First Funtastic Friday in February

We’ve got some fabulous finds to share with you today!

Join Chelle for Scrap Twister on Tues 2.11 at 9 pm EST. Scrap along with the Scrap Twister instructions to get this FAB new alpha.

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Sweet Valentine by Tracey Monette of Clever Monkey Graphics releasing today at Oscraps and coming very soon to MyMemories.

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Weeds & Wildflowers Design is excited to introduce the new ‘Happiness Collection’ in the shoppe now! Collection includes Elements, Papers, Alphas, Paints, Wordart, Simple Squares/Journal Cards, Buttons, and a new set of Templates. Everything works with the Simple Squares and Life in a Box System. The collection is on sale 20% off, or 35% off the whole set. Use the coupon code HAPPYDD14 for an extra 10% off any of the collection.

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Check out these pretty new papers from Jennifer Labre – part of the February Memory Mix at MScraps.

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It’s easy to get caught up in the hum-drum of every day life, but when you stop to really think about it…life is pretty awesome! This is a fun and vibrant digital scrapbook kit from Bella Gypsy that celebrates living life out loud. With a quirky mix of feminine and masculine colors and unique elements, this collection will use over and over again!

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New at Erica Zwart Designz, Linen Solids no.6 and My Valentine stamps and overlays. They both coordinate perfectly with all products of the Memory Mix of February 2014 and they are on sale during this first weekend.

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A Brighter Place by Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs is perfect for those “getting over it” moments. (Coordinates with her mini kit from last week called A Dark Place.)

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Amber Shaw and Studio Flergs have teamed up and created “Better Together” Collection. It’s gorgeous and full of all things loving to capture pages of the special people in your life!

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Scrapping with Liz has some great new templates that will help you with scrapping all those things you love. They are all 20% off, and if you purchase In Love Journal Card Templates you’ll get In Love InstaLife Card Templates for FREE! Offer good through 2/14/14.

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Pick up Vinnie Pearce’s newest collection – Forever Always. Use coupon code: 4evadg for an extra 15% off when checking out with the collection.

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This week is the amazing collab, Page Candy! Pure, fun, page candy. No papers allowed!!

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Danielle Young is offering this adorable Candy Coated alpha set free with $3 purchase of her designs at Oscraps right now!

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Kate Hadfield is celebrating her 7 year design anniversary this month with lots of new releases and fun and games: there’s a blog challenge, a scavenger hunt and a custom doodle contest! More information can be found on Kate’s blog.

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Connie Prince is having a Gotta Grab It Sale.

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Yin has a new set of Half-Monthly-In-Review templates in her store – 20% off through to this weekend! She also shows how she uses them to document her months on her blog.

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New template pack from SuzyQ Scraps, perfect for simple scrapbooking, pocket scrapbooking, & more!

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Tracie Stroud has a new set of CU (commercial use) pager edgers in her shop. They’re only $3.99 through 2/13!

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Pink Reptile’s February BYOC contribution include yummy watercolory papers, super cute button set and….TOTALLY rad paper rolls. Get all of them at 20% off through February 9!

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Misty’s Pockets Scraps packs are ideal for adding an artsy flair to your pocket scrapping projects.

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Meagan’s Creations has moved! She is now a permanent designer at The DigiChick! To kick off her opening, everything in her store is 30% off!

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Free Youself is the NEW fabulous Collection by Sugary Fancy! Save 30% OFF this week!

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What Happens at Grandma’s (stays at Grandma’s) is new from Kimeric Kreations.

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New to Etc by Danyale now Exclusively at Scrap Orchard! Unfortunate Events Kit w/FWP Grunge Paper Pack, perfect for those moments that do not go as planned. On SALE for 20% OFF until 2/14.

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Scrapbook Lady Splits template pack will give you the look of multiple layered papers on a page without sacrificing clean page design. On sale for 30% off for a limited time!

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Not all princesses need rescuing! We can take care of our own selves, thank you very much! Fuss Free: Self-Rescuing Princess templates by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs are ideal for a variety of self-exploration layouts, as well as sassy little princesses! 20% Off and FWP Offer: Buy Set 1 and get Set 2 Free. Offer valid through Feb. 12, 2014.

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Studio Sherwood invites you to join her in scrapping heartily.

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Stolen Moments has a FREE kit for you when you subscribe to her newsletter!

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Perfect not only for your Valentine! Spread your love with these lovingly handdrawn and handcolored journaling cards!

