Back To Basics – Remembering Why We Love This Hobby

Sometimes, when my life gets overwhelming and feels out of control, I remind myself to just do the basics. Take care of the basic things that NEED to be done and start eliminating the extras. What might be extras and what are basics are probably different for me than they would be for you, but the idea is the same.

When I was thinking the other day about how much I wanted to create some layouts and document some memories, I decided it was time to get back to basics in my scrapping. Even though I work in the industry, I’m not that different from most of you. I have a lot going on, I want to do far more than I have time for, and creating layouts quickly falls to the bottom of my list. I know, from past experience, that if I want to scrapbook, I have to make it priority and make it happen.

Here’s how I got back to the basics:

  • Last week, I decided that on Monday (of this week), I would spend a few hours scrapping. Everything else would wait. I kept that time slot open on my calendar.
  • At 1:30pm on Monday, I stopped answer calls, stopped checking texts, and closed my email. (see how I’m getting rid of the extras here?)
  • I had a list of stories in my head and heart that I wanted to tell on a layout. I picked one of them.
  • I found a photo that would help me tell that story and skipped the editing (getting rid of more extras)
  • I chose a SIMPLE template that had ONE photo spot.
  • I stuck with ONE kit.
  • I love manipulating shadows and can work with them for hours. I skipped the complex shadow editing this time.

In just 30 minutes, I was finished with this layout:


Supplies: template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Crossbone Cuts and included in The Digi Files during May, 2013. Font is Printing Primer by Fontologie

I was so excited because I had time to scrap MORE! So, keeping with just the basics, I created TWO MORE layouts (it typically takes me at least an hour to scrap ONE layout):

Supplies: template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Britt-ish Designs except yellow paper which is by Crossbone Cuts; fonts are Printing Primer and Beyond Wonderland

Supplies: template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; papers by Kristin CB, Washington DC card and metro card created w/supplies by WMsquared; ASL cards by me

It felt SO GOOD to just spend time in Photoshop, creating and getting down some memories I’ve had stored up waiting ! THAT is why I love this hobby! That is why I do what I do! THAT is why I need to get back to basics in my life and in my scrapping more often!

What about you? Is it time for an appointment with your software and supplies?

Add a little flair to your digital scrapbook pages

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Studio Blagovesta Gosheva Things I love about You (part of this month’s digi files collection)

 

Anyone who knows me is aware that I have a special fondness for “badges”. For some reason, I just love cute little buttons with designs or words on them. I used to go kind of crazy using the pieces of flair app on Facebook – in fact, that app is the only reason I joined Facebook in the first place! I simply wanted to make my own flair. Those flair buttons were low resolution though and it wasn’t long before I discovered how much better digi flair is! With all the talented designers in digiland, there is no shortage of fabulous flair to use on our creations.

How to digi scrap with flair

I love the way that the single flair button is acting as a fastener for the journaling card on this layout. Such a simple touch that really makes the page great!

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The repetition of flair pieces along the side of this page keep the eye moving through the design and tie everything together perfectly.

layout by kramer_buffy

 

Flair buttons don’t have to be round, sometimes they come in rectangles, squares, and even whimsical shapes like hearts. They give nice dimension and interest to any page, and I love the way they add some fun to this beautiful layout!

layout by Georgia Visacri

 

Flair buttons with words or themes can emphasize the message of the page and call attention to the important points of the memory.

layout by Tracey Monette

 

A well-placed piece of flair on a layout is the equivalent of a cherry on top of a cupcake. It just adds a special little something!

layout by SATW

 

A few tips for flair

Pieces of flair are just as easy to use as digital buttons on a layout and can often be shadowed in a similar way. I personally like my flair pieces to have a little more shadowing since they would be thicker than a button in real life.

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Shadowing can be done in many different ways and you will need to play around with your own settings to see what you like. There are several tips and great links to explore in our drop shadows tutorial section. For this example, I used a regular button and a flair button (both by Pink Reptile Designs) and applied the following drop shadow settings (in PSE 11):

traditional button:

  • angle 45 degrees
  • size 21
  • distance 23
  • opacity 37

flair button (badge):

  • angle 45 degrees
  • size 21
  • distance 26
  • opacity 43

Another tip to keep in mind is the size and proportion of the flair in comparison to other elements of the page. I like to think of these flair buttons as the same size as the little pin on badges you can find in the real world, or pieces of flair from the paper scrapbooking store. Think about the size of the piece in relation to the other items on your page. The layouts displayed at the beginning of this post all demonstrate great proportionate use of flair buttons.

