Don’t Miss Out On October!

We are wrapping up October and what an AWSOME month it was!!! So many GREAT products in The Digi Files, so much scrapping inspiration on the site, wonderful tips in the Playbook, podcasts, and more!!!

If you haven’t grabbed The Digi Files this month, you NEED to!! You will regret it if you don’t! Look at everything included!

When you
become a member you get ALL of these kits for just $7.50 TOTAL (not each)! AMAZING DEAL!!

Wendy and I got together to talk about this month. You can listen below (on the site), download here, or subscribe in iTunes:

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

So much goodness and variety to challenge me every month. Best buy to be found. -Patsy

I absolutely love the variety each month! There never fails to be at least one of my favorite designers every month – this month there were 4! I also love getting introduced to designers that I was not familiar with before. Templates, great inspiration, and great tutorials! This truly is the best value in the digital world! – Tammy

Love the variety each month! There is something for everyone! – Roberta

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

Digital Project Life

Kate Hadfield

Iffy Wheeler

Libby Pritchett

Cluster Queen Creations

Amber Shaw

Mye De Leon

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“Story of Everyday Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to those who subscribe to THE DIGI GAME level of membership (available immediately).


“The Good Life” is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their fourth payment, (or fourth month for annual members).

“My Journey My Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their eighth payment, (or eighth month for annual members).

“My Life At Play” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 12th payment (or 12th month for annual members).

“My Life In Print” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 16th payment (or 16th month for annual members).

“My Life At Home” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 20th payment (or 20th month for annual members).

“My Life of Adventure” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 24th payment (or 24th month for annual members).

My Life of Celebration” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 28th payment (or 28th month for annual members).

My Life of Change” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 32nd payment (or 32nd month for annual members).

My Life of Happiness” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 36th payment (or 36th month for annual members).

My Life of Daring” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 40th payment (or 40th month for annual members).

My Life of Wonderful
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My Life of Learning
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subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 48th payment (or 48th month for
annual members).

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A Special DSD Funtastic Thursday Edition

Because the end of the month falls on Friday and the first on Saturday, we’re coming to you a day early as our community gears up for the annual Digital Scrapbooking Day. We hope you join in the fun this weekend. Here are some events, sales and specials you might want to check out.

Vinnie Pearce has a 48 hour sale! Up to 70% off, click here to start


New this week at Studio Blagovesta is the next kit of Capturing life series – Capturing life: October. It’s on early bird 20% OFF sale!


Digilicious has new collections, a big sale & freebies galore! Get the juicy details on her website and sign up for her newsletter to receive extra freebies!


Pink Reptile Designs has six brand new packs for your to go stash for only $6.99? Grab it this weekend because the offer is only good through November 3!


Save 30% off at Maya de Groot Designs this weekend!


Celebrate DSD at Pickleberrypop with a HUGE 40% off sale! And be sure to grab Jennifer Labre’s gorgeous new kit, Heart Of Gold, while it’s on sale for just $2!


Happy DSD! Buy Boo-tiful Halloween by Cluster Queen Creations and receive Boo-tiful Graffiti for free! Also new this week: Boo-tiful Halloween Cards and Gimme Layers Vol. 71 templates. All products 35% off through DSD weekend!


Meagan’s Creations will have her stores on sale for 40% off October 30th- November 7th! Her brand new kit “Merry Christmas Darling” is FREE with a $5 purchase from Meagan’s store OR get the entire collection FREE with a $10 purchase from Meagan’s Store! Deal available at both The DigiChick and Gotta Pixel.


Happy DSD from Quirky Heart! Save 30% off all weekend but be sure to keep your eye on her Facebook Page on SATURDAY for random flash sales. Plus if you buy $10 worth you’ll get her new pack of overlays for FREE!


Two More Days is celebrating Digital Scrapbooking Day with a HUGE storewide sale! Save 60% October 30th through November 4th. While you’re shopping, be sure to pick up her latest release On the Trail before it goes back to full price.


Autumn Song is the newest kit from Kimeric Kreations.


A lot is happening at The Digi Chick: *NEW* Fall Beauty, a 40% Off Sale, $2 Deals, PLUS FWP Deals!


Stock up on Studio Girls collabs with this great sale!


Check out this grab bag from Queen Wild Scraps! You can’t pass up a deal like this!


