Feature Friday | Jimbo Jambo Designs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

jimbo-jambo-designs-layouts

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

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

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

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


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

Tutorial Tuesday | Custom-Made Journal Cards

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

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

Let’s get started!

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

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

EXAMPLE 1

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

EXAMPLE 2

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

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

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

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

EXAMPLE 3

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

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


Sabrina

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

Hybrid How-To | Luggage Tags

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

SUPPLIES

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

INSTRUCTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Feature Friday | MEG Designs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Tutorial Tuesday | Creating Export Presets in Lightroom

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

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

STEP 1

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

STEP 2

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

STEP 3

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

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

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

STEP 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STEP 5

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

STEP 6

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

STEP 7

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

STEP 8

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

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

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


Robin

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

Feature Friday | Calista’s Stuff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aren’t those fun?

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

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


Amy

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

Tutorial Tuesday | The Spherize Technique

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

STEP ONE

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

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

STEP TWO

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

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

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

STEP 3

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

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

STEP 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Hybrid How-To | Gift Card Holder

Hello everyone, It’s Tanya here for this week’s Hybrid How-to.  I’m going to show you how to create this cute and easy recycled project.   It’s  one way to show your child’s teacher ” THANK YOU” for all they do.   I loved creating things for my kid’s teachers when they were in school.  There are many opportunities throughout the year….the first day of school, teacher appreciation day, the last day of school, their birthday….just to name a few.  Today we are creating this project for the last day of school.

SUPPLIES Needed:

  • digital kit of your choice ( I used School Rules by Mari Koegelenbern and Land of the learning by Anita Designs)
  • empty gum container
  • double sided tape
  • pop up dots
  • punches
  • scrap piece of cardstock
  • shredded paper
  • gift card

These are the two kits that I chose, but there are many more fun “school” kits at The Digital Press shop to choose from.

I created the tags and note cards using the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software using the print and cut feature.   It can be done in any photo editing program, print and cut with a pair of scissors.

I love my Silhouette and even when things are probably easier just to cut out  Old School, I still use my Silhouette instead.  It’s kinda addicting!!

Use the big scallop to punch out the bottom piece.  Continue using the different punches for the layered tag.

Add pop dots to the apple for dimension.  I have tons of pop dots on hand because I love the layered look.

Use the tiny circle punch to punch a hole for the ribbon to go through.

Before adding the gift card, add some of the shredded tissue to the bottom.  There are so many different colors and you can find them for a $1.00 a bag at the Dollar Tree.

After adding the gift card, attach the tag with ribbon of your choice.   Isn’t this a super cute way to give your child’s teacher a gift card?

Oh and don’t forget the bus driver.  Because of them, the kiddos get to and from school safe and sound.

For this one, I created little note cards for the teacher to use next year.   Imagine them stapled to the top of your child’s work.   This simple gift even without a gift card would be very sweet.

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s Hybrid How-To here on The Digital Press’ Blog.  Now it’s your turn to create something fun!

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s Hybrid How-To here on The Digital Press’s blog. Now it’s your turn to create something fun (with or without a cutting machine)! If you would like to earn points toward TDP’s monthly challenge system, visit the corresponding monthly Hybrid Challenge in the forum’s CROSSWORD SECTION (you’ll find it stickied up near the top during May 2017). We’d love to see your creations!


Tanya

About the Author  Tanya is a part of the hybrid team here at The Digital Press. She has been hybrid crafting for at least 14 years now, and loves creating and sharing those creations with others. Her all-time favorite tool is her Silhouette Cameo. She has been married for 28 years to her high school sweetheart, Richard and has two sons: Chris, 25 and Chance, 20. She also enjoys crocheting, photography and woodworking

Feature Friday | k.becca

It’s Friday! That means it’s time for another edition of our Feature Friday series here on The Digital Press blog… and this week, we get to learn a little bit about one of our beloved TDP designers — Kristen of k.becca!

