How to capture and document the things people say

capture and document the things people say

One Little Bird Designs stay tuned journaling card. Another Typewriter font.


My favorite way for recording something funny someone said is to share it on a social media platform. A few weeks ago, I overheard something my son said that totally made me laugh. I used it as a facebook update and I got a lot of fun feedback from several friends who got a kick out of this:


It doesn’t matter that I didn’t have a photo to go with this post. I can always use this on a page without a photograph, or I can add it as journaling to any layout I want. Even if it only stays on Facebook, or my blog, or is shared somehow with friends or family, it still counts as being documented!


I also use Instagram to record these type of moments as well.

document funny things with instagram

Adding a quote to a picture as you are posting it, is a great way to keep that memory alive. I like to do this with Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, and even in emails to friends and family members.


I think the most important part of documenting the everyday things that are said, is to have a quick way to jot it down. You can use a notes app on a smartphone, keep a notebook handy, use a voice recorder to make notes, or share something online. I wish I had been able to use technology to do this when my kids were younger. Thank goodness I’ve some easy ways to document our lives over the past few years!



It’s easy to think you will remember these words later, but you will probably forget. I’m so glad I took a quick minute to post this silly moment so I could have Alex’s exact words captured and documented. I had totally forgotten about this until I read back through my status updates.



Keep your eyes open for opportunities to document the words that people say. My daughter thinks it’s hilarious to call me “Katie Pants” and now that I have a picture of this sign, I will always have that phrase recorded and shared. I didn’t need to write down her quote, she did it for me.



What if you’ve missed those opportunities in the past? It’s never too late to start. Make a list of quotable material that you remember and save it to a word file or share it in a blog post or online. I immediately thought of this memory and decided to finally write it down even though it happened more than 19 years ago!


Some things stay with you for a long time! Winking smile

Here are a few related posts that might help you capture and document the things that people say:




Oooh I am so excited it’s Friday!

Daily Digi Funtastic Friday April 5 2013

Project Life journaling card from Becky Higgins Rain collection in this month’s Digi Files. Blackout text font.


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Today’s my happy day because Friday is always full of fun new releases in digiland! I’m lovin all the great designs that are out this week. I use the Funtastic Friday post as my shopping guide each week and I know many of our readers do the same. Let’s get to the good stuff!


Whether you need a nap, or you know a certain tiny someone who does, the Nap Happy digital scrapbook collection by Bella Gypsy is just what you need! Created with a neutral palette and girls and boys alike in mind, this lush and shabby collection is sure to make your sleepy scrapbook pages shine!



For the love of Shakespeare! ViVa’s new collection is full of ephemera, elements, textured backgrounds and amazing quotes. It is just right for creating awesome art journaling layouts, mixed media art, scrapbooking layouts and so much more! Unique pieces made for your unique art!



Free journal cards from SuzyQ Scraps — in both digital and print-ready formats. Great for digital scrapbookers and pocket scrapbookers,



Danielle Young has this cool new kit at Oscraps, and it’s 20% off this week! Plus, Daily Digi readers get an additional 15% off with coupon code:WONDER15 (exp. April 12).



A digital scrapbooking kit by Libby Pritchett & Erica Zane, Jack of all Trades is full of boy inspired goodness but don’t let that stop you from using it for girls too – the super versatile color scheme will match plenty of occasions! It’s a little grungy…it’s got some attitude but at least it won’t talk back to you!



ScrapMatters has a NEW kit FREE with any $10 purchase between now and April 15th!



Vinnie Pearce has a new collection on sale



There’s a new set of templates in the Scrapbook Lady Scrap Shop. This set includes 2 templates in 12×12 size and a double page spread option in 24×12. As always, there are sample layouts and links to supplies used in the bonus pdf file!

Scrapbook Lady Scientific templates


Bookkeeper’s Daughter is a beautiful new kit by Jennifer Labre.



Monstrously Cute Bundle by Pixel Gypsy 25% off Friday, April 5th thru Sunday, April 7th Reg. Price: $11.99, Sale Price: $8.99



Maya de Groot invites you to play her Express Your Creativity Challenge.
This April you are challenged to scrap squares, and there is a template to get you started.



