This hobby is so much more than just a hobby. It has opened doors, offered opportunities, and put me in the path of some of the most amazing and inspiring women I know.
Coming from all walks of life, all family circumstances, and yes, even all political camps (is it November yet??), we women (and the few incredible guys among us!) have entered into each other’s lives because of a mutual love of memory keeping. I am continually inspired and encouraged by our scrapping community.
For many years I tried to release the artist in me. Trying my hand at drawing, painting, pottery, and jewelry making, I always came up unfulfilled (and if we are being honest, completely untalented!) But photography and digital scrapbooking? My love of family, stories, and memory keeping collided in their own Big Bang to create something so beautiful and fulfilling that I can’t imagine my life without it.
And so on this day, as I do every year, I express my gratitude for this hobby, this artistic outlet that allows me to celebrate all I hold most dear.
Eleven years and counting.
And as I do each year, I created a layout to commemorate my digi scrapping anniversary.
(layout credits: My Life Online, one of our Exclusive kits for long-term members)
It’s my scrapbooking journey by the numbers:
8 Creative Teams (the most I was on at the same time!)
6 Months of learning to scrap and living off of freebies (mostly Shabby Princess) before I bought my first digi products
100’s of digi friends, but online and in real life
The door has been slammed on 2015 (is that good news for anyone other than me?) and the fresh air of 2016 is flowing freely. I am excited for these next twelve months! What a gift we have in new beginnings!
I know I am excited about my memory keeping this year and I can’t wait to share with all of you our plans and dreams for The Daily Digi in 2016!
I hope you’ll be back with us each and every day of 2016. Hold on tight! It’s gonna be good one!
Pssst…If you click HERE or on the photo above, you can download the Hello Twenty-Sixteen overlay!
It’s one of the best days of the year! We have whole day to celebrate this hobby we all love so much. For me, this day is always extra special because it coincides with my digiscrapping anniversary. I am celebrating TEN YEARS of digital scrapbooking. Not only have I created thousands of pages chronicling my family’s memories, but also I have made some amazing friends and have enjoyed knowing them all these years and watching their children grow up. Many of us just had tiny babies back then and now those same kids are PRE-TEENS!
Scrapbooking has changed my life in innumerable ways. I have grown in joy, gratitude, and love for the life and lives around me.
Be sure to check out THIS POST for all sorts of goodies from around our community!
I hope that you all have an amazing day, grab some great deals, and scrap your little hearts out! I know I will!
I just want to take a few minutes to give a huge thank you to our April designers. Without the designers donating their time and talent, The Daily Digi wouldn’t be able to bring you great products, news, and information.
When it comes down to it, for me, digital scrapbooking is about cherishing my family’s memories. And each of these designers has helped me do that. So from the bottom of my heart, I want to say THANK YOU for your creativity and the way it has helped me capture my family’s special moments.
We had seven amazing designers this month and I created a page with each and every one of their kits.
In just a few days, The Daily Digi will celebrate FIVE YEARS of daily digital scrapbooking goodness. We have a lot of fun things planned for January, but before the celebrating begins, it’s time to reflect. This is something I do every year, as I’m sure we all do for life changing events, and The Daily Digi has been a game changer for me.
I’ve had a lot of dreams for this site and look forward to continuing to see the dreams become plans and the plans become reality. The biggest thing that has changed me in the past 5 years, has been the friendships and relationships I cherish with the many designers, team members, readers, and listeners. The stories you’ve shared with how digital scrapbooking has changed your life; I love connecting with all of you through the emails and comments. I love visiting with the contributing designers on the new “Daily Digi Digest” podcast and connecting with them in a way we haven’t before. I know all of you enjoy it just as much as I do! THANK YOU for listening and supporting us and our designers, we appreciate it!
Thank you for the ongoing support and allowing me to have my dream job!
You may have heard us talk about “Daring Greatly” and Brene Brown on The Digi Show or in this post from a while back. It’s something I believe could change each of us in our own lives, our communities, our society. It has had a powerful impact on my life.
