Friday the Funtastic

It may be Friday the Thirteenth, but that won’t stop our digi fun! Here’s what’s going on around digi land this week…

It’s time to make sense of your scrapping! Katie’s new Sensibles template set will help you arrange multiple photos onto your pages in a sensible and stunning way. This set is on sale through Tuesday June 17th for only $1.75

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Chelle is celebrating this month, don’t miss all the fun things going on. Do you have a special request for Chelle? She’s granting wishes:

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Happy Thoughts by Erica Zane at SSD, is a fun, playful and downright pretty kit perfect for all sorts of pages!

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Fuss Free: Shabby Boho 1 & 2 template sets are shabby, bohemian, chic, thrifted, brightly colored, gently worn, delightfully feminine and are a fantastic way to share your photographs and stories in the most beautiful way! Both packs are Fresh Fruit priced at 20% off, and if you purchase Set 1, you’ll receive Set 2 for free! Offer valid through June 19, 2014.

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These sets coordinate with the Shabby Boho Collection by Etc. by Danyale. Bring out your free spirit and love of all things that make your inner gypsy scream to get creative! This collection also has a FWP mini kit with bundle purchase until 6/19 – don’t miss it!

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New this week from Studio Digilicious is the Summer Lovin’ Collection. It celebrates all the things we love about Summer with a slight retro-twist!

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Scrapping with Liz has some fun new templates in her store. Grab these sets at 20% off this week!

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Meagan is taking some time off to enjoy her new little bundle of joy! Save 35% off everything in her store through June 18th to celebrate!

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Need a kit to scrap pictures from a Prom or another big dance? Tracey Monette has you covered with The Big Dance available at Oscraps, Gingerscraps, and MyMemories.

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Summer Cottage is new from Kimeric Kreations.

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Down This Road Designs has a new kit out this week with a Free With Purchase Offer. Purchase Bug Town and automatically get Bug Town Finishing Touches for Free through 6/19/14.

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This week I have the bright and fun Sun Kissed!

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Stolen Moments has a brand new collaboration with Scotty Girl Design perfect for documenting all those hours spent playing games with family and friends.. It’s 20% off thru Sunday, so grab it quick!

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New this week from Studio Flergs is the Sail Away Collection. Perfect for Summer and full of fun nautical themed pieces. Save up to 44% all through Saturday.

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New this week from Juno Designs is Everyday Life – June. Save 30% on individual products through Sunday 6/15 or buy the bundle and save 40%!

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New templates from Queen Wild Scraps – these are so fun and versatile!

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Check out this fun new kit from Jennifer Labre. Frolic is 20% off through Sunday!

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Check out Kristin Aagard’s new kit, Happy Camper. If you pick it up by June 18th, you’ll get her new Fruity – Cherry kit for FREE!

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Can’t get enough camping? Jacque Larsen’s Happy Camper is on SALE 20% OFF all weekend LONG! TDD readers can take an ADDITIONAL 20% OFF the sale price! Use CODE CAMP_TDD.

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Introducing {Growth} – an art journaling collaboration between Vicki Robinson and Cilenia Curtis. The full Collection includes a bonus 7-page workbook to help you explore the world of art journaling. Available exclusively at Oscraps.

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After the Rain is new from Studio Sherwood.

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Unique papers, inkscribbles and cool paper strips for your altered and art journaling projects!

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BBQ Bash is new from Maya de Groot.

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Lynne-Marie has a new kit for the men in your life – great for fathers and grown boys who like motorcycles and guitars. Cool Dude kit & journal cards, Cool Dad, and Daddisms sold separately or bundled for only 10$ (47% off regular retail price).

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Have a great week!

Write It All Down

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I’m so happy to welcome back Meta Wulandari to The Digi FIles this month! I love Meta’s beautiful hand drawn doodles she includes in her kits! I also love the creative spins she will put on traditional elements or items in a kit (note the cameras in her contribution this month). Let’s take a closer look at “Write It All Down” 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 Meta Wulandari Design’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Write It All Down by Meta Wulandari Design.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Write It All Down by Meta Wulandari Design; Fonts: Bariol, ALFragment.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Write It All Down by Meta Wulandari Design; Fonts: Asterism, Corradine Handwriting, GF Halda.


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Layout by Sula. Write it all down by Meta Wulandri; Pure Bliss (template) by Our Misadventures; Messy Lines (stitches) by Erica Zane; Font: DJB Christine Script by Darcy Baldwin.

