Last Day of July 2013

 

It’s time to wrap up another month of The Digi Files! I can’t believe it! This also means for many Daily Digi members and readers, summer is winding down and “Back to School” is in full swing. I have a few more weeks of summer here and I am kind of thankful. It seem like it’s been one crazy event after another this summer, leaving me feeling like I’m chasing my tail…lol.

We will be rolling out some new features on The Daily Digi over the next few months and we can’t wait!  The first new addition will be DigiLocker…more on that soon!

When you become an annual member you get access to 13 months of products for the price of 11 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!  You can become a monthly member of The Digi Files for $7.50 a month.

You can become a monthly member as well for $7.50 a month.

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

I’ve been a member for several months now and I find myself counting down to the first day of the next month.  I just get so excited to see the new offerings each month! – Danell

I can’t believe how fast the month goes!  I look forward to the 1st of each month since that is when we can unwrap the wonderful goodies from our digi files.  Thanks for all the variety of kits and designers! When a membership milestone hits and one of the HUGE collaboration kits is available for me to download, I am even more thrilled (hard to believe!) with my choice to be a member of The Daily Digi. Thank you so much! – AngiW

This month got me and I joined for a year!  (I’m sure it will end up being many, many more.)  I’m thrilled already and can’t wait to see what next months holds. – Jules

Here’s a closer look at everything that is included this month:

Studio Tangie

Rainy Dazy Designs

Sara Gleason

Amanda Heimann

Paper Pieces by Jacque Larsen

SarahJ Designs

Pixel Gypsy

 

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:

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“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).

 

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“The Good Life” is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their fourth payment, (or fourth month for annual members).

 

“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, (or eighth month for annual members).

 

“My Life At Play” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 12th payment (or 12th 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 16th 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 24th 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 28th payment (or 28th month for annual members).

“My Life of Change” is an 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).

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. The contest closes at 11pm ET.

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Optimize File Size

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Supplies: Comfort Zone by Heather T.

Whether you use Photoshop Elements or full Photoshop for your scrapbooking, you’ll know that there are seemingly dozens of ways of accomplishing the same task.

Let’s take saving a layout for use on the web. For years, I used the save-for-web dialogue box, and played with a quality level slider bar to get the file to the right size for posting in the galleries. It was finicky and took a relatively long time to accomplish such a simple task.

Then, one day, I was in a forum, and somebody mentioned the “optimize to file size” option in the save-for-web dialogue. I searched, found it and I was hooked! It’s a timesaver that resizes the layout to exactly the right size in a couple of clicks.

How To Use the Optimize to File Size Option

I’m going to work with this finished layout as an example:

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The image size in the full-size, layered file is:

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Reduce size

By going to Image>Image Size, I reduced the size of my layout to these settings:

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I chose 600×600 pixels because that is the size supported by the galleries I use. The resolution of 72 is the standard web resolution.

Flatten Image

Flatten the layers by going to Layer>Flatten Image.

Sharpen For Web

The reduced resolution and resizing adds a bit of softness to the image. I use a commercially available sharpen-for-web action by Totally Rad to add back some crispness to the image. You can also check out this article for sharpening for the web.

Save-for-Web

In the File>Save for Web & Devices dialogue box, you’ll see this:

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In the very top, right-hand corner is a tiny little down arrow and block of lines. It’s very easy to overlook. But, if you click on it, you’ll see this menu:

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Click on the Optimize to File Size… menu option.

Since most galleries require images to be under 150 kb, that’s the file size being used here:

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By clicking OK, Photoshop will select the image quality level that will be as close to 150 K as possible.

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Select save and save the web sized version to your folder.

I scrapped and saved-for-web for years without knowing about the Optimize to File Size option. I relied on playing with the quality value while keeping an eye on the file size. But, the Optimize option is much faster and easier. A simple trick worth passing on!

