Cindy Schneider: It’s No Secret

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When Cindy first appeared in The Digi Files, I talked about how inept I am at clustering. That statement is still true today and Cindy’s templates are a great solution for me! I love her unique style of templates; big photo spots lots of papers layers and clusters.  Cindy is also very innovative in her template products; I have seen layered word art templates, layered element and date templates and she has teamed up with designers to include layered templates/quick pages that include the designers products.  Let’s take a closer look at “Cindy’s Templates: Set 140” 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 Cindy Schneider’s contribution:

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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Set 140 by Cindy Schneider; Colorado Spring by Sherwood Studios; Fonts: Taylor Mackenzie, Italianate, and The CD Writer by Heather Hess; Photos by Ashley Felkel photography (with permission).
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Set 140 by Cindy Schneider; Warmth of a Family by Amber Shaw; Font: DJB Melindas.
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Layout by Aaron. Supplies: Set 140 by Cindy Schneider; Little Critter and Tea for Two by Mari Kogelenberg; Font: The Everyday by Heather Hess.
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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Set 140 by Cindy Schneider; Personally by Dawn by Design;
Font: DJB Mrs Rachel Hartman by Darcy Baldwin.
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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Set 140 by Cindy Schneider; Today I Feel by Lauren Grier; Butterfly Garden by Jennifer Barrette/Lauren Grier; Essential White paper pack by Gina Miller; Font: DJB DigiJenLin.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My name is Cindy Schneider and I live in Ontario, Canada, approximately an hour away from Toronto. I am a SAHM with my two children, Ashley (9) and Curtis (7), and have been married to my husband Brad for 12 years.

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A little over a year ago we added to our family, and decided to get a Jack Russell puppy. I love how this layout turned out. It was a such a special time for our 2 kids, meeting the dog that was soon going to become a permanent member of our family. It was so cute seeing them hold such a tiny little bundle of fur and watch the amazed looks on their faces. I love capturing these important events on a layout and this one turned out just as I had envisioned.

This layout also uses one of my favorite template packs, Trio Pack 1 – All Tucked In 1. They have lots of photo spots which are perfect creating layouts to remember those special times.

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I have been digi-scrapping for about 6 years, shortly after the birth of my 2nd child. I was originally a paper scrapper, and became interested in it after I came across a scrapbooking magazine at Chapters one day. I started creating traditional pages, with our dog at the time being the focal point of most of them. After we had our first child, I was able to create an album about her first year, but soon found it was too time consuming and messy. I came across digi-scrapping online one day and have never turned back. I started out slowly and finally worked up the nerve to start a gallery and apply for some creative teams, and was lucky enough to get a spot on the Creative Team at the Sweet Shoppe in August 2007. At the same time I started doing quick pages and albums for various designers, which led into designing and selling templates At the end of March 2010 I moved my store to the fabulous Sweet Shoppe which I have loved for so many years. The community, designers, creative team, and owner Robin Carlton are all amazing!

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My photos are always my first and foremost source of inspiration for all of my creations. I absolutely love doing multi-photo layouts and they are actually a lot easier for me to do than single photo ones. When creating templates and/or layouts, I always start figuring out where I want my photos positioned, then play around with different shapes and numbers layers and papers, until I obtain a basic design I am happy with. Sometimes I am inspired by an ad layout, and sometimes a design will pop into my head and I will sketch it out, but generally I just come up with ideas for new templates by playing around in Photoshop

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Computer: I have 2 computers, a desktop and a laptop. My desktop is an Intel Core i7 2600 with 12GB RAM, and a Hewlett Packard ZR24w 24 inch monitor. My laptop is an Intel Core i7 2600 with 8GB RAM with a 17 inch screen.
Program: I am still using Adobe CS2, but I think it will be time for an upgrade very soon!
Camera: I have a Canon Rebel T4i, and usually use my Canon EF-S 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 IS Lens and Speedlite 430EXII
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If you are a template user, don’t be afraid to change them up a little to suit your needs. Modify them, and make them your own! Shift layers around, rotate or flip the template, add extra embellishments, simplify it by removing layers, add extra mats….there are so many possibilities with them. You will be surprised at how many different looking layouts you can get using one template! I have used the same template so many times to create different layouts each and every time. Also, if you are trying to find other ways to save time scrapping, definitely put the time into into learning some of the shortcut keys for Adobe programs….it is totally worth it! This website, which was passed along to me a while back, is a great resource for shortcuts, and it even includes printable PDFs
http://morris-photographics.com/photoshop/shortcuts/

