Tutorial Tuesday | Writing Text Around a Circle

Hello, and welcome another edition of Tutorial Tuesday here on The Digital Press blog! Today I am going to show you how you can use Photoshop to write text around a circle, which is a trick I recently learned and am currently having some fun with!

I like to include journaling on most of my pages. Not always a lot of journaling, but usually at least a few sentences — just enough to re-tell the story that the pictures show. Because it’s something I almost always do, I think it can be fun to mix things up a bit and to try journaling in ways that are new and visually different (not just straight/lined blocks of text).

In the following examples, I am using Photoshop CS5.1… but hopefully the process will be similar in the program you use, as well.

To start out, I’ll show you a 12″x12″ layout that I recently made, using a template from Petrichor Templates by MEG Designs. This particular template has some fun circles on it, sort of echoing the balls with which we were playing footgolf in the photos…
With regard to those fun circle shapes, I wanted to create a text path around them and have my journaling in place around the circles (sort of jumping from one circle to the next).

First, I needed to create a path around the circle, so I used the “Ellipse Tool,” which can be found in the tool panel (you may need to hover over the rectangle until a pop up menu appears with the Ellipse Tool — and other tools — in it)…

Once I had the Ellipse Tool selected, I needed to select the “Path” mode from the option bar up at the top of my screen (see image, above, along the top menu bar).

From there, I drew my path! In order to get a perfect circle, instead of an oval, I held down the “Option” + “Shift” keys (Mac) as I clicked on the center of my circle and dragged the cursor outwards, to make the circle the size I wanted it to be (*note* if you are using a Windows operating system, then you will need to hold the “Alt” + “Shift” keys instead). Once the circle is the right size, make sure you release the “Option”/”Alt” +”Shift” keys before you release the mouse button, or your perfect circle will go a bit kooky!

You’ll see here that I have moved my text path over a little (below) simply so you can see the next steps a little more clearly, but here’s a look at my first text path circle…

At that point, I was ready to start my journaling! I chose the “Text” tool from my tool bar, and then chose my preferred font, size, alignment and color. Then I moved my cursor over the text path, and the icon changed to an “I” shape with a wavy line through it — meaning that my text will stay on the path drawn. Once that was in place, I clicked on the circle and began my journaling. I just wanted to write a few words on each circle, but I also could have gone all the way around each circle with text if I had wanted to…

While working, I realized that I wanted my journaling to go the opposite way around each circle (look below and you’ll see what I mean if you compare each circle of text)… so I chose “Edit” –> “Transform Path” –> “Flip Vertical” to change it around. You can also fiddle with the size of the font (etc.) at this point. Additionally, by holding the little dot at the start of your first word, you can also drag that starting point left or right around the circle, if desired.

I repeated these steps a few times on my layout to create a few more circle text paths around the other circles on my page, added a title, and I was done! Here’s a look at the final project…

That’s all there is to it! Follow these simple steps, and you are ready to roll (get it?! circles …roll! oh-so cringe-worthy!). I hope this helps if you fancy having a go at journaling in a fun and new way!


CorrinAbout the Author  Corrin is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She is a fan of the Big Bang Theory and a lover of cozy pajamas. She lives in the breezy South of England with her husband and 4 crazy kids, who regularly discover & plunder her secret chocolate stashes! She is still trying to get the house straight after moving nearly 3 years ago. Who knows… maybe this will be the year she reaches the bottom of the laundry pile!

Feature Friday | creashens

Hello and happy Friday to you all!

Being Friday, we have another exciting edition of our Feature Friday series for you today… and this week, we’ll be spotlighting one of our awesome Designers here at The Digital Press — Shen of creashens! I just adore Shen’s work, and I am sure you will, too!

This is Shen’s second feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from October 2016 HERE)… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers — this year, we’ve been using our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces, and more insight into their creative processes.

One way we are doing that is by showing you the designer’s work space… and I have to say, I LOVE this! I really think a work space says so much about a designer’s personality and creative style. And if you look back through previous posts about other designers, you will see what I mean by that! You’ll also see what I mean by that when you look at Shen’s creative work space…

If you know Shen at all, you know how much this work space fits her carefree personality! She says, “This is where I go to draw/paint/etc. I always do my drawings “old school” / by hand, first… and then I digitize them later.”

We also asked Shen to share with us a Top 5 list that is representative of herself at this point in her life… and she chose to share her Top 5 Favorite Snacks (along with a recipe! wahoo!)…

  1. Gummies (give me all the gummies!)
  2. Chili dried mango
  3. Beef jerky
  4. Calbee Japanese seaweed flavored potato chips
  5. Hurricane Chex Mix (sharing the recipe, below, because everyone should try this!)

SHEN’S HURRICANE CHEX MIX RECIPE

  • Mix — 21 oz box Chex cereal; 1.7 oz furikake; 1 pkg arare ice crackers; 10 sheets nori; non stick cooking spray
  • Sauce — 1/2 c. butter (1 stick); 1/2 c. oil; 3/4 c. sugar; 1/2 c. light corn syrup; 2 -4 tbs soy sauce
  • Heat oven 250 degrees. Get a large deep roasting pan and coat with non stick cooking spray or a light coat of oil. Add Chex, crackers, and cut-up strips of nori into pan.
  • Meanwhile, mix the sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan until sauce mixes and starts to boil a little; take off stove immediately.
  • Spoon the sauce over dry mixture in pan and sprinkle the furikake as you turn the mixture with 2 wooden spoons. make sure to coat the pieces as evenly as possible and make sure the nori gets coated, too.
  • Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, mixing every 15 minutes. Pour onto wax paper and let cool. Untangle the nori strips. Pack into airtight bags or containers when cool. Keeps 7-10 days.

 

As for Shen’s digital products… they are always so fun and playful, and her shop boasts a beautiful assortment of color combinations from which to choose. In addition to her beautifully-coordinated kits, Shen also produces an wide variety of stand-alone packs — from vellum paper, to confetti and alphas, to beautiful flowers, to journal cards, and even some great paint spatters. I am never lacking in inspiration while browsing her shop.

I admit, I struggle to choose favorites from so many gorgeous items, but if forced to do so… here are a few that really stand out to me…

Do you see what I mean? So fun and playful! What is there not to love?!

There are so many gorgeous layouts in our gallery using Shen’s fun products, but here are a few that really highlight her bright and airy, playful style…

Swoon! OK, so my girl crush is revealed and out there now — but I really do just adore playing with Shen’s products. They make the most beautiful pages. And I am so glad that I got to share her work with all of you this week!

One last thing before I forget… Shen has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from creashens while they’re marked down 30% OFF… and you can also snag her gorgeous “Midsummer Day” Kit at the same time, for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only! Don’t miss out!


Erin is an artsy crafty kind of girl who is currently dabbling in far too many things, but is working hard to enjoy every moment of it, while avoiding the rain, which is difficult due to living in the land of many rains. She is slowly learning to use her smart phone to capture all the fun little bits of life that would otherwise go unremembered in the busy craziness that is raising a family!

