Genia Beana: Easy Dodging and Burning


I quickly fell in love with genia Beana’s designs when I discovered her. She was a new-to-me designer and I couldn’t wait to download and unzip the products that I bought! Her designs are very whimsical and I love the super unique embellishments she includes! Let’s take a closer look at “A Whimsical Heart” that is included in The Digi Files this month:


This is just ONE of the seven collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game.

Here are some layouts created using geniaBeana’s contribution:

Layout by Heddy. Supplies: A Whimsical Heart by geniaBeana.


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: A Whimsical Heart by geniaBeana; Fonts: Giggles by Steph.


Layout by Aaron. Supplies: A Whimsical Heart by geniaBeana; Template by Emily Merrit; Font: Play Misty for Me by Darcy Baldwin.


Layout by Karen. Supplies: A Whimsical Heart by geniaBeana; Template by Biograffiti.


Layout by Katie. Supplies: A Whimsical Heart by geniaBeana; Template by Kay Miller; Font: Myriad Web Pro.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.

I’m Val and design under the name of geniaBeana Scraps. I’m from Central Texas, a stay at home, work at home, student mom of 2. My husband and I celebrated our 13th anniversary recently. We have 3 feline fur-babies, a 17 year-old Calico, and we’ve recently adopted a sibling pair of wonderful 3 year-old Tabbies.

I am currently in school studying photography. I’ve been designing for a little over 3 years and am totally addicted to digital scrapbooking.





I created this layout after we adopted our tabby cats. The colors of the kit and the them worked really well for scrapping the page about our new Princess.

I started paper scrapping when my son was about 4 months old. I started out with very simplistic, basic pages, but soon I discovered embellishments! I learned that I loved to tear paper, use brads, flowers, etc. to create my layouts. However, once my son became mobile my scrapping efforts were put on hold. I just couldn’t keep pulling out my stash, making a mess, cleaning it up, and pulling it out all over again all while I was trying to avoid little, inquisitive hands. I pretty much stopped scrapping all together until my my daughter was about 4 months old.

This is when I discovered digital. And I’ve never looked back. I learned the basics using Gimp, but soon acquired a copy of PSE5 and I was in love. I started out scrapping pages with other moms in a parenting forum. When I ventured outside of the forum and found the digital scrapbooking community I began doing challenges and eventually began to dabble in design. I’ve now been designing for a little over a year.

I am inspired by color most often. I’ll see colors somewhere and have a desire to come home and do something with those colors. I’ve been inspired by the decor and color in a bedroom in a model home, a dress I’ve seen in a boutique, etc. I really like when a kit has colors that really work with my photos. It makes scrapping so much easier.

Computer: I use a Dell XPS L502x. I run Windows 7. I do a lot of my design work on the laptop in the living room with my family. With the touch pad. I’ve been doing this so long I feel like a mouse slows me down. lol

When I work at my desk I have a 26″ monitor I hook my laptop to. I use a Canon 5600 F scanner for creating realistic elements and textures.
Program: I use Photoshop CS5, Illustrator, and Art Rage. I’ve also got the yummy filters from Alien Skin Eye Candy that I love to use.
Camera: Canon 40D DSLR
Anything Else: I have a teeny, tiny Bamboo Fun tablet. It’s so small it’s more a a chore than a joy to use. It’s quite dusty right now.

My new favorite trick is an easy way to dodge and burn without having to use the dodge and burn tool. You just create a new layer above the one needing lightening (dodging) or darkening (burning) set the blending mode to soft light. Ctrl Click on the layer that needs adjustment to get marching ants and then paint in the new layer with black to darken or white to lighten. You can set the brush opacity to taste and also the layer’s opacity so it’s super flexible and sometimes so much simpler to do than use the Dodge and Burn Tools provided in Photoshop.

My favorite product pretty much changes from kit to kit 🙂 Currently my favorite kit is the one I created for my DSD Grab Bag, Feelin’ Groovy. This kit was inspired by a dress a photographer I follow posted a link to on her Facebook page. The colors and prints were very inspiring, they were so bright and bold.

I’d been thinking a lot about the animal prints I had been seeing around everywhere. Then the name of the kit came to me and I knew it had to be a Valentine’s themed kit. Having the animal prints i knew that I wanted a palette with browns and pinks. I like it, because at the time I hadn’t noticed very may animal print kits out there, and especially not any with the same theme. I think that ‘s been so popular because of the unique animal patterns combined with the Valentine’s theme.


Here are some of my favorite products by geniaBeana:

Here are some more inspirational layouts using geniaBeana’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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