Friday Favorites | September 20, 2019

 

Hello, and welcome to another edition of our Friday Favorites series on The Digital Press blog! I’m excited to bring you yet another post in our newly-ravamped Friday Favorites series, where we will be sharing some creative inspiration from our amazing community members here at TDP every Friday!

It’s always so much fun to browse through all of the crafty inspiration that can be found in the gallery here at The Digital Press… and it always gets me into such a great, scrappy mood!

Here’s a look at a few of the newest gems I found in TDP’s gallery this past week (each page is linked to the gallery so you can leave the original artists some love)…

First up is his great page from Shannel Tamara. I love the graphic look with the triangles cut out and the gorgeous composition with the pictures and the elements. The journaling and the stamps are a cute touch.

 

I also loved this page Sucali. The sweetness of the colors and the picture with the clean design is really each catching. The color harmony is perfect.

 

Finally, I found this amazing page by dawnfarias (a.k.a. Dawn, the designer behind Dawn by Design). I love that there are two distinct parts of the page, as if it was a traveler’s notebook spread. And the handwritten journaling is just perfect…

I also found a few “throwback” layouts in the gallery while searching around and admiring all of the gorgeous eye-candy…

The first one is from ninigoesdigi — another designer here at The Digital Press. I love everything in this page: the clean design, the Polaroid-style pictures, and the Japanese characters. The brush and paint foundation bring depth and visual impact to the overall design…

Then, I’ve picked one by LilliJ. The theme and the colors of the layout remind me that summer is not yet finished — in the northern hemisphere. The layered work gives a great graphic appearance to the whole design. The text strips are a nice touch in addition to the journaling.

And finally, I’ve chosen this page by blackkathy. The white space is really eye catching and focus on the layered design. The shadow work is nice too.

 

It’s always so much fun to browse through all of the crafty inspiration that can be found in the gallery here at The Digital Press… it always gets me into such a great, scrappy mood!

Come take a peek, yourself… and then make sure you swing by the shop to check out this weekend’s newest product releases and come leave a few projects in the gallery, yourself! We’ll be looking forward to seeing your handiwork really soon (and maybe you’ll be featured in a future edition of this Friday Favorites series here on the blog!).


About the author Gaelle is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives in France with her hubby, her two sons and her 3 kitties. She loves digiscrapping and discovered this activity in 2012, since then, she’s totally addicted and scraps to keep memories of her everyday life. Her family is definitely her principal source of inspiration.

Tutorial Tuesday | “Hand-Cut” Digital Shapes

Hello, and welcome to another edition of our Tutorial Tuesday series here on The Digital Press blog! Today I’m here to show you how to create a “hand-cut” look on your digital pages.

I have a confession: I was once a paper scrapper… and I still have all of the stuff, even though I haven’t made a paper layout in probably a decade. Back then, I could literally spend an entire weekend (before I had kids, of course) on a single 12″ x 12″ page. For me, lines had to be as straight as possible, the corners to 90 degrees, and everything had to be *just right* before it got glued or stapled or stitched down. Again, back when I had time for these things.

When I switched to digital, I loved that all the lines were automatically straight and the corners were always perfect. I loved that my 2-day process had become a 2-hour process. Then, as I started printing my pages, I realized that I actually missed the little imperfections of paper scrapping: the slightly crooked lines, the not-quite-90 degree corners. Oh, the irony. So… let’s delve into ways to make those perfect digital shapes look “hand-cut,” or imperfectly perfect.

The first step, as always, is to open a new project / canvas in Photoshop. Fill your background with a solid color, or drag in a paper, just to provide some background contrast. Alternatively, you can also apply this technique in a page/project you already have open. If you’re working in an existing project, though, just start here…

1. Make a new, empty layer (I’m a fan of CMD+N (Mac) — or CTRL-N (PC)… but Layer > New > Layer works, too). To this new layer, let’s add a shape. To do this, select the Shape Tool (number 1 in the image below). The actual shape on the shape tool icon will vary based on what you used last. You can change this to the Rectangle by right-clicking on the icon and selecting the Rectangle Tool. Next, add a nice square. Two options for that… right click and type in the dimensions you want, and click OK — OR — hold down the shift key and drag out the size square you want.

2. Making sure that the layer with your shape is selected, click on the Paths tab (number 2 in the image below). A single layer should show up under paths, and it should have been autonamed “square Shape Path” (assuming that you made a square). Right click on that layer (not on the words, or the icon, but in the space just to the right of the words). This brings up a pop-up menu. Select Make Selection, then click OK to close the new menu that pops up. You should now see “marching ants” around your shape. The ants absolutely do not show up in my screen grabs.

