Managing My Recipes

Although there is nothing I love more than my mom’s handwritten recipes, most of my recipe collection now exists only on my computer. I could spend hours just scouring Pinterest and blogs for new and amazing recipes. And unlike some of my other Pinterest boards, I actually do refer to my Yummy Food I Want to Make board a lot! I love to cook and the web is full of great ideas!

Things do start to get confusing though. I don’t want to always have to go to my food board, find the recipe I want, click over to the site, and then start cooking. This is especially true for recipes I use on a regular basis.

So, when I finally broke down and bought myself an iPad mini, I knew I needed to find something to help me with my ever-growing {digital} recipe collection. I was so over printing out recipes and having them pile up in my kitchen!

Enter Paprika.

After reading through an article on The Best Apps to Manage Your Recipe Collection, I chose to try Paprika. It was $4.99 for the iPad version (and it is $4.99 for all other versions except the Mac version, which for some reason is $19.99).

Although I haven’t made full use of all the features (like grocery lists and meal planning), here are some of the features I really love:

1. Syncing Across Devices: I love that if I save a recipe on my computer, it automatically updates on my iPad. I do most of my web browsing on the computer, but use my iPad in the kitchen. Love this.

2. Likewise, Paprika offers web importing. I have a bookmarklet on my Mac so that when I find a recipe I love, I just click on it (Save Recipe) and it saves to the app.

3. When I have a recipe open while I am cooking, it keeps the screen on (there is nothing more annoying that a screen that goes to sleep and you don’t want to use your messy flour-covered hands to wake it up!)

4. There is an auto-scaling feature so you can double and halve to your hearts content.

5. You can add in your own recipes and the recipe builder has common words included so the text predictor works great for recipe terminology.

6. You can categorize your food in whatever ways you like. You can have main categories and sub-categories (like Desserts > Cookies). Recipes can be added to more than one category as well.

7. If you have saved a recipe from the web, the app will try to grab a photo to go with it. If you added the recipe yourself, you can upload your own photo.

You can read about other features HERE.

There are definitely a few things I don’t like. For example, some sites are definitely easier than others for the app to “grab” the recipe. On a number of sites, the app says it can’t identify and download the recipe. However, it only takes a few minutes for me to type the info in. It’s worth it to me, especially for recipes I use all the time.


So how do you manage your recipes?

Making Memories: FLOUR BOMBS

Sixteen years ago I was working at a summer camp. It was that summer that my now-husband and I got to know and like each other. In those first few weeks there was a lot of flirting and stolen glances. I can remember it all so clearly. It was definitely a time of “Does he like me? I think he does. But maybe he doesn’t. Oh wait! He just _____ so I am sure he likes me.” And so on?

One night during our counselor training we played a game with sock bombs. It was the first time (of many) that I had to explain something to Jason. I said, “Just so you know, I will hit you. But don’t hit me. I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.”

I don’t remember much of the game, but I do remember the sock bombs. And so a while back when the kids and I were waiting for dad to get home and I needed something to occupy them, I brushed off a great memory and in five minutes had a fun and easy activity for the kids.

It’s simple. All you do is take long socks (a loose knit works best) and fill them with flour. Tie the ends and DONE. Flour bombs.

Before we got started, I laid down some ground rules:

  1. No hitting above the shoulders
  2. If someone asks you to stop, you must stop
  3. Go easy on the little kids
  4. If you consistently hit too hard, you’re done
  5. If everyone ends up in tears, we’ll have to quit

I wasn’t really sure how it would go, but I know my kids and figured it was worth a try. They had a blast! Literally!

We made sure that Bethany (age two) had a chance to get involved

And when dad got home, the kids ambushed him!

We had a few mishaps and a few tears, but all in all it was a great time and the kids beg to do it all the time!

Funtastic Friday is Heating Up

Sweet Shoppe Designs is having an open call to search for exceptionally talented digital scrapbook designers to join their oh-so-sweet and slightly crazy family! They are looking for both rising newcomers and experienced artists who will bring their individual design sense and unique style to the shoppe.

