Inspired by Lightroom Presets

The following layouts were created using “Lightroom Presets” by Janet Phillips and included in The Digi Files during July, 2016:


Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Lightroom Presets by Lightroom Presets; Template: Scrapping with Liz; Papers and elements: The Mommyish; Font: The Sharon.


Photo by Toria.



Photo by Katie.

A Month of Curated Photos and Stories

A Month of Curated Photos and Stories

Put your hand up if you’re a fellow pocket scrapbooker!

I have been making pocket albums and individual pocket pages for a few years. Through lots of trial and error, I’ve learned what works for me and what doesn’t.

When I first started pocket scrapbooking, I used the Project 52 idea of having a 2-page layout spread for each week of the year. With P52, if you fall behind, it’s no big deal because you can go back and fill in weeks as you have time. On the negative side, sometimes you have too many photos and stories to fit in just a 2 page spread — or the opposite where you’re struggling to fill the pockets. Thank goodness for art cards!

I had one year where I just made pages and filled the pockets as the photos and stories interested me. I didn’t worry about filling a 2-page spread each week. Some 2 page spreads held only 1 week and others held 3 weeks worth of material. I thought this was the best style for me, but then “life happened” and I naturally fell behind in memory keeping. My first instinct when catching up is to start with today and work backwards, but with the linear timeline of this album, I couldn’t just pick up with the current week and always had to work “in order”. Long story short – I’m still working on this album.

What I’m Trying Now

I am experimenting now with monthly spreads. There are no rules, other than I need an even number of pages for the spreads because I’m using one kit for the whole month and I like the facing pages to have the same colour scheme.

Here’s how it turned out for the month of April:

Supplies: Status Memory Pockets Monthly from The Lilypad

How I Did It

I used standard 4×3 and 4×6 spaces, which I sized down a smidgen to leave a nice border around the page. I like to use these industry-standard sizes so that I can buy pre-made journal cards to drop into the spots.

To add a bit of interest, I warped the shadows on the cards to give them a more realistic look – like I sat them down on the paper and took a photo.

The biggest “trick” though was to select only special photos and the stories that I really wanted to tell. There’s not as much filler material on these pages and when I look at them, they really capture this month in the life of our family. A pretty ordinary month, but in 5 years and 10 years and more, I know the daily rhythm of our days will have changed and I’ll look back on these memories fondly.

The whole month came together in a couple of hours and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I even did May and (if I can find a few hours in this busy summer month of July!), I think I can get June done quickly too.

Happy scrapbooking!

Gone Fishing


We’re excited to welcome the amazing Julia Makotisnky to the July Digi Files. I just love her artsy style and her adorable hand-drawn elements. Her kit, Fishing Fun, is incredible. I can’t get over how cute those fish and lures are! I know you will just love everything she has created for us. 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 Julia Makotinsky’s contribution:


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Fishing Fun by Julia Makotinsky.


Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Fishing Fun by Julia Makotinsky; Template: Scrapping with Liz.


Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Fishing Fun by Julia Makotinsky; Template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: FFF Tusj Bold; American Typewriter.


Layout by Trina. Supplies: Fishing Fun by Julia Makotinsky; Green Grass by Sara Gleason.


Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Fishing Fun by Julia Makotinsky; Fonts: .

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


I was born and raised in Russia Moscow, but for the past 24 years been living in New York City, right on the beach. Beautiful place to be during summer and fall, but soooo windy and cold during winter and yet I miss the ocean every time I go away…



Lately I’ve been into painting on various surfaces like my old guitar or wine corks I’ve been collecting for no reason. After spending most of the time behind my computer and drawing digitally, there is something really wonderful about painting with actual paint without an option to Ctrl+Z…
The funny thing though that even when I don’t use my computer and I actually do paint using brushes and actual paint or markers, I still try to hit Ctrl+S in the air trying to save my painting, and every time i do this automatically it just makes me laugh 🙂




I always loved preserving my family memories with creating my own photo-books using other designer’s scrapbook supplies. One day it just hit me…why not create my own to make it even more personal, so I began learning and trying to design my own scrapbook supplies. Then in 2008 I was invited by Michelle Coleman to join her team at Little Dreamer Designs after completing an Apprentice Program. I learned a lot there and from Michelle personally, she was always an inspiration. Later in spring of 2011 I found my new home st and I am grateful for the opportunity I was given and the amazing team of designers I get to work with and to learn from every day.


It’s always something new…the season, the photo in magazine I’m reading, the window display I come across walking in the city.
Learning new techniques or trying new brushes in Photoshop inspires just as well. Lately I got into watercolor and pencil painting in Photoshop and my latest kits are mostly done using that technique.


