End of August 2016

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

Heather Roselli

Little Lamm & Co

Lift Ems 2

Studio New Life Dreams

Vicki Stegall

Studio Alexis Designs

Connie Prince

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App to Scrapped: Add more to your phone photos with Photoshop Elements

When you have a smart phone, it’s super easy to whip up cute images using all the apps available to us. Did you ever think to bring those images in to Photoshop Elements for a little bit of fine-tuning? Here’s a few ideas of how you can add a little something-something in Photoshop and upgrade those app pages!

Masking

Masks are so handy to do more involved editing of your app scrapping pages. In this layout I combined two layouts I created in Rhonna Designs App.

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The original layout looked like this:

I decided to add a different background after I created the page so I added a background (also from the Rhonna App) in Photoshop Elements.

Here’s how:

  • Drag in the background image
  • Duplicate the journalling from the original page
  • Mask away all but the photo from the original page
  • Change the blend mode of the layer with the journalling to Darker Color. That way the gold dots showed through behind the text.

Journaling

A simple way to level up your app photo collages, or any photo is to add journalling in the blank space on a photo. It’s a lot harder to tap away at your phone than to type out some journaling on your computer. Plus, you can save part way through and come back to edit a typo easily!

Clipped Images

I love Timehop and I have used the Then and Now collages in my scrapbook pages. See the bottom right pocket? I simply saved the photo of Emily and Lucy wearing the same shirt and created the image in Timehop, then clipped it to photo spot and added journaling with the type tool.

Actions

For many of us the Project Life App is one of our most used memory keeping tools. But, you can’t add text to a photo, or adjust the drop shadows and there is not enough bleed built in if you want to print your pages in photobooks. To solve all that Wendyzine has created actions to allow you supercharge the Project Life App. These actions take your JPG pages exported from the app, adds a heavier drop shadow (which you can control by editing the provided template overlays in advance). Then it adds bleed to your pages. Choose from any color background or import a digi paper.

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I love using these actions so my app pages match the pages I create in Photoshop Elements. I love that I can save the PSD part-way through the process to add embellishments, extra journaling or papers.

Of course, you can run any actions on your app scrapping when you bring it intp Photoshop Elements. I’ve been known to run RadLab on a Project Life App pages, then just mask the changes to affect only a single photo on the spread instead of the whole document. Masks to the rescue again!

Online Images

You can use these ideas with online image generators too. Katie the Scrapbook Lady often creates cute catalog cards from Blyberg. Whenever I see her post them, I think that I should really tell the story of how I went into librarianship, using the catalog cards as journaling cards.

Need a Hand Getting the Images off Your Phone?

In this article I’ve assumed you already know how to get these images off your phone and into Photoshop Elements. But if that’s new to you, here’s a couple of tips.

Most apps have a save to Camera Roll or equivalent option when it comes time to share your images.

If you are given an option, you’ll want to choose the highest resolution. Select the option with the largest image size, or pixels.

Then the image will be located in your photo library alongside any photos you have taken on your phone. You can then move the photos to your computer via cloud services (Google Photos, iCloud, SkyDrive, Dropbox) or by dragging the photos over from your phone when you next plug it in.

If you need help controlling the chaos of phone photos, take a look at my class Get Organized: Photos right here at the Daily Digi. It will help you make your photo library less of a chore and more fun!

From Above

Last week, I share how important it is to stoop to their level when taking photographs of children. I argued that a good photo would show the world from the vantage point of the child.

However, I have also shared that there are other photo angles you might not have thought of.

The angle in which you capture an image makes a different in the story you are telling. While shooting at the eye level of a child is often the best choice, there are other angles that at times tell a better story.

A few weeks ago, for example, my kids were out on the front porch playing with playdough (that my mommy bragging must say was made completely by my ten-year-old for his little siblings).

After taking a few photos straight on, I decided to try a different angle. I will often shoot multiple angles in order to see which I like best. I stepped up on the picnic table and shot from above.

I loved the vantage point I had and I kept shooting.

I love that you can see my three little ones all at once. I can’t see their faces, but I can see their little hands and I can see them all playing together. I see the playdough creations and the way they are interacting. I see the bright and happy colors of childhood and I see little details of who they are (my son is just in a t-shirt, my eight-year-old has the watch and hair band she loves to wear on her wrist, and my five-year-old is in a tutu).


Shooting from above let me tell a story I couldn’t capture from standing beside them.

Gratitude Journal {week 35}

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!

“Homemade” Vellum

When I was a paper scrapper (or at least pretended to be!), I was in love with vellum! I loved the light and airy quality it had and how it allowed papers underneath to show through. I was obsessed with it!