Tutorial Tuesday | Posing tips

I’m a fervent advocate of scrapbooking yourself and being in the picture. Yeah, I know… I can hear you from afar! “But, I hate to be photographed!” “But, I’m not photogenic!” “But, but, but…”

Enough with those big buts! Today I am here to share a few different tips that will surely lead to more flattering pictures of yourself. My hope is that if you employ these tips, you’ll feel more confident to join your family in the picture (and/or to take more self-portraits)!

Tip 1 | Make the Turtle

The first posing tip is to “make the turtle”. It’s a posing trick I discovered through Peter Hurley, one of the greatest head shot photographers in the world. When you take a close-up of your face, remember to move your face slightly forward and down. You will feel and look super weird from the side, but this “turtle-like” move will define your jaw line and make you look 5 pounds lighter. Seriously, it’s magic. In the following photos (before using this tip), I’m standing in a natural position and I look OK, I guess….

But here in the next two photos, I followed the turtle tip. Look at the difference it made! Defining the jaw line has a huge effect (left photo). Of course, it’s somewhat weird from the side (right photo), but who cares! It’s worth the effect you get from the front angle…

Tip 2 | Create Movement

For photos that are framed more widely, the key is to create movement, shapes, and empty spaces with your body. The golden rule here is “if it bends, bend it!” Remember that whatever goes towards the camera will look bigger/wider, so the general advice is to put body weight on the leg that is farther away from camera.

Look at how the use of different poses completely changes the way my curvy self looks!

 

Tip 3 | Use a New Shooting Angle

If you want to elongate your body and focus on your face and eyes, try taking the photo from slightly above. Be careful, though, as the angle of the shop might change the body’s perspective and look unnatural if it’s too extreme!

*NOTE* besides concealing a few pimples, the pictures above are not retouched at all. No make up, no photoshop, and still feeling good… that’s the magic of posing!

I hope these few posing tips will help you feel more confident to get in front of the camera more often. You, too, deserve to be photographed, scrapped, and remembered in your family’s album! But above all, know that you are a beautiful person and soul — so let your light shine, smile, have fun, and be YOU! And scrap a page or two (or ten!) to celebrate YOU!

Here’s a layout I created using one of my recent photos…


ChloéAbout the author  Chloé is in charge of PR and communication for her small town by day, is a digiscrapper “by night,” and a photographer whenever the light is beautiful. She lives with her man and fur-babies in a small town of Alsace (in the northeast of France), where she loves to read, watch good TV shows (TWD being her absolute favorite), and just hang out with her friends — no matter if they are close by, online, or away in her Swiss hometown. She recently became quite obsessed with Bullet Journaling, FLyLady and Zero Waste.

Hybrid How-To | Traveler’s Notebook

Hello everyone! It’s Saturday, and therefore it’s time for another edition of our Hybrid How-To series here on The Digital Press blog! Today I’m going to show you how make a traveler’s notebook using supplies from your digital stash.

Supplies Needed:

  • A small notebook
  • Any physical supplies/embellishments you might want to add (I used enamel stickers and glitter tape)
  • Digital kit of your choice (I used Rooted By Sahin Designs)

Instructions:

First, I measured my notebook and then opened a new  document in Photoshop and used a canvas that was the same size as my notebook’s pages. By dragging different papers and elements from my digital kit onto my canvas in Photoshop, I made a 2-page spread as shown the image below…

I always make my hybrid projects in Photoshop first, in order to print the papers and the elements in the correct size and quantity. Then, once I know which items I want to use, I print them out separately. After printing, I cut out all of the individual pieces using my Silhouette Cameo (you can also use scissors and fussy cut everything, too, if you don’t have a cutting machine). This transforms the printed digital elements into beautiful die cuts…

Now, it’s time to assemble it, which is always so much fun! You’ll notice that as I began arranging my items, I changed my mind a little bit and the final spread is different from the digital version I originally made in Photoshop (up above).

Here is a look at the final project as it took form…

I used some enamel stickers, glitter tape, and a scalloped border punch just to give more depth and details to my spread…

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I really love using digital kits and turning them into physical projects. It’s so much fun to see something that starts out digital take form in a physical format… and the added benefit is that we can print digital products as many times as we want!

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As you can see, a traveler’s notebook such as this is an easy and fun project that you can make in just an hour or two using any notebook or planner you already have on hand.

If you’d like to give this a try, too, don’t forget that you can earn challenge points at The Digital Press! Come visit the CROSSWORD SECTION in The Digital Press forum, and you’ll find this month’s Hybrid Challenge thread (*NOTE* for each month’s Hybrid Challenge at TDP, you get to choose one of the two (2) “Hybrid How-To” tutorial posts from here on the blog for that month, and then you get to make your own version of that chosen project). If you choose to give today’s project a try… all you have to do is make a traveler’s notebook using digital papers and elements that have been printed and cut into a physical format (similar to mine, but it doesn’t have to be identical in size or format — you can do what works for you!).

Give it a shot, and share your final results with us! We can’t wait to see what you come up with. 🙂

Have a great weekend… and happy scrapping!


IMG_5877About the Author  Andrea Albuquerque is part of the Hybrid Creative Team here at Digital Press. Andrea has been a scrapper since 2010 and a photographer since 2012. Although she adores the flexibility and creativity of digital, she can’t resist playing with paper, paint, and embellishments… so hybrid scrapping is the perfect medium for her! She lives in Brazil with her hubby.

Feature Friday | Miss Tiina

Hello! It’s Friday, and time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog!

This week, we’re excited to feature the incredibly talented Tina Raparanta of Miss Tiina. This is her second feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature article from January 2017 HERE)… and whereas this past year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers, now we’re using our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, here’s a peek at Tina’s creative space…

We can’t get over how much Tina’s work space mirrors her design personality! Clean, graphic design… bright colors… highly organized… with little bits of fun sprinkled throughout! 🙂

We mentioned this in our last feature article about Tina, but for those who missed it — our favorite bit of trivia about Tina (which you may have even found yourself wondering, on occasion)… why does her design name of Miss Tiina have 2 “i”s in it? You will be amused to know that it wasn’t a purposeful decision and there really isn’t any deep meaning behind it. Instead, it all dates back to a spelling error that her bank made when she set up her business banking account, years and years ago. So… she just went with it!

As you click through Miss Tiina’s shop at TDP, you’ll find yourself smiling. Her designs are bright and cheerful, clean and simple… and almost exclusively dedicated to getting us all organized! Her shop is the perfect place to stop to set up an amazing organization system for your busy life… and possibly supplement your memory-keeping stash, as well (as she has a few different pocket card and paper sets available, in addition to her signature line of printable planner items).

