Journaling Challenge | Vorfreude

Vorfreude

 

Hello friends! It’s Farrah here today, and I’m hosting a journaling challenge related to the anticipation of things to come.

Whether you are anticipating a baby, planning a big trip, or even just looking forward to the summer… it’s fun to document the anticipation. The German word vorfreude means “the intense, anticipative joy derived from imaging future pleasures.”

For me, the time I experienced the most profound vorfreude was when I was pregnant with my second child. It was a huge surprise after having gone through infertility and then BAM! What?? I found myself pregnant.  We decided to wait until the baby’s birth to learn the gender… but that didn’t stop me from wondering about it and thinking about it (as well as many, many others aspects of a new baby that create intense anticipative joy!). I have created many scrapbooking layouts about this, but here is one of my favorites…

 

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I have a journaling challenge for you today… related to this idea of excitedly anticipating something. I invite you to come check out the challenge in the forum, and join in! You can earn TDP challenge points, while also completing a layout for your personal album. Win-win! 🙂

 


FarrahAbout the Author  Farrah Jobling is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives in Denver with her amazing family — Mike, Nicholas (9), Claire (6), Hope (2 yr old puppy) & Kringle (5 mo old bunny). She works from home as a photographer and enjoys scrapping her personal photos.

 

Anticipate a New Day

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Anticipate. To me, this word means being ready for what’s to come (whether that is good or bad). Having a plan is the most important thing — especially with your mental outlook on anticipating things to come. Life can throw plenty of curve balls, and being prepared for those really does help tremendously.

I prepare for each new day by using my planner. I jot down my to-do’s, I write down little notes, and I periodically check it throughout the day. This helps me anticipate what’s to come, and be prepared for what I have scheduled or just need to do. I have two young children who demand much of my time, so my lofty goals and daily to-do’s don’t always get accomplished. I am prepared for them, however… and I anticipate everything that could (and does) happen. My attitude is also changing to accommodate sudden change and “lack” of accomplishments.

The following layout dates back to when I first started using a planner last year. I was so excited to start my planner journey and was “anticipating” it helping me get organized and accomplish more. So of course I had to document “when I became a planner girl”…
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Here is another layout I created using some snapshots of my planner and my actual workspace. Using a planning system is truly the most effective way for me to anticipate each new day. It’s about having a plan… and knowing what is expected. Plus, it is so much fun and therapeutic to have a planner and an outlet for all of my thoughts, ideas, etc.

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I spoke before about changing my attitude about sudden changes and “lack” of accomplishments… and for me, this year has been about learning to be happier, “choosing happy,” and expecting rough days (but being OK with encountering a bump in the road). I’m learning that it’s all about choosing happy… and being happy. Sometimes the best way to keep the good attitude going is a spontaneous dance party with yourself! Here’s a layout I created to remind me to embrace the day — good and bad — and about rocking it. This layout proves that it’s possible!

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Lastly, I wanted to share another layout I created about “adulting” — one that captures me taking a “time out” after a long day. I was letting the kids run wild in the backyard, and I was sitting and breathing. Taking these few moments to myself helps me to decompress and get ready (anticipate!) the next part of our schedule.

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What I have found this past year is that planning ahead, changing your attitude, and taking just a few moments to breathe are the ways I anticipate life by planning for it. “Anticipate” …as in predict, look forward to, and be ready for what’s next.

I hope these tips help you anticipate and look forward to a new day. Come join me in the challenge forum here at The Digital Press and participate in the challenge I’ve cooked up for you that is related to this post! I can’t wait to see how you embrace each new day…


TDP_blog_sabrinaAbout the Author  Sabrina is an avid documenter of life — herself, her children, her hubby, and her everyday life. There is beauty in the ordinary moments, and they are what she loves to scrap. She is also always on the hunt for a quiet, peaceful moment, and she usually spends it reading.

 

Hybrid Saturday | Easy Hybrid Hacks For Digital Layouts

Hello and happy Saturday! Arielle here, getting all “hybrid~y” today, as I show some techniques for turning digital layouts into hybrid. Sometimes I think certain layouts are far too awesome to be stuck in an album – they should be featured on my walls or given as gifts. But I like to jazz them up a little before I stick them in a frame!

Today I will show you two hybrid layouts based on this all digital layout, and show you some of my fail-proof tips for adding just the perfect amount of pop!

It’s great if you already have a layout you’d like to use, but if not, you can certainly start from scratch! Alex loved this layout so much, that I decided to “hybrid~ize” it for his room. I used the kit Game On by Inside Pixels by Lisa BellWhat a great soccer kit for boys! (She needs to do one for gals, doesn’t she? wink, wink!)

When you know what you’re using, gather your crafty supplies! I used:

  • Thin cardstock
  • Tissue , vellum, and other assorted papers
  • Adhesives (I used a Xyron machine, ATG gun & dimensionals)
  • Scissors and paper trimmer
  • Other embellishments such as enamel dots or buttons.
  • photos
  • layout base

When I do a hybrid layout, I always start with creating the digital layout. That one’s for the albums. Then I decide what the base of my layout will be. Either printed on 8.5×11″ at home or on photo paper. I did one of each for this layout.

