August is Over Already?

Can you believe that we are wrapping up AUGUST!? I can’t! In most of the Northern Hemisphere, kids are back in school or will start very soon. Back to school means BACK TO SCRAPPING!! Time to grab these Files, if you haven’t because once they are gone….THEY ARE GONE!!

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I love the variety of everything offered. If you can’t find it at the Daily Digi – I figure you don’t need it. I am pleased every single month and can’t wait for the magic hour to check the new offerings. – Shawna

Continuing to love this site. I have discontinued all my other digiscrap subscriptions (as I now have almost 1.5 TB of digi scrap goodies), but THIS ONE I keep. – Heather

I love these kits more and more. I’m still so excited to open each one with great anticipation and the excitement grows as my mind blossoms with ideas. And it’s been almost two years!! It’s so much fun! – Mary K

I’m so addicted to The Daily Digi! Amazing deal on fabulous high quality products, inspiring layouts and techniques in the Playbook, and wonderful tutorials and articles the whole month long! The best thing about the last day of the month is that its so close to the first! – Jennifer

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

Julia Makotinsky

Karen Lewis

Fiddle Dee Dee Designs

mle Card

Vinnie Pearce

Jenn Barrette

Baers Garten Designs

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QR Codes

If you have listened to this month’s Daily Digi Digest podcast, you’ll remember that Steph asked Peppermint about where she stores her videos that she put on her layouts via QR Codes. I had planned on sharing a bit more about QR Codes and thought that this would be a great time.

It’s hard to go anywhere without seeing QR Codes, but for those who might not be familiar, here’s the simple definition.

“A machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white squares, typically used for storing URLs or other information for reading by the camera on a smartphone.”

On your phone or tablet, you can download a QR Code reader (there are free ones). Then, you just hold your phone up to the code and it will take you right to the URL that is embedded in the code.

When I first read about using QR codes on layouts (from a blog post by Traci Reed), I was instantly overwhelmed with the way that this could change and enhance scrapbooking.

Here are a few great ways to use QR Codes on layouts:


YouTube clips

Personal videos


Fun commercials


Recipes (such as my Ranch Turkey Burgers layout)

Blog posts (including comments)

Online manuals

Photo galleries (for example, if you had a family photo shoot and only put a few photos on your layouts, you could link to the whole session)

A few things to consider:

In the DDD podcast, Peppermint mentioned some of the issues with deciding where to store the videos. She recommends YouTube because it is the most likely place to keep the links forever. However, you could choose to direct the QR code to a place on your personal computer. Listen to the podcast for more thoughts on where to store the video/URL.

Technology is changing so fast that there is no guarantee that your codes will work forever. Remember this when you put them on your layouts. They are fun now and a great way to enhance your layouts but your grandkids may one day be very confused!

Here are a few great places to read more about using QR codes:

Capturing Magic: Easily Adding Videos to a Photo Book using QR Codes

Traci Reed Designs: Add Video to Your Project Life

Fabulously Artsy: More Fun With QR Codes

Happie Scrappie: Adding QR Code to Your Pages

Britt-Ish Designs: Using QR Codes in Your Digital Layouts

And here are some great examples of pages with QR Codes (all linked to source)

Funtastic Fridays Are Even Better on Long Weekends

We just love Fridays at The Daily Digi. And they are even better when one comes with a long weekend, for some extra scrapping and shopping.

Sometimes life is extraordinary and sometimes it is extra-ordinary. This digital scrapbook collection from Bella Gypsy is perfect for scrapping all those sweet moments in your life as ordinary or extraordinary as they may be!


If you have fishing photos to scrap, you have to check out Jennifer Labre’s new kit, Gone Fishing!


New from Vinnie Pearce Design, Mixed Media Kitet – Steel & Slate. Take a further 20% off with code: DDGmmkss.


This Tracy Martin Designs is all about Capturing the day to day memories. Her new collection, Captured, is packed full of add-ons and extras!


Meagan’s Creations is ready for fall! “Life is Wonderfall” is a fun and bright fall kit with lots of leaves, pumpkins, acorns for those sweater-weather days ahead! Lots of great add-ons are available, including: journal cards, clusters, glitters, word art clusters, quick pages and paints. Grab packs for 30% off through Sunday, August 31st or save 40% when you purchase the bundle! Available at Gotta Pixel and the Digichick


Scrapping with Liz has 2 new template sets in her store this week. One will help you scrap some fun double page layouts and the other will help you scrap with circles in mind. Both sets are 20% OFF this week.