Scrapgirls has planned full day of Chats and Challenges that are all focused on getting layouts done. All challenges count toward their 10th Anniversary themed “Scrap10 Challenge” with a $600 grand prize! They are also giving away a Wacom Tablet and anyone who posts a layout to their Gallery on Saturday will be entered into the drawing. Receive 35% off the entire store plus a free mini kit with any purchase over $10. And, to top it off, anyone who makes a purchase on Saturday will also be entered into their drawing for a 3-month subscription to the Digi Files!


Check out Studio Sherwood’s 40% off sale!


Spend more and save more at Studio Wendy’s big DSD sale. If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you can combine the sale with her newsletter coupon for even more savings.


During DSD Dunia’s whole shop is 30% off including her new bundle Greatest Day.


Stolen Moments has three wonderful new products that coordinate with The Lilypad’s new pocket subscription program, Memory Pockets Monthly.


Studio Vicki Robinson’s shop at Scrapbookgraphics is 50% off November 1 – 2!


Sugary Fancy has a fun and colorful new kit for you this weekend.


The-Lilypad is celebrating this weekend with a storewide sale.


DSD celebration begins early at Etc by Danyale this week with the Morning Coffee Kit and FWP word art – NEW Commercial Use products, and 2 Limited Time Promo Bundles – only available during the DSD weekend 10/30-11/3. Get your carts ready to shop the Storewide 30% off sale and special FWP offers!


It’s time for a SUPER SALE from Katie the Scrapbook Lady! Pick up a giant brand new bundle of templates with a special DSD discount and shop the storewide 30% off sale. Starts now and ends on Sunday, November 2nd.


Lots of new goodies this DSD weekend at Studio Flergs


Studio Dawn Inskip at Scrapbookgraphics is having a SALE – Minimum 40% off most products, Oct 30 through Nov 2 201.


Scrapping with Liz has 4 new releases for you this DSD weekend. Plus EVERYTHING in her store is 35% OFF! Make sure you stock up on some Templates while you are over there!


After five years it’s your LAST CHANCE to join the Art Journal Caravan. We’re going out with a bang! For a VERY LIMITED time, you can join us for the rest of the year for only $21.95 (All previous years are on sale too!).


ViVa Artistry is having its biggest sale of the year!!! 50% off most everything in the store, including products in The Attic!


Tracy Martin is ready for some Cozy Times!


Join us at for a HUGE Storewide Sale,$1 Flash Sales, Free With Purchases, Challenges, Fantastic Prizes and more during our iDSD celebration from October 31st through November 6th!


Share your favorite DSD finds in the comments!

Stretching Your Stash: Educational Supplies

One of the hardest parts of having little ones is keeping them busy. This is especially true for me as I try to homeschool my older kids. The little kids want to be involved, but “school” for the littles is much lower on my priority list. I think kids should be running, jumping, playing, imagining, and having fun. But, I know they can also be eager to learn and so I like to give them a few educational things to do so they start to get a feel for what school is like.

Using your digi scrapping supplies for educational activities isn’t a new idea. In fact, Kate wrote a whole post on it. And I shared some of my activities back in my first year of homeschooling. I’ve been a long time fan of using Kate Hadfield’s designs for my own homeschool activities, so I was thrilled to see her be a part of this month’s Digi Files! It’s always fun to take her designs and whip something up for my little ones.

My daughter is three and she is at the age where she is ready for some simple activities that don’t take long. I created just a few easy games for her. When I make these sorts of activities, I often laminate them and let my kids use a wet erase marker so that they can be used again and again. Or, if I plan to just print and let it be a one use item, I leave off the background in order to save ink. The laminated cards are great to take in the car!

First, I made a simple tracing activity. Kids at this age need to learn tracking and start to grasp the idea that we move across the page from left to right. So, a cute little cat-catch-mouse page was in order! For the chains, I used the one that came in the collection and then added, deleted, rotated, cut, and pasted different parts in order to make different chains and tracing patterns.

Next, I made a simple color matching activity. All she has to to is draw lines to match the colors. This activity helps with color awareness, deductive reasoning, and hand-eye coordination.

Finally, I made an item-matching game. The question is simply, “Which items go together?” Since my daughter is just three, this will be printed and she can makes lines from one item to another.

For an older child, this activity would be great to use as a chance to practice fine motor skills with cutting. I added circles for a child to cut around. They then could just stack the matching pairs together.

