Summer Camp 2017 | Mess Hall | WEEK #4

Hello, and welcome to the fourth and final edition of our weekly “Mess Hall” feature during The Digital Press’s big SUMMER CAMP 2017 event that has been taking place throughout July!

If you haven’t already checked out the other “Mess Hall” meals that have been a part of SUMMER CAMP 2017 (and/or any of the other fun activities)… definitely swing through the forum, grab yourself a badge tracking card, and join the fun! We’ve got one week left in this month-long event, and there’s actually still plenty of time to jump in and earn a chance at some prizes! We’ve got events, challenges, tutorials, and more lined up throughout the final week of July! 🙂

As for today’s “Mess Hall” …as you know, throughout the month of July the members of our team have been here on the blog sharing a weekly meal with you — a main course, side dish, and dessert (or cocktail!) that are each tried-and-true (tested personally by members of our team!). Give any of this week’s meal items a try, and you could earn a SUMMER CAMP 2017 badge! Get the full details HERE.

So… let’s jump right into this week’s meal!

The WEEK #4 meal comes to you from TDP creative team member Carolyn, who hails from the Sunshine Coast of Australia… and you can definitely tell where she’s from by the tropical/beachy vibe you get from the meal she’s whipped up for us! Whereas our first week’s meal (WEEK #1, found HERE) was Italian-inspired… and the second week’s meal (WEEK #2, found HERE) was Mexican-inspired… and last week’s meal (WEEK #3, found HERE) was very comfort-food-inspired… this final meal is very island-inspired! And can we just say? …we think you’re going to love it. YUM!

photo credits for [1] [2] and [3] to TDP creative team member Carolyn

What is that up there, you ask?

  • Rice Paper Wraps with Chicken or Prawns
  • Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables
  • Mini Pavlovas

We keep saying it every week, and even though we might sound like a broken record… we’ll say it again — YUM! You truly won’t be disappointed if you give any of these recipes a try.


RICE PAPER WRAPS WITH CHICKEN OR PRAWNS

Carolyn had the following to say about this recipe: “We try to eat as healthy as possible and always cook from scratch. This, however, does not mean that we spend hours in the kitchen everyday… as no one has time for this. This recipe is wonderful to serve on a hot summer’s day and can either be prepped ahead of time*, or made at the table with your family. We find that it is a fun family dinner, as children just love rolling up their own wrappers. You can use a variety of fillings so just select ingredients that are familiar to your family..”

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—1 packet of Vietnamese rice paper wraps (see prep photo HERE)
—1 cup shredded barbecued chicken
—1 cup of peeled and de-veined prawns
—1 carrot (cut into short thin strips or shredded)
—1 small cucumber (cut into thin strips)
—1 cup bean shoots or sprouts
—1/2 cup fresh mint (or other herbs as desired)
—a few cabbage leaves (sliced finely)
—sweet chili sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

*these wraps should be made as close as possible to the time they are to be eaten; if preparing ahead of time, however, store on plastic wrap in fridge.

—Prepare all of the filling ingredients first (as noted above) by arranging each individually on separate plates or one very large plate.
—Fill a large bowl with hot water.
—Take one of the rice paper wrappers and dunk it into the water for a few seconds (just enough to soften it; do not soak the wrappers).
—Select desired filling ingredients and place in center of wet softened wrap (do not overfill).
—Add approximately 1 teaspoon of chili sauce over ingredients.
—Fold up the base of wrapper over ingredients; fold in both sides; and then roll it up (see prep photo HERE). Serve.

*TIP* I will often use a wet tea towel as my plate to do the wrapping, as I have found that it is easier to roll the wraps on the wet towel.


QUINOA SALAD WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES

Carolyn had the following to say about this recipe: “This is one of our favourite recipes, which we are lucky to make largely from fresh ingredients straight out of our garden. This salad is so easy, and a great way to use leftover vegetables and salad greens. It is perfect for summer, as you can prepare it a day ahead and keep it in the fridge. It is also gluten-free and vegan.”