 

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You know this is my favortie part…I can’t wait to show you all of the fun flair out there in digiland!

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If you are looking for a great way to add the perfect finishing touch to your digital layout, don’t forget the flair!

Katie_TDD

Blagovesta Gosheva: The Highest Mountains

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I’m very happy to be welcoming Blagovesta to The Digi Files this month! She is a super talented designer that has overcome many challenges in life. I love her collections that are over flowing with beautiful whimsical, slightly weathered and worn designs. Her contribution this month works equally well for girls, boys, or an All About Me layout.  Let’s take a closer look at “Things I Love About You” 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 Blagovesta Gosheva’s contribution:

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva; EZPZ8 and Then (Photo Mask) by LivE Designs; Font: Pea Mily.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva; Photo stacking action by Wendyzine Scraps; Font: Another Typewriter.
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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva; .
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva; Captivated by Lynn by Captivated Visions; Free Spirit (alpha) by CD Muckosky.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva; Fonts: Digs My Hart.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Name
I am 36 and I am from Bulgaria. I live in Svishtov, a small academic town on the Danube. It is a quiet and beautiful town with many young people. I have a six-year old daughter. She was my inspiration to take up digital scrapbooking. Four years ago her father left us and I had to take care of her on my own. We have had our hard times, of course, but with a lot of hard work and love in our hearts we do well and feel great. I was born an optimist and I believe that people can do anything as long as we really want it and take an effort to make it happen.

I have a Master’s Degree in Business IT and another one in Accounting. I must admit, though, that you would not like to have me as your accountant – all those figures totally scare me! :))

I work as a graphic designer at Tsenov Academy’s Publishing House. I love my job, yet, being involved only in economic projects for such a long time makes me feel a bit bored and slightly constrained in what I am doing at times (just don’t tell the boss about it! :). Digital scrapbooking and designing is not merely a second job for me. It is something I really love, as it allows me to express myself, to give freedom to my imagination, and above all, I do enjoy being involved in it.

As for my free time, mountains are one of my passions. I have climbed most of the highest mountains in Bulgaria, some of them – more than once. It is such a great source of energy and joy! I also love reading books, going for walks in the countryside, and I am fond of good coffee and chocolate. (I must admit I am nearly addicted to the latter 🙂

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My daughter inspired me to create this layout while watching her grow and change so much and so fast… I wanted to keep all those nice memories before she had changed even more and I definitely did not want to forget all those curious, funny and cute things that were typical of her at a certain age. Later on, I started making a similar layout every year for her birthday. I am sure when my girl grows up she will be fascinated to learn what she used to be like, what she loved or did not like in her childhood, how she changed over the years. I have great fun when I look at those sweet moments later because they have saved the most interesting and unusual things about her and I am sure she will laugh just as much when she sees them herself many years from now. I love those layouts as they have both a lot of pictures and plenty of sweet and curious facts about my daughter which I would love to keep for myself, and above all, for her.

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Kit: Happiness captured by Blagovesta Gosheva; Template: List girl template set #8 – Artsy Fartsy

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I came across Digital Scrapbooking by chance in 2007 while I was reading the posts in a forum. It seemed quite interesting to me and I decided straightaway that I should have a try at it. So I did and I just got addicted. Now I have several photobooks ready, and many more stories and pictures waiting for me to put them in photobooks.

In 2011, a van hit me as I was going to work in the morning and I had a leg badly broken. I had to undergo several surgeries and that leg is full of metal bits and pieces to this day. I was bed-ridden for a very long time, and I couldn’t go to work. I spent those endless days at the computer at home while my daughter was at the kindergarten. I scrapped many pictures. I had many photos of my daughter with her favourite dinosaurs (she is crazy about them) and I started looking around the shops for a good dinosaur kit. Then I thought I might try to make my own. So I got to it and made my dinosaur kit as well as some other stuff … it was such a fun! At first, I did not intend to sell them, but then I decided to try out of curiosity and in June 2011, my first kit was released.

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Small, ordinary everyday things inspire me the most. Each time it is something different. Sometimes I spot the colors somewhere, and then the theme comes along and sometimes I have a theme on my mind, and I’m looking for the perfect colors. I can see them while I’m walking on the street or looking at a magazine, I find them on the net, or in my daughter’s clothes 🙂

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Computer: I work on a PC that runs Windows 7 64 bit, an Intel Core at 2,8 GHz, with 8 GB RAM, 23″ monitor.
Program: I use mainly Photoshop and Illustrator.
Camera: My camera is Nikon Coolpix
Anything Else: I use a Wacom Intuos tablet and HP ScanJet scanner.