3. Now, let’s get to work on making this shape look hand-cut. Right-click the Direct Selection Tool (number 3 in the image above). You’ll now see corner points – called Anchor Points – on your shape. You can click and drag any of those corner points just about anywhere. Pretty neat, eh? Looks kinda like the paper slipped when you were trying to use the paper cutter. You can stop here, click back over to the Layers menu, rasterize your shape layer, clip a paper, add a shadow, and be done. Or, you can make it look like you cut the shape with scissors …. make one or more of those sides a little wavy.

4. To make a wavy side, you’ll need to add a new anchor point. To do this, right-click anywhere along the side of your shape, and select the top option – Add Anchor Point. When you do that, you’ll get a new anchor point balancing what look like barbells for those marching ants. Go ahead and click on either one of those barbell ends, and drag it right or left. That will change the depth of the wave. Dragging one of those barbell ends in toward the new anchor point, or out toward one of the corner points will modify the horizontal area of the wave. You can add as many anchor points as you want. When you’re done, click back over to the Layers menu, rasterize your shape layer, clip a paper, add a shadow, and you’re done.

Just for comparison, here’s an image with a stroke of my original shape, and then my final, imperfect shape in teal. The changes I made aren’t drastic, but I think they add a little imperfection that make my 100% digital page look less than 100% digital….

Lastly, here’s a sample of a couple of these imperfect squares stacked underneath a photo…

*NOTE* I did each layer separately… but flipping, rotating, resizing, or cropping a single layer would work, too. The layer with the blue paper that says “Scotland” is the one from my example, above.

This technique can be applied to more than just squares and rectangles. You can apply it circles, triangles, hexagons, and even letters (I do recommend a sans serif font that already has squared-off or slightly rounded edges).

I hope that you’ll give this technique a try. I’d love to see your imperfectly perfect shapes!

 


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.

Hybrid How-To | Make a Notebook Cover

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of our Hybrid How-To series on The Digital Press blog! Today I’m going to teach you how to use digital products to make a physical cover for your Traveler’s Notebooks (and/or for any other small book) by printing and using your favorite papers and digital word art from The Digital Press.

To give you a good idea of what can be created using the digital products you’ll find here at The Digital Press, I’ve selected a wide range of products to play with today. Here is a look at some of the gorgeous products I am using for today’s tutorial…

The Good Life — a TDP Designer collaboration

Blessed | Collection by Karla Noel

Snapshots | Kit by Little Lamm Paper Co.

Wild Child | Papers by Rachel Etrog Designs

A Little Focus | Word Art by KimB Designs

That’s a good selection, right? I love how much variation there is in the different types of products (and styles, too) that you can find when you go digital.

I started doing my memory keeping in a Traveler’s Notebook about a year and half ago. The inserts I use are easy to find at my local craft store, and they are inexpensive. When I went to get covers for the notebooks, however, I was disappointed — both by the lack of selection, and by the high price tags! So I started doing some research and playing around a little bit, and made a few of my own.

Here is a look at some of the tools I used  for this project (most were purchased at my local craft store or on Amazon)…

*A Few Supply Notes* The “fun foam” and Avery self-adhesive laminating sheets are 9″ x 12″ in size; you can also make these using vinyl, a laminating machine, and/or iron-on cloth webbing. The elastic cording is 2mm thick. Double-sided tape, eyelets, and a Crop-a-Dile (or some type of hole/eyelet puncher) are also necessary.

To begin, I printed my papers out on medium weight craft paper; the presentation paper that I normally use to print photos was a bit too heavy for this project, as you want something that will bend easily. I used a 8.5″ x 11″ sheet paper, which was just tall enough for my “standard” size Traveler’s Notebook (the 11″ was actually a little wide, so I ended up cutting about 1/2 inch off the width, once printed).

The next step is to adhere the self-laminating sheet to the printed side of your pattern paper. Smooth gently with your hand as you lay the adhesive laminate over your paper, and go slowly to avoid any bubbles or wrinkles.

Cut off the excess laminating sheet so that it is even with the pattern paper. Now you are ready to add the foam to the other side of your paper. I used double-sided sticky tape for this, adhering it to the piece of foam first, as shown here…

Pay extra attention to the edges and the corners, as shown above, as that is where it could separate if not taped all the way to the end.