This is Kristen’s first feature here on the blog (she is one of our newest resident designers at The Digital Press, and I’ve fallen completely in love with her style since she arrived in March!)… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers, this year we’ve been using our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, we asked Kristen to show us her creative space — where she works to come up with all of her fantastic digital designs. We’re loving the bold colors she surrounds herself with as she works…

This is what Kristen had to say about her space… “After over a decade of apartment living in the city, my husband and I moved out to the country a few years ago and bought our first house — a 100-year old fixer-upper. This is the first time that I’ve had a dedicated space to design and craft in, which is awesome, but I have to admit that I’m still trying to get used to it. I move furniture and supplies around on a semi-regular basis, trying to find just the right setup. It’s definitely a work in progress! Right now, my computer desk is on one side of the room, and there’s a small alcove on the other side of the room with a desk where I draw, paint, and craft. I keep most of my coloring supplies and adhesives in two IKEA Raskog carts that sit right beside the “crafting desk” …and I love the little containers that hook onto the sides of the carts because I can just pick up a container or markers, colored pencils, etc. and sit it right beside me as I work. There are also a few multi-drawer pieces of furniture where I store inks, paper, and other supplies. I love color, but I actually like the space that I work in to be pretty neutral, so there’s a lot of grey and white going on in the room. Between the art and craft supplies around the room and the work that I do on the computer, I still get my color fix!”

Well I, for one, am so jealous of Kristen’s crafting space! Its sure is filled with oodles of awesome and colorful treasures! 🙂

We also asked Kristen to share with us a Top 5 list that is representative of herself at this point in her life, and this is what she came up with — her Top 5 Current Favorite Things

  1. Daffodils — The previous owner of our house was known in the neighborhood as the “Daffodil Lady,” and she planted hundreds of the flowers (if not a thousand or more!) around the property. They’ve had to deal with some pretty volatile weather the past couple of years, but they’re some tough little flowers and it makes me happy to see them bloom because I know that warmer weather is coming soon!
  2. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies — I’m not a big fan of white chocolate on its own, but when it’s paired with macadamia nuts something magical happens. Mmm… so delicious!
  3. All Things Foil — I’m on a mission to Foil All the Things, and the Minc has been one of my “can’t do without” crafting tools lately, along with lots and lots of reactive foil. Rose gold and  pewter are two of my current faves.
  4. Hand Lettering — I cannot get enough when it comes to hand lettering and modern calligraphy, and one of my goals over the past couple of years has been to improve my lettering skills. I still have a long way to go, but the journey has been a lot of fun.
  5. Stickers — Okay, so there’s never been a time where I haven’t been lovin’ stickers. My sticker book from back in the day is one of my prized possessions, and my love for 80’s scratch and sniff stickers knows no bounds. You can imagine how happy I was when I first discovered the print & cut feature on my die cutting machine. Woohoo, DIY stickers!

 

As for Kristen’s products… her shop is filled with lovely digital kits, elements, word art, and journal cards — and she has a knack for putting colors and patterns together with unique elements that work seamlessly with traditional ‘paper-style’ scrapbooking, as well as pocket scrapbooking. You are sure to find something that works for any photo and memory that you want to document and treasure! You will find a good array of products to suit just about any need. Her products gel very well with my personal style, and her journal cards tend to be my special favorites!

I’ve shared just a small sampling of my favorite products from the k.becca shop here…

Additionally, here are some of the projects that have made using k.becca’s designs…

I trust that you have enjoyed getting to know Kristen of k.becca a little better, including the chance to see a peek of her creative space and appreciate her creative process! Remember that the k.becca shop at The Digital Press Co will be on sale 30% OFF all week long (sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 5/4). Surely that’s all the excuse you’ll need to visit her shop and clear out your wish-list! 🙂

Additionally, this week only — you can snag the following FREE COLLECTION with any $10+ purchase in the k.becca shop at The Digital Press! Exciting stuff…


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About the Author Pallavi resides in the United Kingdom with her husband and their son, Rajveer. She has previously lived in Calcutta, Pune, San Francisco, Chicago, London, and Mexico City. She reflects all these places in her pages as she captures her everyday stories. She is an alumnus of Northwestern University, and currently she is learning photography and working towards getting to a healthy weight. Her days are full and she loves it that way!

 

Tutorial Tuesday | Multiple Photo Layouts

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Hello everyone, and welcome to yet another edition of our Tutorial Tuesday series here on The Digital Press blog! Today, I am going to share a few very simple (yet quite useful!) tips for fitting multiple photos onto a layout.

If you’re like me, one of the most difficult parts of scrapbooking is choosing photos with which to scrap. I suffer from ‘separation’ and ‘abandonment’ anxiety when it comes to discarding some of the photos that don’t make the ‘cut’. 🙂

Whilst good selection may be essential for effective storytelling, I often find that I am trying to fit more photos onto my pages — especially when there is a back-story to those photos. Therefore, I went back through my gallery to see how I’ve solved this issue in the past, and to compile a list of some useful tips and tricks I could share with you. And believe it or not, I found there actually is a method to my madness, when I scrap! LOL

So without further ado… the following are my thoughts on “how to work multiple photos into your layouts”…

 

1. Make pocket pages

The first obvious approach is to make a pocket style page. The beauty of this scrapping style is that the canvas is neatly divided into spots that you can then fill with your photos, journaling, papers, embellishments or a combination of all of these. Here is an example from one of my favourite pages.