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Chelle’s been busy this week: a new mini-kit, a FREE daily download, & Scrap Twister coming up Wednesday. Check out the details on Chelle’s Blog.

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That Guy by Erica Zane at SSD is perfect for Father’s Day coming up or just for fun…with it’s versatile colors, it’s fabulous for all sorts of pages – boyish or not!

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Katrina Kennedy is Going Places in July and she wants you to join her! She’s giving away a spot in a new 4-week workshop, Going Places will help you document your most treasured vacation memories whether you’re traveling across the globe, close to home, or trying out a stay-cation this year.

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Scrapping with Liz has some new unique templates in her store this week. They are sure to help you scrap those special seasons in your life. Both sets are 20% off this week.

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Jenn Labre is bringing over all her recent guest spot products to her MScraps store and you can save 20% off through Sunday!

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Veranda Inspiration is new from Kimeric Kreations.

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Come play this month’s EYC Challenge by Maya de Groot.

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Bring some sizzle to your kitchen/recipe pages (and recipe books) with this unique collection of images and backgrounds.

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This month’s BYOC has bright, fun colors and is perfect for adding a bit of sunshine and happy to your pages and projects! Jacque Larsen is offering an additional 20% off all 3 of of her BYOC products to TDD readers! Use coupon code 20JUNTDD. Happy Scrappin!

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New from Studio Flergs is Be Tween, a scoop with Libby Pritchett. Save 20% all through Saturday! Perfect for tweens & teens.

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Welcome to Studio Digilicious’ store in the Scrapbookgraphics Archive Attic! The designs you find here are products are retired from her personal Studio just to keep things fresh. However, they are still popular and useful, so they have been reduced in price and represent fantastic value for money!

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Anna Aspnes is continuing the Summer 2014 Promo series with a new deal in the aA store. Select any 5 ArtPlay Palettes from the ArtPlay Palettes category for only $27.50 (a 40% savings). Your discount will automatically be applied to your cart at checkout. Offer valid only through Wednesday 11 June 2014 at 9am EST. EXCLUDES THE LAST 4 ARTPLAY PALETTES TO BE RELEASED IN THE aA STORE AS WELL AS ARTPLAY PALETTE ANYTHING.

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Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs has two new sets of templates this week with fun title labels, banners, word strips, paint misting and multiple photos. Fuss Free: So This Happened 1 & 2 are Fresh Fruit priced at 20% off. If you purchase Set 1 you’ll receive Set 2 for free! Offer valid through June 12, 2014.

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Through the Storm is new from Studio Sherwood!

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Check out Sausan Designs sale, new kits and blog freebie!

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He’s all that, and a bag of chips! Okay maybe the dated 90’s reference is cheesy but you get the idea–your little man is the best and you should scrap about it with this awesomely masculine digital scrapbook collection by Bella Gypsy.

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The Studio Girls @ Scrapbookgraphics released their newest collaboration this week: Field Breeze. And, for a limited time, Studio Mix 6 is available as a special edition 70% off bundle!

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Have you ever wished you could say with your hands what is really in your heart? That you could let go of trying to be perfect and simply enjoy the process of creating? Longed to be more free?
I would like to invite you to take a deep breath and think about investing in a year long adventure that just might change your life. Take that first brave step in making some time for YOU, for finding Joy, nurturing your soul, and growing your creative wings!

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Enjoy your Funtastic Friday!

Strut Your Stuff

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A BIG welcome back to Heather Roselli!! I’m so excited to have this super talented lady here! I LOVE Heather’s super fun themed kits and they can be found on many of my pages. She does an awesome job with BOY kits as well as the pink and fluff too. I really LOVE Heather’s printable projects that she often creates; albums to learning tools, they are all fun! Let’s take a closer look at “Strut Your Stuff” 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 Heather Roselli Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs; Blendable template by JenC.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs; Fonts: Colors of Autumn, Calibri.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs; Bogart template by Zoliofrope.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
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Seattle, WA
Married for 15 years with 3 boys – 12 years old and identical twins 9 years old, 2 cats and new dog.

