Feature Friday | ninigoesdigi

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! This week, I’m thrilled to put the spotlight on the amazingly-talented Nini Lee of ninigoesdigi. This is actually Nini’s second feature here on the blog (you can find her Foodie Friday post from February 2018 HERE).

In order to learn more about Nini, personally, this time around… I asked her to share 5 things we might not already know about her…

  1. Some of you might have read that I have been dieting since February 11th, but what you don’t know yet is that since last scrap “check up” (May 11th) where I was at -10kg is that now I have reached -15kgs!! Yay! That was about 2 weeks ago and now the pace is going much slower than it used to be but I keep walking and I try my best to not get back my bad eating habits! Let’s hope 2018 will be the year I loose what I gain in 20 years in Japan.
  2. I am a big Pokemon Go player. It has been my “carrot” and pushed me to walk more. I actually enjoy walking alone but I don’t think I would have walked that much if I hadn’t that game to play to. I don’t feel the kilometers when I play Pokemon Go. I have a few scrap friends who are also big players so it’s nice to share our stories.
  3. I am French but I don’t like wine 😉
  4. As I was saying above I have lived in Japan for 20+ years now and I still badly hate summers here. Hot, humid. I could do with hot if I have some shade maybe but the humidity now makes it yucky all the time!! I wish I could spend summers in France instead. 😞
  5. I am a TV series addict. You name it, I probably have watched it. But I shouldn’t brag about it because if you think of the time spent watching those series… wow… moving along… lol. Anything suspense, action, adventure, thriller, medical, supernatural related is good for me.

Have you had a chance get to take a look at the ninigoesdigi shop here at The Digital Press? It’s full of fun, bright colorful kits that make you want to pull out your photos and scrapbook! I’ve got to tell you, it was really hard to pick out just 6 of my favorite products. I really love all of the vibrant colors and simple designs she uses to create her kits. Here’s a peek at a few faves…

To give you a look at her products in action, I’ve also compiled this sampling of digital layouts that were created with her designs…

I am so glad to have had the opportunity to help you get to know Nini a little better today!

Now that I have you excited about her amazing digital artwork… you’ve got to go check out her shop here at The Digital Press during her feature week and take advantage of this week’s 30% OFF sale throughout her feature week (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 7/12).

Additionally, Nini has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from ninigoesdigi… and you will get this awesome full kit — Find the Extra in the Ordinary — for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only (again, this offer ends at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 7/12).


JenniferHigniteJennifer Hignite is a mom of three boys and new homeowner with her fiance in the mitten state of Michigan. When she is not scrapbooking, she enjoys photography, decorating, and shopping at Target.

Summer Camp 2018 | Mess Hall | WEEK #1

Hello, and welcome to the first edition of this summer’s weekly “Mess Hall” feature — part of The Digital Press’s big SUMMER CAMP 2018 event this July!

If you haven’t already checked out our lineup of activities for SUMMER CAMP 2017… definitely swing through the forum, grab yourself a badge tracking card, and join the fun! We’ve got events, challenges, tutorials, and more lined up throughout the month of July… including a weekly FOOD article!

Each Sunday throughout the first 4 weeks of July, members of our team will be here on the blog sharing a meal with you — a main course, a side dish, and a dessert (or a drink!) that are each tried-and-true (tested personally by members of our team!). Give any of the meal items a try, and you could earn a SUMMER CAMP 2018 badge! Get the full details HERE.

The WEEK #1 meal is very, very worth a little time in the kitchen, folks. Trust us on this (and it’s actually really quick & easy!).

photo credits to [1] [2] Plated and [3] TDP creative team member Amie Wheeler

What is that up there, you ask?

  • Blackened Cod with Garlic Aioli
  • Avocado and Corn Salsa
  • Triple Berry Trifle

Seriously, just YUM to all of it. You won’t be disappointed if you give any of these recipes a try.