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New, on sale at Heather T.’s shop at MScraps: A Heart Day’s Work!

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That’s it for today!

I’m Sweet On You

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*Sigh* I love Erica’s designs and I am thrilled to welcome her back to The Digi Files this month! I LOVE Erica’s eye for color and the bold patterns she tends to use. I always find her products easy to scrap with and they make me super happy on my pages! We all really enjoyed creating with Erica’s contribution to The Digi Files this month! Let’s take a closer look at “Sweet On You” 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 Erica Zane’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Sweet On You by Erica Zane; Sceintific (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Font-Contribute, Bariol, CK Ali.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Sweet On You by Erica Zane; Spacey Mega Templates by Amy Martin.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Sweet On You by Erica Zane; Once Upon A Boy (template) by Cindy Schneider.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Sweet On You by Erica Zane; Segmented (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Font: Century Gothic.

Layout by Steph, supplies Sweet On You by Erica Zane and template by Scrapbook Lady

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

Name

My name is Erica Zane and I live in Virginia with my hubby and 4 children (ages 4, 6, 8 and 12). Here are some random facts about me…I love green, love the beach, love sushi and enjoy exploring local nature trails with my family. I am super addicted to sugar in the form of cake, donuts and candy. I am allergic to cats and am terrified of snakes – they really creep me out! I don’t like going out after dark – especially in the winter. I’d love to exercise without doing the actual work but haven’t figured that one out yet…it’s on my to do list! 😉

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As of the moment I’m typing this, this page was my most recent LO. I was testing out my new EZ as Pie template/stitch set and had a lot of fun pulling it together. I love the fun look of the pie chart with my photos and papers. I love it when I can use word art from a kit to make my title – on this page, I mixed a word art card, a journal strip and the alpha from my kit to create the title work.



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started

I’ve been paper scrapbooking in some capacity since high school (a long time ago!) but really got into it consistently when my first son was born back in 2001. I’d been hooked on Photoshop since before that, so when I heard about digital scrapbooking a few years later, I was sold right away! I can never actually remember when I started designing – but I think it was about 6 or 7 years ago. I’ve been at Sweet Shoppe Designs for almost 2 years now and totally LOVE it!

inspired

Life! I can be inspired by the most random things while out running errands or by things going on with my family that I need a kit for. Sometimes I design things based on what I need, like my Cut It Out Tags…I wanted to make some gift tags to cut out on my Silhouette (but that I could use later on LOs too) and this set was the result.

tools

Computer: I have a desktop PC that’s a few years old now with 4 or 8GB of RAM (my computer says 4, but I could swear it had 8…one of us is confused, possibly the human), Windows 7, and a 23 inch monitor.

Program: I use Photoshop CS5 and Illustrator CS5.

Camera: I have an older Canon Rebel XT.

Anything Else: I have a Bamboo tablet that I use occasionally and a Silhouette Cameo that I got a few months ago and am LOVING! I also have a small netbook that always sits next to me while I design so I can watch shows on Hulu while I work. Some of my faves include Dr. Who, Downton Abbey, Once Upon A Time (the original & Wonderland), the Voice, Revenge, Biggest Loser, Chopped, Survivor, Leverage…I could go on! 😉

tipstricks

I’m sure it’s been said a million times before, but learn your shortcuts. That’s my best time saver! For example, I clip layers a lot and if I had to go the menu every time to clip my layers together, it would make me crazy! I might ctrl+g in my sleep now…

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Chasing Fireflies makes me smile. I just love the color combo in this kit and the general feel of it – it’s just so fun! I came up with the colors after much tweaking and with no theme in mind. As I started making papers, my buddy Denise said it looked like summer nights, so that’s what it turned into! I wanted to create a coordinating kit, so I actually used the same colors to create my Digi Files kit for this month, Sweet on You.


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Underwater Escape came about after a family beach trip. We went to an aquarium while there and I got inspired to create this kit. At the time, I had recently made a tropical vacation kind of kit in similar colors, so I made this one to match for more scrapping options. Whenever I see this one in my store, it takes me back to the beach…oh, how I wish it was summer! 😉


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Here are some of my favorite products by Erica Zane:


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

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Code: ez30-TDD
good for 30% off Erica’s store through Feb. 28, 2014
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Go have a look in Erica Zane’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 Erica Zane

The following layouts were created using “Sweet On You” by Erica Zane and included in
The Digi Files during February, 2014:

Layout by SharonS. Credits: Sweet On You by Erica Zane Template: Angelclaud ArtRoom, Fonts: Cafe Rojo, Cinnamon Cake.