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I used to send my mother lots of little photo projects with the kids on/in them. I’ve really gotten away from that over the last few years. Now that we are across the country from her I wanted to send her something so I created this mini purse album. I love how the final album came out. My favorite part is that the photos pull out from the pockets and there is another photo on the back.


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I started scrapbooking in January 2002 after my first child was born so I could share his new life with my Mom and Dad since they lived so far away. I quickly found digital scrapbooking as I was using my computer to resize pics before ordering them from the printer and also for journaling. In just weeks I began designing my own papers and elements inspired by my children’s clothes, so that my pages matched my photos. At the time I was involved at The DigiChick forums and in the Fall of 2005 I became a designer there. In July of 2007 I moved to my dream gig at Sweet Shoppe Designs and I haven’t even considered budging ever since!

When I’m not designing (is there a time when I’m not??), I spend time with my three sons (12 years old and 9 year-old twins) and husband of over 15 years in Seattle, WA. My oldest is in 6th grade and the twins are in 3nd grade. When not in school we attend Boy and Cub Scout meetings and baseball practices and games. We are still new to the Pacific Northwest, so we take short trips all around to get to the know area. Our family’s first dog joined us this past summer and we are having a blast playing with and training him. How did we go so long without a fuzzy canine?

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My kids and their activities and interests, my team’s ideas, forum and customers’ ideas, the seasons, Pinterest…everything! hehe

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Computer: I work on a 17″ HP Pavilion Entertainment PC laptop running Windows 7 hooked up to an external 21″ Dell monitor. The laptop has 8GB of RAM and handles all my programs really well, even after 3+ years of constant use.

Program: I design with Adobe Photoshop CS Extended & Illustrator CC via the Adobe Cloud. I use several filter/texture plug-ins and all types of wonderful elements, actions, styles, etc from the CU OK designers in the digi-world.

Camera: I have just a Nikon Coolpix S10 point and shoot that doesn’t get used much anymore. I tend to use my iPhone or iPad now. However, my dh has a professional Cannon 1DS that is on “permanent borrow” from a friend of his that loves photography. My husband’s photos are the ones I really love scrapping with these days.

Anything Else: I took the plunge last year and upgraded to a Wacom Intous 5 Touch tablet that I use a pen with exclusively now. I can barely use a mouse or track pad anymore and the added benefit is that the rest of the family can’t seem to get the hang of the pen tablet, so no one messes with my computer now! hehe

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When your mojo deserts you – try something completely different and way out of your normal comfort zone. If you fail it is no big deal, but it just might inspire you.

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I don’t often design with softer colors, but I really like how this kit turned out. Drawing the frogs and using all the play on words in the text elements was quite fun.


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I love working with bright colors and this kit sure has them! Y=mx+b is probably popular because it is a subject that isn’t designed around much and it has tons of fun and unique elements and text bits.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Heather Roselli Designs:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Heather Roselli Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Use coupon code roselliTDD25% to save 25% off
Heather Roselli Designs’s store (expires 8-31-2014).



Go have a look in Heather Roselli Designs’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Heather Roselli

The following layouts were created using “Strut Your Stuff” by Heather Roselli Designs and included in
The Digi Files during June, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs; Template by Our Misadventures; Fonts: Century Gothic, Cafe Rojo.


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Layout by Heather’s Creative Team. Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs.


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Layout by Heather’s Creative Team. Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs.


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Layout by Heather’s Creative Team. Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs.


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Layout by Heather’s Creative Team. Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs.


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Layout by Heather’s Creative Team. Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs.


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Layout by Heather’s Creative Team. Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs.


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Layout by Heather’s Creative Team. Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs; Blendable template by JenC.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs; Fonts: Colors of Autumn, Calibri.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs; Bogart template by Zoliofrope.

