Wake Up and Be Awesome

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Each month I am just blown away by the talent of the designers who agree to be part of the Digi Files. They are all so incredible! Captivated Visions is no exception. Her kits and other designs are absolutely incredible. I had so much fun looking through her store! Her paint and mixed media stuff just makes me want to CREATE! Her kit for The Digi Files is equally awesome. And it should be since she named it Wake Up and Be Awesome! I love all the hand painted cards and elements as well as the earthy color tones. Let’s look!






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 Captivated Visions’s contribution:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Wake Up and Be Awesome by Captivated Visions; Blender Template by Brandy Murry; Fonts: KG Tangled Up In You, Centur.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Wake Up and Be Awesome by Captivated Visions; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Wake Up and Be Awesome by Captivated Visions; Fonts: Noteworthy, Peas Noodles Girlfriends.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Wake Up and Be Awesome by Captivated Visions; Artified: 50 Cents (template) by Captivated Visions.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: Wake Up and Be Awesome by Captivated Visions.

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

Name

I’m Rachel and live in the Midlands of the United Kingdom with my husband Simon and our little boy Keaton.

I’ve been tinkering with digital design for eight years and dabbling in Mixed Media for around four years.

In my spare time I love to chill out with my little man, he loves the park and the library, turning out drawers and cupboards and helping with chores around the house. Music, Movies and TV series keep me busy too, the latest albums I listened to were Currents by Tame Impala and A head full of dreams by Coldplay. The latest TV series I watched was Orange is the new black season two.

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I snapped this cute photo on my iphone, just an everyday moment that I wanted to record. Keaton just seemed so grown up in that moment, the way he was sitting up on the sofa with his ankles crossed and eating a snack whilst watching is favourite tv programme, those blue eyes!

You can find a walk through of this layout on my blog http://www.captivatedvisions.co.uk/blog/2016/1/4/how-to-use-the-artified-digital-scrapbooking-templates


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http://www.sweetshoppecommunity.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=393731&title=yes-today-is-amazing&cat=500



started

I can’t remember exactly how many years I’ve been scrapping but around the time that I started I was a member of a forum and for fun we used to create siggies to sign off our forum posts. Back then i was using Paint Shop Pro and learnt through self teaching and following some online tutorials.

Soon after I started making small scrapbook kits to help me and my friends make our siggies. I was asked to create a few scrapbook pages for my friend and that’s how I started digi scrapping.

After sharing my kits as freebies on my blog for a while I joined a shop and started to sell my work and then began using Photoshop and Illustrator as design tools.

In 2012 or so I got the urge to dabble with mixed media and art journalling and have found this a hugely satisfying creative outlet and a therapy of sorts!

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So many things, music, feelings and emotions, home decor, old paper and books, mixed media art, art journaling, mail, stamps and marks, the list goes on!

I love to make abstract painterly backgrounds, I find it so relaxing and this is how most of my kits come about from my original prints that are scanned and manipulated in photoshop.

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Computer: I design and scrap on an iMac, I looove my Mac, it’s so pretty and SO QUIET!! I scan my art into photoshop using an Epson Perfection Scanner (V500 Photo) and I use an Intuos 4 Tablet.

Program: My design work is done using Photoshop CC and Illustrator. Evernote, Dropbox and Pinterest are also my friends I use them a lot when working!

Camera: I do have a DSLR (fairly old now) but I haven’t used it for a long time, lately i’ve been making the most of the camera in my beloved iphone.

Anything Else: My art desk has a variety of supplies, my most used items are acrylic paints, my fingers, a gelatin plate, a variety of sketch and mixed media papers, vintage book papers, white gesso paste my sewing machine and what ever else I can get my hands on depending on my mood!

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One of the things I’m asked about most often is how to get started when you are looking to create an artsy scrapbook or art journal page that is more ‘random’ or ‘open’ in terms of composition.

As scrapbookers we tend to follow conformity and straight lines in our pages and design principles and it can often be hard to wrap your head around knowing where to start creating something that is more open and freestyle especially if you are new to working with artsy type products.

