I Want To Scrap With A Pen and Tablet


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I don’t know too many digital scrapbookers that don’t, at one time or another, want a pen tablet.  They are a lot of fun, but can also be frustrating to get the hang of. One of the things that I love about using my tablet, is how I can suddenly feel and maybe even look, like an artist when using the right programs (listen to the discussion in Paperclipping Digi #1).

I did some digging and found some great resources for those of you that are wanting to learn how to use a tablet:

For those of you that do not have tablets, you might be wondering if it’s necessary.  I know when I first started digital scrapbooking, I thought a tablet was a needed tool.  They are not necessarily needed.  A lot of digi scrappers that have wrist problems associated with mouse usage do prefer to use a pen and tablet for everything on their computer.  They do make it much easier to draw and use drawing type programs (vector programs as well as ArtRage).  So, I guess it depends on what you plan to do and how you want to do it, if a pen tablet is high on the priority list.  No matter what, they are a lot of FUN!

P.S. Michelle was our random winner chosen from the comments left yesterday for Jennifer, Michelle said:  LOVED Jenn’s contribution this month. I think Growth Spurt would be a great kit right now-I think my kids must be part plant as the sunshine seems to be making them grow! Thanks for the coupon and chance to win! Check your inbox!

Embellishment tips and tricks with word art


Curled index card by Katie Pertiet. Fontologie Journal Away and Free Refill fonts.

Word art is a fast and easy way to add something really special to your digital scrapbook layouts. I (Katie) am a big fan of word art! I use it to make cards, and also love to use it as a simple embellishment for special photos. One of my favorite ways to use word art is on a scrapbook page.


  • You don’t have to think of a title! 😀 When I asked The Daily Digi team for help with this post, we all agreed that a major benefit of using word art is cutting out the stress of thinking of a clever title for our page!

Layout by Karen. Leora Sanford In Good Company — collab with Paislee Press

Layout by Melissa L. Jenn Barrett/Tracie Stroud Walking on Sunshine collab kit, Ali Edwards Remember word art, Font is Pea Steph

Layout by Dunia. Presslines N.13 – Wedding by Paislee Press Flower and Stamp from Curiouser & Curiouser by Paislee Press and Joanne Brisebois Frame from Honey Bee Kit by Paislee Press Paper Flowers by Gina Miller

Layout by Melissa L. Sahlin Studio/Decrow Play collab Crystal Livesay Aly’s Jumpers template

  • Word art can give direction to your page. Many times I have decided to scrap a certain subject just because of a piece of word art. Word art has also directed my journaling on occasion and acted as a “prompt” to write about a specific memory.

Layout by Katie. Template by Janet Phillips (the Misc. collection) Girls are Yucky by Lili Designs from The Digi Files 8 font is CK footnote

Layout by Karen. Kelley Mickus Tumbleweed kit

Layout by Dunia. Fading Emotions Vol.3 by Taylor Made Fading Emotions Vol.4 by Taylor Made Revive Kit by Taylor Made Press Plate N.5 by Paislee Press

Layout by Melissa L. Gina Miller Wild Honey kit, Ali Edwards word art

  • Word art can act as an embellishment and contribute to the design of the layout. Many pieces of word art really are like miniature works of art. They are beautiful and add a wonderful design element to the page!

Layout by Karen. Leora Sanford Kaleidoscope collab with Creashens and Lynn-Marie

Layout by Katie.Papers from Sock Monkey Collab by Kate Hadfield and Holliewood Designs. Word art by Katie Pertiet. Layout sketch design by Cathy Zielske

Layout by Katie.Savoy Truffle Quick page by Teresa Victor from Gina Miller Designs.
Century Gothic font for date

Layout by Katie.Ali Edwards December Daily template. Painted paper from Kate Hadfield. Word art by Taylor Made designs. flower by Holly Designs.

  • Word art can fill in for (or supplement) journaling. We love journaled pages here at The Daily Digi, but not every page needs to be a novel. Sometimes you just want to add a sweet thought or a few words, and that is when word art can be a real lifesaver!