Now time to upload to the galleries!

iRead, Therefore iAm

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I’m so excited to be welcoming back Pixel Gypsy to The Digi Files this month! I LOVE Sherrie’s clean, minimal designs with a somewhat retro feel as well!  I love her color choices she uses and how they help communicate the mood of the kit.   I find her designs super inspiring and they really make me want to, not only srap, but tell stories I have swimming around in my head. I LOVE her contribution this month and our team really enjoyed creating with it!  Let’s take a closer look at “iRead” 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 Pixel Gypsy’s contribution:

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy; Effortless (Template) by Crystal Livesay.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy; Font: Typewriter.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy; Rainy Day Stackerz & Clusters by Rainy Dayz Designs; Font: DJB Hugs & Kisses by Darcy Baldwin.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Name
My name is Sherrie and I have lived in Michigan most of my life, though I’m hoping to someday live where the climate is a little more predictable and a little less ‘snow at the end of April is a possibility.’ Somehow, (miraculously?) I’ve managed to land myself smack-dab in the middle of a life that is perfect for me with my husband Scott, daughter Madison, son Nicholas and stepson Mike.

I’m a digital pack rat, gamer, lover of good music, good food and a great story. I’m a night owl forced to live in a morning person’s world, and I’m way too klutzy to ever be considered naturally athletic. I love being behind the lens, but hate being in front of it. I’d rather spring for a bigger hard drive, memory, or a new lens than a handbag or a hot new pair of heels.

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I created this layout as a way to “explain” why there are so few photos of me in my layouts. Plus, it was a great way to cheat and snap a photo of myself while still in my comfort zone.

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Kit: Oh Snap! by WM Squared Designs

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I first started in paper scrapbooking back in 2000. I switched to digital sometime in 2005 because it was easier for me with my space constraints–that’s a nice way to say we had 4 people crammed into a little house and there was no room for my scrapbooking supplies! I also found digital to be a more natural process for me. I was already comfortable with Photoshop. I started selling my designs in 2006 because when I started digi, I was already making my own stuff anyway. It wasn’t a stretch for me to move to selling.

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I’m a very visual person. I get inspiration from everywhere. I see colors or patterns that appeal to me and the ideas start tumbling through my head. I’m inspired by the themes I want to scrap. I’m inspired by the stages of life that my family and friends are moving through. Getting inspired is rarely a problem.

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Computer: I use a desktop (I need a desk, a good chair, proper posture…) with Windows 8, 16 GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive and an 8-core processor. I use two monitors, both 24″ widescreens. My primary monitor also happens to be my tablet.
Program: Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended and Adobe Illustrator CS6
Camera: Canon Rebel xsi
Anything Else: My tablet is a Wacom Cintiq 24HD
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Check out OhLife.com if you want to make it easier to make notes on what goes on in your life each day. It’s literally a virtual diary with the added bonus that they email you a reminder asking you how your day went, you reply with details in the email (you can even attach photos!), and the entry is saved. You can then go back and download a copy of your entries whenever you’re ready to scrap. It’s not a blog, though. It’s meant to be a personal record, so the only way to see the entries is to login to the site. The beauty of the service is that it’s simple, easy and free.

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The Sunny Side is my favorite because it’s all about scrapping the happy optimists in our lives. That kind of attitude is infectious! My daughter, who more often than not tries to look on the bright side of every situation, inspired the kit.
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Everyone seems to love this monster-themed collab I did with Wishing Well Creations. Laura and I have a very similar sense of humor, and when we started tossing around ideas we both agreed a non-Halloween themed monster kit was in order for scrapping our little ones’ bad days.
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Here are some of my favorite products by Pixel Gypsy:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Pixel Gypsy’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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Go have a look in Pixel Gypsy’s store! 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 Pixel Gypsy

The following layouts were created using “iRead” by Pixel Gypsy and included in The Digi Files during July, 2013:

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy, Template by Kaye Winiecki; Font: The Sharon.