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

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My name is Meta, 29 years old, chocolate addict, have a big passion in art, and enjoying live in Jakarta. Instead designing, I teach mathematics for elementary school. I am so blessed to have such wonderful parents, sister, and brother. They always know how to make me smile. Each weekend was a new adventure. I would never be too tired to take me anywhere.

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My brother is crazy about photography, but we can’t find any photos of him aside from his driver’s license and school documents. This photo is taken by him when we visited kebun raya bogor. He is there because he used a mirror to capture all of us together.


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I started digital scrapbooking in 2009 and just fell in love from the first. Then I tried designing my own stuff. I didn’t take a course or class, just trial and error. All my books are my best teachers ever in digi designing. My skills improve little by little to get me where I am now.

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Everything… it can be what I feel, it can be my journey, or simply a color combo.

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Computer: Computer: I am using AMD Phenom 3.4Hz (little bit old), 8GB memory, and using windows Vista 64 bit.

Program: Adobe Photoshop CS 6 & Illustrator CS 5, that’s all that I need to scrap!

Camera: Just a pocket camera, Casio exilim 🙂 still use this

Anything Else: Have a Bamboo wacom tablet for doodling and create handwriting font. (I am sharing my font for free at my blog if you want to collect them 😉 )

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If your favorite font doesn’t have bold type, go to the blending option and give it stroke with the same color you use to the font 1px (or to suit to your project) 😉

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It’s just a mini kit with a lot of black color. I love this one because it’s simple.


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It’s a bright and adorable kit that will be fit for many themes.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Meta Wulandari Design:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Meta Wulandari Design’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Go have a look in Meta Wulandari Design’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 Meta Wulandari

The following layouts were created using “Write It All Down” by Meta Wulandari Design and included in
The Digi Files during June, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Write it all down by Meta Wulandri; Template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Andrea Karime, Always In My Heart.


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Layout by Valerie. Write it all down by Meta Wulandri.


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Layout by Sula. Write it all down by Meta Wulandri; Pure Bliss (template) by Our Misadventures; Messy Lines (stitches) by Erica Zane; Font: DJB Christine Script by Darcy Baldwin.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Write It All Down by Meta Wulandari Design.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Write It All Down by Meta Wulandari Design; Fonts: Bariol, ALFragment.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Write It All Down by Meta Wulandari Design; Fonts: Asterism, Corradine Handwriting, GF Halda.

Digital Newspaper Clipping

Do you remember clipping newspaper articles when you were a kid? I do! I clipped articles that had mentions of my school and news stories that I thought were interesting.

Whether it is local news, a mention of your family, or a big historic event, newspapers articles are a great source for memory-keepers. Here’s a special front page that my husband’s grandmother clipped in 1969. It’s fair to say that this was a historic event!

Front page of the Globe & Mail newspaper, July 21, 1969

I don’t subscribe to any physical newspapers, but I do read the news online. The digital equivalent of clipping a newspaper article is to take a screenshot on your phone or a print-screen on your computer monitor.

Here’s the biggest event that I’ve captured on my phone — the birth of Prince George.

I think my kids will one day enjoy that Prince George’s birth was “breaking news” and I was there to see it. Screenshots like this are a great touch to add to pocket pages and for topics for regular scrapbook pages.

Do you take screenshots to use in your scrapbooking?

7 Signs To Photograph On Your Summer Vacation

Signs mark place and time. They guide us into towns and greet us as we arrive. They say good buy and help us to remember who has come before us. They shout things at us and make simple suggestions.

Whether your travel takes you to popular tourist destinations, magical kingdoms, national monuments, or just around your own community look for the signs that mark your way. They are fun photographs to shoot and help add to the story on your scrapbook pages.

Here are my seven favorite signs to photograph. I thought I’d change things up and share the scrapbook pages where I’ve used my sign photos! Some signs are easy to spot and some are just a little trickier to find.

City, Town, & State Signs

Location markers are easy to find and come with huge variety. Look for signs as you enter and exit a new place, population markers, signs in front of state houses, and names posted on buildings. Shoot these signs wide so you get a big picture of the location.

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Streets and Highways

We follow a path when we travel, whether it is a well planned path or a spontaneous journey to see what we can discover. Highway markers and street signs help us on that path. Whether they are iconic roads like Route 66 or little known streets of a small town, photograph them to mark your place. I like to give signs on a poles a little bit of a tilt in camera for added interested.

