Last Day of July 2013

 

It’s time to wrap up another month of The Digi Files! I can’t believe it! This also means for many Daily Digi members and readers, summer is winding down and “Back to School” is in full swing. I have a few more weeks of summer here and I am kind of thankful. It seem like it’s been one crazy event after another this summer, leaving me feeling like I’m chasing my tail…lol.

We will be rolling out some new features on The Daily Digi over the next few months and we can’t wait!  The first new addition will be DigiLocker…more on that soon!

When you become an annual member you get access to 13 months of products for the price of 11 the first year! That’s just barely over $6 a month for products with over $50 of retail value (OR less than $1 per full-sized product)!  AMAZING DEAL!!   No waiting for payments to process. You can start downloading your goodies as soon as the calendar changes to a new month!  You can become a monthly member of The Digi Files for $7.50 a month.

You can become a monthly member as well for $7.50 a month.

This is what our members said at the end of last month:

I’ve been a member for several months now and I find myself counting down to the first day of the next month.  I just get so excited to see the new offerings each month! – Danell

I can’t believe how fast the month goes!  I look forward to the 1st of each month since that is when we can unwrap the wonderful goodies from our digi files.  Thanks for all the variety of kits and designers! When a membership milestone hits and one of the HUGE collaboration kits is available for me to download, I am even more thrilled (hard to believe!) with my choice to be a member of The Daily Digi. Thank you so much! – AngiW

This month got me and I joined for a year!  (I’m sure it will end up being many, many more.)  I’m thrilled already and can’t wait to see what next months holds. – Jules

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

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Rainy Dazy Designs

Sara Gleason

Amanda Heimann

Paper Pieces by Jacque Larsen

SarahJ Designs

Pixel Gypsy

 

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).

We will randomly select FOURTEEN people from Rafflecopter  to win $10 in product from one of this month’s contributors.  Winners names will automatically be added to the widget here after they are selected. The contest closes at 11pm ET.

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The End of the May Means 14 Winners

 

It’s the last day of May! Wow! Did it fly for you too?? Have you seen ALL of the wonderful goodies included in The Digi Files this month? There are some really fun products in a wide variety of styles.

When you become an annual member you get access to 13 months of products for the price of 11 (for the first year)! That’s just barely over $6 a month for products with over $50 of retail value (OR less than $1 per full-sized product)!  AMAZING DEAL!!   No waiting for payments to process. You can start downloading your goodies as soon as the calendar changes to a new month and you have all month download!

You can become a monthly member as well for $7.50 a month. There are no obligations. You can cancel at any time.

This is what our members said at the end of last month:

I am starting my third year of TDD and still lovin’ it. Thanks for all you do to bring us such awesome dinginess!!! – Connie

This has been my first month of subscribing and I am loving it! Originally I bought it because of Project Life, however now I have had a chance to see everything that is included each month – I am excited!! What a create concept :D – Diane D.

I really love the combination of kits each month.  There are always favorite designers, some designers I have never heard of, and designers I’ve always wanted to try but really weren’t my style so I haven’t bought anything.  It gives me a chance to play and try something new.  🙂 – Jen L

Here’s a closer look at everything that is included for $7.50 or less TOTAL (not per item) or less when you become a subscriber:

Juliana Kneipp

Yin Designs

Miss Mint

Allison Pennington

Crossbone Cuts Designs

Blagovesta Gosheva

Libby Pritchett

 

You will find lots of great information in our Playbook that comes in pdf, iBooks, Nook color, Kindle Fire, and generic ePub versions. Over 40 pages of layout inspiration using the supplies from this month’s files as well as tips, tricks, and tutorials for creating the looks for yourself! People continually email me that they would pay the full subscription price for JUST the Playbook!

Exclusive Bonus Kits for Digi Game Level Members Only

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.

 

“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.

 

“My Life At Play” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their twelfth payment (or twelfth 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 sixteenth 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 twenty-fourth 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 twenty-eighth payment (or 28th month for annual members).

My Life of Change” is our NEWEST 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).

This collection started going out last month to members that had been subscribed since our membership very first launched in October 2010. This kit was inspired by many of the changes most of us go through in life. Some good, some bad, most of them hard. There are many uplifting bits of word art and journaling cards that express, very well, the theme of this collection.

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You can get an entry into the drawing by doing several things such as, commenting, pinning, tweeting, liking, etc. You will need to enter through the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions for each method you want to enter.  We will verify entries when winners are selected and those entries will be disqualified if instructions weren’t followed.

We will randomly select FOURTEEN people from Rafflecopter  to win $10 in product from one of this month’s contributors.  Winners names will automatically be added to the widget here after they are selected, so check back here tomorrow to see if you won. The contest closes at 11pm ET.

