How Many Winners Will There Be? SEVEN!


Here’s a look at ALL of the AMAZING collections and products included in The Digi Files and Digi Game this month! So. Much. Stuff!

Did you know that ALL of the products included in The Digi Files are brand new, never before released in digi land?!? When the calendar changes to September, this amazing deal will go with it! These products will return to the designers and go into their stores for $7.50 EACH! You can get ALL of them for just $7.50 if you hurry and become a member (no commitment necessary, cancel at anytime).

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, Nook Color, Kindle Fire, 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. Annual members start downloading when the calendar changes.

Here’s what our members have to say:

For me each month is like my birthday! I just love the Digi Files and the diverse products to try. I have been scrapping for over 5 years with Photoshop and yet still always find something new to learn. Krista(norton94)

I’m not a digi scrapper but I love, LoVe, LOVE The Digi Show! I subscribed to the digi files to support the Digi Show and feel like it is so worth it! I love to hear the ladies talk techy crafty stuff and wish I could join in the conversation at times! Thank you for your time in preparing this podcast each week! I do love the digi files as well for creating invitations, flyers and other crafty things! Thanks again! LaraR

I just love the variety of the kits we find in each month’s downloads. Amazing talents and so diverse. I don’t know how you continue to find all the “new to me” designers, but this month there were three! Thanks so much for broadening my digi scrapping experience. Valerie

Hello, I am so glad I became a member as I am loving the Digifiles! I do not get to scrap often so I look for great templates to help maximize my time. I really enjoy the templates you provide… the beautiful kits are great as well. :) I have told a few friends who are considering going digi about your site. Thank you for all you do! Have a great day! Cris

Here’s a closer look at everything included this month:

Britt-ish Designs: Don’t Skimp

Tracy Martin Designs: Having So Much Fun

Wishing Well Creations: Smack in the Middle

Studio Wendy: I Love My Mac

Sweet Shoppe Designs: We All Love What We Do

Busy Bee Designs: Very International Family

Paislee Press: Fondness for White Space


In the August 2012 edition of the Playbook, we talk about:

  • blending
  • elements
  • fonts
  • finding inspiration
  • journaling
  • layout design
  • papers
  • photos
  • techniques
  • templates

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 when we will be here with a new issue of The Digi Files and a new look!

Let your inner artist come out and play!


Digital scrapbooking is a wonderful way to preserve your memories and document your life. We are firm believers here at The Daily Digi in the importance of sharing the words and photos that represent our lives. We also recognize that digi scrapping is an art form in and of itself. Digital software, downloadable supplies, and an artist behind the “wheel” of a mouse or pen and tablet, can all come together to form something amazing!

Some call it “art journaling”, others might use terms like “digital painting,” “artsy doodling,” or just “scrapbooking.” It really doesn’t matter how you label these type of creations, it’s just inspiring to look at them. If you want to boost your own creativity, take a look at some of these beauties:

The 80’s chick inside me is singing along with this one! I love the fun colors and the layered background textures.


I absolutely adore Japanese papers and this is such a beautiful way to display them.


Art should be fun! I feel happy when I take in the details of this colorful piece.


Abstract shapes make this creation feel fresh and modern.


Soft colors and layer upon layer of pretty details!


To me, well crafted words are a work of art so I love the use of a quote as the subject on the canvas.


Digital painty goodness – it’s awesome!


Color mixing and artsy overlays give this piece a lot of visual interest.


Whimsical fun fills this page.


The message is inspirational and motivating.


I love the happy details on this gorgeous page!


You can find yourself in creative expression.


Do you want to express your own creativity? Digital scrapbooking provides the perfect tools to let your inner artist come out and play! Here are some great resources to get you started:

We’d love to see what you create so don’t forget to upload your images to our Digital Scrapbook Inspiration Group on Flickr!

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P.S. The title graphic was created with Studio Rosey Posey Art Ground background and FFF Tusj font.

What did you do this summer?


