End of July 2015

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

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

Great month, just joined on Sunday and I am blown away by the value!! Looking forward to August. — Nicole Hazel

Wow – how fast time flies. Can’t believe June was my 40th month with the Digi Files!

Can’t wait to see what’s yet to come. — wahoolady

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

Studio Basic

Kimeric Kreations

Jimbo Jambo Designs

SAS Designs

TDD Family Night

Blue Flower Art

Janet Phillips

Did you know that every four months you are subscribed to The Digi Game
level (annual OR monthly) you get an exclusive collaboration from past
contributors to
THE DIGI FILES? They are AMAZING:

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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).

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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
is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to
subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 44th payment (or 44th month for
annual members).

My Life of Learning
is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to
subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 48th payment (or 48th month for
annual members).


My Life Online is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI
that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 52nd payment.


My Hope-Filled Life is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI
that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their 56th payment.

We
will randomly select FOURTEEN people from Rafflecopter to win $10 in
product from one of this month’s contributors. Winners names will
automatically be added to the widget here after they are selected. The
contest closes at 11pm ET.

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Travel and Vacation Products from Around Digiland

We took a trip around the scrap-o-sphere to bring you some fabulous kits, templates and workshops for your vacation, summer and travel projects. Here’s what we discovered on the way!

World Adventures

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Road Trips

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A Taste for Travel: Full Collection! Daily Digi readers can take an extra 10% off with the coupon code DDTravelFull-HT, valid through August 2015.

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Travelogue

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Magical Memories

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Explorers

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Seafaring and Seaside

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Heat Waves

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The Great Outdoors

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Paradise

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MapQuest

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Templates and More

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Load Files Into Stack: Working With Alphas

Load Files Into Stack: Working With Alphas

Do you avoid alphas because you don’t like individually opening all of those alpha files and dragging them onto your scrapbook page?

Today I’m going to show you a fast way to make titles with alphas – by making use of the Photoshop Scripts menu!

First, go to the File>Scripts>Load Files Into Stack menu:

From the browse menu, select all of the alpha letters that you need in your title. My title is going to be Awesome:

If you look very closely, you’ll see that the “e” is only chosen once because you can’t load the same file more than once. All that means is that we’ll have to duplicate the “e” alpha letter once it’s on the page.

After hitting “OK”, Photoshop will stack all of the chosen alpha letters into a separate file, like this:

Select all of the letters in the layers palette by clicking on the top letter, holding down the SHIFT key, and selecting the bottom letter. Now drag them onto your scrapbook page layout:

Now just arrange the letters in order and align the edges (if you want) and add drop shadows. Don’t forget to duplicate any letters that you need more than one of!

There you go! A super fast way to work with alphas. Try it out!

THANK YOU TO OUR JULY DESIGNERS!

We’re wrapping up July this week and it’s time for me to say a very big THANK YOU to our wonderful designers. We’re so thankful for their time, commitment, and talent. It’s been so great to try some new to me designers and I hope you fee the same. I was stretched to try some new scrapping styles and it has been a breath of fresh air. Thank you, so much, for being with us this month! I know I am thankful for the new pages I have!

STUDIO BASIC and JIMBO JAMBO DESIGNS

KIMERIC KREATIONS

SAS DESIGNS & JIMBO JAMBO DESIGNS

BLUE FLOWER ART

and while not an official designer this month, I want to give a shout out to Wendyzine Scraps for converting my Summer 2015 Album templates into Lightroom. She makes it SO EASY to get your photos in place!

Make sure you grab all of these great kits before they’re gone!Become a member today!

TECH TALK: WonderCube

You know we love to share the latest and greatest tech gadgets with you. We’re got a doozy for you today!

WONDERCUBE

How would you like a tiny cube that fits on your keychain that acts as a phone stand, flash light, portable charger, on-the-go USB, and more?

You can learn more about this amazing gadget and preorder it on the WonderCube site. Or, watch the video below to learn more. I can’t wait to get one!

When You Don’t Have Your Big Camera

Back in early spring, I had the rare treat of a few days to myself. My husband and kids were up in Michigan and I was left gloriously alone to work and rest.

On the last day of my time alone, I decided to head to our favorite park. We love to hike through the trails and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

As much as I enjoy walking with my family, it can also be hard. When I want to walk fast, the kids are slow. When I want to slow down and take pictures, my kids want to run ahead.

So naturally, I was excited to have some time on the trails to myself. I excitedly packed up my camera and a few lenses, ready to capture the beauty at my own pace. It was a beautiful warm spring day and I just knew I would end up with images I loved!

I started down the trail and saw the first dogwoods blooming. Time to pull out the camera.

I set everything up, clicked, and then saw the dreaded warning: NO CF CARD. Oh no.

I had left my memory card at home, having just downloaded images.

So there I was, camera in hand with time alone and my big girl camera was of no use to me. I almost walked right back to my car, but then thought otherwise. Hey, at least I had my phone.

My phone, a Moto X, isn’t exactly known for it’s great picture quality. I love it for the price I get through Republic Wireless, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t envy all of you with your magical iPhone photos. However, the best camera is the one you have, and so I figured something was better than nothing.

During the next few miles, I had to stretch my photographic ability as I dealt with the limitations of my phone. However, I also had fun playing with the differences and options I don’t normally have.

