Crossbone Cuts Designs: Bought A Book


I’m so happy to be welcoming Tanya to The Digi Files this month. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Tanya through the Capturing Magic site and podcast. I was able to meet Tanya in person in January on a photowalk in Disneyland with Katrina Kennedy and other digi peeps. I love Tanya’s themed kits and bright colors. Her Instalove kit is my favorite, but there are so many of hers that I adore. Let’s take a closer look at “I Heart Being A Princess Bundle” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Crossbone Cuts Designs’s contribution:


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs.
Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs; Staple by Crystal Wilkerson; Photo stacking action by Wendyzine Scraps; Template by Simple Scrapper; Little Kisses Photoshop Action by Adrienne Looman; Font: Another Typewriter.
Layout by Vicki. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs; Skiwampus (template) by Scrapbook Lady.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs; Fonts: JenLin by Darcy Baldwin.
Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
My name is Tanya and I am from sunny southern California. When I am not designing I am hanging with my boyfriend of 10 years Chris, my family and my four puppies. I also love going to Disneyland!! It is my home away from home.







I had been a paper scrapper/card maker/stamper since I was really young. I wanna say maybe 10 years old? When I got to be a little older I got more into scrapping I would get burned out really fast. Having to drag everything out and put everything away and the mess!! Oh man, the mess. I just couldn’t take it anymore. Then at a ScrapExpo in early 2009 I came across someone teaching digital scrapbooking. When I first saw it I remember thinking how silly it was. There was nothing to touch on the page. No depth. But as we walked around the expo the thought of being able to still scrap but not have the mess kept eating away in the back of my mind. So I went back and bought a book on how to get started in digital scrapbooking. I started that very day and never looked back! Once I got the hang of it I started applying for creative teams. Eventually I found ScrapMatters and got accepted to their Creative Team. It was a dream come true! In 2011, ScrapMatters had thier Design Star competition and I decided to compete on a whim. I ended up loving it and a couple months later became a designer at my favorite store and my digi-home.

There are a lot of things that inspire me to create. A photo, a color palette, a specific request, etc. I can find inspiration just about anywhere. I love creating things in photoshop because it amazes me that it can actually be done. Who knew that the awesome things that come in these kits that we love can be created on a computer? It is crazy.

Computer: I have a 17″ Macbook Pro with a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 processor running Mountain Lion v10.8.2. It is awesome =)

Program: I use Photoshop CS5 for designing. When I scrap I always create my layout in Photoshop Elements 8 first. I love the project bin and have no idea how I could scrap a page without it.

Camera: I have a Sony a350 DSLR that has been my camera for the past couple years. This past Christmas I got the Sony NEX-5r and I am in LOVE with it!

Anything Else: I do have a Bamboo Create tablet but I rarely use it. Most people find it funny that I don’t use a mouse either. I do all my scrapping and designing using the trackpad on my laptop.

One of my favorite tips to share with people is a really simple one but can make a huge impact on your photos. Once you have your photo in photoshop, duplicate the layer and change the blend mode to screen. Now duplicate that layer and change the blend mode to soft light. Play around with the opacity on both the screen and soft light layers till you are in love with your photo! I do this ALL the time!!

It is really funny that this is one of my favorite kits because in general, I really am not a fan of birthday kits. But once I got started on this one I just couldn’t stop! Birthday kits are seriously soo fun to make. I was inspired and chose the colors based on some photos from my boyfriend’s 24th birthday. I blindfolded him, stuck him in the car and had my whole family meet us at Chuck E. Cheese for a big old surprise party. It was awesome and ridiculous. The colors in this kit fit the photos perfectly.

My most popular product comes from the current Instagram obsession. I think it was definitely one of the fastest and easiest kits I have ever made. I was inspired by wanting to make every photo I own square and in my opinion, you can never have too many “camera” related products.


Here are some of my favorite products by Crossbone Cuts Designs:


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


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