BLACKENED COD WITH GARLIC AIOLI

This blackened fish recipe comes to us from TDP designer Laura Passage (and she adapted it from a recipe she found on Plated), and it’s become a go-to in her family’s meal rotation. It is the perfect summer meal… light and yet flavorful, and with a kick of spice that comes from the blackening process! For those who don’t love seafood… you can also substitute a chicken breast in for this dish, if desired.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—10-12 oz cod
—juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
—1-2 cloves of fresh garlic
—2 oz mayonnaise
—spice mix: equal parts (1 tsp each) of paprika, cayenne pepper*, onion powder, garlic powder, & dried thyme

*use more or less cayenne pepper depending on how spicy you wish this dish to be

INSTRUCTIONS

—Mince the garlic (use as much or little as you prefer) and set aside.
—Make the spice mix by mixing all 5 dry spice items together in a small bowl.
—Dry cod filets, season both sides with salt and pepper, and rub the spice mix on both sides of each filet; set aside to allow flavor to marinate.
—Heat about 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a pan (preferably non-stick) over medium-high heat; once oil is hot/shimmering, add spice-coated cod filets to pan.
—Sear the fish about 2-4 min per side, until the spices are blackened and a fork inserted gently into the filet meets very little resistance.
—Meanwhile, make the garlic aioli in a small bowl by mixing the mayonnaise, garlic, and juice of 1/2 lemon. Season with salt and pepper (to taste).
—Serve fish with garlic aioli spooned over the top of it (or you can also use small dipping bowls for the aioli, if you prefer).

[recipe adapted slightly from an original recipe found on Plated]

AVOCADO AND CORN SALSA

This dish is also a favorite of Laura’s family… they eat it year-round (but especially in the summertime when fresh corn and avocados are easy to find in the store, and when home-grown tomato is easy to come by!). Super easy to make, and truly delicious.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—1-2 ears fresh corn
—1-2 ripe tomatoes (or small pint container of grape tomatoes)
—1 fresh ripe avocado
—juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
—olive oil
—salt & pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

—Heat about 1 Tbsp olive oil in a pan (preferably non-stick) over medium-high heat; cook corn about 5 min, stirring often, until corn begins to char/brown.
—Remove corn from heat and place in medium bowl; set-aside.
—Meanwhile, as corn cooks… medium-dice tomatoes (or cut each grape tomato in 1/2 or 1/3) & medium-dice the avocado; add both items to bowl with corn.
—Add juice of 1/2 fresh lemon and about 1/2 Tbsp olive oil to bowl; stir gently.
—Season with salt and pepper (to taste).

[recipe adapted slightly from an original recipe found on Plated]

TRIPLE BERRY TRIFLE

This Triple Berry Trifle is a favorite of mine (Amie), and it is not only beautiful… but it’s also soooo good! It’s super easy to put together & perfect for a busy holiday party or event (such as the upcoming 4th of July here in the States)!

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—1 angel food cake (you could make your own, but often the bakery at the grocery store has pre-baked, naked angel food cake)
—1 lemon pound cake (again –grocery store pre-made works perfectly!)
—1 pint fresh strawberries (sliced)
—2 pints fresh raspberries
—1 pint fresh blueberries
—1 – 16oz container heavy whipping cream
—1/2-1 cup powdered/confectioner’s sugar (to taste)
—1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
—1 teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

—Whip the heavy whipping cream, the sugar, the cinnamon, and the vanilla in a mixer until soft peaks form.
—Slice the angel food & lemon pound cakes; slice strawberries while cream comes together.
—Assemble the trifle as follows:
First, layer the angel food & pound cake, breaking the slices into pieces that fit into your bowl/container; then, add a layer of berries. Next, spoon a layer of the cream on top of the berries. Keep going to make 3 or 4 more layers, depending on the size of your bowl, finishing at the end with a layer of cream. Decorate the top with remaining berries. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Want to give one of these recipes a try and earn your WEEK #1 MESS HALL BADGE for TDP’s SUMMER CAMP 2018? Come get the details in the forum —> HERE.


Amie

About the Author  Amie is a craft-loving dental hygienist who lives in Washington state. She loves her husband, her two crazy kids, and her English Bulldog… as well as coffee, baking cupcakes, daffodils, glitter & sprinkles, reading a good book, and lip gloss — not necessarily in that order.

Feature Friday | Julia Makotinsky

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! This week, I’m thrilled to put the spotlight on the amazingly-talented Julia Makotinsky. This is actually Julia’s second feature here on the blog (you can find her Foodie Friday post from February 2018 HERE).

