Friday Favorites | November 29th, 2019

Hello and happy Friday! Welcome to the latest edition of our Friday Favorites series on The Digital Press blog.  While I love the excitement of new releases in The Digital Press Shop each week, I find it equally thrilling to scroll through the gallery and see the unique ways with which our fellow scrappers put digi scrap goodies to use.  Browsing the gallery is one of my favorite things to do when I find myself with a bit of scrappers block!  I’m so excited to share with you some of my favorite layouts from our amazing community of scrappers this past week.

(each image is linked up to the original post in the TDP gallery, which means you can click on the layout artist’s name or the image and check them out yourself, leave some love, etc.)

First I’ve selected this crazy fun page by southernmother. The main photo is big and bold and I love the added motion from the tilt of the image. Flowers and butterflies and so many other pretty details finish this layout off perfectly.

Next is this sporty layout by heidi.  The dark background paper contrasts nicely with the lighter colors of the photos, and I love how the series of images tell the story of the at-bat! Can you believe there’s only one little sliver of patterned paper on this layout? the elements and the photos speak for themselves!

And now this gorgeous and festive layout by MartinaL. So many beautiful details layered and stacked! The main rectangular elements are broken up by the circle frame over the photo (and peeking out of the corner), the epoxy snowflakes, and the circular flowers. Lovely design!

And next is a really fun and sweet hybrid layout by Ann-Sofie.  The rainshower hearts over the photo of a rainy dog-walk is too cute! And I absolutely adore the random scattering of circles on the right page.

And last but certainly not least, is this wonderful layout by helptheold is so sweet! I love the paint splatters and scorecard grid under the papers and the split design that makes amazing use of white space in the middle – just like a bowling alley!

Be sure to head on over to our gallery to check out all the amazing creations shared by our incredibly talented community members! And if you haven’t shared your layouts before, this is the perfect time to start! We’d love to see what you’ve been working on!


About the Author  Beckie is a creative team member at The Digital Press who lives near Austin, Texas. In addition to scrapping and photography, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and ignoring household chores. 

Tutorial Tuesday | PART 5: Use Products from TDP to Scrap on Your Phone

Hello, and welcome to another edition of our Tutorial Tuesday series here on The Digital Press blog! Today I’m going to show you a creative hack for using the Project Life App, something I like to call the “page within a page” technique. This technique is fairly simple and it’s a fun way to make your app-scrapped pages a little more creative. It’s also a great way to add more photos to your layouts without making them seem overly photo-heavy.

Before we get started today with my “page within a page” process… a quick recap, for anyone new to this series! You may recall that in my last Tutorial Tuesday blog post, I talked about some of the newer features of the Project Life App — like ‘Freeform Text’ and adding your own fonts. Additionally, be sure to read the entire “phone scrapping” series here on The Digital Press blog if you’ve never used your phone or tablet to scrapbook, and/or if you need a refresher on some of the things you can do.

And now, let’s get started with today’s project! Here’s a look at a page that I was working on in the Project Life app…

I use a light grey background from the ‘Project 52 2016’ kit and the white frame photo overlay is from the ‘Project 12 2019 May Overlays’ in the Project Life App. I really like the way the photos pop with the white frame on the neutral gray background.

Don’t worry about exiting out of the first layout, it will save in your library in the app. You could use any layout for this trick, I’m partial to the trio of 3×4 pockets into a 4×6 pocket, but the possibilities are endless. Get creative! Also, I leave the background white on this layout. I think It helps to coordinate with the frame overlay.

This step can get a little tricky. When you pinch and zoom in the app, it can be difficult to get it *exactly* centered. I think it’s easier to crop the photo before you bring it in to the app, either in your native photo editor, or even in Pic Tap Go (which is integrated right into the Project Life App). You can see I repeated Step 2 for the bottom left pocket.

I used k.becca’s Autumn Leaves & Pumpkins papers as pocket cards for this layout. She’s one of our favorite TDP Designer Alumni, visiting the site again this month for our 5th Birthday Reunion! Be sure to hurry and check out her shop while it’s open again during TDP’s birthday celebration (through 12/2).

