Today is the LAST Day of The Month

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I know I’m not the only one that may have gotten whip lash with how fast September has flown by! Wow! It is almost over, which means these goodies will be returning to the designers that created them to go into their own stores at FULL PRICE (minimum of $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). When you become an annual member, you will be able to start downloading October’s goodies when the calendar changes to October in the Eastern Time Zone! No waiting for PayPal to process your payment!

Here’s everything else 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 are saying about their memberships:

“Continue to love the variety of products in the digi files every month. There really is something for everyone and I always love learning more about my favorite designers.” Terra

“I’ve been a DigiGame month-to-month member for almost a year now and finally got around to switching to an annual membership. I can’t wait for each new month to see all the new goodies!” AJ

“My membership here has to be the very best bang for the buck I have with digital scrapbooking supplies. Every month I get such a variety of scrapping supplies; I get introduced to new designers and reintroduced to some; and I can enjoy the Playbook on my iPad. This month is no exception. Wonderful variety, great quality, new designers, and yummy new digital goodness.” – Valerie

Here’s a closer look at everything included this month (and links to the designers’ features):

Amy Wolff: Get Creative

Dream Big Designs: Consuming Nature

Valorie Wibbens: Loving It

Laura Banasiak: Life-long Friends

Sugary Fancy Designs: Waterfalls and Landscapes

Janet Phillips: Longing To Tell

Elise’s Pieces Designs: Get the Girl Out

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In this month’s Playbook the topics covered were:

  • Creative ways to gather content for a layout
  • Finding Insipration
  • Layout Design
  • Photo Techniques
  • Printables
  • Techniques
  • Templates
  • Titles

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!


PS. Congratulations to the following who were randomly chosen from the comments to win $10 to that featured designer’s store: KarYn A. (Amy Wolff), Mary M (Dream Big Designs) and Rona (Valorie Wibbens).

How to load actions

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Big news hit digiland earlier this week with the release of Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. It’s no surprise that a new version was released since that happens every fall, but this one is a game changer for digi scrappers. No longer do we have to consult a long strand of instructions just to figure out where to put actions! It’s just as simple to install them as it is in Photoshop. In fact, the whole process is very similar!

Want to see? Of course you do! All you have to do is go to the “more” folder on the bottom right hand of the screen and choose the “actions” menu. You will see the actions that you have already loaded.

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You can load a new action at any time by choosing the drop down menu on the far top right of the actions menu.

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Then you will navigate to where you have stored your purchased actions and load the one you want with one simple click! Once you find your folder with the action you want to install, you might need to choose between PSE or PSCS. You can go ahead and look for a PSE option, but the cool thing is you can just install the action file that comes in the PSCS folder. That’s why it’s so easy to install now, because you only need the action file and not all that extra stuff to trick PSE into working with it.

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Now just select the action you want to load. You do have to load them one at a time, there doesn’t seem to be a way to batch load them all at once.

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After it’s loaded, just choose the first action listed in the folder and hit the “play selection” button. That’s all there is to it!

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The nice thing about this actions feature is that there are several options to clear or reset actions. If you need any further information, you can always check out the “Actions Help” area which leads to this page on the Adobe website.

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Want to know an even easier way?

Wendyzine and I have been emailing back and forth the last few days as I’ve been learning all the new tricks in PSE 11. She asked me to check and see if PSE 11 could handle installing actions in the same ways that PSCS could. The answer is yes!

Easy Alternative #1 – When you pull up the list of actions to load, you can just double click on the action you want instead of selecting it and hitting the “load” button.

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Easy Alternative #2 – When you are in your folders in Windows Explorer, you can find your actions there and double click on them to install. You just need to be sure that PSE 11 (or a version of PSCS) is the default program for opening actions.

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What if you haven’t upgraded to PSE 11 or you don’t use a full Photoshop program? How do you load actions in the other Photoshop Elements programs? We still like to refer you to the free set of instructions that Wendyzine has provided for our readers.  Be sure to check out the path to follow for your specific version. It’s not as intimidating as it seems. I used to be very scared of actions and I just sat down and opened up Wendy’s PDF every time I needed to install one. Before too long, I could do it from memory, without any help. If I can do it, anyone can! That said, I’ll take the new and improved action management of PSE 11 any day! Smile

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P.S. The title graphic was created with Kate Hadfield’s movie night doodles

Ahhhhhhh It’s Friday!