Next, remove all of the tape protector and line up the foam piece with your paper and smooth out. Once adhered… you can cut the foam to fit your paper…

You now have your cover — approximately 8.5″ x 11″ (or whatever size you may have used, instead) with the pattern paper side laminated, and the other side adhered to the foam. This is a good time to trim it down if it is too wide, or if you have any uneven edges.

Next, you are going to punch holes for your eyelets. I punched a 1/8 inch hole using my Crop-A-Dile and my Big Bite for the center hole. You can either just measure and mark where you want to punch the holes using a pen, or you can make a paper template to set onto the foam to guide you as to where to punch the holes. I made my two holes about 1/2 inch down from each edge, and then the center hole about 4-1/2 inches down from the top.

After punching the holes you are ready to set your eyelets. This is step can be a bit tricky depending on your eyelets. I had to redo a couple of mine because the eyelet wasn’t long enough to make it thru all of the layers (to fix, I just pulled out the funky eyelet and tried another eyelet from the same pack and it worked great).

Once you set your eyelets, you can also use a corner edger/chomper to round your corners (see next image, below). I rounded mine to 1/4 inch on all four corners. This was a personal preference decision; I think it gives it a more finished look…

Now you are ready to thread your cording thru the eyelets. I cut the main piece of cording to about 20 inches. I started on the inside and left a “tail” of cord to go thru the first hole at the top, and then from the outside I threaded it through the second hole at the top, like this…

Once your cord is threaded through the eyelets, you will tie the two ends together. You’ll want this to be taut — but not so tight that your book curls up on you a lot. If you’re not sure, tie it loosely and put one of your inserts in to see if it feels right. When you are satisfied, tie your knot and trim the ends.

Next, you’ll want to thread the middle cord that actually goes around the book. For this one, I cut about 10 inches of cording. Before threading both ends thru the center hole, you may want to make a “tab” out of the fun foam like I did. I just cut a 3 inch rectangle of foam and rounded the corners, punched a hole on each end, and threaded the cord in and out of the holes.

Then you are ready to take both ends from the outside to the inside of the center eyelet. Because you are pushing thru two cords this one may be tight – on 2 of mine it worked, and on two of them I went ahead and punched a bigger hole and used a bigger eyelet.

Once you get the threads in, you’ll tie a knot — making sure the cord is lose enough to fit over the top and around your notebook.

Here is a look at the finished notebooks without any inserts; they will lay much better once the inserts are placed inside…

Here is a view from the back of the book; it’s sometimes nice to put different paper or word art here…

Next, you can add the inserts. My books get so bulky that I only add two insert books into mine, as you can see here…

Here are a few photos that show my book after I added my completed inserts…

As you can see, they will actually hold quite a bit!

And finally, here’s a look at all of my completed notebooks with their new custom-made covers!

And that’s it! Super cute, and fun to make. I hope I’ve inspired you to use your own digital products to make a book cover! If you give this project a try, we would love to see pictures of your completed projects in the Hybrid Gallery at The Digital Press!

Happy crafting, everyone!


About the Author  KerriAnne is a homebody who resides in the desert SW. She started scrapbooking when her kids were little and hasn’t stopped despite the teenagers rolling their eyes and sticking out their tongues!  When not scrapping or being a chauffeur, she can be found consuming large amounts of iced coffee.

Friday Favorites | September 13, 2019

Hello, and welcome to another edition of our Friday Favorites series here on The Digital Press blog! Today we’ve got some really fantastic creative inspiration to share with you, straight from our crafty and amazing community members here at TDP.

Here’s a look at a few of the newest layouts I found in TDP’s gallery this past week (they’re linked up to the original posts in the TDP gallery, so you can click through and leave them some LOVE!)…

First up is this gorgeous page by Chili. I was immediately drawn to the bright colors and patterns. The picture still stands out beautifully and is really balanced with the embellishments… and that red lip color is to-die-for! 

Next up is this perfectly summery and sunshiney layout by Jaye. I love the black and white photo with the colorful embellishments. And who doesn’t need a reminder to take a break, relax, and get some fresh air?