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It’s no secret when you look at my layout gallery and store, that I love creating multi-photo layouts. This idea popped into my head when I creating a vertical layout design one day thought that mixing and matching these types of templates would be the perfect way create a huge number of unique multi-photo layouts. You can use them as single templates on a 12×12 background, combine 2 of them together to create a full page layout, or you can even use 4 of them together to create a double page layout. By mixing and matching, and flipping and rotating them, the possibilities are endless! I also have a second set of Builder Templates in my store that can be mixed and matched with Set 2 to create even more unique layouts.

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My yearly faves template was definitely one of my most popular templates. When my kids look through their scrapbook albums, some of their favorite pages are the ones that show what their favorite things were at different times in their lives. This template includes a layered title as well as all the journaling prompts (which can easily be customized) to make scrapping the layout super fast and easy!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Cindy Schneider:

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

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Use coupon code TDDCINDYNOV to receive a 30% off discount at Cindy Schneider’s store (through November15th, 2012)

Go have a look in Cindy Schneider’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 Cindy Schneider

The following layouts were created using template Set 140 by Cindy Schneider and included in The Digi Files during November, 2012:

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Layout by Akizo
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Layout by Aly
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Layout by Gemma Crane
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Layout by Kay Miller
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Layout by Majda Pomikalkova
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Layout by Natalie Whitworth
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Layout by Terra Biollo
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Set 140 by Cindy Schneider; Colorado Spring by Sherwood Studios; Fonts: Taylor Mackenzie, Italianate, and The CD Writer by Heather Hess; Photos by Ashley Felkel photography (with permission).
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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Set 140 by Cindy Schneider; Warmth of a Family by Amber Shaw; Font: DJB Melindas.
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Layout by Aaron. Supplies: Set 140 by Cindy Schneider; Little Critter and Tea for Two by Mari Kogelenberg; Font: The Everyday by Heather Hess.
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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Set 140 by Cindy Schneider; Personally by Dawn by Design;
Font: DJB Mrs Rachel Hartman by Darcy Baldwin.
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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Set 140 by Cindy Schneider; Today I Feel by Lauren Grier; Butterfly Garden by Jennifer Barrette/Lauren Grier; Essential White paper pack by Gina Miller; Font: DJB DigiJenLin.

How to Skype and why you should

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With the holiday season coming up, I thought it would be the perfect time to go over how to use Skype. More than likely, you won’t be able to see everyone you want to during the next few months. Expensive travel and busy schedules can make it difficult to get together with our loved ones, even for the holidays. Skype is a wonderful solution because not only can you talk to your friends and family, you can SEE them at the same time!

Here’s a link to an article on howstuffworks.com that explains the very basics of Skype. There’s also a helpful video for those of you who are visual learners. Once you have the program installed and can navigate the general settings, here are a few extra tips and tricks that will be helpful.

 

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Take a minute and set up a profile picture for yourself. It’s so much nicer if you are not on a video call, to be able to see more than a question mark on your screen. It makes me happy when I’m doing The Digi Show and I can see pictures of who I’m talking to. Just go to the drop down menu in the top toolbar to access your profile settings.

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If you are ever having audio trouble on Skype, go to Tools, Options, and then audio settings to be sure your mic and speaker settings are correct (The settings are different on a Mac). I always have to remind myself of this if I make a call without my headset and then later switch back to my headset.

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Every once in awhile, it’s possible to just have a bad connection. It seems to help if you hang up and call again. If anyone is using a plug in microphone or headset, they might want to unplug it and then plug it back in again. We’ve learned these little tips after a lot of calls for The Digi Show.

