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World Backup Day | Five Questions to Test Your Data Safety

Sometimes it seems like the whole world is out to get our computers. Fire, flood, power surges, hard drive failures, viruses…the list is seemingly endless of the things that can wipe out our digital lives.

5 Questions To Test Your Data Safety

As scrapbookers, we are aware of the value of our memories in photographic form and mindful of the careful storage of our albums and printed photos. Most of us, however, are not as diligent as we should be about the preservation of our memories – or our business records –  that are in digital form. World Backup Day is our annual reminder to take action to preserve and protect the records in our digital lives – before we learn the hard way that our safeguards are inadequate.

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Introduction to Digital Templates: Part 1

Welcome to a new series all about digital templates – what they are, how to use them, why to use them, and how to adapt them to your style!

So what are digital templates? Think of digital templates the same way you would think of a sketch you might use for a traditional layout. In fact, some templates are really just that – sketches with digital placeholders. When you open these types of templates in your software, all you have are the empty placeholders for photos and paper – you have to add all your own paper and embellishments, as well as journaling and a title. Others come with almost everything done for you – the title, the embellishments and even the paper. All you have to do is add your photos and journaling and you’re done. We’re going to start by looking at these second type of templates because they’re just easier to start with.

Here’s a couple of examples from templates I’ve used recently from Designer Digitals.

In this first layout, I chose to work with the following template. It includes all the elements you see below, including the title, frames, and all of the embellishments.


Layer Works No. 294 by Studio Double D


All supplies from Designer Digitals | Template: Layer Works No. 294 by Studio Double D. Patterned Paper: Spring Fields Solids Paper Pack by Katie Pertiet.

As you can see, the layout I made looks almost exactly like the original template. All I added was a piece of background paper, my photos, and journaling. It was done in under 5 minutes!

Here’s a template and layout that I customized a bit more. Two weeks ago, I used this second template for an article here at Scrapbook Update. You can see the article here – Pinterest Inspiration | Rainbow Theme.

layer works 282

Layer Works No. 282 by Studio Double D

Just like the first template, this one comes with everything you see above, including the frames, all of the embellishments, brushes, title and the journaling placement (called a text path). You only need to add a piece of background paper, your photos, and journaling.  But I chose to change a lot of the embellishments, delete some of them, and added in a lot of new elements as well so that it would suit my theme. It’s different than the template for sure but you can clearly see how the original template is still all there.


All supplies from Designer Digitals | Template: Layer Works No. 282 (template, frames, embellishments) by Studio Double D. Papers: Chandra Solids Paper Pack (light blue cardstock) by Katie Pertiet. Desmon Maskros Paper Pack (dark blue paper) by Maplebrook Studios. Doilies: Blitzen Element Pack (large doily) and Doily Edgers No. 02 (doily edgers) by Katie Pertiet. Word Art: So Totally Love This Brushes and Stamps (blue stamps) and Embracing the Everyday Brushes and Stamps (orange title) by Ali Edwards. Epoxies: Color Study Flair: Red No. 01 by Katie Pertiet. Tag: Color My Love Element Pack (white safety tag) by Katie Pertiet.

I didn’t have to make all of the changes to the template if I didn’t want to, but the beauty of it is that I could. Just like you can take a sketch for a traditional layout and keep the photo placement and journaling placement exactly like the sketch or you can turn the sketch around, move the photo orientation a bit, and change all of the colors to completely customize the sketch to suit your layout and style.

There are many reasons to use templates but they are also one of the best ways to get started with digital scrapbooking. I hope you’ve enjoyed this intro to templates, and I’ll be back soon with more!


Digital Trends | Project Life Journaling Cards, Part II

Many of the digital scrapbooking stores have monthly releases of Project Life-compatible journaling cards. I introduced some of them last month – Project Life Journaling Cards – and I wanted to bring you some more this week. There are so many that it would be impossible to stay caught up with all of them so I highly recommend that you spend some time looking around on your own but let’s go take a look at some of the newest ones I’ve found!

Two Peas in a Bucket

At Two Peas, Just Jaimee has two new releases including a set of soft and whimsical cards and a second set of cards with a vintage feel. Baers Garten Designs has also released a new set of journaling cards in soft shades of grey and pink. They are themed for February but versatile enough to use all year.


February Storyteller 2013 Journal Cards by Just Jaimee


PeaSoup February 13 Journal Cards by Baers Garten Designs


Eye Candy Journal Cards by Just Jaimee

Designer Digitals

At Designer Digitals, Katie Pertiet has released a new set of scarlet and white cards. Lynn Grieveson also has two new sets of embellished cards – both with soft colors, adorable mini-banners, and print-ready for your winter pages.


Pocket Cards: Scarlett Value Pack by Katie Pertiet


Artfully Winter Journal Cards by Lynn Grieveson


February Journal Cards by Lynn Grieveson

The Lilypad

Sahlin Studio has two large sets of journaling cards available at The Lilypad. Both sets include 3 x 4 and 4 x 6 cards with bright colors and a multitude of designs to last all year.


Project Mouse: Basics Card Pack by Sahlin Studio


Project Mouse: Quote Cards by Sahlin Studio

And there you have them – some of the newest project life journaling cards! I’m sure there will be many, many more project life cards and kits coming throughout the year. I can’t wait to see more layouts made with these new cards in all the galleries.

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Digital Trends | Love Themes

January flew by faster than ever this year. February is now here and Valentine’s Day is upon us. Luckily, the digi stores are delivering all-new love-themed products and they are beautiful! Let’s go take a look at some of the newest ones I’ve found.