The majority of my papers are hand-painted and I approach my painting with an open mind and let the design of the page guide itself depending on how colours and textures form as I build layer upon layer and this is how I approach creating pages.

The first thing that I do when looking to create a digi page is to study the papers available and decide which speak to me or would be suitable for the photos i’m looking to use etc. Once I’ve picked some papers I will then let the paint talk to me. I’m looking for spots that may be suitable for journalling, element or photo placements and that’s where the start of my decision making as far as composition goes. If you try this yourself look for lighter/darker areas, lines or other shapes that may have formed during the painting and layering process etc. Is there an area of the painted paper that would look fabulous as a backdrop for photos or a big cluster, or somewhere that’s perfect for a spot of journalling? Design your page around these areas or keep them in mind at least.

Next I start to experiment with pieces from the kit that speak to me most. It might be elements that I know that I want to use from the get go as they look fun or just random artsy mess that I want to start layering. I’ll simply start placing items down and just see how things go and be open to change. I like to add my drop shadows as I go along (I use a set of awesome styles by Sahlin Studio at the Lilypad but quite often tweak them to suit) as it helps me to decide whether to add more flatter items or more dimensional items as I go along. Plus I like to see progress and my page coming together!

Of course things don’t always turn out as i’d like and as with my paper scrapbooking or art journalling I rectify mistakes with areas that I don’t like by adding more gesso paste or paint to hide the mess! And of course doing this digitally just experiment and turn layers on or off or play with the blending modes. I often blend additional papers together to hide things or to create new areas of interest or to tone down papers (check out my blending masks for mixing papers together).

I hope that this may be a technique that you haven’t tried before and it helps you to make a start if you’ve felt a little intimidated before. Visit my blog for more artsy ideas and layout walk throughs!

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Some products stand the test of time and You are worth it is three years old but I still love it so much today. It’s sassy, it’s bold and I just love the texture in the artsy papers. I often go to this kit just to get my hands on the paper with all the layered and painted doilies!!

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So sketchy are a series of hand sketched and painted mixed media products and Brave and True was my first kit in this series. It’s packed with hand crafted elements and yummy papers.

Keaton loves animals and has a jungle theme in this bedroom, he’s always got excited about Lions and points them out to us with a ‘Rawr’ so it seemed fitting to go down the Lion route when thinking of animals to sketch. I originally wanted to create a series of kits that were animal themed and could be used for pages of our little ones but I had so much fun sketching and what not that this series is going to stretch further than I thought. I have the sketching bug now 😉

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Here are some of my favorite products by Captivated Visions:

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

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Coupon

Spend $10 and Save 30% with code: spendtentdd
Valid May 1 – 31 2016, collaborations excluded.


Go have a look in Captivated Visions’s store! 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 Captivated Vision

The following layouts were created using “Wake Up and Be Awesome” by Captivated Visions and included in The Digi Files during May, 2016:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Wake Up and Be Awesome by Captivated Visions; Blender Template by Brandy Murry; Fonts: KG Tangled Up In You, Centur.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Wake Up and Be Awesome by Captivated Visions; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Wake Up and Be Awesome by Captivated Visions; Fonts: Noteworthy, Peas Noodles Girlfriends.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Wake Up and Be Awesome by Captivated Visions; Artified: 50 Cents (template) by Captivated Visions.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: Wake Up and Be Awesome by Captivated Visions.

You Should Check These Out!

Time to share some great stuff I’ve found while browsing around digi-land! Enjoy!

Scrapbooking Memes

Becca Bonneville hosted a scrapbooking meme challenge recently. The results are HILARIOUS! (Well, hilarious to us digital scrapbookers, that is!) Definitely worth the time to read them all.

Here’s my attempt at a meme.

Try making your own on this web site. It’s fun!