One of the most frequently used journaling prompts has to be the “what did you do this summer?” question. I remember at the beginning of almost every school year, being assigned this topic by a well-meaning teacher. Unfortunately, I came to despise the question after several years of having to write an essay because of it. Now that I have the perspective of a few years behind me, I can appreciate why it’s a great journaling exercise.

Whether it’s summer, winter, or any specified block of time, it’s a useful practice to take some time to process the events you’ve experienced during that time. Now, instead of having to write a paper for the teacher, you can create a fun digital scrapbook layout just for you!

Need some inspiration? Here are some fantastic “what I did this summer” type pages.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to go to India? Not only did justjess take a great trip, she helped out a lot of people at the same time!



The creative approach to journaling on BushGirl’s page is so much fun! You can’t help but read it because you want to know the answer!



Following a prompt like this one, is a great way to tie a bunch of otherwise unrelated photos together. KyRainbow included various summer memories together on the same cute layout.



It’s a great time to report on the accomplishments of the specific time period. Misty Cato listed all the books her son read during the summer of 2009.



Don’t feel like you have to write about everything you did this summer. Laurie just highlighted her favorite summer memory on this cheery page.



Need help remembering what you did this summer? Try these tips to jog your memory:

  • Look back over your calendars for the specific time period
  • Interview your kids, spouse, parents, friends, etc. and ask them what they remember
  • Look through your photos taken during that time
  • Look through the galleries and see what scrappers are journaling about
  • Just start writing – you’ll be surprised at what comes to you once you get started

Now’s the perfect time to record those summer memories before they fade away!

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P.S. The title graphic was made with Sabrina’s Creations celebrate summer sticker and Too Much Paper font.

How To See The Light

Do you know what good light looks like? Can you find it in your home or do you wonder what it is people are talking about?

Today we are talking light. Once you see the light, your photography will improve tremendously.

Start by grabbing your camera and a tomato if you have one. Yes, I’m obsessed with tomatoes.

Begin by looking for a light source:

  • the sun through a window
  • the sun through an open door
  • the sun

To see the light, use your camera in Aperture Priority mode (AV or A). I selected an aperture of f/4.0 for all of my photos. I didn’t do anything tricky, no adjusting exposure compensation or any post processing. Stick with one aperture so you can really see the different.

Exercise 1 – Backlit versus front lit

  1. Place your tomato on a window ledge.
  2. Face the window.
  3. Shoot.

Notice how the tomato’s face (work with me here) is in a shadow. The top of its tomato head has nice light, but the rest is lost in the shadow.

  1. Move the tomato to a table or chair opposite of the window sill you just placed it in.
  2. Stand slightly to the side of the tomato so you don’t block the light.
  3. Shoot.


Do you see the light? Notice how we’ve now lit the tomato’s face and head. It is even and we’ve created some nice “catchlights.” Our subject is in good light.

Exercise 2 – Direct Light Vs. Indirect Light

Are you ever tempted to take photographs by the bright sunlight?  Don’t be fooled by its enticing ways.

  1. Find a window (or doorway) that has bright, white light. (It’s the warmest light that your cat might want to sit in on a cool day.)
  2. Place your tomato in the brightest light.
  3. Shoot.

Notice the harsh, almost blown out areas around the center of the tomato? That is details lost in your photo and would cause your subject’s eyes to close (if it has eyes). Also notice the harsh shadows cast. That is the equivalent to big shadows under your subject’s eyes. Not flattering.

  1. In the same window, place your tomato in the shadow.
  2. Shoot.

Doesn’t the tomato look more relaxed now? A bit happier. Definitely no shadows under its eyes. Notice how the light is more even and the shadow less harsh?

Exercise 3 – Angle of Light

  1. Place your tomato in even, indirect light. (Mine is a bit back lit here, but yours doesn’t need to be.)
  2. Place it facing the light.
  3. Stand with your shoulder toward the light source.
  4. Shoot.

Do you see the light? Notice the heavy shadow on one side? This side light can be used artistically. But let’s just imagine you don’t like it much.