Two Peas in a Bucket

At Two Peas, Just Jaimee and Hero Arts have new Valentine’s Day kits. “Secret Crush” is an enormous collection of shabby and slightly-grungy products including 21 papers, eight alphabets and over 75 elements. Hero Arts has just released a new set of 12 stamps and brushes with love-themed word hearts, message borders and a heart spring.


Secret Crush Kit by Just Jaimee


Love In Hearts and Borders by Hero Arts Digital

The Digichick

At The Digichick, Sherwood Studio has a new Valentine’s Day kit with rich colors and sweet sentiments. It has a beautiful vintage feel with lovely textured papers and elements. Etc. by Danyale has a new love-themed kit with doodles, soft colors and many hand-drawn details. It’s a fun, whimsical kit that with a bunch of adorable elements.


Because He Loves Me by Sherwood Studio


A Da-Doodly Love Kit by Etc. by Danyale

Designer Digitals

Designer Digitals has a bunch of brand-new embellishment kits this week. Studio DoubleD has just released six ready-made clustered circle elements in rich shades of red with beautiful love-themed touches. Pattie Knox has added to her Pin Its! Collection with an adorable set of 48 enamel and silver pins – the perfect embellishment to tack down a ribbon or attach a tag or journaling spot. Katie Pertiet has a gorgeous new set of linen buttons – the kit has 16 textured buttons with different heart images on each.


Readymade Circles: Love No. 01 by Studio DoubleD


Pin Its!: Enamel Hearts by Pattie Knox


Linen Buttons: Lovely No. 01 by Katie Pertiet

And there you have them – some of the newest love-themed kits.  I can’t wait to see layouts made with these new kits in all the galleries.

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Digital Trends | Snowflakes

With the winter weather upon many of us, digital scrapbooking designers are making sure that we have a lot of new fun products to play with. There are some gorgeous new snowflake-themed products out right now and I can’t wait to show them to you. Let’s go take a look at some of them!

The Digichick

Guest designer, 2am Designs, has just released two beautiful new products at The Digichick. The first kit includes five gorgeous papers with an artsy flair and wintery motif with numerous falling snowflake scenes, plus 2 painted base papers. The second kit includes 34 versatile and fun elements, including numerous lovely snowflakes that will help you add a touch of color to your winter pages.

Winter Scenes Black and White by 2am Designs

Winter Scenes Ellies by 2am Designs

Two Peas in a Bucket

Angie Kovacs and ChrissyW have collaborated on two wintery kits at Two Peas. You can mix and match papers, elements and alphabets. Angie’s sparkly snowflakes are beautiful and Chrissy’s heftier and textured snowflakes are the perfect complement.

Slippery Slope – Mini-Collab by Angie Kovacs

Slippery Slope – Mini-Collab by ChrissyW

The Lilypad 

The Lilypad has two of the most unique and lovely snowflake kits that I’ve seen this year. The first set includes 10 chalked snowflakes and the second is an enormous collection of scribbled snowflakes.

Chalk It Up Snowflakes Set I by Rachel Young Designs

Scribbled Flakes by Allison Pennington

Designer Digitals

At Designer Digitals, there are three new gorgeous snowflake-themed kits that caught my eye. Katie Pertiet’s new set of wintery brushes and stamps is stunning – they all include snowflake patterns that you can blend and stamp. Lynn Grieveson’s new set of designer background papers is gorgeous and includes eight beautiful textured and distressed patterns. And Cathy Zielske’s new set of wintery word art provides the perfect title for any of your winter-themed pages.

ARTpack: Winter Brushes and Stamps No. 01 by Katie Pertiet

Artfully Winter Paper Pack by Lynn Grieveson

Helvi Round Snowpocalypse Brushes and Stamps by Cathy Zielske

And there you have them – there are so many beautiful snowflake-themed products available right now in the digital world.  I can’t wait to see more layouts made with these in all the galleries.

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Digital Trends | Holiday Templates

Holiday and December Daily albums are hot right now – in both the digital and traditional scrapbooking worlds. There are a bunch of digital templates that I’ve seen recently that would be perfect for a December or holiday album. Let’s go take a look at some of them!

Design House Digital

This is a two-part collaboration by Karen Funk & Crystal Livesay.  Karen designed the products and Crystal designed the templates. The templates are versatile enough that you can modify or flip them a number of ways to document a month of holiday memories.

Peppermint Stick | Part 1 by Karen Funk

Peppermint Stick | Part 2 by Crystal Livesay


Oscraps has a new template bundle that offers 25 digital templates, as well as a front album cover. The designs are clean and simple but can be modified to your heart’s content and even offer numbering for a month-long album.

Sue Cummings’ newest Quick Page would be perfect for a holiday album and its simplicity lends it to a lot of adaptations for a December project.

25 Days till Christmas by Anita’s Designs and pinkpoppypress

 Simply Quick No. 41 by Sue Cummings

 Two Peas in a Bucket

At Two Peas, Baers Garten Designs has bundled four templates together in one package with adorable and whimsical holiday-themed elements.

 Last Christmas Quick Pages by Baers Garten Designs

Designer Digitals

Katie Pertiet’s latest template has space for 12 photos, as well included word art and a circular text path. This would be a great template for capturing photos of the whole family at a holiday gathering or for inclusion in a holiday album.

Ali Edwards’ bundled template kit includes a collection of 12 layered templates, each with a holiday sentiment overlay or word art. This would be a great base for a December Daily project.

 Surrounded by Memories Layered Template by Katie Pertiet

December Daily Template Package Vol. 05 by Ali Edwards

And there you have them – there are so many beautiful December-themed templates available right now in the digital world.  I can’t wait to see more layouts made with these in all the galleries.

From Paper to Digi: Digital designs inspired by pretty paper pages (by Crystal Wilkerson)

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