IN THIS ISSUE: Hot Topics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Articles & Announcements . . . . . .3 Featured Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Featured Layouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

7 Scraplifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Gifts from our designers . . . . . . .15

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Febrary 2008, Issue 3

featured designer & daily download

NiNi’s NotioNs
new, exciting & fun

Newsletter ChalleNge
how you can win this mega kit

CarNival di veNezia
our designers give

eight Beautiful gifts

hot topics

Hot Topics with Stacey Mann
Digital Scrapbookers Tool Tips Have you ever had trouble unzipping — your files that is? All downloadable files from our site are in .zip format. A file is zipped so that it compresses down and takes less time to upload and download. It also keeps a group of files together. To open the files (also called unzipping or extracting), you must have a utility program installed on your computer to unzip it. For PC users, we recommend ZipGenius which is a free full-version downloadable from the internet. I use it myself and love it. It will unzip files that other programs such as WinZip won’t. (WinZip comes pre-loaded on most PCs which is why its the most common zip program.) Once you have downloaded a zip file to your computer, right click on it to see the menu. ZipGenius offers many options, the most useful of which are Extract Here and Extract To. Depending on which of those you chose, you can extract your files to the same location as your zip file (Extract Here) or anywhere else on your computer or external drives (Extract To). Another feature I love about Zip Genius is if you select multiple zip files and right click, you have the option to Extract All Here or Extract All To, so you can open a whole bunch at one time. I usually start this, get something out of the fridge, and come back when its done. Its nice to not have to keep clicking to get everything open. Zip utilities are tools used every day in digital scrapbooking, so why not give ZipGenius a try. It can make your hobby more enjoyable and hey, its free! Watch this column each issue for more tool tips!

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Carnival Di Venezia
Come and journey with us to a magical place in Venice, Italy, to a place where women wore fanciful ball gowns and tall plumes adorned their faces to protect their faces in this revelry. Walk along the Venetian waterways and witness men of all social class opening up their gates to all manner of parties, shows and musical events. Come and join us as we take you to this make believe time and if you can let yourself get lost in this event: the great illusion of “Carnival di Venezia!” Please visit our forum today to sign up. Our Cast of Masqueraders is: Amanda Thorderson • Beth Rimmer • DeDe Smith Jongeleuse • Chris Beasley • Joyce De Jonge Jolene • Heather Watson • Kathie Woolery Kathryn Estry • Diana Burton • Krystal Hartley Lilach Oren • Silvia Romeo • Wendy Page Lucy Hampton • Jen Maceyunas Lifesong Kreations • Nini’s Notions Special thanks to Roberta D’Achille, Stacy Carlson, & Atomic Cupcake.

February 6th 9pm EST - Over the Hump: Scrap the Night Away February 7th 9pm EST - Calendar Crop with Amanda February 11th 9pm EST - Multi-Photo Layouts with Shawn 11pm EST - Midnight Madness with Pixel Diva February 12th NOON EST - Gettin’ to Know Scrappin’ with Karla February 13th 9pm EST - Over the Hump: Designer Spotlight February 20th 9pm EST - Over the Hump: Speed Crop

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Digitals Digest Challenge
by Brigid (PixelDiva)
We invite you to take our newsletter challenge! As part of the Digitals community, we would like to introduce to you a new, fun, and exciting challenge that will be given through our newsletter. Have you been thinking what do with ALL those photos? Thinking you are so digi-scrapped out that you need a direction? Then join us as we walk you through this challenge. Every newsletter (which comes out the 5th and 20th of each month) a theme or topic will be provided and you will be asked to post your entry to the Digitals Digest Challenge Gallery. A panel of judges will choose the 6-8 layouts we think truly capture the challenge theme which will be featured in the next issue! Our first challenge for this month is quite simple. We all know that February 14th is Valentines Day. I would like you to create a layout using the DATE as your main topic. You must include a minimum of journaling, photos and we prefer that you use at least 3 items from Digitals designers to qualify for entry into this challenge. So for example you can chose your wedding date as your title and then scrap about why that particular date is important to you. The point is to make a scrapbook layout about a significant date in your life. Tell a story with photos as your visual aids and journaling your voice. Sounds like fun! Yippee! All entries must be in by Feb 8th. We can’t wait to see your layouts!