  1. Place the tomato’s shoulder toward the window.
  2. Place your shoulder toward the window.
  3. Shoot.

Look at that! The shadows are opened up. Your tomato is in beautiful, even light. Nice. The difference is small, but important to understand. A slight shift in your angle or the tomato’s can create a different image.

Exercise 4 – Direct Sunlight Vs. Open Shade

But what if that tomato wants to go outside and play? What do you do then?

  1. Place your tomato in the direct sun.
  2. Shoot.

Direct sun is bad for your tomato and it is bad for your photography. Notice the hot mess created in this photo? Details are blow out (that’s the super white areas with little detail).  The tomato is squinting. And do you notice every single blemish on it? Bad news.

  1. Move that tomato into the shade!
  2. Look for even, non-dappled light.
  3. Shoot.

Notice a difference? Now the tomato looks so much better. The harsh shadows are gone and its eyes open up. It looks so much better.

Do you see the light?

Leave a comment below to share your favorite spot to find great light.


Cropping Ratios

When it comes to cropping photos for printing, you need to be aware of one important thing:


I am not sure why it never occurred to me (especially as someone who was always good in math!) that when it comes to photo ratios, there is a huge difference in your final photos. An enlarged 4×6 does not turn into an 8×10. Or a 5×7. Nope, the ratios are different and therefore your photos will look different.

Let’s look at some examples before we talk about a few ways to deal with this issue.

Here is a photo of a bride and her sweet and adorable daughter. I took it at a wedding I was photographing. Now, I adore this photo and I am guessing the bride will want this one enlarged (I sure would!) However, I can’t just crop to an 8×10 and call it done!

My camera takes pictures in a 2 to 3 ratio, which is equivalent to a 4×6. You can see the outline in yellow. However, if I were to prepare the image for enlargement and cropped to a 5×7 (the orange lines), I’ve got some length cut off! The result is even worse for an 8×10 (the blue lines).

Now for this particular photo, the end result wouldn’t be too bad. There is a lot of negative space in the image, so cutting off a bit wouldn’t be too big of a deal. But let’s look at another example:

This photo creates much more of a problem. Because the photo was a fairly tight crop, to lose part of the image on either end would really change the look of the photo. I could definitely take a bit off each side and try to even it out, but in the process I will lose some of the photo. The background is part of the story of this particular image and to crop it would take away part of what I was trying to communicate.

In this third example, the problem is even worse. I could get away with a 5×7 crop but an 8×10 crop just wouldn’t be possible without chopping off heads or feet!

If you plan to have your photos enlarged and printed (which I would highly recommend!), then you need to pay close attention to cropping rations. Here are some things that you can do to combat the problem.

1. Be aware that the problem exists. This is definitely step number one!

2. When shooting, leave room for cropping. I am notorious for tight in-camera crops. I need to remember to leave myself room so that if I want to enlarge (or a client wants to enlarge), I am able to do so without losing any important part of the image.

3. Stay away from “regular” print sizes. Although 5x7s and 8x10s have always been the go-to sizes for printing, it doesn’t mean that we are stuck with them. You can purchase frames in other 3:2 ratios such as 8×12 and 20×30.

4. Decide on a print size based on your photo. On some pictures, the crop won’t change the look of an image (see first image below). On other photos, it will make a big difference (see second image below).



It’s not Pinterest, it’s not Instagram, it’s Pinstagram! Confused yet? No need to be – it’s just a catchy name for a site that lets you view Instagram pictures in a viewer friendly format. Pinstagram is one of my favorite websites and it was my pick of the week on episode 45 of The Digi Show.

Pinstagram is a free service that lets you enjoy Instagram on the web.
It works seamlessly with your Instagram account and lets you view your feed, popular photos, and more. You can use Pinstagram as a web app or on an iPad. There are a lot of fun features to explore!


I especially like how simple it is to interact with other Instagram users. It’s so easy to see the likes and comments on my own photos.


