I Love Amazon Prime

I know not everyone agrees, but I love Amazon Prime. Love it.

  • I was ten weeks pregnant with baby number six and was really, really sick. My husband and kids were away for the week and I was at home, without a car, craving butterscotch candy. Amazon Prime to the rescue.
  • We were moving back to the US after four years overseas and there were a lot of things I knew we would need right away. A printer, a camera, phones, kitchen gadgets, and more. I ordered before we flew back to American and my purchases were waiting for me when we got there.
  • We were traveling from North Carolina to Wisconsin for Christmas with my family. Our seven-seater mini-van was completely full with passengers and luggage. So, I had Amazon ship all of my gifts to my sister’s house.
  • We had some last minute room in our suitcases before flying to Cambodia and I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a Silhouette. We also needed shoes and a few last minute birthday gifts. Oh Amazon Prime, how I love thee.
  • I needed to send my family members Christmas gifts while we are living overseas. Amazon Prime made sure they arrived in time!

And on an on I could go….

Free 2-day shipping rocks my world.

And the free streaming of TV and movies doesn’t hurt either.

Here’s the gist of it:

  • For $79 a year, you get free 2-day shipping on most items. One day shipping is reduced to $3.99.
  • Unlimited streaming of over 40,000 television shows and movies
  • A free Kindle book to borrow each month
  • You can share your free 2-day shipping with members in the same household

Since Amazon sells almost everything, I can buy almost anything and have it waiting on my doorstep in two days. I’ve bought everything from candy to computer paper to knives to clothes. And I don’t have to leave my house. For me, the $79 is more than worth it. I am sure I save that much alone in shipping, but even more, I know that I save in other ways:

  • I save gas by not running to town to get things
  • I save time by shopping on Amazon rather than going around to multiple stores
  • I save money by being able to shop for just what I need and not being lured in by other things at the store
  • I save money by being able to read reviews instead of getting the first item I see and then not liking it
  • I save on not having to mail gifts (you can have items shipped anywhere and you can even pay to have them gift-wrapped)

There is also Amazon Student (6 months free and then 50% off!) and Amazon Mom (20% off diapers and wipes as well as other family products).

And no, I am not an affiliate…just a happy customer.

What about you? Have your tried Amazon Prime? Do you like it?

Creative Additions to Your Pocket Scrapbook Pages: Favourite Products

Are you attempting a year-long scrapbooking project in 2014? I’m continuing with my pocket scrapbook album, documented on a week-by-week basis. One comment I’ve heard over and over from scrapbookers is that they worry that they don’t have enough material for a year-long project. I’m creating a series of posts with fun ideas to include in your album to help you document your real-life this year. Even if you’re not doing a year-long proejct, I hope that some of these prompts will still be fun and useful to you.

Idea: Favourite Products

For some products, we don’t care about brand or other details. The canned beans I buy are the inexpensive store brand ones. I buy the least expensive aluminium foil; it just doesn’t matter to me. But, when I go shopping for ketchup, I buy Heinz brand. There is no other ketchup allowed in my home. My camera equipment is Canon. My hair conditioner is Aveda. These are my go-to products.

I think favourite products are a fun addition to an annual pocket scrapbook album. First of all, it will be interesting in future years to see how your tastes change (or don’t). I also think product pictures, logos and slogans are fun to look at later. They really represent the style of today — and in 10 or 20 years, they will look so dated and retro. Giving our future selves a laugh is a perfectly good reason to include them in our albums today!

Making Pocket Cards

Pocket albums are a perfect place to stretch your digital supplies. If you’d like to add some notes about your favourite products, try making your own pocket cards. I chose this kit by Kim Jensen, which is included in the Digi Files for January 2014 to make some cards:

On 3×4 inch canvases, I made a simple journal card and art card using papers and word art from the kit. I chose to keep them entirely flat, with no drop shadows. Once I use them on an album page, I might embellish with elements with more depth, like a button or stitches.

Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen

Journalling Ideas

There are different ways that you can approach the idea of your documenting your favourite products.

  • List one favourite product in a variety of categories: Food, Cosmetics, Electronics, Photography, etc.
  • Write about a particular product that you’ve used your whole life
  • What sets a particular product apart from similar products?
  • What made you think about a particular product for your album? Was it because you’d used it recently? Or is it being discontinued?
  • Does your favourite product have a catchy slogan?
  • Do other people know you by your favourite product? (Are you always holding a can of diet Coke? Does your partner chuckle about your lip balm addiction?)
  • Do you remember when Oprah used to do her Favourite Things episodes? If you could give away your favourite things, what would they be?

