Inspired by Laura Banasiak

The following layouts were created using “Little Pretties” by Laura Banasiak and included in The Digi Files during September 2012:

Laura Banasiak
Layout by Laura Banasiack
Melissa Rieschick
Layout by Melissa Rieschick
Melita Bloomer
Layout by Melita Bloomer
Olivia Ashcraft
Layout by Olivia Ashcraft
Yolanda Baros
Layout by Yolanda Baros
Layout by SharonS
Layout by Patsy Tabbert


Layout by Katie. Supplies: Little Pretties by Laura Banasiak; Template by Amy Martin; Fonts: LD Elementary.
Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Little Pretties by Laura Banasiak; Painted Love alpha by Chelle’s Creations; Font: Traveling Typewriter.
Layout by Trina. Supplies: Little Pretties by Laura Banasiak; Blocked Alpha by Laura Banasiak; My Words Only Vol. 5 by Captivated Visions; Font: DJB Digi Kim by Darcy Baldwin
Layout by Aaron. Supplies: Little Pretties by Laura Banasiak; Fonts: Cute-I-Nator by Darcy Baldwin.
Layout by Sula. Supplies: Little Pretties by Laura Banasiak; Fonts: DJB Baby Bump by Darcy Baldwin.

So Many Layers!


Title graphic created using I’d Love To by Heather T.

Sometimes I look at a page and think, “Wow! That must have taken forever to put together!” These are the pages with layer after layer of detail, each one perfectly shadowed, creating depth and interest. Here are just a few examples of this style of page:

By chocochoco: There is just so much to see here! The photo tucked into the upper-left is the perfect touch.

By Jiruska: When you study this page, you see element after element. The placement is so amazing and delicate.

By Millu: The depth and shadowing here, combined with the stellar lighting effects make this page a real standout.

By akizo: I am including this page especially to showcase how heavily layered pages don’t necessarily have to be full of flowers. This one is layered with many papers and stitching and it’s amazing!



If you’re like me, all those layers don’t come naturally. Fortunately, there are templates for that! Check these out:

Toxic Generation 2

Tem{plaY}te me vol.1

Cindy's Layered Templates - Set 126 by Cindy Schneider

Recyclables 13


Fuss Free: Banner of Love 3


Do you want to try this style? Here are a handful of ideas about how you can add more items to your pages to achieve the layered look:

  • Frame a photo and then duplicate the photo and frame, layering them on top of each other on a slight angle so that one peaks through from underneath.
  • Double or triple mat items like photos and journaling spots.
  • On each cluster or focal point of the layout, think about using items of varying depths. So, start with items like paint and glitter, then add in paper, photos, labels, tags. Top with ribbon, string, buttons, and puffy flowers. Then go back and move them up and down in the layers palette to get the look you want.
  • Use traditional items in non-traditional ways. For example, empty frames and tags make great layering pieces.

Digital Scrapbooking Trendwatch: Color Photo Overlays


Layout supplies: template KT Scrapbook Lady, kit is Erica Zane, font is Printing Primer and Lobster

I’ve been seeing color photo overlays popping up on layouts all over the place lately. It’s a fun trend and a bit of a different spin on the trend of adjusting your photo colors to match your layout. It’s an easy way to make a photo that has a bunch of colors, less distracting. This photo of my daughter definitely had a big mix of colors that weren’t my favorite for this layout.

There are several ways to get this slightly tinted look to a photo, here’s how I did it…

Change the photo to black and white. I used my RadLab to do this (you can also follow this tutorial):




Put the photo layer above the paper layer and “clip it” by using ctrl+alt+g (in PSCS) OR ctrl+g in PSE. It will look similar to this:


Then, change the opacity of the photo layer to your liking. The lower the number, the more color that will show through.  I changed the opacity of that layer to 70% on my layout:


Here’s a look at the final layout:


That’s it! Super simple!!

Have you seen this trend around lately? Are you going to give this a go on a layout or have you already?

