Inspiring Words June 14 (free printable)

So many of us spend our lives thinking we would be happy if just ____________. We always think the grass is greener on the other side. However, the truth is, the grass is greener where we water it.

We’re back with another FREE printable card to send to someone in your life that needs to hear that what they have is enough,

Click HERE to download the card. Once you are in Dropbox, right click and choose download. Resize if necessary, print, write, and send! It only takes a few minutes to brighten someone’s day or to give yourself the reminder you need.


And if you missed our previous freebies, you can grab them now!

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Google Photos: Game Changer?

For years, memory keepers have struggled with a good way to store, backup and share photos. With better cameras, more megapixels, and phones that allow us to always have our cameras with us, photo collections can quickly get out of control.

Enter the new Google Photos App for iOS, Android, and Web (plus desktop uploader app). Google advertises free, private, shareable, unlimited file storage. So besides requiring a Google account, what is the catch? The free account limits your photos to 16 megapixels or less. And, Google will compress your images. If you upload DSLR photos, it also converts them to JPG. If you wish to upload larger photos, or photos without compression, you’ll need to choose a Paid plan. Paid plans range from $2 to $200/month and all your Google services, including Photos, Mail and Drive, count against your limit.

A note on compression… in my tests, the compression on JPG images resulted in lost highlights in the textured areas, but it was subtle when viewed at 100%. PNG and TIFs did not seem to involve any compression whatsoever. Camera Raw images are converted to JPG, and the conversion does result in loss of quality, and you cannot make any adjustments to the conversion like you can when you open a camera raw image in Photoshop.

If you’re willing to settle for the compression, you can automatically upload, store and sync your photos to the cloud. Your photos remain private, unless you choose to share them. You can share a single image, or an image collection.

Once you’ve uploaded your photos to your Google account, you can use your phone or tablet to do all kinds of things, including:

  • Find photos by who or what is in them and where they were taken, without tagging. Facial recognition is built-in and works quite well.
  • Share photos you choose to anyone, with or without Google Photos app.
  • Free up device storage.
  • Automatic Story creation. Google Photos will pull together photos along with maps to create a digital story book. You can also manually create your own projects through the iPhone or Android App.
  • Create panoramas.
  • Enhance photos with basic photo filters, cropping and adjustments.
  • Combine related photos and videos into a movie, complete with soundtrack.
  • Combine sequences into animated GIFs.
  • Deleting images from your phone will not delete them from Google+. However, deleting images from the web interface removes them from all synced devices and places them in your trash where they will be permanently deleted in 60 days, unless you empty the trash manually.
  • Store and sync all your photos, from all your devices in one location, grouped by timeline, automatically.

File Types

I’ve tested Tif, PNG, JPG and camera raw. They all worked fine.

Privacy

Photos are stored and shared completely outside social networks. Everything is kept privately until you choose to share it. You can share directly to your favorite social network, or via email non-Google users. Of course, Google will use information about the photos and videos we upload to tailor their advertising, but they will keep your photos private and allow you to control how they are shared.

Organization

Photos are automatically sorted into People, Places and Things (which is slightly reminiscent of Stacy Julian’s Library of Memories method). You can access these categories through the search menu. And misclassifications are able to be corrected.

People displays your images grouped by person, using automatic facial recognition. It won’t identify the people, but simply sort the photos together. Tap or click a person to see more pictures of that person. Google will not assign names to the photos, but you can tag them with a label or nickname, and these will not be shared with other users.

Places makes use of geo-tagging information and known landmarks.

Things allows you to enter a search term like cat, birthday or car and Google automatically brings up matches, and does it pretty well. You can even search by color!

My Take On Google Photos

I think it’s a great backup option for your photos. Because it does introduce compression, it won’t be my primary photo storage method. I will continue to copy my photos to EHD and back them up elsewhere. But, I do think it’s a fantastic backup option, and a great way to share photos between family members. Imagine automatic sharing of photos between families!

Finally, all this got me thinking, “What if I could store my digi kits in Google Photos.” More on that in a future post!

Summer Has Arrived in Digiland

Summer has arrived! Time for sunEvery summer has a story and this digital scrapbook kit will help you tell yours! On sale for 20% off and if you spend $10 in our shop this week, you get a free mini kit!