Saving Layouts – A Scrapbooker’s Workflow

Aaron (aka SirScrapalot) shared his workflow for saving layouts on The LilyPad store blog recently. I love peeking into other people’s process! He also shared this quick note, which is worth sharing again:

It can be a little tricky to find the Save for Web Dialog in the latest models of Photoshop. If you go to File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy) you will get here.

It IS tricky to find the Save for Web in the new Photoshop! It took me a while to get used to it being hidden in the menus.

Wanderlust

Miranda at The Digital Press shared a wonderful idea about scrapbooking a trip that may happen in the future. How fabulous! I should do a page planning the trip I want to do through Germany and England.

Tipster Tuesday

I just learned that Scrapbookgraphics ladies Ana and Rue share tips on scrapbooking each Tuesday on Facebook. They have been helpfully compiled into Tipster Tuesday posts on the SBG store blog. I love this one on warping shadows (a most useful trick in Photoshop!):

Tip: Warping shadows
I’m obsessed with shadows and always use them, tweaking them as needed. Here’s a quick way to tweak them in Photoshop.
1. Apply a shadow style, click fx arrow to open drop down menu.
2. Hover over drop shadow, left click, select “create layer”.
3. This creates shadow layer below the product layer, make sure you have selected this layer, then select edit>transform>warp.
4. Pull at points to move the shadow. I like to pull corners to appear that corner is lifted up off the page.
Hope you have fun trying this warping method with your shadows

Check out the blog for many more tips!

5000 Photography Ideas

TDD team member and all around great person Katie the Scrapbook Lady shared links to more than 5000 photo ideas! There should be something for everybody! Time to get clicking!

12 MORE Awesome Scrapbook Pages With Maps

A few years ago, as my family was getting ready for our six week road trip, I shared 12 Awesome Scrapbook Pages With Maps.

As summer quickly approaches and dreams of travel fill our minds, it’s time to be inspired once again! I love the creative techniques scrappers have used to incorporate maps into their albums.

And if you’ve got a big trip coming up (or one from the past you have yet to scrap), make sure you check out yesterday’s post where you show you the Insta-Trip album that is part of this month’s Digi Files. Make sure you are a member in order to snag it!

And here is my layout!

Now let’s see some inspiration!

(whenever possible, layouts are linked to their original source)

Insta-Trip

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Summer is coming and that means it is time for summer road trips! They are my absolute favorite part of summer. Being with family and friends, seeing the sights, and getting away from the regular and mundane make traveling such a highlight in my life. However, one thing I have struggled with over the years is documenting our vacations. I usually come back with SO MANY photos that I don’t really know where to begin! We figured that YOU might feel the same way and so I created this INSTA-TRIP template album. With all square photo spaces, the album is just waiting for your Instagram pix! But if you are like me and still carry your DSLR, no worries! You can use those too! (We’ve even included Lightroom versions of the templates.) Let’s look at the album!




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 Janet Phillips’s contribution:
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Layout by Katie. Supplies: InstaTrip by Janet Phillips.

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Layout by Luly. Supplies: InstaTrip by Janet Phillips; TOOLKIT: Project Life App (bleed actions) by Wendyzine Scraps; Font: Luly.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: InstaTrip by Janet Phillips; All Cats Go to Heaven by Little Butterfly Wings; Font: Elizabeth Skinny.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: InstaTrip by Janet Phillips; This is Me by Laura Banasiak; Fonts: Glamour Brush, StamPete, Quicksand.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: InstaTrip by Janet Phillips.

Gratitude Journal {week 19}

On Sundays this year at The Daily Digi, we are going to be sharing a FREE weekly gratitude journal spread.

These pages are a place for you to record little memories you don’t want to forget, little reasons to be grateful. Each week their will be a gratefulness quote as well as a few photo spots.

You can use these FREE pages in a number of ways:

1) As digital scrapbooking templates. The download will always include .psd files for both 2-page 12×12 spreads as well as 2-page 8.5×11 spreads. You can add your own papers and elements and scrap ’till your heart’s content! (This is also a good option for those of you who get twitchy because I started the week with Friday. Since January 1 is a Friday, I like to start each week that way, but you may not! Feel free to adjust as needed!