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—1 cup quinoa (dark or white)
—2 cups water
—mixed vegetables for roasting (I used 1 beetroot, 1 large sweet potato, and 1 parsnip [see prep photo HERE]… but you can use just about any vegetable you have available)
—olive oil
—1 colander of mixed salad greens (I used rocket, parsley and lettuce)
—DRESSING: 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper (I also usually add grated lemon rind; a.k.a. lemon zest)

INSTRUCTIONS

—Combine quinoa with water in a saucepan on stove and bring to boil; once boiling, put lid on saucepan and reduce heat to low; simmer for 10 minutes.
—Remove saucepan from heat, and leave lid on for approximately 30 minutes for quinoa to finish steaming; then, fluff up quinoa with a fork.
—Prepare vegetables for roasting by peeling and dicing into small pieces. You will need approximately 2 trays for roasting. Drizzle veggies with olive oil. You can add herbs if you like (I also added some fresh thyme and oregano; see prep photo HERE).
—Bake vegetables at 190 degrees C (375 F) for about 25 minutes.
—Meanwhile, prepare the salad greens by cutting into strips.
—Prepare salad dressing by whisking together all of the “DRESSING” ingredients (listed above).
—Place the cooked quinoa into large salad bowl, add prepared greens, and mix in the dressing. Add roasted vegetables as the last ingredient. Serve.


MINI PAVLOVAS

Carolyn had the following to say about this recipe: “I had to include this recipe, as it is a traditional Australian recipe — although it is usually served as a large Pavlova, rather than as minis. You can use whatever fruit is in season. This recipe should make 6-8 minis.”

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—4 egg whites (at room temperature)
—1 cup caster sugar (very fine granular sugar; otherwise you can use standard granular sugar but it will just take a little longer)
—fresh cream (approximately 1/2 cup)
—mixed fresh fruit, sliced (I used a combination of blueberries, strawberries and passionfruit; see photo, above, of the final product)

INSTRUCTIONS

—Cover oven tray with baking paper (a.k.a. parchment paper).
—If using whole eggs, separate the whites from yolk and beat egg whites in a bowl at medium speed with electric mixer until soft peaks form (see prep photo HERE).
—Gradually add sugar, 1 Tbsp at a time, beating until dissolved between additions. Once the last of the sugar is dissolved, your mixture should be glossy and thick.
—To make the minis, you can use a cookie cutter as a shape guide. Add approximately 2 Tbsp of meringue mixture to inside of shape mounding more on the outer edges. Lift cutter for next shape.
—Bake at 150 degrees C (300 F) for 30 minutes. Then, turn off oven and leave in oven to dry and cool.
—Whip the fresh cream (I do not feel sugar is needed… but add if you prefer; I usually flavour the cream with rose water).
—Once cool, decorate the minis with whipped cream and fresh fruit. Serve.

* Per Carolyn: you will see in my photos that these mini pavlovas were a little flat; this can occur if you beat the egg whites too quickly / at too high a speed. They still tasted fantastic!

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Want to give one of these recipes a try and earn your WEEK #4 MESS HALL BADGE for TDP’s SUMMER CAMP 2017? Come get the details in the forum —> HERE.

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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.

Summer Camp 2017 | Mess Hall | WEEK #3

Hello, and welcome to the third edition of our weekly “Mess Hall” feature — part of The Digital Press’s big SUMMER CAMP 2017 event this July!

If you haven’t already checked out our lineup of activities for SUMMER CAMP 2017… definitely swing through the forum, grab yourself a badge tracking card, and join the fun! We’re only halfway through the month, and there’s still plenty of time to jump in! We’ve got events, challenges, tutorials, and more lined up throughout the month of July… including a weekly FOOD article, like this one! 🙂

Each Sunday throughout the first 4 weeks of July, members of our team will be here on the blog sharing a meal with you — a main course, side dish, and dessert (or cocktail!) that are each tried-and-true (tested personally by members of our team!). Give any of the meal items a try, and you could earn a SUMMER CAMP 2017 badge! Get the full details HERE.

So… let’s jump right into this week’s meal!

Whereas our first week’s meal (WEEK #1, found HERE) was Italian-inspired… and the second week’s meal (WEEK #2, found HERE) was Mexican-inspired… this third week’s meal by TDP designer Kristen Magee of k.becca is very comfort-food-inspired! I mean, who doesn’t love themselves a flavorful slow-cooker masterpiece, and some good old-fashioned mac-n-cheese?! YUMMM!

photo credits to [1] and [2] TDP Designer Kristen Magee and [3] Gluten-Free on a Shoestring

What is that up there, you ask?

  • Slow Cooker Italian Chicken & Peppers
  • Kristen’s Favorite Stove Top Mac-&-Cheese
  • Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Quick Bread

We keep saying it every week, and we’ll say it again — just YUM, about all of it! You truly won’t be disappointed if you give any of these recipes a try.


SLOW COOKER ITALIAN CHICKEN & PEPPERS

Kristen had the following to say about this recipe: “Slow cooker recipes are so great when you’re short on time or on hot days when you don’t feel like turning on the oven. I love that this recipe is so flexible. Serve it over pasta or rice, or spoon some onto sandwich buns for a slightly messy but super tasty meal.”