Six Reasons to Scrapbook Older Photos of Your Growing Kids

My daughter recently turned 8 years old. It’s unbelievable to me – I remember turning 8 myself! (Although that is stretching my memory a bit now!)

Lately, I’ve been scrapping some baby and toddler photos of her. As she’s getting older, it has been nice to reflect on her little baby days.Do you have kids who are growing up fast? Here are six reasons why I think it’s a good idea to scrap older photos of them today:

To remember the little details

It’s amazing how quickly we forget the little details! How long were you in the hospital? What was the weather like? How did you spend your first weeks getting to know each other? I think I’ll always remember how I felt in those early days with my daughter, but I’m already forgetting the specific details.

Supplies: Bogart by Zoliofrope, Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Erica Zane

To remember the happy times that she was too little to remember

I had such a great time with my daughter when she was a baby and I was on maternity leave. It’s funny to me that she can’t remember those days.

Supplies: Spring Forward full kit by Juliana Kneipp

To remember the quirks that she’s outgrown

My daughter would not let me do her hair when she was a toddler, which disappointed me so much! So, every time I did manage to get her hair in a cute ‘do, I made sure to to lots of photos. Now that she’s older, she happily does her hair and has particular tastes about how she wants it done. Times change!

Supplies: Half-Pack 105 – Photo Focus 49 by Cindy Schneider, About Time by Misty Cato and Jady Day Studio

To spend time with some favourite photos

I just loved these photos of my girl. I didn’t have a ton to say about them, but it was nice to spend time looking at them again!

To remember favourite games

As she gets older, we have a lot more conversations and play more structured games. Some of the silly games we played when she was a toddler are too little for her now. But I love remember her sweet little voice from her toddler days and how much fun we had together.

Supplies: Dream A Little Dream by Studio Flergs

To remember everyday-life moments that no longer happen

When she was a toddler, buckling her in her car seat and playing car games with her on car rides was a regular thing. How we travel together has changed so much! And to think that there was no little brother on those car rides, either! Our whole family has changed.

Supplies: Merrily Merrily Merrily by Libby Pritchett & Studio Flergs, SCRAP YOUR HEART OUT 9 by Janet Phillips

I absolutely loved taking the time to think about these happy memories from my big girl’s little baby days. And I know that all too soon I’ll be looking back on her school age days with fondness too. Children grow up so fast!

Do you enjoy scrapbooking older photos of your growing kids?

Images of Summer

It’s summer. Or for some of you, it’s almost summer. School is either winding down or already finished and the long days start to blend one into another. Summer is a time for fun, family, and making memories.

When the days get long and hard, when the temps are hot and you feel overwhelmed, let me encourage you to take a moment to pause. Find something that fills your soul. Soak in the warmth and the beauty of summer. Look closely. Even amongst the dirty dishes, endless piles of laundry, and the “I’m bored” statements from kids who don’t get the idea of sleeping in, step outside and look for the beauty of summer. It’s everywhere.

Get your camera out and capture it. Breathe deep and enjoy the colors, the aromas, and dancing sunlight.

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I’m thrilled to welcome back Cheri of Dream Big Designs this month and simply adore her contribution!! I love the newsprint, mixed media, and all of the fun stuff included that we always need at our house on crafting days! I love Cheri’s themed kits that she does such a great job in. It was fun to hear about where those themes come from, as well as some of Cheri’s other hobby’s and interests in her episode of the Digest. She also shares about her life and how she started designing. You can listen below (on the site),
download here, or subscribe in iTunes:

Let’s take a closer look at “Craftastic” 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 Dream Big Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Craftastic by Dream Big Designs; Font: Across the Road, CK Ali, Bariol.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Craftastic by Dream Big Designs; Staggered (template) by Scrapbook Lady.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Craftastic by Dream Big Designs; Striking (template) by Scrapbook Lady.

