Yin Designs: Worth Experimenting

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I am so happy to have Yin’s Designs joining us in The Digi Files once again.  If you like simple layouts with lots of photos, Yin’s templates are perfect for you! I’ve been using her templates for a long time and the layouts I’ve created with them are still some of my favorites!  I can’t wait to put these Instagram templates to good use to instantly put some of my favorite DSLR photos in the square Instagram shape!  Let’s take a closer look at “Yin’s Instagram Templates 336 to 339 and Double PageTemplates 340 to 341” 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 Yin ’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Yin’s Instagram Templates 336 to 339 and Double PageTemplates 340 to 341 by Yin ; Meadowlark by One Little Bird.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Yin’s Instagram Templates 336 to 339 and Double PageTemplates 340 to 341 by Yin ; Project Mouse Kit by Brittish Designs and Sahlin Studios; Font: Another Typewriter.
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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Yin’s Instagram Templates 336 to 339 and Double PageTemplates 340 to 341 by Yin ; ArtsyCameras 1 by Anna Aspens; Rough and Tumble Reloaded by Studio Flergs; Project Life Rain Edition by Becky Higgins; Bits of Life, Family, Moments by World Art Word.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Yin’s Instagram Templates 336 to 339 and Double PageTemplates 340 to 341 by Yin ; Oh Canada by Michele Godin.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Yin’s Instagram Templates 336 to 339 and Double PageTemplates 340 to 341 by Yin ; I’ll Save You by Wimpy Chompers; Font: Rub This!

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Name
Hi I’m Yin and I’m a wife, mom, and addicted to creating art and life story telling through digiscrapping! I live in the sunny tropical island city of Singapore in South East Asia and just love how scrapbooking and memory keeping connects with all of us even though we are from diverse cultures and backgrounds. I’m married for 19 years to my wonderful husband who started me on my scrapbooking journey and we have two teenage sons who are sixteen and fourteen. My layouts have evolved with my family from cute pages of my boys and their various exploits and to my teenagers and their adventures, and of course our life as a family. And I have found that I never run out of stuff and memories to create pages for!

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During our mid year school holidays in June last year I was inspired by Ali Edwards’ Summer Manisfesto idea and my family came up with our own Holiday Manisfesto and it was such fun intentionally making our holidays count. This layout was designed to capture each manisfesto as they were accomplished and as you can see we had a great time. It was also when I first tried Instagram so this layout was made with those in mind. Same as templates 336 to 339 included in this months’ TDFs! By the way this template is a free download still available on my blog.

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Credits: Yin Template 309, ‘done’ stamp by Yin Designs, chalk alpha by Kim Jensen, awesome alpha by Karah Fredricks, paper from Happy Garden by Weeds & Wildflowers

started
Literally, we were at our local library when dh picked up a copy of Creating Keepsakes, handing it to me saying he thinks I might be interested in this(!) I was hooked. I enjoyed paper scrapping for a few months, then discovered digiscrapping and loved how easily I can create beautiful pages at minimal cost. At one point I tried designing kits but I was far more interested in creating my own layouts and memories. Soon I decided to make templates out of my own layouts to support my own digiscrapping hobby, selling from my little blog store in 2008, and unbelievably, I am now at Template 341 🙂

inspired
Our lives, adventures and photos, of course. And almost anything, from the web, advertisements, magazines, to colors, patterns I see around me everyday.

tools
Computer: I am on a Lenovo idea centre (with built in 21″ monitor) running on Windows 7 with 8 GB.
Program: I only use my trusty Adobe Photoshop CS4!
Camera: For capturing daily memories and moments I use almost entirely my iphone 4 these days! Events and our travel photos are mostly captured by my Dh using his Canon S90. We’ve been on the S90 for more than 5 years and dh is itching to upgrade but the S90 photos are still brilliant and giving us no excuse to do so, lol.
Anything Else: I have a Bamboo tablet which I rarely use though.

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I always have tons of photos on my layouts so embellishments are kept to a minimum. Instead I rely on two areas to create interest in my layouts. Firstly, a striking title, and secondly, color coordination and contrast. For titles, the easiest way is to use a combination of an alpha (large and bold) and type (use a contrasting font). Color coordination and contrast is where I think it makes or breaks a layout. I spend the longest time looking for a background that will bring out my photos, and not smother them, nor blending in so much the photos look bland. Usually a neutral background that contrasts with the main colors in the layout works. Sometimes I will pick out an accent color in the photos I want to highlight and pick a background in a similar color or color family to match that. It’s worth the time experimenting!

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This template set is my favorite only because it was based on an album I created for my dh for his birthday. That album is my personal favorite. On the left pages I used coordinating patterned paper with a quote or journaling that said what I felt about each aspect of my man and on the right added accompanying photos. It is a very special book for both of us.

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In the last year this set of Half-Monthly templates have become my most popular product. I use them and the accompanying Template set 317 to scrap my everyday 365 photos. Each template fits 15 to 16 photos, (half a month), and has space for a block of journalling. I used them to capture the whole of our 2012, and printed them out to slot into my physical Project Life album. (You can see examples on my blog.) I think they are popular because they are so easy to use, and in a short time we can have a summary overview of our weeks and months!
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Here are some of my favorite products by Yin :
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Yin ’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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