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Have you ever wondered why we keep it a surprise?

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From the very first time The Digi Files were introduced, we’ve had a very fun and unique way of revealing them each month. When the new files are ready for download on the first of each month, we don’t post all the previews here – it’s a surprise for our members as they go to open each one of the 7 collections included in that’s month’s set of Digi Files. Have you ever wondered why we do it this way?

 

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When Janet Phillips founded the site back in January of 2009, she had a vision that we still follow today. These are her exact words from the very first month of The Daily Digi’s existence.

Each of included designers have created something special just for THE DIGI FILES. These products (mini-kits, element sets, etc) are new and never-before-released.  The hope is that you can safely and inexpensively try new-to-you designers as well as stock up on stuff from your tried-and-true favorites.  We worked hard to bring you a range of styles and stores and we hope that you will be THRILLED with your purchase!

We won’t be showing you the contents of THE DIGI FILES right away (that’s part of the fun!)  However, throughout the month that TDF are available, we will be spotlighting the individual designers. You will get to know a little about them, about their work, AND you will get to see what they contributed to TDF. So, if you are unsure about buying “sight unseen” you can wait and watch throughout the month.

More than 4 years later, our members still love the surprise each month! Many of them call it “Daily Digi Day” or say it is like having birthday presents to open each month. We would never want to take away the fun of that!

 

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We don’t post the Digi Files previews until each designer’s special feature day. This gives our readers a chance to see each collection on it’s own and get to know the designer who created it. Even though I have already seen (and scrapped with most of) the contents of the files well before the month begins, I really look forward to these feature days. When I read about the designer and see all the great layouts from the team, I fall even more in love with the kits and templates. It’s such a fun way to keep the excitement of The Digi Files alive all month long.

It’s also a great solution for those who don’t like surprises. All they have to do is wait for some of the reveal posts to see if they want to buy the files. Once they have seen one or two collections that they like, they already know they will get way more than their money’s worth! Each kit included in the files is the same value as the price of the entire Digi Files. Oh, and the playbook alone is well worth the cost so it’s a win-win no matter what!

To keep it fun, we kindly ask everyone not to share previews of the kits on blogs, pinterest, or anywhere online until after the reveal date for each contribution. That keeps the original intent behind The Digi Files in place and helps us feature and honor those designers who have contributed their amazing talents to make the files a success!

There would be no Daily Digi without The Digi Files and we are so grateful for the designers and for our members who make this magic happen every month!

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Do you know about all the free stuff around here?

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Ok, by now you should know that The Daily Digi is where you get THE best deal in digital scrapbooking! Annual members are paying less than $6.35 per month for over $50 in digital scrapbooking supplies + an interactive ebook (the playbook)! Monthly subscribers pay only $7.50 a month. We haven’t found anyone else who can even come close to offering what we do! You also can feel confident that you will be receiving the highest quality digital scrapbooking supplies each month because we only invite designers & stores to contribute if they pass our stringent quality checks.

Hello! Why would you pass this up? And at the risk of sounding like a Ginsu knife infomercial… wait, there’s more!

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Whether you are a member or not, you will want to sign up for our free newsletter. We regularly send out free gifts from the amazing designers who have been past contributors to The Digi Files! Here are a few of our favorite layouts that we have scrapped with newsletter freebies:

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Layout by Heddy created with TDD Newsletter Freebies: Just For Fun 1 mini kit by Heather T. Jewel Toned Butterflies by Kitschy Digitals Just the Basics: Cream Gel Alpha by Mari Koelenberg Other Supplies: Double Masks by Heather T.

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Layout by Heddy created with Solo Act No. 3 template by Fizzy Pop Designs (TDD Newsletter Freebie), 12 Months: September kit by Penny Springerman. Other: Word art from The Story of Every Day Life, A Daily Digi collab kit. Paint from Sol by Studio 68

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Steph regularly adds special bonuses to the members area so be sure to check your downloads each month! I especially love the templates by team members Kim Lund and Jenn Lindsey.

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Layout by Jenn Lindsey created with Bonus Template 2 by Jenn Lindsey (TDD Bonus Gift), My Happy Place by Captivated Visions and LitaBells Designs, Traveling Typewriter and Empty Wrapper fonts

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Layout by Jenn Lindsey. Created with Bonus Template 4 by Jenn Lindsey (TDD Bonus Gift), Awesomesauce by Tracie Stroud, Here Comes Trouble by Tracie Stroud and Traci Reed, Beauty In The World by Tracie Stroud, Traveling Typewriter font.

