Focus on Journaling

Welcome to the kick-off of our monthly challenges!  Each month we will create a series of blog posts and challenges that correspond with one word.  This month, we chose FOCUS.  Focus could mean a myriad of things and we cannot wait to have you join us on our journey to discover how we can be focused in our scrapbooking.  You can read more about the thought behind the word here: Find Your Focus This January

For more information on our challenge system, please read more in our forum: Everything You Need to Know about Challenges

Now on to our first challenge…

Not to sound cliché, but some say that a picture says a thousand words. Perhaps. But for many of us, we create scrapbook pages as a form of memory keeping. As our family historians, we have set ourselves up to record the who, what, when, where, why and how of our lives. To pass on our life, in the moment, to our children and grandchildren. I know that I love it when my kids look through an album and not only look at the pretties on the page, but read them as well. Sometimes it sparks a memory which leads to some wonderful conversations. I love those moments!

Early on, right after discovering digital scrapbooking, I made many pages with a picture, paper, and elements and called it a day. Sure, it looked great to me, but looking back on those pages, I wish I would have jotted down, at a minimum, what was occurring in the picture(s).

I created the page below several years ago.  While the word art could speak for itself, I have found that when people look through my album, they tend to ask why my husband and I were so dressed up.  If I had added one simple line of journaling, then this would have been recorded and people would not need to ask.

Now don’t get me wrong, I to this day will scrap a page with no journaling because there are instances where I don’t feel like it is needed. That the picture(s) used do convey what I wanted, or a piece of word art speaks for me. Early on I rarely included journaling or put much thought into it – this is one of my scrapping regrets.

Why didn’t I journal? Good question. I suppose my own insecurities got the best of me as I felt like no one wanted to read what I had to say – I was wrong. Maybe it was because I felt like the picture was enough and looking back I realize that it wasn’t. Perhaps it was because I was not aware that I needed to journal. I do now in most cases.

Journaling does not have to be a long drawn out paragraph of deep, immense feelings and detail. It could simply be a one sentence statement of what is occurring, your thoughts/feelings, or simply who is in the picture. I tend to ask myself will I know the answers to who, what, when, where, why and how of the page looking back at it in 10 years?

Here are a few recent pages of mine where the journaling included the answer to these questions.  Reading the journaling, the viewer should easily be able to see what happened and the memory I wanted to capture.  Pages are linked for credits.

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Christmas Spectacular

 

Christmas Spectacular

So why this discussion on journaling? I thought it would be great challenge to kick us off on our month of FOCUS. Let’s focus on the journaling. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is located here, on the forums: Focus on Journaling Challenge

We cannot wait to see what you come up with!


About the Author: Rachel Alles is on the Creative Team here at The Digital Press.  She is fortunate to share her life with her loving husband, Doug, and two blessings: Madeline and Maxwell.  The three of them are her main source of inspiration for her pocket and traditional style pages.  When she’s not scrapping, she enjoys anything Disney related, learning more about photography (and attempting to turn the dial off Auto) and dabbling in home decor projects.

Find Your Focus This January

It’s the start of a bright and beautiful new year and we are so VERY excited to be launching our challenges here at The Digital Press! I’m here today to introduce them to you and tell you a little bit about our vision for the year.

Each month always seems to have a flavor all its own. January, for example, is a month that can be full of wishes, hopes and dreams. It’s a time for resolutions and a time to daydream. It’s a time to clear out all the clutter and put those messy holidays behind us. Everything is fresh, new and exciting. It’s a time to focus on the things that we want most from the year that’s so full of potential.

The word “focus” really stood out to me last week as I thought about things in my own life. But I just loved how this word also could apply to my love of photography and scrapbooking!

Focus has so many shades of meaning…

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So, in this first month of the new year, we are focusing in at The Digital Press!

We have some amazing and inspirational posts coming your way right here on the blog. We will also have a host of new challenges on the forums to spark your creativity and help you to make pages you really love.

You’ll find all the details of our new challenge system laid out for you here: Everything You Need to Know about Challenges

Our challenges start tomorrow. We hope you’ll join us then!