Here’s a look at just a few of my favorite products by Tina

We’ve also asked Tina to provide us with a Top 5 list that is representative of herself at this point in her life… and she chose to share her “Top 5 Things I Love That My Kids Do”

  1. They do their chores without being told
  2. They go to bed on time
  3. They use their manners almost always
  4. They make handmade birthday, Mother’s Day, etc. cards
  5. They snuggle with me like they are still my babies 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Tina a little bit better today! If you’ve been looking to get yourself organized and would love a fantastic, simple planner system that you can print at home — I have great news! Starting today, there will be a 30% OFF SALE in her store throughout her entire feature week (the sale will end at 11:59 pm ET on Thursday 6/22), so it’s the perfect time to stock up!

One last thing! Tina also has a very special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! You can snag this really fun set of printable note pad pages for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only!

 


Laura Passage

About the Author  Laura Passage is the owner of The Digital Press, and also the designer behind Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage (WWC). She works now as a graphic designer in both the digital and paper scrapbooking industries, but previously spent over a decade working as a college soccer coach. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young sons (affectionately referred to as The Tiny Terrorists), and will rationalize eating coffee ice cream for breakfast to anyone who questions it.

Tutorial Tuesday | Summer Bucket List

Summer is officially here next week in the Northern Hemisphere. A lot of the kiddos are already out of school and a few weeks into their summer break, however. For me, that is when summer actually starts. Well, the fun activities of summer, anyway! 🙂

Every summer since my kiddo was about 5, we sit down as a family and make a fun-filled and jam-packed summer bucket list! What is a summer bucket list? A bucket list, itself, is a list of goals, achievements, activities, etc. that a person wants to complete during their entire life. A summer bucket list is exactly as it sounds: a bucket list for your summer!

Today, we’ll cover how to create a fun summer bucket list that has been created using digital scrapbooking supplies, and printed out in order to post in your house for the whole family to see and use all summer long.

Supplies Needed:

  1. Your list
  2. Digital scrapbook supplies of your choice
  3. Printer*
  4. Laminating machine & sheets*
  5. Dry erase marker

* if you don’t have access to a printer and/or laminating machine, you can also take your digital file to a professional printer to have it printed and laminated; here in the United States, businesses like Staples, Office Max/Depot, etc. provide these services at a relatively cost-effective rate

When it came to choosing digital supplies to make my list, I had a lot of options! There are so many great items in the store here at The Digital Press. I chose to use a product that was created specifically for this purpose — a kit called Summer Bucket List that was designed by Laura Passage as a collaboration with Amanda Yi Designs a couple of summers ago…

Instructions:

I use Photoshop Elements (PSE) 13, but most of the following steps will be the same (or similar) in most versions of PSE or Photoshop (PS). That being said, this project is more of a “make it as your heart desires” kind of thing. There are no set rules on how your list should look, or how you go about completing it. It is your bucket list, after all! 🙂

For mine, I started out with an 8.5″ x 11″ canvas in PSE. That is the standard-sized paper here in the states; therefore, it is easier for me to print at home and laminate. You can use whatever size canvas you like best, however (and/or whatever size is easiest for you)…

Next, I chose a patterned paper from the digital kit I was using, and opened it in PSE to use it as a background for my list.

It’s important to note that there are 2 ways to go about importing a 12″ x 12″ paper into a 8.5″ x 11″ file. You can drag the paper into your canvas after you open it separately in PSE — and because it’s bigger than your canvas (1″ taller, and 3.5″ wider) it will cover the entire canvas area and overlap the edges. This is fine; when you save your final image, you’ll only “see” what you can see on the canvas area that you’re working on.

Alternatively, you can open the paper straight into your canvas, which is smaller than the paper, and it will fit itself into the width of your canvas (but won’t be tall enough to cover your entire canvas). You’ll see what I mean in the following image (it fits nicely horizontally, but not vertically)…

In this second situation, you don’t want to stretch it out to cover the entire page (i.e. re-size it by stretching it vertically but not horizontally), or else you will distort the pattern. Instead, another solution is to copy the paper layer, lay it on top of the original paper layer, and then scoot it down until the blank area at the bottom is filled up.

As you can see, however, this will cause a visible line if the digital paper has any distressing around the edges (most do)…

This can be easily remedied. Choosing your Eraser tool, you set it at whatever size you like — big enough to cover the line, but not so big that it erases the entire paper. I set my opacity at 50% and then erased over the distressed edge area that created the visible “line.” Simple as that! You end up with what looks like a solid 8.5″ x 11″ page, as long as you’ve lined up the pattern between the two paper layers…

Now comes the part we all know and love so much — using elements and scrapping!

There are no rules here; you don’t even have to use the same size as I am showing. You can make a list, pocket scrap it, cluster and journal, add photos, and more.

Here is a look at the finished digital copy of my 2017 Summer Bucket List…

Once I was done creating the image of the list itself, I sent it off to a local printer to be printed. I chose 65lb cardstock and had it printed via a color laser printer (it’s personal preference, but I find that a laser-printed finish often not only looks better, but it usually holds up better in the long run, as well). I had it laminated with 5ml laminate. Here is the completed finished product…

As you can see from the photo above, there was a reason I chose to use a list format and to laminate the final product after printing it off — my 9-year-old son thinks it is his job to mark off each item as we complete things throughout the summer. He is determined that we will get through every single one of these this year!

You can do bucket lists for just about anything in your life: vacation bucket lists, “30-before-30” bucket lists, and pretty much anything you can list and label. Most of us have busy summers. Making a list (of even the simplest variety) and marking those fun family things off each time you complete a list item can make it just a little bit more fun — and also ensure that you remember all of your fun summer goals! It is also a great yearly keepsake to add to your album at the end of the summer, because it will go along with all of the photos will be taking and scrapping!


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About the Author  La’Shawn Castings is a creative team member here at The Digital Press. She is a 30-something, full-time working, nerdy, somewhat lazy, digi-scrapping, photo taking, college football loving, panda obsessed, yellow wearing, Harry Potter nerding, Doctor Who watching, historical fiction reading, southern wife & mom.

Feature Friday | Anita Designs

I love Fridays for so many reasons — one of which is that we get to “meet” and learn more about our amazing designers here at The Digital Press!

Today I am excited to share more information about Anita Designs here on The Digital Press blog! This is not the first time we’ve chatted with Anita here on the blog (you can find her feature from November 2016 HERE)… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers — this year, we’re using our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces, and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, here’s a peek at Anita’s creative space…

Anita says that there are a few things you’ll always see in her work space…

  1. Her speakers — because she likes to listen to music while designing or scrapping (her favorites are 70s, 80s, and 90s music).
  2. Her coffee — She says that she can’t live without it!
  3. Her “big furry friend” (the teddy bear, shown above) — which was a birthday gift from a fellow designer; just having him there while she works makes her smile when she looks at him.
  4. Her cookbook — you’ll almost always find that in her work space because she loves to cook, and it provides inspiration for her daily meals.
  5. Her camera — she always keeps her Nikon camera nearby to capture those “perfect photo moments.”