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In this week’s Digi Show, we talk about our Favorites Folder and what is inside; what we can’t scrap without!

Quirky Twerp has some new commercial use stitches in a gorgeous autumn palette:

 

Tricky by Erica Zane at sweet Shoppe Designs is full of all sorts of Halloween goodies!

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Liz doesn’t have any new products this week but she wants to make sure you know about the FREE templates that are available. This is just one that is on her blog right now. Make sure you check her facebook page to catch all her latest freebies and news.

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Tracie Stroud has a new bundle, Art & Soul, that is perfect for jumping into digital art journaling. It’s an $18.50 value for only $11:

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Jennifer Labre is moving:

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From Chelle: I know, I know, it’s early to think  about Christmas, but if you want to get a head start….this is a great way to do it! Get your calendars going with these adorable calendar templates. Drop in your picture and get them printed.

 

Sherwood Studios has a brand new kit:

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Katie’s got 4 new templates up in her shop that are perfect for showing off your photos, using journaling cards, or a combination of both. They are on sale for 30% – no coupon needed!

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Eyes are the “windows into your soul”… so it is important to spend a little time on your subjects eyes in your photo editing process. Check out this tutorial by Sahlin Studio on how to use Adobe Photoshop to make the eyes in your photos pop!

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From One Little Bird:

These Walls (Moving Day)

 

From Allison Pennington:

Rough Cut Frames

 

Huckleberry Road Banners, Scatters, and Splats

 

 

Ellie Lash Design

Falling for You by Eva Kipler

 

Just A Minute Dig-ETTE-al Kit by FayETTE Designs

 

Fuss Free: Flower Power 2

 

KISSKISS: Full Kit

 

I Love Fall:  Ellies by geniaBeana

 

Hurry Hurry Rush Rush

 

Ready For School

 

Little Miss Sassy Pants by Mari Koegelenberg

 

On sale:

Storybook Collection Volume 3 by Meghan Mullens

 

On sale:

Tutti Frutti Collection

 

Apple Dapple Bundle

 

Free Spirit | Part Two

 

This Life: September by Penny Springmann

 

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The TRAVEL Story Page Kit

 

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Set Me Free by Stolen Moments

 

I Kraft, You Kraft... by Studio Basic and Little Butterfly Wings

 

Awe-ful Little Witch

 

ACTION: Lunch Box Notes

 

Fit & Free Mini

 

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ValC Designs and Beedeesign - Self Confidence : Element

 

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Well, I know I have a lot of shopping to catch up on! Have a great weekend!

 

Using the eyedropper tool

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The eyedropper tool (also called the color-picker tool) is one of those great little things that I take for granted when I’m digi scrapping. It’s sort of an unsung hero of a tool because I use it all the time, but I never really mention it as something important to my digi scrapping process. When I asked some of our team members what they had to say about the eyedropper, this is how they responded:

I mainly use the eyedropper tool to sample a color from either my photo or the papers I’m using to change the color of my text. Other ways I use it is to sample a color from my photo to change the color of solid papers, or a color or two in patterned papers to better match. – Jenn

I use the eye dropper tool most often to fill in word art or alpha for a title. It helps draw colors together or add that needed dash of color.Jacki

The main thing I do with the eyedropper tool is either sample colors from my photos to alter my paper colors. Or sample paper colors to ultimately alter my photo colors.Wendy

How to use the eyedropper tool

I’m using Photoshop Elements 11, but the process is very similar in all Photoshop programs and even for other photo editing software as well. I was in the middle of working on this layout, and I decided that I wanted to color my journaling to match the page. So I selected the eyedropper tool and placed it on one of my photos where I wanted to sample the color to use.

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Once you’ve selected the color you like, you will see that the foreground color changes in the tool palette.

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Of course you can also play around with the color picker on the eyedropper tool and try different variations.

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Wendy has a few tips for this:

  • The keyboard command is “i” and using SHIFT+i will cycle through the various eye dropper tools.
  • You can hold in the shift key and click on a sample to leave a marker. Shift click several and you can use the info panel (window>info or F8) to see the color values of the various samples. That’s the same thing as selecting the “color sampler” version of the eyedropper tool.
  • If you click and drag with the regular eye dropper tool, you can see how the color changes in the foreground color box.
  • OPT+Clicking gets you a background color instead of foreground color. To reset your swatches to black and white, hit the D key. Swap your swatches with the X key.