In order to learn more about Julia, personally, this time around… I asked her to share 5 things we might not already know about her (and she answered with words and pictures!)…

  1. I got my driver’s license at the age of 39, and when I asked my younger brother whether it was going to be hard to pass the test his reply was “I don’t remember, it was 15 years ago for me.” Another funny part of this story… as I was taking the written part of an exam, one of the questions was, “when are you allowed to answer your cell phone while driving?” This question didn’t even exist when my brother took his test 15 years ago! 🙂
  2. I live right on the beach in New York, which was destroyed by hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was hard for a few months without hot water, and it was cold… but our beaches are back and beautiful as before. Every time I leave New York I always miss the view and sound of the ocean, especially at night during summer.
  3. Two years ago my boyfriend and I rescued a kitten; he was only 3 weeks old. We named him Laki and he is a beautiful black baby boy who is spoiled by me and allowed everything. When he was younger he used me as a climbing tree to get places he couldn’t jump to yet, and boy was it painful. But now he sometimes might jump on my shoulders while I’m sitting on the floor or chair unexpectedly, just because he feels like it, and he only does it to me. 🙂
  4. I don’t have any tattoos, but I really want one. Unfortunately, I was always a chicken when it came to needles but lately I’ve been thinking more and more about designing my own tattoo and actually getting it.
  5. I take pictures of random stickers found on light posts, fences, street signs, and sometimes even garbage cans. 🙂 There is just something exciting about finding a new sticker I don’t already have picture of. Some day when I have enough, I plan to print a book with all of them.

Here’s a look at Julia, her kitty, some of the damage from Hurricane Sandy, and some of the awesome stickers she finds and photographs…

 

Have you had a chance get to take a look at Julia’s shop here at The Digital Press? It’s full of fun, whimsical illustrations and designs that she hand draws herself! I’ve got to tell you, it was really hard to pick out just 6 of my favorite products. I really love all of the vibrant colors and adorably fun characters Julia brings to life with her illustrations. Here’s a peek at a few faves…

To give you a look at her products in action, I’ve also compiled this sampling of digital layouts that were created with her designs…

I am so glad to have had the opportunity to help you get to know Julia a little better today!

Now that I have you excited about her amazing digital artwork… you’ve got to go check out her shop here at The Digital Press during her feature week and take advantage of this week’s 30% OFF sale throughout her feature week (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 7/5).

Additionally, Julia has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from Julia Makotinsky… and you will get this awesome brand-new (just released today!) full kit — The Perfect Summer — for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only (again, this offer ends at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 7/5).


caliten About the Author  Carrie is a creative team member here at The Digital Press. She and her family enjoy spending time outdoors year-round near their home in Colorado. In addition to scrapbooking and the occasional hybrid home decor project, Carrie also reads voraciously, accumulates fabric, makes soap, brews beer, grows hops, and tries to keep indoor plants alive.

Tutorial Tuesday | Get Organized with Trello

I’ve recently discovered a new way to organize the stories and projects that I want to track for my scrapbooking. The tool that I’ve been using to help organize my scrapbooking life is called Trello! This is a free online tool, and it has really been a game-changer for me and how I scrapbook.

Trello is essentially a list full of lists, which are filled with cards that you can use to organize any project. You simply create a board (mine is entitled “Memory Keeping”) to manage your scrapbooking needs. Once you have a board created, you can add as many lists as you’d like & then each list can be filled with cards. Cards can then be used to create checklists, add labels & due dates, upload files, and add comments.

Tracking Stories

In my Trello account, I have a list for each year, which allows me to track specific stories within a particular year. For example, there are still stories in 2009 that I want to capture in our family scrapbook album. Within the yearly list, I have created a card for each month of the year… and then I use a checklist to contain all of the specific stories from that month that I still want to tell. There is also a description section in each card that allows you to add notes to yourself (or other information you’ll want handy as you work through these stories).