Layout by Melissa L. Girls are Yucky kit by Designs by Lili Lauren Reid Cut Ups v. 2 Lauren Reid Quote Marks 2

Layout by Melissa L. Lauren Reid The Way We Used to Be

Layout by Jenn Life’s Little Surprises by Scrap Matters Designers

Layout by Jenn Happiness by Three Paper Peonies Everyday Love wordart by Sahlin Studio Sparkly Swirls by Rina Kroes Crumpled Edge Border by Rina Kroes Font: Pea So Lovely

Layout by Jenn Vintage Worn/Torn Papers by Sahlin Studio Daily Digi by Vera Lim (bg paper) Composure by TaylorMade (“everyday you” word art) Tapestry Blues by JenLin Designs (beige leaf silhouette, blue bow and ribbon) Vintage Linens by Shabby Miss Jenn (pink leaves) Font: Segoe Print

  • Finally, it’s just plain fun! That is as good of a reason as any! I love to use word art because it helps me feel creative and enjoy scrapping. 🙂

Layout by Katie. Amy Wolf’s barely there papers Maya’s word art. Font is Pea Olson.

Layout by Katie.Film overlay by Katie Pertiet Word art by Jen Wilson

Layout by Katie. Word art by Art Warehouse


Our team picked out some of their favorite word art products for some enabling. All images are linked to the store where each item is available.

Quirky Quotes & Noodle Doodles - Gratitude


Remember Sentiment Stacks

Random Words



Don’t forget to look through your stash to see what pieces of word art you can find to use on a layout. You will even find some in this month’s Digi Files!


Super Speedy Scrapping!


Layout by Katie. Kristin Aagard Buggalicious, CK journaling font

Do you wish you could create beautiful digital scrapbook pages in mere minutes? Would you believe me (Katie) if I said it is SO easy to speed up your scrapping? Well, it is and I want to show you how! Before I give away the big secret, I want to show you some layouts that were scrapped in super speedy style:

KAagard_Buggalicious web

Layout by Katie. Kristin Aagard Buggalicious, CK journaling font

Layout by Katie. Weeds and Wildflowers Christmas blog freebie.

Layout by Katie. Dunia Boys Collection. CK easy going font.

Layout by Katie. Artemia (NLA). Traveling Typewriter font.

Layout by Katie. Artemia (NLA). Traveling Typewriter font.

Layout by Katie. Weeds and Wildflowers blog freebie (NLA) CK Easy Goin font

Layout by Katie. I Dream of the Ocean by Holly Designs

Did you guess the secret? Can you believe that every page in this post was made using a Quick Page?! For those of you who are newer to digital scrapbooking, a Quick Page (also known as a QP) is a predesigned digital scrapbook page that is already put together. All you have to do is add your own photos (and journaling if desired). No matter what your digiscrapping skill level is, you can use a QP. They are so easy to use and SUPER SPEEDY!

We’d love to see the layouts you have done using Quick Pages so we hope you will upload them to our flickr group with the tag of quickpage or use quotes like “Quick Page” – can’t wait to see them!


P.S.  The random winner for Anna’s gift is Cindy J who said “Anna is a new designer for me, which is one of the things I love about the Digi Files…to have that chance to see up close different designers’ works! Very cool offerings in her store…fav is Moments of Love I think…always hard to choose though.” – Thanks Cindy! That’s why we love the Digi Files also! 🙂 Check your inbox for your gift code.

Basic Design Principles With Debbie- Alignment

To date we’ve covered three of six basic design principles: Emphasis, Contrast, and Balance. Today’s lesson is on a fourth: Alignment. In July and August, we will look at Repetition and Flow.


Alignment is a great tool for unifying and organizing the elements on your page so that viewers can take it all in, and, what’s more, so that viewers understand and appreciate the story or primary meaning of your page.


The principle of alignment says to:
1) consciously place each element on the page,
2) in relation to some other element on the page.