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Credits:Beats Journalers by Creashens, Template is Duo 10 Go anywhere by LBVD Designs, Blue skies ahead alpha and papers by River Rose Designs

There is also an awesome tutorial about pocket scrapping and how to go about it if you are new to it :).

It becomes even more effortless if you can find pocket style templates that work for you. One doesn’t need to be a Project Life scrapper or even a Pocket scrapper to dabble in this style. The key is to have fun and adapt these to suit your own style and needs. Here at the Press we have an amazing selection of these. Check them out here.
2. Use unusual photo spots
Here are some examples to do this. In this first layout I have clipped photos to photo spots in the template but also layered with patterned papers. The various shapes were a good way to show different crops on multiple photos I had of my girls ‘rowing the boat’.
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 Credits:  Drawing blanks template by Sandy Pie Creations, A lot by Creashens

In the next one, whilst there was just one photo spot in the template, I wanted to show a long shot of where the kids were. I adjusted the template to insert a big photo in the background.

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Credits: Everything from April shop collab – Fresh Air

In this final example I have literally added more photo spots. Simple and effective 🙂 Varying the photos between black and white and colour also adds a great deal of interest to the page.

 

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 Credits: To remember album, This is everyday wordart, Time stood still all by Sabrina’s Creations
3. Clip photos to other shapes
Photos don’t always have to be rectangular or square in shape. It is great fun to use some different shapes to add a varied flavour to your style. In this example below, I have slipped one of the photos to a watermark star shape – probably not meant to be used as such but worked for me!
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 Credits: 31 days of December by Meg designs, Thanksgiving by Rachel Hodge,Plus Side by Sahin Designs
4. Create a background of photos
This is my favourite go to method. Especially when I have nice pictures to show off. Putting that pivotal picture in the background not only creates a great canvas for the layout but also sets the context and lets you be more creative and experimental with the other photos. Here are some examples.

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Credits:Tranquil by Sahin Designs, Chinese Whispers template by Jimbo Jambo designs, Found papers by Creashens

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  Credits:Forever by Little Lamm and Co, Family Love templates by Sabrina’s Creations
5.Change the crop to tell a different story (a.k.a. working with multiple similar shots)
So what happens when you have great photos but they look quite like one another? Fear not, there are a few ways to approach this, as well.

In the following examples, I have simply used different crops of similar shots – some in colour and some in black and white. I also used full length big photo on the left hand side.

All-of--me-loves-all-of-you-copy-for-web Credits: Hello February by Dunia Designs, Choices template by Meg Designs
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 Credits:Clean and Simple templates 24 by Sabrina’s Creations Also used by Meg Designs: Its the Little Things, Spring Song papers, Recharged JCs, Melliflous JCs
6. Use templates
As mentioned before templates are a great booster.Using the right template can get you to a great start! There are many interesting multi-photo templates available here at the Press. See some examples for yourself.
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 Credits:Scraptime vol 9 templates and Awakening Bundle by France M Designs
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Credits: May 2016 Templates and Grad bundle by Sahin Designs
7. Use templates, but don’t be afraid to change them up
Whilst templates can be great for a great start, feel free to play around with them to accommodate your photos – e.g. creating more spots if required or altering their position, shape and sizes.

If you look at the following layout and the template I have used as a starter, it is only but a small proportion of my overall design. In other words the template is hardly recognisable but I still had a great start using it and take it further from there.

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 Credits:XO Cards by Dunia Designs, Hey love stamp sheet by Karla Dudley, Love is in the air elements by Mari Koegelenberg, Hello February elements by Dunia Designs and Cynosure templates by Meg Designs

 

So that’s it! …seven (7) easy ways to approach scrapping when you have lots of photos you need to include on a single page. I hope you find these ideas to be useful! Meanwhile, if you have ideas of your own for solving the “fitting multiple photos onto one layout” issue… I would love to see your own hacks! I’m always looking for more ideas. Please feel free to share them in the comments below.

Until next time… stay creative! Ciao!


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About the Author Shivani Sohal is a donner of many alter-egos. A finance professional by day in busy London, she morphs into a seemingly normal mum of two in the evenings and weekends. She is constantly found with her fingers in too many pies and juggling the metaphorical balls. That is living on the edge for her; aided by the two ankle biters and a darling hubby who define the warm and mushy for her. She is ferociously dedicated to memory keeping — almost immune to any nay-sayers (or equally-disruptive crying children or annoying house fires!); keeping her head down and forging ahead at all times.