Oprah is teaming up with Brene to offer a Life Class on Brene’s book, “The Gifts of Imperfection”. The class is a six week art journaling eclass! In the video on the site, Brene talks about some of her friends that will be joining her and it sounds like Ali will be one of them. It’s an art journaling eCourse that will challenge us to:
Through October 16th, the prices is $69.99 and they take PayPal.
I will be honest and the art journaling part of the whole thing has me scared to death, but I know that Brene says it scared her at first too, but it helped her embrace her own imperfections. So, I’m going to take the leap and trust Oprah and Brene and it looks like my daughter and husband might be joining me too (they’ve both read the book).
In early 2012, I attended Digiscrapapalooza in Las Vegas. Jenn Lindsey, one of our team members here, joined us there. We spent a lot of time together and Jenn glowed as she shared stories of her family; her boys, her husband, Hunter; how she and Hunter met; what a great dad Hunter was and how she knew he would be before they got married. That was one of the reasons she knew she wanted to marry him.
She shared stories of Hunter’s optimism and his love for running.
A few short months later, Jenn posted in our team forum that Hunter had been diagonsed with cancer and things were not looking good. Jenn continued to document this journey through her layouts. I’m sure you will recognize seeing them in the Playbook or here on the site:
Layout by Jenn. Supplies: A Bushel and a Peck by Meredith Cardall; Spaces (template) by Scrapbooklady Pages; Font: KG Makes You Stronger.
Jenn also set up a blog for Hunter to document things from his perspective. When I saw a post come through my email titled “The Finish Line” a few days ago, my heart sank. But Jenn says that Hunter wouldn’t want people shedding a bunch of tears over his death, rather sharing smiles over his life. So, today, we are honoring Hunter and the memories he made with his family, through Jenn’s eyes:
Today, as always, our thoughts and prayers are with Jenn, their boys, and their families. We’ve all been touched and uplifted by Hunter and the life he lived!
In this world, where ridiculing other people is often accepted and in some instances encouraged; where negativity and criticism is seen as “being real”; and put-downs are seen as comical; it is so refreshing to see things with a positive message. That’s how these commercials affected me the first time I saw them and still affect me, several views later.
Empowering, uplifting, dare I say…joyful? These statements are all things that I believe. They are phrases that are filled with meaning and are powerful. They are things I want to remember during the good times, but especially during the hard times! I want my daughters to remember these things as well. It was that desire that led me to ask Little Butterfly Wings to create a large poster using her beautiful talent and ability to combine fonts and images. I wanted it to be BIG and something that I could buy a premade frame for. I had her create a 16×20 poster which she provided as a jpeg and png.
I shared on CapturingMagic.me how I got the poster printed and framed and how much it cost me. As I was getting ready to post that, it occurred to me that people would want smaller sizes as well. It was late, and I was tired, so I went ahead and scheduled the post, deciding I would add smaller sizes before this post here. I also knew I would be getting some emails asking for the smaller sizes. I did not expect to wake up in the morning to an email from my own MOM asking for smaller sizes. It made me laugh.
Well, Mom, I made some smaller sizes and ordered some 5×7 prints from Persnickety on their pearl cardstock. They are beautiful! I’m excited to have them on hand to give to people when I need a card. A nice thought for a friend that needs a pick-me-up, a get-well, a thank you, even a birthday wish.
I hope this will bring you a little bit of happiness. The printables are in the members for those that are members. If you’re not a member, you can download them on CapturingMagic.me
It’s always interesting to take a look back at our year here at The Daily Digi. It is exciting for us to be approaching our 4th birthday (on January 1st). It is crazy to me that it’s only been FOUR years. The Daily Digi has been such a big part of my life for so long, it seems like it’s always been here.
Here are some additional items of interest not listed in the infographic above:
we did a total redesign of our Daily Digi iPhone app and it’s been a big success (we released an update recently as well).
we launched our Daily Digi Pinterest account about a year ago and gained over 5,000 followers in that time
we gave away over $1,680 in digital scrapbooking supplies to winners during the year
sadly, we’ve seen a lot of stores close during the year
It’s been a busy year! Thank you to our readers and especially the designers and members! It’s because of you that we get to do what we love on a daily basis! We are truly humbled that you invite us into your lives and days. We are looking forward to more amazing things in 2013!!