And now as a digi scrapper, I still love vellum! While it is occasionally contained in kits, most often I just have to make it myself! Thankfully, it’s really easy!


I loved this kit by Little Lamm Co. in this month’s DIGI FILES.

The soft colors with pops of brighter tones made me ridiculously happy! And the dark grey paper (not seen in the kit preview), with its thick textures, made me swoon!

I knew I wanted it to take center stage on my layout, but I also wanted other papers to adds some interest. After trying a number of different papers, I decided on vellum. It would add some contrast to the page but it would also allow the grey paper to still have maximum impact!

I chose the awesome paper with the gorgeous writing on it to make my vellum with.

And this was my final result:

These are the steps I took to make the vellum:

1. Open the paper and duplicate the layer (since the background layer is locked). Then I put the bottom layer in the trashcan (alternatively, you could duplicate the file in order to avoid accidentally saving over the original paper).

2. With my magic wand tool, I clicked on the light grey background. I set my tolerance around 10 in case there was a subtle texture to the paper.

3. With the words paper still selected, I went to select > select similar. This would ensure I got all the little bits within the letters.

4. I then deleted the selected area, just leaving me with the words on a transparent background.

5. Next, I created a solid white layer underneath my letter layer.

6. I then cropped the papers (using my crop tool rather than my marquee tool so that both layers would be cropped.

7. Next, I dragged these two layers onto the grey paper I was using for my background.

8. As I looked at the letters closely, I decided they didn’t quite show up enough (they were on off-white). I added a layer of white above the letters and did a clipping mask to make the letter layer a bright white. I then hid the white paper background to check to see the letter layer looked right. It did.

9. Next, I reduced the opacity of the white paper layer to 18%.

10. I then merged the layers and added a drop shadow. My style settings are above. Here is the result up close:

11. Finally, played around with the layer size and cropped it to work on my layer. I then completed the rest of my layout, leaving me with this: (scissors are from a retired kit by Heather Roselli, My Other Loves.)

Planning a Fun Friday

I hope your weekend has some scrapping time scheduled! Here are a few things to inspire your Friday.

This week Flergs has a gorgeous new Autumn collection & you get 10 glitters FREE with the collection. This collection was made to match with the current featured designer FWP by Cindy Schneider.

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Discover a fun, vibrant, new kit by Heather T., called “Snap in Time!”

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Add some dazzle to your pages with this amazing Collection! Save over 60% OFF the Bundle or grab the Kit and Extra Packs for 30% OFF through Monday, August 29th!

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For a limited time you can buy Tangie’s entire store and get all her workshops for only $200, that is saving more than 90%!

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“I Heart School” is perfect for the class period. With bright and fun colors, it blends perfectly with your photos. This weekend Save 30%.

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Today and Everyday, a bright and happy collection by JB Studio is perfect to scrap all your memories. Save 43% on bundle!

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Calendars & Planners, oh my! Wendy is back this week with some more calendar products. Daily and weekly planners, school planner inserts and a brand new A4 calendar bottom are all ready for your planning needs!

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Do you have any Olympic stories to tell? This super fun kit “Rio” by LJG Designs is perfect!

Coffee or Tea? Tea for me, please! These cards are so sweet. And Amber has a kit to go with them!

I’m a sucker for a fun alpha. But a mix & match alpha set… heavenly!

Finally, this template set by Scrapping with Liz speaks the graphic designer in me. Finding template inspiration in magazines is one of my favorite things!


Roam Free

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If summer isn’t for roaming free and wild adventures, I sure don’t know what is! We’re so excited to have Connie Prince with us this month and her kit, Roam Free, makes me insanely inspired to make sure our family heads out on one more amazing adventure before the school bell rings. I just adore the colors and the inspiration the entire kit brings. The papers, with their bold patterns, are so amazing! Let’s take a peek inside and get ready to be inspired to live your life wild and free.






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 Designs By Connie Prince’s contribution:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Roam Free by Designs By Connie Prince; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Fonts: The Sharon, Century.

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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Roam Free by Designs By Connie Prince; Fonts: Stamp and Always In My Heart.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Roam Free by Designs By Connie Prince; Reading is Fun (template) by Connie Prince.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Roam Free by Designs By Connie Prince.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Roam Free by Designs By Connie Prince; Think Happy Be Happy (template) by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs.