Height Markers

Height markers are at the top of my sign list! For most signs, I don’t include people, letting the words and shape take over the frame. I LOVE the story and moment that height markers have when I add my son to the frame. I love to return to vacation spots to get comparative views to notice just how much he has grown.

When shooting height markers, let the numbers be a focal point in the frame. Notice how 42 is at a third intersection so your eye travels right to THE spot.

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Restaurant Names

Is food a part of your travel? Grab photos of the signs outside your favorite spots (with or without people). We return to Lucky Cafe every July 28th, so a sign photo is a must. If you don’t want to see yourself in the reflection of restaurant windows, stand at a bit of an angle to the sign.

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Many signs tell us what to do. Watch your step. Yield to oncoming traffic. Step out. They are an excellent way to add a whimsical element to your page. Try photographing them at an angle that plays up the sign itself, like the stop sign below or fill the frame so the words take center stage.

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Prices

Hand written prices draw me in. I love the personal touch they provide a travel scene whether it’s a local farmer’s market or a small boutique. Price signs also help mark the time, providing a comparison for the future. Think about photographing gas prices, amusement park prices, market prices, and entry fees.

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Signs With A Little Humor

I love to laugh. Look for humorous signs that give suggestions that may not be immediately clear or with funny people or drawings. Of course, if there are cut outs for heads, ALWAYS get a head or two in the shot as well.

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What’s your favorite vacation sign to photograph?

Join me in my new class, Going Places – Travel Mini Albums. I share more of my favorite vacation photography techniques. I’m giving away a spot.
Just follow this link!

Summer Mists & Pure Bliss

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I would like to welcome for the FIRST time to The Digi Files Meg of Our Misadventures! Meg truly has a fun template design style with something for everyone! I learned so much by visiting with Meg in her episode of the Digest and was truly inspired by her ‘getting healthy’ journey documunting. It was also fun to get to know more about her and how she decided to design templates. You can listen below (on the site),
download here, or subscribe in iTunes:

Let’s take a closer look at “Summer Mists & Pure Bliss” 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 Our Misadventures’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Summer Mists & Pure Bliss by Our Misadventures; My Life of Adventure by TDD.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Summer Mists & Pure Bliss by Our Misadventures; Travel Around the World: India by Julia Makotinsky; Fonts: Typewriter.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Summer Mists & Pure Bliss by Our Misadventures; By the Seaside by Zoe Pearn; Font: Century Gothic.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Summer Mists & Pure Bliss by Our Misadventures; A Bushel and a Peck Kit by Meredith Cardall; Fonts: CK Ali’s Hand and Typewriter.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Summer Mists & Pure Bliss by Our Misadventures; Shine Bright by Zoe Pearn; Fonts: Century Gothic.

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

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I’m Meg, I’m in my mid-twenties and living in Central California with my husband and our furry-babies. I’m the type of person who when they find they like to do something, they totally embrace it… so I have a LOT of hobbies and interests! Mostly, I love being active… traveling, hiking, running… and I love to make things! I’m also a tea addict, so much so that I blog about tea and whiskey with two of my best friends.

I work from home designing, running our small business, and working as a Virtual Assistant to other small businesses. I actually majored in Deaf Education, but I ended up hating the politics of the field and decided to go back to my love of web and graphic designing, and now digiscrap designing!

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We had a designer drop out from hosting one of the Get Real Challenges at Real Life Scrapped, so I stepped in last minute with a template set inspired by my word for this year — “Forward.” It’s one of my favorite sets yet, I’m in love with the big triangular pieces!

My page is about one of my reasons for picking the word “Forward” — my fitness. I went undiagnosed with Celiac Disease for all of my adult life, causing my health to disintegrate. Now that we know I’m a celiac, I’m focused on regaining my health and fitness! I try to scrap about this particular journey as much as I can, for accountability!


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Growing up, I totally sucked at making almost anything with paper. I did amazing History Day research projects, but always failed at making attractive displays… I just couldn’t get the hang of cutting out the paper mats! I did love making collages for my binders in middle school, with cut outs from Seventeen Magazine. At least those looked good with a bit of mess!

I still wanted to express myself through art though, so when I received Corel’s painting software as a gift one year… I was hooked. I eventually progressed to PSP and then PS, and got into web designing too! One day in college when I was looking for some design inspiration for a website, I stumbled on the Shabby Princess and the rest was history!

A couple years after I started digiscrapping, I decided to start kit designing. I ended up retiring from kit designing at the end of 2012, but found myself still designing templates in 2013, like an addict. I didn’t feel right giving them away as freebies, so I decided I would apply to stores again once I had a stockpile of products. Luckily, Vicki at Oscraps took me in!