The pros for paper are:

  • You can write, stamp, paint without destroying it
  • You can print it at home
  • Much cheaper

The pros for photo are:

  • Colors are more vivid
  • Is nice and glossy
  • Lasts longer, perhaps?

First up is the paper based layout. I decide before I print, what layers/elements I will leave, and what I will print separately and add on. For this, all the elements, photos and the two paper layers under the photos were removed (the text remained, along with the stitching and the frame and background soccer paper) from the digital layout before printing. Then everything was printed and adhered back on.

This one is an 8×10″ photo base. I printed this exactly the same, except I also left the two papers that are layered under the photos. (That way, I know those paper will match up, and save me a little time.) They are all shadowed, too. You can’t tell too much of a difference between the two layouts in these photos, but I love the look of the one with the photo base, the shadows really pop!

Now onto the fun stuff!

HACK ONE – POP IT UP!

Adding a little bit of height is a great way to jazz up your hybrid layout… it will also create more interesting shadows! You can use a thin dimensional – say 1/8″ or so, and it will still fit in a regular frame. But not much more than two additional layers above the base, otherwise it will get a squashed look. (Of course, if you’re putting it in a shadow box – go crazy with the layers!)

HACK TWO – PRINT ON VELLUM

You can easily add some pop by printing on vellum! It’s so fun to get a little peek of what’s underneath the vellum, it’s a classy little hack! (After I printed the vellum stars, arrow and soccer ball, I put a few of them in my palm, one at a time with the image up, and pressed into the middle of it a little, so it wouldn’t sit so flat on my layout.)

HACK THREE: PRINT ON TISSUE PAPER

Last month on the blog, I showed off a technique for making your own washi. (In this post) I made a couple small pieces and you can see one below. Yes, it may sound like a lot of trouble, but they do match the kit – LOL! I loved this soccer ball pattern! But you could always use any washi you have!

HACK FOUR: ADD EASY LITTLE DETAILS

I love adding buttons or enamel dots to hybrid layouts. Or paint, glitter and stiching. It’s fun to shake up the whole paper thing with some actual hardware ~ to me it creates a Trompe-l’œil effect. It’s interesting to see people trying to figure out what is real and what’s printed. (Text or overlays on photos is another great detail, too.)

Now it’s your turn! Want to try your hand at a hybrid layout? It can be as easy and as simple as you want it to be! Please come join us in The Digital Press’s forum for a fun challenge related to this tutorial! You can create an amazing item for yourself or someone you love AND earn points doing it! Points can later be cashed-in for discount coupons to the shop at the end of the month if you participate in the challenge system at The Digital Press!

 


Arielle H GordonAbout the author  Arielle H Gordon is a wife and mom of two crazy kiddos, ages 6 & 7. She moved around (a lot!) before returning to settle down in her hometown of Enterprise, Alabama, to marry her sweetheart and start her family. She is an avid crafter — digital, hybrid and otherwise! She LOVES Jesus, family time, camping, gardening, reading cozy mysteries, hot tea, popcorn, and anything on the BBC! This time of year, you’ll find her gardening, gearing up for summer and reading like it’s going out of style (while sipping sweet tea!)…

Anticipate a Trip

Anticipate a Trip

Hi everyone! Miranda here bringing you a new challenge!

Don’t we all have that wish list of places we want to go for a day or maybe even longer? Maybe you will go there one day and maybe it will remain a wish.

On my list I have Rome, Istanbul and Marrakech.  They may not be far from where I live in The Netherlands, but they are far enough for me to have them on my list of “maybe one day” trips.

On top of my list, however, is Venice. My friends ask why Venice when I have been there so many times – very true, but each time I visited I was only there for just a few hours. When we spend our summer holidays at an Italian lake, we always make a day trip to Venice. My wish is to spend a few days there, to really experience the city.  I want to be there in the evenings – how romantic it must be to wake up in a hotel room and look out the window and see the gondolas passing by or even hear the gondoliers sing.

As of the publishing of this post, I will be having my last few hours in Venice and will then be flying home in the morning – my wish came true!

Below is a page I have created about Venice using Our Trip Kit and A Great Adventure Templates by Anita Designs.

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Join me in the forum for a challenge all about scrapping your future or hopeful trips.  I cannot wait to see what you come up with!!


MirandaAbout the Author  Miranda is a mom of two teenage boys, aged 13 and 15 years old, and is also a fur-mummy for her 3 Bernese Mountain Dogs. She lives in the South of the Netherlands, close to the beach where she loves to walk with her dogs. In real life, she is HSE-responsible for few companies in the construction industry. She loves gardening, to walk her dogs, to read Danielle Steel novels… and has been digiscrap-addicted since 2007.

Accomplishment: Every Accomplishment Begins with the Decision to Try

My middle daughter just started gymnastics. This is a pretty big deal for several reasons. Our older daughter has no interest in team sports. While she is quite active at school in basketball, gymnastics, soccer, etc., she has no interest in partaking in something where other people watch her. I do have to give her some credit because she did do a trial class and was interested enough for us to sign her up. But when it came down to it, she decided she didn’t want to do it after all. So it was kind of a big deal for my middle daughter to join gymnastics without the support of her big sister. And you know what?? She loves it!

We are hopeful something will come along that will spark an interest for our oldest, but for now we are celebrating the bravery and courage of our middle and trying to teach the importance of just trying.

