December Moments to Capture

December moments

Journal card by Digital Design Essentials. LD woodland font.


While we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet (it’s tomorrow!), December is just right around the corner and I’m thinking about the many moments I will want to capture. With a month full of memory making opportunities coming up, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes and plan ahead. Fortunately, we have a ton of great resources right here at The Daily Digi to make this easier!


Check the calendar for holidays:


Check your personal events calendar:

Look for parties, events, birthdays, and even routine appointments. All of these will help you decide what December moments are most important to you to be captured. I still love Google calendar and rely on it to help me keep all of the schedules in my life straight!


Read through some of our past posts:


Think outside the box:

We discussed many different ways to approach holiday memory keeping in episode 107 of The Digi Show. I bet you will find at least one tip or idea that helps you take the pressure off during this busy season!

Be sure to check out Anna Aspnes’ unique approach to December Daily. She challenged herself to tell the stories of the year in December. It’s a great idea!


Make a list:

Jot down the ideas you got from the lists and links above and keep it somewhere you will see it throughout the next month. I’m going to keep mine on my iPhone for easy access. Don’t worry about doing every single thing on the list, keep it more as an idea reminder and get ready to enjoy a magical month ahead!



Finding Halloween Inspiration for Scrapping + Photography

finding Halloween inspiration

Digital Design Essentials So Spooky. Lobster font.


With Halloween just a day away, you are probably working on last minute preparations for costumes, treats, and/or parties. Don’t forget to prepare for the memory keeping part of the holiday as well! Make sure your cameras and phones are all charged up with enough free memory space for plenty of photos. This is also a great time to browse through some of our past posts to freshen up your photography skills and give you some ideas of what you want to capture this year. Here are some of our Halloween posts:

One of the best methods I have for getting in the Halloween spirit is looking through photos and layouts from past years. Here are a few of my favorites – all images are linked for credits.

We always go and see the witches at Gardner Village. So fun!

Scrapbook Lady Seasonal Squares Halloween Katie sample layout


I love to take pictures of our porch decorations and also any neighbors houses that look festive.

front porch



For my daughter, Halloween is all about the costumes!

groovy girl


Our annual trips to a pumpkin patch are some of my favorite memories.

pumpkin patch


I always forget to take night pictures for Halloween, but I love having them for my pages. I’m going to go out and photograph some seasonal scenes at night this year!

night photos


Creating Flickr mosaics with Big Huge Labs is another favorite activity for me. I love finding such festive photos!

Halloween mosaic


Of course, I love to look through the galleries and see what other digi scrappers are documenting. Here are some of my favorites from the Digital Scrapbook Inspiration and the Digital Pocket Scrapping Flickr groups. All images are linked for credits.



Halloween pocket






Now I feel like I’m truly ready for Halloween. I can’t wait to try out some new ideas with my photos and layouts this year!


Finding Free Digi Help Online

free digi help

Scrapping 9 to 5 by Kate Hadfield. Traveling Typewriter font.


The Daily Digi site is filled with information every day to help you with your digital scrapbooking and memory keeping activities. Besides the daily posts, there is an extensive tutorial section where you can find help on a number of digi-related topics such as:

Another great resource to turn to is the help section from the software company you use for your digital products. The majority of our readers use an Adobe program (Photoshop Elements & Photoshop being the most popular) and the Adobe help site is very useful. Here are some useful links:

Isn’t it nice to know that help is only a click away? Be sure to utilize these free resources!


Decorate your photos for Halloween with PicMonkey buildings


PicMonkey is one of my favorite sources for editing photos and creating fun photo projects. It’s my go-to site for easy collages and quick ways to write on pictures and now they have added some fun Halloween effects to the menu of choices. This is such a great way to add some creativity to your holiday photos and digital layouts!

picmonkey spooky


I found this free stock photo of some headstones that I thought would be a good example to work with. Here’s how it looks without any editing. buildings

Under the Zombie theme, I selected the Radiation Decay effect

zombie theme

I also added some Tattoo Ink text from the Day of the Dead theme

day of the dead

which resulted in this very spooky looking photograph! buildings


Here’s another fun Halloween picture of a witch at Gardner Village. This is what it looks like without any editing. She’s not very scary on a bright and sunny day!

witch in daylight

I decided to amp up the spookiness by using several of the filters and effects in the witches theme. I used a dash of coven complexion, a bit of hag eyes, some pockmarks, cauldron gloam, spellbound miasma, spider sense, a magical creature, and finished it off in antiquated style.

witches theme

She looks much better now, don’t you think?

witch altered


You don’t have to reserve these Halloween filters for haunting photos, there are several effects that would be fun to use for any type of artistic editing. I took this picture of my daughter in a cornfield –


and I used an effect from the Apparitions texture (in the demons category)


Now I have a beautifully textured photo that would look great on an art journaling page. Be creative!

cornfield altered


Any time you are looking for some fun ways to edit your photos, just head on over to PicMonkey and check out their latest themes. You can find all of these (and many more) by clicking on the cute little pumpkin icon on the bottom left of the editing screen menu.



