End of July

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:

This was my first month as a member and I couldn’t be happier. The
quality of the kits is exceptional and there is enough in this month’s
offerings alone to keep me busy for a long while! – jcadiram

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

Julia Makotinsky

Lightroom Presets by Janet Phillips

Sahin Designs

The Nifty Pixel

Joyful Heart Designs

Recipe Book by The Daily Digi

Kristin Cronin-Barrow

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).

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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).

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Gratitude Journal {week 31}

On Sundays this year at The Daily Digi, we are going to be sharing a FREE weekly gratitude journal spread.

{We are sharing a day early this week since tomorrow is the LAST DAY FOR THE DIGI FILES!}

These pages are a place for you to record little memories you don’t want to forget, little reasons to be grateful. Each week their will be a gratefulness quote as well as a few photo spots.

You can use these FREE pages in a number of ways:

1) As digital scrapbooking templates. The download will always include .psd files for both 2-page 12×12 spreads as well as 2-page 8.5×11 spreads. You can add your own papers and elements and scrap ’till your heart’s content! (This is also a good option for those of you who get twitchy because I started the week with Friday. Since January 1 is a Friday, I like to start each week that way, but you may not! Feel free to adjust as needed!

2) As a digital journal. Keep the colors and text just as they are. Simply flatten the layers and add your notes of gratitude. Easy peasy!

3) As printed pages. Print out and write on them the good old-fashioned way. There is a .pdf file included for printing two letter-sized pages. Print your photos and attach!

If you have missed previous weeks, grab them HERE.

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If you have used the templates or print-outs, we’d LOVE to see them! Share a link in the comments or EMAIL ME . We just might feature your page!

Be sure to be back next week for your next FREE journal template

Finding Friday

Celebrating PBP’s 10th Anniversary with a Lolly Bag Sale! Both bags equal 1 full (and fun) Collection! Save an additional 10% OFF when you purchase both bags! Use Coupon Code: CBJLOLLY and get a 9th pack FREE! Good through August 1st only!

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Check out this fun camping collection from Meagan’s Creations! Save 30-40% off this wonderful collection for your summer time memories through Monday, August 1st!

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I have a new set of smart paper templates in my store for PSCS/CC users. Whip up custom pattern paper in a couple minutes. So fun! Tutorial included.

In addition to our new releases, and current sales and specials, I’m going to bring you some oldies but goodies. Check out these fun products from the archives of some of our favorite designers.

Check out these adorable templates. I love the starburst one. It reminds me of a lighthouse!

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If you celebrated any Christmas in July events, or are just catching up on your holiday pages, this kit is a gorgeous option.

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Baersgarten’s party printables are adorable. This monster set is sure to please your kiddos!

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This kit is quintessential Vinnie. Perfect for any art lover.

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Watch Cheryl Scrap: WANDER

I’m so excited to share with you another video tutorial by our team member Cheryl. Not only is Cheryl a fabulous scrapper, she is also known to many of you as Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs. We all have so much to learn from this fabulous lady! It is always so fun to see the process of another scrapper. We all fall into our own habits and ways of doing things. Whenever I watch someone else scrap, I learn something new!

In this video, Cheryl shows us how she takes pieces of EVERY kit from the JULY DIGI FILES and uses them to create this stunning layout:

If you loved this video, don’t forget to check out her other videos on her YouTube channel.

Take Don’t Take

This past week I was in Wisconsin helping my parents move their home and belongings from Montana to the Madison area. They’re at the age when they really can’t do it all on their own.

{One of the cookbooks my mom always used…I also took a photo of my favorite childhood recipe, complete with the stained and sticky pages. I could have taken this book home, but all I really wanted from it was the memory (and the recipe I always seem to lose!)}

As I was helping unpack, I came across many photographs and other mementos from my childhood. Some of these things were items my parents intentionally saved, and some were simply things they just hadn’t gotten rid of.

{A postcard I found, written by my dad to me while I was away at camp. Not only was this fun to find, but it was even more special because I don’t remember it all. My dad wasn’t one to write us or to do anything remotely sentimental. So to find this was an important reminder of his love and concern for me.}

My parents’ photos were in dozens of different places with no organization strategy. This, of course, meant a lot of my time was spent going through items in an effort to help sort through everything… and to reminisce.

{I had never seen this photo of my parents and I thought I had seen them all! In fact, a number of years ago I took all of their engagement and wedding photos and made a scrapbook for them. But this photo was new to me and I love it. It wasn’t mine to keep, so I just snapped a quick photo so I will always have it. So fun to imagine my parents as a young couple newly in love!}

Some of the photos and items are things I had seen before and knew were at my parent’s home. Other things surprised me because I had forgotten about them and/or hadn’t seen them since I was a child (or ever!) I definitely had no idea my parents still had them. It fascinates me how the brain works — I can go thirty years without seeing or thinking about a book and the instant I see the cover, a flood of memories washes over me.