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Since I’m a wreck when it comes to working with paper, I realllllllly love browsing paper scrapping galleries. Sometimes I’ll like how a paper page has stitching down one side of a photo, and then how another page has layered paper strips on one edge of the layout. I’ll take those two features and see if I can make a digi page with them, and eventually a new template set!

I also get inspired by things I see in real life, it kind of drives my husband and friends nuts when I have to stop what I’m doing to record my moment of inspiration!

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Computer: I have a 13″ Macbook Pro running OSx Mavericks, but I hook it up to a 24″ monitor in my office for most of my designing. My husband keeps saying he wants to get me a tricked out Mac, so I can keep the laptop for fun, but he has yet to do that 😉

Program: For designing templates, I use CS5… I decided to stick with CS5 instead of upgrading to CS6/CC because there seems to be some compatibility issues when it comes to saving PSDs for older versions to open. Plus, I stick to using Lightroom for processing my photos… so I don’t really miss the features CS6 has. I use Evernote to record my inspiration and progress when designing, plus it helps organize everything else in my life!


Camera: I honestly like using my iPhone 5 the most for documenting the everyday, but I do have a Canon Rebel T3i for when something special is happening. I’m a total camera geek, so I also have a few vintage TLRs and SLRs packed away 😉

Anything Else: I had the original Kindle Fire, now I have the Kindle Fire HD… but I think my next tablet will be a regular Android. I don’t care for the limitations of the Fire’s version of Android, but I do love having a tablet!

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I’m a huge fan of semi-transparent washi tape, I include it all the time in my templates. But, sometimes a kit doesn’t include tape in the right size to fit the design of my page. So, I just clip paper from that kit to the tape semi-transparent shape in the template! Since the paper is clipping to the shape in the template, there’s no need to worry about messing with the shadow like you would with regular semi-transparent tape!

Another trick is — don’t let yourself get wrapped up in trying to follow any preconceived notions about how you *should* scrap. Be it a Project Life album or your average layout — don’t forget that you scrap for you and your family, not for the gallery comments! So scrap what comes to you, how it comes to you. Don’t worry about clustering, or having the perfect photos… just scrap! I don’t have kids, and I work from home — so I’m practically a hermit — but I still manage to find something to scrap about!

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“Better Together” was actually one of my least favorite products when I originally designed it… so it sat on my hard drive for a few months. When I was cleaning up my folders, I fell in love with it all over again and couldn’t wait to release it!

I love the way the pages are divided in two, but in a way that joins more than it divides, bringing home the idea of “Better Together.” I also love all the little layered paper pieces.


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This set of basic word strips was inspired by my struggle to get and stay fit, to improve my overall well being. I always struggle with finding themed kits for whatever I want to scrap about, so I decided to make themed word strip sets to use with whatever kit I wanted.

Even though I have another set that’s everyday living theme, this set is my most popular by far! It still outsells the others, even though we’re past the time of New Year’s Resolutions! I guess that means digiscrappers are motivated to get fit 😉


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Here are some of my favorite products by Our Misadventures:


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


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Use coupon code OM_TDD_35
to receive 35% off
Our Misadventures’s store through 07/31/2014



Go have a look in Our Misadventures’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 Our Misadventures

The following layouts were created using “Summer Mists & Pure Bliss” by Our Misadventures and included in The Digi Files during June, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Summer Mists & Pure Bliss by Our Misadventures; Happy Talk by Fayette Designs; Doily by Flergs; Font: Century Gothic.


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Layout by Tammy. Supplies: Summer Mists & Pure Bliss by Our Misadventures; Celebrate by Gina Miller; Comic (alpha) by eNkay Design; Fonts: Century Gothic & Fantique Four.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Summer Mists & Pure Bliss by Our Misadventures; My Life of Adventure by TDD.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Summer Mists & Pure Bliss by Our
Misadventures; Travel Around the World: India by Julia Makotinsky;
Fonts: Typewriter.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Summer Mists & Pure Bliss by Our
Misadventures; By the Seaside by Zoe Pearn; Font: Century Gothic.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Summer Mists & Pure Bliss by Our
Misadventures; A Bushel and a Peck Kit by Meredith Cardall; Fonts: CK
Ali’s Hand and Typewriter.

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Summer Mists & Pure Bliss by
Our Misadventures; Shine Bright by Zoe Pearn; Fonts: Century Gothic.