Materials Used: You Can Do Anything Kit – River Rose and Inside Pixels Collab and Duo 06 | Love Me Like You Do Template – La Belle Vie

Now, I invite you to come over to the forum to join us in this week’s challenge! You can earn points toward monthly discounts in the shop if you participate (and you’ll get a page done for your album… win-win!).

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Krista

 

About the Author  Krista Lund is a mom of 3, married to her high school sweetheart and living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of her favorite things are brownies, chips ‘n’ dip, taking pictures, and documenting her family’s story.

Accomplish More | Bullet Journaling & Pretty Pages

Accomplish More - Bullet Journaling & Pretty Pages

 

We all need more time in life to do the things we really want to do, and not all of us are stellar at organizing our time.

Enter the recent “planner craze” that is sweeping the planet. I’m sure you’ve all seen zillions of pretty planners all over the internet.

I love the idea of all of the pretty planners that are out there along with subscriptions, clubs, and Facebook groups. In fact, The Digital Press has a wonderful array of planning supplies in the store here. Among them, you’ll find such gems as Miss Tiina’s great annual line of planner supplies… Mari Koegelenberg’s gorgeous planner-specific goodies… Hat of Bunny’s planner printables… Laura Passage’s scrapping planner products… and more!

I’ve bought planners, downloaded some others, and played around with a lot of different planning ideas. Unfortunately, so far none of them have worked well for me. And then… I stumbled across the idea of a bullet journal. To me, a dated planner just doesn’t fit my needs because I don’t have that many things going on in a given month that I need to track. For me, it is all about lists and keeping ideas & projects from falling through the cracks.

The basic idea of the bullet journal is to keep a small notebook in which you can maintain a regular stream of tasks and lists. You can find out more about bullet journaling at the bullet journal site, and there are literally thousands of links on Pinterest. But it is a generally simple method of using an index — “collections” — that are sort of over-arching categories… and then “rapid-logging” your ideas/thoughts — which is where the bullets come into play. Under categories you create your logs, lists, charts, graphs or other items. Then, as a final step, you simply migrate those tasks into action by moving them to a calendar. To me, it is a far simpler method of tracking and planning. You don’t spend so much time on the planner itself — and instead, spend more on completing the tasks themselves. I don’t end up migrating because I keep things pretty simple, and that is how it works for me.

There are a lot of people who are hard-core serious about their bullet journals (or bujo) and some dedicate hours upon hours to their journals, hand-drawing lots of fancy dividers, headers, sketches and everything else you can imagine. People use fountain pens or other fancy writing instruments, do calligraphy or other elaborate writing, etc. I love that idea, but have no time or patience to do something like that.

In terms of the more elaborate style of bullet journaling… here is a sample page spread from Kara at Boho Berry (someone I follow who is also a fellow bullet journaler)…

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I love this. But at the same time, for myself, I feel that if I spent that much time “planning,” I wouldn’t have time for the actual “doing.”

But I do find that I want pretty pages like these (which our very own TDP team member Amanda created in a previous blog post).

Recently, it dawned on me that I can just use regular ol’ digital scrap supplies and create my own “pretty” bullet lists with those. Pretty and practical all at once. I am not as detailed or prettified as I could be, but it is a quick and easy page that gets me doing instead of planning. And if I want to get wild and crazy, I can shift it slightly, print it out and paste it into my physical bullet journal. If not, I can keep it on my desktop, send it to Evernote, or put it onto my phone.

 

See… easy peasy. A simple way to get my to-do list done — and add some color and fun while I’m at it. I used the pie chart as my version of the “Level 10 Life” (but because I’m not currently working or dealing with much in the way of finances, I left those out and added some of my own). I can track and see what needs adjusting and where I should put more emphasis week to week. I can accomplish more, but still give a little bit of style and prettiness. Win-win!

How do you plan out your week? Do you worry about making it “pretty” or just stick to functional? I invite you to come join us in TDP’s forum for this week’s challenge related to this post!

 


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About the Author  Kimberlee is a lover not a fighter; a stay-at-home gran, a poet, and a lifelong learner. She grooves on saturated colors, Tuesday dance parties, optimism, glitter and sunshine. She colors outside the lines.  She is a dreamer. She is a collector of moments.  She is all about the story.  Kimberlee completed her MFA in Creative Writing and recently finished her M.Ed. in Instructional Design but still can’t figure out what she wants to be when she ‘grows up.’

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

Are you ever in that situation where you are running out the door and suddenly remember you forgot to get a birthday card for the party your child is going to?  Or a “Thank You” card for a gift someone gave you, maybe even just a “cheering up” card?   I don’t know about you, but cards are VERY expensive and I hate buying them.  So, I want to show you how to make greeting cards to build up your stash so that you will always have one on hand.  No more excuses for not giving someone a card.

If you are crafter you probably already have most of the items on hand.  Even if you are mostly a scrapper, you still probably have the basics.  Most digital kits these days will either come with a few pocket cards or have a pocket card edition to the kit.  I love pocket cards because they are so versatile.  Since I’m an hybrid gal, I immediately see them as cards.  I love giving people homemade cards even if it’s just to brighten their day.