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Taking a road trip soon? Check out this fun new kit from Jenn Labre!

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Heading out on summer vaction? This double-page template will help you scrap your trip, with plenty of space for your stories too!

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The Studio Girls latest collab Sweet Colors of Summer is 20% off this weekend only. And, you can get a free Add-On pack with any purchase, from any studio, storewide!

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Studio Flergs & Amber Shaw have a mega mouse collection for you this week. 2 full kits & 6 add ons! For fans of Mickey & Minnie, this mega collection is perfect for scrapping your magical Disney memories. Save BIG on the whole collection!

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Worn Out by Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs is perfect for getting a good night sleep…okay maybe more for scrapping about the hope of a good night’s sleep!

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Liz has 2 new sets of templates that can help you capture those first 12 months of life. They are also easily adaptable for any occasion! This week they are 20% OFF!

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Fuss Free: Perfect Days 3 & 4 ~ purchase Set 3 and receive Set 4 FREE! Offer valid through June 19, 2015. Combine the FWP with 20% off during the first week of release, and you will get both sets of templates for less than $4!

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New this week, Growing Up: Boy and Girl Kits! Both 20% off through the weekend.

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Create a new photo book with the latest Tempate Album series to hit the aA store.

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That’s it for today!

Trio Pack 17

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Who doesn’t love Cindy? Her templates can be seen all over digiland and in people’s scrapbooks everywhere. Cindy is insanely talented (and sweet to boot!) and we’re so excited to have her here with us this month. She has created three GORGEOUS templates as well as six coordinating journaling cards. Let’s take a look!



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 Cindy Schneider’s contribution:

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Trio Pack 17 by Cindy Schneider; Hunter Storyteller (papers and elements) by Just Jaimee; Quinn (alpha) by Just Jaimee; Blissful Stitches by Traci Reed.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Trio Pack 17 by Cindy Schneider; Lakeside Retreat by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Fonts: Drift Wood, KG Part of Me.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Trio Pack 17 by Cindy Schneider; Peachy Keen by Bella Gypsy; Font: Stars From Our Eyes.

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Layout by MelanieH. Supplies: Trio Pack 17 by Cindy Schneider; The Way You See Me by Meghan Mullens.

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Layout by Natascha. Supplies: Trio Pack 17 by Cindy Schneider; Let It Grow Kit by Ziggle Designs by Kami, Let It Grow Bonus Papers by Ziggle Designs by Kami, Font: I Am Storyteller by Darcy Baldwin.

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

Name

My name is Cindy Schneider and I live in Ontario, Canada, approximately an hour north of Toronto. I am a SAHM with my two children, Ashley (12) and Curtis (9), and have been married to my husband Brad for 14 years.

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One of my favorite types of layouts to do is to show how my children have changed through time. I hadn’t done one of these for a long time, so I used a template I had originally created to scrap about family, and modified it slightly for this purpose. I love how the page turned out, and my son loved looking at it too!



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started

I have been digi-scrapping for about 10 years, shortly after the birth of my 2nd child. I was originally a paper scrapper, but it was too time consuming, expensive, and messy with kids around. I came across digi-scrapping online one day and have never turned back. I started out slowly and finally worked up the nerve to start a gallery and apply for some creative teams, and was lucky enough to get a spot on the Creative Team at the Sweet Shoppe in August 2007. At the same time I started doing quick pages and albums for various designers, which led into designing and selling templates At the end of March 2010 I moved my store to the fabulous Sweet Shoppe which has been my home ever since!

inspired

My photos are always my first and foremost source of inspiration for all of my creations. I absolutely love doing multi-photo layouts and they are actually a lot easier for me to do than single photo ones. When creating templates and/or layouts, I always start figuring out where I want my photos positioned, then play around with different shapes and numbers layers and papers, until I obtain a basic design I am happy with. Sometimes I am inspired by an ad layout, and sometimes a design will pop into my head and I will sketch it out, but generally I just come up with ideas for new templates by playing around in Photoshop.