HERE ARE MY OBSERVATIONS:

1. Having a wide angle lens makes a big difference. At the time, I didn’t own a wide angle lens for my camera, but my phone offers quite the angle! It was fun to play with the wider field of view.

2. Not being able to manually adjust my aperture was frustrating, especially since I tend to shoot with a very shallow depth of field. However, as I got closer to my subject, I was able to achieve the look I was going for.

3. Having the lens at the corner of my camera meant adjusting the way I normally shoot. It also meant getting some cool angles because when I flip my phone upside down, the lens is at ground level.

4. There were definite focus issues, especially as I tried for shallow depth of field shots. If I was persistent, I could get what I was working for. However, I often gave up and walked away.

5. Editing is much more necessary. With my big camera, I often have to do very little in the way of editing. I usually get crisp and clean images with only slight adjustments made due to the fact I shoot in RAW. But with my phone, I don’t get the contrast and crispness I like and so I had to edit more than I normally would.

I’m glad I didn’t give up and go home. Although not canvas-worthy, I still got some beautiful shots to remember my beautiful day alone.


So what about you? Do you like shooting with your phone camera or do you feel limited? What features do you miss and what features do you prefer?

Treat Yourself

It’s okay to treat yourself to some digi awesomeness! Here are a few new things that might catch your eye.

Wild Inside will bring out the Animal in you. On sale this week only.

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Tres Joile by Libby Pritchett & Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs is a fitting choice for scrapping a Paris theme but with it’s versatile style and vintage vibe, it’s perfect for so much more!

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Pool Party is on sale for 20% off and it comes with a FWP offer. Purchase Pool Party & get Night Swimming mini kit free.

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New Art Therapy templates at Blue Flower Art

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Have you seen the new funky templates with cutouts from Jimbo Jambo Designs? The new 4 templates are available as .psd, .tiff, .png and .page files and are 20% off during the weekend.

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Life Captured: July is the perfect kit for scrapping all of those July memories and so much more!

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Need help with your photos? Join me for a live work along class for Get Organized: Photos. Sign up today

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NEW from Amber Shaw – Poppy Sunshine is a shabby sunshiney summer kit perfect for warm summer photos.

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NewART in the aA store! Discounts valid for one week only.

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A new installments of Memory Pockets Monthly is out at The Lilypad, and Amber LaBau has 2 great new add-ons to go along with the main kit!

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See you next week!

Summer Album

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As sometimes would have it, things pop up in the life of a scheduled designer and they just aren’t able to join us as planned. Our goal is always to love and support everyone in the community, not least of all our designers. So, when someone had to back out at the last minute, we decided that a special gift would be just the thing to fill the void. After a six-month hiatus from creating templates, I decided to design a fun and simple summer album. I don’t know about you, but I often am too busy enjoying my summer to be inside scrapping about it. I usually end up with a lot of amazing photos and very little time to do anything with them. My solution for many years has been to create a summer mini album. This template set contains NINE 24×12 inch spreads, with lots of room for all your photos. In addition, I threw in some journaling cards and some other extras, just to make creating your album simple and fun.



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 Janet Phillips’s contribution:

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Summer Album 2015 by Janet Phillips; My Life of Daring by The Daily Digi; Action: Embellisher 3 by Wendyzine Scraps; Fonts: DJB My Life of Daring.

Layout by Bethany. Summer Album 2015 by Janet Phillips; Once Upon A Summer-Traveling by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; On the Road (flairs) by Kristin Aagard; Adventerous (Map, park poster) by Penny Springmann.

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Summer Album 2015 by Janet Phillips; Paper templates by Scrapgirls; Superhero elements by Kate Hadfield; Fonts: Batman Beat the hell Outta Me, The Sharon.

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





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Inspired by Janet Phillips

The following layouts were created using “Summer Album 2015” by Janet Phillips and included in The Digi Files during January, 2015:

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Summer Album 2015 by Janet Phillips; My Life of Daring by The Daily Digi; Action: Embellisher 3 by Wendyzine Scraps; Fonts: DJB My Life of Daring.

Layout by Bethany. Summer Album 2015 by Janet Phillips; Once Upon A Summer-Traveling by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; On the Road (flairs) by Kristin Aagard; Adventerous (Map, park poster) by Penny Springmann.

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Summer Album 2015 by Janet Phillips; Paper templates by Scrapgirls; Superhero elements by Kate Hadfield; Fonts: Batman Beat the hell Outta Me, The Sharon.

Making Journal Lines on Scrapbook Pages

I love the look of handwritten text on journal lines. It’s really easy to mimic the look in Photoshop! First, let’s start with a block of handwritten text.

Option 1 – Underline in Font palette

The quickest way to get underlined text is to just select the underline option in the Font palette (highlighted).

This will look like this:

Option 2 – Lines on a separate layer

If you’d like the lines a little closer to the text, try creating a separate layer and typing the underscore “________”. Use the same font or a different one, playing with the weight of the line by making it bold (or not) and adjusting the line spacing as needed.

The result:

Option 3 – Draw lines using the line tool

First, create a new blank layer. Using the line tool, hold down shift, draw the line where you’d like it to be. Repeat for each line. Tip: If the line is too thin or thick, adjust the weight of the line and then redraw it.

This will look like:

So that’s three ways to accomplish the same thing! There are probably more too! Do you do draw lines one the three ways above – or have another tip to share?