Here is what you will need:

  • Digital pocket cards
  • White cardstock
  • Colored cardstock
  • double sided tape
  • glue pen
  • embellishments
  • Pop dots

Here are the pocket cards I used for this project, but any of them will work.  You probably already own several.  There is definitely one out there for EVERY occasion.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

Andiamo Journal Cards, Birthday Card Set, #Happythings Journal Cards,
Focus On the Good Journaling Cards

You can use any photo editing program you have to create these cards.  You do not have to have a cutting machine, however, I did use mine because I’m a little obsessed with it.   You can be as simple or as fancy as you would like.  I did a little of both.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

Some pocket cards are fine without adding anything to them.  Some just need a saying or an additional element. I like dimension so I usually cut out extra elements.

For some of my cards, I started out by drawing out a 5″ x 8″ triangle.  At the 4″ mark, I drew a dashed line – this is if you are going to use a cutting machine, if not, just use the ruler in your editing program and open and place your pocket card at the 4″ mark.   Two cards fit to a page.  That is it… print the card, cut with your paper trimmer and fold.  It really is that simple.   If you want it to be a little fancier, add some cute elements from the coordinating kit……go one step farther and add a piece of coordinating cardstock to the back.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

For that extra little touch, I added several elements to a page to do quite a few cards.   I did a print and cut with my Silhouette, but a pair of scissors will work just as good….I’m just not that great with them.   I also love to add matching inserts for the envelopes.

 

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

I took the same card above and added the extra elements I cut out with pop dots.  I also added a piece of cardstock to the back and a button to finish off. Cute, isn’t it?!

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

Another way is to just cut several pocket cards for the fronts of the cards.  You can get four pocket cards to a page.  After cutting with your paper trimmer add to a piece folded cardstock with double sided tape or your adhesive of choice.  Again, keep it simple or fancy it up a little.

Here is a front added to a piece of folded cardstock.  It is fine just the way it is, but of course I had to take up a notch.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

Here is the same card with another scooter cut out and added to the top with pop dots.  It adds an extra little touch.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket CardsHere I cut the card and added a piece of grey cardstock, cut out the washi tape and added with pop dots.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

This card is done a little different than the others.  You do have to have a cutting machine to get the same affect.  I’m sure that you could do something similar in your photo editing program.

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First, open the cutting files in the program that your cutting machine uses.  I have a Silhouette Cameo, the program I am using is Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

Next, make sure that your cutting lines are turned on and choose cardstock material type.  Now add cardstock to your mat and send through your machine.  It did take me a couple of times to get a clean cut.  I had to change my mat and slow down my cutting speed.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

This is a good card to use up some of those scraps that you have on hand.   I just took a piece and traced the balloon with a pencil.  Cut to the inside of your trace marks and glue down with a glue pen.  Add to the top of your card base and your done.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket CardsI really like how this one turned out.  I used cardstock scraps that I had on hand.

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

 

How to Create Cards Using Pocket Cards

I hope this tutorial has inspired you! If you’d like to give it a try, please join me in the forum and have fun creating some cards.  You can earn points toward this month’s challenges!  I can’t wait to see your creations.


TanyaAbout the Author  Tanya is a part of the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She has been hybrid crafting for at least 12 years now, and loves creating and sharing those creations with others. Her all-time favorite tool is her Silhouette Cameo. She has been married for 26 years and has two sons: Chris, 24 and Chance, 20. She also enjoys crocheting, photography and woodworking.

We Did It!

We Did It!

Life is full of all sorts of wishes and worries… goals and “getting there”s… and hopefully a good smattering of “I DID IT!” too. It feels great to accomplish something!

Big accomplishments feel fantastic, obviously… but sometimes the small wins in life feel pretty good, too. Something that might be a small thing to one person can be a huge accomplishment to another.

I have a daughter who is a worrier (she gets it from me!). Recently, she worried about a bicycle training course at school, and the closer it got, the more she worried. Therefore, when the course was complete and she had passed her test, it was a very big deal to her (and therefore, it was a big deal to me, also!).

I chose to document her accomplishment in order to help remember, in the future, how it felt…

We Did It!

[ credits: KimB – Free Spirited Kit ]

This week, we’ve got a challenge waiting for you in the forum that is related to this idea of documenting your accomplishments.

I can’t wait to see what you are proud of… so come on over to the forum and join me! 🙂


CorrinAbout the Author  Corrin is on the creative team here at The Digital Press, and is a fan of the Big Bang Theory and a lover of cozy pajamas. She lives in the currently wet & chilly South of England with her husband and 4 crazy kids, who regularly discover & plunder her secret chocolate stashes! She is still trying to get the house straight after moving 2 years ago. Who knows… maybe this will be the year she reaches the bottom of the laundry pile!

Accomplishments: In Review

In Review: Accomplishments

I confess, I hate making “In Review” pages!  While I like the idea of summing up my year in one layout, it is just not feasible for me.  So much happens in our family during the course of any given year, that remembering it all and then paring it down to a few events just completely overwhelms me. The few pages I have tried in the past were frankly pathetic.

So this year I decided to do some preemptive thinking. If I change the time table from a whole year in review to something smaller it might be more doable. For instance, a month in review, a week in review, or on a crazy week, simply a weekend in review is easier for me to sort through and summarize.  If you look at life on that scale it really is not all that different from a Project 52 or Project 12. That is much more manageable to my frazzled mommy brain. Then come the end of the year, I can just pull information from those layouts, or put all those pages into an “in review” mini book, or simply include them as is in my main yearly album. The possibilities are almost endless.