 

Hybrid How-To | Mother’s Day Mini-Album

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Hello everyone! It’s Saturday, and therefore 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 beautiful mini-album as a gift for Mother’s Day.

Supplies Needed:

  • digital kit of your choice (I used For Mom By Little Lamm & Co)
  • white cardstock paper
  • any physical supplies/embelishments from your stash (I used only wood veneers and washi tape)

Instructions:

First, you will need two pieces of white cardstock, sized/formatted like the images below…

 

Next, after cutting the papers, you will need to score and fold them as shown below (to ensure they look like the format of the images just above this)…

You’ll want to glue the middle section (shown above) of the top paper to the same area of the bottom paper. This will create a thicker center section, along with multiple pages on each side that fold inward.

Next, it’s time to assemble and decorate the album. I chose digital patterned papers that I wanted to use in my mini-album, printed them, and then cut them to look like the images below…

*NOTE* These patterned papers, when printed, are a little bit smaller than the white cardstock sections, to enable us to glue them down on each section, as shown in the following image (below).

Glue your patterned papers down as a base on each section, and then decorate with photos, printed digital embellishments, and physical supplies!

 

Decorating your album is the most fun part of the process. Enjoy it!

Here’s a look at my album as I added photos and embellishments and it took shape…

I think this is a beautiful way to honor our mothers, isn’t it? And a beautiful and delicate gift. 🙂

If you’d like to give this a try, too, don’t forget that you can earn challenge points at TDP! 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 mini-album like mine using some digital elements and papers. 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, you guys… and happy scrapping!


AndreaAbout 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 | Tracie Stroud

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

With that in mind, we asked Tracie to show us her creative space — where she works to come up with all of her fantastic digital designs. This is such a great work space, eclectic and bright, busy and cluttered, but she loves it! Tracie says that she does all her mixed media and watercolor artwork here, as well as her scrapbook design work. When she is doing mixed media work, she just moves her laptop and tablet out of the way, and all her art supplies are within arm’s reach.

We also asked Tracie to give us a “Top 5” list that is representative of herself at this point in life, and she gave us a list of her Top 5 Essential Oils She Can’t Live Without…

According to Tracie, “we try to avoid medications and chemicals as much as possible, so we use essential oils a lot. It was hard to narrow it down, but these are the 5 I absolutely couldn’t live without…”

  1. Lavender — we use this for any skin issues: rashes, insect bites, minor burns, eczema, etc. I also put it in an essential oil diffuser every night in our boys’ room to help them settle down to sleep.
  2. Peppermint — This is a must-have for me when I feel a headache coming on, or when I need a mid-afternoon boost without breaking out the coffee maker.
  3. Eucalyptus — This one is fantastic for colds and congestion. Be careful, though… it shouldn’t be used for small kiddos.
  4. Lemon — Lemon oil is a great stain remover, air freshener, and cleaning agent. I make a general cleaning mix with lemon oil, peppermint oil, a little white vinegar, and water and keep it in a spray bottle. I use it for everything, and I haven’t bought a chemical cleaning spray in years.
  5. Frankincense — This one can be a little pricey, but it’s worth it to us. I’m never without it. It’s a vital immune support oil. Anytime we feel a cold coming on, we put this oil on the bottoms of our feet, where the skin is thinnest, and it almost always keeps the worst of the symptoms away and shortens the lifespan of the cold. I also use it in place of Neosporin on open cuts and wounds.

As for her digital design style…Tracie creates fun products that look like real-world papers and elements from an art journal. She’s been designing for over eight years, and she loves the flexibility that the digital medium offers — letting her incorporate her art into her designs. The best part is that Tracie’s artsy designs let customers play around and express themselves, too! Personally, I love her “Rock the Shadows” layer styles, which can be found in her shop… and I use them on every single layout I create!

Here are just a few of my favorite items from Tracie’s shop at The Digital Press

Tracie’s products are super versatile and easy to use for all kinds of projects. Here’s a look at a few of our favorite projects that use Tracie’s designs…

I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about Tracie today, as well as getting a look at her work space and at some of her amazing products! And as if that wasn’t enough fun… Tracie Stroud’s entire shop will be 30% OFF throughout this coming week during her Feature week (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 4/27). It’s a great time to clear out your wish list of any items from her shop, at a discount!