We’ve also asked Anita to provide us with a Top 5 list that is representative of herself at this point in her life… and she chose to share her Top 5 Favorite Places to Travel. She loves to travel, and has traveled all around Europe — including Vienna, Paris, London, Belgium, and different spots near castles in Germany. Her Top 5 list actually comes in two parts — 2 places she has already been and wants to visit again… and 3 “bucket list” places that she hasn’t yet been, but really wants to visit….

Anita’s Top 5 Places to Travel…

  1. Venice, Italy “I’ve been there and fell in love with the place and want to go back soon.”
  2. Scotland“Soooooo beautiful, and not a place I’ve completely explored yet. I can’t wait to go back soon to explore more.”
  3. Africa — *BUCKET LIST* “I would definitely go for the full experience – the wildlife and rivers, and the coast and sea.”
  4. Iceland —  *BUCKET LIST* “I definitely want to visit Iceland because of the volcanoes, but also for the landscapes and scenery, the waterfalls, and of course, to experience the famous Blue Lagoon.  I love spa and wellness trips, so that would be high on my to-do list in Iceland!”
  5. The United States — *BUCKET LIST* “Specifically New York City, and then Hawaii.”

As for Anita’s designs… she creates a wide variety of digital products in her signature clean & simple style, all with an exceptional eye for detail and beautiful pattern work. In her kits, you will find realistic and delicate detail in her textured and patterned papers, as well as stickers, buttons, flowers, ribbons and string, frames, and many other classic elements. Often her kits also include pocket cards… word art phrases in solid, distressed, and “sticker” formats… and wonderful paint splatters, stamps, and other delightful little details.

Here’s just a tiny sampling of some of the products you can find in Anita’s store at The Digital Press

Anita’s products are super versatile and easy to use for all kinds of projects. Here is a sampling of some of my favorite projects that use Anita Designs

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Anita a little bit better!  If you love her products as much as I do, or even if you’re just “meeting” Anita for the first time, I have great news! Starting today, there will be a 30% OFF SALE in her store throughout her entire feature week (the sale will end at 11:59 pm ET on Thursday 6/15), so it’s the perfect time to stock up!

One last thing! She also has a very special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! You can snag this gorgeous brand-new kit (just released today!) for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only!


calitenAbout the Author  Carrie is a creative team member here at The Digital Press. She and her family enjoy spending time outdoors, year-round, near their home in Colorado. In addition to scrapbooking and the occasional hybrid home decor project, Carrie also reads voraciously, accumulates fabric, makes soap, brews beer, grows hops, and tries to keep indoor plants alive.

 

Tutorial Tuesday | Digital Artist Trading Cards

Have your ever looked at an artsy scrapbook page and thought, “Wow, I wish I could do that!”? I’m here to tell you that you can! If the thought of tackling a full 12″ x 12″ layout seems daunting, however, then my advice is to start on a smaller scale. Let’s talk about digital Artist Trading Cards!

What are Artist Trading Cards, or ATCs? ATCs are small pieces of art, only 2.5″ x 3.5″ in size, that are usually traded or swapped with other artists. They are like the creative version of baseball trading cards. Although you might think that ATCs lend themselves more to traditional scrapbooking because you exchange them with others, digital swaps are fun, too! Imagine opening your email and finding a handful of cards waiting for you. By allowing yourself to just “go with the flow,”ATCs might give you an artistic outlet that you had not considered — and they’re easy to do!

Step 1

Open a new canvas, 2.5″ x 3.5″ in size. I like my ATCs to be vertical, but you can also do horizontal, if desired…

Step 2

Pick a background paper (this sounds a lot like building a regular scrapbook page, doesn’t it?). I like the look of chipboard, so I’ll often reach for a kraft paper. For this card, though, I’ve selected a grid paper from Real Life by Calista’s Stuff.

**TIP** If you’re thinking of adding brushes, stickers, stamps, etc., to your ATC… then you might want to start with a neutral or more-solid-colored paper to give yourself somewhat of a blank canvas to work on.

Step 3

Now you can start layering digital stamps and brushes onto your background paper. You can choose one, two… as many as you like! Keep in mind that most digital designers create with a larger canvas in mind (for scrapbooking), so you might have to re-size a few things as you go. What I have here are two brushes — one placed just on the edges, and then another placed over the top…

Step 4

Finally, you can add some dimensional elements, if you wish. Just as was the case, above, with regard to re-sizing brushes and stamps — you may need to re-size elements, as well, so their proportions are in line with your smaller canvas size. Also, watch for shadows, especially if you are using pre-set shadow styles…

Step 5

Finally, add finishing touches like a title, word strips, or a favorite quote. I could have stopped at the previous step, but I wanted to add some word art. What I found, however, was that the black of the word art really jumped out at me because I didn’t really have anything else of that color on the ATC. I was left with one of two options: recolor the title, or add some black to the card elsewhere. I went with option 2, and voila! I added a butterfly to help tie everything together, and my trading card was finished…

Just like with any other creative outlet, how or what you design is really a personal preference. ATCs are unique to everyone, and can mean different things to different people. You don’t have to do any journaling or add photos, if you don’t want to. Your ATCs can be 100% digital, or you can print them out to create a hybrid project. Creating in an artistic style is something everyone can do. Why not give ATCs a try and see what you come up with!? Give yourself permission to play! 🙂


KatAbout the Author Kat Hansen is a creative team member here at The Digital Press. A Director of Human Resources by day, she loves the opportunity to spend a few hours each evening being creative. Vacation memories feature pretty heavily in Kat’s scrapbooking pages, as do her son and “daughter” (of the four-legged furry kind). Kat has quite the sense of humor (she “blames” her father for this), which she incorporates into her journaling and memory-keeping.

Hybrid How-to | Easy DIY Embellishments

Hey everyone. It’s the first Saturday of the month, and so it’s time for another edition of Hybrid How-To here on The Digital Press blog! Today I am here to share some ideas for creating unique decorative embellishments using your favourite digital kit along with some dies and punches.

Like many crafters, I love using stickers, die cuts, and other decorative items… but my budget doesn’t stretch to buying lots of them. Therefore, creating my own embellishments from a digital kit is not only thrifty… but they really add a unique and original touch!

Supplies Needed:

  • Punches, dies, and/or decorative scissors
  • Foam tape, glue, and/or double-sided tape
  • Accessories such as paper clips, enamel dots, sequins, etc.
  • Digital kit of choice (for this tutorial, I’m using Feeling Happy by Anita Designs & KimB Designs)

Instructions:

I always like to start my projects by printing the embellishments as die-cuts. I use Photoshop and just drop my favourite embellishments onto a page to be printed later.

Because I will be creating small embellishments to fit into a Traveler’s Notebook for today’s project, I also scaled the patterned papers down slightly, as shown here…

Die-cutting is still a firm favourite technique and it has been seeing a bit of a revival lately. Although I own a Silhouette, paper punches and dies are really quick. The wafer-thin dies means that you can store lots of shapes now without taking up too much room!