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Layout by Katie. Created with Template by Kim Lund (freebie from The Daily Digi). Always There by Eva Kipler from The Digi Files #31 (July 2011). font is Century Gothic

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Every four months you are a member of The Digi Game (even if you leave and then come back later) you will receive an extra special bonus kit. The designers who have contributed to The Digi Files in the past help us put together one-of-a-kind exclusive collaborative kits that are never available anywhere else. I love all of these kits and since I’ve been here so long, I’ve had a chance to scrap with every single one of them!

MY LIFE AT HOME

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Created with “My Life At Home” 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).

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MY LIFE IN PRINT

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Scrapped with “My Life In Print” – an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their sixteenth payment (or 16th month for annual members).

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MY LIFE AT PLAY

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I used “My Life At Play” which is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their twelfth payment (or twelfth month for annual members).

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MY JOURNEY MY LIFE

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“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.

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THE GOOD LIFE

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“The Good Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their fourth payment.

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STORY OF EVERYDAY LIFE

I created an entire album from this one kit for a Week in the Life project. These collaborative kits are big enough that you can use them for multiple pages or even a full album!

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Story of Everyday Life – first exclusive collaboration that you get right when you first subscribe and become a member:

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Those are just the “extras” you get for being a part of The Daily Digi. I haven’t even talked about the $50 worth of digital scrapbooking supplies you get every month or the amazing playbooks! I sure hope you are getting a chance to enjoy all that The Daily Digi has to offer! Smile

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Happy Leap Year – Seven Will Win

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It’s the end of another month here at The Daily Digi, a Leap Year Day, AND today is the LAST day you can grab all of these goodies at such a LOW price! These goodies go back to their designers’ stores for full retail value starting tomorrow! HURRY because once they are gone, they are gone!

Can you believe you get ALL of this PLUS a Playbook PLUS bonus exclusive kits for only $7.50!?!? It’s so shocking, I know! As a member of The Digi Game, you get:

  • Try new-to-you designers with a very low risk.
  • Stock up on high quality products at an extremely low price.
  • Get layout ideas for the products included (in the Playbook).
  • Learn the latest digital scrapbooking techniques in the Playbook.
  • Products are automatically added to your account each month, no checkout or PayPal login required.

Here’s what some of our members are saying:

“This is my first month to be a member and I am BLOWN AWAY with all of the product that I’ve downloaded. All of it is top notch and really gets my creative juices flowing. Because of this, my scrapping has gone into overdrive and I’m getting more done than ever! LOVE all of it!!!” – Erika

“I’m pretty new to digital scrapbooking, so I love that I get a lot of different products from different designers and I get suggestions on how to use them! That’s amazing for what I’m paying!” – Ruth

“I love the “surprise” at the first of the month and the variety of styles, designs, and themes. It was hard to believe that I have been a member for 16 months and received My Life in Print this month. Really great month. Thanks so much.” – Valerie

“I have been a member for about 5 months now and I am always thrilled to see the new kits. I have never been disappointed. There is often a kit by one of my favorite designers, but I have also discovered new favorites and been challenged to step out of my comfort zone to try new styles because the beautiful kits demand to be used. Thank you for doing such a great job gathering designs and designers from all over so that we can see and experience their art in one place!” – Sandy Stuart

Here’s a look at all of the products included this month (links go to the designer features):

The Hidden Heart: I’m 15 Years Old

Something Blue Studios: Mucking Around

Julia Makotinsky: A Designer First

Ziggle Designs: I Love Being Crafty

Connie Prince: Honor Her Sweet Memory

Darcy Baldwin: Reluctant Daughter of a Crafter

Stolen Moments Designs: Part Time by Night

Sabrina’s Creations: Waiting to be Scrapped

 

The interactive “Playbook” is filled with tips, tricks, tutorials, links to more resources, and a video tutorial. Even the advanced digital scrapbooker can learn something from this packed book. We cover just about every subject a digital scrapbooker is interested in!

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The Digi Game members also get access to exclusive kits every four months they are subscribed AND a bonus kit just for joining!

Story of Everyday Life is the first the exclusive kit that Digi Game members get access upon subscribing:

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Good Life is the 2nd exclusive kit that members get after 4 active months:

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My Journey, My Life is the 3rd exclusive kit that Digi Game members get after 8 active months:

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“My Life at Play” goes out to those that have been active members for 12 months:

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“My Life In Print” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their sixteenth payment (or  16th month for annual members):

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NOW…for the FUN part! Leave us a comment sharing one thing you enjoyed about The Daily Digi, The Digi Files, or The Digi Game this month! We will randomly select SEVEN people from the comments below to win $10 in product from one of this month’s contributors.

Paula Kesselring: It Gave Me The Courage

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I have always been so impressed by designers that can take something from everyday life and turn it into a digital scrapbook supply. That’s what Paula Kesslering does with her designs. Her extractions are flawless and the end results are so fun! Let’s take a closer look at “Your Song” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is ONE of the products you get when you become a member during this month. You will find SIX other full products inside, a Playbook, and other bonus goodies all for only $7.50 TOTAL!