Sugary Fancy Designs: Waterfalls and Landscapes


I think it was Katie that sent me a link to Sugary Fancy’s store and told me that she loved her designs. I immediately agreed and wasted no time in inviting her to be a contributor to The Digi Files! I am thrilled to have her here with us! Sugary Fancy does a fabulous job with color selection, word art, and there are always unique elements to be found! The minute I unzipped “Butterfly Fly Away,” I knew what I was going to scrap and had so much fun using the kit! Let’s take a closer look at “Butterfly Fly Away” that is included in The Digi Files this month:


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

Here are some layouts created using Sugary Fancy Designs’s contribution:

Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Butterfly Fly Away by Sugary Fancy Designs; Font: Smarty Pants by Darcy Baldwin.
Layout by Katie. Supplies: Butterfly Fly Away by Sugary Fancy Designs; Fonts: LD Dainty.
Layout by Trina. Supplies: Butterfly Fly Away by Sugary Fancy Designs; Template Freebie by Amy Martin.
Layout by Anne. Supplies: Butterfly Fly Away by Sugary Fancy Designs; Fonts: Typewriter Scribbled.


Layout by Steph

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

I’m Ana and I live in Brazil with my eternal love and our couple of doggies that are our joy!
We are connected to the love of technology, watching good movies at the cinema or just at our sofa, shopping, meeting friends, taking photos… well actually we love the same things! 😉

I worked as a teacher for 11 years and in 2007/8 I found out the digital scrapbook and felt in love (of course! LOL). Art was always part of my life since I was very young!
I’ve been designing for about 3 years and this became my real job and passion!
I love doodling and you’ll see my doodles in almost all my designs! It’s truly my mark. Actually creating is a BIG passion… I love to create and I put love in everything I do… I always hope people love my creations too! xo






This is an old page and it isn’t my favorite but people really like it… I like it too because I scrapped about one of our adventures, a travel with our motorcycle!! The rain caught us on our way but in the end it was worth it!! 🙂

We found beautiful waterfalls and landscapes that filled our eyes and made us give thanks to God!

Well I haven’t scrapped so much in the last days or so… but I totally love scrapping our everyday life… I always scrap a moment, a smile, the nature, me and hubby’s love or just about myself!! And I believe that my style is doodling and clean!

I like to match my photo colors to the papers/ellies I want to use so my page will be harmonic! If this isn’t possible… I just go and use my favorite PS action to get my pic B/W or with a color that best combine with the rest of my page!!


Different from most designers I first meet digital scrap on the web and then I knew paper!! But the scrap digital fascinates me more because of the infinite possibilities! I admire paper scrappers but when I get papers, scissors and glue I really don’t know what to do with them, how to start….!! lol

I worked as a teacher for 11 years but I was very tired from working out of home everyday! In 2007/8 I found out the digital scrapbooking and started scrapping and then designing! After I start selling my kits I quit my teacher job and I’ve been designing for about 3 years now and this became my real job and passion!


Life always inspires me to create!! All the little things in life… colors, images, photos, moments, music, children, etc!

Computer: I use a PC since always and I love using my laptop because I can keep it with me wherever I go… mom’s house or when I’m travelling to the farm… 🙂 I have everything that I need on it! And I think it’s very important having a portable external HD too!! 😉
Program: PS/Ai/Tablet basically! 😉
Camera: Hmm I don’t have a professional one yet… but I’d love to! Maybe soon… 🙂
Mine is a Sony DSC-HX1!
Anything Else: Tablet always YAY!!! I just can’t live without it!!! <3
I also use my 3d scanner (HP) a lot and love it too!

I love clustering and I always try to give real shadows to my pages, so the elements that I use first and that will be under other stuff I use a little shadow (style) and the lastest elements I add, I use more shadow so my page will looks like a real paper page, almost a kind of 3d!

Now… a secret…shhh…. I’m a disaster in posting and keeping a nice gallery! Uhhhg!