Here’s a look at a batch of embellishments I punched out, using the printed version of the page layout you saw in Photoshop, up above. I created a little pile of interesting shapes using the different patterned papers and solid papers that came with the kit…

As you can see, circles are always a great choice for a base; you can use different sizes to keep things interesting. Ticket and tags come in all shapes and sizes, as well, and are also a must-have for me.

Now for the fun bit… once you have a selection of items, you can play around with layering them on top of each other, as shown below…

*TIP* As you can see above, notching out the end of the word strip sentiments adds a little more interest when it hangs off the edge of the design.

Next, for my attempt at a Travelers’ Notebook, I decorated the page much the same way that I would decorate a card or scrapbook page. This helped to warm up the creative juices…

I did a couple of list-style pages as a way to break the ice. The ready-made embellishments really added a little pizzazz to the page!

Then I also added some physical supplies and decorations to the pages (items such as paper clips, flair, and brads). Here’s a close-up look at one of the adorable little wooden brads and some string that I added…

See how easy and fun this is? Why not pick out a few of your punches and dies and create some ready-made embellishments for your next project? Having printed and punched a selection of papers and sentiments ahead of time, you will be able to whip up a unique layered embellishment in a flash!

I would love to see what you do if you give this a try. Share your homemade embellishments with us in the June Hybrid Challenge thread to earn Challenge points (you’ll find it in THE CROSSWORD SECTION in TDP’s forum). Hope you join in!


Morag

Morag Cutts is part of the Hybrid Creative Team here at Digital Press. She has been an avid scrapper and photographer for ten years.  Although she adores the flexibility and creativity of digital, Morag can’t resist playing with paper and embellishments — so hybrid scrapping is the perfect medium for her! Morag lives in the UK with her hubby, two kids, and recently-adopted puppy.

 

Feature Friday | Little Lamm & Co.

Hello! It’s Friday, and time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! This week, I’m excited to feature the talented Amie Lamm of Little Lamm & Co. This is her second feature article here on the blog (you can find her first feature from June 2016 HERE), and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers, this year we’ve been using our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, here’s a look at Amie’s fun work space…

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About her space, Amie says “I like having a light and white space since it’s in the basement and can be quite dark in the winter. We don’t have an IKEA here, so I have lots of Target cube shelving for storage. Different work spaces for crafting, sewing, and projects are a must. I still need more desk space no matter how much I get. New projects are always in the works. Until I find a setup that works best, I have most of my physical supplies boxed up. It will be like Christmas when my space is complete and I unbox everything.”

Doesn’t her work space look a lot like the products she creates? Couldn’t you see yourself creating wonderful layouts in that space?! Also, I spy a Gilmore Girls Fan! Do you see it? 🙂

We also asked Amie to share a Top 5 list with us that is representative of her at this point in her life. Along those lines, here’s a look at the Top 5 Things Amie Can’t Live Without…

  1. Coffee
  2. Amazon Prime
  3. Day Designer daily planners from Target
  4. Make-ahead meals
  5. Books on her iPad

When it comes to Amie’s products and her design style, I really like her soft colors, her pocket templates, and how full she packs her collections. Check out Lamm Lamm and Co.’s shop at The Digital Press. Here are just a few of my favorite products…

Here are some wonderful layouts I found in the gallery here at TDP that use Little Lamm and Co’s Products. You can see here how versatile her products are…

This coming week as we celebrate her feature week, you will find her entire shop at The Digital Press on sale 30% OFF (sale will run through 11:59pm ET on Thursday 6/8).

Additionally, Amie has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from Little Lamm and Co. while they’re on sale… and you can snag this fantastic collection for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only!


Krista

 

About the Author  Krista Lund is a mom of 3, married to her high school sweetheart and living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of her favorite things are brownies, chips ‘n’ dip, taking pictures, and documenting her family’s story.

Tutorial Tuesday | Using Digital Cut Files

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I love cut files.  I yearn to make lots of beautiful hybrid pages with little shapes and words cut out of colored paper and delicately adhered to my layouts, or tucked safely away in transparent pockets.  But, reality has a bad way of crashing down on me.  I don’t own a digital cutter.  And I lack the patience to hand cut more than one anything.  But I still love cut files, and I frequently used them as elements or stamps in my all-digital layouts.  I also use them to customize background papers for my all-digital layouts, and simple technique I’ll share with you today….no scissors required.

Cut files aren’t just for hybrid scrappers!  They can totally be used in an all-digital layout too.  The technique for using cut files to make a custom paper or background is fairly easy.  Open a new layout, and drag in a lightly textured solid background paper.  Select and open all the cut files you want to add.  I use the .pngs, and drag them to roughly where I think they should be when I first pull them into Photoshop.  The most time-consuming part of this process is moving around the cut files to fill the space.  Since I like a full, but not cluttered look, I overlap some, and duplicate others, being sure to keep some space between the duplicates so the paper doesn’t feel repetitive .  Sometimes I change the color of an element to give it better flow in in the background, or to make it coordinate with the rest of the cut files I’m using if I’ve got cut files from different sets.  To do that, I use the color picker to select the exact color I want, then create a new fill layer using the steps shown in the next image.

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You could also use the paint bucket tool to change the color of the cut file, but you still have to follow steps 1 and 2 above to get the desired color in your bucket.  Once I have the cut files colored and arranged the way I want, I merge them into a single layer, then apply a distressing mask to give the paper a stamped look.  That’s it.  Easy custom background paper using cut files.

Here’s my finished layout.  I used cut files from the Camping Set and a freebie that coordinates with the Love This Set by Rachel Hodge.  The papers and elements are from Homecation by May guest designer ninigoesdigi.

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This technique is great for more than just background papers too.  It works well on a smaller scale too – say for a 3×4″ or 4×6″ pocket or filler card.  Cutting files are available in themed sets in the TDP store.  There are also usually a handful in the monthly TDP store collab kits, and the Monthly Chronicle collections, as well as the quarterly Digiscrap Parade.  This technique could also work well with the digital stamps that are included in many of the digital kits in the TDP store.  The opportunities abound, and I encourage you to try using digital cut files on your next all-digital layout!


 

About the Author  Carrie is a creative team member here at The Digital Press. She and her family enjoy spending time outdoors, year-round, near their home in Colorado. In addition to scrapbooking and the occasional hybrid home decor project, Carrie also reads voraciously, accumulates fabric, makes soap, brews beer, grows hops, and tries to keep indoor plants alive.caliten

Feature Friday | Jimbo Jambo Designs

It’s Friday, and time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! This week, I am excited to feature Aga of Jimbo Jambo Designs. This is Aga’s second feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature from October 2016 HERE)… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers, this year we’re going to use our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces, and more insight into their creative processes.

