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Using Color Palettes to Inspire Your Layouts – Part Three

I’m back today with part three and my final post in my color palette series. In case you missed the last two posts, in part one I showed how color palettes can be inspiration for choosing products for your layouts or projects. In part two, I offered some ideas for not only using the color palette to inspire your projects, but to use the actual photo to inspire design choices.

In this final installment, I wanted to offer some ways that color palettes can help you solve common paper crafting dilemmas.

1. Adding a pop of color

Ever find yourself with a layout or project in progress that needs something, but you aren’t sure what? Try adding some flair with a contrasting color.


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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 →


Cards | Made with LOVE for Friends

Hi All… Card Annex Designer Deena Ziegler here to bring you some card inspiration today.

This week I got a couple uninterrupted hours to get creative in my craft room. I set out to create one “friendship” card for my post today, but, that turned in to a run away session of cutting, gluing and making a huge mess. I was in love with the super cute – just my style – papers from Bella Blvd that were sent to me last week. I love when all the creative planets align and designing projects I love becomes so easy!

While the Bella Blvd “Love and Marriage” line was meant to be for weddings, I think it’s also well suited for all girly occasions.

For this little 4×4 card, I layered up several layers of patterned paper and topped it off with a Thinlit die from Sizzix, called “For the Record 2 – Documented” from the new Echo Park collection. The sticker letters are so tiny and adorable, I love well designed products like these.

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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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