Photo Ideas

If you would like to include a photo, the obvious idea would be to take a photo of your favourite product. If you don’t have a photo, try these ideas:

  • Use a screenshot of the product web site
  • Use the product logo as a “sticker” on a pocket card by adding a thick white stroke (under Layer Styles in Photoshop) to the outside
  • A photo of you giving “two thumbs up!”
  • A photo of the store where you buy the product. Maybe the grocery aisle? The store front as seen from the street or mall?

Thank you for reading! Good luck with your projects!

Celebrating Five Years on Fridays in January

We are so excited to be celebrating FIVE YEARS this month on The Daily Digi! As part of our celebration (the biggest part), we will be doing giveaways on FIVE FRIDAYS in January. We will be giving away a
total of over $2000 in prizes, in addition to the regular $280 in prizes we give away every month!! The first four Fridays will have the same prize package, the last Friday will be a little different.

There are ways for you to enter EVERY DAY, which increases your chances of winning! We will take entries through Thursday night (Rafflecopter is set to close at 10pm ET)

Here is what you can win this week:

Thanks so much to these designers and stores that are participating in this fun event:

Sweet Shoppe Designs

Persnickety Prints



The Digi Chick

Studio Girls Collectives at Scrapbook Graphics


Digital Project Life

Just Jaimee

Yin Designs

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Snips and Snails Designs

Jennifer Labre

Bella Gypsy

Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs

Chelle’s Creations

Studio Wendy

SuzyQ Sraps

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We also have a new
Digi Show for you this week. We are talking about industry standards, the future of our industry, fast photo books, and more. Peppermint and I are heading to CES, so be sure to watch The Daily Digi Instagram feed (@dailydigi) for updates and later in the week, the Capturing Magic Instagram feed (@CapturingMagic_ ).


We can’t wait to share our first funtastic finds of 2014! Here’s what’s new this week…

Amber Shaw has this bright and fun every day kit for capturing your daily memories. Grab the kit or the collection and for a limited time you will automatically receive a set of 8 free journal cards!


From Quirky Twerp and Arty Pants…adorable, whimsical houses (with clipping layers) for your art journaling projects.


Scrapping the new year couldn’t be easier than this new template set by Janet Phillips (she scrapped all of 2013 in about 14 hours using this set!) Perfect for event layouts and any pocket scrapping projects.


Looking to get ahead of the game with your Project Life 2014? Check out this fantastic printable planner from Traci Reed that’s completely customizable and the perfect way to keep you organized and successful in the new year!


Studio Wendy is giving away one seat in All Stars Techniques 2, where
she’s teaching you how to create collage templates in Lightroom. Stop
by her blog to enter the giveaway by 1-4-14! Workshop registration opens


After 8+ years designing, SarahJ has decided it’s time for a new adventure. Her store at The DigiChick will be closed beginning 1/6. In the meantime, check out the fabulous 60% OFF SALE & $75 Buy My Store deal. Thanks to each one of you for all your support over the years. Happy 2014 to everyone!


Wrap up your 2013 scrapping and get a jump on 2014 in style with Misty Cato’s Simple Beauty Templates.


Scrapping with Liz is starting a new Alphabet Template Series and a new Daily Life Template series. You can grab all of these template sets at 20% off until 1/9.


Connie Prince’s January 2014 GrabBag Sale begins today! Six full products for just $5 through January 9, 2014


Danielle Young has these fun new journaling cards for your Project Life and pocket pages. Onward & Upward in 2014!


Happy New Year to all of us from Pink Reptile Designs who’s releasing this super cute line of BYOC products for January! All 20% off through January 5!


Chelle has a no frills super-multiphoto template FREE on her blog. It’s great for year in review or photo-book covers.


A new day, a new day, another chance to start over and begin again! This colorful, happy digital scrapbook collection by Bella Gypsy at Scrap Orchard is filled with energy and hope for a brave new world! This year is going to be amazing!


Heather T. has a fun new set of templates out–Strips!


Digital Project Life has a FREE Core Kit and Templates to help you begin documenting with Project Life® this year. If you’ve been wanting to start a Project Life album, we’ve got everything you need to get started and create an album you’ll love!


Southern Serenity Designs’ first brand NEW releases of 2014 – Winter Resolve and Turn the Page – both on sale 30% off through Sunday 1-4-14!


That’s it for today!