We hope you’ll have a great time scrapping along with us throughout the year. We’re looking forward to seeing all your beautiful work!


Nicole About the Author: Nicole Seitler is a designer here at The Digital Press, creating kits under the name Sugarplum Paperie. In her free time, she loves to to work on her Project Life album, knit or craft with her kids. But she doesn’t have much free time, since she’s also a stay-at-home homeschoolin’ momma of four. Her life may be a little crazy, but she wouldn’t want it any other way!

December Advent Winners

This month, in recognition of our site’s opening, we combined December Advent with a fun “Get to Know Our Designers” event. Each day, you got a chance to learn about one of the amazing members of our Design Team.

The Digital Press Design Team

After revealing our 16th designer earlier this week, we randomly chose one winner from the comments you left each day (with a little help from random.org)… and we have a list of winners to share with you today! 🙂

DAY 1 | LAURA PASSAGE . . . comment #15 — Jenna
DAY 2 | DAWN BY DESIGN . . . comment #17 — Pamjoy
DAY 3 | KIM BROEDELET . . . comment #33 — skapu
DAY 4 | MARI KOEGELENBERG . . . comment #41 — jazzmom21
DAY 5 | SABRINA’S CREATIONS . . . comment #7 — Dolores
DAY 6 | SCOTTY GIRL DESIGN . . . comment #25 — jennifer
DAY 7 | MOMMYISH . . . comment #34 — wahoolady
DAY 8 | KARLA DUDLEY . . . comment #1 — sue_will
DAY 9 | DIGITAL SCRAPBOOK INGREDIENTS . . . comment #4 — Chloe
DAY 10 | KELLEIGH RATZLAFF . . . comment #11 — minicooper452
DAY 11 | ANITA DESIGNS . . . comment #19 — nkashopping
DAY 12 | AMANDA YI . . . comment #27 — meggersjm
DAY 13 | SUGARPLUM PAPERIE . . . comment #16 — simplyshayla
DAY 14 | MISS TIINA . . . comment #12 — Mary Kate
DAY 15 | CREASHENS . . . comment #6 — AmieN1
DAY 16 | DANIELLE ENGEBRETSON . . . comment #13 — Morwenna

Each of the winners will receive correspondence before the end of the weekend (Sun 12/21) with details about how to collect their prizes.  🙂

December Advent Day Sixteen: Get to Know Danielle Engebretson

Danielle EngebretsonThis month, in recognition of our site’s opening, we’ve combined December Advent with a fun “Get to Know Our Designers” event. Each day, you’ve gotten a chance to learn about one of the amazing members of our Design Team.

It’s the final day of our December Advent Series — Day Sixteen — and today you get an extra special surprise! We’d like to announce our newest resident designer at The Digital Press… Danielle Engebretson! She’s got a playful, vintage-y design style that we know you will come to love, and her products are now available exclusively here at The Digital Press!

 

5 FUN FACTS

  1. I have been a dental hygienist for 14 years and I am currently the lead hygienist in my practice! I work 30 hours a week caring for my patients and I love my “day” job.
  2. My husband, who is my soul’s one true mate, is 17 years my senior. I have 2 beautiful children, 3 lovely stepchildren, and one grandson – and might be the youngest living grandma! Ha!
  3. I was an incredible gymnast from age 4-18 and won many state titles and have a collection of 30-50 medals in storage somewhere, and I have been blessed to have been given a daughter who is 11 and shares the same natural gymnastics ability! I am having so much fun watching her make her dreams come true, praying she has it in her to do college gymnastics! Time will tell. I also was a high school gymnastics coach for 4 years and coached younger ages throughout the years.
  4. My Kolbe index number is 7436: 7-fact finder (I eat up facts, need to research and find the history of most things before I move forward, my Apple devices and google are my best friends eva!), 4-follow through (I have to push myself in the follow through department of life, lists help), 3-quick start (this is the opposite of fact finder, and quick starts don’t need much information to get going on something. Though its funny while I am a total fact finder, I typically can gather my facts quickly and then get started, I keep it balanced), 6-implementer (once I have my facts, I am a pretty solid implementer). Kolbe Index is a measure of one’s internal nature, and I think it is pretty cool that this little indices is spot on to who I am.
  5. I am a total TV, music, and movie addict. Awards season is my favorite time of year! (yep I research all the movies, TV shows and trending music out there, have to have my facts straight). Sunday of award shows is Red Carpet Sunday in our house; it drives my husband batty.

