April’s Shower of Digi Files

Closing out April! Can you believe it? What an AWESOME month of The Digi Files!! So much Digi goodness and you can grab it ALL in this month’s
Digi Files for ONLY $7.50.

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

I love that the Digi Files always have something for everyone in them. Traditional digi scrappers, pocket scrappers, art journalers, minimalists… all covered. – Jan in Alberta

Another opportunity to try some new designers’ work — always a treat. Membership in the Daily Digi brings lots of pleasant surprises my way and the bonuses are great too. – Patsy

I love this month’s collection! But I say that every month. The truth is, each month’s collection is just so gorgeous! I can’t wait to see what’s next! – Alisha

I was joined by Melissa and Janet on The Daily Digi Digest to discuss this month’s files, the Playbook, the April’s posts, and the new classes on The Daily Digi. You can listen below (on the site),
download here, or subscribe in iTunes:

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

Krystal Hartley

Pink Reptile Designs

Katie the Scrapbook Lady

Studio Sherwood

Memory Clips

Down This Road Designs

Laurie Ann HGD

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Dad in the Picture

Long before I started dating my now husband, I looked at him one day and said to a friend, “That guy is going to be a GREAT dad.” Little did I know (and it hadn’t even crossed my mind) that he would one day be the dad to MY kids. But here we are, almost 18 years since I made that sentence, and I was more right than I ever could have imagined. I am so thankful for the love he has for our children.

I am very vocal about my belief that you (wife, mama, sister, friend, etc) should get in the picture. It is so important that we leave photographic evidence that we existed. Long after we are gone, our children, grandchildren, and even great grandchildren will cherish seeing YOU in the photo!

I don’t want to leave it at that, though. Not only do you need to make sure you are in the picture, you also need to make sure dad is in the picture. There is nothing that melts my heart more than seeing a dad with his kids. I love they way they use him as a jungle gym, I love seeing his tenderness toward them. And I love seeing him truly love being with his kids. These photos make me fall in love all over again.

Here are a few things I have learned about getting dad in the photo:

1. Don’t tell him to smile. My husband cannot smile on command. He looks like he is in PAIN. You should see our wedding photos! On the other hand, his natural smile is wonderful. So, I don’t force the smile. I wait while he does what he loves best (playing with his kids) and then I snap when the moment comes. For more “posed” shots like the one of him with the kids on our porch, I usually have to do things like dance, make jokes, or say something outlandish. He’s just a big kid at heart so it always gets him laughing. When we take pictures together, I usually pinch his rear end. Gets him every time!

2. Just like you shouldn’t tell him to smile, don’t tell him what to do. Snapping a photo of your husband doing something he was told to do is usually obvious and fake. Men don’t like to be bossed around. Instead, watch and wait and then capture him being real. Those moments are so much more precious when you know they weren’t planned.

3. Don’t be afraid to take “real” pictures. If your husband watches a lot of sports, don’t be afraid to take pictures of it. If he tinkers in the garage, snap it. Not every picture has to be of him with you or the kids and not every picture has to be of him being “dad of the year.”

4. If you have the chance, get photos of him at work. His work takes up the majority of his week. If it is appropriate for you to take pictures sometime, do it. It would be a shame to spend 40+ years in a career and have no photos to show for it!

5. Take pictures of all the things he does around the house and for your family. It will help show him how much you appreciate tasks like grilling, taking out the garbage, or being on diaper duty!

6. Give him time to feel comfortable in front of the camera. If you haven’t taken many photos of him in the past, he might not be thrilled with your new obsession. Give him time and do numbers 1&2 above and he’ll get used to it. Make sure he understands that you want to help preserve memories of him for future generations.

So do you take pictures of your husband? What does he think of it? Have you learned anything you want to share with our readers?

Inspiration is Everywhere: Amazon Wish Lists

It’s no secret that I love Amazon and that I can also find inspiration for scrapbooking just about anywhere. I am realizing more and more that the simple, routine, and often mundane things in our lives that we rarely give much thought to are actually a big part of our lives. These seemingly unimportant things fill in the details of our story. In English class we are taught to use adjectives and prepositions to take the reader from “the barn” to “the beautiful red barn just over the wildflower covered hill.” The details make the story.

And so as I strive to tell the story of my life through my scrapbook pages, I am always looking for little hiding spots that share details I might otherwise miss or forget. Given the amount of time and money I spend on Amazon, I knew there had to be a story there.

