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Ali Edwards Departing Designer Digitals

Ali Edwards announced today that she is leaving Designer Digitals, which has been home of her line of digital products since June 2008.

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“We wish her all the best as she evolves her brand. DesignerDigitals has been a leader in the digital scrapbook marketplace for nearly ten years and we will continue to forge new paths in the market,” Katie Pertiet, co-owner of, told Scrapbook Update about the announcement of Edwards’ departure.

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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.


Layer Works No. 294 by Studio Double D


All supplies from Designer Digitals | Template: Layer Works No. 294 by Studio Double D. Patterned Paper: Spring Fields Solids Paper Pack by Katie Pertiet.

As you can see, the layout I made looks almost exactly like the original template. All I added was a piece of background paper, my photos, and journaling. It was done in under 5 minutes!

Here’s a template and layout that I customized a bit more. Two weeks ago, I used this second template for an article here at Scrapbook Update. You can see the article here – Pinterest Inspiration | Rainbow Theme.

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Layer Works No. 282 by Studio Double D

Just like the first template, this one comes with everything you see above, including the frames, all of the embellishments, brushes, title and the journaling placement (called a text path). You only need to add a piece of background paper, your photos, and journaling.  But I chose to change a lot of the embellishments, delete some of them, and added in a lot of new elements as well so that it would suit my theme. It’s different than the template for sure but you can clearly see how the original template is still all there.


All supplies from Designer Digitals | Template: Layer Works No. 282 (template, frames, embellishments) by Studio Double D. Papers: Chandra Solids Paper Pack (light blue cardstock) by Katie Pertiet. Desmon Maskros Paper Pack (dark blue paper) by Maplebrook Studios. Doilies: Blitzen Element Pack (large doily) and Doily Edgers No. 02 (doily edgers) by Katie Pertiet. Word Art: So Totally Love This Brushes and Stamps (blue stamps) and Embracing the Everyday Brushes and Stamps (orange title) by Ali Edwards. Epoxies: Color Study Flair: Red No. 01 by Katie Pertiet. Tag: Color My Love Element Pack (white safety tag) by Katie Pertiet.

I didn’t have to make all of the changes to the template if I didn’t want to, but the beauty of it is that I could. Just like you can take a sketch for a traditional layout and keep the photo placement and journaling placement exactly like the sketch or you can turn the sketch around, move the photo orientation a bit, and change all of the colors to completely customize the sketch to suit your layout and style.

There are many reasons to use templates but they are also one of the best ways to get started with digital scrapbooking. I hope you’ve enjoyed this intro to templates, and I’ll be back soon with more!


Pinterest Inspiration | Linens

When it comes to design, I am always drawn to clean lines and uncluttered layouts. When I stumbled upon these linens on Pinterest, I absolutely fell in love with them. Unfortunately, they are from the Netherlands so I probably won’t be purchasing them but I was inspired enough by them to make a scrapbook layout based on their colors and design.

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These beautiful towels are from the Dutch shop, Ottomania. I love the texture of the linen fabric and the simple stripes making their way down the left side of each towel in this photo. I also really like the assortment of cool colors in different combinations of blue, white, gray and taupe. The simple, classic design feels crisp and fresh.


All Supplies from Designer Digitals | Patterned Paper: Shades of Gray No. 01 Paper Pack by Cathy Zielske. White Line Brushes: Pencil Lines Journalers Brushes and Stamps No. 01 by Katie Pertiet. Word Art: Happy New Years Brushes and Stamps by Ali Edwards. Embellishments: Color My Love Element Pack (felt heart), Color Study Flair: Orange No. 01 (orange epoxy), and Maybe Tomorrow Kit (staples) by Katie Pertiet. Absolutely Acrylic: Hearts No. 02 (glass head pin) by Pattie Knox.

Gray and white are one of my favorite color combinations and I decided to combine those two colors from the linens for my layout. I started with a piece of grid paper designed by Cathy Zielske. Her clean and simple style has always inspired me and her classic grids were perfect for this layout. I then layered textured pencil line brushes over the left side to mimic the lines in the inspiration photo. I placed my three photos towards the bottom of the page with journaling underneath them. Because my photos had bright colors in them, I wanted to bring in just a touch of color to the layout to add some balance to it. I didn’t want to take away from the simplicity, though, so I added only a  simple pin and orange heart to the top of the pencil lines and three small orange epoxies under my journaling. I decided to use an orange title to add a final touch of color to the layout.

This style could easily be adapted to a more layered, shabby design if you preferred by matting the photos and adding tags and embellishments. The beauty of being inspired by a simple photo is that you can make it your own in so many different ways.

I love spending time on Pinterest and I always find something to inspire me. I hope that you are inspired by this design as I was. Let me know where you find inspiration and maybe I’ll use it in a future column. You can also follow my Pinterest boards here.

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Pinterest Inspiration | Neutral Fabric Collection

When I’m not scrapbooking, you can usually find me quilting or at least thinking about quilting. And I love looking through fabric swatches on Pinterest for inspiration. I fell in love with this fabric earlier this week and then also realized that the neutrals would work beautifully on a scrapbook layout as well.

fqs fabric

This Aster Fat Quarter Pack by Williamsburg can be found at the Fat Quarter Shop and features gorgeous patterns of flowers and leaves in a neutral collection of colors including gold, black, grey and cream. 


