Free images to download

Do you ever go looking for free to download images that are copyright free? I do all the time!

You might wonder why I look for free images to download when I take so many pictures of my own? There are many reasons! First of all, I'm always on the lookout for ideas and inspiration. Looking at photographs taken by others is a great way to sharpen your eye for what makes a great picture.

I also like to use these kinds of images for my own creations. I often add word art or quotes using an app like Retype or Wordswag.

Photos can be a great starting point for other projects. I used this forest photo in the waterlogue app to create a beautiful new piece of art.

One of the most useful applications is filling spaces in a collage or on a scrapbook page.

Where do I find all these images? It's important to have a good source that offers copyright free pictures that are truly free to use. My favorite site is Photos for Class because it is family friendly. Unsplash is another great one for the same reason and the pictures there are amazing! Another approach is to search the creative commons pool on Flickr. There are other sites out there, but some of them have adult images mixed in. Others try to lock you into buying memberships. Use caution when searching the web for free photos. Make sure you are really using images that are high quality and copyright free. You will find that you can do some really creative things with a lot more pictures in your stash!


Halloween photo inspiration

Halloween is a visually stunning holiday with it's orange and black color scheme. I love collecting photo ideas by searching through Flickr photos and creating collages using the Big Huge Labs mosaic tool. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Many of you know that Steph is one of my dearest friends. We got to know each other seven years ago when I joined the team at The Daily Digi. We spent a lot of time working together there and also on The Digi Show podcast. Even after our working relationship ended, we have remained close friends and I know she will always be one of my besties. Best friends forever kind of stuff! lol!

Naturally, I'm very excited for her new big thing. I already know how awesome she is, but now many more people will get to benefit from her great knowledge and fun personality. She has really hit the nail on the head with her new website and classes Modern Photo Solutions - we all need this kind of help!


If you are overwhelmed with the amount of phone photos you are taking and don't have much to show for them, you will want to check out Modern Photo Solutions! Steph has inspired and helped thousands of people through their photographic journey and mastered a system that has helped her create 500, album-ready, pages of memories a year for the past two years; and it was all done on her phone.

Steph is ready to help guide you through your journey to find simple phone photo solutions that fit your life right now. Taking you from photo overwhelm to solutions in just a few taps! Steph is sharing tools, apps, and technology she has tried herself while guiding others through their journey in photo solution discovery and she is recording it live to inspire you.

On her podcast, she is interviewing guests that have found success with their own phone photo solutions. Listen to these guests share the journey through their process and why it works for them.

Making learning how to use your phone and technology not only less intimidating but doable for anyone. Helping you discover ways to automate your phone photos (storing, backing up, organizing) your memories and your stories in simple ways that don't rob you of your time. Note: This is not your mother's scrapbooking we are talking about! Find the transcripts for the show on


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  • automatically organize ALL of your photos without tagging or labeling ever (files and folders? Absolutely no problem!)
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My latest Project Life layouts

You know what I did instead of watching the last Presidential debate? I scrapped Project Life pages on my iPad. A fabulous choice if you ask me! I still love using the app to whip up quick and meaningful layouts. So easy! Here are a few of my latest creations:

This page is from my last trip to Albuquerque (in August). I used the Happy Times edition
with template SU! Design 6b in the app.


I was in Heber with my parents a few weeks ago and we happened into a scarecrow festival completely by accident. Sure glad I always have a camera with me (iPhone)! I used Seasonal Snapshot 2015 and SU! Design 6a in the app.


I never thought I would actually use the golf kit when it first appeared in the app, but it was just perfect for our recent outing to the driving range! I used the Golf themed cards and
Design K for this layout.


I'm still working on our epic European river cruise trip from 2014. Every time I scrap with the pictures from that vacation, I want to go back! I used a photo overlay from the Currently Edition and Design Q for this page.

All of these pages were created in the Project Life app. If you want to learn more about using this app, I've linked to a bunch of official tutorials in this blog post. It's so easy though that all you need to do is open it up and get scrapping!