The reasons to use alignments are:
1) to create order (including organizing and grouping elements), and
2) to create visual connections between elements.

creating alignments

To create alignments on your scrapbook pages, you need to find a strong line . . .and use it. By this I mean, find ways to emphasize it and make it stronger.

There are many alignments in “Remember These Moments” by erininpink, but the strongest line on the page is the vertical line running along the left side of the photo. With the patterned paper blocks above it aligned on the left side and the tip of the left side of the journaling block below it aligned, the line becomes a strong one.

Another strong line runs along the bottom edge of the title block and lines up with the bottom edge of the patterned paper blocks to its right.

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“Remember These Moments” by ErinInPink.

use alignments to create order

Alignments define the white space on your page.

White space refers to the areas of your page that are not filled with elements. White space not only gives the eye a resting point, it provides contrast and helps elements stand out. What’s more, it’s a great tool for grouping elements, and, thus, can be used to establish a hierarchy among elements and groupings.

Alignments define the white space on your page.

White space exists around your elements (as margins) and between your elements (as gutters).

On “Life is Grand [children]” Sam Ellis lined up six small photos in two columns of three each. She kept the height of the columns equal to (and aligned with) the focal photo on the left.

Another alignment on this page that really makes the design click, is that of the left and right title-block edges with the edges of the photo columns above it.

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“Life is Grand[children]” by Sam Ellis

use alignments to create visual connections

When elements are aligned—even if they are not next to one another—there is an invisible line that connects them in your eye and in your mind. Connecting them strengthens the idea that they belong to the same piece.

On “Bright Spot,” the horizontal alignments as shown in the diagram help connect the two sides of this page despite the strongly division created by unusually-shaped white space. The top of the landscape photo on the left aligns with the top of the journaling block on the right. The bottom of the bottom photo on the left aligns with the bottom of the title word “spot.” The bottom of the bright yellow label plate aligns with the stitching beneath the title on the right.


“Bright Spot” by Debbie Hodge


centered alignment

You may align elements on their center points (either vertically or horizontally).This is an approach that can give your design a more formal look.

All of the elements on “Two Tired Kitties” by jill-beamer are aligned along their horizontal centers: the bracket-shaped photo, the title, and subtitle. Even the motifs on the patterned paper are centered.

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“Two Tired Kitties” by jill-beamer.

Carolee plays with multiple alignments on both vertical and horizontal element centers on “Captured Today.” The result is a page with a look I’d call classic but not traditionally formal. It delights and pulls the viewer in to the design.

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“Captured Today” by carolee

edge alignment

You can line up text or objects along their top, bottom, left, or right edges. Photos, blocks of journaling, and mats (all typically rectangular shapes) lend themselves well to edge alignment.

In “Finger Space,” Gabi has used alignments of text, photos, and mats to strengthen her page design. Notice how the top and bottom edges of the journaling block align with the top and bottom edges of the photo. The right edge of the title aligns with the right edge of the photo. Gabi creates a strong line of white space (a.k.a. gutter) between the journaling and the photo by right-aligning the journaling. Left-aligned journaling would have created a jagged edge that would have weakened this line.

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“Finger Space” by Gabi

In “Teen Boy Mows Lawn,” Britgirl incorporates many organizing alignments. The end of “teen boy mows” aligns with the right edge of green stitching and with the right edge of the photo block above. The top and bottom edges of the word “LAWN” in the title align with the top of the green stitching and the bottom of the title’s first half.

In an interesting break from the expected, Britgirl aligns the left edge of the journaling block with the left edge of some subtle writing above the photo: “document the details.”

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“Teen Boy Mows Lawn” by Britgirl


Once you’ve consciously put your alignments into place, it’s ok to place elements that break out of those lines. This will keep your white space from being so regular that it’s uninteresting. Additionally, those “overlappers” will ground elements to each other and to the page.