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Featured Designger Sharon Walden of Nini’s Notions
Tell us about yourself and your family. My husband and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary this year. We have two children, Amanda and John. We are proud grandparents to three lovely grandchildren: Whitney and Justin (Amanda’s children) and Jessica (John’s daughter). Amanda lives in Alabama with Justin; John lives in California with Jessica and Whitney lives here in Louisiana just a few miles from me. My son, John, is the artist of my two children. He plays music in 3 working bands –drums in two of them and bass guitar in one. During the day he works for himself as an independent diesel mechanic. My daughter is a SAHM to Justin. I am originally from Oakland Bay Area in California (home to Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks) and relocated to Louisiana at the end of 1968. The weather has been the hardest thing for me to get used to. After nearly 40 years, I’m still not. I retired from my full-time job as administrative assistant for the local public library system at the end of 2005 after 25 years of service. How long have you been scrapbooking? (paper & digital). I never paper scrapped although I always intended to. But I love digital because there is never any mess to clean up! At the end of 2004, I stumbled onto digital scrapbooking by accident while looking for some backgrounds to use for computer-generated crafts. The rest, as they say, is history!

What is your scrapbooking/design/craft background. I have no formal training or degrees in graphic design. After I got my first computer in 1993 my son and I started a home business designing, printing and distributing advertising flyers for local businesses. That soon expanded to include event calendars and posters. When he moved to California, we dropped the distribution end and I began to make computer-generated crafts. Although I made things like gift boxes and placemats, my specialty was trinket bags for classes and parties that included all manner of useful little items. I also have been sewing since I was a child and as an adult I learned to crochet. What software do you use? I began crafting using PhotoImpact and continued using it when I began digi-scrapping. It has a very low learning curve and is very easy to use, but is limited in

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scope. After about a year I added Paint Shop Pro and Digital Image Pro and a few months after that Photoshop Elements because of the actions. I upgraded to PSCS2 at the beginning of 2007 and I love it although I still use the other programs also. I am totally self-taught on all of them. How many layouts do you average per month? I am sorry to say that since I have been designing the number hovers between slim and none. But when I was just scrapping I would average about 20 per month and that is when I was working full time. Why do you like to create el-

ate? Right now, I am working on kits for the All In The Family challenge which started in January. So the monthly themes are my inspiration for those kits. I usually contribute something to the monthly challenge kit, so the theme selected by the coordinator inspires me there. Sometimes it is colors I see while shopping, sometimes it is people. For instance, my granddaughter Whitney was the inspiration for the Material Girl kit. What is the best thing about scrapbooking? For me it is a way to tell my family’s story. The journaling is the story and the photos are the illustrations. Some photos don’t require a lot of journaling, but I feel it is very important to include the date (even if approximate) and the name(s) of the people in the photo(s). Scrapbooking is also a great way to chronicle your child’s school years or other special event such as a wedding. In a wedding album, you can use everything from those beautiful professional photos to snapshots taken at the reception. Sharon’s favorite layouts are: Who is She?, Reluctant Cowboy and Busta Movie. Sharon’s products (Nini’s Notions) are all 35% OFF and she is offering her beautiful kit Mardi Gras Madness for the free daily download.

ements/kits? I really enjoy the entire creative process. I like coming up with a theme and a color swatch and watching it come to life, so to speak, in the form of backgrounds and individual elements that all go together. I love making alphabets! How would you describe your style? I don’t know if I really have developed a “style” yet. I like clean, well-defined patterns, but I also tend toward the slightly shabby/distressed look. I don’t particularly care for deep grunge. Who/what inspires you when you cre-

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Designer Jennifer Maceyunas is featuring a LO called Chasing Butterflies by lsl_scrapper (Kim Kolk). Jennifer writes, “Everything about this page is just so eye catching from the bright colors to the arrangement of the photos! Additionally, I love how Kim placed the sticker frame around her title to hi-light it and then added the butterfly and dragonfly accent stickers on her photos.” Credits Bright n’ Buggy Kit. Journaling reads: “We went to the park. We saw a butterfly. We tried to catch it! We went too far. Our teacher said we should some back. Designer Diana Burton is featuring a LO she made called Beauty. She writes, “This is Kristen--a very dear friend of mine’s daughter. This photo is one of the graduation photos I took for her with a Photoshop filter run on it. The quote is one that I wrote down years ago and I have been waiting for the perfect place to use it--I finally found it! The quote reads “This very moment is a seed from which the flowers of tomorrow’s happiness grow.” Diana used her kit Botanically Speaking 2 and her Word Brushes & Stamps.