See how easy it is? Using your digital scrapbooking supplies for educational purposes is simple and fun. Give it a try!

Text on a Selection in Photoshop Elements

Are you ready to discover one of the hidden gems in Photoshop Elements?

Imagine if you could just make your text go where ever you want it to, without having to upgrade to Photoshop and spend hours learning about the pen tool?

With Text on a Selection you can!

It’s simple to make your text follow any shape you can imagine.

  1. Click on the Type tool in the Tools panel. type-tool
  2. Choose Text On Selection tool in the Tool Options panel.
  3. On the image, create your selection by dragging the mouse over the area you want to select (see tip below for how to create a quick selection).
  4. Drag the Offset slider right to expand, or left to contract, your selection.This will give your text a bit of breathing room around the object you’ve selected.
  5. Once your selection is complete, click the green check mark icon to apply the selection.
  6. Move your mouse over the path and when it changes into an I-beam like this
    click the path and type your text.
  7. When you finish entering your text, click the Commit icon.

To make further adjustment to how your text follows the selection, double click on the text then:

  1. Hold down your Control key (Cmd key on a Mac) and drag the little X at the start of your line of text.
  2. Your mouse pointer will change to look like this: i-beam-arrow or this i-beam-arrow-right to show you which way the text will run.
  3. You can also edit any attributes, such as font size, just as you can with point or paragraph text.

Want the Quickest Way to Make a Perfect Selection?

Watch this video to see how Ctrl+Clicking on any layer thumbnail in the Layers Panel will create a selection for your text to follow in no time.

Learn more about creative ways to use text in Photoshop Elements by reading the other articles in this series:

PS Title graphics from Captured by Studio Blagovesta

Sneaky Photos

I love taking photos of what’s real. Of course that often means pictures of messy dishes and piles of laundry, but it also mean moments of sweetness and tenderness and all that stuff that makes a mama’s heart melt.

I love to sneak in photos of my kids when they aren’t watching. Even though my kids are pretty good around a camera, they still sometimes let the camera get in the way of just being themselves. This is especially true as they get older.

So, I like to tiptoe around, camera in hand, and find little bits of magic when no one knows I am looking.

Here are three simple tips for some great sneaky photos:

1. HAVE A BARRIER. If possible, I try to use something in my photo that helps show that I wasn’t right there with them. It might be a door frame, a window frame, or some other kind of barrier. Even in the photos above and below, I let the camera catch the smallest hint of window frame (that’s why it’s a bit blurry and whitewashed at the bottom).

2. DROP BACK FROM THE ACTION. I noticed a lot on our recent trip that the kids often went ahead of me on trails. That allowed me to watch from behind and capture some sweet memories. And they had no idea!

3. BE QUIET. If you don’t want to be caught, you have to make sure you don’t draw attention to yourself. Tip toe and play like a spy! You never know what treasures you might stumble upon!

Do you like to sneak up on people?

I Pinned It and Did Nothing

I am so guilty. Guilty of what? Of pinning lots and lots (and lots!) of things on Pinterest and then never doing a thing with them.

Now, I will give myself a few pats on the back. I have made some yummy food like homemade fudge rounds, baked chimichangas, and amazing iced coffee.

But when it comes to the crafts I want to do, I am a big, fat, pinning failure. I love doing crafty things but it doesn’t just slide its way into my schedule like photography and scrapbooking do. My kids insist on eating mulitple times a day, so trying some Pinterest recipes is pretty easy. But no one whines at me to do more crafts, so I just don’t get much done! Not all hope is lost. I did make some cute burp cloths last year.

But I want to do more. As I was browsing my crafty goodness board, I got excited all over again to get some great craft projects going. Here are a few I especially want to try (images are linked to source):

“Vintage” Milk Bottles — I think these would be so cute for giving to the kids with homemade cookies. There is too much sugar in Starbucks drinks for me, but I am sure my husband will down a few in the name of good crafting.

Cupcake Felt Board — I know my little girls would have so much fun with these. They love the felt dolls i made them a few years ago.

Crazy Family Dry Erase Book — I think this is ingenious! This would be so much fun to play with!

All Occasion Chalkboard Banner — How fun is this? You can use it for anything!

Push Pin Art — I think this is such a great craft. There are so many fun things you could do with this idea.

Snowman Family — This was actually made by a friend of mine and her husband posted it on FB (thus, no link). I just love it and can’t wait to make one of our family!