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How to add a little more pop to your ready to print or upload layouts

May be you already know how to sharpen your image or ready to print layout using the main sharpening filters in Photoshop – Unsharp mask and Smart Sharpen. Now I’ll show you how I usually do that in few quick steps using another filter, which is not only easier to use but also very effective. This is the Photoshop High Pass filter. The reason I prefer this way to add more pop to my images (layouts) is not only because it’s not so complicated. Using this way of sharpening images the only areas in the image that have sharpening applied to them are the edges, and all other areas left untouched.

How it works:

  1. Open your already finished and flattened layout (or image) and on the background layer in the Layer palette right click and select Duplicate Layer.2. With this new layer highlighted go up to the Filter menu at the top of the screen and choose Other, then High pass. Using the slider set the radius to about 10. (This value is good if you work with high resolution images or layouts before you save it for web at a lower resolution. In case you want to add more pop to your page saved for web at 600×600 and 72 ppi, you have to choose lower value. Best for me in this case works 0,4-0,5). Click OK.
  2. Go back to the Layer palette and in the top left corner from the drop down change the blending mode to Hard light
  3. Go to the opacity slider in the top right corner of the Layers palette and select the level of sharpening that seems best for you. When you lower the opacity value this reduce the amount of sharpening. Something between 20% and 80% will work best, it depends on your image.

And this is all 🙂
Click the eye beside this layer on and off to see the difference.

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Just the way you are is definitely my favourite collection at the moment. Maybe this is due to the fact that the inspiration to design it came from my dearest people, the people who give me their love and support. They are all so different from one another with their good features and innocent imperfections. This collection was my way to say how much I love them and how blessed I feel to have such perfectly imperfect people in my life.

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I Love kit turned to be the most popular and widely sold of my products so far. I designed it last year, shortly before Valentine’s Day. I tried not to make it too topical as I wanted people to use it for various purposes. Maybe people like its soft colors and sweetness.
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Here are some of my favorite products by Blagovesta Gosheva:
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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Blagovesta Gosheva’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below.  There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Blagovesta Gosheva

The following layouts were created using “Things I Love About You” by Blagovesta Gosheva and included in The Digi Files during May, 2013:

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Elitka. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Melanie. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by YvonneFraser. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Tia. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Conny. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Anny. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Edna. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Jacquelinne. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Eleonora. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Fliffy. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Yogovonne. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Yogovonne. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Tanpopo. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Amelia. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva; Around 1 (Template) by Biograffiti.

 

Layout by Jenn. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva.

 

Layout by Rachel. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva; Fonts: Happy Daze, GF Halda.

 

Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva; Font: LD Twilight, Impact Reversed.

Layout by Trina. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva; Oh Happy Day Alpha by Designs by Lilli;
Fresh Cut Tulip Templates by Sara Gleason.
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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva; EZPZ8 and Then (Photo Mask) by LivE Designs; Font: Pea Mily.
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Layout by Kimberly K. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva; Photo stacking action by Wendyzine Scraps; Font: Another Typewriter.
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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva; .
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva; Captivated by Lynn by Captivated Visions; Free Spirit (alpha) by CD Muckosky.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Things I Love About You by Blagovesta Gosheva; Fonts: Digs My Hart.

Un-Digi: Laundry on the line

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Credits: Things I Heart About You by Studio Blagovesta and Worn Page Edges by Lynn Grieveson

Every week at the Daily Digi, we dedicate Sunday to an un-digi topic. It can be anything from couponing to birthday cakes and crafts to smartphone cases.

Today I was thinking about laundry. I’m a mom to two little kids, so it’s a near-daily chore for me. I’ll bet it’s a regular item on your to-do list, as well.

I line dry my laundry as much as possible. Beyond the fact that it environmentally friendly and gentle on clothes, seeing laundry on the line is very satisfying to me. I stand in my window and watch it blow in the breeze. It’s oddly relaxing to watch nature take care of drying the clothes. There is nothing for me to do beyond pegging the clothes on the line. The drying just happens.

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Although I line dry almost everything, my favourite item is bed sheets. The smell of linens dried on the line is heavenly! On the days when my sheets are freshly line dried, I find myself coming up with reasons why I should go to sleep at 8:30 pm. It’s just too tempting to snuggle into those comfortable and fresh sheets.

I’m so into the smell of air-dried laundry that I even line dry in the winter!

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(Although they do need a 10 minute fluff in the dryer afterwards to soften them up!)