Happy Haunting!


Making frames from embellishments

making frames from embellishments

Studio Rosey Posey – One Moment. Fonts are blackout & Fontleroy Brown


Have you ever thought of creating a unique frame for a photo or journaling spot by using digital embellishments? There are some creative (and easy!) ways to do this. Here are some of my favorite tricks:

Use straight lines

Straight ribbon, washi tape, ric rack, lace, and other borders are super easy to make frames out of. Just use 4 pieces (or duplicate the same piece 4 times) and make it into a frame. You can create a square frame, or crop 2 of the pieces to create a rectangle.

using tape to make a frame

One Little Bird – Happygram


Line up the little things

Buttons, sequins, flowers, and more can all be lined up or put into a shape to create a snazzy frame. Follow a shape template to help you with your spacing and alignment and then just delete the shape when you are done. Merge all those layers together to keep the frame as a single layer that is easy to move and resize.

button frame

Digital Design Essentials – The Good Stuff


Look for natural frame spaces

Some embellishments provide an instant area for framing. Look at your embellishments with a new perspective to find places to insert photos and journaling.


Kristin Cronin-Barrow – How Does Your Garden Grow


When you look through your digital supplies, keep an eye open for creative ways to use the embellishments in unique ways. You can extend the use of your digi kits by making frames for photos and journaling by putting these skills to use. Have fun!



Scrapping in Season

scrapping in the season

Studio Rosey Posey – Autumn Time. Code Light font.


The great thing about digital scrapbooking is that you don’t have to do it in any order. You can scrap about your son’s preschool years and wedding all in one sitting. There are no rules! That said, I have to admit that I love to scrap “in season” – meaning that I scrap about the current season I’m experiencing in real life. I think it’s only natural to want to relive fall memories when the leaves around you are changing. Not to mention that all the digital designers are releasing products that are just perfect for this time of year!

If you feel like your scrapping is in a rut, consider scrapping along with the seasons as they occur. Fall is the perfect time to try out this technique because there is so much going on during the months of autumn. Here are some great ideas and examples to get you motivated.

School’s in Session

Fall is definitely a time for education. Early fall means back to school and that can inspire a whole new batch of digi scrapping. New routines, milestones, school pictures, and class subjects, provide plenty of scrapbooking material.


layout by kfite7



layout by cardinalskate


school is cool

layout by Heddy


Daily Digi resources for scrapping about school:


Changing Colors

In the northern hemisphere, leaves are changing colors as they get ready to fall off in preparation for colder months. The southern hemisphere is just blooming into spring after the winter season. Either way, the colors are vibrant at this time of year. Let nature guide you to scrap those seasonal photos!


layout by Vicki



layout by Trina



layout by Anne


Seasonal Activities

There are certain activities that go along with this time of year; apple picking, corn mazes, pumpkin patch visits, and more! Why not scrap these events (even from past years) around the same time they are happening? The memories will be fresh in your mind and it will be easy to find great supplies to help you document them.

pumpkin patch

layout by Tara



layout by Courtney Mervine



layout by Heddy



Harken the Holidays

Fall holidays are perfect for scrapbookers! Halloween is such a visually fun celebration with costumes, decorations, and candy – so easy to scrap! Thanksgiving is filled with family and good food. Plenty of time to swap old stories. Get out a tape recorder or jot down some notes while you are at this year’s feast.


layout by twomoredays



layout by Tiff3fs


Daily Digi resources for scrapping fall holidays:

While it’s true that I can scrap about these occasions any time during the year, I’m much more likely to do so when the season is in line with my creations. How about you? Do you scrap in season, or does that even matter to you? There’s no right or wrong answer, just some food for thought!



So many forms of digital memory keeping

digital memory keeping

After more than 8 years as a digital scrapbooker, I am certain that right now is the BEST time ever for this type of memory keeping. There have never been as many options as we currently have and our community is overflowing with well-designed supplies and helpful resources. It’s a good time to be a digi scrapper!

The definition of digital scrapbooking has broadened over the years to include all forms of digital memory documenting. We can use our computers, Photoshop, smart phones, tablets, apps, social media, photobooks, templates, and any number of designs to capture our memories in a meaningful way.

