The End of the May Means 14 Winners


It’s the last day of May! Wow! Did it fly for you too?? Have you seen ALL of the wonderful goodies included in The Digi Files this month? There are some really fun products in a wide variety of styles.

When you become an annual member you get access to 13 months of products for the price of 11 (for the first year)! That’s just barely over $6 a month for products with over $50 of retail value (OR less than $1 per full-sized product)!  AMAZING DEAL!!   No waiting for payments to process. You can start downloading your goodies as soon as the calendar changes to a new month and you have all month download!

You can become a monthly member as well for $7.50 a month. There are no obligations. You can cancel at any time.

This is what our members said at the end of last month:

I am starting my third year of TDD and still lovin’ it. Thanks for all you do to bring us such awesome dinginess!!! – Connie

This has been my first month of subscribing and I am loving it! Originally I bought it because of Project Life, however now I have had a chance to see everything that is included each month – I am excited!! What a create concept :D – Diane D.

I really love the combination of kits each month.  There are always favorite designers, some designers I have never heard of, and designers I’ve always wanted to try but really weren’t my style so I haven’t bought anything.  It gives me a chance to play and try something new.  🙂 – Jen L

Here’s a closer look at everything that is included for $7.50 or less TOTAL (not per item) or less when you become a subscriber:

Juliana Kneipp

Yin Designs

Miss Mint

Allison Pennington

Crossbone Cuts Designs

Blagovesta Gosheva

Libby Pritchett


You will find lots of great information in our Playbook that comes in pdf, iBooks, Nook color, Kindle Fire, and generic ePub versions. Over 40 pages of layout inspiration using the supplies from this month’s files as well as tips, tricks, and tutorials for creating the looks for yourself! People continually email me that they would pay the full subscription price for JUST the Playbook!

Exclusive Bonus Kits for Digi Game Level Members Only

Did you know that every four months you are subscribed to The Digi Game level (annual OR monthly) you get an exclusive collaboration from past contributors to THE DIGI FILES?  They are AMAZING:


“Story of Everyday Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to those who subscribe to THE DIGI GAME level of membership (available immediately).



“The Good Life” is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their fourth payment.


“My Journey My Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their eighth payment.


“My Life At Play” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their twelfth payment (or twelfth month for annual members).


“My Life In Print” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their sixteenth payment (or  16th month for annual members).


“My Life At Home” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 20th payment (or 20th month for annual members).


“My Life of Adventure” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their twenty-fourth payment (or 24th month for annual members).

“My Life of Celebration” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their twenty-eighth payment (or 28th month for annual members).

My Life of Change” is our NEWEST EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 32nd payment (or 32nd month for annual members).

This collection started going out last month to members that had been subscribed since our membership very first launched in October 2010. This kit was inspired by many of the changes most of us go through in life. Some good, some bad, most of them hard. There are many uplifting bits of word art and journaling cards that express, very well, the theme of this collection.

Enter To Win

You can get an entry into the drawing by doing several things such as, commenting, pinning, tweeting, liking, etc. You will need to enter through the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions for each method you want to enter.  We will verify entries when winners are selected and those entries will be disqualified if instructions weren’t followed.

We will randomly select FOURTEEN people from Rafflecopter  to win $10 in product from one of this month’s contributors.  Winners names will automatically be added to the widget here after they are selected, so check back here tomorrow to see if you won. The contest closes at 11pm ET.

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The stories you are telling

stories you are telling

Erica Zane See Jane Play

If I ever need a boost in scrapbooking spirits, I love to take a look through our Flickr group. It inspires me so much to know that other people are creating, documenting, and sharing their memories. I love that so many of you are telling your stories! Some of my very best journaling inspiration comes from the layouts I see posted online. Here are a few of my recent favorites and why I love them:

May the 4th by breeoxd – Check out all the everyday details on this page! Work conversations, shopping receipts, pop culture references, and plenty of journaling. This is like a miniature time-capsule of a week in her life.

May the 4th by breeoxd

for more inspiration on scrapping everyday details, check out these posts:

Love you 2 by Teresa Victor. The precious photo and beautiful paper are perfectly paired with loving words from a proud mother. I adore the way she captured the small details that will always remind her of her children at this particular moment in time.

love you 2 by Teresa Victor

for more ideas on authentic journaling, check out these past posts:

No Motivation by Meg B. What a great example to remind us that we don’t have to just scrap about the rosy things in life. Getting feelings out on a page can be great therapy!

no motivation

Need some help with ideas? Be sure to read through these previous posts:

Amazing Max by breeoxd. The flags, the splattered background, and that cute dog, all make this page fabulous – but my favorite finishing touch was the photo of the “good citizen” report. Even if you don’t want to scan something to use on a layout, just take a picture of it!