I decided to focus on just one aspect of my love for Amazon, and that is its wish lists. I LOVE the wish list feature. For books especially, I have a rule that I don’t let myself buy a new book until I finish what I have. This keeps me from spending extra money as well as buying lots of books that I never get a chance to read. With Amazon wish lists, when I find a book I want to read (often from a post about it on Facebook or on a blog), I throw it on my wish list. When I finish my current book, I just hop on Amazon and browse my list. It’s interesting to look through the many books I have there because I can almost retell my story of the last few years by looking at what I was interested in. I go through stages and obsessions and my wish list gives a little glimpse of my current focus.

To create my page, I simply went to my wish list and took screen shots of a few items that really represent the “now” of my life. I LOVE “slice of life” pages like this!

P.S. I also really love that you can shop from other people’s wish lists. You can search Amazon by email address and then look through their wish list. I did a lot of Christmas shopping that way!

What about you? Do you use Amazon Wish Lists (or any other site’s wish list?) Do you think it tells part of your story?

Intentional Memory Making for your Summer


It’s one of my favorite words. It means, “done on purpose; deliberate.” I love the word because for me, it totally captures the essence of what I am trying to do in my family. I think far too many people live their lives with a “we’ll see what happens” or “I’m sure it will turn out” mindset. That thought process often keeps us from actually doing what we want. It is too easy to wake up one day and all the we wished and hoped for didn’t happen because we didn’t make it happen.

As you start preparing for your summer and as you start planning all of the things you want to do, let me encourage you to be intentional. Do things on purpose. Be deliberate. Don’t just want for the magical experiences of summer and childhood to find their way to you, chase after them!

Here are a few tips for intentional memory making this summer:

1. Ask yourself some questions:

  • What fun things are in our town that we have always wanted to do?
  • What things do the kids always ask about?
  • What activities would be good for our whole family?
  • What can we do that is inexpensive and doesn’t involve a screen?
  • Are their fun things we can do with food?
  • Are their other people we want to be part of our summer fun?
  • What will I regret not doing?

2. Gather ideas. Summer bucket lists are a great way to start. Just searching Pinterest for “summer bucket list” will reveal hundreds ideas from other people. The list are a great way to get you to start dreaming and planning. Your kids will love being a part of the summer fun planning.

3. DON’T STOP THERE. It’s easy to be proud of ourselves and our newly posted picture on Facebook of all the fun we are going to have this summer. But I know from experience that wanting to do something and actually doing it are two different things.

4. Look at your list of dreams for the summer and pick a FEW that are realistic and doable. Don’t feel like you have to accomplish 100 different things in order to have a “great” summer. In all honesty, one big activity or craft a week and a few smaller fun things around the house are more than enough. As a homeschooling mom I always say, “The best curriculum is the one that gets used.” Likewise, the best bucket list activities are the ones that get done.

5. Put those few bigger items ON YOUR CALENDAR. Tell your kids (they won’t let you forget). Make reservations if needed. Schedule days off of work for you or the hubby. Whatever it takes, pick a day to make it happen. As the saying goes, “There are seven days in the week and SOMEDAY isn’t one of them.”

6. Pick a few other smaller activities and make sure you have what you need on hand. Maybe you like to bake. If so, make sure you have purchased the baking supplies you need. Maybe you want to do crafts. If so, gather the supplies you need. Being prepared is one of the best ways to make sure intentions lead to actions.

7. Always be on the lookout for moments that present themselves. Being intentional doesn’t always mean planning ahead. It means choosing to seize a moment and make it special. It might mean seeing your daughter coloring on the floor and getting down to join her. It might mean noticing your son has to get up for work soon and bringing him a cup of coffee to his room. It might mean seeing your tired husband and telling him that you and the kids will wash the cars while he gets some rest. Keep your eyes open and the magic will appear.

So what do you have planned for your summer? This post has a few ideas to Make and Capture Summer and for years our kids really enjoyed our Jar of Fun.

How to install and use Drop Shadow Layer Styles

Credits: HGB by Laurie Ann Today’s Story & Mommyish Shadow Styles

If you aim for your digital scrapbook pages to look lifelike, you’ve probably spent quite a bit of time trying to come up with the perfect shadows for your layouts.

Drop shadows can make or break the realism of your layout, so to get realistic, consistent results many scrappers use their favorite shadow style sets.

What is a shadow style set?

A shadow style set is a set of premade shadows set up to reflect the size and density of the different embellishments you use on your scrapbook pages. For example, ribbon, buttons, washi tape, flowers.

Usually the set includes an .ASL file (Adobe Photoshop Style file) which contains a number of different styles.

When you install the .ASL file all of these different shadow styles are ready for you to use with the click of a mouse.

How to install a shadow style set

Firstly download and unzip a shadow style set.