Here are a couple of examples of these annual cards and the monthly checklists that I use to ensure I don’t miss any stories…


Then, whenever I have time to scrapbook, I can look into the various years and decide which story I want to tell. This keeps me from having to search all over the place to find the photos and stories that I want to scrapbook! It saves me time and it makes organizing everything so much easier. And… I’m also finding that I’m actually inspired to go in and get these stories told, since I’m not overwhelmed with the idea of finding things to scrapbook. Another tip that I offer is that you can add in the photos, template or kit previews for stories via the file attachment functionality. You can also use Trello’s labeling function to create a variety of labels to help you track things even more easily!

Tracking Projects

Here is a glimpse into my Memory Keeping board, showing you three of the projects that I’m currently working on. I use these project lists to help me track my progress on the specific memory keeping projects I am actively working on. I have a list for each of them and then I’ve added cards under each list that allow me to track the bits and pieces of each project.

Additionally, here is a look at one of the cards in my “Girl Scout Book” list…

I’m working on getting all of the pages for my daughter’s Girl Scout experiences into an album. This particular card outlines all of the pages that I want to create for my daughter’s second year as a Brownie. I created a checklist for each layout (and the date so I can easily find the photos when I’m ready to scrapbook a particular page. As I finish a page, I simply check off that page from the list. Once I’m finished with a particular card, I simply archive that card so my list only shows the cards with active items to work on. You can also add the photos or other files that will help you with the project. They will be right there, ready for you when it’s time to scrapbook.

What I love about Trello is that it allows me to create a visual tracking system for the important things I want to be sure to stay on top of with my memory keeping activities. Tracking stories and projects are the primary ways that I’m currently using Trello but I am in the midst of creating new lists that will help me track other aspects of my creative life such as creative team responsibilities and tracking the scrapbook supplies that I want to use. Another idea is to create a list for scraplifting which allows you to track the layouts you’d like to scraplift at some point. And lastly, you can track the challenges at The Digital Press that you want to participate in each month. As you can see, Trello offers so many different ways for you to manage your memory keeping life! I hope this tool might be able to help you stay on track with your scrapbooking activities!

By the way, you can use Trello to track anything… recipes, job searches, an editorial calendar for your blog, tracking books and reading, planning a wedding, managing a move or vacation, home renovation, etc. It’s very versatile!


Amy

About the Author  Amy lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and their 13-year-old boy/girl twins. Their 22-year-old daughter is finishing up graduate school at Clemson! She has been scrapbooking since the early 1990s, but discovered digital scrapbooking in 2005 when her twins were born… and has primarily scrapped digitally since that time. She is passionate about telling her family’s stories and documenting their life together. She is also a huge reader (mostly literary fiction), a pop culture junkie, and LOVES all things beauty & makeup!

Hybrid How-To | Fun Mini Book

Hi everyone, and welcome to another edition of our Hybrid How-To series here on The Digital Press blog!  Today, I’m here to show you how to create a very fun and easy mini book that you can make to keep your memories in a small and beautiful way.

For my project today, I will be using the digital kit (and also cards) Just Be You by Julia Makotinsky, shown here…

Let’s get started on our our mini book!

The first thing to do is to choose (a) the size of your mini book, and (b) the digital papers that you want to use.

I chose to make my mini book in the size of 4.5″ x 6″.  I also chose several elements and cards that I planned to use to embellish my project. 

As seen in the photos below, after choosing the papers, I printed them  in the size corresponding to the mini book. Then I cut and folded each sheet in half…


I wanted to make a fun cover for my mini book and use sequins for a magical unicorn effect. To do so, I decided to use a plastic page protector to put my sequins/embellishments inside and make my cover. First, I added a fun dimensional title onto one of my printed pages…

Then I added sequins and decorations into the protector, and used embroidery floss to sew it shut…
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To close the cover, I hand sewed the page protector with an embroidery chain stitch. If desired, you could also use a sewing machine or a fuse tool…

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Once I had my cover ready… it was time to make the inner pages of my mini book. The first thing I did was adjust the page sizes and cut off the excesses, as you can see here…

Before I could decorate any of my book’s pages, I needed to assemble my mini book.