Here are some layouts created using Paula Kesselring’s contribution:

LO1Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Your Song by Paula Kesselring; Doodles by Lauren.
LO2Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Your Song by Paula Kesselring; Concert Alpha by Traci Reed; Manger by Wetfish Designs.
LO3Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Your Song by Paula Kesselring; Holiday Templates No. 002 by Simply Tiffany; Font: VT Portable Remington.
LO4Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Your Song by Paula Kesselring; Fonts: Small Typewriting Medium.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Simply.Scraps, Font: CK Extra

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

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I’m Paula, a 44 year old stay at home mom to the two most wonderful girls in the world. Isabella is 17 and she is studying in an American Boarding school in Switzerland and Gabriella is 12 and lives and studies here in Brazil with us.

I’ve been married for almost 14 years to my best friend Ricardo. We, my husband and I, never act our age! We’re both in our 40s and we’re so old. We’d rather stay home with Gabriella watching a movie than go out with friends. If we are out with our friends we’re usually ready to go home after two hours

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The challenge for us on this DARE was to create a page that is centered around one of our favorite childhood toys. What is it that made it special? Who gave it to you? Was it something you were longing for, or a big surprise?

So I started to tell about my Paper Dolls. I used to play with paper dolls. I don’t see them in stores much anymore…When I was a girl, there were books and books of paper dolls. Paper dolls were awkward. I walked the paper dolls along a pretend street, took them to a pretend party, or pretended my way into school with them.

I love a realistic and touchable look on my pages so I keep working at it until it looks real and touchable, playing with the shadows.
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I started scrapping in high school…but not the same paper scrapping we do today. I spent hours cutting photos, gluing stickers and memorabilia together to make my own book covers.

After paper scrapping for a few years, I discovered digi scrapping! With the paper scrap I went a little crazy and documented every moment and bought thousands of different products… But it was too time consuming and messy with girls around that I came across digi-scrapping online one day and have never turned back.

I’ve always been a creative person and worked on my own stationery business for almost 15 yrs as graphic designer before and It gave me the courage to build my own kits.

I officially started selling my designs on February 2010 when I got accepted to sell at Scrapartist. And since march, 2011 exclusively at Catscrap, a wonderful place to work, where you can find some of the best designers and friends in the digiland.

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There is so much creativity out in our huge world…So many things to be inspired by…
I think inspiration can be found everywhere… My family, the tv, the web, blogs, magazines, nature, fashion…

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Computer: I design on a PC with 4GB Ram. a 24? monitor. I have 4 external hard drives(1TB/each) , too. One stays plugged 24 hours and houses my scrapping and designing stuff. The other ones are for back up only.

Program: I design primarily with Photoshop CS5. Every good illustrator knows the advantage of using a Wacom tablet with Adobe Illustrator but I’m still learning to use my Wacon Tablet!!! LOL I use my HP Scan to scan old photos, doodles, things to extract, etc.

Camera: I have 3 cameras… I’m learning about using my Nikon D5000 so I use more my new Cyber-shot Digital Camera TX55 , it’s the thinnest Cyber-shot camera ever made so I can take it anywhere!

Anything Else: I really want the Wacom Cintiq 21UX. You draw right ON the screen! But I think that I can never save enough money to buy it…LOL

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I love more realistic looking pages .For me the most important technique you can use to make your pages look real is the subtle use of shadowing. Drop shadows have the ability to make a layout look realistic or they can look fake. The best way to learn about creating shadows is to see how things really are shadowed, paying attention to real world illumination conditions. You will see that they are rarely black, so instead of choosing the black go with the eyedropper on the image and select a darker, grayed version of the color of the SURFACE the shadow falls on. Does that make sense?

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If I had to pick a favorite it would be “Old Woody Alpha”, because it looks so real that I want to touch it! I love the pastel colors contrasting with the old wood color.

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My Old Metal Alpha #1 is my best sold product! I think the combination of the deep, dark brushed metal colors together with bright colors create an interesting a cool old grunge product that everybody loves.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Paula Kesselring:

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

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The Daily Digi readers can save 35% at Paula Kesselring’s store with coupon code TDDPK35OFF. Offer expires 02-28-12.

Go have a look in Paula Kesselring’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

Tracie Stroud: The Good In Circumstances

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Tracie Stroud’s kits are ones that I tend to use for several layouts. They are filled with fun goodies that I just NEED to create with! I love Tracie’s colors, font choices, and her awesome ability to mix patterns so well. I always know I can use lots of her papers on one layout and they will look GREAT! I’m thrilled to have Tracie joining us again in The Digi Files! Let’s take a closer look at “I Am Beautiful” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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This is just ONE of the colections you get in The Digi Files and Digi Game during January, 2012. See the others we have revealed so far and don’t miss out by becoming a member!