When I talked with Aga, I found out that she is a woman after my own heart — and does not have a regular workspace right now because she’s traveling the world! In November of 2016, she sold what she could of her worldly possessions and left her apartment in Spain to go travel throughout Africa and Asia. Her journey has already taken her through South Africa, Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia… and last I heard, she was leading to Laos next.

Her “normal” workspace, in her words, is “a bed, my laptop, nice music, and me.” How simple and wonderful! And luckily, that’s a workspace that she has been fortunate to to take with her on her amazing adventure… though, instead of a bed, she seems to have found some cozy little coffee shops and patios to work from, as shown here…

Then we asked her to share a Top 5 list with us that is representative of her at this point in her life… and she definitely had one ready, based on her travels! She shared with me her Top 5 Travel Tips

  1. Don’t be afraid to change your life! Just do what you want to do without fear, even if the rest of the people think you are crazy! The fear is your worst enemy!
  2. Everything can be solved. There is no situation that can not be solved if you think reasonably and stay calm.
  3. Try to look for not touristic places in touristic places. Look for locals or hostels managed by the orphan children. The great thing about them is that they are always more friendly and you can learn so much about their culture from them… and you help them by staying there.
  4. Less is more. Do not take as many things as you can. Big mistake! Everywhere in the world you will be able to buy what you need.
  5. Don’t try to see everything. Take your time to relax and enjoy your travels. Running from one place to another may be good as you will have many photos, but you’re not going to enjoy it as much.

I find such inspiration in what she’s said, and I definitely hope that others do, too. There’s a lot of wisdom there!

Even though she’s been constantly moving around the world, however, Aga has still found time to design her amazing templates. She’s got such a unique style, and says that she finds inspiration in some of the places she’s been visiting. Her template designs are so great and I’ve seen some really wonderful layouts that have been created with them. The shapes, cutouts, and arrangements are truly unique to her — so make sure to check out her shop at TDP, if you haven’t already.  She’s got so many creative templates, it was hard to pick favorites… but here are a few that I love…

Here are just a few of the fantastic pages I was able to find that use templates by Jimbo Jambo Designs…

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Aga is such a humble person and finds so much joy out of creating templates, but even more joy and inspiration when she sees us using them. As we finished talking, she expressed true gratitude to her fans and wanted to send out thanks to everyone who has purchased her products.

And as a side note, if we’ve got any JJD fans in Asia, Aga said that she would LOVE to meet you over coffee, or just to get together and chat. As I fellow traveler, I know that it’s awesome to get recommendations for sights to see, restaurants, etc. from the locals… so if we’ve got a crew in Asia who follows her designs, let’s help her out! She did tell me she’s up for some scrapping sessions with her fans. Kinda makes me want to scoot over to Laos!

This coming week as we celebrate her Feature Week, you will find her entire shop at The Digital Press on sale 30% OFF (sale will run through 11:59pm ET on Thursday 6/1).

Additionally, Jimbo Jambo Designs has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from Jimbo Jambo Designs while they’re on sale… and you can snag her “Even Steven” template set for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only!


ShannonAbout the Author  Shannon has been completely addicted to digiscrapping since she began in early 2016 (though she’s been a scrapper since 2000). Her early morning ritual of a few quiet hours of scrapping while sipping a chai tea is her favorite part of each day. She is also the owner of a web design company, and when she’s not at the computer designing websites or digiscrap layouts, she’s probably hiking one of the local mountains in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. She is an avid reader and loves to travel to foreign countries.

Tutorial Tuesday | Custom-Made Journal Cards

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Tutorial Tuesday at The Digital Press! Today, I will be showing you some fun ways you can use your own digital kits to create custom journal cards.

You can really stretch your digital stash by making your own custom pocket cards with the various pieces included in the digital kits. Even if the kit comes with cards already, you can still create your own customized cards with photo editing software and digital papers, brushes, and elements. Getting creative with your supplies and making cards not only stretches your kit, but it adds a personal touch to your projects.

Let’s get started!

First, choose your canvas size. In Photoshop (PS) or Photoshop Elements (PSE), you will select File –> Open New File …and then a screen will pop up where you can enter your desired canvas size. Change pixels to inches, if necessary, and then select your size. I went with 3×4 for my canvas…

Now pick a kit, and start adding items to your blank canvas. Yes, it’s that easy! 🙂

EXAMPLE 1

For the following card, I picked the new May 2017 TDP Designer Collab collection, Day Planner, to make my card. I added in a sticker, brush, flair, and another heart sticker. It was so quick to make… and looks awesome. Here is a screenshot with my 3×4 canvas and all the different pieces in the project bin…

EXAMPLE 2

Another example of a card you can make would be a card with separate “striped” sections. This is also really easy!

You can do this by making some rectangle shapes on your canvas, and then clipping digital papers onto those shapes to create the separate pieces. I made each rectangle shape 1.5 inches high and 4 inches wide… and then I clipped some fun patterned papers and solid papers onto those shapes. To do this, you simply place the digital paper in the layer above the rectangle shape in your layers palette (see the right side of the following image)… and then use the “clipping mask” feature (Ctrl-G in PSE, or Ctrl-Alt-G in PS).

After I had my rectangle stripes, I added in a paint splatter, a few embellishments, a word sticker, and a title word art ‘carpe diem’. Also, for the ‘carpe diem’ I changed the color from black to the orange and pink using the eye dropper tool to get the exact colors from the other papers/elements in the kit.

This is how the card looked in PSE with the layers off the right; you can see them in the white boxes…

EXAMPLE 3

Lastly, I also created a fun 4×6 card using the digital brushes from This Life March, which can be found in Juno Designs’ shop at The Digital Press. I used a bunch of the stamps/brushes found in that collection to create a few clusters on my card…

As you can see, it’s so easy to create your own custom cards using photo editing software and the papers, elements, and brushes/stamps you find in your own digital stash! I hope these journal card examples, above, will inspire you to stretch your own kits and use them in new and creative ways!


Sabrina

About the Author  Sabrina is married to a hard-working man and has two rambunctious kids, nicknamed Captain and Sunshine. She spends every free minute creating at her crafty space. Digital layouts, hybrid layouts, project life and just anything memory keeping. She also loves to read, kickbox and go a bike ride.

Hybrid How-To | Luggage Tags

Hi everyone! It’s Kate here, with another edition of our Hybrid How-To series. Travel season is on the way, and I thought it would be fun today to show you how I made these cute hybrid luggage tags for my kids.

SUPPLIES

  • Digital scrapbooking kit of your choice (I used Happy Camper by Mari Koegelenberg)
  • Photo editing program like Photoshop (PS) or Photoshop Elements (PSE)
  • Cardstock
  • Self-seal laminating sheets
  • Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In PSE, I built my luggage tag templates (if you’d like to use mine, you can DOWNLOAD THEM HERE).