I decided to do an “In Review” page for each month this year.  Since our word for April is Accomplish, I decided to use that idea to further narrow down my  “in review” thoughts for March. After thinking those two thoughts through for a bit I found that the rest of this layout came together really easily for me.

In Review: Accomplishements

credits: Talkative Templates by Scotty Girl Designs, Hello March by Anita Designs

Some of these accomplishments for March are huge, and others are just little everyday things that would go missed in a yearly round up, but it really sums up our March and I like that.

But more importantly, I am happy to finally be able to utilize an idea that has always been hard for me.

If you are a pocket scrapper, “In Review” pages are even easier.  There are so many great kits and cards already available to create “In Review” layouts. Check out the Pocket Scrapping Section at the store HERE.

If you are interested making some of your own ” in review” page(s) head on over to the Challenge Forums and check out the Challenge I have for you.


Erin 1About the Author: Erin is a work from home mom of three living in Thailand. She loves playing with her kids and anything artsy. She can often be found knee deep in toys with paint on her face. She is slowly learning the meaning of living an authentic life, and enjoying every minute of the adventure.

Hybrid Saturday | Butterfly Wreath

Hybrid: Butterfly Wreath

Did everyone pick up the March Collaboration kit, Fly Away? It comes with a beautiful butterfly cut file that I knew I wanted to use as soon as I saw it. I thought it would make a great wreath for my front door.

Supplies

  • Digital Kit – I used the Fly Away Collab
  • Cutting Machine
  • Cardstock
  • Wreath of your choice
  • Hot Glue Gun & Gluesticks

Instructions

The first thing I did was cut the butterflies. I wanted them in a variety of colors and sizes. I used primarily the cut file for my butterflies, but I also pulled in a butterfly element from the main kit and clipped paper to it.

Hybrid: Butterfly Wreath

 

This is how I do wreaths at my house. I use young Willow or River Birch branches and twist them around each other (tucking in the ends) until I have a sturdy, circular wreath. I find that twist ties really help to secure the first layer.

 

Hybrid: Butterfly Wreath

 

After that was done, I started attaching the butterflies with hot glue. I didn’t think too hard about placement. I spread out the larger butterflies first and then went from there.

 

Hybrid: Butterfly Wreath

 

The whole project took an afternoon and I just love how it looks on my front door!

 

Hybrid: Butterfly Wreath

Ready to try out your own wreath?  Join us in the forum for a fun challenge to make your own Spring wreath!


KateAbout the Author: Kate is on the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She lives on the Utah/Colorado border with her husband, 5 kids, 10 chickens, and a dog named Gracie. She’s a city-born girl who found she’s really a country girl at heart. She can be found outside, barefoot, and probably in her garden.

Accomplish: Learning Something New

Hey there, scrappers! As we say goodbye to winter and welcome spring, it is the perfect time to learn something new!

I love learning about new techniques and tools that will help me in my scrapping journey, and this time of year seems like the perfect time to break out of my scrapping rut and try something new. So, I decided to peruse The Digital Press Blog for some new ideas.

If you haven’t checked out any of the site’s amazing Tutorial Tuesday posts in a while, you are missing out! There are some really fantastic posts with techniques from color editing, to photography, to hybrid projects, and more. I am blown away by the awesome ideas shared in these posts. So, I decided to highlight a few fabulous tutorials that you might be able to incorporate into your next project or layout.

 

Photography Tips

First, if you’re hoping to improve your photography skills now that the weather is nicer and you can get outside with your camera… TDP creative team members Farrah and Chloe have both shared great tutorials recently.

Check out…

Here’s an image I created using Farrah’s color tutorial….

I don’t usually use selective color with my photos, but I am working on a layout about my son Will’s favorite stuffed animal. I love this photo because it captures how he is always carrying “Raffi” (his giraffe) around, however, the colors and background were quite distracting. By using selective color, I was able to eliminate the conflicting colors and put the focus on his favorite toy.

 

Scrapping Techniques

If learning a new scrapping technique is on your to-do list, The Digital Press Blog has you covered with a few really great recent articles by team members Pallavi and Biancka.

Check out…

 

Hybrid How-To’s

Finally, The Digital Press blog is also overflowing with hybrid goodness. A lot of us digital scrappers get nervous when we see/hear the word “hybrid” because it looks… well, just so complicated and difficult! But some of these recent articles really simplify the process and make it seem like an attainable goal for anyone!

Check out…

  • Alina’s recent post Prettify Your Pantry, in which she uses hybrid techniques to organize and beautify her pantry while up-cycling containers that she already had laying around the house!
  • Tanya shared some adorable mini Easter baskets in her tutorial. I think these would be really cute as party favors, too, decorated with festive paper and embellishments!

 

With all these amazing ideas and tutorials on the blog, you are sure to find something new to learn!

And to give you an incentive to give one of them a try… I am hosting a challenge over in the The Digital Press Forum, in which you can use one of our fabulous Tutorial Tuesday posts to create your own project. I hope you will come check it out, play along, and earn some TDP challenge points! Happy learning and happy scrapping!


