Wild Wild West

A big welcome to Meagan’s Creations! This month, Meagan has us traveling to the Wild Wild West, and a wild ride it is! Thank you Meagan for this fun western-themed kit!

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I’m Meagan Tuck and I currently live in Houston with my husband of 11 years and 3 kids. In addition to design, I love board games, reading, hiking and tutoring math.

As I was working on this layout, I was a little bothered by the gingham paper. I had simply placed it square in my layout and clipped it to the layers. I was much happier when I placed the paper in my layout and rotated it so the top was parallel with the top of the layer. If I were paper scrapping, I’d surely cut a gingham square with the stripes.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
Wild Wild West by Meagan’s Creations. Template by Trixie Scraps; Font: The Sharon.

My son posted photos of his trip west on Instagram, but on the page the colors of the photos were all over the place and distracting. I converted the images to black & white and then in PSE went to Enhance>Adjust Color>Adjust Hue/Saturation and selected the Colorize box in the lower right corner. Then I played with the hue and saturation just a little to find the sepia tone I wanted (hue 25, saturation 25). Then I noticed that the colors in the main photo had a lot of yellow and there was no yellow on my page. So I used the rule of three’s and added yellow paper to the stack of background papers and a yellow flower to the cactus.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
Wild Wild West by Meagan’s Creations. Fonts: Playbill and Typewriter.

I started using Google’s PhotoScan app to scan the random pictures I find around my house that I would love to have digitally. After seeing it on The Daily Digi in March I downloaded it right away and have enjoyed using it since. This photo was given to me by a friend after the conference we attended, and without access to the digital file I scanned it using app and adjusted the colour a bit in RadLab. Total time saver, as my scanner/printer combo is finicky and usually takes a few tries to get it to scan properly.

Layout by Trina. Supplies:
Wild Wild West by Meagan’s Creations. April 2017 freebie (template) by Scrapping with Liz.

I wanted to use the image of the hat, but wanted it to look more like a sketch. So I used the Filter Gallery and the Stamp Filter. I increased the light/dark balance until I was happy with it. Then I played with the smoothness to adjust the detail.

Layout by Name 4. Supplies:
Wild Wild West by Meagan’s Creations

In 2001, I took a commercial design class and that’s when I first used Adobe Illustrator. I didn’t use it much again for the next several years until 2008. I was paper scrapbooking my daughter’s photos but I found the whole process time-consuming and expensive! A friend of me told me about digital scrapbooking and how you can find freebies online so I started learning all about the digital scrapbooking industry in 2008. My husband had Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for his school classes so I started using that. By 2009, I got on some creative teams which I feel is a great first step for designers as it helps you see how other designers organize and run their business. By 2010 I was in a store, selling word art mainly. I took designer classes and viewed a lot of tutorials to learn how to design kits and templates. It’s definitely good to scrap along with designing so you can see how different elements work and what scrappers want.

I love scrapping Christmas photos and I’ve got a lot of them to scrap! Clustering is one of my favorite things to do and so I’ve got a lot of leaf and snowflake clusters on this page. Almost all of my collections include a coordinating glitter pack and so it’s fun to add some glitter accents to the page.

I love themed collections so my life experiences, fun events with family and just the things my kids do inspire my themes. I love looking at Pinterest and particularly party decorations for inspiration of paper crafts to inspire my digital creations.

Computer: I use a Dell with Windows 10, 12 GB RAM, and 21″ monitor

SOFTWARE: Photoshop Creative Cloud, Illustrator CS3

CAMERA: I have a Canon rebel though lately I’ve been using my phone’s camera a lot! And my phone is an Iphone 6s

OTHER GADGETS:

I love adding an inked edge to my paper elements. Under layer properties, I choose “Inner Shadow”. With the angle at -90, Distance 0, Choke 0 and Size at least 50, we choose blend mode of “Color Burn”, “Linear Burn” for white elements, and vary the opacity to our liking. Changing up these settings can help it look darker or lighter and give it that inked edge look I loved when paper scrapbooking!

I love Dr. Seuss books. They are some of my earliest memories of childhood, reading the books and watching the cartoons from his books. This kit was so fun to make, I loved making everything look doodly and the colors are also vibrant and playful.


I love Superheroes and I think customers love the bright colors and bold elements. My kids love superheroes and I know it’s a popular birthday party theme. I chose the colors by looking through Pinterest for the colors used to decorate for Superhero birthdays. I’ve even got a coordinating girls’ kit with purples and pinks for the ladies! Not just for kids, this kit works great for Comic Con photos and the superhero inside all of us and that’s what I think makes it unique and versatile.


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Celebrate Saturday

One palette + 4 designers = an AMAZING collection celebrating Dad! Last day to take advantage of Pickleberrypop’s Fab4 Promo! Bundles, Kits and Add-Ons plus each designer’s store is on sale for 40% OFF!

New self-paced aA Classes, to include step-by-step instruction on creating this artsy blended sketch layout, the aAdvanced Brushes in Photoshop Elements workshop which walks you through the basics to advanced brush usage in 5 1/2 hours of video, and the ArtPLAY Un3edited LIVE Event REPLAY. Also see LOTS of new DigitalART and tutorials on the aA Blog at the NEW Anna Aspnes Designs.

Here’s the latest from Blagovesta…Be You is so lovely!

Folded alphas. Love them!

Sweet or sour? Dream Big Designs has it covered!

This is from April, but I love the color combination. I can’t resist a great yellow!

Scrap something special for Dad with this mini!

And finally, check out my new font service. I’ll turn your handwriting or doodles into a font!

Welcome June

Welcome to a new month and a whole ‘lotta new goodies! We’re excited to bring you five completely new kits as well as tons of other products. This month we are also featuring three of our favorite designers who have returned with some awesome brand new products for you! A deal like this is too good to pass up. As you’ll see below, we have a variety of great kits, all ready to make your scrapping fast and fun!

I highly recommend “The Daily Digi” site for anyone who is interested in Digital Scrapbooking. Not only does it provide valuable insight and information, they also provide absolutely beautiful and inspirational exclusive items to their members. All of which is well worth the investment. ~TruBlue

Keep coming back each day as we reveal more and more of what’s inside this HUGE Digi Files. If you are a member, you can download these kits and everything else today.