Layout by AJM. Credits: Sweet On You by Erica Zane.

Layout by ScrapPurple. Credits: Sweet On You by Erica Zane.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Sweet On You by Erica Zane; Sceintific (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Font-Contribute, Bariol, CK Ali.

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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: Sweet On You by Erica Zane; Spacey Mega Templates by Amy Martin.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Sweet On You by Erica Zane; Once Upon A Boy (template) by Cindy Schneider.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Sweet On You by Erica Zane; Segmented (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Font: Century Gothic.

Photobooth Photos

I have great memories of going to those old photobooths in the mall when I was a kid. It was so fun to be able to take silly pictures and then see the photos in about 4 minutes. Back then, that was pretty much instant!

Now with digital cameras, the thrill of seeing a photo right away is somewhat diminished. But, the fun of making silly photobooth photos remains! And with our modern technology, we can make photobooth photos without ever going to an actual photobooth (see suggestions below).

Scrapbooking Photobooth Images

I find myself reaching for photobooth photos very often for layouts. Multi-photo pages are the most difficult page for me to make so I love how photobooth images make it easy to incorporate several photos onto a page.

I especially like having photobooth pictures on my pocket album pages. They add such a fun touch. My kids often use my iPhone to create their own photobooth images. It’s always a surprise as to what I’ll see when I download my photos! They make the craziest faces!

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Digi Photobooth Products

If you want the photobooth look, there are quite a few digi products available. Check out these ones that include photo strips:

Photobooth App

On Katie’s recommendation, I downloaded the Incredibooth app for iTunes. To use the app, you hold your phone in front of you and place your eyes at the level the is indicated on the screen. When you’re ready, you hit the start button. The app takes a succession of four photos, a few seconds apart. You can view your completed photo strip on the next screen.

The images save to your camera roll and you can share the photos via the app as well.

I did a quick search and there are a few photobooth apps available for Android phones. I’ve never used them so I can’t make any recommendations. But, if you’re an Android user and you know of a good one, please share it in the comments below!

My Favorite (Affordable) Lenses

It’s no secret that the typical kit lenses that comes with most entry-level dSLRs aren’t the best quality. While they work, they are very limited in their capabilities and it usually isn’t long before you want to upgrade.

The question is, “After a kit lens, what’s next?”

Before I give my answer and share with you my favorite lenses, we need to get a few things straight.

1. In sharing my lens recommendations, I am doing so from my own experience.

2. These recommendations are for the hobbyist photographer only. While the lenses that I mention are good and would work for some professional work, that’s not the experience I am coming from. There are certain types of professional work (especially weddings) where the need for quality goes way, way up.

3. Like I made clear in my It’s Time to Buy a Camera post, I think that it is important to know why you are getting a new lens. When I have purchased new lenses, I have done so because my current lens(es) were lacking some ability. You should know exactly what your current lens is lacking and why. To think, “I want to get this lens because that is what so-and-so shoots with and I want my photos to look like hers” is going to leave you frustrated and out of money! Chances are, so-and-so knows how to use her camera, knows what settings to use when and why, and is comfortable editing.


Okay, now that that’s settled, let’s get on to the fun stuff. Besides my first dSLR purchase in 2006 and my kit lens that came with it, I have purchased four lenses. So, I have had five lenses in total. Here are the some of the pros and cons along with examples photos.

KIT LENS (18-55 mm 5.6)

Pros:

  • It’s nice to have a wide(r) angle lens. There is a lot of flexibility in what you can shoot.
  • It’s cheap (or free with the camera)
  • It gets you started with learning your dSLR

Cons:

  • It’s cheap and poorly made
  • You are limited with a 5.6 aperture. This keeps you from being able to shoot in low-light conditions without a flash and from being able to get the “blurry background” that most people are hoping for.

I won’t bother with examples of photos from my kit lens. At the time I owned it, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing with my camera. I put it in auto and spent six months being convinced that I got a dud camera.


“NIFTY FIFTY” (Canon 50 mm 1.8)

According to Amazon, I I purchased this lens in March 2007 (about four months after purchasing my dSLR). This was (and is) a great lens and is always what I recommend for a first lens purchase.