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Computer: Desktop Computer: XPS 8700 SE, 16GB Ram, 4th generation i7 4.0 GHz, 2TB hard drive + 32 GB solid state drive, AMD Radeon HD R9 270 2GB video card, Monitor: HP ZR24w
Laptop Computer: Dell XPS 17, 8GB Ram, i7 2.2GHz


Program: Adobe Photoshop CS6

Camera: Canon Rebel XT4i, Canon EF-S 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 IS Lens, Speedlite 430EXII

Anything Else: none

tipstricks

When using a template, don’t be afraid to modify it to make it work perfectly for scrapping your memories. You can change the template up by shrinking it, adding a blended photo, or adding/removing paper layers to or from the background. Sometimes the number of photo spots may be more than you need for the number of photos you have. A great way to remedy this instead of searching for a different template is to add word art or even a project life card to the spot. There are so many different ways to modify a template to work for you, don’t be scared to try one!

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I love scrapping events such as birthdays and Christmas, as well as vacations and holidays, which always require room for a lot of photos on layouts. These templates are perfect for this purpose. The pages can be mixed and matched, there are lot of paper layers to create visual interest in your layout and they can be lightly or heavily embellished to suit your scrapping style. In addition, there is a dedicated spot for a 4×6 card, which is a great way to get use out of all those project life cards in your stash. They definitely help to get those photos scrapped quickly and easily!


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I wanted to create this product to make an extremely versatile set of templates. They can be used over and over to make several unique looking pages depending on how you decide to use them. You can use one 6×12 on a 12×12 layout or mix and match two 6×12 templates to create a layout. The possibilities are endless!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Cindy Schneider:


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


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Designs by Cindy Schneider, valid until June 12th, NOON PST (excludes collabs).

Go have a look in Cindy Schneider’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 Cindy Schneider

The following layouts were created using “Trio Pack 17” by Cindy Schneider and included in
The Digi Files during June, 2015:

Layout by Sula. Supplies: Trio Pack 17 by Cindy Schneider; Hello Summer by Amber Shaw.


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Layout by Judie. Supplies: Trio Pack 17 by Cindy Schneider; Sunrise by Kristin Cronin-Barrow.


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Layout by Jennie V. Supplies: Trio Pack 17 by Cindy Schneider; Cutie Love by Lauren Grier; Aaah Moody by Lauren Grier; Grumpy Kitty (alpha) by Lauren Grier and Jenn Barrette; Font: DJB Journal Your Life Script.

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Layout by LulyG. Supplies: Trio Pack 17 by Cindy Schneider; Hunter Storyteller (papers and elements) by Just Jaimee; Quinn (alpha) by Just Jaimee; Blissful Stitches by Traci Reed.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Trio Pack 17 by Cindy Schneider; Lakeside Retreat by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Fonts: Drift Wood, KG Part of Me.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Trio Pack 17 by Cindy Schneider; Peachy Keen by Bella Gypsy; Font: Stars From Our Eyes.

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Layout by MelanieH. Supplies: Trio Pack 17 by Cindy Schneider; The Way You See Me by Meghan Mullens.

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by Natascha. Supplies: Trio Pack 17 by Cindy Schneider; Let It Grow Kit
by Ziggle Designs by Kami, Let It Grow Bonus Papers by Ziggle Designs
by Kami, Font: I Am Storyteller by Darcy Baldwin.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Trio Pack 17 by Cindy Schneider; 100% Girl by Meghan Mullens.

Setting the Scene

Setting the Scene

I’m a big fan of plain backgrounds, usually a card stock in white or some other light colour. I use light backgrounds so often that my first step in page design is to select the lightest paper in a kit. It’s just so easy, fits with my style and makes the design pop.

It works for me.

…except when it doesn’t work!

Here’s a page I made recently. I selected a nice light beige background. That page is ok, but I felt like it lacked oomph. (I believe that’s a technical design term.)

So I pulled in another photo from the same place and kept it big — filling the entire background. I lowered the opacity of the layer a smidgen (to 88%) to soften it a bit.

Much better!

Big photos, especially as backgrounds, add visual context to scrapbooked memories. I like this version a lot more. The page brings me right back to that day on the beach.