There’s a lot you can do to make sure you have a great Skype experience. Use a plug-in microphone or headset for the best sound quality. On video calls, make sure you are looking into the camera when you speak instead of watching the screen. Try to avoid background noises so everyone can focus on who is actually involved in the call. Skype is wonderful for including several people at the same time, but it can be a bit overwhelming at first while everyone tries to figure out how to get their turn in (especially for little kids).

 

Why Skype?

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  • Loved ones live far away or you are going to miss an event. Steph says she has her kids open their presents from their grandparents while they are all on Skype. That way the grandparents can see their kids reactions. Skype is wonderful for family interactions like this so consider giving a webcam as a gift to a family member who might not have one so they can join in the fun.
  • Keep in touch with the family you live with. My daughter has been known to call me on Skype when I’m downstairs and she’s upstairs. We loved Skype this past summer when she went to stay with my parents in New Mexico for two weeks. It helped her not feel homesick.

  • When you need to share screens with someone. Steph and I use Skype all the time when we are planning projects for this site or the podcast. It’s great that we can show each other exactly what we are thinking of by sharing screens.
  • Steph and I have even had virtual shopping “dates” together over Skype. We can be talking to each other while browsing through online stores. We will share screens as we find something fun. We even compare totals at the end. It’s a great way to get together and do something fun, even though we live hundreds of miles away from each other!
  • I’ve been working on helping my Mom learn to digi scrap through Skype calls. It’s so much easier to show her something than to try and explain how to do it. We live in different states so it isn’t really possible to have real-life scrapping time together.
  • Even without sharing screens, you can talk to each other while your hands are free to type notes or do other tasks. Much easier than trying to hold a phone while typing!

 

Why we LOVE Skype

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  • Skype has a wonderful help and support system. Be sure to browse through their How-To Guides and FAQS.
  • You can use Skype on your mobile devices and if those gadgets have frontward facing cameras, you can also make video calls without a webcam.

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Oh, and did we mention Skype is free? What a total WIN! They do have some paid products, but for general person-to-person Skype calls, there is no charge. What a wonderful way to keep in touch with the people who are important in your life!

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PS. Congratulations to this week’s readers who have won $10 to one of November’s featured designers: McAmy (Michelle Godin Designs), lizanne (Dawn by Design) and Leslie M (Mye De Leon). Thanks for commenting!

Going through my gallery favorites

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I used to hang out in the online galleries a lot more in the past. Nowadays, I mostly pin or stack the layouts that inspire me. I still have many “favorites” that have been marked in galleries though and I don’t want to forget them.

I can access all my gallery favorites by going to an area in my account. Most galleries have this option, but it might not always been right at the top.

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I have marked many wonderful layouts over my years as a digital scrapbooker. Most of these pages were created long ago, but they are still amazing. It thought you might enjoy taking a memory-lane stroll with me as I rediscover the pages that sparked my creativity!

I have always been in awe of pages that give the feeling of looking down on a pile of papers, or someone’s workspace. I fell in love with this page when it was posted more than 5 years ago and I still want to scraplift it!

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Scanned handwritten treasures are something that always catch my attention. There is something incredibly special about a note from a loved one. I added this to my favorites back in 2010 and it feels just as inspiring when I look at it today.

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I love getting a peek into the everyday life of the scrapper. It was so fun to see what Paula watched on tv back in 2008, and I knew I wanted to document those type of details as well.

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It’s amazing to me that when I see a page in my favorites, I can remember seeing it for the first time and wanting to expand my creativity because of it. Isn’t this beautiful?

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I adore this soft and sweet layout.  I wish I had better baby pictures of my kids. *sigh* I still want to scraplift this page!

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The clean simplicity of this page just makes me happy. The grid never goes out of style!

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Big bold title, cool picture, great design. Yes, yes, yes!

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This layout still takes my breath away! What an incredible work of art.

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I’m a big fan of maps and I love the way they look on scrapbook layouts. I love the linear design and great typography.

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This page just has the right mix of everything. I love the red & blue, postage elements, and the handwritten look of the font.

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If you are looking for a boost to your creative mojo, take a look through the layouts you’ve bookmarked or added to favorites. Think about why you noticed those pages in the first place and how they can inspire you now. It’s a great exercise to get yourself scrapping!

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P.S. The title graphic was created with Sabrina Dupre’s kit – a few of my favorite things.