In Photoshop Elements 11 and newer, it’s a simple process to install styles.

  1. Be sure you are Expert mode.
  2. Head to the Effects panel
  3. Click on Styles.
  4. Then select the panel menu icon panel menu
  5. Click Load Styles…
  6. Browse to find your .ASL file
  7. Click Load

Now you’ll see a new selection of styles in your
Effects panel


In Photoshop CC or CS you can simply double click on the .ASL and they will be loaded into your
Styles panel.

In earlier versions of Photoshop Elements 10 and earlier it’s a little more difficult, but
there’s some instructions here from Wendyzine.

All layer styles work the same way, so you now know how to install
any styles you can lay your hands on!

How to use a shadow style

Layer styles are very easy to use. Simply:

  • Select the layer you want to add a shadow to
  • Double click on the thumbnail of the shadow you want to apply (in Photoshop CC or CS, just click once)
  • The layer is now shadowed!

To use another layer style:

  • Select the layer
  • Double click on the thumbnail of the new shadow you want to apply (in Photoshop CC or CS, just click once)
  • The shadow is now replaced!

To remove a layer style
, either:

  • Select the layer(s) you want to remove the style
  • Right click on the layer in the layer panel
  • Click Clear Layer Style
  • All the layer styles are now gone!


  • Select the layer(s) you want to remove the style
  • Select the Layer menu then Layer Style – Clear Layer Style
  • All the layer styles are now gone!

Where can I get shadow styles?

There’s many sets of shadow styles around the digital scrapbooking community that will give you different results. So why not browse around and see which styles will fit
your scrapbooking style.

Learn more about shadows

In Photoshop Elements you can make some basic changes to the drop shadows after you’ve applied them, by heading to
Layer – Layer Style – Style Settings…

layer style settings

Play around with the size, color, distance and opacity and you’ll be able to tweak your shadows a little more. You can even drag your mouse over the layer and move the shadow around while this dialog box is showing.

If you love playing with your shadows, at the Daily Digi there are several posts about drop shadows to whet your appetite:

There’s even a whole episode of the Digi Show dedicated to drop shadows
You say Opacity, I’ll say Opacity.

Keep it Simple

As for me, I like to keep it simple and choose from my favorite shadow styles most of the time.

Do you use shadow styles? Which are your favorites?

It’s Another Fun Fun Friday

Fridays are full of digi goodness, and today is no exception! Here’s what’s we have for you this week, starting right here on The Daily Digi and a 20% off sale on the
Click & Create Classes. The prices listed are already on sale, no code necessary:

Janet and Melissa and I sat down and talked about their classes here at The Daily Digi, why the love teaching, and what they are working on now. You can listen below (on the site),
download here, or subscribe in

Now in Bargain Bites for 40% off – Happy Snapper by Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs – grab it while it’s on sale!


Check out this pretty new kit from Jennifer Labre!


Heather T. has a huge, new kit full of inspiration and fun: Sing a Song!


The Good Life Vol. 5 – templates to help you stay on track with your Project 52 or Project Life style layouts. 50% off through May 1.


Scrapping with Liz has the next installment of her Daily Life Templates in her store. These have some fun squares and lots of photo spots on them. They come in 12×12 and 24×12 templates. Grab them at 20% OFF this week.


Stolen Moments has a cute new kit and journal cards, perfect for documenting the times when you’ve danced in the rain!


Dunia has a new set of journal cards.


By the Sea is new from Kimeric Kreations.


Meagan’s Creations has 2 great collections this week, perfect for the summer and Mother’s Day coming up! Save up to 40% off when you purchase the bundle! Be sure to check out her store for a great bonus alpha freebie for She Is!


From Apr 24th – Apr 27th, buy Mystic Lotus Template by Angelclaud Artroom and get the coordinating Grunge It Up v6: Overlay for free.


The new ‘Hope Collection’ is here at Weeds & Wildflowers Design along with my new system ‘D.I.Y. for $1’ where YOU get to decide what is in your kit! Choose from 20 different products, all $1 each, or buy as a bundle and save even more. Also become a fan of our W&W Facebook page and get fun freebies and discounts!


Studio Wendy has a fun set of photo effects this week. Turn your
favorite photos green with envy or bring on the moody blues. It only
takes a click or two! Video tutorial included.


Snips and Snails newest kit, Vintage Easter is 30% Off through 4/27.


This week Blagovesta Gosheva released the next kit of her Capturing life series – Capturing life: April. The kit is on early bird sale this week!