Phonebooking 911 – I’m behind but not beyond rescue

March was CrAzY for my family! We sold our house in Idaho and had 3 weeks before we needed to be OUT of it! I kept up with my Phonebooking 2015 project through mid-March and then stopped. It wasn’t because I didn’t WANT to do it, but it did drop to the very bottom of my list and I was falling into bed each night completely exhausted! Not to mention I was struggling with health issues too.

So, here we are at the beginning of June and we are starting to get settled in our new house in AZ, and I’m behind on Phonebooking 2015. Am I letting that discourage me? NO! Am I giving up? NO!! I’m jumping back in and I’m going to get caught up and keep moving forward! Here’s my plan (maybe it can help you, if you are behind too):

  1. I looked at my schedule for the next few weeks to see where I had any blocks of time that I could work on layouts on my phone. I found quite a few times a week where I will be waiting for my kids at appointments and activities. This is PERFECT scrapping time! I’m also doing a bit of traveling right now and being in the air, strapped in a seat, is such a fabulous time to scrap on my phone.
  2. I went back to where I stopped paused Phonebooking and looked at the photos after that time. That got me really excited and thinking of ideas. It also got me back into taking photos of EVERYTHING (yay!).
  3. Go shopping in The Digi Files! In the next couple of days, I will be going through The Digi Files that I haven’t used over the past couple of months and putting all of the journaling cards in a folder in DropBox and move to my phone.
  4. Go Shopping in the digi stores! We are leaving on a family vacation soon and I want some specific products to use to document this, I will hit the stores and make sure these are downloaded to my phone (this way, I can use them on the plane ride if I want).
  5. Streamline! I will be using the Project Life App and importing some cards from my favorite designers, but I will journal on Project Life cards, to make it more fast and easy. The Project Life app added some blank, neutral journaling cards that will come in handy for this.
  6. Do at least two layouts per day. They really do only take a few minutes on my phone! I will do one layout from the past couple of months AND the current day each day.
  7. I have also been making sure my external batter pack is charged and in my purse anytime I head out. I don’t want to run out of battery during time I had planned to scrap!

So far, I have been successful in using the time I had determined would be good “waiting times” that I could scrap. I implemented this plan starting on a Tuesday and by Friday, I had 12 layouts done! I am so HAPPY about this! I enjoy it so much!

Find more tips and tutorials for Mobile Memory Keeping here.

What about you? Are you behind? You are NOT beyond rescue! Jump in with me! Here are some free gifts from Ziggle Designs to get you motivated!

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May 3×4

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June 3×4

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You can download the previous month’s here:

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March

It’s A Zoo

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I couldn’t be happier to have Pink Reptile Designs with us here at The Daily Digi this month. Her kits speak to a sweet spot in my heart. They are all so fun and bright and happy and whimsical. They make me feel carefree and ready to take on life. Her kit in this month’s Digi Files is SO FUN! It’s a Zoo is filled with fun and unique elements perfect for kid (or kid at heart!) pages.



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 Pink Reptile Designs’ contribution:

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Layout by melrio. Supplies: It’s A Zoo by Pink Reptile Designs.

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Layout by Toria. Supplies: It’s A Zoo by Pink Reptile Designs; TDD77 Lightroom Templates by Studio Wendy.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: It’s A Zoo by Pink Reptile Designs.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: It’s A Zoo by Pink Reptile Designs; Template by Our Misadventures; Doodle Frame by Just Jaimee; Painted layer style by Mommyish; Font: The Sharon.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: It’s A Zoo by Pink Reptile Designs; Technicolor Daydream (papers and wordart) by Lisa Sisneros; Font: Typewriter.

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

Name

I am Mirjam, designer behind Pink Reptile Designs. I have a fondness for bright, fun colors, white canvasses, glass jars, storage boxes, and anything crafty. I am an optimist an avid tea drinker and book reader.

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I love scrapping digitally but I also need to feel and touch papers, paint and string on a regular basis. If you are familiar with my designs I am sure you’ve noticed that I regularly add crocheted items to my products. Crochet is a big passion of mine and in the layout you see one of latest critters.