Fridays are meant for shopping!

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Little Butterfly Wings Geek Like Me + Lobster font

 

Who’s ready for a Friday? I know I am! As always, we have a lot of fun stuff to tell you about.

Ali Edwards joined us on The Digi Show this week to discuss December Daily! How it got started, tips for making it happen, and what’s worked or hasn’t worked for Ali and Katie. Will Peppermint and Steph join in the fun? You have to listen to find out.

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Want to learn how to ROCK your camera phone? Jessica Sprague has just the class for that!

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Have you heard? Photoshop Elements 11 will be going on sale at Costco from November 8 – November 25. The Costco version of PSE 11 also includes a CD from Digital Scrapper bundled in the box — details are on the Costco website!

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It’s a big weekend for printing 8×8 pages. Check out the HOT deal from Persnickety Prints!

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Studio Rosey Posey has 8 New Calendar Sets!

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So Thankful collab between Robyn Meierotto and Crystal Livesay. Free kit and dollar kits Friday 11.9- Sunday 11.11.

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Little Sew & Sew Alpha v.2 by Erica Zane is the perfect finishing touch for any page!  Simply use the enclosed alpha as a clipping mask for any paper that you’d like, add the stitching & ta-da, instant title that matches perfectly!

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Here’s a fun new set of templates from Scrapping with Liz. There’s lot of spots for photo, some fun tabs & fun scallops and shapes to clip your pretty paper to. These are 20% off until 11/15.

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Jenn Labre has a beautiful new kit out today. Grab Sunday Drive through Sunday at 20% off!

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If you missed the grab bag discount from Pink Reptile Designs, make sure you grab it this weekend (November 9-12) at 20% off!

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Michelle Godin’s newest release, Always Remember, is 20% off this weekend and just in time for Remembrance Day (Canada) and Veteran’s Day (US). The eclectic mix of military-themed graphics can work for heritage photos or modern day heroes.

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Danielle Young has this adorable holiday word art set, and it’s FREE with any $2 purchase of her designs at Oscraps!

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Check out the Love Me Two Times bundle from Tracy Martin Designs!

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A new kit by Bella Gypsy Designs at Scrap Orchard…Reason To smile celebrates all the reasons you have to smile! Scrap them with this fun, fresh kit that is 20% off as part of Fresh Fruit Friday!

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As autumn draws to a close and the cool winds blowing in, this new kit “Autumn Frost” by Sahlin Studio is the perfect kit to scrap most fall AND winter photos with.

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WM Squared has a fun new kit!

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New Family Memories Kit by Sugary Fancy + Pack of Journaling Cards Coordinating with the kit and 5 New CU Packs ON SALE 20% OFF!!

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The Studio Girls newest collaboration….(b-sides available separately)

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There’s a new set of templates up in the Scrapbook Lady Scrap Shop. This set contains templates in 2 sizes – 7×5 & 7×6.5. These are perfect for greeting cards and/or mini album pages.

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Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Michelle Godin: Still Find Me

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Michelle Godin is a one-of-a-kind designer with a truly unique style. It is artsy and scrappy, sometimes retro, but always different from anything you’ve seen before. I really love her designs and I am thrilled to FINALLY welcome Michelle to The Digi Files!!  Let’s take a closer look at “Blustery Day” 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 Michelle Godin Designs’s contribution:

LO1 Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Blustery Day by Michelle Godin Designs; Template #235 by Yin Designs; Fonts: Smarty Pants by Darcy Baldwin.
LO2 Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Blustery Day by Michelle Godin Designs; Fonts: The Skinniness and The CD Writer by Heather Hess.
LO3 Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Blustery Day by Michelle Godin Designs.
LO4 Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Blustery Day by Michelle Godin Designs.
LO5 Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Blustery Day by Michelle Godin Designs.

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

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Hello! I’m Michelle! I’m 31, and I live in Ontario, Canada with my newlywed husband. I’ve begun the process of assuming his last name so my business name will be changing soon too but for now you can still find me as Michelle Godin Designs at The Lilypad. Now for a little about me… I’ve always been a huge history geek, even as a small child. This obsession led me both to my career in the museum world (I work full-time as a Registrar) and my hobby of preserving memories (scrapbooking & genealogy). My husband and I are both introverts and homebodies so we have a quiet little life pursuing our geeky interests in our spare time. I’m enjoying it while I can before a baby comes along and changes everything!

