This Way To Busy


The photos I used for this page were only meant to be representative and not literal, so I decided to convert them to a sketch using the Stamp Filter. (FILTER>FILTER GALLERY then SKETCH>STAMP). I used the settings 14 and 3 and made sure my foreground color was black. I like the fun effect it has on this intentionally busy-looking page.

Layout by Wendy. Supplies:
This Way To Busy by THE DAILY DIGI.

The speedometer and gas tank were perfect for these photos my daughter sent me on SnapChat because it was during finals when she was feeling overwhelmed (going 80 miles an hour on an empty gas tank!). However, the elements felt a bit overpowering on the page, especially with all the pretty word art I wanted to use. So, in PSE, I used the pull down menu in the Layers Palette, and selected Hard Light. Then I desaturated them to be more true to color and reduced the Opacity (60%). The images still tie into her push to make it through finals, without overpowering the page.

Layout by Jacki. Supplies:
This Way To Busy by THE DAILY DIGI. Font: Caviar Dreams.

I wanted to scrap this picture that was focusing on a family member reading. With the picture so small, though, it’s almost difficult to see the book. So, I just used the photo twice on the layout, focusing in on the book in the second picture. Using a photo more than once on a layout can help draw attention to details that would otherwise be lost.

Layout by Sula. Supplies:
This Way To Busy by THE DAILY DIGI.

I loved the little topper for my title but the original black and light blue colors didn’t really match with what I had done on my layout. I used the magic wand tool to select the heart and selected new layer via copy. I attached the yellow paper and a tiny shadow to that. Then I used the magic wand tool to select all the letters. I chose layer new layer via copy again. Finally I attached the blue paper to the background layer.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
This Way To Busy by THE DAILY DIGI. Font: The Sharon.

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Wild Wild West + Coupon + Freebie

EDITOR’S NOTE: We’re rerunning Meagan’s feature post to include a special sale and freebie! Be sure to read to the end to grab your goodies!

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!


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


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.

Faith Project: Lamp

Julie of Sherwood Studio is back with us this month to share a kit from her Fatih Project series. A Lamp Unto My Feet is so pretty, and perfect for shining light on our stories.


My name is Julie Southern, and I live in beautiful Montana. I’m married to my best friend (for mumblety-five years) and have two wonderful grown daughters.

I wanted to emphasize the music idea for my layout so I downloaded a piece of plain sheet music. I placed it in my layout and changed the blending mode to Luminosity at 24%. I didn’t mind that the clefs are pixelated.

Layout by Sharon. Supplies:
The Faith Project – A Lamp Unto My Feet by Sherwood Studio. Font: Dakota.

I designed this page 12×12, but I’ll probably end up printing on 8.5×11. By leaving extra space on the right and left, I’ll be able to easily crop it down so I can print at home and hang on my wall.

Layout by Wendy. Supplies:
The Faith Project – A Lamp Unto My Feet by Sherwood Studio.

Tip 3

Layout by Janet. Supplies:
The Faith Project – A Lamp Unto My Feet by Sherwood Studio.

I learned about digital scrapbooking near the end of 2007. It seems forever ago 🙂 I didn’t paper scrap – cutting straight lines and gluing accurately are not skills of mine. I admired those who made cards, but my attempts failed to measure up to my expectations. When I found out about scrapping in an imaging program, I was enthralled, and completely absorbed. A few months later someone roped me into a design challenge (much against my will) and I absolutely loved it. I have to admit that I recently stumbled over those early efforts and I am a bit chagrined, LOL. I am grateful I have grown in skill 😀

I’m currently a little obsessed with the birds behind our house. I stand at the dining room window and shoot at them with my super zoom camera, LOL. I want to make a booklet showing all the visitors we have had, but… at least I scrapped this one 😉 Have to have something to show for the 948 pictures I’ve taken in the last month. Because I need 47 pictures of a finch at the feeder, you know. (I mean to weed them out, honestly I do. I just keep thinking I will do it when I make the booklet, you know? And that hasn’t happened yet. But it will. I hope.) Anyway, I tend to make products for myself, and one of my obsessions is scenery/nature photos, so you will find several things in my shop that compliment the colors and textures of nature, and I use them regularly.

I love color. It’s almost always the start of an idea. My kits are full of color. Secondarily, I create something I want. I started making templates because, well, I needed them. LOL. I began making kits to help me scrap about my faith because it was something I wanted to do. I occasionally make sticker/diecut packs because I got a Cricut and actually learned how to use it and I get a huge kick out of making my creations tangible (especially because of the early failures of my card-making career, LOL). I make what I love ♥

Computer: I am amused by this question, because I just bought a new computer. I remember when getting a new computer was the most exciting thing in the whole world to me. The thing is, when you have all your “stuff” nicely arranged and all your processes in place, moving it all to a new tower is extremely intimidating. As I write this, I have two towers, two keyboards, one pen tablet, one mouse, one monitor, dropbox, and a 120 GB flash drive hard at work trying to make that move happen. But the new computer is an HP desktop with an i7-7700 processor, 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB hard drive (with a 128 GB Solid State Drive – and if you don’t think it was an interesting process figuring out how to assign programs and saved work to two different drives then you have greatly overestimated my technical skillz). I should point out that I know these details because the new tower is right next to me and still has the label on it. Otherwise I would have shrugged and said “it’s a desktop and it does most of what I ask it to do.”

SOFTWARE: Old computer has Photoshop CS4. New computer has Creative Cloud. New computer has not yet been thrown out the window, but I haven’t actually done anything in it yet, just tried to make it look like my workspace in CS4. I dunno. I’ve had the cloud on my laptop for a year, but I don’t use it much, because I have a 27″ monitor on my desk, and I am addicted to the real estate.

CAMERA: I still have the Canon superzoom point and shoot that I had the last time I was here. I thought about upgrading it, but to be honest, it still meets my needs. I did upgrade my iPhone so I could have the better camera. I find I take more pictures on my phone anymore anyway. Except for the birds 😀

OTHER GADGETS: I use a Wacom tablet. I have a new fancy one in a box waiting for me to install it; the current one is a Bamboo… Create, maybe? I’ve about worn it out, and they have completely rebranded their tablets anyway. I’m not particularly thrilled with change, and as you may have gathered, there is an awful lot of it going on right now, LOL. If a big cloud of smoke appears on the horizon near Montana, you will know that it all got to be too much 😉 I’m using the mouse that came with the new computer when I work on it because I don’t have enough desk space to install the new tablet yet, and I have to say, after nearly a decade of never using a mouse, I am not especially handy with it.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you the “right” way to scrap. This is YOUR hobby. It needs to be what you want it to be. I had this conversation a couple of times recently. This is something we do for ourselves, and our motivation is our own. You might scrap for future generations, or you might do it for a creative outlet, or you might do it for another reason. And all of those are valid, because it’s about you. Resist the temptation to feel that yours isn’t adequate, or that you are doing it “wrong.” Also resist the temptation to imprint your personal requirements on others 😉 Make it yours, and enjoy it.

I have a lot of favorites, but this is a recent one. The colors were inspired by a decorative box I have, and I just love them. The theme is also important to me, inspired by my faith journey.

This kit was inspired by a childhood growing up near Glacier National Park. My parents loved to drive through the park, so I saw it a lot as a child. The colors come from photos taken there, to make them as complimentary as possible and not compete with the natural beauty.






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