5 FAVORITE THINGS

  1. I love makeup – Urban Decay is my current obsession, and Sephora and Ulta are my best friends!
  2. I can’t live without books; I devour books and lack sleep because of this! Colleen Hoover is my favorite author.
  3. Breaking Bad is my favorite “finished” show on TV. The Walking Dead is my favorite “current” show on TV. My favorite show to binge watch on Netflix is “Orange is the New Black.”
  4. I love chewy Gobstoppers (they are nearly impossible to find).
  5. My favorite quote is, “What a slut time is, she screws everybody.” ~John Green, The Fault in our Stars

MY FAVORITE PRODUCT

Huckleberry Road… this kit brings me so much joy! Autumn, what a great time of year!

Huckleberry Road

 

If you love Danielle’s products and would like a chance to win one free kit from her shop… leave a comment here on this post and let us know what you love, and why you love it! At the very end of our December Advent series later this month, we’ll randomly choose one winner from all comments!

December Advent Day Fifteen: Get to Know creashens

Shen of creashensThis month, in recognition of our site’s opening, we’ve decided to combine December Advent with a fun “Get to Know Our Designers” event. Each day, you’ll get a chance to learn about one of the amazing members of our Design Team.

It’s Day Fifteen, and today you get to learn more about Shen of creashens. She’s got a whimsical, eclectic design style that we know you will adore, and her products are known for their amazing hand-drawn illustrations and paper patterns.

 

5 FUN FACTS

  1. I have one tattoo.
  2. I have one body piercing.
  3. I draw every day.
  4. I daydream about living in other countries.
  5. I love my daughter more than anything in the whole wide world.

5 FAVORITE THINGS

  1. Food ~ sushi
  2. Dessert ~ flan
  3. TV show ~ Grey’s Anatomy
  4. Actor ~ Audrey Hepburn
  5. Place to travel ~ Italy

MY FAVORITE PRODUCT

Hello, Love.… because it most reflects my style and creativity.

Hello, Love.

 

If you love creashens’ products and would like a chance to win one free kit from her shop… leave a comment here on this post and let us know what you love, and why you love it! At the very end of our 2014 December Advent series later this month, we’ll randomly choose one winner from all comments!

December Advent Day Fourteen: Get to Know Miss Tiina

Tina of Miss TiinaThis month, in recognition of our site’s opening, we’ve decided to combine December Advent with a fun “Get to Know Our Designers” event. Each day, you’ll get a chance to learn about one of the amazing members of our Design Team.

It’s Day Fourteen, and today you get to learn more about Tina of Miss Tiina. She makes some of the most useful — and gorgeous — printable planners you’ve ever seen, and we know you’re just going to adore them!

 

5 FUN FACTS

  1. I am a hardcore procrastinator, I leave almost everything to the last minute.
  2. I’m addicted to frozen grapes – green ones only – and eat about $40 worth a week.
  3. I’ve never been married and don’t ever care to be.
  4. I have been self employed and working from home (and loving it!) since 2007.
  5. I wished for twins since I was about 5 or 6 years old, and when I was 24 I had a pair of boys. 😉

5 FAVORITE THINGS

  1. Favorite place to shop online: anywhere really, I’m an online shopaholic!
  2. Favorite scent: rice milk + mallow dryer sheets, unfortunately discontinued, boo!
  3. Favorite color: grey all the way!
  4. Favorite food: chicken fajitas! MMM!
  5. Favorite time of day: bedtime, woot! I love sleeeeep!

MY FAVORITE PRODUCT

My Everyday Planner

2015 Everyday Planner

 

If you love Tina’s printable planners and would like a chance to win one from her shop… leave a comment here on this post and let us know which size planner you’d choose, and why you love it! At the very end of our December Advent series later this month, we’ll randomly choose one winner from all comments!