Sometimes, laundry on the line can add a touch of excitement to an otherwise regular day. We’ve found that our family can really pull together to get laundry off the line quickly when the wind starts picking up, indicating an imminent rain storm. I pull the laundry off the line and toss them at my husband to pat down into the hamper. My daughter helps gather clothespins. We can have a load off in under a couple of minutes, when it’s needed.

Even if we’re too late, and the laundry on the line gets wet – no harm done. I just leave it and know that it will dry eventually. The sun always comes out again. Smile

Now, if only I enjoyed the actual folding and putting away part of laundry! Smile

Have a great day!

Super easy collages with Pic Monkey

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I love using online resources for creative and easy photo editing and most of these sources have great tools for making collages as well. There are many reasons why you might enjoy making collages such as:

  • Creating a unique image to use on a digital scrapbook page
  • Combining several photos into one image to use for a blog post
  • Recapping an event with multiple photos in a small space
  • Sharing several images at once in a social media environment (instagram, twitter, facebook, etc.)
  • Compiling many photos into one image to use on a photobook page
  • Just for fun!

With Memorial Day coming up, I’ve been thinking about our 2012 summer trip to Washington D.C. I still have so many photos that have not made it into my albums yet because I took hundreds of pictures! I decided to pull together some of my favorites to create a collage.

Here’s a collage I created with Pic Monkey. There are many free options to use on the site, and even more if you become a paid member for as little as $2.75 a month. I used a template under the “square deal” collage category for this one.

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Even using a free collage, I was able to save a full size 3600×3600 resolution of my creation. Now all I have to do is print it out for my travel album!

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I tried several other free online photo collage sites and I honestly can’t recommend very many of them in comparison to Pic Monkey. The other sites don’t have as many free options and it is much more difficult to get your photos imported as well as saving the finished collage to a high resolution file suitable for digi scrapping. Pic Monkey is my go-to source for creating collages online.

Here’s another collage I created with a free template at Pic Monkey in the “Biggie Smalls” category.

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I went ahead and upgraded to the Royale membership and I created this collage using a Jigsaw template.

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It is also super easy to create a collage image to use as a facebook timeline cover. They do the sizing for you!

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There are also other sizes available under the “cards” category such as 5”x7” which would be great to use in those pocket scrapping albums!

PicMonkey Collage (4)

I love that it is so easy to change the spacing between photos and you can even round the corners with the slide of a button!

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You can also write on your photos (and collages) using Pic Monkey by following the instructions in Steph’s post. For more information on how to create easy collages with photo editing programs, be sure to check out this past post. Have fun making collages!

Katie_TDD

May you have a Funtastic Friday today!

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Allison Pennington – I Am Who I Am, part of this month’s digi files. Traveling Typewriter font.

 

Happy Friday to all of you! May is already half-way over so I guess we better enjoy the rest of it while it lasts! Start out your weekend by Daring Greatly with us in the latest episode of The Digi Show podcast. This week, we were joined by Ali Edwards for a very inspiring discussion!

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Don’t forget to download the free Daily Digi iPhone app to keep up with news, inspiration, and play along with challenges!

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Are you ready for summer to begin?  Chelle’s Bluebird on My Shoulder will have you whistling all day.

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Because our mother are/were UNIQUE, because WE are unique, the world has not come to a single day to celebrate them. So we do celebrate them each and every day… 20% off for the kit and 30% off the cards until  may 19th

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A digital scrapbooking mini kit by Erica Zane, Mother, May I? will make your memories of mom/mum all the more beautiful!  This mini kit is full of motherly love, but is useful for much more than Mother’s Day!

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Soho Artist is a wonderfully eclectic collection by Tracy Martin full of handcrafted and painted, bright fun items.

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Ready to scrapbook Mother’s Day? Pick up these FREE journal cards on the SuzyQ Scraps blog.

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Check out this fun new element pack from Jenn Labre. Filled With Love is full of hand-drawn doodles – a perfect accent for any layout!

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6 New digital products, to include 4 sets of ArtsyKardz for Project 365/Life, a FotoInspired DoubleTemplate and a set of layered FotoInspired EdgeTemplates designed to co-ordinate with the FotoInspired No. 2 series.  The MidWeek Release is available in the aA store as individual products only, discounted by 20% until Wednesday April 22, 2013.  A spring-themed AnnaRelease will be new in the store on Friday.

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Stunning New and Huge Collab by Joyce Paul Designs and Joyful Heart – A Beautiful Mess. Save 20% off all individual products through May 19th or Save 40% off when you purchase the Bundle and you will also get the add-on for free.

