WELCOME back to Ziska! I’m so happy to have Ziska back in The Files again! I love all of Ziska’s fun doodly, painted, mixed media elements that she includes in her kids. She definitely has a shabby side that comes out in her designs. I love the little star banner included in this month’s contribution by Ziska! It’s perfect for those starry night camping layouts, new babies, and the winter them in the collection. Let’s take a closer look at “Northwind” 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 Design by Ziska’s contribution:


Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Northwind by Design by Ziska.


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Northwind by Design by Ziska; Font: Emily’s Candy.


Layout by Anne. Supplies: Northwind by Design by Ziska; Font: Courier New.


Layout by Suzy. Supplies: Northwind by Design by Ziska; Topography No. 22 (template) by Valorie Wibbens; Font: The Sophia by Heather Joyce.

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


My name is Franziska Altmann, in the digital world known as Design by Ziska.
I’m a landscape architect living in Leipzig Germany.
My non digital live is ruled by my two daughters, oftentimes my digital time too, since they are my favorite subject to scrap.
I’m an arts and crafts girl everything DIY to get my hands messy is fine with me. I love my acrylics to draw and some ink to doodle. Pastells are fine too, sometimes just the colored pencils from my girls. Every one of us always has a little sketchbook on her, now I have one for me and two pink for the girls, so they don’t take over mine.
I’m a pinterest addict, and you could guess my current project from my pins, because the inspiration pops up there first. May it be crocheting, paper crafting, jewellery, or gardening.



I decided to post a printable of mine, I made it for easter, but honestly because I’m in love with these little ball it sticked for the whole year. I like the look of the little flowerballs, they remind me of hydrangea. They are still in the herb corner of my solarium to add a touch of color to the greens. I might replace them now for something more in season coloring.


CREDITS: Bunny Meadow Grab Bag by Ziska


I started digital scrapbooking during the pregnancy with my forst daughter, since I wanted to preserve this memory in a photobook. Paper suplies where not available here in Germany at this time, so digital was my best option. I was starting as a scrapper, but since I did my own elements for almost every page I was designing for myself verry quickly. Working with different programs comes easy to my since this was a part of my architect workflow routine.


Everything, a picture, a ocasion, music, a element etc. I see something and my creative juices get flowing. I have two daughters, and everything cute pinkish gets me running, I was never a pink girl, but right now the persons with whom I live have a big influence and my kits tend to have soft girly colors.


Computer: I have a 17″ laptop, with a second monitor, I think 24″. I run windows 8 because it came with the laptop and I thought I would give it a chance. After some tweaking I got used to it.

Program: I’m a adobe girl. I use illustrator, photoshop, indesign, and bridge on a regular basis.

Camera: Both of my cameras need some serious updating. I have a Sony DSLR, and a Casio point and shoot.

Anything Else: I still use my wacom bamboo tablet from way back. I got a intuous in between, but I lost it, so I opend up my old one, cleaned it and voila it still works like a charm.


I start a page with the placement of the photos I want to scrap. Next I choose the papers, and then I’m clustering my elements. I have some preset shadowstyles the same ankle for different dimensions, small for flat things, and bigger for more dimensional items. And I created my own shortcut to the warp tool, to create more realistic shadows. I right klick on the shadow of my element in the layer box to create a new layer with only the shadow on it, and then warp the shadow. This is what I do in my clusterframes too, to add more dimension.


That’s hard, my heart is in every product I create, and while I’m working on it it is my favorite, but since I love the garden theme I think this would be very high on my list. But if you ask me in some minutes my opinion might change.



I made this lilac kit with my grandmother in mind, ephemera like she used to collect in her books. Little pressed flowers. And some stitching goods, because she was the one who taught me everything from crochetting, to knitting, and embroidery.


Here are some of my favorite products by Design by Ziska:






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







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