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—3 bell peppers (any color)
—1 medium onion
—24 oz (1.5 lbs) boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
—1 tsp basil
—1 tsp oregano
—3 cloves of garlic, minced
—1/2 – 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional – if you want the sauce to have a bit of a spicy kick)
—24 oz jar marinara sauce
—salt & pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

—Slice the bell peppers and onions into 1/4 inch wide strips. Lay half of the cut onion and peppers in the bottom of a 4 quart / large slow cooker.
—Place the chicken breasts on top of the onions and peppers and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the basil, oregano, minced garlic, and (if using) crushed red pepper flakes over the chicken.
—Cover the chicken with the remaining onion and peppers, and pour the marinara sauce over top.
—Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for four hours or low for eight hours.
—After cooking, remove the lid and use tongs or two forks to shred the chicken. The chicken should be so tender that it just about falls apart on its own.
—Stir everything together after shredding the chicken and serve over pasta or rice. Or you can do what I did : grab some rolls and make sandwiches with it!

[recipe adapted slightly from an original recipe found on Budget Bytes]

KRISTEN’S FAVORITE STOVE TOP MAC-&-CHEESE

Kristen had the following to say about this recipe: “Mac & cheese is one of my favorite comfort foods, and this recipe is incredibly cheesy, creamy, and delicious. Plus, you can make it in one pot on the stove top! On several occasions, I’ve sprinkled crumbled bacon on top and served it as a main dish with a side of broccoli or mixed vegetables. So good!”

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—8 oz (1/2 lb) elbow macaroni
—4 Tbsp butter
—2 eggs
—6 oz evaporated milk (or, I’ve also tried this recipe with half-&-half, a mix of cream and 2% milk, and whole milk… and it’s always turned out great!)
—1 tsp kosher salt
—1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
—1/2 tsp hot sauce
—1/2 tsp yellow or Dijon mustard
—10 oz mild or sharp cheddar cheese, grated (the original recipe calls for sharp cheddar, but I prefer mild cheddar so that’s what I use. You can even mix both!)

INSTRUCTIONS

—In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente and drain.
—Return the pasta to the pot and melt in the butter. Toss to coat.
—In a mixing bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the eggs, milk, hot sauce, mustard, salt, and pepper.
—Stir into the pasta and add the cheese. Over low heat, stir continuously for 3-5 minutes or until creamy. For the first few minutes, it might not look like it’s going to come together, but once the cheese starts to melt, everything becomes creamy very quickly.

[recipe adapted slightly from an original recipe by Alton Brown]

GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE CHUNK QUICK BREAD

Kristen had the following to say about this recipe: “A moist and tender, not-too-sweet quick bread that is so yummy no one will guess it’s gluten free!”

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—1-3/4 cups (245g) all-purpose gluten free flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill 1 To 1 Baking Flour)
—6 Tbsp (54g) cornstarch
—1 tsp xanthan gum (omit if your flour blend already contains it)
—1 tsp vanilla
—1-1/2 tsp baking powder
—1/2 tsp baking soda
—1/2 tsp kosher salt
—3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
—6 Tbsp (84g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
—1 cup (227g) plain yogurt, at room temperature
—2 eggs (120g, out of shell), at room temperature
—4 oz. chopped milk or dark chocolate (chocolate chips work great, too!)

INSTRUCTIONS

—Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a standard 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan with non-stick spray and set it aside.
—In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl with a hand mixer), place the gluten free flour blend, cornstarch, xanthan gum (if needed), baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Whisk to combine well with a separate, handheld whisk or a fork.
—Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients. In a measuring cup, whisk together the yogurt, eggs, and vanilla. Add the butter and the yogurt/egg/vanilla mixture into the well in the center of the dry ingredients.
—Mix on medium speed with the paddle attachment of your stand mixer (or a handheld mixer) for 2-3 minutes, or until the batter is combined and smooth. The batter will be thick.
—Fold the chopped chocolate into the batter with a spatula until the chocolate is evenly distributed throughout the batter. Scrape into the prepared baking pan. To create a dome shape, run a wet spatula along the edges of the pan and pull the batter toward the center.
—Place the pan in the center of the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F, and continue to bake for another 20-35 minutes*, or until the top of the loaf springs back when pressed lightly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with, at most, a few crumbs attached.
—Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the loaf pan for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, slice and serve.

* Per Kristen: the original recipe states to continue baking for 20 minutes after reducing the oven temperature, but in my oven it always takes about 30-35 minutes to finish baking. So, I’d suggest checking with a toothpick at 20 minutes to see if it’s done. If not, continue baking for a little longer.

