Will You Be One of SEVEN to Win?


SEVEN awesome products from SEVEN amazing designers!! That’s what you will find in The Digi Files and Digi Game this month!

Did you know that 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! Today is the last day you can get ALL of these goodies for at this low price. At midnight ET today these products will disappear only to return in the designers’ stores at full retail price.

There is no obligation! You can cancel your membership at any time!

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 – PDF and iBooks).
  • Learn the latest digital scrapbooking techniques in the Playbook.
  • Products are automatically added to your account each month, no checkout or PayPal login required

This really IS the BEST deal in digital!!

Here’s what our members are saying about this membership program:

So much to love, I’m not sure where to start!  I love the variety in the kits, and how the kits usually reflect what I want to scrap about for that month/season.  I have some kits that I keep going back to again, and again.  I have also discovered so many wonderful designers thanks to The Daily Digi. It is the best scrapbooking deal in my budget! –Sherry

This is my first month subscribing to the Digi Files. I’ve received the newsletter for a while, but finally decided to go ahead and subscribe. I’m very happy with what I received — great value and quality! So many wonderful possibilities! I especially love… the additional coupons from the designers. Amazing! Thank you! – Sabrina

When I place an order for membership I ordered a full year, by mistake.  Steph was very helpful in letting me know how to change my subscription.  I decided to keep the full year (13 months) after receiving my first month.  What a wonderful package!  I have just started digi scraping and am so please to be a member of Daily Digi.  My files are now getting some wonderful packages, the tutorials and The Digi Show are extremely helpful.  Thank you Steph. – Lynda

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

Amy Stoffel: The Little Smirk

Little Butterfly Wings: My Favourite Punk Rock Band

eNKay Designs: Simply Created Art

Nettio Designs: California Girl At Heart

Crisdam Designs: Training Myself

Anna Forrest Designs


Design by Dani: First Layer of Dots



In the July 2012 Playbook, we talk about:

  • Big Photo Backgrounds
  • Wrapping Elements
  • Layout Design
  • Using Patterned Papers
  • Editing and Changing Photos for a Layout
  • Title Techniques
  • Taking Your Layouts to The Next Level

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!

Play it Again with a recipe


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 had team member Jenn Lindsey send me a recipe and a photo to use. We thought it would be fun to see how different digital scrapbookers would scrap a recipe!

Jenn said “The dessert itself is scrumptious, and perfect for summertime.  I remembered seeing someone grilling cake on one of the Food Network shows, so I thought I’d give it a try and make my own recipe.”

Here’s Jenn’s photo & recipe:


Grilled Strawberry Poundcake

1 pint fresh strawberries
1 loaf poundcake
3 Tbs. melted salted butter
1 tsp. fresh grated lemon zest
1/4 c. strawberry jelly
1 c. heavy whipping cream
4 Tbs. sugar
few sprigs of fresh mint (optional)

1. Several hours before you’re going to serve this, clean and slice the strawberries, sprinkle with 3 Tbs. sugar, and refrigerate.

2. After preparing the strawberries, place whipping cream and remaining 1 Tbs. of sugar into a chilled bowl. Whip on high speed with a mixer until light and fluffy. Chill

3. Before serving time, preheat barbecue grill to medium-low heat, and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Remove strawberries and whipped cream from refrigerator.

4. Slice pound cake into equal slices (approx. 3/4 – 1″ in thickness)

5. Brush each side of the cake with melted butter and place on a baking sheet.

6. Add the lemon zest to the strawberries and lightly toss to mix.

7. Place each piece of the pound cake onto the preheated grill. Let them lightly toast for 1-2 minutes, flip and repeat. (You’ll only want to leave them on the grill long enough to leave light grill marks so be careful not to burn them)

8. Place the jelly into a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 – 45 seconds, or until melted. Be careful not to let it boil over.

9. Arrange each dessert with 1-2 pieces of poundcake, approx. 1/2 c. of strawberry mixture, topped with a spoonful of the whipped cream, and then drizzled with the melted jelly. Accent with a sprig of fresh mint if desired.

Five Different Results

I love this 12×12 layout by Emilie with the recipe taking center stage. Those berries on the wood background make my mouth water, and the blue ribbon at the bottom of the photo is the perfect finishing touch!