All Supplies from Designer Digitals | Cardstock: Thanksful Hearts Mini Kit (tan cardstock) and Call the Doctor! Kit (cream cardstock)by Pattie Knox. Vellum Pockets: Negative Sleeves No. 04 Plastic Pockets by Katie Pertiet. Embellishments: Parade Days Kit (gingham ribbons) by Lynn Grieveson. Looking for Love Element Pack (love ticket) and Color My Love Element Pack (red heart epoxy) by Katie Pertiet. Vinter Kit (red staples) by Lynn Grieveson. Clean Stitched Borders: White No. 01 (white stitching) by Katie Pertiet. Pocket Cards: Hello My Heart 3×4 Cards (heart card) by Ali Edwards. Frosted Winter Journalers (doily card) by Katie Pertiet. Stina Journalers (circle card) by Maplebrook Studios.

There were so many things that inspired me about the fabric photo – the patterns, the individual colors, the grid layout of photo, the graduated color palette of the layout design, and the rounded corners with clean white borders. I could have used any or all of those ideas as the basis for my layout but I decided to work with the grid pattern and the neutral color palette.

I started this layout with a lightly textured piece of tan cardstock and decided to add vellum pockets to hold smaller cards and photos – mimicking the grid pattern of the inspiration photo. I used all black-and-white photos to maintain the neutral color theme and chose kraft-based pocket cards. One of the pocket cards has red text on it and, along with the pink label on the fabric photo, it inspired me to add just a pop of red to my layout. I added in a couple of small embellishments to the bottom right pocket to mimic the placement of store’s pink label and then added red staples to the top left photo and a tiny red heart at the end of my journaling. The placement of the small red accents creates balance and forms a design triangle that helps the eye move through the layout. I finished it off by adding some strips of cream cardstock to the top and bottom to add  little more light to the page and added my journaling to the top strip of cardstock.

I love spending time on Pinterest and I always find something to inspire me. I hope that you are inspired by this design as I was. Let me know where you find inspiration and maybe I’ll use it in a future column. You can also follow my Pinterest boards here.

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Digital Trends | Love Themes

January flew by faster than ever this year. February is now here and Valentine’s Day is upon us. Luckily, the digi stores are delivering all-new love-themed products and they are beautiful! Let’s go take a look at some of the newest ones I’ve found.

Two Peas in a Bucket

At Two Peas, Just Jaimee and Hero Arts have new Valentine’s Day kits. “Secret Crush” is an enormous collection of shabby and slightly-grungy products including 21 papers, eight alphabets and over 75 elements. Hero Arts has just released a new set of 12 stamps and brushes with love-themed word hearts, message borders and a heart spring.


Secret Crush Kit by Just Jaimee


Love In Hearts and Borders by Hero Arts Digital

The Digichick

At The Digichick, Sherwood Studio has a new Valentine’s Day kit with rich colors and sweet sentiments. It has a beautiful vintage feel with lovely textured papers and elements. Etc. by Danyale has a new love-themed kit with doodles, soft colors and many hand-drawn details. It’s a fun, whimsical kit that with a bunch of adorable elements.


Because He Loves Me by Sherwood Studio


A Da-Doodly Love Kit by Etc. by Danyale

Designer Digitals

Designer Digitals has a bunch of brand-new embellishment kits this week. Studio DoubleD has just released six ready-made clustered circle elements in rich shades of red with beautiful love-themed touches. Pattie Knox has added to her Pin Its! Collection with an adorable set of 48 enamel and silver pins – the perfect embellishment to tack down a ribbon or attach a tag or journaling spot. Katie Pertiet has a gorgeous new set of linen buttons – the kit has 16 textured buttons with different heart images on each.


Readymade Circles: Love No. 01 by Studio DoubleD


Pin Its!: Enamel Hearts by Pattie Knox


Linen Buttons: Lovely No. 01 by Katie Pertiet

And there you have them – some of the newest love-themed kits.  I can’t wait to see layouts made with these new kits in all the galleries.

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Digital Trend | Project Life Journaling Cards

The digi stores are absolutely bursting with new Project Life journaling cards in both 3×4 and 4×6 sizes. Let’s go take a look at some of the newest ones I’ve found! They are so numerous I will probably be back with even more in the next week or so.

Designer Digitals

At Designer Digitals, Katie Pertiet, Ali Edwards and Cathy Zielske all have brand-new journal cards. Katie’s two sets include a fun and bright set of eight travel-themed cards and a gorgeous krafty set of weekly journalers. Cathy’s cards feature grids and diagonals and phrases in a mustard/gray color set. Ali’s cards are heart and love themed and some include her signature handwriting.


 Almost There Journalers by Katie Pertiet


Pocket Cards: Weekly No. 01 by Katie Pertiet


J-Cards No. 05 Everyday by Cathy Zielske


Hello My Heart 3×4 Cards by Ali Edwards

Two Peas in a Bucket

At Two Peas, Jen Martakis has released a new set of digital cutting files to be used in Project Life, on cards or layouts, or with any paper crafting project. Baers Garten Designs has an adorable and whimsical 6×4 set of cards perfect for winter-themed journaling and Just Jaimee has released a bright, cheerful collection with a slight focus on the new year resolutions.


Digital Cuts – Journal Cards 1 by Jen Martakis


Winter Wonderland Journaling Cards by Baers Garten Designs


January Storyteller 2013 Journal Cards by Just Jaimee

The Lilypad

At The Lilypad, Michelle Godin has a new mega pack that consists of 20 overlays for 3×4 journaling cards, as well as 20 hand-painted journaling cards. Valerie Wibbons has just released a fun set of 12 zodiac and constellation cards. Each constellation comes with and without the connecting lines and includes overlays for each card.


My Artsty Life: Watercolour Bundle by Michelle Godin Designs


Constellations No. 02 Journal Cards by Valerie Wibbons

And there you have them – some of the newest project life journaling cards! I’m sure there will be many, many more project life cards and kits coming in the new few weeks and I will bring those to you very soon. In the meantime, I can’t wait to see more layouts made with these new cards in all the galleries.

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