Additionally, this week only — you can snag Tracie’s “Dance In the Rain” kit for FREE with any $10+ purchase in the Tracie Stroud shop at The Digital Press (this offer also ends at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 4/27)…

 


JenniferHigniteJennifer Hignite is a mom of three boys and new homeowner with her fiance in the mitten state of Michigan. When she is not scrapbooking, she enjoys photography, decorating, and shopping at Target.

 

 

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Tutorial Tuesday | Getting Kids to Smile at the Camera

Ever wish you had a few tricks up your sleeve for getting kids to smile at the camera? I’m here today to help!

It’s often hard to get natural smiles from kids… and let’s face it, simply saying “cheese” often leads to the some of the cheesiest of smiles. So what to do?

I’m the first to admit that bribery goes a long way, but the last thing we really need is blurry photos due to a sugar high and smiles covered in chocolate. Right? So… instead, here are a few tips that will help you get some natural smiles.

  1. Chit Chat — I have found that some kids are shy or nervous about making sure they smile, just like the practiced at home, which can look fake or forced. If I just randomly bring my camera down and start chatting about school or what they ate for breakfast or who their favorite super hero is, I can get them talking and they’ll smile without thinking about it and then the don’t even notice when I bring my camera back up and start snapping away.
  2. Catch them off guard — On occasion, I will say something out of the blue that kids aren’t expecting or make it seem that I’m trying to get a cute smile out of one of the children and end up getting great smiles out of everyone because it lightens the mood and takes the focus off of having to force a smile. This helps to get great natural smiles.
  3. Distraction — Distraction works really well when kids aren’t cooperating at all. My favorite technique is to ask them to make a silly face or a tiger face and I make faces too. The kids get distracted and start laughing or smiling on their own.
  4. A little humor — My son always makes a funny face when I go to take his photo. Always. He always looks constipated, but as soon as I say the word, he can’t help laughing hysterically. Of course, I’d never say that to a client, but other jokes work great. For example, if a kid is picking his nose, I ask if he has some tasty cheese-boogars that he can share.
  5. It is what it is — Many of my clients want picture perfect smiles, but I’m more of a lifestyle type person myself. I absolutely love photos where my kids aren’t smiling, whether is a posed shot or just a quick capture. I’m drawn more to eyes than mouths, so I’d rather avoid squinting eyes from big smiles. Sometimes kids just are who they are and I strive to capture them in the moment. If I don’t get smiles, it’s no biggie… I get a lot of great shots anyways.

Want some examples of these tricks in action? Here is a layout I created using a few photos of the silly faces my daughter makes…

Next time you are photographing kids and find that you’re struggling to get a natural smile from your subject… give a few of these tips a try, and see if they don’t help you capture a fantastic shot or two!


FarrahAbout the Author  Farrah Jobling is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She lives in Denver with her amazing family — Mike, Nicholas (9), Claire (7), Hope (2 yr old puppy) & Kringle (9 mo old bunny). She works from home as a photographer and enjoys scrapping her personal photos.

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Feature Friday | Karla Noél

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 Karla Noél! This is Karla’s second feature here at TDP (you can find her first feature article from October 2016 HERE)… and whereas last year we used our feature series to help you get to know some fun trivia about your favorite designers — this year, we’re going to use our designer feature series to give you a little peek into our designers’ creative spaces, and more insight into their creative processes.

With that in mind, we asked Karla to give us a little peek into her creative workspace. She just recently moved, however, and so nowadays her “current workspace” is actually just her sketchbook, according to her. Here’s a little look at some of her creative magic taking place with pen and paper…

We also asked Karla to share with us a Top 5 list that is representative of her at this point in her life, and this is what she came up with…

Karla’s Top 5 List of Tunes She Loves to Listen To While Designing…

  1. When It’s Only Me and the Music by Jem and the Holograms
  2. Nicotine by Panic at the Disco
  3. One Moment in Time by Whitney Houston
  4. Middle Finger by Bohnes
  5. Go the Distance by Michael Bolton

She also shared some fun trivia/information about herself, for those who are new to her designs, given that she’s been on a design hiatus for the better part of this past year or two. So as a bonus, for those who don’t already know Karla… here’s an update! 🙂

  • I’m a self-taught jack-of-all-trades designer since 2003. Thanks to Google, coffee, and the passion for creative everything.
  • Since then, I have had my biggest blessings… 5 wonderful children, including 2 sets (!) of twins.
  • With digital designs and scrapbook pages… I only make pages with my own designs. Not because I don’t like the design of others… but because I know exactly what I like, and so I just make it myself! LOL
  • I was going strong for years… but since 2007, my personal life was falling apart, and after 11 years of marriage, my husband left us in September 2014. That’s when I stopped designing regularly 🙁 …and lost so much, from my belongings, to my van, my home, and my children.
  • I’m slowly working on coming back! Taking my time… making sure it feels right… finding myself after all these years. I’m finding that I have naturally evolved into a new designer with a different outlook. A new me… hoping that I will be accepted by the creative community once more, when I make it back. It helps having a creative fiancé, too! <3 hehe

As for Karla’s design style… it is distinctly her own. From her use of color to her fantastic hand-drawn elements and word art stamps… you can always recognize Karla’s products as being hers!