CD Muckosky has a new journal Junkie ( with lots of mini pages to print out)



Scrapping with Liz just released these templates in her store. They have some great paper frame shapes and a gallery wall sort of presentation. These are sure to make your photos stand out. They are 20% off through 4/11.



Mye De Leon has this beautifully crafted travel packs for only 30% off until April 5!



New from Kimeric Kreations this week!



New Art Journaling Kit from T for Me Designs! Create yourself… Listen to your inner voice. Find your muse! The Muse is available as bundle as well as separates. Everything is 30% off! (Psst! Matching Free Add on the fanpage of T for Me Designs!)



And it finally happened.. ValC and Cilenia Curtis Teamed up to bring us a amazing springy collaborative project.



6 New digital products, to include 3 sets of ArtsyKardz for Project 365/Life, a new collection of artsy MultiFoto templates, a Month-In-Review double page template and a set of FineEdge slightly distressed frames.  The MidWeek Release is available in the aA store as individual products only, discounted by 20% until Wednesday April 10, 2013.



New Everyday Collection @ Studio Rosey Posey! Save  big with the Bundle or shop for your favourite paks individually!



New at Scrapmatters – Child at Heart Collection by Snips and Snails– 20% Off through Sunday



Here & Now by Tracy Martin is a fun bright kit, for all your here and now memories



Heather T. has a beautiful, soft new kit out, called “Wishes Come True”–useful for boys and girls, too!



SarahJ Designs has re-released her popular Oshkosh kit!  She updated it with a brighter, more modern color scheme and fun elements and alphas and now it’s back and better than ever!  Purchase the value bundle for only $4.19 through Sunday at The DigiChick!



Enjoy your Friday!


Becky Higgins Project Life: Dream Big


A couple of years ago, when I first started talking to Becky (insert: begging Becky) about bringing Project Life to all of us digital scrapbookers, it was because I sincerely loved the products and the vision behind them (and still do)! It was something I knew digital scrapbookers would be excited about!  It’s been fun to see Project Life take off in the digital scrapbooking community like it has. I love the simplicity and ease behind Project Life. I love that I can use these digital products with the coordinating physical ones to document our family memories in a way that works for me.  Having Project Life in The Digi Files also marks the first time a paper company has contributed a brand-new-to-digital product.  It is truly an honor to have Project Life here with us this month!!  Let’s take a closer look at “Project Life Rain Edition ” that is included in The Digi Files during April and was designed by Nisa Fiin (who was a contributor to The Digi Files last 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 Becky Higgins’ Project Life’s contribution:

Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Project Life Rain Edition by Becky Higgins’ Project Life; Pockets No. 6 Stitched by Valorie Wibbens, Pagekraft by One Little Bird Designs, Sullen Seamstress by Valorie Wibbens and Lauren Reid, Doodad Stamps by Amy Jaz Designs, Force With You It Is by Valorie Wibbens and Emily Merritt, Everyday Life Definitions by Karla Dudley, Itty Bitty Dates by Biograffiti, We Just Fit by Little Butterfly Wings and Emily Merritt.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Project Life Rain Edition by Becky Higgins’ Project Life; Template by Yin Designs, fonts are Noodle’s Girlfriends by Peas and The Liana by Heather Hess.
Layout by Tara. Supplies: Project Life Rain Edition by Becky Higgins’ Project Life.
Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Project Life Rain Edition by Becky Higgins’ Project Life; Plastic alpha (Sahlin Studio); Font: The Branch.
Layout by Sula. Supplies: Project Life Rain Edition by Becky Higgins’ Project Life; 365unscripted: Slip Ins by Traci Reed; Markeriffic & Oh Happy Day by CD Muckosky; Font by Darcy Baldwin.

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








Becky Higgins released her first Project Life Core Kit in 2009 and has been expanding her product line through direct to consumer sales. She began offering her products in digital format in November 2011. In October of 2012 she partnered with American Crafts who are now taking the physical editions of Project Life to the retail market. In addition, that partnership has resulted in a brand new digital shop – AC Digitals – that sells many of the American Crafts brands including all of the Project Life products.
Be true to yourself, your design style, and don’t be afraid to dream BIG!