Here are some layouts created using Tracie Stroud’s contribution:

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Layout by Karen. Supplies: I Am Beautiful by Tracie Stroud; Template by The Tattered Pear.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: I Am Beautiful by Tracie Stroud; DSD 2011 Template by Crystal Livesay.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: I Am Beautiful by Tracie Stroud; Fonts: Jailbird Jenna and Gimme Space.
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Layout by Melissa. Supplies: I Am Beautiful by Tracie Stroud; Story Starters (word art) by CD Muckosky; Font: CK Ali Handwriting.

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Layout by SharonS, additional supplies: Template: Rainy Dayz Designs: Font: SF Katie

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

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My husband Michael and I have been married for 11 1/2 years. We met at college the first day of my freshman year and his senior year, and we’ve been together ever since. We have 3 beautiful kiddos, ages 6, 4, and 1. We live in Shreveport, Louisiana. I’m addicted to reading, Pinterest, and chocolate. My very favorite pasttime is just staying home and having fun as a family.

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I created this layout for a challenge that required using 12 different patterned papers. I absolutely love including lots of different papers in my layouts, so this was right up my alley.

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I started paper scrapping about 10 years ago. After our first baby was born, I didn’t have the space or time for all the supplies. I didn’t know about digital at that time, so I just gave up scrapping altogether, but I really missed capturing those memories. When I was pregnant with our 2nd baby, everyone on the baby boards was raving about digital scrapping. I decided to try it, and I was hooked! After scrapping for a couple of years, I really wanted to try designing. I started selling in January of 2009.

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Colors are my biggest source of inspiration. I’m always drawn to a color pallette first, and I build my theme around a palette, instead of the other way around.

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Computer: I’m currently using a Toshiba laptop with Windows 7 and 4 GB of RAM. I desperately need to upgrade though, and I’m hoping to do that soon.

Program: I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, both CS4. I use ACDSee Photo Manager to organize my files, and I use a Bamboo Fun tablet instead of a mouse.

Camera: Just a Nikon Coolpix point and shoot right now. It serves my needs for the moment.
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Don’t be afraid to use a variety of patterns and color in your layouts! If you use small pieces and strips of patterned papers against a neutral background, your photos still take center stage.

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I created My Bliss during a difficult personal time. It speaks to my desire to always try to find the good in circumstances that may not be so great. No matter what we’re going through, we can always look around us and focus on the people that we love and the small blessings that we tend to take for granted.

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I created Rock The Shadows Layer Styles to try to give scrappers an easier, more versatile way to shadow their layouts, so I included versions for 3 different light sources, and versions for both Photoshop and Elements, all in one package. I can’t tell you how many emails and pm’s I’ve received about them. So many of my customers have thanked me for creating them, and have raved to me about how much simpler shadowing is because of them. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that I’ve been able to help scrappers simplify and enhance their creative process.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Tracie Stroud:

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

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Receive 35% off your order of $5 or more from Tracie Stroud Designs with coupon code TSD_TDD_35on5; expires 02-15-12. May not be combined with other discounts, coupons or sales. Not valid on collabs or bundles.

Go have a look in Tracie Stroud’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

suzyQ scraps: The Pressure of Perfection

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I’m excited to be welcoming back SuzyQ Scraps to The Digi Files! Suzy’s designs are super playful, bright, and so perfect for scrapbooking many festivities and occasions.  Her style is whimsical and include a child-like innocence. Her collections contain a variety of papers and elements that can be used for more serious subjects as well. Let’s take a closer look at “A Fresh Start” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using SuzyQ Scraps’s contribution:

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: A Fresh Start by SuzyQ Scraps; Fonts: Smartypants by Darcy Baldwin.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: A Fresh Start by SuzyQ Scraps; Fonts: Eccentric and Traveling Typewriter.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: A Fresh Start by SuzyQ Scraps; Fonts: They Once Were by Amy Martin.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: A Fresh Start by SuzyQ Scraps; Template by Gina Miller; Font: DJB Jenna by Darcy Baldwin.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: A Fresh Start by SuzyQ Scraps; Template by Emily Merritt; Font by Darcy Baldwin.

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

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I’m Suzy Iverson, wife to the love of my life and mother to my greatest adventure, a rambunctious little 4-year-old who was born to move mountains (at least, mountains of sand), and soon-to-be mommy to child #2, due in July. We recently relocated from the middle-of-nowhere (after 4 years!) to a lovely home in Provo, Utah.

I am a creator, a woman, a teacher, a leader, a designer, a writer … a dreamer. (See, I’m not all that different than you.)