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Layout by Emilie Stevenson. Gallery Link. Credits: Country Love kit and clusters by Etc. by Danyale, Charmstagram Toolbox by Charm Box Studios, Doily from Family Affair by Alamama’s Pressed Petals.

These7x5 Recipe Cards by Lorilei Murphy are such a clever way to beautifully document a recipe! If you wanted to keep them in a recipe file box, all you would need to do is glue the backs of the cards together to form a single card.


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Recipe Cards by Lorilei Murphy. Gallery Link. Supplies from Studio Miki –  Strawberry Lane, Studio Bethany – BBQ Manly Wordart, and Studio Blagovesta – Perfect Day.

Anne’s layout is a great illustration of how you can use any color scheme or style to scrap a page. Don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to a “matchy-matchy” kit or color palette. The grays and blues of this layout are beautiful and the photo pops against the soft backdrop!


Layout by Anne. Gallery link. Credits:Papers and elements from November Rain by MScraps (collab), frame element from Night&Day by Che Yang Designs. Fonts: American Typewriter and The Maple Origins

I love the cheery and sweet feeling of BritaneeJean’s layout! The bright colors are just perfect for enhancing the photo and theme. The title font is one of my favorites (Pacifico).


Layout by britaneejean. Gallery link. Credits: Beary Beary Sweet by Kay Miller, 8×8 Recipe Book Templates by Scrapping with Liz, fonts are Pacifico & Times New Roman.

I prefer to keep my recipes in a 3 ring binder with 8.5×11 size pages in page protectors. It’s easy and fun to dress up a recipe with some digi supplies!

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Layout by Katie. Gallery Link. Credits: Betty by Amy Stoffel. Century Gothic font.

How would you scrap this recipe? Review each 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 made with Betty by Amy Stoffel and the Lobster font.

Cookbook Collection


I love to cook. Every weekend, you’ll find me pouring over cookbooks, marking recipes to try. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite cookbooks and recipes.

None of these are affiliate links – I just really like these cookbooks!


These are the cookbooks that I reach for every week to make our family meals.


I use this cookbook every week. Here are some family favourites:

  • Cajun Skillet Beans – This is an amazing and simple bean and tomato dish that we top with grated cheddar cheese  and serve with warm cornbread. I like to make it in a triple batch so that I have some to freeze and use on busy weeknights. (I even freeze cornbread to have with it!)
  • Pad Thai – This recipe book has a great kid-friendly vegetarian Pad Thai. My kids devour it!
  • Moosewood Fudge Brownies – These 6 ingredient brownies are perfect. And almost too easy to make!


500 Best Muffin Recipes

Just like the title says, this book has the 500 best muffin recipes! My 6 year old daughter and I make a batch of homemade muffins almost every weekend. I love that I can pull out this book and be guaranteed to find a recipe that works for the ingredients I have on hand.

My kids love chocolate muffins (of course!) and banana chocolate-chip. I’m partial to the rhubarb muffins. A fresh muffin and a coffee is a great way to start a weekend morning!


Canadian Living: The Vegetarian Collection: Creative Meat-Free Dishes That Nourish and Inspire

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love the recipes in The Vegetarian Collection by Canadian Living! They’re hearty and delicious. Canadian Living has an amazing recipe web site and many of the recipes in their books are also on their web site. Here are some I make regularly:

  • Chili Fries – Deadly simple to make and SO good.
  • Spaghetti with Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce & Basil – The sauce on this is tangy (thanks to balsamic vinegar) and mixed with some goat cheese, it is heavenly!
  • Biryani – A mild curried rice dish, we love it served with plain yogurt, chutney and naan bread.
  • Cider-Glazed Roasted Veggies – You can use any root veggies (rutabaga, parsnips, carrots…) for this dish. Roasting them in an apple cider-butter glaze brings out their natural sweetness. I serve them on a bed of couscous topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Leftovers are awesome the next day, too!
  • Oven Roasted Ratatouille on Cornmeal Pancakes


Dinner Survival: The Most Uncomplicated, Approachable Way to Get Dinner to Fit Your Life

Sandi Richard’s is an amazing cook! I love these family-friendly meals that are written in such a way that it helps you to cook a whole meal (main + sides) as fast as possible. One of the best pieces of cooking advice I have received is from her: When you get home from work, immediately pull out all the ingredients and cook supplies needed to make your planned meal.  Once everything is out, then go ahead and change out of your work clothes and relax for 10 minutes. Once the food is on the counter, you are much less likely to say you’re too tired to cook. She’s right – it definitely works for me! You can find a lot of her recipes on The Food Network Canada site.