This is one of my favorites and I think it’s because of the theme! I love scrapping the simple things in life! I also love that doodled bike and the ladybug! I’d probably do another version of it using more vibrant and happy colors!


I like this kit because it’s one of that best describes my style… I’m also a camera/photo addict and I think most of people too!! Kits with cameras often seem to attract all of us! 🙂


Here are some of my favorite products by Sugary Fancy Designs:

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



The Daily Digi readers can save 30% off Sugary Fancy Designs’s store with coupon code SFTDDreaders (expires: october 31).

Go have a look in Sugary Fancy 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 Sugary Fancy Designs

The following layouts were created using “Butterfly Fly Away” by Sugary Fancy and included in The Digi Files during September, 2012:

Layout by Amanda
Layout by Bexy
Layout by Charlie
Layout by Chelisa
Layout by Ellen
Layout by Hannah
Layout by Jill
Layout by Kari Smith
Layout by Lili
Layout by mamoreira
Layout by Maria
Layout by Melissa
Layout by Mye
Layout by PaulineM
Layout by Rory
Layout by San
Layout by Susanne
Layout by Yvonne


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Butterfly Fly Away by Sugary Fancy Designs; Font: Smarty Pants by Darcy Baldwin.
Layout by Katie. Supplies: Butterfly Fly Away by Sugary Fancy Designs; Fonts: LD Dainty.
Layout by Trina. Supplies: Butterfly Fly Away by Sugary Fancy Designs; Template Freebie by Amy Martin.
Layout by Anne. Supplies: Butterfly Fly Away by Sugary Fancy Designs; Fonts: Typewriter Scribbled.


Layout by Steph

Creating Home Decor From Digital Scrapbooking Supplies


I love using digital scrapbooking supplies in home décor projects! We did an episode of The Digi Show on it last spring, and I did a post on one project a year ago. I talked on that episode of The Digi Show about different transfer methods for making canvases and how I wanted to try it. I finally got around to trying it this weekend!

Here’s a look at the supplies I used:


I used one of my favorite fonts (Candy Script) to create this wordart and had it printed on a color laser printer at Kinkos. When using this transfer technique (or most transfer techniques) the wordart needs to be printed flipped or in reverse. This can be done easily in Photoshop by going to Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal


I had my 6 year old, that is LOVING being involved in all of my projects, help me paint the canvas with Mod Podge. Then, I painted the paper with Mod Podge too:


Press the paper down onto the canvas and smooth it out as much as possible. There will most likely be air bubbles, but this adds a bit to the weathered look later on:


You need to make sure the paper and Mod Podge are dry before the next step, I let mine dry over night. Then, take a damp rag and start rubbing away the paper:





I then covered it with a new Mod Podge Antique sealer:


Here’s a look at the final project:


I think I will try another coat of the antique glaze and see how it goes, it’s not quite as aged as I had wanted.  But, I still love it!  I have another large piece that I’m working on 33”x40” but had a delay in finishing it due to not being able to find a canvas the right size (at 9:30 pm on a Friday). I’m excited about it though (especially how cheap it was) and will do an update post in a few weeks and share some printables as well.

P.S. I found the phrase “Keep it 100” after buying this shirt. I will admit to Googling the phrase before purchasing the shirt and really loved the meaning.

In Search of the Perfect Kit


With all of the digital goodies available, you can find a kit with almost any theme you are looking for.

The other day someone asked if I knew of any “wrestling” digi scrap kits. I couldn’t think of any, so I proceeded to search for one. I thought it might be useful to share how to find specific themed kits. Unfortunately there isn’t a universal clearinghouse for digital scrapbook kits, but there are a few suggestions to speed up your search:

  • Search the large communities such as DigiShopTalk & DigiScrapAddicts.
  • Start in the ISO (in search of) threads. Limit your forum search to the ISO threads.


Warning: Digi products move fast. If the ISO thread is more than a year old, you may not be able to locate any of the suggestions. You can email the designer…sometimes they are willing to let you purchase a retired kit.