[recipe adapted slightly from an original recipe found on Gluten-Free on a Shoestring]

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Want to give one of these recipes a try and earn your WEEK #3 MESS HALL BADGE for TDP’s SUMMER CAMP 2017? Come get the details in the forum —> HERE.

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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.

Feature Friday | Laura Passage

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! Today, I am super excited to be showcasing the very talented Laura Passage (known to many of us as Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage, or just WWC)! This is Laura’s second feature here on the blog (you can find her first feature article from July 2016 HERE)… and whereas last time we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers — this time, we’re giving you a little peek into the designers’ creative spaces, as well as more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, here’s a look at Laura’s creative work space…

Here’s what Laura had to say about her space: “My “office” is a long counter/desk that runs along one wall of our guest bedroom. It’s a complete disaster zone. I didn’t even bother cleaning it up in order to take this photo (ha! ha! I just creatively cropped out the piles of paperwork and scrapbooking supplies (LOL!) that are stacked on either side of my main desk area, which is a Vari-Desk variable-height standing/sitting workstation desk that my husband bought me after I had emergency back surgery a few years ago). You can also see close-ups of two areas of my work space that speak to my personality… (a) my rainbow-addiction in tangible form (a.k.a. All the Rainbow Ribbons, and All the Rainbow Washi, and All the Rainbow Baker’s Twine, and All the Rainbow Buttons)… and (b) the area of my bulletin board that houses all of the cute notes/etc. that I get from my kids.”

We also asked Laura to give us a Top 5 list that is representative of herself at this point in her life… and she shared with us her Top 5 TV & Movie Quotes She Most Often Uses in Her Daily Life

  1. How was your day? Did you have a good day today or a bad day today? Well what kind of day was it?!” ~Michael Richards, from Seinfeld (used by my husband and I when we come home at the end of our day, as a joke, based on Kramer’s monologue about marriage)
  2. I’ll stuff you all in the crust!” ~Steve Carell as Gru, from Despicable Me (used anytime my kids are making me crazy and I need them to settle down and go away and stop pestering me)
  3. Change approved!” ~just about any character, from Cougartown (used anytime I decide, on a whim, to redefine something… or any time that I decide, for instance, to eat dessert for breakfast… etc.) 😉
  4. Is your house on fire, Clark? Don’t throw me down, Clark!” ~Aunt Bethany, from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (used anytime I’m offering up “be careful”-type advice to someone that is unnecessary or over-protective or silly, etc.)
  5. Stop trying to make ‘fetch’ happen! It’s not going to happen.” ~Regina George, from Mean Girls (used anytime someone — usually one of my kids — is trying to get me to agree to something and they’re pestering me with no end in sight)
[ click on any of the quotations, above, to see the original video clip that relates to each 😉 ]

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As for her designs… Laura creates digital scrapbooking products that also have a distinctly paper-ish style and feel. You’ll find lots of flat stickers and icons in her kits, mixed with the types of dimensional items you tend to find used on traditional paper scrapbook layouts — stuff like wood veneer, string, staples, paper flowers, etc. Her kits are always bright and colorful and fun to work with.

Here are just a few of my favorite products by Laura Passage

Additionally, here’s a look at just a small sampling of the gorgeous projects that have been created using Laura’s products…

Isn’t it all so fun and inspiring? 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about Laura and peeking into her creative space! If your wish-list grew while you looked through the inspiration, above, then I have some good news for you! During her entire feature week, you will find all of Laura’s products 30% OFF in her shop at The Digital Press! (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 7/20). Check your wish-list, and don’t miss out on this great chance to clear your favorite items off it — at a discount!

And finally, this week only — you can snag the following FULL COLLECTION (!) from Laura’s shop for FREE with any $10+ purchase in Laura Passage’s shop at The Digital Press (this offer also ends at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 7/20)…


Gaelle 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 kitty. She loves digiscrap and discovered this activity in 2012, since she’s totally addict and scrap to keep memory her everyday life. Her family is definitively her principal source of inspiration.

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Summer Camp 2017 | Mess Hall | WEEK #2

Hello, and welcome to the second edition of our weekly “Mess Hall” feature — part of The Digital Press’s big SUMMER CAMP 2017 event this July!

If you haven’t already checked out our lineup of activities for SUMMER CAMP 2017… definitely swing through the forum, grab yourself a badge tracking card, and join the fun! There’s still time to jump in! We’ve got events, challenges, tutorials, and more lined up throughout the month of July… including a weekly FOOD article, like this one! 🙂

Each Sunday throughout the first 4 weeks of July, members of our team will be here on the blog sharing a meal with you — a main course, side dish, and dessert (or cocktail!) that are each tried-and-true (tested personally by members of our team!). Give any of the meal items a try, and you could earn a SUMMER CAMP 2017 badge! Get the full details HERE.

