results?


My strongest areas were intrapersonal, interpersonal, and linguistic. When I clicked on each result I found that these were pretty accurate for me.

Intrapersonal intelligence has been said to be the road to achievement, learning, and personal satisfaction. You are connected to who you are and how you feel, and you know your own limits and abilities. You often set goals for yourself, self-manage, and reflect on results.

Those with intrapersonal intelligence do well in careers where self-management is important, such as being a writer, a teacher, a counselor, a police officer, or a pilot.

Tips for the way you learn:
  • Study alone in a comfortable yet quiet environment.
  • Set goals for yourself, and monitor your progress regularly.
  • Reflect on what you have learned, and think through new material.
  • Create a connection between new material and subjects you already know, and gain understanding by finding their similarities.

Interpersonal learners thrive on social interaction. Friends often ask you for advice because you are understanding and in tune with the people around you and their motives, emotions, perspectives, and moods.

Your ability to manage relationships helps you understand situations and take a leadership role when necessary. You enjoy teaching and sharing your thoughts.

Careers that require insight and the ability to read what someone else is thinking or feeling — such as teaching, psychology, or sales — would be a great match for those with interpersonal intelligence.

Tips for the way you learn:
  • Give and receive feedback.
  • Talk out problems.
  • Work on large-group projects so you can use your social abilities to divide up tasks and understand all aspects of the project.
  • Be a part of active learning through mentoring, tutoring, or an apprenticeship. This activity will reinforce your own knowledge or abilities.

Linguistic learners are often associated with doing well in school. You have the ability to use words effectively for reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The poet has been described as the epitome of verbal-linguistic intelligence.

Tips for the way you learn:
  • Use words to explain complicated subjects.
  • Ask questions.
  • Engage in the Socratic method, digesting information through a question-and-answer exchange.
  • Hone your native ability to tell a story.


This simple little exercise not only helped me better understand my strengths and weaknesses, I also gained some great ideas for how to improve my approach to learning. It’s interesting to me that I scored the same for interpersonal as I did for intrapersonal, but that actually says quite a bit about me. I need my solitude AND people to share my ideas with. It’s a delicate balance at times. This leads me to explore a lot of personality traits in myself as well. I love little quizzes and tools for this type of introspection. Plus, I have a lot of new material for some All About Me pages now!

I’d love to hear what your learning styles are. Smile

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Play It Again Smarty Pants!


There are so many ways to scrap the same memory. If you give a handful of scrapbookers the same photos and journaling to work with, you will get a different result from each of them…and they are all wonderful! I love our “play it again” series here at The Daily Digi because it illustrates that there are as many ways to scrap a page as there are artists to create them.

This time around, I asked team member Jenn Lindsey to share some material for a special layout. She said  “My oldest is just finishing Kindergarten, and we’re so proud that he can now read! Included are several pictures to choose from as well as the journaling. I don’t care if less pics are used, I just included a bunch so they’d have the option of as many or few as they wanted to use.”


When Ben started Kindergarten this past Fall, there were a few words that he could “read” – meaning that he just recognized them. A few months into the school year though, he was already through the list of 100 “popcorn words” that they had to learn by the end of the year. By Christmas, we saw a huge difference, where he would read or try to sound out everything he saw whenever we were in the car or in a store. It was so exciting to see him grasping the concept of reading, and how quickly his ability developed.

We’ve always read a book or two to the boys at bedtime, and now that Ben can read so well he frequently does the honor. It’s always such a touching moment to see Ben reading to Jack, or him giggling while looking at the Sunday comics, or asking how to spell certain words so he can search for things on the computer. We had no idea he’d learn so much in Kindergarten, but are grateful for the solid foundation he’s already obtained. – May 2012

Jenn’s layout is so eye-catching with that big blended photo as a background. I love the themed embellishments and word art that call attention to her son’s great accomplishment!


Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Credits:  Bookmarked by The Tattered Pear, summer Reading by Jennifer Barrette, Wrecked alpha by Brittish Designs, Small Typewriting and My Own Topher fonts.


Chloe’s layout has such a fun title and that stack of books is the perfect finishing touch for a layout that celebrates a new reader.

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Layout by Chloé Marcanti. Smart Little Cookies by ENKay Design, Alphas in the title (top to bottom) : Alpha Dots (in the « Essential White » pack) by Shawna Clingerman, Digi Essentials 6 by Karla Dudley and «Alpha N°1 by Amanda Heimann. Shadow styles by Megan Turnridge, Fonts are A Mr Ferguson by Charm Box Studios and Traveling Typewriter.


I like to play along also and I had such a great time creating this page for Jenn’s son. I couldn’t bear to cut out any of the darling photos so I used them all and kept the layout centered around the blocks of photographs.

a great reader TDD jenn

Layout by Katie Nelson. Storytime by Kristin Aagard & Nikki Beaudreau. Teen font.


Britanee did such a great job adding vibrant colors and an energetic feel to this layout. I love the picture of the two boys together with their big smiles and she made that image come to life by clustering it with fun embellishments.