I have some cookbooks that I regularly cook from and others that I rarely or never cook from, but that I love to read and look at. I don’t think I’ve made a thing out of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, but I loved reading it – it’s beautiful! Same for Nigella Lawson’s How to Be a Domestic Goddess. Here are a few others:


I love, love, love to buy fundraising cookbooks. I find it fascinating to see what recipes people contributed and what they feel represents the very best of their kitchens.

I also love that the desserts section is almost invariably the largest section of any fundraising cookbook. Smile


The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time

I really should make more meals out of The Family Dinner by Laurie David. They do look yummy! I bought it though because I like the stories about how to make the family dinner an enjoyable family ritual.


We cook vegetarian at home, so The Big Cook, which features meals mostly containing meat is more of an inspiration than a “source” for us. I do use a number of the sauces for vegetables and alternate protein sources (tofu, beans) though. They’re super good! The book is well designed to allow you to make large batches to have future meals prepped in the freezer. As the book site says, “The recipes have been designed with 4 columns to make between 1 and 8 meals of the same recipe. Each meal feeds between 4 to 6 people.”


Last year I purchased my first eReader and I take it with me every where I go. It makes sense then that I’d put a few favourite cookbooks on it. When I’m on my way to the grocery store, I can scroll through a cookbook, find a quick meal idea and have all the needed ingredients listed right in front of me. You could also use your tablet computer for the same function if you carry it with you.

On my eReader, I keep these cookbooks:



I think you should have as many cookbooks as you have space for on your shelves! Winking smile I do enjoy recipes found online (thanks, Pinterest!), but there’s something special about my own cookbooks, splattered with cooking messes and my own handwritten notes. Some of them open automatically to favourite recipes!

Scrapbook Supplies Reorganization


Header graphic made from Scrap and Snap TDD member exclusive kit and doodle from Scrapping 9 to 5 by Kate Hadfield


I’ve been digital scrapbooking since 2006 and my basic folder organization had remained the same until recently: I downloaded new products into a master folder called “Scrap Supplies” and unzipped them there. Once I used them, I moved each product to a folder by type: alphas, kits, element packs, and templates. Fast forward a few years and those folders were getting huge!

A few years ago, I bought the file manager program ACDSee in an attempt to use keyword tags to organize the supplies I had in those folders. When I first bought the program, I used keyword tags on I everything owned. I mean literally everything! I opened up all my kits and tagged them down to individual staples and buttons. I even tagged all my papers with colour keywords. My list of keyword tags was so long that I had to scroll through it!

After a while, I joined some creative teams (CTs) and began to scrap more and more, with several new products a week. I could no longer keep up with tagging every item, so I switched to tagging just previews, except for templates, where I still tagged every individual template.


After my Great EHD Crash of 2012 and subsequent restore experience, I decided to reorganize my folders. Why now? Well, I had in my hands a perfect back-up of everything on my computer in the form of my restore EHD. So, I could mess with my folders and if I didn’t like it at the end, I could painlessly go back. The time was right!

My first order of business was to tackle my folder organization. I wanted to have smaller folders (to help them load faster) and make the folders themselves reflect how I scrap.

I really like the idea of being able to pull “this” from one kit and “that” from another kit and make a page. But, that’s just not me. I am a one-kit scrapper for the most part. So, all I really need to tag is the previews of products.

After some reflection, I realized that I also think of my products mostly by store and designer because of my CT commitments. Even when I scrap with other (non-CT) products, I am often participating in a challenge at an individual store, so I still need to be able to find products from a particular store or designer.