This Is Me Right Now


I am thrilled to be welcoming Kim Jensen to The Digi Files for the very first time! I absolutely love Kim’s unique bits that she includes in her kits. I think my very favorite element of Kim’s is her stitched elements. They are full of chunky threaded goodness! Kim is a very talented designer and I really enjoyed visiting with her for the Daily Digi Digest:

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Let’s take a closer look at “Me Right Now” 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 Kim Jensen’s contribution:


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen; Fonts: Ali’s Handwriting.


Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen; Big Title (Template) by Ardent Sparrow.


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen; Template #338 by Yin Designs; Font: Century Gothic. Photos by Jacki’s daughter.


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen; Mix of Masks #1 by Erica Zwart; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter, Baron Kuffner; Photo by Cheryl Curtis.


Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter and Indy Pimp.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
I’m Kim Jensen. I live in the Dallas, Texas area with Mark, my magical hubby of 22 years, and our two awesome kids – Matthew, 15 this month, and Kaylee, 11¾. I love sunshine and hate surprises. I am addicted to Diet Mountain Dew and wish I could live on Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I do kakuro puzzles every night to unwind. When I’m not designing, you will find me chauffeuring my kids around, avoiding housework, and trying to figure out how to freeze time so that I can get everything done.





I don’t scrap as often as I’d like these days. Most of the time things that don’t have a deadline just don’t get done. But in this case, I had so much fun creating this pack of brown bags that I just couldn’t wait to play with them. I laid out the bags first, playing with pattern and puzzling the pieces together. Then I pulled a handful of “moment” photos (my favorite kind) from a recent trip to visit family and just started layering them in and anchoring them down. I very rarely do black and white photos, but I loved the effect of the page being entirely in neutral colors, and the Black and White adjustment layers in Photoshop are awesome for pulling great contrast out of what could otherwise be pretty muddy photos.


My journey into digital scrapbooking and designing was a gradual evolution. When my son was a baby (1999) we got our first digital camera. In 2001 I started building cute (really basic) web pages to share the photos with friends and family. As I learned more, I started experimenting more with creating my own pieces to decorate the pages. I even entered some alpha design contests… and won a few. 🙂

In July of 2003 a friend sent me a link to Scrapbook-Bytes, saying it reminded her of the pages I did. I was instantly in love, and slowly my web pages began to take on a more and more “scrappy” feel, until I finally gave in and embraced the whole shebang. Designing at that point was still just a means to an end, creating what I needed for my pages.

I later found my way to RAKScraps, dove head first into the community there, became a moderator, and then when the opportunity arose, applied for their creative team – mainly so that I would get to play with all the yummy sponsor kits. But the team at that time was an all-in-one deal, so that meant that I would also need to design product for the members (gulp). I was surprised to find that I had a blast doing it, and after about a year, the site owners invited me to sell at their store, ScrapDish. I joined the designers there and posted my first kit for sale in March of 2006. I stayed until the site was sold and I moved to The Lilypad at the beginning of 2012. 🙂

My inspiration comes from a wide variety of sources… colors, photos, advertising, and lots and lots of “stuff”. I have a large collection of random bits of what most people would consider trash – things I’ve saved just because I like the texture or can imagine what they would look like torn up and stapled together. I also just enjoy the process! I love experimenting with new techniques, both digital and physical.

Computer: Alienware Aurora R4, Windows 7, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7-3820 CPU, 3.60 GHz. Primary monitor is a 27″ Asus MX279. Secondary is whatever functional hand-me-down monitor we have on hand, currently a 20″ HP 2009m. I use UltraMon software to help manage the dual monitor setup.
Program: I do 95% of everything in Photoshop CS6. I occasionally use Illustrator CS4 to draw.
Camera: I have a Nikon D50 and a Canon PowerShot SD 600. Both are showing their age, and I would probably be looking at replacing them if I used them anywhere near as much I should.
Anything Else: Love using a tablet for absolutely everything! I currently have a small Wacom Bamboo Fun CTE-450. It’s wearing out, and since I’ve shifted to two widescreen monitors I’m finding that it’s not quite wide enough to be as accurate, so hopefully I’ll be upgrading to a slightly bigger one soon. I’m left-handed but learned to mouse right-handed, so the tablet sits to the left of my keyboard, and I have an ergonomic Evoluent VerticalMouse to the right.