Layout by LeAnn. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy; Abracadabra 4 (template) by Little Green Frog Designs; Creatively Krafty (paper) by BellaGypsy; Coconut Ice alpha by Kay Winiecki.

Layout by Erika. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy; July Freebie template by Chrissy W.

Layout by Sarah. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy; February 2012 template by Shabby Princess Designs; Fonts: Janda Curlygirl Serif, Bohemian Typewriter, Jane Austen.

Layout by Rebecca. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy; Fonts: Arial, Bohemian Typewriter, Calibri, Castellar, FG Sara Elizabeth, Fling LET, itsadzoke, Lobster Two, Tangerine, Times New Roman.

Layout by Kate. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy; Lazy Days of Summer Templates by Rainy Dayz Designs; Font: Pea Cari.

Layout by Kari. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy; A Touch of Spring (template) by Southern Serenity; Font: SNF Party Script.

Layout by Erin. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy.

 

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy; Effortless (Template) by Crystal Livesay.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy; Font: Typewriter.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: iRead by Pixel Gypsy; Rainy Day Stackerz & Clusters by Rainy Dayz Designs; Font: DJB Hugs & Kisses by Darcy Baldwin.

 

If you see me running – call the police

If you listen to The Digi Show or Capturing Magic Podcasts,  you know that I hate to work out! I have a bunch of funny memes on Pinterest all about my dislike:

I also joke that the only time I work out is when I’m power walking through Disney. That is, until I got a Fitbit! Something about that little thing, is extremely motivating to me!  I love that it has a sense of humor and will greet me with funny sayings. It makes exercising seem SO EASY! It tracks how many steps I take, how many flights of stairs I go up and down, how many calories I burn, and so much more! I regularly get 2-5 miles of activity in just by doing the things I need to do around my house, running kids, running errands, etc.

It has apps for Android and iPhone and will sync up (once paired) anytime I open the app and it is near the phone. No hooking up, connecting, or anything else. Through the app, I can also enter in the food that I eat and track calories. I don’t do that, but my sister, who is diabetic does and loves it for that.

I earn badges and my little flower grows each time I make goals. I get emails congratulating me on my badges, etc. If I wanted to, I could set it up through IFTTT to post my badges earned automatically to social media (but, yeah, I’m not going to do that…lol).

I guess maybe what I love the most about it is that I can see that I am getting exercise without even trying, much of the time.  Who wouldn’t love that!?

Documenting Collections

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I’m pretty sure that all of us here are collectors of some sort since scrapbookers love to collect memories (and memorabilia, and supplies, etc.) Have you ever thought about documenting the things you actually collect? Look around you (or dig through your hard drive) and I bet you will find some interesting collections. They don’t have to be expensive items, just think about what interests you and/or those around you.

Books are a BIG deal in our house. I have always been fond of reading and my son is a complete bookworm. We have stacks and stacks of books around the house and one of my favorite things to do is to organize them in meaningful ways on our bookshelves. I especially love really beautiful books. I’m a pushover for a great leather bound classic!

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I have been working on adding these to our library over the last few years and we are starting to accumulate a nice selection. I have found most of them at Barnes and Noble stores or online at Amazon.

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I have found that when people browse through our shelves, they want to know more about where I have found these books and why I have selected them. I’ve thought about putting a card or a bookplate label inside of each book to explain the details. Alas, I’ve never done that (yet), but I still think it would be a good idea.

One of my favorite collections is the series of globes I’ve been purchasing for the past 5 years.

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Several of the globes have a story behind them that is worth telling. At the very least, I would like to record the details of where and when I bought each one. I decided to try out a few different styles for this type of documentation and I am going to end up using all of them for various different collections.

It’s super easy to snap a picture of a new globe with my iPhone and use an app to jot down the details. Any app that adds text will work for this method. I used A Beautiful Mess to create this little photo documentation in just a few seconds.