Amazing Max by breeoxd

For more ideas on including important details on your pages, be sure to look through these posts:

Balance Beam by potatoejam is such a fun page with a big emphasis on the photo and words. I love the blending on the picture and the great page composition.

Balance Beam

For tips on making your stories and photos shine, check out these previous posts:

Flowbee by neeceebee – I love the bold graphic feel of the lettering and color scheme on this layout. Great capture of the memorable events of a week in the life.

Flowbee by Denise

For more resources to help you include the real moments of your life, check out these previous posts:

Childhood Memories by elseepe – say “hello” to older memories. Don’t let any more time pass without jotting down some of your own childhood experiences. Your memories are precious!

childhood memories by elseepe

For more ideas on how to capture the past on a page, check out these related posts:

Next time you start to feel like you don’t have the time, energy, or desire to scrapbook, take a look through some of the pages that others are creating. You will be inspired by the stories they are telling and if you are anything like me, you will start longing to tell your own!

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Creating a Shadow with It’s Own Layer









Juliana Kneipp: Truly, Madly, Deeply  Font: Bebas, VT Portable Remington

Shadows are the finishing touches on my layout. After everything is placed and my journaling is written, I start at the bottom of my layers palette and work my way up adding beautiful shadows. Nothing finishes off a layout so perfectly. I always start off with a pretty basic layer style (size 5, distance 5, and an opacity of 40) then adjust as seems appropriate for the element. Sometimes while adding my shadows I come across an element that just doesn’t look right with a layer style. Because of where it is placed (tucked under another layer for example), the layer style makes it look even more unrealistic. By putting the shadow on it’s own layer, you are able to adjust, erase, and give it that realisitic touch. It’s easy. I’ll show you how.

Here is my layout using Juliana Kneipp’s Truly Madly Deeply found in May’s Digi Files. It is a gorgeous kit and I immediately thought of this photo of my Grandparents.










Layout by Monica Lifferth. Supplies: Truly, Madly, Deeply by Juliana Kneipp; Stitched by Anna Aspnes No. 3;  Font: Jane Austen

I wanted to tuck the blue stamp in the library pocket. I love how it tied in with my Grandma’s dress.

This is what it looked like with a layer style (on the left) and then with a shadow on it’s own layer (on the right). It’s a small detail but makes a big impact.


Font: VT Portable Remington

Here we go! (Just so you know, I use PS Elements 6. Anyone out there still with me? I will update someday. *sigh*)

Step 1: Select the element you want to create the shadow for by pressing control and clicking on the thumbnail in the layers palette. You should see the marching ants happily marching around your element.

Step 2: With the element layer highlighted in the layers palette. Press control while clicking on the new layer button. This will give you a new layer underneath the selected element rather than above. (I love this little hint.)

Step 3: With the new layer highlighted. Grab your paint bucket and fill in the element with a dark brown to black color. You shouldn’t see anything happen because it is underneath your element.

If your element changed colors then press Control-Z and make sure your new layer is highlighted. You can check by clicking on the little eyeball next to your element on the layers palette. You should then see your new painted element. Press Control-D to deselect your element.

In this image, I’ve clicked on the eyeball to turn off my stamp and show my filled in new layer. I renamed the layer “stamp shadow”.

Step 4: Next, with your new painted shadow layer highlighted, click on Filter-> Blur-> then Gaussian Blur. Set your radius to around 5 pixels and click “OK”. This gives your shadow a fuzzy edge to make it look more realistic.

Step 5: With the shadow layer highlighted, nudge it in the direction you want the shadow to show. I will nudge it down a couple of nudges then to the right a couple of nudges or in this layout I nudged it up then to the left. This will depend on your other elements and where your “light” is shining on your layout. You can also resize if necessary or warp. I resized down a bit in this case.







Step 6: You can stop with the previous step but because I wanted to give my stamp a tucked look, I needed to lose some of the shadow on the underside of the stamp. All I did was use the eraser tool with a soft edge to erase some of the shadow.

That’s it! I love how this little detail gives my layout one more special touch. One thing I know is there is usually more than one way to do something in Photoshop. This is just one way. You can find more articles about shadows in The Daily Digi archives. Check some of them out!