  • If you can’t find anything, start a new ISO thread.
  • Search the product gallery. Refine your search using the product categories.


  • Search your favorite scrapbook stores. You might get lucky and find what you are looking for.
  • Search the layout gallery. Scan the layouts for elements matching your theme. Use the credits listed to track down a kit. Unfortunately products are not removed from galleries when they are removed from a store. If you get a bad link, Google the designer’s name and or kit name…perhaps the kit is still available, but the designer has moved to a new store.
  • Google it – Search for Digital Scrapbook ______________.Don’t forget to click on “images” as part of your Google search. You can quickly scan the images for the type of kit you are looking for.


As it turns out, there isn’t much available to scrap “wrestling”, but I did find a small kit in the product gallery at DigiShopTalk, and a couple of mini kits through Google. Next time you need just the perfect kit, put on your sleuthing cap and hunt it down.


P.S. Special thanks to Chelle of Chelle’s Creations for this guest post! You can also hear Chelle on our newest episode of The Digi Show – #54 Digi Twins.

P.P.S. The title graphic was made with Oh Snap! by Chelle’s Creations and Boys of Summer by Ziggle Designs.

Hold On To Your Mouse And Get Ready To Shop


image supplies by Lisa Sisneros

What a BIG Funtastic Friday I have for you today! Hold on tight to your mouse and get ready to SHOP!!!!!!

Chelle is hosting a new seminar:


The 2013 calendar season is right around the corner. Be prepared early this year with gift-sets by Simply Tiffany Studios in 5 x 7, 11 x 8, and poster sizes. New calendar releases available all throughout September.

2013 Calendar Kit | 5x7 Project


Creashens has this beautiful kit:

Summered Kit by creashens


Did you know that Jenn Labre is now at Scrap Orchard? And she’s got a fabulous new kit this week too! Check out From the Heart – 20% off now!


Here’s a fun new school kit by Tracey Monette of Clever Monkey Graphics – filled with unique elements, you will find School Rules can take you from kindergarten through highschool. So pull out those first day photos and start scrapping.

School Rules by Clever Monkey Graphics


From Paislee Press:



Grab this collab: This collection was created on behalf of Baby Grace Levi who has been diagnosed with Vacterl/Vater Syndrome with Truncus Arteriosus, Hydrocephalus and a missing right leg.  In buying this beautiful collection you will be supporting a family in need. Proceeds from this collection will go to the Grace Levi Fund (Bancorp South).  This collaboration will only be available from September 7th – October 7th.

{scrapflower} SugarHillCo


Anna Aspnes is celebrating  and her 1 year anniversary sale at Oscraps has just begun and runs through next Wednesday:



after spending hours typing out the addresses for my wedding invitations, i looked down and realized, i had to share this gem with everyone. coordinating with the September BYOC, i bring you… The Royal Invites and The Lost Reports.



Obviously Val is not ready to give up on summer. Her new kit, RAINBOW, is full of colours, so fresh  and so fun! Plus ValC is offering you a extra 20% off your ORDER if you have Rainbow bundle in your Cart
Use this code : ValC-TDDFUN20
before sunday midnight!!



Save 50% off all Karen’s Journaling Packs until Sept 12th 2012.  Don’t miss this opportunity as it will not be repeated.



Liz has these new templates that feature some great Chevron designs. Plus if you purchase them this week you’ll get a set of chevron clipping masks for FREE!

Fun with Chevrons - Templates


Want something free? Mye De Leon is offering this freebie in her store! Grab it while you can! She’s got some fabulous new releases too that you don’t want to miss!



Check out the new templates in Scrapbook Lady’s Scrap Shop! This set of simple templates is perfect for photos, scanned artwork, and journal cards. Layout samples and products links included in a bonus pdf file.



StudioQ has a grand opening sale:



From Studio ViVa:



Catch Autumn ‘On the Wind‘ with this kit at 20% off September 7-9 Only at One Story Down!