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Adding information to the photo in a pocket scrapbooking style approach. I love the idea of slipping these into a pocket album!

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Scrapping with Liz journaling card template. Weeds and Wildflowers Everyday Life. The Wolff font by Heather Hess.

 

It’s also a lot of fun to scrap about collections. The things you collect tell a story about you and they are usually easier to photograph than people. lol!

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Tracy Martin Traveler. Scrapbook Lady Streamer template. The Wolff font by Heather Hess.

 

Tips for documenting collections

  • Photograph items individually and as part of a group to show how they fit in the collection.
  • Update your documentation as your collection grows.
  • Include details of where, when, and why you added that particular piece to your collection.
  • Don’t forget to photograph and journal about other people’s collections that inspire you.
  • When you document a collection, you will have a great record of it that can come in handy for insurance purposes and also to help avoid duplicate purchases. Consider uploading a copy of your list to a cloud backup and/or as a document or photo on your mobile device.

 

What do people collect?

Collections can consist of just about anything! If you are making an effort to have more than one of something, you might just be a collector. My grandmother always bought the same blouse in every color when she found one she liked. My Mom loves roosters and has them in many different forms throughout her house. My daughter insists that we save extra pennies in a jar because she is convinced they will stop making them someday and they will be valuable. My son loves to have every single book written by a favorite author. Here are some other ideas for collections:

  • coins
  • stamps
  • scrapbook supplies (digital and/or paper)
  • cookbooks
  • shoes
  • jewelry
  • fabric
  • toys
  • postcards
  • recipes
  • movies
  • music
  • art
  • antiques

and more! If you are having a hard time coming up with any collections to scrap about, ask a friend or a family member to help you out. I bet you will be surprised at how many collections exist under your own roof!

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It’s Funtastic Friday Somewhere

Daily Digi Funtastic Friday July 26 2013
Credits: Sara Gleason

It’s Funtastic Friday Somewhere… and here we’re celebrating with some new digi releases!

First up is a brand new episode of The Digi Show! Renne Looney of ForeverJoy Designs joined us to share tips, tricks, and frustrations for documenting, photographing, and scrapping our tweens and teens.

Elsewhere in Digiland…

Come fall in love with this gorgeous digital scrapbook collection all about love, from Bella Gypsy! Until 7/31/13 purchase the collection and receive the mini-kit for free.

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Scrapping with Liz has some fabulous templates with big bold squares for stand-out photos and a nice little spot for journaling. Through 8/1/13, purchase InstaLife Inspired Templates 1 and get InstaLife Card Templates for FREE!

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Berry Happy by Erica Zane is a cheerful kit full of strawberries and fun.  It’s versatile colors and variety of elements make it perfect for all sorts of pages, including berry picking photos!

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There are still a few days to take advantage of this offer from Studio Wendy. Save 27% on orders over $7 through 7-27 with coupon code wz_seven. (Not valid with any other offer.)

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Queen of Scrap is back at ScrapMatters! We’ve got HUGE prizes from some AWESOME sponsors and can’t wait to get started! Check out the forum to learn more…

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This week is the last of Tracy Martin’s Summer Of Freebies, and here is the last in the collection!

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Passion for P365 Template Set 8 by Maya de Groot Designs is perfect for scrapping your Project 365 pictures.

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Connie Prince also has some Project 365 products this week.

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Jenn Labre has two new gorgeous kits out this week including Sunshine (20% off through Sunday)!

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Sugary Fancy fun doodle postcards would make a great summer coloring project for you or the kids!

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Down This Road Designs has a new bundle available—Catching My Breath Bundle includes a full kit, alpha pack, flair pack and journal card pack all for only $9.57!!

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Live a Little! New from Kimeric Kreations

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New from Studio Flergs this week is Mermaid Cove, save over 30% when you buy the whole collection.

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Check out Snips & Snails blog to find out how to get Moving In for FREE.