Drop Shadows by Steph

To Shadow or Not to Shadow by Katie

Shadowing Tutorials

Have a great day!


Do More Of What You Do Best, To Get More Of What You Love

Do you want to improve your photography with just a little effort? You can. Without taking a class. Without buying anything. Trust me, this will work!

Open your photos so that you can quickly scroll through them.

Now scroll. Stop when one catches your eye. On an old school piece of paper write, without over thinking,  the one thing that caught your eye about the photo.

Continue to scroll. Find another and repeat. Do this for ten minutes or twenty. Whatever fits your schedule.

Then stop.

Close your photos. Look at your list.

With a highlighter, highlight the words that resonate most with you. Now look at those highlighted words. What theme do you see?

  • Is it of story?
  • Or contrast?
  • Or composition?
  • Is it time of day?
  • Or light?

Really look at that list to see what it tells you. Where is there the most energy?

These words hold a greater message for you. These words tell you what matters most to you. These are the important pieces, of your photography. Here is where you create meaning for yourself.  Here is where you grow.

What was it about the light that caught your eye? Go back now and study that. In your own photos, not mine, not that random blog of a photographer you admire. Look at yours.

Now create more of what you love.

Through doing more of what we do best, we get more of what we love.

Ask yourself some questions.

  • When in the last year has your photography made you feel most alive?
  • What are your three wishes for your photography?

Take it a step further.

  1. Print those photos that speak to you most.
  2. Place them on a wall.
  3. Arrange them into common themes.
  4. Print duplicates so they can be in two groups if needed.
  5. Label those groups.

What do those labels say to you?

Now let’s imagine the future.

Let’s imagine you creating more of the very images you love. You are creating more of you. You are taking inspiration from yourself. That is where originality comes from. The origins of you. Looking deep into what you are already doing and creating more.

Now write out your action plan. The plan for getting more of what you love about your photos.

Here is my action plan:

  1. Slow down.
  2. Point the camera toward faces I love.
  3. Wait for the light or find the light.
  4. Shoot lower.
  5. Use an aperture around 4.0 or so.
  6. Post process minimally.
  7. Get outside.
  8. Move.

Now I know where I can begin.

Now I know what I can work on. I can stop the mad google searches for the answers because I’ve found them on my very own hard drive. Notice it’s all positive. No beating myself up here. No comparing.

Take a look into your photos.  Don’t worry about what I’ve done. Look at what you’ve done. Look at what the moments and memories you love most hold.

What do the best of your photos tell you?

Last week Steph discovered I spend much of my time as an employee development trainer. Today’s post brings my two worlds together. This post was written with Appreciative Inquiry in mind, the idea of making the most of what is. It’s a positive approach to building the future of organizations and indviduals. It works for memory keepers too!




Stretching a Kit by Making Journal Cards


Some of my favourite collab kits are, naturally, found right here at The Daily Digi. I’ve scrapped with The Daily Digi’s member exclusive kits many times. They are such fun and versatile kits – and gigantic! Here’s one of my favourites, which subscribers receive after their 28th payment (or 28th month) for The Digi Files:


Click on the image to see more previews.

I’ve scrapped with the My Life of Celebrations before so I started thinking about ways to get more use out of it.

Using a Kit to Make Journal Cards

I decided to make a 3×4 canvas and create journal cards using papers and elements from the kit. I’m a big fan of all things related to pocket scrapbooking, especially journal cards. We’ve talked about how to make your own journal card templates before. Making journal cards using items in a kit is even easier. I was able to put together 20 really versatile journal cards in a short amount of time:






Journal Cards – Any Size!

I like the 3×4 inch journal card size for my pocket scrapbooking pages, but if you use non-traditional sizes in your pocket scrapbook pages, making your own journal cards in those sizes will add personalized style to your pages.

Keep It Simple…Or Not!

I prefer my journal cards simple – just a paper (or two) and some word art or a small embellishment. I like to leave a lot of room for journaling.

You can also treat each journal card as a mini layout and layer papers and elements just like your would on a scrapbook page. Whatever works for your style of scrapbooking!

Other ways to work with the supplies you have

Making your own journal cards is a great way to get more out of the supplies you own. The Daily Digi has done lots of articles about how to work with the supplies you have, stretch your digi supplies budget and get the most (scrapped) for your money.

