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Digital Scrapbooking | The Basics

After I wrote my last article on digital templates, which you can read here: Introduction to Digital Templates | Part I,  I received a lot of questions about how to get started with digital scrapbooking – questions that require a more basic introduction than I had started with. So bear with me today and let’s go through the basics together before I continue on with the next template article. Here are some of the questions I’ve received and my answers to them.

Can you explain exactly what digital scrapbooking is?

Digital scrapbooking is the process of creating a scrapbook layout on a computer . You move your photos into your design program and create layouts with digital products that include digital papers, embellishments, alphabets and virtually every other type of scrapbooking element you can think of. Another way to think about digital scrapbooking is that you’re creating an electronic layout. Or think about it this way – you’re probably familiar with programs that allow you to create your own Christmas cards or birthday announcements by dropping your photos into a pre-made card on the computer and then having them printed and delivered by the card company. A digital layout is the exact same thing,  just in a different size, and most digi scrappers choose to design their own page using digital products that they’ve purchased. Continue Reading →

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Digital Trends | Template Packs

As I’ve mentioned before, I love digital templates. They are so versatile and so helpful when you just want to get a page done quickly. Which, let’s face it, most of us do! But what I really love is when designers offers template packs or bundles – you get so much more “bang for your buck” as the saying goes, and you have multiple templates that usually coordinate. I’ve been seeing more and more template packs this spring so let’s go take a look at some of the newest ones I’ve found!

Pixels & Company

Tiffany Tillman has two beautiful new template packs out at Pixels & Company. The first is a set of six two-page clean and simple layered templates. I absolutely love the look of these templates and the two-page design is fantastic for those of us who like to fit a lot of photos on a layout. Her second set has a clean and simple style again but is just a bit more artsy – it includes four single-page templates.

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Pinterest Inspiration | Candle Display

When I was looking through Pinterest earlier this week, I flipped past this photo two or three times. I don’t typically use candles much once the warmer weather hits and it just wasn’t what I was looking for. But I did like the arrangement of the photo and finally decided that, although it might not be something I would typically use for scrapbooking inspiration, maybe I should try it. So come take a look and see what you think.

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The candle is an Orange Blossom candle and you can find it at Prize Candle - a company that specializes in soy candles that contain a prize inside the candle. What I liked about this photo was the way the orange, the greenery, and the blossoms all surrounded the candle on a circular holder. The small details just seemed to envelope the focal point and, even though the oranges are much brighter in color than the candle, the placement of them still allows the candle to hold center stage. Continue Reading →

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Gallery Highlights | 5.02.2013

Welcome to another edition of gallery highlights!  It’s been a couple of weeks since my last gallery highlights article and I had so much fun this week looking at all the new layouts. And it looks like everyone’s mood is starting to shift towards outside activities and brighter colors! Let’s go take a look at what I found. I hope you like them all as much as I do! Don’t forget – you can click on the links to visit the layouts in their galleries and view supply lists, leave a comment for the designer, or view the designer’s other work.

Spring has Sprung by sophie crespy

Yes, spring has really sprung here in the midwest and I love Sophie’s layout! She used a pink background and layered a white sheet of circles over the top. The result is just too cute! I really love how she added photos to some of the circles but not all of them and filled others with embellishments or papers. I am definitely going to scraplift this – it’s one of my favorite layouts this year so far!

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Digital Trends | Black and More Black

A few weeks ago, I wrote about black being very trendy in the digital world: Digital Trends | Black. Well, this trend is not slowing down. Black is everywhere – even in spring-themed kits – right now. Let’s go take a look at some of the brand-new releases!

Pixels & Company

There are two new kits at Pixels & Company that feature black this week. The “New York State of Mind” kit features multiples pieces of black paper, many black elements and text stickers. The “Peeved” kit includes black papers as well as a bunch of black word art stickers and ribbons.

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Introduction to Digital Templates: Part 1

Welcome to a new series all about digital templates – what they are, how to use them, why to use them, and how to adapt them to your style!

So what are digital templates? Think of digital templates the same way you would think of a sketch you might use for a traditional layout. In fact, some templates are really just that – sketches with digital placeholders. When you open these types of templates in your software, all you have are the empty placeholders for photos and paper – you have to add all your own paper and embellishments, as well as journaling and a title. Others come with almost everything done for you – the title, the embellishments and even the paper. All you have to do is add your photos and journaling and you’re done. We’re going to start by looking at these second type of templates because they’re just easier to start with.

Here’s a couple of examples from templates I’ve used recently from Designer Digitals.

In this first layout, I chose to work with the following template. It includes all the elements you see below, including the title, frames, and all of the embellishments.

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Pinterest Inspiration | Doctor Who Poster

My kids are totally obsessed with the BBC television series “Doctor Who.” So I was searching through Pinterest for some Doctor Who t-shirts for them and came across a gorgeous, but very simple, Doctor Who poster. And guess what I thought of instead of t-shirts?! Yep – I thought scrapbooking inspiration!

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This image is a poster, and also the cover of the DVD. You can find it here. I love the impact of the very simple photo with the title along the bottom. What a great intro page to an album this would make or an insert for Project Life or even as a layout. And to be perfectly honest about my inspiration, the poster also immediately brought to mind some of Ali Edwards’ layouts, especially the enlarged photos she uses on layouts and in her Project Life album. Ali is the master of adding just a few elements to an enlarged photo and the photo is instantly transformed into a layout. She has far too many beautiful layouts for me to link to, but you can see them on her blog at Ali Edwards/blog. Continue Reading →

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Digital Trends | Nautical Themes

All hands on deck for this fun trend in the digi world – nautical themes are hot right now!  As we all anticipate warmer weather and higher temperatures, digi designers are obviously turning their minds to the water and setting sail. Let’s go take a look at some of the newest nautical-themed kits I’ve found!

Designer Digitals

At Designer Digitals, Katie Pertiet has released a huge new collection entitled “Anchors Away.” Her gorgeous collection includes a full kit shown below with 10 patterned papers, labels, an alphabet, rope ties, acrylic splashes, porthole frames, word art, anchors, and a whole lot more. She also has a full set of 3×4 notecard journalers and a set of brushes and stamps.

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Anchors Away Cruise Scrapbook Kit by Katie Pertiet Continue Reading →

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