2) As a digital journal. Keep the colors and text just as they are. Simply flatten the layers and add your notes of gratitude. Easy peasy!

3) As printed pages. Print out and write on them the good old-fashioned way. There is a .pdf file included for printing two letter-sized pages. Print your photos and attach!

If you have missed previous weeks, grab them HERE.

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If you have used the templates or print-outs, we’d LOVE to see them! Share a link in the comments or EMAIL ME . We just might feature your page!

Be sure to be back next week for your next FREE journal template!

Eleven Years and Counting: Celebrating International Scrapbooking Day!

Today is one of my favorite days.

Sure, I love the sales and the AMAZING new products all over digiland.

But it’s more than that. This weekend coincidentally marks my own digiscrapping anniversary.

This hobby is so much more than just a hobby. It has opened doors, offered opportunities, and put me in the path of some of the most amazing and inspiring women I know.

Coming from all walks of life, all family circumstances, and yes, even all political camps (is it November yet??), we women (and the few incredible guys among us!) have entered into each other’s lives because of a mutual love of memory keeping. I am continually inspired and encouraged by our scrapping community.

For many years I tried to release the artist in me. Trying my hand at drawing, painting, pottery, and jewelry making, I always came up unfulfilled (and if we are being honest, completely untalented!) But photography and digital scrapbooking? My love of family, stories, and memory keeping collided in their own Big Bang to create something so beautiful and fulfilling that I can’t imagine my life without it.

And so on this day, as I do every year, I express my gratitude for this hobby, this artistic outlet that allows me to celebrate all I hold most dear.

Eleven years and counting.

And as I do each year, I created a layout to commemorate my digi scrapping anniversary.

(layout credits: My Life Online, one of our Exclusive kits for long-term members)

It’s my scrapbooking journey by the numbers:

  • 8 Creative Teams (the most I was on at the same time!)
  • 6 Months of learning to scrap and living off of freebies (mostly Shabby Princess) before I bought my first digi products
  • 100’s of digi friends, but online and in real life
  • 5 years of selling templates at Sweet Shoppe Designs
  • 2 years selling templates at Scrapbook Graphics
  • 2000+ memories and stories recorded through scrapbook pages
  • 3 dead computers (I should have added almost four!)
  • 1 website created

As you shop celebrate and scrap the day away, let me encourage you to take your own walk down memory lane as you consider your scrapping journey.

iNSD Round Up

We look forward to {inter}National Scrapbooking Day every year! The first Saturday in May brings out the chirping birds, free comic books and a plethora of digiscrapping sales. Check out these deals, and a special post from team member Melissa Shanhun.

Have you asked yourself, “Which program should I use for digital scrapbooking?” Melissa loves Photoshop Elements… learn more!

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Scrapbookgraphics is having it’s first ever store-wide iNSD sale! Save 40% off on most everything. And, get a free grab bag each day of the sale, with your $10 purchase.

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Liz has some fun new templates just in time for iNSD! Plus she’ll have some extra special releases tomorrow! Make sure you check them all out.

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Diamond Cut, Pieces of my Heart and Shining Star templates by Erica Zane at Sweet Shoppe Designs are a super versatile addition to your stash!

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New from Blagovesta Gosheva, “The magic of everyday” is full of pretty elements and papers, in versatile colors. It’s perfect to document those happy little ordinary everyday moments in our lives because this is what makes us truly happy!

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Flergs has been busy for iNSD in both her personal Store at Sweet Shoppe Designs and Commercial Use at SugarHillco. Save big on new AND old releases all weekend!

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Join Jennifer Labre Designs and Pickleberrypop as they celebrate iNSD with a HUGE 50% off sale and $2 items like this fabulous kit!

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A brand new collection from Created by Jill that we can ALL relate to! Mix and match the packs for 50% OFF or grab the whole collection for just $10 through Tuesday May 10th!