I updated my products so that they are now organized in folders by Store>Designer. As I download new products, I move them right away into their Designer’s folder. This keeps my folder sizes manageable. If a designer moves stores, I can easily drag their folder into their new store’s folder. Similarly, if a designer retires, I can move them to a ‘Retired’ folder.


After making the decision to only tag product previews, I was able to simplify my keyword listing substantially:


You can see that my kits and elements have sub-folders. These are:

Kits: Birthday Kits, Boy Kits, Christmas Kits, Girl Kits, Halloween Kits

Elements: Arrows, Birthday, Borders, Brushes, Butterflies, Christmas, Doodles, Fasteners, Flowers, Frames, Hearts, Journal Spots, Masks, Paint/Glitter, Papers, Paper Tears/Curls, Ribbon/String, Shape Templates, Stars, Stitching, Word Art

(I’m going to see how these tags work for me, but I may reduce the number of element pack tags in the future.)

Tagging just the previews gives my organization a “store” feel. So, if I want to find a template, I select the keyword “template” and here’s what I see:


And for kits I have something similar:


This was an excellent start! Next I added in keyword tags for stores and designers. So, if I want all my products by a particular designer, I click on her keyword tag and all her products appear!

The folders themselves are organized by Store>Designer, but it was only a short project to add these designer keyword tags to product previews and a benefit is that I can add multiple designers to each collaboration kit preview without actually storing the kit in multiple locations.

I also like tagging stores and designers so that I can quickly find all their products prior to purchasing new ones – hopefully this will help me avoid duplicate purchases!

Just like for folders, it is super-easy to change keywords if a designer moves stores or retires. (Just select all a designer’s products and ‘un-check’ the old store keyword and then ‘check’ the new store keyword. Done!)


Now that I am no longer tagging individual elements, I rely on the search function within ACDSee to help me find the occasional “extra” item I want on a page that may not be within the kit I’m using. If I search for *butterfly* or *staple*, I’ll get a good list of files in my Scrap Supplies folders. Will I get results showing every butterfly or staple I own? No. Search will only show the ones that the designer has named with the words in the file name. So, if there is a butterfly named “ABCDesigns_el02”, it won’t show up in the search. Fortunately, more and more designers are giving descriptive names to their products.

I haven’t had a chance to do it yet in my new organization system, but soon I’m going to tag all my go-to items – my favourite staples, kraft papers, white papers, plain tags, stitches, etc. Katie posted about the idea of doing that here. It’s great!


One of the pitfalls about earlier versions of ACDSee is that the metadata was not embedded in each tagged file. In newer versions you can embed metadata. I have ACDSee 14 and you do it via the following menu choices:


If you want more information about metadata, read Steph and Kayla’s post about What Metadata Is and Why You Should Care.


It took me about a day (on and off) to reorganize my digital supplies and tag everything according to my new system – I’d estimate over 1500 previews tagged in various categories. So, even if you’ve been scrapping for years, I can say with experience that it is not too late to get organized or reorganize!

So far I’m quite happy with it! I can find everything easily and tagging new purchases is painless.

If you want more information about other ways to organize, check out all of our organization posts here.

How do you organize your scrap supplies? Do you use a similar folder/tagging system? Something totally unique? Tell us about it in the comments!

Playbook Packs

Playbook Pack 1: January – June 2011


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Finding Fun on Friday


There are plenty of fun things to keep us busy this Funtastic Friday! We recorded a new Digi Show this past week. Katie, Peppermint and I were joined by Brittney of Britt-ish Designs and Kim (a.k.a MissKim) to discuss scrapbooking Disney and other vacations. It was a fun (and funny) discussion! Never been to Disney, don’t worry, neither has Peppermint, so you’re in good company!

Here’s are some other things you can find around digi land…

Flergs has this super summery collection out:



Studio Basic has a new Facebook fan freebie:



Jenn Labre has an exclusive coupon just for our readers!



Mye has released this beautiful new collection in her DHD shop! Get 30% off when you use the code “mye_4TDD” today only!



Scrapbook your Olympic memories, sports events, scholastic achievements, and any other “winning” theme with this fun kit by SuzyQ Scraps — save 20% when you purchase before 8/2!