Here’s my final layout with my blue text.

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Love and Grace collab by The Lilypad designers. Template by Shabby Princess.

Such and easy way to add something special to a page! Have you ever used the eyedropper tool? Today’s a great day to try it out!

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Your Camera Manual Is Your Best Friend

Are you acquainted with your camera’s manual?

Probably not.

And I can’t say that I blame you.

Maybe you picked it up the day you received your camera with great intention. You maybe even started on Page One, then fell asleep before Page Three.

If you know how to use its powers for good, your manual can be your best friend.

What is the best way to get friendly with your camera’s manual?

 

Do Make It Accessible

Download a copy of your manual to  your iPad, iPhone, or computer. The more accessible it is, the more you will reference it.

The online manual may contain more details than the one you received with your camera. Many manuals also have easy to navigate pdf menus set up. I love Nikon’s manuals for the ease of finding something in the menu and clicking right on over to the correct page.

Do Not Read It From Cover To Cover

Picking it up and attempting to read from front to back can be overwhelming. Begin with the plan to learn your way around your camera:

  • Pick a button.
  • Find the button on the camera example found at the beginning of most manuals.
  • Look the function of that button up in the table of contents or index.
  • Play with the button to see what it will do.
  • Move on to the next button.

Do Explore What You Already Know

Do you already understand white balance or aperture or shutter speed? Look those up even though you know them. Every time I teach a class I ask people to look things up in their manuals. They are always surprised that they learn more about something they already know! As your knowledge grows its fun to see just what you do know in your manual’s pages.

Do Not Use It To Learn How To Take Better Photos

What? Isn’t that the purpose of your manual? Your manual is a bit like a car’s manual. It describes the parts and gives you some trouble shooting advice, but it doesn’t teach you how to drive the car.

Like your car’s manual, the camera manual plays an important role!

Do Start Somewhere

Does an assignment help? It helps to have a place to start. Here are my recommendations:

  1. Focus – how to set your focus point
  2. Aperture – how to change your aperture
  3. White Balance – how to change your white balance settings
  4. Drive Mode/Release Mode – how to take more photos in one burst and use the self timer

Have fun!

Do you use your manual or does the idea frighten you?

Inspiration Tracking

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Inspiration for a scrapbook page can be found throughout the day. You might be inspired by something hilarious your child. Or maybe you’re reviewing photos and one in particular seems to capture a moment perfectly. Maybe something random, like a song on the radio, reminds you of an important memory to scrapbook.

If you’re like me, if you don’t act on that inspiration by capturing the essence of it, it will be gone.

So, what are some ways that we scrapbookers can track these flashes of inspiration? I brainstormed a few ideas below:

Low-tech notebook

I keep a notebook in my purse and another in my kitchen. As soon as I hear a funny expression from my kids or get an idea for something to scrap, I jot it down.

Running Word document

You can always create a straight-forward Word file and type up quick inspiration reminders in it. My husband tracks quotes from our kids on a file he leaves on his desktop. It’s perfect for me to “borrow” for scrapbooking.

Evernote

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Steph highlighted Evernote on her post here. Try Evernote’s system for managing notes across your platforms.

Microsoft’s OneNote

I’ll admit I’m a bit late to the game on OneNote, but now I don’t want to imagine doing certain tasks without it! Basically, I set up a notebook for scrapbooking and then created virtual pages for future scrapbook ideas. I drop in journaling, pictures, inspiration layouts and more.

Facebook

You can update your status with a reminder about something that happened. If you don’t want to share it with all your friends, check your privacy settings though. Katie did a great post about how you can use regular status updates as a source of inspiration at a future date.

Blog It

If you do want to share your stories, you can blog them before you scrap them. That way you can simply “lift” the text from your blog post and drop it in your scrapbook page.

Use GoogleDrive

It would seem that GoogleDrive is available on almost every device. You can use it to store documents and access them where you are (and on what device you’re using at that moment). You could create an inspiration document and share it with your spouse or older kids. Then, everyone can update it with funny quotes and memories.