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Designer Amanda Thorderson is featuring this adorable layout made by guest CT member Flor (twinsmomflor). Amanda says, “What is there not to love about this great layout? Flor has created a whimsical piece of art featuring her adorable daughter, who is walking in her mother’s footsteps. I love the layers of flowers bordering the page, love her great journaling that not only gives insight into her daughter but also into herself and her photography habit, and absolutely adore the cute photos! What a wonderful layout, Flor. Flor used my newest kit “Shabby Sheik.” Shabby Sheik is also being featured in the Scrap Therapy challenge and is available this month only for $3!” Designer Kathryn Estry is featuring this LO by CindyB entitled Love is a Circle. She writes, “This layout is simple with the single framed photo and names in the envelope, but it’s so elegant and romantic! I love the black and white photo of the couple’s hands. The whole page is so pretty, it’s hard to take your eyes off of it. I think it’s a perfect layout to feature for February.” Journaling reads: Love is a circle, coming back to you, When your love is given, with a heart that’s true. Love is a circle, take my hand, my friend, Love is a circle, love will never end. Love, once it is given, has no end circling forever thru all time. Bringing love wherever man may be, Going on for all eternity. ~ Manny Feldman; Credits: Love Letters by Kathryn Estry.

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Designer Silvia Romeo is featuring a layout that she made called Our Love Through the Years. Silvia writes, “What I love about this layout is that is has absolutely everything I love most in my kits. The colors are my favorites, the flowers, lace, ornaments, beads, an elegant look and what’s even best: I am SO fond of these photos! They do represent so well what we have meant to each other throughout all these years. Journaling reads: “36 years separate these two photos. We have changed quite a bit, but our love has only gotten stronger.” Our Love Through the Years was created using Silvia Romeo’s Romanza Kit.

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Designer Lilach Oren is featuring a page cover she made for her latest brag book, entitled My Love. This is a photo of my kids and me on an amazing sunny day. Credits: I used my own template, Brag Book of Memories; papers used were by Jomi at Thedigichick

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Designer Heather Watson scraplifted a layout by fshinggrl entitled Snow Much Fun. Heather writes, “I love the simplicity of this layout. It has minimal elements but is still extremely beautiful. The photo wrap & ribbon really catches your eye.” She used Christmas Rhapsody Full Kit by Amanda Thorderson.

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Designer Maddy Fernandez chose to scraplift a layout by Magali entitled Brava Beach. She says, “I just love the way Magali has laid this out. Love that she used all the different element to adorn her photos, yet it still looks simple. My layout is of the recent snow on Haleakala. We live on the slope of Haleakala, which is a dormant volcano. It snows every two or three years or so, but this is the first time it has snowed this much in a long time. I used Dea Spina’s kit Snow in the Tropics for this and the swirl is from my Ballerina kit.”

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First Responder Janeal scraplifted a LO entitled Guri Sapeca done by Mibraun. Janeal writes, “I chose this layout because I love the different elements on there. I love the stars but I adore the layering of the photo behind the frame. I used Sophia Davies’ kit Simplicity. Font is SuzanneQuillSH.

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Designer Brigid of PixelDiva DesignZ chose to scraplift a layout done by Patti aka NWLady, entitled Young and Old, That’s Me. Brigid writes, “Patti created this gorgeous layout for the iChallenge! using pictures of her growing up all the way up until how she looks now. She included a beautiful quote on how her life has turned out thus far. I was so inspired by her layout that I wanted to do a similiar one for my little boy whose birthday is in 2 weeks. I hope to continue to make layouts similiar to this for both my kids so that as they grow older they would appreciate how much they have grown and learnt from their childhood experiences.” Brigid used Small Boy by Graziela Mendes.

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gifts from our designers

Valentine Freebie from Handmaid Designs

Shabby Sheik Mini-kit freebie from Amanda Thorderson

Love Letter Stationery Journal page from PixelDiva DesignZ

Country Cutie Quickpage created by Marcia (snowowl551), a member of Angel Zimmer’s CT

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gifts from our designers

Pampered Pets Extra Goodies from Jennifer Maceyunas

Add a soft romantic look to your desktop using Lilach Oren’s Free February Desktop Calendar

Faithfully Yours Quickpage from Lifesong Kreations

Valentine Minikit Gift from Maddy Fernandez

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