Pros:

  • It’s cheap! For a little over $100, you can have a great lens that will open up all sorts of photographic opportunities for you.
  • 1.8 aperture. It still amazes me that you can get a 1.8 lens for this price. The 1.8 aperture allows you to let in LOTS of light and it achieves that beautiful bokeh you want.

Cons: It can be a little slow to focus (especially noticeable after using higher quality lenses)

MY EVERYDAY LENS (Tamron 28-75mm 2.8)

Before we moved to Indonesia in 2008, I knew that I wanted an everyday lens. I loved the flexibility the zoom of my kit lens and I loved the quality of photos with my 50mm. After researching and then renting a lens to test, I decided on the Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8. I LOVE this lens. For everyday use for the mom with a camera, I couldn’t recommend anything more.

Pros:

  • The zoom offers great flexibility in shooting situations (much more so than the 50mm which made it so hard to shoot in small spaces).
  • The 2.8 aperature gave me creative freedom as well as the ability to shoot in lower-light situations.
  • Price. While not cheap, it was about one-third the cost of the Canon equivalent.
  • The photo quality is great for the hobbyist photographer.

Cons:

  • The quality of the lens itself isn’t even close to the Canon model. I had the outer ring of the lens break off after about a year (where the lens hood mounts) and after four years of hard use, the auto focus stopped working. However, the pros outweigh the cons enough that I recently purchased a replacement lens.

MY BELOVED MACRO (Canon 100mm 2.8)

This was my first scary “big-girl photographer” purchase. It was a lens that I didn’t have a real need for, but I wanted to stretch my creative wings. I saved for it and I am so glad that I did. I love it. When life gets me down, I get out my macro.

Pros:

  • It’s a macro lens! Macro photography is usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size. Basically, it just means that you can get in really close to your subject. Flower and bugs never looked so cool.
  • It works as a great long portrait lens. While I love my bugs and flowers, this lens also takes great portraits.
  • The 2.8 aperture allows for a lot of creativity and flexibility.
  • It’s sharp. Because of the fixed focal length, the focus tends to be sharper than on a zoom lens. This is highly dependent on user use and error, though.

Cons:

  • It’s pricey for the hobbyist photographer. For most people, $500 isn’t something you just plop down so you can take pretty pictures of flowers.
  • It’s big and heavy. Carrying this lens around isn’t something you want to do every day.
  • It’s a fixed focal length. 100mm is your only option, making the use of this lens in smaller spaces an impossibility (unless strictly shooting macro shots).

FAST AND FURIOUS (Canon 50mm 1.4)

I wish I could say that I researched, thought about, and saved for this lens. But alas, that isn’t true. We were getting ready to go back to the States for a year and my Amazon cart was so full of printers, phones, a new camera, and household goods that really, I figured it wouldn’t really make a difference. Silly as it was, I am thankful for this purchase. Soon after, the auto-focus on my Tamron stopped working and this lens became my every day lens for a year and a half (until I could afford to replace my Tamron).

Pros:

  • It’s so fast! Seriously, the speed of this lens is amazing (and it makes it hard to go back to lower quality lenses).
  • The 1.4 aperture is to die for. I have a serious issue with my love of bokeh and this lens does not disappoint.
  • For the quality, the price is great.
  • Light! The 1.4 (especially when coupled with the high ISO capabilities of my 7D) means that I can shoot in very dark situations without having to use a flash.
  • The other light. This lens doesn’t weigh much at all and so carrying it around all day is easy.

Cons:

  • Just like its 1.8 counterpart, the 50mm fixed length is limiting, especially in small spaces.

So tell me, what lenses are you checking out?

I Love You To The Moon and Back

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I’m so thrilled to welcome back Jaimee to The Digi Files this month! I love Jaimee’s graphic style papers and whimsical, mixed media elements! I really enjoyed visiting with Jaimee about her history in digital scrapbooking and design; and getting geeky with her about computers, harddrives, and more. Jaimee is so passionate about digital scrapbooking, that it was contagious! Find this episode of the
Digest in iTunes, download it here, or listen below:

Let’s take a closer look at “I Love You to the Moon and Back” 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 Just Jaimee’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee; Sept. Freebie template by Crystal Livesay.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee; Font: The Only Exception.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee; Skiwampus (template) by Scrapbook Lady.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee; Scallop by Crystal Wilkerson; Font: Another Typewriter.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee; Font: Traveling Typewriter.