Katherine-hansen began “Froggy Boots” with a template by Deena Rutter that did a lot of the aligning work for her. See the points at which embellishments break out of the grid/alignments, including: the cloud at the top, the heart epoxy on the left, the umbrella at bottom right, and the clouds on the right side. These “breaks” from alignment add interest and firmly connect the blocks to the background canvas (a.k.a. grounding).

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“Froggy Boots” by katherine-hansen


Arrange your elements to create alignments that make sense, that organize your page, and that just LOOK GOOD! Look for opportunities to create strong lines. And if you’re going to make a line — make it a strong one. Don’t go half-way with it. Understand, too, that once you’ve created strong alignments, you may then go ahead and break them—purposefully.

There are many big and small ways to incorporate alignments. If you’d like to think some more on this, take a look at these two articles:
*Strengthen your scrapbook page design with alignments
*Justification that strengthens scrapbook page design



Debbie Hodge shares scrapbook pages ideas, resources, and tutorials almost daily at her website Get It Scrapped! Her passion is showing you how to organize your memories and photos to make great-looking scrapbook pages that tell awesome (and often meaningful) stories. She’s got an MBA with a concentration in operations management and has studied and practiced creative writing for two decades—even publishing a few short stories before publishing LOTS of scrapbook pages, articles, and even a book called Get It Scrapped!


P.S. Leigh was the random winner selected from yesterday’s feature Fizzy Pop post. She won $10 to Fizzy Pop’s store! THANKS for taking time to share the love with Lizzy!

Bringing Some Color to Doodles by SuzyQ Scraps

Have you ever come across a fun doodle pack that you just HAD to have … only to find that the doodles were all black? Maybe you bought them anyway, but still haven’t figured out how to customize them for your layouts. I (SuzyQ Scraps) am going to teach you some fun ways to color your doodles so you can match ANY layout! (Note: Screenshots are from PSCS4, but instructions work for PSE as well.)

1. Drag a doodle onto your layout. (For simplicity’s sake, I’m just showing the doodle in the screen shots.) This is a doodle from Oopsie-Doodle: Journaling 1 (if you purchased this month’s THE DIGI FILES there are some png files in Liz’s ‘Zine Style Templates’ that would as well (all those dots and arrows).



2. Choose a color. Add a new layer above your doodle (click on the sticky note icon or hit SHIFT+CTRL+N). Fill the layer with your desired color by hitting CTRL+Backspace. Then “clip” the color to the doodle (PSE: CTRL+G; PSCS: SHIFT+CTRL+G). (Tip: To match a color in your layout, select the eyedropper and then “suck” the color from the picture/element/paper.)


3. Alternatively, you can clip a background to the doodle. Instead of filling a new layer, just drag in a background above your doodle and clip it to the doodle. This can add more dimension to your doodle.


1. Drag a doodle onto your layout. This is a doodle from Digital Stamps: Wedding.


2. Select the magic wand tool. The default settings work beautifully.


3. Click inside the area you want to color — you should see marching ants around your selection after you click.


4. Expand the selection so it overlaps the doodle by going to Select > Modify > Expand.


5. Choose a small value — 2 pixels is typically sufficient.


6. Add a new layer BELOW the doodle (hold CTRL and click on the new layer icon) and fill it with your desired color (ALT+Backspace).


7. Hit CTRL+D to deselect.


8. If you want more depth or texture, try clipping a background to the fill layer.


1. Drag a doodle onto your layout. This doodle is from Oopsie-Doodle: Borders 1. I chose to change the color of my doodle to brown, but you could leave it black if that worked with your layout.


2. Select the magic wand too. To select multiple areas that will be the same color, click on the second option in the toolbar.


3. Click inside each area that you want to color — you should see marching ants around each selection. Then follow steps 4-7 above for coloring inside a doodle (expand the selection, add a new layer below, and fill the layer with your desired color).