Katie

About the Author  Katie is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives in central Florida with her husband and their four sweet-but-crazy boys. When she’s not dodging Nerf bullets or trying to dig out from under a never-ending pile of laundry, she enjoys photography, cooking, going to Disney World with her family… and, of course, digital scrapbooking.

Accomplish Something

Accomplish Something

Happy April!  No tricks on this April Fool’s Day – just fun inspiration, challenges, and tutorials coming up this month.  Our word of the month here at TDP is ACCOMPLISH.  I always think of Spring as the start of something fresh – starting with a Spring cleaning of my home and decluttering what we no longer enjoy and need.  Of course, I also take that cleaning frenzy and apply it to my EHDs by cleaning out older digi supplies, making room for the oodles of new goodies the TDP Designers are sure to create.  To me, this is a sense of ACCOMPLISHED and always makes me feel like I am ready to tackle something more exciting and new.  What about you?  What makes you feel like you have ACCOMPLISHED something?

Browsing around the web, I found some fun inspiration images to kick-start your thoughts about the word ACCOMPLISH

Accomplish Something

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Each month, we like to encourage you to step out of the box with regard to our challenges. Below, you will find the list of upcoming challenges for the month of February — each of which focus on our theme of ACCOMPLISH. For more information about our challenge system, please read this information post in the TDP forum.

The handy image you see above can be saved to your computer for reference throughout the month, as it features our schedule for March. 🙂 It was made by the ever-talented Alina from TDP’s creative team, using the brand new store collab, Hello, Beautiful Daywhich was released today and can be purchased for just $4.00 for the first 4 days of the month!

We cannot wait to see how you implement our Word of the Month into your daily lives and memory-keeping!


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 her 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.

Capture the Everyday Moments

CaptureTheEverydayMoments

 

I’m sure I’m not the only memory-keeper out there that loves to scrap the ‘big’ stuff in life. You know what I mean…  the vacations, the birthdays, the celebrations, the weddings, and the holidays. There are obviously many reasons to document those “big” moments, and they definitely have an important place in our scrapbooks.  In fact, going through photos of those “big” events at a later date conjures so many memories and wonderful feelings. Anyone else feel the same?

But… what about the “small” things?

So much of our lives are made up of the little everyday moments. Someday, we’ll love remembering those moments, too.

I’m talking about the moments, activities, and feelings that happen during the course of a “normal” day. I’ve really been contemplating this idea lately — the question of “who on earth would want to know what happens during my typical day?” But then I think to the future… I think of my kids growing up to become adults, and looking through the scrapbooks that I put my heart and soul into creating. I think of them reminiscing about vacations we enjoyed, celebrations we happily celebrated, and proms that they attended. I also think of them looking through these scrapbooks and thinking about our everyday life. I want them to see and remember all the facets of our lives… from the “boring” to the exciting. I want them to know ME. I want them to see how I spent my Saturdays (because, let’s face it, they are a little clueless when it comes to what goes into running a household!). Scrapbooking is about documenting our lives, and what a great way to share those memories, even the little things.

Here’s a layout I recently created that shows what a “normal” Saturday in our life looks like through my eyes (created with Talkative Templates by Scotty Girl Design and Daily | Scrapbook Kit by Little Lamm & Co.)…

 

If you need some ideas on the “little” things that you may want to document… just think about what makes up your life each day. You may be so annoyed about the toys on the floor… but, before you know it, there won’t be toys on the floor. Capture them while they’re a part of your story! How about that pile of dirty laundry? Think of how blessed you are that you are and your family are clothed and warm. Think of sharing a meal with your family… the smiles, the food, the conversation. Don’t you always want to remember how it feels right now? What about that wonderful glass of wine that is so deserved after a very long day… take a photo of it and document why it is so deserved! There are so many little moments during the course of our day that all add up to create our lives… and we don’t want to forget these “little” things, because they’re really not that little. We want to capture them, so they can live on and reflect our real lives…. that’s the legacy we want to leave. Our REAL lives.

Here’s another great example of capturing the “little” things… this lovely pocket-style page was created by the very talented Farrah of TDP’s creative team (using Daily | Photoshop Templates, Daily | Scrapbook Kit, and Daily | Pocket Cards and Printables by Little Lamm & Co.)…

 

I have one more fantastic “everyday life” layout to share with you… this one, created by Amie, another one of the wonderfully-inspiring TDP creative team members (she created this with the Project Twenty Sixteen | March Kit by Wishing Well Creations and Talkative Templates by Scotty Girl Design)…

 

Hopefully this post has given you some ideas about ways to use the “everyday moments” in life to help you capture your real life when you scrapbook. It is such an important part of leaving our legacy!

And now… are you ready to capture your own everyday moments? Head over to The Digital Press’s challenge forum, because I have a related challenge waiting for you!

 


Heidi NicoleAbout the Author  Heidi Nicole is happily married to an amazing man, a step mama to 2 wonderful kiddos, and mama to 3 sweet and sassy furbabies. She’s a radiation therapist by day, and creator of pretty things by night (she’s pretty confident that she’s hit super hero status, but refuses to wear a cape). She loves cats and huskies, coffee, audio books, Friends reruns, St. Louis Blues hockey, cooking, baking, and traveling. Oh, and wine… she really likes wine. She lives a normal and happy life, and enjoys all the absolutely extraordinary people she gets to share it with on a daily basis!