So… let’s jump right into this week’s meal!

Whereas last week’s meal (WEEK #1, found HERE) was very Italian-inspired… the WEEK #2 meal is every bit as Mexican-inspired! The main course, in particular, is pretty unique and fun (but again, sooooo quick & easy!)… and the food we’ve accompanied it with is just YUMMMM!

photo credits to [1] Hello Fresh [2] TDP Designer Rachel Hodge and [3] TDP creative team member Carrie

What is that up there, you ask?

  • Grilled Cheese Tacos (w/ Avocado, Sweet Potato, & Tomato Salsa)
  • Rachel’s Bean Dip & Chips
  • Carrie’s Frozen Coconut Limeade

We said this last week, and we’ll say it again — just YUM, about all of it! You truly won’t be disappointed if you give any of these recipes a try.


GRILLED CHEESE TACOS

This recipe has become a once-every-other-week thing in our household in the past few of months, ever since the first time we tried it. It’s sincerely that good (and easy!). And to think… the first time I saw the recipe, I thought it sounded a little bit too weird. Well, if weird = delicious, then yes.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—6 flour tortillas
—6-8 oz “grilling cheese” (otherwise known as Halloumi cheese; I buy mine at Trader Joe’s and it comes in a package that looks like THIS)
—1-2 medium tomatoes (orig. recipe calls for “1 roma” but I usually use the equivalent of 2, and not just roma — even a cup of grape tomatoes works fine!)
—1 avocado
—1 sweet potato
—1 medium shallot
—1 lime
—1/4–1/2 oz fresh cilantro (because I use slightly more tomato, I also use more cilantro)
—olive oil OR vegetable oil (your preference; I use olive), salt, and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

—Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees & wash/dry all produce items; quarter the lime and juice half of it
—Peel the sweet potato & dice into 1/2-inch cubes; toss w/ a small amount of oil, salt, and pepper on a foil-lined baking pan (for easy clean-up)
—Bake the sweet potato for about 20-25 minutes (toss around on the pan at about the 15 minute mark)
—Finely dice the shallot (orig. recipe calls for 1 Tbsp; but again, I use the whole shallot because I am using extra tomato & because I like shallot!)
—Dice the tomato, and chop about half of the cilantro leaves into small pieces (save the rest for garnish)
—Mix the tomato, chopped cilantro, shallot, and juice of half a lime in a bowl; season w/ salt & pepper to taste & set aside
—Peel & pit the avocado and cut it into slices; set aside
—When the sweet potato is almost finished roasting, heat about 1 Tbsp of oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat
—Fry the grilling cheese slices about 1-2 min per side (the Trader Joe’s variety comes pre-sliced in 6 slices; or, slice yours first into about 1/4-inch thick slices)
—Once the cheese slices are golden brown and warmed up, fold a damp paper towel around the tortillas and microwave for about 30 seconds (or if you prefer not to microwave, you can heat them in a damp paper towel that is covered completely in foil for about 5 min in the oven before you turn the oven off)
—Fill each tortilla with cheese, sweet potato, avocado slices, spoonfuls of tomato salsa, and some of the leftover cilantro garnish; serve w/ remaining lime wedges

[recipe adapted slightly from an original recipe found on Hello Fresh]

RACHEL’S BEAN DIP & CHIPS

Is there anything more satisfying than a warm, gooey, bean dip served with corn chips when you’re throwing together a quick-&-easy Mexican-inspired dinner night? TDP Designer Rachel Hodge has just the recipe to fill that need! YUM.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—250g (8oz) block cream cheese (at room temperature)
—300g (2 cups) sour cream
—½ bunch spring onions (chopped)
—1 jar mild or medium salsa
—1 packet taco mix
—1 can refried beans
—1 green chili (finely diced)
—sprinkle of dried oregano
—sprinkle of cheese
—corn chips

INSTRUCTIONS

—Mix all the ingredients together EXCEPT for the cheese & corn chips, and place mixture in a baking dish
—Bake at 180 C (350 F) for 1 hour
—Remove from oven & immediately sprinkle cheese over dish; bake for another 5 mins (or until cheese is melted)
—Serve with corn chips!


CARRIE’S FROZEN COCONUT LIMEADE

This last recipe is a fun one because it can be served kind of like a dessert, after your meal… or as a cocktail, before your meal… or both! TDP creative team member Carrie loves to make this recipe in 2 stages — her kids get a serving from Stage 1 (pre-rum)… and the adults get a serving from Stage 2 (with rum added). It’s a fun way to let everyone in the family enjoy cocktail hour!