4. Repeat these steps for each area you want colored, until your doodle is customized the way you want it.


Go have some fun coloring and customizing your doodles. Try experimenting with different papers — maybe even try clipping some patterned papers and see what happens. 🙂 If you have any questions, please let me know and I’ll try to answer them. And if you try this, please link us to your layout or post it in our Flickr group with the tag Doodle Color. 🙂 We’d love to see your creation!


Suzy is a 28-year-old SAHM to a super rambunctious 2-year-old and wife my sweetheart for 4 years. We live in the middle-of-nowhere, which I absolutely love. My background is in biology but I now find myself on the opposite end of the spectrum designing digital scrapbooking supplies and I am LOVING the journey. 🙂

A note from Steph: Technically, you can use your ‘flood-fill’ tool (without using the selection wand) to fill the doodles as well, sometimes however, it will leave a a slight (1-2 mpx) area between the doodle and area you want filled, unfilled or transparent.  Suzy’s method is the best way to make sure you get the entire doodle filled)

Layered Quick Pages


There is a little extra gift included in this month’s Digi Files in honor of our 1 year birthday celebration. The team members all worked their digital magic to come up with these unique and creative LAYERED quick pages. These quick pages are easy to customize and change around for a variety of uses, and like everything else in this month’s amazing digi files collection, they are only available through the end of tomorrow, so hurry and pick them up before they are gone!

Most quick pages are sold as flattened images that can’t be changed around at all, so these are very unique. I (Katie) thought it would be fun to show you a little more about how the layered quick pages works.

I love the quick page that Amy Wolff made for the files.


Here’s her wonderful winter layout


credits on this post

I was excited to use this same layered quick page for a layout about the day my daughter was born. I opened up the file in my Photoshop Elements program.

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I went through my stack of layers on the right side and turned off the snowflakes, winter brads, and winter title. All you have to do is click on the little “eye” icon to do this. Then I had a more basic page design to work with.

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I wanted to keep the original kraft paper, tag, brackets and frames that were all part of Amy’s original page made using Gina Cabrera’s Snow Day kit from this month’s files.

I also looked through some of the other kits included in the files and found a wonderful word art title in Danielle’s Altered 365 kit and the perfect pink paper in Paislee Press’ Once kit.

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I added the word art as a new top layer (by dragging it right onto the page from it’s file). I also placed the pink paper above the current background paper and then used the CTRL + G (ctrl+alt+g in CS) function to merge the 2 layers together. Suddenly, I had an entirely new quick page to add my own photos and journaling to!

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Don’t you just love how easy that was? I know it made me pretty happy. 🙂

So if you want to make digital scrapbooking a little easier (and quicker!) for yourself, be sure to pick up this month’s Digi Files with 11 Layered Quick Pages, and 7 full kits for only (including the EXCLUSIVE Sweet Shoppe Designs kit) $5 – Seriously, that’s the real price!

We are excited to see what YOU create with these layered quick pages!


What would a weekend be without some fun new digi finds?

P.S. Congratulations Carina K. who is today’s GIFTaway winner! Carina was randomly selected from those that have purchased The Digi Files so far this month, THANKS for your support, we appreciate it!! Carina won a $10 GC to Traci Reed’s store at Sweet Shoppe Designs! 🙂

P.S.S. Pssssst…did you see???

Quickly Creating A Year-In-Review Album

One of the things you told us you wanted in our reader survey we did in November, was for us to tell you the process for layouts and projects. I thought I would share with you my process that I like to use once a year for a ‘year in review album’. I have bolded a few key tips throughout the post so, if doing a whole album like this isn’t something you are interested in, you can glance over those bolded notes and maybe pick up something new from those. 😉

I started doing a year-in-review album, because I am horrible at scrapping events. I don’t enjoy scrapping them that much at all. I am more of a ‘moments’ scrapper. I know, however, that my family really prefers to look at and enjoy those event layouts. I decided that if I do at least ONE two-page layout that covers the major events of each month, I would be very happy with myself (and my family would be too 😉 ). Each year, I say that I am going to do these layouts each month at the end of the month, but I don’t. I usually end up saving them all until the end of the year and then put them together.