Spring Pad

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If you’re not familiar with SpringPad, you can learn all about it on Katie’s post Why I Love Springpad. Although I mostly use it to “spring” web sites (which is like bookmarking them or pinning them), you can also take notes in SpringPad.

Metadata

If you have a photo, you can describe the associated memory into the metadata of the photo itself. Then, when you go to scrap it, you can lift the text right out of the metadata. You can write to your metadata easily in Photoshop, Lightroom, or even via Windows 7 explorer.

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Add sticky notes to your desktop. This one could get your desktop a bit cluttered looking though!

There’s An App for That

I would just have no idea what it is! As I’ve mentioned, I don’t have a smartphone so I’m not “in the know” on these things. Check out your phone’s app store and browse the organization category. You may just find the right solution for you.

Email It to Yourself

You could send yourself an email with the story you want to remember. Just file the email in an memory folder to revisit later.

Rely on Your Memory

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Just the fact that I’ve made a note of a memory makes me happy – it’s simple, but effective memory-keeping. Hopefully I’ll get around to scrapbooking these ideas, but if not, at least I’ve documented the memory. That’s the most important part for me.

I’m sure there are many, many more ideas out there for tracking notes and ideas. The trick is to find a system that will work for you and that you’ll enjoy using.

Amy Wolff: Get Creative

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I am so happy to welcome back Amy Wolff to The Digi Files (see her previous features here and here)!  Amy Wolff has been a member of the team here at The Daily Digi since the beginning. She is responsible for selecting the fabulous layouts in the designers’ features. Amy is a super talented designer with a unique look that is easy to fall in love with. Her patterned papers are amazing, her color selections are gorgeous and there are always creative elements included! We are grateful to have her on our team and we are honored to have her be a contributor again! Let’s take a closer look at “Botanical” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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

Here are some layouts created using Amy Wolff Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: Botanical by Amy Wolff Designs.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Botanical by Amy Wolff Designs; Font: Traveling Typewriter.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Botanical by Amy Wolff Designs.
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Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Botanical by Amy Wolff Designs; Ten Thousand Reasons by Kimberly Gershwin.

Layout by Anne, additional supplies: template by Janet Phillips; Font: gimme space and courier

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

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Amy Wolff

Sioux Falls, SD

Husband-Cameron

Children- Kyra going to college this fall, Kirby grade 9, and Kyler grade 7

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FACEBOOK

TWITTER

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Since my back injury I really haven’t scrapped much at all. I am thrilled of the system I set up back in 2008. I took Stacy Julian’s Library of Memories class at Big Picture Classes and knew it was the right system for me. I never feel behind on my scrapping EVER, even after a super long hiatus. Having all my pages sorted by each child, people we love, things we do, places we go, etc. makes it so nice to grab an album and find what I’m looking for. There are no hard and fast rules, no chronology, and I get to scrap what’s important for our family. If you see Stacy advertise the class I highly recommend jumping in and seeing if it will work for you!

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I started paper scrapping after my second child was born, right when stickers, shaped scissors, and post bound albums were hitting the stores. I went to all the crops, bought all the magazines, and tried to buy every new supply that came out. After a while it got to be so much stuff! I had dabbled in computer scrapping early on, printing out my journaling and clipart to add to my pages. When I stumbled onto digital scapping (back when you had to buy a CD) I was hooked. I digitally scrapped for many years before jumping into designing. I just happened to start chatting with Natalie Braxton about designing the same time she and Amy Martin started talking about opening a store. We decided the three of us should open the Lilypad and it’s all history from there!

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Shopping! Internet stores like Joss and Main, and The Foundary have collections of home decor that come to my inbox on a regular basis. The colors, the textures, the themes are just sitting there inspiring me to design (or buy stuff for the house!)

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Computer: Ha…this is funny because I haven’t shopped for anything new in at least 4 years. It’s all ancient but works (knock on wood). I’m not even sure what RAM I have. I do know I have a HP with Windows Vista and a very very large monitor. And a 500GB external drive that I haven’t outgrown in 3 years (there’s that not scrapping thing again). I really need to back it up! Not much help am I?

Program: Photoshop CS3 but I’m really dying to upgrade to CS6

Camera: I’ve been relying on my iphone camera a lot lately. When I do pull out my DSLR it’s a Nikon D40.