Whenever I need some inspiration, I just check out my marked favorites.


If you like Instagram, be sure to check out Pinstagram for an even better way to enjoy those fun little pictures!

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Gallery Wall Layouts

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Gallery walls are such a great way to display a lot of wonderful memories. There’s nothing like a big wall full of fabulous photos! Sadly, there are only so many walls to hang pictures on, but there are an unlimited number of scrapbook pages! Fill up your layouts with photos and frames for galleries of memories.

(All images are linked for credits)

I love the way team member Jenn Lindsey mixed different frame styles and patterned papers for a cozy feeling gallery wall layout.



You can repeat the use of the same frame for a more uniform look.



The frames don’t have to be for photos only – I scanned several of my daughter’s watercolor paintings for this layout.



This layout by Mimi digital recreated a home gallery wall setting. So fun!



A collection of framed photos is a great way to showcase a special someone. This layout by Bush Girl highlights her son’s silly side.



I love the mixture of frames and the “stage” of the gallery wall in Karah’s layout.



Cinzia shows us on this darling layout that paper frames are just as fun to use for a gallery wall look.



If you want to create some gallery wall layouts of your own, be sure to check your kits and embellishments for frames. Here are a few resources to help you out:

We’d love to see your gallery wall inspired layouts so be sure to post them in our Flickr group.

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P.S. The title graphic was created with 3 Paper Peonies Instant Photo, A Day in the Life, and Sketchbook kits. Font is MTF Pork Chop.

Putting the FUN into Friday


It’s Friday and that means we have some FUN to share with you! If you’re a Digi Game member, you get this darling SMILE kit for free this month! This is on top of all the other bonuses you get with your membership. Steph and I rarely get the chance to put together an extra kit like this, so be sure to take advantage of this special treat!


We tried to record a new digi show this week, but we ran into some rather goofy technical difficulties – as in, Steph could only record while standing in her closet. We should be back to our regular schedule next week as Steph gets all settled in her new home!


Don’t forget about the special member offer for a discount on past playbooks! Through August 26th, current members of The Digi Game get an exclusive discount code, bringing the price down to $37.35 each from the regular $45.00. This is the only time there will be a discount offered on these Playbook Packs and ONLY to members! Anyone can buy the Playbook Packs, but only members get the deal and only through the 26th!


What else is new in digiland this week? Plenty!

Dunia has a sweet new kit filled with happy colors.


Mye De Leon just released this beautiful kit at Design House Digital! Get it at 25% off along with all her goodies while she’s the Featured Designer this weekend!


Get Beachy Keen by Erica Zane FREE with any $10 purchase at Sweet Shoppe Designs through August 31!


Look what Juliana Kneipp has this week!


Be sure to pick up Fleetwood, a FREE Digital Scrapbook Kit by Sahlin Studio.


Week 4 of Summer Fun at Mscraps!


You can never have enough paint and mist sprays for your layouts so Kaye Winiecki has a new pack out this week with just that.


Check out the new templates in Scrapbook Lady’s Scrap Shop – great way to show off photos, scanned art, or even subway prints! Layout samples and products links included in a bonus pdf file.


Designs by Lili has a customizable 2013 calendar. For personal and commercial use!


Look at this beautiful Celestial kit from Studio ViVa Artistry!


This School Zone Bundle by Amanda Heimann and Megan Turnidge is just adorable!


New @ Studio Karen Lewis is her latest collection Pretty Things.  Save $$$$ by purchasing the collection bundle now at 25% off.


Yin has put the second of her ‘Large Photo & Multiples’ Template sets in her store. There’s also an add-on 365 Half-Monthly template on her blog you can download!

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Studio Wendy has a great new paper sizer action!


Studio Basic has some new templates filled with creative fun!


What a great way to say thank you any tome of the year! Thank You by River~Rose is 20% off August 24-26th


This week Rachel is releasing the August Digital Kit of the Captivating 2012 Series, it’s 20% off if purchased before September 1st!!
Visit Rachels store to browse the other Kits and add ons!