Katie has a couple of past posts that would be helpful as well for this kind of an album:

Monthly Roundup – great ideas for gathering information through the year.

Power Scrapping – a great way to get layouts done fast.

I thought I would first show you how I organize my photos. When I first went digital, I started with this system and it has worked out really well. I start each file off with a number that is continuous, I don’t start these over each year. Then, that number is followed by the month and year. I will sometimes do separate folders for big events (you can see a trip to Walt Disney World in there and a couple other vacations), but they follow the number system as well.


The first step, is opening the folder for the month you are going to scrap and then selecting photos from it that you want to use on your layout. I pull all of those photos into Photoshop by selecting them all and then dragging/dropping them. I am doing January 2009 for this layout and chose 10 photos. Once the photos are all loaded in Photoshop, I go to window>arrange>tile horizontally, that way I can see a bit of each photo. (If you are using PSE, then you can just use your bin, the bin is the ONE feature from PSE that I miss).


Next, I look at how many photos I have total. Sometimes, I will also count up how many portrait vs. landscape photos I have, if that makes a difference (alot of times, even though a photo is portrait, it can be cropped into a landscape photo without losing any details). With these photos I know that 3 of them must be portrait.

Now, I go to one of my favorite template designers folders to pick a template. For these year-in-review layouts, I really like Yin’s templates because I can easily change a photo from portrait to landscape without effecting the design. All of Yin’s templates that I own are merged into one folder (except the 365 templates), so I can see all of them at one time without having to go into each collection’s folder.


I really like the look of template 81 for the photos I will be working with for January, so I will pull that into Photoshop and immediately save it under a new name in my layouts folder.

We are now, obviously going to add the photos to the spots that will tell our story best. One tip when adding photos to a template is to make sure that the auto-select box, under the menu, is checked (in elements I think this is the default setting). Click your move tool on the photo spot that you want to add the next photo to. This will select that layer and bring the next photo that you add to the layout (or item) in on the layer just above, which is right where you want it to clip it to shape. DO NOT MERGE THE PHOTO WITH THE LAYER BELOW AFTER CLIPPING (you will see why later).


You can see in this layout I am creating, as I type this post, that I have 4 photos from one event. We went bowling with some friends and have since moved, so I wanted to make sure I got each of my friend’s kids (that were with us) in there as well as my own kids. You can also see that I moved some of the photo’s around to help tell my story better. I also changed one photo from landscape to portrait so I could fit my daughter’s cute princess dress in there.


Template 81 copy

After my photos are added:


Now comes the really fun part…choosing supplies! A tip I learned early on when choosing supplies for these albums is to go with a neutral background. With so many photos taken during a whole month, there can be a wide variety of of colors, prints, and patters, so simple is best. I usually go with Kraft paper for my background paper, but I LOVE kraft!!! For this layout, I am going to use the Altered 365-January kit by Something Blue Studios and the DJB Leoni font included in January’s THE DIGI FILES I also knew I wanted to use Textura by Fontologie on the date stamps.


Here’s what my layout looks like now after adding the details and drop shadows:


Now, I will save as a Jpeg. But, wait! Don’t close that psd file yet! I am going to use this same template for my February 2009 layout as well! I will save this layout under February2009 and then delete the photo layers that were clipped (leaving the shape that the photo was clipped to). I also leave my text in place and don’t delete it. For now, I will also leave the papers and embellies. Here’s what it looks like:


After pulling all of my photos that I want to use from February into Photoshop, I know I have 13 photos, but I can easily duplicate some of the existing photo/matte layers to create more spots. To duplicate the photo spots and mats, just click on the photo layer, hold the ctrl key and click on the mat layer below it. Then, right click and select, duplicate layers. These layers will show up with copy in italics next to the layer name. Here’s what my new layout for February looks like now:


Now, I am going to go through and add my photos again, just like I did before. After adding all of my photos, I select all of my text layers and drag them to the top in the layers stack, so I can see them all and start editing. By leaving the text layers that were there, I can just drag them to where I need them on the new layer and don’t need to worry about font sizes matching, etc.