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This is a layout from Project: Love, Me, a project that Ziggle Designs and I created to help scrapbookers share their personal journeys. Each month has its own theme, and every week we post a new prompt — so 52 total for the year. I made a commitment to participate in the project myself — I’ve completed 35 layouts so far (I’m just a bit behind). It’s been a really fantastic year of discovering more about me and sharing my experiences, thoughts, and feelings. From both a creator’s and a participant’s viewpoint, this project has been more work than I first envisioned. I’ve had moments when I’ve wanted to toss in my hat and give up … and I’ve shed more than a few frustrated tears … but the project has been oh so worth it, and I’m so glad to be a part of it.

May I share a tip? If you’re looking to get involved in any sort of long-term project, like Project 365 or a Project 52 like this one, be gentle with yourself. If you miss a few days or weeks here and there, that’s okay. Don’t let the “failures” discourage you — just jump back in wherever you are, and worry about catching up later, if you even want to catch up. And if you decide that the project is not something you want to commit to anymore, you can totally stop at any time. 🙂

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I scrapbooked my first pages as a teenager with cardstock and stickers. Years later I hadn’t moved beyond the basics, thought my pages looked blah, and hated the mess and how much time it took to get everything out and put it all away. So I started searching for a way to scrapbook on my computer and stumbled across digital scrapbooking — I had no idea there was an entire industry! I downloaded freebies for months until Christmas, when I was gifted Photoshop Elements (and discovered how truly horrible some of those freebies were).

Digital scrapbooking became my creative outlet. For once in my life, I was happy with the layouts I created — even surprised sometimes at how “good” they looked! I even made it on a couple of creative teams, which was so awesome!

As I began scrapbooking and studying the papers, elements, and alphas, I thought, “I bet I could do that … and I’d save a lot of money!” So I searched for any tutorial I could find and after a lot of trial and error gave away my first freebie in December 2008. Shortly thereafter I started selling my designs, and by November 2009 I was selling at Scrap Orchard. I feel like I’ve always been there. (And no, designing didn’t save me money … I still shop!)

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Oh, wow, everything … I was born to create — stories & characters & anything really. There’s something so satisfying about taking an idea or a dream and turning it into something tangible. My digital scrapbook designs are inspired by nature, splashes of color, my son, my husband, magazines, web pages … so many different things!

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Computer: My workhorse is an HP Pavilion that runs Windows 7. I have 16 GB of RAM, an awesome processor, and just recently updated the graphics card, so this baby is FAST! I can easily work with Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign all open at the same time. Love it! I use a 19″ LCD monitor … it’s next on the list to be upgraded.

Program: I design most of my creations in Illustrator CS4 (aside from realistic extracted items, like ribbons) and do the finishing touches in Photoshop CS5. I use InDesign CS5 for my e-books, and Camtasia Studio for my classes & videos.

Camera: I snap all my photos with a 10 MP Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 that I absolutely love, with 18x zoom … DSLR-like but for a fraction of the price and a fraction of the photographic skill (lol!). It does have a couple of options for different lenses, not that I know how to use those. My husband chose it because it could do video too. We got it for a steal of a deal during a Black Friday sale a few years back and we don’t plan to replace it anytime soon. It’s a very affordable and easy-to-use camera if you’re looking for something a bit more than a point-&-shoot, but aren’t ready to plunge into the DSLR world.

Anything Else: I only ever use a mouse for video games now — I’m completely hooked on my Wacom Intuos 4 tablet. LOVE IT!

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I’d love to share with TDD readers something I learned last year that has totally changed how I scrapbook, as well as how I approach a lot of things in my life — from housework to family stuff to hobbies.

“Perfect is great. Done is better.”

That’s not to say you should do your shabbiest work. But it’s okay if that scrapbook page isn’t completely perfect — it’s better done than sitting on your hard drive “collecting dust.” It’s okay if your photos aren’t professional quality — scrapbook them anyway. It’s okay if you aren’t the perfect storyteller, if you’re not great at grammar, if your spelling sucks … write the story anyway. Our flaws & imperfections make us unique and REAL.

How many times have you not finished something — maybe not even started something — because it wasn’t (or you weren’t) perfect?

Whether the “it” is scrapbooking, laundry, dishes, starting a new hobby … I’d love to encourage you to release yourself from the pressure of perfection, and just get it done!
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Wow, it’s SO hard to choose a favorite … but the one I absolutely LOVE is Raindrops & Rainbows. The colors were totally inspired by a birthday card I received. (Thanks, Aunt Sharisa!) The theme was inspired by life in general — ups & downs, sunny days & rainy days, rainbows of fortune & raindrops of disappointment. This collection, and its companion The Sun Will Come collection, really reflects how I felt about the postpartum depression I experienced after the birth of my son, as well as its aftermath and my healing. My emotions and thoughts and learnings from this life experience are poured into every paper and element. It’s truly a piece of my heart, a long time in the making.