Embroidered Map — Good ‘ol Marth Stewart does it again. I love the look of this embroidered map. I think it would be so fun to make one for our big road trip and either hang it up or put it in our album.

Fabric Covered Magazine Files — I think these would be such a pretty addition to any room. My kids would love them to keep their homeschool stuff in!

Tin Can Caddy — This would be great for our art and school supplies. We are constantly looking for pencils and pens!

So, where do you think I should start?

Better Journaling

As a memory keeper, I LOVE journaling. For me, scrapbooking is about more than pretty photos and beautiful kits. It’s about telling a story, using photos and words.

When I first started scrapping, I fell into the trap of just being so excited about the pretty papers and fun photos that I missed the point of storytelling. I had lots of pages with just one big title like, “DREAM” on my page, and nothing else. When I got my first batch of layouts printing I looked at those pages and realized that there was so much more to it. There were stories to tell, thoughts to be penned, and memories to be recorded. I love pretty photos and pretty papers as much as the next person, but it isn’t why I scrap.

I know that for many people, journaling is the hardest part of a layout. People have said to me over and over, “I just don’t know what to write.” I get it, I do. It’s why we at The Daily Digi have written so many posts to help your journaling. You can go HERE for a full list, or check out two of my old posts:

Something Is Missing

Buried Treasure

So how do we get better at journaling? Like most things in life, the answer is simple to say and hard to do:


I was recently reading an article on Grammar Girl (we already know that Steph loves Grammar Girl!) The focus was functional MRI studies that were looking at what happens in a writer’s brain when they are writing. It’s an interesting article, but in short, they learned that experienced writers and novice writers write differently. Different parts of their brain are at work (that’s what functional MRIs show us — what is actually happening in the brain, and where, when we do specific activities. The article explained that when we do things often, they become automatic (think about activities such as reading or driving, for example). That makes sense, right?

And writing is no different. The section of our brain that shows we are working automatically lit up for experienced writers, but not for inexperienced writers.

The more you do it, the better you will get.

And the thing to remember here is that your journaling on your scrapbook pages isn’t out there to win awards. You are simply trying to tell your story. Your family’s story. Your friends’ stories.

Just keep practicing. Take a look through your albums and ask yourself, “Did I tell the story? Will my grandkids have any idea who these people are and what they were doing or why this was important to me?”

And then start practicing.

Here are some posts to get you started:

Prompt Lists are a Journaler’s Best Friend

The Stories You are Telling

Resolve to Improve Your Journaling

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Mye de Leon celebrated her podcast with Steph yesterday by putting up a freebie on her blog.


Fairly Amusing by Erica Zane at SSD is a super fun kit perfect for carnivals, state fairs, amusement parks, the circus and so much more!


Yin is sharing a free double page template with 25 photo spots on her Blog!


Do you like to use brushes in your layouts? Check out these cool new mixed media brushes from Jennifer Labre and be sure to grab them at 20% off through Sunday!


Take 20% off Vinnie Pearce’s new Things Discovered Collection


Baby Bump: A fun Collection celebrating and recording our journey through pregnancy.


New & on sale now Project 2014: November Mega Stash. Packed full of eight great products you will find everything that you need to scrap your November memories inside.


Studio Flergs has teamed up with Becca of Tickled Pink Studio this week with something pretty after all the darkness of Halloween. Save big on the whole collection, get the kit, cards, flair & scatterz for a low price all through Saturday.


Moon Festival is an asian autumn styled kit based on the beautiful harvest moon festival.


Meagan’s Creations has a cute and girly creation this week for all your friendly kitty fans! Save 40% and get the embossed paper pack free when you purchase the kit! Available at The DigiChick and Gotta Pixel


aA Designs has a number of new products in the store this week including the last part of an artsy Autumn Template Album with BONUS photo book cover set, as well as a *Halloween/Frozen/Fear* themed collection with a new ArtPlay Palette format arriving in the aA store Friday. Discounts available for 1 week only.


As part of our continuing 10th Anniversary Party we will be giving away a Silhouette Cameo digital cutter valued at $270 on our site on Friday (10/24)! Stop by our blog to enter or place any order in our Boutique on Friday to double your chances of winning!


Hallowtide, new this week from Kimeric Kreations


Miss Luna, a new Halloween kit by Maya de Groot.