I use an Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanner for capturing most of my handcrafted elements and papers. I also got a Silhouette Portrait for my birthday last year that has come in handy a few times. 🙂

Non-destructive editing is amazing for anyone who loves keeping their options open. I almost always use layer masks, adjustment layers, and smart objects with filters to change things in Photoshop without worrying that I’ll have to start over if something doesn’t turn out just the way I want. With my indecisiveness and tendency to endlessly tweak, non-destructive editing saves me from completely freezing in the face of having to alter a photo or element. If only I could use adjustment layers on my home, maybe my walls wouldn’t still be builder beige! LOL

The dreaded “favorite” question. I put so much heart into everything I make that they are all special to me for different reasons. If I have to choose today, I would say Damaged Goods. This pack started with the piece of notebook paper that went through the laundry in my son’s pocket. It had such an amazing texture. (The one downside of digital is that you can’t touch things like that paper!) I spent weeks collecting random bits to add to the set – my childhood dolls that hadn’t survived the heat of being stored in our Texas attic, a bicycle reflector found in the park, the peeling stickers on the custom vintage crate that a magic stage illusion travels in (hubby is a collector of all things magic). I’ve seen this pack used to scrap everything from fun pages about a child’s messy room to deeply personal scrap therapy pages, and each one makes me so glad that I’m able to design something that helps people express themselves.

My best-selling products are my collabs with amazing Kate Hadfield, but I think she gets most of the credit for that. 😉 One of my most popular individual products is my original Stringbats pack. It started out as just an experiment, as I was playing around with some yarn. It took a lot of patience to create the pieces for that set, since at that time I didn’t even have a proper yarn needle, so I stitched them by pulling the yarn through cardstock with a teeny tiny latch hook meant for fixing snags in clothing. LOL I think the handcrafted factor along with the versatility of the basic shapes make it a go-to pack for a lot of different pages.


Here are some of my favorite products by Kim Jensen:






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






Take 25% off your next order from Kim Jensen designs. Enter code KJ-TDD-save25 at checkout. Expires Jan. 31, 2014.

Go have a look in Kim Jensen’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 Kim Jensen

The following layouts were created using “Me Right Now” by Kim Jensen and included in
The Digi Files during January, 2014:

Layout by LiLi. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen Designs.

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen Designs; Template by Michelle Batton, Font: The Kala.

Layout by Alidalis. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen Designs.

Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen Designs; Life Bits by Audacious Designs.

Layout by Sula. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen Designs; Font: DJB I Love Me Some Traci by Darcy Baldwin.

Layout by AnneofAlamo. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen Designs.

Layout by Shannon. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen Designs.

Layout by Stacia. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen; Agave by Sara Gleason; Font: Miss Sophie Downs by Darcy Baldwin.

Layout by lmjrocko. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen Designs.

Layout by Natascha. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen Designs.

Layout by Juli. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen Designs.

Layout by Lorell. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen Designs.

Layout by Ellie. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen Designs.

Layout by Robin. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen Designs.

Layout by Olivia. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen Designs; Font: Century Gothic.

Layout by mmbstaley. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen.


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen; Fonts: Ali’s Handwriting.


Layout by Birgit. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen.


Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen; Big Title (Template) by Ardent Sparrow.


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen; Template #338 by Yin Designs; Font: Century Gothic. Photos by Jacki’s daughter.


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen; Mix of Masks #1 by Erica Zwart; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter, Baron Kuffner; Photo by Cheryl Curtis.


Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Me Right Now by Kim Jensen; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter and Indy Pimp.

Happy New Year, Happy 5th Birthday, and Welcome January Designers

Happy New Year Daily Digi members, readers, and listeners AND Happy 5th Birthday to The Daily Digi! I’m super duper excited about our January designer lineup, all of the beautiful products they created, and the fun interviews they did for the Digest podcast! Speaking of the Daily Digi Digest, we have a brand new episode you might want to listen to (hint: we talk about giveaways).

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 this month:

Kim Jensen

Ziggle Designs by Kami

WendyBird Designs

Re Kneipp

Studio SuzyQ Scraps

Jen C Designs

Lauren Grier

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:

I received MY LIFE OF CELEBRATIONS in November 2013 – that means I’ve been a member for over 2 years. Everything I have received has been the best in quality, design and usability. I heartily recommend The Daily Digi to anyone who wants a good variety of kits and to try new designers as well as the “old” favorites.- Francine

Another great month – I’ve been a member since the first month (Oct. 2010), and I marvel at how the Digi Files team pulls such an awesome assortment together month after month. Thanks for another great year of goodies. – Sandy

The Digi Files never fail to disappoint! Another terrific month and I’m so excited about another collab kit from you guys! Totally awesome! – Amber

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.