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My most popular product is the A Life Expressed collection. I’ve received a lot of feedback about it — most customers say they purchased it because it’s so versatile — it’s perfect for the everyday layouts about everyday life. Because all the different pieces coordinate, they can easily mix-&-match and create page after page of unique layouts.

I can’t even remember now where the inspiration from the colors originally came from … it think it started with the green and I built it from there. I really wanted to create a collection that could be used again and again, something packed with value that would be an excellent choice for scrapbookers starting out in digital, and something big enough that you could create an entire album (like Project 365) without getting bored. I also wanted it to be available in smaller chunks, so if you only wanted part of it, you could just buy the kits that spoke to you. I think I came close to bringing that vision into reality. 😉 My customers certainly seem satisfied with it. But wow, it was a TON of work. I still have nightmares about that one. 😉

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Here are some of my favorite products by SuzyQ Scraps:

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

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Save 35% off SuzyQ Scraps with coupon code LUVtdd_25_sQs; expires 1-31-12. Not valid on collabs. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Go have a look in SuzyQ Scraps’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

Roadside Designs: Credit to my Sister

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I instantly fell in love with Roadside Designs templates. She has a template pack to fit every style of scrapper. From simple to layered and clustered and everything in-between. She even has 8.5×11 for the landscape and portrait scrappers of the bunch!  Roadside Designs really spoiled us this month with LOTS of goodies in The Digi Files! Let’s take a closer look at “Down Digi Lane Maps” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Roadside Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Kim. Supplies: Down Digi Lane Maps by Roadside Designs; A Magical Place by Connie Prince; Fonts: Sugar Shack Max’d Out by Darcy Baldwin Fontography and PMN Caecelia.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Down Digi Lane Maps by Roadside Designs; JellyBean Toes (alpha) by CD Muckosky; Life Composition by Viva Artistry.
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Layout by Karen. Supplies: Down Digi Lane Maps by Roadside Designs; Wild About You by Valorie Wibbens and Heather Hess; Sara Gleason kraft paper.
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Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Down Digi Lane Maps by Roadside Designs; Everyday Moments by Secret Stash; Tick Tock by Ziggle Designs; Font: Traveling Typewriter.
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Layout by Tara. Supplies: Down Digi Lane Maps by Roadside Designs; Word Art from Ali Edwards; Just Be Kit from Dianne Rigdon; Font: AmerType Md BT.

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

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I was born and raised in Northern Virginia, the suburbs of Washington D.C, USA. I have been married for 20 years and have a 12 year old son, 18 year old daughter, and a 130 pound puppy, the subjects of most my layouts. I work part-time at a Great Harvest Bakery near my home to keep me busy during the days and when I am not working, designing, or scrapping, you will find me out on the soccer fields, field hockey fields, and/or on the side of the wrestling mats watching and cheering on my kids play and/or compete (ok, maybe not cheering, more like screaming).

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I will have to give credit to my sister. She is the one who introduced me to paper scrapbooking back in 1991. She created a wedding album for me. She taught me all about preserving our memories, about using proper materials, and about journaling events. I was addicted. In 2005 I fell upon digital scrapbooking and I never looked back. I don’t create much with my paper scraps so I sold most of what I had.

I have been on many creative teams before my designing days and always loved creating templates for challenges. I enjoyed it so much, I set up a blog and I started giving away free templates. In  April of 2010, Sharon with KsharonK Designs fell upon my free template blog and asked me to join Two Little Pixels; and in May, 2010, the Roadside Designs Shoppe was open for business. With the closing of Two Little Pixels, Roadside Designs relocated and is now exclusive to CatScrap.

Why Roadside Designs? I traveled much of my youth, driving across country most summers in my parents 1974 Winnebago Camper. I also traveled every winter to our vacation home in Vermont. Traveling in our camper was always something we were doing along with playing road games, coloring, reading, taking photos, collecting travel mementos, helping my dad navigate, reading road signs for roadside stops, and picking out which campgrounds we would stay for the night. Road travel became such a familiar way of life for me. So Roadside Designs naturally became a name that worked for me.

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Most of my inspiration comes from the photos and kits I have used to create my own layouts. I have a few designers I love and have followed for years. I also love browsing graphic design blogs for unique and fun inspiration.

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Computer: I have a Mac Desktop. I LOVE it. I have had it almost 4 years now, so I am ready to upgrade . . . in my dreams for now. My current MAC has a 2.8 Core 2 Duo processor and 4 GB memory. I added more memory on my own at the time of purchase.

Program: Adobe Suite CS3. I use photoshop to do most my designing. I am still learning illustrator. I also have Lightroom, but a very old version.