Check out this next layout by one of our very own TDP designers — Joyce Paul. It’s a beautiful tribute page. I love the flower stamps with pops of pink flowers and that black and white photo with the ornate frame…

I also found some “oldies-but-goodies” in the gallery while searching around and admiring all of the gorgeous eye-candy, so I’ve included a few throwback layouts here today, as well…

First, I’m a sucker for clean lines and geometric shapes… so I really love this layout by Laurie

In addition to loving clean lines & geometric shapes, I big-puffy-heart LOVE white space on layouts! Or, in this case… black space. 🙂 Check out this one by rchansen

And last but certainly not least, there is also this gorgeous layout by GlazeFamily3. To be honest, I’ve fan-girled over her layouts for a long time. Her page designs are stunning and this layout with the black & white photos and soft pastel paper strips…  :::sigh:::  …it’s beautiful!

It’s always so much fun to browse through all of the beautiful inspiration that can be found in the gallery here at The Digital Press. When I’m in a scrapbooking rut, it always helps me to get me in a creative, scrappy mood!

Be sure to check out the gallery, and then head over to the shop to check out this weekend’s newest product releases so you can grab some new scrappy goodies and then post your resulting projects in the gallery! We love seeing what you create with The Digital Press goodies, and you might be featured in a future edition of this Friday Favorites series here on the blog!


About the Author  Ashley is a member of The Digital Press creative team. She lives in Utah with her husband, 2 young boys, and 1 lazy (but lovable) pup. She works full-time at a busy medical clinic. She has been scrapbooking since childhood… scrapbooking digitally for 10 years… and most recently (& obsessively) app-scrapping on her phone. 

Tutorial Tuesday | Using “Group Layers”

Hello Everyone, and welcome to an edition of Tutorial Tuesday that might change the way you scrap forever! LOL! Today I’m going to show you a trick for using the “group layers” function in Photoshop to move/adjust an entire grouping of items on your page, all at one time.

I am a little bit indecisive as a person, and that is definitely true when I am scrapping. I might think I have the page pretty much how I want it, but then I tend to fiddle and want to move the little element cluster over a bit, and make it a bit bigger, or no, actually smaller maybe and so on. I might decide that I want to try moving the main focus/photo/group of the page all the way over to the left, or go from straight lines to all at an angle. Using “group layers” is a way to do all of those things without needing to move each item individually, or lock them together. When I learned this trick, it made scrapping so much faster for me, and allowed me to satisfy my indecisive curiosity, too!

Let me give you an example. I made the following page called “Tower Bridge,” about a trip my daughter and I made to London…

[Layout created using mainly Rachel Hodge – London Take 2 Set and London Take 2 Cards]

When scrapping this page, I knew that I wanted the photo of the bridge to go across the top, so I chose my background paper and created the photo effect I wanted. So far, so good!

Next, I knew I wanted to have a photo and a journal card, with my journaling written on the background paper (and not on the journal card — that is just the kind of contrary person I can sometimes be!).

Because I knew the basic idea of the layout I wanted to create, I started to place the journal card and photo with the word art, the stickers, and the flowers, etc… until I was happy that I had the elements pretty much where I wanted them. So far, this is how the page looked…

*NOTE* If you look at my layers panel in the image above, you can see that I tend to rename the layers as I go; it is easy to do, and I like being able to find the particular element I want from that whole list of elements! I select the layer, then press OPT and double click on the layer name, and it opens a box for me to rename that layer.

Meanwhile, I had built the main cluster in the middle of my page, but soon could see that I had too much space at the bottom. I wanted to move the main cluster down, but leave the wide background photo where it was at the top. This is when the “Group Layers” function is so handy!

All you need to do is…

  1. Select/highlight the layers you want to put into a group (you need to hold down CTRL (PC) or COMMAND (Apple) and click on each layer you want to select, so that each layer is highlighted in blue).
  2. When the layers you want in your group are selected/highlighted, click CTRL+G (PC) or COMMAND+G (Apple) and it will put all of those layers into a group for you. I often rename the group at this point (for example I named this group “main group”). Now I can click on that group name, click COMMAND+T, and move the whole lot in one go. I moved it down a bit, so that I could have space for a title up at the top, and less space down at the bottom. If you click on the little triangle next to the group name, then you will be able to see all the layers in the group. Click on the little triangle again, and the list condenses into just the group name/file.

*A handy tip — if you “Group Layers” when you have only a few layers, it is faster… and any layers you add after you’ve already made that group are added into the group “folder” also, unless you move them out of the folder. You can even create a group before you have any layers to go in it.