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—5 cups of ice
—3/4 cup original (not lite) coconut milk
—4-6 Tbsp frozen limeade concentrate
—3 Tbsp water (or Malibu rum) 😉

INSTRUCTIONS

—Blend the first 3 ingredients first (mixing in a blender on high until smooth)
—If serving to kids, too, pour out glasses for the kids before adding the rum (and then add rum & another cup or so of ice cubes & blend again)
—Can be served with lime slices on the glass (and/or in frozen mugs/glasses/etc. to keep it colder!)

[recipe adapted slightly from an original recipe found on dessertnowdinnerlater.com]

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Want to give one of these recipes a try and earn your WEEK #2 MESS HALL BADGE for TDP’s SUMMER CAMP 2017? Come get the details in the forum —> HERE.

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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.

Feature Friday | Food|Family|Story

Hello, it’s Friday once again, and therefore time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog! This week, I am excited to share more information about the very talented Danielle of Food|Family|Story.

This is Danielle’s first feature here on The Digital Press blog, and we’re using her feature article to help you get to know her a little better by giving you a little peek into her creative space, as well as more insight into her creative processes.

We also asked her to provide us with a Top 5 list that is somewhat representative of herself at this point in her life, and she chose to share with us her Top 5 Favorite Vegetables

  1. Tomatoes (sure they are technically a fruit, but I still count them as a veggie)
  2. Beets
  3. Kale
  4. Fennel
  5. Broccoli

When it comes to Danielle’s products, what I love about them is that they all tend to have a theme that revolves around family, friends, and gatherings (including food!)… and so they’re really easy to use for a lot of different projects.

Here’s just a tiny sampling of some of my favorite products that you can find in the Food|Family|Story shop at The Digital Press (just look at the Grill Master | Pocket Cards with the cute little grill card — isn’t it wonderful?! …or the super cute houses on the Place to Call Home | Brushes and Stamps)…

Additionally, here is a sampling of some truly beautiful layouts made with her products…

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about Danielle of Food|Family|Story, as well as getting a look at her work space and some of her amazing products! And as if that wasn’t already enough fun… I have good news! Her entire shop at TDP will be 30% OFF throughout her entire feature week (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 7/13)!

Additionally, this week only — you can snag this fantastic patriotic-themed pocket card set for FREE with any $10+ purchase in the Food|Family|Story shop at The Digital Press (this offer also ends at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 7/13)…

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blogfotoAbout the author  Astrid is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives with her husband and her 2 teenage/adult kids in Germany. As a mini-jobber with only 10 hours/week, she has plenty of time for her digital scrapbooking hobby. She has Netflix and Amazon Prime, and is addicted to nearly all series. Vampires, zombies, vikings… it doesn’t matter; she likes everything. She loves the ocean and the summer heat, but lives in the opposite: mountains. Therefore, she loves visiting her family in Algeria or the south of France.

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Summer Camp 2017 | Mess Hall | WEEK #1

Hello, and welcome to the first edition of our weekly “Mess Hall” feature — part of The Digital Press’s big SUMMER CAMP 2017 event this July!

If you haven’t already checked out our lineup of activities for SUMMER CAMP 2017… definitely swing through the forum, grab yourself a badge tracking card, and join the fun! We’ve got events, challenges, tutorials, and more lined up throughout the month of July… including a weekly FOOD article! 🙂

Each Sunday throughout the first 4 weeks of July, members of our team will be here on the blog sharing a meal with you — a main course, side dish, and dessert that are each tried-and-true (tested personally by members of our team!). Give any of the meal items a try, and you could earn a SUMMER CAMP 2017 badge! Get the full details HERE.

The WEEK #1 meal is very, very worth a little time in the kitchen, folks. Trust us on this (and it’s actually sooooo quick & easy!).

photo credits to [1] [2] Marley Spoon and [3] Sugar Spun Run

What is that up there, you ask?

  • Skillet Ravioli Lasagna
  • Salad with Homemade Croutons
  • The World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Seriously, just YUM. To all of it. You won’t be disappointed if you give any of these recipes a try.


SKILLET RAVIOLI LASAGNA

I’ve made this recipe 3 times in the past few weeks. It’s that good (and easy!). Every time we eat it for dinner, my husband and I sit and try to figure out how the sauce could possibly be so flavorful and delicious… because seriously, it doesn’t seem like there’s anything in it other than tomatoes and tomato paste… and… shallot. BOOM. I never realized what an amazing little onion a shallot could be (and I cook with them all the time, folks, seriously)… until this recipe. This pasta sauce is living proof that a single shallot can season a tomato sauce like nobody’s business (and probably lead to world peace, and also, yes, I know that the sauce isn’t living proof of anything because it’s not alive. It’s an expression, and we’re going to roll with it).