*TIP* Make sure all your pages are folded down the middle and arranged in the order that you want them. Use two clips to hold the pages in place. Put an old catalog or a foam mat under your pages and line up their centers. This makes it really easy and safe to punch through all the pages. You’re going to punch three holes using a paper piercing tool. Use a ruler to mark where you’ll punch these holes. My mini book is 6″ tall, so I punched the center hole at 3″, as shown here…

I used the holes I’d punched into my book to attach all of the pages/cover together using embroidery floss…

How To Stitch Your Journal:

  1. You should have already punched your three holes. Thread your needle with a long piece of cotton and thin crochet thread. Start at the center hole, insert the needle from the inside of the journal, and pull the needle through but leave a long tail.
  2. Push the needle from the outside of the journal through the top hole.
  3. Next, push the needle from the inside of the journal through the center hole again
  4. Next, push the needle from the outside of the journal through the bottom hole.
  5. Bring the bottom hole thread to the center hole and tie both ends. You are done! The book is bound and it’s time to insert our photos and embellishments.

I printed several elements and cards, as you can see here…

Here is a look at a few of my pages once I’d started embellishing them with all of my printed goodies. As you can see, I also used vellum and watercolor paper in order to make my project more fun…

Finally, I also used some mixed media techniques along  my project., like watercolors and acrylic paints.

Isn’t this mini book fun? And it’s a very beautiful way to have fun with your memory keeping, as well!

If you’re feeling inspired to give this a try, as well… don’t forget that you can earn challenge points at The Digital Press! Come visit the CROSSWORD SECTION in The Digital Press forum, and you’ll find this month’s Hybrid Challenge thread (for each month’s Hybrid Challenge at TDP, you get to choose one of the month’s “Hybrid How-To” tutorial posts from here on the blog and make your own version). You’ll see how fun it is! Give it a shot, and share your final results with us. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Have a great weekend you guys, and happy scrapping!


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About the Author  Andrea Albuquerque is member of the hybrid creative team here at Digital Press. Andrea has been a scrapper since 2010 and a photographer since 2012… and although she adores the flexibility and creativity of digital, she can’t resist playing with paper, paint, and embellishments. Hybrid scrapping is the perfect medium for her! She lives in Brazil with her hubby.

 

Feature Friday | Jimbo Jambo Designs

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! This week, I’m thrilled to put the spotlight on Aga of Jimbo Jambo Designs. This is actually Aga’s third feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from October 2016 HERE, another from May 2017 HERE, and her Foodie Friday post from February 2018 HERE).

In order to learn even more about Aga this time around, I asked her to share 5 things we might not already know about her…

  1. I traveled for 8 months in Asia and Africa (8 different countries) last year… and it was the best year of my life.
  2. I don’t live in Spain any more; after 10 years there, I just moved back to Poland.
  3. I love action movies and series. I’m a big fan of Jason Statham and his Transporter movies… along with Mission Impossible, Blindspot, Blacklist, Quantico, and similar).
  4. I’m a photographer after hours, and have my own photography business.
  5. I’m a night owl, and I go to sleep very late even if I have to wake up very early.

Aga hast the most unique and extraordinary templates. I don’t know how she gets new ideas over and over again to create such unique templates! To highlight only 6 packs is almost impossible… but I did my best to narrow it down, and here are a few of my favorites from Jimbo Jambo Designs

And now, here is a sampling of some gorgeous pages made with Aga’s unique and versatile templates…

I am so glad to have had the opportunity to help you get to know Jimbo Jambo Designs a little better today! Now that I have you drooling over all of the digi loveliness she creates… your next step will be to go check out her shop here at The Digital Press during her feature week and take advantage of the 30% OFF SALE IN HER STORE (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 6/28).

Additionally, Aga has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from Jimbo Jambo Designs… and you will get this fantastic template set — Goombah— for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only (again, this offer ends at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 6/28).

Enjoy, and happy scrapping!


About the author  Astrid is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives with her husband and her 2 teenage/adult kids in Germany. As a mini-jobber with only 10 hours/week, she has plenty of time for her digital scrapbooking hobby. She has Netflix and Amazon Prime, and is addicted to nearly all series. Vampires, zombies, vikings… it doesn’t matter; she likes everything. She loves the ocean and the summer heat, but lives in the opposite: mountains. Therefore, she loves visiting her family in Algeria or the south of France.