Hybrid Saturday | Tissue Decoupaged Bunny

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I am a sucker for bright colors, and Easter is one of my favorite holidays of the year! Arielle here with today’s “fun, easy, inexpensive and perfect to work on with the kiddies” project, a Tissue Decoupaged Bunny. Wouldn’t it make an awesome centerpiece for your Easter table? This technique is perfect for other decor items, such as picture frames, miscellaneous objects, old wooden chairs… you name it!

First, pick your favorite papers! I used It’s a Spring Thing | Papers by Juno Designs and Wendy P Designs. All these beautifully bright papers were perfect for my little bunny!

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Then gather your crafty supplies —

  • Thin cardstock
  • Tissue paper
  • Adhesives (I used a Xyron machine & scotch tape)
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Other embellishments such as ribbon and buttons.
  • Paper mache animal (or picture frame, etc…)
  • Mod Podge (optional)
  • Paint and brushes (optional)

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Start off by cutting some tissue paper to fit your cardstock.  (I picked up some cheap tissue at the dollar store.) I cut it approximately 7.5″x 11″, then using invisible tape, I adhered it to the cardstock at the top and bottom. Be sure to put the paper into your printer so that it will print onto the tissue.

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Set up a document of “swatches” to print. My swatches measured 3.5″ x 2.5″, and I was able to fit eight, centered, onto each page.

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Remove the tissue, and trim off the excess, then run it through the Xyron. If you don’t have one, use Mod Podge, or some other glue. Be careful though and use it sparingly to prevent the ink on the tissue from bleeding.

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Tear your tissue into pieces and start applying. You’ll notice I also put a thin wash of white paint on my bunny before I started. Keep tearing and sticking the tissue to your project until it’s covered. It took a little over 2 sheets to cover everything.

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To finish, you can cover it in Mod Podge or spray a fixative on it to preserve it. I also added a pink button nose and an orange ribbon around his neck! Get creative ~ you could even add paper flowers, pearls or beads.

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Add some candy and Easter grass and you’ve got a great centerpiece!

HYBRID: Tissue Decoupaged Bunny

 

Want to try your hand at this easy decoupage? Please come join us in The Digital Press’s forum for a fun challenge related to this tutorial! You can create fantastic decor items AND earn points doing it! Points can later be cashed-in for discount coupons to the shop at the end of the month if you participate in the challenge system at The Digital Press!

 


Arielle H Gordon About the author  Arielle H Gordon is a wife and mom of two crazy kiddos, ages 6 & 7. She moved around (a lot!) before returning to settle down in her hometown of Enterprise, Alabama, to marry her sweetheart and start her family. She is an avid crafter — digital, hybrid and otherwise! She LOVES Jesus, family time, camping, gardening, reading cozy mysteries, hot tea, popcorn, and anything on the BBC! This time of year, you’ll find her hoarding Cadbury Mini Eggs and Peeps, dying Easter eggs and waiting for Lent to be over so she can resume one or two of her less obnoxious vices…

Capture History

Capture History

 

One of my favorite things about scrapbooking is that it allows me to capture the history of my life in ways that would never be documented otherwise. I have always loved knowing about the history of the people in my life, so I’m making an effort to include my story and the story of those who came before me in our family scrapbooks. We’ve likely all heard the old adage about those who don’t know history being doomed to repeat it… and, well, I think understanding where we come from and what we’ve experienced makes our lives more rich and nuanced! Take the time to include history in your scrapbooks, and you will be rewarded in many ways!

There are so many different ways to include your personal history in your scrapbook pages. The most common way is to scrapbook about the people, places and events from your family’s history. One idea is tell stories from the past that don’t have photos associated with them. You can tell about how an event in history affected your family like I did with the layout below about Pearl Harbor…

Capture History

 

Another thing to remember is that you can still scrapbook photos that you don’t have a lot of information about; you can always talk about why a photo is special to you, or about questions you have or different things you wonder about as you look at the photo. For the layout below, I don’t have a lot of information about the photo… but I decided to journal about what I notice when looking at it, and what it means to me.

Capture History

 

Not all pages about history have to be hundreds of years old, however. Telling stories about your own childhood will also allow you to capture your personal history. Your family will love learning about you as a child! Here is a layout that I created about my childhood and one of our adventures…

Capture History

 

It can be rewarding to take the time to make sure that you’re including your history in your pages. It’s a great way to get in touch with your roots and help you figure out what you can learn from the past.

Now it is your turn to capture history. Come on over to the forum and join our weekly scrapbooking challenge! I can’t wait to see the pages you create about YOUR personal history!

 


Amy

About the Author  Amy lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband of 14 years and their 11 year old boy/girl twins. Their 20 year old daughter is in the midst of her third year at West Virginia University! Amy 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! Amy is a huge reader (mostly literary fiction), and is a pop culture junkie! She also LOVES all things beauty & makeup!

Capture Happiness

Capture Happiness

Scrapbooking is all about making memories, right?

When you browse through the gallery, you will notice that most of the layouts and projects you find reflect happiness. Of course! We are all positive people, emitting positive vibes, and chasing positivity in life. We are able to scrap when we are sad, but we do scrap more and get more inspiration when we keep in mind happy moments.