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

Name

My name is Jaimee Kaiser. I currently reside near Freiburg, Germany in the mountains of the black forest. I’m originally from Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
I’ve been married for 12 years and I have 3 daughters Sydney 15, Alexandra 9 and Zoe 4.

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layout

I am inspired by real life scrapbooking layouts – especially when using mixed media. I also like to create layouts using my own designs so I can show people what my vision was when I created it. I feel this layout shows that even though my kits tend to be packed to the rim- you don’t need to feel obligated to use so much on a layout to make it awesome.



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I began after a friend (a store owner) introduced me to digital scrapbooking. She was aware that I was designing other things including web design and such – the rest is history. I wasn’t a paper scrapper in the beginning but now I am! I’m a project lifer!

inspired

I am inspired by so much! I am constantly evolving as a designer and my taste and style are evolving as well. I am more influenced by the tangible scrapbooking market and I like to bring a bit of those design concepts into my designs. I love color – who doesn’t. I tend to be bold and colorful in my designs – it’s how I like things.

tools

Computer: I use a PC – windows 7. I have a mac but I can never get used to it. I have 8GB RAM, a 24″ Widescreen LG monitor. My computer is honestly not powerful enough to handle the loads in photoshop so maybe I’ll buy a new one this year:)

Program: I’m on the cloud so I have CC but I mainly use CS6 still as there are some new features that interrupt my workflow that I dislike. I haven’t taken the time to learn how to deal with that yet.

Camera: An entry level DSLR Nikon 3000 (hope to upgrade soon) with a few lenses.

Anything Else: an Intuos 5 Tablet, a CanoScan 9000f, Canon Pixma Pro9000 MarkII Printer (my baby), silhouette cameo cutting machine.

tipstricks

Play with your shadows to get a realistic look on your page. Experiment with shadow angles. I find that many use a standard 40-50% angle but have you ever completed a layout with a -90% angle? Separate your shadows on layers and warp them! It’s lot’s of fun!

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For some reason – I really liked April Stoyteller collection from last year. It’s so colorful and fun and a bit shabby. It’s old – but I find myself playing with it every now and again.


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This product is my most popular I would say. It is loaded full of brushes and variations of shapes – doodled, watercolor, stamped.
They allow you to recolor and layer them to make pretty cool accents for your pages!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Just Jaimee:


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

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Go have a look in Just Jaimee’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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Inspired by Just Jaimee

The following layouts were created using “I Love You to the Moon and Back” by Just Jaimee and included in
The Digi Files during February, 2014:

Layout by Stephanie. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Laura. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Claudia. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Nettie. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Ellie. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Denny. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Carrie. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Lili’sMother. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by gybogi. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Stephanie. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Carrie. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Rae. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Kacey. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Bethany. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Rosalie. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Two Tiny Turtles. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.


Layout by Anne. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee; Font: Courier New.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee; Sept. Freebie template by Crystal Livesay.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee; Font: The Only Exception.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee; Skiwampus (template) by Scrapbook Lady.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: I Love You to the Moon and Back by
Just Jaimee; Scallop by Crystal Wilkerson; Font: Another Typewriter.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee; Font: Traveling Typewriter.

Layout by Amanda. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Amanda. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Courtney. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Juliette. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.


Layout by luan37. Credits: I Love You to the Moon and Back by Just Jaimee.

Layout by Steph Credits: font is Matchbook Serif

Project Digi Files: Are you up for a challenge?

In Episode 117 of The Digi Show, listener and reader, Joyce, commented that one of her projects for this year is to use every kit in The Digi Files to scrap with. Several other listeners came and left comments that they wanted in on that “bandwagon” (as we called it in the show) too. One listener said that she just wanted to do a Project Digi Files this year, and it took off from there.

The girls started getting organized through commenting on the show, in the Flickr group, and emailing me. I decided that if there was a demand for it, I would be happy to make it “official” and invite all of our readers to join in!

Who?

All subscribers/members of The Digi Files

What?

Create layouts using the kits from The Digi Files (it does not need to be ALL of the kits and it does not need to be all or nothing).

When?

All month long. Badges will not be posted until the designer’s feature day, in the Flickr group. We ask, if you are using tags, that layouts be held until the kits are revealed on the site, during the contributor’s feature. The feature schedule will be added to the Flickr discussion.

Where?

The discussion, badges, and layouts will be posted in our Flickr Group and some of the layouts may be pinned from the Flickr Group to Pinterest (please see instructions below for making your layouts pinnable from Flickr).