Here are just a few of my favorite products by Karla Noél

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

Isn’t it all so fun and inspiring? 🙂

I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about Karla and looking into her creative space! I have great news — because during her entire feature week, you will find all of Karla’s products on sale 30% OFF in her shop at The Digital Press! (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 4/20). Check your wishlist, and don’t miss out on this great chance to clear your favorite items off it — at a discount!

Additionally, this week only — you can snag Karla’s “Epic.Ness” Collection for FREE with any $10+ purchase in the Karla Noél shop at The Digital Press (this offer also ends at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 4/20)…


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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Tutorial Tuesday | Creating Keyword Sets in Lightroom

I love using Lightroom. When I first began using it, it was solely for the purpose of photo editing; I do almost all of my photo editing in Lightroom. After playing around in the program for a while, though, I started using it for keywording (a.k.a. tagging) my photos for organizational purposes — and eventually I also began using it to tag my digital scrapbooking supplies. The more I use Lightroom, the more I love it. Keywording in Lightroom is quick and easy… and helpful! …and that’s what I am here to share with you today.

For a long time, I did all of my keywording simply by typing in the keywords I wanted to use (saving to the file’s metadata)… and/or by clicking on the keywords that showed up in the “Recent Keywords” set. One day, however, for whatever reason… I noticed there were up and down arrows immediately to right of the “Recent Keywords” set. Hmmm. Why had I never noticed that before? Nested under “Recent Keywords” was a option to save and edit a keyword set. Finding that option was a great time-saver for me. Keywording is definitely not one of my favorite tasks, but I consider it a necessary part of my scrapbooking/photo-editing process and I welcome any and all shortcuts I find to speed up the process. I bet you will too!

So, before I show you how to create a keyword set, in case you haven’t been using Lightroom for keywording I first want to give you a quick how-to for basic keywording:

  • When you’re in the Library Panel press CMD/CTRL+K to access the Keywording Panel.
  • From there you just type in the keywords you want added to the metadata of your photo. *NOTE* You can add multiple keywords to a photo, simply by separating the keywords with a comma. For my example, I used the keywords “Barbara, BAU, Grant, Lauren, Scott, Stonehenge, UK” because these are the words I will most likely use to search for this photo at some point.

 

As I mentioned above, I find that creating Keyword Sets is a big timesaver. I’ve got a couple of standard keyword sets that I use. Some standard sets I find useful are for different sets of family members. I like to tag all the individual family members in my photos so I can quickly access photos of individual people. Yes, that is very detailed and perhaps more detailed than some people would want to go with their keywording… but the process actually goes quickly, and it saves me so much time down the road when I’m looking for photos.

I have three basic sets that I use all the time:

  1. “Us At Home” is a set of keywords I use all the time for my core family (my husband, kids, dog and at home keywords)
  2. “May Family” is a set of keywords of the names of people on my side of the family.
  3. “Unzen Family” is a set of keywords of the names of people on my husband’s side of the family.

 

From there, I’ll create keyword sets for individual holidays and events, vacations, etc. — any keywords that I feel I’ll use over and over for a particular set of photos. I’ll save these keywords to a temporary (or permanent) keyword set. It saves me time and speeds up my keywording process.

So, now you probably want to know how to create a Keyword Set. This is the very simple process:

  • Click on the little up/down arrows to the right of “Recent Keywords”
  • Click on “Edit Set”
  • Type in the keywords you want included in the set (each set can hold 9 keywords). Hit Tab to move from box to box.
  • When you’ve entered in the 9 keywords you want included in the set click on the down arrow next to Preset and choose “Save Current Settings as New Preset”
  • Type in a name for your preset

 

That’s it! So easy, right?

And the benefit is that after doing this, when you’re keywording images at a later point in time you can choose between using your “Recent Keywords” and any of the other Keyword Sets you’ve created. Such a time-saver! Give it a try. I hope you find that creating and using Keyword Sets in Lightroom speeds up your keywording/tagging process, as well.

If you’ve got any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments of this post and I’ll get back to you. Also … if you’ve got any Lightroom shortcuts of your own that you’d like to share with us, feel free to share them with us in the comments, as well!