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Life Under The Water by Meredith Cardall is perfect for marine life, swimming with the dolphins, eating lobster, crabby little kiddo, trips to aquariums, amusement parks, oceans or beaches. 20% off and purchase the kit and receive the Journal Cards for FREE (thru 07/31/2013).

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Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs has two new template sets in her Tag You’re It series ~ purchase Fuss Free: Tag You’re It 5 and receive Fuss Free: Tag You’re It 6 FREE! Intricately layered featuring jumbo tags to show off your papers and photos.

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Chelle’s new kit has your beach-y memories covered. PS. Don’t miss Chelle’s party this weekend.

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Danielle Young & Amanda Taylor have this bright & cheery new collection at Oscraps! Rise & Shine is on sale now for 20% off. Be sure to stop by their Facebook fan pages, too, for a couple of coordinating freebies!

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2 new sets of Memories & Moments Life Cards from Studio SuzyQ Scraps, only $3.99 each thru 7.31.13!

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Purchase 2 Cool 4 School and get Tickled Pink Studio’s new Scribble Alpha for free (through August 1st).

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Heather T. has a soft and delicate kit out filled with pretties: Lavender Green.

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Amanda Heimann also has a sweet mini kit this week. Don’t forget the great coupon from the Daily Digi blog post last week!

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Check it out… Amber Shaw is moving to Scrap Orchard on August 1.

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2 new releases, including new ArtsyKardz for Project 365/Life, a FotoInspired DoubleTemplate and sea collection with a beach house color palette.  All new products are available in the aA store and are discounted by 20% or more for a limited time.

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See you again next Friday, for even more fun!

Time for 95 Days of Summer Fun

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I am thrilled to welcome back SarahJ to The Digi Files this month!  I absolutely love Sarah’s bold, bright style! Something about her kits just make me happy! I know that I can always count on Sarah whenever I need something fun for my layouts! Her style is definitely unique and super fun to create with! Just check out our team’s layouts with her contribution!  Let’s take a closer look at “95 Days of Summer Fun” 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 SarahJ Designs’ contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: 95 Days of Summer Fun by SarahJ Designs; 95 Days of Summer by SarahJ Designs; Ad Inspirations Template #1 by Sahlin Studio.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: 95 Days of Summer Fun by SarahJ Designs.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: 95 Days of Summer Fun by SarahJ Designs; Camera icon by Traci Reed; Font: Liana by Heather Hess.

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Layout by Tara. Supplies: 95 Days of Summer Fun by SarahJ Designs.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: 95 Days of Summer Fun by SarahJ Designs; Lazy Days of Summer (template) by Rainy Dayz Designs; Fonts: Hello and Skinny by Amy Tan.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Name
I’m Sarah Jones, from York, Nebraska. I graduated with a degree in Marketing from the University of Nebraska. (GO BIG RED!) I work full-time running a college bookstore. I couldn’t ask for a better job although it seriously cuts into my computer time! I have been married for 10+ years to Jereme, who is a teacher and football coach. We have one son, Noah, who is 9. At our house you can always find someone watching, playing, or taking about sports. We also have a Golden Retriever named Mayzie and a cat named Pickle.

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The bright colors in this layout really show off my little guy’s personality–if you couldn’t tell from the goofy smile! 🙂
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I started digi-scrapping in 2004, shortly after Noah was born. I discovered signature-making on a parenting board and someone on the signature board introduced me to digi-scrapping. It gave me something to do when up at all hours of the night with a newborn! I began selling in May of 2005 and the rest is history! Most of my time has been at The DigiChick.

inspired
I am inspired by colors mostly, as a start. Then I usually try and make a list of what I want in the kit or paper pack. I do love a good checklist (the checking-off part especially!) so this really helps the process along!