2. Add digital paper and elements to each of the tags, by using each PNG tag shape as a clipping mask (Ctrl-G in PSE or Ctrl-Alt-G in PS). Make sure you duplicate the templates so you can create a front and back for each tag. You can also add text to one side of each tag, if desired. Once you have them ready, send them to the printer and cut them out.

3. The next step is to adhere the front of the tag to the back of the tag. I used thin glue dots for this (don’t use anything too thick, or it shows up through the cardstock once you laminate).

4. Place your tags on a self-seal laminating sheet, and add another sheet to the top. Using your nail or a smoothing tool, smooth out the bubbles — especially along the edges of the tags. Cut them out, leaving a little bit of lamination for the edges.

5. At this point, you can just punch a hole and add some string or ribbon for attaching to the luggage. I chose to add a colorful eyelet to each.

And that’s all there is to it! Easy, right? 🙂

If you want to give this project a try, you can earn TDP challenge points if you post a photo of your finished project in the May 2017 Hybrid Challenge thread in The Digital Press forum.


Kate About the Author  Kate is on the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She lives on the Utah/Colorado border with her husband, 5 kids, 10 chickens, and a dog named Gracie. She’s a city-born girl who found she’s really a country girl at heart. She can be found outside, barefoot, and probably in her garden.

Feature Friday | MEG Designs

It’s Friday, and time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! This week, I’m thrilled to feature the amazing Marie Eve of MEG Designs. This is her second feature article here on the blog (you can find her first feature from November 2016  HERE), and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers, this year we’ve been using our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind… here’s a peek at Marie Eve’s work space, where she creates her lovely designs…

Marie Eve’s workspace features lots of storage for all her little bits and pieces. I love the bowl with all that awesome washi tape and the colorful yarn lights. The drawers allow her to have a space for everything and keep things tidy so she can focus on her designs.

We also asked Marie Eve to share a Top 5 list with us that is representative of herself at this point in her life, and she shared her Top 5 Favorite Activities

  1. Sports — I really love doing sports 2 times a week. It is a real need for me. When you do sports, you don’t think about anything and that’s a pleasure. I practice kick power, which is boxing movements set to the rhythm of fitness music.
  2. Watching TV — I love watching American series like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, House, Revenge, Shameless, Bates Motel, The Affair, and much more.
  3. Playing with my kids — I enjoy planning board games with my family; sometimes we play for hours on Sunday afternoons!
  4. Cooking — I love making pastries. I am looking for a lot of recipes on the internet and I love trying them. The last one I tried was a lemon tiramisu with lemon curd; it was a real delight (if you love lemon, of course)!
  5. Genealogy — It became something obvious when my grandfather died 4 years ago. I had this need to look for my roots, to find where I came from. I can spend hours looking for information on the internet (fortunately the Mormons have scanned a lot of records). I also read many articles on the life of our ancestors, how they lived during the 1st and 2nd World War, and also during the French Revolution.

As for her designs, Marie Eve has a wonderful variety of products in her shop at TDP! I love her use of bright colors, her versatile templates, and her awesome pocket scrapbooking items. She truly has something for every scrapper! Here are a few of my favorite products from her shop…

Marie Eve’s products are so versatile that they can be used for all different kinds of layouts and scrapping styles. Here are a few of my favorite projects using her designs…

I loved getting to learn a bit more about Marie Eve of MEG Designs and getting a glimpse of her design space. To celebrate her feature week, her entire shop will be on sale 30% OFF all week long (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on 5/25). She has so many amazing products that it will be hard to choose; go check out her shop and see what catches your eye!

Additionally, she has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from MEG Designs while her shop is on sale 30% OFF… and you can also snag this for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only!


BLOG-AvatarAbout the Author  Katie is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and their four sweet but crazy boys. When she’s not dodging Nerf bullets or trying to dig out from under the never-ending pile of laundry, she enjoys photography, cooking, going to Disney World with her family, and, of course, digital scrapbooking.

Tutorial Tuesday | Creating Export Presets in Lightroom

Do you find yourself exporting your photos in Lightroom over and over with the same settings? If so, and you would like to save time by creating your very own custom presets… I’m here today to teach you how to do so!

Often, I find that I need to export a single layout in multiple different formats/sizes/etc. depending on which online gallery I’m going to be loading it into. For instance, here at The Digital Press, I size my layouts for the gallery at 900 x 900 pixels and up to 350kb in size. Because I do this with every layout I’m going to load at The Digital Press, I go through the same process over and over and over again. Thus, I have created an export preset to do just this with the touch of one button. Let me show you…

STEP 1

Import your layout (or photo) into Lightroom. If you don’t know how, don’t worry… we have another tutorial HERE that details the process of importing into Lightroom. Once you have imported your layout, you will want to select it for export (see blue arrow at lower left)…

STEP 2

Click on the export button on the bottom left side (again, see the blue arrow at lower left)…

STEP 3

Next, click on the drop-down arrow and select the folder into which you wish to save your adjusted photos. You will have a choice between “Select Folder,” “Choose Later,” or “Same Folder As Original.”  I have created a folder on my computer’s hard drive named “New Releases,” and each week when I save a new layout, it will always go to this specific folder. That way, it’s always easy to find when I start the process of posting my pages into various galleries.

*NOTE* When I want to save pictures that I have edited, however, I use “Same Folder As Original” so all my photos stay together. The good news is that you can customize these choices and do what’s best for you!

Once you have specified where Lightroom should save your file, you will select “Custom Text” and rename it (feel free to skip this step, if you’d like). I always add a few letters after each of my titles to let me know which gallery I’ve created this layout for …which is why you see the “TDP” on the end of my name (see image above). Again, you can skip this step if it’s not relevant to you.

STEP 4

This is where you get into the details that save you time! Here’s a detailed look at my own preset (see the image, below, for the numerical references in blue)…

(1) First, I tell Lightroom to limit the file size to 325-350 for The Digital Press. All online sites/galleries tend to have different limitations, so I might choose some other file size/number in this step if my layout will be loaded somewhere else.

(2) Then, I resize the layout to fit m needs.

(3) Again, for The Digital Press, I use 900 x 900 pixels; this is where I enter those numbers.

(4) Here, I can select the resolution. For web-sized images, 72 dpi is perfect.

(5) Lastly, I add your sharpening here (if I haven’t already done this when saving my layout after scrapping).

Of course, you can feel free to change any of the above details to fit your own needs! 🙂

STEP 5

After you’ve set everything up the way you like it, you’ll click the “Add” button…

STEP 6

Finally, you’ll name your preset. Here, I’ve chosen to call it “TDP Layout Preset.” Brilliantly unique, I know. 😉 After you’ve typed in your new preset name, click the “Create” button…

STEP 7

You should now be able to see your new preset under “User Presets” on the left side of your screen…

STEP 8

Now, whenever you need to use your preset… you’ll select it, rename your file (don’t worry, this won’t interfere with any of the other settings), and click the “Export” button…

That’s it! You’ve done it! You have successfully created a new preset in Lightroom, so that each and every time you want to save a photo or layout, it will be saved the same way without a lot of extra work.