On the Wind by River~Rose


Sara Jones has this super fun new fall kit out:


Studio Basic has a new collab out:



AH Designs has a fun new kit out:



Very excited about the new ALPHABET SOUP collection from Peppermint Creative. How fun is this? Each set includes 14 alphabet sets. Mix & match or use them individually. 25% OFF each or grab both for just $11 and save 45%. Plus ALL ALPHABET sets are now 50% off until Sept 12th 2012.



All Toddler Time products, by Quirky Twerp, are 20% off Friday and Saturday.  Also available are bingo cards, journaling cards and a bundle!


Katrina Kennedy has this class coming up:

Capture Your Life Through The Lens: 6 week online class begins September 18th.

Michelle Batton is guesting at After Five Designs for the month of September and has released this great Fall kit, Day at the Orchard.  She also has a new kit, Tale of the Mermaid Princess at The Digichick too.    Michelle’s also looking for some new CT members, check her blog for details!



From Karla Dudley:



Oscraps is having a Back 2 School Event including Sales, Challenges & a Designer Call!



Laura Banasiak has a brand new, SUPER fun script font available in her Scrap Orchard store for 20% off this week only!

LB Curvy Chick Font


From Studio Rosey Posey:

Fragments {Feather}


Need some inspiration?  Sahlin Studio has this FREE Template here:



Piccolina Designs has this new kit, Color Run/Color Me Rad Runs, out this week.  It will be 25% through Sunday.  She also has a coordinating paper freebie pack on her Facebook page.


On The Digi Show this week, Chelle of Chelle’s Creations joined us to discuss techniques we love to use: from photo size all the way through to specific effects we go back to again and again.

Krisi was the random winner from Janet Phillips’ feature and Teresa was the random winner from the feature on Elise’s Pieces. Each won $10 in product from the designer.

Have a great weekend!!

Janet Phillips: Longing To Tell


Janet and I go way back. I remember first getting to know her while on a team in about 2005, one of my very first teams. I was also one of Janet’s first creative team members when she started selling templates. I was thrilled to join her in her new venture called: The Daily Digi at the end of 2008 and bought it from her almost a year later.

I have always, always been mesmerized with Janet’s layouts! She has an innate ability to design simple, sophisticated, and stunning layouts! I was thrilled when she started designing templates and have always enjoyed scrapping with them! Janet’s templates make my heart sing! Let’s take a closer look at “A Special Collection” that is included in The Digi Files this month:



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

Here are some layouts created using Janet Phillips’s contribution:

Layout by Jenn. Supplies: A Special Collection by Janet Phillips; Summer Lovin’ collab by The Lily Pad Designers, Lazy Days of Summer by Jenn Barrette, Traveling Typewriter font.
Layout by Anne. Supplies: A Special Collection by Janet Phillips; alpha, papers and elements from A Wolff Design; Font: gimme space and courier.
Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: A Special Collection by Janet Phillips; Moody s by YaYeah; Fonts: Playful, Hero.
Layout by Anne. Supplies: A Special Collection by Janet Phillips; papers and elements from Dream BIG Designs;
Font: Typewriter Scribbled.


Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Papers and elements: Connie Prince, Trixie  Scraps: Happy Homebody, Font: Pea Amy

My name is Janet Phillips and I am the happy mama to five little ones. We live in Indonesia where my husband teaches at an international school. Currently, we are enjoying an extended visit to the States and we are taking advantage of all the yummy food and cool sites. In addition to being mom, homeschooling, and designing templates, I blog about parenting, am an aspiring photographer, and I have even written a book. I have far more dreams than I have time or money to see come to fruition!






layoutI love this layout! It really sums up my simple style of scrapping. I am convinced that simple doesn’t have to equal boring. I like to create eye-catching pages that tell a story. It also has the little things that make a “Janet” page: a few elements, a date, my sweet kids, and (at least) a bit of real journaling.