Check out these new templates from Liz. These templates have a comic-book feel and are a fun way to scrap conversations, funny sayings or quotations, and other snippets of everyday life. She even has a fun FWP this week. Make sure you check it out.

Laura Banasiak has this fun collection out:


T for Me has Summer Memories – bundle ready for this Friday! Also as separate packs and there is a matching Quick Page Album as well! Here is the Bundle – alpha set, element pack and paper pack! Happy Summer Weekend from t for me designs.

Summer Memories | The Bundle by t for me designs


New from Sahlin Studio:

paper piercing / stitch holes: basic


Unusual and fun set of templates by Heather T.: Grilled Templates–20% off at MScraps through Sunday.

Grilled Templates


That Darn Cat by mle Card is perfect for the cat lover! It will help you scrap a variety of situations. From their funny quirks, to their annoying habits to their most endearing qualities. Purchase the bundle and save 45% AND you will get the girl add-on FREE! Offer and Sale expires 8/2.



Yin has a new template set in her store. It’s called ‘Large photo & multiples’ where each of the 5 templates feature a large full page photo overlay with multiple smaller ones.


New from Viva Artistry:



Kami and Amanda have 2 new collabs this week. If you buy the bundle you can get the word bits for free!


Tracie Stroud is having a huge birthday sale! Her entire shop at Scrap Orchard is 35% off through August 2, and if you spend $10 in her shop in one transaction, you will receive the One Year Older Bundle FREE!



You will want to check out Sweet Shoppe Designs’ contest:



Here’s a simply adorable new kit from Chelle:



I found this super fun, FREE collection that I wanted to share:

Raggedy Ann & Andy

Rhadonda was the winner of the random drawing from the comments on Amy Stoffel’s post. She won $10 in product from Amy! Smile

Have a great weekend! Smile

Puppet Warp That Thing


We have talked about the Puppet Warp tool in Photoshop on The Digi Show many times and it was a really exciting thing for me to try. Each time we’ve talked about it, I have thought I need to put a tutorial up showing our readers how to use it. It first made its appearance in PSCS 5 and is a great tool for digi scrappers!

What does it do?

The puppet warp tool allows us to move portions of an image and keep the pixels and aspect ratio in tact. Have you ever used a ribbon, string, pennant, or other element on a layout and wished you could move one side of it up or down? The Puppet Warp tool allows you to do this and so much more! The very best way to see what it does is for me to show you.

How do you use it?

The first thing you need to do is select the layer you want to warp in the layers stack.


I’m using the pennant/bunting from Dani’s kit that is included in The Digi Files this month.

Go to Edit>Puppet Warp


This is what the bunting looked like after selecting the Puppet Warp tool:


We need to place some pins along the bunting in the areas we want to remain in the place. The placed pins keep that part of the element from being moved when the active pin is dragged. Below is what the active pin looks like:


I want to bring the right side of this banner up a bit, so here is where I placed my pins:


Now, just click on the active pin on the far right and drag it up where you want it.



For an additional challenge, try Puppet Warping part of a photo or a drop shadow. There are lots of great uses for this fun tool!

Making and Scrapping Olympic Memories

Daily Digi Olympics

My family and I are all pretty excited for the Summer Olympics that start this Friday, July 27, 2012. My husband loves all sports and is extremely patriotic so the Olympic games are just about his most favorite thing ever! My kids and I also enjoy watching and we always do some fun family activities to make it more memorable. I guess we caught the Olympic fever back in 2002 when our hometown had the chance to host the games. It was an experience I’ll never forget!

Most of us won’t get the opportunity to actually attend the games in London, but even if you’re just watching from home there are still plenty of ways to make memories.

Visit the official website for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Check out when your favorite events are scheduled and watch or record them on TV.


Make some Olympic treats and take pictures of them to use on scrapbook pages. It will make it more fun to watch the games if you serve some tasty treats.


Source: nobiggie.net via Katie on Pinterest




Host a party for your family and/or friends with games and crafts relating to the Olympic theme.



Source: redtedart.com via Katie on Pinterest


Share some fun facts and interesting tidbits about the Olympics.

Source: sheknows.com via Katie on Pinterest


Create some photobooth fun and print out your own props for some memorable photos!