As I mentioned earlier, I have created a preset for each of the galleries and blogs to which I post my layouts and photos… and it really makes my exporting workflow so much faster! Hopefully this tutorial is helpful in that way. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me using the comments on this post, and ask away!


Robin

About the author  Robin is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. A wife of 25 years and a mom of 4 crazy children (2 in college and 2 still at home), she says that her life occurs mostly in the car as she transports said crazy kids to their many, many homeschool activities. When not driving, Robin loves to make her family cringe by pulling out her camera again (and again, and again…).

Feature Friday | Calista’s Stuff

Happy Friday! I’m so excited to be here today to introduce you to the newest designer to recently make her permanent home at The Digital Press — Meta Wulandari of Calista’s Stuff! Meta initially joined us as a Guest Designer in April 2017, and we’re so excited to announce that she’s joining our Designer Team and staying at TDP!

This is Meta’s very first feature on the blog, so I’m excited to help you get to know her and her amazing products better… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers, this year we’ve been using our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, we asked Meta to show us her creative space. She says that she does her designing “wherever possible” in her house, using her laptop, because she needs to be available to take care of her sweet little baby, Calista (isn’t she precious? see photo, below)! She also said that she always has to have a snack around her laptop… “it’s mandatory!” Here is a photo of her laptop and her beautiful baby girl…

Meta says that her family has a very humble house, but they have each other and really enjoy their life together! Here are photos of her family and of her lovely 6 month old, Calista…

We also asked Meta to share with us a Top 5 list that is representative of herself at this point in her life, and she shared with us her Top 5 List of Things She Wants to Do/Have As Soon As Possible…

  1. She can’t wait to hear her baby call her “ibu” (mother)
  2. She can’t wait to have a vacation with her family
  3. She’d like a new laptop
  4. She’d also like to get a super speedy internet connection (she lives in a small town and it’s hard to get a full bar of internet signal)
  5. She wants all of her family members to be healthy, happy and continuing to support one another

As for Meta’s products and design style… you will find lots of color and unique elements! She also creates such beautiful  and breathtaking blended elements that give you that special pop to your pages; they are simply stunning! She has fantastic templates in her store, as well… products for almost any occasion! Her designs always contain amazing flowers and wonderful word art options. Furthermore, I love that the items in her store are perfect for scrapbook pages AND pocket pages! There are so many versatile and useful options to be found.

You’ll definitely want to take a look at the Calista’s Stuff shop and see for yourself how fantastic her products are, but here are a few of my personal favorites…

And here are some examples of the beautiful projects that have been made using Meta’s products from The Digital Press…

Aren’t those fun?

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little bit about Meta Wulandari of Calista’s Stuff today! To celebrate her upcoming week as our Featured Designer at The Digital Press, the entire Calista’s Stuff shop will be 30% OFF throughout the entire week (the sale will end at 11:59 EST on Thursday 5/18).

Additionally, Meta has a special Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this coming week! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorite products from Calista’s Stuff at the 30% OFF rate …and you can also snag her brand-new (just hit the store shelves today!) Tutti Frutti Kit for FREE with any $10+ purchase in her shop — this week only!


Amy

About the Author  Amy lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband of  15 years and their 12 year old boy/girl twins. Their 21-year-old daughter will begin graduate school in the fall at Clemson! Amy has been scrapbooking since the early 1990s but discovered digital scrapbooking in 2005 when her twins were born and has primarily scrapped digitally since that time. She is passionate about telling her family’s stories and documenting their life together! Amy is a huge reader (mostly literary fiction), and is a pop culture junkie! She also LOVES all things beauty & makeup!

Tutorial Tuesday | The Spherize Technique

Do you ever want to jazz up a multi-photo layout, and you’re just not sure how to do that? There are so many ways to add a lot of photos to one layout, but using the ‘spherize’ technique in your layout can make it fun and unique! I’ve used this technique before, and now I just can’t stay away from it. So, without further ado…  I’d like to walk you through how to do this today.

STEP ONE

You will begin with a blank 7×7 canvas (2100×2100 pixels) at 300 dpi (want to use my grid template? you can DOWNLOAD IT HERE)…

Arrange your photos however you like, but make sure your favorites are in the center, because the photos in the corners and outer edges will be a bit distorted once you use ‘spherize’.

STEP TWO

Once you have your photos arranged to your liking, in the layers palette you will right-click on any layer, and click merge visible.

At this point, you will use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (see red text at the upper left of the following image; this is where you’ll find it. *NOTE* that you may need to right-click to find it, as it may be hidden under the Rectangle Marquee Tool) and drag your mouse from one corner of your canvas to the other to create a circle from edge to edge…

Once you have your circle drawn, Ctrl+Alt+I (all at once), OR use the “Select” drop-down, and select ‘Inverse’.  It may be a little hard to tell in the above image, but you will have marching ants in the shape of a circle and around the entire 7×7 image once you do this.

STEP 3

Next, you will press “Delete.” At that point, your image should look like this…

Now you will want to de-select your image by clicking on “Select” (top tool bar) and then selecting “Deselect” (or Ctrl+D). You should no longer have the marching ants on your image.

STEP 4

Now for the fun part!  You will click on “Filter” (top tool bar), then “Distort,” then “Spherize.” The Spherize window will come up at this point; I opted for using 100 as the amount (see below)… but you can play around with the setting for your own. You may find another setting that works well for you…

After applying “Spherize,” here’s what your image should look like…

At this point, you can save your image as a PNG (File>Save As or Shift+Ctrl+S). To use the image in a layout or project, you’ll simply need to open your image and drag and drop it into a blank canvas. The possibilities for use are limitless!

Here’s a look at a layout that I created using my ‘Spherized’ image…

*BONUS TIP* To make the reflection, I simply duplicated the image, and made the height -100, as shown in the next image…

Then, I decreased the opacity of the duplicated layer, as shown below…

And there you go! That’s all there is to it… and you’ve successfully used a fun, new technique!

The fun really starts now…  because you can use this technique to embellish to your heart’s content! It is such a fun way to display a collection or montage of photos that you love! It would also make the perfect front page for an album… or look fantastic printed on a canvas for your home… etc. So many fun possibilities!


Heidi NicoleAbout the Author  Heidi Nicole is happily married to an amazing man, a step mama to 2 wonderful kiddos, and mama to 3 sweet and sassy furbabies.  She’s a radiation therapist by day and creator of pretty things by night (she’s pretty confident that she’s hit super hero status, but refuses to wear a cape.)  She loves cats and huskies, coffee, audio books, FRIENDS reruns, St. Louis Blues hockey, cooking, baking, and traveling.  Oh, and wine… she really likes wine.  She lives a normal and happy life, and enjoys all the absolutely extraordinary people she gets to share it with on a daily basis!