Anything Else: I need to replace my tablet. It bit the dust last year. I miss it! It makes drawing in illustrator much easier!

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Don’t take your papers and elements at full face value. Feel free to cut them up, mix them together and get creative. Layer up several of your pattern papers and play with the blend modes. Cut up pieces of ribbon, layer them together haphazardly and place stitching or a line of staples on top. Next thing you know you are designing your own creations that don’t look like anyone elses!

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I had seen an image on Pinterest that someone had put together of all things winter, snowflakes, flannel blankets, pinecones, berries, and lots of texture. It felt so warm and lovely I knew I wanted to make a kit that felt like that. Finding the warmth in winter. It’s the kind of kit I would have had to buy if I had seen it in a store. I love texture and neutrals!

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I was a little surprised at the popularity of this product to tell you the truth. I knew that project life was super popular this year and that January would be a good time to release a basics pack. But when I designed it I wasn’t that excited about it. A lot of repetitive designing! However labels are so universal when scrapping I can see why it sold well.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Amy Wolff Designs:

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

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Save 30% at Amy Wolff Designs with coupon code TDD_30_awolff (expires Sept. 31, 2012).

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

Inspired by Amy Wolff

The following layouts were created using “Botanical” by Amy Wolff and included in The Digi Files during September 2012:

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Layout by SharonS

 

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: Botanical by Amy Wolff Designs.
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Botanical by Amy Wolff Designs; Font: Traveling Typewriter.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Botanical by Amy Wolff Designs.
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Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Botanical by Amy Wolff Designs; Ten Thousand Reasons by Kimberly Gershwin.

Layout by Anne, additional supplies: template by Janet Phillips; Font: gimme space and courier

Organize Your Online Life Part 2

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If you followed along with part one of this post a few weeks ago, you have now taken some time to evaluate and organize several parts of your online life. If you haven’t gone through the steps I listed there, it’s not too late! Taking a few minutes to streamline the ways you access the internet will be one of the greatest timesavers you can implement when it comes to using your online time wisely. Now it’s time to really dial it in and delve into the individual applications you use.

Step One – Review + Make Adjustments

Go over everything you organized in part one (or go back and do it now) and decide if anything needs to be added or subtracted from your lists. The benefit of having done this a few weeks ago means that you will have lived with your system for a few weeks and know if it is working or not. You will realize if you forgot to add any shortcuts, bookmarks, or apps because you will have tried to access the information. Go ahead and tweak anything that you need to now.

I realized that I needed some more subfolders under my “digi” bookmark so I filed several of my most used resources in the applicable places.

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Step Two – Whittle and Refine

This is like cleaning out your closet – it’s one thing to just hang up all the clothes, but every once in awhile you have to go through and get rid of the stuff that doesn’t fit anymore or part with things that aren’t meeting your needs. It’s just easier to put together outfits if you aren’t distracted by a lot of “junk” that doesn’t work. Even though the internet can expand far more than my closet can, I still don’t need to wade through unnecessary items!

If you’re like me, you set up accounts on sites or bookmarks without fully understanding how you will use them. Then as you start using the resources, you will either make them work for you or abandon them. Because I do so much online, this can result in an unorganized and unproductive mess sometimes. Let me show you an example:

I’ve been using Twitter for a few years now and I’ve recently wondered if it’s still as useful for me? Since Pinterest came along, I’m finding that I share a lot more of what I used to tweet about on my Pinterest boards. I’ve let my follower number grow without putting much effort into who I was following. I also have followed a lot of people who are not tweeting things that are relevant to me. In the beginning of my Twitter days I just followed everyone who followed me. It was new and exciting and I didn’t know any better. Then I got overwhelmed and stopped trying to keep up. It’s time for me to make a choice:

  1. Do nothing and not worry about it
  2. Quit using Twitter
  3. Whittle and refine how I use Twitter

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I’m going to choose option #3 – whittle & refine. After I looked around Twitter for awhile I started to remember why I like it there and even though I’ve changed the way I use it, it’s still useful to me – especially in my digital scrapbooking life. It’s just time for a bit of a refresh!

I started with the cosmetic stuff; my logo was outdated, my blog link was outdated since I now have a dot.com address. I thought it would be fun to also change my background to give my profile virtual makeover. Nothing like a little spiffing up to make things feel better!