{These are books I have literally never thought of in more than twenty-five years. I saw them and immediately recognized and remembered them. But, I didn’t need to take them home. A photo is enough of a memory!}

As I sorted though things, it was tempting to make a big pile of photos and items I wanted to take hime with me. Knowing that my parents had no use for them made it even more tempting. However, as my pile grew, I started to realize I needed to ask myself the question I often ask others: do I really need this?

{When I was in 7th grade, a friend asked me to go to try outs for a play she wanted to be in. Since I was there, the director asked me to read for the audition. I was given a part! I found my script—complete with notes—amongst my parents’ things. I was tempted to take it home, but as I thought it through, I realized I didn’t need it and it would just end up in a box at my house. I thought better of it and came to my senses: a few pictures captured the memory without capturing the stuff.}

As a scrapbooker and photographer, I am definitely sentimental. There is no denying it. But, since we have moved so many times, I have also learned the value of having less stuff. A few years ago I wrote a post titled Moving the Memories (sorry the images aren’t showing up….tech problems!) In it I shared some tips for dealing with memories and mementos in the process of moving. Through that specific move, I really learned how to let go of things without letting go of the memory.

{If you would have asked me a few weeks ago if I had a favorite stuffed animal as a child, I would have told you the long story of my stuffed bear Pogo. I would have sworn that was my only special toy. And then last week, I saw this bunny. And I remembered! I remembered loving her and carrying her around. And now I am thinking that I stopped caring about this once I had my bear (who has his rightful place in my room even today!)}

My main strategy was (and is!) to take photos of things I know I will never use or need. Although my white stuffed bunny from when I was little is a sweet nostalgic memory, I don’t need it. And yes, I could give it to my children, but they don’t need it either. What family with little kids really needs another stuffed animal? The same is true for a number of books, trinkets, and other odds and ends. Yes, they are a memory but no, I don’t need them.

{I don’t remember ever seeing this dress before, other than in photos. I had no idea my parents still had it. It was the christening dress my sisters and brother and I all wore for our baptism (we were in the Catholic church at the time.) I definitely had no reason to take it home, and even if I did, it wouldn’t be fair for me to have it. So, I took a photo and called it good.}

So, in all of the unpacking, I followed my own advice: Take, Don’t Take


TAKE {photos}, DON’T TAKE {it with you}

So with just my phone camera (I didn’t even bother pulling out my big camera), I captured important memories without adding more stuff to my house. And now I have new and remembered stories to scrapbook. Win win!


So what about you? How do you deal with memories and momentos?

5 Ways to Use Masks in Digital Scrapbooking

In the past few months I’ve been sharing some of my favorite mask tips and techniques:

Today, I’m going to share with you some of the ways I put these masks into action on my scrapbook layouts.

1 Extract images

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For this page I used the magic wand selection tool and a layer mask to make a cute extraction of my son’s Sven the reindeer costume from a busy background. I just left it unshadowed as the focal point of this layout.

You can also use an extraction as embellishments. As I did in this layout from way back in 2008. Do you still have that Shabby Princess Freebie?

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2 Create Composite Images

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Make a composite of multiple images by layering them on top of each other (or paper) and use the layer mask to erase parts of the top image. I also used blend modes to create this look.

2 Embellish a Quick Page

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I have used layer masks to take a simple quick page and edit what’s already on the page to add more papers and embellishments. Just erase parts of the papers you add to the quick page to make them looked tucked under the existing embellishments.

3 Cropping Paper

Here I held down the shift and ctrl keys while drawing the selection to get a perfect square in the centre of my paper.

A click of the new layer mask button and voila! Perfect paper layers!

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4 Editing Embellishments

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You can see the whole process of creating this layout (and editing the ribbon) in my new class coming to Big Picture Classes.

One thing I’m always doing is editing paperclips or pins to make them look like they are clipped onto the paper.

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A tiny bit of masking goes a long way!

You can also erase parts of scatters/clusters that cover parts of your layout.

5 Swapping Heads

You can use PSE’s built in features to swap heads…

But sometimes two photos and a layer mask is all you need!

There are many more uses for masks in photo editing. Adobe created masks with traditional photo developing techniques in mind. I’ll often mask an adjustment layer to apply the adjustment to only part of your image (colorize a black and white image or brighten only part of it).

How do you use masks?

Joie De Vivre

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Let’s take a closer look at Joie De Vivre.






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 Kristin Cronin-Barrow’s contribution:

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Joie De Vivre by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Oodles of Strings by Sweetshoppe Designs; Flair Builder Template #1 by Mommyish.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Joie De Vivre by Kristin Cronin-Barrow.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Joie De Vivre by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Template by Tinci; Font: CK Beauty.