Then I download the layout to my computer and open it in Photoshop to add embellishments, as well as any journaling or titles, if I didn’t add it in the app prior.

Here’s a look at the finished layout…

I love Karla Noel’s photo stamps! This one is from her Love Life – Sentiment Bits. The Thanksgiving title (recolored) is from Thanks – The Elements by Karla Noel too. I added other embellishments to fill in the white space on the trio of photos from Cornelia Designs – With a Grateful Heart kit.

I found some great layouts by our very own Meagan & Jenna from the Creative Team, in the gallery that used this technique.
Look at Meagan’s gorgeous layout. Now she used the Over app as well, but you can see how the middle photo pocket on the left side has the 3 square photos with the white space, that was done in the Project Life App. She used Rachel Etrog’s October Stuff kit. 

And this one by Jenna. She used Rachel Etrog’s At The Fair collection.

Can you tell we all love the neutral gray background with the white frame overlay on our photos? Great minds think alike.

Another fun trick is to “mat” your photos with a colored background using the ‘page within a page’ technique.

And here’s the finished layout after it got some embellishing in Photoshop.

Similar to my first page, I used Cornelia Designs – With a Grateful Heart kit, Karla Noel’s KN Touch font (for the title) and her Thanks – The Elements (the circle stamps). The coral colored background is from an app kit called ‘Brave Patient’

It’s a fun trick and a great way to add some color to your app layouts, but also what I’d consider white space, to allow for some embellishments.

Now are you asking yourself “Why doesn’t she just do ALL of it in Photoshop?” I know… I know. It’s a great question. Here’s my answer. I take the majority of my pictures on my phone and I love the ease of scrapbooking on the go with my phone. I can complete a layout while I’m on lunch break at work, while waiting in the doctor’s office, or even in bed! I used the Project Life App to get current after being perpetually 7-ish years behind. My love for the app runs DEEP. That being said, now that I’m caught up, I have the luxury of being able to spruce up my app layouts in Photoshop when I want to. However, if you want to do this all in Photoshop, here at The Digital Press, there is NO shortage of amazing pocket templates by our designers. Cornelia Designs has designed some stunning pocket templates in her Pocket Basics Template series, Anita Designs has quite a few template packs in her ‘A Story Captured’ series that lean toward pocket-style with an artistic flair, and Little Lamm Paper Co has a bunch of ‘Add-On Photoshop Templates’ that are great for adding multiple photos to one pocket.

Let me know if you have any questions about the Project Life App – I’d love to get you scrapping on the go! Be sure to post your layouts that use TDP products along with the Project Life app in the gallery! We’d love to see what you come up with!

Happy Scrapping!

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. 

Hybrid How-To | 12 Days of Christmas Countdown

Hello everyone! It’s Donna here, and I’m excited to share another edition of our Hybrid How-To series with you here on The Digital Press blog! Today, I am going to show you how to make a 12 Days of Christmas Countdown calendar, using digital supplies and a muffin/cupcake tin.

The idea behind the muffin tin is quite simple: on a daily basis, uncover the appropriate day’s lid to reveal a treat or small toy hidden in the cavity below. The little ones in my family love any type of advent or countdown calendar and this will be no exception, I am sure!

It’s a really easy project, too… so let’s get started!

The first thing you’ll want to do is choose a digital collection that you would like to use for your project. For my example, I decided to use 12 Days | The Collection by Mari Koegelenberg Creations, as shown here…

I love the fun, whimsical feel and the bright colors of this collection… and a bonus is that the countdown numbers are simply perfect for this project!


  • photo editing software (I used Photoshop Elements, i.e. “PSE”)
  • empty muffin tin
  • matte photo paper
  • scissors or a paper cutting machine (I used my Silhouette Cameo)
  • magnet strips or double-sided tape
  • adhesive (I used white glue)
  • pop dots (optional)
  • buttons, string and brads (optional)

The first step is to design the lids that will fit over every cavity of the muffin tin. My tin cavities are 2.50 inches wide with .50 inches between each opening…so my finished lids will need to be 3 inches square. I used a 12 cavity muffin tin, but you could always use one with 24 cavities to create a full advent calendar.