Want to see what today’s digital memory keeping looks like? Here are some wonderful and inspirational examples:

Scrapbook Layouts

Just like paper scrappers, digital memory keepers like to combine photos, words, and decorative touches to make their memory into a masterpiece. There are so many ways to make a digital layout!

keldakitty layout

page by keldakitty from our Digital Scrapbook Inspiration group


Pocket Pages

Project Life and other pocket scrapbooking formats have made it fun and easy to capture life one rectangle or square at a time. The old time photo album format met up with new age scrapbooking and created a style that is accessible to many different types of memory keepers.


page by scrapandsass from our Digital Pocket Scrapping group


Art Journaling

Artsy and creative don’t have to involve physical supplies – digital art journaling is so much fun and there’s no mess to clean up!

digital art journal

page by lynnirene from our Digital Scrapbook Inspiration group


Photo Books

With so many companies offering drag and drop templates for photobooks, it has become incredibly easy to save memories in this format. We especially love AdoramaPix and want to remind you about the awesome 40% off coupon for our readers – it expires in November, so hurry!


photobook by Katie using AdoramaPix + Instagram


Card Making

In today’s connected world, we often have friends all over the globe. Digital cards can be sent anywhere and shared on social media. Or you can always print them out and give them in a more traditional manner.

card by Ronnie Texas

card by RonnieTexas from our Digital Scrapbook Inspiration group



Yes, bloggers really are digital memory keepers… even if they don’t think of themselves as such. Sharing digital images and words on a blog is a great form of documentation!

Memory Monday_ our first kitchen - Katie the Scrapbook Lady-1

Memory Monday post from Katie the Scrapbook Lady blog


Social Media Sharing

Photo sharing, status updates, and online conversations have become forms of memory documentation that even non-scrappers have embraced. Stories are being told through small posts on sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more.

status update



Using  words + photos type of apps is a super easy and mobile way to digitally document your memories. There are oodles of options out there and you can even create collages that are very similar to full scrapbook layouts!

steph adventures

created by Steph using Over



There are lots of ways to tell your story using online formats from websites. You can save notes & pictures in Evernote, answer prompt questions on Proust, or create picture collages and projects with sites like PicMonkey. The internet is a big helper when it comes to memory keeping!

favorite shoes

created by Katie with Proust



The next best thing to being there in person is to have a video of the moment. YouTube, Vimeo, and photo sites that have video sharing capabilities are all part of digital memory keeping.


Video interview by Janet Phillips


I just love having all of these tools and resources to help me share my memories. I bet you will agree that this is the best time in history to be a memory keeper. Digi rocks!

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Don’t be afraid of the letter i

the letter i
Crossbone Cuts Designs Just Quote Me. Book Antiqua & Arial fonts.

I believe in journaling. Sometimes it is a bit of a bother, but I am always glad when I take the time to make a page into a meaningful masterpiece by adding this very personal touch. It is very powerful to journal in the first person. This means you use the word “I” and talk about something in your own voice such as “I went to the store and bought a new shirt. I couldn’t believe it cost $50!”

Here’s an example of my own “I” journaling:

January 2012
Layout by Katie Nelson. Credits: Scrapbook Lady Sixes template, Jenn Barrette & Kristin Cronin-Barrow Everyday Storyteller collab, Typewriter Scribbled font.

The journaling is a collection of my own thoughts about the pictures on the pages. It reads: “I took 12 pictures on the 12th of January of random bits of my life that day. The day started out as a chilly one! I took the thermometer picture with my iPhone and then switched to my Canon point and shoot for the rest of the day. We treated ourselves to pizza for lunch as a reward for finishing our semester finals. Roasted red peppers, feta cheese, & mushrooms – yummy! I took a picture of my new camera case from Photojojo. It’s so felty and cute! We’ve had very little snow this winter. I miss my garden and I’m looking forward to spring. Our patio furniture is all tucked away for the winter. I’m reading The Family Dinner right now. I’ve always been a big believer in the power of family meals and I’m grateful that my own Mom gave us the blessing of eating together as a family. This book has been an affirmation of what I know is important. I love reading cookbooks!”

When you use the first person narrative, you are telling the story in YOUR own words. When crafters talk about putting “their heart” into their creations, I’m pretty sure nobody does this more than a writer. Committing your thoughts and feelings into a tangible form is truly a gift to those you share it with.

I like orange
Layout by Katie Nelson. Credits: Template by Sara Gleason – Daffodil 3 (modified), Edged Out Border by Tracie Stroud, Papers by Kaye Winiecki (say cheese), Dani Mogstad (birds of a feather), Joyce Paul (lemonade stand), Karen Lewis (all about me – digichick collab), Misty Mareda (Organic MScraps collab), iScrap (Organic MScraps collab), Jennifer Labre (color me happy). Century Gothic font.

The journaling is unmistakably mine and brings my voice to life on the page. It reads: “A few years ago, I would have never listed orange as a color that I even liked. In fact, I really did NOT like the color of orange at all when I was growing up. Perhaps it’s because there was so much of it in the 1970’s. I still don’t like the shades of orange that were popular in that decade, but I have grown to appreciate the color recently. One of my favorite blogs is called “How About Orange” and it’s written by a designer named Jessica Jones. She’s helped me realize that orange is hip, vibrant, and full of life. I genuinely like the color orange now. How about that?”