So now that I’d moved everything in that group downward on my page… there was some space to add a title above the main cluster. This time I started a group called “TOWER title” before I opened any of the alphas because I knew I was going to use a couple of different alphas that I would then want to keep together, and that would mean a lot of layers to keep track of. I know I could have made the title and the merged the layers into a single layer, but as I mentioned, I am indecisive and I like to keep them separate until the last minute, so I still have options! Here is how it looked with the title…

(I get “group happy” and actually I have a “stencil tower title” group and a “stamp tower title” group, and then the “bridge” layer separately, so I can fiddle with each of them independently)

At this point, all that was left to do was to add the journaling… and I found I had more space than I needed for that journaling. Therefore, I decided I wanted to make that main cluster and title a little bigger. It was sooooo handy to only need to select my “MAIN GROUP’ and “TOWER title” to adapt all of them to suit my needs!

There are all sorts of things you could play around with using the “Group Layers” function. For example, I could have decided to move the main cluster over to the left of the page (but with this particular page I wanted to create a bit of a subtle “T” using the wide photo at the top and then the block of other “stuff” as the vertical section of the letter T). I have also been known to duplicate the title or text box so I can flick between different fonts or different colors until I decided which I preferred. I’ve also been known to duplicate the main cluster to tilt it a bit for a quirky angle. Sometimes, if I have created a flower cluster, I have duplicated the cluster and then moved the duplicate cluster to another location on the page and then tweaked it a bit, but I’ve found it useful to have the main structure of cluster already done.

You can see the final result of my page up at the top of this post. The wide, bridge photo has never moved, while the main cluster of photo, journal card, word art and other elements, were all adjusted with a few simple clicks of the keyboard throughout my scrapping process.

I hope this might be an easy trick that you find useful… something that helps neaten up your process (and if you are like me, maybe it can speed up any decision making you tend to dither over)!


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 or flip flops when the sun finally shines! She lives in the breezy South of England with her husband and 4 crazy kids, who regularly discover & plunder her secret chocolate stashes, and hopes that maybe this will be the year she reaches the bottom of the laundry pile!

Friday Favorites | September 6, 2019

Hello, and welcome to our newest Friday blog feature here at The Digital Press. I’m excited to bring you the first post in our newly-ravamped Friday Favorites series, where we will be sharing some creative inspiration from our amazing community members here at TDP every Friday!

Here’s a look at a few of the newest gems I found in TDP’s gallery this past week (each page is linked to the gallery so you can leave the original artists some love)…

First up is this fantastic layout by Mother Bear. I just love the clustering on this page — all those tiny little elements, so carefully layered together. The flow of the page is great, too, with that simple red tag at the top starting your journey and pointing the way to the fun photos. Did you notice how the color palette for the layout mimics the colors in the photo?

Next up is another beachy layout I chose from Anne PC (it’s the end of winter in Australia, so I’ll take all the warmth and sunshine I can get!) — and what caught my eye here was the mix of shapes. The circular photo layered on top of the patterned paper grid design is a great idea that I might have to steal on one of my future layouts! The summer tag also adds a nice pop of color against the predominantly blue and white page.

I also loved this page from ElaineU. Back-to-school pages are big in the gallery right now… but how about an end of year layout? Look at that smile! Quick pages can be great ways to catch up on your memory-keeping. Add a great photo (the choice of black and white photo was brilliant here) along with some journaling, and you’re good to go.

While browsing the gallery and admiring all the gorgeous eye-candy, I also found a few older “throwback” layouts in the gallery to share with you today, as well…

First, this simply yet lovely page by sylvia. I love the clean lines of this layout, and the pinks against the grey create a softness. A few dimensional elements just add that special ‘something’ to the page.

This next page by Margie just drew me in right away… not only for the adorable photo (oh my, cleaning that face would have been fun!), but also for the layers of brushes and stamps. Like the other page above, just a few elements is all it needs.

My final page to share with you today is this one by knclark of Papa’s little barefoot helper. I really like the larger, slightly blended photo that highlights the young man’s efforts. The paint splatters remind me of mud, too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the first installment of our newly-revamped Friday Favorites series today! I had so much fun looking through the pages of inspiration that can be found in the gallery here at The Digital Press. Whether I’m in a scrapping rut and looking for ideas, or I just want to see what everyone’s been up to… the gallery is always a great place to look around.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for even more scrappy inspiration… check out this weekend’s New Release products, as well… and then get creative, add your projects to the gallery, and perhaps you will be featured here in a future Friday Favorites post!


About the Author Kat Hansen is a creative team member here at The Digital Press. A HR Manager in the real estate industry 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 well as her health and fitness journey. Kat has quite the sense of humor (she “blames” her father for this), which she incorporates into her journaling and memory-keeping.