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—1 package of store-bought fresh cheese raviloi (I use the “RANA” 4-cheese variety, but really any will do; that’s simply my definite favorite)
—1  14oz can of tomatoes (I use diced… but again, anything works; the original recipe calls for whole/peeled, and my way cuts down on the work of smashing them up)
—1 Tbsp tomato paste
—1 medium-to-large shallot*
—1 ball of fresh mozzarella cheese (recipe actually calls for about half this amount, but I use the whole ball so I don’t end up with weird portions of leftover cheese in my fridge)
—fresh basil (I use 2-3 stems’ worth; equivalent to just under one of the small plastic containers you get in the fresh herb section of your grocery)
—olive oil, salt, and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

*if you’ll be making the salad, below, as well… cut your shallot in half and use half for this pasta recipe, and half for the salad. If you’re only making the pasta, you can use a slightly smaller shallot OR you can just throw it all in the pan because it won’t hurt anything! mmmm mmmm good

—Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees
—Pick the basil leaves from stems and tear leaves into bite-size pieces; divide into 2 portions
—Cut the fresh mozzarella ball into bite-sized pieces (about 1/2″ to 3/4″ cubes)
—Finely dice the shallot
—Heat about 1 Tbsp olive oil on medium-high in an oven-proof skillet; once shimmery and hot, throw in the shallot and cook until softened and fragrant (1-3 min)
—Stir in about 1 Tbsp of tomato paste and mix into the shallot/oil for about 1 min
—Add the can of tomatoes and half of the basil leaves; season with salt and pepper to taste; cook for 3-5 min, until heated through
—Add 1 cup of water and the ravioli pasta; stir to combine, and then continue cooking for about 5 min until the sauce is bubbling and pasta is softening
—Remove from heat, add half of the mozzarella pieces, and stir to combine
—Add the rest of the mozzarella pieces to the top, and then place the entire skillet (again, as long as it’s oven-proof) in oven to bake for about 8 min

[recipe adapted slightly from an original recipe found on Marley Spoon]

SALAD WITH HOMEMADE CROUTONS

Salad is salad is salad, right? Usually, yes. Except for when the salad uses fresh, warm, homemade croutons… and the dressing is a simple oil and vinegar with shallots that is, once again, inexplicably delicious.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—1 ciabatta roll (my grocery store carries them in bulk in the bakery section, right next to the bagels)
—1 small head of romaine lettuce (or you can also use pre-cut/bagged romaine heart lettuce)
—1 small-or-medium shallot*
—1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
—1-1/2 Tbsp olive oil
—salt and pepper (and about 1 extra tsp of olive oil for baking the croutons; optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

*if you also made the pasta, above… you likely have half of a medium-to-large shallot leftover for this salad recipe; if not, however, you can just use one small-to-medium-sized shallot instead

—Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees (if you are also making the pasta, you can bake the croutons at the same time you bake the pasta)
—Thinly slice the shallot and then add it into a large bowl with the vinegar and the olive oil; season with salt and pepper to taste; whisk together
—Cut the ciabatta roll into 3/4″ to 1″ cubes
—Toss the ciabatta with a teaspoon or two of olive oil (optional; you an also bake them dry) and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper
—Bake the ciabatta pieces in the oven for about 6-8 min, until they’re starting to toast slightly
—While the croutons are baking, cut or tear the lettuce into bite-sized pieces and add into the bowl with the salad dressing
—Once the croutons have cooled slightly, add them to the salad
—You can also add other ingredients, if desired (in our house, we occasionally also use grape tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, and more)

[recipe adapted slightly from an original recipe found on Marley Spoon]

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

These are, hands-down, the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made. They are totally delicious — and they come out chewy and gooey, but also with a slightly “crispy outer shell” (there’s really no other way to describe that, although I know it sounds ridiculous). They’re so good I often make a double-batch and then keep the dough in a tupperware container in our fridge for a week or two so we can bake up a few fresh, hot cookies every night for dessert.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

—1 cup butter (use the real stuff; melt it and let it cool off for a few minutes before mixing it, so it won’t melt the sugar too much)
—1-1/2 cups light brown sugar
—1/2 cup granulated white sugar
—2 eggs (or equivalent amount of egg substitute, which is preferred if you like to eat raw dough) 😉
—1/4 cup maple syrup
—1 tsp vanilla extract
—3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
—2 tsp cornstarch
—1 tsp baking powder
—1 tsp baking soda
—1 tsp salt
—at least 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use half regular-sized chips and half mini-chips, per recommendation of the original author of the recipe)