Using the letter “I” makes the journaling more personal. It may feel more difficult to write because there is nothing to hide behind… you are sharing what you really think. Don’t be afraid of the letter “I” – it’s an important tool for authentic pages!

baby doll
Layout by Katie Nelson. Credits: Scrapbook Lady Stories template. Wild Blueberry Ink Love Story from The Digi Files #51 March 2013. Arial font.

My daughter will always enjoy hearing my take on this memory! The journaling says: “I still remember going in to check on Riley one night and finding this scene. Her baby doll was right on top of her and she not only had a binki in her mouth, but one next to her hand, and another nearby. I was struck by how much her baby doll looked like her in her jammies. It was touching to see how much love she had for this little doll, and how she must have been cuddling her to sleep. Knowing Riley like I do now, I’m sure that was the case. She is such a sweet and loving person and I love that this photo captures that about her.”

I challenge you to use the letter “I” at least a few times on your next layout. Pour yourself right into the page with your words and you will understand the power of “I” – it’s wonderful!

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Opening pages

travel album opening page
Layout by Katie Nelson that will be used as the opening page for a travel album. Credits: Scrapbook Lady Structured template. Little Butterfly Wings So Far Away, Tracy Martin Traveler, and Kristin Cronin-Barrow Tropical Hideaway.


Many scrappers like to introduce their albums with an opening or title page. It’s a great way to set the stage for the stories that will follow. I love this clean and simple example from Tifff3fs.



This is a great way to define the topic of a mini-album. I love the way TaraMcK started off her summer manifesto project!

summer manifesto


It’s also a great way to explain the purpose, order, or meaning behind the album. Trina used this title page to share her love for her daughter and to tell her that it didn’t matter that the pages were not in chronological order. Love this!

explain the album


Even smaller segments in time or theme can have their own opening pages like craftytamm did. Try introducing a month, a trip, or a school year by using a title type of page. It’s a great way to keep a large album feeling more manageable!

introduce smaller segments


I especially love the idea of using a family tree page as an opening to a heritage album. It will help the viewer keep track of how everyone is related and meaningful. Dee Birks did a great job connecting all the relationships on this page.

family tree


You can even get ahead of the game and put together an opening page for the future. Tifff3fs must be very organized!

title page


Just like any great book, it’s nice to have an introduction. It helps prepare the viewer for the journey of memories they are about to embark on. Trina knows just how to set the mood!

2009 intro


Take a look through your albums and decide where you might want to add some opening pages. These type of title layouts also make great filler pages if you end up with an odd number of pages!

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Digital Scrapbook Designers share the best tips!

designer tips from the daily digi

Shawna Clingerman mix and match journals 1 & Lauren Script font


Some of my favorite posts to read here at The Daily Digi are the contributor features. Of course, I love to find out more about the designers who are generous enough to support the site with their amazing designs, but I also learn a lot from them! The interviews include favorite tips and tricks from the designers themselves and because they are experts in the field of digital scrapbooking, they have some really great advice! I thought it would be helpful to share some of my favorite tidbits that our designers have shared along the way.

Automatically Center

Here’s a really simple and incredibly useful tip from Liz Tamanaha of Paislee Press that she shared when she was featured her in July of 2012.

liz tip

Guess what? I didn’t know that tip before Liz shared it. Now I use it every time I scrap! It works equally well in Photoshop Elements.

paislee-more less example

Paislee Press more + less


Change the Layers Palette

Chelle of Chelle’s Creations shared a quick and easy trick for customizing the layers palette in your digital workspace during her feature here earlier in 2013.

Chelle tip

I knew you could change the thumbnail size, but I had no idea what a difference the layer bounds option would make!

I put a red circle around the 4 lines that Chelle mentioned (I’m working in PSE 11). When you click on the lines, you get a drop-down menu where you can select “panel options”.

panel options

Choose layer bounds and you will see a lot more detail on the embellishments in your layers palette.


Check out the difference between the “entire document” and “layer bounds” settings.


Chelle’s Creations Street Smarts


Create Instant Frames

Miss Mint of Peppermint Creative shared a great frame tip for photos in her 2013 feature.

miss mint tip

I hope everyone tries this trick because it’s one of my favorite ways to frame a photo! It works in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Go to layer style settings

layer style settings

and choose “stroke”. You can play around with the size, color, and opacity to get the look you want.

photo with stroke

Miss Mint Modern Mama


Don’t overlook the great resource of archives from the contributor features here at The Daily Digi. We work with the best designers in digiland and they are so generous to share their expertise with all of us!

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