Fun Fact: The 12 Days of Christmas begins on December 25 (Christmas) and runs through January 6 (Three Kings’ Day)… whereas, an advent calendar countdown begins on December 1 and runs through December 24 (Christmas Eve).

I always design my hybrid projects completely digitally, first, so as to get a visual feel for what the final project will look like. Once I am satisfied, I then pull apart all the layers onto separate pages for printing/cutting. After that, I will be replacing some of the digital elements shown below by using real buttons, strings, and brads… but in order to determine their placement, I used digital ones in my initial design. Here’s what I came up with…


The next step is to pull apart the layers onto separate pages for printing/cutting. I did this in my Silhouette Cameo software since this is what I will use to cut everything out.

Here’s a look at my  papers after I printed them out… once they were ready to be run through my Silhouette Cameo for cutting…

After cutting out all my elements, it was time to assemble each lid. To add some dimension, I used pop dots to attach the daily numbers to the lids, and white glue to attach the buttons and bows. I then attached a magnet to the inside corners of each lid to make sure they each stay put on the muffin tin (you could also use double sided tape if you don’t plan to use this year after year).

Here’s a look at the finished project, once I had it all assembled…

I hope this tutorial will inspire you to create your own countdown calendar this year, using your own favorite digital collections from your stash! If you decide to have a go at it, please let us see it! You can load your project into the hybrid gallery at TDP and leave a comment on this post, below, with a link to your project… etc. We would love to see what you come up with!

DonnaAbout the Author Donna is a member of the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She has been a digital scrapper and hybrid crafter for over 10 years, and loves the flexibility digital products provide. When she’s not scrapping you’ll find her in front of the TV, at the computer, or in the kitchen  cooking up something scrumptious. She has been married for 40 years to her husband, Sonny, and they live in South Florida with their sweet little dog, Roxy, and kitty siblings Cashmere and Velcro. She also enjoys swimming, gardening, traveling, and chocolate (of course!).

Friday Favorites | November 22, 2019

Happy Friday, and welcome to another edition of our Friday Favorites series on The Digital Press blog! I love browsing through the gallery and seeing the amazing talent of our community members. So much inspiration to be found! I am very excited to share with you another showcase of the many amazing pages that can be found in our gallery! We have a wonderful community of scrappers here at The Digital Press, and it’s always fun to see what they are creating with the amazing products found in The Digital Press shop.

Below you will find just a handful of the many fantastic pages I’ve seen in TDP’s gallery this past week (each image is linked up to the original post in the TDP gallery, which means you can click on the layout artist’s name or the image and check them out yourself, leave some love, etc.).

First up is this amazing page by Renate. I absolutely love all the white space, and her masking is superb! Those stacked pieces coordinate so well with her photos, too, and don’t distract from them whatsoever. This is such a bright and breezy page!

Next… here’s a great page by Margie. How can you not just love that sweet face and perfect smile?! I love that she has the frame cut from newspaper… and I love the way she used that lace flower in the corner. What great shadowing! Her brushwork is spectacular, as well.

Additionally, here’s a fantastic layout by DivaMom96. I am in complete awe of her extractions. You feel like you could pick that cup and saucer right off the page. And she, too, has gorgeous brushwork. Additionally, who doesn’t love any layout with coffee beans scattered throughout?!

Next, I found this awesome page by sucali. I just love her book, and you really have to look closely to realize it’s not 3D! Her shadowing is superb, and I love her split title work, too. Such a great page!

And finally, I came across this beautiful fun page from Angelle. You can just see the mischief in those eyes and the adorable smile! I love the way she secured her frame to the page in multiple spots, and the textures on this page are breathtaking. I just love everything about this sweet page!

These layouts are only a sampling of the many, many amazing pages to be found in The Digital Press gallery. I hope that you will take some time to take a look for yourself, and/or upload some of your own crafty creations!