What’s the big deal about Comic Sans?

comic sans

Several months ago, we were joking about Comic Sans on The Digi Show and my mom asked me “what’s the big deal about all of that anyway?” She had seen some of my pins on Pinterest about using Comic Sans, but really didn’t know much about why so many people don’t like that font. It’s really just a matter of font snobbery, but there is a backstory involved.

Six Revisions reports that Comic Sans was created by Vincent Connare in 1994 for Microsoft. It was originally designed to be used with Microsoft Bob, but it was completed too late to be included in the program.

The font was based on lettering from comic books Connare had in his office….According to statements from Connare, he never intended the font to be released for general use, and only designed it to be used in comic-book-style speech bubbles within MS Bob.


With the release of an updated Microsoft windows in 1995, Comic Sans became the default font for Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Internet Explorer. No wonder if got overused!



When Microsoft released the font, it showed up everywhere and it has become one of the most hated fonts among designers.

comic sans wanted poster


Even today, it is still a widely used font across the world. What was intended to be a font for cartoon speech bubbles has made appearances on greeting cards, business correspondence, and all over the internet. You can find many examples of Comic Sans in everyday life in the Comic Sans Flickr group and you will find the font being made fun of in online memes and humorous websites.



This public service announcement poster made me giggle!



It also helped me find this great site that explains some of the misuses of Comic Sans. It’s a great link to send to an “offender”.

comic sans criminal


I guess that’s why it’s so fun to pin silly signs like this one!

loses their wings


So if you ever find yourself feeling tempted to use Comic Sans, hop on over to this site and print out the pledge. lol!

comic sans pledge


Or maybe you could just create a layout all about Comic Sans instead! Smile

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Simple Tricks to Improve Your Photos

Do you like to convert some of your photos to black and white? Maybe you need a particular photo for a layout and the colors in the photo don’t match nicely with your kit. Maybe you want a black and white photo for a yearbook submission, advertisement, or to place in a picture frame. Whatever your reasons, black and white is a nice option.

There are a couple of easy black and white conversions you can use. In Photoshop Elements you can try one of the following:
1. Go to Image>Mode>Grayscale. It’ll remove the color from your photo. You can play with the lighting levels, brightness and contrast until you like it.
2. Create a new adjustment level in your Layers Palette. This will create a new layer over top of your photo that gives it a crisp black and white look.

First I used the grayscale mode. Go to the top menu bar and select Image, choose Mode and click on Grayscale.

This will remove the color. Here is a before and after sample.

I’m not terribly fond of the gray tones, so I played with the lighting a little until I liked it more.

If you like the result, you’re done. If you’re like me, I like a little crisper black and white and almost always use option #2, the Gradient Map. To do so, go to your Layers Palette. At the bottom you’ll find a little circle that is half dark and half light.

Click on Gradient Map in the pull-down menu. It creates a layer on top of your photo. (It might go to the default setting which is black, so you’ll need to go one more step and select the black and white map.)

This is what the before and after look like.

If you like the results, merge the layers and save your photo with a new name (so that you don’t lose your original). I usually use a suffix of BW.

Finally, one more comparison for you. Here is the difference between grayscale (which was adjusted a little) and the gradient map option.

Play around and see what you like!

It’s Funtastic Friday: Keep Calm

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Credits: Libby Pritchett Be Awesome. The Everyday font by Heather Joyce.

There’s no better time to hit the digi stores than on Funtastic Friday! Here’s some suggestions for some fun podcasts, classes and new products…

Steph, Katie and Peppermint got together to record a mini DigiScraps episode of The Digi Show. Tune in to find out what’s more boring than a bunch of Mom’s on Facebook.

Katrina Kennedy is joining in The Phone Photography Project Workshop at Big Picture Classes. Check it out!



Chelle is super excited about the arrival of summer & strawberry season. Yum! And a special thanks to those who serve to protect us this memorial day!


New at Sausandesigns: Six unique art papers in Letter Size or A4 format for easy printing. Perfect backdrops for your digital or hybrid art journaling pages, wall art, home decor and more.


For one week only, Fans of my Facebook page can grab this super fun mini! Grab Geek Chic while you can!


Kami of Ziggle Designs has a new collection that will help you document your summer bucket lists! Stop by her blog to check it out and find out where you can pick up 4 coordinating freebies!


Jenn Labre has an awesome bundle this week – perfect for all of those beach and vacation photos!


This Weekend by Erica Zane and Sugarplum Paperie is a fresh and vibrant digital scrapbooking kit that celebrates the best part of the weekend–being together and doing nothing!


