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Welcome back Etc by Danyale. We’re so thrilled to have this amazing designer back with us at The Daily Digi. I am not sure I have ever seen a designer with more exquisite detail in her patterned papers. Seriously…this stuff is swoon-worthy! One of the things I love about her kits is that because of the detail and variety, they can be used over and over (and over!) Her color choices are beautiful and when I saw this month’s contribution to The Digi Files, I couldn’t wait to bust it open and start scrapping. Let’s take a look at her gorgeous kit, “Hode Podge.”



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 Etc by Danyale’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Hodge Podge by Etc by Danyale; Bug Town (template) by Scrapping with Liz; Fonts: Pea Denise, Dancing Scripte.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Hodge Podge by Etc by Danyale; Fonts: Century Gothic, Zikketica.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Hodge Podge by Etc by Danyale; Fonts: Digs My Hart.

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

Name

I live along the beautiful Gulf Coast in the Pensacola Beach area with my firefighter husband of 19 years. We have 3 kids (two boys – 29 and 32, and a girl who is 18) and one very silly granddaughter. I live a blessed and loved life in this cozy beach side town and have managed to take my love for memory keeping from a hobby after long days in the ER/Dispatch to a second “career”. Laughter has sustained us through two cancer battles and our love for keeping it real no matter if you are a stranger or long time friend is a family motto. You can find me taking a long lunch in my hammock most days that I am not in a beach chair.

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Our son is an Electrical Engineering Major at the University of Alabama. Going from his 2nd year to the 3rd transitional pre-career year, he needed a change to a “real” apartment from the college studio life. This move came with the realization that he is probably in his forever home as we fell in love with this perfect loft overlooking the riverfront area. His time on campus means more to him now, and loving the area is a big part to the change in his life. Journaling is hard for most people/scrappers, but I think it is what really defines memory keeping from creative scrapping. When you sort all those little photos out in a page, it is easy to just journal a note about each one so you never forget what they were about. Not every page needs journaling, but I love to include many pages highlighting moments in our albums.



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I started paper scrapping in high school.Those first albums are long gone in a shed fire, but I remember them fondly. When I received a 2nd cancer diagnosis many years ago, I set out to get all those memories into paper albums in case I was not as lucky in treatment that time (I was thankfully). Digi seemed such a great way for me to add in a special tough to my pages when I could find products quick enough in the paper market. I could purchase, print, cut and glue. I was good to go, and created over 30 albums that first year. The kids still pull these out every holiday and giggle like it was yesterday. They find new things in those pages every time. Recently, they found lots of journaled letters I slipped behind some of the pages. Last Thanksgiving was a tear-jerker!
The design process came rather innocently. I did some word art/alpha add-ons for a fellow friend and designer while on her creative team. I was dared by a different designer in the same store to make a mini kit right after opening my own “Etc” store. I was only making add-ons, bits and pieces. I did not even know how to make a paper, but I sat down…then that was it. Now I am still here almost 5 years later!

inspired

Everything. The list is probably shorter of what doesn’t inspire me, LOL! A commercial, photo, song, a moment with my kids, you name it. It comes to me sometimes at the most random moments, and I have to jot it down real quick. I do the same thing to keep notes on things my kids/husband may say so I can scrap them. I am guilty of “dream-designing” and have woke up started on a new kit, revised one in progress or scrapped one completely! I have pieces of paper with sketches and notes on the back of napkins and power bill envelopes.

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Computer: Old school all the way with my desktop HP Pavilion 2TB Intel Windows 7 w/27 inch monitor. I have about 3/4 of my extra 2TB filled

Program: I primarily use PSE 10 and my Wacom tablet, but dip into CS6 and Illustrator some here and there.

Camera: I use my camera phone more and more since I love to Instagram and this keeps it simple. I do own a Nikon CoolPic P500 that I pull out often enough to kill some batteries. I am on my 3rd set – my husband can’t seem to understand!

Anything Else: I do use my Wacom tablet on a daily basis, even if it is just for a bit or adjustment with something I am creating. I love the ease of that little pen tip to get the details while drawing.

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I have always said this and it still has not changed. think if you are memory keeping for the sake of sharing with future generations, then you need to treat your pages as a piece of you life’s memory. Journal, add the date, the people in the photo, the event, everything that makes that photo special. You chose it and that memory, tell it in the honor it deserves.

favorite

Upside of Down will probably always be my favorite product as it was co-created with my daughter. This was during a very rough time in her life, and a touches on a subject that many can relate too. The creative process gave her some wings to express herself through the “upside” of depression and counseling by sharing ideas. We really enjoyed laughing through the tears some days when she would have good or bad moments and we would both say “put it in the kit”.


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Prior to 2014, my favorite product and most popular would have been one in the same. When I was creating Shabby Boho, I knew that it was going to resonate with many scrappers as it just has a bit of everything for anyone sharing my love for the shabby gypsy style of current trends. It brings back a touch of the 70’s that I grew up in, but with a modern touch of colors. Mixing that old with the bold is style I think that most would say is definitely me, aka Etc.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Etc by Danyale:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Etc by Danyale’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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