Kelleigh Ratzlaff: My Blog is My Dumping Ground


I fell in love with Kelleigh’s templates a long time ago and was so happy when she joined us the first time in The Digi Files and I’m equally delited to have her back again! Kelleigh’s hybrid templates are so cute and super fun and easy to put together. She was one of the first designers to start creating goodies like this and she is still coming up with innovative products today. Let’s take a closer look at “Standing Pillow Box” that is included in The Digi Files this month:


Here are some projects created using Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs’ contribution:


Layout by Katie. SUPPLIES: mle Card’s Berry Sweet.
Fill the png template with the strawberry patterned paper by clipping the paper to the mask (CTRL + G in Photoshop/Elements). Add your message to the blank label. Print everything out on white cardstock and then follow the scoring and cutting lines to fold up the pillow box. Fill it with some packets of strawberry fruit snacks to create a fun little gift to take to a friend. It turned out “berry sweet!”


Layout by Katie. SUPPLIES: Hello Baby by After 5 Designs.
Fill the png template with the patterned paper by clipping the paper to the mask (CTRL + G in Photoshop/Elements). Printed out the box and baby banner on white cardstock, trim around it with scissors, and then attach it with some 3D Scotch adhesive dots. The finished size ends up to be about the size of a large fast food french fry container, perfect for a little pair of baby socks.



Project by Tara: She used the box to hold a charm she purchased for her cousin as a gift. Additional supplies: paper is by paislee press from the hello love kit, the glitter flower brad is from Pebbles (came in one of my studio calico kits).


Project by Julee Tillman, additional supplies: Papers & Elements:  Thrifty Finds The Kit by Mari Koegelenberg, Stamps:  Words Cannot Express by Verve Stamps, Inks: Antique Linen Distress Stain, Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger, Pan Pastels; Accessories:  Primitive Heart Die by Sizzix, Glass Glitter Star, beaded pin, shabby wrinkled ribbon


Project by SharonS, additional supplies: Patterned paper: DoodleBug, Cricut Cartridge: Cindy Loo


Project by Elise Hansen, additional supplies: Zebra Paper from Wild Child Animal Prints by Elise’s Pieces;  Flowers (recolored) from Blue Skies Ahead by Elise’s Pieces;  Pink ribbon from Wal-Mart; Black Ribbon and Green eyelet from Stampin’ Up!

My mom used to call me Kelleigh Belleigh, but you can just call me Kelleigh. I live in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest where I’m a work at home mama to two wonderful little boys (5 & 8) and wife to a fantastic, handsome man (almost 14 years!).  The “work” part of my job title may be a little misleading, though, because I enjoy every minute of my crafty job.  I design papercraft templates and sell them electronically in my virtual boutique at The Digichick; plus I have also recently opened an Etsy shop where I sell my wildly popular cash envelopes systems!  I enjoy sharing my adventures in papercraft on my blog where I also expound on my love of decorating with garage sale finds, getting my groceries for free, cooking, digital scrapbooking, reading through the Bible in 90 Days and so much more. My blog is my dumping ground for my creative thoughts (to my husband’s profound relief!), so you never know what you might find there!




I started out as a traditional paper scrapbooker in 2003 when my first baby boy was a few months old. I enjoyed my new hobby so much, and started looking through magazines and catalogs for ideas. My favorite layouts were the ones that didn’t just record an event, but also shared the heart of the scrapper. I couldn’t figure out how to “keep up” with scrapping and recording my heart until I finally discovered digital scrapbooking through Jessica Sprague’s classes in 2006 soon after my second baby boy was born. All of the sudden, I could whip out a layout in an evening without pulling out a ton of supplies and I could scrap in any order I wanted to. Plus it was easy to type up heartfelt journaling right there! (Darcy Baldwin turned my handwriting into a font!)

I was completely hooked. However, even with my newfound love of digital scrapbooking, I still found myself visiting the local scrapbooking store and collecting traditional supplies just so I could look at them, and touch them and love them. It’s a sickness, I know. I started looking for ways to combine the traditional supplies that I still loved and the digital papers that made my heart skip a beat. I created my first little box using some digital paper and a free template I found online and junked it up with my traditional flowers and bling. I was in heaven! In the spring of 2008, The Digichick was having a CT call, and since hybrid was pretty new I figured that I had a better shot at being on the CT if I applied as a hybrid gal! I’m so tricky! That fall, I opened my little boutique and I’ve been at The Digichick ever since, first as a CT member and now as a designer. It is my online home and I can’t imagine being anywhere else!

Paper inspires me to create!! I am constantly amazed at the talent of digital designers and the unique patterns and fun color schemes they come up with. Almost all of my very favorite digital designers sell their designs with me at The Digichick, so I have lots of opportunities to play!

I have a Macbook Pro with a 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor and 4GB of memory. (I totally just copied that from “About this Mac”.) I use a Lacie Rugged EHD with not enough memory left on it (no clue, actually). It’s orange and pretty and my husband got it for me. I use CS5 (mostly just Photoshop and Illustrator) and I have a Wacom Bamboo Fun that I pull out every once in a while for kicks. My camera is a Canon Rebel XT and my printer is an HP C6100 All-In-One.

When I first started printing out digital papers and elements I was frustrated when the dull, lifeless colors on the sheet in my hand did not match the vivid, exciting colors I was seeing on the screen. After printing many projects onto cardstock and being disappointed with the results, I finally discovered that the key to a gorgeous hybrid project was printing on the right kind of paper. My favorite papers are Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte Double-Sided, Red River Polar Matte and Red River Linen, which has a subtle texture. Really, anything by Red River is a safe bet! And, the great thing is that when you print on photo paper, your printer uses less ink because it isn’t soaking into the paper. In fact, Red River recommends printing on the “Fast Normal” setting, which is super fast and doesn’t use a ton of ink. If I printed the same project onto white cardstock, I’d have to increase the saturation before printing, and then print on “Best” to even come close to the same quality. So, bite the bullet and buy a nice stack of matte photo paper for your hybrid projects ($20)! You won’t be disappointed!!

The Fancy Bag – my very first template set. It’s just so practical!



The Cupcake Box



Here are some of my favorite products by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs:






Here are some more inspirational projects using Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs’ products. All of the projects are linked to the originals with credits.

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