Choosing a favorite kit is like choosing a favorite child … impossible! I (Kari) would have to say my favorite right now is the Bridgeport Childhood Mini Kit. I love the colors and, with children who are at the perfect ages to be a part of the documenting, it’s filled with exactly the right prompts to help them {and me} remember all of the details of their everyday experiences.

The Seafoam Edition designed by Elise Blaha Cripe is one of the 2 new Core Kits we released for 2013. It has been a huge seller! We hear from customers that they love the clean + simple design of the kit and the color scheme is gorgeous.

Here are some of my favorite products by Becky Higgins’ Project Life:


Here are some more inspirational layouts using Becky Higgins’ Project Life’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


Save 10% off coupon Digital Project Life at AC Digitals with coupon code 10ACDIGITALSDD (expires May 1, 2013).

This month, we are starting something new!!  All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below.  There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

Go have a look at Digital Project Life! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product!

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Inspired by Project Life

The following layouts were created using “Project Life Rain Edition ” by Becky Higgins’ Project Life and included in The Digi Files during April, 2013:

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Rain Edition by Becky Higgins’ Project Life; Template: Katie Scrapbooklady, Mustaches: Dream Big Designs, Fonts: The Sharon, The Stache.
Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Rain Edition by Becky Higgins’ Project Life; Pockets No. 6 Stitched by Valorie Wibbens, Pagekraft by One Little Bird Designs, Sullen Seamstress by Valorie Wibbens and Lauren Reid, Doodad Stamps by Amy Jaz Designs, Force With You It Is by Valorie Wibbens and Emily Merritt, Everyday Life Definitions by Karla Dudley, Itty Bitty Dates by Biograffiti, We Just Fit by Little Butterfly Wings and Emily Merritt.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Rain Edition by Becky Higgins’ Project Life; Template by Yin Designs, fonts are Noodle’s Girlfriends by Peas and The Liana by Heather Hess.
SheriLayout by Sheri.
LindaLayout by Linda.
Layout by Kelly.
Layout by Kelly.
Layout by Jen.
Layout by Tara. Supplies: Rain Edition by Becky Higgins’ Project Life.
Layout by Melissa. Supplies: Project Life Rain Edition by Becky Higgins’ Project Life; Plastic alpha (Sahlin Studio); Font: The Branch.
Layout by Sula. Supplies: Rain Edition by Becky Higgins’ Project Life; 365unscripted: Slip Ins by Traci Reed; Markeriffic & Oh Happy Day by CD Muckosky; Font by Darcy Baldwin.



I love to play with elements by tucking in leaves and ribbons and creating little clusters. That’s exactly what I did on when I had fun scrapping this page about my daughter.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: You + Me = Fun by Pink Reptile Designs, Studio 68 and Studio Basic and DSD 2012 template by Sara Gleason

Psst… Do you want to know a secret?

This page is a mess “behind the scenes”! Let’s lift a few things up and take a peek.

Behind the purple flower are some leaves where I erased the stem (and evidently did a messy job of it!):


Under the jean pocket is a tucked in ticket. It was long so I just erased all the parts that might have stuck out.


If I take away the “love” journal mat, we can see some more leaves with the stems erased. And look! I forgot to take out that flower guide from the template I used! Oops!


And yet another messy leaf over at the right-side:


Remember, nothing is irreparable – if you erase too much, you can always hit “undo” or just delete the layer and then pull in a fresh element from your supplies folder.

So keep in mind that some of those pretty pages you see in the galleries might be “hiding something”! Smile

Journaling On Patterned Paper


Supplies: Heart On My Sleeve by Jumpstart Designs

When I’m shopping for digi supplies, it is the patterned paper that usually sells me on a particular kit. I love small, tight patterns that are easy to use in layering. I also love pops of colour in paper.

We’ve shared some articles over the years about patterned paper:

Patterned papers add interest and carry the colour scheme on the page. But, they also present some challenges. Today let’s talk about how to journal when using patterned paper. How do you make your journaling stand out?

Choosing the Right Paper

Journaling directly on patterned paper can be tricky if you want the text to be readable. I found this lovely example by Kjersti at Sweet Shoppe Designs. Here she’s used a delicate tone-on-tone patterned paper as the background of the page. It adds just the right amount of interest, but still allows the journaling to be readable.