Photobooth fun by Steph using Kate Hadfield’s doodles

Of course, I look at the Olympics as a great big scrapbooking opportunity! I have 2 giant paper scrapbooks filled with newspaper clippings and photos from the 2002 Olympics held in Salt Lake City, Utah. I really want to convert some of those layouts to digital and also create some more that I’ve thought of over the years. Here’s a page I created a few years ago about our visit to the Utah Olympic Park near Park City, Utah.

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I only have one other digital layout of the 2002 Olympics, but I’m feeling inspired to make more now that the games are starting up again. Maybe that’s something I can do during all the time that the TV will be on over the next few weeks?


Of course, it will be a lot easier to scrap the Olympics now that I’m a digital scrapbooker. Memory keeping technology and options are so much better now!

I can take screen shots from my computer or even my iPhone or iPad to use on pages. Official Olympic websites and media sites are good resources.


Take pictures of your tv screen as you watch events. This is an older photo I snapped of my husband watching a Utah Jazz game, but the idea is the same. You can take a picture of the screen and/or also include those who are watching. Bonus points for catching the dog hoping for some spilled potato chips. lol!


Watch wikimedia commons for copyright-free pictures of the Olympics. I found this beautiful torch photo that I can use on a page about the Utah Olympics.


And don’t forget about digital scrapbooking products that will help you tell your story!

I’m so excited to use these doodles from Kate Hadfield (who lives in England) to illustrate our 2012 London Summer Olympics experience! They won’t officially be released for sale until Friday, but she’s letting us have access to the link a few days early. Thanks Kate! Smile


Her winter games doodles are perfect if you have some older Olympic memories to scrap.


I also love this fun Olympic collection from Dawn Inskip!


SuzyQ Scraps has a fun winter Olympics kit that has some elements that would work for the summer games as well. A little birdie also told me that SuzyQ has a new Olympic themed kit coming out this Friday so be sure to check out our Funtastic Friday post!


Also, look for kits with summer sports themes like this one from Heather Roselli.


You can also use papers and alphas in the Olympic colors. Stretch those papers and kits!

I hope you are excited to make and scrap some Olympic-sized memories now!

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P.S. The title graphic for this post was made with Kate Hadfield’s “Let the Games Begin” doodles, Misty Cato’s Sunbleached kit (water), and the Lobster font.

How To Work The Shot

Do you see other people’s photos and wonder how they can be so creative? Are you frustrated because what you see IS NOT what you photograph?

You’ve got to work the shot.

What does that mean anyway?

Let me let you in on a photography secret, one I was reminded of while watching Scott Kelby’s Google+ Video.

You can’t just stand there and shoot. You’ve got to do some creative work. You’ve got to move. As Scott says, “you’ve got to work the scene.”

Think about how you create a scrapbook page. You might place your photo on the page and drag it up, down, left, and right. You are searching. Looking for the sweet spot. With practice, you begin to find it faster.

Use the same technique when photographing your next subject.

Walk around. Move around. See things from a different angle.

Try shooting from a lower viewpoint.

Or a higher one.

Or going straight on.

Shoot with a wide open aperture. Or close it down, selecting f/16 or f/22.

What happens? They all change the creative impact of your photo.

Somewhere in all of that moving around you will find THE shot.

Creativity takes work. Creation doesn’t happen when you stand in one spotClick To Tweet.

What Should You Do Now?

So you know you’ve got to work the shot. How do you do that?

Step 1: Walk around your subject

Look for angles. Look for views you haven’t seen before. Watch the light. Consider placing your subject in a different spot in the frame. Do something you don’t normally do.

Step 2: Look for the good light

Watch for the light. Look for the light as it brightens eyes and illuminates faces. Look for shadows that compliment parts.

Step 3: Watch For The Action

Look for where the action is happening. Their hands, their face, their movement.

Step 4: Shoot. And then shoot again

Don’t shoot with a shotgun approach. Shoot with precision and thought. Don’t skimp on the shots, but do make each one really count. And edit to finish the shot.

And Then, Remember…

Your eyes don’t see things in the same way as your lens so you’ve got to work the shot. You’ve got to find the angle that gives you something that really works, or maybe something even better.

