Self Portrait


We’re so excited to have Sara Gleason back with us at The Daily Digi. I have to admit, as I was going through Sara’s store, trying to choose my favorites, I had to keep adding and deleting because I just could not pick my favorites. There was just SO MUCH GORGEOUSNESS to look through and I fell in love with everything I saw. I couldn’t be happier to get to play with her contribution to this month’s Digi Files, SELF PORTRAIT. Let’s look inside.

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 Sara Gleason’s contribution:


Layout by Katie. Supplies: Self Portrait by Sara Gleason; Smiles (template) by Scrapbook Lady.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Self Portrait by Sara Gleason; Color Pops Vol. 1 (template) by Queen of Hearts.


Layout by Trina. Supplies: Self Portrait by Sara Gleason; Template by Sara Gleason.


Layout by Sula. Supplies: Self Portrait by Sara Gleason.


Layout by Janet. Supplies: Self Portrait by Sara Gleason.

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


I am a storyteller, gardener, pizza snob, reader, loather of folding laundry, Cubs fan, optimist, encourager, scrapbooker, historian. I feel blessed to be married to my best friend and mom to an imaginative and vivacious elementary schooler and a newborn. I have a heart for storytelling; I am determined to paint my family’s story portrait by recording moments big and small in words and scrapbooking.



This page makes use of the detail images I had taken of my daughter awaiting the arrival of her bus on the first day of school. There she was at the edge of our driveway, swaying back and forth eagerly awaiting The Start of all things new. Everything about this moment represented anticipation for was her first trip on a bus, her first trip to her new school in a new “hometown”. It’s an everyday moment and yet such a BIG one for her. I wanted to document that sense of anticipation that lives here.

Taking photographs from different angles (such as from behind your subject) or even detailed images of what they are wearing (their shoes, for example) can go a long way in communicating the import and tone of a story, bringing a fresh richness to what may have passed as “ordinary”.



I have always loved memory keeping only it didn’t always manifest itself into scrapbooking as I think of it now. Once upon a time I was drawn to photo albums and slides and keeping notes in journals and making music mixes that captured who I was at any moment in time. After I was married, I began paper scrapbooking and did so for many moons before discovering and falling in love with digital scrapbooking in 2008. When I did, my creativity blossomed in ways it hadn’t before and it really inspired me to tell the story of my family with new energy and dedication. I was and am a scrapbooker before I took my first steps in to designing in May 2010 creating page designs from my own scrap pages. Gradually I was encouraged to explore different design horizons and I began to play with element and kit designs too.


Legacy. Creating and leaving legacy. History. Documenting and preserving my family’s history. And so I’m often inspired by conversations and everyday moments. I am also richly inspired by color, music, and nature.


Computer: Computer: 27″ iMac running OS Mavericks, 3.1 GHz processor, with 16 GB of RAM

Program: Program: I use Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign CS5.5

Camera: Camera: Canon 40D. The lens I use most often is my Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8. I also use my Canon 60mm.

Anything Else: I have a Wacom Bamboo tablet.


My favorite go-to technique is to know and love Clipping Masks. I use them often to clip papers, photos and elements and ephemera to shapes and alphabets and other elements or ephemera. I clip, clip, clip to enhance cohesiveness and to draw the most out of my products. I can use a product multiple times in fresh ways when I make use of clipping masks.


OH it’s so very hard to choose a favorite. But I do so love Stated because its rooted in one of my most favorite inspirations: words: Those words we say and hear. Those words that play in the soundtrack of our days.



Ash Tree is my most popular product. I think it resonates because its inspiration is one that is so versatile and universal to most any story: counting and listing (favorites, blessings, things to do, anything count-able). It was created as part of the November BYOC in 2013, using the shared palette for that month.


Here are some of my favorite products by Sara Gleason:






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







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