Hope your Friday is filled with FUN!

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P.S. The title graphic was created with Digital Design Essentials Splash kit and alpha.

P.P.S. The winners from this week’s random drawings were Dee Birks for Tracy Martin Designs and Patsy Tabbert for Britt-ish Designs. Thanks to everyone who left comments!

Britt-ish Designs: Don’t Skimp


Brittney of Britt-ish Designs has been around for quite a while, I’m not sure what took me so long to find her! When I did find her though, I thought I had gone to heaven with all of the great, bright, Disney-ish kits she has in her store! Brittney has a great ability to use soft colors as well as bold and bright and create beautiful collections with them! I find myself super inspired by the elements and papers in her kits and can’t wait to get scrapping! I’m over the moon to have Britt-ish Designs joining us in The Digi Files! Let’s take a closer look at “Are We There Yet?” 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 Britt-ish Designs’ contribution:

Layout by Karen. Supplies: Are We There Yet? by Britt-ish Designs; Valorie Wibbens template.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Are We There Yet? by Britt-ish Designs.
Layout by Trina. Supplies: Are We There Yet? by Britt-ish Designs; Template – Froggy Freebie 7 – Little Green Frog Designs; Photo treatment – RadLab; Font – DJB I love me some Laura.
Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Are We There Yet? by Britt-ish Designs.
Layout by Sula. Supplies: Are We There Yet? by Britt-ish Designs; Template from Summer Flavors: Raspberry Lemonade by Busy Bee Designs, Font: DJB Gonna Share My Story by Darcy Baldwin.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Hi! My name is Brittney Leavitt of Britt-ish Designs. I live in Utah with my husband/best friend Josh and our beautiful daughter, Scarlett. I’m a work-at-home mom & I couldn’t be more blessed to be able to stay home with my baby. I love that! I run on my own, and love the freedom & flexibility I get from owning my own site and my own business.

I’m known for my obsession love of Disneyland & all things Disney. We head out to Disneyland at least twice a year. Scarlett is only 1 but she’ll be taking her third trip to Disneyland this fall!







One of my favorite pages ever. Definitely my favorite recent page. This is just a very special moment for us. A dream come true. That’s what scrapping is all about. To me, it’s about capturing those magical moments, whether they are monumental or everyday so that you can relive them every time you look at your page.

Britt Tip: Don’t skimp! Whether its spending extra time, going the extra mile, adding that special embellishment you had to hunt down on your EHD for 20 minutes, make every page count. I think scrapping is art and I always try to make each page a piece of art. Tweaking, stepping back to look at the overall piece, take your time. Rushing to get pages done will not make you happy in the end. And when you look back on your work, you’re going to want to be proud of what you created.

I have scrapbooked since I can remember. My mom was super nice to give me duplicates of my childhood photos and let me cut and paste and create what used to be “cute” scrapbooks. But I could never keep the paper thing going. I would get spurts, but the cost and work it takes to paper scrap just killed me. I couldn’t stand the mess!!!

I’ve always loved computers, and been fairly good at design. Once I stumbled upon digital scrapbooking back in 2006, there was no looking back. I was immediately obsessed. And it wasn’t long (2 1/2 months to be precise) before I just had to try my hand at design. I’m just a designer at heart and it was calling to me. I started out just designing products that I myself wanted and needed to use and it all took off from there.

My own photos! I’ve admitted this before, but most times I create kits that I need/want to scrap my own pictures!! Most often Disney trips.

But I find inspiration everywhere. From my daughters clothes, to a commercial on TV, to a gorgeous handmade something-or-other on etsy, inspiration is everywhere!

Computer: I’m an Apple girl. My husband works as an Apple technician, so we’re all Mac around here. He’s also my built-in tech and takes care of my computer needs and problems. Aren’t I lucky?! I have 2 20″ monitors. I’m ADDICTED to two monitors. I went to two when I first started scrapping and I can never go back! I use a tower with a ridiculous amount of RAM and memory. So much RAM and memory I’m a little embarrassed to admit it. Just one of the perks of having a computer tech as a hubby!