Don’t forget each week our fantastic designers add lots of new products to the shop, so don’t forget to take a look and see what you need to finish your pages so you can upload them to the gallery. Maybe one of your pages will be featured in an upcoming edition of Friday Favorites, too!



About the author  Robin is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. A wife of 26 years and a mom of 4 crazy children (3 in college and 1 still at home), she says that her life occurs mostly in the car as she transports said crazy kids to their many, many homeschool activities. When not driving, Robin loves to make her family cringe by pulling out her camera again (and again, and again…).

Tutorial Tuesday | Using Masks and Overlays

Welcome to another edition of our Tutorial Tuesday series here on The Digital Press blog! Today I’m here to share tips for using masks and overlays on your digital scrapbooking pages.

We all love those big-photo layouts, right, such as my example page just below this paragraph? You know… the pages which have that one spectacular picture that deserves all the accolades of being front-and-center on a page. But what happens when you want to create a collage, of sorts, and blend photos together? It might seem like a challenging task, but it’s not. Let me share with you a few quick and easy tips on combining photos to create a background for your scrapbooking layout.

When I posted this layout (above) in the gallery, I received some love with a request for instructions on how I created the look of the overlapped black and white photos. Well, here we are! What I’m going to share are my own tips on how I achieved this look. As many of us know, there is often “more than one way to skin a cat” and the world of digital scrapbooking offers a multitude of ways to achieve a specific look or outcome. I’ll be using Photoshop CC for this tutorial, but the same or similar results can be achieved in Photoshop Elements, or any other program that allows for layers and masks.

Tip 1: Start with a neutral foundation

I typically start my pages with a white or off-white color. This allows for a more seamless blending of the photos (although I will note here that sometimes I don’t want the images to just fade away and the harsher edges are good to see). If you use a kraft paper or a darker color, you may need to play with Blending Modes a bit to get the right effect. But that’s the fun of digital, playing around to find what works for you! Personally, I would steer away from patterned paper unless it is neutral tone on tone and almost not visible.

In my layout I used a simple layer filled of a light grey, knowing ahead of time that I was going to convert my photos to black and white.

Tip 2: Select photos that work with each other

Easier said than done, right? How do you determine if the photos “work” or not? Grab two or three images and place them on your layout. Lower the fill percentage on the top photo(s) to make it slightly transparent. This will allow you to position the pictures into an arrangement that will work. Look for areas where the images naturally seem to fit together.

Here’s an example of how the photos I chose for my layout, when reversed, do NOT work (vs. the placement I ended up with for the final scrapbook page). The crown in the smaller photo is too close and overlapping with the face on the larger one … nope.

What you are looking for are natural lines where things like shoulders, heads, faces blend together. It’s a bit like putting a puzzle together.

Tip 3: Make it easy for yourself and use masks or overlays

With the foundation laid of where you’d like the photos, it’s a quick step to throw some masks or overlays under them (there are plenty of options in the shop). I’m usually looking more for a general shape of what I’m looking for, i.e., circular, rectangular, etc. and will seek that out. Some masks have ‘hard’ edges to them, but many have the softer, faded edges, which are perfect when you’re layering photos in the way we’d like to in this example.

Start by adding the masks over the photos.

You may be reading this and thinking I’ve done things backwards. Surely you would do the masks or overlay first and then add the photos? Yes, you could. However, for my workflow with this kind of layout, I like to initially put the mask over the photo so I can see what will show through when I reverse the layers and clip the picture to the mask.

Sometimes through use of this process of line, I find a mask that just isn’t right or needs some resizing. In this example, the mask for the larger photo will reveal almost all of my son’s face, with other sections of the photo just showing through in bits and pieces — exactly what I was looking for!

Repeat for all photos.

Tip 4: Don’t be afraid to “mask the mask” 

Sounds a bit strange, doesn’t it … “mask the mask”. We’d all love it if a scrapbook page came together 100% perfect 100% of the time. Yeah. No. Doesn’t really happen that way. Even in selecting what seems to be the ideal masks or overlays for layering your background photos, there might still be a need to adjust a few edges.