2 NewReleases this week to include 3 sets of ArtsyKardz for Project 365/Life and a combo TriPack, plus a new FotoInspired DoubleTemplate for artsy weekly documentation or MultiFoto scrapbooking. The new *beautiful day* collection boasts hues of cornflower and arrives in the store today! Special pricing is available on the AnnaRelease for one week only.


ViVa Artistry created a set of mini kits that represents each of their girls (six in total) personalities. These minis are eclectic, artsy, vintage and a lot of fun to play with. This is the first set which includes 3 mini kits: Sophia, Isabella and Alissa.


Here Today and Back Tomorrow by Tracey Monette is true to it’s name; it’s been reworked and modernized and is coming back to all of her stores! Find products by Clever Monkey Graphics at Oscraps.com, GingerScraps.net, and MyMemories.com.


Brighten up your day with this gorgeous colorful creation from Studio
Digilicious! Available are the Kit, Alphas, Kraft, Snippets and Notecards –
purchase separately or as a Collection.


New in the Etc by Danyale store this week, a bright cheerful kit ready for those bubble blowing sidewalk chalk drawing pages! Buy the kit and receive the journal cards FREE w/purchase until 5/2!


That’s it for today!

Today’s Story


A GREAT BIG welcome back to Laurie Ann of HGD by Laurie Ann! I’m so excited to have her joining us again! Laurie Ann has a truly unique design asthetic that I LOVE! the modern patterns combined with a little shabby and a little retro, work so well together! It was so fun to get to know her better through reading her interview below! Let’s take a closer look at “Today’s Story” 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 Laurie Ann HGD’s contribution:


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HGD.


Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HGD; Fonts: Corradine Handwriting and Traveling Typewriter.


Layout by Jen. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HGD; Fonts: The Other Twin.


Layout by Anne. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HGD; Fonts: Al Nile.


Layout by Sula. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HGD; om Splat It Up! (brush freebie) #3 by Juliana Kneipp.

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


God and family matter most to me. I’m married to the guy who once trained me to drive hydraulic lift and fork trucks back when I worked for a major computer manufacturer. It was the best job ever… I’d throw on a t-shirt, jeans, steel-toed boots, and a hard hat and I was good to go! It was love at first sight for both of us and after twenty plus years, I still adore this man. We were blessed with two amazing children, Michelle is a teacher and married to Nathan and we are patiently waiting for grand-babies. Joshua is still living at home; he earned his associates in Information Technology and this May he’ll have finished his bachelor’s degree. He has an awesome, paid internship at a local web business and he totally loves what he’s doing. Then there’s Brady Boy, our Silky Terrier who is ten pounds of pure happiness. I’ve been designing for six years and what a blessing to have a job where I can work late at night, in my pj’s. When I’m not designing I enjoy painting, sewing, making mini albums and framed tag art projects. I also enjoy gardening, camping, the beach and shopping. I love to paint old furniture white. I think pink peonies are beautiful. I love blue jeans, pretty shoes, fresh cotton sheets and chardonnay.





My Craft Table Project. I love to paint old furniture white and re-purpose things although, I’m not talking about real antiques! I like old pieces with good bones, for a lot less money and paint them. Speaking of re-purposing, I purchased an old, eight by three foot, solid wood door at a salvage shop, sanded it, painted it and laid it onto an old table that had an ugly top but similar in size, and this is my crafting table. Since this door has inlaid panels, I order a glass top to make a level work surface and before the glass delivery guys came, I arranged some vintage things into those panels, like rhinestone pins, my grandmother’s wax flowers that were on her veil, ephemera pieces and such. It’s a shadow box with a purpose and it’s nice when my sisters, mom, niece and daughter come over to play, we all fit around it and create beautiful things.



I started card making and traditional scrap-booking about fifteen years ago. Digital scrap-booking came by accident; In 2006 I had purchased a scrapbook magazine, only it was a digital scrapbook magazine and I was crushing on these Shmootzy Photo Frames by Nancie Rowe Janitz. Pretty quick I found Scrapartist.com and it was there that I learned all about Photoshop and my first digi purchase was Nan’s frames. It didn’t take me too long to get hooked and about a year later I was on the Scrapartist Creative Team. A few years later, Kathryn Balint, another shop owner asked if I would be interested in learning how to design. At first thought, I had no desire to learn; I was having way too much fun scrapping! Soon I figured why not give it a try and the rest is history. That said, I find it relaxing to be in my craft room making cards and hybrid scrap-booking using my digital designs and my Silhouette Cameo. While I love to design, it is my job therefore I’m not so much wanting to spend more time in front of my computer scrapping, hence my reason for going back to the messy kind of scrap-booking. It’s all good though and it’s pretty cool to see digital elements perfectly cut and on layouts.