We have a very good back up system in place as well. I back up to internal hard drives constantly and once in a while my husband backs everything up on an extra hard drive and then stores it at another location off our property to ensure its safety, so if anything ever happened to our house or to our computer, we’d still have that back up. I can’t tell you how many people come to me in tears asking for me to reset their downloads because they lost everything. BACK UP! BACK UP! BACK UP!! My husband has a saying at work, all hard drives WILL fail. Its just a matter of when.

Program: I still use Photoshop CS3. Haven’t upgraded yet. I’m happy with it, so I haven’t felt the draw to upgrade and learn something new! HAHA! I also use Illustrator, but not all that often. Mostly its just Photoshop.

Camera: I have a Canon Rebel xsi. But we’re looking to upgrade to a newer model soon!

Anything Else: I have a Bamboo tablet, but I hardly ever use it. I do like it though – just don’t pull it out very often.
Keyboard shortcuts are the key to scrapping efficiently. When I find a useful new keyboard shortcut I’m practically giddy!! Googling has helped me a lot to learn the shortcuts. Plus, did you know you can make your own custom keyboard shortcuts? I use Brightness & Contrast a TON (I brighten almost every photo I scrap) so I made my own shortcut for it. Sometimes I forget its not everyone’s shortcut, so when I explain my method to people and say ” . . . then I push command+shift+a to brighten it up” I have to quickly correct myself!!

Try out creating your own custom shortcuts for those tasks you do ALL the time but that don’t come with a default shortcut. If you use Photoshop like I do, just go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.

This is such a hard question. I swear it changes monthly. Right now I have to say I really love “A Time To Remember”.

“A Time to Remember” is my castle, springtime, princessy kit and I LOVE how it turned out. It’s inspired by my daughter’s first time seeing the beautiful pink Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. It was a special cherished memory and I just had to make an entire kit for it to scrap it just perfectly. And I’m beyond happy to see others use it for their own magical memories too!

I hadn’t done a “general” Disney kit for a while when I first released “Just Plain Fun”, so I think people were happy to see something like this from me again. It’s just the perfect Disney kit! Fun, bright, happy and SUPER versatile. I use it myself quite a lot, so it must be an ok kit! It has dreamy light blues, and vellum clouds so you can create a dreamy magical feel. And it also has those bold reds, yellows, and blacks that you need for a punchy Mickey page. But it’s also just perfect KID colors in general, so you can scrap just about anything with it – not just Disney!! I have to say I love that I see so many people using this kit. It’s really the best thing to see people use my stuff.

Here are some of my favorite products by Britt-ish Designs:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Britt-ish Designs’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

Britt-ish Designs is celebrating her 2nd Anniversary/Birthday of her site this weekend.  The Daily Digi readers can STACK on top of her upcoming birthday sale, and get an extra 10% off making the total discount 40%!
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expires: August 31, 2012

Go have a look in Britt-ish 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)!

Inspired by Britt-ish Designs

The following layouts were created using “Are We There Yet?” by Britt-ish Designs and included in The Digi Files during August, 2012:

Layout by SharonS
Layout by Kelsy
Layout by Justine
Layout by Karen. Supplies: Are We There Yet? by Britt-ish Designs; Valorie Wibbens template.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Are We There Yet? by Britt-ish Designs.
Layout by Trina. Supplies: Are We There Yet? by Britt-ish Designs; Template – Froggy Freebie 7 – Little Green Frog Designs; Photo treatment – RadLab; Font – DJB I love me some Laura.
Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Are We There Yet? by Britt-ish Designs.
Layout by Sula. Supplies: Are We There Yet? by Britt-ish Designs; Template from Summer Flavors: Raspberry Lemonade by Busy Bee Designs, Font: DJB Gonna Share My Story by Darcy Baldwin.