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heART Elements & Papers, Seriously Elements, Labels & Tags, Sketch & Wire Alphas all by Pink Reptile Designs



started

I have always been very creative. Even as a child I would make crochet cups and saucers for my dolls (something my grandmother taught me), I drew and I painted, knitted, etcetera.
I started paper scrapping in 2004 whilst trying to come to terms with the death of our first dog Kenzo, and I fell head over heels in love with this hobby because it gave me the opportunity to put all my creative quirks into it. I’ve put handmade knitted and crocheted items on layouts. I’ve machine stitched, hand stitched and painted on layouts. You name it and I probably did it.
In March 2009 I officially turned digital and although I still have an urge to feel paper or fabric from time to time I have to say I very much enjoy this clutter free variation of scrapping. It brought me a whole new field of techniques to discover and I have learned so much since!
In October 2009 the team from Zig Zag Scrap gave me the opportunity to even further broaden my creative horizon, this time as a designer and I discovered that I love to create kits! Then sadly Zig Zag Scrap closed in October 2012. I learned however that when some doors close new ones open. Another dream came true when I found myself a new home at the Lilypad and I find myself working side by side with designers that I have admired since my early digiscrapping days in 2009.

inspired

I find my inspiration in the world around me. Anything I come in contact with can trigger something in my mind that end up in a kit: from a blog or a website, Pinterest most definitely, places I visit, an advertisement in the mail, the wrapping of a candy bar, a conversation I pick up while waiting in line at the grocery store, a layout I spot in the galleries, at Scrap Stacks or a song on the radio.

tools

Computer: An i5 2500k processor 8GB ram with 4 terabytes of storage space. I have a 24 inch DELL monitor.

Program: My OS is running on a 128 GB SSD windows 7/64-bit and for making pages and designing I use: Photoshop and Illustrator CS 5 and
Artrage Studio Pro.


Camera: Our camera is a Nikon D80.

Anything Else: Since October 2013 I am the proud owner of a Wacom Cintiq 13HD LCD tablet that I love in spades and then some!

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I find my inspiration in the world around me. Anything I come in contact with can trigger something in my mind that end up in a kit: from a blog or a website, Pinterest most definitely, places I visit, an advertisement in the mail, the wrapping of a candy bar, a conversation I pick up while waiting in line at the grocery store, a layout I spot in the galleries, at Scrap Stacks or a song on the radio.

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At the moment one of my very favorite products are my heART elements, charms and papers.
I just love the colors and the versatility of them. They are perfect for papers about crafting and any artistic endeavor but can just as easily be used for a school page or a lovey dovey one.


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One of my most popular products are these stitches. I use stitches on just about all of my pages because I love how they add that realistic touch to a layout and I guess I am not the only one!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Pink Reptile Designs:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Pink Reptile Designs’ products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Use coupon code prdTDDrocks30off to save 30% off, expires June 31, 2015.



Go have a look in Pink Reptile Designs’ 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 Pink Reptile Designs

The following layouts were created using “It’s A Zoo” by Pink Reptile Designs and included in The Digi Files during June, 2015:

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Layout by melrio. Supplies: It’s A Zoo by Pink Reptile Designs.

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Layout by Toria. Supplies: It’s A Zoo by Pink Reptile Designs; TDD77 Lightroom Templates by Studio Wendy.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: It’s A Zoo by Pink Reptile Designs.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: It’s A Zoo by Pink Reptile Designs;
Template by Our Misadventures; Doodle Frame by Just Jaimee; Painted
layer style by Mommyish; Font: The Sharon.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: It’s A Zoo by Pink Reptile Designs;
Technicolor Daydream (papers and wordart) by Lisa Sisneros; Font:
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A Time For Weddings (Part Two)

Yesterday I shared some of our designers favorite wedding products, and today I want to give you some more inspiration in the way of layouts and links. Let’s go!

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And a few links to help get the juices flowing and the ideas rolling…

This post, Organizing Your Wedding Album, is a great way to brainstorm what you want to include and the order you want to do it in.

Here is one of our popular posts here at TDD, DIY Photo Booth for a Wedding or Special Occasion.

HERE are some more inspiration wedding layouts, compiled by Heddy.

And HERE is a great resource by Steph, an Affordable and Easy Custom Wedding Book.

Happy Scrapping! I can’t wait to see what you create!