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Layout by Judie. Supplies: Joie De Vivre by Kristin Cronin-Barrow.

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Layout by Natascha. Supplies: Joie De Vivre by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Trifecta22: Bubble Tea (template) by Brook Magee.

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

Name

I am a Canadian designer living in a small mountain town in British Columbia, Canada. I live here with my husband and our two kids, Lily and Lucas. We love the quiet small town life. Sometimes it gets hard and a little lonely when you are as isolated as we are but we have a great sense of community in this little town.

I first started with graphic design in 1998 when I was attending college for Visual Arts. I instantly fell in love with Adobe Photoshop. I worked for a few years after college in a small printing company and then eventually was lucky enough to begin working full time at home designing my own scrapbooking supplies. I discovered digital scrapbooking in 2003 when my daughter was born. At the time digital scrapbooking was still so new and there weren’t stores like there are now. I started designing products in 2004 and I sold at a few stores until I found my forever home with sweet shoppe designs in 2007. It is such a wonderful job that has led to so many amazing opportunities. Sometimes I really do have to pinch myself with what I get to do for a career. Art and being creative has always been such a huge part of my life that it is just amazing I get to play all day and call it work!

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This is a layout I did that focuses on one of my favourite places I’ve ever been in Canada. Moraine Lake is gorgeous and it is near Banff, Alberta. I enjoyed using this fun template from Brook Magee designs.



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started

I started scrapbooking digitally in April 2003 when my daughter was 3 months old and haven’t looked back! I started designing in 2004.

inspired

Anything and everything! Colors, patterns, quotes, Pinterest.. the possibilities for inspiration are endless.

tools

Computer: I have a mac and i’m running (shhh) os 10.8.2 I am really bad with updating my software! I have 2 monitors. I admit that I often use one to binge watch a show on netflix while I work.

Program: Photoshop CC and Illustrator mostly.

Camera: Nikon D80 and Canon G12.. I am in the process of trying to upgrade because my D80 is pretty much out of use but I’m not sure what I want to update to.

Anything Else: Wacom Bamboo

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Scrapbook for FUN. Remember at the end of the day you started scrapbooking for the memories not to get on a certain creative team, win a contest or get a layout featured somewhere. Remember that these layouts are going to be with you forever and they are what you will cherish in years to come.

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This basically encompasses the whole reason why I scrapbook and design. I loved the way this one came together because I didn’t over think things which is what I almost always do. I created the floral paper first and everything just seemed to flow very easy from there.


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popular

I actually don’t like to check my sales so I am unsure what my most popular is but I do think my Christmas collections tend to be pretty popular. This is the one I made this past Christmas.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Kristin Cronin-Barrow:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Kristin Cronin-Barrow’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Inspired by Kristin Cronin-Barrow

The following layouts were created using “Joie De Vivre” by Kristin Cronin-Barrow and included in The Digi Files during July, 2016:

Layout by Trina. Supplies: Joie De Vivre by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Fiddlesticks 6 (template) by Fiddle Dee Dee Designs; Font: Malina.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Joie De Vivre by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Oodles of Strings by Sweetshoppe Designs; Flair Builder Template #1 by Mommyish.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Joie De Vivre by Kristin Cronin-Barrow.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Joie De Vivre by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Template by Tinci; Font: CK Beauty.

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Layout by Judie. Supplies: Joie De Vivre by Kristin Cronin-Barrow.

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Layout by Natascha. Supplies: Joie De Vivre by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; Trifecta22: Bubble Tea (template) by Brook Magee.

Gratitude Journal {week 30}

On Sundays this year at The Daily Digi, we are going to be sharing a FREE weekly gratitude journal spread.

These pages are a place for you to record little memories you don’t want to forget, little reasons to be grateful. Each week their will be a gratefulness quote as well as a few photo spots.

You can use these FREE pages in a number of ways:

1) As digital scrapbooking templates. The download will always include .psd files for both 2-page 12×12 spreads as well as 2-page 8.5×11 spreads. You can add your own papers and elements and scrap ’till your heart’s content! (This is also a good option for those of you who get twitchy because I started the week with Friday. Since January 1 is a Friday, I like to start each week that way, but you may not! Feel free to adjust as needed!

2) As a digital journal. Keep the colors and text just as they are. Simply flatten the layers and add your notes of gratitude. Easy peasy!

3) As printed pages. Print out and write on them the good old-fashioned way. There is a .pdf file included for printing two letter-sized pages. Print your photos and attach!

If you have missed previous weeks, grab them HERE.

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If you have used the templates or print-outs, we’d LOVE to see them! Share a link in the comments or EMAIL ME . We just might feature your page!

Be sure to be back next week for your next FREE journal template