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Sugary Fancy added two new PU/CU Doodled Packs at Store this week! They are 20% off during the Fresh Fruit Sale!

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This week Quirky Twerp has teamed with eNKay Design and Charm Box Studio to create this whimsical collaboration, Back in the 50s.

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Just one of the new releases from Kimeric Kreations!

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Garden Patch from Snips and Snails Designs is 20% Off at ScrapMatters through 5/19

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Nisa Finn has a freebie for Splendid Fiins facebook fans – A set of journaling cards (for digi scrappers and a printable pdf for paper scrapper) that just happen to coordinate with the Rain edition.

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Sherwood Studio has these fun photo tray templates for you at the Digichick – the newest 12×12 pack is 30% off through Sunday.

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Be sure to check out Katie’s free video tutorials on her blog!

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Scotty Girl Design just turned 3! For celebrating 3 years in the digi design world, Shannon is offering 30% off her entire store exclusively to Digi Files readers!

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Check out what else is fun and exciting in digiland:

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Hope you have a beautiful May day!

 

Katie_TDD

Crossbone Cuts Designs: Bought A Book

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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:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs.
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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.
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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs; Skiwampus (template) by Scrapbook Lady.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs; Fonts: JenLin by Darcy Baldwin.
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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.
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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.

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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.

inspired
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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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

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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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Inspired by Crossbone Cuts Designs

The following layouts were created using “I Heart Being A Princess” by Crossbone Cuts Designs and included in The Digi Files during May, 2013:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs; Template: Jenn Lindsey, Fonts: My Own Topher, Century.

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Layout by Lynette. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs; Templates Set 100 by Cindy Schneider; Font: crazyLynett by WM [squared].

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Layout by Barb. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs, Conservation Area by Ziketica; Font: CAC Saxon Bold, Arial Rounded Bold.

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Layout by Julie. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs.

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Layout by JennS. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs.

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Layout by Angie. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs.
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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.
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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs; Skiwampus (template) by Scrapbook Lady.
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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs; Fonts: JenLin by Darcy Baldwin.
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Layout by Ronnie. Supplies: I Heart Being A Princess Bundle by Crossbone Cuts Designs.

Sharing The 411 on Adobe Creative Cloud and New Features

We talked last week on The Digi Show about Adobe Creative Cloud, the new changes, and the impact it could have on digi scrappers. We talked more about it this week (that show will be released tomorrow or Thursday).  In a nutshell: Adobe is moving their Creative Suite of products to the cloud in a subscription based format.

More on the subscriptions at the end of this post, but one of the things that has been lost in all of hullabaloo about the subscriptions, are the new features that were announced. Remember my post about why I don’t delete photos and the video I shared about upcoming Adobe technology?  It’s HERE (click through to site to see videos):


Here are few other features in Photoshop CC I think digital scrappers will LOVE:

  • editable rounded rectangles (you can draw the rounded rectangle and then change the radius on canvas, without having to redraw it)
  • the ability to edit multiple paths at one time
  • improved anti-aliasing options for type (yay!)
  • conditional actions (these use if/then statements and this will be BIG if it works like we are hoping)
  • intelligent upsampling (resizing an image up without losing quality)
  • Upright Tool that will automatically straighten photos

Here’s an overview video that includes a few examples:

If you would like to read about the new features in other programs, here are some resources:

What does Creative Cloud mean?

The Adobe Creative Cloud products will no longer be sold in boxed sets (as individual products or as a suite). If you want to use Photoshop, you will have to subscribe.  There’s a lot of information out there on this topic, but I found this post by Scott Kelby to be the most helpful and factual (including cost analysis to see if it’s right for you).

I’ll be honest and I’ve been on Creative Cloud for almost a year now and really like it, but I use multiple Adobe products (three on a regular basis). I mentioned in The Digi Show that the only time it’s been a problem for me was when I was sitting on a tight deadline and for some reason, it was saying my payment hadn’t gone through, so it wouldn’t let me work. My payment had gone through and after several closing/openings of the program and a restart, it finally started communicating with Adobe and I was able to finish my work.

I have seen a lot of unhappy digital scrapbookers that use Photoshop and only Photoshop and don’t want to subscribe because they will end up paying more. I think we will see some digital scrappers that will downgrade to Photoshop Elements. I also think we will see some scrappers that will upgrade to Photoshop because the monthly payment is much easier to swallow than a the larger cost to buy it outright all at once.

Either way, it will be interesting to see what Adobe does and how they respond. If you are one of the scrappers that is outraged (or just upset) by this, there is a petition on that you can sign.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, but please be nice, it’s not my fault. 😉