You’ll see here that the upper left and lower right corners of my smaller photo still need a bit of refinement.

Making sure you have the mask layer selected, click on the “add layer mask” icon in the Layers Palette. A white square will be added to the layer – this is the one you want to work on. Select a brush from your palette (soft round, artsy – whatever you like), and using black or white, “paint” the areas of the mask you’d like to adjust. Remember, when using masks, a black brush will conceal or hide things, while white will reveal (great if you accidentally hide too much).

As you can see here, just a few small changes helps soften the edges and assist with blending the two photos. With my background now complete, I can layer in other photos or, as I did in my layout, add a template to the page.

While this might seem like a complicated process, it’s really only a few steps and then some artistic playing around to get the look you’d like – and with so many paint-like masks available at The Digital Press, why not give this technique a try?

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.

Friday Favorites | November 15, 2019

Happy Friday and welcome to another edition of our Friday Favorites series on The Digital Press blog!

Today, I am super excited to share with you a few of the amazing pages that can be found in our gallery!  We have an awesome community of scrappers here at The Digital Press, and it’s always fun to see what they’ve been creating with the amazing products found in The Digital Press shop. There is always so much inspiration to be found!

Below, you will find just a handful of the many fantastic pages I saw in TDP’s gallery this past week (each image is linked up to the original post in the TDP gallery, which means you can click on the layout artist’s name or the image and check them out yourself, leave the artist some love, etc.).

The first layout I’d like to share with you today — Grateful Heart — was created by the talented Anne PC. I just love her wonderful use of white space, the soft color palette, and the wavy, overlapping pieces for patterned paper that draw your eye to that sweet photo. I love the little paint spatters she’s got in the background and the little flower and string cluster on the side of the photo…

This next layout — I Have All I Need — by DivaMom96 is just so different from the first layout I shared with you; there’s a lot more going on in this page, and I love this too! I love the varied size of the hexagon shapes, the collection of black and white photos, and the fact that she’s matted each shape with a different paper. The oranges and grays and pinks work well together. I also like looking through her page and seeing the varying elements she’s tucked behind the shapes and placed on top of the shapes!

Next is this page — Thankful Heart — by Ann-Sofie. I am always in awe of people who make beautiful hybrid projects. For some reason, it’s never been something I’ve done. These journal pages are absolutely beautiful! I love the vellum paper she stamped her word art onto, and the way it overlays the photo (check out the other photos she shared of this page in the gallery — here and here). I love the fall colors and her choice of patterned papers and the stamped frame on the paper piece behind the photo. It’s simply a lovely, lovely page!

Next, I really like the color scheme appscrapper used in this page — Grateful Heart Green Bay. I like the shadowing she used to make it look like she cut into the grid paper, and the way the patterned papers are set back behind. I like the horizontal strip of equally-sized photos on top of the vertical strip of set back papers. The confetti tucked behind the photos frames them so nicely. I love the collection of photos … from the detail of the tickets, to the group, to the game itself. What a fun page!

And finally — November — by Sylvia. This layout is so very clean and simple and beautiful! I love the bold yellows and reds set atop the clean background paper. Her shadow work is amazing; I always appreciate great shadow work! I love the flowers and the sequins and the cute little pumpkin atop the photo. Beautiful!

These layouts are just a small sampling of the amazing pages you can find in The Digital Press gallery. If you’ve got some time, take a look for yourself, and/or upload some of your own creations! Each week, our amazing designers add a bunch of new products to the shop, so take a look and see what you need to finish your scrapbooking pages… and perhaps one of your pages will be featured in an upcoming edition of Friday Favorites, too!

About the Author  Barbara is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives in Minnesota, is married (she is celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary this week!) and has two great kids (can she call them kids when they’re 20 and 22 years old?!) and a super sweet 12 year old Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier. In her free time she loves to “play” and create in Photoshop and Lightroom, take photos, binge watch her favorite shows and cook healthy dishes. Life is good!