Barbara UnzenAbout the Author:  Barbara Unzen is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press. She’s a mom to two teenage kids, a 19 year old son and a 17 year old daughter. In her free time she loves to digi scrap, take photos and hang out with her family.

Hybrid How-To | Custom Watercolor Tags

Hello everyone! It’s Saturday, and time for another edition of Hybrid How-To… and today I’m going to show you how to use digital stamps to create customized tags (and/or other projects).

Supplies Needed

  • Digital stamps (I used stamps from Speechies and Love This by Rachel Hodge, and also This Life March Stamps from the Juno Designs shop)
  • Digital Kit (I used In Living Colour by KimB Designs)
  • Watercolor paints or distress inks
  • Laser printer
  • Optional — Minc foiling machine

Instructions

I used Microsoft Word to create my project… but of course you can use just about any word processing or image editing software. You will need to arrange your elements (stamps, etc.) on the page in a way that is conducive to printing. Don’t forget to leave some white space around each element (and around the outer edge of the page as a margin).

*TIP*  In Word, I set the ‘Wrap Text’ option to ‘In Front of Text’ so as to be able to easily move the elements around on the page.

If  you have access to a laser printer, then you can print your document before painting. However, if you only have an inkjet printer, you must decorate your page first before printing or your images will run.

Once you have your stamps printed… you can let your creativity run wild! Use watercolor paints (or similarly-styled inks) to create unique backgrounds. Here’s a look at what I did…


*TIP* Use washi tape or masking tape to secure your page to a board or desk. This will help the paper stay flat (rather than curling).

Color your tags as you wish — use ombre effects, splotches, etc. — it’s up to you. I even left a few of my images blank so that I could color them in after I had cut out the pieces.

When you’ve finished, carefully remove the tape and allow to dry. It’s a good idea to place a heavy book on top to keep the paper flat.

OPTIONAL EXTRA STEP — Because I used a laser printer, I could add foil to my pieces using a Minc machine. To do this, you place the foil on top of the paper and feed it through the machine. The foil reacts with the toner… which melts and grabs the foil. Foil is available in a rainbow of colour and adds a real luxury to your pieces. Check this out…

Finally, you will cut out your pieces (adding extra color or ink as you wish). You can die cut or use a cutting machine to get really creative if you wish.

Here, you can see that I created a card with one of my tags…

You can also add them to scrapbook pages, pocket scrapping projects, or even planner pages! Here’s a look at a few pieces I thought could work well in a memory planner…

Isn’t this easy and fun? Now you can create something unique with your digital stamps, and hold the end-product in your hands!

Want to give this project a try? You can earn challenge points towards the April 2017 challenges here at The Digital Press if you share your finished projects with us. Check out our monthly challenge information in the CROSSWORD SECTION of the forum.


MoragAbout the Author  Morag Cutts is part of the Hybrid Creative Team here at Digital Press. Morag 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 | Dunia Designs

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

With that in mind, we asked Dunia to show us her creative space — where she works to come up with all of her fantastic digital designs. This is such a great, clean, simple work space (you should see mine, in comparison!).  And doesn’t this space perfectly reflect her design style, which is also clean and simple?! 🙂

We also asked Dunia to give us a “Top 5” list that is representative of her at this point in life, and she gave us a list of her Top 5 of her Favorite Pastimes:

  1. Reading: At the moment, she reads “The Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allan Poe.” Since she wants to improve her English, she reads a lot at the moment.
  2. Walking: She loves to walk with her friends in her neighborhood.
  3. Playing: She loves playing with her kids. During the winter, they play a lot of board games… like Clue, Monopoly, Jingo, etc.
  4.  Netflix: She is addicted to Netflix. A few of her favorite series and films are: Sherlock, House of Cards, and Stranger Things (among others).
  5. Listen to music: She is a Rock-n-Roll person, and especially loves older music from artists like Led  Zeppelin, Metallica, Motorhead, ACDC, etc.

 

As for her digital design style… Dunia creates beautiful kits and collections that are perfect for traditional digital scrapbooking pages, as well as for pocket scrapping-style layouts and projects. She is known for her fantastic pocket cards. Whether you are a scrapper who is documenting everyday life… or individual holidays, vacations, or events… her products are perfect for clean and simple-style scrappers.

Here are just a few of my favorite items from Dunia’s shop at The Digital Press

Dunia Designs products are super versatile and easy to use for all kinds of projects. Here is a look at a sampling of just a few of our favorite projects using Dunia’s products…

I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about Dunia Designs, as well as getting a look at her work space and some of her amazing products! And as if that wasn’t enough fun… her entire shop will be 30% OFF throughout this coming week (the sale will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday 4/13)!