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Computer: Dell Vostro 2510 laptop with 3GB of RAM.
Program: Photoshop CS2, Paint Shop Pro 8
Camera
: Sadly, I use my iPhone for taking photos. I know, I know. I am in the market for a “real” camera though!
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: Wacom Graphire Tablet

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I’ve said it before, I love actions. I have created actions for the more tedious processes like previewing and making alphas, so it really saves a lot of time! I can always use more time!

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In the past I had never really liked to make “theme” kits, but my husband and son have such a passion for sports, it rubbed off on me a little bit to create some sports kits. This is my favorite, and my son helped me with the word art to make sure I didn’t miss any baseball terms! I used it for some hybrid projects for Noah’s 8th birthday party, so it was kind of fun to see the kit in action!

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My most popular kit is Up, Up, and Away. I really like the feel of this kit–bright, fresh, and fun! It has quite a few unique elements, including hand-stitched felt accents and a paper airplane.
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Here are some of my favorite products by SarahJ Designs:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using SarahJ Designs’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Use coupon code TDD30 to recieve 30% OFF SarahJ Designs’ $5 purchase thru 7/31.

Go have a look in SarahJ Designs’s store! 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 SarahJ Designs

The following layouts were created using “95 Days of Summer Fun” by SarahJ Designs and included in The Digi Files during July, 2013:

Layout by SharonS. Credits: 95 Days of Summer Fun by SarahJ Designs; Template by Simply Tiffany Studio, Font: Pea Mystie.

Layout by Amelia. Credits: 95 Days of Summer Fun by SarahJ Designs; A Piece of Me Templates #3 by Scrapping with Liz; Font: LT Chickenhaw.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: 95 Days of Summer Fun by SarahJ Designs; 95 Days of Summer by SarahJ Designs; Ad Inspirations Template #1 by Sahlin Studio.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: 95 Days of Summer Fun by SarahJ Designs.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: 95 Days of Summer Fun by SarahJ Designs; Camera icon by Traci Reed; Font: Liana by Heather Hess.

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Layout by Tara. Supplies: 95 Days of Summer Fun by SarahJ Designs.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: 95 Days of Summer Fun by SarahJ Designs; Lazy Days of Summer (template) by Rainy Dayz Designs; Fonts: Hello and Skinny by Amy Tan.

Digital Scrapbook Designers share the best tips!

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Shawna Clingerman mix and match journals 1 & Lauren Script font

 

Some of my favorite posts to read here at The Daily Digi are the contributor features. Of course, I love to find out more about the designers who are generous enough to support the site with their amazing designs, but I also learn a lot from them! The interviews include favorite tips and tricks from the designers themselves and because they are experts in the field of digital scrapbooking, they have some really great advice! I thought it would be helpful to share some of my favorite tidbits that our designers have shared along the way.

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Here’s a really simple and incredibly useful tip from Liz Tamanaha of Paislee Press that she shared when she was featured her in July of 2012.

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Guess what? I didn’t know that tip before Liz shared it. Now I use it every time I scrap! It works equally well in Photoshop Elements.

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Paislee Press more + less

 

Change the Layers Palette

Chelle of Chelle’s Creations shared a quick and easy trick for customizing the layers palette in your digital workspace during her feature here earlier in 2013.

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I knew you could change the thumbnail size, but I had no idea what a difference the layer bounds option would make!

I put a red circle around the 4 lines that Chelle mentioned (I’m working in PSE 11). When you click on the lines, you get a drop-down menu where you can select “panel options”.

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Choose layer bounds and you will see a lot more detail on the embellishments in your layers palette.

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Check out the difference between the “entire document” and “layer bounds” settings.

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Chelle’s Creations Street Smarts

 

Create Instant Frames

Miss Mint of Peppermint Creative shared a great frame tip for photos in her 2013 feature.

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I hope everyone tries this trick because it’s one of my favorite ways to frame a photo! It works in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Go to layer style settings

layer style settings

and choose “stroke”. You can play around with the size, color, and opacity to get the look you want.

photo with stroke

Miss Mint Modern Mama

 

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