INSTRUCTIONS

—Once the melted butter has cooled slightly, mix it completely in a very large mixing bowl with the brown sugar and the granulated white sugar
—Add the eggs and mix completely
—Add the maple syrup and the vanilla extract and mix completely
—In another large bowl, combine the following ingredients: flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
—After whisking together the dry ingredients completely, gradually add (in about 3-4 batches) the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in the other bowl
—The more flour mixture you add, the harder it will get to stir… so pat yourself on the back for your “upper body workout” and pour yourself a glass of wine
—Finally, add the chocolate chips (I usually add about 1/2 a package of the big chips, and 1/2 a package of the mini chips — if making a regular batch)
—Once combined, you’ll probably want to eat a spoonful or two of raw dough (sooooo good)… and then put the rest into the fridge to chill for about 30 minutes
—While the dough is chilling, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees
—Place dough onto parchment paper-lined cookie sheets about 2+ Tbsp at a time in balls that are a bit taller than they are wide
—Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes (keep an eye on your first couple batches until you know how hot your oven is and how long it takes to bake)
—Cookies are done once they start to turn golden brown around the edges
—You’ll probably want to do a few taste tests to figure out if the cookies are better warm & fresh out of the oven, or cooled completely with a slightly crispy outside and a soft inside. This will require eating at least 2 or 3 cookies from every batch. This is normal; just enjoy.

[recipe adapted slightly from an original recipe found on Sugar Spun Run, where you’ll find a bunch of other amazing & desserty recipes, as well]

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Want to give one of these recipes a try and earn your WEEK #1 MESS HALL BADGE for TDP’s SUMMER CAMP 2017? Come get the details in the forum —> HERE.

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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.

Feature Friday | Meagan’s Creations

TGIF! Friday not only means the end of the work week… but also, it means it’s time to learn something new about one of our fabulous designers here at The Digital Press!

Today I am happy to share more information with you about Meagan Tuck of Meagan’s Creations. This is Meagan’s second feature here on The Digital Press blog (you can find her first feature from January 2017 HERE), and whereas last time we used her feature article to help you get to know some fun trivia about Meagan — this time, we’re using her designer feature to give you a little peek into her creative space, as well as more insight into her creative processes.

With that in mind, here’s a look at Meagan’s creative work space…

We also asked Meagan to give us a Top 5 list that is representative of herself at this point in her life… and she shared with us a list of the Top 5 Things She Also Does While Designing

  1. Listen to Pandora — My channel is a mix of Adele, The Lumineers, The Head and the Heart, Florence + the Machine, as well as some 90s favorites.
  2. Tutor Math Online — I actually mentor math tutors for the past year, but before that I was an online math tutor and would tutor while designing all the time. I occasionally still tutor and it’s easy to do a couple of quick things in between the 1-2 minutes it takes the student to respond.
  3. Snack! — I love cheese and crackers, apple slices and peanut butter, or popcorn while I design. And lots of water!
  4. Watch a Show — I’ll have my Photoshop window on half of the screen, while watching a show on the other half. I just finished Designated Survivor, and before that I watched This is Us.
  5. Getting Pinterest Inspiration — I love looking up color palettes, party supplies, and scrapbook layouts on Pinterest to get ideas for unique elements and styles. And I almost always wind up downloading a new font!

Meagan’s creations (see what I did there?! 😉 ) are bright, colorful, and fun! She designs amazing themed collections full of papers, embellishments, alphas, clusters, word art, glitters, journaling cards.. and more often than not, coordinating templates!

Here’s just a tiny sampling of some of the products you can find in the Meagan’s Creations shop at The Digital Press

Meagan’s products are also versatile and simple to use for just about any layout. Here are a few projects that use her products and caught my eye…

 

Thank you for spending some time getting to know more about Meagan with me today! I had a blast browsing through her store, and I definitely found a few things to add to my wishlist! And I have some great news! Her entire shop here at The Digital Press will be 30% OFF throughout the coming week during her feature (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 7/6).

And last but not least… Meagan has a fantastic Free-with-Purchase offer for everyone this week! You can snag her brand-new (just landed in the shop today!) “Sk8ter Boy” Kit for FREE with any $10+ purchase in Meagan’s shop at The Digital Press — this week only (again, the offer runs through 11:59pm ET on Thursday 7/6)…


AmieAbout the Author  Amie is a craft-loving dental hygienist who lives in Washington state. She loves her husband, her two kids (ages 9 & 6), and her English Bulldog… as well as coffee, baking cupcakes, daffodils, glitter & sprinkles, reading a good book, and lip gloss — not necessarily in that order.

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!


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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