Tags

ProjectDigiFiles and ProjectDigiFiles(# here) ex: ProjectDigiFiles62 (for this month).

Need flickr help?

Everyone knows that Katie loves Flickr, so we have a lot of posts and tutorials for it:

The Details

You can get to our Flickr group here, or by clicking on the Flickr icon in the sidebar of the site. When you get there, you will see something similar to this:

I will add badges to the layouts using the designated tags within a few days of the designer’s feature going live in the comments of each layout. If this gets to be a bigger job than I think, I will get some help to make it happen (Joyce, that’s to help you AND my mom feel better…lol). Right now, I can add the badges in the comments and they show up in the comments fine, but in the new beta version Flickr has been testing, it doesn’t work. We will cross that bridge, when Flickr forces us to. I am totally open to suggestions as well, as we iron out the details. Here is what the badges will look like:

Each month, I will post a Discussion thread for that month’s ProjectDigiFiles. If it’s not at the top on the main page, click on any of the discussion threads there, and it will take you to the Discussion page:

After you get to that page, you can click on that discussion to pull up everything people have posted (yeah, lots of clicking, sorry).

Once you are a member of the group (anyone can join), you can leave comments and questions in the discussion. After you have uploaded a layout, please come leave a comment in the discussion thread, with a link to your layout.

Finding ProjectDigiFiles layouts

Simply search on the tags (you don’t need to use a # for the layouts to show up), in the search bar in the upper right corner of Flickr. You can also go to the discussion thread and click through the links people post.

Making Layouts Pinnable

We will go through once in a while and pin layouts from Flickr (we started doing this a while ago). If you are okay with your layouts being pinned, here are the settings you need to have on the layout:

If the layout is not set “Anyone can see this photo” then, YOU can pin it, but we won’t be able to. Also, if you pin it, people on Pinterest will see it, but when they click over to Flickr, they will get an error. It also needs to be plublicly searchable in order for us to pin it.

If you would like to change the “publicly searchable” settings permanently, hover over your avatar in the right corner, click settings, then click the Privacy & Permissions tab and then change “Hide yoru stuff from public searches” to no, like below:

Will you be taking the Challenge?

I am. I know I won’t be able to create with ever single contribution, but I am going to do as much as I can. I actually started doing this last December and will have some layouts to share starting tomorrow. 🙂

I will keep the threads and badges going, as long as people are participating. I would love to be able to do it for a long time!

Who’s in? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

A Fabulous February of Digi Files

Yay for February! I love February, because it’s a short month and puts me sooo close to welcoming SPRING! I am VERY excited to welcome the contributors to The Digi Files this month! I’ve enjoyed visiting with some of them and creating layouts with some of their products.

I sat down with Heddy to talk about The Digi Files this month, our scrapping goals (and how we are doing), and more. We didn’t know when we recorded this, that there would be so many readers/listeners that would want to do a “Project Digi Files”, so we didn’t go into it. Please watch for a post to come with details soon! Listen on the site, Download the show Subscribe in iTunes

Members all over the world are already downloading and unzipping and scrapping, as they wake up for “Daily Digi Day” on a Saturday (the best kind, so I hear)!

In
The Digi Files, when
you are a member, 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:

Digilicious Designs

Tracie Stroud

Erica Zane

Connie Prince

Just Jaimee

LDrag Designs

Vicki Stegall

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:

There is just so much goodness packed into each month of the The Digi Files that it makes no sense to not subscribe. The value is unbeatable: There isn’t a single other kit club that combines the quality and content The Digi Files. And thanks to my membership, I know I have a kit for whatever my mind dreams up to create. It’s hard believe that I’m going into my third year of subscribing, or maybe it’s not because it’s so freaking awesome!!! – Carrie

I love the Daily Digi – it is the best GIFT I ever gave myself. Of course, I love the beginning of the month – I can’t wait to see what new and wonderful things are coming my way. I recommend the Daily Digi to all my scrappy peeps – awesome stuff. – Shawna

Going into my third year with TDD … and I am still amazed that every month I am introduced to yet another great designer that I somehow have “missed” or overlooked in the digi-scrap world … luv that! – Jean

More than 32 months a member and it just keeps getting better. – Francine


PS: THANK YOU to all of those that left such NICE comments on yesterday’s post! It’s so appreciated! Congratulations to the SEVENTEEN 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.