The more you play with your camera, the more you get to know your lenses, the faster you will begin to bridge the gap between what you see and what your eye sees.

Now let me know what you look for when you are working the shot by leaving a comment below.

Amy Stoffel: The Little Smirk


I first discovered Amy and her adorable designs a long time ago, but she took a break from designing right as I was getting ready to invite her to contribute to The Digi Files. I was thrilled to see her designing again! I love her bright, bold use of color. I adore the fun and unique elements that can be found in each collection! She does a really great job on theming her kits and creating a cohesive design from top to bottom. Let’s take a closer look at “Vanilla Ice Cream Baby” 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!

dotsHere are some layouts created using Amy Stoffel’s contribution:

Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Vanilla Ice Cream Baby by Amy Stoffel; Scrappable Single #44 by Tiffany Tillman; Font: Rub This!
LO2 Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Vanilla Ice Cream Baby by Amy Stoffel; Cindy’s Layered Templates Set No. 24 by Cindy Schneider; Sunday Shoes Alpha by Krystal Hartley.


LO3 Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Vanilla Ice Cream Baby by Amy Stoffel.


Layout by Katie. Supplies: Vanilla Ice Cream Baby by Amy Stoffel; Fonts: Lobster 1.4 and Mufferaw.


Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Scrapping with Liz, Fonts: Elephants in Cherry Trees, Pea Amy


Hello, I’m Amy Stoffel. I live in Marana, Arizona with my husband Brandon and our two sons Jacob and Braden and our dog Rex. I’m passionate about memory keeping, and recording all the small details of my families lives! I also love cooking, jewelry making, collecting vintage bits, reading, music and watching UFC.





Sometimes I look at my oldest son, Jacob and I cannot believe how grown up he is and how handsome he has become. I love the little smirk on his face, and the splattering of freckles across his nose and cheeks.


I started paper scrapbooking in 1996, when I stumbled across some products in a craft store. I was hooked instantly! After I had my first child in 2004, it became harder and harder to not only find the time to scrapbook, but to find the time to lug out all my products, cut and paste and make a page in between taking care of a baby.

In 2008 my Dad gave me Photoshop to help me with my photos, and I discovered digital scrapbooking through online friends. I started out mainly with freebies that I found online, and once I found an actual online store…I never looked back! I became a regular fixture in scrapbooking, and was on some amazing creative teams, I loved it.

In 2009, I really wanted to try my hand at designing, I am a very aspiring person, so to me it seemed like a very natural progression. With the help of one of my designers I CT’d for, I put out my first kit. The day it hit the shop she sold in, I was made an offer to join a store, and the rest is history.


So many things. Mostly my children, and my life. I tend to make kits I need for my own photos. Other things that inspire me are color, music and clothing (patterns, themes, color)

Computer: I have a Dell Inspiron Laptop with a 17 inch monitor that I love!
Program: Photoshop 7.0 I know it’s old, but every time I try a newer program, I come running back to it like a security blanket.
Camera: My nice camera got broken 🙁 What I’m using right now is a FujiFilm Finepix S2500
Anything Else: Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet, and HP Scanner that I cannot live without.

Learn how to use the tools in your character panel! By resetting some of the character spacing, you can make more of an impact with your journaling and even creating word art. You’d be surprised how much better and cleaner your whole page can look just by doing this.

It’s my favorite because it honestly just makes me happy. It was inspired by a little gift shop in my hometown with the same name. My mom and I would go there and pore over all the little trinkets and treasures inside, and she would always buy me a little something to add to one of my many collections. It’s still a destination spot when I visit home.


Betty is inspired by my love of cooking and baking. I often say that Betty Crocker is my BFF. I wanted a retro, but classic color scheme so that it could be used to scrap any and all kitchen inspired layouts. My favorite element is the little smiling faces (in different skin tones and hair colors) on journal cards, it just adds an adorable touch to any project.


Here are some of my favorite products by Amy Stoffel:


And The Living Is Easy




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






Use the exclusive coupon code as-twiceasnice to take $2 off a purchase of $5 or more at Amy’s store (expires Aug 31, 2012).

Go have a look in Amy Stoffel’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)!