Memory Monday 04 - Going to concerts

We recently went to the Mumford and Sons concert at USANA Amphitheater and it got me thinking about the concerts I've seen in my life. I've been to a fair amount of concerts in my life, but I'm certainly not what most people would categorize as a concert junkie. The ones I've been to have been quite memorable though! There is something special about being there in person – it gives you a connection that is hard to replicate in any other way.

Mumford and Sons was a fun act to see in live performance. They have a bit of salty language in some of their songs and they certainly didn't tone it down for the Utah audience. Watching them play their instruments was a big highlight. Those banjos! And the bass player (he played the actual bass and the bass guitar) was hilarious to watch with his intense facial expressions. I would give the concert very high ratings if it hadn't been for the obnoxious people in front of us. They drank a lohot of alcohol and they were so drunk by the end of the night that they probably should have been kicked out. One guy was spanking his girlfriend and they were doing other things that I was embarrassed to have my son see (and myself as well). Stuff like that can really ruin the experience. My husband said, "maybe we ought to just see if we can download some concerts to watch at home?" and I have to agree with him on that one. Ew!

Imagine Dragons put on a great concert when we saw them back in 2013. They really are a fun band and they sounded great live. I think Radioactive might be just as good of a concert song as you can get – by the end of it, everyone on stage was playing some sort of drum. The place was worked up into a fever pitch of excitement! We took both of our kids with us to the concert and they were totally thrilled. My husband asked my daughter Riley if “she could go to any concert, what would it be?" She said “this is it!” Imagine Dragons is her favorite band and my son loves them too. We all enjoyed their music and seeing them live really cemented us as true fans. 

In the summer of 2014, we saw several concerts. Our kids were the perfect age (16 and 19) to really enjoy them and we felt like it was a big party to go to several performances that season. We saw Foreigner and Styx and even though they didn't have all the original band members, they still rocked. They rocked hard! Even the opening act Don Fedler (former Eagle) was fabulous. Hands down, Foreigner was our favorite of the night.

One Republic was amazing in concert. I liked their music well enough before, but I became a much bigger fan after seeing them in person and Counting Stars is still one of my very favorite songs even today! The opening acts were American Authors and The Script. Great concert all around.

Paul McCartney was epic! I mean, it was Paul McCartney so there's that, but he put more into his show than I've ever seen anyone do. There was no opening act - just a digital presentation of slides, songs, and images that I can only describe as mixed media. I would still like to figure out how they did that! Then sang for almost 3 full hours. We never saw him even stop to take any kind of break until encore time and even then it was super quick. I guess performing for more than 50 years makes you an expert or something. Oh, and he was 72 years old at the time!

We have been to two Weird Al concerts (2011 and 2015) and they were both hilarious and so much fun. We even traveled to Oregon to see him in 2015 after he had released his #1 album Mandatory Fun. We bought the VIP tickets since 3 out of 4 of us in this household are HUGE Weird Al fans so we got to meet him in person. We also got to hang out with the other VIPs before the show which was both awkward and fun at the same time. This was the most up-close and personal concert experience we've ever had or probably ever will have. It was the best!

Some other concerts I've attended:

•    My Dad and I saw Tina Turner in concert in the eighties. She was fantastic!
•    Hubby and I went to one of the last ever Oingo Boingo concerts with my brother and a friend. I’ve always loved their music, but I gained an even deeper love for them after the concert. It was amazing to see Danny Elfman live. He is extremely talented!
•    Hubby and I saw U2 in concert, but we had such terrible seats that it really wasn’t all that great. Ironically, we didn’t have that great of seats at the Imagine Dragons concert either, but since it was a smaller venue it didn’t matter as much. Plus, we could actually see the band. At the U2 concert, we were on the highest row AND in back of the stage. I can’t believe they even sold tickets like that. So lame.
•    One of my favorite concert experiences was when some girlfriends and I left our kids at home with the Daddies and we went to see Bon Jovi in concert about 13 years ago. That was fun!
Going to a concert is expensive (even with cheap seats) and then if you add in the cost of getting a t-shirt, it can add up. They are also very crowded and there is a lot of waiting for the whole thing to get going. Still, it’s an amazing experience and it can really change your whole feeling about a band. What concerts have you been to? What bands would you love to see perform live? Any favorites? All good things to document on a Memory Monday for sure!