In revisiting all of my layouts from over ten years of scrapping, I realized that I made at most five layouts of sad times. This does not mean that my life was only happy during that time; I cannot lie, as there was joyous, tearful, funny, as well as sad times. I asked myself, “why I am not interested in scrapping those angry or sad times?” I do not have the answer, and do not want to find out why! 🙂  I just choose to focus on the happy.

My thousands of layouts are not only focusing on big happy events I have experienced. No! They are just drawing happiness from little moments: a smile, a joke, great weather, or warmhearted words heard here and there from my loved ones.  Of course I never miss an opportunity to scrap a happy event. I do this because as I open my albums and scroll through the memories captured, I  get a nice feeling from great memories. This gives me a reason to scrap more. Happiness is within every little thing; we just need to capture it and make great memories.

Just this week, I scrapped the page you see below. The photo and memory of that moment captured reminded me how much I love being a Mother.

Capture Happiness

With this idea of capturing happiness in mind… the question to ask now is this — what about you? What is your last captured moment of happiness?

I invite you to come over to the forum and join us in a challenge this weekend — all about capturing happiness in your scrapping!

 


DSC_3131About the Author  Bao is a creative team member at The Digital Press. She has been a digiscrapper for about ten years now, and her style tends to be clean & simple. Most of the time she scraps her family’s photos. She also loves, however, to scrap other subjects such flowers, nature, environment, and foods. She says hello to all of you from her big island of Madagascar, and feels blessed to live there.

Hybrid: Planner Pages

Planner Pages

Prettying up your planner pages can be fast and easy!  Who wants a boring planner?  Not me!

Each weekend, I sit at my computer and take about an hour to pretty up my planner for the coming week. I write all my appointments, etc. in pencil in my planner until after I pretty it all up.

The great thing about working with digital scrapbooking supplies is that you can find anything you might need at a moment’s notice and download it to use right away, without having to leave your house or your jammies!

To do this is simple:

  1. I start off by measuring the squares in my planner.
  2. In Photoshop, create clipping masks on an 8.5″ x 11″ document (the size I print on), using the sizes I just gathered.  Create additional clipping masks as needed (I tend to do more than I need so I have options).
  3. Create mini journal cards by adding text, papers, and other elements. Should you want to add something that would not fill a the whole clipping mask, either change the background to the color of your planner’s background, or decrease the opacity after using the size of the mask as a guide.
  4. Once complete, print and cut them out.
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  5. Now that everything is ready, it’s time to add all of your pretties using your favorite adhesive.
  6. Finally, you can now replace all of the penciled in appointments, etc. with your favorite pen(s).

See?  Simple.

Sometimes I only use journal cards, like I did here with Dunia Designs’ February Documented (Cards):

Planner Pages

Here is an example where I used papers and elements from Hello February by Anita Designs as well as elements from Notebook Elements by France M. Designs:

Planner Pages

 

Have you thought about how you can use digital supplies to pretty up your own planner pages?  Here’s your chance to join us for a fun challenge in the forum to try it out!

 


AmandaAbout the Author: Amanda found digital scrapbooking in 2006 as a paper scrapper who was frustrated with the limitations of paper scrapping products. She now loves to combine paper and digital products and techniques for her pages and projects. She is the wife of a Naval Officer and has two teenage children. She lives in Australia, and has also lived in the U.S and Malaysia and loves that she has had the opportunity to travel the world with her family.

Capture It All!

Capture It All!

Most of the pages I scrap are an attempt to capture one little moment in time, one little joke, or one single experience.

I am pretty good at documenting who said what, as well as the where and when of things happening. Mostly, I am happy with that minimal amount of information… as it is enough to jog my memory so that when I eventually look back at the pages I have scrapped, each recorded moment comes flooding back into my memory and I can experience it all over again.

The notes about these little details are a really simple (but important!) way to document all of these important memories. Sometimes it’s all too easy to look back on a photo, with no other context, and forget those little details. That’s why these little bits of journaling can be so important and meaningful.

Most of the little moments I am trying to capture these days are the sights and sounds of my children. My oldest is changing fast… becoming a teenager already (insert teen eye roll here)! My youngest is a toddler, however, and while watching him do all sorts of things, I remember how quickly this stage passes by, as well. Therefore, for some of the pages I make, the basic information of who, where, when, or why… are not enough. I also want to remember the sounds, smells, sights, or feelings of a moment. I want to capture it all!

In the following page, I wanted to remember my little son’s wobbly bottom lip. There would be a good few seconds of this quivering lip, giving me a chance to pick him up again before he started to wail! But a year on from the photo, he no longer does this little trick! I have journaled about the way he looked, and about those quiet few seconds before the wailing began — the sight and the sound of the moment I’m capturing.

Capture It All!

 

Now it is your turn! Come on over to the forum and join into our weekly scrapbooking challenge!

I can’t wait to see what you choose to scrap about… and how you will describe the way it feels, sounds, smells, tastes… and all that stuff!


blog-picAbout the Author  Corrin is on the creative team here at The Digital Press, and is a fan of the Big Bang Theory and a lover of cozy pajamas. She lives in the currently wet & chilly South of England with her husband and 4 crazy kids, who regularly discover & plunder her secret chocolate stashes! She is still trying to get the house straight after moving 2 years ago. Who knows… maybe this will be the year she reaches the bottom of the laundry pile!