New Artsy Template by Angelclaud ArtRoom: Twirly Swirl. Get the art journaling/blended look easily by clipping papers to the brush layers.


Queen Wild Scraps invites you to scrap along with her using these weekly templates!


New this week @ Studio Blagovesta is the next kit of Capturing Life series – Capturing Life: August. It’s on early bird sale this week!


Pastiche is 5 gorgeous sets, for one amazing price, with endless possibilities!


Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs has two new template sets this week. Fuss Free: Shiny Happy Sequins 1 & 2 are templates scattered with sequins. These templates are definitely fuss free, because you get a fun, hand-crafted look, without the mess! If you purchase Set 1, you’ll receive Set 2 for free! Combined with the Fresh Fruit 20%, you can get all 8 of these templates for $3.60!


Announcing the Grand Opening of Tangie Baxter & CO featuring Tangie Baxter & Rebecca McMeen as the exclusive designers!


2 New Releases this week at aA Designs to include artsy weekly documentation products, a new FotoInspired Template ValuePack Release, plus new ArtsyPaint tools. Watch for guidance on the blog every Thursday for using these digital product. AnnaRelease *Good Day* hits the store on Friday at 2pm EST. Discounts available for one week only.


Color Me Happy! is brand new from Kimeric Kreations.


Lots of fun stuff going on over at Heather T.’s shop at MScraps!


New zoo kit, At the Zoo, along with add-on packs available and on sale by Tracey Monette of Clever Monkey Graphics. Find her kits at GingerScraps, Oscraps, and MyMemories.


Move to the head of the class with Teacher’s Pet by Chelle’s Creations.


A Frozen inspired kit from Studio Flergs this week. Scrap about your favorite sister or character!


Have a wonderful weekend!

Using Clementine Sketch

It’s no secret that I love the font Clementine Sketch. I’ve been using it on my templates for almost five years. It’s such a fun and versatile font and it looks great on layouts. However, one thing that I have noticed is that a lot of people don’t read the file that comes with it explaining how to use it properly. Steph has mentioned it before, but I thought I would quickly show you the right and wrong way to use this fun font.

This is what I see done a lot. See where those red arrows are pointing? Those ends are open when they should be closed. Here is what the font is supposed to look like:

It’s super easy. All you need to do is this:

1. When you are starting a new word, the first letter needs to be typed like you would a capital letter (this font doesn’t actually have capitals, but you press shift+letter like you would a capital). When you do this, it closes the first letter.

2. When you finish a word, you have to add shift + 6 (like you would a ^ symbol). This closes the word.

See it in action

See how Steph used this font, along with some other fun techniques to create a great looking title.

Taking It Easy: Using Theme Kits and Templates

Taking It Easy: Using Themed Kits and Templates

There are days when I want to create and create and create. I make pages from scratch and try out new tricks and it’s freeing and fun.

Then there are the days where I don’t want to create a thing. So I don’t. Those are good days for watching a movie or curling up with a good book.

There are also in-between times when I want to create, but nothing is coming to me.

For those days, a good starting place is scrapbooking using a template and a themed kit, used on theme. There can be nothing easier than scrapbooking about dinosaurs using a dino kit and a template.

Or using a zoo kit and template to capture a great day at the zoo:

Wild About You Zoo

Or an outdoor adventure kit and a template to scrapbook a hike in the woods:


Here’s a trip to Parliament scrapbooked using a Canada-themed pack and a two-page template:


And a house-cleaning themed kit used with a simple template:

Squeeky Clean

These were all pages that were quickly and easily put together and capture some fun memories.

If you normally like to push the envelope creatively, but are feeling in a bit of a rut, I highly recommend trying a page or two out using a themed kit and a template. I’ve found it can be just the thing to get me feeling creative again.

Little Mouse Treasures


A big WELCOME BACK to Baers Garten! Baers Garten’s clean, retro, sophisticated designs are so much fun! I love all of the old vintage goodies in her collections! Her contribution this month is a perfect representation of her style; the great retro colors and elements. Our team really enjoyed srapping with it! Let’s take a closer look at “Little Mouse Treasures” 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 Baers Garten Designs’s contribution:


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Little Mouse Treasures by Baers Garten Designs; All Mixed Up (Template) by Angie Kovacs; Fonts: Bad King, Calibri.


Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: Little Mouse Treasures by Baers Garten Designs; Fonts: Pea Cammi-pea.


Layout by KimberlyK. Supplies: Little Mouse Treasures by Baers Garten Designs; June Storyteller (paint, clouds) by Just Jaimee.


Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Little Mouse Treasures by Baers Garten Designs; Fonts: GF Halda, Coquette, Pea Kikichan.

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


I am Iara (with i), the designer behind the Baers Garten Designs brand.
I was born in São Paulo, Brazil, but now live in a small town near to Cologne, in Germany.
I am a former scientist now WAHM to three little bears.



My children just love to play with little critters. They are big LEGO fans and Littlest Pet Shop fans. The favorite LPS are the mice. They all have names and personalities. This layout celebrate these special toys and include photos that I found in the kids camera.


CREDITS: Little Mouse Treasures by Baers Garten Designs


I am scrapping since 2004 and designing since 2007. I sold my digital scrapbook products at Scrapbook Graphics and Two Peas in a Bucket until I decided to open my own store ( last year. I do also have an Etsy store where I sell Party printables ( and an Etsy store where I sell handcrafted scrapbook supplies (
My journey into scrapbooking started with a blog I started when I moved overseas in 2000. Back then I created some pixel graphics to decorate it. They got a great feedback and I openned my first store. My customers often said they would use my graphics for scrapbooking but I thought that making pages was not something for me until I got pregnant with my oldest daughter and decided to make a pregnancy album.
I started as a digi scrapper but soon tried paper scrap and loved it too. I kept drawing pixel graphics and scrapping until June 2007 when I decided to try my hand as a digi designer. I never made a pixel graphics again since them!
In 2011 I got a Studio place for my own and started paper scrapping again. Paper scrapping balances the time I spend working in front of the computer. I actually only digi scrap when I want the same fotos to go to all three kids albums, so I make one layout and print it three times 🙂


I usually start a new kit or party printables package from one element that inspires me. For example, the entire Inspiration for the “Little Mouse Treasures” kit came from a vintage poster I saw somewhere in Amsterdam last April. My kids love to play that their littlest pet shop mice collect things from our house and I imagined all the little treasures a mouse living in the centre of Amsterdam could collect in his mousehole.


Computer: I am a PC Girl. I have no idea about all the specs LOL My husband is the one who takes care of all things Computer here but I’ll give a try: I have 8 Giga RAM, 2x 1TB hard drives and one huge monitor.

Program: I work with Photoshop CS4 and Illustrator CS4 which I rarely use.

Camera: My camera is Nikon D50. I am thinking about upgrading it but not sure if it will happen any soon.

Anything Else: I have a wacom intuos tablet and a pen and I can’t use the mouse anymore LOL


I always correct the White Balance from my photos and the photos I take from my traditional layouts and mini mlbums using Adobe Bridge. All you need to do is to right click on the photo and select the option “open in camera raw”. In the new window choise “auto” for white balance and “auto” for the other options. It works like a charm!


I think the “The Voices of Color” collection is the best representation of my work as a digi designer. It includes lots of cute and lots of vintage inpired elements. I love everything in this collection and I smile everytime I see These kits or the layouts I created with them.



My mother was a seamstress. As a child, I spend lot of time playing close to her sewing machine. I love that my mother also sew a lot for me and I do also sew for my kids, mostly softies for all of them and dresses for the girls. I am in love with this kit and I am happy that my customers seem to be as well.


Here are some of my favorite products by Baers Garten Designs:






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







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Inspired by Baers Garten Designs

The following layouts were created using “Little Mouse Treasures” by Baers Garten Designs and included in
The Digi Files during August, 2014:


Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Little Mouse Treasures by Baers
Garten Designs; Template by Janet Phillips; Alpha by Megan Turnidge; Font: Pea Ramona
King, Calibri.


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Little Mouse Treasures by Baers
Garten Designs; All Mixed Up (Template) by Angie Kovacs; Fonts: Bad
King, Calibri.


Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: Little Mouse Treasures by Baers Garten Designs; Fonts: Pea Cammi-pea.


Layout by KimberlyK. Supplies: Little Mouse Treasures by Baers Garten Designs; June Storyteller (paint, clouds) by Just Jaimee.


Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Little Mouse Treasures by Baers Garten Designs; Fonts: GF Halda, Coquette, Pea Kikichan.