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Studio Dawn is celebrating with minimum 40% off most products; bigger discount on Collections and Bundles. May 5th-8th.

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Studio Wendy is celebrating iNSD with 40% off plus 3 mega bundles for just $9.99 each!

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In honor of International Scrapbooking Day, Katie the Scrapbook Lady has some free gifts plus a storewide sale.

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Meagan’s Creations has an awesome NSD weekend planned! 40% off everything, a free with purchase deal for a brand new collection and special $1 and $2 deals all weekend long! Don’t miss out on the fun!

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50% off everything in WM Squared’s new shop, May 7th-11th!

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This Crazy Life

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I might have actually squealed a little bit when I saw the kit Blagovesta Gosheva created for this month’s Digi Files. I shouldn’t have been surprised, though. Her store is just filled to the brim with incredible designs. All the fun and color—yummy! This Crazy Life, part of the May Digi Files, is just as fun as you would expect it to be. It completely captures the busyness we all have a love/hate relationship with. This kit will be perfect for so many pages!






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 SharonS. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva; Template by Studio Basic; Font: The Sharon.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva; Charmed (alpha) by Sara Gleason.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva.

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Layout by Luly. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva.Template by Cindy Schneider.

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

Name

I am 40 and I am from Bulgaria. I live in a small academic town on the Danube. It is a quiet and beautiful town with many young people. I have a 9-year old daughter who is my everything.
I work as a full time graphic designer at a Publishing House 16 years now. 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. It is such a great source of energy and joy! I also love reading books, going for walks in the countryside, biking with my daughter.

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It’s hard to choose only one layout 🙂 I love all of my pages because each keeps some of our memories. This time I decided to feature this sooo old layout. It’s nothing special but when I was browsing my folders last week I found it and it made me smile. 🙂



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started

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 I should have a try at it. So I did and I just got addicted.
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. 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 dinosaurs (she was 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.

inspired

Each time it is something different. Small, ordinary everyday things inspire me the most.

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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 designing my digital scrapbooking products.

Camera: After my Nikon damaged I use only my phone and it make pretty good pictures. I’m not sure if I’ll by new camera soon. The phone is handy – always with me and I don’t feel need to have new camera for now 🙂

Anything Else: I use a Wacom tablet and HP ScanJet scanner.

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I’ll show you how I add a little more pop to my ready to print or web layouts – I use it with almost every page I make and for all kit previews.
With your finished and already flattened image opened, right click on the image in the Layer palette and select Duplicate Layer. Highlight this new layer and go up to the Filter menu -> Other -> High pass. Use the slider to set the radius to about 10 (if you work with high resolution 300 dpi image before to save it for the web or galleries at low resolution) or 0.4-0.5 if your image is low resolution (72 dpi or saved for web). Click OK. Go back to the Layer palette and in the top left corner from the drop down change the blending mode to Hard light. 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. I usually do between 65-75%.
Click the eye beside this layer on and off to see the difference.

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It’s hard to say I have only one favourite product but I chose Summer in the city. May be because of it’s fun, playful and quirky look… I don’t know, I just love it. 🙂

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I’m not sure but I think Sweet November is one of my most popular products lately.

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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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Coupon

Save 30% of your orders at Blagovesta Gosheva’s store with coupon bgSAVE-30
(not valid on collabs; expires on June 15, 2016).



Go have a look in Blagovesta Gosheva’s store! 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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Inspired by Blagovesta Gosheva

The following layouts were created using “This Crazy Life” by Blagovesta Gosheva and included in The Digi Files during May, 2016:

Layout by Susi. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Ronda. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Ophelia. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Jana. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Golya. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Biancka. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Anelia. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva.

Layout by Janet. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva; Template by Studio Basic; Font: The Sharon.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva.

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Layout by Bethany. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva; Charmed (alpha) by Sara Gleason.

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva.

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Layout by Luly. Supplies: This Crazy Life by Blagovesta Gosheva.Template by Cindy Schneider.