Staycation by Jenn Barrette; template by Janet Phillips

I always wanted to be a paper scrapper and for many years, I considered myself to be one. But after many years I only had a handful of pages done and a growing pile of photos in my “to be scrapped” pile. A friend of mine was moving and gave me all her old scrapping magazines. I came across and article on digital scrapbooking and I was intrigued. I bought Photoshop Elements and Photoshop Elements 3 for Dummies and I never looked back. Seven years and 1500 pages later, I love it just as much as I did when I first started.

I started creating and selling templates in September 2006. I wanted to have a role in the digi world and templates seemed like a good fit for me. I’ve been honored to sell in some of the best stores in the industry and I have made Sweet Shoppe Designs my home for the past three years.

As much as I love designing, I am first and foremost a scrapper. In fact, there have been times I have wanted to quit designing but the fear that I would stop scrapping has kept me from giving up. I love preserving my family’s memories!


Lots of stuff! Pretty photographs, a new kit, a longing to tell a story. There are lots of ways to get inspired and I just see what works when I sit down.

Computer: I run on an iMac with 4 gigs of RAM. Switching to Mac (back in 2007) was hard and I even regretted it for a few weeks, but now I can’t imagine ever going back. I love my Mac and even more, I love that after four years it is still going strong!
Program: I do 99% of my designing in Photoshop Elements. I started back with PSE 3 and have moved up through the years and am now using version 10. I LOVE PSE and wish that more people understood what a powerful program it is.
Camera: I am happy to say that I am now the proud owner of a Canon 7D. Until June, I shot on a 40D. I have a slight love affair with my 50mm 1.4 lens but my 100mm macro and my Tamron 28-75 are also well-loved.
Anything Else: I used to do all my photo editing in Photoshop Elements as well, but I have made the switch to Lightroom (in January 2012) and I am in LOVE!

If you want to take better photos, you need to do two very important things: 1) Take more pictures. 2) Look at great photography. I started following a number of blogs back in 2006 and I know that seeing quality work inspired me to get better at photography and also taught me to take off the “mommy goggles” and look at my photos critically.

I love my EASY ALBUM template sets. Putting together albums for friends and family is so easy. There are five different left sided pages and five different right sided pages, giving the scrapper 25 different page combinations. I used this set and created a 20 page album in about two hours!


I actually created this template in 2006, just a few weeks after I started designing. A few years later, I rereleased it in a new and improved form. It has continued to be my best seller!


Here are some of my favorite products by Janet Phillips:






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



Stock up in Janet Phillips’s store with 40% off with coupon code TDD_yeehaw for The Daily Digi readers!

Go have a look in Janet Phillips’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)!

Digi Scrapping with PDF Printables


I love finding pdf printables to download and it’s so cool that many of them are even free! Did you know that you can use pdf files for digi scrapping in Photoshop?

This darling printable is a free download from Skip to my Lou.


Most people will download the file and print out the pdf onto white cardstock paper. That’s a great way to use them, but digi scrappers have the advantage of taking it to the next level.

Just open the pdf file using your Photoshop program. I’m using PSE 10 and it prompts me to accept the pdf import settings. You can read more about these options on the Adobe help site page for opening a pdf.

import pdf

Once the image is imported, the background becomes transparent and it’s just like using digi scrapping embellishments.


Then I use the marquee tool in my sidebar to select the piece of wordart I want to use from the pdf.


Once I have made my selection, I choose to put that piece on a new layer by right clicking and choosing “layer via copy.” There are other ways to do this, but this is just the one I’m used to. You can then choose to save that layer as it’s own png file so you can use it again, or just keep a TIF or PSD that has all the pieces as their own layers. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with keeping the pdf only. It only takes a quick minute to extract the piece you want from it.


Now I can drag this layer onto my layout canvas and create something fun with it!


Paper from Tracy Martin Daydream


So fun and easy! If you are looking for more printables to play with, check out some of my favorites that I’ve added to our Daily Digi Downloads board on Pinterest. Your digi scrapping supply arsenal just got a lot bigger!

katie big

P.S. The title graphic was made with Tracy Martin’s Daydream kit.