Computer: I am so not into computers and all the technical details about them, my boyfriend takes care of all the upgrading and taking care of the machine. All I know that it’s Dell Inspiron 2350 with Windows 8 installed as OS

Program: I use Photoshop CC to do most of my designs in, Illustrator CC for vector sketches or sticker designs, ArtRage4, SketchBook Pro for most of the sketching.

Camera: I have my Sony SLR camera which I had for about 7 years now, but I do use my iphone camera more often now than the SLR especially being hooked on all the photo apps…

Anything Else: I use Cintiq – Wacom almost every day for my sketching and painting


When I draw my stickers, I sketch a quick rough outline on a new layer first, reduce the opacity of that layer to about 30% and then trace it over on yet another layer over it for more detailed and artistic look. This way I can play with how thick or thin my lines can get by using more or less pressure using my wacom tablet.


My most favorite products are usually Halloween related, but this particular one I do like a lot because of all the fun stickers and bright colors in it. This kit is also my most packed with fun stuff kit, simply because I kept adding more and more to it simply because I had fun with it. I always liked whimsy sketches and stickers, and this kit is all about whimsy and love…



All of my products from “Zentangle Series” are popular but this particular one stands out from them all. I just love the simple black outline with a touch of color. Always loved doodling with black pen or marker, and it inspired the series and this particular set.


Here are some of my favorite products by Julia Makotinsky:






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







Save 30% off Julia’s store with coupon code JMdaily (through July 31st).

Go have a look in Julia Makotinsky’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 Julia Makotinsky

The following layouts were created using “Fishing Fun” by Julia Makotinsky and included in The Digi Files during July, 2016:


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Fishing Fun by Julia Makotinsky.


Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Fishing Fun by Julia Makotinsky; Template: Scrapping with Liz.


Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Fishing Fun by Julia Makotinsky; Template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: FFF Tusj Bold; American Typewriter.


Layout by Trina. Supplies: Fishing Fun by Julia Makotinsky; Green Grass by Sara Gleason.


Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Fishing Fun by Julia Makotinsky.

Gratitude Journal {week 27}

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.


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

Feeling Patriotic?

In celebration of patriotism, we have a few favorite patriotic kits. And, look closely, because not all of them are American!

Liberty is a fabulous vintage-inspired patriotic kit!


Kate Hadfield has a fun collection of hand drawn 4th of July doodles that are sure to add a touch of whimsy to your pages and projects!


Happy 4th of July! My collection Red & Blues – USA is a wonderful little bundle waiting for you to scrap your 4th of July pictures. It’s ON SALE and comes with some gorgeous elements, flairs and amazing papers.


A beautiful and vivid digital kit by JB Studio to scrap your patriotic memories.


Inspired by small town parades, sunny summer mornings in the country, and time spent with family, Kim Jensen’s My America is a patriotic celebration and a whole lot more.


Studio Alexis’ “Celebrate America” was designed with summer and it’s holidays in mind…perfect for documenting memories for military and weddings, family reunions, firework displays, bbq’s, recipes and other patriotic occasions. It comes as a money saving bundle (also FWP gift) or sold individually. All are 30-50% off – Happy Independence Day!


Baers Garten brings some whimsy to this retro take on Americana.


Need some bright colors for those fireworks photos? This kit by Bella Gypsy pops!


I’m a sucker for banners and I love the traditional red white and blue one in this kit.


Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs has these fun star-themed templates. Prefer a busier template? She’s got another version with more layered elements. Check them both out!


These fun minis from Little Butterfly Wings will please both Canadian and American patriots.



And New Life Dreams is getting patriotic in France which this mega collection.


This kit from Miss Mint is showing love for both North American countries.


This kit by Red Ivy Design has lots of great word art for that finishing touch!


Here are some more independence-inspired templates for the template lovers out there.


Last, but not least, this patriot kit from Traci Reed was designed for Memorial Day, but the colors and themes lend themselves to 4th of July celebrations as well.


I hope you’ve enjoyed browsing these special patriotic kits. Enjoy your long weekend, if you’re in America, and we wish you memory-making moments!

Welcome the Designers of TDF#91

The Digi Files this month,
we have SEVEN full size products (never released in digiland before)
from fabulous designers for only $7.50 (less when you become an annual
member)! It’s an UNBELIEVEABLE deal and the BEST deal in digital
scrapbooking! Here is a look at the designers for 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

Our members love “Daily Digi Day!” Many of the annual members have
already been downloading for a few hours because they get access when
the calendar changes to a new month. Here’s what our members said in the
comments yesterday:

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

PS: Congratulations to the TWELVE random winners selected from
yesterday’s comments, each person won $10 in product from one of last
month’s designers. Be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget in
yesterday’s post to see if you won! All winners will receive their prize
via the email listed in Rafflecopter within 48 hours.