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As I mentioned already I’m a huge history buff so you can imagine how much I love to scrap heritage photos. Of course I do the classic “serious” pages for my family history books but I also love to have some creative fun with my ancestors. In this layout, the Victorian lady is my great-great-grandmother Rosalie, the sad little boy is my father and the flying pixie is my mother.

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I dabbled in paper scrapping and art journaling around 2003-2005 but never got really serious about it. I discovered digi by accident in the fall of 2005 when I wanted to make a customized desktop wallpaper for a friend as a birthday gift. At the time, my brother was taking a Photoshop course at school and offered to teach me the basics. He told me to search online for free clip art to use in the wallpaper and somewhere along the way in my searching I landed at Scrapbook-Bytes. I was amazed at what I saw and was instantly addicted! I posted a few pages that fall at SBB but only really jumped into the online community in January 2006 when I got up the nerve to join some challenges.

Later that year, Maya invited me to join the CT at Scrapbookgraphics. Eventually I got bit by the designing bug. Honestly I don’t even remember why! I think I was just curious and once I tried it I was hooked. In 2007, Maya took a chance on me and brought me in at SBG as an intern designer to start. The rest is history from there!

I’ve had a few stops and starts as a designer. I’ve already “retired” twice! Ha! In my mind (and heart) I am fully committed to it and treat it like a business, but since I only have a “hobby” amount of time to devote to it I’ve often struggled with finding a healthy balance and I’m prone to burnouts. I’m an all-or-nothing kind of girl and not so good at the balance thing! But ever since I started at the Lilypad, my current home, I finally feel like I have a good handle on things. I don’t think I could ever give up designing entirely – it’s a part of me now!

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This is a tough question. Would you believe me if I said that I don’t really know? Ha! I tend to think of my “creative mojo” as a separate entity with a mind of it’s own. Even if I sit down with a colour palette, a theme, and some visual inspiration, there’s no telling what will come out of me! I’m usually carried off into a totally different direction. I used to get really frustrated about this but I’ve learned now to just go with the flow.

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Computer: My 4-year old 24″ iMac died on me this summer so now I’ve got a brand-new 27″ iMac running OS X, with 1TB HD, 3.1 Ghz processor and 16GB of ram. I have 2 EHD’s constantly plugged in – one has all my old files from the dead computer and the 2nd one is used for my Time Machine backups (I cannot say enough about Time Machine! It saved my life this summer when my computer died!)
Program: I design, scrap and do photo editing in Photoshop CS3. I sometimes use Illustrator for certain tasks but I’m not much of a digital illustrator. I prefer to draw by hand and scan it in.
Camera: Since I got my iPhone 4S I’ve been using that camera almost exclusively. My Canon Rebel XTi has been collecting dust! I have a little Canon powershot that I keep in my purse too.
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Lately it seems like a lot of digital scrappers are taking up art journaling so I thought it would be fun to share some tips on how to take those backgrounds you make and turn them into digital papers. It’s really fun to use your own artwork on your digital layouts. It adds such a personal touch and really makes the page your own! If you’re already getting your hands dirty to make the backgrounds for your journals, why not add this extra little step so you can use them over and over again instead of just once?

All you need is a photo scanner. You can work from your journal, but I often don’t. I keep a stack of 6×6″ and 8×8″ squares of paper at the ready. (You’ll see why in a minute) Now go have fun making backgrounds – paint them, stitch them, doodle on them, go nuts! (Just be careful not to include licensed or copyrighted materials that you don’t have permission to reproduce) Make sure you let your pages dry really well or else they’ll muck up your scanner! Speaking of scanners, you will notice they are usually rectangular and too small to fit a 12×12″ paper. This is annoying because translating a rectangle into a square inevitably means you will lose a part of your background. I get around this issue by using the smaller 6×6″ or 8×8″ squares. Simply scan them in at a super high resolution (as high as you can!) and this blows them up to a big enough size to cover your 12×12″ canvas at 300 dpi. In fact, you might find that your paper is actually much bigger than the canvas which is really fun because it gives you some flexibility. Move it around, resize it, flip it, rotate it, find the configuration you like best. Sometimes I can get 2 or 3 unique papers made from one jumbo scan! You may want to apply some effects before saving – I usually do a Sharpen filter on mine to make the image more crisp and often I’ll play around with Hue/Saturation changes. When you’re done, save your paper as a .jpg and that’s it! Now you have digital papers to use that are uniquely all your own. This concept would be super fun for your kids’ artwork too! Scan in their creations to use in your layouts about them.