Danielle Young has this adorable new collection that’s perfect for your little ones’ big accomplishments, and “Lil’ Graduate” is 25% off right now!


A fun bright kit for all your pages about home, cities, and town, filled with fun veneers and loads of handmade goodies.


From Quirky Twerp a set of CU vintage Career Cards.


Gina Miller & Karah Fredricks have teamed up to bring you this adorable kit, just in time for summer! And for a limited time, TDD readers can get 20% off the kit by using the following coupon (exp. 6/8): sandytoes-TDD


Val will be in a chat room to celebrate her birthday. 1 day, 2 times—Pick the best one and join the fun! (Click on the ad for all the details.)


New this week from Kimeric Kreations at the Digichick!


Scrapping with Liz has a couple of new template sets out this week that are going to help you scrap a lot of photos! Purchase Bunch of Photo Templates 2 and get Remember That Templates 2 for FREE!


Passion for P365 templates by Maya de Groot make scrapping your Project 365 pictures fun, quick and easy!


After more than 3 wonderful years, I’m closing up shop at Scrap Orchard and opening a studio at Scrapbookgraphics on 5.27.13. Subscribe to receive updates about the sale, freebies, & more!


This weekend only: press plate no. 37, is available as a free download to facebook fans.


Salty Sea is new from Jacque Larsen, and handmade!


New kit from River~Rose Designs, She Sells Seashells and she sells this kit 20% off now through Sunday, May 26, 2013!


Wendyzine has a new action for shadow lovers. And, to celebrate, all her shadow actions are on sale.

*NEW* A Father’s Love – 20% Off through Sunday at ScrapMatters


I Love You One Hundred is a digital scrapbook collection by Bella Gypsy Designs. This kit is for those sweet everyday moments with that person *you* love more than anything.


Scotty Girl Design has a brand new set of fun templates, Round & Round – 30% off through Sunday.


In addition to 2 releases of artsy digital products in the aA store, we’re celebrating the release of the 100th Artsy Layered Template with a special in-store promotion: All 100 Artsy Layered Templates will be available for 100 cents/each for a period of 100 hours only. The promotion begins Friday 24 May 2013 at 9am EST.


New today from Piccolina Designs is a kit all about running. The proceeds from the first week of sales for “On the Run” will be donated to Huntsman Hometown Heroes, a running group that raises money for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation and its research.


There are amazing new releases from Mye De Leon this week! If you’re looking for more washi tape strips, her new Washi Love is a must have! Plus, she has some new Transparencies that are just breathtaking!


Every week over at Capturing Magic, you can enter to win $25 PayPal cash by guessing where Minnie Me is OR sharing about the contest socially. Contest runs all weekend:

See you next week for more funtastic finds.

Libby Pritchett: Like Family


I have loved Libby’s designs for a very long time now and I am thrilled to be welcoming her back to The Digi Files! I know I can always count on Libby for bright, bold, heartfelt designs! There are several of her kits that I find myself falling in love with each time I see them and srapping with her goodies is always fun. It was interesting to me to read through her explanations of the roots for some of her kits. I find her designs are ones I can relate to on an emotional level; if you listen to The Digi Show, you will know that’s true when you see the title of her contribution! Let’s take a closer look at “Be Awesome” 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 Libby Pritchett’s contribution:

Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett; Fonts: Jailbird Jenna, Inked Gods, LD Twilight.
Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett; .
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett; .
Layout by Rachel. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett; .
Layout by Anne. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett; Fonts: Courier New.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Hi! I’m Libby, and I live in Wichita, KS with my husband of almost 3 years, Jeff. We are the parents to 2 awesome teenagers, Kendra & Rhys, as well as quite possibly the cutest 1 year old on the planet, Chloe.

We have a really unique living situation as I work from home full-time, and Jeff, retired from the Air Force, is a full-time college student. So, we spend a lot of time together as a family and wouldn’t have it any other way!






It isn’t often that I find the time to scrap these days, but every once in a while, I just have an idea that I have to get down on paper. The kit that I used in this layout, Like… Ever, was actually designed with my oldest daughter in mind. Once the kit was finished, I just knew I needed to scrap a photo of her with it. She lives with her dad so that she can finish high school in the town where she grew up, and it kills me. We have a great relationship despite the distance, but I just really needed to document how much I miss her.