Layout by Kjersti. Credits: Spring Awakening by Kristin Cronin-Barrow and Sugarplum Paperie; Dream Land Part6, by Eudora Designs

Here’s a page I put together, also using a softly patterned background:


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Musings by Pink Reptile Designs; iDSD templates by Crystal Livesay

Using Paint to Journal On

Using paint to create a journaling spot on patterned paper is a great trick. You can easily change the colour of the paint to suit your layout and then journal on it.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Plant Your Story Journaled Vol. 1 by Sara Gleason; Everyday Moments by Lauren Grier and Jenn Barrette

Work With the Pattern

When working with stripes or chevrons, try writing within the lines, like Heathergw at The Lilypad did on this lined paper:


Layout by heathergw. Supplies: I am a Prince – elements by Little Butterfly Wings; I am a Prince – papers by Little Butterfly Wings; Flairs & Borders by Little Butterfly Wings; March 2013 Template Challenge Freebie by Amy Martin; The Dry Ribbon by Heather Joyce

And Julifish at Sweet Shoppe Designs placed her journaling in one of the large circles on her background paper:


Layout by Julifish. Supplies: Spring Blooms by Juliana Kniepp and Penny Springmann

Use a Heavy Font

A thick or heavy font will stand out against a busy patterned paper. RebeccaH at The Lilypad did a great job making her words readable against the big chevron background:


Layout by RebeccaH. Supplies: Mark My Words Alpha by Pink Reptile Designs; ‘Sup Yo by CD Muckosky; Big & Bold Papers by Allison Pennington; Journal Cards No. 1 by Pink Reptile Design; Insta-frame Templates by Sahlin Studio; I Am A Prince Elements by Little Butterfly Wings; Dayplanner by One Little Bird & Paislee Press; Love Me Tender Alpha by Pink Reptile Designs

Use a Tag

Sometimes I forget about tags. I have hundreds of them, but they’re such a basic item they’re easy to overlook. A tag is a great choice when the background is just so busy that no other tricks will work.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Do You Remember kit by Dunia

We have so many options for including our stories while working with patterned papers!

Welcome the Designers of TDF#52

I am soooo excited about The Digi Files#52! We have an incredible lineup for you this month and the products match! Every single designer brought us gorgeous, gorgeous collections to share with you. This month is also the very first time a paper scrapbooking company is contributing brand-new-to-digi products! YAY!! It’s been hard to keep this a secret the past few months!

We overhauled the Playbook this month and it is soooo BEAUTIFUL!!!  I can’t wait for our members to see it! Our team members knocked it out of the park and created some amazing inspiration with The Digi Files products!! You will LOVE it!

In The Digi Files this month, we have SEVEN full size products (never released in digiland before) from fabulous designers for only $7.50 (less when you become an annual member)! It’s an UNBELIEVEABLE deal and the BEST deal in digital scrapbooking! Here is a look at the designers for April 2013:

Becky Higgins Project Life

Fiddle Dee Dee

Chelle’s Creations

Erin Kay Studio

Roseytoes Designs

Kate Hadfield

Studio Rosey Posey

Our members love “Daily Digi Day”! Many of the annual members have already been downloading for a few hours because they get access when the calendar changes to a new month. Here’s what our members said in the comments yesterday:

At the end of each month I am so amazed as I scroll down through all the products included that month. There is so much inspiration and variety!… Thank you all for the amazing amount of work you put into each month. I’m excited to see tomorrow’s kits! – Joyce W

I was so excited to receive ANOTHER exclusive kit this month!  I can’t believe it’s been almost two years!  I love the Daily Digi so much and I am so glad that I didn’t wait to jump on board years ago.  I was viewing my TDD stash and it’s so huge and so awesome!!  Thank you so much for being awesome!!!! -Candi

This is my first Digi Files month… and I Love It! I especially like the playbook, as I find I love to get all of the kits, but then I don’t have a lot of inspiration or ideas on how to use them. Having a reference with links to additional information is amazing… Well Done.

PS: Congratulations to the FOURTEEN random winners selected from yesterday’s comments, each person won $10 in product from one of last month’s designers. Be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget in yesterday’s post to see if you won! All winners will receive their prize via the email listed in Rafflecopter within 48 hours.