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I made this when I was going through a rough time. I love the idea that someone else might be able to use this to scrap out their feelings too. Art therapy can be so healing! And I’m a big believer in preserving the bad memories along with the good. I don’t have kids yet but I know some day when I do they’ll appreciate learning about my struggles and how I overcame them.

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I have two sets of these “Sloppy Stencil” alphas and they have both sold really well. I think people are attracted to their versatility – you get two alphas in one with the sprayed and doodled versions, and there are so many possibilities for layering and combining them.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Michelle Godin Designs:

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

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For an extra 25% off any order over $10 (coupon will still work during my storewide NSD or black friday sales) use code DD-nov-25a. Valid 11-1-12 to 12-31-12.

Go have a look in Michelle Godin 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 Michelle Godin

The following layouts were created using “A Blustery Day” by Michelle Godin and included in The Digi Files during November, 2012:

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LO1 Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Blustery Day by Michelle Godin Designs; Template #235 by Yin Designs; Fonts: Smarty Pants by Darcy Baldwin.
LO2 Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Blustery Day by Michelle Godin Designs; Fonts: The Skinniness and The CD Writer by Heather Hess.
LO3 Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Blustery Day by Michelle Godin Designs.
LO4 Layout by Kimberly M. Supplies: Blustery Day by Michelle Godin Designs.
LO5 Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Blustery Day by Michelle Godin Designs.

Dawn by Design: Still So New

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Dawn by Design has a very clean style; it’s minimal with a slight shabby edge. It’s a super great style and one that is very “hot” in digi right now. I immediately saw these qualities in her designs and knew I needed to schedule her as a contributor right away. Our team created some stunning layouts with Dawn’s contribution.  Let’s take a closer look at “Personally” 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 Dawn by Design’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Personally by Dawn by Design.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Personally by Dawn by Design; Font: DJB I LOVE ME SOME CELESTE.
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Personally by Dawn by Design; Doodles by Lauren; Font: mari&david.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Personally by Dawn by Design.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Personally by Dawn by Design; Font: Gimme Space.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
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My name is Dawn Farias and I live in San Antonio, TX. I am married to my college sweetheart and we have four children – five by the time you read this as our second girl is due to arrive in this crazy world sometime around Halloween. By trade I’m a math teacher, but I quit working ten years ago when my first child was born. Until this year we were a homeschooling family, but my kids (and I!) are adjusting to a new schedule this year since they are attending public school for the first time. It’s been an adventure, that’s for sure.

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This is the layout I used to create the template I’ve included in my contribution. It’s the kind of layout I love: orderly, clean, and with pops of color. I’ve tried to get a carefree scattered look when designing layouts, but everything still comes out horizontal and vertical – even when I’ve bought a carefree scattered looking template to help me out, LOL.

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I first found digital scrapbooking while trying to design my own blogs. It’s only been in the last year or so that I’ve tried my hand at scrapping. I started designing because I was running into all kinds of terms of use issues when trying to create free blog backgrounds and web designs for others. I thought I’d make my own digiscrap products in order to do web design with them, but now I just make them for their own sake.

In September I retired from a year of selling at The Digichick, where I met some wonderfully supportive and kind women. ? Now, though, I am designing and selling from my own website as family time allows.

inspired
Colors and patterns inspire me the most and then I adapt them to fit whatever everyday situations are on my mind at the moment.

tools
Computer: I have a four year-old Compaq Presario Notebook that runs Windows Vista. I have 2 GB RAM and I use Backblaze to back up my files.
Program: I use Photoshop CS5.
Camera: I just recently upgraded from a point-and-shoot to a Nikon D5100 (!!!!!)
Anything Else: I have a Bamboo Pen and Touch and an Epson Perfection V300 scanner.

tipstricks
I feel under qualified to give tips on scrapping and photography because they are things I am still so new at. I do have a helpful tutorial at my blog, though, on how to clip adjustment layers to only the photo in a layered PSD file (see it here).