Additionally, this week only — you can snag Dunia’s “My Kind of Day” Collection for FREE with any $10+ purchase in the Dunia Design shop at The Digital Press (this offer also ends at 11:59pm ET on Thurs 4/13)…

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About 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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Tutorial Tuesday | Scraplifting Yourself

Welcome to another installment of our Tutorial Tuesday series here on The Digital Press blog! Today, I am here to advocate for a simple technique that will help you create more scrapbook pages (and faster, and more easily!) — scraplifting yourself.

I would like to use this post to encourage you to be gentle on yourself and not feel as though every layout you create has to be a masterpiece… while also helping you to avoid feeling as though creating layouts leaves you feeling drained. It’s a hobby and it should be fun, right?

Let’s be honest… life is busy, and there are so many things that have to be done all the time. Often we find that by the time we sit down at the computer to take advantage of a few moments of crafty “me time,” our creative energy seems to have dissipated.

How to solve this?

You can always turn to your tried-and-true sources for inspiration. I love The Digital Press Gallery; Pinterest is another fun source of ideas (as is Instagram, as people are posting their scrapbooking creations there more and more often all the time nowadays!). Sometimes, though, I find that I use up all of my scrapping time just looking at other people’s layouts without doing anything with my own photos and getting any of my stories told. Oops! This ends up leaving me feeling despondent and uncreative.

An easy fix for me is to choose the photos I want to scrapbook, and then look at my own arsenal of previous layouts… with the goal being to re-create one that uses the same number of photos, along w/ a new/different kit or collection. I just clip (Ctrl-G) the new papers and photos over the existing ones, and swap out the embellishments with new items from the kit I am working with the second time around.

For example, let’s take this layout that I created for TDP’s 3-for-3 challenge in March 2017…

Characteristics of This Layout:

  • 3 photos
  • 3 different patterned papers
  • visual triangle of clusters
  • engaging title
  • complimentary colours of red and blue
  • right-aligned journaling

I still love this layout, and so for the next layout I had just 30 minutes to create and I started with 3 photos of my grandnieces playing outside of the holiday house we shared in December.

I kept the placement of just about everything exactly the same –the photos, papers and journaling — and I changed up the date, etc. Instead of creating a new title, I used a pre-designed piece of word art from the newest TDP Designer Collaboration “Fresh Air“. I still have foundation layers of paint and a scatter. Three points of orange, with a fourth embellishment spot that is tone-on-tone blue to break boundaries and add a different shaped element for interest. I added shadows as I went along… and in 30 minutes, it was finished and ready to be printed!

Here’s a look…

Again, Characteristics of This Layout:

  • 3 photos
  • 3 patterned papers
  • visual triangle of orange
  • wordart title
  • complimentary colours of blue and orange
  • centered journaling

I decided to use this page’s composition one more time. For this last layout, we had a family BBQ on the day before we left Johannesburg and I wanted to highlight the men’s role in cooking and that the women had a relaxed off duty kind of day. 🙂

For this newest page, I wanted to include a 4th photo of my hubby grilling the meat… so I nudged the photos to the right and squeezed him in there. You can see more similarities with the second layout than the first, including white piece of word art layered over the photo, and centered journaling. Of course, these layouts look strikingly similar — but you could also mix things up by turning the design 90 degrees, or by flipping the paper layers found at the top to the bottom of the page, instead (or changing up the font, etc.). I went for speed over creativity, though, and as these layouts will be separated within the family album of 2016 with different opposing layouts I can almost bet that no one will even notice that they’re almost the same…

Characteristics of This Third Layout:

  • 4 photos
  • 3 patterned papers
  • diagonal/asymmetrical points of pink
  • Blue, green and pink
  • wordart title and sub-titles
  • centered journaling

What do you think? Do you have 30 minutes to spare, in which you want to complete a brand-new layout in just that short time? This technique will help you do so! Just turn to a tried-and-true layout design that you already love… open that PSD or TIF file… remove the papers and embellishments… and start again!

If you give this a try, I’d love to see your results! Feel free to load your layouts to The Digital Press Gallery, and you can even link us up to the original layout in your credits/description if you want to.


 About the Author  Stefanie is a member of the creative team here at The Digital Press Co. She is a mom of three older children, all living in Cape Town, South Africa, with her hubby of 29 years and their two cats. In her free time she loves digital scrapbooking, dabbling in photography and reading.