You can see that I added one more photo spot, as I finished adding the photos, I decided I needed a photo of the lighthouse we went to see while on our trip to the coast.

By looking at this layout, I can see that I need an orange element of some kind in the upper right side, this will help create a visual triangle between the two bold photos with orange. I also need to create a title. Here’s what I did:


I decided to delete the paper at the bottom of the layout because it interfered with the jouranling. I used Textura and Textura empty fonts to create a dual colored title (black outside and blue inside) and an anchor on that side of the layout. I used the paint strokes in the Altered365 kit and recolored them to orange to create that visual triangle that I spoke of earlier.

Now, in no time at all, I have my first two layouts for my Year-In-Review album done. By just reusing what was already done for the first layout, I not only created a cohesive look between the two layouts, but saved a lot of time!! Here’s a look at the two finished layouts:



Do you have any tips you can share on quickly getting a years worth of events scrapped?


P.S. Congratulations to Tamara whose comment was randomly chosen from the comments in yesterday’s post!! Here’s what she said: “Love Gina’s stuff. Looking through the store, I already have a lot of her kits (LOVE Parker and Penelope kits!), and I love the grab bags she does- Idea Notebooks. Right now I’m wanting the Shabby Shack and Jubilant mega kits. Thanks for the chance to win!”

Tamara won a $10 gift certificate to Digital Design Essentials!

“Cutting Out” Titles


One of my favorite easy-to-do scrapping tricks is to “cut out” a title. I love how it adds a little “umph” to a page as well as giving it that handmade “paper” scrapbooking look. It’s simple to do…here’s how I did it on the page above.


I adored the alpha that came with the All About Me kit by Zig Zag Scraps (part of THE DIGI FILES 10). I have a thing for stamped alphas! However, on this page, I thought that the alpha was lacking a little something. I wanted it to “pop” a bit more. So, I decided to add some paper behind the alpha (to give the appearance that the alpha was stamped onto paper and then the paper cut out).

1. I selected my alpha layer (CONTROL CLICK on the thumbnail in the layers palette for an easy selection of the entire layer; COMMAND CLICK on a Mac)



2. Once my layer was selected, I created a new layer beneath my alpha layer (CONTROL + Clicking on New layer icon will give you a new layer underneath rather than above)

3. With the “marching ants” still on/the alpha layer selected, I went to SELECT > MODIFY > EXPAND.


4. I entered an amount for how much I wanted to expand the selection. For this alpha, a 65 pixel expansion looked about right.


5. Without deselecting (turning off the marching ants), I selected the new layer I created. Then I went to EDIT > FILL SELECTION. I chose white, but the color doesn’t matter if you plan to cover it with paper.


6. I then deselected (CONTROL D; COMMAND D on Mac). I then had a “paper” background for my title. I wanted a more realistic look, so I used another piece of paper from the kit and used a clipping mask to cover the new layer with paper.


7. I added a drop shadow to the layer and I was done!



mohonk_web1Credits: All About Me by Zig Zag Scraps for THE DIGI FILES 10; stitching by Syrin, paper tears by Steph Krush; font is Typewriter Scribbled


Here are some other pages I have used this technique for

baby_webCredits: Shabby Sugar and Chasing Rainbow kits by Zoe Pearn at Sweet Shoppe Designs; stitching by Syrin; swirl and metal brad by Shabby Princess; Shmootzy Alpha 4 by Nancie Rowe Janitz; fonts are Typewriter Scribbled and CK Cursive
tshirt_forwebCredits: Happy Go Lucky by Shabby Princess; stamped date by Amber Clegg; Shmootzy Alpha 4 by Nancie Rowe Janitz
mothers-dayCredits: Flower Stand by Shabby Miss Jenn and Scrapkitchen Designs. Template by Janet Phillips; stamped alpha by Nancie Rowe Janitz