Scrapbookgraphics’ newest Studio Mix is both sassy and fierce. Are you?


Studio Wendy’s newest Lightroom templates let you scrap multiple photos onto a 4×6 print. Scrapping collages has never been faster, and printing 4×6 is so affordable!


New in the Etc by Danyale store this week is a funky bold colored Fall inspired kit for those moments captured when the sun meets the moon and nature greets you with her menagerie of “Deer” friends. When you buy the October Sky Kit before 10/31, you get the paint set for FREE!


Have a great weekend!

Mye De Leon Somerset


So happy to be welcoming back Mye De Leon to The Digi Files! I instantly fell in love with Mye’s designs when I very first saw them several years ago. It’s been so fun to see her style evolve over the years and I have loved it all! I love Mye’s modern, clean, reatro, yet whimsical, style. I always love her word art, phrases, and sayings she includes in her kits. I really enjoyed visiting with Mye about her family, her design process, how her style has evolved over the years, and some projects she is working on. You can listen below (on the site), download here, or subscribe in iTunes:

Let’s take a closer look at “Somerset” 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 Mye De Leon’s contribution:


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Somerset by Mye De Leon; Template #97 by Yin Designs; Font: Digs My Hart.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Somerset by Mye De Leon.


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Somerset by Mye De Leon; Cut Through (template) by Amy Martin.


Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: Somerset by Mye De Leon; Fonts: The Branch by Heather Joyce, Magesta Script.


Layout by Anne. Supplies: Somerset by Mye De Leon; Template by Amy Martin; Fonts: Courier New.

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


Hi! My name is Mye and I have been designing digital scrapbook kits since 2009. I have a wide array wide array of digital scrapbook products that caters to digital scrappers, pocket scrapbookers and hybrid crafters. I love bright colors, neutrals and bold patterns. My design style is a mix of shabby, linear, eclectic and I love incorporating dimensional elements in my kits to add a bit of fun!

I’m also a mom to my twin girls, Scieszka and Elysia and our youngest, Alphonse. Married to the man I quietly admired and will be celebrating our 10th anniversary this year. When I’m not designing, I’m wearing my domestic goddess hat but I still find time to sneak in some sketching and doodling when my little ones are napping.

What I love about designing is that I get to help people to document their lives. It is a fun, continuous learning process and I find great joy seeing my products being used in so many family albums.

My team and I love to share scrapbooking inspiration, photography tips and tutorials. Feel free to visit my blog if you are ready to learn more about this super fun hobby called digiscrapping. See you there!



I’m doing digital Project Life this year. It is a fun, creative way to document Alphonse’s progress as well as our everyday moments. What I love about this project is that it gives me the opportunity to share the little stories to my children just by simply showing them the album with all the journaling. I’ve never been good at journaling before but with this, it became easier.

Don’t get overwhelmed by other’s accomplishments. Work at your own phase, at your own time. Creating should be fun and if you are worried about your progress because you keep comparing yourself to other scrapper, you are taking away the fun.




I discovered digital scrapbooking in 2007 and it was in 2009 when I started playing more around Photoshop, did some experimenting on a few elements and patterns. I enjoyed it. I got my first shop at My Life and Scrap and everything took off from there.


Color. I am drawn by bright, lively colors.


Computer: Windows 8.1 Intel Core i7, 16Gb RAM and a 24 in” monitor

Program: Photoshop, Illustrator

Camera: Olympus EM-5

Anything Else: Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch, Cannon Pixma MG6470 Printer/Scanner


Worried that you don’t have a lot of photos for your Project Life week? You can still fill out your page using a single photo. Simply combine all the pocket layers where you want to place your photo (it could be a portion of a spread or the whole spread), place your photo on top of the merged layers and clip it.

Check out my
detailed post.


Unwind is not my usual bold and bright kit but I love soft and muted palette from time to time and this one is a personal favorite because the inspiration is my very own experience. Working at home, taking care of a family and a special needs child is quite a bit of a challenge and I have been longing for some “alone/me” time which I cannot truly have at the moment so I turned all of my emotions and my desire into a kit.



The bright colors! It appeals to every scrapbooker because it’s a versatile collection which you can use to both regular digital layouts and pocket scrappers.The stamps are perfect for hybrid projects and everything is very easy to use and incorporate with other kits too.


Here are some of my favorite products by Mye De Leon:






Here are some more inspirational layouts using Mye De Leon’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.







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