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I’ve gotten out of the habit of checking Twitter on a regular basis so I went in and changed some of my email and setting notifications. I can always change these later if I decide I don’t like them.

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The next thing I did was to go through the list of people I’m following. I unfollowed the ones who I never hear from or who aren’t really in my circle of influence anymore. I didn’t have a lot of time to spend on it, but just cleaning out a few unnecessary contacts made my twitter feed a lot more useful for me. I need to spend some more time following those who I want to keep in touch with so I will revisit my organization on Twitter again in the future.

That was just a quick example of how taking a few minutes to evaluate and refresh my Twitter usage can help me be more productive in how I use the site. It also contributes to my overall experience there so it’s not just about feeling organized.

Step Three – Go Through Your Lists

Now that you’ve narrowed down your important online stops (and apps), it’s time to go through them with an eye for streamlining as explained in step #2. This can seem overwhelming, but I suggest just spending a few minutes on each place once a month or so until you feel like you have a good handle on things. Here’s my list of what I’m working on based on the places I talked about in post #1:

  • Go through all my email folders and get rid of outdated messages.
  • Unfollow twitter users who I don’t interact with, follow the people who influence me, evaluate the usefulness of twitter in my online routine.
  • Unfriend those on facebook who I never interact with. I’ve decided that for my personal facebook profile, a “friend” needs to be someone I’ve met or talked to in person (even over Skype) or that I’ve had significant online interaction with. Everyone else would be a better fit on my scrapbook lady facebook page.
  • Go through the people I follow on Pinterest and see if I need to unfollow anyone there. Look for new people to follow and inspire me there. Look through my past pins to see if there are projects I want to actually tackle.
  • Try out and actually use every app on my iPhone and iPad and decide if it’s worth keeping.

Do you get the idea? Isn’t it interesting how many “UN” things I’m trying to do? Sometimes when we jump on a bandwagon (like Pinterest) we just follow everyone at first to get the feel for it. Usually after you use a site for awhile, you have a better understanding of how it will really apply in your own life. I’ve found that after hanging out on Pinterest for awhile now, I’m not really interested in seeing pins of hairstyles or buff exercise bodies. Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those things – they just aren’t what I’m wanting to view when I’m surfing for “pinworthy” things. lol!

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Obviously, we all have our own tastes and interests when it comes to spending time online. The best thing about taking some time to evaluate and organize how you use the internet is that you will enjoy it more and get more done. That leaves more time for scrapping! Smile

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P.S. The title graphic was created with The Tattered Pear Chalklet. The font is Sharpie.

Not Great Photos

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Title graphic made using We Like You Too by Oscraps

Sometimes you have great memories, but only bad photos. How can you use those photos to make a page that you’ll love for years to come?

CHOOSE ANOTHER FOCAL POINT

Sometimes, your best bet is to let the page elements and words be the focus. In this example, the title is the star, with the photos acting as a support (almost literally holding up the title, actually!):

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NO FOCAL POINT

Another option is to use lots of small photos, like I did here. Every one of these photos is blurry (it was very dark in the aquarium), but I wasn’t going to not scrap ‘em! By including a lot of photos, no one photo in particular stands out. The eye just moves from image to image.

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BLACK AND WHITE

Black and white conversions can be useful when for photos with colour issues like a bad colour cast or just to minimize the negative impact of dappled light. The best part about black and white photos are that they match any kit!

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IGNORE THE BLURRINESS

I actually don’t mind scrapbooking blurry photos. Here’s a page I did where all the photos are soft (and shot in dappled light, which is why they’re converted to black & white):

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If it’s the only photo I have of a particular moment, I can make a soft/blurry photo work on a scrapbook page!

BLEND IT IN

For these photos, I chose a kit that almost perfectly coordinated. They just blend right in:

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REMEMBER THAT A SNAPSHOT CAN BE ENOUGH

Going through the galleries and the standout blogs, you can’t help but come away with the impression that there are a lot of good scrapbooking photographers out there!

Sometimes it’s important to remember that a snapshot can be a worthy scrapbook topic, if it holds a special memory for you.

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I don’t have any artsy, stunning photos of my move. But I do have a fun photos of my cat in a box and for me, that enough!

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Good photo or bad photo, as long as there’s a family memory there, I will make room for it in my scrapbook.