The only tip for designing that I have up my sleeve is to create your preview as you create your kit. This helps me see how things are working together in terms of colors and patterns and then when I’m ready to save previews and zip everything up that hardest part is already done! Also, in Photoshop I will create a layer group of the papers, of the elements, and of my packaging. This speeds things up, too. If I want just a preview of the papers, for example, I can hide the elements layer group faster than hiding each element separately.

favorite
My favorite product right now is the Sunkissed Collection. The colors are so bright and perfect for a summer kit and I really like how the papers work together. I love bright colors, but when creating my own palettes I’ve noticed that I “play it safe” with colors that are a little less saturated than I’d imagined them in my head. This kit didn’t work out like that and I love the final product.

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popular
I cannot tell you why this kit was so popular. It really flew off the digital shelves! The theme was inspired by a photo I took of my kids looking out at the Seattle skyline during the year we lived in Washington. I found the colors from a color lovers kind of website and I made the kit work around them. I suspect this kit was popular because of the travel theme – we all have special vacations and trips to scrap about, don’t we?

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Here are some of my favorite products by Dawn by Design:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Dawn by Design’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Coupon
Use coupon code DBD-DAILYDIGI30 to save 30% off your next order at Dawn by Design (expires 11/30/2012).

Go have a look in Dawn by Design’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: Dawn by Design

The following layouts were created using “Personally” by Dawn by Design and included in The Digi Files during November, 2012:

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Font: DJB I Love Me Some Sheri

 

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Personally by Dawn by Design.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Personally by Dawn by Design; Font: DJB I LOVE ME SOME CELESTE.
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Personally by Dawn by Design; Doodles by Lauren; Font: mari&david.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Personally by Dawn by Design.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Personally by Dawn by Design; Font: Gimme Space

Bits and Bytes

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With Digital Scrapbooking Day behind us, many of us now have folders full of great new supplies to work with! Here are some neat fonts, tutorials and scrapbooking prompts to help you scrap:

#1 BLACKOUT FONT

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This font has been all over the galleries lately. It’s so fun! You can find it here.

#2 PART DRAWING / PART PHOTO TUTORIAL

Isn’t the page above by Scrappy Irene stunning? I was so curious to know how she made the page and was thrilled to see that she posted a tutorial about it over at Oscraps here.

#3 REMOVING DOUBLE CHINS IN PHOTOSHOP

This YouTube video on removing double chins in Photoshop is great! I’ve had some really good results with it. Will I share them? Nope! Smile No way am I posting a before and after on this – but give it a try and you’ll like it too!

#4 BIGGER LAYER THUMBNAILS

Does your layers palette look like this:

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Is each tiny layer thumbnail too small to be able to see what it is?

Do you want them to be bigger like this:

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Or even bigger like this:

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Then head on over to this quick tutorial to change your Photoshop settings!

#5 PROJECT LIFE LIST

I’m just starting Project Life and I’m loving it so far! There is so much inspiration to be found on Pinterest and the galleries. I was happy to come across this “Project Life List” of ideas of things to photograph and/or journal about. I think it would be an excellent “jumping off point” for creating a personalized list.

#6 JOURNAL PROMPTS

I was looking for journaling prompts and stumbled upon this list of 119 journal prompts, which linked up to the site Sunday Scribblings. Sunday Scribblings provides a weekly journaling prompt – often very brief – to be a jumping off point for your own words.

#7 LIGHTING

I haven’t quite figured out how this can be used in my scrapbooking, but I am going to try! This lighting effect is just too amazing not to try and the step-by-step tutorial is clear and easy to understand.

So there you have a few new tips and tricks to try on your next scrapbook pages! Have fun creating!

PS – The title graphic was made using Outdoor Adventure by Erica Zwart and Simple Browns by Heather T.