Color inspires me and really life does! There is so much all around us and it’s the little details that I enjoy too. I’m happy to be a woman… there’s way more beautiful and trendy things for girls!


Computer: To me this is boring… I only wish I was a geek! We have an HP Pavilion Slimline and I’m happy it’s Windows 7… 8 scares me! We have a Dell monitor, it’s big and I have no idea the size, I just love it because I like having lots of windows open. I had a laptop years ago but I never liked designing on a laptop, I’d much rather be sitting at my desk. We have a Seagate External Hard Drive, it’s big too but it’s not the terabyte. That will be next. We use Backblaze for our backup.

Program: I’ve been using Photoshop CS3 forever and my niece is helping me with Illustrator; I use both since they work better together. I also use my Wacom Tablet and love using Art Rage for digital painting.

Camera: I’m currently using my son’s Canon Power Shot because my big girl camera died. I’ll be purchasing something nice as soon as my daughter tells me she’s having a baby. 🙂

Anything Else: Yes, a Wacom tablet.


I have two little scrapping tips. My first tip is really for newbies… don’t be afraid to reduce the size of all the elements on a page. If the biggest element on your page is a 3.5 x 4 photo, use that as your bench mark or gage for everything else. Noting the size of a staple or washi tape and journaling too! My second tip is to always, always add the name and date of who’s in each photo! Even if you always scrap the same subjects, just a tiny name and date along the side or bottom of a photo is such a wonderful thing for when we can’t remember and later when we’re no longer around. Just saying.


This is always so hard to just pick one! I really love the American flag and all it stands for, so my Land of the Free Collection is my all time favorite. For a girly fave, I’d have to say Free Spirit… this is a collaboration I did with Krystal Hartly. I love the colors and I want that same bicycle as in the kit, with a basket of flowers, in my real life!



My Remember Collection has and still is my most popular product. The various shades of whites, ivory, taupe’s and tans with lightly peppered shades of blue provide a pretty pop of color, all over the neutral ephemera. The idea for this color palette was from a dining room photo in a magazine. Perhaps it’s been such a popular collection since many of the elements look as though they could have come from a vintage scrapbook.


Here are some of my favorite products by Laurie Ann:






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







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Inspired by Laurie Ann

The following layouts were created using “Today’s Story” by Laurie Ann HGD and included in The Digi Files during April, 2014:

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HG; Scallops (unknown); Font: Pea Amy G.

Layout by Shannon. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HG.

Layout by Cindy. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HG.

Layout by Nann. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HG.

Layout by Yvonne. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HG.

Layout by Fonnetta. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HG.

Layout by JenJ. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HG.

Layout by Kerrianne. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HG.

The following layouts were created using “Today’s Story” by Laurie Ann HGD and included in The Digi Files during April, 2014:

Layout by Elle. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HG.

Layout by Olga. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HG.

Layout by Tanpop. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HG.

Layout by Cecilia. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HG.

by Toria. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HG; Frame by Citus
& Mint, hand doodling and handwriting font by Toria.

Layout by Valerie. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HG; Template by Biografitti.



Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HGD.


Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HGD; Fonts: Corradine Handwriting and Traveling Typewriter.


Layout by Jen. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HGD; Fonts: The Other Twin.


Layout by Anne. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HGD; Fonts: Al Nile.


Layout by Sula. Supplies: Today’s Story by Laurie Ann HGD; om Splat It Up! (brush freebie) #3 by Juliana Kneipp.

Clipping Paper with Design in Mind

Made using the WordSwag app

I love pouring over my favourite scrapbookers’ galleries and picking up new design ideas. I’m always so impressed with the way certain scrapbookers pay attention to the smallest details to make a page spectacular.

One thing I’ve noticed is that the way paper is clipped to shapes matters! The way a pattern is cut-off at the edge should appear very intentional.

Let’s take a look at some examples.

Solid Papers: Solid papers are straight-forward to clip to shapes because they have no pattern that can be cut-off or mis-aligned.

Plaids: With plaids, you have the opportunity to clip the parts of the paper the feature the colour you most want to highlight. Pay attention to the edges to make sure that the line cut-offs look intentional.

Florals: First here is an example of poor cut-off on the floral paper. Note how the shape edges show flowers that are too small to appear intentional:

I like the alignment below much more, but it was really fiddly to avoid poor cut-offs. Keep in mind that most of the time, shapes like this would be used as layering pieces under other papers or elements so not every edge needs to be perfect — just the visible ones.

Is the way a paper is cut-off a detail that you are careful about? What other details do you check for on your pages?