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

Name

Hi everyone, I’m Connie Prince and I am thrilled to be a part of this month’s Digi Files. I am a Georgia girl through and through, I live just outside of Atlanta and I love my hometown! I’m married for 20 years and have one son, Hayden, who recently graduated high school. We were a homeschool family until he graduated and I loved every minute of it! Now, I am looking forward to the future and having a little extra time to go new places and try new things! I have two doggies, one big old fella named Mokka and our newest addition, Peanut the miniature dachshund. Some of my other interests include travel (especially to any beach), Zumba, crafting, and learning new things!

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layout

This layout was created for the high school years album that I have been working on for my son. I love layouts that use lots of photos and I managed to get lots of his marching band photos onto this page! I like to include close up photos along with wider shots when I do these layouts.



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CREDITS: Marching Band kit by Connie Prince



started

I was a paper scrapbooker before I even realized that it was a “thing”. Even as a child I would save memorabilia and add photos / journaling into albums. In the early 2000s I taught myself to use a graphics program and eventually those skills developed into a career as a digital scrapbook designer! I’ve been selling my designs for 10+ years now and I still love it so much!

inspired

I get inspiration from a lot of places including my family, my creative team, Pinterest, craft stores, and really so many different places!

tools

Computer: I am a Windows girl – I use two monitors and if I had room I would have two more!

Program: My design programs of choice are Photoshop and Illustrator.

Camera: I have a Canon Rebel.

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Don’t get bogged down in trying to be perfect! Just create something that you personally love and will be proud of.

favorite

As I mentioned in my biography, I love travel and especially going to the beach – this kit has my favorite colors and theme all rolled into one bundle of happy!

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popular

Who doesn’t love Girl Scout cookies, right?! I think the unique theme for this collection has made it so popular!

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Here are some of my favorite products by Designs By Connie Prince:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Designs By Connie Prince’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Inspired by Roam Free

The following layouts were created using “Roam Free” by Designs By Connie Prince and included in The Digi Files during August, 2016:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Roam Free by Designs By Connie Prince; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Fonts: The Sharon, Century.

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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Roam Free by Designs By Connie Prince; Fonts: Stamp and Always In My Heart.

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Layout by Trina. Supplies: Roam Free by Designs By Connie Prince; Reading is Fun (template) by Connie Prince.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Roam Free by Designs By Connie Prince.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: Roam Free by Designs By Connie Prince; Think Happy Be Happy (template) by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs.

What’s the Story?

Two years ago, our family was on our six-week road trip. Our trip took us 7000 miles and to four national parks, the first of which was Badlands National Park. I had dreamed of going back there ever since I was twelve, when my family stopped for just a few minutes on our way to Yellowstone.

Our three days there were incredible. I loved every minute of it! It was hot, for sure, but we had such an amazing time exploring. One afternoon, with temperatures over 100°, we decided to spend the afternoon in the car (with air conditioning!). We drove all through the park.

One of the parts my children loved best was seeing all the animals. Bison, mountain goats, and more just wandered about freely, often stopping traffic. The kids loved to get out of the car with the binoculars and camera and just watch. They were amazed.

When I saw Connie Prince’s Roam Free kit in this month’s Digi Files, I knew it would be the perfect kit to tell this story.

As I started to put my page together, grabbing photos and parts of the kit, I had to stop and ask an important question:

What’s the Story?

The story matters. Choices of pictures, papers, and elements depend on what story you are trying to tell. It affects which photos go where and what sizes they should be.

As I looked at all the photos I wanted to use, I realized the story was much less about the animals themselves (cool as they were), but rather, about my kids’ reaction to them. They loved them and were totally mesmerized.

However, a week later when we spent six days in Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, the novelty wore off and after a few days they declared,

“We hope we never see another bison….ever!”

And so, as I put my layout together, knowing the story helped me decide which photos to use and how much emphasis I placed on them. In the end, this was my result:

Although the photos of the park and animals take up much of the space on the page, the large bison and the enlarged photo of my kids are easily seen as the most important part of the page. In addition, the photo, bison, and journaling all work together to provide a visual triangle, forcing the viewer’s eye to the most important part of the page.

Once a viewer sees and reads the main story, he/she is able to let her eyes roam free (pun totally intended) on the page, looking at the smaller images.


Knowing what story I was trying to tell made it easy for me to decide on the design of my page. But what about you? Do you plan your page around a story or do you choose a story based on your page?

Video Tutorial: Warping Ribbon Shadows

Each month in the Playbook, we include a video tip based on one of the amazing team layouts that are featured. This month, we had so many awesome tips, that I couldn’t decide on which video to make. So I recorded an extra to share with you here on the blog! Click the button below to open the video in a new window. Or right+click to save it to your computer to watch later.