Layout by britaneejean credits: Love to Read (June 2012 Mega) – Scrap Orchard Designers, Typative Tall font – WM[squared] Designs, Rock the Shadows Layer Styles – Tracie Stroud


Nikki added so many fun pieces to this page that it feels like you can keep discovering new little goodies every time you look at it. I especially adore the bingo-style READ card!


Layout by Nikki Epperson. Credits: Dog Eared by Meghan Mullens and Traci Reed, DJB All The Cool Chicks by Darcy Baldwin, Sassy Pants by Erica Zane and Traci Reed (paint and stitch), Family Time by Penny Springmann (stamp mat), Lifelong Friends by Meghan Mullens and Heather Roselli (circle stitch)


I love the clean photo-book style of Anne’s layout. The pictures are the star and the story shines on a page like this one!


Layout by Anne. Credits: paper and elements from My Life At Home (Daily Digi collaborative kit_) Fonts: Arial and Clementine Sketch.


Lorelei’s page is a stunning piece of art! I love the way she extracted the photo and put it into a scene of make-believe. What a great way to illustrate the journey a book can take you on!


Layout by Lorilei Murphy. Credits: Hair Brushes by Studio Wendy, Word Art by Studio Bethany, Don’t Eat Worms by Studio Lorie.


What type of layout would you create with this memory? What style appeals to you most? Review each page design and think about what you like about it, or what you would do differently. 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, be open to trying new things. It’s ok to play with different styles and just have fun!

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P.S. the title graphic was created with Storytime by Kristin Aagard & Nikki Beaudreau and the too much paper font.

P.P.S. The winners from this week’s designer features are: Andrea (Erica Zane), Melanie (River Rose), and Teri (Jessica Sprague).

Lots to Like on a Friday

I think the “like button” is one of the greatest features on facebook, and I love being able to add my own “thumbs up” to show my support for something.

Make sure you LIKE The Daily Digi on Facebook and hit that LIKE button on The Digi Show as well! You’ll always know when there’s a new podcast available to listen to. We got back to recording this week and we have a fun new show with guest Pattie Knox that will be up soon!



There are LOTS of other great things to like about today… check out what’s new in digiland!

New exclusive facebook freebie from Studio Basic


Crepe Papers from Jacque Larsen. Hand made, bright colors with a Mod Podge artistic design! 20% OFF all weekend long with an a coupon for an ADDITIONAL 15% off for TDD readers!! woot! The code is CP_TDD


*FREE with your $10 Purchase* Her Name Was Lola by Libby Pritchett (now I’ll be singing that song all day. lol!)


Fun new templates from fiddle-dee-dee designs


Kelleigh Ratzlaff is now designing digital paper to go along with her fun papercraft templates.  Head over to her Facebook Page to pick up a FREE set of solids to match her new Summer Lovin’ papers.


Introducing The Digital Scrapbooker’s Guide to Blending, a self-paced class! Advanced digital scrapbookers are known for creating inspiring, expressive, and often jaw-dropping layouts. Now you can build them too! Join Tiffany Tillman in creating one-of-a-kind digital blended pages using Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Element’s versatile tools.


Scrapping with Liz has a big new set of templates out. You can use these templates to create monthly summaries, document your activities or travels, or use them for your Project 365 photos. The whole set has 16 templates!


The Studio Girls debut their first ever Commercial Use collab kit with Studio Mix #25 by Studio Amanda, Studio Flergs, Studio JenD, Studio Miki, Studio MissVivi, Studio Vivarant & Studio Wendy. Pick up the entire bundle at 50% off, or individual packs at 25% off through the weekend.


I love it when a designer has a birthday sale. The more years they celebrate, the better for us! Winking smile Happy Birthday Jennifer Labre!


It’s always more fun to go shopping with a coupon! Thanks to Quirky Twerp for sending this one for our readers. code is summerfun


A super fun & funky kit from Erica Zane at the Sweet Shoppe


Press cards no. 17 is 25% off thru Sunday, June 24th, 2012. This set is designed specifically for project life -both the digital and the regular version.  These cards work nicely on digital layouts as well.


If you love chevron prints, you’ll love these overlays from WM Squared


Traci Reed has some fabulous summer kits coming out this weekend


Karen Lewis has a set of 8 journal cards with an adorable grunge butterfly stamped on each. These are great for adding journaling to a regular layout or for use in any Project 365 or Project Life layouts. Journal Cards: Butterflies is 20% off until Sunday June 24th 2012.


Kaboom! by Heather T. is a super-fun kit exploding with color and fireworks (20% off @ MScraps through Sunday).


SuzyQ Scraps and Amanda Heimann have a new collection perfect for celebrating your American Pride — snag the bundle for only $9.28 before 6/27, plus receive a FREE 4-pack of templates. (Canadian? Be sure to check their store for a Canadian Pride kit too!)


Kate Hadfield has a new set of Super Hero inspired doodles out at The Lilypad today! Super Duper (and the coordinating Comic Alpha) are both on sale at 20% off all weekend!


Love this new collab from One Little Bird Designs & Sahlin Studio!

fresh by one little bird and sahlin studio

Need scrapping inspiration?  Try using a FREE template from Sahlin Studio.


Hope your Friday is filled with lots of fun things to like!

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