Camera: I have a Nikon D-80 I have had for many years. My favorite lens is my Nikor 18 – 200 mm. Between my daughter who is taking classes in school for photography, and my husband who is in the Real Estate industry and does the 360 rotating images for homes, we own many lens.

Anything Else: I also have a Wacom Bamboo tablet, I am still learning how to use it.
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I would say my best tip I have to offer is shadows make or break a layout. I love a layout with great shadow work. I love to browse the Internet for any tutorials and/or advise on how to perfect shadows. Learning different techniques is worth the time spent. Practicing on different types of elements and papers is truly gratifying because the results really will show in your layout. My templates come with shadows on each layer, which can be easily modified, left as is, or removed so you can create your own.

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My favorite product seems to always be my newest. Road Map Collection 6 and 6R are on the top of the list now.

I am a simple with a twist, template designer. I love simplicity and layering papers with a touch of elements. Each of my collections include a few actual elements. These are always the elements I feel help complete a layout or add to its unique design. I am an 8.5 x 11 scrapper and I know how hard it is to find rectangular templates so all my map collections come in 12 x 12 AND 8.5 x 11.

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My most popular product is my 12 x 12 Travel Journal – Western Frontier Template Album.

I was inspired to create this album from my folders and folders of vacation photos left unscrapped. I probably have more vacation photos than all other combined, but don’t we all? I have several trips where I took hundreds of photos as we drove around visiting different sites. I wanted to have consistency in my vacation layouts and so I decided to create an album and scrap a weeklong summer trip we took to the Grand Canyon and Lake Powel, USA. I created this album so each day of my trip was a matching 2 page spread with a place to document the day in our trip and location each day. This album provides room for journaling your trip and multiple photos on every page.
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Roadside Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Save 30% off Roadside Designs through February 1, 2012 with coupon code 30off4U.

Go have a look in Roadside Designs’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

DDE: Magazine Ads and Junk Mail

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I’ve been a fan of Digital Essentials since I found the site in 2004! For a long time, being on Gina’s teams was a dream of mine. I was thrilled when I was accepted to be a part of her CT in 2007 and stayed with her until shortly after the launch of The Daily Digi (I cannot believe her oldest is graduating from high school…I still remember his middle school graduation!). Gina is definitely a seasoned veteran in the digital design industry. She has always had a clean, simple, shabby style that I have find so inspiring and easy to scrap with. I find myself thinking, “Wow! What a great idea for an element!” when I look at her previews. Gina is just as sweet as she is talented and I am thrilled to be welcoming her back Let’s take a closer look at “Restoration” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Restoration is included in The Digi Files and Digi Game during January 2012. You can get a copy by becoming a member.

Here are some layouts created using Gina Cabrera’s contribution:

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Restoration by Gina Cabrera; Hope Collab (template).
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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Restoration by Gina Cabrera; Freehand doodles by Lauren.
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Layout by Aaron. Supplies: Restoration by Gina Cabrera; Fresh Cut (template) by Sara Gleason.
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Layout by Kim. Supplies: Restoration by Gina Cabrera; Template by Cindy Schneider; Font: Beanpole by DJB Fontography.

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

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My name is Gina Cabrera. I am a wife and mom to two wonderful boys. My oldest son (18) is leaving for Air Force basic training in less than one month. I am so going to miss him

I live in sunny Phoenix, Arizona and love to go fishing and camping with my family.

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I decided to go back through some older photos and found these of my oldest son’s first dance. They weren’t the best quality so I decided to tightly crop them and use elements that reflected his personality.

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I started paper scrapping when my first son was born in 1993. In 2002, I purchased my first digital camera and decided to create my own Christmas photo card. I immediately fell in love with creating my own designs and enjoyed the challenge of making my digital layouts look like paper. Wanting to share my designs with others, I launched my site Digital Design Essentials in 2004.

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I am really inspired by magazine ads and junk mail.

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Computer: Windows XP 64bit, AMD Athlon Dual Core, 3.21 GHz, 7.50 GB of RAM

Program: Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS2

Camera: Nikon D70 with a kit lens, 50mm and 70-300.

Anything Else: 6X11 Wacom Intuos 3

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In Photoshop, I use clipping masks for almost everything. Creating paper piecings, recoloring elements, creating patterns and so much more. Can’t live without ctr+alt+g.

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A favorite kit of mine is Photographic Memory. I love the playfulness and the quirky nature of it. The colors were inspired by a retro ad. I love retro colors.

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I went out of my comfort zone while creating this kit and am so glad I did. I learned quite a bit and have grown in my designing since then. The colors were inspired by primary school colors.
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Here are some of my favorite products by Gina Cabrera:

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

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Go have a look in Gina Cabrera’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!