One of my favorite things to do with title work when I scrap is to create “stickers” out of the fonts for my title or subtitles. In this particular layout, I used the font KG Strawberry Limeade to type the words “this girl.” I clipped one of the solid papers to the font layer. Then, I selected the font (ctrl + click in the layers palette), added a new layer beneath the font layer, then chose SELECT > MODIFY > EXPAND and expanded the selection by 15 pixels. I then used my paint bucket (alt + backspace) to fill that selection in the new layer. Finally, I clipped a white solid paper to that layer and added a drop shadow to give it the sticker effect.


I started paper scrapbooking in 1998 after my daughter was born. I was hooked instantly and ended up working with several paper scrapping companies and magazines before deciding that I wanted to attempt digital scrapping in 2006. I had recently gone back to work full-time as a dental assistant, and I needed something a little more streamlined for my limited scrapping time. I honestly didn’t think it would replace paper scrapping for me, but boy was I wrong!

After digi scrapping for 2 years, I decided to try my hand at designing because the hours of my full-time job didn’t allow me a lot of time with my family. I was fortunate enough to have a designer friend who held my hand through the entire process. She answered all my questions and helped me learn to design. I went out on a limb and left my full-time job to focus on designing. I was thrilled to open my very first store at Sweet Shoppe Designs just 2 months after starting my first kit. I’ve been at Sweet Shoppe almost 5 years now, and I truly can’t imagine being anywhere else. The girls there are like family to me, and I am so blessed to call it my digi home.

Like many other designers, I’m inspired by the world around me. Most of my kit ideas though, start with a fun kit name. I look to song lyrics, movie lines, and pop culture references to find that jumping-off point for my kits.

Computer: I have a PC with Windows 7 64-Bit. My husband built this computer for me in 2011, and it’s a monster. I have 16GB of RAM and a 23″ monitor.
Program: I use Adobe Photoshop CS6 as well as Adobe Illustrator CS6.
Camera: Most of my photos these days are taken with my phone (Samsung Galaxy SIII), but I recently dusted off my very old-school digital SLR. It’s a Canon 10D that I’ve had since they first came out probably close to 10 years ago. It still takes beautiful photographs!
Anything Else: I do use an old Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet. I’m hoping to upgrade in the near future!
One of my favorite things about Photoshop is that you can create shortcuts for functions you use regularly! My poor husband learned this recently when he was working on a project late into the night when I was already in bed. The next day he told me how he spent hours doing this one particular thing over and over, and I said, “Why didn’t you just create a shortcut?” Poor guy! He had no idea! To create a shortcut in Photoshop CS6, go to EDIT > KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS (alt + shift + ctrl + k), and choose the function that you’d like to create a shortcut for. Once you’ve found the function, just press the key you’d like to have associated with it. If that key is already assigned to another function, you’ll be given the option to override it or choose another key. This is something that I use just about every time I’m in Photoshop!

Loser is a kit that’s very close to my heart because my weight is something that I’ve struggled with all my life. I created this kit when I was on the brink of making some serious choices about my health and lifestyle. I chose some of my favorite colors (orange!!) for this kit because I wanted it to be personal and motivational to me. This is one of those kits that I could see in my head before I ever started creating it, and it turned out exactly like I envisioned. I love it when that happens!

I think this kit really embodies what I think of when I try to define my design style. It’s filled with bright bold colors, clean graphic patterns, and just an overall “happy” feel. For this kit, I knew I wanted to do something different than the traditional pink & red for Valentine’s Day, and I’ve been hooked on the rainbow color scheme. This was probably the most fun I’ve ever had creating a kit, and I think it shows. I wish they all came together this easily!


Here are some of my favorite products by Libby Pritchett:


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

Use coupon code lp_tdd35 for 35% off anything in Libby Pritchett’s store except 2Scoop or Triple Dip collabs. Expires May 31.

We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! 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!

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Inspired by Libby Pritchett

The following layouts were created using “Be Awesome” by Libby Pritchett and included in The Digi Files during May, 2013:

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett, Template by Suzy Q Scraps, Fonts: LD Remington Portable, The Sharon.

Layout by Mandy. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett.

Layout by Tanyia. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett.

Layout by Kristin. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett.

Layout by MilMomma. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett.

Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett; Freebie Template by Amy Martin;
Be Awesome by Libby Prichett.

Layout by Trina. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett; Heirloom Garden by Sara Gleason.
Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett; Fonts: Jailbird Jenna, Inked Gods, LD Twilight.
Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett; .
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett; .
Layout by Rachel. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett; .
Layout by Anne. Supplies: Be Awesome by Libby Pritchett; Fonts: Courier New.