Why We’re Road Tripping

At the time of writing, we’re one week into our big 40 day road trip. We’re spending more that a month visiting friends and family, camping, seeing state and national parks, and road-schooling along the way. By the time we finish, we’ll have traveled through more than 20 states and will have logged over 5000 miles. We’ll have camped at least 21 nights, stayed in a cabin for five nights, and stayed with family and friends for 10+ nights.

When we have told people what we are doing, the reaction we most often get is, “Wow! You’re brave.” It is usually said with an inquisitive look on their face and we can tell they are wondering why in the world we would want to do that with six kids ages 11 and under, including a 16 month old.

And so, here is the why of our trip.

In short, we want to make memories. We’ve been in many Asian countries (Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Korea, India, and Malaysia) but we’ve never seen the US as a family. We wanted our children to see the majestic beauty of America with us. I wanted to be there to see the looks on their faces as they see the Badlands and Arches National Park for the first time. I want to be with them as they spot wildlife in Yellowstone and as they see the snow capped mountains of Grand Teton National Park.

But, it is more than memories. The reason that I am so invested in memory making and keeping is relationship. I believe that it is through shared memories and experiences that relationships are grown and deepened.

If it was just about the memories, the purpose would be far less meaningful. Sure, the pictures and scrapbook pages to follow would be great, but it would end there. But I am working to deepen, strengthen, and evolve our relationships. And a big trip like this gives us just the opportunity.

Of course, not all of the memories in and of themselves will be great. We know there will be conflict (how could there not be conflict when you put eight people in one Suburban and one tent?) We’ll get on each other’s nerves. We’ll get lost. We’ll have car troubles. We’ll worry about finances. We’ll be late to places. We’ll miss out on sites we wanted to see. We’ll have different priorities. We’ll deal with sickness, tiredness, hunger, and boredom.

But you know what? These negatives are part of our memories. And used in the right way, they’ll play a role in making memories and deepening our relationships.

And so, as we continue on this trip of ours and as I continue to take photos and we all continue to journal our way through our experience, we’re trying to keep the why in front of us. Making and keeping memories is awesome, but relationships are even better.

I Don’t Care About Perfection

I was talking with a professional photographer and was explaining why I have shied away from forums dedicated to professionals. As we were talking, I was explaining my frustration for the pursuit of perfection in photos.

Now don’t get me wrong. I truly believe that photographers (professional or enthusiastic hobbyists) should strive to learn their cameras, learn about lighting and composition, and a have a strong feel for proper editing. However, there is more to it.

I explained to here that I remember reading through forums and seeing amazing photos with priceless expressions. These were incredible moments captured. And yet, as I would read through the posts, I was astonished at the nit-picky nature of the comments. People were suggesting that the photo wasn’t useable because there were slight imperfections: a color cast here, a blown out portion there. The photographers were deflated, now wondering what to do with a photo they loved but was considered unusable by other people.

And that is when I stopped reading photography forums. As much as I believe in learning about taking better photos, I never want the striving for great photos to take over my striving for real photos. I want to capture real moments between real people. I would rather have technical imperfections than “perfect” photos that don’t capture the real essence of the subject. That’s why my Photo A Day project is full of less-than-perfect photos.

Here are two examples of how this is affecting me:

1. A month or two ago, my daughter walked by me and there was something in the way she looked that day that made me realize I needed to capture her, right then and there. She was right on the brink between being a girl and being a woman. There were so many evidences to both that I knew it was a moment in time that demanded my attention. She is becoming more reluctant to photos these days but I asked her if I could grab a few. She obliged, but I knew that I only had a few moments before she would be done. Because I was working quickly, they photos aren’t perfect. I didn’t have time to always nail focus and I didn’t have time to try different locations. But I don’t care because I captured her, all eleven-and-almost-a-half-years of her. This is my girl right now. If I had focused on perfection, I wouldn’t have these.

(you can see more of these photos on my personal blog)

2. My best lens, my 50mm 1.4, is broken. I need to have it fixed but we are traveling and there really isn’t an opportunity. That means that for our big 40 day road trip, I have to use a lower quality lens. There are things that I just can’t capture the way I would like. And yet, although it frustrates me, I am not letting it stop me from capturing this once in a lifetime trip.

And so, as much as I love a photo with great lighting and perfect composition, I have really come to the point where I don’t care about perfection. I care about real moments captured.

Here are a few other posts and thoughts on “perfect photos:

Taking “Perfect” Photos

Scrap the Outtakes