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Layout by KimberlyK. Supplies: Craftastic by Dream Big Designs; Fonts: Another Typewriter.

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

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Hi! Cheri Robinson here, the creator of Dream Big Designs. I live in Northern Utah with my hubby (of 12 years) and 4 kids (8,6, 3 and 1). I also am a professional cake decorator (of 11 years) and create cakes out of my home. I love to read Young Adult Fiction, run on trails, ride horses, water ski, 4 wheel, and play with my family.

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I have made the switch to Pocket Scrapping, and I really love the clean, simple look of the layouts. This last year we spent what felt like most of the year at the hospital. I created a collection to capture all those moments, and this layout is from one of those days at the Children’s Hospital.


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Template by Little Green Frog Designs, Simply Blocked 2. Kit is Medic from Dream Big Designs



started

After I had my second child in 2007 I needed a creative way to journal and scrap the photos of my two kids. I was never very interested in paper scrapping. It always seemed to messy, expensive, and time consuming for me. So, I took a free digital scrapbooking class at my church and fell in love. About 6 months after I started making layouts, I began to design. I never looked back, I LOVED it! I really enjoy learning new things about a program and trying new skills. I see something I want to do, and I learn and experiment until I can figure it out.

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My family is my biggest inspiration. Then I would say, the outdoors. I LOVE to be outdoors breathing, ingesting, and consuming nature. I have always had a tie to nature and animals. I grew up with horses and I have never been able to get that out of my blood. The second thing that inspires me to create is colors. I can look at a pallet and almost immediately have an idea or feeling about what those colors represent to me. A lot of times I will be laying in bed and a pallet will jump into my mind. I will get a theme from that, then the ideas just flow into my mind. I always keep a pen and paper by me to write ideas down. I have so many ideas and pallets I want to create, I wish most days I didn’t have to sleep, or clean, or shower. I just LOVE to create all the time.

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Computer: I have a Dell XPS 8300. With 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. OS is Microsoft Windows 7. I have a 24 inch monitor. My hubby calls it an alien. It is uber fast, and I love it.

Program: I have CS5 and Adobe Illustrator.

Camera: Canon t2i. My hubby is much better with cameras than me, so I normally have our Canon point and shoot. But we are for sure a Canon family.

Anything Else: I also use my HP and Canon scanner for textures, extractions and brushes.

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Don’t be afraid to play around with your “workspace”. I have found that when I pull up the tools and such that I know I will use the most for the project I am working on, it makes my progress go that much smoother. Give it a try.

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My favorite is my Sandy Toes collection. I love the beachy colors with the navy blue thrown in. My kids LOVE the sand. They love the sand at the beach even more, so I wanted to make a sandcastle kit that would work for beaches, parks or all around summer time. I tried to add a lot of “sandy” elements. The alpha is my favorite because it has pieces of sand scattered all over it.


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This kit was inspired by my husband. He worked on the new Ares 5 Rocket (before it was canceled), and has also been working on the new Hubble telescope. He loves everything aerospace. I wanted to make a space kit that showed off his inner nerd.
We visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and that really helped me decide what colors and elements to include.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Dream Big Designs:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Dream Big Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Go have a look in Dream Big Designs’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Inspired by Dream Big Designs

The following layouts were created using “Craftastic” by Dream Big Designs and included in The Digi Files during June, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Craftastic by Dream Big Designs; Craftastic by Big Dreams; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: Georgia.


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Layout by Kimberly (enjoyyourpix). Supplies: Craftastic by Dream Big Designs.


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Layout by Neverland Scraps. Supplies: Craftastic by Dream Big Designs.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Craftastic by Dream Big Designs; Font: Across the Road, CK Ali, Bariol.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Craftastic by Dream Big Designs; Staggered (template) by Scrapbook Lady.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Craftastic by Dream Big Designs; Striking (template) by Scrapbook Lady.

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Layout by KimberlyK. Supplies: Craftastic by Dream Big Designs; Fonts: Another Typewriter.